Sunday, January 31, 2010

What an Amazing week!!!

What a wonderful week it was in Anaheim California!!! I spent the week with 3 wonderful women and enjoyed all that the show had to offer. We took some classes and learned some amazing techniques to share with all of you.

Tim Holtz' new line of inks, papers, embellishments and dies cuts were amazing!!!!
Here is a sampling of a make and take that we took at the Advantus booth.
Claudine Hellmuth's class was absolutely delightful!!! We learned a dozen techniques with her amazing paints and I can't wait to teach them to you!!! This is the cute little book we made with a sampling of all the techniques inside.
My new favorite line of papers is Margie Romney Aslett's The Girl's Paperie!!! What a cute booth it was!!!

I totally love Jillibean Soup's Old World Cabbage Soup Line!!! Sooooo very cute!
The Crafty Secrets booth was another favorite!!! What cute little vintage images they have!!!
Another one of my favorites is Cosmo Cricket!!! Such bright and fun papers!!!

And Prima outdid themselves once again!!! Total Gorgeousness!!!!
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting old friends in real life!!! What a joy it was to have dinner with some friends from Little Red Scrapbook!!! We had a blast...Lisa Spiegel took this photo on her Iphone!

I also met some dear friends from Scrapping the Music:
Julie Tucker-Wolek
Lucy Edson
And Nathalie Kalbach!!

I was able to have dinner with my family from Santa Monica too!!! My dad, Carrie and Grandma Jean drove to Anaheim and we ate at McCormick and was wonderful and it was awesome to be able to see them all again!!! I am one lucky woman!!

All in all, it was a fabulous week!!! Thanks for taking a moment to share it with me!!

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hello From Sunny Southern California!!!

Good morning everyone!!!
Just wanted to check in quickly to say hello from Anaheim, California!!! The weather is just gorgeous here in Soluthern California!!!! We left Montana in the snow, arrived in California in the rain, and we are ending our trip with a beautiful, sunshiney day!!!

I haven't had internet access, so my plan to upload pictures during the show didn't work out, but I have been having a blast here at the CHA convention!
I have met some long-time scrapbooking friends in real life and it has been amazing!!! I will post some pictures when I get home this weekend!!!

My favorites at the show were Prima...(oh the gorgeousness of it all!!!!!) and Girl's Paperie. I loved October Afternoon, 7 Gypsies, Theresa Collins and Crafty Secrets. I loved Tim's class and Claudine Hellmuth is an absolute doll!!! I made some fun goodies and make and takes!! I am taking lots of goodies home from the show!! I hope it will all fit in my suitcases!!

My flight leaves at 7:25 in the morning, so I will be checking in late tomorrow night!!! I just can't wait to show you some photos from the show!!!

Until tomorrow,

Monday, January 18, 2010

Friday's the day!!!!

Whoo hoo!!! We are leaving for Anaheim for the CHA convention on Friday!!! I truly can't wait!!! I have never been to CHA before and I am so excited I just can't contain myself!!! I have plans to meet a few friends, attend a few classes (including one with Tim Holtz!!!!), and take in all the scrappy goodness that is available!!!! If you are going to be there, let me know, so I can make plans to meet up with you!!! I will be taking my camera of course so I can post pictures on my blog while I am gone!! Stay tuned for some serious CHA goodness!!!

The gallery has been posted at Little Red Scrapbook!!!
I enjoyed this month's kit tremendously, but I was very sick while I was working on it so of course I had to do a layout that documented how I was feeling at the time.
I slept for three days and my sweet little Charlie slept at my feet for most of the time! There's nothing better or more comforting than the warmth of your best friend. I didn't eat much during the week, but a hot bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup is just what the doctor ordered! I was so cold most of the time, that I had to have a nice pair of warm socks on too! Those were my comforts while I was sick!!

I think this is my favorite layout of the month!!! These are my kids having some fun in Poulsbo, Washington!! Aren't they the cutest???
This is my word for 2010 layout, although I couldn't stop at one word!!!
For 2010, I have a dream and through that dream I know that I will grow, and through that growth I hope to fly!!! I had to make sure the layout expressed who I am! So I had to make the AC papers vintage. I thought the best way to do that was to use vintage book pages. Of course, pink is my favorite color and I just love this pink paper from AC!!!

Over Christmas break, my girls and I did some crafting and had a blast!! I definitely had to chronicle that!!! Aren't they cute????
This is the birthday card I made for Bethany...she turned 24 this month! Yikes, I'm getting old!!!
I have been having some fun with Papertrey stamps lately and here is another card I made using them!!! They are awesome!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!!!
I hope you have a beautiful Monday!!!

Friday, January 15, 2010

I've been blessed!!!

I feel very blessed tonight!!! My friends Lisa and Neena stopped by to do a little shopping and my friend Susan Beth stayed to crop a little!! I have made some wonderful friends in this business we call scrapbooking and I am so very thankful for each and every one of them!! I missed you Tamara!!!

I finally finished this card for the CPS Challenge this week!! Thanks for inspiring me ladies!!!
Materials used:
Red and Pink Bazzill Cardstock
Papertrey Stamps: Background Basics Hearts
Papertrey: Pure Poppy Ink
Sassafrass Lass Sticker mounted on Chipboard
Martha Stewart Glitter
Kaiser Craft Glitter
Cricut Cartridge: Sweethearts
Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch

I cut out three rectangles and stamped each of them with a different pattern and I glued them to a regular 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base. Then, I cut out the Love sentiment from the Sweethearts Cartridge set at 2 1/2" and I embellished the card with the sentiment, the Sassafrass Lass sticker, Butterfly punches, glitter, and pearls.

I wish you little blessings in your day to come!!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I had some fun with October Afternoon's Report Card line and thought I would share them with you all! You instantly think "school" when you think of the Report Card Line, but I wanted to rebel a little and make some fun and bright cards using the fantastic patterns on the back side. Nothing to do with school here!!! Look at how versatile these papers are!!!

October Afternoon Papers
October Afternoon Stickers
Bazzill Kraft
Bazzill Cream
Texture Boutique
The Star card is made with a regular star template that I traced onto a 6x12 piece of cardstock folded in half. I then embellished it with lots of fun October afternoon stickers buttons and ribbon. I typed my sentiment out on the computer and cut it out for the card.
The Happy Face card is a regular 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" card that was made with scraps and pieced together on the card. Such fun happy cards for these grey days.

This simple and easy card is once again made using a regular 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 card base. I textured the white cardstock with the wonderful Texture Boutique and covered the Maya Road Chipboard with Patterned paper and outlined with a black marker.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Little Red Scrapbook Sneaks!!

Wow I can't believe it has been nearly a week since my last post. I was on a roll and having a blast creating when I had to go ahead and get sick. I had the worst head cold that I have ever had, and it had me down for 4 days!! I didn't get anything done....laundry, housework, scrapping.....nothing at all! So here I am once again playing catch up! Well, at least I can say that I have had a great time with this month's Little Red Scrapbook kit. What fun colors for this time of the year!!!! These papers are perfect for any kind of project that you choose! I just love all the florals in these papers and you know how much I love to use patterned papers for my embellishments!!! As you can see from my sneaks, I have taken full advantage of all the beautiful floral patterns!! I hope you picked up a kit for yourselves!! It will surely chase your winter blues away!!!
Here are my sneaks!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!
I hope you are staying healthy and happy in 2010!!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

One more for today!!

Wow!! Two blog posts in one day!!! Who would've thought!!! I am having lots of fun getting back into the swing of things!! Today I worked on the Papertrey Senior DT challenge. Have I told you how much I love Papertrey Stamps??? Well, I absolutely love them and their inks are pretty wonderful too!! I do have to say that Papertrey Ink is probably one of my favorite finds of 2009!

Here's the challenge just in case you are interested:

Senior DT Challenge: Scrap-tastic

We all have 'em. Lots and lots of scraps. Whether it be paper scraps, ribbon scraps or fabric scraps, this month's challenge is to share a clever & unique idea for using those little bits that sometimes end up neglected.

Here's my take on this challenge:

I used some Basic Grey Bittersweet Scraps, a pretty little vintage tag, Say it with Style Stamps from Papertrey Ink, Heidi Swapp chipboard shape, Tim Holtz distress ink-worn lipstick, prima flower and Kaiser Craft Pearl. I used a standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2 " card base and cut another piece of cardstock the same size and then trimmed the edge with my pinking shears and then I inked all the edges. I then cut out six 1 1/2" squares inked them and glued them down. Then I tied a ribbon around the card and added all the embellishments. I stamped the sentiment on paper and cut it out and added it to the front of the card.

Very basic, and very easy!! Such a great way to use up those scraps!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!
I hope you have a wonderful Thursday!!

It's Wednesday!!

Good Morning everyone!! I am so happy that this week is going by rather quickly! I was so tired on Monday after having a week and a half off from work, but I think I am back in the swing of things. I have been busy taking inventory, working on my Little Red Scrapbook kit, and in all honesty just creating for fun! I feel I have been way too busy and my work has suffered for it. I intend on making 2010 a year of getting back to the heart of things-my family, my faith, and my craft. I can't allow Busy-ness to rule my life. I have so many dreams and desires and they won't be fulfilled if I am too busy to step out and try them. My devotions today from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers really convicted me.
Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have.
I want to glorify Him in everything I do...not just get a lot done. I have to change my focus and
my motivation and I think the rest will come. I hope today finds you at rest wherever you are and that busyness isn't in charge of your day!

Since I am determined to create for fun I thought that getting back to those challenges I love would be a good start. So I stopped by the CPS Blog and decided to create a little Valentine card. I used Papertrey Stamps and a cute little vintage image for this card, so this card works for the Papertrey Scraptastic challenge too! Here is the sketch:
and here is my take on the challenge:
Thanks for stopping by!!
I hope today finds you resting in the peace of the Lord!!


Monday, January 4, 2010

Little Red Scrapbook January kit!!

I just can't tell you how pretty this kit is in real life!!! I am having a blast working with it!!! Full of American Crafts Letterbox goodies, this kit will take away your winter blues!!!
Tip/Technique for January

The embellishment add on kit includes a cute little Maya Road Songbird Chipboard Coaster book. There are so many possibilities for this cute little bird!!! My first inclination was to make a cute little mini album, but I soon decided it would be fun to use the songbird to decorate a fun little wall hanging. I will save the rest of the coasters to embellish other projects which will make this little mini album very economical!
I chose to paint my songbird with some Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint in Shabby Shutters. The green matches the patterned papers perfectly!! While the paint was wet, I sprinkled on some glitter to add to the texture and shine. I then added some ink for more depth.
For the wing, I decided to cover it with patterned paper, ink, and then sprinkled it with glitter. I have been having so much fun with glitter lately, I add it to everything!!
For the base of my wall hanging, I covered a 7" x 9" piece of chipboard with a copy of of the cover from an old book. I am loving anything vintage these days too!!! I added some ribbon from the kit, some lace, pom poms, buttons and tulle from my stash. I typed out my sentiment on my computer and distressed it. The sentiment is: Dream. Grow. Fly. This is my mantra for this year. I have a dream and through it I hope to grow. Through the growth, I hope it will give me wings to fly!!!

Here is a close-up of the songbird. You can see the crackle and the glitter if you look just right.

I hope I have stirred some creative juices in your heart today!!!
I wish you much happiness today!!!

Wishing you

Happy New Year everyone!! I hope you all had a joyous holiday season!!!
Our holiday season was absolutely amazing!! Beth and Matt surprised us by arriving about 5 hours early on Christmas Eve. We still had some preparations to finish up...but it didn't matter! We were so happy to see them!!! We spent the holidays eating, playing games, shopping, going to movies, laughing and crafting together!! I am so very thankful for my family!! Words cannot express the joy in my heart. I am very blessed indeed!! I just have to share some pics of my girls while we were busy creating some roses out of Tim Holtz' Grungeboard. A big thank you to Tim Holtz for the tutorial!!! My girls thought they would be too hard...but they were amazed at their creations!! They did an awesome job!!
Here's Heidi clipping her flower...
and Bethany doing the same.
These are Heidi's roses...didn't she do an awesome job???
This is our finished project. The picture is of my mom and her sisters taken in 1945. We took our finished roses and glued them to a frame along with some Prima Pearls, Tim Holtz Ideaology snaps, keys, locks, and tickets and some random buttons and lace. Way Fun!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!