Monday, March 30, 2015

Create, Create!!!

Howdy Friends and Family!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend...I know I did!  I had a lot of fun this past week and TWO weekends creating for a special Paper Issues Online Crop.  Oh my gosh, did I get inspired!  They have the greatest group of ladies who are all very encouraging.  The challenges were great fun, and I got a lot created.

One of the challenges was to make a creation with sparkle.  Well I thought it was the perfect chance to combine two challenges.  I ordered some chipboard embellishments from a company called "Creative Embellishments".  I have to say, they have some of the most intricate chipboard pieces I have seen.  They have their March challenge going so I thought I would play along and "Sparkle" up some of the chipboard pieces I had purchased for their challenge.  this is the link to their challenge.

  Here is the layout I made for both of the challenges.

I love my honey!!!  Anyway, I was inspired by the butterflies on the Creative Embellishment's  challenge, and bought some Butterfly Flourishes from them.  I also purchased some intricate Butterflies, but decided not to use them on this particular layout.  I used some circle chipboard, (up in the upper left hand corner) that they sent me for placing an order.  What a great treat!

I painted the Butterfly Flourishes with gold crackle paint and then sprinkled them with gold glitter.  Isn't glitter fun?  I think they look just right with the Prima "Princess" line.

If you are looking for some fun chipboard pieces, I would recommend Creative Embellishments.

Have a happy week!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

I'm Back!!

Hello Friends and Family!

I am sure you have been wondering where I have been and what I have been up to the last couple of weeks.

Well actually I was in a bit of a slump.  I was kind of having a bit of a pity party.  I felt my scrapping wasn't up to par.  Then I had a small car accident.  So really I was just a little down in the dumps.   Then I got an email from Paper Issues, telling me about their online crop. I thought, "what the heck I will give it a try!"  I have to tell you that was the most fun online crop that I have ever participated in.  Paper Issues, has a great group of talented ladies.  They are very supportive, and so many ladies participated in it...there was inspiration everywhere!

If you still want to participate, they have lots of challenges to get involved in, and they are not due until 3/29/15.  So there is still time to join in and have fun!

Here is one of the layouts I created.

This is a layout I made of the fun I had with my son Justin, when I went to visit last December.  I used Carta Bella's "It's a Celebration" line.  I made some tags, and cut my photos into the tag shapes.

Thank you Paper Issues for helping me to get my paper crafting mojo back.  I am back and creating.  :o)
Hugs  xo

Sunday, March 1, 2015

My Friend Rita

Hello to all of my friends and family!

I hope you all had a relaxing weekend, and have a wonderful week ahead.  :o)

Friday night my husband and I were treated to a delicious dinner at 5th Street Steakhouse by my sweet friend Rita, and her equally sweet husband Milton.  As great as our dinner was, ( I love a good ribeye) the company was even better.  We have been trying to get together for years to do this, and we finally did.  We had an awesome evening, catching up on each other's families, and just having fun in general.

I met Rita at a scrapbook store of course.  We have been friends for 11 years now, but it seems like we have known each other forever.  Every time Rita and I get together, she always has presents for me and this evening was no exception. Holy Cow, did she have some cool things in her special bag this time.  She is just the best friend ever.

I was trying to get her something special this time, and I found the perfect present.  Julie Nutting recently came out with a paper doll named "Rita"!  That made me so happy.  Here is my version of Rita, dedicated to my dear friend.

I used the Prima "Princess" Collection for this tag.  The reason is because one of my gifts from Rita was the Princess of my favorites ever!  I decided I was going to use it for this tag.

It was like Christmas for me on Friday night and I will show you why.

These are all of the surprises I had in the cutest bag ever....Olag!!!

So much scrappy goodness in one bag.  Thank you Rita!!!!

Happy Day to you all.  Hugs.  xo