Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Faves 4/30/10

It's the last day of April...
April Showers brings May Flowers!

Happy Spring!
Here are my faves for the week- short & sweet
{kinda like me ;0) haha!}



2. Apricot Blossoms
My Apricot tree bloomed this week and was gorgeous for a few days... until the wind blew them all off...
and that is it until next year!!
(but still very gorgeous while it lasted!)


3. Tim Holtz
I love him!
I picked up these 2 stamp sets on sale at Michael's this week!


4. Baked French Toast
Ohhhhh My Goooodness!
How in the world has this delicacy escaped me for 30+ years?
Thank Goodness my friend Rebekah introduced me!


5. Pink One!
(Did you flinch? haha!)
This car would be such a fun car to zip around town in...
if I wasn't a mom of 4 kids...
A girl can dream though, right?!


Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend!!


Be sure to check back early next week....
it's my BIRTHDAY and I will be showering my
blog readers with birthday gifts!!


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Big News!

I am so excited!!


.... but for now it is still a secret!
(check back next week!)

Fun with Photoshop

Ok- I have never played with Photoshop before...
I know, I am WAY BEHIND!

Anyway just started playing... here is my first project


Love all the colors!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Scrap Yourself Spotlight

If you haven't been over to the
blog yet, go check it out!

I am so excited to have made the new
Design Team over there,
and each day one of the new members is in the spotlight

Here is the link to mine:

Go check out the amazing work of all the DT members,
and leave us some love!

And don't forget to check back next
Wednesday May 5th for the first DT reveal & challenge!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Stamp Sale

I stopped by Hobby Lobby today and to my delight,
all rubber stamps were 50% off!!

Look what I found:


and I spent less than $10

Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday Faves 4/23/10... Art Journaling

I have recently been introduced to

I was immediately interested & wanted to find out more about this, only to realize that I started making Art Journals long before I ever knew what they were! I started the first one during my freshman year of college... I used it to jot down my thoughts and feelings, as well as some poetry and other things. I drew pictures and pasted in little keepsakes that I collected at various events throughout the school year. It was a very thick collage book that represented my entire time at college... the ups and downs. Everywhere I went, so did my art journal.

Now over a decade later, art journaling is back in my life.
I love that there are no rules, there is no right or wrong way to create one...

So here are my FAVES for the week- Art Journal Style!

1. Somerset Studios "Art Journaling"
the beginning of my new journey started a few weeks ago at the
magazine rack in Barnes & Noble


2. Tim Holtz Distress Inks
I have been watching all the FABULOUS demos on Tim Holtz's website, I love all the simple techniques he teaches for creating beautiful distressed backgrounds. You can do so much with the distress inks, even make your own pigment mist!


3. Mesh (Drywall Tape)
Do you remember Magic Mesh? Yeah well, when my husband found out what it was, he rolled his eyes and told me I was paying an arm and a leg for DRYWALL TAPE. He then proceeded to take me to the hardware store and show me what I could buy for a fraction of the cost. I love using this mesh on my projects!!


4. Vintage Inspired Rubber Stamps
These types of stamps make wonderful backgrounds, perfect for art journaling. I am having a lot of fun using my old stamps again!


5. Recycled Magazine Letters & Words
I love this idea to recycle your old magazines and newspapers. Letters & words are a lot of fun, but you can actually use anything you like for your art journaling... pictures, ads, articles etc.
Cut them up before you toss the old magazines in the recycle bin!


well there is another week of FAVES...
maybe this has inspired you to start your own Art Journal?
If not, check back here for updates on how my own art journal is coming along :)
Happy Weekend!!
Blessings~ Zoa

CTMH Projects

I haven't had a lot of time for scrapping the past couple weeks because of Oliver being in the hospital, but I do have some recent projects that I haven't posted.

Here are a couple projects I made at a CTMH workshop & crop



I used some new items from the Spring 2010 Catalog:
Veranda Pattern Paper X7119B
Authentic Stamp Set D1401


I also made some "boy" cards:



For the cards I used:
You Rock Paper Pack X7122B
You Rock Stamp Set D1346

thanks for stopping by, hope you have a great weekend!

Blessings~ Zoa

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I'm Published!

I am soooooo excited!! The new issue of
just came out and they published 7 of my pages!!!
Woop Woop!!


Go check it out!

Monday, April 19, 2010

DT Announcement!

Exciting News:
I just found out that I made the
Scrap Yourself Design Team!!!

Congrats to all the gals that also made the team-
I can't wait to start scrapping about MYSELF!
Come join us for weekly challenges


Blessings~ Zoa

Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday Faves 4/16/10

Ok sorry I dropped the ball on blogging.... if I am to be honest without going into a sob story, I have a special needs son that especially needed me this week. ;0)

All kidding aside, sometimes mom's have hard jobs, and this week was a tough one for me. I didn't have time to scrap and I could never think of anything to post on my blog that wouldn't be depressing. I love posting my FAVES every week, but for the last few days every time I would try to come up with anything for this week, I drew a blank.

So this week I am only going to do something a little different and just post 1 Fave... my son, Oliver.


I love this little boy so much!
No matter what we have been through and what we will go through in the future, I am so glad he is mine.

Blessings~ Zoa

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Friday Faves 4/9/10

A day late.... here they are for this week!

1. Eclectic Artsy Cafes
I love, love finding new & fun artsy restaurants!! We were in downtown Fargo this week and found this FABULOUS cafe "First & Deli" - everything is homemade, even the bread! They are known for miles because of their amazing homemade soups. Plus the antiques and knickknacks giving the cafe it's charm were all for sale. It was great fun browsing & eating there!!


2. Being Published!!
I was contacted by 2 different magazines this week for publication- 9 projects total! I am sooooo excited!!!


3. Zhu Zhu Pets
this is a new favorite in my house... Anabelle currently has 2 of these fun little hamsters and they are a blast to watch! (And there is no mess or stink! LOVE THAT!)


4. Typeset Blocks
this is a fun new thing I have decided to collect. I love antiques, and so of course old "stamps" would catch my eye. I picked up a few this week at an antique gallery- fun!


I debated whether or not to use this one... I have watched this show since season 1, and I have always really enjoyed it. I saw the finale tonight and I was so upset that Brig won.... so not sure if this should be on my faves or not... love the show- hate the season 3 winner!! I wish Janine would have won, but at least she made it to the final. I will watch next year of course ;0)


well that's it for this week... hope y'all are enjoying Spring!!
Blessings~ Zoa

Thursday, April 8, 2010

My Favorite Commercial

This is my favorite commercial right now!
It makes me laugh every time I see it!
Sooooooooooooo funny!

Blessings~ Zoa

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

In love with "Life's Portrait"

Just finished up my first page with "Life's Portrait"
I am sooooo in love with this gorgeous new line!
I finally got the Bloomers
that have been on back order since CHA! YIPPEE!!

I made this page to complete the 2nd LEO Challenge
over at the Tally Scrapper site.
We were challenged to scraplift one of the new DT members,
and I chose a beautiful layout by Mikki Boyd-
thanks Mikki for the great inspiration!


My friend Emily Dawes took this picture of my mom and me laughing. This is one of my very favorite pictures of us! I have been waiting for the perfect paper to scrap it... what can be more perfect than a paper line called "Life's Portrait"?



Only 2 more days 'til the weekend....Happy Scrapping! ;0)
Blessings~ Zoa

Monday, April 5, 2010

A Challenge Page & A Toot!

A new page...
I made this for the "LEO" Challenge over at

This is a picture of me and my sister, Caroline in San Marco last spring. I love this pic of us!

The challenge was to use:
2 Photos
2 Pieces of Pattern Paper
2 Staples or Buttons



I got an email from Scrap Street,
and they accepted some of my pages!!!
I am so excited- it is my first time being published by them!

Blessings~ Zoa

Friday, April 2, 2010

Friday Faves 4/2/10

1. Easter
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He sent His only son, that whoever believes in Him will not die, but have everlasting life."


2. Blue Jays
Let's read between the lines here (SPRING!) I have really enjoyed watching the Blue Jays in my yard this week, I am so happy winter is over!!


3. Tulips
They are so beautiful and I always think of Easter & Spring when I see them blooming!


4. Easter Candy (Robin Eggs & Reese's Eggs)
Yes, it is true. These are my 2 FAVES for Easter Candy! I love love love them!!



5. Pink Paislee Queen Bee Collection
I actually just saw this for the first time this week and I LOVE it! I hope to find some soon and start playing!!


There ya go- another week, another list of Faves!

I hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend with your family- I pray that you spend some time reflecting on what this holiday REALLY means... the sacrifice that Jesus made dying on the cross for us, and then the miracle when he rose 3 days later! Hallelujah- He is Risen!!!

Blessings~ Zoa

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