Thursday, April 30, 2009

Congrats! You've managed to track down the very first Bean Chase hostess! Yep, I'm the one who purchased a toe ring in a back alley in Bali!

The next step in the game is easy. All you need to do is leave a comment right here about how long you've been scrapbooking and you are in the running for these delicious soup ingredients...

A random winner will be picked on Friday, May 8th at 7:00AM EST. Thanks for playing Bean Chase and have a great day!

From your soup slurpin' pal,


P.S. Looking for a storage idea for your Jillibean Soup Bean Stalks? Check out this little box.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Here's one for you, Grandma

It's time for a layout for Grandma. Something featuring her grandkids. Something recent. Yep. This one goes out to you, Grandma Hodge.
Supplies: Jillibean Soup patterned kraft paper, journaling sprout, ribbon and twine, Core'dinations cardstock, Quickutz letter dies, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Ranger glossy accents, Font: Another Typewriter, other: foam layering tape. This layout was based on a sketch by Summer Fullerton for Jillibean Soup.
Also, I am pretty excited that I will be teaching another retailers' class. This one is on Monday, May 11th in Ottawa, ON, at Multicrafts & Gifts. It's a totally technique based class using lots of Core'dination cardstock from just about every collection they carry. Here's a little sneak peek. After the event is over I will be posting images of each page from the album with details on the techniques.

Monday, April 27, 2009

5 more sleeps...

...till my girls night out! Wheeee!

For the past 4 years I have been holding a birthday scrapbooking crop. The only rule I have is that my guests are not allowed to bring a gift or card but instead a $10 donation to the charity of my choice. Charities in the past have included: Children's Health Founation, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and once again this year - Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types. As my dear husband never has any ideas for birthday gifts for me he always provides the pizza and beverages for the party. My mom makes the cake and I whip up a few salads. It's a wonderful evening with scrapbooking friends.

I had every intention of making invitations this year. I did. Really. I designed a really pretty one too....but it takes about 15 minutes to make each one and my guest list is currently sitting at 30. My math skills tells me that it would take 450 minutes to make all those cards. Yeah. No.

So, here's the invitation. Check out the cool effect provided by the sanded Core'dinations Black Magic (The Alchemist) cardstock for the night sky. Ooooo....

Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock (Black Magic - The Alchemist and All in the Family - Snowflake), Prism cardstock (flat black), Melissa Frances rubon, Amercian Crafts ribbon, Cricut diecut (Plantin Schoolbook - cityscape), other: bling.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Today's the day!

Today is the day that your design team application needs to be in at Core'dinations. Yep. Git 'er done! For all the details, read this posting on my blog.

Also, yesterday this layout went up over at the Jillibean Soup blog. There's also a nifty give away going on over there so don't miss out!

Supplies: Jillibean Soup patterned paper, ribbon, journaling sprout, felt flowers, letter stickers, Scenic Route grid paper, Making Memories brads, Hampton Arts letter and word stamps, Tsukineko ink, EK Success perforator (stitching with ink), Stampin' Up! binder punch.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sketch This, baby!

Here is my card is up over at Sketch This (sketch #84). Be sure to pop by that website and check out the other awesome cards and layouts based on the same sketch.Supplies: Jillibean Soup patterned paper, kraft paper, twine and journaling sprout, Scenic Route grid paper, Unity Stamp Company stamp, Stampin' Up! binder punch, Tsukineko ink, Sketch This! sketch #84, other: foam layering tape.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


The past week has just flown by.
Between teaching kindergarten gym and a fundraising scrapbooking class on Thursday night for the grade 7/8 students at the school I teach ScrapFest on Friday and Saturday it's a wonder that I am still standing.
It's been a while since I posted some creations, so here goes.
First of all, a layout that I made for the Jillibean Soup blog. Also, if you head over to the Scrapbooks & Cards Today blog they are holding a giveaway for some Jillibean Soup goodness right now!
Supplies: Jillibean Soup patterned paper, journaling sprout, ribbon and twine, felt flowers, kraft paper, Jenni Bowlin bingo card, Tsukineko ink, Hampton Arts letter stamps, Scrapbooks Etc. photo collage template, other: buttons, date stamp.

Next, here is a card that I made based on sketch #83 over at Sketch This. Be sure to drop by that same site on Tuesday, April 21, for the next installment - Sketch #84.
Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock (distressed with a Heidi Swapp Edge Distressor tool), Jillibean Soup patterned paper, journaling sprout, felt flowers, ribbon and twine, kraft paper, Riff Raff Designs chipboard cupcake, Jenni Bowlin bingo card, Tattered Angels glimmer mist, Hampton Arts stamp, Tsukineko ink, other: button.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Core'dinations Call!

As many of you know, I am a huge fan of Core'dinations cardstock...not only for what you can do with it but how well this company has treated me as a designer over the past year.
Listed below is their current design team call. April 24 is coming up quickly!
Best of luck!

Core’dinations is looking for creative design team members

Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock has a core color that “core’dinates” with the surface color. . . no white core! The true beauty of this cardstock can be revealed through Sanding, Tearing and Embossing. You can view the entire line at

Please submit the following to with subject heading DT Call no later than April 24, 2009.
3 unpublished layouts or projects that focus on cardstock. (JPEG format less than 500KB each.) We would love to see what you create with Core’dinations cardstock, but this is not a requirement to apply.
100 words or less – describe why you want to be on our design team
List of your current design team positions (however, you do not need to currently be on a design team to be considered)
Link to your scrapbook resume and/or blog
Link to your online gallery, if applicable

Sign 6 month contract
Produce a minimum of 3 projects per month with additional assignments as needed
Actively promote Core’dinations on industry scrapbooking websites and message boards

You will be compensated with Core’dinations products
Additional compensation will be given for publications and tradeshow work

Monday, April 6, 2009

Scrapbooks Etc. Challenge!

Two postings in one day...crazy!
I wanted to be sure to let you all know about this challenge going on over at Scrapbooks Etc. right now until April 17th.
If you follow this link it will take you to the Scrapbooks Etc. blog. From now until April 17th if you use my layout, "A Chrithmuth Wish", as an inspiration for a layout and you post it in their gallery it could get picked to be published in their November/December 2009 issue.
Ready, set, GO!

The Little Krafty Box

I am in love.
Mini-trees and birds by Maya Road. I haven't put them away since I got them last week so every project lately has a little touch of them. I bought two sets of them so I still have a pretty good stash too.
I got looking at my collection of Jillibean Soup ribbons and strings and realized they had created a nice little tangled ball all on their own.
Plato said it best, "Necessity is the mother of invention."
So, here it is. My little krafty box which now houses my ric rac and string. This project is also posted over at It Takes All Kinds, an inspirational blog:
Supplies: Jillibean Soup - Minestrone (chopped tomatoes, canellini beans, thin zucchini), Bean Stalks (green/brown collection, red/black collection, brown/natural collection), Bean Seeds (harvest/small), Core'dinations Vintage cardstock (Reminisce collection), Maya Road chipboard trees/birds, Scenic Route worn grid paper, Stampin' Up seasons stamp and border punch, My Sentiments Exactly butterfly stamp, Heidi Swapp rubon snowflakes, Making Memories paint, Tattered Angels glimmer mist, We R' Memory Keepers eyelets and Crop-a-Dile, Autumn Leaves check stamp, Tsukineko ink, EK Success circle punch, Artful Stamper puffy paint, other: kraft box, white ric rac.