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Saturday, August 28, 2010

French Manor Blog Hop

Welcome to the French Manor Blog Hop
If you did not arrive here from Lori's blog, please go back or start at the beginning with Jana
Gaby - ME - You are Here!

"Ma Maison est ta Maison"
"Mi Casa es su Casa"
better know as "Mi Casa su Casa"
I created a Two-Page Lo of my grand baby Lauren and my Maltipoo Tiny
I bought my grand babies a play house, but since they live far away and only visit a couple of times a year, the playhouse, when my grand babies are not here, it belongs to Tiny and Moto (Shar-Pei)!
So who is saying Mi Casa es su Casa?  you be the judge!

Lauren is holding on her hand Tiny's toy. He is looking at her like saying HELLOOO!!!
not only are you in my house, take over grandma and grandpa's attention, but take my toy?!!!!
For the picture matting I used the window (pg 36) enlarged to fit the 4x6 pictures using DS
I also cut the red part of the window/mat using hide contour on all other parts and the bottom I had to cut by hand since there in no layer available for that part of the window.

The Chandelier (pg 37), mirror (pg 35), chairs (pg 29) using shift, and table (pg 33) were cut at 3"
I had to cut the chairs again with pattern paper to match the sofa because there is no layer available and hiding contour will not work.
The sofa was cut at 2.5" (pg 32)

For the mirror on (pg 35) which cuts it in 3 layers,  I used all three. I glossed the tiny one and applied aluminum paper to the middle part to make it look like a mirror.

I used glossy accents on the clock, mirror and chandelier.
The letters were cut using the Blackletter cart.
For the journaling tag I used the layer of the screen found on page 54. I used hide contour in order to not waste paper and cut it in 3 different sizes.
I popped dotted the sofa and table.
I used  ribbon and a buckle across the LO.
Finally, I used a MS go around the page punch called "French Lace" around the entire LO.

You are at the end!!
Thanks for hopping along!!!!
Now for a bit of blog candy!!!

From my favorite company Basic Grey
the Recess collection 12x12 paper pad.
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The hop ends on Sunday Aug 29th at 11:59 pm PST

Friday, August 27, 2010

Toy Story!!

If you have been wanting Toy Story and do not wish to pay full price or fight on ebay for a couple of months go check cricutmachine.com   $34.95 free shipping on order of more than $5 and no tax!!!!!

I love Disney characters and was about to pay $59.99 plus shipping, but I thought...mhhh just wait.
Less than a week ago, I was about to pay $39.99 plus shipping and tax, but I said to myself, just wait!
My BFF called me this morning on my way to work to tell me, so I just had to buy.  Yes, if we wait six months we might get it a bit lower, but I want it and want it now!!! lol

BG POTM July - Aug

Aug 2009
All about the friends in my life
The following is the least of my favorites
July 2009
Edited - I deleted the picture - I really did not liike.....

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

TRI-FOLD CARD - Inspired by a Bag

This is the first card I make of this type. I was inspired by this gift bag. My assistant gave me a b-day gift back in April in this exact bag.  He knows green is my favorite color (him and his wife are just wonderful) and he just brought me dark chocolate (I am a chocoholic!) from a San Francisco trip him and his wife just took, and I ungrateful finally decided to make him a card with this bag that I just could not recycle before. (I'm glad).
I did not pay attention to my not so good picture before I pulled the bag apart (the green is not showing well).

This is the card in its closed position. It it a standard A2 size.
I was able to pull the bag apart pretty good without ripping.
I used the flowers and the green paper from the bag (oh and the ribbon).

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


This is one of my favorites... 
June 2009
I just love this BG Wisteria Collection paper and how this LO was designed!
Yes! I used Spanglish!! lol.  It is actually called Code Switching when you use two languages!

You can check my BFF Abby for the cards she just posted made with the BG Wisteria Collection

Monday, August 23, 2010


For the month of April 2009 I did not like the layout nor the paper, so I created my layout with inspiration from PageMaps and My Mind's Eye paper.
This was such a special moment because my grand baby Jasmine on her own just came and cuttled with me without asking her to do so.....

I love the LO for the month of May, but could not find the paper at the time! so I used Fancy Pants paper.
Yes! this is me as a little girl.

Paisley Card and Spiritual Meaning

This is my first Pile It On, Basic Grey, Papercutz and/or Digidoodleshopbest Challenge...
I created this card which has elements that are a first for me and got me all excited!!!
Basic Grey Challenge ask for fabric...  so I tried for the first time to cut fabric with Spellbinders and it worked!!!!
Another exciting thing for me is this new embossing folder from Sizzix that I think is so beautiful and I cannot decide if I like the debossing side better!!!

This is the first easel card I create! Amanda Villareal made me! lol
While creating this card I got curious about the meaning of Paisley and this is what I found...
Spiritual meaning of the Paisley at http://applesofgold.com/jewelryblog/tag/spiritual-meaning-of-the-paisley/
The paisley design is rich in spiritual and symbolic meaning. In India, the paisley signified the time of harvest, a time of both socio-economic and spiritual significance.
In Eastern religions, the two paisleys are reminiscent of the yin-yang, the interaction of two polar energies of which encompasses creation (a befitting motif for the union of marriage).
Some scholars also believe the paisley is a convergence of a floral spray and the ancient cypress tree of the Middle East–a spiritually rich tree that is often found in the pages of the Bible.
Noah’s ark, for example, was made with cypress wood: “So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out” (Genesis 6:14). The cypress was also a symbol of holiness and aesthetic beauty: “The glory of Lebanon will come to you, the pine, the fir and the cypress together, to adorn the place of my sanctuary; and I will glorify the place of my feet” (Isaiah 60:13).

Debossed side
Embossed side
I was amazed that I could cut fabric with Spellbinders Nestabilities. Since I did not have fabric I used an old bandana. The challenge was finding matching paper and embellisments!!

 3 Pattern paper, 2 stamped (digi stamps ok) images, 7 buttons, ribbon, something clear.
BG Recess collection 3 - Cafeteria, Erroneous and Home Room papers
Fiskars Girlfriends 2-Stamps
7 buttons
Red ribbon under buttons
2 clear Dew Drops

Fabric and BG paper
BG Recess collection 3 - Cafeteria, Erroneous and Home Room papers

Anything Goes

Anything Goes