Sunday, October 28, 2012

Confession Time about handmade cards! I used Heidi Swapp Color Magic paper and Pink Paislee's Mistables paper, Artisan Collection with Color Shine

Wow, it has been a while since I have blogged.  It starts to get very busy around this time of the year for everyone so I like to take some time to really enjoy some down time.  Our recent down time was a trip to New Orleans and Grand Isle, Louisana during fall break  My kids, two of their friends and I had a blast.  This trip was extra special because I met a crafter friend for the first time.  My friend Anna and I both took Heidi Swapp's the Art of Observation class and got to know each other through the on-line class and then continued to communicate via email and phone calls when the class ended.  Anna invited my family to Grand Isle, probably not really expecting me to take her up on her offer but I did! She was a gracious host and we even had some time sharing and creating together.  None of us wanted to return home but all things must come to an end.

As my kids have been back in full swing of school, my husband busy at church, I have been doing lots of different activities.  As you may know, I have a space at the boutique The Shoppes at Brownstone Village.  I have been sprucing things up and trying to get ready for the holiday season fast upon us.

I have also been having an incredible time playing with Heidi's Color Shine misting spray.  I shared several posts ago about this great product and I finally put it into real action with making lots of homemade cards.  I have to say, after using it quite a bit, it still stands up to the high quality it was in the beginning.  Some sprays simply give out after a while but not this one.  It is awesome to the very end (thank goodness for back up bottles!).

I have a confession to make and hopefully I am not the only one like this.  I can be a bit selfish when it comes to giving away my handmade things.  Yikes, I said it.  Here is the good news.  I have figured a way around my selfishness.  If I have a lot of something (such as cards) then I don't feel bad at all giving some away.  So, I have been making card after card after card.  Now that I have quite a stash, I can start blessing those around me and not feel selfish at all!  All the cards were made using Color Shine on either Heidi's Color Magic paper or Pink Paislee's Mistable paper.  I would love to know what you think of the cards and feel free to email me pics of your homemade cards.  I am always looking for inspiration.  Thanks for reading and have a great upcoming week!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

And the winner of the Color Shine by Heidi Swapp contest is...

Lorrie!  Thanks for playing, Lorrie.  Great job on all of your Color Shine colors.  You are going to love Primrose.  Everyone who missed out, be sure to look for more games in the future.  Have a great rest of the weekend!

Heidi Swapp's Color Shine Game using seam binding

Hello!  Did you learn your Color Shine colors?  I hope so.  Here is the game.  Look at the colors of seam binding below and name them from left to right, top to bottom.  Then, name the Color Shine I forgot to use (sad for that one!).  The first one that posts all the colors in the correct order and names the missing one will be the winner of your choice of a bottle of Color Shine.  Happy Winning and remember, no cheating!  I am off to a Hello Kitty birthday party (complete with a pink shirt and my pink glitter shoes) so I will try to check the posts during the party but if not, I will announce the winner later this afternoon.  Have fun!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Sweet Innocence Layout using Heidi Swapp's Vintage Chic line and Pink Paislee's Mistables paper

Happy Friday! I shared a picture of this layout on instagram but wanted to share some closer shots.  I loved working on this layout because of the adorable picture of my two sisters, Tracy and Aimee.  I love those pink dresses and that blonde hair!  I used mostly Heidi Swapp's Vintage Chic line (of course!) as it goes so well with that soft photo.  I will give more description with the closer shots.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous weekend! 

For the title, I used the Vintage Chic letters to spell "sweet" and Color Magic letters for "innocence" sprayed with Primrose and Gold Lame Color Shine.

I made a vellum envelope and inked it and then sprayed it with Gold Lame.  I then sewed some beads with baker's twine through the holes.  For the tags inside the envelope, I used a Vintage Chic note on the bottom, a piece of rectangular paper next and then used my scallop punch for the top piece and added the buzz word "fun".  At the bottom of the envelope, I used a piece of Pink Paislee's Mistable paper, layered with a Color Magic banner and finished off with some pink pearls.

I used one half of a mini Vintage Chic folder (adorable!) to back my photo and then I added a few pieces of the 8x8 Vintage Chic paper on the left side to add more depth.  I distressed and inked the edges.  I also added pink pearls on the left side of the photo and on the bottom right of the layout.

I used one of the Vintage Chic paper banners to add my sister's names and the date of the photo.  I then used tulle (of course sprayed with Gold Lame Color Shine) and heated the edges and put that on the right side of the photo.  I also added spool buttons from Pink Paislee's Vintage Vogue line. I did sew a border before I added anything to the paper.  Thanks again!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Heidi Swapp No Limits Kits for Sale including paper pack, banner delights, stix, pennants, openables, sentiment storage, memory file color labels

I have 3 No Limits kits so please let me know if you would like one of them.  You can email me at or Thanks and don't forget your free surprise gift!
Each No Limits (NL) kit includes one package of the following:  NL 12 x 12 Paper Pack (double-sided patterns 2 of each design 24 sheets total), NL Banner Delights, NL Stix, Triumph Stix, NL Pennants, Destination Pennants, Memory File Openables,  Memory File Sentiment Storage, Memory File Color Labels

Kit price $44.99 plus shipping

Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic Kits for Sale including paper pack, banner delights, stix, bow ties, pennants, trimmings, memory file openables, memory file labels

I only have 2 of these kits left so don't hesitate on this sweet deal and don't forget you will also receive a free surprise gift with every order.

Each Sugar Chic (SC) kit includes one package of the following:  SC 12 x 12 Paper Pack (double-sided patterns 2 of each design 24 sheets total), SC Banner Delights, SC Stix, SC Bow Ties, SC Pennants, Sunshine Trimmings, Memory File Openables,  Memory File Color Labels

Kit Price $42.99 plus shipping

Pink Paislee Vintage Vogue Kits for sale

Hello and Happy Thursday!  In preparation for selling Heidi Swapp's new Vintage Chic line, I am clearing my inventory of Pink Paislee's Vintage Vogue line.  I have put together an awesome kit at a great price.
I love freebies and surprises so I also add either a Pink Paislee or Heidi Swapp scrapbook item or two or three or more depending on how much you purchase to every order.  Please email me at  if you would like to purchase one or more of these kits as they make great gifts. Happy Scrapping!!

This kit includes:  6 sheets of 12 x 12 double-sided cardstock paper, chipboard pops, paper rosettes, tin tiles, brads, buttons, ribbon trim 

Kit price:  $28.99 (plus shipping)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Teenagers are the Best

May I say I love my kids and my kid's friends?! I am so blessed both my children have made such awesome friend choices. I am also blessed they "let me" hang out with them.  Of course, Brendan being 13 doesn't really have a choice if he wants me to take him somewhere!
This was a weekend with Brendan and his crazy fun friends. It started with dinner at Chipolte (Bren's and my first time and was it delicious), followed by several hours at the mall. Don't worry, I am not a helicopter mom, hovering over him all the time. I enjoyed some down time at 15 minute intervals and then would find them again to make sure all was right. Gosh teenage boys eat! They had dippin' dots then milkshakes!  We got home and hung out until I was begged to take them to IHOP at 11:30 p.m. Hey, it's pumpkin pancake season so of course I will go to IHOP.
Here is the crazy part of the night. At 3:00 a.m. they were all asleep with no pillows or blankets and all their electronics plugged in) while I was wide awake. No fair. This mom needs her beauty sleep. 
Once the boys were up, it was time to pump a little more sugar into them before I returned the friends to their parents. The boys were playing football in our driveway so they enjoyed breakfast in the end zone.
It was a super fun time with some pretty awesome teenagers. I am still catching up on my sleep, though.