Monday, April 30, 2012

AC Facebook Friday goodies!!

Happy Monday to all my crafty friends!

A few weeks back, I posted this layout on American Craft's Facebook wall and they picked it as their weekly Facebook Friday pick. 

I received my box of goodies (from the contest) this past weekend and it was full of Dear Lizzy- Neapolitan.  (can you say super happy face!)  I just love this collection and all the great embellies that were created for it.

Here are some pictures of what I won.

I couldn't wait to start playing around with the stash, so I immediately dug into it and created these 2 layouts.

And my second layout.

Isn't this collection awesome??

I hope you have an amazingly crafty and fun week!  Thank you for taking the time to stop by.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pretty Little Studio Sketch Challenge #43

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Today, I would like to share a layout I created using Pretty Little Studio Sketch Challenge #43.  Keri created another really cool sketch to play with this week.

Here's the sketch.

And my take....

I kept fairly close to the sketch.  :)

I used alot of the new PLS collection, Monsieur.  I LOVE this collection. 

I hope the rest of your weekend is a good one.  Back to work for me tomorrow.  BOO HOO!!!  :(

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

CSI - Case File #17, 'belonging and strong'

Hello  and Happy Saturday.

Okay, I'm still coming down from the high of my announcement yesterday.  I still can't believe it!  MME for goodness sake!  Woo Hoo!  :)  I still think it is crazy news.  :)

Well let's get on to the next Case File for CSI!  Think stars, moons, and space...
And the coordinates for Case File #17.

Here's a couple of close-ups of my layout.

My evidence includes:
1.  Use circles
2.  Use stars
3.  Use birds
4.  Use branches/leaves - in one of my patterned paper
5.  Use patchwork - stitching several patterned paper to create a patchwork design
6.  Use pen-work or outlining.  I outlined my title.
7.  Use space = white space.

My journaling includes this poem:

I wrote this poem, using this method.
And here is the complete layout.  This is an 8.5 x 11 layout, flipped on its side.  I really am loving this layout size and orientation.

Hop on over to CSI and check out the happenings!

As always, thank you for taking time out of your busy day to stop by.  I really appreciate it.  :)


Friday, April 27, 2012

Pinch me, I'm dreaming....

Hello Friends!

For those who have been following my Friday posts for a few months, you know that Friday's are reveal days over at CSI.  I always love Fridays because I get to share my latest project, using the latest Case File for inspiration.  But today, I have a bit of EXCITING AND COMPLETELY UNBELIEVABLE NEWS to share!  :)

I am one of the newest Design Team members for My Mind's Eye.  Isn't this freakin awesome?!??!  I have always loved MME and their mix of color, design, and embellishments, so this is a match made in heaven.  I would also like to give a shout out to Danni Reid, the other newest member of the MME DT. 

I still can't believe it and I would like to thank Stephanie Howell and MME for this tremendous opportunity. 

Here is a couple of layouts Stephanie shared over at the MME blog today, with the announcement.

First up is a layout I created using the 'Kraft - Funday' collection.

and some close-ups.

This is why I love MME so much.  The paper quality is the best, and they are so great at coordinating all the extra chipboard, sticker, and die-cut goodies. 

Here is what I used to create this layout:

Paper:  Kraft Funday, Everyday fun, 'In Print'
Paper: raft Funday, Bright Day, 'Superstar'
Kraft Funday, Bright Day, 'Happy Days' chipboard
Follow My Heart, Twine

Doily - Ebay
Studio Calico - Spray Mist
American Crafts - chipboard alphas
Lily Bee Designs - alphas
Adhesive - EK Success,, Thermo Web - Zots
Star Punch - Martha Stewart

 Stephanie also shared this layout I created using the March Add-On kit over at The Paper Bakery.

Thank you again so much!  Once I come down off this cloud, I'll be able to cut and glue some paper again.  :)  Stop back tomorrow for the new CSI Case File reveal.  You won't want to miss it.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Finding your Inner Poet (and a sneak of CSI Case File #17)

Happy Wednesday Crafty friends from around world!

This past week, I shared a journaling tutorial over at CSI.  Since April is National Poetry month, Debbi (founder of CSI - Color, Story, & Inspiration) has asked the Design Team to share our challenges, ideas, and inspiration for journaling. In spirit of National Poetry month, I would like to share a great idea for writing poetry that I found in this book, 'Inner Excavation' written by Liz Lamoreux. Liz shares a secret in discovering your ‘Poet Within’.

The thought behind this little secret, is to create a Word Toolbox. The Word Toolbox allows you to form lists of words that can be randomly assembled to form an idea, phrase, thought, or feeling.
For example, grab a book off of your bookshelf and write down several words from each page. Let your eyes jump from word to word until the ‘right word(s)’ stands out to you.

After you have your list, (and if you feel the desire to write), start free flow writing, using your word list as an inspiration starter. You can use one word or all of them.

When I use this method of writing, I like to use all of the words, filling in the blanks with what comes to mind. I create short poems that can be written within minutes.

For example, this is the first poem I wrote using the Word Toolbox secret.
{written November 6, 2010)
I play on emotions
To free the velvet instrument
Of pleasure inside myself.
The music sings my story
Of Gold and silver, and the
Feather plumes adorn my stout
And rosy head.
Water soothes the ornament of life
And is plentiful.
Don’t argue, this is the path of
My story….
Love is abundant.

My Word Toolbox included the words:
Play, please, velvet, emotions, pleasure, ornamental, gold, silver, plume, feathers, adorn, water, story, instrument, fat, stout, chubby, abundance, flexible, humorous, argue, plethora, sing, free, music, motion, plentiful.

Here is a picture of my Word Toolbox journal. You can see I ripped out a page from an old dictionary, and circled words that jumped off the page at me.

I follow the same process for each of my Word Toolbox Poems.
  1. Find inspiration from an old dictionary, book, magazine, etc.
  2. Circle words that inspire me.
  3. Free form write sentences using the Word Toolbox list as a starting point.
  4. Once the poem ‘feels right’, I usually type or neatly write it in its final form.
For me, this entire process, from start to finish, usually only takes 30 minutes or so. I don’t do this every day, only when the urge hits me, but I follow the same process every time.

Here is another one. I used an old Electricity Instruction manual as my Word Toolbox inspiration.

Define the self
Single energy, mutual effect
Multiple frequency.
Three phases to build self respect.
Chapter two, test the self
Direct energy, name the differences
Let your skin feel the wire
Chapter Nine.
Remove the graphic nature

My Word Toolbox included these words:
Test, name, nine, difference, mutual, build, effect, three, phase, define, graphic, skin, frequency, two, 2981, self, respect, comprehensive, single, wire, energy, direct, chapter

And one final poem. The Word Toolbox came from a Young Adults book.

Trailers and Banjos
The gentle girl asked in an unsmiling way
Spoken with a thankful twinkle.
Along the street, the wild boy
Could see the gorgeous girl.
At last, the reason was apparent to each other.
Nothing was left as the
Sun shined on the grave.
The circus was no more.

My Word Toolbox included these words:
Trailers, banjos, shining, along the street, thankful, asked, gentle, girl, wild, circus, went on, laughing at each other, gorgeous, see, reason, spoken, grave, twinkle, unsmiling way, last, nothing.

As you can see, this form of poetry writing can get rather addicting. I used the Word Toolbox concept for my journaling on Case File #17, so be sure and check it out during the reveal.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into MY inspiration for poetry and journaling. Try it, you might like it. :)

And here is a sneak of the next Case File.  Doesn't it look divine?


Monday, April 23, 2012

Pretty Little Studio Inspiration Challenge #35

Happy Vacation Week for me!!  :)  My youngest is here in Utah for the week visiting me, (love you Alecx), so it is a much needed break from work and my travels.  Of course, I'm getting in some crafty time too!!

As always, I try and make time for one of the weekly Pretty Little Studio challenges.  This week, I created a layout using this photo as inspiration. 

In addition to this inspiration photo, I was also inspired by these 2 layouts by a fellow and UBER talented crafty friend, Leeann Pearce

Using the 3 dimensional look of the clouds, umbrellas, and balloons, and the spring like feel of the picture, I created this layout.

I hope you enjoyed my share today.  Thank you for taking the time to stop by.  Have a great day!


Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Paper Bakery April Sketch Challenge #2


I hope you have had a wonderful week and you get some 'craft time' in this weekend.  ;)

Today, I'd like to share a layout I created for The Paper Bakery, using the April Sketch Challenge #2.

I rotated the sketch 45 degrees to the right and went from there.

And here is my layout.  Isn't this picture of my sister just the most adorable thing ever?  (Tracy - don't hate me for sharing this picture - I love it)  ;)

and some close-ups.

That's all for today.  Thank you for taking the time to stop by.  Your kind comments are always appreciated.  :)