Christmas Day 3 + 10 Min Craft Dash

Love Joy Hope

I can’t remember the last time I did a color challenge. Back in the days (feels like ages ago), I used to do 2-3 of them a week and it was during those times that I met most of my current blog friends. Always great fun and I am hoping to get back into it again… or at least participate in the ones that my (old) blog friends are hosting on a more regular basis.

The other day, Dawn from WPlus9, emailed us a challenge that WPlus9 is sponsoring and while I know Paulina, I have no idea about this whole Craft Dash thing. I kind of felt like a bad paper craft blogger when I emailed Dawn with this: “So I have to create something with these colors in under 10 minutes?”

Yesterday afternoon I got to working and I got a bit stumped. I wasn’t sure what that last color is. Since I didn’t have time to ask (I had to pick M up for gym), I just winged it and just to be safe, I made two. One with a craft/tan color and another with a bit of green.

Craft Dash

What do you think? And Paulina, if you are reading this, what is that color? {::SMILES}


Now, this sentence was created about 5 minutes after the above sentence. I had to look and ponder a bit and ya know, I am almost sure the color is suppose to be red, blue and craft. Ahhh… I am out of practice {::SMILES}.

Right/wrong color, I hope you like what I have to share today and believe it or not, both cards took under 10 minutes to make (although I am almost sure that both cards were created in under 12 minutes).

Do see what the other DTs created and don’t forget to comment on Dawn’s blog for a chance to win and DO participate in this really fun challenge!

Is It Spring Yet?


It’s been gorgeous here in England. Yes there’s the occasional cloudy day or drizzle but for the most part it’s looking more and more like spring. Every time it’s nice out and there’s no appointment or play time at a little play center Jovie would ask me to drive her to the duck pond. I say drive because she has a little Kettler push bike (waaay cheaper in the UK for this bike, £49/about $80 and free shipping) that she rides almost everyday to M’s school and back. Outside our home the flowers have been blooming too and to make the inside as cheerful I bought a few bouquet from this sweet man in town.


LOVE spring! Now, if I can just get a decent haircut, a few new spring/summer outfits, I’d be all set {::SMILES}.

The above card and photo was inspired by the colors below. Aren’t the beautiful together? Kerrianne chose the colors and ahhh…. so so pretty!! Gray and yellow is gorgeous together. Toss a bit of green and a neutral color like white makes the combo perfect! Do do try this out and enter it on Dawn’s blog!

Here’s a close-up for the pattern paper. I lightly stamped it with the butterfly from the Flora and Fauna I set. Then I stamped a few of the flower stamp on the left side of the card to give the trimmed flower a more dimensional feel.


This is just a close-up of the ribbon. I tied the gray ribbon around the pattern paper first and then I tied the yellow seam binding around the gray ribbon knot and created a bow.  The button I adhere with glue dots after I got it threaded with some yellow twine.


I’ll post more later! In the mean time, I need to do edumacated shtuff with Jovie and grade students’ homework!

Shop Suggestions, Please

For You

As the title suggests, I need to get the names of UK shops, whether it be online, Cambridge, or London that sells petites sizes and more less like Anthropologie, JCrew or Ann Taylor (Loft).

Back in Missouri, I could grab clothes from Ann Taylor, without trying them on, especially pants, and they’d fit great. I love Anthropologie’s style (and that store in general, my favorite store for inspiration) although I couldn’t wear most of their long pants because I could never find a petite/short and the stuff on the sales rack can be slim pickin’ for my size. As for JCrew, their shirts fit me well. As much as I love shopping I hate clothes shopping; I hate trying things on. So when I find stores and models that fit me I stick to them.

I never buy clothes full price. I would either get them from a consignment store or on sale. I just like the stores above because they wash well and there’s ALWAYS something for me in the sales rack. I found some pants at Ann Taylor Loft for $10 once!

So far I’ve only been shopping at Boden (there’s also a US store) and learned about Joules from our neighbor friend who I think invest in that company (ha!) but I need some other suggestions (and Joules isn’t quite my style in the dress and skirt dept. although the polo and shirts + kids + wellies are cute). I’d like some dresses and skirts and for those I need to try them on because I’m all messed up in terms of fitting for those two pieces.

I tried Googling but nothing interesting came up. Thanks in advance!!!

As for the card, I made this using colors from Embellish Magazine. I also did some background stamping per their challenge request. For the background I used Versamark and then clear embossing powder. I also stamped the doily with the same stamp from WPlus9: Ever After. I LOVE this color combo. So classy don’t you think? Makes me want to get a gray pencil skirt, a white ruffly top, a yellow cardigan and black tights with some awesome almost to the knee high boots (with a bit of heels).


Cardstock: Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: WPlus9 Ever After and sentiment from Woodgrain Silhouette
Accessories: Seam binding from Etsy, doily from Walmart, flower from some craft store somewhere in the UK (I forgot where), embossing powder
Pattern paper: The flower was cut from a GCD Studio piece
Ink: Versamark and black


WPlus9 Color Challenge

Do you keep your craft room/studio/office tidy? You know my space isn’t big so I have to stack a few things but man, one thing I hate about paper crafting is the mess that I accumulate after one project. When I crop I have this habit of tidying up after each page and I try to do a bit of that at home too but often time I find things ending up stacked up (neatly) on one corner of my table. What do you do?

Today I have a little card for WPlus9’s color challenge: Red, aqua, yellow and vanilla/cream/off-white. For this piece I used Magical Moment and Background basic II. The design’s pretty simple. I was trying to go for the simple but fun. I’m not sure if I captured it but I like it. It’s CAS but with some bulk.

Color Cue 7, WPlus9

Today is yard day. I’ve decided to just stay home and do yard work. Our landlord hires a gardener to mow the lawn, tidy it up now and then and to rake the leaves but the bush trimming only comes every so often and they need some love. There are other things that I need to do too. They’ve been neglected because we’ve been out and about almost everyday. IKEA isn’t going anywhere. They’ll be another time!

I hope your Sunday’s fabulous!! Have a goodie!!

Another Color Cue!

Bay Window

I don’t own a weight scale. I have these pants that I use to gauge whether or not I’ve exceeded my weight limit. So far these pants still fit me although they’re probably 1/8″ a bit too tight. Which means I need to start working out again. It’s probably a good thing I don’t own a scale. I’d probably be on it ALL the time. Before and after #2 (I might even do it after #1 if my bladder was really full). Before and after a shower — wet and dry. Each time I did a few push-ups or after I get back from taking M to school — we walk ya know (hubby said: Yes, like two blocks!). I’d weigh myself too much — each time I pass by it — if we own a scale. The crazy part is that I might just remove all that’s on me if the scale got a bit high… maybe by 2 oz… so that it can show me what I want to see: 105lbs (about 47.5-48 kilo). A lot of people think I’m a nut case cause I get freaked out about getting big. But I eat A LOT. Clouds know. She’s amazed ha ha!! I’m just afraid that one day I’d wake up and poof.

Hubby always rolls his eyes when after I start working out I’d yell out the next day: I LOST TWO POUNDS!!! I do. It’s weird. I can loose a couple of pounds the first two days of working out and then I won’t loose anymore.

Before I thought that working from home would be the shit. I did it a few days here and there at my Missouri job. It was nice. Dropped the kids off, made my coffee and I’d sit on the couch with my laptop… or on the table if I have to do a lot of mouse work. I’d have lunch and that’s it. Now that I work from home part-time, not only do I have J Therese (it’s rarely Jovie now because she’s always into trouble. Jovia Therese got too long and so now it’s J Therese + mean voice + mean look each time she comes near the dogs’ water bowl or the steps) I also have the refrigerator and pantry. The damn British cookies are going to kill me. The tea and coffee too. Oh, I found these double cream at the grocery store and a bit of it with my coffee is DIVINE!!! I am the French press coffee goddess now because of the cream. The best part… it’s 48% fat per so many milli liter… which I have no idea what that friggin means. The 48% doesn’t seem good though but my taste buds say YES YES YES, MORE MORE MORE! It’s terrible when each time I get up I feel like I need to make a stop in the kitchen… and not to clean. I am going to gain 10 cookie + cream pounds and be diabetic (I like a bit of sugar in my drinks) by new year if I don’t control myself and not start working out. Do I get a lot done? No. That’s why I stay up late… with late night snacks and tea.

While I am only off by 1/8″, more less, I am going to start the P90x program again. All my computers are working now and I just need to shove a few things aside so that I can have some leg room. I still think the guy is annoying and I really don’t like yoga but I’m going to do it again!

Page details:

I made this page using WPlus9’s colors: aqua, orange, green brown. Great colors and I was glad I could incorporate them into a page! I used a VERY old Scarlet Lime kit… Nov.’08. The sketch is Pencil Lines #189.

Color Cue 5

Before I get to the details, I know a few of you card makers commented about wanting to start scrapbooking. A lot of the challenge it seems is the area. The 12×12 seems daunting. Well there are a few ways to get over this. Start with a mini. I’ve cut a 12×12 cardboard into six pieces to create a 12-6×4 page mini. Minis are fun and it’s making me want to do one or two now!

You can do a smaller book, like 6×6 or 8×8. I like the 8×8 better. Just a bit more room by the time you put a photo in there (usually 4×6 or smaller for me). Last, go with the 12×12 and pick a smaller area to work on like I did here. Technically I was only working on about an 8×8 area which also gives the page some nice white (or polka dots) space.

I know you have many photos. Pick one or two up that inspires you and scrapbook!

For the below I just layers a few things on the bottom right. Except for the stamped image (WPlus9 Woodgrain Silhouette) everything came from Scarlet Lime. My mom actually showed me how to make those flowers a few years ago when she came to visit and I hope to make some of my own here soon!!

Bay Window

When adhering things like buttons or plastic shapes I like to use glue dots or Scotch permanent tape (foam/regular double sided tape). For example the butterfly is too small for tape so I used the small glue dot for it. The button is a wider area and on it I used the foam tape. Stock up when you see these essentials on sale!!

Bay Window

I love pattern papers where I can cut out. Like the leaves and butterfly. These types of paper make great and inexpensive embellishments. A lot of them are on sale too because if you look at the whole page they kind of look a bit much… or even ugly… but once trimmed out, they’re perfect! You can embellish them with all sorts of stuff. Buttons with some thread/twine/jute are my favorite.

Bay Window

One last thing… colors are fun but it can take away one’s attention from the photograph. To avoid this try b/w photos on colorful paper and embellishments. Not only will you have colors but your photo(s) will still stand out!

Have a great day and do join WPlus9’s challenge for some great fun and prize!!