Monday, January 30, 2012


I hope everyone had a great weekend! 

I finally gave in and purchased a "Smash Journal" by K and Company.  I had seen them at Michaels and with my 50% coupon  it was a perfect purchase.  As you can see, I decorated the front cover with beautiful images also by K and Company.

This is what the Smash looks like.  I purchased the pink one, but it also comes in the following colors:  Lime green, orange, black, red, and light blue.  For more information you can view this video @,default,pg.html

Of course, if you know me I could not resist making my first page with coupon pockets.  I used kraft paper and the Wild West cartridge for the letters.

On the following two pages I added kraft paper pockets for miscellaneous items.  I decorated the two pages with another of my favorite things "butterflies."  The journal has 40-pages which gives you a large range of creativity.  You can say its a work in progress.  There is so much you can do with this journal.   I've only started a few pages, but I wanted to share this project idea.

I love this page.  I haven't decorated it, this is how it comes, and I like what it says.

Hope you enjoyed this post and watching the video.  I invite you to visit again.


Thoughts of Encouragement

When you see things through your eyes of faith, you will see new possibilities.  You will see the answer that is on its way!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Dream, Wish, Hope & Love!

Hello my blog friends!

I wanted to share this pretty heart banner I saw on Beatriz Guzman's blog @  I love Beatriz' creativity and I'm hoping she doesn't mind me casing her idea.

Supplies used:

7 Gypsies mini hangers
Basic Grey Kissing Booth DSP collection
Recollections rhinestone swirl
Studio 112 adhesive chipboard
Tim Holtz adage tickets
Martha Stewart doily corner punch
heart shape buttons
large white doily

Thanks for visiting, have a blessed weekend and be sure to visit Beatriz' blog.


Thoughts of Encouragement

Sometimes the challenges in life can seem like overpowering mountains.  Speak God's Word to whatever mountain you are facing and watch it crumble out of your way!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


January 24 thru March 21, 2012
Elementary Elegance
Elementary Elegance stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.
Sprinkled ExpressionsSprinkled Expressions Stamp Set
Everyday Enchantment DSP
Everyday Enchantment Designer Paper

During Sale-A-Bration for every $50 you order (before tax and shipping) you get to choose one free item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  If your order reaches $150 you also get a great tote bag!   When your order reaches $400 you get an awesome bundle (see page 3 of the Sale-A-Bration catalog--click below website) that includes the Fresh Vintage Stamp Set, Everyday Enchantment DSP; the Ribbon and Brad Pack. When ordering, make sure you go through my blog to get to my Stampin' Up site in order to get the hostess benefits too.


If you're thinking about becoming a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, the Starter Kit is only $125 and you get a FREE Paper Pack or a Digital Download every month for the rest of the year.

Contact me if you have any questions. 

Erlinda Ramirez

Monday, January 23, 2012


 Here we are again, good Monday morning!

Hope you had a good weekend.  I'm thankful I did.  I found this art-stitched designer paper by Prima on sale.  It's hard to see but the paper has alot of stitching which I loved.

The black edging on the left side is part of the paper and there's stitching around the flowers and the photo mat.  I used Tim Holtz adage tickets and inked the edges with his tea dye distress ink.

Here I used Tim Holtz' Caged Bird die and added Rebel Shine small rhinestone drops.  All the bird, butterfly and flower adhesive chipboard are by K and Company.  The rhinestone swirl is by Colorbox.

As you can see I continue to use the heart doilies where I will place a picture. Also added decorative pins by K and Company to the flowers. 

Tim Holtz makes some great embellishments.  These keys are one of my favorites.

Thank you for visiting.


Thoughts of Encouragement

Listening is a lost art today.  Many of us are so concerned about expressing what we think or believe that we just don't listen closely to others--or even to God.

Friday, January 20, 2012


Good morning and welcome!

We're in the third week of the new year and I feel it is starting out well.  I've been able to free up more time for crafting.  I bought this sheet of designer paper by Webster's Pages called "Tea Time" and loved how this layout turned out. 

Supplies used:

Webster's Pages Tea Time paper
Martha Stewart butterfly punches
Jolee's Boutique pink flower
Tim Holtz journaling tickets
Recollections faux pearls
Spellbinders picture frame die
Cuttlebug polka dots embossing folder
Recollections pearl swirl
Tim Holtz word keys
6-inch pink heart doily
4-inch pink doily

May your weekend be blessed and filled with happy surprises.  Please come back and visit soon.


Thoughts of Encouragement

God does not want you to mope around defeated.  He wants you to get up and move on.  Not only does God forgive you, but He chooses not to remember your mistakes. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012



I'm so glad I bought this paper pad by Recollections "Pretty as a Peacock."  It has so many beautiful pieces of paper. 

For the picture frame I used the Origami "blintz fold." 

Supplies used:

Recollections paper pad
Jolee's flowers
Recollections butterfly
color rhinestones
glitter brads
Jolee's ribbon
Tim Holtz dusty concord distress ink
Rangers perfect pearls mist
peacock feather

Thank you for visiting.


Thoughts of Encouragement

As you excel in giving, you will bless the heart of God and will find that your life is fuller, richer, and full of purpose.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Valentine Candy Treats

Happy, happy Wednesday!

Hope you started your day with joy in your heart.  I was crafting with two of my granddaughters last night.  This is what we were making. 

Very simple to make, all you need are a few paper towel or toilet tissue rolls.  This makes a great recycling project.  Cut some designer paper 4" by 6", add glue and  wrap it around the roll. 

I punched a scallop circle and glued it to the bottom of the tube.  Decorate with ribbons, stickers, etc.  Add candy and get ready to bring a smile to someone special.

Happy to have shared this idea with you.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Good Tuesday morning and welcome!

If you haven't made these rosette flowers I hope you will be inspired to create one.  My rosette measures 10 inches in diameter.  My pictures will go on the hearts and scallop square mats.

The small rosettes were a gift from my friend Cecy @

Supplies used:

Stampin' Up large Scallop Circle punch
 Stampin' Up Scallop Trim Border punch
Martha Stewart score board
Colorbox Metallic Borders
Spellbinders butterflies, hearts and scallop square dies
Target's valentine designer paper
sticky tape and glue gun
This sample was the inspiration for my own page layout. It can be found in Stampin' Up's Occasions Mini Catalog.   I made my rosette with the score board, but Stampin' Up's new Designer Rosette die is definitely on my "wish list" to buy.  Click the link below for a great tutorial on how to make your own rosettes.

Thanks for visiting.


Thoughts of Encouragement

Each morning, forgive the people who have hurt you, let go of your disappointments.  Each new morning receive God's mercy ad forgiveness for the mistakes you've made, and forgive others for the hurts they have inflicted on you.  Today focus on your possibilities; focus on what you can change rather than what you cannot change.

Monday, January 16, 2012


Well here we are again, the start of a new week.  Let's start it with a little "love."   I made this mini album to give away.  On January 27th I am having a Valentine scrapbook class and this is one of my door prizes.

Supplies used:
Recollections Love Letters paper pad
Spellbinder dies
Michael's chipboard book
Jolee's Boutique flowers
red glitter DSP
red doily
Sandy Lion heart stickers

Thank you for starting out your week by visiting.


Thoughts of Encouragement

If there is anything in your life that is holding you back today, confess it to God.  Don't let sin hold you back any longer.

Friday, January 13, 2012


Good Friday morning and welcome!

Valentines Day is just around the corner and I am offering a class to create this 2-page layout.  The class is scheduled for Friday night, January 27th at 6 pm.  All supplies will be included.  I have room for 7 crafters--so reserve your spot today!

Have a lovely weekend and be sure to visit again.

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