Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!!!

Hi all!!  I just wanted to drop in and wish you a very Merry Christmas!!!

And here's a few Christmas cards too.  :)  You know, you still have time to make a few last minute cards if you need to.  ;)

To find out more about these cards, all using Fancy Pants and Scor-Pal, go here to the special blog hop post on the Fancy Pants blog.

Well, once again, Merry Christmas!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Thoughts and a Layout

Hi everyone!  It's been an emotionally draining week so far, with the recent events and the constant news stories.   It's scary, and so incredibly sad.  I am having a hard time dealing with it all, as we all should be, and I wasn't even affected personally (meaning I wasn't there and didn't know anybody there).   I just don't know how much more of these "events" this world can take.   It's hard not to get consumed by fear.  But I remind myself that a life of fear is not the kind of life I want.  I know that there is more good in this world than bad.  And I am not going to cower to the evil of this world, because that's what we do when we live in fear.

But I am praying for each and every person affected by the shooting in Connecticut.  My heart goes out to you all!  Just think about how many prayers are going up right now, and how many people are stepping up in's a pretty powerful picture.  

So I was able to make a layout for my sketch 228a.  There is still time for you to play along with the challenge for a cool prize.  And there's only two entries so far, so more chance of winning.  ;)

Here's my layout:

I used the fun Blissful Blizzard collection from Fancy Pants.

I really like how this layout turned out.  It's different.  And I love playing with shapes so I had fun with the triangles.  I just cut 4" squares then cut diagonally to create 4 triangles from each square.  I had some left over that I will probably use on a card.  :)

Here are some close up's:

Well I hope you have a fantastic day!  

Please join me in lifting up those affected by the shootings in Connecticut.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Just Be.

So I thought I would pop in and share another canvas I made.  I was working on it the same time as the one I posted yesterday.  But this one I really like.  :)  

The funny thing is, my husband and son don't like it much.  They like the one I posted yesterday way more.  It just proves that art is subjective.  People have different tastes and opinions.  And that is ok!!  :)

Well I will be back on Monday with a new layout.  Yes, a layout.

Have a wonderful day!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Choose Love Now

Hi everyone!  I have something new to share with you.  It's a canvas I made.

To be honest, I am not completely happy with this one.  But I am setting it aside and calling it finished. I just want to start something new.  :)

And I am sharing some quick digital art with you too...go ahead and grab it and use as you like.  :)

Click on either of the images to view larger and then right click to save.  :) If that doesn't work, just let me know.  I can always email them to you if you request it.

And I would LOVE to see what you create using these, so please do share!!!  :)

Thanks for stopping in today!!!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Happy Glasses

Hi everyone!!!  Hope you are having a great December so far.  :)  We've been keeping busy, lots to do and lots on the calendar.   But I do love this time of year.  I am one of those people that LOVES Christmas!  I love the music, the movies, the spirit, the gift-buying and the reason we celebrate.  I'm still hoping to make a few more presents too.  I'll share them if I do.

But for now I have a layout to share with you.

Everything is from Fancy Pants, with a focus on the Artist Edition collection.  I really LOVE those Stencil cards.  To read more about my layout and to find out how I created the background, go here to the December Fancy Pants Newsletter.  If you are not already signed up for should do that while you are there!  ;)

Here are the close up's of my layout:

I think he looks so handsome in his glasses...don't you?

Well thanks for stopping in today!

Have a fantastic day!!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Love 101

Today I am sharing a canvas that I made using the new Love Note collection from Fancy Pants Designs.  I think I am going to use it as a gift for Christmas.

This is one of my favorite quotes.  It's simple, yet really an amazing, life-changing concept.  I have it up on my own wall.

I cut a bunch of triangles from patterned paper and adhered them to my canvas.  Then I added white paint and white gesso to dull the papers and create a border and platform for my quote.  I love the messy stacked hearts.  The whole thing is a bit messy, which is quite fitting since love is too.

Here are some close up's of my canvas:

Thanks so much for stopping in today!!!

Have a FANTASTIC day!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Need Snow, Will Shovel.

Well I am a little behind on sharing some projects so I want to share one with you today.

So it is so dry and warm around here for this time of the year.  It just doesn't feel like December here in Colorado.  But we did get a little bit of snow in October, and I wanted to make a layout using the fun Blissful Blizzard collection from Fancy Pants.  Here it is:

I used the tape stickers for that fun snowman in the background. I simply took scissors and cut a snowman on the sheet.  Then peeled off each piece and laid it on my layout.  And of course, because it's me, I added stitching around it.

Here are some close up's of my layout:

I really had fun with this collection.  I just love that silhouette of the kids on the sled.  :)

Well thanks so much for stopping in today!!!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Journaling Prompts Tuesday

  • Traditions.  This is the time of year for traditions, tell us about yours. (Don't just think Christmas day, for example, we always drive around looking at Christmas lights the week before.)  What traditions have you kept from your own childhood?  What traditions have died out? Or is there a new tradition you want to start?
  • What is the meaning of Christmas?  Why do you celebrate?  Don't be afraid to include your faith in your scrapbooks.
  • How do you decorate (both inside and outside)?
  • When does the Christmas music start?
  • When does the tree go up?
  • Who has the most Christmas spirit in the family?  Do you have a family grinch?
  • How has your celebrations changed over the year?
  • Do you enjoy this time of year or is it just too busy and product heavy?
  • Who do you celebrate with?
  • What's the best part of Christmas?  Answer this yourself or try asking family members and recording it.
  • What's the worst part of Christmas?  Answer this yourself or try asking family members and recording it.
  • What parties are you going to this year?  Do you host one?
  • Do you always visit Santa?  How about comparing Santa pics or letters over the years.
  • Do you do the elf on the shelf? Make a collage of pictures of your elf.
  • Do you take Christmas pictures every year?  Once again, you could compare them from over the years.
  • Do you mail out Christmas cards or letters?
  • Create a "signs of Christmas" layout, with pictures around your home or city that indicate it's Christmas time.  
  • Who wraps the gifts?  What other roles are played at Christmas time?
  • How do you do gifts?  Does everyone get one from each person or do you draw names?
  • Do you travel or stay home?
  • Handmade Christmas...what have you made yourself?
  • If you have multiple celebrations, compare them.  (For example, we celebrate with my in-laws and also with my parents.  One is controlled and "in order": one person opening a gift at a time, clean up after each gift, etc. while the other is just complete exciting chaos.)  
  • Do you make a big meal?  Is it always the same or do you change it up?  Try including recipes.
  • If you have a busy calendar this December, scrap it to show just how busy you were.  
  • How do you keep the focus on what is really important this time of year?
  • Don't just stop at taking pictures of people opening gifts...take pictures of the mess afterwards.  :)
  • Do you dress up or keep it casual?
  • Do you clear out the old to make room for the new?
  • How does your city celebrate?  What does it look like?  
  • Is there snow on the ground and does it look like what you typically think it should for Christmas or maybe it's a non-traditional beach Christmas.  
  • Do you do cookie exchanges?  (Those are some fun photos!)
  • After the kids have their Christmas breaks, are they ready to go back to school or dreading it?
  • Does this time of year make you miss someone special?
  • What's something you need to remind yourself or someone else every year?  (i.e. Keep it simple, focus on what matters, we are blessed, we can't have/do it all, etc.)
  • Share some Christmas memories from your childhood.  
  • What are the colors of Christmas?  
  • What are the smells of Christmas? 
  • What are the tastes of Christmas?
  • What are the sounds of Christmas?
  • What are the feelings of Christmas?
  • Create a list of gifts given or received and scrapbook it.
  • What happens after the celebrations are over?  Do you crash? Do you return/exchange gifts to the store or maybe shop for what you didn't receive?  
  • What Christmas movies do you see every year?  Is it just you or does the whole family watch them?  
  • Do your kids believe in Santa?  If not, did you tell them or is it because of something else?
  • If money was no object, what would you want to receive or give this year?
  • Are you an angel-topper or a star-topper (tree).
  • Real or artificial tree.  Why?
  • What would make this Christmas the best ever?
  • What are your "firsts" this Christmas?  We are great at scrapbooking our firsts for babies, but it stops when they grow up.  But we are still experiencing firsts, did you have any firsts this Christmas?

As always, shout it out if you have more suggestions and I will add them to the list!!!

Thanks for stopping by!  
And have a fabulous day!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sketch 228 Challenge

Hi everyone!  It's time for another sketch challenge.  I've decided to do only one sketch this month, simply because December is already really busy for most of us.  So you have more time to complete this one.  ;)

If you are new to my sketches, here's how it works:

I essentially create three versions of one sketch each time. There will be one 12x12 scrapbook sketch, one double page sketch (12x24), and one card sketch (A4). This makes it easier for all types of crafters to participate. :)

Of course, there will be prizes.

So for today's sketches, it's all about triangles:

Sketch 228a -- 12x12 layout
Sketch 228b -- Two Page Layout
Sketch 228c -- Card (A4)

And now for the prize up for grabs...

*  Your project must be newly made for this challenge, and then linked below.
*  You can use the sketches for any type of project, not just scrapbook pages or cards.
*  Please post which sketch you used with your project.
*  Feel free to combine with other challenges.  :)
*  You can enter as many times as you like.  

*  Check out my sketchbook here.  Pick a favorite sketch and use it for an additional project.  You can do this as many times as you'd like.  These must be newly made for this challenge too.  


I hope you play along!!  :)  

And who wants to know who won the last challenge?  

The winner is...

Congratulations Beatrice!!!  Send me your address to and I will get your goodies mailed out to you!  :)

And thanks again to everyone who played along!  

I hope you have a fantastic day!!!