Monday, September 29, 2008

Magical or [not] Magical?

the Disney challenge this week is to create layouts that have that Disney Magic, that are not so magical, or just plain funny. I have tons of these that need to be created. Our first moment was at the beginning of our first family trip in 02. Was it magical or not? a little of both really. Dh dropped our brand new video camera on the marble floor of the Contemporary, but it was perfectly fine, and a character ran over to help and asked if he was ok (they aren't supposed to talk but he was probably a bit surprised by the whole thing and wanted to help)... now here's the funny.... It was Tweedle DUM!

Patterned papers - BoBunny and ledger paper by Making Memories
Lots of other embellishments for the Use your Stash Challenge.


so maybe not, but he was having alot of fun and being creative! lol. This is my son at the France pavillion in EPCOT "painting" a landscape of the international bridge (at least I think thats what its called). I found this great black and white paper collection by Paper Studio and saw the artist in the pattern so I had to use it. I love the big black and white butterfly print too. I added a piece of green Blitzen by Basic Grey and some great ribbons.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Adventure Seekers - No directions required

I love this rub on from the "Laundry Line" collection by MME. It was exactly what I needed to scrap this photo of dh and ds. The look on Alex's face is priceless. He really is very good with directions and also with maps at Disney. Dh - not so much. LOL! I love all the papers and goodies in this collection so it just came together so quickly.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008

What are you guys having this morning?

Every morning Perry would ask and every morning the answer was the same. MICKEY WAFFLES! Even at our character breakfasts they would look for Mickey, unless it was Crystal Palace, and then it was pooh waffles of course. I am participating in the Sketch-a-pa-looza at Serendipity Scrapbooks so this is the paint technique sketch challenge. I stamped my swirly leaves stamp using acrylic paint and then outlined it with a brown marker (Family leaves stamp set by Inque Boutique). The papers are the "Out and About" collection by MME. The chipboard journaling block is from the "Daily Grind" collection from Fancy Pants.

Andy's Room - All Star Movies WDW '02

Another 2 pager, can you even believe it!? This is from our first trip in '02 - and its for the current Disney Challenge which is Toy Story. We were staying in the Fantasia buildings but we just had to go take photos in the Toy Story Buildings in "Andy's Room". The papers are MME just Dreamy. Of course the little EK stickers are just too cute so I had to take a couple of close ups. I drew the swirls with a green crayon.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Easter 2008 photo shoot

Oh these guys are crazy. I had to take so many photos to get a good one because they were being so goofy. Not that this is new because this is sort of a tradition now. Lots of nice Fancy pants paper and some of the travel paper by MM. Of course my bunny and chick from Inque.

Practically Perfect

This is another layout I was working on while we didn't have power and I just added some stitching and finished it up. The papers are Sassafras Lass and the great vintage Vogue image is from Altered Pages. The sheet is called "Pretty Patterns" #1592 and it's definately one of my favorites.

This is the costume worn by Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins in 1964. The thing is that these photos were taken in 02 and 05 and after finishing the layout, I realized it is NOT the same dress. In '02 MGM studios was a working studios and I really think it was the real dress then, but now its got a sign that actually says that its a replica so I am thinking they took the real props out then.


I Like Ike {NOT!!!}

We made it thru Ike safely and we are thankful and feeling so lucky. Most especially because we did not have house or car damage and its only 3 days later and we got our power back!!! We were shocked about that. I took a few photos but they are not the best. We found out that you really bond with neighbors when you are riding out a hurricane and some of them have NICE cameras! lol. Alex did the nicest thing - he knew we had the wind up radio/flashlights in the garage so he took them down the street to all of the neighbors and they were all very grateful later.

Friday night while waiting for Ike to get here, I took this first photo. There was an amazing sunset too but I missed that shot. My neighbors got it so I will try to get a copy. Everyone was outside talking til about 11pm when it got too windy. We went inside and turned on the news. About 2am we got the outter bands and lost power, from there we just hoped that all of our trees stayed off of the house. It was really scary hearing trees and fences breaking all night. Several tall trees split or broke all around us. At 7am when there was light I tried to get a couple of photos of our damaged fence and trees in the back but the storm was pretty strong so my photos aren't great. We had a 30+ foot Crepe Myrtle in the back corner that half of our neighbors giant Oak fell on. We were very worried that it was on the other neighbors house but it didn't do any damage. The back fence is down and the side fence is broken at the base of the 4x4s so it will go if we touch it.

The wind slowed and it was just sprinkling around noon and everyone came out to start clean up in the front of their yards, after all its too hot to be indoors. Luckily most of the front yards of our neighbors did remarkably well. The back yards are holding all of the major damage and on our street there were no trees on houses or cars. The other streets didn't do too well. We drove around the block and saw several trees on houses and cars but I only got a couple of photos because my camera kept getting wet.

Thanks everyone for all the well wishes and prayers. I actually got to scrap while our power was out a couple of days so I will take photos and post later. My prayers go out to those who had a much harder hit than we did and also to those who still wont have power for weeks. Life in Houston will be very different for awhile.

Ike photos group 2

Ike photos group 3

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Blossoms and Butterflies

Just playing with a collection called Blossoms and Butterflies by DCWV. I found this photo of some of my family members and I could not even believe how perfectly the papers worked with Sharon's dress. We were at a wedding that had a tropical theme and there were amazing flowers and butterflies so I may end up doing a bunch of the photos with this great collection. The butterfly is actually cut from some of the paper.

Come play the Memory Game

I got this from Madelines blog:

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember that maybe brings a smile to your face!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It will be fun to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you are playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.

Friday, September 05, 2008

A little bit of Christmas Now

It's SO HOT here in Houston. I needed a little Christmas NOW. I had fun making 4 sort of retro-vintage Christmas ATCs using a great little ATC kit by Altered Pages that includes various 6x6 Christmas papers, embellishments, ribbons and this wonderful image sheet. I backed all of my ATCs with Black cardstock and added my favorite chunky old fashioned silver craft glitter. This old glitter reminds me of christmas projects when I was a kid and it was usually at the bottom of our boxes of Christmas decorations. :)
See the kit image sheet here:

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Don't throw that away! Make something (part 1)

Maybe its not totally green but it's kind of green-ish. Lately I have seen alot of ways to recycle old products or ways to use "non-scrapping" products in scrapbooking and paper crafting. A friend of mine even issued a challenge to find something that you would normally throw away and create something with it. I have a whole stash of things that should have gone in the trash long ago. LOL!

This isn't a new idea in my world. My grandmothers would both say "don't throw that away!" like whatever little bit of fabric or strange trash item I had was some kind of treasure. Both of my grandmothers were crafters and did alot of sewing. Now that I think about it, both had a box of some kind under their sewing desks to throw the fabric scraps into. Here are a few of the recycled craft items that I remember my grandmothers creating - keep in mine these were not the most beautiful items ever but they were pretty darn nice.
*A trash can (or fabric scrap holder) made of old Christmas cards and crocheting
*Ok, I dont really know how it worked but there were like 6 coffee cans (so that when you looked at it from the top it was a flower shape)covered with brown corduroy and stuffing so they could be a stepping stool or little foot stool.
*There was this crazy doorstop that was gold and shaped kind of like a christmas tree. It was actually an old phone book!
*Old thread spools were ornaments of course there were walnut half ornaments.

So maybe I am not that crafty but I can definately use some recycled products in my creations. Everyone knows how I love those Starbucks cup holders. Here is a little card that I made for my sister using some great new Blossoms & Butterflies papers from DCWV along with some ribbon from Godiva and a candy wrapper from Ferrero Rocher, because "some days the only answer is chocolate!" and I know Angie understand this concept.

I would love to see some of your "recycled" creations! If you have any, please post a link to your blog or gallery. :)