Saturday, June 09, 2007

Zodiac Charms Freebie

Lemonaid Lucy has the cutest zodiac charms at her blog.

Go check them out:

Turning Ribbons or Text Into Circles Tutorial by Christine Smith

Christine Smith has a ps/pse tutorial on her blog to make straight ribbons or text into circular shape. Check it out here.

I hope this helps someone!

Michelle Godin's New kit is on sale! Reel Inspiration

Have you heard the news yet? Michelle Godin from Scrapbook-Graphics is going to be having a one day sale on her latest kit, Reel Inspiration. The kit has 40 bg. pprs. and 5 alphas ALL FOR THE LOW PRICE OF $3.00. Can you believe that? You can't even get a decent pack of pprs. for that price anymore. But you got to be quick as it is a one day sale. It will only be on sale on Monday, 6/11!

Here is a preview.

EEEk! It's a Gypsy Moth Caterpillar Invasion!

I guess I must be a photographer at heart because I don't let the fact that caterpillars give me the creeps interfere with me taking a photo. :)

The Gypsy Moth Caterpillars have taken over Long Bridge Park. They can be seen EVERYWHERE. As we headed deep into the woods, the sound of munching leaves could be heard loud and clear. They were devouring leaves like there was no tomorrow. They could be found over the banisters, under the leaves and branches and all over the walkways. As evidenced in the below photo, Kaylie and Liam are trying to maneuver walking around them, to no avail. The kids, who usually fight and scream because they don’t want to depart the park, were begging to leave. June 1, 2007.

Credits: Good Vibes Collection by Maya, SBG,
Sketch Collection 16 by Jen Caputo, SBG,
Stitches and staple from Jessica Bolton’s Party Mix, SBG. Caterpillar emerging from “o” is from Wiosenka kit by SM. Font: FG Saga

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

New Header!

I finally got fed up with my plain looking blog header and made one up.
Rachael Giallongo from the DigiChick sells header templates which makes sprucing up your header a breeze.

I used a kit by Doris Castle, Growth Spurts, which can be found at Cottage Arts.
Header template, which I modified, by Rachael Giallongo.

Check our the blog header templates here:

Masking Tutorial Video!

Ok, Gals, you know what a big fan I am of Jen Caputo, even before she joined Scrapbook-Graphics. I mean, the woman is super talented and so much fun, which makes her a winner in my book.

But enough gushing, and no, she didn't pay me to pay her this compliment...:)

She has a super duper video tutorial on her blog, check it out and be sure to leave her feedback. How is she supposed to know what you want to learn if you don't post a comment?!

If you want a step by step tutorial about MASKS, then look no further...check out this tutorial by Kim Gabriel, a/k/a Raven a/k/a Nevermore.


Have you seen today's freebie by Traci Sims? It is a fabulous template...and if you know me, you know that I love well-designed templates.

Thank you, Traci, for your generosity in sharing this with us.

Here is a link where you can download it yourself and don't forget to leave her some love.

Congratulations to Karen!

My fellow ct member, Karen (a/k/a Fortlady) was the winner of a $10.00 gift certificate to uber talented Jen Caputo's store.

Karen was the winner of the May Spirit contest at Scrapbook-Graphics. She dutifully posted the most comments in the gallery. Not only did she get a gift certificate, but she also got her most favorite layout posted in the Scrapbook-Graphics' blog. How exciting!
I can see why she chose this layout as her favorite; it is one of mine, too. :)
Keep up the good work, Karen.

Queen of the Crop Contest at Scrapbook-Graphics!

Are any of you following the the Queen of the Crop contest? I am! Scrapbook-Graphics had about 110 contestants, narrowed down to 85 regulars and are now in the finals.
The top 10 finalists have been revealed and they are:
Angie Orellana
Anna Benjamin
Lorelei Murphy
Martha aka Krash
All of the contestants deserve a big round of applause for their efforts. What makes this contest exciting is that the voting is done by the public. The final winner will receive $1,000.00 and her charity of choice will receive $500.00! Now this is a contest worth voting for.
Congratulations to all of the finalists, especially my friend, Denise Doupnik (a/k/a Dee-Dee) She made it to the top....HURRAY!


Oh my goodness, this is sooooooooo funny! Kaylie and Liam had a blast watching the chicken dance to the tune of Staying Alive!

You got to see it; there is a link:

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Chocolate Mousse - Studio Start Challenge

This chocolate mousse topped with dripping chocolate icing, chocolate kisses atop a sugar cookie…tastes so good your tongue will slap your brain!Cocoa Bo-Ho paper pack, by Traci Sims, SBG from Everyday Inspiration Elements by Meredith Fenwick Pin by Jen Caputo, SBG (What a cool pin this is!) Tootsie (on tag) by Carrie Stephens, SBG
Sequins done with an action by Tandika Starr. Font: Century Gothic, Imprint. Template by Angela Niehaus (it includes the swirls). Chocolate flowers by Anna Benjamin/Paper Moons

Birds of a Feather Flock Together -Scraplift Chall. at Scrapbook-Graphics

Scraplift of Leslie’s (ScrapMonkey) layout entitled, “Paradise Lost” link: morning I fill up the birdfeeder and then sit back to watch them feed throughout the day. They are all quite skittish which makes taking photos a bit challenging.Covered Stamp Sheets by Meredith Fenwick, SBG Covered Stamp Sheet recolored to black to suit my layout)Bg. ppr. is from Jessica Bolton’s Delight In Photograph, Part 2, SBG Eclectic Needs Variety, Straight Stitching, Jessica Bolton, SBG(Note: I shortened the stitch length to suit my layout) Tape: Dumster Diving elements by Maya, SBG edges by Linda GB, ScrapArtistAlpha from Sara Carlin’s Amelie kit.Font: Times New Roman and TXT Annesia

Monday, June 04, 2007

Nothing Can Ever Take Away The Love

This page is very special to me. It depicts my daughter placing wildflowers upon her brother's grave. Adam would have been 9 years old this past April.
I am trying to teach my children that they should honor the memories of those that have gone before them. Gone but not forgotten is my mantra.
Nothing can ever take awaythe LOVE a heart holds dear. Fond memories linger EVERY DAYRemembrance keeps them near. Unknown Author xoxo, Kaylie.
Kaylie placing Buttercups and Dandelions on Adam's Grave.
(Adam would have been 9 years old, had he lived, this past April 20th.)
Kaylie's handwritten name and heart were scanned.Round alpha by MissVivi, Bayadere kit.Black tied ribbon by Traci Sims.Round glass element by Taran Conyers. (a freebie from eons ago)The journaling stamp is by Kellie H. Mize, DesigerDigitalsThe word "LOVE" is from Taran Conyer's Timeless Echoes - Josephine page set, at SBG flowers - Garden Variety by Doris Castle. Memories page set, by Doris Castle at SBG (modified) Simply Elegant 3, by Janet Phillips, SBG Shop: Shimmer words, by Kristin Kristin Cronin Barrow-SBG Scritina (R), Times New Roman.

Cupcake Lover - Scraplift Jessica Bolton at SBG

Kaylie LOVES cupcakes. Daddy bought this one at the supermarket and Kaylie just couldn’t wait to sink her teeth into it. 05-20-2007(Scraplift of Jessica Bolton’s layout entitled Veggie Lover: htp:// -Jessica Party Mix, by Jessica Bolton, SBG, The red ppr. in the layout was recolored to suit my taste.-Big Stitched Alpha template by Janet Phillips, element from Laura Deacetis’ Sweet treats stickers.-Brads, notebook paper and scalloped frame from Bohemian Peddler page set by Jessica Bolton and Krista Meddler.-Folded corner template by Helene Douchet-Font: Times New RomanThank you for looking. Kait

Blooming Crocuses

Blooming Crocuses Signal Spring’s Arrival(Flowers from my garden)
I used the following items:
LeJardin page set, by Doris Castle, SBG All Stars –Ribbons and Bows by Sausan, SBG Staples from Studio Jessica Party Mix, by Jessica Bolton, SBG Artistry – Pressed Flowers2 by Sausan, SBG from Traci Sim’s Picture This Photo Frames by Traci Sims, SBG Album 2 by Janet Phillips, SBG purple flowers by Misty CatoFont: Splendid ESExtracted bird and flowers are mine.

Hair Raising Experience

Without fail, every time we are crossing the floating dock, the friction from Kaylie’s shoes on the boards make her hair stand up really high!Definition of Static: Electricity Produced by Friction. I used Graphically Grunged page set, by Traci Reed, at Scrapbook=Graphics. See link below: SBG tie from Debbie Pearson’s Frascata Elements: element from Carrie Stephen’s Vivacious add-on kit at SBG -
Folded Template #4 by Karah Fredricks, TheDigiChickTemplate: Dechire_by_Digiscrap_ch.Font: times New RomanThank you for looking and commenting. Kait

Delight - Scraplift Chall. at Scrapbook-Graphics

(Scraplift of layout by Amy (AmyPunky) entitled, Mon Bapteme (My Christening) Happy Day page set by by Kristin Cronin-Barrow, SBG Delight is part of a wordart included in the kit. I erased portion of the title and added my own definitionEclectic Needs Variety: Buttons Combo pack by Jessica Bolton, SBG out and curled paper templates, by Jen Caputo, SBG ribbon by Natalie Braxton, TheLilyPad. Vintage frames by Katie Pertiet, DesignerDigitals. Clipped flower accent from KSharonK Design’s kit Flirty. Font: Times New Roman

Glorious Petunias

Petunias from our hanging baskets. I used Special Times page set by Doris Castle, at SBG For Labels (black and white label) by Meredith Fenwick, SBG out and curled shapes by Jen Caputo, SBG Elements All Starz, Ribbons and Bows, by Sausan Designs, SBG staple by Jen Patricks.Paint Daub (brush 52, 11, sharp 18, wide blurry)Watercolor (brush 14, shadow 0, text 3)Font: ChampignonThe Round and Round collection )template) by Rachael Giallongo, TheDigiChick
Thanks for looking!


I just love this photo of Kaylie crying. She looked so cute, too!

Layout done for the I Can Scraplift That! Challenge at Scrapbook-Graphics.This week we are scraplifting a layout by Melinda (mbbstaley) entitled, Darryl and Anna’s Wedding, Pg. 1 was really unhappy that I made her sit down on the train. She really wanted to go down the slide. She had the biggest grin on her face as she was getting ready to go down the slide. Sept. 2002DIRTY DENIM, by Traci Sims, SBG I blended 2 pprs. to achieve the look of the bg. ppr. in the layout)Torn and curled paper edges 2, by Jen Caputo, SBG Supply Closet – White Cardstock Alpha by Meredith Fenwick, SBG The photo was cut in the shape of the cardstock alpha by Meredith Fenwick)Font: Mariah and TXT Menu Item

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