Wednesday, March 28, 2012

7 Kids College Fund - Spring Challenge!

Can you believe it's spring already?! I really can't - the first day of spring actually came and went without me even noticing. LOL I've been super busy with working on the magazine, work and homeschooling but I'm enjoying every single minute of it! This week at 7 Kids College Fund Challenge we're looking for your Spring Inspired project! For mine I finally created the cover to my Birthday Calendar and covered the chipboard with some Samantha Walker fabric then added some foam letters and trim. 

The entire calendar has images from The Greeting Farm so I definitely knew I wanted to add another image to the front so I used Anya from Sitting Cute. I stamped her on Copic Xpress It Cardstock with memento tuxedo black and then colored her with Copics. I am entirely in love with these new stamps!!!

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Sitting Cute on a card!

I adore these new stamps by The Greeting Farm and finally got them trimmed to use.  All the new releases are available now at 7 Kids College Fund! They are so fun to color. This little chica is adorable and she's from the set called Sitting Lovely. I paired her up with some October Afternoon papers and the trim is from Pink Paisley but it really worked well with these papers. I'm trying to mix n match different lines more! ;) The corrugated cardboard piece is actually from a starbucks sleeve. I'm obsessed with keeping them all....just in case. LOL And that fab yo-yo is from my friend Kellie who will just announced her new venture. check it out HERE. She's going to have tons of these hand made emellishments available perfect for cardmaking, scrapbooking and my new obsessions SMASHING!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Hair pretties made easy with Really Reasonable Ribbon & Helmar!

I was recently asked to guest design for Really Reasonable Ribbon using some goregous ribbon and I stepped out of my comfort zone to create some hair clips for my girls. I wanted to share how I incredibly easy they are to make using Helmar 450 Quick Dry
First, pick some ribbon the same widge of your clip.
Then I start by placing a dollop of glue at the top where you squeeze the clip open.
Pinch some of the ribbon over and around for a few seconds. Helmar 450 Quick Dry lives up to its name and dries pretty fast. 
Then I run some more Helmar 450 Quick Dry along the prongs and wrap the ribbon around the top of the clip. 
Now, you can keep it like that - it looks pretty as is, or you can embellish a little like I did. I just added a little dollop of glue at the top.
And placed a shabby fabric flower with a brad in the middle. 
Super simple and pretty hair clips ready to wear!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I'm guest designing at Really Reasonable Ribbon today!

I am REALLY super excited! When I got the email from Bonnie asking me if I'd like to be a guest designer for Really Reasonable Ribbon I did a little happy dance, I really did, just ask my girls! *giggle* They think I'm a nut and yes, they definitely understand what mommy means when she talks about Design Teams.  I love RRR - they have such an incredible variety of ribbons and trims, I like to buy sample packs with a little bit of everything and I hoard WAY too much of it so I am still hanging onto pieces of my favorite stretchy ruffle gingham ribbon that is just fab. 

This month, though, when I saw the colors of the March Assortment, I knew I wanted to play with those and when they arrived, I fell in LOVE with the glitter ribbon. It comes in both the gorgeous peachy pink and the teal blue. I didn't realize it but I used the peachy pink glitter ribbon on both my cards - I guess you could say I'm obsessed with it! The patterns and texture in this ribbon assortment are incredible! I love them all and can be sure to be using them on many more projects. For today, I have 3 to share:

This card is probably my favorite. I am just in LOVE with the colors of this paper by Pink Paislee that went beautifully with this ribbon from the March Assortment pack by Really Reasonable Ribbon. And of course, I LOVE the newly released Sitting Cute stamp set by The Greeting Farm & colored her with Copics! I popped her up to appear like she's sitting on the edge of the ribbon with Helmar Zap Dots. 

I'm really excited and I have TWO more projects to share on the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog that I hope you will stop by to see! They are also having a DT call right now that ends on March 31. Be sure to check out the details while you are there!

I have a couple sneak peeks for you to entice you to visit:

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Saturated Canary Challenge #13 - Twine

There is a new challenge at Saturated Canary to use twine - I LOVE twine and I LOVE Saturated Canary images so this card came together so easily! I used some October Afternoon paper from Modern Homemaker 8x8 pad that I found on CLEARANCE at Hobby Lobby - score! I love finding deals like that unexpectedly. I adored coloring this Duck, Duck Goose image using Copics and added some highlights with Copic Opaque White. 

Be sure to check out the other girls on the Saturated Canary Challenge blog and join us for your chance to win one of these darling digital stamps!!! Like my adorable yo-yo - nope, I didn't make it and you'll be able to get your hands on them SOON! ;) And I always use Helmar 450 Quick Dry to adhere both the yo-yo to my card as well as the button on top. The sentiment I used is from handwritten notes by Papertrey Ink.

Like the layout - I used this awesome Deconstructed Sketch No. 43!!! One of my favorite blogs for sketches - I haven't used one in forever and this week I used TWO!!! It's so helpful when you are in a rut or feeling like you are making the same card over and over with different papers and images. Which is kinda how I've been feeling. ;)

Thanks for stopping by.

7 Kids College Fund Catch up Post!

There is a GREAT challenge ANYTHING GOES at 7 Kids College Fund this week! I hope we get LOTS and LOTS of entries! For my cards I used this adorable stamp by La-La Land Crafts - can you believe this is the first one I've colored! Definitely not the last - they are just too cute. I actually followed a sketch for this one by Tuesday Morning Sketches #137


This is a page in my art journal that I created last week during an impromptu ustream session with Tracy Weinzapfel. She inspires me SO much to JUST CREATE and to let go of over thinking which is what I did on this page. That green is something completely over and top out of my comfort zone but I LOVE the final result. I used the adorable Sweet November Coriander Fairy stamp and just added some glitter to her wings. All of the white on my page, is made using the Copic Opaque White paint. I love this stuff when I'm coloring with my Copic markers for highlights but found it to be extremely useful on my art journalling pages to give that extremely white pop. I stamped the BE and TO on canvas sticky back using Faber-Castel big pitt pens with a fabulous alpha stamp by Unity Stamp Co. called Carnivale.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Creating Is Fun Ippity Blog Hop!

**winner has been notified by email**

Hi Everyone! If you've hopped here from Rachel's blog, then you are in the right spot - if not, you will definitely want to go back to Martha's blog to get all the details and make sure you don't miss a thing! I'm really excited to be a part of this hop - I used to be an ippity chick so I love their stamps and I just adore Maria so this was definitely a must for me to do. We have a bit of a spring theme for our hop, so I naturally turned to a set called Sweet Thoughts of Spring. I love all the stamps in this set, especially the little chick and bunny!!

Seriously, how cute is that chick!? Rather than coloring, I paper pieced her together with the yummy Authentique paper. And it's sitting right on top this yummy blue trim from Martha's Creating is Fun shop. I also creating a bow using this gorgeous grey seam binding ribbon also from Martha's Creating is Fun shop.

There are a few prizes along the way - a grand prize of some {ippity} from Maria and a $25 gift certificate to Martha's shop! A few of us on the team have also rounded up prizes. I have a mystery package of {ippity} stamps to give away so make sure you leave a comment in order to have a chance to win!

Thanks so much for stopping by and now your next stop is: Vicky's Blog! Have fun!

And don't forget, just 3 more days:


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Smash Hop Winners!

Hi everyone, 

Sorry I'm a bit late choosing my winners from the Smash hop - it was SUCH a success and I loved reading each and every one of your comments. If you asked anything specific I will be emailing you in the next couple days. 

So, without further adieu ~

The winner of smashy curls is:

Amy E said...

AWESOME video! (and great music too!!) Your pages came out SO great!!!

What video editing program do you use? I have a camera and want to start making my own videos for my blog, but I'm not really sure where to start!!

And the winner of Smashy Bob is:

Casper said...
Hiya there Carisa,

How are you?

I love your Smash pages,the content,the overflow of information and the cluttered collage elements are great.

Thanks to you I did my first Handwritten Journalling - Ilooked at all the pages on the hop and when I read what you said about handwritten journalling and not to be afraid - I took the plunge - Thank you (I have always hated my own hand writing)!

Take care
Big Hugs

Please claim your prize by emailing me at with SMASH HOP WINNER as your subject line. Congratulations to you both and I'm looking forward to getting more smashing done this weekend!!!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Altered fun with Helmar, Pink Paislee & Unity Stamp Co!

I am always looking for fun things to alter in the clearance section and I found a box awhile back that looked like a book at Tuesday Morning. I finally altered it recently to use as a  time capsule of sorts for Leap Day to open on the next Leap Day in 4 years. I got the idea from THIS POST.

I used Helmar Acid Free Glue to adhere all the paper and Helmar 450 Quick Dry to adhere all the embellishments except the butterfly. For the butterfly, I wanted the wings to look lifted off the page so I used Helmar Liquid Scrap dots. I used Pink Paislee for all the paper and the stamps are from Unity Stamp Co. The beautiful trim is from my friend Martha's Shop - if you haven't checked it out, you'll want to do so, she has unique trims and embellishments at super low prices. I don't know how she does it, but I love it!

I made this video so you can see the process from beginning to end! I hope you enjoy:

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!


Monday, March 5, 2012

It's a smashing good SMASH Hop!!!

If you've just hopped here from my partner in all things colorful, Oh snap Lizzie, then you are in the right spot! My good friend, the talented artist, Krista Smith came to me and asked if I thought a Smash Blog Hop would be fun to do and of course I said yes!! I love checking out other Smash Books online (there is a really fun Smash*aholics FB group you should check out) - especially on YouTube! it's really fun to see how different and unique they can be even though we all start off with the same base. So, she rounded up 6 other girls to join in the fun and we're hoping you'll join as well! Krista has a link tool on HER blog (as well as the FULL list of everyone participating) if you'd like to share with us a smash page that YOU have made. There are PRIZES as well so make sure you check it out! Krista designed our very own smashing girl digital stamp & is very generously (as is her style)  letting each of us GIVE AWAY 1 digital stamp to TWO lucky winners! How cool is that - I bet you'd like to know what they look like - well, here they are: 

Aren't they awesome?! I literally squealed and emailed Krista saying how much I adored the short hair and she said she thought of the hair cut just for me b/c I have short hair. haha I'm telling you I big puffy heart that girl!!!

Well, I bet you want to see my smash pages, but first let me tell you I made another video of putting the pages together & I hope you will take a look:

Finally got my video uploaded - sorry YouTube was being a big pain!!! LOL

However, if you just want to look at pictures of the pages, here they are as well: 

One thing I gotta say - DON'T be afraid to journal! This page consisted of a LOT of journaling and I'm not particularly a fan of my own handwriting - it will have changed from the time I start to the time I finish but it's MINE and I'm owning it now. I did a two-page spread on Lenny Kravitz. I gotta say he's one of my FAVORITE musicians. I LITERALLY have every single album he's made EXCEPT the greatest hits b/c well, I already have them all, LOL, and his MOST recent one b/c I was living under a rock apparently and didn't realize he released another one at the end of last year. Won't be long before I get that one, just gotta save up some extra $$ and fill up my iTunes card. haha So, as I was listening to him while cleaning this weekend I started to think about how I first heard of him when my brother gave me 3 of his CDs one year when I was in high school. I loved him immediately and my brother took me to his Are You Gonna Go My Way concert shortly thereafter. It was a blast and one of my most fondest memories with my brother. I love him so much and it just conjured up all these memories as music sometimes does - it has this quality that it can transport you back in time to a specific moment and the emotion in that moment. So, I actually found the pic of my brother and me on the way to the concert as well as one from my wedding day when I had the DJ play a specific Lenny Kravitz song so I could dance with my brother. Anyway, this was a pretty emotional page for me to put together for many reasons but it's already a favorite. I've GOT to do more of these. This is only my 2nd pages EVER smashing!! I love it and I've already started a little collection of photos and memorabilia for future pages. :D While digging for these photos, I found a little collection of love notes from my hubby when we were dating that have GOT to make their way into a page, doncha thing?!

Well, I've certainly kept you long enough, not even sure you made it through, but your next stop on the hop is the lovely KIRA. She is UBER talented just like her mama Kellie Winnell! I am sure she has something most exciting for you!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Unity Stamp Co + Phyllis Harris + Copics = Totally Cute Bookmarks!

I am absolutely in love with this new Phyllis Harris co brand stamp line at Unity Stamp Co! They are just so sweet and  I was immediately drawn to them as soon as I started seeing sneak peeks of them at the end of last year....and then I find out that Phyllis Harris actually illustrates for HIGHLIGHTS magazine which I grew up with! Made sense that I would love them! So, I've been coloring them and making bookmarks which I like to make b/c they are fun to see peaking outside the corners of books and when I posted the first one on Unity FB Page a friend of mine said she wanted one and who was I to deny that sweet request! So, here are the two bookmarks I've made and I'm definitely going to be making more b/c they are so fun and sweet to color. Not to mention they take absolutely NO time at all! I only have 2 sets so far but I am determined to collect them all! 

This is the first one I made and I used my label maker to write out Proverbs 16:24 which says "Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones." I like that - I love to read and am usually reading several books at once. I will have one going on my nook and then at least 2 others in regular book form. Right now, I'm reading MockingJay the 3rd installment of The Hunger Games trilogy on my nook, EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey, & Honey for a Childs Heart by Glady's Hunt.

I wanted to share how cute these look in a book! They are called corner book marks and just hug the corner of the page you are on. So much sweeter and less damaging than the old stand by of dog earring which I'm known to do when in a pinch. 

And this is the one I made today which I actually took a video on coloring this sweet image! I can't way to give this to my friend Noelle - I hope she meant it when she said she wanted one, b/c now she does! LOL

Thanks for stopping by today - I hope you enjoy the video: 


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Saturated Canary Challenge No. 12 - Doilies

It's challenge day at Saturated Canary and our theme this week is Doilies! I love doilies on projects, cards and such. They are just SO much fun! I got my doilie this week from Martha's shop where you can find a great many of those perfectly vintage type embellishments and trims. It's white so I just sprayed with some Glimmer mist and to make it yellow to better match my card. 

The Saturated Canary image I used is called California Girl. She's pretty hot, huh?! I wish I looked that good in a bikini myself. LMAO I printed her on Copic Xpress It Cardstock and colored her with Copics. Eeek, I didn't write down the numbers. :( I left her hair mostly white with just a touch of BG for shadows b/c let's face it, being a Cali girl, she's gonna have platinum blond hair, right?! I added some washi tape, stapled my dolie in place and pretty much done. Are you as much in love with that yo-you and flat back brad as I am?! Well, stay tuned, more details on where that came from SOON! 

I hope you will join us this week - be sure to check out the Saturated Canary Challenge blog for all the details on entering and of course the prizes! :D

Thanks for stopping by!