Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April Zva Blog Hop Winners

We'd like to congratulate the FIVE March Zva Blog Hop winners! Their names will be found on the following blogs:
One winner from each of the 5 blogs will receive a Zva prize package worth $30.00. Congrats winners!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Zva Creative April DT Blog Hop!

Zva Creative and the Design Team welcomes you to join us this month for a blog hop that we feel is always extra special!

As you know, Zva offers so many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals.  We want to make sure that they shine bright for you, so each designer was asked to share a creation using a specific color or color combination on their blog hop project.  

The Blog Hop begins at 
Kim Hughes' blog. She will have the complete list of all blogs that are participating in case there is a glitch along the way. If you would like to play along, just follow along the blog path.  I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way. Hidden on FIVE of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package ...YAY! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it's important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.

The Blog Hop starts today, April 25th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, April 26th and the 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 27th on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Kim Hughes‘s blog as well (linked above). We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on, you never know what kind of inspirational creation that you may find there. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Zva Blog Hop do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. The more times you leave a comment along the blog hop path though, the more chances you will have to be one of the lucky winners.

My colors for the month are blue and navy... perfect for summer, don't you think?

Zva products featured: flower (FL-04CA-129), flourishes (CRS-04CA-123), butterfly (CRB-04CA-144), leaves (FL-04CA-110). Patterned paper (Willow collection by Anna Griffin).

The blog hop begins here: 
Kim Hughes 

Your next stop is here: 
Guiseppa Gubler. Your going to LOVE what she has ready for you! Thank you SO MUCH for joining us today :)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Wishes

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.  ~Martin Luther

Hope you have a beautiful Easter Sunday!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Ready for Mother's Day?

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?  ~Milton Berle

Ok... so I didn't realize that Mother's Day was coming up so fast, it will be here in less than 20 days... oh my! Here is an idea for a quick Mother's Day gift... a tray and desk caddy. I use similar items around my craft space to catch things like my scissors, adhesive and the like when I working so it doesn't get buried under my pile of mess.
The tray is actually really easy to make and is something you can do in about 30 minutes. I started with a set of unfinished wooden trays that I picked up from Michael's for about $4, then I adhered two 12x12 patterned papers to the tray. I overlapped them on each other and used Permanent Glue Dots to adhere them to the tray.  Then I trimmed off the excess paper on the short end. Lastly, you adhere clear buttons to the patterned paper... to speed up the project, I used Glue Dots® Crafts Dots to adhere them. 
I really like this project because it can be easily changed up to suit a recipient by changing out the patterned paper. I used Anna Griffin's Carmen collection because it is one of my new favorite collections and my mom likes orange, but think about how cute this would be if you used October Afternoon's 5 & Dime Collection or maybe Cosmo Cricket's Social Club collection. I wish I had the time to make one in every collection, but I must first finish my mother in law's...shhh, don't tell:)

Anyway, here are the instructions to create the coordinating desk caddy...
1) line bottom of upcycled box (this one was a lid from a candle box) with patterned paper
2) roll up 1" x 6" strips of patterned paper, hold together with Mini Glue Dots
3) apply a Continuous Glue Line around outside of box and adhere rolls on to the strip of adhesive

Happy Tuesday! Thanks for visiting today:)

*I wrote this blog post while serving on the Glue Dots® design team*

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Happy Spring!

Hello everyone, I'm back from a little blogging break and here to share my last GCD Studios project of the 2010 term. Our assignment was to create a spring themed card or layout. It was tough narrowing down my options to make only two cards because several new collections are just chock full of colors and elements that could make beautiful spring cards.

After much deliberation I came up with these using Donna Salazar's Spring in Bloom collection and Melody Ross' Soul Food Embellishments.
Aren't those roses from Donna's collection G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S? And they are so easy to fussy cut and add to a card. I just love them!

My rose plants are starting to sprout their leaves... I can't wait until they are in full bloom. How is your garden coming along? Have a nice Friday & thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

350 Cards & Gifts Week

Hi all... I'm almost packed and ready to leave tomorrow for beautiful Phoenix, Arizona for Spellbinder's Design Team retreat. Before I leave I want to share a project that you can see in Paper Craft's 350 Card & Gifts.
For You Gift Card Holder, p.41

This week Paper Crafts Connection & Moxie Fab World is celebrating this smashing issue. No lying, it really is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S... every page is more beautiful and inspiring than the next... every project in it is top notch... so what are you waiting for? Hop on over this week and take a look at some projects HERE.

Well, I must tend to the dishes before bed... I've totally been procrastinating on that one all day. I'm not sure when I'll be back... most likely some time after Sunday. So take care for now & have a wonderful week:)

Friday, April 01, 2011

You are Very Special Friend

My most sincere thanks for everyone's kind words yesterday... you all are so wonderful!

Today starts another new chapter in my paper crafting life, my first day as a member of the Spellbinders 2011 design team. Its a team that I have been following for years and I truly look forward to finally joining the Spellbinders family. I linked all of the new design team gals up on my blog and Spellbinders has an announcement up on their blog HERE today.

Next week we will all be traveling to Arizona for a retreat... the details are top secret (to all of us), but it will be several days with the girls... crafting our days away.

Today I have a couple Spring cards to share that I created for Zva Creative this month (with a little message from me to you).
Zva Supplies: FL-04CA-131 (white graceful roses), PE-02CB-118 (symmetrical pearl flourish)
Patterned paper: (Portrait Collection by Crate Paper, Stella & Rose by My Mind's Eye)
Other (ribbon by Papertrey Ink, Live & Laugh Clear Stamps by Hero Arts)
Zva Supplies: PE-03CA-103 (magnificent taupe pearls)
Patterned paper: (Portrait Collection by Crate Paper,  Hello Luscious collection by Basic Grey)
Other (ribbon by Michaels Stores Inc , Live & Laugh Clear Stamps by Hero Arts)

We'll I've got tons on my plate & I must get the house mother-in-law ready by next Wednesday when I leave. So I will talk with you all soon! Have a great weekend:)