TGIF!!!! Welcome to Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons and the Stuck on U Sketches Get to Know Me Blog Hop. Some of the SOUS Design Team members have each created a scrapbook layout and are answering 10 questions about ourselves on our posts. That way, you can get to know each of us a little better, all while seeing some really beautiful layouts (and possibly collecting some blog candy along the way).
If you've come here from Leah's blog, you're in the right place. If you'd like to start from the beginning, head on over to Stuck on U Sketches. Then, make sure you leave a comment on each stop along the way to be eligible to win the SOUS blog candy. I'll also have some candy available at the end of this post. YAY!
Okay, I'll start out by answering my 10 questions. Here it goes:
1. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Why?
Well, I guess I would be a RED crayon, because red is my very favorite color. It's bright and cheery and romantic and fiery! It's just the perfect color! Plus, it makes you want to eat, and I LOVE to eat! LOL!
2. What would people be surprised to learn about you?
Hmmm...I guess you may be surprised to learn that, when I was a kid, I could flip my feet all the way backwards. Yep...toes facing the back, heels facing the front! HA! Gross, huh? I used to love grossing out people at school. Well, that is, until all that flipping made my knees bad. I should have listened to my dad's warnings. Oh, if only I had listened to my dad's warnings more often. ;)
3. What 5 things are always on your crafting table?
Let's see...my Silhouette Cameo, my Cricut, my paper trimmer, my ATG gun, and a big ol' glass of iced tea! (plus WAY more, but I could only name 5...my crafting table is always REALLY messy! I think I spend half of my time just trying to clear a spot so I can make something new).
4. Your go-to embellishment is:
Ummm...ribbon, maybe? I also pretty much always use die cuts, if that counts, which I love to dry emboss and ink up.
5. What is your all-time favorite crafting tool?
For a long time, I would have said my Cricut, but I'm afraid my Silhouette Cameo is quickly winning the title. Sorry, my little bug...I still love you, though!
6. Tell us about your family - first in one word. Then in a sentence or two.
My family is FLEXIBLE. Not like limber-flexible (though my youngest can do some mean splits). We're flexible because we are a military family. I've been married to an Air Force man for almost 13 years, and we have two daughters, ages 10 and 8. We move around a lot, have to go where the AF sends us, have to deal with deployments and separations, and are constantly having to make new friends and connections. That's why we're flexible. :)
7. What is your dream vacation?
Well, a few months ago, I would have said that it would be to go on a Mediterranean Cruise, but I just got to do that (as you'll see in my layout later). So, now I'd love to go somewhere tropical with white sandy beaches, sunshine, two Pina Coladas (one for each hand), and some cabana boys (ha ha...just kidding, my dear hubby!).
8. Who is your favorite crafty company?
Gah! That is such a hard one! Especially since it's been over two years since I've set foot in a craft store (there aren't many of those around me)! I'd have to go with two (the two that I use the most in my crafts). That's Pink by Design Stamps (such fun sentiment stamps), and Lettering Delights (AWESOME SVG files and graphics to use with my Silhouette Cameo).
9. Tell us a little bit about your crafty style.
Hmmmm...let's see. I love using bright colors and patterns in my projects, and I most always use die cuts (though I'm learning more about stamping and doing print-and-cut projects). I mostly create cards, though I started out with Scrapbooking (and I wish I scrapbooked more often). My projects are usually cutesy and whimsical, with lots of ink and doodles around the edges.
10. Where do you live?
We currently live in Germany, but we'll be going back to the States (somewhere in the States) sometime next year.
Alrighty...now that you've learned a BUNCH about me, let's move on to my layout. Here it is (you can click on the photo to zoom in):
The photo on this layout is from the Mediterranean cruise my family and I took this past December. We boarded the ship, went to find our room and get a little something to eat, then checked out the deck of the ship. It was pretty deserted up there, so my daughters and I were playing around...jumping and running and hopping all over the place (you can see my 10-year old sneaking around in the background of the photo). I was just so happy and feeling so silly that I have all sorts of pictures of me in mid-air. So, I decided to create this layout about the pure joy I was feeling that day. I truly felt that I was living the life I'd imagined!
I got the Antique Frame, Arrow, Clouds, and Journaling Card from the Silhouette Online Store and cut them with my Silhouette Cameo. I created the title using some fonts I have on my computer (using Silhouette Studio and my Cameo). The cruise ship from my Pack Your Bags Cricut Cartridge (see...I still love you, little bug!) The adorable stamp is from Pink by Design's The Life You Imagined Stamp Set, and the stars came from Pink by Design's Red, White, and Blue Stamp Set. And, of course, I got the layout from this Ca-UTE sketch by our own Sandi Clarkson:
I decided to leave the middle ribbon off of my layout because I didn't have any that went well with the colors I used. I added lots of ink and doodles, and my layout was all done. I'm hoping to create a second page with multiple photos (all of the silly ones we took on the deck of the ship) to create a 2-page layout later. I'm a really slow scrapbooker, so I didn't get to it yet. I'll share it when I do, though. :)
Okay, now....how about a little BLOG CANDY????
One lucky follower will win this set of Crate Paper Restoration Collection 12 x 12" paper and border stickers. YIPPEE! (BTW...the yellow patterned paper I used in my layout came from a set JUST like this!) Here's what you need to do for a chance to win:
1. Be a follower of my blog and leave a comment telling me you are. Be sure to include your e-mail address.
That's it! That's all you need to do to have a chance to win. If you'd like additional chances, though, you can do one or both of the following:
2. "Like" Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons on Facebook and leave a separate comment here on my blog telling me you did. Be sure to include your e-mail address.
3. Post my blinky on your blog. You can find it on the left side of this page. Please leave me a comment with your blog address and your e-mail address. I'd love to visit and become a follower of you, too!
Please, only US or Canadian addresses. I'll choose a winner on Wednesday, April 4. Good luck!
Whew! Now, I hope you'll hop on over to Nanne's blog to see what she created! Here's the blog lineup in case you get lost along the way...you don't want to miss even ONE of these gorgeous layouts! The hop starts today, March 30, 2012, at 7:00 am EST and will run until Sunday, April 1, 2012, at 11:59 pm (for the benefit of the SOUS blog candy).