Sunday, May 31, 2009

Guest June DT Member

Let me introduce you to the Guest Design Team Member for June!

My name is Cassie Box. I am a stay at home mom of 2. A 10 year old daughter who loves everything Twilight and a Star Wars-obsessed 4 year old son. I am the President of my PTA. We live in Liberty, Missouri, which is a suburb of Kansas City. I am obsessed with scrapbooking, TV, Diet Pepsi Max, sports and Twitter. I love to clean. I enjoy making things for other people and sending Happy Mail!
I am super excited!! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

You can visit Cassie's blog, Something From Cassie and see why she was chosen to be Everything Scrappn's newest guest dt member.
Please join me in welcoming Cassie!!!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Blog Hop Winners

I'm sorry that I'm late posting this. When my daughter signed up for riding lessons I had no idea what was in store for me when it came time to show. YIKES I have been out of town (half hour away) almost all day for three days with this show. It's done and she got second in her class so I can be more attentive to my computer again. I guess I will be getting some kind of satellite internet soon.

Ok so you want to know who won? Katrina -congratulations - please send me your information at I tried to go to your blog and it wouldn't take me there.

The DT Winner was Zoa with all her great Rebellious layouts. I was so excited when I packed her order of this paper to see what she did with it. I loved this line instantly at CHA winter show. I know it is not in some peoples normal palette. I really hope that some people will try this paper now that they have seen it and I also hope that this shows how great the paper is. I know sometimes on the net it is just hard to tell.

Lastly and I will quit babbling. I was told about something new (don't know it's "Name") where I would go out to the store and video select product each week or biweekly. I am currently working on how to get my computer and my camcorder to work together for this project. As soon as I get this working I plan on starting this. If you have anything that I sell in the store that you would like to see on a video please leave a comment. Also if there is something you would like to see me work with not just what it might go well with please let me know.

Thanks to all the blog hoppers! We will have another of these soon.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Hello Blog Hoppers

Thank you so much to all that have hopped so far. The turn out has been great! You have until this evening to finish hopping if you have not finished already. I know one of the DT members had some computer problems and I was gone all day yesterday and will also be gone all day today. I will however get back at a much better time of night tonight : ) Concerts are great but you don't get in at a decent hours!

So again thanks for all your participation the cut off for comments that will go in the drawing will be midnight ET tonight. I will announce the winner in a post tomorrow! If you don't see you comment for a while I will go ahead and apologize because I will not be near the internet again until late this afternoon so I will be unable to approve comments to post until then.

Have a great one.

Thursday, May 28, 2009


I want to make checking out the Design Team fun. Today I want to have a blog hop. Check out all the Design Teams submissions come back here and comment on your favorite layout, please include the the Designer.

Why Blog Hop? - Because you could win a brass knuckles mini book kit from Rusty Pickle.

Why vote on a DT member? - Because they could win a RAK too.

Also as blog hopper you will be the first to find out that I'm so excited about the Kenny Chesney concert I'm going to tonight that I'm offering free shipping on all orders of $35.00 and above. International customers you will receive a $5.00 credit towards your shipping.








Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Giraffe Tool Caddy WINNER ANNOUNCED!!!!!

We gathered all the names of you that ordered during the Memorial Day Weekend Salebration at Everything Scrappn. Wrote them all down on little strips of paper, folded them really good, tossed them in a bowl and picked one out. Can’t you just picture exactly how it happened. I know, I know, get on with the announcement of who won this fabulous tool caddy.

And the winner is……………………………………………………………

Mickey Embleton!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats Mickey!!!! Your giraffe print tool caddy will be in the mail headed your way tomorrow. Thanks!!!!!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Cards For Heroes

This weekend I am honored to participate in the Memorial Day Cards For Heroes Blog Hop. This is a wonderful organization that collects handmade blank cards to send to our service men & women that are on active duty. It's a small thing we can do for our troops so they can stay in touch with their loved ones at home.

Heather was so kind to donate a gift certificate for me to giveaway to visitors on my blog in honor of Cards For Heroes.

The blog hop is filled with loads of gorgeous cards, heartfelt stories, & lots of prizes. I hope you will join me on the hop.

Have you placed your order at Everything Scrapp'n Store yet? With the 35% off entire order (coupon code - memorial) and the entries into to win that super chic tool tote in the post below who can resist!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend Sale with a Surprise Giveaway

Hi Ya'll, it's me Denise. Haven't been around for a while but I've returned with a super surprise. To go along with Heather's Memorial Day Weekend Sale of 35% off in the Everything Scrappn Store, I'm adding an additional incentive to spend, spend, spend. For every $20 that you spend this weekend your name will be put into a drawing for a Giraffe Print Scrapbook Tool Caddy!!!! See the pictures for how awesome looking this is and I know you'll be wanting this so bad.

Gucci just had to get in the picture, but I guess being a kitty that's ok and normal. And it's just the tool caddy you can win, not my little Gucci.

Now it's time to head off to the store and get in some major shopping. Remember, it's every $20 you spend you name goes in for the drawing, so spend $40 and you get 2 chances to win this fabulous prize. Well, what are you waiting for, stop reading and get shopping!!!!!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day Sale

This sale is good from May 22 - May 25 (remember sales are on EST)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New Doodle Bug

New Doodle Bug Cherry Jubilee is in

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New Products

Creative Imaginations Products in at the store. Remember 15% off new product for one week after they arrive. Check under
Shop By Line for these:
Holey Modern Dots
Family Tree

Sepia Scroll


Negative Strip

Notes Ledger
The item they altered is very similar to the Making Memories Desktop Organizer

I love love love this stuff! If my desk top organizer didn't have to butt up against the wall I would totally do that above alter. I'm thinking about doing that to the side of one of my cubes.

Monday, May 18, 2009

RAK WInner

Ok the winner of the RAK for viewing & commenting on the DT's submissions is #3 Kimmy! I already have your addy so I'll be sure to stick your prize in your order : )

Thanks everyone for looking at the great layouts the Design Team put in. Be sure to check back later in the month for more from them! You just never know when I might send out a freebie.

Love ya'll

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Budget Friendly Mixed Media Mini Album

Make sure you check the post prior to this on for the Design Team Inspiration Slide Show. It's fantastic.

This is my version of a mixed media album

There are several styles in stock at Everything Scrapp'n. They really are reasonably priced & make quick work of making a fantastic mini album. I've found that you can use the pages for several albums instead of having it all in one mini if you cut & add other pages yourself.
But with the economy right now I was trying to think of a way I could pull off the look with items in my scrap stash at a lower cost. Minis make wonderful gifts for family & friends. They really have that wow factor going for them. A bit more labor intensive but an option for those of us on a creative budget.

I made the pages in this mini with an overlay, felt, & faux chipboard (layered cardstock diecuts) . I think it gives the same mixed media feel for much less money. I've made several "acrylic" look albums using overlays & the Hambly are by far the most sturdy for this purpose.

I know many of you make mini albums but I'm writing this so even the beginner would feel comfortable taking on a project like this.

The way I make a mini that seems to work for me is to pick out the paper products I want to use & get the "bones" of the pages done with the photos & even journaling. Then I will start layering the embellishments. I love the look of things hanging out of traditional book boundaries. Also since the viewer is holding the book in their hands the more texture the better. I just keep going thru my embellishment stash & try to think outside the box what would work.

Supplies you will need if you want to make your own 6x6 mixed media album (I've linked them to the Everything Scrapp'n Store for you): 1 Hambly Butterfly Overlay cut in quarters; 1 Creative Imagination Holey Moley Cardstock Overlay; 1 sheet embossed felt from craft store; Chipboard for pages or kraft paper that you can layer as I did to make faux chipboard; 3 Binder Rings or Bind it All Rings; Collection of Coordination Patterned Paper - Including some that are diecut this adds interest; Several colors of Coordinating Cardstock; Ribbon & Trim; Embellishments: Bling, Clips, Buttons, Flowers, etc; Letters for Titlework; Journaling Spots/Tags; Stamps/Ink; Diecuts; Rub - Ons; (this is the perfect time to go thru your old stash of paper & embellishments... adding beads or changing things slightly can get rid of the dated look & immediatly freshen them up)

Adhesives I use: Kokoyo dot runner, PVA (a bookbinding adhesive for layering pieces of paper this is aggressive & the layers stay together), Xyron is great for shooting small things thru, a good liquid adhesive with a wide applicator, Diamond Glaze (not only does this make embellishments by adding a glassy finish but for adding embellishments you want to stay put this stuff is amazing. even on metal everything stays on the page which is important with minis that will be handled a lot or even greeting cards), glue dots (for buttons & embellishments quickly attached), foam adhesive for adding dimension & popping the embellishment up off the page. We all have our favorites so this gives you an idea what I've tried & works
The front cover is 1/4th of a 12x12 Hambly overlay. I added bling to the butterflies. Since it's a transparency I used a contrasting color pattern paper for the 2nd page to really make the green butterflies pop. Even though the transparency is sturdy I put the the Thickers titlework & the clip/tag on this page because over time they could still be a bit heavy for the transparency sheet since it was serving as the cover of the book.

Pages 1-2 With my minis I like to add narrow "pages" in between the full size pages for visual interest & it also gives me a great place to journal. As the transparency page is turned different parts of the page layout are visible so I take that into consideration. On previous minis I put actual photos on the "acrylic" pages but this time I have them in there just for the butterfly motif.
Pages 3 & 4. The blue floral diecut narrow "page" is a Quickutz border punch that was layered on Bazzill Bling. It was a make n take from Archivers last summer.... I save everything (you never know when you can find a use right) & cutting it in half here from it's original 12" long size was a perfect journaling spot. Buttons, bling & flowers add texture.
Pages 5-6 I liked using the fullsize photos of my flowers so it didn't leave me a lot of space for journaling. Having the page with just journaling gives a resting spot in an otherwise busy album.
Pages 7-8 Adding stitching to the cardstock not only helps to adhere the layers together but adds texture & subtle lines to the page. Adding the felt diecut border strip & dimensional floral stickers along with the paper flowers decorates the page while keeping with the theme. Notice the 12x12 scallop diecut paper hangs out a bit from the album for another design feature. The circular shape also helps break up the squareness of the book.

Pages 8 - 9 I adhered the orange paper to the back of the diecut scallop paper & hand cut with scissors. Adding some rub ons helped to fill in the space since I used different size photos in my collage. The heart is a Creative Imagination Journaling spot & I just did the same technique to back it so it would be pleasing on the "wrong" side. The more shapes on pages the more interest.
Pages 10-11 Repeating the same pattern papers from earlier in the book. Some of the flowers I didn't feel needed journaling so I just let the full size photos shine.
Pages 12-13 Continued with similar techniques & patterns for unity thru the book. I kept the butterfly overlay in mind when placing the embellishments as they would peak thru. Metal embellishment are a fun addition to pages.
The back cover of the mini is the embossed craft felt. Stitching it to the several layers of same shape cardstock really made for a sturdy back cover & the tactile feel in my the viewers hands adds to the minibook experience... Notice with the cover closed how the diecut scallops are not all flush in the book. That to me is a good thing. At the end is when I added the ribbons to the rings & top of the album. With the album closed I checked to see where each ribbon would end up hanging out of the top of the album. I chose according to what looked good on each page.
I hope you enjoyed this fun project I made with one of my favorite topics... flowers blooming.
The new Hambly overlays are so cute. I can see many different mini's just from the patterns on them....

This traditional black hounds tooth pattern is masculine enough & would make a wonderful father's day gift. Also available in red in the ES store.
The cute Onesies for a baby mini. This pattern comes in pink & this teal
This Vintage Patchwork pattern is perfect for the cut in quarters technique & gives you 4 different coordinating designs on one page. It's available in pink too.
Here's a grungy graph pattern that would make a great teen boy mini. It's available in several colors. I can picture using this for photos of my hubby & sons motorcycle riding
There are a couple different floral patterns in some great colors for a girly or heritage albums. Since they are available in not only pink but also white, brown & black
There are several other great patterns available in the store that are sure to get your creative juices flowing. Here's the entire section of overlays.
I hope you will give one of these super cute yet inexpensive mini albums a try. When you make one please link back to this blog... I love to ooh & ahh. I get so much creative inspiration from you all.
Have a creative weekend,

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Our First DT Presentation

I'm SO EXCITED to present you with the Design Teams work.  (I know the fireworks were awesome but since I couldn't turn off the sound I knew it would get old after a while.)

Prima Rebellious
Prima Pearl Swirl (on order)
American Craft Thicker Rainboots

Prima Crystal Swirl (on order)
Other Supplies:  
Ribbon (Prima & Vintage 1920's hand dyed silk);    Stamps (Unity Stamp Company); 
Ink (Ranger & Colorbox);     Letters (October Afternoon & American Crafts); 
Cardstock (Bazzill);    Buttons (Stash);      Brads (Heidi Swapp);  
Thread (Coats & Clarks);          Chalk (Pebbles)
I love 12x12 die cut papers.  They always make some of the best using them whole or cutting them up.  The FP Kraft line makes the perfect background.  The double border left a natural place for journaling.  Using the FP die cut bird with pop dots added subtle depth.  I had some Unity Stamps that were a perfect match for the trees on the paper.  I just stamped on Bazzill Kraft with Ranger ink & colored in with my very neglected chalk collection.  I thought the addition of the MME frame balanced out the color by bringing in more of the blue that was found in the birds wing.

Lookin' Good
Old photo of me at age 4
Fancy Pants - Rainbow
Fancy Pants - On a Whimsy Strips (out of stock)
Fancy Pants - On a Whimsy Journaling Book
Other Supplies:  (I guess I need to check the website as I'm going thru my stash to decide what to use because I thougth I had bought the Maya Road Flowers from you -- can't remember where else they came from lol)
Flowers (Maya Road); Brads & Eyelets (Heidi Swapp); Rik Rak (Target $spot); 
These types of background papers are so fun & really do a lot of the work for you as far as design.  I've found you have to be careful not to overdo it.  Cutting out part of the images to tuck things behind really adds depth & interest to an otherwise flat page.  The FP Journaling Book is fantastic & is so worth the money for anyone who loves the torn notebook page looks.  The colors & designs will be able to go with many different themes & lines of papers.  

Cosmo Cricket - Lil' Man Line

Products used:

Pink Paislee Enchanting-Adorable paper
American Crafts Backyard-Slurp paper
American Crafts Backyard-Twitter paper 
Pink Paislee Enchanting stickers from sticker book
Sassafras Lass Robotic Sweet Treats cardstock sticker
Love Elsie Forrest trinkets cardstock sticker
Making Memories Tiny alphas black & white
American Crafts Thickers Darling-Brown
My Little Shoebox Sugar High strawberry overlay
Heidi Swapp Family corner clear stampDistress Stickles-Walnut Stain
Stickles-Lime Green and Baby Blue
Making Memories color staples light

Bazzil Kraft

Bellezo Paper

Hambly Onesei

Bazzil Kraft

Bloom & Grow

Craft Fair

Products used:
Kraft cardstock paper
American Crafts Backyard-Squeak paper
American Crafts Backyard-Twitter paper
American Crafts Craft Fair-Rose McGrain paper
Hambly journaling spot rub ons-Brown
Pink Paislee Enchanting sticker book sticker
American Crafts Thickers Roller Rink-Taffy

Scrapbooking Recipes

With the holidays coming so fast we need more hours in our day. One way I've found to help is quick and easy meals. Here is one that I love to use when I have a full day.

Lazy Log Cabin Casserole:

1lb stew meat cubed
1 can of Cream of Celery
1 can of Cram of Mushroom
1 packet of Beef Onion Soup (I don't use this. I just add salt, pepper, garlic powder and dried minced onions but I'm an eye ball cook)
Toss all this in the crock pot together give it a stir put it on low and cook it for 6 - 8 hours. Home cooked meal with just a few moments prep. Put a salad bag with it and your hubby can't be upset that there isn't a home cooked meal on the table.

Do you have a quick recipe? email me