Thursday, January 26, 2012

Popping In!

My poor little blog has been neglected this week. That's because I've been hunkering down and finishing some CHA projects. I'm so excited to be heading to Anaheim on Saturday. Of course, I'll miss my guys, but getting to spend time with my girls Cindy and Jessica is awesome. I can't wait!

I only have a couple of things that I can share today. These two projects were done with the new Webster's 'Game On' line. I love that it is more of a masculine line and that there are reds and blues in it.

This first page is about my little ball player. I never do sports pages (alright, that's probably because he doesn't play sports that much...) but, these papers are perfect for them!

I love the paper with the little hexagons best. Mixing up the clean and simple with the traditional papers is so much fun. And see that banner? I cut it with my Silhouette! (love that thing!)

This next page shows Ryan more in his element - hanging with a friend and playing with Pokemon cards. :)

I used lots of the new gems on here, along with the Game On papers. To add some extra dimension, I cut the words out and added them with foam adhesive.

That's it for today. I'll be back with more, soon. I made some cards with the new Crate lines and I can't wait to share them with you.

Thanks for stopping by. :)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

CHA Crunch and a Webster's Giveaway!

It's that time of year. And I love it! CHA! The craziness has begun. :) I love seeing what is being released. There are tons of gorgeous lines and I'm already drooling. Another fun part of CHA is getting new goodies on my doorstep. I got my first box from Crate yesterday! And let me tell you, the new lines are even more gorgeous in person.

Take a peek at some of my favorites. This is from the Pretty Party line:

And these are from the Storyteller line:

And then there are all of the gorgeous Webster's goodies. WOW!!!
Check out Everyday Poetry. Here are a couple of my favorites of the new traditional papers.

And these are the new clean and simple papers that coordinate with them. I love the subtle patterns on them.

This next line is called Palm Beach. Here are a couple of my favorites from this line:

And the CAS papers:

Be sure to head over to the Webster's blog to see the gorgeous embellishments and trims that go with these lines. AND there is a huge giveaway going on!
I'm going to be hiding in my scraproom for the next couple of days working on projects, so if you don't hear from me, you'll know why.

Thought I'd leave you with a couple of things I've done recently. First up is this card that I made for Emma's

Everything on it is Prima. I love those little tiles. I hadn't used them before and they were fun to embellish. I used the little Prima resin flowers and painted the aqua one to give it a shabbier look.
My next card was also for Emma's. Our challenge was to create something with ribbon. I made the ribbon flowers - a first for me.

I made this one with some My Mind's Eye papers and stickers. The leaf cluster is Prima.

Well, that's it for today. I'm going to sequester myself in my scraproom and crank out my CHA projects. Can't wait to be able to share them with you.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

2011 Favorite Photos

Thanks for all of your sweet words the other day. I'm still on Cloud 9 and can't wait to start playing with all of the new Crate goodies!

Today's post will be short and sweet. Just have a couple of things to share. I have been working on some CHA stuff and trying to get projects done for Emma's ahead of time since I'm leaving for California on the 28th. (I. Can't. Wait!)

Here is a mini I did for my AC GDT. I chose photos I loved from each month and created an album from the Chap journaling cards. I used lots of Chap goodies on here, too.

Since I'm doing Project 365, I think I'll have more photos to choose from at the end of this year.

Speaking of photos, here are a couple from the past couple of weeks:

This is my favorite one so far. I was playing around with aperture and took some photos of the bush out front. I love how it turned out.

Here we are looking for Skylanders. These things are NOwhere to be found!! It's so frustrating. Yesterday, I called 8 stores when they opened and no one had them in. It's worse than the Cabbage Patch craze from the 80s! Poor Ryan wants to spend some of his Christmas money on them and he can't.

We went to a mexican store nearby and this was parked out front. Ryan was so embarassed that I was standing in the parking lot taking pictures of it!

That's about it for today. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

So Excited!!!

I have a couple of new projects to share with you today and some really exciting news!! Here is a card that I made with Crate's new Paper Heart line. I created it for a challenge over at the Nook.

I cut that heart with my Silhouette. (I'm totally addicted to it now, after having it sit in my scraproom for longer than I am embarassed to admit.) I backed it with the floral paper, added the Stickles and topped it off with the chipboard heart.

The new Paper Heart line is just gorgeous. I think that yellow horizontal stripe paper is one of my favorites of ALL time!! My bedroom as a child (and the 70s formica furniture I had) were the same bright yellow, so I definitely have a fondness for it. :)

Next up is a page using the same line. We took this photo on Christmas Eve and I love it.

I added a bunch of little chipboard doo-dads to the top of the page and stitched over them. I was inspired by the Sunday Sketch at Studio Calico a couple of weeks ago.

Then, I added the banner, chipboard and Pink Paislee letters.

So, now for the GREAT news!! I am absolutely thrilled, honored and totally excited that I am going to be a part of Crate's Winter/Spring 2012 Design Team!!!!! You will definitely be seeing more CP proejects in the upcoming months. I can't wait to get started! Here's the ANNOUNCEMENT. Huge congrats to all of my new teammates!! And a big thank you to Crate!

That's it for today. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

Friday, January 13, 2012


It's been a nice week! Things have been rather slow at work, so I've been knocking stuff off my To Do list here at home. That's always a good thing!

I have a couple of things to share today. First up is this card.

I made it for Stamp It 3 Ways, a new Paper Crafts special issue that just came out. I used a stamp by My Cute Stamps to build the background. Then, I added some Crate Portrait goodies. I love that chipboard flower, don't you?

Next up is a layout I did for my recent American Crafts Guest DT spot. Ryan is totally into Pokemon right now, as are his closest little buddies. Here they are playing on their DSs. Listening to them talk about the characters cracks me up. I'm amazed that I actually know who Hydregon, Reshram and Kairem are...Scary...

I used papers and embellishments from the Chap line, which I absolutely adore!! The colors are so perfect for my boy pages and the designs are so fun!

I don't know if you can see, but I added some fun little paper 'shavings' to this. It happened quite accidentally. I was trimming the edges of the paper and they fell onto my page. Well, I loved how they looked when they were all curled up like that and I love how they matched the paper. So, I arranged them under the photos. They kind of remind me of thread or twine.

My final project for today is a card I made using the Amy Tangerine line. I adore the colors in this line sooooo much! I decided to create the background by cutting a bunch of strips and laying them on the card, diagonally.

Then, I added half of a doily, a cut paper frame and flowers made from fabric paper strips.

Well, that's all for today. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day. :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sunday Picnic Part 2

Since I received my Webster's Sunday Picnic goodies in the mail, I have been a busy girl!! I have a few more things to share today. First is this bright and colorful page. I decided that I'd make a quilt background. So, I trimmed nine 3 by 3 inch squares and sewed them to the paper. Then I added the Dusty Attic frame and a couple of pictures. Finally, I made the rosettes and topped them off with some new mini-princess petals and sparklers. The gems on this page are new, too!

Next up are a couple of cards. I used the clean and simple papers on this first one and the more traditional papers on the second. I love that Sunday picnic can be so versatile!

I made the rosette on here, too. And see that cameo? It's one of the new Silhouettes. Isn't it adorable???

Finally, I have this page about a recent trup my girlfriend and I took to a huge buffet place called Shady Maple. It's amazing and is known in the area for how yummy the food is and how MUCH of it there is! Note the 4 plates of desserts we had. LOL!

I used a bunch of the new trims on here. I made the banner out of the paper and added the trims to them.

Sunday Picnic is now available at Webster's. The new releases are on their way to the team and will be debuted starting next week. Be sure to check out the Webster's Blog.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! :)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Project 365

So, one of the things I'd like to do this year is to improve my photography. I decided to sign up for a Project 365 class to help. I figured if I have to take pictures, I might as well take good ones! I'm doing Nicole Samuels' class at Studio Calico and am really enjoying it. The best part is a message board where people have been sharing ideas. One thing that I learned about is It's a place where you can upload photos and they display them in this cute calendar. I'm not exactly sure what I'll do with my pictures at the end of the year, but there are lots of fun options available.

Here are a couple of my favorites from this week.

We rang in the New Year in Philly with the family. It was so much fun!!

I started my nutritional cleanse! Five days out, I feel so much better already and am fitting back into my jeans. :)

This is Ryan and his best little bud hanging out after school and drinking hot chocolate.

It's been fun trying to think of pictures that showcase our daily lives. If you know of any great Projedt 365 links, I'd love to see them!

I have a couple of my Crate GDT projects that I hadn't posted, so I figured I'd share them today.

This is a fun card I made using the Random collection.

As you know, I'm a sucker for pinwheels, but their trims and stickers are so much fun, too!

And here is a mini album that I made. Every year, my SIL Patty and I take Ryan to Linvilla Orchards. Her son Michael has joined us the past couple of years. We always have a great time. I used the Farmhouse collection on here.

I've been making more minis lately and I have to say I'm really enjoying it! Just not sure what to do with them when I'm done...

Well, thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!