Friday, November 15, 2013

Fall Frame - Trendy Twine Guest Designer

Hi all!  I'm back for a guest design spot on the Trendy Twine blog.  I made an easy home decor project from a dollar store frame, cardstock, and Orange Truffle twine.  Head over to the Trendy Twine blog for details and more pictures!!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

We R Memory Keepers Guest Designer Spot

Hi all!  The day has finally come.  I am guest designing over at We R Memory Keepers!  Yup...THE one and only We R!  I'm so excited about this opportunity!  I own quite a few of their tools among other items in their amazing line of craft supplies so this is a perfect opportunity for me.   You can find me on their blog HERE!  Head on over and check it out.

With that said let's get to the project.

We R allowed me to play with their Chalkboard Collection.  It is so so pretty and there's so much that can be made with this collection.  I decided to go with a layout.  That's been my project of choice lately.

So how do you like We R's Chalkboard collection?  Its pretty right?  I tried to use as much of it as I could to showcase the awesomeness of it.  There are papers, tags, letters and so on in the collection.  I also used a few of the We R tools to add some embellishments to my layout.

I used the Crop-a-dile to attach the brad on the top corner of the page and the Sew Easy to create a zig zag pattern to sew some pretty Posy Trendy Twine into.

I used a picture from a few months ago when my daughter was a tiny little thing.  She just turned a year old last month so going back and scrapping her early days makes me a little sad.  A bit happy since I get to sleep now but still a little sad because she's already getting so big.

For more on the layout and this collection head over to the We R blog!


Friday, August 30, 2013

Hipsters Layout

I finally made a layout of my other kid.  Poor neglected kid,  I know...bad mom!  I recently bought DCWV's Neon Chic Stack with my daughter in mind.  I figured I'd get plenty of use out of it with all the neon and 80s colors she wears.  I was correct!

I used some Unity Stamp Co. stamps on my layout.  Did you see their latest sale?  55% off everything!  I have my order in.  :)  

My inspiration came from the current issue of Paper Issues.  I used this sketch to create my masterpiece!

Here is my work of art....


Pretty hip.  I try.  :)  She actually came in and said she really liked the layout.  Makes up for me being a bad mom when it comes to scrapping her pictures!

Rosette Tutorial

I had a request from a fellow crafter to make a video on how to make a rosette. The video is somewhat of a mess.  The format it was recorded in couldn't be edited so no pretty titles or anything.  Also the dang rosette gave me issues...of course!  But I carried on and finished. 

Here's the LINK!

Have a great weekend.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Vroom Vroom

Happy Monday all.  Yea, I only say that because I'm already off work and sipping on a glass of wine.  :)  When I woke up this morning I wasn't so happy.  Tired is more like it.  Well this weekend I decided to play along with the DCWV Stack-a-holic Template Challenge.  I usually do so no surprise there.  I almost thought I wouldn't make the deadline this time though so I had to haul butt.  

This month's challenge was pretty fun.  I really liked the layout.

Here is my rendition.

Oh I know it sort of doesn't make sense that I have Vroom Vroom as the title but it did before I added the frames.  My daughter was in one of those car shopping carts.  Before I had to alter the picture you could see the steering wheel.  In the bottom small picture you can see it.  Hope it makes sense now.  

I used DCWV's Celebration Stack for this layout.  It worked great with the colors of the picture.  
The Polaroid frame and the two smaller frames are from the Basic Grey line.  I found them at Joann's on sale awhile back.  I finally had a chance to use them.  
I designed the title in Silhouette Studio, layered it, and embossed it.  
Oh and guess what!  I FINALLY learned how to make rosettes the proper way.  I always somehow just made up ways to make rosettes.  Yea, don't ask.  I have had a hate hate relationship with those pretty things for two years now but I finally figured it out and now I like them. 

The "Enjoy the Ride" tag is from Chic tags and is a free printable file.  I found it via Pinterest.

I can't leave out my fave twinery right?  The pretty pretty and perfectly coordinated twine is from Trendy Twine.

I hope you enjoyed my layout.  Now back to my wine and cooking!


How did I miss this? I was featured!!

Paper Issues Blog Design
Hi all. I just came across one of my layouts on the Paper Issues blog. I had no clue I was featured! So cool! How did I miss that? The blog post title is "Project Life Favorites"...makes me feel awesome! Check out which of my layouts made the cut HERE!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Home Wall Decor

Finally!!  After well over a year...actually maybe two...I finally finished a home decor project.  I saw this idea on Pinterest and decided to give it a whirl.  The project uses canvas, paint, Mod Podge, and scrapbook paper.  I have already played with Mod Podge on frames and such so I was pretty comfortable using it.  I recommend getting used to it before embarking on this venture.  I'll explain why in a minute. 

For now enjoy the pictures.  :)  I'm so proud of it!It matches so well with the painting I have up.


Now on to the how to.....

12'x12" Cardstock
12"x12" canvas
black paint
paint brush
Mod Podge
 sponge paint brushes

I purchased white canvas because that was all they had.  I decided to paint it black (live that song!), hence the paint and paint brush.  If you can get ahold of black canvas you are in luck and can skip that part or if you want white background you're good too!


1.  Paint canvas black.  Let dry.

2.  Once dry apply Mod Podge or any adhesive to the canvas liberally and evenly.

3.  Place cardstock on top of glue making sure it is straight and there are no bubbles.  Let dry.

4.  Once dry apply Mod Podge using foam brush to top and sides of canvas.  Don't glob it on or else paper  will really bubble up (ask my husband about that!).  If paper bubbles a little don't worry it should go down.  Let dry.

5.  Repeat step 4.

6.  You're done!!  Now hang them up!  

So my husband had no clue that if you dumped globs of Mod Podge on the paper it would bubble up.  I probably should have warned him.  The ones he did are questionable and lumpy but oh well.  I still hung them up bubbly and all. 

Enjoy your weekend!


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Love in an Instant Layout

Happy Saturday everyone!  I got a little scrapbooking done today and used my brand spanking new Silhouette Cameo.  I love the thing.  Granted, I have the Silhouette SD and love that so I knew I'd love the Cameo as well.  

Today's layout is my entry into Unity Stamp Co.'s stamp challenge for August which you can get to using this LINK.  Here's inspiration:

The challenge is to use the card or scrapboook template as inspiration or you can use the color palette.  Either one works.   The only real rule is that you use Unity stamps on your project.  Easy enough for me since I have plenty, although not enough!

I ended up doing the layout challenge using the color palette.  I didn't exactly mean to use the color palette but it just ended up that way.  In fact When i was trying to figure out what colors to add for some "pop" to my layout I realized I was using the pinks and browns of the palette.  With that I decided to incorporate the blue and green as well.  Why not?  I was stuck so that was perfect!

OK, so on to my layout!!

The "Love in an Instant" sentiment comes from Unity's {insta-live, love, dream} stamp set and the "life documented" sentiment was a freebie I received with an order.  Super cute right?  I am in love with these stamps.  Too bad money isn't infinite.  I would be the proud owner of many many more sets.

The background paper is from DCWV's Sweet stack.  I double layered the flags and the butterflies for dimension.  With the large butterflies I layered with a dark blue under and the green on top.  The blue on the large butterfly bodies actually comes from the body of the itty bitty butterflies I have on the page.  Well, not those but others that I cut out.  I don't have any of those cool pearl glue things so I had to improvise.  Not too shabby of an idea though.  Worked great!!

The pink rectangles I used with the lattice cutouts come from My Thoughts Exactly.  It was a Project Life Freebie card.  I sized it down a bit to fit my needs.  Here's the LINK to the freebie.  Thank's Alyssa!!

Hope you have a great weekend. Now off to link my project up to Unity's challenge.  





Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Silhouette Cameo Score!

  The other day I had an hour to kill before going to Crossfit. I was contemplating just waiting it out in front of the gym or wandering aimlessly around a craft store. I had zero plans to buy anything since I had already spent way too much between crafty stuff and workout stuff this month. Overkill on my end but sometimes I just HAVE to have it.

  Well, wandering around aimlessly won out and I went to Michael's. During my wandering I happened upon a sign in the die cut machine and accessory aisle. The sign that stated 40% off and in small print it stated "includes machines and blah blah" (not really blah blah but my mind didn't go past the "machine" word). Wait...what?! I read and re-read and re-read. There were no exclusions like there normally are. I swore I was wrong on what I saw. When are the machines ever discounted? Never.

   I asked the first associate I saw if they had any Silhouette Cameos in stock. They sure did. I told her about the sign and mentioned that it was so weird. She thought so too (apparently she scrapbooks as well). She went to the back and got a Cameo box and rang it up. No deal. It rang up at $299. Darn but I pushed a little and mentioned the sign. It's advertised as 40% she called her manager down and low and behold he agreed with me! I ended up with an amazing price for the Cameo (see picture below). I ran out of that store with my machine as happy as can be!!

 I think the manager went to check on the signs and have probably revised them but maybe they were correct. If so, you better head on down and grab your Silhouette Cameo or whatever machine you wish to purchase.

So my plan of spending $0 failed.  My inner voice won out and it must have known about the amazing deal.  Under $200 for a Silhouette Cameo!  SCORE!!

Sunday, July 7, 2013


Hi again!  Two posts in one week!  Yay!  I worked on a layout this morning that I absolutely love.  I also am going to enter it into DCWV's monthly challenge. 

Love it!  I used DCWV's Nana's Nursery stack for baby girls.  I also used some Unity Stamp stamps for the hot air balloon and the three pennant flags.  The other day I hit Joann's and found some Basic Grey chipboard, among other items, and I used the "Adorable" banner from one of the sets I bought.  How do you like the hanger?  Love those little things!  I used them one other time n a Halloween layout I made.  Oh and of course I used some Trendy Twine on my layout!   

Well, I gotta get going to a BBQ.  Enjoy your Sunday!!


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Cute as a Bug

I have a quick post for you.  Gotta get going so I have to make it quick.

First off have a great 4th of July to all my American followers.

Here's my latest layout.

How do you like the googly eyes on the butterfly?  Cute right?

The 5x5 and 2x2 prints are from Postal Pix which is my new favorite go-to picture printing place, err app.   

I purchased the title from the Silhouette store. 

I used the Butterflies & Blossoms stack from DCWV.

Gotta run!!!


Friday, May 24, 2013

Hello Summer

It's still been pretty nice here in SoCal so we have been going to the beach here and there on weekends so now I have another beach layout to share.   

I gave up on trying to make my own layout designs so I look to Pinterest for inspiration.  Here is my inspiration (linked to my Pinterest).  I tried to get to the original source but it no longer exists.  Sorry!  

Welp. here you go....


I've been finding a lot of free project life printables and other printables to incorporate into my layouts since  I've been steering away from paper piecing.  You can find my printables board on Pinterest here.  The Hello Summer and the Snap Shot prints are part of my awesome findings on Pinterest that I printed out.  The quality is great!  

Aside from printing elements I also used a new material on my layout that I have never worked with before.  Cork!  I won a Stack-a-holic challenge over at DCWV and part of their prize package included a 6x6 pack of cork board. I used it as the background for the picture.  

Two other techniques I haven't done in awhile was heat embossing and hand stitiching.  I did both on this layout.  I colored the heart in the 2013 with an embossing marker and then added sparkle embossing powder.  I heated it and voila...a pretty glittery heart that was once brown and boring.    As for the stitching, I pulled out my Sew Easy and one of the piercing heads I've never used before and I stitched away.  

The "May" stamp is from Unity Stamp Co.  (LOVE those stamps).  The paper is from DCWV's Surf's Up stack that I purchased from their DCWV Deals site.  I got the picture printed at Postal Pix which is an app you can download to your iPhone.  I know I said I'd review the app but I forgot!  Oops.  

Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend!!! 


Saturday, May 4, 2013


Happy National Scrapbook Day!  Did you participate in any activities or events to celebrate?  I did!  Well, I only made a layout but I did something right?  

Today I made a layout for Elle's Studio Sketch Thursday challenge.  I believe I recently discovered Elle's Studio via Paper Issues.  Lately I've been wanting to participate in challenges to get me motivated to scrap.  it's been working! 

I printed some Instagram pictures using an app on my iPhone called Postal Pix.  This is my first go at printing Instagram pictures.  I'll give a review of Postal Pix tomorrow.  

Story of the layout
We went to the beach a few weeks ago (yes, it has been toasty in SoCal lately...sorry midwest and east coast ladies!).  I took plenty of pictures of my daughter *discovering* the beach.  She loved it until she face planted and literally ate sand.  Poor thing but it was pretty funny.

And guess what......I pulled out the sewing machine again!  I sewed on my layout again.  This time it came out great!  


Well, great to me since this is like the third time I have ever done this before.  The stitch came out pretty straight.  Yay me! 

I used DCWV's Surf's Up Stack and Recollections open stock paper.  I got the Polaroid frame from  LuScapandCrafts (a freebie!).  I had to convert the file to an SVG.  The stamp is Sandy Toes from Pink by Design.  I handcut the triangles on the banner.  Oh and I sewed them...yes I did!