Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Old Panama City Beach!!!

 Chances are if you grew up in the Southeast you were familiar with Panama City Beach Florida. And if you are my age (growing up in the 1960's) there are certain things that probably come to mind!!! Long car rides with no air conditioning, laying across the back of the car in the sun, windows down. And you knew you were getting close when you started seeing orange groves on the sides of the highway. And even closer when you finally got to the big bridge!!!!!!!

orange groves on side of road!

The old Hathaway Bridge (now replaced with new sleek concrete double bridge!) The old one was a draw bridge and I was always afraid going over the opening part!!!

 me on the beach 1963

One of the things that was always waiting was "Goofy Golf"!!! We always stopped at least once to play a couple of rounds here!  

Me with my Daddy at Goofy Golf, 1963! (cool sunglasses!)

The main attraction was "Miracle Strip Amusement Park", which was the place to be at night! Lots of cool rides and things to do! This was the home of the "Starliner" roller coaster, which happened to be the FIRST roller coaster that I ever rode!!!!

Also, back then most of the hotels were one story court style motels, or two level hotels. But there was one large luxury hotel on the beach and everyone wanted to stay there, it was the "Fontaine Bleau". And back then it was the shining gem of the beach!!!! In later years it was dwarfed by the large multi story condominiums and hotels! But back then it was something!!!

There was just something special back then, things were just so different. If you grew up visiting here please leave a comment and let me know what things you remember the most!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Holiday Traditions Card Kit from Anna Griffin!

 I hope you all watched the 24Hour Craft Day on HSN yesterday, there were so many new an gorgeous things from Anna Griffin!!! One of the most popular items was the Holiday Traditions card kit. There are enough materials, including envelopes to make 48 gorgeous cards, and you can have 7 layers of goodies per card!!! So much fun!!!! Below is a photo of the kit!

I don't usually do cards for Anna, I do mostly layouts but I did get to create a few cards for this show! Here are the ones that I created with this awesome kit!!!

You can purchase this kit at HSN at the link HERE! You won't be disappointed if you invest in this lucious kit and everyone will love the cards that you send!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday Inspiration

I thought I would do something a little different today. While I've been super busy creating some new things for Anna Griffin and WeR Memory Keepers for the big 24 Hour Craft Day on HSN this Tuesday I can't share anything till after the show!!!

So......I was browsing and thought I would share some beautiful inspiration that I found. Each of these projects is simply stunning, and I know that if you're like me you don't have time to do as much "browsing and commenting" as we used to since there are so many places to keep up with now! So I urge you to check out each of these lovely ladies blogs and see for yourself what kind of yumminess you are missing if you haven't seen their work!

I'll be back later in the week to share some Anna Griffin, but in the meantime, please be inspired by some of these creations!!!!

First up is a gorgeous tag by my friend Gabi, and the best part......she used some of her own stamps that she designed!!!!! Isn't this stunning?!?!?! You can find her blog HERE!

Next is this lovely creation by Keren Tamir, I just love the softness in these colors and the beautiful design! HERE is Keren's blog!

 I couldn't help but stare at this lucious page full of texture by Heather Jacob! I love the sweet photo and the embellies are perfect! You will find Heather's blog HERE.

And last, but not least is this beautiful page from Bente, such a striking photo and she showcased it perfectly!!! HERE is Bente's blog!

Please take a few minutes to visit the blogs of these talented ladies, I know they will appreciate your time and I'm sure you will find some inspirational work!!!! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a beautiful day!!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sorry for the neglected blog!!!

WOW, it's been a busy month, and my blog has suffered for it!!!! I'm working on lots of new stuff to share soon but in the meantime I wanted to share a fun project that I did for WeR a little while ago. They have some of the coolest tools ever and one of my favorites is the Flower Punch board.

Well, I got to make a wedding bouquet for one of the HSN shows, it was easy and fun too! Here are a few pictures.

They come with stems and centers, but I didn't have a matching color center, so I took some cheap craft store flowers and took them apart, used the stamens, they had the underneath and top parts that connected, so it was perfect!

Here you see the center of the craft store bloom that I used!

I even kept the leaves, they were a good size to match the blooms!

Just a few more pics of some of the blooms!

If you've never used this tool I urge you to try playing around with it. You can make different size blooms, flat blooms, more gathered, whatever you like!!! Below is a picture of the tool itself! I used the Sheer Metallic paper collection! You can find the tool or paper HERE~

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I will be posting more regularly again!!!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Anna Griffin Botanical Die-cuts!!!

The last HSN show that Anna was featured on premiered her beautiful Botanical Die-cuts. If you saw the presentation the two on the table were mine! I loved these die-cuts, one of my all time fav products from her!!! But.....they sold out, which is good, but hopefully if you didn't get them, you can in the future!

There are gorgeous blooms to layer, butterflies, birds, just stunning images. The kind of stuff that makes everyone love Anna Griffin so much!!

This is what comes in the set, there are multiples of each sheet, enough to do lots and lots of projects!!!

I hope you are lucky enough to have these! And don't forget to check HSN to see when the next show is and what items they have still available!!!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

WOW Embossing UK and Blue Fern Studios

I have a page to share today that was featured on the WOWEmbossingPowdersUK blog. Their theme for this month is "monochromatic", so I used shades of green!!! This is our sweet Granddaughter!! She just turned ONE and already loves books!!!

I used Blue Fern Garden papers and chippies from Blue Fern Studios. I had some pretty green trim from Webster's Pages and added lots of green blooms from my stash.

I added some green pearl centers from Couture Creations. And a little die cut Anna Griffin, Inc.

The butterflies are also from Blue Fern Studios. I used 5 different shades of green WOW embossing powder on them. I just added gemstones for the bodies.

I even found an old green resin bubble sticker in my stash that matched!

I used a stencil and the Green Pearl embossing powder in random places on my background paper. 

Just lots of different green things on this fun page!!! I have always loved doing monochromatic pages anyway and this was a lot of fun!!! I really appreciate you stopping by!!!!

Products used:

WOW Embossing Powders UK:
Metalline Green regular
Gummy Bear Green regular (Suzy West)
Earthtone Olive regular (Suzy West)
Tea Garden Green regular (Suzy West)
Green Pearl
Sierra Sunrise (Limited Edition)

Blue Fern Studios products used:
Blue Fern Garden Timeless paper
Blue Fern Garden Picnic paper
Blue Fern Calling Card paper
Blue Fern Studios Birgitte Butterflies chippies

Other Products used:
Couture Creations self  adhesive pearls
Websters Pages trim
Prima assorted blooms
alpha stickers

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Anna Griffin and Cricut!!!

On her July HSN show, Anna debuted her new Cricut cartridge, "Summer Soiree". It has the most gorgeous images on it. I wanted to share a few projects that I did with this one!!!

For this first layout I just cut a large doily from one of the sets! I used green cardstock from the Perfect Palatte collection, then cut the solid from the Carmen collection. Love the yellow, green and pink together!!! I also cut a solid from the light pink for the center area as a mat for the photo!

This was a fun project, I made a "Party Banner" from one of the doily patterns as well! I cut them smaller, folded them and decorated. I used small decorative clothespins and attached them to twine!!! I used a matching label from the set for the letter mats!

And last, I used one and made it as large as I could and made a die-cut background for the page!!! Kept it simple as far as embellishments for the contrast!!!!

This is just an awesome and very versatile cartridge! I used the new Cricut Explore but you can get an actual "cartridge" as well!!! Hope you liked the examples, go check out Anna's homepage or her Pinterest page to see more cool ideas with this cartridge!!!

Thanks for visiting!!!