Saturday, August 9, 2014

Super Cool Summer time XO

do you see this? i live 15 min give or take away from this. it's all i know. the sand, the salty air and the blue sea is home to me. and this is only my second time this year that i sit and relax & enjoy this.  It's funny because people vacation in san diego year round. they come to enjoy this. soak it all up and have fond memories of it when snow storms hit back home. i'm thankful for this everyday goodness. kickin back i realized i need to do a summer time love stamp set because oh my look how good summer is!!! Pretty freakin awesome my friends.

so i doodled away and i hand wrote that "You're Cool" stamp & the rest of the stamp set :) LOVE!!! mixed in some ever popular shapes like pineapples and ice cream cones. And yeah, you're welcome summer. You're my fav.

Mixin' it up:
paper love + stamp love
I also feel a donut stamp set coming on ;)
any donut lovers out there? you are my kind of people lol!

i made some cute packaging for the stamps ( some are just a random mix but they are so cheery and perfect for gifting or storing personal items )

pineapple bags have me swooning

i think the best part of summer is the refreshments and fresh produce. what i like to do to keep cool when temperatures reach a balmy 90 degrees is eat fresh cold fruit and eat lots of ice cream. :) And ice cream on packaging is always a win i think. adorbs right? Popsicle bags are available in the shop!

We have a rule in our home that i made up: We eat our ice cream with sprinkles and have no regrets. Sometimes before dinner. always with a smile. it's like our new motto and i'm not getting any negative feedback. :) lol!  Summer is too short, enjoy it while it lasts lovelies! 

I'm giving away a set of these cute pineapple bags via my instagram  if you'd like a chance to enter and win. It's open to international entries and I pick a winner this Monday morning ! 

Happy celebrating + crafting + living + loving

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Paper playing & kit love

I've been holding onto these photos from Mother's Day and waiting for a layout to magically come together. I had laundry to tackle and a million other excuses but I branched out! I'm not usually a 4x6 picture girl but this Project life page protector was calling my name. I printed the photos here at home. What's funny is that i hung the page protector up in my laundry nook. Washi taped the thing to my cupboards while I did laundry. Pondered a bit. Moved the pictures & cards around. Pondered a bit more... and the page came together ! All this while multi tasking lol!  NEVER happens. it's quite an accomplishment. but hey, a girls gotta do laundry AND get some paper crafting in. :)

My favs from the page above are using the stamps in this kit and made an intro/ title card using a simple piece of white paper that I pre printed my journaling on. I stamped the shapes on to add a design to the card. I love it!  I also love the pic of little r and I.  i have to ask for kisses from my little cute punk. he then wipes his mouth. The irony here is that HE's the one giving the sloppy messy kisses and WE have to wipe the kisses/slobber off. hahahaa! I think he saw everyone he gave a kiss to do this and now he does it. its sad. but i do love those sloppy kisses. Also, if you're in the san diego area and hungry, please do yourself a favor and visit Soda & Swine . My request this year to have my mother's day dinner and we really enjoyed it! Also, had to include a picture of my mother's day present, a huge succulent! I scored this beauty from Home Depot and it cost less $6 and she's bigger than my face. pretty awesome.

i was at michael's the other day on the hunt for different project life page protectors and I came across a small package of them. I love this smaller look mixed in with the 4x4 picture size. Still small & still cute. So i filled the page up with a few cards from The Make It Lovely kit and printed my photos to 4x4. I even got a bit crazy and added a few graffiti specks like I used to do on everything i used to make. reining it in a bit and love the clean contrast with the specks of grungy black.  Sometimes as a mom i have to celebrate when i "dress up" because i almost aways look mangy. hahaa! So this page is about my new digs and my loves, my little r and a fresh bouquet of peonies. So lovely. Too bad i can't grow peonies. and that they aren't a year round flower, i think they're the worlds most loved flower. or at least instagram's lol!

And our leisurely page. LOVE the mix of 3x4 sandwiched in between 2 4x6 pictures. this is just us enjoying the beach one dinner night. stopped off at a drive thru for some hamburgers + had a fun time resting, playing in the sand and watching the sun set. Ironically, you'd think because we live in san diego, we do this a lot but we don't. sad but true. i know that this is something we shouldn't take for granted and this day, we didn't. hooray for the little things!

My fav thing was that in the kit i made these pre made cards with gold dots and i added a simple mini picture to it to complete the card. i love quick design :) and the vellum card was a easy peasy. the card comes in 3x4 size, you get another piece of vellum/paper a bit larger than 3x4 sew or glue the edges ( like a U shape around the edges, leaving the top open.) fill the pocket with sequins. In this case i had left over gold circles + glitter + black glitter +sequins and then sewed/glued the top together. To finish off the pocket card you trim the edges of the card to the 3x4 size. It's the coolest. love all that goodness just dancing around the pocket :)

So that was nice, i love sharing completed projects. i've got way to many on my list to finish up but this was fun! I also wanted to share the packaging I created for these kits. I used the stamps in the kit to decorate the mini kraft boxes the paper kit comes in. Then i made copies of one of my favorite thrifted B&W pictures I bought at an antique store of these lovelies sunbathing. they look so calm doing summer right. pretty cute. i also added a fun tag with a bit of fabric on it and tied it all together with a pretty gold cord. Hope you love it!

If you'd like to buy a kit i have the last 2 kits available here with free shipping (domestically) + 20% off  that ends tomorrow night. Hopefully this helps motivate you to print your awesome photos and get some great multi tasking done ;) and some cool pages into your album. 

Happy weekend lovelies!


Monday, June 30, 2014

Make Today Lovely

I've had this paper kit on my mind for the past couple of months. I kept going back to the colors. the patterns. i worked on it, painted + designed + cut etc when i found the time. and then i was ready. i was about to take photos with Mona and the battery flashed. and what's even better? i couldn't find my camera charger. after almost 9 years i finally lost the battery charger. hhahahahaaa!

thanks me. i'm great at losing stuff. I'm actually surprised i hadn't lost it before. so hi 5 for that. ;)
I often recruit the mr. to help me find what i'm looking for. (poor guy) so yay! he found another battery charger online and he's totally earned the title, the best MR. hahaa :)

so back to the kit...

i have photos now to share and i'm so happy to actually be able to show it to you too. that always helps. hehee. 

currently still loving black + bold patterns + gold + handmade

i'm always trying to add different elements to my project life pages and these all seemed fun and new. So far i'm working on 3 pages right now using this kit. it's good! 

it sure feels good to have stuff to document. mostly the pictures i take on my phone. not the best quality but i'll take it. all of my pages include small photos anyway and i'm not blowing anything up so you cant see any distortion so i'm a happy girl.

here's to happy days + every day goodness + xoxo + good times. we all have a few of those to share :)

so far my pages are about mother's day, a day at the beach and a few photos with my little r. so silly and so ordinary but thats us. i love looking at his reaction so far as he's watching the pages come together. he says" hey mama! that's me! rafael!" hahaa! makes me feel SO good to be back again playing with paper. it was the right time. so good. :)

the paper kit can be found via Inspire Lovely Etsy
I only made a handful of these kits so once they are gone well, they're gone. ( i've got half sold already.) They ship free (domestically) and are 20% this week ONLY. 

i'm off to work on some cool packaging ideas for these kits. i love this part!
so excited :) happy monday lovelies!!! happy almost July!


Monday, June 16, 2014

My Favorite Pinwheels

Calling all my party people! I've just stocked the shop with my favorite pinwheels!  

I've long been asked to sell these beauties at every market we've sold at. I love using these for decorating our backdrop :) The more the merrier I say, lol! Can you guess that Mr.Handsome is the one that decorates our backdrop at each show? He's got an eye for detail and he pretty much rocks it every time. I'm totally partial though hahaa! 

They are so easy to put up, very lightweight and you can reuse them over and over again ! 

Now available in 4 colors and 2 sizes via Inspire Lovely etsy  XOXO

Oh these beauties will surely brighten up your little corner of the world. I just know it!

Okay, off to take more photos + do some project life pages + and find my camera charger lol!

happy Monday lovelies!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Spring showers

Last month I was packaging the spring paper kits and wanted to add a bit of fresh pretty color to the boxes I was shipping the kits in. I had just finished spring cleaning one drawer set in the studio and found a HUGE pile of rub ons that I never had used or opened. Remember when rub ons were the it thing? lol! So I decided to try to incorporate the rub ons with a a pile of fabric swatches that i had been saving. Its so hard to toss pretty things! 

But i'm glad that I didn't. Because I made rain drops & pretty colorful clouds from the fabric swatches :) I tossed in a fun group of sequins from my little collection and a bit of colorful seam ribbon and ta dah! 

my favorite part was picking out the stamps to add to each card.

even though i never make "cards"... I don't know why i find them intimidating, but i certainly loved making these few.

and my love for rub ons is coming back :)

i hope these cheered up the lovelies whom received them. This took about a show ( while I was watching the telly) and a half. I tried not to over think anything. You know, put a bit of glue and stick something to it and go. super carefree :)

and just so you won't ever forget, {you are loved}
i love the bright bold colors of the notecards. Man, they totally have upped the note taking/ study card game. Thank goodness they didn't have these bright babies when i was in college. girrrrrl you know i'd be all stamping and gluing stuff to my notes lol! I'm like, "what studying?!" 

Sigh, always nice to do things just for fun. And share just for fun stuff too :)
Hope this brings you a bit of cheer. Happy friday lovelies!!!

>>>>where to find the items i used<<<<
Note cards: Staples
Rubons: 7 gypsies
Fabric: Liberty of london + thrifted