September 29, 2011

Whoo?

Whoo is having a good Thursday?  I am trying, but I am home sick with some sort of bug.  Sore throat, stuffy head and nose and a nice wonderful low grade temp.  Sure makes a woman feel good I tell ya!  As I was laying here I thought I might write up a little blog post.  Share a little scrappiness and then go back to resting.

The layout I have to share is one of my latest Bo Bunny creations.  I used their new Garden Girl collection.  I love the colors in it!  This is my niece celebrating her 5th birthday last year.  We just celebrated her 6th birthday this past weekend and I helped her mother put together her first "girlfriend" party!  Stay tuned on the Cricut Circle blog in the near future for the details!  And just to tease you, let's just say there was lot's of tulle and pink!!!



I created these gorgeous flowers using one of my favorite Cricut cartridges...Mother's Day Bouquet. Yes, they do add a little bit of bulk, but I was going for pretty here!  Not practical!  LOL!!!


See that pretty little ribbon there?  My dear friend Kristen Swain sells these at her Etsy store. I had wanted to try my hand at making them, but just never got around to it.  And why not let someone else make mess and clean it up for you?!  LOL!!!  I am loving these ribbons!  They are so soft and easy to work with!




I also want to use the Garden Girl papers with one of the new Cricut cartridges...Art Nouveau. Don't you think this a perfect match?!

Well that's all folks!  Garden Girl, flowers, ribbon and Art Nouveau.  Now that liquids and rest are calling my name.  Have a wonderful ending to your week!

HUGS!
Juliana
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September 19, 2011

Sugar and Spice

What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice and everything nice.
That's what little girls are made of!



At least that's how the nursery rhyme goes.  Sometimes I wonder how true that is with my niece, but most of the time she really is as sweet as can be! LOL!!! Over on the Bo Bunny blog today I shared this layout using their new collection Sweet Tooth! This photo of my niece was perfect for one of the stickers included on the 12 x 12 Combo Sticker.  I also altered the Sweet Tooth Die Cut by cutting out the middle image with my X-acto knife.  I then backed it with some of their Double Dot Cardstock in Passion Fruit Flourish.  I colored the stamen on the large cream flower using a Stampin' Up! marker and gave the other flowers pearl and jeweled centers.  I also embossed the chipboard title letters using my Cuttlebug.  The Swiss Dots embossing folder is such a great go-to tool for me. Do you have any favorite go-to tools that you like to use?

As for the move this weekend, the packing on our end of things is complete.  The movers are here today to put all of our stuff in the van and move it to our new home town.  Even though we have been living there for nearly 10 months, it feels like I am moving and leaving all over again.  Change is hard, but this change has been good. There is no doubt in my mind about that.  I just wish my Mom and Dad lived closer to us because I really do miss them!  I know that this has been the biggest part of the sadness about moving for me...I really do miss them!

HUGS!
Juliana

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September 16, 2011

Week of Celebrations!

The past week has been full of good times but also a few days of stress.  But let's focus on the positive, because all is good!!! I had a little bit of a health scare, but all of the tests were performed quickly and the results so far are all positive and with no need for worries!  So much to be thankful for indeed! So now back to the other good things...Danny celebrated his birthday last week and we have a wonderful friend who helped me surprise Danny with a birthday dinner complete with good food and friends.  He was so excited to have his favorite things to eat and his favorite two desserts at one time...lemon cake and cherry pie!!!



Here is the card I made him using some of my favorite Jillibean Soup papers.  I admit to not using the 6x6 paper pads much, but I pulled them out for this card and I can see how perfect they are for card making.  It is just such a switch for me since I usually use scraps left over from my scrapbook pages to make my cards.



We also celebrated our 6th anniversary this past Saturday by going to Chicago for a long weekend.  We took the train and enjoyed a peaceful ride to the big city without the hassle of driving and worrying about parking.  It was my first train ride, so of course I had to have a photo of that!


While we were there we also took in the Art Institute. It was wonderful to see some famous works of art that I had only seen in my art history books while in college.  All in all it was a wonderful weekend and we hope to return soon to enjoy more of the city!



We love to take "self portraits" and we do this on every trip we take! 
Here are a few that we took during our weekend!



This one was taken in the reflection of the "bean" at Millennium Park as Julie referred to it.  It is a really cool sculpture that reflects the city and is really fun to look at.


Of course, we had to eat while were were there and did we eat!  Thanks to recommendations from a friend of ours, we ate at Pizano's, Nacional 27, Gage and Havana.  They were all totally yummy and I would highly recommend all of them.  We did loads of walking, but also lots of shopping too!



I enjoyed going into some shops that I don't have access to were I live.  I just wish I had enough money to buy all the fabulous lovelies that I saw!  LOL!!!



And this is the anniversary card I made Danny.  Yummy fun play with Authentique.  I am in love with the resin flower fad right now too!  This one is by Prima, but I am contemplating getting some molds to try my hand at making my own.  Have any of you tried this yet? I am just curious if they are really as easy as they sound.




Well, that's all folks!  Long post today, but I had a bit to share too!  This weekend we head to Cape to pack up our home.  We finally sold our house after nearly 10 months of it being on the market.  We are very thankful for selling it and we are so excited to start seriously looking for a new (larger than a 2 bedroom apartment) home to call our own!

I hope you have a fantabulous weekend!
HUGS!
Juliana

September 7, 2011

Crazy in a good way!

OK...so sometimes life gets a little crazy! But in a good way!
We may have finally sold our home.  It is supposed to close at the end of this month!  Yay!!!
Now we can finally start looking a bit more seriously for our own home.  Apartment living is just not for us.  We are beginning to feel a bit cramped and it would be nice to have a place for all of our stuff so that it doesn't have to be put into storage.  We are keeping our fingers crossed that things work out...at least for sure about selling our home. Any good thoughts are greatly appreciated!

As for scrapping, I have been doing a lot of it.  Some for assignments and some just for fun.  I am really excited to have had the opportunity recently to work with products from Grafix.  They make all kinds of fun products including shrink film, metallic foil board, rub on transfer film and all kinds of plastic films.  ALL of their products work really well with the Cricut and the Cuttlebug.  I personally really enjoyed playing with their metallic foil board and shrink film.  Shrink film by the way, is highly addictive!!! I would love to show you some of my projects, but they are going to be using them for things and so I can't share them right now any way.  But hopefully soon.

For now I have a Bo Bunny layout to share with you.  Carin McDonough (a fellow BB DT member) created an awesome sketch for us (and you) to play along with.  If you are interested in playing along stop by the Bo Bunny blog HERE for all the details.  If you do create a layout inspired by the sketch, make sure you link it up for a chance to win a Bo Bunny prize package.  While you are there, you can also see how the sketch inspired some of the other designers.

So, anyway, here is what I created.  I pretty much followed the sketch as it was.  I loved the design and I had recently seen a similar layered scallop border on a layout somewhere that I had been wanting to try, so it all just went into place for me. 

I used a bunch of trinkets and brads from various Bo Bunny collections.  I love the texture they give to the layout without adding a lot of bulk.

I have also had a chance to play with Garden Girl, Sweet Tooth and Fabulous Fall!  You can be on the look out for some projects this month from me using them.


In other scrappy news, I also just got some of the new Jillibean Soup papers, stickers and corrugated alphas and I CAN NOT wait to play with them!  They are just sitting there calling my name and the lack of time to play with them is driving me crazy!

Hope you all are having a great week!
Thanks for stopping by!  I appreciate your comments and your visits!
HUGS!
Juliana