Christmas in July!!!

I love Christmas and I really enjoy creating hand made Christmas ornaments each year to give as gifts or to decorate our tree. And what better time than now to start working on your own Christmas gift list! For this project, I created a trio of ornaments using the GCD Studios Chipboard, the Homespun Chic Vintage Labels and the Chip Art tool and dies. On the GCD Studios blog I will be sharing step by step details on how I created one of the ornaments, but the same techniques were used on all three. You can check out the other two ornaments I created below! And make sure you stop by the blog HERE to check out my tutorial!

This is the ornament I will be showing you how to create! Here is the second ornament I created.
And the third one to complete my trio...a star!
So now after seeing these are you finding yourself inspired to do a little Christmas crafting today?! I sure hope so!!!

Happy Hugs!

Live, Love, Laugh...

I am off to CHA today! I am so excited and can't wait to meet some of my friends and to see all the new goodies! Before I leave I wanted to share with you a project I did for Jillibean Soup using their new Pasta Fagioli line! I am super excited about this project because it will be on display in their booth!!!

Sorry guys....these were picked up for publication! But they will be back!!!

I hope you all have a great week!
Happy Hugs!

Bo Bunny!!!

If you have not checked out the Bo Bunny blog yet this week, I am highly recommending that you do so! On Wednesday, they started sharing the new releases and they are nothing less than spectacular! Along with their always fabulous patterned papers, rub ons, stickers, and stamps, the recent addition of the noteworthy journaling pages, brads, 12 x12 chipboard, and dimensional stickers they have added some fabulous new products! Wraps, trim and gorgeous flowers!!!! I am still in awe of how amazing these new collections are! Make sure you stop by the Bo Bunny blog to check out each of them out and the entire collection as well as leave a comment for your chance to win one of them!



Do you have a favorite yet? Do never know what might happen if you do!
I hope you all are having a great week! And don't forget the DT call ends tomorrow!

Happy Hugs!

More Jillibean Soup...

Introducing Atomic Soup...perfect for all you science geeks out there! I personally am not one, but I know one and she is going to LOVE this line! I personally can see some great projects coming from this line because of the fun color combination and the fabulous neutral patterns on the reverse of the papers! One of my favoritest things about Jillibean Soup papers!!!

Would you love to get your hand on this collection before anyone else? Then stop by the blog and leave some love for your chance to win!
CHA Summer Sneak  Atomic

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Hugs!

Jillibean Soup CHA Summer 2010

I am so excited to be sharing with you 2 new collections from Jillibean Soup which will be showcased at CHA this summer! The first line is called Monster Stew! I absolutely love those little monsters and they will be perfectly fun for your kids Halloween layouts. But, what makes this line even more appealing to me is how versatile it can be by using the other side of the paper! And remember monsters aren't necessarily only out and about on Halloween! Sometimes they might even appear at your dinner table!!!
CHA Summer Sneak 1
And now onto my favoritest new release...Pasta Fagioli! I absolutely adore the colors, the retro cameras and the film stips! This line just makes me so happy!!! Again, to me this collection is very versatile and that is one of the reasons I love Jillibean Soup products!
CHA Summer Sneak 2

Now that you have seen these 2 new releases, I know you want them! We have already given away Monster Stew to one lucky winner! Wouldn't you love to get your hands on Pasta Fagioli before anyone else has it???? If your answer is yes, then you must stop by the Jillibean Soup blog and enter in for your chance to win!

Lastly one of my latest Jillibean Soup projects...

Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!!

Happy Hugs!

Ferris Wheel Fun!!!

Hi to all of you and thanks for stopping by today! Our inspiration piece this month immediately got my creative juices flowing! Can you see why?! Look at all those fun colors and festive images!
I knew I wanted to make something big, and after a trip down the party supply aisle at my local craft store I located the perfect item to alter...a ferris wheel!!! It is meant to be a center piece for a party with a carnival theme and was originally red and white and quite plain looking! The carnival theme was perfect, but I thought it needed a little more flair to help kick it up to the next level! Now when I look at it, I think it has gone from a simple carnival theme center piece to the perfect glitz and glamour center piece that any girl who loves butterflies and bling would adore! The baskets would be perfect for holding your favorite candy or treat or maybe even a little teddy bear with matching ribbons and bling! (My DH gave me that idea!!!) What do you think?!
I started by covering all of the pieces with patterned paper using the fabulous Homespun Chic collection. I then embellished it with punched and layered butterflies, a handmade multi-layered flower and some vintage lace.

Here you can see some of the details I mentioned above...
Everything spins and moves on this ferris wheel too, which makes it even more fun!!!
I hope you all have a fabulous day!

Happy Hugs!

Dancy Ms. Daisy!!!

I love making my own embellies as many of you know! Especially out of paper! And even more so if they are flowers! And if they are dimensional, then I am grinning from ear to ear!!!
Well today, I have a tutorial up on the Jillibean Soup blog that will show you how to create a dimensional flower out of paper!!! Be still my heart!!! I love this daisy design and couldn't resist sharing the how to with all of you! You can make it using punches or even a die cut machine! To find out all about it, stop by HERE!
Did you know that Jillibean Soup has sold nearly 1,000,000 sprouts! Now that is a lot of sprouts!!! And to celebrate we are having a Millionth Sprout Contest! Check it out HERE! You could win some fabulous prizes, including $100 worth of Jillibean Soup Products!
And just to tease you all a is a sneak of some of the new sprouts that was posted on the blog this past Friday. So what do you think?

Christmas chestnut  sprouts for blog

Atomic sprouts for  blog
Oh...and by the all are going to LOVE the new Jillibean Soup collections! Seriously adorable!!!

Happy Hugs!!!

July challenges with GCD Studios...

We have 2 challenges for you again this month from GCD Studios with your chance to win the Independence collection!!! This line is gorgeous and elegant which may put a little different spin on your summer time or 4th of July layouts!

Check out all the details at:
Two Peas In A BucketAnd I couldn't resist....a little sneaky of a technique project which I created for this month! The full tutorial will be up on the GCD Studios blog on July 27th!!! Any guesses on what this one might be?!?!
I hope you all have a great weekend! We are going camping and I hope to relax a tad! This week has been full of crazy crafting with very little sleep as I work away creating some projects for CHA! I am so excited to have been given the opportunity to do this this year!!!!

Happy Hugs!

Bo Bunny giveaway...

just a reminder Bo Bunny is having a give away to celebrate their Blog Anniversary week! Stop by HERE and leave a comment for your chance to win!!!

My own private hideaway...

for my journaling that is!!! Today I am sharing a fun little tutorial on the Bo Bunny blog using their Cut Outs to create a hidden journaling piece. You can check out the tutorial HERE! This is the layout I created using the new Petal Pushers collection! I really love the fun colors and whimsical little flowers! And the little strip along the top edge with the little pink flower is the hidden journaling piece!
Thanks again for stopping by!
Happy Hugs!

recent Jillibean...

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! I know I did and I really enjoyed having my niece stay over for her first sleepover with Auntie Juan!!!

Today I want to share some of my recent Jillibean Soup projects, mostly ones I created last month and that were posted on the blog!

First up a card...
I am loving (if you haven't noticed!!!) creating my own flowers! But, this isn't anything new. I have always enjoyed creating my own embellishments though. I think it partially comes from the fact that when I first started scrapbooking nearly 15 years ago, there wasn't a lot of premade anything other than stickers, die cuts, scissors and paper! I also think it stems from my creative side and my need to make things with my hands! Doing this just makes me happy and is such a creative outlet for me. I think that is also why I have been steering toward more of the altered art stuff as well. I just love to make things! I love color! and I love dimension!
Helmar provided the Jillibean Soup DT with adhesives to use last month and I have really fallen in love with their ZapDots and 450 Glue! Thanks Helmar for letting us play with your products!!!
Next is LO about my youngest niece! Isn't she a doll?!
The close ups show some of the detail, but most of it (I think) gets lost in a photo! There is a ton of glitter glue on the butterflies...and on the corrugated alphas!
And some more Zap Dot magic with the butterflies...
Finally one of my favorite LO's...mostly because of the story behind it! This one is about making pickle relish with my Mom last year using fresh veggies from her garden and my Grandma's pickle relish recipe!
I just love hidden journaling and I knew when I created this LO I wanted to include the recipe we used some how on the layout. I did this, by taking a photo of the actual recipe card and then I matted it some paper, created a tab and slipped it behind the large photo! And if you happen to love sweet pickle relish, then you will LOVE this stuff! I really hope that Mom and I get to make some more this year!!!
So, I have a question of you all! How many of you have a garden? I grew up only eating vegetable from a garden and my Mom has always had one. It is my dream someday to have my own again. I had a small one in St. Louis, but we are still doing a lot of work around the outside of our current home and just haven't had the time and or money to get a garden or really any type of flower bed up and going yet. Maybe next year!

Hope you all have a great day! Love your visits and comments!

Happy Hugs!

GCD Studios news letter + a giveaway + a sneaky...

First off let me share the info about the GCD Studios news letter and the giveaway...

GCD Studios is having one BIG give away for our FUN News Letter!

Heidi and Heather in house just finished our July issue and it's ready to mail! We are so excited about it, because it's our best issue yet!

Here's how it works:
1)Sign up for the news letter here....
2)Then Leave a comment here over at GCD Studios Blog. (look for the post that says GIVE AWAY+ HAPPY 4th)....I think this post will be going live on the 4th!

In the News Letter you'll see the prize :)
Then on July 12th... Heidi will pick the winner!

And now the sneaky...
It's the beginning of July and for all you GCD Studios fans that means a new inspiration piece will be shared throughout this month on our blog along with tons of fabulously creative techniques. This months piece had an instant inspirational effect on me the moment I saw it! I had so much fun being inspired with it and I am sure all of you will too! I just know you are going to LOVE it!!! In the mean time, here is a little sneaky of one of my projects...
Any guesses on what it might be?! And don't you just love butterflies and bling?!

Good luck on the giveaway ladies!!!

Happy Hugs!

just in case you missed it...

An announcement was made today on the Bo Bunny blog! Did you see it? They are holding their Design Team auditions for the upcoming year!!! I can hardly believe that nearly a year has passed since I was asked (and blessed) to become a part of this amazing group of talent! It has been an amazing year and such a wonderful experience and opportunity in so many ways! I really feel so very thankful for it!
So enough about me....I know that this announcement has got to be exciting news for all of you Bo Bunny lovin' fans too! Make sure you stop by the blog to check out all the details ( you can click on the image below to get there)!
So off you go! Get your Bunny cap on and get creating!
And I wish all of you the best of luck!

Happy Hugs!