Friday, January 27, 2012

Fancy Pants Designs CHA Projects

CHA is only just a few days away.  Gosh had I known that I would have projects on display in the Fancy Pants booth, I would have so made that trip!  There are four brand new lines from Fancy Pants this time around and I tried my hand at two of them this time around.  First up is my favorite line from this CHA: Childish Things.  I sometimes wonder if I will ever "outgrow" the cutesy adorable stuff?  But then again I remember how much I loved that kind of stuff when I was a little girl and now I am simply indulging the little girl that is still in me :)

Speaking of a little girl... these photos are from nearly two years ago and was she ever just so adorable?  Right after a nap, with a freshly done new coiffure and rosy cheeks, gosh, so cute :)

The little girl has grown up a little and her hair is just that much longer, isn't it. Sometimes I can identify the age of my kids in photos by the length of their hair. I can't be the only person who does this, right? :)
I'm so glad that Fancy Pants came out with this adorable little girl stamp to go with this Childish Things collection. I am going to get a lot of use out of it!  And of course I can never get enough of these chipboard banner pieces, so easy to use as embellishment!

Another fantastic collection from Fancy Pants is Summer Soul. It has some wonderfully vibrant and fresh colors. Like the name indicates, it really is just perfect for summer themed projects.  I scrapped a favorite photo from Tulum using this brilliant collection. The big aqua/teal swirl is a transparency, something I usually find difficult to use.  This time I told myself to just go for it and try it. I actually quite like the result!
Here I covered a glittered transparency with some patterned paper and added the title on it.  The three surf boards are also from this collection, another set of easy to use embellishment!

Fancy Pants has two more collections you can see: Be You and Wave Searcher. More beautiful DT projects can be seen here at Miss Fancy Pants.  I am just so delighted to be a part of this fun.  I look forward to sharing more projects using the other two collections next month! 

This has been a long post for my standard which will carry me into the weekend.  I hope you will have lovely weekend and get much accomplished and/or lots of rest!  If you are traveling for CHA, may you have a wonderful and safe journey!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Doodlebug Sweet Cake Giveaway

Greetings and welcome to my blog. First I want to thank you for your warm thoughts regarding my last post. I hope to collect my thoughts and put them onto pages in the near future.
Today, I am hosting a little give-away on the Doodlebug's blog. The rule is to follow my blog, leave a comment here, and go to Doodlebug's blog to leave another comment.  Then you will be entered to win the entire Sweet Cake collection.

I got this little red mailbox from Target many moons ago and finally I have found the most perfect Valentine's collection: sweet cake that match the red exactly. This will make a sweet little gift for someone, so I thought.

Of course, one never has any peace while working on important projects. Second Born just couldn't stay in her room long enough to let me finish my work. She kept on coming over and playing with my box of Doodlebug sweet collection. Not that I blame her, the colors are so vibrant and design completely adorable. I tried to pacify her by offering up several pieces of scraps which she gladly accepted, nothing bigger than 2x2 inches of course! However, she continue to linger and pester me to find out who is getting this little mailbox. Finally in exasperation, I told her that she can have it if only she would just leave me to finish it! She squealed with delight and immediately returned the scraps I gave her earlier back to me. "Now that I'm getting the mailbox, you can have these back!" LOL. So much for making a gift for someone else, I guess this one is going to Second Child's room! :)

To make matters worse, today, she triumphantly informed First Born: "Mama made this mailbox for me and you don't have one!" Grrr...

Thank you again for visiting!  I will be back with some Fancy projects soon :)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Saying Goodbye

With tremendous sadness, I am here to share the news of the passing of my Yeye, pictured here in 2008 with my dad and my kids.  He was 97 years old.

In many ways, I have said my goodbye to him a thousand times.  Some things I have come to expect: every time I see him would be the last, but one thing I had continued to hope in my heart: there will be at  least one more time...  This will not be the case anymore and I miss him in ways I can and cannot explain.  Last time I saw him, he was on a public bus with me in Beijing returning to his residence. The old revolutionary got to ride all the public transportation in China for free and he took advantage of that! :)

I will be back with CHA projects to share later this week.  It's also the eve of Chinese New Year, bring on the dragon!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sweetie using Doodlebug's Sweet Cake

Sweet cake is Doodlebug's new Valentine's collection. It's bright and cheerful and doodley awesome! I followed the doodle sketch provided by fellow DT member Aphra and created this layout:
This cute little banner is cut using Cricut Something to Celebrate cartridge, one of the many cartridges I acquired on Black Friday :)  I'm always glad when I get an older photo sitting in my stash scrapped.  I am probably one of the few scrappers left who still "pre-print" a pile of photo as opposed to "print-on-demand."  It works for me and my process, so I will just have to deal with stash :)
The weekend is winding down quickly. I need to go make noodles and dinner. Hopefully I can get another Fancy layout started!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Fancy News

The fancy news has been posted and I am so extremely delighted to be joining the Fancy Pants Designs team 2012!  I will dive into the new CHA products this weekend to meet some deadlines.  Until then, here is a repost of a heavily Fancy Pants layout I did for the Color Room palette 64 last June. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Two Summer Projects

As I was getting these two projects uploaded to 2peas, I realized that they are both of the summer time! I guess I'm ready for summer to return already. While I am grateful for this mild winter so far, I miss fresh vegetables from my garden! 
I made this card for a Scrapbook Trends call for Father's Day cards. I used a newly acquired Cricut Lite cartridge Billionaire. Remember my post on Black Friday and my major loot at a local hardware store?  As good as the prices were on Black Friday, they got even better right before Christmas.  The lite cartridges were on clearance for $10 each! 
Here is a layout using Work in Progress' January 2012 kit.  I have so many of these photos from the Sculpture Garden each year.  I probably should not print so many of them, but no point crying over that fact now.  At least this is one more page scrapped!
That's wrap for now.  I will be back with a pretty adorable Doodlebug layout later, hee hee.  I think it's going to snow again tomorrow, time to brace myself for a long commute to and from work! 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Lil Red Riding Hood

Five days into this new year and already I have let this blog gone a little stale! Work has kicked into full gear where I find myself in the midst of getting a challenging and rewarding project started. On the scrapbooking front, I actually have some unexpected CHA projects to do, more on that later! I will not be attending CHA in person this time, so hopefully my projects will represent. 
Here is a layout using Work in Progress January 2012 kit.  For such a simple and easy design, I slaved over this one for days and days!  I absolutely love these pictures of her, so of course that meant to me the layout needed to be superb to match. It's not superb but I still like it because I love the photos so much.  I don't know why I stress over "having to be perfect" sometimes.  After all, it isn't like I am running out of prints of these photos to scrap! 

The little swirly thing under the title is cut with my Cricut Expression 2. Over my staycation this past Christmas break, I made a point of using my Cricut on layouts and cards. I specifically made three projects for a Cricut birthday call and they have all been accepted for publication.  It has been a long time since I did any serious submitting, so it feels extra wonderful to be recognized!

All right, it's time to head to the YMCA!  Yep, it is definitely my new hobby: group exercises!  Presently, it has taken over scrapbooking as my #1 hobby :)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy Gregorian New Year!

Today we woke up to a winter wonderland! Finally, everything has been coated with a layer of snow oh so white. Personally, if I never see that white stuff again in my life, it would be too soon. However, the kids like it, at least First Born does, proven by the fact she's been outside in the blustery windy cold for over 1.5 hours now!  brrrr....

To kick off 2012, I went to the Y for a BodyPump class. I am going to severely miss working out every day starting next week. Between working full time and the kids' activities, not to mention everything else, the logistics just doesn't work!  If only UPS can help! LOL.  So...  I will just have to bask one more day in the glories of every day fitness!

Here are a couple of cards that I made using the Work in Progress January 2012 kit, perfect to show them here today!  I quite enjoyed the muted kraft, grays and soft yellows of the kit.  It's quite a change from my last post and layout!
On this day, the Vikings have wrapped a dismal season and this fan can't wait to put the 2011 season behind her!  However, the playoff games are coming up and they will be fun to watch for the next few weeks! 

Here's to a wonderful first day of 2012 and many many more to come!