Thursday, February 28, 2013

"A Great Day" w/Webster's Pages~!

**For my February Giveaway, please go HERE**

Hi everyone :). I'm so happy you checked in today because I've got some Webster's Pages inspiration for you, featuring one of their newest releases, New Beginnings~! So let's take a look, shall we?

"A Great Day"
This is a photo of Gunner and our Chihuahua, Luxor, taken last summer. My kids all love animals- and all of them really do so great with them. They've never had that "grab and pull" instinct that most kids seem to have when contacting animals. They have always been so gentle :).

Along with the New Beginnings papers, I've incorporated the die cut paper from the Sunday Picnic collection. I have a habit of stashing these beautiful die cut papers and not using them- so I thought it was time to put this one to use as it coordinated so well with New Beginnings :).

I combined some fussy cutting and die cutting on this layout. What I love so much about Webster's Pages papers are there are always so many images to choose from and mix together. Makes creating even that much more fun~!

The XOXO and LOVE details were cut from some of the *new* washi tapes offered by Webster's Pages. I used one of the rolls from the New Beginnings Washi Tape Set.

The hearts on the tree here were also cut from the same roll of washi tape. 

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This stunning chipboard gate is new from Blue Fern Studios. I first painted it with gesso before simply covering it with this beautiful pale blue ink courtesy of the brand new Pastel Blue Chalk Edger Pad from Prima :).

Thanks for coming over today! Take care :),

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Brag Book Mini Album w/Webster's Pages~!

**For my February Giveaway, please go HERE**

Hi~! Today I have a mini album to share with you that I created as a "Grandma's Brag Book" for my mom, featuring all of her grandchildren :). I used the breathtakingly beautiful Modern Romance collection from Webster's Pages to put this mini together. I just love how the bright, cheerful colors enhance the sweet smiling faces within :)~!

"Delight the Heart" {Mini Album}

Since I chose to use the stunning images provided on the Modern Romance "Love Defined" paper, I wanted to keep the cover somewhat simple. So I started by adding the trims along the right-hand edge before using some of the *new* Washi Tapes (the orange is from New Beginnings and the pink is from Sweet Notes) from Webster's Pages to create the banners behind my title. I then used a Blue Fern Studios "Organic Vine" to set the stage for my title.

To dress up the edges of my book, I used the coordinating *new* Modern Romance/New Beginnings Ruffled Bloomer Trims. Aren't they amazing??

How about a peek inside?
To start off this book, I thought I'd begin with a sweet Grandmother's Prayer. I then began by designating a page to each one of my mom's grandkids, starting with my Wyatt :). 

On each page I included overlays cut from the Sweet Notes and Composition and Color collections. I like how the pops of black look against all that color :).

I also added a little bit of fussy cut elements here and there, as well as some classic embellishment favorites like the owl charm and the button w/twine :).

I've used washi tapes from all of the new collections throughout this album. Here I've used them to create borders on my pages.

You might have also noticed the cute little bows I used in a couple of different pages, like the brown polka dot bow you see here. These little bow sets are part of the fun & affordable "Quick Picks" program offered by Webster's Pages. See the full collection HERE~!

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I hope you enjoyed my mini album today~! Thanks for letting me share it with you :),

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

C'est Magnifique March Kit Reveal~!

**For my February Giveaway, please go HERE**

Hey! I hope you all had a great weekend and are off to a great start this week. Monday was rough for the kids and myself- to start with. Everyone was up early and was crabby as could be- but thanks to some beautiful weather, I was able to get them all outside which seemed to recharge and refresh us all! Here's hoping today goes just as well :).

But I don't want to hold you up with TOO much chatter- as we have a bit of a post to get through :). Today is reveal day at C'est Magnifique, and we're celebrating the release of the beautiful March Kit~! We've already shared with you the papers and add-ons a little earlier this month, and today we get to look at the main kit itself.

But first, here are a few of the projects I created this month using this kit:

This past year my graduating class got together for our 10-year Class Reunion. I am from a class of 48, so being so small we were all really quite close. I especially loved spending time with long-time friends Jenna and Desi. We have a lot of amazing memories together and talking with them was like no time had passed at all. Such a blast!
I love the "spatter" designs on this paper and tried to replicate that with the Glimmer Glaze included in the main kit. I simply poured a drop out of the bottle and, using a straw, blew the glaze so that is crept in different directions. The nice thing about this is there really isn't a wrong way to do it :).

 From the Flower Add-On:
Maya Road: Vintage Edge Mum: Antique Mocha
Prima: Cabaletta: B

From the Embellishment Add-On:
Basic Grey: Serenade: Designer Chipboard Stickers
Prima: Fabric Butterfly Embellishments: Vintage

 This photo was taken on a really great day. One of my favorite places to take the kids in the summer is the moose pond. We pick blueberries, watch for animals, picnic, and play. Just by looking at this photo, I can almost feel the summer heat and I can surely feel the happiness in my little Gunner's smile :).

 From the Flower Add-On:
Prima: Cabaletta: B
Prima: Charlotte: Tiffany
Maya Road: Vintage Edge Mum: Antique Mocha

From the Embellishment Add-On:
Basic Grey: Serenade: Designer Chipboard Stickers
Blue Fern Studios: Chipboard: Garden Window

"March Kit Tag Set"
 Tags are something I truly love to create! I use them to attach to gifts or even give as cards themselves. And as I was winding down working with the beautiful March kit, I gathered up my bits and pieces and put this set together. Such a fun way to fulfill that quick creative need :).

From the Flower Add-On:
Prima: Cabaletta: B
Prima: Charlotte: Tiffany
Maya Road: Vintage Lace Daisies: Milk

From the Embellishment Add-On:
Basic Grey: Serenade: Stickers
Basic Grey: Serenade: Designer Chipboard Stickers

Now that I've shared some projects, here's some closeups of the main kit!





It's always an exciting day when we reveal our upcoming kits!  Our March Kit, which we have named "Whimsical Melodies", includes paper from a couple of different lines from Magenta.  We have paired this colorful paper with just the right embellishments.

At this time the kit is sold out, but if you would like to be on a wait list (in case Leslie is able to put together a few more kits) please send her an email at:  leslie{at}

Patterned Paper:

Magenta: Color Me Softly: Dream Flight
Magenta: Color Me Softly: Tea Garden
Magenta: Color Me Softly: Hint of Freshness
Magenta: Color Me Softly: Boscage Aroma
Magenta: Printemps Passion: Dancing Butterfly
Magenta: Gypsy: Sophia
Magenta: Gypsy: Lili Anne
Magenta: Street Savvy: Street Prints

Kit Embellishments:

Basic Grey: Serenade: Mini Envelopes
Prima: Fairy Belle: Alphabet Stickers
Prima: Say It In Crystals: Brown
Blue Fern Studios: Chipboard: Symphony Border
Blue Fern Studios: Chipboard: Fancy Birdcage
Manor House: Winter Song: Snowbell
Manor House: Capri: Aqua
Cheep Trims: Ruffled Lace
Tattered Angels: Glimmer Glaze: Palo Verde

Don't forget, you still have a couple of days remaining in February to enter our Sketch Challenge.

Have an awesome day~!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

"Be Beautiful"~ February Prima PPP

**For my February Giveaway, please go HERE**

Good morning, everyone~! This week has just flown by for me- despite sick kids and my husband's back injury- it really has just passed so quickly. And I've been so busy creating- for a little while there, I had been feeling a little bit lost. But I'm happy to report that my mojo is back and I've been playing whenever possible :). So today I have another "personal" project to share, and this time it's for the February Prima PPP which offers a beautiful color palette that just so happened to work perfectly with a recent photo of my sweetie pie Aspen :).

"Be Beautiful"
I've been having so much fun using the new Prima collections, and here I've combined a bit of Lifetime and Divine. I actually did a video of this layout's process- but my camera died just before finishing. So unfortunately I won't be sharing it- but it's something I will be trying again in the future. My sister Kelly and I tend to feed off of one another- and for a long time we've talked about doing video tutorials. When she finally decided to tackle the task, I did too. Although she has been a bit more successful that myself ;)~ I'll get there eventually...

And of course here's a little bit of a closer look:

I added in just a hint of the mint green color to tie this palette together with my photo :). LOVE that color...

 My little girly pants is almost always wearing her hat and boots. So adorable :).

That's all for now. Thanks so much for letting me share with you :)
Have a beautiful day~!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Bittersweet Post {Manor House Creations}

**For my February Giveaway, please go HERE**

Hi everyone :). I'm here today to share with you my final two projects for Manor House Creations. I've made the decision to step down from my design team spot there~ it's been a wonderful experience and it's truly been a delight to work with their beautiful flowers. Nerrida and Karen really are some of the nicest, most easy-going team leaders out there and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for giving me the opportunity to design for them :).

But let's not make this a sad post- I have two layouts to share that are both dedicated to my sweet boys~!

"Adore Them"
This photo was taken last summer on one of our many, MANY days spent at the lake. It's a special thing to be a mother to boys. I hope to teach them love and respect and have them grow to be as wonderful of a man as their daddy :).

The multiple photos in book-like fashion was not a result of my intentionally printing several photos in order to create in this way. The bottom two were accidentally printed on the backside of my photo paper- I'd put it in the tray wrong. So after making the mistake once, I couldn't remember which way I'd put it in- and did it wrong again, lol! So typical! But rather than just throwing them or stuffing them into my growing pile of unused photos, I just put them to work here :).

 There were so many beautiful flowers to choose from out of the Spring Collection~! The focal flower used here is the white Lotus flower, which comes in many other varieties as well. Just gorgeous :)...

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Lotus- white, Capri- aqua, Powder Puff- melon.

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My boys LOVE to fight...but they also love to play and I just love it when they play NICE. Here we were out exploring one of our favorite destinations and Wyatt had brought some little action figure guys with. Gunner watched patiently as Wyatt played with them in the dirt. Such a precious thing to watch the younger learn from the long as what they're learning is a GOOD thing, haha!!

Such a gorgeous variety of blues and greens. I've used both old and new flowers here to create the perfect mix~!

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Ruffles- brights, Mia- green, Powder Puff- blueberry, Springtime- blue, Meadows, Belief, Dahlia- white.

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Thanks so much for having a look today. Take care of yourself, your families, and I'll be seeing you again soon :),