Monday, August 29, 2011

Congrats On Your Little Rock Star Card

Good Monday everyone! I hope you had a wonderful and blessed weekend. It was my hubby's birthday this weekend, so crafting time was limited, but I was able to fit a little project in.  I received my Sophie cartridge from the Cricut Circle club and I'm so glad I got it because I totally love it! I made the dollie from the cut in this cartridge and I also use my sampler cartridge for the onesie cut.  Crafty Sprouts has an awesome stamp from the Are You Ready to Rock stamp set that went perfect with this baby card:

Don't forget to stop by the Crafty Sprouts Shop to check out Erika's awesome stamps!  There will be a release of new stamps next week, so stay tuned for some sneak peeks!  Hope you all have  a great day and God bless!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Spotlight Saturday

Welcome to another Spotlight Saturday!  For those of you visiting for the first time, every week I feature someone's blog on my blog. There are so many crafters and blogs out there with a wealth of knowledge and creativity and unfortunately like some of you, I'm not able to visit them all the time, but I know they are there. This is my way of giving them the recognition that they deserve and perhaps a few more followers ;-).

This week I am featuring another wonderfully talented lady, Heather from Stamp the Details. I met Heather through the Paper Hoarders Facebook Group.  She has a very unique way about her style and loves to stamp and color.  
Here’s a little bit about Heather and her project:
Hi!  My name is Heather Strenzwilk and I've been stamping for 17 years.  I live with my husband and daughter in upstate NY.  In addition to taking care of my family, I work part time doing quality control and technical support for a small software company.  In my "spare" time I am on two design teams and I review products for an online craft blog (I love being paid in product!)  Card making was my first adult foray into paper crafting and is still my favorite because I love paper, ink and stamps.  I enjoy both rubber and digital stamping and often combine both in my work.  I finally broke down in January of this year and bought a Big Shot and a Slice and I don't know why I waited so long!

Thanks Scrappyzeni for inviting me to guest blog today.  We met on a papercrafting group on Facebook. She was looking for volunteers to be her guest and I took a chance and sent  a link to my blog and the rest is history!

My project is based on a ready to make matchbox kit from Martha Stewart.  I didn't like the covers that came with the kit so I cut one apart and made it into a pattern.  Each cover is a 3x6 piece of cardstock scored in a few places.  If I stamp the background I score after I stamp.  For the inside I used a pre-cut piece from the kit.  These can be made quickly- especially if you use a scoring board.  Fast and easy and a fun way to share a small treat.

Heather, thanks for agreeing to be on the "Spotlight".  Feel free to grab the Spotlight button on the right to display on your blog.  
Please stop by her blog and leave her some love! I'm sure she will love it and along the way she can make a few new friends! May you all have a beautiful Saturday and God bless!

Cricut Lvr 800 Follower Giveaway

Good morning everyone, I wanted to share with you an awesome giveaway that Elsa from Cricut Lvr is having.  Click here to go check it out.  Once she reaches 800 followers she will pick a winner, so head on over and become a follower! There are many chances to win this awesome imagine cartridge so don't miss out!

Have a great weekend everybody and God bless!!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Crafty Sprouts Design Team Day

TGIF everybody! I'm so happy because today is design team day at Crafty Sprouts!! I would like to introduce you to Wednesday from Simply Betty Stamps Sweet Gothic Kids collection.  Isn't she sassy??  This image went perfect with Crafty Sprouts' sentiment from the Are You Ready to Rock stamp set.  These sentiments are super versitile and hip and you can use with any occasion.  Click here to take a closer look.  I also used My Creative Time's curly label die set.  I am just loving Emma's die sets, they go great with all of the kinds of sentiments!  I do have to work on my photography and editing skills though... ribbon is suppose be pink! lol!

You still have time to enter the Are You Ready to Rock challenge.  It is open until September 1st.  The sponsor for this challenge is Simply Betty Stamps. You have the opportunity to win these two awesome stamps:

 Now on to the winner of a Crafty Sprouts stamp set and opportunity to be a guest a designer at Crafty Sprouts.... chose:

Congrats Anniebee! Please email me at with your snail mail addy and I will give you additional details about the guest design spot! You have 3 days to claim your prize

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the rest of the fabulous Crafty Sprouts design team, RavenSandraAbby, and Jess! Have a great weekend and God bless!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

24 HR Tag Challenge at Paper Hoarders

Wow!! I have been on a crafting role this week!!!  Yesterday, I took the opportunity of being able to participate in a 24 hour challenge over at the Paper Hoarders Facebook Group page.  This is such a fun group of gals who love crafting, so if you would like to join make sure you let me know so I can send you an invite.  The great thing about this group is that you don't need to have a blog! All challenges are done directly on facebook and we get so many ideas and tips from each other.  There is even a chance to be on a rotating designing team.  Thanks to Tanya from Scrappin' KY Momma for putting this group together!

On to the challenge :)  The challenge was to create a tag with lace or paper that resemble lace. The lace I have was too big for this tag so I opted to use a lace punch from Recollections. I also used the curly label die cut from My Creative Time. The paper flowers and butterfly are from a Creative Memories collection and the sentiment is from the Crafty Sprouts Besties for Life stamp set.  Check out Erika's shop for her awesome stamps! She is so creative and has such a unique and fun style!

You still have a chance to leave a comment for a chance to win a Crafty Sprouts stamp set.  Just click here or go to the post below to leave a comment.  I will be picking a winner tomorrow morning!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a beautiful day! God bless!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Crafty Friends and a Giveaway

Hi everyone! To show off the awesome Crafty Sprouts stamps, I wanted to do a quick card and do a giveaway today.   I used Lisa from the Simply Betty stamps DT Diva collection.  She's carrying her cute little "scrapbook" bag and I thought this "crafty friends are happy friends" sentiment for Crafty Sprouts "Besties for Life" stamp set complimented it very well.  She reminds me of me carrying all my supplies to the girls' cheerleading practice (gives me about 4 hours to kill twice a week!)

Today I will be giving away a Crafty Sprouts stamp set and the lucky winner will also be a Guest Designer for Crafty Sprouts.  All you have to do is:

1.   Visit the Crafty Sprouts Shop 
2.   Leave me a comment with your favorite sentiment and
      from which stamp set it's from. 

Easy peasy!!!!  I will announce the winner on Friday morning.  Everyone around the world is welcome, but the giveaway must stay in the U.S! Thanks for your understanding!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a beautiful day! God bless!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ruby Tuesday and Winner of ecraft Back to School Blog Hop

Hi everyone! I made this card with another wonderful digi from Dee's Bugaboo Boutique.  These digis are so inspiring and can lift up anyone's day with a great message from God.  This week is 2 Corinthians 5:7 "We live by faith and not by sight"

What this means to me???  I don't have to see God to know of his glory and grace and to understand that he is all that I need to get through life.  This is my FAITH.

Dee asked how I did the distressing: I simply took a stipple brush and put some ink on it and dabbed it across the paper.  I love to use stipple brushes because you can add as much or as little as you want and you can use different colors together.  Hope you like this quick little technique!

So on to the winner of the Back to School blog hop. chose

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sweetlilscrapper said... Add Reply

wow this is amazing!

Sweetlilscrapper, please email me at so I can get your Peachy Keen Stamp gift certificate.  You will also be entered for a chance to win an ecraft!

Thank you for stopping by and God bless!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Everyone Needs a Computer Friend Like You!

Good Monday morning everyone!!! Today kids go back to school and a different routine has to get started.  I have one girl moving to middle school and the other moving to high school.  I had to the opportunity to go to the high school orientation this weekend and boy did it remind me a lot of when I was in high school!!  It's going to be a fun experience for her and just to think.... 4 years go by quickly!!!! (as I have tears in my eyes thinking about it!!).  Good luck to all the kids going back to school and remember to always strive to do your best!

So today I have a cute little card I made using Crafty Sprouts Besties for Life set and Simply Betty's Zoe Digi from the Veronica and Gang set.

Isn't she just the cutest with that little laptop?  I know you don't want to admit it but it looks just like us! (hehehe!).  When I found that digi, I thought it went perfect with the "everyone needs a computer friend like you" sentiment. I colored it with my prismacolor pencils and used some twine, some bling and some stickles.

Here's a closer look at the stamp set that I used, it's such a great set to keep in touch and send cute cards to all not just the friends that are close to you, but those that are far as well (like your blogging buddies!):

Hope you enjoyed the card and don't forget to go by Crafty Sprout's Shop to see the rest of her stamps!!  They are so cute and great quality.  Thanks for stopping by and God bless!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Spotlight Saturday

If you are looking of the Back to School 
eCraft giveaway, please click here

It's Spotlight Saturday time again!! For those of you visiting for the first time, every week I feature someone's blog here at Scrappy Zeni's. There are so many crafters and blogs out there with a wealth of knowledge and creativity and unfortunately like some of you, I'm not able to visit them all the time, but I know they are there. This is my way of giving them the recognition that they deserve and perhaps a few more followers ;-).

This week I am featuring another wonderfully talented lady, Jill Angel from Crafty Creations by Jill.  Jill's birthday was yesterday so this is an extra special posting and I'm so honored to have her in the spotlight today.  Not only is Jill a crafter but she's also a baker! (if you go to her blog you will see what I'm talking about!).
Jill has made this super cute card to feature today.  Isn't this little doll just sassy?!!?!!

I met Jill in the Paper Hoarders Facebook Group.  There is a lot of talent in this group and the atmosphere is just so nice to share all ideas by everyone.  If you are crafter and would like to join this group, please let me know so I can invite you.  You can reach me by email at  
Here’s a little bit about Jill:
My name is Jill Angel. I am a 38 year old, happily married, mom of 4 daughters, 2 dogs, a cat and a guinea pig. I was a full time hairstylist until I had my last 3 daughters within a year. Now I am mostly a stay at home mom only doing hair for a few special friends. I have a 14 year old, Ashley, about to start high school and 4 year old twins, Morgan & Megan, about to start preschool and I'll just have my 3 year old helper, Riley, home with me. I've always enjoyed crafty things and my hobby was cake decorating. My mom bought me a Cricut Expression before Cricut Cake came out, to use for cakes. Instead that thrust me into paper crafts. I recently became a Copic Certified Designer and they are my favorite items to work with! I don't have a lot of free time but when I do I like to make cards, stamped with my favorite Kraftin'Kimmie stamps, with The Greeting Farm stamps being a close second favorite. I have not been blogging long but I figured this would give me an incentive to keep creating and posting! I am excited to be in my first Blog Hop on August 22nd- a birthday themed hop, "29 again?" This should be a great hop with plenty of yummy blog candy! I would like to eventually get into scrapbooking more. I definitely have plenty to scrap about! I am so flattered to be featured on your Saturday Spotlight! I love to see the talent on blogs and blog hops and Zeni's is one of my favorites!

Thank you Jill for being so kind!!! I'm super honored to have you here! :)
Please stop by her blog and leave her some love! I'm sure she will love it and along the way she can make a few new friends! May you all have a beautiful Saturday and God bless!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Crafty Sprouts Challenge

If you are looking for the Back to School Blog Hop and eCraft giveaway please click here

Happy Friday my friends and welcome to another Crafty Sprouts challenge.  So Are You Ready to Rock this week?????  This week's challenge is to create anything rock related. I decided to alter a composition book with this cute digi from our sponsor Simply Betty Stamps.  Her name is Ali and she is from the Everyday Jude & The Rockers collection.  You have a chance to win this clear stamp along with Lili by playing a long and linking your anything rock project to the Crafty Sprouts blog (click on the link for additional details). 

This is the stamp set that I used the "Punk Princess" sentiment from.  These stamps can be used for any occasion and they are so spunky! 

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the Crafty Sprouts Store.  Erika's stamps are awesome and so fun to play with.  God bless you all!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Besties for Life

 Hi everyone! I wanted to share this cute easel card I made.  This is my first easel card.  I wanted to make the outside plain, and focus more on the inside that pops up.  I used Greeting Farm's 50's Sweetheart stamp and Crafty Sprouts Besties for Life set.

Bestie for Life Stamp 
50's Sweetheart

You still have time to pre-order your stamps from Crafty Sprout Shop!!! So head on over and pay her a visit!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!!

Winner of the I Love My Teacher Blog Hop

Happy Thursday everybody!!!  The week is almost over and school will start next week.  I'm excited for my two older girls because they are off to their first year in high school and first year in middle school and I know that it will be a good adventure for them.  Kids grow up so quickly so hang on to yours as long as you possibly can!!! I'm thankful that they both like to craft so we share a little hobby in common. :)

The I Love My Teacher blog hop was great and so many ideas were given for teacher gifts.  I want to thank everyone who visited my blog and as promised, here is the winner of the American Craft ribbons

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Blogger hope2 said...

Lovely gift for teacher's. I am new follower.

Hope, please email me at to claim your prize within 3 days.  Don't forget to come and visit tomorrow for a Crafty Sprouts challenge day!  God bless you all!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Back to School Blog Hop

Welcome to the BACK TO SCHOOL BLOG HOP! We are all here to back to school by showing you amazing projects that have been designed with the fabulous and amazing eCraft.  .

If you just arrived here from Rosy's blog then you are in the right place. If you just happened upon my blog please start at the beginning over at Raven's blog.  That way you will be able to see all of the amazing
projects and you will have more ways to win.
I received my eCraft a few months ago and I have been experimenting with it a little here and there.  I love that you can look up any files online and just let your imagine run with it.  It's so easy to not have to buy one cartridge for a few images that you like and to just have exactly what you need at the click of the mouse.  I also like the clean cuts that you get from the ecraft.  It's truly an amazing machine!

For this hop I have created a note card gift set to give to a teacher as a welcome back to school gift.  This is great for the teacher to give students little notes throughout the year and to continue encouraging them and making them smile.  The gift set consists of note cards, envelopes and a gift box.  This was actually inspired from a post I had seen at Hand to Paper.  There are a lot of pictures posted below so brace yourself! 

Here's a list of my supplies:
  • Mini Note Pad and Card Set and Matchbox file from The Cutting Cafe to make the envelopes and the box (I used Make the Cut software to import the files and cut with the eCraft).  
  • The notepads were pdf files that were included with that set and I matted on cardstock.  
  • The top of the box was matted with a page from DCWV Grade School stack and Creative Memories cardstock.  
  • The flower punch (on the cover and on the envelopes) is from Creative Memories. 
  • The For my Teacher stamp is from Joy's Life All Around Sentiment stamp set (I used the masking technique to only stamp the center). 
  • Wide Eyed Kids Face Assortment from Peachy Keen Stamps to decorate the flower die cut on the envelope. 
Okay so you probably want to know what you can win, right? As some of you may have heard from this hop this amazing eCraft machine that we are all using is created by This company is really amazing, their customer service is fabulous and the products are top notch. Well when they heard about our hop they decided to giveaway (1) One eCraft to (1) One lucky winner (color may vary)!!!  

In addition, I will be giving away a $10 gift certificate to Peachy Keen Stamps.  To be eligible for these prizes you must:

1) Please leave one comment here on my blog (Only one comment will be
qualify per person additional comments will not count.)
2) Become a follower of my blog.

3) Stop by eCraft's Facebook Page and like them to see more awesome projects and tutorials.
We are also having another blog hop on September 5th. ALL comments left today and on the September 5th blog hop will be eligible to win the eCraft so this will give you more chances to win. (1) One lucky winner will be announced on Raven's Blog on September 10th. The winner will also be listed on the eCraft's Facebook Page  (this is why it's a good idea to like them on facebook!)

All are welcome to hop, however the eCraft giveaway is only open to U.S. entries. Thank you so much for your understanding. Please be sure to comment by August 22, 2011.

Now you can hop along to Craftwell USA and check out more information, videos and projects that can be made with the eCraft!  Hope you had fun hopping and God bless!!!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

I Love My Teacher Blog Hop

Welcome to the I Love my Teacher Blog Hop hosted by the wonderful Scrapbookaholic by Abby.  If you have arrived here from Little Scraps of Heaven Designs  then you are in the right place.  If you are just coming by to say hi, then you may want to visit Abby's blog and not miss any of the awesome projects that have been created for our teachers.  There are some awesome prizes up for grabs:

2 stamp sets from Mr. Cricut Crazy 
A Scrappy Mom's Stamp setPSA Essentials- 1 custom stamp, 1 peel and stick back, black ink, a 2-color ink, and alignment tool. $85 retail value!!!!!Abby's Crinkle Ribbon- 15 yardsMosipis Paper 8x8  
My Favorite Things paper stack from Erin Lee Creative

For my project, I decided to alter a round container.  The container had some flowers in it and it has the transparent top lid.  So I thought it would be perfect to decorate and give as a gift to a teacher with some goodies inside.  After that the teacher can use for supplies such as paper clips, binder clips or pencil erasers.  I also used Joy's Life All Around Sentiments "For my Teacher" stamp and I also used KinderstampO's Vintage Findings rose charm. 

Now for some blog candy.... I will be giving away 4 spools of American Crafts ribbon.  All you have to do is leave a comment below.  Sorry, Scrappy Zeni loves all followers around the world, but unfortunately blog candy must stay in the U.S. You don't need to become a follower, but I would definitely love it if you would!  Winner has 3 days to claim their prize.   Don't forget to leave a comment on everybody's blog for more chances at winning the prizes listed up on top!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!! I hope you have a beautiful day and May God bless you!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Crafty Sprouts Sneak Peek

It's here! It's here! My time to preview one of Erika's new stamps is here!!!!! My great friend Erika from Crafty Sprouts has released her great stamps today and I am so honored to be able to preview my favorite set "Besties for Life".  I wanted to make this a project a little different to show how you can use the stamps in layouts in addition to cards and other projects.  So with the "Fabulous Facebook Friend" sentiment, I made a layout with my GREATEST friends from Facebook.  This little baby will be hanging in my craft area to keep my inspiration going at all times!!!!!
Clockwise (starting from the top left corner)
Erika, Tanya, Liz,Abby, Kimi and Michelle

Close up of "Fabulous Facebook Friend" stamp
This is where I'm now hanging it in my craft area

Now for a chance to win this wonderful stamp set...  Erika has been gracious enough to give me this stamp set for a giveaway.  All you have to do is leave a comment here and also on Erika's blog.  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend and God bless!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Awesome News and Blog Hop Winner!!!!!!

Hi everyone! I know I've been somewhat MIA, but I had the awesome opportunity to take a trip to Europe.  My family and I had an great time and during my long flight back and forth, I was able to put some ideas for crafting together (hehehe, I wasn't going to go without!!!!).  I can tell you that I'm looking forward to the scrapbooking for this trip, it's going to be AWESOME!  Now it's time to catch up with all my crafty friends and see what kind of new creations are out there!!! Here are a few announcements below.

My first and most exciting announcement is that I will be a part of Crafty Sprouts Design Team!!! (woot woot!!!)  Erika will be featuring some awesome stamps and I feel so privileged to be a part of her journey and to be able to create with them.  Each day starting tomorrow, a different DT member will be doing a sneak peek of one of her stamp sets.  I hope you can stop by and take a look on each of our blogs. I can guarantee you that you will not be disappointed with these!!!!  The official release of the stamp sets will be on Friday.   I cannot wait till we get started!!!!!  Here is the sneak peek schedule:

Tuesday - Abby
Wednesday - Raven
Thursday - Sandra 
Friday - Zeni

Now for the winner of the Faith Blog Hop...... chose #11 who said....

Blogger Dawn, RI said...

I like your layout.

Dawn, please send me your shipping address within 5 days to so that I can get your prize out to you.
There are a few blog hops coming up this weekend and I sure hope you can come and join the fun.  There will be awesome giveaways so stop by and leave some love!!! Here are the details....

Starting at Scrapbookaholic by Abby

Starting at Love4Stamps August 15-16
Hope everyone has a wonderful day and I hope to see you again soon!!! God bless!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Spotlight Saturday

It's Spotlight Saturday time again!! For those of you visiting for the first time, every week I feature someone's blog on my blog.  There are so many crafters and blogs out there with a wealth of knowledge and creativity and unfortunately like some of you, I'm not able to visit them all the time, but I know they are there. This is my way of giving them the recognition that they deserve and perhaps a few more followers ;-).

This week I am featuring another wonderfully talented lady, Kathryn from Creations with Kathryn. Kathryn is super talented and creative with everything she does.  Her layouts are just adorable and she put so much detail into them.  She created this Post-it holder book.  I thought it was such a great idea for a gift!  I think I need one for my desk at work!! hint... hint.... ;-)

Here's a little bit about Kathryn:
"Hi, my name is Kathryn. I am a wife for 25+ years, with 3 wonderful children, with the oldest being 26 and the youngest being 10. I am also a mother to two adorable fur babies, who are like my real children.

This is a real honor to be asked to make a post for Scrappyzeni's Blog. She is so very talented and so much fun to chase around on Facebook, cause she is so dang funny. So a very big thank you to you Zeni.

I have been crafting all most all my life. I started scrapbooking back in 1980 and in the next 10 years I had been apart of DOTS (now Close to My Heart), Stampin Up, and Creative Memories. In 1990 I was learning stampin and not doing a very good job at it. I had a really hard time lining things up correctly. Well, I have not mastered the skill, but I am ok at it now. So that is how I started making cards and other little this and thats.

The project I created is a Post-It Holder Book. I used only scraps of papers that I had in my scrap bind. The stamps I used are from Stampin Up (Awash with Flowers and Friends 24-7). The images are colored using Prisma Color Pencils and paint thinner to blend the color. I inked the edge with Stampin Up Pumpkin Pie ink. The inside has a pocket with a note card inside to write on. The Book holds the regular size Post-Its and the 1/2 size Post-Its. The book also has a Pen holder to hold a standard Bic Pen. The 2 books vary in size, due to one holding 2 regular Post-It Note Pads and 2 of the 1/2 size ones.

I learned this off of YouTube from ChicnScratch. You can look it up under Post It Note Organizer"
Please stop by her blog and leave her some love! I'm sure she will love it and along the way she can make a few new friends!  May you all have a beautiful Saturday and God bless!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Friendship Card with Piper!!

Hi everyone and welcome back! I just wanted to share with you this cute little card I made with Piper from The Greeting Farm.  I got the stamp as a gift from my good friend Erika and I couldn't wait to color her.  I'm still working on trying out my ProMarkers and I'm sure within time I will get the hang of it.  Small areas tend to be a little challenging, but just like with everything else, practice is the key! So be sure to stop by and see if I've made any progress!!  For the sentiment, I used Market Street Stamps Simple Joys stamp set.  I really like the sentiments in this set and I thought this would make a great card for a great friend!

I hope you enjoyed my little card as much as I enjoyed creating it! Have a great day and God bless!