Monday, October 26, 2009

entry for Unity Contest Week 6

Here's my entry for the Unity Stamp Co. Bachelor contest Week 6:

The challenge this week was creating a card with Unity stamps that is masculine yet sweet using only pink and brown! It took a lot of thought and planning but some how I came up with this....

This week I've been trying to organize and clean out my craft storage armoire and my desk. Whew! It's exhausting. I need to be more consistent on keeping up with the clutter so this doesn't happen again!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

chocolate covered apples

These little beauties are stealing my time lately but it's been fun! I'm making lots of them for thank-you & teacher gifts.
They include layers of caramel, milk chocolate and white chocolate. Some pretty ones even got a dose of pecans.

Friday, October 9, 2009

friends with flair friday

It's friends with flair Friday over at Unity Stamp Co.! Check out all the inspiration and for your chance to win!

Here's my anniversary card for some special people in my life. I just love the Mr & Mrs stamp from the Unity Sept. Kit of the Month. I embossed it with American Crafts White Zing embossing powder on some black cardstock for this card.

There are so many wonderful stamps in the kit and I can't wait to create some more projects with it.

products used: Unity Sept KOTM, BasicGrey Urban Prairie collection, K & Co. Amy Butler brads, Maya Road chipboard house, American Crafts White Zing embossing powder, Ranger white opal liquid pearls & distress antique linen stickles, Fiskars scallop border punch.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

current favorite products

These are the products I've found myself having the most fun with lately.
Teresa Collins stamps

These stamps are classic, versatile and have lots of incredible detail. They are rubber cling stamps that you can stick right on your acrylic blocks.

Colorbox Fluid Chalk inkpads

I love the soft effect of stamping with these pads. stocks these juicy full size pads in oodles of colors which can be hard to find other places.

Colorbox Cat's eye mini inkpads

The same effect of the large size pads but with a small variety stack of colors. Great for shading and distressing.

Corner chomper by We R Memory Keepers

This corner rounder cuts through anything: acrylic, thick chipboard, metal, many layers of cardstock etc. It is lightweight, feels great in your hand and will do 1/4" and 1/2" edges. Awesome tool that is a MUST have.

American Crafts Zing Embossing Powder

These embossing powders are really wonderful and melt so smooth. The powder picks up the finest details and leaves very crisp images. It comes in opaque, metallic, and glitter finishes in many colors. My favorites are the Black opaque, Clear, White, Copper metallic and Pewter metallic. There are lots of brights to choose from too. The Cricket, Rouge, Gold Glitter and Metallic Blue are on my wish list - great colors for the upcoming holidays!

BasicGrey Element stickers

These stickers create so much beautiful interest on a page or card with ease! I love them.

Unity Stamp Co. stamp sets

I could not believe how HUGE and detailed these rubber stamps were until I opened my first package of them. Great for scrapbooking, cardmaking and all kinds of papercrafts. The Kit of the month sets come in a one 8.5X11 sheet of stamps on cling foam. A real steal with so many versatile images!

Monday, October 5, 2009


I just discovered this new product called shimmerz . They're water-based paints that have rich iridescent color & shine and can be used even on acrylic and metal. I'm excited to try the new Vintage color collection.

Check these products out here and all the awesome inspiration on their blog!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

3rd week entry for Bachelor Contest at Unity stamp co.

My next entry for the contest at Unity Stamp Co.!

supplies used: my minds eye colorful christmas collection, unity "be owl mine" stamp set, colorbox chalk inks, stardust stickles, pebbles chalk sets, american crafts glitter markers, misc. buttons.

Monday, September 28, 2009

unity stamp co. bachelor contest

Unity Stamp Co. is having a contest for the next 7 weeks called the Unity Bachelor Contest. Read more about it here and how you could win hundreds of dollars in prizes!

This was my first submission for the 1st week. The challenge was to use an item with bling or shine, patterned paper, 2 buttons and unity stamps.

Lately, I've really gotten into stamping and embossing so this was a fun project!

I clear embossed the stamped heart from the "be Owl mine" stamp set from Unity and also clear embossed several layers onto the chipboard house and edged the card in chalk ink and copper embossing powder.

The American Crafts Zing embossing powder is my favorite because it holds so much detail and melts just like butter. They have a great line of metallics, opaque colors and glitter powders. You must try it!

"forever friends" card
supplies: unity stamp set "be Owl mine", maya road chipboard house, october afternoon patterned paper, colorbox dark brown chalk ink, pink paislee alphabet stickers, kaisercrafts gems, american crafts zing clear & copper embossing powder.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

silly boy

supplies used: Fancy Pants Kraft Kuts "That boy" paper, Heidi Swapp giant ghost clock, my minds eye diecut title, 7gypsies word stickers, Teresa Collins "remember this" rubber stamp, american crafts zing black embossing powder, ranger inks.

A funny story to share behind this layout: We were at my daughter's school open house & book fair and my 2 year old son watched her picked out a few books. He let me know that he also wanted to get a new book and then while "reading" it said in his most teenager-y tone of voice "Mooooom, I'm trying to read!" when I was attempting to get his attention. I found it humorous but I'm sure I won't find this funny if he tries this attitude when he is older!
I used two of my new favorite products: Fancy Pants Kraft kuts paper and Teresa Collins rubber stamps. I highly recommend them - great quality and very versatile!

Friday, September 18, 2009

dreaming of the beach

supplies used: BasicGrey Marrakech collection, Making Memories velvet alphabet stickers, BasicGrey rubons, chipboard & opalines, Prima caboodles flowers.

We didn't get to take our annual beach vacation this year since we're saving to finish our basement so this layout helped me to reminisce!

The deep blues & oranges of the Marrakech collection from BasicGrey are so amazing.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

holiday layout

This layout was my entry for the contest at using the brand new Colorful Christmas line from My Minds Eye. I love these sweet little winter diecuts!

supplies used: My Minds Eye Colorful Christmas collection, Icicle, Stardust & Frosted lace stickles, American Crafts Zing clear embossing powder.

Bella Blvd. sneak peek

Check out all the sneak peeks of the supercute stuff being released soon from Bella Blvd. .
Enter the contest on their blog today!
I'm a sucker for all things boy related lately so the "Superstud" collection I am definitely going to order!

Friday, July 17, 2009

My Mind's Eye *Colorful Christmas*

This was the adorable kit that came my way from You must get this new collection when it hits the stores. Wonderful happy colors, sweet whimsy and lots of fun!
I'm looking forward to finding some time to create with this collection.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Thank you!

So excited -- I received an email from Maria from that I was one of the 10 finalists for the My Minds Eye contest!
I'll be stalking my mailbox for my package of brand new MME! Wish me luck as I design for the next phase.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Stop & Scrap contest is having an excited contest to promote all the great new My Minds Eye collections. Look for the details here!
Make sure you stop and shop while you're on the site, they have some awesome clearance prices right now.

Double Yippee!

Wow. Another great email in my mailbox requesting for a layout...this time it's for December's issue of Scrapbook Trends. I'm honored again to have one of my projects chosen for their beautiful magazine.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


One my layouts just got picked for November's Scrapbook Trends magazine issue! It was one of those pages that took me so long to design so I'm glad the hard work paid off.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Great new BasicGrey & Fancy Pants!

I love the contrast between color and Kraft cardstock with the Fancy Pants Kraft Kuts line. I have so many boy layout ideas running through my head just by looking at it!

These new collections by BasicGrey are really adorable. They are going straight onto my wishlist. The cute little dogs in the June Bug line and the bright raspberry shades in Lemonade pack are my faves.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

more giveaways at the Mosh Posh blog party!

Check out the 2nd week's fun prize pack at the Mosh Posh blog party! I love those Pink Paislee stamps don't you?
Please leave a comment here to win the prize and tell them Monica sent you!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Green Tangerine Kit giveaway

One of my favorite designers Kelly Goree is giving away a Green Tangerine kit. Enter on her blog before tomorrow at 5PM to win!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Mosh Posh blog party prize

Do you want to win this great prize pack from Mosh Posh kits? They are celebrating their 4th Anniversary and giving away lots of awesome prizes this week. Jump over to their blog here and let them know that Monica sent you in the comments section and you'll be entered to win!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

free stamp giveaway

Allison at Your Memories blog is giving away free myStamp box stamps here during the month of May.
Enter the contest before May 31 to win a great prize!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Video tutorials

If you love online video tutorials -- you'll love Paperclipping. It's produced by Noell Hyman and she shares high quality scrapbooking videos and provides a weekly Live show on Tuesday nights called Paperclipping Live.
You can watch free episodes on the site or sign up for the membership to review all the archives and current member versions. I really enjoy her detailed design instruction & the live show!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

sketch entry

It felt good to complete a layout about our "everyday life" and the usual somewhat mundane parts of life that would be interesting to look back on in years to come. AJ likes to mimic Olivia doing her homework after school. He draws on paper and coloring books while she writes and eats an after school snack with her.
This layout was based on the May #2 sketch on the So sketchy blog.
a usual weekday

products used: BasicGrey paper & stickers, Hambly journaling rub ons, K & Co. stickers, EK Success border punch, Maya Road mist.

Monday, May 4, 2009

NSD layouts

A super quick layout to show off my son's love for his firetruck car! I'm so grateful to my neighbor for letting AJ borrow this toy. It's the first thing he goes to everytime he plays outside.

favorite car

products used: Jenni Bowlin paper, Scenic Route chipboard letters, Chatterbox sticker alpha

This is one of my favorite photos of 2008 and I entered it in a couple NSD challenges on Two Peas. That butterfly rub on by BasicGrey is so beautiful and has so much detail!

Your Eyes

products used: Sassafras Lass paper, Bazzill cardstock, BasicGrey stickers & rub ons, Prima flowers, American Crafts thickers.

let's go

products used: BasicGrey paper, chip stickers & alpha,

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Birthday layout

I entered a challenge to complete layout with over 8+ photos. It was a good incentive to get some of AJ's 2nd birthday photos scrapbooked.

AJ is Two

products used: BasicGrey paper, Heidi Swapp chipboard alpha, My Minds Eye rub ons & title

National Scrapbook Day!

What a great day it was! I got so many layouts accomplished and had a ton of fun. I couldn't believe how many scrapbookers were online and the anticipation was contagious even behind the computer.

I did this layout in a record 7 minutes to upload in time for one of the challenges. That is really a big deal for me since I tend to be such a slow scrapbooker. A few chipstickers from Basicgrey and a great new Martha Stewart punch and I was finished!
right now

products used: Foofala paper, BasicGrey chipstickers & chipboard alpha, Martha Stewart punch

Monday, April 27, 2009

sketch entry

I entered this layout for the April contest on the Sosketchy blog. I love Allison's sketches and her approach to scrapbooking.

I had been hoarding some Sassafras rub ons and loved how it turned out against this Jenni Bowlin & BasicGrey paper.
hilton head

products used: Jenni Bowlin paper & alpha rub ons, BasicGrey paper & stickers, Sassafras Lass rub ons.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

new Basicgrey

I can't get enough of the new Marrakech line from BasicGrey! The colors are just so vibrant and versatile. This collection pack is worth investing in.
This layout is from our vacation in '07 to Florida. I was glad my son didn't have any fear of the water just like his big sister.
pool fun

products used: BasicGrey Marrakech collection pack, Fancy Pants chipboard, Creative Imaginations rub ons.