Thursday, December 1, 2011

Who's ready for Christmas?!

Since today is the first day of December, I thought I would share this advent calendar that I made. I used Imaginisce papers and embellishments, SRM stickers, felt and a whole lot of fabric glue. Yep, it looks sewn together, but it's actually glued! The only sewing that I did was around the edge as a border. (you don't really need to sew the edges of felt). Then I also sewed around each square of paper, but the paper isn't sewn onto the felt. I just sewed the paper as a detail, then I glued it onto the felt squares. It's so much easier that way because if you mess up, you only ruin one square of paper, not the felt too. Also, sometimes when I try to sew two things together, it will slip and end up not totally straight. This way, I knew the paper was going to be straight over the felt because I was gluing it!
I also used fabric glue on my accordion flowers. I find that it holds better. Really, I used almost an entire bottle of fabric glue on this calendar!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A couple of quick cards

Since I see some of you are working with your October kits now, I thought I would share a couple of quick cards that I made last week using some of the remnants of my October Sugar kit. I didn't have a lot left, but I love these papers so much that I wanted to use every last bit. Then of course there is that doily! I had used one on another card, and this one I used as a mask previously. Love them!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Member Monday!

Kristin was scrapping up a storm this weekend. Check out these pages that she created for a couple of the challenges. She used her October kit here - isn't it gorgeous! I love the chevron bottom and that title cluster!
I love the punched circles on this one. Isn't that clever how she embellished each one?!

Friday, November 25, 2011

KIT SALE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HUGE kit sale!!!!!!!!!!

update..the following things are sold out:

May 2010 Spice
June 2011 Spice
Oct. 2011 Spice

I also only have 1 left of:

Feb. 2011 Sugar
May 2011 Sugar
Aug. 2011 Spice

Also, if you get my Constant Contact newsletter, I have a coupon for an additional $5.00 off of 4 or more kits if you order by Dec. 1st. If you're not on the newsletter list, let Heather know, and she can send it to you.

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Here are some layouts that I created using bits and pieces from older kits..mostly the September Spice kit.LOVED the red and teals in this kit so much! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Wednesday!

Ellen here with a Sugar Kit tip....
With the Holidays quickly approaching, I thought I would share a quick card with you that I created that can hold a gift card.

You can never have too many of these! AND I used the November Sugar kit.
I just made my card an inch bigger along the bottom, used a border punch and then folded it up. 
Use some twin or ribbon to help keep it closed.  EASY!

Here is the inside. I just used some tape to tack down the card. You don't want it falling out the sides ;)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Member Monday!!!!!!!!

I Just love Member Monday because I get to go through the gallery and check things out.  

This layout by shykiwi stood out right away because of her use of the photos.

SIX 4x6 photos (trimmed a bit) on one 12x12 layout!
How cool is that?!?!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Spice Girls

The November Spice kit features Prima North country! Oh my!!!!!!!!!! This kit is full of fun papers and embellishments!

Here is Celeste's awesome creations!

Wouldn't you love to get this card in the mail?

LOVE the icy feeling this layout portrays!

The design of this layout is awesome!

Celeste ROCKS the two page layouts! Those trees are too cute!

I also got to work with the fabulous November Spice kit!!! Here is what I made

For this page I cut apart the green paper and pop dotted the border to add some dimension...The cuties are my boys!

I love to fussy cut and for this card I ct the reindeer out of one of the papers....

I also love to make flowers and used the leftovers from my layouts to create the flowers!

LOVE this paper...I added the snowflakes from the kit and a few gems from a previous kit and voila! The sweet baby is my Goddaughter with her grandfather (my brother)

And to wrap it all up I finished with this card!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Scrapdango Sugar Reveal!

Good morning ladies! Yesterday the talented design team ladies revealed their November kits! WOW!!!! Such fantastic projects!

Today I thought I would highlight the sugar kit!

Meg really utilized her kit fabulously!

Such a pretty delicate and pretty!

Fantastic design on this two pager and those photos are gorgeous!

I LOVE the colors and design! It is so fabulous!!!!!!!!!!! That photo is AWESOME! Such an outstanding layout

I love how the photo is really highlighted in this photo!

Vanessa really rocked her kit!!!!

LOVE the photo strip! AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This color combo is fabulous!

Such a pretty and lovely layout!

beautiful card! that bird is fantastic!

Another gorgeous card!

Although the subject is painful the layout is absolutely delightful....

Thanks so much for stopping by! The inspiration here is fantastic!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Using New Stamps

Some of you will be getting this Prima Marketing North Country Stamp in your November Spice Kit.

I thought I would share with you a tip I learned from the talented Tim Holtz. When you use your stamp for the first time, ink it with an archival ink. It doesn't matter what color, just ink it up and stamp it off on some scrap paper. Now your new stamp is primed and ready for whatever inks you want to use on your projects.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Created using a simple template and the Scrapdango September kit.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween!!! Day 3

Good morning everyone! Today I thought I would share some ghoulish Halloween Titles for your next macabre page!

"Fangs" for the Memories

"Ill get you my pretty!...and all your candy too!!"
"The Boo Crew"
A Bootiful Night

A fairy enchanting time!

A haunting we will go

A HOWLIN' Good Time

A spooking we will go

A Spooktacular Day

A Spooky Good time

A Spooky Night

A Terror-ific Time

Best Witches

Boo Bash

BOO! Buddies

Bootiful Ghouls

Broom Parking - 5 cents

Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble
Carving Memories one Pumpkin at a time

Chills & Thrills

Coffin Break

Creature Feature

Creatures Of The Night

Creepy and Kooky...Altogether Spooky!

Cutest Pumpkin In The Patch

Eat drink and be scary

Fangs for the memories

Frightfully Delightful

Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun!

Goblins on the Loose


I want my mummy

Jeepers, Creepers

Make No Bones About It

Mischief and Mayhem

Monster Mash
Monsters on Parade

Pumpkin Picassos

Scaring Up Some Fun

Spook-tacular Kids

Spooktacular Halloween

Spooky Friends

The Witching Hour

There's Mischief Brewing

Too Cute 2 Spook

Where the wild things are

Hope you enjoy these and they come in handy for your next spooktacular page!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween!!! Day 2

Are you having a Halloween Party? Or want to make some spooky treats for your family?

Here are a couple of yummy recipes I thought might be perfect for your ghouls!

What You Need

1/2 leaf lettuce leaf
1/2 cup Kraft Rancher's Choice Dressing
4 cups assorted fresh vegetables (snow peas, carrots, cherry tomatoes, pepper strips, cucumber slices, cauliflower and broccoli florets, mushrooms)

Make It

LINE half of small bowl with lettuce for the skeleton's hair; fill with dressing. Place at one end of large tray or baking sheet for the skeleton's head.

ARRANGE vegetables on tray to resemble the skeleton's body.

Scary Skillet Shepherd's Pie

What You Need

3 cups frozen mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, corn, green beans)

1 lb. (450 g) ground beef

1 cup beef gravy
125 g (1/2 of 250-g pkg.) Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese, cubed
1 cup milk, divided
1 cup water
2 cups instant potato flakes
1/4 cup Kraft 100% Parmesan Grated Cheese

Make It

COOK vegetables as directed on package. Meanwhile, brown meat in large skillet; drain. Stir in gravy; simmer until heated through, stirring occasionally.

MICROWAVE cream cheese and 1/4 cup milk in medium microwaveable bowl on HIGH 30 sec.; beat with whisk until smooth. Gradually whisk in remaining milk and water. Microwave 2-1/2 min. or until hot, stirring after each minute. Stir in potato flakes and Parmesan until well blended. Spoon into resealable plastic bag; cut 1 corner from bottom of bag.

REMOVE 12 peas from mixed vegetables; stir remaining vegetables into meat mixture. Squeeze potato mixture into 6 mounds on meat mixture to resemble ghosts. Add 2 of the reserved peas to each for the eyes.

"Boo-tiful" JELL-O Cups

What You Need

3/4 cup boiling water
1 pkg. (85 g) Jell-O Orange Jelly Powder
2 cups ice cubes
2/3 cup thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping, divided
8 miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips

Make It

ADD boiling water to jelly powder in large bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Add ice; stir 3 to 5 min. or until jelly is thickened. Remove any unmelted ice. Whisk in 1/3 cup Cool Whip until well blended. Pour into 4 dessert dishes.

REFRIGERATE 30 min. or until firm.

DROP remaining Cool Whip by spoonfuls onto desserts to resemble ghosts. Add chocolate chips for the eyes.

Witches Brew

What You Need

2-1/4 cups boiling water, divided
2 pkg. (85 g each) Jell-O Giggly Grape Jelly Powder
1 pkg. (85 g) Jell-O Orange Jelly Powder
3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Eye Balls
10 cups cold water
1-1/4 cups Kool-Aid Orange Sugar Sweetened Drink Mix

Make It

ADD 1-1/2 cups boiling water to grape jelly powders; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Pour into 8-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.

MEANWHILE, add remaining boiling water to orange jelly powder; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Pour into ice cube trays. Refrigerate until partially set. Press blueberry into centre of jelly in each section of ice cube tray to resemble eye ball. Refrigerate until firm. Add cold water to drink mix in 2.5-L pitcher; stir until mix is dissolved. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

TRACE outline of small hand on piece of paper. (Size of hand needs to be 8 inches or smaller.) Cut out pattern with scissors; place on top of grape jelly. Cut around pattern with knife. When ready to serve punch, carefully remove gelatin hand from pan; place on rim of punch bowl, allowing fingers to hang over rim. Cut "fingers" from grape jelly trimmings. Add to punch bowl. Add jelly eye balls and punch.

all of these recipes are from

Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween!!! Day 1

I thought this week I would post some Halloween things for you!

Today I thought I would post a few Spooky projects found in the Dango Gallery!

this festive layout is by Lisa (pictures2pages)...he is so adorable!

And this too fun multi photo layout was created by Kimmy (lostinadream) fabulous pumpkins!

Kim (karennie34) did a fantastic job creating this sweet layout!

SGodard really did create a fun and fabulous is purrrrrrrrrrfect!
Don't you just love this layout from Susan? Love how she was able to incorporate so many fun photos without the layout being overly crowded

This fantastic layout was created by Cheryl....aren't those photos adorable?

I hope you found some inspiration for your next Halloween project!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

October Kits and Some Examples

Well after being a little delayed in getting some product, I finally got the October kits put together to reveal.  I do think they were worth the wait, although they will ship on time, so no wait for kit club members to get them.

So here is the spice kit. This is a company I have used before, but it is fairly rare. It's the Ruby Rock-It Bella Paper Boy line. I love the bright, fun colors of this. All the cardstock in this kit is Core'dinations. The first two colors (red and aqua) are color core cs and the last color is black magic cs with a light blue core. I showed the black side and then the blue side.

October 2011 Spice Kit Featuring Ruby Rock-It Bella Paper Boy

Here are some examples of layouts by DT member, Celeste Brodnik.

And the sugar kit is a very eclectic mix of papers from the new Amy Tangerine line from American Crafts, which I loved when I first saw it. I love how the papers all go together but aren't matchy matchy and there are some fun brights but lots of neutrals. One of the papers has real stitching on it too.

October 2011 Sugar Kit Featuring American Crafts Amy Tangerine

Here is a fabulous example layout by DT member, Megan Aaron.

and a fun one with a clever title by DT member, Ellen Sosnoski:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Terrific Tuesday

Well thank goodness Monday is over because now we can get on with our week.  I don't know about you, but Monday's for me I am just barely able to get the kids to school and do the basic tasks for the day.  I just feel like I'm doing so much catching up from the week prior and weekend.  That may explain why I didn't get the Member Monday posted yesterday.  So I bring you terrific Tuesday and some more great examples from the Scrapdango Gallery.

These are still some great examples of cards from our World Cardmaking Day Crop that I want to share with you.  Here are a couple that caught my eye.

Love the simplicity and color of this one by Kim (karennie34)

Also love this adorable card and pencil set by Kristin.  What a fabulous gift this would be for a teacher either at Christmas or end of the year.

Kristin, by the way, was the lucky winner of the School's In contest and will get a FREE 3 Month kit subscription.  Congrats Kristin.  Be sure to check out the forum, blog and/or Facebook page regularly to find out about new contests where you can win kits and other great stuff.  As a side note, watch for news on an upcoming design team call. ;)

Coming soon:  The much belated reveal of the October kits.