June 30, 2014

June Zva Creative Blog Hop

Happy Monday to you! Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcome you to our May blog hop! We are very excited to have you join us today and hope you are inspired all of the beautiful work that we are about to share!

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.

I have a gorgeous layout to share with you today. The Zva crystals add just about the right touch to this layout. Love how the black jewels make the title pop. And the small jewel flowers are perfect for enhancing your chipboard embellishments or die cuts!

Personally, I am so thankful for warmer weather because it means I get to spend time with my friends outside with a few cold beverages. Yum! We had such a great time a few weekends ago at Coconut Joes in Edgewater, Maryland. The view was spectacular. Can't wait to do it again.

Did you notice how I cut the butterfly bling to make it work for my layout? I used pieces at the bottom and in the center of my chipboard heart! Don't be afraid to cut up your bling to make it stretch!

 
Here's another fun layout that I created of my other good friend Jen and I. I love how this one turned out. It's so pretty!! I just realized that I used butterflies on both of these. What can I say, I love butterflies!
 
 
 

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, June 30th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, July 2nd.


***Prizes***

Hidden on FIVE of the blogs along the way 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 one 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, July 2 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 Jolanda Meurs. Enjoy!


Thank you for joining us!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on July 28th for next month’s hop.


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June 26, 2014

Two Peas

Yesterday was a very sad day for most scrappers who have been apart of the Two Peas community. Two Peas has been in business for 15 years. They invited scrappers from all over the world to build a community so that scrappers like myself could always go there for support from other women with similar experiences, concerns and interest.

I must admit that when I first started scrapping, I stayed away from Two Peas because there were some mean girls on that site! They didn't care about holding back their opinions... and personally, I didn't like it. Until about 7 years ago. I was careful where I went on their website. I uploaded layouts and I would only go into the forums specifically for "scrapbooking". I did not go into the forums that discussed politics or the ones where women bashed people.

Along the way, I discovered a few designers who inspired me! My favorite "garden girls" were Celine Navarro, Paige Evans, Jennifer Gallagher, Jill Sprott, Melanie Blackburn, and Wilna Furstenberg. I was sure to add their blogs to my list today so I do not lose them! I'm sad to say, I never got the chance to take one of Wilna's art classes. It's been on my "to do" list for awhile now, but maybe she will open her own classes someday so I can finally sign up for a few. I think I'm ready to try something different.

Honestly, it's probably people's fault such as my own that the store is closing. I rarely shopped there. I only uploaded my layouts and looked for layouts from my favorite designers. But, when I did have the funds to shop, Two Peas were out of the stuff that I wanted so my main shop was www.scrapbook.com.


Anyway, I just wanted to let others know that I am sorry for their loss. Two Peas was a HUGE community and I know how some women might be feeling right now. I would suggest you pin all of your favorite layouts, save those badges, save those blog links and join the "Two Peas Refugee" group on Facebook!
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June 23, 2014

Beach fun

It was the perfect day for the beach. Not too hot, but warm enough to get into the water if we wanted to. We were down there for about two hours. It amazes me at how fast time passes when you're near the water. It was so peaceful! Edward wasn't too happy that no one was down there... he doesn't understand that it's Monday and most kids are in school or at camp... he's home with me because I decided to take a week off so that Meme could come spend some time with him. She lives in Florida and doesn't get up often... so this was a rare treat!

 
This boy loves his sticks. No matter where we go, he always finds one...
 
 
Amazingly, he didn't want his beach toys... he sat in this spot for an hour digging and thinking...
 
 
Aren't the clouds gorgeous? Sigh.
 
 
His little spot... he's still plugging away...
 
 
while Meme observes.
 
 
And then he came and asked me to see what he made. All that time he was digging and moving his hands around, he was building a volcano! What a clever boy. He showed me where the lava sprays out and how he made the streams for the lava to pour down. Folks, he's four! I'm so impressed with his creativity. The picture does not do it justice...
 
 
He's going to be an engineer... He's great with legos and he observes and likes to put things together... Aunt Katie will be proud. LOL.
 
 
He's enjoying every moment with Meme. LOVE this shot.
 

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June 22, 2014

Life is great!

So last week I needed something to do with Edward since his pre-school was closed Thursday and Friday. I had no idea who was gonna keep him while I worked, but mom and my darling sisters came through as they always do... They took him to Ocean City, Maryland for a few days. He had a blast too! Can't you tell by this adorable picture?

 
When I first saw this picture, I knew exactly what paper I was going to use to scrap with. I've had this cute patterned paper by Studio Calico for awhile now. I loved it, but didn't know if I would ever use it until today. This layout came together super quick. The first thing I did was cut my title and a big star from paper using my Silhouette Portrait. I must admit, it's a pretty awesome tool that I'm bummed that I waited so long to get one!



 
Patterned paper: Gold hearts: Word stickers: Label: Vellum tag: Studio Calico, American Crafts, Vellum die cut: Crate Paper, American Crafts, Project life tag: American Crafts, Pen: American Crafts, Die cutting machine: Silhouette Portrait, Chalkboard mist: Tattered Angels, Adhesives: American Crafts, Mini stapler: Tim Holtz.

I love this title that I cut using my Silhouette Portrait. So very awesome.

 
Yep, I am not afraid to write on my layouts. Notice how I traced the edges of my star? It was so easy to do. I simply used a ruler and a pen to create a border around my die cut star to make it pop.

 
These word stickers are the best. I can't get enough of them!



 
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June 18, 2014

My little ninja turtle...

Happy hump day! I'm feeling so lazy today. I had plans to clean the house since my mom and sisters came to take Edward to the beach for a few days, but I haven't done a thing. I've been sitting here at my desk, listening to my iTunes, relaxing...

I already miss my little man. Sure, I like a little break, but when he's not home, I feel like I'm missing something. Anyways, he is beyond obsessed with ninja turtles these days. Ninja turtle stuff has taken over. That and his legos... lol.

I created this layout a few months ago when I was away at the Cozy Crop House. It actually got picked up by Scrapbooking & Beyond, but sadly, I receive my layout back yesterday and found out that the magazine company is closing it's doors. I'm so bummed. Another fabulous paper magazine gone.

 
Supplies: Cardstock: Patterned paper: Vellum die cuts: Metallic stars: Project life card: American Crafts, Metal heart charm: Freckled Fawn, Die cutting machine: "love" phrase: Silhouette.
 
Instructions 

  1. Cut one 81/2”x11” rectangle from blue and white striped patterned paper and one 71/2”x10” rectangle from white cardstock. Center and adhere white cardstock onto blue and white striped rectangle.
  2. Adhere 2 5”x7” photos in the center of the white rectangle, then measure 1” from the left side of the rectangle and  ½” from the top of the layout. Cut vellum border die in half. Use mini stapler to staple vellum strips at the top left and bottom right side of the layout. Use slick writer pen to handwrite journal onto the far right side of the top photo.
  3. Tuck project life card below the top photo at the far right side of the photo. Handwrite journal on card. Adhere “love” phrase, metal heart, “play hard” die cut and silver stars using glue.
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June 14, 2014

dude rocks

Happy weekend everyone. I just wanted to share this adorable layout that I created last week. I decided to do something different and use some chalkboard mist and Amy Tangerine's stitching stencils. This was so much fun. I especially love the tiny silver stars from the Crate Paper "Boys Rule" collection. Awesome!

 
Supplies: Cardstock: Patterned paper: Vellum alphas: Bling, Silver stars: Epoxy star: Die cuts: American Crafts-Crate Paper, Stencils: American Crafts, Mist: Tattered Angels, Die cut machine: Silhouette, Wood veneer 4: Freckled Fawn, Adhesives: American Crafts, Pen: American Crafts.
 
And a close up of the stitching. I decided to embellish the center of the stitched star with bling. Love how the little arrow looks too! I think I will try and use these stitching stencils more often.


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June 2, 2014

Vrooooom

Hello everybody! Happy Monday. Today, I have a super quick and easy layout to share with you. I love the "Boys Rule" collection by American Crafts-Crate Paper and I have been using it like it's going out of style. The reason is simple, I have a boy who loves cars, Legos, trucks and robots and this collection has everything I need to complete multiple boy layouts. If you're curious to see the entire collection, click here! Isn't it fun?

 
I love the fact that this paper doesn't have any colors in it because it's perfect for using markers to make it your own! It's amazing what a little color can do to any patterned paper. Brilliant!
 
 
 
Supplies: Cardstock: Patterned paper: Chipboard: Button: Stickers: American Crafts, Marker: Faber-Castell, Pen: American Crafts.
 
How to: Adhere 8"x10 1/2" white cardstock to 8 1/2"x11" base. Cut 3 photos and one patterned paper block down to 3"x3". Adhere four squares to the base as shown, approximately 1/2" from the edge of the cardstock, 2 1/2" from the bottom. Journal on chipboard tag and adhere to photo. Add embellishments. Color "Vroom" phrase in patterned paper block using a blue marker. Use a pen and ruler to underline "All boy" at the bottom.
 
Journaling: You just jumped in and took off like you were 16. It's so scary how fearless you are.
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