Thursday, February 28, 2013


Welcome to Day 1 of the Lucky Leprechaun Blog Hop, brought to you by the layout design team of Red Carpet Studio!

If you've come from Rochelle's blog, you're in the right place. If you've just come across the hop and would like to start at the beginning, please visit Red Carpet Studio.

This hop was put together to share with you fun and creative ideas for St. Patrick's Day projects along with introduce you to our new design team members AND officially announce our March Lucky Link-Up contest!

Before we get to all that fun information, I'd like to share my project with you. I created...

It's no secret in my household...we hate winter!  We like snow at Christmas time and a snow day here and there to get the day off school.  And that's it!  So we look for any reason we can to do fun things at the tail end of winter.  As a result, we like to celebrate St. Patty's Day!  My husband has Irish blood pumping through his veins; my family does not.  But that doesn't stop me from dressing my girls up in green and taking fun pictures of them.  This particular St. Patrick's Day was one of those Spring teaser days.  We live in Ohio so you can have all four seasons in one day; this one was an all around warm mid March day.  So the girls went outside, and I had lots of fun snapping pictures of them.  Speaking of snapping pictures, we would love to see what you all have created!  Be sure to check out Red Carpet Studios Challenge blog to see what fun ideas are coming up!  Remember, lots of awesome prizes could be had!  And no lephrechaun will come snatch them from you; we promise!

And of course we have some wonderful sponsors giving away prizes to those who comment both days on every stop of the hop. :)

3 digis of winner's choice

6 digital image sets

5 digital stamps

$10 gift certificate

Winners will be announced at Red Carpet Studio on Tuesday March 5th along with the winners of our wedding/anniversary card challenge.

And now for our March Lucky Link-Up announcement! Each challenge entry in March will enter you to win over $200 in gift certificates to all sorts of online scrapbooking stores, from stamp companies, to paper piecing, to digital scrapbooking sites, and more. Check out the Lucky Link-Up page on the blog for a complete list of sponsors and details about the contest. We're also listing ALL of our March challenges in advance so you can get a head start on all your projects. :) 

We'd also like to give a warm welcome to our new layout design team members, Olga, Rochelle, and Darcy! These very talented ladies are sharing their first projects as DT members in this hop with you. :) 

Your next stop is Darcy's blog

Thanks for hopping with us! :)

Saturday, February 16, 2013


This week's challenge for RCS was to design a page based on the movie "The Notebook" where journaling would play a key design element in the layout.  My immediate thought was Alzheimer's.  Strange I realize....I read the book right after my Grandmother's death which was Alzheimer's related.  It touched my heart how the husband told his wife their "story" over and over.  Alzheimer's is an cruel disease....It's so unfair to watch someone you love forget who they are. My Grandmother passed away 18 years ago.  Before her death, my Mom and her sisters and brother sold my Grandma's house.  I was in college and didn't get a chance to go through it one last time.  I have so many wonderful memories of the house.  It backed up to a hilly golf course, and my cousins and I would go sledding in the winter.  I had my first vegetable garden in her yard.  Speaking of gardens, she had a rock garden that was her pride and joy.  I would go outside and weed the garden with her while she would tell me stories about growing up during the Great Depression.  It was my Grandmother who turned me on to history intriguing me with tales of her childhood.  Last year, my cousin, who was looking to rent a house, discovered Grandma's house was for rent.  So we all went over there to go through it one last time.  I've told my daughters so many stories about Grandma's house; I can not express how amazing it was for me to take my children through her home.  It was my home away from home....And that's how my Mom's house is for my girls.  They are as comfortable staying at their Mimi's as I was at my Grandma's house.  So that is how the movie The Notebook inspired this layout.  And I pray that someday, a cure is found to stop this horrible disease.

Sunday, February 3, 2013


Our latest RCS studio challenge asked us to make a layout based on the movie "Valentine's Day."  Well, my husband and I aren't ones that take many pictures of ourselves...So I had to get a little creative for this one.  Since a big part of Valentine's Day is the "date" part, I decided to focus on our biggest date of the year; the Ohio State vs Miami University football game at the Horseshoe in Columbus, OH.  Why was that such an important date?  Because our Alma maters were facing off for the first time in ten years!  I told him a long time ago that going to a Buckeyes football game was on my bucket list. Being married to a Buckeye Alumni, his school has grown on me over the years. So when he learned that Miami was the opening game of the OSU football season, somehow or another he scored us two tickets on the 10 yard line.  And it was a blast!  Although Miami lost, they sure did give the Buckeyes a run for their money during the first quarter.  It truly was an experience and a great date!  I would happily go to another game, and this time, I won't be rooting for the other team.