Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Mark Twain

My friend, Nancy, and I went to Disneyland while at CHA in 07 and 08, so we have ALOT of photos. For inspiration I asked her to pick a few that we will both scrap. The first one is this photo of The Mark Twain. I used Echo Park's "For the Record" collection and my sketch #57 from SketchSavvy. Keeping it rather simple allows this oversized photo to be the focus. And if you would like a step back in time aboard the Mark Twain...scroll down to this great youtube that I found.

A bit of nostalgia. Here is a segment from "Disneyland After Dark" that aired on Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color on April 15th 1962. The legendary Louis Armstrong performs on the Mark Twain Riverboat at Disneyland. "Lazy River" and "Muskrat Ramble" are performed and you must see Monette Moore joining Louis for a rousing edition of "Bourbon Street Parade." Can you imagine being on board and just look how people dressed for an evening at Disneyland in 1962. You have to love it.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Splash Mountain

I was inspired by the super fantastic fussy cutter, Fi, to cut out some flowers for this page. Check out Fi's blog here because she is amazing. The K&Co "Amy Butler Lucky Flowers" were just the colors I needed for the first half of this ride. I have ALOT of photos of Splash Mountain from several trips to both parks. This is from our last trip to WDW. We were at the rope drop to make sure to get there first because the queue had been about 3 hours on our other day and we skipped it and that certainly would not.

Scroll down for a little virtual ride thru Splash Mountain with a youtube that I found. It's not my video but I am buying the upgraded version of this video camera because it does really well in dark rides and water parks. I emailed the person who made this video and he was kind enough to tell me about the camera. Its waterproof and there is a new version that is even better. The new one is called a Sony TX10. He also has fantastic video tours of Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach using his Sony TX5.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter! Color Combos Galore #189

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you have a nice weekend with family and chocolate planned. Color Combos Galore #189 is live and it is a great inspiration photo and really perfect color combo. The challenge is to add shimmer and shine so of course that's fun :) I did a layout with this adorable photo of Alex when he was 2 and I used papers from "Tres Jolie" by My Mind's Eye, the peach chipboard alphas are DCWV Nana's Nursery, and I made the little felt eggs. I used white Bazzill Bling cardstock behind the photo and of course some glittery letters and a white glittered heart from Melissa Frances (love those hearts!). The bunny is stamped and embossed with clear embossing powder and it's one of my stamps from Inque Boutique. The cute little duck chipboard in the upper left is from Crate Paper.

I know I have told you card makers out there that we would love for you to play along at Color Combos Galore too, but I hadn't posted any cards so this week I did a card as well and it was so fun that I may be doing one each week. I used some papers from Crate Paper, Girls Paperie, and cut the cute bunnies from Graphic 45 papers. I wasn't sure if I wanted the card to be for Easter only, so I stamped "Sending Love your way" inside.

This month our wonderful sponsor at Color Combos Galore is Nikki Silvis Scrapbooker, so play along for your chance to win.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

cheapest lamp embellishment stand

Ok this may not be an ideal way to create an embellishment stand but I promise it's the cheapest. First I went to our community wide garage sale a couple of weeks ago and searched for a lamp that was tallish and thin. Next I looked for a good sized lampshade. I pulled the cord and bulb holder parts out and put the shade on top of the stand and then rigged it so that the fennial would stay on top. I spray painted the whole thing white and attached my embellishments with paperclips. Not that I had planned on the paperclips. Ideally I was going to get the nice clips from Joanns but I tried 2 JoAnns and neither had any. Michaels and Hob Lob don't carry them... so I had no choice. You know I am not a patient person so I would not be ordering online and waiting for them to get here. LOL!

I got the lamp for $4, the shade for $3, the Krylon paint was in the garage but I think they are usually about $4, and I found the paperclips in Dh's desk :). So yeah, I paid $7 total and this thing works pretty darn well. Figaro even slept next to it and did a little playing and it didn't fall over. Well, it hasn't fallen over yet.

Here are my photos along the way in case you want to give it a go.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Col. Mustard in the library **CCG #188

Have you played along with Color Combos Galore's Challenges? I know alot of you guys follow the challenges, but have you been playing? Ok, if you are holding out because you just don't have time, make a card! Did you know cardmakers play along too? I guess I haven't mentioned it before but we would love some cardmakers to play too. I am going to try to remember to make a card for next weeks reveal too.

Ok you have got to see the colors this week and the Design Team projects HERE. At first glance, they don't look exciting and my first thought was "those are some cute boots! I wish my legs looked like that!" LOL! But these colors go with just about every photo. I decided to pull out some really cute silly photos of Alex from when he was shorter than me. I found lots of great papers from DCWV and Graphic 45 that were just the right color, and my friend Tami helped me with the most perfect title. Then I went digging in the game closet and found these Clue cards and envelope, scanned them and printed them out so I could stick them on my page. Even my husband thought they were from the game and wasn't thrilled. ;) I didn't have a dagger or gun so I found a little sword charm and we are calling it a dagger. Oh - notice that framed "?" - well I filled the background with Glossy Accents and the Pink Paislee "?" black bled into the glossy accents turning it blue. Not bad but unexpected so I thought I would mention it.

So take the plunge and come play at Color Combos Galore! Pick any combo and play just to try it out. There is a list of PAST REVEALS (HERE) to choose from. But if you want to be added in for the drawing for this months prize - play along with the current week. Nikki Silvis is the sponsor this month so play along for a chance to win!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

kitty adventures

It may not seem very exciting to get to go outside and sit on the patio or smell a few flowers but for a house kitty its a big deal. These photos are from Easter a couple of years ago. My husband took him on a little tour to smell flowers but he grabs and tries to eat most of them so he got to just sit on the table for a bit and watch birds. I had to take photos because he looks so pretty and fluffy outside in the sun.

I just got the new "Sweet Nectar" collection from K&Co and the colors are so beautiful that I had to do a page. I added one of these cool clear dimensional flower stickers from Momenta and a couple of Martha Stewart Daisies.

Happy Birthday Nancy!

Another good friend of mine is having a birthday! Please Join me in wishing Nancy Burke a very Happy Birthday! I had alot of fun making this card for her. It's Basic Grey "Hello Luscious" and my own cake digi design. The doily is from "Digital Doilies 1" by Cheri Wenger Designs and I cut it out using my Cricut. I just love her doilies.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Happy Birthday Lara!

Today is Lara's Birthday so I thought I would share the card that I made for her! For those of you who are not Doctor Who fans, ... well first of all, that's just sad, but trust me those whovians out there will love this. :) So grab your Jelly Babies, Jammie Dodgers, or Fish sticks and custard, and join me in wishing Lara a very Happy Birthday!!!

ENJOY Your Day Lara! (oh, and click on this to make it larger, it's a wallpaper)

Friday, April 08, 2011

Always Sunny *Color Combos Galore #187

Color Combos Galore Challenge #187 is Live! CLICK HERE to see the reveal and fantastic example pages and cards from our talented Design Team. Nikki Silvis is the sponsor this month so play along for a chance to win! I used this adorable "It's Raining, it's Pouring" collection. that was so generously donated by for my layout. I just love the little clouds and umbrellas in convenient Disney colors ;) This weeks designer challenge is to use a wet medium so I spritzed the background with some Shimmerz and then splattered a bit of acrylic paint. I edged my pieces with a glossy black fabric paint and also used it for a dimensional title. I guess it looks more like tar than rain but it reminded me of rain. LOL!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Botanical Thank Yous

Last time I did a layout with the DCWV Botanicals Stack, I got carried away cutting out flowers so I had a couple extras. Don't you just love these flowers? I thought I would make a couple of thank you cards. All cardstock and papers are DCWV botanicals except the pink print, it's from the Garden Party Stack.