Monday, January 26, 2009

Disneyland - One Last trip. . .

I spent only a day and a half at Disneyland with the family on this trip. It was fun! We did all of our favorites. I got to experience the baby care center which was WONDERFUL and so helpful. If you have a baby and are headed to Disneyland -- be sure to look up where this is on the map.

A fun pirate band

A band in New Orleans Square

The Dapper Dans

We love the Dumbos

Posing cute with Tink and comparing shoes

Eating lunch and planning out what we want to do

We love the Tiki Room

E and Mic in line for Jungle Cruise

Chilling eating some yummy Mickey Mouse crispies

Meeting Donald Duck for the first time

Bubba Gumps for dinner (so greasy and bad for you)

Kids trying popcorn shrimp for the first time -- they liked it -- 4 thumbs up!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

CHA - Craft & Hobby Association Convention 2009

My very first CHA was a fabulous experience. I had lots of fun just spending a day browsing around. Such beautiful EYE CANDY! I totally want to go again next year. I made lots of stops along my way while browsing and managed to remember to take a couple pictures along the way. Hopefully I credited the right company in each of these pictures.

A Visit to *Wooky Entertainment*

Here is me and the new baby meeting Paris Hilton. I got her to write her autograph to the baby. She was actually quite pleasant and kind and thought it was funny how the baby kept turning his head toward the camera flashes. I think we only waited in line a little over an hour and were about 12th or so in line. The security was really tight and it was kind of crazy. I had to go visit and meet her because it is pretty much a once in a lifetime experience -- I mean how often is Paris in the same venue as you???

Visiting the *Hanna Stamps* Booth

Me and the most awesome DT Coordinator in the world Vicki!

Me and the Hanna Stamps Diva herself -- Miss Kristi (*heart* ya girl)

*E K Success*

These are some really cool new punches they were demonstrating at this booth

*K & Company*

Sweet Talk Line (gorgeous) and a beautiful Valentine Holder idea that I loved!

A glimpse of the Citronella collection (*heart much*)

*Ranger Booth*

Some cute stuff that I liked in the booth

The one, the only Tim Holtz demonstrating


I loved these flowers. This booth was SO gorgeous and tempting and I wanted it all

*We R Memory Keepers*

Love the crop-o-dile? If so, you will SO totally want one of these. This awesome tool was a corner rounder. Worked awesome on chipboard and allows you to make your own coasters, books, etc. I fell in love!!! Add this one to your gotta haves.


Loved this robot and Pez Birthday invite (perfect for a little boys party)

Aren't these pinwheels gorgeous and look at those jars!!! WOW!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Splitcoaststampers Cupcake Reception

I made it to the cupcake reception with the baby at about 8:30pm and was greeted by the familiar faces of Jenn Balcer and Daven. Jenn borrowed the baby for awhile so I could go mingle and it was SO FUN! I got to see so many people I had met at SoCal stamp mania and I got to meet lots of new people that I "know" from online. It was great!!! Love those gorgeous cupcakes and the elegant look of the whole reception. I am so glad I went.

My favorite part of the night was getting to meet the Hanna gals I did. I met Kristi and Vicki. Here is a picture of some of the other gals from the team: Diana, Adela, and Beth.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

MAGNOLIA - Easter Tilda

I love new stamps . . . I know Easter is still quite a ways away, but this bunny just begged to be colored and it matched so well with the paper that I just had to make a card.

I used the Mojo Monday sketch (MOJO70) on the new Mojo Monday blog (Go Julee!) -- to make this fun Easter card. The close up image shows some of the glitter on the wings of Tilda. Hope you like her!

Stamps: Bunny Tilda (Magnolia), Everyday Sentiments (Hanna Stamps) Paper: The Sweet Glitter Matstack (Die Cuts With a View), Close to Cocoa (SU!), Solar Crest White (Neenah), Chocolate Chip (SU!), Frosted Teal (Prism Papers) Ink: Onyx Black Versafine, Orchid Opulence Classic Ink (SU!) Accessories: Wide Satin Ribbon (Jodys shares), Pink and Purple paper flowers (Prima), green brads, white gel pen (Sakura), oval punch (SU!), sponges, sewing machine, white thread, Scalloped and plain circles - nestabilities, dimensional dots, Stardust Pen (Sakura), copic ciao markers

Friday, January 16, 2009

SPIRAL WHISPER - Emily With Cake

I got new rubber yesterday (*YAY happy mail*) and I have been playing and coloring and having SO much fun! Okay, well actually mostly just stamping and coloring all these gorgeous images, but I will make them into cards at some point.

I made this card for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge (TECC51). She had such a great sketch, perfect for SO many images. I also took this opportunity to use some of the Amy Butler paper I picked up at JoAnn's the other day! I loved the pads, but waited till they were on 40% off and then got them. I am so happy I did, the colors are AWESOME! Have I ever mentioned how much I *heart* Amy Butler fabric/paper? Gorgeous stuff!

This is an image called "Emily With Cake" by Spiral Whisper designed by Kate Smith. This is a new company I just discovered recently while blurfing and I fell in love with this Emily character. The dress is glittered using diamond stickles as you can see more clearly in the close up shot. I also put stickles on the cupcake and clear glossy accents on the balloon she is holding. Ooh, and I stitched around the Emily image in white to hold the whole card together. I thought it needed something subtle and this was the perfect little addition.

Stamps: Emily With Cake (Spiral Whisper), Family Phrases (SU!) Paper: Amy Butler Sola Mat Pad (K&Company), Old Olive (SU!), Confetti Cream (SU!), Almost Amethyst (SU!), Chocolate Chip (SU!), Solar Crest White (Neenah) Ink: Onyx Black Versafine Accessories: brown gingham ribbon, pink gingham ribbon (SU!), buttons, word window punch (SU!), sewing machine, brown thread, brown brads (Heidi Swapp), glossy accents (Ranger), diamond stickles (Ranger), copic ciao markers

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


So are you excited for the January stamps yet? I sure am! I hope you have headed over to Hanna Stamps and placed your order!! I am playing catch up with my card posting -- today's set is called "Hay Hanna" which has farm animals and the cutest country Hanna in her adorable cropped shorts (think Jessica Simpson in Beverly Hillbillies). This card was inspired by the sketch on the Card Positioning Systems Blog (Hi Tami *waves*). I loved CPS97!

Just Chicken In
Stamps: Hay Hanna (Hanna Stamps), Chicken In (Elzybells Art Stamps) Paper: Real Red (SU!), More Mustard (SU!), Basic Black (SU!), Solar Crest White (Neenah) Ink: Onyx Black Versafine Accessories: Clear embossing powder (SU!), Red Gingham ribbon (The Paper Studio - Hobby Lobby), Nestabilities (scalloped and plain circles), paper piercing tool, plastic canvas circle, sewing machine, white thread, white gel pen (Ranger), copic ciao markers

How Old??? Birthday card

The idea for this card was in my head as soon as I saw this cows eyes. He reminds me of the movie Bedtime Stories, not because his eyes are too big for him, but just the way they seemed to BUG OUT at me. Anyway, I thought they would look perfect with googlie eyes to make a funny card. The layout for this one came from Splitcoast -- Sketch Challenge 211.

Stamps: Hay Hana (Hanna Stamps), Snap Stamps - Tiny Casual (Karen Foster Designs) Paper: Classic Red Checks - Die Cuts With A View (DCWV), Basic Black (SU!), Solar Crest White (Neenah) Ink: Onyx Black Versafine Accessories: White grosgrain ribbon with black polka dots, 1 3/8 & 1 1/4 inch circle punches (SU!), googlie eyes, copic ciao markers, black thread, sewing machine, dimensionals (Jody's adhesive shares).

Bedazzling Hanna

This last card was inspired by this awesome paper. I was browsing in my local scrap store looking for something different to go with this farm set, and I saw this denim paper with flourishes and thought it was pretty and feminine and would be perfect for Hanna. As I was creating the card and adding flowers and gems I decided it looked like jeans that had met with the bedazzler, hence the name. Pink paper flowers were colored with copic ciao markers to match the color more perfectly.

Stamps: Hay Hanna (Hanna Stamps) Paper: Favorite Jeans (Flair Designs), Solar Crest White (Neenah), Pixie Pink (SU!) Ink: Onyx Black Versafine Accessories: Prima Paper Flowers (white, blue), Primula Petunia Paper Flowers (Bazzill Basics Paper), 1 3/ & 1 1/4 Circle punches (SU!), sewing machine, white thread, copic ciao markers, glue dots, Flat back crystals (Swarovski), clear embossing powder