September 30, 2013

September Zva Creative Hop

Zva Creative and my fellow Design Team members welcome you to our June blog hop! We are excited about it 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.

Supplies: Cardstock: Creative Memories, Patterned paper: Echo Park, Tags: Elle's Studio, Die cuts: S.E.I., Tags; S.E.I., Jewels: Zva Creative, Flower: Zva Creative, Brad: Basic Grey, Metal flower: Freckled Fawn, Washi tape: Freckled Fawn, Metal Clip: Freckled Fawn Mist: Ranger, Tattered Angels, Pen: American Crafts.
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, September 30th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, October 1st.

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, October  2nd 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 Facebook page. Your next stop is Fabi Omerod!. Enjoy!

And here is the list of participants in order.

Thank you for joining us!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on October 28th for our next Zva blog hop!

September 25, 2013

best of the best

Yep, she truly is the best of the best. Mischelle and I have been friends since 1998. We met in Frostburg, MD and let me tell you... lol. We have some fun stories; lots of fun times that I can't share with you. She has been by my side ever since and I know if I need something, I can count on her. Sometimes, I get sad because we don't get enough time together due to a 3 year old and work, but I know that later, it will be much easier and we will make up for lost time! That is she doesn't grow into an old lady first. Mischelle, if you're reading this, I love you girlie.

Patterned paper: Basic Grey, Stickers: Basic Grey, Cork chevrons: American Crafts-Studio Calico, Wood vaneer heart: American Crafts-Studio Calico, Pen: American Crafts, Adhesives: Creative Memories.

September 14, 2013

The Bungalow

Hi everyone. Hope you had a great week. I was sick for a few days this week. Some stomach virus and I had terrible headaches that I would call "migraines" two days in a row. It was horrible. But when the pain subsided, I grabbed this book that my grandmother recommended to me. What a great story. It was a quick and easy book to read. I literally finished this book in three nights. It is a tear jerker though...

The story is based on World War II. It involves love, friendship, death, and the war. You have to read it. I just gave my copy to a friend at work to read. I hope she enjoys this book as much as I did.

September 11, 2013

September 11, 2001 (911)

Do you remember where you were 12 years ago from today? On September 11, 2001,I was almost 24 yrs old. I was at work (BNC Mortgage)when I found out what happened. Marlene, a co-worker of mine liked to listen to the news on her radio in the morning at work and that's when we found out about the devastating news. I sat at my desk in shock as Renee asked me if I realized what was happening...The processors immediately gathered in a circle and said a prayer for those people stuck in the towers and their family/loved ones. I've been thinking about all of those families who lost their loved ones, those fire fighters who lost their lives trying to save our people... It makes me sad and gives me a chill down my spine as I remember the news clippings of people falling from the towers. Be sure to hug your family today and tell them you love them because some families can't do that :( I found these pictures on Becky's blog and decided to use them as part of my post.

If you are reading this and you're one of the families who lost a good friend or family member, please know that I am thinking of you and I am sorry that you are having a rough day walking down memory lane... but I am thinking about you... and even though it's been 12 years, I haven't forgotten.

September 7, 2013

Happy Saturday!

Can I just say something... I love us two goofing around like this. It makes me so happy.

September 6, 2013

The Storyteller

What’s the last book you read? I just finished reading “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult. Although, I said that I would never read a book based on the Holocaust after “Sarah’s Key”, I decided to read “The Storyteller”. It literally took me an entire month to read the book because it was so damn sad. I just had to put the book down because I cried so much that I couldn’t see the words on the page. Yep, like I said, it was that sad.

My friend Leah would say, “You’re not done reading that book yet?” And I would tell her that it’s too sad and that I could only handle the book in small dosages. She asked why I insisted on reading such a sad book and I was like I don’t know. I love Jodi Picoult, she writes a good story. But as I engrossed myself in the book, I could totally paint my own picture of what happened and it made me sick to my stomach; some nights after reading a few chapters, I felt like I was going to be sick.

Jen asked me today why I read it when what happened in 1944 was horrific and devastating. And I replied, “Because every now and then, we take things for granted… and when I read stuff like that, it makes me feel very lucky to be alive and appreciate what I have… and it also makes me proud to be an American.”

It amazes me that there were survivors. That takes determination, faith, and strength! I admire those who survived because they never gave up hope. And I can’t blame the survivors for not wanting to talk about what happened because I’m sure there are no words that describe what they literally went through.

So if you for some reason or another need some help with how to appreciate what you've got,  go ahead and read it… Sure, you’ll cry, but you’ll definitely appreciate life more after reading about the hell those people went through.

September 5, 2013

Fall leaves

Can you believe that in just a few weeks, fall will be here? I'm so excited. It's my favorite time of the year. I love watching the leaves change and I love walking outside in the cool, crisp, air. Today I have a layout that I created in February when I went to the Cozy Crop House with my mom. While I was there, I got to play with their Cricut. I've been back and forth on whether or not I wanted to purchase one of these... but now, I think I want the Silhouette. So I am glad that I didn't buy it! Maybe I can ask for it from my family for Christmas. (Hint, hint, mommy) Just in case you're reading this.

Supplies used: Cardstock: Creative Memories, Patterned paper: DCWV, Jewels: Zva Creative, Die cutting machine and fall leaves: Cricut, Pen: American Crafts, Adhesives: Creative Memories.

1. Cut several strips of patterned paper and adhere them to the edges of 8 1/2"x11" cardstock.
2. Adhere 7 1/2"x10" rectangle in white cardstock to the center of the base.
3. Use a Cricut to cut multiple leaves and a tree. (These are all cut at 3 1/2").
4. Adhere die cuts and photos as shown.
5. Decorate the die cut tree with acorns cut from patterned paper.
6. Add some bling to the acorns and adhere them to the branches of the tree using glue.
7. Using a ruler and pen, hand write your journaling.

September 2, 2013

Handmade cards made easy!

Hello everyone. Have you seen the "Hello December" collection by Glitz Design? I love the colors! What a fun Holiday collection. Since I wanted to get a heads start on Christmas this year, I decided to make my cards tonight. Every year, I make my card and then I scan them. Once the card is scanned, I order my prints from This is so inexpensive to do! So today, I'm going to show you how you can make this adorable card.

Supplies:Cardstock: Creative Memories, Patterned paper: Glitz Design, Stickers: Glitz Design, Basic Grey, Tag: Elle's Studio, Pen: American Crafts

1. Cut one 5"x7" rectangle from the yellow "Hello Christmas" paper.
2. Cut one 4"x6" rectangle from white cardstock and adhere it to the center of the yellow rectangle.
3. Print and adhere 3 3/4"x3" photo at the far top of the white cardstock.
4. Adhere stickers as shown.
5. Using a pencil and ruler, lightly trace lines below the border stickers.
6. Use a pen to hand write your sentiment.
7. Once your journaling is complete, use an eraser to gently erase the line marks from the card.
8. Using scissors, hand-cut "year 2013" sentiment from the December calender tag by Elle's Studio.
9. Scan your card and print them out on 5x7 photo paper and you have yourself your very own personal cards!
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