Thursday, April 22, 2010


Happy Blogaversary to me! Today marks the 1st anniversary of this blog. I can hardly believe it!
Unfortunately, I've been completely swamped the past week, catching up after a week (+) of the household being sick. I totally want to celebrate this anniversary properly, so come back and visit soon, so we can get the party going!!
Have a great weekend!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Up, up and away!

I have been waiting for this movie to show up at Cinema Saturday! It is such a wonderful film, so well-deserving of it's recent Academy Award. This movie will make you laugh, cry, and think. At the end of it you will just want to hug everyone near you (especially your dog!). If you have not yet seen this film, you simply MUST! I was inspired mostly by the main characters Carl, Russell, and Dug, and their new and developing relationships. I found the sentiment in my Full of Life set (how appropriate), and thought it represented Carl's new relationships perfectly. I also incorporated the sky, the house, and of course a dog -all fixtures in the film -as well as the required balloons, which I colored with marker directly on the paper to give a feeling of transparency, then with a Versamarker, clear embossed them. I did make this into a baby card, because I don't have a "Carl" in my life to give such a specific card to. :)

Then, because this is such a family favorite, my kids totally jumped on board, and wanted to play too.
They love the film!
This first one is my daughter's card. It was very important to her to have the main characters as well as the biggest cluster of balloons she could manage. Btw, she stamped and colored these, then cut and glued them all individually -much more patience than I!! She also hand drew a porch that was cut and glued on, so the characters would have somewhere to stand up in the sky.

Here is my son's card. He likes things to be relatively "true to life", but with some silly twist. Here his silly twist is "Dug" on top of the balloons. He's also got someone looking out of one of the windows.
I am so glad they played with me, we had fun!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Bonjour and bon appetit!

What a feast of a film! I had been wanting to see this for a while, and finally got to watch it on Netflix instant play this afternoon. Thanks to Brooke and Sankari at Cinema Saturday for this yummy challenge, and thanks to the ladies over at Pals Paper Arts for this great Spring color challenge I used as well. The colors worked really well with the film, all the shades of green and yellow (mmmm....butter!).

For this card (above) I wanted to use my Mix & Mingle set (retired) as it hadn't seen any ink (gasp!), and it met the Cinema Saturday cooking theme requirement really well. I loved the retro feel of it and incorporated some textures that reminded me of vintage kitchen tiles. I just can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this movie -It spoke to me on many levels; Julie and her unfinished projects, needing a deadline to get anything done (this is so me!). The husbands -so wonderful in their own ways. I loved the line: "You are the butter to my bread..." So I tried to incorporate some "butter yellow", and of course the toaster. The greeting I used is a reference to the support the women had in their lives, and how getting to know Julia was just what Julie needed to get a jumpstart.
All I know now is I'm going to have to wear pearls in the kitchen, make some Beouf Bourguignon, have a glass of wine, and make some more cards with this set!
Here is one more I made with kind of a retro feel to it...It's an ode to my fabulous mixer!

Enjoy and have a fabulous week!