Friday, November 30, 2012

My First Post

Happy Friday friends,

It's my very first blog post over at Chic Tags. 

I sure would appreciate it if you would pop over to the blog to see what I created using Veronica's fabulous product, and say hi.  Thanks in advance for taking the time, it means a lot!

Here's a little sneak peek...

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

If The Shoe Fits

Sharing a layout I created for Let's Capture These Sketches last week.

Meet Eden, my crazy passionate, cracks me up with the funny things she says and does girl.
Jouranling reads: Eden's feet grew about tow sizes during the summer of 2012.  We were shopping for school shoes when she comes up to me wearing these beauties.  She was so happy they fit.  She flt very grown up in them, and seriously wanted me to buy them for her.  There was no way that was happening. (We decided to make a quick pit stop at one of the local shoe stores directly after Dance Camp one day (hence the body suit, and shorts)

Once again Jocelyn delivered in the sketch department.  Sketch #159 over at Let's Capture These Sketches features a lot of blocking to work with.  To this type A personality neat orderly lines often make me happy.
Hop over here to see how the rest of the team interpreted the sketch, and to link up your own take if you'd like.

Thanks for popping in today friends!

♥ S.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

You & Me

Just popping in to share a layout I had up, over at Let's Capture Our Memories the other day.  

Have you seen the new Pink Paislee Portfolio Collection?  I just love it.  yellow, cream, and grey seem to be very big right now in the industry, and Pink Paislee mixes them perfectly in this new line.  I had this photo of my little buddy Nyah and I kicking around since summer.  I love this photo of the two of us.  She is one great kid!  I knew I wanted to create a great layout with this sweet photo of us.  With this collection, and the help of my Silhouette Cameo, I think I did pretty good.

You can see the Portfolio papers in the shop here.  I added some old Echo Park Charming brads, and some Mr. Huey's, as well as some more of Shelley's flair from that Etsy shop I told you about earlier.  I hid the journaling on the tag with the pull out ribbon under the banner flair badge.  It reads "I couldn't love this girl anymore if she were my own.  I remember praying fore her while she was still in China.  She's been here 4 yrs now, and she blesses us all."

I love the way this turned out.  The muted colours really allow the photo to pop.  Is there a collection you've fallen in love with lately?

Thanks so much for popping in today,
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Guesting at Use It Tuesday

I won a guest spot with the girls at Use It Tuesday a few weeks ago.  You can see the layout that won the spot here.  Today is the day I'm up on their blog.  I love what their mission - to encourage scrappers to use up their hoarded, or simply forgotten about supplies.

The challenge they have for you today is to use a stamp that has never been inked.  I'd be willing to bet you have one, or two, or 5 kicking around too, just like me. 

This Jillibean Soup Travel set came in a Scrapbook Nook kit two summers ago.
I loved that globe, but somehow just never got around to using it.  I had only used 3 of these 9 stamps in fact. 

This challenge combined with our recent trip to Las Vegas provided the perfect opportunity to ink it up.  I decided to emboss it so I could set it on top of a few layers.
I used the October kit from Scraptastic to complete the layout, along with a sheet of Studio Calico paper that I've also been hanging on to for months, and months also.
The painted background was done using a Pink Paislee mask
Hidden journaling exposed
more horded product: Sass letter, MME brad, and SC arrows
I am so happy with the way this layout turned out.  I always enjoy adding several bits and pieces to my layout, but often forget that stamps can get the job done too.  Please hop over to the UIT blog to see what the rest of the team pulled out of their hoarded stash for this week's challenge.  Perhaps we've inspired you to pull out some of those stamps and get 'em dirty.  If so please link us up.  You have a week and a half to link up.

A huge thank you to Siobhan and team for having me today!

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Let's Get Sketchy Reveal

Happy Monday friends,

I have a new sketch to share with you today.  Laura created this beauty for us to work with this week.

I had a lot of fun playing around with this one.  Moved a few things, and layered to my heart's content.  This is what I came up with.

Isn't that flair adorable.  I ordered if from Shelley at aflairforbuttons on Etsy. She's got adorable stuff in her shop.
The rest of the product is from older Studio Calico kits.  
Don't forget that linking up for 3 out of 4 of our monthly sketches, gets you into the drawing for the giveaway.  This month it's a fabulous prize from Paper Issues that could be making it's way into your hands.  You also have a chance to be our Guest designer in an upcoming month simply by linking up.  You can do so right here, and check out what the rest of the DT created.

Happy Monday, and thanks for popping in today.

♥ S.

eta: Cyber Monday sale at Chic Tags!!!!  30% off all tags one day only.  Check it out here.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Ready, Set, Go

I mentioned that I had the privilege of attending Crop & Crete in Saskatoon a couple of weekends ago.  I realized last night that I hadn't yet shared anything from the event.  Let me edit my photos, and I'll do a post with them next week okay?!

In the meantime let me share a fun layout I created for one of the challenges over the weekend.  The challenge was to "emphasize fonts".  We were free to interpret that in whatever way we felt like.  I decided to go with a mix of fonts in bright, bold colours to go with the Amy Tangerine Ready Set go papers that I chose to use. 
Quote source
The quote is one that I discovered online while searching for something to go with the photo of my second favorite Starbucks mug (my favorite on is a Christmas one, I think I'll create a layout on that one too at some point, ha ha).  The journaling reads "I couldn't agree more.  My ceramic Starbucks mug is my best friend every morning of the week."

I didn't win the challenge, but I did win a different one.  I'll share that layout with you sometime soon. 

Have a great day friends.  I so appreciate you taking the time to pop in!

♥ S.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I have a teenager?!?

My baby (she detests being called that, by the way) is thirteen today.
I used the City Sidewalks collection by Pink Paislee, and several Chic Tags to capture the memory.

  We took these photos last week at Starbucks, it was a little treat after the orthodontist, before heading back to school for the day.  I can't believe that what was once only a dream is now a living, breathing, spunky, diligent, and hard working, mouthy at times, fashionable, kind, and loving (when she wants to be) young woman of mine.  I am blessed, and I thank God everyday for the privilege of raising her.

Journaling reads: "How often I heard 'cherish it, it goes by quickly'.  When you were little I didn't really believe it.  I can still remember bringing you home - so tiny and perfect.  Look at you now.  Growing into a beautiful young lady.  Be still my heart."

Happy 13th Birthday to my beautiful girl!

♥ S.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Chic Tags Winners

I have a couple of winners to announce today for last weekend's Chic Tags Blog Hop.

I used to help me select a winner.

Congratulations.  Please email me @ sherrifunkATgmailDOTcom with your mailing address so I can get it to Veronica, who will get your December Daily kit in the mail to you asap.

And here is the little grab bag I have to offer to one of you who were existing, or became a brand new follower of my blog.
25 Days Arrows, Spring Doilies, Photo Circles, and Journaling Tags
Once again Random Generator helped me choose a winner.

Congratulations Danielle!  Just send your snail mail address to the email I've provided above, and I'll get your goodies in the mail as soon as I hear from you.

Thank you once again everyone for hopping along with us at Chic Tags, and following along with me on this bloggy journey I call life!

Have a wonderful day!

♥ S.

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SEM November Sketch Challenge

Nicole has provided us with this sketch from Sassy Sketches to work with this month.

I have been taking the Silhouette Cameo sponsored Cut-It-Out Class by Studio Calico this month.  And this sketch was the perfect opportunity for me to use my new machine to create pinked circles to use as my background.  This cut was the first one we learned how to make in the class, so I couldn't wait to put it to good use.

Here is the layout I created about my handsome nephew using the sketch and a few cuts from my silhouette.

The twist was to use a number on our layout so I placed his first initial and his age in red onto the first photo.  He's such an easy subject to scrap, with his adorable personality and million dollar smile.  I used the journaling stickers from My Mind's Eye to record my journaling for this one.  It read's "Love this kid's spectacular, so bit, brilliant, cute, bright, beautiful smile."

You can see what others on the team came up with using the same sketch by popping over to the blog here.

And don't for get our gracious sponsor for the month is Peace, Love & Scrapbooking Kit Club.  As a special treat they are also offering Scrapping Everyday Miracle members an additional 15% off this months kit, all you have to do is quote GC0906338 at check out.  Hop over here to grab yours.  You have until November 30 at 11:59PST to link up your creations.

Happy Monday friends!

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Sunday, November 18, 2012


Thank you to all of you who joined me on the Let's Get Sketchy Blog Hop last week.  And a special thank you to my new followers.

Because those who became new followers and linked me up on any form of social media had more than on entry into the draw for my Sn@p rak, I had to do the draw old school style. 

Here are all your names in a bowl (everyone who commented was put into the draw at least once)
And here is the lucky winner as blindly selected by my youngest daughter Eden (can you see how happy she is to have been included in this little activity?!)

Congratulations you have won yourself these fabulous new Simple Stories Sn@p stickers. 
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!  You will have 7 days to contact me to claim your prize. Please email me at sherrifunkATgmailDOTcom, with your full name and snail mail address.  If I do not hear from you by Sunday November,25 I will redraw and post the new winner the following Monday.

Thank you all for playing along.  Be sure to check the Let's Get Sketchy Blog to see if you were also the winner of the Grand Prize, and/or Brenshevia's Grab Bag that was also up for grabs.

Check back here tomorrow for a new sketch challenge!

Happy Sunday friends,
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Chic Tags Blog Hop

Welcome to my very fist Chic Tags blog hop!  We are celebrating the arrival of all the new Christmas goodies in the shop, as well, as the addition of several Design Team members, yours truly included. If you've arrived here from Janna's blog  you are in the right place.  If you'd like to do the hop in order I would suggest heading back to the Chic Tags blog and letting our sweet Team Leader Veronica welcome you.

I will keep this short and sweet, as there are a few of us on the hop, and I don't want to hold you up.  I used several of the new tags to layer and embellish a page of my girls, and my hubby & me from last Christmas. 

25 Days Mini Tags, 25 Days Stamp Numbers, Crate Paper buttons
Delightful Paper Tags, 25 Days Mini Tags, 25 Days Journaling Cards
25 Days Jouranling Tags, 25 Days Journaling Cards, 25 Days Icons
lots of layering, and dimension on this layout
I love taking photos in front of the tree on Christmas morning, it's always a great reference point when looking back to really see how much the girls have grown and changed from year to year.  Journaling reads: "Of all the gifts given and received on Christmas morning.  None are as precious as this.  Our little family of five."

Now for Veronica's wonderful prize.  You have a chance to win one of these December Daily Kits along with some fabulous new, hot off the press Christmas themed flair buttons.
Not only do I have a set to give away, but each of the Design Team members will be giving away a set also.  That's 12 chances to win folks.  The giveaway is open to readers worldwide.  But you only have until Sunday, November 18th at 8 pm PST to leave a comment, and enter for your chance at making these babies yours.  I will sweeten the deal for you here on my blog by giving away my own little assortment of Chic Tag goodness.  All you need to do to get in on the extra grab bag is become a follower, and leave me a comment telling me you've done so.

Also because Veronica wants to bless as many readers as possible through this hop, she is offering all my readers 25% off everything in the store until the end of the hop.  Simply use code:DEC25 at check out.  This code will expire the same time as the hop Sunday, November 18th at 8 pm PST.  Run, don't walk, to take advantage of this code asap.

Thanks for popping in today.  Your next stop on the hop is my scrappy friend Jennie.  I just know she's going to have something great in store for you!

♥ S.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Coming tomorrow...

Be here at 6 AM PST to get in on some jaw dropping scrappy inspiration, and claim your chance at a fabulous Christmas Chic Tags prize.  I may even have a little something of my own up for grabs.

See you then!

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The Real Story

Shared this layout at Let's Capture Our Memories the other day.

I used the new Amy Tangerine papers, and cuts from the Studio Calico Cut It Out Class on my new Silhouette Cameo to complete it.  It captures my thoughts on the cowboy boots I purchased while in Las Vegas a few weeks ago.

Journaling Reads: "I've changed my mind about cowboy boots.  They're just okay on guys, but they ROCK on girls."

Hope you're in the middle of a great week friends,

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Let's Get Sketchy Reveal

A new sketch is alive and well over at Let's Get Sketchy, and we'd love for you to come and play along.

Here is my take this week
My nephew Jayden, one of the happiest kids I know
I have used the fabulous October Scraptastic Kit featuring Echo Park For The Record 2 papers.  Ive added a couple of Studio Calico hearts, and a doily from my stash.  That funky banner is something I've seen my friend, and uber talented scrappy friend Nicole do a couple of times.  I had a traditional looking banner at first but found it too rigid looking with so many square corners on the layout.  Changing the banner up a bit made the layout feel a little more playful .

Here is the sketch we worked with

Don't forget there's a new sketch every week, and you have all month to link up with us.  Playing along with us at least 3 times over the month will get you into the drawing for our sponsored prize.  Pop over here to see last weeks sketch.  You can link up this week's take, right here.

And don't forget you still have until Wednesday to link up a Fall Themed creation for your chance at the fabulous Prima Blog Hop prize pack.  As well as an extra chance at my Simple Stories giveaway.  Head over here to do so.

Happy Scrapping, and thanks a bunch for popping in today.

♥ S.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sketch #157 Reveal

As you read this I will be in Saskatoon enjoying Crop & Create with a couple of girlfriends, hoping to make even more while I'm there.  Can't wait to tell you all about it.  In the meantime check out the sketch Jocelyn hooked us up with this week at Let's Capture These Sketches.
I loved all the strips. This month I tried something different.  I tried to stay 100% true to the sketch.
Journaling reads: I don't believe there is much more in this life that is sweeter than a daddy playing with his baby. 
As you can see I failed miserable.  The sketch is still very visible, but it's definitely not exactly the same.  Oh well maybe next time.

The photos are of hubby and my youngest, Eden playing on the merry-go-round at the lake this past summer.  When is the last time you were on one of those?  Anyone else like me, and get nauseous just watching kids go round, and round on the thing?

If you'd like to see what the rest of the team created using the sketch, or link up your own take on the sketch, please pop over here.

Thanks for popping in today.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

LGS Blog Hop

Welcome to the very first Let’s Get Sketchy blog hop!! We at Let's Get Sketchy are so very excited about our first blog hop!

If you have arrived here from Michelle's blog welcome to the LGS blog hop!! If you have stumbled across this by chance and want to play along then you can head back to the Let’s Get Sketchy site to start at the beginning and to start collecting your Fall challenge words. These words should be bolded on each DT member’s pages.  Once you have gathered all the words they will form a quote related to Fall. Tell us that quote by emailing it to for an extra rak of scrap goodies!

Fall is such a beautiful time of the year, its when the leaves start changing colors and everything around us is beautiful.  It is also the season of Thanksgiving, which reminds us to take a moment to reflect on all the things we are most thankful for.

So in celebration of Fall we are hosting a Fall Color Combo challenge.  You are to use the colors below and create ANY project related to Fall.  It can be a layout, card, mixed media project or altered item.  The sky is the limit!  Once your project is completed, please return to LGS an upload your project using Mr. Linky.

Please use the color combo below:

You MUST use all of the colors in the picture (light blue, autumn red, yellow, brown, green)

Here is my little piece of Fall Inspiration to share with you using all the colours above.  Simple Stories Harvest Lane with the perfect collection to work with for this colour challenge, no birds or butterflies, but still super cute.  Not only did the colours match perfectly, but the simple design I chose took me a mere 15 minutes to create from start to finish. 
This layout was made using the scraps I had left from working with this line for some layouts I created for my LSS.  Proof that you don't need mountains of paper to create lovely pages.
Here are the rules for playing and winning:
1. You MUST be a follower of each LGS team members blog and leave a comment on each blog
2. You MUST also be a follower of the LGS blog.
Please make sure you visit the entire team today as some members are hosting additional blog challenges during the hop and offering their own extra goodies for you so the more you play the more chances for you to win!

The winner of the hop will be randomly selected and will win the beautiful Prima collection below. 
**NB:embellishments may vary
All blog hop entries must be linked up to the LGS blog by midnight CST, Thursday November 15, 2012.   

As a bonus for my blog readers (anywhere in the world) I have a little rak of my own to offer.  The fabulous new Sn@p Collection by Simple Stories is bursting with colour, and fun fresh designs for any level of scrapper/card maker.  I managed to snag a package of sticker sheets from my LSS before they were all gone, to give away right here on my blog. 
There are 8 sheets in total
Here are a few ways for you to get in on this giveaway.

1. become a follower of my blog, thank you in advance for doing so :)
2. share about my giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  Each method used will earn you an extra ticket into the drawing
3. linking up a Fall themed project to the LGS blog by the deadline will earn you yet another ticket.

That's up to five chances to win!  Just leave me a link for each time you've shared and I'll throw your name into the proverbial hat.  You have until November 15th at midnight CST to enter.  I will post the winner of my rak, right here on my blog on Saturday November 17.  Good luck to each of you!

Now hop on over to our fearless leader Brenshevia's blog to see what kind of inspiration she has in store for you!

Happy Hopping friends!

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Popping In

To tell you about this...
That's right Let's Get Sketchy will be celebrating the US Thanksgiving with a blog hop this coming weekend.  Several of us on the team will be involved with Fall themed inspiration, challenges, a grand prize, and several raks along the way.  I have managed to snag a package of the brand spankin' new Simple Stories Sn@p sticker sheets.  This line is so vibrant, and fun, it practically flew off the shelves the minute I stocked them last Saturday at my LSS.  I thought it would make a great rak for one of my lucky followers.  I promise to have a photo for you by the weekend.

The sun has not shone here in Manitoba for 8 days.  It's making me crazy.  The gloominess makes it hard to be upbeat for one.  And two, the clouds, and grey sky make photographing my scrappy projects super difficult.  The colours never look right, no matter how hard I try, especially if I've used a white cardstock as my base.  Really hoping it comes back to us soon.

Anyhow, save the date and plan to stop by and hop along with us this weekend.

Hope to see you there,

♥ S.

 Woke up to discover I won the October challenge over at Use It Tuesday.  You can see the post here.  I'll have the opportunity to guest for them sometime soon.  Pretty excited about that.  I'll keep you posted.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

SEM Challenge #22

Where did October go?  It doesn't seem possible that today is really November 5th.  It is however, and the good news is that another Monthly Challenge has been posted over at Scrapping Everyday Miracles.

This month Cara has challenged us to create a layout that focuses on family.  My gang never fails to offer me all kinds of inspiration.  I used photos from a little shoot we did for a girlfriend who was finishing up a photography course in June and needed a family to shoot.  I think she did a great job.  She captured some lovely family shots of us, and even indulged us a bit and let us be a little wild and crazy for a few (that's the real us anyhow, ha ha)

Journaling reads: Good looking & FUN.  Yup, that's us in a nutshell.
I worked with the the brand spakin' new Sn@p Collection by Simple Stories.  They have totally moved into my number one manufacturer spot I tell you.  This line is playful and fun, and perfect for both full page layouts, their Sn@p (6x8) albums, and Project Life.  When I saw the papers I just knew they'd go great with these photos of my crazy little family.  I've also use The Crafters Workshop 6x6 chicken wire mask, and a Pink Paislee mistable butterfly.  The twist this month is to use ribbon on your layout.

Pop over here to see what the rest of the team came up with, and get all the deets on our gracious sponsor for the month Peace, Love & Scrapbooking Kit Club.  As a special treat they are also offering Scrapping Everyday Miracle members an additional 15% off this months kit, all you have to do is quote GC0906338 at check out.  Hop over here to grab yours.

Hope to see you link up with us this month.

Happy Monday friends, may the week be off to a great start for you.

♥ S.
(eta: not sure what's up with Blogger, this shows it is scheduled to go live at 5 AM Central time on November 5, but posted tonight, obviously the SEM post will not be up yet, it will go live on the 5th, sorry folks).  Pin It