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

Aloha!

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  www.kraftingkreations.blogspot.com.

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 www.stampingnut.blogspot.com.

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 www.chrisgalbraithcreations.blogspot.com.

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 www.carriestamps.com

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! :)





Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

Hello my dear bloggie friends!  I just wanted to pop in real quick to wish all of the Fathers out there a very Happy Father's Day!  Here are my two handsomes - aren't they they cutest!

I'll be back later with a few posts, but in the meantime, enjoy your day with the special dads in your lives!


Sunday, June 10, 2012

May Blog Candy Winner!!

Hello there blog friends!  I didn't forget about the winner...I'm just a few days late in my post, so my apologies!  This week was a busy one for me, especially with the little man's BIRTHDAY this past week, too. {More pics and a post coming this week!} I don't know what I was thinking about posting on Friday...but in any case, I am here to announce the May winner on THIS post!  Ready to find out?

The lucky winner of the Apple Blossoms stamp set and Bling is....lucky number 22, who happens to be Paige!!  Congrats to you Paige! I will be emailing you for your snail mail info :)

Thanks to all of you that played along in this giveaway.  It was nice reading everyone's comments!  Now that we're in June and you guys have had a little over a week to check out the new Catalog, whaddayathink?  I'd love to hear!

Check back this week too on the June Double Giveaway!  Something old and Something new...stay tuned :)

Ciao for now!


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Let me introduce you to the new {In Colors}


Now that some of you may have had the chance to take a peek at the new catalog, I'd like to give you a more casual introduction to the Stampin'Up! In Colors for 2012-2013!  Starting from the top left, please meet Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, and Primrose Petals.  Stampin'Up! has also updated their stamp pads, so I had to give 'em a try and check out how they look with this new palette.  And, I have to say, I do love the effect of the new pads!  The former felt pads have been redesigned with a new foam pad, which allows you to stamp with more even coverage.  The colors appear to be richer on the stamped image.  I do have to say it took a little practice on my part.  Since the ink pads were brand new and super juicy, I learned that blotting the surface with a paper towel helped to ensure the stamp didn't get "overjuiced" on the first applications.  Here's another look of the set of 3x3 cards I created:
Can I just tell you how fun it was for me to stamp and create some stuff?  I loved playing with the Apothecary Accents Framelits - the shape of the "For You" label is just so cute!  Plus, I added a bit of a textured accent at the bottom of my card with the sweet little Adorning Accents Folder.  Just to finish off the card, I added a little flower embellie with a Basic Pearl in the center.  While I felt a little bit out of practice, I had fun making these last night.  They were super easy peasy to put together and I really liked doing the tone-on-tone (I thought it showed how the cardstock and ink match perfectly!). Hope you like 'em!  Here's a closer look at the Primrose Petals card:


And...here's the recipe for you:
*Stamps: Layered Labels
*Cardstock: Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, and Primrose Petals
*Inks: Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, and Primrose Petals
*Accessories: Adorning Accents Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Mini Clothespins, Basic Pearls, Itty Bitty Punches, Corner Rounder, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks so much for coming by to visit!  Have a great rest of your weekend!


Friday, June 1, 2012

The {NEW} Stampin'Up! Catalog is HERE!


Happy June to you all! What a great way to start my birthday month with a brand spankin' new Stampin'Up! Catalog! You will have to just see it for yourself! Once you take a peek, you may find yourself starting your wish list. :)  It is choc-full of lovely eye candy you'll want to get your hands on. I myself have put together quite a long list.  It definitely encourages me to carve out time to get some of my crafting back on!!  What that means is hopefully more frequent blog posts on my part!

You can check out the full catalog here  {as an alternative, here is a link to the flash file version}, or if you want to get your hands on a copy, feel free to email me.  It's just $5 for anyone in the US.  Unfortunately, I can't send these out to my international friends, but you can view all the products on the catalog link.

You can begin placing orders at my online store starting at 12 pm NOON Mountain time.  Happy perusing and shopping! ;)