Friday, April 29, 2011

Wedding Day

So, I was one of those people who got up at 4 am to watch the Royal Wedding. It was so worth it!! My sister in law spent the night and brought scones. We got up and were glued to the TV, tissues in hand. We had tea and scones and oohed and ahhed over everything. I remember being in high school when Charles and Diana got married, so I didn't want to miss this special occasion. It was just magical!

I have a couple of things to share today. This first card is one I did for Emmas't his week. I used a Maya Road chipboard heart album. I painted two of the pages and added glitter to one. Then I added Webster's Country Estate papers, a silhouette cameo and some Storyteller Alphas. I tied them together with some vintage ribbon.

I really like how it turned out!

This next project uses an old vase I found at a thrift store. I paid a dollar for it. Adding some Prima flowers, gems and trim gave it a facelift.

That's about it for today. I'm going to head back to the TV to see if there's any more coverage. Yeah, I'm a sucker for romance.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Belated Easter!

I hope all of you who celebrated, had a wonderful Easter. We certainly did. I had a small intimate dinner for 17, LOL! It was great, though.

Ryan is on Spring Break this week, so I'm pretty much off, except for teaching my class. Today didn't feel much like a vacation day, though. I have been cleaning, switching over clothes and doing laundry all day. The weather is GORGEOUS, though. Seems like we went from Winter to Summer all of a sudden. Poor Ryan is dying with the allergies, though. He played outside for about an hour and a half and his eyes are red and so swolen. He just fell asleet with an ice pack on them.

So, here is the card I did for The Shabby Tea Room this week. I'm the guest designer and the inspiration photo is amazing! (You can see it HERE along with all of the other DT cards.)

I used Webster's Country Estate 6 by 6 papers, a silhouette cameo, some whimsies and a big floral thingy cut from a regular sized Country Estate paper. The butterflies were punched with a Martha Stewart punch.

That's about it for today. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Websters Giveaway

So, one of my absolute favorite Webster's Pages products is the 6 by 6 mini paper pads. I love how the patterns are shrunk down and are perfect for cards. I reach for my pads all of the time.

Lucky for you, Brandin has decided to make the paper pads this week's Friday Freebie! Check out the Webster's Blog for details on how to win. While you are there, drool over Audrey Petit's gorgeous cards. I love her work and she does amazing things with Webster's!

I made a card using the papers in honor of the Friday Freebie. I decided to use the gorgeous color scheme from CR84FN24. I'm such a sucker for aqua, light blue and cream!

In addition to the Webster's Petite Papers, I used a fabric ticket (LOVE those), a new push pin, one of the pinwheel florettes and some trim. The stamp is Waltzingmouse and the white frame is Pink Paislee.

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peek and don't forget to head over to the Webster's blog for a chance to win some of the papers.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Retro Easter

Even though Easter is late this year, it has still snuck up on me! I can't believe it's only a few days away. Even though I haven't done much decorating and my baskets aren't stuffed, I did manage to do a cute project using Vintage Street Market's Easter Tag Kit.

First up is this glassine bag filled with chocolate eggs. Everything is from the kit except for the seam binding which is from Craft Spot.

The kit comes with several manilla tags. I dressed up a couple of them using the sweet vintage die cuts, trims and tickets that came in the kit. I think I will attach these to a treat bag for someone special.

Thanks for letting me share! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by. :)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bright and Colorful

We finally had a beautiful day here yesterday! It was sunny and pleasant. I think the rain is on it's way back, though. I'm so ready for warm weather. This has been such a cold and dreary spring.

So, to brighten things up around here, I thought I'd share a couple of bright things that I've made recently.

This card was made for the Emma's color challenge this month.

I used soem Anna Griffin papers and flowers on here. The ribbon is May Arts.

This next card uses Crate Paper. I made a tri-fold pocket to hold a gift card. The stamp is from Papertrey.

That's about it for now. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Easter Bunny Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Vintage Street Market Easter Bunny Blog Hop!(Now THAT'S a mouthful.) What exactly is and Easter Bunny Blog Hop, you ask? Well, each of the Design Team members has their favorite color egg posted today and you need to hop from one blog to the next collecting our favorite colors! You can see the prize available at the VSM Giveaways Page on their webite and get more details. A list of the DT's blogs is there, too. You can also access them from my side bar. Once you visit everyone's blogs and collect those colors, hop back over to the VSM Giveaways site and leave a comment with your answers. Speaking of Easter, I have a post going up on the VSM blog next week. I worked with the adorable Easter Tag Kit. Can't share it all yet, but here's a little peek... I CAN share this card I made last week using Dimestore Vogue. I created the flower using a technique Danielle Flanders shared as GDT. Take a piece of tape, stick it onto a book page and peel it off. I used the Linen Tape for this one. Then I folded the pieces into flower petals and created the card. And, don't forget, you could also win a wonderful collection of Vintage Street Market goodies just by heading over to their Facebook Page and liking it. Thanks so much for stopping by and happy hopping!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Challenge Card

I took a little break from my assignments to create a card that went along with a couple of the current challenges out there right now. I love doing challenges and haven't had the chance to do one in a while. Here is my card.

I used the color palette from CR84FN23. I love pink and don't normally use a lot of black, but Webster's Hollywood Vogue papers were perfect and I really like how it turned out. The sketch is from Waltzingmouse Sketches. The sentiment and frame are from Waltzingmouse's Fancy Phrases set.
And the scrunched seam binding is from Craft Spot.

That's it for tonight! Thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to visit again on Friday for Vintage Street Market's blog hop. And don't forget to become a fan on VSM's Facebook Page. You could win a lot of fun goodies if you do!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Prima Goodies

Well, I'm happy to report that life is getting back to normal around here after our week of partying last week! It's nice to slow things down a bit.

My papercrafting life hasn't slowed down much, though, LOL. I'm in the middle of two big projects, so I don't have a lot of new things to share. But, I do have these two layouts that were recently on the Prima blog.

This first one is one I made for CHA. I used lots of new Donna Downey canvas items on here - the canvas sheet, the word and the flowers and trim.

I printed out photos of some of my favorite Prima layouts. Then I added some of the resin flowers and the jewel trims. I made it for the booth at CHA.

Speaking of CHA, here's a page I made using the Melody line. It's of my sweet friend Jessica Witty and me. I just adore this girl. She makes me laugh, we talk about everything and she's such an inspiration to me. Truly, she's one of those people I wish lived next door.

I used a mask to create the background and added some big flowers and crystals.

Be sure to stop back on Friday. We are doing a Vintage Street Market blog hop and you'll have a chance to win some new goodies! Another way you can win some of the new VSM products is by visiting their Facebook Page and becoming a fan. (Tell them I sent you!) They are doing a giveaway once we hit 1,000 fans.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day. :)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

He's Eight!

Eight years ago today, my little guy came into my life. Being a mother has been the best thing I've ever done! I remember when I was pregnant, I could see myself with an infant, but I didn't imagine myself with a school aged kid. Well, here we are! He's getting so big, so fast. Everyone tells you how fast it goes, and it does. I try to cherish every step and stage along the way. He carries my heart with him wherever he goes.

I love this picture of him that I took recently. He looks so grown up in it. I still see glimpses of my little one in the roundness of the tip of his nose, and his cheeks, but so many things are changing so quickly. He has a personality, likes, dislikes and dreams all his own. Just as when I was pregnant, I can't imagine myself with a teen or grown son, but I know all too well that I'll find out before I know it.

I used papers from Webster's Ladies and Gents and Country Estate lines. I've been so hooked on grey lately and it was the perfect backdrop for the papers. I used a Doily Thread, Fabric Ticket and a bunch of whimsies on here, too.

So, that's all for today. We've been celebrating and eating lots of treats. Time for some more.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Birthday Week

This is a fun week in our house! My birthday was on Monday. It was a nice relaxing day (though I worked) capped off with dinner at one of my favorite restaurants. But, the big event comes on Saturday. Ryan will be 8! I'm bringing cupcakes to school on Friday and then we have the birthday party. So, I'm busy preparing for that! On Saturday morning we have scouts, and he wants some cake pops for that. Yes, it's been busy, but fun! He's so excited about his big day. That's the difference between us. I dread turning another year older. Now that I'm 46 I'm on the downslide to 50! Yikes!

Anyway, just wanted to share this page with you. It's one of my favorites that I've done lately. I used a mix of Webster's lines - Ladies and Gents, Country Estate and Wonderfall.

I created the flowers doing a fun technique. I cut strips of trim and adhered them to cardstock. Then I ran them through my die cut machine, cutting two flower sized shapes. I adhered the smaller one to the larger one.

Can't wait to make these again!

Anyway, the new challenges are up at Inspire Me. The traditional challenge this month is to 'Use Your Trims'. You can find the details HERE. And the digital/hybrid challenge is to use the digital fabric tickets. Info. for that one is HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Couple of Cards

Today's post is just a quick one to share a couple of recent cards. I had a lot of fun using My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose on this first one.

I used one of the frames as the base of my card front. Then I added those adorable banner letter stickers.

The ribbon is May Arts. I love their wide striped ribbon and have been using it a lot since Cindy ordered it for Emma's.

This next card is one I did for my GDT gig with Cocoa Daisy.

The papers are Echo Park and Basic Grey. And the stamp is Papertrey.
Gotta run! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Happy April

It's April! I think this is one of our favorite month's of the year. It starts to get warm (hoping THAT happens soon), it's Ryan and my birthday month, AND we have Easter and Spring Break. It's a busy time, but fun.

Speaking of busy....yep that's me. It's constant! Sadly, I have another funeral to attend. Another friend lost a parent. I'm at that age and it's so sad. Work is busy as always, and I'm in the middle of a huge paper crafting project at the moment.
So, sorry if my blog is a bit neglected these days. Hoping things will slow down a bit in another month.

Today I have a something special to share. I'm the guest designer for Cocoa Daisy this month. My sweet friend, and fellow Memory Makers Master, asked me to design with her lovely kit this month. It was so much fun. You can see the entire kit HERE.

Here is one of the pages I did with it. This is a page I've wanted to do for a while. Sadly, it's a tribute to an amazing lady who passed away last November. Her name was Mary Ellen and she was Ryan's religious education teacher. We'd only known her for a short while, but were so touched by her. She was truly special.

Her death was such a shock to us all, as these things often are. Luckily for the children, her daughter is as wonderful as she was. She has taken over the class and we know that Mary Ellen's spirit shines through her. This photo is of Ryan with the two of them on the day he made his First Reconcilliation. I'm so glad we have it.

I used Basic Grey papers along with a Jenni Bowlin butterfly stamp on here. I wanted to keep it rather simple.

I'll be posting more of my Cocoa Daisy work soon, but thought I'd let this page stand alone.

One more announcement. My dear friend, Sherry Wright is doing a great giveaway on her blog. Just make a card using Emma's Paperie's March's sketch and post a link to her blog by April 10. . You could win a $20 gift certificate to Emma's!! She has the sketch and details posted for you, so head on over!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.