Monday, February 28, 2011

*These are a Few of My Favorite Features!* :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Hi all!!! :)

What a FUN challenge we have today! "These are a Few of My Favorite Features!"... this can be taken in sooooooo many different ways!!  Do you love your nose? Your eyebrows? Your hands? Your painted toenails? OR... is it something about your kid(s) that is your FAVE? Or what feature about your pet do you love? Whatever the feature is ... we wanna see it!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Here is what our FABULOUS DT created!! You are GOING TO LOVE all the different takes on this challenge that they came up with!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Our GDT Nathalie! Her Fave Feature is her son's funny personality!! I loveeeeeeee this!! I loveeeeeeeee the photos, the design...just GORGEOUS! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And Wendy's Fave Feature is her HANDS!! Well... sort of! lol! I will let her is what Wendy says about her layout: "I wanted to do something different than the standard features I like about myself (which are not much). If someone asks me what I like about myself, I always answer: my eyes.
But I just not wanted to scrap that. I started thinking, and I came up with my hands. I couldn't live without creating. I HAVE to create at one point. Sometimes I can go for weeks without the energy of creating, but then.... oh my, there is an overflow of creating things. It's like they pop out of my hands without stopping :D"
Can I tell you how MUCH I love this layout from Wendy? I love the photo and just the clean design!! BEAUTIFUL! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Next, we have Melissa W.! :) Her Fave Feature is her EYES!! I loveeeee the BRIGHT colors on this and that photo of Melissa!! LOVE IT!!! And here is what Melissa has to say about her layout: "My eyes have always been my best feature. Funny, when I was younger (sigh), I would get tired of hearing the, I can't hear enough of them!!" :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Next, we have Valerie and her Fave Feature is her kids FUNNY scrunchy faces!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee those photos of her kids and love love love the paint on here!!! BEAUTIFUL! :):):):):):):):):) And here is what Valerie has to say about her layout: "Anytime I ask for a picture from the kids I get the classic eyes closed and face scrunched up...scrapbook picture outtakes ;)" ... I love it! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Next, we have Amy...and her Fave Feature is her daughter's SMILE!!! I loveeeeeeeee this!! GORGEOUS photo and loveeeeeeeee the tree on here!! And here is what Amy has to say about her layout, "This is my daughter Alexandria.... I love her smile. It is like sunshine.... It brightens my day!" :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Next, we have Krista and her Fave Feature is her PERSONALITY!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee this!!! Knowing Krista, I TOTALLY agree...she is ONE AMAZING lady! I loveeeeeeeeeeee how she did this lo... I love love love the design, the flowers, the stitching!! GORGEOUS! :):):):):) :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Next, we have Erika T. and her Fave Feature is her RINGLETS!! I sooooo love love love this! I loveeeeee that photo of Erika, and loveeeeeee the distressed layers! AMAZING layout!! And here is what Erika has to say about her layout: "For years I so hated those springy curls of mine. The teasing, the name calling...but as I grew older, wiser and more confident, those curls set me apart and I embrace them as unique and my own. Ringlets ROCK!!!" :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And next, we have Michelle LR, and her Fave Feature is her Cat's FEET!!! I loveeeeeeee Michelle's take on this!! And I loveeeeeee the design and those AMAZING colors on here!!! Just WOW!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Next, we have Jenneke, and her Fave Feature is her daughter's SMILES!!! I loveeeeeeeee this Jenneke!  loveeeeee that photo and loving all the SASS on here!!! GORGEOUS SMILES INDEED! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Next, we have Isay...and her Fave Feature is her husband's EYES!  I loveeeeeeeee this so so so MUCH! I loveeeeeee the photos, the layers, the colors... WOW WOW WOW! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Next, we have Diana and her Fave Feature is her CURLY HAIR!! I am sooooooooo in LOVE with this!! The design, the heart, the twine... just *sigh-able* for sure! :):):):):):) And here is what Diana has to say about her layout: "My favorite feature is my hair, though that was not always the case. When I was a teenager with a head of inconsistent thick curls, I didn't always like my hair. It's only been in the past few years in going back-and-forth between straightening it and wearing it curly that I have learned to love my hair!" :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):) 

 Next, we have Sue's Fave Feature and its her kids HAPPY SMILES!!! I can not even tell you HOW much I love this! I loveeeeee the photos, that title, the colors... Sue is AMAZING! :):):):):):):):):) And here is what Sue has to say about her layout: "Their Happy Smiles are my favorite feature. They brighten up my days and who can deny those smiley faces anything, right? :) :)" I totally agree!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Next, we have Jeanet, and her Fave Feature is her son's personality which she describes as "ALIVE!"... I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee it!! I love love love the paint (Jeanet is my QUEEN of paint splatters!) and I loveeeeee the photos and bit of stitching!! And here is what Jeanet has to say about her layout: "Love it that Levi is so alive, always there, energetic, talking, making noise, singing, dancing." :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And now for mine!! My Fave Feature is my daughter's smile!! She seriously DOES melt MY HEART with it!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And now for our PRIZE!!!! This time we have a prize pack from Bella Blvd.!! Its their "Lovey Dovey" collection!! YAYYYYYYYYY!!! The winner will receive the line and a few trims that coordinate with this line!! I want to thank our Team Member Chris for donating this prize for us!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And there is a SECOND CHANCE to win ANOTHER prize!!! YEP! That's right...our team member Diana is hosting another giveaway for this challenge on HER BLOG... all you have to do is leave Diana a comment on her blog once you have played along and she will draw a winner from those that play along!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)  Thanks Diana for doing this! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Now its your TURN!!! We want to see your FAVE FEATURE!!! It can be a layout, a card, an altered item, a mini... whatever you want to create as long as it has to do with your FAVE FEATURE!! Please leave us a DIRECT LINK in the Mr. Linky box below by the evening of March 13th!! I will announce a winner on March 14th (which just happens to be my wedding anniversary! YAY!) :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):) Can't wait to see what you create! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Our FAVE Magazine Winner! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Hi all.....

Wanted to drop in and share our Fave Magazine Winner..... DOREEN!!!!!!! CONGRATS Doreen....please email me at and I will get your prize Nikki Sivils Prize out to you!! Thanks again to Nikki for sponsoring FAVE THINGS! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)  Here is Doreen's FUN and BEAUTIFUL layout! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Thanks to everyone that played along... this month was shorter, so not a lot of time to play along with this challenge... but we appreciate those that did play along!! Here is our slide show of our players from this challenge!!! Enjoy! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Thanks sooooo much again!! I will be back tomorrow with a brand new challenge... and the NEW Team 2 will be debuting their creations! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

*These are a Few of My Favorite Magazines!* :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Hi all....

Yayyyyyyy for our latest challenge!!! These are a Few of My Favorite Magazines!!!! I loveeeeee this one!!! Here is what our DT created for you this time! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Nathalie, our February GDT! :) She shares that her son's fave magazine is Popular Science! :):):):):) I love love love that adorable photo and loveeeeee the colors and the design! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And Hanneke took a different twist on this and altered a wine box to use as a gift holder for her Sister's FAVE home decorating magazine!! I soooooooooooooooo LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! What a CREATIVE idea!!! You ROCK Hanneke!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Michelle B's Fave Magazine is Scrapbooks Etc!!! And here is what Michelle says about her page..."I like a lot of scrapbook magazines... but Scrapbooks etc. has become my favorite over years. It's consistent... keeping the features I look forward to... the added little bits of sketches and paper piecing pages... and they always have a great tutorial. It's my go-to magazine when I'm stuck on a page. Love this magazine!"... I love love love how Michelle did this!! Loving the magazine on here... and loving the ribbons and the buttons!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

I loveeeeeeeee that Irini played along with this challenge as she says she really doesn't have a Fave Magazine... but she said if she would get any magazine at all it would be "Art Journaling" and "Somerset Studios"!!! I agree! These are AMAZING magazines!!! I love love love love love how Irini did this!! Loveeeeeeee the magazine images on here and loveeeeeeeeeeeeee that misting!!! GORGEOUS! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Diana's Fave Magazine is "NextStepU"...which is the magazine she works for!!! And here is what Diana says about her magazine: "My favorite magazine is my job! *grin* A bit of a no-brainer for me since I build these magazines. No matter what other magazines end up in my mailbox, I work tirelessly every day for NextStepU—creating a unique and timeless college, career and life skills tool for high school students. And the best part is that it's free in the guidance office for any kid that needs it. It's free online, too, through the digital e-mag. Check it out here! I'm quite proud of my more than 9 years with NextStepU!!" And I loveeeeeeeeeee her lo!! LOVING that blue wood grain and that BANNER!!! BEAUTIFUL! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Next is Debbie and her Fave Magazine is "Woman's Day!" And here is what Debbie has to say about her magazine: "This magazine goes way back for me, as I can remember growing up it was a staple in our house.  I bet you didn't know that this magazine originaly was sold in A&P grocery stores exclusively.  As a child I loved to flip through it and look at the pictures.  I love this magazine, as it is full of good recipes and decorating ideas" I love love love how Debbie did this! I loveeeeeeeee all the photos, the vintage paper girls... just AWESOME! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):) 

Next is Leanne's Fave Magazine "Scrapbook Creations!" And here is what Leanne has to say about her fave magazine: "I Love Love Love Scrapbook Creations.
This was the first ever magazine that I purchased when I started scrapping and I remember sitting there in awe of the talented women showcasing their layouts.  Never would I have dreamt that I too would be showing my layouts in that magazine" Woooooooooo hoooooooooooo Leanne! That is AWESOME!! I loveeeeeeeee her lo too... I love love love love the flowers and that butterfly! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And I love love love love love this Home Decor Magazine tag made by Jana!! Just GORGEOUS!! She is my ALTER QUEEN! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Next is Erica M's Fave Magazine "The Bark"!!! I love love love love this! Loving the COLORS and sooooooooo loving the bone and the paw!!!! BEAUTIFUL Erica! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Next is Wendy's Fave Magazine "Zoom.NL"... which is a photography magazine! I love love love this!! I loveeeeeeeeee the bright fun colors, the white space and LOVING the way she journaled!! AWESOME lo Wendy! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Next is Jolanda's Fave Magazine "Flow"...and here is what Jolanda has to say about her magazine: "
My fave magazine is FLOW, which is a very creative Dutch magazine. There´s 4 repeating sections in every edition : feel connected, live mindfully, spoil yourself and simplify your life. In order to achieve all this, every magazine always includes some great creative gadgets:  writing papers,stickers, templates,  (note)books, posters etc. etc. You can actually consume the whole magazine if you wanted to. And if you don´t  want that, there´s always the website for free downloads and tips:"  I love love love how Jolanda did this lo!! I loveeeeeeee the colors, the BLING...and loving the flowers!!! AMAZING LO! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And I love love love Misty's take on her FAVE Magazine! NONE of them! She wants them to stay in the store they come from! LOL! I loveeeeeeee it!! She doesn't like clutter, and Magazines do create she loves the ones that stay in the store! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! Awesome take on this Misty! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Andrea's Fave Magazine is..."Scrapbook & Cards today!"... I love love love this! I loveeeeeee the colors, the hearts...and LOVING that stitching on the pleated paper!!! BEAUTIFUL! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Next is Chris's Fave Magazine "Somerset Studios"!! I loveeeeeeeeeeee this! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee that butterfly...and loveeeeeeeee loveeeeeeeeeee loveeeeeeeeee that painting on here!!! WOW WOW WOW!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And last but hopefully not least (LOL!) is MY Fave Magazine!!! I am A HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP JUNKIE!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee PEOPLE magazine! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Well, there you have it!! Our FAVE MAGAZINES and now its your TURN!!! We can't wait to see what you create!! Remember... with our challenges, you can make a card, a lo, and altered item, a mini... doesn't long as it has to do with your FAVE MAGAZINE!!! Because we are in February...this challenge is going to end a little sooner... All entries must be linked to Mr. Linky by 8PM MST on February 26th, 2011 and I will announce the winner on February 27th!! And what what what what is our PRIZE this time??!?!?!?!?!?! Welllllllllllllllllllllllll...NIKKI SIVILS has been sooooooooo generous with FAVE THINGS that she is sponsoring us again!! YAY!!!! She has given us 2 sheets each of her Sugar Cookie collection and one sheet of the card stock stickers!!! Thanks Nikki!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):) (Only thing not included in the prize that is pictured below is the 6x6 mini pad! Sorry... I didn't get this one this time)

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

Monday, February 14, 2011

*Our FAVE GAME WINNER!!!* :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Hi all....

First, I want to wish everyone a VERY HAPPY VALENTINES day!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):) My four year old Brookie is having her party today, so we have been stuffing goody bags for her friends, signing cards and picking out cupcakes and cookies for the party!! YAY!! If all goes well.... Hubby is taking me out to dinner tonight... which is a RARE occasion in our house! LOL! Usually we have the kids with us! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Wanted to also announce our FAVE GAME winner..... drum roll please............................. CONGRATS to HILDE!!!!! YAYYYYYYYYY Hilde!!!! Here is her gorgeous LO! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Hilde please email me at so I can get your ColorBok paper pack out to you and also your $15.00 Gift Card to! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And here is our slide show of our players for FAVE GAME!! Thanks to all that played along... I loved all the ENTRIES! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

I will be back tomorrow with our NEW CHALLENGE... get ready....this one is FUN FUN FUN... especially if you have been published in one... *wink* :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Meet our February Guest Designer - Nathalie Leonelli!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Hi all...

I first want to apologize to Nathalie... I wanted to get this up yesterday... but I was in the Emergency Room for half the day with a gall bladder attack - next it will be surgery - sooooo my apologies to Nathalie for this! :)

But! YES! I am here to announce our February GDT Nathalie Leonelli!!!! I am sooooooo excited to have her here with us this month!! I first "met" Nathalie while she was on Nikki Sivils DT with me and she is AMAZING!!!! I loveeeeeeeee her work!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Here is what Nathalie has to say about herself!

Hi! I'm Nathalie, originally from France, I now live in the San Diego area where my husband and I are raising our two boys. What started simply as an intention to get photos out of shoeboxes has become a creative outlet (if not an obsession!) that I can't imagine not indulging in. I describe my style as mostly graphic and clean with a preference for bright colors but I like to try new things. I like to vary the size of my pages and scrap in 8.5X11 as much as in 12X12 and mix in a little 6X12. I also love to create mini albums, cards and occasionally can be found making fun paper projects for my home or as gifts. I am very excited to be your Guest designer for this month! Thank you Julie for this fun opportunity!
You can find me blogging at: 

Thanks Nathalie for joining us this month!! :):):):):):):):):):) And I want to thank Yvonne for being with us in January!!! She is AMAZING!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And don't forget... you have until tomorrow evening (the 13th) to upload your FAVE GAME creations right HERE HERE HERE!! We have had some FUNNNNNNNNNN ones come in and can't wait to see some more!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

I will be back on the 14th to announce our winner of our FAVE GAME challenge...and did you all SEE?!?!?!?!?!!?!? I did IT... I gave all the NEW DT members nick names!! HA! I did it!! LOL!!! Not the easiest thing in the world... but I did it!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Thanks for stopping by... I will see you here again on the 14th! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)