Saturday, January 30, 2010

Make it Count

I am so honored to be guest designing again over at Cinema Saturday -Thank you Brooke and Sankari!!
This week's movie is Titanic with a challenge requirement of blue and silver (yay!).


I love this movie, talk about inspiration! The costumes, the sets, the music -all beautiful and amazing, not to mention the strength, the triumphs & the tragedies of the characters. So many scenes in this movie captivate me. I have been mildly obsessed with the Titanic story since I was about 10 or so, I've seen the exhibit several times in different cities, but it wasn't this that caught me for this challenge. It was a lengthy quote by Jack's character, while he was having dinner with the first class passengers when asked about his "third class lifestyle":
Jack: Well, yes, ma'am, I do... I mean, I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what's gonna happen or, who I'm gonna meet, where I'm gonna wind up. Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it. You don't know what hand you're gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you... to make each day count.
The last few lines just really clicked with me -grabbed ahold of my heart and made me run for the tissue. :)
So I wanted to make a project (not a card!) that would remind me to make each day count.
I initially had planned on putting in a picture from our family vacation on an Alaskan Cruise, but then I decided I would rather show a picture that demonstrated the "making it count".
This is a pic of DH and kids on our last day together before his deployment. It was a great day, and we made the most of our last hour together.



I altered a small clipboard that a photo could be placed in (and changed).
Here's what I used: Baroque Motifs & I {heart} Hearts set; Maine Blueberry DSP (ret.), Not Quite Navy, White Vellum, and Whisper White cardstocks; Versamark ink; Silver foil tape (OTC), Silver Detail EP, Clear EP, White Organza ribbon, glue dots; 1/2" circle, 1 3/8" circle, and Scallop circle punches.
It's now hung up where we can see and remember to make each day count. :)

If you haven't (*gasp*) seen Titanic, go grab a box of tissues, a comfy blanket, and make it count!

Friday, January 22, 2010

*Yawn & Stretch*

Good morning,
I thought today, I would blog just to blog...no cards or other projects to share today. Just hanging out, taking a breather from a busier than anticipated, and slightly sleep-deprived week. Hubby is off today, perhaps we will take the baby down to the chocolate shop for a drink (they've got great coffee, tea, etc.), or maybe I'll take a nap (not likely). DD is in her first year of Girl Scouts, and we have been having fun with cookie sales. She has been achieving the goals she has set for herself, and we've been having "geeky" fun figuring out the most popular cookie flavors by tallying and making graphs (I'm pretty sure I said "geeky" -we like math). Baby is busy cutting teeth, scootching across the floor, and finding her loud voice. DS is crazy Lego building constantly -he'd go 24/7 if we let him. DH has a great project started out in his "man cave" can't say anything here as it's a gift, and well, spoiling surprises just isn't cool, but I suspect his weekend will consist of quality time out there makin' noise and sawdust. :) I am attempting to re-organize my crafting/stamping stuff, cleaning shelves parting with supplies I haven't used lately, etc. Once I'm finished, I'll post a list so any of you out there looking for retired SU! supplies can take a peek.
Well, it's time to get the kids off to school, and I've been up for 5 hours, so I think I'll let Daddy walk them to school, and I may go catch a few winks before the baby gets up.
Have a great day, and I'll be back soon!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Who ya callin' "DumDum"?

Oh, well, if it's gum-gum that you want, then this is the challenge for you!
Over at Cinema Saturday here is the super fun challenge this week:


This is a really fun movie, that we enjoy watching with our kids. It was really hard to choose where I wanted to get my inspiration from this. I knew I wanted to do something fun, and we go around making "dum-dum/gum-gum" references often, so I thought I'd start there. I really wanted to find a good clip-art Easter Island Head to work with, but couldn't find exactly what I wanted, so I ended up creating my own. After much frustration and many "dum-dum" comments, this is what I came up with:


A miniature Easter Island Head with a mini-bubble gum bubble.
Here's a peek inside:



mmmm...gum-gum!

Here is what I used: Best Wishes and More set; Basic Black & Going Gray c/s; Basic Gray, Craft Regal Rose, & Craft White ink; Keytag (ret.), corner rounder, and 1 3/4" Circle punches, Sponge, 5/8" neutral brads; Clear EP; Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, January 16, 2010

PPA #25

Here is a "new-to-me" challenge at Pals Paper Arts . I've been wanting to participate in one of their challenges for awhile, but am now just getting around to it. This week had a photo inspiration -one word: YUM!



Here is the card -I'm definitely in Valentine's mode....



I used: Baroque Motifs set; White craft, Chocolate Chip, and Real Red inks; Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, and White Vellum cardstocks; White EP, Pretties flowers, 5/16" neutral brads, White taffeta ribbon (dyed with the red ink), Pop-up glue dots, crimper, Sizzix Texturz plate SU! Backgrounds #1.

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

"...Trudging, you know, trudging?"

I have been such a trudger this week, feel like I've been moving in slow motion. I think the 3 round trips a day to school, and the cold drizzle (turning to dumping downpours) probably haven't helped.
Fortunately, this week's Cinema Saturday pick addresses trudging with much humor:

This is such a fun movie starring the late and much missed Heath Ledger. I was able to pull off a couple projects for this one -I had soooo much inspiration it was a challenge to pare it down. I love the quippy quotes, the rockin' soundtrack, the fabulous actors, and the story of a young man who was able to "change his stars" to live the life he and his father had always dreamed of for him.

This first project is a goofy one, and will be gifted to my dear sister-in-law who loves Heath, A Knight's Tale, and all that is quirky. I made it with my favorite scene as inspiration -At the beginning of the film with our hero's first appearance at a tournament, we see a medieval style arena/stadium, with Queen playing: "We Will Rock You". The crowd is 'stomp-stomp-clap'ing, The Wave is going around, there are face-painters in the crowd, girls are dancing. It always makes me want to head for a game, any game -Love it!! The soundtrack rocks, as does this paperweight project:


I love the quote on this...It reminded me of the "good guys" each time they pulled off a tournament.
I used a thicker printed tissue paper over a rock, then a white stamped piece of tissue paper over it. The color didn't show through as much as I would have liked, but you get the idea. :)
Supplies: Full of Life, Wanted, & Under the Stars sets; Gold, Copper & Basic Brown ink, Modge Podge (matte), Copper c/s, Gold detail EP, small star punch.

A Knight's Tale part 2

So, I wanted to do one more "pretty" project for this film using my favorite quote from the film. I immediately thought of my hubby who goes by so many names: His family and pre-college friends call him by his middle name, his college and military friends, myself, and anyone he knows through me call him by his shortened first name, then of course there is "Daddy", "Honey", Sgt (in various forms through the years), etc. I thought this was so appropriate, especially with Valentine's Day approaching. He actually chose the colors for this card, as I was kind of on the fence. It turned out great I think:


Supplies: Under the Stars and Tiny Tags sets; Soft Suede, Taken with Teal, Naturals Ivory c/s; Gold ink, Gold detail EP; Gold brads; Large Star, 1" Circle, and Scallop Trim Border punches.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy New Year!!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and that your new year is off to a fabulous start!
We stayed close to home, as we usually do, and spent much time crafting, cooking, and just being together. Perfect!
I really did want to blog through the season...at least once anyhow, but it didn't happen. Maybe next time! LOL!
Well, I'm starting the new year off with something new and challenging for me: 2 challenges in 1card! Okay, okay, I know for some of you this is not a big deal, but it's a stretch for me, and I look forward to stretching my creativity even further this year.
So, without further ado, here is my card (a 5x7 nonetheless), for Mojo Monday #120 and  Cinema Saturday #60
I am a huge fan of Cinema Saturday, and after a holiday break the cinema girls are back -WooHoo!
With this great flick:

This is a beautifully set film, simply gorgeous, and the story is a good one too. Like many others, I had this read to me in 3rd or 4th grade, and still has me sometimes looking into the back of an old cupboard to see if there is something beyond. The requirement this time was to use iridescent sparkle, not such a challenge for me, but I had been wanting to try a technique for "Faux Frosting" from Marlize Morris, a fellow SU! demo, which uses Dazzling Diamonds glitter. My favorite scene is when Lucy comes through the wardrobe for the first time; The look of wonderment on her face, framed by the beautifully frosted branches. It reminds me of my kids, each time it snows (we don't get much of it). I tried the technique to try to capture the look of those snowy branches. The quote on the card: "The greatest gift is a portion of thyself" -Ralph Waldo Emerson, made me think of the sacrifices made by many characters in the film, among other things.
Last, but not least, I used the amazing layout from Teresa Kline at Mojo Monday:


Here is my card:


With the door open:


A closer look "through the cupboard":


I used: Autumn Days and Of the Earth sets; Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, Shimmer White, and Chocolate Chip c/s; Versamark; Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip markers, Tombo multi glue, Gold detail and White EP, Heat tool, gold brads, Lg Neutral Brads, Sizzix Scallop Circle die, Sizzix Texturz SU! Backgrounds 1, Circle Scissors, Scallop Edge & 1/8" handheld punches, Soft Suede 5/8" polka dot grosgrain ribbon.

ENJOY!