One little word ---- HYSTERICAL!


On the Bright Side!

Oh.....do I love me some My Mind's Eye Papers!  And the new mini release, On the Bright Side is no exception!  It was perfect to play with this month as I join in on the Sketch challenges! 

Anam Stubbington is one of my favorite sketch artists - just look at her layout sketch this month for the My Mind's Eye challenge:


I adapted the sketch to work with multiple photos - love the bright colors with my Disney photos:

Did you see my effort to go green?  The scalloped edge is made using the Collection Kit packaging!  Definitely a bonus piece!

And of course, I couldn't resist creating a card with my scraps...here is Anam's card sketch:


and my card:


Simply Fabulous!

I was so excited to finally get my hands on the new Simple Stories Mix & Match Album! I have been playing around with ideas since the day I learned these were being released....then when I finally received one, I was so indecisive!  When Jordan started looking around the art loft for the perfect item to create a journal of her recent trip to Canada, I knew it would be perfect! You know what I loved the best?  How fast it all came together!  All the amazing elements, page protectors, pockets and pages created the perfect interactive journal for documenting her trip! 

Of course, the Simple Stories Fabulous Line was my product of choice!


In fact, because it is a ring-binder, she could move the elements around to make the journal truly hers.  It is still a work in progress full of endless possibilities!

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I am so blessed to be among the wonderful new Design Team working with Simple Stories!  Be sure to check out all the new links on the sidebar and visit the blogs of some very inspirational designers! 


Bummer, for sure....

...sometime last weekend my external hard drive died....along with 7 years of scrapbook layouts, cards and creations.  It also had over 6 years of photos and file.  I know hat you are thinking....it was only a back-up, right?  Well....yes and no.  A month or so ago, my desktop was starting to run slow and in an effort to free up space, I transferred everything to my external hard drive.  After all, it was less than 1 year old and had tons of space on it.  I figured that I would burn them all to disks or get another hard drive sometime soon....well, soon didn't come fast enough.  I lost it all. 

Needless to say, I am not a fan of external hard drives....

Luckily, I have post of my creations on flickr and most of my photos on Costco.com.  But, not all of them...only the ones, I have already printed out.  If I was saving them to print later, they are all gone.  Devastated doesn't even come close to how I feel.  But, the tech guys we know say it is a long and very expensive process to get them off of there....so sad, so sad indeed.

So to make myself feel better, I started snapping away....and my favorite subject these days?  Why William, of course!


Tangerine Sea!

What does that name conquer up for you?  TANGERINE SEA -- sounds beautiful, doesn't it?  Well, you won't be dissappointed then because the March kit from Dixie Pieces is just that and more!  GORGEOUS to be exact!

Oh yeah!  I love everything about this kit!  Here is the list of goodies inside as well as the description straight from the website:

Dive into these beautiful summer colors with the Tangerine Sea kit from Dixie Pieces. The kit includes coordinating patterned papers from Authentique Gathering collection and Echo Park Victoria Gardens plus matching Bazzill cardstock, two alphabets including American Crafts Thickers, a Kaiser Craft stamp, fabric, flowers, ribbon, and cardstock embellishments. Start creating with this product to complete many beautiful layouts, cards, or other projects.

Patterned Paper and Cardstock:
Authentique Gathering Together (double sided)
Authentique Gathering Bloom (double sided)
Authentique Gathering Harmony (double sided)
Authentique Gathering Flourish (double sided)
Authentique Gathering Grow (double sided)
Echo Park Victoria Gardens Garden Pond (double sided)
Echo Park Victoria Gardens Sunshine (double sided)
Echo Park Victoria Gardens Cheerful Words (double sided)
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Hot Fudge, Lemonade, Apricot, Lagoon

American Crafts Thickers Puffy Chestnut
Authentique Gathering Petite Alpha Green
Pink Paislee Mistable Ruffle Ribbon
Authentique Gathering Expressions
Authentique Gathering Noteables
Petaloo Mulberry Paper Flowers in Brown
Kaiser Kraft Script Stamp
Brown Corduroy Fabric Strip
Bicycle Stamped Tags
Bakers Twine in Yellow and Orange (1 yard each)

Here are a few of my creations from this month's kit:

This month we have 6 different designers working with the kit and the Design Team Gallery is overflowing with goodness!    Be sure to go visit!



The announcement has been made!  The new 2012 Simple Stories Design team is here!  I am so thankful to be among such amazing designers and I can't wait for the new year to get under way!  A great big thank you to Kevin & Amber for the fabulous opportunity to be part of this group:


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