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 pics...lighting 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!
~Nancy


Thursday, October 15, 2009

CSCC #53 -Elizabeth the Golden Age


Oh the Tudors...so 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: http://inkingaddict.blogspot.com/2008/07/envelope-scrapbook-tutorial.html
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!