Sunday, May 31, 2009

Cinema Saturday Challenge #34 -Ocean's Eleven


So, this week's challenge was to do a card based on the movie "Ocean's Eleven" (the new version) with the requirement of using brads (as in Brad Pitt) and something about the movie as inspiration. I love this trilogy...and will probably go watch after I post. So, as you can see, yes, I used brads, but since I'm more of a Matt Damon girl, I also used my Glass Cutting "Matt" to do the porthole circles, and my "Matt" kit with my paper piercing tools to do the little details. So, there you have my Brads and Matts. :) I also used alot of circles to emphasize the "O" in Ocean, and I liked the verse -it reminded me of the quirky but top notch Ocean's Eleven crew who are good at what they do. The title was kind of my inspiration -my mom had mentioned when she saw the original she thought it would be a movie having to do with the ocean, and thought it strange that there was no water in the movie let alone an ocean. Then the characters were introduced, and it made more sense. This one's for you mom!!
Here are the other supplies I used:
Define Your Life & Just Beachy sets, Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, Whisper White & Tangerine Tango c/s, window sheet (hard to see in the pic but used over the stamped fish piece like the porthole glass), Wide Oval punch, SU! Texturz plates, vintage brads, and White Craft & Pacific Point inks.
Enjoy, I had fun with this!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Cinema Saturday Challenge #32 -Twilight




Woo-Hoo -I just finished my first challenge! So, my mom introduced me to this blog -she knew it was right up my alley. It involves a weekly project challenge with a movie theme -nice! The theme for this one was the movie (based on the book), "Twilight". I really enjoyed the book (and the entire series for that matter), and had recently seen the movie. This challenge asked participants to use the colors red and black, and use some sparkle. I did 2 things on this card I don't do often: Glitter (nothing against it...I love the look, just not the mess), and I cut. How's that for challenging myself? Hahaha!

Here is what I used: Fifth Avenue Florals set, Chunky Glitter (black and red), Tombo multi liquid glue, Basic Black & Riding Hood Red ink, Basic Black and Shimmer White cardstocks.

I have to admit, when I read the book during the meadow scene, the first thing I thought of when the sun hit Edward's skin was Shimmer White cardstock...Confessions of a paper lover! :)

Well, enjoy! I plan on participating in more challenges and even hosting my own soon, so keep checking back. Please go check out the great blog for Cinema Saturday: http://cinemasaturdaycreativechallenge.blogspot.com/

Friday, May 15, 2009

Oh Baby...


I just finished my baby announcements...trying to get things done in a timely manner, and it keeps me out of trouble (while seated!) during this "modifed bedrest" stuff. :)
I kept them simple (kind of my thing), and used the Petal Party Simply Scrappin' Kit -Love the bright summery colors! Once baby is here, we'll print up an insert for the card with a picture and stats, etc.

I was able to get 3+ dozen (4x6") cards out of one kit -I did add some extra So Saffron and Pixie Pink 12x12 from my stash because I didn't want to use the Old Olive that came with the kit. I still have a bunch of the adhesive die-cuts leftover, and 4 full sheets of DSP! Next I'll be working on coordinating thank you cards with the "leftovers" and 8.5x11" cardstock in the same colors: Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, and Pixie Pink.

I just love this kit -it's just perfect for girls of all ages! Maybe I'll use the 2nd pack I got for my oldest's birthday invites when the time comes 'round.

Happy Stamping!

Nancy

Friday, May 8, 2009

It's a beaver..it's an otter...No! it's a rodent of unusual size!

So, I was scanning the MSN homepage this morning, as I usually do for any interesting headlines and I came across this one: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/odd_wal_mart_nutria
It immediately caught my attention, and reminded me a of good and unique experience we had over Spring Break visiting my Aunt Sara and family. We had dropped my cousin off at an appointment, and my aunt, mom, myself and the kids headed over to a nearby pond/park. There was a wonderful variety of ducks (geese too), and these very peculiar creatures (see right). My initial thought, because of the large orange front teeth, was "ooh an oregon beaver!". Then we saw the tail...okay...maybe it's an otter or muskrat. We decided the creature it reminded us of the "Rodents of Unusual Size" from the movie Princess Bride -which ironically enough, has been playing frequently on Bravo. That scene has always creeped me out with those RUS, but now it makes me giggle. Anyways, Uncle Larry informed us later that they are actually called nutria. So, when I got home I checked them out on Wikipedia.com, pretty interesting. If you are interested in learning more about them, here is the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coypu

TGIF!
Nancy

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

When it Rains, it Pours OR How I Blog

So, I have this feeling, like the weather outside the past couple days, when I get in the mood to blog, I will, otherwise...there probably won't be much. We'll see -it's still pretty new to me!
Anyways, just wanted to share the notecards I made today for my daughter's teacher -hopefully, this blog hasn't been mentioned to her yet, and the surprise won't be ruined.
On Thursday, for Teacher Appreciation Week, the kids are supposed to bring in flowers from home and a homemade card. I'll have my daughter make a personalized card for her teacher, but I thought it would be nice to throw in a set of hand-stamped notecards as well for her future use. So here they are:

I used (all from Stampin' Up): Really Rust, Natural Ivory, and Chocolate Chip cardstocks.
Chocolate Chip ink, Outlaw DSP (retired), Large and Small Star punches, Vintage brads, Paper piercing tool and mat. The card is laid on a piece of coordinating DSP for a nice picture background and isn't part of the card.

A Quilt for a Cause

So, a few months back (late November maybe?) I was asked to be my daughter's class auction project parent. Of course, I said Yes, but then I had to figure out what this class of 5-7yr olds would be up for. I thumbed through albums of projects past and saw all kinds of neat things, but it was the quilt idea that got me. I do enjoy quilting, but it is definitely one of those things I don't take much time to do...except stocking up on beautiful fabrics of course! I've got a few completed quilts (and a few more in progress) under my belt, and am surrounded by talented sewers/quilters in my family for support, so I sketched out a design/plan, and set to work. I cut out 6.5" squares of muslin and had the kids draw an assortment of sea creatures on them with fabric markers -the auction theme was "Under the Sea". The kids did great! As you can see they had freedom to create an individual environment for their creature...I didn't want them to have to work from a template, kids need to use their imaginations and creativity and it totally worked on this, every block has a story. :) Once those were done, I assembled the quilt with help from my friend KC, who also helped me find the fabulous background fabric (I just love this!). Then (this was the new and exciting part for me), I learned to use a long-arm quilting machine, and freehanded the quilting. It was awesome!! Thanks Liz!


Here is a close-up of my daughter's square. Her creature was a dolphin (the school mascot). I thought she did an amazing job, and look forward to seeing her illustrations progress in the future. The girl is an artist and crafter for sure, and has just about finished her first quilt!

So, when all was said and done, I did my very best to win the quilt back at the auction, none of us wanted to see it leave the house. However, I did not, but three wonderful things happened: the quilt went to a great home, raised a nice sum of money for the school, and made me realize how much I really enjoy quilting -a true treasure! I'm now working on a quilt for my son...Train themed. He's super excited and so am I. I'll attach pics of that as it progresses...

Monday, May 4, 2009

Chick flick anyone?



Okay, okay...so those of you who know me, know that once I get going it's hard to get me to stop yakking, so I'm gonna make another entry, because I'm not quite done for the day. :) My folks were kind and generous enough to take the kids for the weekend, and I got to do something I really enjoy, but really don't get to do very often. I went and saw a movie at the theater -woohoo! Don't get me wrong, I love my Netflix, but there is something about seeing a movie, especially a big budget action movie or an epic/historical drama at the theater. I am such a sucker for a good action flick -my nephew and I went and saw "X-Men Origins: Wolverine". Just what the doctor ordered...so the saying goes. It was great, but for anyone considering taking their kids...the rating PG-13 was spot-on. I would think twice about taking anyone younger. Anyways, I think I'll have to watch the dvd's of the other 3 X-Men movies to follow this one up. Anxious to see what else the summer movie line-up has to offer -pretty sure hubby and I will be seeing the new Harry Potter when it comes out in July, we've seen all the others in the theater.

I think a movie job I would love to do (if I could do it from where I live now) would be to work in Production Design/Art Direction (not totally sure what the differences between the 2 are -feel free to let me know!). A little over a year ago I was flying to Reno for an ACS Leadership Summit via LA, and was sharing an aisle with a family flying down for the Emmy's. Dad/Brother/Husband had been nominated in Production Design for Broken Trail. Of course, I had to Netflix it when I got back home. It was a really good movie, and it had a cool "bonus feature" on the movie production -how cool and creative could that be?!? You get to combine science, anthropology, and art...then watch it onscreen -Nice! All kinds of my favorite things!

Okay I'm done now -kids need to get to bed.

Thank you for indulging me in this "me moment"!

Already?

Wow...time sure can fly!
Well, the answer to my last post/question, is "Yes", he still thanks the cows. Thank goodness!
Although there is something kind of ironic when you thank cows for chocolate soy milk...
We have made it through a dairy-free week, and tomorrow we can start trying to add some things back in and see what happens. *crossing fingers*
I have learned a lot -milk hides in so many places! Thank you to everyone who helped us out with favorite non-dairy products, "secret" dairy words, and more -it is very much appreciated!
So, I know this blog title says "crafting", and I realize there haven't really been many craft projects on here yet, however, the word "craft" can mean to have skill in planning, making, or executing. So...my crafting today included: crafting time for myself to watch a movie while the kids were at school (this is something I NEVER do -Yay me!), crafted a batch each of dairy-free applesauce muffins AND chocolate chip cookies (Yummy!), and I was able to craft a trip to the post office with kids in tow -and everyone survived (thank you Jamba Juice!). :)
As a sidenote, Jamba Juice will make any of their menu items dairy-free, just ask!
So what does that leave me for tomorrow? Well, I should craft some crafts I suppose!
Happy May!
~Nancy