DT Day!!

Challenge:   Football or Winter Sports
August 27 - September 2nd, 2013

Don't you all just love football season. I do, but not for the reason many of you may think...well I have this relationship with sporting events...people ask me who do I pull for and such with baseball, football (both NFL and college)...well this is my answer to them..."I pull for the teams where there is a little one, guy or gal, with Russell blood running through their veins out on that field." So, this coming Saturday is the first football game of the season and I will be out there routing for this little guy in the picture. This is his 5th year playing football...he has grown so much from a little 5 year old that cried everytime he went to practice to a young boy that absolutely LOVES the sport.

My layout is from his very first year playing. I love how handsome he looks in his uniform...and I cannot wait to yell..."GO, STORM!" on Saturday morning!!!

Make sure you head to Cuttin' and Stampin' to see all the other projects this week and also enter our challenge! 

Fun in the Sun!

Welcome to “Fun In The Sun” Blog Hop! So glad you can join us!

If you are coming from the ever talented Lisa, then you are in the right spot. If you just happened to stumble upon my site or your reading this via e-mail, please start at MIRANDA'S BLOG so you don’t miss anyone’s amazing projects!

We will be showcasing summer time projects! In addition to seeing some awesome projects, there is some blog candy available too! 
Scrapping for Less is sponsoring a wonderful prize. A prize of your choosing. Scrapping for Less is a Facebook Scrapbook Retail store where Teresa Russell sells scrapbook supplies...hot, trendy, current, and brand new to the market supplies at less than retail costs. It is basically a retail/pre-order group where you commit to ordering what is offered up for sale and then invoices are sent just a couple days before the stated order date. There are also typically current "items in stock" available for purchase also.

Scrapping for Less is offering a $20 credit to the winner of the hop. You must comment on each stop in order to be eligible to win the credit. Just click on the image below in order to go to group and ask to join. Thanks for hopping with us today.

Head over to Scrapping for Less to see what  Teresa has to offer!!!!
Make sure to leave a comment on each stop because the winner can be chosen from any of the participants blogs!

For my project today, I created a fabulous layout showcasing the two cutest little boys you could ever imagine. These are my 2 youngest grandsons and they are best of buds! I used this awesome summer paper from My Mind's Eye (one of my fave paper companies)...called Good Day Sunshine. I had so much fun using this paper, stitching on this layout and falling in love with that notebook paper punch I used of someone's to create some interest on the page.

Your next stop is Shawnee, take a look at what she has for you!!!!

Here is the entire line up, should you get lost along the way:

Design Team Day!

Challenge:   Prima Doll Challenge 
August 6 - 12th, 2013

Prima Doll Stamps created by Julie Nutting are all the rage right now.  There where five new stamps just release last month and a little set of angelic wings and whimsical boarders.  So this weeks challenge is to create something using the Prima Doll Stamps. 

 I wanted to get in on this challenge however, I am going to tell you right up front...I flunked coloring in both Pre-K and Kindergarten...and it didn't get much better from there! But, I love these doll stamps and wanted to try my hand at them. A friend stamped hers for me so I could be in on this challenge. 

Well, here is how things went! First let me tell you I have all the coloring tools a gal who doesn't color well could want....colored pencils! Two kinds to be exact! Stampin Up markers...the entire collection mind you! Bic markers, and even some Close to My Heart markers. In that entire collection of markers not one...no not one marker that was exactly the right color for flesh! 

I started out with a pale flesh colored pencil...not exactly right, so then I tried to correct it with various other colors on her legs...well that did not go very well so she is wearing tights! And not exactly the right color I may add to go with her outfit. But remember how I said a friend stamped it for me? Well you got it...she only stamped 1! 

Anyhow, I was kind of pleased with the rest of the coloring...flesh color is still a little off but overall pleased. She is going to go in a scrapbooking paper collection called "Sisters" from Echo Park. It is a present for my sister later this year when I get to go visit her for 2 weeks when she moves into her brand new house. I get to design, set up, and decorate her scrapbook room. So excited about that!!

Hope you enjoy all the creations this week. Make sure to check out Cuttin' and Stampin'  for all your inspiration.

You can purchase your Prima Doll Stamps from Teresa at Scrapping For Less.

Craftin Desert Divas!

I am posting today as a guest designer for Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party hosted by Tara of Craftin Desert Divas! Every other Monday will mark the beginning of a new semi-weekly linky party and you could win fabulous prizes!!

This linky party theme is Back to School. The sponsor is Candice Fields. The more you link up, the better chance you have to win.  Visit Craftin Desert Divas for all the rules and to play along.

Here is what I created for this linky party....

It really is Back to School around here...my grandchildren go back to school on Wednesday of this week. I created a little gift for the 3 younger ones that are in elementary school to take on the first day. All 3 are identical so I only photographed one of them. I can't wait to see all of your wonderful projects. And if you are looking for ideas check out Pinterest...there are some fabulous ones there.

I used green and red washi tape to go around the vase (I had a ribbon tied around at first but did not like that at all).
Then, I cut this cute apple from the Cricut cartridge "Preserves" and adhered it to the front of the vase.
Finally, I filled the vase with colored pencils.

Hope you will Craft It Up & Link It Up!!!

Bee-Utiful Summer Blog Hop Day 2!

Weren't all of those projects from yesterday amazing!!! I am so honored to be among such talented ladies. Thanks so much to Lisa for putting this hop together and for allowing me to be a part of it.

If you did not begin at Lisa's blog please go back there and start from the beginning. There are some amazing prizes and sponsors for this hop! Make sure you follow all the criteria to be eligible for those wonderful goodies.

For today's project...I have another picture for my bathroom...I had hoped to get it completely finished but that did not happen. I painted another frame the same color as the ones from yesterday and then created this digital image to go in the frame...I added texture, and overlays, and text to the picture. Top priority this week is to get this bathroom completely finished decorating...I really need to get back to posting more on my blog to so come back on Friday for an update...I am declaring Fridays as Finishing Friday....so every Friday from this point on I will have a post where I talk about finishing a project. First up will be the bathroom.

Here is my photo I will be putting in the frame. I also created another photo...I may consider doing this one...just not sure.

Now hop on over to Diana's blog to see her awesome summer project.
Here are the awesome prizes that are available:

The following is a list of all buzzing sites that have been so generous and are sponsoring this blog hop, Bee-utiful Summer Blog Hop, August 3rd and 4th, so follow the rules Lisa has set for BLOG CANDY!!  

Royal Prize Pack from Theresa TheScrapbooking Queen

$15.00 Gift Certificate from KaDoodle Bug Designs

$10.00 Gift Certificate from Treasure Box Designs

$20.00 Gift Certificate from Little Scraps of Heaven

$10.00 Gift Certificate from Designs on Cloud 9

Stamp Set of winners choice from Paper Sweeties

Large custom handmade keychain the winners choice 
of style and color from Chelle's Custom Designs

$15.00 Gift Certificate from Too Cute by Jessica

A gift valued at $10.00 from Lettering Delights

And here is the whole lineup:

Bee-utiful Summer Blog Hop

You are here for the Bee-utiful Summer Blog Hop. Please go to Lisa's blog to start. I cannot wait to see all of these awesome summer projects. You should have come from Sarah's blog.

I needed a Bee-utiful summer project for this blog hop. Thank goodness for these cause they help me get things done that I would like to do and help with motivation! So thank goodness for blog hops! So, I redecorated my bathroom about a year ago into a beachy themed bathroom. Well I have been meaning to add to the store bought items with some hand made ones ever since then. So here is phase 1. I will be showing you two pictures that I created to hang over the back of the toilet.

First, I sanded and painted some old picture frames, then I used Life is a Beach Cricut cartridge to cut the shells for the one frame and the light house for the other frame. I love how they turned out. Come back tomorrow to see the rest of the beachy decor in my little bathroom. 

Now hop on over to Diana's blog to see her awesome summer project.