Wednesday, July 28, 2010

random teasing...

another quick post today... i have a friend who's moving to a new house soon, and i had the pleasure of taking a mini-vacation with her whole family. my favorite toddler just happens to be her oldest boy of 22 months... so adorable. i taught him how to say 'nom nom nom' whenever he eats something :D


and here's a teaser for you >> these are some of the cards i just finished before i left for the church outreach i'm on. i'm working on some more, and i'll be sure to post some good pictures later.

thanks for checking back again :D

oh, and i just thought i'd share something fun today... it's an email i got from my sister Cecelia, who is hilarious. she tends to be a people watcher, which has led to some great observations/ letters that she's written in her head. i've gotten quite a few of these letter/ emails from her, but i'll just share one:

Dear Man with Mark Twain Hair and Jesus Sandals,

I have to say, you blew my socks off. Normally when I walk into my favorite coffee shop I get a fashion lesson from all the hipsters, but today was special. Today, you were standing in front of me in line. You with your Mark Twain hairstyle, open white collared shirt, bell-bottom khakis and black Jesus sandals. Yes, it might be sacrilege to call them that, but it's all I can think about when I see people with a few flimsy straps of leather covering their feet. And especially if they have tan feet. Like you. I just don't even know where to start. I don't know if I should admire your style or continue shaking my head. No, scratch that, I do know: I will keep shaking my head.

Only other thing to say? I hope you become a regular. I need this much weirdness in my life. And also? I can't wait to see what kind of sunglasses you wear. I'm hoping for cat's eye.

With lots of love and confusion,

- Me

okay, so that's it from me! ta ta! :D

Monday, July 26, 2010

congratulations tags

okay, uber quick post today because i have to get going... i'm on outreach with my church right now in Oregon :D

this card features one of the many tags i made that were featured in THIS post, and i just added an embossed damask pattern along the side and a Delightful Dahlia PTI sentiment in the corner. i made this super quick for a friend who just had a bridal shower. i also made a set of 18 cards for thank you's for gifts... perfect for a bride-to-be with lots of people to thank.

(the set of cards has a bunch of Heidi Grace hearts and some PTI Big and Bold sentiments... the inks are Versamark, White, and a purple from MS)

thanks for stopping by, i love reading your comments! who knows if i'll be able to drop by until next week, but hopefully. can't wait until i get to catch up and look at all YOUR lovely posts!

Monday, July 19, 2010

i love minions

hi all! have you recovered from your weekend yet? how was yours? mine was great, it started off with a movie on friday night. i went to see...
and it was HILARIOUS. rated PG (for those of you wondering if its okay to take the kids... i totally recommend it) and so funny/ sweet/ cute/ laugh out loud/ great! it was awesome. i went with a group of friends and you could hear us chuckling & chortling throughout the whole thing. i think that the 'minions' are my new favorite animated character :D they were just so yellow and cute, and CUTE! hehe.

i also went to a bridal shower for a long-time family friend, and also got to see my aunt from NY before she went kayaking with my mom (they're doing a pretty adventurous trip in the Pacific Ocean along Vancouver Island... and they're both 62 years old!), and also had some time to watch some DVDs here at home. this weekend i saw 'Man on Fire' with Denzel Washington, and then 'V for Vendetta' with Hugo Weaving & Natalie Portman. last night i watched 'Take the Lead' with Antonio Banderas, and 'Ever After' with Drew Barrymore. basically it was a great weekend. oh! and i went to the Container Store with a good friend and just had a good time looking around.

okay, on to the cards... these are cards i haven't shown you yet from the Impress Stamp Night... yes, i know, there were a lot of them (32!) and you may be sick of them (please say you aren't :D) but these are the last from that batch.

this first one was really simple. not sure i like how simple it is, but oh well. the banner stamp is actually just one really long banner that i stamped in 4 different colors of blue ink. makes for an interesting effect, eh?

the sentiment was supposed to be a little less crooked, but i tried out a new technique that i may have to use more frequently--scoring lines along the bottom. i thought it was a nice little touch to add (along with those pretty little gems).


and here i have some masculine?/ simple? happy birthday cards. i can't decide whether these would be appropriate for guys (i know they're green, but they're flowers) or not.

what do you think? again, it's the same stamp just in different colors. i love the 'happy birthday to you' stamp, and this is also the first time i'd tried the black frame around the edge.

well, that's it for now... i hope you enjoyed these! can't wait to see what this week brings from all of you! :D thanks for the comments and stopping by.

take care! xoxox

Friday, July 16, 2010

vintage one layer 'thank you'

so just a quick post today.

i'm so glad it's Friday, but i'm also really tired... it's been a long week for me telling stories at VBA and acting in the skits as well. it really wears me out, so it's a good thing i've been able to take naps every day.

here i wanted to show you some vintage one layer cards i made a while back. these are from the Impress Stamp Night.

i think that what makes these pretty (for me, at least) is the layering of the pinks, and then the cool script in the 'thank you' sentiment.

well, like i said, it's going to be a short one... i'm going to see Despicable Me tonight with some friends, so it's a great start to my weekend... hoping you have a great one too!

thanks for you comments and for stopping by :D

Thursday, July 15, 2010

cupcakes galore :D

happy thursday!

hope your week has been going well... i know mine has been super busy, but fun. the Vacation Bible Adventure at my church is in full swing, and because of that i've been spending a lot of time at church, not crafting, bringing kids to the program, and taking naps where i can :D those long days/ mornings can wear you down!

well, since i haven't been crafting so far THIS week, i thought i'd show you some cards that i made before school got out (part of an order from a co-worker). these were requested because of the cute factor :D


i used a DoodleFactory image (cupcake) that i paper pieced and colored and glittered, and some PolkaDot Basics II for the paper at the bottom. i paired it all up with AC brown polka dotted ribbon, some brown velvet trip, and 'sweetie' from a Studio G set i believe. the inside of the card says 'happy birthday'.

and down here, we have more of the same design i made for a giveaway HERE. they were so cute, my co-worker wanted her own pair :D

well, that's it for today. i think i'm going to make some time in the studio today to post some cards based off of sketches... i want to try my hand at the 2sketches4you sketch this week! :D

thanks for stopping by, and for continually encouraging me with your comments--they always make me smile!! XOXO

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

happy bday + CPS #175

whew, quick post today.

first off, i would like to wish a fellow blogger, and great personal crafting friend, Paulina, a happy birthday! she's an awesome girly, and i love her constant inspiration and sense of style. heck i even love her spontaneity :D

you should hop over to her blog and leave her some love today as she turns ...well, i'll let her tell you ;) hehe

okay, now to the card. here's the sketch, with the gallery to be found HERE:


and my old fashioned, girly card...


i had a really fun time with this card. more Hambly frame overlay for this, PTI buttons, wrinkle ribbon, a rosebud, Graphic 45 patterned paper and die cut paper shape, DCWV brown flocked silhouette paper, and then brown AC ribbon ruffled around the back of the Graphic 45 lady in pink :D

thanks for stopping by--i've been loving reading all your comments, they cheer me up so much :D

Monday, July 12, 2010

hello love.

woohoo! it's Monday!

hope that you really have a chance to enjoy your week, and that you can get into the groove quickly. this morning i spent some time at my church doing Vacation Bible Adventures. i get to be on the skit team and tell the stories, which i LOVE doing... it's really fun for me to volunteer doing something that i love and am good at.

well, today the cards i'm bringing you are *almost* one layer cards. which, if you've been following me, is NOT very normal for me. these feature only a few stamps, but i really love how they turned out :D

first off, the lined background stamp was inked up in two different shades of blue, and come from Impress Rubber Stamps. the floral stamp and the sentiments do as well. did you notice along the crease of the card the little bows i made? i bought some crochet thread from Walmart and used it to add a little extra touch to these soft cards :D

okay, these next 4 cards measure about 3"x3" and are SUPER easy to make. they use kraft paper as the base, Sassafras felt stickers, and a Heidi Grace sentiment.


don't they just make you smile? i just love them :D

okay, i'm off to the chiropractor and to take a nap, and to maybe hit up my craft studio later on. oh, and i might even make a trip to the library for some new summer reading and/ or a DVD or two :D

thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comments... i LOVE reading them!!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

LOVE to a bloggie friend!

hey there... hope you are having a fabulous Sunday!

i'm doing quite well myself (thanks for asking ;) hehe), and especially so to share this card with you. you see, i'm finally doing something i should have done ages ago, and am sending a card to a bloggie friend! *gives self pat on the back*

this one i made at the Impress Stamp Night (you're probably tired of hearing about it... but oh well!) with LOTS of stamps, and just a few extras...

i used a lined background stamp, the medallion stamp i featured on these cards in THIS POST, and then a banner stamp that is sooo cute, along with those subtle open circles on the scalloped circle punch out, and then the "LOVE" sentiment. ALL from Impress. then... lovely buttons, cute rosebuds, like the ones i used HERE, and then some Sassy paper and a bit of lace.

it's funky, but i like it. here's hoping that the girly will too :D

well, that's it, this was a quick one. hope you have a great end to your weekend! i am going to be busy this next week, but i'm hoping to post a few more projects i've made ...so don't forget to stop by and leave your comments every once in a while :D

XOXO!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

denami color challenge #3

hey there! back with another post, this time for the DeNami Design Color Challenge #3 ...such fun colors, right? thanks Laurie! if you want to see what the DT did with the colors, you should go check out the link above :D

and here's my card. i wanted to really focus on the SUPER cute ice cream cone stamp here, and YES, i did choose that stamp because a) i love ice cream, and b) it's sooo hot here in WA, and c) well, i just like it!

so, i kept this card kinda clean and simple, a little different than the card i posted the other day HERE, eh? i punched out each embossed cone (w/ VersaMark and clear embossing powder) on the 4 colored card stocks, added a scalloped circle, and then stamped the 'hello', drew the outline, and fished in my stash for some buttons that would perfectly match these colors. yay, doesn't it look awesome? i hope you think so too...

that's all for now, i hope you have an amazing day. i think i'll be spending time w/ friends and family, you know, just chilling out before the big crazy week starts tomorrow! thanks for your sweet comments!

XOXO

p.s. don't forget to check out my scrapbook album post HERE... i'd love to know what you think!

Friday, July 9, 2010

if i make one, do i have to make more?

happy friday everyone!

i'm back to share a post with you that i've been teasing about all week. it's something that i actually made a while ago, but no one in the virtual world has seen... YET! but first, i have a card or two, or five for you :D

first up is a quick little set i made at the Impress Stamp Night i mentioned in THIS POST. it was so much fun trying out new stamps, new ink colors, and just plain getting a lot of stamping done. before i went, i looked at some blogs and catalogs for inspiration... i just wanted to get some ideas flowing. one thing i decided was i wanted to make some single layer cards.

each one uses the same stamp in a different ink color along with a different sentiment. they're so pretty all lined up together, aren't they?


and here i have a card like the one i made HERE with a few variations. i had a coworker request a few cards she wanted to buy, and she really loved this one. i used Basic Grey's 6x6 Lemonade papers for the background, and then the 'baby' is a DeNami Design stamp. i also did the ribbon in a double bow kind of how Paulina does hers sometimes. love this fun baby card... what a cute way to welcome a new little one, dontcha' think?

okay, one last thing before we move on to the 'reveal' ...hehe :D

for those of you that missed yesterday's post, i would love for you to check out my card HERE that i made for the SteamBoyz event being hosted by Velvet over HERE. if you're into steampunk at all, or have a hankering for YA books based in a Victorian era with the addition of special gadgets and lots of action, OR if you have any sons/ boys/ a husband in your life that like to read, i highly suggest checking it out.

plust, there's prizes! and jiminy snaps... that's an awesome button :D


so some of you saw the sneak peak i posted the other day. at the end of April (wow, that sounds like a long time ago) i went with a friend to a scrapbook retreat in Seattle. it was amazing. i actually finished a full scrapbook album, and i want to share it with you.

i went to Brazil in the summer of 2008 with my sister Cecelia, who was studying Portuguese at the time. we were able to go to 4 different cities for about 2-3 days each, starting out in Rio de Janeiro. we lost a little bit of time because of traveling (by bus, which was mostly miserable and crazy!) but i LOVED that trip w/ my sister :D

front cover... this album was a Making Memories kit, but i customized it majorly along the way...

you can see the statue of Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) in the background of this photo. it stands over the top of Rio and you can literally see the whole city from there. it's awesome. (btw, most of these pictures i took, unless i'm the only one in them. i love doing the 'stretch your arm out and snap one' while trying to document life!)
here's a better shot of the statue, and me mimicking it, as well as a shot of the city... i took a panoramic series, but it wouldn't have fit in this 8x8 album, so you only get one.
this isn't a flattering picture, but it's scrapbooking, and it's real life. we were riding the tram up to the top of the hill to see Cristo Redentor... it was fun. the quote on this page says 'When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you feel comfortable, it is designed to make its own people comfortable.' that was so true, but the great thing about traveling with a trilingual sister, is that you get a lot more respect from those that live there because you speak their language.
oooh! the title on this page is 'girls from Ipanema'... have you heard of that song? 'the girl from Ipanema'? it's an oldie, but cool. this was me trying out the shredded pork we got at the cafe there. i accidentally put a WHOLE BUNCH of hot oil/ peppers on it, and essentially ruined the meal, minus the french fries we got.

how was i supposed to know you didn't take the little chile peppers out of the little dish where they were marinating and making the oil SUPER hot??? :D
we of course went to the beach next to the cafe, and our background is the city... it's super packed and crowded, but in a nice international way. those are either hotels or apartment buildings behind us. only the super UBER duper rich have actual houses there in the city.
these photos show the beach at Ipanema, and would you look at that sand? it was so freaking amazing... the water wasn't too warm, because it was actually their 'winter.' the journaling mentions how we were glad to not see any 'Brazilian bikinis' while we were there ...woulda meant seeing too much skin and things we didn't want to :D i played in the sand a little, which was really really soft. nothing like the sand in WA. nothing.
we hit up a few museums while we were there, and omgosh. when my sister and i are together, we just have a GOOD time. you can tell from the photo here that we were goofing off a little. just a little side story about that, one of the attendants 'caught' us making silly faces and pointing to things like the paintings and the chandeliers, and he kindly offered to take a picture of the both of us being goofy. we were slightly embarrassed, but figured, 'why the heck not?' i think we made him smile that day. :D
the little vellum envelope holds the journaling about the museum on a little pull out paper from Graphic 45.
okay, so from Rio, Cecelia and i went to Sao Paolo. we liked it here, but it's a HUGE city (like top 5 in the whole world). we went on a walking tour of the place, and saw some neat gov't buildings and a sweet cathedral.
the stained glass was pretty much all over the place. it was HUGE and full of depictions of saints, etc.
here you can read the journaling for the page (hopefully you can read my handwriting!):
THEN, from Sao Paolo, we went to Paraty (pronounced par-a-tchi) which has a part of the town historically preserved by the gov't. we had a relaxing time there in a really nice hostel where we met some awesome people. that's one of the things i love about traveling... you can meet so many people along the way.

our first night there, we ate an early dinner at a restaurant that was listed in Cecelia's guide book as one of the top 100 places to eat in the world. i can't remember the restaurant's name now, but here's Cece looking at her dessert (because of course we went all out), which was kind of like bananas foster but with starfruit too :D
i liked to snap candid photos along the trip, and i caught Cece looking at her guidebook again with the historical buildings in the background. the title of this page is, 'where are we?'
omygoodness. if you've never had paella (REAL paella, pronounced pie-a-uh) then you're MISSING OUT. we went to another nice restaurant called the Kon Tiki which was located on an island. JUST for the restaurant. there was a theme running through our trip. we liked to eat dinner at a normal time, but that was 'early' according to Brazilian standards.

so at the first restaurant in Paraty and the Kon Tiki, we were the ONLY people there. which was nice, but slightly awkward. that meant we had the wait staff hovering around. you can also see the drink that i got > it's a caipirinha, and it's AMAZING. it's actually the national cocktail of Brazil. you should read the article about it. :D
the Kon Tiki had an amazing layout, and the deck was stunning. the whole island would make a perfect place to have a wedding :D
one of the waiters took our picture, and it was a really good time. i almost felt bad for how much energy was put into the whole thing for just 2 people. they even had a guy to ferry guests back and forth to the pier.
so, also while in Paraty, Cecelia and i went on a schooner cruise. it was $20 a person for 5 hours on a yacht. it was awesome... we got to see about 4 different beach/ cove locations, all of them lovely and local.
we also brought along some new friends from the hostel we stayed at. Rachel and John (sister/ brother) were some Australians that we met up with and we instantly connected. maybe it was because we were playing cards and being loud and fun :D

you can see the schooner in the background. the sand at THIS beach was like pumpkin pie filling... it was soooo soft. it was even kind of orangey. weird, huh?
our next stop was Ouro Preto, which in Portuguese means 'Black Gold.' this town is known for the mining that happened around it... from Wikipedia, Ouro Preto "is a city in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, a former colonial mining town located in the Serra do Espinha├žo mountains and designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its outstanding Baroque architecture."

so ALL the buildings in the town are historically protected. you can't change them. or the streets. which means, there were cobblestones all over the place on roads that were at angles close to 45 degrees. well, maybe not that bad, but close.

in this picture you can see me being goofy (or is this 'normal' for me? haha!) with some statues i found... Laurel and Hardy!! who would have thought!?
this town was chock full of architectural and colorful goodness... it was so beautiful just walking around and snapping pictures of some of the cool houses. if i hadn't been careful, i would have used up a whole memory stick for just the buildings. they don't make them like that anymore...
oh, and here we have a happy camper. see that food? i LOVE taking pictures of the food, because it helps you remember the trip a lot better. that, and i'm obsessed with food. in a good way, of course. she had chicken with capers, i think? it was DELICIOUS at any rate.
i made a pocket for the pull out journaling here... three different sections + a picture. read on!
continued...
and continued...
and Simon! finally >>
(hope you could read all that, cause i really don't want to type it out :D hehe, i'm lazy.)

okay, so Ouro Preto was home to about 50 churches. they were different, beautiful, amazing, and all located in various parts of town. after seeing about 4 or 5 of them, though, they started to blur together. but i just LOVE that picture with the light glinting off the windows. i have that one framed in my apartment.
okay, so if you read the journaling a few photos up, you know that Cece and i picked up some friends to tour with along the way. so we went to a mining town nearby and took a little jaunt down a mine shaft with our new friends, Robert and Simon. (Robert on the left, was German, who spoke great English, and Simon spoke English too, but his cadence was somewhat difficult to follow at times...)
funny story for you. the four of us above ended up sharing one room in the hostel we were at, instead of separating the girls/ guys (for a few reasons... one of which > the place was full, and we didn't want to move out). so, i had the bottom bunk below Simon, and we joked that if he snored in the night, i would poke him through the mattress. well, we didn't know that he ACTUALLY *did* snore. LOUDLY. *giggle* it was bad. i don't think my sister got a whole lot of sleep when we shared the room, but oh well, at least we got to tease Simon about it later :D

here's another beautiful church... they were simply gorgeous.
and even though Cecelia doesn't look happy here, we actually were. we went to coffee in Brazil frequently, even though i don't drink. they generally had some amazing fruit drinks to offer, or i would grab their version of hot chocolate, which i did here while i was writing in my travel journal. it was such a good idea to keep one! i highly recommend it if you ever leave the country! :D
okay, so not all the pictures are of ME being silly... here, Cecelia is 'kissing' this fountain statue that is supposed to spray water in the summertime. she couldn't resist, i suppose ;)
and the hostel we stayed in Ouro Preto had the most amazing view. this is it... from the back patio. i mean, SERIOUSLY!??? how awesome. Brazil was breathtaking... all of it.
here's part of the album where you can stuff a few pictures and extra journaling/ memorabilia from the trip.
and what's inside the pocket...
and then the very last page before the back cover (this is actually just the backside of the pocket page). the picture was taken in Paraty, but it's so fun to have as a 'The End' type of thing, don't you agree?
well, i know that was a lot to share, but thanks so much for sticking with me. i really should photograph my scrapbook pages more, and in a more timely manner, but sometimes it can get overwhelming.

i just really hope that because i made ONE of these (for me) i don't have to make another one ;) haha, no... i know i'll be scrapping trips from now until... forever, probably :D

hope you enjoyed. i'm wishing you a fabulous weekend! come back soon, and make sure you leave a comment. i'd love to know which story you enjoyed the most, or which page you liked :) XOXO