Friday, February 26, 2010

Ideals For Scrapbookers! I'm a Featured Artist Today!

First, can I say that today I am turning 47!!  Yikes!!  That's like 3 years from 50!  Thank goodness I'm still immature, goofy, silly, gooberish .... and, not to mention, my six year old Hayden keeps me young!  I've already received tons of birthday wishes!  Once again, I have to say how wonderful my scrap friends are!!!  This is just the best industry full of fabulous people!!  I love you all!

Now for my news today!  What a nice birthday gift that  I am the featured art at  Ideas for Scrapbookers.  I was so honored when Pam Callaghan asked me to be a guest artist for her site.  Pam is published "everywhere", and I so admire her and her work.  She is such a geniune person, and I adore her!  I also have the honor of being on the Pebbles, Inc. design team with her. 

I did this lo for her site, and since I am hopeless at photoshop, my wonderful friend Liz Qualman who is also on the Pebbles, Inc. team with us did it for me.  Thanks Liz!  If you'd like the sketch, hop on over to Ideals for Scrapbookers.  The link is above.  I also have a tutorial for the flowers, but I've done them in reverse.  You'll just have to go there and check it out to see what I am talking about!  Craft Cave will also be adverstising today's Ideals for Scrapbookers blog post on their site.  It is a site for free craft and scrapbooking freebies and tutorials.

Today is western day at Hayden's school.  They get to have they picture taken on top of a pony.  I took a picture of my baby.  Yesterday, he came home excited because they got to ride a pony!  Doesn't he make just the cutest cowboy?

Thanks again everyone for the wonderful birthday wishes!!  You're the best!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

For My Good Friend Julie Howard aka RetroJulie

When I saw these photos of Julie on Facebook, I said I had to nab them.  Don't they go perfect with these Nikki Sivils paper  Will He B the 1?!  Julie is even goofier than me.  You should check out her blog Totally Retro.  I'm sure you will get enjoyment from reading her crazy antics.

Thank you Julie!!!  You rock. 

Don't forget to look at my post below.  We have an awesome 3 mfg. blog crawl coming up!  You will not want to miss the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes!

Monday, February 22, 2010


Here it is the big announcement Nikki has been giving teasers about this weekend! Stephanie from Bella Blvd, Jill from Jillibean Soup, and Nikki from Nikkis Sivils have all come together for one huge Blog Crawl! What is a Blog Crawl you might be asking... Well, on March 5th you'll come to Nikki's blog and you'll see a gift that Jillibean Soup is giving away on Nikki's blog, along with a handmade gift from Nikki and a list of my design team girls that will be giving handmade gifts away using our products, you'll leave a comment at each blog & then move on through the list. Then you'll head over to Bella Blvd and see the gift that Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker will be giving away over there, along with a list of Bella Blvd's design team ladies and you'll do the same thing. Next you'll head over to Jillibean Soup and see the gift that Bella Blvd is giving away, along with all of Jillibean Soups DT gals, leave a comment then go to the next. There are over 50 handmade gifts and product giveaways!! Don't panic because you'll have the entire weekend of March 5th to visit all the blogs and leave a comment for a gift... it's an entire weekend of blogging and giveaways! We'll announce all the winners Monday morning!! Doesn't that sound like fun!!

These 3 ladies have become good friends and thought this would be an awesome way to bring 3 great manufacturers together for one fun event! We are all so excited!!

Talk to you soon!

Friday, February 19, 2010

One Last One!

For the Lily Bee call.  I mean seriously, they are going to get tired of me doing lo's over and over with the same line.  This photo is of my adorable little "great" nephew Logan.  He's a real cutie-pie.  Thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Totally lame here. Like I have a chance in He...double hockey stick!

There may be more to come....who knows, but after Nikki Sivil's latest call, I know the talent out there is huge!!!!!!!!!! I still, with my head hung  really low (ok, it's like 2" from the ground), I am going to go for the Lily Bee Design's (a shameless, desparate... plug for them) call.  Do you think because Kristen and Nikki know each other it will help?  I mean, really?  Do you think it can help?  LOL  (that is totally a joke) OK, a girl can dream, alright!!  Here is the first of my submits.

Twisted Sketches Sketch 37 is up!!

We have another fantastic sketch by Anam again this week.  Our twist was to use wood on our lo!  I struggled with this one, lol.  I didn't want to use what wood looking paper I had, so I racked my wee little brain (yes, I have one) and came up with the idea of using popcicle sticks for my journaling!  I used the new Melody Ross papers by GCD Studios and my adorable candy dots by Pebbles, Inc.  Here is my take on the sketch.  Oh, and I totally stole the idea about scalloping the paper using Prima flower packaging from Jana Eubanks.  Her fault - she told us what she did!  Thank Jana.  It is such a cute idea.

If you would love to play along, you can check out the sketch here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Scrapbooking & Beyond Spring Issue "Kit Kraze"

I am so fortunate to of been asked to be a part of a four part series for the year 2010 called "Kit Kraze" for the magazine "Scrapbooking & Beyond" .  Each issue they will giving away the kit that each of us four girls used to make our lo.  If you would like the chance to win the Spring kit, you can go to the "Scrapbooking & Beyond" website to enter.  Pebbles, Inc. was kind enough to donate paper and goodies for the Spring kit.  Thank you Lindsay!  Here is my lo published in the Spring 2010 issue.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Pebbles Inc. Valentine Tags

I made these Valentine's Day tags for the Pebble's Inc. blog.  I used some vintage postcards along with Pebbles So Tweet papers and their adorable ribbon.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day Baby!!

A little Valentine's Day card for my sweetie.  I used Graphic 45's "A Proper Gentleman" to make it.  The image I stole off of another card I had.

Friday, February 12, 2010

I have a winner for the Willow Bee Collection by Nikki Sivils!

And the winner is.............drumroll...............Amy Newton!  Keep a  watch on my blog, because I caught Nikki at a weak moment at CHA and begged for giveaway items.  I'll be giving away more Nikki Sivils goodies later.  Hint hint... we will also be having a blog crawl with two other companies where we will be giving away a lot of fun handmade goodies.  I'll be posting a notice about that later on too.  Sooooo, stay tuned!

Congrats Amy and thanks for playing everyone!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Graphic 45 Design Team Call!

Graphic 45 is looking for Paper Artists!

It's that time, Graphic 45 is building a new team for 2010! And we are looking for a wide variety of skills, so be sure to show us what you got! Don't be shy, get out the scissors, grab some adhesive and get busy!

As a Graphic45 design team member you will receive:

* A box of Graphic45 product supplied every three months including new products that are coming!
* Receive product periodically from our education partners and for blog hops
* Your name, bio and headshot featured on the Graphic45 main website
* Prominent exposure on the community site, blog, main website gallery and other media
* Possible teaching, publication and manufacturing opportunities
* Eligible to participate in creating projects for trade shows, such as CHA and other venues.

What are we looking for?
Graphic45 paper and products are unique and vintage in nature, so we are looking for a variety of team members that can produce high quality cards, layouts, altered art and home decor projects that show off our papers and future embellishments.

Our team is education based, so we will need you to have good photography skills, the ability to create tutorials with instructions and size images for blog and website use.

This call is open to International and domestic applicants.

How do I apply to be on the team?
Our design team search will consist of two rounds. Please read the entire contents of both rounds, as there is quite a bit of information.

First Round
Email the following to by March 1st, 2010.

- Full Contact Information, include your blog/website address
- Tell us a little bit about yourself and what your design strengths are
- Tell us why you want to be on the Graphic45 design team
- List any companies that you have designed for in the past or currently work with. Please keep in
mind that being on a team past or present is not a requirement.
- Include images of a minimum of ten (10) projects up to 15 if you are including close ups, they can be cards, layouts, altered or home decor. Please send images at 72 dpi and no larger than 1000 pixels on the longest side.

We will be choosing 20 finalists from all applications. These 20 finalists will be contacted by March 5th with additional information on our final round.

Final Round

The 20 finalists will be required to send one completed (1) project directly to the corporate office in Portland, Oregon for review by Graphic45 staff including Diane Schultz, the CEO and designer of our products. Please note: this item will not be returned, keep this in mind when creating your final project and it must be mailed by March 12th in order to receive in our office by March 19th.

Once we receive all projects, we will review them and make the announcement on APRIL 1st and get the design team boxes out!

We look forward to seeing what you bring to table, show us what you got! Don't be shy, we are looking for a variety of skills and you may be who we are looking for!

Friday, February 5, 2010

You Still Have Time if You Want to Win Some Nikki Sivils "Willow Bee" Paper??

You can see my post below. I'll give you until Wendesday the 10th before I pick a winner!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Twisted Sketch 35 is Up!!

The sketch is up for this week over at Twisted Sketches.  Hope you come play along!  Here is my take on the sketch.  The twist this week is to have an animal somewhere on your lo.  I chose Mike.  He is the LSU tiger.  Isn't he beautiful?  

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A New Nikki Sivils "Willow Bee" lo

Above is a lo I did using Nikki's "Willow Bee" line.  I think this is the cutest collection!  I also have a photo that Dan (Mr. Nikki Sivils) took of us.  See the bags under my eyes?  LOL, I have given my CHA roommate tons of grief over this.  No names mentioned - she knows who she is - but she woke us up at 5 am every morning!  What the heck!?!  I still love her though.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Here are the New Nikki Sivils Design Team Diva's!

The talent out there is crazy good, so we picked 6 instead of 3 AND added a Card and Stamping team too! (And it was still very hard to pick!)


 Anna Louisa Bowkis is from the UK

Norma Kennedy is from IN

Elizabeth Carney is from WA

Janis Medina-Maghinay is from the Philippines

Delaina Burns is from AL

Katrina Hunt is from MO

Here are the Card and Stamping DT Diva's as well, 5 girls in total:

Andrea Budjack is from FL (Her blog is coming soon.)

Rae Barthel is from Canada

Linda Beeson is from CA

Lori Roop is from Ohio

Christine Ousley is from AL

Nikki is also going to start a "local team" for just ladies from my area Springfield Missouri: (To help out with fast and quick projects.)

Katrina Hunt will head up this team for her. I'd like to have around 4 total for this group. More info on this coming soon!!

So we now have 28 total girls on the DT!! Woo Hoo!! Welcome all of you!!

Because there were so many great gals to pick from we are going to ask these 10 ladies to be Guest Design Team members: (You'll be getting emails from me and Hilde.)

Jennifer Yates

Larissa Albernaz

Sarah De Guzman

Yuko Motoyama

Sarah Eclavea

Zoe nemburt

Monika martinson

Monique liedtke

Grace belarmino-lady grace

Kerryn lawson

Here are the Honorable Mentions:

Rhonda van Ginkel

Victoria Murray

Sandie Vincent

Yen Wuling

Martine Rjnbeek

Wendela Lam

Jessy Christopher

Nicole Stark

Nicole Pomeroy

Renata Moni Bidin

Julie Howard

Cookie Cerujano

Thanks to all of you for all your awesome work... again I can't say enough how hard it was to pick, there are so many great scrapbookers!!  Nikki will be having a Brand New DT Call in May so keep your eyes out for that!!

Some CHA Photos!!

I had such a good time at CHA.  It is always work, but I wish work could always be that much fun!  Here is some pics from Nikki's booth, which is where I was working.

Below is me, Nikki and Julie Tucker-Wolek

Leaving for the airport home - me, Julie, Heather and Lainie

Sweet Lindsay from Pebbles, Inc.

The Graphic 45 Booth - It was always hectic around there!

Aww, the lovely Diane, hard at work

Fellow dt member, Stacy Cohen showing off a lo

Some of my wonderful friends - the A Million Memories girls!
Stacy Cohen, Staci Taylor, Jen Fenlay, me, Tonya Dirk and Michelle (owner of AMM)