Thursday, December 8, 2011

Papertrey Princess challenge

Hello everyone, It's beginning to finally look like winter in Pennsylvania and I'm loving it! the fresh snow puts me in the Christmas spirit, I can almost smell the cookies baking! one of my favorite treats for the holidays are shoe flake cookies. So....
For this months challenge I would love to see some snowflakes. They can be stamped, embossed, embellishments, or die cut whatever you favorite snow flake might be.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Paper Secrets Blog Hop Winner!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the hop!  What fabulous inspiration to get you in the mood for the holidays. 

The winner of my blog rak is PaulaJ, Paula please send me an email at with your address and I'll get your prize pack out to you! 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Paper Secrets Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Paper Secrets Holiday Hop! Each of our team members have a Holiday project to share with you. Be sure to visit all the blogs for chances to win some great prizes!!! (be sure to leave a comment with a way to contact you)

I've been busily trying to fit in Christmas Cards between decorating, shopping, wrapping and the like, I'd like to share one with you.  I hope it inspires you to make a fabulous holiday project and share it in the Paper Secrets gallery (you never know your project might be hightlighted on our blog!)

I love non traditional holiday colors, so for this project I chose soft colors in greens, pinks and blues.  I used coredinations paper for the backgorund and Jilly Bean Soup for the trees.  The trees are cricut cut. 

Now for the prize! To be eligible to win this prize:

The prize is a Technique Tuesday card kit! With directions to make 5 projects!

For your chance to win:
1. become a follower of my blog
2. send a friend request to me on Facebook (Joyce Casaldi)
 and leave a comment below for each chance.

 Blog Hop ends Dec. 4th, 11:59 pm PST. Winner will be posted on my blog on December 6st, you must stop back to claim your prize and email your address. 

Let’s get to hoppin’!

Paper Secrets

Rochelle Spears

Nancy Dare

Joyce Casaldi You are HERE

Kimmy Jaster

Nicolle Kramer

Doris Widder

Kristi Beisel

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Paper Secrets November Challenge!

Hello everyone, hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving week and are well on your way to decking the halls for the holidays!  I know I'm excited, our tree is up and I plan on doing some decorating next week when everyone goes back to work. 

Before I get to this months card sketch I wanted to remind you of the Paper Secrets Blog Hop.  Hope you can join us for the fun! 

This months sketch is brought to you by ME:)
(thanks Rochelle for the help!)

Just use this sketch to make a fabulous card, then upload it to the Paper Secrets Gallery for your chance to win a $10. Paper Secrets Gift Certificate! 

and here are a few examples for you from the Paper Secrets team....

My card:


Hope you can play along! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Paper Piecing Challenge

This months technique challenge at Paper Secrets is Paper Piecing!  How much fun can you have making fun projects with paper pieced embellishments.  I chose to make a very cute Christmas Tree as my pieced project. 

To play along just upload your paper pieced project to the Paper Secrets Gallery and link it back to the challnge thread for your chance to win a PaperSecrets Gift Certificate!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Paper Secrets Scrap Lift Challenge

This month is moving right along with tons of inspiration at Paper Secrets.  Be sure to stop by and look at all the challenges and play along for your chance to win a fabulous Paper Secrets Gift Certificate! 

This month Doris challenged us to use this page by Iris Uy as inspiration.  I love the colors in the page and just so happened to get some new washi tape that matched perfectly so I came up with this clean and simple card as my project.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Paper Secrets November Sketch Challenge

Wanna make scrapbooking easy?! Just use this fabulous sketch Rochelle made for us this month and combine it with some fabulous Crate Paper products you can find in the store and you'll be all set. 

This is my wonderful page, isn't it cute! 
and here is the sketch:

Told you it was fabulous!

Be sure to upload your creations using this sketch to the Paper Secrets Gallery and link it back to the challenge thread for a Paper Secrets Gift Certificate. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Paper Secrets November Card Sketch Challenge

Nicolle has challenged us to use this cute sketch to make a card, and the twist is to use gitter/stickles and twine.  I used a combination of Jillibean Soup and LYB to make this cute little card. 

and this is the sketch

If you would like to play along load your creations in the gallery at Paper Secrets and link it to the challenge thread in the forum. 

Thanks for stopping by and see you tomorrow for another fun challenge. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Paper Secrets November Challenge!

Hi everyone,
Haveing a fabulous fall here, looking foward to the transition to winter weather!  Colorado is already having snow and although I don't venture out in the snow much I sure do love how beautiful it is.  And it puts me in the mood for Christmas decorating, and it doesn't get better then that! 

This month the Manu Challenge at Paper Secrets is to use My Minds Eye products.  All you have to do to play along is create a project using any MME products and load them to the Paper Secrets Gallery and link them back to the appropriate thread for a chance to win a $10. Paper Secrets Gift Certificate. 

I hope you get a chance to play along this month!  Good luck!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

For this month's blog hop inspiration we've selected something with a bit of an autumn flair. The fabric selections and pattern combinations used on these petite pumpkins are a prime way to jump-start a fabulous fall paper project. Use the colors as your inspiration, or perhaps focus on the patterns You can also utilize pumpkins or maybe some felt die-cut leaves. Whatever you choose, you are sure to have amazing results! We look forward to seeing your projects!

I have included an inlinkz list below for you to add your link to your blog hop project. This new type of link list will allow you to select a thumbnail to go along with your link, making it easy to go back and find a project later that might have perked your interest.

You have until 11:30pm EST tonight (October 25th) to add your link to this list. THREE random participants will be selected to win a FREE Papertrey Ink stamp set of their choice. They will be announced and highlighted here, on my blog, tomorrow morning. We look forward to seeing all of your creations!

(from Capture The Moment Blog)
And my project is one of my Halloween Trick or Treat bags. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Upcycled Hoodie

My project for today was to add a little color to my white hoodie.  It was such an easy project and I just love how it turned out.  I had to photograph it on my manikin to show you how cute it is. 

                                                                    I just love it now!
Have you upcycled anything lately? I would love to see your projects! 

Monday, October 17, 2011

LOAW Studio Calico Challenge

Hi everyone,
This weeks studio calico challenge is to get your Halloween on.  We love Halloween around here and spend all month getting ready for the little ghosts and gobblins to visit.  I've been making treat bags, sewing costumes, learning to use my new cricut cake machine to make fun cakes!  What have you been up to?  We would love to see your Halloween treat bags, pages or projects this week.  Just link them to this post for your chance to win a Studio Calico gift certificate. 

And here's what I've been up to this month. 

First, my treat bags are all ready to go....

Then we celebrated Ashlyn's birthday with my first fondant cake.  So it's not perfect, but it was fun. 

Thanks for stopping by and hope you can play along with the challenge!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Pretty In the Park Studio Calico Challenge

Have you scheduled your scrap time this week?  If not I have the perfect challenge for you.  It's based on the season where you live.  Think about your local park, what inspires you there?  I want you to think about the colors you see and scrap with them.  Nature is the best inspirations and all the colors in nature go together beautifully wether it's the blues and whites of winter, the bright summer colors, or the reds and orange of fall.  So what's the season where you live? Now it's up to you, pull out that phone, or calender or whatever it is you use to keep organized and pencil in an hour of scrap time! 

To play along upload your project to the Studio Calico gallery and link it to the thread HERE to be eligible for a Studio Calico gift certificate. 

Next weeks challenge is all about Halloween!  We will be getting ready for those ghosts and goblins to visit so be sure to stop back next week! 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Amish Auction - Bean Talk Sketch Challenge

Jillibean Soup posted a fun sketch on the blog as this weeks challenge.  I thought these simple photos of the sumer Amish Auction would be perfect for the sketch.  My husband loves going to auctions and sales and I love to tag along and take lots of photos.  This auction was so fun.  They had everything from farm machinery to gorgeous potted flowers.  And every thing in between including cute little farm animals.  I'll share some of those photos later but first here is my layout for the challenge. 

Product: Jillybean Soup unless otherwise noted. 
MME twine

and this is the fun sketch:

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

**WINNER WINNER Chicken Dinner!

Actually I have the winner for the Paper Secrects blog hop and nothing to do with a chicken dinner. 
I used to choose the winner and it chose KimR.  Kimmy email me your address at or send me a pm on PaperSecrets and I'll get your book out to you. 

Thanks everyone for playing along!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Clean and Simple

I finally picked up my first Washi tape, and I have to say I still want it all!  This is the Tim Holz tape on a white card base.  The sentiment is Papertrey Ink. 

This challenge from Scrapdango was to keep it clean and simple.  I don't think it get's any more simple then this. 

Thanks for stopping by and see you tomorrow!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Card Recipe Challenge

I finally got things back together enough in my room to make a card for WCMD.  I chose this challenge at Scrapdango. 

This was the recipe:
A4 card (4.25" x 5.5")
4" x 5.25" piece of patterned paper
0.5" x 5.5" strip of cardstock
1 - Border strip (sticker or diecut)
1 - Chipboard piece
1 - Sticker
1 - shape punched from cardstock (i.e. circle, scalloped circle, butterfly, leaf...etc)
Mix these ingredients to your liking.

And this is what I came up with, using just scraps from my scrap box. 

Thanks for stopping by:)

My new old book case

I really wanted to get rid of the plastic table in my scrap room.  So we under took our first diy project to do just that this weekend.  We started with an old book case my husband was just using for storage in the garage.  We started by adding p board to the back, painting it white, added 3 extra shelves and finished it by adding crown molding to the top. 

I think it trned out fabulous! I want to get a planter for the center top. 

The top shlves are for my fabrics. 

These containers contain my copics, colored pencils, acrylic blocks and glimmer mists. 

Aren't these cute, they are actual jars from a doctors office.  I'm missing oneof the lids, but love the vintage jars so I use them anyway. 

These ae some random items.  The little green box was found in my great aunts house.  They are actually little letters that teachers used to use.  On the right are my flower frogs, and the center is my Making Memoris distress kit.  the photo boxes are for random items.  One is filled with Prima flowers and one has extra sewing supplies.  The last one is waiting for some love. 

And my final area on the left is my cricut center.  With the fabulous cover my friend Marie made me.  Thanks again Marie!

This is the first CARDS magazine I was in, even though my name is spelled wrong. 

My paints and brushes.

And finally my magazines and my mini albums in the bag that my best Secret Sister ever gave me, Ann Marie.  Thanks again Ann Marie! 
and this is what it looked like before the make over.  Actually it spent 2 years in the garage so it looked even worse then this photo. 

I think it turned out fabulous.  And we already have our next project planned which will be a desk for my sewing machine.  I can't wait!  I think my room is a work in progress, but organizing is almost as fun as creating.  I love a neat space. 

Use your stamps!

Now how is that for an open ended challenge!  And a fun one at that.  This months Paper Secrets technique challenge is to use your stamps.  Very easy peasy challenge.  I plan on doing a lot of this one and hope you can join along.  To see more of the DT samples as well as learn how you can play along and win a $10. Paper Secrets Gift Certificat visit Paper Secrets here.  When I was thinking about this challenge I was thinking, wow this could be an simple and easy as using a sentiment like I did here.

or a little more elegant  like this one. 

Be sure to share your creating in the Paper Secrets Gallery as well as link back to the challenge thread for your chance to win a $10. gift certificate to the Paper Secrets store! 

Paper Secrets Card sketch

Happy Wednesday! 
I'm in full Halloween mode here, and trying to determine the venue for delivering my treats for this year.  My first instinct was to use the cute little Paper Trey Ink Die to make felt contianers.  They are really cute! 

But after seeing one finished, it was kind of small.  We treat our trick or treaters like we are the only ones giving them candy! 

My second idea is to use a brown kraft bag.  I love these little bags. I use them for everything, even on my pages.  For this one I made a matching card using this months Paper Secrets Card Sketch Challenge. 

You can find the sketch and all the information to play along HERE! 

Have a fabulous day!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Happy World Card Making Day!

Hope your taking some time today to get your scrap on! I know I'm having some fun in my scrap room and it's not scrapping, but we are doing a little DIY make over of an old book case making it into an embellishment cetner/ storage unit.  My husband and I are having so much fun making trips to our favorite store (Home Depot) and getting painty.  The book case started out just an old wood colored laminate and now it's almost transformed.  I'll share that as soon as we get it moved in to my room and things put back together. 

Today I'd like to share another project for this months challenges at Paper Secrets.  First this card is for the Manufacturer Challenge. This month Rochelle chose Echo Park as her challenge.  You can see more of the DT work HERE using EP! 

I had some left overs on the sticker sheet for this line that I wanted to use. So I added it to a kraft base for a cute whimsical hello card. 

Thanks for stoping by and Happy World Card Making Day! 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Paper Secrets October Challanges!

Today is the day you to can play along for a $10. gift certificate to Paper Secrets store!  All you have to do is use this sketch and then upload your creation to the Paper Secrets gallery.  Also be sure to stop back all this week for additional challenges, or stop by the Paper Secrets Forum to view all of this months challenges. 

I found this sketch on the new Basic Grey Blog and just had to play along. 

and here are the DT examples:




Entries are due by July 31st, 11:59 PST

Be sure to add the keyword "sketch 9" to your gallery upload

Uploading your entry by the due date will get you entered into the random drawing to receive a $10 gift card to Paper Secrets Store.

**Extra, Extra**
For a chance at an additional $10. gift certificat to the Paper Secrets store from me all you have to do is:

1. Become a folower of my blog.  (if you are already a follower, then your done with #1)
2. Complete the challenge and link it at the bottom of this post.
3. Upload your creation to the PS gallery.
4. Join the Paper Secrets forum and say you saw this post. (if you are already a member, just post that you saw the post)

Easy peasy!  Thaks for playing along!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Gratitude Day Challenge

Yesterday Dani at the Nook challenged us to make a Gratitude card that you would be sending out in celebration of National Gratitude Day.  I combinded the Gratitude challenge with the Studio Calico Blog Sketch Challenge and came up with this:
and this was the sketch

Cardstock: Bazzil Basics
Patterned Paper- Basic Grey
Martha Stewart Butterfly punch
Sentiment-Papertrey Ink
Thread- Sew Easy Floss