Friday, September 28, 2012

ScrapThat! October Kit Reveal and Blog Hop

Welcome to the ScrapThat! October Kit Reveal and Blog Hop!!

If you have arrived here from Patti Hamil's blog you are in the right spot. If not, head back to ScrapThat!

We are so excited to show you our SPECTACULAR October kit featuring the gorgeous "Tea Thyme" Collection from Prima.

We have a very talented Guest Designer joining us this month!! We are most delighted to introduce to you, Patti Hamil. ScrapThat! is so pleased that she has joined us this month!!

So, without further ado . . .  introducing our 
~ October Kit Reveal ~
"Tip Toe Through Fall" 

This kit is full of amazing products including gorgeous ribbon, flowers by IAMROSES, Wild Orchid Crafts, Prima and Petaloo, Prima wood embellishments and trinkets, Kaisercraft wood flowers, alphabet set, and pearls, and much much more!

Main Kit: $39.99
 NOTE: The Main Kit cost for non-members is $44.99

1 ea, Charmuse
1 ea, Marcella
1 ea, Charmante
1 ea, Linsey
1 ea, Kersey
1 ea, Cypress Rose
1 ea, Cloque
1 ea, Challis
1 ea, Bazzille cardstock, celery
1 ea, Bazzille cardstock, gunshot
1 ea, Bazzille cardstock, sienna
1 ea, Kaisercraft, Alphabet set, chocolate
1 ea, Prima, Wood Embellishments, Craftsman
1 ea, Prima, Fluid Chalk Ink, Dry Sand
1 ea, IAMROSES, Soft Brown Paper Spray with 3 brown leaves
2 ea, Wild Orchid, small green leaves
2 ea, Prima, velvet rainbow leaves, naturals
3 ea, WOC, earth tone mulberry paper carnation flowers.
2 ea, WOC coffee brown hybrid mulberry paper tea roses, 1”
1 ea, WOC, Coffee Brown Hybrid mulberry paper tea rose 1.5”
1 ea, WOC, 2-tone old gold hybrid mulberry paper tea rose 1.5”
1 ea, IAMROSES, Mulberry leaf, brown
1 ea, Kaisercraft, Self-adhesive pearls
1 ea, Hot of the Press, Postage Stamp, stamp
1 length, Satin ribbon, chocolate brown
1 length, Satin ribbon, peach

Embellishment Add-On $14.99
 NOTE: The Embellishment Add-On cost for non-members is $17.99
1 Pkg, Kaisercraft, Wood Flourishes
1 Pkg, Prima, Vintage Trinkets
1 Pkg, Petaloo, Mixed Blooms, Sienna

Flower Add-On $12.99
NOTE: The Flower Add-On cost for non-members is $14.99
1 Pkg, Prima flowers, Allegra Dove
1 Pkg, Prima flowers, Lucerne Almanac
1 Pkg, Petaloo flowers, Velvet Mini Blossoms, White

Paper Add-On $9.99
NOTE: The Paper Add-On cost for non-members is $12.99 

1 ea, Charmuse
1 ea, Marcella
1 ea, Charmante
1 ea, Linsey
1 ea, Kersey
1 ea, Cypress Rose
1 ea, Cloque
1 ea, Challis
1 ea, Bazzille cardstock, celery
1 ea, Bazzille cardstock, gunshot
1 ea, Bazzille cardstock, sienna

We are currently accepting new Kit Club Members.
For more information, complete the form on the link below:
 We also have our October Sketch Challenge Posted
Everyone is welcome to participate, all entries due by October 15th

My first Layout is based on Amy's gorgeous sketch
designed for the October ScrapThat! kit.

Love of My Life

This layout features an engagement photo of our Elizabeth and Andrew. I used the Main Kit and Embellishment Add-On to create this page. I hand crafted some of the flowers and added some burlap, jute and mixed media products. The sweet butterfly was created with the kit stamp and embossing. I will be sharing a tutorial to show you this fun technique later this month. 

First Dance

Again I used the Main Kit and Embellishment Add-On to create this page. This paper has some wonderful images to fussy cut as you can see the layers around my photo and the roses added to my flower cluster. I misted and painted the fussy cut pieces around the photo. I added mixed media products to build the brick background and hand stitching around the edges.


This layout was created using only the Main Kit. The only items I added are a doily, and glimmer mist. The wooden Prima trinkets are so perfect to tuck into flower clusters or behind torn or distressed edges!! The kit pearls made fabulous flower centers and look so nice scattered on the misted splat! The larger flower was handcrafted from kit paper. 

I will be showcasing these layouts later this month with close-ups, tips and tutorials, so be sure to stop back for all the details. 

 Our Blog Hop features 6 fantastic blogs from our Design Team

To qualify for this month's Prize you must complete the following:
* Visit each blog listed on the hop to see what each Designer has created using this month's kit and sketch (comments are very much appreciated)
* Each Designer's blog hop post will feature a word, to make up a secret sentence, collect these words along the way and follow the directions provided in ScrapThat!'s forum when you are all finished.
* You must become a FOLLOWER of each blog along the way and LIKE us on our Facebook Page!
* Post the ScrapThat! Blinkie on your blog
* The last stop on our Blog Hop is our Forum, follow the link provided and complete the remainder of the Blog Hop Instructions

The Blog Hop ends September 30 at 12PM CST
Prize MUST be claimed within 3 days of the forum announcement which will also be made on the ScrapThat! Blog
If left unclaimed a NEW winner will be chosen ~
Please Note: for anything larger than an envelope, winner will be responsible for the cost of shipping.
Prizes won during the month will be mailed out the first week of the following month.
due to Customs clearance, International mailings sometimes take 30-75 days to receive.

My secret word is ~ Kit

Next hop over to:
Should you lose your way, come back here for the Blog Hop sequence:
Tracey Sabella ~ You are here
ScrapThat! Forum

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.
~ Blessings ~

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

ScrapThat! October Sneak Peek

I'm busy in the midst of wedding preparations for Elizabeth and Andrew. The wedding is just over a week away. 

I've still managed to carve out some time to create this month and will get to show my pages to you on Friday for the ScrapThat! Kit Reveal and Blog Hop. This kit has been so amazing to work with. Until then I have a ScrapThat! Sneak Peek for our October Kit:

As you can see you are in for a treat, so be sure to stop back on Friday for my project reveal and to join in on the Blog Hop.

Thanks for dropping by! I treasure your comments.
~ Blessings ~

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

ScrapThat! Video Coordinator/Designer Call

If you enjoy creating video tutorials and have a scrappy style that's a good fit with ScrapThat!'s amazing kits, you will want to take a look at our call for a Video Coordinator. 

ScrapThat! is looking for a Video Coordinator

to join our Design Team!

ScrapThat! ~ Canada's Best Kit Club is looking for a Video Coordinator to join our Design Team!
Design Team members receive:
1. FREE PRODUCT - A full monthly kit plus the embellishment add-on kit, valued at well over $50 retail. 
2. GENEROUS DISCOUNT - A 30% discount on all product purchases that will fit in the box with your kit to ship free of charge!
3. FAME & GLORY - Your photo and bio on our Design Team page!

What we ask of you: 
  •     A 6-month term
  •   Exclusivity to ScrapThat! Product manufacturer sites are fine, but we must be the only online store/kit club that you design for
  •    You must have a blog and Facebook account and update it regularly each week including posts about projects you’ve created from the kit, design tips etc. We ask that you also have links to our site on your blog and any other sites you are involved with where allowable 
  •  Minimum of 3 projects created every month with the kit.  One layout must use the main kit contents only, (no items from the add on kits). 90% of each project must contain kit contents
  • A video tutorial demonstrating step-by-step instructions on how to create one of your projects, including any design tips or techniques used in your project
  •  Post your 3 kit designs plus an additional 2 projects of your choice (made with your stash) in our gallery every month as well as to one other large gallery site, either  or  Postings on these sites must include *ScrapThat! Kit* in the title line
  •   Projects must be well photographed, cropped and ready to be uploaded on our site (and your blog) the last Friday of the month
  •   Video tutorial must be ready to upload to the ScrapThat! You Tube account, our NING community, and Design Team blogs by the third Monday of each month
  •   Participation in our monthly blog hops and contests is required
  •   Community forum and gallery participation. This is quite possibly the most important thing! We have a terrific online community and our members are of the utmost importance to us, so this is huge!
  •   Keep up-to-date on design and product trends in order to contribute product ideas to include in the monthly kit and ideas of how to generate more sales
  •   Submit your kit design work for publication when applicable to open calls. Where possible, credit must always be given for projects created using our kits
Please submit a link to your blog, along with three of your favorite recent layouts, and a video sample to: by September 24, 2012.  
This opportunity is open to applicants residing in North America.

Thanks for dropping by!
~ Blessings ~

Monday, September 17, 2012

May Arts / Helmar Craft Challenge – Ink it!

I was so excited when I opened my email this afternoon to find that
I am one of the 25 craft artists selected to participate in the
May Arts / Helmar Craft Challenge - Ink it!

Look at the gorgeous May Arts products I'll be working with:

Along with adhesive by Helmar:

I'll be stalking the mail carrier looking for this package to arrive, so I can start creating!! 

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.
~ Blessings ~

Friday, September 14, 2012

Exciting News

I have some very exciting news to share with you this morning. 
I have been invited to come on board with ScrapThat! 
as their Design Team Coordinator. 

I was so excited when Kaitlyn extended the offer for me to join her team of talented designers.

ScrapThat! is an amazing monthly kit club out of Canada. Kaitlyn puts together the most wonderful kits, and I can't wait for the reveal on Friday, September 28, to show you my projects with the fabulous October kit. 

When you have a chance, be sure to stop by the ScrapThat! shop. We are currently accepting subscribers and have our current and some past kits available for sale as well. I hope you will come join the forum for a chance to get to know a sweet group of scrappers and join in our monthly Sketch and DT challenges. 

It is such an honor and blessing to be part of the ScrapThat! Team!!

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.
~ Blessings ~

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Summer Memories ~ Bo Bunny Layout Challege

It's been a busy couple weeks at the Sabella home. Last week I put together the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets for Elizabeth's upcoming wedding. I thought I was all done until we remembered the boutonnieres. I guess I'll be finishing those up next week. Her shower was this past Monday and we had a lovely time. I'm so grateful to my mom and sister who came and helped me with the last minute food preparation and then loaded it all up to take to the church. I haven't had a spare minute to get around and see all of your work this week, but hope to be by to catch up soon. 

My husband, Gary, and I went to the Jersey Shore and to Baltimore's Inner Harbor for our 30th anniversary back in July. Gary had a business trip planned for the week of our anniversary and invited me to go along and take an extra day to enjoy the sights. This shot was taken at the beach below the boardwalk at Atlantic City. I'm a simple girl and enjoy the beach much more than the hustle and bustle of the boardwalk. 

The challenge at Bo Bunny is to use some "Interview Journaling" on your page. I have a hidden journal tag where I wrote the discussion of Gary asking me to go with him on the trip. This Bo Bunny paper was so fabulous to work with, and the Paradise papers had just the feel I was looking for to showcase this photo. Here's my layout:

The Journal Tag is tucked in behind the mats on
the right side next to the looped twine:


Flowers ~ I used a large twine flower behind the focal flower in this cluster and another smaller one above the photo. My tutorial for these flowers can be found here. In the center of my large focal flower I gessoed one of the Bo Bunny Vicki B flower trinkets. The center didn't match, but a bit of gesso took care of that. :-) The middle layer of this flower was cut from Bo Bunny paper using Donna Salazar Grand Peony dies.

Hand Stitching ~ The Martha Stewart Cherish Punch Around the Page set I used for one of the layers in the photo mat has nice little holes, I hand stitched through the inner set of holes.

Texture ~ I used Martha Stewart Texture Effects through a stencil on the scalloped layer. This is the first time I used it and loved the gritty white texture for this beach page. 

Gesso ~ I dabbed, painted, and dripped gesso over much of my page, as well as using it to tone down the darker blues in some of the flowers.

Distrezzing ~ I used my Donna Salazar Distrezz-It-All to distress all of the straight edges including the photo. I don't know how I did it before I got this handy machine. 

Fibers ~ I layered burlap, cheese cloth and other fibers into my photo mat, and fishnet under my flower cluster. 

Coral/Seaweed Leaves ~ My Spellbinder Foliage die set has a fern leaf that when cut in cream and dabbed with gesso looks just like coral or seaweed. 

Twine Frame ~ I've done a couple twine frames, but recently saw some that looped across the page so I left long ends on my frame to swirl and loop across the page. 

Bo Bunny Products:
Paradise Sunset
Paradise Pier
Paradise Lingo
Roughin' It Happy Camper
Liberty United
Bo Bunny Double Dot - scrap of an off-white color
Bo Bunny Trinkets ~ Vicky B
Bo Bunny Jewels ~ Barefoot & Bliss

Other Products Used:
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grungeboard Dots Elements
Zva Pearl Flourish - PES-02CB-110
Prima Say it in Crystals #560577
Petaloo Flowers:
     Darjeeling Mini Mix blue/eggplant/green
     Hydrangea blue/eggplant/green
     Mini Rose all white
     Color Me Crazy Mini Rose Clusters
Cloud9Design Alpha Rain Dots - Black

Technique Products:
Martha Stewart Cherish PATP
Martha Stewart White Texture Effect
Liquitex Gesso
Cotton Crochet Thread - stash
Donna Salazar Spellbinder Grand Peony Dies
Spellbinder Foliage Dies
Ranger Distress Ink - Faded Jeans, Vintage Photo
Jute Craft Cord - Saint Louis Trimmings
Jute Twine - Stash
Cheese Cloth - Stash
Fish Net - Stash
Burlap - Stash
Other fabrics - Stash
TWC 12 x 12 Template - Tile Texture

Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
Darice Pop Dots
Zots - small, bling

Donna Salazar Zutter Distrezz-It-All
EK Success Color Bee Scissors
Sizzix Big Shot
Fiskars Craft Knife & Self-Healing Mat

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.
~ Blessings ~

Friday, September 7, 2012

Birthday Card for Bo Bunny Sketch Challenge/Donna Salazar Sept. Challenge

This is a busy month at the Sabella household with Elizabeth and Andrew's wedding just a month away now. I'm busy arranging bouquets for Elizabeth and the bridesmaids with some advice from the floral designers at my favorite craft store. Her wedding shower is coming up Monday, and I just finished creating their wedding card, but that is for an upcoming assignment and won't be posted for a while yet. 

The card challenge at Bo Bunny this month is a gorgeous sketch by my talented friend, Juliana Michaels. I couldn't wait to create a card with it. Elizabeth will be having a birthday later next month, and I knew right away that this sketch would be great for a feminine shabby chic card to celebrate her special day.

I used Donna Salazar's Rose Creation Dies to create these lovely roses and leaves. Her challenge this month is to create a gift for a special person.

I was so excited to find that my "Peaceful Day at the Sea" layout was named as a winner at Catered Crop. As a result, I was invited to be a guest designer in Sunday's Quickfire by creating a project for the current In the Pink Recipe Swap to use pink on your paper craft project. Be sure to drop on over to Catered Crop to check out their great challenges!! 

Here's my card:

Bo Bunny Sketch by Juliana:


Handcrafted Flowers ~ I wanted to showcase this fabulous Bo Bunny paper, so rather than using pre-made flowers I cut these using my Donna Salazar Rose Creation Dies. I love how Bo Bunny papers can be mixed and matched from different lines. I used two older papers for my flowers that coordinated perfectly with the Abrosia card base. For a little shimmer, I brushed on some Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive and sprinkled on Crystal Glitter Ritz Micro Fine Glitter. 

Bo Bunny Products Used:
Ambrosia Card Kit ~ Die Cut Card
Ambrosia Card Kit ~ Chipboard
Ambrosia Card Kit ~ Rub-on
Love Shack Shimmy
Eire Tartan

Other Products:
Zva Creative ~ Royalty Flourish - Rosy Pink #CR02CA102
Crystal Glitter Ritz Micro Fine Glitter - Cool Highlight
Donna Salazar Spellbinders Rose Creation Die Set
Net Ribbon ~ Stash
Ranger Distress Ink ~ Pine Needles, Forest Moss
Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Hercules Tape
Ranger Glossy Accents
Sizzix Big Shot
Basic Grey Rub-On Roller Tool

Thanks for all the kind comments you have left about Maria's drawing. She has been so excited to read your encouraging words!! 

This card has also been entered at
Word Art Wednesday - Use an encouraging sentiment **
My Crafting Channel - Fabric Friday Challenge - Used mesh ribbon (Sept 28)
Digi Doodle Shop Challenge #124 - Hand Made Flowers **
Darling Cardmakers September Colour Challenge **

Thanks for dropping by! I treasure your comments.
~ Blessings ~

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Our Daughter, the Artist

The rain of yesterday has left a sweet crispness in the air and a touch of fog for a beautiful morning as I look out across our yard to the surrounding woods. I hope you are having a blessed morning. I thought I'd create a quick post this morning sharing a bit of our daughter's work. 

As much as I enjoy the creative outlet of scrapbooking and view paper crafting as an art form, our daughter, Maria, has been blessed with the gift of the artist's touch by our Lord. Today, I thought I'd share a piece of her art work with you. A few months back, she was given an assignment in art class to sketch a male head shot. She selected country singer Brad Paisley. Doesn't it feel like you could reach out and touch him? 

I don't have the exact photo she worked off of, but here is a similar one
at a different angle and dark background:

I hope you have enjoyed her work! 
I will pass on your precious comments to her. 

Have a blessed Sunday!

Thanks for dropping by!

~ Blessings ~