Sunday, April 10, 2011

hello sunshine! Denami Blog Hop

welcome to the Denami Design Blog Hop!

DeNami April Blog Hop
you should have come here from Karen's blog. if you didn't you can start over here.

this time we're going with a MONOCHROMATIC theme along the hop. don't forget that Denami is giving away TWO $20 gift certificates to the website to TWO people who comment along the hop! you have until April 11, 2011, 11:59pm PST, to leave comments on all the blogs (to be eligible for a prize). :D

so for my card, i LOVE the 'hello' sentiment Denami has, and since yesterday was one of the first sunny days Washington has seen in a long time, i decided to go wiht a monochromatic SUNSHINE card :D it makes me smile! the paper comes from Basic Grey, Cosmo Cricket, and October Afternoon. i added some stickles to some of the sun's rays and bling by the sentiment (it looks dark, but it's really a gold yellow). the felt/ chipboard sun is from Me and My Big Ideas.

i had a ton of fun making this, and also limiting myself to one color :D who would have thought? i'm actually writing this in Seattle as i'm on a scrapbook retreat... so far we've had TONS of laughs, quite a few things accomplished, and most of all--FUN :D

the next blog on the hop is Samantha's... thanks for stopping by and leaving your encouraging comments! :D have a lovely Sunday!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

wish big.

celebrate with style!

hehe, i think that this card does just that... celebrate with S.T.Y.L.E.

if my memory serves me correctly, i meant to post this for a former Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger. (like... a LOOOONNNNGGGGGGGG time ago.) oh well. it's still a pretty card, and i still have yet to give it away ...although there's a few weddings this summer... one of the lucky ladies will probably get this during a shower.

i tried making my own paper flowers for this one, and i seriously LOVED it. i think that i'll have to do it again, but next time with some double sided patterned paper. wouldn't that be awesome to see two different patterns on the same flower? i think so :D

anyway, i glittered the flowers and used PTI's sentiment stamp from the Big & Bold set, and also put some Amy Butler paper as the background with some Webster's Pages velvet trim, and seam binding as well.

i love how clean and pretty it looks. what do you think? does it work as a wedding/ congratulations card?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

my brain isn't always logical...

hey everyone! long time, no see, right?

well, i wanted to share a few things with you, but beware! they're in no particular order and aren't necessarily crafty:

  • my friend Paulina has an awesome fitness blog and she's having a GIVEAWAY that you can still get entered in
  • i recently joined PINTEREST and have become quite addicted. thankfully i'm busy right now, so my time on the site is limited, but BOY oh BOY!
  • my co-teacher Jen and i are heading to Seattle this weekend for our twice yearly scrapbook retreat... we're going to be experimenting with paperbag scrapbooks, so it should be fun... oh, and we'll also be making sure that we just relax and enjoy ourselves, maybe have a drink or two :D
  • i'm going to be joining a band in the next week... i know what you might be thinking, a BAND?? really? well, it's not a rock band, and i'm not going to be singing... i'll be playing one of the two instruments i know--the tenor saxophone (i've played the clarinet for longer, but don't enjoy it as much). i'll be in a community band (about 40 people, aged 16-70+) that practices once a week and plays concerts throughout the year. it seems like it's laid-back, which is perfect for me since i won't be able to go to every single practice, you know? BUT, one thing you should know. i am SUPREMELY excited about this. in my college search back in HS, i specifically looked for a college that had 3 things: water polo, marching band, and a good education program. i was blessed to have found one that specifically met my requirements :D so yes, i have "band camp" stories, and they're actually hilarious. i loved playing ALL FOUR YEARS in my college marching band. in fact, if i could afford it, i'd go back every single year and play in the alumni marching band performance they have every fall. music for me is almost like crafting... it relaxes me, and i love being a part of a group. does anyone kwim?
  • i'm currently reading "To Kill A Mockingbird," and i really love it. i somehow missed reading this in HS or college, and i'm so glad i picked it off my shelf recently.
    (photo courtesy of
  • my birthday is coming up, and i recently discovered the Amazon Wishlist feature. does anyone else use this? i think it's awesome because you can post anything from the internet to whatever wishlist you want, and it puts it all in one place. amazing.
  • the library system in my county now has free music downloads through a resource called "freegal." the music you get can even be downloaded to an iPod, etc. how cool is that?? :D
  • i'm decorating birdhouses instead of making cards or scrapbooking. i mean, i'm not going to stop doing either of the other things (tongue-twister there), but for RIGHT NOW, i've been making some decorative birdhouses that will go around my apartment.

    (note to self: still must share apartment photos. after i do 4 loads of laundry. *le sigh*)
and that's it, i think... oh, please come back for the DeNami Design Blog Hop on sunday...

DeNami April Blog Hop

because it will be awesome... thanks for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments :D