June 22, 2014

Citrus Twist Kits

Yes please! Have you heard of CTK? I bought myself a monthly subscription of the Project Life kit for my birthday this past January. I have compared so many kit clubs & finally narrowed it down to three. CTK came out on top because they include a brand new 6x6 paper pad! SCORE! Yep love it. This way you can create your own PL cards or use on other projects.

This is my June kit:



Kit contents:

Card Stock:
Four 4x6 solid textured journal cards
Patterned Paper:
South of Market 6 x 6 Paper Pad (Studio Calico)
Embellishments:
12 3x4 journaling cards (Citrus Twist Kits); Blue Corn Navy Alphabeans alphabet stickers (Jillibean); 2 x 3 stamp (Citrus Twist Kits); Something Wonderful Decorative Stickers (Teresa Collins); floral woodchips (Citrus Twist Kits); 2 yards yellow polka dot washi on spool (Sticker Stop); 2 flair (Citrus Twist Kits); cutapart labels (Citrus Twist Kits); Pocket Life Sketches & transparencies! 

Do you subscribe to any kit clubs? What are your faves?
My other two faves are Studio Calico & Gossamer Blue. 
Have a good night!
xo

June 20, 2014

Teens & Anxiety

Hello again! Okay, so we have four girls and they are so very different. Yes that is expected but still as a parent, you wonder why so different? Even with the day to day happenings, pressures and the way they handle all of it! 

Have you heard of Bethany Mota? Huge on YouTube, gorgeous girl setting trends all over the world. Super cute, bubbly & positive too! And she has a personal story why she started her videos too! 


Another girl I just stumbled upon this morning was Zoella (she's 22), also on YouTube. Same idea as Bethany & from London. The reason for my posting this was because of a video by Zoe: Anxiety Q&A w/Zoella. 


Our teen has had maybe anxiety issues in the past or breathing issues when she's flustered? It started almost two years ago. I noticed it when she had gotten in trouble, not huge either just needed talking to right then on the way to school, which is a 3 minute car ride. Right away her breathing changed and it seemed like she couldn't catch her breath or she seemed to be breathing from her chest (her chest was visibly puffing up & down. Sort of hard to explain.) It kept happening and after a dr appt w/the "breathing dr" (he worked w/singers & many teens too he said) and many breathing exercises, it all seemed to calm down. He taught her how to access the situation and how to apply breathing exercises to calm herself down. I'm so glad we had made appts w/him too because if not, I know her condition would of gotten worse. 

I know our teens right now, compared to when I was a teen... face so many more issues, peer pressure, making the right decisions, etc. They do have so much pressure on them, even though we as parents might not think so or we may just not want to think about it or just simply not "go there". I do encourage trying to talk to your kids, teens and all ages and be close w/them. So many kids come home from school and do not share their day at all. Mine are the opposite and I'm grateful for this. I had it like this when I grew up. I was always close to my mom and told her everything. It's such a scary world for our teens these days. Times are so different.

And this brings me to these two girls: Bethany & Zoe. I'm sure there are many more teens on YouTube or the internet making a different for our teens these days too. Bethany: I have seen her videos and heard the news that she'll be here & there, always positive thoughts w/her. Zoe shared this video that I think many teens can relate too even though we, as parents, may not want to admit or even realize that our teens feel this way. 

I just wanted to share my findings w/you moms & dads and maybe you can share these two girls w/your teens. 

Have a wonderful day!
xo

June 16, 2014

*Solo* Layout

Wow! Time flew by! Oops! lol 
End of school for girls, more soccer, girls being sick... 
And this brings us to my layout!...

This was from the beginning of May for NSD! I had used 2peas NSD2014 free printables & lots of Crate Paper! This layout is about me having a bunch of *solo*' time! I either bring a good magazine, my current book, crafts or write a letter and some shade... then wait away--! Our three girls play club soccer so before games & tournaments, you show up an hour before game time and girls warm up. Half time, we wait some more. Game time over and we wait again till the coach is finished talking w/the girls. This season I went solo many times because my husband coaches two teams and he's going in the opposite direction w/his team. Our middle girl plays on another team & some days it works and I can take her bcuz the older has a later game, etc. Yes, we drive ALOT! So onto the layout!








Supplies used:
Maggie Holmes: Vellum, fabric frames, Album Ephemera
Crate Paper DIY Shop:
bee card, cherry tag, typewriter, speech bubble, green tag, Feb.
Crate Paper Storyteller eclectic button
Crate Paper Trims: Peppermint Collection blue & red
Heidi Swapp: black ink
Dear Lizzy Thickers primrose
Freckled Fawn: geo clip, Dew Drops gold arrow
LYB: Naturals burlap stickers butterfly
Cuttlebug: dot embossing folder
2peas: NSD printables
Misc: ticket, lace, trim, popdots, date stamp
Big Shot

I love the end result! Shabby-ish, layers, ribbons...
What do you think?
xo

April 26, 2014

Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop

Happy weekend everyone! Today is the perfect day to stay inside & craft away! I had to have my teen at a soccer tournament at 7am! We live in the desert, so it never rains or is even cloudy! The clouds rolled in with the wind and we got some sprinkles too! The final score was 0-0, even after two 45 min halves! Now onto the blog hop!


Have you heard of Pretty Pink Posh? If not, head on over! Paulina has a shop full of sequins & other goodies to add to your cards, layouts or Project Life! She has videos on how to create shaker cards as well, along with many others!

Here's my card I created for the blog hop!



Supplies used:
Heidi Swapp:
Hello today paper, mint ink, speech bubble
Pink Fresh Studio: wood arrows
Spellbinders: square dies, Grand Calibur
3M double side foam tape
Misc: sequins, stitching, ATG, twine 

Have you ever made a shaker card? This is other item that
has made a come back! Love it!
xo

April 11, 2014

Celebrate

Happy Birthday to my bff from when I was 2 years old and many years after---!!! Happy day to you Debbie! Love you much girl! We have too many memories that are too funny! She lives in Florida now & me in AZ. Crazy how time flies!!

I love how this came together! I got the idea from this card on MayArts.com The end result is different & I want to make this again! So many ideas!




Supplies:
Heidi Swapp: Hello Today paper & ink
 Prima flowers 
Inkadinkado: Celebrate stamp & Mason Jar stamp
 sequins

Have you made a shaker card yet? I never did & I'm hooked! I just stamped this & filled it w/sequins and stitched on my machine. No adhesive. BOOM! lol 
What do you think??
Happy weekend!
xo

April 6, 2014

My Sunday Shares

Hope your weekend was a good one! Just thought I'd share some faves from this week:

1. Love this girl to pieces. I took some quick shots of her after school. And yes, my baby girl is now Sweet 16!



2. Have you heard of Pretty Pink Posh? I have a few of her items. She seems super sweet & I love her videos: craft haul, new products, 10 minute craft dash & start to finish cards. 


3. Stumbled onto these yummy colors on Instagram! Love them! The photo is from @kellitronel


4. My March Project Life kit from Citrus Twist Kits!



Happy Sunday!
xo

March 30, 2014

Project Life 2014 Cover Page

Time flies and then you post! {Yes I'm quoting myself off my Insta post!} lol I seriously cannot believe that it's April in a few days! So many photos to post, stories to share and maybe I'll skip all the pain I've been in lately. Not fun. It's all about our girls & soccer! So this makes me happy! Onto my cover page. (and yes it's been complete, photos taken... just not posted.) I need an editorial calendar just for my blog, my day to day happenings, dr appts... haha! I use my iCal and that keeps us in check but every day is a busy one. The year is still new & I need to schedule my posts & photos, as well as printing out my photos on my PictureMate! Sorry I got off track.

For my birthday this year, I bought myself a PL subscription to CitrusTwistKits! I love how they include a 6x6 paper pad every month! I used my Jan kit as well as some other supplies from my stash.
    The paper pad is by Studio Calico: Print Shop - wood veneer house: Recollections - label: October Afternoon - Heidi Swapp colored pencil over a Studio Calico kraft heart.



The parentheses are by Teresa Collins: Happy enamel shapes - Teal letter stickers I bought from Target Dollar Spot! Love them & the pkg also had a pretty coral/peach color as well! Gold doily from CTK & I added some stitching - OLW tiny stickers are by Authentique.


Those two are our Shelties: Hugo (L) & Harley (R), aka mama's boys! 
Enamel dots by MME - Washi from CTK - Label: own stash - #together stamp by Amy Tangerine: Sealed.



Gold PL card: Simple Stories - flair: Recollections - journaling strips: I cut up CTK PL card.


My girls from a impromptu photo shoot. Love the end result!
Bike label: Chictags - floral die: Spellbinders - cork numbers: LYB

So what do you think? I always want to keep pages real simple but I need to accept that is not me. I love all the tiny details & adding the layers, stitches & embellishments. This page was as simple as it's going to get. 
Perhaps one day.
xo