Thursday, December 27, 2012

My top 10 of 2012....(Blog Hop)

I was asked along with 25 other very talented ladies to share with you my favorite crafty projects from the past year. I am not going to babble much since this will be a long post and the list of participants will be at the end but I hope you enjoy these projects as much as I did...
(Ruby Rock-It Cook line)
(Random My Little Shoebox and Prima)
(Ruby Rock-It Paper Boy line)
(We R Memory Keepers Love 2 Craft line)
(We R Memory Keepers Down the Boardwalk line)
(We R Memory Keepers Red, White and Blue line)
(Ruby Rock-It)
(We R Memory Keepers Black Widow line)
(We R Memory Keepers Antique Chic line)
(Ruby Rock-It)
Now, that you have seen my favorite layouts, the next person on the list is...
 Jen Matott

The complete list is:
 Liz Chidester
Marcia Dehn Nix
Monika Wright
Ivanka Lentle
Christine Meyer
Jamie Cripps
Erin Morehousehttp
Melissa Elsner
Jodi Wilton
Sarah Hill
Laurel Seabrook
Carrie Walz
Jen Matott
Jan Tatomir
Jennifer Haggerty
Kerri Yarus
Ashley Nguyen Newell
Cathy Harper
Malika Kelly
Lynn Shokoples
Kris Berc
Julie Tucker Wolek
Rhonda VanGinkel
Savannah O'Gwynn
Audrey Yeager
Katrina Hunt

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Countdown to Christmas and a giveaway....

I hope you are enjoying all the projects and are getting in all of the giveaways over at the RRBF blog...they are all amazing! Today I wanted to share with you a layout I did about my Christmas tree topper. She is a pretty little thing isn't she and believe it or not she is a hand-me-down from my Mother in law. She gave it to me on our first Christmas together. She was supposed to be a "temporary" topper until we could go out and pick our own and somehow she managed to remain in the family for 11 years now!
For this layout I used several different lines showing how well all of these lines can be mixed and matched...I also used some RRBF vellum and ran some gold ink over it to help make it stand out against the background print.
The supplies I used are:
Background paper: FUS19- Fusion 12x12 Cardstock - Leaf
Stripped patterned paper: BWW15- Bella! Wedding Wedded Foil 12x12 Cardstock

Cardstock: SC22-Sugar Candy 12x12 Glitter Cardstock 200gsm - Toffee Apple 

Vellum: FV49- A4 Vellum x12 sheets - Doily

Gold glitter letters: FN98 - Sparkle Alphabet 112 pieces - Gold - 20mm

Deco: XMD97- Christmas Tree Decoupage

Polka dot paper: 12XM67- 25 Days of Christmas Paper Pack

  Join Ruby Rock-It's Christmas Countdown (RRBF Facebook page), tons of goodies to win just in time for the holidays. All you have to do 'like' our Facebook page, then 'share' it with a friend and have them 'like' it too and say "insert your name" sent me. GOOD LUCK!!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A little Christmas Treat

Whew! Now that Thanksgiving is done...we move on to Christmas! Time for the hustle and bustle we all love. Putting up the Christmas tree, decorating the house, buying gifts...well in the midst of all of that I like to slow things down a bit. I love to bake cookies and my kids love to help, but one year we were running short on time so we decided to dip pretzels. They are so easy...I dip, they decorate. These have now become a favorite holiday tradition with my kids and they can't wait to do them every year! Once they are decorated I needed to find a creative way to send them off. This year I saved all of my empty containers in the hopes that one day I could use them, this was year. An old cheese container was just the perfect size for the pretzel rods. I decorated it with We R Memory Keepers Yuletide papers and embellishments. I also thought I would make a cute matching card using the same.

****To make these...I melt Almond Bark in a double boiler. You need to be very careful to not get any water in the bark or your bark will lump up. Then after trial and error on different ways to dip these, I pour the bark into a tall glass that will cover at least half the pretzel. Swirl it around and let most of the extra bark drip off. Lay them on wax paper and sprinkle with candy, nuts cookie get the idea. Then if you want you can drizzle some of the chocolate on the ones with almond bark and you can do the opposite...dip in chocolate and drizzle with the almond bark. There are no real rules...except to have fun, take pictures and last but not least...ENJOY!*** 

If you have some creative ways of sending off your Christmas cookies, add a link in your comment so I can come and check it out! Thanks for stopping by, Carrie

Saturday, December 1, 2012

New Paper Haus issue is up and ready!

Be prepared to be amazed...the new issue of PaperHaus Magazine is ready and live! This issue is so filled with talent and inspiration from cover to end(which by the a great card tutorial...from ME!) you aren't going to want to stop looking at it. Besides this issue they are also kicking off their 12 Days of Christmas Blog go check out the magazine and then stop by the blog for the hop line up!

 Click here to view the magazine....and then click here to check out the blog hop!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Farewell Blog Hop from Ruby Rock-IT....

They say that all good things must come to an end!  But, they surely didn't say how very fast our time together would have gone by!
Please join me today, in a celebration of our amazing first DT!  We are honoring them with one more look back at their favorite projects over this past year!
This team is full of pure talent, heart, and strong passion for this hobby and for our products!  We thank each and every one of them, SO very much for all their hard work, dedication, and love for RRBF!
We have been asked to share a couple of our favorite projects of the year with you...I hope you enjoy them as much as I do....

This team along with our fearless leader was amazing! Such a friendly and talented bunch of women!
Now on to the hop....enjoy their work!!!
Here's the order:
Enjoy, and please leave comments along the way for our team!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween card...a day late...

I hope everyone had a great time yesterday with all the little ghosts and goblins. This was the first year I didn't go trick or treating with my kids. My youngest one is now old enough that she doesn't need Mommy and Daddy tagging just would not be cool! I was sad and excited at the same time. I love going trick or treating with the kids but I never get to stay home and pass out candy. Well, I got to stay home and pass out candy to 2...yes 2 trick or treaters. What a let down for me. Oh well, we will try it again next year. So with that said I will leave you with a quick little card I made using the We R Memory Keepers Black Widow line...

Almost forgot...some photos of the kids who were too old for me to tag along with them:

Monday, October 22, 2012

Positively Pink with Paper Issues and Unity...

For the new theme at Paper Issues they have teamed up with Unity Stamps...awesome I know! The theme is "PINK" to coincide with the Month of October and Breast Cancer Awareness month. You can follow along on the hop from here and make sure you link up your project over at PI... For my first layout I didn't use so much pink, I did a layout of my daughter after she cut her hair for donation. She also wanted to purchase the pink hair piece with all the money going to Breast Cancer Awareness in our local area. I was so proud of her. For a 9 year old she sure has a big adult heart (this was actually her second time cutting and donating her hair)
For my second layout I just did a fun one of my daughter in her pink Christmas pajamas...

Friday, October 19, 2012

Color Challenge at The Play Date Cafe...

The Play Date Cafe is celebrating 3 years of inspiration with all of us. They are offering a wonderful challenge and many prizes from some great sponsors. The challenge they are having is a color challenge... This week's suggested colors . . .
Flame ... Grape ... Mulberry

For this layout I used the We R Memory Keepers Love to Craft line. The colors were just perfect for this challenge!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Play Date Cafe is celebrating and they want you to join them....

Looking for something fun to do...why not stop by the Play Date Cafe. They are celebrating 3 years of inspiration. For the next 5 days they will have challenges with prizes from many wonderful sponsors. I know I made a date...I hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Homecoming with Bella! Boutique Family...

Today I am up over at Ruby Rock-It Bella!Fundamentals. I love this Bella! Boutique Family line. The colors it has, the embellishments and oh the patterned papers! The leaves were just at their prime on this gorgeous fall day for my son's Homecoming. We had so much fun taking photos. Their attire and the fall foliage back drop matched perfectly with this RRBF line, which I might add comes all together in a nice little kit making wonderful layouts come together very quickly without all the guess work of matching papers....

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

One Enchanted Evening with WRMK Black Widow line...

Hi Everyone! Today I want to show you that just because you have "themed" papers, doesn't mean you have to do "themed" layouts. I love the Black Widow Halloween line from WRMK. There is such a variety that comes with it so I wanted to work with that. My son just went to Homecoming and the pictures were just perfect for this line. I wanted to go with the Gothic classy look of the papers so I sanded and tore the edges of the paper a little bit. I also used some of the WRMK paper doilies and inked them. One I inked straight black and then layered another one on top after inking it with some oranges, yellows and blacks. I added some rolled flowers as well as some flower brads that are included in this collection. A few finishing touches and I had a perfect "non-halloween" layout using halloween papers.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

No tricks only treats for the Paper Issues new Halloween theme!

It is getting close to that time of the year when the ghosts and goblins come out to play and it looks like the first stop they made was Paper Issues! The new Halloween Harvest theme is up to greet them. Stop on by for a spell, view all the wonderful inspiration and link up a project. You also need to check out the amazing sponsor for this theme...Gossamer Blue.
There are no tricks here only treats!
 In order to win:
1. Like Us on Facebook. 
2. Like Gossmar Blue on Facebook.
3. Leave a comment on the Paper Issues Blog saying you complete #1 & #2. 4.
 As a BONUS, submit a HALLOWEEN HARVEST project.

For my project I used the new We R Memory Keepers Black Widow line...hope you enjoy!

Here is the list for the rest of your inspiration:
When you are done with the hop I know you are going to feel so inspired to create you are going to have to stop by the Paper Issues Etsy shop and don't forget to use the code:CARRIE when you check out for a 20% discount on your order!