Monday, November 30, 2009 Magazine

Today I am excited and honored to be the featured blog of the week in Magazine's weekly newsletter! If you don't already subscribe to this newsletter, you can sign up for it HERE.

Friday, November 27, 2009

A happy boy!!!

About a month ago my son's guitar got broken..... it was a mystery, noone really knows how it happened he just found it in a couple pieces on the floor, the neck snapped. We finally took it in to get it fixed and the cost of the fix was more than half the worth of the guitar. So on Black Friday we took him to get a new one and I'm so excited for him! Not to mention Nate, he is absolutely giddy.
Isn't it gorgeous? He totally deserves it too... he got a 3.85 gpa for last semester, he been working like crazy to get on track to graduate and he has done it, we are so proud of him!
I wish you could hear him play, he's so incredibly talented. Musical ability sort of runs in the family and he has definitely got it. Big HUGE thank you so much to Mom & Dad, for helping us make that happen for him!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

KNK December Kit Reveal #1

This is without a doubt my favorite kit to date! There's just something about pouring glitter all over everything... maybe it brings out the kid in me, who knows, but it sure is fun!!
This first layout is full of distressing, I can't get enough of Tim Holtz distress Stickles!! I used a couple of BoBunny papers and incorporated a few SEI embellishments along with it. Using only two photos is always a challenge for me, but this layout just fell together. The products in the kit are so complimentary to each other. Next is a little holiday card, don't you love the glittery "snowflakes"! The double-sided sticky stickers (by Harmonie) are really fun to play with (more glitter dumping), and the perfect partner to the wintery woodland die-cuts from SEI.

Finally, a heritage layout..... I try to remember to do one heritage with each kit. I don't always, but I do try! As cute and adorable as my children are, even I can appreciate the fact that a little diversity is always a good thing. The center photo is the actual Christmas card my mother's family sent out that year, signed by my grandmother. I love when I can use the real thing (don't worry I scanned it first!). I had to darken this image a bit because the flash on my camera made the metallic silver cardstock (background piece) really bright. The blues on this are a bit lighter than they appear here.
I have many more plans for this kit, and I'm looking forward to sharing! Scrapping is so easy when I truly love the product I'm working with. Thanks for peeking :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Introducing KNK's December kit

Just look at all the sparkly snowy beauty!! This kit is just too gorgeous. SEI Winter Song and BoBunny Snowy Serenade papers, some Core'dinations cardstock, and plenty of glittery extras! A little wooden cardinal from Harmonie completes the package (you know me and birds). I can't wait to get into it. And wait til you see the add-ons. Just as delish as the rest. Trust me ;)

Friday, November 13, 2009

These are a few of my favorite..... bloggers!

This award is bestowed onto blogs that are exceedingly charming. These bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated.
So Jules, Chris, Tammy, and Christina, this one's for you and your charming, inspiring, friend-seeking blogs!!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

KNK November kit reveal #2

My second reveal with KNK's November kit! This first layout is of my son when he was just two years old.... oh my when I think about it, that was 15 years ago! This has always been one of my favorite portraits of him...
Wasn't he such a little cutie!!! To make the fence semi-mimic the fence in the portrait, I trimmed and painted the Nikki Sivils Bread(less) Tabs. I had to use two of them for each fencepost to make them a little taller, but the twine covers the seam pretty well. I also used one of the bigger Maya Road envelopes on this for my hidden journaling, but tucked everything but the flap behind the photo. Of course you can open the flap and remove the journal card inside.
With the few tiny little scraps I had left I made a card! The paper leaf doilie was very thin and fragile so instead of trying to use a traditional adhesive I covered the whole front of the card with Mod Podge, stuck the doilie down, then covered it with Mod Podge as well. This gave the card some great stability and I was able to embellish any way I wanted. As you are all well aware, cards aren't really my thing, so when I finish one and it actually looks the way I want it to I feel like I really accomplished something!

Thankfully, I ordered a bunch more add-ons and extra paper from this kit and it came just in time for the crop at Kit 'n Kaboodles last Saturday, so I have more fun stuff from this kit to share!! Coming soon....