Friday, October 29, 2010

A few cards and the Monday reveals

I love making Halloween cards for my grandkids, so I had a blast this week! I had leftover Pink Paislee "Twilight" papers from last year to work with. Then I added some Graphic 45's "Halloween in Wonderland" and My Mind's Eye "Blackbird".

Here's a slide show of the resulting creations:

I found a lot of inspiration in this month's "Blue Plate Special" challenges offered by the Design Team on Cookin' Up Creations. You can check them out here. And the arch cards were inspired by a challenge from Card Design Team member Cheryl on My Sketch World. (She even provided the template!) Go here to join in the fun! Check back often to see the ever-changing challenges and creations on both forums.

As always, Monday was reveal day both for Nuts About Sketches and Cookin' Up Creations.

This was my layout for Nuts About Sketches sketch #132:

This was the final week for the Cookin' Up Creations Design Team to work with Divine Twine from Whisker Graphics and stamp sets from Unity Stamp Company. All of us have had a wonderful time designing with the fun products so generously provided by both companies!  I created two cards:

This one used all three stamps in the "Berry Good Life" Unity set. I used a masking technique on the front to combine the sentiment with the basket motif and accented the design with Divine Twine:

 I combined a Unity stamp with the clock motif from Stampin' Up for the inside:

The other was a Halloween card using the twine with Graphic 45's fabulous Halloween in Wonderland line. I did a bit of fussy cutting and added paint and glitter embossing for extra pizazz:

And I used the tea set stamp and twine again on the inside:

Thanks for looking -- and have a BOO-TI-FUL Halloween! 

Friday, October 22, 2010

Some Halloween crafting!

I love Halloween papers and embellishments! They are just so much FUN! I have some Pink Paislee Twilight and a parts of a couple other lines left from previous years, as well as some fun stickers and such. But I just bought the October "Juicy" kit from Sweet Peach Crop Shop, featuring the adorable Blackbird line by My Mind's Eye. I had to rip into the kit right away .....

My daughter used a 24-cup mini muffin tin last Christmas season to create an adorable Advent calendar treat container. It looked so cute hanging on her kitchen wall! I decided to adapt the design for a Halloween version.

This is what I came up with:

The only thing I bought specifically for this project was the muffin tin. Everything else was already in my stash. Each square is held in place by pieces of magnet tape:

The magnet tape holds the squares in place -- even when the tin is hanging on the wall -- but allows for easy removal to get to the treats inside.

This has been a pretty crafty week, actually. Yesterday on the Cookin' Up Creations Scrapbooking Forum, I presented the Transformation Thursday challenge by altering two cute miniature wooden birdhouses from a local dollar store.

This is what I started with:

And this is what they looked like when I painted the trim and covered them with paper"

All of this week's "Blue Plate Special" challenges at Cookin' Up Creations used a pink theme in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so I used pink papers and topped them with pink bows. Each of the houses received a different roof treatment:

This weekend I'm hoping to get my Halloween cards done (can't wait to work more with all the fun Halloween stuff!) and hopefully joining in an online crop or two. 

Have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

This week's reveals

As always, Monday was reveal day for Nuts About Sketches. If Shawn's twp page sketches rock!

Here's this week's sketch:

And here's my take on it:

My daughter Heather took these photos on her younger son's first day of kindergarten (older brother started fourth grade two days earlier). The papers are Girls Paperie On Holiday. The vintage game card was from my stash -- don't you just love it?

Last week's sketch was a one pager:

and here's my layout. The colors in my photo clashed so badly -- my granddaughter's magenta and black jacket, her blue pants, the rust colored wall, the orange pumpkins -- so I converted it to black and white, then added the color back to the pumpkins. The papers are My Mind's Eye Blackbird. So cute!

Be sure to stop by the blog and check out the layouts by the entire design team. 

On Cookin' Up Creations, Monday is reveal day with projects using materials provided by our sponsors. This month, I've been fortunate to work with Unity Stamps and Whisker Graphics' Divine Twine. 

Last week, my assignment was to create an altered project. I revealed my witch hat, which also starred on my Spooky Blog Haunt post; and this little gift bag and candy bar wrap. I used the twine to wrap the bag handles and candy bar, and to fill the button hole. The little tea set is from Unity's "Berry Good Time: set:

This week, I revealed a layout, again using the tea set stamp. This time, I laced the twine through the border punch:

All of the talented design team's projects can be seen on the Cookin' Up Creations blog; and please be sure to join us on the forum for friendship and the Blue Plate Special daily challenges. Each month, anyone who completes at least 15 of the BPS challenges will be entered into a prize drawing.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Thank you, Spooky Blog Haunt-ers!

The Paper Secrets Spooky Blog Haunt last weekend was so much fun!!! I loved visiting everyone's blogs and seeing all that wonderful eye candy -- so much inspiration. And I REALLY loved participating as one of the blog haunt stops. Thank you to everyone who visited, left comments and became a follower.

And now -- for the winner of those Prima Ballerina Blossoms ...

Since I had specified that the winner had to comment AND be a follower, I put the number of followers into the Random.Org random number generator, and counted from the first follower to the last.

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And that would be ...

trisha too

Wonderful hat--love all the details!!

Again, thank you for stopping by and for all of your kind comments. Have a great day!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Welcome to the Paper Secrets Spooky Blog Haunt!!!

Welcome to your 30th stop on the Paper Secrets Spooky Blog Haunt. If you are following the links from the beginning, you should have come from Sonja's fantastic blog.  If you just happened upon this blog and wish to participate in the blog hop, please start at the Paper Secrets forum here. 

Today, I'm excited to share my Witch Hat Centerpiece with you. The inspiration came from a hat created by MargieH on  the
Spellbinders Paper Arts blog. Right away I fell in love with Margie's centerpiece and knew that I wanted to make one myself. 

I started out with a paper mache cone, which I covered with patterned paper from Pink Paislee "Twilight". The brim was cut from an embossed glossy cardstock with a Curvy Cutter by EK Success. I cut a smaller circle from the brim and inserted a snug made from a band of cardstock, allowing me to tilt the hat so the brim is elevated a bit in front when it sits on a table.

The fun part was decorating the hat! The fence and black cat are Spellbinders dies; I adhered metallic origami paper to cardstock before die cutting and embossing to get that marvelous electric blue. The pumpkin is a Bosskuts die and embossing folder set.

The witch tag and Mad Hatter insert are from Graphic 45's Halloween in Wonderland line. I used watercolor pencil to tint the Mad Hatter's hat. The Trick card is by Jenni Bowlin. The flowers are Prima. The key is from my stash, with a jewel accent.

I bought the bat die cut at a scrapbook store, but I think it's a Sizzix die. I used Stickles to accent the silhouette. The spider button is suspended with Divine Twine from Whiskers Graphics, which is one of our product sponsors this month for the Design Team at Cookin' Up Creations. I wound the twine around a pencil, sprayed with hair spray and dried with a hair dryer to get that curly effect.

I finished up with wired ribbon and some white tulle.

You're almost done with the blog haunt! Your next stop  is  Veronica's blog.  Wait until you see the eye candy she has prepared for you ... 

 BUT WAIT! Before you go ... Remember to leave a comment on this blog and all of the other participating blogs for your chance to win!!!! Paper Secrets is giving this fantastic prize to three lucky winners, whose names will be drawn from among everyone who completed the blog hop and left comments on all 31 stops. One of those winners could be YOU!!!

And I've also got a little treat to give away! If you are or become a follower of my blog  AND post a  comment here, you will also be entered to win a package of beautiful Prima Ballerina Blooms from me! (shipping to US and Canada only)

And now, on to the next stop on the haunt. In case you get lost, you can find a complete blog list here.   And be sure to post on the Paper Secrets forum thread as your final stop to let them know you've completed the blog! Good luck at winning one of those fabulous prizes! And now -- on to   Veronica's blog!

Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful Halloween! 

Friday, October 8, 2010

Notes from the road ...

This week I'm in Minnesota with my oldest daughter and her family. The week started with me driving up to Wisconsin Monday to return my granddaughter, Anna, to her parents (my youngest daughter and her husband; and then on to Minnesota Tuesday. My 9 year old grandson, Ethan, had his tonsils and adenoids out Wednesday (and is recovering. It's fun to have some time together (yes, we are scrapping!) and to be able to do the grandma thing with the boys. They have always lived two states away, so time with them is precious because I don't get to see them as often as I would like.

Monday, as always, was reveal day. Sketch 129 is up at Nuts About Sketches. I followed the sketch literally this week, except for moving the journaling. Here's my take:

The small photo sizes in the sketch allowed me to use some shots that, technically, were not good. I was still shooting with a little Kodak EasyShare and this event posed some real photographic challenges. The photos are from a magnificent outdoor pageant at a cultural theme park in Shenzhen, China, in 2005. "Dancing With the Dragon and the Phoenix"  portrayed the history of China through music, drama, dance and song. There were pyrotechnics and fireworks, almost magical staging (the Phoenix, that gorgeous woman in the right hand photo, came up out of the floor with those lights and smoke to look like water) .... oh, loads of people, horses, and I think a few other animals. My co-worker and I  had been sent to a trade show in Hong Kong and took an organized side trip into Shenzhen on our free day. The co-worker is not a woman who is easily impressed; but when this show was over, she turned to me and all she could say was "Wow ...."

October is my first "reveal" month at Cookin' Up Creations scrapbooking community, and I'm so excited to show you my first project. Our sponsors this month are the Unity Stamp Company, Whisker Graphics and Punky Sprouts. This week, my assignment was to create a layout.  I worked with Whisker Graphics' Divine Twine baker's twine and Unity's "Berry Good Life" stamp set. Here's my layout:

The subject is my granddaughter Shelbie, a fabulous strawberry blonde. The basket in my stamp set made a perfect illustration for my journaling. I so loved the stamps! The red rubber stamps cling like magic to my acrylic block, and they give wonderfully fine, crisp images. I used a couple of the luscious twine colors to accent my basket, tied onto alphas, and to fill the buttons.  (Note: this photo was taken in 2004; Shelbie is now a sassy 9 year old who would want me to be sure to tell you that she's "all grown up now".)

I created this layout in answer to my own "Addams Family Challenge" at My Sketch World.

The photos are from my oldest daughter's junior prom in 1995.  She was into a funky gothic sort of phase then, and died her gorgeous red hair a purple/black (thank God it was only temporary dye!) to match her dress. Her date was tall with (what I thought at the time were) sort of spooky eyes; and he was definitely a bit on the kooky side, as evidenced by his horsing around with my youngest daughter in the right hand photo. This was their first date; little did I know that night that exactly six years later -- to the DAY -- he would become my son in law! He can still be a bit kooky but I love him!

The photos in the layout above were taken with a little Instamatic camera, and the prints have not fared well over the years. I scanned and photoshopped as best as I could. Even though they are less than perfect, I scrapped them anyway. In the end, it's all about the memories, not the perfection -- or lack thereof -- of my photography.

Thanks for stopping by -- have a great weekend!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

RevealDay and World Card Making Day events!

Yesterday was October 1, which meant the reveal of the first of two monthly layout sketches at My Sketch World.

Lucy's fabulous sketch is here.

And here's my take on it:

And a couple of close-ups:

The papers were from Webster's Pages, which are gorgeous; but I always have trouble cutting into them! I don't want to waste or ruin one tiny bit of the beautiful motifs. Before I start, I always have to remind myself "it's only paper!"

It's a World Card Making Day Crop

at Cookin' Up Creations! Join the fun all day today for challenges, games, and chatter. And you have until NEXT Saturday to finish and upload your cards to be eligible for prizes. Check it out here today!

World Card Making Crop at My Sketch World!

Meanwhile, My Sketch World is hosting a World Card Making Crop from today until October 16. There will be loads of challenges, games and tutorials. Go here to be a part of the fun!

And I'm so excited to present my first monthly layout challenge at MSW. We're using "The Addams Family" -- one of my favorite TV shows when I was a child in the '60's -- as our inspiration this month!

How many of you remember this theme song (from the television series in the '60's and the movies in the '80's):

They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky
They're all together ooky, the Addams Family
Their house is a museum, when people come to see-em
They really are a scre-um the Addams Family
(spoken: Neat, sweet, petit!)
So get a witch's shawl on, a broomstick you can crawl on
We're going to make a call on the Addams Family

Halloween is coming soon; and to me, the Addams Family are the “first family of Halloween”. So, in this challenge, we'll be paying homage to this kooky, spooky clan.

You can take anything you wish from the song as inspiration (use any of the words in title or journaling; scrap a photo of someone in a spooky costume or acting kooky, our house decorated for halloween; etc); just tell us what inspired you. 

AND … to make it even more interesting … let's include something black (like Morticia's and Gomez's hair) and something silver (for those cobwebs that so artfully decorated their home) 

Here's a little reminder of the Addams Family in all their fun creepiness:

You can find the challenge on the MSW forum!

And I'll leave you with a card I created for the vintage cardcontest at MSW sponsored in September by Cupcards to Go:

Have a fantastic weekend!