Sunday, February 13, 2011


I really do!

How do you define scrapbooking? Is it all about photos? Is it all about the STUFF? Is it all about ART?

For me - it pretty much means EVERYTHING I make with my hands... AND paper!
It's also about MY FRIENDS, my COMMUNITY, laughter and shared creative processes...

This weekend I had the privilege of doing ALL OF THE ABOVE! I am SO blessed to have some of the MOST amazing,
generous and fun community of folks to craft with. Seriously - SO kind!
{ So FUNNY! } Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE gets along SO beautifully - fits of laughter, spontaneous singing, collective searching for needed embellishment, inspiration or materials shared so selflessly... Oh, it's just SO fulfilling and FUN! I wish I could have YOU ALL here, too, but for now, I'll just send my best creative thoughts that WHEREVER you are, you have friends and "people" like my glorious community, here in Sonoma County: I'm a lucky GIRL!

All that AND.... MOJO!

AND, some terrific inspiration to play along with JUST US GIRLS,
who are showcasing a WICKED cool technique challenge this week:

{Adjust your sunglasses.... and get ready!}

Behold, the SPOTLIGHT!

I had the perfect paper in my stash for this clever and totally addicting technique.
PLUS, I couldn't resist the idea of of highlighting my "spotlight" with some of my
brand new "Nestabling", self adhesive rhinestone collection
{these shapes that coordinate perfectly with specific Spellbinder's dies, will be available for purchase after April 1st},
by Want2Scrap!

EDITED TO ADD: I'm SO excited to have been FORMALLY introduced at Want2Scrap today!
THANK YOU, for the darling & wonderful welcome, I am HONORED! Yee Haw!

{Oh, YES! This does make me Want2Scrap!}

So, I kept going!

Got ALL crafty ...

You could say,

I got my BLING on!

Paper flower "exploration" with the sparkly punch of self adhesive Want2Scrap pearls
and vintage MICA powder from Beachfleamarket {on Etsy!}

Shopping from MY STASH of why did I save this thing, again?

{Ohhhh, YEAH!}

And a little swooning over two of my SWEETEST hearts...

Good, old fashioned fun, and WAY crafty material!

Gratitude for things that Tim Holtz shares, so GENEROUSLY...
{I *heart* tissue tape!}

I "love" my oldies, but goodies, and most innovative materials...
{thanks, Crop-A-dile, for making metal punching, easier THAN ever!}

My heart is full, now that I know EXACTLY where to get the best BLING - ever!

Can you hear me purring? There's just something SO satisfying about mixing A LOT OF stuff
and a favorite photo... Way old and BRAND NEW materials.... Ahhhhhh, good FUN!

So FABULOUS to have just the right thing-a-ma-bob!

And never discount a GREAT friend who might share felt scraps and fantastic flower crafting technique!

Layers of distressed, glimmered, shabbied and glittered goodness.....!

Tying it all together with VINTAGE twill from MIL's sewing box! {*Swoon!*}

And the satisfaction of a family keepsake and decor to treasure!

Yeeeee HAW!

Good fun! Good craft! GREAT friends & high quality blog sharing=


Thanks for sharing a snippet of it with me!

Supplies -


C/S - Stampin' Up! & PTI
D/P - Sassafras
Stamps - Hero Arts & Stampin' Up!
Ink - Versafine & Stampin' Up!
Letter Stickers - Cosmo Cricket
Eyelet, Safety Pin - Making Memories
BLING - Want2Scrap
Ribbon - Recollections
Circle Punch - Creative Memories
Scalloped Edge Punch - Martha Stewart Crafts
Scalloped Scissors - Stampin' Up!
Dimensional Adhesive - Ranger

Valentine's Wall Hanging -

D/P - Making Memories, Stampin' Up!, Jenni Bowlin
Ink - Distress Ink
BLING - Want2Scrap
Vintage Mica - Beachfleamarket
Tiny Typewriter Key Stickers - All My Memories
Shrinky Dink Material - Graphix
Chipboard Words - Lil' Davis
Assorted Charms - Michael's
Scalloped Scissors - Stampin' Up!
Tissue Tape - Tim Holtz
Glimmer Mist - Tim Holtz Recipe


Dotty Jo said...

Well excuse me while I swoon! Oh Elise, look at what you made - totally wonderful and gorgeous and amazing. I never know just what I'll find whenever I visit your fabulous blog - but I know it's always going to be good and will leave me feeling inspired and just a bit giddy with delight! Jo x

Beth said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! That piece of decor is simply amazing! Your description of everything scrappy with friends is spot on, although I could never articulate it as such! I don't care where I am in the world...I WILL TRAVEL to be with my scrapping buds!

You are the Queen of all this,!

~amy~ said...

Oh My Goodness....cuteness overload here!!!!

Rosemary said...

so... i'm pretty much without words to tell you how amazing are your card and layout!!! you make me want2scrap!! yee haw!!!

farmhouse-story said...

what a sweet and clever tin heart project--love it, elise!!

Kelly Massman said...

Cute card and that tin--amazingly beautiful!

Monique said...

I am speechless Elise.. WOWZA!!!Great project!!

Ann said...

Wowza, there's a whole lotta crafty goodness here! I'm totally diggin' your cutie pie pears...& I LOVE me a good punny sentiment! Great work!

Nancy said...

LOVEly over the TOP! So sweet , creative and inspiring too! I love stopping by here!

Kathryn B said...

What a fun post this is Elise!!! Just chalk full of wonderful eye candy! Love your adorable and colorful "pear" card for the spotlight challenge and the heart box with all the amazing flowers and bling...beautiful decor!

scrappermimi said...

Big Congrats! Welcome to the team!

Karen said...

You are very sweet & encouraging! Thank You for your kind words! :>

Looks like you had oodles of fun getting your craft on this weekend!! Fantastic! Such a great pic of your kids, love the use of the tissue tape, upcycled fabulousness, and a wonderful pop o' pears! Congrats again on being part of the Want2Scrap team! :>

Carol L said...

First of all, congratulations for joining the Want2Scrap team! You're going to be a wonderful, inspiring addition to them for sure!! I mean just look at what you've created already! That pear card is just as cute as can be, and look at all that bling!! YOWSAH!! And it's pure genius how you took an old candy tin and created this beautiful, inspiring and amazing keepsake to treasure forever! Every detail you added to this project is just amazing! I love all the tiny dangling charms you chose, and there's nothing better than showcasing a great photo of your kiddos together! Thanks for the inspiration my friend, you have artistic talent that deserves to be showcased, so rock on my friend and keep those crafting ideas coming! You're amazing!!!!

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Congratulations!!!!! Woot, woot, woot!!!!!! What a great DT spot! The motherload! Bling? Nesties? Fun!!!!

And I am loving your lovely LOVE creations.. your kidlets are adorable! Such a cool project...

And nice spotlight for JUGS. The little pears/pear tomatoes make me happy - love their little smiles!!!

Kisses to you! What a great Valentine's Day gift to you!!!

Andrea M said...

Good gracious!!! Elsie there's eye candy in this here blog!!!! WOW! Your spotlight card is AMAZING and the altered tin is AMAZINGER... yep, it inspired a new word!!! AWESOME girlie!!! Thanks so much for being such a wonderful supportive participant in the JUGS challenges!!! HUGE congrats on the formal invite to Want2Scrap!! With the beautiful projects you create I am not in the least bit surprised they snapped you right up!!!

Rose said...

super cute card!!
that heart wall hanging...............L O V E it!!! fantastic girl :)

AKiteFlier said...

drool, swoon, faint! What a lovely set of projects you are highlighting or should I say spotlighting LOL - great job and love the heart and those pearls - ohhh la la! Thanks for playing along with JUGS this week. We appreciate your participation. Have a great week - hope to see you again Saturday.

Dana Gustafson said...

Oh GIRL! Just get OUT of here and go ON with yo bad self! Your pear card is super smiley-licious! The perfect blastof sunshine on the gloomy day. And hellooooo gorgeous! I adore your chocolate tin turned "love"ly decor! oh and Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls this week! ;)