Sunday, April 29, 2012

Paper Issues New Theme and Prize, and a Giveaway

Paper Issues' new theme is up...Studio Calico's Abroad.  Check over there for a blog hop and a chance to win a Studio Calico prize.

Here is my layout using mostly Abroad and Take Note, along with a few of the new wooden pieces from Studio Calico.

Patterned Paper:  Studio Calico  (Take Note Rolodex and Protractor, and 6x6 mini Abroad pack)
Sticker Letters:  Studio Calico (graph and grey), October Afternoon (denim blue), Prima (beige and tiny blue), Sassafras Lass (number)
Tape:  American Crafts
Chipboard:  Studio calico (tag), Sassafras Lass (little circles and rectangle)
Mist:  Studio Calico
Stencil:  Studio Calico
Die Cut machine:  Silhouette
Wood Accents:  Studio Calico
Pocket:  K&Co Smash
Die cuts:  AmericanCrafts
Brads:  American Crafts (plane), My Mind’s Eye (black, and black with banner “Wonder”)
Paint:  Silver metallic by Viva
Twine:  Divine Twine
Tools:  Crop-a-Dile II
Pen:  Mircon 01 Black
Adhesive:   Scotch ATG, and Beacon Fabri-Tac

And I want to say thank you so much for the comments here and over on American Crafts when I was a guest.  Everyone is so busy, and I really appreciate the time you took to do that.  I cannot tell you how thankful I am to have met so many more scrap friends through my blog and message boards.  It is what makes this hobby even more fun.  So I want to offer up a little prize.  I will pick a winner from the comments, and get these goodies out to you.  So don't forget...leave a comment in order to win.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Layouts to Share and Some Good News

Ginny over at Studio Calico had a challenge thread she started to scrap lift the person above you.  I got to scrap lift GAmes56 and I picked this layout.  And here is what I did.  I also used a cut out from the Silhouette to mask and mist.  Cut my photo longer, and added lots of layers.  Her colors went great with the everyday theme of drinking coffee.  I used bright green and other colors to go with that little fella.
 And the other night, after Emma fell asleep, I had so much on my heart and mind, I just opened up Photoshop Elements, and started typing.  Then I looked through photos, and came across this photo and it was perfect.  This is a layout straight from the heart.
If you can read is just the journaling.
 I was getting so many emails that people liked my layout, I started to I went over to 2 Peas and sure enough, Emma's little toes were the Featured Project for Tuesday, April 24th.  I showed it to her, and she wasn't too impressed ;)  Well, I was excited to see those little feet!
And I did one of the challenges over on My Scrapbook Nook, "Scraplift the Person Above You."  Yes another challenge!  These are so fun.  I scraplifted this beautiful layout of briannalm
And speaking of My Scrapbook Nook.  I cannot believe this amazing deal.  Join in May and receive June's kit for FREE along w/a free June Grab Bag.  You only pay the shipping for your free kit and grab bag!!!  You will also receive another free kit after 12 paid months!!  Two FREE kits and a grab bag when you sign up for 12 months!!!  Go buy a kit, why?  Because look how gorgeous it is!

One more last thing to share...and really I am so shocked and honored to be a part of My Scrapbook Nook design team.  Four ladies were chosen to join the returning team, and I am just so inspired by each and every one of these ladies, as well as the amazing members there.   Cannot say enough how welcomed I have felt and how amazing the inspiration is.  

Here are the latest additions to the team:

Erika Gasser
Aleksandra Gadji
Patricia Roebuck
Bente Fagerberg

Returning designers are:
Leah Killian
Stacey Michaud
Carol Monson
Danni Reid
Jessy Christopher
Katarina Damm-Blomberg
Hilde Aaslund
Anna Sigga
Marinette Lefevre
Lilith Eckles
Shellye McDaniel
Pamella Brown
Gina Rodgers
Deanna Misner
Nicole Nowosad

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

So Honored to be a Guest Designer Today for American Crafts

 I was so shocked to get an email from Paige, the blog coordinator for American Crafts, asking me if I would guest design for American Crafts.  My first thought was she made a mistake in sending me the email...then I started shaking and didn't know whether to be sick or pass out.    To say I am excited and honored just doesn't seem to get across how big this was for me.

I was asked to create three layouts and two cards using only the products they sent me.  And then create sketches for all of them.  Please go by and visit their blog to see the sketches and the complete list of the gorgeous goodies I used.

Here are the three layouts:
 That first photo of Emma in the Ariel swimsuit was taken at the White Swan hotel in China...she was so excited to see herself in it and loved swimming right away.

And my two cards:

Please go by the American Crafts blog, see the sketches, the products I used, the tips about each project, and leave a comment if you can.  I would appreciate it!  Thank you!

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Springy Cards

Making cards has not been my strongest.  But I have recently enjoyed making them.  So much so that I got a little carried away with these cards I made for the Lily Bee blog today.  Instead of two, I made three.
 I am loving the Lily Bee papers, ABC letter stickers, and cardstock stickers.  So easy to work with.  I focused on green and blue for this first card, doing some fussy cutting, using foam adhesive, the silhouette, and those gorgeous Doodle Bug jewels.
 Yellow and Blue...the focus on this next card, with accents of the bronze antique safety pin from Tim Holtz, and the leaf pin from Maya Roads.  The flower and doily were made with the Silhouette.
No secret that I love orange...shades of orange and grey accent this card with some added bling from My Mind's Eye, epoxy sticker by Dear Lizzy, and a delicate flower pin from Maya Road.  Got a little creative again with those banner stickers and cut them down a little, backed with foam adhesive and placed around the sticker.

So many more gorgeous cards by Julia Stainton and Danielle Flanders over on the Lily Bee me, you will be inspired to make cards as well and get carried away!

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

My Scrapbook Nook

I heard about My Scrapbook Nook from Deanne, one of my new friends over at Paper Issues. She posted that they were having a design team call.  I was so happy to see it is such a positive and friendly place.  I didn't think I would have much of a chance, there's some amazing girls with loads of talent, but I took the plunge and put in.

I was shocked to see that I made the short list...the final list for the team will be announced soon.  But one of the girls offered up a challenge in the meantime.

Here is the inspiration:

In my mind, I had something else planned, but then I started playing with the new Heidi Swapp resist papers and frame, Julie Balzer's stencil, Sketchbook, Lily Bee, and loved how it was coming out.  

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Scrapping the Music "Rolling in the Deep"

I remember the first time I heard Adele sing on a talk show.  I had to download the entire "19" album.  Love her songs from the "21" album and love that Scrapping the Music is doing her "Rolling in the Deep" song for this next challenge.

When I had this song in my mind and looking through photos...this one got my attention.  Emma and I being goofy on the photobooth on my Mac.  Her face is silly and mine is kind of scary.  So I picked the lyrics "Don't Underestimate the Things I Will Do" and used them to journal about being Emma's Mom...a little serious, but silly to go with the crazy photo.

Come join us.  We also have another challenge up with the new format..."What was the first album or song you purchased?  Was it on vinyl, tape, CD, or downloaded?

So you can pick either the song or the prompt to create...or both.  Come join in.  You have until midnight central time on Friday, April 27th to enter.

Sharon is offering up a wonderful prize by K & Company, so every time you enter, you get a chance to win this prize.  Have fun!

Cardstock:  Bazzill
Patterned Paper:  Crate Paper (red and blue diagonal stripes); Studio Calico (green alphabet cut in scallop circle); American Crafts (grey); Echo Park (yellow houndstooth)
Tag:  Amy Tangerine for Studio Calico
Stamps:  Studio Calico, SEI, Dear Lizzy date stamp
Die Cuts:  American Crafts
Flower:  Sassafras Lass
Mist:  Studio Calico
Letters:  October Afternoon
Misc:  journaling lined paper
Die Cut machine:  Cameo

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Project Life, Weeks 13 and 14; Easter Pictures

St. Jude's Trike-a-thon, getting the kiddie pool out, and Emma's growing collection of rubber duckies (with a few other little friends)

Using some of the new Lily Bee, Amy Tan, and Crate Paper goodies here...
 Emma's school Easter Egg Hunt and activities.  And the pictures that Emma took of her teacher and me and some of the other Mom's.  She had to do what I was doing ;)

Using some Dear Lizzy papers and stickers and Studio Calico Exclusive papers, letters, and pads.
 And had to make the photos of Dennis and Emma playing checkers bigger since I love photography and wanted those to be center stage a little more.  

Using Crate Paper stickers, Dear Lizzy and Amy Tan papers, and Studio Calico exclusive papers.  I used two different days of the week stamps.  Lily Bee's new Double Dutch (much smaller and I really like) and Jenni Bowlin (much larger and abbreviated).
The Easter Egg hunt and that scary looking bunny from Winn Dixie.  As I was making the Easter cards, Emma wanted some of what I then she made a card for me ;)

Lily Bee Stamps (Double Dutch), Studio Calico Stamps, Dear Lizzy Stamps, Amy Tan papers, Pink Paislee canvas trim, and Memoir letter stickers from Studio Calico
 Start of the new week and Emma is off from school...tried to keep busy while trying to take care of day to day and other work.  She and I went excited to go the mall to see the Easter Bunny, ride the train, and then to the Children's Museum.

More Amy Tan papers, Studio Calico exclusive papers, Crate Paper, old Sassafras card, Lily Bee days of the week stamp from Double Dutch, Prima letters, 7 Gypsies (april tag), Studio Calico journaling pad and Memoir letter stickers.
 Added the card to the album using an 8x8 protector.  I just sewed the right side up and cut the extra off.
 Put a pretty Dear Lizzy sticker in the center on the back of it.
 More activities from last week...Dennis and Emma went to the aquarium and insectarium.  Then Easter day.  Emma was a little overwhelmed again...kept saying "oh my" a lot as she went through her goodies.  She was so excited, then all of a sudden had to potty, and wanted me to get a picture of her on the big potty (she got on all by herself).

Kesi Art paper from Studio Calico, October Afternoon stickers and journaling cards, Amy tan papers, Dear Lizzy papers and stickers...a little Authentique and Crate Paper papers as well.
 Dennis took these pictures with point and shoot...a little dark, but so cute.  I don't do the aquarium (so that is a Dennis and Emma thing only).  I'll do the bugs over the aquarium ;)
 And last page using more Amy Tan, Lily Bee paper, Dear Lizzy paper and stickers, My Mind's Eye paper, a tag cut up, and packaging from Basic Grey (the pretty flowers in right corner.

 We went to Miss. to see Merrin, Joey, Wendy, and lots more family and friends to celebrate Easter day.  Great food, good visits, and an Easter Egg hunt.
 Besides the Easter basket, we got Emma a soccer ball, cones, and goal.  She really has loved playing at school, so it was a perfect time to give her her own.  My sister, Holly, and niece, Tristan, were able to stop by for only about 30 minutes...Emma had fun with them. 
 And her loaded basket.  She really loved the little Hello Kitty stamps I put in the eggs instead of so much candy.  Will have to remember that for next year.  
 Trying on one of her new headbands the Easter Bunny got...she loved how the EB new exactly what she liked...that EB is really good, huh?
 Great snapshot to see what she saw when she first got up.  Nice clothes huh?  She no longer sleeps with PJs.  Clothes now.  And she is much harder in trying to help her pick out those clothes...kid wears me out.
 And I enjoyed myself more than take a ton of pictures...but this one of Merrin and Emma was my favorite.  They get cuter and cuter together.
 Thank you, Joey, for helping Emma get some Eggs.  We had 101 eggs.  I brought about 40 something I think, I don't know.  But filled some with stickers and dinosaurs (Emma picked, she is loving dinosaurs right now).  Another big hit...will have to remember this for next year...all the kids loved this.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!

And yep, no church pictures.  Emma still won't go in the it's more work on us to "try" to go at all.  And I will tell you, I am not comfortable with leaving Emma with anyone I do not know anyway.  I know that sounds kind of harsh since these are "church" people.  But Emma is not cut out for a day care or nursery...she needs interaction and she also needs other kids to leave her alone...yes, you heard right.  It took her a long time to feel "ok" and "comfortable" at her school and with her friends.  She likes other kids to respect her space.  At her school, the teachers make sure everyone has their "own" work and no one is touching or taking away anything from anyone else.  That environment works for Emma.  Yes, she is quite a handful.  So we teach her about God's love.  And the school helps with that as well.  So we are just thankful that she already knows about Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. 

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Saturday, April 07, 2012

Happy Easter!

Crazy me decided to do Easter cards.  So I made it as simple as possible.  Using inexpensive cardstock from Hobby Lobby, I printed these brushes I purchased through Rhonna Designs.  I love brushes.  You can choose your own color, opacity, placement, etc.  (I used Photoshop Elements to create this).  Then I found the excerpt from a hymn by Lizzie Akers...thought it was perfect.  So added that and our message.  Used the Silhouette to cut out the rabbit from vellum, the bow from Crate Paper Storyteller pattern paper, made the envelopes, stuffed and mailed them.

Simple, elegant, and a little whimsical...

Happy Easter

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Friday, April 06, 2012

My First Lily Bee Layout

My first Lily Bee Layout is up!  To say I am excited about this is an understatement.  I am just giddy...and feel like Emma in that first photo.  You can see close up pictures and more details about my layout on the Lily Bee blog.

I couldn't wait to dig into the Lily Bee goodies.  All except for the stamped butterfly, everything is from their Victoria Park line.  If you know anything about me, I love color...absolutely gorgeous line!

Lily Bee Supplies:
Victoria Park:  Princess Avenue, Hyde Park, Wortley Village, Charcoal, Covent Garden, Rasberry
Victoria Park 6x6 Tiny Tablet (Hyde Park and Grand Theatre)
Cardstock Stickers:  Victoria Park
Index Journaling Card:  Victoria Park
Stamp:  Double Dutch
ABC Cardstock Stickers:  Victoria Park

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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Easter Activities at School and this Weekend

A quick post of some things that happened last week and this past weekend.

Yes, we have a pool...but the kiddie pool is still lots of fun!  Time to pull it out!
Emma's picture taken at school with Oreo the bunny rabbit.
Emma's Easter Egg Hunt/Party at school...they did the resurrection eggs...Emma is showing the cup for the water.
Saying grace...
And then we met Dennis at Cracker Barrel...she picked...and then they played checkers...
This past weekend Winn Dixie had some Easter activities.  She was so excited to see the Easter Bunny...but when I saw him, I couldn't help but think he should be in a horror movie.  Then when he or she turned around, Emma saw the pony tail and said, that's not the Easter Bunny, that's just a person dressed up!
I got this on video, but no time to post.  Crazy...Emma, with the help of Dennis, was lucky to maybe get 5 eggs!
Hoping to have project Life from last week started and done soon.  Hope everyone is having a great week.  

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Monday, April 02, 2012

Show Me Your Chevron

The new theme is up at Paper Issues.
You can win one of our Jenni Mini Kits on their blogs AND on Paper Issues!
That's 6 chances!  Here are the kits you could win:

What do some shopping at Paper Issues, get 20% all the time using code PATRICIA

The only requirements: Like us on Facebook and Follow our blog.Easy Peasy.  You are probably already doing that, right?!Let's get to linkin', shall we?Show us whatcha up your projects with Chevron.We'll feature a few each day and maybe it will be you!
Here's my layout for the new theme.  The pool is still too cold, but Emma can't wait.  She's in the boat now, but she soon got in...I don't know how she can stand it, it's so cold.

Patterned Paper:  American Crafts (flowers and leaves, blue, orange scallop), Crate Paper (red chevron, ledger background), Kesi’ Art (aqua chevron), Echo Park (green chevron)
Letter stickers:  American Crafts, Clothespin:  American Crafts, Tags:  American Crafts, Brads:  American Crafts, Date Stamp:  American Crafts,Flower and Spring tag:  American Crafts

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Sunday, April 01, 2012

Miss Art's Class and Scrapping the Music

Starting today April 1st - Backrounds to Die For - Miss Art's Papercrafting
Remember when you were a child, and there was one item that all your friends had, but you could only dream of owning? There was a feeling of urgency, the assurance that if you did not obtain said item you would just die.As papercrafters, we often get caught up in that same feeling. A new paper, a pack of flowers, or a funky alphabet can inspire longing in our souls and a pinch in our bank accounts. In “Backgrounds to Die For,” Patricia Roebuck introduces you to a new must-have item: Die cut backgrounds. Using one of the most versatile tools in your stash, Patricia takes you through a variety of ways to fashion your most amazing background designs to date. Your die cutter will become your magic wand, creating backgrounds out of cardstock that will be the envy of all your crafty friends. You won’t even have to beg your mom to buy them for you. Miss Art’s makes you the envy of your die cutting social circle on April 1, 2012.

And we have a new format for challenges over on Scrapping the Music.  Here's what I did for one of the challenges to the song "Time" by Matt Urmy.
Patterned Paper:  Crate Paper (background, yellow diagonal for matting photos, cream journaling); American Crafts (grey stripes); Pebbles (kraft); vellum
Bling:  My Mind’s Eye
Sticker:  Authentique (words) 
Brads:  My Minds Eye
Button:  October Afternoon
Twine:  House of Three
Misc:  Viva Inka-Gold
Mist:  Studio Calico
Journaling cards:  October afternoon (yellow and grey), Stockyard Number Cards
Die Cut machine:  Cameo

A lot of times I like to have the song in mind...while looking through photos.  I was packing for Scrapfest, so I had to have something ready.  I knew when I saw these photos, it was perfect for this song.  These were taken with the Photo Booth on the Mac and almost exactly two years apart...just shy of one month...perfect for a song about "time."  Emma is growing too fast!

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