December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!!! We had such a great day with the little man at Pete's family. Here are some photos from this morning :) Edward really got it this year... he had a blast opening his gifts and he tried to open mommy and daddy's because well, he had so many gifts, he thought they were all his :)












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December 20, 2011

I love you!

So last night was rough. Edward woke up at 2:30 am. and I was like "oh no..." I just wanted to sleep you know? But I know when somethings wrong so I quickly got out of bed. When I got in there, Edward was standing up and he said "Stinky" so I thought, okay, he has a poopie. I can handle this... change him and put him back to bed.

So I got him changed and noticed that he was a little wet so stripped him and put a clean set of pj's on him. I gave him a kiss and went to put him back in bed and he clings to me yelling, "no momma, stinky." So I'm trying to put him in and decided to put my hand on the bed... maybe he leaked? Mind you, I did all of this with the lights off... it was 2:30 am... so I put my hand down in the crib and yuck... he puked all over the bed! So I had to turn the lights on, strip his bed and put new sheets and blankets in there.

Once that was done, I grabbed everything, holding Edward in my right arm and put his dirty sheets in the wash. After that, we went upstairs and I grabbed him some crackers and then we went back downstairs to watch Nick Jr. until he was done eating some crackers. He nibbled on about 10 crackers. As he was watching cartoons, I said, Edward, it's night night time, after this is over, you have to go back to bed OK?" He shakes his head yes. So at 3:30 am. after the stupid cartoon with moving hands ended, I told him it was night night time and he didn't argue. He went right down and I was so happy because I was so tired.

Anyways, he made up for last night on the way to daycare this morning. I looked in the rear view mirror and said, "Edward, I love you!" and he said, "I love you". And I was freaking out because he said I Love you so clear for the first time ever and I have been waiting to hear him tell me that he loves me and I can't explain it but it was the best gift!!! And I said it again and he repeated it and I watched his lips and he said it PERFECTLY. So my beautiful son made my day after the little sleep I received! Today he seems to be doing okay. I sure hope he isn't getting sick again.



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December 19, 2011

Zva Creative Blog Hop!

Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcomes you to join us for our December Design Team blog hop!

As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. We want to make sure that they shine bright for you, so each designer was asked to share a creation using a specific color or color combination on their blog hop project. If you like what you see, you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.

The Blog Hop begins at Windy Robinson's blog. She will have the complete list of all the participating blogs in case there is a glitch along the way. If you would like to play along, just follow along the blog path. I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!

Hidden on FIVE of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it's important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.

The Blog Hop starts today, December 19th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, December 20th.

The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 21st on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Windy Robinson's blog as well. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on Wednesday... plus, you never know what kind of inspirational creation that you may find there.

All you need to do is leave a comment on this Zva Blog Hop post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win.

We also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize! To increase your chances of winning:

* Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

* Comment to let us know that you "tweeted" about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

* Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products. If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry.

So you have FOUR chances on each blog to win one of our FIVE prizes! That's a lot of chances to win!



The blog hop begins here at Windy Robinson's blog. Your next stop is Lisa Gregory. Enjoy!

Thank you for joining us! Happy Holidays!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on January 30th for our next Zva blog hop!
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December 18, 2011

Meeting Santa for the 2nd time...

So last year, Edward wasn't a big fan of Santa... Santa scared him half to death... so this year, I wasn't sure how he was going to take meeting Santa for the second time... Here are the photos from last year... I know, poor Edward right... broke my heart seeing him so scared.


But I have to say, he did much better this year as long as Santa didn't try to touch him... lol. He took his gifts, gave Santa knuckles and high fives and ran. LOL. But I think Aunt Jamie really helped him with Santa... the fact that she was right there with him made a difference and I think he recognized Santa's voice :)





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Tis the season...

This season, why not try and use up those pretty holiday scrappy goodies to wrap your personal gifts in! With a little bit of paper, die cuts, bling, charms and twine, you could make those presents extra festive! I am loving the new holiday papers and embellishments by Creative Memories!! If you feel you need this collection, simply go to Creative Memories's website and get yours today!





Supplies used: Papers: Die cuts: Stickers: Creative Memories, Crystals: Zva Creative, Twine: Pink Paislee, Metal Charm: Epiphany Crafts, Button made with Button made with EC Button Studio Round 14”, Shape Studio Tool Round 14, Adhesives: Creative Memories.

Hope you're getting ready for the holiday season because it's coming!

-Nicole


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December 13, 2011

Working with chipboard embellishments

Today, I am going to share some of my most favorite layouts/projects featuring chipboard. Why you might ask? Because it’s one of my favorite types of embellishments and I've decided to try out for the Imaginarium Designs Team... how can I not. I didn't even know the call existed until I popped over at Two Peas :) Love that place... it's my place to go to when I need to find out all the latest and greatest news in the scrappy world.

Anyways, I love the fact that chipboard can be used in so many fun, creative ways to help add that special touch to my layouts and projects. Personally, when I am missing something on my layout, I will look through my chipboard embellishments to see what catches my eye. Alphas, shapes, frames and much more live in my chipboard stash.

I love the many possibilities that chipboard can provide. Some of my favorite ways to use chipboard includes cutting the chipboard and distressing the surface with ink and paint. And the best part about using chipboard (in my opinion) is how sturdy it is! Scrappers do not have to worry about their chipboard embellishments falling apart.

Here are 10 of my most favorite projects featuring chipboard in some ways and I have been fortunate to have some of them published!!














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December 6, 2011

Happy Holidays Cards

I hate to say it but Christmas is literally right around the corner! I am almost done my Christmas shopping and everything that I've bought so far is wrapped! Go me! So I'm waiting on the last few gifts to arrive by mail... Oh did you think I went out on black Friday to do my shopping? Heck no... not me. Anyways, here's a little project to help you get your cards completed! Forget about spending $1 per card and make your own!

Here's what I used:
Plain White Envelopes by Staples
Photo paper by Staples
Papers and embellishments by Creative Memories (Love this new holiday paper!!)

Using your trimmer, cut a piece of pattern paper to 8-3/4x6-1/2".
Score the pattern paper at 4 1/2".
Attach a 4x6 photo to the front of the card.
Attach the embellishments as shown.



Once you've created the card, scan the card, crop out the background. Print the cards on photo paper and mail them out! This is a quick and easy solution for your Christmas cards and will only cost you about 10 cents per card after you buy your supplies, rather then spending a great deal of money on boring cards.

I love how my card turned out and I hope I inspired you in some way with this class!
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Some photos from these past few days :)





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December 5, 2011

Happy Holidays

I want to go ahead and share a Christmas layout I made today... I really love the new Holiday Papers/embellishments by Creative Memories. The doilies patterned paper is by Hambley, I've had this piece of paper for awhile now and felt that it looked great paired up with Creative Memories, Epiphany Crafts and Zva Creative. What do you think?



Supplies: Cardstock: Couture Cardstock, Patterned paper: Creative Memories, Hambley, Bling: Zva Creative, Stickers: Die Cuts: Paper Ribbon: Creative Memories, Metal Charm: Button tool: Epiphany Crafts, Twine: Pink Paislee.

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December 1, 2011

Scrapbooking from the inside out kit club

I'm so excited!!! I made the DT for Scrapbooking from the inside out! I am so thrilled about this opportunity because this will be my time to focus on scrapping about ME.

I will be working with these talented women for the next 6 months and hopefully longer... I know; Unbelievable right?

Melissa Elsner - DT Coordinator
Jen Matott
Stephanie Ackerman
Bonita Rose
Nicole Martel



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November 28, 2011

Circles of fun

Lately, when I search the galleries on various scrapbooking websites, I notice that several scrappers are using circles on their layouts. This seems to be a trend that’s been around for awhile but scrappers never get tired of using and I can see why! Circles can create a fun, energetic appearance to your layouts and can also draw your attention to specific details on a layout. With the right templates and punches, scrapbookers can create a variety of circles in a variety of sizes for their layouts.

Take a look at my layout, “Autumn.” I love using patterned paper but sometimes it's too much so I decided to use a white background with several punched circles. I used black and white photos to help make the photos pop off the page. The black and white photos really stand out with the brighter colors in the background. This is an effective way to use circles to help pull the viewer’s attention to the photos while maintaining a fun and interesting layout.



This month, I challenge you to try something new. Have fun using your circle punches and circle templates and enjoy the process of scrapping around and around the circle!


Ingredients:

White Shimmer Cardstock
Autumn 12X12 Addition
Dual-Tip Pen (Black, Blue)
Circle Punch
12 Inch Rotary Trimmer
All-Purpose Scissors
Foam Squares
Tape Runner

Here's how you can make this layout!

Use the White Shimmer Cardstock as your base.
Using your Black Dual-Tip Pen and a ruler, draw a ½” border around the White Shimmer Cardstock.
Using your Circle Punch, Punch 30 1-1/2” circles from the Autumn 12X12 Addition Papers and adhere them as shown.
Using your Rotary Trimmer, cut a piece of the yellow patterned paper down to 6-1/2”X4-1/2”.
Use a Blue Dual-Tip Pen to trace a ¼” border around the yellow mat and adhere it to the layout as shown.
Mat 3 2”X3” photos on White Shimmer Cardstock and adhere it to the yellow mat.
Adhere the mat as shown.
Adhere the stickers using Foam Squares and your Tape Runner as shown.
Use your Black Dual-Tip pen to handwrite your journaling in one of the punched circles as shown.

-Nicole
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Zva Creative November DT Blog Hop!

Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcomes you to join us this November for a blog hop that we feel is always extra special because it is the first hop for many of our new 2011-12 team members! We also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize! See details below.


As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. We want to make sure that they shine bright for you, so each designer was asked to share a creation using a specific color or color combination on their blog hop project. If you like Zva's products you can find a list stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.

The Blog Hop begins at Windy Robinson's blog. She will have the complete list of all blogs that are participating in case there is a glitch along the way. If you would like to play along, just follow along the blog path. I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!

Hidden on FIVE of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it's important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.

The Blog Hop starts today, November 28th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, November 29th.
The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 30th on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Windy Robinson's blog as well. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on Wednesday... plus, you never know what kind of inspirational creation that you may find there.

All you need to do is leave a comment on this Zva Blog Hop post...you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you leave a comment along the blog hop path though, the more chances you will have to be one of the lucky winners.

To increase your chances of winning:
* Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you "tweeted" about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products. If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry
So you have FOUR chances on each blog to win one of our FIVE prizes! That's a lot of chances to win!




The blog hop begins here: Windy Robinson. Your next stop is here: Susan Lui
Thank you for joining us!

P.S. Next month's blog hop will be happening one week early so mark your calendar to join us on Monday, December 19th for another inspiring Zva blog hop!
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November 19, 2011

I had quite an exciting morning...

Woke up at 8:30am. due to Edward's wake-up call and found him sitting in the middle of the crib in tons of puke... and picking at it. So I grabbed him, gave him a bath and took the sheets and stuffed animals out of the crib and threw them in the wash.

He insisted that he was hungry so I made him some eggs and gave him some oranges. 1/2 hour after he ate, we are on the couch watching Harry Potter and he comes over to snuggle next to me and then... he throws up on me all over my shirt... it was so gross... so I throw him back in the tub... He took an hour long bath playing with his bubbles and toys.

So I wrap him up in his towel, grab some clean clothes and head downstairs to get him dressed and on the way down the stairs, he throws up on me again and all over his fresh clothes that I was holding. 3x's I've been puked on this morning. I really hope this is the last time because it's 12pm and I am wiped out! He is now napping.

So you're probably wondering where the hubby is during all of this? Well, all he's trying to do this morning is sleep in... and he let me know it! Do I need to say anything more?
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I am thankful for my family.

Since this month is all about Thanksgiving I decided to create a layout about what I am thankful for... and that is my little family of 3! I love the warm colors on this layout. I just love fall and the gorgeous fall G.C.D papers!


Isn't that bow gorgeous? Would you like to know how to make a perfect bow of your own? Well, I'm going to give you tips on how to make one of your own!

First staple the ribbon below your photo at each end leaving plenty of ribbon hanging to create the bow.

Then pull the right side of the ribbon over to the left side of the layout and create a loop. Staple the loop to hold the ribbon in place.
Then tie your bow! The staples help hold the shape of the ribbon so that you can tug the bow easily!

Products Used:
Patterned Paper: G.C.D Studios (Elementary My Dear)and (FunHouse).
Other: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Chipboard: Sticker alphas: Bella Blvd., Ribbon: Webster's Pages, Word sticker: Cosmo Cricket, Corner rounder: Heart punch: Pen: Adhesives: Creative Memories.

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