Friday, July 29, 2011

CC&M/SOUS Summer Blog Hop

Hello & welcome to our Summer Mini Album blog hop, sponsored by Creative Cuts & More!
The hop will run from Friday, July 29th (7am EST) until Sunday July 31st (Midnight, EST)
 This hop is being hosted by Stuck on U Sketches & Creative Cuts & More (their blog is Die Cut Diva) Our hop today consists of Design Team members from both companies & is sure to please!! (The complete line-up is at the end of the post so that you can right to the good stuff here!)
I hope you arrived from Beatriz Guzman's blog! If you didn't arrive from Beatriz's blog, please head on over to Stuck On U Sketches  & start from the top! You won't want to miss any of the albums we created today.
Today's hop is all about SUMMER and Creative Cuts and More! CC&M has a TON of albums to choose from - check it out HERE!!!   They're just perfect for all of your summer memories & more!! CC&M is offering a 20% discount this week.  Just use discount code SOUS20 during check out to save 20% off your entire order!!
Creative Cuts & More is also giving away this AWESOME kit:
Sea Life Album Kit
Sample of what you can create w/this kit!!
So be sure to check out the rules for your chances to win at the END of this post!!

Ok, enough of all that! Let's get hopping!!
When I think of summer I think of sitting around a campfire telling stories & roasting marshmallows for S'Mores!! That is the subject of my Summertime album today, but with a little twist...when these pix were taken (late summer), it was too wet & rainy to have a campfire! So we did them in the microwave!! Not quite the same, but still very yummy!!!

I also used the Filagree Rectangle Window 8x8 album (with the vertical window & top opening) for my project today...all in SU's Basically Black! Not your usual summer color, but it really makes the pictures pop!!
I covered the front with this fun polka dot (had to handcut the window opening!) & made the "roasting marshmallows" out of sticks & clay.
It's quite a quirky little album - most of the images I found online were silly & from the 50's...
Maggie as a Marshmallow Head! (inside 1st pg)
Investigating the S'more!! (Decorative Label for journaling)

I added a small page to show some facts & the recipe for S'mores

backside of 6x8 page

I love using full page photos!!!

Another great label used from CC&M

label closeup

Don't ya love this ooey gooey shot!

The Filagree Rectangle Label!
had to show the "matches" I made w/copper Stickles up close!

I added an acetate page as an after-thought. But you can also order these with your albums!!

back side of acetate

The Decorative Label again! I LOVE these things!!!

Finger-lickin' good!!
The Decorative Label again with copper Stickles!

Last page - inside of the cover

back cover
That's it for me today! I had a blast working on this album & all the memories it brought back from that night!
We (The Scrap-a-Teeny Girls) just love to work with mini-albums - It is such a great way to showcase a specific event instead of being chronological all the time!! AND it has been a blessing in disguise to find Terry (the owner) of Creative Cuts & More to supply us with all our mini-needs!!
Be sure to check it out after the hop & order some mini's for yourself - remember, at 20% off too!!!

Now, HOP on over to Bonnie Friesen's Blog! She is sure to have something amazing to share with us all!!! But before you go, don't forget to read the contest rules below!!

Now, Do You
Wanna Win the Sea Life Mini Album Kit?
Here are the rules:

1. Become a follower of each blog
2. Leave a comment on each blog
And finally
3. Leave a comment at Die Cut Diva,  letting Terry know you stopped at all the blogs
Die Cut Diva will pick ONE lucky winner to win this awesome Kit!!
The winner will be announced on both the Stuck on U Sketches & Die Cut Diva's blogs on AUGUST 5th! So be sure to stop by & see if you are the lucky winner!!
Thanks for stopping by today!!

Start: SOUS
Annette Gearside
Beatriz Guzman
Becky Voth (This blog!)

Bonnie Friesen
Danielle Ryerson
Dawn Gallop
Dawn Lotharius
Fern Riley
Kayla DuPont
Kim Langhorst (This blog's sister!)
Kristine Reynolds
Leah Schaeffer
Melisa Waldorf
Nanne Harry
Noelle Reese
Nora Anne Robinson
Sandi Clarkson
Stine Ursin

Wanda Boardley
Die Cut Diva

Hope to see y'all again soon!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

WANTED: Vintage Veggie Stand...

Hi all!
I am hoping that one of you "junkers" out there that check in now & again can tell me the "official" name of this great little stand I saw at an antique mall the other day, that was of course marked NFS!! I would love to find something like this, but not sure what's original use was. Any guesses?

 The shelves are slanted & slightly ventilated on the sides. There's a handle in the middle divider on the top for easy transport...

The little "label" at the bottom was simply an image of fruit, which leads me to believe it's some sort of fruit stand, but can't find it with a simple "vintage metal fruit stand/bin" search.

Any help on what this thing is called or what it was used for might help! Thanks!

More life & crafting news soon!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Catching up...Heavy on the pix!!

Things sure have been busy around here lately!
We got back from the cabin over a week ago & it's been non-stop since!

Here's a little re-cap (in pix) of the cabin week:
Maggie got pulled down trying to walk Tula (the dog) on our first afternoon - scrapes from head to toe!!
Our niece & nephew wanted to go rock climbing one day...
Carolyn (our niece)

Mike (our nephew)

The road & jeep while rock climbing - pretty, huh?
Maggie, atop her own rock (aka boulder!)
It was pretty wet & soggy while we were up there, but we did manage to take Maggie on her very first mountain hike! We trekked along the valley towards a beautiful lake called Lyle, but unfortunately there was still too much snow to get to the actual lake!! What a crazy year Colorado has had!!
Dad & Mags on the trail

Looking up valley towards the lake area
Mom & Mags - I'm so proud of her!!
We headed home late in the week while Nick's brother & his kids stayed another week. Mike is starting school in the fall at CSU, so he brought his sister down to Denver (she was heading out to her moms for the rest of the summer vaca before returning to Chicago where she lives with her dad) with him on his way to check out apartments in Ft. Collins. The poor kids - Mike's car had a major malfunction that couldn't be repaired even after 3 hours of waiting in Glenwood Springs! So, his 1-2 night stay with us turned into about 5! But the good news is that he found a great roommate & his car's all better now! He just left this morning. It's going to be great having him so close by now!!

While all that was going on, I went to my first ever Super Diamond concert with a gal pal from high school! What a blast!! (Drank WAY too much, but still remember it all!!)
Me & Sally

Kinda looks like Neil!!
A few days later, Maggie & I went to our first painting session at Canvas & Cocktails!! Such fun!! I hope to go again soon with my adult friends to enjoy the vino while painting!

mid-way thru
Maggie did an awesome job! I only had to help her blend a few things here & there! And yes, SHE did the whole tree! I only added a branch! I forgot to take a pic of mine - It's hanging in Maggie's room (hers is to go to daddy's office!), so I will try to take one  & post it too.
All Done!!
In between all that, I've been crafting my tail off trying to meet some deadlines!
I did this fun box for Creative Cuts & More:
And I also finished a fun little mini for myself & to show in a joint blog hop we're doing with CC&M & SOUS designs on the 29th (so check back here next Friday!). Here's a little sneak...can't show it all yet!! (I have to say, I've forgotten how to scrapbook with photos!! I've done so many other project without them for the shop that I really struggled with this one!!)
Can you guess the subject?
(Kim was working on hers too but I don't have any pix yet.) And while we were doing those mini's Mom was putting the finishing touches on this INCREDIBLE Garden Book that will be up in the Etsy shop this Friday afternoon!! 24 pages of pure charm!!!
A Whimsical Garden Book by MOM
And, just today, I finished this fun little altered Altoid tin for the shop & a July challenge for Altered Pages (an online digital collage & scrapbook/ATC supply store). I had a blast doing it & think that I NEED to do more!!

I think that's it! Tomorrow I am getting together with mom & Kim to try a few new techniques together as well as brainstorm on possibly a new direction for the biz. Maggie's been in camp all week & I just signed her up for 2 more weeks! So that gives me lots of time to play as well as do some stuff around the house that I've been avoiding - like move curtain rods & patch holes for the new bedroom curtains!! UGH! Maybe tomorrow...

Monday, July 4, 2011

Wow! Has it been that long since I wrote?!!

I can't believe it's been a month since I gave you a "life" update??!! SO SORRY FOR THE LACK OF INFO LATELY!

I hope to jump on here in the next few days, but I am up at our family cabin with a satellite internet connection which can totally suck!
So, I leave you with these picts & to tell you to hop on over to The Scrap-a-Teeny Girls blog to see what I've been doing creatively (mostly business oriented!) & I promise to catch up soon!  Hugs & Happy Independence Day!!!

Hope ya'll had a wonderful 4th of July!!