Friday, February 28, 2014

family movie matinee | bella blvd…

Hi there!  It’s Friday!  yay!!!!  I don’t even have any exciting weekend plans, but it’s been a crazy, busy week, so I’m looking forward to a couple of days away from my computer – away from my work space, and being surrounded by my family!  But before I power down for the weekend, I wanted to be sure to share a layout I created for the Bella Blvd. blog earlier this week:


I used some of Bella’s Brand new collections: Family Forever, Lucky Starz, and Max.

Here are a few details:


You can see some amazing projects by my fellow Bella designers on the blog – here – there’s tons of inspiration every single day! 

And now I’m craving movie popcorn…perhaps there’s a movie night in my weekend future! 


new collections by Bella Blvd (click on the image for details or to purchase)


and my all-time favorite journaling pen (it’s the same pen I’ve used for years, from American Crafts, now being sold under the Project Life brand):

and, honestly, I think my all-time favorite tool for scrapbooking…which isn’t even a scrapbooking tool – a very basic sewing machine similar to this one:

Happy Weekend! :)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

paper smooches february blog hop…

Hi friends!  I have been waiting to share some really exciting news – I’ve recently been asked to join the Paper Smooches Design Team!  I’m so happy to be working with Kim and all of the other awesome designers.  I’ve been a fan of Kim’s designs for a long, long time – she is so talented and creates some of the CUTEST things I’ve ever seen…and you all know how much I love CUTE!!! :)  yay!!  I’ve been recruited specifically to create scrapbook layouts with the fun Paper Smooches stamps and dies – so you’ll be seeing lots of them in the future!  For my very first official project as a design team member, I get to join the February Blog Hop!!

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches March/April release with you! FOUR new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase at midnight on March 5th (eastern time) (12:01 am on March 6th).  You will find our new releases HERE

To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize!

  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog
  • The prize - a $25 gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win! (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your changes)
  • You have until midnight MT on Sunday, March 2nd to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, March 3rd to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

Ashley Marcu

Betsy Veldman

Emily Leiphart

Erin Lincoln

Heidi Van Laar

JJ Bolton

Kalyn Kepner

Karolyn Loncon

Kim Kesti

Laura Bassen

Laurie Schmidlin

Mou Saha

Pamela Ho

Summer Fullerton

Teri Anderson

Wendy Sue Anderson (that’s me!!)

To increase your chances of winning:

  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop

(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)

And now that you have all of the blog hop info., here’s my first official Paper Smooches Layout!  I used two of the new stamp sets – Seeing Stars and Flirty Frames – along with one of the brand new die sets – Stars. 


And here are a few details:


In addition to the brand new products, you’ll also spot a few of the “older” products on my layout – Party Posse Stamps and Alphawhimsy Dies.


And of course, there’s a bit of machine stitching – I rarely finish a layout without adding some!


I used papers from the “Seen & Noted” collection from Pebbles, Inc.  One of my all-time faves!

(click on the image to see the entire collection…it’s an “older” one, so it’s on sale right now!  Check it out! )

Thanks for stopping by – enjoy the hop and good luck on the drawing! :)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

a chickaniddy layout…

I have a layout up on the Chickaniddy blog today!  The collection I used is called “date night,” but the photos I used are definitely not about dating!  I love how versatile this collection is!

I’d love for you to hop over and check it out. :)


Happy Tuesday!

Monday, February 24, 2014

family forever, a wedding card | top dog dies…

I know Valentine’s Day is over, and it’s tempting to put away all of your heart shaped supplies.  But wait – there are lots of other ways to put those hearts to use!  I used some awesome Top Dog Dies (see links below) to create this heart shaped wedding card!


I used paper and embellishments from Bella Blvd.’s “Family Forever” collection:


Now I’m ready with a fun little card for the next wedding I get to go to!


Happy Monday! :)


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

i am a craft girl…

I am pretty darn excited to be joining Heidi and so many talented gals as part of the first official team for Chickaniddy Crafts!


I was so very happy to help Heidi with some layouts for her booth at CHA and was ecstatic to receive an invitation recently to join her official team for the coming term!  I shared one of the layouts I created for Chickaniddy’s CHA booth (here) – and I’m super excited to share lots more in the future!  Be on the lookout! :)

Monday, February 17, 2014

how to thank teenage boys…

I recently asked some of the teenage boys in our ward (church congregation) to help me with a presentation for the younger boys in our ward (the priesthood preview).  They were all so willing to help and did such a great job!  We are so lucky to have such great kids as peers and examples for my kiddos.  They were eager to help me, without promise of reward, but I think any teenager who is so willing to sacrifice his time to help out the primary deserves a little reward, don’t you? 

I used this tie die (from Top Dog Dies) to make a bunch of colorful little ties – aren’t they fun?


And then I pulled out this little notepad – It’s from the “Love You More” collection by Pebbles – and I think it’s absolutely perfect for a note to a teenage boy…



And as much as I’m sure these boys would love these cute little notes from me – I figured they would appreciate them even more if they were accompanied by some of these:



So I packaged some up and added the notes to the top:


Hope they enjoyed the cookies as much as I appreciated their help! :)




American Crafts - Pebbles - Love You More Collection - Sticky Notes - BoyAmerican Crafts - Pebbles - Party with Amy Locurto - Printed Bags - YellowAmerican Crafts - Ribbon Value Pack - Baker's Twine - 24 Spools

Saturday, February 15, 2014

valentine’s day layout | bella blvd…

Happy Weekend!  I hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day!!  In our house, Valentine’s Day is not such a “romantic” holiday…it’s more of a fun holiday and an excuse to have yummy treats, fun decorations, and heart-shaped pizza for dinner!

Today, I’m up on the Bella Blvd. blog with this layout I created with (the few not-so-awesome phone) pictures from Valentine’s Day last year. 

Here are a few of the details:
To see more details, and the awesome sketch, hop on over to the Bella Blvd. blog – and be sure to check out the amazing layouts from my fellow design team members too!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

ombre star cards | doodlebug design…

Hi friends!  How about a little side-trip, off the Valentine’s Day highway?  ha ha … Yesterday I shared this set of ombre star cards on the Doodlebug Design blog.  With 3 little boys of my own, a bunch of nephews, and loads of neighborhood kids, it's a safe bet that I'm always needing a birthday card for a boy - and in spite of my efforts, I seem to always have a stash of girl cards, and never enough boy cards!  That's why I've set a goal to make a bunch of cards that are "boy-friendly." 
You can see the full photo tutorial over there on the Doodlebug Blog (here) – but here’s a peek:
Here’s a peek at the supplies I used:
Sugar Coated Cardstock: Pisatachio, Swimming Pool, Dolphin, Mandarine, Tangerine, Buttercream, Limeade, & Sweet Pea
Doodlebug Design - Create-A-Card - Slim - Cards and Envelopes - SunburstDoodlebug Design - Doodles - Cardstock Stickers - Happy Birthday - Lily WhiteDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Tangerine Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - LimeadeDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Swimming Pool Fiskars - Squeeze Punch -  Large - Star - Twinkle Twinkle*EK Success STAR Classic Punch 54-31010*252 GREEN 33709 MINI GLUE DOTS 21 Adhesive Sheets Clear M1004Doodlebug Design - Sugar Coated - Brads - Bright Assortment

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

valentine’s day garland…

I am making the most of all of the fun Valentine’s Day products I have here in my little creative space – today I’m sharing a photo tutorial on the Northridge Blog (HERE) to create this sweet little garland:


Click over there for the full tutorial, but here are a few more photos of my project:

The pile of pieces I cut using dies from Top Dog Dies and papers from Fancy Pants Designs:


The finished project – after I stitched it all together:


I tried taking some detail pics before I hung it up…


And finally added to the top of our entertainment center…



Top Dog Dies Heart Album FinishersFancy Pants Designs - Be Loved Collection - 12 x 12 Paper KitCuttlebug Die Cut Machine