Thursday, January 31, 2013

Some cards & a giveaway update!

Good morning!
I've got a couple more Bella Blvd cards to share today.
I made both of these for CHA and they have been up on the Bella Blvd blog recently.
I made this "save the date" card using the new "Engaged at Last" line.

And I made this friendly card using the fun new "Sand and Surf" line.
I do love hand-cutting flowers out of patterned paper!

I am going to leave the giveaway (see post below) for another day since the Hampton Art blog was down yesterday.
So you still have time to comment and I will pick a winner tomorrow!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Man I had been so good about blogging regularly...
until last week at least!
Oh well let's do something fun then!
How about a giveaway??
I haven't done one in a while so let's do it!
I've got some super fun KI Memories "Flashback" glitter stickers and washi tape that I want to share with somebody!

Here is what you need to do:
Go check out the NEW Hampton Art website
(it's so pretty!)
Then go to their blog and leave a comment on any project.
(that blog is getting a facelift very soon...might have to do another giveaway for that too!).
After you leave a comment over there, come back and leave a comment here telling me that you did so.
I will pick a winner in a couple of days from all the comments left here.
I might throw in some other stuff I find too!
Now go check out the Hampton Art's new website!
And happy Tuesday to ya!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Crochet hearts

There is still all kinds of inspiration going on over on the Bella Blvd blog this week.
Yesterday it was all about the new crochet hearts!
I had a lot of fun making stuff with these creative embellishments!
Check it out...

Make sure you also check out the Bella Blvd blog for all kinds of great projects with these crochet hearts.
And thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Monday, January 21, 2013


Happy Monday!
I did a little scrapping over the weekend. 
I have been wanting to scrap this picture of my first night mountain bike ride for a while now.
So I pulled out some of the "Too Cute to Spook" line from Bella Blvd {mostly bc I thought this cloudy patterned paper would be perfect for this layout!} and some new stamps from My Favorite Things designed by the fabulous Laina Lamb.

And this is what I made...

Yes, I did a lot of handcutting!
I cut several clouds out of a separate sheet of the patterned paper and added them with foam adhesive to give the page lots of dimension.

And I stamped too!
Go me!
This is just one of the stamps I used (designed by Laina Lamb for My Favorite Things). 

And here is another one!

These stamps come from sets that are full of many other cool stamps.

How cool, right?!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Sand and Surf

Man I sure could go for a little sand and surf right now!
I think it has been nasty rainy and/or cold here for the past 3 weeks.
But until spring gets here, I will settle for the
oh-so-fun "Sand and Surf" line from Bella Blvd!
This line just makes me want to take a vacation!
There are all kinds of "Sand and Surf" projects over on the Bella Blvd blog today.
Here is a little "missing you" card I made with the new line.

Yep, I hand cut all those clouds and the sunshine!
Just keeping my scissors toned up during these cold winter months.
Thanks for stopping by here today!
Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 18, 2013


Yesterday was all about tapes over on the Bella Blvd blog.
I am not afraid to admit it:
I am loving the tape trend lately!!
Do you remember the Heidi Swapp tapes from several years ago?
Well, I loved those tapes.
I have a secret stash of them that I will probably never ever use for fear that I will use them all up and they will be gone forever.
So of course I was stoked when the whole washi tape trend hit papercrafting!
Maybe I shouldn't get rid of these Birkenstocks I've been holding onto for years now because they might come back in style soon after all!
Anyway, there are all kinds of projects over on the Bella Blvd blog today using their fabulous designer tapes.
And here is a card I made with them...

Happy Friday y'all!!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Friendly layout to share

I've got a layout to share today.
I've been making a lot of cards lately but layouts are still my first love.
I made this one using the oh-so-fun-and-cool
"Flashback" line from KI Memories!!

I'm on a
punched-circles-to-make-a-scalloped-border kick

Still loving the KI washi tape!
And this "smile" tape might be my favorite!

Hampton Art is working on making their website and blog a little bit more fancy.
You should really check it out!
Have an awesome day!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Over on the Bella Blvd blog it is all about feathers today!
Staying ahead of the trends, Bella has come out with a line of feathers in a variety of colors that are a perfect addition to your crafting projects!
Here are a couple cards that I made using the feathers.

I've combined the feathers with the new "Engaged at Last" line also from Bella Blvd on both of these cards. 
Very sassy and fun, don't you think??!

Be sure to stop by the Bella Blvd blog today and see all kinds of creative ways to use the new feathers.
You will NOT be disappointed!!
Happy Wednesday!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Winner!! Winner!!

And the winner of the new Vol. 2 of Creative Spaces is...

with a little help from

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2013-01-15 12:49:33 UTC
which makes the winner:
 jennj42 said...
I loved Volume 1, and I can't wait to see Volume 2!
January 12, 2013 at 9:51 AM
YAY Jenn!!
Alabama girl!!
Whoop whoop!!
Send me an email (gretchenmcelveen at yahoo dot com) with your address and I will pass it along to the powers-that-be over at Creating Keepsakes!
Have a great day y'all!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Endless Inspiration

The next couple of weeks are going to be full of "Endless Inspiration" over on the Bella Blvd blog featuring all the new products!
Today's feature is the gorgeous and kind of sassy
"Engaged at Last" line!
I had so much fun making cards with this line!!

But this line is not just sassy and girly!
There is also a nice twist to it that includes manly colors & patterns for the bachelor too!

Fun stuff, right??!
Well now head over to the Bella Blvd blog and see lots more projects using this fun line!
And the giveaway for the new Creative Spaces issue on the post below is still going on!
I will pick a winner later tonight so go leave a comment if you haven't already!
Happy Monday!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Creative Spaces!!

Oh this is exciting!
The second volume of Creative Spaces from Creating Keepsakes is on sale now!!

And I got to be a part of it!
That is pretty exciting to me since my scrap space is really pretty small and not at all elaborate.
It started off as some unfinished attic space off of our bedroom that my husband added walls and a floor to.
He left the painting and decorating to me!

Here are a couple pics of my space that you don't get to see in the magazine.
This is a wooden CD shelf that I saved from the trash and painted white.
It's a great place to store lots of small things.

And one of my favorite things about my room is all the little containers that I have collected over time from the Target dollar spot!
Let's see...there are 15 of them in this pic if you count the one over on the left barely making it into the photo!

And here is a closer look at a couple of racks that I managed to acquire when a local scrapbook store here closed.
The closing was sad but I love what I was able to get my hands on!

I love that my small, cozy, oddly shaped space got featured.
Maybe it will help some of you be able to maximize some little space in your house!
OK, OK enough about my space!
Here is a {link} to a cool sneak peek of the issue.
Here is a {link} to where you can get a copy for yourself.
Or check out bookstores or wherever you buy your magazines.
I found a copy at Barnes and Noble before the issue was even supposed to be on sale.
Also this is the 2nd volume of Creative Spaces.
If you haven't seen Volume 1 (which came out last year), here is a {link} to that issue also.

OK now, you know I am not going to be rambling on about how excited I am about this issue without giving you a chance to win one for yourself!
Actually I wish I could give one to every one of you who stopped by my blog!!
But I better just stick to 1 like I was told!
OK just leave me a comment and I will pick a winner Monday evening!
Have an awesome weekend!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

New Sophisticates!!

It's the last day of Bella Blvd sneaks!
Kind of sad, I know, but I am pumped about all the new stuff!
Today is all about all the new papers being added to the Sophisticates collection.
There are 8 new double-sided patterned papers being added!
And they are sure to coordinate with all of Bella Blvd's different lines.
I can see myself using these papers A LOT as background papers for my layouts!

OK, one more time, head on over to the Bella Blvd blog, check out all the new stuff, be inspired, leave lots of comments for your chance to win the new stuff, and then go make something!
And have fun!
Happy scrapping!