Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Oh November...

...where have you gone? Can you believe that it is the final day of November 2011 and as of tomorrow, we'll officially be on the countdown to Christmas?!? Wowsa. Hoping with all my might that December doesn't go by quite as quickly. Wishful thinking? I like to think not.
So in honor of the last day of this very thankful month, here are a few fall themed cards and several layouts that I created with the October Hip Hit from Hip 2B Square...

Hope you all had a beautiful, creative month of November let the December festivities and projects begin!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Home Sweet Home

One of the things I'm most thankful about is the happy home I share with my fabulous husband and our big, hairy beastie, Miss Griffin. I created this mini album from the Hip 2B Square September Embellishment Kit in honor of our little home sweet home...

A bit of acrylic craft paint in bright, fun colors and some fun bits of patterned papers, chipboard, trims and miscellaneous embellishments was all it took to transform the naked chipboard album from Maya Road.

Now I just need to snap some photos of my favorite things around the house!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Vintage suitcases...

...are one of my current obsessions. I had found these two at a local rummage sale last spring for the bargain price of $0.25 a piece! They were in perfect condition and the linings were impeccable...minus a little parfum de moth balls.

 One of my sweet friends gave me this little cutie that she found at Goodwill. Love the yellow!

Since I've had these sitting around for a while, I was so excited to stumble across this tutorial from Elsie over at A Beautiful Mess...and knew instantly that I wanted my lovely suitcases to get a makeover just like hers.

For my red suitcase I chose 'Farmdale Curio' - a fun retro dot fabric from The Alexander Henry Fabrics Collection, for the green one I chose a yummy Amy Butler retro peony print from her Soul Blossoms collection and for the wee yellow one, I chose the super cute 'Petunia' fabric from Josephine Kimberling's Just Dandy collection.

TaDa! Aren't they fun?! They make me happy.

It was a super easy project and I absolutely love how they turned out! Trouble is, now I'm addicted! Can't wait to get my hands on more suitcases...

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Hip Kit Cards

Hip 2B Square's September Kit is full of soooo much Crate Paper and Lilybee Design goodness! There's also a bit of My Mind's Eye and Pebbles product tossed in and a great 'Back to School' add-on with Basic Grey product for all those first day of school pictures! A truly fantastic kit to kick-off the fall season!

Last month, Kimberly hosted her Hip 2B Square Fall Retreat at Hotel Sierra in Redmond. I had the opportunity to join the group on Saturday afternoon to teach a card workshop using the September kit products...and what fun it was! A fabulous group of ladies...a fantastic location...tons of space to spread out and scrap...awesome dinner. I wish I had been there the entire weekend!

These are the cards that we created that afternoon...

Wishing you a happy & creative Saturday, friends!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Citrus Tree Studio presents...

...not one, but two fabulous kits for November! I had the pleasure of playing with Kit #2 which features 7Gypsies "Mykonos" 8x8 Paper Pack with a touch of Pink Paislee and Kaisercraft mixed in. In addition to the fun kit, I got to play with the Fall/Winter 2011 Product Spotlight...this fantastic 'Beyond the Page Small Photo Display' from Kaisercraft.

From naked to altered...

I painted the photo display with KAISERcolour acrylic paint in 'Olive', distressed the edges just a teensy bit and then added my papers and embellishments. All papers are from the CTS November Kit #2. The vintage-looking gold foil bird (I think it might be Making Memories??), 'happy' flash card and the red/white gingham fabric (bows on the garland) are all from my stash.

This was so much fun to put together...and there are so many different things you could do with it! I think it would make a fantastic gift! You can see more details about the November kits and Product Spotlight here. Plus check out how the fabulous Melonie altered the photo display last month with the adorable 'Hayrides and Halloween' kit here. It's super cute!

Happy Monday friends!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Happy Friday!

Anyone else out there ready for the weekend??I've got a list of fun projects (a mile long) to work on...some new, some that need to be wrapped up! Sooooo ready for this weekend to begin!

Here are the cards that I created with the Hip 2B Square August kit...I sorta went card happy! But there was just so much goodness in this kit that I couldn't resist trying to use it all up! And my card stash thanks me for it.

Wishing you a terrific day & fabulous weekend ahead!