Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Got candy?

Hi everyone, Happy Halloween! I am up on the Bella BLVD blog today sharing a fun Halloween layout.

Got Candy? layout:
I wanted to create a 'Halloween themed' layout but didn't have Halloween products on hand. So, I decided
to pull papers from different collections that fit a Halloween color theme - purple, orange, and green.
The orange chevron, and green grid patterns that I pulled from the Birthday Boy collection complimented
the purple plum paper that I pulled from the Sprinkles & Lace collection.
To add a playful feel to the layout, I cut out circles with my Silhouette Cameo,
then added some punched stars, Ciao Chip embellishments, buttons and designer tape.
I finished off my layout by adding some doodling, stitching, journaling and a flag from the Thankful Flags 2 collection.

Birthday Boy collection: Eat cake paper, About A Boy paper, Alpha +Bits stickers: photo corner
Sophisticates: Sprinkles & lace: plum paper, petite pieces paper
Ciao Chip: chipboard alphas: Sienna Pony, Everyday Elements: stars & hearts
Cardstock stickers: High Five alphabets: Yellow High Fives
Flags: Thankful Flags 2
Button market: stars button, orange stars button, outdoors button
Designer tape: orange stripe tape, jail bird tape

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Cookin' with the new cook collection

Hi everyone! I have some projects up on the Ruby Rock-it designs blog today using the new Cook collection, and I am very excited to share them with you.

Homemade chicken pot pie layout:

I love all the vintage piece ephemera pieces that come with this collection. I used several of them on my layout.
Cook collection: Floral paper, Ledger paper, Ephemera paper, die cut pack
letter stickers: Nostalgia and Vintedge collection
date stamp: Dear lizzy (American Crafts)
ink: dye (Versamark)
sewing machine: Brother
thread: Guterman
pen: Zig
adhesive: foam squares (Scrapbook Adhesives); ATG gun (Scotch)

What's Cookin'? card

to give this card an elegant touch I added some lace trimmings, pink florals and some fun vintage ephemera pieces.


How fun are those polka dots? I just love how my projects came out using the new Cook collection. This was such a fun collection to play with, I know that you will enjoy it too!

supplies: Cook collection: polka paper, collage paper, Ephemera paper, die cut collection pack, trimmings, florals

Thursday, October 25, 2012

scrapbooking those with special needs...

Hi everyone, Happy Thursday! We are getting closer to the weekend, YEAH!

The new November/December issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine is out

Have you seen it? It is packed full of inspiration.

I have a two page layout in this issue.

Here is a small peek of my layout titled "One Brave Soldier" which can be found on page 46 of the mag.
This layout is very special to me. The call was for scrapbooking your loved ones with special needs. I wrote about my husbands struggle with combat PTSD from fighting in Afghanistan, his exceptional service (receiving a Bronze star medal) and getting through as a family day by day. I am incredibly lucky to have him as my husband and to have him here with me. It took me a long time to be able to get to the point of talking about our struggles and to be able to get them down on paper, so creating this layout was very therapeutic and beneficial to me. And a good reminder of what I have to be thankful for.

Thanks for letting me share!

Have a wonderful day friends

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

October memories

Hi everyone,
Happy Wednesday. I just got the kids off to school and I am headed to the gym. Going to take a gentle yoga class today. But first, I am up on the Bella BLVD blog today and want to share my project with you :)

October memories layout:

I just adore the colors and patterns in the Thankful collection. They are perfect for documenting Fall days and trips to the pumpkin
patch. I started my layout by tracing a wave pattern on cardstock then I used it as a template to cut out my pattern papers and
piece together my background. I used my sewing machine to stitch each section down. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the tree
and stitched it with embroidery floss.

I added in chipboard icons from the Ciao Chip Thankful collection and hand cut the leaves and pumpkin from the cute cuts paper.
To add dimension, I folded some of the leaves in half and added some embroidery stitching before gluing them down.
I finished off my layout by adding a blessings flag from the Thankful flags 2 collection and some High five alphas.
Thankful collection: Our Spot paper, Turkey Tracks paper, Burlap paper, Perfect Day paper,
Cute cuts paper, Alpha +Bits stickers: scallop border sticker, Just Write Journaling stickers: October Memories,
Ciao Chip: chipboard icons: Thankful
Cardstock stickers: High Five alphabets: Green High Fives
Flags: Thankful Flags 2
Button market: outdoors button, fruit punch button

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Playoffs, cheerleading and trains...

Hi everyone,

I hope that you are enjoying your day. Things have been busy around here. Both my sons' football team and my daughters' football team that she cheers for made the playoffs, so we will be spending our next few weekends at playoff games. They are super excited about it, and I am really proud of them.

My daughters' cheer team had a competition this past weekend at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
So proud of my girls, they took 2nd place out of 6 teams and worked really hard for it.
We are still recovering from a super busy weekend, so I thought that I would just share with you today a recent layout that I made just for fun using my Silhouette and lots of stamping.

I made this layout with Studio Calico's Central High kit:

At the train station:
I had this photo that I took of my daughter last year modeling in front of a train,
and loved the colors in it. I added some stamping with Studio Calico's plano stamp and small small stamps from their stamping kit class.

Studio Calico kit: Central High
cardstock: Bazzill (white)
pattern paper: American Crafts (plaid)
overlay: Hambly (cameras)
embellishments: American Crafts Dear lizzy collection (brad, chipboard cloud)
rub on: Hambly (photographs)
journaling spot: K&co. (Smash)
letter stickers: American Crafts (thickers), Cosmo Cricker (tiny type)
tools: American Crafts (knockouts border punch) Tim Holtz (tiny attacher)
ink: Donna Salazar (Smooch Spritz)
other: sewing machine, thread

Thanks for stopping by, I will be back tomorrow with a project I made for Bella BLVD!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Crisp days of Fall

Hi everyone,

Are you enjoying the Crisp Autumn weather yet?

We had a bit of a cool down last week, but too many days that were in the high 80's and low 90's this week in Northern California. I am really longing for some Crisp Autumn days. Fall is my favorite season, and it has inspired me to make this layout using the new Fusion collection from Ruby Rock-it designs.

Crisp days of Fall layout:

I paired fusion papers with some fundamental kraft pieces and some fun burlap paper from the new Cook collection.


I just love how all these elements tie together nicely, I even added some paper from the Arcadia collection. And I added a bit of canvas paper, that I got from my local craft supply store to add some texture to the layout.

supplies: Bella! fusion sandalwood paper, leaf paper
Fundamentals: gold accents, kraft alphas
Arcadia collection: Tranquil paper
Bella! fundamentals: chipboard icons and letters
cook collection: burlap paper

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The new Kiss Me collection by Bella BLVD

Hi everyone!
Did you see? Bella BLVD just revealed their new collection Kiss Me today on the Bella Blog. This collection is so fun. Filled with chevrons and mustaches and hearts. This collection is perfect for Valentines Day, but great for the everyday too.
As a Design team member I received the whole collection earlier this week, and I am in love! Swoon!

Here is a preview of the collection.

Don't you just love it? Well, you are in luck because Bella is having a win-it before you can buy it contest on their blog today. Stop by and leave a comment for a chance to win!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Bella BLVD's new Mid Show collection

Hi everyone,
I hope that you are having a wonderful Saturday. I have some exciting news to share with you. Bella BLVD just released a promo image of their brand new Mid-show
release collection called

Kiss Me:

As a Design Team member I got the privelage of seeing the whole collection reveal and it is amazing. Think lots of hip navy, pink, chevrons, and mustaches!

Are you excited?

The full reveal will be shown on the Bella BLVD Blog on October 17th and will start shipping to stores on November 1st. Want to see more? Stop by to see what owner Stephanie Hunt says about the new collection.

Friday, October 12, 2012

sharing my first CK pub!

Happy Friday Friends,

Hope that your weekend is starting off well. It is a little chilly out this morning, so I am wrapped up in a blanket with a cup of Pumpkin Spice coffee catching up on blogging and hoping to get some play time in today. It's a perfect day to stay in and scrap!

I realized this morning that I have a recent publication that I haven't shared with you yet. So here we go...

This one, I am super excited about..

This was my first ever pub in Creating Keepsakes Magazine!

Dream Layout:

I was super excited to have this layout picked up. This was for a teen inspiration column in the July/August 2012 issue. The layout was about my daughter's dream of having a career in the fashion industry as a fashion designer. To highlight on the fashion trend I added bits of lace, sequins and fabric yoyo's to my layout.
Not only did they pick up my layout, but they also requested a photo of something in my daughter's room that inspires her. Since she has a setup in her room with a drawing desk and dress forms this photo was perfect to compliment the article.
Here is a peek of my layout in print:

If you would like to purchase this issue it is available here

Have a great weekend!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Introductions with Bella BLVD

Hi everyone,

Happy Monday. We are doing introductions on the Bella BLVD blog, and I am up today. Did I mention how excited I am to be part of this team? Here is what I contributes:

Sweeet Girl layout: featuring the Birthday Girl collection and Sophisticates

I love summer layout: featuring the Sunshine & Happiness collection

To read the full introduction and meet some of my awesome teammates you can visit here

Saturday, October 6, 2012

World Card Making day - Bella style!

We are celebrating World Card Making day Bella style!

Please stop by the Bella BLVD blog today and join us for a day full of giveaways!

Here are a couple of cards that I created with Bella for WCMD
Happy Birthday cupcake card:
Birthday Girl collection: Miles of smiles paper, Celebrate paper, Sugar rush paper
Flags: Birthday Girl Flags 1
Miniatures stickers: card sentiments

Thanksgiving day card:
Thankful collection: Burlap paper, perfect day paper, alpha+bits stickers,
Flags: thankful flags 1
Button market: Masculine mix

Be sure to stop by the Bella BLVD blog to see what the rest of the team created and for your chance to win a prize!

World Card Making day

Hi everyone!
Happy World Card making day! Are you ready to be WOW'ed today? I am up today with cards on 3 different manufacturers blogs.

First up are some fun cards that I made for WOW
Hello Friend card
Just for you card
WOW! Everyday Sentiments, Funky Border Strips, Make a Wish stamp sets
WOW! Opaque bright white embossing powder
WOW! cotton candy embossing powder
WOW! bubble gum embossing powder

We are having a giveaway over on the WOW blog. So be sure to hop over there and leave a comment to be eligible to win. We have some wonderful prizes up for grabs. We are giving away 4 prizes in total: 2 sets of Christmas stamps and 2 sets of 12 packs of embossing powders.

Next, I have a card up for Ruby Rock-it designs

Home sweet Home card:

I used their new family collection to create this card. I love the warm fall colors, be sure to stop by their blog to see what the rest of the team created!