Tuesday, January 31, 2012

This is me Freebie

Hi everyone! It’s Judy here with a Cluster Frame freebie for you today. This weekend Lita released a fabulous collab “This is me” with Shawna Clingerman. It is perfect for scrapping those rare but oh so precious pages about you. You find the entire kit at Scrap Orchard.

Here is the cluster frame freebie I have created for you. Just click the link below to download. Feel free to comment if you like.

Download here



Sunday, January 29, 2012

Customer Spotlight: Patti McCarthy

Hello Digital Scrapbookers!  Today I'm bringing you a spotlight on one if my scrapping idols, Patti McCarthy.  You've probably seen her pages around digi-land, and if you haven't, here is a link to her gallery - run over there and take a peak and then come back here!   I asked her some questions, here's what she had to say!

Name/username: Patti McCarthy

Tell us a little about yourself:   
I'm Patti McCarthy and my family and I live in the province of Alberta, Canada.  I have two handsome, energetic boys.  I am married to Glenn, who puts up with my endless amounts of scrapbook 'shop talk'.  I have pushed myself  into working outside my comfort zone and must say I love it!  I am addicted to PSE and all the templates, kits and digital elements that go with it!!   In my opinion, a girl can never have too much:)  
What’s your favorite type of product to scrap with (ie., papers, flowers, etc.)? I love paint, stitches and fasteners of any kind.
What's your go-to scrapping technique?  White space, clusters with lotsa layers!   Paint, circles, stitches and fasteners thrown in for good measure make me happy:)

What is your favorite Litabells product?

What's on your wishlist out of Lita's products that you don't already have?

What are your favorite layouts with Lita's stuff (linked for full credits):



And Just for fun ...

Favorite beverage? Coke/Root Beer - ice cold!What's your favorite non-scrappy activity? Reading of course!  Love mystery suspense and good Vampire/Fantasy reads.Where was your last holiday to? A trip to Ontario to see my parents.
Favorite book?  The Mortal Instruments Series
Thanks to Patti for sharing with us!


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Art is Freedom Freebie

Hi everyone! Jan here to bring you a little freebie I created. I used the beautiful kit Art is My Freedom. You can pick it up in Lita's shop at Scrap Orchard. Here's a preview of the kit:
(Images are linked)

And here is my cluster frame freebie :) Hope you enjoy!


Friday, January 27, 2012

Flutterby Deux Quick Page

Hello! Pene here again with quick page from one of my favourite Litabells kits Flutterby Deux, available now at Scrap Orchard.

Here is a LO I made of my daughter Rachel:

And here is the quick page!  You can download it here.

Pene xo


This is Me - with Shawna Clingerman

Hello! Hello! I am here today to share with you another fantastic collaboration that you will find in Lita's store at Scrap Orchard. Litabells and Shawna Clingerman teamed up to create This Is Me. The brilliant colors in this collection are so cheerful and bright. Now is the time to focus on you, the memory keeper and  This Is Me  happens to be the perfect place to start. 

A little inspiration from the Belles!!

Don't forget you can nab the kit for 20% off throughout the weekend!
Happy Scrapping!!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hiya ladies, Christine here ( a few days late) with a Quick Page I have made for all of the loyal Litbells fans out there.  I made this with Lita's beautiful kit Handmade Home that you can find in her shop over at Scrap Orchard

You can download it here and of course all comments are very much welcomed.

Please be sure to check back to see what our girls have for you next.



Saturday, January 21, 2012

Blast from the past! (Art Is My Comfort)

Okay, so this isn't really all THAT old of a kit, but it is definitely worth reminding everyone about!


A few inspirational layouts using the kit/bundle:

by mazzzz

by Kristi8004

by y_baros


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Art Is Freedom

Hello Litabell’s fans! Are you ready for the weekend? I know that I certainly can’t wait for some me time! I wanted to stop by today to share with you Lita’s latest release. It is so inspiring! Have a look at the beautiful Art is Freedom.
Do you like the painted look without the mess? If grunge is your style the new Painty Bits are for you. They match wonderfully with Art is Freedom. The good news is that for a limited time you will receive the Painty Bits with the purchase of Art is Freedom.
Of course I couldn’t leave without sharing some eye candy from Lita’s Belles!! Have a look at the gorgeous work they conjured up with the brand new Art is Freedom kit, which is on sale at a discount of 20% throughout the weekend.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Strawberry wontons with chocolate strawberries

With the Chinese New Year approaching (Monday, 23 January 2012.) I thought I would share a recipe with you, that would be perfect for seeing in the chinese New Year.

I have a very sweet tooth so this is a dessert recipe !!! With it being the year of the Dragon, I decided the colour red would be my theme .................

Strawberry wontons with chocolate strawberries

Less than 30 mins preparation time
10 to 30 mins cooking time
Serves 2

For the strawberry wontons


  • 2 sheets ready-rolled filo pastry
  • 55g/2oz strawberries, hulls removed, flesh chopped
  • 2 free-range eggs, beaten
  • vegetable oil, for deep frying

For the chocolate strawberries

  • 5 strawberries
  • 85g/3oz dark chocolate
  • icing sugar, to serve

Preparation method
For the strawberry wontons, cut the filo pastry into 8cm/3in squares.
Place a teaspoonful of the chopped strawberries into the centre of each of the pastry squares.
Using a pastry brush, brush the edge of each pastry square with beaten egg, then seal the edges to create parcels.
Heat the oil in a deep heavy-based frying pan until a breadcrumb sizzles and turns brown when dropped into it. (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.) Carefully lower the strawberry wontons into the hot oil in batches and fry for 4-5 minutes, or until crisp and golden-brown. Remove from the pan using a slotted spoon and set aside on a warm plate. Repeat the process with the remaining wontons.
For the chocolate strawberries, bring a small amount of water to the boil in a pan. Reduce the heat until the water is simmering, then suspend a heatproof bowl over the water. (Do not allow the base of the bowl to touch the water.) Add the chocolate to the bowl and stir until smooth and completely melted.
Cover a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Dip the bottom half of each of the strawberries into the melted chocolate, then place the strawberries onto the baking tray and set aside to cool and set. When cool, chill the chocolate strawberries in the fridge. Reserve the remaining melted chocolate, reheating as necessary.
To serve, place the chilled chocolate strawberries onto a serving plate and place the strawberry wontons alongside. Dust with icing sugar, then drizzle over the remaining melted chocolate. Serve immediately.
Mmmmmmmmmmmm Sounds Tasty right ???!!!!
Recipe courtesy of   BBC Food


Feel Free to See this Sneak Peek

I am stopping by really quick to offer all of you Litabells' fans a sneak peek of a new art-ish goodie coming this Friday. The colors are fantastic. I cannot wait to show you the whole thing. Look at the vibrant colors!
Thank you for visiting. I'll be back Friday for the reveal.


Check it out...

Good morning everyone, Christine here and I am doing something a little different today.  My oldest son just turned 18 on January 3rd and I am feeling a little bit nostalgic so I have decided to post some gorgeous layouts about babies done with Lita's gorgeous kits.  You can find all of her stuff at Scrap Orchard, which I am sure all of you know but it always bears repeating.

Here are some beautiful layouts I found in the gallery over at Scrap Orchard

This is a beautiful letter written to her unborn child, such an amazing thing to have as a keepsake.

I just love these photos and all the bits, just gorgeous

What is not to love about this one, she really does have a beautiful smile

This is my oldest son a few days after he was born, he is now 18!!!

We all have those days that one of our children has a meltdown, this is a prefect capture of that moment!!

I love all the photos on this, simple yet adorable.

This one just makes me smile, such a sweet group of photos and another great memory to cherish.

Thanks for hanging out with me today, hope you enjoyed looking at all the lovely pages and much as I did.  Feel free to stop by each of these ladies galleries and have a look, they are all so talented.



Sunday, January 15, 2012

New Attitude Stacked Page Freebie

Hi everyone, Di here, and I've got a stacked page freebie for you today.

I love Lita's new kit New Attitude which she created with Secret Stash.  It's perfect for all those new year resolutions you want to scrap.  You can pick up the entire kit at her store at Scrap Orchard.

And here's the stacked page I've created for you.  Just click the image, or the link below.

I hope you have a fantastic week.
Till next time,
Di xo


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Pinning My Time Away...

I don't think there's anything much better or more relaxing than to sit down and just browse Pinterest. I seriously think I could lose myself in there all day. I've been known to lose a few hours here and there. I thought I would swing by today and share some of my recent favorites! (Images are linked)

I love this idea with the leaves being made out of cute scrapbook paper! What a lovely decoration!!

This is one my most recent pins...I so need to do better about making menus for my family and what a cute way to do it!

I'm really thinking about making a banner and this one is just too cute and doesn't look complicated at all!

This is one that I actually did...chopping the sleeves off an old sweater.  Mine didn't turn out quite as great as the photo, but I have worn them under tall boots and it's such a cute look!

Hope everyone has a great weekend! I'm back to pinning!!


Friday, January 13, 2012

New Year + a New Attitude

Hello Lita fans!! It’s time for the full reveal of the new collaboration from Litabells and Secret Stash – New Attitude. It’s a new year which means that new resolutions will be made. Are you making a big change in your life? Have you resolved to do something for you? What better way to document the things that you plan to accomplish this year than this wonderful new kit from a rocking designer duo.
The Belle’s had a wonderful time showcasing their resolutions. Have a look and we hope that you are inspired!

Thank you for visiting today. Happy Scrapping!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hybrid Baby Bodysuit using Flutterby Deux

Hello, Pene here again with a hybrid project I made for my friend's new baby girl.  I have made several of these body suits as they are unique and personalised, look great and are really easy to make!

My friend had a baby girl who she named Ruby, so I wanted something really pretty and girly.  Flutterby Deux is one of my favourite kits and it was perfect for what I wanted.

I measured the bodysuit so the image would fit and made a new blank file in Photoshop Elements at this size.  I then made the image and shadowed it as I would a normal layout.  Before printing to the transfer paper, remember to flip the image, either in Photoshop or using your printer settings so that when you iron it on the piece of fabric it will be the right way.
The transfer paper will have it's own instructions as to how to iron it on your garment.  Basically, once the ink has dried, you cut out as much of the image as you can so you don't get too much of an edge of transfer paper on your garment.  Then using a dry iron, you iron firmly over the image for about 30 secs. Once it is stuck down well, you peel off the backing and you're done!

I also used some papers and elements from the kit to make a matching gift bag and tag:

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and it inspires you to get out the transfer paper and decorate some garments!  You are limited only by your imagination!



A Doozy of a Sneak Peek

I have a secret to share! Lita has a fantastic collaboration partner this week and I am here to share a tiny peek of what is to come.


If you would like a chance to add this beautiful goodie to your stash all you need to do is spread the word. Share this blog post around digiland and vist back here to let me know where you spread the word. One winner will be selected and announced on the day of release! Good luck!! Don’t forget to come back here on Friday for the announcement and the full reveal! I wish you all the best of luck!


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Start your year right

Hi, Athena here. It's that time of year when we all vow to take off a couple pounds.I have been at it a few months and I can tell you salad has been my friend since vegetables are not one of my favorites. Salads can be a nutritious and low calorie food choice as long as you don’t overdo it on the dressing! Finding salad dressings that aren't loaded with oil, salt and sugar can be challenging.

Here is a simple little vinaigrette that packs a lot of flavor but very few calories and fat grams to help you lose that fat.

Balsamic Vinaigrette
Makes 3 servings (2 Tablespoons each serving)
1/4 teaspon garlic powder
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon water

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk them together well. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Per Serving: 11 Calories; trace Fat (29.1% calories from fat); trace Saturated Fat; 1g Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 125mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Fruit; 0 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

Courtesy of Low Fat LifeStyle


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Paper Crafts @ Pinterest

Pinterest...one of the best internet sites ever!  Also one of the biggest time suckers ever....

I like browsing for craft ideas and seriously this place is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!  Type what you're looking for in the search box, sit back and let your eyes revel in the goodness that unfolds!

I searched 'paper" and this is a small selection of what I found that I've repinned for a rainy day:

This gorgeously simple heart garland made out of a dictionary.  You can find the tutorial here.

I love these inchies!  The colours make me happy and imagine what you could do with this idea! Inchies are 1" x 1" squares made from anything for anything...they could be magnets, made of paper, fabric, glass...the possibilities are endless!  More information on inchies here.

And to finish, check out this amazing site on paper flowers for your wedding!  That bouquet is stunning!!

I hope you feel inspired to create today!