*GASP* Layouts to share!

It has been MONTHS since I've even thought about blogging anything! Even crazier is that I actually have layouts to share! I've been on and off the project life bandwagon lately and my hands have been getting dirty, i mean happy with mixed media projects, but there I am with LAYOUTS!

I really enjoyed creating a few layouts! The last layout was based on the BPM guest dt sketch! Working on a few mini album assignments and an event i have been commissioned to design, but then i think it might be time to do some serious 12x12 sessions! 

Hope this week is treating everyone well!



While I haven't made blogging a priority lately, I have made crafting. Lots of cutting on the cameo, glitter, rolls and rolls of  scotch atg tape, a few paper cuts, and so on... CHA projects and holiday gifts are keeping my desk messy and fingers a little dirty. 

With the exception of husband & the kiddos, we have a completely handmade holiday this year. The projects I'm most proud of were the ones which resulted out of challenges. My uncle and cousin are impossible to buy for, nevermind craft for. BUT I DID IT! VICTORY! 

Last weekend was the bake-a-thon. No less than 40 dozen cookies were made using about 15 sticks of butter for family friends and co-workers. Only one minor injury was sustained during this process.

I have been working on a december daily album, but this year i took a short cut in hopes of just finishing it this year. The holiday SMASH book from K&Co is perfect for me this year. AND i've managed to keep it mostly up to date. But, thats another post.

So... how's it goin?


Pikachu Says HELLO!

If your house is anything like our house, you're constantly finding (read: stepping on) small (pointy) toys (with your delicate, bare feet)...  Like many of the things in my house, I have taken to gluing these health hazards to other things.... like canvas... and stuff.....

Have you repurposed anything lately? I always seem to have lofty goals for re-invention, but it ends in infinite piles of projects waiting to be started/finished. Speaking of, this whole craftroom "redo" has lead to a large pile of unfinished projects that i will start posting once the room is finished... which may be never, but its a good idea....

Happy 4th and sunshine&bunnies,


short and sweet!

I have a new blog post up over at Hydrangea Hippo featuring a couple very sweet projects made with the fabulous Petals & Pigtails kit that can be found in the Hydrangea Hippo Etsy Shop!

happy friday!


a pinterest worthy event

This past weekend, along with a handful of other families from the boy's school, I helped host a very fun Newlywed Game Party. This party served as a fundraiser for our elementary school as a sign up party at the PTA's annual auction. The home we hosted the party at was beautiful and a great (and EASY) location for the party. Decorations were minimal, but another host brought adorable succulents in painted tin cans (thank you Pintrest!) I gave the party's menu the old college try and ended up with the following:

Mixed Greens Salad
Brie on Pita Crisps w/ either honey/fig preserves/green onions
Spinach Artichoke Dip served with Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
Cheesy Pesto Bread
Potato Nests w/ Salmon Dip
Mini Lasagnas
Basil Hummus
Tomato / Mozerella skewers
Simple Shrimp Skewers

For Dessert I did Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes and Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes.

I have recipes to share for pretty much all of this, but today I wanted to keep it simple and share a quick recipe for the cheesy garlic pesto bread because I am 100% certain it belongs at every backyard BBQ and family get together we are having this summer! That and we're getting into that time of year where basil grows like weeds around here.

Garlic Pesto Cheesy Bread

1 Loaf French Bread
5 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1/2c+ Pesto
8oz Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Make deep cuts every 1/2 inch to 1 inch down the length of the loaf of bread. Your cuts should be all the way down the sides, but not cut down the bottom of the loaf. Mix the garlic and pesto together. Between each slice in your bread insert a generous teaspoon of the pesto mixture. Stuff the cheese between the slices and put the remaining cheese on top of the loaf. 

Wrap the loaf in toil and bake at 350° for 20-30 minutes until the cheese is all melted. You can also throw the foil wrapped bread onto the grill. Just keep an eye on it as heat and cooking times will vary.

You can find the printable recipe here. Now, go forth and enjoy some garlic pesto cheesy bread!


Sunshine & Fresh Laundry

This week is flying by. I was going to start stroller strides today, but thought i should take advantage of not having other reasons that i must leave. We can always take a walk in a bit and try out the classes tomorrow.

The Sampler revealed the may2013 kit today. Its super fun and a touch funky. I'm hoping to get some project life with it done. Yay!

Squish is down for a nap so I'm thinking i should hang more laundry and do some pta house keeping... Did i mention that i will be the pta vice president for this coming school year... Yea, that's happening.



mellow this monday

Things are pretty tame around here this week. This makes me hopeful for all the awesome things I can get done... like cleaning... and cooking... and crafting... and cleaning...

I finally feel like things are winding down, but at the same time other things are gearing up. I'm pretty sure at this point that when people have relaxing weekends, they are lying. I have no idea when the last time I had a relaxing weekend day was. Between get togethers, birthday parties, errands, planning, chores, etc we have had enjoyable weekends. just busy. and i do not see them stopping. Never mind that this summer is going to be amazing between road trips, birthday parties, visiting family, camping and i'm sure more. and by amazing i mean to say amazingly busy...

Another thing to look forward to this summer will be the HEAT. I hate to be one of those who talks about the weather, but its been fairly flippin hot for this time of year here. Not cool weather. Literally, not cool. On that note, the flowers around here (and even in the yard!) are stunning. ok, maybe not in the yard... but they're thriving too!

I have a teeny sneak peak to share from The Sampler Kit Club! The May2013 kit is full of fun colors and happy thoughts and shinies! I am super looking forward to the full reveal and playing with goodies!

Its about 78F outside right now and all I can think about is happy hour at a local tacqueria right now... Something I fully plan on taking advantage of this summer! I think its time to work on our summer "bucket list" as a buddy of mine calls it.



Hydrangea Hippo & 100 Proof Press BLOG HOP!

Today Hydrangea Hippo is hopping along with 100 Proof Press and sharing some amazing projects! I FINISHED a *gasp* project life layout using stamps from 100 Proof Press and bits and bobs from the flippin cute Sweet Girl Mixed Media Kit from Hydrangea Hippo!

I've been doing a lot of mixing lately on my pages. I'm finding it impossible to just quit 12x12 layouts cold turkey and there are only so many times I can fill a 2x3 sleeve with what we ate for a snack....no offense.

Anchors are totally trending right now and I LOVE the anchor stamp from 100 Proof Press! I cut little corners from my scrap pieces of ribbon from the Hydrangea Hippo mixed media kit to add a little more color to this card.

On the strip where i typically put my "week of" date marker, I used a lighter color aqua ink and tthe circle of dots stamp all over the strip to make a subtle pattern. Its just enough to not make it boring. or something. 

I swapped ink colors to stamp the month-day-year stamp which I'm fairly certain is my new go to date stamp for my project life albums. A touch of Hydrangea Hippo lace and some baby staples make the card just girlie enough...

I repeated my idea of a stamped background but added the circle of stars with the other stamp and in a darker blue.

Don't forget to keep hoping down the trail to the other blogs! There are some amazing prizes in store!








Holly (**you are here**)

100 Proof Press



Supplies Used: 
Kraft Cardstock 
Tiny Attacher 
Black Gel Pen


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