May 16, 2011

PDP Challenges

Casey here to share a maybe I don't usually do a lot of site challenges.  But I decided to check out what was going on this month at PDP.  I am glad I did.  Thus far I have three challenges under my digi-belt and am having a great time.  For instance, I was able to pick up a great template and complete a layout in no time thanks to the Template Challenge and Crystal's Plum Pickins' Beautiful Papers and Elements.

Take a look at the layout and the papers and elements...

Be sure to check out the challenge area of the forum, stock up on Sugar Pie goodies, and join in the challenge fun!

May 13, 2011

Num Nums Quickpage

Crystal recently re-released an oldie but a goodie. It’s a collaboration with Spinky Dink Scraps called Num Nums. This is a great kit for scrapping all those pictures you have of your little ones trying new foods.


To help you get started, I’ve made a quickpage.


May 10, 2011

I love fonts!

Happy Tuesday friends, Kara here with today's randomness. I am a font junkie, I have probably over 200 + fonts on my laptop. The free fonts are what I love the most, although I do buy some at times too. Right now my current favorite font is called Pea Kara Cornejo. You can get this and many other fonts at kevin and amanda .com. I like Pea Kara Cornejo not just because it has my name..but it's just a fun font. So, tell me what is your favorite font, I am always looking for new ones :)

May 9, 2011


Good Morning!  Casey here and...I survived iNSD...and it was a blast!  Oh the sales, the fun, the lack of sleep, and the deals!!  There were lots of great kits, templates, grab bags and more available for relatively cheap and I got my fair share. For Mother's Day my husband told me to get what I wanted.  He knows how much I enjoy scrapping and he loves to look at my pages too.  He is so supportive of me...I am too blessed.  Then came Mother's Day and it was wonderful!  Sleeping in, pancake breakfast (prepared by the Wonderful Hubby), and then all sorts of fun and snuggling with the baby.  

One thing that I wanted to share this morning is a recipe for Chocolate Pound Cake...I tried this and it is rather yummy!!  


3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups margarine, melted
3 cups white sugar
1 cup milk
5 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 can Duncan Hines Icing

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Thoroughly grease a 10-inch fluted tube pan. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
In a large bowl, mix the melted margarine, sugar, milk, eggs, and vanilla extract; beat the flour mixture into the margarine mixture with an electric mixer set on Low until the batter is smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan.
Bake in the preheated oven until the top of the cake forms a crust and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Cool cake in pan on wire rack for 10 to 15 minutes before removing pan, then allow cake to cool completely.
Ice with Duncan Hines Chocolate icing

Notice there is a slice taken out of it...even before I could get it iced;)

May 7, 2011

ScrapMatters iNSD Blog Train Freebie!

Welcome to stop #47...that's right, I said 47! There are 49 stops in all!! I am so excited to be participating in my first ScrapMatters blog train! I hope you enjoy this stacked paper freebie I made for you using the gorgeous new kit "Timeless" by the ScrapMatters design team.

Click here to download. **link expired**

Make sure you follow the entire train for lots of fabulous goodies!! If you get lost you can always go back to the ScrapMatters blog. Have a happy iNSD weekend!!

1. blog:

2. WM[squared] - Wendy:
3. Krisi's Kreations - Krisi:
4. Band Geek Designs- Liz:
5. Jady Day Studio - Yari:
6. Jennifer Labre Designs - Jenn:
7. Wyld Web Designs -
8. Chelle's Creations -
9. Stolen Moments -
10. Haynay Designs -
11. Plum Dumpling Designs -
12. Jeanine DeOre Design Studio -
13. Inspirations from Day -
14. geniaBeana Scraps -
15. Wimpychompers Creations-
16. Simply J Studio -
17. Erica Zane -
18. Scrapmuss Designs
19. Graham Like the Cracker
20. Kimbytx-
21. jubeejewels -
22. TanyaH666 -
23. Kat
24. Heidi (scrappurple):
25. Jenn (jk703) -
26. Cami (camijo)
27. Jen (jendavey)
28. Fran (Fran98765)
29. Melanie (scrappymelly)
30. Heather (snowdrop)
31. Cheryl (gonewiththewind)
32. Fiona (canadianmommy)
33.Amanda (abhall76)
34 Fonnetta (fonnetta)
35. La'Shawn (shawnbear)
36. Ami (steami)
37. Sarah (sporte91) -
38. Cara (colson) -
39. Sharon (quietangelsb)-
40. Kairyn (Kairyn Lisa) -
41. Cathy (scrappycath) -
42. Chel (Chel) -
43. Kayla (keepscrappin) -
44. Annisa (lionsimba) -
45. Kelli (kellig) -
46. LeAnn (scaccogirl) -
47. Crystal (Sugar Pie Scraps) - <----YOU ARE HERE
48. Amanda (dznyscrapper) -
49. Down This Road Designs (Angie) -

May 6, 2011

Father of the Year freebie

In honor of Crystal’s design-a-versary, she let everyone pick the kit she was going to make. Father of the Year is the result.

Before I get to your freebie, I wanted to make sure you knew about the sale at Polka Dot Plum for iNSD.

And now for your freebie. I’ve made a quick page for you from Crystal’s Father of the Year kit. Click on the link for the direct download.


May 3, 2011

New Release: Father of the Year & Cluster Frame Freebie!!

On my 1 year designiversary I held a poll on my blog to vote for the swatch and theme of my designiversary kit. This kit is a direct result of those votes! The theme was Fathers and Sons but I chose to also add in a few word arts for grandpas and daughters as well to make the kit more versatile. My son LOVES his Daddy so I had to scrap with this kit myself.

Today thru Thursday, if you purchase the "Father of the Year", the add-on is free!! No need to add it to your cart, it will be included in the downloads when you purchase the kit. Sweet right??


If you haven't already heard, Polka Dot Plum will be having some AWESOME guest designers from now until December! May we are starting out with Spinky Dink Scraps and Laura Banasiak!!! Make sure to check out their stores at PDP during the month of May!!

Sugar Pie Chef Lorianne put together this cluster frame freebie just for you!! Click photo to download. Enjoy!

Tuesday Randomness

Hello all, Kara here, the new blog gal for SPS!!Today I will like to let everyone know (if you already don't know) that May is Cystic Fibrosis awareness month. CF is a big deal to me, as I am living with this disease. So this month I am doing all I can to make people aware of this life threatening disease. I linked you up to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website so you can read all about CF. Now I am going to post some facts about CF.

Are you aware that every single day a baby is born with Cystic Fibrosis? 1 in every 3000 live births is diagnosed with CF. Are you aware also that every single day a person with CF dies? Is that ok with you?
Are you aware that CF is the most common, deadly, genetic killer of children and young adults, attributing to 484 deaths per year, 40 per month, 9 deaths per week, and one death each and every day?
Are you aware that a median predicted age for someone diagnosed with CF is mid 30’s? Is that a long enough life to you?
Are you aware that if you are in a room of 100 people, statistically there will be 5 symptomless, unknowing carriers for this devastating disease? That’s more than 12 million Americans.
CF is not a faceless disease.

I lost my brother to this disease almost 5 years ago, and since then I am doing all I can to make people aware, this is not a disease to take lightly. I fight daily to live, I end up in the hospital about every 2 months. I have had surgeries to save my life, and have had many close calls to death. So please take a few minutes out of your day to read about CF. Also, purple is the color for CF (my favorite color) all this month I am trying to wear purple in some way to show my support. I wear purple silly bands daily, my nails are painted purple, and I am hoping to get purple extentions in my hair soon. I'd love to see a picture of you showing your support, so post us a pic of you wearing purple in some way. I hope everyone has a great day!


May 2, 2011

[inter]National Scrapbook Day Sale

Hey everyone!  Casey popping by to make sure you are aware that May 7th is [inter]National Scrapbook Day!   Every year when this special day rolls around there are tons of sales that we scrapbookers have to take advantage of.  The best one that I have seen yet is Persnickety Prints offer!  Take a look at the details show in their add below.  They are also doing giveaways and have a free kit for us to enjoy!!  So be on the look out for great sales and happenings around digiland!  By the way I have used Persnickety in the past and they are awesome!!