Friday, June 29, 2012

american crafts shoreline

It is Shoreline week on the American Crafts blog and I have a few projects to share.
The first project I made was this layout...with a giant picture:
I knew I wanted our beautiful beaches to shine here, so that is why I went big with the photo. I didn't need to embellish too much...I love the Delights (pinwheel flowers) that come with almost every collection, so I used up a ton here. Sometimes I have to really restrain myself from using them all on one project;)

For the sun, I used a circle punch on the center of the Neptune Patterned Paper. I then stitched some lines across the circle and topped it with the sun cardstock die cut.

I also created this card for the blog (how much do I LOVE that flip flop paper?!)
One of my very favorite pieces of Shoreline is THIS patterned paper. Those sunshines make me happy;)

Finally, I made a layout that wasn't necessarily beachy-themed. The colors just worked with my photo;)
I am always asking A if she is 12, so that's where this title and page came from;) Sometimes her sass prompts me to ask, but sometimes it's a glance or photo and I think, sheesh, when did she get so big?! She is growing up sooooo fast!
there go the Delights again
I went really clean and simple with this page, but I like how it turned out:)

Are you loving the Shoreline collection as much as me? I actually created a couple of projects with it last night, can't get enough;)

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, filled with sunshine!!

Monday, June 25, 2012

june nook+july peek

I have a few more projects to share with you using the June kit from My Scrapbook Nook. I have loved playing with this kit and am hoarding what's left for the rest of my summer photos;)
I *wish* we knew where this dump was. It is hiding somewhere in the black hole garage. K had the most fun taking that to the beach and would be content if that was the only toy he had at the beach:)

I think I have never hand cut so many things from a kit. The papers just had so many cute things to cut out, like the little banner on this page and the journaling spot and the clouds:)

I have been wanting to use a big photo for awhile (I have another layout to show you with one, hopefully this week!), and thought this picture would be the perfect one to do that with:) It's one of those photos that I have wondered why it took me so long to scrap it. 

I can't get enough of creating patterned paper sunbursts on my pages/cards!

For this page, I used the June Member Sketch Inspiration sketch. Here is the sketch:
I think it's a great base to turn into something of your own! I stayed fairly true to the sketch and kept my page clean and simple.
look at how sweet baby K was:)
Won't you play along with us?

The Celebrate Summer crop is in full swing and we would love to have you come play with us! Stop by the forum HERE to see all the great challenges we have going on!


The cat is out of the bag for what's in store for the July kit, My Mind's Eye Indie Chic Ginger. The grab bag is now available HERE. Get it while it lasts;)

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We have Tropical Storm Debby upon us, so lots of rain today and the next couple days;) Guess we'll have to cross some inside activities off of our summer bucket list the next few days;)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

summer bucket list

We have been out of school almost a month, but before school was even over, Aislynn and I sat down and made a list of things we wanted to do this summer.

We have done a few things off the list, but mostly we have spent our days swimming in the pool;)

So for the fun of sharing, here is what we wrote on our list:
That is a lot, we had better get busy, ha!! Here is a snapshot of what our summer has looked like so far:
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Good times:) We have about a month and a half left of summer and I am determined to enjoy every single minute of it!

Have you made a summer bucket list? Link me up, I would love to see what you are up to this summer!

Friday, June 15, 2012


Do your kids have any collections? Aislynn likes to collect rocks and seashells, but she also has a collection of miscellaneous teeny, most random things, that she calls her treasures. For awhile, no one was allowed to look at them, but then she said only girls could, so I got a peek in the little red box that she hid so no boys could see;) Now she isn't quite so secretive about her treasures, probably because her collection is overflowing and she now needs a bigger treasure box;)
I used the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook line for is such a versatile collection (and I'm in love with the colors!).

Some close-ups:
Look! I used ribbon!!

Speaking of treasures, I captured these photos of Shaun and the kids, maybe a month ago? One of my assignments for the American Crafts blog this month was to create  a "Father" themed page, so I made this page with these photos that I treasure:
Love these silly photos...I love watching Shaun and the kids being silly with each other (which happens quite often!).
And yes...Amy Tangerine Sketchbook at work again...

One more share using Sketchbook...a card for Shaun for Father's Day:
You can find Amy Tangerine Sketchbook products HERE:)


Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

more nook june kit

I have a couple of things to share today that I created with the June My Scrapbook Nook Kit.
The first one is this card that I created for the June Card Class:

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I love the pinwheels+mason jar...thinking I should do some of those for decorations around the house;)
You can see the step-by-step photo tutorial of how to make this HERE.

I also have a layout to share that I created for my challenge for the Celebrate Summer Crop, which started today, yay!

My challenge focuses on summer food, yum....
Watermelon is probably our favorite summertime food:)
I have loved chopping up all the bits from the patterned paper in the kit:)
I cut the sun from one of the patterned papers and stitched around it with the twine from the kit.

Please check out my challenge here and check out the other challenges here! We are doing things a little differently this crop, and I would love to see some of you play along!!!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

summer fresh

I have been playing with the June kit from My Scrapbook Nook and it's safe to say I am in love with Simple Stories Summer Fresh! The colors are perfect for summer photos, and I very much want to hoard pieces of this kit for scrapping 4th of July pictures;)
So far I have 3 layouts done and a card, but I can only share 2 layouts today. I have the grab bag on the way to me, so I am dreaming of the other projects I get to make:)
These are pictures of Miss A from 2 years ago. Look how "baby" she looks!! She still loves swimming in the pool and hanging out afterwards (as you can tell if you follow me in instagram, ha!).
I love the little word stickers that are on the letter sticker sheet:)
I have also been doing lots of fussy cutting with this kit. The papers have all kinds of good things (like this strip of pennants) to chop up;)
This picture makes me smile:) It needed to be big, I think. I framed it with patterned paper and added embellishments in a triangle.

That's all I can share for now! Grab your kit HERE and the grab bag HERE!

One more thing I wanted to add...keep your eyes peeled for some summer fun at the Nook...coming next week:)
Happy Thursday!!!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

card kit swap

About a month ago, I participated in a card kit swap at My Scrapbook Nook. I was paired up with Danni, and she put together a gorgeous gorgeous kit for me, filled with Jillibean Soup and some American Crafts embellishments: 
 I was able to come up with 3 cards, and I had tons left over;)
The sweet little die-cuts she sent me were begging for a baby card;)

She sent me some white die-cut labels, so I added some letter stickers to spell the sentiment, sprayed the label with mist and then peeled off the letter stickers.

Thank you so much, Danni! I had so much fun playing with my kit:)

I would love to invite you over the Nook's card forum...there are awesome challenges posted twice a week and lots of fun little things, such as card swaps, that go on as well:)

Happy Wednesday, friends!!!

p.s. The June Nook kit is now available for purchase!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

jillibean soup projects

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today I wanted to share the rest of my projects I did for Jillibean Soup in May:
This was one of my favorite layouts I did. I used the Coconut Lime Soup collection.
 I wanted the vellum envelope to mimic the look of a seed packet:)

I also created this card using the Coconut Lime Soup collection:
This was the first project I created. I have noticed that whenever I get new products or a new kit, I always make something that has lots of patterns on it. I just can't wait to cut into the sheets of patterned paper, I guess;)

I created this card using Neopolitan Bean Bisque:
I love the Friends reference here:)

My last project was created with one of my favorite collections ever by Jillibean Soup, Sweet and Sour Soup:
 I used some of the other collections here too, but the "sprinkles" were made with Sweet and Sour Soup. I used my EK Success Swiss Cheese punch to create them:)
That's all of my projects! I really had so much fun creating ALL of my projects for them. I adore the colors and patterns and detail that goes into each Jillibean Soup collection. Thanks for having me as a guest designer in May!!

If you want to see the full supply lists for these projects, and read a bit about me, you can check out the posts HERE and HERE.

Monday, June 4, 2012

May American Crafts projects

Hello Monday!! Today is a busy day, Kieran's 3 year well check and working most of the day. It's always hard to wake up and get going after the lovely weekend we had:) I wasn't able to squeeze in sharing my American Crafts projects before the weekend, so here they are today:
This is one I did for the American Crafts blog. The theme that week was dreams/goals and I wanted to record some of the big and little things I think about...I created little pockets for the tags so that the journaling could remain private.
I used the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan line for this with the exception of the thickers. They are from the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook line and I love love them. They are a white wood grain and I adore the font:)

I also made a card for the blog:
This is a mix of Amy Tangerine Sketchbook and Dear Lizzy Neapolitan. I love how the different American Crafts lines can mix and match so well.

We had just given Aislynn's teacher a present during Teacher Appreciation week (why is it so close to the end of the year??), but I wanted to give her a little thank we put some mums in a mason jar and I prettied it up with some Dear Lizzy Neapolitan (I can't stop using this line!).
She loved it:)

I finally broke into my Shoreline collection to create this page of K in his shades:
I love the colors in this line! I have some projects that go up later in the month using Shoreline and it is perfect for my many beach pictures:)

How great is that little sunglasses die-cut?

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and that you have an awesome week! I have lots of scrappy projects to share this week, so hopefully I can get it together and start to blog more often;)