Wednesday, December 23, 2009

3rd Quote of Christmas

"Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store."
~Theodore Geisel
Challenge: Use any of the featured Quotes on a layout or card to earn a ballot for this months draw. Email it to me at to earn your ballot.

Due: January 5th


4th Quote of Christmas

"We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give."

~Winston Churchill
Challenge: Use any of the featured Quotes on a layout or card to earn a ballot for this months draw. Email it to me at to earn your ballot.
Due: January 5th


Monday, December 21, 2009

5th Quote of Christmas

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exists, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.

~ Charles Dana

Challenge: Use any of the featured Quotes on a layout or card to earn a ballot for this months draw. Email it to me at to earn your ballot.

Due: January 5th


6th Quote of Christmas

Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given, when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.
~Joan Winmill Brown
Challenge: Use any of the featured Quotes on a layout or card to earn a ballot for this months draw. Email it to me at to earn your ballot.

Due: January 5th


Friday, December 18, 2009

7th Quote of Christmas

I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.
~ Harlan Miller
Challenge: Use any of the featured Quotes on a layout or card to earn a ballot for this months draw. Email it to me at to earn your ballot.
Due: January 5th

8th Quote of Christmas

May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.
~Ada V. Hendricks

Challenge: Use any of the featured Quotes on a layout or card to earn a ballot for this months draw. Email it to me at to earn your ballot.

Due: January 5th

9th Quote of Christmas

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
~Charles Dickens
Challenge: Use any of the featured Quotes on a layout or card to earn a ballot for this months draw. Email it to me at to earn your ballot.
Due Date: January 5th

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

12 Sales of Christmas ~ weScrap

Are you a member of WeScrap? Do you get our email notifications and newsletters? If so, then you already know about our HUGE 12 Days of Christmas Sale going on right now!! If not, then hurry up and register so you can start getting exclusive notices and begin buying the featured products at near wholesale prices!!!

Todays feature is some wonderful Maya Road Chipboard Mini Scrolls Set for only $2.19 a tin!!!

Conditions of this Sale:-- One product per day will be featured at drastically reduced prices for the 12 Days prior to Christmas. They will remain available at their sale price until Midnight EST on December 25, 2009... at that point, all PM's must have been submitted. Please keep in mind that these prices are first come first serve with regards to what we have in stock.-- Orders will NOT be processed directly through the store; this offer is available exclusively to our members who PM Sarah (sarah_n) with their agreement to purchase the said item(s). Feel free to PM Sarah as the products are featured, or on the last day of the sale. Please remember to include your full name and shipping address in your PM.-- All orders will be shipped after the sale is over to save on shipping costs for customers potentially interested in more than one item.-- No other discounts can be applied to these reduced prices; including DT codes, coupon codes or the use of gift certificates.-- All payments will be processed by Paypal ONLY.

Happy Shopping!


10th Quote of Christmas

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.

~Burton Hillis

Challenge: Use any of the featured Quotes on a layout or card to earn a ballot for this months draw. Email it to me at to earn your ballot.
Due Date: January 5th


11th Quote of Christmas

"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree".

~Roy L. Smith

Challenge: Use any of the featured Quotes on a layout or carc to earn a ballot for this months draw. Email it to me at to earn your ballot.


Monday, December 14, 2009

12th Quote of Christmas ~ Challenge

One of the things my friends have asked me to do was post the 12 Quotes of Christmas. I did this for a site I was a DT for last year and I have had some email requests to do it again this year. Unfortunately, I am no longer on the site but I will gladly post them here.

I will post 1 Christmas quote everyday for 12 days. Feel free to use any of them on a card or layout. If you do, please email your creation at to earn a ballot for this month's RAK. 12 Quotes means 12 chances at ballots!!

Here is today's quote: "Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." ~Norman Vincent Peale


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Challenge #1 ~ Sketch

I had a great sketch to work with this week at LCOM. My friend Beth Sears created a fun, hand drawn sketch. Here it is:

I created a layout of my lovely twin girls, Emmy and DD. I used the newest MME paper kit called Life Stories. What a fabulous kraft kit.

We had an amazing sponsor this month. Tanya at Let's Capture Our Memories gave us each some Zva Creative Gems to work with. I am in love with these. So lovely and girlie. Head on over to the store and see the great collection: LCOM Store. They look and feel like Prima but are much more cost efficient!!

Challenge: Use this months sketch as the foundation for your next layout and email it to me at to earn a ballot for this months prize. THEN..... hop on over to the LCOM Sketch Blog and link it there for another chance to win a prize!
Due Date: December 31st
Happy Scrapping!


Friday, December 11, 2009

Wanna Win Copic??

I am sorry that I have been absent for a week. My youngest daughter has been suffering with a bladder infection that sneaked into her kidneys. We have been in and out of the hospital and fighting this nasty thing. She is finally on the mend and the worst seems to be over.

Now we can get back on track!!

The first thing I want to tell you is that weScrap has taken over the CCAS Blog and we are now starting to post on it again. I have a great Limited Edition Christmas Kit up for grabs. All you have to do is leave a comment to win. You have until the 31st of December to comment. How easy is that? Just look at this yummy kit:

The second thing I want to share with you is that I am hosting a Card Tag over at weScrap. We will be basing this tag on a sketch and I have my friend Teresa helping me out. We will be racing against eachother. This is a great way to get another Christmas card done!! Hop on over and sign up to play. You can sign up here: Card Tag Sign Ups.
Do you want some incentive to play??? Everyone on the winning team will win a Copic Marker!! These are fab to use on cards. If you've always wanted to one this is a great way to win one. Hurry because the game starts on Monday. :)

I will be posting another challenge in the morning. Look for it and play along for another great prize.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Winner of the Sizzix...........

What fun we had this month. I loved all the wonderful entries and reading all the comments you girls made throughout the month. I want you to know that I read them all!!

I promised my daughter, Paige that she could pick the winner. Unfortunately, we drew the name after dance and it was too late to take a picture of the process. But, she was still thrilled to pick the following winner:


Congrats Mia. Please email me at with your mailing address so that I can send out your amazing Sizzix Texture Boutique!! What a wonderful thing to have sitting in any craft room. It's so cute and charming!

Another round of challenges begins tomorrow and I will be picking out another prize as well. Hope you will all continue to play along.


Sunday, November 29, 2009

4X6 Photo Challenge

You have probably noticed by now that I use alot of 5x7 pictures on my layouts or wallet sizes. I tend to have shied away from using 4x6 pictures. I am not sure why, but I always have. Looking back at my layouts I see that I have never, really used them.

I challenged myself to create a layout using two 4x6 pictures. Why?? Well, I accidentally printed off two pictures in a 4x6 format and didn't want to waste them.

Here is the resulting layout. I loved the papers I used with this layout. It came with a kit from weScrap. They have been putting out some amazing kits lately.

Thee are my girls. These photos were taken after a big play out in the rain. I had asked them to stay still for a photo but they had a serious case of the giggles. I am thankful that they did because I just loved these pictures.

Challenge: Create a layout using at least two 4x6 photos. Email it to me at to earn a ballot for the Sizzix Embossing Machine. I keep staring at this lovely machine and I am dying to send it out to some lucky girl.

Due: November 30th

Happy Scrapping!


Saturday, November 28, 2009

LCOM Sketch Blog Reveal & Challenge

Wow... we had such an amazing sketch this week too work with. Guylaine made it with lots of lovely layers. I knew as soon as I saw it just what I was going to create.

The following layout I created features Paige and a Gerber Daisy that won her first prize in her age category and second in show at the Agricultural Fair a couple years ago. She was just so proud of herself and I was proud too.

Quote: "Dont hurry, don't worry. You're only here for a short visit. Be sure to stop and smell the flowers." ~ Walter C. Hagen

I created a tag to jounral on. I sprayed it with some Glimmer Mist because I love an excuse to use it! It was a great way to tell the story behind the photo without cramming it on my layout.

You can view the sketch on the Let's Capture These Sketches Blog and see the other amazing creations.
Challenge: Head on over to the LCOM Sketch Blog and use Guylaine's sketch as the foundation of your next layout. Then email it to me at to earn a ballot for the Sizzix Embossing Machine. Also, load it in the LCOM Gallery under the Sketch Blog Folder and you could win a prize there as well!!
Due: November 30th
Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy US Thanksgiving & Challenge

I would like to wish all my American friends a Happy and Joyous Thanksgiving!! I hope you enjoy your time spent with your friends and family.
Thankful Quotes:
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder
Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live. ~Jacqueline Winspear
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
~Marcel Proust
Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.~Oprah Winfrey
Keep a grateful journal. Every night, list five things that you are grateful for. What it will begin to do is change our perspective of your day and your life.~Oprah Winfrey
Challenge: Think about 5 things that you are Grateful for in your life right now. Now post them on your blog for one ballot for the draw. You can provide a link below or email me at to earn your ballot.
BONUS: Create a layout based on your 5 Things to earn 2 extra ballots!! Then email it to me or link below.
Due: November 30th
Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Over The Top & Challenge

Apparently ....... my blog is..... Over the Top!!
Both my friends Ally and Calia tagged me. It's so awesome to have great friends.
So what I have to do is respond to the following phrases with just ONE word!! Should be interesting to say the least!
Where's your cell phone: Hip
Your hair: Shiny
Your mother: Loving
Your father: Loyal
Favorite Food: Bread
Dream last night: Amusing
Favorite drink: Juice
What room are you: Office
Hobby: Scrapbooking
Fear: Sharks
Where were you last night: Studio
Something that you aren't: Organized
Muffins: carrot
Wish list item: money
Where did you grow up: Everywhere
What are you wearing: Deoderant
Your pets: Dog
Friends: Crazy
Something you're not wearing: Tattoo
Favorite store: Lush
Favorite color: Blue
Last time you laughed: Today
Your best friend: Ally
Place you go to over and over: Kitchen :)
Person who emails you regularly: Ally
Favorite place to eat: Restaurant lol
That was fun!! Now I have to pass it on to some of my blogger friends!!
Now girls, you have to do the same thing I did!
Copy this into a new blog post and answer each phrase with one word!
Then tag some of YOUR scrappy friends!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Visit the blogs of these gals for some great inspiration!!
Challenge: Vistit my girlfriends blogs and leave a comment on each and leave a comment here as well to earn an easy ballot for the Sizzix draw!
Due: November 30th

Monday, November 23, 2009

Challenge #3 ~ Altered Background

Sometimes you get a sheet of paper and you are just not sure what the heck to do with it. The color may be a little off, a little too bright or a little too busy. What do you do? Well, you don't throw it out, you change it!!

I had a sheet of paper that I loved the design of but, the color was wrong for my photos and the layout I had envisioned in my mind. So, I set out to alter it. I grabbed some amazing metallic gold paint by Pebeo that I got at Macpherson Arts and Crafts her in St Marys. I dabbed some on a foam brush and my green paper ended up taking on a completely new look. It now had a lovely gold tone to it. Such a beautiful golden shimmer. I loved working with this paint because it is so smooth to work with and dries quickly. This is a big thing for me as I am a time crunched scrapper and not a very patient one either!!

After I stepped back and looked at it, I decided it needed something more. I grabbed the wonderful Bo Bunny Delilah stamp set that came with the October kit at weScrap and randomly stamped flower images in green ink. I am thrilled with the finished product! Here is Paige encased in gold shimmer and flowers:

The only drawback is that it is hard to take a good photo of a layout with metallic paint. lol
All products on this layout are from the weScrap Kit except for the metallic paint which can be purchased at Macpherson's Arts and Crafts online.
Challenge: I would like to see you alter a piece of patterned paper. You can ink it, sand it, stamp it or paint it. Just make it different some way. Then email it to me at to earn a ballot for the wonderful Sizzix prize!
Due: November 30th
Happy Scrapping!


How about a sneak peek at the latest December kit at weScrap. The iTeam is working with the godies right now and look for the full iTeam Reveal on the 5th of December!! I must say that this kit rocks!! I had alot of fun putting it together with Ally.

**I will be back to posting challenges this afternoon. I have been really, truly sick and my little angels too. I am ready now to put you all to work for the wonderful Sizzix Embossing Machine.**


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wanna Win a Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine?

Guess what this month's Blog prize??

I have a wonderful prize to offer this month. I just loved this so much that I bought two of them. One for me and one for a lucky blog reader. Wanna win a Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine??

All you have to do is complete any blog challenge that I post this month for a ballot for the random draw. If you follow my blog then you already earn a ballot every month. You will have until November 30th to complete the challenges and games that I post.

I will be loading a lot of challenges before the end of the month and maybe a game or two. Lots of chances to earn ballots.

This has been on my wishlist for awhile now!!

Challenge #3: Post what is your number one choice on your wishlist right now below. You will earn a ballot just for sharing what you really want to see Santa bring you for Christmas.

Due Date: November 30th
Draw Date: December 1st


Challenge #2 ~ Blooming Petals

I just love to add flowers to my layouts. That is one of the many reasons I love having girls. All these wonderful excuses to use them. BUT, sometimes I can't find one that seems to fit with the layout I am creating.

I received this amazing kit from weScrap to design with. Their November kit was awesome.... totally awesome! All the lovely earthy colors were so beautiful. However, I don't have any ready made flowers to use on my layouts to match. What is a girl to do but make her own!!
Earth Love Kit:

Here is my layout of Emmy using this kit. I made the two flowers on this layout. I loved how they turned out. Creating your own flowers guarantees a great coordinating creation.

Challenge: Create your own coordinating flowers. You can use anything you want to make your flowers. I would like to see at least one homemade flower on your layout or card! Email it to me at to earn a ballot for my monthly blog draw. I have a great prize for you this month. I'll post the picture and details later today when I get home from work. :)

Due Date: November 30th
Draw Date: December1st
Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Limited Edition Christmas Kit ~ weScrap exclusive!

Our latest in our series of Limited Edition Kits!!

Exclusive for Christmas 2009 and ONLY $16.99!!!

Quantities are limited! For more info or to purchase this kit click on the following link and scroll down: weScrap Kits
Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Turtle Crop

My friend Anne Marie is getting all geared up at The Scrapping Turtle for their next online crop. Hope you will join us:


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Let's Capture These Sketches ~ Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to the CAPTURE THESE SKETCHES blog hop!!!

Didn't know it was going on? No problem! Please feel free to join in anyway!

To start, please go to the sketch blog .Visit each of the blogs in the order given! Leave a comment on each blog and return to the sketch blog. Leave a comment there telling us you have completed the blog hop and your name will be put into a draw for some fun goodies by the blog sponsor Let's Capture Our Memories! Along the way you may also have chances to win prizes from the individual blog owners, so make sure to read each blog post!!

Here is the blog hop order!!

Sketch Blog

Tina's Blog

Guylaine's Blog

Calia's Blog

Lynne's Blog

Darlene's Blog

Tara's Blog

Ann's Blog **Your next stop**

Allison's Blog

Susan's Blog

Back to the Sketch Blog

I incorporated my Picture with 10 Random Facts about me in the following layout. The sketch was made by Tina and it was so awesome to work with!!

Random Facts:

I am a messy scrapper

I like to dance around

I love a good glass of wine

I like to laugh at myself

I love a good glass of wine

I am a dog lover

My favorite color is blue

I am a little bit lazy

I cry at movies

I am a great Mom

BONUS: If you use Tina's sketch for your next layout email it to me at to earn a ballot for a random RAK from me.

Due Date: November 30th


Friday, November 6, 2009

Blog Hop Delay!!

I just wanted to let everyone know that the Blog Hop at Let's Capture These Sketches has been delayed until tomorrow ~ Saturday at 8pm.

I hope you can all make it and join in the fun!


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Join Me Tomorrow!!!

Come and join the me in a fun filled Blog Hop and meet the latest Sketch Team at Let's Capture These Sketches and win a prize!!

See you there!


7 Gypsies Binderie Winner!!!

I must apologize for the delay. I have had a house full of H1N1 Flu and we are only now getting on the road to recovery.

Thanks again girls for all the lovely creations that are in the Slide Show and all the wonderful thought when I had to put my dog down. All those people who sent me warm wishes were all given a ballot as well.

I am thrilled to announce the winner of the 7 Gyspsies Binderie now. I had my darling Paige pick the winner out of a pretty Barbie Basket. I promised her I wouldn't take her picture because she is still so fevered.

The name she picked was

Gisele Julien!!!!

Congrats Gisele! Please send me your address and I will mail out your Binderie!!

Another month is about to begin. Look for more great challenges, a few tutorials and some games as well. Oh... and another great prize!

Happy Scrapping!


Monday, November 2, 2009

Free Jessica Sprague Class!!

Check this out!! Registration begins today. I'll be playing along.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Challenge #9 ~ Cards

I am just getting used to making cards. I must admit that I still struggle with them. I find it difficult to use such a small space to create with.
However, I made the following two cards using a sketch posted at Let's Capture These Sketches that Darlene posted. I was instantly inspired to create not one.... but two cards.
Challenge: I would like to see two cards on any theme. A nice and easy challenge!! Email your cards to me at to earn a ballot for the 7 Gypsies Binderie Punch.
Bonus: Use the same sketch posted at LCOM and link it on the blog for a chance at some wonderful My Stampbox Stamps!!
**I will be drawing a winner on Monday so you have the weekend to do some more challenges and send them in.
Happy Scrapping!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Guess What???

I am thrilled to announce that I have been asked to remain for another term at Let's Capture Our Memories for the sketch team. I am honored to be there again and work with so many wonderful and talented ladies. Congrats to my fellow Sketch Team Members:
Returning Members:
Tina McDonald (New Brunswick)
Darlene Dion (Nova Scotia)
Calia Yang (Georgia, US)
Allison Cope (BC, Canada)
New to the team are...Helen Gottvall (Japan)
Lynn Forsythe (New Hampshire, US)
Look for some fun and exciting things to come soon!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Challenge #8 ~ weScrap Gives Back

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month weScrap is giving back.For every layout that is posted in the specific thread weScrap will donate to Breast Cancer Research!!!

I am also offering this challenge to you girls. Here is the information:

This is a very special challenge that I hope everyone will find time to complete this weekend.weScrap is going to give back this weekend. I know we already donated money for the cause last month but we wanted to do more and inspire you to create at the same time. For every layout that gets posted in this thread for this specific challenge, weScrap will donate $1.00 to Cancer research!! So make this challenge a priority and not only will you recieve a ballot to win the Slice and various other prizes but you will know that helped fight cancer as well.

For this challenge I would like you to hop on over and pick a quote from The Quote Garden. They have some amazing and wonderful quotes in the "Cancer Patients, Survivors, and Loved Ones" section. The Quote GardenI would like to see at least one pink embellishment on your layout as well.When you are finished please link your layout in this thread in order for it to be counted for the weScrap Gives Back donation and for your ballot.

Challenge #8: Complete the above challenge for a chance to win the 7 Gypsies Binderie punch here on my blog. When you're done email it to me at Then head over to weScrap and post it the weScrap Gives Back Thread for a chance to win a Making Memories Pink Slice and have a donation given to Breast Cancer Research!!

Happy Scrapping!


Friday, October 23, 2009

Flashchat Bingo Game

Come and join me this evening at weScrap for a fun filled evening of Bingo with chances to win some great prizes. The game starts as 8pm EST so make sure to send me your words by that time.
Here is the info:
I am putting a fun twist to the Bingo Game this time. I will be hosting it in the Flashchat room on Friday at 8pm EST. You must be there in order to recieve your prize. I will be posting the words randomly throughout the chat.
You will have two chances to win prizes. The person who calls Bingo after having all 25 words will win a weScrap Kit!! Then everyone will get a ballot and my daughter will draw a name for a secondary RAK. My daughter will also pick a random word to be the Special word. Anyone who choses this Special word will earn a stamp set!! How fun is this???
Go and pick your words now. Don't delay!! Flashchat Bingo
Email them to me at

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Guess What I'm Doing????

I am over at Let's Capture Our Memories for their Cyber Crop. I am checking out all the amazing and fun challenges so far. Get on over there and join me.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wanna Win a Pink Making Memories Slice??

Wanna Win a Pink Making Memories Slice???

Come and join me and the iTeam at weScrap for a chance to win a Slice. The draw will be a random one by a collection of ballots so EVERYONE has a chance to win!!

Remember that weScrap is now............... Free. So sign up and join us this weekend!!


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Challenge #7 ~ Numbers

I created the following layout using the latest kit from weScrap. Since taking over running the site with Ally we have put together some great kits that we can't wait for everyone to see. The following is our first kit release. Grab it while you can because at just $20.99 they are going quickly!

One of the layouts I created for the DT Reveal is of my darling twins, Emmy and DD. I absolutely loved the papers together. They seemed to work with every photo I wanted to use. I used one of Ally's So Sketchy sketches as the base for this layout.

Notice the super cool button I used?? It will be featured in the next kit!! Here is a sneak peek:

Quote: "There's two to kiss, two to hug; but best of all, there's two to love." ~author unknown

Challenge: I would like to see you put a number somewhere on your layout. I can be in your title, on your paper or just an accent on your page. Email your creation to to earn a ballot for this month's draw!

Due Date: October 31st

Happy Scrapping!


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Challenge #6 ~ Layer It

It is time to get back on track and punching out the layouts and challenges. I have an easy one for you to do. It is all about layering!! I love to layer my papers and distress them.

Here is the layout I just completed featuring my departed and much missed do, Storm. This layout was difficult to do seeing as I still miss him terribly. However, I can now stare at it sitting in my scrap room and feel close to him.


Challenge #6: I would like to see you layer your papers and distress some edges. Email your creation to me at to earn your ballot for the 7 Gypsies Binderie Bunch and starter kit.
Due: October 31st
Happy Scrapping!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Let's Capture These Sketches ~ Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to the Capture These Sketches blog hop!! Didn't know we were having one? No problem!! Check out the details here: Let's Capture These Sketches.

October's sponsor is My Stamp Box!! You have a chance to win a fabulous set of these stamps just my playing along!! So make sure to comment here and then move along to Calia's Blog!!

I used the amazing sketch provided this week from the lovely and talented Jana Eubank. It had my name all over it. Love the big circle!! I made the following layout using the wonderful Color Me Stampset. These stamps provide one of the crispest images and have amazing cling. Run out and grab some.

I wanted to keep the word Fall quite simple because there was so much going on. Love the cream color and the simplicity. This layout features my lovely girls.

Don't forget to pick up your "letter"!! Write down the letter P and at the end of the hop, we'll tell you what to do with it!!

Now here's the order again in case you got lost along the way!!

Start out at the Capture these Sketches Blog
Back to the Sketch blog

Thanks for stopping by... and happy blog hopping!!

Challenge #6: Use this week's featured sketch and earn a ballot for this month;s blog prize of the 7 Gypsies Binderie. You have a chance to win some amazing My Stampbox Stamps by taking part in the Blog Hop. You will have another chance on the Let's Capture These Sketches Blog for the monthly draw by using the sketch. You also have another chance to win a prize here on my bog!! Lot's of chances to win prizes!
Email your creation to me at and make sure to link it on the Sketch blog as well.

Happy Scrapping!


Saturday, September 26, 2009

weScrap DT Call

We are looking for some talented scrappers to join the team at weScrap. I know that so many of my blog readers are brimming with talent and I would love to see you at weScrap and try out for the iTeam. Log in, sign up and check it out!! By the way.... weScrap is now FREE!!

Here is the info:

Starting September 21st thru October 15th, 2009 we will be accepting Design Team Submissions. We are looking at bringing on at least 1 or more design team members to join our team!

You may apply for the weScrap iTeam (Inspiration Team) by submitting the following to:

*International applicants are welcome!

Submit a total of 3 items (by post them to the gallery indicated; do not send them with your application):- 1 newly created Layout (for our gallery only! - do not share outside of this forum until the call has ended) best showcasing your scrapping style- 1 newly created Layout or Card featuring use of embellishments- 1 Layout featuring “you”- using papers, embellishments & journaling show us who you are (does not have to be new)

All layout and card submissions should be posted in the weScrap Design Team Call gallery for general viewing. Note: No more than 2 photos per project please.

Send a Scrapbook/artist resume & biography, as well as your full name, weScrap forum username, email address & full contact information with your submissions to with "weScrap DT Call" in the subject line.

Please include a link to your blog. Having an active blog is a mandatory part of this position.

Please tell us of any scrapbook design teams you are currently on. You are required to only be on no more than 2 other teams while you hold your weScrap iTeam position.

Please include the answers to the following questions:-Why do you think you would make a great iTeam member?

-What is your best attribute or skill?-

What is the attribute or skill that is a challenge to you?

-Do you feel that you can give inspiration, encouragement & techniques in the forum on a daily basis? How might you achieve this?

*Share any other information you feel is important for us to know about you.

*During this DT call your presence in the weScrap forums and gallery is crucial, since the flow of a board is greatly determined by the activity and connection of the DT members to our registered board members. We do not like to set a number of post in the forums but just know if chatting in the forums and communication is not one of your strong points then this call may not be for you. Communication with forum members and other DT members is highly and strongly encouraged during this term.

If chosen as a weScrap iTeam member you will be responsible for the following:

1. You will be required to create Layouts, Cards, Altered items, Mini Albums anything that showcases the bi-monthly kits provided to you.

2. All DT members are required to be a registered member of our forum and post as much as possible each day. Starting threads and answering thread are a must as well as leaving praise in the gallery for our members and your fellow DT.

3. iTeam members are responsible for helping create & hosting forum challenges for our crops and providing new tips/techniques. You will be responsible for a few daily posts per month, newsletter assignments and creating work to be loading into our growing resource area.

4. Promote the weScrap site on your blog by posting any weScrap contests, news, announcements, projects, kit sneak peaks, kit reveals, etc.

5. DT members are to promote where ever and whenever allowed without breaking rules on other sites. An iTeam blinkie will be provided and required in your signatures on our forum and again anywhere without breaking rules on other sites. Updating and showcasing items on your blog.

6. Communication with your fellow iTeam members, Co-Presidents and Vice-President is essential to a great team & fantastic site. You will have access to the secure iTeam private forum.

7. This is a 6 month commitment; DT duties will start up on November 1st 2009. You will have immediate access to the DT forum as soon as you are notified of your new position so that you can get to know the other members and learn all about your responsibilities.

8. iTeam members will receive a discount in the weScrap store during their contracted time and free shipping if shipped with your bi-monthly kit items.

9. You will receive one free kit every 2 months to create with. Kits are packed with great products and fun things to create with.Use this thread for any questions that you may have about the call. We are here to help you be your best so that you can be the best for weScrap.
~If you have any questions please post them in this thread or email me at weScrap DT Announcement

Good luck to all and have fun!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Challenge #5 ~ Stamp It

I have been lucky to have received some great sponsor product at Let's Capture These Sketches!! I got to play with some fun Gel-a-tins Stamps for this week's reveal. Some adorable license plates. I didn't stop there. I was totally feeling the stamps and adds some My Stampbox Butterflies and Alphas as well as a Flourish stamp from My Mind's Eye. Whew... that sure is alot of stamps!!

Here is my layout of DD:

Journaling: "I guess when it comes down to being a grown up isn't half as fun as growing up. These are the best days of our lives. The only thing that matters is just following your heart and eventually you'll finally get it right." ~ The Ataris

Be sure to check out the full reveal at Let's Capture These Memories for a chance to win a set of Gel-a-tins stamps. Then do my challenge for a chance to win a 7 Gypsies Binderie!!

Challenge: Stamp... stamp and stamp. I would like to see you use a minimum of 3 stamps on your next layout or card. Email it to me at for a ballot for the draw. One ballot for a card and one for a layout!

Due date: Oct 31st

Happy Scrapping!


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Thank You & 7 Gyspies Extention!!!

I am so grateful to everyone for all the kind words, the emails and the few cards that I have received as well. I took great comfort in your stories and your words of support. It really is comforting to know that so many of you have had to go through grieving and to know that you care enough to post.

I have given everyone who commented and emailed me ballots for my 7 Gypsies Draw!! Those of you who shared your stories and made layout will earn extra ballots. It's not too late to do a layout on your furry friend!!
I am extending the 7 Gypsies Contest since I took some time to be with my family as we grieved for our furry friend. You now will have until the end of October to earn ballots for this great prize!! Yeppers.... I will be posting lots more challenges and games to give you plenty of opportunities to win. I have played with this and it rocks!!! You're going to love it!

Here is a thank you card I made for all my blog readers and friends who have been so sweet and supportive. I posted it on weScrap as part of the ABC Card Crop which is going on right now. It runs until October 10th and we have some great My Stampbox Stamp sets up for prizes. Head on over and take part in the crop. Don't forget that weScrap is now a free site!!

My Thanks Card:

Closeup of the My Stampbox Butterfly Stamp:

I will post a fresh challenge in the morning and we will get back on track.
Thanks again everyone!!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

My Black Storm

I can't even begin to express my sadness this weekend. My beloved Storm went for a big run earlier this week. When he came home he continued to run and play. In the morning he couldn't get up. I called the vet who came and checked him out. He said that he was in great shape for his age (13 1/2 yrs). He still had great muscle tone, great weight, good eyes and still had all his teeth. He was deaf in one ear though.

He told me that it would appear that he literally ran out of steam and his body needs alot of rest. He told me that even people overdo it when they are having fun and can be bedridden for days, even weeks. I was to give him some time to heal.

It broke my heart to watch him lay on the floor, unable to move or get up. I had to feed him, give him medicine, turn him over and clean up after him. This wasn't my dog anymore, even though he still was all love and smiles.

Then, on Friday morning I noticed something in his eyes. Something had changed. He started to bark and whine. Then came the panting. I just knew that he was in pain and I told myself that I would never be selfish and keep him around if he was ever hurting. I loved him too much for that.

I had kept the girls home because we had been so stressed and sad. We hadn't been getting any sleep. After I called the vet, I called them into the room to tell them that it was time for Storm to go and join Papa in heaven. Papa was calling him home. He needed Storm now.

The vet gave him some morphine and then administered the final shot. The girls and I sat around him, whispering our love and petting him as he left this world for the next.

We are so sad. I walk around the house lost and find myself crying at the silliest things and the weirdest times. Funny how we mourn the loss of a pet as we do a human. I am just as sad and lost as I was when Steve's Dad passed from Cancer.

I have had many dogs come and go throughout my lifetime but he was the most loyal and loving pet I have ever had. The bond I had with him was greater than all others. It is hard to come to terms that he is now gone from my life.

I have to be strong for my girls as their grief matches my own. They have had to deal with alot of grief already in their young years. They keep me focused and strong. I couldn't deal with any of this if it wasn't for them.

We still have Tess and I am grateful for her furry presence. She wanders the house restless and lonely. I am at a loss as to how to deal with her obvious grief as well.

Time will heal the pain. I do know that. It is just so hard right now.

If It Should Be

If it should be that I grow weak,
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,
For this last battle cannot be won.

You will be sad, I understand;
Don't let your grief then stay your hand.
For this day more than all the rest,
Your love for me must stand the test.

We've had so many happy years -
What is to come can hold no fears.
You'd not want me to suffer so;
The time has come, so let me go.

Take me where my needs they'll tend
And please stay with me until the end.
Hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time that you will see
The kindness that you did for me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I've been saved.

Please do not grieve - it must be you
Who had this painful thing to do.
We've been so close, we two, these years -
Don't let your heart hold back its tears.

Challenge: I would like to hear some wonderful pet stories. I know that alot of you have pets or have had them in your lifetime. Tell a story about a special pet, something they did or a moment your shared. You can blog about it( 2 ballots) and provide a link or you can email your story to me at You can also just post it below.
Bonus: Use your pet story on a layout for 3 ballots!!
Due Date: Sept 30th

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

WeScrap Guest Designer Contest Details & Challenge #3

I am so thrilled that we have another Guest DT Call out right now. Here are the details:

Please click on this link for all the details and to sign up: School Of Scrap Contest

***Please Note***

WeScrap is now a FREE SITE to join!! I would love to see all my blog buddies sign up and play with me at weScrap. We will be having some amazing things coming up and I want to include all me friends. That's one of the main reasons we changed weScrap to a free site.... so we can have all our friends join us and participate!!

Challenge: Sign up for a free account at weScrap and introduce yourself!!! You will receive 5 ballots just for joining!! If you are already a member then reintroduce yourself and send me an email at

What's the prize this month??? How about the 7 Gypsies Binderie Punch and starter kit??? Got your attention now?? Just complete any challenge this month for a ballot to win. If you are a follower, you also get a ballot. Not a follower yet? Sign up for a free, automatic ballot every month.

Sign up Thread

Introduction thread

BONUS: Sign up for the Monthly Random RAK Contest for a chance at the complete Amber Road collection from Pink Paislee!! Details here: Monthly Random RAK Contest

Happy Scrapping!