Wedding on the beach: Brent & Megan

This past weekend, we went to California for a few days to play at the beach and to go to my brother-in-laws wedding. It was beautiful! I couldn't help but take a million photos of the day...a wedding on the beach, kids dressed super cute, sand, water, dancing, eating...it was beautiful!

I had to sit down late last night and play with a few photos from their ceremony. Megan looked absolutely stunning! I had so much fun taking photos of her!

I'll be back soon with my ABC Inspiration card...going to work on it now. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I'm trying to play catch up now - I'll get there soon!


Stamping with Watercolor Markers and more

This layout was recently published in the one of the recent issues of Better Homes & Gardens Scrapbooks, etc. Magazine. The technique focus for this project was stamping with watercolor markers. All of the stamping on this page (and there is a lot) is all done with watercolor markers that were purchased at a large craft store. Be sure to click on the layout for a larger view.

I love to color my stamps with markers...I love the varied look you can get with one stamp i.e. highlight a part of the image or word, add multiple colors to one stamp, blend colors on your image and so much more!

Stamping with watercolor pens was fun, in that it didn't leave such a crisp stamped image like markers do...it truly left a water-colored appearance to each image. I had a fun time creating this layout...fun techniques and good memories to document.

If you want to see more samples with stamping with markers, check out this technique article I did over at Hero Arts...some fun, different ways to stamp with markers.

Also, if your looking for a fun shaped mini album idea, check out this album I created of our Annual Summer Vacation to Lake Powell. I die-cut chipboard with a scalloped circle die from Sizzix and then die-cut papers and my photos with the same shape to glue on top. It was such a fun and simple album to create! You can check it out here at BHG, Scrapbooks etc. site.

We are off to California to the beach for the weekend...my brother-in-law is getting married and it should be a wonderful trip. I hope that the kids are good on the plane! Have a wonderful rest of the week!


Color Inspiration: No. 2

I found these photos on the web some time ago and just loved the colors - they are all in such a fun, bright hue and I love how they have combined them. If you haven't noticed yet, I am in LOVE with that hot fuchsia pink right now! Plus...these look super good too! :)

Check out Paulette Macarons site for more color inspiration! Enjoy!


ABC Inspiration Challenge: Letter D

This weeks 'ABC Inspiration Challenge' card was created with the letter 'D' in mind. I had a lot of different ideas come to me...I could probably make 5 cards for each letter each week! It's been so fun! I decided to go with a damask design and then I stamped 'delight' in 'the details' in the bottom right.

I die-cut the damask design with my Silhouette die-cutting machine...with an image from Quickutz in both green and yellow. I combined the two damask cut-outs on Melon Mambo pink cardstock from Stampin' Up! (my favorite color right now!). I used some label die-cuts (also from Quickutz) and stamped some images from Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday Stamps (this one and this one). I outlined over the 'delight' stamp with a silver gel pen since the silver pigment ink I used didn't show up to well. I then started coloring in dots on the damask and outlining some of the parts of it with the silver pen.

The ribbon is the Melon Mambo polka-dot ribbon which was ruffled and sewn to the page. I also used a small scallop border punch that I love from EK Success on a small strip of white cardstock that was tucked under the scalloped ribbon.

I love the brightness of this card...it makes me happy and looks so fun up on my ATC Carousel with all the other cards.

Some ideas for the letter D:
Design           Day              Desire
Decorate        Delight        Dream
Details           Dance

If you think of any more, please share in the comments! I'm sure there are lots more! :)

My original idea for my letter 'D' card, was to create a photo collage of decorated rooms that I had saved to my computer that I thought were inspirational. I love home decor...love to decorate, love to look at interiors and so forth. But, when I went to print the card, it just didn't look great (since all the images saved from the computer were of low resolution). So, I went to plan B, which is the card shown. I'll share my little photo collage here anyway - I know it's hard to see but it was fun to pull random decor photos and put them all together onto a card.

Have you started to do your own set of 'ABC' Inspired cards? I'm really loving this project! Hope you have a wonderful Monday!


Photo Inspiration: Tinsel Trading Company

I was super lucky to be able to travel to New York City in June with my hubby (on his business trip) for a few fun filled days! While he worked, I hit all the must-see spots in NYC. One of the places I was anxious to get to, was Tinsel Trading Co. As I was walking down 37th, I was instantly in love when I saw all the glass windows lining the front of the store and 'Tinsel Trading Co.' written in a beautiful font on the front of the glass. Love!

I spent at least 2 hours in the store...looking through every drawer of vintage embellishments, oohing and ahhing over the walls of ribbon and debating over what vintage ribbons to actually have cut and purchase. It was heaven! If you ever get a chance to get to Tinsel Trading, be sure to take it! For any type of crafter, it's amazing!

Here are some fun photos from the store...wall of vintage ribbons, vintage buttons on cards, bucket of antique metal thread, vintage spools of thread, and a peek at some of the things that I had put in my bucket.  Enjoy!


ABC Inspiration Challenge: Bonus Project

Last week, I received this amazing ATC kit, Lollipop Guild, in the mail from Studio Calico. I love this kit! Everything in it is geared towards ATC cards. What is an ATC card? According to Wikipedia, an atc is:
Artist Trading Cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern baseball cards, or 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches (6cm X 9cm), small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. The ATC movement developed out of the mail art movement and has its origins in Switzerland. Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc). The cards are usually traded or exchanged rather than sold.
My 'ABC Inspiration Challenge' is exactly this...miniature works of art. This Lollipop Guild kit is perfect for this project and I was excited to receive it and play with it. This weeks card is a bonus card...I just played with the kit contents instead of focusing on a letter for this weeks card. It's something extra and fun to add to my carousel of art projects.

I took the mini papers included in the kit and added some diecuts, tied the gem on with string, and sewed some ribbon onto the card. My favorite thing about the kit, is the exclusive, limited edition stamp from Studio Calico. Their stamps are amazing! I love them! I stamped the 'ATC' stamp on the back of the card (the right hand side of the stamp was left off - wanted the image to go off the page a bit). I wrote my info down in the card and added a star die-cut that was included in the kit.

I loved playing with this kit! If you want a fun kit that includes great colors and products that are just PERFECT for this 'ABC Challenge' project, jump over there and grab it before it is sold out. It's amazing!

I going to go play with this kit some more today! I am also working on a layout inspired by this color scheme...and using this awesome school alphabet stamp from Studio Calico on it as well. (The kit with the stamp is sold out  but the stamp will be up in their shop in 2 months...mark your calendars!) I will finish my layout and share it this week as well.

Have a wonderful Monday! :)


Color Inspiration: No. 1

As I mentioned in my last post...I LOVE COLOR! I love to browse all different types of websites for inspiration...in print, home decor, fashion, art...whatever it may be...there is always something to be inspired by. Today, as I was browsing through Pottery Barn's website, I found this fabulous picture of this bright velvet bedding.

I was instantly inspired by the combination of bright colors, by the sewing on the diagnol, by the amazing texture and softness...I love it! I'm hoping to make a project with this color scheme this week. I hope that this inspires you as well!

I plan to share various images (at least one each week) that portray an inspiring color scheme. I hope that they will inspire you in your crafts as they have inspired me. Enjoy!


ABC Inspiration Challenge: Letter C

This week, the Letter 'C' was my focus for the ABC Inspiration Challenge.  As I thought about words or thoughts that were created by the letter 'c', I thought of two of my favorite things...creating and color. Color is one of the things I love most about creating...gathering different papers and embellishments, stamping with different colors...all to pull together a beautiful color scheme that is fresh, fun and inspiring!

For this card, I cut a  3 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece of Crushed Curry Cardstock. I stamped one of my most favorite stamps ever, this heart stamp from Paper Source with Versamark Ink, sprinkled clear embossing powder on it and then heat embossed it with a heat gun to melt the powder.

I die-cut the letter 'C' with my Cricut with this pink swiss dot embossed cardstock from Bazzill (another one of my staples in my room). I also typed 'create with color' on my printer and printed it on the same pink cardstock in a gray color.

On the white swiss dot cardstock, I stamped a Woodgrain Background stamp from Stampin' Up! with Crushed Curry Ink. I added it to the stamped background piece and sewed around the edge with pink thread.

I took a white flower (this pillar of flowers is a great thing to have on hand - love to stamp on them) and stamped it with Turquoise Chalk Ink and this polka dot stamp from American Crafts. I then added a large silver glitter brad (also new from American Crafts) to the middle of the flower.

I found this great new twill at Joanns and added a large strip across the middle, some yellow string and my journaling strip stapled on the edges. I added my flower and two smaller glitter brads. I folded over a 2" piece of the twill ribbon and sewed it to the card. Done! :)

It turned out really different than I had envisioned, but that is part of the creative process right?!

If you have a chance to play along and create your ABC Inspiration card, please post a link so that we can all check it out.

Thanks for coming by!


Ribbon 'Blog Topics' Idea Book

When I decided to start this new blog, I thought it would be fun to create a book where I could plan out my posts for the week and have things organized. I found this amazing list from Erin Vale Designs that was just what I was looking for. It's a 'Dreamy Blog Topics List' for a week. Darling! I downloaded the free design (check out all the other lists on the blog...super cute), I changed the 'green' color to a aqua blue and printed 18 copies (3 lists on printable) so that I would have 52 cut pages for my book (1 page for each week of the year).

To create the book, I cut a thick piece of plastic so that it measured about 1/8" larger than the papers on each side.  Then, I cut and applied a clear adhesive sheet (from Quickutz) on top of the plastic. I cut strips of various ribbons and laid them down on top of the adhesive. I tied some Melon Mambo Polka-dot Ribbon from Stampin' Up! around and into a bow on the front of the cover. I then applied 2 coats of 'Scotch Guard Fabric Protector' spray to help protect the ribbon from dirt and stains (purchased in the craft isle at Walmart).

I love how when I open up the book, I can see the splashes of color from the ribbons through the plastic. For the back cover of the book, I cut a piece of chipboard to the same size as the cover. I cut some fuchsia pink and white polka-dot paper (purchased from Hobby Lobby) and covered the inside and outside of the chipboard with the paper. I punched holes through the covers and pages with my Crop-a-Dile punch and added some silver rings to hold it together.

I love this little book...it's a great way to keep track on my plans for the blog each week and a fun 'journal' to look back on as the year goes on.

I am excited about this new blog - I have a lot of fun thoughts and plans and with the kids back into school now, I'm excited to get posting more!


On another note, it's the beginning of a new month...September! I love this time of year...fall is my favorite season! Bring on the cute fall clothes and boots, football games, falling leaves, crisp air...I love it all!

A few Inspirational Finds that I want to share that I'm loving...

Have you signed up for this? It looks amazing! I love and admire each of these girls and I think what they are doing is such an awesome idea - I'm sure the event will be nothing short of amazing! Be sure to check it out and register!

Studio Calico September Kits:
Love these! And I love their stamps like crazy!! Check out their kits before they are gone for the month!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog:
The Holiday Mini Catalog went live on Sept. 1 and you can now order from it. Lots of amazing goodies in there...beautiful new jewelry (so loving this) and new digital scrapbooking - wow! You can check it out at my site, download the PDF and place orders all from the above link. So cool!

Hero Arts Blog:
This place always makes me smile and has so much fun stuff going on! Bookmark it for your daily inspiration! Their new Cling Mounted Stamps (AMAZING!) and their Holiday catalog are out and you can order from them now! I think this and this are new favorites!

There are a few for you today. Have a great Wednesday!