Friday, February 15, 2013

Thank You Card

My last thank you card.  This card could really be just any occasion.  Again, it's a hodgepodge of items from my scrap drawer, diecut drawer and miscellaneous twine, stickers.  The typewriter is a digital element as is the green decorative piece. 

I recently started randomly cutting miscellaneous die cuts with my Silhouette using the scraps in my drawer.  I just put them into a cute little box and when I'm making a card or layout, and need a little something, I just scour through the box and find something that will work.  It's really become a fun method for me and I find that I use things in ways I would have never thought to. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Thank you Card

Another Thank You card for one of the girls from Girls' Weekend.  This card was made from scraps from my scrap drawer.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentine Card with Heidi Swapp products

A fun Valentine for my sweetie using Heidi Swapp's Valentines Digi Cutting File ("mine"),

Sunday, February 10, 2013

A thank you card

I made a few thank you cards for my girls for all the goodies we received during Girls Weekend.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Sweet Dreams Daisy.....

As some of you may know, I, very unexpectedly, lost my sweet Daisy this past week.  Her kidneys were failing and she was very, very sick and it happened very quickly.   I'm so terribly sad.  She was such a wonderful, sweet, beautiful dog, friend, family member, sister and baby girl.

When we decided to get a dog, Doug and I had talked about the fact that we both had always wanted a Golden Retriever.  If you know me at all, you know I have zero patience.  I immediately started looking for a dog that would be available RIGHT then.  I found a couple, but for whatever reason, another ad in the paper kept calling my name.  I called and found out that yes, they did have puppies available, but they were only 3 weeks at the time, so they would not be available for several weeks.  I asked, do you have a runt of the litter?  That's the one I want.  She was indeed, the runt of the litter at about half the size of her siblings.  We went to meet her the following weekend and immediately knew this was OUR baby!  The rest is history.  She was born on May 1, 2009.  I named her Daisy May and she was the most special, amazing dog I could have ever hoped for.  She was meant to be a part of our family and we were so blessed to have had 2.5 years with her.  She made me smile every single day, and warmed my heart by just being her.

It broke my heart when I took her to the vet.  I thought we were going in for antibiotics, and I came home having to had said goodbye to my sweet girl for the last time.

I'll love you always, Sweet Dreams Baby girl.  XOXOXO

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Valentine Layout for my kids using Heidi Swapp's Valentine Digi Files

I made this fun digi layout using Heidi Swapp's newly released Valentine Digi Files.  You can find them here.  If I had the time, I would've made this a hybrid project using the glimmermist and printing out the papers.  It's such a fun Valentine Package.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Circle Journal Part 2 with Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic/Vintage Chic

 This is my input into the wonderfully, uber taleneted Colette Nederhoff's Circle Journal.  Her theme was "a Favorite Quote".

For Colette's Journal, I started with an idea that I created in my Silhouette Studio Software.  This is how I looked in my head.  The weird looking thing on the top is a bow when it's folded.
 And this is how it looked once I printed it and cut it out with the Silhouette.  Colette also used Heidi Swapps File Folder system as a base for her journal.   The insta-frames are only sealed on 3 sides so that Colette can add her photos to the layout. 

I have used the Silhouette Studio software do "design my layouts" for all 3 circle journals.  I like to use this method to get the scale right for the individual elements.

I will post my journal soon.  It's still working it's way back to me. 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Circle Journals using Heidi Swapp and Vintage Chic/Sugar Chic

 I've been talking about it for awhile and now I can post most of it.  I participated in a circle journal project with 3 lovely ladies.

If you are not familiar with a Circle Journal, here's how it works.  You gather a group of special crafty friends and you each make a journal.  Each person decides on a theme for their journal (or you could all do the same). 
This particular journal was 's journal.   Her theme was a series of questions that each person had to contribute to her journal with their answers.  She titled her journal "She Asked".

 I titled my section as "She Answered".  The picture above is the front cover of a file folder that contains my answers to some of her questions.  I used a combination of Heidi Swapp Vintage Chic, Sugar Chic papers and embellishments as well as a few odds and ends from my stash.
 On this page I answered her question... "what life advice would you give to your daughter?".  I decided to include a letter that was addressed to my daughter in a vellum envelope.  I attached a photo of Ashlea and I to the outer flap of the envelope.

 This is the two page spread.

 This page answered the question..."are you doing what you always thought you would do?"  I included my answer inside the openable (the flowered card).

 "What makes you happy?".  I answered that question in a simple layout I created in photoshop and added only a coupe of elements.

 Each person sends their journal out with the theme set and usually the originator completes the outer shall (cover) and adds their own thoughts related to theme as well.  As a group you decide when each person will send their journal on to the next.  When you receive a journal you have a certain amount of time allotted to add your input to that journal, then you swap again, and so on until the originator has their own journal back.

 This was such a fun project.  If you are interested in a circle journal, I suggest you just go for it!  It's so fun and so inspiring to see all of the different interpretations of the theme.  I thoughly enjoyed it.

If you would like to see the incredible full journal, check out Kathryn Morrow's blog (  She will show you not only her incredible work she put into the journal, but Colette's input as well.

Next up, I will show you what I put into Colette's journal.

Friday, February 1, 2013

A few more tags.  I apologize for the "yellow" tint, I took these with my phone and have not had time to edit.  I wanted to get the tags all out of the way, so that I can post my Circle Journal Fun next week.