Killing Two Birds...

When I saw the following challenge over at Colorful Creations I just knew I wanted to participate...we were to use the a tutorial from the Webster's Pages blog to create our layout. My next step was to find the perfect sketch and photo(s).  So when I was visiting my friend Brenda's blog GrandDiva's Creative Corner and saw the beautiful sketch challenge she was running, I knew that I needed to combine both challenges to create my layout.  So as they say, I guess I "killed two birds with one stone"  And here is what I came up with:

Thanks for looking!


Cards for Leap Around the World

Only a few days left for Let's Scrap's Leap Around the World blog hop! Have you been participating?  I've only been able to find the time to make a total of five...but we have five days left so maybe I will be able to make some more.  Here are the last two that I made:

Above is a Valentine I made for my parents using the sketch from Stop #30 (Carolina Garrido's blog)

And using the sketch from Stop #26 (Tenny Kusuma's blog), I made a birthday card for a friend whose favorite color is purple!

Well, that's all for now, but hopefully over the next couple of days I will be able to take advantage of all the great card sketches on the blog hop, to get some more cards made. I hope you will have the time to do the same!


Colorful Creations Blog

Whoops...a week late! But better late than never?  Don't worry, you still have until February 29th to upload your interpretation of the Colorful Creations blog sketch challenge for a chance to win a fun prize! And here is my take on the sketch:

Make sure you head over to the Colorful Creations blog to see the sketch and further details for uploading your entry.



I don't know about you, but I love surprises! My best birthdays have been when my husband has thrown me surprise parties...and I never snoop into my Christmas gifts because I want to be surprised when I open them.  So I love that Let's Get Sketchy! has decided to surprise all of its members with an impromptu sketch before its grand opening on March 1st.  Here's my interpretation of the sketch...

To see the sketch that I based my layout on and to get further details about participating in this surprise challenge please go to the Let's Get Sketchy! blog


Let's Get Sketchy

I'm over the moon to announce that I've been accepted for both the design and sketch team at Let's Get Sketchy. I'm super excited and honored to be serving with an amazing bunch of girls, and I encourage you to take the time to check out this brand new sketch blog. Challenges will be published every Monday of the month, and a winner will be selected by random drawing. The grand opening is not until March 1st, but you can take part in a mini challenge that’s going on right now.


Liebster Blog Award

I had a wonderful surprise recently…I found out that I am a recipient of the Liebster Blog Award.  I feel so honored to be recognized by a bloggy friend!  Thank you so much!
The origins of the Liebster Blog Award are somewhat
unclear but general consensus is that they originated in
Germany. Liebster, meaning “favorite” or “dearest”, is here  to
showcase bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. Upon
accepting this award the recipient must then pass it on to
five more blogs that have 200 or less followers.
I am the proud recipient of this award from Sharon. Please visit her blog and check out her awesome work!

Here are the Liebster rules:
**Choose 5 up and coming blogs of fewer than 200 followers to award the Liebster to.
**Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
**Post the award on your blog. Link back to the blogs you have given the Liebster to so everyone else can pay them a visit.

So, now it is time for me to pass on the award to 5 blogs.

Please take some time out of your busy day to check them out!!!


New Sketch Blog & Design Team Call

I don't know how everyone else feels about using sketches to create their layouts, but they are an absolute essential for me!  I used to literally spend hours staring down at pictures and paper trying to figure out how I should arrange them.  Now that I have two small children, I just cannot be agonizing over the design of my layout.  There are way too many photos to be scrapped and hardly any moments of time to do so. So when I discovered that there were sketch blogs and challenge sites out there, I was ecstatic! I've even started designing my own sketches and am part of the sketch team at the Colorful Creations blog.  So for those reasons I was excited to discover a brand new sketch blog called Let's Get Sketchy!  They're currently running a design team and sketch team call, both of which I am submitting for.  If you have a chance, go check out their new blog and the current mini challenge that's running for their debut.  You can find them here --> Let's Get Sketchy!

For the call, you must use the below sketch:

And here's my interpretation:

I used a picture of Paolina from her newborn photo shoot...it's so hard to believe that was over a year and a half ago! My husband got a huge kick out of the title...which I thought was perfect for either of our kids really. You see, while I'm an American citizen, my husband is a Mexican citizen...so doesn't that make our kids "imported and domestic" lol??


Let's Scrap Blog Hop

So who else is participating in the Let's Scrap's Blog Hop? Not only am I hosting one of the stops, but I figured since I love making cards I ought to participate myself. Even though we have the entire month to make the cards, I wasn't sure if I would be able to find the time to make any at all. We just put our house on the market last week, and this week we started showing it. Personally, I feel awkward staying in the house when people come to view it, so all week long I've been shuffling the kids outside for most of the day. Talk about being thankful for living in Southern California with the temps in the 70s! And of course, Santiago & Paolina have been in 7th heaven spending almost all day long playing outside. However it's caused a bit of a problem for me trying to get housework done...and let's not even talk about what it's done for my creative time lol! But somehow or another I've managed to maintain a perfectly clean house, done multiple loads of laundry, kept my family fed, and wait for it...made three cards! So I thought I would share what I created, and if you haven't already been inspired by the sketches and amazing examples out there, maybe these would give you a little additional motivation to join in on the fun!
From the sketch at Stop #7 (Margaret's blog) I created this thank you note to send to my mom's best friend who just gave me an entire set of dishes that coordinates with a set my grandmother gave me. How generous is that!

Using the sketch at Stop #6 (Debby De Wilde's blog) I made another thank you note for a friend who was gracious enough to loan me her car for a week while she was vacationing in the Bahamas. My husband takes our only car to work during the week, meaning if I can't walk there I can't go there...so it was such a blessing to have a vehicle to run errands with the kids for a week!

And then today, using the sketch from Stop #15 (Debbie Butcher's blog) I was able to make this lovely Valentine to send to my mother and father-in-law.

Since it's Super Bowl weekend, it might be a challenge to find the time to make any more cards, but I'll of course make every effort to squeeze the time in!  Happy Friday everyone!


Leap Around the World

Hello and welcome to your next stop in the

If you came here from Debbie Butcher @ http://workinscrappinmomof4.blogspot.com/ then you are in the right place! If you did not, Mindi Brown @ http://scrapchat-n-coffeetalk.blogspot.com/ has the hop order to help you find your way.

I am so excited to be a blog host for such a fun and huge blog hop! Here is the sketch I am showcasing for the hop

And my example, in which I rotated the sketch 90 degrees, is a Valentine's Day card I plan to give my dear husband (Baby, I hope you don't check out my blog before the 14th!)

Now for the fun part! Here is the prize I am offering!

Here is how easy it is to enter for my random draw
  • Be or become a member of Let’s Scrap which you can do by clicking here http://letsscrap.ning.com/ . It is free, easy and fast! Once you get there, I am sure you will love it!
  • Become a follower of my blog
  • Leave me a comment telling me how you found my blog.
  • And if you would like a second chance in the draw
  • Make a card from the sketch I have posted and upload it to the gallery at Let’s Scrap. Please tag it as such 2-3-12, LEAP16   **Please note there is a space after the comma, but no space between LEAP and 16.  Also note that LEAP is all capitals**
  •  Leave a comment with a link to your card on Let’s Scrap.
  • The hop ends at 11:59 pm Central Standard time February 29th, which you would be able to track using the clock on the main page of Let’s Scrap

Thanks so much for visiting! Your next stop will be Kristin Perez @ http://somescrapsugar.blogspot.com/  If you get lost along the way or have joined the hop in the middle, Mindi Brown @ http://scrapchat-n-coffeetalk.blogspot.com/  is the beginning of the hop. You don't want to miss any of the fun!