Stepping it up!

Well, the move into the new house continues to progress along slowly but surely!  Thank you for all the sweet comments about our new home and my new scrappy space. I have yet to be able to get in there to use it, but I know it is going to be wonderful with all of the natural light!

Today, I have a layout to share with you using the recent Bo Bunny Snowfall collection.  As you can see, I did not use the papers for a snow related photo.  In fact, the photo is of DH and I on the shore of Lake Michigan during a recent vacation.  The colors just worked well with my photo and so I went through the papers and choose ones that did not have huge snowflakes or words on them. The striped paper did have some glittered snowflakes, however after I added the paper punching the snowflakes were no longer as noticeable and you just see the glittery blueness!

The addition of butterflies and swirls also help you step away from the notion of the papers being snow themed. I love when you can use a themed collection for more than one purpose!  

When I was asked to design this layout it was for a post entitled "Step It Up".  With that idea in mind, I showed how I took the layout from simple to more elaborate. If you are interested in my process, you can stop by the Bo Bunny blog HERE for all the details.  While there, you can also check out all the new Bo Bunny collections that will be released at the CHA Winter 2012 show.  Do you have a favorite new collection yet?  I would love to hear which one you love the most!  I have a few that are speaking to me loud and clear, but in all honesty each new collection has something that I totally love!  I can't wait to play with them when they arrive on my doorstep!

Thanks as always for your visit and your comments!

Letter Envy & The Move

Today is Hello Thursday in Cricutland and I have a fun project I created for the new cartridge called Letter Envy!  I made this altered frame piece for our new house.  I choose the particular colors and patterns because they match the awesome wall colors in the house.  There is not one room I want to repaint!

I used Lilly Bee's Memorandum papers and Teresa Collins Flocked Paper, which is part of her Timeless collection, for the detailed image.  This cartridge is full of surprises.  Yes, as the name implies it has some awesome fonts however it also has some great images as well!

Make sure you stop by the Cricut Blog to check out all the latest cartridges and the fabulous projects created by the design team. Make sure you leave a comment for your chance at a $100 credit!

Speaking of our new house, here is a photo of it!  I love how old it is!!! Hopefully I will continue to love that about it!

And here is my new scrappy room. It is a sun porch area and look at that wall color!  Doesn't it look like Cricut green?!

Here it is starting to come together a bit more, but still very far from being completed.  I will keep you posted on my progress!

Thanks for stopping by!


Congratulations Renee on winning my giveaway!
 I also want to thank all of you who stopped by, said HI and spread the word! I wish I could afford to send all of you a little something and make all of you a winner! But stay tuned for another giveaway next month. I am trying to down size my scrappy stuff a bit. And as soon as we get a bit more settled into our new house (and have internet access!!!) I will be stopping by to check out your blogs!

Grandpa's Helper

If you are here for the giveaway, it is still going on in THIS POST!

But while you are here, how about a little scrappy goodness?! Today I have a layout to share with you using some of my favorite Jillibean papers...Homemade 6 Bean Soup!I made this one awhile back, but I am just now getting around to sharing it online.  This photo is so precious to me.  It really captures the closeness between my niece and her grandpa!  She loves to help him with the horses and on this particular evening, she was "helping" him water the horses.

Here is my latest sketch for Creative Scrappers...Sketch #189! It was posted up on January 1.

You have all month to play along with any and all of this month's sketches for a chance to win a prize package from this month's sponsor...The Paper Bakery Kit Club. I have a layout I created using it, but I need to get a photo of it.  Hopefully soon, but no promises with the new job and moving into the new house this weekend!!! Once I get some time to do so though, I will share it here. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Giveaway #1

As promised yesterday, here is the giveaway!
Included is an inch of various patterned papers from Fancy Pants, Cosmo Cricket and My Little Shoebox.

I then have various embellishments and things as seen in this photo.

And last but not least, some awesome products from Provo Craft: including 3 cartridges, a Cricut hand warmer and one of the mini Cricut plushies! Who can resist?!

Now one of the carts is for the Imagine.  If you don't have an Imagine but still want to play along, that is fine with me.  (You could always just let me know you wouldn't use it and maybe I might just replace it with some more goodies.  I still have an entire box full of patterned papers that I am not sure what to do with.  I am thinking that I might donate it to my sister's school.)  So now to the deets on winning the above stash...
Leave a comment.  It's that simple.  (This is only open to those of you in the US.  I am sorry, but the box is heavy and shipping it elsewhere would be too expensive.) If you want to share the scoop with your friends, that would be great!  But if you just want it for yourself, I totally understand! LOL!!!  I will leave it open for comments until next Thursday, January 12.


A New Year - Twenty 12

Happy New Year!  Happy Twenty 12!
I am looking forward to this year.  Hoping it will be a good year and not full of the same sort of craziness as this past year. 2012 is starting off similar to last year in some ways, minus moving to another city.  I am starting a new job and we are finally moving but this time into a real house!
The job change was not my choice. I loved my job and the people I worked with.  It was one of the best settings I have worked in in a long time.  Sad to say, but true never the less.  The hospital however, decided to partner with a local therapy company and closed our location.  Everyone I worked with, including myself, had to find a new job.  We all did...that is the good news.  I just don't like the idea of having to start all over again, but this is not the first time I have started a new job.  It will probably be easier for me than some of the others.  I just hope we can all keep in touch and get together now and then!  I miss you all already!!!  And I really hope that my new work group will be good.  It makes work so much more enjoyable when you all get along! Here a couple photos of the crew from this past year!

As for the move, we have been living in a 2 bedroom apartment for a year since we moved here.  And the walls and rooms feel like they are closing in on us some days.  I am super excited about the was built in 1893.  Yes you read it correctly!  When we moved here, I fell in love with the historic district.  There are so many old homes here and so many of them are still well cared for.  Well we found an old house and we move in next weekend!  I can't wait to finally feel like I have my own place and I am looking forward to decorating and all that fun stuff.  The great thing about it is that is is move in ready and I actually like the wall colors.  So I may not do any painting!  Eventually, and hopefully much sooner than later, we do want to update the kitchen. It is not horrible...the appliance are awesome, it is just not very pretty.  It has blue counter tops.  Nuff said!!!

Well now that you have made it this far how about something scrappy?!
First up, I have a layout that is up on the Bo Bunny blog today where we are featuring the new Snowfall collection!  It is GORGEOUS and GLITTERY!  For this layout, I scrapped a photo of my darling niece at her first dance recitial.  She showed up before the recital what she had learned, but when it came time to perform, not much happened!  Stage fright maybe?!  Maybe it had something to do with the fact that one of her little friends totally freaked out and starting crying when they got in front of everyone. LOL!!!  Anyway, she looked adorable and that is all that really matters right!?

As for the Bo Bunny Snowfall collection, I am actually going to be using it again today with a photo from our trip to Lake Michigan and I can't wait to see how it works.  Even with the snow flakes, the colors are perfect for this photo.  I can't wait to share it with you soon!
Second, I have a fun Jillibean Soup layout to share with you.  I played along with their December sketch by the super talented Julie Bonner.  I love that all of the Jillibean collections mix and match so well, and on this layout, I have quite a mix going on! This photo is of my sister while on vacay at Lake Michigan!  I thought the title went perfect with her pose!!! that you are finished reading and looking at all this mess of a post, what do you think about a giveaway?! Stay tuned tomorrow...I am going to be giving away some awesome Cricut and other scrappy stuff.  I am moving you know and this will be one less box that I have to worry about! ;)