Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Countdown

We decided to try out the new Christmas Countdown calendar from Stampin' Up!
It took my daughter and I less than an hour to assemble it (including extra bling like glitter & tinsel).
My husband really liked how the mini-catalog one was displayed in the window, but alas, our window wasn't deep enough to accomodate the calendar and the blinds.
It went on an adjacent wall along with some vinyl wall decor made by yours truly with the Big Shot and Snowflakes #2 die.


Friday, December 3, 2010

Oh Chocolate...

I have to share this blog I recently discovered, as I googled "Frango history": http://www.gotchocolate.com/
I am sooooo loving this blog as I consider myself a chocolate lover/chocoholic. This gal's got me beat though -she's got a way with the chocolate & words that makes me laugh, want to bake, and eat a ton of chocolate 24/7. Okay, well, maybe I do all that anyways.
She has a giveaway going on right now -check it out, and maybe you'll win some free chocolate (magic words!).

Now if you're here for the crafting, and now you want the chocolate, check back at one of my older posts that has the best of both.


A few more card ideas!

Here are the last of my holiday cards I designed for my Holiday Stamp-A-Stacks this year.
I'm looking forward to sending my share of these out in the next week or so!

*It's a little hard to see, but Dasher has a little pearl on his nose.

*I wish I'd done this card with my September batch! It's so simple, elegant, and is my favorite of the year. I would have made dozens of them. Again, a little hard to see but there is a pearl in the center of the medallion and a couple little ones by the greeting.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

My oh my! What a Thanksgiving week we have had. The week started off with snow -the kids only had one day of school, the rest were cancelled for snow. This is quite unusual in the Seattle-area especially this early!
It was fun to have everyone home though, take the kids to the sledding hill, and have homemade hot chocolate (like mom & grandma made) laden with mini-marshmallows.

Roads cleared up enough to do last minute shopping at the grocery store (along with the rest of the neighborhood!), and make it to my sister's for a blessed holiday meal.

Yesterday, my daughter and I, along with some fellow Girl Scout troop friends, participated in the Macy's Holiday Parade. I had such a good time -totally able to "anonymously" ham it up! Cannot wait to do it again!

Today we did some shopping, and managed to avoid the crazy crowds of yesterday. We were also able to do all of our holiday decorating, with the exception of our tree which we won't put up for another couple weeks. I am soooo excited -love coming into the decorated house!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Oh Mr. Darcy...

Cinema Saturday is celebrating their 100th challenge! That's right, the oh-so creative Brooke & Sankari have given us 100 cinema-tastic challenges of creativity -come celebrate here.
They let their fans vote on the movie for the 100th challenge, and the vote brought them full circle: from the 1st challenge to the 100th challenge, Pride and Predjudice was the flick of the week:

I chose to re-watch the 2005 film version (you can check out the movie details here).
I knew I needed to use lace, and I watched the film looking for a perfect quote to use, however, it was Jane's ball gowns that caught my eye. They were just beautiful with the flowy folds, just a hint of color, and not flashy -just sweet. These were my inspirations for my card.
I used Blushing Bride (so Jane-appropriate), for my underlying color/card-base, a little gathered lace -slightly frayed on the edges to show the well-loved, comfortable quality of the Bennet family, and a little heart tag -a token of affection if you will. :) I also stamped a floral pattern in the background, and used folded tissue paper to get the effect of Jane's dress, shown above.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

More Holiday Card ideas

Here is another round of cards from my last holiday Stamp-A-Stack. These too will be available in kits if you are interested.

I'm off to work on other holiday projects (not cards). I may or may not post pics of these before the holidays, but don't want to ruin any surprises.... :)

Beautiful Fall and a little paper art too!

It's been awhile since I've last posted -sorry! October just kind of flew by, and here it is November already!
I feel a little spoiled right now -normally here in the Pacific Northwest, November means cold, wet, and gray. Today is the 3rd day of beautiful clear blue skies, gorgeous glowing trees, and warm (!) sunshine -it hit 74 here yesterday!! I wish I could pay this beautiful weather forward somehow -close as I can do is a pic and a card:

I'm posting this card for this week's Pals Paper Arts Challenge #67:

It was hard to resist this color challenge, as these are the colors of a NW fall, bright red, sunny yellow, and raincloud gray. These past few days are the exception, but what a great combo!
I used: The challenge colors plus Very Vanilla, Newsprint DSP, Large Scallop, Scallop Circle, and 1" circle punch, 5/8" jumbo brad (vanilla), regular brad (basic gray), Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, and Tiny Tags set & coordinating punch.
Enjoy and have a wonderful fall day!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Oh Captain, my Captain!

I just want to give a big THANK YOU!! to my girls Brooke Stockman and Sankari Wegman over at Cinema Saturday. They have been kind enough to honor me again at their blog and have me as a guest designer for this week's film:

I admit, it has been awhile since I have seen this movie, but the feelings it leaves are still with me.
What a touching and captivating movie, that shows what a difference a teacher can make.  This film portrays Robin Williams, as Professor John Keating, a teacher at a private boys school, who gives his poetry class students the inspiration to go against the flow, to be themselves, to "sieze the day". It makes me think of all of the wonderful teachers I've ever had, especially my American Literature teacher in high school, who really took the effort to make sure his students could think outside of the box and encouraged them to stand up for their ideas. I wanted to create a card for someone who inspires, like Professor Keating did for his students, and I wanted to use the color red for the red school sweaters the boys wore in the film (and another excuse to use Cherry Cobbler!).

Monday, October 4, 2010

'Tis the Season!

Okay...the holidays are upon us. Every year they seem to arrive quicker than the last. The kids and I put up our Halloween decor today (we never put it up before Oct. 1st), the jack-o-lanterns, mummys, and bats will come down Nov 1st, but harvest stuff stays up until after Thanksgiving, and then Christmas goes up. However, this is not the case with cards!
I've already got one Holiday Stamp-a-Stack under my belt, I've been randomly been making Halloween cards, and need to start prepping for the next Holiday card class (October 16th for anyone close by that wants to come!).
Just thought I'd share a few ideas in the spirit of the season:

This uses Basic Black (cs & ink), Soft Suede (cs), Teeny Tiny Wishes set, Spider Web Embossing Folder, Decorative Label & Large Oval punches, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, and Linen Thread.

Dasher, Teeny Tiny Wishes and Snow Swirled sets; Old Olive ink; Shimmer White & Poppy Parade c/s, Poppy Parade DSP, Old Olive brads, Modern Label & Word Window punches

Sincere Salutations set, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Baja Breeze (ink & c/s) and Confetti White c/s, Wide Oval punch, Jewels -Basic Rhinestones.
Bells & Boughs set; Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, & Cherry Cobbler c/s and inks, Deck the Halls DSP, 2.5" Circle punch, Silver Tinsel, Glass Glitter -Silver

If you are interested in any of these card designs, I offer pre-cut card kits for your convenience!

Have a great day, and happy stamping!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Happy World Card Making Day!

Belated, I know, but I hope you had a good weekend of cardmaking for friends and/or family.
I've been feeling crummy with a yucky cold the last few days, but was still able to attend my 2nd upline's annual Fall Fun Event, which happened to land on WCMD this year. My wonderful mother spent time with the kiddos so I could go and see the special guest, Sara Douglass. For those of you not in the SU! "know" Sara Douglass, is SU! founder Shelli Gardner's daughter. Our table was lucky enough to have Sara join us and chat at lunch -she is super nice, gave some fun demos, and a straight-talkin' Q&A time. It was a fun way to spend the day!
So, the always creative girls over at Cinema Saturday came up with a wonderful challenge for this week:

How fun!! You've gotta love the choose-your-own-movie option! So, I picked one of my all-time favorites:
Love Actually. You can check out the details on this film here. There is just so much inspiration to be found in this film (Hint, hint -I could do more cards on this!).  I loved the puppy love/first crush love of Freddy Highmore's character, the love-at-first sight of Hugh Grant's character, and the enduring love involving Keira Knightly's character. I loved each story line and the different kind of love reflected in them. I don't want to tell too much if you haven't seen it, so if you haven't, please do -it's wonderful!
So for my card, I went with the overall theme of different kinds of love are all around us at any given time. I also wanted to incorporate the overall look of the movie poster/DVD case. It's kind of a Valentine's Day type card, but I'll balance it out with a posting of Halloween and Christmas cards later. :)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mojo Monday 157

Happy Fall to you all!
It certainly looks like fall in the PNW -gray and very, very wet! :)

Well, saw some great sketch challenges this week, one of which is Mojo Monday's.
I'll try and get another posted before the week is done, but no promises -it's a crazy week!

Here is their sketch:

And here is my interpretation:

Everything is current, with exception of the fabulous and long retired "Dashing" DSP. The colors are Old Olive, Real Red, and Confetti White with Bold Bright Buttons and Silver elastic cord.

Have a great afternoon!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Iron Mom!

Do you ever feel like you should have a super-hero title? I think many moms feel this at least once in their life, if not once a week (day??). And, boy, maybe we should...sometimes I think that I'm more like "The Greatest American Hero", not quite the perfect super-hero, but has a good heart, more "behind-the-scenes", and not always very graceful! :)
Today, I'm feeling more like Iron Man: flying from place to place, getting the job done completely and efficiently...hmmm...that sounds suspiciously like Pepper Potts too!
Thanks to Brooke and Sankari at Cinema Saturday for this Superhero inspiration with their feature this week:

I was so excited to have an action flick -LOVE THEM!! Especially Iron Man -it's one of my favorites!
My sweet boy was excited too -he wants to be an inventor like Tony Stark someday, and is always using his ginormous imaginations to come up with some kind of machine, building, etc.
Knowing that I've got a crazy week ahead (pull out super-mom cape), I did not want to miss this week, and got right on it.
There were so many things I could have pulled from this film, but I settled on just a couple: The classic Iron Man colors -Cherry Cobbler and More Mustard, who knew! I also added some silver/pewter to pay homage to Tony's original Iron Man "outfit". The other I used was his heart, both his human and his machine hearts. Tony's character grew up so much -he went from playboy philanthropist, to country hero with a pretty good set of priorities.When I found out the challenge, I immediately remembered this stamp I had (I use it pretty regularly): "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are", I feel like this is both representative of the Tony Stark character, and the actor who portrays him: Robert Downey Jr, who has had some very public rough times in life, and somehow always finds the courage to pick himself up and be better than he was.
Here is my card:

And...here is my little guy's card. He was inspired by the music in the movie (he wrote out the lyrics we sing along to one of the tunes, and colored a music note), and of course the imagination of Tony Stark to create the Iron man suit (drawn flying through the blue sky).

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Spooky trees

Can you feel it?
Fall is in the air: Halloween decor is appearing everywhere, and the leaves are starting to turn!
The Cinema Sisters are feeling it over at Cinema Saturday with this film:

Ah, the fabulous team of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp; So many films together in recent years, that after watching Beetlejuice the other day, I felt something was missing. Then I realized with a laugh, there was no Johnny Depp.
So, for this challenge, along with inspiration from the film, we are to use a Halloween (aka "spooky") tree.
I totally forgot I had a wheel full of Halloween trees, but I unearthed it, as it is perfect for this challenge, and I also used some color inspiration from the film. Tim Burton films always strike me as "dark", some more than others (including Sleepy Hollow), but he has such great use of color. In Sleepy Hollow, as well as a few other of Burton's films, I love the splashes of warm colors he uses, red especially stands out, so I wanted to use the "dark" tree images, with a warm colored background. This is how I image Sleepy Hollow would look as the sun comes up on an autumn morning:

I used the emboss resist and polished stone techniques on this card. Supplies used: Spooky Skyline Jumbo wheel (ret.), Tiny Tags set; Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black and Glossy White c/s; Versamark, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, and Copper inks;


Friday, September 3, 2010

Sankari's Birthday Blog Party!

Today celebrates the birthday of Sunny Sankari of Cinema Saturday & more. Her dear friend and Cinema Sister, Brooke is hosting a birthday card blog party in Sankari's honor.

What a fun way to celebrate such a creative and inspirational person!
Your projects and positive attitude are always amazing!
Here's to a fabulous birthday Sankari -may you get the royal treatment that you deserve!!

Join me in wishing Sankari a Happy Birthday over at her blog and/or at Cinema Saturday!
Happy Sunny Day!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

It's a hard knock life...

...NOT!! This week over at Cinema Saturday they are featuring the popular musical:

This really wasn't a movie I liked until recently. It always made me feel sad, although, I should have felt happy that I wasn't one of Miss. Hannigan's orphans! I guess I just felt bad for the girls, and sad that Annie couldn't find her parents. My daughter recently viewed this with a friend at a sleepover, and loved it! So, I watched with her and her brother, and we've had the songs stuck in our head since. Of course, my kids sympathize with the girls doing their chores (boy, they do not like to do housework!), and especially love the number, "It's a Hard Knock Life". So my project is an update to our old chore chart, in honor of my poor children and their "hard-knock life" (not!).

Thursday, August 26, 2010

This is "flippin' sweet"!

The Cinema Saturday ladies strike again! This time with the very quoteable:

I almost turned this movie off 10 minutes into it -I just couldn't quite figure out what to make of it, the idiosyncrasies of Napoleon and his family had me all out of whack! Anyway, I just went with it, and found it to be a hysterical, quirky, and sweet film. I quote it often and recommend it to all (LUCKY!).
My card has a few inspirations: the color of the school lockers -one of my all time favorite SU! color combos of Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, and Bashful Blue (the colors look different on the movie poster). The inside inspiration came from my favorite character, Pedro Sanchez -I love his supportive family, his laid back nature, and of course, you have to love a guy who will "build a cake" to win a girl over.
I really wanted to incorporate a quote, or two, or three, but it was so hard to narrow it down, there are so many, so I opted not to this time.
I used Versamark, black brads, some leftover Hodgepodge Hardware inked with Silver ink and sealed with clear embossing powder, then a spritz of Log Cabin Smooch Spritz to give the lockers that slightly "decroded" look.

Now...Go do whatever you wanna do -GOSH!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010


I got a lovely surprise in my inbox last night from my Cinema Saturday friend Ira -she sent me the Stylish Blogger Award! Thank you so much Ira -such a nice surprise! Please go see her very stylish blog here.

You need to share 5 'stylish' things about yourself, so after much thought as I am usually covered in some kind of stickiness from one or more of my adorable children (not so stylish), this is what I've come up with:

- my style philosphy says that you can be stylish and practical at the same time (machine washability, hair styles that hide a bit of banana or cereal where the baby has grabbed my hair as we run out the door, cute low heel shoes, etc.)

- my house, my car, and my eyes match (and no, the car isn't red! LOL).

- I LOVE a pedicure or a massage when it can be worked in.

- my shower gel, lotion, and candle are scent matched right now -thanks Sharlene!

- I'm hopelessly hooked on Vera Bradley bags, other cute handcrafted bags, and stylish, yet rugged nylon bags that can be found at REI. Note: these bags do all match my outerwear. :)

And now I get to pass on this FAB award! The envelope please...The Stylish Blogger award goes to:

Sharlene who has all-around style, and some to spare!
Marci who has a style philosopy kind of like my own and fabulous cake-style -Yum!
Jackie/Grammie/Mom without whom I would have no style.
Carol who has a paper-crafting style that doesn't cease to amaze.
Katie B a stamping friend whose stylish blog I've just found.

Thanks for your style ladies -copy this award to your blog and pass it on!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Saturday, Cinema Saturday

This week over at Cinema Saturday, the lovely cinema sisters are hosting 007 himself with this:

I have been a James Bond film fan for quite sometime, I think it helps having a Sean Connery fan for a mom, and a dad who loves action flicks. The one thing that has changed over the years is my favorite Bond; It started out as Roger Moore (must have been an 80's thing), then I recognized that Connery was the best Bond, but Pierce Brosnan does a pretty good job too. Frankly, when I first saw Casino Royale, I wasn't completely sold on Daniel Craig, I put him somewhere between Timothy Dalton and Roger Moore (not a great ranking). However, after watching it again for this challenge, I got it, and Daniel Craig has boosted to tie the top spot with Sean Connery.

Casino Royale like most other 007 films is a well-rounded film filled with action, romance, comedy, suspense, and drama -it's got it all! You get a good guy, the boss, the evil bad guy, the potentially double-crossing sidekick, the potentially double-crossing girl, beautiful clothes, beautiful settings, fast cars...really everything you could want.
 For this challenge, I drew my inspiration from the main character himself: Bond, James Bond. The color of his clothes (black & white -tuxes, shirts, jackets), his car (silver), and his eyes (oh so blue!). I also tried to capture the essence of 007 opening film credits with the silhouette and lots of circles. I used brads for hardware, and printed off a birthday greeting appropriate for the theme.

Now go pop some corn, and sit back with Casino Royale or your favorite James Bond flick.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ring around the rosies...

...Pocket full of posies!

Okay, so they aren't posies,  but rather amazingly fun and easy to make "butterfly-punch pansies".
We made these at my Stamp Club last night, and we had a good time watching all the colors diffuse.
Here are a couple of blogs where I got the directions/videos and some more beautiful samples:

All you need are some reinkers, aquapainter, shimmer white paper, butterfly punch, and brads to hold them together. So what are you waiting for? Go make a garden for yourself!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bread and Jam for Nancy

I love the story "Bread and Jam for Frances" by Lillian and Russell Hoban. I love the images of that little badger girl eating her slice of white bread with a spread of purpley-pinkish-red homemade jam. I actually found a stamp some years ago (over 10 dare I say), with my favorite image.
I made my first batch of homemade jam this year today, and there is just something about homemade jam that brings out the nostalgia in me. To me berry jams just capture the pure essence of summer. You can taste the sun and the soil that nourished the berries, you can taste a warm afternoon, you can even catch a mild summer breeze. It always amazes me when I bite into a pb&j topped with homemade berry jam -the sunny places it takes me.
I love jam!!!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Christmas in July & Stamps that make you cry!

A little Christmas is exactly what I needed after the sudden arrival of Summer (going from one of the coolest summers on local record 64 degrees on Monday to 95 on Thursday).
When I found out what Brooke and Sankari at Cinema Saturday had in store for us this week:

I knew exactly what set I wanted to use: Home for Christmas by SU!
The first time I saw this set in the 2008 Holiday mini, it made me cry.
Mind you, not all stamps make me cry, but hubby had just deployed, and the images and verse touched my heart immediately, and I had to have it if only to send him a Christmas card.
I ALWAYS love an opportunity to use this set!
So, moving on from my sentimentality...
This is a sweet and fun film about 2 gals played by Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz who are having man trouble and just need to get away at Christmastime. They end up "meeting" online and decide to swap houses for a bit to take a break/holiday. The story continues with the women adjusting to the life of the other, and let's just say, some more man "trouble". :) I thought the verse I used was perfect for the film, as the gals found their hearts at home, just not necessarily their original home.

Please feel free to leave a comment, and let me know if a stamp has ever made you cry.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Just Bend it!!!

Wow! Has it been a month already?? Time is just flying by.
So, this week, the lovely Brooke and Sankari over at Cinema Saturday are hosting a challenge to make a card that is anything but an A4 (standard 4.25x5.5"), and is inspired by the fun and fabulous film:

If you haven't seen this, I soooooo recommend it. Written and directed by Gurinder Chadha (who also wrote and directed one of my all time Top 10 movies: Bride and Predjudice), this movie shows Jess, a good girl from a traditional Sikh family in the London area, stretching her family's bounds by playing on a women's  soccer team and dreaming of going to "uni" (university) and playing professionally in the U.S. Instead of looking for a husband & learning to cook a proper feast, Jess is out learning to bend it like Beckham (aka Becks, Mr Posh Spice, David Beckham). Along with a great story, there is a great cast: Parminder Nagra (of ER fame), Keira Knightly, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. You can read more about the film here.

My card was inspired by the journey Jess takes along with her friends and family as she realizes her dreams and breaks from what is expected of her. Also, I noticed in many scenes there were airliners flying overhead, and in an homage to Jess' father, a commercial airline pilot, who recognized and supported his daughter's dreams, I used an airplane image.

The card is 3x6" and uses new colors: Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, and Marina Mist.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Muchness anyone?

Okay, I was excited and a bit nervous when the gals at Cinema Saturday put this up for the challenge this week. Excited, because I've been wanting to see this movie despite mixed reviews. Nervous because I hadn't seen it, and "out of the box" is kind of challenging for me. Turns out, the movie is just amazing.
For the costumes, art direction, etc. which were fantastic and sooooo Tim Burton (with much more color than he normally does), I thought the story may lack. What I found was that there was just so much heart, character building, and so much connection I felt to so many of the characters. I wanted to just hug the Mad Hatter who is just full of "muchness", and made me want to always keep my "muchness" on display. :)
I love the part where the Mad Hatter just goes listing all different hat types. I wanted to make a ton of tiny different paper hats for my project, but time ran out -I needed to go be muchier instead. However, I did get one hat done satisfactorily, a fez, which reminds me of another Hatter part where he is talking to Alice, and just randomly interjects "Fez" into a sentence. It made me laugh!
So, here is the baby's funky little monkey wearing a Fez that I made with the Sizzix Bigz XL die "Baskets & Blooms" -I just trimmed around and cut the handles off, then stamped a brocade-y pattern, sponged a little gold, and braided and knotted some gold cord.