Saturday, July 30, 2011

Birthday Card BLOG HOP 7/30-7/31

Thanks for visiting my blog today. Today’s post is the card that I’ve provided to my design team for the Design Team Birthday Blog Hop 7/30-7/31.

I’m sure you’re all familiar with a standard blog hop - a long list of blogs, and you hop from one to the other leaving comments...
Well, this one has a twist. This should be a super efficient hop for you, the hopper...
We’re linking up design team blogs instead of the individual bloggers blogs... So you only have to make 8 hops, and you’ll get to see 57 cards!  (+ tons of prizes to be including a $450 prize at the Quick Quotes blog) =)

If you’re interested, go directly to the start at:

There is some great blog candy to be had!!!

Here’s my card! I hope you hop along with us!


Friday, July 29, 2011

Bring a Friend Friday!!!

Happy Friday!

Today Quick Quotes is celebrating 'Bring a Friend Friday!'  For each person you bring over to the blog you will have 2 chances to win the amazing prize pack.  Hope to see you over there!!!

PS - tomorrow there will be an awesome blog hop going on.  8 stops with 57 cards - woohoo!!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Winners for Design Team Blog Hop

The 10 WINNERS for the Design Team Blog Hop have been selected.  Please head over to the main QQ Blog and check out the list! =) 

{keeping my fingers crossed for you to win}

Thursday, July 21, 2011

'Get to Know The QQ Design Team' Blog Hop (7/21-7/23)

So glad that you hopped on by for the
'Get To Know the QQ Design Team' Blog Hop =)

I am Lisa, QQ teacher & your new Social Media Director. I thought that the best way for you to get to know me is by seeing a pic of my crazy scrap room. (more pics/storage solutions in the 'My Scrap Room' tab above)

I LOVE pink/black/white. My QQ Chalking Inks are my favorite & most used item in my space, next to my paper trimmer (and I'm not just saying that because I'm on the DT) :) My fav current paper line is QQ's Savvy Davvy because I love the fun, summery colors.

My project: "Live Your Life in Flip Flops"
(with interactive mini album)
Layout Holds Up to 15 photos

The papers are from the “Savvy Davvy” line made by Quick Quotes. On this layout I used QQ’s Chalking Inks in Blue Hawaiian, Maraschino Cherry, Limeade & Tahiti to ink my papers and chipboard pieces. For the ‘SUMMER’ chipboard letters I stamped on it with polka dots and then embossed in a light blue. The ‘flip flops’ vellum quote is from QQ as well. The green flip flops at the top of the book I made myself by cutting out paper and adding ribbon for the straps. The border was created with a Martha Stewart punch around the page (Double Arches). 'Live out loud' glitter chipboard pieces were also used inside the mini album.

Mini Album pics

To create the book:

I cut (7) 4x6 pieces of paper and scored them at ¼”. The scored area creates the binding of your mini album and that is where you glue the pages together. Punch holes down the binding and add ribbon to create your desired look.

NOTE: you don’t glue the mini-book down to your layout until it has been filled with photos and you have your page protector. To add it to your page, slide the background page into the protector then simply hold the book on top of the page protector where you want it to go. Use an exacto knife to cut along the left-hand edge of the book. The very back page of the book will slide in through the slit while all of the other pages remain on the outside so they are interactive. I put glue on the back of the very last page to hold it in place =)
VOILA – you have an instant mini album and a page that can hold tons of photos.

Can you believe all of the amazing BLOG CANDY for this hop?!?
At my stop you have the chance to win a new QQ embellishment for the 2011 scrap year. Here are 2 of our Adhesive-Backed Glitter Chipboard Embellishments which coordinate with our paper lines.
To win my blog candy:
  1. become a 'fabulous follower' on my blog
  2. leave me a comment (if you have a blog, let me know and I will drop by =))
  3. check the main QQ blog on 7/24 where all winners from each stop will be posted
Your next stop on this amazing hop is: MELIN'S BLOG

If you need to start this hop at the beginning, please head over to


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

New position for Quick Quotes!!!

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT about me today over at the Quick Quotes Blog.

Please head over there and check it out! I'd love your support!!! =)

At the blog we are kicking off some big changes with $3,000 in prizes in 30 days! You don't want to miss this!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

My Boys

I have been setting goals for myself to participate in more online scrapping challenges. One of my favorite forums is and one of the challenges I signed up for was to scraplift a LO from the person who signs up ahead of you. This was created based on the inspiration of another great scrapper, 'AprilButterfly,' with my own twists of course :)

Detail pic:
This pic shows how I bent my green border to give it a wave/3D feel. (Thanks to Quick Quotes Design Team member Adora for this awesome idea) I used glue-dots to hold the folds in place. This pic also shows close-ups of the polka-dot and blue papers that have been distressed with one of my favorite tools. It is an edge distresser made by Close-to-my-heart which costs less than $3. Love the look it gives!

Items used:
Basic Grey papers
Martha Stewart 'Cherish' punch
Close to my heart edge distresser

Monday, July 11, 2011

"Friends" Card (Amy Chomas & QQ Cross Promotion)

This month Quick Quotes partnered with Amy Chomas to see what creations the design team would make with QQ paper and Amy's glitter gel pens & gel pen holder for the cricut. This was my first time using my cricut to 'draw' on paper instead of cut. Her product includes great directions about how to get a smooth flow from the pens to ensure a perfectly written sentiment or design.

Outside of card:

Inside of card:

I call this a peek-a-boo card. I cut two windows in the top of the card so you can see some of the gel pen artwork that is on the inside. The easiest way I found to create this type of card is to first use the cricut & Amy Chomas gel pens to write a sentiment on background paper. Then you can trim your paper to the size needed for the card. This way you can trim around the writing and be sure your writing will be centered. Then I measured where I needed the holes to be and cut the top of the card. I used cute paper frames to surround the cuts on the outside. To finish off the outside I added a Quick Quotes PVC frosted dragonfly that I covered in Diamond Stickles. The ribbon was originally white but I inked it in a coordinating color (Purple passion) to match my papers.

Items used:

Quick Quotes “Julie Je t’aime” papers

Quick Quotes ‘Purple Passion’ chalking ink

QQ PVC frosted dragonfly

Amy Chomas glitter gel pens & gel pen holder for the cricut (featured here in dark purple)

Cricut cartridges: Stamping & Mini Monograms

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Huge sale (40% off entire QQ website)!!!

If you are like me, then you love a great sale. I had to share this info!

Quick Quotes is having a 48 hour sale! 40% off the entire website! $75 minimum order. Be sure to use the coupon code: supersale11 during checkout. Hurry sale ends Tuesday morning at 7:00 am PST.

Club Q for July (sneak peak)

Quick Quotes has an amazing monthly kit club called CLUB Q. Here is a sneak peak of what's included in this month's kit with their newest paper line "Miss Morgan."

You can check out what I did with my kit in my post below called "Come Fly With Me". I am also working on a canvas project with these same papers that I will post shortly. =)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Backyard Campout

Adventure comes in all shapes and sizes and the newest adventure for my 3 1/2 year old was camping in the backyard with dad. They had a blast setting up the tent, then getting all of their sleeping gear out & hauled into the yard. Nolan couldn't do without his blue blankie with the elephants (not to be confused with the blue blankie with the bears - 'there is a difference mom') :)

Believe it or not they made it out there through the entire night and are already talking about future outings.

Please click on the photo to enlarge :)

I crimped some of my papers with the Fiskars paper crimper (shown below). I also cut out star shapes, sprayed them with water, scrunched them and let them dry. Once dry, I unfolded them and inked the edges and the folds.

Items used:
Quick Quotes "Just Jackson" papers
QQ Blue Moon chalking inks
QQ vellum, tags, & corrugated chipboard (I love that stuff)
Fiskars paper crimper
Fiskars scallop punch
Martha Stewart 'Cherish' punch around the page

(Layout design was inspired by a sketch from Sketchy Thursdays. This particular one was from the 6/30 challenge. Check them out when you get a chance!)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

And the WINNER of the blog hop is......

HELLO NEW FRIENDS: A huge 'thank you' to everyone for joining me during my very first blog hop. I had fun and I hope you did too. A few quick notes before getting down to business:

#1 I stopped by everyone's blog who left me their address below & I became a follower - woohoo. What great inspiration I received for my next few projects. If you are ever doing a blog hop please let me know and I'd love to participate.

#2 I hope to see you back here regularly. I try to post 2-3 times per week. I read every comment and I appreciate them. (new LO posted yesterday :) ) I also just created my very own BUTTON. I'd be honored if you grabbed it and posted it on your blog. (plus this will give you one click easy access to come back to visit me)

#3 I teach classes for Quick Quotes scrapbooking company at various conventions across the country. If you are ever going to be at a show where I will be teaching, please give me a heads up and I will bring you a special little gift :) (my schedule is on the QQ convention tab at the top)

AND NOW for the WINNER of my Blog Candy...

I was so blessed to have so many of you join me that I decided to pick 2 winners instead - hope you don't mind ;). The first winner wins the Big Prize Pack mentioned in the original post and the second winner will receive a package of homemade cards from me.

Winner #1
Amy said...

I love how you used buttons for the cherries and you went pink! Great card! I am also a new follower :)Amy

(comment #21) big prize pack from the original blog

Winner #2 CRAZY4CHRIST said...I am a new follower, love how you used buttons for the cherries, great job! sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com(comment #8) - set of homemade cards

*Please email me your full name & address by Sat 7/9 to and I will get those in the mail!!! =)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Come Fly With Me

Here is a sneak peak of the newest paper line from Quick Quotes called "Miss Morgan." Deep chocolate browns with pink & a hint of green. 'Love it'!!!

This layout captures my very first flight with my hubby as a pilot. He started his training when he was 15 and it was always a childhood dream to finish up his private pilot’s license. I am so proud of him! The diecut sentiment came from Quick Quotes and could not have been more perfect for this occasion, ‘Come Fly With Me’.

I created two pockets for tags to slide in and out to hold my journaling, including details about the flight and the date. To give the background squares a little extra dimension I sewed a brown border around the edges. Had to dust off the old sewing machine =)

Items used:

Quick Quotes ‘Miss Morgan’ papers

Quick Quotes ‘Mocha Mama’ chalking ink

Martha Stewart ‘Loops’ punch

Heidi Swapp green bling

(This LO was created for the Sketch Along Tuesdays challenge #18 at the Frosted Designs blog. If you haven't heard of them, then you should definitely check out their blog for some great inspiration!!!)