Video Tutorials!!!

Yesterday I started making video tutorials.  I love it!!!!

First up is creating custom shadows:
Custom Shadows: CS4

I'll show you how to create a custom shadow like shown in this layout.

Digital Scrapbooking: Custom Shadows CS4 from Samara GUgler on Vimeo.


Christmas Music


When I think of Christmas music the first song that pops into my head is Winter Wonderland.  Seriously, that song can put me in tears!  One of the things that I've struggled with my entire life is that I can't sing a tune to save my life.  I have the most horrible voice.  I asked Annika to sing me her favorite Christmas song and she started singing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in her sweet little angelic voice. 

I'm Behind You....hybrid card


Sugar Plum Fairies by Traci Reed

East Meets West by Traci Reed

Owl Love You Forever by Mandabean


Template by Stamp Owl
WHen I first saw this card I just laughed and laughed!!! Really, it doesn't get any more funny than this!!! LOL

Hybrid with Traci Reed's products

I've been so bad about updating my blog with my layouts and projects.  I'm going to try to be better.  Here are some projects that I've created with the AWESOME and talented Traci Reed!!!!


Just Believe by Traci Reed

Mini Backpack Tutorial by Stamp Happens



And To All a Good Night by Traci Reed and Meg Mullens



Pop Dots

Scallop Blade

Snowflake Brads



On Frozen Pond by Traci Reed


Star Credits:

A Month at A Time Collection: December by Traci & Kristin


I used a metal star from Michaels as the base.

I used a lime green cardstock underneath, it shows through the back.

I also inked all the edges for a shabby feel.


10-1-Reed-Fall Digital Credits:
Heart of Fall by Traci Reed & Kay Miller


Physical Product:

Wood Plaque



Paper Flowers

Sweater Weather by Traci Reed


Digital Credits:

Preppy Autumn by Traci Reed


Physical Credits:

Bazzill Cardstock

Prima Flowers

Frog Charms



Letter Beads

FOBTY 10/30/08

What Your Cute Monster Says About You

You are a vibrant, vivacious person. When you live, you live as wildly and loudly as possible.

You are very bold. You are willing to stand up and be a leader.

Your inner demon is intensity. You have a tendency to let your passions take over.

People think you're cute because you're fiery. When you get worked up, it's charming.

FOBTY Oct 24, 2008

FOBTY Oct 24, 2008

What Your Jack-o-Lantern Says

You are a gleeful, exuberant person.

You enjoy a good party, and you even enjoy a good brawl.

This Halloween, there is no question what you should be... a pirate!

The candy you should give out: peanut butter cups

I LOVE MY PUMPKIN!! I love peanut butter cups too! PERFECT!

From Our Blog to Yours 10/16/08

From Our Blog to Yours 10/16/08


Halloween Candy Quiz

Halloween Candy Quiz

You are a Lollypop

Like the Lollypop you are sweet and lickable;)

Find out which Halloween Candy you are at

I was really hoping I'd be candy corn or at least chocolate!!! LOL

From Our Blog To Yours 10/2/08

From Our Blog To Yours 10/2/08

So my question is… what is YOUR favorite fast food and how often do you eat there?

I am having a thing for tacos lately and honestly I do care where they come from.  Taco Bell, Del's all good!!! I must have my tacos at least once a week. :)

From Our Blog To Yours 9/25/08

Sweet Shoppe Blog Challenge

54 words


I thought it would be higher. Can I blame in just waking up?

Don't Vote

New products and new layouts...ENJOY!!!

I love my creative teams, totally love them!!!  First up are some new products from my awesome designers...

and now some new layouts from this week...

The Fireworks Test

SSD- From Our BLog to Yours Challenge

What Your These Fireworks Say About You

You are deeply passionate about a few things in your life.

Everything else, you couldn't care less about.

Your passions tend to hold steady over time. If anything, they intensify.

Once you hold on to something (or someone), you don't let go!

Favorite Birthday Year

FOB2Y - Birthday Style!

Birthdays are not something that is easy for me to swallow. I remember the year I thought I was turning 25.  I totally freaked out and started crying. Jamie came into the backyard where I sat sobbing and asked what the problem was. I said, "I can't believe I'm going to be 25." He told me I had the math all wrong and that I was turning 24.  It took me several moments to calm down and realize that he was right, I was only turning 24!!! LOL

I've decided to stop counting birthdays.  I am 29 and holding.  The truth is I have to really think about how old I really am because I've been lying about it for so long!!!

I think the perfect age is whatever makes you happy.  Now that I no longer think in terms of age I think that every year is the best!

What my Fridge Says...

These blog challenges are digging way too deep! I think these quizzes know more about me than ME!  LOL

Blog Challenge @ SSD

What Your Fridge Says About You

You tend to be a very hedonistic, greedy person. You have trouble saying no to what you want.

You are not careful with your money. In fact, you rarely think about how much you are spending.

You are a very adventurous person. You love to try new things, and you get bored very easily.

You try to be responsible, but you don't always succeed. Your heart is in the right place though.

You are likely to be married - and very busy.

My Nerd Score....

The blog challenge at SSD is about nerdiness.  The link to the quiz is at the end of my post.   I really didn't realize that I was this much of a nerd.   I can't believe that I remember the periodic table and that other nerdy stuff.  These are my results.....

Oh crap....

17% scored higher (more nerdy),

1% scored the same, and

82% scored lower (less nerdy).

What does this mean? Your nerdiness is:

High-Level Nerd. You are definitely MIT material, apply now!!!.

Nerd Test

So ashamed...

I can't believe that I let my blog go!!!! I've been SUPER incredibly busy the past month.  I tried out for two teams at the Sweet Shoppe and didn't make either of them.  I didn't really expect to get the SweetShoppe Babe title, but I really did expect to get the Hybrid Babe gig.  It hurt pretty bad when I got my reject letter. 

Other than that, I've been busy with home life and school life.  The kids just finished their baseball season.  Finally we don't have practice every night...kinda.  Alex has already started a one night a week football practice AND he was asked to play on a tournament team for baseball. 

On the school front, we are winding down our year. State testing is finished, thank goodness!!!!  I decided at this busy time of year to take a class too!!!  I'm taking the Geology of Southern California.   I really like the class and only have two more assignments to complete.   I need to write a lesson plan on some aspect of So. Cal Geology and I have to make a visit to a place of geological importance.

On the design front....I'm thrilled to announce that I joined two new Creative Teams.  First, I'm on ScrapKitchen's layout team.  OMG, what a dream come true!!!! I've been a fan of Susan's since back in the day when she had her own store.

Secondly...Dani Mogstad asked me to be one of her altered girls!!!! OMG!!!! I've been a fan of Dani's for a long time too!!  In fact, I've been wearing a "fan" blinkie for a few months now. 

I'll leave you with a few of my most recent projects.... (click on them to view the credits)


Busy Sunday

OpeningdaywebCmweb_2Not only did I empty and clean the entire panty, but I managed to scrap three layouts too!!!

Dani Mogstad


CK Handprint

Shabby Miss Jenn

---Lil' Guys
---Flower Stand with Chef

Gina Cabrera

---Catch a Star


Kiki Halbert
---Swing Batter

CK Typist

CK Handprint


SWEET as Sugar

---Sugar & Spice
---Pink Paper Alpha
---Love Actually

CK Alis Writing

Hybrid Book Bag
Shabby Miss Jenn and Chef
---Flower Stand


The Ultimate Paper Crafts Collection book by Leisure Arts

Easter 08
Shabby Miss Jenn
---Egg Hunting Time

CK Alis Writing

Oh Boy!

Amanda Heimann
---Life is Good
---About a Boy
Shabby Princess

I'll be back later with links.  I just wanted to get this stuff up before I left for work...yeah work.....

Gina Cabrera
---Snapshot of Spring
---Stamping the Yard
Shabby Miss Jenn
---Love Shack

CK Typist

CK Alis Writing



---Deacon's Closet

---Basic Alpha (Grab bag Boy)
---More Wings (Grab bag Boy)

Gina Cabrera

---Snapshot of Spring
---Boo To You

---Holiday Jingle

---LIttle Bird Mini

---Being Framed Snippet

---Whirly Twirly Spring

---Forever Polaroid

---Lovey Dovey
Shabby Miss Jenn
---Winter Ponies

CK Alis Writing

Shabby Miss Jenn
---Weeds n' Daisies

CK Alis Writing

Mt. Lassen
Shabby Miss Jenn

---Shabby Snowkisses
---Egg Huntin' Time

---French Attic
---Signature Alpha Lower
Gina Cabrera

---Being Framed Snippet
CK Alis Writing

California Capitol
Gina Cabrera
---Snapshot of Spring
---Lovey Dovey
---Little Bird Mini

---Spring Blooms
---Being Framed Snippet
---March Idea Notebook
---About a Boy

CK Alis Writing

Is it summer yet?




OH man, the past month has been crazy for me.  I came down with that god awful flu, then Annika caught it, followed by Alex.  Jamie only caught a little of it.  I missed so many days from work.

Good news...I'm on a weight loss program.  I've been on the program since the end of January and I've lost 29 pounds so far!!!  The beginning of March was especially hard for me because of my birthday and a few out of town conferences. 

I've completed a few layouts in the last month:

25 pounds credits:
Impressions of Peace by Scrapbook Graphics

CK Alis Writing

Black Jack

Accident Credits:

Fancy Free by Songbird Avenue (Shabby Miss Jenn)

Vintage Getaway
by Theresa Hernandez

Hand Stamped Alpha
by Michelle Coleman

CK Ali Writing

Baby Girl Credits:
Girl Grabbag by Flergs

.....Pretty Papers

.....Pretty Frames

.....Girly Swirls

.....Girly Stitches

.....Dotty Alpha

Caramel Pudding
by Flergs

Chocolate Berry
by Flergs

Love Actually
by Flergs

CK Alis Writing

Scrapbook N' Stickers Entourage

Kim, the owner of Scrapbook N' Stickers sent me a PM at 2 peas a few weeks ago.  She said that she loved my gallery and that she was interested in having me join her Entourage (Creating Team).  I thought, oh, this is TOOOOOO GOOOD TO BE TRUE!!!!    I'm pleased to announce that I have accepted the position.  I'm THRILLED to get the chance to work with the NEW CHA releases.   

On a side note, I'm sicker than a dog.  Yesterday I attended a conference and the meeting room was FREEZING COLD, you know that cold that goes right down to your core?  I was colder than that.   We got home from the conference (about a 1.5 hour drive) and as I got in my car to drive home (someone else drove to the conference) I felt light headed and sick to my stomach.  Fortunately I only had a mile to drive.   I walked in the house, took my temp immediately, and saw that I was at 99 degrees.  The aches and pains started and all I could do was sleep on the couch.  I woke up an hour later, took my temp again and this time I was up to 102.  It was a HORRIBLE night.  Between the bouts of freezing and then frying up, I was in horrible pain.  My body was just trembling and every muscle, joint, and even my skin just ached.   At 2 am I couldn't lie in bed anymore.  I came downstairs and almost immediately felt better.   I've now got a NASTY cough, but the pain and the fever are gone.   I hope the worst of this is behind me!

TONS of Layouts!!!



OMG!!!  I can't believe how far I fell behind in my blog!!! Since my last entry I have about 10 more layouts to show off.  Call me the bad blogger, go ahead, I DARE you!!!

First up is... Little Ladybug.  These photos are from right before we moved from our old house. The kiddos found a ladybug in the backyard and brought it in.  Alex was trying to give it to Annika but she kept freaking out!  Finally the exchange was made. I used Love Shack by Shabby Miss Jenn, Caramel Pudding Glitter by Flergs, Black Jack, and CK Typeset

Next on the list is a layout featuring my girlfriend's new baby boy, Colton.  He is the MOST adorable baby.  I can't wait to meet him in person.  SHe (my friend) moved away and we communicate my phone, email, and instant messanger.  I have always wanted to create a layout using angel wings.  I used Lovey Dovey by Gina Cabrera, Wonderland by Gina Cabrera, December Idea Notebook by Gina Cabrera, Deacon's Closet Glitter by Flergs, CK Cursive, and CK Cute.

Last for this blog entry is Annika's Garden.   I used Kiwi Mocha by Amanda Dykan, Ladies Prefer Pink by Amanda Dykan, Kraft Papers by Amanda Dykan, and Caramel Pudding Glitter by Flergs.

More layouts later, it's time for me to think about going to work. :)

Weekend Scrappin'




I completed three adorable Annika layouts this weekend.

Adorable Annika was created using Flergs Caramel Pudding Kit and Glitter by Flergs.   I just love her stuff so much (I know, I keep saying that, but it's TRUE!!!!)  I felt that the outfit Annika was wearing was a little too bright, so I played with the photo a little bit, making the outfit a little less bright.  My little thumb sucker.  I have a love hate relationship with the thumb sucking.  I know that I SHOULD hate it and I SHOULD make her stop.  I LOVE that she sucks her thumb, it reminds me of how young she really is.  She's my last baby and I want to hold onto that feeling FOREVER!!!

Be Mine was created using Amanda Dykan's Kiwi Mochacino and Caramel Pudding Glitter by Flergs.  I took the photos of Annika last Valentine's Day.   Her daddy gave her that pillow and boy does she love it!!!

Pure Joy
was started last week at the crop I went to.  I used Holiday Jingle and Merry & Bright,  both by Gina Cabrera.  I also added a touch of Caramel Pudding Glitter by Flergs.  I have to add glitter to everything I do!!!!

More Shopping

Oh man!!! I've been SHOPPING AGAIN!!!!!

New items in my Digital Shopping Bag are:

Wonderland MEGA kit by Gina Cabrera
Holiday Jingle by Gina Cabrera
Love Shack by Shabby Miss Jenn
Trashed Brackets by Shabby Miss Jenn
Bright Brackets by Shabby Miss Jenn
Folded Trashed Papers by Shabby Miss Jenn
Folded Colorful Papers by Shabby Miss Jenn

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