Sunday, September 27, 2009


I'm addicted to Twilight. I can watch the movie over and over again .... sometimes a few times a day when I can. I never tire of it! My younger sister kept telling me that the books were even better. So, in my haste to find out I started reading again. I don't think I picked up a book to read since H.S. and I have to admit, my sister was right. The books give you so much more insight and details and it's filled with so much emotion that it makes you feel like you are a part of the story. I read and read and read till I finished Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and then just lastnight I finished reading Breaking Dawn. This was such an amazing series! I never thought of myself as having an addictive personality but I am addicted to Twilight.
I created this layout for The Pink Ninja's ADDICTIONS Challenge. The quotes on the layout read:

-I sleep with a smile because I see you in my dreams.

-Bite Me!

-Hopelessly Addicted.

-Twilight is exactly my brand of heroin.

-Edward prefers Brunettes.

-Yes, I admit I read books about teenage vampires.


-Forget Romeo and Juliet. I want a love story like Edward and Bella.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A little bird told me.....

I made these handmade gifts for someone recently who likes bluebirds. The first is an inexpensive Altered Clipboard that I did for the Busy Fashionista Altered Clipboard Challenge
over at Candy Shoppe Designs.I found the clipboard at Walmart for $1 and some change. The red checkered print paper is by Rusty Pickle and I had that on hand already. The yellow blue bird paper I found at Memorable Seasons on sale for $0.20. It's from the Botanical Bliss Collection by Tinkering Ink. I checked out Michael's Clearance section and found a pack of stickers for $0.99. It had a blue bird on one of them and it was dimensional (how I like my stickers). I thought what the heck....even though it may say "grow baby grow" it could work. LOL That's the sticker you see in the bottom right hand corner. I had the pom pom trim on hand already and then I attached some other trims I had on hand and a broken faux flower stem I found in my house and ta-da! A simple handmade project that costed between $3-5!!!

Next is a mini altered mailbox. I picked up the mini mailbox in the Target $1 section. I painted it blue, attached some papers, stickers and trims I had on hand, stuck that chipboard flower to the flag (I had that on hand too!) and got the birds nest at Micheal's for a couple of dollars and glued it snugly next to the flag. Another project completed between $3-5!!!

This baby I am SO proud of. I was internet surfing one day and seen a project like this and thought it was a great idea. So, the do-it-yourself person that I am decided to do do-one-herself. I had the Basic Grey papers on hand already left over from the mini mailbox item I made. I cut out a couple of heart shapes from it and stitched the edges together making sure to leave the top end open to stuff scrappy goodness into it. I also took some ric rac and glued it into the seams to create a prettier edge. I had everything on-hand already for this project so it made things easy. The tulle hanger and flowers are by Prima, the floss by Bazzill, the chipboard by American Crafts and the journaling spot by Heidi Swapp.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

SUPER Sweet 16 Blog Hop Challenge

BLOG CANDY Galore is being given away over at Candy Shoppe Designs and on this 16th day of September there will be no exception.
September 16-28 is-
C.S.D.'s SUPER Sweet 16 and we have cause to celebrate BIG by doing a Blog Hop/Challenge and by giving away the "Lollipop Guild Kit" from Studio Calico to 1 LUCKY WINNER!!! Could that be YOU?!? Like I always say....You can't WIN if you don't try.
So, come on over to Candy Shoppe Designs and HOP with us Lollipop Girls.
Here's the tempting Blog Candy in case your still not budging.

The BLOG HOP will start off at Candy Shoppe Designs. You will go through the list of 10 Lollipop Girls (in order) and at each blog they will have a SIMPLE STEP for you to do on your layouts you are to enter for the Challenge at the end of the HOP. It's SO EASY and it will be really FUN! Please visit C.S.D. for the complete rules.

I'm giving SIMPLE STEP 8 which is to ADD at least 3 flowers to any one corner of your photo.

How SIMPLE is that? And it's just that easy!

It's going to be SO much fun to see everyone's different interpretations even though they were all given the same SIMPLE STEPS in the same order. Here's my take to this Challenge.

Hope to see you hopping with us!!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Lend a Helping hand and be an Angel!


We've all had tough times and know first hand that the greatest feeling is when some of the weight has been lifted off your shoulders by someone you would more than likely call an Angel. I'm asking you all to please be an Angel today and lend a helping hand to my dear friend and Sketch Designer of C.S.D., Anam Stubbington. Although you may not know Anam in person I'm sure that you will feel a great deal of satisfaction being able to help someone out in their desperate time of need. Please visit her HERE to read about the situation her and her family are going through right now and try to imagine if it were you and yours. Prayers are nice but financial help is also asked upon as well. Anam is a VERY talented individual in many different areas and she's got a lot of support from other talents as well backing her up with this situation. Please check out her blog to see the many different Auctions going on for her right now and find more ways than 1 where you can help her at this time. Cut back on a couple of things that you don't neccessarily NEED in life and instead donate the money and/or bid on an auction or except a service from Anam herself in turn for your help to make it work for you too. Her family needs this right now and they can't do it on their own. Please help!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Page Maps Sketch Contest

Here's my take to the oh-so inspiring Sketch Contest that Becky is hosting over on Page Maps right now.....
This happens to be my younger brother (in center) walking along the shore in such a picture perfect setting on the famous "North Shore" beach in Hawaii.

This is my NEW favorite layout to date. The colors scream out to me!

If you want your chance at winning the gorgeous "Cotillion" Kit being sponsored by Studio Calico then go on over to Page Maps and create a layout based on this here sketch....That "Cotillion" Kit should surely have you wanting to join in! If you do, GOOD LUCK! From what I've seen so far regarding all the entries it's going to be a tough beat but definately worth the try!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Design Team Work and Delicious Easy2Win Blog Candy

This very yummy "Postcards from Paris" Kit was donated to us over at C.S.D. by our "Special" Guest Designer and September Grand Prize Sponsor - Wendy Rago - Owner of Bad Girls Kits. It is a very easy Blog Candy to win. All you need to do is head on over to Candy Shoppe Designs and become a Sweetheart (Follower) and be an Active Member on the Blog.

I run a POINT SYSTEM and the more ACTIVE you are on the Blog, the better your chance at winning something. We at C.S.D. love giving things away and to prove are a couple of other Blog Candies available to win right now ..... and we just Officially Launched a few days ago! Call us "Sweet" NOT "Crazy!"

And that's not all! There will be many MORE Blog Candy Packages being given away this month as well. So, your chances at winning are high! Be a Sweetheart and come check us out!

Would you care to try your hand at Altering a Clipboard if you were shown how? Have you Altered one or two in the past and have pictures to prove it? Well then that's all you need to do to try to win this "Busy Fashionista" Blog Candy! Easy right?!

If you've never gave it a go before, check out C.S.D.'s "Sweet Tooth" Tutorial on the reasons why you should. Stop on by Candy Shoppe Designs, become a Sweetheart (Follower) and leave a comment under THIS post with a link leading back to your Altered Clipboards -New or Old- We want to see them!

Like this Blog Candy? Would you strip for it? Check out what I mean at Candy Shoppe Designs! CLICK HERE to make your way directly to the posting.

This is a Monochromatic layout I created for my Design Team spot over at Twisted Sketches. It's of my baby girl Eva.

This is my most recent layout I created for Twisted Sketches. The "twist" was to use tape and so I took tape to Deja's photo and took the image off it. I'll be sharing a Tutorial on C.S.D. on how to do that technique as well as how to create the flowers you see here. So, become a Sweetheart (Follower) so you can see how it's done. It's really very easy, otherwise I wouldn't have tackled it myself.

This is my Juicy Couture "SMELL ME" Keepsake Box that I created with a $2 box from Walmart, a couple of papers, trims, blooms and buttons and a Juicy Couture Perfume Ad from one of my Fashion Magazines. A tutorial on how to create the flowers shown here will also be given in the near future on C.S.D.

This so happens to be my ABOUT ME layout for my Lollipop Girl Design Team spot on C.S.D. My Lollipop Girl nickname is "Cherry Lolita" and the quote on the layout reads: "I want it all and I want it smothered in chocolate and whipped cream with a cherry on top!"

And that's all from me for now. Don't forget to check out both Candy Shoppe Designs and Bad Girls Kits! You won't be dissapointed if you do!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Wanna WIN this Bad Girls Kit?!?!

Candy Shoppe Designs has Officially Launched TODAY. WOO HOO!!!

Wendy Rago from
Bad Girls Kits is this months Special Guest Designer and Grand Blog Candy Sponsor. She is going to send this awesome "Postcards From Paris" Kit to 1 Lucky Winner. If you wanna chance to win it you need to check out Candy Shoppe Designs.....
So, what are you waiting for? Go check it out!!!