Saturday, January 22, 2011


THANK YOU SO MUCH for stopping by.

Thanks to Erin at for hosting this great blog hop.  I've gotten so involved in making cards that the scrappin' has taken a backseat (which is going to change in 2011) so this opportunity came along at the perfect time.  Also, I've really been trying to USE WHAT I HAVE instead of running out and buying more stuff (I'll explain more about what I did below).

DH and I were married in 1984 and our "first dance" song was MY FUNNY VALENTINE (a la Rickie Lee Jones).  This year on June 1st, we will be celebrating our 27th anniversary.  Some days I just can't believe that I've been married that long ~ I mean....wasn't I just 23 last year???  guess not.

On to my project.

Hearts were cut with the SURE CUTS A LOT program and then I distressed the edges.  Of course no project would be complete without some stitching with a white gel pen :)

MY FUNNY VALENTINE was also cut with SURE CUTS A LOT.  I made faux chipboard out of old cereal boxes on both the black and red layers.  Pop-dotted each layer individually.  I didn't have any red polka dot paper that matched so I ran the red letters through the SWISS DOTS embossing folder then went over each dot with a white gel pen to make them stand out more.  It didn't take nearly as long as you'd think.

The chipboard hearts were from a pack I got ages ago that have never been used - covered them with paper and cut out with an X-ACTO knife.  Notice the larger open heart - I used two different papers.

The acrylic heart was from a 2-pack I got for a quarter at AC MOORE and again..I've never used the batch I bought.  First I used some ALCOHOL INK on it then flipped it over and put dots of LIQUID PEARLS all over.  Added a ribbon and attached it with the TIM HOLTZ TINY ATTACHER.

Various $1.00 heart stamps stamped in WHISPER WHITE craft by STAMPIN' UP then I went over them with FROSTED LACE STICKLES.

And now for a little giveaway. 

The rules are:

Become a follower
Leave a comment
(if you're married) tell me what was your "first dance" song
(if you're not married) tell me what song you'd pick
Make sure you leave a way for me to contact you
I'll pick a winner next Saturday - January 29, 2011

1 - 8 piece Heidi Grace 12 x 12 specialty paper pack
1 - 24 pack Heidi Grace 8 x 8 cardstock pad
1 - Heidi Grace alpha chipboard pack - teal flourish
1 - 20 pack Colorbox 8 x 8 paper pad - sweet blooms
1 - ZIG 2-way felt tip glue pen
1 extra little goodie (not pictured)

Check out all the wonderful projects from all of the wonderful, creative and inspirational gals.





Ann Marie:;




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  1. Very cute layout. My husband and my first dance was to I Could Love You Like That. and our first wedding dance was to All for One I Swear.


  2. Wonderful layout... Thank you for the chance for the candy.... I am a new follower

  3. Very cute! Happy {Early lol} anniversary! this page is great. :)

  4. I love how this turned out. The b&w pictures are are perfect with the red.

    Thank you for being a part of my first ever blog hop.


  5. I absolutely love this layout! sooo precious! Love the mixture of Black and White with a deep dark red!
    btw our song was "It's your love" by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill :)
    Yours TruLee
    Ann Marie

  6. what a sweet layout, and congrats on 27 years. Love the black & white, I do a lot of B&W photos. thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win~Suz

  7. I love how you used black and white photos in your layout! I've been married going on 22 years and don't actually remember our first dance song but our wedding song was "From this Moment".

  8. Time flies when you are having fun! A lovely layout that speaks of love.

  9. So pretty, I love the placement of everything on this page, especially the heart!

  10. Great project!

    I'm not married, and I have no idea what our song would be. I haven't even thought of it!

    And, I'm a follower =)

  11. Ellen - GREAT job on that layout! Love your creative style!

    I just discovered your blog and am now a follower - so very nice to meet you!

  12. Ellen you did a great job on this layout and of course I'm a follower, though I must admit I dont get to visit often :(

    Our first dance was unchained melody ala Ghost :)

    Thanks for a chance at the awesome candy



  13. Great layout. We didn't dance at our wedding. We went to a little chapel in Niagara Falls with our family and then went out for dinner. It will be our 2nd Anniversary this June. We don't want to talk about the first wedding. lol

  14. Love the LO and design. Cute and congrats on 27 years. Our song was Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clampton. It will be 24 years for us this June and he is still my best friend! Found your blog on the hop and I am now a new follower. Looking forward to checking out your blog!

  15. So cute! We have been married 22 1/2 years and our first dance was Sweet Child of Mine (LOL) yip we were head bangers... shhhhhh
    new follower - would love for you to follow mine as well

  16. Hi Ellen! This is great! My husband and I didn't have dancing at our wedding...had a short and sweet afternoon reception in the church. I'm a follower now! Great job! Come over to my blog and see what I'm giving away for reaching 100 followers! You wont want to miss this one ;)

  17. Love it! Just became a follower..Would love it if you decided to follow my blog.

  18. Love it!
    Didn't have dancing at our wedding.

  19. Loving this LO. You both look so happy. :D Great Job.

  20. im married but we didnt get to do the reseption part. my guess would be our love will never end

  21. Love this layout. what a great way to make polaka dot paper. TFS. I didn't have dancing at my wedding but the first dance we ever danced to was Jefferson airplane-starship we built this city.
    yeppers I am gettn to be a vintage dame.
    debbie_craine at hotmail dot com

  22. Great layout....I love the colors

  23. Love your Layout! Our Wedding dance was by Eric Clapton "Wonderful Tonight".


  24. Awesome layout. I understand completely on the where did time go. It is sad to say that I don't think my hubby (of 36+ yrs) and I actually had a 'first dance'. I am now a follower. Congrats on over 100 followers.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

  25. Totally cute LO! Great job! Our first dance song was "I Knew I Loved You Before I Met You." Thanks for the fun. me(at)glorajean(dot)com

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  27. I LOVE the LO. I am married, but we got married by a judge, and unfortunately did not have a first dance. I am a new follower, and I'm enjoying exploring your blog!

  28. I lvoe the Layout!! It is soo cute, I love how you put pictures from your wedding day in it, really great ideas!! I got married in Thailand to my husband in november 2008, and our frist dance song was more than words by extreme. ha ha ha...Thanks for the chance to win and again, great layout.

  29. Layout is super - TFS! The Lion Sleeps Tonight (hey I'm old)! I became a follower and am enjoying your hop!
    Mama LoveBug from LoveBug Creations
    pam_lash at yahoo dot com

  30. Hi,
    I have become a follower. I am married and our first dance song Lady in Red by Eric Clapton. I love your layout, it is so cute witht he blk/wht pics. Great job!!

  31. forgot to leave my way to contact :(

  32. What a beautiful page! I always admire your stitching---it's so straight. My hubs and I were married on the bank of the creek that ran behind his parent's home, with just the parents there. We'd had a pre-wedding party the week before at his sister's log cabin in the woods...but there was no dancing. I will tell you, though, that, my husband has always sung two songs to me (he's famous for making up new words to songs...), the first is too silly to mention here, and the second is "Brown-Eyed Girl", which is true, but he changes it up so it fits sweet. I've been a follow for a while--I love coming here to poke around and enjoy your creativety. You can find me art ksjennings at gmail dot com and/or

  33. LOVE your LO. I am married and our first couple song was.. and still is.. " Melt" Rascall Flatts

  34. Nice LO! I love that you used recycled cereal boxes! I also love all the ribbon! I don't use nearly enough ribbon on my LOs. My song would be "Let me Love You" by Tim McGraw.

    I've become a follower!

    I have blog candy going on at my blog too! Check it out HERE!

    My email is jennro7781atYahoodotcom and my blog is!

    Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win candy! :)

  35. Very Romatic layout. I was married in 1976. We didn't have a first dance nor have we dance to this day. My husband refuses to dance. I'm a follower.

  36. Love this layout. Thanks for sharing your ideas.
    My hubby and I have been married 21 years. We don't have a song, but we make beautiful music together. :-)

  37. Awesome layout - love all the stitching, it looks great! My hubby and I danced to "I Swear" by John Michael Montgomery at our wedding.
    qtme2003 at yahoo dot ca

  38. Love your stuff! I am engaged and our first dance song is gonna be theres no way by alabama.

  39. Love your layout! My husband and I didn't have a dance at out wedding. Thank you for sharing!

  40. The heart is sweet! Thanks for sharing! ScrappyScavenger at yahoo dotcom

  41. Love your layout!! It is so sweet!! My husband and I danced our first dance to "That's What She Gets for Loving Me" by Brooks & Dunn!

  42. Love your layout! Im a new follower- Im married but we didnt dance after the wedding. To much to do.

  43. We danced to "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel. That will be 30 years ago this coming May.

  44. Hi Ellen,
    So pretty! (Like everything you make) Such detail too!
    Our song is "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton.
    We were married in June of '83 :-)

  45. Great blog I am now a follower. My husband doesn't dance but our song is Now and Forever.

    lebpab21408 at frontier dot com

  46. I love your project you created for this hop. I am glad that I found your blog and I have become a new follower. My song was At Last, by Etta James. TFS


  47. I love the idea behind your layout. Great colors and I really like the font. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Mindy - The Determined Scrapper

  48. Thanks for sharing. Our first dance song was CAn I have this Dance for the rest of My life. We are still dancing. July will be 50 years.


  49. Gorgeous! I love all the details. We didn't have a first dance. :( TFS and the chance to win.

    Christel a.k.a. Scrappin' Sista

  50. Love the pages, ,layout and color scheme.
    Already a follower.
    Thanks for sharing.

  51. Your layout is so cute! I love the title. My hubby and my first song was by Jewel called "Stay". Not one of her known songs but I am a huge Jewel fan.

    Emily C

  52. cute love everythingabout the layout

  53. I love this layout it is so cute! Thank you so much for sharing! Love the wording! I am not married yet but we are talking about it, my boyfriend and I of 6 years, a couple of songs that I am throwing around are Bless the Broken Road: Rascal Flatts, There is a Shania Twain song and I also like a couple others. Not sure yet though!
    You are very talented, glad I am a follower!
    Contact Info: incase I get luckey enought to win that amazing blog candy,
    New Blog, I love new friends so if ya get a chance come check it out!

  54. Love your LO! I really like how it looks! I've been married for 12 years now and our wedding song was The Gift by Jim Brickman!

    I just became a follower!

  55. Great LO. Our first dance was " I finally found someone (Streisand and B. Adams) And that was 20 months ago! TFS

  56. Great LO! Our song was chantal kreviazuk feels like home!
    ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

  57. Sweet LO. Our fist dance was Mark Wills Loving Every Minute

  58. What a stunning the papers and the stitched hearts...thanx for the inspiration...:)


  59. I love this layout! The black and white pics pop!
    Our first song was "Is This Love" by Bob Marley but one of my husbands best friends sang it.


  60. What a wonderful layout! I'm a new follower. Our first song was "It's your love" by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. We're just about to be celebrating out 3rd year of marriage!

    Kimmie G

    kakrnach at yahoo dot com

  61. I love LOVE LOVE b & W pictures!!! Your LO is perfect!!!

  62. Super cute layout! I love the way you placed everything. We have only been married for 10 years and our song was "Amazed" by Lonestar.
    Tfs and have a great day. :)
    star24601 at gmail dot com

  63. I love, love your LO! Although I can't remember the name, I know we first danced to a Debbie Gibson song :O)

  64. i am a new follower who got married on valentines day and my first dance was always and forever lol. thanks for the chance to win.

  65. Aww that is so cute!! Well I just got married in court but I would've love Something By The Beatles. TFS!! Take Care!!
    Jennie @

  66. Fabulous LO, been married for 28 years but we didn't dance at are wedding, our song was "Baby I'm a Want You" by Bread. Wow that was along time ago!! Thanks for the memory!
    miller896042 at bellsouth dot net

  67. Love Love Love the layout!! My husband and I danced to REO's "Can't Fight This Feeling Any Longer"

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  69. No first dance here either...went to the court house since it's a second for both of us. I love your Lo so much..TFS! If we were to have a song, it would probably be Tim McGraw's "She's My Kind of Rain".

  70. Those black and white photos look great on that layout. Who would of imagined...I really like the colors you used - very rich and deep. And of course I am a follwing - that's the best part of blog hops (ok and chance to win some candy hehe) Hmmm song, the one from Dirty Dancing at the end..don't know title but has to do with time of my life and owing it all to you. I love that song, and the movie...and Ohhh Patrick Swayze Hmmmmmmm......


  71. Love the layout. I'm a new follower. We didn't have a song at our wedding, but we called "Still the One" our song later on.

    vwilson577 at

  72. Super cute layout, I love it! We didn't have a first dance since we were married at a courthouse.

  73. Cute layout! Love the 'funny valentine' title. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win :)

  74. Very cool layout! I'm not married anymore but the first dance song I shared with my ex was Nights in White Satin by The Moody Blues. I know, I know... that song was popular decades ago! LOL! Thanks for sharing your talents with us and for a chance to win great goodies.

    lucyblueeyz at yahoo dot com

  75. To cute I love it. TFS
    Goodness I have been married almost 12 years and I can't even remember what the first song was we danced to.. is that bad or what?
    NYGRIL1994 at yahoo dot com
    Now a follower :-)

  76. Cute layout...married but no first dance...not a traditional wedding. TFS!

    kimsheppard 6 hotmail dot com

  77. Oh I love this,in June we will be married for 28yrs we did not have a dance we had a small wedding and very small reception
    I will have to look and see what we have to do something like this I could also do something like this for my son and his wife as he got married last Halloween and they did have a first dance
    Thank you,

  78. This is absolutely gorgeous! My husband and I didn't have a no first dance. However, we always dance to Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton.


  79. cery cute! i am a new follower! the song that me and my fiance would dance to is "Truly Madly Deeply" ! its such a cute song i love it!thanks for sharing!

  80. Wonderful layout! Thanks for the chance to win. ;)

  81. Love the layout-- my husband of 38 years and I met in elementary school but our high school song is Unchained Melody. I cry everytime I hear it!

  82. what a beautiful layout!

    I was married 7 years ago and out wedding song was "when you say nothing at all" by Ronan Keating, I love his version!!!

    thanks for the chance to win!

    becky.mayhewlear AT gmail DOT com

    (I am a new stalker!)

  83. I'm now a follower! Love your LO!

    My hubby and I danced our first dance at our wedding to Heaven by Bryan Adams!


  84. This is a beautiful layout and so perfect for this time of the year. Thank you for sharing. I love it.

  85. i love love love love love this lay out! did i tell you that I love this Layout? So Happy to have hopped with you!

  86. Loved the layout! Our first dance was to "Lost in this Moment with You" by Big N Rich.


  87. Great layout, I will be married 34 year this coming May. We did not have any music at our wedding reception.

    katsews at gmail dotcom

  88. Thank you for sharing your layout! I am happy new follower! I am happily married... have been for 17 1/2 years... We had a great wedding and reception after... but no dancing! The song durring the unity candle was. "I Will Be Here For You" by Steven Curtice Chapman. I honestly don't miss not having that part of a reception. We have tons of great pictures and that is what matters to me... the remembering through the pictures. pjritsema at gmail dot com

  89. Thank you for sharing your layout..We did not have any music at our wedding reception.

    Come and BEE a follower on my blog
    Rebecca Minor

  90. Great Blog Hop! Scrappin' Roots ...
    Looking forward to hopping through.

    Kelsey: WomanInACrystalCase [at] Gmail [dot] com

    ~ I'm a new Follower
    ~ Our first dance song was 'It's Your Love' by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill.
    ~ I love all the details on your layout!! They so perfectly mesh.
    ~ Thanks for such a great chance at a FAB giveaway!!

  91. Love this blog hop more and more!!! My first one! You LO is so ingenious!! I love it! I love how you made your own chipboard out of cereal boxes. I have a ton of cereal boxes with 3 kids who go thru them like candy. Great Idea. Im inspired!!! Thanks!
    littlefrills3 at yahoo dot com

    Im engaged and the song I would choose is by Ketih Urban....Blessed the Broken Road

  92. Your layout is great! Our song was by Boston (I think)- More than a feeling. It has been 32 years and I am getting old... LOL! I am a new follower and look forward to scrapping with you. AJ - queenofmynest(at)gmail(dot)com.

  93. Love the layout. Our first dance song was Stephen Curtis Chapman I'll be there.

  94. Love the layout..cute!...I am divorced so if I got married again I don't know what song it would be but there are many I like have to see what kind of man I I became a follower/stalker now...look forward to more of your work. :)

  95. Cool Lay out... Im marriedand my first song was "Weve Only Just Begun"
    Dawn RI

  96. very cute layout!!! are you serious... I was married once... never again! :) No need to think of any first dance song!

  97. What a cute couple and LO. Oh my. I don't remember our fist dance song. Is that terrible of me? Yikes. TFS and the blog hop.

    stacy at mycraftingtime dot com
    www.mycraftingtime dot com

  98. I really like your layout. I am no longer married--but I would pick the Blue Danube Waltz since waltzes are so romantic and that one has special meaning for me.
    I am a new follower.

  99. Ellen

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your LO! and your pic are amazing..
    OMG, our first song? Neon Moon 1991,what a great yr and great walk down memory lane as we met 21 yrs ago on 1-31!

    I am already a follower of your blog

  100. What a pretty layout! I love it!

    I am single and not dating anyone so I can't say what my first dance song would be! But I can tell you I would dance with my Dad to I Loved Her First!

    ksully4597 at gmail dot com