Wednesday, June 29, 2011

CR84FN 32

Happy Hump Day! Can't believe we're coming up on the 4th of July! Where is time going?

I have a fun card to share with you today. I used a technique I saw on the Crate Paper blog to create the flower.

I folded circles and adhered them together onto a die cut.You can also adhere them onto another smaller circle if you'd like. I love how the back pattern shows and creates another dimension to the flower.

A brad finishes it off. I added some other die cuts, brads and some twill to finish the card.

This card is for CR84FN #32. Here are the yummy colors that were the inspiration.

It's also my card for the week at Emma's Paperie. You can check out the blog for my supply list.

Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great day!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Just Opened: Bits and Pieces Etsy Shop!

I'm so excited! I've wanted to open an Etsy shop for a while and I finally uploaded my first items yesterday. (I even made my first sale, woo hoo!) I added the little side bar thingy so that you can see what I have. I've made so many cards over the years and it makes me sad to see them piled up in the closet. Hopefully, some will be able to find loving homes. Eventually, I hope to add some fun vintage trinkets and finds for cardmaking. I have a ton of trims and such and I think this would be a great addition. So, please stop by and check it out. :)

It's been almost a week since I've gotten home and I think I'm FINALLY getting into the swing of things. I got the last of the suitcases unpacked, put away the laundry and got back to work. Last week was crazy, but so much FUN, with the Webster's Let's Celebrate Promotion. I actually can take a breather this week - hope to play along with some challenges.

Thought I'd share a page that I made recently. I have been trying to do more 'boyish' stuff for Ryan's scrapbooks and this line by Crate is just perfect.

He was goofing around one day and I thought I'd record all the things he loves to play at this point in time. The Crate chipboard and colors are so fun!

I added some texture by folding the strip of paper along the top of the journaling box.

I have some ideas for cute boy cards to make with this line. Goodness knows we always need them for birthday parties and such!

Thanks for stopping by today. And if there's anything in particular you'd like to see in my Etsy shop, let me know.

Have a great day! ~

Friday, June 24, 2011

New "Let's Celebrate" Project

Edited to Add: The website is now live! You can order the new line today! Wholesale orders will ship July 5 and on July 11 retail orders will begin shipping! You can find everything HERE.

Happy Friday! Welcome to the last day of Webster's "Let's Celebrate" line promotion. It has been such a fun week. I have been totally inspired by the team's creations and I'm so excited that I had the chance to play along to create some new goodies with these awesome papers and embellishments!

If you've been playing along this week, you know the deal. Find the projects and click the 'I Spy' badge to bring you back to Inspire Me where you can share about what you found and which new products you spied.

Here's my project for today:

This line just begs to be made into pennants and banners.

I used another one of the new flowers that were showcased yesterday. This yellow one is made out of feathers!! It's got such awesome texture.

Click here to go to the Inspire Me thread. (Still can't figure out how to link the badge!)

Thanks for stopping by and for playing along with us this week!
Have a great day. :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

You've found me! (If you haven't been playing along with Webster's Pages "I Spy" promotion then feel free to read the previous post that details how we've been celebrating the release of the new "Let's Celebrate" line.)

The design team has been busy creating with all the new goodies and we have created some yummy projects....We will be showcasing our creations using the NEW line each day this week, and every day we will showcase a new product!
All you have to do is check out the fabulous creations and then click on
'I Spy...Let's Celebrate!' badge!

You'll be taken to a new thread where you can tell us all about the yummy new product you saw! Be sure to follow the surprise instructions on how you can play along for some INCREDIBLE PRIZES!

And now for today's project:

The base of the card was made with one of the new FREE digital frames. I just resized it to 6 inches wide, printed it, cut it out and embellished. You can find all of the new frames that coordinate with Let's Celebrate HERE AT THE WEBSTER'S SITE.

I had so much fun with this line! The embellishments are great and the papers are just gorgeous. And the colors!! I have to say this is my favorite Webster's line so far! Here are some close up shots. I decided to go all out and make this an over the top 'ready to party' card.

If you haven't been over to Inspire Me to see the rest of the projects that the team has been creating, be sure to stop by. They are absolutely stunning!

Now for the fun part. Be sure to click on this 'I Spy' badge. It will take you to a thread at Inspire Me where you can post that you found my project. You'll be entered for a chance to win some yummy goodies!

(OK, I can't get the badge link to work so click RIGHT HERE)

Glad you stopped by and thanks for playing along.
Don't forget that the project hunting continues through tomorrow. So, you might want to stop by again then. (wink, wink)

Have a great day~

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Home from Alaska!!!

You are cordially invited to CELEBRATE with us! We are hosting a party for a very special guest of honor...our new “Let’s Celebrate” Collection and we want YOU to come share in the fun. Bright, bold colors combined with lush florals and sweet as sugar images (cupcakes anyone?) make this line the princess of any party and she has quite the guest list of friends that are going to accompany her...who’s ready for new embellishments???

So we are pulling out all the stops. Starting Monday, June 20th through Friday, June 24th we will have a week- long Celebration with Games, Prizes, Sneak Peeks, New Products and Inspiration Galore. The fun starts off with the first sneak of our new line bright and early Monday morning (the design team has been hard at work creating AMAZING projects for EVERY type of crafter) then we have a game that we are tickled pink to play with you all. We will start the fun all over again each day, every day, all week long.

You will be able to find all things Party Related in our Let’s Celebrate forum at inspireME in this link HERE. So make sure to check it often as we update and you can ask any questions there as well. What’s the first thing you are going to do Monday morning?? No, not have breakfast...You are going to come start at inspireME and have some fun. Can’t think of a better way to start out the week, can you?

So put those party hats on, bust out the noise makers and come party with us!


In other exciting news, I can share that I just got back from my vacation. (I don't like to share where I'm going ahead of time because I don't want people to know my house is empty. I preposted the last several posts.) Anyway, we were gone for almost two weeks on an Alaskan cruise and spent some extra time in Seattle! It was amazing!! (All except the part where we got the stomach flu at the end of the trip...) Anyway, here are a few of my favorite pics... As soon as I go through them all, I'll post more.

Our ship, the Celebrity Infinity. It was amazing. Awesome service, great amenities and the food was fabulous.

Seattle was great, though I don't think I could live there since it was cool and rainy most of the time we were there. It's an AWESOME city - so many fun restaurants and things to do. We met up with my brother and sister in law after the cruise and had a blast with them over the weekend - until I got sick!

One of the best things we did was take a flight into the Misty Fjords in Ketchikan. The plane was tiny and BUMPY, but the views were spectacular. We set down in the middle of it and were surrounded by pure beauty.

We cruised through Tracy Arm Fjord one morning and it was gorgeous. We were up at 6am sitting on our balcony and taking tons of pictures.

Juneau was awesome! Wish we had more time to spend there. We hopped a shuttle out to the Mendenhall Glacier. It was gorgeous. Our moms stayed at the visitors center and we hiked out to it. There was an amazing waterfall there, too.

In Skagway, we took a bus/train tour to the Yukon. Talk about amazing views!!! This one was taken from a suspension bridge. It's amazing to see so much wide open, untouched land. It's just awesome!!

Well, I'm off to unpack and hit the grocery store. Thanks for stopping by!!!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Just wanted to pop on and share a couple of things. Lots going on right now. Can't wait to share with you. ;)

This first one was one I did for Emma's. I love the combo of Crate Paper's Portrait line and Echo Park's For the Record! I think these are some of my favorite colors right now.

This next one is a cute little gift card tin I did for Vintage Street Market. It was quick and easy and fun to give to one of Ryan's friends. :)

Sorry this is so short! I'll fill you in on why in just a few days. :)
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Once Upon A Sketch

Have you heard about the new sketch blog, Once Upon a Sketch? There's lots of fun going on. This month, Webster's is the sponsor. Play along and you could win a prize package from Webster's Pages!

Here's the page I came up with. It's based off a sketch and the journaling prompt is 'At this moment...'

My journaling is all about how annoyed Ryan was with me at that particular moment. It was Easter and I had already taken a ton of photos of him. I asked him to go lean against the brick chimney. Well, you would have though I'd asked him to walk on hot coals! This was the look I got from him. Oh well, I see that look fairly often, so I guess it's good to document it.

The papers are mostly from the Country Estate line. I added some trims, doilies, chipboard buttons and a princess petal. And lots of stitching.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day. :)

Saturday, June 11, 2011


Did you ever do a page that you just love? Today I have one for you that fits that bill for me. I did it for Prima a while ago. Sharon did a lovely farewell post for this year's team and it's the page she chose. I think it's my favorite one I did this year and I'm glad she picked it.

I think one of the reasons I like it so much is that it's a photo of my dear friend Heather and me. We went camping together last October and had so much fun. On this particular day, we took the kids to the boardwalk in Ocean City, MD and just had a blast.

I used Sparkling Spring papers and added a variety of older and newer flowers.

One fun thing that I did was that I used the felt, but turned it over so that the adhesive paper was showing. The felt didn't match the page at all, but by flipping it to the backside, I was able to get the color combo I wanted AND have the added texture.

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

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


It seems like I haven't been able to post a lot of what I've made recently. :( I've been trying to work ahead on some projects and have been doing some other assignments this week. But, I do have this card to share with you.

I have a big stash of Crate Paper which I just love. So I thought I'd dig in and play along with their June Color Challenge.

I love the inspiration picture that Tara Anderson posted...

I ended up using stuff from their Snow Day, Restoration and Portrait lines.

I think the chipboard is my favorite part. They have such great chipboard images.

The next few days are going to be filled with end of the year fun for school. It is always so hectic! I can't believe I'll have a third grader soon. Where does time go.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Odds and Ends

Things are starting to slow down a bit around here now that school is coming to an end. I will be working a few less hours and our after school committments have ended. Yay! I'm already loving the longer evenings and the fact that Ryan is playing outside so much more!

Speaking of endings, my time with Prima will be over next week. I've loved working with the amazing team of girls this year, but decided that one year was a good amount of time for me to be a part of the team, so I didn't reapply. I know that they are finishing up their review of the applications. Can't wait to see who makes the team for next year! I wish them all the best!!

Here's a page that I did recently. I used Sparkling Spring papers, some flowers, crystals and Sparkling Spring chipboard. Poor Ryan had horrible allergies this spring. I guess I shouldn't have given him flowers to hold for his Easter portrait. Oops... :)

This next page is one that I did recently for Vintage Street Market. I used the Party Games line to document his love of his scooter!

I used the linen tinted tape on this page, too. It makes great borders!

That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. :)