Thursday, March 31, 2011

I'm Still Partying!! *Pixie Dust Paperie*

Hi all!! I'm still partying and this time with Party Cones that were provided in the March Floribunda kit from Pixie Dust Paperie! These party cones, made of white embossed paper, are so beautiful. I didn't add much to them because they were so beautiful on their own. Just some punched cardstock, crinkled ribbon, and baubles (all provided in the kit).

You really need to check out the Pixie Dust Paperie blog and see what the other DT members created with these. I am in such awe! Hope your day puts you in a party mood! Hugs, Cheryl

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Celebrate Good Times!!! **CCCB**

Hi ALL!! I'm back as this week's hostess at City Crafter Challenge blog with the theme of CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES!! *and I hope you can say...they are ALL GOOD TIMES! It is funny how oft times even the things that seem like challenges turn out to be blessings in disguise. So I hope you come celebrate with us this week...your challenge is use a banner or the word "party" somewhere on your project. There is a party goin' on right HERE at City Crafter Challenge Blog and I can't wait to see what the celebration brings! Go check out the AMAZING work by our DT and GD, Olga. I'm celebrating, as you read in my Friday post, the return of my daughter in another 2 1/2 weeks from her mission in Paraguay. Actually I'm celebrating not only her imminent return, but her time there. I'm so thrilled she has had all the wonderful experiences she has had there.

She LOVES these people so VERY MUCH and I know they have grown to love her, too. What are you celebrating? I'm always so excited to see what you all create with each challenge. So get your party on and join the CELEBRATION!

~ Hugs, Cheryl

Friday, March 25, 2011

Sprinkling On Some Pixie Dust!!**Altered Packaging**

OK....SERIOUSLY....You've GOT to LOOOOVE a kit where even the packaging is GORGEOUS!
Such was the case with the Floribunda kit! As soon as I unpacked it and saw the fabulous packaging that the chipboard alphabet letters came in, I knew I wanted to shoosh it up with a few of the other GORGEOUS items in the kit to make a little spa package for my daughter. My daughter has spent the last year and a half as a missionary for our church in Paraguay. There have been many times she has been without running water and so I thought she would appreciate a little bit of pampering and loveliness when she comes home. **Three weeks from today!!!!*** I'm soooooo EXCITED!!!***Inside I included a chocolate bar (how can you pampered without a little chocolate) that I wrapped in more Floribunda kit goodies, a relaxation mask, and some wonderful smelling bath treats:

Don't you think the colors in this kit just say luxury...pampering...lovely spa-like retreat?

I hope your day includes a little pampering! Hugs, Cheryl

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Babies, Buttons, and Bows *CCCB*

Hi all! It is City Crafter Challenge Blog sharing day! Today's challenge comes from our hostess with the mostest...Linda! The theme is Babies, Buttons, and Bows and the challenge is to use to create a baby related project using...what else but buttons and bows. What a perfect combination!

Hop on over to City Crafter Challenge blog to see what our GD and DT have created...pure inspiration, I tell ya! I decided to do a layout of this photo that I LOOOOOOOOOVE of my oldest daughter and my oldest grandson after he was first born. It just speaks 100% PURE LOVE to me.

I can't wait to see what you all create. So gather your buttons and bows and start creating! Have a FAB day! Hugs, Cheryl

Monday, March 21, 2011

Love Notes *Pixie Dust Paperie*

Hi all! It is time to share another Pixie Dust Paperie project! What more can be said about how much I LOVE this Floribunda kit?!! Well, I can say that one of my FAVORITE things about it is the COLORS! They are just so fresh and springlike! Who wouldn't LOVE these gorgeous papers and colors and rubons?

I also LOVE that I found the title right in the paper!!

Hope you are LOVING life today! Hugs, Cheryl

Friday, March 18, 2011

Sharing GCD Studios!!!!

Woohooo! I finally get to share with you the projects I did for GCD
Studios that were displayed at CHA! Their new lines are sososoooo fun
and I just LOVED working with them! I mean can you not
have fun with a line named FUN HOUSE! It just screams FUN! Here is the layout I did with this line:

I love that they have a vintage-y feel...but still have a fun, playful modern feel, too!:

Another line that I was able to work with for CHA was the Christmas line...that
can totally be used for ANYTHING...not just for Christmas:

It even comes with chipboard pieces that are in the paper pack! I just painted these and used the totally cool GCD Studios chipboard tool on them:

I also got to play with the Animal Crackers for Girls line:

Aren't the colors just the coolest?! I love the playful feel of the elements!
It comes with die cut lace paper, that I trimmed this fun elephant, butterfly, and flower cute:

I can't wait to share even more layouts with all the fun new GCD lines with you! I've had such a blast this past year being part of the Facebook DT! Hugs, Cheryl

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sharing Some Pixie Dust + Happy St. Patty's Day!!

Hi all! I get to share another one of my creations from the Pixie Dust Paperie today! What a perfect way to start St. Patrick's Day...with a little Pixie Dust for luck!
The March, Floribunda kit was so elegant and beautiful and I am so thankful that I was able to create so many wonderful projects with it. I think this card would have been fine on its own, but I just needed to use another one of those FANTABULOUS chipboard alphabet letters on it! The are just so pretty! So I decided to make a monogrammed card:

I just love all the elegant little touches this kit provided:

If you haven't checked out the Pixie Dust Paperie Blog get over there right now! You are going to be soooooooo AMAZED at what the DT has created!

Now, I couldn't just have a post on St. Patrick's Day without a little green and some happy St. Patty Day wishes, so here you go:

Wishing you a LUCKY day today! Happy St. Patrick's Day! Hugs, Cheryl

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

He Rules Our Roost *CCCB The King and I Challenge***GCD Studios Contest**

Hi all! is City Crafter day...Yeah!! Always so fun to share a new challenge!
This week's challenge is brought to us by our City Crafter founder and all time talented Miss Kirsty! She always bases her challenges around a city...this week Monte Carlo. Miss Kirsty says that she personally thinks that Glamorous Monte Carlo is a place fit for a King, or Queen, or Prince and Princess, so there you go, our challenge this week is "The King and I", we want to see crown(s) in your project, it could be embellishment, charm or paper, so get going. When I think of who wears the crown in our family it is absolutely our son, Ty. People have expressed sympathy to him because he is the only boy with four sisters. No sympathy required...this boy rules our roost. He had all those sisters wrapped around his little finger from the moment he was born and charmed his little sister from the day she was born. He is our little prince and we adore him. With all this he gets a little cocky at times, so I thought the barn yard scene appropriate...that and the fact that all those sisters are mother hens...haha! I hope you play along this week. Go check out the royally fantabulous projects at City Crafter Challenge Blog by our Guest Designer, Carol Quance, and all the DT members! I am the sponsor this week and I hope you enjoy the prize package I put together for our winner. I can't wait to see the crown jewel of projects this week!
Now go put on a tiara and give yourself the royal treatment today! Hugs, Cheryl

**This just in- Go to the GCD Studios Blog for a FAB CONTEST!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Happy Pie Day or I Should Say Pi Day!!!

Happy Pi Day all! What is Pi day you ask? Well, it is a holiday that if not made up by was at least celebrated by my second daughter's pre-cal teacher many years ago when we lived in Houston. Genius! First of all genius to even be taking a pre-cal genius to be a pre-cal teacher and totally genius to come up with or at least celebrate math...I mean what better way to get kids fired up about math than to ply them with pie! Why today? Think about the date for a second. Now, my younger children all waited with anticipation for their math teachers to celebrate as well. Awaited to no avail, I might add. Now my youngest daughter is a number loving as well as a pie loving person and insisted that we take matter into our own hands this year....sooooo at 3:14 this afternoon (no, I was not dedicated enough to get up at 3:14 am) we will be sitting down and enjoying a yummy piece of pie and celebrating pi!

**Soooooo...if the diameter of our pie is 9"...what is the circumference? The area? I have no idea...I'll have to go wake up my daughter and find out! haha! If you care to figure it out remember circumference=diameter times pi and area=pi times the radius(1/2 the diameter) squared.

In the event you would like to celebrate this holiday too...(I mean any excuse to eat pie, right?) here is the recipe again for my apple pie:

Have a sweet day!!
Hugs, Cheryl

Saturday, March 12, 2011

My Heart Goes Out to the People in Japan

I just wanted to say that my heart and prayers go out to the people of Japan. It is beyond comprehension what they must be going through. As a mother of two missionaries, who are away from home, naturally my heart goes out to those who have family members or friends who are in Japan right now. I pray that your loved ones are all safe. My heart ached for those families of missionaries serving there. I kept waiting to hear if they were safe. Early reports said that all missionaries outside of Sendai were safe, but all communications were down in Sendai and all road closed to try to get there. Then late last night the report came in that 64 of the 72 missionaries in that region had been heard from and were safe. My heart once again ached for the families of those 8 missionaries who still had not been heard from. This morning I awoke and am so happy to learn that the "Church leaders confirmed this morning that all missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in Japan are safe and accounted for." I KNOW that ALL of these missionaries will be a huge blessing to this area and will work with ALL their might to help the people in this area. I hope that all your loved ones are safe and well today and my heart and prayers go out to you that are not blessed with that at this time. Big HUGS, Cheryl

Thursday, March 10, 2011

More Pixie Goodness!! Bloom Where You Are Planted

Hi all! It is Cheryl back again to share another project from this wonderful Floribunda kit! I just LOOOOOOOVE Spring!! This is a layout that celebrates to me all the loveliness of this time of year...growing, thriving...Beauty! The Floribunda kit just speaks to me of all the goodness of Springtime and was the perfect vehicle for this layout. I'm once again loving how I can use these metal pieces from Tim Holtz:

Just a touch of misting and glitter were the only things I added...ALL the other LOVELINESS was provided in this oh sooo GORGEOUS kit:

I hope you are enjoying the loveliness of springtime today! Hugs, Cheryl

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Happy Day *CCCB*

It is always a happy day when I get to share a City Crafter Challenge Blog challenge and today is no exception! Our theme today is brought to you by the extraordinarily talented Miss is "In My Pocket" and the challenge is simply to use a pocket somewhere on your project! LOVE it! Pockets definitely just add a little extra something something to any project and I can't wait to see all of yours! I love pockets so much I couldn't stop with just I added THREE to my layout. They are the perfect way to tuck in a little extra whatever it is you want to add. I added the where and when of this very happy day at the duck pond with my little grandson.
For SURE you will want to check out the FAB work by our Guest Designer, Monica Skadsem, and the DT and see the way they used pockets. Go on over to City Crafter Challenge blog and be inspired! I guarantee you are going to LOVE the prize package sponsored by American Crafts!! So Many FUN goodies! Have a HAPPY DAY!! Hugs, Cheryl

Monday, March 7, 2011

More Magical *Pixie Dust* -Sweetest Day layout

Hi all!! I am so delighted to share with you another layout I created with Pixie Dust Paperieohhhhhh soooooo FABULOUS Floribunda Kit! It is so filled with elegance, and romance, and sweetness, and well plain darn fabulousness! The goodies in this kit just went perfectly with one of the Sweetest Days EVER...the birth of my little granddaughter Kylee! They are soooooo soft and pretty just like she is!

The paper even comes with a special place to record this wonderful event that my daughter can fill in for her!

I loooooove the Tim Holtz idea-ology metal plates and the Pink Paislee chipboard letters that came with this kit...just another touch to make this layout all the sweeter!

EVERYTHING included in this kit makes for incredible detail work for your projects and I LOVED using them for mine! Other than a little glitter EVERY THING you see on this layout was from the kit! AMAZING!

Remember to check out the Pixie Dust Paperie blog for some truly magical inspiration EVERY DAY from the DT! I hope this sweet day of yours is magical! Hugs, Cheryl

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

"LOVE" is in the air! * Pixie Dust Paperie*

Hi all!! I'm so happy to tell you all that I was asked to be a Guest Designer for Pixie Dust Paperie for the month of March! I am so in LOVE with the Floribunda kit that is their kit for March. It is sooooo elegant and romantic! This layout is of one of my daughter's bridal photos. This kit could not be more perfect! All the elements just lend such a dreamy feel.

I just love the pearls:

And these chipboard letters:

And the GORGEOUS floral papers:

I just know you are going to fall in LOVE with it too! Hop on over to the Pixie Dust Paperie Blog...they will have creations made from this GORGEOUS kit EVERY SINGLE DAY of the month!! You are going to want to check them out! I was able to make SEVEN projects with this kit and am excited to be sharing them with you all throughout this month! Hope you are enjoying the LOVE that is in the air today!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lovely Spring Fling!! *CCCB*

Hi all! I'm excited to say that I am the hostess today at City Crafter Challenge Blog!Do you know what today is?! March 1st! (yep, my son's bday) Do you know what March means?!! SPRING!! Wooohooo! Is anyone else soooooo beyond ready for Spring?! So our theme this week is "Spring Fling" and I bring to you a color challenge. Even if your part of the world is a little dreary you can bring out the colors of spring! To me the colors of spring are blue, pink, green and cream. Like in this little collage:

They are so fresh and lovely! So your challenge is to use these colors in your projects this week! We all can't wait to see the breath of fresh air and loveliness we KNOW your projects will provide this week! My project is a layout of my daughter and some of her friends. These girls are so LOVELY! Their inward beauty shines on the outside, too. I'm soooooo thankful that my daughter has such wonderful friends! Hop on over to the City Crafter Challenge Blog and see the GORGEOUS projects created by our DT and Guest Designer, Deb Hickman! Come and join us for our Spring Fling!!! The fantabulous Pixie Dust Paperie is sponsoring us this again this week. You will definitely want to play along! Have a LOVELY day!
Hugs, Cheryl
*Thanks so much for your sweet comments meant so much!
**Tomorrow I am excited to share some fun news and a new project that goes with it!