Monday, November 22, 2010


I feel so special!  They featured the winners of Paper Crafts Stampin' Royalty Contest on Paper Crafts Connection today!  There I am...40 lbs heavier...I'm the second on the top...the one with the weird bangs.  They even showed my card on there again...blush...  Thanks again for the kuddos Kelly!  I love you Paper Crafts!

The weekend result

So, I'm home from my very fun weekend! The movie was wonderful, Ashley is VERY talented! It is now being sent on the indie film festival circut and we'll have to wait and see how it does there. I'm hoping for some great reviews on the storyline for her. It was AMAZING!!! Also, before you read on, I know I wouldn't have been able to enjoy my weekend without the support of my amazing hubby Rob. One of the strengths of our relationship is we know sometimes we need to escape the pressures of life. I was able to do that this weekend while he took on the mother and father roles for 54 hours. Thank you my darling - you are my rock and love. ***smoochy***

Now I'm home. Late last night. And I came home to a war zone. All that was missing were shell casings and sand bags. Disaster area does NOT completely describe the mess I came home to. But let me explain in my dear sweet hubby's defense...It's hard to have the our two professional wreaking balls on your own for 3 days straight. I know, I do it every other weekend! He did get Elizabeth's crib taken apart and her big girl bed put together, along with a few baskets of unfolded laundry. Not bad I thought...last night. Today, in the light of the day, I survey the damage. I would post photos if I weren't so embarrased. Between the crayons, clothes, and Wii controllers, I find spilled milk, ground up chips in the carpet, vomit on the wall and the contents of my secret Disney gift box opened and played with. UUUGGGHHH!!!!

This will be my montra the next few days. With my in-laws arriving in a short 36 hours the stress has begun to kick in. I will be able to get my house back in order before their visit, but on only 4 hours sleep...a rough night for both of the girls...I won't handle the stress as well as I would like. At least I'm not hosting Thanksgiving dinner.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Happily After

I have to brag a little.  My dearest, bestest friend has a younger sister.  Ashley Close...her pen name is Finley Leighton...  I've known her since she was 6.  She has become a wonderful, confident woman at 24.  She's smart, witty and beautiful!  Like her sister, she loves all things theatrical and currently works for a filming company in Arizona. 

A few years back she wrote a screenplay - I know!  She was so young!  Anyway - it was made into MOVIE... a real movie in Glass City Productions called Happily After.  

Happily After theatrical trailer from Glass City Films on Vimeo.
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The big city premier was in Chicago 2 weeks ago, how exciting is that?  The majority of the movie was filmed in the Toledo, Ohio area, as the owners of the production company are from Northwest is Ashley.  Since it was filmed there, they are having a premier there as well and lucky me got a ticket!  Perhaps you'll see me gracing the pages of US Magazine or People walking the red carpet!...or not...  Actually, if you happen to be in Toledo tomorrow, you can get a ticket too; hereI won't be posting for the next 3 days as I will be hob nobbing with movie writers, waiting to be discovered....;)

I'm so excited for Ashley!  What an accomplishement!  She could be the next Matt Damon - 'How 'bout them apples?'

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

It's out - wanna play?

Have you seen the NEW special issue by Paper Crafts Magazine?  It's called Card Creations, Favorite Occasions Volume 2. 
There are some awesome ideas in the glossy pages, not to mentions a few of my own!  Some of my favs are Shabby Chic Doily by Julia Stainton on page 19; My Heart Adores You by Kim Hughes on page 66; and Thanks a Million by Erin Lincoln.  Here are the creations I had accepted for this issue and read on for some exciting news!

A Perfect Day
Cardstock: (Soft Sky - current substitution: PaperTrey Aqua Mist) SU!
Patterned paper: (Sweet as Cherry Pie) Websters Pages
Other paper: (Days of the Week Journaling Cards– Happy Neutrals) Websters Pages
Stamps clear stamp (Up, Up and Away - ‘thanks for’ sentiment) PaperTrey
Ink…dye, pigment, solvent, watermark, chalk: (Chocolate Chip marker) SU!
Accent: (white pearl stickers) Kaiser Craft; (Pretties Kit – pearls and crystal for home-made pins) SU!; Pearl headed corsage pins) Oasis; (fabric doily and button) no vendor
Fibers: (pink silk ribbon and twill ribbon) May Arts; (Blue embroidery floss) DMC
Other: (Staples)

Thanks for the Lift
Cardstock: (110 white card stock – current substitution: Whisper White) SU!

Stamps…rubber, foam, clear: Clear Stamps (Up, Up & Away – sentiment) Papertrey Ink
Color media…markers, pencils, pens: (Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie Markers) SU!
Accent: Rainbow rhinestones (JoAnne’s)
Sticker: (Clear Stickers – Butterflies and Floral) Hambly Screen Prints

Clothesline Congrats
Cardstock: (110 white card stock – current substitution: Whisper White) SU!
Patterned paper: (Cloud Paper) American Crafts; (Ruby Red, So Saffron and Certainly Celery Designer Series Paper) SU!
Stamps…rubber, foam, clear: (Hangin’ Out) Taylored Expressions
Ink…dye, pigment, solvent, watermark, chalk: (Stazon) Black Ink; (Soft Sky classic ink - current substitution: PaperTrey Aqua Mist, Close to Cocoa classic ink) SU!
Accent: (Yellow buttons, White mini button, Jute twine, white string) no vendor

Are you proud of me?  My mom was ;).  But now for MORE exciting news...I am going to have a giveaway!  I have been receiving some fun and fabulous prizes lately, and I thought I would share them with you!  I will have a prize pack worth over $50 to give to the lucky winner!  Here are the deets:
  1. Post a comment here with your favorite card from this issue and why (don't forget to include a link to your blog)
  2. Post a link to this post on your blog by using this badge:
LilyBeth Boutique  here is the code:

That's it!  Easy peezie lemon squeezie!  I will pick the winner on December 1st and announce it here on the 2nd.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Glitter snowflakes

Ok, so I really loved this card too!  This is yet another one that was submitted to Paper Crafts Magazine's World Card Making Day Contest.  It was so shimmery and glittery, very luxe!  I really like making Holiday cards with untraditional colors, since I don't decorate in red and green.  You should have seen this one in person - gorgeous!

Cardstock: (Baha Breeze) SU! (Bronze Shimmer) TPC – Hobby Lobby
Stamps…rubber: (Sincere Salutaions) SU!
Stickers: (Blue glitter snowflakes) Martha Stewart Crafts - retired
Ink…dye: (Versamark) SU!
Embossing Powder: (Silver) Ranger Ink
Fibers: (brown double faced satin) Michaels
Finished size: 4.25”x5.5

Monday, November 15, 2010

Vintage Valentine

How stinkin' cute is this?  I really love the image, it's from  Check out all her adorable images.  I printed it out on cardstock and shabbied it up a bit with doilies and buttons.  It's too cute!

Cardstock: (ivory) 110 lb cardstock

Patterned paper: (Olivia) Basic Grey
Other paper: (Doily) Wilton
Stamps… clear: (Delightful Dahlias – sentiment) PTI
Ink…dye: (Basic Grey, Real Red) SU!
Accent: (blue clear buttons)
Digital element: (Vintage valentine)
Fibers: (red felt rick rac) Hobby Lobby; (red twine) SU!
Finished size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday dear friend!  My darling, I enjoy our early morning visits and chats!  You have been a source of inspirations, challenges, giggles and fun.  I admire your addiction to all things beautiful, trendy and paperlicious.  You introduce me to new ideas, products, techniques and obsessions...ahem, can I say burlap and doilies?...I have been the lucky recipient of a couple of honors with you as well.  For all of that I thank you...and so does my credit card company...You are truely Moxie Fab!

Friday, November 12, 2010

This was a last minute addition to my Paper Crafts Magazine World Card Making Day Contest submissions.  It wasn't my fav, but it did use up some of the Dear Lizzie stickers I've been hoarding.  I stamped the Certainly Celery paper music notes to add to the notes in the wheels.

Cardstock: (So Saffron; Certianly Celery) SU!

Patterned paper: (Heat wave – creamy coconut) American Crafts
Stamps…rubber, foam, clear: (Glee) Technique Tuesday
Ink…dye: (Certainly Celery; Soft Suede) SU!
Accent: (yellow buttons) PTI Custom mix Vintage buttons
Sticker: (Dear Lizzie - Frolic) American Crafts
Fibers: (orange grosgrain) ; (yellow embroidery floss) DMC
Finished size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Thursday, November 11, 2010

More cards...

I love the Holidays!  Baking, time with family, playing games with everyone; it's just a wonderful time!  I also love to make holiday cards.  Here is one I made for the Just Add Ink challenge today.  I masked the background with a paper dioly and sprayed with Tattered Angels Key Lime mist.  I then dried the doily, folded it up and attached a medallion to the front, to make it look like a wreath.  It is so cute and shimmery in person. 
Cardstock: (Stardream Crimson) TPC – Hobby Lobby
Other paper: (Doily) Wilton
Stamps… clear: (Everyday Treats) PTI
Ink…dye: (Real Red, Basic Black) SU!
Color media…spray: (Key Lime Pie Glimmer Mist) Tattered Angels
Fibers: (red grosgrain) SU!
Tool: (1.75” circle punch) EK Success type
Finished size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Monday, November 8, 2010

The magic is over...

Well, we just got home from Disney...tear...  The kids all had a great time and I think the adults did too. 

Rob and Elizabeth arrived a few days earlier than Lily and I did with this parents.  They gave us the night off by watching the girls so we could go to EPCOT's Food & Wine Festival.  What fun we had!  If you have never had the chance to go, I HIGHLY recomend it.  Try it during the week as opposed to a weekend, they're a bit more crazy then.  The concept is you are able to 'tour' countries by tasting their food!  They add 10+ more countries to the festival to the original 11.  Rob's favorite was Mexico's Tamal de Pollo (Chicken Tamales) and Korea's Lettuce Wraps with Kimichi Slaw - boy was it SPICY!!!  I LOVED everything from France...even tried the escargoe...the Lamp Chop from Australia, and we both loved the Fisherman's Pie from Ireland.  Everything was delicious!  We ended the night with a late dinner at Les Chef's Bistro in France...ahhh to dine without kids....athough we were full, we ate everything in sight!

My family arrived on the 31st and we went to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party on the 1st.  We all had coordinating costumes based on Peter Pan.  My nephew Casey was Peter, Lily was Wendy, Elizabeth was Tinkerbell and the adults went as Pirates.  It was lots of fun, and all but 3 of us stayed to the end.  They were all there for 5 days, and while we didn't get to see's hard to corral 9 people...we had a great time being together.

As an aside - I made all the adults pirate costumes and Lily's Wendy costume for the party...of course I can't find a photo of it... Until I can locate one, here is our Tinkerbelle and her pirate daddy enjoying the Halloween parade. 

All the planning for this trip kept me really busy, but now I need to make Elizabeth's big girl room before the end of the month.  Time to get on the business end of a paint brush again!