Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Kiki Art - CHA Summer 2010 Sneak Peek

CHA 2010 Summer is just around the corner. Manufacturers are scrambling to get new product ready and sneak peeks abound. Here is a sneak peek for Kiki Art.

Pretty cute, eh?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

More Creatively Yours

Here is another layout that I completed as a Guest Designer for Creatively Yours. I quite loved this sketch from Ali. It gave me the chance to use a special photo I had of Madison and it let me use up some delicious Pink Paislee.

Supplies: Bazzill (cardstock); Pink Paislee (pattern papers, chipboard die cut, cardboard stickers); Close to my Heart (red gems); American Crafts (alphas)

Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Creatively Yours Sketch Blog

This is my last project for my stint as a Guest Designer for Creatively Yours. Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you! It IS a card!!!

Supplies: Nikki Sivils (pattern paper); stitching; We R Memory Keepers corner rounder

While I struggle horribly with cards, I did find that a sketch helps immensely! Thanks again for dropping by my blog!

School is Out!

I honestly thought the end of school this year would never come! It's not that we disliked school or had a bad year - it's quite the contrary! The educational experience for Madison and Danielle were both fantastic...but the end of the year seems to always bring a zillion volunteer commitments and a host of other items to be completed. To sum it up, I am plain old exhausted beyond belief! (Hence the neglected blog!)

But I do want to share with you some favorite photos!

First, meet the future grad of 2022!

Danielle is so proud she finished kindergarten and the year-end presentations were fantastic. It is a bittersweet moment for me. In the fall, Danielle will be in Grade 1, meaning school all day long...away from home and I will miss her ... (gulp) alot. Yet at the same time, I am really proud of her for putting in her best effort to learn french. She is thus far enjoying french immersion and like Madison, we will see where it will take her. So far, she loves it and that is good enough for me!

What is a photo session without a vogue shot??? Hmmm....

And here is a photo of a gal moving from the elementary school to the middle school. Ah, another bittersweet moment. This year, Madison has really come into her own. She was a true leader at school, being a Friendly Helper and signing up for literally everything she possibly could at school to make the most of her last year in te elementary school. And now she is off to the Middle School. The elementay school has been a safe haven for her; it is quite insular and gives the children alot of opportunities and confidence. So far the transition to grade 5 has been great.

Without further adieu, here is a grade 5 student!

And here they both are - their smiles are infectious; don't you think?

Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!!!

It's Father's Day! At our house, any "special" day is cause for celebration, cake and some chaos! LOL Here is a mini album/card that we made for my husband and Daddy to these two girls!

And here is the mini album. The mini album is from Urban Lily as are all the pattern papers that were used to simply accessorize the already beautiful album pages.

What I love the most of this album is the pull out pages that allow you to privately share journaling/thoughts/words to the recipient. And you can also slip a gift certificate for a loved one into one of the pockets!

Here are some of the pages in my album. I am so glad I had my girls use their handwriting on the pages and when they get older, I know that I will cherish those sweet letters!

Thanks for dropping by! And a big Happy Father's Day to you and the men who have played a fatherly role in your life.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Creatively Yours Sketch Blog

June is just whizzing by! I have been SO busy with the girls' activities and have been remiss in mentioning that I am the guest designer at Creatively Yours. It's a fabulous sketch challenge blog.

Here is the first of my sketch interpretations-

Supplies:  Pink Paislee (pattern papers, alphas, chipboard); Heidi Swapp (chipboard alphas); Close to my Heart (blue ultrafine glitter); Making Memories (white ultrafine glitter); Prima (flowers); Kaisercraft (pearls); American Crafts (dragonfly); Ranger (glossy accents)

Here is a close-up of the alphas-

And here is a close-up of the "water droplets" on the flowers - it had been rainy that day and I wanted the flowers to represent the day.

Thanks for dropping by!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Facing Life Head On!!!

Have you ever used a really REALLY large photo on your layout? I have had this photo of Danielle for 2 years now, not quite sure how I was going to scrap it. But once I saw these Urban Lily papers, I knew they would be a perfect match.

I loved putting the title on Danielle's sweater in the photo. As well, I chose to keep the design simple so that the focus stayed on the photo. Here is a close-up of the title.

Here is a close-up of the journaling...

Thanks for letting me share!

Friday, June 4, 2010

A Dressing Tradition

I know that I do not do enough to teach Madison and Danielle about their Chinese heritage. The one thing we always do is celebrate and talk about Chinese New Years. And with Chinese New Year, is wearing the traditional dress, cheung saam. We have one for each girl for every year they have been born. I have since passed on some of the dresses but I always make a point of taking a picture of them in their dresses.

Supplies:  Urban Lily (pattern papers); Making Memories (glittered chipboard elements, mini alphas); Heidi Swapp (large alphas); American Crafts (pen for journalling)

Thanks for letting me share!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

More from Scrap-tastic!

As promised, here are the remaining projects I created using Scrap-tastic's Decadent Dreams kit! I do want to mention that the Prima papers Becky put into the kit are SO versatile. There was not one picture I selected that did not match beautifully with the papers.

So here we go...

This is one of my all time favorite pictures of the girls. I begged them to come outside for a photo shoot on the grass. I snapped off a bunch of shots. I look at them and was unhappy with the frozen pasty smiles. So I said to the girls, why don't you sit down on the grass for a minute while I fiddle with my settings on the camera. And so they did. And that is when the magic started to happen! These shots are from the mamma-razzazi angle...and I love them!

The flowers were handmade with the scraps. The butterflies were handcut from a sheet of paper in the kit...and I am SO loving the Prima alphas. Here is a close-up of the flowers and the dimension of the butterflies.

This layout features Danielle hamming it up for the camera. There is alot of Tattered Angels glimmer mist on this layout! LOL I love that stuff!!!!!

I love love loved the Jenni Bowlin buttons used here.

And something fun you can do with your Prima bling swirls is to cut them. You get more mileage from them and you can change the swirl direction easily.

Here is the perpetually happy Danielle. I have always marvelled at what her "secret" is in always having a spectactular day.

And lastly, I wanted to capture Danielle's unique sense of style. She really likes things to match, in a rather monochromatic way...kinda like her Mama! LOL What this girl has that her Mama doesn't is the ability to accessorize! Darn she is good!

 Thanks for letting me share and dropping by!