Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Give A Girl A ... Saturated Canary - HOP!

Hello bloggers.

I was so excited when Kellie, the owner of Give A Girl A, asked me to join her, Krista - the owner of Saturated Canary, and many other creative ladies, to bring you guys a very fun blog hop, full of inspiration and awesome blog candy.


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I've been on a "baby" kick.  Not that I want to have another one, OH NO!!, lol...  But that I keep looking at Giovanni's baby pictures, wondering where the time has gone.  He's only 2, but has the common sense and smarts of a 4 year old.  (Every mom says that, huh?... lol).

I recently printed out some newborn photos and had been wanting to use them in a project, but didn't exactly know how.  As you know I'm a SMASH*aholic, but I wanted these special photos to be used differently.

So I got to brainstorming and came up with this 12x12, really simple layout.



It's been a while since I created a layout, [Smashing is much easier for me], but I had so much fun creating it.

I used Simple Stories "Baby Steps" 6x6 pad to cut bits and pieces for the layout, a few stickers & rub-ons from my stash, faux stitching and some wood veneers to add cute touches here and there.



I colored the new Saturated Canary "Jelly Bug" digital stamp (available in Krista's shop soon), with Copics and added her to this layout because that adorable little critter just screamed "baby mobile" to me for some reason.  It was the perfect fit!

The stamp set I used from Kellie's Shop is called "Keen As Mustard".  The sentiments helped me capture the emotion/s I wanted to express in the layout.


There's still some journaling to add under "She said", "He said", but this layout is complete and will stay hanging in my craftroom for a while, at least until mom sees it and hints how much she'd love to have it.  lol.



* 2 BLOG CANDY WINNERS!!! *

I will be giving away 1 of Kellie's acrylic stamp sets (from her shop), and also a package full of yummy craft supplies (seen in the photo below).



To Win: 
1 - follow my blog.
2 - leave a comment (by 3/5/13) telling me what was the last layout you made.
3 - hop along to the other blogs listed below and leave them a comment too.
(we'll be checking, so make sure you play along).


Next on the hop is the extremely talented Alyce, but all the blog links are below incase you get lost.

Kellie - http://kelliewinnell.typepad.com/
Krista - http://saturatedcanary.blogspot.com/
Karyn - http://karynscraftingobsession.blogspot.com.au/
Maria http://mscrapping.blogspot.com/
Jodie - http://www.polkadotcreative.com.au/blog/
Lou - http://loopylousloopythoughts.blogspot.com/
Damaris - http://www.atstudiod.blogspot.com.au/  <--- You Are Here
Alyce - http://kitandclowder.blogspot.com/


Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Spring is Coming!

Here's another very quick card I made using the Scrap Happy Ohio Easter Kit.



It probably took 5 minutes to make.  I love that they added tags and ephemera.  Because when you're pressed for time, yet you're in the mood to make something, it's the perfect recipe for something super cute!!

I hope you enjoy it and come back next week for another Easter card.

Their Easter Kit is currently being sold on their website at www.ScrapHappyOhio.com.  See below for a list of supplies.  

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Supplies:
* SHO card & envelope
* SHO Hot Fudge ink pad
* SHO Easter Kit
* SHO Easter Sayings stamp set

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Be Mine.

By the time you read this my day would be 75% done.  I plan on having a super delicious breakfast (maybe scrambled eggs with onions, peppers, mushrooms, ham and shredded cheese, and a side of hashbrowns with veggies & toast.  Plus coffee, can't forget that!)  I want to wash a couple more loads of laundry and prep the kitchen for when hubby comes home.  He's going to cook for me.  I look forward to that.  He has planned a romantic evening at home, and it's just what I would've asked for had he asked.  LOL.  He's such a great cook.  He taught me how to make some slammin' Puerto Rican beans (if you could believe that!)  If you follow my Instagram feed you'll see photos of his cooking.  DELISH!

[sidebar] would you guys be interested in reading blogs about my cooking and recipes?  I'm not a chef or have ever taken culinary classes, but I do love to put my own spin on popular dishes.  Let me know, if so.

The 2nd half of my day will be spent taking Giovanni to my mom's house for the night.  I want to also deliver some Valentine goodies to her, then right after head out to buy hubby's gift.  Something simple like maybe cologne (he loves to smell good), and a baggie filled with his favorite chocolates; and of course, this handmade card.


I left the inside of the card completely blank so I can write him a book.  hehe.
He'll LOVE that!! <--- sarcasm.



I absolutely love this card.  The image I can't remember where I got it, but it's a digital stamp that I purchased last month.  I colored her in to match the colors of the BoBunny "Love Letters" 6x6 pad.  She's thick, curvy and sexy.  3 things my husband loves.  (lucky me - hehe).   The sentiment is from a pack of diecuts that I bought at Michaels, by Recollections.  The colors are perfect!  I matted everything with ivory cardstock and added faux stitching.

I also made a few other Valentine things that I shared on Instagram.  A cute thingy for my mailman and a couple of things for some friends.




I hope you had/have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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My internet was down all day and I wasn't able to blog earlier.  That's what I get for waiting til the last minute to write it up, lol.



Anyway, I want to share a card I made using a few SCRAP HAPPY OHIO products.  Valentine Girl Stamp is an acrylic stamp that you can purchase on their website, they also have a boy Valentine stamp.  I colored her in with copic markers and gave her a dotted/faint background.  I'm really liking adding those.  The sentiment comes from Valentine Saying Stamp Set and I inked both the inside and outside sentiments with their Hot Fudge ink.  The side scallop trim was made by their Fancy Scallop Border Die.  The rest was paper I used from the "LOVE ME" MME 6x6 pad.



I haven't decided who I want to give this to yet, being that Valentine's Day is tomorrow and it'd kinda late to ship anything.  Maybe I'll give it to dad... lol

Come back tomorrow and see what card I made for hubby.  I'll probably post it late because I don't want him to see it online before he sees it in person.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Happy Hearts.

When I was single and living in NY with my parents, my dad would not only bring mom flowers, balloons, a card (with cash) and chocolate for mom, but he would also bring me some chocolate too.  I felt like such a LOSER, but now I see how sweet it was.

Now I do the same for mom.  Knowing she has a Valentine, which incidentally they'll be married 50 years this October, I still bring her a little something.  To let her know I love her and care.


This year I made this card for her.  I usually just come over with chocolate or something... but I want to give her a card, chocolate and maybe even a balloon too.  She's been feeling down lately and I know it'll cheer her up.

I colored in a GORJUSS stamp and paper pieced the dress.  The paper collection I used is by MME, called "RUBY", and the hearts were punched with a Stampin' Up punch.  I like that it looks very clean, yet not so simple.




Take the time to surprise someone with some chocolates, or a cute note.  It'll make a world of difference and they'll always remember you for it.

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Word Is Out...

... mostly through me on Instagram.  LOL.

Last year I was approached by Susie, the owner of Scrap Happy Ohio, to get on a board as a full time design team member, and I didn't think twice before saying "YES!"  This has been hush for a couple of months now, and I'm excited to finally be able to share the news with you.

I was fortunate enough to play with a few of their supplies and kits on 2 occasions in the past, and am happy to be sharing weekly projects with you, using their exclusive products.  They make everything from sentiment and image stamps, dies, cards & envelopes (which are my absolute favorite), to inks & reinkers and even matching cardstock!  They also sell a lot of product made by other companies like American Crafts & Echo Park.



Their Easter Kit is currently being sold on their website at www.ScrapHappyOhio.com, and so far I've made a few cards with it which I plan on sharing with you eventually, but for today I will share one.



Bunny Girl was one of the SHO stamps I received and immediately fell in love with.  I colored her in with copic markers, and created a faux blue-sky background using the SHO Berrylicious Ink Pad, a distress tool and 2 sizes of Fiskars cloud punches.  Believe it or not, it worked nicely and turned out being a very sheer/faint color of blue, which is what I was hoping to achieve.  The paper collection in the Easter Kit is by Doodlebug and so are the buttons.  I tied knots on 2 buttons using the sheer pink ribbon (also in the kit) and adhered it to the card with glue dots.  The sentiments (in and out the card) are part of the SHO exclusive Easter Stamp Set, also included in the Easter Kit, and I used the SHO Hot Fudge ink pad with it.


The February Scrap Happy Ohio Kit sold out quickly, so don't wait too long to visit their site and get this month's exclusive kit.

Thanks for checking in.

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P.S.  If you are on Instagram and want to follow me, just search @Latind0ll or click http://instagram.com/latind0ll.  I love taking random photos and sharing it there.  I even share photos of projects I'm currently working on, so you might get a glimpse of what blogs are to come!

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Midway Mini Album

I don't really know what to call these types of "scrapbooks" anymore.  Mini book.  Mini Album.  Daybook.  But whatever it is, I love making them.  They're quick, simple and so bright!!

I had a blast making my October Afternoon "Holiday Style" December Daily [which you can see HERE], so much that I purchased the entire MIDWAY collection.  It was something I had thought to do late last year, but didn't have a chance to with all the holiday fun.

I decided to gather all the photos of all the parks, fairs and carnivals we've been to and put them in one book.  It dates back to 2005, when my husband and I were just dating.  *sigh*  I hope you enjoy looking through the photos and that it inspires you to create a theme'd mini.




That " today was AMAZING " stamp is by STUDIOL2E, and I've added a photo of it below.
I used many of the stamps in it in this mini.  They're just so adorable!!






More STUDIOL2E on this next photo.



I added this digital stamp by Alicia's Little Shop to enter into a challenge she is currently having.  It was the perfect touch to this page, and why not combine the 2 things I love most!?  Copic coloring and mini books!






This next layout does not have much room for journaling (as the others do), but I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out.  I will be honest and say that I freaked out when I saw a HUGE ferris wheel, but I made it work to my advantage.  Underneath the "SAFARI" letters were other letters that spelled out "MIDWAY".  I commited the perfect switch-a-roo!  haha.


And if you recognize those speech bubbles, it's because I have recently shared them on Instagram and Facebook.  They are the newest set of STUDIOL2E stamps available.  Kanani was kind enough to send me a pack to test out.  I LOVE THEM!!


I am so into speech bubbles lately, and they were the perfect replacement for not being able to get the Studio Calico speech bubble stamps that came exclusively in their kit last year.  Remember those?  Regret not getting them?  Well, you can get these, and the BEST part is that they coordinate perfectly with the EK SUCCESS Photo Captions punch.




I switched it up for the next 2 pages and used Kellie Winnell's new stamp set from her Give A Girl A SHOP.  It's called "Keen As Mustard" and is available now.





The file folders I purchased at Michaels a couple of weeks ago and decided to use them to help me add some more space for more photos.  It's perfect because there's also a bit of space for journaling as well.






As you can see there's tons more room left in the album to add future fun days at the fair.  I'm actually excited that I'll come back to it at a later date.  I really LOVED working with this collection and all the stamps I used.  Now on to the hard part... filling in all the journaling.  lol!

Take care and don't forget to visit the websites I shared before those stamps sell out.

I'll be back next week with some exciting news!!

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I shared this blog post on Kellie Winnel's blog.  She does a weekly segment of "CURRENTLY CREATIVE", where you can link up your post to her blog and share your creativity.  It sounds fun and I decided to share it this time.




CHALLENGES

Alicia's Challenge #2 - Something You Love.