Thursday, March 31, 2011

Big Announcement

Lets just say that this is bigger than big... IT'S HUGE! and it makes me explode with happiness!

I'm am so pleased to tell you that starting April 1st, I will be a Go-to Gal for Paper Crafts magazine!

Unbelievable! Right? I am a bit speechless about it. But I'm ready for this... and incredibly thrilled... honored... grateful... blessed. I know I said speechless... maybe I should have used the term babbling instead...hee hee.

This is a dream come true for me. I am excited to start this journey and look forward to sharing it with all of you, my friends. It is going to be great fun! And I also look forward to making more new friends along the way. So if you here for the first time today, welcome:)

Now that's enough about me, if you haven't visited Paper Crafts Connection today don't forget to pop over HERE to meet the five other crazy talented and beautiful Go-to Gals... and give them a shout out;)

Before you go, here's a celebratory cupcake from me to you...

...  isn't it beautiful? I wish I could make you all a real one, but this is the best 0 calorie kind;) Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

March Zva Blog Hop Winners Announced

We'd like to congratulate the FIVE March Zva Blog Hop winners! Their names will be found on the following blogs:
Lou Collins
Camilla Ekman
Angelica Franssen
Windy Robinson - YEAH! THAT'S HERE:)
Gail Lindner 

And my winner is...

24. Michelle said...

So very beautiful!!! I love the color palette. So very elegant.
Michelle, please email me your contact information at

One winner from each of the other 4 blogs + Michelle will receive a Zva prize package worth $30.00. Congratulations everyone! 

Monday, March 28, 2011

Zva Creative Mar DT Blog Hop!

Zva Creative and the Design Team welcomes you to join us this month for a blog hop that we feel is always extra special!

There is now an added twist to our blog hops, YAY!  As you know, Zva offers so many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals.  We want to make sure that they shine bright for you, so each designer was asked to share a creation using a specific color or color combination on their blog hop project.  

The Blog Hop begins at Kim Hughes' blog. She will have the complete list of all blogs that are participating in case there is a glitch along the way. If you would like to play along, just follow along the blog path.  I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way. Hidden on FIVE of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package ...YAY! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it's important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.

The Blog Hop starts today, March 28th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, March 29th and the 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 30th on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Kim Hughes‘s blog. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on, you never know what kind of inspirational creation that you may find there. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Zva Blog Hop do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. The more times you leave a comment along the blog hop path though, the more chances you will have to be one of the lucky winners.

Here is my project, I had the color white to work with this month, so I thought I'd get a jump on some wedding cards that are on my list for some summer weddings. On this card I used the Enchanting Pearl Flourish (CR-04CA-108), a leaf (FL-04CA-110) and the White Frosty Flower from the White & Pink Dual Flower pack (FL-04CA-124). I layered them over a white cardstock rectangle that is matted on Anna Griffin's Carmen collection's Gold Quatrefoil Paper.  All of those elements are a perfect fit for your standard A2 sized card. The sentiment is from the Favor It Wedding Stamp Set by Papertrey Ink.

The blog hop begins here: Kim Hughes 

Your next stop is here: Tomoko Takahashi

Thank you SO MUCH for joining us today!

- - - - - -Contest Closed- - - - - - 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Welcome Spring!

Earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let the laughing begin!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Seek Out Life

Hi all... the new GCD Studios Design Team was announced today... congrats to all of the ladies who will be joining the team! I was invited back for 2011 and look forward to another great year with Heidi and our new team! You can read all about it starting HERE (check out all of the links to our new girl's blogs... lots of inspiration)!

AND there is another contest up on the blog HERE where you can win a big prize valued at $200.00. Whoot!

AND just a reminder that are just a few weeks left to enter to win a trip to Brave Girl Camp, so if you have the Chip Art tool, check out the contest rules HERE, break it out and make something inspiring!

Now to the art... a mini album that I made for CHA using the Chip Art Tool and Melody Ross' new Soul Food Collection.  A little memory of my new six year old growing up...
Well, there you have it. You can check out the cards that I made for CHA with GCD Studios new collections HERE if you'd like. I hope you have a happy Wednesday!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Precocious Paper March Project

How is your weekend going? Ours is flying by... today my oldest daughter Campbell turned six... oh my! It brings tears to my heart to think about that... SIX! I'm the mom of a 6 year old. Major mental adjustments here just thinking about having older children, but wow... how proud she makes us! I love more than anything to watch her sound out every word she sees, choose to be helpful and make mature choices that are independent, surprising and delightful. It brings a whole new meaning to being proud.

On to some crafty stuff. This is my last project designed for Precocious Paper's design team... it has been a delight to work with Tessa and the team, but it is time for a new team to take over. If you are interested in the design team you can find the call HERE (it runs through March 18th).
My cards use two items coming to the shop soon: Light Gold and Coral Satin Blossoms. The patterned paper is part of the new Funhouse collection by GCD Studios. Even though these cards are quick & simple, they are stunners because of the flowers.

We'll I hope you have a nice Sunday! Thanks so much for stopping by today:)

Wednesday, March 09, 2011


"Coexistence... what the farmer (or residents of Weber Oaks) does with the turkey - until Thanksgiving." - Mike Connolly

Here's a few photos of our neighborhood's newest residents. We had no idea that turkeys were so friendly. The first time we saw them, the girls and I went outside to grab a few looks and photos. As soon as the turkeys saw us they decided to run across the street for a visit...
...there was no fear there, they came right up to us...
...needless to say, we didn't hang around outside very long.
I think they would have come right into the house if we let them. One even came up to the window gobbling (I could almost hear it say to the girls, "want to come outside & play?"), and staring back at us as we stared at it...

These poor turkeys must have escaped from a turkey farm in the area where they were loved and showered with attention. Its not yet annoying but actually kind of funny to see them scurry from house to house gobbling all of the way looking for human companionship. You just never know when you are going to step outside and be greeted by a flock of turkey friends.

Lets hope they find a new home before spring sets in...

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

The Reject Blog Hop

Hello, I'm quickly stopping in before heading to bed to share one of my cards that didn't get picked up for Paper Craft's Go-to Sketches 2 call this past week. There is a blog hop going on HERE where folks are sharing links to cards that didn't get picked up. So fun!
I love hopping along and seeing all of the cards that were made from sketches that I didn't attempt... but thought about doing so. Love that!

Anyway, even though this card wasn't picked up, I happen to love it because it uses two of my favorite new collections... Echo Park's For the Record & Anna Griffin's Carmen. Both just gorgeous... in my mind & I'm happy how this card came together because I was able to combine two very different collections in a simple and beautiful way.

Well, its 2am here & I must get to bed! Thanks for hopping by & have a great Tuesday!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Feb. Zva Blog Hop Winners

We'd like to congratulate the FIVE February Zva Blog Hop winners! Their names will be found on the following blogs:
Jillian Deiling Cassity:

One winner from each of the 5 blogs will receive a Zva prize package worth $30.00. Congrats winners!
Supplies: pearls & flowers (Zva Creative), stamp (Tim Holtz's Floral Tattoo by Stampers Anonymous), white embossing powder (Stampendous), ink (Ranger & Stampin' Up), sentiment (Papertrey Ink), paint (acrylic dauber by Ranger), rub-on (Basic Grey).

"Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things. " ~Author Unknown

To create card:
1) make card from cardstock 
2) cut square from manilla tag, paint with acrylic paint and allow to dry 
3) stamp lace on tag and emboss 
4) apply rub-on and pearls 
5) stamp sentiment and attach to tag 
6) mat tag on brown cardstock and adhere to card
7) apply flower & ribbon