Card Sketch Jan #5

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

I am gradually getting back on track! So here is this weeks sketch/template and a couple of samples from me. Those signed up for the email notification will be sent the download link via email. If you want to sign up for the digital download links please Email me or use the sign up notification to the right to receive ALL posts by email.

I have decided to start shaking things up a little! I know a LOT of you download the template so I want to start seeing the work! Come on don't be shy! If you do a project digital or paper with the sketch just link me up in the comments to your creation or Email me and each week I will choose 2 -3 of my favorites to be featured on the blog!

Supplies: Crafty Keepsakes January Kit

Sneak peek: Di Hickman digital kit (name to be decided)


Back from CHA!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

All I can say really is WOW! I spent Sunday and Monday at the convention and I am exhausted. I think when people say CHA winter is BIG they don't really explain HOW BIG! Its not big it's HUGE! The first day we didn't manage to walk all the way round, nearly but not quite. Sunday morning I met my room-mate La Tonya who was working at the Stemma booth, we're on a couple of design teams together so got along great! (Just wanna say "Hi" to La Tonya my roomie! Had a great time with ya and I love ya to peices! Expect an email soon! I'll let ya get settled tonight then we'll start chatting again tomorrow!). I then set about introducing myself to the gals at Boxer who were awesome! Loved the booth and all the product and projects, saw my stuff displayed up on the booth which was awesome! Which reminds me I need to upload those projects! I got so wrapped up in CHA prep that I completely forgot! I then went and introduced myself to the One Heart... One Mind team. Now they had an awesome booth! The ladies were really sweet and the new line "formality" ROCKS! Seriously cute paper! Its all black and white patterned paper, with colored solids to make it POP! The new rub-ons too, and some really cute embellishements coming out too! I cannot wait to play with all that! We popped down to Scrappy Chick to see Lynette, Kara and Heidi. Was fun to see all our work being displayed on DVD, and the new Scrappy Chick papers. La Tonya and I just spent the rest of the day ooohing and ahhhing over all the other new stuff. We picked up some goodies, catalogues and hobbled back to the hotel.
Monday we got to the show around lunch. La Tonya was helping out at Stemma for an hour. We met up with Kim Hughes who is soooo cute! Loved her to bits! I also met up with Dora, Bonnie and Michelle from Scrapstreet! Its so great to finally put faces to names! We got in a couple of make'n'takes after we finished walking the floor, most of Monday was spent revisting booths we loved, chatting again with the One Heart One Mind gang who were all just sooo friendly. Love those ladies, I was bummed that I wasn't gonna meet them Tuesday for brunch but I got to meet and chat with them Sunday and Monday and that was great.
Overall CHA was an amazing experience and I'd do it all again in a heartbeat! The highlights of the weekend were meeting La Tonya and all the people from the design teams I am on! Just puutting faces to the emails and message boards. La Tonya and I hit it off right away and honestly I can hardly talk right now, my throat is so sore from chatting the night away with her! Definately fun though!

I am trying to catch up on emails (165 new emails in my inbox this morning! - YIKES!) and I am behind on my message boards. If you sent me an email or message this weekend I am getting around to it ok, might take a day or two to get fully caught up.

Card template tomorrow!



Friday, January 26, 2007

So I decided to go down and stay over, at least Sunday night, maybe Monday too. Staying with my DT buddy La Tonya. Does she know what she's letting herself in for? lol! I'm posting this today cos well doubtful I'll get chance to update tomorrow with everything I need to do preparing for a 2 - 3 day 'vacation'. I have lists and lists of stuff, and now I decided to stay over I need more stuff! Kinda shocking cos I've never been apart from the dogs since we got them, should be interesting!


Crafty Keepsakes feb kit teaser!

Well as I was publishing the last post the mail carrier came! Got my Feb kit from crafty keepsakes! Its awesome! This kit features crate paper and scenic route. This month though the kit has some awesome stuff in it! Can't wait to dig in which unfortunately will probably be AFTER the weekend now! Lots to do for CHA prep.


Boxer CHA sneak peeks

Ok time for a few Boxer Scrapbooks sneak peeks! Here are a few of the goodies being released at winter CHA! One thing I have to say about Boxer is I love how they THINK about their new lines and compare them to previous lines, and how they incorporate the colors of the older lines into the new lines so everything can be used together!

First up the new ginghams! Now I'm naturally drawn to a few things, lines, spots, dog products, and gingham. What can you say its timeless! What papers don't look good with gingham? And these colors will go with almost anything! A great staple for the whole of the Boxer line!

Big news for me! New dog papers! Love me some dog products! It is what initially drew me into Boxer products! These look awesome with Black gingham papers (see above!) and they co-ordinate well with papers from previous lines too (like the black/white spotted paper) AND not only that they match the ribbons Boxer released in Novemeber! And black and white! Heck these were MEANT for ME!

Next up: Vroom! Loving these! So cute! And one of the new stamp sets!!! I am definately gonna be using this stamp set at some point on my bike pages! Awesome! And these colors again go great with the blue gingham papers (above!) or the existing Dino line!

Now this line is cute for all those with young kids! What kid doesn't have a trike? Love that this paper comes in bright or pastel colors. I do again love the stamps! Loving the stamps lately, and Boxers are awesome! Now I need to borrow someones kid and a trike so I can use the pretty papers! lol!

More to come!!! I'll be posting more sneak peeks and projects soon!


So today it really hits me...

Thursday, January 25, 2007

I'm going to CHA! Wow! I've known for 10 days but today its like "Wow its THIS Sunday!" holy cow! I am so not prepared! Everyone is offering advice etc and I'm looking through message board posts for hints and tips! Today I went shopping. Got some ink for the printer for doing my portfolio etc (yes I am THAT behind). Picked up a badge holder which I plan to decorate in some way (y'know in my spare time?). Got some water, mints, snacks and stuff for the journey. Printed off directions, and maps of the convention center, apparantly it only takes an hour and 13 minutes! Yeah plus the horrendous LA traffic! I doubt Sunday will be bad first thing in the morning but NOT looking forward to the weekdays, plus coming back is always a nightmare cos of Disney traffic. So yeah, you know, doing all the essential stuff I should have done LAST WEEK! Did I mention its THREE DAYS AWAY! I guess the good news is that once I go to CHA I will no longer be a newbie to it all and I can offer advice and words of wisdom to others going for the first time?

I'm rambling aren't I? yep its a rambling post! Yikes! Ok tomorrow I'll be updating with CHA Boxer stuff, promise! Got a little sidetracked the last couple of days!

On a lighter note email subsribers will be happy to know that I am working on little something for you hopefully coming at the weekend!


Card Sketch Jan #4

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

This sketch is a little more detailed than some of the recent ones but remember that its just a starting point! Take it and run with it! I have included the digi template available for this week only - download here.

PLEASE NOTE: all digital downloads will now be exclusive to my blog mailing list! To get on this list use the sign up to the right to receive blog updates by email, you will automatically be included for the digital downloads. This includes: weekly card templates, monthly layout Templates, quick pages, kit freebies and more!

Card Supplies: paper = 3 bugs in a rug; cardstock = DCWV; stamp = EK success; Flowers = Prima; brads = Queen & Co; Rub-on (stitching) = DCWV

Have fun with the sketch!


Sign ups now available!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

With the help of Julie Ann I have finally figured out the email notification thing! So sign ups are now live to get blog updates right to your email account! Pretty nifty huh? I'm in the process of adding more stuff, planning more things and generally revamping everything.

New card sketch will be posted tomorrow! Sometime this week I'll also be sharing Boxer projects for CHA. Talking of CHA, my prep is going well! I've decided to go definately on Sunday, and possibly on Tuesday. Not looking forward to driving down in the week but I guess that will all depend on if I get everything that I want done on Sunday (doubtful).

Currently I am working on: a valentine/love digi kit for Imagine Create Scrap!, just putting the final touches to it; Design team and newsletter projects for Treasures to Scrap, Februarys sponsor is Piggy Tales (paper) and Nitwit Collections (digital); Crafty Keepsakes February kit is on its way and features papers from Crate paper and Scenic route, I've seen the kit preview and it looks awesome; Scrapstreet issued their assignment for the March ezine so I have that on my to-do list also!

Happy scrapping!


Yay the new blog is up!

Monday, January 22, 2007

So I've been working on moving the spot-oncreations blog to its new home! And here it is! So update your links, bookmarks etc. I have included a handy dandy little feedburner link over there in the sidebar so you can subscribe through the feed of your choice! Go click it for me see if it works! Also I will (hopefully) be adding an email option so you can get the posts emailed directly to you! Nifty huh? This is assuming I can get everything to work! Darn coding isn't easy!

So what else am I up to? Well I finally put away all my Boxer scrapbooks stuff yesterday! That took a while but its all safely stored away in its own (big) drawer. I really need to have a big purge soon! I still have a box of stuff I need to give to the Toones. Guess now I can add more to it! This morning I sent off my projects for Boxer to display at CHA, should have sneak peaks coming on the blog soon! And yes I am gearing up for CHA! I bought a new pair of pants this morning, still looking for some comfy slightly dressy shoes. Maybe I'll wear my sneakers? I'm trying to go comfy, smart casual, but a little edgy. The new pants rock! I got them on sale too dirt cheap! (no Zoe they didn't have them in your size, in fact I got the last pair!). Currently I am working on some DT newsletter stuff for February as well as getting ready for CHA. This week is gonna go by REAL quick!


My Digital Muse - review

This month at Treasures to Scrap we got spoiled by having TWO digital sponsors! Rina Kroes who I reviewed earlier this month and My Digital Muse. The sponsor was Holly McCaig of My Digital Muse and she sent us this kit "Junk Trunk" which is a team collaboration from all the designers at My Digital Muse! Designers featured in this kit include: Holly McCaig, Kimberly Geswein, KristyAnn Designs, Nancy Comelab, Shannon Lee Designs, and Toni Berman. Let me tell you these gals did a GREAT job! I totally loved this kit. Usually when we don't get to choose our kits I struggle a lot as the kit may not be to my tastes or designs but this kit ROCKS! It has kraft colored papers and browns which are a staple in any scrapbookers arsenal whether digital or paper! The great thing about this kit I loved was the office supplies! The tape, library cards, journalling cards and a message board. Heck they even included a font!

One of my goals for 2007 is to take more photo's. I kicked this off with a photo-a-day challenge and hope to continue this the whole year. I LOVED this kit for documenting those photo's! The everyday photo's! Lets face it what photo isn't going to mesh with these colors? You can never go wrong with Kraft color cardstock! I loved the date 'stamps' and the "from the desk of" stamp! The messy paint effect splotches were the great touch for adding the year, just to make it POP! Of course I had to use the journalling cards! Oh my how I loved these! I've got the autumn leaves journalling stamps and these digital cards just remind me of those, but more edgy.

For my second layout I went with a photo of Bob on his bike. I love the photo (I took it so slightly bias!) and thought it went well with the kit. Makes the green pop! Again not much journalling is needed on this, I'm documenting the photo, date, and location. All I added was the stencil font everything else is in the kit!
I have to say that hands down this kit is one I am going to use LOTS! The journalling cards and kraft papers alone are going to get LOTS of use! Thanks Holly McCaig and all at My Digital Muse! Great kit!


and I'm done!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

With projects for CHA that is! Finally finished up the last layout today for Boxer scrapbooks. Now I gotta get them labelled and packaged. I also need to decide WHEN I'm going to CHA. Moving onto designing business cards and portfolio and all that fun stuff! I also need to decide on shoes and clothing, bag etc.

keep ya posted!


Winterfest Crop at ICS!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Its time for the winterfest crop at imagine create scrap! Lots of fun things happening this weekend! The crop starts Friday 19th January at 12pm pacific and runs right through the weekend! There are challenges, games and lots of fun to be had... including PRIZES! Whoohoo! I'll be kicking off the challenges with a digital template challenge (or sketch for the paper scrappers). This is the template for challenge

Link for downloading the digital template:- ICS template

If you take part in the challenge at Imagine Create Scrap you can win one of my winter digital kits! Either "Let it Snow" or "A Vintage Christmas!". To take part and be in with a chance of winning either of these kits come to Imagine Create Scrap! and sign up, upload your layout and join in the fun!!!


Card Sketch Jan #3

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

This weeks card sketch is a nice simple one, remember a sketch can be followed exactly or used as a starting point, adding your own personal touches to it!

Patterned paper = 3 bugs in a rug

Please link me up with the cards you've made in the comments, I'd love to see them!

Starting from this week I will also be including a digital template of the sketch in .psd format as I'm creating the sketches in photoshop its seems fairly logical to offer the .psd for those digi cardmakers :) this weeks card template: link expired


Its a happy mail day!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The UPS truck came at 11.30 and dropped off a box of Boxer goodies! Oh my! That box was HEAVING! I think I about fainted! I'm still digging through it... slowly. Tons of papers (including some new ones!), embellishments, ribbon, stickers, alpha's... and stamps! I feel like I won the lottery or something today! Can't show you anything, but I am wondering where the heck I am gonna store all this! I'm thinking Boxer are gonna be needing their own storage area in here!
I also need to figure out a loose ribbon storage

Still excited about going to CHA! Trying to decide when, which day(s), and what to wear, what to take etc. I think yesterday I was TOO excited and it didn't sink in that I was actually able to go! Now I need to knuckle down and PLAN!

If anyone needs me I'll be knee deep in supplies trying to reorganise or I'll be buried in planning for CHA!


Doing the CHA CHA CHA!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Yep I dancing! Why? I am going to CHA Anaheim! For those not in the scrapbook world that is the craft and hobby association winter trade show! I had been wanting to go for a while but the opportunity just wasn't coming up, and my work is being displayed at THREE booths this year so I figured even if *I* didn't make it, my projects did! Then this morning I get the opportunity to go with one of my design teams! Kimber at Imagine Create Scrap - I love ya gal! You've made my day! Now the show runs from 28th- 31st January so I have 12 days to prepare! Not sure which days I am going yet or how I am getting there but hey I am going! Now I need to go make business cards, a portfolio, probably a small flier, make a list of things to take, get some comfy shoes, and read up on the exhibitors and make a game plan! Yep gonna be a busy 12 days! Plus I need to decide what to wear? Yikes!

Of course all this comes at a price! I doubt very much I'll be entering HOF this year. Unless I get so inspired after CHA that I knock out all of the layouts in the first week of February! Doubtful huh? Anyway this year has already been so freakin awesome, getting my manufacturer DTs and now CHA! How lucky am I?

And to my pal Nancy! Yes I will take pics! Yes I will pop by the SEI booth and fondle the papers for ya! What are friends for?


Review: Cosmo Cricket

Sunday, January 14, 2007

This months paper sponsor at Treasures to Scrap is Cosmo Cricket! I'd been eyeing up their papers for a while and when I heard they were Januarys sponsor I was over the moon! I just love the papers! Initially I will admit to being a little overwhelmed by the distressed look but once you get over the shock of being out your 'box' its quite inspiring! We received the whole Wonderland collection to work with this month! Which includes the double sided cardstock papers, tags, rub-ons and a little mini album (more of that later!). Cosmo Cricket were VERY generous sponsors!
As I don't have that many christmas photo's I was a little intimidated by the theme but I went with it, dove into my photo stash and found some pics that would work. The first layout I did was "jolly", with a photo of me as a child. I worked with it, but I am just not a shabby scrapbooker so the distressed papers threw me out my usual style and I struggled a little. Until I found I found my groove!
This second layout is one I love! I am totally drawn to stripes and spots, more geometric patterns and the simple/clean layouts. I cut apart the paper (something I am doing a lot lately!) and used it as an accent. I think it shows how these papers can work for ALL styles not just the shabby style.
As I said part of the pack included a little 'bitty album' which is totally adorable! It comes flat on a 12x12 sheet and 'pops' out. The sheet also includes some tabs and accent peices. At first I was dumbstruck, what the heck could I use this for? Then I thought about something Bob had said about us maybe going on a little skiing trip sometime soon and I thought hey why not do a mini journal? Sounds good? I left some spaces for journalling or photo's and I totally LOVE IT! We have no firm plans for skiing... yet! But I am ready!
Over the holidays I was in a total altering phase, and this next project came from that phase! Its an altered Pringles tube! Now this could have MANY uses, a gift box, a box to store christmas momento's but it could also be a cool way to store decorations! Think tree baubles! What a great storage idea? I thought so anyway!
Ok and what review wouldn't be complete without cards! I love the vintage feel to these cards, definately this line makes beautiful cards! The first card was featured in the pagemaps November Newsletter as its based on a sketch by Becky Fleck. Love the rich colors in these papers! They really make projects POP!

(The above cards are based on sketches by Linne Faulk Sketches.)

I loved working with Cosmo Cricket products this month for Treasures to Scrap! Definately got me thinking out of my box, and got me scrapping photo's I was putting off and putting off! I have to say my favorite thing was the little album! Its just so cute! Once I got over my fear of "uh oh its all distressed and shabby I can't scrap like that!" I loved the product! It made me realise that just because a paper line is distressed doesn't mean you can't use it on simple and clean projects! Its just a matter of finding the right way to use those papers for you!

Thanks Cosmo Cricket for being such a great sponsor!!! For more projects and ideas see our Cosmo Cricket sponsor gallery at Treasures to Scrap!


Vintage Christmas

Saturday, January 13, 2007

This is the first of my kits for Imagine Create Scrap! Its called A Vintage Christmas, featuring the traditional colors of red, green and gold!

Kit Contents: 8 patterned papers; 1 Gold scallop edged cardstock; 3 solid; cardstock; 3 photo anchors; 3 brads; 3 sets of embossed photo corners; 3 embossed vellum window tabs; 5 ribbons; 6 stitching; 1 Full alphabet, numbers and punctuation.

All background papers are saved as 300 dpi JPEG files and are 12X12 in size. All elements are saved as individual PNG files with a transparent background.

The kit is $5.00 and you can purchase it NOW at the ICS digital store


Digital Kit for MFS

Friday, January 12, 2007

This weekend is the online crop at Memories from Scrap! My friend Lucy is the owner and asked me if I'd do a digital kit for the crop, naturally I said yes!!! So here it is the MFS digi kit!

Download links:
Papers 1
Papers 2
embellishments here

You should drop by memories from scrap this weekend! Tons of games, challenges and prizes too! Should be a ton of fun!



Crafty Keepsakes - January Kit

Thursday, January 11, 2007

This months kit from Crafty Keepsakes is called "No Limits!" and it's awesome! Love the colors of this kit perfect for masculine pages, and its JAM PACKED! Seriously fun papers and embellishments! Love all the Heidi Swap goodies!!! Plus piggy tales and 3 bugs! And the maya road ribbon, wow! How can you NOT want to play with this! Get yours here!

Kit Includes:
5 Piggy Tales Little Boy Blue Papers
3 Three Bug's Maverick Papers
20 Bazzill Light Blue Mini Brads
7 Bazzill Typhoon 10mm Brads
4 Bazzill Really Big Walnut Brads
4 Heidi Swapp File Folders
1 Scenic Route "Play Hard" Rub-ons
14 Heidi Swapp Circle Clips Brown
2 Sheets Each Style of Heidi Swapp Journal Spots
1 Heidi Swapp Newsprint Chipboard Alphas Brown
1 Piggy Tales Coordinating Tag Die Cut Sheet
1 Sheet Bottle-cap stickers
2 Maya Road Ribbons 1 Yard Each
1 Brown with Circles Designer Ribbon 1 Yard

all for just $29.99!!!

Here are a couple of layouts I did with the kit, I have already done a couple of cards which I posted earlier this month (see the card sketches earlier this month). The first layout "determined" is loosely based on a sketch by Lucy Chesna (scrapperqueen) who is the forum director at Crafty Keepsakes. She gave us a sketch to work with for the newsletter. The second layout "Focus" was inspired by Ali Edwards newsletter. I blogged about my inspiration word for 2007 being Focus and wanted to do a layout about it so there it is! The journalling is inside the file folder. Did you notice too... the journalling on both is HAND WRITTEN! Go me!


Holy Toots Batman!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Today was a good day! First I get a phonecall from Angie at Boxer Scrapbooks saying I made the design team!!! Oh how happy was I? TOTALLY!!! Smiling the whole time whilst trying to carry on a conversation is not easy y'know!!! and then.... Later this morning... I get an email from One Heart... One Mind asking me to join their team! Which I am honored! I loved my projects!

I applied for 2 manufacturers and made both! HOLY COW!!! I totally didn't expect that! I need to go get some chamomile tea or something I AM HYPED!



Card Sketch Jan #2

With the hubbub of toots today I nearly forgot to post my card sketch! Basic one this week, lots of room to make it your own! I chose to get a head on start on some upcoming cards and did one for fathers day! The rub-on fit the colors of card perfectly so HAD to use it!!!

Paper and circle tag are by Piggy Tales, part of the Jan Kit from Crafty Keepsakes.

Plus for those that are missing my Mums cards from my sketches she's feeling MUCH better and will be back on the blog as of next week! Yay!


Rina Kroes - Review

Monday, January 8, 2007

One of this months digital sponsors at Treasures to Scrap is Rina Kroes. Her digital kits are available at Scrapbook Elements. She has tons of kits to choose from with a variety of themes, I was spoilt for choice! In the end I chose the Remembrance kit.
The Remembrance kit is stunning! Love the soft colors and the vintage feel to this kit, the papers are just beautiful! And such unique embellishments! From the pipe and glasses to the pen! I can't get enough of this kit!

My first layout with this kit is "Lillian". I knew this kit was screaming for vintage photographs and I had this one of my grandmother that was waiting to be scrapped Loved the beaded pins and the floral papers.

The second layout I did with this kit I chose to combine with Misty Cato's template challenge at Treasures to Scrap. I'd missed doing Decembers so I wanted to get right back on track! I'd done a layout of blues and beige so I chose the browns and greens on this one!
The Frames in this kit and embellishment are just stunning! Loved the ribbon slide (must have cos I used it on both layouts!) and the wordart is beautiful! All round a GREAT kit especially for vintage photos!

On top of all that Rina is sponsoring a fabulous contest at TTS this month! The digi do-over contest! Awesome stuff! Thanks Rina!


Five weeks...

Saturday, January 6, 2007

till HOF entries are due! I have done NOTHING! Apart from a little planning. 10 layouts by Feb 13th, can I still do it? I said I would didn't I? Time just got away from me y'know. Five weeks. It IS still possible that I can get my entry in. My reasons for doing HOF are purely for the sake of I can say I tried, I entered. More of a personal goal to enter rather than any hopes of winning. I just want to say I did it! Five weeks... thats two projects a week! I should be able to manage that! I did 8 projects this week! Plus I always say I work better with a deadline!

Its not over till the fat lady sings!!!

Currently working on: DT projects for Treasures to Scrap and Crafty Keepsakes.
Projects completed today: I just finished up some embellishments for the March DT collaboration kit for Scrapstreet! Totally back in the digi zone! Off to create some more stuff!


To do lists and focus!

Friday, January 5, 2007

Its getting smaller! yay! I still have TONS of work to do but the list IS shrinking and that is the main thing! Today I am working on some digital stuff, mostly kit making but we'll see where it leads me. I got a digital layout done yesterday (will share on the 7th) along with a few other projects. I sent my Boxer entry in, and the remaining cards I made that didn't make my entry I submitted to Ready Set Create and they got picked up for the Feb/Mar issue! Yay! I also got 3 cards and 1 layout picked up by scrapstreet this week! All good!

I got my Aezine from Ali Edwards in my inbox this week. In the newsletter she asked us all to pick a word to focus on throughout 2007.

Since I received the newsletter I've been thinking about it and wow I have so many words to choose from, so much I want to DO this year, so much I want to TRY, yet remain BALANCED. I want to CREATE more, not just scrapbooking but photography and other crafts. I want to CHALLENGE myself to TRY new things and experiences. I want to get ORGANISED and have a tidy environment. To do all that I need to FOCUS! Focus on the NOW. So my chosen word is Focus. I have so much I want to acheive in 2007 I need to focus on one thing at a time, not get side-tracked and plan my steps to acheive that goal! Focus!
Thanks Ali! Great newsletter!


Treasures to Scrap - competitions etc!!!

Thursday, January 4, 2007

January is JAM PACKED at Treasures to Scrap! We have so much going on the New Year!!! Firstly there is the January newsletter! Lots of great eye candy and info! Go check it out here. And remember to sign up to receive the newsletter right to your email! Promise its full of good stuff! We have our brand new challenge/game for January where you can win a place as our Guest Designer for February!!! So come join in the fun!

The paper sponsor this month is Cosmo Cricket!!! I'll be uploading my layouts later this month! They were VERY VERY generous sponsors! Thanks Cosmo Cricket!! They are also sponsoring our paper contest this month. This one is going to be easy... Make any layout or project using Cosmo Cricket products, post them in the TTS gallery and link that layout or project to this thread. All layouts of projects need to be new to the web, and TTS. you may share them elsewhere on the web but, they need to be done new this month!!!We will judge at the end for our favorite project on the 31st of January and the winner will recieve the Winter Wonderland Collection from Cosmo Cricket!!!!

The newsletter also features the latest January TTS page kits! Awesome stuff! For layouts using the latest kits see our kit pages gallery, plus the newsletter.

This month at TTS we have TWO digital sponsors! How awesome is that? The first Rina Kroes has beautiful kits and she is hosting a competition at TTS!!!
Rina is also chatting up a storm with us tonight at 9pm EST or 6pm PST! So come join in the fun!!! Our chat room is open all the time so stop by!

Our second digital sponsor this month is Holly McCraig, just got her beautiful kit and OH MY! Loving this one! right up my alley! look for digital layouts and reviews later in the month!

As always the awesome Misty Cato has provided us a digital challenge with another freebie template! LOVING Mistys template challenge! These are a staple in my digi work now! I can't beleive I took so long to jump on these! They make digi work a SNAP! So go download it here, upload a layout to TTS and Misty will email you a sampler from one of her kits!!! I think this months is One Copper Penny! A great sampler for vintage photos!!!
Like I said the TTS newsletter is PACKED! Go sign up! What are you waiting for?


She's baaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!!

Yesterday was a happy happy day! Why? Well my scrapbooking idol Cathy Zeilske resumed blogging! YAY! Yep can't begin to tell ya how happy its made me, and other CZ fans! Cathy you were missed girl!

Not much else to say other than I emailed in my Boxer Scrapbooks DT entry today (finger crossing commences). Clearing off the old scraptable and I am moving on to some digital stuff for a few days. Also still working on updating the blog, keep ya posted on that!


Card Sketch Jan #1

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

The first sketch of the New Year! This one is a little different to normal. I'm working on lots of things right now, and getting sketches OUT the notebook and INTO the computer is one of them! I have photoshop on my laptop now so that should help! Lots of room for personal interpretation on this one!

Card below features product from Crafty keepsakes Jan kit

On a downside no card from Mum this week :( she's been ill with a flu bug since Boxing day. Poor thing is not well at all, so I gave her the week off! Hopefully she'll pick up soon! Get better soon Mum!


December Round-Up!

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
SS better photo's for your scrapbook, CK Jan, The Smiths "songs that saved your life" (not finished yet).

What movies and/or tv shows did I watch this month?
tv: QI, greys, supernatural, house, Torchwood, Dr Who
movies: underworld (again); over the hedge; Happy Feet

What special days did I celebrate and how?
16th Dec - My birthday! 35 years old! Shopping for bike gear, natural cafe for lunch, Kohinoor for dinner. Scrap shopping on the 17th. cards/Money bob got me smiths book, CD holder and graphics tablet. Plus my yamaha TTR 125e

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
eye test revealed I am slightly short sighted, so recommends to wear glasses for driving and watching movies etc; had lump removed from my left eyebrow, and a mole zapped off my right cheek. 4 stitches in my eyebrow.

What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family?
DIRTBIKING! Yeah! Went out on the 20th and 28th. My first time ever! Loved it!

What new foods, recipes or restaurants did I try this month?:
no new foods or restaurants that I can recall

What special or unusual purchases did I make?
new paper trimmer (fiskars); HS embellishment pack; Set of stamps

What were this month’s disappointments?
I don't think we really had any. Xmas day was a washout as it was just the two of us in the end. Which was ok, just very quiet compared to the previous few years when we've had family visitng.

What were my accomplishments this month?
card in the Becky Fleck pagemaps Dec newsletter. Finalist:- One Heart One mind DT, Boxer DT. Digital kit designer for ICS! Couple of things picked up by Scrapstreet and Ready Set Create! What a great month!

Anything else noteworthy to record?
working on goals and marketing plan for 2007, so much I want to do I am needing to slow myself down and plan everything.

Back up photo's from Dec - DONE! Yes! I backed up ALL my photo's from 2005 + 2006, this will now be a monthly goal!

Set goals for Jan: My main goal is to get back up to date with DT projects! I also want to sort my photo's by theme easier for scrapping.

Back up blog from Dec - ongoing, will update when done! I plan on printing out paper copies of the blog and using it as a journal of sorts.

Do your own monthly round-up with the prompts from Katie the round-up gal!


will I break it?

Ok I'll be tweaking, playing and changing my blog over the next week so if for some reason it all goes wrong bear with me! Trying out a new template etc over the next day or two. Adding some features etc.
Most likely I WILL break it at some point! lol!


To Infinity and Beyond!

Monday, January 1, 2007

2006 has been such a great year! A year filled with changes, growth and discovery. A year which I really am not sure if I can top. That said, I set goals last year so I shall do the same this year. The problem with me is I want to acheive so much in so many area's of my life its hard to focus. So I am setting my scrapping goals here. For 2007 I would like to:
  • focus more on paper publications, with a goal of getting published in paper magazine again
  • challenge myself more
  • create daily
  • write more articles
  • create at least 15 digital kits
  • get on a manufacturer design team
  • define my style
  • enter HOF or MMM or other BIG competition
  • finish my marketing course and ACT on it
  • get my resume site done
Ok those are my goals for year. If you know me you know I am organised and a planner, I love lists. I like babystepping and planning to acheive these goals. So I make monthly goals. For January I want to:
  • complete my Boxer DT finalist entry
  • get caught up on DT stuff
  • reorganise all my 2005/2006 photos to themes
  • 1 photo a day
  • 1 project a day (even if I can't always share it)