Saturday, May 29, 2010


I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! We are enjoying the gorgeous weather, hanging out with family and friends! I'm also hoping to fit a little stamping in too, but we'll see.

With school ending and summer quickly approaching we have a lot of changes going on around our house. As much as I can't believe it, Beckett has graduated from pre-school and will be starting kindergarten in the fall and Annabelle is only 2 school days away from kindergarten graduation. I am so sad that my babies are growing up, yet so proud of both of them!
They have a crazy busy summer filled with summer camps, swimming lessons, soccer and lots more!

Besides changes with the kids, I myself have had a lot going on these past several months. Only a few of you know this, but in January I decided it was time for me to get rid of my "pregnancy weight" since my baby was turning 5 years old. Since mid January I have been following a strict diet and walking on the treadmill and have managed to lose 56 pounds. It has been a long, hard road but I'm proud of my accomplishment. I also managed to lower my cholesterol by 48 points which for me is a big deal. I have had high cholesterol for most of my adult life. I am finally considered a normal healthy weight and my cholesterol is in the normal range! Woohoo!
Unfortunately, I have also been dealing with a thyroid issue for the past 6 months which has made me absolutely miserable. This is an ongoing issue that I pray gets resolved soon. If any of you are thyroid experts or are married to one I'd love to hear from you. Can you tell I'm getting desperate, LOL?

I also wanted to post a little bit about some changes you are going to see here on my blog in the upcoming weeks. First off, you may have noticed that I have moved a couple company names into the "past design teams" list on my side bar. Yesterday was my last official post as part of the Susana's Custom Art and Card Design design team and Monday will be my last official post as part of the Little Paper Shop design team. I am going to try and play along with the LPS Monday challenges and the SCACD TIOT challenges but it won't be a regular thing every week for me anymore. I have been truly honored to a part of both of these teams.

I do have some super exciting things coming up in the future (more on that in the next few weeks) but for the next month or so you might not see as many posts from me.

Change is good, right?

I hope you all have a terrific weekend! Be sure to check back here on Monday for my last LPS Monday challenge as part of the LPS dt. We have an awesome sketch for you that you won't want to miss!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Victoria Case Hearts and Hugs Summer Collection!

Welcome to the Susana's Custom Art and Card Design April release blog hop! Today marks the release of the latest collection of EXCLUSIVE SCACD images by the incredibly talented Victoria Case. The Victoria Case Hearts and Hugs Summer Collection is filled with 7 incredibly ADORABLE images. To showcase all these gorgeous images, the design team has put together a fabulous inspiration-filled blog hop! Each design team member is showcasing a different image today, so be sure to complete the full blog hop to see the complete release! The collection will be available for purchase at the SCACD store beginning today no later than 6 AM PST.

I am the 2nd stop in the hop. If you arrived here via
Kim's Blog you are on the right path. If not, be sure to hop back and start with her blog so that you don't miss out on any of the incredible design team projects!

For my card, I used the new Victoria Case stamp "Teddi and Friend". Isn't this just the cutest Teddy Bear EVER! The Victoria Case images are available to purchase individually or you can purchase the entire collection for an incredible discounted price! There are 2 bonus accessory stamps if you buy the entire collection. I stamped "Teddi and Friend" with Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored her with Copic markers.

Next stop in the hop is the blog of the incredibly talented Dianne Prewitt! Thank you so much for stopping by today! Be sure to head on over to the SCACD store to check out the entire Victoria Case Hearts and Hugs Summer Collection! I hope you all have an awesome weekend!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

TIOT: Tags!

Welcome to this week's SCACD Try It Out Tuesday challenge (on Thursday)! To change things up a bit the design team has split the week up with half of us posting on Tuesday and the other half on Thursday. This week our challenge is to make a tag.

For my tag, I used the Our Craft Lounge set "Sunshine Cheer". I absolutely adore this set! I stamped my images with Momento Tuxedo Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Copic markers. I added some Kaiser bling for a little extra shine!

Susana has added TONS of fabulous new products to her store...including Our Craft Lounge , Maya Road Chipboard, Stamps, Zva Creative, Copic Multiliners, Kraftin Kimmie stamps, Pink Paislee, Kaisercraft designer paper and lots more!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have a great day!

Don't forget about the AWESOME blog candy that Susana is giving away on the store blog! You won't want to miss it!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge and Blog Hop!

It's Wednesday! That means it is time for another fun Wednesday Prettie Challenge and blog hop! This week our challenge comes from Prettie Girl Jackie! Jackie challenged everyone to make a card using the colors red, green and kraft.

This week the design team will be using either the set Right On Par or Coffee Cool.

If you are just starting at my blog, head on over to Christie's blog to start the blog hop from the beginning. You definitely won't want to miss any of the stops! If you are following the hop, the next stop after my blog is the blog of Prettie Girl Wendy!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you all have a terrific day!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge!

Welcome to another fun week of the Jacksonbelle Tuesday challenge! This week's challenge is called black accents. The challenge is to make a card or project using 1 neutral color, 1 color other than black and black. Think graduation, wedding, etc. We'd love for you to play along with us. If you do, be sure to leave a link to your project in the comments section of the challenge post on the JB blog or use keyword JBE107 when uploading to PCP or SCS!

For my card I used some fabulous Cosmo Cricket designer paper along with some super fun Zva Creative flower bling and individual gems.

Be sure to check out the blogs of all of the Jacksonbelle Rockstars for more inspiration!

Dawn Lusk

Julie Lacey

Heather Pulvirenti

Windy Robinson

Stephanie Severin

Amy Tsuruta

Pam Varnell

Lynda Benden

Tobi Crawford

Jill Dunn

Shemaine Smith

Lindsey Botkin

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you all have a terrific day!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Little Paper Shop Monday Challenge!

I hope you all had a great weekend! It is Monday so that means it is time for another AWESOME Little Paper Shop challenge! This week we have a terrific color challenge for you. We'd love for you to play along. If you do, be sure to leave a link to your project on the LPS blog.
One lucky participant in this week's challenge will win the digi stamp {Jena Horse}. You have until Sunday night to get your project linked on the LPS blog!

For my card I used the sets Floral Wishes and Everyday.

For more inspiration be sure to check out the blogs of the rest of the fabulous Little Paper Shop design team!

We also have 3 fabulous new guest designers joining us the next few months so be sure to stop by their blogs and give them some love:

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you all have a terrific Monday!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

New SCACD release coming soon!

The SCACD May release SUMMER TIME FUN by Victoria Case is coming soon! Be sure to check out the store blog for a chance at some awesome blog candy!