Saturday, January 29, 2011

CHA starts today!

CHA starts today, and I'm so happy it's right here in LA this time.   I'm going with the wonderful ladies from Creating Keepsakes magazine and some of my fellow CK Dream Members.  I can't wait!

Here's one of the projects I made for the Prima booth.  I used Prima's new Madeline line, which is one of my all time favorite collections.

I used some of Prima's beautiful new flowers and leaves, and I made the little starfish and shell out of polymer clay.

Tootles for now!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Creating Keepsakes Style Swap

I'm a lean, mean, blogging machine this week!  That's another old TV show reference -- from the Gong Show.  Remember that one?  I must have old TV shows on my brain this week.    Anyhow, I've been blogging a lot because I'm trying to catch up on posting my older projects so that I can post some of the new stuff I've been creating for CHA.  I have a whole bunch of Prima projects to share.  The new Prima products are gorg-e-o-us!!!  There are too many sneaks to post here, but you can see some of the new flowers and other goodies on the Prima blog.  Make sure you scroll down to see all the sneaks that have been posted over the past couple of weeks.

Creating Keepsakes has a fun challenge in this month's issue.  A bunch of the Dream Team members were asked to swap styles with another Dream Team member.  My style is described as "Shabby Chic."  This layout is more typical of my normal shabby chic style, with lots of layers, flowers, lace, stitching or crocheting, etc.:

As seen in the October 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher. 

I was asked to switch styles with CK Dream Team member Linda Barber, who is the queen of "Clean and Simple" pages.  All of her pages are eye-catching, well-designed and include heartfelt journaling.  I find "Clean and Simple" a lot more challenging than doing detailed pages, and they take me just as long.  That's because to achieve a really good "minimalistic" page, all of the basic elements -- design, photos and journaling -- really need to stand out.   Here was my attempt at a Clean and Simple page:

As seen in the January 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher. 

The journaling on this layout says:  My sweet Rebecca, there’s something you should know.  I will always be there for you.  As you get older and experience life’s ups and downs, you can come to me for encouragement and support.  I hope more than anything that your life is full of happiness, love, and success in whatever you do.  But in times when you falter or you’re feeling down, I will be there to lift you up. 

I had a lot of fun stepping outside of my box on this one.   Can you believe, there's not a single Prima flower in sight on this page??  That was the hardest part for me about going Clean and Simple.  So I challenge you to try stepping out of your box and scrapping in a style that's different for you.  Give it a try!!

I'm off to the LA Convention Center to drop off my projects for CHA.  I'll be there when the show opens in a couple days, so if you're going, I hope to see you!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Lily Bee CHA Sneak Peaks

Wait until you see the new Lily Bee collections!  The papers are fresh off the press just in time for CHA this weekend.   Here are the sneak peaks of the fabulous new lines:

I just received all the new papers, and let me tell you, they are gorgeous!  I started working on a couple things for the Lily Bee booth at CHA, but I can't show them just yet.   In the meantime, I'll share a couple projects I made with past Lily Bee lines.  

This is a layout that I made quite a while ago.  It was just published in the "Make It Yours" column of the February 2011 issue of Scrapbooks, Etc. (it was supposed to appear in an issue last year, but it got bumped a couple times).

Here's a little card I made with papers from the last release:

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 24, 2011


The tooth fairy has been very busy at our house recently.  There's been a mass exodus of teeth from Danielle's mouth during the last couple of weeks.   I . . . ahem . . . I mean the tooth fairy . . . can barely keep up!  Every time Danielle looses a tooth, she gets a handwritten and decorated note from the tooth fairy, some fairy dust sprinkled around her pillow, and of course, some money.  The poor tooth fairy is going to go broke!   Danielle still has one more loose tooth in the center of her mouth.  I affectionately call her "Snaggletooth."  Ugh . . . there I go again dating myself with old cartoon references.  Here's a picture of my sweet little Snaggletooth:

And let me tell you what my sweet Danielle wanted to do with all her money.  One day at school they showed the kids a video about the devastation in Haiti and the stagnate relief efforts.  Seeing all the homeless children really struck a cord with Danielle.  So the other night she came to me with all the money she had been saving in her piggy bank (around $40+), and she said she wanted to give it to the children in Haiti because they need it more than she does.  I was so proud of her!!  I praised her for her generosity and caring heart.  I could see that while she was happy to be helping out those in need, she was also a little sad about giving up her entire savings.  So I suggested that rather than donate all her money, she could give a small amount and Daddy and I would kick in some money to supplement the donation.  That made her happy.  I'm a proud mama!

Here's another little project I made for the Prima booth at CHA last summer.   I bought this little evening bag for $1.00 at my local flea market.  It was missing a couple rhinestones on the front, but otherwise it was in excellent condition.

Here it is after I embellished it with lovely Prima flowers, leaves, rhinestones and pearls:

Soon I'll be posting some of the projects I made for Winter CHA coming up this weekend.

Last but not least, it's time to announce the winner of the most recent blog giveaway.  The winner of Creating Keepsakes new special issue:  The Organized & Inspired Scrapper, is MELISSA!   Congrats Melissa!  I'll contact you to get your address, or feel free to email me with it.  Thanks for playing along, everyone!  

Friday, January 21, 2011

Prima - Wearable Art

I've been busy working on Prima projects for CHA next weekend.  Wait until you see all the gorgeous new goodies they're coming out with!  Prima never ceases to disappoint.   Before I start posting my newly made projects, I want to post some Prima projects I made for the last CHA that I never got around to posting here.  Wait, let me go into Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine.  Okay, I realize that I'm totally dating myself.  Does anybody else remember that cartoon?   All I really remember is the Wayback machine.  But I digress.

Prima makes so many wonderful embellishments that you can use not just on your scrapbook pages, but also on clothing and other items.  Here are some "wearable art" projects I made.

A bracelet using Prima's pebbles:

A tank top adorned with Prima flowers and leaves:

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New Shimmerz and yet another Creating Keepsakes Giveaway

Shimmerz is releasing two brand new products, and they're gorgeous! Coloringz is a brand new product line in the Shimmerz family. They are super opague with highly saturated colors without any shimmer.

There will be ten colors in this release for Coloringz:
Mama Sings The Blues – a bright turquoise
Mandrin My Tie – an orange/yellow
My Bleeding Heart – deep, bright red
Anchors Away – deep navy blue
Valentino – a beautiful salmon/pink
Ivy League – an olive green
Lime In Da Coconut – a bright lime green
Mon-Shari – a vibrant blue/purple
No Yolking – a super bright yellow
Pink Stiletto – a hot, hot pink
Tropical Tan Line – a vintage tan

Shimmerzingz is another brand new product line in the Shimmerz family. They are super shimmery sprays with only shimmer and no color! There will be five Shimmeringz debuting in this line:
Heavy Metal - a combo of 3 different metallics
Goldie Lox - gold shimmer
Concrete - silver shimmer
Baby's Breath - white shimmer
Bronze Bomshell - bronze shimmer

You'll be able to see some beautiful samples tomorrow on the Shimmerz blog.  These new products will be on sale in the Shimmerz store tomorrow. If you place an order, type my name in the comment section and tell them I sent you! 

Winner, winner chicken dinner. My girls helped me draw a number for the winner of CK's new special issue: The Best of Digital Scrapbooking, and the winner is . . .Jocelyn!! Congrats, Jocelyn!  I'll contact you to get your address.

And how about another CK giveaway?? Creating Keepsakes has another fabulous new special issue out: The Organized & Inspired Scrapper.
This book is filled with great ideas and tools for organizing your scrap space. You'll find storage solutions that fit your own personal needs, and you'll be inspired by all the gorgeous workspaces! You can order a copy of this book in the CK Store (enter coupon code DS25DT for free shipping on orders of $25 or more, expires 2/11/11). For a chance to win a copy of this special issue, just leave a comment here by Sunday at Midnight. You can also find great organizational tips on the CK blog this week!

I've been busy working on projects for CHA.   I'll have a lot to share in the coming weeks (including some past projects that I never got around to posting).   

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Monkey See, Monkey Do . . . Lily Bee

Hello everyone! I have a Lily Bee layout to share today . . .

The papers are from Lily Bee's Christmas Town and Domestic Bliss lines.  I used Pop Art Pink Vibez and Caribbean Sunset and Mango Madness Spritz on white Prima flowers.  I used Coal Shimmerz on a vintage crocheted doily.

These pictures are near and dear to my heart.  They are photos of my stepfather with my daughter when she was two-years old (she's now 8).  They liked to play "Monkey See, Monkey Do."  My stepfather would walk with his arms folded and then my daughter would copy him and walk with her arms folded.  He'd move his hands behind his back and she'd move her arms behind her back, and so on and so on (you get the picture).  My daughter always kept a straight face, but the rest of us would crack up every time she copied his actions.

My mom and stepfather loved these two pictures, so they framed them and proudly hung them on their living room wall where they've been displayed for the past 6+ years.

Sadly, my stepfather passed away a couple months ago.  We all miss him terribly.  As a gift to my mom, I made this layout for her and put it in a shadow box frame to go on the wall.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Another Creating Keepsakes Special Issue Giveaway!

If you’ve been wanting to give digital scrapbooking a try, you should check out Creating Keepsake's newest special issue, The Best of Digital Scrapbooking

You’ll find easy-to-follow tips, easy template tricks, brush basics, photo-enhancing secrets, and more!    I personally loved some of the great Photoshop tips and tutorials included in this issue.  The wonderful folks at CK are letting me give away a copy of this special issue to one lucky blog reader.  If you'd like to win a copy, please leave a comment here on this post before the end of the day on Sunday, January 16th.  Also, here's a free shipping code to use on your next order in the CK store: DS25DT (free shipping on orders of $25 or more).   

And while we're on the topic of Creating Keepsakes, let me share a  layout that appears in the January issue  of CK.    I got to play with the beautiful papers from Making Memories' Reverie line:

As seen in the January 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher. 

This is a picture of my mom and dad sitting in front of the fireplace with my grandparents (my mom's parents) in 1962, the year after my parents got married.   Yep . . . hanging out with the in-laws.    I wonder what they were talking about that day . . . 

I used Shimmerz' Gold Glimmer Blingz on the chipboard alphas:

I'm honored that this layout was chosen as the featured Project of the Day at 2peas today:
Thank you, 2Peas!

Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of CK's new special digital issue!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Favorite Projects of 2010

I've enjoyed blog hopping around the internet and seeing other scrappers' personal "Favorite Layouts of 2010", so I thought I'd follow suit.   I had a fun and productive year last year, and I'm so very grateful for all the wonderful scrapbooking opportunities that came my way.    Here are some of my favorite projects from 2010 (in no particular order):


Thank you for indulging me!  And thank you so much for visiting my blog last year and for all your lovely comments.  I really appreciate it!  I hope you will stop by frequently again this year.  I promise to start blogging more often again!