Saturday, January 28, 2012

Dream layout (Practical Scrappers layout challenge round 4)

So somehow I made it to the third round of the Practical Scrappers layout challenge.  I cannot tell you incredibly cool I think that is.  If I don't get any further, it's not going to put a dent in my happiness in the slightest.  I feel like I already won, being in the top 15.  Thank you so much to all my friends who voted for my layouts and encouraged me :)  You rock!!!

Okay, that's enough mushiness, here's my layout for Round 3.  We had to use one of three pictures for inspiration and I choose overlapping squares in one picture and the colors in another picture.  We also needed to use up some of our stash by choosing at least 4 embellishments from a list.  I think the best part of my layout though is the awesome smile by Lara as she holds up the fireman's hose in one of the pics.  Such joy in her expression!

I made the frames from cardstock using my trimmer and then added strips of ribbon that I've had forever.  I used ribbon with circles or polka dots to offset all the right angles of the squares.  I also used mostly circular chipboard flowers as well, threading them from random twine or thread I had.  The flowers with glitter were bare and from Scenic Route (you know those are old!).  I painted them and then sprinkled glitter over them.  I layered them and added a button for more texture and dimension.  The banner is from October Afternoon.  It's hard to see in the picture, but I added a row of square clear rhinestones along the top (to tie in with the squares in the layout), added a bow on either end, and the letters "DREAM" are glittered red.  The brad in the button at the top was made from my I-top.  The quote that I printed out on acetate says, "If you can dream it, you can do it. - Walt Disney".

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.  If you like my layout and want to vote for it or are interesting in checking out Practical Scrappers, the link is  

I am entering my layout in the following challenges.  I am going to turn my comment moderation off when I publish this, but I have been having a TON of spammers posting on my blog, so I may have to turn it back on if I get inundated again with them.  Sorry :( 

Crazy 4 challenges - layer it on
Do you stack up? - ribbons
Moving along with the times - blooming Marvellous
Crafts 4 eternity challenge - Clean and Simple
Heartsong inspirations - red & white and/or Ribbon
Hooked on craft challenges - something bright
Incy wincy designs - anything but a card
Unstampabelles challenges - Anything goes (no stamps)
The Order of the Opus Gluei - Take a picture, it lasts longer

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!


Friday, January 27, 2012

Need a laugh? You have got to check out these pics!

My girlfriend Amy told me about the most hilarious blog.  It pairs pictures of the GORGEOUS Ryan Gosling with hilarious crafty sayings.  After you read a couple, you cannot help but giggle helplessly.  Here's a couple that I loved on the blog:

Even though I've read these a couple times already, I am still laughing copy and pasting these on my blog.  To see even more of these hilarious photos check out  

Have a great night :)


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Got any CHA advice?

Hey groovy gals,

I am going to CHA trade show this year and was wondering if anyone had any advice.  Having never been before I am sooooo super excited but blindly charging in.  I cannot wait to meet up with my friend, Suzanne, who runs Color Me Creative Classroom, a fun site with tons of coloring classes, challenges, chats, and inspiration.  I am going on the Monday and Tuesday of the conference and hubby is watching the babes.  (He so rocks!)  Are there a lot of make & takes?  Should I bring anything beside comfy shoes and snacks?  Also, I am going to take my camera and huge lens to take pics of all the cool booths.  Any requests?  I'm happy to take pics for you and add them here, assuming I can find the booth you want, lol.

Also, I am happy to announce that I am now a Product Advocate for Crafter's Companion USA.  While I needed to step down as the Design Team Coordinator for both of their blogs because of time constraints, I was thrilled to be asked to be a Product Advocate.  Guess they can't live without  But seriously, it is a perfect position for me.  So if you see a post from Crafter's Companion on their F/B page, odds are it's me.  And you will continue to see me make fun projects with products I love from them.  (Which I was doing anyway after I stepped down b/c I love their products, shhhh don't tell ;)).   I can't wait to meet up with them either.  It will be so uber cool to put a face with a name.

If anyone else is going and wants to meet up, let me know in a comment or email :)

Have a fabulous night!


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Practical Scrappers Round 2 of the layout competition

Whoooooo Hooooo!!!  I made the cut for Round two over at Practical Scrappers!  I may have a goofy expression on my face all day :)))))  So stocked!  Round 2 is up and open for voting. I decided to make my layout for that with Lara's school picture for last year.   I hadn't had a chance to scrap it yet.  (Tell you how behind I am with their school albums, lol.)

I started by misting my PP background paper with blue, greens, and a light pink.  The middle paper looks like it's misted by it is just a pattern.  A added some pretty lace ribbon along its edges.  The hot air balloon pattern is from G45 and the scalloped circular from is from Pink Paislee.  I added some flower rhinestones for a little bling and the green translucent flower on it is from Petaloo.    I added green patterned rub-ons on the horizontal blue paper (so hard to see in the photo) and framed the card with the globe on it using an overlay.   A little green lace ribbon is along the bottom.  Lara's pic is matted with Bobunny's Double Dot cardstock. My favorite part is of course all the flowers (Prima and Pink Paislee) and the fun chipboard in the upper right.  The patterned button with twine is from Websters.  The cloud came in my Artdelightful monthly kit, so I'm not sure who makes those, and the pink bloomer ribbon was given to me by a friend, so not sure about those either.   Whooo, that's a lot of stuff, lol!

There are 28 of us in the 2nd round and you can vote for 5 people this time around.  If you like my layout, would you mind heading over there to vote?   I'd really appreciate it!

Challenges I am entering my layout in:

Simon says stamp and show - Anything but a card
Unstampabelle challenges - anything goes
Lil' red wagon - use 2 ribbons
Bild malarna challenge - flowers in quantity
Cupcake craft room - anything goes
My time to craft challenge - favorite embellishment
Papertake weekly - Buttons, bows, bling & blooms
Thank you so much everyone :)

Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Would you help a girl out? (poll now closed)

Hey everyone!  My Grinchmas layout is in a scrapbooking competiton over at Practical Scrappers.  If you have time today (it's just for today), can you please check it out and it you like mine the best, vote for it?  I'd really appreciate it.  Next Saturday they will windle down the 70 entries to 25 and I think it would be really cool if I made it in.  My layout is the 2nd one listed.  Click HERE to go to their site.

Thank you so much friends.  The poll is now closed.  I appreciate all your help!  I find out if I make the next cut on Saturday :)

Have a wonderful Friday!


Friday, January 13, 2012

Happy New Year

Chinese New Year is fast approaching so today I have a New Year's card for my daughter.  Since Lara was born in China, we always celebrate Chinese New Year and observe some of their traditions and beliefs.  The kids' love having family over, eating lots of yummy Chinese food, and of course, receiving red envelopes.  

Red envelopes containing money are traditionally given to single people and children during holidays.  The red color of the envelope symbolize good luck and is suppose to ward off evil spirits.  The amount of money traditional is an even number (which is lucky), rather than an odd number.  The number should not contain the number 4 in it either, as the pronunciation of the number 4 resembles the word, "death".  It is traditional to put brand new notes inside the red envelopes, as well as avoiding opening the envelopes in front of relatives out of courtesy.

The paper is My Mind's Eye newer line, Kraft Funday.  All of the paper, twine, butterfly stickers, and ribbon was part of my new January Scrapbook kit from Artful Delight.  The two hanging charms were in my stash.  The beautiful asian stamps are part of new collection about to be released at Crafters Companion USA called Kanji.  The background stamp is called Kanji Bamboo Shoots, while the smaller stamp is aptly named Joy.  You can see more projects using this huge collection over at Crafter's Companion USA Information blog.  The Happy New Year stamp was part of the stamp set, Humphrey the Elephant Auld Lang Syne.

I also used a beautiful card sketch from Sketch Saturday.

Challenges I am entering my New Year's card:

Sketch Saturday - card sketch
Simon says stamp and show - Show a red letter day
Simon Says Stamps challenge - Spots and/or Stripes
C.R.A.F.T. challenge - Celebrations
Craft us crazy - anything new and/or funny
Crafty creations challenges - something new
Divas by design challenge - new beginnings
I brake for challenges - Clean and Simple
Creative craft challenges - New Year's resolutions
Ladybugs crafts ink TLT challenge - Use your new stash
Cupcake craft challenges - something new
Kaboodle doodles - fireworks or celebration
Ooh-la-la-creations challenges - new beginnings
Stamp and create - anything goes
Truly madly crafty challenges - anything goes
The Corrosive challenge blog - Ring in the new year

Have a happy Friday everyone and, if you have Monday off, a fabulous 3 day weekend!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Smash Book - 2012 Bucket list

Hey gals,

I decided to do something a little different this year with my New Year's resolutions.  I came across a new group over at Color me Creative Classroom with Suzanne Dean called W R Smashbookin', Scrappin' and Journaling.  Every month there is a new challenge to encourage us to get out and use our Smash books.  (If you don't have one you can still join in, just make your own out of a journal or mini album.)   Many of us are using our smash books as 2012 Bucket list/New Year's resolutions journal.  I just love this idea!  Not only can I keep my goals in mind, I can smash all the tickets/photos of anything I do that's fun along the way.  No stressing over the right embellishments or being neat, just quick fun pages.

For my first two pages I used a quick quote vellum quote, some leftover butterfly and abc stickers, and a random butterfly die cut I had lying around.  The quote says,  "Do not go where the path may lead:  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson".  The Paper is from DCWV Mariposa stack.  (Top tip for Top Tip Tuesday - Smash books are a great place to use left over stickers, rub-ons, die cuts, and paper.  In fact, these are the best embellishments for it because they are flat and won't add bulk to your book.)

The 2nd two pages were scraps I had from Cosmo Cricket, some Prima die cut starts, a page of a mini notebook from Bobunny, more leftover abc stickers, and a Goals sticker tab I had in my stash.   I put my main 3 New Year's resolution on the left and some fun things I want to do in 2012 on the 2nd page. 

I am entering my Smash pages in the following challenges:

Color me Creative Smash book challenge - First pages in my smash book
The order of the Opus Gluei - out with the old and in with the new
Hooked on craft challenges - try something new
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything goes
Creative Craft Challenges - New Year's Resolutions
Simon says stamps challenge - Spots and/or Stripes

Enjoy the rest of your night :)


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Grinch

Today I have a fun layout with the kids posing with the Grinch and his dog Maxx.  During the month of December, Universal Studios decorates their park in Whoville style.  They even put in a snow area where the kids can play.  The kids went wild over this since they never see snow here in Southern California.  We saw the Grinch right as we entered the park and the kids were so excited to get a picture with him.  We love to watch both the original animated Grinch who stole Christmas cartoon, as well as the Jim Carey version every year.

Here's a close up of the them.

I found this digital images on the net.  It was actually a coloring book page that I shrunk down to a smaller size.

I went nuts with the embellishments on this page, using all kinds of stuff; rub-ons, diecuts, Imaginese clear plastic snowflakes, tag, couple of ribbons, bling, and flowers.  The paper is from MME and Echo Park.  Not sure about the embossed green paper.  I used red and green Ranger distress inks around the digi and the tag, and well as Copic to color the digital image.

I am entering my Grinchy layout in the following challenges:

Stuck on u sketches - sketch challenge
Scrappy Moms - cartoon characters
Anything goes challenge blog challenge - anything goes
Scrapfit - stars
One stitch at a time challenge - use embellishments
Critter challenge blog - baby it's cold outside
Really Reasonable ribbon ramblings - ribbon and sparkle
abc challenge - green
Craft your passion challenges - mythical creatures
Use it Tuesday - All about Winter
Dream valley challenges - anything goes

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

If you are interested, I have an awesome giveaway going on here. I am giving away:


Friday, January 6, 2012


Happy Friday!!  Man, this week went by fast!  Like most of everyone I know, I started on my New Year's resolution to eat less and move more.  So far, so good.  I found this cool new FREE app called myfitnesspal.  (  It keeps track of all my goals/food/exercise/vitamins/sodium/cholesterol etc.  I have never tried doing this and it's amazing what you can find out about your diet.  I definitely recommend it.  You can even scan bar codes instead of looking up food.

Okay, enough about that, I've been working on a really fun banner for the last couple of days.  I used my new January Scrapbook club kit by Artful Delight.  It has the most delicious paper and gems in it by Studio Calico and My Mind's Eye.  I wanted to make a party banner that would be non gender specific but still gorgeous.  I am totally thrilled with how it turned out :))))

Here's a pic of the kit.  The owner of the business, Leeanne, is really sweet and has a fabulous sketch challenge on her blog every month.

The base of the banner is actually part of a Maya Road brown chipboard mini album that I took apart and painted white.  I cut the paper into banner shapes (complete with the punched holes) from my Cricut Cartridge Birthday Bash (page 64, size 6").  Before making the accordion flowers, I used an edge punch I had on hand and punched one side of my about 1 1/2" x 12 strips to give them a little pop.    Then I just added some circles cut out of leftover paper from the kit that matched and added the matching Thicker letters and bling.  The last thing I added was some red ribbon that I had from my stash.

Now I have a birthday banner (that isn't store bought and cheap looking) for future parties :)

I am entering my banner in the following challenges:

Simon says stamp and show - something old something new
Simon says stamps - new something
Sentimental Sundays - anything goes
Papertake weekly - anything goes
Really reasonable ribbon's ramblings - sparkle and ribbon
Pile it on - anything goes
Allsorts challenge blog - new beginnings
Incy wincy designs - anything goes
Totally gorjuss - happy
Southern girls challenge - show us your sparkle
Critter challenge blog - celebration
My mum's crafts shop challenges - something new
The pink elephant challenge - anything goes
Getting cricky - Celebration

Thanks for checking out my new project!  If you haven't seen my giveaway, you might want to check it out HERE. I am giving away a Crafter's Companion Boxer board, Envelobox board, and Ultimate Advanced Construction Techniques DVD.  I love them!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!