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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sketches in Thyme....

I promise that I'm still here.....we have been buried in snow, snow, ice, and more snow. I've been spending my days digging out....and spending some quality time with my Honeybee and my family. I'll post some photos of our snow since December 3 a little later today.
I'm going to finish getting the Christmas decorations down and the house all tidy again. Then the remainder of the day is going to be spent in my scraproom....I can't wait!

Just a reminder that we have a new sketch up at Sketches in Thyme today....
This is a Jana Eubank sketch and I LOVE it!!!!

Our sponsor this month is Lucky Girl Craft Kits....

OMG, check out the January 2011 Forever Love kit!
Hop on over today to check it out!!!!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!!

Merry Christmas to you all!!!! I have had an incredibly busy week, as I'm sure many of you have experienced too! Just a quick note to wish you all the most blessed day! I hope Santa is good to you this year! He's been especially kind to me! I love you, Santa!!

I also forgot to post my Frosted Designs layout yesterday. This week our challenge is a holiday song. I had this sassy photo of Ashlea walking in last year's snow.

The photo didn't capture the title very well. I used some velvet covered thickers and it is just yummy irl. These papers are last year's Bo Bunny A Gift of Love.....I thought they were just so pretty. Be sure to check out what the rest of the Frosted ladies have to share with you.
Again, wishing you all the most glorious day!
Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Let it snow.....

This is the very last of my Christmas cards. I can't recall where I picked up this adorable snowman. He was a freebie from somewhere on a great digi blog, if anyone knows the artist, please let m know so I can give her credit!


I just love how this one came out! Be warm and safe today!!!!
Blessings

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Holly and Jolly...

OMG, more snow this morning, enough already! The temps aren't getting above freezing and there is no let up in sight. Oh well, I guess it will be a white Christmas after all!
I have two very clean and simple cards to share this morning. I did remember to get pix before they went into the mail... :)




Both cards feature the Jolly Holly papers and rub-ons from Stampin Up!. I also had to use this yummy old olive striped grosgrain ribbon.
I am so loving this paper and I'm using up all the little bits and pieces for cards, love it!
I hope you have a great Saturday, and stay warm!!!
Blessings,

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Practical Gift Idea and a Sketch....

Today is a new sketch reveal over at Sketches in Thyme! Hop on over to see this week's Guest Designers and the lovely Mavens, as they have some incredible inspiration for this Jana Eubank sketch.

As you are crossing off the last few names on your list, here is a quick yet fabulous gift idea to share, an altered planner. We all need a planner of some sort to keep up with our daily schedules. If you have someone on your list that never goes far without a planner, then this little gem is perfect for you.

First, you need to buy a planner, I picked this one up at the dollar store for $2. Then I matched the supplies and style of it to the friend I'm gifting. She is all victorian and I wanted this planner to reflect her beautiful spirit.

Next, I measured, cut, and inked up the paper for the cover.

I also used a little bookplate along with the year as an embellishment for the year.

Other embellishments I added included a tag with a quote just perfect for her, you really can't have vintage victorian without the addition of pearls, roses, and ribbons.

Once you see how easy these are to create and personalize, you'll enjoy creating for all your friends and family!
If you have some practical girt ideas, please share them with us at
practicalscrappersideas@gmail.com, we'd love to hear from you!
Blessings,

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Joy....

Today is my December Recipe reveal over at The Moments. I'm calling it "Party Mix". Here is the yummy recipe:

Are you ready for our December recipe challenge? This one is festive and ready to party, here are the ingredients you'll need:

1 cup of something to celebrate (My wedding, which was a Christmas one)
A handful of pearls (flourish and in poinsettias)
A dash of some dimensional liquid (Liquid glass, Dimensional Magic)

Mix all ingredients accordingly, embellish as you please, sprinkle with a little love and share with your scrappy friends!
Serves: a lifetime of memories

Here's a peek at my dish....


I used one sheet of SU! paper from the Deck the Halls stack. The little holly berries are covered with the dimensional magic. I also highlighted the leaves and pine with just a smidgen of stickles.
Then the pearls went in the poinsettias and of course I had to add the flourish.


Here is a peek at what the holly berries look like with the dimensional magic. I just love the effect.

So, what are you waiting for, I know you'll love the Party Mix and want to share your layout or project with us! Please visit, The Moments today for lots of great challenges, scrappy friendships, and tons of inspiration!

Blessings,

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Merry Christmas...

Here is a very simple card that I made using just scraps of my Warm Winter Wishes Lucky Girl kit.
I think it is just cute as can be. Those little peppermint rubons fit just perfectly in the little metal frame. I hope that you are all toasty and warm this morning.
Blessings,

Monday, December 13, 2010

Season of Magic

Anyone else covered up with snow this morning? We are getting a heavy snow storm pass through today with 12 inches expected when the snow ends. Then more moving in mid week. It looks like we may be having a White Christmas!

I'm sharing a card I made last week. I used the new Jolly Holiday papers from Stampin'Up!
I used a really old SU! stamp that I have, Magic & Wonder. I used all SU! inks on here. I used a curly font on my computer to print the sentiment. Of course, I had to add just a touch of sparkle to it. The ribbon is Very Vanilla from SU!
I hope that you are safe and warm today!
Blessings,

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Double Champ and a Precious Cause....

Please read about Destiny's Hope...
It is time for Winterfest in dance and cheer competition. My Ashlea's Jr. Prep squad took first place in both their jazz and pom divisions yesterday. The Winterfest was held in the Lexington Center, just below Rupp arena. The Wildcats and the Indiana Hoosiers were playing at the exact time we danced.
I'm just sharing a few snapshots this morning before be begin our trek back home. There is a huge winter storm brewing and hopefully we make it before the brunt of it hits.

This is Gran and Ashlea just after awards. My Gran looks so wonderful and she feels it too!

Where has the last ten years gone? I can't believe she has grown so quickly, but ohhhhh how proud I am of the beautiful young lady she is becoming! Notice her purple medals around her neck in this one! Yay...


Ashlea is the center girl up front in this one. This is the jazz dance. If you will notice, she and the other dancers are wearing those pink band bracelets. If you have been following me since the summer, you will remember that Ashlea's dance partner, Destiny Brewer, was killed by a drunk driver. Destiny's family, friends, and the team have formed Destiny's Hope. We are lobbying for a new law (much more stiff) on those who choose to drink and drive. The man who took little Destiny's life had been arrested more than three times on DUI and was driving with a suspended license. For more information on how you can help, please visit Destiny's Hope.


Check out little miss sass!!! This dance is very sassy and just perfect for her! :)


This is our pom routine, she is the second over from the left int he back.


Now, I know you can't see her face in this one, she is the girl doing the toe touch in the back. Check out her straight legs!!!!

This looks like a future Wildcat cheerleader......
I hope you all have a great Sunday!
Blessings,

Friday, December 10, 2010

Frosted Designs Blog Hop Winner .....

Good Morning,

I have a winner from the Frosted Designs Hop last Friday! First, I want to say "Thank You" for all those lovely comments you all left for me! I so appreciate your support. I certainly know that you were inspired along the way.

So here is my winner.....

True Random Number Generator

Min: 1
Max: 41
Result:
19
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connie said...
love all the sparkle! I am a follower of your blog and favorite holiday dish is Cornbread Dressing.

December 3, 2010 5:18 PM


Connie, please email your shipping addy to me and I'll get your rak in the mail!
neeneesparks@gmail.com

We have a new challenge up at Frosted Designs this morning and look who is sponsoring us this week!

The winner of this week's challenge will receive 3 sets of her choice of digi images. These are simply amazing!
We want to see you use some ribbon on your projects this week. I decided that I would create a Snowman Soup gift for my bff's little girl.

The ribbon at the top of this jar was white, I inked it to match the background paper I used, which by the way is Cutting Cafe. The little poem is one of the images in this set too! I used a different piece of ribbon to attach it to the jar.

Look at this frosty little guy....


He and the Snowman Soup were also part of this set of digis. I used some stickles to add the sparkle to his hat and snowflakes. I added just a bit to the letters in "soup" but it is difficult to see in this photo.

This is the top of the lid....

This snowflake was yet one more in the set, and it was already colored!!!! I just punched it out and added a bit of sparkle.
As I said, this is going to be a part of my gift set for my bff's DD. I'm looking for a darling snowman shaped mug to a accompany it, filled with some candy canes (to stir the soup) and her little bits of "diva stash" (nail polish, lip gloss, and jewelry from Justice).
I'm quite certain that this will be a huge hit with her.

Now show us your creative uses for ribbon and you could win some of these fabby images too!
Blessings,

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Merry and Bright

I have another quick card to share this morning. This one was inspired by the Tuesday Takes sketch at Sketches in Thyme. We chose a cardabilities sketch for this week.

Here is what I came up with....

I used all Stampin'Up! on this one. The paper pack is Jolly Holiday, the cardstock is Real Red, and the rub-on is from the Holly & Jolly pack. Don't you love the olive ribbon? I'm such a sucker for fabby ribbon.
You still have time to join in the Tuesday Takes #3 challenge at Sketches in Thyme this week.
Blessings,

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Snow friends....

Here is a quick and simple card that I totally lifted from my DT sister at The Moments, Marisol. Her current challenge is to create a Frosty the Snowman card.
I so love these little circle snowmen!!! I stamped the snowflakes in silver ink and added just a hit of glitter to them.

I also added some to the snowman. It was really difficult to get a photo that would show just how cute he looked. I'm very pleased with how he came out!
If you haven't been to The Moments yet, what are you waiting for? We have new challenges posted on the first and fifteenth of the month. Head on over to check it out today!
Blessings,

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A day of celebration....

First, I have a Lucky Girl Blog Party Winner.......
wendipooh13 said...
ohhhh wonderful page!!!! great work.. and winter.. I like it for december and than after that I am ALL ready for spring!!!

December 1, 2010 1:40 PM

Wendi, please email your snail mail addy to me neeneesparks@gmail.com and we'll get your RAK right out to you. Congrats!!!! Thank you all for visiting during the blog party. I hope you were inspired and I LOVED reading all your comments and the answers to your winter questions. Thanks again to you all!

Now, on to the day of celebration. Today at 4:30 pm, I will have been married to my wonderful Honeybee for 14 years. Happy Anniversary, Ben. I could never have imagined how blessed our life would be together. The very best gift that God ever presented me with is YOU! I love you, my Honeybee!

Hopefully, I'll have some new layouts for you to see tomorrow!

Blessings,

Monday, December 6, 2010

Blog Candy Winner.....

Thank you all for sharing my candy on your blogs! I so appreciate YOU ALL!!!! It is time to announce the winner....
I still don't know how to copy the true random generator, if someone does, please let me know. I couldn't take a pic either, my battery in the camera is dead....

True Random Number Generator

Min: 1
Max: 40
Result:
20
Powered by RANDOM.ORG

and the winner is....

"Fern said...
Kim, I'm already following you, and my favorite Christmas tradition would be baking Christmas cookies for my kids and grandkids.. Thanks for the chance to win!!! Hugs!!!

November 21, 2010 11:14 PM "


Congratulations, Fern!!!!! I have your snail mail and this will come out to you today!!!!! I know that you'll love it and can't wait to see what you create.
Blessings,

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Want some CANDY??????

THIS WILL REMAIN AT THE TOP UNTIL DECEMBER 4---SCROLL FOR NEW POSTS
In appreciation of YOU, my wonderful followers, one of you will win my LUCKY GIRL candy. This kit is the December Lucky Girl Warm Winter Wishes kit.

Papers:
AD Glitz Cardstock Silver/Champagne
Bo Bunny Noel Die Cut
Bo Bunny Noel Traditions
K&Co. Life's Journey Music
Making Memories Findings Artesian Dot Die Cut
Making Memories Findings Text Dot
Making Memories Noel Green Snowflake
Making Memories Noel Words
SEI Christmas Mint Cocoa Cluster (foil print)


This is a peek at the reverse side of the cardstock!
Bazzil Cardstock:
Pomegranate (Canvas Texture) // Aspen (Canvas Texture) // French Vanilla (Fourz Texture) // Dotted Swiss Sandbox

Alphas:
Adornit Red Hot or Random Mini Mix Up Letters
American Crafts Dear Lizzy Christmas - Sparkling Pine Glittered Chipboard
Embellies:
1 package American Crafts Dear Lizzy Christmas Snowy Phrases Rub-Ons
1 package Bo Bunny Bella Journee Wrapped In Ribbon Trims
1 package K&Co. Adhesive Gems - Handmade
1 - American Crafts Dear Lizzy Christmas Tidings Layered Felt Embellishment
6 - assorted American Crafts Dear Lizzy Christmas winter Blooms
4 - assorted Petaloo Peonies (white fabric & white beaded organza)
1 -K&Co. Metal Art Life Journey Frame

Here are the details:
This candy is open until December 4. The winner will be selected by random.org and will posted by Dec. 5. I want you to get this kit and create with it before Christmas!!! So here goes,
* If you already follow, THANKS!!! leave a comment saying you do!
*If you don't and are inspired by my work, please follow and leave a comment.
*Please share your favorite Christmas tradition with me.
Thank you all for being such fabby followers!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Frosted Designs Blog Hop .....

and a Lucky Girl Blog Party day 3!!!! If you have arrived here from Natalie's blog for the Lucky Girl hop and from Lori's blog for the Frosted Designs hop, then you are in the right spot!!!!

Frosted Designs is a having a big blog hop until December 9, and we want to see your glitter!!! Just as fabby scrapping taste would have it, my Lucky Girl kit for December included a glamorous sheet of glittered cardstock.

I used this cardstock and a page of the patterned papers from the kit to create this Christmas tag to attach to one of my Little Man's "Santa's" gifts. As if that weren't enough, I added some stickles to the edges of the flower and to the flourish on the dp



Want to win the RAK offered up for my Lucky Girl and Frosted Designs post today?

To get an entry, you need to do the following. You don't have to do them all but the more you do the more times your name will be added to the pot.
1. Become a follower if you are already just let me know.
2. Leave me a comment telling me your favorite holiday dish. Share a recipe if you like, I love to cook!!!!


3. Do the challenge (Let me know if you did it, it will add your name one more time)
4. Promote our Blog Hop on your blog.

The next stop along the
Lucky Girl hop is Emily!! The next stop on the Frosted Designs hop is right back to Frosted Desings!!! When you are there, be sure to email your completed phrase to Diana at danica4@yahoo.com


Be sure to visit them both and to leave comments so you'll be in the RAK drawings. You are sure to find inspiration to get scrapping. Thanks for joining US today!


Here is a look at the pirze offered at Frosted Designs....

Blessings,

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Lucky Girl Blog Party Day 2

If you are arriving from Natalie's blog, you are in the right place!!!!
I'm back today with a Sketches in Thyme Thursday Take on this great sketch from July Garceta for Creative Scrappers.

I've been showing you this YUMMY December kit in my blog candy, you know that you would love to win it!
I was so thrilled that this rustic music paper was part of the kit. My 17 year old niece plays flute and piccolo. This paper and sketch were perfect for one of her 2009 Christmas concert photos. The quote on this layout reads, "Music--Life is a song and LOVE is the music." I love it!!!!

December Deals:

Now's the perfect time to become a Lucky Girl! We' are offering super savings on prepaid subscriptions through December 15th only. Lucky Girl Crafts kits make the perfect gift for a crafty loved one, or print this and use it as a great hint for someone to get you *winkwink*

For more information about a subscription please click here.

As always, there will be PRIZES along the way!!!! Want to know what to do to win my RAK?
Follow my blog if you are inspired by my work and answer this Lucky Girl question.
Share your favorite holiday tradition. For my friends who do not celebrate a traditional Christmas, please share your traditions, I'd love to learn about you.

Leave a comment and hop on over to Emily's blog for you next stop with yummy inspiration!!!! Have fun..
Blessings,

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Lucky Girl Blog Party Day 1...

Are you ready for some scrappy Christmas inspiration? If you are, Lucky Girl has just what you need...Warm Winter Wishes! If you have arrived from Natalie's blog, you're in the right place. To begin the hop, please visit Lucky Girl.


I used this festive kit to scrap a photo from last Christmas. Isn't my little man so handsome among his presents? Everything on this page is from the kit.

December Deals:

Now's the perfect time to become a Lucky Girl! We' are offering super savings on prepaid subscriptions through December 15th only. Lucky Girl Crafts kits make the perfect gift for a crafty loved one, or print this and use it as a great hint for someone to get you *winkwink*

For more information about a subscription please click here.

As always, there will be PRIZES along the way!!!! Want to know what to do to win my RAK?
Follow my blog if you are inspired by my work and answer this Lucky Girl question.
Do you love winter? Why?

Leave a comment and hop on over to Emily's blog for you next stop with yummy inspiration!!!! Have fun..

Blessings,

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Deck the Halls....

It is almost time for our December Blog Party at Lucky Girl Craft Kits!!!! Here is a little teaser for you... I'll be back tomorrow with more from this yummy kit!!!!

Warm Winter Wishes - December 2010 Lucky Girl Crafts kit...
A kit filled with rustic charm, rich warm colors and fanciful embellishments, this kit brings the best of the season. It stirs memories of steaming cups of cocoa, sledding parties and holiday gatherings and is the perfect compliment for your treasured photographs or handmade holiday gifts.




December Deals:

Now's the perfect time to become a Lucky Girl! We're offering super savings on prepaid subscriptions through December 15th only. Lucky Girl Crafts kits make the perfect gift for a crafty loved one, or print this and use it as a great hint for someone to get you *winkwink*

Benefits of a Lucky Girl Crafts Subscription
Besides the amazing price and awesome value, we offer so many other perks to our Lucky Girl subscribers
- No missed opportunities for happy crafting because you're guaranteed to get one of these great kits every month - Woohoo!
- Eliminate the waiting period! As a subscriber, you'll get your hands on your Lucky Girl kit 5 days before it's released for shipping to anybody else.
- Plus, just because I like to spread a little crafty love, you'll also get a free bonus kit shipped with your final kit order!
- FREE premium gift wrapping and handmade card (with your note) included on the first kit upon request!


Hurry... these deals won't last long! Offer expires on December 15th.

Just click on the links below, or visit www.luckygirlcrafts.com to order:

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Also, just for the duration of our Blog Party (December 1-3), save an extra 10% on all orders!
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