Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Seein' It Thru!

Happy Tuesday friends!  How are you all doing this week?  I'm hoping for a sunny day today...its been rainy for 2 days now and yes we needed it but I'm over it KWIM LOL!  I am nursing a few injuries so I'm gonna try and keep my chatter down a bit...gasp...yes I will try LOL!  We had a crazy weekend that is for sure so I will narrow it down for you picture by picture below...then my project is down below for you all as well!  It was a bit of a sports themed four days you could say...we had a blast but I'm still in recovery mode :)

Alexa on her 17th birthday in her new bday outfit!

we traveled to Baltimore for the Raven's NFL Draft Party & to crack some
yummy MD blue crabs...mmmm my fave

Alexa met her football idol Torrey Smith of the Ravens
he was huggin her, singin and talkin'...she's still on Cloud 9

 Friday night her BFFs came over & we all went out for Japanese to celebrate!

I also took Riley to our mall Friday night to meet the Washington Capitals..this is him with
the goalie Holtby whom Riley has his jersey...and was lucky enough to have him sign it too.

We went to FedEx for a Redskins Draft party on Saturday...that's one of my fave Redskins Niles Paul, he fell on me at an earlier party I went to and stepped on my bare toe & knocked me down.  He sprained my widdle toe LOL...but he was so nice & tweeted me later to see how I was :)

Riley in the Redskins locker room standing in front of who's locker....RGIII's locker yeahhhh baby!

 Then we wrapped things up with a Nationals game on Sunday...that's me and my Mini-me...literally hee hee! 

Next up Thursday night we can all be found in DC at the Washington Capitals play-offs game against the NY Rangers :)  Phew......

***You have until May 3rd (Friday) to enter the Birthday Bash Challenges at CMC!  Everyone can enter and if you enter in all of them you will be eligible to win the Grand Prize...so plenty of time left to play!  CLICK HERE to join in the fun!


Seein' It Through

This is my project for the current Magnolia-licious Tuesday Challenge...the theme is to use Vellum in a fun way.  Don't let vellum scare you...its easy to use and in many ways.  I decided to use my Silhouette Cameo to cut an intricate box for my cute "Princess Pea Tilda" to sit on...she's from the newest Once Upon a Time Collection at Magnolia-licious.  So the top of my box is vellum and it cut beautifully on my Cameo.  You can stamp on vellum, you can emboss it, die-cut it and more...so much fun to use and such a soft look!  So make sure to enter your projects HERE for a chance to win!

I also die cut my flowers and label from the vellum and added some Stickles to the vellum flowers.  I get my vellum from Paper Temptress...she has it in so many beautiful colors although I like the white the best!  The scroll like die cut is from a Memory Box die "Blooming Vine".  I added some layered Prima roses and vellum flowers around my sentiment...sentiment is from PTI.  Tilda was colored with Copics:  R22,R20,R11 / Colorless Blender / E35,E31,E50 / E11,E00 / C3,C1,C00.

The bottom of my box was cut from pink shimmery cs from Paper Temptress...cut easily on the Cameo and adds a bit of shine to the project.  Then I added some Magnolia paper around the lid and punched a border with a MS border punch from my vellum to wrap around the lid as well.  So this box can fit lots of fun little treasures or gift cards inside...perfect for your girly girl!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Birthday Bash Fun!!

Happy Friday to you everyone!  Today I'm celebrating the CMC Classroom's 3rd Birthday...whoot...I can't believe its been 3 years since I started that classroom!  I've hopefully been able to teach a lot of you how to master those Copics or other alcohol markers and maybe you've made some new friends at the site, joined the bookclub, took some other classes and dropped in for a live chat or two.  Lots of fun things over there and I'm so happy with the way its grown over the years! And its been so much fun to get to know so many of you as well....thank goodness for the internet I always say....great way to network and meet other friends that share your hobby love!   So I hope you will find time to drop in and join in on a fun challenge or game or two...lots of fabulous prizes from our sponsors for each challenge...MANY ways to win!  AND...everyone is welcome whether you've taken a class or not...so tell your friends too!

**Yesterday was my daughter's 17th Birthday....can't believe it myself...but I did a birthday post to her on my other blog HERE if you'd like to see it! :)  My babies are growing...ay yi yi! **

Today the CMC DT is kicking things off with a fun Blog Hop featuring those cute Saturated Canary images and all projects are a bit....well....CELEBRATORY!! LOL! 
So if you hop along to each of the DT Blogs AND leave a comment you will be entered to win ONE of (2) $20 Gift Certificates to any online crafty store of your choosing!  

And if you join in on at least ONE challenge each of the 4 days (4 total) you will be entered to win a $75 Gift Certificate to your crafty online store of choice!!  Whoot! 

How easy is that....so hope you will celebrate and hop along with us!


Birthday Bash Fun!!

I'm the START OF THE BLOG HOP TODAY....see hop list at end of post ok...remember if you leave comments you will be entered for prizes..whoot!  Sooooo I chose to use this super cute Saturated Canary image called "Jules"...I love that she's holding a kitty since we have 6 of them.  This was Alexa's 17th Birthday card yesterday as well and yeah her cat Tinkerbell is black/white but shhhhh we will just pretend ok LOL.  So the colors match my blog, my studio and Alexa's bedroom...they are our fave colors!!  The papers are from Carta Bella's "So Noted" paper pad and then were distressed with my Zutter Distress machine.  I also inked them a bit with my Memento dew drop in tuxedo black.  The flower scrollies are a NEW Memory Box die "Geneva Vine" and the other scroll on the right side of the image and is called "Val Flourish".  Then I layered some flowers and added a few pearls to finish it all off.

She got colored with Copics:  BG49,BG45,BG11,BG10 / C9,C5,C3,C1,C0 / E11,E00,R11 / E35,YR23,E50,E31.  Then I added some Stickles around the image and to parts of her underskirt.  I lightly stamped a text stamp from PTI around the image for some extra flavor ;)  Diamond Glaze on her shoes and eyes.

That's it for me today...your next stop on the BLOG HOP is my pal

 Entire DT Blog Hop Order Below as well:

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Need A Friend!?

Happy Wednesday to you all!  How are you all doing?  Can you remind me of my name again?  I think I may have forgotten LOL....that's caused from too much stress and too much to do this week oy!  And it doesn't get any better goin' into the weekend either.  Alexa's birthday is tomorrow (the big 17) and we are headed to Baltimore to celebrate.  Then Friday she's having a sleepover AND I have to have Riley at mall by 7 pm to meet the Washington Capitals hockey players.  Then Saturday we head to FedEx field for the Redskins Spring-Draft Event and then he's having friends over Saturday night.  And Sunday we will finish it up with a Nationals baseball game in DC LOL.  For those that say they would love to hang out with me...well you change your mind yet?? hee hee

Soooooo no down time for this girl....hubby asked wanted I wanted for my birthday next week and I said PEACE & QUIET LOL.  Well and the Tiffany silver earrings I really want...hee hee...every girl should get a Tiffany blue box once in their lifetime right?  I figure my 39th is a good time for one since its my last birthday.....I shall stay 39 for the next 6 years AT LEAST ;)  So there ya go....so if you email and it takes me awhile to email you back OR I email you blibbery-bloo that makes NO sense...well I warned ya ahahahahaha!

Starting Friday we will kick off the 4 days of festivities and specials on classes and more!
Come join the Birthday Group HERE to keep up with the festivities....schedule of events will be up tomorrow night so you can prepare ;)


Need A Friend?

Today is Wee Wednesday at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog and I got a cutie to share with you all!  I have to say that this Wee Stamp "Goldie" by Whimsey Stamps/Sylvia Zet is my FAVE of them all....I love mermaids and her and her lil' friend are so CUTE I CAN'T STAND IT!!  I created a fun Circle Easel card for this one (see an easy tutorial for it here)...I wanted to mix it up a bit (that's code for I was bored with the square cards LOL).  And I pulled some oldie but goodie papers by Basic Grey out...its Ambrosia...one of my faves from years ago.  This pic shows pretty well the shimmer mist by Maya Roads on the white doily accent...its copper colored and makes a nice shimmery accent me thinks :)  You can see the other DT gals Wee Wednesday projects at the Challenge Blog HERE and join in on our current Tuesday Challenge too. 

**Come see the 49 NEW Memory Box Dies that Magnolia-licious got in...they are on SALE thru Thursday so come load up...I love them all...sighhhhh LOL **
NEW DEAL OF THE DAY....every day Magnolia-licious will have a DEAL on the HOME Page of the store...for 24 hours you will get a certain product or stamp for a HUGE discount...so make sure to check those out!

This card has a TON of layers...I ain't gonna lie LOL...I loaded it up.  The large circles I cut out on my Silhouette Cameo then started using my SB nesties for the smaller circles & scalloped circles.  The white doily was done on my Cameo as well.  The gray swirls are a new Memory Box die "Val Flourish" and then I also accented with some tulle.  The flowers are by Prima that I layered and mixed up a bit.  The orange cs I inked with white Palette Ink to soften the brightness a bit.  The glass accents are Bella Baubles.

Entering this into the following fab challenges:

Goldie was colored with Copics: YR18,YR16,YR01,Y15,YR20 / E11,E00,R11/ C9,C7,C5,C3,C1 / BG01,B000.  I added Diamond Glaze to the bubbles and then sprinkled in Glamour Dust to give it a suspended sparkle!

The sentiment is from Verve Stamps and it says "The only way to have a friend, is to be one"...I love that and its so true.  I love my BFFs and friends so much for always being there for me, listen to me whine on occasion, yell on occasion, laughs and giggles and so much more...my friends mean a lot to me and I hope they all know I'm here for them too!!

Ok, I'm off and running today....lots to get done and do before tomorrow...my baby girl is gonna be 17 sniff sniff!  Have a goody!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Red, White, Blue & Cute!

Hello Friends!  Hope your week has started off well so far!  I got my Invisalign braces today and I must say my mouth is SORE and my jaw is throbbing...makes me not wanna eat...guess that's a good thing huh? LOL!  I had braces in high school but when my kids were very small my dentist took out my permanent retainer I'd had in since the braces had gone away.  Well in 15+ years time my teeth have mostly moved back to where they once were...the top isn't so bad but the bottom...oy vey.  So 9 months of these babies...new ones every 2 weeks and best part is you can't really tell I have them in.  So I figure I carried 2 babies for 9 months right...I darn well can do this for 9 months LOL!  After I'm done I will wear a permanent retainer at night for the rest of my life....so I NEVER have to do this again ugh!

In other news its a busy week...when isn't it right LOL?  Alexa's birthday is on Thursday and we are headed up to Baltimore's Jimmy's Seafood Restaurant for the Raven's Draft Party...we get in early, meet the players and eat some yummy crabs.  Did I mention the part where I embarrass the CRUD out of Alexa while we are there...oh yeah baby.  Her fave player is Torrey Smith and he will be there...so I'm gonna ask him to sing Alexa "Happy Birthday"...shhhhhh don't tell hee hee!  I will be videotaping that :)  I still can't believe she will be 17....where does the time go huh?

**And starting on Friday the CMC Classroom kicks off its 3rd Birthday Bash festivities as well.  So all can join in on the fun....lots of fun challenges, games, a blog hop and awesome prizes!!  I will have more details on Friday for ya!


Red, White, Blue & Cute!!

Today I'm using another cute NEW Elisabeth Bell for SCACD from the "Fairydust Collection" and this one is called "Little Acorns, Big Dreams'.  Isn't she a lil-wittle-cutie?  My papers are a mix of PaperMania's blue pack and Bazzill Basics in red which is 15% off now (this Doodlebug Stars & Stripes paper would be a great alternative too).  I got new dies...I got new dies...lemme do the happy dance now ok hee hee AND I used them.  I used two of them anywho and both are Memory Box dies "Prized Chrysanthemum Outline" and "Lavish Branch"... I added some Stickles to the branch's flowers as well as inking them.  The sentiment die and sentiment are both from PTI.  Then I used some fab PTI ribbon to tie it all off.

I'm entering her into the following fab challenges:

She's colored with Copics:  B39, B34,B21 / R29,R24,R22,R20 & W5 / E11,E00 / E50,E25,E31.  Stickles on her wings and trim and leaves.  I paper pieced her apron with matching paper I used on the card and then shaded it a bit with W3.  Diamond Glaze on the bucket for shine.

That's it for me today...see ya on Wednesday!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Just Swingin' By!

Hello again friends & Happy Sunday! Yes I'm reposting this since it kinda got buried on Friday...usually I don't have 2 posts on one day but it couldn't be avoided.  So here it is again for ya if you missed it!  I love this project because to me it says "innocence and summer fun" and after the events of the last week in the US I think we all need a little innocence & light-heartedness in our lives yes?  Thank god they captured the one bomber and will be able (hopefully) to find out WHY he did such horrible things and maybe for everyone to find some kind of closure at some point.  I have said in the past "boy I hope that's the last we see of things like that" but in my heart I know that it may happen again...but I refuse to let that fear rule our lives...you still gotta live and do it the best you can while you get the chance.  So live we all will do and let's hope the next incident never occurs.

So peace and love to you all, wherever in the world you may be.  Hug your loved ones & tell them you love them and most of all just be happy...find joy in whatever you can.  And live your lives the best way you know how :0)

 If you need MORE to read I have 2 new posts on my other blog "Bitz of Me" hee hee...just sayin'!
Have a goodie!


Just Swingin'

So today is my last post as a guest designer for Little Darlings this month and I've had fun using these cuties and so happy they asked me!  This has been a rough week for us in the US and all I've been thinking about is making projects that make you happy & just smile...so that was the case with this one too.  This cutie is from the Little Darlings Collection "Just Swingin" and I knew I wanted to make a tent card (see tutorial here...I changed size to 5.5") to give this gal dimension as if she really WAS swingin' on that tire swing.  Tent cards are super easy to make and give such a realistic look & dimension..if you wanna change it up a bit!  I used Scor-Tape to hold all of it together!

So I prettied it up with papers from Prima called "Alla Prima Collection" and then used a MS border punch on the top, the swirls are a die by Memory Box.  Then I layered a mix of flowers, the grass on the outside and on the inside is from a MFT die..then I inked and added stickles to the grass.  The banner was made with a PTI die and then stamped with a PTI sentiment that says "You Make Life Fun!".

The image was colored with TouchTwin Markers and then I added Stickles to her shirt.  I added a thick coat of Diamond Glaze to the tire swing and hung the image from the inside of the card.

That's it for me today!  I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Fairy Dust Magic!!

Happy TGFRIDAY....and phewwww what a long week...I am so glad to see it come to an end I must say.  Its been crazy busy for me and the world...sigh...the US is suffering right now that's for sure this week.  Thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected or hurt in Boston and in Texas...and let's not forget the horrible flooding & sinkholes that are occurring in the Chicago area too.  So sad and heartbreaking...so many lives changed forever...I pray for peace for them.  And then our area high school had a bomb threat yesterday...just not good...and if you follow me on FB you know why I'm just a tad outraged.  I won't go into it here but let's just say the school and school board are hearing from this gal today...and they ain't gonna like what I gotta say...and I say too darn bad!

So I'm looking forward to a hopefully "non-eventful" weekend of finishing the garden and getting some chores done.  We have mulch on order and have picked out 2 trees to be planted so lots to do still this spring.  And at some point I gotta get my bum to the mall to get some prezzies for my daughter's 17th birthday on Thursday....egads...I'm BEHIND!  And then my birthday is a week later...let's just say I will be 39 this year (for realzers)...and next year, and the next & the next ;)  Got it?  I already sent hubby my wish for my birthday...we shall see if he agrees LOL!  So I hope you all are blessed this weekend with peace and fun and laughter and rest!!

***NOTE:  My Little Darlings Guest Post is below this post today if you want to take a peek at my fun project there.  I will be re-posting it on Sunday as well!  Thanks!**


SCACD Release Today!

Today SCACD is introducing the Fairy Dust Collection!!! These are 6 sweet and sassy Fairys that just make you smile and brighten the day :D  Elisabeth Bell sprinkled just the right amount of cute, charm and gorgeous on to these special little fairys. These are stamps for right now but also classics to use years from now :D

So today is release day at SCACD and we are introducing these beautifully cute stamps by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD called "The Fairy Dust Collection".  They are soooo cute you will want all 6 trust me!  I'm using "Me & My Shadow" and isn't she sweet with her lil' snail friend?  So the DT is having a fun Blog Hop today to showcase them all...make sure to hop around to see them!  If you didn't come here from Sandie Dunne's blog then hop to the beginning at Kathi's blog here.  I'm the last stop on the hop today!!!

I used papers by Carta Bella "So Noted"...I kept the scheme to white and aquas for a soft look.  The background white cs was embossed with a fabulous folder by Couture Creations (these are bigger folders and them emboss deeply...love 'em)...I love the look of white cs embossed, so elegant.  The branch elements at each corner and then under the flowers are a new SCACD Die "Breezy Branches Statement Die"...I LOVE to cut my die cuts apart and use them in different ways, makes them more versatile!  The sentiment is from PTI, flowers a mix and pearls to finish it off.

I'm entering her into the following challenges:

Isn't she a doll?  She's colored with TouchTwin Markers and then I gave that mushroom cap a nice thick coat of Diamond Glaze along with the snail.  Why do I pick Judikins Diamond Glaze out of all the glazes out there?  Well to me its nice & thick and wherever I put it...IT STAYS...it doesn't leak around and is easy to control...love it!  Then I added some Stickles to her wings and the snail...they needed sparkle KWIM!! LOL!

**These can be bought at Quixotic Paperie for overseas customers as well! **

That's it for me today...I'm the last on the Hop...have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Buggy Friends!

Hello Friends & Happy Wednesday to ya!!  We are half way thru the week whoo hoo and today is my day of rest...now don't get all excited ok LOL.   I mean today is my no-workout day...I workout two days in a row and then take a day of rest.  So Thurs and Friday I will be back at it and let me tell you Jillian Michaels is KICKING MY BUTT!  No one gets me in shape or toned up faster than her videos I tell ya but man oh man getting back into it is hard.  I've been doing her Shred in 30 videos and the kickboxing vids...I already feel a difference and see my arms starting to sculpt out again.  I was in such good shape at the beginning of last year and I let it all goooooo...ugh...stupid I was.  I was traveling so much that I was just plain old tired when I was home KWIM but NO MORE.  My body feels soooo much better when its strong and lifting weights is good for me...keeps the aches away and gives me more energy.  But I HATE working out...you will NEVER hear me say "oh I love working out, it feels so good"....ummm yeah NO those words will never come outta this gal's mouth!!  I despise working out...seriously I hate it BUT I will be 39 next month and I ain't getting younger and that means I gotta be good to my body that God gave me.  So I'm yelling & cussin' at Jillian the whole entire time...if she could hear me LOL...but I do what I gotta do to get thru it hee hee!  Then after I cool down, drink a gallon of water and go about my business...I DO feel better, and stronger and just plain GOOD.  So for that its all worth it...I guess...check in with me tomorrow after I do another kickboxing routine...I might say somethin' else ;)

 Make sure to mark your calendars for the fun at CMC!!
Everyone is welcome to join in all the fun starting April 26th!!


Buggy Friends!

Today is Wee Wednesday over at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog...so that means a few of the DT gals have created some fabulous & fun projects using those super cute Wee Stamps.  And YES Magnolia-licious now carries the Wee Stamps by Syliva Zet for Whimsey Stamps...so go check them all out HERE!  I love, love this image called "Sympathy Bugs"...we all have a friend or relative that has helped us overcome an issue, sadness or just a bummer of a day.  So I kept the colors bright and cheery to create a thank you card for someone that has brightened my day!

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

The papers are by Creative Imaginations "Loolah"...I loved the bright coral-pinks and greens...springy and happy!  The papers got some distressing with my Zutter Distress machine of course...there isn't a day I don't use that machine!  Then I got busy with some dies...I love me my dies as much as I love my Cameo LOL.  The green vine-leafs are a Marianne Designs die as are the leaves (all got inked with dk green ink) and the pink scroll pendants are from Memory Box "Quinn Flourish".  The flowers are from Bunny-Zoe's Store and I love those white tulips...added a few wire twirls to the mix as well.  The sentiment is from PTI.

These cutie pies got colored with Touch Twin markers!  Then I added some DoodleBug flock to the white puffs/blooms...Stickles to the wings and Diamond Glaze to the bottoms of their feetsies!

See you back here on Friday!!  Have a goodie!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

SeaShells Can Bring Happiness!

Hi friends & Happy Tuesday to you!  I have an extremely hectic week of work and appointments so I'm tight on time and free-moments LOL!  And I'm very upset and saddened by the incident at the Boston Marathon yesterday...its heartbreaking and sickening.  I don't care what anyone says...you don't get used to it...its shocking and upsetting EVERY TIME!  Seems the world is short on basic human kindness & decency these days...when violence is your answer to a problem, you need to check yourself and find another solution...period.  Just doesn't make sense to me and this coming from a gal who scoops up bugs from inside and puts them outside...so the thought of physically hurting another human being is foreign to me.  And the footage that they showed..made me physically sick..can't get it out of my head so I can only imagine how those that were there are faring.  So my heart and prayers and love go out to everyone that was affected...may time bring both peace and healing to them all and may God bring some peace & understanding to us all.


-New release from SCACD this Friday whoot!  Go check out all the new yummy 6x6 paper pads in stock...yummilicious (and calorie free)

-The CMC Birthday Event will start April 26th so make sure to pop over HERE and join the Birthday Group so you won't miss a thing! The prizes are AH-MAZING!!!  Stay tuned!

-Stop by the CMC Challenge Group for the latest challenge featuring "REDS"...the DT did some beautiful work so take a look and join in the fun to win BIG!!


Seashells Bring Happiness!

Today I'm sharing a card just to make myself happy...happy image, happy colors and happy theme.  I think we all need an extra bright spot of happiness this week don't you?  The paper is by Teresa Collins "He Said, She Said" (10% off here)...love her new line of papers and these colors just SCREAM SUMMER ya know!  I used this super sweet Magnolia stamp "Tilda in Key Largo" (wish I was there) from Magnolia-licious...she's from the 2012 Summer Memories Collection.

**Make sure and check out the NEW Once Upon a Time Collection of stamps and dies and Minis...they are so adorable!**

So what did I do to this card LOL:  I added some real seashells to the top right corner with Scor-Tape.  I distressed all my papers with Zutter Distress machine and all the papers and paper elements with PTI 'fresh snow' ink to soften it a bit.  The BEACHY sentiment and sea shells were done on my Silhouette Cameo.  I added Stickles to the BEACHY for sparkle.  The swirlies were done with a Memory Box die, the yellow is a die from Scrap Happy in Ohio called "Sweet Addie Doily" and I love it!.

I'm entering her into the following challenges:

This image was colored with TouchTwins...that I love to use...amazingly easy to use and work with your other alcohol markers too!  Stickles were added to the water, around background and the yellow stripes of her dress.  Diamond Glaze on the shell!

** Check out the current Magnolia-licious Challenge HERE **

I wish you all a happy & peaceful week!

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