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Winner #5
L, you never cease to amaze me! It's always fun to see what new projects you are up to.--evilwoman

Winner is #13

Blogger Juanna Hope said...

yay! a CK giveaway! thanks for the chance to win

Ladies - send your name and address to me ASAP so we can get your prizes out to you! lainalamb1@gmail.com


Free Friday is back.

Yes, you read that right. I found some time this week to create a little something just for me (and you!)

Whoops, how did that cute picture of Frank get on here. :) Who doesn't love a great pug pouty face?

Before we get to the freebie, don't forget to leave a comment on Sunday's post for a chance to win one of the new CK special issues. Contest is open until midnight tonight.

I am very close to being done with all my holiday shopping. Wrapping them is next on the list. I'm not much of a card maker. I do love to look at and receive handmade cards but the time involved just isn't my thing. Every year around this time I get the urge to create cute little Christmas tags to decorate my packages. This year, I am sharing my tags with all my blog readers.

I have had this idea for a new product at my TwoPeas site for quite a long time... Punch and Print PDFs!

How to use them:
1. Print as many copies of the PDF as needed. Make sure when printing that you do not have "fit to page size" or scaled printing checked in your print window. You will want to make sure they print at the correct size to ensure they line up with your punches.

2. I designed the tags to be used with a 1.75" and 2" circle punch (you can get away with a 1.5" and 1.75 if you need to). The EK Success Gold Circle punch is 1.75 and hands down the best punch in my enormous stash. StampinUp also sells a 1.75" punch. buy it, it is so versatile.
3. Grab some cardstock scraps in colors that match your print.
4. Begin by punching out all of your printed circles. Remember to hold the punch upside down so that you can see where you are punching.
 If you are using the 1.5" punch you will have to punch off the colored ring and simply punch out just the icon.
 5. Punch a stack of 2" circles out of the cardstock scraps. (If you are making the smaller size tags, you will punch a 1.75" circle). These circles will become the base for each tag. You could also cut these backer circles from a diecutting machine if you don't have the correct punch.
 6. Adhere an icon circle and a to/from circle to the front and back of each base circle to form the tag. Add a 1/8" hole punch to the top of each tag. Add ribbon or Jillibean Soup Bakers twine to finish!
 Tip: How to get to the center of the page? Cut the page in half so you can punch right down the line.
 Your finished tags will look like this depending on the size you punched.
 Quick and simple handmade tags! Enjoy.

Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think of my Punch and Prints!


Inspiration GIVEAWAY!

I don't know about you...but Winter is my "scrapbooking season!" I get more pages done between January and March than any other time of the year. Looking for some great books to get you going? Check out these new special issues from Creating Keepsakes.
Everyday Moments is filled with pages that cover just about every event of the year. Here are two sneak peak pages (recognize that cute little boy?) You can see more of the issue here.

Tips and Tricks Stamps and Ink is another great special issue. I bookmarked a ton of pages and techniques that I want to go back and scraplift. You can see more of the issue here.

Want to win a copy of one of these issues? Leave a comment below to enter by midnight December 10. I will pick and announce the winners on December 11. Make sure I have your email to contact you!

Can't wait until then? How about a coupon for these amazing issues?!?! Just enter CKDT15 (this is good for 15% off all items in the store, and it expires 12/20/2010)


December Work in Progress

I have been a part of the Work in Progress Team since 2008. Being a part of the team and a friend of Trish Turay for the past 2 plus years has been an extreme honor. It is with a heavy heart that I am stepping down from the team. December will be my last official month with the team.

Don't be surprised though if you see me pop in occasionally as a Guest Designer or blogger. Trish and I are still the best of friends and I will always be a fan of her and her company.

Here are my creations:

 Be sure to hop over to the blog and check out the rest of the Design Team gallery. They are an amazing group and I will continue to look to them each and every month for inspiration.


What I've been up to!

The lack of blogging can be attributed once again to way too much fun and work around my house. Balancing a two day a week job, a full time freelance business and a family of five keeps me busy. I get wrapped up in my projects and I completely forget to share my life and what I have been working on.

I work on a diverse group of projects. Designing craft products is my passion but I am involved with many other types of clients as well. Calendars, brochures, print materials, advertising and web graphic projects fill in my open time. You would be amazed how many people need graphics designed and once your extended family finds out about your skills, you have a job for life. My dad and uncle keep me quite busy with side jobs. :)

One of the many projects I have been involved with is helping to design Jillibean Soup's first releases with Unity Stamps. I received my copies of the 4 sets in the mail two weeks ago and still haven't got to play with them yet. I'm probably way too late to start making Christmas cards. Making handmade tags are the way to go.

My Favorite Things has the cutest stamps and most amazing design team. I am so proud to be a part of Kim's team and honored to help design the Die-namics dies and coordinating stamp sets. December's releases have just been announced at the store and the blog.

I haven't had a new release or free Friday on my blog for weeks but once the dust settles around here I promise there will be. Prioritizing work is hard, especially when the fun stuff has to come last sometimes.

I'll be back tomorrow with my December Work in Progress Pages!


Free Friday for Real this Time! #28

Two weeks late...sorry dear blog. I've neglected you. It's been necessary. Lots of work, loads of kid time and even a weekend for myself thrown in there. Football is finally over. We have a nice 12 day break until basketball begins. Oh and wrestling. How did I end up with three boys?!?!

Is everyone getting ready to kick off their Holiday projects? I thought a few Holiday Phrases might come in handy for your cards and other craft projects.

Enjoy! I'll be back next week with some new projects.



New Kits and Everything is 25% off in the store this week! Head on over. :)

DigiKit - Snow Flakey
SnowFlakey - contains 6 snowflakes and shadows for only $3.00 this week!

DigiKit - Thanksgiving Placecards
Thanksgiving Placecard Kit can be used for your feast and more! Also only $3.00 this week!


Work In Progress November

I'm back. Being sick, having some amazingly cool new projects come way and Halloween took all of barely ever there free time the past two weeks. If you stopped by the last two Fridays and  didn't find a promised free cut file, I apologize. Please DO stop by this Friday. I am going to make this Friday a bigger and better freebie to make up for lost time.

In the meantime, here is a page I created this month with the November Work In Progress Kit. You can view the rest of the DT's work right here.

See you Friday :)



Sorry I've been MIA. I was nursing a little one back to health and now have strep as well. Be back after the antibiotics kick in.


Free Friday #27

Halloween is in full swing around this house. No school today so we are heading out to a fall festival if the weather cooperates. The Rooster (aka Cooper) let Emmitt and I sleep until 8:30 so our day is just beginning.

Lots of new kits this week in the TwoPeas store. Now if I only had time to use them myself! :(
DigiKit - Circle Page Pieces

Circle Page pieces are great for layering onto cards and pages. Use them whole or cut them up into pieces as needed.

DigiKit - Cupcake Birthday
Need some quick and simple cards or tags? Then Cupcake Birthday is the kit for you! The kit contains one card overlay and one tag overlay. Simply layer over cardstock or patterned paper for quick and easy cards. Kit also includes extra shapes and welded word titles for scrapbooking as well!

Don't forget to stop at the TwoPeas shop and download your free FreakyFreebies kit as well!

Today's free cutting file is a Spooky Skull!

Have a great weekend!


Scribble Scrabble

Cynthia from Scribble Scrabble asked me to be a Guest Designer at the Scribble Scrabble blog this month! Her papers are simply stunning. Please stop on over and see what I had the privilege to create with Scribble Scrabble products!


Halloween Die Cut Project

Do you love Halloween projects? How about banners? Be sure to visit the TwoPeas Spookcraftular event blog today! I am the Guest Blogger and have directions for making your very own Halloween banner made from Digital Diecuts. One of which is a new free kit!

Supply List:
                FreakyFreebies (it's a free kit!)
                Borderlines Set 1 (could also use punches!)
                Borderlines Set 2 (could also use punches!)
                Borderlines Set 5 (could also use punches!)
                Lace Circles
                Banner Cuts
Pattern Paper - Pink Paislee Hocus Pocus
Tinsel Ribbon - Pink Paislee
Glitter Paper - American Crafts
Mist - Tattered Angels (Graphite, Lime) and Maya Road (Purple)
Eyelets - WeRMemoryKeepers
Other: Cardstock, Hot Glue, Tissue Paper, Gems, Staples, Plastic Ants


Book Winner!

Whoops! I almost for got to pick a winner of the book today!

Using a random number generator to pick one lucky winner out of 54...

Random numbers generated Oct 11 2010 at 18:35:27 by www.psychicscience.org

and the luck lady is:

Blogger Me, Myself and I.... said...

oh, i soooooo want this book!!! thanks for the giveaway and for sharing your inspiring layout with us!!!
October 6, 2010 3:58 PM

Misty - Please email me so that I can send out your prize! lainalamb@oh.rr.com
Thanks to all who stopped by and left a comment!


Free Friday #26

Before we get to the free files, I wanted to share a new kit I designed for TwoPeas - Beautiful Butterflies. The kit contains 4 different butterfly shapes with three different options for each butterfly. Twelve butterflies in all for $4.00. I think the shapes are are perfect for pages as well as cards! If you do make a project, please remember to let me know so I can share with everyone here on the blog!

Today's free file is....a fun arrow label!

Don't forget to leave a comment on Tuesday's post for your chance to win a copy of Jennifer McGuire's new book 101 Creative Uses for your Scrapbooking Supplies! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.



I haven't done a sketch here in quite a while. I was approached by Mélissa Malebranche a Creating Keepsakes reader this week for the sketch of my Apple Picking page in the October 2010 issue page 73. It was so nice of her to contact me and of course I wanted to share with her. I whipped the sketch and thought, why not share with my blog readers as well?

Here's the sketch:

And for those who love my free digital cut files...here is the Tree in the back ground too. Most of it was covered by the crepe paper leaves but I thought it might be useful for a spooky Halloween page too!

Don't forget about the new Jennifer McGuire Book giveaway! You have until Sunday at midnight to enter!


New Book and a Giveaway too!

Are you a huge fan of Jennifer McGuire? Me too! I always flag at least one of her techniques and ideas each month in her Tools and Techniques CK article. I have learned so many things from her over the years. When the editors at Creating Keepsakes asked me to contribute two pages to her new book, I was honored beyond belief.

I had the opportunity to receive an advance copy of the book for preview. It is amazing. CK always publishes top notch publications, this one goes above and beyond. The title says 101+ and it delivers. Many of the ideas use products you most likely have on hand. Jennifer sparks your creative process and inspires you to use those products in new and different ways.

Here is a preview of one of my pages in the book:

To see more of the book, visit this preview area as well. Want to get a copy of the book for yourself? You can purchase the new issue right here. I even have a coupon for you to save a little money! Use coupon code FS101B for free shipping on orders $25 or more and expires 12/31/10.

Want to win your very own copy of the book? One lucky blog winner will win a copy from me! Simply leave me a comment below and I will pick a random winner. You have until midnight Sunday Oct. 10 to enter. I will post the winner here on Monday morning.

PS - Told you I was a fan...here I am getting my photo taken with Jennifer at CHA Summer 2010. I did refrain from asking her for her autograph. :)


Work In Progress October

The gallery is up. Make sure to stop by the Work In Progress blog to see everyone's amazing pages. Cindy Liebel and Nancy Damiano have joined the team, making it even brighter than before! There are still a few kits left and now you can purchase directly from the blog via PayPal.

Here are my pages and projects...

 I made this quick little project for my mother's kitchen frig. She always has bits and pieces of photos, ad, reminders hanging on her refrigerator. This little hanging "frame" can now hold all of those items in a more stylish fashion. To make it, simply take a 12x12  - 4x6 photo sleeve page and add eyelets to the hole openings. Fill the photo areas with your favorite papers and embellishments. She can change out the 4x6 month rectangle each month. I left mine blank for her to add in birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Easy and cute!