Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Favorites

I am really enjoying seeing the posts of other artist's favorite layouts, so I thought I would do one of my own. I don't think I could possible pick 10 favorites for the whole year, partially because I got a new computer and don't have many of the photos handy anymore! :) But here are a few of my all-time favorites, all created in 2009.

I like this one because it is elegant and the colors are muted, which is unusual for me. It took hours of shuffling things around, but I love the end result:

This one is on the list because not only is it fun and funky, but it is my favorite boy layout of the year. Since I like lots of detail, I have a harder time with the boy-themed pages.

This one is a favorite also for several reasons. The detail, the photo, and the fact that I scrapped a baby photo of my now 4-year-old. It was fun!
This one, I just think is gorgeous. I love Prima products, and I surprised myself with how well this one came together.
This is me, fun, funky, and lots of detail.
This one was one of my earlier favorites. I created this one in March, and it was the very first time I succeeded in adding all of the detail I wanted to see in a layout.
Happy New Year!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas is over...

Well, the big day is over, the lazy weekend has passed, and now it is back to work. Well, not totally for me, since I cleaned my house top to bottom yesterday and did all the laundry too! In a few hours the kiddos and I are heading to the library for a couple hours of play and fun, and then back home for an afternoon for working on my projects for the Couture Cardstock CHA booth.

Speaking of Couture Cardstock, here are a couple more projects that I did for them:

Using Vintage Christmas:

And using a Girl's Best Friend (All the papers are mirror or metallic, although it's hard to show in a photo:

Hope your Monday is wonderful!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Your Scrapbook Stash DT!

I am so excited! I made the DT for Your Scrapbook Stash! I am so thrilled! YSS has been my favorite place to shop online for a long time now, so this is a great privilege to be able to design for them.

You can see the announcement HERE.


On the Couture Cardstock Blog today, you can see projects from two of our newest designers, Kimberly and Vee. Check it out!

Thanks for coming by!


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Cozy Inspiration

I am still waiting for the announcement of my big, really good news from Thursday, so in the meantime...

Have you ever browsed the store at Anthropologie? Oh my goodness, such amazing clothing and shoes, and purses! I could order half the store (if I was very, very wealthy!). While waiting for the lottery ticket I didn't buy to come through for me (lol!) I thought I would use some of these amazing pieces as inspiration for upcoming layouts and projects. Here are a few of my favorites. I hope they inspire you too!

Hope you are having a great Sunday! We missed church due to colds and coughs, but I hope you were able to go and enjoy Christmas services with your family and friends.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday Laughs

This came in an email today and made me laugh!

DON'T WORRY if a fat guy comes up behind you and shoves you in a bag. I asked for a good friend for Christmas.

LOL! Just thought that was too funny! Ok, moving on... I got some REALLY good news in an email today!! But I have to wait a few days to share. :) So, in the meantime, here is sneak of something going up in the Couture Cardstock gallery soon:

Have a great weekend!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Prima Build-a-Page

I snuck in some time on Friday night at my monthly crop to create a layout for the Prima Build-a-Page. Build-a-Page (or BAP) is a monthly sketch contest that must be completed using Prima products. I had a great time creating this layout!
You can find all the details of the Prima BAP contest HERE.

Can't wait to see the winner!! :)


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Couture Cardstock Projects

It's now time that I can share one of my early Couture Cardstock projects. These projects are from October, the November projects are now in the Couture Gallery under Vintage Christmas, Working Man, and A Girl's Best Friend. :)

This is a layout I did with the Wool Scarf, Popcorn Ball, and Pumpkin Spice cardstocks. I layered die cut and border punched strips of Popcorn Ball to create the background, and made my own flower from the pumpkin spice. The photo is of my dad.

Also, tomorrow I am back on the Couture Cardstock blog with a mini album featuring the metallic "A Girl's Best Friend" Collection. Check it out HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Back Porch Memories Reveal

Today (or tomorrow, which starts in about 90 minutes!) is the reveal for the December Kits from Back Porch Memories. It has been so fun designing with them this month! I received the medley kit and the Solo paper add-on, and they are FULL of gorgeousness. Below are a couple of my projects. I made 3 layouts and a cards and I have tons of stuff left over to play with. Check out the kits and the rest of the DT's fabulous work at

Also, there is a gallery full of new projects and inspiration now up at Specifically, the projects with Vintage Christmas, Working Man, and A Girls Best Friend Collections are all new. There are 10 or so of my projects over there, so head on over to check it out. :)


Monday, December 7, 2009

I Am Thankful

Today I want to share a fun and funky layout that I created a few weeks ago. It was originally for a Freaky Friday Challenge at AC Bailey Designs, and the challenge was to create a layout about what you are thankful for without using fall colors. I love how this fun and funky layout turned out!
NOTE: This layout just ended up in a poll at! If you feel like voting, the link is:

(for those of you wondering, this is Crate Paper's Cottage Collection.)

Today we are announcing the new and very talented Design Team at Couture Cardstock. As Design Team Coordinator, I am excited to be working with these talented ladies. You can read all about them at


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Decking the Halls

We finally put up the tree last night! After being out of town for Thanksgiving weekend, it took us a few days to get caught up and ready to tackle that project. The kids were over-the-top excited... bet you couldn't have guessed that! ;) Here are a few pics for you.

See the glee?
Posing for Mommy while waiting impatiently for "orn-ment time." Can you tell they both dressed themselves yesterday?

Catch me tomorrow on the Couture Cardstock blog talking about how to keep that glitter where you want it (no flaking tips!).


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Something new...

There is something new and fun on the Couture Cardstock website today. Totally unique, too.

How cool is that? Watch for more colors and styles to be added in the future. :)