Thursday, January 31, 2013

3D Cards ....

Today I thought i'd share a few more cards with you .....

..... These are both the type of cards that I'd give with a gift as they're pretty 3D :))

This card base is from the David Tutera Celebrate by Core'dinations collection and comes with that pretty scalloped edge !!!  LOVE these card well as the sticker sentiment which is also from the DTC collection by 

I used several punches on this card and raised some pieces using 3D foam as well as adding a great wooden button by Bella Blvd. and a few black jewels too :))

This butterfly card is equally dimensional ...... I adhered flat patterned paper pieces before the hand crafted embellishments ......

The florette was crafted starting with a strip of kraft cardstock that I border punched along the edge before scoring and folding it into this great base to the large butterfly punched piece.  I added a couple smaller butterflies and a few green jewels too !!

These are GREAT quick and easy cards to whip up using all the bits you have from your last layout or altered project :)))

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

Beach Party Set

Some of my CHA projects were shared on the Bella Blvd. blog this past weekend but I wanted to do a little share on my blog one at a time .....

I'm going to start with this fun beach party set and table decor.....

Summer BBQ's are huge for us as we live in a beach side community. Whether it's a backyard beach themed get together or a picnic on the beach, Sand & Surf is the perfect collection for party EVERYTHING. Invitations, favors, menus, table décor, pretty straw embellishments and my personal fave, wine charms.

I started with this great wicker table caddy that had a coordinating napkin holder and I knew I could jazz them up .... To start, I added knots to my twine every couple of inches and then added a wooden button as I wove it throughout the base of the caddy. Once I had it all the way around I tucked mini glue dots behind each button to make it stay exactly where I wanted it.

I am so happy with how the straws came together. I cut strips of patterned paper approx. 1 1/4" wide by 3", sanded the edges and used the largest circle on my Crop A Dile to punch holes in the top and bottom to slide them over the straw. I used stickers, Cute Cuts and Designer Tape to create fun embellishments on the paper slides. Stick them in the kids drinks and they know who's is who's.

Everyone always needs wine charms (right, girls?) and this collection has the PERFECT bits for a really cute set. These were super easy to make. I chose the pieces I wanted from the Cute Cuts and stickers and ran them through my laminating machine. Once they cooled, I precision cut around them, punched a tiny hole in the edge and added narrow binder rings to each – so easy and so cute.

The coordinating napkin holder was cute but it had some funny bits of wicker tied to the center of it so I laminated a large flower sticker, punched 2 tiny holes in the center, wrapped twine around the bar and then up and thru the center of the flower and tied it off with a wooden button. Just had to add one more button and a fun phrase and it matched perfectly with the table caddy.

Last but not least, this party needed a menu. The fun bright colors of this collection work for any summer décor so I used the aptly named 'Paradise' paper for my base and then continued to scrapbook the rest, adding the menu and games list where the photos would have been. As I've said before, I am a big Designer Tape lover, so I had to use more of the new colors on this mini project as well. I ribbon folded it back and forth and then pressed it down flat along the edges of the green base, menu and game list. All that was left was the title using my favorite High Five Alphabets and this party set is complete.

I've got some more cards to share tomorrow so come on back :))

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

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

a few Jillibean Soup cards .....

When I was @ CHA a few weeks ago I was lucky to be able to bring some of the brand new collections home with me ......

..... including NEW "Chilled Cucumber Soup" by Jillibean Soup of course !!!

I absolutely LOVE this collection and was immediately drawn to it ..... the colors are fabulous and the patterns are amazing and very easy to use for any project !!!

I created (2) sizes of this same card.  The 'Miss You' card is A7 (5 x 7") ..... I border punched the edges of 3 patterns and raised the center piece using 3D foam .... I punched a few butterflies from more papers, added a ribbon bow, sticker sentiment and a few rain dots too !!!

This card is the same design but in the A2 size (4 1/4 x 5 1/2") ......

...... This collection is still sitting on my desk and I can't wait to get to work with it again SOON !!!

Close ups on a CHA project tomorrow ..... come on back :))

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

Monday, January 28, 2013

SCT Sketch Challenge

So sorry it's been a few days ..... I took the weekend off to hang out with my kids and didn't even open my laptop !!!

I've been working on LOTS of layouts and cards and wanted to share a fun one that I did to play along with my friends at Scrapbook & Cards Today.....

This was Becky Fleck's sketch ...... 

 ..... i pulled out my Echo Park "Everybody Loves Christmas" ..... 
and this was my take on it ..... 

...... and a little close up on my stitched over title !!  I used Bella Blvd. High Five alphas and some fun AC glitter thickers :))

Come on back tomorrow for some more card inspiration from my (40) Card Workshop :))

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

Saturday, January 26, 2013

CHA and Bella Blvd.

Today is the day that I can FINALLY share what had me so completely wrapped up during the Christmas holidays !!

I was so lucky to have been asked to create some super fun projects using the new 'Sand & Surf' collection by Bella Blvd.

This collection is PERFECT for honeymoon and beach day pics and a complete must have this summer season ..... 

...... The Ciao Chip shapes were exactly what i needed to create this fun Memory Jar for a couple of my brother and sister-in-law's honeymoon pics !!

..... and of course everyone needs beach party decor !! This is (1) of (4) pieces to this fun set perfect for any summer party and table decor......

All of these pieces are being featured on the Bella Blog today ..... and I will share each piece in detail on my blog in the coming weeks !!

Come on back again tomorrow to get some more card inspiration .......

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

Friday, January 25, 2013

a little bit of Core

More card inspiration for you today .... These ones will have you pulling out your fave Core'dinations embossed cardstock to mix in with a little patterned paper !!

I used my FAVORITE 'spotted' Core'dinations cardstock for the black and a really pretty pre-embossed yellow from the Fancy Pants Core Impressions pad to start.

I am so in love with 'Seen & Noted' by Pebbles Inc. and the colors worked great with this cardstock.  I adhered a 3 x 3" square and then cut out additional flowers and raised them using 3D foam to add some dimension.....

The sentiment stickers are from the David Tutera Celebrate card system by Core'dinations.....i LOVE these quick and easy stickers !!!

TOMORROW is the day ...... You'll get to see some of my altered CHA projects that were created for Bella Blvd.

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

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

(3) Authentique Cards

As promised I've got LOTS of inspiration for you in the coming days and weeks.....So today I am sharing (3) cards using the beautiful "Gathering" collection by Authentique.

Each of these (3) cards has the same base design with slightly altered embellishments.

I used an A2 sized based from the David Tutera Celebrate card making system by Core'dinations.......

The middle dark brown strip of patterned paper is 3/4" x 4", the 2 pieces on either side of the centre are 1 x 3 1/2" and the end pieces are 3/4" x 3".....

These were all sanded on the edges and adhered flat.  The horizontal strip across the centre is 3/4" x 5 1/4".  I sanded the edges, added brads at either end and raised it using 3D foam as shown.

Once I had the base complete I added die cuts and sticker sentiments to each to change them up a bit ......

Super quick and easy and perfect for those pretty bits of paper that you just can't get rid of but MUST use up :)))

Come on back tomorrow where I'll share the first of my CHA projects ......

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

(2) Birthday Girl Cards

As promised ..... i have LOTS of cards to share with you from a GREAT (40) card workshop that I taught this past weekend HERE .....

First I will share (2) takes on the same design.....

For these cards I started with a white A2 sized base (4 1/4 x 5 1/2") ...... Then I added a few of my favorite patterns from Bella Blvd. Birthday Girl collection.....

The base of each card is the same but I changed up the embellishments a bit. I LOVE the cardstock stickers and used different ones for each and added a few crochet flowers too !!

Come on back for more cards tomorrow :))

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

Monday, January 21, 2013

WINNER .... and layouts !!!

WINNER WINNER chicken dinner ..... OK, you did NOT win a chicken dinner you won THIS .....

Straight from CHA ..... This prize is packed with paper and embellishments from companies such as Teresa Collins, Jillibean Soup and American Crafts too !!

The winner is.......


Congratulations ...... Contact me at
and LMK if you'd like me to mail it to you or if you'd like to pick it up !!!

THANK YOU to all of you who played along and followed my trip - i had the best time shopping for YOU and can't wait to see it all start to arrive.

It will hit the shelves starting mid-February and come in right through until May :))

Now for some INSPIRATION .....

I wanted to share the last 2 layouts that I created for The Memory Workshop January Kit ..... check Sandra's club out HERE for more info on how you can get in on a GREAT monthly kit program.

LOVED the crochet doilies and paper flowers that were included in this kit .....

...... and who doesn't need more GLITTER THICKERS - LOVE them :))

All this week I will have a new project to share every day .... I can finally post my CHA projects and I also have a TON of cards to show you from my (40) Card Workshop that I taught HERE this past weekend !!!

So come on back and check it out ......

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

Thursday, January 17, 2013

More for The Memory Workshop

I wanted to share a few more of the pieces that I created for the January Kit for Sandra over at The Memory Workshop ..... 

She asked me to create (2) double page layouts and a few extras with what was in the kit she created !!

I loved the embellishments that Sandra chose to add to this great paper collection by We R Memory Keepers ......

....... LOTS of fun chip snowflakes and embossed stickers too !!

I ended up having enough left over product to create (3) additional single 12 x 12" layouts and (5) cards too !!

I'll post the last 2 layouts tomorrow ...... 

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

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Home ...... and projects

Happy Wednesday ladies :))

I made it home late last night and was welcome in the door with this FAB sign that Em & Alex made for me ..... Photo courtesy of Emma and one of her fave Instagram filters ;))

Scott and I stayed up late catching up before he had to head out to work early this am .... so I am back in the saddle and into my Mom duties as we speak :))

I am filing through all the orders for the STORE this week and will let you all in on what's arriving in the coming weeks / months - let's just say LOTS and EXCITING !!!!

BUT .... for today I have the FIRST of some DOUBLE PAGE LAYOUTS for your inspiration that I designed for the January Kit from The Memory Workshop .....

The fun part of designing for Sandra is that I can only use what is included in the kit for the first (2) doubles ...... BUT after that I can add bits ect.... for the rest !!

I did a lot of cutting for this double and it came together perfectly for these pics from Lake Louise .....

.... and you've gotta love it when she includes GLITTER Thickers in the kit too !!

Check back Thursday and Friday for the rest of what I created for this kit .... AND if you want to get your hands on this product - Check it out HERE to get yours :)))

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

Monday, January 14, 2013

CHA Last Day for me .....and CONTEST

Today was another FABULOUS day at CHA ..... 

The show officially ends tomorrow but today was the last day for me ...... i did a TON of shopping today and am soooooo excited !!!!

LOVE love LOVE this collection by Fancy Pants ...... and it's going to be at Scrapbookin' Adventures in time for Summer (mid-may)

..... and this one too (mid-march)

....... more of these :))

..... Oh, and this one too !!!  LOVE the colors of this collection ...... (mid-march arrival)

There were SO MANY INCREDIBLE COLLECTIONS being showcased that i've got on 'my list' .....  

LOVED everything I saw from Simple Stories ..... what we get in store will be a SURPRISE in the coming weeks / months ..... but have a look at these pics :))

.... and yep, LOVE the colors of this collection too - how about you ??!!

Scrapbookin' Adventures has NEVER carried any collections from this designer and I ordered from ALL (4) of her releases this show !!!!  They are all FABULOUS ...... 


COMMENT on THIS blog post to be entered to win a collection of NEW NEW NEW just released product straight from CHA !!!

All you have to do is 
(you have until friday to comment to win)

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