Wednesday, May 30, 2012

skinny teacher cards…

Tomorrow is the last day of school for Zach and as I was putting together the gift for his teacher it occurred to me that I forgot to share these little mini cards here on my blog.  I blogged about them a couple of weeks ago over on the Doodlebug blog and totally spaced sharing them here!  So it’s likely I’m too late to share this idea for many of you to use it for teacher cards…but you could totally use the same idea for ANY type of card.
I wanted a “skinny” card, so I just cut a couple of the create-a-card cards (from Doodlebug) right in half!
If you want to read more, you can check out the post I wrote for Doodlebug right HERE.
And if you love these cards as much as I do, you’re might want to stock up right now – the individual cards are all 50% off at Two Peas (check out the entire collection HERE)!!

Monday, May 28, 2012

“hello summer” blog hop winner…

Just making a super quick stop on this beautiful Memorial Day morning to announce the winner from last week’s “hello summer” blog hop!


The lucky random winner is:

 Amanda said...

I adore the clouds and the stitching! So much fun!

Monday, May 21, 2012 11:39:00 AM

Congrats Amanda!  Please e-mail me (contact info in the sidebar -------->) with the subject line "Echo Park Paper Blog Hop WINNER!" Please include your shipping information and the collection kit you would like to receive. Please select a collection that is currently available.

Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to join us on the hop & for all the fun comments.  Be sure to check back in June for another fun hop – and another chance to win!!!

Happy Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

through the kaleidoscope winner…

Just popping in quickly to let you know I’ve chosen the random winner for a spot in Amy’s workshop:Kaleidoscope564x430


The lucky winner of a spot in Amy’s awesome class is…

Miss Kathy said...

Love those chevrons on your layout, thanks for some instructions! Thanks for a chance to win a spot in Amy's class. 2 peas name: Miss Kathy

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:57:00 PM

Congrats, Kathy.  You will see the class added to your Two Peas account in the next few days – let me know if it doesn’t show up soon!

Thanks everyone, for your kind words and for taking the time to visit my blog.  I hope you’re all enjoying the long weekend and taking the time to honor those who are so deserving this Memorial Day! :)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

the proof is in the can…


…the garbage can, that is.  It’s been a crazy, stressful, deadline-filled week…and it’s not even close to being over!  As you may have guessed by this peek into my office garbage can – diet coke is definitely my go-to stress reliever, anxiety corrector, late-night work companion, and just plain yummy drink. 

And on top of all the work stuff, there’s a ton of kid stuff going on this week too (gotta love how much gets crammed into the last couple of weeks of school – concerts and meetings and tests and activities and parties).  And I’ve been fighting some type of sinus “thing” for a couple of weeks.  I can’t decide if it’s a cold or allergies or what, but it’s NOT fun, and it’s NOT going away!  I actually took some benadryl pills yesterday to see if they would help.  I don’t think they helped my sinuses, but they made me super sleepy…and I actually fell asleep early – really early – and slept all night…which is great except that means I have that much more work to make up today.  sigh.  better go crack open a diet coke – oh, wait, I already did. ;)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

May Gardeners’ Digest–Two Peas blog hop…

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Good morning! Welcome to May’s edition of the Gardner’s Digest! If you’re following along from the beginning, you should have just arrived from Nancy’s fun blog…if you’re just joining us, welcome – either way – enjoy the hop!!


To start off, I wanted to share a recent project that went up in the garden earlier this month – I haven’t blogged about it yet, so I thought today was the perfect day to share it!


An 8 1/2” x 11” layout featuring lots of little photos of my kiddos and their cousins – hanging out at Grandpa & Grandma’s house one Sunday afternoon..doing what all cousins should do – playing together!!

I also shared a fun tip for creating the little patterned chevrons  I used on my layout…


…check it out HERE, in the garden,  to see how to make them! 


There are so many great products I’m having fun with right now…here are five that are on my list of current faves!

9 to 5 8x8 paper pad

The long-awaited “9 to 5” collection has finally arrived in the Two Peas store!  I love the 8x8 paper pads by October Afternoon…a great way to get a lot of bang for your buck!

9 to 5 journaling cards

I know…these are from the same collection as the paper pad – but I just LOVE (yes, in all CAPS) these cute little journaling cards!

arrow paper clips kikkerland

Okay, seriously…for a life-long office supply junkie, these new arrow paper clips from Kikkerland are a MUST!  I can’t wait to use these on a layout!!

arrow sticky notes kikkerland

And if I’m going to use the clips…you can bet I’m going to need these fun arrow sticky notes too!!

sweet day by echo park   paradise beach by echo park

I know that’s kind of cheating for my 5th pick…but I just couldn’t decide between these two new collections from Echo Park - Sweet Day and Paradise Beach.  Hoenstly, I love them BOTH so so so much!!


As I look through the gallery at Two Peas, I am always spotting fun layouts that inspire me in different ways.  Here’s a recent example:


It seems I find myself stopping and clicking to see MORE when I come across a layout by Cleosmum.  Her style is very different than my own, yet I find myself studying her layouts every time I see them.  I love the little details she adds, while maintaining such a crisp clean style!  Check out her gallery (HERE) - I bet you’ll find yourself feeling creatively inspired as well!


And now for the best part of all – today’s giveaway! I get to give away one spot in the newest workshop at Two Peas! Amy Heller is the creative genius behind this new class:


You can read the description of Amy’s new class by clicking HERE.  If you’re already familiar with Amy’s work (here’s a quick link to her gallery at Two Peas), you KNOW what an amazing class this will be!  Here’s a little peek at just a few of the projects she has in store for you:


And now for the GIVEAWAY! To be entered into a giveaway to win a spot in Amy's class simply leave a comment on this blog post. Be sure to include your Two Peas username so I know how to contact you if you've won! If you're the lucky winner and you've already purchased the class - no problem! You will be given the option to either be refunded your money or pass the free spot along to a friend! This giveaway will close Friday (May 25th) at midnight. I will post the winner on Saturday (May 27th) right here on my blog – so be sure to check back to see if you’re the lucky winner! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

After you leave your comment for a chance to win, hop on over and visit sweet Becky’s beautiful blog!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Hello Summer!! It’s an Echo Park Blog Hop…

Good Morning!  Today the Echo Park Paper Design Team is showcasing projects from the "Hello, Summer" collection.


I wanted to share this quick little “thanks” card I put together using just a few of the fun papers and sticker embellishments from the “Hello Summer” line.


Of course I had to use some fun pop dots behind those cute cloud stickers – just to add a bit of dimension…and the same goes for the sun and “thanks” circle.  Check out that cute pink banner.  I hand cut that baby from the patterned paper – it was easy and since I was using it for a card, I just snipped it in half and doubled it up to make it into TWO banners!


Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next.  ONE winner will be selected from each blog to receive an Echo Park Paper collection kit of their choosing. To qualify for the kit, comments will be due by midnight EST, Sunday, May 27th to qualify for the drawing. The winner will be announced on each blog Monday, May 28th so be sure to check back to see if you've won.  Good luck!!

Blog Hop List:

Leslie Ashe

Linda Auclair

Nancy Damiano

Jennifer Gallacher

Lowri McNabb

Kandis Smith

Echo Park Paper Blog

P.S. You can see (and purchase) all of the “Hello Summer” papers and embellishments HERE at Two Peas in a Bucket!


Friday, May 18, 2012

tell me what you see…


I bet if you’re a mom to a little boy you see a beautiful bouquet of flowers – lovingly selected and picked with care (roots and all).  I bet if you’re a mom you can imagine grubby little hands with dirty fingernails and the sweetest, most innocent and pure, smile conceivable as he proudly presents his thoughtful gift. 


I bet if you’re a mom you couldn’t imagine a more perfect offering.  I bet if you’re a mom you understand why a simple gift of what you once thought of as only “weeds” could bring tears to your eyes, create a lump in your throat, and make your heart swell with love. 


I bet if you’re a mom you know exactly what I’m talking about and, if only for this reason –this moment, you are thankful for gifts that grow with abandon in an empty lot next door…and a little boy who has such a sweet, pure, giving heart…and moments that remind you of how lucky you are to be a mom.  his mom.  I bet.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

mother’s day…

I had a wonderful Mother’s Day – and I was completely spoiled by my sweet kiddos and dear husband. 


I love that Mother’s Day is on Sunday – no pressure to go out and do anything big…just relax and enjoy everything about being a mom. :)


I sure love these kiddos – and I’m grateful every single day that I get to be their mom!

Speaking of Mother’s Day…Have you seen Echo Park’s new “Dearest” collection?


I just love it and couldn’t wait to create a beautiful Mother’s Day card with it!


Of course, there was stitching involved…


And inked edges with my very favorite new (okay, it’s not so new, I’ve had it for about a month and used it on almost every project since I bought it) ink – attic dust!


I know Mother’s Day is over, but if you like this collection, snatch it up and get a jump start on next year’s cards!  OR use it to scrapbook the photos you took on Sunday! :)