Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sneaky Peeks of some new projects and a little surprise!

Happy Saturday fellow crafters!  Just a quick share today of some peeks of several projects for a fun little surprise I'll be able to share very soon!  I hope you enjoy the sneaks!

Have a great weekend!


Friday, July 27, 2012 makes them wonder what you're up to...

Happy Friday friends!  It seems like forever since I've posted on my blog...things have been so busy with work and travel for work and fun, I haven't had much time.

Today, I'm up on the MME blog with a fun little layout using MME stitched garland.  The design team was challenged to use the stitched garland on a fun and creative way.

Banners and garland are such an 'IN' thing right now, and I just can't get enough of them. I love the look of banners and garland on layouts and cards, and I'm always trying to think of new ways to use a banner/garland design idea in a new way. The little pre-made MME garlands are super easy and a super fun way to add a banner to a layout.

Supplies: Indie Chic-Ginger:Bouquet patterned paper,Stripes patterned paper,Brocade patterned paper,twine,stickers,layered stickers,decorative tape,garland,buttons,label stickers,chipboard;Misc-Lily Bee stickers,Tim Holtz staples and stapler,adhesive

For my layout, I strung several strands of the pre-made MME garland across the top of my page. I really love the circular garland in the IC Ginger collection because each little circle is like a little bundle of happiness.

To add just a little more fun, I strung several buttons on strands of twine and stapled them between the lines of garland. Using mini clothespins, I 'attached' my photos to the garland to make them appear as if they were hanging.

Because I used the 'Adventure' Bouquet paper as my background, not much else was needed except a title.

I hope you enjoyed this project using MME garland. I can't wait to see how you use it on your projects!

Thanks for stopping by!  Your time is appreciated!


Monday, July 23, 2012

I just love this dog....

Happy, happy Monday!   Last week on the LMT blog I was up with a layout that was created using one of my all time favorite (and super easy) tape techniques - Layering!

I love to layer washi and fabric tapes on projects.  It is such an easy and super quick way to get that really cool layered look, without all the bulk and little scraps of paper.

Here's a close-up of all the great tapes I used...

And some close-ups of the layout.  The Paper and embellishments are from Crate Paper.  Perfect match, yes?

That is all for today.  Just a quick one!  As always, thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a fantastic week!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

MME July Challenge - 'Halfway There'

Happy Sunday!  Last week, Stephanie posted the new MME challenge on the MME blog.  This month's challenge is called 'Halfway There'.  Here are all the details...

What: July Challenge

Due When: End of the day on July 31

Where: Upload through InLinkz at end of the MME post

Details: This one is super fun. Tina Walker came up with the idea. She suggested it to me and I thought it was *fabulous*. It's called Halfway There. Did you know that July is halfway through 2012? EEK! Can you believe it? So the challenge is this....document it. Document the actual day (day 183) halfway through the year, document the month...document it however you interpret it.

1. You can submit a layout,card,album,altered item,etc.
2. The project must consist of mainly MME. It must "look" like a MME layout. :) It must fit the theme.
3. The project must be created new for this challenge.
4. Upload the layout to InLinkz at the end of this post by the end of the day on July 31.
5. A random winner will be chosen and announced with the first August challenge on August 1. The prize is any MME collection- the choice is yours.

Sounds like fun!

Here's how I interpreted the challenge.

In January, re-capping certain life events in layouts and mini albums is popular. But since January is not for another six months, I thought it would be fun to create a mini with a 'halfway there' twist to the yearly re-cap.

Since 2012 is a leap year, halfway thru the year is 183 days from January 1st and lands on July 1st. That is where the title for my mini came from, 'day 183'. I thought it would be fun to recount some random, yet fun, facts of my year so far. They include:

145 loads of laundry (yuck!)
1189 hugs (love me some hugs)
5440 songs sung (I am a closet car singer)
20,347 miles flown (yes, this seems like a lot, but I travel internationally for my job, so the miles add up quickly)
18 trips to Yogurt Land (yum)
237 cups of coffee (which turn into cold drinks in the summer)
1083 pictures taken (both with my phone and DSLR)
2370 stoplights (okay, so this is entirely a guess...but who's counting)
375 dog kisses (some were sneak attacks)
183 sunrises (my favorite time of the day)

I used On The Sunny Side for this mini. It was perfect for the fun and summery feel I wanted the project to reflect. Each page has similar design elements so the theme can be carried throughout. This will be a great reminder of some totally random facts from July 2012. It would also be fun to create a mini every July 1st to see what changes year after year.

Supplies: On The Sunny Side-6x6 paper pad,chipboard elements,decorative brads,layered stickers,accessory sheet; Follow Your Heart-twine;Misc-Pine Cone Press library pocket mini album,October Afternoon spray mist,Tim Holtz paper clips,adhesive,sewing machine and thread,Sizzix texture boutique and embossing folder,Pink Paislee stencil,vintage typewriter

I can't wait to see how you interpret this month's challenge!  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, July 21, 2012

CSI Case File #29 - Labels

Happy Saturday Morning!

Yesterday, was the latest reveal over at CSI.  If you are looking for an amazing summertime palette with fun evidence and testimony, hop on over.  Remember, this month's sponsor is Echo Park!  The July winner will win an Echo Park collection of their choice.  How sweet is that?

Let's get on with the reveal, shall we? 

And here is my take on the challenge.


My evidence includes:
1.  Use stripes
2.  Use labels - I typed up labels and put them in a glassine envelope.
3.  Use wood/woodgrain - the little birds are wood veneer.
4.  Use something transparent - I used a glassine envelope.
5.  Use paint and then sand some off - I painted my wood birds and sanded some of the paint off.
6.  Place something at an angle.  My placed my photos at an angle.
7.  Use something with a weathered look.  The papers I choose all have a weathered and worn look.
8.  A pocket with elements sticking out.  My glassine envelope with my labels.

For my testimony:  I journaled labels on long, thin strips and placed them in my envelope.  The labels are words to describe me.  They include:

daughter, sister, caring, traveler, photographer, mother, open minded, day-dreamer, dog lover, crafty

The Case File closes on July 29th, so get those layouts submitted.  Hop on over and check out the full reveal and be inspired.

As always, thank you for taking the time to stop by.  It is greatly appreciated.  Have a great one!


Friday, July 20, 2012

CHA Week - what an amazing adventure!

Whew, what a week!  I attended my first ever CHA and all I can say is WOW!  It was amazing, incredible, awe-inspiring, and just plain fun!

I was invited to go by the totally awesome Sarah Hill, owner/founder of The Paper Bakery.  It was so fantastic to meet her in person and to be able to spend the week with her as she planned out her next 6 months worth of kits.  All I can say is watch out, the next 6 months of kits will be incredible.

Sarah sister - Tegan Skwiat, and one of Sarah's scrappy friends - Cindy Miller also spent the week with us.  I was so nice meeting these ladies - incredibly talented artists and such wonderful people.

Every time I turned the corner, I saw a fellow paper artist/designers that I had only known on-line.  Here are some pictures of some of those familiar faces.

Yes, this is really Heidi Swapp - LOVE her new stuff.  I want it all!  I HAVE TO HAVE her new 'Vintage Chic' collection. I also really love her Memory stands and file folders. I see many cool mini projects in store for the future. :)

The lovely and uber talented Laina Lamb, from Jillibean Soup.  Their new collections are amazing and I can't wait to get my hands on them.

Yes, this is the WON-DER-FUL Amy Tangerine.  I loved her 'Sketchbook' collection and created many projects with it.  Her new 'Ready, Set, Go' is another one that I have to get my hands on so I can start creating.

The distressing god, Tim Holtz was busy doing a demonstration, but that didn't stop Cindy from getting a picture.

Teresa Collins was one of the nicest people I have ever met.  She is so passionate about her product and so excited to be sharing her love for it with others.  I feel blessed to have met her and I can't wait to get my hands on some of her new collections.  They are stunningly beautiful!

On Wednesday, we took a Prima 'make and take' with the UBER talented and FANTASTICALLY artistic Anna Dabrowska, aka Finnabair.  I have followed her on-line for the past several years and am continually amazed by her mixed media talent.  This is the layout we created during the 'make and take'.  And who doesn't love Prima, right?  BTW, the layouts and projects that were hung all over the Prima booth look incredible in person.  I love seeing them on-line, but seeing them in person is entirely different.  They are even more incredible.

This was one of Anna's works on the Prima wall - WOW!
We also did a really fun mixed media project at the Faber Castell booth.  I love their products and we were allowed to get messing using gelatos and Pitt pens.  The lovely Mou Saha taught us how to create a fun canvas banner.
We also met this funny sales guy, Craig, from Scrapbook Trends magazine.  We scored 'several' of the August magazines, even thought he gave us a really hard time.  Our 'payment' for the magazines was a breakfast burrito and orange juice.  Thanks Craig!

 Some of my other favorites of Summer CHA were:

1.  Pink Paislee -  'City Sidewalks'
2.  Authentique - just about everything, but especially 'Enchanted', 'Curiosity', and 'Peaceful'.  Peaceful was probably my favorite new collection of the week.
3.  FarmHouse - 'Sugar Hill', 'Market Square'
4.  Simple Stories, 'Sn@p'.  I am not a PLer, but this collection might convert me.  It is amazing.
5.  Echo Park - 'Chillingsworth Manor'  LOVE!
6.  Crate Paper - I was on the fence about their new collections before seeing them in person.  After seeing them, I NEED these - 'On Trend' and 'Acorn Avenue'.  Really love Acorn Avenue.
7.  LilyBee Design - 'Autumn Spice' and 'Christmas Cheer'
8.  October Afternoon - Oh my - there goes my paycheck.  I love All of the new ones, 'Midway', 'Witch Hazel', 'Make it Merry', and 'Farm Girl'.  How do they do it?

Whew, that is a lot! 

Oops, one more thing...who's ready for the winner of my CHA Week Giveaway??!?!?

The lucky winner is...Kelly Foster!!!  Congrats.

Kelly, contact me at '' with your shipping information.  I'll get this out to you shortly.

That's all!  Please stop back soon.  I have so many projects I want to share.  :)

Have a great weekend and thank you for taking the time!

Monday, July 16, 2012

CHA Week Giveaway!

Happy Monday!  I am so excited because I will be leaving later today for my first ever CHA!  Woo HOO!!!!

I want to share in my excitement, so I am having a little CHA Week Giveaway!  Here are the goodies....

This little prize pack includes some of my favorites...GCD Studios, Hambly, October Afternoon, American Crafts, EK Success, and 7gypsies.

Here are the deets!

1.  Since most manufacturers have been posting peeks of their new lines, leave a comment below on what your favorite new product or collection has been.  One comment per person please.
2.  This giveaway is open to international friends as well, so please share your favorite.  Comments will be accepted until Thursday night, (7/19) at midnight, Mountain Standard Time. 
3.  I will randomly pick a winner on Friday and post the winner here.  If you are not already a follower, please check back to see if you are a winner.  I will give the winner 3 days to contact me.  If they do not, I will randomly pick another winner.
4.  If the winner is interested, they can also win these books.  They have been gathering dust in my inspiration library, so I thought someone else might put them to use.

Thank you for stopping by and I'll catch y'all after I get back from CHA!  :)