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. :)