Sunday, June 27, 2010

Flower card box

Today is my mom's birthday.  Happy Birthday Mom!!  We had a lovely brunch to celebrate her special day.  For one of her birthday gifts I bought a box of thank you cards and altered it with flowers, lace and pearls:

I made the paper roses from Lily Bee's Lovely line.   I'm totally addicted to making these paper roses.  There are different ways to make them, but I first learned how to make this version when I was blog hopping one day and stumbled upon a great tutorial on Maria's blog:  paper rose tutorial.  I colored the lace with Shimmerz Spritz (Cotton Candy). 

And here's the card I made for my sweet mom (also from Lily Bee papers):


That's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer is officially here!

Summer is officially here! My girls are out of school and we didn't have to wake up at the crack of dawn this morning. Yay!!!

I was feeling very emotional about my youngest daughter graduating from kindergarten last Friday. It made me acutely aware of how quickly time passes, and I've been missing the days when my girls were really little. My 8-year-old daughter is way past the little girl phase and she acts more like a teenager most days (but she's adorable, nonetheless).  Luckily my youngest is still very much a little girl -- she still loves dolls, pink and princess stuff (actually, I don't think she really likes princess stuff anymore, but she says she does just to humor me). She's such a sweetheart . . . when I commented on how my "little girls were growing up," she responded, "Mommy, I'm ONLY 6, not 20!!"  True!  Most importantly, this transition time reminded me of how quickly time passes and how important it is to enjoy each and every day with my family and to be grateful for all the good stuff in life. This is something I'm going to try and be more consciously aware of on a daily basis.

On a scrapbook related note, I realized that I have a quite a few layouts that I haven't yet posted here, so I'll slowly be playing catch-up. Here's a sketch I created for a challenge at the A Million Memories online crop last month:

And here's the layout I made based on my sketch.  I used Cosmo Cricket papers and chipboard:
Yes, she's still my little girl (and always will be!)

Have a great week!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Lily Bee Facebook Giveaway

Lily Bee is having a Facebook giveway! Here are the details:

We want to get to 1600 friends who LIKE Lily Bee Design in the next week on our Facebook Page SO here's the incentive for you to invite your friends. We've teamed up with Jill over at A Million Little Things and are giving away a $25.00 gift certificate to her store.

Simply have your friends who LIKE Lily Bee leave us your name over on the Lily Bee's Facebook page and you will automatically be entered to win. The more friends you send over the more chances you have to win.

Good luck to all who enter!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Prima Design Team!!


Somebody pinch me . . . I made the Prima Design Team!!! You all know how much I absolutely LOVE Prima, so I'm super duper excited about this (to put it mildly). I'm honored to be working with some of the most talented scrappers from all over the world.  A huge congrats to the new Prima DT members:

Alyssa McGrew-US
Amanda Muirhead-Canada
Anabelle O’Malley-US
Birgit Koopsen-Netherlands
Candice Reszko-US
Daniela Dobson-US
Jaime Warren-US
Jamie Dougherty-US
Janine Koczwara-Australia
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer-US
Ingvild Bolme-Norway
Karola Witczak-Poland
Liana Suwandi-US
Nic Howard-New Zealand
Stacy Cohen-US (that's me, that's me!!!)
Trina McClune-New Zealand
Sharon Laakkonen-US (Coordinator)
Cari Fennell-US
Iris Babao-Uy-Philippines

You can see the full announcement here:  Prima DT.  I can't wait to get started!  Thank you, Prima!!!!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Blowing Bubbles and Dreyer's Ice Cream

Happy Monday everyone!  Here's a layout I created using more of Lily Bee's "Lovely" papers.  My daughters love to hang out in our backyard and blow bubbles.  There's something so simple yet magical about blowing bubbles, don't you think? 

I cut strips of paper and placed them where I wanted them on the page, then I cut out circles of varying sizes.  I filled the circles with the fun Lily Bee chipboard pieces and topped them with Prima flowers and rhinestones.  I used Shimmerz paint and Spritz to color the Prima flowers.

I saw a fun beading technique on Lollychops' fantastic blog, and I decided to give it a try.   I embroidered around the circle and added seed beads as I stitched.   Lolly did it on fabric and felt, and I figured that it would work just as well on paper.

And one other thing to share today.  This is something that makes me VERY happy.  I have a nightly ritual . . . after we put our girls into bed and I settle down for some "me" time, I have a small bowl of Dreyer's Light ice cream.  As I mentioned a few posts ago, our old fridge/freezer has been on the fritz for a while, so I've had to contend with soft, mushy ice cream every night . . . which is NOT the way I like it.  We finally got a new refrigerator a couple days ago, and the freezer works like a charm!   The first thing I did was go out and stock up on my favorite Dreyer's ice cream flavors.  Here's a little glimpse . . .
Do you think maybe I went a little overboard??   Anyhow, it makes me happy to open the freezer and see all the SOLID -- not mushy -- ice cream in there!  Ahhhhhh . . . the little pleasures in life.

Have a fantastic week!!!