Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping in today! So I have some challenges to share with you. The first is not scrap related, but life related. It is the reason I haven't been on the computer as much and why I didn't have a post up yesterday. I hurt my leg. :( knee specifically. I tore my Meniscus. So I have spent the past several days on the couch with my leg propped up and if I must admit....a little doped up. I have crutches...and I hate them. Can't really figure them out well. My computer and my scrapbook room are both it makes it difficult. I still have assignments to do this week though, so I'll have to figure out a good way to do this.


The new challenge is up over at Once Upon A Sketch! I do hope you play along with us! :)

The challenge:

Journaling Criteria: Write at least 2 sentences on what you look forward to in the next month. December is a festive month so your journalling could be about the Christmas season, the holidays, the presents or if you do not celebrate Christmas what does December bring for you that you look most forward to? Note:You layout DOES NOT have to be about Christmas! It can be about anything December brings.

You MUST combine our journaling criteria with this sketch:

My Layout:

I changed it up a bit and incorporated a lot more pictures on my layout. :)

I used BasicGrey's Nordic Holiday collection. I used a 6x6 pad of paper, and then some fun chipboard.

Here are close up's of my layout:

The prizes:

You won't want to miss the prizes you can win...lots of good stuff!

1. The winner of this challenge, as chosen by the Design Team, will win a spot on our Design Team for the month of January. As well as that, the winner will also receive a AUD$20.00 voucher (plus FREE shipping) to spend in the store at Handmade By Suzanne!

2. One RANDOM lucky person will receive this prize from Handmade By Suzanne:

3. And one lucky person will win this..

A set of My Mind's Eye 6 x 6 paper pads in 4 different collections.

See!!! Lots to win! :)

I really hope you play along with us this!!!! You have until Dec. 14th to upload your entry here. Can't wait to see what YOU do! :)

Have a FANTASTIC day!!!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Cards

YEAH!!!! I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this time of year...LOVE it! I love the Christmas music! I love the Christmas movies! I love the joy that seems to be in the air! I love Christmas. We've got our trees up, the decorations up, and the lights up it's really feeling like Christmas! :)

I also enjoy making Christmas cards every year. :) Today I am sharing a few with you. They use the AWESOME Cozy Xmas collection from The ScrapCake.

Thanks for stopping in! Enjoy your day!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

December Daily

(If you are stopping in for my Friday Spellbinders will return next week!)

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping in today! If you are coming from the Fancy Pants blog, welcome! If not, you may want to check out the Fancy Pants blog today because we are sharing December Daily albums. :) I told myself I wasn't going to make one this year. They always take more time and work then I think they will. But in a spur of the moment decision, I decided to go ahead and do it. So today I am sharing the whole thing with you.

  • I cut 16 pieces of kraft cardstock at 4.5" x 6".
  • I then cut .5" off each piece leaving a tab section at .5" x 2". So each piece is 4 x 6 with a tab.
  • I decided I wanted to splatter paint all over my pages. (I must admit, I was kinda frustrated that day and I was splattering kinda hard..a bit much, but it helped me take my anger out).

  • I had these covers...don't really know where they came from, but I bound it all together to form my book.

So that is what I started with.

This year, I am doing things a bit differently than in the past. I am choosing to focus mostly on journaling. This year has been a tough one for me, a very different year then the previous years, and I just think this is more what I need. I may occasionally add a small picture to a page, or more likely add a picture every now and then simply by punching the binding holes in it and placing it directly in the book as is in between the pages.

Here is my completed album, ready to add journaling and the occasional picture. It uses the fabulous Saint Nick collection from Fancy Pants.

I am actually really excited about this that I had decided to make it more of a personal journal for me, rather than worrying about filling it with all the Christmas-y details of this time of year. We'll see what it really ends up like. :)

Anyways, thanks so much for stopping in today!!!!! We hope to set up the tree and get the decorations out! Yeah for Christmas time! :)

Have a wonderful day...and if you are heading out for Black Friday shopping...good luck! :)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Hi everyone! Thanks for popping in on this special day! I hope you are all able to spend it with friends and family! I'll make my post quick so you can get back to it.

This is my third year posting daily "Attitude of Gratitude" posts on facebook. These are last year's facebook posts on this layout:

The papers, letters, stickers and leaves are all from American Crafts, from their Amy Tangerine collection.

Here are some close up's:

I hope to do a layout soon with my Attitude of Gratitude posts from this year. :)

Have a FANTASTIC Thanksgiving day!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Bunch of Cards

I have a bunch of cards to share with you. I made them all for calls, but they didn't get picked up so I am sharing them here. :) They all use papers and goodies from BasicGrey. :)

For this first one, I used my 6x6 pad of Oxford papers.

These next two use the Little Black Dress collection. Still lovin' this collection! :)

And then this last one uses the Oxford collection again. :)

That awesome chipboard man comes from Magistical Memories.

Hope you are ready for the holiday! Enjoy it!!!!!!!! And in case you don't pop in tomorrow...Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Combining Challenges & Collections

Hi everyone! Hope your week is going great! We are having Thanksgiving at our house this year, so it will be a busy week! We've already got the grocery shopping done! Yeah!! We will be doing a lot of our traditional Thanksgiving dishes as well as trying some new things too. Hoping to get the house cleaned today, and considering making a few more Thanksgiving decorations. My kids are off school all week and yesterday my son was wanting to make stuff so he punched and drew a whole bunch of leaves that he is going to scatter on our table. And last year I made some Thanksgiving name cards for our family, but we needed to make a few more for this year, so he also made those name cards yesterday. He has been quite the little helper, and I love seeing him excited about creating. :) Do you guys make anything special for Thanksgiving? Or how about a unique or well loved recipe you do?

Ok...moving on. :)

This month over at The ScrapCake's blog we had a post about mixing the collections. I did a couple layouts for it.

And this month I was asked to be a guest designer for Colorful Creations. They gave me a sketch to work with. So I combined this sketch:

With the challenge to combine The ScrapCake collections, and got this:

First of all, I loved the tilts on the sketch, but it just didn't work well with my photos and elements, so I just made it straight. The collections I combined for this layout are Cozy Xmas, Summer at the Seaside, and even a little of Little Monsters and The Bright Side of Life.

My daughter's hair is in that awkward stage...we are growing the bangs out and they are not quite long enough to stay back but too long to keep from covering her eyes. :) I do admit, I look forward to them growing long enough that we can tuck them behind her ears.

Here are some close up's of my layout:

That cool bloomer is from Webster's Pages. The yellow letter stickers are from Authentique. And the chipboard letters are from American Crafts.

I cut those leaves with my Slice. I love the look of die cuts on the same paper as the background.

And yep...more flags. :) I am lovin' the flags lately.

And then this second layout was also done for The ScrapCake challenge of combining collections:

I used The Bright Side of Life, Cozy Xmas, Spring Awakening, and a little from Summer At The Seaside. I actually like this layout a lot more in real life than in this photo, but oh well.

Here are some close up's:

Those chipboard letters are from Fancy Pants.

Thanks for stopping in today! Hope your day is FABULOUS! :)