After the death of my previous blog (http://cristinascrap.blogspot.com) when all my hosted images went POOF, I decided to start my own website. I brainstormed a few possible names, and then settled on this one: Paint It Bright. Because I love bright colors – in the clothes I wear  and in the projects I create – and I think having a positive attitude makes things better. Welcome, and please be patient as I work on retrieving the content from my previous blog and setting up this new space.

Memory Pockets Monthly: Wonder – at The Lilypad

Hello hello! There’s only one month left to Christmas, and most of my scrap pages now are devoted to the holidays, past and current. I used the new products from The Lilypad (20% off this weekend) and had lots of fun making these pages!

Family Newsletter Templates and Starry Woods Kit by Lynn Grieveson Designs

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf in your family? We do and love this tradition, and we also have a reindeer and, as of this year, a St. Bernard. 🙂

The Memory Pockets Monthly: WONDER collection is a perfect fit for my style! I cannot wait to print out the journaling cards to use in my Project Life album! In the meantime, I made some digital pages.


Brrrr indeed! It’s gotten cold all of a sudden and winter has most definitely arrived!


This page was so fun to make! I was inspired by all the circles in one of the cards in the Memory Pockets Monthly: WONDER collection to make this page. I love how it turned out!

2015 in Numbers

As we wrap up this year, I like to look back and add up all the things I have done this year. 2015 has been a fabulous year for me; at the same time, I have stressed way too much about things beyond my control… so I hope i have also learned a lot this year, and I’m ready for an even better 2016.

This is the title page of my 2015 Project Life album. (2015 editable calendar by Designs by Lili at The Lilypad)

This year I have been doing LOTS of paper scrapping, and for the first time ever I’ve done more paper LOs than digi.


  • 190 (86 digital layouts vs 104 paper)
  • 52 cards
  • 5 mini books
  • Project Life (hard to count because I had to catch up on 2014 on the first few months of the year, and now I am behind on 2015.. but let’s say 52 weeks’ worth – a 24″x12″ spread for each week, with numerous additional inserts)

Books read:

Miles flown:
approximately 50,936 miles

Cities visited (i.e., stayed at least 1 night):

Degrees earned:

Awards won:

Newspaper interviews:

Pounds gained:
7+ (yikes)

Photos taken:
7,500 circa (2,700 on my phone and 4,800 on my DSLR)

Yes, it’s been a good year indeed! Looking forward to a healthy and joyful 2016!

Will you vote for me?

I entered a contest by Studio Calico and I’d love to win some shopping $$! The voting is on Facebook and goes on until Aug. 15th. You can vote once per day.

To check out my video, go here and click on “@cristinac81 via instagram”. Please and thank you!!

Hello 2013

Wow, 2013 is here already… I am not ready for it to be here yet, but I’ll make the most of it! 🙂 Happy New Year!! 2012 has definitely been a good year for me. I haven’t made any recap pages (yet), but there have been many things to celebrate and be proud of this year. Feeling very blessed…

Happy 2013 card

I wish you a fabulous 2013, filled with joy and health and all good things! I made two Happy 2013 cards – the first one (below) for a friend, while the second one (above) for DH. Both use many of my favorite crafty supplies of 2012 (which you’ll see plenty of in 2013 as well!): Studio Calico stamps, embossing, mists, glitter tape, vellum and sequins. 😉

Happy 2013 card

Happy 2013!

Paper ornaments

I’m taking a short break today from studying for finals (ugh!) to share two festive ornaments I did for a challenge on the Crate Paper blog. I used one of my all time favorite Christmas line, Snow Day. It’s an old collection, but it looks like you can still find the 6×6 paper pad for purchase. I am glad I still have a few bits and pieces – the paper is of fabulous quality, super thick!

Crate Paper ornaments

These two ornaments were fun and quick to make! For the rosette, I cut two 1″x6″ strips of paper, scored them every 1/4″ with my new scoring board (I am in love!!), and glued them together. Then I assembled the rosette with my glue gun. I layered a vellum punched snowflake and a chipboard element from the Snow Day collection.

Rosette ornament

For the tree, I cut different lengths of paper strips and rolled them around a pen. I glued them with the glue gun, then I topped the tree with a Studio Calico wood veneer snowflake, covered in glitter (tourmaline color).

Tree ornament

They look so pretty on our Christmas tree! 🙂 Today we had lots of sun, and I was able to take pictures of my December Daily, so I’ll be sharing those soon. 🙂

Neon card

I recently bought some Hero Arts neon yellow ink pad and hadn’t tried it yet, so I used it to make a card. I based it off a sketch by Page Maps. 🙂

  Shine On

It’s a really fun color! I made a cloud by misting a cloud-shaped piece of vellum paper with Mister Huey’s Calico White. I love how it turned out, and I will certainly be misting vellum again!
The stamps I used are from a sold out set by Studio Calico, and the sun is from a Studio Calico mistable element sticker set on which I used the neon ink. I also stamped some letters and a star from the EK Success Image Tree typewriter alphabet. The base for the card is American Crafts white cardstock.

I’m Back!

I was out last week (off to a conference, and DH came along!), and it’s good to be back home! I worked a bit on my Project Life week 23 today, then I made a tag for an online crop on Stephanie Howell’s blog. Fun! I’ll be using this for a birthday card for my dad. 🙂 Does that look like a birthday candle? I sure hope so! 😉

Stamped Tag 

Here’s what I used: I started with a Cosmo Cricket tag (2WENTY-THR3E), and added some stamping. The alpha is my beloved Stepping Stone Alpha by Studio Calico/Hero Arts. The small asterisk in the circle is from an Amy Tangerine stamp set. I created the candle using a stamp from an exclusive Studio Calico set, embossed with clear inks (I used a Ranger Embossing Pen to color the chevron stamp – worked like a charm! – and the VersaMark pad for the ‘asterisk/flame’. 🙂 The embossing powders I used are Zing! Apricot, Zing! White and Zing! Mustard. Then I just added a couple of chipboard stickers from Cosmo Cricket.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I had a morning date at Starbucks with DH this morning. 😉

Valentine's Day 2012

I’ll be at school till 9 PM so it was our only chance to do something together on Valentine’s Day. Plus, I really wanted to get their special Valentine cup (thanks Wilna!). 😉