Thursday, March 31, 2011

{1,2,3} TPV

The Paper Variety has a new challenge that's as easy as, well 1,2,3!  

We have a wonderful sponsor this week!  Artful Delight!  Their DT has joined us with this challenge, be sure to check out their projects as well as the rest of The Paper Variety's DT!  Artful Delight is offering up this wonderful kit for the winner of this challenge:

As usual, you have until noon EST  Tuesday, April 5th to upload your paper project (new in the last 2 weeks please) for a chance at that awesome kit!  If you would like a chance to be featured as a Submission Spotlight please upload your project by noon EST Sunday, April 3rd. 

I made a card for this challenge.  I used 3 pattern papers, a 2 word sentiment and 1 button.
(I also used Card Patterns Sketch 107)

I can't wait to see your project!  Have a wonderful day, friends!

Monday, March 28, 2011


Isn't fun to peruse the internet?  I was doing just that yesterday when I happened upon these!  OMGosh, are they not the cutest things ever?  Well not too many things will make me abandon whatever it is I am doing at the time, but these sure did!  I went right into my scrappy place and got busy!  Here is the result.

Happy Easter

I made this card for Majo's card challenge over at My Sketch World, which is to make an Easter card. 
Apparently I cant get enough of twine from The Twinery and the wonderfully easy to use SRM Stickers!

Thanks for stopping by today, hope your day is happy!

Friday, March 25, 2011

{sweet lydia}

A few weeks ago my son, Brady had to bring home a Real Life Baby for an assignment in his Parenting & Child Development class.  The baby was programmed by his teacher and then "connected" to Brady with an elelectronic bracelet.  When she cried, there were four appropriate responses; hold her, feed her, change her or rock her.  He had to figure out which one she needed within 2 minutes of her starting to cry.  Her neck also needed to be supported when picking her up and holding her.  Just like a real baby. Before he could bring her home he had to name her and he chose the name, Lydia.  Everything he did with her was "recorded" by the doll and I am happy to report he got an A for his efforts.  And what an effort it was!  There were times he would have to sit and hold her for 40 minutes.  Which for a teenage boy was an eternity!  She woke up a couple times during each of the 3 nights he had her in his care.  He was excited to be done, but told me he felt a little sad when he handed her over to his teacher.  He is so tender hearted and I just love him for it.  He will make a wonderful Dad, when the time is right. 

Because this was such an important lesson I thought I would make him a little mini book to remember it by.  Best Creations held a "Mini Blog Hop" not too long ago and I used their tutorial to make it.  I turned the album around and made it vertical instead of horizontal. The first and third pages are pocket pages, one to hold factual information about the doll and one for Brady's thoughts.  He's happy with it and that's all that matters to this Momma.  :)


Hope you find happiness today (or it finds you!)  :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

{tic tac toe} TPV

We have a fun new challenge starting today at The Paper Variety!  It's a Tic Tac Toe Challenge!

Choose any row, be it vertical, horizontal or diagonal and get your paper craft on!  :)
I chose the middle row going up and down; include a bird, use spring colors and make a tag.

Life is Beautiful

It all started with that little bird, isn't it the cutest?  It's one of the new KI Memories Puffies!  I drew a bird cage and then pierced and hand stitched it. I added an SRM Sticker sentiment and some twine that my buddy, Patti sent to me.  Check out the blog for the rest of the DT's amazing creations!

Using our Tic Tac Toe board, make something with paper, a layout card or altered anything, and link it up to The Paper Variety!  If you want to be considered for the Submission Spotlight link it up before noon EST on Sunday, otherwise you have until noon EST on Tuesday, March 29. 

We have a new sponsor this month!  Birds of a Feather Kit Co. is donating an awesome kit for our prize this month!  Check them out if you get a chance!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

{sketch challenge} TPV

The Design Team at The Paper Variety is divided into two groups so I only have projects due every other week.  This happens to be an off week for me, but I love the challenge this week so I'm going to play along!

This week we have an awesome sketch by the fabulously talented Jana Eubank:

Here is my take on it:  live (in the moment)
There is a lot of My Little Yellow Bicycle "Twig" on this layout, along with a couple SRM sentiment stickers.
I love that little forest fairy, I thought he went well with these photos of Brian fishing in the woods by our house.  Its a kind of magical place.  :)  The journaling is on the tag tucked behind the photo on the left.

This week's challenge is being sponsored by The Scrapbooking Cottage.  Look what's up for grabs!


Awesome, right?  So, what are you waiting for?  :)  Link up your layout or card to The Paper Variety by noon EST this Tuesday to be eligible for the prize!  

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

{my card is on tv}

You just never know what you're going to come across while strolling through the blogosphere!  While looking through the CREATE: blog to find this week's card challenge, I found this card I had made, and was published in the February issue of CARDS, featured on a CreaTV segment!  It was used as inspiration for fellow blogger Jen Hadfield to make a home decor project!  Knock me over with a feather!  :) 

Follow Your Heart

Once I got over the excitement, (oh who am I kidding, I'm still giddy!)  I found the card challenge post!  The challenge is to use 10 buttons on a card.  I used the wonderful Card Patterns Sketch 106 to create my card for both challenges.  The wooden butterfly is a couple years old, even though the wood veneer stuff is all the rage now.  I scored the butterfly in a package along with 3 flowers at the Dollar Store for, you guessed it, one dollar!  :)  I lightly sprayed  it with Lemon Meringue Glimmer Mist.  It is lovely in real life, although the photos don't do it justice. 

Life is Good

Here is a close-up, you can see a little of the sparkle:

I used some of the new MME Stella and Rose papers that my friend, Val sent me last week.  I love every sheet in the 6x6 pad, the patterns are so much more appealing to me on the smaller scale! I also used an SRM Sticker, "life is good", a doily, buttons and then added a little machine stitching.

The Paper Variety has a wonderful new sketch challenge up on the blog today!  It's my off week, so I get to play!  I'm almost done with my layout, so I will probably post it tomorrow.

Happy Wednesday, friends.  Hope happiness finds you today.  :)

Monday, March 14, 2011

(hoppy) birthday

I love these treat tubes by SRM!  You can do so much with them!  They would be a perfect substitute for a gift bag at a birthday party!  You can fill them with loads of good stuff; candy, money, scrap goodies, pencils-the list is endless!  Use your imagination!  Here is one that I filled with chocolate kisses:

Hoppy Birthday

The sun is shining here today and we might see 60 degrees by the end of the week!  There is still time to get your "get Well" project linked to The Paper Variety blog!  Link it by noon EST tomorrow to have a chance at winning an awesome kit from Close To My Heart!

Happy Monday, friends!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

{the smaller} the better

Back when I was a family of one, sans kiddos and hubs, I drove a really small car.  Small.  It was a black Honda CRX and possibly my favorite car ever.  (I also drove a Yugo, but that's a story for another time.  Or maybe not.)  ;)  I loved zipping around town in my little CRX.  And parking?  A breeze.  I could park that car anywhere.  I still adore small cars, which is funny, because I drive a full-size conversion van at the moment.  I'm always admiring the Smart cars, the Minis and the Bugs when they zip by me. Dreaming of the day I can trade in my Mom car for my Me car.  :)  My dream car?  Not a fancy sports car or a fast muscle car, but a Mini Cooper!   I like the really old models from back in the day (Italian Job, anyone?), but would settle for a shiny new one in my driveway any day of the week! 

What got me dreaming about a small car? Why this of course!  Cute, no?

A crochet covered Smart car!  It made me smile yesterday and I for one love to pass those smiles on!

I did manage to get a little crafty yesterday, in the form of a card:

I made this for Lisa's Spring Banner Challenge over at My Sketch World.

I'm hoping to get my craft on today!  Let me know what your dream car is! Happy Saturday, friends!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

{get "whale" soon} TPV

This week's challenge over at The Paper Variety is about sending some love to someone who's under the weather.  It's a "Get Well Soon" challenge! 

I was originally going to make a card, but I had the "whale" idea in my head.  The only whale I had was this huge sticker so I went with a bag (as did my buddy, Patti-both of us unaware of what the other was doing!  Isn't her bag adorable?)

 Here's mine:  Get Whale Soon!

There is just enough room in that bag for some cold medicine, Advil and some tissues.  Combine that with a couple scrappy mags and some goodies and I think it would make a fellow scrapper forget she was sick!  I used some stickers and paper from Reminisce and paper from Echo Park and, of course, some Thickers and a couple different border punches.

This week's prize is sponsored by Dana, who happens to be a Close To My Heart Demonstrator. One lucky winner will receive a beautiful Sophia Kit! Arent the colors delightful?

You have until noon EST, Tuesday, March 15th to get your "Get Well" paper project (card, layout, altered project) linked up to the blog.  If you would like a chance to be in our Submission Spotlight, link it up before noon on Sunday.  It's that easy!  I cant wait to see all of your projects!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


A big thank you to all of you who participated in The Paper Variety Blog Hop!  We had a blast! Thanks for all the sweet comments left on my blog!  And thank you to those of you who became followers!  :)  I love the scrappy world we live in and "meeting" new people through their creative endeavors is so fun!

Without further ado, my son Brady drew #23 and that number belongs to TANYA! 

Congratulations Tanya!  You win this:

Please check back tomorrow, The Paper Variety will have another great challenge up on the blog!

Monday, March 7, 2011

{random} projects

The rain and snow of Saturday have given way to sun and blue skies!  YAY!  I am all for the sun.  :)

If you have come to my blog for The Paper Variety Blog Hop, go here.  It ends tomorrow, don't forget to link up your green paper project!

I thought I'd share a few projects that were in the January issue of Scrapbook News and Review.

Happy Birthday

Kiss Kiss


You Make My Heart Soar

a close up of the layered hearts:

Message in the Snow

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I hope today finds you healthy and happy!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

{card sketch} my sketch world

If you are visiting my blog for The Paper Variety blog hop please go here!

  My Sketch World is basking in the glow of 830 new projects posted in the gallery for the Sketch-a Thon last month!  WOW!  If you get a chance, check out the gallery!  Loads of inspiration to be found!

It's a new month and Lucy created a beautiful card sketch for us! 

Here is my take on it:  Thank You

I oriented the card horizontally but stuck pretty close to the sketch.  You can check out the layout sketch and what both DT's did with them here.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

(the paper variety} blog hop!

Good morning! Welcome to the first PAPER VARIETY blog hop! We are so excited to announce this week's color challenge, generous prize and sponsor, share our projects with you and offer some BLOG CANDY for hopping today. We have some FABULOUS designers at TPV and want to showcase their personal blogs this week.
So, if you are coming from Amy's you are in the right place! If not, head back to THE PAPER VARIETY to get started from the beginning and see a list of all the links if you get lost along the way. You don't want to miss a thing! :)

Our challenge this week is a COLOR challenge in honor of the upcoming St. Patrick's Day holiday :)

Our sponsor for this week's challenge is Your Scrapbook Stash!

In order to win this GRAND PRIZE you need to submit your own GREEN project to The Paper Variety by Tuesday at NOON. If you submit before Sunday evening, you have a chance to have your blog featured on TPV! ;)

To get you inspired, I want to share with you my green layout:  Irish?

Here is a close-up of the ribbon heart that I used a basket weave technique to make:

Thanks so much for visiting today! It wouldn't be a hop without some BLOG CANDY :)

Please leave a comment below to win! You do not need to enter the challenge to win my blog candy. However, you ARE going to want to hop to the next design team member to see their GREEN!

Head on over to the talented April's blog and take a look at her gorgeous GREEN project!

We are looking forward to seeing YOUR green at THE PAPER VARIETY, too! Remember to link up before TUESDAY at noon for a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE! :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  Have fun with the rest of the blog hop!