OMG! I made cards!!! This has become a rarity for me lately since I have rediscovered my love for scrapbooking. However, I needed to send some Thank You cards from my birthday and my family has come to expect nothing but handmade cards from me so this is what I came up with. I used the new PTI All About You stamp set. Colors are Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, and Simply Chartreuse. I also used the Eyelet Lace border die and Mat Stack 1 dies from PTI in creating these cards.

Yesterday my hubby and I celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. I wanted to make him a little card to let him know how much I love him and this is what I cam e up with. The Kraft card base was stamped with Text Style from PTI in Chai Tea Dye ink. The patterned paper border is from the Library Ledger collection and featured the medium scalloped border die. My hubby is a librarian so I wanted to use the fun new Library Card stamp for my card. It was just released yesterday so I don't have it yet but I downloaded this version from Heather Nichols' blog to tide me over. I also used the new All About You stamp set and images from Heart Prints, as well as Fresh Alphabet for the numbers. Colors are Aqua Mist, Hibiscus Burst, and Dark Chocolate.

I also wanted to take a moment to share all the gorgeous handmade cards I received from my fellow Papertrey Pixies for my birthday! Special thanks to Pat, Karen (kthaman), Lorraine, Jill, and Karen W. for these beauties!!! You really made my day!

Looking forward to all my new PTI goodies arriving sometime next week and I hope to have new creations to share with you real soon! *wink*

Ice Cream!

Ice cream is my favorite indulgence. It doesn't really matter what kind. There is just something about that creamy, dreamy, icy concoction that is magical to me - especially in the summer! Here is another layout from the National Scrapbooking Day crop I attended. I used several PTI stamp sets here - It's a Celebration, Vintage Label, and Outline Alphabet. Colors are Hibiscus Burst, Dark Chocolate, and Kraft. The pink dotted patterned paper is from the Dotty Biscotti collection from PTI and was punched using my EK Success embossed scallop border punch.The blue dotted patterned paper is from Bo Bunny and the letter stickers are from Making Memories. I found some time this week to make Thank You cards from my birthday which I hope to share with you soon . . . *wink*

Butterfly Beauty . . .

Wow! This summer has been CrAzY so far!!! Something going on almost every day it seems! Sorry that it has been so long since my last post. I haven't scrapbooked in what seems like forever either!!! This page is from back in May when I attended a National Scrapbooking Day crop. I wanted to create something vintage looking to compliment this photo. My hubby is a librarian so I asked him to grab some old books for me to use with my PTI dies. This is what I came up with. Colors are Terracotta Tile and Dark Chocolate with some Vintage Tea Dye stain on the butterflies. Some handwritten journaling and Making Memories chipboard letters for the title. Simple and sweet! Hoping to be able to post more soon!!! Enjoy your summer . . . *wink*


Here is another page from National Scrapbooking Day. One of our favorite weekend activities is going to a bookstore and relaxing with a good book or magazine. My husband snapped this picture of our daughter on one such occasion and I thought it would make a nice little scrapbook page. I used Spring Moss cs from PTI as the base of my layout. The patterned paper and flower embellie are from the Color Couture Collection Vol. 2, also from PTI. The velvet ricrak and letter stickers for the title are from American Crafts, while the smaller letter stickers are from Making Memories. I also notched the corners of the patterned paper with a We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper. Looking forward to posting more creations soon! Enjoy!!! *wink*

Grow with Love . . .

Ugh. I have been so busy lately, but that is how the end of the school year seems to go . . . *sigh* Oh well, only a few more weeks left. Here is another page I made during the National Scrapbooking Day crop I attended. This photo of my daughter was taken on Easter this year. I used some patterned paper from the Making Memories Flutter collection and the title was done with American Crafts Thickers. The stamped medallion was done using this year's PTI Anniversary Set, Round & Round and the new For the Graduate stamp set. Colors are Aqua Mist, New Leaf and Raspberry Fizz. Kept things fairly simple here. Hope to be able to post more soon!!!

Pretty in Pink . . .

Last Saturday was National Scrapbooking Day. I spent the day at the Scrappy Boutique for 16 hours of sweet cropping bliss with my two best girlfriends. We had a fabulous time! We each finished 9 pages, and did a little shopping too!!! Here is one of my pages. I really wanted to use one of my new PTI stamp sets, A Little Argyle. I thought it would make the perfect accent for this picture of Kaleigh in her pretty pink Chicago Cubs outfit. I stamped an argyle photo mat, border, and even a little pink baseball! The hodgepodge of alphabet letters are from American Crafts and Making Memories. Ink and cardstock colors are PTI Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush, and Fresh Snow. I *love* this page! I grew up in a family of die-hard Cubs fans and pink is my absolute *favorite* color!!! I'll be looking forward to sharing more pages from my crop here in the next few days so make sure to check back soon . . . *wink*

Birthday Girl . . .

Here is another fun layout. This one features some not-quite-perfect photos from my daughter's 1st Birthday. I still wanted to scrapbook the occasion so I decided to crop the photos fairly small. I used some Dear Lizzy patterned paper, stickers, and Thickers letters from American Crafts. The base of my layout is PTI's Sweet Blush cardstock. I also added some felt flowers and corduroy brads from Stampin' Up. It is so hard to remember that she was ever this small!!! I am hoping to get my layouts from the weekend uploaded to share with you soon! *wink*

Things I Love About Her . . .

I have another scrapbook page to share with you today. I *adore* this picture of my daughter Kaleigh and thought it would be perfect for a layout highlighting all of the things I love about her. And what better stamp sets to use than PTI's Top Ten and Top Ten Additions. I also created a little pattern using the Simple Valentine collection of patterned papers. Ink and button colors are Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz and Hibiscus Burst. I also used the Marvy scalloped heart punch for my title. Just a nice, clean, simple page centered around my very favorite subject . . . *wink*

Pretty Please . . .

Here is another scrapbook page I completed recently. My daughter is such a girly girl! She *loves* to get all dolled up!!! My hubby snapped this photo of her getting ready to go out to do some shopping and I thought it was just begging to be scrapbooked. I used some American Crafts patterned paper and stickers from the Dear Lizzy spring collection for this layout. They seemed perfect to me - so scrumptious, just like that lipgloss! I also used some PTI products - Polka Dot Basics II and Top Ten stamp sets, cardstock in Kraft, ink in Fresh Snow and Pure Poppy, and buttons in Melon Berry. The border punch used was from the Stampin' UP! Sale-a-Bration catalog. I spent some time this weekend going through my stash trying to get things together for a 16 hour crop this coming Saturday in honor of National Scrapbooking Day. Looking forward to having some new creations to share soon!!!

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*gasp* Two posts in one week???

I know, I know - it's quite shocking isn't it? But as I said I really have been crafting. I actually get together with a couple fellow teachers about once a month for marathon scrapping sessions. Here is a page I created during our last session. It features so many fun things!!! I am *in love* with the new Dear Lizzy line from American Crafts! The patterned paper, ribbon, and flair button are all part of it. I also adore pink, especially this shade from Papertrey Ink called Sweet Blush. I also used PTI stamps to create the title (Outline Alphabet) and journaling block (Cupcake Collection and Top Ten). I am also fond of cupcakes, especially giant ones. And that sweet little girl, she's kinda cute too dont'cha think???

What I've been up to . . .

Hello there to all you folks out in Blogland! And a special hello to all my fellow Papertrey Pixies!!! I have been neglecting the old blog a bit but rest assured I have been crafting and creating, so today I thought I'd take a minute to share one of my recent projects with you. This layout was inspired by an art journal I purchased for my daughter, Kaleigh from Starbucks recently. I used the Mini Scrapbook Series: Tabs stamp set from PTI to create a border on the left of the photo and to add the words "doodles, sketches, ideas" underneath. I also used PTI ribbons in Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores, and Ripe Avocado to mimic a rainbow on the left of the page. Then I used some Making Memories alpha stickers to write "i am creative, i use my imagination, i am an artist". Love how this turned out! Hopefully I will be more motivated to keep things updated here. I already have a couple of things line up to share in the near future so make sure to check back soon . . . *wink*