Sunday, February 28, 2010

Michelle's February Challenge

Hey! Its hard to believe that February is coming to an end. It's time to challenge you again. My challenge to you is to use Pink Paislee's Cupid line in a non-Valentine way. I have the hardest time scrapbooking holidays and I think that's because I am so used to scrapbooking everyday life. I find it fun and challenging to take holiday themed papers and re-purpose it. So I would love for you to show me your skills and use the line in a non-holiday way! The prize is your choice of the Bucket of Boy or Bucket of Girl embellishments from Queen & Co.I have a bunch of fun photos from Europe that I've been needing to scrap for over a year. I thought it would be fun to make a mini album using the adorable Cupid line.

I'll have more pages of my mini on my blog soon. Stop by to check it out.

My second project was to use my left over products and create a second page to my two page layout. I made the first page about two weeks ago. I mirrored the same papers and created a page about how much we love polaroids. I haven't done a two page layout in a long time and had a lot of fun doing it!I hope to see your take on my challenge. Please link your take here in the comments. Don't forget to check out what the rest of the Design Team did for this challenge too. :D

Saturday, February 27, 2010


Code Clean at check out get's you 35% off your entire order!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sale Reminder

Did you remember that there is a sale going on over at the Store

Well enter code Washington at check out to receive 40% off your entire order till Midnight the 24th


Monday, February 22, 2010

Some Great Products in the Store

I was doing a bit of shopping in the ES store & thought I would share some products that are goodies to add to your stash.

Queen & Company always does some great embellishments.  There are girl & boy buckets in stock. I love the colors of the girl bucket here.
Tim Holtz is another one that does fantastic embellishments.  I love the rich patina on his metals.  These versitile flowers can be found here.

Another Tim Holtz product that adds richness is these corners.  They look fantastic on mini albums.  Add a knob & one of those beautiful gems hanging & you will have a great look.

Speaking of mini albums.  I love to use Jenni Bowlin's bigger bingo cards as pages of my mini.  Adding a few other pages between & covering the back with patterned paper is a quick and easy way to get a fantastic looking album.  Here are some school themed cards that are perfect for our little ones doing a year in review album.

Finally look at this set of Prima Flowers... complete with glass bottles & shelf.

Have a creative day!
Hugs, Suz

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Winner & Update

January "Show the Love" Winner VIJI

February Blog Hop Winner Tabitha

Congratulations ladies!

Ok so I haven't fallen off the face of the earth! Sorry I'm late posting these. I can't seem to get to Atlanta to get my iCal updated so I can link my phone and my calendar. LOL I am that bad these days!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Hopp'n All Weekend

I love vitage valentines... I saw this one on the web & actually remember it from my childhood.  I think it's one my grandpa (the piano player) sent to me.

Since it's Valentine's weekend we're hopping a day early (but you still have all weekend to enter).  Leave a comment before you go off to see what the design team has for you this weekend.  The prize is a grab bag of 5 yards of ribbon.

We're having a great sale this weekend too... February 13th - 15th, Happy Valentine's Day! 45% off your entire order, Code: Valentines

Also we're looking for a guest designer for March.  See the newsletter post below for more details if you are interested in applying.
So the first stop on the hop is  me... Suz.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Winter CHA 2010

I've got photos to share from my time spent at the Craft & Hobby Association Convention! Suzy West of My Little Shoebox was so kind to have me join in the fun. A big thanks to Helen, Suzy, and the talented Design Team!

Day One: The Setup
I was expecting an early morning wake up, followed by lots of hard labor. I was very lucky to start at 10am. With eight women, we were able to set up in just a few hours of work, with lots of goofiness thrown in for good measure. Pattie & I were given curtain duty due to our height. I have not been to CHA from the Exhibitor side and it was a different experience.

The ladies working on the displays:
Pattie Beltrain, Erin Yamabe, and I at the finished booth (Photo by Suzy West):We did roam around on our lunch break to see what the other creative companies were doing. It was really different to see everyone setting up before hand.

Once we finished up, I rushed over to the CHA Craft SuperShow. Dan & Zena had arrived at this point so I walked quickly through the 6 rows of products. I did get a few glimpses of the new American Crafts stuff at one booth. I was completely shocked to see they already had it for sale. I picked up my very first Maya Mist-sunflower yellow and my very coveted Fiskars Apron lace border punch. I have been looking for that one for months!

Day Two: CHA!
I met Kelly and some of the talented ladies from Scrap Gal on Monday morning. It was so great to see Chez. Unfortunately, I didn't spent much time hanging out with them. Kelly & I broke off from the group to do the make & take rounds.

Kelly is so awesome, she knew that Hambly's make n take was #1 on my list. Allison had a big group of people around her making beautiful altered bangles. I layered the white & then the turquoise Doily rub ons. To seal it, they supplied Diamond Glaze from Judi Kins. While they were drying, we looked around their beautiful booth.

I'm in love with their new releases and can't wait to get them!
Layouts by Dina Wakley:
Don't you just adore all of the doilies? Some great examples using their product:
One of my highlights of the day was when Rose & the rest of Hambly realized that I almost didn't get to come, they asked why I didn't call them! The Hambly family is the sweetest. I adore the calendar I got:
After that, we stopped by the myStamp Box booth to visit Nathalie and see the new designs. Photo by Kelly Feldman.Nathalie showing some beautiful artwork she created:
I met the owner Bettina and she has started this sweet idea called The Creative Sisterhood of the Traveling Stamp Box. The idea is to pass along the stamps to another person once you have used them on a project of your own. Nathalie gave me the cute No Place Like Home stamp set for me to pass along. Keep your eyes open for that in the coming month or so!We ran into Suzy as we were walking a round and she told us that we had to check out this new company, Punky Sprouts. Their stuff seems pretty cool. They do mixed albums with acrylic, chipboard, and canvas pages. I hope they do well since its such a fun idea!

One of the lines I was most excited about to see this release was Dear Lizzy that Elizabeth Kartchner designed for American Crafts. Although I don't have a kid, I think this product line can be rocked in many other ways. I was super excited to meet Amy Tan(gerine). Photo by Kelly Feldman.
They even had a pink bike at the booth (propped up against the wall behind them).
I worked at the My Little Shoebox booth in the afternoon with so many great people.We took a lot of photo and had great quick convos between customers. Robyn Weatherspoon is such a ray of sunshine. She made me giggle constantly. Photo by Heather Brown.
I felt like I had known Heather Brown for years after just meeting her for a few hours. She is the sweetest and has the cutest kids to scrapbook! Photo by Robyn Weatherspoon.
And the end of a long, but wonderful day (photo by Norma):
I ran around the last 15 minutes of the show to see Cosmo Cricket, Maya Road, and Tattered Angels. Nathalie told me she would be teaching but I was disappointed to find that she wasn't, that Heidi Swapp was there. I was about to keep looking for Nat when I saw her sitting next to Heidi. I spent my remaining time watching Nathalie demo and have a great understanding of more cool things that you can go with the Glimmer Mist line. I'm super excited about their chalkboard release!

Since I was there with an exhibitor and I was traveling light, I didn't pick up a whole lot of free stuff. Here is a picture of the stuff I did grab while at the show:Kristi has some great photos from when she went to the show on Sunday. Be sure to check out many more details and examples here.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

February Newsletter


Okay, it is time to clean house! This means AWESOME deals for you. Enter the code during checkout in the store on the specified dates to take advantage of these sales.
February 7th - 9th, 50% off your entire order, Code: Super Bowl
February 13th - 15th, Happy Valentine's Day! 45% off your entire order, Code: Valentines
February 19th - 24th, Showing some love for our 1st President! 40% off your entire order Code: Washington
February 26th - 28th, 35% off your entire order, Code: Clean

Blog Happenings

Blog Hop, February 14th- Hop to all the Design Team Members' blogs revealing their new projects! Comment on each blog for a chance to win a ribbon bundle of 5 yards!

Pink Paislee "Cupid" Scrapping Contest, February 28th- Check out the blog and there will be a challenge posted by Design Team Member, Michelle. Participate in the challenge for a chance to win your choice of the Bucket of Boy or Bucket of Girl embellishments from Queen & Co.

My challenge to you is to use Pink Paislee's "Cupid" line in a non-Valentine way. I always have had the hardest time scrapbooking holidays and I think that's because I am so used to scrapbooking everyday life instead. I find it so fun to take holiday themed papers and re-purpose it. So show me your mad skills and use the line in a non-holiday way! Here's my example below. Thanks, MJ

The design team will be using Pink Paislee's "Cupid" line of products for this challenge. Here's a peek below of some of the goodies if you haven't had a chance to check it out yet. View the entire line of Pink Paislee's "Cupid" in the shop.

Other tid-bits:
Thanks to all the girls that joined us on the forum for our first online crop. It was a lot of fun!
Missed out? Join us on the forum at

Be on the look-out for new arrivals and upcoming goodies from CHA on our blog!

Have you ever wanted to be a guest designer?
Here is your opportunity! Apply by emailing photos of your best layout and project to by February 15th to become our March Guest Design Team Member. Also, please provide your name, blog address, forums you frequent, and any special talents you think makes you sparkle.

Guest Designer spots are only open to those residing in the US. You would be required to create 2 layouts/projects due the 14th and 2 layouts/projects due the 28th using products from Everything Scrappn. The layouts/projects due the 14th you are free to create whatever inspires you. I would love to see projects created for the current season or upcoming holidays. The layouts/projects due on the 28th will be an assigned project for a contest or challenge for our blog readers. You will receive $15 gift certificate, free shipping, and a discount for other personal shopping items you would like for the month.

Hope you all have a LOVELY month!

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