Happy Harvest!

Even though summer has just officially made it's arrival here in the Pacific Northwest, in the scrapbooking world, it's already fall and holiday time! 
Imaginisce has just released "Happy Harvest" and once again they have created the most adorable fall product line EVER! 

Of course, release parties are all about giveaways and this is no exception!  Be sure to visit the blog every day this week for a new way to win some Happy Harvest!

Here are a few of my creations:

Many thanks to my good friend & neighbor, Debbie, for the great pictures "On the Farm!"



Simple Stories & Unity Stamps Join Forces! 

Amazing things are happening in the scrapbook world today.  Unity Stamps has partnered with Simple Stories to bring you a collection of fresh stamp sets to coordinate with current lines of products in the Simple Stories collections!  In addition, they are marketing a line of Itty Bitty Stamps too! Just think of all the possibilities! 


I can't wait to get my hands on these!  Just look at that camera --- or the bingo card - or that airplane --- okay, I love them all! 

Of course there is a chance to win!  Here are all the details:

In celebration of the release of our new Simple Stories/Unity stamps, we're offering the ULTIMATE Giveaway - with over $500 in prizes!
Here's what you can win:

3 Ways to WIN:
  1. POST A COMMENT to the Simple Stories blog to qualify to win one of the four Bundle Packages!  Be sure to become a follower so you don't miss any announcements in the future!  Tell them Kim sent you!
  2. VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE and post a comment to enter to win one of the two Customer's Choice Prizes!
  3. CHECK OUT Unity's blog and post a comment to qualify to win one of four more Bundle Packages!


Winner - Winner!

The winner of the 6 x 6 paper pack:

 from this post is.......

Blogger Becky said...
Love your layout! My favorite water activity is floating in the pool and staring up at the sky! I'm a follower!
June 18, 2011 11:18 PM

Becky - email me at theholmescrew@comcast.net with your snail mail address and I will get is sent right out to you!



2012 is going to be a year of wonderful thing for our family! 

This little one is set to make their arrival in January!  Sarah & Mike are expecting and everyone is over the top excited!  I can't wait to hold and love on this little one!

Then just a few months later, these two are set to be married!  The big proposal was last night and he pulled off a huge surprise and had both families present for the big question.  It was perfect! 

So much going on around here and I can't wait for all the planning and preparations for both big events! 


Big Book of Scrapbook Pages!

A brand new copy of this book just arrived on my doorstep!  Do you know why?  hehehehe.....one of my layouts is in the book!  Only one out of 500+, but I couldn't be more excited!  My first ever publication in a real book!  WhooHooo!

What's even better is that now I can share my layout with you!  I created it over 15 months ago and haven't been able to share it, so here you go:

Thanks for letting me share!

Water Fun and a Giveaway!

If you hop over to the Best Creation blog today you will find lots of water-themed projects created by the fabulous designers using the new SPLASH FUN line!  In fact, be sure to check out the blog post from yesterday too!  You will find lots of design team links leading you to some great projects!  There are guessing games with prizes to be won and many of the designers are having giveaways on their blogs too, so be sure to check out as many as you can!  My water fun project is all about Cooper --- after being afraid of the water as a puppy, he is definitely making up for it now!  His favorite place is the dog park on the Sound where he can chase his stick for hours!

Do you want to win some new "Splash Fun" from Best Creations?  Leave me a message on this post and tell me you favorite water activity and I will draw one winner on June 20th to win a 6 x 6 pack of SPLASH FUN! If you aren't already a follower, become one for an additional chance to win!


Simple Stories

It's my day to post over on the Simple Stories Blog --- so head on over there and leave me some love!  Become a follower too --- I just got a peek at the new releases for summer CHA and you are not going to want to miss anything!  Keep an eye on their blog for all the new goodies coming soon!  Here is a sneak peek of what you can find over on their blog from me today:

Studious closeup 1


Winner Announcement!

A huge thank you to all of you who left me sweet comments and became followers!  The winner of the RAK from me is comment #24 ---

Blogger Janet said...   Beautiful tags would be difficut to pic a favorite one, Those papers are great. Just became a new follower  http://ladyluvbug.blogspot.com/

Janet --- please send me your snail mail address to theholmescrew@comcast.net and I will get a fun Imaginisce prize sent your way! 

Thanks again to all who played along!


Some pics from our weekend away in Pullman:

On the road:




At the games:


Playing around on the Pullman Campus:

Football in Martin Stadium:

Definitely a fun, relaxing weekend! 


Little Cutie Gift Tags!

Imaginisce is having a fun blog hop today!  It's all about gift tags and I am excited to be participating!  If you hopped over here from Penny's blog, than you are in the right place!  Welcome!  You only have a couple more stops! 

If you are just stopping by to see what I am up to, be sure to head back to the Imaginisce blog and start the blog hop from the beginning!  There are prizes to be won and all the info can be found right there for you!When you think prizes - think Imaginisce, Echo Park & Spellbinders all together!  It is a sweet prize fror sure!  You are going to be glad you did - fabulous creations, tons of inspiration, and some great prizes are in store for you!

I also have a prize up for grabs here - so be sure to read all the way to the bottom to find out how you can win!

Little Cutie is one of my favorite collections from Imaginisce this year!  When we decided to make gift tags, I knew that this was the collection that I wanted to use.  I am excited to add my tags to my stash - lots of baby gifts to give this year!

You will also see some of this fabulous collection from Echo Park used in my tags!  A big thank you to Echo Park for sharing their fabulous new Dots & Stripes Collection with the Imaginisce Design Team!  Love how it coordinates perfectly!

Dots & Stripes - Candy Shoppe

But, wait there is more!  Imaginisce has also partnered with Spellbinders and I was excited to get to play with some toys from their product line too!  The die cut/embossed labels on my tags are part of the Grommet Tags Set.
Grommet Tags

Okay, here you go....my set of gift tags for upcoming baby gifts:

 Some close-up shots for you:

Okay, so your next and last stop on the blog hop is Michelle's Blog! Be sure to head over there for more inspiration and the prize information!

But wait.....there was talk of a prize to be given away on my blog too!  Absolutely! 
All you need to do is leave me a comment and become a follower (if you aren't already) and I will draw one lucky random winner to receive some goodies from my Imaginisce stash!  Deadline to participate is June 14th - winner will be announced on the 15th! 


Summertime Fun --- the rainy way!

After two days of sunshine and warm temps it is raining again here in the Pacific Northwest.  We are definitely used to it, but when you are trying to celebrate the the first day of summer, it can still be a bummer.  We have completed all of our school work, had our appointment with the district for credits, and even  turned off the alarms.  But then the rain came.  Guess what?  We celebrated anyway.  We turned on the BBQ and roasted marshmellows for smores!  Thank goodness for our covered deck!

The lesson of the day?  Make you own fun!


Saturday Scrappin'

Yesterday was a great day, a very good day indeed.  I had the pleasure of scrappin' the day away with Tami, Sherry & Andrea.  To make it even better, I scrapped some fun things just for me without any assignments.  Don't get me wrong --- I love my scrappin' assignments and all the fun things I get to play with and do --- but there is something freeing about just scrappin ---- just putting the glue on the paper and not worrying about what, where or why!  I totally needed that kind of day --- just like I needed my friends.  Growing up and all through the first half of my life, I was pretty much a loner.  Okay, well not really a loner, more of an introvert - perfectly happy to be alone and quiet.  I still love that.  But what I love even more is knowing that I'm not alone.  Knowing that my friends are going through the same things.  Knowing that someone else understands.  Being able to laugh at and with each other about things that would otherwise completely stress me out.  These girls are so good for me.  It is truly amazing what good friends can do for your soul. 

Tons of thanks to my hubby too --- my best friend --- for always being willing to rearrange his schedule to make my time with my friends work. 

Okay ---so what did I get done yesterday? 

Bella Blvd - Water Dog:

Bella Blvd - "Grandpa's Tired"

Crate Paper - Girls

Crate Paper - Simple Joy


A Couple of Smart Shopper Ideas for You!

A couple things to share today!

First off --- Zaycon Foods is coming back to this area (Oregon, Washington, and Idaho) next week with their meat truck full of skinless boneless chicken breast for $1.64/lb!  You do have to purchase a 40lb box - but it is so worth it!  I purchased some in February and we have already gone through it all!  They will be coming back to this area with chicken some time this fall again, if this is bad timing for you.

How this program works is....

-You register online with your email address and you will receive notification of upcoming "events".  You are not under any obligation to buy, but you will receive notification of upcoming sales.

-You will receive an email notification when the sale goes live.  Just head over to their site, log in, and order your chicken. For this event, the Washington sale is expected to go live today (6/3) at 4pm. Delivery is dependent on your pick-up location but it is between 6/10 and 6/16.  Basically, you go to your pickup location, get in the car line, pull up to the truck, give them your receipt, and they load your car.  They are very professional, friendly and helpful.  They even put down paper matting in my truck just in case!  The chicken comes in four large plastic bags each containing 10 pounds. 

The chicken does not contain added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients and is fresh (never been frozen). This is some of the tastiest chicken we have ever had --- there is no way to go back to buying frozen chicken from Costco!  We are spoiled!

Last time, we came home and it took about 90 minutes for David & I and the boys to repackage the chicken.  We flash froze some if it and then placed it 4 pieces to a freezer bag.  We pounded some of it flat, cut some in chunks, and even cooked up about 5 pounds for taco meat and froze it that way. 

If you think about it --- add my name (Kim Holmes) as the referral when you register!

I know this sounds kind of weird, but they are an amazing company!  Visit their website for more details!  They are basically a wholesale company without a storefront - they do a ton of business with cruise ships and such.  Love that they found a way to pass some savings on to us everyday shoppers!

Search & Win

Secondly ---- just need to remind you how fabulous SWAGBUCKS are!  Today is Megabucks Friday and it would be a great day to sign up and start earning your swagbucks!  So far this year, I have earned enough bucks to add over $100 dollars to my amazon account!  It only takes 450 swagbucks to earn a $5 gift certificate! 

More details:

--It's basically just a search engine -- but you earn points randomly when you search.  So even if you don't do anything you wouldn't normally do, you will be earning bucks.  I trade mine in for amazon cash --- but there are tons of things you can use them for.  I have already used my amazon dollars for birthday presents and now I am saving up for a Christmas order! 

--All you have to do is go to their site and register.  Then you can either go to their site to use their search engine or set it to your homepage.

--There are many different ways to earn bucks.  One of my favorite ways to to purchase my Groupon offers (or other local daily deal sites) through their "earn" menu.  In addition to getting the great deal, you can also earn 160 swagbucks!  So basically it takes me 3 daily deals (that I would have purchased anyway - like the Old Navy one) to earn enough bucks for another $5 Amazon card.  Totally double dipping!

--Megabucks Fridays are special because you can earn so many more bucks that other days --- love to search on Fridays!
I'm the blogger today over on the Simple Stories Blog and it's all about being Simply Creative and working with the fun cards and elements that are included in the Simple Stories product lines!  For this year in review mini -- I went with the 4x6 card elements and added photos!  So easy! Be sure to go over and see some more of the pages and leave me a comment and let me know you love me!

Year in Review Mini Cover


Sweet Summertime is almost here!

I've decided that if I can't get the weather to cooperate, that I will just have to scrap sunshine instead!  The new June Company Box from the New England Scrapbook Company is definitely sunshine in a box!  It is packed full of the new line from Echo Park - Splash with additional fun stuff from Petaloo, Pebbles, and American Crafts!  The bright, bold, cheerful colors work perfect for all your summertime photos --- and even though I haven't had many of those yet this year, I have tons of photos from previous years just waiting to be scrapped!

The June Company Box:

The June Add-on:

My creations:

swim with me card

beach retreat

survival suit

splash & shoot

Fun in the Sun

Don't you just love those crocheted flowers from Petaloo?  They were my favorite embellishment in the box, right after the 3-D felt fun shapes from Pebbles! The best part of all is that I have tons of great stuff left over!  The box is so full of wonderful papers, stickers, and embellishments that I can keep on scrappin' sunshine!  You know just in case we never see the real thing here in Washington!

You want one of these!  Don't live in the New England area -- don't worry!  You can now order them directly from their website!  You can find the June Company Box for sale as well as the add-on goodies!  When you place your order, tell them Kim sent you over! 

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