Tuesday, April 30, 2013

SBS Spring Basket Swap

To celebrate the coming of Spring 2013, the Simply Betty Fan Club did a basket swap in April.  This is an entry for the blog hop to show off all our swap goodies, so hopefully you came to my blog from Sheri's Mamas Scrappin blog.  For this swap, my awesome partner was Trish located in Edmonton, Canada.  

It all started with a phenomenal easel
card with the SBS swap image
There were lots of butterflies and blooms of all kinds - very spring inspired!
Trish then went to great lengths to support my love of travel
inspired scrapbooking with a whole bunch of travel oriented titles,
a small journal that I can take on my next trip,
a cruise oriented acrylic stamp and a fun little album kit.  
The best thing of all that made me squeal with delight
were the multiple bags of Milkfuls....these are my absolute
favorite--a crunch carmel outside with a milky center,
 but the Stork Candy Company no longer sells
them in the U.S.

Trish even sent a new toy
 for my feline companions
Which Cony and Frosty tried to enjoy before
I even took 
out of the packaging!

And to wrap things up, my feline roommates, Frosty, Cony, and Fiona stole the show
 by photo bombing my photo shoot!

 Thank you so much to Trish for going above and beyond to make this an extra special swap!

To continue on the blog hop from here, head to Lucy Gregg's blog from here:

Maria Williams - http://pinxinx.blogspot.com
Stacey Stratis - http://anastasiasarts.blogspot.com/ <=== YOU ARE HERE!
Elizabeth Melih (Emily Shroom here) - http://emilyshroom.blogspot.com.au/
Summer Hills-Painter - http://1craftypainter.blogspot.com/
Veronica Chasteen Rosenshein - http://www.artbyveronica.blogspot.com
Dianna Cinko Sowerbrower - http://diannas-craftyplace.blogspot.com

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

SBS Valentine Swap Blog Hop

It's been a long time since I posted to my blog, but life with a new job and an hour long commute each way has simply gotten in the way of my desire to do crafty stuff.  And even this post isn't anything crafty that I've made, but instead is about something wonderful I have received in a Simply Betty Stamps Valentine Bucket Swap and hopefully you came here on your way through the blog hop.

My swap partner was Sheri from Texas.  I can't thank her enough for the thought and effort she put into selecting special items according to my favorites list!  Here's a peek at what I got....

It all started with an adorable card!

Frosty approved too as he decided to
 photo bomb my picture!

 There were all kinds of Valentine themed embellishments, ribbons, bling, paper, a chipboard album, and a cute pair of Valentine socks. 

Many of the items were stuffed into this cute pail that Sheri decorated just for the occasion, and of course it wouldn't be Valentines without a few chocolate treats! Yum! I loved everything...and here it is only February 20th, and the candy and treats have already been consumed!  Thank you Sheri! 

Hopefully you came to my blog as part of the blog hop, but if you didn't here is the complete list of participants....now get hopping!

Trudie http://trudiescakesandcards.blogspot.co.uk/
Melissa http://cheesestampersinparadise.blogspot.com/
Stacey http://anastasiasarts.blogspot.com/       <===YOU ARE HERE
Jo http://joscardsandstuff.blogspot.co.uk/

Friday, November 30, 2012

Secret Santa Exchange

I know I haven't posted anything for a while, but I promise to do better in the new year when my life returns to normal with my new job that I start next week.  To kick off that promise and begin celebrating the holidays, the first presents that I've received this year have been from a Secret Santa gift exchange among the Simply Betty Fan group.  I was lucky enough to have Ginger Paige as my Secret Santa and she was absolutely wonderful to me.  I couldn't have asked for a better gift package based on my wish list.

I absolutely love anything Tim Holtz and Travelling.  Ginger picked out the most wonderful travel themed paper pack from The Paper Studio, a great Tim Holtz stamp set, letter embellishments, Distress Stains, and stickers.  Amazingly enough, there were no duplications in my current stash!  A big thank you goes out to Ginger!  Hope everyone has a very merry Christmas and Joyous holiday season!

If you came to my blog on the hop, then you are almost done and you should be off to Katrina next!  If you want to start back at the beginning, here is the entire list of blog hop participants:

Betty Roberts, Vanessa Bland, BreAnn McFarland http://simplybettystamps.blogspot.com/

Robin Bogle http:// www.rcz28.blogspot.com
Aeryn Kelly-Reitmeyer http://www.aerynkelly.com/
YOU ARE HERE => Stacey Stratis http://www.anastasiasarts.blogspot.com/

Monday, September 17, 2012

Tumbler Buddy #3 Hot/Cold Swap

After threatening the postman with bodily harm these last few days, my missing Tumbler Buddy package finally arrived today from the UK only 5 days after the scheduled blog hop where we were to share what we got! That blog hop (that I missed participating in) is where I had also planned to unveil my new personal blog...Anastasia's Arts!  But better late than never so here goes....welcome to my blog site of crafty creations and other artful finds! 

I joined the Simply Betty Fan Group on face book a few weeks ago, was fascinated
 by the international makeup of its members and quickly decided to participate in my first SB event--the Tumbler Buddy #3 Hot/Cold Swap. I have since learned a whole new vocabulary, have seen the work of some very talented people and have made some new overseas friends in the UK.

I was lucky enough to have been paired with Erin from the UK as my Tumbler Buddy, and we have both learned that the UK Postie is not the speediest of delivery methods and that it is a wise idea to take a photo of what you're sending prior to sealing the box just in case it goes MIA as mine did! But after much anticipation for my box of goodies to arrive, my excitement and waiting wasn't for naught...check out all the wonderful things I got!  Thank you Erin!

Yummy goodies, hot chocolate and a kitty tumbler! 
Can't wait to try the Horlicks and of course the chocolates too! 

Some beautiful new acrylic stamp sets and embellishments
along with some fun socks and a cupcake stand!

And a wonderful handmade card in my favorite colors
made with a  Simply Betty Digi!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fall Creations With My Cricut

I love my Cricut machine, but the thing that makes Cricut die cuts extra special is the way they can be embellished to make it a personalized creation.  That being said, after covering 15 crows with Flower Soft, assembling and inking 5 scarecrows and gluing umpteen little pieces of raffia and burlap to each one, I was able to create 5 sets of this adorable Cricut die cut grouping ready to be swapped and used in a fall scrapbook layout...

Cricut Cartridge:  Simply Scarecrow Seasonal Cartridge