Another weekend is drawing to a close and, once again, it's gone way too fast. Laundry isn't quite finished. The house isn't quite clean. Grocery shopping is not even close to being done. But I did accomplish something. I finished the project that's been laying on my scrap table all week. It's all about priorities, isn't it?

This project started out as a layout, inspired by the amazing new products Imaginisce sent me: Roly Rosies, Pop-Up Posies and Cupcake Flowers. I loved the variety of colors and knew they'd look great with the black and white papers from the To Love and Cherish collection. But when I started actually making the flowers (which is really pretty addictive) and placing them onto the page, I realized this project was going to be way too 3-D to ever fit into a page protector.

So I remembered I had a cardboard tray that I'd never figured out what to do with. And with a little black paint, my layout evolved into a piece of home decor!

The big pink flower is made with the Pop-Up Posies. I used this Roller Tool to curl back the petals of the middle and to give the outer petals the realistic texture.

This orange flower is one of the Roly Rosies, backed with a netting flower from the Cupcake Flowers. That sequined flower is also from the Cupcake many cute ways to mix and match these!

And of course, the bling is done with the i-Rock and this stencil set. It went so much faster this time (and I've figured out how to use it without burning myself!).

Have you seen the Imaginisce Challenge at Two Peas? They are giving away FIVE prize packs, so get those projects done and uploaded for your chance to win!

And now, I'm off to try to squeeze as much into the remainder of this weekend as possible. Wish me luck!

Upsy Daisy!

I consider myself to be pretty good with words. After all, I get paid to write. But I can't really describe the feeling I got when I checked the Upsy Daisy blog (for oh, I don't know.. maybe the 100th time?) and saw this:

I think I had to read it about 50 times before I believed that was my name (and not some other Robyn Schaub from Dallas, Texas) on the list. But I'm pretty sure it's me. At least, I hope so!

I fell in love with Upsy Daisy Designs on my first visit to their website, and the love continued when I started working with some of their products. Here are a few projects I created for the design team call:

Upsy Daisy Blossom line, with Cosmo Cricket chipboard, Imaginisce flower and Martha Stewart butterfly punch.

7 Gypsies printers tray with Upsy Daisy Vogue papers, Jenni Bowlin ticket, Making Memories ribbon, American Crafts Thickers and Stampin' Up stamp.

Added some i-Rock bling to finish off this card with the Upsy Daisy Vogue papers.

I can't wait to work with more of their products over the next year. I feel so blessed to get to work with manufacturers and products I love as part of my hobby. It's an honor and a privilege, and I enjoy every second of it.

A little bit of this and a little bit of that...

Ready for another Imaginisce sketch challenge? This month's sketch is by design team member Cindy Stevens, and it's a great one:

I loved the strips of paper behind the photo. So, I dug through all my scraps of "collections past" and realized that a lot of the papers coordinate really well. I ended up using paper from three different collections: Sweet Cheri, Birthday Bash and Cottage Christmas.

Instead of embellishments, I kept it simple and punched different sized circles out of the coordinating papers and hand-drew a few with pencil on the background to create the "bubbles."

Again this month, there's a great Imaginisce prize package for checking out all the design team members' sketch layouts, so leave a comment here, then leave one on the Imaginisce blog and then hop on over to the other design team members' blogs to leave a comment on each one. Every comment you leave is another entry into the drawing.

And if you'd like to play along with this month's sketch challenge (and why WOULDN'T you???), complete your layout and link it to the post on the Imaginisce blog by October 25th.

October? Really?

I know what it says on the calendar, but I can't help but wonder: is it really October? I guess the (slightly) cooler weather is a reminder, but it's still hard to believe we're a few weeks away from Halloween and only a few months from Christmas. Yikes!

There are some great things about the start of a new month, including three brand-spankin' new sketches by Linda Dias available at Coordinates Collections. And I did a sample of the 1-pager using some supplies from last month's "Preppy Boy" kit.

Really love the Prima bookprint canvas that I used as a "drop-shadow" behind the chipboard title block. And I have a ton of it left-over, so you can bet you'll be seeing it again...soon!

I printed the journaling onto a scrap of the patterned paper so it would match the graph paper background of the other papers.

And now I'm off to enjoy some of this beautiful October weather. Have a great weekend!