Monday, December 29, 2014

Sending big HUGS

Our daughter Skylar is away at Basic Training and when I saw this Big Hugs Stamp set along with the dies from PaperTrey ink, I just HAD to have them! I rarely use stamps, I am not sure why, but I absolutely adore this set and the many possibilities it holds.

Here is the first card:

And the second: 

(I added a glassine bag full of die cut "Hugs" since one can never have too many). 

Both of the cards have stamped sentiments inside, which I did not photograph. 

pp: Webster's Pages
sequins: Crate Paper
textured Glassine Bag- The Curtsey Boutique

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Salted Caramel and Peppermint Hot Cocoa gift baskets

Merry Christmas Eve! I made these hot chocolate gift baskets using supplies from the Curtsey Boutique Etsy store (which is taking a short break at the moment). 

The "Salted Caramel set"features warm cozy tones. The wooden berry baskets were painted white and then I added some gold mist once dry. I used a white fabric ruffle flower on one basket and a white paper die cut snowflake on the other. I then layered them with various die cuts from the store. The cocoa was placed in glassine bags and the caramels are in textured smaller glassines. The marshmallows are in some cello bags, also from the store. 

These "Peppermint" baskets were done in a similar manner, but I used red and silver to create a cooler feel to go along with the peppermint. 

These were easy and fun to make. The recipients were wowed by the presentation of the "simple" yet thoughtful gift. 

Everything but the ribbon and some of the twine is from the store. 

I hope you and your family have a Blessed Christmas! 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Enjoy Today (Clear Scraps)

Hello! I created this project using a Clear Scraps Tri Fold Scallop Frame. These frames are wonderful and make beautiful home decor projects. For more details please visit the Clear Scraps blog

pp and vellum: Websters Pages Nest collection
doily: Jillibean Soup
die cuts: Crate Paper
chipboard: MME and Crate Paper
ribbon and twine

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Merry Christmas {card}

Hello! It's time for challenge #8 on the Scrapy Land blog. This challenge is a 'Holiday' theme using any die or dies that the Scrapy Land store sells.

Here's my card using the Tattered Lace Reindeer die.

vellum paper: My Minds Eye
pp and sticker: Webster's Pages
ribbon, bells, pearls and button twine

Be sure to check out the Scrapy Land blog to see what the other talented designers created as well as all the details on how you can enter this challenge!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Devils Tower {album} Clear Scraps

Hi! I am sharing the last of our summer adventure mini albums today. 
I used a Clear Scraps 6x6 3-tab album to create this one. 

pp: MME
die cuts: Crate Paper and other
alphas: American Crafts and MME

Thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

love this

This layout has been created using the sketch for the DT call on The Memory Nest blog. I have been playing along with the sketches and thought that I might as well apply for the team since I enjoy creating with them.

supplies: Dear Lizzy Serendipity
 and a doily

and one more thing since the past few days have been crazy busy---

This girl- my sweet Skylar- officially swore into the US Navy yesterday and headed off to Basic Training last night. I got her teary arrival phone call at about 10:15PM last night. I am SO PROUD of her and so incredibly BLESSED to be her momma. She is going to be an MA (Military Police) and is our third (and last) daughter to join the Navy. 

I have been a wreck. Although it is the third time I have done this, it was still just as sad and hard on this momma's heart. Having her being away at Boot Camp during this time of year makes it a bit more difficult, too. She should graduate sometime in early February. I am looking forward to seeing my "new and improved" Skylar once Basic Training is over for her. 

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Be Merry {banner}

Hi! I am sharing a holiday banner I created with the Clear Scraps Gingerbread Banners

Be Merry banner {full}

Be Merry banner {side}

pp and stickers: Glitz 
puff paint

For more information, please visit the Clear Scraps blog

happiness is {jar}

Hi! It's time for challenge 7 at Scrapy Land and it's another Anything Goes challenge. I picked up these fun X-Cut Feathers Dies and wasn't quite sure what I was going to use them for, all I knew is that I wanted them and that I would some way to use them.

These feather dies are a nice size and can easily accommodate a few words or even a sentence, so after some thought I decided to create a Happiness Is jar. The idea is to write a little something on a feather that is positive or about a good moment/event that has happened throughout the year and at the end of the year we can open it and recall all the wonderful things/moments that have occurred.

I created the "nest" using the Impression Obsession Twig Wreath die (can you tell I love this one?!). I cut two, layered and then cut about a 1/4" off to create a bit of roundness and then adhered the ends together. You can easily cut more  off to create a deeper nest.

dies and ribbon- Scrapy Land
jar- Target
pp- Websters Pages Nest Collection
twine- Papertry Ink
wooden button- the Curtsey Boutique
chipboard- Crate Paper

Monday, December 1, 2014

Remember This

Happy December! It's time for a new challenge on Scrap & Play, There will only be one challenge this month and here it is:

Here is my layout:

I used green, red, and a santa. 

pp- Chickaniddy
bag: The Curtsey Boutique

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Counting Blessings {layout}

I have a layout to share today featuring a Clear Scraps 12x12 Acrylic Sheet. 

Clear Scraps 12x12 acrylic sheet
twine: Papertrey Ink
enamel dots: My Minds Eye

Monday, November 24, 2014

Decorated Jar Candles- 3 Birds

Hi! I am sharing my final project as the November Guest Designer for 3 Birds. These jar candles are so easy to personalize and turn into a beautiful gift for any occasion. Please chick here to see how I created them. 

supplies: Touch of Glimmer Embellishment Kit, Flora Festival Premier Page Kit

Thanks so much for having me 3 Birds! It has been wonderful working with these amazing products!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

happy day together

I am here today to share a layout created using a great sketch from The Memory Nest; Make it Monday No. 28. I deviated slightly from the sketch, but you can still see the basic concept.

pp and sticker: Websters Pages Nest
butterflies: Michael's
sequins: Hazel & Ruby
'together' word: Heidi Swapp
chipboard: MME

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A trio of cards- 3 Birds Guest Designer

Hi! I am up today with my second project I created for my guest designer spot this month with 3 Birds. I created a trio of cards using the beautiful 3 Birds new Touch of Glimmer Kit and Flora Festival Page Kit. It was hard to stop at just three- the ideas were coming fast and furious with the awesome selection in the Touch of Glimmer kit.  For more details on how they were created please visit the 3 Birds Designs Blog.

give thanks {card}

It's time for challenge #6 at Scrapy Land. The theme this time is to add texture to your project. 

Once again I used the Impression Obsession Twig Wreath and then layered some leaves using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves.

Don't forget that your project must feature a die(s) brand that Scrapy Land sells. For all the details and to view the work from the talented design team you can visit the blog here

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Merry Christmas plaque

Clear Scraps teamed up with Kaisercraft this week and the team is sharing several projects. I decided to create a Christmas wall plaque with the North Pole collection. 

Christmas plaque

Christmas plaque detail

For more details head on over to the Clear Scraps blog

Clear Scraps XL DECO shape
twine: Maya Road and Target
rhinestones and bells

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Best Times- Scrap & Play challenge 14

It's the 15th which means it's time for the second November challenge at Scrap and Play. Challenge #14 is a fun one- you get to pick any layout that the DT posted for this challenge and lift it! The possibilities are endless as there are so many ways you could go about this. 

Here's my layout:

Please note- there will be a slight delay in the official posting of this challenge on the Scrap & Play blog, however I have linked up the beautiful layouts from the design team members so you can pick which layout you would like to lift and start on this challenge. 

The awesome prize this month is a $25 gift certificate to any online scrapbook store that you want! We are looking forward to seeing your layouts! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

be thankful plaque

Hi! I am up on Clear Scraps today with this simple yet colorful plaque. 

I wanted the focus to be on the leaves and ATC cards which I prettied up using several layers of alcohol inks as well as gold mist. 

Be thankful leaves

The colors are so rich and vibrant and look beautiful with the sun shining through them. 

Be thankful full

(sorry for the angle of this photo. It was extremely challenging to get an effective photo of this without it being at an odd angle.)

Clear Scraps supplies:
other supplies:
Heidi Swapp clear alphas
sequins: Crate Paper
alcohol ink
Bo Bunny gold mist 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

fall fun- 3 Birds

I am thrilled to say that I am the guest designer for 3 Birds Design this month! My first project is a layout I created. For more details check it out here.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a beautiful day. :)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Golden Reindeer {card}

Hi! The newest challenge is up at Scrapy Land. For #5 it's another anything goes challenge so I decided to get a head start on some of my Christmas cards. 

I used the beautiful Tattered Lace Reindeer die which I cut and then misted with gold spray. I didn't remove the flourishes from the body because I wanted to keep the focus on the gorgeous reindeer and not have him lost on the background. 

To find out the details on how you can enter this challenge and to see some gorgeous projects from the Scrapy Land design team, click here to get to the blog. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Love you to the stars and back

I played along with the other sketch from The Memory Nest. This is my take on MIM No. 27.

I used the new beautiful September Skies papers and embellishments along with a few other tags from Crate Paper and Dear Lizzie. The sequins are Teresa Collins.
I also have some machine stitching around the half circles. 

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

you brighten up my day

Happy November. :) Today kicks off challenge #13 at the Scrap & Play blog. This challenge is all about the word 'THANKFUL' and you have to see the gorgeous work from the team!

Here is my layout: 

Here are the elements I used from 'THANKFUL':
  T- Teal, H- Handcutting/hearts, A- asymmetrical, N- nine patterned papers, K- knots, F- Floss/flowers, U- Umbrella, L- layers

You can win a great prize this month, we hope you will join us for this challenge

Friday, October 31, 2014

Moldy Bones {card}

Happy Halloween! 
Whatever your plans are today and tonight I hope you have a spooktacular time! 

I am up on the Clear Scraps blog today with a card using one of the awesome Send it Clear Cards

Moldy bones card

Inside open

Clear Scraps: Fancy Send it Clear Card
Echo Park papers and stickers

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween treat gift basket

Hello! :) I was up on the Curtsey Boutique blog yesterday with this Halloween gift basket. These cute little berry baskets are so fun and I enjoyed dressing this one up with other beautiful treasures from the Curtsey Boutique store

Curtsey Boutique supplies:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2014- The Best Summer

It has been awhile since I have created anything using one of the great sketches on The Memory Nest and I had some time today so I created a layout for the Make it Monday No. 26 challenge. 

pp, die cuts and foam stickers: Pink Paislee
twine: Papertrey Ink
sequins: Crate Paper

This layout came together quickly since I already knew which photos I would use. I used larger photos, however I was able to stick pretty well to the original sketch, which you can see here

Thanks for stopping by, have a super week!