Friday, February 29, 2008

Look of Contemplation

This is an RAK for a fellow CT member, Jasmin, and features her sweet little boy!

Doodle frame, doodled grasses, flower swags, doodled vines, doodled sun and ribbon: My Sweet Garden by Vera Lim
Background paper, flower/grass overlay and LOOK frame: Just For You Freebie by New Life Dreams
Background paper: Prairie Gal by Studio Lorie
Jeweled flower: Flittery Sparkles by Studio Lorie
Sun/moon/stars circle (at sun): Eeki Freaky by Studio Lorie
Paper pieced sun and grasses: Sunny Days Freebie at Faith Sisters by Nikki Painter
Alpha and butterflies: Vintage Valentine Guild Exclusive from Digital Scrapbook Artisan Guild
Light beams brush: Stephanie Shimerdla/Obsidian Dawn
Font: CuttyFruty

Steel Magnolias Quick Page Freebie

Carolyn at Scrap N Tag has a new collection called Steel Magnolias. She has allowed her CT members to create Quick Pages to give away as freebies on our blogs. And today, you get mine!

Whenever I think of magnolias, I am reminded of my grandmother. She has a huge magnolia tree in her front yard that I played under as a child. I can remember trotting my Barbies across fields of moss under the tree and making all kinds of things with the leaves and seed pods from the tree. So here is my grandmother . . . a picture I took of her in January 2008. All papers and elements are from Steel Magnolias, with the exception of the alpha, which is a freebie called Misty Night Alpha by New Life Dreams.

Here is a preview of the entire collection. There are so many wonderful collections in the store right now. Take a few minutes to have a peek here: SCRAP N TAG STORE.

And here is the quick page preview, which looks exactly like my layout but without the alpha.


The link will only be up for 48 hours, so make sure that you get it while you can! I do hope that you will enjoy it. Oh! And make sure you unzip the file as soon as you get it . . . there just might be another surprise in there!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

My Little Man - Featuring My Sunshine by Scrap N Tag

Awwwww . . .

I know that's what you wanted to do when you saw this page. This is my little man when he was just about 3 months old. We had gone outside for some fresh air and he was enjoying his bouncy seat. All of a sudden, I looked down and he had fallen asleep. He was so precious that I had my husband run to get our camera! It's been a long time since I've looked at these pictures, but I'm finally starting to scrap some older pictures, too.

CREDITS: All papers and elements from My Sunshine by Scrap N Tag; font is Baron Kuffner; light swirls brush by Stephanie Shimerdla/Obsidian Dawn

Spring - Featuring Do It Digi's March Inspiration Kit

There are always tons of challenges going on over at Do It Digi and there's a bonus! You can earn points for doing the challenges and with 20 points, you can get an inspiration kit for free! The Do It Digi March Inspiration Kit is a collection of soft colors just perfect for those Easter and Spring layouts.

I am so ready to see the grass turn green again, and all the flowers and plants in my back yard come to life! This layout expresses my desire to see the beauty of nature unfold in the Spring.

CREDITS: All papers and elements, with exception of alpha, from Do It Digi March Inspiration Kit (background paper: Angelfaye Designs; ribbon wrapped frame & flowers: Trish H. Designs; butterfly: BooLand Designs; doodle vine: Alabaster Box); Photo: Marja Flick-Buijs/stock.xchng; Alpha from Vintage Valentine from Digital Scrapbook Artisan Guild

Surfer Girl & She's Got Her Head In The Clouds - Featuring Water Spirit/Studio Lorie

For an RAK Layout Swap at Faith Sisters, I created these two pages for Rowena/Willro&Co Designs. These are of her daughter learning how to surf. The Water Spirit Collection is brand new, and when I saw Ro's pictures, I just knew I had to use it.

CREDITS: All papers and elements from Water Spirit by Studio Lorie; light beam brush by Stephanie Shimerdla/Obsidian Dawn; font is CK Cursive

CREDITS: All papers and elements from Water Spirit by Studio Lorie; clouds brush by Miss M./; fonts are Base02 and Bleeding Cowboys

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Guitar Star - Featuring Jannylynn Brokken Designs

This is my sweet little niece Abi who got a Barbie guitar for Christmas and nearly deafened all of us with her rock star skills. This photo of her was caught during a break in her studio session LOL!

CREDITS: green paper stack from Dreadfully Happy, a collaboration freebie from; background papers, flowers, folded and stiched ribbons from New Bag by Jannylynn Brokken Designs; jeweled chain from Spunki Charms by Studio Lorie; beaded border from Flittery Sparkles by Studio Lorie; triple frame from Prairie Gal by Studio Lorie; leaf from Kit No. 14 by ON Designs; alpha from Rustic Country by Broken Jar Creations; font is 1942 Report

I won the Vera Lim Blog Scraplift Challenge!!!!

OH . . . MY . . . GOODNESS! I am SO happy.
I won the scraplift challenge on the Vera Lim Blog! CHECK IT OUT HERE

I can't believe they picked me . . . there were some really lovely creations! Of course, with Yvette as inspiration, you really can't go wrong!

This is the layout that I submitted . . . using Vera Lim's One Season from Prima Hybrid.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Party! - Featuring papers, elements & alpha by Krystal Hartley

All papers and elements, including alpha, designed by Krystal Hartley.

The 21 Day InspiRation Challenge Starts March 1st!

Have you heard? The 21 Day InspiRation Challenge starts March 1, 2008, hosted by Rhonna Farrer at Two Peas. FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE

Shine - ON Designs Challenge

I created this LO for the first challenge for the ON Designs Challenge Site. There are some fabulous layouts by the ON Designs Creative Team. Check out what they've done and enter the challenge yourself! ON DESIGNS CHALLENGE SITE

Cardboard Box from Box It Up by Maya; Leaf garland and jeweled flower from Water Spirit by Studio Lorie; Light Beams Brush by Stephanie Shimerdla/Obsidian Dawn; all remaining papers and elements, including alpha, from Kit No. 14 by ON Designs; font is 1942 Report

Sunday, February 24, 2008

DST Trash to Treasure Hunt Challenge Layout

Well, I had a lot of fun this weekend hunting down all the freebies the designers donated for the DST Trash to Treasure Hunt. This is my layout created from some of the goodies I discovered!

Background Papers, Paper Butterfly, Lace: Avant Garden by Digital Scrapbook Artisan Guild; Ribbon Wrapped Frame: Blushbutter; Paper Frame with Staples and Notepaper, Journal Page, Key: Broken Jar Creations; Cardboard Strip, Dirty Cardboard Alpha: Scrap Kitten; Album Cover: Cari Lopez; Tabbed Index Card: Kathryn Estry; Brown Ribbon: Kuoha Designs Ink!; Buckle Ribbon: Lisa Joy; In The Garden Quick Card: Mad Scrapper Designs; Leaves: Sugarplum Paperie; Frame, Glitter Doodle, Flower from Berry Ice: Sweet Digi Scraps; Font: Henry Morgan Hand

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Go Forth - Featuring New Collection by Studio Lorie

Anticipated date of release of Studio Lorie's newest collection, Water Spirit, at is Monday, February 25, 2008. It is a magical watery wonderland that I'm totally in love with (I know, surprise, surprise). The collection is just fabulous. The quality of the papers and elements is superb and they are a joy to work with . . . go ahead and snatch it up! You know you want to do it!

CREDITS: All papers and elements, including alpha, from the Water Spirit Collection by Studio Lorie (anticipated release date Monday 2/25/08). Font is Henry Morgan Hand.


Our prompt for this week is: I AM.

Create a card that makes a statement about you. "I am woman, hear me roar!" "I am invincible!" "I am sad." "I am worth more." These are just some examples. What can you say you are?

You can view Emily Falconbridge's card here: EMILY'S WEEK THREE CARD

Please upload your cards to the Shakin' Challenges/Deck of Me gallery here:

These are my cards for this week's challenge:

CREDITS: All papers and elements from My Silly Kitty by Danielle Engebretson. Font is Baron Kuffner.

As always, I'm looking forward to viewing your creations and learning a little bit more about each of you. Thanks for playing!

Friday, February 22, 2008

The Love of a Father Runs Deep

CREDITS: Background paper, ribbon wrapped frame, glitter, circle stitching and flowers by Chaos Lounge from February Birthday Member Kit/Digital Candy; aged frame by Maja Designs from February Birthday Member Kit/Digital Candy; twirly twig from Archive Collection by Studio Lorie; passion leaves from Twitterpated Passion by Studio Lorie; Another Boho Love Affair Alpha by Tracy Collins; Green Glitz Alphaz by Vicki Stegall Designs; Tiny Tattered Type by; Inked Cork Alpha by The Paper Tag; font is Hartin2; lyrics from "I Loved Her First" by Heartland

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Dreamy Daniel

CREDITS: Background paper by Chaos Lounge (two papers blended: one from Doodle Love and one from Secret Garden Freebie); swirl doodles from Colour My Doodle by Chaos Lounge; photo mask by K. Myers; jewels from Jordan Claire by Scrap N Tag; stars from My Sunshine by Scrap N Tag; light swirl brushes byObsidian Dawn/Stephanie Shimerdla; handstamped alpha by Michelle Coleman; font is Scriptina.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Seize The Day!

I am so proud of my husband. He ran his first half marathon on Sunday, and finished under the time he set for himself.

CREDITS: All papers and elements from Candy Jar No. 9 Mini Kit by Ziggle Designs with the exception of one patterned paper from Celebration Freebie by Chaos Lounge and brushes from Celebration by Rhonna Farrer. Font is Rage.

Sweet Sisters - Featuring Doodle Love by Chaos Lounge

CREDITS: Papers and elements from Doodle Love Collection by Chaos Lounge; red jeweled flower from Blog Freebie by Chaos Lounge; Alpha from Rustic Country Collection by Broken Jar Creations; font is CK Becky

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Sweet Dreams Baby

CREDITS: All papers and elements from Sweet Dreams Baby by Scrap N Tag; font is problem secretary

Steadfast Love - Faith Discovery Challenge #6 Lover Of My Soul

CREDITS: All papers and elements from Lover Of My Soul Collab Freebie (background paper by Eressea Design; frame, chipboard heart, inked heart by Dahlia Co Designs; ribbon and word art by Susan Designs) with the exception of the pink swirl tag and purple flowers from Gift of Love by Dahlia Co. Designs; date bits by Misty Cato; font is MA Sexy.

Avery - Featuring April Bern's Vintage Rose Collection

Shapes and brushes were covered with papers and various beveling and shadow work done to produce the final effect. The challenge was to use a collection's papers only.

This is one of Olivia's closest friends who was at her birthday party.

CREDITS: All papers from Vintage Rose by April Bern; crop shapes from Photoshop Elements 5.0; butterfly, trail and foliage by Stephanie Shimerdla/Obsidian Dawn; font: Mutlu

Sweet, Sleepy, Cuddly Time

This layout created for a 2Peas Challenge for Storybook/Children's Illustration Inspiration. I was inspired by the illustrations of a book called Milly & Tilly.

CREDITS: Papers from Prairie Gal by Studio Lorie; Elements taken from the following collections: Kit Promenade dans les Champs by scrapteamphotofiltre, Art Fusion Collab by Christina Renee Designs; Where Is The Summer by Bridget; Floral Kit by New Life; Those Little Boxes, The Victorian Desk and Mixed Items by Happyscrappy; Prairie Gal, Archive, Twitterpated Passion and Clippity Snippets by Studio Lorie.

Monday, February 18, 2008

8 Girls 27 Dresses

To celebrate my daughter's 11th birthday, she had a sleepover with 8 girls on Friday night and on Saturday afternoon, we went to the movies to see 27 Dresses (followed by the required trip to the mall!).

This is a scraplift of Yvette (alohamomma) for a Vera Lim blog challenge.

CREDITS: All papers and elements from One Season by Vera Lim Designs at Prima Hybrid with the exception of red inked alpha by Foxy Designs, Parisian alpha and celebration brushes by Rhonna Farrer, frame brushes by Obsidian Dawn and copper penny alpha by Tina Chambers

Birthday Wishes

CREDITS: All papers and elements, including alpha, from Joy, The Fruit of the Spirit Collection by Gretchen Tripp; fonts: MA Sexy and Brandywine.

Beautiful - Featuring Vintage Rose by April Bern

CREDITS: All papers and elements from Vintage Rose by April Bern; twine border from Prairie Gal by Studio Lorie; font is Mutlu

Autumn - Featuring Sunrise by Trish H. Designs

CREDITS: All papers and elements from Sunrise by Trish H Designs; Glitter Alpha by Ellie Lash/Love Actually Freebie Collab; Photo from stockxchng; Word Art by Daniela Peuss

Childhood Memory - Featuring Sunrise by Trish H. Designs

CREDITS: All papers and elements from Sunrise by Trish H Designs; date bits by Misty Cato; font is Love Letter TW.

Valentine's Day 2008

CREDITS: All papers and elements from the Love Actually Freebie Collab Kit (background paper by Franziska Altmann; heart overlay, heart on chain, flowers, stitched heart & swirl by Flergs/Megan Farrow; glitter alpha by Ellie Lash; word tape by The Polka Dot Plum)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Sometimes Amusing - C is for Colorful Alphabet Shoot Challenge

I created this colorful page for the Alphabet Shoot over at (basically an ABC album about me). The Festive Collection by Raspberry Road Designs was spot on for making a layout rich with vibrant colors.

CREDITS: Papers and elements from Festive Collection by Raspberry Road Designs; turquoise alpha from A Dream of Colors by Anja Jahn; glitter action by Flergs; green felt alpha by Baers Garten Designs; template by Templates N More; font is old typewriter

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Love Letters - President's Day Weekend Crop 2/15-17/08

This is my layout for Challenge #1, Stamp of Approval . . . to use letters, postmarks, stamps . . . traditional mailing items in a layout.

CREDITS: Background paper, journaling label, ribbon, lace, hinge from Legacy Collection by Raspberry Road Designs; typewriter, postcard, ribbon wrap, masking tape, butterfly from Hemingway's Travels Collection by Raspberry Road Designs; jewels from Brown Dream Kit by Bridget; font: old typewriter; lyrics from Love Letters written by Victor Young/Edward Heyman performed by Elvis in 1966.

Deck of Me, Week 2

This is our second week of the Deck of Me Challenge over at The Shaker Box. Please feel free to join in at any time. You can always go back and complete the cards for the weeks you've missed.

Our prompt for this week is to create a card that showcases what is powerful to you.

This is my second card for the challenge.

CREDITS: All papers and elements from the Legacy Collection by Raspberry Road Designs. Word art from Gift of Love Collection by Dahlia Co. Designs. Font is Rickles

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Get Ready To Fly - Wednesday Do It Digi Challenge at The Shaker Box

What better way to prepare for the upcoming DAY OF LOVE, Valentine's Day, than creating a layout, card, or altered art object featuring wings. Think fat little cherubs, wispy butterflies, the outstretched wings of a bird. Of course, a little red and pink and maybe a few hearts to accompany those wings wouldn't hurt! Use brushes, elements, or papers . . . just use your imagination and take flight! Be sure to post your challenge layouts in the Shakin' Challenges section of the gallery at The Shaker Box.

The layout I chose to do is focusing yet again on my never-ending journey towards self-acceptance. It's all about love. Realizing I am something, even if I'm not everything.

You can view full credits for the layout HERE and while you are in the gallery, check out the other Shakin' Challenge layouts as well.

Looking forward to seeing how each of you soars.

Sweet Sticky Lollipops

This is an RAK for my friend and Faith Sister, Kristi (krispysky), of her oh-so-cute daughter!

Background paper, frames, label, twisted wire border, charms, chain links, curled paper edge from Lolly Pop Pok-A-Dot Collection by Studio Lorie; Alpha from Wild Things Collection by Studio Lorie; Butterfly from Rosey Posey Collection by Studio Lorie.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Gone With The Wind - Do It Digi "What If" Challenge

Background paper, leaves, flowers, cord tie from Twitterpated Passion Collection by Studio Lorie. Large green frame from Archive Collection by Studio Lorie. Small frame around book from Clippity Snippets by Studio Lorie. Old book and dance card by happyscrappy/Anneli Anderson. Font is Brandywine.

Create In Me - Faith Discovery Challenge #5

The song that used on this page was a favorite of mine as a teenager. It was performed by Acapella, but the lyrics and music were written by Terry Talbot.

Papers and word art from Faith Sisters Pure Heart Collab Collection (papers by Dahlia Designs and word art by Willro&co). Swirled frames by Rhonna Farrer. Font is bulky refuse type.

I Remember When . . .

Papers and elements from My Playful Puppy by Daniel Engebretson Designs. Staple from Breast Cancer Awareness Kit/Scraps for Charity by Daniel Engebretson Designs. Red Inked Alpha by Foxy Designs.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

U Have My Heart

Credits: All papers and elements from My Funny Valentine by angelfaye designs with the exception of the overlay from Annabelle by angelfaye designs; font is Rickles

Just Me, Color Challenge #5 at Do It Digi

Credits: Papers and elements from Color Challenge Mini Kit Freebie by Broken Jar Creations.NYC Lunch Alpha by Tangie Baxter.

The Food - Featuring Country Glam Collection by Raspberry Road Designs

Recently we celebrated my mom's 60th birthday. This is some of the food that we had at the party. This layout will be included with other pages documenting our celebration! The Country Glam Collection was PERFECT to highlight this party . . . it was glamorous country at its best! If you haven't gotten this collection by Raspberry Road Designs, I highly recommend it. One of my faves!

All papers and elements from the Country Glam Collection by Raspberry Road Designs. Island Girl Choco Chip Alpha set by by myscrapworks. Font: Rickles

Deck of Me Challenge, Week 1

Today starts our deck of me challenge at The Shaker Box. We are starting a year long journey by creating an art journal on a deck of playing cards.

Emily Falconbridge hosted this 52 week challenge on her blog . . . and we'll be following her challenge prompts for our journey as well.

You will need a deck of playing cards . . . there are jumbo playing cards that will give you a little more room if you think you need it, but the regular size playing cards are typically 2 1/2" x 3 1/2". A digi scrapper can simply create their LO in the 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" format and print it out to be adhered to the card . . . a paper scrapper can go all out . . . or go for a mix of the two and create a hybrid wonder!

The prompt for week one is to write about something you are proud of . . .

Here are my cards (front and back): MY CARD IN THE GALLERY

You can also see Emily's original card (so clever!) here:

Post your cards in the gallery at The Shaker Box HERE.

I am looking forward to seeing all of your creations!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Life Itself

I'll admit it: this is a complete scraplift from shaleew over at Designs In Digital. It was just too lovely to pass up.

I just LOVE IT!

Storybook template, a blog challenge freebie by shaleew at Designs In Digital
Storybook wall mural image by Chandler Anderson
Inked edge overlay: Designer name unknown (initials LS)
Fonts: Myriad Pro, Bleeding Cowboys and CK Becky

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Desires of my Heart - Faith Discovery Challenge #4

Paper, frame, old papers, crocheted flowers, circle stitching, ribbon from Absolut by Drehi
Bird, heart frame, glitter overlay from Sheryl's Colors Add On Freebie by New Life Dreams
Old Western Alpha by Monica Larsen
Font: Poplar Std

You Are My Heart

A Valentine for my sweetheart . . .

Credits: All papers & elements from All About Love by Danielle Engebretson. Font is Jane Austen.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Grace Like Rain - The Journal Collection by Raspberry Road Designs

This layout was created for the Faith Sisters Weekly Inspirational Challenge . . . of course, it's about GRACE.

All papers and elements from The Journal Collection by Raspberry Road Designs.
Water Stains Brush by Stephanie Shermedia/Obsidian Dawn.
Font: Jane Austen.
The lyrics are from the chorus of "Grace Like Rain" performed by Todd Agnew.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Pansy - Featuring Danielle Engebretson Designs

This is our family cat, Pansy (named by our daughter, who at the time was 4). There is a type of pansy (the flower) that looks like a cat face because of the "whiskers" on the petals, but we didn't find that out until AFTER she had named her.

I used a collection called "My Silly Kitty" by Danielle Engebretson Designs. She is the Digital Sponsor of the Month at The Shaker Box. You can find out more about Danielle Engebretson by visiting The Shaker Box blog (link in sidebar).

All papers and elements from My Silly Kitty by Danielle Engebretson Designs.
Alpha by Violaine Meunier.

Legacy - Faith Discovery Challenge #3

This layout features one of my favorite songs performed by Nichole Nordeman. I just used the chorus, but the entire song is great. I want to leave a legacy for my children . . . who are, by the way, super sweet together in this layout!

Background paper, staples, ribbon, satin tied bow, old frame and framed label from Gift of Faith by Dahlia Co. Designs.
Treasure charm, cords, pin, alpha and roses from Twitterpated Collection by Studio Lorie/Lorie Davison.
Font is Minion Pro.
Lyrics from "Legacy" performed by Nichole Nordeman.