Thursday, November 28, 2013


I wanted to share something a bit personal with you today... I know some of you seen a post recently on Facebook about me going thru a creative crisis... LOL! Well let me explain...
In the creative world, there are SO many different aspects to explore. And I LOVE to explore them all. However, I am NOT good at them all! I look at some designers and think "Man! Why can't I make cards like that!" or "I want to do jewelry like her!!" I look at pinterest and say "I want that to be my style"... and when I try to do or be these things... it doesn't work. It's not who I am!!! And then I found myself getting down and discouraged. I know this is something we have all done!! And it's no fun.
But then I came to a realization... A big one for me... Something I have always known...
I started this creative journey in scrapbooking and it was my passion! I lost that along the way... trying to be something I'm not... trying to be someone I'm not. God has blessed me with a gift. Why am I complaining and wanting the gift he gave to someone else? I feel like a spoiled child on Christmas, wanting what her sister got instead of her own gift!!! When in fact, the gift I was given, is exactly what I wanted!!!
Now that's not to say I won't still try other forms of creating! I love it all! But it's ok when those projects don't turn out as good as some peoples do. It's OK!!!!  It's ok for me to go thru Pinterest and deeply admire the projects and styles that belong to other people! It's a good thing! They worked hard on those projects and they deserve to be admired!!! But I am thru being jealous!!!
I am so blessed to have the backing of three amazing companies! They believe in what I do! They love what I do! So I'm going to do my best in what I do! Because I LOVE IT!!! Thank you Spellbinders, Thank you Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko, and Thank you Zva Creative!!!
And THANK YOU to you... for visiting my blog, leaving comments, emailing me... for supporting me in such an amazing way! Even thru my crisis... LOL! I love when you comment "WOW! Thank you for showing me how to do that!! For Inspiring ME!" That's my goal, to inspire YOU! And I can only do that if I am inspired myself!!
So, if you have read this far, thank you. I just felt I needed to get that out there.
I am looking forward to all of the creating that is to come! There will be all kinds of projects to come, but I have a feeling there will also be a lot more scrapbook pages! :) Know why?
Than you all, You mean so much to me!!!

December Dreams layout for Spellbinders Ad!

I absolutely LOVE working for a company that USES my work!!! There is nothing like the feeling you get from opening a magazine and SEEING your work in print! You know what I mean!! You wanna walk around the store and say, "SEE THAT? Isn't it awesome? It's mine!!" LOL!
Well, I have not seen this in print yet but it's coming! It is a scrapbook page that I created for Spellbinders and they are using it in a series of Advertisements!!!! It can be found in Scrapbooking and Cards today, Winter issue, Scrapbooking and Beyond winter, and Canadian Scrapbooker winter! I am SO excited!!! Let me show you what to look for!!

And ya know what the fun part is? There are complete instructions for this project found on Spellbinders website!!! Check them out here! It also includes a full list of supplies I used!

Thanks for stopping by!!!
Stay tuned for another post coming right up... a bit more personal in nature... but it's all good! :)
Until next time,
Happy Creating!!!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Spellbinders Platinum Party Blog Hop!!

Hi!! Did you know Spellbinders® is having a
Platinum Party Blog Hop!!!!

It is your chance to visit some of Spellbinders favorite product partners, learn some amazing techniques, and win some great prizes! Simply visit the Spellbinders blog for a chance to win a HUGE grand prize package... featuring products from all six product partners! Each individual brand may also be hosting their own special giveaways... so be sure to check them all out!
I also wanted to jump in on the fun to say a BIG
to the companies who support us designers. You have NO idea how much we appreciate your generosity!! We LOVE to show off your product!
Today I have created a scrapbook page, with a short walk thru video for you. I don't recreate the entire project, but talk you thru the process, so YOU can learn something fun and hopefully be inspired by it!!
Baby, it's COLD Outside
Here is my video! I apologize for the sun shining on the project in places... ;)
Cross Promotional partners
alpha stickers 
Here are a few more pictures of todays project!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! And Special Thank You to Spellbinders Platinum Partners!!

Until Next Time,
Happy Creating!!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Blog Party coming up, and a project to share!

Yes!! You see it right!! Spellbinders is having a blog party!!! Be sure to stop by the Spellbinders blog to see all of the rules and details!!!  I will be taking part, so be sure to stop by my blog and see what I've created for you! :)

While I'm here, I want to share a project that I created for Spellbinders as part of my Design Team Term.

While sitting on my scrapbook table, this photo of my daughter got lightly speckled with white paint. While trying to get it off with no success, I decided to go with it! I added some paint speckles to the page… it worked!

I cut strips of paper and adhered them to the page with lots of machine stitching, in 2 stitches, straight and zig zag. I used the entire set of charm dies to create a fun banner. The journaling is computer printed, cut into thick strips and them machine stitched as well.
Spellbinders Product used:
GC-001 Grand Calibur
S4-378 Cherry Blossoms (sm and med blossoms)
S4-390 Gold Circles One (#2 and 3)
S4-399 Charmed I’m sure
S6-005 5x7 Elegant Labels 4
S5-142 Homespun (leaves and flower) (DISCONTINUED)
Other supplies:
Flourishes: stamps, Taglines 55096
Just Right Stampers: Winter Words
Want2Scrap: Bling: Silver gems, Fancy Tags Two Silver (cut apart)
KaiserCraft: Patterned Papers, (Bubblegum Hill collection, P633 Calipso Punch) (Timeless collection, P655 Dressform, P654 Newsprint, P656 Script) (Prairie Lane collection, P445 Pine Arbor, P444 Spring Acres, P441 Ivy Heights)
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L; Thick and thin foam squares
Bazill Basics: Cardstock; Milkshake ,  Pretty buttons
Worldwin cardstock; Ivory, Kraft
Bo Bunny: Large Gem (Butterfly Garden ribbon package)
Cosmo Cricket: Tiny Type stickers
Xyron Mega Runner
 Americaina acrylic paint, white (watered down)
Lace (unknown)
Machine stitchine (machine, thread)
The Twinery: Twine
Thanks for stopping by! I really do LOVE all of your comments and visits!!!
until next time,
Happy Creating!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

2014 Artist in Residence!!!

Hey everyone! I'm back once again with some SUPER exciting news!!!! I have been chosen to be a part of the Artist in Residence team for Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko!!! I feel like I am dreaming!! Spellbinders, Zva Creative and now this??? My creative world is now perfect!!
Please stop by the Imagine Crafts blog to see the other designers who will be a part of this team with me!!
Special shout out to my amazing Spellbinders team-mates Linda Lucas and Darsie Bruno who will be a part of this team as well! I am honored to be listed amongst such mindblowing talent!!! There are several familiar designers on this list, as well as some that are new to me! I can't WAIT to get to know them and be inspired by THEIR creativity!!
My job with IC/T will be doing video Tutorials for them!! How fun is THAT!?!? So if you are unfamiliar with their product, you won't be for long!! :)
Thanks so much for all of your encouragement and support! I look forward to inspiring you more in the months ahead!
Check out this past video that I did... it features Memento inks... which is from Tsukineko!!

Remember to stop by the IC/T blog to see all of the other amazing designers and to give them a big congrats!!
Until next time,
Happy Creating!!

Saturday, November 09, 2013

New designing opportunity

Hey all! It has been a while, I know. What a month October was! Sick kids, Canadian Thanksgiving... And I was not feeling well for the entire month... So needless to say, something had to give, and I'm sorry to say it was my poor blog!!
However, I'm here to share some really exciting news!!
I have the opportunity to join the Zva Creative design team!  If you are not familiar with them, you NEED to check them out!  (Link below) They are the manufacturer of some amazing bling, pearls and flowers!!  So in the coming months I will be sharing some projects using their gorgeous goodies!!
Nothing new to share today, as I am sitting at my daughters dance competition as I write this!! My beautiful girl took home a gold medal yesterday for her Lyrical duo... Her and her friend choreographed it themselves, and I could not be more proud of them!! Today, silver medal for the troupes Tap routine, and 2 more dances to go... Long weekend!!

Looking forward to sharing some new projects with you all soon,
Thanks for your patience and support!!
Happy creating!!