Thursday, October 27, 2011

Train ride

I made a double page layout today.  I don't make two many two pagers, but when I do it's usually because  I see one I really like at Let's Scrap.  I just got back the pictures I took of our train ride to L.A.'s Chinatown and decided to scrap them.



I used my expression for the die cuts.  The train and the train signal was from Everyday Paper Dolls.  I love how many images there are on that cartridge.  I choose the tree from the Pagoda cartridge since it t had an Asian look to it.

The paper is from DCWV.  I'm not sure which paper pads though.  I've had them a while and the covers usually come off and get thrown out.  The butterflies are from K&Company and are stickers.  

This week has just flown by again.  Lara and I have been sick again and she's on breathing treatments.  I miss Summer and the lack of germs!  LOL.  Nick had his overnight party w/ three friends.  Can you say LOUD?  With all the wrestling and running nothing got broken and no one got hurt, so I'd judge it a success.  

I thought I'd share a photo of Lara with her new nemesis:


The witch starts talking and cackling when anyone walks by.  Lara was terrified of her.  She's been turned off, but before she was Lara would literally either hug the opposite wall to get by or crawl by on her hands and knees like a soldier.  It was hilarious!!!  Now that the witch is off, Lara enjoys smacking her when she passes her :)

Have a great weekend!

Denise

Monday, October 24, 2011

Christmas Rose Door hanger and barrette


Sheena Douglass' Paint Fusion stamps are absolutely beautiful.  When I heard that she was designing a Christmas Paint Fusion collection, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them.   I saw the Christmas Rose Paint Fusion stamps and immediately began to think of all the different projects I could make with them.

My first thought was that these beautiful flowers would be perfect to decorate a door hanger with.


This door hanger was very easy to make.  I started by painting a plain door hanger with white acrylic paint.   I let the first coat dry, and then added a second coat to make sure the brown was covered.  While the second coat of paint was drying, I pulled out some white glitter I had on hand and sprinkled it all over the wet paint.  The paint acts as a glue while it is wet, so the glitter sticks really well to it.







To make the flowers, I stamped out the leaves and flowers on my Paint Fusion stamp set and colored them using my Copic Sketch markers.   The colors I used for the flowers were  R81, R83, R85, Y35, and Y38.  I used Copic markers G21, G24, G28 for the leaves.  Once they were colored, I added them to the door hanger with a glue gun and Double Sided Adhesive Foam.


To finish it off, I added a pretty bow I made with some leftover ribbon and letters spelling out, "Lara's Room"."

While I was coloring the Christmas roses in pink, I also colored a rose in red to add to a plain barrette.  For this Christmas rose I colored it with Copic Sketch markers R22, R24, R27, Y35, and Y37.   Because I knew that this flower would be going on a barrette, I wanted to make it a little sturdier.  To do this, I painted the flower with Chandelier Glimmer Glaze.  The glaze has an almost starch like quality so it really stiffens up anything you use it on, as well as adding lots of glitter.




As you can see, the two projects were a huge hit with my daughter.

We will have sneak peaks of all the fabulous new Sheena Douglass' Christmas Paint Fusion Collection this week at the Crafter's Companion USA News blog.  I hope you have a chance to check them all out.  They are awesome!

Have a great day!

Denise

Friday, October 21, 2011

A mini album for my mom-in-law

Happy Friday!!!  We have a big weekend going on here.  We are having family up in the late morning for Nick's birthday and then 3-4 eight and nine year olds coming over for a sleepover party.   Then Sunday we are going to an Organic farm to pick up a pumpkin.  The place is really cool because it has a huge cornstalk maze, rides, bounce houses, animals to feed, and lots of organic fruit and veggies you can buy.  Then more family is coming over to give Nick more presents.  It's going to be so much fun!

Because it is my mom-in-law's birthday in October too, I made her a gorgeous mini album that she can put pictures into.  I had made the container and cover of the mini album at a Color Connection weekend.  It was a class taught by Prima.  I finally got around to decorating the insides so I could give it as a gift.





I used lots of Prima rub-ons, papers, and flowers to decorate it.  I also used a few Quick Quotes vellum quotes which I chalked up around the edges.  I had to wait to post it because she often checks out my blog :)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Denise

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Steampunk Debutante

Just a quick card for today.  This week went by in another blur.  I have had an awful migraine the last few days but today I feel human again.  Hurray!  Good thing too because my son's 9th birthday is this weekend and he is having a few friends spend the night so I have a list of things to do.  I went and ordered his cake today (Transformers is his theme) and bought 5 big bags of candy.  I am going to have a candy bar for the kids.  I got M&Ms, Skittles, Starburst (did you know they have a bag with only the red and pink ones in it?  Yeah, that's the one I bought!), Sour Patch Kids, and 3 Musketeers.  I made sure to buy stuff I liked too, just in case they need a little help eating it ;)  Yes, there will lots of wired kids bouncing off the walls here on Saturday!  I am going to have Nick pick out a couple WII games and a movie.  We have a loft upstairs where the WII is and the kids can camp out there.

Okay, on to something crafty.  My bff Stacy gave me a 6x6 paper pad of Steampunk Debutante, which is one of my most favorite paper collections, so I made this fun card with it.  I'm pretty sure I will never get tired of this paper.  I just love the cool images and colors.  I added some clock pieces and silver bead ribbon, as well as a little bling.  The roses in the corner were cut out of the paper and then I added some Stickles to them.


Enjoy the rest of your night :)

Denise

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Crafter's Companion USA Design Team Call

Hi everyone,

Hope your weekend is off to a lovely start.  We just rolled out of bed around here (it's only 8:30) and am sipping coffee.  I wanted to let you guys know about the design team call by Crafter's Companion USA.  As you know, I am the design team coordinator for the company and I have to say they are awesome to design for.  I have been really blessed to be a part of their DT.  So I highly recommend applying for our Design Team if that is something that interests you.

You can find all the details on their blog http://crafterscompanion.blogspot.com/2011/10/crafters-companion-usa-design-team-call.html.  Just click on the link and it'll take you there.

Enjoy your weekend!

Denise

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Merry Scaring

This week has just flown by!  Nicholas has miniumum days all this week, so we've been busy.  I did manage to make a fun Halloween card today.  To make it I pulled out my Tim Holtz Seasonal masks (www.timholtz.com) and chose a witch for the main image.




I glimmer misted the mask with Raven glimmer mist.  I love how it turned out.  The paper, ghost, and bats are from Making Memories.  The cool "Merry scaring" rub-on was part of a Cosmo Cricket's Haunted rub-ons.

I am entering my card in the following challenges.

Simon Says Stamps challenge - Halloween/Goth
Simon Says Stamp and Show - things with wings (bats)
My Craft Spot - black with orange (or purple or green)
Scrap-Creations - Halloween
Paper Issues - Halloween
Shopping our Stash - Boo are You (Spooky and/or Black/Orange)
Studio L3: Grungy Monday - include www.timholtz.com Tim Holtz-themed Halloween art


Enjoy the rest of your day.  It's almost Friday!


Denise

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Delightful

Hey everyone,

I'm on my 2nd cup of coffee today.  Literally.  My first cup seems to have walked off by itself and I cannot find it anywhere!  Today feels like Monday to me since Nick and I just flew back from Vegas last night.  We had so much hanging out with my friend Stacy and her 5 kids.  I think the highlight for Nick was definitely going to Chuck E Cheese for a couple of hours.  My favorite thing was going to the local scrapbook store and making a Christmas tray with Stacy.  So much fun.

One of the things I made over the weekend was a layout of Nick's school picture from the beginning of last year.  He was growing his hair out at the time.


I bought a W R Memory Keepers Sew Easy tool over the weekend and got to try it on this layout.  I can't sew worth a darn and I have to say I LOVE this tool.  It took a little while to sew all the stitches but it was really easy.

The patterned paper, button, and chipboard is from MME Stella and Rose collection.

I am entering my layout in the following challenges:

Frosted Designs - Sketch challenge
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - Distressing
K.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Bright Colors
Simon Says Stamps Challenge - Sparkle and bling
ABC Challenge - Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time Challenge - Anything Goes
One Stop Craft Challenge - Anything Goes

Have a great day!

Denise

Monday, October 10, 2011

Kicking off a week of sneak peaks

Hey everyone, I am so excited to get to kick off a week of sneak peaks over at the Crafter's Companion USA blog.  Humphrey the Elephant is one of my favorite Crafter's Companion collection and I was so excited when I saw this absolutely darling new stamp from the Humphrey the Elephant Father's day stamp set. 

Isn't that the sweetest image and sentiment?  It reminds me of when my son was little and always pulling on his daddy's shoes and stomping around in them.  Though the stamp set is called Father's day, I made this card for my son to give to his dad for Christmas.  I have a feeling it's going to be a big hit with a handwritten note inside it.

I used my Cricut Expression to cut out the fun star shaped card (Birthday bash cartridge), outlined the star with white pencil, and added a brown ribbon around it.  (Notice no bow, it's for a guy after all.)  After stamping the image with my Tuxedo Black Memento Ink pad I colored this delightful image with my Copic Markers.


I used the following Copic markers for my little elephant: N1, N3, N5, E0000, E00, E02, E21, E23, E25, E27, E59, Y38, B00, B02, B05, R24, R27, R29.

I am getting seriously addicted to Copic markers.  I haven't picked up a colored pencil since I started coloring with them.  I hope you go by the Crafter's Companion USA blog this week and check out all the cool new stamps.

Have a great day :)

Denise

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Winner of blog candy

Hey all,

I finally got a chance to get on my computer and get a winner picked for my candy.   This first name the random generator picked was not a follower so I had it pick again and it picked #25.

25 
Angi @ CokiePop said...
This is a great treasure to gather up after cleaning. :) Love this giveaway. Fingers crossed. :)


Congrats Angi!!!!   Email me with your snail mail and I will get your package mailed out to you.

Have a great rest of the weekend everyone! 

Denise

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

4 More Pink Paislee cards

Thank you everyone for the well wishes :)  I am starting to feel better.  I thought I'd share the last four Pink Paislee cards I made over the weekend for world card making challenges.  The first one is my favorite.  Probably b/c it's a Halloween card.






We had our first Autumn rainfall.  Guess Summer is really over :(  I decided to break down and go buy some new jeans for Winter.  Though I only bought short sleave shirts to go with them.  You know what's awesome about rainy days; you can rock out in the car and no one can see you doing it!

Have a great night,

Denise

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

WCMD and sick

Hey everyone,

I can tell school is in session.  Both my kids got cold last week and went right into their lungs.  So all weekend was about them taking turns on the nebulizer.  I thought I managed to escape the cold but no, I woke up on Saturday with a mean sore throat.    I've been getting progressively sicker (doesn't help w/ my asthma) but Saturday I was feeling good enough to scrap.  Pink Paislee had a few challenges on their Live Pink Ning site so I had fun making quite a few cards with their challenges.

For all the challenges we had to use 75% Pink Paislee, but I always like trying to us as much of manufacture's products as I can for challenges like that.  After all, they want to see their stuff, right?  And I love Pink Paislee so it was easy for me.  Here's a few I came up with:





Cross your fingers I get better quickly ('cause it really hurts on my left side when I breathe).  Nicholas and I are flying off to Vegas to visit friends this weekend.  We asked him what he wanted for his birthday and he wanted to visit his friends in Vegas.  He turns 9(!) this month.  If there's a way to keep him from hitting double digits I'd really like to know about it!  So his big present is to fly w/ mommy to Vegas for a weekend of playing with all his friends.  Happily we found some really cheap tickets.  It's a rough life...not!

Have a great day,

Denise

Monday, October 3, 2011

Friendship Challenge

Crafter's Companion USA Challenge blog has another great challenge for you this month.  The theme this month is friendship.  So grab those Crafter's Companion's stamps and get crafting.  I decided to make a card with our the new EZ mount Popcorn the Bear Birthday Cuddles.


The paper is from Scenic Route and I colored this darling stamp with Copic markers.  The stamp set comes with several small stamps so you can decide on which sentiment you want on the little tag he is holding.  I chose "Special Friend" for mine.  I used some silver metal star paperclips around the image and the silver bead ribbon is from Websters.

This month's prize is:  Six of our soon to be released Humphrey the Elephant Stamp sets, with a mini storage binder and a set of the mini panels to put them into!!! You'll definitely want to join us to when these adorable stamps :)


It's so funny because my bff Stacy is on the Crafter's Companion USA design team as well, and she choose the exact same image for this challenge too!  How funny is that?  We really are two peas in a pod.

I just bought a photography studio in a box sort of thing and got to play with it for the first time with my card.  It's basically a 16x16 foldable canvas box with different colored backgrounds, some lights, and a tripod.  With Winter coming, the light is not always great.  And with two kids, I'm having a hard time finding some clean white walls to photograph my cards against!  LOL!  So not kidding.  Here are two other backgrounds I tried.



Have a great day everyone!

Denise

Friendship Challenge

Crafter's Companion USA Challenge blog has another great challenge for you this month.  The theme this month is friendship.  So grab those Crafter's Companion's stamps and get crafting.  I decided to make a card with our the new EZ mount Popcorn the Bear Birthday Cuddles.


The paper is from Scenic Route and I colored this darling stamp with Copic markers.  The stamp set comes with several small stamps so you can decide on which sentiment you want on the little tag he is holding.  I chose "Special Friend" for mine.  I used some silver metal star paperclips around the image and the silver bead ribbon is from Websters.

This month's prize is:  Six of our soon to be released Humphrey the Elephant Stamp sets, with a mini storage binder and a set of the mini panels to put them into!!! You'll definitely want to join us to when these adorable stamps :)


It's so funny because my bff Stacy is on the Crafter's Companion USA design team as well, and she choose the exact same image for this challenge too!  How funny is that?  We really are two peas in a pod.

I just bought a photography studio in a box sort of thing and got to play with it for the first time with my card.  It's basically a 16x16 foldable canvas box with different colored backgrounds, some lights, and a tripod.  With Winter coming, the light is not always great.  And with two kids, I'm having a hard time finding some clean white walls to photograph my cards against!  LOL!  So not kidding.  Here are two other backgrounds I tried.



Have a great day everyone!

Denise