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★ ☆ ★ SRM Stickers & Operation Write Home ★ ☆ ★

With the end of the week upon us, I get to share this great co-feature with you! 

SRM Stickers and Operation Write Home have been working together all week to bring you inspiration and awareness about an amazing organization! Not only that..the cards you have seen featured all week will be sent to a OWH rep who will forward them onto deployed troops who can use them to write home with. 

Operation Write Home...has received 42,791 cards this month as of September 23....they have a goal of 60,000 - I hope they reach it!

This whole week featured birthday cards...our team is amazing and I am so glad that I have the honor of working alongside these talented girls. Ok enough with the's the card I created for this week: 

{SRM OWH 9-12, Shannon M.}
Have a great Friday! Hope your Friday leads into a wonderful weekend to folow. ❤

♡••●№➁➁➆ A Little Fun amongst the Not so Fun...№➁➁➆●••♡

beginning of Fall...anyone who knows me, knows that I bleed for Fall & Winter...and that Fall brings out the total inner geekiness and child in me....however living in Hades makes this virtually impossible.


A Hades version of Fall is a morning that tricks you into thinking that the whole day will be chilly..and miraculous and smell of cider and leaves..and burning leaf piles...but then the sun rises and burns any magic out of the atmosphere...plummeting your hopes of a magical Fall thing you know you're shutting your windows and stomping down the hall swearing while flicking the air conditioner to "on".


There are few joys that I can savor, one is I can actually watch REAL college football...not this SEC they call football here in Hades. Bleh.


The second is that I can still hole up and scrap because it's too hot to be outside....I don't even have it in me to tease my friends this year when I will be wearing flip flops in heart just isn't in it. 


I am thankful to be working with my scrappy friends and bringing inspiration to you, without Hades, I wouldn't have nearly enough time to do this!


Here's the latest sketch available up at Creative Scrappers...created by the talented Johanna Rol-Middelbos:




I was excited to do create something girly, it's hard finding balance when most of my layouts contain pictures of Paddy and it was nice to use reds and pink. 


#227, Shannon M.


I hope this inspires you to spend some time getting creative today...or soon and enjoy the Fall wherever you are....despite the temperature...or try to I am. Happy Sunday! 




☜♥☞ №➐➏ Bring on the Color №➐➏ ☜♥☞

If you're looking for a great color challenge...look no further...ScrapFIT Workout #76 is bringing it straight to in the fabulous Diana Fisher is at it again inspiring you to step outside your typical color combos and challenging you to use the following picture for inspiration:



I was really excited to work with these colors! It was refreshing to create a layout without having to use trending colors! Who knows...maybe it will become a trend!

I created this layout inspired by the colors:


Workout #76, Shannon M.


There's a great prize up for grabs for this Workout! It's a LOW CAL FIT KIT FROM PAPER ISSUES!!! 。◕‿◕。


Sept low cal kit1-001



Sherry -- are my EBOOK winner from the Creative Scrappers BLOG HOP....check your email! You'll find some happy email in there!


Rachelle O. - are the RAK WINNER!! Please email me your address, so I can get your scrapping goodies out to you!




THANK YOU FOR EVERYONE WHO LEFT SOME LOVE ON MY BLOG!! It's very much appreciated! I now have a follow button...thank you Sherry for the suggestion.


Have a great Friday! 

★ ☀ №➁➁➄ Sunny Sunday №➁➁➄ ☀ ★

It's truly a delightful Sunday in's downright brisk....59 degrees...I literally could dance in the streets right I will enjoy it and covet it, as I am sure Hades will be back to Hades in no time. 

In my jubliance...I also get to share with you Sketch #225...225....can you believe it!!?!? Creative Scrappers has shared 225 sketches with you! It's pretty awesome when you think about it, SO glad to get to share this with you!

Here's the sketch created by the super fabulous Jenny Evans:


Here's my take on it:

Shannon M. #225

The winners of the blog hop will be announced this week as well as the August Challenge winner - make sure you check back on the Creative Scrappers blog this week....and I will be announcing the winner of the RAK & the stay tuned!

To win a prize package from the September sponsor Moments of Tranquility complete at least one layout from sketches #224-225-226-227 and upload it using our inLinkz at the bottom of the reveals. The deadline to submit your layout(s) is October 1 2012.

❤ ★ *{Gratitude & SRM Stickers}* ★ ❤

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. - Henry Van Dyke

I am grateful for so many things in this family, my friends, basic things that people take for all 5 senses and clean I am particularly thankful for my baby girl who is growing into a beautiful young lady. She is 8 today. Happy Birthday sweet Stella Mack. ❤

How very fitting that her birthday falls on a post about gratitude. She is something I am grateful for each moment of everyday.

I know I have said it many times before, but I am so very thankful for Susan, Jenyfur and being a part of the talented team at SRM Stickers.

Today I am featuring a Gratitude Journal that I created for 2013. It has a square for each day -- so that I can look back after the year is over and see all the things that make each day memorable...even if it's for something simple as Spiced Pumpkin Lattes! 

Thanks for letting me share!















Welcome to the Creative Scrappers Blog Hop!

You may have come here on your own, or maybe you hopped on by from another team members blog...either way WELCOME! We are so excited to be showing off some of our favorite Creative Scrappers Sketches and Layouts and not only can you participate in our blog hop you have a chance to win Creative Scrappers ebook of Sketches " Creating with Sketches " by Kristine Davidson.

I have had the honor of designing for Kristine throughout many of her milestones with Creative Scrappers. It is an honor and a pleasure to work alongside her and all of the other talented scrappers. 

I chose Sketch #163 to highlight. I think the result of the inspiration from the sketch, created one of my favorite layouts ever. Elin Ahsberg created it.

 Here is the layout it inspired:


Here's the full reveal from Sketch #163 CLICK HERE!

Leave a comment here on this post for your chance to win a RAK from me & ebook of Sketches!!! Then hop around to the design team blogs for a chance to win more goodies and please leave a link to your blog on our main Creative Scrappers Blog Hop Post.
Here is the list of all the DT blogs for you to hop on over to!

We hope you enjoy the hop! You have until September 8 to leave your comments with winners being announced on the blog September 10th. Now HOP on over to Marie-Josée Hamel's blog!! Good luck and happy hopping!

★♡☛ I'm Makin' the Grade.... ☚♡★

over at Little Yellow Bicycle today...and I am prrreetttyyy excited about it!

I created with the Makin' the Grade collection and my work as a Cycling Team Member is the kick off post. This line is truly a versatile line and it has endless possibilities to what you can create with it! The colors are great too -- the perfect blend of familiar school-ish colors, bright and cheery, but at the same time nostalgic...reminding you of that new box of crayons and fresh sharpened pencils. 

I created two projects for the post...a 12X12 canvas and a layout. Thanks so much for looking and be on the lookout for more great work from the rest of the super talented Cycling Team members too!!!


SHANNON M - LYB - 12X12 Canvas


SHANNON M - LYB 12X21 Canvas 2


SHANNON M. - LYB 12X12 Canvas 3







★№➐➎★Saturday's a Good Day to Create★№➐➎★

....when you live in Hades. I have this particular I have two little people who detest the oppressive heat as much as I do. They fill their time with LEGO adventures and shouting off random facts at me that they have found off Google as they watch shark videos and obsess over all things Clone Wars. After I have forced the three of us to go outside for a trip to the grocery store and we melt like spoiled pushup pops that plopped on the sidewalk...we return to our trusty safe humidity free haven. I figure at this rate, we may make it outside by November. I keep my fingers crossed that maybe there will be some massive stalled cold front and that I will have to wear cozy sweaters and bundle up at night; of course I then recall where I live and know that I will probably be wearing short sleeves on Thanksgiving. 

For now I will remain content parked in front of the air conditioning vent...hoarding all the cold air as it blows on my back. There are always stories of how the cold and cabin fever drives people to the brinks of insanity....I challenge people to come live in Hades. To keep my sanity...I create...and that being's September 1st. What is the significance of September 1st you ask?

September 1st means that there is a brand new ScrapFIT Workout...which means Sara has provided you with a fabulous challenge and furthermore the ScrapFIT girls have provided you with fantastic inspiration to meet the challenge. 


Workout #75:

Workout #75- Trendy Twine
Twine, twine and more twine!  We want to see how creative you can be with twine on this Workout. Create a layout or card that showcases your love of twine.


Here's just one example of how you can use twine:


Workout #75, Shannon M.

Pssst! have a chance to win a really, really fantastic prize by participating in this in a FitKIT from Paper Issues...and um, I have this kit and you really, really, really want to try for a chance to win this kit....really!