Friday, December 16, 2011

Crafty Sprouts DT Day

Hi everyone! Welcome to another Crafty Sprouts DT day!!!! As we continue with the challenge theme, we have this great photo collage to look at for some inspiration.  You can be inspired by anything whether it's color, texture, shapes.. whatever makes your little heart beat! So here's our inspiring photo:

For me the inspiration was all about red and blue.  I made these little treats for my son's class and made the tag using a Creative Memories tag punch and my Creative Memories Storybook Creator to design the santa.  I punched out all the santas with a 2" circle punch and glued them to the tag.  To put the icing on the cake I stamped it with Crafty Sprouts "Have a Cool Yule" Santa Rocks sentiment!  The kids loved it!!

Don't forget you still have time to enter the challenge by clicking here. Bugaboo is our sponsor for this challenge and there is an awesome prize up for grabs!  

Friday, December 9, 2011

Crafty Sprouts Challenge Day

Good morning everyone! We have here another Crafty Sprouts challenge! This time a photo opportunity.  You can create a project that will inspire you by the picture below, it can be inspired by the colors, image, theme, etc. whatever you see that inspires you!

Unfortunately I do not have a project this week, but will be back with some inspiration next week! Don't forget to visit the other DT members and link up your project at Crafty Sprouts! There's an awesome prize up for grabs sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps!

Have a great day and a wonderful weekend.  I will be away on Cheerleading duty... lol!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Crafty Sprouts Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Welcome to Crafty Sprouts Sale Hop! What a great way to promote an awesome price for awesome stamps!  If you have arrived here from Sandra's blog then you are in the right place and if you just happen to be stop by to say hi, just go straight to the beginning of the hop to Erika's blog for some awesome inspiration.  You don't want to miss any of the design team members' creations!!! 

So now on to my project.  I decided to use the Rock That Baby Bump stamp set in an album form.  I love the cute sentiments in this set and thought what a great way for a Mom to show off her journey from being pregnant until the baby is born!

This is the cover.  I used the cute little footsies, which I always love and stamped it all around.  The cover is actually one of the booklets from the YourStory Photo, which I used to bind all the pages below.  I took pictures of each page before binding so you can have a better look at each page.

When I saw this stamp, I thought it would be so cool to use with a picture of sonogram!

How cute is this page to use for a picture of Mom while pregnant?!?!

Here's another awesome stamp from that set to use with a cute picture showing off Mom's belly!

Now here... we can't forget about Dad you know!

And the day finally arrives!

All the birth details for your bundle of joy!!

Super cute picture of the baby goes here.

What a cute stamp to use to put a picture of Mom and baby!

And of course... this is awesome for a great family picture!

And here it is after it is all in the bind.

How about some blog candy??? I would love to give this project to one winner who has visited all the blogs in the hop, has left a comment is following my blog.  For an extra chance to win, just tell me in a separate comment which is your favorite stamp set from Erika's latest release!

I really hope you enjoyed my book but most of all I hope you take advantage of the awesome sale that Crafty Sprouts is having.  $12.50 a stamp set and Free Shipping! It can't get much better than that for these super fun stamps!   This is your last stop of the hop.  

Ready? Set? Let's go shopping!!!!!  Click here to go to the Crafty Sprout Store!

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Crafty Sprouts Design Team Day

Good morning to you all and welcome to another Crafty Sprouts Design Team day! For today I made this gift card holder using Crafty Sprouts' Have a Cool Yule set.  I love the font to make the tags and the sentiment is my favorite! I used My Creative Time's embossed gift card holder die, punched out some scalloped circles to use as tags, inked the edges of the cards and tags, added some ribbon and voila! 

Don't forget there's a great sale going on at Crafty Sprouts.  All stamps are $12.50 with free shipping so go check them all out!!  Check out the other Design Team members projects as well for some more inspiration.

Paper Hoarders Design Team - Christmas Cards

Good morning and I'm so happy to be a part of the Paper Hoarder's Design Team today! I love this group because it is a facebook group with lots of inspiration and tips.  Everyone has something to offer.  If you would like to become a part of it, just be sure to be my friend on facebook and if you are not, you can request me as a friend by clicking my facebook button on the right and send me message requesting to be added to the group.  You will love the environment in this group!

The theme for the design team is Christmas cards.  I can't believe we are almost 3 weeks away from Christmas! Time does sure fly by fast! I made this cute card with Carrots for Rudolph Ariel from Simply Betty Stamps and Crafty Sprouts Have a Cool Yule sentiment set.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have a nice and relaxing weekend!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

KinderStamO Guest Designer

Happy Thursday everybody! I'm so happy to have the opportunity to guest design for Jess and use her awesome KinderStampO stamps.   I made this cute card for my niece who turned three and thought the font from the stamp set and the messages were great to use for this age group. If you haven't checked out her products you can do so by clicking here.

Here's what I used for the card.  
KinderStampO's Vintage Birthday stamp set
Imagine Best Friends
Cotton Candy Divine Twine
Creative Memories paper flowers

The image actually has an action wobble behind it, so my niece had lots of fun playing with it!

Hope you all have a nice day!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Winner Winner!!!!

Hi everybody! I hope you all had a great weekend! I know I did... I spent a great thanksgiving with my family and I actually did some cleaning up around the house and still had some time for crafting! lol.  I'm not one to go out and hit the crowds on black Friday, so I used that time to my advantage and got a little ahead.

I have some winners from the 2 blog hops this weekend and here they are:

For the Calendar Blog Hop, chose 
#7  Tanya

For Tanya's Surprise Birthday Blog Hop, chose
#17 Rosie

Congratulations Ladies and please email me your address at scrappyzeni at gmail dot com

Have a great evening!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Calendar Blog Hop

If you are here for Tanya's Surprise Birthday Blog Hop, click here

Welcome to the Calendar Blog Hop! I am really excited about this blog hop for various reasons.   This is actually my first self hosted blog hop and I have a great group of ladies that are joining me!!  I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see their projects! I also have some awesome blog candy to give away thanks to Ms. Emma from My Creative Time, the Whimsical Calendar Day Stamp set! Here's what it looks like:

I actually used this set for my project today and just to help the winner even more, I am including the matching die:

To be eligible to win, you must be a follower of my blog and must comment on all the participating blogs.  I will choose a winner on Monday morning.  Here is a list of the participants:

Now on to my project.  I had so much fun creating this.  This was my first in many areas.  I have never created a mini album and I have never used the cinch which I have had for almost a year. I made this mini album with a love theme.  I must warn you, this is very picture heavy... so I apologize in advance (although I didn't take pictures of every single page to save you all some time!)

These are the products that I used:
Echo Park cardstock (Victoria Garden and Be Mine)
American Crafts Ribbon
EK Success Adornment fibers
My Creative Time Banner Kit and Whimsical Calendar Days stamp sets
Close To My Heart Frames, Tags and Borders stamp and banner and mixed shapes chip board
Kinderstampo Vintage Love and Say it in Type stamp sets
Coordination and Recollections cardstock
The Twinery twine - charcoal and blossom
Creative Memories Tag punch
Black chipboard

I added a pink bling to special days such as Valentines day, Christmas and New Years as well as some space for journaling.  This is a great album to give as a gift for a couple.  It is for sale so if you are interested, please feel free to send me an email at scrappyzeni at gmail dot com.

I hope you enjoyed it! Now keep on hopping to the wonderful Pam from Lovebug Creations! Don't forget to leave a comment on all the blogs to be eligible to win the stamp and die set from My Creative Time!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Crafty Sprouts Challenge - Tag it!

If you are looking for Tanya's Surprise Birthday Blog Hop 
just scroll down to the post below or click here.

Good morning everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving with your family and ate lots and lots of turkey! lol! I got very lucky to marry a man that loves to cook, so he did all the cooking yesterday and it was super delicious!  Now it's time to gear up for my other favorite time of the year, Christmas!! :)

Welcome to another Crafty Sprouts challenge.  This time is all about tags. Here is what I made:

I made this christmas snowflake tag using the Wrap It Up cricut cartridge and My Creative Time's curly label.  The sentiment is from Crafty Sprouts' Have a Cool Yule set.  Being that Christmas is quickly approaching, this is becoming my favorite set! I love the "cool" christmas sentiments!  Here are the stamps in that set:

Don't forget to visit the other Design Team members and to go to the Crafty Sprouts Shop and place your order for the new release! Here are new stamps:

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to join me tomorrow for the Calendar blog hop! 

Awesome prize to be given away.  You can click here for more information.  Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

Tanya's Surprise Birthday Blog Hop!


Welcome to Tanya's Surprise Birthday Blog Hop!!!! I am so happy that Kari from Purplefuntastick Creations put this blog hop together and asked me to start the party off!! For those of you who may not know Tanya from Scrappin' KY Momma, she is an awesome, talented and dedicated crafter who loves to inspire people.  She is the leader of the Paper Hoarders group on facebook and keeps it going like if we were a big, happy, crafty family!  Now it's our turn to show her some love on her special day and let her know how much we appreciate her.  So Tanya, I hope you are inspired with our creations just as much as you inspire us!

On to my project and gift for Tanya.  I made her 2 frames for her to have pictures of her 2 children Candace and Colton. I sure hope that she likes them!! I added some pictures that I grabbed from facebook, but once she gets them she can change them to whatever she wants.

I used Echo Park's Victoria Gardens collection for both of these frames and sealed them with mod podge.  For Candace's frame I used the font from the Once Upon a Princess cartridge and I stickled it.  I also made the flowers from the Art Philosophy cartridge and added some pearls and heart pearls for Martha Stewart.  For Colton's frame I used the font from Don Juan and I stickled as well. For the banner I used My Creative Time's Build a Banner Kit.  The letters for the banner are from KinderStampO's Say It in Type stamp set.

Now on to some blog candy!! I am giving away to one lucky winner the wonderful Cricut Yummy Imagine Cartridge! 

All you have to do is be a follower of my blog, leave a comment on this post and also leave a comment on all the other participants blogs.  Here they all are:

You have until Sunday November 27th midnight to hop along. I will choose a winner on Monday morning.

Tanya, I hope you were surprised.  You are truly an amazing friend and inspire me in so many ways.  I sure hope that one day we get to meet, it is definitely one of the items in the top of my bucket list!! lol! I love you lots and I wish you the best birthday ever with lots of love, happiness, peace and good health!

P.S. Your frames will be mailed to you on Monday! :)

Now on to the most talented Kristina.  She also has this awesome giveaway just for leaving a comment on all blogs!  

So don't miss out and enjoy the blog hop in honor of a beautiful person!! Have a beautiful day everybody!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I Am Thankful

Today is a day where we give thanks for many things.  We give thanks for our family, our friends, our jobs, our lives.  I personally thank God every day of my life.  There are days I complain, but then I think of the person that has no job, the one who lost a family member, the ones that have no one to sit and have a dinner and a conversation with, the ones that have never experienced love, the ones that are fighting a deadly disease and the ones that have sadly enough never experienced God, it reminds me to be thankful instead of complaining.  

I am thankful for my beautiful family who constantly supports me in every which way.  For my husband who stands by me, for my children who love me unconditionally, for my parents who have cared for me all my life and continue to do so by praying for me, for my sisters who I love with all my heart, for my job that pays my bills and allows me to go and see the doctor without a huge expense, for my home that I am able to afford, for my friends who are there for me when I need someone to talk to and for my crafty friends who inspire me and keep me going in doing what I love.

When things are not going right in my life and I'm down, I remind myself that things could be worse.  God brings me to that point for one reason and that's to get me closer to him.  To remind me that he is there and that he is my strength.  Let's be reminded of the things we do have in our lives and be thankful for them not just for today, but everyday of the year and also be reminded that when life is not rosy, God is there to get us through.... but only if we let him.  May my beautiful family and friends have a great day with their loved ones.  Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm Thankful…
Author Unknown

…for the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, 
because it means I am alive.

…for weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day, 
because it means I have been capable of working hard.

…for my shadow that watches me work,
because it means I am out in the sunshine.

…for the taxes that I pay, 
because it means that I am employed.

…for the clothes that fit a little too snug, 
because it means I have enough to eat.

…for the teen-ager who is complaining about doing dishes 
because he is at home and not on the streets.

…for the mess to clean up after a party, 
because it means that I have been surrounded by friends.

…for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and need fixing, 
because it means I have a home.

…for the lady behind me in church that sings off key, 
because it means that I can hear.

…for all the complaining I hear about the government, 
because it means that I have freedom of speech.

…for the parking spot at the far end of the parking lot, 
because it means I am capable of walking 
and that I have been blessed with transportation.

…for my huge heating bill, because it means I am warm.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Crafty Sprouts New Release Blog Hop - Day 2

For Day One of Crafty Sprouts New Release Blog Hop, click here
For the Peachy Keen Kut Outs Blog Hop, click here

Welcome to Day 2 of Crafty Sprouts' new release!  If you have arrived her from Crafty Sprouts then you are in the right place.  If you just happen to stop by, you can start the blog hop by visiting Erika's Crafty Sprouts blog.

Boy do we have a treat for you today!!!With Breaking Dawn just out, what a perfect day to release the Fanpire set!!! These sentiments are just fun to use with any vampire type image.  I chose to use a digi stamp from Sassy Studio Designs and I thought it went perfect with this sentiment.

For the Feeling Icky stamp set, I used the very cute Ali from Simply Betty Stamps Jude and the Rockers Fall collection.

Here is a preview of both sets:

Don't forget to stop by the Crafty Sprouts Shop to pre-order your stamps!  You will have lots of fun creating with them!! and you can have a chance at winning the whole set.  Erika will be choosing one winner and you don't know which blog they will be coming from so for more chances at winning, make sure you comment on all the blogs.  Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!