Playa Azul

We have a POW challenge at SC to scraplift Jolanda's beautiful LO, hers is very feminine with florals and swirls mine is just the opposite being that I am scrapbooking my son.  This is his first try at the Paddle Board, he has been practicing surfing in the summer so stepping on the PB was easy peasy for him.  You need to have balance before you decide to take the oars...
Here is the full LO. Playa Azul or "Blue Beach" is located in beautiful Luquillo, PR and is a shallow coast line with a reef barrier a couple of miles out, you can find sea stars, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, small tropical fishes all around you, it is really pretty!

Hope you enjoy your week, I will be popping in, hopefully sometime in the week.
 Today we celebrate the Constitution of
Puerto Rico
so I am sharing a piece of my island with you


Sweet Paddle Board & Blog hop Winner!!!!

Do you like to follow recipes? I do!  Here's one for you, create a project that includes polka dots, metal, leaves, 3 circles, and fabric.  Go to CCG to see the inspiration board or my previous post and play
My polka dots are in the  Prima flowers and the background is a swiss dot by Bazzill, the leaves are bling in between the flowers
my 3 circles are in the pictures of me using the paddleboard, the fabric is ruffled in the board
the metal is in my frame for the tittle

 details for the board I created, and the full page!
I do hope you have a fun weekend, mine is long there are 2 holidays coming up for us next week so I will probaby will take a break and see you in a few days!
Do come back tomorrow Sunday for the Blog Hop winner!!!!!!

My Blog Hop Winner is Scrapbookertink!!! I will leave you instructions @ CCG!!!!


You're my sweetheart!

2011 Design Team
Inspiration 201 is in the air at CCG and you will love the colors on this one!

Inspired by the photo I decided to make a shaped card and you can fin all the details on how to make one
And here is  the finished card:


Practice Makes Perfect

That is the quote I used for my journaling criteria for the OUAS sketch for the 15th of July, I loved this weeks sketch, here it is:

Inspiration can come from all sources, in my case I had a little one who had her first piano recital.  I loved the center scroll in the sketch and wanted to use something that was music related.  This past Saturday I sat down and drew my inspiration for this page.   I wanted a pentagram and some music notes but I also wanted dimension as in chipboard, and so I created... here is some of the process
 after my doodles , some xacto knife
the pentagram coming alive...
 This week the quote could be handwritten, so I was indeed very happy, this is a mantra of mine I want my kids to keep at it,  and to never give up...
Practice makes perfect

When the time came she played beautifully and she even had a standing ovation, there was one proud mama behind the camera, all excited and happy!!!

and here is my son performing for me on a Sunday morning!

I hope you have a beautiful  week, be inspired and keep at it no matter what it is that you want to excel at!


CCG 200th "Anniversary" Blog Hop

2011 Design Team

Welcome to the Color Combos Galore 200th "Anniversary" Blog Hop! We hope by visiting the CCG Design Team members' blogs, you will be able to pick up some fun tips and techniques. Many of the team members will be offering prizes, so you will want to visit all of the blogs to increase your chances of winning some fun scrappy stuff. We are also offering a chance at a Guest Designer spot for the month of August if you visit all of the blogs in our Blog Hop and participate in Challenge 200 by uploading your project to the CCG Gallery. It's so fun to get the colors before everyone else! Plus, who doesn't love to see their name in lights! The deadline for the chance to win these prizes is one week from today, Sunday, July 24, EST
We are also offering a chance at a Guest Designer spot for the month of August if you visit all of the blogs in our Blog Hop and participate in Challenge 200 by uploading your project to the CCG Gallery. It's so fun to get the colors before everyone else! Plus, who doesn't love to see their name in lights! The deadline for the chance to win these prizes is one week from today, Sunday, July 24, EST.

If this is your first stop at our Blog Hop, you'll want to start at Bente's blog, and follow the hop in order so you don't miss anyone. If you've been hopping in order, your next stop is Nancy!
Once you have visited all the blogs and uploaded a project to the CCG Gallery using Challenge 200, please make sure you check in at the Blog Hop discussion in the Special Announcements Forum at CCG. We will choose our August Guest Designer from that thread. Individual DT members will be choosing winners for the prizes they are offering. Good luck, and we hope you'll enjoy our blog hop!

So without further a do I present to you palette 200

We continue celebrating National Ice Cream Month with a cool, smooth palette. Our Designer's Challenge is inspired by the melting creamsicles in the Inspiration Photo: Create a project using melting or dripping as a technique. For example you might melt embossing powder or wax and make a faux wax seal by stamping into it, or you might drip paint or some other liquid medium.
Isn't this totally delicious?

For my interpretation of the challenge I wanted to showcase my gorgeous nephew, he is just a week old in this picture.  And so I wanted to do a very clean and graphic page so he would be the only thing standing out.  This was very easy to create for me I was very inspired by him and the colors, that reminded me of a baby boy palette. I did some paint splatters on the background paper, again not too many as I wanted this clean, and painted with liquid pearls in cantaloupe the backgorund paper ribbon.    
Here are some close ups of the work as you can see in the kraft title I melted some clear embossing powder using a Making Memories banner stamp.   To achieve that effect all you have to do is wet you clear stamp with Versamark and then pour the clear embossing powder over it.  When you melt the powder you will get that beautiful brown tone on Kraft.  You can do this with any solid colored paper and you will get the same clear effect.  
here you can see the embossed effect!

I also wanted to create a card, again inspired by the baby...We all need baby cards in our stash and this one can just help you give the perfect gift a special touch.  Although I didn't photograph the process I will explain what I did.
I deconstructed a real Kraft envelope, what you see as the top flap with the pearls painted is one of the sides that are glued to make the envelope!  I cut my blue cardstock to size, 1/4 inch less on each side of the envelope size.  This I machine stitched to the kraft so that I could create a pocket to slip a note in,  my machine decided no to cooperate any more, (hey that happens to the best of us, sometimes too!) and I was forced to replicate the stitching on the other side without any thread.  Sometimes accidents make for the coolest effects, don't you think?  I  then matted the orange cardstock and cut a bit piece of white to surround it with the ribbon and tie the bow.   The finishing touch is the bear journaling spot by Imaginisce, he is sooooo cute!  I stamped my "for you" sentiment and melted some black embossing powder for it to stand out I also lifted it with a pop dot, this gives the card extra dimension, always a good thing!

I hope you had fun while visiting and learned something along the way.  You can always leave me a question in the comment section and I will gladly get back to you.
Now have fun the rest of the hop do participate and there will be a surprise prize for a lucky visitor here in my blog, so leave me your sweet comments and I will choose a lucky winner it will be fabulous if you decide to become a follower in my blog as well!!!!
Remember to go visit Nancy now

*Milagros C. Rivera *


Make Music

This week at Scrapbook Challenges Natalie Jane posted a challenge for us wth her sketch SS11
Here is her sketch
you can find the thread to her challenge here, there you will find a cool tutorial and her finished
LO.  Here is my take:
pencil drawings of the music coming out from the piano...

close up of the music notes
finished page
close ups of upper stitching
close up of my journaling

Now I hope you find the time to challenge yourself either with your doodles or as Natalie's with stamps and share your results with us!
Have an awesome weekend

I thought about sharing this beautiful song from sie7e a local singer enjoy




2011 Design Team

The new challenge is live I think you will be very inspired by this weeks palette

So yummy, for the reveal I made a girly card, even the music this week will inspire you so go ahead, visit the site, become a member, you will love it there and who knows you could be this weeks gallery Fave!
here is my entry, in all its CP glory
now go over and play!
I also made a LO
This newflowers in our garden were planted by my DH, they are so lovely and big, I wanted to recreate them in fabric for my LO and I also wanted you to get the feel for the dimension of them...
A staggered title using this I maginisce funky alphas
And fellow DT Nadia Canizzo is a guest designer at CCCB one of my favorite places to play.  Their challenge this week is birds of a feather, this is what I created:
I made myself a new pin cushion, using one of Maya Roads cb as a template in raw canvas. I then used one of Tim Holtz masks and some glimmer mist and then did a felt rose and cut a felt leaf and voila, I am a very happy girl!

Enjoy the weekend, hugs


Introducing Lucas Miguel

JULY 1st CHALLENGE is up at OUAS and it is just the perfect sketch and opportunity to introduce you to my first nephew, Lucas Miguel Rivera Vera!
He was born on July 30, 2011 to my brother and his wife, healthy, big and gorgeous!
So by meeting the sketch's criteria I will introduce him to you through Nadia's sketch.
Journalling Criteria: Who is in the photo? Name the person in the photo and at least 1 fact about them. This can be personality, character, talent , achievement etc. but it must be at least 2 sentences long
my handsome new prince Lucas

notice the looove and tears in his eyes as he meets him for the first time!!!
 Here is my full take on the sketch

And I also wanted to give you some other BIG news for me...As I was driving to the hospital, well on a traffic jam on the way to the hospital, I was catching up with my emails.  That's how I found out I made the
CCG Design Team!!!!!!!!  Everybody in the team is so amazingly talented .Talk about dreams come true! If you have never seen the site go on and sign up using the link I gave you, you will be amazed at how you will see color in a new way, in their own words:
"Color Combos Galore is going to help you invite your creative muse to play with a new approach to our challenges. It's where color coincides with creativity. We invite you to delve deeper into creativity each week and discover inspiration through new eyes, allowing you to open new doors to creativity, where color and imagination meet inspiration."

I love that I don't have a sketch that I get to be inspired by a palette and an inspirational photo... This was my entry to the new challenge.  You are welcome to go and participate, I know you will love it!

This is vintage me, LOL mom was pregnant, well almost due with my brother!
  And this is a card I made inspired by the palette and by one of my favorite challenge blogs CCCB where Ros created an awesome sketch!
PS to Linda! I hope you find some of the goodies you sent me already put to good use ;)
Well thanks for reading all my news I hope if you stop here from USA you have a glorious 4th of July with amazing fireworks