Friday, September 30, 2011

It REALLY is a great Friday!!!

Cristal aka Pinky has released the peeks of October's new kit, called "Artfully Wicked" from TallyScrapper.

Here's the kit photo

The luscious Autumn and Halloween papers are double sided and from Lily Bee and Pink Paislee.  Side 1


Side 2

Tim Holtz pins and Kaisercraft Pearls

Pink Paislee glitter, Tulle, and a super cool candy holder Photobucket

8 whole alphabets on one 12x12 sheet from Lily Bee + some cool embroidery floss and harvest banner stickers

You can purchase one for YOU starting tomorrow morning.
The subscribers only kit is just $21.00 so you can imagine the price will be right around in that ballpark. <3
I can't wait til this hits my doorstep!!
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Happy Friday

Woohoo the weekend is here!!
Well, close enough anyways.
My gang will all be home in 2 hours.
I love the NHS Band, but let me tell you, I am happy there is no game tonight.
No late night picking my child up.
I get to see her on a Friday night.

My friend Lizzie is sooooo sweet...
and she knows it. ;)
She's all that and a bagga chips.
Look at what I got in my mail yesterday.
OMG.. do you see that gorgeous card??
I loves her soooo much.. and on top of that, she sent me a sweet bag of goods.
I'm so going to use some of those fabbies tonight.

This is what I'm working on this morning.
Katelyn is going to a birthday party sleepover tomorrow and requested something cute.  You can't go wrong with Some Odd Girl digital stamps. 
Hope your weekend is filled with all things rainbow~y with lots of sprinkles.
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Printing on Pattern Paper

For our Project Runway challenge at TallyScrapper this week, we had to design a layout based off of this Rolling Stones Cover album.

Which inspired this layout from me
Have you ever tried printing your photos out on Pattern Paper?

 To make this layout, I selected several photos and re-sized them in Photoshop to 2x3 and 3x2 inches, with the exception of the upper right photo which is 4x6. When resizing, make sure your resolution is at 300.
After you have re-sized all of your photos, open a new canvas 12 x 12, transparent background, resolution 300.

Drag all your photos onto the new blank canvas. Whenever you drag a new photo over, it puts the photo on its own layer, so you can arrange them however you wish.

Once I had all my photos on the new canvas, I merged all visible, then turned them all black and white.

I then inserted my pattern paper into my printer, and printed the photo collage from Photoshop.
Here's the original Pink Paislee Pattern Paper I placed in the printer.
and here is my layout again.
I then decided I wanted a couple of the photos in color, so I printed the photos out in color and popped them  up with pop dots.
I love the look, don't you?
This layout came together in about 30 minutes start to finish.. the hard part was deciding which pictures to print. :)

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

2 days left

Time is flying people!
I'm pretty sure it sprouted wings.
You have just 2 days left to get in your DT submissions 
for TallyScrapper.  You can check out the
details and requirements here.

Do you watch Survivor?
Ever since 2008, TallyScrapper has hosted Survivor challenges.
It's a much loved tradition for us... and week one is almost up.
Our challenge this week is posted here, but basically we had to create
a layout based off of Kelly Purkey's map layout. Have you seen it?
Pretty cool... and we had to use at least 3 pattern papers.

there the close up of my map

The red photographed a little darker than what it really is IRL.. but I loved how it came out.  We would love to see you stop by TallyScrapper, say hi, and even join in on the Survivor FUN.  OUR challenge for week 2 is one from October Afternoon!! I'm stoked. :)
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

sketch 180 is up

Nuts About Sketches new sketch is up.. and it's a treat for all you double page fans out there.  I'm not a fan of double pagers.. I can hardly balance the pages right.. but with the help of NAS sketch 180 it this layout came out much better than it would have all on my own. :)

And my version
Papers are from Pink Paislee... that large butterfly was pulled off one of my daughters shirts before I recycled it. Keep an eye on your clothes before you toss/donate them.. sometimes you can find embellishments there.

Left side
and the Right
Have a thrilling and happy Tuesday!

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Blog Hop with Some Odd Girl!!!

Remember back in August Some Odd Girl had their first Facebook challenge, and I had made it to the top 10? No? Ok, you can refresh your memory here (about halfway down.)

Well, Kristy is so darn sweet, she wanted to let the top 10 do a sneak peek at some of the new Autumn, Halloween, Winter, and Christmas releases she has coming out on Monday.
Isn't that just so kind of her??

I was tickled tickled pink, blue, and lime green to be asked to help do a reveal. :) :) :)
So without further ado.... the hop list looks like this.

Some Odd Girl Blog
Linda H
Linda A
Leah<------- You are HERE
Kristy <---fab owner and designer

If you came directly to my blog, you may wish to start at the beginning of the hop at Some Odd Girl Blog. (I highly recommend it!!)

I was selected to work with Pumpkin Kody.
This Kody I imagined more harvest-y.. like for autumn.
 I thought he would look super sweet adorning a Gable Box, I need to make one more so my littles can fill them with treats and hand out to their teachers.

...and the next Kody.. well, he's ready to go scare up some treats for Halloween. :)

Thanks so much for hopping by, next is our fabulously talented --->Kristy!

I would love it if you took a moment to follow me or comment on my post.

Don't forget Monday, Some Odd Girl will be having  a sale and more reveals from the Uber scraptabular Design Team!
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Thursday, September 22, 2011


Yes. Thank goodness it's THURSDAY.. it means there is only one more day until FRIDAY!! hehe
I love pay weeks.. I'm making the hubs go get a hair cut this weekend! ;)
Also means he'll start the framing on Katelyn's room.. hoping that goes by quickly.
Katelyn has a football game friday night, so far the Vikings are undefeated this season, but a nail-biter will be on for tomorrow. They play the Spartans. So glad it's a HOME game and that K and company get the half time performance.  Saturday she'll be OOT for an all day Marching Band competition. Good stuff.

Today I'm sharing with you this little sweet oak elf I got for free because I'm playing in the CDAC progressive challenges. This week, the sponsor's digi I chose comes from Guru Kitty Designs.

I loved this image.. wish I would have done the card justice!! ;)
Thanks for peeking in with me today.
Oh yeah.. one more reason I'm glad it's thursday..
tomorrow is PAYDAY!! hehe

I'll be mailing out your package tomorrow Lori.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

TallyScrapper DT CALL!!

Tallyscrapper is looking for 3 Creative & Fun designers for our NEXT Design Team!! Running from September 16th and ends on September 30, 2011.

You will need to Submit 3 never before seen projects for this call. Please email them to Cristal aka Pinky at with Tally DT CALL in subject line.

This is a three-month term (October - December), so PLEASE be sure you will be able to commit to this term 100%!!! 

Design team members will receive one FREE Kit and 40% off the other 2 kits during their term and will receive 10% discount in the store. Each designer will be showcased on our Tallyscrapper Blog with a personal interview. 

DT members will be required to create a minimum of 4 projects with the Monthly Kit (Layouts, cards or altered Projects), create atleast 1 challenge per month and promote Tallyscrapper on personal Blogs and other websites. 

Designers will also be responsible for normal DT duties, such as being active on the Message Boards, posting in the galleries and creating a monthly Blog Post.
At this time, we are unable to accept International Applications. If you have any questions, email me @ leahr_crowe(at)

We look forward to seeing your applications!!

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Winner from the weekend blog hop

I had so much fun this weekend with the Paper Issues blog hop, and I hope you did too. Thank you so much for the great comments on my Tree Hugger Canvas, and for hopping along with me and the creative ladies from Paper Issues.
Now on to the winner of this prize pack is.....

Prize Pack

 LORI from Creative Paper my Way...

  Congrats Lori! Please email me so I can get this prize pack in the mail to you.

Don't forget, you too can link up your paper projects at Paper Issues.. the theme for the rest of this month is Tree Hugger... any way you interpret that, it's up to you!

Have a great day friends!
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Friday, September 16, 2011

Hop along with Paper Issues

Good morning!!
What a fantastic day. It's Friday the start of the weekend and The Paper Issues team is having a blog hop.

WELCOME my friends, old and new.
Hopefully, you found your way here from Amy's blog, if not please go ahead and start from the beginning go here to Paper Issues blog post.

This weeks new theme is Tree Hugger.

I love taking a blank canvas and altering it to achieve something new.

I read a quote online by Minnie Aumonier that I re-worded slightly to say, "There is always Music amongst the trees, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it."

Which inspired this 11x14 canvas. You can click on it to see a larger version.
I had this vision of tree limbs reaching down to tenderly embrace a heart.
The tree trunk and limbs are made of tissue paper and walnut stain distress paint, and the bushy leaves is made from Moss I bought at Michael's.

The picture doesn't do it justice. The piece is full of depth, texture, and rich colors.

I am offering up my own Prize today as well, take a look.
This giveaway is now closed.
Prize Pack

In order to be in the running, please become a follower of my blog.  If you're already a follower, leave a comment. That's it. :) I'll be back on Monday to announce the Prize winner!!

Next in the Altered hop line is Sabrina Alery, Just know she has something gorgeous in store for your viewing pleasure!

The PI shop is also having a sale.. 25% off for all blog hoppers this weekend, just enter coupon code HOP25 at check out.

 Have a great weekend and Thanks SO much for stopping by for the hop.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sneak Peeks!!

The Paper Issues girls are having a blog hop tomorrow AND a NEW theme!!
Take a peeky at what you will be seeing on the hop.
 Come back tomorrow to HOP, see the new PI theme, and get a chance at winning some prizes.  Yep. Prizes. Good stuff too!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What up Wednesday?!

My children get out of school two hours early today.. we'll be headed out to do some baby shopping for my cousin. She's due next month... hard to believe we'll be welcoming a new little into the family. This year has flown by!

Bella Blvd announced their amazing new Design Team this morning. Happily I know at least two of the ladies on the DT. Congrats to you all!!

Here were my entries I threw in the ring.

These photos were taken by WDBJ7 our local news channel the day before our kids first game August 26th. I grabbed all of the ones with Katelyn in the photo and printed them out. They were super duper small, but I used them anyway. :)

She's the lovely lady in the blue shorts. LeahCrowe_NewsPhotos-cl1 
I know it wasn't my best work. This next one wasn't either, but I still love it. If I could redo anything on this layout, it would be the subtitle Hamburger, and I think I would go with a different CS color as well.
The photo seriously cracks me up though. This was taken at Easter this year. We were all outback hunting easter eggs, and Hamburger was going crazy wanting to come outside... if you look closely, you can see his kitty fangs. :) LeahCrowe_Friend-cl1 
The banner spells out friend

Now onto my two favorite layouts

This photo is of my son Cameron and my cousin Amy (The one we'll be baby shopping for today) at my cousin Shelly's wedding reception. Cameron is a super shy, quiet little guy... so when he walked out onto the dance floor and asked Amy to dance, it shocked a lot of us... and besides, how could anyone resist? :) LeahCrowe_Dance-cl1

I only had the two photographs of them that turned out, so I just used the same photograph for the top and bottom.
This one is my overall fav, I love the photo of the children on the porch.. the little guy in the middle is my cousin Zach, Amy's boy, and the two on the end are mine, Samantha and Cameron.
I spritzed and scrunched up that blue pp with some Studio Calico Mr Huey's in white. <3 that stuff. 
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I hope you're having a wonderful day!
Til next time,
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