Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year's Eve !!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful time on their holidays :))

I had grand plans of filling the kids' New Year's Eve treat bags this year but we've been invited out to a bon fire, bring your kids and a favorite dish party tonight ..... of course we said yes so the treat bags will stay tucked away until next year.....

BUT .... If you missed them last year HERE they are for you to do for your kids tonight.....They're quick and easy so you have time :))

I'm almost done all my CHA projects and can't wait to start packing as it's coming up FAST - i leave NEXT WEEK and am traveling with one of my favorite crafty girls so you can count on some SUPER FUN photos from Anaheim......

I hope you have a Happy Happy New Year's Eve and enjoy one more day of holiday down time tomorrow before routines start up again.....

Check back for my list of resolutions AND my WORD FOR 2013 !!!!

TFL ..... Talk soon.
j. xo

Thursday, December 27, 2012

HUGE 'Annual Holiday Sale'

is having their ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE and it starts TODAY !!!

patterned paper sale on now

Head on in to check it out.....but bring your wallet as there are savings to be had throughout the shop :))

I'll be back tomorrow with some more peeks of upcoming workshops .... 

TFL ..... Talk soon.
j. xo

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas (and Happy Boxing Day :))

Merry Christmas Everyone !!

I hope everyone had a wonderful time yesterday .... I took a couple of days 'off' to make sure I had everything just right for my kids .... Scott was away at work :(( so it was all up to me and I wanted it to be perfect for them !!

I thought I'd share some of my fave pics from the day .....

Stockings on our bed is a tradition .....

.... MUCH needed kleenex for their annual Christmas colds :((

LOVE these hands and feet ....

Seeing the tree for the first time .....

..... pretty excited :)))

YEP - Santa ate the cookies and the reindeer drank almost ALL the water ;))

Reading his letter FROM Santa .....

FaceTime-ing with Daddy @ work ....

What a HAPPY HAPPY mess :))

This is Alexander's favorite part of dinner .... and YES he ate the whole thing !!

..... my parents cooked the most YUMMY dinner ..... and completely spoiled my kids :)))

Tomorrow I'll be back to 'work' to finish creating with NEW CHA product .... Anaheim is coming SOOOOON and I can't wait !!!

TFL ..... Talk soon.
j. xo

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Gift Card Tins

Like all of you I'm has been CRAZY around here !!

Last week of school, Christmas concerts, last minute shopping and LOTS of last minute crafting too :))

Here is what Alexander gave to his teacher's yesterday.....

I picked up these adorable little clear 'paint cans' at Target - LOVE them.  I wrapped patterned paper around the inside of the bottom.....added kraft krinkle cut paper and then put in a Tim Horton's Gift card, a holiday scratch ticket and some of my fave chocolates (surprised I had any left to give to be honest - LOVE Lindor) !!

Using some of my favorite Bella Blvd. holiday product i decorated the top and added a 'happy holidays' !!

Alex was so happy to give them to his teachers and they seemed pretty excited :))

Back to CHA 'work' now ...... LOVING the new :))  Don't worry, you'll get to see sneak peeks SOON !!!

TFL ..... Talk soon.
j. xo

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Over on the 'Celebrate' Facebook page ....

With Christmas coming I've had lots of cards and gift tags over on the David Tutera Celebrate facebook page these past few days....Head over there and check out all the fun holiday inspiration !!!!

Here's the one that's up today :))

This was one that was part of my Hard Core Crop Challenges with Coredinations :))

It has been snowing here off and on the past couple of days but the rain has started now ...... Christmas concerts today, a couple more kids sports' lessons in the next few days and then we're off for the holidays !!!

TFL ..... Talk soon.
j. xo

Sunday, December 16, 2012

5 Minute Christmas Cards

Like all of us, I give out ALOT of Christmas cards each year.  Whether they are being mailed or given with gifts the amount adds up and sometimes I just need to get a few done QUICK !!!

I dug into my Christmas paper and stickers and came up with this great collection from last year by Little Yellow Bicycle

These were all super simple to put together.  I added a sticker strip towards the bottom of each base, cut a couple different sizes of stars out and layered them with 3D foam, adhered a sentiment and DONE !!

These are all A2 sized cards (4 1/4 x 5 1/2") and I make the most of my patterned paper by cutting it into 4 x 12" lengths so I can get (6) pieces to cover my base with just (1) 12 x 12" sheet !!

Putting my 3D foam circles on the back of my sticker and then lightly dusting with baby powder turns my stickers into die cuts that can be raised off the card to add dimension :))

So for a little more than half an hour I was able to create (8) more cards ready to give with gifts :))

I hope you're having a great day and make sure to check back soon as I've got a few more quick and easy 'scrapbooking' gift wrap projects to share ......

TFL ..... Talk soon.
j. xo

Friday, December 14, 2012

A 'not so mini' Mini Album.....

This is up on the Bella Blog today.....

"Sights and Sounds of the Season"
Jenniferedwardson Holiday Mini Album 2
I have to admit I was super excited when I was asked to create a Christmas mini album as I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I had these (2) great slide out chipboard albums in my stash but they were each only (3) pages and I loved the look of the (6) pages together. Perfect for what I had in mind. Our family LOVES music and listens to it all day long all year long, so when Christmas time rolls around the carols are being played morning until night. We all have our favorites and I wanted to capture this into my album so that as Emma & Alex get older and have their own families they can look back and remember how it was when they were kids.
Jenniferedwardson Holiday Mini Album 3
For me, the cover is always the starting point to my mini albums. It kind of sets the tone for me to get going on the inside. I cut a large snowflake from a piece of Sophisticates using my Silhouette as my first layer. I added a journaling card, a precision cut tree, a chip tree, a flag and stickers too! I wanted lots of dimension, so when I was adding my title I used High Five Alphabet stickers for most of the title but added chip letters for 'season' and then raised stickers on a couple using 3D foam for even a bit more height to match the flag. Oh, and of course I had to have some chunky glitter on the tips of my snowflake too.
Jenniferedwardson Holiday Mini Album 4
Jenniferedwardson Holiday Mini Album 6
For the circle pages I got out my tracing paper to create the covers for both the pages and the pull out and then got to work covering ALL the pages in the album; front, back and inside too. I always use a strong quick dry liquid glue and then sand off the edges to create a finished look to each page.
Jenniferedwardson Holiday Mini Album 9
Jenniferedwardson Holiday Mini Album 11
Jenniferedwardson Holiday Mini Album 12
Jenniferedwardson Holiday Mini Album 13
I gave Scott, Emma and Alex each a piece of white paper to write down what their favorite Christmas song means to them and included these on some of the pull out pages. I added the title of the song, whose favorite it was and the lyrics too.
Jenniferedwardson Holiday Mini Album 14
Jenniferedwardson Holiday Mini Album 16
Jenniferedwardson Holiday Mini Album 18
A few of these pages have journaling from me about the photo and why it's a tradition in our house and of course inside the first page is a little bit about how Christmas began for Scott & I. I thought the kids would get a kick out of reading all about our first holidays together before they were born.
Jenniferedwardson Holiday Mini Album 21
Jenniferedwardson Holiday Mini Album 20
Jenniferedwardson Holiday Mini Album 23
Jenniferedwardson Holiday Mini Album 24
I love everything Bella and had such a blast using so many of the different embellishments throughout each page. I can't wait to have this out as part of our Christmas d├ęcor each year, and one day show it to my kids' kids (waaayy down the road of course).
Jenniferedwardson Holiday Mini Album 25
Jenniferedwardson Holiday Mini Album 29
Jenniferedwardson Holiday Mini Album 32
Jenniferedwardson Holiday Mini Album 30
Jenniferedwardson Holiday Mini Album 36
Jenniferedwardson Holiday Mini Album 37
TFL ..... Talk soon.
j. xo

Thursday, December 13, 2012

More Christmas Cards.....

I've been working on getting all the gifts that have to be given out next week ready to go.....

......and with those gifts go special 'non mailing' Christmas cards :))

I've got Christmas product all over my desk (and on the kitchen table too ;)) so I thought I'd share a couple with you today.....

I've been using every bit of my Jillibean Soup "Winter Tortellini and Spinach Soup" product ......

.......and even added some mini jingle bells to this one - CUTE right :))

A little bit of burlap frayed under the die cuts and stickers really made this one pop.....

......and of course LOTS of 3D foam to add dimension too :))

Check back TOMORROW for sure......i've got a HUGE 'not so mini' mini album to share with you here and on the Bella Blvd. Blog !!!!

TFL ..... Talk soon.
j. xo

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I'm over at Jillibean today.....


One of the cards I made recently is being shared over on the Jillibean Soup Blog in their 'Soup Spotting' feature.......

.....everyone knows that i'm a HUGE Jillibean Soup fan so this is super fun for me :))

I've got some cute cards and more Christmasy things to share with you in the coming days so check back.....

TFL ..... Talk soon.
j. xo

Monday, December 10, 2012

Winners Winners

Hey there.....I've got some GREAT NEWS !!!

I have the winners from the 2nd Hard Core Crop and here they are......

For my "Coordinating Bag & Tag" Challenge the winner is......

The winner of my "Embossed Tag Challenge" is.....

The winner for my "Gift Wrap Challenge" is......


Darlene created a few entries for this challenge but this one caught my eye :)) Your prize can be picked up at Scrapbookin' Adventures ..... ENJOY !

Thanks to everyone for playing along.....CONGRATULATIONS :))))

TFL ..... Talk soon.
j. xo