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Winner, winner time!!!

8 Jan

Somehow I scheduled this and just found out it never posted!

I owe someone a RETRO custom made embellishment kit!

This was from a very fun Retro Birthday blog hop..

You can see my 80’s projects here!!

Here is the kit I designed and am giving away..

I had 39 comments in this HOP!  WOW!!  Thanks everyone!

Here is what had to say about it:

Who was my 24th comment?

Drum-roll please!!!



So Liz if you are out there I will need your address…

Have a great night..I’m outta here!


New Authentique Paper Sketch Challenges

1 Oct

Have you gotten your hands on some Authentique Paper yet?

Do you like to win free stuff?

Do you like to use sketches?

Well…get on over to Authentique Paper’s blog and join us in our latest challenge.

Here are the 2 sketches.



Here is the page I have created:)

Did you catch my post the other day about Authentique Paper’s secret?

On this layout, I have used the same technique.

I came up with this idea, because I love both sides of double sided paper and am sad to only use 1 side of the paper.

Here you can see I have already seperated the paper I wanted to use..Yep, I separated a whole 12 x 12 sheet of paper.

The blue is just plain cardstock and the yellow is a piece of old DP that I will not use, it in only being used as my “CANVAS”.

I have already made the base of my page.  I made the paper ruffle down the middle with strips of separated papers from the GLOWING line.

Now I am focusing on the TITLE for the layout. Using one of the HEADLINES from SPLENDID, I used the same process and separated the 2 sides of the HEADLINES from each other.

Here is a close up. Can you see how cotton/fabric like the inside of the paper is?

Here I have all the pieces ready to assemble.  I am building the title on scraps left over from the HEADLINES piece.

Here I have gathered my ruffle and sewn it to the back of a scrap that I pre measured to the length I wanted.

This is the BACK side.

Here is the RIGHT side all stitched up and ready for the rest of the title.

I used this ruffle technique in different places on my page.

I love the extra shabby/worn look the paper gets when it is separated.

All of the main pieces on this page are just 1 layer of the double sided papers.

I used some of the icons to make the custom EPOXY buttons.

I think they add such a nice touch.

 Have to have some Authentique rolled flowers, right?

All in all, I really like the way this page turned out.

 It will be a page I treasure for a long time.

 Here is one last peek.

 I would love for you to join the challenge.  You can do either a card or scrapbook page.  You do not have to own Authentique Products to participate, we would encourage you too, but it is not mandatory.

At this time the prizes can only be shipped to US or CAN.

But the key word here is PRIZE!

You can win some of this fabulous paper to have all to yourself.

Go over to the blog and get inspired by our creative DT and join along!

Come back and leave a comment if you enter so I can see what you made!

For now..Happy Saturday and Happy World Card Making Day!

Now, go make something!  I give you permission.

I Heart {ippity} & Canvas Corp Halloween Card GIVEAWAY

28 Sep


Can you believe, 2 I Heart {ippity} posts in 2 days?

Today I have taken a very non-Halloween set and have used it for this adorable Halloween Card.

The set I have used is called:


Now, this card is over the top thanks to the wonderful paper I had to work with.

CANVAS CORP. Canvas Corp has so many fantastic products, I just can’t begin to tell you how much I ADORE this company.

If you really want to see what I am talking about, here is a link to their catalog:

Canvas Corp has the best vibrant polka dot papers EVER!  If I had a chance to get a stash of all their polka dot papers, I might even be willing to give up my Diet Cherry Pepsi habit.  Trust me, that is a lot of love on my part!

The products to make this card are as follows:

ADORABLE STAMPS: I Heart {ippity}

All Background Papers are from Canvas Corp

Black Twine – Canvas Corp

Solid Cardstock – Stampin’ Up!

Ink – Stampin’ Up!

Boo Circle and Phrases – Authentique Paper (Glowing)

Button – Epiphany Crafts

Misc – Sewing machine, beads and twine.

Are you up for ANOTHER GIVEAWAY??

If you like this card….I mean really like it…

1)  Share this post on Facebook and come back and let me know you did. (I’ll know if you did:)

2) Leave a comment on this post

3) Say Hi over on the I Heart {ippity} blog

4) Say Hi over on the Canvas Corp Facebook page (Let them know Jeannie sent you!)

5) Say Hi over on the Authentique Paper Facebook page . (Let them know Jeannie sent you!)

 6) Be sure to follow this blog

Each request gets you an ENTRY, so be sure and post a comment for each item done!  Let you know the winner a week from tomorrow!

Have a great Wednesday!




2nd Annual Paper Issues Blog Hop

16 Sep

I am so excited to be part of Paper Issues 2nd blog hop.  You will be treated to the best designers along the way.  We have all made some very fun things for you.

I have made a little card to follow our new theme,which starts today, called TREE HUGGER.

This hop which starts at 9am eastern, will run through Sunday the 18th 11:00pm eastern.

Also, the Paper Issues ETSY store is offering you a coupon code to use during the hop which will give you 25% off your order.

The coupon code for the Hop is HOP25.


A lot of us have RAK’s to give away.  There are 3 different groups.

Scrapbook/Art Journal hop starts at this link:

Altered Project Hop starts at this link:

and the Card Hop starts HERE!! (ME)

Without further ado, here is my card for you all!

I used this adorable Digital Stamp from Tiddly Inks called:

Tree Hugger

I used a mixture of papers, some from Pink Paislee, Authentique Paper, Doodlebug Inc. and Stampin’ Up!  cardstock.

This card was so fun to make.  All the bright colors just make me giddy!

I love how the tree goes over the top of the page.  I put little extra touches here and there, see if you can spot any!  Can you see my button flower, my bead flower and the bling?

Well since you are here on the first stop for the CARD HOP, it is only fair for you to be tempted by the RAK/BLOG CANDY I am offering.

We will announce all the winner’s on Monday the 19th, some time.

My RAK is all Authentique Paper goodies.  All the papers measure 6 x 6.

I have included a sampling of each and every line they currently offer!

Isn’t this a great way yo start your weekend?

To be eligible for MY RAK,

you must be a follower of my blog,

you must leave a comment

and you get an extra entry if you FRIEND me on Facebook!

That is up to 3 chances you have to win this RAK.

I will make sure the 2 required requirements have been met when drawing a winner.

Now, if you would be so kind to head on over to:

Bethany Crowell –

She is the next contestant on THE PAPER ISSUES HOP!! (Done in my best Bob Barker voice!)

If you get lost, here is the order of the card hop:

1. Jeannie DeGruccio –  (YOU ARE HERE!!!)

2. Bethany Crowell –

3. Corri Garza –

4. Cathy Dippolito –

5. Gretchen McElveen –

6. Diana Fisher –

7. Kristy Dalman –

8. Kelly Ratcliff-

9. Ruby McGuire –

10. Jess Mutty –

Sketch Challenge…Are you ready???

11 Sep

As it is September 11th, I could not write a post and pretend that my thoughts are not heavy with memory of this day 10 years ago.

 This will be my “I know exactly what I was doing” when the events of 9-11-2001 happened.  This is a picture from a very old scrapbook of mine.  This was taken on 9-12-2001, our firestation had the flags at half mass and my kids were gazing up to the flag.

A friend of mine asked to have this message shared:

“On this 10 th Anniversary I would wish everyone take a minute and remember what happened on 09/11/2001. Don’t ever forget. Be humbled by the loss and strengthened by the heroism. If you see and member of the armed forces, thank them for their service and be respectful of this date. The date that will forever be etched into our lives and our Generation. May the Angel’s fly high and the lost soar to the heavens with the glory and peace as their comfort.”

I just wanted to share my thoughts before delving into the Crafty things I have to share today.

Now, to switch gears, to my project for today’s post:

One of the teams I am on, Paper Issues, is the sponsor for the new Sketch at Sketch Inspiration!

There will be a prize for a random participant with us on this challenge.  Here is the prize up for grabs.

This kit includes: Black and Kraft Dot Reverse, Black and Ivory Owls, Spooky Words on Ivory, Black and Kraft Ravens, Chocolate and Kraft Diamonds, Black and Kraft Mini Dot and Spooky Diamonds on Kraft from Canvas Corp.  One Sheet of Bazzill Swiss Dot in Black, Kraft Top Note Die Cut, Length of Black Maya Road Zipper Trim, 1 yard each of Canvas Corp Black Jute, Natural Jute, Maya Road Brown Satin Ruffle Trim, 1 yard of Orange Tinsel from Pink Paislee, Spider die cut, Tim Holtz Memo pin, Halloween clip, Candi pieces, felt flower, buttons, Canvas Corp burlap star, Maya Road chipboard pieces, mini spool, gingham flower, resin flower and Trinket Pins.
This kit will come in handy when you make your Halloween projects!

Paper Issues is dedicating the whole month of October to Halloween.
You can come back and link up your projects to win even more prizes!
We will be featuring some of the projects made with this sketch all week.
Hope you can play along!
If you go over to Sketch Inspiration you can view the details of the challenge, click HERE.
Here is our sketch for this challenge:
This challenge starts today, September 11, 2011 and goes through till September 17, 2011.
Right now on Paper Issues our theme is LEARNING CURVE.
I have a habit of forgetting my camera at home and had to ask for a volunteer for some 1st day of school pics…
Luckily I had a taker and here is my creation for them, based on the sketch above.
This was a fun, FUN page to make.
To begin with I have to put a plug-in for Tally
Most of the paper is from the September Tally Kit.  Fabulous things all matched and coordinated for you by one of the most talented designers I have ever had the pleasure of working with.
You can order yours HERE:
I thought the paper was perfect for this little girl layout! The apples are from a file from My Scrap Chick.
Everything else is just a mixture of coordinating things I had on hand.
I especially love the made up heart “APPLE”.  I love just making up my own things.
I used to think that things like dimension and sewing on pages was a total DIVA thing, but I guess I have turned my self into a DIVA because now, I love to sew and add dimension to my pages and cards.  I have learned to never say never, that’s for sure!
I know you will love the prize shown at the top of this post.  You have a week!
Meaning a whole week to get a layout done and get yourself entered for that prize.
Get yourself over to Sketch Inspirations, get the sketch printed and start scrappin!
If you do, link back to me or let me know so I can see what you have created!
For now..I am off to clean up one very messy and unorganized scrap room!
Wish me lunch and have a great rest of your Sunday.

Sweet Stamps Lace & More

6 Sep

Ladies and gentlemen(if there are any men making cards out there:), have you had the chance to use any Sweet Stamps yet?

Do you know the perfect way to try some?  It would be TO WIN SOME!

The new Sweet Stamps blog Challenge is up and our theme this week is:


Today’s card features:

Oval Lace Frame Small

Butterfly Kisses

Mini Exotic Butterflies

Small Exotic Butterflies

Here is what I came up with for the Lace Challenge.

I used some additional fun products on this card also.

My papers and embellishments have come from 2 main sources.

The main background paper is by Authentique Paper – Blissful.

The other papers and tulle, pearls and paper for the Lace Frame stamped image are all from:

Tally Scrapper’s September Kit.

Isn’t that a YUMMY kit?

Perfect for my Sweet Stamps Challenge card!!

Now, you need to head on over to Sweet Stamps blog and see the other DT creations.

Check out the Challenge Rules, make a card featuring some lace and enter our Challenge!

You could win $20.00 worth of goodies from Sweet just for playing along and being our random winner!

So, what are you waiting for?

Get on over to….

Authentique Paper, a family affair!

4 Sep

I am a happy, happy & proud mom today!  Why?

You all know I love my hobby and I do dedicate a lot of time to doing what I love.  It is what makes me happy, makes me feel important and I truly love what I do.

I often find myself in my craft room surrounded by children who often want to do exactly what I am doing.

At times it is annoying but at times it is truly fulfilling.

Yesterday was such a day.

I had finished my Authentique Paper sketch challenge and had thought to get my kids in on it.

My 7 yo so, bailed, he just was too stressed about the sketch, being a literal child, he though he had to use the word TITLE in his page and just could not get beyond that!

My 12 yo daughter had a tough time getting started but I help her a little in the beginning and let her know she had to do it on her own, I could not TELL her what to do.

I cut out things on the Expression that she wanted and gave her some tips on adhesives, etc. let her have free rein at MY TABLE!!

Here is the Authentique Paper Sketch for the current challenge:

Well, I am so proud to show you my daughters very 1st layout EVER based on this sketch.  Meaning this is the first page she has ever made!

What do you think?

 She decided on using the BLISSFUL for her layout.

This is our dog..Tico Torres DeGruccio.  He is named after Bon Jovi’s drummer!

 The thing about my 12 you making this layout…she said to me when she was working on this, “I finally get why you can do this all day!”  I asked her what she meant and she said, “This is just so much fun!”  I told her, “I love you and I am so proud of you!” then we both giggled realizing we are both paper junkies!

She had so much fun with her layout, she made this card later in the evening.

She wanted to make sure I put this online also.

 This is a card from on of my Deena Ziegler kits that I hoard like a squirrel with food in the winter.

Now, I get to show you my Authentique Paper layout for the Sketch challenge.

I have used products from the line called UNCOMMON.

My younger children and I have a thing for pugs.  We adore them!

 When my youngest daughter and I took my oldest daughter to Utah to drop her off at BYU, my little one got a chance to meet a cute little pug named Coco.

 They instantly connected and I got some cute pictures of them

On the way home we found this adorable polka dot purse with a pug inside and of course could not say no.

The new toy pug is now of course named Coco, after the real Coco.

Thank you for visiting today.

Please get on over to the Authentique Paper blog and join our challenge!  There is a fun Paper Goodie pack from Authentique Paper that will go to one lucky winner, so now you have your incentive!  Get on over there and PLAY!!

Have a great rest of your Sunday!

 Once again here is the link to the challenge.

I Heart {ippity} & Authentique Paper = SPLENDID!!

1 Sep

I have been in a whirlwind the past week!  Traveled across 2 states, said goodbye to my oldest daughter and left her at college and I am still trying to catch up with the many things I have and want to do.

Today is my card for the I Heart {ippity} blog.  I did not make it to be a Wednesday Wowzer, so I will call it a Thursday Treat!

This one will be up for grabs, so keep on reading!

I made this for the {ippity} opportunity challenge. Here is the link:

This one is as easy as 1-2-3!!
1 stamped image or sentiment
2 colors of cardstock
3 patterned papers
I used the {ippity} set called:
I am still in the NEWLYWED shock of being on the Authentique Paper team and can’t stop wanting to use this fabulous paper!
I used paper from the SPLENDID line.
The blue cardstock is more of a blue-green but I could not get the lighting right for some reason, oh well!
I lifted a card design from Deena Ziegler, I just don’t remember what month it was she used this layout!
I am so blessed to have such fun products like {ippity} stamps and Authentique Paper to work with.
Everything came together just “SPLENDIDLY” for this card, now would you like a chance to win this card?
If you would like a chance to be in the drawing for this card I ask a couple of things,
1) Visit this post:   Leave a comment and let them know Jeannie sent you.
2) Become a follower of I Heart {ippity}
3) Visit this post:   Leave a comment and let them know Jeannie sent you.
4) Become a follower of  the Authentique Paper Blog 
5) Tell me your favorite {ippity} set and Authentique Paper line for an extra entry!
5) Leave comments on this post for each requirement you do and those are your chances.
You have till September 9, 2011 to enter this contest:)
Thanks for stopping by!  Have fun visiting I Heart {ippity} and the  Authentique Paper Blog !
Have a great Thursday!

Bookmark fun with Sweet Stamps!

16 Aug

How about a different type challenge?

Bookmarks are the new theme at the Sweet Stamps blog.

As usual, there is a $20.0o gift certificate up for grabs with your participation.

The name is chosen randomly so everyone has the same chances!

Be sure to read the rules before you submit your entry.

Here are the Sweet Stamps I have used:





Here is my creation.

I have used some wonderful AUTHENTIQUE PAPER for this project.

This line is called BLISSFUL.

 I would say it is my favorite right now, but that is the case with all the lines right now.

I put a magnet at the bottom to have the bookmark stay in the book.

I need to find some FLAT magnets though!

I dressed it up with some coordinating ribbons and fibers and called it done!

It is now 1:ooam and I think I will try to get some sleep!

I hope you enjoyed my creation today!

Everyone needs an extra bookmark so this is the perfect challenge to join us on!

That is it for me today!

Have a great Tuesday and Happy Crafting!

Need a favor from you all!! Great gift idea!!

11 Aug

I had the pleasure of connecting with a very talented graphic artist.

The name of her business is Modern Typography.

I did a formal review for her on the Simply Stacie Blog.

I am posting today to give you a closer look at the family tree I have created out of the print I received for my review.

For my review, I got to choose my own print to have personalized.

Imagine Modern Typography‘s surprise when I wrote and asked if could be personalized with 7 kids.

Her sample was for a nice small family.

She worked on it and gave me many options.

This was my order and I was very, very happy with it!

She personalizes everything to suit your needs.  You can even choose your own quote or scripture.

 Look at the extra freebies she enclosed!  Such cute things~!

Now you know I love paper and I am always making something.

I know that tree would have been fine as is…but something in me just can’t leave well enough alone.

So I took some things from my August Tally Kit, came up with this lovely piece of art.

The Kit is called BEAUTIFUL SOUL and you can still get one of these kits HERE for $21.00.

 I just love the way this turned out!  How bout you?

Imagine making something like this for a newly married couple and leaving the branches blank to fill in along the way.

 Or what about a gift for a grandma with all her grandchildren listed?

So many ideas I could come up with.

 I used many Cheery Lynn Design dies on this, so I do have to make a plug for them also!

I would love for you to visit her ETSY store.

Please do consider her and use her for any gift occasions you have coming up!  Really, I think her things are fantastic and very unique!  Perfect for so many occasions!

Visit her and like her on FACEBOOK to keep up on what she is doing.

Also, go on over to the Simply Stacie blog and get in on the giveaway, I am hoping there is someone out there who will not want to wait for the giveaway to be over and purchase something now…so there you have hope for the day!

 Here is the review and giveaway link for the Simply Stacie blog:

Remember to let Modern Typography know that Jeannie sent you over!

Have a great day and happy shopping!!!