Thursday, December 29, 2011

First Christmas Pictures

I'm sharing with you today the last layout I created for the month of December, using the Paper Niche's December Designer Kit. This layout is using some of my daughter's first Christmas pictures, and I really love these. She was so tiny back then.  I can't get tired of saying how amazed I am by how much she's grown, and how different she looked this Christmas, when compared to these old pictures.
It was super fun to create with this month's kit, and I can't wait to show you the next one. It's also a gorgeous one! If you missed the rest of the projects I did with this month's kit, just scroll down and see all the different posts with them.  Next up, I'll be sharing some tags I created, but I gotta go now to pick up my sweetie at school. See you back soon!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Greatest Gift of all

Hello there!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday, just like I did, together with your family and loved ones. I'm pretty exhausted, as I'm sure many of you are, but pretty happy with all that went on. 
I can hardly believe that this year is almost over, and a brand new one is just about to start. New goals, new challenges, new adventures. To me, it feels like this year just flew by!
Just a few more days, and we say goodbye to 2011, but not before I share with you the rest of my projects for this month, so expect that in the next couple of days.
Today I bring you another layout using the Paper Niche's Design Kit for the month of December. I just love these pictures of my daughter, and had to use them on another layout. She truly is the greatest gift.
Pretty soon it will be her birthday again, and boy, is she becoming a big girl so quickly! She's not even two yet, and she knows her alphabet, most of her body parts, she's putting words together to make phrases, it's crazy! I did not expect her to know all this stuff at this age... this weekend, just in time for Christmas, she put all the words together and said, "I love you Mommy", I almost see, she's been saying different words since she was about ten months old or so, but she  has said just about everything you can think off, except the word Mommy...she called me Daddy and laughed when she did so, as if making drove me insane!
I just kept thinking, why can she say ALL these different words (and when I say ALL, I mean a whole arsenal of words including difficult ones like umbrella, dinosaur etc.), why wouldn't she say something so simple as Mommy, specially when she could say monkey clear as day, which also began with the M sound??? It drove me bonkers LOL
Well, everyone I know kept coaching her into saying Mommy, and she would just laugh and say "Daddy!, Daddy! Daddy!"
Well, this weekend, she finally said it, and extremely clear too...and not only that, she added those three little words with it, "I love you Mommy"... sweet as can be, followed by the  sweetest hug and smile. Now, THAT's the greatest Christmas gift, even though, like the layout points out, she's the greatest gift ever!
Have a great week and as always, thank you for all your comments.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

One more Christmas mini!

I don't know about you, but I can't wait until Christmas day is gone and done with. Not because I don't like it, but because I am SO stressed out about it! Grrrrr it's been a stressful couple of weeks I tell ya!
However, a lot of progress has occurred since my last post, and my whole house is decorated, all the presents I have bought are wrapped, and all my Christmas cards have been mailed out, yay!
I'm hosting a dinner party this Friday and I'm cleaning, organizing, and gathering my cooking supplies like a crazy person....Still have two more gifts to purchase, which I hope to get to today, and wrap asap. Oh what fun, huh? LOL
I'm sharing with you today a Christmas Mini Album I created using the December Paper Niche Design kit.
On the cover, I did a background technique which you can look into by watching the video of the mini by clicking HERE. I used my Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays and went to town on Tim Holtz's Tissue Wrap. 

These are the first two pages of the book. I cut the book out with an Accucut die (Lunchbox #1 Dividers) on medium weight chipboard.
On the next two pages there is more space for pictures and journaling, and  I used my Lindy's sprays on the flower you see on the top right. Love how the light reflects all the shimmer of it.
 The next two pages...
 Here's how the [ages look once these tags are taken out of their pockets.
Finally, these are the last two pages of the book which complete the album.
There are more details on all the pockets, and tags in the album video, so if you'd like to take a closer look, don't forget to click HERE to watch.
Just in case I don't get a chance to come back before Christmas, I want to wish each and every one of you wonderful readers, and followers a wonderful and very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tissue Paper Background Tutorial

Hi everyone!
Today I bring you a tutorial of how to make a nice textured background using just a few supplies: card stock, tissue paper, alcohol inks and rub n'buff. The final look is awesome. I used a background with this technique on a card featured on this post HERE, a couple of months after I learned the technique from my friend Dale. She always shows me the neatest tricks.
After showcasing my card on a YouTube video HERE, I received a lot of requests from other crafters, asking me to film a tutorial on it. So, I finally got around to it and here it is! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me with them. I'll do my best to answer all of them.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the video!
Next up, is another Christmas mini album I completed. Hope to get the post up sometime tomorrow. Until then my friends :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Secret Santa!!!!!

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Monday, December 12, 2011

A box and a Layout

Yes, I'm alive!
I've been very busy lately, and totally MIA from here, but I guess everyone is kind of crazy busy around the holidays, right? You probably didn't even miss me. Ha!
Well let me tell you, I have been Christmas shopping, and I'm kind of stressing out now, because I'm still not done, and usually by this time I've had everything I needed and mostly all wrapped too...I guess I'm leaving everything for the last minute this year, yikes! Totally dreading walking in the stores, that's for sure! 
I did start decorating my house, and the inside is completely done, except for my Christmas tree which I haven't even purchased. Can you believe that? I keep putting it off (I'm getting a small tree this year because Emily will knock it down for sure if I get a giant one like last year LOL)...hopefully this week I get on that because if not, we'll have to put our gifts under the stockings hahaha, or "shoes" like Emily calls them. She is totally into all the decorations, and the lights outside everyone's houses...It is so cute how she says "wights, wights, wow!"(for lights, lights, wow!). Ah, to be a kid again!
Anyways, I took some time today to start showing you some of the projects I created with the December Paper Niche Kit. It is gorgeous!!!! 
First, here's a cute box I made using a Big Shot Pro die, my friend Yeya allowed me to use. I just love how cute it is. Great to put some small gifts in, and even jewelry, or backed goods.
This next one is one of the layouts I made. I punched out some circles to make them look like ornaments, hanging from velvet ribbon.
I have a few more projects to share, but so many things to complete. Can you believe I haven't even addressed my Christmas cards yet? I am SO behind this year! Not to mention, I have projects I need to work on, and have no mojo what so ever! Crossing my fingers so this week is a nice "creative one" for me. Hope for you too!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Great prices on Tim Holtz stuff and more!

Hello there! Two bog posts in a day. Can you believe it?!
Just wanted to give you a link on a new website that sells Tim Holtz, Spellbinders and more at great prices. All you need to do to have access to the deals is register (it's FREE!!!) and then you'll have access to the awesome deals they have all throughout the week.
Check it out by clicking HERE.
Hurry and get yourself some deals, won't you?
Had to enable!

December Sneaks

Hello bloggers!
WOW, I'm on a roll! This is my forth blog post since Monday! How about that? 
Today is the official release of the Paper Niche Design Kit for the month of December, and wait until you see that beauty! I had so much fun creating with it, I used every single sheet of designer paper on the kit!
This kit is going to be perfect for all your holiday projects. Here are a few sneaks of what I did with it, and yes, just sneaks for now because I haven't even been able to take proper pictures of all that I've done, because I've been working on the projects until just a few minutes ago, if you can believe it. Talk about cutting it close, right?  I'll be delivering my projects to the store as soon as I photograph them, and I'll be revealing them here like I always do. Take a look...

I love the traditional colors, and the "vintage" look I achieved using Vintage Photo Distress Ink....talking about Distress Inks, have you stopped by Tim's blog today? (and by Tim, I'm referring to the great Tim Holtz of course----clarifying just in case lol). He started his famous 12 Days of Christmas Tags Series today. I love every time he does it, so super inspirational! He never disappoints, so check it out if you haven't, I have a link on the right hand column of this blog :) 
See you back soon for the project reveals!
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