Saturday, September 8, 2012

Fall.......My favorite season of the year!

Fall has always been my favorite season. I love the vibrant rich colors of orange, reds, and yellows. I cannot wait for our weather here to change to cold crispy chilly mornings and rain. Lately here in Southern California we have seen nothing but hot, and humid days in the late 90's.....YUCK!

I have been busy submitting all the stuff I have been working on lately and had nothing to post today because I cannot share until I know for sure that my stuff was not picked up. But today I plan on scrapbooking all day, and just for the fun if it. So maybe I can post something here on my blog real soon.

I really would like to thank all my family and friends who congratulated me on all the great things happening in my life right now. I truly feel blessed and grateful for each and everyone of you.

....... I will definitely be back soon.

Monday, August 27, 2012

O Happy Day!

Hi everybody, please do not mind the mess in front of me. But that is how I roll when I am creating. A complete utter mess, makes for pretty crafty creations......I am sure I am not a lone messy scrapper, yes I know a lot of you can relate!

About three weeks ago I signed up for Sherry Mendoza's birthday crop at The Prima Warehouse. I was so excited because it had been a while that I have been to a crop that I was able to create things for fun. I went alone anticipating to make new friends.......and was I blown away. Not Only did I make new friends, I reconnected with an old friend as well........O Happy Day!
Pictured above is Sherry Mendoza (birthday girl) and Trish Figueroa. Sherry had us all laughing with her dancing antics, and her lovely accent.....LOVE IT! I was so surprised that I ran into Trish, she was my first scrapbooking boss. We had so much to catch up on, and chatted the night away. Things are good for her, look how happy she is. This photo captures the mood of the evening, we were all  happy to be here.
This is my new and talented friend Frank Garcia.......His work is amazing, Trish and I could not take our eyes off his work. He just sat, chatted with us, and continued to work on his layouts......and he is very humble. Keep your eyes on this guy, he is going places. Please click on his name for link to follow his blog. He has some amazing things going on right now. Next month he will be a guest designer for Prima, and also launch his new on-line scrapbook magazine.
Here is a sneak peak of one of his layouts. A huge thanks for Frank letting me use a couple of his photos.
I spent Saturday and Sunday doing make n takes at Scrap N Yap in Monrovia, CA. They were celebrating their 5th Anniversary with a crop. The house was full with many scrapbookers and lots of prizes. My favorite part was the dessert truck that pulled up for all croppers to enjoy a sweet treat. This was far the hardest decision I had to make all week.....A root beer float, sundae, or cookie sandwich.....Yummy!

It was also my last time that I am going to teach scrapbook, or Cricut classes anywhere. I am closing this chapter in my life, because a new one is about to begin. Cannot wait to share what my new chapter will be.......come back soon!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Family First...............

Hi Bloggers,

It seems like forever since I have been on here and I feel so bad neglecting it. But I needed a mini brake from blogging and I am so enjoying time with my family right now. I have 4 boys, 1 in college, 1 senior, 1 freshman, and my little 6th grader. I have been reflecting lately on what is most important to me, and seeing how time is flying by so fast, and my babies are growing up before my eyes, I needed to make sure they know how very important they are to me in my world, and they do.

I feel very fortunate how my husband, boys, and family support my scrapbook hobby, and all my high hopes to make it more than just that one day. Looking for a work in the Scrapbook industry has been so hard, and jobs are very hard to come by. But one day I hope be able to do just that,  you just wait and see!

Above you can see a sneak peak of my latest creation, a family mini album.....I love making them, cant get enough! Though I have not been blogging much, I must say that I sure have been creating.......So stay tuned, there is so much more that I want to show and share with you all.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Lovely Oval Card

 Hi Bloggers, 

Today I would love to share this card I made using my favorite color.....Blue. I love how I was able to find embellishments old and new to create it. 

 The easel greeting card is not your traditional or typical greeting card. The easel on the back of the card makes it sturdy for display on your desk, counter top, and or shelf.

You would simply decorate the card as you would a regular card, and recipient can easily fold at the mid-joint, enter the mid-joint into the tongue of the easel  to display.

Using embossing powders, along with Piccolo enamel adhesive,  and a heat gun I changed my chipboard heart to a golden color to add a special touch as you see on the card.

Here is a side view of the card showing you the easel to hold up the card. 

Products Used -
  • Easel Greeting Card - Globecraft Memories
  • 24K Gold Embossing Powders - Globecraft Memories
  • Piccolo Enamel Adhesive - Globecraft Memories
  • Ribbon - May Arts
  • Hearts -  Piccolo Card Set #3
  • Paper - My Minds Eye
  • Crystal Floral Stem- Prima Marketing
  • Butterfly - K and Company
  • Border punch - Martha Stewart 

Thanks for stopping by and please come back soon.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fabulous Mini

 Hi all,

today I wanted to share the mini album I made using the 6"x6" Clip-Board Wood  cover, Heidi Swapp , and Bind It All V2.0.

 When I first saw this Sugar Chic line from Heidi Swapp, I knew immediately that it would be a perfect girlie album, especially with the fabulous photos I took with Alexis. The freedom to create an album using this awesome line makes me so happy. Mini albums have been my favorite thing to make and gift for many years now. Along with my Bind It All V2 and 6"x6" clip-board I set off to do just that. 
I love that I can be silly with Alexis, she makes me feel young again.  When using the clip-board and because of the thickness, you will need to apply a whole lot of pressure to get the cut through. I had decided to center the album in the middle for my Bind It All and cut only 6 holes for my O-rings.

 On the inside of my mini album I used chipboard and cut it to 5 3/4x5 3/4 to fit inside the 6x6 album. I loved all the embellishments that came with the Heidi Swapp line and I was able to find these cute Zebra gemstone to match it perfectly.

Thanks again for stopping by.

See you soon ♥ 

Products Used -

  • Zutter Bind-It-All V 2.0
  • Zutter O-Wires in Silver 1"
  • Zutter Clip-Board Wood 6"x6" 
  • Sugar Chic - Heidi Swapp paper, embellishments, and stickers
  • Ribbon - May Arts, & Fabric Barn
  • Heart - Cricut, Plantin cartridge
  • Deckle Scissors
  • Ranger - Stickles
  • Colorbox Ink - Mixed Media, Black
  • Lettering stickers - Authentique 
  • Zebra gemstones - The Paper Studio

Monday, July 2, 2012

Starting Monday With A Bang!

I have to admit, what a difference your life makes when you surround yourself people who support you, teach you, push you to be all you can be, and more......I feel nothing but blessed right now, and oh so thankful. 

I have been blogging for over 4 years but not weekly as I had originally had hoped for. So, the beginning of this year I made a promise to myself to make sure I did just that, and I feel that alone has made a huge difference on where I am at today.

About 3 months ago I opened a private email on Facebook from a sweet young lady asking me if I would like to be published in her on-line magazine as a featured designer. I was very shocked because I had also just recently been selected to be on 2 manufacture design teams. I used to think that I would never be chosen for any of these opportunities and to me I think the whole difference was being on top of your blog, and a lot of creating.

Pictured above is the very photo I used in the magazine. I went with a patriotic theme due to our Country celebrating our Independence this month. 

Ekkkkk! I am super excited, so please check out the her magazine here....... A Homespun Affair

Stay tuned for the next few blog posts, I have so much more things happening that I want to share and cannot wait to share. 

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Happy Monday Everyone

Hi everyone,

It's Monday and I have plenty of creative stuff on my plate this week. I am putting the final touches on my CHA designs for Globecrafts, and then it is off to ship them. You will absolutely love the new product debuting next month at the Craft and Hobby Association being held in Chicago, and I cannot wait to share with you.

Today I am sharing with you the mini Album I made using the Display It All stand from Zutter. This is a gift for a very special and adorable little boy named AJ......our little nephew. I love how I am able to make the mini album and adhere to the stand so it can be displayed at home.
I thought that the Stella Rose collection by My Minds Eye was perfect for AJ's photos.
Here is a sneak peak inside of the album, featuring my favorite picture of AJ smiling while cute! I cannot wait to show Sindy the whole album, and I hope she loves it. I love being able to creative and personalize gifts for the family.

Products used:
  • Bind It All (Zutter) - Display It All, Silver O-wire, Chipboard
  • My Minds Eye - Paper, Embellishments
  • May Arts - Ribbon
  • Ranger - Stickles 
  • Authentique - mini alpha letters
Thanks for stopping by, see you real soon.

♥ Michelle 

Friday, June 22, 2012

My Mermaid Earrings

 Hi there bloggers, today I would love to share these cute earrings I made using from Piccolo Flower Charm Set from Globecraft. The Flower Charm set comes with a Charm for a necklace, and a matching set of earrings. I loved the size of the charm and opted to use 2 sets to make this pair of earrings.
 Here is a close up, I love the Mermaid Tears Embossing......My favorite powders.
 Using an Exacto knife, gently remove the lose pieces by cutting all the tick marks on earring. Do not pull apart the pieces because you can tear the chipboard.
Generously apply Embossing Powder Adhesive to the charm.
Using the Mermaid Tears Powder, I sprinkled powder all over the charm and put excess back into jar. I heat set my earring charms with my heat gun, cooled, and repeated the process again to achieve the 3 dimensional effect I was wanting.
Once cooled, I applied a thin layer of Glastique  to protect my earrings, Sterling Silver ball hook, and then I added Swarowski crystals to give my earring that finishing touch.

Products Used:
  • Flower Drop Charm Set (2) - Piccolo
  • Mermaid Tears Emboss Powder - Piccolo 
  • Embossing Powder Adhesive - Piccolo
  • Glastique - Globecraft
  • Swarowski Crystal - Jolee
  • Ball Hooks - Cousins
  • Heat Gun

Thanks for stopping by,

♥ Michelle

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

On The Bright Side...........

Hello Blogger, thanks for stopping by today. Today I am sharing my "Smile" album filled with pictures that I have captured of my family smiles. The paper line is called The Bright Side, and I think it is another awesome line created by My Minds Eye. 

I used a lot of ribbon for the outside. I think my favorite is the seam binding ribbon that was dyed turquoise by my friend Cindy Fahrbach and intertwined it with some cute eyelet ribbon from May Arts. If you look closer you can see these cute key trinkets I picked up at Scrap N Yap in Monrovia, CA.

 I picked up these adorable flowers at Hobby Lobby. I love that they finally opened one close to us.
 Here is my oldest son Michael and his beautiful girlfriend Paige, cute couple!
 This is a favorite photo of my family this year.....LOL
 This was a great day. We went to Disney Walk, had a great time hanging out and just enjoying the day. We are very fortunate to live about 25 miles from Disneyland.
Here is hubby and I ♥

Thanks for stopping by........come back soon!

Products used:
  • My Minds Eye - Paper, Embellisments
  • Maya Road _ Mini Album
  • Prima Flowers
  • May Arts - Ribbon
  • Score Tape - Adhesive

Saturday, June 9, 2012

A Little Bit Of Sunshine

Hello there everyone,

Michelle here blogging on a Saturday night......yes a Saturday night! I can not remember the last time I was able to do just that. I had been organizing my desk area, as is norm after I finish a project, when I noticed that it was 5:30pm. I had wondered if I would have time to make a layout in time before the sun goes down, so that I can take photos, and I did......HORRAY!!!

I had this beautiful picture of Izzy, and thought it would look great with with Sunny Side up collection by My Minds Eye.Izzy had just had her long hair cut and her Mom aka "Momarazzi" caught this beautiful photo of her.
I distressed all the edges around the boarders.
After the edges were distressed, I inked them.
I used my scissors to cut and trim and my images from the accessory sheet.
As I do with most of my projects I added Stickles to make my layout sparkle.
  I used a sheer ribbon with twine......I loved how it came out!
I love to use my 3D dots to pop out my cut outs.
Products used:
  • My Minds Eye - Sunny Side Paper line, Accessory Sheet, 
  • May Art - Sheer ribbon
  • Ranger - Stickles
  • Ink - Color Box 
  • Tools - Distressing tool by Prima, Scissors, Paper trimmer (Fiskars) 
  • Adhesive - Tombow, and 3D Dots
Thanks for stopping by......come back soon.

♥ Michelle

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A Pink Paislee Layout

Hello everyone, today I am hoping to inspire you with my layout featuring Pink Paislee.

This past weekend I had my Niece Alexis stay over and we had so much fun, she brings out the "little" girl in me. Its been a while since she has stayed over night. Alexis was very excited to show me her new braces, she looked so adorable and I wanted to capture her new smile, a huge BIG smile.

I loved how the pictures came out, and I thought they looked best in black and white with the Indigo Bleu line by Pink Paislee.

Products Used -
  • Pink Paislee - Indigo Bleu
  • Pink Paislee - Embellishments 
  • Ribbon- May Arts
  • Joilees - Swarowski Crystal
  • Tombow - Adhesive and 3D Dots
  • Scallop scissors
  • Martha Stewart - Border punch

Below are additional photos of the layout.

Here is a sneak peak of my Bind It All mini album featuring Heidi Swapp paper line......stay tuned!

Friday, May 25, 2012

My 1st Project For Globe Cratfs Design Team

Hello, Hello, Hello,

Hope everyone is having a fantastic day.......I am! Today's post is for the Globecraft's Design Team. They have so much amazing products, and I love being part of their team.

Pictured above is a globe frame that they offer, it is plain chipboard that you cover with paper and it is 3 Dimensional. I have all the details for this frame on Globe Craft's Blog click ---> here,

Products used:
  • Frame & Swirls - Globe Craft
  • Paper- Prima Marketing
  • Embelishment - The Girls Paperie
  • Riboon - May Arts 
Thank for stopping by............ ♥ Michelle