Wednesday, June 30, 2010

~* Oh, My AcHiNg BaCk! *~

Trying to get my mojo back here!
I forced myself to get my butt off the couch and I altered this journal. It was nice to create again even though my back is killing me. BTW, don't forget to enter my blog candy giveaway. See my post below. It's a Prima-filled surprise and it's custom! I know there has to be more of you who like football out there!


Thursday, June 24, 2010

to my 49ers friend Siobhan, ThAnK YoU!

No, it's not football season yet, but it's getting closer! Most of you know I am passionate about football, especially the 49ers. A lot of you are football fans and I love that! Today I want to give special thanks to a fellow 49ers faithful friend (and very talented artist) Siobhan of Adventures from the Monkey Hut, who surprised me with some beautiful gifts yesterday. Siobhan makes beautiful cards. In fact, 3 of her cards are being published in the Summer 2010 edition of Just Cards! Siobhan sent me this awesome throwback Jerry Rice jersey that I'm wearing! I ADORE it! I didn't have a Jerry jersey!! Now my wardrobe is complete!
And on top of that, she sent me these beautiful 49ers personalized straps!!!!! These are so cool! Siobhan, I don't even have the words to express my thanks to you... actually, I can't thank you enough. I wish you were closer so we could watch (and yell at) our team together!
This couldn't have come at a better time either. I was just in the ER a couple of days ago with strange abdominal spasms and a sprained back! So what a nice surprise. I know I've been MIA, and if you haven't heard from me, that's why! I'm in some serious pain, (can ya see me grimacing here!) but things could be worse! Hope ALL of you are having a great week!
Go 49ers !!!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

~* Pinky's JeT SeT TrAvEl flip album - Paris Creativity *~

I am always 'wowed' by my ultra talented friend and fellow DT girl Pinky! She made the cutest Jet Set Travel flip album with the Jet Set Life scrapbooking theme kit from the Paris Hilton Creativity Collection! Here are just a few pages, but you can see the entire album at her blog:

What a fun project for girls to make for their travel memories! I actually want this album for myself! Pinky also designs for Clear Scraps, and they are currently having a blog hop, so make sure you stop by her blog and say hello!

Wishing everyone a sPaRkLiNg fabulous week!!!
To see the Paris Creativity collection, please go to

Saturday, June 19, 2010

~* Paris Hilton - SiReN - the Creativity Collection *~

I created this layout using the packaging from Paris Hilton's newest perfume, Siren, which I love. You can now purchase Paris Hilton's Creativity Collection at as well as!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

~* LiTtLe ReD rOcKeT gIvEaWaY! *~ GaUcHe AlChEmY!

On June 18, Little Red Rocket will choose a winner for this cute giveaway above. Just leave a comment on their blog, become a follower and post about their giveaway and this could be yours!
I won these pretty fabric covered buttons from them on their last giveaway. Be sure to check out their cute etsy store lil'redrocket! I bought some beautiful flowers from them!! Sooo many cute things there!
I also got this in the mail from Gauche Alchemy. I created a layout for a challenge they had on what mothers mean to you and was very honored to win this pretty kit from them! So thank you to both Little Red Rocket and Gauche Alchemy for the happy mail!
I hope all of you are doing great. I want to thank each of you for your very heartfelt comments on my last post. I know Christina appreciates all of your thoughts so much!! You guys are the BEST!!
Hope everyone is doing well......


Sunday, June 13, 2010

~* sOmEwHeRe OvEr ThE rAiNbOw...*~ an angel named Baron!
In memory of my sweet friend Christina's fur baby, Baron
who's now playing with the angels at Rainbow Bridge!
Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food and water and sunshine, and all our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill or old are restored back to healty and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing, they miss someone very special to them who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. The bright eyes are intent; the eager body quivers. Suddenly one begins to break away from the group, flying over the green grass, their legs carrying them faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together!
- author unknown -
Until they meet again....
Lots of love to you, Christina!!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

~* Julie & Brookie *~ rOcKiN' ThE PaRiS LiNe!

This week, Julie Tucker-Wolek has been guest designing for the Paris Hilton Creativity Collection using her beautiful daughter Brookie as her model.
As you can see, her layouts using the Shopping Fever scrapbooking theme kit are adorable! We couldn't have hoped for anything more beautiful than these!
I want to thank my sweet friend Julie again for sharing her amazing designs with us on the
I appreciate her time and talent SOOO much!
To view the entire collection, check out And now the whole line is available at! Just click on the logo above to check it out! HUGE!!!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

~* STEWIE *~ Paris Hilton's Newest Fur-Baby! - The Creativity Collection

I have wanted to make a layout for Paris Hilton using photos of her pets for quite sometime now. So this one is on it's way to Beverly Hills! This is Paris' newest fur-baby, Stewie! I used my favorite item in the collection, the Paris Hilton Creativity Collection Pet's Beauty Shop scrapbooking theme kit, for this cutie's layout! I embellished it with some lace, pearl accents, pink letter stickers, stick pins, pink ribbon and rhinestones so Stewie could sparKle center stage! And boys definitely can rock the pink!!! These scrapbooking kits are loaded with pretty patterned papers and sparKly accents! There are so many possibilities for super cute creations!
You can find the Paris Hilton Creativity Collection at and now the whole line is available at!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Julie Tucker-Wolek ~ Guest Designing for Paris Hilton Creativity!

We are very excited at Paris Hilton Creativity to have the talented Julie Tucker-Wolek as our featured guest designer this week! I have loved this lady since the time I found out that she is an avid football fan! (She's a big NY Giants fan!) She is such an asset to our scrapbooking community with her fun personality and beautiful designs. If you've seen Julie's work, then you know how honored I am to have her designing for us!
This layout called "Priceless" is the first of three beautiful layouts Julie made for us with the Shopping Fever scrapbooking theme kit which you can purchase from Paris Hilton Creativity. And exciting news, the Paris Hilton Creativity Collection is now available on! I'll be showing all of Julie's beautiful layouts at the end of the week. In the meantime, be sure to check out the Paris Creativity Facebook page where Julie will be posting her designs during the week! Thank you so much Julie! Your work is truly amazing and we are thrilled to have you sharing your talent with us this week!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

~* LoVe *~ at the top of the Dallas Skyline

Last night we attended a beautiful wedding for our good friend Giovanni's brother, who we've known since we moved to Dallas almost 15 years ago. Being Italian like my hubby, Giovanni is more like a brother to John. The reception was at Reunion Tower, one of the most recognizable landmarks in Dallas. We had an incredible time. You can see I didn't go with the Anthropologie dress~ that one didn't work out! Kyle actually picked this dress for me! Okay come on up and check it out!!!
Here we are! This is the observation deck where dinner was catered by Wolfgang Puck's Five Sixty restaurant, which is at the very top of Reunion Tower. It's 50 stories high and revolves, giving a 360 degree view of Dallas. It was amazing! And the food, spectacular!
The beautiful Dallas skyline. Pretty awesome looking out at this all night!
Enjoying the view!!! Yummy!!
And YUMMY again!!! What a gorgeous cake.
Soccer ball groom's cakes, how cool are they!?!!
And speaking of yummy, here is my honey John, who I never show cuz he's always the one behind the camera taking pictures for me!!!!! We kind of felt like JR and Sue Ellen Ewing when they filmed having dinner up here overlooking City Hall- we're HUGE Dallas fans! :)
And here we are posing with the beautiful newlyweds, Francesco and Ginny, who make the most perfect couple!! Francesco's parents and sister are here from Italy, then in a few months, they'll go through this all over again in Italy having another wedding celebration with Francesco's family there!!! How great is that! We were so happy to be included in their special day!
Wishing them a future filled with love & happiness!!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

~* sNiCkErDoOdLe the HeDgEhOg*~

I love this little critter! She's definitely not the friendliest pet in the world! At least not yet anyways. She hisses and bites at me - and that's when she isn't trying to stab me with her quills! Little stinker! But when I have chicken, she's my best friend! She finally put her spikes down and let me pet her! I discovered the trick - handle her ONLY when you have treats! All the patterned paper & letter stickers are from My Little Shoebox, the Lil' Critter line!