Monday, January 25, 2010

Sketch 183 & Tricia you won the blog candy this week :)

A note for Tricia at  You won the little treat this week for commenting on my blog :) You go girl ! Send me your address to
and I will send you your little gift.

Also, Im sorry that I have been slow to do it but I am mailing the new years blog hop template winners gifts out today and I need an address for Jennifer Hanson and Janet Zeppa and Katrina Hunt & Star Rork
 (sorry girls if you already gave em to me its been a crazy month)

Everyone else be sure to comment this week for a chance to win some cool blog candy :)

We are still in the rental house and progress is slow on
the Linkous House. I have had a very rough week dealing with adjusting to being out of our home. I can say that my little one is doing way better this week than he was. He is going back into the house daily now and says he misses home.

I am so conflicted about what I want done in the scrapbook room. I thought I had it all figured out and then I came across a very old 7 foot long USPS postal service mail sorter cabinet and fell in love :) It would just be the coolest thing ever to have for a scrapbook room. So that changed my plans a little. Now I am wonderfing if I really want built in kitchen cabinets in my room at all because I love love this USPS cabinet (i used to be a mail lady) ??? Maybe I am overwhelmed with choices right now as I have the whole darn house tore

Here is my page for scrapbook challenges for Pamela's world of scrap sketch this week.
and here is sketch 183. Be sure to go on over to Scrapbook Challenges and share your page

I want to share my little girl at the sewing machine with you guys for sure. I cut it from an ad in the Aug/Sept issue of Scrapbooksetc magazine and spiffed it up with some stickles. I have fallen in love with stickles !!! I had to order more today !

Here is a close up of her and oh by the that Niki Silvis paper not super cute ! Those little couches and lamps were cut out of a piece of her paper. I gotta get me some more of her paper lines.

Id also like to share that I used the packaging from some bling instead of throwing it away. Did you find it on the page right off ? Here it is with the bling still on it. Now do you see it on my page :) Look at your packaging before you toss it. Maybe there are some pieces on it that can be used to decorate your pages. I didnt use the bling on this page. Just the packaging.

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Here is a page that I did yesterday for a challenge to use up atleast 10 eyelets from all those in my stash. I never used alot of eyelets. I dont know why I have so many ? hehe

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I used a sketch for this one  (and lots of stickles) for a challenge someplace and today I cant seem to find it online to enter ? If anyone recognizes the sketch let me know so I can enter it...hehe


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Page done with my scrapbook challenges design team gifts from Pamela

So I recently became a member of the fantastic design team over at Scrapbook Challenges and Pamela from Pamela's world Of Scrap sent out to each of us a box with welcome to the design team goodies inside :) This is some of the fantastic items that I got in my box of goodies. (and so much more) Thanks Pamela !!!  I put this page together today and it made me happy.

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Here is a close up of the flower in the corner. I made it by cutting out three size circles and wetting them by simply dropping them into a bowl of water and wadding them up into balls and then squishing them into shape and letting them dry. Aren't they cute :) oh and I love those Tim Holtz tiny staples ! If you dont already have that little stapler of his...soooooo get one ! I love the tiny staples.

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oh and this is the other great stuff Pamela sent


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Use your stash crop Party Jan 27th at Scrapbook Challenges

Use Your Stash! Weekend Crop Party

Time: January 22, 2010 at 9pm to January 27, 2010at 12am
Location: Scrapbook Challenges
Join us for a weekend crop party hosted by SC DT gals Deb, Debi, and Ilene. We will have challenges to make you use up that stash you've been hoarding for far too long. Yes, we're talking to you! Stop on by for a chance to clear some space for new supplies, to win fabulous prizes you won't want to stash, and mainly for fun! :) 6 Challenges will be posted Friday night and you will have until Wednesday, midnight (your time zone) to complete them. Mark your calendars!
Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 18, 2010

My Home Page

I got the day off from the work at The Linkous House today because its a holiday and the wonderful crews who are rebuilding our kitchen and the scrapbook room took the holiday off. It was a very needed break. Mikey is still having a very rough time. We eat most of our meals outside because the second we turn the stove on...He runs screaming to the yard in fear that our rental house is on fire. I feel so bad for him. I did this page today while not doing the million other things that I have written on a piece of paper that
 I need to do....Tomorrow...I will start that list tomorrow...

This page is going to be for a challenge over at Creative Scrappers and there's lots of time left if you want to join in on this one. Your page is due in by Jan 30th. The sponsor is Courture Cardstock

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The journalling says

There is no pain greater than
watching you be afraid to come inside a building
I want to make you understand that our home is a place where me & daddy & you are...
It isnt a building that can burn down
I want to make you understand that we are okay
I want to take your pain away and give you the safe
place that you once knew as home....

The paper came out of a pack that I split three ways with my friends Kelly & Renee so I dont even know what line it is because this one I dont have a cover for :( But I have the pretty paper :)
The little black House and hearts and home and arrow stickers are the Family Dazzles from Hot off the Press that came in the kit with my Scrapbook Spinner Template sold on HSN last week and I love them !

This is the sketch from creative scrappers site incase you want to join in on the fun there

It is time again for scrapbook Challenges new sketch. Pamela over at Pamela's world of Scrap is ever busy coming up with a new and different sketch for us to try. If you havent signed up to join us over on Scrapbook Challenges I hope you will go over and take a look.

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Here is her sketch

and you are so gonna wanna take part because you could win some cool stuff from

Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker is a manufacturer that "create(s) wonderfully original scrapbook paper and embellishments by focusing on our(their) imagination and love for crafting." I do hope you take the time to check out their stuff. :)
Nikki has generously donated this for one person to win
These are from the "U R My Favorite" line. Those papers are all double sided too, so here is a pic that shows you all of the designs in the line.
So all you need to do to try to win this is to participate in the weekly challenges and sketches. They will all be listed in the "Current Challenges" section. One person will be chosen by random from the list of participants to win the monthly sponsorship prize.

 (Nikki Sivils Information provided by Pamela at Scrapbook Challenges Site)


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Catching up after the fire :)

Hello everyone :) I finally got settled into a rental house and rental furniture...its my...rental life ! Got to make a scrapbook page of that. We had a fire for those of you who didnt know on Jan 2nd. I have had a very hard time dealing with the mistake and my son has been very tramatized by the whole ordeal. He is four and I know he will recover but it is very hard to watch him suffer because of a stupid mistake that I made.
I got settled enough today that I made myself a little corner to scrapbook.
I have to admit that I miss very badly my home and my scrapbook room.
My husband has teased me that I have no thought of what the kitchen will look like. What cabinets will I get ? What tile on the floor ? What kind of stove ? These are choices I have to make soon....and many others...but I can get very excited when I think of the rebuilding of my scrapbook room. How will I store my ribbon this time ? What system could I add for storing my punches and paper ? I can get excited about that !!! Who cares about the kitchen. Mike cooks more there than me and I guess the pun to that joke wonder...I cant manage to remember to turn the stove off :(
It will all work out good I am sure later. I read back thru my journalling from last June when I had my hysterectomy and I hear in my voice that I was miserable and thought that I would never get thru that horrible time either..... But I did. The point of my thought is.....This too shall pass :)

So this page is the 150,000 dollar page !

This is the page that lay on my table in the scrapbook room. This is the photos that were coming out of the printer that had my attention when I sat back down and forgot the grease I put on to fix Mikey some fries. This page was laying on my scrapbook table when I went back into the house later after
the fire was gone and the smoke had settled.
Today I finally got things settled enough to set back in front of this page and finish it. I put together a make shift scrapbooking corner in the rental house and I must admit that I really really miss my scrapbook room.

There are more photos of the house fire and construction on my flickr page.

This is the sketch that Pamela over at Pamela's World of Scrap did and the page is long since overdue But for 150,000 dollars and three or four months of our lives out of our home....I wanted to finish it. LOL

I also wanted to share my kit that I won for my scrapbook page over at
This was the first ever prize that I won for a contest and I was so thrilled when it came in the mail. The house burnt on Jan 2 and I got this package on my side porch on the 8th. I went up to the house to check things out and when I saw it setting there against the front door it made me so happy. Paper that doesnt smell like fire :) I sat in the cold snow on the porch and opened it up and just felt so happy for the few minutes that I escaped into the world in my head where my house was not in total chaos and my things were not ruined and my kitchen was not made me happy.
I cant wait to use it later tonight to make a page using the loot.
 I will post it here later.
Thank you Liz for your sketches at the Scrappiest and thank you for choosing my page. God must have known that I was going to need this little box of goodies when he led you to choose my
page a week before as the winner.
This is the page that won.

and this is the big ole spread of things that came in my box from Liz for winning the challenge.
Let me just say that Liz knows how to give some seriously good stuff away :)
So be sure to go join in on her site at the scrappiest.

2 strands of ribbon, one brown and one teal
AMM Expressions Word metal strips by All my Memories
Spring Fling Collection Shapes by
Spring fling collection, green lace shaped paper
a small sheet of pink lined photo mat paper with a note from Liz on the back
Lets Pretend Caterpillar green Itsy Bitsy Blings
Pink Paislee holly doodle sheet of alphabet stickers
KI memories pop culture flower child socialite paper
daisyd's Rub on transfer sheet
5 sheets of beautiful Spring Fling Paper
1 large 12x12 swirly whirlie chipboard accents with 18 nice rusty pickle chipboard pieces

Thanks Liz -Wendy


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

My template made it to Home Shopping Network tonight !!!!

Okay I watched my spinner template from Hot off the Press on air tonight. It was in the amazing Hot off the Press Family & Heritage kit on Home Shopping Network and I gotta tell was nerve-racking !!!

 I thought I would pass out while Holly Fossen was on air. She did so awesome...of coarse...she never seems nervous to me and how calm she is...somehow makes me am watching her thinking that she is gonna fall down or something stupid...she never does...she is always spot on and does an amazing job but I still get all stressed. Even when she isnt selling things that I designed :) hehe

I wanted to just kinda say my thank you's to Paulette Jarvey and Hot off the Press and Holly Fossen for this huge opportunity. What an amazing company and what an amazing thrill for
this little gal from West Virgina :)

 You can watch the Youtube Video here where they showed it tonight on HSN and I filmed it with my phone...Hehe...You can hear me gasp when she says my name at the

She says Hello to my friend Kelly too...She was so excited :)

Thank You Paulette, Thank you Holly !!!


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Home shopping network will air my spinner template on Tuesday Jan 12th !!!

Sorry that I have been missing in action this week. We had a house fire this week and things have been very stressful. Its funny how the things you dont even realize you will miss !

I will be back up and going again after tomorrow. The AmeriKleen people will be here to start putting us back together. Looks like we are in for about two to four months out of the house :(  On the bright side of this horrible mess....We will be redoing the scrapbook room while under we will be posting photos of the progress here. That part distracts me from the huge void that we used to call a kitchen :(

Be sure and Check out the HOTP Scrapbook Spinner Template online airing of the new template I designed !!! Holly Fossen will be showing it :) Go Holly

It will air on HSN on Tuesday beginning sometime after midnight during the scrapbook shows. They are having some really great buys and the template will be sold in a nice heritage kit with some HOTP dazzle stickers and a disk comes in the kit with 5000 ephemera clip arts and I can tell you now that 19.95 is a great buy on it so please be sure to check it out :)

This is Holly

Here is a close up of the template in case you havent see it yet. You can purchase it here too from
Hot Off the Press or


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Winners of Templates from the Blog Hop

Everyone be sure to check out the sketch over at Scrapbook Challenges or Pamela's World of Scrap  this week. It is such a pretty sketch. Pamela knows how to sketch us up !

Here is the sketch and my page done using the sketch. This is one of my first couple Pages  for Scrapbook Challenges as a member of the fantastic design team. I'm so excited to be a part of the team.

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The Flowers on this page make me happy. (HeHe)  They are just circles of paper punched from graduating sizes of circles and then I drop each circle into a bowl of water and then wad it up and wring it out and place it into the shape I want it and when it all dries it becomes these great lollipop flowers.

The font is done using the cricut machine and my sure cuts a lot software. Love the new ability to print titles with unlimited text fonts :)

Oh and just incase anyone wants to know....I drew out the winners of the four free

Everyone be sure to watch, and buy, the Scrapbook Spinner Template that will air on HSN, The Home shopping Network around the 11th of January. I will keep you posted for the exact dates :)

The Hot Off the Press 15 Butterflies & Dragonflies template will also air soon on HSN.  Here is a link for itthe butterflies template in a kit sold on The day they air on HSN I will be giving one of each of them away to two lucky winners so be sure to check back here.

So here they are...the lucky winners...Oh and here is how I drew...I put a slip of paper into a hat for each of you as you followed me and commented...then I drew four out it is totally random...I wanted to do a youtube of me drawing but we have been such a mess this week I dont even know where my camera is here are the winners

1. Star Rork
2. Jennifer Hanson
3. Janet Z
4. Katrina Hunt

So girls you have won my very first ever blog candy :) message me at and I will mail out your free Hot OFf the Press 15 Butterflies & Dragonflies templates !!! Congrats !!!


Monday, January 4, 2010

Scrap Outside the box Picked my page to win !!!

I needed this one :) Our house nearly burned down two days ago. It was pretty horrible. My scrapbooks are safe and my scrapbooking supplies need cleaned. We lost the kitchen completely. The Amerikleen crew will come in today and say they can spray something that will start to take the smell go away. It has been horrible. We feel very blessed to have gotten out alive and are just thankful we are going to be able to save the house structure. Thank You to all of you who have messaged and emailed and checked on us.

So on to my win...

The band Aid flower was my take on the challenge to use a band Aid on your page. My little boy is four and at the time of the challenge he had pink eye. So I wanted to do a page of that little event.

I found the Scrap outside the box site one night while blog hopping and found the idea to be totally fun and exciting. I cant wait to see what they do next.

You can click HERE to go watch my little Youtube Video on the Band Aid Flower

HERE is the original post on the band Aid flowers so you can see close ups of them !!!

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Years Blog Hop at Scrapbook Challenges


Okay now that I have your attention...let me say Welcome to my blog :) My Name is Wendy Hackney Baisden and I am mother to Aaron, 21 and Mikey, 4. Shewie... I know...they are 17 years apart....but I pace myself. (lol)
I am very excited to be announced as a member of the design team at Scrapbook Challenges. This is my very first design team and the biggest reason I am honored is that Scrapbook Challenges is not just a site...Its a community.
There is nothing more wonderful for a scrapbooker than to share their creations and on SC you find a talented & enthusiastic group of scrapbookers who enjoy sharing their pages as well as looking at yours. Also Pamela is an amazing sketch designer and you will be sure to find inspiration from her !
If you have not already signed up on SC you are gonna want to do it soon...Like this weekend because signing up could win you some amazing prizes !

This is my very first Page as a designer for Scrapbook Challenges.

 Well you know I had to be thrilled when I saw Pamela had used butterflies on the sketch for my first design team challenge page.  The perfect spot for my 15 Butterflies & Dragonflies template from Hot Off the Press. The sunflower is made using sure cuts a lot software and the cricut expression which I just got a week or so ago and Im sure will be using more soon :)
And here is Pamela's Sketch designed for the New Years 2010 Blog Hop

Over the coarse of my design team term I will be giving weekly blog candy away ! Just stop by here on my blog weekly and leave me a comment and you will be entered to win that weeks Free Scrapbooking Supplies & RAKS (random acts of kindness)
Here is a photo of the Jan RAKS so be sure to come back to enter to win

Do you love butterflies ? Do you Want to win the free paper cutting template shown above ? They are sold on HSN here  and at Hot Off the Press you know you dont want to miss this FREE giveaway !!!

2 Easy steps to be entered to win the Butterflies & Dragonflies template

1. Click on the Follow me on the right sidebar at the top of the page and add yourself to my follow me list.    refresh your page and Be sure your photo shows there as following me in order to be entered to win one of the five templates I will be giving away on Jan 4, 2010.

2. Leave me a comment at the bottom of this post telling me where you live in the World

(if you want an extra entry for the templates just add a link to my blog on your blog and you will get an extra chance to win)

Thats it...Good Luck

Oh and tonight if you want more great free stuff be sure to start at Pamela's blog and here are some pics of the things you might win during the Scrapbook Challenges New Years Blog Hop.

I'd also like to share a fast tip with you that I discovered today while shopping at my local big lots. They had this box of 12 hangers meant for hanging pants which cost 12.00 for the box. Wow ! So they are great for hanging up in your scrapbook room to display your scrapbook pages !!!

Watch the Youtube video here

When you complete the two steps above it is time to move on to Sookies blog by clicking here to see what other great RAKS you can gather....Oh and just incase you get a little lost you can click back here and the list of blogs are shown on the left sidebar in the order from beginning to Happy Scrapbooking New Year !!!