Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Oh Look at That Mommy........

Is Spring here to stay?  It is going to be in the mid to upper 70s for the next few days.  YIPPEEE!!!

Every summer we head north to the Wisconsin State Fair. This was Jenna's first year, mind you these photos are from the Summer of 2008. 
She was so excited to see all the baby animals, the sleeping calfs are my favorite.  They were so adorable, I just wanted to take them home with me.
I used a border kit that I received in the swap I hosted on SCS.
I love all the circles on the borders, too fun!
Have a sunny day,

Monday, March 29, 2010

Paper Jewels and Critter Challenge Blog Hop


I am so excited, today  is Paper Jewels and Critter Challenge Blog Hop Day.
I know you will have a great time hopping along with both design teams.
Be sure you leave comments on all the blog hop participant blogs.

You should have came here from Kathryn's Blog.
If you need to start at the beginning, please visit the Critter Challenge Blog, here.

My name is Tracey Clark and I design for Paper Jewels
Critter Sketch Challenge Blog challenge is to use this sketch and
add jewels to your card or scrapbook layout.
I am using Red Hearts from Sweet Pea Ching-Chou Kiuks Fantasy Art Collection.
You can find these stamps at the Paper Jewels store, HERE.
She is colored and blended with watercolor pencils and I added a little bit of Stickles to her wings.
I am so in love with these images, she was alot of fun to color.  I love the way she turned out.

You have until Wednesday at 10 am EST to post your creation for the challenge.
To be eligible for prizes, you must comment on each blog in the hop and participate in the challenge.
Winners will be posted on the Critter Challenge Blog in the evening on Thursday, April, 1st.

You next stop is Moria.

One lucky winner will win some blog candy from me. 
Good Luck!
Thanks for joining our blog hop.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Riley Loves His Sock Monkey

Good Morning and Happy Sunday!
Who doesn't love Riley and his Sock Monkey?!?
I am hosting a monthly card swap on SCS, which runs till June 2010.
This is one of the cards I made  for February .
The hostess sent the image and coordinating designer paper to
 create a card for each person in the group.
Have a great week!

Friday, March 26, 2010

SMC Weekly Challenge

Good Morning!
Time for another scrapbooking challenge from Sew Many Cards Layout Design Team.
This week our challenge is Cut It Out.......cut everything by hand.
YIKES!!!!! Deep Breath.......I am a clean and simple layout kinda gal and
really had a hard time with this challenge.
For my challenge I cut my photos and image by hand, but not till I drew cutting lines, lol.
No free style cutting for me, I have to have my lines as a guide.

This week's sponsor is Hydrangea Hippo.
 Here is her blog,
You have to stop by and check it out, you will be amazed!!!
Jennifer sent the DT an awesome sponsor package this month and included was this pre-cut layout with a photo as a guide.
The layout design is called Layout Envy - Celebrate. 
Take this kit to a crop and everyone around you will be so envious of your awesome layout and how quickly you put everything together.

Hope you will join us for our challenge this week,

Teddy Stampers - Easter Card Challenge

Happy Easter from Teddy Stampers!
I want to give a big thanks and cyber hugs to the entire Teddy Stamps Design Team! 
 I have enjoyed the last few months with you and looking forward to what
 the new design team will have to share.
I will be back as our guest designer for April challenges.

The last challenge for March is to create an Easter Card using a teddy bear image.

I created this card using the pre-colored clip art from Cuddly Buddly Crafts.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

TSB Sketch Challenge

It's time for another sketch challenge at The Stamping Boutique.
Our last sketch for March is by Beckly Fleck at PageMaps.  Besure to stop by her website.
I really struggled with the tag sketch this week, I think I did ok with my design. 
I am using Audery with a birthday cupcake, she is colored with Copics and Bic Mark-It Alls, and I also added glitter pen to some of the some details on the image.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend,

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sweet Lil' Teddy Bear

Don't you just love this image?
She is a part of a clip art collection from Cuddly Buddly Crafts.
You can go here to check out their store.
I fell in love with this on-line store. 
This is the first time I have ever created with digital pre-colored clip art and it was so easy. 
I printed the image on white cardstock on a color ink jet.
That background designer paper you see...yay.....that's from the clip art package.
Way cool, huh!!!!
I was floored by how wonderful the image and background paper printed, such high quality and the details of the images are incredible.
Besure to take a look at Cuddly Buddly Craft, you wont' be sorry.

I hope you have enjoyed my post today,

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Dancing in Circles

Good Morning and Happy Sunday!
I made this card for Jenna's 5th Birthday on March 30.
She is taking ballet this year and has a favorite teddy that is dressed up in a tutu, so I know she is going to love this card.
The card is made using all scraps, including the small piece of ribbon I found in my stash.
The image is colored with Copics and Bic Mark-It Alls, I think this is an older SU! image, it is from my stash and added a little bling to the flower punches.
Have a great day,

Saturday, March 20, 2010

SMC Layout DT - Recipe Challenge

Today is the first day of Spring!!!  YAY!!!
I am looking forward to green grass, budding trees and tulips in bloom.
This week at SMC Layout Challenges we are having a recipe challenge:
Paper Clip, Staple, Newspaper and Sticky Note
I used SMC Sketch Challenge over at Paper Craft Planet, click HERE to play along. 
You have till March 28 to submitt your layout.
Here is my layout.
The post it note is sponged in pink ink and used behind the title, the paper clip is heart shaped and on the photo, I cut newspaper in a large circle and the staples are on the black lace border and hard to see in the picture.

This week's challenge is sponsored by Fox and Robbers and they provided the purple and cream diva tag I used on my layout. Be sure to stop by and check out their Etsy store.
Close up of post it note title and digi image.
Happy Saturday,

Friday, March 19, 2010

My Sweet Lil' Boy

This week has been soooo long. 
The weather in Northen Illinois is just beautiful, upper 60's and lots of sunshine. 
I have a case of Spring Fever and can't wait to get outside and soak up the sun.

A few months back my dear blogging friend, Jenny sent me some Whiff of Joy images. Thanks Jenny!!!
 I colored this handsome, young man right away, but, he got  'lost' for awhile on my crafting table.
I found him a  few weeks ago and I made this non-traditional Christmas card.
He reminds me of my son, Jon.  He is 17 and still loves to decorate the Christmas trees.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


Good Morning and Happy Thursday!
Time for The Stamping Boutique's weekly scrapbooking challenge,
hope you are ready to be inspired and play along.
This week we are featuring another fabulous sketch from Becky Fleck.
I fell in love with the sketch! You can check out Becky's website, HERE.
I am using Swinging Cynthia this week, she reminds me so much of Jenna.
The background floral paper is vellum over a piece of white cardstock.  I don't use vellum very much, but I really like the way this turned out.  Give a Woot Woot.....all of these beautiful supplies are from my stash. 
I always amaze myself with what I will find.
Close up of  Swinging Cynthia.
Happy Thursday,

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mumford and His Pie

Good Morning! 
I have not been at my crafting table for over a week.  I am having a serious case of withdrawl.
 I  came down with strep throat on Thursday, YUCK!!!! 
I spent 2 full days in bed sleepin'.  But I did catch up on about a months worth of DVR'd TV.

I made this litte card several weeks ago. 
This is Mumford from Two Scoops Rice Designs, he was a freebie back in the fall.
The card measures 4 x 4, added Stickles the the pie and some ribbon from my stash
The image is colored with Copics and Bic Mark-It Alls.
Happy Tuesday,

Monday, March 15, 2010

Happy Feet.....Happy Healing

I used a card kit last week to create all three of these cards from one kit!!!!
I have so many cards kits, I don't think I will ever get them all done.
I only had to add the black, pink and white cardstock to make all three of these cards!
I love cards kits, all the elements to create cards are at
 your fingertips, makes creating in a pinch super easy.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit,

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Feeling a Little Tipsy........

Say hello to......Tipsy McStager from Sunshine Stamps!
He is celebrating St. Patty's a wee bit early.
I colored him with colored pencils, my hubby says he looks more like a root beer.
I said he is a dark, rich, amber ale in honor of St. Patty's Day (I won, hehehe).

Enjoy your day,

Saturday, March 13, 2010

SMC Layout DT - Celebrate Your Name!!!

I am so excited about this week's Sew Many Cards Layouts Design Team challenge.
Our challenge is to create a layout and focus on a name.  I am focusing on my daugther, Jenna.
These are some photos from her dance recital in June 2009.
Last year she took a hip hop and totally loved it.

I hope you will play along with us.
HERE is the challenge blog.
Upload you layout by Thursday, March 18 at 11:59 PM EST.
Have a great day,

Friday, March 12, 2010

Teddy Stampers - UK Mother's Day Challenge

Today Teddy Stampers is celebrating Mothering Sunday (Mother's Day in the UK).
Our challenge is to create a card or project for this day.
I used one of Ildi Co. Cuddles Kuma digi images.
To play along go, here.
Here is a little history about Mothering Sunday in the UK.....

Mothering Sunday was also known as 'Refreshment Sunday', Pudding Pie Sunday (in Surrey, England) or 'Mid-Lent Sunday'. It was a day in Lent when the fasting rules were relaxed, in honour of the 'Feeding of the Five Thousand', a story in the Christian Bible. The more usual name was Mothering Sunday. No one is absolutely certain exactly how the name of Mothering Sunday began. However, one theory is that the celebration could have been adopted from a Roman spring festival celebrating Cybele, their Mother Goddess.As Christianity spread, this date was adopted by Christians. The epistle in the Book of Common Prayer for this Sunday refers to the heavenly Jerusalem as "the Mother of all us all", and this may have prompted the customs we still see today.
It is known on this date, about four hundred years ago, people made a point of visiting their nearest big church (the Mother Church). The church in which each person was baptised. Cathedrals are the 'mother church' of all other churches in an area ('diocese'). People who visited their mother church would say they had gone "a mothering."
Young British girls and boys 'in service' (maids and servants) were only allowed one day to visit their family each year. This was usually on Mothering Sunday.
Often the housekeeper or cook would allow the maids to bake a cake to take home for their mother. Sometimes a gift of eggs; or flowers from the garden (or hothouse) was allowed.

Give your mum a ring today,

Thursday, March 11, 2010

TSB - Sketch Challenge

Good Morning!
It's time for another sketch challenge over at The Stamping Boutique Challenge Blog.
This week's sketch has been provided by Becky Fleck over at Page Maps.
Please besure to check out Becky's website.

I am using Audrey's Playground Hopstoch. 

Visit The Stamping Boutique store to see what is new.
Happy Scrappin'

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Let's Have A Party!

Hope you are enjoying my scrapbook pages over the last few days. 
I am sure you know from my blog that I am a Twilight and Team Edward Fan!!
My best friend gave me a t-shirt that says...
'I can't resist a guy that SPARKLES' for my birthday'.
Go Team Edward!!!
Happy Scrappin',

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Good Times!

Let's the good time roll and the party continues!
I love the spend time with my friends, we all
get along great and have lots of laughs and so much fun together.
Here are 2 more pages for my very own Brithday scrapbook.
Everyone is having a great time and full of smiles!
Hugs to all my friends.
This is a border set I received in a swap I recently hosted on SCS.
I just had to add the cardstock and mat 2 photos.

Smile Everyday,

Monday, March 8, 2010

Say Cheese, Please!

We are still paryting, well not really. hehehehhe!
Here is another 2 page layout for my Birthday scrapbook.
It was getting later in the evening and everyone was having a really good time, wink wink:)
I love the colors of this border set, the green and
 brown look great together.
The only thing I added was the flower emblishment on the second page.

Stamp, Scap and Doodle - #30 Open Challenge

Enjoy your day,

Friday, March 5, 2010

SMC Scrapbook DT Blog Hop

SMC Blog Hop - Celebrating National Craft Month

The blog hop starts here......
you should have hopped here after visiting with Tink
your next stop is Sarabeth.

This time around the design team was challenged to use a technique on our layouts.
For my layout I used the crinkled and sanded cardstock technique to create the flower punches.
Here is the tutorial on SCS.

I am also submitting this layout for a few challenges -
Bizzy Becs - Creatalicious Challenges - #7 - 'Create a Little Something' - This is my lil something.

Close up on sanded and crinkled cardstock flowers.

Your next stop is Sarabeth, here.

Have you been inspired to get creative?
Submit your creations to Sew Many Layouts Blog using any technique highlighted by the design team.

Besure to leave some lovin' on all the Design Team blogs. 

1 random winner will be chosen, just leave a comment on all the hop blogs and display the SMC banner or challenge blog blinkie and you have a chance to win a free St. Patty's Day digi image from SMC.

1 random winner will receive a set of digis from SMC for leaving a comment on everyones blog.

Grand Prize Winner -
1 Grand Prize winner will receive an SEI Product Pack from Sew Many Cards
You must  create a project using a technique introduced to them on the hop along with an SMC image of their choice to be eligible for this Grand Prize!
Sumbit your project, here.

Happy Hoppin'

Sunshine Stamps Day!!!

It's a Sunshine Stamps kinda day!!!
Romeo is making another appearance, he is one of my favorite new images. 
I like his happy little grin and his heart is just skipping a beat.
Besure to stop by Sunshine Stamps to take a look at all the new images. 
There are so very cute and fun digis for St. Paddy's Day.

Have a great day,

Thursday, March 4, 2010

TSB - Layout Sketch Challenge

I am so excited to announce.......
 The Stamping Boutique will be having a scrapbooking sketch challenge
every Thursday on the challenge blog.
Go here for the Challenge Blog and all the details.
Our first sketch challenge is this wonderful page map created by Becky Fleck.
She has a website full of sketches and wonderful inspiration.
 You can visit her website, here.
Thanks Becky!!!!
Here is my take on the Becky's sketch. 
This is my daugther Jenna ready for her dance recital, Spring 2009.
 I just love this photo of her!
I used the Home Accents Cricut cartridge for the border and added gems.
I used 'You Pull My Heart String', used colored pencils
 and outlined the image with glitter jelly roll pens..
I hope you are inspired to play along with us this week.
You can get all the details of the challenge, here.
Happy Scrappin'

Coming Soon - National Craft Month Blog Hop at SMC

Coming Soon: National Craft Month Blog Hop
Learn a new technique or remind yourself of an old one you haven't done in awhile.
 It is National Craft Month so join in the fun!

What: Nationall Craft Month Blog Hop

When: Saturday, March 6th and Sunday, March 7th

Where: Start Hop At:

Why: The DT would like to highlight some fun Layout Techniques with you!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Hanging Out!

Hanging out and enjoying the company of good friends and good food.
Everyone is just getting settled down with a drink and taking a look a the menu.
Two more pages for my Birthday scrapbook, done! YIIPPPPEEEE!!!!!
I rec'd this border set in a swap I hosted on SCS and purple is
one my favorite color, (pink is the other)
so I thought it was fitting to use it with some of my pictures.

Have a great day,

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Full of Hot Air...

....not me the balloon, hehehehe
I am hosting a monthly card kit swap on SCS. 
Each month the hostess sends images and coordinating paper to each person in the group, then you create a card and send it out.
This is one of my card for February, I am in two different groups this time around.
Hope I made you smile today....

Monday, March 1, 2010

Party Time!

We're going to party like it's.....2010!
This year I celebrated my birthday with my awesome group of friends.
We went to Mojo's in downtown Plainfield.
This is a 2-page layout from  SU! Stamp Camp last spring. 
I added the word 'Party' and matted a few photos is coordinating cardstock.
Keep on Scrappin'