Squeal!

Let’s party!

This little girl right here is officially 5.

And we’ve had almost that many parties to celebrate this momentous occasion.

My layout~

Squeal!

I absolutely love this layout of Hartly heading to school on her party day.

It’s a total copy cat of Emily’s layout on the October Afternoon blog.

Emily’s layout~

October Afternoon Circles

As soon as I saw her layout I knew I would be making one of my own.

I even started a Copy Cat Challenge for the Cricut Circle Message Board Stashing Into Spring Group.

I chose to use several stamps to create my so-called journaling and moved my title up a section.

A few close-ups~

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And of course, I trimmed my main kraft sheet  and added a second base layer.

Even when copying someone else’s work a girl’s got to stick to her normal practices. He he.

Squeal! Close 1

I can’t believe how much fun I had digging through my stash and using an awful lot of it on this Circles Galore layout.

Almost as much fun as Hartly had at her school party I bet.

I used~

October Afternoon Cakewalk Guest List Paper, 6×6 Paper Pad, Flower Sack, Tid Bits, Chip N Stick, Daily Flash Snap Caps and Double Take Stickers, Various October Afternoon Buttons, Label Stickers and Stickey Keys

Bella Blvd Ice Enamel Dots, Various Enamel Dots, Fancy Thickers, Studio Calico Badges and Cas-ual Friday Exclamations Stamps

Marching By To Say Congratulations~

That’s exactly what my little elephant is doing. I needed a little something to go with the DCWV Insta Prize I was sending out.

My tag~

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I started by coloring the adorable Ella from the Mama Elephant Ella & Friends collection.

I knew I wanted to pair her with the bold black and white pattern from the Jen Hadfield Home Made collection, but I also wanted to use the blue from it as well.

It helped to tie in my use of the Recollections decorative straw that held a simple Congratulations sentiment also from the Home Made Paper Pad.

A close-up~

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Then I simple added ribbon and sent my little Ella off on her way.

I used~

Pebbles Jen Hadfield Home Made 6×6 Paper Pad, Recollection Straws, Ribbon, Enamel Dots, Copic Markers
Mama Elephant Ella & Friends Stamps & Dies, Mama Elephant Tags A Lot and Peek A Frame Creative Cuts Dies

A Little Love Tucked Away~

Over Spring Break Ashlyn and Holden left the rest of us behind to travel with their classmates to Amsterdam, Paris and London.

Nice, I know.

Originally I was supposed to go with them, but life happens and I had to cancel.

Making this even more difficult was this would be the first time they traveled without any family.

So the night before they left, Hartly and I quickly made little love notes and tucked them into their suitcases to find.

Our love notes~

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We used several Mama Elephant Bear Hugs stamps and dies with the prints from DCWV DIY Project Stack Favor Boxes.

I love how a good pattern paper makes quick work of using my favorite stamps.

A close-up~

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The hardest part of our little project was sneaking our notes into their suitcases.

I’m not sure if you know or not, but four year olds are not very quiet. Or covert. He he.

But, we pulled it off.

It was such a treat to get an email from Ashlyn letting us know she found hers and that she loved us too.

Awww…

I used~

DCWV DIY Project Stack Favor Boxes
Mama Elephant Bear Hugs Stamps & Dies, Bella Blvd McIntosh Enamel Dots, Ribbon

This Ash Is …

Awesome. Funny. Cute. Happy. Kind. Quirky. Silly. Mine.

And most important she is loved.

My layout~

This Ash Is

When I saw the This Wash Is Awesome tag on a pair of American Eagle jeans I knew then and there that I wanted to save and to use it for an Ashlyn layout.

It was as if it was made to be paired with the October Afternoon Girl Talk paper with all sorts of adjectives on it.

And now I know that I am not alone in saving little bits and pieces to use on layouts and cards.

In fact, there is a whole group of us digging out our little saved treasures and using them for the Cricut Circle Stashing Thru The Snow Challenge: This & That.

A close-up~

This Ash is Close

I snapped this picture of Ashlyn on her first trip driving through the Drive Thru of our local Hardees.

She did great.

However, I don’t think she appreciated me telling the young lady at the window.

But, she even celebrated with us. He he.

I used~

October Afternoon Daily Flash Girl Talk Collection including Gossip, Dish and Chatter Paper, Flash Blurbs, Memory Cards, Snap Caps and Double Take Stickers
Queen & Co Alphabits

1, 2, 3 & Here We Go~

A new DCWV Stack-a-Holic sketch challenge means it’s the perfect time to get back to work on my Disney 2014 album.

The sketch from pagemaps~

april page sketch 2015

And it just so happens that I need a layout to accompany my Happiness layout.

Please tell me that I’m not the only one who sometimes has to go back and add pages to keep the album and story flowing.

Okay, maybe I am.

My layout~

123 & Here We Go

I used the same prints from the DCWV Chick Chat Stack for this layout as well.

Of course, instead of circles I used Mickey Mouse heads.

A few close-ups~

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I guess it’s also a good thing that I take so many pictures, since it makes it that much easier to add pages.

To see more of my Disney Albums, click here.

I hope you’ll join in this month’s DCWV Stack-a-holic challenge.

I used~

DCWV Chick Chat Stack
Simple Stories Say Cheese II Collection Paper, Bits & Pieces, Stickers, Decorative Clips and Washi Strips, October Afternoon Kraft & Black Mini Market Alphas, Éclair Thickers, Bella Blvd Punch Enamel Dots, EK Success Mickey Punch
Cricut Mickey & Friends for the various Mickey Head Images

Welcome To The Gold & Cork Blog Hop with Tombow USA & DCWV~

Gold & Cork

It’s two days filled with gorgeous projects using GOLD and CORK!

You probably came here from Jaclyn’s blog , but if you happened to just stumble across my blog make sure you go to the DCWV Blog to start at the beginning! Or better yet head to the Tombow Blog and catch all the projects from Friday.

I wouldn’t want you to miss a thing.

Insta Tombow

Guess what you get when you combine DCWV Insta Fun products, Tombow Adhesives and two snap happy girls armed with a new Instax camera?

Insta fun~

Insta Fun

It came as a bit of a surprise when Ashlyn asked an Instax camera for her birthday this year.

Little did I know that she and Hartly had secretly been using mine, so I gladly got her an adorable pink one to call her own.

After opening it those two had the best time taking picture after picture.

In fact I think they went through most of my supply of film.

So, I decided they needed an Insta Fun album to put all their pictures in.

A few close-ups~

Insta Close Cover

After cutting the various layers of my insta camera  out of papers from the DCWV Gilded Stack I used the Tombow Foam Tape to give it lots of dimension.

I love the thickness of this foam tape.

I’ve been know to double up on other brands to get the lift I like, but it wasn’t necessary with this tape.

Insta Close Camera

To keep my insta camera in place I used the Tombow Adhesive Dots that come in bright colors to adhere it to my cover.

Please tell me you’re just as excited as I am about that.

I can’t tell you how many glue dots I’ve lost or thrown away by accident thinking they were trash simply because they’re clear.

Insta Close Charm

I’ve managed to get several of the pictures added to the album.

The pages~

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I tried heat embossing a stamped image on to the DCWV Cork paper and I think it looks fabulous.

Just keep in mind to be gentle when applying heat to the cork.

As you can see their pictures are quite random, but I love that they’re out there taking them of things that interest them.

Friends

There will be more pages added to the album once I talk the littlest into it.

Currently she has them all displayed around the house. Oh my.

And now let’s talk about some PRIZES!!

To win, visit and comment on the participating blog posts. You have until March 31st at 11:59 EST to comment. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on April 1st 2015. Tombow will be giving away: Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots, NEW Tombow Foam Tape and everyone’s favorite the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue!

DCWV will be giving away: The DCWV Gilded Stack, a 4×4 Cork Stack, Insta Kraft Album, Accordion Album and a set of Birthday Photo Props!

Remember to “Like” Tombow USA and DCWV on Facebook.

And if that’s not enough…I will be giving away a DCWV Insta Fun Prize Pack to one lucky winner here on my blog too!! Yippee!!

Your next stop is Latrice Murphy, so keep on hopping.

In case you get lost while hopping:
DCWV Blog
Jessica Pascarella
Britt Bass
Jennifer Priest
Jaclyn Rench
Sara Andrews~ that’s me
Latrice Murphy
Tessa Buys
Yolie Burke
Karen Jiles
Marie Browning
Karla Der
Lisa Lahiff
Tina McDonald
Tombow USA Blog

I used~

DCWV Insta Fun Kraft Album, DCWV Insta Fun Printed Cardstock, DCWV The Gilded Paper Stack, DCWV The Foil Cardstock Stack and DCWV Christmas & Winter Box Of Cards, DCWV Cork Stack

Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive, Tombow Foam Tape and Tombow Adhesive Dots

Mama Elephant Purrfect Pair and Photo Bomb Stamp Sets

Blue Moon Beads Camera Charm, Tim Holtz Heart Charm, Kelly Purkey Alphabet Stickers, Bella Blvd Punch Enamel Dots, Studio Calico Badges, Amy Tangerine Washi Tape, Paperchase Ribbon and Twine, VersaMark and Embossing Powder

Insta-camera Cut file by Sarah Hurley