Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Years Eve!

Hope everyone is rested from the holidays and enjoying their time with family and friends. I know I am! But I am quite exhausted to be honest and am looking forward to some down time. We are having friends over tonight for supper, cards, and perhaps some beer drinking LOL! I'm not much of a drinker but a Miller Lite (cause I'm a classy girl) sounds good for tonight. PLUS I love playing cards after a couple of drinks....always makes it more interesting!

I haven't scrapped in I don't know how long and I really miss it! Plus, if I want to make room for more scrap goodies I should really get on the ball, huh?! I work much better when given an assignment or a package of specific product to use. Otherwise, it seems too overwhelming....anyone want to give me a challenge and/or assignment?! Please!!!

For Christmas my mom got me these totally unique, unusual, works of art from Etsy. The artist's name is Pinkytoast, and I am in love with her prints. I picked out my 2 favorite, my mom ordered them, framed them, and gave them to me. I am hanging these in my scrapbook room:

I am trying to add different things for an "artsy" feel....I need all the inspiration I can get!!! Aren't these cool??! Here is a link to her site:
Pinky Toast
Taylor is begging me for one of the little mirrors!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

How You Doin?

What a whirlwind it has been this Christmas season!!!! I've barely had a chance to catch my breath let alone blog! Anyway, did you all have a great Christmas??? I did! Lots of family get togethers, present opening, and I stuffed my face with cookies, ham, and casseroles LOL!! Don't ask how much weight I've gained ;)

I will be having surgery in about 2 weeks. I'm pretty nervous as I've never had any type of surgery before. I am having a hernia repaired that I got from my 3rd pregnancy (if you have ever seen the way I carried you would understand!) It has been 2 1/2 years since Chloe's been born so I am long overdue for this. I'm pretty sure it is an outpatient surgery, and I will find out next week at my appointment.

This month at CMK our design team sponsor is PRIMA and we received some gorgeous papers, journaling tags, tape, brads, and lots of yummy flowers!!! It is bittersweet as this is our last sponsor with the current design team, and with our awesome leader Rebecca!!! But I know 2008 will bring more amazing sponsors and the opportunity to work with Lisa (the new CMK store owner.) I have other opportunities that have presented themselves so I am quite excited! I wanted to share some work from our sponsor Prima...

I received an awesome stamp about a week ago from Stampin' Up, it punches the side of paper to look like notebook paper. Where have I been, under a rock?! This thing ROCKS!!!! I'd like to thank my friend Julie Kurtz (Stampin' Up rep) who was gracious enough to order this little beauty for me. Thanks Julie!!!!

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Some Exciting Things Happening AT CMK!!!

Rebecca Cross (owner of Create My Keepsake)has decided to sell her store to launch her new manufacturing company Pink Paislee!!! I am so thrilled for her and know her designs and products will be fabulous. While I will miss her as the "boss" I know that she won't be far. She will still be a regular at CMK!

The new owner, Lisa Tilmon, has just posted details for their new DT search. I was fortunate to be asked by Lisa to stay on as the CMK DT Coordinator! It will be great to work with her. She is so on top of the game and will be awesome as the new store owner and kit designer.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

CMK Design Team members will be asked to:
Commit to a 5-month term beginning February 1, 2008 with participation through June 30, 2008.
Design four (4) projects—2 layouts, 1 card, and 1 altered item. During three months of your term you will work with manufacturer product from our sponsors, and during the other two months you will work with our monthly CMK kit. The projects you create each month will be used to showcase manufacturer products or the monthly CMK kit in our galleries, in our monthly newsletter, and in other promotions as desired.
Develop one design inspiration every six (6) weeks that will be posted in our forum so everyone can learn new tips, techniques, and trends to try for themselves. You will be asked to provide a sample and quick tips so that everyone can learn how to create “the same look.”
Participate in 1-2 online CMK crops/events during the 5-month term.
Post question/poll threads in the daily forum and create a monthly contest challenge on a rotation with other design team members.
Post additional projects in their own personal design team gallery.
Participate in forum discussions on a daily basis to help facilitate the growth of our online community. The community involvement is very important to us here at CMK, so we ask that each member try their best to devote a few minutes to our forum and gallery every day.
Promote CMK to friends, family, and colleagues to help facilitate the growth of our online store, our newsletter registration, our gallery and our forum.

Create My Keepsake will provide the following to you as a design team member:
FREE products either from our manufacturer sponsors or our monthly CMK kit so you can develop and design your required monthly projects.
An additional 10% savings on all personal purchases.
One free shipping opportunity each month.
Recognition on our Design Team page along with links to your work in the gallery.
Recognitions in our forum and gallery along with the freedom to use the CMK design team logo on message boards and resumes.
Access to the private Design Team forum so you can trade tips, techniques, and project ideas with each other.

Design Team Guidelines:
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on February 1, 2008.
Applications are open to everyone. International applicants are welcome. This is not an exclusive assignment. We accept applicants from other design teams including local, online, and/or manufacturer.
Previous design team experience is not required.
Submissions will be judged by the owners of Create My Keepsake and two additional judges for a total of four judges.
We will be selecting four individuals for the 2008 Winter/Spring CMK Design Team. We will be looking for designers with all different levels of scrap booking, paper crafting, and photography skills.
Candidates must submit the application and 3 original project samples by January 6, 2008 at 12:00 pm CST.
We will make our selections no later than January 12, 2008. Selected team members will be notified via e-mail to confirm their acceptance.
The formal announcement will be made in our forum on January 14, 2008.

So does this sound absolutely fabulous? We think so!!
Here is how you can apply:
Upload an original layout into the {2008 Design Team Layout Gallery} that features at least four products from the same manufacturer. Upload an original card into the {2008 Design Team Card Gallery} that features common product used in a unique way. Be sure to upload an image of your card and a close-up image of the unique piece. Upload an original altered item into the {2008 Design Team Altered Item Gallery} that features a mix of product from your favorite manufacturers.
Copy the questions from below, answer them, and e-mail it to us at
First & last name:
CMK username:
E-mail address:
Phone number:
When is the best time to reach you?
How did you hear about our design team search?
How long have you been scrap booking?
Do you have a preferred layout size?
Are you comfortable working with several different product lines?
Are you currently designing for any manufacturers? If so, which ones?
Are you currently designing for any other online teams or kit clubs? If so, which ones?
Are you currently teaching or designing for your local scrapbook store?
Do you have a personal blog? If so, please provide the link.
Do you have an online scrapbook resume? If so, please provide the link.
How do you stay current on the latest techniques and trends in scrap booking?
What subjects or individuals do you tend to scrapbook the most? Kids, pets, etc.
Tell us a little bit about your daily life and what a typical day is for you.
Is there anything else you would like us to know? List it here.

We just can’t wait to see your designs! We have great things in store for 2008, and we are looking forward to adding design team members who are passionate about scrap booking and paper crafting! Thanks so much for considering our offer!

To read more about the call, visit this link:

Create My Keepsake DT Call

On a personal note, we are currently bunkered down, waiting for 6 to 15" snowstorm! I can't wait for all the fluff. I hope it sticks around until Christmas!!!

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