Monday, January 30, 2012

echo park paper & epiphany crafts blog hop…

Welcome to the Echo Park Paper Co. and Epiphany Crafts Blog Hop!

Holiday Happenings

On this hop you'll see the amazing things you can create when you combine Echo Park Paper Co. paper and embellishments with tools from Epiphany Crafts. You will find the blog hop list below; simply hop from one blog to the next to discover entirely new ideas for combining tools by Epiphany Crafts with Echo Park’s beautiful products.

For my project, I created a birthday card for my cute little nephew who will be turning five years old soon.

I used papers and accents from the brand new This & That “Charming” line – one of my favorite EP lines ever!  (you’ll be seeing a lot more of this line for sure!!)


I used the round punch tool, along with the bubble caps to create the little number accents on my banner flags.  I love the way the page pebbles highlight the numbers punched from the patterned papers


**Echo Park’s This & That lines (there’s a girl line too!!) will be available soon here**

Would you like a chance to win some fun products from Epiphany AND Echo Park?  I bet you would!

All you have to do is leave a comment on each designers' and company's blog to qualify for the drawing for:

1. An Epiphany Crafts Heart Button Tool and Heart Button Epoxy stickers,


2. TWO collection kits "Yours Truly" and

Happy Days-Kit Cover

"A Boys' Life"


from Echo Park Paper!


Start at the Epiphany Crafts Blog, and continue on down the list:
Audrey Pettit
Nicole Martel
Aly Dosdall
Keri Babbit
Julie Walton
Rhonda Van Ginkel
Linda Auclair
Wendy Sue Anderson --->that’s me! 
Leslie Ashe
Amy Heller
Jennifer Gallacher
Kandis Smith
Tamara Tripodi
End at the Echo Park Paper Blog

Remember to leave a comment on each blog.  We hope you enjoy all the inspiration created by all of the design team members from Ephiphany and Echo Park.  Winners will be announced on Friday, February 3rd on the Echo Park Paper blog and the Epiphany Crafts blog. All comments are due before midnight EST on Wednesday, February 1st to qualify for the drawing.

Good luck!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

january gardeners’ digest…

I am so excited to be able to join with my fellow Garden Girl design team members from Two Peas in a bucket to bring you the very first Gardners’ Digest – a new monthly blog hop series!  Each month we’ll be chatting and sharing inspiration about all things scrapbook related and we are so excited about it – I hope you are too!


To start off my portion of the January digest, I’d love to share a little peek of a project I have coming up in the Two Peas Garden in the near future:


I created a layout that focuses on different ways to use  pre-made die-cuts.  I had so much fun putting together my layout (which obviously has a Valentine/Love theme)!  I’ll be sure to let you know when it goes live so you can check out the entire layout!   I can’t wait to see what my fellow designers came up with for their projects as well…you can check out the Garden Girl Gallery for loads of fun ideas!

Speaking of the Garden Girl Gallery, I always find so much inspiration there.  Here’s a peek at just one of the many (many, many, many) projects I’ve been especially inspired by recently. 

(Click on the image to go directly to the project for more details)

This layout is by the talented Nancy Damiano – and she even shares her process via video in the Memory Keeping Monday series!  I love love love watching the other girls create their projects, I learn so much through seeing them work and hearing them share tips and tricks as they create…love the videos!  Speaking of videos, have you noticed there is now a direct link to ALL of the videos available at Two Peas (and they are all FREE!)?  Here’s the link so you can check them out: Videos.  There are NINE (!) different series (so far) and I don’t even know how many individual videos, but they are each packed full of ideas and information.  Check them out - I bet you’ll love them as much as I do!

After you’re done checking out the videos, you’ll probably be feeling really creative and in the mood for some new products…I know I always am!  Here are a few items that will be making their way to my home very very soon – maybe you’ll want to give some of these fun products a new home with you as well! ;)

It’s no secret I love journaling – especially hand-written journaling.  Little Yellow Bicycle always has fun journaling pockets in their collections and I am loving this new set of journaling pockets in their new Paradise Fresh collection.

I am loving the unique mix of colors in this “Paper Heart” collection by Crate Paper…and not just for Valentine’s Day!

How CUTE are these little Valentines from We R Memory Keepers (part of their new Love Struck Collection)? 


Oh, and these sweet little stamps from We R’s Love Struck collection too.  Seriously, for less than a dollar each – how could you go wrong?!?

And finally, a new tool to add to my collection.  I only invest in new tools when I KNOW I can get a LOT of use out of it.  It has to be versatile.  I can think of SO many uses for this new tab punch by Jenny Bowlin from Fiskars.  I can’t wait to start making custom tabs for my projects!

Thanks for stopping by – I hope you were able to find some form of inspiration here today!

Your next hostess is none other than the very sweet and talented Wilna Furstenberg!  Wilna is one of the newest designers to join the Garden Girl team and I am so excited to be able to learn more from her! 

Click on over to Wilna’s blog and enjoy!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

how we spent our monday off…

First, I made a quick run into town for one of these:


because EVERYTHING is doable with a diet coke by my side. Winking smile

This is what it looked like outside:


Cold and snowy….just as January in our little town SHOULD be.  (we’ve been pretty much snowless so far this winter).

Which leads us to the toy room:


And this is only one little corner.  I’ll spare all of us the rest of the room.  Rest assured…I spent a big chunk of my day in this room hanging with the two little guys (who make the BEST helpers when they want to).  And 3 garbage bags and  2 d.i. bags later, it looks GREAT in there!

I should go take an “after” photo (before it gets messy again).

Last night the boys were even playing IN the toy room…imagine! ;)

Monday, January 16, 2012

yours truly blog hop…

Holiday Happenings

Welcome to the Echo Park Paper "Yours Truly" Design Team Blog Hop! Today the Design Team is showcasing projects highlighting the "Yours Truly" collection.  Here’s a simple card I created with the collection:


Be sure to follow the blog hop list below. Leave a comment on each designers' blog as well as the Echo Park Paper blog to be included in the drawing. ONE winner will be selected to win the "Yours Truly" collection kit.

Happy Days-Kit Cover

Wendy Sue Anderson: {you’re here now!}

Leslie Ashe

Linda Auclair

Amy Heller

Kandis Smith

Tamara Tripodi

Echo Park Paper

All comments are due by midnight MST, Sunday, January 22 to qualify for the drawing. The winner will be announced on Monday, January 23 on the Echo Park Paper blog so be sure to check back to see if you've won.

You can also see (and purchase!) the Yours Truly collection by clicking on the images below:



I also used these items to create my card: