Friday, June 28, 2013

Another New Layout

Hi everyone!  I have another layout to share with you today!  It's not from our vacation, but just a day at the park we had recently.

It uses product from Ruby Rock-It, you can view the exact product list here.

I started with a piece of embossed cardstock (love those, especially this birdcage design).  I added a bit of ink by rubbing an ink pad directly over my cardstock.  The embossed images should catch more of the ink that way.  Then I also added a bunch of blue glitter from Clearsnap.  Basically I just created a big mess and then built my layout on top of it. :)

Here are some close up's of my layout:

I just love kraft anytime I can add those to a page it makes me happy.  :)

I'm not sure this layout looks like my typical style...but that's ok...sometimes you just got to change it up a bit.

Well thanks so much for stopping in today!!  Have a fabulous day!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The First of Many

Hi everyone!  Well I've done my first layout from our California vacation.  :)   I plan on making several, so this is kinda like my introduction to my California layouts.

Here's my layout:

I bought those cool window decals when I was at Disneyland and I thought it'd be cool to use them on this fantastic chalkboard paper.  The whole layout uses the Memories Captured collection from Fancy Pants Designs.  And then I wrote in white pen to also look like chalk on my paper.  :)  I am really lovin' this line!

Here are some close up's of my layout:

I'm pleased with the way it turned out.  :)

Well thanks for stopping in today!
I hope you have a fantastic day!!!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Vaca Recap and Winner

* This is a long post, sorry :)

Hello all!  We have just returned from a journey.  :)  We went on vacation to California.  We hit Legoland, Sea World, the beach, a wedding, California Adventure, and of course, Disneyland.  And I am tuckered out...just exhausted, but it was so much fun!

Here are some photos and recaps from our journey:

The Beach
My kids had never seen the ocean before so this was a completely new experience.  We walked down our first night in La Jolla and saw the beach covered with seals.  There were also surfers all over which the kids were fascinated with.  Then the next day we were able to go sit on the beach and enjoy the sand, but they were still warning us not to really go out because of high currents...or whatever.  The lifeguards told us it was an angry sea that day. But it didn't stop us from enjoying the sand and sticking our feet in the water.

Yes, those are all seals!


Legoland was fun but it was more aimed at the young kids.  There were rides, but they included LONG lines for very short rides (almost all what I would call kiddie rides).  I'm glad we went once, but I don't feel the need to ever go back.  What I did enjoy were all the AMAZING things built with legos. They had all these fabulous cities and structures...I wish I could have spent more time looking at those.  But the kids wanted to find the rides.  Here are a few pics from our day:

Sea World
I have such fond memories going to Sea World as a kid and it didn't disappoint this time either.  It was mainly shows...and timing things right, but they do have several rides there now that I didn't remember as a kid.  One thing I really liked that I didn't see the other parks do: they opened the park with the singing of our National Anthem which I thought was really cool.  The one show I thought I was willing to skip ended up being the one I enjoyed the just totally made me laugh, that was the Sea Lions show.  The kids really enjoyed all the shows too.  They didn't expect to, but they loved it all.

Here are a few pics from Sea World:

In that last photo, Hayden is signaling to the whale to splash.  :)

California Adventure
Even though this park is connected with Disneyland, it is very different.  The rides are more like typical theme parks, like Six Flags and like fairs/carnivals.  There is a lot more I can't do at this park simply because I get motion sickness and can't go round and round or upside down.  I think it really just depends on what kind of rides you enjoy more as to whether you like California Adventure or Disneyland more.  But there were a few rides that were just awesome, like the new Radiator Springs ride in Carsland.  Loved that one!  And there was a lot of hype about World of Color, which was cool, but I still thought Fantasmic (in Disneyland) was better than World of Color.  Fantasmic tells more of a story and includes more in the show than just water and screens.  But World of Color was still enjoyable.

Here are a few pics from California Adventure (I found that I didn't get as many here...don't know why):

They claim to be the happiest place on earth, and it certainly is one of the happiest for us.  But it is PACKED.  The best times to go are in the morning and then late at night.  You can get 5x more done in the morning then in the afternoon.  So we go back to the hotel during the afternoon for "naptime" and then return in the evening.  This works pretty well, then the kids can stay up late and the adults can rest their feet some.  This is the park I enjoyed the most.  In fact, if I was to plan another trip like this, I think I would skip all the rest and get a five day pass to Disneyland or you don't have to rush and try to get it all done but just get to enjoy it all more.  This time around, we had a three day pass and spent one day in California Adventure and two days in Disneyland.  And we still did not get everything done.

Here are some pictures from Disneyland:

(Hayden was picked for Jedi training)

My favorite moment of the whole trip was when Eryn got to meet Cinderella.  She just lit up, face and body and grinned from ear to ear.  It was the sweetest thing.  She's been talking about meeting her.  I'm just glad she was able to.

I actually have a ton more photos that I want to post...but I don't want to make the post any longer than it already is.  :)

And I also owe you a winner!  There were so many fabulous entries to our last sketch...thank you to everyone who participated!

And the winner is...

Congratulations Wendy!!!  Send me your address to and I will get your goodies mailed out to you!  :)

And thanks again to everyone who played along!  

Have a fabulous day!!!  

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sketch 237 Challenge

Hi everyone!  I'm back with the second sketch challenge for the month.  :)

If you are new to my sketches, here's how it works:

I essentially create three versions of one sketch each time. There will be one 12x12 scrapbook sketch, one double page sketch (12x24), and one card sketch (A4). This makes it easier for all types of crafters to participate. :)

Of course, there will be prizes.

So for today's sketches:

Sketch 237a - 12x12 layout
Sketch 237b - 2 page layout
Sketch 237c - Card (A4)

And now for the HUGE prize up for grabs...

This contains:
*  159 sheets of patterned paper from Fancy Pants Designs (YEP I SAID 159!)
*  8 printed transparencies from Fancy Pants Designs
*  12 sheets of stickers from Fancy Pants Designs
*  1 package of rub-ons from Fancy Pants Designs
*  1 package of chipboard banners from Fancy Pants Designs
*  2 packages of stencils from Fancy Pants Designs
*  2 packages of ribbon from Fancy Pants Designs
*  4 stamps from Fancy Pants Designs  
Awesome, right?  :)

*  Your project must be newly made for this challenge, and then linked below.
*  You can use the sketches for any type of project, not just scrapbook pages or cards.
*  Please post which sketch you used with your project.
*  Feel free to combine with other challenges.  :)
*  You can enter as many times as you like.  

*  Check out my sketchbook here.  Pick a favorite sketch and use it for an additional project.  You can do this as many times as you'd like.  These must be newly made for this challenge too.  


I hope you play along!!  :)

I'll be back to announce the winner from sketch 236.  

Have a fabulous day!!!  

LINK UP HERE for the challenge!!!

Monday, June 10, 2013

My Sunshine

Hi everyone!  I have a new layout to share with you today.  :)  It uses the fabulous Cook collection from Ruby Rock-It.

Sometimes you look at a picture and it just makes total sense to cut it into a shape.  These pictures were taken at the park.  Eryn was in one of those tunnel tube things.  I loved the way it almost looked like she was in a bubble after I cut around the circle entrance to the tunnel.  I considered pairing them with a  large picture of Eryn I had blowing bubbles (so it looked like she was in bubbles being blown my herself).  But I didn't get that creative...I just made a quick easy layout.  :)

Here are some close up's of my layout:

Not too much else to say about this layout...pretty simple.  :)

Thanks for stopping in today!
Have a FABULOUS day!!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Ruby Rock-It Blog Hop

Hello to all the faithful Ruby Rock-it Fans!  Welcome to our June blog hop!  
If you are a regular reader of my blog or are just popping in, I hope you consider hopping along with us.  You can start the hop here.  
This month, we are featuring our very versatile Fundamentals cardmaking supplies, gorgeous vellum, and our bling!  And after you hop along, make sure you find out the details on how you can have a chance to win this amazing PRIZE pack!
Come and hop along with us, leaving comments at each blog to enter to win an awesome Ruby Rock-it prize pack!  You could win your very own collection of Ruby goodies!  
 I am actually the last stop on the hop before returning to the Ruby Rock-It blog.  
So I made two very simple, easy wedding cards to share with you.  First up:

This card literally took me 5 minutes to make.  It was so easy.  I laid vellum on the card, then I layered and placed my focal piece on my card (came from this cardmaking kit) and added the lace and congratulations.  My final step was adding just a bit of hand-stitching.
Then there's this card:
Isn't that blinged out flower fabulous?  I liked the way it looked in the package so I just adhered the bling to the cardboard backing and cut it out.  
I also used some other packaging on my card...did you notice it?  I had received something that was wrapped in that thin styrofoam like packaging (don't know what it is actually called).  Well I used it on my card.  All about recycling.  :)  I really love the way it looks.  
Ok, well now it's time to hop back to the Ruby Rock-It blog.  
In case you missed any along the way, here's the entire hop order:
*  RRBF Blog (start here)

RRBF Blog (end here)



Have a FABULOUS day!!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Winner and Some Sneaks :)

Hi all!  Hope you are having a fabulous day so far!

Well who wants to know who the winner is from the last sketch challenge?

Congratulations Susy!!!  Send me your address to and I will get your goodies mailed out to you!  :)

And thanks again to everyone who played along!  

And you won't want to miss my projects that are up on the Fancy Pants blog today...they not only use one of their NEW collections, but they also use the AWESOME new cork embellishments.  Check it out here.  And here are some sneaks of my projects:

Thanks for stopping by!!!!