Thursday, April 11, 2013

Jaxon has something to say...

My little man (turning 4 this month) is fascinated by my typing on the computer. He is learning letters and I think he thinks he's got it down ;). Anyway, I told him he could type a message to you all, so here it is:

kikl;l;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;'''''''''''''''''''''''''\\[pkhttffettrettuyyygyygtyuugyiuhtjiuytuui9ijhyuuui\]ju8o'lkklllkhuuiooppppppoppppppppppppppppppppppjadxon                             hgjhfhdgfgsgsds


He wants to know if anyone will talk back. Too cute! I wonder what kinds of things he will accomplish with computers and technology one day. I don't think I ever typed on a keyboard until first or second grade, and this kid has been pretty proficient at my iPhone for more than a year. Crazy to think about, huh?

I've been creating like crazy lately and will share soon! Thanks for stopping by today, and for "reading" Jaxon's jibberish :). Enjoy your day! Tessa

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

True Love - The Studio Challenges

Hello, hello! It's Tuesday and I am just now feeling like I have recovered from the weekend. We had our third competition of the season (my little dancers) and they did great! This particular competition is especially hard because of their high adjudication standards, and we didn't have rehearsal the week before due to Spring Break, so I am very proud of my kiddos for scoring higher than 15 other groups their age. Gosh, I love working with kids :).

Sunday began a new challenge at The Studio and this is the page I created for it:

The challenge is to use a color palette of green, pink and yellow - perfect for Spring! I opted for a minty green instead of the jade green of the inspiration photo, but that's just because I wanted to use my April kit from Scrapbook Circle - Happy Place.

From my own stash I added the paint chip, the yellow and pink washi tapes, the "true" sticker and the flower (Precocious Paper). Everything else is from the kit. I had a lot of fun playing with the Color Pop paper by Heidi Swapp. I need 20 more sheets to just play with ;).

I am in love with these alphas! I'm so glad to see those back in Heidi's product line. 

You can find the Scrapbook Circle kit here. And you can play along with The Studio here. We are sponsored this month by Bellaboo, a UK scrapbook supply company.

Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy your day! Tessa

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Peachy Spring Wreath - SEI

I've really been into home decor projects lately, and one of my latest assignments for SEI is no exception. As a house-warming gift for my sister I made this grapevine wreath:

I made the large, lacy flowers from papers in the Diane collection. Did you know that SEI has fabric papers (and other fancy papers with all kinds of different textures and patterns)? I think it's my favorite part of their product line. They are so fun to work with and easy to die-cut.

I made the garland by cutting circles in two sizes with my Cameo. I would have used a paper punch, but I didn't have one petite enough ;). These are pretty small.

If you are looking for a peachy Spring palette for your next project, be sure to check out SEI's Diane collection. There really isn't anything on the market quite like it. And be sure to see my post at SEI's lifestyle blog for more details and other great projects.

Thanks for stopping by! Tessa

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

B is for Buys - Epiphany Crafts

One day a new friend came over to my house and noticed my collection of letter B's on the wall. She stared at it for a few moments then said, "What does B stand for?" She was a little embarrassed when I explained they were our family monogram - B for Buys. She thought my last name was something completely different! So, just to clarify, the B is for Buys, my last name :).

Epiphany Crafts challenged me to put the round tool to use, and although I have used the round tool for everything from layouts to cards to jewelry, I had never used it for home decor. I decided to finally decoupage this wooden B that I've had for nearly a year and the Epiphany Crafts round tool was just what I needed to bring it all together.

I used sewing pattern paper and book pages to cover the B, then fabric flowers and felt leaves to embellish it. The circle epoxies were the perfect embellishments to add a little color.

You can read my tutorial for the B here. And in case you want to know more about that really big B, here is my post from a couple of years back about it.

I hope your April is off to a great start! Thanks for stopping by :). Tessa