Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Frog Prince and Other Important People

Things are finally starting to slow down a bit here. Thank goodness!! There is nothing like having a day off with nothing that you absolutely have to do. My next project is to clean up my scrapbook room. My two son's got me a couple of rolling storage racks from Christmas so I figured that was a hint to clean up my room. And it really needs it!! With no impending deadlines, I think I will devote a few days to getting that done. And then back to crafting!!! Why is it, when the room needs to be cleaned  out is when I feel the most inspired to craft?! OH well, I really need to clean it up. So I am. I also have a new light box to photograph my projects with so they should look much better.

I do have one layout to share. I really like how it turned out. I had submitted it to Creating Keepsakes, but it did not make the cut so I am going to share it here with you.

I used the Enchanted line by Imaginisce. Funny that this is a "girly" line and I used it for a boy layout.

I used my irock here to highlight the little frog he was holding.

That is it for today. I will have more crafty projects coming up soon, after I get my scrap room cleaned up. And with me cleaning up my room, that means I will be needing to get rid of some supplies, which means I will have some more give aways so stay tuned.

Supplies used: Cardstock: BoBunny, Bazzill; Patterned Papers: Imaginisce; Ribbon, flowers, diecuts, and stickers: Imaginisce; tools: I-rock, and petal roller by Imaginisce; Ink: VersaMagic; Adhesives: The Sticky Thumb, Therm-o-web foam adhesive; letter stickers: Jenni Bowlin; Die cut machine: Cricut Expression.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!!

to everyone!!! And have a Happy New Year to come.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Feeling a little down....

but I know I need to get some perspective about this. If you follow my blog you may have noticed a few changes on it. The badge that says "Imaginisce Design Team Member" is now listed under "Past Design Teams" and yes that means that I was not asked to return to the Imaginisce design team for 2011. After letting it sink in for a few days I know that the new girls are super excited and I know how they feel. I felt on cloud nine last year at about this time. And then I had to ask myself, why does this mean so much to me? I mean, why do I scrapbook in the first place? There is something about having someone else tell you "Your work is good" and I want to show you off for it. And if you don't scrapbook, you may not understand the excitement you get when you are asked to be on a design team of this magnitude, but it feels absolutely great!!! Someone else out there has validated that you "do good work". And the design team coordinator, Lori,  is absolutely fabulous!!! But in all reality that should not matter to me. Like I just previously asked, "why do I scrapbook"? And the answer I cam up with was I really like taking pictures of my family and making "storybook" pages for us.

Now, the getting to the perspective part. With everything going on in the world, I now feel pretty selfish that I pouted about this for the past couple of days. I just recently found out that a friend of mine, Heather B., has  found out that she has cancer. I was shocked!! She is married and has two beautiful little girls. I bet all she wished she had to worry about was whether or not she was going to make or stay on her next design team. And she is an awesome scrapbooker. Drop by her blog and tell her hi and say a prayer for her and her family while you are at it. I am sure she would appreciate it.
There are also so many people I know that have lost their jobs and are really struggling financially. Neil and I both have our jobs and we are making it okay. It could always be better, but who could not say that. Again, I need to get perspective.

So that is all for today. I will be posting projects again soon. In fact I have two in the Que for Imaginsice design team projects, but it has been a little tough to work with it over the past couple of days. They will get done though.

I promise, I won't be gone too long. I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and I will be getting back to my "Storybooking" soon.................

Friday, December 17, 2010

Garden Party Shadow Box

Hey everyone! In keeping with the spirit of the Imaginisce Garden Party launch this week I wanted to show you another project that I did. I made one of the Tim Holtz configurations boxes and decked it out with Garden Party.  I just love how it turned out.

The butterfly was cut with my Cricut.

Here I used the new Floral Flourish flowers and topped them with the cool mesh brads. And in the top right corner of the box, I actually tool apart one of the sticker stackers and just used the top sentiment to place in it's cubby. The chipboard flowers I decked out with some i-rock gems.

Here I used some of the pink roly rosies to put in the left corner.

Now I had to drive over 70 miles to find the little feet because no local store around her had any. I just think the little feet finish it off nicely.

If you want to find these little boxes and metal feet locally I believe
Scrappin Friendzee, in Marrero, LA
has them.

That is all for today. Don't forget to check out the Imaginisce blog for more Garden Party inspiration and of course, more give aways....

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Garden Party Cards

Hey Everyone! Since this week is the Imaginisce's "Garden Party" release party, I just wanted to show you some quick little all purpose cards that I did.

These large flowers are the die cuts that come in this collection. I also used the 6x6 card pad for the small prints. They are just absolutely fantastic! I also used the snag 'em stamps to stamp a little flower image in the corner of the envelopes.

And the center here, I used the trusty i-rock with clear gems. Our design team coordinator, Lori, reminded us last night that with the Copic markers you could actually color the clear gems to get your desired color. Since the Copic markers are made with alcohol ink it colors and stays on the gems quite nicely. I don't know why I have not thought to mention this before. I have done it to color gems red. The marker I used here was almost a neon orange color, YR07, Cadmium Orange.

I have found that you need to use some of the more vibrant or darker colors to achieve a slightly lighter color. These markers are pretty cool. They can color anything that alcohol ink can color. You can even air brush with them.

I know these markers are a bit pricey, but they are refillable thereby beating the price of anything else out there. So once you refill the marker, you really have a great value.

If you are local in Louisiana, there are two local scrapbook stores that sell these markers:
Scrappin Friendzee, Marrero, LA
Woven Heart, Lake Charles, LA
if you go by there tell them that I sent you.

Stay tuned this week for more Garden Party inspiration on both the Imaginisce blog and mine.

Until next time,

Imaginisce is having a Garden Party

Well, after having all of the wonderful project ideas from the 12 days of Christmas how could there be anymore inspiration this soon? Imaginisce is now promoting their new release "Garden Party". It is absolutely stunning with vibrant spring colors and flowers. Here is a peak:

Stay tuned to the Imaginisce blog this week and check out the projects that the DT has come up with. Aida, from Singapore posted the first project and I have to say that I am going to scrap lift this one. She is so talented. I just love her projects.

Here is Aida's project:

Check out the Imaginisce blog and she has a template on it for the box.

And like always, Imaginsice is having a ton of give aways. If you would like to win this beautiful collection check the blog out on how you can win.

I will be posting my projects later. I have to deal with kid stuff right now.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Wow, now that is A LOT of Winners!!!!

Check out the Imaginisce blog to see if you won one of the 12 days of Christmas prizes. There are A LOT of winners so you may be one. And if your name is Lori, you won on my day of posting so check it out. It may be you.

I tell you this company is so awesome. And stay tuned....we are having another release party coming this week and you know what that means...more give aways!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Last Day of the 12 days of Giveaways....

on the Imaginisce blog. And believe me the grand prize is a doozy. I wish I was eligible. If you post on all 12 days of the 12 days of Christmas projects that the design team did then you will be eligible to win all of the tools that have been given away this week which includes an I-top, I-rock, petal roller, D-stress and an I-bond aong with an entire Cottage Christmas collection AND.... a Cricut Cake!! Can you believe that?

So check it out. It is not too late. And in addition if you post one every post you will be entered to win that days give away as well. Pretty cool for just a few comment posts.

So check it out: http://www.imaginsiceblog.com/.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

On the 5th day of Christmas....Advent Calendar

Good morning! Today, Sam Hauzer and I of the Imaginisce DT had the pleasure of blogging for the 5th day of Christmas post today. Our projects are the Kaiser Craft Advent Calendar embellished up with the Cottage Christmas line from Imaginisce.

Here is mine:

Here is a close up of some of the chipboard stickers that I embellished with my i-rock tool.

Close up of the tree. I used my i-top punches for the tree branches.

Here are few of the steps in making the Kaiser Craft calendar.

1) I painted the calendar after putting it together. It took about 2 1/2 coats to really cover all the wood.   
2) Next, I sprayed a little of "Walnut Gold" glimmer mist to give it a gold shimmer.
3) Then I put the little boxes together and painted them with spray paint.
4) Next I just covered the front of the boxes with paper from the Cottage Christmas 6x6 card pad. I liked the small prints for this. I used a 3/4" circle punch to punch out a small cut out at the top part of the box for the finger hole.

5) Next, after cutting out a Christmas tree shape with chipboard on my cricut, I punched out all three sizes of the i-top punches for my tree branches and glued them on the tree. Then I trimmed the edges off.

And here I am showing you how to cover your i-top brads with fabric. I used a red felt and since you can not punch the fabric, there is a template that you can use to trace the circles onto the fabric and then cut the material out to use on your i-top brads.

If you want to win an entire Cottage Christmas collection from Imaginisce be sure to visit today's post on the Imaginisce blog and leave a comment. Don't forget to leave a comment here and check out Sam's blog as well.

Keep an eye on the Imaginsice blog for the next week and a half, they will be giving away a lot of goodies.

Until next time,


Friday, December 3, 2010

It is not as bad as we thought...

Just an update on Cameron's separated shoulder. It is grade a "1 out of 6" and it should heal on it's own. He has to wear a splint for a couple of weeks, but his pain is much better.

Here he is milking the camera:

And his partner in crime. She is always trying to get in the picture. Wonder where she gets that from?

That is all for today. I am glad it was not worse. He did try to get out of going to school today after his Orthopaedic appointment. He almost had me too, but I stayed strong.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

I-top innovations by Imaginisce

Hey my crafty friends. Today, I just have a quick little project that is just so adorable and quick to make. When I say quick I am talking 5 minutes or less and just perfect for little girls.

If you have not seen what Imaginisce has going on with their i-top tool, they have come out with some new "Innovations" to go along with their i-top. The innovations consist of snap rings, alligator clips, bobby pins and head bands. And you can either use the snap daddies or the twist daddies. Today, I made a customized headband for my little girl.

I tried to get a better picture of her face, but she kept running from me.

So what I used was:
I-top brad maker tool
 Imaginisce Headbands
The paper on the brad top is from the Enchanted 6x6 card pad

It took me less than 5 minutes to make this adorable head band.

And, if you are interested in making a similar headband, and are local to Louisiana, here are the stores that are carrying these products to make the head band:

Scrappin Friendzee, in Marrero, LA 504-341-8476

And don't forget to check out the Imaginisce blog for the next couple of weeks. We are doing a 12 days of Christmas project posts. There will be plenty of inspiration and give aways EVERY DAY!! So check it out!!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December Imaginisce Sketch Challenge

Yes, it is that time again. It is time for the monthly sketch challenge from Imaginisce. I just love working with sketches and this one is done by DT member Liz Qualman. So if you follow the Imaginisce blog you know that they give away a lot of prizes and this month is no different.

Here is my interpretation of the sketch. I altered it a bit and made a two page layout out of it.

This is my youngest son playing in the snow. The thing that makes this so special is that it is a RARE treat that we have snow here in south Louisiana. Especially snow that actually sticks to the ground and they can play with it. Here he is making a "snow kid" out of the snow. He said since the snowman was close to his size that it was a "snow kid" and not a man.

Close up of the title here. I used the cricut cart Accent Essentials with the blocked out snow flakes, and some American Crafts fabric thicker letters. I also sprayed a bit of the marshmallow colored glimmer mist on the "snow" letters. In person it just looks a little shimmery, but you may not be able to see that in this picture.

Here I used the cottage Christmas accents snowflake crystals and layered it with the Cottage Christmas snowflake glitz.

And here is the sketch:

So here is the drill....on how to win:

We wanted to see how clever you can all be with banners, especially since banners can be made from a variety of things, flags being only one. The Imaginsice DT created some amazing layouts for today's BLOG HOP! So hop on over to each of the team members listed below and leave a comment at each stop. You'll be entered to win a great prize package. Deadline for the comment winner is Monday, Dec 6th.

And don't forget to enter this month's sketch challenge and you could win a $75 prize package (see details below)!! Deadline for the sketch challenge is Dec. 25th.

Below are links to the other Design Team members blogs for some blog hop fun...

Post your sketch on your blog or online gallery AND then come back on the Imaginisce blog and list your link via our new inLinkz on the Imaginisce blog. Since this new LINK service shows a picture, please make sure you link to the post with your layout and not just your blog. We will select a winner to be featured on our blog at the end of the month. And of course, that means you could win your choice of the i-top Tool package, i-rock package or a $75 prize Collection package! Deadline to enter the sketch challenge is Dec. 25th (Christmas day).

So get busy and scrap some of those pictures you have been wanting to.....

Oh, and if you are local to Louisiana, you can purchase these Imaginisce Cottage Christmas products at local scrapbook stores:

Memory Mania (225) 744-2767 in Prairieville, LA
Scrappin Friendzee (504) 341-8476 in Marrero, LA
Treasured Memories (337) 534-4433 in Lafayette, LA
Create 365 (337) 456-6261 in Scott, LA

So support your local scrapbook stores and give them a call or just go by and see them.

And keep your eye on the Imaginisce blog and my blog in the next couple of weeks. I promise you will not be disappointed.


Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Okay, so I am a day late, but Happy Thanksgiving to all my american friends!!! And to everyone else who braved the "Black Friday" sales, hope you found some good deals. We found some online and I am quite happy with that. It has been a nice day to be able to just sit around the house and shop online. I even got to scrap a bit.

And speaking of scrapping, I have a quick little project to share with you. This is a little home decor project that I made with the new Pop up posies by Imaginisce. These are some pre-cut flowers that you just glue together to make a smaking embellishment.

I made this little bouquet for a friend of mine who is having a baby girl very soon.

The flower centers are made with using felt in my i-top brad maker. Then I topped it off with a little bling from my i-rock. I inked the edges, curled the petals with my petal roller and then hot glued the flowers to some floral stems. I put some glass marbles in a little vase and addes some green tissue paper on top of the marbles and then placed the stems in the vase.

So that is all for now. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving and I will be back next week. I have to work a few days in row so I am going to be busy.

Till next time........


Saturday, November 20, 2010

And the winner is....

Of my give away is....
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Kim said.....
HOWDY!! I am now a follower and I LOVE your Giveaway! WOW, someone is going to be VERY LUCKY!! I also follow the Imaginisce Blog, and will be posting there shortly! I posted on my facebook page so that ALL my friends would become followers! THANKS BUNCHES for the chance to win! Have a GREAT DAY,
Me-Ma Kim
November 15, 2010 7:28 PM

So Kim, please email me your mailing address and I will ship your Imaginisce goodies. Also, let me know if you have an i-top and I will throw in some of the brad daddies.

And sorry about the Cricut cartridge I was really rooting for y'all to get it. But to no avail, I might do another give away before Christmas so come back ofter and see.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Imaginsice Enchanted Launch Party!!!

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? Me, I worked all weekend, but that is a good thing. Anyway, today Imaginisce is having their much anticipated Enchanted line Release party on the Imaginisce blog. And you know what that means? Give aways....So check out the blog all week for a lot of inspiration from the DT and see how to win some goodies.

So, here is a layout that I did using the new Enchanted line by Imaginisce.

Charlotte walking around in my 3" platform heels. You know they all do this. (And look close at the borders. I used 2 sheets of the new 6x6 Enchanted card pad beneath the top of the blue carriage border. I liked the flower print, but I preferred the smaller version available on the card pad).

Close up of the Enchanted Make a wish cardstock die cuts and i-rock crystals.

Here I am showing the Enchanted Belle of the Ball borders embellished with the hot rocks gems and some of the Enchanted Dreams Come True sticker glass.

So that is all for today. Keep coming back to my blog for inspiration and the Imaginsce blog for inspiration and give aways all week. 

Hey and don't forget there are 5 more days for my great give away. Check it out here And remember if you help spread the word and I get over 200 followers by midnight on this Friday, I will also add in the Sports Mania Cricut cartridge as well.

That is all for now.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Yes, as promised, here is my give away that I spoke of a couple of days ago. Being on the Imaginisce DT this past year has been a dream come true of mine. Lori has been so awesome to work for and they have been way more than generous to me. So I am going to share some of their generosity with you. I am giving away (30) double sided papers, (3) packs of rubons, (1) pack of stickers, (10) stamps, and ribbon and make sure you read all the way down for a little Lagniappe....

So here is goes:

(5) double sided Splash Dance papers, (2) packs of rubons, (1) pack of stickers, (6) snag'em stamps and ribbon

(6) Apple Cider Double Sided Papers

a Birthday Bash paper pack (12 double sided papers), a pack of rubons and some ribbon

(3) double sided sheets of Live Loud, (1) double sided sheet of Scooter's Vacation, (3) double sided sheets of Early Bird, (4) snag'em stamps, and ribbon.

Yes, these are some of my stash that left over from projects, but now I want to give the rest to someone that loves Imaginisce products as well.

Now all you have to do is:

1) Become a follower of my blog here,
2) Become a follower of the Imaginsce blog and leave a comment on their blog
3) Come back here and leave a comment to be entered

Deadline Nov. 19th at midnight CST

If you are already a follower of both, that is fine, but I need a comment on this post for you to be entered.

And here is the kicker.....I am going to up the ante a bit, If you spread the word and get my followers up to 200, by Nov. 19th, then I will throw this in as well:

Yes, this is a full Cricut cartridge, Sports Mania. This is a $90 cartridge. 

And....yes, there is more....if you tell me you have an i-top, I will through in some brad daddies as well. That is what we call Lagniappe, here in the south. Yes, it means a little something extra.

So get busy....and spread the word..........

Bye for now, Heather

Monday, November 8, 2010

Another Imaginisce Giveaway.....

...on the Imaginisce blog. Yes, once again they are introducing two cool new tools and they are giving some product away along with the announcement!!!

Here is the post. I can't wait to get my hands on the cordless glue gun. Seriously when I was making this:

I had to use an extension cord to plug in my glue gun so I could hot glue my Roly Rosies together. The cord is so short on my glue gun that this tool will be a blessing!!

So go on and check out the Imaginisce blog. They are giving away a set of the new tools: the i-bond and the d-stress and they are also giving away an i-top with a ton of button daddies.

And come back here in the next day or two. I am putting together a whopper of a give away. Trust me you don't want to miss out.



Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Echo Part and Imaginisce DT girls pair up

Yes, the Inaginisce DT girls have paired up with Echo Park today. Check out the Imaginisce blog and see what the DT girls have created with the two companies products.

Here is my project:

"A Smokey Trick or Treat" featuring the Happy Halloween line by Echo Park

Check out the I-top small brad daddies on the cloud and the moon.

The teeny tiny black i-rock hot rocks work perfect for the bats eyes.

So check out the Imaginisce blog and look at all the great projects the Imaginisce DT girls did. And, true to for, Imaginisce is having a huge giveaway. So take a few minutes and follow the directions and you will be entered to win.

And please don't complain on the blog about it being "too hard to win". I think that is just tacky. Imaginisce is a very generous company and if you are complaining about it "being too hard to win" FREE product, perhaps you could try purchasing some from a local scrapbook store. I am sure they would love your support. And "that is all I am going to say about that" (Forest Gump).

So what are you waiting for...go take a peak. Thanks for stopping by!!


Monday, November 1, 2010

A new month and a new Imaginisce sketch challenge

Hey Scrappers. So for all those that participated in the festive activities of Halloween I hope you have recovered. For us, I think the kid's candy will disappear, little by little. And check it out, we went trick or treating in a friend's neighborhood and a dentist, of all people, was handing out cotton candy in addition to the candy. Guess he was trying to drum up some business?!!!

Anyway, so today, Imaginisce has issued another monthly sketch challenge on the Just Imagine blog. This month's sketch is by Melinda Spinks. So, you know the drill, check out the Just Imagine blog and the other DT girls that participated and leave a comment on every blog and you will be entered to win a great prize package.

And don't forget to enter this month's sketch challenge and you could win a $75 prize package (see details below)!!

So without further ado here is my take on the sketch. I had a little bit of a loose interpretation, but it is a sketch and this is my interpretation of it.

I used the new Enchanted line by Imaginisce. It is just gorgeous!! It will be available in a couple of weeks.

And here is the sketch if you want to play:

Would you like to win now? Just HOP ON OVER to the following Design Team blogs (links are in my side bar) to see what they did with the sketch. Remember, leave one comment on as many of the blogs (and ours) as you like and you'll have multiple chances to win a prize package of Imaginisce goodies. We'll announce the winner on October 11th. Enjoy!

Melinda Spinks
Heather Carpenter
Tracy Gardiner
Renata Moni Bidini
Tammy Wark
Cindy Stevens
Cari Locken
Pinky Hobbs
Aphra Bolyer
Liz Qualman
Erin Bassett
Sam Hauzer
Shemaine Smith
Kim Holmes
Akiko Kuroki
Tomomi Hiramaru

Post your sketch on your blog or online gallery AND then come back to this post on the Imaginisce blog and list your link via the new inLinkz. Since this new LINK service shows a picture, please make sure you link to the post with your layout and not just your blog. We will select a winner to be featured on our blog at the end of the month. And of course, that means you could win your choice of the i-top Tool package, i-rock package or a $75 prize Collection package!

Try out the sketch for yourself and you could win $75.00+ worth of product (tools and/or paper). Create a card or layout using 75% IMAGINSCE PRODUCTS and Melinda's November Sketch for inspiration before NOVEMBER 25th.

So get busy!!! Can't wait to see what you will come up with!!