Thursday, December 13, 2012

12 Days of Christmas - {Day 2!}

Hey there bloggie friends!  Happy Thursday to you.  Today, I've got a cute and fun holiday video from Stampin'Up! to get you in the holiday spirit with their unique version of the 12 days of Christmas.

Have you all done your Christmas cards yet?  That's my big project that I'm hoping to complete this weekend.  Boy, is this holiday season going fast.  Do you feel the same way too?  I would love to hear what you guys are crafting this year - be it decorations, cards, or gifts.  Feel free to share and leave me a comment.

I'll catch up with you guys tomorrow with Day 3.

Ciao for now!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12.12.12 and Day 1 of 12 Days of Christmas!

Hi there, dear blog friends! Happy 12.12.12! I know I'm in the last few minutes of the day, but I wanted to kick off my 12 days of Christmas! Here's the first day - a fun and simple Christmas ornament project!

I used framelits, embossing folders and DSP to create these cute little guys. Hope you like them!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Great things come in {cute} handmade packages

Hi all!  How are you?  I am popping in with a quick post of a fabulous idea that I had to CASE from Qbee's Quest!  How cute is this box!  Here's a full look of the outside:

And wait til you see the inside....

Isn't that so clever?!  It's a hinged box that measures 3" x 5" and is 1" deep.  I love the little pop-up for the gift card!  I am so glad I stumbled across Brenda's post - she has a step-by-step tutorial on her blog, so it makes this project so easy peasy, you'll want to make a bunch!  I know I am!! Plus there's even room to add some yummy candy or a nice tube of lipstick.  Hope you liked this case!
Here are the supplies I used:
{Penguin Gift Card Box}
*Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Be of Good Cheer DSP, Very Vanilla
*Stamps: No Peeking
*Inks: Cherry Cobbler
*Accessories: Window Framelit dies, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Big Shot, Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon, dimensionals, Simply Scored board, Decorative Label punch, Paper trimmer
Have a great day and I'll see you guys soon.  I think I've bitten by the inspiration bug, so I'm hoping to post a few more things this week!  Bye for now.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy Cyber Monday!

Hi all!  Did you guys have a nice Thanksgiving weekend?  Did any of you hit the Black Friday sales and all that good stuff?  Well, with Cyber Monday today, I thought I'd throw in a little special for those of you that want to shop for some stamping and crafting presents :)  So, not only do you have the Online Extravaganza items, but for those of you in the United States, if you place an order on my Stampin'Up! online store today, I will personally send you this cute little Stampin'Up! tote, too, as a special gift from me.
I love this print from the Festival of Prints paper pack in the Holiday Mini catalog.  It'll be perfect to tote your craft supplies or bring to the market to carry your groceries.  Whatever the use, it's a great reusable bag with an adorable design!  Have fun checking out the Online have til Wednesday to take advantage of the deals, but today's the day to shop on my site if you want to get yourself a free shopping tote :)

Have fun and I'll catch up with you guys soon!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

A momentous weekend for UCLA

Hi there blog friends! I wanted to share a cute photo of my little guy from today in his Bruin jersey. With a split UCLA-USC household, you can imagine that this can be a sensitive topic. Luckily, the hubs was ok with Denver wearing this post-game jersey for the winning team :) Truth be told, he would look cute in either jersey!

Have a great night! And, don't forget that the Stampin'Up! Online Extravaganza starts tomorrow, Nov 19!!

Bye for now!

Love textured paper? You'll LOVE Textured Boutique

Just when you may have gotten stumped on a gift idea for your favorite crafters {or even a gift for YOU!}, Stampin'Up has put together a great offering in partnership with Sizzix on this cool crafting tool...the Textured Boutique.  Now, how cute is this? Esthetically, for all the purse afficionados out there, it looks like an adorable blue purse with a black handle.  Don't you think it will make a nice addition to your craft table?  Ahh - but the function is key - this little portable tool will transform your regular cardstock sheet into a beautiful textured focal point for your card.  The picture above shows what you get with the Textured Boutique Bundle for $39.95:
  • Textured Boutique Embossing Machine
  • 2 Embossing folders: Flower Garden  and Striped Textured Embossing Folders
Or, you can opt for the Textured Boutique machine itself for $29.95.  It's a great deal!  This offer is only available for a limited time while supplies last, so don't delay!  You'll want to get one soon!

Curious about how it works?  You can watch the video below to see just how easy and cool it is!

Hope you have a great day!  Bye for now :)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Get ready for the {Online EXTRAVAGANZA!}

Online Extravaganza!
Hi all!  I'm back with another post, can you believe it?  Well, with the holidays coming upon us, Stampin'Up! is kicking off their Online Extravaganza sale just in time to pick out those special stamp sets and craft goodies for all the crafters in your life!  And, the cool thing is - there's no hassle with lines or parking, just shop at my Online Store here!

Here are a few highlights of this sale that you definitely don't want to miss:

Special 24 hr deals on Nov 19 and Nov 28!

Nov 19:

Nov 28:

Simply Sent! There's an app for that..

Happy Friday, dear blog friends! I'm actually trying out a couple of things with this post - 1) I'm using the blogger mobile app and 2). I am trying out Stampin'Up!'s new mobile app called Simply Sent! It's an awesome little app that allows you to compose a digital scrapbook page right on your phone! Currently, it's available for the iPhone and it's Free! Here's my first layout. Lemme know what you think! And if you have an about you try it out and let me know what you think of the new app! Look forward to hearing from you!

I'll be back soon with another post...lots of things to share. And now that I'm mobile enabled, I may just be blogging more frequently.

For those of you that recall - I did have a mobile app before, but it was no longer supported. The great news is that this app is a new release from blogger (they have it for Android, too). So, if you're a blogger, it's a nice mobile option :)

Ok - gotta run for now. See you guys in a bit. Have a great Friday!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

It's Election Day! Go VOTE!

Hi all!  Today is Election Day in the United States, so I encourage all of you registered voters in the US to go out and vote today.  Whomever you vote for, this is your opportunity to let your voice be heard.  I did my duty and went and voted this morning. :)

Hope you all have a wonderful day! 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Greetings

Halloween spooks to you, dear blog friends!  Hope you had a fantastic Halloween!  This is a pic from our evening's festivities.  It was lots of fun!  Let's just say, my little owl had a HOOT! :)

Have a great night!  Bye for now.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Sell-a-stamp SPOOKTACULAR is {TODAY}!

Hi all! Just wanted to remind you that Sell-a-stamp Spooktacular is happening today where you get 15% off on most of  the stamp sets.  View my earlier post HERE for details.  You can shop at my Demonstrator Store website any time today - but don't forget that this sale is today only!

Also starting today thru Nov. 5th is the cool Digital promotion where you get 3 free downloads and 50% off all Digital kits!  What a great day to get your shopping on, huh? :)

As an incentive for you, anyone that places an order of $50 or more TODAY from my Demonstrator Website will get this super cute Stampin'Up! shopping bag from me :)
Have fun shopping and have a great week! 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Woot! Woot! A Digital Scrapbook Promo and a Quick Page Share

Hello there!  I'm back and so excited to share another promotion AND an actual digital scrapbook page!  You all know how I've been a big fan of MDS.  Well, for those of you out there that are digital fans like me, you'll love this offer for the week of October 29 thru November 5th.  Stampin'Up! will be offering 3 free downloads and 50% off on ALL digital kits!  How cool is that?!  You can check out the kits at my Demonstrator store and see the free downloads here.

And, I also wanted to leave you with a digital scrapbook page share from our trip to the aquarium this past summer.  It was so fun to see it through my little guy's eyes!

This is an 8 1/2 x 11 scrapbook page that I created in MDS2 using the Piece Of Cake DSP, Keep this Memory Stamp, and Downtown Grunge frames.  We took tons of pictures at the aquarium, but this particular moment was really so so cute to watch.  Denver's touching a starfish for the very first time.  Priceless! Hope you like it!
Have a fantastic day!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Get ready for Sell-a-stamp {SPOOKTACULAR}

Hello there blog friends!  Hope you're enjoying your weekend!  I know it's been quiet again on my front, but I had to pop in and tell you about Monday's Spooktacular Festivities!  Stampin'Up! is offering 15% off on almost every stamp in all our catalogs for ONE DAY ONLY, on Monday October 29th!  What does this mean?  It means, you get $15 off on all stamp sets, including:

  • Background stamps
  • Personalized name stamps
  • Incentive stamp sets from the supply list
  • Cookie press stamps
  • Single-image stamps

  • So, you're  probably wondering...ok, so what's excluded?  Here's the list:

  • Hostess sets
  • Bundled stamp sets
  • Digital stamp brush sets

  • It's the perfect time to place an order just in time for the holiday card and craft making!  AND, you have direct access to my website here!

    Feel free to start browsing now so you can pick out the stamps you'd like to get on Monday, October  29.  Don't forget that the deal is for Monday only!  Have fun!  I'll remind you again on Monday....and may have some things to post for you as well! ;)

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  Ciao for now.

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

    MDS Ideas and some great pricing news!

    Hello again!  Have you guys taken a peek at the new MDS2 yet?  It's not only a great digital scrapbooking app, but it's an AWESOME tool for party planning, too!  You name it - invites, favors, banners, signs.  You have to give it a whirl.  Now, there's even more incentive because Stampin'Up! has dropped their print services pricing pretty significantly, so their offerings are competitive with the other photo services out there!  The cool thing is, you have the option of using existing templates or having total flexibility on creating your pages or projects however you like!  Here's a quick and simple page I created of my favorite subject:
    Isn't he a cutie?  I can't believe how fast time flies.  This was taken at the end of April and he has grown so much already since then.  I'm glad I captured the moment.  For me, the convenience of digital scrapbooking makes it so nice and easy to make a memorable layout.  If you're like me, you can do one page at a time and feel like you've accomplished something in just a few minutes!  The second page I created uses the same basic layout, but here, I share some of the party favors and decor I created for Denver's party using MDS. Whaddaya think? 
    You can check out the new MDS2 printing services prices here.  Definitely worth a look!  I'm incented to finish putting his book together! :)  Hope you have a great weekend.  I'll catch up with you guys soon!

    Friday, October 5, 2012

    Hello are you all?

    Hi there bloggie friends!  Hope you all are doing well.  I know it's been over a MONTH since I've posted, so my apologies for the radio silence.  It's been quite busy on both work and personal fronts for me, so my well intentioned goals of crafting and creating have gotten derailed for the moment, but I do have lots of ideas in my head I need to put on paper.  Some, I even have on camera that I just have to edit, so I hope to share a few ideas with you soon.  Today, I thought I'd share a few pics of my succulents in the backyard.  They are just going gangbusters and blooming up a storm!  I love that they are low maintenance and look amazing in my backyard. 

    Hope you enjoy.  How are things going with you all?  Feel free to drop me a comment - would love to hear from you. 

    Oh - and I do have an October giveaway percolating, too, along with my 12 weeks of Christmas Newsletter series, which I will probably have to rename to the 12 Craft Ideas for Christmas, since I'm a little behind in kicking those off.  So, stay tuned.  I do have some things to come.

    Thanks for checking in - I promise to engage more with you all soon.  Bye for now!

    Friday, August 24, 2012

    simply flat..with {tExTuRe}

    Happy Friday to you!  Hope you all had a great week.  Just wanted to pop in with a simple card I created.  After making this one, I decided that I should sit down and make a stash of these simple one layered cards to have on hand..especially thank yous!  The inspiration for this card is actually from a couple things - 1) the chevron arrow stamp from the Border Banter stamp set and 2) the leaf from the Wonderfall stamp set, both of which are in the Holiday Mini catalog.  I've been wanting to play with both of these and I happened to have a white 3 1/2" x 5" card in close proximity to my computer, so, as I was sitting on a conference call, I thought I'd try these stamps out.  I found it to be very effective multi-tasking!  I was really pleased with how it came out - for no layers at all, it seemed to be chock-full of texture.  Here's another view, so you can see what I mean about flat texture:
    So, what do you think?  I thought it had a nice retro-modern look to it, especially with these colors.  I used the brand new In Color, Summer Starfruit, and paired it with a classic favorite - Pumpkin Pie.  For the Thank You sentiment from the Itty Bitty Banners set, I used Early Espresso Ink to make it stand out, in a subtle sort of way.  Here's the recipe for you:
    {Wonderfall Chevron Thanks}
    • Stamps: Wonderfall, Border Banter, Itty Bitty Banners
    • Cardstock: Whisper White Notecards & Envelopes (3 1/2" x 5')
    • Inks: Summer Starfruit, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso
    Now, the fun part.  Last but not least, I was blurfing {aka blog surfing} a little bit ago and saw that my sketch actually fits Pals Paper Art's sketch challenge for the week, so without even intending, by serendipitous luck, I'm actually getting to play in a card challenge!  Woohoo!  It's been awhile for me. :) 
    In any case, I hope you guys like the card, or, at least come away with an idea for trying to create texture with a one dimensional card.  Patterns really do a lot - be it stamps or paper - and they're fun to dabble with!  Give it a whirl and see what you come up with.  Thanks for popping by and have a great weekend!

    Thursday, August 23, 2012

    Birthday Bazaar!

    Hello there blog friends!  How goes your week so far?  Today, I've got a fun birthday card to share for you, using the cool Chevron embossing folder and the Delicate Doilies Sizzlits.  How about my little scallop flower?  I love the smaller sized 1 1/4" scallop punch {from the Holiday Mini Catalog} that nests so perfectly to add an inner layer to my flower!  I created the flower petals by cutting towards the center of the flower at every 2 scallops.  I punched out the leaves using the Blossom Petals Builder punch.  Wanna see the rest of the card?  Here you go:
    I used the Apothecary Accents Framelits as the background to my sentiment, from the Happy Hour stamp set.  And lastly, I created the scallop border at the bottom using the Large Scallop Edgelits. I had a lot of fun making this card for my good friend Robin :)  As you guys can probably tell, I'm a big fan of this color combo.  It's a change up from my regular repertoire of colors, but the Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, and Daffodil Delight just pop with that happy freshness, dontcha think?

    Hope you like the card!  Here's the quick recipe for you:
    {Birthday Bazaar}
    • Stamp Set: Happy Hour
    • Cardstock: Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, International Bazaar, Summer Smooches
    • Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake (to sponge on the edge of the leaves)
    • Accessories: Chevron Embossing Folder, Delicate Doilies Sizzlit, Large Scallop Edgelit, Blossom Petals Punch Builder, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Apothecary Accents Framelit, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Hemp Twine,
    Thanks for the visit.  Have a great one!

    Monday, August 20, 2012

    sweet anniversary {LOVE BIRDS}

    Happy Monday, blog friends!  I have a quick card share for you today.  I created this anniversary card using my current fave, International Bazaar DSP {such cool prints!} and the Apothecary Accents framelits, and the bird punch, and the awesome Paper Piercing Pack {I think I'm kind of addicted to this paper piercing, too!}.  For the stamps, I used the Owl Occasions stamp set from the Holiday Mini for the branch, and then the sentiment is from the Memorable Moments stamp set.  Here's a look at the full card for you:
    Now, isn't that paper print so fun?  Love it!  Well, I hope you guys have a great Monday and I'll catch up with you all in a bit!  Thanks for popping in ;)

    Sunday, August 19, 2012

    Tinkering with my blog using MDS2

    I decided it was time to give the bloggie blog an updated look, since it had been neglected for so long on my part!  So tonight, I fired up the MDS2 that I just downloaded and worked on some background ideas.  At first, I tried out one of the DSP patterns, but didn't feel like it was quite the right look for me.  What I finally went with was a background I created myself using the Epic Overlays digital stamps and the Keep this Memory digital embellishments and the finished product is what you see in the background of my blog!  What do you think?  Would love to get your feedback. I started with an 8 1/2" x 11" custom landscape page, and this is what I filled it with:
    Once I started, it was fun and easy to put together!  Then I uploaded it as my background in Blogger and viola!  I also created my new header the other day and just made a few tweaks on the sizing and layout.  That was a lot of fun, too :)

    My next thing is updating my sidebar labels, so I hope to get those done in the next day or so.  What I found is that MDS2 is definitely a great digital app, not just for scrapbooking - it's an awesome tool for creating blog graphics!

    Gonna call it a's late for me.  Chat with you all soon.

    Friday, August 17, 2012

    You're {AMAZING!}

    Hey there, bloggie friends! Hope you had a great Friday today! It was a busy week, but I'm starting to feel like I'm turning the corner as far as managing my time.  I'm so glad I got to stamp a little bit this week - it felt so good!  Plus, I have lots of birthday and anniversary celebrations this month, so I was motivated to create some cards with my stash of brand spankin' new Stampin'Up! goodies from the new catty!  Today's card share is a birthday card I created using the You're Amazing stamp set and the International Bazaar DSP {which is one of my faves!}. Here's a look at the full card for you:
    Aren't the prints of this DSP so pretty?  The color palette I used for the card was Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, and Tangerine Tango.  Such a happy and cheery color combo.  Now, how about that flower?  Truth be told, the card was basically created around this flower, since I had made it first.  I was so intrigued by Patty Bennett's video flower tutorial, that I had to give it a whirl and try to make a flower myself!  What's fun about this particular flower is that it uses one of my good ol' favorite tools - the crimper!  I had to dust mine off a bit, but I tell you, it's a great tool to have in your crafting quiver.  Here's a closer look at the flower detail for you:

    Isn't it just so pretty?  All you need is the Blossom Punch, a crimper, DSP, and a brad and you're on your way!  For this flower, I used 5 punched out blossoms, but you can play around with this number based on how full you want your final paper flower to be.  Definitely worth a try!

    Here's the card recipe for you:
    • Stamps: You're Amazing
    • Inks: Tangerine Tango, Crumb Cake {for the flower edges}
    • Cardstock: Pool Party, International Bazaar DSP, Whisper White
    • Accessories: Antique Brads, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack,  Paper-Piercing Tool, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Corner Rounder punch
    Hope you like the card!  Well, my friends, I appreciate you coming by today.  Have a great weekend and come back to visit soon!  :)
    Ciao for now.

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

    guilty pleasure...

    Ha! Did I get your attention?  And no, I'm not talking about 50 Shades {heehee}, but rather, this month's MDS {My Digital Studio} promotion at Stampin'Up!
    To sum it up for the month of August, all cards, photobooks, individual pages, and tags are on SALE for 31% off!  But wait, there's MORE.  There are also 31 digital products available at 31% off, too.  So now, you're probably thinking, well, I don't have MDS...not to worry.  During the month of August, you can download a 30-day risk free trial of MDS2! How cool is that? 

    I'm a huge fan of MDS, so I'm excited to download MDS2 and check out all the new features.  If you're a big fan of digital crafting, then I think it's definitely worth a free trial peek ;)

    While I'm posting, I also wanted to share that there's an awesome Howl-o-ween project kit that you can earn for free if you join my team in August!  You can become a Stampin'Up! Demonstrator by purchasing a Starter Kit for $99 this month and build it your own way with the products that fit your crafting style and focus.  It's definitely worth checking out!

    Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I've actually been bitten by the crafting bug this week, so I'll have a few more posts to share in the coming days :)  In the meantime, take a peek at the MDS and the starter kit options!

    Bye for now!

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    Keep Calm and Carry On!

    Hellooooooo there!  I know it's been quiet on my blog...hope you all are doing well!  I am still here, but busy as ever (or as usual?!).  I was so excited to have a little bit of time to play with my stamping stuff.  You wanna see what I came up with? I have to say, being out of practice with stamping is kind of like not having worked out in a long time for me...I'm actually guilty of both at the moment!  But the analogy is, when I don't run in a long time, the first time back is always so much harder!  So today, it took me quite a while to come up with an idea, even though I had all kinds of new goodies at my fingertips.  Here's the card I created...

    I decided to use the new Hostess set called Carry On, which I just LOVE.  The sentiment is one that I'm sure you've seen - it actually originated as a saying on a poster by the UK government back in the 1930s.  This said poster was rediscovered in 2000 and so the saying has been reproduced by various companies.  So, all was fine and good until something had come up that caused the hostess set to be unavailable. Thankfully, somehow, things got sorted out so Stampin'Up! has made the hostess set available again!  WooHoo!  Now, here's a look at the card in an upright position:
    I got to use a lot of fun goodies - even a sneak peek from the Holiday Mini catalog - can you guess what that might be?  It's the Windows Framelit that I used for the sentiment and the matted border!  And, I also have to say that I am really digging the Paper-Piercing Pak that has the templates to do a pierced border for all the sizes of the Windows Framelits in addition to templates for the Labels and Holiday Oranaments Framelits, too!  With the origin of the phrase being from the UK, I couldn't resist using the retired crown charm - it just seemed so fitting. Hope you like it! Here's the recipe for you:

    {Keep Calm and Carry On}
    *Stamp Set: Carry On
    *Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, International Bazaar DSP
    *Inks: Rich Razzleberry
    *Accessories: Windows Framelits, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Delicate Doilies Sizzlits, Paper Piercing Pak, Hemp Twine, 1/4" Daffodil Delight Grosgrain Stiched Ribbon, crown trinket {retired}, dimensionals, Snail adhesive

    Thanks for popping by!  I appreciate the visit.  Have a great one!


    Friday, June 29, 2012

    June Final Friday Winners!

    Hello there bloggie friends! Hope you are enjoying your Friday! I am here to announce this month's final Friday winners! The lucky winners are #25 and #33, who are Natka and Cindy Henry! Congratulations to you both and thanks so much to all of you that played along! You guys shared so many fun birthday memories in your posts - it made it really fun to read! Thanks, all! Natka and Cindy - I will be emailing you for your snail mail addresses soon! Enjoy your weekend! Toodles for now! :)

    Thursday, June 28, 2012


    Greetings from Poipu! Hope you all are having a great week so far. We certainly are having a fantastic week! My little man is loving the beach and we are enjoying our much needed r&r! Just thought I'd pop in for a quick hello!

    Wednesday, June 27, 2012

    Blast Off!

    Hello there blog friends! I've got a fun post today.  This past weekend, I created this birthday card for my Godson's 5th birthday.  I felt a little rusty putting a card together (I clearly need to craft more often!), but I had fun trying to figure out how I was going to design it.  This Blast Off set is so CUTE and great for little boy cards!  And, I have to say, I LOVE the Chevron embossing folder.  I know chevrons are all the rage right now, but it  really does make the card stock look amazing!  I also incorporated the bitty banners and super cute polka dot DSP, too.  They add such a happy element to the card, don't they?
    Hope you like the card! Thanks for visiting me. Oh - and if you'd like to play along with my June Final Friday Giveaway, today is the last day to leave me a comment on this post

     Have a great day!  Bye for now!

    Tuesday, June 26, 2012

    Pin cushion frame and Bumblebees!

    Hi bloggie friends!  Are you ready to take a peek at a couple more projects from Craft Project Central?  This first project created by the talented Heidi King is a clever idea for a frame - make it a pin cushion! I  also love the coordinating card and bookmark, too.

    How adorable is this next Bumblebees ensemble?  Kim Score is amazing at creating the cutest punch art.  This would make an adorable party theme, dontcha think?
    If you'd like to get the full instructions for these projects, they are all available in the June subscription at Craft Project Central.  Hope over to the Craft Project Central website for all the deets. 

    Thanks so much for popping in for a visit.  Hope you all have a great day!

    Sunday, June 24, 2012

    Cupcake Box and more amazing projects from CPC!

    Hi all!  Hope you had a great weekend.  It was a beautiful weekend here in Southern CA! I am back today to share a few more projects from Craft Project Central!  This first one is an adorable Cupcake Box and card ensemble from Heidi King.  It makes for such a cute party favor, don't you think?

    The next project is a great one for a house warming!  Check out this House gift box and card by Tara Bourgoin.  Love all the details on the house!

    Now, I love how this next project incorporates papercrafting elements with jewelry.  Here's a chic Summer Smooches Necklace & Earring Gift Set by Debbie Naylor. Too cute!

    For detailed instructions for these projects, hop on over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to June! 

    Toodles for now!

    Friday, June 22, 2012

    June's Final Friday Giveaways!

    Yes...I said giveaways because I will be picking 2 lucky winners for the following goodies !
    1) The Chevron Embossing folder

    2)  The Afterthoughts Hostess Stamp set!

    Hope you'll play along and leave me a comment!  As always, you can leave me a comment about anything, or you can tell me what your summer plans are!  Or, since June is a big Birthday Month at my house, you can tell me about a fun Birthday memory.  I think I've asked that question before, but it's always nice to read about your personal stories!

    Here's a quick run down of my giveaway rules...all I ask is that you play using the "honor" system:
    1. Leave me just ONE comment on this post by midnight Pacific Time, Wed, June 27, 2012.
    2. On your comment, please make sure to include a valid email address or a blog URL (where I can leave a comment or have a way of contacting you). For those of you that are uncomfortable with leaving an email in a post, you can write your info like this: yourname at emailaccount dot com.
    3. One comment per person please. :)
    4. Anyone can play - international visitors welcome!

    Look forward to reading your comments.  Have a great Friday! :)  Toodles for now!  I will announce the winner next Friday, June 29th on the bloggie blog. 

    Thursday, June 21, 2012

    June creative inspirations at Craft Project Central!

    Hello again!  Hope you all are having a good week so far.  I had planned on posting sooner, but was stalled by some computer technical difficulties.  I'm happy to say they're resolved now, so I'm back to share some great ideas from Craft Project Central for the month of June!  I was honored to be a guest designer this month.  It was a great way for me to play with some fun new products from the new catalog!  The picture above is a peek of my project for the month.  I love the Floral District DSP!  And, I have to say, I love making my own envies now with the handy dandy Diagonal Plate that coordinates with our Simply Scored board!  You can check out  all the deets by subscribing to the June projects.
    I have a handful of projects to share with you from the talented designers over at Craft Project Central:

    The first project is by Amanda Corbet, who created this gorgeous "For You Mini Photo Album." You can check out her blog at

    Next up, we have a super cute set of Betsy's Blossom Card Holder and Cards by Laurie Zoellmer - you can see her creations over at

    Chris Galbraith  brings us another great set of Note cards, box and pen set in the same Floral District and Betsy's Blossom theme.  There are so many great ideas with this combination!  You can check out Chris's projects at

    Are you ready for the 4th of July?  Well, here's a fun and festive project to get you in the Independence Day spirit!  Beautiful 4th of July D├ęcor by Carrie Rhoades! Love how she created her wreath using the Candy Wrapper die!  Her blog is at

    Hope these projects inspired you to get your craft on!  For complete instructions on these, you can hop on over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to June!  I'll have more projects to share with you this weekend! 

    Oh - you might want to come by tomorrow, too.  I've got the June Final Friday Giveaways lined up! :)