Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July Cards - The Sampler

Hi everyone!  Today I wanted to share with you a few cards I made with my July kit, Summer Camp, from the Sampler.  I have been having so much fun with this kit and had a few things left over and since I had a few bits and pieces left over I thought to make some cards.  (go easy on me...not much of a card maker).

So many fun elements in this kit that I couldn't let go to waste.  I even used one of the stamps to create the center card.

Well, swim season is just about over here...I am so looking forward to getting back to my normal schedule.  While I wait...how about checking out a few new things over at the Sampler.  The June challenge winners and a simple little contest for a prize.



Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thursday- A Little Peek

Hi everyone!  Goodness things are still crazy here...planning for another championship swim meet, Phil's birthday is today (happy birthday, honey) and trying to get caught up on everything else around here.  I wanted to sneak in and share that i have a blog post up today at Hydrangea Hippo, a super cute/fun group of projects using a kit from Jennifer's store.  The projects include this layout of my dh learning to surf.

The colors in this kit are fabulous and I really love all the fun buttons and baubles this kit came with (seriously....check out the post at Hydrangea Hippo).  I used my Bind-it-All to crate a little mini album for my page to showcase a few other photos.

Anyway....back to work.



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Another Mini Bag

Hi everyone!  Today I wanted to share with you another mini canvas bag I made using my Faber Castell Gelatos and some goodies (bag included) from Hydrangea Hippo.  I have the video made, but need to edit it so that maybe you don't hear me say, "um" a million times and see all the dead air.  hee hee

Anyway, having so much fun with all these canvas bags and gorgeous blooms and trims from the Hydrangea Hippo etsy store.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

And They're Off - The Sampler

Hi everyone!  I hope you are having a great day today.  Things here are starting to mellow as cabana swim season is now over!  Hooray!  Another successful year!

Today I wanted to share with you a project I made using the Summer Camp kit from the Sampler.   Every month these kits just seem to get better and better.  So many goodies packed into each and every kit.

Speaking of our cabana swim season, we are so very fortunate that the children can't wait every year to come back for the summer.  One of the reasons is of course all the fun events we host.  This year, we had a cardboard regatta.  The teams each build a boat using nothing but duct tape and cardboard.  The boat has to fit at least one person who paddles it across the pool and back.  Best time wins!   Here is Ainsley and her bestie Zoe going for the gold!  They made it across the pool and back in 1:37.  The fasted boat of the day.
Look at the smiles....these papers and embellishments are just perfect for documenting summer fun like this. The colors and cute embellishments just scream fun!
 Of course, I left lots of room for journaling later.
Well, back to work for me.  Don't forget about the Sampler kit challenges.



Monday, July 23, 2012

My Girl Mini-Hydrangea Hippo

Hi everyone!  Today I wanted to  share with you the insides of the My Girl mini I made using the kit from theHydrangea Hippo etsy store.  I love the Zutter Cover-All that was included in this kit.  So much fun to decorate.
This kit is packed full of so many wonderful little extras I was able to embellish each page with lots of goodies.  I had originally planed on giving this mini to my sister for Lili, but Ainsley seems to have disappeared with it.  lol
I hope you have as much fun with this kit as I did.



Saturday, July 21, 2012

Feeling Beachy? Zutter and Clearsnap

Hi everyone!  Today I wanted to share something a little different for me, a fun mixed media wall hanging I made using my Zutter Bind-it-All, o-WiresCanvas Artboard and lots of fun goodies from ClearSnap.

I love the texture and weight of the canvas art board.  It is the perfect weight for heavier items like these small shells.  I began these canvases by spritizing with a mixture of different colors of Smooch Spritz, allowing the colors to bleed into one another.  I then added a bit of gesso and finally a super cute embossed sun.  Did you know that Clearsnap makes scented embossing powders under the Color Box line?  This yellow smells like lemons.  So super fun on a project, I really want to make a card using it.
The Zutter canvas readily accepted the different mediums including inks, gesso, spray ink, stamps and embossing and was a super fun weight to work with.
And the antique brass o-wires complimented my project perfectly.

I had a great time creating this wall hanging and I know you would have fun playing with the art board as well.



Friday, July 20, 2012

March of the Penguins - The Sampler

Hi everyone!  It is that time again, time for another challenge from the Sampler kit club.  This month's sketch from Holly was so fun to work with...and you know I love this kit, Summer Camp.

Here is the sketch....
  And here is my take...
A few photos of Ainsley at the swim team event we call Penguin Madness.  A few of the adults come up with lots of fun, crazy games and relays for the children to play.  Such a great team building activity.  (although, they weren't exactly crazy about the orange passing...something about having to be so close to members of the opposite sex...at least the younger ones.  hee hee)

Be sure and hop over to the Sampler blog to see all the layouts and check out the card challenge.



Wednesday, July 18, 2012

My Love - Your Memories Here

Hi everyone!  Today I am here to share with you a recent project I made using the Declarations line from Pink Paislee.  This mini collection is full of cute patterned papers and stickers that I couldn't resist playing with for more than just July 4.  Here, a photo of my three children created this quick and easy layout.
You know I couldn't resist throwing in a few flowers, many from Prima Marketing.
Speaking of Prima Marketing, have you seen the summer collections that are coming out now at CHA?  Swoon!  And of course, Kristina @ Your Memories Here has all the collections as well as three different sizes of grab bags to chose from available now on pre-order, as well as a few more winter CHA bags.
I know I plan on placing my order early and simply can't wait for everything to arrive.  The only question is....which to choose, which to choose?

Guess I am off to try and decide.



Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Lucky - The Sampler

Hi everyone!  Look at me...last week of swim season and I am here two days in a row.  Yesterday was spent in a haze of making laminated "all access passes", name badges, meal tickets, and other assorted items for our big cabana meet this weekend.  I did manage to sneak in a little "me" time though and create this....

For Ainsley's birthday we took a trip to the spa.  She and five girlfriends were treated to manicures and pedicures while sipping sparkling cider.  Yep....spoiled.  But, this was her birthday party so......
 I love the colors in the July kit, Summer Camp.  The colors and the patterns are so fun and whimsical.  I think this may be becoming my new style?
 Lots and lots of pop dots used here to give the stickers, die cuts, and fussy cut elements more dimension.
Don't you just love that look on her face.  I think she and her friends decided this was the best birthday party ever!

Well, be sure and check out all the other fun things the Sampler design team has made with this kit as well as the sketch and card challenges (still time to play).



Monday, July 16, 2012

I Warned You

So, after a crazy, swim filled weekend I am back today with a quick post to share my latest project for Miracles Momma.    Heather once again came up with a wonderful sketch to play with

Fun, huh!  Here is my take.

I flipped things around a bit and added individual photos instead of the larger ones.  But I think you can see it.  These are some photos from almost two years ago, surfing in Oceanside, CA.  So much fun.  And look at the size of those long boards.  It makes it much easier to learn is what I have been told.

Anyway, be sure and check out the other designer takes on the sketch here.



Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wednesday - Time for a Vacation?

Hi everyone!  Hope you are having a great day.  Things with swim are really heating up here, so I am a bit late this morning.  So many details to cover...sigh.  Soon it will all be over and life will go back to normal, but until then.....

I really am ready for a vacation, but fortunately I am lucky enough to live in a place that many people consider a vacation destination.  Sometimes I am still amazed we live in such a scenic place.
 I used some of my older Prima papers from Your Memories Here to complete this project.
 And of course I coupled the gorgeous papers with a bit of Alecon lace and beautiful Prima blooms.
I even through in a few buttons and baubles from Prima.  I love that the grab bags from Your Memories Here offer such a variety of goodies.  And right now, today only, everything at Your Memories Here is 33% off in honor of our owner, Kristina's, 33rd birthday!

So be sure and hop over there and grab some goodies.



Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tuesday- The Sampler

Hi everyone!  I have received a few comments on my video post.  Don't forget...I will have some blog candy for one of the individuals who leaves me a comment here.

Today though, I wanted to share with you a layout I made using the July Kit, Summer Camp, from the Sampler.  I love these fun photos of Ainsley and her friend Sienna.  They are too cute together.  Their favorite game...."Teenager".  It consists of wearing high heels (often mine) and makeup; while carrying cell phones and jewelry in their purses.  lol
I love the colors in this kit, and the sweet little motifs.  So fun and whimsical.  (sorry about the weird colors, I just got a light box to photograph my projects and am still trying to figure it out.)  And on the subject of figuring it out...I am working on a second video!  This one is a tutorial so it will move at a slower pace and you can hear my voice...saying...."um" a lot!  lol

Well, crazy day here.  We have an added swim meet in the middle of the week, so.....



Monday, July 9, 2012

Happy Monday

Hi everyone!  It's Monday and life is still crazy busy and I am expecting it to get even busier these next few weeks, so if I go missing......

Anyway, today I want to share with you a few projects I made using the My Girl mini kit from Hydrangea Hippo.

Emma's Shoppe from Crate Paper has got to be one of my favorite girly lines of all time, so when I opened the kit and saw the papers and all of the gorgeous extras Jennifer added I couldn't wait to jump in and play.  I made so many fun projects with this kit featuring my niece.  
This kit contains gorgeous trims in delightful colors, beautiful flowers, fun trinkets, bits of crepe paper and other goodies just begging to be used.
A Zutter Cover-All was included in this kit so you know I had to make a mini album.   And with so many photos of my niece, a little box to hold the extra prints.

I promise to come back soon with the insides of the little mini.



Saturday, July 7, 2012

Long Absence...

Hi everyone!  Sorry I have been MIA these last few days, but I have been busy getting projects done and spending time being with friends and mostly family.

I also have spent quite a bit of time learning the ins and outs of videos...

Here is the completed project.

And the video.  Please go gentle, this is my first one.

Anyway...just a quick mini I made using my Zutter Bind-it-All,some scraps from Pink Paislee and coffee sleeves.

Hope you like it.

And...in honor of my first video, leave me a comment and I will pick a winner for a fun prize pack.



Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Declaration- Your Memories Here

Hi everyone!  For those of you in the USA, Happy July 4!  I hope you are having a great day full of festivities.  Not sure what we are up to yet, but I am sure there will be fireworks involved.  

Today I want to share with you a project I made using Declaration papers by Pink Paislee that I purchased from the Your Memories Here store.  These photos were taken at our swim team overnighter....which is where Ainsley got to spend her birthday.  Nothing like having 100+ friends to sing "Happy Birthday" at midnight.
 I used a sketch from my good friend Heather...yep...that Heather.  lol
 I used lots of older Prima flowers and a Pink Paislee doily for embellishments.
And one little Webster's Pages flower.

Well, thanks for stopping by.



Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Be Inspired - Sampler

Hi everyone!  Sorry I am a bit late today....

Today I want to share with you a project I made using the June Kit, Walking on Sunshine from the Sampler.
I really love the colors in this kit and have been having a great time playing with it.  That said....the July kit is gorgeous.
OK, well....time to run.



Monday, July 2, 2012

Monday, Monday

Hi everyone.  Just a quick drive-by today to drop off a fun little project I made using a few goodies from the Hydrangea Hippo etsy store.  I have been wanting to play with my gelattos and had a few little canvas bags from Hydrangea Hippo.

And then you know I couldn't resist adding lots of yummy flowers and trims.  I really love the tie-dye trim that I found in the store and the gorgeous roses and beads.
OK, well....lots to do, lots to do.