Friday, July 31, 2009

More holiday goodies...

I'm back with more Christmas goodies to show you! Here are some more of the things I created for Creative Cafe and Accucut with their new scrapbooking products coming out at the Craft and Hobby show this week...

This die cut paper that is shaped on the bottom of the Good Stuff page is flocked and is so BEAU-tiful!! I also really adore the white glittered paper with the music notes under the glitter. The glitter doesn't flake at all when you cut it. It was hard to photograph, but I think you can see it a little bit. I used the rub ons right over the glitter paper and stitched some dangling ornaments.
Next, a mini album with photos of us decorating our tree last year. I used the star die cuts to mist over on the front cover. Here are just a few inside peeks. To see the rest of the pages, click HERE.
The red paper below is a new glittery die cut paper by Creative Cafe! The trees and stars are done with new Accucut dies. I love each year when the Santa hat comes out and we take silly pics!
These are pics of Kati when she experienced her first candy cane! She sat off to the side when we were decorating the tree one year and devoured that whole, sticky thing...notice it running down her chin! (sorry about the terrible photo of the page) The Santas are foiled and are shiny.
I've been busy getting my home ready for my parents to come visit! They are coming in 2 weeks and I'm so excited! I haven't seen them for a year. So I told Taylor we could get her a new bedspread for her bed and redo her room. We've been busy rearranging and painting, she has a spiffy new desk and bright, fun colors now! No more pastels. I would take photos, but we are going to surprise grandma when she comes, so we'll have to wait on the photos. ha

Well, I'm off to do more painting. Yesterday I pressure washed the deck and cleaned out the van while the girls went to grandma's to swim for the day. Glad to get that done. Tomorrow I'll try to get the stain put on the deck, it needs it so badly. Waiting for it to stop raining. It's raining today, so we are still in our jammies and have been vegging out. I better get going and get something done! Feeling lazy today! =)

P.S. Someone had asked where I purchased the jingle bell tree. It came from a discount furniture store here called "Huck Finn Warehouse".

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Shabby goodness...

Have you seen the new Pink Paislee lines? Shabby, yet colorful and so gorgeous. Here are some cards and things I made with the new Pink Paislee line called Mistletoe for the show at CHA this week. I am seriously in love with all the texture these papers have. Makes creating so easy!

This HoHoHo card has a tag on the front that opens...inside says, "Santa is coming!"

Here I cut the edge off of the round paper and stitched pieces of it onto my tree. The little star at the top is a stamp from the collection. I cut the backs off of the brads and attached them with glue dots, so they wouldn't show through on the inside of the card.
I found this little metal tree at a discount furniture store and added some tags, rub ons and clear stickers, along with some tiny holiday photos. I actually added more to it after these photos were taken.
I sure wish I could have gone to CHA and experienced all of the beautiful projects everyone has made. Maybe one of these days! Thanks for stopping by and if you are here for the Dream Street blog hop, please see the post below. I'll be back with MORE!
Enjoy your day,

Monday, July 27, 2009

Dream Street blog hop!

Welcome, blog hoppers! The Dream Street girls are hosting a blog hop this week to show off our 5 new lines, so be sure to stop by each designers' blog for more chances to win! You have through July 31st to leave comments. I managed to make a few cards over the weekend with some of the new lines, so here they are!

This one is with the new Superstition line. I punched 3 holes at the top of my card and used wire to pop up the letters! Love that each line comes with alphas, chipboard and rub ons this time! These papers are gorgeous!!
This card is made with the SAM line! **I think this line is my favorite!** I cut a circle from the polkadot paper and stitched in a circle to create the tree. Added the swirly rub on and then cut little leaves and popped them up for dimension.
And the last card was made with Amy Teets' super cute Merry and Bright line! I used the rub on tree in the center and then printed the words to Jolly Old St. Nicholas and attached them around the edges of my card.
Be sure to check out the Nature's Poetry line and the Urban Ink line as well!

Next, pop over to Nicole Stark's beautiful blog to have a look at what she has created! If you want to start at the beginning, please go to the Dream Street blog HERE. Don't forget to leave a comment at each person's blog for more chances to win the grand prize!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Back from the beach...

Hey there! Sorry I haven't updated in awhile. We were gone to Hampton Beach for the past week, but we ended up coming back a day early because of the rainy weather. I was so bummed that we only had 2 good days at the ocean! I'll get my pictures uploaded and share some soon. We did a lot of eating out (yummy lobster rolls!), playing in the arcade, playing cards and listening to the bands that they had each night. My niece came and stayed with us for a few days while we were there. I'm glad to be back home and get back into our groove. Two more weeks and my parents will be here to visit!

It seems strange trying to get into the Christmas spirit, but Danelle Johnson from Creative Cafe asked me to create a few holiday things for CHA and I couldn't resist! I love their products so much! Here is a page with their new die cut papers, very glittery and pretty and they come in red or green. Actually everything here is CC, including the papers, journaling sheet, felt words, buttons, glittery brads and stickers! I wanted the page to sort of look like a present all wrapped up, so I added the twine around the whole page.The journaling talks about how it was so hard for me moving here and spending many Christmases without my family, but now we have our own little family and I've loved creating new traditions with them and seeing the magic in their eyes!

This one is a quick card made with Creative Cafe papers, ribbons, felt flowers, buttons and some of the new rub ons. I cut the curly ribbon into strips to create the tree.
And here are some little gift bags that I made with their felt bags, ribbons, buttons and brads...
I have lots, lots more to share (Creative Cafe, Pink Paislee and Dream Street), so come back soon!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Some scrappy things to share...phew! I was going crazy not being able to show you anything I've done recently. I'll have a TON more to share soon.

Label Tulip's next monthly kit has gone up for sale this evening, check it out HERE! It contains lots of fun travel things inside for all your vacation photos, but I love that you don't have to use it for travel. Donna Downey is the guest designer this month, so definitely pop over to see what she created too. Here are a few things I made with the main kit...

Fun Times Ahead
This page was for a challenge to scrap an exciting moment in your life. I decided to scrap these photos of us heading to our trip to see Yellowstone and Jackson Hole, WY, one of my favorite vacations EVER! Photos are of us in the car...look at Kati... she was so small!

Journaling reads, "Who knew our trip to Yellowstone and Jackson Hole, WY would be one of the best trips we’ve ever had? Who knew we would go white water river rafting (scary but amazingly FUN!), horseback riding in the beautiful mountains (Taylor rode her own horse at age 6), ride on the gondola up 4,000 feet to Rendezvous Mtn. to look out over Snake River Valley and the Grand Tetons, and see Yellowstone’s bubbling hot springs and geysers? Who knew we would see Sigourney Weaver while shopping in Jackson Hole? Who knew we would play cards and visit with family, eat grandma’s delicious chicken and dumplings, swim in the prettiest stone pool at the top of the mountain? This trip was definitely one of the best vacations I’ve EVER had. 6-06"I used the little die cuts in the kit for road signs and stitched poles for them with black thread. I created a little road from the brown cardstock and stitched the center of the road with yellow thread.

This next page was done for a scraplift of Amy Coose, whose page was chosen this month! Be sure to upload any of your creations in the Label Tulip gallery (not necessarily using their kits) to be in the running for this! You do get a gift certificate to the shop if one of your pages is chosen for the monthly lift. (Click HERE and scroll down to see the member lifts.)Journaling reads, "Ever since I purchased my Canon Rebel camera, I have really become addicted to photography and learning more about it. My kids run when they see the camera coming! It's not that often that I'm in the pictures, so one day I decided to try and get some pictures of myself in the mirror, mostly for a new avatar on-line. Ha! Let me tell you, it's not easy getting a self portrait! But I'm glad I tried and the results turned out fun. I definitely want to learn more and grow with my photography skills. I think I enjoy it JUST as much as scrapbooking the actual photos themselves! You won't find a shortage of photos in my family! And now maybe I'll try to get in the pics more too."
Next up is a page about our home. I wanted to come up with a unique idea for the stamp that was in the kit, so I stamped it onto the brown cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then I cut it into a pocket shape and tucked one of my favorite close-up photos of our house. I used the transparency arrow as a house shape to "house" my title. lol
I adore these flowers...I think they are my favorite flowers ever put out by a scrapbook company!

And last but not least, a card made with the #2 add on kit - some October Afternoon journaling cards and Basic Grey chipboard!
This add-on kit reminds me of picnics in the park. I just love it and wish I had more time to play around with it!

In other news, we had a play date yesterday and then spent the day at the fair today. Taylor had some art work that was going to be at the fair that was chosen by her school, but we couldn't find it! I was a little disappointed. We did have some fun on the rides, seeing the animals, and treating ourselves to shaved ice and cotton candy! Some of my fave pics from the day...Kati after eating shaved ice - with a nice blue tongue and a cooky curl in her face. :)

Friends, Kati and Adrianna..they are so cute together.
Cool sandcastle at the fair. One lady was misting it to keep it in tact.
Taylor on swings. She was braver this year, proud of her!
Taylor - on right of swings.
Our crazy friend Alexis went on this one! She is in the orange section!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope to be back with more to share soon of CHA sneaks!