Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Cards for Emily link up winner...and surprise winners!!

Thank you everyone who linked up their creation for Cards for Emily and all of you who left comments on the Cards for Emily Blog Hop, you are all very much appreciated! It is now February 29th and like I promised we have a winner from everyone that has linked up! Yay!
Our winner of the $20 gift certificate to
(I subtracted the 2 entries of my own from the grand total of 42!)

#18 Melisa A!

Congratulations Melisa!! Please email Elizabeth at for details on how to claim your prize by March 7th.

Now for the SURPRISE WINNERS part I mentioned!!
Every person that linked up a card from the time I opened the link until right now will receive a free digi from DIGI DARLA! She has provided me with a coupon code for one free digi for EVERYONE! Isn't that awesome!!?? Thank you sooo much Kim from Digi Darla's Designs! You can see her entire line of digi's at I have sent out an email to everyone that provided it through the inlinkz, if I missed you or if there was an error in the link please let me know and I will get your code out to you ASAP! I don't want anyone to miss this. I will try to have another sponsor for each month that I am collecting cards so if you or anyone you know would like to sponsor Cards for Emily please let me know by using the contact tab at the top of my blog! 

Again thank you everyone who participated in my blog hop and for linking up for this great cause! :)

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Winner!!! I have reached over 300 followers and 100 facebook likes!

Hello to all my new followers!! I wish I could send something to each and every one of you for being such great new friends! And I can't forget about my old friends! I love you all! It took me a little while to gather up all of my awesome commenters from the giveaway post and the 2 hops that I offered my giveaway in and I came up with 157 comments!! When I did my selection, I quickly checked for follower and like on facebook and here are the results!

RANDOM.ORG - Integer Widget
True Random Number Generator 6 Powered by RANDOM.ORG
#6 is Vicki!!

Vicki said...
Cute card. Love the bee. Already a follower and a facebook fan. TFS

Congratulations Vicki!!! Please email me at by March 3rd so I can get your candy out to you!! Thank you to everyone who commented and who is now following me! 

The cards for emily prize is still up for grabs until midnight PST February 29th, all you have to do is make a card for Emily and link it up here on my sidebar for a chance to win... visit the blog hop HERE to see what that prize is... There is also a surprise for everyone who links up! ;)

ANDD my blogaversary candy is still up for grabs too until 1 week from the date of the hop, so until Friday March 2nd at midnight PST! Just become a follower if you are not already and visit here to leave a comment!


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Lasting Memories Challenge ~~ Let's Celebrate! ~~ Kenzie's 1st Birthday

Hi everyone! Welcome to yet another challenge over at Lasting Memories!
This week we want to see a special celebration layout - birthday, anniversary, milestone, graduation...etc.The possibilities are endless!

For my layout I scrapped Kenzie's first birthday party. Her theme was ladybugs so I got double use out of her Halloween costume which was only one month before! Talk about getting your money's worth! ;)

Here is my double page layout:
(click on the picture to view it bigger)
My background paper is from Recollections Bright and Basic and the 8.5x11 red paper is Recollections Jewel tone cardstock. The photos on the right are during her party that was outside. We had a princess jumpy house and sandwiches. There was about 30 people there including kids! The photos on the right are post-bath so she had to change her clothes because cake got everywhere!! Here we are opening her presents which were mostly animal print clothes! LOVE!

The balloon picture is her actual balloons that were at her party, I saved the big mylar one. The picture on the bottom right is her and grandpa, in the middle is her and my summerschool prego buddy's daughter Summer all the way from Virginia to visit for Thanksgiving, and on the right is my neighbor's daughter Jamie who is absolutely in love with Kenzie.

Close up of her balloons.. popped up on pop dots.

Closeup of the second page

In the center of both pages is my banner that I made for her party using Create-a-critter and Simply Sweet for the letters. I took three pictures at these angles, cut them out and glued them together to look like one banner and it worked perfectly as my title!

My tag is cut from the lacy labels cartridge at 4" and I doodled with white and black pen for my lady bug trail.

I used 4 little Recollection glitter 3d ladybugs and Recollections bling along with my white gel pen for flourishes. The blings were the $1 cheapy ones and it showed.. they were really hard to stick down in the right pattern as they were super flimsy and kept folding back on themselves. Really hard to get down but I think they are still super cute.. I don't think I will buy these again though. Maybe only because they were so cheap... lol
I really hope you will join us in our "Let's Celebrate" challenge over at Lasting Memories!
We are sponsored by ArtChix this week!

The prize that you could win are these cute little wooden tags with your name on them!! How cute are these!!??

You have until Saturday, March 3rd to link up your celebration layout!

Challenges I am entering:
Sassy Cheryl - No embossing
Cooking with Cricut - Birthday theme with cake, cupcakes and/or balloons


Friday, February 24, 2012

Scrappin' For Kenzie's 1st Blogaversary Blog Hop!

Welcome to the very first blogaversary for Scrappin' For Kenzie!

We're so happy you could join us!!

If you are here for the beginning of the hop then you are in the right place! Make sure you hop all the way through to make sure you see everyone's projects and don't miss any super creative ideas!

Overall Prize!
- 8.5"x8.5" K&Company Berry Sweet Designer Paper
- K&Company Berry Sweet Chipboard Stickers
- K&Company Brenda Walton Chipboard Stickers

To be entered to win the overall blog hop prize you must:
1. Be a follower of Scrappin' For Kenzie
2. Leave a comment on all blogs in the hop

For this hop I asked everyone to choose one project that I have made from my gallery or facebook and make their own project using mine as inspiration. 

This hop should be super fun! I can't wait to see what everyone has taken from my work! Scraplifting is the greatest form of a compliment! ;)

Thank you so much for joining us in this blog hop to celebrate Scrappin' For Kenzie's 1 year Blogaversary!
Your next stop is the amazing Brittny at Life, Paper, Scissors!

Just in case you get lost along the way here is your master list ;)
Happy Hopping!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A new card for Emily!

Hey everyone! We got a new card for Emily submitted by email because she doesn't have a blog. I wanted to take a minute to feature her cuteeeee card here on my blog and link it up for her :) Here is what she said:

"Good morning Michelle,Well here's the card I made for Emily, as you can see I am so not a card maker. I don't have any stamps that are appropriate for a small child, so I dug out the create a critter cartridge & found this kitty. I ran it through the zyron machine & put some flock on it. I hope it puts a smile on her face.
Have a blessed day.
Marie Campbell"

Thank you for visiting! And remember there is a $20 gift voucher for a2z scrapbooking still up for grabs for one lucky winner that links up before the 29th, and as a special thank you to everyone that links up a card or more there will be a surprise for everyone at the end of the month! :) So link up your cards for Emily!

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Newest update on Emily!

written by Sean Ziemathis
We celebrated Emily's birthday this weekend, just us, at home! Congratulations on another year Emily!!!! Your family loves you more than you will ever know!!!

If you would like to send her a birthday card, please do so and link it up in my sidebar, where you will also find her address to send it to. There will be one person chosen for a $20 gift certificate to A2Zscrapbooking's etsy and a surprise for everyone that links up their cards at the end of the month ;) To see the blog hop for Cards for Emily please CLICK HERE to start at day 1.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Lasting Memories Layout Challenge ~~ Wrapped up in ribbon!

This week at Lasting Memories our challenge is Anything Goes but you must show us ribbon on your layout! 

The entire DT got a little surprise in the mail to showcase our prize for this week, which is a huge pile of ribbons, sponsored by May Arts! Let me tell you they have some of the prettiest ribbons. You have to check out Lasting Memories DT inspiration tomorrow and see what everyone else did with their ribbon. I'm excited too, since nobody knows what everyone else got! ;)

My ribbon was a skinny velvet teal (soo cute!) So I used it on a page with my daughter eating her baby pureed peas (bleck!) I think it worked perfectly with the green and orange on my page. :)

The gingham green and orange paper and the solid-ish orange paper are DCWV  Baby Girl Stack, I don't have a good close up of the peapod paper but it is from Heidi Grace Designs called Love Sweet Pea. I cut a strip from it and punched the edge with my Apron Lace Fiskars punch. Same with the orange paper and I layered it underneath the peapod paper. My photomats are from my stash from an old DCWV mat stack.

Here is my May Arts ribbon! It is so soft and fuzzy!! ;) I love that it is skinny, so dainty for my little girl pages.

These GREEN alphas are from my stash that I have had literally forever! My sister bought this kit from a TV program and it came with a bazillion little packets of color coodinated little things. Included were buttons, chipboard squares, little one word chipboard tags, brads and these little alphas. In every color you can think of. These matched my ribbon perfectly so what better way than to use my stash ;) The challenge at scrapbookers anonymous is G and you must always use your stash so I am entering this in their challenge since I used these GREEN alphas, buttons, and photo mats from my old STASH!

Sweet Pea is a K&Company rub on onto paper by DCWV Nana's Nursery. I fussy cut it out, doodled around it, and popped it up. LOL I love how you can see the peas dripping from Kenzie's mouth in this pic ;p

The GREEN buttons were from my button stash jar, and I used some of my May Arts ribbon to adorn these cute little heart buttons as well.

My banner is made from 3 different patterned papers from DCWV Nana's Nursery mat stack and I fussy cut out each flag and doodled on them. I strung them up with Honey dew twine from the twinery and curled up the edges a little bit. Lastly, I stuck a fabric MS heart sticker on the middle one :)

The challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut is to use a funny pun on your layout, and since I did not use a cricut cut I can't enter in their challenge but I am still crediting them with the inspiration for this page! My pun (in case you don't get it right away ;)) is my title and paper says "Sweet Pea" and she just so happens to be eating peas! Get it?? Do ya!? Do ya?! Hehe ;P Okay not that funny but I though it was a cute little pun.

Our prize this week as I mentioned above is some May Arts Ribbons!

So get your ribbon-loving butts over to Lasting Memories and enter in our challenge! You know you're going to use it anyways, you might as well have a chance to win some more! :)

 Lasting Memories - Anything goes + Ribbon
Fantabulous Cricut - Pun --no cricut cut though so I can't win :( but it was fun anyways :)
Scrapbookers Anonymous -G + stash (green papers, alphas, buttons)
I used a sketch by Sketches with a Twist for my layout -- Twist is to use green
I flipped it to work my photos into chronological order..

Happy Scrapping!

Getting Scrappy Challenge ~~ For the Love of Bling!

Welcome to another Getting Scrappy Challenge over at Amanda's Crafts and More!!
This week our challenge is For the Love of Bling! Use glitter, stickles, rhinestones, etc.
You know we all love our bling! :) So if you use it, come join us in our challenge!! 

Here is my layout for this weeks challenge!
I am so beyond ecstatic at the way this page came out!
All paper used is from the Echo Park Country Drive collection. The black cardstock is Recollections. I stamped the date in the top right corner with a Recollections stamp and heat embossed it with Stampendous white embossing powder. The yellow twine on the left side panel was included in my gift pack from Amanda, there was so much good stuff in there!!

I inked my doily with some yellow, and used some pretty glitter daisies stacked on top of each other and topped with a twinery twine tied ribbon :) (say that 3 times fast!)

I misted my black paper with perfect pearls silver shimmer spray and flicked some yellow paint. (This is my 3rd time using the paint technique, so I can consider myself an official paint flicker now!! Woo Hoo!)
This cute little daisy is cut from the Create-a-Critter cartridge at 5". I cut the stem two times, out of green and yellow, then trimmed the yellow part off and popped it up on pop dots.

Cutie stamp is by imaginisce that I got for $1 at a LSS. I used a heart rhinestone to adorn the middle of my daisy. The 3 little bees that I used on my page are Jolee's Boutique, then I doodled all of their buzz trails :)

My title was inspired by the song by Sonny and Cher, "My Girl". Once I figured out that I wanted to use this as my title the song was stuck in my head for 2 days until I finished my layout. I walked around all day singing the only parts I know! LOL. "sunshine" and "my girl" are glittered chipboard thickers, and the rest is hand written.
So I have a few different blingy elements on my page, come link up your project at our Getting Scrappy Challenge and show us how you use your bling!! :) 
Our prize for the month is a
$20 Gift Voucher to
Donated by our new sponsor Designs on Cloud 9
If you enter both challenges for the month you can be entered twice for the prize!

I am also entering this page into the following challenges:
CropStop- It's a... Baby!
Scraptastic Club- Sketch and use hexagons


Friday, February 17, 2012

Tim Holtz Configuration Box

I am sooo excited to have finally finished my Tim Holtz Configurations Box! I bought this and started it a few months ago, and then I abandoned it because I went blank and had absolutely NO idea how I wanted it to end up looking like. After many hours of browsing other ideas and many, many, weeks of acquiring new goodies to put in it, I have finally come up with my final product!

AHHH!! Isn't it gorgeous!! I never imagined I could make it look so pretty!

I started with the blank boxes. I moved the the little compartments to where I wanted them and then tissue taped them together. I used alcohol inks in Latte, Caramel, and Ginger to stain my tape and then sealed it all together with Inkssentials Glue N Seal in Matte finish. All of my papers are from the DCWV Eternal Love matstack. 

Oh it's gorgeous! I could look at it all day! I'm such a proud artist.. sometimes! lol
The chipboard die is a TH die inked with white, gold, and walnut ink. The gold branch beauty is Prima, and was included in my prize pack from! The butterfly is a MS punch, punched out of cardstock covered with the same tissue tape, and then adorned with a black rhinestone. The little pink flowers are all Prima, I will go through each box in more detail below. The feet on the very bottom are TH.

This is a Basically Bare canvas heart. I misted it with Grey Smooch Spritz, and then stamped with the brick image, a Prima background stamp, which I also won in Jamie's prize :) I used the little metal swirl as a mask when I misted it and then I moved it to the other side and adhered it on the back. Super cute!

In my first box in the top left corner, you can't see it but there is a Recollections fabric flower that I cut off of the Floral Trim border. There is another one in a box on the bottom that I will show below. In the middle box on the top, I also left almost empty because it is partially covered. All that is in there is a bling button in the back corner.

Moving on the top right corner there are 2 TH vials. One is filled with my "fake" prima mini roses. You can find my tutorial HERE on how to make your own. For the smaller vial I took apart some old earrings that I never wore and I made a little hook in the cork and attached 4 mini chains from the earrings to dangle down inside.
These wings were also part of those earrings I mentioned above. I get full use out of them now! :) The key is a TH ideaology Locket Key.

On the right corner there is a TH Hinge clip with a ball chain that I took off my Tweezerbee tweezers;) I put my monogram on the chain to let it dangle.
This is a special box for me because the little pocket watch in there is actually made to be a necklace. There is no battery. You wind it up every morning and it runs for 24 hours. When my dad was collecting vintage pocket watches he saved this one to give to the first daughter who had a baby. Out of us 3 sisters, I was the first one, with Kenzie. :) I love that you can see the gears inside. It reminds me of the pocket watch in the ideaology line. I am thinking about making one of those for him for this coming up fathers day or for his birthday. I think he will really appreciate it. :)

I made this rose out of 4 George flowers cut at 3" from paper by Best Creations. It is misted with Grey Smooch spritz. The mini harmonica is a little vintage toy that my mom found a long time ago and gave to me. The red roses in the back are Ruby Violet by Prima, included in my prize won by Jamie;)

The keyhole is also a TM ideaology trinket.

I found these dice laying around in a drawer and I antiqued them up with some alcohol inks, as well as the TH vial that I filled with some white gold microbeads, and the little jingle ball that I found. The little dangling ring is a bracelet charm that I just though was a cute little element to add to my box ;) The pink rose is another Prima flower.

Here is another little TH vial, antiqued with alcohol inks, filled with sand. I put 2 little shells inside to complete the look. There is a little metal sand dollar propped up in the front but it is hard to see. This box stands for the second half of my name. Plus I have always loved the beach and anything that has to do with it. :) The film strip in the front is also TH.

This blown glass heart was a gift from my teacher in high school. His wife made these as a little side business and he gave one to each student at the end of the year who had an A in the class. It is soo pretty but kinda bulky so I never put it on a chain to wear, and now it is displayed beautifully in my box! The flower on the bottom is the Recollections floral trim flower that I mentioned in the first box. I just trimmed one flower off of the whole border and glued it in. I love the way it looks with this necklace.

My very last box is dedicated solely to my daughter Kenzie. You didn't think I was gonna leave her out of a project did you?? :) The clock is TH and is set to 1:02, which is when she was born. The vial is antiqued and there is a little note in it that says Love of my Life when unrolled. The K is a monogram for her name and the little mom charm is from Doodlebug Designs Inc, Oh my words! The picture is printed out in contact sheet size and is from her 1 week old photoshoot. The word above her picture is by Making Memories word fetti.

I glued everything down with my hot glue gun and I didn't have any real problems with it.. Thank you soo much for letting me share my beauty with you! I hope you will leave me a comment letting me know what you think!

Happy Scrapping! && Crafting too! :)

Crafty Friends Give Blog Hop

Welcome to the Crafty Friends Give Blog Hop. We are so glad you could join us for Day 1 of this very special hop. The mission of this blog hop is to raise awareness about bone marrow donations to help Leukemia patients.

Bone marrow donation technology has come a long way, and is now as simple as giving blood. So we are trying to raise awareness and get people to register at to be a bone marrow donor. And why are we doing this your might ask? To help a friend a fellow crafter, Liz Decade. Liz is battling 2 different forms of acute Leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. We are hoping that this hop will help her to find a match. You can see her story at

Even if you are not a match for Liz, you can still help her. You see bone marrow registrations drives are expensive, you have to pay for each person who is registered, and Liz is trying to raise money for bone marrow drives and medical expenses (it costs a lot of money to get a transplant). You can donate to Liz at All of the money donated will go to bone marrow drives or medical expenses.

And we have some wonderful sponsors who have donated prizes for our hop.

Sweet Stamping Treats Digital Stamps, Trendy Twine, MB Treasurista, Paper Piecings by Nikki, Inspired Stamps, My Pink Stamper and Peachy Keen Stamps have all donated prizes to this hop. In order to be eligible for one of these prizes you must comment on every blog in this hop! There are other requirements for the sponsors so please see Liz's blog post for more details.

If you are coming from Doris, you are right on track. If you just came across my blog and would like to hop along, please start over with Liz (

I made another card for Emily for my project today. She too has Leukemia. She is currently in remission and was finally able to go home, but I recently got news that she will have to undergo an even more intense session this coming April and she will need cards, love and support more than ever. So keep those cards coming ladies!!

All papers and stickers are from the Echo Park Country Drive collection. This is a standard 4.25"x5.5" card. 

I cut a 1.75" circle out of the front and popped up my little bee on the inside. My sentiment says "you're 'bee'-utiful!" :)

The inside of my card also uses EP paper and I stamped my sentiment from TPC Studio on coordinating paper.
I am entering this card into the Flutterby Wednesdays Anything with Wings challenge.
I, too, have blog candy to give away! Right now I currently have a giveaway for a few crafty items when I reach 300 followers and 100 facebook likes! I have reached 300 followers but I'm still a few likes away from my facebook goal so please click the little like button at the top left of my blog! And become a follower! You will be entered in to win this!
1. Be a follower
2. Like my facebook
3. Leave a comment
That's it!

Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget to go to and find out how to become a marrow donor.

This is your last stop until tomorrow!! I hope you will visit the link above and become a donor! Also if you would like to know more about the little girl I will be sending this card to visit HERE to read about Emily and send her a card, also to see what the ladies in the Cards for Emily blog hop made for her last weekend! :)

Here is the entire hop list for day one in case you got lost: