Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Summer At Last!

This afternoon, I left campus...and officially entered SUMMER!  As excited as that makes me, it feels really quite odd to be routine-less at the moment.  I am actually sort of overwhelmed by the possibilities, and have been compiling a kind of summertime "bucket list."  So far, it includes the following:
  1. Eat ice cream.  I wonder what it tastes like without the stress-eating aftertaste of guilt? :) 
  2. Given #1, be more active, more often.  Hit the beach. Visit the zoo. Hike Diamond Head. Do the dishes. Make a dent in the laundry. Shock my husband by doing the last two. 
  3.  Get outdoors.  Go out in the actual sunshine and enjoy it.  
  4. Paint the kitchen.  (We'll see about this one. It may be a little too ambitious for me.)
  5. Scrap. Scrap. Scrap. Scrap. Scrap.  
  6. Take more photos.  
  7. Read constantly
  8. Go to London.  Ha.  I wish.  
  9. Cook more often.  Try new recipes.  
  10. Spend as much time as possible with my daughter while she's still willing to spend time with me. 
  11. Learn something new, that I can take back to the classroom when school starts again.  
  12. Get a haircut. This is a big deal, given that I haven't had my hair professionally cut in, um, years. 
And the list goes on...we'll see where it takes me over the next few months.

Since my travel budget is quite limited (see #8...sigh...), I was also thinking about spending the summer visiting places on island where I have never been.  There are so many!  I've been inspired by a recent visit to Kawaiaha'o Church, where I realized how much history surrounds me here.
More details and a full supply list may be found at Two Peas in a Bucket.
Thanks for visiting today!  Here's hoping that your summer is off to a great start as well! 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Giveaway #2 Winner!

Congratulations to...

Hooray, Jennifer!  You've won a spot in Amy Heller's Two Peas workshop, "Through the Kaleidoscope."  I'll submit your info, and very shortly, you should have full access to the class.  Have fun!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Gardeners' Digest Giveaway #1: We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to...

Woo hoo, Kathleen!  You're the lucky winner of a Two Peas in a Bucket gift certificate!  (You have Peamail, by the way).  

A great big THANK YOU goes out to everyone who stopped by during the GG blog hop.  I really appreciated every comment, and I even made some notes about color combos that I'll need to try soon. :) 

There's still time to get in on the second giveaway, since I won't announce that winner until tomorrow evening.  

Have a great weekend! 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Gardeners' Digest: May GG Blog Hop

Welcome to the Gardeners' Digest, a monthly update from the Garden Girls, the design team at Two Peas in a Bucket. We'd love it if you'd visit each of our blogs today to see what's in bloom in the Garden this month.
My most recent layout should be appearing in the gallery one day very soon. Here's a peek: 
This is a page documenting a recent visit to Kawaiaha'o Church in Honolulu and the uncanny coincidence that occurred while I was there.  I used some of the new BasicGrey PB&J chiffon flowers here, since they remind me so much of Oahu's flower, the yellow 'ilima.   I also included a lovely doily from Webster's Pages and some Prima wooden buttons.  I'll share the full layout with you soon! 
One of my favorite features of the Gardeners' Digest is having the chance to share what's been catching my fancy at Two Peas.   Today I'd love to point you in the direction of a pea who is seriously just brilliant: Kim Stewart (neroliskye).  You must check out her gallery as well her blog.  Lately she's been taking chevrons and watercolors to a whole new level.  
I find myself bookmarking and pinning practically everything she does.  I think you can see why. :)  I love how she subtly works in bright colors alongside the Crate Paper Accent Cuts/map paper here. 
Lately there have been a bunch of new products making their way into the Two Peas store and then right out of it again, heading in my direction.  Here are few of my recent scrappy procurements: 
October Afternoon 9 to 5 12 x 12 Alphabet Stickers
Exclusive Pieces of Me SC/Two Peas Kit
My Mind's Eye Family Indie Chic Buttons
Hambly Uncharted Antique Teal on White Gold Paper
BasicGrey Raspberry Jam 12 x 12 PB&J Paper
I actually have TWO giveaways for you this week!  

There's still time to win a free spot in Amy Heller's "Through the Kaleidoscope" workshop at Two Peas!  Find out more about this giveaway on last Friday's post

Also, to thank you for for visiting today, I'd love to offer you a chance to win a $5.00 Two Peas gift certificate.  Your task?  In the spirit of Amy's new workshop, tell me your favorite color combo to work with lately.   Be sure to post your "colorful" comment and pea name by Saturday at 6 p.m. HST, and I'll pick a winner shortly thereafter.  Good luck!  

The next stop on the blog hop is Lynn Gahary.  Speaking of Lynn, have you seen her "Washington, D.C." layout in the Garden this week?  It's fantastic.  

Thanks for hopping by today!  (I'm so punny.)

Friday, May 18, 2012

Hue Up for a Giveaway?

When I think of Amy Heller, I think of solid design, a patterned paper prowess, and color, color, color.   She is terrifically talented.  

And now? She has a new workshop at Two Peas in a Bucket!  
Here's a bit more about the workshop:

As a graphic designer and former creative and art director by trade, Amy's experience in color has spanned not only from the crafting world, but over 10 years of professional experience in the design of advertising, brand development, and packaging. Over five chapters, she'll share 50 brand new scrapbook pages by her and her group of contributors. Each chapter contains a printable PDF containing beautiful color inspiration boards from daily life as well as from scrapbooking supplies for each of the principles and colors covered, as well as a coordinating video. Included is a handy, portable flip card set with each of the color theories covered as well as the full color wheel for taking to your next crop or simply having in your craft area for easy and convenient color reference.
Do you wish you could add more color to your scrapbooking projects? Have you ever wondered how to mix manufacturers' products and collections with ease? And let's talk about all those products you've been hoarding in your stash: ever wish you could learn to use more of those in your projects? Join Garden Girl Amy Heller as she teaches a color theory based workshop, "Through the Kaleidoscope: Making Sense of Color 4 Scrapbooking," based on the principles of the color wheel.  
The content of this workshop will be available immediately upon purchase. The lessons are available for you to work at your own pace and upon purchase can be accessed in the "Workshops" section under "Classes & Events." A private message board forum is also available to ask questions for Amy and to connect with other participants. Enjoy!
How about a peek at a few of the colorful projects from the workshop? 
I was stoked when Amy asked me to be one of the contributors to this class, and now, having had a pretty good peek of what's in store, I can tell you that this class will definitely make you rethink how you use color on your layouts.  

If you're interested in winning a free spot in the workshop (a $25 value), leave a comment on this thread (including your Two Peas username) before 6:00 p.m. Hawaii time on Sunday, May 27, and I will select one lucky winner.  If you purchase access to the class and end up winning the drawing, the fee will be refunded, or you can "regift" the free class access to a friend.

Good luck! 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Get Your Grid On

It began with Ms. Pac Man.  Then we moved on to Donkey Kong, and now...

The latest challenge is up on the JBS Mercantile message board, inspired by the Rubix Cube. The rules are simple. Between now and June 3rd at midnight,

(1) Create a layout based on a grid design.
(2) Incorporate at least one JBS Mercantile stamp.
(3) If you choose to enter more than once, the grid size must vary.

What's in it for you?  Well, not only will you have a lovely layout (or more) to show for it, but you'll also be entered for a chance to win a $25 JBS Mercantile gift card.  Score!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Word to Your Mother

Today's post on the October Afternoon blog features the speech that my daughter gave at her school's annual mother/daughter luncheon.  I've mentioned it on this blog once before, but now you can read the full heartwarming address (a.k.a. "Ode to an Irritating Mother").
The layout is also my take on this week's OA blog challenge, which is to merge the title and the journaling on a layout.  Lexi Bridges joined me for the challenge, and you must check out her take on it.  In addition, both of us used the new Here and Now Chapter sheets on our layouts.  I love these ever so much.

I haven't fit this much journaling on a page in a while, but I'm glad I finally got around to doing this.  It's definitely a moment I want to remember (even if I do "irritate the life out of" that poor child).  

Thursday, May 10, 2012

(P)noticed: 10 on the 10th

1. Pin:
Dietlind Wolf

2. Passage:
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.
3. Picture:
Two Peas Photography Challenge: Collections
4. Person:
Jody Wenke.  She shared some wonderful news on her blog this week. 

5. Problem: 
As much as I am looking forward to summer vacation, I am not looking forward to saying goodbye to my students.  I have a feeling that this is going to be one of those crybaby last days of school for me.  

6. Process:
I took last month's favorite photo of my cousin and used it on one of my Two Peas Garden layouts. 
See the original gallery post for more details. 
Because I love the photo so much, I was a little intimidated at first by the prospect of using purple.  However, my solution was to incorporate just a bit of purple through the use of purple paint on the layout.  I added it to the background and over the word "world" in the title.  The presence of purple doesn't overwhelm the layout since I included other bright colors as well.  
7. Product: 
I am loving bright everything right now, including this uber-cute Jillibean Soup paper from the Chicken Dumpling line:

Both sides are just so charming.  The pudgy bunnies on the A-side?  The woodgrain on the B-side?  I just can't pick a favorite, so I used both on this layout: 
See the original gallery post for more details. 

8. Pleasure:
I can't even begin to tell you how happy sleep is making me these days.  Add a light pattering of rain, a slight chill in the air, and a cuddly dog to that, and it's all good. 

9. Post: 
This post is definitely giving me ideas.  I'm looking at my JBS cigar box and seeing the possibilities. 

10. Present: 
I am having a really tough time deciding whether I should go to bed or whether I should watch Grey's. Choices, choices.  Given #8, I think you can guess which one I'm more partial to at the moment. 

Sweet dreams! 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cakewalk Blog Hop Winner

A few moments ago, I drew a winner from the Cakewalk blog hop comments.
Congratulations are in order for...

Elena, your response to my question regarding what you loved most about the Cakewalk line made me laugh.   ;)

I'll be in touch with details about how we can get those Doo-Dads into your hands!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

My Own Challenge

This weekend I've had a wonderful time at the Two Peas NSD festivities. Although I don't have much scrapping to show for it, since I had a lot going on behind the scenes, I did complete a few layouts.  One of those layouts is based on a challenge that I gave myself to finally start working my way through my scrappy "bucket list." There are certain photos and layouts that intimidate me.  I don't know where to begin -- so I just...began. 
As I shared when I first posted this at Two Peas, usually when scrappers share images of pregnancy tests, the tests are positive.  This page is about the other side of that -- coming to terms with the "negatives" and finding the positives within that.  
I wasn't sure about sharing this page at first, but what is there to hide, really? I know I'm not alone in this.  Creating the page and finally putting words alongside the photos was cathartic for me.  
There's a reason why I save all sorts of odds and ends.  A few of them found their home on this layout. 
All in all, I feel relieved, having made this layout.  Maybe it's time to pay a little more attention to that "bucket list" and stop being so nervous about getting it right. 

I hope you had a wonderful NSD weekend!  

Friday, May 4, 2012

Even More Kit Love

May the fourth be with you!
(Sorry, I couldn't resist.)

This month I had the pleasure of being the guest designer for Cocoa Daisy.  The May kit, "Graffiti Bridge," is really quite lovely.
It's packed with colorful papers and super fun accents, all of which make for some happy scrapping:
I painted the flower (above) and the frames (below) using mist rather than paint.  I also used the exclusive scallop stamp from the kit (above), embossing the image for a bit of added texture.
If you're curious about how I printed the journaling, I shared my approach in a tutorial on the Two Peas blog a few weeks ago.
It amuses me that the same kit that can be used to create a pink, prom-themed layout can also be used to create this page as well.  
These pictures capture R & Z so perfectly.  Those nuts.
The kit also contains a lovely "Blazonry" stencil from Crafter's Workshop/Julie Balzer Designs.  When I placed it alongside the Amy Tangerine die-cut leaf, I realized that it would be perfect for creating leaves.
I painted the Amy Tangerine alphas (above) using a JBS Speckled Egg paint dabber.  I also used the exclusive scallop stamp again (below). This stamp is definitely a keeper!  
I also put together a few cards using the kit.  Yes, cards -- can you believe that a few years ago I was actually card-phobic?  

This first card is a simple one.  As beautiful as the Amy Tangerine floral paper is to begin with, I enhanced it a little more by painting some of the flowers with pink, yellow, and orange mist.  I'm planning on including it with a Mother's Day gift. 
The second card features some pretty-pretty paper from My Mind's Eye.  I stitched a grid around each of the butterflies.
The final card incorporates a fun little JBS tag.  I can see this card in the hands of the school secretary (or administrative assistant, if you prefer) or a teacher.
All in all, it's a lovely month at Cocoa Daisy.  This kit was so much fun to work with -- and don't even get me started on what the incredible Cocoa Daisy design team did with it.  You simply must see for yourself!