Friday, February 27, 2009

Layout Revised....

Hi all! My final post for the day then I'm taking the day off tomorrow....whohooo...

The above layout is an upgraded version of one that I made last year....using the exact same pictures, but incorporating different elements.....

I love the new Making Memories papers called Flower Patch and can't resist using them with the coming of the Spring season...so much fun!

Here is a closeup of some of the stamps and embellies I used:

Have a wonderful day...and I'll see you all back on Sunday or so!



Materials used:


Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papers: Making Memories Flower Patch.

Inks: Fresh green, moss green, and black.

Green pearls and paper flowers: Hero Arts.

LAD Sketch #67

Here is this week's sketch.

And here is my version:

The added twist was to put glitter somewhere on your card, but I forewent that one.....I also added my own little twist by simply not aligning my 3 vertical squares. I just thought it would look a lot better for this particular design. ENJOY!!

How's your day going so far? Lots to do today and I get to have some fun tomorrow and get pampered!

I do have a really funny story to share with you though about Christopher....he's just a kick in the pants sometimes!!! He's VERY proud of the fact that he can count all the way up to 30! And Chance and I are so proud of him too!

But it's so funny when he actually gets to the number 30 - he knows how to say it but he does this: 24...25...26...27...28...29.....and then.....20...10!!! Then he raises both arms and says, 'YAY!'

Lol....it is just the cutest thing....he doesn't for some reason want to say '30' so he takes 20 and adds the 10....you just have to be here to hear his voice and the way he kind of sings along with his numbers. MY funny boy...you are so silly and I love you!!!!



Here are the materials I used....I may be back later with a layout...we'll see how much time I have left today....



Stamps: Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: LAD Winter Wonderland, Making Memories Flower Patch, Making Memories Love Notes, and Kraft paper.

Button by MM.

White twine.

Blue crystal gem.

Martha Stewart Rick Rack.




Thursday, February 26, 2009

Another asian inspired fan....

Oh, I was thinking back how I had created a handmade fan a while back, I can't remember how long it's been....but I decided to play around with another one today....

Oh my, Chris has been such the mischievous one today.....I've been running after him like crazy and he's been trying to steal some of my stamps and get into my stash.....oy! What am I going to do with that little guy? And for the good news, we are all getting back to some sense of normalcy again....yay! I've been doing extra duty on the laundry and stuff since there were so many germs flying around!


I think we're good to go now!!! Whoohoooo...


Enjoy!



Materials used:

Stamps, gems: Hero Arts.

Paper and ribbon: Papertrey Ink.

Wooden craft sticks.

Kraft paper.

Double sided adhesive squares.




Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Heart-winged butterflies

Here is a card design that I made for another fun blogging friend, Kelly Booth! You may check out her work HERE! Aren't her cards fabulous?!

And here is the card I made for her, hope she likes it! She really loves anything pink, with a combination of brown and aqua blue as well, so I dabbled a bit with some of my ink and paper colors:

I also made the butterfly stamp 3-D to make it pop out!

Enjoy! I need to head out in a little bit, so I am keeping this short and sweet! Hope your day is wonderful!!


Materials used:

Stamps, pearls, flowers: Hero Arts.

Inks: chocolate and bubblegum pink.

Ribbon and papers: Papertrey Ink.




Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Inspired by....

This week over at HA, we are to make a project that is inspired by one of the 5 talented ladies who have been chosen for Hero Arts' "Win-A-Day on the Blog" contest.

I was inspired by this very artistic LADY, that I just had to make my own rendition of one of her cards. You may view HER card HERE.


And here is my version of Kiara's card:

Hope I made you proud Kiara, I really tried hard!

Enjoy!! I have so many other favorites that I would like to try from each lady featured over at HA, but I'm slowly trudging along this week because our whole family has been ill for the last 4 days...blah.....I was sitting here wondering how many germs are distributed inside a home with 2 adults and 1 child coughing at an accelerated rate! Hmmm.....I should do some research into that....that would actually be something interesting to know...lol!

But one good thing is that Chris, the youngest of all of us, thankfully is getting better the QUICKEST!! Isn't that great though? You always want your child to be healthy even ahead of yourself, it just makes it a whole lot easier when your kids are on the up and up.


Here are the materials I used for the card:


Stamps, green pearls, and flowers: Hero Arts.

Papers and ribbon by Papertrey Ink.

Pearl pin by Making Memories.

SEI white lace paper.

Martha Stewart edge punch.

Inks: black, moss green, and frost white.






Monday, February 23, 2009

Rings

Have you ever done a layout that focused on something other than a person's face or full body? Sometimes it's fun to focus on a specific part of the body or even an object - something that you just enjoy - like a chocolate cake? It's fun to experiment and layouts are the perfect canvas for doing so:

In this layout, I tried to keep the embellishments soft and by curving them around the photo so that the emphasis is on the picture itself. Very simple!

It's been a rough few days for me and I'm hoping to get back in the full swing of working on projects this week...enjoy!

Materials:
Papers: Ripe avocado paper by Papertrey Ink. Basic white.

Stamps and flowers: Hero Arts.

Rub-ons: Love Notes by Making Memories.



Saturday, February 21, 2009

Whirlwind....

Today has been - how do I describe it? Something out of a 'Star Trek' movie! Or perhaps 'The Twilight Zone'! You know when you're not feeling yourself and you are physically awake and doing things but you're not REALLY there mentally! I think I just lack sleep and need to sleep...lol!

I did manage to do a card today though, in-between all the craziness:

A birthday card for a sweet lady friend of mine that I will be sending out this week - hope she will like it!


Have a great day!


Materials used:


Papers: Lemon Tart and Dark Chocolate by Papertrey Ink.


Stamps, clear gems, and flower: Hero Arts.


Scallop shears.


Round corner punch.


Cream ribbon by Papertrey Ink.


Friday, February 20, 2009

A-Line Dress

Do you love weddings as much as I do??? Oh my gosh, even today, in my old age..hehehe....I still love to look back at my own wedding and remember all the festivities, and I still love to browse thru magazines and look at all the 'in' style dresses that they have today.

It is amazing what the newer styles look like - so much femininity and ultra modern lines paired with some classic looks as well...love it! I"ve often told many people I would love to be a wedding coordinator but too much stress....I would be too worried all the time that the bride would not like the way I planned things!

For the dress above, I hand cut the design based on a very classic, A-Line look....the top portion of the dress is laced with soft pink sequins.

The bottom portion of the dress, I used a scallop stamp for the edge and a flower stamp for the white portion. I added a few more scattered sequins at the bottom too. Wanted to finish off the look with some tulle to form the back trail but didn't have any:

Just something fun!



Materials used:

Papers: Papertrey Ink.

Stamps: Hero Arts.

Pink sequins.

Inks: Pixie Dust and black.






Thursday, February 19, 2009

Make it in minutes....

Just a few quick cards and then I must get going.

I love this little froggie, isn't he cute?

And another card I made late yesterday:

Remember when I had the "Be Creative in 20" Challenge a while back, for those who have been following my blog for awhile....that was so much fun, to see if you could be creative in 20 minutes or less....I really enjoyed the simplicity and fun of that challenge...

Perhaps I should start that up again...


Have a great day everyone!!



Materials Used:

Papers and ribbon: Papertrey Ink.

Stamps and gems: Hero Arts.

Button: Making Memories.



Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ribbon flower

A fellow HA flickr friend sent me some goodies in the mail...some wonderful ribbons and a stamp set...whohoooo....how sweet is she....she even included a precious little card with a note inside.

So to thank her for being so thoughtful, I wanted to make HER a card to let her know how much it is appreciated....I used one pack of the sent ribbon and a wood block sentiment:

Here is a close up of the ribbon floral:

Here is the bottom of the card:


Enjoy and have a great day!


MATERIALS USED:


Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papers: Papertrey Ink.

Artsylicious/Chatterbox brads.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

LAD Weekly Sketch #66

Here is this week's SKETCH over at Lizzie Anne Designs.

Here is my take on it:


I took the sketch and turned it horizontally - I wanted to use my stamps from the Garden Isle collection. A very fun Hawaiian set that has the cutest little hula dancer!! I wanted to make it look fun and cheerful...hope it worked!

Enjoy... and right now, I am singing my "Oh rain, oh rain...won't you go away..rain..." song! We really need some more sunshine and warm temps here!!! It's hard trying to think up of springy like projects when I am freezing to death...lol!


Materials used:


Papers: Lemon Tart and Dark Chocolate by Papertrey Ink.

Stamps: Garden Isle by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Felt flowers: Stampin' Up.

Pearl gem by HA.

Ribbon by Papertrey Ink.


Monday, February 16, 2009

A flash back to the past...

Wow...today has been busy busy! I think I did more cleaning today than I ever have....but it's refreshing when your house is clean and things just 'glisten'....love that word by the way, when things 'glisten'...life is good!!! lol.

Here is a layout I finally finished at the end of this evening:

Just going back in time and picking out some old photos and having fun scrapping! The good ol' days and thinking of a good friend! Me and the girls here in this photo:

Enjoy!



Materials used:

Papers: My Minds Eye....Garden Party and Just Dreamy 2 Collections.

Stamps, gem, and small florals: Hero Arts.

Buttons by Making Memories.

Prima florals.

MS rick rack.




Sunday, February 15, 2009

A day late....and no crowds...yay!

Hi all! This will be a real quick post - a little baby card I whipped up this morning:

Here is a closeup, I love that little safety pin....don't think it would work on a real diaper though..lol:

Hubby and I are going to have our Valentine's Lunch today....yay...and the best part is going out to the restaurants either the day before or after to avoid the massive crowds...I'll have to tell you someday about our trip to Red Lobster where people were willing to wait 2 1/2 hours to get in the door...I'm not kidding you....I don't think I could have waited quite that long....


Enjoy your day everyone!

Materials:

Stamps, pearl gem, and safety pin: Hero Arts.

Papers: Love notes by Making Memories.

Inks: Light purple and pink.




Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's to all!

Hope everyone enjoys their day! I made this LO late last night:

I twiddled with it for hours, for some reason, this one was hard for me....and trust me, it never has anything to do with the photo...it's always my design that surrounds the photo that I sometimes have trouble with.....so I played with it like forever, and didn't like it at all, it was missing something!

Then by the time I finished it, I reflected on it and decided I liked it....lol....I'm so indecisive sometimes! I may re-visit this photo again and use a different style with it down the road.

Here is a closeup of the details:

Enjoy! I'm off to spend some time with my mom!


Materials:

Papers: My Mind's Eye and Making Memories Flower Patch.

Stamps, pearl gems, and vintage florals: Hero Arts.

MS dimensionals.

Chatterbox/Artsylicious brads.

Prima Florals.






Friday, February 13, 2009

Little ladybug...

It's the start of a holiday weekend for some students out there...well, a short holiday....did manage to get in a very quick and easy project last night:

I paper pieced the ladybug by using a marvy circle punch and made the antennas out of a Making Memories heart clip.....I knew I wanted to use it so I had to cut the clip in half....I then twisted it around and adhered it to the card....fun stuff!


Enjoy! And hoping your President's holiday gets off to a good start!


Materials used:


Papers, stamps, and pearl gems: Hero Arts.


Rick rack by Martha Stewart.


Marvy Circle punch.


Making Memories Heart shaped metal clip.


Red button by Making Memories.


Thursday, February 12, 2009

New Monthly Banner - Spring Time Blooms

Anyone in the mood for some flowers and some sunshine? I am! This cold weather needs to go away...

I kept my new banner real simple and care-free.....either that or I'm just really tired and couldn't do anymore right now and need some sleep!! I used a layout that I made in 2008 and wove it into this ensemble with a combination of fun colors such as yellows, light pink, lavender, tangerine, and sage! Love those colors as the spring season starts to appear! It will be here before you know it.

Here is a closeup of the little guy:

And here is the entire banner up close - a mini version that I always like to keep in my archives after the month has passed! Enjoy!

Chris came home from school today from his Valentine's party and the first thing he said to me was, "no chocolate"....and I thought what does that mean? So he emphasized it again and said, "NO CHOCOLATE". So I looked into his swarm of Valentine's goodies and sure enough, there were a lot of lollipops, suckers, sweettarts, and other knick knacks....this kid WAS SO SAD that there was not one drop of chocolate in his backpack.....you should have seen the look on his face....I felt for him....or should I? I think he's had plenty of chocolate in his life and I'm sure there's more to come.

I still think he had a blast, it looks like the kids made their own little treat bags and did a drawing for the parents! It was sweet....



Have a great day everyone!


Materials used for scrapbook design:


Martha Stewart edge punch and dimensionals.

Stampin' Up metal rim tags.

Papers: Happy Day Collection by Chatterbox.

One White Shadow Box.

Assorted silk florals.

Sage silk ribbon.



Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Finally done....

I have officially finished all the gifts for Chris' teacher and her aides, his party is tomorrow....whoohoooo...just a quick photo here:

Remember the owl card that I made a few days ago? Originally I was only going to pass out the cards with a gift card inside. But I had a little bit of time to spare today and went ahead and made some gift bags with a more personalized gift tucked inside.

I also made a photo ornament of Chris using some yummy looking frames! The ornament and owl card is enclosed in a cellophane bag and tied to the bag handle. The Kraft bags were simply decorated with an assortment of Making Memories Love Notes paper, adhered on front and back.



I hope they all enjoy their gifts and I'm sure the kids will have fun!

I'll be working on a special project tomorrow....stay tuned!



Materials used:


Papers: Making Memories.

4 Kraft bags.

Ribbon: Papertrey Ink.

Frames: Artsylicious by Chatterbox.



Christmas in February....

I finally got around to my first Christmas 2008 layout:

After some procrastinating, I decided it was time to use some of my Christmas papers that weren't even touched yet.....I mentioned in my 'flickr' post of this same layout that Christmas photos for me are very hard to scrap....CHRISTMAS AND BIRTHDAYS!! You won't see too many scrap book pages from me when it comes to these 2 holidays....only because there is so much 'busy' background in these types of photos...

What do you associate these holidays with? Let's see, we've got lots of presents, probably a lot of food, boxes, gift wrapping, ornaments, balloons, and little friends running around everywhere? So when trying to capture a photo of the 'birthday' boy or him standing next to a Christmas tree, it's often hard to get that 'perfect' moment...

So I tinkered quite a bit with this layout and I think I like how it turned out...here is a closeup of some stamps I used - the JOY word was created with a large alphabet set that I just LOVE! It's such a versatile set and can be used for many different projects.


Hope you enjoy....Getting last minute details finished and then packing all the Valentine's goodies in Chris' backpack today....his V-Party is on Thursday....he has Friday off for President's day...what a lucky little guy!


Materials used:

Papers: Winter Wonderland/Bazzill by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Stamps: Hero Arts.

Martha Stewart Holiday dimensionals.

MM rub-ons.



Tuesday, February 10, 2009

LAD Sketch #65

It's sketch time again at Lizzie Anne Designs.

Here is my take on the sketch:


The twist was to make a masculine valentine's card....this card is not really Valentine's but I tried to focus more on the 'masculine' part of the design! Not an easy task for me, it's so hard for me to create masculine cards so I really enjoyed this challenge!

You should have seen me, the urge to grab my flowers and ribbons was pretty intense...but I made way without it, yay!

Enjoy! Our rain has stopped but only for a few days...we're expected to get rain again this weekend!

I still have a few more things to do before Valentine's day for Chris' class then I'm done and can relax a little by Friday.


Materials used:


Stamps: Far East and Say it in Script by Lizzie Anne Designs.


Papers: Morning Meadows by SEI.






Monday, February 9, 2009

For the sweet tooth....

So in lieu of Valentine's Day and Birthdays coming up, I thought I would work up some sweets and this post is most definitely dedicated to soo many people I know who LOVE cupcakes....family...friends....blogging buddies....relatives...vendors....former co-workers....Chris...and even ME:

I didn't use any stamps whatsover, just simply assorted papers and fun embellishments to decorate! And did you know that many brides today are not going with the traditional wedding cake for their special day...instead they are choosing cupcake towers as their choice of cake! Isn't that great...how trends over time have really evolved and inspired us all?

And now here are some closeups of each cupcake...wouldn't have been any fun if I didn't go through and label a flavor for each one, now would it???

Here's flavor #1 - Raspberry Tart Sprinkles:

Chocolate Truffle:

Bubblegum Sprinkles:

Caramel Cafe Mocha:

Lemon Meringue - Chance likes this one for him:

Strawberry Swirl:

Swiss Mocha Delight:

and lastly, Polka Dotted Vanilla Cream:


Enjoy your sweet day!!!


Materials used:

Papers: Papertrey Ink, Making Memories, and My Minds Eye.

Embellies: pearl gems, buttons, paper florals, sparkle clear gems, lace ribbon, and brads.

Round Marvy Punch.

Scallop circle punch.






Saturday, February 7, 2009

Time crunch...

It's getting down to the wire - how are you doing with all your Valentine's cards and gifts? Here are some super quick cards I made for passing out to Chris' teacher and the aides in his classroom:

I may make a few more so I had to design something that was generally simple and easy to mass produce. See how it says, "Whoo loves you?" on the outside? I plan to handwrite on the inside of the card, "Chris....ofcourse...that's WHOO!" lol...just something fun and whimsical.

I'll insert a little gift card as well in each one.

Here is a close-up:

Have just a few more to do before I'm all finished...hope all your plans are coming along great!



Materials used:

Papers: Primary red.

Stamps and sparkle heart gems: Hero Arts.

Ribbon by Papertrey Ink.

Round corner punch.

Inks: Chianti, light brown, and bright green.




Friday, February 6, 2009

Sometimes....

....on a cold and rainy day outside....you just want to curl up in the warmth of your home and do something you absolutely love....

This is what I so love...and it makes me happy inside! It's not for a challenge nor a contest...there were no rules or regulations....just simply for me to enjoy.



I hope you enjoy it as well...have a great day!



Materials Used:

Papers, ribbon, spring time rub-ons, and die cut dimensionals by Making Memories.

Butterfly diecut by Jenni Bowlin.

Pearl accents by Hero Arts.

Flourish tranparencies by My Mind's Eye.

White accent frame by Chatterbox.




Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pre-Party planning.....

Where has the time gone this week...seriously....it was just the weekend! Today's project is really a special one for me....I've told my family that I decided to throw a huge birthday bash for Chris this year when he turns the BIG '5'. I'm really excited because Chris has never had a big party yet.

A little nervous too, because you know how it is with any type of planning....not only do you want it to be perfect for the child but for your guests as well....the last time I planned something this big was for my wedding 6 years ago....soooo it's been awhile...lol.

Last year, I went with a cute little 'Party Animals" theme and it was so much fun! So I thought and thought....and here is the 2009 theme that I like and may very well go with as far as his invitations and party accessories, click on photo for larger image:

I may have to simplify some of the items when it gets down to the wire...I'd like to be able to mass produce without going insane...but not having to take away the fun details as well. It did take a lot of time do make this, so simplifying and altering around the items will be something to think about!

Here are several closeups - some great stamps from a birthday set from Hero Arts. This is the main invitation, I'll be able to fill in the date of the party after I finalize all that:
Here is a name placecard - that icecream stamp is so appealing...I love it!

The details on the party hat, to make the curly spritz at the top of the hat, I cut thin strips of assorted colored paper and curled them with my scissors:

The topper for the treat bag, I loved using that Martha Stewart Scallop edge punch on this one:

A simple little napkin ring holder - and the number 5 that I cut out...sad, I did not have any #5 stamps, die-cuts, or chipboards at all in my supply box! So I just trimmed out my own number 5.

Hope you've enjoyed this project. Have a wonderful day!!!



Materials used:


Papers: Classic Primary Colors.

Stamps and large red button: Hero Arts.

Martha Stewart scallop punch.

Making Memories pink button.

Assorted colored twine.

Cellophane bag.

Marvy circle punch.