Blog hop, links, enabling and more…

Hello, bloggers.

First, I want to see if anyone else is playing along this Saturday in the Cards for Heroes Blog Hop?  


This blog hop is SO easy.  Just post a card on Saturday and link to the next person in line.  I did my projects today.  They are hoping for 100 people.  Please come play.  Click HERE for the information.  And, please leave a comment on this post telling me if you signed up.  From those folks, I will pick a winner of some stamps. :)   And I know they have lots of prizes throughout the hop…

I just got a card from a soldier who I sent a box of cards to via Cards for Heroes.  The appreciation from her group was so wonderful.  Made my heart smile.

Time to share.  These are layouts I did for CK.  This one was just a couple months ago.  I love making circles like this with my Quickutz Revolution and dies…

Blue1 copy(c) Creating Keepsakes

This page is from last year.  The article was on ways to use journaling blocks.  Here, I cut them in half and used them around a photo.  Jamie had emailed me asking about it, so I thought I would share.  It amazes me how Colin is still like the many things listed here…

Layout - Cut in half - 2(c) Creating Keepsakes

It is linking time:

  • Debbie Olsen.  My my my.  She is amazingly talented.  Her attention to detail is the best.  Adore THIS card.
  • Love THIS page on the Studio Calico blog.
  • The giftbox Tami Hartley made HERE is so gorgeous.  Can't wait to try it.
  • Great page HERE from Laura Vegas.
  • Great giveaways HERE from Stephanie Howell.  And the sneak peeks are fab!

Speaking of which, I have to show you a couple of my favorite new products.  I bought them.  And am now going back and buying two more. Hee.  They are from Lily Bee – 12×12 rub-ons.  So unique, affordable and cool.  Click on the images to see them bigger.

177547_1000x1000   177548_1000x1000

One last thing: Remember me telling you about the little boy in Africa named Surprise?  He is still not in a loving home.  Please keep praying.  Thanks…

And thanks for stopping by once again.  Off to watch Gilles.  Night. :)

Scrapbooking, cardmaking and blogs

Happy Monday.

And a happy Monday it is – it is a mindless TV night.  Ah, yes.  Gotta love it.  Gilles on Dancing with the Stars?  Ahhh.  And 30 delightful dishes of bachelors on the Bachlorette?  Perfect. :)

(Quickly, remember that you still have time to enter to win a ton of brads HERE. :)

Just wanted to share some projects.  These are ones I did long ago for the Hero 2009 Catalog.  (Again, forgive me if I already shared them.  I have a new system to prevent that in the future – thanks Jayne!)

These are actually matching pages and cards…

Scrap_376_large (c) Hero Arts – click HERE for all supplies and info

Ferns(c) Hero Arts – click HERE for all supplies and info

Here is a page and a few cards I did using some incredible photos from Erin Cobb.  I tell ya, she has the most beautiful family.  She makes cute kids. :)

Scrap_374_large (c) Hero Arts – click HERE for all supplies and info

Dad2(c) Hero Arts – click HERE for all supplies and info

Dad (c) Hero Arts – click HERE for all supplies and info

I also wanted to ask you all about some of your favorite manufacturer blogs.  I am new to checking these out.  But thanks to my very-late-but-oh-so-happy discovery of Google Reader, I am looking for ones to visit.  I am sure there are a lot of great ones out there.  Here are some of my faves:

I am sure I am missing a lot!  Please link me to any good ones you know of.  I will add my favorites here.

OK… off to focus on 30 bachelors.  They have only shown one so far.  And, so far, so good. :)   Night!

Coming back with a bang… and giveaways…

Hey, folks.

Sorry that I went MIA for a few days.  Just needed to take a break.  I finally got back to creating Saturday afternoon.  And it felt good.  So good.

So, now I am back with lots to share this week.  Projects.  Enabling.  Links.  Giveaways.  Let's get going…

First – someone asked for a closer look at the two layouts that were in the recent CK.  I don't have great photos, but maybe these will help.  (BTW, the recent issues of CK have rocked.  I tore out lots of ideas from the June issue!)

Layout 2 - Mat Photos - Blog(c) Creating Keepsakes – June issue

Layout 1 - Background of Trims - Spirits(c) Creating Keepsakes – June issue

Next up: Found some great shopping. How about a bit of enabling?

  • I am adding THIS to my scrapbook room door.
  • New Doodlebug.  I have always been a Doodlebug fan.  Their products always make me smile.  And better yet, the people who work there are true gems.  THESE are adorable.  They always use the best fonts, and THESE mini rub-ons are must-haves.  They come in lots of colors.
  • Ah… and step aside, Cuttlebug.  Quickutz has some rockin' embossing folders now HERE.  My favorite?  THIS 12" border.  Great for pages and cards.  (And, yes, you can use them with your Cuttlebug.)
  • Speaking of Quickutz, I am lovin' on THIS die set.  
  • I really like papers that you can cut out lots of different borders from, etc.  THIS one from Cosmo Cricket – yum.
  • One of my favorite things to do in the evening is to search around on Etsy.  I fill up my cart…  dig through it… save many to favorites… and then buy nothing.  Ha.  Actually, I do buy there pretty often – I like the idea of supporting handmade.  I get lots of shirts for Colin there, jewelry for the girls and gifts for friends.  (And, if you Twitter, I often share links to my favorite finds there.)  Anyway, I just saw THESE and will be getting them for the girl's bedroom doors.  And it is always fun finding bargins like THIS.  Hee.  If you like jewelry, THIS is my favorite seller.  And THIS is my favorite necklace.

How about some links?  Here are some for ya from 2peas…

  • THIS page by Peg Manrique is fantastic.  Fun colors and such, but the focus stays on the photo.  Perfect.
  • Shannon Tidwell does such fun pages.  THIS one just made me smile.  The title and accents are perfect.
  • THIS is an AMAZING page by Kelly Purkey.  Fun in every way.  Boy, I sure wish I had access to her closet. :)
  • Moon Ko is so talented.  THIS is so classy.
  • Nichol Magouirk rocked this Garden.  Love THIS and THIS is the greatest page of all time.
  • It wouldn't be a new Garden without a page to love from Robyn.  THIS is fantastic.

HERE is a set of cards I did.  Super quick, thanks to the help of die cuts and fancy paper. :)

29609-1(c) – click HERE for more information

And, HERE are two more cards I did using Crackle Paint and Glimmer Mist.  A strange combo, but it looks cool in real life – the shimmer gets in the crackles and shines a ton.  Here is one of the cards…

29233-2(c) – click HERE for more information

Last but not least, how about a giveaway?  Or two?  I was going through my brads and realized I have too many to count.  I picked out the ones I could still use – and thanks to my dear neighbor girl, they are now sorted by color! But I still have lots I don't need – a HUGE pile.  It includes simple brads, fancy brads, mini brads, big brads, gem brads, fabric brads, etc.  I will divide them up into two bags for two lucky winners.  For a chance to win, just leave a comment here by Tuesday at 11:59pmEDT telling me your plans for the upcoming 3-day weekend.  (If you aren't in the States… the upcoming weekend. :)   Here is a peek at the brad goodness…


I think that is all for tonight – off to get some donations ready to be picked up tomorrow bright and early.  Thanks for stopping by… night. :)

Winners from the Aussie Card Drive

Yes, I know I said I was taking a break.  I am just trying to check some things off my list of things to do, and this is one of them. :)   I have had this post put together for awhile, but have forgotten to post it.  So here goes…

I picked a few names from everyone who sent in cards for the Aussie Card/Layout Drive to encourage families after the fires in Australia.  We got hundreds of cards!  And a special thank you to those of you who included a few dollars to help cover shipping.  I appreciate it.

These lucky winners are going to get a pack of goodies from me…

  • Dani Bondurant (who had some of her students make cards too – how great is that!!??)
  • Margie Geisler
  • Lynsey Hagen (also cards from a school – woohoo!)
  • Stacy Aannestad (I don't have your address – can you email me?)
  • Susan Clayton

Besides Stacy, I have all of your addresses and will send your goodies soon.  Thanks!

Quick info for you…

Just logging on quickly to let you know about a fun opportunity coming up where you can help bring a smile to someones face… by creating cards.  Here is the info…

Attention Cardmakers!  Cards for Heroes is sponsoring our very first Blog Hop!

• BLOGGERS – join in and participate in the hop!
    • WHEN – blog hop posts go up on Saturday, May 23rd by noon PST
    • WHAT – the "assignment" – post one card you'll send to CFH
    • SIGN UP – e-mail  We'll send more details very soon!
    • GET THE WORD OUT – invite more people! Cool banners available at url below.

    • Put the hop on your calendar, and leave praise for bloggers across the web!
    • Want to start a blog? Email for help getting started!

Lots more details are on the homefront blog here:

Thank you!

PS: Just for fun – a  twitter post from a military wife who received cards her hubby sent:
"Cards from Hubs in Iraq meant the WORLD to us at home. Thx to all who gave so he could send!" 

I plan to participate… I hope you can, too.  I bet it would be ok to load things to flickr instead.

Take care!


… a few days off. 

Have a good week!