Holiday Crop

Morning everyone!  I’m so excited because today is our annual holiday Paper-Playground crop.   I look forward to these opportunities to gab, eat, laugh, and maybe even get some scrapbooking in.  (For me, that’s a big maybe.)    I’ve already spent a lot of time preparing, but of course I still have a ton left to do.  I did finish all my star ornaments yesterday that I want to bring with me.


All are made with Webster’s Pages Winter Wonderland and Ting-a-ling holiday papers.  The centers are made from the shimmer papers, also from Webster’s Pages, that not many people are familiar with.  They come in silver and gold, and I really like the shine they add.  I’ve got the full directions for these stars, along with the star templates in the classroom forum at inspireME, if anybody is interested.

I’ve also put together a little kit to take to the crop to work with.  My scrappy friend, Kimmy, came up with a great idea that I’m hoping to be able to play along with.  She, in turn, got the idea from the current design team call over at Create My Keepsake.  We all have a ton of stuff in our stashes, right?  Stuff we buy that we absolutely have to have, but then it sits forever in our scraprooms or still in the bag it came in.  I do that all the time.  I fall in love with it at the store, but then it sits untouched because I either forget about it, am afraid to cut into it because it’s so pretty, or lose the idea I had for things in the first place.  So Kimmy decided she was going to put together a kit from her stash every month and challenge herself to make at least 2 pages and 2 cards from that kit before she allows herself to put together her next kit.  After 3 kits, she will allow herself to buy something new.  I think that’s such a great idea.  So I’ve decided to play along as much as I can.  yesterday, I put together my first month’s kit.


Now, I don’t know how much “stuff” we’re supposed to put together, but I just decided that since this is completely and totally for me and for no other purpose, I could do what I want!  Ha!  I’m totally crazy that way! 😉

I had made a trip to Archiver’s last month, and all my goodies were still sitting in the bag.  Isn’t that pathetic?  So, the first place I went was that bag.  And once I spread all the papers out on the floor, I decided that they actually looked pretty good together.  So, all the paper, the Teresa Collins journaling prompts and the glitter alpha stickers came from that shopping trip.  Then I just dug through my stash to come up with some ribbon and some extra goodies.  My gosh, did I find some old crud.  Some old, some new, and hopefully, some pages done and some stash used.


And it was kind of fun, too.  If anyone else wants to play along, especially after things quiet down next month, Kimmy is talking about putting some prizes together!  Check out the full scoop in Kimmy’s blog.

Have a great day everyone!


Cardalicious 4

Happy Tuesday to you all!  What a major big day it is today.  Have you had the chance to go vote yet?  I’ve done mine, and was so pleased to see the turn out of voters.  We had a long line snaking out the door, and unfortunately it is really rainy today, so I got pretty wet.  Silly me didn’t realize the line would be way outside so I did not have my umbrella with me.  Even so, I am truly honored to have the chance to cast my vote and do not begrudge a moment of wetness.  We live in a wonderful country, and I could not be more lucky than I am.

And with that said, I am also proud to say that I have NOT yet caved and gone shopping for more Thanksgiving decorations.  And that is saying quite a bit, because I’ve already scoped my favorite place out and have been drooling over several items they have.  So I am fighting some quite real temptations! I am totally loving all your comments about how long it will take me to break.  I’ve been thinking about some RAK goodies that I could put together for the winner of my little “how-many-days-until-Audrey-can’t-take-it-any-longer” contest.  I’m leaning towards some of the brand new Hello, Beautiful line from Webster’s Pages.  What do you think?  Sound good?  If you’d like to play along, just leave me a comment on my previous post. 😀

And now I can share with you my card for this week’s challenge at the Cardalicious blog.  I am loving this new card-making site and really recommend it to anyone who has a passion for making cards.  This week’s challenge is to make a “Give Thanks” card.  How perfect for this time of year.  Here is what I did.


Made this card using the November kit from Paper-Playground featuring paper from SEI’s Windsor line.  Used both the front and back side of the Houndstooth pattern along with some of the coordinating SEI cardstock.  Love that this cardstock has a different color on the back side, giving you even more  matching options.  I made the scalloped edges using a half inch circle punch from Stampin’Up.   Also added some stitched detailing to the Scenic Route chipboard leaf and to the cardstock panel going across the width of the card.  It really is quite easy to stitch on most chipboards if you work with care.  I finished off this card with a touch of ribbon, a Bazzill Primula flower, some dried grasses and a rub-on phrase from Basic Grey.

Hope you enjoy!  Do go checkout the beautiful designs from the other design team girls.  They always do such amazing work.

Have a great day!

Sweet Sunday

Aaahhhh….I do love the weekend, don’t you? It’s so peaceful and quiet right now. The weekend gives you a chance to relax and unwind and best of all…..sleep in! And, no homework! Well, not yet anyway. ;0! Nope, so far, we have just been enjoying the small break and the beautiful weather. Nik has been in a crafty mood all week, so the first thing we did this weekend was head to our local craft store and stocked up on some supplies. We also took some long walks to scavenge a few things from nature. Armed with all our new resources, we got down to some serious business yesterday. She reminds me so much of myself when I was her age. I love that she’s been bitten with the crafting bug. Here’s a few pictures of what we’ve been up to.

Every fall, Nik and I go searching for acorns. Last year, we waited too long and had the most difficult time finding any at all. So this year, we were pretty happy when we came across a new source where there were acorns by the bucket-full. Nik and I both filled our buckets to the tip-top within about 10 minutes. What bounty! Then we came home and got started on this little project.

We got three rows of acorns glued on before it got a little tedious for her. Then she wanted to start work on something else.

She told me that she’s been wanting to make these Styrofoam ball snowmen since the 3rd grade. First I’ve heard of it actually, but she was quite serious. Nik plans on making a whole snowfamily. This is the beginnings of the mommy. Looks just like me, doesn’t it? Except my nose is a little bigger.

It’s so much fun to just be able to play a bit. I’ve done a bit of playing in my scraproom, too, on some projects that I am excited to be able to share soon. In other scrappy news, I’ve had some really sweet things happen to me this weekend. For the first time ever, I have received not one, but two RAK packages in the mail. Check out this HUGE stash of goodies sent to me by my scrappy friends, Shanna and Ashley!

The generosity of the scrapping community honestly blows my mind that people will not only give so much, but also take the time and expense to box it all up and ship it out. You girls completely made my weekend. THANK YOU so much!

I also received an email from Stacey Michaud asking if I would like to be a guest designer for her monthly journaling column in the ScrapStreet ezine for December. I am so honored and excited, and yes, nervous to do this. If you all haven’t checked out this free online publication yet, you sure need to. You will be amazed by it!

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekends!

Blog Giveaway Day

Can you all believe it’s Friday already?  I cannot believe how quickly this past week has gone by.  And I don’t feel like I’ve gotten a whole lot accomplished either.  It’s a bit hard to pinpoint where all the time has gone.  I’m sure having the kids go back to school has added to the quick pace of the week… or that’s what I will tell myself, anyway.  Nik’s been sick, too, and we’ve spent several days going back and forth to the doctor.  And Glammie is still here keeping us occupied.  Guess all of this combined is making time truly fly.

Haven’t spent much time doing a lot of scrapping, but I have been slowly working on a page over the last few days that I finally finished last night.  I have been wanting to go back and work some more with the August kit from Paper-Playground, as there are still some patterns that I haven’t worked with at all yet.  Also, I’ve been wanting to do some more with the adorable calendar stamp from Imaginisce that is a special feature of August’s kit.  Here is the page I made with a picture of Nik on her first day of fifth grade back in July.

Did lots of cut-work with the Poppy patterned paper on here.  Took a bit of time, but I really like how the large flowers are focal points for the page.  I used a half inch circle punch from Stampin’Up to punch circles to make a border going across the top that I then stitched through on my sewing machine.  Also stamped the calendar stamp on the hand-made die-cut shape used behind my title.  I do love how these colors and leaf print patterns remind me of Fall coming.

One of my favorite parts of this kit has been the mini stitching templates from Bazzill.  It was probably the first thing I started playing with, and have used it to make flourishes and waves on most of my August projects.  I have a couple of extra templates that I would like to give away to a good home.

Anybody interested??  Just leave me a comment and I will do a random drawing next week for the winner.  I’d love to hear about any great project ideas you have using hand-stitching.  Hook me up, I’d love to check it out.

And lastly, look at this cute project Nik made for me to decorate the house for Halloween.

Don’t these little ghosties bring back memories?  I made these same kleenex/cotton ball ghosts when I was a child…..every Halloween.  It’s so sweet to see her doing the same thing all these years later.  Love how she connected the two on one string and found the perfect spot to show them off.  They make me smile every time I walk past.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!