Monday, July 27, 2009

Christmas in July projects

Here are a few of the projects that I made for our crop at Citrus Tree Studio's Christmas in July.
This little guy is a "snow cone" project that I provided a tutorial for. Isn't he just the cutest little thing?

Here is the other tutorial that I provided instructions for. It's a matchbook cover that can be used to leave notes for Santa or for your child to write their wish list on. I keep one of these in my purse and jot down all of the kids' wants and wishes into it for gift ideas.

These are a couple of paper wreaths that I made as part of a challenge posted by another design team member. I think it is such a great way to use up some of that Christmas themed paper I had in my stash.

The origami tree on this card was part of a challenge posted by another design team member. I added some glitter and mica flakes to give it a snowy appearance.
It was so much fun to start celebrating Christmas a little earlier than normal this year. It also got me to thinking about different Christmas projects I could do this year!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

It's Christmas in July and that means gifts!

Today we kicked off Christmas in July over at Citrus Tree Studio! There are lots of fun challenges to participate in and some AWESOME prizes! Wanna join in? It's easy!
Just register for the boards and leave a message on this thread saying "Merry Christmas" and let them know that I sent you. By just doing that you are entered to win a prize! Every time you participate in a challenge your name is entered in not just one but TWO drawings! One for the actual challenge you participated in and another for the one of three grand prizes! One of the grand prizes is this:

You KNOW you want to play, so here are the details:
Here is a link to the crop guidelines. I hope you can join us!
Here is a link to the challenges and times.
There is also a great sale going on during the Christmas crop! Here are the details:
Crop Sale: 25% Off Entire Order
excludes July Kit and July Add-Ons*

Starts Sat., July 25th!

One KaiserCraft Wood Star Album available.


Product Spotlight (Wood Albums) = 25% Off
Previous Kits (Jan. - June `09) = 25% Off
Previous Add-Ons (Embellishment and Cardstock) = 25% Off
*Current Kit (July: Days of Summer) = 10% Off

Above discounts valid beginning Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 12:01 a.m. eastern and ending on Monday, July 27th at 12:00 midnight eastern. Regular shipping and handling charges apply.
PLEASE NOTE: The merchandise discounts will be returned to purchaser's PayPal account/credit card within twenty-four hours of purchase.

Want another chance to win?

Register at the Citrus Tree Studios messages boards and check in here and tell them that I sent you AND leave a comment on my blog and I will do a drawing on Tuesday for these:
Merry Christmas, I hope to see you there!

Monday, July 6, 2009

I am thrilled!

I am excited to share this announcement that was made today over at Bella Blvd! (check out the last name on the list) :0)


It's a new week, and I am thrilled to tell you we have finalized the invitations to our brand new Guest Artistas. Thank you so much to everyone that sent in submissions. We had a blast checking out all your awesome work and learning a bit about each of you. It's always a shame that we cannot pick everyone. The creativity is astounding, and to get submissions from all over the world is so encouraging. We also want everyone to know that for future Artista calls, anyone and everyone is invited to submit, even if you were not chosen during this round, we would love for you to continue submitting to future calls. Thank you again for all the Bella love and support!

I am so happy to announce, in alphabetical order, the new Bella Guest Artistas for 2009:

Jessica Ball

Donna Creedon

Daniela Dobson

Sheri Feypel

Krista Hanna

Nancy Holley

Jenneke Knol

Mimi Leinbach

Brittny Lejeune

Tanisha Long

Janis Medina

Deanna Misner

Sue Mylde

Christina Taylor

Tricia Wilson

Congratulations ladies! We welcome you to the Bella family!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Kit reveal at Citrus Tree Studio

Today is kit reveal day at Citrus Tree Studio! July's kit is called "Days of summer". This kit is so bright and fun and stuffed with goodies.
Here are some of the projects that I made using the kit.
The bright colors of these papers create such a nice contrast to make this card pop!
The kit comes with 6 of these cute paper flowers. I hand stitched the stems and added some paper grass to the bottom of the card.
I am glad that I finally got to use some photos that hubby took a couple of years ago while in Santa Cruz. The title is intended to be both literal and metaphorical. The text on the layout says,"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf." and "Note to self: Life is short, you might as well enjoy the ride.".
On this layout I used pictures from my son's 7th birthday. We took him to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to celebrate. I had saved a coin from the arcade and was able to incorporate it onto the layout.

I'll leave you with a few photos from our fourth of July firework here at the house.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Hello July, time for a review...

Can you believe it is July already? Me neither! Today is day 182 of 2009 with only 183 to go. We are already half way through this year. To celebrate this little fact I thought I would share some of my favorite layouts, projects and cards that I have made so far this year.

"The Purest Place"
These are some of my favorite layouts from this year. This one is of my mom when she was a little girl. The pictures are so cute of her and her Shirley Temple curls. I like the combination of the pic's with the vintage inspired paper.
"Divine Love"
This one is of me and my hubby. In each of the squares I used objects that were significant to us and our relationship. Did you notice the wings on the layered hearts at the top? That is to signify how his love has given my heart wings (cheesy, I know, but true). The rose is how our relationship has bloomed over time, the butterfly made from sheet music is a nod to how our relationship began (in our college musical theater class). The key is because he holds the key to my heart for life. So enough with the mushy stuff, let's move on...
"they R my favorite peeps"
I frequently refer to my family as "my peeps" and wanted to do a layout documenting that. The photo is from an alley in San Francisco that we just happened upon and this mama saw a photo opportunity! The papers I used were to reflect the grungy nature of the graffiti and my peeps trying to look all hardcore in the photo.

Onto projects:
"Our Family"
This is a little frame I altered to display in our home and much like the layout "Divine Love", it is full of symbolism. The frame is actually new, but I distressed it to make it appear weathered. I used some of my German glass glitter that is one of my most favorite things! Each tag represents a little something about our family. The "W" represents our family last name, the butons are to represent how we mend and hold each other together. The pearls represent "the pearls of wisdom" and the key unlocking them. The flower and the charm (a rosary emblem that I found) represent how we grow in our faith ( we are not Catholic, it is just a representation). The heart represents our love for eachother and the milk cap represents how we nourish each other. (I know, more mush, I just can't help myself!)
This is a canvas I made for my daughter's room. I wanted to do a monochromatic color scheme, but still convey texture and movement within the design.

Here are some up close shots that show more detail.
close up

"Vegas" mini album
Hubby and I went to Vegas earlier this year on a quick little get away. I made a mini album to remember our little weekend and some of the things we did while we were there.

On to cards:
These are pretty self explanatory, so I will skip the commentary and just allow you to enjoy. ;0)
"Thinking of you"
"Life is good"

So that's that. It's great to review previous creations and remember the fun you had while creating them, the photo's you used and why you used them and to remind yourself of why you enjoy the creative process. I hope you had fun looking back with me at some of the things I have created so far this year.
Thanks for stopping by.

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