Monday, October 28, 2013

Card: Masculine Happy Birthday Cupcake

Happy Monday!!  I actually made some cards on Saturday -- woo hoo!!  It's been a while since I had the time. :)


I wanted something more masculine... I never seem to have enough masculine birthday cards around to give to my male family members or husband!


I distressed the Smokey Slate cardstock by running my small scissors along the edges, then crumpling up the paper and smoothing it back out.


I saw this week's Friday Mashup Eat Cake and was inspired.   I love this color combo! 



Hope you have a great week!

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Stamps: Create a Cupcake, You're Amazing
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry
Pens:  Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Basic Grey, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Grey, Smokey Slate, Coastal Cabana
Punches:  Build a Cupcake
Big Shot:  Chevron Embossing Folder
Other:  This & That Washi Tape, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, October 25, 2013

Flashback Friday // Favorite Paper Collection Edition.

So I've realized that a) I have a LOT of scrapbook layouts and mini albums I never shared here and b) it's fun to look back at my older work.  For weeks I've been tossing around the idea of sharing them here for posterity and so that some of my newer crafty friends/customers can see them.  So with that said, it's just time to jump in and start sharing these on Fridays for awhile! :) 

Earlier this week, my good crafty friend Cindy posed the question.... what's your all-time favorite paper collection?  I have a few, but the one that got the most mileage to date (by a long shot!) was Pink Paislee's 365 Degrees Collection back in 2010.  Loved the bold, classic colors and patterns.  Cindy inspired me to go back and share everything I made using it as a collection of work! :)

So here it is no particular order..... the scrapbook layouts....





 
 





Then the cards....




And an altered item to store bling in too :)


I think that is everything I made with this collection and I'm sure I still have a few scraps laying around that I could make something else with. ;)

I should note that these layouts and cards are from my pre-Stampin' Up demonstrator life! And there are plenty more where those came from too! :)

So I will ask the same question that Cindy asked....

What is your all-time favorite scrapbooking collection?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Vacation Recap: Maui, Hawaii


I can still close my eyes and remember how warm the ocean is, how beautiful the sunsets are and how gorgeous our hotel room was.  I wish we could go back again right now!  We planned this trip a little differently.  Mostly Brian handed me the RCI book, the phone number and said plan us something.  A very helpful RCI guide helped me find an available week in Maui... I didn't care where in Hawaii, just that it was in Hawaii!  We sacrificed a condo with a kitchen to take an ocean facing hotel room on the beach at the Embassy Suites Resort in Kannapali, Maui.  So worth it!

We went in October of 2003 and I was armed with my film Nikon by that point in time.... lots more photos and a lot better photos too!  Ready for this?! :)

The view from our room:




Oops no flash ;) lol
Other photos from the hotel:





The massive bathroom!  Please ignore the mess.... we didn't think to take pics until we were leaving! :)

Awesome ocean view from the bedroom!
 
The dining/living area when you first enter, bedroom/bathroom were to the left.

Sunset on the beach of our hotel.  So beautiful!
 We packed a lot into a week while we were there, so here are some of the activities we did...

Drive the northern coast of Maui:






Iao Valley:








Tropical Plantation:





Old Lahaina Luau:






Road to Hana:














Top of Haleakala Volcano:








Beach day in Wailea:




Other random photos from our trip:



Brian won a bottle of champagne on our flight to Maui for guessing with the most accuracy the time we would hit midway point of our journey.  He was within seconds? minutes?  All for a few small calculations while people wasted SO MUCH TIME trying to calculated using the entire piece of paper we were given! :)






And my favorite photos from our trip... all the plants and flowers!
























We had such a great time.  I'd love to go back! :)  So this was the second of many vacations we've taken.... I'll be back soon with the next one we took to New England in the fall!

Have you ever been to Hawaii?

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