Monday, May 28, 2012's Free Bird Cardmakers Dream Bundle Blog Hop

By now I am sure that you have seen the fantastic steal of Authentique's Free Bird Cardmakers Dream Bundle over on  If not, head over there to check it out and then buy it quick!  You do not want to miss out on this! Hurry!

Ok, phew. I'm so glad you got it. (Wait? You didn't get it? Maybe I can convince you that you can't live without it, which you can't. :))  This kit is ABSOLUTELY packed, and I only received 1/7 of it. That's right, 1 kit was split between the 7 of us designers for today. I just can't get over how amazing it is.

Would you like to see what I created? Here are the 25 5x7 cards I was able to create using one pad of Free Bird 6x6 Nest "Comfort and Familiar" and Icons, Tabloids, and Headlines from "Miracle Boy", "Miracle Girl", and "Uncommon". (I hadn't worked with Authentique's Free Bird line before this and let me tell you it is so worth it. They are double-sided and have such wonderful texture.  The patterns are great and the solid side is very complimentary. You will love it!)

I ended up using just about every scrap of better, but I still have tons and tons of the Icons, Tabloids, and Headlines left over. Give me a couple more hours in the day and I'm sure that I could use the remaining product for another 25 cards.  There really is that much stuff!

Now for the closeups.  "Comfort & Familiar" is a collection full of greens and browns, a perfect compliment to the "Miracle Boy" line.  But, What about "Miracle Girl" and "Uncommon"- lines that are all about pink?

As you can see, the browns and greens compliment the pink beautifully!  I have to tell you that i love the color combos pink/brown and pink/green. I think they turned out fabulously!

Now for "Miracle Boy". There are so many of the tabloids and icons from that collection to chose from that I had a hard time picking what exactly to use! (I'm glad this kit is so loaded that I can use my favorites multiple times.) 

Yeah, that's a lot of cards, and really it's only the tip of the iceberg with how many you can create with the fabulous kit.  Have I convinced you yet? :) You really do need this and I promise you won't regret it.  You better go HERE and get yours before it's all gone. And because it is so hard to wait for something so good, has amazingly fast shipping on the best scrapbooking supplies that you will have it in no time!

Be sure to head back to the blog and check out all the other designer's blogs. You really don't want to miss seeing everything else that is included in today's steal.

Thanks for stopping by! If you haven't already, be sure to follow my blog in order to to be eligible for a giveaway when I reach 50 followers.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

MWM Turquiose #2 released another great sketch by the fabulous Kristy Lee.

Fancy Pants "Trick or Treat" Chat Challenges

A little behind on posting these, but I did complete the challenges that Scrapbooksteals issued for their National Scrapbooking Day chat on May 4.  

Challenge #1- Turquoise 1

Sketch by Misty Buck

Jillibean Soup "Monster Stew"

Challenge #2- Turn Back Time

Trinity Paper Arts "Surf N' Swim"

Challenge #3- Sassy Springtime

Echo Park "Springtime"

Challenge #4- Stitch it Up!

 Inspiration quilt piece

Echo Park "Happy Days"

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Trinity Paper Arts National Scrapbooking Day Blog Hop!

Welcome and thanks for joining me on the Trinity Paper Arts Blog Hop! Today is one of my favorite holidays and I just found out about it this year!  I have been missing out for the last 10 years!!

I wanted to share with you a layout I made using Surf N' Swim.  Because I live way, way, way inland, I don't get to the beach much.  The first time I went to a warm beach was when I was 21. I spent many vacations during my childhood at the colder beaches in Washington state. I dug around through my old photo albums and found some pictures of one of my first trips to the Washington coast.  I have seen many fabulous layouts lately that people have done with old photos so I took this opportunity to try it myself.

I love the palm trees on the Palm Trees "A" paper, but am often intimidated by their beauty and not sure how to work with them. As I was scanning my scrap room, my eyes fell on my embossing powders and figured that would be a great addition to make the trees stand out. 

I just love to fussy cute the flowers on Flowers "A" and think they make a great addition to just about any layout. I added a little bling in the center to jazz them up.

It was a lot of fun working with some old photos and I'll definitely be doing it again.

Thanks for joining me today!

Since you came her from Jenn's blog, you'll want to go to Cristal's next.

Trinity Paper Arts
Erika Taylor
Kristin Tweedale
Jenifer Cowles
Veronica Johnson
Jenn Cochran
Staci Jones  <-- You are here!
Cristal Hobbs  <-- Go here next!
Jennifer Priest

Be sure to post the secret phrase "I love scrapbooking!" on Trinity's Facebook Page or tweet it to Trinity (@Trinity Paper) and they'll draw one name from all the posters to win the Surf N Swim Collection!! They'll also choose one more winner from all the comments on all the blogs in the Hop to win the Making the Team Collection so be sure to comment.

Trinity Paper Arts Surf N' Swim- Flowers "A", Palm Tree "A", and Noteworthy "A"
Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Antique Linen
Kraft Paper
Ranger Inkssentials Embossing Pen
AC Zing Embossing Powder- Metallic Green and Opaque Chestnut
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist- Bronze and Spanish Moss
Prima Flowers
WeR Sew Easy Variegated Floss- Neutral (Mud pie)
Imaginisce iRock stones