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!

Peachy Keen Stamps Kut Outs Blog Hop

Welcome to the Peachy Keen Stamps Kut Out Blog Hop!! If you have arrived here from Jeanne's Blog then you are in the right place.  If you just happen to stop by to say hi, you can start the hop by going to the Peachy Keen Stamps Blog.  You don't want to miss the all the fun projects that have been created along the way and a chance at winning some awesome prizes!

I was so excited when they announced that this blog hop would be open to their customers.  The minute that I received the newsletter with the information on their new products I knew that I just had to have these new die/stamp sets!!! Talk about enablers!! lol!

These  Kut Outs are great dies that can be used with most manual die cutters.  PKS also has stamps that perfectly match these stamps, so there's not cutting with your scissors and you have a perfectly cut image!  I fell in love with the Santa Tree die/stamp set and with it I made this cute little card:

Isn't that tree just adorable!!!  The Ho Ho Ho and Have a Have a Holly Jolly Christmas sentiment are included in the stamp set.

PKS is having a great offer this weekend only.  From 11/18-11/20 you can get free shipping and additional 5% off (promo code KUTOUTS) - which means customers will receive 15% off (promo code + everyday savings of 10% off)!

You also have a chance to win a choice of one Peachy Keen Kut Out die and one coordinating stamp set.  There will be 3 winners chosen amongst all comments left on all the blogs across the hop.  So don't miss out and make sure that you visit everyone!

 Now on to your next stop Candace.  Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Crafty Sprouts Stamp Release Blog Hop!!!

Woohoo!!! I am so excited to show you guys the first two sets from Crafty Sprouts' newest release!  If you have arrived here from Crafty Sprouts then you are in the right place.  If not, be sure to go back to her blog so you can see her awesome creations!!

Today we are featuring the new Smile On set and Rock That Baby Bump.  Here are the cards that I made with each of those sets:

For this set I used the "Heard you had a bun in the oven" stamp.  The image is from Sassy Studio Designs and the pattern paper is from Echo Park.  The frame is from Cricut Circle exclusive Sophie cartridge.

For this card I used the "Always wear a Happy Face" sentiment and paired it up with Simply Betty Stamps' Jude and the Rockers Fall Sunflower Ariel.  I just love that little Ariel!!!

Here's a look at both of those sets:

Aren't they awesome?!?!  Now hop on over to the fabulous Jess from My Scrap Diary!  and don't forget to stop by tomorrow to take a look at what the wonderful projects the design team will be featuring with the other two sets to be released.  You won't be disappointed!!!

Have a great day!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Crafty Spouts Challenge Day - Anything Goes!!

Welcome to another Crafty Sprouts' challenge! Today is a Be Free kind of day, so anything goes!!  I decided to create a gatefold card that I was inspired by in a magazine.  It's fairly easy to do and I will post the instructions below.  I used the Have a Cool Yule stamp set from Crafty Sprouts.  I just love this stamp set because it is so much fun for Christmas cards and projects!   I also used Creative Memories punches for the scalloped tag and the snow flakes.  The paper is from Echo Park.

This is a great card to include a gift certificate in the pocket or even insert a picture or a couple of candy canes.  I will be adding a lot of greetings to this and sending a special family member who lives far away.  

1. Cut a 12x6 piece of card stock, one 9x6 and one 8x4 inch of card stock (all same color).
2. Score the 12x6 sheet at 3" and 9"
3. Score the 9x6 sheet (long side horizontal) at 3"
4. Fold flaps of 12" paper inward.  Then fold the 9" paper at the score line.
5. Align the 9" sheet of paper to the right side of the 12" sheet of paper and adhere.
6. Take the 8x4 sheet and score 1" away from each end on 3 sides (long side horizontal).  This will be the part to use as a pocket.
7.  Use a scallop border punch or any border punch of your choice on the non scored side (you may need to adjust the edges with a pair of scissors to even them out once you fold)
8. Fold in the sides to create a pocket and adhere sides to the front center flap and bottom to the reverse side of the center flap.
8.  Cut designer paper to fit the front and insides.
9.  Decorate as you wish.

Here's the Crafty Sprouts stamp set that I used:

So there you have it! I would love to see if you gave this a try, so please let me know if you have so I can come and visit your blog.  Don't forget to visit the rest of the Crafty Sprouts' Design Team!!  

As a bonus, here's a sneaky peek at what the next release will be:

And don't forget about the Calendar Blog hop on thanksgiving weekend.  It will be filled with lots of calendar related projects!

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend! 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Another Christmas Card

Good morning blogging world! I wanted to show you a quick card I made last night using Crafty Sprouts' Have a Cool Yule stamp set and Simply Betty Stamps' MistleHolly Brittany from Jude and the Rockers new Christmas release.  She's a new release from Simply Betty. The whole release is just adorable so go check out the rest of the release by clicking here

I just love her, she's super adorable!  I told my daughter that she looks like her because of the curly hair and the big butt! Funny thing is that I showed my hubby and he agreed!! lol!

Stay tuned!!! Crafty Sprouts has some neat stuff up her sleeve with a new release coming soon!!!! :)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and a winner!

Hi everyone! I've been super busy this week taking care of family stuff and have not been able to post, but I didn't forget about a winner for the Faith Blog Hop.  I was very blessed with all the comments and I sure hope that others were blessed as well. has chosen #4
What a great project and the letters are so nice

Scraping Miami, please email me at to claim your prize.

Now for some crafty eye candy.  November and December are my favorite months of the year.  Although life can become very hectic this time of year,  I never forget to be thankful for so many things and I also love that we gear up to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Since I started crafting heavily last year, I love to take the time to make special gifts for special people, including Christmas cards.  I decided to go ahead and start making some so I don't fall behind.

I really had a lot of fun making these.  I used the Peachy Keen Stamps Winter Peekers and Phrases and Crafty Sprouts'  Have a Cool Yule stamp set.  I colored them with my prismacolor pencils and embelished with some ribbon, stickels and a little bling.  I love these little fellows and bought them last year, but was afraid to color!    So I broke them out this year.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

I am entering this into Wacky Wednesday Challenge.