Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

Thanksgiving & Marostica

And here's my Thanksgiving & Marostica layout I've been giving peeks of the past couple of days. I love this color combination of fall. I think it's because I'm not quite ready to let go of the brightness of summer, but I'm loving the cool air and colors of fall.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Layout Sneak Peeks...

Monday, November 24, 2014

Give Thanks Banner

Okay, here's the full banner. I hope it puts you in a Thanksgiving mood. I can smell the cinnamon and spice now...

Friday, November 21, 2014

Give Thanks Banner Peek

With the weather getting cooler here, I'm in such a creative mood. Here's peek at a Thanksgiving banner I made to hang up in our home.

Friday, November 14, 2014

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Scrapbook & Cards Today Fall Issue is Here

Wow! This issue actually marks the 35th issue S&CT has released! Scrapbook & Cards Today is currently viewed in 120 countries and perhaps after Friday, it will be 121! I think that's super impressive. I absolutely love this magazine. Every time it hits the stand I rush through it and then comb back through it again every so slowly at least three or four times. It's just always so yummy!
I'm happy to be nestled among the pages once again too. I hope you'll check it out. Just click on the magazine cover above to choose your viewing option. It's free after all!

Friday, August 29, 2014

And Baby Makes Three

Happy Birthday to my sister, Ella!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine Reveal

Well, SCT is at it again working on the next issue of their fabulous magazine. They've shared a lovely sneak of the cover just to tickle our fancy...
The fall issue will be available online and for purchase on September 19th, and I cannot wait.

I just might have a project in there that I'm excited about too.
For more information, check out their blog post here. They've posted some great projects and a sneak of the new fall Crop & Create Delivered kit as well. I will definitely be getting that one!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer Issue On Stands NOW

I've been looking forward to every issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine for a while now, but I wasn't expecting to have a project featured as a design team scraplift challenge in this issue. What a pleasant surprise!

I don't remember the last time I saw a scraplifted project of mine. Some people don't like it when others scraplift them, but I absolutely LOVE it! I even re-post scraplifts when I find them. It's the ultimate compliment to inspire someone else to make their own project, isn't it?

Okay, so head on over to their site and snag a copy or read it online instantly for free!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Scrapbook & Cards Today Spring Issue

The SC&T Spring Issue is finally here! Yeah! It's one of my absolute favorite magazines. It has cards, altered projects, and layouts too. It's always full of sketches and instructions that make it just wonderful all around. This month there are free digital cutting files and a digi stamp to download too. Score! This issue is extra special to my sweet little cousin though. A little something I submitted featuring her managed to get her face on not one, but TWO pages. She's gonna be SO EXCITED when she sees it. I'm sure her friends will whoop it up too. 

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Here's a peek at what I created for this issue. See, isn't Samantha just gorgeous?!

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

You Are My Sunshine...

Well, I became an aunt on Saturday! Molly has arrived a tad bit early (just like Ethan), but she's perfectly perfect. I couldn't be happier. Since my little sis loves yellow & green and anything "sunshine" related, I thought this was the perfect card to celebrate Molly's arrival. Happy Birthday, Molly!!!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I Love You Card

Well, hello there! I have been feeling super crafty lately. I've whipped out half a dozen cards and a layout here in the past day or so. I still feel the creative juices flowing, so I hope to get some more quite time in my studio this evening after the little dude has crashed. It's been an uber long day for all of us though. It might end up being an early night, but I'll try my best.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Studio Calico Sneak Peek

I'm looking forward to getting the new Studio Calico card kit. If you're not a subscriber to a monthly card, scrapbook, or Project Life kit, I think you're missing out! It's like Christmas each month. I'm obsessed. As soon as my kit gets here, I'll start making a few projects to share with you. 

Here's a link if you want to check it out yourself:

Friday, January 17, 2014


I'm gonna kick those resolutions in the butt this year. I'm cleaning my studio!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Ombre Cake

Check out this beautiful cake my sister made. She asked me to photograph it, so I couldn't help but take a hundred photos. It's just so pretty.  Oh, and it was YUMMY too!

Saturday, June 15, 2013


Oh, I've been searching for macarons since we arrived in Italy. I had a few at the airport in Paris. They're so delish! I found these little lovelies in Venice just over the canal down a little street. I'm definitely marking this as a spot to hit every time we go now.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Hostess Tips


It’s been a long winter, so let’s get ready to head into spring! This simple and delicious Apple Berry Salsa is the perfect way to add a pop of color to your next party. Combine it with homemade Baked Cinnamon Chips and your guests will be begging for more. Download the recipe along with the adorable free printable buffet cards and wow your guests at your next soiree! 

Fun Fact: Everyone has fond memories of picking strawberries in the summer, but did you know that March is the peak of strawberry season for Florida and California, where most of the strawberries found in your grocery stores are grown? So head on over to your local grocery store where the pickings are plentiful! You won't want to wait until summer to try this tasty treat.

Friday, January 4, 2013

January 2013 Printable

Man, oh, man! I've been out of the blogisphere for a hot minute! I'm still not out of the woods yet, but I figured I'd share this fun calendar I made with you to get the year started off right. If you like it, then perhaps I'll keep going for next month. I'm open to suggestions of printables you'd like to have created for you too.

Cheers to a happy new year!
(If you're having trouble getting the calendar, I would be happy to email you the file as well.)

See you soon!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Well, the blog hop has wrapped up and it's time to announce the winners! We hope that you had as much fun visiting with all of the designers as they had working on their projects.  If you missed the blog hop for any reason, you can find all the participants here

The two winners of the MFT Gift Certificates are...

  • From my blog right here, Sue Ann - “MY DEAR is right ~ this is BEAUTIFUL!! All the elements are pulled together SO beautifully. What a way to wake up with such a beautiful card on this blog hop!!!”

  • From Jessie’s Blog, Thelma -“I absolutely love your coloring, your cards are always so much fun with your signature silver embellishments…LOVE it!!”

(MFT Winners: Be sure to check your email, MFT sent vouchers today via email.)

Winners of the $25 button assortments from Buttons Galore & More are...

  • liz aka javagirl - "Great hop excited to glance at your buttons Who doesnt love buttons"
  • megan mcdonald - “I love all the projects I saw I dont think I could pick a favorite… but I can say that I have add a few more people to my favorites list on the computer.” 

The Card set winner from Blog is...

  • Clare Dempsey - "Oh, I started paper crafting as a scrapbooker and now make my own cards. Still not sure of my skills with card layouts. So, I love these ideas to use my MFS and buttons galore! thanks for the chance to win!"

(Buttons & Card set winners: Please an email to with your mailing address.)

And the winners of a Lilly Belle's Paperie package are...
  • Megan - "The card is so pretty! I love the colors. I must say, that precious baby in your blog title is just gorgeous!"

  • Clare D.  - "I love this card. I am so pinning it for a scraplift later! thanks for the chance to win!"
  • Amanda R - "This is so pretty, love how you have incorporated so many different elements."
  • wendy - "whow terrific card, so pretty"
(LBP winners: Please send an email to laura @ with your information.)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Blog Hop & Give Aways

Hello, there! Today, I'm apart of the
My Favorite Things Stamps
Buttons Galore & More
blog hop.

Today I have a cute card project featuring Buttons Galore & More and MFT Stamps products. If you haven't browsed the MFT catalog over on their website, you really should. It's filled with fun images, sentiments, and one of my favorite tools: dies! It was nearly impossible to choose which one I wanted to work with today, but I finally decided on Botanical Beauty. What I love most about these flower dies is that there are so many combinations that you can use to create numerous looks. You could use the die cuts individually or stack them to create a layered look which is what I did this time...

The first thing I do when I start a project is to create a color palette. I usually stick with it, but sometimes I do change as I go along. Here you can see the color palette that I developed after pulling out a few papers and embellishments. The dies used today are from MFT Stamps, brads from Buttons Galore & More, and the rest of the crafting supplies from Lilly Belle's Paperie.
(You can find individual supply links throughout this entry and at the bottom of this post.)

And here's what I did to make the card...

1. To make the flower embellishment, layer your die according to the manufacturer's instructions in your cutting machine with a piece of vintage netting on top of the patterned paper, so that you create an embossed textured look to your flowers. This will not cut through the netting, so you can use it again for another project later!

2. Next, trim your base card (Lemonade cardstock) to 4.25"x5.5" and fold in half. Trim the Kraft cardstock to 4"x5.25", and the polkadot patterned paper to 3.75"x5". Another piece of Lemonade cardstock will be trimmed to 2.75"x4" and a piece of numeric patterned paper to 2.5"x4". The length of ribbon needed is 5.5". Your cut pieces should layer nicely as shown in the photo below.

3. Next, you'll want to add a small amount of adhesive to the back of the polkadot patterned paper and attach it to the Kraft cardstock in order to hold it in place while you add decorative stitching around the edge. If you don't want to sew on your card, you can fully adhere the polkadot and Kraft layers together at this point.

4. Next, layer the numeric strip on top of the Lemonade strip and attach to the polkadot patterned paper. I don't use any extra adhesive on the ribbon because I don't want to waste anything. I also never know if I'll decide to throw on a bow or knot later, so it saves in the area of deconstruction later too. You can see in these next two photos that I just secure the ribbon tails to the adhesive that I will be using to secure the card front to the Lemonade card base.

5. With the card band finished and attached to the card front and base, you can now decorate the front of the card. Normally, I would not attach the card front to the base until I am completely finished, but I knew at this point that I would not be poking anything else through my card, so I felt confident that I could seal it up while keeping the inside of the card clean.

6. The final step is to decorate the card front. I attached my flower layers to the far right with a cute chipboard button and some twine added to the center. Then I added three jazzy brads (with the prongs cut off) using glue dots, and finally my sentiment. I hope you enjoy this card!

Here's the finished card all cute & ready to give to your special loved one...

And here's a list of the participating blogs in today's hop including the design team members from MFT Stamps and Buttons Galore & More:

And don't forget, MFT will GIVE AWAY two MFT Gift Certificates for the blog hop. One $25 gift certificate to one randomly chosen winner from commenters on the MFT Designers' blogs and one $25 gift certificate to one randomly chosen winner from the commenters on the Buttons Galore Designers' blogs.  Buttons Galore & More will also give away two $25 button assortments the same way, so leave comments on all of the blogs participating in the hop. Winners will be chosen all over the place! I think I may even have a special something to give away to a random commenter and Google reader right here on my blog... Deadline to comment will be on July 29.

Additional Supply Links & Coupone Code Below:
Use the coupon code JULYCLEARANCE for 15% off at Lilly Belle's Paperie.