31 December 2011

New Year's special using a Sweet Stamp Shop set

Hello, friends:}

I'm back with another Sweet Stamp Shop creation. It's my day over on the SSS blog--so be sure to stop by there and leave some love!

In honor of the new year...I have created a monthly journal for 2012. I know I've talked about monthly journals before--but just in case you've forgotten: monthly journals are just three sheets of paper with each date/month stitched into a journal. I use these journals for keeping track of important events and happenings throughout the year. For example- births, deaths, concerts, moves, job promotions, etc. I used to want to read these each Christmas when we decorated our Christmas tree (since we were going to buy a yearly ornament and read a yearly journal when we place that year's ornament on the tree)...but I've figured out that the perfect time to read through these journals is New Year's Eve!!! It's great to read through each year's happenings--I can see how far we've come or where we struggled or when we were blessed. It's so much fun!

Now on to my project....I used some Echo Park Style Essentials Upscale paper for the journal cover. I made ANOTHER SVG file that cut out the year. Then I got tricky and stamped the largest glasses image from my Sweet Stamp Shop Spectacle stamp set. Then I cut these images out and added black glitter. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE how this turned out! **I usually make the front cover symbolic of what is going on in our life at the moment--so for 2012 I used the spectacle because Trav and I are FOCUSING on each other and sharing Jesus' love!!! The SSS stamp set was PERFECT for this front cover! And this 2012 monthly journal is perfect for the Paper Issues {numbers} and Simon Says Stamp {anything goes} challenges!!! 

Inside--these pages are just stitched together. 
**There is an envelope in the back (stitched in with the papers) for memorabilia and pictures.

That's it for me today--I just love love love using my SSS images--they are so versatile:) 

Be sure to stop by the Sweet Stamp Shop blog for more info on this card and to see what the owner of SSSNicole, has been up to! And if you have some extra time, please stop by our YouTube channel (you can find my newest video there!!!), our FB page, follow us on Twitter  and link up any creations you have made using SSS images on Flickr

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed:) HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!! 


29 December 2011

Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge {12.29- 1.11}

Hello, friends:} 

Today we start another photo inspired challenge over at Paper Smooches SPARKS blog. 

I just love this inspirational photo/sentiment! I decided to make two cards for this week's challenge. For my first card....I was inspired by the rainbow colors. I know, I know--I'm always trying to think outside the box:) I used some of my old Jillibean Soup {Sesame Oil} and Echo Park {Sunshine} papers for the background. I added some sunshine rays using my Sassafras Marmalade paper. I stamped the  clouds from the Paper Smooches Forest Whimsy set. The sun and his glasses are from the PS Sunny Side Up set. I added the sentiment from the PS Word Salad set. Super fun--LOVE that sun and his grin!!! 
This picture shows the card and dimension better:)

For my second card...I was inspired by the quote. I thought it would be different to make a card that "encouraged". The sentiment is stamped using the PS Alpha Dots stamp set. Hope is a stamp from the PS Hope set. I used some of my new papers from Crate Paper. And that ribbon--SO LUSH! It's available HERE from The Ribbon Carousel. LOVE!!!
I know you can't really tell in these photos, but it was stamped in hot pink and then I used a glaze pen over it. It looks so pretty in person! OY! 

That's it for me today--but be sure to stop by the other Paper Smooches SPARKS DT members' blogs and leave them some love

And don't forget to stop by the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog for more details. This challenge ends January 11th. I cannot wait to see what you make!!!

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}

28 December 2011


Hello, friends:}

Just a reminder--if you have time during this holiday season and want to get crafty, there's some fabulous challenges going on!!!

And if you need some new stamps...check out Avocado Arts, Sweet Stamp Shop, and Sparkle Creations {there's even a sale going on--25% off your order of $30 or more!!}. Gotta love these different images and styles of stamps!!! And if you need new ribbons...head over HERE at The Ribbon Carousel. So many new ribbons....I'm in LOVE! But there's one more place for you to stop....if you need new papers or alphas or stickers...here over HERE to the Momenta website! MMMM! Gotta love patterned papers:}

Hope you have a fabulous day! I'll be back tomorrow with another Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge!! And more crafty goodness coming soon--I just love all the Design Teams I'm on! LOVE playing with all the stamp images and goodies!!! And my teammates are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by! Tons of love! Be blessed:}

27 December 2011

More publications....a bit late:)

Hello, friends:}

I know I'm late in posting this... I just got caught up in DT projects, submitting, and just life;) I was published in the following magazines--be sure to pick up a copy!!!

Paper Crafts Holiday Cards & More pages 118 and 122. Here are my puppets--just love love love that Mrs. Claus:) 
Paper Crafts 365 Cards pages 60 and 74. I love love love the cards featured in this magazine--I made the Mother's day card for my MIL (had to ask for it back!) and the Father's day card was made for my dad (he never got it because it was being published)! Love that my family inspires me!!!
**If you look closely at this card in the magazine--the silly alphas fell during shipping and it wasn't put back into place. SO SAD:( But it still looks good:)

Paper Crafts Get Inspired pages 65 and 79. I love these cards too! I love that bee card the most because of the papers and the beautiful frame!!! LOVE:) 

I can also be seen in the September issue of Scrapbook Trends, November issue of Cards, Paper Crafts Jan/Feb issue, and Cards January issue. I have many more publications....but I can't share until they are published:) So be on the look out!! 

THANKS so much for all your support, encouragement, and your friendship!!! I am so thankful for all of my friends and followers!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! 

Hope you are doing well--I'll be back with more later:) Don't forget to check out these magazines!!! Many blessings! 

25 December 2011

Even Olsen knows the reason:)

Hello, friends:}

Merry CHRISTmas!!! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday--remembering the reason for the season:) Olsen was caught staring at our nativity scene below the Christmas tree the other night {Sorry the pic isn't that great! We had to act quickly with our iPhone because Olsen moves when he sees us taking pictures.}. I love that even HE knows the REASON for celebrating!!! 

I'll be back soon! Many blessings:}

23 December 2011

Paper Made Bakery--Guest Designer 4

Hello, friends:}

I'm back with my last post as Paper Made Bakery Guest Designer. I have really enjoyed working with PMB and Shannon--THANK YOU so much for this great opportunity! 

I wanted to make something different for my last post--so I altered a clear frame from the dollar store. I used my PMB December kits {available HERE}. LOOOOOOOVE how this turned out! 

I altered the frame by flipping it down and making it into post-it note desk caddy [name given by Trav:)]. I used my papers from the December kits paper pad {My Mind's Eye Honey Cake}--love this dark brown and pink color combo! That peach/rose ribbon, lace, and buttons from the December kits made the perfect cluster!!! I made a small banner and used some leftover alphas to add the initials of my friend (Melissa won #1 teacher last year--and I figured this would be PERFECT for her!). I stamped some of the post-it notes with the flower stamp from the kit {Memory Box}. LOVE LOVE LOVE this project! ETA:: My great friend, Angi, reminded me that this frame is PERFECT for the LESSology challenge #8!!!! HOOOOORAY:) It's my first time playing along with them!!! THANKSAngi!!!
That's it! I still have SEVERAL full sheets of paper, buttons, and lots of ribbon and twine leftover from my kit!! This kit was super fun to play with!!!  

Please make sure you stop by the PMB blog {HERE} and check them out on Facebook {HERE}. And get this--PMB has a Twitter page!! Be sure to follow them there! LOVE all these ways to stay in touch with this fabulous company!! ***ETA::: HERE is a link to past kits that are on sale!! LOVE a good deal:)

GIVEAWAY******Be sure to become a fan on Facebook--there's a giveaway once they get 100 fans {they are SOOOO close!!}!!! Be sure to like them and share it on Facebook for a chance to win!!!! 

And if you are in the San Diego area--there are classes available at the PMB!! Check out the schedule HERE. Plus--there is January kit soon to be revealed on the PMB blog! Be sure to check back!! It's BEAUTIFUL! 

That's it for me today! THANKS so much, Shannon, for allowing me to join in the PMB fun this month!!! And THANK YOU for stopping by! Don't forget to stop by the Paper Made Bakery blog and leave some love there:) Be blessed! 

ps...Thanks for all your wonderful wishes to get well. I felt better for about 24 hours and then it hit me again. My throat is swollen and it's hard to swallow. I am also very tired--but I think that's because I haven't done much all week! LOL! THANKS again for your prayers:) 

22 December 2011

PDCC #112

Hello, friends:)

We are starting another color story today over on the  Play Date Cafe blog! This week's colors are fun and perfect for Christmas-- Deep Red, Lime, Pine, Egg Nog. Our sponsor this week is Lil' Inker Designs. And...this is a 2 week challenge!!! 

The PDCC DT was super lucky to receive some Lil' Inker Designs stamps and dies to play with--I received this fun Jingle Joy die set. I knew I wanted to make a Christmas card using my new Authentique Wonder collection papers....and while looking at these stamps and dies--I realized that the "J" looked like a candy cane! PERFECT:) So I made a gingerbread man holding a candy cane with two more creating a heart at the bottom. LOOOOOOOOVE how this turned out! And those ribbons and twine....available at the Ribbon Carousel! LOVE that red ribbon--I actually distressed it so it looked more cream than white. I also used the Authentique sketch challenge for my card design--I think I actually left this sketch alone! LOL! 
That's it for me....but be sure to stop by the PDCC blog for complete details and prize information! The PDCC sponsor this week is Lil' Inker Designs. Be sure to link up your creations by Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 at 11:59pm EST. This is a 2 week challenge!!! 

Thanks for stopping by! Be blessed:}


21 December 2011

Another SSS card:)

Hello, friends:}

I'm afraid that I am sick with a swollen throat (I cannot swallow). So I will keep this post short:( 

I'm back with another Sweet Stamp Shop creation. It's my day over on the SSS blog--so be sure to stop by there and leave some love!

Today I'm sharing a love themed card using the following SSS stamp sets: Tree Traditions, Gnomies, and Sweet Alpha Doodles

I just love when a stamp can be used for multiple creations!!! This card is very simple---some papers from My Little Shoebox, stamped images, border punch, and sticker letters. LOOOOOOOOVE
That's it for me today--I just love love love using my SSS images!

Be sure to stop by the Sweet Stamp Shop blog for more info on this card and to see what the owner of SSSNicole, has been up to! And if you have some extra time, please stop by our YouTube channel (you can find my newest video there--or below!!!), our FB page, follow us on Twitter  and link up any creations you have made using SSS images on Flickr

**in case you had not seen my newest video--and you can click HERE to see the entire post. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed:)