Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Some Sweet Gallery Inspiration...

Here are a few more fabulous & inspirational layouts from the Two Peas Gallery using my latest kit Makes Me Happy.  I love the delicate balance of subtle journaling and attention to shadow detail shared on each layout.  The finished pages are beautifully simple, elegant, soft, & lovely.  These talented ladies have taken my breath away!  Click on the linked layout to leave them some well deserved love!!!

 {by chengie}

{by JenniferHignite}

 {by crystalbella77}

{by lingovise}

{by Lexicam}
{by fruitysuet}

{by baersgarten}


Monday, December 13, 2010

Blog Hop Winners...

Hooray for three lucky winners today from this weekends Kindness Blog Hop!  Congratulations to the posters below!!!  Email me at hazelolivedesigns@yahoo.com including your Two Peas in a Bucket user name, and the two products you would like from my store!  I'll add the downloads to your account and send you over a copy of my newest product, The Simplicity Collection Card Templates {Volume One}.  Enjoy!  And thanks to everyone for playing along!

Congratulations to: Salai, JeannaBelle, & SuzieK!!!!!


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Celebrating kindness with a blog hop, inspiration, & a heap of giveaways!!!

So what exactly is this blog hop all about?  Well, first and foremost its about one simple and beautiful word...kindness.  Secondly, its about 5 lovely and unique ladies with a goal to inspire you.  Join us on this blog hop journey to warm your soul, spark your creativity, and a chance to win some fabulous prizes.  Enjoy your journey and Happy Holidays! 

Blog Hop Info:

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.  It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.  ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I love this quote from P.S. I Love You.  It always reminds me not only to be kind, but just how easily a little kindness can be spread.  Through the 26 years of my life, I have been a most fortunate witness to beautiful, spectacular, love filled, and down right productions of compassion & kindness.  I have met people (both men & women) who dedicate their entire lives to the needs and care of others.  I have been witness to entire communities coming together to support one family or person in need.   These are all snapshots of kindness at its best.  This inspiration always has me searching for things that I can do to continue this spread of love.  As a stay at home Mom with two busy toddlers, a design business to run, a husband, family, and home to take care of, I don't have the time to do things on such a grand scale.  My days are full and my free time is limited...sound familiar?  However limited our time, and despite our demanding schedules, we can still participate in the spread of kindness.  On a smaller scale, and in your own creative way, you can still bring a little light to someones day while nurturing your soul in the process.  Kindness surely doesn't come effortless to me among the chaos of life.  Practicing kindness is exactly that...practicing.  Practicing to develop a lovely and lifelong habit.  I want to share kindness not only for myself, but for strangers, for friends, for my daughters, for the world.  This is one habit that I am working ceaselessly to own, to share, and to pass on.  One of my favorite and most simplest habits in the spread of kindness is to try and compliment at least one stranger a week.  We all know that receiving a compliment, particularly from a stranger, can brighten our day.  Send an anonymous note to a friend letting them know what a wonderful person they are and how much joy they bring to your life.  At Starbucks, buy the gal in line behind you a Peppermint Brownie (which I can tell you would absolutely make this girls day!) and wish her a Merry Christmas.  Leave an inspirational note on the mirror in a dressing room.  More often than not, little things make a much bigger impact than we imagine.  Practice spreading kindness and find simple and easy ways to incorporate it into your life.  Then, when a small bit of kindness finds it's way back to you, you can smile knowing that you were apart of creating a beautiful and wonderful circle of kindness in this world.

 For more ideas and inspiration on simple, and just plain awesome ways to spread kindness, Operation Nice.com is a must visit!  I adore this site...who's owner, Melissa Morriss Ivone, has created a fresh, beautiful, and fun site dedicated to reminding us that "a little nice goes a long way."  You can also grab the Operation Nice blinkie (^^^that cute guy up there!) for your blog or website to help spread the word about this amazing site and their beautiful message.

Ok now....is anyone interested in a giveaway!?!?! Heeheehee...I thought so!!!  In the spirit of kindness, and giving, and all that lovey dovey stuff, I'm giving away 3...yes 3 prizes this weekend!!!  On Monday morning,  3 random posters will be selected to receive their choice of one digital scrapbook product from my store at Two Peas in A Bucket.com (here), aaaaand, a copy of my newest product before it hits stores!  The new product is a set of 4, clean and perfectly simple card templates from my (new to come!) Simplicity Collection.  Preview below!  To enter simply post a comment with an idea for a random act of kindness, then keep those fingers crossed!  Good luck friends!!!

Blog Hop Info:


Friday, November 26, 2010

We have a winner...

Congratulations Michelle! Forward me your email address and Two Peas user name to hazelolivedesigns@yahoo.com and I will forward you your Two Peas in a Bucket gift certificate and your other goodies!!!

Thank you to everyone who participated in my "Good Karma" Giveaway!!! Hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday and a happy shopping day!!!!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Chance to win a $10 gift certificate to 2ps & more!!!

In the spirit of thankfulness & good karma, I am hosting a fabulous giveaway for my amazing fans!!!  One randomly selected commenter will receive a $10 gift certificate to Two Peas in a Bucket (redeemable for paper or digital scrapbook supplies), your choice of 2 digital products from my Two Peas store, and a custom made, holiday photo card/greeting designed to your liking by yours truly!  Giveaway valued at over $50!!!  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post...easy peasy right?!  Be sure to post by midnight on Thanksgiving Day.  Winner will be announced on Black Friday!  Good luck!

Wishing everyone a relaxing, and exceptionally yummy Thanksgiving holiday!!!


Friday, November 19, 2010

Makes Me Happy Collection {Winner!!!}

Congratulations Lorell!  Email me at hazelolivedesigns@yahoo.com and I will send over your goodies!
Thank you to all who participated! ;)  Loved your comments...for my family it is all about the stuffing.  We have the same recipe that we've used for as long as I can remember...we love it, we crave it, we eat some of it before its even done, we make enough to feed 4 families, we put it on a pedestal, and we snub our noses at all others.  Oh that memory inducing, untopable smell of celery & onions cooking in butter...we should all cook things in butter much more often.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Collection....and a chance to win it!

 Makes Me Happy Collection:
{available exclusively at Two Peas in a Bucket} ...available here.

Makes Me Happy is a vintage collection of fabulously contrasting colors! Rich dark papers meet meet the sunny disposition of yellow! This play on hues is such a fun and dramatic combination! Vintage additions add a unique storybook theme to your projects. Beautiful, sweet, playful...and just a bit romantic. Loaded with bright and sparkly pieces, vintage charm, and elegant detail.

Includes over 40 original elements & 10 rich papers.
{Look below for a chance to win it!!!}  

Vintage junkie? Want a chance to win it? Leave me a comment praising your number one, top fave, muuuust have Thanksgiving dish!  One random winner will be chosen tomorrow...5pm, PST.  Good luck!!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ho Ho Holidays...

Knock knock...is that thing working? Can Christmas really be sneaking up on us so quickly! As busy as this season will be, I am seriously looking forward to spending this wonderful season with friends and family. The seasonal cheer is already creeping into our home via our favorite Christmas CD's, hot chocolate with candy canes, and roaring fires. This the time of year to indulge in the things that make you happy...for me that will be making the season as memorable as possible for my girls, with the bonus that I get to record all that good stuff as well!

This year I am keeping a Christmas 2011 notebook to have around for jotting down all the things I want to be sure to scrapbook. The notebook has an envelope inside as well for storing small pieces of memorabilia for a mini album project I have in mind (handy right?). Looking forward to finishing the year off with a nice stack of Holiday layouts displaying, what I hope will be, lots of smiles, traditions, and baking. Hope your enjoying the beginning of the season friends!

If your already in the holiday spirit, here is a shabby little Christmas Collection from me. Vintage Yueletide is a re-vamped version of a recently retired holiday collab with Cat Scrap designer Roben-Marie. Be sure to check your stash before purchasing!

Vintage Yuletide is perfect for expressing the warmth behind those heartfelt Holiday photos. A cozy collection of shabby, vintage, and hand drawn pieces await you. Rich, worn, papers blend flawlessly with elegant word art, doodles, snowflakes and even more traditional holiday pieces hanging, tied and stitched to shabby perfection.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

New Release, Sneak Peek, & A Freebie!!!

Be Happy by Hazel Olive Designs
{available exclusively at Two Peas in a Bucket}

Introducing my newest digital collection, Be Happy.  Be Happy is an eclectic collection of vintage colors, perfectly worn elements, and rich, shabby papers.  Inspired by the pumpkin patches, apple pies, craft fairs, and farmers markets that are symbolic to this perfect season.  Be Happy includes 17 papers and more than 45 lovely elements. 

Be Happy Layout Inspiration:
{from the creative team}

 Makes Me Happy:
 {sneak peek} 
Here is a  little sneak peek of my newest digital collection.  Inspired by my recent layout challenge at Two Peas in a Bucket (see here). This shabby little set hits Two Peas in a Bucket on November 16th.  Keep your eye out for a chance to win it!!! 

Three Basic Blacks:
{freebie paper set}

Download Here

Browsing layout galleries, I frequently find myself drawn too, then oohing and aahing, over the amazing and unique use of black background layouts. The contrast of black behind the color pallet of your elements and photos makes everything pop right of the page. It can be a great way to make a dramatic and beautiful statement. I love this look and am inspired to create my own layouts using this idea.  The next kit you see from me will be sure to help you do just the same! Until then...here is a freebie set of three basic black papers that everyone needs in their art stash.

***Freebie available in my shop at Two Peas in A Bucket.  No need to add to shopping cart.  Just download from the direct link provided.  Easy right?  Enjoy friends!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Be Happy...a sneak peek!

{click on image to enlarge}

Here is fun little sneak peek of my newest digital collection, Be Happy!  Inspired by the upcoming seasons, a welcomed change of weather, and trips browsing the local craft and antique fairs showcasing vintage goodies and unique handmade art.  Be Happy evokes the cozy warmth of the season with a bit of whimsy from an older and simpler place and time. Coming to Two Peas in A Bucket, November 9th, 2010.

Sending happiness and creativity vibes your way...

Ashley Meek

Pleasure is spread through the earth
In stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.
-William Wordsworth, 1806

Monday, October 11, 2010

Still going through applications...

I'm still shuffling through emails trying to wrap up a very difficult decision!  Thank you for all of your applications.  I am absolutely overwhelmed with your beautiful galleries and kind words.  Please bear with me as I try to get back with everyone!!!

Ashley Meek

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

CT Call...

I'm so excited to be holding another CT call. I dearly miss my inspiration team and hope to see some old faces applying! {hint hint!} Call ends October 10th. I will respond to every application as soon as possible. I am only selecting a small group this go around. Term is for 3 months so if your not selected this time, please apply again! It will be so hard to choose just a few...sigh. Good luck, I can't wait to browse your lovely galleries!!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ready to be inspired???

So my Mom is completely on the ball with her Halloween decorating this year and it's just too cute not to share! I love her vintage take on the holiday and how perfectly it coordinates with the rest of her decor. Officially inspired....
{click on photos to enlarge}

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fresh & New...

Hooray!!! I am super excited to be starting October with a fresh new blog & a fresh new store! If you haven't heard the news, Hazel Olive Designs is opening shop at Two Peas In A Bucket!!! I figured I'd start a new blog to begin recording and sharing my newest work, and my new adventure at Two Peas. If your missing the old website I promise the new blog will be just as fun and then some very soon! I have some fabulous new digital and hybrid products in store for you this fall!!! I also have in the works some awesome tutorials and tons of digital & hybrid inspiration from my own work desk. As winter and the holidays are approaching, my warmth for creative work is growing with the season. Nothing like an empty fall morning, your favorite cozy sweater, a fresh pot of coffee, and a stack or file of photos ready to express themselves under your artistic hand. This is going to be a great season.

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