Monday, January 30, 2012

Blog Hoppin' with Epiphany Crafts & Echo Park!


Welcome to the Echo Park Paper Co. and Epiphany Crafts Blog Hop! 


On this hop you'll see the amazing things you can create when you combine Echo Park Paper Co. paper and embellishments with the amazing tools from Epiphany Crafts. Below you will find the blog hop list. Simply hop from one blog to the next to discover entirely new ideas for using these amazing tools with our beautiful products. 

Leave a comment on each designers' and company's blog to qualify for the drawing for an Epiphany Crafts Heart Button Tool and Heart Button Epoxy stickers, as well as, two collection kits "Yours Truly" and "A Boys' Life" from Echo Park Paper! 






We hope you enjoy all the inspiration created by these two amazing teams. Winners will be announced on Friday, February 3rd on the Echo Park Paper blog and the Epiphany Crafts blog. All comments are due before midnight EST on Wednesday, February 1st to qualify for the drawing.

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Here's my project, featuring Epiphany Crafts heart tools & Echo Park Yours Truly:


 Your next stop on the blog hop is:  Julie Walton

If you haven't started from the beginning, here's the entire blog hop list:

Start at Epiphany Crafts blog  


Then onto the EP team:



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Thanks so much for joining us! 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

CHA-CHA-CHA time!!!

It's one of my favorite blog posts of the year...
my photo-heavy wish list from the upcoming Winter CHA!

First & foremost...honeycombs:

Hambly
MME 
Jenni Bowlin
Next up, favorite papers:

Crate...I can never pass up a nice vintage strawberry print!
GCD Studios
American Crafts...ruffle heaven!
MME...new favorite floral.
MME...woodgrain+doilies.
Can never pass up October Afternoon+Vintage.
Embellishments, stamps, art mediums:

Crate Paper...love the new banner buttons!
Studio Calico...perfect color set for me!
Gotta have my butterfly fix!
Simple Stories...perfect for my Peace, Love, & Happiness tween!

I'm really loving the fresh-vintage, happy, colorful-but-elegant selections this year!
What else has caught your eye from the sneak peeks & reveals you've seen?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Get Picky...1st sketch of the New Year!

When I saw this month's circle-filled Get Picky sketch challenge, it reminded me of some fun
"toddler-blowing-milk-bubbles" photos that I have of my youngest daughter...great for the circle motif!



































Polka-dots, painted background, round accents...from the milk bubbles in the photos to the border punch & looped twine...circles everywhere!




























As always, please come join our challenge, get inspired, be in the running for a great prize, & get a layout completed along the way!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thrilling Vintage News...

I'm so excited to announce that I'm a new member of the DT at Vintage Street Market!



You all know I LOVE my vintage, and this unique company has a crafting philosophy that I adore:

"Vintage Street Market celebrates memories, and the textures, sentiments and simplicity from times past. It is our intention to not only offer exceptional products and superior customer service, but to also create a community where nostalgia can be shared, creativity explored, and memories preserved."

 Vintage Street Market offers a selection of unique vintage-inspired & vintage-reproduction branded products, as well as gorgeous authentic vintage items & kits.  Check out their new Valentine's kit!


How gorgeous are the images, textures, colors, and trinkets in this one-of-a-kind, authentically vintage assortment?!
Love it.

So stay tuned for some fun vintage DT projects coming your way!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

It's a New Year at Get Picky!

I can't believe it's already the second week of 2012, and I've completely neglected to post the current Get Picky challenge!
Get Picky's current inspiration is all about new beginnings...creating a layout inspired by a lovely, hopeful poem you can find HERE.

The lines in the poem that stood out to me were:
 
Remember the sunshine when the storm seems unending.

May you find enough inner strength to determine your own worth by yourself,
And not be dependent on another's judgement of your accomplishments.  

Find time in each day to see the beauty and love in the world around you.

I chose to create a layout about our family's yearly Solstice celebration...each year we light a candle, review our gratitudes of the past year & our hopes for the new one.  Then we go outside to welcome back the return of the sun, and sprinkle crumbs & birdseed for the woodland creatures (from the Winter Solstice episode of the cartoon Little Bear). :-)

Here's my sunshiny layout:



































I incorporated both snow and sun by using a yellow palette, star pins, & snowflakes:




























Hoping your January is turning out to be a happy one!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

January @ Pretty Little Studio

I'm so happy this month, to be guest designing back at Pretty Little Studio!

Melissa @ PLS asked me to design the weekly sketches for the month, so make sure to check their blog every Tuesday for a new sketch challenge.

Here is the sketch for this week:

PLS has these great, large journaling pennant tags HERE...I so used one as a template, and cut three more out of patterned paper for photo mats. 

Here's a peek at the layout:



























For the full layout, go peek at today's blog post HERE, and feel free to comment, participate, and maybe even win a prize! ;)

For those interested, they're also conducting a design team call, which ends on the 15th, so check it out!