Monday, May 30, 2011

52 Week Project - May Photos

Five months have passed and I am still sticking with the 52 Week project. I'm so proud of myself!! Here are my photos for the month of May:


Week 18/52 -- taken 5.6.11 Just us 3 crazies having a good ole time!

Week 18/52

Week 19/52 -- taken 5.15.11 My laptop caught a really bad virus, so while a friend worked to fix it, (he ended up having to wipe the entire thing) I had to squeeze in internet time on hubby's computer.

Week 19/52


Week 20/52-- taken 5.18.11 Walking it off! Now that the weather is nice, I'm back to walking 3.3 miles at my local park, 2-3 times a week.

Week 20/52

Week 21/52-- taken 5.29.11 (took this one late) Chilling in front of the house in my jeans and new jellies, watching the boys have a water pistol show down. Ahhhh, I love the warm weather!

Week 21/52

Week 22/52-- taken 5.30.11 photo of Xander and I as we marched in our town's Memorial Day Parade. It was so had trying to hold his hand, the flag, and take the photo one-handed. LOL! This is my take on the lighting challenge.

Week 22/52

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

...And The Cards Posts Continue

Just sharing a few more cards that I created for Paper Crafts Magazine Holiday Cards & More and Nov/Dec 2011 call that didn't make the cut. Luckily for me, I had 4 projects picked up for HCM, and 1 card picked up for the Nov/Dec call!!






Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Cheery Lynn Post Monday

My how quickly the days pass by when you're having fun!! Happy Monday blog readers!!

Today I am sharing with you a bright and colorful layout using Echo Park Papers and several of the Cheery Lynn Designs' newly releases dies.

Who says you can't use flowers on a boy layout? Certainly not me! I die cut Darling Daisies, Judy's Blooms, Sweet Williams, Fanciful Flourish, and Tropical Leaves from colorful papers to add a burst of personality to and carry out the theme of my layout.


I added a few Dimensional Butterflies and used the Varstiy 5/8" Alphabet Set and one of the Coved Rectangle Nesting dies to complete the title.

I used the Key and Scalloped Diamond Border dies to further embellish my layout.


Here's a close-up of all of the flowers I used. I just love the detail!

I found the perfect way to adhere the fanciful flourish without creating a big glue-y mess; I sprayed the back of the flourishes with Helmar's V2 Vellum adhesive and then placed it on the layout and there was no mess at all!

I also created this card using basic grey Origins and Exotic Large Butterfly #1 and the Frills and Hearts Border dies.


Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Be sure to check out the contest that we are currently running on Cheery Lynn Designs blog for your chance to win 1 of 2 shopping sprees.

Until next post...have a great day!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Cards, Cards, Cards

Just sharing a few cards that I created for one of Paper Crafts magazines past calls. Unfortunately, they didn't make the cut, but I love how each of them turned out!!






Thanks for taking a peek!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Flutterby Butterfly

Happy Monday everyone!! I have some really fun projects to share today! The Design Team over at Cheery Lynn Designs has been having a fun time creating with the most popular type of die...the butterflies! Oh yeah! We were challenged to think of some out of the box ways to use these dies and I'm sure you will find some inspiration in each and every project posted this week.

I created a set of magnets using the Exotic Butterfly Large #1, Exotic Butterfly Large #2, and Exotic Butterfly Large #3. I die cut each of the butterflies from a thin piece of chipboard (cereal boxes would work great for this) and 2 pieces of Basic Grey patterned paper for each butterfly magnet. I adhered the patterned die cuts to the front and back of the chipboard die cut using mod podge. Once dried, I added magnets to the back and pearls (that i made brown using alcohol inks) to the front. These were so super easy to create... I see another batch coming soon!

Here are close-ups of each butterfly magnet:




Cheery Lynn Designs has a bunch of brand new butterflies dies in store in different sizes, but there's also an oldie but goodie in the store!! The Dimensional Butterfly Bundles are still some of my favorite dies.

I die cut a few from Lily Bee papers and used them to embellish this birdcage along with a bunch of amazing new Petaloo flowers. I also used the largest die from the Classic Circles Nesting Die set to die cut a circle to line the bottom of the cage.

As you can see here, the amount of of dimension you get with these dies is just remarkable!



Petaloo Products used:

Canterbury Collection

Canterbury Roses x 6 Lemon (Yellow)

Canterbury Roses x 6 (Teal)

Mini Canterbury Asst. x 9 (Lemon Yellow)

Mini Canterbury Asst. x 9 (Marine Blue)

Flowering Vine Spray (Yellow)

Trumpet Vine Spray (Teal)

Devon Collection

Petites Mini Rose Clusters (Blue)

Petites Mini Rose Clusters (Yellow/Gold)

Glitter Critters Butterflies Dragonflies (Wht/Lt.Blu)

Thanks for stopping in! Have a wonderful week!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

NSD Projects

Good Monday morning blog readers!

How was your weekend? I had a pretty busy one with Mother's Day and National Scrapbook Day falling on the same weekend!

I pulled out some of my favorite Echo Park products and scrapped the day away on Saturday, and of course I did so using some of Cheery Lynn Design's fabulous new dies! I participated in the NSD crop at scrapbook.com and even won a prize...YAY me!

On Sunday, I got up early and took an 1-1/2 hour Zumba class, then drove to South Jersey and had dinner at Red Lobster with my boys, my sisters and my niece and nephews. We wanted to dine at the Cheesecake Factory as we always have for Mother's Day, but the wait was 3-1/2 hours! I did grab a piece of snickers cheesecake, though.

Now on to the projects...I used the Fanciful Flourish die and the Darling Daisies to add some wow factor to this Mother's Day card.


I think the Fanciful Flourish may be my favorite new die...for this week! LOL! I used it here on this layout along with a couple of the Tropical Leaves. I created the rolled roses from 2 different XL Nested Circle Stackers die cuts.

Donovan's school hosts a "Calling All Women" event twice a year. Women who are involved in the students' lives are invited to come to school and have breakfast and see some of the things that the children do in school. Several of the staff members go around taking photos (seen here), so I figured I had to scrap it.

Thinking about going back and adding some journaling later...maybe. ;)

I created this layout using the Exotic Butterfly Large #2 die and the Frills and Hearts border. Once I die cut the butterfly, I matted it with a piece of coordinating patterned paper before adding it to the layout.

journaling: God, thank you for being in my corner & watching over me, especially over the past 2 years. I'm not the most prayerful person, but I know that you know my heart snd your place in it. Thank you for continuing to open my heart & mind. Thank you for continuing to protect my family & for your unconditional love. I don't know where I'd be without you!

Here's a close-up of the butterfly.

All of the projects in this post were created for scrapbook.com's National Scrapbook Day crop challenges. I had about 2 hours (1 hour for the card) to print photos, create, photograph, post each project in the gallery, and link it to the thread . It was quite intense, as it usually takes me a long time to finish a project.

I had to create a layout about a trip using 3-5 photos and this is the layout that I came up with. I took the boys to the Earth Day party at the Turtle Back Zoo last month. It was pretty chilly, but fun!


This project came from the challenge where I had to create a layout using a photograph of my favorite scrapbook tool. I also had to write 3-5 sentences about the tool. We all know how much I love fussy cutting, so my natural tool choice was my cutterbees. I have several pairs so I'll always be able to find a pair in the event that they get buried under the mound of paper on my desk. LOL!
Here's a close-up of the flowers that I fussy cut from Echo Park's For The Record line.

How perfect are these little die cut bees from October Afternoon?


Hope you've enjoyed all of these projects. I've certainly enjoyed creating them!

Have a great week!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Just Super

Creative Imaginations new Super Hero line is packed with a ton of fun elements!!

Check out the die cuts and stickers that I used on this card. I adhered the die cut with pop dots, added stickers and stickles for a super birthday card! I tied a red ribbon around the card to mimic the look of a cape tied around a little super kid.

You can also get a glimpse of gingham cardstock that was released at CHA 2011-W.


The primary colors are wonderful for highlighting photos of my boys. Super Hero contains a lot of blank captions that can be tailored to create an endless array of projects!

detail shots:



Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, Have a super weekend!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Brand New From CLD

Cheery Lynn Designs recently released 27 new dies/sets!! Stop by the blog to see what the DT has created with the new dies.

In addition to the new releases, CLD is going to give one lucky person a $25 shopping spree at Cheery Lynn Designs!! All you have to do is comment on each post between May 1st and May 8th!

I created the following 2 projects using Lily Bee Designs Happily Lost line:

New dies used: Judy's Blooms, Ribbon Eyelet Border with Piercing, Darling Daisies, Sweet Williams, Fanciful Flourish

additional dies used: Frills and Hearts Border, Pennant Die, Little Stackers French Flair

close-ups




Dies used to create this card: Judy's Blooms and Ribbon Eyelet Border

Instead of using it the border as a whole, I cut it in half lengthwise and used it as a border on my card.

I just love the amount of detail in these dies!


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