Friday, December 24, 2010

Songs of the Season

This is the time of Christmas music and even though I am Jewish I must admit that I still enjoy some Christmas music.  This week at Frosted Designs our challenge is to be inspired by those songs of the season.  It doesn't necessarily have to be a Christmas song, but use a holiday song somewhere on your project this week.  For my song I used winter wonderland as inspiration for a Holiday card.  I went with lots of blues and whites to look cold and added lots of Stickles to look like frost and icicles.  Working on this was a lot of fun, but I have to admit that now I have the song "Winter Wonderland" stuck tight in my head.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


This week at Frosted Designs we have a great word challenge going on.  We challenge you to use the word "family" somewhere on your project.  For my project I created a layout using an old photo of my grandmother, great grandmother and great aunt.  The photo was taken sometime in the mid 1940's.  I am currently working on a few heritage layouts so future generations don't have these photos sitting in a pile without a name to go with all the faces.  I used mostly Graphic 45 papers on this layout and created the bling flourish with my irock.  

Friday, December 10, 2010

Winner and Ribbons

I want to thank everyone for participating in our blog hop and for sharing your favorite holiday traditions with me.  First off let's announce our winner of the RAK on my blog.  I am sorry it is a little late in the day, but I was home sick today so I kinda spaced it out.  Better late than never right?  OK so the winner is.....

Kim!  Kim said - Hi Cassie, Let me see I love traditions and I think one of my favorites is Christmas Eve going to church and then back to the in-laws and when we get home we read "The Night Before Christmas" even when my kids got to be teenagers they still wanted to do that and they got there very own special ornament for the tree. That way when they move out they all ready have there own collection 

Kim please contact me at and I will mail you your prize.

Now on to this week's challenge.  This week at Frosted Designs your challenge is to use ribbon on your project.  This week I created an altered canvas as a Hanukkah gift for a friend of mine.  I used two types of ribbon, both sprayed with glimmer mist, to give this project some depth and some extra color.  

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Holiday Blog Hop!

Frosted Designs is Hosting it's very first Blog Hop today to celebrate the Holidays!  You have got to check it out and play along to have a chance to win a great prize.  Make sure you start the hop at Frosted Designs and follow along the correct path to get the right sentence to email to Diana and enter for a chance to win a prize!  Also if you didn't get here from Angela's Blog then you skipped a step.  After you leave here you should head over to Fern's Blog to get the next piece of the puzzle.

Now for the word!  Here is the word that is part of the phrase you need to email to Diana at for a chance to win the prize.
You also have a chance to win an additional prize this week from this blog.  I have this great prize package to give away to one lucky winner.  All you have to do is become a follower of this blog and leave me a comment telling me what your favorite Holiday tradition.  If you are already a follower then great!  You are ahead of the game.  Just leave me a comment!  The winner will be chosen on Friday 12/10/10  by

This week we also have a great challenge going on at Frosted Designs and it is a really easy challenge for all your holiday projects.  Use glitter on project this week.  If you finish the challenge this week and link it Frosted Designs then you will be entered again to win the grand prize pack for the Blog Hop!  I chose to make an altered jar this week to fill with homemade Hanukkah goodies for my family's gift exchange.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Blog Hop Coming Soon!

Head over to Frosted Designs this Friday December 3rd for our very first Holiday Blog Hop!  Can't wait to see you there!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Gift Box Tutorial and Thankful

This week at Frosted Designs we have a few exciting things going on.  First thing is that I created my very first tutorial today.  It is to show you how to this gift box.
Head over to Frosted Designs to check it out and learn how to create your own.  If you are interested in the recipe for the cookies please check out my husband's and my food blog.

Second our challenge this week is to make a project about being Thankful.  Being that the week of Thanksgiving is usually a very contemplative time for me I chose to create a layout about what I am thankful for.  I have a photo of my husband and then there is some hidden journaling as well.  Head over to Frosted Designs to see what the rest of the design team came up with and let us know what you are thankful for this year.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


This week at Frosted Designs we have a great Challenge going on.  You are challenged to use distressing on your project.  Distressing is one of my favorite techniques and there are so many ways you can distress a project.  I used inking, misting and I also used the edges of my scissors to rough up the edges of the grunge paper I used.  On top of distressing I also used this week's sketch on as a guide for my page.  It was a really fun sketch to work with and I am very happy with how my layout turned out overall.

Friday, November 12, 2010


This week to get us into the mood for Thanksgiving we are having a word challenge over at Frosted Designs.  You are supposed to use the word "Thank" or "Thankful" on your project.  Head over and see some the great stuff the design team has come up with. 
For my project this week I made a thank you card using a Stampin' Up stamp and some scraps I had from and old Little Red Scrapbook Kit. 

Monday, November 1, 2010

Hellraising Halloween Party

This past Saturday my husband and I threw a big Halloween party for a few of our good friends.  We don't often throw parties, but when we do we like to spend a lot of time planning and Halloween parties just really lend themselves to some crafting.  Both of us spent quite a bit of time working on various crafts for the party.  Our general theme of the party was Hellraiser as we were supposed to watch some Hellraiser movies, but we never quite got around to it the night of.  Oops!  We still had a great time and some great decorations came out of it that we will probably use for future parties.  If you are interested in any of the food or menu at the party please feel free to check my husband and my food blog where recipes will be provided over the next week.  I have already shared a few of the crafts, but I am going to re-post them all together.
This was the Halloween sign I made for our front door.  I felt like it was a great way to welcome our guests to the party and just had to use that Graphic 45 paper even if it wasn't Hellraiser related.

This past Friday I posted these dish I.D. tags, cupcake flags and treat cups that I sent cupcakes home in.  I used a Purple Panda digital stamp for these.

Here you can see them in use on the table with the food.  They looked great and I got a lot of compliments on them.

This is a sign we hung on the bathroom mirror.  It was by far the most fun decoration of the evening that I made.  I distressed the background with glimmer mist, distress ink and then I used fired brick distress ink heavily at the top and then sprayed it with a mini mister and let it drip down the page to look like dripping blood.  I am really happy with how it turned out.  After that I covered the sign in Pinhead quotes.  He sure had some good ones. 
 Just a close-up of Pinhead washing his hands because I find it extra funny.
 We hung spider webs all over and I cut out some spiders using my Bosskut Gazelle to hang in the webs all over the house.
 My husband actually made these panels to look like the puzzle box from Hellraiser.  I was super impressed with his crafting abilities.  They turned our really great!
Finally we printed out these small puzzle boxes from a jpeg we found on the internet and folded them and suspended them from the archway between our living room and dining room.  There were 8 in all.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Trick or Treat!

This week we are all about treats over at Frosted Designs.  We want you to create a project involving some holiday treats.  It doesn't have to be Halloween related (I am just on a roll with my Halloween stuff lately).  You can use any holiday you want.  It can be a project to hold treats, a card with a cute treat on the front or a layout about one of your favorite holiday treats. 

For my project this week I used a digital stamp from our awesome sponsor this week Purple Panda.  I have really started to fall for these digital stamps.  They are so fun and are really convenient since you can print out multiples at once, re-size them and they are just so versatile.  I when I was perusing the site I saw the R.I.P. stamp and knew that I had to have it.  We are throwing a Halloween party this year and we have been going all out with it.  I knew this stamp would be perfect for some of the treats we were making at the party.  So I made cupcake flags, treat cups and dish I.D. tags with the stamp for our party.  They are going to look great when everything is all set up together and I know our guests will get a total kick out of them. 

Friday, October 22, 2010

Die Cuts

This week at Frosted Designs we have another super fun challenge going on this week!  This week it is all about using die cuts on your project.  Die cuts are a great way to add fun shapes and texture to a project that would be almost impossible to do by hand (at least for me).  I love to use my Cuttlebug and my Bosskut Gazelle and with the two the possibilities are nearly endless.

This week I am still on a Halloween kick.  What can I say I just love Halloween.  It is such a fun time of year.  So this week I decided to go ahead and make some Halloween decoration for our house since it is seriously lacking at the moment.  I made a Happy Halloween sign using Graphic 45 paper (I just can't get enough of that Mad Hatter and the whole line) and I used my Cuttlebug to cut out the alphas and the circles used to make the flowers.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I want to first apologize for taking so long to get this up.  Things around here have been kinda rocky so I haven't been doing the best with keeping up with my blog.  What's the matter?  Well in the past 6 months I have gotten into running and lifting heavy weights and have been really enjoying doing both.  I have worked really hard and made some really big gains in both my speed, stamina and strength.  I have even been training for several races.

Recently I have been having some health problems that are starting to get in the way of that.  Most aren't very serious, but just require a bit of patience and rest to get over, but this past week I somehow managed to injure my knee.  The jury is still out on what I actually did to it and I won't know for another week as I have to have an MRI done and wait for the results, but it is looking more and more like I will have to drop out of my upcoming races.  It has been very frustrating to be sidelined with an injury and have two of my major past times taken away from me.  Honestly it has put me into one heck of a funk.  I have been in pity party mode and I haven't really felt like doing a whole lot of anything other than emotional eating and feeling sorry for myself.  Both are bad things and not very productive.  So here I am today vowing to try to snap out of it and get back to blogging, commenting, and most importantly crafting.

Now all that is out of the way....On to this week's challenge at Frosted Designs.  This week we are supposed to make a project that has to do with either Fall or Halloween.  I love Halloween and it is by far one of my favorite holidays so I knew that I wanted to do a Halloween project this week.  There was just one problem...I don't have kids and DH and I haven't done anything really picture worthy to celebrate Halloween much this year.  What's a girl to do?  I started to dig through a bunch of my old photos and thankfully found this photo of my adorable nephew from a few years ago all duded up as Spiderman for Halloween.  Thank God for nieces and nephews.  They always provide some adorable photos.  I gave this a bit of a Steampunk twist to it (because I seem to be obsessed with steampunk lately) and I used the AMAZING Graphic 45 line of Halloween papers.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010


This week's project for Frosted Designs is a little late, but I say better late than never!  This week at Frosted Designs you are challenged to use your own handwriting on a project.  The handwriting can be in the form of doodling, journaling, etc. as long as you write it with your own hand the sky is the limit.  I love doodling so much that I did 2 projects for this week.  The first is another one of my trash the dress layouts.  I used a ton of doodling on it.
 The second is a layout about me cradling my dog.  I used both doodling and handwriting on this layout.

Friday, October 1, 2010


This week on Frosted Designs I am host another challenge.  When coming up with this challenge I wanted to really challenge our followers and step just a little outside the box.  So I turned to my favorite pastime and that is reading books.  I love to read and I have been an avid reader since I was a little kid.  The books I read are very much interwoven into the fabric and story of my life.  So this week everyone is supposed to use a book to inspire their project.  Head on over and see all the great projects and learn about some great books.  Plus check out the new prize for the month of October!

Anyway...On to my project.  This week I chose the Dark Tower Series by Stephen King as my inspiration.  This series of 7 books is are some of my favorites.  I am currently re-reading them and will probably do so again countless times over my (hopefully long) life.  They are full of suspense, excitement, love, determination, sadness, intrigue, etc.  I just honestly can't say enough good things about these books.  I will admit that they get off to a bit of a slow start with book 1 (gotta cut Mr. King a break as he was only 19 when he wrote it), but if you make it past that you won't regret it.  So, my project...

First I will start with the title.  "The world has moved on " is a phrase that is used repeatedly in the books.  In the story the world has changed rapidly and time has gone a little funny.  Things just aren't quite as they seem.  I have used the title (and the hidden journaling) to express how much my "world" has moved on since the time of this picture.  I was only 20 or so at that time and things sure have changed.

For the overall style of the page I used Steampunk.  I felt it really fit well with the story as the story has a curious mix of old and new.  It isn't Victorian, but rather more Western so I shifted the focus of the Steampunk a little to be more western.  I once again used the new Graphic 45 paper, Steampunk Debutante, to make this page.

Next are the roses and the 1 3D red rose.  Roses were a big part of the story, but there is a single, special rose in the book.  It is almost a character in and of itself at times.  It holds the world and it has a huge draw over many of the characters.

The train is also in the 3rd and 4th books.  He is called "Charlie the Choo Choo" or "Blaine".  He is a train with superior knowledge who likes riddles and is a serious obstacle of the 5 main characters.

The bear is to represent the character, Shardik.  He is an guardian from the old ones and is a giant cyborg of sorts.  He is part machine and part flesh.  That is why I put the gears and cogs over the bear to show that.

Finally the number 19 is in the story a lot.  It holds a special significance that I believe comes from the fact that Stephen King was only 19 when he started writing this story. 

All in all I hope you enjoy the page and are inspired by the challenge.  I have a great time working on this layout.  Get busy crafting and reading!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Steampunk has become a new fascination for me.  It is a sub-genre of sci-fi (which I am a huge fan) and has recently made its way into the scrapping world.  It frequently has lots of Victorian and old futuristic elements.  It is very visually gritty at times and I tend to find it fairly appealing.  Recently I got the new Graphic 45 line Steampunk Debutante.   I have been having a lot of fun with this line and wanted to share a card I made for friend's 30th birthday.  I will more than likely be sharing a few more Steampunk inspired projects in the future.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Cut a Rug

OK so maybe don't cut a rug, but this week at Frosted Designs we are cutting up photos and pictures.  I love the look of creating mosaics and blocks with photos but it often a technique I forget to use.  I was excited to create a layout for this week's challenge and really had fun with this.  Head on over to Frosted Designs to see the other projects created by the design team this week.  Seriously the ladies outdid themselves this week and there is some great inspiration over there.
I cut my photo to look like a window pane so it emphasized the main portion of the photo.  Other than cutting up the photo I did a lot of wet distressing.  This may be one of my new favorite techniques!  It is so fun and I love the dimensional effect that it gives.  A lot of inspiration for this layout came from the Swirlydoos blog post demonstrating wet distressing.

Friday, September 10, 2010


This week at Frosted Designs we have another great challenge going on and another chance to win some Robyn's Fetishes digital stamps.  These stamps are seriously so cute you just have to head over and check them out!  On to the challenge though....This week we challenge you to use a quote on your project.  I couldn't decide which quote to use so I made two projects.  The first I made a card with the digital stamp "Book Worm" from Robyn's Fetishes.  As a librarian I just couldn't Pass up the uber cute book worm stamp.  The quote says "A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessities of life" -Henry Ward Beecher.
My second project was a Halloween layout of my nephew.  The quote says "When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the mood laughs and whispers, 'tis near Halloween'." -Unknown.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Photo Inspiration!

This week at Frosted Designs we have a great challenge and an even better prize.  Each week for the month of September we will be giving away either paper and digital stamps or just digital stamps from Robyn's Fetishes Digital Stamps.  These are so fun.  Seriously there are like so many stamps that range from adorable to beautiful to cool and fun.  Head over and check it out.  On to the challenge.  Once again we have a photo inspiration challenge going on.  We are using this photo

to influence our projects.  It is such a pretty photo with so much going on in it.  There are the textures colors, and tons of other elements.  For my project I was inspired by the pinks purples and greens and by the flowers.  This is what I created.
I used the August Little Red Scrapbook kit and Robyn's Fetishes "Poppy Fairy" stamp for this birthday card.

Monday, August 23, 2010

So much work so little time

Once again things here have been pretty crazy.  I haven't had much time to update my blog.  Heck I have barely had enough time to even get any crafting done in the first place.  So that means that I have quite a few projects that I need to post.  We'll start with the most recent and work our way backwards.  That is because this most recent one is a challenge that is still going on over at Frosted Designs.  This week you are challenged to make a back to school project.  For my project I created an altered lunch box for my niece.  Her birthday is right around the beginning of the school year so I thought it would make a great birthday present.

The next project was for our celebrate life challenge at Frosted Designs a few weeks ago.  You were basically supposed to somehow celebrate life in your project.  I interpreted this challenge by scrapping a layout about one of my passions in life.  I LOVE to food.  I love to cook, eat and learn about food.  It is something that I spend a lot of time reading about, thinking about and dreaming about.

And Finally This layout isn't for a challenge at Frosted Designs.  It is just something that I thought was WAY too cute to not share.  This is a layout about my sister's dog (the big one) and my dog (the little one).  They are different in almost every way.  Mine is old, hers is young.  Mine is high strung, hers is mellow.  Besides all their differences they have the best time playing together.  My sister took this photo of the two of them after a long day of playing together.  We like to call them the "twins"

Monday, August 2, 2010

This Way!

This week at Frosted Designs the challenge is to use and arrow somewhere on your layout.  Head over and check out all the great work by the design team.  I didn't get mine done this week in time to have it up on Frosted Designs, but I did make sure to get it done so I can still participate in the fun challenge.  Arrows are a great way to give direction to a project or highlight a certain aspect of the page or a photo.  For my I used a photo of my nephew leading us down a path at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens.  He was our guide when we went off on a wooded path and it was just too cute.  I thought the arrows would be a great addition to this page because he was pointing the way for us.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Capturing Mountains

I recently did a swap on a non-crafting related message board that I belong to.  The swap was to exchange local goodies to help someone learn about your area of the country.  Most people were sending food related items in their swap, but I was having some difficulty coming up with anything for Colorado.  We don't really have a local food unless you want to count Rocky Mountain Oysters and I wasn't too keen on sending those to my unsuspecting swap buddy.  That would just be kind of cruel.  I did end up sending some food from local all natural food companies here in Colorado, but I didn't think that was enough.  One thing that Colorado is really know for is our gorgeous mountains.  We are VERY proud of our mountains and pretty much think that they make Colorado on of the prettiest places on Earth.  So I wanted to send something that represented the mountains, but not just a photo or a rock.  What's a girl to do?  I finally figured it out... Why not make a set of blank cards with a mountain theme and some natural hand made papers.  So I set to work.  I had some hand made paper that I have had sitting around for years that I broke out and I also broke out my Bosskut Gazelle to cut out some leaves and mountain shapes.  I decided the best thing to do to make the mountains was to create a stencil with my Gazzelle and spray them on with Glimmer Mist.  I am really happy with how they turned out and I hope my swap buddy enjoys the cards.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Bursting into Song

This week at Frosted Designs the challenge is super awesome!  Why is it so awesome you ask...well because I am hosting it and I came up with it.  So this week I challenge you to use some song lyrics on your layout card or project.  Let us know the artist too so we can get to know some great new music.

For my layout I used Sarah Mclachlan's song "Loving You is Easy".  The lyrics say "loving you is easy, loving you is wonderous, shout it from the rooftops"  I have really been enjoying this song on her new album so when I went to scrap this photo of my husband I felt it was a perfect fit.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Border Punches

Border Punches are so much fun and add a really great element to a layout, card or project.  I only have two right now, but I sure do use the heck out of them.  This week at Frosted Designs we are challenging you to bust out those border punches for your project this week.  Head on over and see what the rest of the design team has done.

For my layout I used the Fiskars Effervescence punch.  This is a layout about my grandma's 80th birthday party.  We threw her a surprise party and had a weekend full of celebration with family from out of state.  Notice the banner in the picture on the left....I made that for her.  It was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun.

Friday, July 9, 2010


This week at Frosted Designs our challenge for you is to use felt on a layout, card or project.  I have had tons of felt ribbon laying around and this gave me a great excuse to actually use some!  Head over to Frosted Designs to check out the other projects from the design team.

I used the Little Red Scrapbook June Kit for this layout.  I am loving this kit.  It's colors are just beautiful and all the papers fit so well with my style. 

Friday, June 25, 2010

Color Challenge

This week at Frosted Designs we had another color challenge.  So far I have been loving the color combos that they have given us and this week's is no exception.  The colors are Turquoise, orange, yellow and green.  All great colors that work so well together.  Head over to Frosted Designs to check out all the great projects by the rest of the design team. 

I had a lot of fun making this layout.  Especially the "Springs" portion of the title.  I wanted some more turquoise for the title, but didn't really have any turquoise alphas that I liked.  Rather than using my cuttlebug or Gazelle I had an idea to use my New Grungepaper by Tim Holtz and Glimmer Mist.  Two things that I totally love.  I cut the Grungepaper into 1.5"x1" rectangles and then inked them with Broken China Distress Ink.  Then I got out an old set of alpha stencils that I have and Sprayed the Graphite Glimmer Mist through the desired letter.  I loved the kinda messy quality it gave the letters.  I decided to help people actually be able to read it I would outline the letters with a black marker.  Ta-Da!  Fun and different alphas in the exact colors I wanted.  I have to say I was really pleased with how they turned out.

This week I was also doing some scrapping for fun and I really liked how this layout turned out so I thought I would share.  I gave my sister a half completed album of layouts of her kids for her birthday in March and told her that if she provided me the pictures I would happily make more layouts for her.  I created this layout using the June Little Red Scrapbook Kit.  I was so excited when I got the kit last week and I couldn't wait to bust it open.  This layout is of my niece and nephew last September.  We were in a park that has a stream running through it.  They were told to stay out of the water because Colorado streams are no where near warm in September (or at anytime really).  Well a few minutes later my niece came running up soaked.  She said the dog pulled them in.  A likely story.  Anyway they ended up playing in the stream.  I titled it "Didn't Fall Far" because it reminds me of something my siblings and I would have done when we were kids.  The apples didn't fall far from the tree.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Unexpected items

This week's challenge at Frosted Designs is to use an unexpected item on your project.  Check out the really cool projects created by the rest of the design team.  I didn't get this one done on time to have it up on the blog with all the other design teams layouts,  but at least I can get it up on my site during the week the challenge is running and link it to Frosted Designs' blog, right?

So...What was my unexpected item?  The green leaf shaped button on the bottom of the layout was actually a piece of one of my shoes that fell off awhile back.  I had kept it forever because I thought it would look great on a scrapbook layout and this challenge finally gave me a great excuse to use it!

Also you should DEFINITELY participate in some of the challenges going on this month at Frosted Designs.  There is an amazing prize pack being offered for one lucky participant at the end of June.  Really fun stuff.  You won't be sorry. 

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Finally back in the swing of things

My wonderful husband and I got to go on our first vacation in over two years at the beginning of June.  It was such a wonderful trip and we had a great time.  I was VERY needed and really helped both of us get away and feel refreshed.  We were gone for almost 2 weeks and between getting ready for vacation, being on vacation, and then catching up now that I am back it seems like I haven't had any time for crafting or blogging in a LONG time.  I am finally feeling like things are settling down and I have time to devote back to my wonderful blog and blog followers.  So how about some catching up!  We have had two projects posted over at Frosted Designs these last few weeks that I haven't blogged about.  I usually like to make layouts if possible, but May and June are chocked FULL of birthdays, anniversary, holidays, etc. for my family so I made some cards these weeks.

First we were supposed to use at least 5 buttons on a project.  Some of my friends just had a new baby and I was sending them a gift so I figured that the "Cute as a Button" theme went well with our challenge for the week.  I used the Little Red Scrapbook April kit for the majority of this card.

Second we had to make a project using glitter!  I love using little accents of glitter on my projects, but I wanted to really showcase the glitter on this one.  I covered the thickers I used on this anniversary card (for my husband) with Icicle Stickles.  I love the look it gave them.  I also used Waterfall Stickles to add the blue dots along the edges of the orange patterned paper.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Photo Inspiration

This week at Frosted Designs we have a really cool challenge going on!  We are taking this photo and we are using it to inspire a layout card or project.

You can be inspired by the colors, textures, design, etc. of the photo, but use it to make some sort of project.  I used the flower design and texture of the flower to inspire my layout.  I also made sure to use both green and purple.  I had so much fun making this layout. 

Friday, May 21, 2010


Who doesn't love shoes! I know I do.  This week at Frosted Design we are supposed to create a project that has a shoe on it in some way.  Head over to Frosted Designs and see all the great projects created by the rest of the design team.  Now I will be the first to admit that my project was a bit of a stretch, but Bombshell stamp IS wearing boots and boots are a kind of shoe.  I really just wanted an excuse to use my stamp.  Love those things.
 I used the April Little Red Scrapbook kit for this card. 

Monday, May 17, 2010

One of my favorite things and some catching up.

It has been awhile since I have updated my blog.  Bad of me, I know.  Life just gets crazy sometimes.  I wanted to take some time to update you all with some recent projects that I have created.  The first one is a layout I did for's National Scrapbooking Day All week challenge.  For this challenge we were supposed to scrap a picture of a thing.  No people or pets allowed.  I knew the photo I wanted to use immediately!  I realized this Hanukkah that I didn't have ANY photos of the gorgeous menorah that my grandmother gave to me.  I made it a point to take a photo of the menorah on the 8th night of Hanukkah so it would be full of candles burning bright.  This menorah is very special to me and definitely one of my prized possessions.  My grandmother gave it to me when I moved out on my own and she picked one for me that so perfectly fits my style.  I think it it beyond beautiful.  I used the Basic Grey Ambrosia line for this layout because it is one of my favorite paper lines.  I thought mixing favorites was fitting.
  Next I wanted to share a layout that I did for Frosted Designs 2 weeks ago!  This was for their sanding challenge.  We were supposed to use sand paper on our project to distress it.  Sanding is a great distressing technique, but I never seem to remember to use it.  It was great to be given the excuse to do it.  I sanded many of the printed papers and also the main photo's edges.  This is a layout about my niece's 6th birthday.
 Finally our project this week at Frosted Design is to make a project using the colors of the rainbow.  I felt that Basic Grey's Lime Rickey line was perfect for this challenge.  It has every color right there in the paper.  Plus it is just so bright and fun!