Friday, June 29, 2012

Lily Bee Blog Hop

Hello, and Welcome to the Lily Bee Blog Hop!

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This is a special week for Lily Bee with lots of exciting happenings.  Earlier this week, the new blog went live...so be sure to add or change the new blog address in your reader or subscribe from the Lily Bee blog.  And if you haven't already, we'd love for you to follow Lily Bee through Facebook and Twitter.  
I am really excited as well to share that Lily Bee now has a Flickr Group!  We would love to see your Lily Bee creations.  Winners of our Sketch and Challenge posts will be selected from this group...so be sure to join and add your work for us to see.

You'll also see one more new feature Lily Bee has to offer for inspiration...you can now follow Lily Bee through Pinterest!  This is one time that change is good, we're so very excited!

For the blog hop today, I created this layout from a recent beach trip photo using the Victoria Park Collection.  I really wanted something fun, artsy, and colorful to highlight this photo and to celebrate the changes with Lily Bee.
I started out by masking and misting the background...then decided it took too much focus from the photo...so added a layer of gesso using an old credit card to soften it, more misting and some splashes as well.  And for added fun, I used the cap from the mist bottle and stamped with it in a few sections.
Love these cool colors from Lily Bee, they are soothing, bright, and fun.  I cut the starburst from the Silhouette and then added papers to the background using the 6x6 tiny tablet.  Glued the twine down with Zip Dry and stitched the rays from the starburst.
One technique I now cannot seem to stop doing is cutting out a "V" from the banner stickers...this time I used the inside as well and put those on foam adhesive.
I am amazed, excited, and so thankful to be able to work with a very talented team of ladies at Lily Bee.  Go to the Lily Bee Blog and each Design Team's blog (see the above list) to leave a comment to be eligible to win a $50 VISA gift Card!  Comments will be open until Monday, July 2nd, Midnight EST.  The winner will be announced on the 4th of July Lily Bee blog post!  

GOOD LUCK!!!

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Welcome to the New Lily Bee Blog

Lily Bee has a new blog!  We're so excited about some changes and exciting things happening in the next couple of weeks.  Check out the new blog and keep checking in for more sneaks...


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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Patriotic Wreath

I kept thinking and thinking about what type of patriotic wreath I wanted...then I decided I would start with pinwheels.  Once I had a general idea, I went to Michael's and picked up this glitter tulle and wood wreath (after fooling with the tulle, I would not get again...look at the glitter mess!)
 I wrapped the tulle around the entire base.  Then I started making the pinwheels.  Pulled out my favorite supply lately...wire...and wired the backs...of the pinwheels...
 ...then wrapped and twisted around the base of the wreath.
 Did the same for the hook...except, instead of around the base, just through the tulle on the back, then twisted it around itself to make the loop...made the bow...and now...hmmm...still not quite enough...
 So I pulled out my red wire and just wrapped around the entire wreath...see all that glitter...never again!  But it sure is pretty!
 Then I remembered the Christmas tree I did with the red wire stars back in 2008...and made some of these...I do them by hand...no template...it is okay that they don't look perfect...just make the shape...
 Kind of goes with the whimsical look...I did use a stylus embossing tool to help define the tips...by going into the point of the star, and squeezing the ends around the stylus.
 Then I wrapped wire around the stylus to make some curly q's...
 And then my favorite...my friend, Linda, had emailed me about an idea that and I pinned
...that inspired me to make washi wire...







Wrapped washi tape on both sides of the wire...pleated it and glued it behind the bow with Beacon Fabri-Tac glue...the wreath is starting to look better...
 I had another idea...
 I used these Studio Calico rubon stars, rubbed onto pattern paper...cut out...
 ...pierced...
 ...and wired these...
 Pulled in some of the Authentique stickers as well...I just put them on pattern paper and cut around them so the backs wouldn't be sticky...pierced, and wired as well...
 Looped around the wreath...I wrapped the wire around the brad on the pinwheels...and slid the stars where I wanted them.
 To attach the wire...I made sure it was wrapped around, and then twisted it around itself...
Once I played around with the wiring and placement of everything...it was done!  A fun...patriotic wreath!



Right now, Paper Issues is having a Patriotic/Picnic theme...I would love to see what you create...link up here...

If you do some shopping, use my code to get 20% off...Cassie has twine, seam binding, October Afternoon...all kinds of goodies...and she will ship International...just email her through her Etsy Shop.

And..Cassie has this beautiful prize to give away by Pink Paislee...but you have to go check out the details at Paper Issues to be eligible to win...worth it...and you don't have to create something to enter!
Have a great Sunday!  XOXO

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Getting Ready for Emma's Birthday

Emma will soon be turning 4!  Cannot believe.  I will be doing cupcakes today for her birthday celebration at summer school.  The theme is RAINBOW...so fun and colorful...got goody bags made up for friends...
I did a quick banner the other day as we're getting ready for the party at home.
I used all Lily Bee pattern papers.  You can see more detail shots and how it was put together on the Lily Bee blog today.
Celebrating Emma's birthday is always emotional...time is going way too fast!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Let's Go to the Tree Park, and Two Cards

I have gotten so much out the My Scrapbook Nook's June kit full of Simple Stories Summer Fresh.  This is the first layout that I did start pulling in some things from my stash.  But all of the pattern papers are Summer Fresh, the twine, and the corrugated tree are from the kit.  The design for the triangles in the shape of an octagon came from the slide at this park.  I took a picture with my iPhone, not exact because my triangles were a little wider, but still came out cute.
We had a good Father's Day with Dennis and Dennis' best friend, Dean, who came in town and able to stay with us through the week.  He's leaving today.  This was the card I made for Dennis using the June Nook kit and Danni's card challenge to use two stamps on your card.  The green pinking circle was stamped onto the pattern paper and cut out.  Then I stamped "You are the Best!" on top of that.
 I am starting to really like making cards...getting better ;)  This is for Danni's challenge to use washi tape.  You can see more of the challenge here
I have really enjoyed using this kit...still for sale at My Scrapbook Nook!
Emma started summer school this week and will be going to her second ballet class (with no Mommies) today!  So proud of her...she loves it!  She's going half days to summer school, just started Monday...so still plenty of time for summer fun...hope everyone is having a good week!

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Friday, June 15, 2012

It's a Good Life and Sugar Bear

Seems like I haven't posted much scrapping lately ;)  But always plenty of scrapping going on...although not easy with Emma not in school at least part of the day, but she will be starting summer school, still half days, next week...only for two weeks...but she needs it...we are completely whipped entertaining her all day.  

It's my turn to host Scrapping the Music.  So it was my pick of the song and the prompt.  Hope everyone likes it.  I love the song "It's a Good Life" by One Republic...it's on my walking playlist.  And I fell in love with the video for it. 
 I knew I wanted to do a mini album using the title of the song.
I wanted to use the Amy Tangerine Daybook, but I needed to make some changes.  So I took the book apart, and sewed it inside a Heidi Swapp resist folder (the cover of the Daybook, I put on the outside of the folder when I stitched it all together).  This was one of those projects that flows and goes fast...just pulled out everything I wanted to put into the album, using photos from our recent beach trip.

You can see better pics of the inside at 2 Peas.
Not too bad of a mess from making this...but now that my lovely husband put in shelves my little scrap room that I share with my 3 1/2 year old, feels a lot less de-cluttered and crowded!  Will have to share pics...although still a work in progress.
 From the binder on is my daughter's space...but now having the shelves...I feel like I have a lot more breathing room and her space is much better too ;)
Scrapping the Music is still doing the new format...a song and a prompt...you can pick one or the other...or both.  The prompt is:
Most memorable Summertime song.  Whenever you hear it, what are the memories that come back to you?
Sugar Bear by Elton John just brings me back right away...love Elton and love this song.  I think about that summer of 75, spending the night with friends, going to the YMCA with my older siblings...really good memories.  I can only share the cover of the single.  The layout was picked up by Scrapbook Trends and will appear in the Vintage section of the November 2012 Issue.
Project Life is still going...will get another week or so in, and then post.

Hope everyone has had a great week...I'm seriously ready for the weekend!  Hope you get some scrapping in...would love to see what you create for Scrapping the Music!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Let's Get Lily Bee to 4,000!

The Lily Bee Team is introducing our new Design Team coordinator today on the blog.  And I am so excited and honored to be able to work with the amazing, Amy Heller! 

Now for more fun news, we want to see Lily Bee reach 4,000 Likes on Facebook.
When Lily Bee reaches 4,000 Likes, there will be a giveaway of ALL four complete collections.
And the best part...the giveaway is not just for one person, but for FOUR people!  Thank you, Lily Bee, and Kristen, for being so generous!

Good luck to you all...now let's get Lily Bee to 4,000!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Summer Crop at the Nook Starts and July/August Creating Keepsakes Issue

Today is the start of the Summer Crop over at My Scrappbook Nook!  Challenges all Summer long.  Hope to see you over there!


The newest issue of Creating Keepsakes is hitting the newstands today.  So excited to be sharing a photo tip inside this one...
Today we start a ballet class with Emma...will see if she likes it or not...no Moms go in this class...I know she can do it...but depends on her comfort level.  

Hope everyone is having a great week!

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Saturday, June 09, 2012

Summer Crop at the Nook

Join us all over at the Nook for a summer crop. All of the challenges will be posted on the 12th...so you can plan and scrap them at your own pace.  You'll have all your summer memories scrapped, have fun hanging out with other scrappers, and a chance to win prizes. 

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Friday, June 08, 2012

October Afternoon 9 to 5 and My Mind's Eye Challenges

I challenged myself a little too much with these very tricky photos from our Chinese New Year celebration this past January.  Can you believe I scrapped this with October Afternoon 9 to 5?  Thanks to Amy Heller's Through the Kaleidoscope Class, which I HIGHLY recommend (even if you think you know everything about the color wheel (I thought I did)!  Okay...back to layout...so I focused not just on the colors, but on the cultural influence in making this layout...so that meant getting very very creative with supplies from the 9 to 5 collection...like rolling the paper to make Chinese firecrackers...cutting along the lines of the design of pattern paper, using the Silhouette...and a secret...that background was re-done about 3 times...if you look closely you can tell...but I finally just sprayed closer to the paper, and loved the intensity of that yellow!
I even used a smidge of October Afternoon's Sasparilla line there under the main photo...those swirls look like waves and have an Asian culture influence.  Themes and using primary colors are tough for me...but this ended up being a favorite of mine.

Here's the sketch I used...I used it loosely as a start to mine...October Afternoon 9 to 5 Sketch Challenge

And loving My Mind's Eye's collections...these colors are some of my favorites...So when I saw this My Mind's Eye Fussy Cutting Challenge, I dug into my new stash and started cutting...had absolutely no idea where it was going, I just had fun...I did pick these photos of Emma sewing for the first time, that was the start.

Then starting cutting anything I liked from the 6x6 pads of the Indie Chic in both Saffron and Ginger.  Used some of the new My Mind's Eye has tape...and it is some of my favorite!  Everything is My Mind's Eye, except the background paper is Echo Park, big woodgrain letters are October Afternoon's Sasparilla, the round orange are Authentique, the peach letters are from American Crafts Dear Lizzy.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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