Archives for July 2014

My June 2014 kit from Cocoa Daisy.


Hi Everyone!

I have been actually using my Cocoa daisy kits in my PL album. Even the stickers they use to seal the packaging is encouraging it says, “Go Be Creative”. I will be filming  a series soon to include on this blog of my PL for 2014 and my progress. I am playing catch up but making great progress and when I feel ready, I am going to record videos. june2014b

I love the orange color they included in this kit. I also like the mix of whimsy and more linear designs on the 3×4 and 4×6 cards.

june2014cThe aqua and navy are so pretty when you see them in person.  I also love these stickers with phrases. Perfect to put on top of a 4×6 photo or card.

june2014dYou all know I am just a softie when it comes to butterflies and this card was no exception. I like the 3×4 banner card. I can lay it over a photo. I am going to try to make my own with my Silhouette. I like the artsy feel with the splashes of color.

june2014eMore cards that inspire me to go design with my Silhouette. I love the paint splattered chipboard Hello and the golden hearts.

june2014gI like these weekday stickers. I wouldn’t have bought them myself but will definitely use them now that I have them.

june2014fThe funny thing is I bought a package of these sequins a while back and have already started using them  but I kept saying I wish I had bought two packs. Now I have them. I can’t help but smile when I look at them.  I love the colors and the different shapes.


They always include stamps designed by a guest designer. I like the little turtle. Very cute.

Tomorrow I am heading to Martha’s Vineyard, a small island off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts for four days vacation with Leao (delayed anniversary celebration). So I won’t be posting again until next week.

I hope you have a blessed day!



Independence Day celebrations 2014


This year, the weather forecast made for a very different independence day.  We packed up as usual and  headed early to Vovo and Papa’s house to avoid the heavy downpours that was predicted.  The fireworks were moved up a day so they happened on July 3rd instead of the 4th at the Esplanade in Boston.  We always watch them from my in-laws deck and on TV to see the performances.  So we ended up watching New York’s fireworks on July 4th.  It just wasn’t the same. We couldn’t grill on the 4th as usual.


When I sat  to write this post, I was going to whine about it but the most important thing was that we were able to be with family.  We were all together, even if it was pouring outside.  We talked and laughed and the next day, July 5th was the date of Cape Verdian (my husband’s heritage) Independence from the Portuguese. So we were still able to have a celebration with grilling, games, painting and bubbles. Lots’ of bubbles, courtesy of my friend Cathy. She gave them to me for the boys.

So now, I am rethinking my whine and appreciative of the opportunity to celebrate and be with family.

I hope you had a great day!


Haul at my LSS

june182014aI have been meaning to share with you these great finds from my LSS.  The first is Samantha Walker’s Summer Lovin from Carta Bella. Ok, this paper pack simply jumped into my hands it’s so stinkin’ cute. The colors are so vibrant and happy.  My two favorite papers in the paper pack are:

june182014bThe bathing suits. Ok I can see this being used with some of my beach digis and making a cute little beach card.  The one on top even looks like bubbles.

june182014cThe sunglasses are so cute. I think this would be a great one for a card or a scrap page. They are so cute and I love the shape of the sunglasses.

The next paper pack isBurlap & Bouquets by Fancy Pants.  The colors are softer but let’s face it the patterns are really fun.



My favorite two sheets from this pack (hard to pick favorites) are:


This floral wreath would be nice framed in a 6×6 creme frame with some lovely word or small quote glued to the center that has been cut out with my Silhouette.

june182014fThis pattern reminds me of some Aztec prints.  I love it and want to use it on a card. It’s busy but good busy.

The last paper pack I bought was theAs You Wish’ by Fancy Pants. The colors are very similar to the Burlap & Bouquets so I can mix and match them. The patterns are more linear. I could use this for summer or fall cards. My favorite two papers from this pack are:


The graph paper pattern with the heart globe and sentiment. I think this too would make a great home decor item. I could frame it and include pictures of Leao and the boys. Maybe I could cut out heart shaped photos of them include.


My LSS has this mystery sale going on where they have packed up various items in brown paper bags, sealed them and then but a ridiculously low price on the bag. At first I was not going for it but my friends talked me into it and I bought a mystery stamp bag.


For $2 I got these two Cling  background stamps from Hero Ats. I think they will come in handy with my water color projects. So I am thrilled. The second mystery bag I got was another stamps for $2,


I got these floral wooden stamps. The lemon stamp will come in handy when I want to scrap about my new Meyer Lemon tree I bought this year.

I was thrilled with my purchases and look forward to putting these ideas that are rolling around into action.

It’s a hot humid day today, will reach 92 and I am going to run a few errands with the boys and then home to play some games and read.

I hope you have a blessed day my friends.



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