Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Top 10 of 2010

Another year has come and gone. This year has been a good one for me. I was honored to be chosen as a designer for the G.C.D. Studios Facebook. I received the opportunity to be a feature writer for another year on the Scrapstreet team. I was chosen as a designer for the Noel Mignon kit club for two terms. I was also chosen as a designer for Creative Memories. I had several layouts published in Scrapbook Trends and my first publication with Creating Keepsakes and Making Memories.

Yes. It has been a great year and I look forward to all the fun opportunities that lie in the future. To close out the year, I wanted to reflect back on 10 of my favorite layouts I created this year. Man it was hard to chose just 10 but these are definitely ones I will not soon forget! Good bye 2010. Hello 2011!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Over the Moon

I am over the moon happy! I was chosen as one of the guest designers for Pink Paislee, one of my favorite scrapping companies! I am so stoked to be on the list with such talented ladies!

Until later!

Friday, December 17, 2010

It's Almost Time!

It's almost time for the pre-order of the January kit of Noel Mignon called "Sweet Virgina." This kit is WAY cool looking! Our sweet Virginia Tillery is even offering a mini book class showing off her awesome techiques! I can't wait to go to this class myself!

Here are a few of my favorite sneaks of the Sweet Virginia kit that will be up for pre-order this Sunday!!!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Bedford Falls

Ok, so I am already behind on my December Daily but the good news is that last night I printed out the pictures for the last few days and plan on working on my pages tonight!

Today I wanted to introduce you to the Noel Mignon Bedford Falls kit. I have been using this kit for my December Daily. Isn't this kit beautiful?

Guess what! Today is your lucky day! Over at Noel Mignon you could win not just one but 2 of this lovely kit!!! How? Well all you need to do is participate in this weeks challenge and you'll be entered for a chance to win! Check out the details here.

Happy Creating!

Friday, December 3, 2010

December Daily - Day 1&2

In the past, I have tried to do Ali Edward's December Daily, but either never started it or forgot to take pictures. Not this year! I already started creating the base of my pages, completed the cover and days 1 and 2.

Are you creating a December Daily album this year? I highly recommend it! It doesn't have to be about the holidays. It can be about anything you want it to be. Think of it as your own personal journal.

Happy creating!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Still In Shock!

A few weeks ago I tried out for the Creative Memories Design Team. I made it to round 2 with a whole slew of awesome designers. Each of us received the Very Merry Collections to design with. We were asked to created a layout, a card, and an altered item. Here is what I created...

After I turned in my round 2 items, I received an email from Melissa asking if I'd like to be on the team. I was beyond excited and thrilled to be asked to join such a great team! A few of my Scrapstreet girls and G.C.D. gals made it as well! A special congrats to them as well as the other fabulous ladies who made it to the 2011 Creative Memories DT!!!

Make sure you check out the Creative Memories Project Center. There are some cute ideas over there!

Until later,

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Starbucks...I love you

Yes. I admit it. I love Starbucks. Especially this time of year. The Caramel Brulee Latte just melts my heart it's so yummy!

I created this layout using the Noel Mignon Bedford Falls kit along with a few items from my stash. Man just looking at this layout makes me want a coffee. Looks like the kids and I are going on a Starbucks run!

Happy creating!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Little Present Ornaments

Hi everyone! I love Christmas time. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. Everyone seems so happy and the world feels peaceful for a change. I think it’s just the magic of Christmas that everyone carries in their hearts.

Every year I like to make homemade Christmas gifts to give out to my friends and family. This year is no exception. After much searching and deliberating, I settled on creating these cute little present ornaments. What a great way to spice up someone’s (and my) Christmas tree. They would also look cute on a Christmas mobile or even hanging off of a banner. All you need to make these is a simple origami box pattern and your choice of GCD papers. Once you have folded and put together your box, choose a ribbon, and finish "wrapping" your present. You can use your present as is for decoration or attach a thin strand of thread to allow you to hang your present from any location.

Happy creating!

Monday, November 8, 2010

G.C.D. Christmas Goodies

I will have to admit. I am a baking addict. I absolutely LOVE to bake all sorts of goodies during the winter months. Not only does it warm up my kitchen, but it also makes the house smell oh so yummy! Around the holidays, I have a habit of sharing my love for baking with my friends and family. This year I am going to be handing out brownies and Christmas cookies to everyone. I wanted something cute to package them in so I created several simple origami boxes in different sizes with the G.C.D. Joyful Peace collection. The paper is nice and sturdy and has a lovely texture to it. It was just the right paper for these cute little boxes. Even though the box by itself is cute, I wanted to add just a little something more to it, hence the folded flower. Without further ado, here is my gift box!

Paper: Joyful Peace collection
Button: Artsy Urban collection

Have fun creating your own little gift boxes to share with your friends and family.

Happy creating!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

One Color Says It All

Happy Tuesday everyone! Noel Mignon's new challenge is up! The challenge is to create a monochromatic layout. You can choose to use any color you want but you have to try and stick with just that one color. I had a hard time choosing which color I wanted to use, but once I settled on yellow, it kind of all fell into place. Yellow is such a happy color and it reflected the mood of my daughter perfectly in this layout. She loves to go outside and nothing could make her happier. Ok, well maybe some candy, but that is besides the point. Without further ado, here is my take on the challenge.

I hope you come and play along with us. The rest of the design team did an awesome job portraying their chosen color.

Until later!

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Pumpkin Patch

A couple of weekends ago, I took the girls to their very first pumpkin patch. They were so thrilled to go on a tractor ride, see some farm animals, and, of course, pick out their own pumpkins. When I got home and looked at the pictures, I knew I had to create a 2 page layout. It has been some time since I made one and I am happy with the way it turned out. I used items from two of my Noel Mignon kits - Sweet Sue and Sleepy Hallow.

In other news, I decided to dress up for Halloween after all. I will be Nurse Mercy from Ghost Stories. In case you are wondering who she is...

Trick or treating is going to be so much fun this year!

Until later,


Friday, October 22, 2010

Almost Time

Halloween is a week away and I couldn't be more excited! I purchased the girls' Halloween costumes this past weekend. My oldest chose to be Supergirl and my youngest will be Little Red Riding Hood. I am still debating on whether or not to dress up. We shall see.

Here is a layout I created with the Noel Mignon Sleepy Hallow kit. I thought it would be a cute idea to document my oldest daughter's Halloween costumes throught the years.

Don't forget to submit to the current Magazine Calls! You have until the end of the month to submit your projects.

January 2011 Article Calls - Features
Call 1: Show us the Snow! Let's see your creative snowflakes! Do you stamp them, piece them, or make them from ribbon? There are so many ways to make snowflakes on our pages and projects...and we want to see them all!

Call 2: Baby New Year - Bring on the Babies! Share your favorite baby layouts with us. Make us coo!

Call 3: Suits Me To A 'Tea'-Did you know that January is recognized as 'Hot Tea' month? When I think of tea, I think of tea parties, bridal showers, or anything that is just floral and frilly. With that in mind, share with us your dainty layouts, cards, and altered projects that feature tea parties, bridal showers, or designs that exude what a tea party should look like to you.

Call 4: All a flutter. Show us how you used butterflies in a fun and unique way on your layouts.

Call 5: Pack in the photos! Share your layouts with at least 3 photos per page.

January 2011 Article Calls - Fixtures
Chic Street: Soft, delicate colors are hot right now!!! Show us layouts using pastels.

U-Turn: New Year, New Beginnings, New...Uses? Show us how you repurpose something old and make it new!

Open Road: Put the focus on your journaling! Raise your voice! Create a layout and tell a story in your strongest voice. Are you typically sarcastic, funny, serious, mushy? Be sure your journaling reflects who you are!

Easy Street: Ringing in the new year! Share with me your simple layouts about your plans for 2011 or perhaps your resolutions!

Card Corner: Little known holidays are a great source of inspiration for cards. Did you know that January boasts both Amelia Earhart Day and Christa McAuliffe Day? Celebrate the spirit of these great women by creating a card featuring a form of air travel (airplanes, space shuttles, hot air balloons, etc.)

Deadline is midnight on October 31 ... for all calls.

Please send your work to

Please send a separate email for each submission you would like to be considered for publication. Please keep the image size around 600 x 600 pixels. Thank you!

Happy creating everyone!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Little Halloween Treat with GCD Studios

This month's theme at GCD Studios is Halloween. I just loved our inspiration piece this month.

We were asked to only use on dominant color along with black and cream. I thought yellow was a great compliment to my photos of my two girls. I just loved this bear costume that I saved it for my other daughter. I lucked out and they both were able to wear it, thankfully.

I played with the GCD Chipart tool a bit to deboss the chipboard stars. I think sprayed some lemon mist from Maya Road and let them dry before added some twine.

Here is what the completed layout looks like. I just love how it turned out!

Happy Creating!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Halloween in a Frame with GCD Studios

Ah Halloween. How do I love thee?

Halloween is one of my absolutely favorite times of the year. The one time of year where you can pretend to be anyone or anything and not have anyone judge you or make fun of you. I just love it!

Around my house, we decorate for Halloween. I have to admit that I have slacked off the past couple of years and have only had time to carve my pumpkins. Not this year! I am already in the works on creating my decorations. Speaking of decorations, I created a framed picture to hang over my fireplace. It turned out exactly like I hoped. The border on top extends across the whole frame. Unfortunately when I took the picture, the lighting came all wonky across the glass.

I used several different GCD papers(Ella Blue's Georgia and Ashley, Lydia's Sunny Brocade, and Homespun Chic's Vintage Audrey. The orange paper (B side of Sunny Brocade) looked too plain for my project so I splattered a bit of black paint on it. The bat, letters, and chandelier were created with my Silhouette Die Cutting machine.

What Halloween decorations do you plan on making? I am thinking of making a bat garland next.

Happy creating!