Sunday, August 29, 2010

More from our August Guest Designer...Susan Zennario


I hope everyone is enjoying the end of summer...our little guy just finished his first week of kindergarten. So far so good...he is loving it!

I wanted to share some more fabulous layouts from our August Guest Designer Susan Zennario. Please go check out her blog Paper Daisy Dreams for more inspiration from Susan or just to say hi! (hint: there is sneak peek in these layouts for 2 steals coming up this week)

I hope everyone has a great week!


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Introducing our August Guest Designer...Susan Zennario

I am pleased to introduce our August guest designer Susan Zennario! I am so thrilled to be able to work with this talented lady! And I also have to compliment her on her on speediness! I swear she created 4 gorgeous layouts in like 24 hours of receiving her box...amazing!

Susan actually gave me a little Q&A to introduce herself and I must say I love it!

Name: Susan Zennario

Where do you live: I live in a small town called Absecon which is just outside of Atlantic City, NJ. The beach is my backyard and I love it. Unfortunately due to a poor high school sending district where the curriculum is even below state minimums, we will be moving before the start of NEXT school year, as my son will be entering High School and I can’t afford private school. We won’t be moving far though…just one town and a way better school district over!

Family members: I have two sons, John-20 and Matthew-13, one daughter, Susie-12. I am a widow, having lost my husband unexpectedly several years ago but I have a wonderful man in my life now, John, who I have been with for almost 6 years. We all share our lives with our 13 year old cat, Cloudy!

Birthday: November 18…Scorpio and yes, sometimes I sting!!!

Favorite television show? I admit it…I am a reality TV junkie. Specifically BRAVO shows such as any and all of the “Real Housewives” , Flipping Out and TLC shows like Cake Boss, Top Chef, etc.

Favorite movie? Since I was a little girl its been Breakfast at Tiffanys. I have such great memories of watching it with my mom. I still can’t pass it by on the TV if its on.

Name 3 of your favorite candy bars. Whatchamacallit, Butterfinger, Snickers Almond

Name 3 musical artists you enjoy. Jack Johnson, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews

Favorite (NSR) store to shop? Target

Name 2 of your favorite colors. Pink and Pinker

Favorite thing to do with your family? We love to travel. We save to make sure that we take at least one vacation a year. This year we are lucky and taking two!!! We will be visiting Busch Gardens, VA NEXT weekend for a short getaway and we are in the planning process of a cruise sometime in February!

Favorite thing (non-scrap related) to do without your family? Listen to Audiobooks and play on Facebook! I’m a Farmville junkie!

What's your favorite scrapping tool to use when scrapbooking? That changes frequently depending on what I am working on. Right now it would have to be my Zutter Distrezz-It-All. I just wish it wasn’t so loud!!! Make it hard to use when the rest of the house is asleep!

Name 3 of your favorite SB companies/lines. Bo Bunny, Bella Blvd., My Minds Eye

Name 3 of your favorite embellishments to work with. Flowers, Bling and Buttons

What size do you scrap in and do you stamp/ make cards/Digiscrap? I am strictly a paper scrapper. I think some of the digital layouts I’ve seen are beautiful, but I have a deep passion for touching paper and playing with all my goodies! I do not stamp….that is not to say I don’t have TONS of stamps…I do. But I am not good at it AT ALL and since I do not make cards either, I often don’t have a use for stamps.

What are your favorite adhesives? I LOVE My ATG gun!! When I can’t use that, I still use the same adhesive I’ve been using since I started scrapping which is a ZIG Fine Point Glue pen. I have recently been using Helmars Scrap dots too which are great for those lumpy layouts I seem to make lately!

What is your top two fave holidays? Christmas and my Birthday! What?? My birthday is not a holiday you say? It is in my neck of the woods!!! J

What's the one thing you must have readily available when you sit down to scrap? My laptop. I grab inspiration from all the blogs I visit! Speaking of blogs….I’d love for you to visit me! My blog is Paper Daisy Dreams and can be found here:

Here are Susan's fantastic layouts using today's Blue Sky Collection kit:

Stay tuned throughout the month more of Susan's work!

Thank-you Susan!

Have a wonderful week!


Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sneak peek....American Crafts Botanique Kit

I hope all my crafty friends are having a fantastic summer! We have had a busy one...we launched a new site (, celebrated CraftySteals 1 year anniversary, kept 2 boys busy during the super hot Texas summer and now we are preparing for kindergarten. He is so excited but I want to cry every time I think about dropping him off on that first day (I am sure I will have more posts on the kindergarten topic in the next few weeks).

So to celebrate August 1st we have a sneak peek at tomorrow's steal for you all....enjoy! This steal is gonna be huge...hundreds of embellishments and a whopping 48 sheets of paper!

Ideas and projects shown were created by the American Crafts Design team.

Have a fantastic week!