Just saw this and am kinda in shock.  Totally unexpected but totally appreciated.  Can't wait to see what the coming weeks hold in store!  :)

this is my angry face

Well not my angry face.  Brandon's angry face.  And oh what a face it is!  LOL  This is my third and final layout that I created as guest designer for Polka Dot Whimsy this month.  I meant to blog about it yesterday but the day totally got away from me so here it is today.

Seriously though will you just look at that face!  And that is exactly what he says ... "Do you see this mama?  This is my angry face."  Well at least the boy knows how to express his emotions.  ;)  I used a bit of mist on the background for this one as well as my journaling strips and just had lots of fun with my punches.

There were these really cool chipboard shapes included in the kit as well as some fun die cuts so I put them together and created this sort of spinner to point to the word angry.  Okay well truth be told it doesn't actually spin but it LOOKS like it does, right? ;)

I've actually been busy scrapping away this week.  I'm the June guest designer for another kit club so I've been busy working on some stuff for that.  Will share those once their gallery goes live sometime next week.  Until then have a fabulous weekend and a very Happy Memorial Day!  :)

super silly

Okay so I promised another layout today from the Polka Dot Whimsy kit and here it is!  This one was super fun to make.  As I said yesterday the colors in this kit are just awesome!  Bright and cheery and they just reminded me of a rainbow.  So I decided to paper piece this kinda sunburst design around a center circle the was the background for some super silly photobooth pictures the boys took with Salar at Brandon's 4th birthday party.

I would love to say that this technique is way complicated and such but it really wasn't.  I started with a plain white piece of cardstock, arranged my patterned papers in my "rainbow" and then started laying them down, cutting here and there to create this pattern.  Then when they were all pieced down I zig zag stitched between each piece.  A few sticker accents from Pebbles (yay!) and some coordinating buttons here and there and I was done.

I've got one more layout to share tomorrow so be sure to check back then!  :)

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Things were pretty low key here which is just how I like it sometimes.  Darian is feeling a TON better since he's been on antibiotics for a few days now (thank you for all of the well wishes).  And today is the first day both boys are in school since last Tuesday!  Hallelujah!  LOL! 

Okay so first things first.  Thank you for all of the sweet comments regarding the designer feature in CARDS magazine.  Carla was the first person to guess that the "hailing from canada" line was incorrect but Keshka was the first gal to note where I really DO hail from (Jersey girl here!) so I am going to send you both a little something for playing along with me.  I just need your mailing addresses ladies.  You can email me your information at lghahary(at)cevant(dot)com and I'll get some goodies out in the mail to you right away. 

Next up I wanted to share a layout I created as the May Guest Designer for Polka Dot Whimsy.  If you're not familiar with PDW you should really check it out - it's a great kit club run by Michelle Hill that features lots and lots of great goodies and vintage inspired finds.  The kit I got to work with was filled to the brim with yummy bright colors and you know that's how I love my patterned papers!  I created a few layouts with the kit but I'm going to share just one today.  I'll be back with more tomorrow (gives me a good reason to blog! hee hee!).

This layout uses some of the new Anthology collection from Studio Calico as well as patterned papers from Pebbles and October Afternoon and a few bits of We R Memory Keepers for my butterflies.

I had a lot of fun with my punches on this layout.  I think I used 2 different kinds of border punches, 2 different size circle punches, and of course that adorable butterfly punch from Martha Stewart.  I'm kinda like the Carrie Bradshaw of punches - a girl can never have too many!  ;)

In the photo below you can see a canvas flower that was included in the kit (I believe it was punched with the new Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die for Sizzix) and a lace ribbon rosette I created for the center.  This is so easy to make - just thread a running stitch along the bottom edge of your ribbon and tie your ends together once you reach your desired size.  Easy peasy!

Okay that's it for me today.  See ya'll tomorrow with another layout from this kit!  :)

CARDS Designer of the Month

Hey everyone!  So I meant to get this post written yesterday but alas the strep bug has found its way into our house.  This is our first encounter with strep and I had absolutely NO idea what the symptoms were (does that make me a bad mommy?).  I always assumed that it was a really sore throat so when Darian complained on Wednesday of a tummy ache and a slight fever I didn't think anything of it.  Same thing on Thursday.  But lo and behold the strep bug really wanted my attention on Friday and decided to give D a nasty rash that creeped from his chest and upper back all the way up onto his sweet little cheeks.  Yep you could say I was paying attention then.  I called the nurse at my doctor's office and as soon as I mentioned the rash she told me to bring him in.  Sure enough ... strep.  And apparently the rash is scarlet fever.  He's doing so. much. better. today with a good 24 hours of medicine in him.  Now I'm just crossing my fingers (and toes) that his little brother doesn't get it as well.  So far so good but we'll see what the weekend has in store for us.  ;)

Anyway I did want to share something exciting with all of you.  If you happen to have the most recent issue of CARDS magazine and you happen to flip to page 124 you may just recognize the face staring back at you.  For those of you who don't have the magazine here's a little peek for you ...

Yep!  That's me!  I was so super excited when I was asked to be the CARDS Designer of the Month for May.  I created 5 cards specifically for the feature and also shared some tips and tricks that I find helpful when creating.  I can't share the cards here on my blog since the issue is still current but what I can share is this little diddy here ....

I created this card specifically for the CARDS blog.  If you hop on over there you can see my complete supply list and some easy directions to recreate this one on your own. 

And let's make this post a little fun.  There is something not.quite.right about the information written on the first page of the designer article pictured above (click on it for a larger view).  First person who can tell me what is wrong and give me the correct information instead will win some scrappy goodies from me.  :)

Better Late Than Never!

Okay so I kept meaning to write a blog post today.  And every time I sat down at the computer I managed to do everything but that.  What I did manage to do was find a super cute outfit for my SIL's baby shower next month and check the weather a gazillion times to make sure the sunshine wasn't going anywhere too fast.  Oh yeah and post stuff on facebook.  You know, the essentials.  But no blog post.  So here it is already past 8pm and I'm determined to get this post written.  Oh but wait ... ha!  Just kidding!  ;)

So today I am sharing a layout that is up over on the Collage Press blog.  Our theme for May is "vintage" Collage Press so I dug out some Jackson Lodge and created this layout about the bond between my hubby and Darian.

If you're a frequent reader of my blog you probably know by now that I have a "thing" for blue and orange together.  Doesn't really matter what shades but that color combination just makes me happy.  Throw in a little green and brown and ... well ... it's just about pure heaven for me.  ;)

I LOVE the die cut sheets that come with each Collage Press collection and used one below for my title block.  The chipboard letters are actually from the Making Memories Pitter Patter collection but are a perfect match to the blue in the patterned papers.  

Okay there.  I did it.  Post written.  Not so hard now was it?  LOL!  I have something else I want to share with you tomorrow as well.  If I was a good girl I'd write that post right now and schedule it so it's all ready to go but I kinda like being a bad girl.  Plus I need to go watch Glee now on Hulu - I missed Tuesday's episode and I've heard that it was a good one.  Good night!  :)

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday everyone!  I couldn't think of a snazzy blog post title so that is what you get.  Hee hee!  I hope you had a great weekend.  It was gorgeous weather here in New Jersey thank goodness.  I was starting to think that Mother Nature had a personal vendetta against me or something.  ;)

I wanted to share a project that I worked on last week.  Salar's friend John asked me to put something together for his wife (who also scrapbooks) to commemorate their wedding.  I knew I wanted to do something other than just a layout and the 7gypsies Printer's Trays was perfect for this.  He snuck me their wedding folder (that included their vows and all sorts of tidbits from their big day) as well as some photos a few months ago and and this is what I came up with ...

I used mostly the Capella Collection from Basic Grey mixed in with a few other bits and pieces.  This collection is so very pretty but not your typical wedding line which I love.

One of my favorite things to do with the element stickers from Basic Grey is layer, layer, layer!  You can see how I layered 3 different flower stickers below using dimensional adhesive and placed them all within a metal frame from Making Memories.

And of course I couldn't resist adding this pretty Prima trellis rose along with some 7gypsies Wedding stickers in one of the boxes.

I think my most favorite part of this tray is this little square here ...

I created a little folder with the sticker "I do" as part of the tab.  Within it I printed an excerpt from the vows that Jennifer wrote to John.  Reading them totally touched my heart and I loved the idea of including them in the printer's tray but in a more private way.  Here's a picture of the folder open ...

I gave this to John Friday night when he was at our house for a boys' night of poker.  I can't wait to hear all about Jennifer's reaction when he gave it to her.  And now I'm feeling the need to make one for myself since I've done absolutely nothing with our wedding pictures and we'll be married 10 years this September!  LOL!  Enjoy your Monday! :) 


Could it be?  I'm actually posting two whole days in a row?  Crazy I know!  LOL!  Seriously though I wanted to share a layout with you of my sweet Puggle puppy Buddy who just happened to graduate puppy preschool this morning.  He has a diploma and everything to prove it.  Hee hee!  This layout actually appears in the latest Basic Grey newsletter in their "Eye Spy" section.  You should be able to see the whole newsletter here.   :)

I used the fabulous Max & Whiskers collection from Basic Grey.  LOVE LOVE LOVE this collection!  I have a thing for orange and turquoise together if you didn't know.  ;) And it helps that Buddy is quite the little ham for the camera.  Check out that face!

And here are a few more detail shots as well.  I didn't have black letter stickers for my title so I just colored them with a Copic marker to help them really stand out against my title block.

We have another crazy weekend ahead of us including tball games, birthday parties, and a baby shower for my sister in law.  Good news is it looks like it will be beautiful and in the 70s both days - yay!  Hope you have a great weekend everyone!

Tree House

Surprised to see me? I'm sure my blog is going into a bit of shock that it's actually being used.  Hee hee!  I have actually been doing some scrappy stuff lately.  Just nothing to share quite yet.  A couple of projects for a Guest DT gig that I *think* will be revealed soon (of course I'll share when it is) and a special project for a friend of my hubby.  I'm almost done with it so as soon as that is finished I'll take some pics and post them here as well (hopefully my hubby's friend won't mind!  LOL!). 

I do have a few cards to share today that I created for the Pebbles blog.  We are revealing another new collection this week on the blog called Tree House.  I know you're not supposed to play favorites but I just can't help myself with this one ... Tree House is by far my favorite collection of the recent new releases!  LOVE the bright colors.  LOVE the fun patterns.  Just LOVE it all!  I actually created a trio of cards to share just as I had done with the Twitterpated release but one of them was just picked up for publication in the October 2010 issue of CARDS (oops!).  So I'm only sharing two of them here and you'll just have to wait til October to see the third! LOL!

Be sure to visit the Pebbles blog to see lots of other great projects from the design team.  And if you want to win some of your own Tree House goodies be sure to visit the Pebbles blog tomorrow! ;)


Happy Monday everyone!  It was another one of those crazy, busy, run around like a chicken with my head cut off types of weekends but I made it through ... somehow ... and even managed a load or two of laundry as well!  Go me!  LOL! 

This week on the Pebbles blog we are featuring one of our new releases from Winter CHA, the adorably sweet Twitterpated collection.  I love this line - the color combination is so fresh and fun!  I created a trio of cards that are featured over on the Pebbles blog today and wanted to share them here as well.

Be sure to stop by the Pebbles blog every day this week as lots and lots of new projects using this gorgeous new collection will be featured all week long.  And I'll give you a hint ... you'll especially want to visit on Friday as there may or may not be a giveaway for a chance to win your very own Twitterpated collection.  WOW - that was a really big hint! ;)