Monday, March 28, 2011

Project 12 - February 2011

Hello!  It's been a while, and I apologize!  I've been keeping very busy, tackling so many projects here and there.  Hopefully I can get back to a regular blogging schedule soon. :)

First, I wanted to acknowledge the sweet bloggers that awarded me with blog awards... the Stylish Blogger Award from Jenn and Jennifer, and the Versatile Blogger Award from Jade.  Thank you, ladies!  I'm very flattered!  :)  If you would like to see my tell-all post (well, not really, haha), please click on over to this post!

I finished my Project 12 layout for February!  You can see the February sketch at the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog here.

Not much happened in February.  I did get my fancy new camera. :)  And Seth and I celebrated our 9 year anniversary!  Where does the time go?

I love how the red grid paper from the Love Letters DSP pops as my background!  And I noticed that I used Baja Breeze again.. can you blame me?  It's such a pretty blue, so you know how happy I was last year when Stampin' Up! added it to their core color collection!  You know I also had to add in my Crumb Cake there as well!

Here is the left page:

I did a bit of stamping with one of my favorite sets, Bliss (which don't forget, you can get for free as part of Sale-a-bration!)... and some sewing to connect my different patterned papers.  I sewed a little fabric in a ruffle below Fluffy's picture, and did some button and punch layering over in the top corner.

(Have you ever tried an English muffin, toasted, with some chocolate hazelnut butter, topped with sliced strawberries?  YUM!)

On this page.. well, I cut a strip of the large scallop using the Tasteful Trims Bigz XL die, and hid the seam with the Daffodil Delight pompom trim.  Some more layering with the smaller punched scallop border and a button, brad, and rosette.  I inked the chipboard letters with Early Espresso Craft ink.. love that font!  I adhered a bunch of punched hearts along the top edge of my journaling area, and sewed two lines over top.  (Yes Barb, I am so glad I had the guts to try sewing on my paper crafts!! :) )

Here are some angled shots... :)

So I noticed that I am almost at 100 followers!  I know that may not be very much to some people, but to me it's a big number!  I really appreciate all of you readers, and the friends I have made through blogging. :)  I'm thinking of doing a giveaway once I hit 100!  Yay!

Ok, I need to run!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Project 12 February layout supplies:
All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Stamps:  Bliss, I {Heart} Hearts, Punch Potpourri
Ink:  Early Espresso, Baja Breeze
Paper:  Very Vanilla, So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, and Crumb Cake cardstock, Love Letters Designer Series Paper, Urban Garden Designer Series Paper, Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper, Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper (available next month!)
Accessories/Tools:  Springtime Vintage Designer Fabric, Daffodil Delight Pompom Trim, Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon, Ice Cream Parlor Button (Sale-a-bration), Pearl Basic Jewel, Antique Brads, Neutrals and Brights Designer Buttons, Vintage Flower Adornment, Vanilla Rosette, Alphabet Soup Chipboard, and Heart-to-Heart, Full Heart, Small Heart, Eyelet Border, and Scallop Edge Punches, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die, Big Shot, sewing machine and vanilla thread

Thursday, March 17, 2011

For Japan with Love ♥

Hello, everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that I have been working on some projects, and will share soon.

Also, I wanted to bring your attention to what I will be participating in tomorrow, the Bloggers Day of Silence, in support of Japan.  I encourage you to donate, if you can, to relief efforts... anything helps.

Please visit For Japan with Love for details on how to help, and please spread the word.  Thank you so much!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Memory Makers Magazine Blog Bounce - My favorite treat!

Hello and welcome to another Memory Makers Magazine Blog Bounce!

This month, we're showcasing our favorite treats!  You may have just hopped on over from Michelle Coleman's blog, but if not... don't worry!  You can continue on through my blog, or you can start from the Memory Makers Magazine blog.  Hope you enjoy the blog bounce!

One of my favorite treats is sleeping in with Fluffy.  Usually we try and sneak in an extra 30-45 minutes or so of snooze time after Seth leaves in the morning to his research lab at the University of Tennessee.  Seth generally gets Fluffy breakfast (she eats 3x a day like a human) when he gets up, then she loves to take a nap after that!  She makes sure he remembers, too. :)  What's funny though, is that it's almost always hard for me to get Fluffy up after this nap.  She just doesn't want to get up!  Such a sweet little lazy thing.  LOL

It was quite the challenge to get this picture, setting up our tripod and self-timer.  There were so many hilarious outtakes, what with Fluffy's crazy expressions and all!  I'm sure she thought I was absolutely insane, taking pictures of us "sleeping".. hehe!

I'm super happy with my page!  Definitely one of my favorites. :)  I've created a background with border strips before, but only on a card.. this was my first time trying it out on a scrapbook page.  I used the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die from Stampin' Up!, as well as the Eyelet Border punch.  The purple crochet flower at the top started out white, and I dyed it using the Rich Razzleberry classic ink refill, diluted with water.  Love how that turned out!  The large circle on the right was cut from the beautiful Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper with the Circle Scissors Plus (6" circle), and it was the perfect journaling area.

Aren't the butterflies sweet?  I cut them out of vellum paper (thinner than the vellum cardstock) with the Beautiful Butterflies SU! die.  I wanted to create a light, airy look, so I sewed them to the layout.  I love how the vanilla flower adornment looks with the big button here - just like a cameo!  And if you didn't already realize how much I love the pompom trim.. well, I just wish SU! came out with it in so many more colors!

Here are a couple more shots to show you the details and layers (click to see a larger photo):

The flower here at the bottom was created using the Fun Flowers SU! die - I crinkled up multiple layers and added a fun fabric brad in the middle.

Ok, your next stop is Wendy Smedley's blog, which can be found here.  I can't wait to see what her favorite treat is!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

"a sweet treat" scrapbook page (12" x 12") supplies:
All supplies are by Stampin' Up!
Stamps:  Short & Sweet, Clearly for You
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, and Very Vanilla Craft ink, Rich Razzleberry Classic ink refill
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Old Olive, and Very Vanilla cardstock, First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper, Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper, Woodland Walk Designer Series Paper, Vellum Paper
Accessories/Tools:  Springtime Vintage Designer Fabric, Melon Mambo Pompom Trim, Fleurettes II Accents & Elements, Vintage Flower Adornment, Springtime Vintage Big Designer Button, Pearl Basic Jewels, Antique Brad, Sweet Stitches Fabric Brad, Alphabet Soup Chipboard Letters, Eyelet Border, Word Window and Modern Label Punches, Fun Flowers Bigz Die, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die, Big Shot, Circle Scissors Plus & glass mat, sewing machine and thread