Monday, November 16, 2009 see the sights

Who wouldn't enjoy seeing the sights of Rome with Gregory Peck??? This is such a fun, sweet, and beautifully set film. Did you know this was the first American film set entirely in Italy? It was also Audrey Hepburn's first major role, which earned her an Academy Award -you go girl!!
Audrey Hepburn is one of my favorite actresses -she just does everything with the perfect combo of beauty, grace, and spunk. This travel wallet is for you!

A close up of the outside -I used Champagne Mist shimmer paint on the world, along the long torn edge, and in spots on the Sentimental Journey DSP (I found a brand new pack of this in my special secret stash along with a new Tickets & Tokens Simply Scrappin kit that I used as well -WooHoo!)

The inside has a passport pocket and a pouch for boarding passes and other important tickets.

Here is a close up of the passport pocket and the pretty flower touched up with shimmer paint and a half pear from SU! Pretties kit.

Happy Travelling!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

CSCC #57 -My Big Fat Greek Wedding

What a fun, laugh-out-loud, romantic comedy! I haven't seen it in awhile, but I still remember laughing every time Toula's father would give a Windex fact or remedy -too much!!
This is also a wonderful story about bringing  two very different families together by the love of Toula & Ian.
I wanted to do my card in shades of blue ala Greek Flag, but I also wanted to do something to represent the "Windex factor", so I used a window sheet to make a floating or acetate card. This is a technique that I've been wanting to try, and felt this was a good opportunity.

From an angle:

The inside:

I used: Taken With Teal, Baja Breeze, and Shimmer White cardstock; Window Sheet, Mini-glue dots, Wide Oval, Scallop Oval, and 1/16" handheld circle punches; Rub-ons "Love & Happiness" (SAB 08).

Here is a good tutorial for the acetate card at Splitcoast Stampers

Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Mojo Trio

So, I decided to take another challenge "baby step" and try another challenge. So I chose the very popular Mojo Monday sketch challenge. This is my first Mojo Monday challenge:

The layout is pretty clean and simple -very much to my taste.  Here is the card I am submitting for this challenge:

I used: Under the Stars, Starring You, and Celebrate Everything sets; Dusty Durango, Confetti White, Going Gray, Whisper White, and More Mustard cardstocks; More Mustard, Basic Gray, Close to Cocoa, and Chocolate Chip inks; Paper Snips, Large and Small Star, and 1" circle Punches, Vintage Brads, Autumn Meadows DSP, and google eyes.

And, because I got on such a roll, I made a couple more with the same template:

One for Veteran's Day (for my hubby)

And one to get a glitter fix:

I don't know if you can see all the sparkle on this or not, but it's got iridescent ice on the light pink, glittered brads, "fairy dust" on the stamped image, and glittered stars. It was much fun to make and glitter has covered a majority of my outfit, the kitchen, and continues to journey around the house.
**I'll post ingredients on the last 2 cards later...I want to get this posted and have to get dinner going.**
Have a wonderful Saturday!!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Just Bend & Snap!

Happy Saturday!! This week's movie is Legally Blonde!
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! this film -such an enjoyable flick and the sequel is just as fabulous.

This week we are to use an encouraging sentiment to pay homage to Elle Woods rise through law school when all the odds (and people) were stacked against her, as well as take inspiration from the film itself.

I was inspired by so much! Of course, the card HAD to be pink, and Reese Witherspoon/Elle Woods just *sparkles* in this film, so I felt this project called for lots of glitter and stars as well to capture the character. Elle Woods is such an inspiration: she's fun, determined, considerate, and full of courage. I chose the quote: "It takes courage to grow up to be who you really are" as my encouraging sentiment, because Elle really did grow in this film and it took a lot of guts for her to stick with it. Now, I couldn't leave out one of my favorite parts of the film (I know there are others with me on this...): The "Bend and Snap" scene in the beauty salon. This just makes me laugh out loud every time. So, I made a little "bend and snap" background technique, using rubber bands and craft white ink. Check out my blog for more details! My family got quite a kick out of me bending and snapping my card -LOL!

Here is the inside:

There is a great tutorial for this spiral pop-up at Splitcoast Stampers

Here is a close up of the *sparkle*

Sorry the colors aren't that great on the last wasn't working for me.
I used: Melon Mambo classic ink, Whisper White craft ink, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, and Pink Pirouette c/s, Starring You set, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Tombo Multi glue, sticky strip, Large and Small Star  & 1 3/4" Circle punches, paper snips, medium sized rubber band.

To "Bend & Snap" your background:
Hold rubber band between your middle and pointer finger.
Ink the lower end of the rubber band in craft ink (I recommend using a narrow dowel or end of a pencil -otherwise it gets super messy).
Then, pull that end up (past the other end of the rubber band) and "snap" it onto the cardstock.
Now you have done the "Bend & Snap" stamping style!

Check out this and other great projects inspired by this film at Cinema Saturday

Enjoy and have a Happy Halloween!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Trick or Treat!!

Happy Halloween-ish!
So, some fun & exciting news...if you check out the left side of my blog, you will see that I am now the proud displayer of Cinema Saturday's Audrey award -Thanks ladies!! I won for my Elizabeth -The Golden Age crown card.
As part of this honor, I will be guest designing on Cinema Saturday this coming Saturday for the next film reveal. I am soooo excited!! I can't tell you the movie, but you will HAVE to come guess at the sneak peeks on Friday, then check out the big reveal on Saturday, and I highly encourage you to play along -it's a lot of fun.

So, I made a little "treat" for this week's film (which/witch? I haven't seen yet, but plan on doing so soon):

This was a card I had designed for the Stamping Cruise, and I added a little frayed ribbon to it.

I used: Halloween Frights set, Frightful Fence Jumbo wheel, Treat cups, Pumpkin Pie & Basic Black c/s and inks, More Mustard ink, Lovely Lilac & Kraft c/s, Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Yum, Yum, Yum!!

Okay, have I ever mentioned how much I love chocolate? For those of you who have known me awhile, that's kind of a "DUH!". Seriously, I can consume a ton of chocolate...I dread the day the doctor tells me I am allergic and should no longer eat it. I'd find a loophole though...gotta have my chocolate. I'm not a coffee girl, I don't smoke, but must have chocolate (I'm having some now in fact, and had some earlier too!).
Our neighborhood has been blessed with a FABULOUS chocolate shop, that also serves coffee/tea, and yummy pastries. I went this morning with some girlfriends and the baby while the bigger kids were in school. This is how bad I've got it: I had a yummy apple turnover, but they were out of my favorite chocolate: Australian Salt Caramels. They were actually making them as we were visiting, but wouldn't be done for another half-hour. So, I went and picked my son up from his half-day class, came straight back and bought some fresh-made salt caramels. Oh heavenly!! I've had salt caramels before, but nothing like how Sweet Decadence makes them -YUM!!! If you are local and haven't tried these before, I totally recommend you pop in. The gals are wonderful and happy to guide your taste-buds.

I felt the need to make them a card today, but forgot to take a pic of it before it was delivered on the 2nd trip of the day, so I made another very similar to the first:

I hope you can see the chunky clear glitter that I used as my sea salt on the "salt caramels". It looks super-cute in person, if I do say so myself! :)
I used:
Things I Love set, Chocolate Chip, Dusty Durango ink & markers, Dusty Durango polka-dot ribbon, Chocolate Chip and Confetti White cardstock, Tombo Multi glue, Chunky Clear glitter.

Have a sweet day!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Shore do love you!!

This week's Cinema Saturday film is Finding Nemo and it's a color challenge! I've been wanting to do a color challenge, but I never seem to get around to doing any other challenges yet, except the Cinema Saturdays, so I'm super excited!

This film has a special place in my heart -it was the first film we ever took our oldest to see. She was almost 2 and I was pregnant with our second, so you can imagine the tears during the film -lol! Me during the first 5-10 minutes and her with the sharks. We watched this again yesterday all 3 kids, my mom and myself. My now 8 year old daughter still curls up on my lap and hides her face when Bruce shows up (personally, I love Bruce!). The "party balloons" still make my son jump, and the baby loves all the color. My most favorite line in the entire movie, and it always brings a bit of tear, and tugs at my heart strings is when Dory says to Marlin, before he leaves: "...I look at you and I'm home". For me, this is my husband. I hope everyone has someone they could say this line to... So, I made a card for him. However, it is more cutesy than sappy. As a family, we also just love the "hey, hey" crabs. They just crack us up, so I had to incorporate them into the card somehow. This is what I came up with:

I used: Crab & Co. set (retired), Pacific Point (retired), Bermuda Bay, Dusty Durango, & Whisper White cardstocks and inks. Blender pens, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombo Multi glue, 5mm google eyes, Dusty Durango Marker, Spritzing tool.

Look for some more fun here later this week, and I promise, once I get them photographed, I'll post the cruise projects we did a couple weeks back.
Hope you had a great weekend!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

CSCC #53 -Elizabeth the Golden Age

Oh the much drama! We get a little more info into the life of Elizabeth I in this 2nd film, but both are movies are well-done and quite compelling.
First off, Cate Blanchett is an amazing actress, but WOW! I think the costuming in this film maybe outshines everything else!! So amazing...I just love the beautiful  dresses she wears...especially the blue ones. The color in her blue dresses has just a hint of gray, giving me the feeling of cool steel -representing her demeanor and strength. It's so interesting watching this movie -the portrayal of Elizabeth shows so many sides to her character: Strength, vulnerability, a coolness, yet there is warmth and love. She is shown as quite a diplomat, and so very loyal to her country.
If you haven't seen either film I HIGHLY recommend them both!!
For this week's challenge we needed to add a crown. Soooooo, I didn't have any crown stamps or stickers, so I used a clip art crown and printed it on vellum. Then embossed it while the ink was still wet with detail embossing powder -turned out pretty well. Unfortunately, I couldn't scan the card well (too much dimension) and I wasn't super-thrilled with the lighting on the pics. Oh well, if I can get a better one taken, I will post it later. Also, I used a verse from one of my favorite sets (a retired one!) It's Your Birthday. It says: "Someone like you should be celebrated every day". I thought this would be good for many different occasions for someone pretty incredible (like Queen Elizabeth).

I used: Night of Navy, Bordering Blue, and Whisper White vellum cardstocks. Versamark and Night of Navy inks. It's Your Birthday (retired) and Friends 24-7 sets. Glue dots, 1/16" hand-held punch, Pretties kit (small white half pearls and med. size clear rhinestone taken out of brad setting), and Gold Detail Embossing powder.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Stamping Cruise 2009

Ahoy! Land Ho...the Stamping cruise has sailed and made it's last docking in Seattle on a beautiful fall day.
This is also where we started our journey!
The next stop was in beautiful Victoria, B.C. where friends shopped, sipped tea, and enjoyed the beautiful inner harbour on a sunny day

Then onto Nanaimo, B.C. aka: "The Sunporch of Canada" and/or "The Bathtub Capital of the World".
What a beautiful city! The weather was amazing and it was so fun to see lots of families and folks walking their dogs out and about. My sister-in-law and I had a nice time wandering around and doing some shopping for our families.

Isn't it gorgeous??? It was a great trip with amazing weather, good food, great conversations, and of course tons of stamping projects and fun times!!
This is post 1 of at least 2 for this year's cruise...the next one, I'll feature many of the projects we did.
Thanks to all of those who joined us and HUMONGOUS THANKS to my amazing demonstrators who helped with so much and designed many projects -you are wonderful!!!
Looking forward to sailing with you all again soon!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Cinema Saturday #52 -Happy Anniversary!!

This week's (and the 1st anniversary) challenge is Mrs.Doubtfire. I haven't seen this movie in quite awhile, but I do adore it! Robin Williams is great -I've been a fan for quite sometime (can anyone say "Nanoo Nanoo"?).
I have to admit I have been swamped the past couple weeks and haven't been able to participate in any challenges. This past weekend I went on a cruise up to Vancouver Island for the annual stamping cruise that I organize with my cousin Heidi, and the help of my upline and downline members. We had a FABULOUS time, but I'll post on that later.
Anyways, I am using a project I designed for the cruise for my challenge this week -in the spirit of saving time and energy -something I'm sure Mrs. Doubtfire would approve of. I was inspired by a project a fellow demo had done for a swap, she got the tutorial here:
I shrunk it down about half-sized and made some other minor modifications to use the stamp set and DSP we used on the cruise.

I used: Charming stamp set, Cottage Wall DSP, Rich Razzleberry: ink, cardstock and polka dot grosgrain ribbon. Whisper White and Old Olive cardstock, Round Tab, Scallop Edge, Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" circle, and 1 1/4" circle Punches, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Anywhere Glue Stick, Small business size envelopes (self-adhesive)
I plan on giving one of these to each of my grandmothers with pictures of each of the kids pictures in the inserts, and an "about me" on the reverse side of the photo.

Have a great day!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Happy 50th Cinema Saturday!!

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenges are celebrating their 50th Challenge! Congrats to Brooke and Sankari the dedicated gals who host this fabulous blog and always give me something super fun to look forward to each Friday (the sneak peek) and Saturday (of course the big reveal).
Do me a favor and check out their blog and the beautiful creations posted there...I guaranteed you will find a movie on the sidebar that you love -check out the past projects there too!
Here's where to find them:
Thanks again ladies, and here's to another 50+, I look forward to hanging out with you all!

And I am so excited, my mom won the "School of Rock" challenge, so she is a guest designer this week at Cinema Saturday. You can see more about her at:  

And on to this weeks 50th anniversary challenge:

I sooooo enjoy this movie...pretty sure I saw it at least twice in the theaters when it came out, and still have it on "tape". Probably about time to invest in the DVD...
This is a great story about love, self-confidence, dreams, change, and so much more. This week's challenge was to take inspiration from the film and use paper piecing.
There are so many parts I just loved from the film it was hard to choose one...I love her fancy outfits, I love the sassy quotes, Edward's/Richard Gere's dry humor...oh I could go on!
Like many others, I LOVE the brown polka-dot dress she wore at the races, and I love the part where she finally gets to shop after being snubbed by some snooty saleslady. So this is what I took inspiration in. It's the whole, "Don't judge a book by it's cover" moral...
I love it when she's piled on with her shopping bags and hat boxes, with the gorgeous hat and dress/suit outfit, and gets to confront the snooty salesladies (who work on commission!): "...big mistake, big, huge! I have to go shopping now..."
So here is my fun Pretty Woman "shopping day" card:

I used: Melon Mambo and Whisper White c/s, Pink Flamingo DSP, Things I Love set, Melon Mambo, Real Red, Regal Rose, and Basic Black ink, clear rhinestone brad, 1/4" Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon, Round Tab punch, Sizzix Scallop Circle die, 1" circle punch.
I pieced the shopping bags, and made the dress out of 1/2 of the scallop circle die-cut, and half of a tab punch with a notch (for the collar area) with the 1" punch.

Have a wonderful week, and may you feel pretty too!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Cinema Saturday #49 Part 2

Okay, I couldn't resist, I really wanted to do a card for this one...and kind of a lovey one at that.
I just love all the greens, and the scrolls (esp on the DSP) seem very elvish to me.
If I were to pick one color to represent the LOTR-Two Towers, it would be green -the forests, the lush fields.
Here you go:
I used:
Full of Life and Baroque Motifs sets
Gold Detail embossing powder
Gold Brads
Le Jardin DSP (retired)
Always Artichoke, River Rock (retired), and White Vellum cardstocks

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #49

Hello everyone!
This week's movie challenge is Lord of the Rings -The Two Towers. I LOVE this trilogy...all three films are just so beautiful and amazing; the settings, costumes, the relationships. I think the Two Towers is my favorite of the trilogy -there is so much to it. It was a bit of a challenge to find just one or two inspirations from it. I knew I wanted to used some darker and more subtle colors; grays, greens, and/or blues, but what to focus on? The loyalty? The sacrifices? The love? The courage? The pursuits of freedom? How about all of them?!?
My husband, who, I think, enjoys these challenges as much as I do, asks me on Saturday after the movie is revealed, "So...what are you gonna do for this one?",
my response (as usual), "I'm not sure, I've got some ideas though."
He brilliantly says and points, "Well, what about that?"
I look, he is pointing to a picture taken of us in May 2001, we are standing at the base of the Statue of Liberty. Two towers are in the background behind us, the Twin Towers. We both agreed on the appropriateness of using this photo, especially since the sneak peeks for this movie came on September 11th.
So, I found a few other photos from that day:
The picture of us and the Twin Towers that symbolize to me our love, and the towers remind me of sacrifice and loyalty many have given our country.
A photo of the Statue of Liberty an obvious symbol for the many pursuits of freedom
Lastly, one of the entrance to Ellis Island, a place where many courageous people left behind everything to come to America in search of freedom and choice.
I could really go on and on, but if you've seen the film, you know what I mean (I hope!).
So here is my project, enjoy!
                                                                                                       Supplies that I used: Baroque Motifs and Circle Circus sets.  Silver & clear embossing powder with Versamark and the Versamarker.  LeJardin and Maine Blueberry DSP (both retired). Techniques: Heat embossed swirlys in silver, clear embossed the quotes on vellum (ink was still wet from the printer), used Versamarker to clear emboss the birds on the DSP, and used a faux metal technique for the embellishments (this is one of my favorites!).
Here is a better view of some of the embellishments and quotes, etc.
Have a great afternoon and Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

For Those About to Rock...We Stamp for you!

Oooh that was a bad modified quote...Sorry AC/DC! I suppose some who are about to rock would rather be saluted... :)
This weeks Cinema Saturday Challenge (#48 for those keeping track):
This is a cute film, probably not in my list of top faves, but enjoyable nonetheless, with a rockin' soundtrack.
The requirement this week was to use cork.  Other than random wine corks, I don't have any cork on hand, and spent time debating on how to do the challenge without purchasing any. Well, needless to say, Mom and I went to a craft store today, and she bought some -Hah! I didn't buy any, but I did swap her a piece of cork for some cute K&company adhesive chipboard pieces that I purchased while we were there -they were so cute I absolutely couldn't resist.
I used:
Melon Mambo cardstock
"            " polka dot ribbon
Basic Black cardstock
Sticky Strip (lots)
Pink Flamingo DSP
Small Star punch
1/2" circle punch
Sizzix Billboard Alphabet die
K&Company Adhesive Chipboard "Rock Star"

So, the first picture is more for "true to life" color, etc. However, I couldn't scan the project with the thumbtacks in, so had to take some pics. The color isn't as good, but you get the idea. Not sure who will get this cute gift...but it would look cute in a locker!!

Monday, September 7, 2009

A Quick Gift Bag

This is a cute and quick little gift bag I did at my last open house. Only the greeting is stamped and the rest of the project utilizes the Big Shot. The background is a quarter sheet (8.5x11) run through the Big Shot with a Texturz plate. The bear and the clothes are part of the the new line Stampin' Up! is carrying in collaboration with Build-A-Bear workshop. Soooo cute! The clothes and background strip are the new DSP "Autumn Meadows" in the Holiday mini-catty. I looooove this paper, it is just gorgeous! The bag is very simply a white lunch bag...very appropriate for back to school time, don't ya think? Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

"Life is like a box of chocolates..."

This week's Cinema Saturday Challenge is the wonderful story of Forrest Gump. As in every challenge, we were to draw inspiration from the film (story, quotes, characters, costumes, etc.), and as an additional requirement, we were to use the color brown. This one was a challenge for me -not the brown part, I love to use brown, but to pick an element from the film that inspired me. This movie has a lot to choose from.
I ended up going with a military theme -inspired by Forrest's Army service and my husband. I selected this for several reasons: Because I love to hear my husband's laugh...not a chuckle (although, I enjoy that too), but his laugh. And boy, does he laugh at the scenes with the drill sargeant! He has been in the Army for over 20 years now, and I've started an album to commemorate the units he's been in and his achievements. I wanted to add a few pages to it, so together we selected the photos shown, along with the quote from Drill Sargeant: "You're in the Army now!" Also, I knew after he guessed the movie from the Sneek Peeks from a snippet of Forrest's uniform patch -"Oh, that's Forrest Gump, he was in the 9th Infantry", that I should go with an Army theme. I also found out that DH had served in the 9th Infantry as well... Hooah!
Here are my pages, have a great rest of the week!

Oooh! Almost forgot to list my supplies -here you go:
Godspeed Stamp set
Encore Silver ink
Always Artichoke ink & c/s
Chocolate Chip and Naturals Ivory c/s
Creative Imaginations stickers "Army Equipment"
Rusty Pickle paper "WWII Jeeps & Tanks"
Chipboard "Lots of Letters"

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Imagination Central

Today my kids planted a garden. To be more specific, they built an outdoor world for their toy friends. Last week, while perusing the garden center at one of my favorite places, McLendon Hardware, my lightbulb went off. My husband had just finished building a series of planters along the edge of our patio and I was trying to find plants to fill them. Then I saw several adorable "mini" plants, and thought that would be really cool to make an outside world for little dolls and action figures to play...sure beats getting buried in the sandbox! :) Anyways, the kids loved the idea, and put it into action today. I've been listening to the sounds of Polly Pocket socializing with Lego Rock Monsters and Storm Troopers. So much fun!
We look forward to watching the "garden" develop into a Jungle or Forest, and seeing the changes through the seasons.