Monday, October 24, 2011

And The Winner Is....

I had a blast participating in the SOC Blog Hop!  It was so fun seeing all of the projects and reading the heartwarming stories that were posted.  I also found some more great blogs to follow!

Now I am pleased to announce the winner of the $20 Michael's Gift Card
*drum roll please*

Dainty Diva!!

I have already contacted Dainty Diva to let her know about her prize.  Thanks everybody for stopping through and showing my lil ol' blog some love!  I hope you'll come back to visit again soon!!!  Peace and Blessings everyone!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

::SOC BLOG HOP::Celebrate Sistahood Day 3

*--> Da Shawnna: <--*

All Together Now...!

So yesterday (Saturday) was a *super* busy day for me!  I knew that I wasn't going to really have time to post my project for the blog hop, so I created the post and scheduled it post at midnight....or so I thought... Imagine my utter surprise when I get up this morning and find that my 'scheduled post' never posted-- and I have no idea what I did wrong!! ...smh...  LOL But things happen, right?

So what I'm going to do is share both of my projects with you today, on the last day of the hop!

One of my sistas has been having a cRaZy couple of months- a lot has been happening.  So I wanted to create a card that had a bit of a wacky feel to it and then write her an encouraging message inside.  I used a really funky foiled chipboard set made by Soft Spoken  for the arrow and the phrase.  My iRock, some glittered cardstock, and a random punch out I had in my stash helped complete the card.  This card was certainly a departure from what I usually create, but I thought it was quirky cute!  LOL

 The second project that I want to share is a Friendship Journal that I created to start recording some of the wonderful memories my sistas and I have made over the years.  We always have such a good time when we're together and come up with so many off the wall phrases and stories that I wanted to start writing them down.  So I altered a notebook using designer paper with the meaning of friendship printed on it.  

Reading the phrases printed on the paper made me think of my two BFF's so I figured it was a great choice.  To cover the binding I used cardstock from the DVWC Old World Stack.  I'm looking forward to this journal being an awesome walk down memory lane every time I pick it up!

Remember  I have a $20.00 gift card to Michael's up for grabs! 
To win, all you have to do to win is become a follower (if you aren't already) and leave a comment!  I'll pick and post the winner on Monday (TOMORROW!!!!) - so make sure you leave an e-mail address so I can contact you if you're the winner!

Alright,  time for you to hop on over to
LaShawnda's Blog

Have a great day everybody and thanks for joining in on the Hop!!
It's been fun!!  Technical glitches and all!! LOL

Friday, October 21, 2011

::SOC BLOG HOP:: Celebrate Sistahood

*--> Da Shawnna: <--*

I am so excited about being a part of the Scraps of Color Celebrate Sistahood Blog Hop!  If you are following along the hop, then you just came from Patricia's wonderful blog!

This is going to be a fantastic three days, and I can't wait share my projects with you.  For my first post of the weekend, I thought that I would share a little bit about the sista-bond that inspired me to join and create for this hop in the first place.

Always Sisters, Always Friends

These are my two very best friends in the entire world- my sistas!  Biologically, I am an only child, but I have been extremely blessed to have had some wonderful friends in my life.  Growing up, I had plenty of friends who I was happy to claim as my family, but it wasn't until I met Brandi (in the middle) and Lornetta (on the left) that I truly understood the concept of God-given friends.

The three of us met in college and within months of meeting, we quickly became inseparable friends.  We supported each other through boring classes, tough finals, and homesickness.  Even after Brandi transferred to  another college, we remained tight.  Eleven years have passed since that first year we met, and in that time we have shared joys, sorrows, initial sermons, weddings, and even funerals.  Through it all we have remained closer than ever.  So my participation in this hop is dedicated to my sistas- the ones I thank God for every single day!

Okay, so now that all of that mushy stuff (lol) is out of the way- who's ready for some 
Blog Candy!!!

In honor of sistahood- I have a $20.00 gift card to Michael's up for grabs! 
All you have to do to win is become a follower (if you aren't already) and leave a comment!  Come back each day and leave a comment on the other projects I'll share 
and you'll be entered up to 3 times!  I'll pick and post the winner on Monday- so make sure you leave an e-mail address so I can contact you if you're the winner!

Alright, thanks for stopping in-now it's time for you to hop on over to
LaShawnda's Blog!  I know you'll enjoy!!

Have a great day everybody!!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Wild & Cute Baby Shower!

I've been working temporarily in Virginia for the last few weeks and one of my new co-workers is having a baby.  The rest of the staff wanted to throw a small shower for he and his wife so you know I couldn't resist making a few decorations!!

I used the Create-A-Critter cartridge to cut out the cute little animals and DonJuan for font on the front of the box.  I used a silk flower block inside of the box and then attached lollipop sticks to the back each character to hold them in place.  I shredded a few sheets of green paper (different shades) to make the 'grass' and was all done!  I think they came out pretty cute for a last minute project!  

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"Paws"-ing to Say Thank You

This is a card I made for a neighbor to say thanks for being so kind.  She is always extra nice to me when we happen to meet outside and I just wanted to say thanks!  I apprecirate great neighors!

I've had the DCWV Pets Stack *forever* and have never had an occasion to use it until now.  So I created this A2 card using Kraft paper, and three different pieces of the Pets stack layered together.  It was super simple, but she certainly appreciated it...and I appreciate that! LOL

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Get Well Soon!!

Yesterday, I found out that one of my co-workers was not feeling well and was in the hospital.  Her supervisor asked me to make a card for her so the office could send their well wishes.  Of course I agreed!

I am right in the midst of several projects, so I knew that the card was going to have to be quick, but I didn't want to skimp on the quality.  But, thank God, every element of the card came together so quickly- right down the tea-themed stickers that I've had for 3 years! (my co-worker LOVES tea!) I've never been able to figure out how to use these stickers before- but last night they practically jumped on the card! LOL!

Hopefully this card will lift her spirits and let her know we care!

Monday, July 4, 2011

And the Craze Continues...

So I am *clearly* having  a good time with these altered notebooks- I decided to create one for every woman who works in my building!  I customized each book for its recipient, while sticking to my usual style of wide binding, inked edges, and the use of a custom clasp.  Here's the 'final wave' of notebooks!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I've Got It 'Covered'! Part 2

Okay, I admit it, I AM HOOKED!  I love covering these notebooks!  I really like the composition books too, but these small notebooks have quickly become my favorite.  In terms of flexibility and creativity- the sky is the limit- you can make just about anything work!  And you can put your own spin on them too!  

Cool Birthdays

Birthday Ambassador duty has called once again!  Well, really it's called several times the last two months- I just keep forgetting to take pics of the cards! lol!  But I *am* trying to get better about that- and here's the proof!  

This first card features a cut from the 'Just Because Cards' Cricut cartridge.  I wanted to do something clean and simple for this co-worker and highlighting this sundae on a 6X6 square card seemed like a great design.  It turned out a bit different than I had imagined, but I better than I was picturing!  The dotted paper really adds something to the card, dontcha think?!  I gave the card some dimension by popping the sundae up on some foam squares.  The inside reads "best wishes for a sweet birthday- with a cherry on top!"  I hope she likes it!

This card is for a co-worker that I don't know really well, but I was told by one of my 'ambassador connections' (lol), that she *loves* the beach.  At first I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, but after a quick trip to Michael's, where I found this awesome flip-flop paper by My Mind's Eye called Totally Flippable.  My intention was to simply feature the flops on the paper and maybe add a few embellishments.  But the Just Because Cards cart came in handy yet again when I noticed this refreshing (lol) glass of lemonade!  Some vellum and a few Fiskar's punches later- this card was born!!  I love this entire look and I alllmost said I was keeping this one!  But in the end I wished her a birthday with 'sand, sun, and lots of fun'! 

Duty is going to call at least twice more this month, and I can't wait to see what's to come!  I'll be sure to share!

Monday, June 27, 2011

I've Got It 'Covered'!

Hi Everybody!  Wow- it's been a *long* while since I've posted!  These last few months have been super packed with activity: work has been a little nuts and I've been able to squeeze a project in here and there- but blogging has been on the back burner...  Things are evening out now and I have my new 'favorite' project of the moment that I wanted to share!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Last Birthday Ambassador Card...for this month at least!

March is winding down and it has been mega busy!  But with the last day of the month comes the last birthday of the month- for someone who really is a true lady!
I have to admit, I started on this card a little later in the evening that I had planned, so I realized that I needed to go with a simpler card layout so that I could get it done before midnight! LOL!  Also, since it's a card for more than 40 people to sign, I had to make sure it was large enough to hold everyone's signatures.  With all of this in mind, I decided to create a 8.5" X 5.5" card using the Walk In My Garden (ladybug), Create-A-Critter (clouds), and Paper Doll Dress Up (grass) Cricut Cartridges.  I made the envelope using my Martha Stewart scoring board- one of my *favorite* go to products!

April brings a whole new list of projects; including a DIY Baby Shower!  So staaay tuned! LOL

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Birthday Card for a Busy Bee!!

 March was one heck of a birthday month!  I am finally winding down on my Birthday Ambassador duties for this month and the Create-A-Critter Cricut cartridge is helping me end the month out in style!

Invites, Invites, Invites!

Whoo!! Has this month been a flurry of activity!  Filled to the brim with projects, preparations, and plans!  ...okay, enough with the "p's"! LOL  But seriously- between invitation requests, birthdays, and hosting my very first card swap- there has been a lot going on!  Let's talk invites, shall we?  I had two requests this month, one for a baby shower and one for a surprise party.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Birthday Ambassador Strikes Again!

Wow! Have these last few months been busy, or what?!  I thought that after we pulled off the shower, I would get to 'rest' for a few weeks-- but then I looked at my calendar and realized that I had 4 birthdays to make cards for in the month March!  And many of them are within days of each other!  Whew!  So I donned my Birthday Ambassador cape and got to work...

This first card was my supervisor.  He doesn't like to make a big deal about his birthday and really didn't want a card- but I wasn't going to pass his day up like that!  He *loves* dogs, so the Create-A-Critter Cricut cartridge provided the cute little terrier.  The fence and grass were cut from the Paper Dolls cartridge.  The sentiment was inspired by the 'Ruff Ruff' phrase on usually hidden corny side came up with the rest of the saying...LOL

Monday, March 7, 2011

My Creative Daze Craft Space!

I made a resolution to step up my video/tutorial game this year; I wanted to produce at least one tutorial/informational video a month!  Well, clearly we are well into March and I haven't been able to post a vid yet! LOL  But I wanted to honor my resolution (better late than never!) so I decided to start with a quick tour of my craft room.  It's been a work in progress since I've moved into my new place and I'm finally at a point where I can share some of what I've done with it.  I really enjoy my craft space and I hope you enjoy taking a peek!!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

DIY Bridal Shower ::The Thank You Cards::

The final project for the Bridal Shower, of course, had to be the thank you cards for my friend to send to her lovely guests.  She received some beautiful gifts; some that helped prepare her for her new role as a wife, some that made her laugh, and some that made her blush! LOL  But, yes, they were all wonderful gifts!

DIY Bridal Shower ::The Shower Favors::

"What should we do for shower favors???  ...hmmmm...."  That was the question I kept asking myself as we were planning the bridal shower for one of my best friends.  I knew I wanted to stick to the cherry blossom theme we had set, but I also knew that I wanted to give the guests something...different...than the usual run-of-the-mill shower favor.  So I went to my go-to place for inspiration- YouTube! (lol) and found some great videos on how to make your very own sugar scrub- and I thought "that's perfect!".  What would be a better favor that a cherry blossom scented sugar scrub?!  Nothing!

DIY Bridal Shower ::The Food::

So the bridal shower for my BFF was a HUGE success!! She had such a great time and everyone else did too!  Over the past few weeks I have been sharing the various projects that I've been working on, but in this post I wanted to highlight the amazing spread that we had at the shower.  It was all done by the fabulous Matron of Honor, Tiffany!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

DIY Bridal Shower ::The Centerpieces::

 As the days until the shower quickly wind down, my project list gets shorter and shorter!  Tonight, I was able to complete the centerpieces and I am soooo excited about them- I struggled a bit because, for a while, I had no idea how I was going to 'finish' them.  But, in the end- I think they turned out pretty well!

Going along with the cherry blossom theme I decided that square lanterns would be the perfect choice for the centerpieces as well as additional decor for the shower venue.  I was completely inspired by the laced luminaria over on Splitcoast Stampers!  But I wanted different sizes and to be able to create them with Kraft paper- so I whipped out my new Gypsy (have I mentioned that I LOVE that thing?!) and created exactly what I wanted.
Sides A & B
Sides C & D
 I created two sizes- a small 4-inch model and a larger 7-inch model.  The cherry blossoms came from the Pagoda Cricut cartridge and I welded together some pretty letters from the Quarter Note Cricut cartridge to create some romantic words.  Some ink, some ATG adhesive, a bit of Zig Glue- and voila!  My lanterns are complete!  There will be 10 in all!
I think they look so pretty when they glow!

Glad these are done!  Up next- completing the shower favors! Yay!

Monday, February 21, 2011

DIY Bridal Shower ::Game Prizes::

So the Bridal Shower is quickly approaching- it's this upcoming Saturday in fact!  While I am certainly bubbling over with anticipation and excitement, I am also feeling that good pressure (lol) that comes along with putting on a stellar event.  I have no doubt that Saturday is going to be a great day!

Thursday, February 17, 2011


I was approached by one of my co-workers, who asked me to create invitations for his wife's surprise birthday party.  Even though I am *supposed* to be ultra-focused on the DIY Bridal Shower, I couldn't resist squeezing this one request in!  So I pulled out my Gypsy, welded some letters & a rectangle together- and VIOLA! Instant invitations! LOL I heard that the invites were a hit- and I'm so glad that I could contribute to this very special event!

Now my next posts really *will* be all about the DIY Bridal Shower!! Promise! :o)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ol' Skool Birthday Wish

I created this card sometime last year for one of my co-workers and forgot to take a picture of it.  Luckily, he was nice enough to bring it back so I could get a couple of snaps!  My co-worker loves music- especially old school - so I *finally* got to use the cassette tape cut from the Indie Art Cricut cartridge!  He loved the card and I love being the 'Birthday Ambassador'! LOL

Monday, February 14, 2011

Treat Bag Madness???!

So I think that I've been bitten by the 'Treat Bag Bug'!! Robyn, The Pink Stamper, dropped the bug off at my house last week and it's been madness ever since! LOL!  At about 10 o'clock last night, I got the great idea to do something nice for all of my co-workers for V-day.  Since I had plenty of clear cellophane bags and candy left- it was *so clear* what I should do!  So tomorrow all 33 of my wonderful co-workers will receive a cute little treat from 'Cupid'!

The only thing I would have done differently- I would have gotten the idea a little *earlier* in the evening!  LOL! Happy Valentines Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Princess Tea Party!

Time has certainly flown by because I can't believe that my God-daughter just turned four!!  It seems like she was just born yesterday!!  But in these short four years, my friend (her mom) and I have made a tradition out of creating a different birthday experience for her each year.  This year, since it's been discovered that she is *very* much a girly-girl, we decided to have a Princess Tea Party!

My friend found a real tea house that caters to the little ones and we knew this party was going to be a hit!  I also knew that I had more than a little bit of work to do to take this party up a notch!

 I designed her invitations on the computer and had them printed as 5X7 photos at a Walgreen's in her area.  Since we live in different states, it's super-convenient to be able to upload them to their website, they print them up and she can pick them up in about an hour!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

DIY Bridal Shower ::The Invitations::

One of my very best friends in the *entire* world is getting MARRIED and I am sooooo excited!!  Oh- and guess what?! I'm her Maid of Honor!  When she told me I was so honored that I was flying high on could 9! wasn't until days later that I started to wonder 'what exactly am I supposed to be doing as a Maid of Honor'??...  Well thank God for Google! LOL! I quickly got schooled-up on all of my MOH duties and discovered that one my major duties was to plan and host the bridal shower.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Car Entusiast Birthday

My first Birthday Ambassador assignment of the year!  My co-worker is a *severe* (lol) car enthusiast, so I knew that I had to do something 'automobile-esque'.  He also has the honor of being the most Well-Seasoned person in the building- a fact that most folks won't let him live down! 

While trying to come up with a concept, I came across this sketch of a 1926 Fort Model-T- and I knew exactly what I wanted to do!  So I created this 6X6 card and on the inside it read: "Of course not! Just An Absolute Classic!"  It was a fun one and everybody really enjoyed it!  ....on to the next assignment!...