Friday, April 30, 2010

4-24 Challenge Winner!

I have to agree with Lori--scallops are fancy!  I remember when I used deco scissors to fancy up anything and everything.  Ahhh those were the days.  Now I use punches and dies to achieve fancy scallops.  Absolutely love them!

Speaking of love--I love Sandy's fancy scalloped purse!  Check it out!

I love the details and am dying to see her supply list.  Is that a hair tie?  Or beads on a string?  Did this start out as a pre-made scalloped paper circle or did she make it herself?  What line are those flowers from and why do I not own it?  When an item can stop and make me want to know more, it is a sure fire winner in my book!

Sandy you have one week to email me at for your prize.  Please use Blog Winner in your title.  Goodies will be on their way to you!

Tomorrow is National Scrapbooking Day and we will be partying with challenges, a blog hop, and prizes!!!!!!!!!  Be sure to come on back and play!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Blooming Kind of Day...

Every spring my kids and I love to head down to the local garden store and find beautiful blooming flowers to fill our many empty pots. We pay close attention to keeping them blooming, but eventually they seem to fade away and lose their petals. So it is only natural that I am drawn to making them last through scrapping.

After working with many die cuts and papers over the past three years my new found love for felt and fabric has taken over my craft space. Today I wanted to bring you a short and easy step by step guide to making a beautiful blooming fabric flower.

1. Cut several layers of fabric, depending on the desired fullness you wish to have for your project.
2. Take the die cut fabric, separate layers or all together, and roll into a ball in your hands.

3. Assemble flower layers and sew, or stitch, to project in an "X" pattern.
Once you have attached the flower you can add embellishments such as buttons, adhesive rhinestones and pearls, or just leave it as is.

The great thing about these flowers is the more wrinkled the better.

Hope you have a wonderful day and thank you for allowing me to share this with you!


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Freebie on Wednesday

A cute Gettin' Ready Kit for baby on the way cards or scrap, suitable boy or girl arrival  thanks to Trina Clarke for the use of her fantastic clipart used in the making of this kit..
Part 1

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Ah, the beach!

I'm away on vacation this week! This is a scheduled post and as you're reading this, I am laying in the sun, belly up, like a beached whale...wait a minute, that's not exactly the metaphor I was going for. I apologize for the bad visual. To make it up to you, I'll share some inspiration. Here's a LO I made of DD at the beach a few years ago (no whales were harmed in the making of this LO):

Thinking of scrapping your own summer pics? I'm here to help! You'll be inspired by Webster's Pages new beach line and Graphic45 new beach line - or at least these are my personal favorites! Check them out, and see what you think! Leave a comment here - I want to know if you're already a fan, or if I managed to convert you :)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Puttin' on the Ritz

Heading out of town today for a wedding at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Atlanta.

I admit that I am more than a little nervous. Because, although I've never been there, I've heard that it's "fancy". And that the wedding and reception will be "fancy". And, I am just not a very fancy gal. My fingernails aren't manicured...they are broken and usually have dirt under them from working in the garden. My hair isn't's normally pulled back in a ponytail. I don't usually dress will normally find me in comfy shorts, tee shirt, and tennis shoes. Give me a weedeater or a rake and I'm fine. Give me a room full of people in suits and cocktail dresses and I am sooo out of my element. I am excited about seeing my family though. And, while I joked with my uncle about showing up in my "best pair of overalls", I will be a dress and heels. Still...THIS is more my idea of RITZ:

See the pretty scalloped edges on these crackers? Fancy, right? biggrin

Create something with scalloped edges and link back here by Thursday, April 29th for a chance to win a prize. Have fun!! Oh...and wish me luck on my night of "fancy".

Friday, April 23, 2010

4-17 Winner!

I am so sad that I did not get a chance to play with this week's challenge!  Especially after being inspired by Nicole's darling layouts.  I was certain I could use numbers on a fun, but simple, layout.  Sadly, it became one of those insanely busy weeks that stole all of my time.  Maybe I will have a chance to complete it AND the new one that Lori posts tomorrow.

This week's winner is Krystle with her darling 2 page layout:

Look at that darling banner!  And the fun mixture of flowers to emphasize her girly birthday.  We won't tell Kyrstle that her little princess will way too soon be celebrating her 18th birthday, too.  Krystle you have one week to email me at for your prize.  Please use Blog Winner in your title.  Goodies will be on their way to you!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Run out of thickers?

If you happen to run out of thickers (my favorite embellishment) you could try something different for your title! Simply type your title in different colors on the cardstock. Ususally, I will test it on a piece of paper first so that the cardstock is not wasted if the title is not printed in the right position. Feel free to do the same thing with your journaling! Take a look at my example. Pretty neat huh?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Celebrate Earth Day

with us ....a day early! Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. To help you out we have a free digital kit for you.
Have fun with it and to start you off here is a layout I have done...

Get your free kit by ckicking here.
For those having trouble with the first link try this one here

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Get inspired!

Hello scrappers!

Remember those little candy dots when you were a kid? I remember having fun, plucking them one by one and popping them in my mouth. The other day I got to thinking about them and I instantly became INSPIRED! I decided to try making my own pop dots on my layout using paint! I totally love how this turned out!! Go ahead and try it. Simply hold the bottle of paint above the layout and gently sqeeze so that the paint falls and forms into little drops on your paper! It really is that easy!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

My daughter turned 18 two days ago.
I'm still not really sure how it happened. I was standing next to my little girl, turned my head for a second, and when I turned around...there was this young WOMAN standing in her place. I don't understand it. I'm pretty sure there must be some sort of new math involved. And possibly magic. And probably has something to do with that "space-time continuum" thing that those time traveling sci-fi movies are always mentioning .

It's sad and exciting and horrible and wonderful all at the same time.

For a month, I've been nostalgic and a bit obsessed with numbers. My head has been full of stories that start with: "remember when she was 5 and..." or "remember when I was 18 and....".

So I've decided to share my number obsession for this week's challenge. Use a number on a card or in the title or visible journaling on a layout. Link back here by Thursday, April 22nd, for a chance to win a prize. Have fun!!

Friday, April 16, 2010

4-10 winner!

Are you feeling the joy of spring?  I certainly am!  I put on my capri pants for the very first time just today.  Heaven in the form of 70 degree weather. 

When Spring begins to bloom, I reach for brighter colors.  I want to shake off the winter doldrums and reach for those happy flower shades.  This layout by Brittney Calgary evokes my mood perfectly.  I love the bold pink flower with hints of softer yellow, green, and blue.  I also adore her attention to shape with scallops and stitching softening her edges.  Delightful!

Take a peek at Brittney's blog the rest is still unwritten to see more of her lovely work.  Brittney you have one week to email me at for your prize.  Please use Blog Winner in your title.  Goodies will be on their way to you!

Lori will be in tomorrow with a fabulous new challenge.  Have a scrappy weekend!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

4/14 Freebie!

Howdy!  Today's freebie is a quickpage 4 pack from Lemonlove Creations and 4Two2Frameworks.  I love having a few pages around for easy pages.  They also make fantastic hybrid cards!  With just moment of time, you can personalize and go.  Easy scrapping!

These pages are made highlighting Castle Cutie by Dora's Lemonlove Creations.  Here is a peek at the full kit available in the ScrapStreet Store:

And the 4 pack of quicksqueeze pages which you can download FREE by click here: Cutie QuickSqueeze.
Janice created a darling page with one of her QP's:

Dora created a layout utilizing one of her quick pages:

What will you create?  Comments and links back to your creations are always welcome!  Happy Scrapping!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Welcome New Staff!

I would like to take a moment to thank all of the amazing ladies who took time to send in applications.  We were beyond grateful to see all of your creations, visit your blogs and galleries, and know that you would want to write with us.  With such an embarrassment of riches, selection was insanely difficult to choose our final seven.  We appreciate all of you!

We are thrilled to announce the addition of these incredible ladies to our Magazine Staff:

Celeste Smith

 Pamela Young

 Sherri Thompson

 Melissa Elsner

 Andrea Budjack

 Aymee Gandy

Please join me in shouting congratulations to these fantastic designers.  We are looking forward to seeing their views and creations in print for many issues to come!  Much love!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Congratulations Returning Staff!

I know that I am prejudiced, but I happen to believe we have the best team ever!  Every month they work their creative tushies off to produce a magazine filled with inspiration for every level of scrapper with something for paper, hybrid, and digi scrappers alike.  Not an easy task, but they more than make it work.

The end of a contract year brings excitement and sadness.  Some staff move on to new endeavors and others are asked to return for another year.  A few additional staff members are promoted to a Senior Staff helping to train new staff, fill in where needed, and do many of the other jobs that keep our site and magazine humming along. 

Although it is the end of one year, it is the beginning of another which brings a different type of excitement and sadness.  We are thrilled to welcome some talented new staff members, but sad to not be able to take all of the amazing women who applied.  We are sending our invitations out today and will announce our new seven staffers tomorrow!

Today, we are so excited to announce the return of seven simply amazing team members.  Please join us in cheering for:

Jennifer Wuthrich
 Stacey Michaud
 Lindsey Krauss

 Diana Brouder 
 Janis Medina-Maghinay 
 Brianne Nevill 

 Nicole Martel 
Congratulations again, ladies!  Join us tomorrow to see our newest seven!  Happy Sunday!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Ahhhh....spring time. Isn't it glorious? It's my favorite time of the year. The grass is turning green, the birds are building new homes, the flowers are beginning to bloom. Even the vegetable seeds we planted, just a week ago, are starting to sprout. Everything has a fresh, NEW feeling to it and it makes me view life in a fresh NEW way. Every time the season rolls around, I just feel READY. Ready to clean out the clutter in my house. Ready to tackle all the chores that built up over winter. Ready to make my yard as beautiful as possible.

Unfortunately, this feeling usually fades in a few weeks and I'm over it by summer...*giggle*. But when spring is in the air, anything is possible.

For this week's challenge, grab some of that spring energy and apply it to your projects. Maybe you will be inspired by spring flowers. Perhaps you will scrap about something "new" like a baby's first steps or your son's first swimming lesson. So many possibilities for this one. Create something and link it back here by Thursday for a chance to win a prize. Can't wait to see what you do!

Friday, April 9, 2010

4/3 winner!

I loved some of the different interpretations this week!  Everything from cards using the inspiration to an actual altered egg.  Absolutely cool, ladies!

This week was a random draw for the winner and Danielle is our champ!  She created this fun card:

I can totally see the egg inspiration and really enjoyed a peek around her blog: Scrappy Arts N Thoughts.  Danielle, you have one week to email me at for your prize.  Please use Blog Winner in your title.  Goodies will be on their way to you!

Lori will be back in with something fun and fabulous to challenge us all again tomorrow.  See yall then!  Thanks for playing!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wednesday Freebie

Welcome to our Wednesday freebie from ScrapStreet. Today we have a mini digital kit for you. An add on to Respire by Handmaid Designs.

You can get your copy here and be sure to link us up to your creations.

You can see what I did with it below!

Click the layout for credits.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Blog challenge 4/3/10

Happy Easter!!!

Is decorating eggs part of your Easter tradition?

My kids are 15 and almost 18 and we STILL dye eggs every year. I pretend it's because they enjoy it so much but I know it's really the other way around. They do it because they know I love it. What can I say?...I'm still a kid at heart. And it's just not Easter without pretty eggs. Well, that and chocolate bunnies of course.

Take a look at these Ukrainian Easter eggs called Pysanky. Designs are "written" on the egg in hot wax with a stylus or a pin-head. Then they are dipped into a series of dyes, light to dark, with more wax decorating done between colors. The final step is to melt away the wax and reveal the designs. So detailed and SO beautiful!

How will these eggs inspire you? Create something and link back here by midnight on Thursday. On Friday, we will select a prize winner. Have fun!!

Friday, April 2, 2010

3.27 Challenge Winner!

Congrats to Jen who found inspiration in our clocks and won herself some fabulous new BasicGrey yummies!  Please email with your address and I will send them right out.

See her fun and bright layout:

A new challenge will be posted tomorrow.  Stop on by!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Free Digital Kit

Welcome to April with ScrapStreet! We have another free digital kit for you this month! Rainy Play by Dora's Lemonlove Creations. Full of bright and cheerful colors for you to splash and stomp your way through the month!

Make sure of your copy this month by popping into our digital store here before it disappears! Show us your creations in our online gallery or submit to our magazine calls.