Thursday, July 14, 2011

Our winner for Fave Collection and thank you :):):):):):)

Hi everyone :)

Thanks to all that played along with our very last challenge and thank you all for your kind words on my decision to stop running FAVE THINGS! :):):) You are all the best :):):):):)

Our winner for our FAVE COLLECTION challenge is Theresa! :):):):):):):):):)

Congrats Theresa! :)  Please email me at for your prize! :):):):):)

And here is our very last slide show of all our players for our FAVE COLLECTION challenge! Thank you all for playing! I just loved all your creations! :):):):):)

Thank you all again for a wonderful and amazing two year run here on FAVE THINGS! I never in my wildest dreams would ever think that this tiny little idea I had would take off the way it did...and I owe it all to you! See you all in blog land! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

These are a Few of My Favorite Collections .....and the hardest post I have ever written...... :):):)

Hi everyone....

Today our challenge is a bitter sweet one... today, FAVE THINGS is two years old, but it is also our very last challenge.... I have decided to 'close' down shop..... This was the hardest decision I have ever had to make.  I can not even begin to thank EVERYONE involved in this challenge blog for the past two years, my past and present DT members, my Guest DT members, our sponsors, our players, Scrap Street Magazine for doing a feature article on us last year...everyone! :):):):):) Sadly though, life has gotten in the way.  It has just become too hard for me to keep up the challenges and the demand of another blog.... I hope you all understand.....

I never dreamed that this blog would become what it has been. I have truly enjoyed seeing all that have played along.... I have been touched by everyone's take on our challenges... I only hoped that me and the DT members would inspire you all to scrap about your FAVE THINGS... and I hope that we have accomplished that.....I love you all that have played along with us for the past two years....

I am going to leave this blog live for everyone to still visit and get inspiration from though... I promise not to delete it :):):):):)

We do have one last challenge for everyone to play along with! :):):):):):):)

These are a Few of My Favorite Collections!! Do you collect paper (hehehehe! I think that is most scrappers! lol!), teddy bears, dolls, vintage goodies???? Whatever you collect, we want t see it! :):):):):):):):):)

Here is what our DT created for you! :)

From Stacy, our June GDT! :):):):) Stacy collects ALPHAS!! Love it! :):):):) Here is what Stacy says about her 'collection!' "I am an alpha junkie!!!  Love those letters...any size, shape, color, style...I gotta have them!!    So speaking of alpha stickers...well that is what my favorite collection is all about.  Like I said I'm an alpha junkie, so I took a pic of SOME of my alphas.  I couldn't show you all of them or you would think I was out of my mind!!" hehehehehe...tooooo cute Stacy! :)

And Diana is sharing her son's FAVE COLLECTION...his hats!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! Here is what Diana says about her layout: "Nate loves to collect hats. And ever since he got a hat rack for his door, he's even more aware of his collection—rarely going a day without a hat on his head." :):):):):)

From Melissa, her FAVE COLLECTION is her Scrapbook papers!! lol! I can relate to that! :):):):) I just love this Melissa! :):):):):):):)

And Jenneke didn't make a layout about her FAVE COLLECTION, instead she made a layout to say "Thank you" to me... and when I saw it, the tears started pouring down my face... because not only do I loveeeeeeee this... but I also can not thank Jenneke and the rest of my team for what they have done for ME these past two years!! These girls with all my heart... they are my second family!! Thank you all...and thank you Jenneke for making this for me! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Wendy's FAVE COLLECTION is her DVD's!!! I can honestly say that me and Hubby have quite a collection of these too!! LOL!! AWESOME lo Wendy! :):):):):):)

Michelle took this challenge and went in a different direction (which I LOVE!) ... here is what Michelle says about her layout: "I went a different direction for this challenge... and made my collection a wish... if I could, I would collect every giggle... every joyful chuckle... every belly filled laugh Rainee shares... because her laughter brightens every day... and fills every moment with such delight... I can never get enough of it.".... *sigh* how BEAUTIFUL is that?!?!?!?! LOVE IT! :):):):):):):):):):):)

And Erika also made a tribute to FAVE THINGS and me!! *sigh* these girls are gonna make me cry... :):):)  Erika included the words to our theme song..."These are a Few of My Favorite Things"... I love this Erika... thank you my dearest! :):):):):):):):):):):)

And my FAVE COLLECTION is my collection of Vintage Kodak cameras! I loveeeeee them, and have them all displayed in my room! I only get Kodak ones... and I am always on the lookout for them! :):):):):):):):):)

So, even though this is our last challenge... I hope you will all play along!! I am again offering a gift certificate (for $25.00) to this time...  all you have to do is leave us a link with a card, a layout or an altered item sharing your FAVE COLLECTION! :):):):):) Your project is due by 9PM EST on July 13th...and I will be back one more time to announce our winner on July 14th! :):):):):):):)

Thanks for stopping by....and thank you all ... for everything! :):):):):):):):) 


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Winner of our Favorite Piece of Art Challenge :):):):):):):):):):)

Hi everyone! :)

Thanks to everyone that played along with our latest challenge! Just LOVED seeing what everyone made for their FAVE PIECE of ART!! Just BEAUTIFUL! :):):):):):):):):):)

Our winner today is Karen W (from Australia....I have to say that! We had two Karen W's! lol!) :):):):) CONGRATS Karen! Please email me at so that I can get your gift certificate out to you! :):):):):):):) Here is Karen's gorgeous layout! :)

And here is all of our players for this challenge! Just beautiful work everyone! Thank you for playing along with us! :):):):):):):):):)

Come back tomorrow for our latest challenge and for an important announcement! :):):):):):):):):):)

Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

These are a Few of My Favorite Pieces of Art! :):):):):):):)

Hi everyone! :):):):):)

We have a fun fun fun challenge for you today!!! These are a Few of My Favorite Pieces of Art! :):):):):):):):)  Is it Picasso? Monet? Van Gogh? Ansel Adams? Your kids? Your Grandkids? Whatever your fave piece of art...we want to see it! :):):):):):):):):)

Here is what our DT created for this challenge :):):)

From our GDT Stacy! :):):):):):):):)

Here is what Stacy says about her BEAUTIFUL layout: "My favorite piece of art!!  Well it use to be rare that I would create a piece of art, however I have been altering things a lot more recently.  So I have picked one of my recent pieces as my favorite.  I created this super fun desktop calendar for my studio!" :):):)

From Andrea :) Here is what Andrea says about her CUTE layout: "I decided to pick a piece of art my daughter made. She makes so many things at preschool that she has become my favourite artist : )" :):):)

From Chris :)  Here is what Chris says about her AMAZING layout: "Picasso's "Girl in a Mirror" has been my favorite painting ever since I first saw it as a young teenager." :):):):) 

I love this one from Erica M! Her layout is based on her Fave Piece of Art ... 'The Kiss' by Gustav Klimt! :):):):):):):)

From Debbie! :) Here is what Debbie has to say about her GORGEOUS layout: "When I was twelve years old I went on a field trip with my sixth grade class to the National Gallery Of Art in Washington, DC.  When I saw the painting of  A Girl With A Watering Can by Renoir I thought it was the most beautiful piece of art I had ever seen." :):):):):):):) 

From Jolanda :)  Here is what Jolanda says about her WOW WOW WOW layout: "These weeping eyes were made by Dutch artist Jose Botterhuis for a 2 month exhibition in the woods of Hummelo, a small town. A prefect combination of art and nature!
The work represents the deforestation of our planet and was inspired by the Weeping Woman in Tofino, Canada. I found the weeping monkey and tiny animals in an old childrens book (back in the old days, when there were still enough woods.....)" :):):):):):):)

Irini's Fave Piece of Art comes from her son! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee this!! :):):):):):):)
From Leanne :)  Here is what Leanne says about her BEAUTIFUL layout: "This layout is about all the lovely little snippets of drawings that my youngest brings me.  I have them stuck all over my office desk." :):):):)

Jana's fave piece of art is her SON!! I loveeeeeeeeeeee that!!! GORGOEUS!!! :):):):):):)

From Michelle B :)  Here is what Michelle says about her SO AWESOME mini album: "Refrigerator Art... every piece of artwork is a favorite... and because there is no way I could choose just one... I made a mini book of our refrigerator. I love every piece of artwork and every sweet note... but keeping everything up on the fridge is impossible... so right before each new season as I'm taking down the old and putting up the new, I make sure to take a photo of the fridge with all her wonderful artwork. It's one of my favorite ways to document our everyday life..." LOVE IT! :):):):):):):):)

And from me :) I chose my daughter's art as my Fave Piece of Art! :):):):):):):):)

 Our prize this time is a $25.00 Gift Certificate to one of my FAVE places...! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

So, now its your turn... you can make a card, a layout, a mini album, an altered item... as long as its about your FAVE PIECE OF ART! :):):):):):):) You have until 9PM the 28th of June to upload your project to Mr. Linky below! :):):) Can't wait to see what you create! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Our Fave Childhood Toy winner! :):):):):):):)

Hi everyone! :)

Thanks to all that shared your fave childhood toy layouts!! We just loved seeing them all! :):):):):):):):) Our winner for this challenge is MAZLINA! :)  Congrats Mazlina!! Here is her gorgeous layout! :)

Mazlina, please contact me at with your addy and I will get your prize out to you! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And also, I haven't heard from our last winner Yael :):):) Yael, please contact me also with your addy, so that I can get your information to Michelle for your prize :):):):):):):):):):)

And here is our slide show of our players from our FAVE CHILDHOOD TOY challenge!! LOVE all of these! Thanks everyone for playing along! :):):):):):):):):):):)

 I will be back tomorrow with our next challenge! Thanks for stopping by! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Our June Guest Designer Stacy Rodiguez :):):):):)

Hi everyone :):):)

Today I wanted to introduce our June Guest Designer Stacy Rodriguez! Sooooo excited she is with us this month! I love her and her style! She just amazes me! :):):):):):)

Here is what Stacy says about herself :):):)

"Hello everyone, my name is Stacy Rodriguez and i'm super excited to be a guest designer this month.  I have been scrapbooking for about 9 years now, and have been hooked from day one.  I have been with hubby for over 15 years now and love him more everyday.  Together we have a daughter who keeps us very busy and always gives my camera a workout :)  I don't really have a certain style I stick to when creating things.  It's more whatever i'm feeling at the moment, but I love to try out new techniques."

Welcome Stacy! So happy to have you here this month! :):):):):)  Also, I want to thank Anne for being our May Guest Designer!! You just AMAZE ME! :):):):):):):)

We have been loving what everyone has been making for our Fave Childhood Toy challenge! Keep them coming :):) You have until the evening of June 13th to get your entries in :):):):):):):)

Thanks so much for stopping by! We appreciate it! :):):)

Monday, May 30, 2011

These are a Few of My Favorite Childhood Toys! :):):):):):):):)

Hi everyone and Happy Memorial Day to those in the US :):):):):)

Today, before I announce our challenge, I want to take a moment and thank all of those that keep us safe on a daily basis. Thank you :)

And our challenge today is a blast from the past...or even the present if you choose! lol!! These are a Few of my Favorite Childhood Toys! Did you have a favorite toy growing up? Do you want to document your child's favorite toy right now?? Whatever it is... we want to see it :):):):):):)

Here is what our DT has created for this challenge! :)

First is Anne, our GDT with her beautiful layout! :)
Here is what Anne has to say about her layout: "My Mom took me to see the Mary Poppins movie when I was 6 or 7 years old, then bought me the record of the soundtrack.  I sang every song and danced every dance from the movie every chance I had.  That Christmas I was so thrilled when she gave me a Mary Poppins doll for Christmas.  I treasured her."

Next, we have Michelle B with her gorgeous layout documenting her daughter's fave toy! :)
Here is what Michelle says about her layout, "Rainee fell in love with doggie the moment she saw him... lots of toys have come and gone... but doggie will always be her very first favorite toy."

Next, we have this amazing layout from Erika! :)
Erika has this to say about her layout, "When I think back to my childhood, you always come to mind. That one special thing I loved to play with, to be with LOVE.

My German Shephard Deja was my favorite thing in the world. So much more than a toy...A best friend that filled my heart and was always there."

Next, we have Krista and her Favorite childhood toys were her dolls "Chatty Cathy and Samantha" ... LOVE this! :)\

Next, we have this FUN and beautiful layout from Jenneke! :)
Here is what Jenneke says about her layout, "
This is a picture of my son when he was just a little boy.
This red car was his favorite toy! Everything he did, he did on his car. Eat, play, watch tv... And of course he had to take it to his bedroom too...."
Next, we have an adorable layout from Diana documenting her son's favorite toy! Love it! :)
Here is what Diana says about her layout, "Nate has SOOO many favorite toys, but he searched for months for this penguin. After he finally found it (at Hobby Lobby, of all places), he took it everywhere with him."
Next, we have a TOTALLY AWESOME layout from Valerie! :)
Here is what Valerie says about her layout, "I have a younger brother, so while he played with He Man, I had my She Ra doll keeping the kingdom under control! She also had a really awesome outfit."
 Next, we have a FUN layout from Wendy, with her Favorite Childhood Toy Barbie! :) Love it! :)

Lastly today, we have this BEAUTIFUL layout from Melissa! :)
Here is what Melissa says about her layout, "My Cabbage Patch Kids were my favorite toy(s) growing up. Unfortunately, my Mother never saved anything, so I don't have any of them anymore. If I recall correctly, this is what my very first one looked like. My Aunt Donna (RIP) actually got me one for Christmas the very first year that they came out. She stood in line for hours and ended up getting smacked over the head with a lady's purse because she grabbed the last one! I was the happiest girl alive that Christmas morning!!!!!"
Now for our prize :):):):)

Our team member Debbie has donated the prize for this challenge ... and I think it is PERFECT for this time of year! Its the Crate Paper "School Spirit" line! :)  With school coming to a close for most kids this time of year, I think this line is just right for scrapping those last day of school photos, the school photos you took this year, the dances and graduations! :) Thanks Debbie for donating this! :)

Now its your turn! :):):):) You have until 9PM EST June 13th to link up your layout, a card, a mini, an altered item that shares your Favorite Childhood Toy! :):):):):):):):):):)

Thanks for stopping by... can't wait to see what you create! :)  ~~Julie~~ :):):):)