My designers have been so busy being, well, creative!  Which means, I’ve been busy being creative too! Hee hee.  Spring break was kinda hectic, between kids home, dog sitting, working on the ScrapMatters Newsletter for April, and all this gorgeous product to work with!  I know, I know…I’m NOT complaining!!!  I am so lucky to get to work with all these pretties!

First off, Leora Sanford had this gorgeous collab with Emily Powers come out: An Umbrella Built for Two

Here’s my layout with it… image is linked for full credits.

Additionally, Krista of Sahlin Studio is guesting at The Lily Pad this month.  She has been rather prolific lately!  Here is a huge new collab she did with Valorie Wibbens of Spotted Dog Designs called Make a Wish.  (Don’t miss the freebie add-on at her blog).

OK, you’ve been patient long enough…  Here is what I was teasing you about grabbing!  The frame cluster I showed you in the last post using Andilynn Design’s new Fair are the Meadows kit is available as a download!  See the information about grabbing it here at ScrapMatters.


Happy Saturday!  We’ve been flirting with 50 degrees and FINALLY the grass is peeking through more than snow is covering!  Can’t wait!

The kids had their first day of Spring Break Friday, but my DD came home from school Thursday with 101 degree temp… diagnosis strep.  Now last night my DS says he thinks he has it. Oh joy.  At least they should be feeling better by Sunday!

I’ve been working with some new products that just released yesterday… both are filled with spring yumminess! Is that a word?

Andilynn Designs released a new kit called “Fair are the Meadows”

And Sahlin Studio just released a bunch of new products as part of her guest stay at The Lily Pad… check out her full bundle of spring supplies over there.

I just love them… To give you an idea, here are the elements.

Here is my page with the first bunch of releases… the whole color scheme is making it feel a little closer to spring!

Here is my page with the latest group of elements – including from her famous Snipettes series “Snipettes: Springtime”

I still have so much to scrap…not enough time in the day… However, this little gem of a collab is inspiring me to work on a much neglected project.

I’m not sure if you have seen it yet or not, but Sahlin Studio and Britt-ish Designs have a MEGA collab right now called The Ultimate Round Trip Bundle (the bundle contains both Around the World and all the “Taste of…” kits, but you can purchase any individual “Taste of…” kit separately or all of them bundled as Taste of the World…so clever and flexible!).

This collab is genius and totally knocks my socks off… and I’m *finally* going to get my Israel trip scrapped! 

Here is my first 2 page LO from my June 2009 trip to Israel

Well I’ve finally emerged…this winter has kicked my butt.  Snow has overtaken my world.  We broke records for snowfall, snowiest months, most consecutive days with at least 4″ snowpack, coldest days… Overall it has really been the winter from you know where.  Finally it feels like we are turning a corner (a little bit).  We’ve warmed to the low 40’s and I see melting starting in ernest.

We’ve had a lot of time playing indoors… as you can see…

click image below for credits – Kit and templates are by Sahlin Studio

click image below to see credits – template is Chrissy W’s freebie from the Template Challenge at Elemental Scraps, kit is Gotta Hug by Trixie Scraps and simply.scraps

An exciting thing is that I’ve recently been published!  January’s The Artisan Notebook featured my layout called Some Serious Scrabble.  I’m on a CT for Chrissy W, who is a regular contributor to The Artisan Notebook.  She asked me to submit this layout for her article!

I can’t show you the layout, but I have another one in March’s The Artisan Notebook!

If you like templates (like I do)…Chrissy has an amazing deal until the *end of today*… 4 products for $3.00 as a make your own Grab Bag!  Check it out here.

Have you seen Leora Sanford’s blog?  She has been hosting giveaways all month!  Today’s giveaway is something I have really been drooling over for months, but just can afford now… Sara Cornish’s (My Four Hens) Photo Actions!   I notice all of Sara’s amazing LOs.  Her photos always pop just perfectly.  Many of the CT girls I know have taken the plunge and invested in the actions for their own layouts, but I just continue drooling (how embarrassing! LOL).  Some lucky winner will receive $50 gift card! How generous is that!?!!!  Go check it out here.  You just have to post a Christmas gift memory at Leora’s blog to be eligible to win. (I’m blogging for an extra entry…)

Here is what I put for my answer:   I remember getting a bicycle when I was about 11. I really had wanted a ten speed and my dad had it all put together in the garage, but when I did not see it I was heart sunk, since it was really the only thing I wanted.  I got the good news in my stocking…when I unrolled a scroll with a cut out from a magazine of a bicycle! I was sooo excited!


You should go check out the Sahlin Studio blog – Krista (sahlink) has a freebie that coordinates with her new Christmas kit “Season of Giving”


On another note, we traveled to California last weekend to see my new nephew and hang out with family.  We got to celebrate my dad’s 67th birthday too!  We had a blast.  xoxo to them!

Happy Holidays!

I made my first layout for Leora Sanford. I made one page and then loved the kit so much I made it a double…lol…kinda like ice cream:)



Maybe it’s in the water?  Because I’ve been seriously loving Sahlin Studio’s collab kit with Sugarplum Paperie…”So Grateful” is probably my all time favorite kit.  Krista (Sahlin Studio) was a guest at The Digichick for November.  I have made 5 layouts with it… I’ve never made more than a double page layout with any kit before.  It will be available soon at ScrapMatters – I think this Friday?

all of these pics are linked to my gallery for credits


a double page layout…



Toward the end of last week I got a PM from one of my long time favorite designers, Leora Sanford, asking ME if I’d consider being on her CT!  She linked her store (as if I would not know her designs or that she sells at Little Dreamer Designs). HA!  I love that she asked me (I feel so flattered) AND I love that she is still so humble as to think I may not be interested!  OK maybe someone is overcommitted and can’t, but not interested? Please!

Then over the course of the weekend, the welcome e-mails began and I saw who else was on this new CT.  Whoa, I am really taken back by the amazing talent and familiar names included.  Check this out!


EEK! Unbelievable! Oh and don’t forget to check out her blog Dec 1…she is starting a daily giveaway and inspiration posting through Christmas.

Yes that is correct… I am bionic.  Well, sort of anyway, I got BOTH of my knees replaced this summer.  It has been a long haul with school aged kids and all, but we are nearly through with this journey.  Who would have thought at 39 years old, I would have been the proud owner of both a walker and a toilet riser! LOL.  Click on image to see credits…mostly JWD I believe.

Granny Chic

Granny Chic

Because of the time laid up, I decided to simplify a bit and hold fewer creative team positions at least for awhile.  Since my last post (I’m ashamed to say it was March) I was asked by Krista Sahlin (Sahlin Studio) to be on her team.  I could not have been happier since I had interviewed her as a featured member in the Sunday Spotlight when I was on the ScrapMatters CT way back when.  I was always attracted to her amazing LOs and then cheered her along in the ScrapMatters’ Design Star Contest.  Well, her name is also Krista, like mine…LOL.  She won a spot as a design apprentice in the contest…and the rest is history!

Here are a couple of LOs with her designs – Images are linked and in my credits there are links to the products. The first uses “Play” (a collab with DeCrow Designs) and the second is featuring her new template set “Tuck and Wave Templates Vol. 1” as well as various other kits of hers…including a collab with Britt-ish Designs called “Land of Fantasy”



On that note, I’m off to bed.

Oh one more thing…don’t forget to sign up for the ScrapMatters’ newsletter…our 1st anniversary edition is coming off the press very soon!  You don’t want to miss it!

My goodness! I can’t believe how long it has been…I stink at blogging.  Just wanted to post about Zakirah’s CT call… I am on her team and the designs are beautiful!!  Go apply if you are looking for a great position!

You can check out her designs at Scrap Orchard in her boutique.

Have a great weekend!

Welcome to your next stop on the “Abundantly Blessed” Blog Train!  If you happened upon this unknowingly, This is a train from some of Andilynn Designs CT – Andi’s Artists.  We used her new kit “Abundantly Blessed” to make everything from place cards to quickpages to help you celebrate Thanksgiving in style!  Here is the kit – image is linked to the product at ScrapMatters.


Here is my contribution – Candy Wrappers to customize your hard candy rolls (sized for Life Savers) or mini chocolate bars (sized for Hershey’s miniatures).  Just print these off – you can make a page to print by placing these into a new layout sized to you printable space for your printer.  Cut them out, wrap them around the candy, and secure with tape.


Get it here

Here is your next stop: 
Shari & Heidi [QP’s]

If you missed the beginning…
Andrea [Thanksgiving banner]
Melanie [place cards]

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t forget to take some pictures too:)

Krista (norton94)

Header Credits

Created with "Kindred Spirit" by Erica Zane and ScrapMuss of ScrapMatters - this was the November 2008 Free Kit in the ScrapMatters Newsletter