January 30, 2012

Zva Creative January DT Blog Hop!

Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcome you to join us for our first Design Team Blog Hop of the New Year! We are happy to have you join us today and wish you the best for 2012!

The Blog Hop begins at Zva Creative's NEW 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. 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.

If you would like to play along with 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!

Hidden on FIVE of the designer's 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, January 30th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, January 31st.

The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 1st on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Zva'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 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.

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

The blog hop begins HERE at Zva Creative's NEW blog. Your next stop is Susan Lui. Enjoy!

Thank you for joining us!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on February 27th for our next Zva blog hop!

January 25, 2012

This week...

This week Edward...
1. Learned how to climb out of the crib so now he's sleeping in a big boy bed...
2. He LOVES Toy Story and that's all he wants to watch.
3. He carries Buzz Light Year and Woody all around with Mr.T.
4. He has been acting 2!
5. He has been told NO too much this week and now he just says, "no,no,no,no".
6. He now knows how to open doors... OH NO!
7. But on a positive note, he has pooped in his potty chair several times this week. Potty training is going well! You just have to ask him often... and he prefers to go naked :)

And here are a few pictures from the other day :)

January 22, 2012

Water for Elephants

So what are you reading right now? I just started reading "Water for Elephants" and I don't want to put the book down. So far it's a good book and I want to get deeper into the book to find out what happens. Are you reading anything right now? I'll be looking for something else to read after I finish this one.
Here is what the book is about. This was taken directly from the Barnes and Noble website:

As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.

January 21, 2012

Bathtub fun

I tend to get the best pictures of Edward while he's in the bathtub naked :) Sorry Meme, I didn't realize how long it's been since I've posted any new pictures of the little man. He is so fun... and sneaky! Yesterday while Pete was going to the bathroom, Edward grabbed a broom and was trying to knock the bubbles off the top of the TV so he could blow bubbles!! Were gonna have issues with this one :) hehe

January 19, 2012

Chopped my hair off!

The last time I chopped my hair off was in March, 2009 a few months before I got preggers with Edward. I donated 10" to Locks of Love and it felt great and I couldn't wait to do it again.

So, today, I went and got my hair chopped 11" of my hair off after work. My hair is all packaged and ready to be mailed to Locks of Love. Gosh, I have a lot of hair... lol. Not anymore though! Hehe. I do love it though. It's been 3 years since I've had short hair.

January 11, 2012

How about a mini?

One of my favorite things to do is search Pinterest for photos to use as inspiration for my layouts... Have you visited that website? It's amazing and full of fun ideas! This month I took my inspiration from the following photo.

I was inspired by the circles. Notice the circle mirror and the little circle ornaments... I decided to go a little free style with this one and love how it turned out. I also decided to play with the Laced with Grace line since it is my all time favorite.

Supplies Used:
Glitz Design Laced with Grace Patterned Paper
Glitz Design Laced with Grace Whatnots
Glitz Design Laced with Grace Glitzers
Glitz Design Laced with Grace Tiny Alphas
Glitz Design Laced with Grace Cardstock Stickers

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Couture Cardstock
Flower: G.C.D Studios
Circle punch: Creative Memories
Black pen: Creative Memories

For my next project, I decided to create a fun mini album. I actually gave this to my Nana for Christmas.

Supplies Used:
Glitz Design Beautiful Dreamer Mini Album
Glitz Design Beautiful Dreamer Patterned Papers
Glitz Design Beautiful Dreamer Peek-A-Boos
Glitz Design Beautiful Dreamer Giant Rhinestones
Glitz Design Beautiful Dreamer Cardstock

Flowers: Zva Creative
Bling: Zva Creative
Roses: Zva Creative
Glimmer Mist: Tattered Angels
Border sticker: Crate Paper
Metal Charm: Epiphany Crafts
Epiphany Crafts Studio Round Tool 14"
Stickpin: Maya Road
Heart punch: Creative Memories

Well that's all I have for today. I hope your day is going well and I will see you soon!

January 10, 2012

New Glitz Collections!!!

Have you seen the new Glitz Collections? OMG, They just keep getting better and better which is an under statment. I'm loving the Travel Collection. Which one is your favorite? Don't forget to like them on Facebook... you might be one of the lucky ones to win a collection of your own... you just never know and I'm just saying...

January 8, 2012

A simple mini

This year, why not try and give a meaningful gift such as a mini album? Not only does a mini album make a great gift, it also can be appreciated by your loved ones because you took the time to make something from the heart! I usually give minis as Christmas gifts and this was a mini I gave to my grand-parents. I'm determine to do something different this year... maybe during the year I will learn to just do the minis throughout the year so I don't end up creating 5 mini albums in one month... Yep that's what I did during the first 3 weeks of December :) but it was well worth it.

Having said this, I wanted to take the time to share this album with you because you do not have to do a lot to make a mini album look attractive!

As you are creating your mini, don't forget about those fabulous tools you have on hand to help fill in spaces. Sometimes, a button is all you really need!

If you do decide to create a mini, Scrapbook Adhesive makes some fabulous adhesives to help speed your project along! Their Adhesive Sheets are great for adhering sheets of pattern paper onto your chipboard covers and their tape runner is great for holding down your paper embellishments or for adhering photos back to back throughout your mini album.

Patterned papers: Chipboard: Stickers: Crate Paper, Flowers: Zva Creative, Crystals: Pearls: Zva Creative, Ribbon: Webster's Pages, Metal Charm: Epiphany Crafts, Epoxy sticker: Epiphany Crafts, Stickpin: Bad Girls Kit Club, Button tool round 14: Epiphany Crafts, Circle tool round 14: Epiphany Crafts, Heart punch: Creative Memories, Adhesive Sheets: Tape runner: Scrapbook Adhesives, Glimmer Mist: Chalkboard Mist: Tattered Angels.

I hope you're having a fabulous day and please come back!

January 4, 2012

My top 10 layouts for 2011

Wow, I really can't believe that it's 2012 already! This past year has flown by. Here are 10 of my favorite layouts from 2011!

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