Sunday, January 29, 2012

Brad Paisley Concert in Viva Las Vegas

We just got back from Vegas and had such a great time!
We walked around and looked at all the fun things there
and did a little shopping but the highlight of the whole
weekend was one amazing concert with 
Brad Paisley, The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery!

Scotty sounded awesome!  He is better than
he was on American idol and if you go to
the concert you will see why he was picked...
He is going to be one- huge- star someday!

 She has such an amazing voice and even
sang a song with Brad Paisley later in the show!

 The stage was really cool and he has lots of lights
and videos going on behind him..... 

 And... he came over on our side so I got this
awesome close up.....

If you get a chance to go to this concert somewhere
on the planet you really need to... Even my husband marked 
this down as one of his favorite concerts and that 
says alot!!  He played so many of our favorite songs
and the fishin song too!!  The picture below is from where he 
went all the way to the other side of the arena on another
little stage he had set up just to play for the people out there.... 
Yep... he is nothing short of amazing!!
It was a really, really fantastic concert!

Here are a few pictures I took of the gardens in the Bellagio.
They decorated for Chinese New Year so there were huge
dragons and waterfalls and flowers everywhere.  It was
really, really pretty and there were lots and lots of people
there looking just like us :)

 This is behind the check in desk... It's beautiful!

 These dragons scales were made of painted fabric..
and they move and have smoke coming out of them...
kind of got me inspired for a craft project!

 They also had lots of these little children around
and each of them has clothes made completely
of different kinds of flowers.  They were about 10 feet tall
and they were sooooo pretty!

This was a picture I took of the fountain 
behind the front of the Bellagio and you have a great
view of the Paris Hotel in the back... We
went there and had a really good Margarite Pizza for lunch...
 It was really yummy!!

This picture is inside the Hard Rock Cafe in the 
Mandalay Bay Hotel where we stayed.  They had
these colored lights on the trees and I think the 
picture came out pretty neat!

Anyway thanks for stopping to see my photos
from this weekend and I will be heading out to 
CHA tomorrow and Tuesday so I will share some
fun things I find and hopefully friends I run into too.

Lots of Hugs,

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Prima Cards to share today

Happy Wednesday everyone.  I trust your week
is going great and life is good today so far.
I made a few new cards to share today that
don't have anything to do with Valentines.
I have more to share but it was fun to take
a creative break and get out some older paper
and make something fun for my giveaway box.

All the cards were done with Printery from
Prima and bits of Basic Grey.  For this
card I used 2 Spellbinders dies
(Fluer de Lis Pendants & Blossom tags & Accents)
 for the top and layered rectangles under it in different
prints for the backround.  For the ribbon
I tied a bow at the top of the die and then tied
another bow on it to make it bigger.  The 
words from this are a sticker from Mrs Grossman
and the tiny pearls are from Kaisercraft.

I really like this card!  It kind of gives me that
20's kind of look all clean and black and white.
For this card I cut 2 pieces of backround print
and then 5 flags of various sizes and layered 
those.  Then I used my Spellbinders circle die
to create a mat for the black flower tag and used
a sticker for the sentiment from SRM.  I popped this
up to give it more dimension and then added the
tiny ribbon and butterfly to finish it off.
And just to make the envelopes look snazzy I ran
them all through with a embossing folder.  Not so
plain and boring anymore.... cute don't you think?

This last card was the easiest but looks like it is more.
One of the sheets in the book is already blocked out
so I cut a portion of it for my backround and then added
tiny Thanks letters from Cosmo Cricket.  Lastly I tied
a faint green striped ribbon around it and into a bow
and added some cute roses.  The little leaves on this
are punched with a Martha Stewart punch...  

That's it for today... I taught a super fun flower
class last night with some amazing ladies so I will
have some photos from that to share and maybe a 
few tutorials... be sure and check back for that soon...

Lots of Hugs,

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Card Club for January

It's time again for Card Club at the store and this
month we are doing love themed cards with a twist.

The stores are filled with lots of love and heart 
related papers and I always hear I don't have a
Valentine to give out---- so why not create something that you 
can give anytime of year to express how much 
you care or even just thinking about them.
Say like You're my favorite, or Thinking of You,
or Thanks or the clock card is Time to Celebrate.

We actually are doing 7 projects this month and
are trying to focus on creating with flags and
of course Spellbinders dies :) Each card is embossed
too so that it gives each of them that much more
dimension and added interest.
My papers are from Basic Grey, Bazzill, WeR,
Reminisce, and the gorgeous rose paper is
from K & Company.
The stamps this month are from Hero Arts, 
Darcie's and My Favorite Things. There are 
so many cute stamps out it was hard to pick this
month as always but I hope that these inspired you
to get out some ink and paper and create a few
for your card box for later!!

I will take some photos the next 2 days of the 
ladies in class to share and until then.....

Happy Stamping to all of you,

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I Won BG papers!!

I just Love Basic Grey and have for a very long time
and I got an amazing surprise today when
 I got a wonderful email from Melanie
over at Basic Grey andwas the random person
selected for the page challenge!! Yay!!!

And---- I get to pick any paper pack of my choice and
was that ever hard to do because I love All of Them...

so after thinking and thinking and thinking
 I went with Marjolaine so I can do my album
of my Sequoia trip... Can't wait--- guess I will have to
stalk the mailman all next week :)

Have a wonderful happy, happy day,

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Lots of New Spellbinders Cards today...

You can probably tell that the creative juices
are flowing pretty good these days and it helps
that I love making Valentines Projects too.  I made 
4 new cards so far to share today and have used lots of
different Spellbinders dies on them.

I love this card and mixed lots of prints and my
Spellbinders dies to create it.  I think that is the
part I love the most is how versatile they are and
how gorgeous they make things look.
I embossed all the pieces and layered them up
a little using foam dots so it really pops out
with lots of dimension...

I had lots of inspiration for this card from some
special people in my life who are going through tough
times with family members in hospice and passing 
away.  I think the longer I live the more important
it becomes that you "Make every Moment Count"
in your life.  I originally wanted to make this as
a removable medallion so the person could take it
off and wear it as a pin so I guess I will have to do another
one for me to wear now... Don't you love the colors?

This is just a simple card that I created with strips
of paper and a doily cut along the edges, inked them up 
a little and made another medallion heart shape
with my Spellbinders Heart Circles.  For the center
of it I layered stickers from the My Minds Eye 
Love Me Set.  The papers are also from them too!
I really love the tiny prints on this and it makes
me get even more in the mood for heart season!

My last card for today is also from the Love Me set 
of papers but the chipboard LOVE is from Crate paper.
The heart for this is 2 embossed Spellbinders 
Scalloped Hearts on top of each other and the top one
 I sanded just a little with a sanding block to make
the design pop out a little more on the red paper.  

I have lots more love to share this week so be
sure and check back for lots more ideas....

Lots of hugs,

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New things to share

 This is my photo from day 7 of my class and since
everyone was doing these serene photos of snow-
I thought I would take this picture of the "quiet beauty"
of my snow scene in my house.  Since we don't have
much snow in sunny California besides up in the mountains,
 I thought I would snap this photo to remember my snow.

The lighting made the colors look old fashioned
and I really like it :)  I decided I am going to redo
an old recipe box I have and keep all my photos 
that I take each day and some journaling. I thought
my moma razi paper would be great but now I just
have to find it.... hmmmm ...could take awhile..... 
Anyway, taking this class has
really inspired me to think different about what i 
see in my world and should make for some pretty
fun pages and projects this year.... 

This is a page i just did with the New Crate Paper 
Valentines.  I have a cousin that shared some
photos of her recent wedding and thought it was
so awesome and had to scrap some pages of it.

The chipboard pieces are great for this line, there
is so much variety and great flowers.
I am going to put them all to good use in lots
of cards and pages for this year...

These Valentine papers are from TPC Studio and are 
super cute for more simple and monochromatic
pages.  I am creating some wall art to decorate the
house and thought this was perfect to do of my DH and I. 

I went out and got a few new things from Echo Park
and My Minds Eye today to work on so I will share those 
later this week.  Love all this Valentines paper----
and I am definitely going to lose some sleep creating
with the new things I got.

Glad you stopped by..

Monday, January 9, 2012

Fabulous News today!!!

Yep, I made it through one more round of the Spellbinders DT
Call and my name is here with some very, very, very talented
ladies. I am so very happy and doing my Petra Happy Dance
right now and probably for the next 2 weeks!!!!  Yay!!!

You can go to the link here to see the rest of the names...

Our next assignment is due soon the first
part of Feb..... Wish me luck everyone!!

Friday, January 6, 2012

It's the Season for Love :)

I think my favorite time of year is probably Valentines.
You can never have enough hearts, or tell people that you 
love and adore them enough and it has the best colors
of any season out there... I love it :)  
We are getting in lots of products so I am madly creating
lots of fun cards and books and momentos to give to
people. I think my favorite so far this season is Crate Papers
 New Valentine Collection.  I made some cards to show today 
along with a few favorites from Doodlebug.
Sometimes the colors work so great together it is easy
to put together lots of things pretty quick.
And... it helps if you love what you do....

So first I want to share 4 cards with Crate Paper Valentines. 
Of course I had to use some of my Spellbinders Dies
on a few( love them too) and I am quit happy with the results...

(This sketch from this card is from Mojo Monday)

I have so much fun creating with the 6x6 pads because
it is quick and easy and you have lots and lots of
prints to chose from and they don't have to all be
super elaborate.  I used lots of stickers and rub-ons
for the Sentiments to save time so that is another option
for you to try too. 

Next I made lots of cards and tags with the cutest
Valentine collection from Doodlebug.  There is the
cutest cupcakes, strawberries, layer cakes and dots
to work with and the tags and stickers made it
super fun to just keep creating until I ran out of paper.

By the end of the pad I had lots of tiny pieces so
I created this card with lots of ribbon looking pieces
hanging from an edged cut piece of paper.  This is
my favorite and yep it has lots of things going on
but I really like it and I am going to have to find
someone special to send it to this year!!

Doodle bug has packages of bakers twine with
lots of coordinating shades so if you find some be
sure and load up on this product because it is fun
and really inexpensive to use on things...

All the Doodlebug cards are something that you can
create quick with just the pad and tags and bits of ribbons
that you have in your stash.  In an afternoon you can
have a dozen cards or more to send out or keep in
your box to send at a later date... and the cards don't
always have to be Valentine themed either. You
can do them for friends or thinking of you or maybe
even a Special Thank you to someone.

I hope you LOVE these as much as I do and inspired
you to create a few for you this weekend!

Have a wonderful day,

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Basic Grey Sketch for January

I was out looking at all the fun things on the web and
came across another fun sketch from Basic Grey this
month and got a few sheets out of my BG stash and
made up this fun page to put in a frame for my
daughter to give her best friend for a going away 
gift this weekend.  I really love the border on it!!

The papers are from the Lemonade and Bittersweet collections
and I used my Spellbinders dies to create the heart border,
frame and heart circle for the backround.  I used the 
Daisy Heads Shapeabilities, Classic Scalloped Hearts,
Carnation Creations, Labels Eight and my Heart Circles dies...
I love to mix and match the dies and love the way
you can use them on pages too. Very fun :)

The brads in the middle of the flowers are actually
push pins from Office Max that I cut off the back of and glued
them down onto the middle of the flowers.  For the outside edge
I used a distress tool and then inked it with chalk ink
in chestnut roan just to make it look a little more vintage.

Hope you like my new page and thanks
for stopping by today.  I also have some Great knews
to share... I got a card published in Scrapstreet Magazine
and am I ever excited! I used my Spellbinders dies and
lots of MME papers and it's probably my favorite card
that I have done so I was really glad they liked it too!
I have lots of Doodlebug and Crate paper cards and tags
 to share on Sat.. so be
sure and stop by for some fun ideas!

Lots of Hugs,

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Photo for my class

 For this photo we were asked to take
a picture of something soul searching or
touching with the thought that anything
is possible.. So what came to mind is
this simple cross that I got in an abbey in
Bologna Italy.  The church below is over
700 years old and it like the cross is
not fancy or ornate but simply stands
for a belief in God and a simple place to
worship with others who believe.
I took the photo of the cross on a simple piece
 of wood by the light of the window in the 
mid afternoon sun with no flash. I 
like the shadows and the simple way
the metal stands out but not in a 
glistening kind of way.

This old church was a place that totally took
my breath away.  Sometimes unexpected
things you find in your walk through life
leave with you with the deepest impression.
This is one of mine :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Photo Class

As the New Year begins- I  have decided to try and step out
of my comfort zone a little more and try some new things ..
like new classes, yoga, trying new recipes, 
getting more into the messy kind of art again and taking
lots of trips to see our world...
My first this year is starting a photo class on Big Picture.
Everyday we are given an assignment to go out and
see the world with our camera's in a different way. 
I hope that at the end I will take pictures a little better
and in a more interesting way and see not just the big
picture of life but all the tiny little things inside it too...

For this assignment we were supposed to go outside 
and see something that made us think of a breath of fresh air....
and my camelia bush is blooming and the sun was just setting for the day
 so i moved in close and tried to capture
 the delicate beauty of all the petals of this flower and all
the tiny veins of the leaves.  Nature is amazing isn't it :)

Lots of hugs,


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