Saturday, April 26, 2008

I got to meet T!M today!!!

Oh my goodness I had the best day EVER! I happen to think that Tim Holtz is a genius... just a creative miracle. And I had the absolute pleasure today to spend the day watching him create, learning amazing techniques to use with his incredible products. It was truly a day to remember!!

Tim came today to do a FREE demonstration at Stamper's Corner...the local scrapbook store in my neighborhood. I was a little worried that it would be impossible to get in - after all, this is TIM HOLTZ that we are talking about, so I got to the store at 6:30 this morning...I was the first one in line. Yep, it was worth it.

First in line meant I got the first photo with Tim, and I got the best seat in the house for the demo. I was so impressed, not with just his creative ability - (although I was impressed with this of course - I wish just a LITTLE of his brilliance would rub off on me! Hopefully after a day of being 2 feet away some of the magic dust will have been absorbed! I am sure he "flicked" some my way!) -but also with how personable, fun and down to earth he was. I learned a few new words and phrases that will stay with me for a while. He is a funny man... seriously adorable.

I was able to participate in 2 separate demonstrations (morning and afternoon) - one on grungeboard, and one on ATC's and ink techniques... I learned so much!! We got to make a grungeboard bracelet (cute) and I had him autograph a Grungeboard "T" for my layout of these photos!

Of course, the demo was free, but this man is a born salesman and, well ... I am weak and easily convinced - so I bought a lot of goodies, and have a new LONG list of things I "NEED" (like I needed help in this area).

Anyway, I am so thankful to stamper's corner for hosting this wonderful day, and to Tim for sharing his brilliance with us here in Elk Grove. And I am certain to become a serious Tim stalker now so I will be saving for my scrap cruise - someday!

Hope you had a great day too - although I am certain it did not come CLOSE to as great as mine! Thanks Tim!

Saturday, April 19, 2008


A little scrappy time today! I finished up some layouts I have been working on -- I just have not had any time to scrap all week, so these sat incomplete on my desk sadly awaiting my return. It feels so great to have them done, and I got to clean up my work space so I can get started on something new later today!! Maybe I can start and finish a layout before the end of the weekend...keep those fingers crossed that the mojo keeps rolling!!

Both of these layouts were completed for challenges over at Coordinates Collections...

This first one was completed for the Daisy D's sponsor contest - I do love Daisy D's!! All papers and the journaling die cuts are Daisy D's, the chipboard letters are Scenic Route, the Vinyl letters are American Crafts Thickers, the Rub on's are Luxe Designs, the stamp is Stampin' Up! and the brad is Creative Imaginations.

This next layout is one I completed for the Guest Designer contest. The only guideline was to use 4 photographs on a single page layout. I really wanted to push myself to do something outside of my comfort zone, and I am really pleased with the result. This is my first effort at an "off the page" design - I really enjoyed doing this! The cardstock is Stampin' Up!, the patterned papers are Autumn Leaves, the Journaling stamp is Stampin' Up! and the crown stamp is Pink Paislee, the crown tape is the new clear tape by Prima (love this!), the sugar coated chipboard letters are Doodlebug, and the foam letters are AC Thickers, ghost flower is Heidi Swapp, brads are Creative Imaginations, scallop cardstock is Bazzill edge, Lace cardstock is KI.

Thanks for looking! Hope you are all having a great weekend!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Happy Sunday!

Hope you are all having a lovely day! I had a Stamp a Stack today, so although I am exhausted from a long day, I had a very fun day - got a chance to hang out with some lovely ladies, and I actually got to do some stamping! FUN FUN!! Here are the cards that we completed today - I bought pretty much the entire Occasions Mini catalog, so many of the stamp sets used are new toys! I did my best to keep it simple, and everyone seemed to have a great time!!

This first one uses the new set "Essence of Love" with one of my favorite color combinations, Soft Sky and Chocolate Chip.

This card uses a new one for me, part of the "Free Wheelin" promotion - Wonderful You, in Blush Blossom, Groovy Guava and Close to Cocoa.

I love this new set, "Friendly Flowers" and love this color combo of River Rock, Black and White .

Loving these new Star punches - I used the Celebrate Everything stamp set, and punched a hole buncha stars - the small star is from the Nursery Necessities set. I liked this color combo since it can work for those masculine card needs! Old Olive, Real Red and Night of Navy.

I thought this one would make a great Mother's Day card... I used the Bloomin Beautiful set - a new favorite of course!! I love it with the Floral Background and Canvas background. Colors are Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant and Mellow Moss.

And finally this is the Big Bold Birthday set - I LOVE this set for birthdays! Color combo is Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue and Pumpkin Pie.

I had a great time -- thanks to those that came and played with me!!

In other news...
We are having a contest for the GUEST DESIGNER SPOT for MAY at Scrappin' with Grace. The winner will receive products from our May Sponsor PINK PAISLEE!!!! to design with and share in the month of May. PINK PAISLEE ROCKS OUT LOUD so come and play, we'd love to see your work! Entries are due by April 30th. Details are HERE.

We are also having a CRATE PAPER contest - entries for this are due by April 27th. Just design a page using products from Crate Paper, our April Sponsor and submit them to our gallery. The winner will receive a prize package of Crate Paper products!! You can enter as many layouts as you like, for more chances to win! Hope to see your entries! The details for this one are HERE.

That is all for now...have a wonderful week!! I start back to work full time this week, so I may have even less time for scrappy goodness, but I plan to keep on trying and checking in as often as I can. Hugs,

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Counting My Blessings - New Layout

I finished a new layout this week, so I wanted to take a moment to share. I actually did this on Thursday, when I got the chance to have a little scrappy time with my friend Charissa. Great company as always, and I had a great time on this layout.

The patterned papers are Pink Paislee (Graph, Multi-stripe and orange die cut) Rhona Farrer (green floral scallop) and My Mind's Eye (orange paisley); The letter stickers are American Crafts Thickers and Pink Paislee, Flowers are Prima, Chipboard 3's are Basic Grey, Rusty Pickle, American Crafts, and Lisa Bearnson, Plastic 3 is Heidi Swapp, ink Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking! Hope you are having a great weekend!