Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Chickaniddy Crafts Layouts

Hi there! I've been a bit MIA lately, as I've been holding down the fort here on my own with a sick toddler and a big, needy golden retriever. I haven't had much creative time lately, but I did have two layouts on the Chickaniddy Crafts blog that I'd love to share with you.

Other materials- Ink & Twine (Stampin’ Up!), Paint (Martha Stewart Crafts), Spray Mist (Heidi Swapp), Glossy Medium (Ranger), Pens (UniBall), Marker (Stampin’ Up!), Die-cut file (Wilna Furstenburg)

My first layout, Remember, uses one of my favorite patterns from the Scrumptious collection as the background, and also doubles as my title. I wanted a lot of texture on my layout, so I used burlap ribbon, three-dimensional die-cut leaves and twine along with my patterned paper. Be sure to check out the original post on the Chickaniddy blog to find out how I loop twine on my layouts. The photo is one of my favorites of my brother and Lizzy from our fall photo shoot last year. 

My second layout for the month records the best Halloween costume that my grandmother ever made for my brother- a teenage mutant ninja turtle. I used a tone-on-tone effect with a white die-cut star background on top of a piece of white cardstock. Be sure to check out my original post on the Chickaniddy Blog to see how this background adds a lot of texture and interest to the page without making it too busy and taking away from the photo and embellishment. 

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out the Chickaniddy Crafts blog for daily inspiration from my other talented team members.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Elle's Studio September Kit Reveal

The September kit is live at Elle's Studio and I can't wait to share it with you!

There are so many versatile elements in this kit. Here are a few of my favorites, although I may have to wait a few more months to use the 'Hello Autumn' transparent tag here in Houston!

My favorite element in the add-ons this month is by far the 'My Favorites' stamp set, but there's also some awesome cork elements (bits and a cork circle mat), cut files and a Halloween mini kit!

Here's the layout that I created with this kit and stamp set about the day my daughter took her first walk across the room, which I luckily caught on video. The colors in this kit fit perfectly with the colors in the photos.

Other Supplies: American Crafts (pen, twine), Heidi Swapp (date stamp), Studio Calico (sequins), October Afternoon (small letter stickers), Stampin' Up! (ink)

Remember that the kit is $9.99 today only, so get yours before they're gone!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Roundup & An Announcement!

Happy Friday! I wanted to let you know about a few recent posts of mine on other blogs that you might want to check out, but first, I have an exciting announcement!


I am so honored to be a part of the new Chickaniddy Crafts team! I'm so excited to represent this company & can't wait to share my projects with you later this month. Until then, be sure to check out their blog and product line!

I recently shared a tutorial on how to make this really simple birthday prize ribbon on the Scraptastic blog.


Also earlier this week, I shared a video tutorial on the American Crafts blog for 'favorite techniques' week about some fun ways to incorporate watercolors into your papercrafting projects- mess free! Please check it out, share it and leave me a comment on YouTube if you learned anything!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What We're Eating Wednesday: Peach & Blueberry Crumbles

Happy hump day! I love a good summer cobbler, but I don't always have the time to make some elaborate woven pastry concoction. Today I'm sharing an easy dessert recipe that's sure to be a hit if you're a cobbler lover. Plus, you can make these adorable individual desserts ahead of time, keep them in the fridge and just bake about an hour or so before you're ready to have dessert.


Individual Peach & Blueberry Crumbles (serves 6) 
adapted from this recipe

For the fruit:
2 lbs. firm, ripe peaches, peeled and sliced into wedges
2 tsp. grated lemon zest
2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. fresh blueberries

For the crumble:
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. old fashioned oats (I like the texture they add)
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 lb. (1 stick) cold, unsalted butter, diced

For the fruit, combine the first 5 ingredients. Gently mix in the blueberries, being careful not to crush them. Allow fruit to sit for five minutes, then spoon the mixture into 6 ramekins.

For the crumble, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Using your (clean) hands, work the butter into the dry ingredients until you have a crumbly mixture. When pressed with your fingertips it will stick together, but will fall apart when not pressed. Top the fruit with the crumble mixture and place ramekins on a sheet pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes until fruit is bubbly and crumble is golden. Top with a good vanilla ice cream.

Monday, August 25, 2014

I've Been Tagged!

Hey there! Last week I was tagged by my friend and uber-talented scrapbooker Elizabeth Gardner as one of her favorite scrapbookers. Not only am I really honored to be on her short-list, but I'm also excited to introduce myself to some new readers who may have come over from her blog. If you're new here, let me tell you a bit about myself and how I create.

What are my favorite things to create with at the moment? 

1. I recently joined the Scraptastic Club design team, and am amazed at their monthly kits and stamp sets. You really get SO much for your money, plus their exclusives are designed by Kaitlin Sheaffer. I also love my Elle's Studio exclusive tag kits. They're perfect for layouts, cards or Project Life!
2. I'm a sucker for date stamps, and I just picked up this adorable one from Heidi Swapp at Michaels this week. I love that the month looks handwritten.
3. I'm also diggin' anything gold and girly.

How long does it take me to create a project?

Now that I have a toddler running around, I only get to create during nap time and in the evening. Unfortunately I don't think this has helped me to speed up my process, which usually takes about 1-2 hours per layout. This includes photo printing all the way to photographing my completed layout. 

How does my creative process work?

At the moment, I'm usually creating with a kit or a specific manufacturer's product line because of my design team positions. That helps me keep the process a bit more simple and limits the supplies that I use. I always start with a photo and match the colors or emotional feeling in my photo to the products or kit that corresponds with the photo. After that, it's usually about moving paper and embellishments around the page until I'm satisfied. Sometimes if I'm really happy, I tape my paper down in place by lifting up corners, just so it stays exactly the way I want it. 

How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

My main inspiration comes from products. Some of my most favorite layouts have came about after I opened a new product and had a lightbulb go off in my head. Like most others, I'm also inspired by what I see on Pinterest. Not only scrapbooking pins, but also home & fashion photos. My inspiration ebbs and flows, and I work with that natural process by creating a lot when I'm inspired, but taking a seat when I'm not. I don't force the process.

What is my signature style?

If you take a look at my gallery, you can definitely see a few constants in my work. First, I use a lot of pattern and I like to layer it. Choosing different patterns to mix and match is one of my favorite parts of this process. Second, I use a lot of color, but I usually like a cleaner white background. Third, I must have a lot of embellishment, especially small bits and pieces on my layout. My layouts are usually a bit girly, so I'm pretty lucky to have a lovely little girl to scrapbook.

What am I working on right now? 

Yesterday I created a 'just for fun' layout called Passport Outtakes using my latest Studio Calico kits that I love. 

I also have a really exciting announcement coming on Friday. Make sure you check back to see the news!

Today, I'm tagging my friend Kristin, who I really admire and who is doing amazing things in this industry. She's all about strong women and celebrating them. I also look forward to her #Thursday3 on Instagram every week. Please check her out and tune in to her blog for her post next Monday. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and I'd love it if you'd leave a comment (I read and respond to every one!), check out my gallery and follow me on Instagram!

Friday, August 22, 2014

It's Friday: I'm In Love

ONE. Lizzy is currently in love with these books about a muddy little puppy. We currently have Muddypaws and Muddypaws and the Birthday Party. The illustrations are lovely watercolor paintings.

TWO. I was so stoked when I received a new Minted catalog featuring limited edition artwork from U.S. based artists. I ordered this Hexagon Cluster piece from Yao Cheng, which will be predominately featured in Lizzy's new playroom.

THREE. The brush script stamp set designed by Kaitlin Sheaffer for Scraptastic is awesome to stamp with (the letters fit together so that you don't have to stamp each letter separately!) and a must have for a stamper or papercrafter.

FOUR. During the week when I'm running errands or just walking the dog, I am loving my Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream to even out my skin tone and give me extra protection from the sun. If I want to look a bit more polished, I pull out my Benefit Big Easy Liquid To Powder Foundation. This stuff goes on like butta, and makes my skin feel lovely. Plus the coverage is fantastic. Highly recommend.

FIVE. Although we're still close to 100 degrees here in Houston, I received my Boden catalog this week which has me dreaming of cooler weather and fall colors. I'm not much of a sparkle girl with my clothing, but a feminine gold sparkle collar paired with a black and white stripe? Count me in. This sparkle collar breton will definitely be in my wardrobe when the cooler weather hits.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lizzy's 19 month update

I had plans of this post being an 18 month update, but after counting the months on my fingers yesterday, I realized that I had completely skipped over her 18th month! Where did that time go!? Oh right, it was spent following her everywhere, kissing boo-boos, preparing interesting and healthy toddler meals, looking for planes in the sky, watching a sign language video for the 153,465 time, and loving her more every single minute.

At 19 months (15-1/2 months adjusted) Lizzy:

Is eating solid finger foods after having a successful swallow study at the end of June. Her favorite foods at the moment are meatballs (beef, chicken, turkey, any!), cheese ravioli, avocado (this has been a constant) green peas and grapes.

Is obsessed with: 1) Her Baby Einstein sign language video. She's been watching this since she was about 9 months old and we love it because it taught her how to sign for things like milk, eat, and mommy. She asks us to turn it on at least 3 times a day. 2) Planes. We know she has great hearing, because she can always hear a plane overhead, no matter how high it may be. 3) Books. How awesome, right? She is constantly carrying a book over to me. She might only sit down for 2 pages, but hey, she's interested!

Is listening to the Raffi station on Pandora or iTunes Radio.

Is playing in her new playroom, which we've been renovating from our previous formal dining room. We are all loving the new space.

Plays with toys a lot more, thanks to her occupational therapy sessions that we have here at home twice a week. We're teaching her early how to make a perfect cup of tea.

Is saying a lot of words, like 'momma', 'dada', 'head', 'hot', and 'hat', in addition to her signs. The other morning we were hanging out in my bed when she handed me my iPhone and said, "Ama, help!" I was completely blown away. Her speech therapy sessions, which we also have here at the house twice a week, are helping her to learn different sounds. This week, she was rewarded with bubbles when she made a successful 'b' sound.

Has been hospitalized twice and in the pediatric urgent care once this summer. She's been extremely susceptible to summer colds, which have caused her breathing difficulty. We've decided to cancel our trip home to Kentucky this fall and will start keeping her away from people at the beginning of October. Until then, we've been trying out toddler time at the library and spending time with friends for social time.

Weighs 23 pounds and is 32 inches tall. She is in the 95% percentile for height for her adjusted age. I've had comments from strangers saying that she looks like a three year old.

Runs around everywhere! She started being interested in walking and took her first steps on her own in Paris this summer. Once we were home from our European adventure, she decided that it was time to walk and she's been on the move since. Most photos of her now have some sort of blur happening!

We are so proud of our little miracle.