Friday, November 23, 2012

A Long Awaited Update- but lots of projects to make up for it ;)

Hi everybody!

I'm so sorry it's been so long since I posted......long and very busy month at work and i have barely had a chance to relax, let alone blog!  But I do have many projects (late projects but still!) to share.

First up, Little Black Dress's November kit is awesome!  It's got fun bright colors and I just adore the mask it came with as well; but mostly I'm obsessed with the OA alphas.  ADORE.  Here are my layouts for this month:

Boom, bright awesome colors! I just loved this kit, so perfect for layouts about my energetic and busy little Charlie man.

Now onwards!  Here's a layout I made using Pretty Little Studio banners and tags that I've just plum forgotten to share until now

And a layout about Charlie playing in the snow last winter, made using Noel Mignon's kit "Cabin Fever"

And last but not least one of my favorite recent layouts-- a layout about my parents 30 yr wedding anniversary that happenned this year.  Aren't they just the cutest?  I took a "Discover Your Scrap Style" class over at NM taught by Virginia Tillery and this layout is made from the coordinating class kit.

And of course I have more layouts I've done but I haven't photographed them yet so they'll have to wait :)  Hopefully these 8 layouts make up for my 8 week absence from blogging!  I hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving and I will be back to share more soon--

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Sometimes I hate Connecticut

It's true.  Sometimes I hate the stupid high cost of living in this darn state, and constantly being broke (Hmmm should I buy gas or groceries tomorrow?).  However, some days I decide that living in  New England rules pretty hard, especially when it's the fall.  There are so many fun activities right around the corner from my house, I've been having such a nice time bringing my Charlie to all of them.  So far, here is what we've accomplished on my Fall Bucket List

Lymans Orchard
Buttonwood Farms
Corn Maze
Petting Zoo
Chester Fair
Picking out Pumpkins
Jump in Leaf Pile
Carving Pumpkins
Apple cider and Cider Donuts
Clyde’s Cider Mill
Trick or Treat
Fall Cookies
Pick Apples
Leaf Art
Fall Drinks
Pumpkin Cupcakes
Family Portrait

For the record....the recipe for the Brown Butter Pumpkin cupcakes (with cinnamon cream cheese frosting) was one I found on Pinterest and higgggghly reccomend.  YUM!  GO HERE to make 'em

Today Charlie, my friend Kim, and myself went to a farm with a petting zoo, hay rides, pumpkin patches, and lots of big tractors.....oh and freakin apple fritters.  Holy christ those apple fritters.  DEEEElicious.  Was a really fun Fall Day.  I still think CT is too damn expensive but at least we have fun stuff like that!  

Here are some pictures from a trip to Lyman's Orchards that we took a couple weeks ago :) What are you guys doing to celebrate fall?

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Little Black Dress October Kit Projects

Hi everyone! I'm stopping by to share my LBD October Kit projects!  I love the pinks, greens and blue in this kit, really fun and bright colors to work with!

I love how just adding some orange cardstock gave this kit an entirely different Halloween feel!

And a little belated nod to National Card Making Day!

Friday, October 5, 2012

American Crafts Guest Designer!

Hi everyone!!! Well a few weeks ago I got an email from Paige Evans (the American Crafts Blog Hostess) asking me to be a Guest Designer-- super exciting!  Even better? I got to work with the *amazing* Dear Lizzy Fifth and Frolic Collection....does it get any sweeter?  Today the post goes live and you can see it HERE

This collection is gooooorgeous, the accessories are perfection, and it is so versatile-- I was shocked by all the different color combinations I was able to pull out of the papers; it works great for masculine and feminine projects. 

Here are three layouts i made using the collection--

Here's a simple card:

And since I love to make wreaths I decided to make a wreath as my project!  I knew I wanted to do an ombre wreath but I thought it would be cool to add in color/shape gradations as well.  So the wreath transitions from white --> dark pink --> white but then the little flowers also slowly transition to large butterflies going clockwise. 

I was able to get all of these projects completed in 72 hours thanks to the help of my  husband Robb (thanks mister!) who watched Charlie and stayed up late last night taking photographs for me.  Also a big thanks to my carpool buddy Kim who helped me punch butterflies on the drive to and from work yesterday when I was short on time :D

I hope you like my projects, I loved working with this collection!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Little Black Dress Kit Club- Sneaks!

Hi everyone!!

Well, I told you I'd be back for some more news didn't I?  Well, the good news is that I was asked to be on the Little Black Dress Kit Club Design Team!  Wahoo!  Their kits are super awesome and really unique, which is what I really love about them.  They include some really cool one of a kind vintage items that really get my mojo goin!  I can show you my five finished layouts on Oct 7th but until then, here are some sneaks!

I'll be back on Friday for even more good news :)  

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Crate Paper Challenges

Hi everyone!  Well my husband and I are too darn busy to be able to do a layout photo session so I'm saying "screw it!" and just posting the crappy cell phone pics that I have.  Sorry for the icky photos, but otherwise you'd be waiting months to see 'em haha.

Anyways, I decided to play along with the two most recent challenges at the Crate Paper blog.  This project is for the "All Natural/Woodgrain" challenge.  While this layout didn't win you might have seen it featured on the Crate Paper blog ;)

I made the starbust design myself using gray, white grid, and wood grain papers.  I thought these pictures of Charlie standing next to an old wooden shed fit the theme nicely.  Plus he looks cute.  Double win.  All of the layouts I'm sharing today are from this past Easter, Charlie wore a bow tie and looked oh so dapper.

This layout was for the color challenge: Salmon, Carnation Pink, and Taupe.  Bah, too many pink color challenges IMO but I went for it anyways with a super simple Easter layout.

And lastly, a page for fun using Noel Mignon's kit "Primrose Lane".  

That's all I got for today, check back later in the week for more projects!  Have a great Sunday :)


Monday, September 17, 2012

Shower Graffiti and Pinterest

Hey everyone!

Have you guys bought the bath time crayons for your little ones yet?  You can get em cheap at Target so I decided to buy a set because Charlie (being two) just loves to color.  But man, he's been getting out of control lately.  A few nights ago I went to go wash my face before bed (after Dad had given Charlie his bath) and this is what I found

And a few nights after that.....

 How rude!  Although I'm impressed by his spelling and drawing skills, I would prefer he not be applying his considerable talents towards devil worship and "Parents Drool" type sentiments....

In other news.  I'm on Pinterest.  Have been for ages but kept forgetting to mention it here.  You're probably there too!  Add me!  Username: GlueMeetsPaper.

In other, other news, one of my layouts has been making the rounds on Pinterest and has over 1600 repins.  Pretty nifty!  I'd share it here but it's "Out for Publication", although Pinterest doesn't count apparently?  I know of no way to take it down at least.  anyways, thought that was pretty cool!  Thanks for pinning my stuff ladies :D

Hope all is well!  I promise I'll share some scrappy goodness soon :)


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Pretty Much the Best Invention Ever

Yup, that's Charlie.  Yup, he's doing a respiratory treatment 100% by himself.  Just chillin out watching some Thomas the Train.  So, you ask, what made this glorious moment possible?  THE VEST!

OMG. Love his vest.  LOVE it.  Charlie was just deemed old enough at 2 to get a respiratory therapy vest and it is amaze.  Basically, it's a vest is connected to a big air compressor (see the big thick tubes in the photo).  Then the air compressor starts, puffs up the vest, and starts shaking Charlie around like a paint can. This loosens up all of his mucus very effectively without the need for manual chest clapping!!!!  (oh btw if you're new, Charlie has CF, blah blah go here to learn more blah blah).  So instead of having to wrestle a squirmy and busy two year old boy we just put on his vest, give him his nebulizer to hold in front of his face (which amazingly he does?! Even when we're not in the room?) and boom.  He's good to go.  Which gives me 20min free to do other crap; like dishes and laundry (of course I check in about every 3-5 minutes).

So woot!  If you invented The Vest, you are my hero.

In scrappy news, I have lots of layouts to share but Robb's been busy with Senior Portraits and Weddings to take pictures of them for me.  I will share by the end of the month tho.  I also have some exciting Guest Designer and new Design Team news but can't share quite yet!  Soon tho!  And of course both of those commitments have projects due within 2 days of each other (and I'm still waiting on boxes) so I'm going to be feverishly scrapping once those boxes come in.  Can't wait though, it'll be fun fun fun!  I'll share more details when I can :)  That's it for today, hope you all had a great weekend!


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Garden Party Themed Bridal Shower

Hello hello!  I'm here to share some photos of the Garden Party themed Bridal Shower I co-hosted a few weeks ago for my friend.  My mom was nice enough to let us host it at her home, because she has the worlds best backyard garden :)  These pics were taken before the party but it gives you an idea of what we were working with hehe

gorgeous huh?  My mom does that all herself!  My dad is also a metal sculptor and they have a friend of the family that blows glass, so you'll see a lot of cool artwork and blown glass around the garden too.

The day of the party it was raining on and off so a lot of the decorations we planned ended up being inside instead of outside.  For example, these awesome sewing hoops that my friend made were supposed to hang from the trees outside, but we ended up with them in the living room instead.  That same friend also made about a thousand awesome crepe paper roses as decor (I stopped by to help her and I was there for 4 hours and made like two.  They took FOREVER, but were so cool). They were in vases all throughout the house

All the food was set up outside.  We used mismatched ivory lace tableclothes for all the tables.  The drinks were either a hard lemonade or regular lemonade, served in white carboys alongside mason jars and striped straws.  cute right?!  Can't really see in the photo but it looked nice, I promise!

On the menu was 

Crudite Platter with Green Goddess Dip and Carmelized Onion Dip
Chicken Satay Skewers w peanut sauce
Prosciutto wrapped roasted asparagus
Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella skewers
Stuffed Mushrooms (bride to be fav)
Three types of mac and cheese (Lobster, Jalapeno and bacon, and regular...another bride to be fav)
Cheese platter (and I don't skimp when it comes to a cheese was probably my favorite part lol)

I wish I had more photos of the food but I was too busy cooking!  As soon as everyone finished eating it started downpouring so we pretty much had to run everything back inside as fast as possible, so no photo ops!

In terms of decorations:

First, I made garland and a banner to hang.  The garland was hand punched and sewn from hundreds of little birds and butterflies.  I thought it was pretty funny that the bride to be didn't realize I had made the garland myself and just assumed I bought it ;)  I really liked how delicate it looked, especially alongside the sewing hoops with the lace ribbon.

I also made a banner that said "From Miss to Mrs" on it that hung over the entrance way.  You can see the dessert table in these photos (the best part IMHO)

And here's the dessert!  One of the other bridesmaids is an amazing baker and she put together the entire table (including vases of the bride to be's favorite candy!) was not only GORGEOUS, it was delicious! I ate far too many of those damn cupcakes (um red velvet, can you blame me??)

The favors were little seed planters, matching the brides colors (blue and orange)

And heres a photo of some of us :)  Were all scientists together at Protein Sciences, the girl on the left made the desserts, the girl in the middle is the bride to be, and the girl on the right is yours truly (I know.  my boobs looked awesome that day)

Here's some of us bridesmaids in the garden (once it stopped raining!)

And in case you missed the first posts, here are the invitations I sent and a butterfly wreath I made for decor :)  

Alrighty! That's it for today, hope you like seeing what we came up with :) Sorry for the crappy pictures, I wish Robb had been there to photograph the occassion but someone had to watch Charlie!  Be back with more layouts to share soon!