January 29, 2014

Ah, I just love this...

I'm not sure where my mojo came from, but I like it!! This past week, I've created some really great layouts. Well, at least to me. I've been using up my older stash, combined with some newer embellishments. This layout was super quick and easy too. And I just love it :) Every time I look at it, I smile.

Products: Patterned paper: Glitz Design, Project life note card: American Crafts,  Staples: Tim Holtz, Paper clips: Freckled Fawn, Sequins: American Crafts-Studio Calico, Jewels: Zva Creative, Veneer hearts: Freckled Fawn, Tags: Elle’s Studio, Star epoxy stickers: Freckled Fawn, Stickers: Glitz Design, Acrylic stamp: Freckled Fawn, Spray mist: Tattered Angels, Pen: American Crafts, Markers: Faber-Castell, Corner rounder: Creative Memories, Adhesives: S.E.I.
Journaling says: This is what you two do together. You bully each other. Fun times.

January 27, 2014

January Zva Creative Blog Hop!

Happy New Year to you! Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcome you to our January blog hop! We are very excited to kick off the new year and to have you join us today. We hope you are inspired all of the beautiful work that we are about to share!

And as a bonus— today’s hop is EXTRA special because you will get to see more of Zva’s newest products that were released at the Craft and Hobby Association tradeshow earlier this month!
The hop begins at Zva Creative’s blog! 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.
Let’s kick off the hop with a beautiful layout by our French designer Carole Maurin.
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, January 27th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, January 28th.

Products used: Cardstock: American Crafts, Patterned paper: American Crafts, Project life cards: American Crafts, Paper clips: Freckled Fawn, Sequins: Zva Creative, Decorative tape: Freckled Fawn, Stamps: Freckled Fawn (2014), Spray mist: Ranger, Marker: Faber-Castell, Pen: American Crafts, Corner rounder: Creative Memories, Die cut machine: Silhouette Portrait, Dies: Silhouette (sand dollar), Adhesives: American Crafts.

Journaling says: Rather than set a list of new resolutions to work on for 2014, I decided to focus on one little word. This way I won't feel like a failure. I'm going to work on being more patient this year. I'm gonna do it 2014...

Products used: Cardstock: Doodlebug Design Inc., Patterned paper: Glitz Design, Sequins: Freckled Fawn, Jewels: Zva Creative, Stickers: Glitz Design (alphas, words), Freckled Fawn (glitter star, epoxy sticker), Decorative tape: Freckled Fawn, Ink: Clearsnap, Spray mist: Ranger, Markers: Faber-Castell, Pen: American Crafts, Glue: Helmar, Corner rounder: Creative Memories, Die cut machine: Silhouette Portrait, Dies: Silhouette (Fish, sand dollar).

Journaling says: We totally had a great time this morning. It was just us plus Nicole. Good times.

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, January 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 page 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 us there!

The blog hop begins here at Zva Creative’s blog. Your next stop is Gini Williams.

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

January 24, 2014

Playing with my Silhouette Portrait

Hi folks. Happy Friday to you. Do you have a Silhouette? Because if you don't, you should invest in one. Quick. I've been wanting one for over a year now and I finally got one for Christmas. I LOVE it and wish that I didn't wait so long to get one, but money doesn't grow on trees, so I waited for my family to get me one for Christmas :)

I love that I can cut a variety of shapes, frames, and fonts using my Silhouette Portrait. Do you realize how much money you could save by owning one of these things. I especially love the fact that I don't have to buy an entire cartridge for about 30 bucks and find myself only using one or two of the shapes... You pay $1 per die! And if you're really serious about using this die cutting machine, you can do what I did. Buy a monthly subscription for $14.99 which allows you to purchase $50.00 of dies, for the price of $14.99. No I do not design for Silhouette, nor am I trying to sell you something, I am simply pointing out how fabulous this tool is! Seriously, if you know someone who owns one, try it.

Anyways, I have a layout that I want to share with you. This layout was super simple to make and notice how I didn't need much on it besides the dies! I have so much cardstock that I decided not to buy anything new until I use the majority of what I have on hand. I am trying not to make any new purchases until March. I think I'm going to make it.

I'm not big on Project life. I've tried it and it doesn't work for me. But I love the look of project life... so I decided to base my design off of the project life photo sleeves for this layout. I think one can achieve this look easily, but I think the pictures have to be attractive in order for it to work. What do you think? I love that "Baltimore" die! As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it :)

Products used: Cardstock: Doodlebug  Design Inc., Project life card: American Crafts, Paper clips: Freckled Fawn, Jewels: Zva Creative, Epoxy star stickers: Freckled Fawn, Sticker label: Freckled Fawn, Pens: American Crafts, Die cut machine: Silhouette Portrait, Dies: Sand dollar, “Baltimore” phrase, heart, Adhesives: American Crafts.

Journaling says: We woke up at a little after 8am. so we could get to the aquarium early to beat the crowd. What a fun morning it was too. We had so much fun together.

How to: Place five 4"x6" photos onto the cardstock about 1/4" from the edge of the cardstock. Hand-journal journaling on project life card and adhere it to the center, far left side of the layout. Use Silhouette Portrait to cut "Baltimore" phrase, sand dollar, circle and heart and adhere it as shown. Adhere jewels, arrow paper clip and epoxy star as shown. Use a pen to write "Aquarium, January 20, 2014" just below the "Baltimore" die.

January 20, 2014

Baltimore Aquarium

Edward and I went to the Baltimore Aquarium today with our favorite people. We had such a nice time together! I love going to the aquarium... it's so pretty. I could stand in front of the fish tank for hours, just watching the fish go by.

And I'm not sure when they got this jelly fish display, but I thought it was so neat!!

Aren't they cool looking?

And I love this little art display they had near the restaurant/gift shop. So very pretty. These were hanging from the ceiling.

This fish was huge... His head was almost two times the size of Edward's head.

And I spotted this beautiful bird in the rain forest. I snapped this just in time because as soon as I clicked the button, he took off!

Edward with his favorite people.


Hello fishies.

This is a gigantic skeleton that was hanging from the ceiling. I have no idea what it was...

Oh and the Octopus decided to show off for us. So very cool.

I love this wall display. I wouldn't mind having this wall in my bedroom.

The sharks and sting rays were pacing all over the place this morning. I think they knew it was almost feeding time.

Pretty! Edward took off, running through the glass tubes. :)

Oh and check out this sloth! We were so lucky... the man who works in the rain forest said that he'd been working at the aquarium for 7 years and had never seen any of the sloths come out! They have four.

And I really loved these little guys. They are so cute. I could literally stretch out my arm and touch them if I wanted to but the attendant said not to touch them because they will tear you up... they can damage a squirrel within seconds. They were about the size of my hand.

And look at this one checking me out. hehe. I just wanted to tuck him in my bag :)

I like the frogs too. A lot of them were hiding this morning.


And before I go, me and my cutie.

Playing with Gelatos.

Hi everyone. Last week, I decided to send Edward to school on my flex day so I could play and have a day to myself! I normally keep him home, but I needed a day to play... And when he's with me, I can't play with mixed media because he wants to get messy with me too... And I only like to clean up my own messes, not his. LOL.

I've had these Gelatos by Faber-Castell for awhile now. I just didn't know what to do with them and honestly, I thought that they were so messy that clunks would come of the paper, but I was totally wrong. That's what I get for assuming that I knew about these things prior to trying them out.

So I thought, since it's my first time playing with these, I'd share my process with you in case you've been on the fence about these too! The first thing I did was pick my colors. I chose blue, pink, green and gold. (LOVE GOLD).

Then I printed 3 stars on a 8 1/2x11" piece of paper using my new Silhouette Portrait. I think this is the best gift ever... besides my teal Uggs that my darling sisters bought me for Christmas! I cut another 8 /2"x11" piece of paper for my base.

Then I just started applying the Gelatos onto my base. Don't worry about being neat because if you're using another paper with cut outs, you are just going to see bits and pieces of the colors. You'll see what I mean later. Notice how the gels look like crayon? I actually thought I could blend them with a paper towel... You can't. So make sure you apply hard on the paper so there is not white showing if you are going for a more opaque look.

Once you're done coloring on the paper, take a paper towel and wipe any excess gels off the paper. Otherwise, you will have a difficult time keeping embellishments on the layout.

Then apply glue to the edges of your base because once this is done, you are going to apply the other piece of paper with the star cuts from the Silhouette Portrait right onto the base.

And see what I meant when I said you'll only see bits and pieces of the colors. I love how this looks! This stuff is fun!! I think I need to get myself some more colors.

This is what the gels look like when you press hard. I like this better.

And here is my final layout! Ah, I love, love, love this even though it took me 1 1/2 hours! I don't think it's taken me that long to complete a layout ever. But it was well worth it.

Products used: Patterned paper: Glitz Design, Project life note cards: American Crafts,  Acrylic: Freckled Fawn (arrow), Thickers: American Crafts, Tags: Elle’s Studio, Decorative Tape: Freckled Fawn, Acrylic stamps: Freckled Fawn (2014, Brrr!), Paint: Tattered Angels, Marker: Faber-Castell, Pen: American Crafts, Gold metallic marker: Creative Memories, Gelatos: Faber-Castell, Die cut machine: Silhouette Portrait, Dies: Stars (trio), Glue: Helmar Design.

Journaling says: I love that smile so much! You were so excited that it finally snowed enough that you could play in it! It only took four years. Brrr!

I hope I was able to inspire you to try something new today! If you want more ideas on how to use the gels, visit Faber-Castell's blog! Have a fabulous time creating.

January 15, 2014


Happy hump day! Let me first start of with saying that this isn't one of my favorite layouts. I did this layout for a Silhouette challenge... but since I did the layout, I want to share with you an easy way for you to journal on your layout without messing up with the lines...

The first thing I do before I start writing on my layout is draw lines with  a pencil and ruler.

Once I have my lines, then I will use a pen to write my journaling down. If I'm not sure of how much space I will need for what I have to say, I will use a scrap piece of paper to write what I want to say down first and then I will write on my layout.

After I finish with my writing, I use a pencil to erase the pencil lines.

And that's all there is to it. Real easy right?
Products: Cardstock: Doodlebug Design, Patterned paper: Glitz Design, Project life card: American Crafts, Paper clips: Freckled Fawn, Ribbon: May Arts, Jewels: Doodlebug Design Inc. (crystal), Freckled Fawn (blue), Tags: American Crafts, Stickers: Glitz Design, Freckled Fawn (star, smiley face), Decorative tape: Freckled Fawn, Pen: American Crafts, Die cut machine: Silhouette Portrait, Dies: Silhouette.
Journaling says: 1. Finding books on sale. 2. Clothes marked down by 50%. 3. Finding old movie ticket stubs. 4. Finding a parking spot up front. 5. Eating outside on the deck, on the water. 6. Old pictures. 7. Hearing an old song that brings back memories. 8. Sweet hugs from 4 year old. 9. Spotting a rainbow. 10. Beef & broccoli for dinner. 11. Scrappy mail. 12. I love you's.

January 13, 2014

Beautiful day with lots of tags...

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a fabulous weekend. Mine was filled with some time with my family and lots of scrapping for the Studio Calico crop. So much fun!! I'm getting warmed up for when I go to the Cozy Crop House in March with some friends for a long weekend of scrapping and drinking :) yay. I so cannot wait. I seriously need a break from work and home.

Here's a layout I created for the Studio Calico layering challenge. I love layering papers/tags together and I love how this layout turned out. I used lots of different tags and snippets from a variety of collection from Elle's Studio. Again... using up my old stash because I see lots of new stuff coming out this Winter! So before I start buying some new things, I need to use up some of my older stash!

See how I started this layout? I just started cutting out little snippets randomly from different collections. I even cut different pieces and stapled them onto bigger pieces. FUN!

Products: Cardstock: Doodlebug Design Inc., Staples: Tim Holtz, Paper clip: Freckled Fawn, Jewels: Zva Creative, Die cuts: Elle’s Studio, Tags: Elle’s Studio, Journaling spots: Elle’s Studio, Stickers: Freckled Fawn (speech bubble, heart, epoxy stars), Stamp (heart): American Crafts, Pen: American Crafts, Glue: Helmar Designs.

Journaling: Edward wanted to go for a walk so I drove him up to the little park and we walked around for about an hour. He is such a nature boy. I just love this photo with the rays shinning down on my little man. We had such a great walk.

January 11, 2014

Yea, I'm a cool virgo

Here's a fun layout I created for the Studio Calico Crop! If you haven't been over there, go check it out. By participating in the challenges, you could win a three month subscription! I would love to be able to subscribe, but I'm going to have to wait a little bit. But soon enough, I will be a subscriber. I promise.

Notice how I colored the black thickers with a metallic marker. Very cool! I am so impressed with myself. I used up my old supplies and embellishments!

Products: Patterned paper: Glitz Design, Project life note card: American Crafts, Staples: Tim Holtz, Wood veneer arrow: American Crafts, Jewels: Doodlebug Design Inc., Thickers: American Crafts, Stickers: American Crafts “cool, alphas”, Freckled Fawn “speech bubble, glitter star”, Journaling spots: American Crafts, Decorative Tape: Freckled Fawn, Ink: Clearsnap, Metallic marker: Creative Memories, Pen: American Crafts, Adhesives: Helmar Design Inc., Gluedots.

Journaling says: Analytical, observant, helpful, reliable, precise, skeptical, fussy, inflexible, loyal, independent, honest, organized, straight forward, untrusting, keeps things to myself. Yep, I am 100% Virgo... But I'm a nice and good person... I promise.

January 10, 2014

Mini album from project life cards

Hello all. I have a super quick and easy mini album to share with you that I made using project life cards! When project life first came out, I felt that I needed several different cards for my scrapping needs... But then I decided that project life wasn't for me so the question was, what was I going to do with all of the cards? And then I came up with this cute little mini album idea! I love it. It's perfect for insta-gram photos.


Products: Cardstock: Creative Memories, Project life cards: American Crafts, Staples: Tim Holtz, Owire; Zutter, Paper clips: Freckled Fawn, Ribbon: May Arts, Flowers: Freckled Fawn, Wood vaneer (frame, heart): American Crafts, Wood vaneer (3): Freckled Fawn, Jewels: Zva Creative, Vellum die cut: Pink Paislee, Tags: American Crafts (kraft), Elle’s Studio (circle tags), Stickers: Freckled Fawn, Decorative tape: Freckled Fawn, Spray mist: Ranger (teal, pink), Pens: American Crafts, Punches: Epiphany Crafts (star, heart), Bind-it-all: Zutter, Adhesive: Helmar, Font: Andalus.

1.Adhere 16 project life cards back-to-back using glue.
2.Bind the pages together using Bind-it-all.
3.Adhere photos and embellishments to each page.
4.Fill in empty spaces using hand-made embellishments that can be made by punches that you have on hand. Use pop dots to make the punches stand out from the page.
5.Use a fine tip pen to hand-journal your journaling.

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