Adding to the family

Hello all my faithful followers :) I wanted to let you know why I haven't been so crafty lately. My husband and I found out a few weeks ago that we are expecting again!! Due to our growing little peanut I have been especially tired and just haven't had the drive to go to my craftroom :( I'm hoping this phase passes quickly and I will back to my usual self very soon so please stay tuned! I have some great ideas, now I just need to find the energy...

~Hugs~ Becky


Blog Candy

Oh my gosh, you've got to check out the AWESOME blog candy that Chris aka Glowbug on Splitcoast is offering to two lucky followers for her birthday! Be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday while you are there and check out all of the wonderful card ideas that she has to share! Now Go :) http://twinklesglow-glowbug.blogspot.com/2009/09/birthday-blog-candy.html


Trick or Treat, Smell my feet...

Here is my first Halloween card this year! I love these papers and super fun stamps.... The adorable little spider is from the Paper Doll Dress Up cricut cartridge.
They are:
Purple card base: Bo-Bunny
Happy Halloween Strip and sentiment matting: Adornit by Carolee's Creations
Green (behind spider's web): Stamping Station- Lime Green Swirls
Sentiment Stamp: Stampendous Cling Rubber- Trick or Feet
Spider's Web: Inkadinkadoo- Creepy Crawly
I also added some purple skittles and diamond, lime green and yellow stickles.
oh, and I almost forgot about the spellbinders die cuts!

Now check out this fun little guy!
I got the idea from the fabulous DeeDee Campbell over at Scrappin' with DeeDee. For instructions on how to make him please visit her blog. She makes amazing cards and is a constant inspiration to me :) This reminded my husband of the christmas dolls his grandma used put out every year made of folded magazines. Hmmm, that might be a way to recycle all of those dated craft magazines that have piled up in the corners of my closet.

Paper strip pumpkins Anyone?

I like these because they are more seasonal and I can leave them out for all of fall. Which by the way hit us like a brick wall two days ago :( I got the inspiration for these from an example at the store I work at, Scrapbook and Stamping Memories, stop in and visit us and see all of the other ideas we have! These are easy peasy to make and quick too. Cut strips of paper 1 inch wide and ink the edges for definition, punch holes in the same spot on every strip on both ends. Use a brad and pile your strips on then stick a piece of ribbon on top before you open your brad up. Now bow your strips up and bring your ribbon through the hole from bottom to top and tie in a knot at a length to keep the bowed form to the strips. Spread out your strips and adorn the top with a pumpkin stem and some paper thin paper strips that you curl around a pencil. I attached the stem and strips with some zip dry glue, I am in love with that stuff.

Last but not least a fall card

Carrying on with the festive mood I've been in the past few days is a fall card. I decided to make my own patterned paper for this one. To do this I used versa mark and some Stampendous embossing powder. I thought that the changing of seasons sentiment on the front of the card was perfect for the weather we had yesterday with a freeze over night.

The supplies are as follows:
Stamps: Inkadinkadoo- All Hallow's Eve (pumpkin)
The Angel Company- sentiment
Hero Arts-Friends forever- embossed swirl (on background)
Double Mates- Chocolate Malt
Archivers- lime green and Bazzill-orange (don't know specific color name)
green, lime green and copper
Stampendous- stampin' stuff stardust embossing powder
Tombow markers.

Ok now my never ending post will end :) I hope you all enjoyed looking today!
~Hugs~ Becky

Laaa lovin' my new background

Hey girls~ I'm in a very fall mood today, blame it on the weather, so I changed my blog and  want to brag about my new background and post divider from Shabby Blogs, I'm sure this is all old to you other bloggers but I found them today while participating in the BITTEN by the BUG blog hop. They have the cutest backgrounds and addons, not to mention everything is totally free and I know that we all love free :)  I didn't know how to add post dividers to my blog but I found the wonder woman of tutorials her blog is Easy Custom Blogs, if you need learn how to do something she has a tutorial on it!  So now you know and I'm done for now, so go check everyone out and then come back to me. I'll be back to post some projects after my son goes to bed tonight!

~Hugs~ Becky


And the winner is....

Thank you to all of you who left me comments and signed up to be one of my followers!
The lucky number was 35 and the winner is:
who left me a comment and became a follower she wrote "nice blog and thanks for givig us all a chance to enter and win. what a great prize." Terry please get ahold of me and send me your address so I can mail your goodies off!


Blog Candy Pictures

Ok girls here is what you have all been waiting for, this is what I picked up for one lucky winner while I was at the Fiskars warehouse sale yesterday. That place was a zoo! I have never seen that many people there before. My mom and I actually stood in line for 2 hours before we couldn't stay any longer then drove 1.5 hours back to my house picked up my son, dropped off the babysitter and then went back to pick up our goods. The people we were standing in line with were just loading up their vehicles to leave, that means they must have waited at least 5 hours in line to check out. When my mom and I went back in we only waited about 45 minutes because everyone was gone by then.... I can't imagine the women who were standing there with kids!
Here is the Blog Candy: *click on picture to enlarge*

clear stamps: Bloomin' Bouquet, Oodles of Doodles, Trick or Treat, Turkey Lurkey, Birthday and Wedding.
Corner rounder punch, Triple Track personal cutter and 2 photo memories wet glue sticks.

Heidi Grace:
1pkg Alphas & Symbols punchboard
1pkg Printed add ons (128pc)
4sheets Self adhesive cardstock stickers
2pkgs chipboard photo corners
4pkgs rub-ons 2 flourishes, 2 christmas
2pkgs glittered flowers
1pkg glittered leaves
12 different kinds of paper (42 sheets total)

Kimberly Poloson:
1pkg chipboard shapes
1pkg flourish rub-ons
2pkgs matstacks cardstock
2pkgs buttons
2pkgs sticker sheets

Cloud Nine Designs:
1pkg Quote Cards
1pkg Ribbon

Lil Davis Designs:
1pkg Chipboard Letters
1 bottle Clear Glitter Glaze
1 Sticker Sheet

Ink by Steph:
In my dreams clear stamp set

and here is the picture of everything my mom and I got for only $75 total!!!! I couldn't fit it all in the picture but it filled my living room floor!


Check out The Cutting Above Blog

Hello Ladies and fellow crafters, You should make the time to go check out Cutting Above they have some EXTREMELY good giveaways to launch their blog. They are giving away 2 free gypsies and other goodies and they make it easy peasy to win!

On other notes, I'm so excited about the Fiskars sale coming up on Thursday. I don't have a sitter like I'd hoped but nothing is going to stop me :) Don't forget about my blog candy. All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog or sign my guest book for one chance and for a second chance to win become a follower.

That's all I have for tonight but stay tuned, I might get some actual crafting done this week later when my mom is here to help with the little man :)


Baby Shower Cake

Hi Ladies, just a quick post today, I have a ton to get done! I made this cake last night for my sister-in-laws baby shower this weekend. It was fun to make, I think that I would try one again but I would do a few things differently. Thank You to Laurinda for the cake box .cut file made with George! Go check her out she is super talented :)

Paper by :
Provo Craft (plate covering)
Cloud 9 Design (cake boxes)
DCWV-nan's stack (scalloped circles)

baby bottles
diapers- pampers

p.s. I thought I would include a cute picture of my son eating his breakfast this morning just to make you smile!


That Smile

I made this page just a few days ago with all of the wonderful smiles of my son! He is such an expressive little boy :) I used My Minds Eye and Bazzill papers for this project. Lots of inking, a few rain dots, stickles and some cricut design studio top it off to make a pretty fun page if you do ask me. Special Thanks to Diane at Capadia Designs for the full page scalloped edge.

How fun is this?

Wow, I'm so excited! Its like Christmas coming to my blog now :) I can't believe that SusanBluerobot and Laurinda actually took the time to come see me, little ole me!! I knew some free stuff would make people look, lol! Just in case you don't know Fiskars is the maker of Cloud 9 Design and Hiedi Grace as well as all of the wonderful fiskars tools. I can't wait to go and get some stuff for you ladies. Last time I went I picked up about $600 worth of retail stuff for only $65. I was amazed when I added it all up. If you live anywhere near Wausau Wisconsin this is definitely worth your trip, even if you have to travel a few hours its worth your trip!!! Thanks for all of you who have taken the time to look :)

*P.S. Laurinda I started working on a project last night for my Sister-in-laws baby shower with one of your cut files. I can't wait to share it with you!


Blog Candy

Yes, you heard it right! I'm going to give away some goodies :) I'm not sure what it will be yet as I will be picking it up on the 24th at the fiskars warehouse sale, but you can bet it will be SUPER good :) I will post a picture of the goodies in the evening of the 24.... So here's the deal if you leave a comment or sign my guest book you will recieve one entry. If you become a follower I will enter you a second time. I will use random.org to draw the winner on 9-28-09.

I wish everyone luck and look forward to what you have to say :) Thanks for looking!

Ahhhhhhhhhh! NOOOO!!

**UPDATE** I fixed it so let me know what you think :)

I blew up my blog! Bear with me as I rebuild!

Fourth of July

Every Forth of July our home town hosts a professional rodeo. The parade is always close to 2 hours long with lots of horses, cows and tractors. This was the first year that Ian was old enough to enjoy and understand what was going on. He loved collecting the candy and was mesmorized by this huge bull. We had so much fun at the parade and then the small BBQ afterwards with family and friends, can't wait till next year.


Father Daughter Dance

Well like I said getting my new job encouraged me to update some of my albums and I realized how many wedding photos were never scrapbooked. So this is a photo of my Dad and I dancing to "Butterfly Kisses" by Bob Carslile. Hence the silver butterflies on the page.
This page was a pretty quick page to make because I used a jollees boutique sticker for the title. I stamped the inkadinkadoo butterfly in versamark and then embossed with silver powder and I'm not sure who the crystals are from behind them, they are an old treasure from my stash. Sorry about the picture quality of this page.

*Remember you can click on any of the pictures in my posts to see a larger version*


Go shout it from the mountains!!

**UPDATE** I can't believe it!! I'm going to be surrounded by pretty things and get to see the newest stuff in the scrapbook industry as it arrives in the stores. I got a job a one of my local scrapbook stores! Now all of you who live in the area can come visit me at Scrapbook and Stamping Memories in Appleton, WI. They are located on Mall Dr. right next to a chocolate store, how delicious is that? :) You can visit them online at www.scrapbook.net and you can follow them on facebook too.

Stop in and check out all of the new stuff that just came in. Halloween and Christmas are not too far away you could get an early start! Have questions? All of the girls who work there are very helpful and super friendly!

Can't wait to see all of you there :)


A few scrapbook pages

Alright, here we go on to scrapbook pages! The first layout is our family Christmas Trip that we took closer to Easter in 09. We visited the Chula Vista water park and resort in Wisconsin Dells.

We visited the Chula Vista water park and resort in Wisconsin Dells. Ian had a blast at the water park, the little man has no fear of water!

The paper you see is from Cosmo Cricket's snorkel collection. I think Cosmo Cricket has some of my favorite papers on the market right now! I used my Cricut and Design Studio to make the large arrow and then I Cuttle bugged it with the tiny bubbles A2 folder. I also used the mini monograms cartridge for the matting behind "family vacation". All the stickers are from the paper collection pack, I might have blinged up a few though :)

I hope you enjoy! I'll post some more on Sunday...

With This Ring

I have to say that even if I don't get the job at the local scrapbook store at least it motivated me to update some of my scrapbooks. I have been married for 4 years and I finally got around to working a little more on our album :)

I wanted this page to be very simple to accentuate the black and white photo. I thought that a plain white background would do that the best then I found the green and white Basic Grey paper from the "porcelain" collection hiding in my stash, perfect! I added my quick quote and metal letters at the bottom, which I think I might have had since before we got married, LOL well at least I'm using up some of my stash too :) Now I'll feel better about buying new stuff if I get the job! Anyway here is the page I came up with.

Pictures for the Purse

Hey all, I found this fun little project when I was browsing the web one evening looking for some inspiration. I thought it would be a perfect way to show off my favorite people at my 10 year class reunion. (Go figure, then I forgot to put it in my purse.) This book was made from one sheet of 12x12 paper, super cheap and quick to make. Here is the address that I found the directions at... http://scrapbooking.about.com/od/layouts/ig/Mini-Book-Layout-and-Sketch/and here are some pictures of what I came up with, Enjoy!


Jenna & Dustin's Wedding Invitations

This was my biggest project for the summer! I made 150 of these for Jenna and her soon to be hubby. They turned out beautifully and my lovely cricut and design studio did most of the work for me :) I love my Bug!!!! I used George and Basic Shapes and Story Book to make this trifold invite for them.
***These pictures don't do them justice, they look way better in person!***

If anyone is ever interested in me making invitations of any kind please let me know!I can make them alot cheaper than you would ever pay in a store!! I can do Birthday, Anniversary, Wedding, Thank You notes.... You get it, if you want it I can make it :)

Family Faces Book

Slowly but surely I will get all of the things that I have made this summer up here for you to view, but I think I will start with projects.

This is a project that I made for my son so that he would be able to recognize faces that he might not see that often. Let me tell you how mad I was at myself when I got the latest copy of Creating Keepsakes from my mailbox and saw an extremely similar project within their pages. That could have been me!! (grrr..)

This project was super easy to make thanks to a pad of 6x6 Basic Grey paper and matching ribbon. I think its the "recess" collection. To make the pages more book like I used the thicker cardboard that comes in packs of paper. (Reuse, Recycle!) I also laminated this book to make it kid friendly. The colored rings are from the office aisle at Walmart. And finally the cricut cartridge I used for the names was cuttin' up.

Topiary Tree

I'm so overwhelmed with all of the projects that I have to share with you I'm not sure where to start... So I choose this topiary tree that I made recently. I saw this tree online in Michael's idea gallery a while back but the paper strips where much wider than mine. I thought it would look better with more paper strips but didn't realize how much work it would be. It really was quite fun to make though :) Hope you enjoy! My husband even liked this project when it was done.


New Blogger Background

I found my new background here check them out!! They have very awesome scrapbook looking backgrounds.

While your at it go check out the super cool Halloween album at this site.

More to come tomorrow, some pics of the projects from this summer and hopefully an update about the job interview. Keep your fingers crossed for me, I left the interview feeling really good about how it went


Exciting News!!

I'm so thrilled! I got a call for a job interview today... I applied quite awhile ago and was being a little silly when I filled out the application with my answers. I figured I would never hear from them, so you can imagine my shock which quickly turned to excitement today when they called and asked if I was still interested in interviewing for a position in their store!!! I can hardly contain myself! If I'm going to go back to work why not have a job that is my passion!!! Its like a dream, nobody wake me up, please:) My husband and I were just talking about me finding a job part time to get out of the house and have some social interaction and to add the cherry to the cake this job is in the area we will be moving to. I told them that I want to interview for part-time but if it works out I just might be interested in going to a full time position when the house sells and we live closer :)

My interview is on September 4th so I will keep you posted. I may not be posting some of my recent projects on here until after the interview. I have to have something to surprise them with!



As you can all see the summer has taken me away from my blog. I wanted anyone who might check to know that I have not forgotten about it or you and I plan to post again soon. I have made many things this summer, I unfortunately just didn't have time to craft and keep up my blog. Some of the things that you can look forward to me posting are wedding invitations that I made for my girlfriend. A few layouts and a few cards. I have also taken a ton of pictures of my son this summer so you might even see a few of those here :) I will try to have something new up by Thursday so please check back!


Picture Purse

Here is the picture purse that I promised. It was so fun and easy to make, this is a perfect project for the scor-pal. I used Basic Grey's Archaic collection and some Bazill cardstock for this project. This would also be a good project to use up some scraps if you have an abundance like me. You need one full sheet of 12x12 paper and 10 3 1/2" squares from scraps. If you would like complete instructions please pm me and I can type them up. I plan to add pictures of my son and send this to my grandma :) I also added some pictures I took today of Ian... Hope you enjoy!


Great Projects, No Pictures, Stay Tuned

Wow! What a wonderful weekend the weather couldn't be more beautiful, I can't wait anymore for summer! Despite all the beautiful weather I did get some crafting done. Unfortunately, because of it I didn't get any pictures taken to show you, so you'll just have to wait another day to see the adorable little picture purse and the wall hanging I made for my best friends living room. I hope everyone had a great weekend too and please come back to see the great projects I've been up to.


Been Busy Crafting Away...

Graduation Invitations

Not only did I finish the flash cards in the previous post, I decided that my scrap bin was too full and made some cards to wittle it down to a managable size. So I made some cards for friends and two picture cards for my son's Great-Grandma's. I also made invites (20 of them) for my husband's cousin's graduation party. The pictures don't do the invitations much justice.... Thank You to Amanda K. who made the .cut file for the Guitar Hero Guitar on the front of the invites. *(Note- no money was made, these invites were a gift)* Here is what I came up with for your viewing pleasure :)
Scrap Bin Creations

...And The Big Reveal....

So I promised I would post a fantastic project that I have been working on in my free-time. Sorry it took me so long, I don't get much free-time. So here it is, I made these flash cards as a learning tool for my son. I probably could have just bought flash cards for alot cheaper but I wanted to use my cricut to prove to my husband it is worth the investment in all the cartridges I own and I thought this would make them more fun and special... I am so extremely happy with how they turned out! I also laminated them after I took pictures for you to make them more durable. Hope you enjoy :)

Front of cards

Back of cards

Detailing on front of cards


Blog Candy

Hi Everyone! I hope everyone had a great Easter with family and friends :) I wanted to share that Tammy over at ~Tammy's Place~ has posted some Wonderful blog candy! Check out all of her work while you are there and sign up to be a follower, she is extremely talented! I wold love to offer some blog candy for my followers as well but at this point my mom would be the only one to win! (Hint, Hint :) But anyway go check out Tammy she is very inspirational!


Check out the new slide show...

Check out the new slide show at the bottom of the page with most of my scrapbook pages on it. Hope you enjoy them :)


BBTB Challenge

Front of Card


Close up of Front

I made this card lastnight after I saw the challenge over on BBTB.I think I'll name it "Spring Chick" the challenge was to use the word "SPRING" from the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge. The pictures don't show it so well but the word spring is elevated on pop dots and I used the Gelly Roll by Sakura to outline the flowers on the front for just a subtle bling.
I used the White out/Explore Collection kit from We R Memory Keepers that I picked up at Archiver's around Christmas time from thier $1.99 bargin bin. I also used some skittles, Cloud 9 design raindots, American Crafts ribbon,Gelly Roll by Sakura, Tim Holtz Distress ink (peeled paint), Colorbox Chalk ink (yellow ochre), Quickutz Chick, and Bazzil cardstock. And of course I used the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge and a brown Cricut marker.

I hope you all enjoyed today's postings. Stay tuned I'll be posting a project that I have been spending a considerable amount of my free-time on the past two weeks soon...