Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sharing some work today. So, what do make with some papers, chalk,USX, Template and punches? Why Citrus fruit of course.

I made this Citrus for a challenge on Scrapbook Challenges posted by DT member . Use Primary colors and for a twist use fruit in a layout.
Here is what I came up with.

I made this layout for a challenge on SC posted by DT member . For her challenge asked you to use Cardboard in a layout.
Some close ups

If you do any of these challenges be sure to link me to your creations. I would love to see. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, May 25, 2009

And the Winner is......

First, I want to thank everyone for stopping by and playing along with all of us. I would like to thank you for becoming a follower of my blog.
The winner of my RAK for the Scrapbook Challenges ST Blog Hop is Jenn C. Congrats Girl!!! Please email me your home address to So, that I can send you the RAK that consists of a Butterfly Mini Album, Heidi Grace Ribbon pack, Cloud 9 Flower Raindots, plus some other goodies.
Don't forget to stop by Pamela's blog today to see if you won any of the Blog hop prizes. Good Luck!!
So, It's Monday so that means new Sketch and layout!
Here is the Sketch and my take on the sketch.

Thanksgiving Parade
The stickers letters are Basic Grey- they where another color so I colored them with a copper Slick writer.I also used the Slick writer to go around the lo. I used my white Signo pen to highlight the word Thanksgivinig. The journal spot is from Target's dollar spot. Autumn Leaves tab and a small cluster of felt shapes.

I hope you give this sketch a try. If you do don't forget to link to me to it. I would love to see your take on it.
Here is another layout is during the blog hop. It's of my DS new bike. If you notice in the corner picture his older bike so much smaller. I can't believe he has grown so much.
Close up of the 2 bikes.
I here is a layout of him on his first bike which the small bike in the picture.
Thanks for stopping by - Have a great day!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

****Edit : Hello Everyone I want to thank you for stopping by today for the blog hop. We had a change and This is you LAST stop on the hop. But Please feel free to stop by Scrapbook Challenges and Join the group!*****
Welcome to Scrapbook Challenges Blog Hop. This is a long post but so WORTH IT!! Read, play and have fun!
Let me tell you a bit about Scrapbook Challenges and Pamela the creater of Scrapbook Challenges. We have a weekly sketch challenge, with an original, never seen before sketch designed by Pamela Young, a highly talented and published artist. Pamela start her once little group back 2007. Her little group has grown to about 1700 members.
Every Monday, Pamela posts a new sketch along with DT LO's. We also have a photoshop, a digital and technique challenge posted once a month. Plus, we also have other challenges that are issue by the design team members. Everyone who completes a challenge gets entered into a drawing for a prize from our monthly sponsor. Pamela does a fantastic job securing amazing sponsors each month!
This blog hop is design to help you get to know the Design Team and Pamela the owner of Scrapbook Challenge better. During the hop you will notice lots of prizes and a challenge(see below), I hope you particiapate in all of them.
So, Get started at Pamela’s Blog. I Know you don’t want to miss any of the fun this weekend. Before you hop on - be sure to read the entire post. You'll see why!

First, Fun Facts about Me (Annie Collins)
1. I can't live without music!!!
2. I am my family's Weird Al. I love to change to words to Pop songs to make my own songs.
3. I have 3 wonderful children
4. I am a Lego maniac - I really love them and can play with them for hours with or without the kids.
5. I've been with my DH for 20+ years now.
6. I have a secret ability (Ssshhh - Do Not Tell Anyone) I can taste something from a restaurant 1 - 2 times and recreate that meal.
7. I have 2 brothers and 1 Sister
8. I am really shy at first but when you get to know me I am a real goof ball. I love to laugh and make other laugh.
9. I grew up in Hoboken, New Jersey. Same as Frank Sinatra. I just don't have the blue eyes.
10. I am the 3rd child in my family.

I challenge for you to make a layout based on this sketch by Pamela.
Here is the layout I completed using this sketch.

My Gifts from God
Close up of leaves and the puffy treatment I did on my frame.

If you do create a layout using the sketch please leave me a comment and link Pamela (on her blog) your creation and you'll be entered into a prize (See below).

All winners will be announced Monday May 25th!

Here is the list of Prizes and how you can win them.
How do you get a chance to win any of these great prizes? All you have to do is participate in this blog hop and leave a comment on all of the blogs! It’s not a long blog hop...there are only 10 of us. So start with Pamela and leave a comment! Then hop on!

1. The prize for one lucky person who comments on ALL the blogs will get the May Main Kit from Scarlet Lime. Here are some pictures for the complete list of item click on the link.

2. Our second RAK goes to one lucky person who plays along with us this weekend. All you have to do is make a layout based on the sketch. Then you can post a link to it Pamela's blog or in the Scrapbook Challenges group here.So, what do you win ? The following kit from Studio Calico AND the stamp set.


High quality photo-polymer alphabet stamps. Upper and lower case included. Studio Calico exclusive.
3. One person who does the best detective work and answers the questionaire will win this awesome stamp set from Unity Stamp Company.
Mix up of Cuteness
This kit includes all Un-Mounted Deeply Etched Red Rubber stamps. The stamps are pre-cut and mounted on repositionable cling foam. They can be used with any acrylic block or Unity Handle.
The Questions are as follows:
You get entered into the drawing for this one by sending Pamela an email, at, with the answers to these questions:

1. Which one of the DT members can taste something from a restaurant 1 - 2 times and recreate that meal? (Such an AWESOME skill by the way)

2. Which member of the DT almost made it to the national fencing team when she was in college?
3. Which DT member daydreams of painting her mustang Barbie pink?

4. Which Scrapbook Challenges DT member was missing from our blog hop this weekend?

Start your Blog Hop at Pamela's blog.

You are here -> 9. Annie Collins(
We had a small change this is your last stop on the hop. Please feel free to check out all the great stuff at Scrapbook Challenges

To continue on with the fun!!

Bonus RAK: Tell me a little fact about the DT member before me and one about yourself. Plus, To have another chance to win become a follower of my blog.

Thanks for stopping by and playing with us!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Kissing Technique

Over at Scrapbook Challenge DT Member Marilyn is teaching the Kissing Stamp Technique as months tech. challenge.

This is what I came up with - I like it alot.

Close up of the butterly and flowers.
If you do this challenge don't forget to link me to your layout/card.

Monday, May 18, 2009

I hope you join us for all the fun!!
What a busy week it's been. I went on 2 - yes 2 field trips and 1 amazing Fiskateer crop! I'm am so tired! I do have to say I had a blast all week long. The trip and the crop were amazing!

On the first trip - we (my son's class and I) went to the Rain Forest Cafe at Disney. The kids had so much fun with all the animals. Even if they weren't real.

Second trip -My daughter's 5th grade - We (my daughter's class and I) went to Island of Adventure at Universal Studios. We had the biggest surprise ever - when The Blue Man Group gave us FREE tickets to their show because the our school's 5th grade classes had top score in the state on testing. The Blue Man Group are so incredible. If you can see this show go see it.
Because we has the trips and the crop I cooked a few do ahead meals so the we could heat and serve. I am so glad I did that!! So there went my week. I realize that with the excitement of getting things ready for weeks events I forgot to post last Monday's sketch and layout. So, today you'll get two sketch's and layouts. Last Monday and today's.
Here is today's Sketch from Scrapbook Challenge created by Pamela
Here is my layout. I created a 2 pager using the same sketch I just flip it.
I also use this for the Word challenge posted by DT member Rowena on SC. Give them a try - either challenge. If you do link me.
Here is the Sketch for Monday 5/11created by Pamela of Scrapbook Challenges

Here is the layout I did for it. I also did the Hide & Seek Journaling challenge posted by DT member Lily at Scrapbook Challenge . I hid my journaling behind my title. The two kids are DH & me at the same age. the title reads The Sweetest Thing.

If you do any of the challenge link me. I would love to see what you have done.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

I'm feeling creative today. How about you?

Well, I have to admit I am a bit obsessed with BoBunny's Edgy Album from the moment I saw it I said Oooooohhhhh! I have to have it.

Unfortunately, I put myself on a no scrappy-spend diet. So I thought to myself ..."I think I can make that". So, I took some time this morning to try it out. I gathered some supplies, medium thickness chipboard, recycled medium thickness clear plastic (from my new Fiskars trimmer), ruler, craft mat, blue photo pencil, deco edge scissors, my Ultra Shape Express cutter and templates, Big Bite crop-a-dile(not shown), and my Fiskars Bypass Trimmer.

I cut my chipboard and plastic to the sizes I felt were good. I used the blue photo pencil, ruler & craft mat to measure the plastic. The blue pencil shows up on the plastic so it easy to see for cutting.
Then I used my deco edge scissors and my USX plus template to create the edges I like. Then I punched my holes for binding with my Big Bite Cropadile. highlighted the edges here so yu can see then.

Now, All I have to do is decorate and add pictures. I'll be working on this over the next few days.
First, I have finish this mini album for my friend/neighbor. I trying to get her into scrapbooking. She is very interested but is so scared of ruining the pictures, and not being creative enough. I decided to make her is little album as a jump start. I did a few pages and left the rest for her to do. I'm giving her some embellishments and a journaling pen. I kept things very simple so not to intimated her.

I love making this mini album because it's made from 1 sheet of 12x12 cardstock & pattern paper, small pieces of chipboard, some ribbon, embellishments and scraps of paper.
I hope you feel creative today too. Let me know what you think.
I wanted to tell you about an upcoming event. Pamela and the Scrapbook Challenges DT are doing a blog hop soon. So, be sure to chack back here often for that. Have a great day!