Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Scrapping outside the box and a card!

I am what I consider a layout girl. I tinker with cards and other projects but layouts are my project of choice most of the time. Then Nikki told me about this company Traditions Studios. I ended up designing a few classes for them using Nikki's fab products and now I think I caught the bug to scrapping outside the layout box.

They sent me this adorable snow globe that would be so fun to sit on any desk! Great grandparent gift too! I used lots of Willow Bee including the new fun!

I also made this utility cup...using the bright and colorful Flaming Butterfly line.

We all know Nikki makes tons of fun chipboard mini's. I really had not done a mini in quite a long time. I had so much fun making this that I know I will be doing more in the very near future!

I loved the Dan the Record Man line immediately! These colors are so great! I used this line and her tag mini to create this album that I recorded some of my favorite photos in. I loved the play on works with record and record!

I kept the same format for each makes for a great clean look!

I covered all the top pages with black cardstock and a strip of pattern paper. I then added just a touch of doodling with a white pen.

The backs were done with white and doodled with black. Each page I made a small journaling spot with pattern paper to record a few details about the photo.

I also wanted to share with you this card. I made with Pebbles AC goodies. I absloutely love these fun colors...

Rumor has it I have another great big box of GCD Studios on it's way to my fun! The Home Shopping Network has the new "TOOL" so snag it here for a fabulous price! You can not help but fall in love with it once you have it in your hands!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring has sprung and a LO!

Spring is finally here and I could not be more excited! The trees are blooming...

I saw a few of my crocus's poking through the mulch. The weekend was beautiful and my hubby took full advantage of it planting seeds, pruning the apple tree and potting some blueberry bushes. Jack had his first riding lesson of the season and took off jumping.

It did not take him long to get right back to it and he was all smiles!

And determined!

This weekend was also Nick's opening soccer game. The boys were so excited because they got to play on the local high school full- size turf field under the lights! Even better they beat the other team 6-0...great way to start off the season! I did not get any good shots but I am hoping that will night photography skills are not the greatest!

I am starting a photography class in just a few weeks at a local college...since I did not have any great photos of the game I will share a soccer LO I did recently.

Check out the acrylic star by Want2Scrap. I am becoming addicted to their embellishments!

Jack has decided to give lacrosse a try this I have a new sport to learn. He looks so cute all dressed up in all his protective gear. I will need to take a picture soon. The fact that they hit each other with sticks has me a bit nervous but he seems to love it so I will have to learn to deal with it. LOL!

Over on the Pebbles Blog they have posted a fun challenge! Be sure to check it out...a Pebbles prize pack is up for grabs so it is a great time to scrap some of those spring photos.

GCD Studios posted a great video of Melody Ross using the new Chipart...check it out here.

I will have LOTS of projects to post later this week using Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker and Traditions Studio. Of course we all know Nikki but Traditions Studio is a fun "outside the box" scrapbooking company. They have great gift ideas too!

I just got a sneak peak of Marks Paper Company's newest digital kit! It will be released next week on 2peas...a must have for sure! Stacy has also added some fabulous new designers to the team! A very big welcome to you all...

Joyce McCall

Kelly Mobley

Sharmaine Kruijver

Casey Wright

Amanda Wittenborn

The buzzer just went on the oven...making some yummy brownies tonight for dessert! Yum! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs!!!!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Acrylic Sheets and Pearl Bling!

I love acrylic...yep, I will say it again. I love acrylic! When I received this fun acrylic sheet fromWant2Scrap I knew I wanted to make some sort of home decor sign, but was not sure what...since we had about 4 feet of snow in became a winter sign.

To heat emboss acrylic is not tough. You just have to pay attention and be sure that you don't over heat it so it warps. Want2Scrap has thick, quality acrylic so it worked like a charm. I simply used a watermark pad and ran it around the edges. Sprinkled on the embossing powder and heated it. I love the snowy winter look this added to my sign. Here is a close up of the edge.

Here are a few of the products I used on this project...

To dress up my flowers I added Stickles, glitter, micro-beads, spray ink and crushed much better than just plain flowers, don't you think?

Here is a close up of the flowers...

To simulate snow, I added lots of Want2Scrap pearl bling in 2 sizes as well as tri-dots of Stickles to add a little winter detail.

I received an amazing box from GCDStudios. Be sure to check out all the Chip Art products ...they are not only gorgeous but inspiring! Check the blog starting April 1st for lots of inspiration using the new lines and products!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Jack and GCD DT toot!

It is a big day in our house today...9 years ago my baby Jack was born!!!

Jack is just one of those kids that loves back riding, lacrosse, soccer, art! I love you buddy...Happy Birthday!

I also have some very fun news to share. I will be joining GCD Studios as one of their new 2010 Design Team members! There were 562 applications so I am OVER THE MOON to be joining this team! Thanks so much for the opportunity Heidi!

For my birthday I got a gift certificate and went scrappy shopping...picked up some new Sass and Studio Calico goodies and put together this layout.

Last year we raised butterflies and I finally got around to scrapping about it...nothing like new product to make me want to scrap!

Hope you have a wonderful day...we will be celebrating tonight with dinner out. Jack picked a local restaurant because they have Snow Crab legs! They are Jack's kit!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Blog Crawl Winners....

The blog crawl was a huge success! I can not even believe how many great projects I saw. I had so many wonderful visitors too and I really appreciate so many of you stopping by and leaving such sweet comments!

I am sure you were totally inspired by all the post at Bella BLVD, Jillibean Soup, and Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker as well as their DT's!

Now for the lucky winners...

Cynthia B. said...

So awesome that you're able to design for both companies - and I love your projects! Thanks for the chance to win - and thanks for sharing your talent with us!

Jenn said...

OMG Mimi I totally remember seeing the tin set in the mag and LOVING it! What a small world that there is a possibility I could win it now. Would be PERFECT for a birthday or just because gift for my special 8 year old daughter. She would adore it. Thanks for playing. I am finding SO much inspiration in all the blogs!

Send your snail mail addy to me at and I will get your Rak out to you ASAP!

Congrats ladies!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Bella BLVD, Jillibean Soup, and Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker Blog Crawl!!!

Today is the day!!!!!!!!!!!! In an industry that is going through some growing pains 3 very bright ladies and friends came together with the brilliant idea of this Blog Crawl. Stephanie, Jill and Nikki joined together with this amazing idea to spread the word about their companies, give back to those who love their products, and spotlight their designers all in one swift swoop! This is a real lesson for the scrapbooking world as well as industry itself! Congrats ladies!

There are over 50 handmade giveaways and 3 large product giveaways retailing at $50 each from the companies!

You have the weekend to hop around to the blogs of Bella BLVD, Jillibean Soup, and Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker as well as the blogs of the participating design team members. They will all be linked to the manufacture's blogs. Leave a comment and be entered not only into the design teams homemade project RAKS but also will have a change at winning the product giveaways!

Bella Blvd Studio Blog:
Jillibean Soup:
Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker:

As both a design team girl at Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker and an Artista at Bella BLVD I will be doing a RAK for both companies!

I made this mail slot using products from Nikki's Willow Bee line of papers! Of course I made this as a RAK but now I really need to make one for myself! What a cute way to stay organized!

I made this altered tin and matching card using Bella's Sweet Celebrations line. This card and tin were published in the Jan/Feb issue of Simply Handmade Magazine!

Have a great time this weekend crawling through all these amazing designers products...and good luck! With so many giveaways up for grabs you may be a winner!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Here are some of the links to the Bella and Nikki Designers...have fun! To have a chance at winning one of my RAKS don't forget to leave a comment by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday March 7th.

You can begin following the Bella Blvd Artistas by following the links below.

1. Akiko Kuroki 13. Jessica Jo Salber

2. Beth Gerlach 14. Lorendana Bucaria

3. Brittny Lejeune 15. Michelle Clement

4. Celeste Smith 16. Michelle Lanning

5. Elizabeth Carney 17. Mimi Leinbach

6. Erin Wells 18. Sheri Feypel

7. Estee Stone 19. Stephanie Hunt (Me!)

8. Gail Hoecker 20. Tanisha Long

9. Heidi Sonboul 21. Tricia Wilson

10. Jana Eubank 22. Wendy Cieklinski

11. Janis Medina 23. Emily Jones

12. Jenneke Knol

Here are Willie-Bee's Doghouse Divas participating in the handmade giveaway: