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.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Yay Day!

Wow! It's been a busy week so far, and it's only Tuesday.
First of all I want to congratulate my "1000" winner: Marci (of the cute cakes&cukes blog) is the winner of my blog candy and will receive a set of hand-stamped greeting cards to pass out as she pleases. Thanks for visiting (and commenting!) Marci! I'll get those to you soon!
School started yesterday, I forgot how busy it can be during the first week of school; I've already baked twice for separate events, filled out a dozen forms for the kids, and I start my library volunteering tomorrow. I cannot wait to get back in the library -like my daughter, it is my favorite place in the school. :) I am so happy I get to do library duty for both kids this year, now that my "baby boy" is in Kindergarten.
Here is a cute pic of the kiddos on the way to school yesterday.
On the "stamping" front...I am sooooo excited!! I got to preorder my demo copy of My Digital Studio. I cannot wait to load it up and start playing -I've got so many projects in my head, it may explode. Hahahahah!! Kidding! Anyways, you will probably hear me when it arrives...the shout for joy!
Well, Happy September...I'll be sharing again soon.