Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wednesday ~ Heart Flutter

Pink Yellow Green Collage

I am so inspired by these colors right now!.....I found this beautiful scarf about a month ago and fell in love.  That's how it all started.

I dyed my hair magenta (and just adore the crazy color).
I painted my nails to match (and everything I touch feels magical).
And now I try and find any excuse possible to wear it all together.....Going to the grocery store.....well, I'd better grab my scarf, don't know if those "possible rain showers" will appear :)

Scarf Love

I love this time of year.....the sun is often covered ever so slightly by a thin layer of clouds, keeping it bright outside, but without the heat from direct sunlight.  Perfect scarf weather.

Well, I'm off to make some more little owls, magnets, and other goodies for some Mother's Day baskets.  Will share soon.

Don't forget to enter for the Pink Ninja Addicts Blog Hop giveaways!  The info on it is HERE.  And can enter HERE.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pink Ninja Addicts Blog Hop!

Hello, and welcome to the Pink Ninja Addicts Blog Hop!  This is going to be so much FUN!!!

We are all going to be sharing projects made from this kit:

The guest designer for this kit is the ever so talented Michelle Clement!!!.....Isn't she adorable!?!?

Michelle puts so much detail into her's amazing!  You are going to LOVE the projects she made with the *Accidently Kelly Street* kit!!!  You can visit her blog HERE :-)

And now for the giveaways!  Today through Thursday (April 29th, 2010) you can enter for a chance to win:

  • *Marie* Owl Plushie (handmade by me)
*Marie* Owl Giveaway

  • *Josie* Owl Plushie (handmade by me)
*Josie* Owl Giveaway

All the product to make the Owl Plushies came from the *Accidently Kelly Street* kit (except I used larger pieces of get smaller strips in the kits), huh!?!?

And each of the little Owl Plushies come with a birth certificate....

Owl Birth Certificates

Here's how you enter for a chance to win:
  • you have to be a follower of the Pink Ninja Addicts
  • you have to be a follower of the Pink Ninja Addicts Girls
  1. Ninja Master Ally
  2. Ninja Master Nely
  3. Ninja Star Carrie (Me)
  4. Ninja Star Gloria (she doesn't have followers, but you'll want to see all the beautiful art she makes)
  • you have to talk about this giveaway on your blog, and the Pink Ninja Addicts has to see it
  • you have to leave a comment on the Pink Ninja Addicts Blog
 It's perfect!!!  You get to see lots of fun scrapbook projects, and enter for a chance to win a sweet giveaway at the same time :-)  Winners will be announced on Friday (April 30th), on the Pink Ninja Addicts blog.....

Now for some more of my projects with this bright and beautiful kit:

Pink Ninja Addicts *Bloom* Layout

You can see some close-ups of this layout HERE.

Mini Journals Collage

PNA *Wonderland Mini* Front Cover

PNA *Wonderland Mini* Pgs. 3&4

You can see the full minibook HERE.

Pink Ninja Addicts Together Card

And there is another card on the post below :)

Have fun blog hopping!!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Pink Ninja Monday!

Pink Ninja Addicts Adventure Card

Some fun cards I made with the *Accidently Kelly Street* and *The World Is New* kits.....isn't the color divine!?!?  With all the beautiful patterns, textures and embellishments in these kits, it was refreshing to make something simple that I still love <3

Green is my favorite!

Pink Ninja Addicts Together Card

With Mother's Day, lots of birthdays, projects for friends and family, all keeping me super busy as always, it was nice to just sit down and create something for fun.....

I am looking forward to sending them off in the mail with lots of love!

Originally, today was suppose to be a super cool blog hop with the Pink Ninja Addicts.....well, it is postponed for now (life happens, ya know).....but make sure to check back because I will have my first giveaways that I handmade for this special excited!!! :)

Here is a sneak peek.....

Owl Birth Certificates

Happy Pink Ninja Monday!!! I have decided to celebrate with hard cider, salty pretzels, and painting my nails (which I rarely do).....Have a great week :-)

XO -Carrie

Friday, April 23, 2010

Amber & Carrie Minibook

A&C Minibook Collage

A&C Minibook Pgs 1&2 Collage

A&C Minibook Pgs 3&4 Collage

A&C Minibook Pgs 5&6 Collage

This mini was my fun project for our Creators' Circle meeting in April.  It is one of my favorite minibooks for a special reason.....each of us girls handmade or provided something sweet to make up the kits!!!

April made the beautiful red flower with the butterfly brad in it's center.

Melanie made all the other lovely flowers.

Jane made the leaf with the fabric button, provided the cute little mushrooms, brown velvet leaf, and hand dyed brown fabric strips.

Bonnie provided the colorful buttons, and white mesh.

I love it!!!  It's a little piece of them that I get to keep forever!

And of course I have the wonderful memories of a fun afternoon with my sister and I in the photos.....Makes me SO happy :)

Have a great weekend!
BIG smile!!!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Pink Ninja Monday!

PNA *Wonderland Mini* Front Cover

When I saw all the beautiful goodies in the Pink Ninja Addicts April kits, the wheels in my head started spinning and I came up with this colorful minibook.....there are lots of photos in this post (be warned), and enjoy :-)

PNA *Wonderland Mini* Pgs. 1&2

PNA *Wonderland Mini* Pgs. 3&4

PNA *Wonderland Mini* Pgs. 5&6

PNA *Wonderland Mini* Pgs. 7&8

PNA *Wonderland Mini* Pgs. 9&10

PNA *Wonderland Mini* Pgs. 11&12

PNA *Wonderland Mini* Pg. 13 & Side View, basically I played off the Alice In Wonderland theme, hence the name *Wonderland* for this mini.  There is the lovely mint green "Alice" flair in the kit that I mounted on one of the handmade fabric flowers (loves).  I used cute lines from the movie for the text (ie. Alice:  In my world the books would be nothing but pictures).....isn't that a perfect line for a mini?!?!  The photos I picked are from my trip to the magical state of WA last summer, and I altered them in photoshop to look more dreamy.....which would explain the bright magenta grass :-)  I can honestly say that almost everything I used is in the *Accidently Kelly Street* and *The World Is New* kits.  The only things that I added are the binder ring, thread/sewing, spray paint, craft paper (for the text) and thin chipboard to make the pages thicker.  It was so refreshing to not have to dig through my stash to make a minibook!  If you have one (or both of these kits) you are in for a treat!!!

I am also SUPER excited because next Monday (April 26th) is an extra special Pink Ninja Monday!  You will have the chance to win my first giveaway (handmade by me, of course)!!!  Will share a sneak peek soon, and more details on a full day of blogging fun!

Have a lovely week beautiful people :)

BIG smile!!!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Spring is in th air.....

Easter Basket Collage

.....and I am loving it!  One of my recent past times has been making gift baskets, and filling them with lovely goodies.  Some of them even handmade by me :)

I designed and have been making cute little owl plushies.....the large and small pebbles are spring themed magnets (that are packaged in the pink origami box pictured below), and the fabric/paper banner spells "spring" too.....

Easter Basket

Going to make it short and sweet tonight.....trying to get better and falling asleep at a decent hour :)

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wednesday ~ Heart Flutter

Vanilla Chai Tea

A couple months ago I had the most delicious Chai Tea drink EVER.  I was at a cafe chatting with some dear friends near Balboa Park (downtown San Diego) was a crisp winter evening, and the spicy sweet flavor was perfection.  Ever since then, I have tried chai tea/latte drinks at every cafe/coffee shop near my home, and can find nothing even close to the same yummyness.  

One morning I woke up and decided that it was time.  I went through the ingredients in my cupboard and came up with a recipe that is not the same, but also VERY tasty.  It's perfect in it's own way.  Creamy.  Just the right amount of caffeine.  Flavorful.  Warm.  A very comfortable way to wake up in the mornings.

Here it is....let me know what you think.....

Vanilla Chai Tea Recipe


Monday, April 12, 2010

Pink Ninja Monday!

Pink Ninja Addicts *Bloom* Layout

Pink Ninja Addicts *Bloom* Layout Collage

Happy Monday to you all!  Today I loving all the pretty little purple flowers in this layout.....and, you can't see it well (except for in person), but the main photo also has my black boots, and a pretty chiffon black skirt flowing in the wind (just at the bottom edge)....I love that too :)  Give me a nice breeze and I'm a happy girl.

I don't create many 8 and 1/2 by 11 layouts, but decided it was the perfect size for this project once I decided I was going to print out the background image, (and my printer only prints 8 and 1/2 by 11 or smaller).  It was fun putting it all together.  I altered the background photo to have a different feel/look than the main (smaller) photo. I wanted it to feel more like a background, so it has a faint texture of lines, and is quite a bit brighter.  Once I had the photos ready, it was super easy to pick trough all the beautiful papers and embellishments in the Pink Ninja Addicts *Accidently Kelly Street* kit AND the *World Is New* add-on kit.....I personally feel these kits compliment "nature" photos very well.

Anyways, I am off to work on a minibook with some CRAZY photos!  Have a beautiful day :)


Friday, April 9, 2010

Rosy Easter Kit

Rosy Easter Kit Basket

I have been a bit under the weather, but mostly busy making lots of fun I have lots to share in the next week or so.  The feeling of completing a project is very fulfilling, so my life has felt very full lately.  It's nice :)

First I would like to share with you my Rosy Easter Kit.  The photo above is a version of the Easter Basket I put together for my beautiful friend Jane.  My contribution to our Easter basket exchange this past Tuesday at Creators' Circle.  We had a fun meeting.  Here is a peek at what's inside.....  

Rosy Easter Kit

.....Some pretty paper embellishments, a vase with flowers, handmade tags, ribbon, bakers twine, a pin with peals, clothespin, silk flower clip, handmade fabric and paper tag minibook, and a piece of ladybug tissue paper.  I ended up making quite a few of these little kits for friends, and family this year.  I have been trying t give more home made gifts this year :)

And here are some of the details.....

Rosy Easter Kit Collage

I am going out with some friends for Indian food this evening...never had it before, but I love trying new things (even though I'm a picky eater).  Hope your weekend is fantastic!