Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Bo Bunny Card Sketch Challenge

There's a card sketch challenge on the Bo Bunny blog! To enter create a card based on this sketch by DT member Debbie Sherman and then upload your card to the Bo Bunny blog. You could win some Bo Bunny goodies if your card is randomly chosen. Good Luck!

I used the sketch to create this Valentine's Day card...

Monday, December 26, 2011

Miss Art's "Vinnie's" Vignette Kit

Hi everyone. I hope you had a great, great, very merry Christmas! It was crazy here, but what else is new? We have a ton of new toys and a lot less space in our family room!

I have a project to share from the Miss Art's Vinnie's Vignette kit. I created this layout of baby Isabel's birth announcement from the kit. Visit Miss Art's for information on the latest class offerings and kits available HERE. There are details about how I created this layout on the Miss Art's blog.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Bo Bunny Snowfall and Trinkets

I paired the new Bo Bunny snowfall papers with the new snowfall trinkets to make a couple of "snowy" cards. Since we won't be having a white Christmas here this is all the snow I will see this week!

That's it for today. A short and sweet post. Good night!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Nikki Sivils Challenge

There's still time to join in on the Nikki Sivils monthly challenge. The challenge is to scrapbook photos taken on your mobile phone. There's some goodies at stake for the winner too!

I created this layout of Frances last Halloween using the My Lil' Monster collection.

You can find all the details for the challenge on Nikki's blog HERE.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Merry Christmas with some Nikki Sivils Gingerbread Land!!

Opps! It's been almost one whole month since I last blogged! I was surprised to see I have a few new followers despite my absence (insert blushing smilie here). Let's see.... what have I been doing in my absence?

I celebrated my birthday, I celebrated Isabel's 1st birthday and I celebrated Frances's 3rd birthday. Whew... November and December are such busy months!

So before I dive right into my new projects I have a few pictures to share. I took the whole family to get some photos taken. I love how they turned out! All photos are from Shannon Range of Shannon Range photography in Oswego, IL. Aren't these girls precious?

And now on to my FAVORITE christmas collection...

Nikki Sivils Gingerbread Land!

Thanks for coming by! I will have another project to share tomorrow ;)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

a Bo Bunny card sketch

I created a card sketch for the Bo Bunny card sketch challenge.

And here's the card I created from it...

There's still a few days to play along with the challenge. All the info can be found HERE.

Friday, November 18, 2011

A Nikki Sivils Design Team Call!

Here's all the details!
Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker
Design Team Call Announcement

Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker is excited to announce that we are having a Design Team Call! 

We are looking for enthusiastic scrapbookers, cardmakers, and people that love to do altered projects of all types. We know there are some amazing designers out there and we would love to see you submit your best creations and possibly be a part of the Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker team.  We are looking for all styles.

We are looking at selecting ten designers.  We are limiting this call to applicants residing in the United States or Canada only.

The Term Details:
The term is for 6 months. The term will start mid-January (Jan. 10th  2011) and end in May (May 30th  2011).

The Requirement Details:
You may not be on any more than THREE manufacturer teams or kit clubs.  This is a combined total of both.

You will need to create FOUR projects each month during your six-month term.  These can be layouts, cards, altered or a combination of all of these.  We want to showcase what you do best!

You will need to create one tutorial/step by step project during your term that will be
posted on the company blog for our readers.  This will count toward two of your projects for the month that it is posted.

You may also be asked to create projects for trade shows, samples for stores etc. 

You must have an active blog that is updated regularly. Good photography skills for your projects are a must.  We want our readers and fans to see the projects in detail, because chances are they may want to recreate them!

Ability to meet deadlines in a timely and professional manner is an important aspect of being a design team member. 

You will be expected to promote Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker through your blog, social media sites, online galleries that you may be a part of, etc.   This also includes uploading projects onto the Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker website.

We are accepting applications starting immediately 
thru December 28th, 2011 at 11:59 pm CST

The Application Details:  Submit all of the below to

**Your Name, Email Address, and Phone Number

**Projects to Submit:  Three Total 
Please submit TWO projects using Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker collections. These do not have to be new projects and we don’t care what collections, but we want to see how you work with Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker products. 

**Please submit ONE project that is your favorite project that you feel showcases your style the best.   This can be using any manufacturer that you like. 

**Please provide a link to your blog.  We would also like to see how you feature Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker projects in a blog post, so please provide us a direct link to the post featuring one of the Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker projects that you submit.

**We’ll need a link to ONE online gallery that you post your projects in.  If you have more, great, please send them too.  We’d also like your username to any forums that you may be a part of, such as TwoPeas,, Split Coast Stampers, etc. 

**Please attach a list of Design Teams that you are currently on or have been on in the past.  Design team experience is NOT a requirement at all, but if you have it we would love to see your work for your current/previous teams. 

**Let us know if you have been published in any print publications.  Again, this is not a requirement, we would just like you to shout it out if you have. 

The announcement of the Design Team will be made around the first week in January 2012.

If you are accepted to the Design Team, you can expect the following:

Promotion of you, your blog, and projects on any Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker website, Facebook, Twitter, and any other sites that we may partner with. 

Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker is very generous with product for you to work with and will provide plenty for you to complete your assignments.  From time to time, we also partner with companies and you may receive other manufactures products also.

Compensation for trade show work, publications, etc will be provided in contract upon acceptance.

If you have any additional questions, please email and we will answer them promptly.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Bo Bunny Christmas

My sweet girls almost a year ago. They are growing so fast!

Bo Bunny Blitzen supplies.

Friday, November 11, 2011

It's a steal!

Hint, hint.... There will be a special scrapbook "steal" up tomorrow at the scrabpook steals. I promised not to tell what the steal is, but I will say it's a good one! :)

Check there tomorrow morning! Have a great night!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Nikki Sivils Gingerbread Land

How about some Gingerbread land projects today? I am in love with this new line!

It's perfect for non-Christmas layouts.....

And Christmas layouts alike!

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Bo Bunny + Scor Pal + a Sketch

Hi there! Happy belated Halloween to everyone!

Here is my super cute little skunk-

And of course I this is the cutest Minnie Mouse I have ever seen :)

I also have a sketch to share that I created for the Bo Bunny and Scor Pal team up week.

And my layout that I created using Bo Bunny "Sweet Tooth". I used the scor pal to create my cupcake wrapper :)

Thanks so much to the Scor Buddy folks for sending me the scor pal!

You can win a scor pal too! Visit the Bo Bunny blog and then hop on over to the Scor-Pal blog and leave a comment therel! By doing so, you have the chance of winning a fabulous prize package from Bo Bunny and Scor-Pal!!!

Thankls for coming by today!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A free class and coming soon to Miss Art's Paper Crafting School...

Many believe climbing Himalayan peaks or swimming the English Channel to be near impossible feats. Those of us with children know however, that they pale in comparison to capturing that iconic photo of a newborn’s first visit with Santa or getting your pre-teen to wear those home spun matching pajamas on Christmas morning for just one more year. If you braved the mayhem of the mall for that moment with Kris Kringle or agreed to give your 12 year old a cell phone in exchange for the flannel footed sleeper, showcase your Christmas coups in Sarah Eclavea’s 101 Merry Moments class. In three easy-to-follow videos Sarah shares her album making know how and uses our Virginia’s Letter Kit to create pocket pages, custom tabbed pages, paper pieced banners, and holiday embellishments. Miss Art’s Papercrafting School begins preserving Yuletide victories on 11/10/11.


Join us this weekend for a FREE class!

Has Halloween left you covered in sweet wrappers, partially duct tapped to your child's abandoned costume with a bank account balance that's more trick than treat? If your feeling more hallow than happy let Miss Art's headmaster treat you to a fantastic, but time sensitive offer. For this weekend only, (November 4 - 6th) enjoy a tuition free class designed to renew your creativity, and go easy on your wallet. You can even snack on the candy "taxes" you've stolen from the kiddos while taking the class. Beginning on Friday, November 4th, you will have 3 days to check out one of our most popular classes for free, no subscription needed. In “Layered Layouts”, you will accompany our inspired resident architect, Julie Winks, as she explains the essential underpinnings of daringly designed layouts. We hope to see you in the class room and if you enjoy our class that you'll be kind enough to leave an apple or a comment for the teacher.

This free class starts this weekend at:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Happy Fall with Bo Bunny Forever Fall

I have a tutorial up on the Bo Bunny blog to create this layout using their new Forever Fall collection. This collection quickly became my new favorite!

You can see the tutorial on the Bo Bunny blog-

Monday, October 10, 2011

a few new layouts featuring HELMAR!

Hi there! I have a few things to share today. First, I am featured on the Helmar blog today! Here is one of teh layouts featured on the blog. I used lots of Helmar goodies!

supplies: Helmar tape runner, 450 quick dry, gemstone glue; Bo Bunny Welcome Home papers and embellishments.

I also created this layout using Nikki Sivils "School is Cool" with my Helmar goodies. Here is me and my sweet Isabel. She is always smiling!

supplies: Helmar tape runner, zapdots, and 450 quick dry; Nikki Sivils School is cool paper and embellishments, burlap buttons.

Thanks for visiting! I have a few more projects to share so I will be back soon!

Monday, October 3, 2011

October's ScrapRoom Kit

Hi there! I hope you are having a great fall!

Today the October ScrapRoom Kit goes on sale. It is full of fun fall colors and lots of fall papers and embellishments. I created this layout from the October Double Shot kit and October embellishment kit.

You can see the complete kit on the ScrapRoom's website!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Quick Hair Clips and party favors!

EEEKKKK! And not because Halloween is coming before I know it! I can't believe it has been so so so long since I last updated this blog! Time has gotten away from me and I have to admit I have not created any projects in weeks!

At last things are finally starting to settle down and I created three layouts and two cards this last weekend. It felt good to break out my paper trimmer and punches again- hehe! I will share these projects with you soon, I promise!

So today I have some quick (very quick) hairclips I created with some of my leftover supplies. I cleaned out my scraproom and had a box of stuff waiting to be donated. Before dropping it off I thought- can I do anything with this? And so these clips were born. I made clips like this before with flowers and brads, but I am loving how the cute little felties look!

I used some plain metal clips I bought at Hobby Lobby. The ribbon is left over scraps of Bo Bunny ribbon and the embellishments American Crafts Flair. To create them trim the ribbon just slightly larger than the top of the metal clip. Apply a thin line of strong liquid adhesive (I used Beacon 3 in 1) to the back of the ribbon. Then adhere the ribbon to the metal clip folding the left over edges down underneath the clip. Then you can decorate the clips with more folded ribbon and the flair using the liquid adhesive.

To make cute party favors add a clip to a cellophane bag filled with candy and tie with a twist tie. Glue a paper flower to the front.

Thanks for coming by!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Bo Bunny Welcome Home

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a great start to your September. I couldn't let September go by without some apple picking! The orchard opened this weekend and I was there with two little girls in tow picking lots of apples and of course eating lots of apple doughnuts. I love everything about fall!! I am so excited this time of year!

So before I break out my fall papers and photos, I decided to scrapbook some photos of my dear Frances this summer at the lake. She looks so grown up these photos!!! Aaahhhhh!!! I can't believe how fast she is growing! It amazes me, but at the same time makes me a little sad. I feel like everything is passing me by. So I wrote a little note to her on this layout telling her how much she means to me and how much I love her.

supplies: Bo Bunny Welcome Home papers and embellishments, Etcetera embellishments; American Crafts stickers

My assignment for the blog was to create a simple version of this layout and then to step it up with a more embellished version. You can see my simple version on the Bo Bunny blog HERE.

That's it for today! Have a great week!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The September ScrapRoom Kit

The September ScrapRoom Kit is now available! It is full of bright colors and very FUN embellishments.

I worked with the Double Shot October Afternoon kit this month. I have to say I don't have many travel pictures, but this kit was fun to work with. I love using papers and embellishments to tell the story behind my layouts and this map paper did just that!

supplies: The ScrapRoom Double Shot Kit (October Afternoon Boarding Pass papers, buttons and stickers) and Embellishment kit (American Crafts Amy Tangerine letters; Jillibean Soup Dutch Mustard Soup stickers); Other: American Crafts twine, Bo Bunny ribbon, Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker Stamp

Thanks for coming by!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Busy Little Bee

That's me the last couple weeks, a busy little bee! After 10 months of staying home with my two sweet girls on August 15th I had to return to work. It is has been go, go, go ever since! I love being a teacher, but I love being a mommy more and I was heartbroken to leave them at daycare on my first day back. We are all slowly gettting used to our new routine- waking at 5am, getting ready for work, warming bottles, dressing two little girls, and getting our the door hopefully by 6:15am.

I try to update the blog a few times a week, but it just wasn't happening these last two weeks! I am hoping now to get back on track. So to start I have a new layout to share using the Pebbles "Every After" line.

I mean how could I resist using this princess paper for my little princess?

supplies: Pebbles paper, stickers and buttons; American Crafts stickers and twine; Cosmo Cricket stickers

Thanks so much for coming by and bearing with me during these busy times! Have a great Friday!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Winner, winner!

Hi everyone, no new project tonight I am afraid, but I do have a winner. Thank you so much to everyone who left comments on my Bo Bunny blog post here and on the Bo Bunny blog. Your comments made my day. I was reading them at work on my first day back after a 9 month maternity leave. So I really needed something to cheer my up that day!

Twenty-nine people left comments so I entered 1-29 into the random number generator at and the lucky winner was number 5.

The fifth person to leave a comment was:

Sue D said...

Very sweet mini album and love the zebra layout!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com
August 15, 2011 11:49 AM

Congrats Sue! Email your mailing address to and I will get your Bo Bunny goodies out to you!

There is still the prize to win from the Bo Bunny blog. Bo Bunny will be picking a winner for each designer on each day this month. All the winners will be posted on the Bo Bunny blog at the end of the month. So keep leaving comments and check back at the end of August to see the list of winners. Good luck and as always thanks for visiting my blog!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

More new Nikki Sivils!!

Hi, hi, hi! It's a late post tonight because boy have I been busy! School starts tomorrow and there is so much to do and prepare. I am definitely missing the carefree summer days and spending time with my girls. But I do love fall and it is exciting to start a new year with new students too. 

Yesterday Nikki Sivils started shipping all her new lines to stores. I was lucky enough to design with her papers over the summer and I love them all. I really can't pick a favorite line! They are each cute in their own unique way. So which one to show today? Decisions, decisions..... about this one? 

This is Frances playing with her favorite little friend Curious George. She loves getting into the band aids and covering all her dolls with them! She has a little doctor's bag too with all her instruments. She says "I am making George feel better mommy". She is seriously the sweetest thing when she's not causing all sorts of trouble. It's kind of hard to stay mad at her.

supplies: Nikki Sivils Get Well Soon collection

There's also a new guest designer on Nikki's blog today- the extremely talented Allison Davis! You can read all about her on the BLOG. She created the cutest projects. You don't want to miss them!

Thanks for coming by today!

Monday, August 15, 2011

I love Bo Bunny

Hello to all! If you are coming from the Bo Bunny blog welcome to my blog! I am so happy you came over! If you just happened to pop in today I will let you know what is going on :)
Today is my day on the Bo Bunny blog! Each design team member got a day in August to write a blog post introducing themselves and sharing some work. My post is HERE. If you visit and leave a comment you will be entered to win a Bo Bunny prize package too!

I promised a brand new layout to share and another giveaway on my blog! So leave a comment on this post and I will pick one person to win some Bo Bunny goodies. So there are TWO giveaways- one on the Bo Bunny blog (leave a comment there) and one on my blog (leave a comment here).

Here is my layout of little Isabel dressed up in her zebra bathing suit- too cute!

supplies: Bo Bunny Zoology papers, noteworthy,12x12 chipboard, 12x12 stickers, ribbon and jewels; Bo Bunny double dot cardstock; American Crafts Thickers; Cricut Expression; Cricut Create A Critter Cartridge.

I also created this mini album to share on the Bo Bo Bunny blog today. I knew this "Garden Girl" mini edgy album  wasperfect for the photos of my girls and me on Mother's Day.

I chose the saying "Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful" after one of "those days".  Frances wanted a cookie for lunch and I told her no, she had to eat her lunch first. The plate of chicken nuggets, fruit and carrots was thrown all over the floor while she yelled "Mommy I dont want you anymore!" I turned around for a minute and Isabel crawled over to the dogs' water bowl, flipped it over and proceeded to splash around. I still don't know how she crawls that fast! When she tried to start crawling away and her wet knees kept slipping on the floor I couldn't help but laugh. They may not always behave like perfect little angels, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Frances will not take pictures with Isabel so I made a section for each of the girls. Here is Frances's section. I punched holes in one of the noteworthy tags and included it to journal on.

This is Isabel's section. I included another noteworthy tag to put my journaling on for her. 

mini album: Garden Girl mini edgy album
patterned paper: Garden Girl, Magical, Dot, Ivy, Cut Outs, 6x6 paper pad/ Garden Girl
jewels: Garden Girl
stickers: 12x12 Garden Girl, 12x12 ETC, Friendship
noteworthy: Garden Girl
chipboard: 12 x 12 Garden Girl
ribbon: Bo Bunny Double Dot Chiffon
rubons: Garden Girl

Thanks for coming by today and visiting me!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

An exciting new position!

Good Thursday morning! I have some exciting news I have been waiting to share with everyone.

 I was asked to take over the Social Media Coordinator position for Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker! I am so excited and have been easing my way into the last few days. You will be seeing lots of me on the Nikki Sivils facebook page, twitter account and over on Please come on over to the facebook page and "like" us if you haven't already. I can't wait to have fun with all of you!

I will end with a project using Nikki Sivils cute, cute, cute new paper line "My Little Monster". This is my little monster at 6 months old. Hard to imagine this was over 2 years ago!

Have a great day!