July 26, 2015

Roots and wings

Hi everybody. Hope you had a fabulous weekend. Nothing much going on here. I pretty much had a lazy day yesterday. I didn't do a whole lot. Earlier in the day, I asked Edward to put his swim suit on so we could go down to the beach for a bit, but he didn't want to. I think it had something do with the fact that he and daddy were at the beach from 1-10pm on Friday. Edward spent the entire day playing downstairs, watching his cartoons in his pajamas.

I didn't bother making him get dressed because it was evident that he had no desire to do anything. Haha. I was secretly happy about this because I was tired too. I had to work a few hours and I just didn't have the energy to do much of anything. I did manage to scrap this layout using Ali Edwards Roots Story Kit. At first, I didn't think I'd have any photos to go with the theme, but then I got to thinking about the pictures I took of momom's blackberries last summer.

When poppy died in December of 2004, momom decided to keep his roots alive. Poppy loved his blackberries and took pride in growing and picking them for his grand-daughters to eat. We'd pop them in our mouths like candy. And we loved it when momom made us blackberry cobbler. It is so delicious. My mouth is watering, just thinking about it.

When momom sold the house, she moved the berries to her current house. I can only imagine how much work that involved, but she did it. She was determined to keep party of poppy alive for all of us. It's been 11 years and the blackberries are still in momom's yard and she hasn't stopped taking care of them. I admire momom for her will to keep part of poppy alive through all of these years. We miss him dearly, but we know he is smiling down at us.

Supplies: Kraft cardstock: Stampin'Up, Cards: Chipboard: Ali Edwards, Enamel dots: Freckled Fawn, Washi tape: Studio Calio, Pen: Marvy.

July 24, 2015

Where I stand

Hi everyone. Where are you with you life today? Are you where you want to be or have you been struggling with your job, family and life in general. Well, I've been there for the past five years and I think I am finally on a better path. Thank goodness. And if you're not there yet, I hope you get there sooner, rather than later.

I decided to create a layout of a few things I am thankful for using the July Clique Kit. I am very grateful for everything I have, especially my health and my family. Sure, it's nice to have things, but things are not important. What's really important is having electricity, food on the table and a roof over my head along with a HEALTHY family.

I really love the 365 stamps by Chickaniddy Crafts. They are just the right size; not too big, not too small to fill in the white space on my layouts.

Supplies: Patterned paper: Sticker alphas: Brads: Stamps: Chickaniddy Crafts, Flair: Clique Kits, Cards: MAMBI, Mini stapler: Tim Holtz, Pen: Marvy.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a great weekend!

July 23, 2015


I am a bit jealous. Edward got to go to LEGOLAND and I didn't. I am pouting with a sad face as I type this. I introduced Legos to Edward when he was two. I remember building Legos in front of him and pointing to the booklet to show him how I knew how to do it. By the time he was three, he understood that the book has directions on how to put several pieces of blocks together in order to make something spectacular.

I love that he is now 5 years old and can build a Lego set meant for an 8-13 year old all by himself. I am raising one smart little boy and I am so very proud of him and HAPPY for him that he got to experience LEGOLAND with his daddy and Meme. My day will come when take him. Hopefully, sometime next year. I'd love to stay at the LEGOLAND hotel. That would be amazing... seriously. Can you imagine being a kid, staying in a big Lego hotel?

Meme and daddy sent me a few photos that I am excited to share with you. Some of the displays are AMAZING! And unbelievable.



I am sure these pictures just doesn't even do it justice... I will just have to wait until I go next year!

July 17, 2015

We make a great pear

Hi everybody! I have a fun layout to share with you today. Initially, I was going to post this in July, but I wasn't quite happy with the first version. It looked too plain so when I received my August Clique Kit, I fell in love with the "We make a great pear" flair and immediately thought of an idea. So I grabbed my pie chart template and some whipped spackle and added it right onto my layout. Now, it is complete! What do you think? I created the background on watercolor paper, using pink and yellow gelatos and gesso. I was going for a dripped look for the background, but being the first time I tried this technique, it did not turn out as planned, but there's always next time.

Supplies: Watercolor paper: Prima, Patterned Paper: Brad: Chickaniddy Crafts, Cards: MAMBI, Flair: "True Story" card:Clique Kits, Heart punch: Epiphany Crafts, Gelatos: Faber-Castell, Template: The Crafter's Workshop, Whip spackle: Faber-Castell.

Thanks for stopping by today!

July 15, 2015

July Clique Kits Pep Rally

Hi everybody. It’s Nicole here, wishing you a fabulous Wednesday! Welcome to the July Pep Rally. This month, we hope to inspire you with a variety of projects using Chickaniddy Craft's "365" collection. I really love the colors in this collection and the little sentiments that can be found on some of the papers. If you are stopping by today, I am kicking off the blog hop from the Clique Kit's blog! Please join us.

For our challenge this month, we went with an “Anything Goes”, so I decided to challenge myself to create layouts using mixed media. I love playing with my stamps, paints and inks, but sometimes, I don't have the time to spend on pulling everything out, waiting for it to dry etc... But since my mom had Edward for an entire weekend, I got to play and it was so much fun!

The Pep Rally, for those of you who are new to the Clique, is our monthly subscriber and design team blog share typically held the third week of the month and participants earn product credits-yes, free stuff to do what you love-who can beat that? It's out with the old, in with the new time at Clique Kits when we (hopefully) have all killed our kit from the previous month and have lots to show off, and we start to chat and hype the excitement for the coming month’s kit. In other words, we party! We don’t leave out our guests-there is always a prize for a hopper who comments on each post and likes and shares on social media! Just leave a new comment for each like and share for a separate entry in the random drawing for this month’s prize. One lucky person will win this month’s Carpe Diem kit that is sold out! Get the word out and have your friends join our Pep Rally because they might end up with this gorgeous kit at their doorsteps!

Here’s today’s line up:

Feel free to hop in any order, if you get lost, you can always come back here to find your place. For this layout, I basically covered an entire piece of white cardstock with gelatos in various colors and then used a damp brush to blend the colors in a bit. Then I added some stamps in the background and used a paint dabber to add little circles in the background. Once everything was  dried, I applied my photos, papers, brads, flair, washi tape and stickers.

And here's another layout that I created using paints and a mason jar lid. The background was so easy to make. All I did was paint the edges of the lid and stamped them onto the paper. Then I painted on the mason jar lid and used it as a circle stamp. It worked great and I didn't have to buy a new circle stamp or two.

And here is another layout in which I decided to play with gesso for the first time!

Now, hop along and see what our design team and subscribers have been working on. Don’t forget to check out the gallery on the website landing page featuring our Varsity Team (design team) projects using the July kit and check out the Monthly Kit page for all the details about next month’s amazing Clique Kit Ambrosia. Take care!


July 10, 2015

Playing with circles

Hi friends. Hope you had a great week! Today, I have another layout to share with you using the July Clique Kit. I don't know what it is about circles, but I LOVE using them on my layouts. Most of the time, I use circle punches, but today, I wanted to create a fun circle background using paints. I just bought a circle stamp, but it was a little bigger than what I needed and I wanted something that I could use to either have a filled circle or hollow. So I grabbed the lid off from one of my mason jars and went to town. Clever!

 Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts, Patterned paper: Brads: Stamps (small sentiments): Sticker alphas: Chickaniddy Crafts, Flair: Clique Kits, Paint: Ranger, "Weekend" stamp: Kesi'Art, Pen: Marvy.

The next time you're looking or something fun to do, try painting the top of your mason jar lids to create a fun background for your layout. It's super easy to do and fun! Just be sure to wipe the lid when switching colors.

I painted on an acrylic star stamp and stamped it on my paper. If you try something similar, don't press down too hard on the paper. Simply tap the image on the cardstock and lift it so you avoid smearing the image.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you continue to come back as I try to bring more inspiring layouts to you. My goal is to help challenge others to experiment with different techniques to help them learn and grow in this wonderful hobby that we call "scrapbooking". 

July 4, 2015

I have a secret...

I have been holding a secret for a week now! It's been so hard keeping the news to myself, but I can now share it. I made the Pretty Little Studio Design Team! I applied a few years ago and didn't make it so I decided not to give up on the idea. And since I actually had some Pretty Little Studio product that I purchased from the Clique Kit store, I thought to myself, why not? Congrats to the rest of the ladies who made the team along  with me!

July 3, 2015

Creating a collage backgound using gelatos

Happy Friday friends! Today, I have a fun layout to share with you. I used the July kit from Clique Kits which featured lots of goodies from Chickaniddy Crafts! I love the 345 collection! I've been wanting to play with some mixed media for a while now so I decided to pull out my gelatos and have fun with this layout. I had so much fun creating this layout. Although it to a lot of time to make, it was well worth it. What do you think? And I am going to share with you, step-by-step how easy the background was to make!

Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts, Patterned paper: Stickers: Brads: Stamps: Enamel keys and arrow: Sticker alphas: Chickaniddy Crafts, Flair: Clique Kits, Paint dabber: Ranger (Pearl), Gelatos: Faber-Castell, Circle Stamps: Hero Arts, Washi tape: Freckled Fawn, Heart punch: Epiphany Crafts, Black pen: Marvy.
1st: Pick 3 of your favorite gelato colors. I picked yellow, blue, green and light pink.
2nd: Use the gelatos to cover the entire surface of the white cardstock. Don't worry if your gelatos break.
3rd: Once the entire paper is covered, use a paint brush and water to blend in the gelatos. Do one color at a time to avoid mixing the colors together. After you blend in the gels, use your fingers to smear the gels into the white cracks.

4th: Once the paper is dried, take a Pearl paint dabber by Ranger and dab several circles onto the paper.
5th: If you are looking to do a little more with your background, feel free to add a few stamped images or stencils. I added circles.
Once you are satisfied with the background of your layout, adhere your photo and start scrapping!
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that I have inspired you to give gelatos a try. There may be gelatos available in the Clique Kits Store. Feel free to use coupon code "NICOLE10" to save 10% on your store purchase (excludes kits).

July 1, 2015

Back home...

Hi friends. I have a non-scrappy post today! I know that my family will be happy to see that. Haha. Edward and I are just now getting settled from our five day vacation at the beach with my family. Marc invited us back and we had a blast. We ended up having one rainy day while there, but that was okay because we took Edward to the Arcade and played Boggle and Canasta! Fun, fun, fun.

Here are some of my favorite photos from our week. We did so much in five days, it's no wonder I was exhausted when we got home. I am just now feeling back to normal. Haha

This little crabby wanted to hang out and play!

Edward and this boy played together for hours on the beach. They had such a great time together. It's nice to see how easy it is for Edward to meet new friends.

I love watching birds fly in the air... I could literally sit and watch them for hours.

Seriously LOVE this shot. So very cute.

Edward had a blast on the rides. He got on so many, I lost count. There were hardly any lines and with the bracelet, we paid $25 and he rode as many as he wanted in three hours. It was the perfect amount of time because after two hours, mommy was ready to go. I do not do rides... I simply watch because I get motion sickness and it's ROUGH.

I love seeing him HAPPY. He is such a happy little guy.

Maybe, one year, I will go on this Ferris wheel. I might be able to handle this one. It's a BIG one though and I am afraid of heights.

Marc and momom had fun talking. :) Check out those orange glasses! That's the style baby!

Ah... there are no words.

Matt took Edward out on the Paddle boat. I think he was a little nervous, but he wouldn't admit it. After about twenty minutes, Matt brought him back in. I think Edward thought they were going in canoes.

Edward and his grandma who he loves more than anything in this world. Well except for me. :)

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