Friday, September 30, 2011

Sweet Times

It can’t possibly be the last day of September!!!!

Yesterday my oldest daughter turned 10 years old. I can hardly believe it! I remember my 10th birthday like it was yesterday!

We took her and a friend to Evergreen Wings & Waves. It’s a new, HUGE waterpark that’s quite a ways away from us.  It was worth it though!  They have 4 giant slides that come out of the top of this airplane.  It’s amazing!

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This young lady has blossomed into the most incredible, beautiful girl.  Words cannot describe how grateful I am for her.
Happy Birthday my sweetie!

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You truly are a blessing to me!

Supplies:  Cardstock – Bazzill; Die template – Spellbinders Blossom Three; Stamp – Paper Trey Ink; Twine – Divine Twine

Thanks for stopping by today!  Tomorrow I will post a special give-away for one lucky blog reader! 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Spellbinders & Core’dinations Blog Swap Day Two

Welcome to the Spellbinders and Core’dinations Blog Swap!

This week Spellbinders™ has teamed up with our Core’dinations Color Core Cardstock® to showcase the wonderful ways our products work together!

I wanted to make a set as a little encouragement for my daughter’s teacher.  I think that teacher’s work so very hard and could always use extra appreciation when they aren’t expecting it!  He loves Starbucks, so I thought I’d include a few VIA’s and a masculine card.

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Supplies:  Spellbinders - Sea Flowers Imressabilities, Classic Ric Rac Edgeabilities, Labels Twenty-Two, Nested Lacey Pennants, Nested Pennants, Grand Large Labels, Labels Twenty-One; Core’Dinations ColorCore Cardstock - Core Impressions (Basic Grey Whimsy Collection); Sickers – Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type Stickers, button, twine

Sophistication, value and maximum versatility make Spellbinders™ die templates #1. Beautiful Details Inspiring Creativity…Spellbinders unique triple function die templates allow you to cut, emboss, and then stencil through the die template for unlimited possibilities. The Spellbinders Grand Calibur® machine and Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities™ die templates cut and emboss up to 11¾”, taking die cutting to grand proportions. Follow Spellbinders on Facebook, Twitter and the Spellbinders Blog!

Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock is the only sandable cardstock with a color core. Sand it, tear it, emboss it and so much more! The Core Essentials line comes in over 160 colors with matching color families. Or maybe you are looking for something a bit more contrasting like the Black Magic or Chocolate Box collections. The sandable core will shine through the unique black and brown colors once it is sanded. Core’dinations has also teamed up with industry leading companies such as Pink Paislee, Basic Grey, Graphic45 and more to create new and unique pre-embossed cardstock that perfectly accents their patterned papers.
Check out
Core’dinations website for the new Cardmaker Series, Kraft-Core and various other wonderful cardstock lines. Follow Core'dinations on Facebook or on the Core'dinations Blog.

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Be sure to leave a comment if you’d like a chance to win!  Spellbinders will be randomly selecting two winners from the comments to win a $24.99 die template of their choice.  Core’dinations is offering prizes as well.  

So glad you stopped by!  Hope you have an amazing day!

Monday, September 19, 2011

You Make Me Smile

On today’s Spellbinders™ Paper Arts blog post I shared about layering die cuts to add dimension to your card. 
I had a box full of amazing new Pink Paislee, Collage Press Studio Vintage Vogue paper and embellishments that instantly inspired me to create. These Spellbinders die templates seemed like the perfect match: S5-066 Shadow Flowers, LF-005 Grand Peony Creations, S5-072 Blossom Tags and Accents.
Other supplies include Bazzill Basics Paper®; Clearsnap Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink; SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L™ White 3D Foam Squares; Glue Dots® Mini Dot n' Go; Jenni Bowlin Studios stick pin
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I can’t tell you how much fun I am having with this line.  Love, love, love it! 
This has been an extremely busy weekend for us or I would have kept going on my projects.  My 12 year old son had four open water dives to complete to become certified.  He passed all his tests and is now officially PADI certified!  Woot!  I am so proud of him. 
Hope your week is starting off fabulous!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fall Inspiration

We took a walk to the mailbox yesterday and at the last second I decided to grab my camera.  I love the early evening lighting that we get during the fall.
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In this photo, I have blown out the horizon but just beyond the tips of the trees we can see the ocean when come to our mailbox. It makes the small, little walk so rewarding!
Also made these yesterday.  Must. stop. eating. them. LOL Seriously, these are the most delicious cookies evah! Something about the fall also makes me want to bake!
I actually made them to take to the teachers at the school.  I am good friends with a lot of them and I know that a little ‘pick me up’ can be nice during the first full week back to school.  I also decided to whip together a quick thank you card for them just to show my appreciation for all they do. 
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Supplies:  Cardstock – Bazzill, Papertrey Ink; Pattern Paper – Creative Imaginations; Stamp – Gina K Designs; Die template – SpellbindersPaper Arts (Labels Fourteen); Nestabling – Want2Scrap

This is the photo and inspiration that I got off Pinterest.  I got the recipe off of Kirbie’s Cravings blog.
Nutella chocolate chip cookies (adapted from JustJenn)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter (melted)
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup Nutella
1 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.
2. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a medium sized bowl.
3. In a separate bowl cream the butter,  sugar and the brown sugar using an electric mixer. Add the eggs and the vanilla and mix on medium speed until combined.
4. Add in the flour mixture on low speed until combined. Then add in the nutella and mix until Nutella is incorporated.
5. Using a large spoon, mix in the chocolate chips.
6. Scoop large tablespoons of dough and drop onto baking sheets. I usually shape my dough balls so that they are smooth and flatten them a little, to make the cookies bake prettier.
7. Bake for about 8-10 minutes.  Remove cookies from try and let them cool on wire racks.
Mmmmmm….nothing like the smell of fresh baked cookies! 
I guess you could say I am trying to embrace the season even though I’m having a hard time letting go of summer.  I’ve done a few ‘fall’ posts for the Spellbinders Paper Arts blog as well.
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Supplies listed on Spellbinders Paper Arts blog.
These spray painted soda bottles were inspired from a photo off Pinterest as well.  I love pinterest!  Can you tell?

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So, how about you?  Have you got your fall d├ęcor out yet?  I haven’t pulled out my personal stash yet. I’m getting anxious too though!
Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Savor It.

Savor It.  I’m finding that I have a stronger and stronger desire to live each day like it’s my last.  Love people.  That is my priority.  That is my desire.
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I created this layout as a quick documentation of how I am feeling right now.  It’s a snippet of me.  I used SpellbindersStandard Circle die templates and Basic Grey Curio pattern paper.  The fun strip at the top is a Basic Grey sticker and paper clip.  The letter stickers are Webster’s Pages Little Story Tellers.  Love those!  I decided to add some warmth with a Prima crochet flower and a KaiserCraft paper flower on top of that.
The winners of the Want to Make It Fabulous blog hop have been announced.  JustRite Stampers, Want2Scrap and Spellbinders Paper Arts have all announced them on their blogs. 
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I also have a card for you today!  I’m loving this card because the colors are some of my faves.  Bet you would have never guessed!  After sewing down the gorgeous Webster’s Pages paper, I cut/embossed/inked an Orchard Harvest Tags and Accent die template for the outer frame.  I used Kraft paper for the inner layer and then stamped on it with a Gina K. Designs Botanicals stamp. 
The flowers are a combination of Spellbinders Anemone Flower Topper and Grand Peony Creations die templates.  The centers are embellished with dainty Sparklers from Webster’s Pages.
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I find myself reaching for the Classic Scallop Edgeabilities to cut/emboss on my projects time and time again.  Combined with the Classic Triple Scallop, it makes such a dainty edge at the bottom of the card!

Hope your day is filled with many blessings and that you are able to Savor them in every way possible!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Want to Make it Fabulous! Blog Hop

Spellbinders™ Paper Arts, Want2Scrap™, and JustRite® Stampers Designers have teamed up to bring you an amazing four day Blog Hop Event September  6 - 9, filled with fabulous designs that are sure to inspire all!! Each day we will be sharing a link list with you for the featured designers!
I chose to designed a card for this hop and I can’t tell you how much I love the way these three products work together so wonderfully!

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Supplies:  Spellbinders™ Paper Arts Die Template – S4-319 Lattice Rectangles; JustRite Stamps – Greetings From Paris and Bon Voyage; Want2Scrap Mocha Pearl Nestabling; Clearsnap Chalk Ink; Cardstock – WorldWin Treasures Oatmeal; Glitter Cardstock – Best Creations; Pattern Paper - Basic Grey Hopscotch (Skip to My Lou); Jenni Bolwin Studio Stickers – Butterfly

What would a blog hop be without prizes? Yes, we will also be giving away prizes!!

Spellbinders Paper Arts will be giving away 2 Die Template sets with a value of $24.99 each!Want2Scrap will be giving away 2 $25.00 Gift Certificates!JustRite Stampers will be giving away 2 Stamp Sets of the winner’s choice!

The winners will be drawn from the blog comments so be sure to visit them all and leave a comment one each to increase your chances of winning. The contest for the prizes will be open until midnight Saturday, September 10th.  Winners will be announced on Monday September 12th on the company blogs.

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Are you new to Spellbinders Paper ArtsWant2Scrap, or JustRite Stampers? Here is a little information about all three of these amazing companies. Each company offers a unique line of products that work wonderfully together to make some fabulous designs.

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Sophistication, value and maximum versatility make Spellbinders die templates #1. Beautiful Details Inspiring Creativity…Spellbinders unique triple function die templates allow you to cut, emboss, and then stencil through the die template for unlimited possibilities. The Spellbinders Grand Calibur® machine and Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities™ cut and emboss up to 11¾”, taking die cutting to grand proportions. Follow Spellbinders on Facebook, Twitter and the Spellbinders Blog!

Want2Scrap™ manufacturers rhinestone lines including the specialty Nestabling™ line along with the newly released Nestaboard™ chipboard line that coordinates perfectly with the Spellbinders Nestabilities® die templates. Want2Scrap also manufacturers their own line chipboard albums and accents, acrylic albums, and multi-layered laser designs and other fine scrapbooking products. Want2Scrap brings ease of use and flexibility in their product lines by offering products uniquely tailored to its customers’ needs. Follow Want2Scrap on Facebook and the Want2Scrap Blog!

JustRite Stampers entire collection of stamps are designed to be compatible with Spellbinders die templates.  JustRite Originals interlocking stamp system allows you to mix and match borders and centers to create dozens of design possibilities. Since the spring of 2008, JustRite Original stamps have been designed to coordinate with the Spellbinders Nestabilities, Decorative Elements and Basic Shapes.  

In January of 2011, JustRite began introducing Cling Stamps Sets designed to coordinate with Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels. JustRite Cling stamps are deeply etched pre-cut red rubber mounted on Static Cling Foam made in the USA . Cling sets come on a colored 8 1/2 x 6 1/2" Storage Panel for easy storage in our Cling Mini Binder Box.  For thousands of ideas on projects using JustRite and Spellbinders die templates visit theJustRite Design Gallery and the JustRite Blog. You can also follow our blog by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Today’s featured bloggers are:

Enjoy being inspired by all the amazing products and designers!   

~ Your comment will count as a prize entry! ~

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Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.  Good luck!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

For you!


Goodmorning! I have a shabby card to share with you today that is chalked full of Spellbinder™ goodness! I used Core’dination cardstock and Bazzill Kraft as my base and gorgeous Glitz Design paper for the rest.

The base is one Donna Salazar previous release Creative Book Pages. The two new release ones are Tear Drop Circles and Bird Sanctuary. After I cut/embossed the bird house, I sprayed mist on it, inked it and wiped white paint across it. Bird cages are a lot of fun to distress! I added a bit of Prima Trim to the bottom of the cage and used a foam square to make the bird more dimensional.

Hope you like it! I pray you have a fabulous Labor Day Weekend! Check back for an exciting Blog Hop that you will not want to miss starting Sept. 6th!



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