Sunday, May 30, 2010

Paper Trunk Blog Rock!

Okay all you dolly's, welcome back to the Paper Trunk Blog Rock!!  Are you flippin over all these sneaks or what? They are the ginchiest!  I feel so lucky to have landed such an awesome gig! So here's a bit of dish on the new line coming out next month called, "Rockabilly"
Like all papers, each design has it's own name. This new line has a clever twist to their names in that each design is named after a 50's slang term.  Isn't that just a kick in the pants!

To go along with the fun fact that these papers are named after slang words, I thought I'd play a little match up game with all you rockin cats!  You dig?  

Okay, here goes and it should be pretty easy.  Now don't cheat and look ahead through all the comments at everyone else's answers. Really though, anyone who leaves a comment and becomes a follower of my blog will be entered into a random drawing for a coolio Paper Trunk prize!!  All  you need to do is match up the names of the paper's with their definitions, leave a comment and follow my blog, easy peasy!

A. ORIGINALLY, UNALTERED CAR                                                                  
B. SICK, AWESOME; TO WEAR                                                                     
C. TERM OF ADDRESS                                                                      
D. COOLEST                                                                
E. A GUY WITH TONS OF GREASE IN HIS HAIR                             
F. A TYPE OF SHOE                                                                                                     

Now without further ado, here is your next sneak peek of the new line.This one is the front side of the paper named "Rockin"

As one of the new Trunk Team Designers, I fortunately received my box of Paper Trunk goodies just in the nick of time to be able to whip up a new layout to share with you all. Let me tell you, the quality of this paper is outstanding AND it's recycled!!  Since I hadn't done a two page layout in quite some time and since I LOVE this new line so much I wanted to dig in right away and start playing!  These photos of my daughter playing her mini pink guitar in her Cinderella dress were just perfect for this new line!!  My little Rock Princess =)

I used almost all the new papers from the new "Rockabilly" line.  
Daddy-O, Cherry, Rockin, Ginchiest, and Greaser.  Cardstock is from DCWV and Core'dinations.

For this paper flower I used the Greaser paper to make the small spiraled rosebud in the center and used  inspiration from the flower tutorial by Corinne on the Paper Trunk blog to add the petals around the outside.

Well, that's all from me. Please feel free to go apey and head on over to Penny's blog tomorrow morning for your next sneak peak of the new line "Rockabilly" and another chance to win!   You have until June 1st to leave your comments on my peeps blogs as well as mine. If you've gotten lost along the way go to the Paper Trunk Blog to see a full list of the Blog Rock addy's.  Have a rockin good time, later gators!

Friday, May 7, 2010

This Made My Day!!!

So after a tiring day of going to the doctor with my three year old and finding out my military ID card was expired leading me to being twenty minutes late for my appointment, then after my appointment and having to sit through a wait for the pharmacy, having to deal with the nuisance of getting a temporary ID card, sitting through a torturous lunch at the McDonald's play land where I swear they should serve alcohol to us poor moms who have to endure all that screaming, I got a phone call on my way home with the best news ever!!!  I got to talk to Carrie Postma personally as she welcomed me to the new Paper Trunk design team!!!  I'm sooooo stoked!!  Not only are they an awesome eco-friendly company, but they are based in Wilsonville, OR which is not far from my home town of McMinnville Oregon.  I'm so hoping to make it down there soon to meet Carrie in person.  Thank you so much Paper Trunk for choosing me as part of the new design team, and also a huge congrats to my fellow team mates!!!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Just For Mom

It’s that time of year again when we show mothers how much they are appreciated and loved. That being said, I took the opportunity to make my mother’s gift this year using the wonderful papers made by Kiki-Art. Specifically I used the papers from the Magica line because I love the rich and varigated colors. You can find them at

What I did was use these papers to make the popular and very simple spiraled paper flowers that we’ve all probably seen. There are several tutorials out there on how to make these paper flowers and I found one similar to the technique I used here

This truly was a labor of love for my mother! I spent several evenings in front of the TV making these simple, yet pretty little flowers. When I had made enough I simply covered a styrofoam ball and adhered them with glue dots. Then I filled the little pail with another styrofoam ball and glued moss on top. I attached the two together with a painted dowling rod, and voila I had made a beautiful paper topiary that will far outlast any fresh flower display.

Happy Mother's Day!!  Do something special for the mom's in your life.  I love you mom!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Just a Little Share & Tell

Hey friends, just thought I'd pop onto my blog here and do a little share and tell with you all.  I finished a couple layouts the other night.  They are of my daughter's second birthday. We went camping and when we got home we made cupcakes and ate them outside on the back porch in the warm August evening weather.  August is such a nice time of year around here in Washington and since we've been here it has been a tradition of ours to take little Kiersten camping for her birthday each year.  For these two layouts I mainly used My Little Shoebox's "Just Add Butter" line, as well as a sprinkling of a few of their other lines.  I also used some Hambly, Prima rosebuds, and Basic Grey rub-ons.

Here is our daughter Kiersten licking frosting off of her finger.  I love pictures that aren't posed and that capture the moment as it's really happening.

I wrapped the cupcakes in some Webster's Pages ribbon just to fancy them up a bit.  For the letter "K", I had a Heidi Swapp ghost letter that I never know what to do with and simply matted it onto some brown cardstock and then smeared it with white acrylic paint to mimic the look of icing.

One tip I've learned in designing layouts is that it works out nicely to have supporting photos turned black and white so that you don't have too many colors competing for visual attention.  I turned the photo of the cupcakes black and white because the colors of the sprinkles were just too distracting.  I added a little pop to them by gluing a little sequin to the top of each cupcake and adding a rosebud to the little plate.

I really love how this layout turned out because I really struggled with it at first.

For these little flowers on the branch I simply used photo corners from My Little Shoebox's cardstock cut outs.  I'm not a big fan of photo corners, so I had a moment of inspiration and turned them into flowers.  I used decorative straight pins for their stamens.

I hope you liked what I had to share and tell today!  Thanks for stopping by for a looksie!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Kiki-Art Blog Hopscotch **WINNER**

Thanks to, the winner of my altered lunch pail for the good cause of the Let's Move Campaign is....

 Sharpshooting by Sherri said...

"This is a very important cause. Here in Canada it is called participaction. It ran when I was a child, and now that I have a daughter they are bringing it back it is very important. Love your lunch bucket."

Sherri from Scraptivity

April 30, 2010 8:38 AM

Sherri, please email at with your address so I can mail out your prize!  Congrats!!

Thank you to everyone for your lovely comments and I hope that I was able to bring attention to a good cause!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Scraptivity's May Kit Revealed!

Hi friends!  So I think you're all gonna want to see this new kit that Scraptivity revealed just yesterday.  It's a beauty of a kit!  Their kits just keep getting better and better!  This one is chock full of gorgeous ribbons, trims, baubles, and bling!  Not to mention the colors are pretty juicy too!  Have a gander at what I created with this kit and let me know what you think =)  Also, make sure to head over to Scraptivity to check out their gallery and see what the rest of the design team did with the kit.

• TPC Studio: Boho Blooms collection double-sided paper – two sheets each of Floral Border and Blue
• TPC Studio: Boho Blooms collection double-sided specialty paper with spot varnish – one sheet each of Rainbow and Lemon Love
• KaiserCraft: Gypsy Sisters collection double-sided paper – two sheets each of Esmeralda and Nadia
• Bazzill: textured cardstock – two sheets each of Yosemite, Candle, and Pomegranate
• Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mist – 1 oz bottle each of Mustard Seed and Meadow Green
• Prima Marketing Inc: Say It In Pearls Centers – 4 pieces in assorted colours
• Webster’s Pages: Glitter Sparklers – 4 pieces in Aqua
• Webster’s Pages: Scalloped Sparklers With Rhinestone – 2 pieces in Clear
• Ka-Jinker: Pearl Flower Gems – 6 pieces
• Petaloo: Celebrations Jewel Daisies, white – 6 pieces in assorted sizes
• Webster’s Pages: Bloomers ribbon with blooms – ½ yard of Aqua
• Making Memories: printed twill – 1 yard of Butterfly
• May Arts: Ruffle-edge Ribbon – 1 yard of White
• May Arts: Sheer Ribbon With Rosettes – ½ yard of Yellow
• May Arts: Leaves Ribbon – 1 yard of White
• Tulle: 6-inch – 1 yard each of White, Copper, and Aqua
• Flower stamens
• Coffee filters and paper towel pieces – for creating flowers with various types of paper
• Inkadinkado: Clear Stamps – Butterfly and Flower
• Notions™ newsletter

This next project is a little something special that I made for my sister.  She is an amazing home cook!!  She and I have a small collection of aprons handmade by our very talented mother.  When I came across a Spring Crop class by Kim Watson over at Cocoa Daisy, called Hanging Pretty, I knew it would be a perfect pairing for making this adorable apron hanger for my oh so loved big sis! The colors in Scraptivity's May kit were perfect for it!  Hey 'Chelle, wanna come cook Thai for us again?!

Oh, and I just have one more thing to share with you before you go.  I'm so tickled to say that I am published in's current May Issue.  You can check out the full article here.

 Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful Monday!