Exciting News & my round 1 & 2 projects.


2011 Spellbinders™ Design Team!

Kimberly Crawford
Tonya Dirk
Christine Emberson
Judy Hayes
Lesley Langdon
Tina McDonald
AJ Otto
Windy Robinson
Gloria Stengel
Shanna Vineyard
Michelle Woerner
Latisha Yoast

I am so excited to remain part of this fabulous company. 
Wow, look at that list!
Amazing, amazing artists!

I thought I would share my round 1 & round 2 projects with you.
Sound good?
I would LOVE to show round 3, but they now belong to Spellbinders.

Here is my round 1 project.
It is an magnetic wall hanging.  I put self affirmations on it, to help me through this deployment.  I love the color combination (it matches my home).  Plus, are those butterfly die templates drool worthy or what?  Love those die templates!!

Here is my round 2 project.
A yummy card using Waltzingmouse Stamps & a few of my favorite die templates.

CPS #206

Today I am showing my card using the CPS sketch #206.
I followed the sketch pretty exactly.  Sometimes I use a sketch as inspiration and a starting point, other times I use them exactly, it just depends on my mood, how much time I have to play and if my mojo is hanging around.
Have you ever lost your voice from allergies before?  I think I did this weekend.  At first I thought I was getting a cold, but I really think it is outdoor allergies.  The pollen count is very high right now, and my car looks yellow from all the pollen on it.  
Did you all have a nice long weekend?  My children had a 4 day weekend, so that was really nice to relax.
I hope you have a great Tuesday!

Materials Used:
Card Stock: Bo Bunny Teal card stock, PTI stampers select white, Copic Blending Card
Pattern Paper: Prima Marketing Madeline Collection
Markers: Copic Markers: RV17, RV19, G94, YG63, E31 &E55, Unibal Signo black pen
Dies:  Spellbinders S4-168 Large Labels, Spellbinders S4-116 Classic Circles SM
Stickers: American Crafts This to That foam adhesive
Ink: Tsukineko Tuxedo Black Memento ink
Stamps:  Paper Smooches

A simple treat bag (and tutorial)

Last week, I created this fun tag for this treat sack.
For the complete tutorial with step by step instructions, head on over to the Spellbinders Blog.
One of my most favorite things to make with my die templates are tags, so I hope you enjoy the simple tutorial.  
To get a nice embossed edge on your card stock, use a heavier card stock.
In my sample I used Ginak pure luxury heavy weight card stock.

Fun news & CPS 205

I have some fun news to share.
Today is my first day designing for Card Positioning Systems.
Thank you Tami, for asking me to join this talented group of card designers.

CPS is celebrating its 4th birthday this week.  Lots of past, current and new designers are all participating in the fun, with beautiful samples.  There is still time to play along to win this weeks prize.  For those of you who are not familiar with CPS, each week there is a wonderful new sketch and each week a winner is chosen from those who participate to win a nice prize, from the weeks sponsor.
Super fun stuff!!

Here is my card for CPS sketch #205
Materials Used:
Textured white card stock
Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 pattern paper & chipboard
PTI sentiment stamp
American Crafts foam tape
Scoring tool

Lunar Lights: Happy Wishes

Woohoo, it is Wednesday.
This is a short school week for my children, so tomorrow is our Friday.  Plus no school on Monday.
Hooray for four day weekends.
So fabulous!
My son is still sick.  Since I picked him up early on Friday, he is better, but not well enough to attend school yet.  On Sunday we went to the urgent care/ER at the Navy Hospital.  His rapid strep test came back negative, so they diagnosed him with a viral upper respiratory infection, which is doctor language for a super bad cold/flu.  If he isn't better in a few days we need to go back.  His cough is getting worse, and seems to be moving into his chest.  My daughter, isn't feeling too hot either, but she will not miss school.  At least she will have the weekend to recover.
I am keeping myself hydrated to make sure I don't get their sickies.  I had that awful chest/head cold around the holidays, and I was out for around 3-4 weeks.  No thank you, I do not want a round two lol.

Well, here is another card using Lunar Lights by Lawn Fawn.  I love to paper piece those lanterns, then shade them just a bit using Copic Markers.  That lovely die cut, was made by cutting/embossing some white card stock, using a Spellbinders Labels Eighteen die template (love, love love it!).  The pattern paper is from We R Memory Keepers.  If a paper line has red and/or yellow in it, I am all over it!  My favorite color combination by far is red and yellow.  It just seems so happy to me.  Do you have a favorite color combination?  
I hope you all have a great day!
Is it still cold in your neck of the woods?
I think we might have warm weather this weekend!  Woot!!

Paper Smooches

Happy Friday!
My day started off great.  I took my children to school, came home grabbed a few items then was off to meet a few girlfriends at our local scrapbook store.  Asela brought the cutest stamp sets from Paper Smooches.  It is a new stamp company owned by none other that Kim Hughes.  I am so happy she is illustrating again.  She has a very distinct style, and I love her font, which happens to be her hand writing.  I hear she will be releases a few stamp sets every month (how cool!).  Paper Smooches has a blog too, her design team is pretty much amazing, so be sure to check them out.  The stamps are made from photopolymer, so they are a very high quality clear stamp.

Just a simple card to show you today.  As Asela was about to leave the store, I asked to use the stamps really fast, and created this card.  It really only took a few minutes.  I now have a super fun birthday card just waiting to give away.

While I was at the scrapbook store, my son's school called me and let me know he was running a fever and was not feeling well.  I left, and went and picked him up, then headed to the drug store.  I picked up some medicine for him.  We were not home 1/2 hour before he started to puke (super fun times).  I am hoping a little medicine was absorbed into his body.  He is finally asleep right now.  I am hoping it is just a 24 hour bug and not the flu or strep.
Anyhow, so that is my Friday in a nutshell lol.
Have a great weekend!

supplies used:
white textured card stock
copic markers
3 bugs in a rug pattern paper
making memories ribbon
kaiser craft pearls
memento ink
paper smooches stamps

Lawn Fawn February sneaks day 2

Welcome to day 2 of the Lawn Fawn sneaks, of Lunar Lights.
A short and sweet post today, my brain is mush.  We had warm weather, and it stirred up my allergies, so my brain isn't working right lol.
Something a little clean to show.
I used some really pretty papers from Graphic 45.  LOVE those fairies.
Plus, I needed to add some Teresa Collins Blingage, so fabulous.
Make sure to head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog for you chance to win this set.
For more Lunar Lights sneaks, visit the rest of the designers:
Chan Vuong 
Julie Campbell 
Lea Lawson 
Lynnette Kauffman 
Mariana Grigsby 
Teri Anderson 
Tiffany Johnson

Lawn Fawn February Sneak!

It is time to sneak a new set from Lawn Fawn called Lunar Lights.
It is a fun and whimsical stamp set that has Lanterns or what some call Tea Light Lanterns.  However you describe them, they are SUPAH cute!
I am showing two very different cards today.
One where the lanterns are paper pieced, and one with them colored in.
Not everyone likes to color, so something for everyone, right?
Make sure you head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, for your chance to win this set!  Woot!  Free stuff!
Oh, before I forget, I want to welcome Julie & Chan to the design team.  They pretty much rock my socks off.  Yep, they are that awesome!

Here is my first card, fun pattern paper, some paper piecing, a little bit of Copic coloring, bling, twine and a die cut using a Spellbinders Labels Twenty die template.

Here is a card that I had shown a few weeks ago, and wanted to show it again in case you all didn't see it.  I used the smaller lanterns on this card, and colored them in using Copic Markers.

For more eye candy, visit the rest of the designers blogs:
Chan Vuong 
Julie Campbell  
Lea Lawson 
Lynnette Kauffman 
Mariana Grigsby 
Teri Anderson 
Tiffany Johnson

Friends & chit chat

The first week of February has come and gone.
Did you all watch the Super Bowl?  I kind of watched, but mostly made cards lol.
The Packers won, but I still stand by my comment that the Steelers have a much better color combination.
Did you see that Christina Aguilara messed up the lyrics to the National Anthem?  OMGoodness, how embarrassing.
Anyhow, it is Monday, and I am ready to start my week.  Lots of fun stuff this week.  The key to a successful deployment is to keep busy.  You really need big girl panties to be a Military Spouse, some woman just break, it is really sad to see that happen.  
I just got side tracked...sorry about that.  So this week, the boy has Boy Scouts, I plan on going to lunch or dinner during the week with great friends, maybe going to a coffee crop on Friday, Disney World on Saturday, then a Valentine's Day dinner with some of the wives on Sunday.  Sometimes being this busy is nutty, but my days go by so fast...and I like that.
Well, I was creating cards this weekend, and made this little ditty.
I actually made it for the Paper Crafts Stamp It call going on right now.  However, when I photographed it, I realized it only had a sentiment.  It clearly states in the call, that is has to have more than a sentiment.
Someone didn't read too well lol.
Thank goodness this was the only one I didn't follow directions on.
The stamp is from Lawn Fawn, the pattern paper is We R Memory Keepers, and those cute flowers are from American Crafts.
Fun stuff!
Isn't that sentiment so lovely!  That is how I feel about my friends.  Love them so much!
Have a happy Monday peeps!

Chit Chat

Wow, the weather most of the US is having right now is pretty nuts!
Here in Florida, we will have rain and thunderstorms the next few days.  I will gladly take the rain over snow...anyday.  I do not miss living in the north east states.  It is very beautiful, but just was not for me.  We were able to live in New York (where my son was born) also in Connecticut.  Yes, New England has true four seasons, however winter seemed to last 5 & 6 months.  It was hard for this born and raised California girl to get used to that, my soul requires more sunshine than that.  Plus, we lived on a corner, at the bottom of a hill, and it seemed like the plows would just dump the heavy plowed snow right in front of my drive way.  It was so hard to shovel that stuff!  Every time a Nor-easter would roll on through, 99% of the time, my husband was out to sea.  I did not fancy shoveling snow alone lol.
So my camera battery died, so no crafty project shown today.
Instead I will show you a few things I am obsessed with at the moment.
For those of you who don't know, if I had to choose one store to max out a credit card at, it would 100% be at Anthropologie.  It is a lovely store.  Beautiful clothes, the trendiest accessories, luxurious home goods...to sum it up, it is freaking fabulous lol.
I don't go crazy when I shop here.
My purchases are always well thought out & planned.  It is far to dangerous to lose yourself in this store. Nothing is cheap, but not outrageously expensive either.  It is where I like to go to treat myself.
With that said, here is what I am really loving.

How fabulous is this apron?
It makes me smile just looking at it.
I can only imagine how happy I would feel cooking in it.
You know that happy feeling you get when you know you look good?
Yep, that one.
Wouldn't the apron be so cute hung up on these hooks?
But with an "L" or "Y" hook of course.
This Farmers Market bag is flipping fantastical!
They have it in yellow, red & green...all with a different print.
I seriously cannot get over the cuteness factor on this.
I mean look at the handle!
This dress!
Oh my.
It just screams warm spring day to me.
Lastly, is this hat.
I really enjoy hats.
I am a hat wearer...yes I am.
I like them. I like them a lot.

What store are you obsessed with?
I would love to know, so I can go check it out.
I like to be enabled, and find new stores I don't know about.
Have a wonderful day!

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