Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memorial Day OWH Blog Hop

Have a very blessed Memorial Day!! Please remember to take time to think about and be thankful for the sacrifices of our military men and women.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Two birthday cards

Two birthday cards I made awhile back. This past week or so I have finally started to make some more cards - so glad to be over the morning sickness!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My warm, winter, white Challenge for MPTS

I made a journal for baby Bean! I love that my husband and I are writing down some thoughts and memories as we wait for our little bean. I used some fabric for the cover from my grandmother's stash.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

2011 here we come!

2011 is going to be big for the Bean family...we are expecting Baby Bean in July!! We are so excited and can't wait to meet "BB".  I have decided to start a 365 project on Feb. 1 to record our life before baby, my pregnancy cravings and growing belly, and our life as we adjust to baby.  I was going to order Becky Higgin's Project Life kit, but they had sold out on Amazon.  Instead I ordered her page protectors and blank journaling cards and will make a personalized 365 project. I am really excited about being able to change up the colors and design as the year progresses (and using up some goodies out of my stash!!). 

I decided to start on Feb. 1st because (1.) I am finally starting to get over morning sickness and I have more energy :)   (2.) It coincides with start of Willette's "The Joy of Love" photography class. I can't wait to expand my photography skills and use our new camera!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

7Gypsies Hawaii

I am finally getting around to posting some pictures of my 7Gypsies photo tray I used for some of our Hawaii photos and collected trinkets.  I love the way it turned out and I especially love the sea glass in several of the slots. The background paper is an October Afternoon paper pack. The corrugated cardboard is from a Starbucks coffee holder.
Sea glass and a post card photo of the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

I used seam binding ribbon and 7Gypsies Travel stickers. The quotes are perfect.

"Aloha" and the maps I used were cut out from a coaster and bag from the Kona Brewery.

I love the little seashells on the ribbon!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Operation Write Home bloghop!

Welcome everyone to Operation Write Home's Veteran's Day Valentine Bloghop!
Why would it be a Valentine's Day blop hop with Christmas right around the corner? Because the deadline to send in Christmas cards to Operation Write Home has already passed - but you still have time to send in Valentine's Day cards (until January 7th).

Another way to help out Operation Write Home and our troops is to vote for OWH - they could win some BIG money to help send packages to our military men and women. You can vote once every 24 hours - so lets show some support!

I decided to do a non-traditional Valentine's Day card.
I have really loved using coffee and tea stamps. So cute!

Now hop on over to Genevieve at for the next card - ADORABLE!

Have a very blessed day!

Friday, October 1, 2010

MPTS October Challenge

I had a lot of fun designing a project for the More Paper Than Shoes challenge this month.
The details for the challenge....

NO ORANGE or Yellow!!!
These two colors CANNOT be used on your project!!!
Supplies: Glitter and ribbon
Embellishment: Hand made flower
Technique: embossing
Surface: ANY
I picked up these tins and My Mind's Eye paper and brads from Archivers. I picked up the wood grain paper from Hobby Lobby.

My homemade flower. I layered black paper, tulle, graphic paper, and a My Mind's Eye brad.

I used lots of Stickles to add glitter all over.

I chose a color scheme of black, brown, cream, and green. I love the color combo!

This stamp was embossed with black powder.

A small tag album that fits inside the tin.

Happy Fall everyone!

Make sure you stop by More Paper Than Shoe's blog to check out the rest of the design team's projects!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

More Paper Than Shoes September Challenge

It's time again to reveal the More Paper Than Shoes challenge! This month's theme was a challenge for me! It took me a long time to figure out how everything was going to come together....but when it did - I LOVED it! Such a great idea for a challenge. Here are the details....

Theme: Rustic (Rusty Bucket)
Supplies: Metal and Twine (any kind of rope).
Surface: ANY
Technique:Torn paper

For the "rusty bucket", I thought of an old bucket now being used to collect seashells and beach treasures. I bought the mini bucket from the Dollar Tree and let my husband's inner-craftiness come out by having him cut the bucket in half for me. I attached it to the carboard base with Glossy Accents (love the stuff).

I used the torn paper technique by "distressing" a recycled cardboard box so that the corrugated inside shows through. I really like the rough look of the torn cardboard. A tutorial on how to alter cardboard can be found here.

The twine part of the challenge was incorporated in attaching the 7Gypsies stickers to the binder ring.

I hope ya'll will play along this month with the More Paper Than Shoes challenge. Head over to the blog and share a link with to project.  You should also check out the MPTS forum - lots of awesome ideas and projects are being shared!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Family Photos

We did it - we finally got family photos done by a photographer! This was actually the first time Preston and I have had a professional photo shoot - a gift from Preston for our 6th anniversary. Photos were taken by Jenna from She was so much fun to work with and I squeak with excitement every time I look at them. Love, love, love them! (She even captured the elusive "Preston smile" hehe)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

More Paper Than Shoes August Challenge

So here is the first challenge for the MPTS design team..... Vintage Paris. Woohoo!
What a perfect challenge for me! I created this project using some pictures and goodies I collected on a trip I took to Paris with my mom in 2008. (Love you mom!)

The rules...
1. Vintage Paris themed
2. Use arcylic paint, metal, and fabric
3. Utilize crackle technique

So I decided to make some cards for my 7gypsies photo carousel....

One of my favorite pages. I love the Prima flower on this one.  I used the crackle paint on the black backround - love the way it finishes off the page and gives it that vintage feel (I used Tim Holtz's Rock Candy crackle paint). For all of my photos, I used an action called "butterscotch vintage" created by Rita at

Close-up of the flower - love it!

I have enjoyed collecting lots of different types of laces. It looks so pretty on so
many different kinds of projects.

This page has three of the challenges. I used white acrylic paint to cover up some of the patterend paper to create a spot for some journaling. I used a euro coin as the center of the paper flower and also used the crackle paint on the background here.

I decided to use photos that represented a lot of the places we visited. One of my favorites was The Musee D'Orsay.  A wonderful time with mom and so many beautiful pieces of art.  To make a place for all of the ticket stubs and such, I made the backgrounds of all of the pages into pockets to slip in a tag.

All of the tulips were blooming around France - so beautiful to see spring in Paris!
I ruffled some fabric to make a border for the tulip page.
The black and cream page is actually flocked paper - the texture of the page is awesome!!

All of the paper I used for this project was from a paper pack (from Hobby Lobby) called "Paris Nights". It had some really awesome papers in the collection and was the perfect colors for a vintage paris project.

I think these are my two favorite pages.  I just loved how they turned out and cherish the memories these photos represent for me.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my pages! I would love to hear what you think!