Thursday, April 29, 2010

It's all about color

Today's inspiration is color... or more specifically, this awesome idea for home decorating. Besides the fact that this is my favorite color (peacock blue), I love the accents in this picture! This would totally be something I would do in my home.
What's inspiring you today?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Spring is in the air!

I am so happy that my laptop is working! Not only that, but we were able to get Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 working on it :) As you can guess, I am an RCT junkie. I can spend hours playing the game!

As you can tell, I have been Tweeting like crazy... mostly because I can use my phone for it and can access them pretty much anywhere. Expect Tweets from DisneyLand (we'll be there in a month yayyyyy!!!!)

In addition to my weekly sketches, I have decided to try to have Daily Inspiration. This is as much for me as for everyone that reads my blog. Not only is it a great thing to try to do, but it also will let me have all my inspiration in one spot which I can easily access :) We'll see how I can keep this up lol! Anyhow, the Daily Inspiration may be a quote or a picture or it might even be an ad or a magazine layout from somewhere. Feel free to put your own inspiration in my comments :) I love comments!

Today's Inspiration comes from a site called Quotes Arcade

And now on to my sketch and layout for today. I wasn;t able to get a 2nd sketch, but I may post a bonus as soon as I think up a few more.

For my layout, I used papers from My Little Shoebox. This is a company that I am really liking... almost as much as I love Sassafras! I just got some of their newer lines, and I can say that Imaginary Friends is soooo cute I may not be able to use it... but I will try. I also used a different technique on here... I wanted the rainbow letters to look painted and didn't want to deal with using several pieces of paper through my Cricut, so I used some Chalk Pastel Pencils and sketched a block of color for each letter, then I smeared my fingers across them to blend them. After I cut them, I traced each letter with a super fine black pen and filled in the inside with iridescent craft glitter glue. 

I also must share with you another layout I did using My Little Shoebox... no sketch for this one because I made this one up as I went along... I cut along the inside of the shaped paper to make the basket, except the part that I left for journaling on. The Flowers are Prima & the felt is Queen & Co. I cut out the chocolate bunny using an Easter font I found (sorry, don't remember the name or where I found it... I think I just Googled it to find it).

Have an inspiring day!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

My laptop caught a cold

So, I wasn't able to post anything last week... at least it was an easy fix, but it had me scared that it wasn't going to make it for a little while there. Nothing to post at the moment, but I will have a lot on Wednesday to make up for it! Hope everyone has been having a good weekend!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

For the beautiful blogs out there...

I got this awarded to me by The Lady Wolf (a/k/a my sister lol!) Thank you, Amanda :) A great end to a great day today :)
Terms of the award: Must list 10 things about yourself, thank the person who gave it to you and pass it onto 10 wonderful bloggers:

1. I have a zoo- 4 cats, a dog, 2 turtles, a bearded dragon, 2 birds & a ball python
2. I am living in the house I grew up in.
3. My cat's full name is Rascal Kanga Roo, but we call him Roo Roo for short because he hops when he runs & he doesn't meow, he roos...
4. All of my pets have multiple nicknames.
5. I drive a red Mitsubishi Montero Sport named Ruby.
6. My scrap area recently relocated to a corner of my bedroom.
7. My lawn needs mowing.
8. I love chocolate, but am addicted to sugar free popcicles... even when it's freezing cold outside.
9. I prefer tea over coffee.
10. I am a rock n roll chick.

And now, my turn to pass this on to 10 other wonderful bloggers!
Hope you all keep it going & recognize your fellow bloggers/scrappers!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Cheap storage

Those of you who know me know how I am about being frugal & re-purposing things. My button stash had previously been in some separated condiment containers. I liked them because they kept my colors separated & I could shake out just one button, however, the older the containers got, the more the lid would fall off & spill all my buttons. I decided yesterday to go to the thrift store to see what I could find in the way of storage. I planned on trying to find a spice rack that was empty, but they didn't have any. So, I tried to think of what else could be used as storage and thought maybe finding a mug tree and getting some cute mugs would work, but no mug trees. Then, I found these great glass mugs and decided that because I have plenty of room under my paper shelf, I could use cup hooks. Here's the result:
Not only functional, but taking advantage of all my space, and the mugs and cup hooks cost me less than $5!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Helmar Rocks

Helmar is having a challenge to bring lots & lots of subscribers to their Facebook page & spread the word about how awesome their stuff is, so please, go here: Helmar's Facebook and put a comment on their wall telling them Jill Oriente sent you :)

By the way, I just sent in my application for their design team and I really hope I get it because I am in love with Helmar almost as mch as I am in love with Sassafras!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Oh yeah, I almost forgot...

This is the month I am a guest designer on Scrap Your Crap! The challenge was to use embroidery floss, so I used it as flowers & fringe. Check it out here:

Also, if you are a Cricut/ SCAL fan, check out my sister's blog at . She has tons of SVG files you can use! I must admit, she does a lot more with her Cricut than I do...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Today is a Two-fer

I got a chance to play last night.. hopefully will get more play time today :) There's a couple of design team calls I' thinking of trying out for- My Little Shoebox & Helmar Adhesives- so I want to work on stuff for those. Anyhow, I wanted to share my projects from last night...
For this layout, Charlie helped me... He drew the mushroom & item box & did the journaling. I used Sassafras paper on this & paper-pieced the piranha plant. 

And on to the next sketch...
For this layout, I used papers from Making Memories. The tag is one I got in a swap years ago...

I only have about 1/2 an hour before I get to taxi the kids around, so I'll see what I get done...

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Hoppity hoppity