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Sweets and Treats by Elaine Dennison February 14, 2011

It’s February and the days are beginning to length and the promise of spring seems near.  The middle of the month brings us to Saint Valentine’s Day and the thoughts of love.  This month, our team worked on their choice of two themes:  Sweets for the Sweet or How do we Treat Ourselves.

Let’s begin with  “How I treat Myself”…

My $2 Treat by JD's Mom (Carol)

Carol,  aka JD’s Mom, did a great job of telling me about her page and with her permission, here’s her explanation:

“I took the “How We Treat Ourselves” theme to heart and looked down at my feet, which even in all this icy, wintry weather, I still had on my flip-flops.  I’m a flip-flop fan through-and-through and the cheaper the better.  They’re like reading glasses, you can never have too many or in too many colors!  Plus, if the dog chews them up or I break them, no sweat!!  I have been known to buy 6 or 8 pair at a time if I find them on sale…and my rule is never pay more than $2…unless they’re really, really cute.  It helps that I wear a size 2 and can buy them in the kids shoe section, lol!!

I used Julie Mead and Ruth Davis’ stunning collaboration Doodlicious which just JUMPED out at me when I was looking through the shop.  It is so bright and so cheerful–kinda the opposite of the weather we’ve had this past week!! ”

Thanks Carol for a stunning page and a wonderful reflection.

My Treat = Shopping by Art Teacher (Laura)

Art Teacher used paper and elements from Kay Elfin’s Lovey Dovey Addon and Paris Flea Market Scene 2 and frame cluster from Julie Mead’s Sweet Love Frames.  Laura’s journaling reads:  “Since I was about 12, I have loved going shopping for clothing and other “girly” things.  It never fails to cheer me up or get me motivated.  Of course, now that I’m the one paying, I have to use more common sense, but the main way I like to treat myself after a hard week is a little shopping trip!”

All I can add is that I can truly relate… retail therapy, YES!

My Valentine Candy Box by Scrapyardkath (Katherine)

And Scrapyardkath, oh my,  what a treat!  She used Things That Go Vroom ABR Brush Set by Julie Mead and Lovey Dovey by Kay Eflin.  Congrats on the gorgeous new car, Katherine!

Now let’s look at some Sweets for the Sweet…

All You Need is Cupcakes by Keling Bermuda (Sara)

I love Keling Bermurda’s  scrumptious  page…. chocolate cupcakes and raspberries – how divine!  She titled her creation, “All you need is … cupcakes” a take off on John Lennon’s song “All You Need is Love”.  Sara (aka Keling Bermuda) used Elements and Papers from True Love by Coppercurls Designs.

Sweets for my Guy by Lainey

Lainey used My Endless Love by Steph Designs to display the delicious chocolate covered strawberries that she fixed for her sweetie.  She explains that “it’s a traditional Valentine’s treat”.

Sweets for my Sweetie by Coppercurls (Roxie)

Coppercurls created a lovely page using Sierra Mini by Cheryl McCain, Sierra Petite by Cheryl McCain, and Paper Blenders by Coppercurls Designs.  The text reads:  ”Dear Blake, I know how much you love peanut butter and chocolate so I made these candies especially for you. I’m sorry you weren’t around to lick the chocolate from my hand. It was very good. Love, Roxi”    Great blending and yummy treats, Roxi!

Erica has been without a computer for the past couple of months and is now back with a passion.   She has provided some wonderful inspiration, both printable projects and layouts.  Welcome back, Erica!

Love Notes and Envelopes by Erica922 (Erica)

First Erica created some Valentine note cards and envelopes using Hearts and Flowers Revisited by Kay Elfin, Vintage Valentine Sweeties Stickers and Rub-Ons by Julie Mead, and Vintage Valentine Sweetie Paper Pack by Julie Mead.


Love Bookmark by Erica922 (Erica)

Next Erica made a lovely bookmark and matching envelope using Elements, Paper Pack, and Word Art from Kindred Spirits by Nifty Designers Series.   What a nice gift that would be to tuck into your sweetie’s lunch bag!

My Little Cookie by Erica922 (Erica)

Next up, is an adorable page of Erica’s little niece!  What a sweet photo!  Erica922 used Sweet Love Frames and Vintage Valentine Sweeties Stickers and Rub-Ons, both by Julie Mead.

Moments Together by Erica922 (Erica)

Erica created this beautiful page using Celebrate 08 by Julie Mead, Sierra Frame Cluster by Cheryl McCain, and Kindred Spirits Word Art by Nifty Designer Series.

As a treat for you, visit our previous posting,  Ready to Print Valentine Cards and Notes where Erica shared some of her lovely handiwork with everyone a few days ago.  Thanks, Erica!

That wraps up our team reveal on Sweets and Treats.  Remember to capture those Sweet moments and create tomorrow’s Treats.  Thanks for dropping by.


Kiss Me Valentine Goodie Bag FREEbie February 8, 2010

Filed under: Digital Scrapbooks,Freebie,Hybrid Scrapbooks,Printables — Julie Mead @ 11:09 am

Escape Artist Katherine Lent created this sweet hybrid good bag just in time for Valentine treats. Thanks to Kay Eflin for Kiss Me in the Morning kit.  Personal Use only.


Printable FREEbie Mini Box for Valentine’s Day February 4, 2010

Filed under: Digital Scrapbooks,Freebie,Printables — Julie Mead @ 10:48 am

Escape Artist Erica Nunez made this darling printable mini-box using the template and instructions shown in post below. Click on sample to begin download.


Valentine Treat Cups from Katherine Lent January 29, 2010

Filed under: Freebie,Hybrid Scrapbooks,Printables — Julie Mead @ 9:21 am

Sweet printable treat cups for Valentine candies, cookies and fruit.


Nifty Valentine Idea—Hybrid LOVE Box by Escape Artist Erica Nunez January 25, 2010

This little LOVE box is perfect for sweet notes or chocolates for your love ones….

The free templates are from Jersgirl HERE for the outside and HERE for the inside.


365 Project Challenge—With a Twist–Challenge from Designer Cheryl McCain January 3, 2010

Filed under: 365 Project Challenge,Digital Scrapbooks,Freebie,Printables — Julie Mead @ 11:04 am

I remember last year trying to complete a 365 project and just couldn’t do it. Well……..I’ve been brainstorming a way to make it much easier and I think you’re going to like this one.
Here’s how it works:
I’ve always wanted to complete a Rolodex album, if that’s what you call it. I’m working on an entire kit of nothing but embellished Rolodex cards for you.

If you’re like me and don’t have things to take photos of each and every day, then you can use this challenge to actually easily complete this Project 365.
There are many ways you could use the Rolodex cards to make a beautiful altered project and have fun at the same time.

Each day, you can add a photo to your Rolodex card, OR journal a memory you’ve had that day, OR type or hand write a favorite recipe, quote, Bible verse, OR journal something important or meaningful that happened that day. Use your imagination…..but it doesn’t HAVE to be a photo every day.

At the end of the year, you’ll have a year’s worth of mementos.

You can even embellish the cards with various colors of ribbon or scrap paper, buttons, thread, etc. It’s limitless what you could do with your Rolodex to make a beautiful Project 365.

Here’s a small sampling of the cards I’m creating for your use. I’ll have them in the store soon at a special price for this challenge. In the meantime, I’m supplying you with 4 cards FREE to get you started so we don’t fall too far behind.

You can download your FREE cards HERE to get you started. At the end of each month, everyone that posts a photo of their completed cards (you can groups them together on your table and take a photo or if you have them in a Rolodex, take a photo of each month’s worth. (You don’t have to post each and everyone to the gallery.)

Each month, post your completed monthly projects in the gallery HERE and receive a coupon to my store each month for playing along.  Be sure to post in this thread a link to your gallery so we can all see what you’ve done.

Thanks for playing…….and HAPPY SCRAPPING!!


Make It Quick for Christmas—Printable Money Envelopes FREEbie December 18, 2009

Money gifts are always the right size and color—dress them up with these adorable printables—-money envelopes designed by CT Erica Nunez.   Another Make it Quick for Christmas ideas from The Nifty Boutique!
Personal Use Only