Wednesday, February 19, 2014

My boys and their swagger

I will be the first to admit that I have jumped on the whole mustache trend bandwagon. I think they're so much fun!! So when Noah brought home mustache straws he had gotten at a birthday party, and him and Luke decided to test them out, of course I couldn't resist snapping some pics ;)


This Fancy Pants Swagger line was perfect for my pictures, and I had fun getting messy with it. I wanted a chevron looking border, so I cut the striped paper up and pieced it together and then added some paint to tone down the colors a bit. I also stitched one of the die cut mustaches to add some detail. I think I need to take some pictures of my daughter and I swith mustache props next... who says girl can't play with them, too? :)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

A tribute to the Beatles...

So everyone knows the song "All you need is love" by the Beatles, right?  Like with most holidays, the kids anticipation and excitement of Valentine's Day definitely rubs off, so I took inspiration from the Fab Four to make a home décor piece.

I made a collage out of layered pieces of Fancy Pants' Trendsetter line (love those colors!!), and I added some die-cuts, tissue paper and other bits and pieces on top of the paper.  I covered it all in mod podge to give it a shiny glaze (and hold it all in place), and then I outlined the heart with chevron paper straws. I made the phrase out of Heidi Swapp's new clear letters and an easy and cute home décor canvas was born :) 

And since I'm on home décor, here's a little Thanksgiving banner I made (yes, I realize Thanksgiving was now months ago... shhh, don't tell!):

I love being able to hang things in the house that I've made myself... such a fun way to add a bit of my own personality into a holiday celebration or "just because" for that matter!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Keeping up with the feather trend...

Here is another layout I did for my Guest Design Team term for Jenni Bowlin Mercantile, and it incorporates one of my favorite trends right now.... feathers!

The kit came with the awesome JBS die-cut feathers, and it also had a feather stencil.  Using the stencil, I put glue over one of the feather stencils, covered it in fine gold glitter and then cut it out to make my own embellishment.  I then used the stencil whole (with all four feathers) over a piece of cardstock, and I sprayed several different inks on top, using a gold spray ink as the base.  I love getting messy and experimenting with stencils!

And, of course, it didn't hurt that Chloe had feathers on her shirt to go with the theme (did this scrappy mama plan out this photo shoot with this layout in mind?  hmmmmm, neveeeeer ;)

Here's another layout from the awesome JBS kit:

Love the stamps that came with it, too - that little airplane stamp gives just the right amount of extra detail!

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!  I'm going to see Pink in concert tomorrow night, and i'm sooo excited!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Celebrating fall...

I don't know about you guys, but I love this time of year.  There's something so beautiful and magical about the changing colored leaves all around.  Our neighborhood, in particular, has old, huge trees that make it a gorgeous sight at this time of year.  Now raking and bagging all those fallen leaves is another story ;)

I think this is my favorite layout I did for my Guest Design work for Jenni Bowlin this month.  This kit was perfect to create fall projects:

I had a lot of fun cutting into some of the beautiful patterned papers and adding in some leaf stickers, and the wooden leaves added the perfect touch.

Will be back soon with more JBS projects!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Jenni Bowlin Guest Designer

I'm SO excited to share with you guys that i'm guest designing for JBS this month with the AMAZING November kit. 

This is the first layout that I created with the kits:

I used the main kit which you can find here,  as well as some goodies from the mini album kit and the Historian add-on kit.  The monthly kit is packed full of awesome goodies including the new JBS exclusive wood veneer shapes - each month, the JBS kits will feature a new wood veneer product.
Here's a close-up of the wood veneer leaves - I just love them!
Also, Jenni is having a membership special this month that you definitely want to check out:

I can't wait to keep playing, and i'll be back with the rest of my projects soon!

Hope everyone had a great end to their October and a fun time trick-or-treating if you went.  Please tell me that i'm not the only one sneaking my kids' candy into my mouth, piece by piece, when they're not looking! ;)


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Dusting this thing off...

Ok, so it's been a *little* while since i've blogged (insert embarrased smiley face here). I think I was having too much fun these last few months to update everyone. Either that or i've been completely bogged down by kids, work and life. I'll let you choose which one ;)

So here's my attempt at a quick recap. We had a very fun and busy summer that involved swim team for both the bigs, two trips (one 17 hour road trip up north to Maine which we broke up over several days of driving each way and a trip to Disney World/Universal Studios/Lego Land), lots of playdates and, on my end, I finished my second Iron Girl triathlon and got my very first tattoo.

Unfortunately, with a busy summer, I did not scrap nearly as much as I would have liked, but I'm planning to make up for that now that the kids are in school and we have settled back into a routine! Here is one layout I completed recently, using my Silhouette to cut out my title:

And now, for a few (more like a lot ;) of photos of what we've been up to:

Lucas jamming in the animal kingdom

Chloe drinking some butterbeer in Harry Potter's world
Noah practicing his wizadry skills with his new Harry Potter wand

Family picture with Mickey (of course!)


First day of preschool

First day of 1st and 3rd grades!

Riding in on the bike portion of Iron Girl
Now that I've updated the last few months lol, I can keep things much more current on this here little ole blog :)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Guest designer at Back Porch Memories

Hi everyone!  Last month I entered a sketch contest over at Back Porch Memories kit club, and I am so excited to have won a Guest Designer spot for this month.  This is the layout I entered for the contest:

This is one layout i've made with the gorgeous May kit so far:
The kit is backed full of new Simple Stories, Lily Bee and Bo Bunny, and i'm having so much fun playing with it!  You can check out BPM's awesome kits here.

Had a good weekend, complete with my first ever obstacle run.  It was a 4 1/2 mile run called the Hero Rush, full of firefighter themed obstacles (yes, I did go into a "burning" building and jump over fire at the end ;), and I had a BLAST.  Unfortunately, I ended up spraining my foot (I twisted it when I was running through a mud pit), but it seems to be healing very nicely and quickly, so I know it could have been worse!  This is a busy time of year for me as I am participating in two triathlons this summer, so i'm hoping to be out there running again soon (wait... did I actually just say I hope I can run soon?? That'll be a first lol). 

Hope everyone is having a great week!  We're halfway through :)