Wednesday, October 31, 2007

New Monthly Challenge!!!!

Come join us for a month long ABC challenge.....can YOU fill in all the letters by the end of the month????

It's simple...for each layout, card, altered project you make, look at the elements/techniques/theme and assign it a letter....for example..did you use BUTTONS? Then you could put the link down for B...if the layout was HALLOWEEN, then you could put the link for H!

Come check it out....

Happy Halloween!

This week's Do-it Digi Challenge at The Shaker Box is a GORGEOUS color challenge!

Here is my layout:

Head on over to The Shaker Box forum to get details on the challenge and to the gallery for my credits (and to post your own layout - we promise to leave you some love)!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

BOO! come sketch with me!!!

I love sketches... I think they lend themselves over and over again.. this will be part of a 2 page LO but this will stand alone.. like any mommy EVER takes just 2 photos of their little monster on Halloween! ha!

don't forget to give TSB the credit and show us what you did in our gallery!!!
Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Its Friday..............

Its time for another SOS challenge - i know we all need to try and use up our stash - and since its a holiday month and it is almost over we better squeeze in a Halloween challenge - dont ya think! I'm horrible at doing my holiday layouts - so maybe this is the push we all need!

Patterned Paper - We all have some Halloween Paper laying around don't we - i am not big on themed paper - but lets give it a try!
Stencil - do any of you have stencils of shapes from back in the day - I have a ton of them so use your stencils - wether they are Alphabet or shapes or even themed - i have a great Halloween one!
Paint - I LOVE PAINT - and i have alot of it - get out your paint and be creative - paint your stencils - or use it for your background!

Lets see what we can come up with - link your creations here so we can all see.

Hope everyone has a great weekend - remember to scrap scrap scrap!!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Stick With It! Inspiration Challenge

We've all got them...but do we use them?? Straight pins, safety pins, even bobbie pins!! I have cute little jars full of these, and they end up being a decoration and not a scrapping tool. And, I bet you digi gals have them hidden somewhere in your computer!
So, I guess I just needed a "poke" to remind me to use them. Here is your POKE....let's see what you can do with some pins. OH, and be careful not to hurt yourself!!

Here is a link to the challenge and here are my examples!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Soup's On!

This week's Do-it Digi challenge is Alphabet Soup.

Use various alphas in your title.

Traditional scrappers are welcome to play along.

Need some alphas? I have featured some freebies on my blog over the past few months. You can find them at Art You Special (keep in mind that some of the links for the older alphas may have expired, but there are two brand new, festive alphas that were featured just today)!

Go on - mix it up! Don't forget to share your layout with us in the gallery at The Shaker Box so we can leave you some love!

Here is mine:

See the gallery at The Shaker Box for credits.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Monday Morning 10-22-07

Good Morning! Yea, it is raining here and a cold front is coming through as I type. So glad to see the temps back down in the low 80's and high 70's and we truly needed the rain.

Check out today's Monday/Greetings from the Heart and see the new sketch I posted. I scraplifted this sketch from Allie. Here is my sample:

Also check out the October contest with a small RAK for the winner. You know you have a few Halloween or Fall themed cards to make and get in the mail.

Hope all have a safe and healthy Monday!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Prima.. how do I love thee>>>>

I love thee with
General Watercolors and an EK Success brush

I love the with
Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol

I love thee with
Craft T chalks that shimmer and shine

I love thee with
gems that are supposed to adorn a cell phone for Paris Hilton

I love thee with
an Xacto knife... all cut up like lace waiting for my wandering muse to capture my eye!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Ever Wondered How to Fix those Old Photos??

Are you ready to learn how to repair scratches in your photos?? With my tutorial you can have results like this:

It's really easy and so much fun to do! So let's get started!

Download the tutorial:

PHOTO FIX: How to Get Rid of Scratches Using CS3

and if you would like to practice on the sample image, simply click HERE then right click to save it to your computer.

Again, thanks so much! Stick around the chat for some great ribbon RAKS too!!!

Come on over to DragonFlaire for an ALL DAY SPA DAY!!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Happy Friday

I have enjoyed working with the October kit. I really enjoyed working with the Spring colors and thought they were perfect for an Easter layout.

For each layout I make I try to use something from my stash. For this one it was my scalloped scissors that I have had since I first started scrapbooking over 7 years ago. Each Friday we have a use your stash challenge. After you complete the challenge post it in our gallery, we would love to see what you have created.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Inspire Me! Thursday

Ever since joining The Shaker Box, I have admired Twistedsoda's work. She is a true artist in every form. Her writing is amazing, her artwork is amazing, and her scrapbooking is like nothing i've ever seen! So, one of her many fabulous layouts is our inspiration for this week!

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Visit The Shaker Box challenge forum. I am sure you can find something here to inspire something wonderful! Make sure to post it in our Members Gallery so that we can see your work!

Happy Scrapping!

p.s. We have revived the Color Challenge, check it out here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Do-it Digi

The Do-it Digi Wednesday Challenge is up in the forum at The Shaker Box. This week I challenge you to use cardboard in one of your layouts (traditional scrappers are welcome to play along). Don't forget to post your layout (or card) in gallery at The Shaker Box so that we can leave you some love! Need some digital cardboard? Here is a freebie that I featured on my freebie blog, Art You Special. Be sure to scroll down on the Hodge Podge blog - there are two cardboard collections.

Don't forget about the online store at The Shaker Box. In addition to the monthly traditional scrapbooking kit there are digital collections as well. The Memory Project crop that goes hand in hand with the charity kit in the store is this coming Saturday so if you would like to help share the love of scrapbooking with families whose children are being treated at Nationwide Children's Hospital, be sure to purchase your kit today (it includes $7.00 in coupons)!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Monday, October 15, 2007

Hard to believe it is only a couple of weeks until Halloween. Take a few minutes to check out today's Greetings from the Heart Sketch and join in this months challenge for a RAK. This was a quick one using OLD scrap PP, clips and fiber, love using up those OLD items in my stash.
While visiting TSB, check out this Month's Menu Challenge. Allie has come up with a super fun challenge using No Calorie Candy!
Our Gallery has really been busy this weekend with tons of inspiring LO's and Cards, can't wait to see what you can add to it. Hope all have a great day!

Friday, October 12, 2007

October Kit preview

Okay ladies - their are so many goodies in the October kit. My Favorite was the paper - this prima is to die for - seriously. And there is soooo much of it. And the bling.......well, i will just make you wait - but i will show you a sneaky peaky of a card that i made last night. I'm frantically working to get all my projects done before Monday.

So the cardstock and the Patterned paper and the black flowers (who would have thought black flowers....but they look so good with the paper in the kit) are all from the kit.

Also we have lots of fun challenges going on over at the Shaker Box . Hurry and check out the Menu Challenge that Alli has posted this month. She listed a whole bunch of different kind of Candy and you have to choose five of those - kinda like Trick or Treating. You can have as many bags as you like - and in the next day or two - Alli will post which items go with which candy and thats what you will use to create your Layout! Sound fun?? Go check it out soon before the list is posted!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

October Digi CT Sponsor

Every month The Shaker Box has a new sponsor for the digital CT. This month we get the wonderfully, talented Jenna Nelson of Little Bird Design! Keep looking out for some great creations by our CT using her designs in our CT Sponsor Galleries.

Here is a preview of her latest kit, Feathered Friend:

Inspire Me! Thursday

There are SO many places to find inspiration in scrapbooking. In the scrapbook world alone there are galleries, blogs, idea books, monthly publications, manufacturers websites.....and then there is the rest of the world!! You can find inspiration almost anywhere, check out billboards, magazine articles and advertisements, art....the possibilities are endless. Here at The Shaker Box we have an Inspire Me Challenge every Thursday. I pick something that has inspired me and post it for everyone to draw inspiration from! It's great to see what everyone comes up with and how differently things can be interpretted!

This weeks inspirations comes from an idea book that I have. I have a bunch on my shelf, but tend to ignore them! The idea book that I am using is Autumn Leaves "designing with paper'. (if you have it...turn to page 47). My example is below, and I will post the layout that I am using it on later!

So, the challenge is to make a tag like this AND use it on a layout or card! I chose a heart, but you can use any shape (heart, flower, star, xmas tree). All you need is a tag, some scrap cs to back it and adhere all of the little dots that you punch out of scrap paper with your hole punch!! A little glue, faux or real stitching and voila'! I'll be posting my LO a little later!

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Hi All, busy week so far and I completely forgot to post this past Monday, Sorry!

Yesterday was my 65th birthday and I had a great day! DH & I drove about 2 1/2 hrs. to have lunch at a little diner that was featured a few weeks ago on the Food Networks Diners, Drive-ins and Dives show (check it out at Love that show, the host travels across the US and stops at all the neat off the beaten track restaurants. This one happened to be close enough to check out. We had the most amazing lunch, DH had chicken fried steak and I had an Italian Sausage with grilled green peppers and onions on a Kaiser roll. DH ended up eating most of his and half of mine. For dessert they had Cheesecake all the way from New York, WOW! Needless to say we suffered all the way home from overeating. Took a few pics so will definitely be a page for our album.

Please stop by The Shaker Box and check out the upcoming October Shaker Kit, it is loaded with all sorts of goodies. Take a Sneak Peek at:]. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

There is Digi at The Shaker Box too!

This week's Do-it Digi challenge is up. Does fall make you want to wrap up? When you do your next layout, wrap it up with ribbon! Wrap a picture, a frame or the whole layout!

Here are some freebies that I spotlighted on my blog that will help you out:

Make sure to post your layout in the gallery at The Shaker Box so we can leave you some love! I can't wait to see what you create!

Here is a quick page for you from the charity collaboration kit that I coordinated - Children's Rainbow of Hope. The kit can be purchased at The Shaker Box.

The proceeds from the kit will benefit the Columbus Blue Jackets Family Resource Center at Children’s Hospital. The Center is building a scrapbooking program for patient families, as a means to document the treatment and recovery process or to serve as a respite from the rigors of a hospital stay. Share your love of scrapbooking and purchase Children’s Rainbow of Hope today!

This is one of my Gradient Grunge papers with two of my Infinite Solids papers.

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Friday, October 5, 2007

Stash Friday

This week's stash challenge is fall related in honor of October and because I love this time of year. Use one or all from the supply list of: fall colors, buttons and fibers.

Here is my example, I just used fall colors for this card.

After you take the challenge, come post it in our gallery. We would love to see what you did.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Be Inspired!

This week I went into my "Favorites" from The Shaker Box and found this layout by Dani

I love the simplicity of this layout, and the pop of red in it! I hope it inspires you! Please visit our Challenge forum or the Inspire Me! forum here:

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Happy Fall!

I love fall! It kicks off busy time for my family - two birthdays and an anniversary this month, then Halloween, my birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and another birthday!

It's a busy time at The Shaker Box too! Another digital kit went on sale in the online store this week. It's a charity kit. By purchasing the kit you can share your love of scrapbooking with families at Children's Hospital. Be sure to stop by and check it out

This week's Do-it Digi Challenge is already up. You know how the crisp fall air makes you want to snuggle up with something soft?! This week, use some warm textures in a layout - think corduroy, velvet, suede and felt. Not sure where to start? You can find actions for velvet and felt at Atomic Cupcake (and I've seen lots of felt embellishments everywhere). There is a suede action at DigiScrapDesigner. I've also got a corduroy texture plate from Atomic Cupcake.
Have fun with it! Make sure to share your layout in the gallery at The Shaker Box so we can leave you some love! I can't wait to see what you create!

Not a digital scrapbooker? Want to try a hybrid layout? Here is a little freebie that I created to coordinate with the September kit. Try layering the frame on a picture before you print it and printing the word art on vellum. There is a paper that can be printed as well. Enjoy!

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Monday, October 1, 2007

Good Monday Morning, October 1, 2006

Good Morning All!

Busy weekend for us, nothing great just a ton of running here and there. We did manage to have a great relaxing dinner Sunday at The Texas Roadhouse (steaks are awesome).

Not too busy week ahead, today have the appointment with Cancer Therapy doctor and will find out what kinid and how much I will be needing. Today also marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, remember to schedule those mammograms. I've been having them yearly for years and this year they caught a very small tumor in my right breast. Even the doctor was unable to feel it which made me feel better because I'm not real good about the monthly self-exams (do them ladies).

You all need to go over and check out Monday-Greetings from the Heart. Just posted a new sketch and sample, this month I am challenging everyone to make a few Halloween and Fall cards. There might be a small RAK for the person who posts the most Halloween and Fall cards using the sketch. Check it Out!

Here's is todays sketch: and my sample: Have fun and while you are visiting check out the sneak peek of Octobers Shaker Kit.

Have a great day!