A House of Cards

Friday, March 25, 2011

Celebrate every day...

Thanks so much for all of the congrats yesterday.  I sure do appreciate it, and thanks so much for letting me share my news with you.  You all are the best!!!

Today, I have a project to share with you that I made for Ally Scraps.  It's a mini album for my daughter.  I used lots of Echo Park's For the Record collection.

Words everyone should live by, don't you think so???

You can find a list of the supplies I used and instructions on how to make the album here at the Ally Scraps blog.  Make sure to take a look around while you are there.  There is lots to see!

Well, that is it for me today.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lucky girl...

Hey everyone!  I want to thank you  all for the comments about my new look.  I went ahead and changed the background again,I did like the polka dots, but so much blue just wasn't sitting to well with me.  I am sure I will end up changing everything again, but for now I think I will leave it.  (At least until I have more time to play around with it again. ;) ) 

So, on to some fun news...

I was asked to be a part of the new October Afternoon Design Team, and I am just beyond thrilled and excited!!!!  I have always loved OA's products, and it feels like a dream come true to be a part of this team. 

For my first official project with the team, I created this card, using the new 5 & Dime collection.  I am totally in love with the colors and patterns in this line. 

And I thought the title for this card was appropriate, because that is exactly what I am... a lucky girl!!! 

Thanks so much for letting me share my news, and make sure to stop by the October Afternoon blog and leave a comment for a chance to win some 5 & Dime yumminess.  The rest of the design team has made some gorgeous projects, and I know you won't want to miss them.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!  Hugs!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

I'm trying out a new look...

for my blog.  What do you think?  The header is definitely staying, but I'm not completely sure about the background (the print along both sides). 

I used the Fall Frolic by Zoe Pearn digital kit from Sweet Shoppe Designs.  She has lots of great kits to choose from.  I might have to go back and get a few more (so I can change things more often. ;)  )

I'll be back next week.  Have a great rest of the weekend!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

a happy note...

Anyone else having a hard time with the time change?  I can't seem to get in the groove, and my family has been coming down with time change-itis.  Hopefully our internal clocks will reset soon and get us back on track.

I have a few things that I made for Ally Scraps to share with you today.  Again, I am using the For the Record collection from Echo Park.  I am LOVING the yellow in this line and decided to make some bright and cheery cards.

First off is 'happy note'. 

Next is 'hello friend'.

Love, love, lovin' the colors in this collection and the fun, retro feel.   

You can find the list of supplies used and step-by-step instructions for both cards here.  Make sure to look around and check out more inspiring work while you are there.  ;) 

Hope you all have a wonderful day.  Hugs!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Color Combos Galore #183

Hey all!  Just came by to share my take on the current color combo (183) over at Color Combos Galore.

Here is the combo with the inspiration photo:

I chose to go a little bit lighter on the palette, because the added designer challenge was to use butterflies.  I thought that the new Butterfly Garden collection from Pink Paislee would be PERFECT.  Was I wrong?! 

(I don't think so.  ;) ) 

The Clear Pop butterfly sticker was the main reason I chose to use Butterfly Garden for this challenge.  I just love the dimension of this sticker.

Here's a little bit better view, dimension-wise.

For the flowers, I cut out lots of flower die-cuts in varying sizes using my Cricut Expression and Walk in My Garden cartridge.  I distressed and layered the die-cuts.   Then, I added a little Prima flower to the center.  I hand cut some leaves and layered everything, adding a few paper posies here and there between the flowers.

(Since Butterly Garden didn't have any orange, I used patterned paper from My Mind's Eye for the flowers.)

Hope you get a chance to play along with the challenge this week.  If you do, please share your work in the CCG Gallery so we can all ooh and aah over your creation.  ;) 

Hope you are having a fabulous week so far.  Thanks for stopping by!  

Monday, March 14, 2011

Get Sketch "y" with Pink Paislee

Hello!  I am stopping by today to share a layout I did for a Get Sketch "y" blog post for the Pink Paislee blog yesterday.  My challenge was to use the following sketch from PageMaps, which was a lot of fun to work with. 

Here is my take on the sketch:

I chose some fun and colorful pictures that I recently took when we went to one of the Mardi Gras parades here in Mobile.

I used a little bit from each of the new Pink Paislee collections:  Hometown Summer, Daily Junque, Soiree, and Butterfly Garden.

This really was a fun sketch to work with.  Maybe you would like to give it a try too???  If you do, break out some of your Pink Paislee goodness and share it with us over in the Live Pink gallery.  We would love to see what you are making. 

I should be back again in a few days to share some more, so I will see you then.  :)  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, March 7, 2011

I am back...

guest designing at Ally Scraps this month, so that means a new project each week using the wonderful, new For the Record collection by Echo Park. 

Here is a layout I made about my daughter, Harper.  We were playing Connect 4 x 4, and she started playing around with the game pieces.  I'm so lucky I had my camera nearby.  ;)

I hand stitched the heart shape around my title.  For this I used an acrylic heart shape I had in my stash as the template.

I used trinket pins for the tag pulls on the mini bags and tags.

And this little metal badge seems liked the perfect accessory for a silly kind of layout.

You can find step-by-step instruction and a list of products I used on this layout over at the Ally Scraps blog.  And don't forget to take a look around while you are there.  There is always lots to see and some wonderful projects to be inspired by.

Hope you all have a wonderful week.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

CardMaps Today

Hey all!  Just wanted to stop by and say hi.  I know it's been a while.  I wanted to let you all know about an exciting new publication that I was asked to be a part of...  CardMaps Today

[I am so proud to say that is my card on the cover, as well as the other cards shown too.  :) :) :) :) ]

Here is a little more about it:

"PageMaps and Scrapbook & Cards Today have teamed up once again to bring you “CardMaps Today.” This brand new, limited edition, special issue includes 50 never-before-seen CardMap sketches from Becky Fleck and 80 beautifully designed cards from 16 fabulous designers, including Kelly Goree, Vicki Boutin, Marla Kress, Kimber McGray, Melissa Phillips, Roree Rumph and many more.  Full of techniques and the latest trends in paper crafting, this 84 page, full colour magazine comes with complete instructions for each and every card!

CardMaps Today will be available in many of our distributing stores starting on March 25th or is available for pre-order here.  Hurry now to reserve your copy for only $9.95 - they won't last long!  And why not order one for a friend, too – a perfect gift for that friend who understands when you call your paper by colour names (Hillary, Pomegranate or Thunder)!    CardMaps Today will start shipping on March 21st!"

There is also a chance to win a copy before you can buy it, so just head on over to the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog and leave a comment before Friday for a chance to win. 

Good luck to you all, and thanks so much for stopping by!!!