Monday, March 30, 2009

:FIVE FAVES: Fluttering Butterflies...

I don't know about you, but I'm certainly ready for spring.

One sure sign of spring is butterflies and they're certainly no shortage of options if you want to bring these lovely little critters into your crafting!

1) Blossoms & Butterflies 12X12 Stack By Die Cuts w/ a View
This isn't your 'old' DCWV stack...they've really stepped things up with their newer 'deluxe' stacks. Yes, there are fewer sheets in a stack, but the quality is definitely worth the price. The patterns are beautiful and many include glitter and foil embellishment.
2) Butterfly 4x4 Die Cut Shape By Quickutz
A great way to add some sweet butterflies to any creation - if you own a Quickutz, you can't go wrong with this shape!

3) Flower Patch Clear Stamp Butterfly Mini By Making Memories
Endlessly versatile, these clear stamps will add the perfect amount of flutter to your next project!

This unique shadow effect on wood grain only adds to the sense of nature on this great patterned paper from Making Memories.

5) Butterflies & Hearts Classic Stickers By Sticko
Bright colors, teeny hearts and little flowers make for an adorable set of stickers!

To see even more great butterfly crafting options, check out this link.

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

:DAILY INSPIRATIONS: March Prize Drawing Coming Soon!

I hope you have been finding some scrappy inspiration in the FREE MARCH 2009 DAILY INSPIRATIONS!! (If you missed the original post, simply click the link to download your copy.)

Remember, for every challenge you complete, you earn yourself a chance to win the March Daily Inspirations prize - the complete Cosmo Cricket Get Happy Crafting Kit!! You only need one layout for a chance to win, but the more you complete, the better your chances!!


  • Layouts must be new and created for this challenge.
  • Upload to your favorite online gallery and leave a link in the comments of the corresponding Daily Inspirations announcement post. A link back to AMOM's Daily Inspirations in your gallery posting would be greatly appreciated, although not required to win. If you do not upload to online galleries, you may email your entry to me at (images should be 100K or less, please).
  • In comment link or email, please include your name, email and challenge square used for the entry.
  • Entries are due by the 5th of the following month. For example, March entries are due by April 5th.
  • Challenge squares may be combined onto one layout if you wish, but only one chance will be given per layout entry. The more challenge squares you complete, the more chances you have to win!
  • A random drawing will be conducted to determine the monthly winner and will be notified by email as well as being announced on the blog.

The April 2009 Daily Inspirations and monthly prize will be posted soon.


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Saturday, March 28, 2009

:MEMORYWORKS EXPRESS: April 2009 Kit - "Vintage Memories"

Go back in time to those carefree days of childhood with the April 2009 MemoryWorks Express kit...

Bring back those sentimental days when life was simple and free with the beautiful April kit! You're sure to love the soft and easy colors and designs. This collection will help you to create your most colorful collection of cheerful memories yet!

Patterned Paper
{1} 12x12 Flower Patch - Large Floral (Making Memories)
{1} 12x12 Wild Raspberry - Glittered Flowers & Butterflies (K & Company)
{1} 6x12 Wild Raspberry - Foil Flower Swirl (K & Company)
{1} 12x12 Vintage Yummy -Memory Lane (Sassafrass Lass)
{1} 12x12 Penny Lane -Tiny Dancer Notebook Doodle (My Minds Eye)
{1} 12x12 Lullaby - Heart to Heart (Dream Street)
{1} 12x12 Victoria Label - Die-cut Paper (Jenni Bowlin)

Solid Cardstock
{1} 12x12 Sugar Cream (Prism)
{1} 12x 12 Frosted Yellow (Prism)
{1} 12x12 Blush Red Light (Prism)
{1} 12x12 Island Mist Light (Prism)

{4} 2.5 x 4.5 Wild Raspberry Tags (K & Company)
{4} Wild Raspberry Glitter Layered Floral Accents (K & Company)
{6} Wild Raspberry Glitter Die-Cut Acetate (K & Company)
{4} Cut N Paste Baubles (K & Company)
{3} Pearl Brads (Creative Imaginations)
{3} Vintage Pearl Pins (Maya Road)
{2} Textured Cord Blossoms (Maya Road)
{1} 3x6 Tiny Dancer "Plie" Small Accessory (My Minds Eye)
{1} 4x12 Ledger Journaling Tape (Collage Press)
{1} 6x12 Swimming Pool Sweet Alphas (Doodlebug Designs)
{1} Yard 3/8" Coral Dot Ribbon (Bo Bunny Press)
{1} 18" 1" Floral Scallop Ribbon (Making Memories)
{1} 18" 7/8" Stitched Stripe Ribbon (Making Memories)

Bonus Cards
{1} 5.5x8.5 Sugar Cream (Prism)
{1} 5.5x8.5 Frosted Yellow (Prism)
{1} 5.5x8.5 Blush Red Light (Prism)
{1} 5.5x8.5 Island Mist Light (Prism)
{1} 5.5x8.5 Envy (Prism)
{5} 5 3/4 x 4 3/8 White Envelopes

ALL FOR ONLY $29.95!! (plus $6.50 S&H)

If you are interested in subscribing to the MemoryWorks Express Kit Program, please contact me today for further details!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

“I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work,
the more I have of it.”
~ Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), 3rd U.S. president

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

:LIFE: Bad blogger...

I apologize for my lack of posting lately.

It's not that I haven't had the time considering I'm stuck at home nursing this broken leg (read about it here or here)...I just haven't really been in the mood.

Not sure's not like I'm going into a depression or anything.

Hopefully, I will get out of this little funk that I'm in soon!
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Friday, March 13, 2009

:GIVEAWAY WINNER: When Life Give You Lemons by Sherry Steveson

"oh, my blury or over/underexposed pictures never get pitched.the thing that has worked the best for me has been to try and remember why the photo was blurry...was i running to catch the fast little toddler? maybe we were on a ride at the fair?it helps me find a starting point for my journaling and i go from there.

this book looks amazing. i hope i win!"

What a GREAT perspective, Debbie...and Debbie...YOU DID WIN the free copy of When Life Gives You Lemons: Turning Sour Photos Into Sweet Scrapbook Layouts!

Random Integer chose you! Congratulations!!

I will be contacting you shortly by email with details on how to claim your prize.
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Monday, March 9, 2009

:REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: When Life Give You Lemons by Sherry Stevenson [CONTEST CLOSED]

Does anyone else think that it's a little ironic that the next book I am reviewing is called When Life Gives You Lemons considering recent events in my life (event 1, event 2)? :-)

While this book is unlikely to help me recover from broken bones or a financial crunch, it IS likely to help me in my scrapbooking...which, actually, might help me stay sane while dealing with the above! :-)

There is a little more to this book as the subtitle reads, Turning Sour Photos Into Sweet Scrapbook Layouts, and it is a great resource to any scrapper. The author, Sherry Stevenson, clearly has a lot of greats tips and techniques to offer.

Although I can say that my own photography has improved greatly since I began scrapping, there are still certainly situations where it can be difficult, if not impossible, to get the great photos you wish for.

I think all scrappers have been faced with that dilemma at some point or another. Do you leave the photos in the computer since they are less than stellar or scrap them anyway?

This book offers a very resounding "SCRAP THEM ANYWAY!" and offers a wealth of options for creating memorable layouts with even the worst photos.

Blur, clashing colors, undesirable features of the subject, poor framing, poor lighting, and red-eye are just a few of the photo issues addressed in this book.

The book is divided into 4 chapters:

CHAPTER 1: Try Old-Fashioned Recipes
This chapter offers ideas for using traditional techniques for minimizing, disguising and working with your 'lemons' such as embracing the flaws, focusing on the story, highlighting the positive and masking imperfections.

CHAPTER 2: Design with a Twist
Good design is a huge element of modern-day scrapbooking and you can use it to your advantage to preserve the memories in less-than-perfect photos by calling on color theory, creating energy and movement, embracing the age of photos, designing around the flaws and more.

CHAPTER 3: Take a Byte
Photography has come a long way in recent years and in this chapter, Steveson shows us there are many ways to help improve poor photos in photo-editing software. Techniques such as going black and white, correcting lighting, color and contrast and more are discussed. In this edition, Steveson mainly references Photoshop Elements 3.

CHAPTER 4: Make Lemonade
Although there are examples throughout the book, this chapter is an additional gallery of layouts utilizing the tips and techniques covered in this book. Some layouts utilize two or more techniques to show how they can work together.

In addition to Steveson's designs, there are also layouts by 7 other very talented scrapbook artists including Kimber McGray, Janet Ohlson, Nic Howard, Suzy Plantamura, Hillary Heidelberg, Kelly Noel, and Linda Harrison.

Visit the When Life Gives You Lemons page at You can also read more of my reviews for other recommendations.

I have one copy of When Life Gives You Lemons to give away to one lucky reader!!

To enter, submit your vote in the poll below and then leave a comment sharing a little more about your relationship with your less-than-stellar photos along with the following information so that I can contact you if you win! (US residents only shipping is just a little too steep for my budget right now.)


Take the poll:

Leave your comment by Thursday, March 12th, 2009, 11:59 PM (CST) in order to be considered to win.

I will announce and contact the random winner via email on Friday.

Upcoming Review:
I have several great new scrapbooking idea books in my 'to-review' pile...not sure just which one will come next, so stay tuned!
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Saturday, March 7, 2009

:LIFE: An update...

Hello, all!

It's been a couple days now and it's been a challenge, but we're getting by. My hubby certainly has come through for me in my time of need. He played plumber and put in a hand-held shower head and got me a shower chair and has been a great help in that area. He's also keeping me fed, even though my appetite isn't quite 'normal' yet.

In a strange way, it's actually a blessing that he's not working right now because I don't know what I'd do without him right now.

The pain has gotten much better in the past day or so and am going to try one pain pill every four to six hours instead of two, so hopefully I'll be a little more coherent now.

I have some x-ray photos to share, but I don't think I will post them directly in case anyone prefers not to look at them.

If you'd like to see the break before surgery, click here.

We got several comments at the hospital that this was the worst break they'd seen in quite a while from a slip on the ice. I guess when I do something, I make it worthwhile! :-)

Here are the x-rays after surgery and it's in three pieces. The first is the section just below my knee, the middle section is where the main break was and the bottom section is just above my ankle.

Guess I won't have a quick pass through airport security anymore, huh!

I hope to get back to some scrappy stuff tomorrow...stay tuned!
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Thursday, March 5, 2009

:LIFE: Laid up...

Well, I've been MIA for a couple days, so thought I'd better let you know what has been going on.

I had planned to post Tuesday night as usual, but when my husband and I went to pick up our daughter from play practice, I slipped on some ice and broke both bones in my lower right leg. It required surgery and a metal rod in my leg...not fun.

Talk about bad timing...

I was able to come home today, but things are going to be a challenge for quite awhile. Recovery time is estimated at 3-4 months.

So, my posting might be a little sporadic in the coming weeks...or it might actually be more as I can't really do much of anything else at home right now.

Anyway, I do hope you'll stick with me...
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Monday, March 2, 2009

:QUOTES: by Dr. Seuss...

In honor of the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904), I thought I'd share a few of my favorite quotes by the infamous Dr. Seuss.

"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple."

“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way.”

"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you."

I have actually shared other Dr. Seuss favorites here before. What is your favorite Dr. Seuss quote? Have you ever used a Dr. Seuss quote on a layout?
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