Monday, November 28, 2011

And the winner is

of CK's Scrapbooking Holidays and Celebrations is comment # 4 as chosen by
Crystal_235 said...

I love scrapping my husband dressed up as Santa (at Wal-mart) and my kids sitting on his lap.
I have a really cute photo of my Daughter and the title say's "Shh, I have a Secret...My daddy is Santa's helper!"
11:16 AM

Congrats Crystal :)
Please email me your addy at

Yesterday, we had a visitor...

Om spotted him in our backyard while he was playing outside... the gator was about 5 feet long head to tail tip sporting mighty fangs... shiny and unperturbed! This, however, isn't new to us... we used to get many more of them only few years back basking in the winter sun... used to freak my mom out when Nini was very young as she, being her mother's daughter, was always immensely curious about everything!

School was out for a whole week which was a great respite from early mornings... We went to Legoland, Universal Studios, and stayed at the Nick Hotel. The kids had a blast!!! I LOVED all the details of the Harry Potter castle and man, I hate riding roller coasters... Om wasn't big enough for a few rides and was somewhat grumpy about it. My legs are still killing me from all the walking... in fact, we postponed our tickets to Sea World because of that... overall, nice break from routine.

On the art front, been busy making my next Etsy kit for the new year and editing photos for printing as well as preparing some Christmas gifts. Will share pics asap :)

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Inspired by Autumn

I'm fascinated by the grandeur of Autumn! Where I live, we don't see colors of changing leaves, so I make up for it with my craft supplies. Here's an example:

As seen in Creating Keepsakes magazine, November -December 2011, Copyright: Creative Crafts Group
You can find the details here.

Here, I want to take a moment to say thanks to all of you, my blog readers for visiting me, leaving comments, participating in giveaways, and more.
Also a great big thank you to all of you who support my little Etsy venture!
And my students who have driven for hours in terrible weather to take my classes...
My design teams Anna Griffin, 7 Gypsies, Glitz Design, Faber-Castell, Hambly Studios for the opportunity to create for them.
And Creating Keepsakes for everything...

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanks, Winner & Another GIVEAWAY

First up, thanks everyone for participating in the giveaway as well as to those who stopped by with the Hambly wishes :) I appreciate!

Now, it's time to find out who the winner is for CK's Scrapbooking With Fabric & Notions chooses
tbpghfan said...
I save the tags from inside childrens clothing my kids have outgrown and then sew them onto layouts. There are some cool and artistic tags out there. My son carter has instant personalized embellishments thanks to carter clothing!

Congrats tbghfan! If you are reading today's post, shoot me an email at with your address and CK will mail you your prize :)

Oh... don't walk away yet... because I have one more wonderful new CK issue to give away and just in time for the Holidays too...
I'm talking about the Scrapbooking Holidays and Celebrations 2011 issue.

In this issue you'll find ideas for layouts celebrating birthdays, Christmas, Hanukkah, Independence Day, & more, downloadable planning worksheets, and display ideas for holiday albums.
Here's one of my super fast pages from the issue:
You can order the issue here. Or better still...
Tell me what holiday or celebration you love scrapping the most in your comment to this post by 11/25 and I'll pick ONE winner on 11/28.
Oh and don't forget to include your email in your comment so I can contact you if you win :)
Good luck everyone!

Friday, November 11, 2011

GIVEAWAY and Inside Look

If you are into sewing or are interested in using sewing techniques and notions in your scrapbooking, you are going to love CK's newest special issue Scrapbooking With Fabric And Notions. Whether you are looking for ideas to create backgrounds, borders, accents, titles for your pages or mini albums, you'll find 237 inspiring ideas in this issue.

And here's one of my layouts from this issue:

A page by Suzy Plantamura:

You can order the issue here. Or better still...
Tell me what your favorite notion is for scrapbooking in your comment to this post by 11/17 and I'll pick ONE winner on 11/18, next Friday.
Oh and don't forget to include your email in your comment so I can contact you if you win :)
Good luck everyone!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ticket holder

Phew...what a week!!! Glad to get Friday off...
Here's a quick share before I crawl into bed

Don't forget to check out the Gypsy journal for more holiday/ gift-giving inspiration.
And check back tomorrow for cool giveaways!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Art journal page with Aquarelle pencils

I lightly sketched lines on the journal page.

Filled the sections with colors using art grip Aquarelle pencils.

Blended the colors with wet brush

When dry, I journaled on the page using PITT artists pen

I let a little water drip down and wrote 'Favorite Season' with Aquarelle pencils on the wet surface to finish the page.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Glitz layouts for November

Hi everyone, here are my Glitz layouts for November...
For my first layout, I turned to each new collection because as beautiful as they are individually, I think they work together wonderfully too.

I used a rose frame from Beautiful Dreamer Peek-A-Boos. I stamped the Vintage Blue rose onto scrap cardstock with a Ranger Archival Sepia Ink Pad and used watercolor pencils to color it a similar shade as the rose in the frame. Then I cut it out and layered with pop dots next to the frame.

I  journaled in the little ornate label printed on the Beautiful Dreamer Houndstooth paper and added a Vintage Blue lace trim to finish.

My second layout is also a combination of all three collections.

Layout 1:
Beautiful Dreamer 12x12 Houndstooth Paper
Beautiful Dreamer 12x12 Damask Paper
Beautiful Dreamer Peek-A-Boos
Dance in the Sunshine Epoxy Stickers
Dance in the Sunshine Paper Layers
Vintage Blue Trim Cards
Vintage Blue Stamp
Layout 2:
Beautiful Dreamer 12x12 Damask Paper
Beautiful Dreamer Peek-A-Boos
Dance in the Sunshine Epoxy Stickers
Vintage Blue Stamp

Friday, November 04, 2011

Classes tomorrow

at Whim So Doodle... you can call the store at 727-827-4911to sign up.

And now some wonderful news for digi and hybrid scrappers...
Want FREE brand-new, exclusive digital content from Stampin’ Up!? Join Stampin’ Up!? as they celebrate Digital Scrapbooking day with a four-day online event, November 4-7. Access your FREE downloads from, after completing a quick survey. The downloads are compatible with most design software, so tell all your friends, and mark your calendars today!

Happy Digital Scrapbooking Day!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011