Wednesday, September 26, 2012

This week

Monday: chess, karate, and errands that kept me away from home all day
Tuesday: school reading seminar, work
Wednesday: Nini turns 10, cupcakes to school, karate, celebration, science olympics, apple tasting in school
Thursday: Writing seminar in school, science fair meet, piano
Friday: I don't dare to think...deadlines!
Saturday: Ashis goes to Manila, Philippines for a week; Karate class; Karate graduation
Sunday: Please don't wake me up... I want to sleep till I can't sleep anymore

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Announcing winners today

This always makes me happy... announcing winners for giveaways :)
And today I hope to make 4 people happy!!!

First of all, thanks everyone for taking challenges, playing along, and posting comments.

Let's start with October Afternoon Midway blog hop...
Out of the 150 comments, picks comment # 11
Laura C said...
  that tin pin is perfecton on this!
  7:53 AM
Laura, huge congrats to you! Please email me (  your address which I'll forward to October Afternoon who will mail you your pack of Journal cards from their Midway Collection.
And now it's time to announce the winners of Take the Challenge September at Faber Castell Design Memory Craft blog. Again, winners were picked using the Random Number Generator from We have announced winners over at the Design Memory Crafts blog, but I want to mention the works of these ladies here as well.
Be you
By Stephanie Sch├╝tze
By Diana
By SandeeNC
Congrats Ladies! Please check here for how to claim your prizes :)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Stampin' Up! Holiday 2012 Catalog

has been released and is available here. It's filled with beautiful inspiration! Here are a few projects I did with the newly released stamps.
This first one is a place card for a Thanksgiving meal. I used the Wonderfall Clear mount set of 5 stamps. You could also out the digital download kit. Don't you love the various patterns in the leaves?

After a shot of color, let me show you something in plain black and white...This card is made with white cardstock, black ink and Toxic Treats Clear Mount 8 stamp set. You could use these with labels to mark Halloween treats this year. Spooky!

And here's one with the Christmas Wishes Clear Mount stamp set of 4 and some Make A Mitten  clear mount stamp set of 10. So CUTE!!!
I'll have more projects to share from this release soon. So, check back!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

October Afternoon Midway Blog Hop

Think fairs, carnivals, think fun... that's the Midway collection from October Afternoon's new CHA summer release!
Here's a new card I made with the goodies from this collection...

Check out the Midway collection for creative possibilities and leave a comment to this post by 9/17 to win ONE pack of Journal cards:
Product # DC181
Product # DC181
Hop on over to these blogs for more inspiration and chances to win more goodies from the Midway collection ...
Jill Sprott
Vivian Masket
Michelle Wooderson
Roree Rumph
Mou Saha: YOU ARE HERE :)
Lexi Bridges
October Afternoon blog

Happy hoppin' and good luck everyone!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Allison Kreft's Everyday Eclectic

When Hambly closed, I was really sad. But when Allison created the Everyday Eclectic line for Echo Park, I was delighted! Recently, she sent me her lovely collection, I created this layout for her...

What a fun, airy, and sweeyt collection!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Glitz for September

Hi everyone, here are my Glitz layouts for September. Lately, I have been playing with little bits and pieces of different elements on my layouts and the great variety of Glitz goodies available makes it even more fun! So, here's my first layout with stickers, stamps, paper layers and more. 

And then here is layout # 2...

Layout # 1
Pretty In Pink Music 12 x12 paper
French Kiss Script 12 x12 paper
French Kiss stamps
Pretty In Pink Paper Layers
Happy Travels Epoxy stickers
Dance In The Sunshine Title sticker
Layout # 2
French Kiss Script 12 x12 paper
Pretty In Pink Paper Layers
Pretty In Pink Journaling Sticker
Pretty In Pink Layered Sticker
Dance In The Sunshine Title sticker
Beautiful dreamer Journaling Sticker
Happy Travels Epoxy stickers
Hello Friend Coral Polka Washi Tape

Drumrolls please!

The winner for CK's Better Digital Photos & Scrapbooking is comment # 14

True Random Number Generator
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Bloggercountrychicken said...

Looks great and congrats on your new endeavor!

9:20 PM

Countrychicken, congrats! Email me at your home address by 9/17/2012 and CK will mail you your prize. If I don't hear from you by the above date, unfortunately you'll forfeit your prize.

Thanks everyone for playing along!

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Take the challenge

I have started a challenge series over at the Faber Castell Design Memory Craft blog. I think you might enjoy participating in this challenge. I'll be posting the challenges here on my blog, but to win prizes you'll need to link you creations in your comments on the Design Memory Crafts blog to my challenge post.

Today, I have a challenge for you. I feel that creative challenges help us experiment and learn new things. Challenges can help us get unstuck from creative ruts. They can also inspire us to create in ways we would not have thought of otherwise. So, I decided to take a few creative challenges myself and thought you might like to play along.
Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. The following Monday, we will pick THREE winners randomly from among the readers who participated in that week's challenge. And the winner will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.
Today's challenge is simple. I love colors! Don't you? So why not take a color challenge!
I found this at Design Seeds via Pinterest. It's irresistible to me!

I knew instantly where I could find these colors in my stash...

Look through your stash and I'm sure you'll find these colors in one form or another. Now, play with it!
So, here's my take:

Don't forget to share your clallenge creations with us...just leave a comment with link to your project image (s) by Friday, 9/14 and we will pick THREE winners randomly to win a prize each!

The prizes for this challenge are:
ONE pack of Mixed Media Aquarelle & Ink in your choice of color!!!
There are 5 color choices to pick from:

Don't forget to check back on Monday, 9/17 to see if YOU won!
Hope you play along!

Monday, September 03, 2012

CK's Better Digital photos & Scrapbooking & a Giveaway

Better Digital Photos & Scrapbooking, the newest special issue from Creating Keepsakes has arrived!

Filled with 293 expert ideas for taking better digital photos, enhancing them, and using them in layouts, this issue is surely a keeper! What I'm loving is how the techniques are explained visually with step-by-step screen shots. It's making me think that the Manual Mode is actually doable and it maybe time to graduate from auto! Here's a sneak peek for you.
Also, don't forget to look at the online extras!
Here's a photo of my daughter and her puppy from this issue.
You can find the details in Chapter 5: Photo Enhancements for Creating Better Photos


Thanks to Creating Keepsakes, I can give away ONE copy of this special issue!
Just leave a comment with your e-mail address to this post by Sunday 9/9/2012. I'll pick one winner randomly and post on Monday 9/10/2012
For additional chances of winning, hop on to the following blogs...

Gretchen McElveen
Iris Uy
Ashley Harris (The Scrap Review)
Lain Ehmann
Susan Mintmire
Patty Cieri
Ashley Horton
Stacy Cohen
Autumn Baldwin
Joey Manwarren
Laina Lamb
Adele Beck
Erika Hayes
Jana Morton

Good luck to you all and happy hopping!