I’ve been everywhere man!

You know the song?  Well I have been.  Yikes.  And my camera battery charger was stolen at the airport so I can’t upload photos which is why I haven’t posted in a while.  (insert sad face!)

So since my last post (which I didn’t get the graphic for mother’s day posted.  sorry!) I have been to Donna Downey’s Inspired, then my last show with Rusty Pickle in Buffalo NY, then Orlando with Tattered Angels, then Arlington TX with Melissa Frances, then off for two weeks (Praise God!) then to Chantilly, VA with Melissa Frances, off a week (but was at VBS with my church), then to Atlanta with Melissa Frances!

Wheew!  Only wish I got to scrap during that time.  Sometimes I feel like I’ve lost the love of this industry and its just become a job.  Then I do a layout and remember why I love it!  OOOh I do have a layout to show you!  I did this one for Scrapbook Chicks and they featured it on the Finished in Fifteen!  Take a look:

That used the My Mind’s Eye Jack and Jill line!  I love it!  I love getting that box from Scrapbook Chicks.  It’s like Christmas!  Yay!

Tonight on Scrapbook Chicks blog they are doing a Finished in Fifteen!  It will be great!

So what am I working on now?  Let’s see. . . just booked the fall retreat (more about that in a couple of days), just got my box from Scrapbook Chicks (yay!), oh!, and I am working on Back to School gifts for teachers.  Any fabulous ideas?  I want to do a hybrid card, so I’ll share the art I do for that.  Other than that, I’m golden for another two and a half weeks.  Maybe I can clean my house in that time. Yeah right!

Talk to you soon!  (Maybe tomorrow!)

Happy Scrappy,
Mandie

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Where have I been?

Oh my I have been busy. And very little of it had to do with scrapping. Let’s see I’ve traveled for Rusty Pickle and met some fabulous friends in Kentucky. Got to hang out with one of my favorite people, Kim. Then I had the retreat. I met some totally fabulous new friends, heard the word vagina about 1000 times thanks to my favorite labor & delivery nurse, learned a great photo trick from my new favorite photographer friend Amy, ate like a rock star and generally had the best weekend in a long time!

Then my beautiful Faith was in Future Little Miss Hartford. She won best dressed, best on-stage answer, and 1st runner up. She had a blast. It was like her entire life was training for this! Fab! (pics to come!)

Oh, designed a new website’s logo! If you are looking for scrappy goodness this is a great site! And designed a friends new blog design. It will be up and running soon!

I spilt coffee on my laptop and was out of touch for a week. That was torture. I am ready to be back to normal! Tomorrow I am going to post a tutorial on paper flowers and Faith’s pictures. So, check back with me! Until then,

Happy Scrappy,
Mandie

A new door. . .

As they say, “When one door closes, another one opens.”

I have not announced it on my blog yet because I am so sad, but Rusty Pickle is closing.  I am sad that I was only able to be with them for six short months and even more sad because I love their paper.  They are looking into taking some of their designs digital so I will keep you updated on that!

But my other door opened!  I met Christie on the convention circuit about 2 years ago.  She has fabulous tshirts

and hats I can’t resist!!! (I couldn’t find a photo of my favorite!)

So back to the story, I met Christie, loved her stuff, then she starts a kit club.  Now about this time not only does she start a kit club but she expands from scrapbook appearal to scrapabook goodies!  Yep!  Goodies!!!!  Chick n’ Feed (buttons Yay!), Chick n’ Feathers (flowers) and Chick n’ Noodles (ribbon) are three of the new items Two Chicks Designs now offers.

What choice do I have?  I must apply!  I love all her stuff!

So I am honored to say I was accepted and am now on the Two Chicks Design Team!  YAY!!!! So look for some fabulous new layouts featuring all her new fabulous stuff!!!

Happy Scrappy,
Mandie

My last Rusty Pickle project

I am so sad to say that Rusty Pickle is going out of business.  I was only designing for them for 6 months but it was fun!  This is my last project: a bow holder for my niece!  I used the Pirate Princess line, Rusty Pickle heart chipboard, a wooden L, a flat 8×10 canvas, misc. glitter chipboard letters from M’s, Misc. black ribbon from M’s.

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And I am so happy to announce that I was chosen for the design team for a great company’s new kit club: Two Chicks . I am so excited about that.

Happy Scrappy,
Mandie

End of the month reminders!

Hey, there is a lot going on around the little ol’ blog!

First, my October projects! I made a chore chart for each of the kids and a “Christmas Memories” clothes pin!

For Drew I used the new Thriller line! To make his buttons stick to each day of the week I used little velcro dots!

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Faith’s chore chart was made using Candy Land! Each day is counted off using buttons with a magnet back on it.

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Last I made a Christmas Memories Clothes Pin. I made a button bouquet tree to mimic the tree in the White Christmas paper line!

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Second, don’t forget you can win the brand new Thriller line by entering the contest over at A Cherry On Top here!

Last, have you heard about LOAD? Its a Layout Of the Day Challenge. It will be full of inspiration and goodies!!!! Check out the blog entry below this one! And please if you would like any more information, email me!

Happy Scrappy,
Mandie

Fall is in the air!

In Alabama there are really only two seasons: Hot and Not so Hot.  We have finally hit the not so hot although according to the news we will be back to HOT by the weekend.  But man this cool air has put me in the fall mood.  So, yesterday I started pulling out the fall decorations.  I had started working on my monthly Rusty Pickle projects already and decided to go completly fall!  I am very pleased with my new entry way sign:

Welcome Fall

Then I made a set of 3 cards which I think I’m going to give to Faith’s teacher:

Fall Cards

Thanks for looking and
Happy Scrappy,
Mandie

It’s a blog hop!

Welcome Hoppers!!! I am so glad you have made it my way! I am at a scrapbook retreat with bad lighting so please excuse the bad photo, I will scan this when I get home on Sunday and give you guys a better view! Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you make my blog and Rusty Pickle a regular stop!

Below is a fabulous layout featuring my very good friend Amy’s daughter Harper and her grandfather, Papa.

Measure of Love

For you first time “hoppers” this is how it works. You start at the Rusty Pickle Blog and “hop” across visiting a series of Blogs where each will link to the next “stop”. Each Chef will have a Rusty Pickle creation to share for inspiration and will have a link to whatever Blog you should visit next. As a added bonus, after visiting all the Blogs, come back to the Rusty Pickle blog and post a comment with what your favorite project was.  On Monday, we will be randomly selecting a winner to get a fabulous “Pickled Prize”.

So get your “Hop” on and “Hop” on over to our talented chef Mou to see what she has created.

Tell me what your favorite Rusty Pickle line is and you could win some great Rusty Pickle goodies!  I will draw a winner Tuesday morning.  So be sure to check back, you may just win a prize!

Happy Scrappy,
Mandie