Monday, June 30, 2008

Catalina Layout and photos....AND....are you excited for tonight?

I'll be back online much later tonight to insert my new banner....yay...fun!


In the meantime, my hubby was backing up the hard drive and all of my photos just in case - quite a task but it has to be done, and I'm so glad it is completed! In doing so, I noticed some old honeymoon/vacation photos of us - I was actually 5 months pregnant with Christopher at the time and you wouldn't even know it....I didn't start to show until my 8th month.

So I take you back to exactly 4 years ago in June when Chance & I took our vacation cruise to Catalina and Mexico. We didn't want to risk taking a really big and long cruise because of the pregnancy just in case....and oh, did I get sick! But overall, the entire experience was good and memorable....enjoy the layout and the photos!

Catalina Layout:

Overlooking the ocean and boats, gorgeous scenery:

The ship:

Quaint little villages:

Standing railside on the ship:


Gorgeous creatures:


The hat that kept flying off due to some high winds:
Materials used for layout:

Papers: Chester collection by Me and My Big Ideas. White line.

Florals and deco buttons by Prima.

Lower case letters - Alpha Stax by Colorbok.

Upper case letters - Summer Vacation by Me and My Big Ideas.

Pebble Clip by Making Memories.

Journaling tag by Making Memories.

Crystal gems by Hero Arts.



Sunday, June 29, 2008

A floral collage

I did a different kind of layout yesterday, one that does not involve any pics of my son, or me, or anyone in my family. I simply used a photo from my 'unused' files and thought it would be nice to create this:

It's really amazing how you can find old pictures that you didn't think you would ever use again, stumble on it months later, and realize that it's a perfect fit for what you are creating. I took this photo quite a while ago...played around with it and thought I would use it as one of my banners, but then I changed my mind and never touched it again. I'm glad I didn't delete it.

This layout embodies pretty much what summer means to me - I wanted to make it very colorful, and showcase all the vivid colors that summer brings out..I really enjoyed making this one....


Click on the below photo for a larger view of the sentiment:

And here is a closeup of my newest Prima flowers and deco brads - aren't they great? Love them! Prima just drives me nuts with all of their products!


Materials used:


Papers: Hullabaloo by Making Memories. Bazzill Basic Scallops.

Florals and deco brads by Prima.

Red loopy love letters by Doodlebug Designs.





Saturday, June 28, 2008

yummy stuff?

Two words...yummy....and stuff....seems to be my favorite 2 words this year..notice the word 'stuff' in my blog title...lol...

So if you're in the mood for a sweet treat, I made a cupcake card today, from one of Hero Arts' many collections of cupcake designs. I have many more to experiment with!


Here is a closeup, I wanted to give the frosting a chalky and flaked look so I rubbed on some light dust pink. Too fun!

My husband is sooo good to me today...he took Chris out for the whole day...well 6 or so hours maybe...just so I can have a little break and I also really need it to catch up on everything in the house, including all the crafting I can do...I need to catch up on creating, that's for sure! Isn't he wonderful? Just doing little tidbits like that to help me out! It's back to more crafting before they get back!

Have a great Saturday!


Materials used:


Papers, oval tag, stamps, flowers, and buttons by Hero Arts.

Ribbon: Jolie Chocolat by SEI.

Inks: Dust pink, fresh green, black, dark and light brown.

Accessories: Marvy circle punch.




Friday, June 27, 2008

Summer Greetings

Wow, what a crazy morning we've had...I'll share with you the cards I made first and then the story. Here are some clean and simple cards for you to enjoy....

Loving these butterflies:

Last night was pretty rough for Chris as far as sleeping, he cried a few times then simply decided that it was completely just to wake up at 4 a.m. and stay awake....so daddy and I woke up too. Bathed him, got him dressed, and went down to the kitchen. Chris and I were already eating breakfast at 5 a.m. I must say I've never ate breakfast quite that early before....and if I have...I don't recall.

After breakfast, he was already playing with his toys and banging on his drum set. I am still very much asleep, I think I did everything with only one eye open....I blogged to get in my post at about 6 or something. Saved it.... and then returned just now around 8 a.m. to complete the photos.....the rambunctious child is still playing......I can not believe he hasn't fallen back to sleep....amazing.....I'm quite fascinated by his very, extremely odd sleeping patterns this past week-and-a-half. Somebody, help me! I've lost so much sleep - I'm still trying to figure out how I've managed to get stuff done as of late. It must be all the caffeine intake - the root beer and cherry coke!!!! Tons of it...that's it. I'm living on that stuff to keep me afloat!

Enjoy the cards, send someone you love dearly a fun note today! They will appreciate it!




Materials used:


Papers, ribbon, tag, pearl accents, stamps, and buttons by Hero Arts.

Inks: black, aqua, lime green, red, tangerine, and forest green.

Accessories: Scallop scissors, round corner punch.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Black Orchid

Here is the card I made using SEI's Black Orchid collection:

It's so fun working with new papers and colors....it's like....tasting a new flavor of icecream for the first time, and thinking why you hadn't discovered it earlier....it's just so yummy. :) Enjoy!!


Materials used:


Papers, adhesive stickers, and ribbons by SEI. White cardstock.

Stamps: Lizzie Anne Designs.

Inks: Red and Black.




Wednesday, June 25, 2008

SO Lucky....

...to have you for a son, Chris! That is how I feel about this layout below. You are just too cute - standing there like that.

Originally, I was not going to use this photo for a layout...but then I decided how much I loved all the trees and greenery in the background of the photo. I also have this stunning paper collection called Black Orchid from SEI. Can you see how pretty it is? It's really gorgeous up close, I just fell in love with it when I saw it. The entire collection consists of light aqua, black, red, and lime colors. So bold and energetic. Really makes a statement! So I put the two together and came up with this:

I love the mesh of all the different colors and textures! I hope you enjoy it! And you know when I'm in love with a certain type of paper collection, I just have to make more stuff with it! :)

I was able to make a card using the same collection but with different designs. The card is completed but I have yet to photograph it. I should have the card posted by tomorrow.


Materials used:


Papers, ribbons, stickers, and big brads by SEI.

Definition labels and large white alpha letters by Making Memories.

Accessories: Giga scallop and marvy round circle punch. Scallop scissors.

Pics from yesterday

Here are some fun pics from Chris' Kindergym class.....wow....a lot of primary colors!















Are you getting EXCITED??? Just a few more days until July and you know what that means, right? Yup, a new banner for the month....yay.....can't wait!


Have a great day!



Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Picking out an old favorite and....it's off to Kindergym we go!

Last night, I took a little break from crafting, I was exhausted both physically and mentally. I think this heat is just killing me!

So I was rummaging through some of my older projects and looking at the 'food' items that I've created over the years - those were the funnest to make!! A real challenge for me! I would have to say one of my favs that tops the list is this one, thought it was most appropriate for this time of the year:

It took me a while to figure out just how I was going to make icecream and how I would display it. I used large styrofoam balls and a lot of orchid and chocolate ink to cover them in the hopes that they would resemble Neopolitan icecream...yummy....

Other materials used was a piece of white chalk and chocolate ribbon for the pirouette, and a sheet of pink polka dots/chocolate tissue paper to resemble the sweet, crunchy biscuit. I can't tell you how many mistakes I made with this one...it took a while to complete. My styrofoam would tumble all over the place and just wouldn't sit still! LOL. Very memorable...enjoy and go out there and get your favorite scoop of icecream!

Today, Chris and I are headed out to a Kindergym Toddler Fitness class. It's about 2 hours and should be fun and activity filled for Chris! Does that mean the parent has to exercise too? Yes - to my family members out there - you're probably laughing at me because you know I don't exercise! ;)

It should be fun and I've got the camera on hand! Whoohoo!


Have a great day everyone!



Monday, June 23, 2008

Chirp, Chirp....a little tune of summer

Just a happy little card to start off your week, enjoy!

So I'm taking Chris to the library and bike riding today...he loves the library! There's just so many neat things for kids to do at this particular one that I take him to, there are also arts and crafts and story hours. I'll be registering him for a very few short activity classes (Mommy and Me or Gymboree) until he starts summer school...can you believe that? We'll probably only go to about 4 classes just so I can keep him busy! He's BORED! Poor guy!


Materials used:


Papers: Jolie Chocolat by SEI and Hero Arts.

Ink: Black.

Crystal gems, stamps, circle tag, and heart shaped chipboard by Hero Arts.

Floral Chipboard by Making Memories.

Light pink ribbon.

Marvy Scallop punch and round corner punch.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Time to get out and play....

Here are some layouts of Chris in his summer gear, playing with lots of water, and trying to keep cool in this sizzling heat that we seem to be having lately:



Here are some extra photos below that I did not use for a layout.
He's helping watering the plants...awwww....

More water fun....he's really fascinated by the water hose....he's not quite ready yet for the swimming pool, but we know he will love the pool once he learns how to swim!! We'll probably give him swimming lessons within the year or two!




Enjoy and hope it's bright and sunny where you are!



Materials used:

Papers: White Line/Narratives by Creative Imaginations. Doodlebug Chenille. SEI and Bazzill.

Loopy love alpha letters and cold spell by Doodlebug.

Summer stickers by Creative Imaginations.

Journaling tags and photo clips by SEI.

Bright alpha letters by Making Memories.


Saturday, June 21, 2008

Do you take time to enjoy the simple things in life?

What a beautiful morning it is.....here is a light blue and lavendar color combo card I made early this morning....wow, a big change with my crafting schedule these last few days:

It's another tri-fold card utilizing florals, leaves, and butterfly stamps. I love tri-fold cards because a little more paper is needed to make the card wrap around and appear bigger! I'm loving the ribbon and buckle too!


Here's a close-up:

Enjoy, enjoy!
So the past few days, Chris has had some major regressing in sleep patterns...yikes! We had to change to a different bed, a more 'mature' one for him, and now he doesn't like it...he's scared of it for some reason, and now wants to climb into mommy and daddy's bed! He'll wake up at very odd hours and keeps everyone awake for a long time. I don't know if this has anything to do with school getting out and his timeclock has changed or he just simply doesn't like the new bed! It's been trying at most.....we've never had to deal with him sleeping with us...so it's been a challenge...I think hubby and I have only slept a few hours these past several nights...very strange! I was thinking of getting some toys or something to keep him busy inside his own bed until he will naturally fall asleep and become accustomed to it...we'll see...any suggestions would be so welcomed!!!



Materials used for the card:


Stamps: Hero Arts.

Inks: Fresh green, lavendar, black.

Ribbon and buckle by Making Memories' Meg collection.

Papers and pearl accents: Hero Arts.

Accessories: Scallop scissors.





Friday, June 20, 2008

Hullabaloo?

What is that? I don't know - just another fun name that Making Memories gave to this cute line of papers and embellishments:


I still have a lot of extra photos of Chris that I want to use up and put on layouts. This layout was very simple to make and I pretty much used only one line of papers and embellishments instead of mixing it up like I usually do.


Here's a close-up shot of the huge epoxy buttons and fun tags, love it!

Anyway, so for the next two weeks, since Chris is off from school, my schedule may change with posting projects. I may be posting erratically throughout the day. You may see a post from me around 2 p.m. or 4 a.m. or even late in the evening....it will all depend on when I finish a project and how busy the little cutie keeps me running after him. :)

So be sure to check back often for the latest stuff! A BIG thanks to everyone for taking the time out of your busy day to stop by and check out my blog! It's appreciated!!!



Materials used:

Papers, epoxy buttons, shaped tags, and alpha letters by Making Memories' Hullabaloo collection.

Ribbons by Making Memories' Lauren collection.




Thursday, June 19, 2008

2 Layouts and a summary of Chris' last day of school....

This post is a very special one and will always hold dear to me...it's sentimental for many reasons and these 2 layouts coincide with what I'm about to write - click on the photos to see the details of the sentiments that I typed on each layout. All of the individual photos of Chris were taken at school by his teacher.



Yesterday, the 18th, was Chris' last day at pre-school! He'll be attending summer school in July, but still, yesterday proved very emotional for me and difficult as I said goodbye to his teacher, the aides, and all of his little classmates! Why was it so emotionally hard? I think it was because this is his FIRST school ever, his FIRST teacher - and throughout the school year, I guess I developed a bond with the teacher, really got to know her and vice versa....you would really think it was easy to part ways but it wasn't....Chris may not get the same teacher in the fall semester and that's why it was so bittersweet for me! I told her that it was 'bitter' in the fact that he will miss her dearly and so will I...but it was extra 'sweet' in that Chris learned so much throughout the entire year and his level of development has really progressed! She was such a wonderful teacher!

Depending on the district's decision, he may be going to yet a different school in September, hence, a new teacher as well!

But all is good, and I've learned so much from this first experience as a parent of a pre-school child! It has such powerful moments of awe and delight, of hope and understanding for both the parents and the child!

You don't even know how many tears I shed yesterday when I saw these wonderful photos that she surprised me with! I knew they had to be used for layouts!

All the kids got these wonderful little goodie bags filled with a handmade card from the aides and lots of yummy snacks! She put in some extra goodies such as stickers and a big sidewalk chalk. Everything was so colorful and the kids seemed to really have a blast...they probably didn't even realize it was the last day!

Enjoy both layouts and know that these are particularly special for me!



Materials used:


Papers: Creative Imaginations, Bazzill, and Doodlebug Designs.

Definition phrases, epoxy stickers, large glittered white alpha letters, and metal clip by Making Memories.

Ink: Royal blue.

Stamps: Hero Arts.

Accessories: Medium scalloped circle punch.



Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Summer Party Dress

Back in May, I had made a wedding dress out of an embossed sheet of white paper....I had such fun making it that I decided I wanted to make another piece of 'clothing'. This time, however, I wanted something summery looking and chose a pink and cantaloupe color combination.

I also thought it would be super fun to put the entire completed dress on a Barbie doll:

For the details on her hair, I used a very small paper flower and crystal and clipped it through the hair. I also used a dust pink ribbon to tie her hair into a side ponytail:

I love the details of the necklace below....what is Barbie without some jewelry?

For the purse below, I hand cut the shape using 2 types of colored cardstock, a paper flower, adhesive crystals, and some double sided adhesive foam:

Enjoy! To all the ladies out there, hope you find that perfect dress for your summer fun!


Materials used include:


Papers: Ally's Wonderland and Kitty's Place by SEI. Bazzill stitched pink.

Florals by Hero Arts.

Maddi and Brooke ribbons by Making Memories.

Crystals by Hero Arts and Prima.

Small white/pink flower (her bracelet) by Martha Stewart.

Silk yellow flower.




Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Oh, Ballerina!

New stamps, new ribbons and flowers....love everything new....it's so much fun!

I put some glitter on my ballerina's tutu...what is a ballerina without some sparkle?

Here's a close-up of some fun embellishments, love these sparkley buckles from Making Memories. They are cute!


In the next few days, I'll be working with a lot more stamps from Hero Arts - existing ones from their Spring Collection and new stamps from their newly released Summer Collection. It's going to be exciting!


Materials used:

Papers: Hero Arts and Bazzill. White cardstock.

Ribbons, crystal buckle, boho chic brads, and animal cracker felt floral buttons from Making Memories.

Stamps: Lizzie Anne Designs and Queen & Co.

Inks: Black, lemon, light brown, and bumblebee.

Clear sparkle glitter pen.

Accessories: Giga oval scallop punch.




Sunday, June 15, 2008

Some dads have this amazing skill....

Chris' dad has a definite eye for construction:

If anyone knows Chris, they know that he LOVES trains - Thomas and Friends, Imaginarium, etc., you name it - Chris wants it! When he was younger, he only knew how to play with trains in one way - manually and only on one level....now that he is older, he is into the more high tech trains, remote controls, layered tracks, and 3-dimensional fields. Boy, kids are smart!


So we recently got him this multi level train track and he's just in love with it ever since his dad put the entire thing together for him - it wasn't easy, I could tell....I certainly couldn't do it...I can fix and construct smaller item toys - oh, and yeah, I can replace batteries in everything too...lol...but stuff like this...his dad makes it look effortless...


So thanks to all the dads out there, whos hard work makes their little ones faces light up with joy! Happy Father's Day!



I have some business to take care of tomorrow but will be back to crafting in full force by Tuesday. Have a great one!




Happy Father's Day!

Wishing all the dads out there a very HAPPY day as you spend the day with your family, friends, and loved ones!!

Chris made a tie at school for his daddy. It's very adorable...I'll have to take a pic of it soon. Hubby plans to wear it around his neck tomorrow to work and show it off to his co-workers....awww...too cute!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

A card....and some birthday party pics of Chris

It is almost 10 p.m. Saturday night...it's a wonderful time of the evening....my two boys are asleep....it's peaceful....very quiet....and although I'm physically exhausted...I'm mentally invigorated as I sit here in calmness.

Here is a card I made last night along with the Pirate card but I didn't have a chance to post it yet. Another design using flourish stamps by Hero Arts. I'm really loving all of their stamps:

Today was busy....We all took off for the neighbors birthday party at 1:00 p.m. and Chris officially was awake for over 14 hours even being so physically active today playing with the other children, eating a lot of junk food (usually how it is at parties), jumping in 2 bouncers non-stop, bike riding, balloons/flags and other decorations abuse, and eventually stuffing himself with cakes, lollipops, and cupcakes....he LOVED the cupcakes and wanted to keep going back for more! Oh, and I forgot to mention, he wanted to take some of the birthday boys toys while he was opening them...It just got too wild and we were all pretty tired and dirty - not to mention sweaty from the 80 + degree weather today.

The food was absolutely scrumptuous! Filipino food including a huge pig and delicious cheese noodle with sliced eggs - oh, so good....I must have ate more than 3 plates of it. More meats and pasta on one table than you can ever imagine! There was an ice cone machine for the kids and a beautiful fruit ensemble!

And then my camera ran out of batteries and said I needed to charge it about half way into the festivities...I was deeply bummed because I live by that camera of mine! But I did manage to get in a few fun photos of Chris.

Here he is checking out a Diego scooter:

Destroying or attempting to destroy the birthday boys balloons:

More balloon playing....hmmm...what are they looking at?

Relaxin' in the shade:

Enjoy the pics!


Here are all the materials used for the card:



Stamps, paper, florals, crystals, and sentiment by Hero Arts.

Red gingham ribbon.

Ink: black, frost white, and burnt orange.




Ahoy Matey!

....arrggh..and chart yer course for off to sea we sail ~

Here's the Pirates of the Caribbean card that I promised you....today's the big birthday party at our neighbor's place - her little one turns 4 - yay! He is 6 months older than Chris....so I'll be presenting this card to him today...he may not appreciate the thought, but hopefully his mom will. :)

Here is a closeup of the pirate dude and the sentiment:

Here is the sentiment on the inside of the card:


Materials used:


Papers: Bazzill, Hero Arts, and basic white cardstock.

Stamps: Hero Arts and Lizzie Anne Designs.

Inks: Black, tangerine, brown, ice blue, navy blue, teal, moss green, and gray.

Buttons by Hero Arts.

Ribbons by Making Memories.



Have a wonderful, sunny weekend!