Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Paper Playtime Challenge

It's time for May's DIGI Monday at Paper Playtime!
For Ch#46, make any paper project using a Digi or Stamped image or sentiment with a WEDDING or LOVE Theme! 

Head over there and see all the cool projects done by our DT Queens and make one of our own :)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Our Family Summer Fun list layout

Now that Lara only has a week left of school and Nicholas 2 weeks left, it's time to make a list of things to do.  Usually I just save the list on the computer but I thought it would be fun to make a layout of it, post in on our fridge, and then create an album entirely about our Summer Fun.  This way the kids can pick what they want to do for the day.  I left a few spots open for when we have other ideas, like amusements park, which I'm sure we'll go to a couple of them.

I got the idea from a blog that I absolutely love, The Crafting Chicks.  I used a lot of their ideas and added a ton of my own as well.  I'd add the link to the article, but their blog is down for some reason :(  If anyone wants my list, email me and I'm happy to share it.  (Word file)

I used some Echo Park and Imaginese.  Both have nice bright fun images.  Perfect for Summer.    You'll probably have to click on the picture to actually read the list.  Does anyone else make Summer lists?  What's your favorite thing to do with your kids over Summer break?

I also entered my layout in the following challenges:
Penny's Challenges - Here comes Summer
Sew Many Challenges - Circles
Fresh Brewed Designs (monthly challenge) - Summer
Fresh Brewed Designs (weekly challenge) - Anything but a card
My Time to Craft - Use a die cut
Do you Stack up to us? - Animals
2 Sisters Challenge blog - Anything goes
Crafting for All Seasons - Anything goes

As it's Memorial Day here in the U.S., I also want to thank the military and their families for the sacrifices they make every day to keep our country safe.


Saturday, May 28, 2011

May Giveaway (you want to see this!)

Hey everyone,

I have some blog candy to share with you.  I think you'll love it.  I just hit 20,000 views for my blog!  Wow!!!

A Tim Holtz tote bag (from CHA), Cosmo Cricket album, couple of punches and stickers, Crate paper die cuts, and ABC rub-ons.

To be elligible for my giveaway just be sure to follow my blog and leave a comment saying you are a follower.  That's it.  If you have a blog and want to post this on your sidebar with a link back to this post, great.  Leave another comment that you've posted it for a 2nd entry.  (Make sure you leave a 2nd comment if you post this on your blog.  I will be using these numbers for the random generator.)  I will ship to anywhere.  The giveaway will be open for two weeks and I will pick a winner Saturday June 11th.

Hope all you guys in the U.S. are having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

More Color Connection projects

Here are a few more projects we made over the weekend.  Check out this huge clock!  (I didn't add the hands to it yet).  I choose pink to glimmer mist the paper with.  It's going to look awesome in Lara's room.  

We also made a bunch of layouts as well with Pink Paislee's paper.  Their Soiree collection is my new favorite.  I just love everything about it.  We made a mini album with it as well.  Soon as I get it together I will post it as well.   Look at the awesome gems in the middle of the flower!  Now that's some bling.

 We had a candy bar :)  Stacy and I both managed to glimmer mist our candy!  LOL. 

 Look at how small a group we were.  Just under 40 people.  

Have a great rest of your day!  More tomorrow :)


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Prima Birdhouse

Hey all,

Here is my first project I made at the Color Connection event.  I just love this birdhouse.  It is canvas and we first primed it with a few sprays of water and then glimmer misted it.  I choose pink, of course.  Then we decorated the roof and window with a beautiful lace trim and added lots of flowers and birds using Fabri-tac.  It was the first time I have used it and it sticks sooo well.  A lot like Helmar's 450.

The birdhouse is all one piece and holds it's shape by 4 snaps, though we did glue the roof down.  Inside the album is 6 house shaped canvas pieces.  What a cute way to decorate a mini album.  Though I haven't decorated the inside yet, we did use a mask and glimmer misted all the pages.

One of the best things about these classes were the huge amount of product they give you.  Unlike most classes where they cut out a flower and just give you what you need, we got whole packages of really gorgeous flowers, embellishments, and glimmer mists.  We would use one or a couple of a project and have so many left.  This included stamps as well.  We recieved an entire 12x12 package of huge stamps from Prima, and like 3 gorgeous packages of stamps from Pink Paislee.  The ones from Pink Paislee were to die for.  I love that all three companies are designing products to go together.

One interesting thing I also learned was that Tattered Angels is no longer going to see anything other than glimmer mist in the future.  They are not going to have a CHA booth in July either.  So if you have been putting off buying any of their other products, nows the time to get it.

I'll be back tomorrow with another project and more about the event.

Have a great night :)


Monday, May 23, 2011

Tea Light Card

Hey everyone,

Got back from Color Connection yesterday and it was AMAZING!  I made some of the coolest things.  I will definitely be posting all about it this week after I take some pictures of the projects I made.  Today I have an awesome Tealight Card I made using both our brand new Boxer and Envelobox boards for my Ultimate Crafters Companion Tool, as well as the The Ultimate Crafter's Companion Advanced Construction Techniques DVD.  

I decided to start off by making one of the beginner projects on the DVD, the Tea Light Card.  On the DVD Sara Davies, the creator of these amazing tools, takes you through each step.  It was so each to follow her directions as she made each project.  Look what I was able to make for my very first project:

Is that a wicked cool card, or what?  I used paper from our Fairyopolis 12x12 Paper Pad to create the card.  The entire card is made from one piece of paper.  I then used a yellow sheet of paper from the same paper pad to create the border on the front of the card.  The images are rub-ons from the Fairyopolis Complete Cardmaking Kit.  I absolutely love these rub-ons!  They always go on perfectly.  I can't stand when pieces of rub-ons won't come off their sheet.  I also applied two Fairyopolis rub-ons inside the card as well.

Next, I followed along with the DVD and made a perfect Envelobox to fit my Tea Card.  I applied a couple more rub-ons the front of the Envelobox and back flap of it.  Now it's ready to be addressed and mailed off.  

Wouldn't these be perfect for Christmas time with some Tree or Cinnamon scented candles?  Or perhaps for a teacher or someone who isn't feeling well?  I plan on making lots of these this year.  I love how easy and amazingly beautiful they are.  And this is only the first project I've created. 

Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Heading out to Color Connections

I'm heading off to Color Connections super early tomorrow.  They posted a sneak peak of their workshops and it looks like I'll have lots of really cool projects to share soon.  I can't wait.  Prima, Tattered Angels, and Pink Paislee all weekend long :)))))  Look at this gorgeousness!

Have a rockin' weekend!


Monday, May 16, 2011

Project 2011 accounting for March

This month's is a bit late.  Here are all the links to everyone who participated last month.  If you haven't posted your progress, this is a reminder for you.

I did well last month considering I took a couple of Copic classes.  I did buy some markers, but not too many.  I needed to buy some so I could practice coloring.  Other than that I didn't buy a thing.  How did you gals do?

Monday, May 9, 2011

Tall cards

Paper playtime has a really fun challenge for the next couple of weeks - make a tall card.  We also encourage eveyone to use their Cricut for this challenge, but it is not required to be in the drawing.  This week's sponsor is:

MY PINK STAMPER!  The winner will receive her very popular Tweetie Hoo Puns stamp set:

Here is my tall card.  I used the Just Because Cricut cartridge for mine.

The star paper is from Close to my Heart.  I just love these cuts for a kid card :)

Hope I see some of you over at Paper Playtime :)


Vineyard Frame

Good morning!  I hope everyone had a great Mother's day!  This mom had a very sick little girl over the weekend.  Lara had some kind of stomach bug.  Poor little thing.  She's great this morning though.  Yay!  

Today is my day to post over at Crafter's Companion and this is what I made with Sheen'as Paint Fusion products.  To say I was terrified of learning to paint would be an understatement.  Turns out it was really easy.
My husband is crazy about red wines.  He loves wine tasting and trying new wines out.  So when I saw Sheena's Paint Fusion Berry stamp set, I knew exactly how I wanted to paint my Shadow box frame.  I was really nervous about the painting itself, as I had ZERO experience painting.   After watching some of Sheena's Project and Instructional DVD and using the laminated practice sheet I was amazed to find that I could actually paint!  LOL.  It really is so simple.  Following Sheena's directions on her video, I crackled painted the frame as well.

I gave the frame to my mom in law for Mother's Day and she loved it.  Hope everyone has a great day!  I'll be back later today with a Paper Playtime challenge for you :)


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Winner of Crafter's Companion giveaway

Thank you everyone for becoming a follower of Crafter's Companion.  I hope you love all the inspiration over there, as much as I do.  There will be many more fun things and giveaways to come over there.  For today, my winner is

Barb's Boys said...

Very sweet set...I posted here:http://barbsboys123.blogspot.com/2011/04/crafters-companion-give-away.html
Congratulations Barb!  Please email me with your snail mail address and I will get all these fabulous products out to you :)


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Copic classes

So, I have to tell you, I am completely in love with Copics now.  I was a really nervous about the classes because I honestly can't draw a straight line.  After I took 3 classes with Jennie Black (she used to teach Copic cert classes as well), I really felt like I was getting the hang of both the marker and shading to some extent.  I learned that having a nice paper is huge.  I had been coloring just regular printer paper with them. No wonder the markers bled everywhere!

I have to say that I learned quite a bit more from Jennie's classes than the certification class.  Not that I didn't like the cert class, I did.  But the regular classes were more hands on, lots of feedback, and correction.  The certification was more of a lecture class, though there was some coloring we did.  And I learned a LOT about Copic markers during it too.  You also have to finish the regular certification class before you can take the intermediate class.  I really want to do this at some point.   Hopefully, they will get more of them on the calendar.  They are pretty tough to find near me.

The really cool thing about the certification class was that it was taught by Marianne Walker.  She has been with Copics almost since the beginning they were introduced in the U.S.  She is also the author of Shadows & Shading.  I am really looking forward to reading it.

Okay, so after a day of classes, I colored this cute Crafter's Companion image during the Cert. class.

I need to work on my shadows and blending, but all in all, I am really happy with my first card :)   It looks so much better than when I use pencils.

The best part of the weekend though, was being able to do all this fun stuff with my bff, Stacy.  We had so much fun chatting and laughing all weekend long.  We ate (I kid you not) at the same Mexican restaurant 3 days in a row because it was sooo good!  On Monday, I made her go to breakfast with me there.  Yummy!  She was so cute, she got us matching BFF bracelets.  I picked the pink one, and she was relieved to get the green one.  LOL.

So, if you are interested in using Copics, go for it!  Take a class at a local scrapbook store and try it out.  It's not tough at all, as long as you have the right paper and someone to show you how to blend the colors together.

That's it for today.  Have a great evening :)


Monday, May 2, 2011

Winner of my April Blog candy

I'm certified!  Whoo Hoo!  Got my Copic certification yesterday.  I learned so much this weekend about coloring.  It was so fun hanging out with my best friend.  I will talk about it more tomorrow.  I just got home today and wanted to post the winner of my blog candy quickly.

Looks like the goodies are going to Belgium.

mapowska said...

Hello :)
Thank you for this sweet candy! I will spread a word by putting the photo in my sidebar: http://mapowska.blogspot.com/
Mapowska, please email me your address and I will get it out to you.  You have one week to respond or I will pick another winner.

Have a great night everyone,


Scrap'n Easel review and GIVEAWAY

I get to do something totally cool today!  I get to give away a wicked cool Scrap'n Easel.  I have been playing with mine for the last couple of weeks and I totally love it.

Scrap'n Easel is a free standing 12x24 magnetic easel.  It comes with the 12x12 clear removable grids, magnetic ruler, and lots of really strong magnets.  Like my happy face?   It also comes with industrial strengh velcro that keeps the Scrap'n Easel closed and the tab out of sight when it's open.  It is very strong and sturdy so you don't have to worry about it falling over. 

When it's closed it is quite thin, so storage is no big deal.  For me, this is important because I really don't have anymore room for big items.

You can craft on the easel laying down, but I found I enjoyed scrapping with it while it was standing up.  It was nice not to have to lean over my desk constantly.  My neck really gets sore after a couple hours  bending over my table constantly.

When I scrapbook, the very last thing I do is add the embellishments, photos, etc. to the paper.  I like to move stuff around until I think it looks the way I want it too.  This is where the magnets come in.  I had been working on a kit and wasn't too sure about the 2nd page.  I wanted to add something more to it.  I decided to add a sun I cut from my Expression and some flowers.  I put the magnetic ruler along the top to see what size sun I needed.  I also layered a couple of flowers and put in a couple of places until I liked where they were.

 I also did not adhere the flowers together.  The magnet is holding the two of them together and to the Scrap'n Easel.  

The pages are kept in place by clear plastic corners so when you are done, you can use the Scrap'n Easel to show off you work.  This is so much better than the way I was doing it, which was to throw it on the kitchen counter for Chris to see.  Pretty awesome, right?

Now for the fun part.  Marlo, over at Scrap'n Easel, is going to send a Scrap'n Easel for one lucky person.  Whoo Hoo!  I was so incredibly happy when she told me this because there was no way I was going to part with mine :)    The Scrap'n Easel retail price is $79.99.

(If you can't wait, you can buy the Scrap'N Easel here or on one of the banners along my right sidebar.  Because the demand for these is high, there can be two week wait for shipping.)

This giveaway is open to the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, United Kingdom and Ireland.

How can you win this?

You must be a follower of Scrap'n Totes blog and leave a comment in this blog.

For additional entries to win:

1.  "Like" Scrap'n Tote on Facebook and let them know Denise sent you. (one entry)
2.   Follow my blog here.  (one entry)
3.  Blog or post about this contest on your sidebar.  (2 entries for this)

May sure you leave a comment below stating which you have done.

I will post the winner's name May 3rd.  The winner will have one week to contact me with their information.

Have a great day,


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mother's Day Challenge at Crafter's Companion Challenge blog

We have another fabulous prize you can will over at the Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog.  Check this out!

This huge package includes:
The Boxer
Envelobox Creator
Ultimate Advanced Techniques DVD
Total Retail : $100.80

To find out more about these projects, head over to the Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog.

The Challenge for May is Mother's Day.  Get out your Crafter's Companion stamps and make something for Mother's Day.  It can be a card, layout, or Altered project.

I decided to make a Mother's Day card.  I pulled out my Fairyopolis Spring Stamp Set because I just love using them and my Fairyopolis 12x12 Paper Pack.  After using my watercolor pencils, I went over it with a small paintbrush and stickles.   The white shaped piece was cut out from the Cricut Just Because cartridge.  Then I add some flowers and the mom.

Hope you join our challenge at the Crafter's Companion Challenge blog :)