Toy Box and a winner

For Rodas, thanks girls!!!
Ros challenge this week at CCCB is to create a gift.  Well my nephew is fast approaching his birthday.  Can you believe it??? wasn't he born yesterday??? well the 30th of June 2011, so soon
And he is soooo cute, not because I am the auntie or anything.  There's no way I am biased, LOL
So here's my take on this week challenge, I created a little toy box for him to play,
pretty soon he will be able to Lego his way around just as my kids have done.
 top view with some very happy banners I created for him
side views
See what I mean about not beaing biased, he is cuuute!
And here's a page I did using CSI challenge, it was the perfect color combo to scrap Rhodes
25 Rodas

They had a twis this week about scraplifting your favorite LO, so I decided I liked Shaunery's title work and Eila's cluster and so I worked them up into my design
A bit of history here on my tag about the island.  It was a magnificent place to visit
And lastly a LO about my sweet little one...well part of it I want you to come visit us at
 Colorful Creations, even become a member if you still haven't and the blog is up and running again.  And they are having a giveaway so head up there, sign up and get a chance to win some goodies.

To see the full page click here!

Speaking of winning I want to let you know that my daughter's pick for my Mother of Pearl giveaway is Jacira.  I wish I was the buttons flying to Brazil!!!
Thanks for playing and I will be in touch,




One Sweet Ride!

Hi, me again to share a new project I made using the new baby line by Crate Paper "Little Boy Blue"
of course here I am breaking the rules as my son is not a baby anymore.
But I thought it had so many possibilities...

Loved the chipboard shapes, the new burlap letters by American Crafts...
some washi tape by "Hambly" :( and some buttons and the wooden shapes for a frame!

You can also find it @ Colorful Creations
And this LO was made using the current challenge @ Let's get Sketchy

It takes 2 to play all day, love this papers so colorful and fun, and so like them!
 ANd here is my son with my nephew, so sweet

Have an awesome weekend.  Hugs



Follow your Heart

Hi all.  It has been an exciting week! As you can see from the blog hop announcement and from the badge from CC, I know proudly belong to their DT, so excited to take this adventure to new levels!!!
One of our challenges there at CC is to create a card inspired by Karen's card.  I loved her butterfly and I also wanted to play over at CCCB since Cheryl
is hosting a time after time challenge there.
I chose this gorgeus stamp by Prima and decided to color it with Tim Holtz distress markers.  And let me tell you I had F-U-N!!!
Since the stamp already had a clock in it I decided to xacto it and add a MM clock transparency for more impact.  In its own way it fits  iSpy challenge this week also! 

here is a close up of what I did with the stamp, just loved playing with it!
Next up is a back in time photograph of my then baby with her Grandpa.
For some reason I never scrapped these photographs and they were perfect for this palette of grays and pinks with a hint of red...
I loved putting it all together, I cut like 4 different pp, then I used new Crate Paper, the dots in the back were done with Gesso and then flocked with velvet.  I just wish you could feel them...

I wanted to show you my hidden journaling, it moves and hides behind the photos and papers but it is all there....
I am so sorry about the 5 'o clock shadow but it was the best light I had all day and since the flowers are so bulky they created a shadow...
Well I hope I have inspired you to create



As you may remeber from my previous post I started the Mapping Happiness
journey with Christine's instructions.  I loved the concept and decided it was something we needed to be reminded of the happy and blessed moments we get to enjoy in life.
The Caribou card was so fun to make, although I didn't follow a particular size, or orientation for that matter, LOL I ended up making a horizontal version and adding here and there different things.  But experimenting with the glitter and the hand cut circles was so much fun!
This photo is from one of my favorite places ever, a place that brings me so much comfort and happiness.  It is a small island off the Eastern Coast of Puerto Rico named Culebra.  Whenever we go I just go into a state of pure bliss.  We got the chance to visit again this past Sunday and we snorkeled among green turtles and spotted eagle rays

So it was a fantastic day we enjoyed as a family and I don't want to forget, a true happy memory!
Well since I didn't have Christine's stamps I decided to improvise and doodle with a white gel pen,
I painted the circles with Dylusions ink sprays, the color saturation is incredible and to me they scream Caribbean

I went with Bubble gum pink, squezzed orange (turned up covered...) and fresh lime, for the turquoise I used a Kaisercraft acrylic paint, for the gold I went with a Krylon pen and then sprinkled some gold glitter, yum...
my butterfly is a wooden specimen from Studio Calico, the tag is American Crafts, the gray base is Crate Paper, the ivory base is recycled button carton (refer to my previous post), Making Memories transparencies, BG tags, Echo Park rulers, Queen and Co twine, sugared pearl by Pebbles and arrow by Smash (K&Co)

I can't wait for the next experiment, in the meantime I will keep writing down my happy moments!

The next project also form our visit to the island is a LO I made using
I should make you play the guess what OA collection I used as I used several ;)
I just loved adding bits and pieces to this!

I documented around the page , and just loved how it sort of says "play games at the beach"
Well I hope you have a great Father's Day tomorrow, as always thanks for stopping by



"C" is for Caimito

Linda @ CCCB is hosting the challenge this week and it is buttons, buttons... and she wants at least 5 buttons on the project.  I fell in love with the inspiration photo and her gorgeous work.  It reminded me that years ago I was browsing wih my mom at a notions store when we stumbled upon some mother of pearl buttons.  They were on sale and I figured I needed the whole lot, LOL.  Well the thing is they have been sitting there in their cute little cartons and been used as needed.  So I decided to alter me a holder and just show them off

This is what I came up with, the "B" for buttons tag was created by recycling the carton.  And you can tell how my shelf keeps looking better and better!
see what I mean about the lot...
So I enlisted my handy helper who gracefully went through all the packaging and help me put them on the glass jar!
 This is the top view, I stamped the canvas with some archival ink and then sew the required 5 buttons! I painted and distressed the lid to a pretty cream.

 People know me as a flower lover, they are in almost anything I do, cards, LO's, they are planted in my house and admired by my lens.  So I have decided to challenge myself and sit them out of this one.   I wanted to create a girly piece without any blooms, (WHAT???) ME!!!! no way.  Well I did it , I scrapped with details instead, no bling either, crazy, huhhh? well some pearls but hey, a girl needs something...
so here's the scoop, punch border, buttons, washi tape for the translucent effect, monogram
I decided to top it off with some Epiphany Crafts epoxy sticker and then added a circle by Graphic 45 and on top of that I layered some glossy accents (and it was popped) .  A pearl on my C.
Here is a close up of my fuzzy work
the complete look, sans fleurs
 I just read this morning on Audrey's blog that Christine was going to do a summer tutorial on Mapping Happiness
Just love that logo... and can't wait to start playing so here's my map, a 12x12 version of her 2'x3'!

And here is the famous "caimito" fruit
I was happy to see they used the photo I shared!

 This fruit bearing tree is from the Major Antilles, it can also be found in Central America.  It can grow to a 100 feet and it is famous for its golden leaves, well green on one side , golden on the reverse and it is so beautiful when hit by the wind.  You can also use the leaves for teas, they seem to help with diabetes.  The round gorgeous fruit is deliciously sweet
 and when you open it crosswise it has a star pattern!
I do hope you have enjoyed this botanical journey with me!
And if you have lasted this long you DESERVE  a prize, you heard me right! I reserved a pack of the Mother of Pearl buttons (10 in a carton) and I will give it to one lucky reader, regardless of where in the world, I will ship it to whoever wins.  Just leave me a comment and I will put your names on a jar and have my handy helper pick a name.  Good luck and thanks again!


The girls at CCB are celebrrating the ballet Coppelia, there is this glorious image of a Ballerina doing her magic.  I was inspired to create a little bit of magic myself.  And wanted to do something to help me in the " organizing department", so I transformed a recycled box, I tell you my shelf is looking quite pretty with the efforts!
 I used this gorgeous paper by Melissa Frances and some from Prima and the gorgeous tulle bloom inspired by the ballerina's tutus and some pearls because a girls gotta have some...
 here's my matching set
and here's a side view!
And some project I have made my hands busy with
I am almost done with Mercedes LO's for her Communion
I made it for a challenge at Colorful Creations.

Have an awesome weekend
on a separate note, the new header photo is the classic sign that summer arrived here in Puerto Rico, the blooms of the flamboyan tree are a sure sign of summer, just love them and thought I share with you!