Monday, April 30, 2012

cheer up chickie...


Hello and Welcome to the EAD Designs Blog Hop!!!
{it officially starts at 7 am pacific daylight}

You should have arrived here from Shellye's fab blog:


If not, you'll want to start at the beginning which is the EAD Designs blog.  Remember to leave comments along the way to be eligible to win some sweet FREE vinyl.  

My crafting time has been pretty spotty...Saturday my new carpet was installed...picture this...all my stuff upstairs was now downstairs...ugh...So, hopefully by the time this post goes live, my home will not be so chaotic and more organized.

So while the guys were installing the carpeting I was able to craft and I put together this card:


Oh my...I'm totally in love with the EAD Designs

{light yellow}



I still have plenty of stickerz from the 




I used that chubby yellow bird and one of the red/orange blooms.  I paper pieced the actual bloom on white cardstock {used foam dimensionals as adhesive} and the stem/leaves were adhered directly to the cardstock.

The sentiment is from the Paper Smooches Co-branding

Random Sayings Stickerz set


The mason jar is ala Dear Lizzie.

Thanks so much for hoppin' by....Stephanie, our April Guest Designer is up next....big round of applause for Stephanie...we really loved playing with her this month!!!!  She totally rocked the EAD Goodness:)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

hello.


Sunday, already?

I'm blogging live and well, I have tons to do but as the true dedicated Paper Crafter that I am, I crafted this morning:


This skinny card is chock full of Crate Pretty Party...love that line.   I teamed it up with The Twinery/Peapod {my FAV} and a strip of Love my Tapes {fabric} for texture...no stitching on this one:)

I was inspired by the latest retro sketch:


Seems like between DT assignments and prepping for my carpet install, I haven't crafted for fun.  This had to be the morning to do that...I needed it.

The carpet guys {3 of them} arrived around 9 am yesterday...I was so very fortunate that the weather cooperated because they did the cutting out in cul-de-sac {my apologies to my neighbors!}.  They didn't leave until after 9 pm.

Although they are coming back this afternoon for a bit more finish work, it is basically done...
WHEW

Okay, it was nothing like moving from one home to another but think of it ladies, what if you had to move your craft area to a different part of your home?  Those that know me....know that I have a ton of stuff...like an embarrassing amount of stuff.  I'm making this a learning experience...

Check this out...

Here is my main storage in my crafty hallway
{oh yes, that is a paper pieced owlie on a canvas that my boy made for me a couple years ago} 

It is 2 bays of closets that = 15 feet of storage
{it runs the length of that wall}


As you can see in the left closet, I still have schtuff on the top shelf {I didn't have to empty it since it didn't need to be for the carpet install} but the right closet did have to be completely emptied.  

I have challenged myself to go from two closets down to one

GASP

The thing is, I said it out loud to Darin and the kids {what was I thinking?}....well, when the boy says:

"What do normal people store in those closets?"

**Sigh** I thought, grrrrr...okay, I'll make the left one be a linen closet.

I also have removed 2 bookshelves that were overloaded with crafty stuff that would be housed on the right side of the picture above...are you doing the storage calculations?  That equates to a loss of a ginormous amount of storage.

I'm trying to live the "less is more" mantra...you know, we all have those "go-to" collections, right?  We all keep alot of other stuff that we've collected...."just-in-case".  I'm on-so-guilty of that.  

Ugh, this has become longer than I intended BUT bear with me since this blog is my journal too...I have to/need to/WANT TO reduce my amount of schtuffs....as I type this {downstairs at the kitchen island} I look around myself and I should be truly disappointed in the amount of stuff I have....all my upstairs is now downstairs and it has been a really horrendous situation.

I'm banking that if I document this, I'll stand by it...I've promised myself to donate a majority of my schtuff...I've already selected Childhaven as my major donation site....oh jeez, they don't know what they are in for:)  I've also contacted a local Assisted Living Community AND my kids' former 3rd Grade teacher...She always brought art into their classroom and I had the opportunity to volunteer as the Art Docent in their classrooms....it's a perfect way to "pay it forward"....every child should have art in their classroom.

Okay, Okay....that's the dealio peeps...if you've made it this far, you are such a trooper:)

How about you?  
Are you a hoarder, like me?  
Want to jump on the friendly bandwagon of simplifying our crafty lives?

Now I'm off to organize some piles:

keep
toss 
donate

Thanks for listening.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Just Smash it!



Paper Issues Blog Design


Hey Hey

Just a reminder that the Paper Issues


ends today!

Link up anything that uses Smash products..old or new!

Check out the sweet Smash prize package!


Do you know how much I  Paper Issues?


Well, Cassie has been my LIFESAVER:)  

I order gifties and she sends them directly to my peeps!  How fabulous {& easy smeasy} is that?!!!  


Check out my first package that I received from Cassie several weeks ago...I know, right?!  FANtabulous...Happy Mail from Cassie is always g-o-o-d.

BTW, she ships internationally!  

So whatcha waitin' for? 

You can use my special code, Amy12, and receive 20% off your order...today and everyday {wink}....

Friday, April 27, 2012

Flashback Friday 23.0 Blog Hop!


Happy Friday and Welcome to the Flashback Friday 23.0 Blog Hop!

You should have arrived here from Venus' blog:


If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is the Flashback Friday blog!  You don't want to miss out on any of the fun!!!

Simply Cute Creations is our oh-so-sweet Sponsor!!!


Jennifer has thee cutest signs in her shop!  Check out what Flashback Friday 23.0's prize is:


I know, right?  I gotta have one!!!!


First card wih a butterfly or butterflies...

Check out my Flashback that is circa



It's a butterfly boy...I still love that image...gotta dig him up:)  I think I hadn't even been blogging for a month yet....

Well, you've reached the end of the hop!  I hope that you enjoyed yourself and will be linking up your card soon:)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

You're a hoot!


Hey, it's my day on the Jane's Doodles blog...check out my card:


Would love it if you left me some of that fab bloggie love over on Jane's Doodles blog!


I used the 



The patterned paper is Crate and the 'stache is fussy cut from a Hambly overlay.

You gotta check out the Jane's Doodles blog...it's chock full of inspiration!!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

bookworm...


Happy Monday!

Thanks for joining us for the EAD Designs Blog Hop!
{it officially starts at 7 am pacific}

You should have arrived here from Super Shellye's blog:


If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is the EAD Designs blog.  Remember, every week there is free vinyl for a lucky commenter...why don't you join in the fun?!!!!!

I have a fun card to share with you:


I love the Garden Gnomes Stickerz set:



So many fun stickerz to play with!!!!

Don't forget about the pretty April Color challenge!


Remember that everybody that plays wins:


One lucky duck will be picked to be our May Guest Designer:


Stickerz & Rub-ons always ship FREE:


The April Color Challenge ends this Thursday so be sure to play and win!

Things will be pretty quiet around here as I didn't get to craft much this weekend due to prepping for my new carpet installation.  I gotta tell you...my upstairs looks great...it's practically empty but my downstairs looks like an episode of Hoarders..ugh.  I can't wait until Sunday when we can move everything back:)

Now hippety hop over to our April Guest Designer...Stephanie!


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Thank you for your hospitality...


Hello and Happy Sunday!

I'm popping in here really quick to show you a Jane's Doodles card I whipped up:


I LOVE the new Home Sweet Home set by Jane!


I teamed up the images with Basic Grey Plumeria and a smidge of green Crate Pretty Party.

Some fun challenge reminders!

LESSology



Runs until Sunday, May 6th @ 11:59pm EST.  Our sponsor is Paper and Such...check out the LESSology blog for the challenge and prize deets!

Paper Issues



Link up any project that uses Smash products for a chance to win a FUN prize...check out the Paper Issues blog for the prize/eligibility deets!

The Craft's Meow

the craft's meow.

April New Release Blog Hop!

Would you like to win all SIX of the April stamp sets? All you need to do is make the rounds on the blog hop and leave comments on the design team blog posts.  You have until Monday, April 23rd @ 9pm pacific!

The Craft's Meow April Sketch Challenge


You do NOT have to use TCM stamps to enter the challenge. However, if you are the winner and you have used TCM stamps on your entry, you will not only receive a TCM stamp set of choice as your prize, but also a coupon for 15% off one additional stamp set of choice which can be used one time within 30 days!!! 

You have until April 30th @ 9pm to link up!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Craft's Meow Blog Hop!




Hello and Welcome to The Craft's Meow New Release Blog Hop!

the craft's meow.

You should have arrived here from The Craft's Meow blog!  

Blogger has been causing problems for some of our
designers all week long so you may come across a few
of our designer's blogs that do not appear updated
with today's blog hop post.
If that happens, please refer to the hop order at the end of
my post or on The Craft's Meow Store Blog
to continue on, but make sure you plan to check back
on the other blogs because you'll need to leave a comment
on each blog in order to win our BIG PRIZE!'

I decided to feature a layout today...I try to do a non-card project for blog hop days.




For those of you that have been following me awhile...what looks different?  Yup, I'm finally jumping on the splattering train...LOL.  


More about the pictures in a smidge....I wanted to share with you the 2 new The Craft's Meow sets that I used on my layout:

stamp illustrator:  Michelle Bertuzzi


I paper pieced that floral bouquet.

stamp illustrator:  Jenny Suchins


Love this journaling set...used the notebook paper, the sentiment and the date label.

Aren't they wonderful?  

Seriously, I'm so very fortunate to be a part of this magnificent team!

I wanted to tell you a little background on the picture of my daughter.  She recently turned 17 **sigh** and just got her drivers license yesterday **double sigh**.  Every year I have taken the kids to get their pictures professionally taken for their birthday.  This year I've decided to give the kids a try...so the boy took the girl's picture...I love this pic of her!!!

Readers will be eligible to win all 6 new sets from TCM.
To be eligible, they will need to visit & comment on each blog on the hopThe deadline to comment is 9:00pm PDT, Monday, April 23rd.

Here is the blog hop listing:



A ginormous shout out to our April Guest Designers:  


Love how they worked their magic on The Craft's Meow stamps!

Remember that the new release Giddy Up is FREE with a $50+ purchase!

So hippety hop over to my FAB teamie Amy Wanford's:








Friday, April 20, 2012

The Craft's Meow Preview: Day Four!


Hello and Welcome to Day 4 of The Craft's Meow Previews!

the craft's meow.
 
It's our final day of previews before our big release tomorrow of SIX new stamp sets for your crafting pleasure, and today we're showcasing the new gift with $50 purchase stamp set Giddy Up by the brilliant Nina B Designs!!! For those who are wondering, this means that last month's gift with $50 purchase, Thanks Bee to Thee, will be available for sale starting tomorrow. 


Seriously, the name along makes me giddy:)

Here's how it inspired me:


The Giddy Up set is chock full of fun....I used a sweet sentiment frame along with the Bless Your Heart....I happened to have a package of Studio Calico wood hearts.....I thought it really captured the sentiment, whaddya think?

Make sure you check out The Craft's Meow blog for sneaks of all the Design Team projects. We'd love for you to hop over to their blogs and leave everybody bloggie love.

Want to win Giddy Up?  Just leave a comment on the Giddy Up post over on The Craft's Meow by 9 pm pacific tonight for a chance to win the new set!

I'll be back tomorrow with for The Craft's Meow New Release Blog Hop!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Craft's Meow Preview: Day Three!



Hello and Welcome to Day Three of The Craft's Meow Previews!


the craft's meow.

Today we are featuring
Vintage Rides
 



Such a super FUN set!



I'm a huge fan of paper piecing...heat embossing the images really make them POP, dontcha think?  All the paper is Lily Bee.

and...




How cute are these images?!


Are you shocked?  No Patterned Paper?!!!!!  That's pure stamping peeps!
This set is uber cute and I managed to squeak in that fun word bubble from the 


Make sure you pop over to The Craft's Meow blog for sneaks from the design team...we'd love for you to hop over to their blogs to take a peek at their gorgeous creations!  

Want to win the new stamps sets, Travel Time & Nature's Beauty?  Just leave a comment on the Travel Time/Nature's Beauty post over on The Craft's Meow blog today by 9 pm pacific to be eligible.

I'll be back tomorrow with another The Craft's Meow Sneak Peek!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Craft's Meow Sneak Peek: Day Two!





Welcome back to Day 2 of The Craft's Meow Sneak Peeks!

the craft's meow.


Today we are featuring

designed by the fabulous Karen Baker!


I know...you're going to absolutely fall in love with this set.

Here's how it inspired me:


I'm typically not a purple girl but I adore it teamed up with shades of green....Do you see the circle border strip aka pearls?  That's been heat embossed in white, as is the tiara shaped sentiment frame...the sentiment has been stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa...I topped off the card with fussy cutting blooms from the Basic Grey Plumeria Collection.

Make sure you check out The Craft's Meow blog for sneaks of all the Design Team projects.  We'd love for you to hop over to their blogs and leave everybody bloggie love.

Want to win Inspired by Audrey?  Just leave a comment on the Inspired by Audrey post over on The Craft's Meow blog today by 9 pm pacific to be eligible.

I'll be back tomorrow with another The Craft's Meow Sneak Peek!


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Craft's Meow Sneak Peeks: Day One!




the craft's meow.

It's that time again...

The Craft's Meow is getting ready to release six Fantabulous new sets...today we're sneaking two of them:



You gals are going to LOVE this set!

Here's how it inspired me:


I also managed to sneak in The Craft's Meow



I've been loving the use of journaling cards..they make a nice little canvas on cards...this one uses one from Echo Park.  The cityscape was preprinted...everything else was stamped.

Next up is a gorgeous set named



I decided to work with a tag...


The botanical image has been heat embossed in gold.  The sentiment has been stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa.  The tag has been topped off with vellum pleats and the tag has been mounted on a white card base...easy smeasy...

Yesterday I chatted about spending time with some girls in Vancouver...guess who one of them was?



I was thrilled to spend some quality time with her on Friday night {dinner} and all day Saturday road tripping to Canada:)  She is a FANtabulous gal and I had so much fun with her!

Make sure you pop over to The Craft's Meow blog for sneaks from the design team...we'd love for you to hop over to their blogs to take a peek at their gorgeous creations!  Plus we have 2 Guest Designers playing with us...


Want to win the new stamps sets, Travel Time & Nature's Beauty?  Just leave a comment on the Travel Time/Nature's Beauty post over on The Craft's Meow blog today by 9 pm pacific to be eligible.

I'll be back tomorrow with another The Craft's Meow Sneak Peek!