Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Reveal Day at *SWIRLYDOOS* July Summer Serenity & Zva Blog Hop Winner

It's reveal day over at Swirlydoos and I'm so excited to share my pages. This is such a beautiful kit to work with as my very first Design Team projects.

As many of you know the Swirlydoos Website was hacked into and completely destroyed. It's sad that some individual took the time to actually do this. My heart goes out to Krissy. She has made a wonderful online community, a family of Swirly Sisters. Know that Swirlydoos WILL bounce back and be better than ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Savages don't go down that easy!

Please show your support by visiting the Swirlydoo's Blog for Reveal Day of the July Kit.

Little Darling

Diamond Dust is my new best!! I had a tub of it in my stash for months and was afraid to use it. The reason being, it's actual little glass shards. Be careful if you have little ones. Now, that I have used it I can't get enough. I love the look.

I handmade this flower. Well, kind of. The center is a Prima and I wanted a lager flower. I made the bottom three layers by distressing and layering punched out flowers from the pattern paper. Then, just put the Prima in the center and added the Diamond Dust. I did the same thing with the flower on the bottom right.

Lisa once again has supplied us with gorgeous butterflies to match the kit. I added a little Diamond Dust to the wings.

My one and only
This is my handsome sonny and me. Doesn't he look just like me...heehee!!The Basic Grey Cappela paper is so versatile. I was able to get a masculine page with a little touch of femininity.

I tried to give the Dusty Attic a aged look. What I did was use the Kasier Crafts Spearmint paint that came with the embellie add-on kit. Misted with the Smooch Spritz (embellie add-on). Did a bit of dabbing then dusted with perfect pearls. I like the end results.

Here I used July's Sketch from Begunna. I just changed it up a bit using 1 photo instead of 3.

The technique add-on has lots of bling and alcohol ink to dye your own crystal or pearls. These crystal were clear and I blended 2 different dyes to get a pink to match the page.

So, the embellie add-on came with The Crafty Chronicle. This "newspaper" is sooooo cool. I totally didn't want to cut up. But, when I saw the map of Italy it was over. The map was perfect for my page. My grandfather migrated from Italy in the late 1920's. My mom is the cute little girl. I asked her why her father wasn't in the family photo and she doesn't know. I'm going to have to ask me uncles...I really want to know!!!

I love the corner clustering..really gets the eye moving around the page.

Growing up

I made these flowers with the same technique above. The only difference is I made my own rose centers. Yet, again I added Diamond Dust to the vines and flowers....I just can't get enough of the stuff!!

Be sure to check out Swirlydoos blog for some awesome tutorials and info.

Thanks for taking a peek!!!

P.S We'd like to congratulate the five June Zva Blog Hop winners! Their names will be found on the following blogs:

Jana Eubank:
Carole Maurin::
Teri Anderson:
Tara Orr:
Angelica Franssen:

One winner from each of the 5 blogs will receive a Zva prize package worth $30.00. Congrats winners!

Catnap is one of our winners!!

Monday, June 28, 2010


Are you ready to be inspired?

As you may know, I am a proud design team member for Zva Creative. We are joining together today to share a project that we have created using some of our favorite Zva Creative products. I am hoping that
you will take some time to join us for a little bit of fun!

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, I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. There are 19 design team members, so be prepared to be inspired along the way. Hidden on 5 of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package ...YAY! Those blogs 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.

This Blog Hop runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, June 29th and the 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 30th on each of the winning blogs and the full list will be found on Kim Hughes‘s blog (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.

Flower Girl

Please hop on over to see:

Julia Stainton Blog

Thank you SO MUCH for joining us!!

Monday, June 7, 2010


Here is one of my Design Team pages for Zva Creative. The pearl flourishes are my favorite to use. They come in a variety of can find them here.

This is my sweet little Delilah. With the sun blaring in here!! My husband doesn't really like this photo of her because he says she looks mad. I just love the way here hair looks...the swept bangs and color. I'm just happy that she finally has hair. It took forever to grow in.

Swept Away

I cut out the cute little fairy from Websters pages, added glitter and pop dots.

Just some close-ups.....

The white flower is from Petaloo. I don't like seed bead centers so I added a pretty little rose instead.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Garden Beauty *Swirlydoos*

I absolutely love the colors of the Antebellum Beauty Kit. The light blue mixed with brown and cream is a recipe for shabby vintage!!

This is a photo of my Grandmother, my abuelita. Taken in San Francisco 1942. She was my only grandparent I ever knew. She past away 2 1/2 years ago at the age of 97. Our family was devastated, her death was just so sudden. She was so healthy and full of life and we weren't prepared. Honestly, I think we felt she was going to live forever. It's sad to say that she held the whole family together. Since her passing we don't see other family members as much as we use to. I miss her dearly and there's not a day that goes by that I don't think about her.

Garden Beauty

Here are a few close-ups................

The butterflies are images Lisa (her blog) gave us over at Swirlydoos. She always manages finding coordinating butterflies!!

I'm not sure if this item is handmade, but it sure is gorgeous!!!! I love how Krissy adds beautiful one of a kind findings in her kits.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my ramblings!!!!