Happy (ACOT Challenge)

Another day, another entry into an A Cherry On Top Challenge!  I did the December “Rewind” Challenge today which allows you to pick any challenge from November.  I chose the November “Three in a Row” Challenge with the criteria of using a Project Life card, circles, and three or more descriptive words.

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The descriptive words are “favorite”, “totally” ,and “happy”.

This is one of the favorite layouts I completed in a long time.  I like the simplicity in small details on this page.  I’m still using the Studio Calico March 2015 “Odyssey” kit with items from my stash.

This layout is from my wedding two years ago.  I think I only have a few more pages to do for that album, but I haven’t even started scrapping my engagement photos yet!  Still a lot of catching up to do…

I’ve only been making one page per day since I have a lot going on right now despite being on maternity leave.  We’re currently remodeling our master bathroom.  It’s been 4 months since that project started, and it’s still not complete.  We’re not even DIYing it!  I can safely say I will NOT be using these contractors again for future projects.  We also need to set up the baby room.  We don’t have any of the furniture or crib in place yet.  I actually had a labor scare last night with what felt like contractions for a couple of hours.  There was a lot of tightening and some pain in the lower abdomen area.  Thank goodness it went away because I’m only 34 weeks pregnant right now.  On top of all that, I still have general cleaning projects and things to take care of for my husband and I’s side business.  One thing at a time.  That’s all I can do!

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Walk the Moon (ACOT Challenge)

Day two of my maternity leave and the second layout I made…

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It’s been super gloomy in Texas, so the photo quality isn’t great.  Anyways, this layout is about a concert my husband and I went to last year.  I love concerts.  My husband?  Not so much.  As a compromise, we stood in the back of the venue where it wasn’t too crowded.  The band was awesome!  They have so many catchy songs I love to sing along with.

I’m still using the Studio Calico “Odyssey” kit from March 2015.  There’s actually more than one item from that kit on this page, including a few patterned papers and a couple of embellishments.  I’ve been loving the blue and orange/yellow color combo lately!

I used this layout for the A Cherry on Top December “Spelling Challenge” in case anyone’s wondering 🙂

Layout Share: l’Entrecote

I’m really enjoying the oh so popular watercolor look right now.  The soft muted colors are just absolutely beautiful.  However, I don’t have very many watercolors, and it can get a little messy.  I took advantage of the premade watercolor look  on the patterned paper from Pink Paislee’s “Color Wash” collection to achieve a hand-painted effect without all the trouble.

l'EntrecoteI used a circle stencil with different colors of chalk ink behind the photo.  Various pink embellishments from my stash were used to create a column on the page.  The chipboard stickers are from Amy Tangerine while the sequin bow and enamel dots are from Freckled Fawn.

The photos are taken from Le Relais de l’Entrecote in Paris, a restaurant I found through TripAdvisor.  We walked there from Rue de Champs Elysees after circling the underground network around the Arc de Triomphe.  The line outside wrapped halfway through the block even on a cold winter night.  The fiancé was barely able to endure the hour-long wait to be seated.  Once inside, though, the food comes quickly.  The restaurant has a set menu of salad and steak frites plus an option for a variety of desserts.  I loved the simple and fresh salad.  The fiancé loved the mustard herb sauce that accompanied the steak frites, so much so he wanted to eat there again the next day (didn’t happen though).  The steak itself is definitely not the best cut of beef and is minuscule in size compared to US standards, but it was good enough where we finished two helpings each.  The standout of the night for me were the chocolate profiteroles for dessert–so so so good.  Hands down, the best dessert I’ve had in a while.

Layout Share: Entrance Undiscovered

I made this layout a couple of weeks ago.  I was very inspired by the Flourishing Flowers paper from the Dear Lizzy “Polka Dot Party” line.  I fussy cut a few of the beautiful flowers from the patterned paper with no idea how I wanted to use them.  I played with the placement of the flowers quite a bit before deciding to layer them directly behind the photo.  I like the way they soften the stark nighttime picture.

Entrance Undiscovered

There are other Dear Lizzy elements on the layout as well, including the background paper from her “Lucky Charm” line and a brad from the “5th & Frolic” collection.  I love how different Dear Lizzy collections work so well with one another.  I added just a touch of gesso and turquoise mist onto the page for a little visual interest.

The photograph was taken in front of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.  The fiancé and I were supposed to meet our friends at the entrance to climb up the monument, but we weren’t able to find it after walking in circles for almost half an hour.  In the end, we gave up and decided to just go eat instead.  I was a bit bummed because I heard the view from the top of the Arc is breathtaking, which was confirmed by my friends who were able to find the entrance.  There’s always next time I guess….

Project Life: January (cont.)

I can’t believe we’re into the second week of March already!  I finally finished my January PL pages last week.  The final page features a couple of days spent in Las Vegas with some friends.  I used a mixture of cards from Studio Calico PL  kits and Becky Higgins’ Project Life kits.

VegasI do a monthly format which actually helped me use up a lot of the number alphas from my stash of letter stickers and Thickers.  The wood veneer card is from Two Peas in a Bucket.  The washi tape is from October Afternoon “Daily Flash”.  Overall, I wanted a fun, bright page to match the mood of the weekend.  Now, time to get cracking on February!  Thanks for visiting 🙂

Sketchy Saturday

I managed to squeeze out 3 sketch layouts this past week despite being busier than usual 🙂  I used sketches from Citrus Twist Kits, Studio Calico, and Life. Paper. Scrapbook.  I made the Citrus Twist Kits layout this past Monday when it unexpectedly snowed (again!) in Dallas.  It was my first official snow day EVER, and I loved it!  If there weren’t so many car accidents, I would want more snow days just for hibernation purposes.  I felt like I was playing hooky from school even though I was given permission to stay home.

The sketch from CTK can be found here, and here’s my interpretation:

Kensington PalaceEverything on the layout is from the February Main Kit except the letter stickers (OA Flash Alpha in Meringue) and mists (OA Sprinklers in Carbon Copy and Token).  I love the lace trim that came in the kit.  The buttons were also fun to use since I don’t embellish with buttons very often.  The photo is the outer facade of Kensington Palace in London.  We decided to visit the museum on a whim as we walked by while touring the Kensington Gardens.  The Palace was home to many members of the Royal Family including Princess Diana.  There was an exhibit with several of the Princess’ gowns and other outfits when we visited.

The second layout, using this Studio Calico sketch, is about the Tower Bridge.  It’s one of the most beautifully ornate bridges I have laid eyes on.  I love the blues and gold that color the bridge.

Tower BridgeThe paper on the left and also fussy cut under the title is from Chic Tags.  All the vellum elements are from Studio Calico.  The enamel dots are from various lines including Twine + Ink, Freckled Fawn, and My Mind’s Eye.  I love the mix of colors and sizes of the dots scattered across the page 🙂  The hearts are stamped using a Lawn Fawn clear stamp set.  The background paper is from Dear Lizzy “Lucky Charm”.

The March Sketch Challenge from Life. Paper. Scrapbook is sponsored by Scrapbook Circle which is a kit club I considered joining before deciding on CTK instead.  The photo is another from London and was taken at the Tower of London–one of my favorite tours from the entire vacation.

Our Funny YeomanThere is so much history that took place at this castle…a lot of it quite gory.  It’s also home to the Crown Jewels which are magnificently displayed throughout several rooms and halls.  I’ve never seen so many large diamonds and other gems in one place before!  The title is in reference to our tour guide (or “yeoman”) who kept our entire tour group of 50+ people entertained with joke after joke.  He definitely made the tour worthwhile!

Cards, Cards, Cards

Here are a few other cards and envelopes I made for the Scrapbook for Rindsay event I posted last time about:

You Are My Sunshine You're One In A Million Me Heart YouSmall update on my life….I just started working again last week!  I had a very enjoyable 5+ months off, and it’s a little bittersweet to go back to work because it means I now have less time for crafting, cooking, cleaning, TV watching, traveling, and doing absolutely nothing!  But, I love what I do for a living because it can often be very rewarding.  I have to admit the nostalgia of my work has been slowly creeping up on me over the last couple of months.  It will also be nice to be able to buy things again without feeling guilty 🙂

 

Card Share: You Are Simply Wonderful

I recently ventured into the land of cardmaking for a charity event raising funds to cover the medical expenses of a young woman with cancer.  The event is called “Scrapbook for Rindsay” and is sponsored by Studio Calico and Wishes of the Heart.  The host, Lindsay McMurray, specifically asked for donations of premade scrapbook layouts and/or cards.  I decided on the card route because I have VERY limited experience with cardmaking and love a good challenge 🙂

I don’t have a lot of cardmaking supplies…I couldn’t find a single stamp in my tiny stash with a sentiment worth putting on a card.  I don’t have any embossing powders.  There are no die-cutters, electronic or otherwise, in my home.  Sewing machine?  Nope!  But, I worked with what I had on hand and was able to churn out a few simple cards and envelopes using just paper, die cuts, stickers, and hand-stitching.

You Are Simply WonderfulThe “You Are Simply Wonderful” sentiment is from the Amy Tangerine “Yes, Please” Sticker Book.  I hand-stitched around the sticker with pink embroidery floss from one of Amy Tangerine’s embroidery kits.  I’ve had the WRMK Envelope Punch Board for a few months now and was able to finally use it for the first time on this project.  The punch board works great and is really fun to use.  It’s definitely on my favorite tools list now!  I believe the patterned paper used to make the envelope is from My Mind’s Eye, but I could be wrong…There’s also hand-stitching across the bottom of the front side of the envelope (not pictured).

I’m so glad I chose to challenge myself and test out cardmaking for a change.  I had a lot of fun thinking outside my normal “scrapbook” box for the last few days.  I have a few more cards to share over the course of the next couple of days, so stay tuned if you’re interested 🙂  Also, you can find more information on “Scrapbook for Rindsay” here.  The event is not until March 23rd, so there’s still plenty of time to donate some of your own handmade projects.

 

Layout Share: My Happy Place

I finally broke into the sheet of Maggie Holmes “Flea Market” gold doily vellum I’ve been hoarding for more than a few months….Of course, I couldn’t bear to use the entire sheet on a single layout, so I cut out a few of the doilies and added it around the edge of the page.  The doilies help emphasize the decadence of the subject matter–the Angelina Tea Room and Cafe in Paris.

My Happy PlaceAngelina serves up the thickest and most chocolatey cup of hot chocolate I have ever tasted.  It’s definitely a splurge on calories, but very worth it in my opinion!  If hot chocolate is not your thing, they’re also known for their Mont Blanc (a chestnut-flavored dessert) although it’s too sweet in my opinion.  I’ve tried to recreate their hot chocolate using melted chocolate chips mixed with milk, but it just wasn’t the same.

 

Layout Share: River Walk

Hello again!  It’s been a few days since I’ve posted because I went on a mini trip to San Francisco over the weekend.  The main purpose of the trip was for my first wedding gown fitting.  The gown is being custom made, so it was actually my first time seeing the design.  I was speechless after putting on the dress…not because I was so happy but because the design was NOT what I had in mind at all!  It was basically a princess ball gown when I was aiming for more of a soft and romantic look.  A total disaster!  I requested some changes, so hopefully it will look better next time (crossing fingers and toes!!).

But, enough about my life and onto the crafty side of things.  The layout I will be sharing today is another from my short trip to San Antonio in January.  If you don’t do anything else in San Antonio, you have to go to the River Walk–a shopping and dining strip along the San Antonio River.  We went in the evening and were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the lights and the tree-lined river.  The highlights of the evening were the table-side guacamole at Boudro’s and the River Cruise.  Our cruise guide had tons of fun stories and facts to keep us entertained for the entire hour of the tour.

RiverwalkThe grid pattern is the boldest element on the page and is from a Studio Calico “Printshop” patterned paper.  I used the remainder of the patterned paper on the opposing page containing a few more photos from the night in a divided page protector.  I wasn’t able to take a good picture of the opposing page, so I might share it another day.  I kept this layout pretty simple because the photo is already a little busy.   Just a few “Printshop” rub-on stars, a bit of Heidi Swapp Gold Lame mist, a hand-drawn border, and the last bits of the star transparency were used to embellish.

Thanks for stopping by, and have an awesome weekend everyone! –Tina