All that I'm after is a LIFE full of laughter, as long as I'm laughing with YOU!

Dec 14, 2010

Back to our regularly scheduled something

I'd like to report Ivy is MUCH better. It took 2 trips to 2 different hospitals be we got the meds. she needed, she returned to school Monday and is very happy to be feeling better.

So much has happened in such a small space of time...I taught my 2nd class at Scrappers Boutique. I got a cute new little car. I'm working on some fun things for the new year and coming seasons. I also had a digital layout I made for Lollipop Press picked up by a magazine. (I'll be posting it Jan 15 - so be sure to come back and check it out!)

Dec 7, 2010

Cards & a lil prayers please ;)

Just a few more stamping pretties to share with you today...I seem to have found my forgotten love for stamping!!!
Yesterday was unespectedly busy, if you a praying kind of person, say a little one for my youngest Ivy. She's had migraines for years, but recently had one for over 5days and it's not in the typical region migraines take place. I took her for a head catscan yesterday and we are awaiting results.
I wish you all well, much love....Angie P.

Dec 6, 2010

Stamping fun

Finally had a little crafting time this weekend. These 2 cards were alot of fun to make.

The first is from My Favorite Things. This cute little princess would be great for cards, invitations or even gift wrap and tags.

This cute little lamb was alot of fun to make also. This stamp was from the Cat's Pajamas. It's another versatile stamp, fun for winter or several other occasions with it's several sentiments to select from in the set.

I used BoBunny paper on both cards from the line of A gift of love. Copics for coloring, Maya Road embellishments.

Dec 5, 2010

Back on track

Yesterday was more in line for a "traditional" December Daily. My youngest sweet daughter made a batch of chocolate chip cookies for my husband and I, when we returned for some Christmas shopping! (I won't go into details on what they tasted like as you will tell from the photos it was the THOUGHT that counted.)
That same child has anxiously been waiting to put up the tree, she put it all together by herself (with a short delay of "find the burnt out bulb). She did a fabulous job and it was such a nice help for her to do it all for me! I typically do it all by myself...and well as usual my husband does this...

Dec 4, 2010

Told ya this was a reality

Ok yesterdays December Daily was quite! We spent 6hours at our favorite tattoo shop getting some work done on my hubby. I had planned to get something also, but it took so long I was already an hour late for a
He already had the shark, but it need much love after 8-9years. The finished product looks awesome.

Dec 3, 2010

December Daily - #2

Well, today went much better. I decided to take my girls to the local Parade of lights. They were excited to go and I let them each bring a friend.
We arrived about 30minutes early. Got great seats, brought some snacks, lots of coats for bundling and it was a much better scene for my Dec. Daily day 2!!!!

Afterwards we stopped for drinks. Most of us got hot coffee or chocolate...but of course the younger girls got kids!

Dec 2, 2010

Your gonna love this...

So it's time for the "big reveal" of what I've been working on for my new design team position for Lollipop Press! The December line is fabulous and versatile enough to be used for many holiday layouts.

The line is appropriately named "Santa Baby". I love the vibrant colors and cute plethora of elements in this kit. Here is my first (of many) layout using these darling images.

December Daily - reality style

Well, my album was all made in advance (I will take pics and post tomorrow). I was so excited yesterday to do our 1st "Event" for it....then all hell broke loose.

I found my Alice in Wonderland album (the one that cost me $65 to make) with a ranch dip lid on top of it...ruining an entire page. The child responsible went into a tirade first crying and by the time it was over telling me she hated!

There was no soda for my sweet husbands to pack in his lunch - heck, there was no meal either. I'll be honest...I got busy playing with friends and totally forgot to cook him something.

Child #2 had to I felt bad to leave her out of the nights event, but in hindsight, she was probably the lucky one - haha!
We did eventually all calm down and around 9pm got the Advent stockings stuffed (by me) and all hung. This year Ivy will be odd numbers and Katie will be even.

Dec 1, 2010

Mid-week update

It's been a struggle to blog lately. I am neck deep in projects, but most I can't post because
1) they are Christmas presents (and those people read my blog)
2) they are for a design team and I can't release them yet.
I look at my blog each day wanting to post my pretties and end up in

Here are a couple digital layouts I can post, from the Lollipop Press.
I'm proud to announce I was selected to be part of their design team!

Nov 20, 2010

Teacher - Student - Cropper

This morning I am teaching a class for Scrapper's Boutique. It is called Page Candy...Flowers.
It is all about learning different techniques, making 5 flowers & students will leave with handouts that include both written and photo instructions to recreate these projects for their layouts, presents, cards and more!

Then I will become the student taking Copic 2 class from our own Jen Del Muro. This class focuses more on 3-4 color blending ...I'm super excited! I just love my Copics.

Then saving the best for last...I'm cropping tonight from 5-12am. Working on getting lots of Christmas presents done!

Nov 16, 2010


You KNOW we are friends when I spend my evening making you polymer clay mice for a Christmas project your making...LOL!

Dear Sweet Lynn - these are for you.

...on to my next project ;)

Nov 14, 2010

Productive weekend

I've attended 2 crops in 48hours this weekend. Both were productive and fun.
The 1st crop was a 24 hr crop at a local church that I attend about 3-4 times annually. I worked on a 3rd tree to my Christmas set, I'll post photos when it is complete.

The 2nd crop was at the store I am an instructor at "Scrapper's Boutique". It is seldom that multiple workers get to attend AND work on their own personal projects. Seems as if we are always creating or prepping to the next that's fun too! The Cherie and myself worked on our December Daily albums. Adair was hard at work creating her next mini album, Lynn was finishing up some Christmas gifts, and Susan was making some fabulously cute card samples!

I finished (for now) the cover of my Dec. Daily album. I used the Prima Canvas album and painted it with the Jenni Bowlin cough syrup paint dauber. I then used a Hedi Swapp mask and added a flourish with silver metallic paint. Fabric thickers painted with Jennie Bowlin malted milk also and then stamped with black ink with flourishes.The flowers were made using this fun die "rolled flower" from My Favorite Things and just backed on black felt to help them stand out.

I also purchased some digital journal cards by Ali Edwards and photoshop colored them and printed them each on cardstock so they are ready to go. All I have left is designing the pages...nothing like saving the hardest for last (haha!)

Nov 11, 2010

Christmas Centerpiece

Seldom am I ahead of the game when it comes to the holidays, but finally this year I seems to have mastered it a bit. After creating the Halloween Center piece "31" I decided to carry the idea over to Christmas.

Using the same craft paper, pre-made numbers, BoBunny paper and some fun miniature decorations this is what I came up with!
I completed mine on Tuesday and have even taken a couple orders to make them for friends.
Well, off to work on some more projects, a crafter's job is never done ;)

Nov 9, 2010

More Tree & button fun

I had a blast this past month making fall trees from the laser die cuts and covering pumpkins with buttons. I decide to combine the 2 for even more holiday fun with Christmas decorating only a few weeks away.
These tree were purchased at Michael's, they were just plain cardboard cones waiting for some love! I used Webster Pages, Waiting for Santa on the punch out tree and a Martha Stewart punch. I added stickles to the ends of each circle, a few pearls and a soft blue crepe bow to the top with a pearl in the center to finish it off.

The second tree was painted with a base coat of Jenni Bowlin malted milk paint dauber. I then began from the bottom of the tree covering it with ivory buttons with a few random turquoise ones spread throughout. I dripped a bit of diamond glaze around the buttons and then sprinkled the entire tree with Pink Paislee 'cream soda' pixee stix. I added a creme crepe bow tot he top with long flowing streamers and a few pearls in the center.

Nov 6, 2010

Feels like Fall

A couple weeks ago I got the opportunity to attend a scrapbooking retreat & I got to make some fun things for myself. One was this fun banner for my Fall decor. I was excited to hang it up the day after Halloween. Nothing makes me happier than fall colors and lots of glitter!
I made a second one in different colors for my mom. She has more of a shabby sheik decor in her home.
This banner was made using a Maya Road chipboard pennants & the paper is Apple Cider by Imagineisce. The other materials are as follows: Plain white crepe paper (streamers), Cricuted letter from Plantin Schoolbook, and Pink Paisley Brown glitter, 2yrd 3/4in. green crepe ribbon, 2yrds 3/4in brown crepe ribbon, orange & lime green cardstock.

Nov 5, 2010

Catching my breathe!

Wow, this has been one busy week for me and all the instructors at Scrapper's Boutique as we prepare for Boutique Day this Saturday Nov. 4th from 10:30am - 2:30pm.

We will be revealing all the classes coming up for November & December. It will be a day full of excitement and fun. The majority of the instructors will be on hand to meet and visit with, we will be taking sign-ups for fall classes and even having a drawing for a fun Red Bo Bunny handbag! The best part is, the first 24 people who sign up for classes receive a FREE Bobunny Mini Album Kit.

Here is just a little peek at one of my upcoming classes:
I'm very excited to have the opportunity to teach this fall among the talented gals at Scrapper's Boutique.
If your a local reader of my blog, I would love for you to come on our Saturday. I'll be there and would appreciate your support!

Nov 2, 2010

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Nov 1, 2010

Candy Crash

I'm sure teachers everywhere today are feeling the candy crash of students of all ages.

Last night my girls went trick-or-treating too. There are 16 & 12 changes from year to year if they are participating or not.

We spent part of our afternoon carving the annual pumpkins. Katie picked an owl and Ivy picked "Grr" from a cartoon she likes. They decided this year they wanted to attempt the scored pumpkins instead of the traditional carving type. I think they both did quite well.

Oct 31, 2010

What was I thinking

I'm still recovering from Friday night after allowing my 12yr old to throw a Halloween party/sleepover. They were funny to watch and listen to for about the 1st hour - lol!

We even had 4-5 party crashers arrive and start yelling my daughter's name from out front...the party moved outside for awhile, but no crashers were allowed inside. We did have 2 boys arrive after this photo was taken, one in a scary mask was so cute! The boys left at 10 and the scary movie marathon began. I slept almost all day Saturday trying to recover from the event. It may be a few years before we try this again (or never) ;)

Oct 27, 2010

Flower fun *tutorial*

I love making flowers and hair bows for my girls.

When they were young they never left the house without their hair being perfect. As they aged they cared less about their hair & even less about those flowers and bows.

Finally things have come full circle and they of course care VERY MUCH about their hair (at 12 & 16) and hair accessories have come back into fashion! Bows, clips, headbands, etc....

This is a new style of "flower" I learned recently in a class from the very talented Adair.

You begin with 8 large circles (I used scalloped circles on these pictures) you will also need 8 of the smaller circles and a layer of lace or tulle.

Taking one stack of circles at a time cut into them from on edge to the center (just a straight slit). Beginning at one edge you accordion fold the circle until it become a wedge shape - folding approx. 7 times, making 8 layers. I use hot glue to secure each until I am ready to attach them. Complete this step with both the large and small circles.

Once you have all your pieces folded and secured. You will begin to form a circle with the large circles gluing 2 together, then a 3rd, and as you add the should have 1/2 a circle. They don't (and often won't) line up perfect, no worries....that will be covered up.

I then use a drop of hot glue to attach the layer or tulle/lace and set it aside as I build the smaller circle in the same way. Again building a circle and gluing it down to the lace/tulle layer.

I finish mine off with buttons, stones, knots and any other little items I find that match and look cute. My girls loves them and I've made quite a few for their friends too. I just glue alligator clips to the backs, but you can also add bar pins to wear them on a lapel or bag.

Oct 26, 2010

prepare yourself

It's not Halloween quite yet, but these pictures are a bit scary!
I've had a few questions about my weight loss ticker on my blog.

Yes...I did lose 100lbs... Through Diet and Exercise only.
I started my lifestyle change in May 2009.
May 2010 I hit 100lbs. lost.

I have played with some pounds up and down over the summer,
but I'm still wearing the same clothes I purchased at my lowest.

My friends and I just started up a 3rd round of biggest loser, it will go thru the holidays and end mid January 2011.

Every little bit helps with motivation!

Quick and Easy mini album

This weekend I finished up this little album of out summer water park fun. Each section 2 pages/4 front and backs is made from a single sheet of cardstock.
I lined each flat page with a coordinating printed paper (this was BoBunny line Sun Kissed) using different edge punches to make each unique. I did triangles on each pocket page, also adding edge punching or corner punches. I used small tags to journal on and placed each in a pocket and attaches buttons or ribbons to the tag hole for easy access.

Making the pages are pretty simple...

Take a full sheet of 12 x 12 paper and score it at 6inches on each side. This will resulting in 4 - 6x6 scored squares.

Second cut one scored line from the edge to the center of the four squares (see dotted line)

Next using a ruler, score from the corner of the new cut line, to the corner diagonally from it, this will form 2 triangles on each of the flaps.

Alone that scored triangle line, crease the cardstock, forming a triangle. Using your tape runner or adhesive of your choice, glue the flap down to make that triangle double thick.

Next you will form the pockets. On flap #1 add adhesive along the triangle/pocket edge that will lay closest to the center scored line, that will be the fold in the page. Keep the adhesive as close to the edge as possible so you will have plenty room to use that pocket. On flap #2 you will do the exact same thing, but this time folding the flap backwards to the other side. After gluing it down, you will have one pocket on each side. This will be 2 pages, each side consisting of 1 pocket, 1 flat side.

The blue represents your pockets/flaps. But this is as if you can see thru the cardstock to see each sides pocket.

Oct 25, 2010

Recovering from my weekend

Who knew Retreating could be so tiring. I guess I should have allowed for more sleep time. It's very hard for me to stop when I'm on a roll but I paid for that last night. My sweet husband let me sleep in this morning till 10.

I made a small banner using the "lost and found" line by my minds eye. It turned out pretty cute. This shows it under construction and the glossy accents drying.

Here is the finished product:

Oct 23, 2010

My littel get-away!

I got the opportunity to attend a scrapbooking retreat this weekend and jumped at the chance. Last night Lynn and I were up till 5am...(I was back up at 9am). Our time was super productive last night, checkout Lynn's cute lil pumpkin!

I've been surrounded by banners lately....I think I'm being dubbed the "banner gal"!

I'm looking forward to showing you all my finished projects this coming week. Have a great weekend and stay dry in all this rain!