Monday, November 30, 2009

Sleigh Ride

Well when the Dear Santa kit made its way over to my house I was more than thrilled! All that yummy goodness to play with -- beautiful!

I started off by altering something - ack! I never do that! But I just had to have some of that pretty paper hanging out around the house instead of only on a scrap page.

I purchsed the sleigh for $1 and all the little festive branches and such for less than a buck each. Most of it I cut apart so I could fill up the sleigh. Oh and the bulbs are from my own stash. We had just brought the ornaments out and I ran for a couple before my daughter saw - heee.

For the paper part of this project I used 2 sheets of October afternoon paper. And I also dripped some glue on top and covered some parts with glitter so that it would look like snow. Fun right?

Also be sure to stop on over by the messagae board for all the Christmas goodness that the DT has put together:)

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Michelle Lanning


I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving. I know for me it was a good day to stop and slow down for a little while.

I want to send a personal Thanks to Noel for allowing me to join her extraordinary design team for the month of November. I enjoyed getting to work with the Mill Street Kit and can understand why it sold out so quickly.

For this layout I pulled out some if my favorite pictures from Thanksgiving last year. I love how cheerful and playful the Cosmo Cricket papers are. I used the ribbons and buttons from the kit to mimic the design on the pink dress.

Sunday, November 29, 2009


This is my entry for the current challenge.

This is one of my favorite poems so i decided i would use this. I have had several changes in my life over the last couple of years that i eventually want to scrap but now was not the time.

For my sparkle i used the irredescent on the flowers to represent the paleness of edward. For the other sparkle i used gold to represent what his body looks like when he is in the sunlight.

Even if you haven't read the twilight series you can still participate in this challenge. So hurry go scrap...we want to see what you do.

Happy Post Thanksgiving everyone. I am still full :)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Santa's Workshop!

Be sure you head on over to the MESSAGE BOARD starting on the 1st to see all the goodies, and fun ideas, the DT has planned all month long!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Are you stuffed?

I know I am! But it sure was nice getting together with family and having a good time! I am not a crazy Black Friday Shopper - but I will be a crazy crafter today!! But before I get going - I wanted to share the layout I did for the latest Noel Challenge.

I love the neutrals of this layout. You can't tell but the *sparkle* is the doodlbug paper at the bottom --- so fun!

This was a very personal layout for me - and one I needed to do. I changed what could have been a negative layout into a positive -- nothing better than that. I just chose how to share what I have gone through on a positive note. And this layout exemplifies that for me.

I am now off to scrap!! Have a wonderful Balck Friday!


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from All of Us here at Noel Mignon!

I created this layout recently about how thankful I am for my parents. They are such good people and I am honored to call them my mom and dad. :)

I used the Mill Street Kit (sold out) and Licorice Spritz by Shimmerz.

This second page is my take on the current New Moon Challenge on the Noel Mignon Challenge blog. I used bits and pieces of past Noel Mignon Kits, Licorice Spritz, Prima Gallery Roses, and jewels and ribbon from my stash.

Thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Quick Christmas Card

I just whipped up a quick Christmas card using the Dear Santa, kit. (sold out) I created the scalloped card using my Spellbinders. I inked up the edges a bit. I added a cute image from Cosmo Cricket and the cute glittered candy that was in the kit. I also added a button tied with gold floss. I used a piece of fabric from the kit and used it as a bow.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy being with your family and friends!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

This is my take on our current challenge. I used bits of pieces from the Mill Street Kit and the Dear Santa kit (along with a few things from my stash).

(You can see how I made this background for my layout here on our Tips & Techniques blog.)

My journaling is from an old blog post. It reads:

Motherhood came as shock to me.

After trying unsuccessfully for a couple of years to conceive, I was elated when I found out I was pregnant with Em. When we discovered that we were having a little girl, my excitement- and number of daydreams- rose. I fantasized about pigtails and giggles and little pink clothes. We couldn't wait to meet this tiny little girl.

Then... Em arrived, in all her screaming wiggly glory. Quiet & sleep became a thing of the past. No more "moments to myself." Leaving the house became near impossible for a while.

I had loads of problems breastfeeding (something I had always been determined to do). Unbeknownst to me, Emerson had a painful case of acid reflux that made eating and laying down really uncomfortable for her, which equalled a screaming baby all the time. To top it all off, I ended up getting a severe infection. This left both Em and I in a soggy, crying mess most days.

My idealized fantasies of strolling around the mall as a cute new mom with her adorble pink, be-ribboned doll child went right out the window.

Things slowly got better over time. My infection healed, Em was prescribed medication for her acid reflux, and I began to get showers every day. (LOL)

Four months into being a mommy, I found out I was going to be one again.

I learned how to juggle morning sickness and early morning bottles; my naps and her naps; OB check-ups and play dates; a little one on my lap, sharing space with the new one in my ever-expanding tummy.

It wasn't "planned" by Shaun & I... but God knew we were ready for this. I was scared I wouldn't be able to give the kiddos the best mothering, but somehow we make it through every day with lots of hugs, kisses, and snuggles.

I couldn't imagine our life any differently.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Welcome Home

The new challenge up today at the Noel Mignon Challenge site is all about "changes". It seems just when everything is going smoothly in life, whether for the better or worse, we are faced with bumps in the road. My husband has been relocated with his job and we are in the process of selling our home and looking for a new home, so we can all be together again. This challenge was the perfect opportunity for me to take some pictures around the house and document thoughts and feelings of our current house and our stay here.

It was easy to incorporate the red, black, and white color scheme since I have those colors as accents in my home. I was able to pull appropriate papers and elements from the Mill Street kit and a few from the Five Foot Two Kit. I took a picture of my "welcome" wall art and my "HOME" alphabet art prints that hang above my scrapbook room and used them as elements for my title. I wanted the snapshots around the house to look like a photo gallery at the bottom.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Make a unique shabby chic background

I got the idea for this technique after making a canvas decoration for my bedroom.

Start off with a piece of cardstock. I chose to use the tan piece out of the "Dear Santa" kit. Keep in mind that whatever color you choose will be "peeking out" from behind the treatment we do on it. This could be so cool with so many different color choices out there!

I keep a old book of catechism and liturgy to use for different projects. It doesn't really matter what you use, though- most of the text will end up being covered up.

Tear out random sheets and adhere them to the page. I like to tear my sheets up a little to make interesting shapes. I used my ATG gun to attach them to the layout. Some of my pages are sideways and upside down.

Continue to layer until you are satisfied with how much cardstock/text ratio you have.
Brush white acrylic paint randomly over the paper. I like to mostly cover the layout- but not entirely. The paint is brushed pretty thinly so you can still see what's underneath. Start with a little paint and add more until you are happy with it.
Add some Shimmerz spritz to it. (I used this one from the "Dear Santa" kit!) It adds a lovely shimmer (duh!) to the paper.
I think this makes such a cool background and could be used so many different ways: obviously, as the background for a layout, but you could also punch it, die cut it, apply this technique to chipboard or even letters... lots of fun ideas!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Every Last Drop...

That's what I'm squeezing from my "31st" Noel Mignon kit... and the funny thing is is that I still have TONS of stuff left over that I could make lots more! but... it's time... My "Dear Santa" kit just got here and I need/want/must dig into that one now so my Halloween kit has all been seperated and put away... *sigh*

Here are my last 2 using that fun kit!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 20, 2009


If you missed the "Dear Santa" kit...then you will want to pick this beauty up!! Please click HERE to purchase.

** ack...I forgot to put the buttons, extra flowers and felt in the photo {slaps head} there is a bit of extra stuff that is not showing in the actual kit.

Fresh Veggies

I can't tell you how glad and happy I was to create this layout. Alyson picking veggies from the ground no less - LOL! The pumpkin patch we go to let you pick veggies for dirt cheap! So of course Alyson was all about it! What a fun time!

I of course used the Mill Street Kit (sold out) and the October Afternoon paper was absolutely perfect! Never thought I would need sheep, pigs and veggies on a layout! Heee! Can you tell I am a city girl?

I used a lot of inking on this layout. I think a farm layout isn't complete without that rustic sort of look right?

And that little sticker with the sheep and the pig - I just had to use it! It didn't quite go with the journaling - so I cut off the journaling part and then just inked it up and used some 3 dimensional adhesives to make them pop!

I hope that you get some time to scrap this weekend before all of the festivities coming up. I am looking forward to my week off!

Have a lovely Friday!

Michelle Lanning

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Little Tenderheart

When I am in a scrapping rut, I love to use pictures of interior design as inspiration to find color combos/ratios for my page. I also use these pictures as a way to draw sketches to start me on my creative path.

Here is one I did recently using the Noel Mignon Mill Street kit. (Photo is from the Country Living website)

This is the sketch I initially drew up using the picture as the inspiration. Do you recognize the shape of the chair, pillow, small table and couch in the shapes of the layers? :)

But as I worked, my page ended up looking more like this one. When using sketches, don't be afraid to adjust them if they aren't working for you. Go with the flow. Listen to your heart and let it take you on your own unique path. :)

And here is the actual page.

I used the Noel Mignon Mill Street kit. The letter stickers are by Collage Press and the crystal accents are by Zva Creative. The burlap is from my stash.

Thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Peachtree Lane (Limited Edition Kit)

Peachtree Lane Kit includes the following:
October Afternoon "Weathervane" (Double Sided)
-12x12 sheet of Die Cut shapes OR Journaling Cards
-Picking Pumpkins
-Sweater Weather
-New Pencils
-Crunching Leaves
-Cozy Home
-Chilly Mornings
Daisy D's "Snapshot"
-Feuille d'Automne
Scenic Route "Sumner" (Double Sided)
-7 sheets of Patterned papers (Styles will vary!!)
Collage Press (Die Cut)
-Root Beer (not pictured)
Lily Bee (Die Cut)
-2 mini paper 6x6
5 matching Bazzil Cardstock Sheets
-1 Package 7 Gypsies Fabric labels
-1/2 Sheet Daisy D's Die Cuts
-1 package American Crafts Dolce thickers - Apricot
-1 Sheet Scenic Route Alpha Squares
-1 Sheet Scenic Route Autumn Cardstock Stickers
-1 Package Making Memories Noteworthy Ribbon (4 yards)
-1 Package Imaginisce Stitchin Buttons (blue)
-10 Vintage buttons
-6 Prima Pebbles
-1 Package October Afternoon Fall Days Rub ons
-12 Basic Grey Glazed Brads
-5 Scenic Route Chipboard Circles
-2 Pink Paislee Canvas Tags
-1 Pink Paislee "That Way" stamp
-1 Sheet Jenni Bowlin Vintage Brown Alpha Stickers
-2 My Minds Eye Journaling Cards
-1 Maya Road Antique Keys Stamp Set
-1 Elle's Studio Fall Flash Card
-1 yard Queen and Co. Black Adhesive Felt
-1 Basic Grey Bling it Pumpkin
-1 bottle Yellow Stickles
-2 Prima Lollipops (green and red)
-1 Prima "Create" tag
-3 October Afternoon "Farm Fresh" Wild Cards
-4 Fancy Pants Crocheted Flowers
-2 Jenni Bowlin Chip Stars (4 pieces)
-3 Jenni Bowlin Round Mini Papers
$43.99 Click HERE to order!