Monday, November 9, 2015

It's that time of the year...., not just Thanksgiving and Christmas.....but the time in November when this BOY here.....below, has a special day.  It's the time in November when I frantically take out my camera and the process begins....the task of capturing another year of growth and development. It's a joyful task, though....perhaps more so for me than him. I take a little over 100 photos and carefully choose the ones I adore....

Some I keep privately, others I share with the world.

He sees me with my camera and sighs, lol....he KNOWS, he so knows, ''Uh oh, here she goes!'' ''How many poses, mom?" - "Oh, just a few," I say. It's an arduous tradition and our poor kids really don't enjoy it that much, they whine, they complain, they make hilarious excuses to get out of it and be done already.  They don't understand why we do it.  But someday, they will.

It's another year that is important for me to document. It's a moment you can never have only happens once. Then it becomes a precious memory.

I love this 'PRESS PAUSE' sentiment from the card kit Favorite Things Edition.  I have combined two PL Kits that I've used before into this layout.  The other kit is Heidi Swapp's Gold Foil.  So much prettiness in both kits.  I love mixing and matching all of these Project Life Kits. So much fun.

I love to cut up a lot of the cards and layer them onto other cards for more of a 'color' punch.

Still have so many more photos to process. Can't wait to play with them and create more albums.

Wishing you all a fantastic week!


Journaling cards/kits: Becky Higgins/Heidi Swapp/Project Life.  Favorite Things Edition. Gold Foil Kit.
Corner Rounder.
Veneer Wooden letters by Heidi Swapp.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Find beauty in the simple things...

....Hello, and happy Tuesday!  I hope you're all doing well! I had a bit of time to put together the definition of simplicity today.  I got out my embossing tool to see if it still worked, and voila! It still does! ;)

Blended in some watercoloring, with also large stroke coloring to complete the look on the big flower. This Camellia by Technique Tuesday is a lovely one for embossing.

Tied it all together with a red and white piece of twine, I had originally opted for a matching color, but the red was a good fit for the pink, which I often find an odd color combo at times.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts.


Floral stamp: Technique Tuesday/Camellia.
Sentiment: Hero Arts/Find Beauty by Lia/E6090.
Neenah Solar White Cardstock.
Peppermint Twine.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Heat Gun.
Opaque White Embossing Powder.
Versamark Ink.
Copic Markers.
Memento Inks.
Enamel Dots by My Minds Eye.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I AM......

This Simple Stories Collection is really perfect for the project that I've been spending some time on lately....out of the three albums that I've completed this summer....the fourth one will be a bit more personal in nature, about ME.....It will be more an album reflecting - simply - how I have progressed and changed within the last 20 own personal strengths, weaknesses, my moments of happiness, my moments of struggle ~ my overall moments:

It will reflect on those days where I felt despair, how I dealt with it.....and what I initiated to change all of that.....It will decisively end with where I AM now....which is:

Loving Life...
Who I want to be...

The circles on the LO represents the main character and the life force 'around' her (ME) that enriches and fulfills her happiness.  The album itself will comprise a lot of my deepest thoughts and how some of my new ventures has changed me.

It's a gorgeous collection and I love it!  Here is the album portion of it that I'm still layering together all of the little bits and pieces:

Some of my favorite colors!!  And here's a close-up of some of the pretty sentiments:

Enjoy! Hope you're all having a fantastic week!


Journaling Kit and Papers: I AM/Simple Stories.
Corner punch: EK Success.
Neenah Solar White cardstock.
Spellbinder's Circle Dies.
'Happy' Die: Simon Says Stamp.
Butterfly Punch.
Enamel Dots: My Minds Eye.
Lace Doilies.
Small/Large Circle Punches.
Medium Heart Punch. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

amazing YOU.

In an effort to use up all of my supplies ~ because honestly, I just don't have any more room to store my crafty stuff.  It's becoming enormously too much over the years.  Must really use everything I can to make it worthwhile. Either purge or use, right?

The PL kits that I've been using are way too pretty to use solely on scrap I have been playing with them and putting a lot of the cards onto, well, bigger cards.  So much fun to work with these individual pieces, mixing and matching and ultimately layering for a desired look:

5 different pieces of cardstock were used from the PL Kit.

I love these happy colors together.....Pink and Black have always been one of my favorite card color combos and with the addition of some blues, makes it pop just a bit.  I did some tiny bits of stamping at the bottom with a Hero Arts stamp set called Color Layering Happy Day Flowers.  The sentiment is also from the same set.

Added some twine, a really old butterfly wooden chipboard, a few yummy clear crystals, and done....a happy little card!!

Stamps: Hero Arts/CL864/Color Layering Happy Day Flowers.
Colored cardstock: Project Life/Becky Higgins/Heidi Swapp/Favorite Things Edition.
Inks: Hero Arts/AF240/Field Notes.
Inks: Hero Arts/AF296/Winter.
Inks: Hero Arts/AF316/Color Lights by Lia.
Neenah Solar White Cardstock.
Red and Baby Blue twine.
Butterfly chipboard.
Gems: Hero Arts/CH253/Azure Blue.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Enjoying the everyday.....

I was sorting through all of my photos today, and aside from all the family ones, I noticed I have a ton of photos that don't consist of 'people'. So much photography taken in which 'things' - everyday/small things that make me happy were captured. It's important for me to remember that capturing life isn't just about people and places, it's also about the things that we most enjoy - the things that make our days just a little brighter and easier......and in one 12 x 12 compilation so far, I captured what my 'everyday' love was all about:

Mainly photography ~ of flowers, food, the things I cook and bake, wrapping gifts, journals, cute stuff, etc.  And I couldn't think of a better way to organize all of my favorites than to continue to use the current Favorite Things Kit that I love so much.  Since a lot of it was pink in color - I knew the kit would work well, once again, for my photos.

This was really fun to organize and put together....hope I can make a few more of these pages of my personal favorites in the future.

Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!

Becky Higgins/Heidi Swapp - Favorite Things Core Kit.
Corner rounder punch.
Journaling - Black Sharpie Pen.
12 A Photo Pocket Pages.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Tiny Little Elves.....

Oh, the cuteness.....I played a little bit with this set today called Elves by Lia.....super sweet....aren't they adorable? Makes me happy:

There's nothing I like more than some super bright colors against crisp white.  And I can imagine these elves being on a lot of Christmas tags, and some tabletop placards too.  So fun!  The sentiment comes from this set called Peace & Joy. It's a tiny little card, 4 x 4.  Super simple and to the point. ;))


Elves stamp, leaves, heart, jingle bell: Hero Arts/CL899/Elves by Lia.
Sentiment: Hero Arts/CL880/Peace & Joy.
Green Ink: Hero Arts/AF240/Field Notes.
Pink Distress Ink: Tim Holtz/Picked Raspberry.
Markers: Copic Markers.
Corner Rounder Punch.
Large Circle Die.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Black Ink: Versafine Onyx Black and Memento Black.

PL Favorite Things...Hello Family Time...and These Two Men of Mine...

Two albums are finished and I'm thrilled! I'm currently working on my 3rd album which incorporates Summer and Family all in one.....with the most emphasis on family.  For both pages I've used the same Becky Higgins/Heidi Swapp PL Kit called Favorite Things Core Kit.  But both have entirely different color schemes.  I'm so picky about my color coordination and go off of the colors that are in my photos.

These first two photos, I captured family togetherness, my main colors were bright pink, mixed in with gentle green and florals:

Even though the only 'pink' that was in any of the photos was some portions of my dresses, I used that to pull together the entire look from the other photos.  And here is a close-up of the journaling:

Next up, I concentrated on a page with only my husband and son together......the blacks, bright yellow/green, and the distressed green really blended well with the photos I chose:

I loved capturing the memories with these two together.....I hope to share more down the road....

And you know what's the best part about all these albums? Chris actually looks at them from time to time.... he may not understand why it is....but one day, when I'm long gone...perhaps he will still look at them and understand exactly why I made them.

Hope to be back next week with some more Christmas cards, traditional and non-traditional......How are you all coming along with holiday cards? Christmas is almost here....crazy, isn't it? But it's the best, I soooo love making holiday cards and sending them out....It's truly the spirit of Christmas.

Heidi Swapp/Becky Higgins Favorite Things Edition.
Corner rounder punch.
Fine tip Sharpie Marker.
12 Design A - Photo Pocket Pages.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Project Life - Summer & Wedding.....

Yes, it's definitely Fall weather here in So. Calif. ;)))  If you live near here, you know I'm being sarcastic.  We are still drenching in heat and could definitely use some rain soon.  So - on my last post I made some Christmas cards and today I'll be sharing some Project Life - one is a re-cap on summer and the other catching up on my own wedding photos from 12 years ago.....I'm bouncing around everywhere with all the seasons, aren't I?  There is no flow with any particular season - I've been seemingly jumping around from one project to the next depending on my mood. ;)

Here's an album I've started using the Project Life Kit - Hi Sunshine:

I haven't quite finished all the finer details of journaling and adding a few more embellishments, but at least I've gotten down my theme and the colors to go with most of my photos.....I love how super bright this kit is:

Next up, I used a combination of Southern Weddings Kit and Gold Foil Kit:

I really love the soft and delicate colors, really in both kits, they worked well together for my photos:

I was never the type that would cover any of my photos, but I've learned to let that go and be able to just cut, crop, paste, glue, and layer every which way now that it comes to scrap booking! I took additional parts, bits and pieces of some of the cards and trimmed and added them onto other cards. So much fun:

Ok, I won't show you any more - too many in one album.  Hope you're all having a great week!!

Corner rounder punch.
Becky Higgins and Heidi Swapp/Project Life/ Hi Sunshine/ Southern Weddings / Gold Foil.
Mint Album (Small).
Small photo inserts.
My Minds Eye.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Non-Traditional vs. Traditional colors for Christmas

...which do you prefer? Or do you like both? And Flowers! I don't believe in flowers being used solely for Spring and Summer time. Definitely love incorporating them on Christmas cards.

I know, I'm using this same floral stamp that you've seen me use before.  You're probably getting tired of seeing it....I always have to play with a stamp that I love too much and exhaust it until I move on to my next stamp. :)  I switched the colors around and opted for a super bright pink and green mix and also double stamped the leaves:

The sentiment comes from this set called Merry Christmas Messages - a set where I really love all of the fonts!

And my next card, I used soother tones with maroons, oranges, sepia and tans for a more richer, autumn look:

Have a lovely weekend!


Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Corner rounder: EK Success.
Floral stamp: Penny Black/Gentle Whisper/40-331.
Memento Inks: Rich Cocoa, Rhubarb Stalk, Potter's Clay, Desert Sand.
Hero Arts Ink: Green Hills. AF240.
Bird/Leaves stamps: Simon Says Stamps/Giving Thanks.
Sentiments: Hero Arts/Merry Christmas Messages/CL722.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Tim Holtz Inks: Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry.
Ribbon: Cream Satin.
Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Saying Hello to Soft, Delicate Colors......

I'm in denial that Fall has already started and to be honest.....although I love incorporating soft, warm colors in my cards for Fall and Winter...I always add a hint of brightness somewhere - whether it is a bold blue, yellow, pinks or oranges.  Just a snippet of some cards I made this morning, not finished yet but these will be going out to a few special people.

The floral stamp I've used before and the pretty sentiment stamps are from Hero Arts.  I know I'll be using THIS stamp a lot! So pretty!

The "Sweetest WISHES" sentiment comes from THIS SET.  The tiny little Bird and leaves stamps comes from this set called Giving Thanks.

For the ink colors, I used a combination of Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Memento Inks.

Floral stamp: Penny Black/Gentle Whisper/40-331.
Sentiments: Hero Arts/Cheers Messages by Lia/CL903.  Find Beauty by Lia/E6090.
Bird, Leaves Stamps: Simon Says Stamp/Giving Thanks/SSS131001.
Tim Holtz inks: Mustard seed, Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry.
Memento Inks: Rich Cocoa, Rhubarb Stalk, Potter's Clay, Desert Sand.
Speckled Cardstock.
Off white cardstock.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Seriously - the.most.beautiful.....

Catching up on years worth of scrapping that I still have to do - sorting through old memories and also moved right ahead to just this past summer (and summer isn't quite over yet). There are so many photos I still have yet to download from my phone and share - but I did work on this project today using cards from PL - Heidi Swapp's Gold Foil Collection:

The kit is packed with really pretty blue/green hues, stunning gold, and sweet pinks....which I thought would compliment some of my photos perfectly. For the word 'beautiful' - I used Heidi Swapp's Watercolor Words and distressed the word with a combination of Tim Holtz inks and Hero Arts inks.  The Tim Holtz inks include - spun sugar, shaded lilac, evergreen bough, scattered straw, picked raspberry, and peacock feathers. The Hero Arts inks include: Soft Pool and Cornflower.

Here is the full layout....I have yet to decide if I want to insert the photos and cards/embellishments in individual albums or still do it my own way for now.

The blues in the photos really meshed well with the entire kit.  Looking forward to using this kit on other projects as well.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

have a happy day

I'm back with another card I made today.....this has been the craziest summer weather ever, don't get me wrong, you all know I LOVE summer and the heat....but this strange heat wave plus a summer rain that we had today - makes me wonder what the winter will be card features some stamps from this set called Color Layering Dimensional Bird.  So much fun playing with this set:

I used several ink sets to stamp the different parts of the bird - a combination of Memento Inks and Hero Arts Shadow inks.  The background splotches were created using this ink set called Color Lights by Lia from Hero Arts, and mixing them all with a bit of water.

The branch I stamped twice, once on the die cut piece and another behind on the matted cardstock.  I propped up the die piece for a little dimension.

The sentiment is from this set called Color Layering Happy Day Flowers.


Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Red cardstock: Doodlebug.
Distress Watercoloring cardstock: Tim Holtz.
Pigment inks: Hero Arts/AF316/Color Lights by Lia.
Sentiment: Hero Arts/CL864/Color Layering Happy Day Flowers.
Die: Pretty Pink Posh/Stitched Banner Duo 2.
Bird: Hero Arts/CL906/Color Layering Dimensional Bird.
Memento Inks: Lady Bug, Cottage Ivy, Bamboo leaves, Tangelo, Canteloupe, Grape Jelly.
Black Ink for sentiment: Versafine Onyx Black.
Shadow Inks: Hero Arts/AF240/Field Notes.
Enamel Dots: MME/Black and Gray.
Double sided adhesive tape.
Die cutting tool: Provo Craft/C-Bug.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

How about some neutrals?

Blues.....Heavenly blues and Kraft are the colors I played with today.  Finally had some crafty time today and made a 'get well' card.  The florals are from this set called Hello Sunshine Daisies:

I used Kraft cardstock and some distress watercolor cardstock from Tim Holtz. It's really hard to see from the photo, but the watercolor ridges on the white cardstock really gives the mat a lot of texture against the stamped florals. Most of the stamps and inks are from Hero Arts.  Ok, while I'm looking at this....I had fun staging this photo...just a little trivia about me - I collected rocks back then...yes, me -'s a fact that most people don't know - rocks and, NOT crafting stamps....real postage stamps from all over the world.  Gorgeous,  natural as well as machine made rocks and International stamps that make you swoon with their beauty.....Don't get around to it much anymore as I used to....but anyways, I bought Chris this rock collection a few Christmas' back.....he loves them as he really likes Science class in momma, like son, right?  I think I liked Geology more than actual Biology to be honest with you....OK, enough rambling - here's my supply list.....enjoy the card and have a beautiful week, everyone!!


Cardstock: Neenah Kraft.
Watercolor paper: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock.
Background stamp: Hero Arts/CG683/Branches Bold Prints.
Floral set: Hero Arts/CL776/Hello Sunshine Daisies.
Enamel Dots: Black & Gray/MME.
Ribbon: from Lenny (check out her blog, she's a fab, crafty friend).
Inks: Hero Arts Hues Shadow Inks/Winter/AF296 - Unicorn, Navy, Cornflower, Soft Pool.
Inks: Hero Arts Hues Shadow Inks/Garden/AF250 AND Field Notes/AF240.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Gentle Whisper

Well, hello there!  I played with two of my most favorite colors tonight...lavender and pink. I did a combination of stamping and watercoloring today with a fine tip watercolor brush on top of ink stamping. I wanted to give this card a very soft look:

Eight different Memento ink colors were used: Grape jelly, sweet plum, lulu lavender, lilac posies, pear tart, bamboo leaves, cottage ivy, and new sprout.  The big floral stamp is a 2014 stamp from Penny Black called Gentle Whisper.  The sentiment is also a Penny Black stamp from a number of years ago.

I combined some smaller bits of stamping from a Simon Says Stamp set with a tiny little bird and leaves.  I was going to finish it off with a few hard embellishments but I decided to just leave as is......I adore this floral stamp so much that it may be one of my Christmas/Holiday designs this year - change it out with a different sentiment ofcourse, but who knows, I'm always loving floral designs for x-mas.

Hope everyone is well and have a beautiful week ahead!

Floral stamp: Penny Black/Gentle Whisper/40-331.
Bird and scattered leaves stamps: Simon Says Stamp/Giving Thanks.
Fuschia cardstock: Doodlebug Designs.
Memento Inks.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Sentiment stamp: Penny Black/Beautiful Ways/4177H.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

to you from me with 'love'

Hello friends.....I sat down with this gorgeous Penny Black Floral set called Efflorescence and colored it with an assortment of summer time colors - you know how much florals make me happy!!

The sentiment is from a Mama Elephant set called Confetti.  The large stitched rectangular die is from Lawn Fawn.

Love mixing and matching products from different companies.  All of my favorites!

Hope you all have a BEAUTIFUL week ahead!!

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Copic Markers.
Sentiment: Confetti/Mama Elephant.
Stitched Die: Lawn Fawn.
Inks: Memento Black, Versafine Onyx Black.
Floral stamps: 30-282/Efflorescence - Penny Black.