Saturday, April 11, 2009

Life is Music...Play it Louder!

Isn’t it so cool when you are working on a project and find an embellishment that has just the right sentiment or feeling you want to convey? When working on this Birthday gift for my friend, Heather, I wanted to make a cover that would bring a smile to her face and give her some inspiration. I found in my stash this wonderful deck of journaling cards from Fancy Pants Designs that have the coolest art and sayings. This stack of Designer Trading Cards “Creative Cards” was Simple Sentiments. I knew immediately the Life is Music...Play it Louder card was perfect to use on the cover. Everything else clicked from there. Most of the inside papers are from K&Company. Just love their stuff!

This is the second accordian-fold mini album I have made with one of these Martha Stewart Collection albums. I love how they fold flat, have the strap to hold them closed, and can even be taken with you. The other album was made for my husband for Father’s Day a few years ago. It is still his favorite gift to this day cause the girls and I worked on it together. 

The album and the card feature products from some of my favorite companies: K&Company, Basic Grey, Fancy Pants Designs, Glue Arts and Stampin’ Up! To see this album in entirety, click on this link to see it in my photo Gallery. Hopefully, Heather won’t see this before I get to give it to her. It has only been a couple months that we have been trying to get together. Life is kooky like that. You sometimes have the best intentions, but schedules get in the way!

So today, as Easter Sunday draws near, hopefully you have a little free time to play your “music” a little louder!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Lemonade Stand Award (thank you, Diana!)

What a cool award to receive! I thank my very talented friend Diana Foster for this great honor. You must check out her brand new blog that is packed with awesome inspiration. Now, I get to share this award with some other very deserving bloggers so that you can see their talent for yourself!

Here are my choices for the Lemonade Stand Award given for their great attitude and gratitude...

Susan Stringfellow at
Nancy Burke at
   Lindsay Weirich at
   Olena Levchenko at
   Ingvild Bolme at

To pick up your Lemonade Stand Award, comment on this blog. Cut and paste the award logo (or download the jpeg to your computer to add as a picture to your post).  Nominate 5 to 10 blogs you feel show great attitude and gratitude. Link to your nominees within your blog post. Comment on their blogs to let them know they received the award, and link back to the person who gave you the award to show your appreciation.

Enjoy a glass of fresh lemonade with a friend today!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

One Proud Mom - Ashley's Modeling Contest News

I have to admit I am one proud momma. My 15 year old daughter, Ashley, got the news on Thursday that she was selected as one of the contestants chosen to move forward in the 2009 Wet Seal Model Search Contest. With that exciting news, she had to make a one minute or less video telling why she would like to be a Wet Seal Model. So this has become a total family photos, shooting the video, blending the video and photos and posting to YouTube. They are basing part of the judging for this next round on how many people view the video by April 10th. We are a bit behind since it just went up tonight. So please follow this link and view the entire video (only a minute of your time- yes, I am you’d do the same if it was your child, too!) Below are some of her photos. In the video, they view so quickly. She has always had a love of the camera since she was little. We have many home videos with a large eyeball in the frame saying, “Close Up, Close Up!” ...definitely her destiny. Please help keep her modeling dreams alive and ask your friends and family for their help, too! She is such a sweet girl who deserves her big break!!