Monday, January 31, 2011

{Sweet} Glitz Design: Love Nest

I was forced to spend quite a bit of $ at my LSS last week (unfortunately, I really mean forced in a negative way) and so I bought about 8 sheets of this PP from Glitz Design - LOVE IT! The cardstock for the photo frames & flowers as well as the patterned paper are kit extras in the BOAF Feb kit. The buttons & thread are from my stash (Stampin' Up!) and the Thickers are another "forced" purchase. That border/corner punch was also something I bought at the LSS and has got to be the messiest punch ever! lol

 I posted a tutorial in the forums for how to make these flowers. You can check it out here.
BOAF is hosting a crop this weekend - come check it out! Amy always sends AWESOME goodies ;)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Birds of a Feather February Kit {Lily Bee: Lovely; Glitz Design: Love Nest}

I was awarded a guest designer spot for February at Birds of a Feather Kit Co. and I was so excited when I got my kit - I think it was made for me and pictures of my girls! ;) This first layout is of my youngest at less than a week old. The green background goes so well with the greens in the paper! I used a PageMaps sketch but it's from 2009 I think?

And then this layout is using a picture of my mom. One of the few pictures that I have of her! My PSA of the week: Be sure you get out from behind that camera so that your kids will have pictures of YOU! ;) This is the very first layout I have made using a picture of her...and I felt so pressured to make it a great one!
 A double using pictures of my girl taken by my boss. The girls had a tea party! The colors of this kit are perfect for these pictures :-D I used sketch #7 at Sketch Support for this one and have since added journaling along the bottom curve. My brown journaling pen dried up and I forgot to buy a new pen before I took the picture!
 I also made a mini album of my girls with the pictures from the tea party. (sorry for the dark photos, we had several days of rain around here!)

 And lastly, a card using a PageMaps sketch that I had seen on Scrapbook & Cards Today blog earlier this past week. Kayla made a better card and I've shortened my strip of yellow stripe paper after seeing hers ;)
If you'd like to see closeups and read more details about these projects you can read about them here on the forums - it's free to register! This kit is so much fun to work with - I still have plenty more paper & accessories for a few more layouts, hopefully I will get some more of those done soon. If you'd like to checkout the kit, you can purchase & view more details here and don't forget to check the extras section, too!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Recipe LO {Cosmo Cricket: Garden Variety}

I made this layout for Janet's sketch challenge over at Kitchen Keepsake. It was for a crop a couple weekends back but I'm just now getting around to getting a good picture & posting it! It also works for Kayla's January CC challenge over at
 Speaking of the CC challenge at - I won for December! Thanks to everyone who voted for me ;) Just a few days after the vote, THIS arrived for me. Isn't it the cutest delivery box?! They are so clever! Get it CC, like CiCi's Pizza? Or is that just a coincidence?
 So I'm not eligible this month for the challenge, but you still have time! The challenge bonus was to use at least 3 pieces of chipboard - I've got lots with the layered flowers and the cute corn :)
Here's a closeup of the recipe for you - but I'm still not sure you can read it. Basically, get a variety of colors in your veggies, chop them up, add some garlic, salt & pepper, EVOO. Roast it at 400 degrees for 15-20 mins. I chop my veggies and make 3 servings, then freeze 2 for another time.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Project 12: Jan-Dec 2010

I'm very good at starting projects, but not always so great at finishing them ;)

 I am SO PROUD to say that I completed Project 12 for all of last year!

I have already shown some of these layouts here on the blog but not all AND I thought it would be great to show my scrappy friends (some are considering joining me for P12 this year) how the whole year flows together. I just can't say enough how much I love these pages (even though they certainly aren't all my best work) and I look through them often!

From the beginning, I decided to use kraft cardstock on each layout to help the pages feel cohesive. I'm sure that I'll continue that for this year, and I also plan to use calendar die cuts - still need to get my hands on some of those! I will also take a picture of each layout right away and keep it in a separate folder on my desktop so that sharing all of them at the end of 2011 will be much easier ;)

Enjoy....and leave me a comment telling me which month was your favorite!


Monday, January 10, 2011

My *almost* twin

My online friend, Kayla, is having a giveaway on her blog. You should check it out here and enter by leaving a comment. Super easy!

I say she's almost my twin because we have LOTS of similarities. But in reality, she's much more creative than I am ;) so if you like my work, you'll surely love hers!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

There IS such a thing as "too much stickles"!

I can finally show you this layout! I completed it back in November as part of a layout tag. (A group of people lift each other's layouts only being able to see the 1 person ahead of you.) I was second on the list and had to wait patiently to give everyone else time to make theirs :) The results are posted here but THIS is my layout :-)
And this is the layout I lifted from.
Amy's stickles are NOT overboard... now my layout? Yep, those skinny rays didn't ALL need them but I didn't realize it till I was too far into it! And then the top had so much glitter that I had to balance it out on the bottom ;)

That poor paper was so warped before I was done with it! What I really liked about this LO was that even though the picture on the left was over exposed and I couldn't make it look very good in Photoshop, it feels to me like the picture is MEANT to be that way because of the angle of the sun rays!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

4 Princesses & 1 Prince {Echo Park: Merry Christmas}

My first layout of 2011!
The layout is based on sketch #57 at Inspired Blueprints.

 I finally got my hands on some Echo Park thanks to Amy - this is just a tiny part of the goodies she sent me from the crop in December. EP DOES exist! The local stores in the area aren't carrying it so I guess I'm going to have to get it all online. Adding the playbill was a last minute idea, so the colors don't exactly match, but it has the all of the autographs from the dancers in the pictures.

Hope you are all having a fantastic New Year!