Fun Friday wrap up

Friday, May 28, 2010

Oh my what a week! I scheduled double posts for Tuesday and the second never went live. Darn you I'd like to show you my card for this week's Jacksonbelle Embellishments challenge. Our challenge this week is to create a card using 1 neutral color, 1 color other than black and black. Think graduation, wedding, etc. So I came up with this card...

So happy for you
Supplies: Core'dination cardstock, Hambly Screen prints, Hero Arts Sentiment, American Crafts ribbon, Zva Creative pearls, Jenni Bowlin embellie.

Make sure you visit the other DT member's blogs to see what they came up with:

Dawn Lusk

Julie Lacey

Heather Pulvirenti

Windy Robinson

Stephanie Severin

Amy Tsuruta

Pam Varnell

Lynda Benden

Tobi Crawford

Jill Dunn

Lindsey Botkin

This week I wanted to play with some of the goodies I got from Prima so I created this notebook and used some of my new masking tape for the binding on the left side.

Supplies: Prima patterned paper, flowers and ribbon, japanese masking tape, Tim Holtz distress ink and metal finding, Glimmer mist and glimmer chips.

And finally here's my entry in this month's Birthdays, Dads & Grads challenge at Hero Arts

Supplies: October Afternoon patterned paper, Hero Arts stamped image and sentiment, Martha Stewart border punch and micro beads

I'd also like to mention that we have a giveaway over at the Love My Tapes blog. We just got some fantastic new fabric tapes in stock and they are beautiful! Check out this post to see how you could win some!!!

And last but not least I wanted to share some exciting news...

I can't believe I was chosen for Paper Craft mags Gallery Idol's Top 20!! I was so excited I could hardly breath! To see my card listed amongst all those uber talented designers...I was just speechless! A special shout out to all my crafty friends also included in the top 20!!
So here we go on this journey...I am so excited to be a part of this contest and so thankful to PaperCrafts mag for this amazing honor.

Have a beautiful weekend!

more with Core'dinations

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Hello friends. Here's another layout I created with more fab cardstock from Core'dinations. I love that Core'dinations card stock is heavy and perfect for my base. With so many beautiful colors to choose from I always find one that works for my layouts. For this layout I used the Ebony & Ivory mix along with Imaginisce's To Love & Cherish.

Supplies: Core'dinations Ebony & Ivory cardstock, Imaginisce To Love & Cherish, Cricut Elegant Cakes cartridge

I love embossing my Core'dinations cardstock and sanding it just a bit. I also enjoy layering my embellies and adding pop dots for dimension.
Be sure and visit both Imaginisce and Coer'dinations blogs this week for your chance to win some prizes from both manufacturers!!

Paper Posies June reveal!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Hello friends! Today I am excited to share my designs with Paper Posies June kit! This month's kit is so fun! It's loaded with tons of fab goodies from Pebbles, We R Memory Keepers and Jillibean Soup to name a few...

Summer Fun
Supplies: We R Memory Keepers 72 & Sunny patterned paper and chipboard accents, Pebbles patterned paper, Imaginisce i-rock and colored bling, American Crafts thickers, Martha Stewart border punch.

A closer look at the clouds that I used pop dots to create and the Imaginisce i-rock bling you must have!

Hi teach
Supplies: Pebbles patterned paper and rub-ons, Jillibean Soup Corrugated Alphas and journaling sprouts, misc ribbon and Tessa Ann custom buttons

Celebrating our family
Supplies: Pebbles Treehouse Patterned Paper, rub-ons and chips, Martha Stewart border punch, Imaginisce i-rock bling, Jillibean Soup Corrugted Alphas and journaling sprouts and Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type Alphas

A closer look at the title and i-rock bling

Supplies: Paper Posies altered birdhouse, Ranger Crackle Paint, Martha Stewart doilie, Glimmer Mist, Pebbles Chips, Prima flower from the April kit

Paper Posies has the freshest kits ever! You'll love the variety of papers, embellishments and altered project packed into every kit each month! Hop over to Paper Posies to sign up here!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Now for some sneaks!

Monday, May 24, 2010

The June kit is revealing tmr at Paper Posies but I thought I'd give you a little peek of what I've been working on this weekend...

Have a great night!

Lots of color with a bit of Core

Good morning! This week I have some fun things in store for you. Imaginisce has teamed up with Core'dinations and we'll be showcasing some projects all week long on both our creative blogs using their fantastic color core cardstock and our newest Imaginisce lines for you.

What's eve better is that you have a chance to win not one but two fabulous prize packs from both Imaginisce and Core'dinations! Visit both blogs to find out all the deets on how you can win!

One of my favorite things to do with Core'dinations cardstock is to emboss it in my Cuttlebug and then sand it so that the core comes thru. I love this distressed look for my projects and it's a fast and easy technique to execute. Here's a card I created with Imaginisce's new Splash Dance line and the technique I mentioned above.

Supplies: Core'dinations Ebony & Ivory, Imaginisce Splash Dance patterned paper and chipboard accents, Imaginisce i-rock tool and bling

Stay tuned for more fabulous projects this week using Core'dinations and be sure and visit our Design Team's blogs to see what they created with their Core'dinations cardstock!

Dear Blog...

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I've missed you! I haven't meant not to blog for over a week it's just that I went to Utah, I'm decorating my scrap space and I've rediscovered my Cricut since my Slice is having issues.
I finally had time to sit down to read up on my Google Reader and found that one of my favorite manufacturer's is hosting a sketch challenge at the Crate Paper blog. Oh how I love Crate Paper products. Their quality is second to none. Here's the sketch that is posted for this challenge

And here's my take on the sketch using the new Paper Dolls line and a Hero Arts sentiment.

Next month's Paper Posies reveal is almost here so I'll share a little sneak of the altered project I did. I'll be posting more from the June kit very soon so stay tuned

And finally I want to share a couple shots I got on the plane to Utah last Friday

So pretty flying above the clouds.

It was a short flight thankfully and everyone was so chatty. I think it was the happiest flight I had ever been on. Strangers were talking to one another, there was a family coming home from Disneyland and the kids all had these cute Goofy hats on. The best part of the trip for me was seeing my best friend and her beautiful children. So glad we were able to meet up and spend some time together during my short trip.
I am glad I am staying home this weekend with my own family. Hope you enjoy yours!

Very vintage today...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hello friends and happy Wednesday. I love Wednesdays because we're halfway to the weekend and it's usually the day I can find time to create some cards with a few of my favorite sketch challenges. My first card is for the 2Sketches4You challenge. I loved this sketch by Kazan because I knew exactly which of my border punches I wanted to use. Here's her fab sketch

And my take with some yummy GCD Studios, Prima and Hero Arts stamps

Next I played along with Mojo Monday's sketch

Here's my take with some October Afternoon, Japanese Masking Tape, Making Memories button and Hero Arts sentiment

I was inspired by the 3 strips of long paper in the sketch to create a banner with the masking tape instead. I love this stuff! It has postage stamps on the whole roll. Very vintage :)

Speaking of vintage, here is a peek of more of my new masking tapes in my studio. I am going for a vintage feel in my studio and picked up a cute wire dress form and a lamp wall decor with bling!

Here's a closer look a the yummy tapes, I'm in heaven!

Since I work from home I get to spend a lot of time with my daughter and I am so thankful we get to share so much time together. I love how she peeks over the "puter" as she calls it and says "hello mommy, it's me Lily" I'm a lucky mom...

Jacksonbelle Tuesday

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Hello friends and happy Tuesday! It's time for another fun challenge at Jacksonbelle Embellishments! If you haven't ordered anything from the store before stop by and check us out the newest paper collections from Basic Grey and Cosmo Cricket as well as the adorable Stampavie and My Favorite Things Stamps. You'll be happy with the great products and fast shipping and if you place an order of $85.00 or more you'll get free shipping.

Our challenge for you this week is to make a CAS card! We’d love for you to play along. If you do, be sure to leave a link to you project in the comments section of this post.

Supplies: Cosmo Cricket Material Girl 8x8 paper pad, My Favorite Things Stamped Image, Copic Markers, and Love My Tapes Adhesive

Here's a close up of the bling I added to her dress

Make sure you visit the other Design Teams blogs to check out their takes on this week's challenge.

Dawn Lusk

Julie Lacey

Heather Pulvirenti

Windy Robinson

Stephanie Severin

Amy Tsuruta

Pam Varnell

Lynda Benden

Tobi Crawford

Jill Dunn

Heather Lee-Reppen

Lindsey Botkin

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Mother's Day 2010

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Hello friends! I want to wish you all a very Happy Mother's Day but most of all I want to wish my Mom a very special Happy Mother's Day. As I watched my kids play together at the park today I was thinking about my own Mom. Not just about how much I miss her but mostly about how lucky I am that she has always been a part of all the best things in my life. She was there when I gave birth to both of my children and I am so thankful that we will always share that memory together. Even though my Mom lives far away she is in my heart and I carry her with me everywhere I go.
Today my son made me a card for Mother's day that made me laugh out loud...I love that. Today my husband let me sleep in, made me coffee and breakfast and we took the kids to the park and watched them play.
Here's some pics we snapped while we were there

I am so thankful that I have the privilege to be their Mom. They make me strive to be a better person. I wouldn't be the Mom I am tho if it weren't for the love and encouragement I get from my own Mom. I love you so much Mom! Happy Mother's Day!!

An honest days work

Friday, May 7, 2010

There is something to be said for an honest days work. I am so beat right now, tired beyond tired and my arms are like jello but I have such a sense of pride in myself that no amount of money could even buy. My life has been hectic lately and I have struggled with balance for months but today I finally feel that I took my first step to finally making a change.
Over the past few months I set out to change but I fall back into old patterns and find myself frustrated over and over again. One of the areas I am most struggling in is my home. To be quite frank, it's been a mess. Lucky for me I don't have guests very often so I've been able to cover my secret well.
And then yesterday morning I was sitting here thinking about how overwhelmed I was and I happened to look out into our backyard only it wasn't a backyard, it was a jungle. I know you might be chuckling because you think I'm just being funny but no...I am serious.
Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. My backyard was a total symbol of where my life was right this chaos. Weeds overgrown everywhere, toys strewn all over, spider webs growing in my daughter's playhouse and things out of place or piled here and there.
I just sat on the couch feeling sorry for myself and then there was a knock at my door. It was my super sweet neighbor Victoria. She had come to bring me back a container of Lily's clothing I had given her to sift through and take whatever she wanted for her sweet baby girl who is 6 months.
We started talking and she noticed I looked a little stressed and so I shared with her my realization. She looked at me and then looked out our window at the backyard and said "well then let's get it cleaned up so you can enjoy it"
She offered to come over and help me clean up that back yard. I was embarrassed at first and then it totally hit me. God was answering my prayers. Yes I have been praying about my life a lot and asking God to show me the way out of where I've ended up. Show me how to balance everything I am trying to do and show me how to be a better wife and mother. And he answered me.
It's so beautiful, God's love for us and in return our love for one another as friends, family and those we hold dear. I am so thankful for Victoria's kindness towards me and the offer to help me begin my journey.
I feel as though today something inside of me changed. I'm excited to fix the things that have been bugging me. I even made a list of what I want to accomplish and when I want to accomplish it by.
Then I packed up my daughter and went to pick up 3 flats of flowers that were on sale at Rite Aid to plant in all my empty pots I found in our back yard. They cost me $5.00. It was the best $5.00 I ever spent and it wasn't even on scrappy stuff!

I did create some beautiful things this week in my studio which is now clean! I mean really clean and de-cluttered and so is my kitchen. Yes fellow Fly sink is shined too! OK I'll stop now and shift to something crafty.

Here's a box from the $ bin at Michaels I altered with some Prima goodies. It started out like this...

And I made it look like this

Ohhh I love Prima anything and this collection, Flight of Fancy is my most favorite ever!

Here's a closer look. Now creating this box was fast and easy. I only cover the top cvr with patterned paper and use Tim Holtz white crackle paint to paint the front and sides. I sed my heat tool to dry the paint for the distressed look we've all seen Tim create before. Then I used distress inks an my blending tool to go over the box to give it a old look. I then cut the center out of a doily and folded it and placed the Prima rose in the center. Applied the Prim pearl accent from their eline and secured the rose with a glue dot. Then I covered the knob with a button and a rhinestone for the center of the button.

And finally here is a travel journal I created with Japanese Masking tape for the Love My Tapes blog.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Good Morning friends! It's Tuesday and time for another Jacksonbelle challenge! Our challenge for you is to make a card using this wedding cake as your inspiration:

Here's my card. I was inspired by the green and red colors in the cake.

Supplies: October Afternoon Thrift Shop 8x8 paper pad, My Favorite Things stamps, Martha Stewart border punch, Copic markers and misc bling.
We'd love for you to play along so tag your cards JBE104 if you post to any online galleries or link up your card here.

Make sure you stop by the other Jacksonbelle Designers to see their cards for this week's challenge. We have some amazing designers on our team and they WOW you with their designs.

Dawn Lusk

Julie Lacey

Heather Pulvirenti

Windy Robinson

Stephanie Severin

Amy Tsuruta

Pam Varnell

Lynda Benden

Tobi Crawford

Jill Dunn

Heather Lee-Reppen

I didn't get to scrap much at all for National scrapbook Day but I did create this layout using Hero Arts stamps. Of course I could not complete it in time to post in the Hero Flickr group for the contest but it was fun to incorporate stamps into a layout.

Here's a closer look at the flowers I stamped and cut out

That's it for today. I hope you are having a great Tuesday. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I really do appreciate and love to read your comments.
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