Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My Little Shoebox Design Team Member...

Screaming from the top of the crafty rooftops....

I am so very honored, thankful and blessed to be a part of this amazing team for another term. As you all know, I super-big-grinch-once-his-heart-bursts-with-love-style HEART this company and all the fun itty bitty details that the paper, stickers, stamps and alphas provide!

Here are some of my favorite projects using My Little Shoebox...
a fresh from the farmer's market layout...
City by the Bay apron ~ total fav!
a mini book using City by the Bay...
loved how this line captured my trip perfectly!!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Creative Cheers!

PS. Forgive me for being behind the ball... again! Sorry this is a day late, an embellishment short!

PPS. Clarification... I love the story of the Grinch and in no way, shape or form demonstrate Grinch-like behavior when he is stealing ornaments and candy canes from children.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Home Tweet Home..


I have been so busy unpacking these last few days, I need a creative break... so I thought I should show some of my creations from CHA using fabulous Home Tweet Home collection from My Little Shoebox. You should know that I love music and sometimes I find that lyrics make the best titles for scrapbook pages! I had been listening to a TON of Jullian Edwards stuff while creating for CHA and when the song "Go Together" came on it was as if it was meant to go on this page!
Actually she has a few songs that fit this line quite nicely... "July & June" and "Songbird" are two of my other favorites! And for this darling senior she will spread her wings in a few weeks... isn't she just beautiful! Her sister is too... that post is a collection for another day!

The colors and the icons in this line are just so much fun to play with, especially this apple! When I first saw this line two things popped out for me, the branches and the apple. It was almost as if the apple sticker was just saying "please oh please cover me in Glossy Accents..."
I know, it is weird... you know you are a true crafter when the supplies start talking to you right? LOL!
Well, now it is time to get back to making AZ our Home Tweet Home!!!
Creative Cheers!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

New MLS Challenge...

And it's a good one!

So you have heard me gush over the Farmers Market collection right? The colors, the designs, the diecuts, the darling little veggies with oh so much personality... SWOON!!! If your beautiful eyes haven't seen this deliciousness on paper, here is a quick snap shot courtesy of My Little Shoebox.

Farmers market complete


We love our Farmer's Market collection so we'd love to see you create a project using our Farmer's Market collection for one or all three of the categories listed below.

Layout- Create a 12x12 layout of any theme with our Farmer's Market collection utilizing the paper, cardstock stickers, acrylic stamps, glitter letters or mini alphas.

Card- Create a card of any theme with our Farmer's Market collection utilizing the paper, cardstock stickers, acrylic stamps, glitter letters or mini alphas.

Stamping- Create a stamped project of your choice with our Farmer's Market acrylic stamps and coordinating collection.

Now that we've given you the's time to find out what you can win!!

The winner of the layout category will win $50.00 in MLS product from a collection of their choice.

The card and stamped project winners will win $25.00 in MLS product from a collection of their choice!!

For a complete list of the rules, click here!

Wishing you all the best of luck!

Creative Cheers!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

blooming decorations...

Today was the Spring Teacher Appreciation Luncheon at my daughter's preschool and when I signed up for table decorations/flowers I had planned on just picking something up at the market... until the thought of making it a bit more personal was far more appealing. Taking the good-old-standby "how-to" make a paper rose and add leaves {one felt, the other saying "thank you"} with some Star Dust Stickles made for a nice touch!
I used the My Little Shoebox Garden Party papers with some leftover Creative Cafe polka dot felt, Glue Arts 3D Raise'n's, Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a "thank you" stamp from Inkadinkado... and a plate from my kitchen! LOL!

To make the blossoms bloom so big... I used my round kitchen plate to trace a hug circle onto the Garden Party papers and then cut in a coil-like pattern into the center. I used the assembly line method and made 21 leaves from the felt, cut 21 leaves from the paper, stamped 21 leaves, then traced all 21 circles, then cut all 21 circles, the coiled & wrapped all 21... you get the idea.
Twenty one roses later...
it was like I had my own My Little Shoebox garden!
One thing I loved about using the Garden Party papers was that both the A & B sides really added to the beauty of the roses.
As always, thanks for stopping by!
Creative Cheers!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Silly Challenge & MLS Winner...

I was rummaging through facebook and my friend Erin posted a fun challenge where you are supposed to stop, look to your right and post what you see. After completing her challenge I was all in a "challenge-y" mood! I took this challenge then morphed it into another challenge. I told myself: Make somethings using 5 things from whatever is in plain sight {no digging allowed!} and you only have 15min!!!

Ooooooh, the challenge thickens...

So, I grabbed the new Heartfelt collection from My Little Shoebox, vintage paper from Rusty Pickle, an old stack of used Thickers from long time ago, Melissa Frances Glitter Glass and some My Little Shoebox minis to stick on a $1 frame from our craft store.

Put it all together and what do you get?
A little frame for my little niece!
I was very pleased with the end result and I can't wait to get to dive deep into Heartfelt! Totally loving the vintage feel and the beautiful colors of this line... swoon!

And now... time for our lucky winner of the City By the Bay collection!!!

Paula said...

Palm Coast, Florida has a special place in my heart. It's not to small but not too big, if you know what I mean. And we are close to the beach! It's a great place to raise our 2 kids!

Paula, please send me an email with your address at and I will get your super fun prize in the mail ASAP!

Hope you all have a creative day!

partying with Garden Party...

Hello all!

Hope you are having a great weekend! Here in AZ we spent most of it inside due to the bay area-like rain we were getting. My daughters were bummed until we decided to turn it into a movie-all-day day... which also translates to girls in one spot for long period of time yielding lots of time to "fussy-cut!" This is a new term for me... one I learned from a fellow DT member at CHA this year. It means taking the time to cut all the itty bitty details from a piece of scrap paper. So... as the girls watched a marathon of Barbie, Pocahontas, Tangled & Robin Hood I practiced my fussy-cutting skills.

At one point I had 40 tiny pretty pink flowers and had no idea what to do with them... until the party with Garden Party started during their nap time! YAHOO!!! Before I knew it, it was 830pm! To say the least it was a fun day of scrapping in my new space {more on that later!} and with my new Glue Glider from our generous friends over at Glue Arts. Here are some sneaks and then a card I created.

I know that it was rainy and gloomy outside but at my scrap table it was bright and shiny due to the pretty color palette of all the My Little Shoebox Garden Party papers!!! Be sure to check here tomorrow... I will be announcing the winner of the City By The Bay collection. Don't worry, there is still time. Just leave me a comment here!

Creative Cheers!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

missing the bay...

The Bay Area will always hold a special place in my heart...

the people we met
the opportunities we were blessed with
the sites we saw
the restaurants we stuffed our bellies with
the place where I was introduced to this craft that I love so very much!!!

For CHA Winter in LA the gals over at My Little Shoebox got together and we created aprons featuring the new collections and I was lucky enough to get to create one for the City By The Bay line. So with the help of my dear scrappy friends who know how to sew {I staple using the Tiny Attacher... thank you Tim Holtz!} this special City By The Bay apron came to life...
A close up of the bridge...
The very talented Pattie Beltran came up with a brilliant idea on how to construct the bridge and using the City By The Bay - Potrero Hill, Claudine Hellmuth's Sticky Back Canvas and a little extra bling from Tattered Angels Red Apple Glam... this bridge just sparkles!!!
The sun was made using the back side of the City By The Bay - Potrero Hill and was embellished with the new Sun Sisters and Marmalade Glimmer Mist. The Sticky Back Canvas clouds were done using Teal High Heel Glimmer Mist and the white mini alphas... these were so much fun to make and using the same technique here.

In honor of my love for the Bay Area, I would like to know a city that holds a special place in your heart...

Leave me a comment with your city and one lucky winner will take home the entire City By The Bay collection... STAMPS TOO!!!
The winner will be announced on Monday, April 11th!!!

Creative Cheers!

Friday, April 1, 2011


As some of you know I am not very good at keeping secrets...
especially when the news is BIG...
Today is the day... to let the cat out of the bag!!!

The announcement has been made on My Little Shoebox's blog here.

Humbled and honored to be on the same
Design Team as these extremely talented ladies:

Erin Yamabe
Pattie Beltran
Shemaine Smith
Kristine Berc
Shelly Berg
Norine Borys
Susan Dupre
Rocio Duran
Beckie Dryer
Linda Kretz
Pearl Liu
Zoe Nemburt
Rosangela "Ro" Philippsen
Melinda Spinks
Mandy Starner
Ilene Tell
Becky Williams
Keely Yowler

Looking forward to being blown away by all the crafty creations to come on this fabulous team!

what a day & Blog Hope Winner!!!

Greetings all!

Hope you are having a fabulous Friday, sorry this post is a wee bit later in the day than I originally planned. You know how that goes... you make a plan and then your day goes in a completely different direction... like spending 3 hours going 7 miles due to an unfortunate accident on the only freeway that gets you from point A to point B involving a semi hauling cattle through the curvy mountain range with two children taking turns melting down because they just want to go home... has that ever happened to you? If not, lie to me! Just kidding... I guess what I am trying to say is I am thankful to be back with my family, back to this lovely craft involving paper and glue and yes, we all said prayers for the poor cows on the way home!

Now for the good news...
the news that gets me all giddy...
announcing the winner of the bloghop!!!

Drum roll please....



I love your Farmers Market layouts. Beautiful and fun!

Please send me your address to & I will send you your goodies ASAP!

Creative Cheers!