Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Happily Ever After

My husband asked me this evening to make a wedding card for one his coworkers. It's been SO long since I made a card, I didn't even know where to start. So I hit up Mojo Monday for some.. well.. mojo :) and I really loved this week's sketch:

I used their wedding colors and some Echo Park papers/sentiment sticker and put this together. 


Out of my box, but I still like it. I guess I need to get back to creating regularly to get my groove back :) 
Thanks for stopping by!

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 9

The new school year is in full swing, my baby girl is now a walking, talking, into everything TODDLER, and I'm STILL trucking along on my Project Life albums (both second half of 2013 and beginning 2014). 

Here is week 9 of 2014 :)  I can't believe she was this little just a few months ago!!

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I'm including a card for each  monthly milestone - here are her 8 month stats.


When I saw the challenge at Scrap and Play this month I knew I had plenty of material to play along!


Here is one of my fav pics of my girl and her dog :)


Thanks for stopping by! Happy Sunday!! :)

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Project Life 2013: Week 30

Dusting off my blog, on this rare chance to have a day to myself this summer!  It's been a SUPER busy one - vacations, first birthday parties, sickness (who gets sick in the SUMMER?! apparently my daughter and I). I have been busy editing and printing pictures (thank you Shutterfly 101 free prints sale!) and ready to tackle my Project Life pages.  I am WAY behind, but I'm not going to let it get me down. I'm living life and making memories - isn't that what it's all about? :)

So........ I really wanted to play with my stamps (thank you YouTube inspiration.. loving Jen McGuire's videos for a quick fix when I can't get creative myself) and play along with Paper Smooches Anything Goes Challenge.


I decided to do a throwback PL page in my 2013 album, which ironically is exactly a year ago. And guess who was born a year ago just 3 weeks after my baby girl? Her future husband (a momma can wish right?)


I used the super cute A Little Lovin' set for the little frog prince. How adorable is he with the polka dot paper? Lots of gold for this royal!! :)

Here's how it looks on the whole spread:

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And here's my own itty bitty at just 3 weeks old! Love her! And I love this burlap and blue together, even on a baby girl page.

 

Anyone else get crazy and have a yard sale this summer? My bestie and I do it together every year and have way too much fun pawning our junk treasures on others. This year, I even sobbed over parted with some of my baby items to make room for toddler toys.


And here's "me and my bestie" after we got caught in the rain cleaning up said yard sale :)  I LOVE this heart bokeh paper from Echo Park.


Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you are enjoying your summer as much as I am (and finding a little time to get creative!) Here's to more PL pages to share soon :) Have a good weekend!

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Smile & Let Your Soul Shine

This layout was HARD... I'm so invested in my project life album that I couldn't even get my mojo going to make this traditional page. But I wanted to! I got this pretty new paper from Authentique's Flourish collection and didn't want to cut it down.


The lighting wasn't the best this evening; but it was now or never to get this on the blog :)  I am sharing this with Frosted Designs for their mom/floral inspiration photo. Love these pics of my baby girl and I (plus daddy and her) on the floral mat.


I'm also sharing this layout at Scrap & Play for their "Flower" word play challenge.
                                                         F - four photos
                                                         L - leaves
                                                         O - one manufacturer (Authentique)
                                                         W - washi tape (on bottom of page)
                                                         E - enamel dots
                                                         R - roses!
                                                         S - smile title


Thanks for stopping by today! 14.5 days of school left (but who's counting?!) then it's time to get serious on "catching up" with my albums. Remind me of this June 6th when my toes are in the sand and I'm planning a first birthday party! HAHA!

Have a good weekend!

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Kiwi Lane BLOG HOP!

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Good morning! I am so excited to be apart of the Kiwi Lane Designs BLOG HOP! You should have came from Alicia's blog, if not you'll want to go back to the Kiwi Lane Designs Blog to start from the beginning!

I had the pleasure of working with the Tiny Bracket Templates! These were so made for my Project Life album ;) The perfect size to add interest to your 4x6 and 3x4 cards: just trace onto cardstock or patterned paper, trim with scissors or an exacto knife. Inking the edges hides any imperfections!  Love them!

I typically create the traditional "weekly" Project Life pages. You can see my 2013 and 2014 album pages HERE. This week, I decided to make a spread devoted to the Color Run that my husband, friends, and I ran 2 weeks ago. We took SOOO many photos I just couldn't pick one to cram in that week (which also included EASTER!). So here goes..


Talk about COLOR! Right? :)  Well it was the "Color Run" which is named the "Happiest 5K on the Planet". And let met tell you .. it was FUN!

Close up of left side:


and the right:


I used the "Bracket 4T" and repeated it twice to get this design on the top of my title card. I journaled with a white pen the place and date of the race.  That runner is white embossed from a stamp set by My Creative Time.


Pre-race "facebook approve" selfie of my sweet hubby and I. Everyone got shirts, sunglasses, headbands, and other fun accessories for the race.  I love that transparency on the left!  I layered 2 of the same brackets for the right border.


I took a picture of my bib and shrunk it for this 3x4 card.  We ran through Camden Yards baseball stadium so had to get a before pic in front. I used Bracket 2T for the bottom edge of the photo.


 Did you see the Academy Awards and Ellen's selfie pic she tweeted?   This was our take! lol!!


My hubby took this pic of me as we were getting ready to go through the green color. I used "Bracket 3T" and another white embossed stamp from My Creative Time. Under that arch in the background, race people throw colored (cornstarch?) powder on you and by the end.. well.. you'll see what we look like ;) 


Here's the group "after" shot of all the girls. I teach with these wonderful ladies!  The black card seemed to achor all the brightness ;)


Victory!!! At the finish line, they give each runner a pack of color to throw in celebration. Love this action shot!!


It was all fun and games until my darling hubby DUMPED his blue powder pack over my head.   He thought it was HILARIOUS until I reminded him I was riding home in HIS truck! HA! Last laugh! ;)


Another "after" selfie to prove I didn't disown him after that stunt ;)  I was just relieved it all washed off - after all the next day was EASTER!


Thank you SO much for visiting my blog today! Be sure to leave a comment below, as one lucky blog hop participant will win a a $25 gift certificate to Kiwi Lane Designs! :)

Your next stop on the hop is Roselyn!  And special thanks to Jen from Kiwi Lane Designs for inviting me to join the fun and work with her awesome templates. She is a sweetheart and one talented lady!  Check out all of the Kiwi Design Templates HERE.


PS - I'm also sharing with StuckOnUSketches for using a stamp on a project life layout and The Mom Creative for their Project Life Tuesdays link up!

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Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Dance in the Rain

A very sweet friend of mine is going through a hard time and I wanted to make a bright and cheery card of encouragement for her.  The challenge at Sugar and Spice was having an inspiration challenge:


and gave me the idea to use my favorite quote. Which I am lucky to have on the "Lean on Me" stamp set by Scrappy Mom Stamps.


I used my new patterned papers from my 6x6 Splendid Sunshine pad by Echo Park. I cut the cutie umbrella from the Create a Critter cricut cartridge and added the punched heart. The middle layers are popped up for dimension.


I hope this card brings a smile to her face and lifts her spirits! :)

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Alexandra's Birthday Card

Our nieces, who are sisters, have birthdays 2 weeks apart. Isabella turned 11 this past week and Alexandra turns 5 next week. Their family party is usually in between - this Saturday :)  I made their birthday cards and am so happy with how they turned out.

The first card is for Alexandra's card uses the 2nd sketch from Sketch ~n~ Scrap:

March 20th card sketch

I raided my Echo Park paper scraps/stickers drawer for this one :)


I added a yellow button to the center of each of the flowers and popped up the middle one for dimension.


Since I didn't fit a sentiment on the front, I embellished the inside of this one too, using Echo Park alphas and another flower sticker:


Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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