Thursday, July 29, 2010

Jungle Time ~ Our Little Cheetah

Another fun challenge for CI Paints! Our challenge this round is "Jungle Time" with chipboard or grungeboard embellies. I just got a TON of pictures printed of the kids, which has now put me even further behind on their scrapbooks (I take WAY too many pictures!). So along with this challenge, I've decided to make a challenge for myself, by creating a layout with this rounds challenge from CI Paints! And I have to admit, I think, it turned out really cute!

Make sure to check out the CI Paints blog to see all the other great projects!

We had this adorable outfit from a friend of mine for Ava and she looked so adorable in it!

My layout:

Firstly, I went through all my papers looking for a cheetah like paper to use and found this one

...but it wasn't really what I wanted. So my creative juices started flowing and I thought what a great idea it would be to use the paints to alter the paper the way I wanted it to be!! I used CI Paint "Tickled Pink" in the centers of the cheetah markings. I also used ColorBox Fluid Chalk Inkpad "Pink Pastel" to lightly add some pink to the paper to make it a little more "GIRLY"! I was so much happier with this paper now that it was altered!

I bought some chipboard shapes from Hobby Lobby as I thought these hearts would be a cute accent to the layout. Especially coated with "Chocolate" CI Paint!! I just love the shimmer! I also added a flower to each heart.

2nd Heart:
Here is a close-up picture of the flowers next to the little write-up. I bought these flowers on my last trip to Archiver's, I just HAD to have them. They are by Flora Doodles and the package has 80 jeweled flowers, which are all white. I though they would be perfect for coloring with the CI Paints to match my projects! I used "Tickled Pink" and "Tutu Pink" to cover these flowers.

Just a close-up picture of the layered paper behind to main photo. I used my new EK Success punch "Diamond Lace" along with my new i-rock to add some bling!

Once I again I have to say "I LOVE THESE PAINTS!!" You're probably sick of me saying that, but it is true! There are so many uses for them on any project you create. I really just love the added shimmer they give a project! There are so many great colors to choose from, check it out!

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


In my last package from Molly, she sent us some beautiful Great Impressions Stamps! I just love this sunflower one! I decided to make a card for my mom's birthday next week! I made this card for my tutorial/color matching post for the CI Paints blog.

My card:

The BEAUTIFUL shimmer! I just love it! Yesterday, Kassi did a great tutorial on the CI Paints blog on watercoloring with the paints, one of my favorite things to do with them!

I used "Sea Foam" to color in the centers of the flowers on the background paper to give it a littls shimmer!
I also used "Buttercup" to alter my brads so that they would match my colored image!! How cool is that?!?! I didn't have to pay extra for shimmery brads that wouldn't have matched exactly!

I just LOVE how there are so many different things you can do with these paints! The possibilities are truely endless!


Check out back Thursday to seemy Jungle Time project for this week's CI Challenge!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Have a Mice Day!

Another cute image from Faith at Designed 2 Delight called "Mice Day"! I'm not a big fan of mice, but think this one is cute!! :)

The Double Delight Challenge this week using Faith's image is "BUTTONS"! I have to admit I didn't have any in my stash! I just gave the ones I had away not to long ago as I wasn't using them and a friend needed some! So that called for a little shopping! And of course I got more then just buttons!....THANKS ladies! :)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Summer Fun; Ava's Album

I got Ava's "Summer Fun" page done for her album the other day, but had a hard time getting on the PC to get it posted. Been too busy with work. We had a big Japanese party we needed to prepare the Aurora Hospital Healing Garden for, so I've been working like crazy this week to get it looking 110% and of course it had to rain a lot this week, so I worked longer days and had to work in the rain a little to get everything just perfect! But it ended up being a beautiful evening and the rain held off...I was so happy it even was sunny for a little while!! I got to go buy a cute little black dress for the evening, so it was a nice night! On top of preparing for the night, the little princess has been teething!'s been horrible! She's nothing but crabby and fussy! She's been running a 100 temp, I feel so bad for her! Sawyer was the exact opposite! We never knew he was getting a tooth until it popped through! It seems as though today she's feeling a little better!

Anyway here is her lo:
Just a close up of the title and bling!

Have a great Saturday!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Summer Fun; Sawyer's Album

Just before Sawyer's 2nd Birthday we were playing outside on a hot Saturday afternoon and I thought I'd like the kiddos cool off in some buckets of water, as the blow up swimming pool had gotten a leak and we had to take it down. They had such a blast splashing in the buckets of water!! No sooner did I get them both in the house and dried off, their grandma and gradpa came over with a new plastic pool, so they both were out in the pool then! Grandma just couldn't picture them splashing in a bucket and had to get a pool for Sawyer's birthday!! I thought it was a cute idea, I can remember being little and I loved playing in the buckets!

This layout is for Sawyer's album and I am currently still working on a layout for Ava's album.

I used CI Paints "Sky Blue" to cover this arrow chipboard shape. I just love the added touch of shimmer.

Thanks for looking! Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


I've been spending some time (when I can find the spare time with the two little active munchkins) trying to not get too far behind on their scrapbooks!

I just did this LO yesterday for Ava's album.

I just recently got the i-rock and LOVE it! I just love bling so found the tool to be a MUST have! I had read that you can use the Iron-on Crystals (Glamour Glitz) from Hobby Lobby. So I took a trip the other night to check it out. I bought a few packages, which isn't really cheaper thatn buying the regular i-rock gems. I actually believe buying the i-rock crystals is a lot cheaper, although there is more of a color variety of gems at Hobby Lobby, which I liked. I tend to use a lot of pink, so it was great to just buy a package of pink crystals.

I added this little flourish to the flower with some Amethyst crystals. I didn't use the stencil I had and rather free-handed this one and am very happy with how it turned out! Yay!

LO Size: 12" x 12"
Paper: Random Scraps
CI Paints: Light Purple
Cricut Cart.: Songbird
Ink: VersaMagic "Purple Petunia"
Misc.: Purple Paper Flowers, Spare-Parts "printed brads" from the Paper Studio, plain purple brads, Glamour Glitz Iron-on Crystals "Amethyst"

Monday, July 19, 2010

Just "CHICKEN" in with you!

Another cute Designed 2 Delight image from Faith called "Cluck". If you missed out on geting this freebie you can purchase it her lovely digi stamp store. She has such cute digi's! I just love making cards with them.

I used CI Paints Orange, Burnt Red and Pink Highlights to add a little shimmer to the chicken!

This week's Double Delight Challenge is "Pop-It-Up!" Which I just love doing with images, as I was printing the image I was thinking about using pop-dots to pop up certain parts of the chicken, but then remembered I needed to check the Double Delight Challenge blog to see what their challenge was this week. I was so excited to see it was "Pop-It Up!"

I added a cute baby chick as it needed something and I had forgotten to put on the twine I was going to use.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Cricut Expression

My husband took me to Menard's today to get the Cricut Expression, I am so excited to finally have the E! My poor baby will probably collect some dust now. I feel a late night coming on tonight, playing with my new toy!! :)

I am loved!

I recieved another award from Christina at Christina's Creative Creations!

With this award I'm supposed to list 7 things I like:

1. I LOVE making cards and scrapbooking!
2. I LOVE my kids more than anything!
3. I cherish family and friends!
4. I love shopping!
5. I LOVE racing! I just love beating the guys!! hehe They just hate having a girl show them how it's done!
6. I LOVE flowers!
7. I love talking walks!

Thanks Tini!

Yummy...Blog Candy!!

Gracie at Created by Gracie is having a wonderful blog candy giveaway in honor of her daughter, Kae's 9th Birthday! Check it out!! Deadline is midnight on July 31st!

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Happy Saturday everyone!! Been a nice past few days, I've had off. The babysitter wasn't able to watch the kids Thurs., Fri. and Monday yet, so I needed to take off. Of course I don't mind, being able to be home with the kiddos!! Sawyer has been so much fun and little miss Ava is beginning to get into everything!! I just love it! Working so many hours a week, it's been nice to have a little break.

My husband raced in Norway, MI last night with his racecar. So Sawyer, a bunch of family and friends and I went to watch him! We had so much fun! But sitting in the stands watching, brought back so many memories! I miss racing so much! I hope to get behind the wheel again someday!

Anyway, I am still on a dessert kick from our last CI Paints challenge! I got this really cute Studio G cake stamp on my last shopping trip to Archiver's with a friend. I made 2 cards with it. I'm hoping to make some masculine cards with this stamp within the next few weeks.

Shimmer galore! :)

2nd Card:
I just love the shimmer on this one!!

On my last trip to Archiver's, as I mentioned, a few days again, I got the i-rock tool! I love it!! I got some "Glam Rocks" that came in a little tube with three different colors: pink, blue and green. Well they weren't exactly the colors I needed to match my projects, so I used some of my CI Paints to paint them to match!
I first used the i-rock to place the glam rocks on my project and then painted them. If you first paint them and then heat them in place it tends to take the paint off. Just a little tip I found out when experimenting!

These are the green glam rocks placed on my project, before:
How cool is that? I'm telling you, if you haven't already tried these paints....YOU GOT TO! They're amazing!

If you are making some creations with these paints, we'd love to see them! Check out the CI Paints blog, on the left hand side there is inlinkz to post your wonderful creations!

Have a fabulous day!

Card Size: 4" x 5 1/2"
Paper: the Paper Studio "Poteeka Souffle" with glitter, My Mind's Eye "Home" glitter book, plain black cardstock
CI Paints: Fuchsia, Tickled Pink, Tutu Pink, Onyx
Stamps: Studio G Soloz VS4911 Series 48, Stampabilities "Happy Birthday 10" FR1040
Ink: Staz-On Black, VersaMagic Pink Petunia
Misc: i-rock glam rocks, i-rock gems

Friday, July 16, 2010

My other slice of heaven...

Other then my scrapbook room, I also enjoy my many flowers beds outside!! I just love summer time when everything is in bloom! Since I shared some pictures of my scrapbook room, I thought I'd also share some photos of my flowers!

My orange lilium's blooming!! There were over 100 flowers blooming!

I just LOVE flowers!!!

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Happy Birthday....with a cherry on top! (Just Desserts)

Team B's first challenge for round two with Creative Inspiration Paints is today! I'm so excited to be able to still be a part of the team. These paints are truely amazing and so much fun to work with! The things you can do with these paints are endless. Just let your creative juices flow! This round we have some really cool challenges in store, so make sure to check out the blog every Thursday! Also check out the other creative posts for ideas on uses for the paints.

Our challenge is "Just inspired by your favorite treat". I'm a sucker for ice cream, cake and cupcakes....yummy!!

Check out the CI blog to see all the great projects for this week!

Along with our CI Paint challenge, I also challenged myself to create the main image using my cricut. My poor "baby" hasn't had as much attention as it deserves. When I make cards, I usually always grab my stamps or digital images. I rarely ever use my cricut to make cards. I mainly use it for my layouts, which I haven't had much time to make as I have been working so much this summer. Usually when I am off in fall and winter is when I make all my layouts.

I just recently got Home Decor and Sweet Treat carts, as I found them to be very helpful to use for this card.

For my "cupcake" card, I used Home Decor. I am so happy with how the cupcake turned out. I also wanted to use all scraps if possible, as that pile has stacked up a lot!

I just love how the cherry turned out!! I put a bunch of diamond glaze on the cherry to give it a glossy and raised look. While the glaze was still wet, I also used my water brush to but some garnet paint in the glaze! It looks so real, I could eat it!! I love cherries!!

First I cut the image out at 3". I took it out of my cricut and then first painted the top, bottom and cherry with CI Paints. I ued Garnet, Tutu Pink and Autumn Wheat. Then I took off the pieces and assembled the cut.

Card Size: 5" x 7"
CI Paints: Garnet, Tutu Pink, Autumn Wheat
Cricut Cart: Home Decor
Paper: Random scraps
Stamp: "Happy Birthday" SU set It's Your Birthday
Ink: SU Chocolate
Misc.: Shear Ribbon, Diamond Glaze

Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Full of Shimmer and Bling

It was my parents anniversary this weekend, so I needed to make them a card. So I came up with this card! I am so happy with how it turned out! I just had to use my new i-rock tool and my CI Paints!!

Just look at all the shimmer!
I used CI Paints Rustic Red, Antique Silver and Tutu Pink. In the main image I used the paints to accent certion areas to give a little shimmer.

I first stamped my image on a plain piece of cardstock. Notice the black circle I drew on the picture - when I stamped that heart I didn't push down hard enough on the right side over the stencil, so I didn't get any ink on that side.

But with some playing around with ink colors and CI paints, I managed to find a few comparisons and was able to manage fixing my problem!

You really can't even tell I make a mistake! I used "Rustic Red" to mask my hidden stamp mistake! Doesn't it look good?
Stampin' Up Red Riding Hood ~ Rustic Red
VersaColor #33 Pink ~ Tutu Pink
Memento London Fog ~ Antique Silver

I found all three of these ink colors to be almost excellent color matches with the listed CI Paint colors. Now there also can be some variation, depending how thick the paint is put on and/or how much ink is transfered.

I used a fantastix to paint on some of the shimmer!
I also use a toothpick once in awhile for smaller detailed areas.
I have always enjoyed using smaller ink pads to use as sponges on paper. Today I was playing around an though I'd try using cotton balls with the CI Paints to give the same detail, but with shimmer! I love how it turned out! I first dabbed it on a scrap piece of paper and then on the actual piece.

These paints are just so amazing! The things you can do with them, is truely amazing!

Card Size: 4" x 5 1/2"
CI Paints: Rustic Red, Antique Silver, Tutu Pink
Stamps: Rectangular Faux Postage, Stampin' Up set "Priceless" (swirls), Studio G Series 41 (a lifetime of love), Inkadinkado set #97637 "Hearts" (small heart), Stampabilities #C1101 (Scribble Heart)
Paper: the Paper Studio black and grey textured cardstock, the Paper Studio red pearlized cardstock, white cardstock
Misc.: i-rock gems

Have a shimmery day!


Monday, July 12, 2010

Blog Awards!

What a nice beginning to a Monday! I recieved 2 blog awards from "Love That Bug" (Stacy)! Thanks so much, that was so very nice of you!! I always enjoy her stopping by my blog and leaving such sweet comments, thanks! Check her blog out as she's got some cute creations! Her blog is also very cute....I just love the monkey's!

Thanks again Stacy!

Now it's my turn to pass these on: (In random order)

1. Kassi's Creations

2. My Creative Rumblings

3. Splendiferous Creations

4. Clare's Creations

5. The Little Things I Find (Or Do!!)

6. Heart Hugs

7. Racin' 2 Scrap

8. Queen of Grunge

9. Cristina's Creative Corner

10. Magic Delights

Make sure to stop by their blogs and check out their great creations!

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Week 2 of July we recieved the digital image "Vino" from Faith at Designed 2 Delight! I am really enjoying working with her images. They are such great images! If you missed out getting the freebie last week, you can either buy this one in her store and play along, or make sure to check her blog the first week of August.

Thanks to the wonderful and talent ladies for starting the Double Delight Challenge blog to go along with Faith's images. I am also enjoying playing along with your new challenges.

I decided to us the image to make a "Thinking Of You" card as a person can never have too many of those and I have been making so many birthday cards, that it was fun to do something else.
A close-up of all the shimmer! Check out all the great colors you can choose from at the CI Paints store!

Card Size: 5" x 5 1/2"
CI Paints: Amethyst, Autumn Wheat, buttercup, Pumpkin
Ink: Versa Magic Spanish Olive and Purple Hydrangea
Prang Colored Pencils: Light Blue, Tan, Apple Green, Green, Pine Green, Golden Yellow, Orchid
Paper: Gold, Purple, My Mind's Eye (striped and polka dot paper)
Misc.: Light Purple Gems


Saturday, July 10, 2010


I seen the new i-rock tool in the Scrapbooks Etc. magazine this past month and thought "I just HAVE to have it!!" A friend and I went to Archiver's the other day and I picked it up, I am so glad I did!! I LOVE IT! Of course I got a ton of bling also! I also got two packages that came along with stencils!

So some of my upcoming projects will be blinged up! :)