Monday, February 28, 2011

A Scrappy Weekend!

Hey guys!

Just a quick post to share with you guys two layouts I completed this weekend for an up coming class at Inspire...

Layout #1:
"My Lil Strawberry" using the new Sassafras line "Ellie's Tale"....oh my I love that line!!


Layout #2:
"Spring Fever..." using the other new Sassafras line "Sweetly Smitten"


Also...me and Seth went to quite an awesome wedding this weekend...our friends Renee and Spencer got married in New Orleans at the Champagne Palace and it was absolutely beautiful! I took a few pics...and thought I might share with you guys. I love all the little details...I always notice the little things....so here are a few of them....
Congrats to the bride and groom! 
Also...they had a photo booth and I spent quite a lot of time in it...can't wait to scrap the cute photos that I got!!


 These beautiful flowers...were every where....I even got to take some home!!!

The sign in table....
 The candy bar....

 Cookies with there engagement picture on it....
 These little books were on the tables....
 The flower girls purse is made out of fresh flowers!

 Me and Seth...making fun of the "Skinny Arm" pose!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A little Crate Paper Challenge & A Love Inspired weekend!

Hey bloggers!!

Just wanted to share with you something I just completed! So, if you haven't already gotten the message (from the previous post)....I love a good challenge!! After all it gets me scrappin and helps me to think a little more out the box!

So, jump on over to Crate Papers Blog...they are doing a sketch challenge this week.....Here is the sketch challenge....You can create a layout, project, or card using this sketch...you can also submit your work to Crate Paper if you use 50% or more of Crate Paper products on your layout!
Check out their blog...they have a few samples of what the design team members have done.

Here is what I did.... "Capture"
I named this layout "Capture" because I feel like it is important to capture the everyday moments of my children...and scrap those! It is easy to get caught up scrappin all the major life events....but it is the everyday moments...that we often forget! I don't want to forget the everyday moments...I want to capture them!! I took some pictures of Juliette today...she is just so sweet and I am loving every moment of her being 9.5 mths...such a precious age!! Just thought I had to capture this today....


All of the paper products used are Crate Paper. The stamp set that I used is Ali Edwards Technique Tuesday "Life in Pictures" stamp set. The film strip at the top of the layout...is embossed using tim holtz black soot distressing powder. I used a Martha Stewart circle punch to help decorate the film strip...along with a Jenni Bowlin butterfly sticker and vintage button!

The Ali Edwards stamps read: " Look. See. Life. " and "Look through the lens. capture a moment. tell a story. preserve a memory."

The pictures are taken with my Fuji instax camera.
The handmade flower was made by using various paper circles (distress edges, ink, mist to soften, and curl sides) The center of the flower...is made out of vintage material!


Hope you take the challenge too!

This weekend was the Make-N-Take and Cupcake social at Inspire Scrap Boutique
Me, Taylor, and Ashley each taught a make-n-take....so everyone who signed up went home with 3 make n takes and cupcakes!!

It was great to see old scrap friends and to meet new ones! Glad to have meet the precious gals from Baton Rouge!! And my dear friend Kendra...won the newest instax camera....I am so jealous....that camera is on my wish list!!





Here are a few other pics of all the inspiration at the store...







Hopefully this week is not as crazy as last week was for me...so check back because I'll be posting more challenges that I am working on!!

One more thing....Can't believe this but my little man went to his "Open House" this week for Pre-K at St. Joseph....I really can't believe in Aug. he goes to "Big School" (ummmmmmm tear!!!)
He is so ready and so excited because he gets to hang out with his Mia everyday ("Mia" is what Jacques calls my mom and she works at St. Joseph) Hopefully, they will have enough open spots for Pre-K and Jacques will be able to get in....we shall see!

Here is a picture of him and his cousin Sarah Grace (they are only 3 mths apart and they have been together since birth...and I am so glad they will be able to continue it!)


Jacques, my mom ("Mia" to Jacques), and Sarah Grace

Jacques and Sarah Grace touring the Kindergarten class! They loved it!

Hope you enjoy!
Until next time....

Vera

Monday, February 14, 2011

Challenge # 5 and #6....and Happy Heart Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to my fellow bloggers!! Hope you are able to spend some time with the people you love today!


I wanted to share with you all the rest of the challenges...to complete the week! As mentioned in the previous post....I wanted to post things all week that were "Love Inspired"...(sorry for not posting the last two days...but I was in New Orleans....ran a half marathon with my twin sister Aimee, my friend Amanda Ray, and my cousin Annie!) So I am catching up on the two days that I didn't get to post!

(That is us...post race....Annie, Me, Amanda, & Aimee)

So here is Challange # 5:

Tea candle holder...made to create in multiples (I am still working on creating more!)

Here is how I made this little candle holder...it really was quite simple!! Because I have a 9mth old...we are in the baby food stage!! Yeah, we go through lots of it!! So, I took one of Juliette's baby food jars (after she ate everything in it) and cleaned it out real good! I used some Sassafras stickers....like the ones here for both challenge #5 and challenge #6:



Here is what I created with the empty baby food jar....
All you will need to recreate this look is....some decorative stickers, ribbon, and wire (I wrapped the wire around the baby food jar a bunch of times and then I made a handle!!) You can buy wire that is extremely bendable at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. I think I will make some of these for easter...might put some grass it in and small little jelly beans...who knows!!

Challenge # 6

Challenge #6 - A Little Inspiring Journal - this was extremely easy to make too....I used various little stickers from Sassafras. I bought a little journal from Office Depot (I fell in love with it because it is just small enough to throw in your purse or with all your craft stuff...and it is made out of cork!!)


Hope you enjoyed the Love inspired week!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Challenge #4....Quick, Easy, & Cheap Valentine's

Hey guys!

So, I wanted to share with you all a very simple little project that I completed today...

So my little boy Jacques goes to Nicholls GTG (Generations Teaching Generations - Preschool)....Monday is Valentine's Day and there class is having a little party....so normally I spend wayyyyy too much time on creating cute little cards, or boxes, or treat bags whenever there is a holiday....etc....you get the point....it takes too long to make 25 hand made personalized Valentine's Day treats! So....this year I had made up my mind that I was going to do a digital card because that would be sooo much faster and plus I had to have them done by tonight because me and my hubby or going out of town this weekend!

Here is what I did and it was so cheap and they came out really cute....and I didn't spend hours on them!!

1. First....pick a picture you love of your little family or that special child in your life....and head down to Walgreens!!

2. Go to the digital print center and select photo cards .... they have lots of valentine ones to chose from....I chose a 4x8 size card....that had two printed Valentine's Day cards on one 4x8 size card....so all I had to do was cut down the middle and volia....I had two mini Valentine Day cards!!

**But the best part about this is Walgreens has a special until 2/12/11 (so get down there!!) that all Valentine cards / prints (4x8 in size) is only .14 cents per print (so yes you get two cards on one print....so it ends up being .07 cents per card!!!) You can't bet that!! While I was there I stocked up on some candy because that was on sale too (yeah...I like those deals!!)

 Here are the little class favors that Jacques will be bringing to school!

 Here are the supplies I used:
-ribbon, tulle, or string would all work!
-scissors
-clear bags for candy
-hold puncher

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Challenge Day #3....Handmade Paper Wreath!

So here is Challenge Day #3 post....A Handmade Paper Wreath!

Read below for directions...super easy and fun!! Just takes some time to fold all that paper!!



So, if you are reading my blog you probably enjoy blogging like I do....well I don't know if you are as obsessed as I am, but on one of my many late nights of blogging....I found a really cool wreath on Crate Paper's Blog (which by the way is one of my favorite scrapbooking companies) that I really wanted to try....so I gave it a try and really enjoyed making it.....I used girly colors...you know why....so I can put it on Juliette's door or hang in her room!

So if you are wondering how I made this little wreath....here is what you need to do....
1. Find your favorite reality TV show or movie....(you will understand once you begin this process of cutting and folding....and you will thank me!!)

2. Grab a few sheets of your favorite 12x12 pattern papers....and cut strips sizes .75" and 1"
To tell you the exact number of strips would be crazy....because I definitely didn't count when making it....but just know you need a lot....so you will probably use at least 5 to 6 different 12x12 pattern papers.

3. You will need a styrofoam wreath (flat on one side) , hot glue, liquid glue is optional but I used a lot of it, and crepe paper.
Here are some pics from the one on the Crate Paper Blog made by Michelle Lanning.
She did a Christmas inspired one....it is too precious! Her wreath is a little different from mine...but same concept....she used a lot more paper folds than I did and her's is way cuter!!!



4. After make all your cuts...then you will begin folding!! Here is where the movie comes in....
You will fold in half all of your strips...one by one! I put glue on the inside of each fold...to make sure it was nice and secure!

5. After all the folding... begin gluing everything down to the wreath (this is where the hot glue comes in handy!!). I only glued folded pieces around the circle and then around the inside of the circle last! Mix and match all the various pattern papers and sizes...you don't have to put all the .75" strips first and the 1" strips second....really the more random you get...the better it will come out!!


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Challenge Day #2...Cards!

Hey guys!

So here is day 2 of the blog post challenge until the 14th....

Project #2: "Love" Inspired Cards


In both of these cards I used Cosmo Cricket's new line "Circa 1934"....I really love this line and was excited to finally use it!


Hope you enjoy!!

Vera

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Challenge yourself this week...

;'So... I finally had an entire weekend with no birthday parties, no wedding parties, bridal showers, or baby showers....Nothing!!!!! (Yes...I am at that stage of my life where everyone in my life is either getting married, having a baby, or celebrating their child's birthday)

That never happens....between me, Seth and our two little ones....something is always coming up and it never seems that we have a weekend to just chill out!!! Well, we got lucky this weekend....and boy did I love it!! It was the kind of weekend you stay in your PJ's,scrap, and spend too much time blogging and facebooking!!  For all you crafty ladies you know....exactly what I am talking about!!

So I spent some time working on "Love" inspired projects for up coming Cupcakes & Make N Take event for Ashley's store. You guys need to sign up if you are free on Friday, Feb. 18...just two hours...short, sweet, and with lots of inspiration!

I also created a few other things...so I will share a little bit....the other stuff you will have to come by Inspire to see...I'll post that after the event!

So I have given myself a challenge for the week....I have to create something everyday until Feb.14th (7 project or layouts...in 7 days!) So want to guess what the challenge theme will be?? Yeah...you got it..."Love"!! So join the challenge and get some stuff done!! I am sure you have something to make that special person in your life or maybe you just need to get some scrappin done...lets see what you make. Take the challenge...and post the stuff to your blog so I can check it out!!

So here is Project #1: A Layout I created using the new Sassafras Line "Paper Crush"....you can find all this fab stuff at Inspire Scrap Boutique!



And one last thing....Jacques wishes you a Happy Valentine's Day too! Check out the pic!! I love it...this was taken when we went to Disney...and my handsome little man stood in line with his cousin Hannah to meet all the princesses!! So he got lots of kisses!! I am using this pic for his valentine's day card to give to all his friends at school...I thought it was fitting!!


Check back tomorrow...I will be posting project # 2!!


Vera
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