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Feels Like Home with LYB!

Hellooooo! Holy craziness it’s been awhile since I’ve updated. I am SO sorry.. I think I said last time I was going to be better about blogging.. then over a month went by.. YIKES! I have SO many projects that I didn’t get a chance to share on my blog. Hopefully you’ve at least seen them on the blogs of the companies I design for. Thankfully, pregnancy is done torturing me and I am feeling SO much better.. back to crafting and all that jazz.. feels good! Now that school is back in session I have time to get back to the good stuff.. crafting, trash TV, and crafting. No more excuses! I have had oodles of emails asking where I am.. if I still blog, etc. yes, people.. I am here.. I’m alive!

So, today I have two LYB projects to share with ya! Right now at LYB we are showing off the delicious fall themed collection, ‘Feels Like Home’. This collection actually reminds me of my grandma’s house on Thanksgiving. I can almost smell the turkey and gravy! So with Thanksgiving on the mind, I created a ‘thankful tree’. This is meant to be a centerpiece and everyone can write something they are thankful for on each leaf. I added a spool to it to make it a little taller. It’s gotta stand out, right? For more details on this project and my supply list, check out THIS LYB blog post.

I just love those accordion folded leaves in the Feels Like Home paper crafting kit! So different.

 

Next up was a project shared over at the LYB recently.. it’s an altered tray for holding embellishments. I got this tray on sale at Michaels.. really wish I grabbed an extra though (it’s by Graphic 45). I created this with some of the Naturals collection and a touch of Vintage Summer.

And there ya have it!

Whew! Look at me.. made it through a blog post!

Again, I am SO sorry for slacking. Some people mentioned that they’ve stopped by several times only to see I haven’t updated. You don’t have to do that though! You can subscribe to get my blog posts delivered right to your inbox!.. or follow me on bloglovin! (check my sidebar).

OK.. off I go. Have a good one!

Patriotic favors with Little Yellow Bicycle.. and a bean in my belly!

Heeeeeey! How goes it? Did you have a fabulous weekend? I was pretty busy this past week. My mom and kid brother were up (I’ve actually had my brother here for two weeks..) so I was busy trying to entertain them… Lots of singing and dancing going on over here.. lol.. and with everyone here I began realizing we need a bigger house! It gets kinda crowded with 3 kids, a hubby, a grandma, a 14yo brother.. and a pregnant chick. No room for anymore visitors! Not to mention of animals. I need SPACE!

And yeah… you read that right! Pregnant chick.. ME! Holy crud, peeps… I am preggers! Baby #4 is on the way! While I have been in a near pregnancy induced coma, I managed to get some projects done. Anyone who has been pregnant knows how exhausting it is at first. I just want to nap and eat ice and cheese, lol. Now of course I am getting busy with CHA work. It’s gonna be a crazy crafty two weeks for me… and then I plan to take a week long nap. HA! Suuuure. Three kids home for summer? Not happening.

I know.. three kids.. I already complain about having to craft late at night while they are in bed.. oh, hey.. here’s an idea! Let’s have another! lol. I honestly can’t wait to have a wittle cute baby again!

Really though, we are completely excited! All my kids are two years apart.. this one will be 6 years apart from my youngest. Some friends have said, “I can’t believe you want to start all over again”.. puh-lease! I just saw that baby swings now come with plug in adapters! (some of them) That alone is enough to get pregnant, lol. My hubby and I use to always say the baby swing companies must have had some deals with the battery companies because we could never find a ‘plug in’ swing.

 

So that’s my exciting news of the week! I am hoping when this baby is born to do a ‘Project Life’ type album for the baby’s first year.. I already know I will fail at this, lol.

 

Alrighty. Moving on to some patriotic favor boxes I made for Little Yellow Bicycle. I used the new Vintage Summer collection.. which is amazing! I think this is my favorite recent LYB collection. I like that you can go patriotic with red, white, and blue.. but not so ‘in your face’ patriotic craziness with fireworks, tons of stars, flags, etc.

So here’s my first favor box, a star shaped box made from the SVG Cuts Stars and Stripes SVG Kit.

I love the chipboard pieces in this collection.. those ‘milk caps’ are fabulous!

And of course ya gotta have the stick pins!

 

Next up was this square box with star cut outs I found in the Silhouette store. Really simple and easy to assemble.

I always love the paper crafting kits LYB makes… I am a big fan of rosettes!

 

And whoa.. the 4th of July is almost here! Kinda crazy how fast this year seems to be going by.. I mean.. didn’t we just have Christmas? Better hurry and get our pool up! Before I know it fall will be here.. which excites me! I LOVE the fall.. I am ready to pull out all my pumpkins again!

OK, I will see ya later! Thanks for stopping by!

 

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A summer photo banner with Carta Bella!

Hello, friends!! Have you been following the Echo Park and Carta Bella blogs to check out all the fabulous projects for our SUMMER CRAFT CAMP? There’s also been some great free printables and a summer photo check list.. check it out!

 

Download the PHOTO CHECKLIST

These photo checklists are great for Project Life and Scrapbooking! Sometimes you get so busy with the summer fun that you might miss something!

And how about this cute printable? Download it HERE.

 

Now, here’s a recent project that I created for the ‘craft camp’ A summer photo banner using Carta Bella’s ‘Cool Summer’ collection!

Pretty cute, right? I really enjoyed working with this collection.. it’s so beautiful with super cute element stickers! If you’d like to download my step by step instructions, CLICK HERE. This would be a great mantle decoration.. or even tied to an empty photo frame. I used Lori Whitlock’s pennant die cut files with my Silhouette Cameo, but if you do not have an electronic die cutting machine… GET ONE.. lol.. No, really.. you can easily hand cut some pennant shapes. These are 4″ wide.

I thought the little fabric bows were adorable.

 

Staged photos with perfectly coordinated dress and pink ice cream? You bet! lol. I have no shame!

 

How do you like it? I totally forgot how much I enjoy making little banners… I might have to make some more! ;) Maybe a fun Halloween one with some Doodlebug Designs.. Yup. I think that will happen! I always start my Halloween projects in July (for CHA) and it gets crazy from there. Halloween crafting is my FAVORITE! What about you?.. What is your favorite crafty time of year?

 

OK, folks.. see ya later! Now that court is over (I will update you all soon) I can get back into crafty mode. I am so happy too have the stress of ‘what if’ and court off my back. I do not wish custody issues on anyone! It’s for the birds.. really.

Talk to you all soon! Enjoy your weekend! *waves*

 

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Carta Bella ‘Giddy Up’ Boot! Yee-Haw! (and a little update)

FINALLY! As soon as I saw the preview for the Carta Bella Giddy Up collections I was dreaming up all the projects I wanted to make.. starting with this boot from SVG Cuts! A boot 100% from paper.. whaaaa?… Yes, friends!

I had this pretty little thing made a few weeks ago and have been so excited to share.. it recently went out in an email from Carta Bella, so you might have seen it already… but now you get to see it BIGGER and up close!

Is that NOT sooo cool? It’s amazing to me that it is made from paper… lol. This boot would look fantastic in ANY theme!.. 4th of July, etc.

You can find my 3D star tutorial right here; STAR TUTORIAL.. And I just noticed it has been pinned over 8,000 times! Sheesh!

This boot might not have ‘been made for walkin’…‘ (you know the song, right?..) but who cares when it’s THIS cute!?… and yeah, I MIGHT have tried to stick my foot inside, lol. This is not exactly made for a size 7 foot. Would you like to make your very own boot to try and cram your foot into? You’ll need the SVG Cuts kit, Happy Trails! This is an amazing cutting file kit that would look fabulous done up in either of these Carta Bella Giddy Up collections!

 

That’s it, friends! HAPPY CRAFTING!!.. as for ‘me’ I am hoping to get back to ‘normal’ soon. As I’ve mentioned a few times now I am in the middle of a custody/move away case right now and it’s just DRAINING me mentally.. very hard stuff, folks. The court date is tomorrow and I am hoping it all goes smoothly.. send some happy thoughts my way.. and coffee.. LOTS of coffee. Court is about 3hrs away and I have to get up around 3:30am and be out the door by 5:00am.. I much rather be going to Disneyland, lol. So many of you have sent me such sweet messages and while I haven’t had a chance to reply to all of you, each and every one of your sweet comments, advice, hugs, etc. means SO much to me! I blog and share pics, act like a weirdo, etc.. and sometimes it’s easy to forget that I put myself out there and people get to ‘know’ me and genuinely care for me. Even a few of you who read my blog and are not ‘commenters’ have taken time to email me and just let me know they are thinking of me.. so sweet! One of you (Natalie R.) even sent me a card.. with a Starbucks gift card in it! Coffee always cheers me up, lol..  Thank you all! *pink fluffy hearts floating around me* .

*hugs*

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I’m one ‘HAPPY CAMPER’….

Ah. Summ-ah tiiiiiiime! I am all too excited for some outdoorsy adventures that are coming up! We found an amazing camp ground about 20 minutes away from my house.. We are already planning our first trip up there soon to do some hiking, have lunch, etc. And if I get brave enough.. pitch a tent and stay the night, but.. I am deathly scared of anything wanting to eat me.. and I gotta say, I look pretty tasty. All this white meat aged for 30 years (does that make me more of a ‘jerky?’).. LOL! Bears, mountain lions.. GAH. Life was so much easier when I was a child and would go camping and not even sleep in a tent.. Pssssh.. Give me a sleeping bag and a 3pk of Twinkies and I was SET… yes, Twinkies. I ALWAYS had to have Twinkies when we went camping, lol. But now I am a mom… and as a mom I realize that the world is a scary place with icky creatures lurking around. Maybe I watch too much Animal Planet… I dunno. But I definitely need to warm up to the idea of sleeping in a tent with my babies….. Trying to coax my hubby into buying an RV is not working too well right now… not even with freshly baked cookies. He’s a tough one, that hubby of mine.

What about you all?… are you brave enough to sleep under the stars.. in a tent?… Or send the family off to camp while you go to a spa vacation? lol.

Even if you’re not an outdoorsy type, something tells me you will still want to get your hands on this fantastic new collection from Echo Park, Happy Camper. The colors and patterns and very cool.. And the element stickers?! Umm, hello cute fox!.. The deer?.. i.die. SO CUTE.. even the bear has a little place in my heart. If only all bears were made of paper and just 1.5″ tall.

Seeing the preview of this collection I knew right away I was going to make this tee-pee from SVG Cuts’ Camp Smore kit!  It came out totally cute with the Happy Camper collection! I made a little ‘scene’ for it.. and now it’s the timeline banner for Echo Park’s Facebook page!

Here it is.. I hope you brought goodies for s’mores.. if not. I will leave you for the bears.

I thought to make a little fire, etc, but that was just getting too crazy. But if YOU are the crazy crafter type, have at it! Add a camper, fire.. a live skunk, etc… Maybe a 3pk of Twinkies.. ha!

The tee-pee is actually a little gift box! I am just a bone head and didn’t take a photo of it with the top off, but you can see it HERE on the SVG Cuts website.

There’s that fox!… After my Twinkies I’m sure!

 

OK, friends! I’m off! I have a lot of blog posts I am behind on that I need to get up.. hoping SOON. I’ve been very quiet and busy. I am in the middle of a custody case right now and it’s taking it’s toll on me… the most mentally exhausting and emotional thing I’ve been through, really. I’m not going to spill my details all over my blog though…  It’s almost over with so hopefully I will quickly jump back into my happy crafty self soon.

Take it easy!

 

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Echo Park & Carta Bella SUMMER CAMP!

How exciting is THIS?!… Even more exciting because I am on both of these amazing teams! Echo Park Paper and Carta Bella are bringing you a FUN crafty summer camp!

This inspirational summer crafting event begins June 4th and runs through August! That’s a whole lotta awesomeness going on! Each DT member from the teams will be sharing weekly projects. There will be something for everyone! More details will come soon.. What we know now is that you WILL want to join in and check it out. There will be contests and giveaways.. even special badges participants can earn! Oh yes, sign me up for a special badge!

Anyhow.. More deets to come soon!

What type of projects are you excited to see?… All of them?.. I thought so! *wink*

Basic Grey Hipster Layout

I have a FUN layout to share today! I really like how this one came out.. and I tried something NEW! I threw some paint on my layout this time. Who’s gettin’ snazzy?.. Tamara’s gettin’ snazzy!

 

I saw this Basic Grey ‘Hipster’ collection at winter CHA.. it seems like it was ages ago now. I guess that’s what happens when you’re excited about new collections.. you seem to have to wait fo-evah for them to come out after CHA (when usually it’s just a few weeks). I wish I could just snag everything at CHA and walk out the door, lol. Anyhow, it finally came out and you can bet your finest paper cutting scissors I snagged it practically as they were loading it on Two Peas… this is mine, baby!

Then when it arrived I thought to myself, “What the heck and I gonna do with this besides a pile of cards?…. OMG, you need a pedicure!..” (true story) I wanted to do a layout, but here comes my ‘issue’ with needing the photos to ‘go’ with the papers and embellishments. So, my wheels started turning and I remembered some ‘Hipster’ glasses I bought for another project (which you’ll see soon enough).. I set up a quick photo shoot of my son on my front porch. Does he look quite ridiculous in those big ol glasses?.. lol.. Nah. My little cutie. He had fun with it and in about 2 minutes I got some CUTE pics. Thanks, Austin! It’s always nice when the kiddos wanna take pics for me… most of them were something like this though…

What IS that?.. Like.. are you OK, dude?.. lol So, I told him to be ‘cool’ and act like Batman (he gets more serious when he is in ‘Batman’ mode) So.. I got these shots and created this totally radical layout!

The paint.. ahhh.. the PAINT! I love the look. I’m gonna rub white paint all over my projects now, lol OK.. maybe not, but doesn’t it look good with the feel of this layout?

Finally used my little label tool thingy. Be a cool kid and get one, too.. SMASH Label Maker Only $10.00! That’s nothin’.. pretty much my daily coffee budget, lol.

That metal ‘cool’ clip.. oh how I LOVE them! They are also from the Basic Grey ‘Hipster’ collection. And if you’re currently drooling over the camera and film strip washi tape, mop up your mess and then head to Michaels! I got those babies on sale! They come together in a two pack.

 

Let me continue to show you every square inch of my layout.. one last pic.

As usual.. tell me what you think! If you use paint on your layouts, I’d love to see! Link me up to your blog in the comments! I wasn’t really sure WHAT I was doing. I just grabbed a makeup sponge and started smearing paint all over.. kinda how I put my makeup on, lol.

Alrighty.. time to head on outta here with your radical self. Thanks for stopping by! I have a busy week, but I do have a blog post for you tomorrow too.. TWO 3D projects made with Carta Bella ‘Beach Boardwalk’.

See ya!

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Carta Bella ‘Cool Summer’ Lemonade Card

*sluuurp*… I have a delicious card to share today! A nice tall refreshing glass of lemonade!

I think this is one of my favorite cards I’ve made! It all came together so well with the cute Cool Summer collection. I added a cluster of brads and buttons, which I LOVE. I love ‘clumping things’.. Unless it’s milk.. yuck. No clumpy milk please. *barf* Brings me back to the baby/toddler days when I use to find hidden bottles or sippy cups with milk in them that were a week or two old.. Forget washing them.. I would toss them out. Lazy? Maaaaybe.. Totally creeped out by clumpy sour milk that looks like it’s moving towards me when I look at it. Absolutely.

Not quite sure why I am going on and on about nasty milk from talking about brads and buttons.. So. Yeah.. Moving on.

 

For more details on how I created this card, you can check out the Carta Bella blog post.

Totally makes me want a frozen lemonade.. spiked, of course.. with some BBQ.. and a pool. Summer, are you here yet?! Although, with summer brings wasps around here. Every year we have a problem with them. They like to make their nests on our back porch, egh! Then yesterday my little monsters came running in the house screaming that there was a wasp nest in their play house.. Happy Mother’s Day to me, lol. We’ve got to figure out how to get rid of these things. They literally harass us. Gah! Just talking about it gets me all itchy.. and I am pur-ty sure I hear buzzing behind me *looks over shoulder*..  I am quite traumatized because some attacked me one summer. I was stung (bit?) on my head numerous times. I freaked out and it caused one to get tangled in my hair.. nightmares are made of this, seriously. I called my husband crying to come home from work and help me. Maybe a bit dramatic, but I was convinced I was going to die, lol

 

So… enough milk and wasp chit-chat. I’d love to hear what you think! Have something you’ve created with the ‘Cool Summer’ collection? We’d love to see it! Simply upload it to the Carta Bella Facebook page HERE to share it with the rest of our online community.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Echo Park Happy Go Lucky – Photo Freedom Pages

Whoa. It’s been awhile, huh?

I’ve been busy with life so I haven’t been crafting much at all. But I am back at it now and will have a couple blog posts this week.. starting with this one!

I used the Echo Park Happy Go Lucky Photo Freedom kit for these two pages. I kept this clean and simple and just focused on the pictures. I mean, the whole concept with this style of ‘scrapbooking’ is to be quick and easy, right?… So here’s some quick and easy for ya!

We had a nice little day taking some photos of her in the dress I made.. and as you see, I had to make her American Girl doll one as well.

The butterfly wings pop up for some dimension. Really cute cuts.. I found them in the Silhouette store.

 

Here’s page #2. My favorite part is how I split the balloons sticker betwen two pockets.

And yes.. I will admit she looks kinda scary in the bottom right photo, lol.. But that was her.. gummy wide grin, lol. Grimlin style.

This page has hidden journaliing. I was done with the page and was like, “Crap! I didn’t add any journaling..” lol. So ‘hidden’ worked well for this.

Isn’ this PF theme beautiful though? I LOVE it. I think it’s my favorite PF theme so far.

 

And while you’re here I thought I’d share what’s coming to me VERY soon.. which means you’ll soon be able to get the, too.. Look at this yumminess.

There’s HAPPY CAMPER. I have project ideas spewing outta my brain with this one.. CAN’T WAIT!

There’s also the FANTASTIC HERE & NOW. OMG, peeps.. this is GORGEOUS!!! Can not WAIT to work with this. I am gonna use the crazy outta this!

The colors.. I mean REALLY.

Anyhow, I am looking forward to my DT box (when aren’t I?) and creating some projects to inspire you all (hopefully?..). Which of these two if YOUR favorite?

 

Alrighty, friends.. off ya go. See you again soon.. Sorry to be MIA for a bit. I have a few more goodies to share so check back!

 

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OK.. I will allow you to depart from my blog now *smiles*

 

It’s a booooat!

Ahoy, crafty friends! Anyone out there enjoying the lovely weather? I have seen some photos of people with snow, so.. don’t start throwing snowballs at me if you’re one of the snowy places, but we’ve been having picture perfect spring weather here! I am loving it! Time for a spray tan so I don’t hurt peoples eyes with the pasty whiteness that grows below my waistline that I call ‘legs’.

Anyhow, the Echo Park team has been working on projects with the new ‘A Perfect Summer’ collection designed by Lori Whitlock.. and it is FAB! Totally gets me in the summertime mood… and craving a margarita. Mmm. I just finished up this totally awesome boat gift box.. This is made with the latest SVG Cuts kit! You can get this set FREE with the code FREEGIFT with your purchase of $9.98 or more! CHECK IT OUT and make your own boat!

So, slap on some sunscreen and a life vest (you’ll need it if I’m captain! lol) and come along on a little boat ride… it’s a row boat..  no fancy speed boats over here, lol.

I want at least 20 of those beach ball brads. SO CUTE!

Anchors are everywhere right now.. and as most things I talk about.. I’m loving them! I need one for my bathroom!…. and for that body I have in the closet.

What….?

I meant like.. a faux anchor tattoo or something…

 

This project will sit happily in my craft room to be admired by all who enter it… *back pats*.

 

OK, I have a child to go pick up from the bus stop.. but before I go, another back pat for me because I’m featured at Two Peas today! I am always shocked and surprised when this happens. I see my projects up there and I’m all like, “Who dis crazy cat that copied me.. oh, hell naw!”.. then I realize it’s MINE!

LOL….

Pretty cool, pretty.darn.cool. I also just saw it in their newsletter… coolness to the max, baby!

Go on.. get in line for autographs. Bring your own Sharpie.

OK, see ya’s later!

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