Sunday, May 30, 2010

Summer's a commin'!!!

June is just around the corner, and for many that means the end of the school year and the beginning of some summer fun! Our little girl will be done this year of playschool on the 12th of June and a few weeks later my husband and I both took a week of holidays but have yet to decide what we are doing! We need some ideas! What are you summer plans? I have a little gift for you today made with Kristin's Bookworm kit and an alpha from Happy Go lucky, it is yours to download for free...but if you do: hehe...I am asking you to post your summer plans and maybe even a few suggestions for us!!

Have a great week!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Desktop Background for June!

Hi KCB fans! Monique here with a free desktop background for June - just for you! There are 3 sizes available, and they are all included in one zip... so you can just use which ever one you want once you've downloaded them all. You can download them *HERE*. Here's the preview:

As you can see, the kit used is called A Whimsical Garden - a super cute kit that's good for scrapping boys or girls!

Have a happy scrappy day everyone!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Double Spotlight once again!!

Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope you had a great Long weekend! Shannon here bringing you another fabulous double spotlight! Today we are spotlighting Sheana and eranslow! Let's start with Sheana!

What program you use? Photoshop CS3 and what camera? Canon Rebel XTi

Must have items on your pages? Flowers, ribbons or strings, layers

Your favorite KCB layouts (that you have made) & your favorite kits!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE every single KCB kit! If I have to pick my absolute favorite kits though, they would definitely be Artists's Canvas, Bookworm and Good Morning Sunshine

What inspires you? Totally random things- things my kids do or say, a picture I've taken, a kit that I love, a scene in a movie, a song on the radio, the weather, etc.

how long have you been digicrapping? Since early 2005

any advice or secrets tips to share?? Don't be afraid of using patterned papers! ) I hardly ever scrap a layout without using at least one, but it took me a long time to figure out my love of them.

Here is a link to Sheana's gallery at the sweet shoppe! Please take a look thru all her inspiring layouts and leave Sheana some love!

Next is eranslow:

Brief Bio: My name is Erin and I am a 30 yr old part-time SAHM! I work in the evenings for a bank doing clerical stuff but during the day I stay home with my 2.5 yr old son. (which I love to do and can't wait until I don't have to work anymore!) I have been married to my dh for nearly 8 yrs and we live in the midwest.

What program you use? and what camera? I use CS5 - just switched over from CS2. And I use a point & shoot camera - A Sony Cyber-shot 12.1 megapixels. I dream of the day when I'll get a DSLR!

Must have items on your pages?
string and lots of paper. I'm a sucker for awesome background papers.

Your favorite KCB layouts (that you have made) & your favorite kits!

Love this layout using Good Morning Sunshine:

also love this layout using KCB's collab with Shawna - Beep Chugga Zoom

I LOVE all of Kristin's kits - but I think my favorites are Oh Snap!, Snowy Sidekick (I teach skating and my son is obsessed with hockey) and Bookworm. But truly - picking a favorite is hard because Kristin has so many awesome kits!

What inspires you? My son.

how long have you been digicrapping? A year this month! And I am totally hooked! I love digicrapping - so much cleaner then traditional!

any advice or secrets tips to share?? Scrap for you and only you. Also I have learned so much from all the tutorials out there. So check them out! They really help

Here is Erin's link to her gallery at the sweet shoppe, it is full of beautiful, inspiring layouts! Take a peek and leave some love!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Tropical Hideaway!

Here it is folks! Tropical Hideaway is Kristin's latest beauty. It was part of the Lift-a-Kit weekend at Sweet Shoppe Designs.

Use the papers as your foundation for gorgeous pages, topped with all manner of embellishments: wooden frames, leaves, grasses, beads, butterflies, fibers, buttons, flowers of all shapes and sizes, along with a neutral, versatile alpha. Take a virtual vacation...scrap your memories with 'Tropical Hideaway'! This is my take on Misty's fab "rainforest reverly" kit!

Look at some of the beautiful layouts made with this kit.

From KayM:

From rainydays:

From Yari:

So with summer on its way, be sure to pick this kit up! It's a summer holiday in a kit!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Are you ready for a little Sneak Peek goodness?

Kristin's got an amazing kit coming to the store tomorrow. Let's just say "Anyone want to hit the beach?"

Remember to go check it out Saturday when you can get it on sale!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Some Hybrid Inspiration

Hi everyone. I'm so happy to be back here showing off some of the hybrid projects using Kristin's products. Some great inspiration abounds in the gallery. Just take a look at these projects.

Glynis made these lovely teacher's appreciation gifts using A Whimsical Garden.

And Angie made these cute hybrid flowers for the SSD Scrapper's Portfolio May Hybrid Challenge using Hot Diggity Dog, Kristin's recent collaboration with Melissa Bennett.

And finally Andrea made this adorable hybrid card using A Whimsical Garden.

Give hybrid a try this month. There are so many fun possibilities.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Super cute KCB-La collab!!

KCB + La = a super cute new kit!

Are you ready for it Kristin fans? No seriously. are. you. ready? Ok then, here it is!

And what's that? Purple! Yay, can you tell I love purple? :) Needless to say, I'll be offline for the rest of the day as I play with this new beauty ;) So why don't you head on over to the Sweet Shoppe and pick it up too?

Here are a few layouts that Kristin's and Lauren Grier's creative teams have done with this beautiful kit:

by ksbella:
by joelsgirl

by mpatry:
by nesser1981
Have a happy scrappy day KCB and La fans! (I'm off to scrappy-la-la land now, hehehe)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

My Happy Garden!

Good morning everyone!! Shannon here to bring you our older kit spotlight for today! Today I am spotlighting~ My Happy Garden

Are you ready for Spring and all that blooms into your life? It is time to put on your wellies, get those gloves on and get a little dirty. My Happy Garden is packed full of Springtime goodness. 17 papers, bright Colors, flowers, rainbows, and all the tools you will need to scrap those wonderful times in the garden. Don't miss out! And it is on SALE now At the sweet shoppe!! For 30% off!!!!

Here are a few layouts that I found while browsing thru the gallery! Check out the inspiration!!!

And Here are a few teacher gifts that I made using the seed pack template!
The one that says Just for you is actually a gift card to the Greenhouse here in town!

Thanks for joining me this morning hope you have a great day!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

An easy hybrid gift packaging!

Hey all you KCB fans!

I have another hybrid project to show you! Now I made this for Mother's Day, but you can make something like this for any occasion!

Here's what I made:

The card was easy - design on 3x3 document, print and glue onto a 3x3 blank card base from Close To My Heart (one of those home party scrapbooking companies). And I added a ribbon along the folded edge.

The packaging was easy too! I used an envelope, measured the flap, designed and printed a new - prettier flap. I glued on the new flap, as well as a scalloped decoration. I used velcro circles for the closure and glued a piece of ribbon under the flap... and now I have an envelope sized purse perfect for some chocolates.

Go ahead, try making one for someone's birthday, a get well gift, a new baby etc... the ideas are endless!

And what kit did I use? A Mother's Love by Kristin and Susan Bartolini!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

New Double Scoop

Kristin's done it again. She's released an awesome 2 Scoop with Melissa Bennett! This is a fun, summery kit that will be perfect for celebration pics, picnics and summer festival pictures.

Check out what the CT members have been doing:

by yari:
by mom2peanuts:
by jacinda:
by emmasmommy:

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mother Quotes and Poems!

With Mothers day coming up I thought it would be fun to make a list of some Mothers quotes!

Here are a few that I found:

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~Tenneva Jordan
Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love. ~Mildred B. Vermont
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. ~Rajneesh
If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam. ~Lord Langdale (Henry Bickersteth)
I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. ~Abraham Lincoln
Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together. ~Pearl S. Buck
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. ~Honoré de Balzac
She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn't take them along. ~Margaret Culkin Banning
When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. ~Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty
A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. ~Washington Irving
A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them. ~Victor Hugo
I never knew how much love my heart could hold until someone called me "mommy."-- Author Unknown

And one of my favorites....makes me cry every time I read it....

BEFORE I WAS A MOM:  Author Unknown

Before I was a Mom
I made and ate hot meals.
I had unstained clothing.
I had quiet conversations on the phone.

Before I was a Mom,
I slept as late as I wanted
And never worried about how late I got into bed.
I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.

Before I was Mom
I cleaned my house each day.
I never tripped over toys or forgot words of lullabies.

Before I was a Mom
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom
I had never been puked on
Pooped on
Spit on
Chewed on
Peed on
Or pinched by tiny fingers

Before I was a Mom
I had complete control of:
My thoughts
My body
And my mind.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom
I never held down a screaming child
So that doctors could do tests
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put it down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
When I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
Could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a Mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
Could make me feel so important.

Before I was a Mom
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay
I had never known the warmth
The joy
The love
The heartache
The wonder
Or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much before I was a Mom.

And for staying with me till now, I have a little gift for you!
Made with A mother's love by Kristin Cronin Barrow and Susan Bartolini

Help bring us some inspiration by linking us up to your layouts made about you as a mom, your mother, your children, your grandma!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

iNSD new kit release and a sale!

It's here! Today is..... iNSD!!!

And Kristin has a beautiful new kit that is 35% off this weekend as the Sweet Shoppe celebrates iNternational Scrapbooking Day!!!

Here's the new kit call Whimsical Garden:

And the Sweet Shoppe Sale: