Tuesday, April 1

LCOM's Monthly Color Spot Challenge!

I was thrilled when Isabelle from Let's Capture Our Memories contacted me to participate in their monthly Color Spot Challenge!  I loved the inspiration board and digging through my Maggie Holmes collection seemed like a perfect fit!
Here is my layout of our Ralphie!  I can't get enough of those crazy ears!

Here is the lovely Inspiration board!

Be sure to check out the LCOM shop, they have added lots of new Winter CHA goodies lately! 

Have a great week!

Sunday, March 30

Creative Scrappers Sketch 265

Grids are Back baby!!!

I just love this latest Creative Scrappers sketch!  It was the perfect way for me to document our first week with Athena, and I added a couple of extra photos in there just to capture it all.

I dug out one of my older Studio Calico kits and just loved playing with the sketch design and moving my embellishments around the layout.

Be sure to stop by the Creative Scrappers blog to see the full DT reveal and submit your take on Sketch 265 for your chance to win a prize from our monthly Sponsor Chic Tags!


Saturday, March 29

Welcome Home Athena.....Um, or Lola or Ruby

If you have visited my blog before (Thanks you!!) then you have probably caught on that I am a cat lover.  Self titled Crazy Cat Lady, and I wouldn't live my life any other way.

The opportunity to adopt this beautiful girl presented itself almost a month ago and we couldn't resist.  She was described as a sassy, affectionate and cuddly 8 year old, retired Silver Persian Queen.  A lap cat. 

It was the last sentence that prompted Dave to immediately suggest we offer her a home.  You see, I had two lap cats who passed away late 2012 (Gabe 12) and early 2013 (Bronte 16).... and my lap has been empty every since. 

I drove the 8hrs to New Brunswick and back to pick her up, and immediately fell in love.  I think she *may* have felt the same way about me, because when I transferred her from the travel carrier to my carrier she just got up and walked in. 

We've been getting to know one another this past month, and I know this sounds corny, but she "fits".  She gets along so well with our other 4 cats, its almost as though she's always been with us!  (those of you with a multi cat household, know that this isn't always the case!)

She is lovely, sweet and a bit sassy... she meows like Chewbaca when she wants me to scratch her head.  It is adorable. 

She's 8years old, and doesn't know her name.  So we were entertaining the idea of renaming her since Athena doesn't really suit her.... we've tried Ruby, Rue, and Lola is the current favorite.... but it may just evolve as we continue to acquaint ourselves.... I caught myself calling her "Chewy" the other days, so who knows ;-)

Sunday, March 16

Creative Scrappers Sketch 264!

Here is the latest Creative Scrappers sketch!  This was so much fun, I loved working with this sketch! 

I dug out some lovely Fancy Pants papers and embellies, and I'm just loving the new direction that they are taking with their designs!

Back in 2008 when I first began scrapbooking, I was ALL about Fancy Pants.  I couldn't get enough of their products.  Then I'm not certain what happened, if they changed, or I changed... but there were many other companies that were vying for my attention and their designs just didn't speak to me. 

That is until now.  I love their products!  The designs are much cleaner, and trendy... and I've enjoyed their last few collections in 2013 and just recently their CHA 2014 collections.

Be sure to stop by the Creative Scrappers blog to see the full DT reveal and submit your take on Sketch 264 for your chance to win a prize from our monthly Sponsor Chic Tags!


Sunday, March 2

Creative Scrappers Sketch 263

Good Morning Scrappy Friends!

Here is another lovely Creative Scrappers sketch to share with you today!  I struggled with it at first because of the size of the photo area being 6x12... my printer only prints 8½ x 11 so I sat at my desk scratching my head for a bit to figure out how to make it work. 

After I reminded myself that the sketch is an inspiration starting point, I was fine!  I found this iPhone pic of Roxy when she was a kitten and printed it a bit larger than 5x7 and matted it out so it would cover that space a bit better.

Here is my take on the sketch, hope you enjoy it!

Be sure to stop by the Creative Scrappers blog to see the full DT reveal and submit your take on Sketch 263 for your chance to win a prize from our monthly Sponsor Chic Tags!

Tuesday, February 25

Creative Catch Up!

A couple of weekends ago I was in a total Stashbusting mood and was able to get a few layouts finished!  My stash is slowly working its way down, without bringing in too many new items (Although I couldn't resist Amy Tangerine and Dear Lizzy's new AC lines!)

My goal is to have a much more manageable stash, where I don't hoard anything for longer than a couple of months.  I have a tendency to buy items that I absolutely adore, and will hang on to it for years because I don't want to "run out" or "use it all up".... and really, what's the point in that?!

So my personal goal is not to be wasteful and re home the items I know I will never use...It's an ongoing process, and the change in my shopping habit is the toughest part!  I love so many new items, but I need to remind myself I don't need every single release! Ha!

So enough chatter.... here are the Stashbusting layouts I completed... all with product that is over a year old or more!

Thanks for stopping by and catching up with me!

Sunday, February 16

Creative Scrappers Sketch #262

Here is the latest sketch from Creative Scrappers.... and again, the sketch designer has pushed me out of my safe place and had me create something I wouldn't have thought of doing. I just love that about these sketches! Not only are they great jump starts when you are having a scrappy block, but they help develop your creative muscle as well!

I tend to get stuck in the same rut.... rectangles, layers, off set with white space and title off to the side.  If left to my own devices, this is all that I would scrap LOL

Here is my take on the sketch, using an older Crate Paper collection.... Stashbusting 2014 continues!!!  I'm determined to use up what I have before I buy all the new CHA releases :-)

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out the Creative Scrappers Blog for your chance to win a prize from this month's sponsor!

Cheers, Steph

Thursday, February 6

Scrapaganza 2014!

My lovely friend Mercy Tiara invited me to her house for her annual "Scrapaganza" all day scrapbooking event!  Basically, she has a few scrappy friends over for an all day session (9am-until we drop) and I was thrilled to accept!

It was lovely meeting new scrappy friends, and spending time with others who enjoy this hobby as much as I do.  I haven't been to a crop in some time, so I was really looking forward to it.

The company was lovely, the food was delicious, and I think we all had a great time :)

Here is a photo that MT's hubby took of us in her amazing scrappy space.... can you imagine, she has room for 5 people to scrap comfortably!  I'm just a little envious LOL

Here are some of the layouts I completed during the day, I almost killed an entire SC Kit + Add on!

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you are having a great week :)

Sunday, February 2

Creative Scrappers Sketch 261

Happy Sunday!
It's that time again for another Creative Scrappers Sketch!  I really like this one, as it had two photo spots on the layout (I'm usually a one photo layout girl).

Here is my layout, using up my Echo Park stash..... Trying to continue my Stashbusting trend into 2014 :)

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out the fill DT Reveal on the Creative Scrappers blog! Add you take on the sketch in the comments section for a chance to win a prize pack from PaperCamelia!

Sunday, January 19

Creative Scrappers Sketch #260

Hello Friends!
Here I am with another great sketch design from Creative Scrappers!  This was a tough one, it actually took me two tries before I figured out what I liked... and I had to resort to my Cameo for help with cutting the triangles!  I know every couple of weeks I say that this CS sketch took me out of my comfort zone, but this one REALLY did!!!  I'm a rectangle, and occasional circle kind of girl.... never triangles! LOL 

I was in a mixed media type of mood, so I dug out my modeling paste and watercolors, punchinella and had a bit of fun with it.  The black stitching grounds it, and I love the effect!

Blythe dolls are my new obsession, and here are the first three that I bought this past fall.  It's just a quick snapshot with my iPhone, but I'm preparing a couple of dioramas to take proper photos of them.  I haven't owned a doll since I was a little girl, but there is something so cute about these girls I couldn't resist!

Thanks for reading, and please be sure to check out the full reveal on the Creative Scrappers Blog and enter your layout for a chance to win a prize from this month's sponsor My Creative Scrapbook!