May 27, 2013

Zva Creative May Blog Hop!

Zva Creative and my fellow Design Team members welcome you to our May blog hop! We are excited about month's hop and look forward to sharing our new work with you!

Today's Blog Hop begins at Zva Creative's facebook page! Be sure head on over to check it out! 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.

 

 
 
Patterned paper: American Crafts, Stickers: American Crafts, Thickers: American Crafts, Die cut: American Crafts-Crate Paper, Chipboard: American Crafts, Acrylic flower: American Crafts, Stencils: American Crafts, Twine: May Arts, Jewels: Zva Creative, Heart punch: Creative Memories, Corner rounder: Creative Memories, Hole punch: Epiphany Crafts, Stamp: American Crafts, Paint: Tattered Angels, Pen: Signo-Uniball, Zapdots: Helmar Design.

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! The Blog Hop starts today, May 27th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, May 28th.

***Prizes***
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, May 29th on Zva Creative's facebook page. 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 facebook page and "like" our page or leave a comment there to tell us that you stopped by if you already like follow us there!

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

Thank you for joining us!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on June 24th for our next Zva blog hop!

 
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May 25, 2013

"Hey mommy, do you want to take a picture of us?"

Hello! The other night while Edward and I were curled up on the couch watching his TV show, he out of the blue says, "hey mommy, do you want to take a picture of us?" And I said, "do you want me to?" He NEVER wants me to take his photo... so this was the first time he has asked me to take one and I quickly grabbed my phone camera... I didn't have time to grab my Nikon. So naturally, I scrapped these adorable photos right away!

 
Supplies: Cardstock: Creative Memories, Patterned paper: Bella Blvd. (Blue and white checkers), Kaiser Craft, Layered Stickers: My Mind's Eye, Sticker labels: My Mind's Eye, Brad: Studio Calico, Jewels: Zva Creative, Decorative tape: Hambly Studio, Burlap String: American Crafts, Decorative Bags: Fancy Pants, Die cut frame: Pink Paislee, Journaling card: American Crafts, Mini stapler: Tim Holtz, Pen: Signo Uniball, Adhesives: Creative Memories.

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May 24, 2013

Fake stitching

Every now and then, I will finish a layout that I’m not exactly happy with. Sometimes I let it sit overnight and will go back to it the next day to decide if I like it or not. Most of the time, I change my mind and am pleased, but with this layout, I felt like it was a little too flat. It’s missing something… I don’t like to over embellish my layouts because it can get make my layout too bulky or more expensive!


So after thinking about it over night, I decided to create a fun stitched border at the top and bottom of the layout. Scrappers can buy paper garlands to look like this, but it will cost ya and as long as you own some punches and a sewing machine, you can make one yourself without spending any money.

 As I was prepping my sewing machine, I couldn’t get the bob in so I had to come up with something else… I already had the punched shapes adhered to the layout. I didn’t want to just leave them the way they were and call it a night. So rather than use a sewing machine to create a run wavy stitch across the punched shapes, I used a marker and ruler to “fake” stitch. As you can see, a marker and ruler can create a similar look minus the hassle of fighting with a sewing machine! Now, the next time I visit my grandmother, I’m gonna have to get her to re-bob it for me. I know, some sewer I am right?




And here is my layout. I'm happy with how this one turned out even if this wasn't completely what I had in mind.


 
Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts, Patterned paper: Webster's Pages, Rub-ons: Jenni Bowlin, Washi tape: Prima, Stickers: Webster's Pages, Sticker alphas: Webster's Pages, Corner rounder: Creative Memories, Star punch: Epiphany Crafts, Circle punch: Ephiphany Crafts, Marker: Creative Memories, Adhesives: Creative Memories, Gluedots, Kit: SFTIO.
 

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May 23, 2013

I won!

Hi everyone. Hope all is well. This month, I joined Scrapbook.com for their National Scrapbooking Day challenges. It was my 3rd year participating and I had such a great time! The challenges were fun and the layouts in the gallery were inspiring. If you haven’t heard of Scrapbook.com, feel free to visit their website. It’s a large online scrapbooking store that carries a variety of products from several different manufacturers!

Anyways, they gave out several door prizes this year. For every challenge that you completed, you were entered into a drawing for a chance to win a fabulous prize package worth $178.00. Also, Scrapbook.com had a weekly mini album challenge that you could enter for a chance to win the grand prize worth $500.00! I believe that they gave I always participate in this challenge regardless because I enjoy creating mini albums. So I created the mini album for fun. I honestly wasn’t expecting to win anything this year because I’ve won the past 2 years. I figured it would give others a chance to win.

So this week, I checked to see if they announced the winners because it’s always fun seeing scrappers excitement over winning and I WON! Wholey crap, I couldn’t believe it. Here is the fabulous prize package that I received in the mail today! I love how each year Scrapbook.com gives back to their customers. And this is why I chose to shop there for most of my supplies! The only time I shop at other places is if they do not have what I am looking for.


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May 22, 2013

Picnic at the beach

Today, Edward asked if we could have a picnic at the beach. So we did! We packed up some chicken to grill and bought some salads and headed to the beach for a few hours of fun. Earlier, it was so hot, but the breeze on the beach felt wonderful!



Edward just walked off by himself and sat down by the water taking it all in... Love how peaceful this photo looks.
 
 
 
 


He was so funny getting situated here... he had to have part of his body in the water in order to make his sand castle.
 


He was very meticulous. He hand picked his rocks and sticks to decorate his castle with. He's so clever!
 

This picture says it all...
 
 


Father/son pictures. Love these.
 

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May 17, 2013

My little curious boy...

I do love this curious boy... lol. At times, I think he's a mini me, but he looks just like his daddy. I will say that he's got my personality. Sometimes he looks like me with his expressions. I love how curious he is to learn everything. And I love how he can take everything in and then come up with something creative to do with himself. Here's a layout I created of him sitting in a hole that he dug out all by himself using some utensils from the grill. He was so proud of himself. He just plopped his butt in the whole and started laughing hysterically.


Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts, Creative Memories, Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket, Rub-ons: Jenni Bowlin, Stickers: Webster's Pages, Brad: American Crafts, Wooden poloroid: Maya Road, Kit: SFTIO.

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May 10, 2013

Another inspiring ad...

Hi everyone. Today I have a fun layout to share with you. Since this month’s SFTIO emotion is “Curiosity” I wanted to scrap a layout of how I get satisfaction in the work I do for a living. I usually like to learn everything I can and I get bored easily... so throughout the years that I have been with the credit union, I have asked to be trained to do the things that a teller and the assistant manager does on a daily basis. That way, later down the road, if a job position comes up, I have the knowledge and skills to perform the job! How many times have you seen someone who's not qualified for the job apply for the job and complain that they didn't get the job... I KNOW! Very frustrating, but I'm here to tell you I'm not one of them people. When I started this layout, I had no idea what kind of design I wanted to follow so I went searching through a magazine ad until I found an adthat inspired me. I do this regularly when I'm experiencing scrappers block. So here's the ad I came across. What do you think? I love it!


Notice how I used the sketch? I decided to scrap in a somewhat of a square and I included my title right on the photo! At first I tried to peel the sticker off because I felt that it was too close to my face, but then I just left it. Even though I'm not 100% happy with the placement of the title, it's something different and I like the overall layout.


Supplies: Patterned paper: Webster's Pages, Tag: Webster's Pages, Ribbon: Webster's Pages, Stickers: Webster's Pages, Wooden frame: Studio Calico, Brad: American Crafts, Kraft die cut:, Glue: Helmar Design, Corner rounder: Creative Memories, Glue dots: Gluedots, May Curiosity kit by Scrapbooking from the inside out.

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May 9, 2013

Fun time at the circus!

Yesterday, Pete and I celebrated our 9th anniversary with our little man! We had such a good day. The three of us had dinner and dessert at Chevys in Annapolis and then we went to the circus! Edward was so excited when Parker showed up too. His best friend in the whole world. ;)






 
My friend Kelly and Ryan brought Parker along. So fun!

 
LOL, this picture makes me laugh. Edward with his serious face.
 
 


 
 
 
There were 4 black and white tigers and they were beautiful! Edward liked them too.

 
And this was the cutest baby elephant I ever saw.


 
That first lady was hanging from her hair! Can you even imagine?
 
 

 
This was so scary to watch. That man almost fell to his death... there were no nets and he totally lost his balance. I think I almost had a heart attack and so did his buddy up there.

 
When we asked Edward what he liked the most about the Circus, he said he liked riding on the elephant. So cute.

 
The boys only made it half way through the circus. It was 9:00 when the circus was half way done and they were tired... so we promised Edward we'd buy him lightening sword before we left and that's what we did... he waited so patiently for it too.

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May 3, 2013

We R Memory Keepers

Hello scrappers! I have some exciting news to share with you today. A few months ago, I received an email from We R Memory Keepers asking if I would like to be a guest designer for their Facebook page and of course I said yes!

Although, it's been awhile since I've used papers and stickers by We R Memory Keepers, there was a time when I used them and that was when I first started scrapbooking. My all time favorite collection was the Boho Chick collection! I wish they would bring that collection back. I just love the colors and paislees in that collection. See I told you it's been awhile :)

I loved these chipboard pieces too!

Anyways, I got the chance to play with the "Feelin' Groovy" collection. I love the yellow, blue and orange together. This is such a happy collection! Here are two layouts that I created using this fabulous collection.

 
I love this picture of my son sleeping. He looks so sweet and innocent... that is until he wakes up. LOL. Once he's a wake, his little brain goes a mile a minute and he can't stop moving. He's a very active boy, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

 
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that I inspired you in some way!
 
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