Wanted Birthday card

December is a busy month for us. Not only do we have the holidays to get ready for but it is also my brother-in-law, sister-in-law and sisters birthdays!! I decided to take a break from making my Christmas cards and make some birthday cards.
Today's post is the card I made for my brother-in-law. I started with his because his birthday is first on the 9th. I used the "Wanted" stamp set and "Outlaw" designer paper. The layout was a sketch challenge over at splitcoast (sc150). I do love those sketch challenges. I have a very hard time making cards and the sketches help me get started. The only accessory I used on this card was linen thread, oh, and I did just a little sponging on the edges. I had wanted to use some brads too but I loaned out my punches. Anyway, another simple card...do you see a trend here? Have a great weekend!

Super simple baroque holiday

This was so simple to make I should have used it as my Christmas card this year!!
My boys were making me crazy this afternoon and I slipped away into my stamping room and threw this together in less then 10 minutes!! It is so simple and easy to replicate, maybe you'll see it again next year.
This set remains my favorite, it's hard NOT to make something beautiful with it!!
Stamp sets: Baroque motifs and In my thoughts Inks and Cardstock: wild wasabi, purely pomegranate, basic black accessories: gingham ribbon

Time Well Spent

Stampin' Up! is awesome. They sent all demonstrators a FREE stamp set called Time Well Spent. It will be a level 3 hostess set in the upcoming Spring-Summer catalog.
I have to admit I wasn't overly excited about it. It's kind of cutesy and flowery. It's a line stamp meant for coloring...those three qualities are not really something I look for in a stamp set. My first attempt with the set should be titled "Time NOT well spent", it is definitely not my favorite card. I may post it later.
After looking through the catalog for inspiration, I came across the card on pg. 141. Setting out to CASE it, the card above is what I came up with. Using different stamp sets, changing the papers and embellishments a bit, I made the card my own.

Stamps: Time Well Spent, Happy Everything Cardstock: Really Rust, Old Olive, Whister White and Fall Flowers designer series paper Ink: White craft Accessories: 1 1/4 circle punch, scallop punch, linen thread, fire rhinestones, dimensionals

Birthday party

On Saturday afternoon I did a little girls 7th birthday party in our community. This is a 6 x 6 scrapbook page that the girls made. They also made a 6 x 6 album but I can't post it because I gave my sample to one of the girls.
I'm so not used to girls: dancing, singing, all hugging each other...how different they are from my boys who may hug but also wrestle, run and yell like monsters, roar like dinosaurs and fight like power rangers. It was a whole new world for me!!
Stamp sets: polka dots and paisleys, Sweet on you Cardstock: tempting turquoise, regal rose, cool carribean, retired SU! designer paper inks: tempting turquoise accessories: colored pencils, ribbon, 1 3/8 punch, scalloped punch, spiral punch, 2 way glue pen, dazzling diamonds

The final one...

I think this is the last page I will post from my weekend getaway. It was the last page I did that weekend, so I thought it was fitting to post it last. I am always scrapping pictures of the boys and recently decided that I should try to include more of me and Doug so the kids can look back one day and see that we love each other too.
This is another page done with a retired simply scrappin' kit "At home". I also used the On Board lots of letters, retired SU! in colors, brads...sorry I'm so lazy about posting my "recipes" if you ever want to know what I used or how I did, please leave a comment and I'll be happy to post more detailed instructions!
That's all for now, have a good day!

First Snow

I thought this was the perfect layout to post since we woke up the other morning to our first snow. It wasn't anything substantial, an inch or so, but enough to get the boys excited to go play outside.
This layout contains pictures from a huge storm we had last winter. The boys got all bundled up and went sledding in our backyard.
I used yet another retired SU! simply scrappin' kit for this one, 2-way glue pen, dazzling diamonds, non-SU! snowflake punches and sticker.

Two more...

This weekend I found myself using tons of kits: At home, Creative license, Secret Garden...and lots of retired SU! designer papers...making room so I can take advantage of the November paper party promotion!
Hope you enjoy seeing my pages, there are more to come!

Our Daddy's Hand

I think this is my favorite of all of the layouts I did this past weekend. It's a picture of Doug and the boys at Lazy 5 Ranch on our trip to NC. I found this poem entitled "My Daddy's Hand" and I changed a few words since we have the two boys. The poem reads:

Our Daddy's Hand
Daddy, take our hands in yours and you will plainly see,
how very much we need you now to love us completely.
As our little hands grow, we will need you even more,
Everything we do in life, we've never done before.
Teach us to be kind and loving, sharing and forgiving.
Show us through your acts of love the pure joy of living.
The years will pass by quickly and one day we'll be grown,
We will pass what you have taught us to children of our own.
Hold us always in your thoughts and remember when we are apart,
The special love between a father and a son.
Love, Conner and Ethan

It goes perfectly with the photo, don't you think?

Stamp set: Wanted cardstock: v.vanilla, chocolate chip, outlaw paper ink: chocolate chip accessories: scallop punch, sponges, grosgrain ribbon, neutral button, hemp twine

Scrap Weekend was awesome!!!

This is the first of 21 pages I completed this weekend,it was awesome. I fell in love with scrapbooking all over again. I was so inspired and motivated being in a room of women who love this hobby as much as I do.
I spent 2 full days scrapping, slept in a hotel room all by myself (in an incredibly comfortable bed without a night light), ate warm meals without getting up 15 times. I feel rejuvenated!!!!
Anyone who loves to stamp (there were also cardmakers there) or scrap should definitely participate in an event like this!
The next weekend getaway is in May, keep it in mind, this could be a fantastic gift for the holidays. I will post more information later.
I'll try to share a page or layout a day for the next week or so.

This page was completed using the Simply Scrappin' kit "Secret Garden" I also used a pearl from the "pretties kit", brads and articoke grosgain ribbon.

Scrapbooking Weekend Getaway!!!

I leave tomorrow morning for my scrap weekend. My pictures and supplies are packed and ready to go. It's been a long week, with two sick kids we haven't had a fever free day yet, and I am soooooooo ready to go!!
I am hoping to get tons of pages done, taking breaks only to eat and sleep. Hopefully I'll have lots to post next week.
Hope you have a great weekend, I know I will!!!

Stampin' Up! November Promotion

This is a great promotion, one I am definitely going to take advantage of. It's called the "Paper Party Promotion". Purchase 3 packages of the double-sided designer papers and get the 4th FREE!!

To view the flyer for this promotion (for some reason I can't get it one my blog)visit
the Stampin' Up! website http://www.stampinup.com/us/documents/US_paper_party_promo_1107.pdf

Let me know if you'd like to take advantage of this great promotion (570)686-2325 or email me at maureenlmerritt@mac.com