Project Life

With the holidays nipping at our heels it seems like we all are juggling several projects at one time. During the past month I've taken some time to decide on one or two activities that I not only enjoy creating but will also have the time and energy to post to my blog. Enter Project Life. I've dabbled with this for some time but once I became part of an online community whose main focus is PL --well we all know what happens when we come across like-minded individuals to share ideas and inspiration. So for the next several months I will be blogging and sharing my Project Life pages. And of course I will have to post some smashbooking and swaps as well.
For more info on Project Life, visit here
So ... here's a PL layout I created a while back. I've done many more since but these two are two of my favorites.
Enjoy ....and Happy Crafting'





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The Life Portion

Anyone who knows me well knows that I'm all about what's commonly referred to as midlife. Not that I don't cringe when I voice my age --I do, but I really believe that even that can and will be surrendered. I'm willing to be willing to surrender the vanity and arrogance that dominated my first-half life experience, right alongside allowing my emotions to dictate my behavior and decisions (a/k/a my emotions running over my azz). Well for the most part ...it's always a work in progress.
I'm learning in this second-half season to take it easy, to pray to be in communion with the divine and in good relations with friends and family. I'm learning how to let go of the guilt of imperfection, to forgive myself and others. I'm learning that to love with the heart of a mother can be painful and rewarding simultaneously.
Beginning this second-half life journey, I recognize that God's best kept secret of humility will be the instrument that teaches me how to love myself.
Here's a quick view of how love is showing up in my home the last few days....









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December Daily Time

There's nothing quite like the approach of the holiday season to bring out the very best of creativity. I've suffered a bit with self-inflicted sensory overload from hopping to blog after blog after blog, not to mention the YouTube videos I've watched. So now I have a list of everything I want to create before and during the holiday season, only about a quarter of which will actually get done, 100%.
The project I'm working on today is one that I'm loving. This past weekend I stumbled across Teresa Collins' December Countdown Memory Binder Album Kita/k/a the 2012 December Daily Kit.
Here's a look at the cover that will go on the 3-ring binder. Now you'll notice that this is not the TC Christmas paper. I don't have one sheet of her Christmas paper (no idea how that happened). So I was forced to use a pack of gorgeous Nutcracker Sweet paper by graphic45
I outlined the page with Diva Decor's Glitter Liner and filled in the hole on the tag using Viva Decor's Ice White Pearl Pen






The gods of crafting ...


have smiled down on me.  A blogger award!!  Blogging is a way to nuture my creativity while at the same time honoring and affirming your creativity.  My goal for my creativity and for yours is that we'll see all the bits and pieces of what we "put together" in our spare moments here and there to permeate all areas of our life.  To live in a perpetual state of creativity, even at the kitchen sink -- ah now that would be utopia, huh???  So that's where I am in my journey here at Life-and-Mixed-Media, bringing what I love to do into my home to honor and affirm my family, and hopefully yours. 

Thank you Susie for honoring me!  Take a look at her blog and you will see incredible growth in her crafting, but what I admire even more is her discipline.  Working full-time, taking amazing care of her immeidate family, she makes a priority of bringing the very best of the best of her crafting to each of us routinely.  But make no mistake about it -- her hubby and girls are first and foremost ALWAYS and that's what I love about my friend.  Check out Susie's blog here 

Now without further adieu, let me tell you about this award:
Liebster is a German word meaning "Beloved","Favourite," or "Dearest." This award is a peer to peer award in which fellow bloggers present the award to their favorite bloggers with less than 200 followers. The origins of this award is unclear, but is believed to have originated by a German blogger. This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion to share your dearest and most beloved blogs that have less than 200 followers.

RULES FOR ACCEPTANCE
Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog. Post the award onto your blog. Give the award five bloggers who you appreciate that have less than 200 followers. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award!
 
Choosing 5 bloggers was painstaking.  Seems like all of my faves either have a couple thousand followers or like Missie have just over 200.  I'm pretty sure I ended up using the more-or-less rule.

Donna B at
The Crafty Corgi - I found Donna while flipping through a SOMERSET magazine (yes, you read that correctly), but then I about lost my mind when I saw we live in the same town.  I imagine her time for blogging is limited because she is routinely published and sits on several design teams.  CHECK HER OUT....

Rhonda at
heart2handshighlights - I've "known" Rhonda for several years on the circut message board and have we've participated in numerous swaps together.  She's incredibly kind and talented, and .... she WELDS, and I've always wanted to learn to weld.  Talk about a crafter ...
 
Ohhhsnap at Ohhh Snap - An absolutely favorite because she does so many really NEAT projects.  Please look at her sidebar for all the different labels to get an idea of everything she's had her talented hand involved in.
 
Paper Craft Scissors at Paper Craft Scissors is absolutely amazing.  She uses her Cricut in the most creative ways and cleary thinks outside the box.  
 
And last but definitely not least - Cindy  at Scrap-Obsessed has been a long time favorite blogger of mine.  Her projects are always amazing & I love love love her detailed instructions. Cindy is my go-to-gal for all things inspirational with my Cricut.

Thanks to you all for your inspiration and kindness.

It's Fall Y'all

My mother-in-law is a lady to be admired. She is forever finding the best-of-the-best entertainment in our area. This past Monday we traveled to Newberry, SC to see Nunsense!, a hilarious musical starring Cindy Williams.  For more info about Nunsense! go here. The entire cast was simply phenomenal and apparently a good judge of talent themselves-- my MIL was chosen from the audience to go on stage to be a contestant in The Price of Righteousness, where she won 1st runner-up. The entire day was such a gift. Traveling to Newberry itself is a real treat. This little town is heaven for vintage/antique types alike. The simple beauty of this little town is stand-alone inspiration.
Speaking of inspiration...we found an amazing little store called Out on a Whim Located on Main Street in downtown Newberry, this store is the epitome of everyday beauty. Below is one of my purchases from Out on a Whim. There were several of these pumpkins, hand painted by the mother/daughter owners, and I wish I could've brought 'em all home with me. Below is the one I did choose.  You can check out the OOAW Facebook page Here. 
Thanks for stopping by and ....happy craftin'!!


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SMASHbook Fun

Ten days later, I'm still riding high on all the inspiration that came from spending an entire weekend crafting in Atlanta. The craft table is still covered in the most amazing calling cards and other unique goodies created using everything from a Cricut Expression, mod-podge, and everything in-between. I've had plenty of time to put these things away, but so far I'm perfectly content with the "mess" and the smile it brings.
The other night I couldn't resist taking a handful from the "goody" table and utilizing whatever I randomly picked up to create whatever randomly evolved. And what better opportunity to pull out my Smash Book (thank you, K and Company for this gem).  Because my photography is ...well, let's just say my 5yo could shoot better pics. The point is, these pictures don't come close to depicting the detail that you would see up-close-and-personal.


The yummy Ice Cream Calling Card  was made by Circle member Tracy-ScrappinMom. I love the colorful detail especially the cherry on top. Tracy's calling card is mounted on black card stock & then I had a blast embellishing the card stock using white craft ink and a stamp from the crazy-popular CTMH set "It's Your Day," white embossing powder, and a glitter pen. The other side is a pocket with my chandelier calling card inside.
The "beachy" calling card was created by Circle mb member O-Snap. The tag attached to the die-cut shovel says "diggin' the circle." I have no idea who made the cute glittery circle but it seemed to go just perfect in the middle of this page. The background papers, ribbon, banner, the journaling card etc. were from my stash. The sand on the calling card was perfect, but I couldn't pass up using my waterfall blue stickles. Oh and lest I forget, the black brad-looking circles at the top of the party letters are made using my black pearl pen.  LOVE those pearl pens....
You can see more of O-Snap's talent at here.
As always, thank you for your time and ... happy craftin'!!


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Circle Mania 2012

Circle Mania 2012 in Atlanta last weekend so far exceeded my expectations that I'm still enjoying the energy.  Meeting, face-to-face, women I have been friends with online for several years was nothing short of a huge blessing.  We had THREE FULL DAYS of nothing BUT crafting (okay that's not completely true.  We had plenty of good shopping & good food)  ....everything from card making, to altered objects, to jewlery making.  The sounds of humming cricut expressions and yes, even the singing of a few Cameos only fueled our creative ideas.  And the generosity of these women is incredible.  Pictures of some of our goodies coming up in my next post.
For me, the acid test in determining whether or not an event like this feeds the creative soul or takes away too much energy is how I feel once I return home and go about my everyday life, fitting in what I love every second I can.  And I have to say I came home from Atlanta completely renewed, not the least bit overly tired but relaxed and rejuvenated.  I can feel good about saying that even though I came home to children with strep and a house that looked like chaos had taken over.....
Because I am not a traiditional scrapbooker, I was so grateful when Cassandra (mb name Ctimz3) gave each and every one of us a layout kit to put together.  All I did was put the kit together, using the picture of the completed layout as a guide for my own.  I love the peachy keen pumpkin stamp and couldn't resist using an Action Wobble (so generously donated by the Scrapbooking Queen).  These Action Wobbles are precious and you can find out more details about them ....here
I also couldn't resist using a few of the calling cards on this layout.  These were created (from left to right using their mb name) by Susan From SC, ScrappyMama, and JenniferHolloway3.
Now all I need is a group photo. 


 

 
 Happy Craftin' ....
 

Tim Holtz Tag

A couple years back I purchased the Tim Holtz tag die cut made to use with a Big Shot or similar product and have sure gotten my money's worth. With the season of Christmas crafts on the horizon and being a total Pinterest junkie I decided to do a search for tag pins. Within minutes I was ready to pull out the Big Shot and cut more tags!!
In doing so I came across a group of tags I created for my daughter's 16th birthday. It took a good bit of time and effort to find quotes/sayings to attach to each tag and it was worth every second. My love for her was expressed far better than a typical happy birthday card.
I inked both sides of six tags, and used a variety of embellishments to give a little flair to the attached sentiments.
Below is just a sampling of a couple. I took them off the jump ring to make it easier to photograph.
Enjoy and happy craftin'....

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Let the Celebration Begin

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*Taxes and additional shipping/handling may apply. Offer good during above-specified dates, while supplies last.
Visit my website here to take advantage of this and other specials!!

Modern Girl, Vintage Soul

Today's feature project isn't quite complete yet.  It needs dimension but I'm not quite sure how I'm going to fit that in yet, so I decided to go ahead and post what I have.  Maybe you have some ideas -- if so, I'd love to hear them?
Speaking to me (literally....) is this Pink Paislee paper.  I absolutely love it.  I hope the quotes show up here, but in the event they don't, a few of these include "She is a modern girl with a vintage soul; she was meant to create; She let go of all her fears...."
My favorites here are "She always knew this would be her family; She understood the need for change."  On of the thoughts reads "She was happier when she was believing the truth" and I altered that to read, "She was happier when she was living the truth."
This is canvas board covered in patterned paper that I inked up with CTMH inks.  The quotes are just torn from a sheet of 12x12 paper, inked up, and to emphasize various points I used a white pen to outline the words to make them stand out a little.  All of the other embellishments are from the Pink Paislee Vogue line which I received as part of a warehouse sale.  Holla.....
I hope this piece will inspire you to reach out into your world and bring back to your heart the truths that touch your vintage soul.
Thanks for stopping by & as always, happy craftin' .....

Happy Birthday Dan!


How time flies when we're having fun. Hard to believe we are heading into "birthday season" already. With over half my immediate family celebrating their special day the last three months of the year, it really is a season here.
Just returning from our family vacation, it's a no-brainer that at least one of Dan's birthday gifts include pics from our travels. As much as I love playing with anything relating to scrapbooking, I'm not a traditional scrapbooker. I do avidly use Project Life and smash books and am hooked on both. I'm putting all this in "writing" so that when you see his collage you might not feel sorry for him.
Thanks to Snapfish and a little added bling (I couldn't help myself), I think my hubby will be happy.


On a sidenote, here's another picture of my Tim Holtz altered box.  This photo is much better.


Once again, thank you for stopping by and ....
  
Happy Craftin'

Tim Holtz Favorite


Happy Monday!!!  Is it feeling like fall where you live? Usually in SC it only feels like fall in my own mind.  Fall has become a favorite time of year for me, but because we just aren't quite there yet I decided to put a few of my favorites on display. 
This project is a Tim Holtz kit purchased at the Scrapbook Expo in 2011!!  You know the kind -- the heavy cardboard box kit that comes with a couple tiny bottles, some twin, and hardware for the feet, etc. 


So I finally decided to alter this baby with some beautiful Pink Paislee paper around the frame and attached the hardware. 
After inking around the frame with Tim Holtz distressed ink in Lemonade, I filled the boxes with my favorite fabrics and put a few of my favorite goodies in the boxes.  The upper left are some shrinky dink charms I received from a cricut swap, the upper right is just a little fun whoo-ha, bottom left to right --a kick-a** ring I bought for $4 along with a little bottle of Martha Stewart glass beads; a pretty cameo in the middle, and some bright colored (very bright) bling on the right side. 
So there you have it, a little of it all ... fabric, ink, embellishments, gawdy jewelry, shrinky dinks, and Pink Paislee paper!!







Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY CRAFTIN'!!!




Our Travels

Our family trip to Michigan to attend my husband's family reunion was planned months in advance. We left SC, traveled to VA and spent three nights. Virginia is very special to me and my husband --not only because of the incredible beauty of the mountains, but also because my husband being a Civil War enthusiast knows this part of the country like the back of his hand. So we took the girls through the Shenandoah Valley taking amazing photos along the way. Because we have a beloved beagle we had to have a picture of the girls at Beagle Pass. It was a Rockwell moment for sure until ... We discovered that Erin gets car sick. Oh well it was all still good. Here are a few shots from our trip.









A Fresh Start


Who can believe today is August 1??  Time really does travel much faster the older I get. This July has been a little too busy for my liking.  Nothing major, but a few too many of life's little annoyances is enough for me to let my priorities slip a bit. It shows up clear as a bell when I look at the last time I posted on my blog.  I love having this little part of the blogging world where I connect with others via my passions of crafting, mixed and social media.
So a new month is just what I needed for a fresh start. Thank you for your loyal following.
So here are a couple cards I put together the other night.  The top one is paper designed by Teresa Collins and the bottom is Graphic 45. The inking and paper are of course CTMH.
Happy craftin'.

CTMH Product Retirement

Woot. Woot. The new CTMH Idea Book arrived in my mailbox today. And OMG -- I have to say I have a huge wish list just from a quick flipping through it this afternoon. So ... Here's the list of what's on the way out.
Let me know in the comments section or email me if you'd like to order anything on the list below or if you would like to purchase the new Idea Book coming out August 1.
Happy Craftin!!

The following items are available through July 31, 2012 or while supplies last:

Z1163 Double Scrubber (Note: Being replaced with a new version.)
Z1006 Microfiber Cloth
Z1404 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Dark Cranberry
Z1405 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Outdoor Denim
Z1406 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Dark Chocolate
Z4110 Snapease Album System
Z1323 Clear Cards - 4 1/4" x 5 ½" Asst.
Z1309 Clear Cards - 4 ½” Asst.
Z1383 Sweet Leaf Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Z1384 Designer Ribbon - Pink Collection
Z1397 Canvas Badge Buttons
Z1367 Bitty Brads Basic Asst
Z1368 Bitty Brads Metal Asst
Z1104 Clear Sparkles (Note: Being replaced with all round sparkles)
Z1698 Mini-Medley Accents - Pacifica
Z1320 Mini-Medley Accents - Tulip
Z1338 Mini-Medley Accents - Sunset
Z1488 Mini-Medley Accents - Honey
Z1403 Photo Hangers
Z1402 Hinges
Z1690 Bitty Buds Asst
Z1691 Bottle Caps
Z1693 Seaside Wooden Shapes (SOLD OUT)
Z1688 Comic Badge Buttons
Z1635 Heirloom Asst
Z1337 Dimensional Elements Ornaments (Note: Updated to coordinate with Cricut Artiste)
Z1224 My Creations All Sorts Mini Album
Z1334 My Creations Mix & Mingle Mini Album
Z1321 My Creations A-Door-Ables
Z1152 My Creations Cube
4275 My Legacy Writers
Z338 Euro Personal Trimmer (Note: Being replaced with Fiskars SureCut Deluxe Craft Trimmer)
Z339 Euro Trimmer Replacement Blades
Z340 Euro Trimmer Replacement Blade/Scoring
1766 Dotto Dots Dispenser
1767 Dotto Dots Refill

Stamps:
A1095 Always Remember
A1099 Angel Sent
A1107 A Twinkle
A1108 A Flitter
A1109 A Sip
A1110 A Timber
A1113 A Game
A1115 A Holiday

B1356 St. Nick
B1359 Fright Night
B1361 Tannenbaum
B1362 Tag The Occasion
B1381 Holiday Cheer
B1393 Joyful Jar
B1394 John 3:16

C1379 Holiday Commentary
C1382 Holiday Commentary - Spanish
C1383 Holiday Commentary - French
C1401 Friendship Alphabet Small
C1408 Live Inspired
C1419 Harvest Home
C1420 Snow Days
C1423 Captured Moments
C1424 Nature's Gift
C1425 Month By Month
C1426 Thanksgiving
C1427 I Believe
C1429 Party Pennants
C1465 Unscripted
C1468 Winter Joy
C1470 Gnome Garden
C1471 Happy Clusters
C1472 Bundled Buddies

D1136 Giggle Caps
D1137 Giggle Lowercase
D1267 Rustic Numbers
D1306 Treasure Life
D1308 All Decked Out
D1373 Childhood Portrait
D1384 Snow Flurries
D1386 Save The Date
D1387 Made With Love
D1397 Save The Date - French
D1398 Save The Date - Spanish
D1401 Authentic
D1436 The Present
D1437 Party Animal
D1446 Adorn-able
D1449 Father Christmas
D1493 Fill In The Blank - Holiday
D1499 Live Your Style
E1002 Rustic Alphabet
E1006 Baroque Alphabet
E1011 Headline Alphabet Large
E1016 Friendship Alphabet Large

This list was posted on the CTMH Consultant's Bulletin Board by Debra Van Patten, a consultant from Indiana. Thank you, Debra for taking the time to compile this list.

Praying in Color

Several months ago a dear a friend told me about a "new way to pray" intoducing to me  the book Praying in Color.  You can view the book here on Amazon here   I  envisioned lit candles and sitting in a position with legs crossed and a straight back. The lit candle idea sounded good to me -- but the idea of contorting my body into an uncomfortable position didn't go over so well. Then she said a few words that sounded angelic. This prayer form involves using markers, watercolor pencils and any other art medium. Now that had my attention.  I fell in love with the idea of lifting my family, friends' concerns, etc using my art as well as my heart.

After talking with my friend and looking through the book, we realized this book is perfect for anybody.  It's all inclusive.  If the idea of prayer is not for you, in no way will that minimize the actual practicing of praying in color because you can call it "whatever..."  Thinking of you .... my dream page ... goal setting... the possibilities are endless. 
The objective is to use your doodles, line drawings, whatever it is you love as a way to express what's really going on in your heart -- what's really going on INSIDE.
Here is a Gratitude page from my smashbook, the perfect place for me to play with color -- I mean pray. 
Check your local library for this gem of a book.


Anniversary Canvas

Being a wife and mother striving to put "family first" I practice, as St. Teresa said, "doing small things with great love" (the quote is something like that).  This year for my wedding anniversary I decided to create a "big card to show big love"  rather than the normal  card.  And rather than paper I created my sentiments on canvas.  My husband is so proud of anything  I create that I knew  this Mixed-Media card made especially for him would make him feel especially thought of and loved on our special day.
I made this using a 12x7 piece of canvas purchased at the SCRAPBOOK EXPO in GA this past weekend (holla....).  I attended a class in Mixed Media at this event and was all jazzed up afterwards  to try out new products and techniques. 


I had so much fun doing this, but I admit it took much longer than it might appear.  I used gesso on the canvas and then inked it up.  Using Faber-Castell gelatos I did some stenciling.  Once that dried I placed and glued down the three tags I had made separately.  The key in the middle came from a swap I participated in last year and I wish I could find the name of the person who created it for me.  That key is so pretty I saved it for a very special occassion.  The other fun things are things I either bought at Archivers as part of my girl's weekend or had in my stash!! 
Very grateful to Susie (my partner in all things fun) for her help in the placement of everything.  Susie creates amazing projects.  So amazing that she's being PUBLISHED.  Watch for her project in the September issue of Cricut magazine.  Susie "lives" here
Thanks for lookin' and happy craftin'

Pink E’s 4th of July Blog Hop!



WELCOME to PINKE'S 4th of JULY BLOG HOPYou are going to be amazed at the patriotism and talent as you hop from one blog to another.   Because I love how beautifully my expression cuts vinyl I couldn't help but use my go-to cartridge for this event.  I used the Word Collage cartridge, white vinyl to put on the glass of the 12x12 frame.  Framed is a 12x12 piece of red paper with random stitching.  Easy peasy ... and a ton of fun. 




If you have come here from Migdalia: Crafting with Creative M @ http://craftingwithcreativem.blogspot.com/ then you are in the right place!! If not, why not start from the beginning at Pink E’s blog!!
So, from here you’re on to Ian: A Newbie Crafter @ http://anewbiecrafter.blogspot.com/

If by chance you missed the beginning of the blog list you can always start right here at the beginning with PinkE and follow the links.

Here are the Links (URLS) for the Line-UP:
1. *PinkE: Creations By PinkE @
http://simplypinke.blogspot.com/

2. Melissa: Moe Creations @
http://melissa-moecreations.blogspot.com/

3. Lee-Ann: Snappy Scraps @
http://leescraps.blogspot.com/

4. Sandy: Sandy From Ukiah @
http://sandyfromukiah.blogspot.com/

5. Girlia: Girlia's Cards @
http://www.girliascards.com/

6. Helen: HTB Creations @
http://www.htbcreations.com/

7. Migdalia: Crafting with Creative M @
http://craftingwithcreativem.blogspot.com/

8. Elizabeth: Life and Mixed Media @
http://lifeandmixedmedia.blogspot.com/

9. Ian: A Newbie Crafter @
http://anewbiecrafter.blogspot.com/

10. Melissa: Stampin Voila @
http://melissastampingvoila.blogspot.com/

Interested in a fun giveaway???  Become a follower of Life-and-Mixed-Media, leave me a comment and a way to contact you.  Once I reach 100 followers I have two giveaways.  The first is a red smashbook and matching ephemera.  The second giveaway will be a 50% off one stamp set from the current Close-to-my-Heart Idea book. 
Two names will be randomly generated once I reach my goal of 100 folllowers! 

Happy 4th of July and happy craftin'!!

Tune In ....

CRAFT WARS premiers Tuesday at 10pm on TLC Now this is my kind of reality television.  I've watched several sneak-peak videos and it looks FANTASTIC..   You can learn more about Tori Spelling, her crafting history, and Craft Wars here
I hope the show will provide more than just entertainment.  I'm always in search of new projects, tecchniques, and of course new products that I just "can't live without." 
So are you planning to tune in?  If so, PLEASE come back and post your thoughts on this new series.  And if you discover that you know any of the contestants or judges please come back and post that info. 
I'm borderline ecstatic to see that we have a reality show based on what I love to do most so I hope you will join me in supporting Craft Wars.
Happy craftin' ....