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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Love This Project! (Scraplifted from Leialoha)

A sista from the Cricut message board shared this project & I just had to try it! It is a desk calendar for 2011 and will make a great gift for anyone. I kept mine pretty simple & used my favorite color so I can display it on my desk at work. Check out to see the beautiful projects that inspired this creation!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Few Holiday Cards

There are only 7 days until Christmas! Here are a few of the cards I have made so far this holiday season. I used my Cricut & Beyond Birthdays cartridge for the sentiments.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Quick & Easy Gifts - Personalized Journals

So, I really enjoyed altering the journal that I will be using to track my goals for 2011. I took that idea to make some cute journals for my co-workers. I took a picture of a few of them. I used my YourStory to change the journals from coil to bound books & added each person's name to the cover. They were a big hit at the team Christmas party today!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thankful for Progress!

I was reminded recently that we are often frustrated with where we are because we forget where we were. So I want to take a minute to thank God that I am not where I used to be & that even though I am not where I want to end up, I am closer to that place/thing/role/etc. than I was before!

Think about what you had been complaining about or what has been frustrating to you? Now, what are you (should you be) thankful for?

Monday, December 6, 2010

My First Blog Award!

Sarah over at Simply Sarah has blessed me with my first ever blog award - Stylish Blogger Award. If you haven't had a chance to see what Sarah is up to over there, you are missing out! Stop by & tell her I sent you. I am so thankful to her for this - and it is such a great way to end an awesome weekend!

This is a pay-it-forward style award. Here are the rules:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this
2. Share 8 things about yourself
3. Pay it forward to 8 bloggers that you have recently discovered
4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about their awards.

So here are 8 things about myself:
1. I have one daughter & she is the light of my life.
2. I could eat potatoes with every meal - I don't, but oh how I would love too.
3. I had a blast this summer as a demonstrator for ProvoCraft.
4. My favorite color is orange - it actually makes me happy when I see it!
5. The only real collection I have is decks of playing cards (if you see any unique cards, I am probably interested in adding them to my collection ;) ).
6. I have only ever completed one scrapbook layout.
7. In addition to card making, I also make jewelry and crochet.
8. I participated in my first blog hop this weekend.
Here are the 8 bloggers I would like to share this award with (and it was so very hard to choose only eight):

1. PKay
2. Cammi
3. Croppin' Cassie
4. Riley's Custom Creations
5. Dee
6. WrinkleFreeDiva
7. ScrappyRN
8. Helen

Check these ladies out & be sure to leave a little bit of love!

Thanks again Sarah!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Thank You (and we have a winner!)

Thank you to everyone for stopping by & supporting me in my first blog hop. I had so much fun creating my projects & love, love, loved the projects of the other Divas along the way... if you haven't checked out all the stops along the hop, go to this post and click on the links - these ladies are awesome!

Now, for the wimnner of some sweet, sweet blog candy. Drum roll pleae....

... LISHA is the winner of a personalized journal from yesterday's blog hop!

Lisha, please send me your mailing address (and your favorite color) so that I can get your journal out to you!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

SST Christmas and Countdown to the New Year Blog Hop!

Christmas is coming and so is the new year! To get you in the spirit of the season, the divas of Sistas Scrap Too! have come together for a Christmas and Countdown to the New Year blog hop! There are 17 blogs in the hop, so make sure you use the links below this post to hop to all of the participating blogs. No worries if you miss one, you can always go back! These 17 divas have a lot in store for you. From exquisite creations to offers of blog candy, you will enjoy hopping your way to all of the blogs involved! Don't forget to leave some blog love for the creators -- they love getting feedback on their designs!

I decided to make a few treat bags for Christmas & a journal for the New Year - gotta cover all the bases right!

For the treat bags, I used K. I. Memories & DCWV papers from "Christmases Past" LOL! I was also blessed by the HR Director of my agency with some Making Memories embellishments and I thought they would be the perfect addition to the bags! I learned about these really easy to make bags from Dawn Griffith's video on Youtube and I fell in love with it! These bags will probably be filled with some holiday candy & sent to school with my daughter to give as gifts to her friends, but you can make them with any paper or cardstock and use them for any occasion.

Front of Journal

Inside of Journal

Back of Journal

YourStory Binding

For the journal, I also found my way to my DCWV papers (yes, I am M.M. DeZigns & I am a paperholic!). This time, I took a standard spiral bound notebook and removed the spiral. Being sure to keep the paper and the back cover lined up, I removed the front cover. I cut a piece of black chipboard to about 3.25" and scored it the long way at 1.5", flipped it horizontally and scored it again at 1.5" (leaving about a quarter-inch as the spine - the perfect size for the notebook to fit). I took my hot glue gun & applied a line (or two) of glue down the chipboard (in the spine area). As I let the glue dry, I turned on my YourStory Book Binding Machine. Once the YourStory was ready - it beeped - I added the "notebook" to my "spine", lined it all up just right, and placed it in the YourStory machine. In about a minute, the machine beeped again to let me know it was all done - it had remelted the glue to allow the pages to settle in to the spine, forming my "book". I sat the "book" into the cooling rack, and after a few minutes, I was ready to decorate it! I plan to use this journal to track my goals (or what some may call resolutions) and progress towards those goals in 2011. I am a list maker, so I see this journal as a supercute place for me to keep my many lists of goals & thoughts & ideas for the New Year!

Thank you for participating in the Sistas Scrap Too! first ever blog hop! Remember to visit all of the blogs and leave blog love -- you never know where you'll find candy!! Here is a linked list of all the participating blogs:

1. Treva's Craft Corner
2. Stampin' Dymonz Creative Space
3. Nubian Crafter NC
4. My {Life}, My {Blog}
5. Step Into Nita's World
6. Sweet Lil Scrapper
7. P-Kaysunshine Creations
8. Sharing My Stuff
9. Yaya Philly Craft World
10. Cassie's Crop Corner
11. M. M. DeZigns
12. Made By Dee
13. Riley's Custom Creations
14. It's A Family Affair!
15. Cuttin' Up
16. Stamping On The Road
17. In Shelly's World

I'll be giving away a personalized version of my New Year's journal to someone... could that be you? Want a chance to win?

Simply (1) become a follower of my blog AND (2) leave a comment on my blog letting me know one of your goals for 2011.

Want extra chances to win? Leave a separate comment letting me know which other blog on the hop has a project that you love.

You can enter until 11:59pm EST today. I will use to pick a winner.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Blog Hop is almost here!

Just in case you didn't already know - I have been blessed with the opportunity to be a part of my first ever blog hop! The divas of the Sistas Scrap Too thread on the Cricut message board are hosting their first blog hop tomorrow - Saturday, December 4, 2010 beginning at 6am EST.

Be sure to stop by to check us out. I will have a post with all of the other 16 blogs included in the hop and also a chance to win a very nice piece of blog candy!

See you then!