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. 🙂

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336 thoughts on “Coming back with a bang… and giveaways…”

  1. my parents live on the lake so we will spend most of the weekend there jet skiing, riding the pontoon boat and grilling. i’ll be taking my camera along so i can scrap it later.

  2. I am hosting a Pampered Chef party on Sat with some friends, relaxing on Sunday, and hoping to get a trip to a park with a picnic with a special fella….

    Happy Holiday! Enjoy the summer

  3. going to a wedding on Saturday afternoon. Spending time w/DH & DD, relaxing is the only other plan.

  4. Jennifer, We’re glad your back! We have four boys…celebrating my oldest’s birthday (12) on Friday night…followed by lots of baseball games and a family get together.

    Enjoy the long weekend!

  5. Can’t wait for the weekend. I have been involved in charitable fundraisers every weekend for over a month and am ready to crash. Sitting back and creating some cards sounds so relaxing and therapeutic. My favorite activity will be spending time with my family, always a favorite.
    Enjoy your weekend!

  6. Linky-licious! Thanks for the enabling….hehe

    And I am doing nothing special for the long weekend. I’ll be working on Saturday and my husband will be on the boat all weekend…woo…fun..go me! LOL!

  7. Well here in Canada we just finished our 3 day weekend at the lake! So this coming weekend will probably be filled with lots of spring cleaning 🙂

  8. Hi! As usual even a 3 day weekend (which for us in Aussie land will be the first weekend in June YAY!) would not enough time for all the stuff I NEED to do. So i think this weekend I am going to do the stuff I WANT to do, which includes some scrapbooking and a walk around some of the parks in the city on Sat, church on Sunday and then off to explore the Old Bus Depot Markets…and hopefully some gloriously good Hot Chocolate from Koko Black YUM!

  9. No big plans. We are just hoping for sun and warm temps in Northern Minnesota. Love your site, thanks so much.

  10. We will be attending my stepdad’s 80th birthday party after we go to my mom’s little country church in east Texas. Oh, that’s after we help my father-in-law paint his new house! 🙂 Busy weekend with family!

  11. I love the trim ideas on your layouts! I can’t wait for the weekend, we are going to see the Broadway play, The Philanthropist staring Matthew Broderick. I am also getting some outlet mall shopping done with all the sales.

  12. Isn’t cleaning out wonderful? I love that I find things I’ve forgotten I own, and I like having a found treasures pile of things to share. It’s a long weekend, but I work retail so I’ll be working most of the time. Congrats on Mercantile… we’re thrilled for you

  13. Hi Jennifer! Thanks for participating in the CFH Bloghop this weekend! Since I can’t resist goodies, my weekend is going to be spent making sure the hop is running smoothly, and hopefully getting my garden planted! Finally – good weather here in New England!

  14. Nothing big planned. Just happy to spend some time with my DH, who has been out of town for 2 months. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  15. Thanks for the chance to win those yummy brads!!
    My Husband, 5yr old daughter and I will be going to Church and then will attend the picnic afterwards. We do this every year. We always have a GREAT time.
    Hugs, Viv

  16. I plan on scrapbooking, then scrapbooking and then to top it all off scrapbook. I haven’t done a layout in 2 weeks, and I’m having withdrawal symptoms! If the weather is nice, (Spring in CT is unpredictable) we’ll put some food on the grill.

  17. This weekend, we’re going to be enjoying a day without soccer! Bliss!! 🙂
    We coach bot of our children’s soccer teams and we need a break every now and then.

  18. Unfortunatly, I don’t have the luxury of having a long weekend, I have to go back to work on monday. I will probably just relax and work on some scrapbook pages and spend time w/hubby!

  19. No plans really. Just steeling myself for 2 weeks of kids without school or camp.

    Oh, and , yeeeeesssss I will be watching Gilles tonight, too!! I would really love to see Tony win for once but Gilles is just too yummy! I’ve never been a gusher over celebs but man, that show last week (the week before?) when he got 2 30s – I was squealing a bit! Good thing I watch it after hours by myself! 🙂 I would’ve been getting some weird looks.

  20. Thanks for an opportunity to win some fun blog candy!

    The plans for this weekend:
    Saturday- stamping. Sunday- family get together to celebrate the holiday and two birthdays. Monday – stamping.

  21. Wow so many inspirations! Thanks for all the links! 🙂

    And thanks for the chance to win your giveaway, yummy goodness! God bless!

  22. The beach with great friends – isn’t that the best way to spend a long weekend. Hope yours was great!

  23. I’m spending my 3 days with my grandchildren…nothing could be more fun…and of course I’ll be taking tons of photos to scrap! Have a GREAT weekend everyone!

  24. We are hanging with friends and starting to pack for a 3 week trip to my parents house. Wish me luck!

  25. I am getting the guest room ready for my parents to visit for 10 days. Woo Hoo they 3000 miles away so this is a once a year treat and they haven’t seen our first house yet

  26. We will most likely just hang out. My kids will be out of school this Friday. So a major just hang out weekend. I am sure some food on the grill with be a given.
    I love your site and check it often. You are great with techniques and I always am inspired when I visiit.
    Love the butterfly card.

  27. You are such an enabler! Love it!

    I think we are going to just be doing stuff around the house. We are in the process of re-doing the girls’ rooms. Nothing major, just little things…

    We may get together with some friends for some good food. Watch movies, play a board game or two…fun stuff!

  28. I would love to scrap again… it has been awhile since i scrapped and i missed it terribly. it has been a busy month or so but now things are starting to normalize and i hope to get my scrap on this weekend! Thanks for the chance to win.

  29. Cool cards! Plans for the weekend…I want to spend the weekend scrapbooking as it is what relaxes me the most right now…we recently bought a Mastiff puppy and we’ve already taken tons of pictures! I found a great Cloud 9 dog album with matching paper and embellishments so I can’t wait to get started. My hubbie wants to go camping…I’ve got great scrapbooking paper for camping so that might work!!! Hehehe!

  30. Our swimclub is opening this weekend so we are hoping to spend some quality time relaxing with friends and family in the beautiful outdoors. Praying for some nice, warm weather!!

  31. My plans for the weekend are to spend some serious time on yard chores. I have some baby plants that need to go into the garden. I also want to spend some time working on a recipe book for my best friend. I just got a bind it all and I’m loving it!! Nature and scrapping–my two favorite activities. Those brads sure would be cute on my booklets 🙂

  32. My plans : let see….
    1. My sons soccer game on Friday
    2. Birthday party on Saturday for my sons god parents’ daughter.
    3. celebrate my 54rth birthday on Saturday
    4. sunday: church and be thankfull

  33. Well, seeing as DH and I both work Sat. and he works Sunday too (nothing like jobs in the public service industry to ruin a good holiday weekend!), I will probably not do alot of celebrating, although some of DH’s family is having a picnic on Sunday that I am going to attend with the in-laws…how’s that for a long-winded response to a simple question? LOL LOVE your blog, BTW! I so wish I had some Hero Arts stamps!!!

  34. Well, we won’t be on the freeways if we can help it! I’m supposed to go to a crop Friday night, and if it’s not too hot, I’d love to work on shoveling out the house and maybe a bit of getting the yard ready for summer. (Ah, dream on!) Hope your weekend is filled with exactly whatever you want!

  35. Our 27th anniversary is Friday so we are spending the weekend at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville – I can’t wait!!!! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  36. Here in Canada we are just finishing our three day weekend..I was able to do a little scrappin, got a few workouts in, and spent today in the garden. Thanks for a chance to win :))

  37. I’m working Saturday and then yard work for the rest. Which reminds me – I have to put flowers on some graves for Monday. Barbecue too.

  38. We just had a long weekend here and got to go to a parade! For this coming weekend, I plan to just relax with the kids and hubbie and soak up some sun! Ah…can’t wait!! 🙂

  39. Baseball game, grilling out and party with friends on Sunday! I can’t wait for the 3 day weekend!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  40. Plan on scrapbooking all weekend. I need to scrap and want to scrap so guess what I am doing….Scrapping!! LOL Hope everyone has a good 3 day weekend!! Those brads look really yummy!! =O)

  41. DS has been invited to 3 birthday parties this weekend! The kid has a more active social life than I do. That is just SO WRONG!

  42. My plans for the holiday weekend include some camping at a state park and possibly a pool party at some friend’s house. The weather sounds like it will cooperate for a nice weekend all around!

    Love brads of all shapes & sizes!

  43. I absolutley love your LO’s and cards! So great! As for the upcoming 3 day weekend, I am going to be on the road to Birmingham to a football kicking camp for my son! I am going to take a kit of goodies with me and make some cards and projects while he’s at camp! I figure that is a great way to relax and do something I love, while he’s doing something he loves! Hope eveyone has a great weekend!

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