Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Happy New Year from Child's Play Challenge!  Our Team's inspiration for this challenge was the board game Monopoly.  I'm not a fan of that game....I know...I'm weird.  Most people love it.  I'm not one of them.  I get bored way too easily and seem to get sent to jail every time it's my turn...Anyway, what I do love about the game are the cute silver game pieces and the little guy with the handlebar mustache on the game cards.  So for this challenge, I focused on facial hair.  I found adorable Doodlebug design paper with mustaches that I thought were perfect for this layout!  Along with pictures of my girls sporting the facial hair....Please feel free to follow my blog, and please check us out at Child's Play Challenge!

Saturday, December 28, 2013


Happy New Year RCS fans!  Bet you guessed what the challenge was this time around....the movie New Year's Eve!  In other words, use something new on your layout.  I have a slight addiction to Two Peas in a Bucket (which I'm guessing many of you out there in the scrap world do), and I found this extremely cute Christmas paper from Bella Boulevard.  Since I tend to be a seasonal scrapper, I wanted to use this new Christmas paper before the Christmas season officially comes to a close (in my mind that is after New Year's Day).  My daughter got a new iPhone for Christmas and was extremely excited for new stuffed animals from her favorite youtube star's website.  So I figured that would be a perfect picture for my New Year's Eve inspired layout!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


This is my first layout for my new design team "Stick it Down."  We were asked to use the layout featured below as our guide.  Well.....my Mom likes for me to take pictures of her grandchildren for her annual Christmas card.  Trying to get the perfect shot of three strong willed girls and one wiggly baby is a daunting task.  But I was really happy with several of the pictures I took, and thought this layout would be a great way to feature the pictures.  If you haven't done so yet, go check out Stick it Down's blog.  There are some great sketches on the horizon for those of you who like to work with sketches!

Saturday, December 14, 2013


This week's RCS challenge was inspired by two things; The Grinch that Stole Christmas and the sketch located below. I fell in love with the Jillibean Soup "Christmas Chowder" paper line that was released this holiday season.  And I loved the cut out tree that was featured in the kit.  So, I decided as a Christmas gift for myself, I would purchase myself some "Christmas Chowder."  As you can see in this picture, the Grinch went nowhere near my daughter's stack of presents at her Grandma's house.  And as much as she likes presents, she loves giving them more.  It definitely is the most wonderful time of the year for her!

Thursday, December 5, 2013


I got some good news over the weekend!  I found out I'm part of a brand new design team called "Stick it Down."  I love sketch design teams; they are so helpful in getting pages done quickly.  And this sketch team not only makes designs for one page scrapbook layouts, but also cards and double page layouts!  I'm actually part of the double page layout team.  If you are following my blog, please go check out Stick It Down; it's going to be awesome!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Hello everyone!  This is Stephanie from Child's Play.  If you just left Colleen's page, you're in the right place!  As you know, Child's Play is doing a shout out to our favorite toys for this blog hop.  I was a Barbieaholic growing up.  You name it, I owned it....all except the Dream House.  So I desperately wanted girls when I grew up to continue my love of all things Barbie.  Well....I got something better.  Not only did I get 2 little girls to play with, but also a new toy that fulfilled my love of dress up and hair to brush; the American Girl Doll. I hate to admit it, but I'm pretty sure my husband and I could have bought a used car for the amount of money we've spent on American Girl dolls, clothes, accessories, trips to the store.....This picture is of my daughter getting her doll Kaya for Christmas a few years back.  I wish she didn't take out Kaya's braids, but she has had a blast playing beauty shop with her brushing her long black hair.  They may be pricey, but American Girl has truly been a joy for my children! Once again, thank you for visiting my blog.  As a thank you, I have a little "Christmas Cheer" to spread.  If you leave a message on my blog, a random winner wil be selected.  Your next stop on this blog hop is Adele at dleebug.wordpress.com/ so make sure to check out her wonderful design!  Thanks for checking out my blog, and I sure would love it if you started following me!  Have a wonderful holiday season and thanks for playing along with Child's Play Challenge!

Sunday, December 1, 2013


This week's RCS challenge was based on the Christmas classic "The Nutcracker."  We were asked to include ribbon and lace on the layout in some way.  Well....I took the challenge literally.  About five years ago, my husband & I took our girls to Chicago a few days before Christmas to visit the American Girl store.  Santa had come early and given my oldest daughter the American Girl Doll Felicity.  She had a blast picking out clothes for her doll and exploring the store.  And at our hotel, there were giant nutcrackers all over the place.  Me being the shutterbug I am, had to take a picture of her with her doll in front of one of the giant nutcrackers.  I used doodlebug paper, embellishments, and a fun doodlebug ribbon kit I found at Archiver's.