November 26, 2012

Zva Creative November DT Blog Hop!

Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcome you to our November Holiday Blog Hop!

The Blog Hop begins at Zva Creative's blog! Be sure head on over to check it out! Leave a comment there for a chance to win an extra prize package just for visiting the blog and telling us that you stopped by! You will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way).

As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. If you like what you see along the hop you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.

Supplies: Patterned paper: Transparency: Fabric stickers: Little Yellow Bicycle, Thickers: American Crafts, Ribbon: May Arts, Jewels: Zva Creative, Glue: Helmar, Corner rounder: Creative Memories.

For a dose of holiday inspiration from our design team, 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!

The Blog Hop starts today, November 26th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, November 27th.


Hidden on FIVE of the designer's blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over. All you need to do is leave a comment on this 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.

The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 28th on Zva Creative's blog. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to Zva's blog on Wednesday to see if you are a winner!

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.

*Hop over to Zva's blog and leave a comment there to tell us that you made it there!

The blog hop begins here at Zva Creative's blog. Your next stop is  Anna Zaprzelska. Enjoy!

Thank you for joining us!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on December 31st forour next Zva blog hop!

November 20, 2012

May Arts blog hop

Hello scrappers! Today the May Arts design team is featuring Helmar product throughout various blogs. This was my first time using Helmar product and I have to say, their adhesives/glues are super strong and I love how the glue dries so fast! Awesome product and I can't wait to buy some more! Yes, I love it that much.

Here is a layout that I created. I simply glued the ribbon down on the paper using the 450 Quick Dry Adhesive. This stuff is GREAT!

Here's a close up:

Supplies:Cardstock: Creative Memories, Patterned paper: Glitz Design, Stickers: Glitz Design, Garland: Glitz Design, Decorative tape: Glitz Design, Jewels: Glitz Design, Die cuts: Glitz Design, Ribbon: May Arts, Adhesives: Creative Memories, Glue: Helmar.

In case you get lost, here is the order of the hop today with links!' Comment on any stop along the way' the prize will be ribbon and adhesive.  Happy blog hopping!

• Karen Baker:
• Martha Richardson
• Kendra Wiggins:
• Lisa Wilkinson:
• Leah Farrar-White:
• Sally Lynn MacDonald:
• Monica Edwards:
• Amy Lassiter:
• Nicole Martel:
• Virginia Fynes:

November 19, 2012


1. Grateful for my husband who continues to adore me and remind me that I’m annoying and nagging at times (giggles)…

2. Grateful for the Twilight series… it made me feel young again 

3. Grateful for sales.

4. Grateful for my beautiful almost 3 year old son who lights up my life.

5. Grateful for my love for reading and scrapping!

6. Grateful for having the chance to travel before having a child.

7. Grateful for having the courage and determination to earn my bachelors degree in Business Management after two hard years.

8. Grateful for having a house, a car, warm clothes and food in the house.

9. Grateful for so many fun memories with my hubby, family and friends.

10. Grateful for having friends who show up when it matters the most.

11. Grateful for boots and fun socks.

12. Grateful for my ability to laugh at things through good and bad times.

13. Grateful for my grandmother (I can tell her anything).

14. Grateful for music (it truly does the body good).

15. Grateful to keep on learning and growing and to become a better person that I am.

16. Grateful for my independence and determination.

17. Grateful to have a good head on my shoulders.

18. Grateful to have a good job when millions of people are out of jobs right now.

19. Grateful to have my Daisy girl.

20. Grateful for Creative Memories… they have helped me so much.

21. Grateful for being alive and having the things that I have.

22. Grateful for nice people who truly care about others and are willing to help others selflessly.

23. Grateful for being on multiple design teams to help with my scrappy addiction.

24. Grateful for my husband, he is a wonderful father!

25. Grateful for coffee, I need it to get me going in the mornings.

26. Grateful for my heath.

27. Grateful for God and my Guardian Angel.

28. Grateful for Wine.

29. Grateful for chocolate and Ben and Jerry’s Chubby Hubby (good stuff).

30. Grateful for health insurance!

31. Grateful for the girls I work with, they make it fun!

32. Grateful for Lilies, they truly make my day.

33. Grateful for my sister Jamie, she is so good to my son.

34. Grateful for my sister Katie, she tries  She is me… at 16.

November 14, 2012

GD for American Crafts!

Hello scrappers! I have some exciting news to share with you all! I am the guest designer for American Crafts this month!! I can't tell you how excited I was to wake up to an email from Paige asking if I was willing to guest design for the month of November! Heck yea! I had so much fun creating these projects and I hope you will enjoy them as well. Please hop over to American Crafts's blog to leave me some love :)

Farm boy by Nicole Martel

Design note: Try enhancing the look of fabric embellishments by stapling a little piece of ribbon to them.

Supplies: Caramel Apple Paper (35884)- Pumpkin patch, Pecan Pie Paper (35881)- Pumpkin patch, Corrugated ABC Stickers (53389)-Sunset, Remarks Fabric stickers (42256)-Oh Yes, Dimensional Stickers (85591)-Details, Stitched Vellum Embellishments (85593)-Details, Ribbon (89429), Roller Date Stamp (96731), Stamp marker (62600).

Thank you by Nicole Martel

Design note: Create a fun photo corner using a piece of fabric sticker and epoxy heart sticker. This is such a quick and easy way to pull the viewer’s eyes to the photo.
Supplies: Sunflower (AM710-38)-Cardstock, Turf (AM710-567 )-Cardstock, Grande Street Paper (35830)-SOHO Garden, High Line Park Paper (35831)-SOHO Garden, Corrugated letter stickers (53426)-Stroll, Remarks Fabric stickers (42272)-Bleecker Street, Adhesive layered embellishments (85606)-Mayflair, Bits (85607), Ribbon (89429)- SOHO Garden, Stickers (42273)- Poppy District, Layered chipboard stickers (42271)-Midtown, Remarks Cute Overload (42253).
 Happy Birthday by Nicole Martel
Design notes: Use your ribbon and a gluber to create your own floral embellishment. Add a vellum embellishment and you have yourself a fun embellishment.

 Supplies:  On The Clock Paper (35779)- Ready Set Go,  Remarks stickers (42296)-Autumn, Adhesive Badges (85590)- Flair, Stitched Vellum Embellishments (85593)- Details, Remarks Fabric Stickers (42256), Remarks Layered Stickers (42255), Ribbon (89429), Stickers (42273)- Poppy District, Fabric stickers (42272)-Bleecker Street, Roller Date Stamp (96731), Stamp marker (62600).

 Thankful by Nicole Martel
Design note: Try documenting the things you are thankful for in a little journal. This “Thankful” journal was super quick to create!
Supplies: Chocoate (AM710-47)-Cardstock, Molasses Cookies  Paper (35878)- Pumpkin patch, Accent & phrase stickers (42295)-Hayride, Remarks Cute Overload (42253), Paper Leaves Shapes (85592)-Field House, Daybook (76232)-Date Night.
Hello there by Nicole Martel
Supplies: Bubbles:Weave (71722)- Cardstock, Caramel Apple Paper (35884)- Pumpkin patch, Remarks Accent & Phrase Stickers (42252)- Delighted.

Pink isn't just for girls

Hello scrappers! Nicole here. Today I'm going to share two layouts that I created using the lovely "Hello Friends" collection. I can't get enough of the soft colors in this collection. I'm normally not a pink person, but I think this collection changed that :) I even used pink on a boy layout. Oh my!

  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Paper
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Garland
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Cardstock Stickers
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Large Rhinestones
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Epoxy Word Stickers
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Layered Cardstock Stickers
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Glitzers

  • Corner rounder: Creative Memories
  • Heart punch: Creative Memories
  • Adhesives: Creative Memories

And for my next layout, I decided to create a layout for my sister. I love her... I think the layout says it all!

  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Paper
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Garland
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Cardstock Stickers
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Large Rhinestones
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Epoxy Word Stickers
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Layered Cardstock Stickers
  • Glitz Design: "Hello Friend" Glitzers

Thanks for stopping by today!

November 11, 2012

Pleated ribbon border

Hello scrappers! Today I have a fun layout featuring my top 10 music artist of 2012. I'm also going to share a fun ribbon tutorial with you using the November kit by SFTIO! I know some people might cringe at the color combination, but it's one of my favorites :)

I wanted to create a pleated border across my layout to add texture to my layout. This is such an easy technique and all you need to do this is a mini stapler and some lace or ribbon. Simply staple a piece of theribbon to the paper, flip the lace back, staple again, pull the ribbon forward, staple and repeat this process across the paper.

Thanks for visiting today. Please come back :)

November 9, 2012

I have a little genius :)

I was in the back room listening to Edward rummaging through the fridge when all of a sudden, I heard him banging something against the counter and this is what I find... He broke the eggs all by himself onto a paper plate. The shells were all together in a neat little pile on a bag! He even pulled out the big spoon. I have a genius 2 year old (almost 3).

And I'm not sure if I posted these, but here are a few of my most recent favorites!

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