Thursday, September 29, 2011

gift tags for jars

I have two jars of Starbucks mixes that you add to coffee/tea drinks. One is Gingerbread and the other is Cinnamon Roll but they look ALOT alike. I also filled two jars for my sister, so I decided to use the ultra yummy Farmhouse Collection from Crate Paper to make little tags. I also just got this cute Ranger Butterfly die and I cut a stack of fabric butterflies out and layered them. The flower is also a Ranger die. I just thought you guys might want to see a little fall project for your scraps.


I just got this New DCWV Great Vacation Stack and the papers are just so fun and cheerful that I had to find a way to use the little airplane paper. I want to use the paper with the jets on it for actual airport photos, but the little plane made me think of Goofys Barnstormer at the Magic Kingdom. And the clouds are just fun to layer with foam squares. I cut apart a little journaling block and attached it at the top and bottom of the photo mat. The Goofy is cut from DCWV cardstock and coordinating papers using the Mickey and Friends Cricut cartridge.

I have a little tip - when you are using papers with glossy or glittery accents like the foil and gloss on these papers, don't forget that you need a truly permanent marker that is meant to write on glossy surfaces. I tried to use my fine point sharpie and guess what? that did not dry at all! I am sure there are other options, but I recommend the American Crafts Slick Writer markers.

Did you know that Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland is getting a huge expansion so they have taken out Mickey's ToonTown Fair to make room. I will miss Mickey and Minnie's houses but I just cant wait to see the new Fantasyland, it looks like it will be amazing. The good news is that the Barnstormer is going to be updated. I hope this is code for LONGER ride. LOL! Did you know that if you start timing when you actually take off on the ride, its 16 seconds long? How crazy is that? I mean if you count getting in and out of the vehicle its about a minute. It's a fun little ride but waiting in a queue for 20 min for a 16 second ride is not cool. Still I am glad we have photos because its really cute and fun.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I'm not scared... I want treats!

More of this fun Midnight Spell stack from DCWV. And very soon I will have some things to show you using the New Midnight Magic stack. :)  Noel was playing with orange tissue on Halloween last year when I unpacked some of the ornaments, but the photo makes her look like she really wants some treats - she usually does. The headless horse cat is a digi stamp from the Scary Cats Collection by my good friend, Cheri Wenger. (See the set HERE) I printed it out on watercolor paper and painted it with Twinkling H2O watercolors that have a bit of shimmer in them. These beautiful papers from the Midnight Spell stack have alot of glossy glittery accents so it worked out perfectly. I had to paint the kitty so he looks like Savvy because Savvy had his head in the pumpkin that Alex carved last year and he does enjoy scaring Noel.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Tea Time!

You know I have wanted to scrap these photos for my book for years and I really want to use all 4x6" photos and I have 6 that I want to use so I can tell the story of my silly husband, brother and sister trying to fit into one teacup! Well, I still haven't scrapped it for my book but I decided to use three of the photos for a page for my sister. I used the sketch from the Basic Grey blog and the fantastic Basic Grey  "Sweet Threads" collection. I just love the fluffy felt flowers they have now so I added one to a tag and made a micky icon with it like on my Disney memories book. Then I decided that I needed the Hatter too and he works perfectly with this collection.


Westward Ho! **CCG 210

I saw this Color Combos Galore Challenge #210 and I had to pull out some Frontierland photos from DisneyWorld. The colors are just perfect. And yes, you are allowed to use 3 photos on one layout! I know, most designers will use three wallet sized photos but I am a freak about using large photos so there you go. LOL! I used a Basic Grey ledger patterned paper for the background and found an older Cosmo Cricket frame that has a wood grain pattern in just the perfect color. The title is cut from a textured paper by Sakar Papers, and the stars are actually a faux rusted metal garland for mini trees from Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago. The papers are MME and DCWV with some little die cut stickers from Crate Paper. I made the yo yos. Oh and I just painted the doily, you have to kind of keep it from getting too wet but it works quite nicely

If you haven't checked out the gallery at Color Combos Galore, stop by today and get inspired!

This page is also for Challenge #17 "Frontierland" at Disney Scrappers. I have so many photos of Frontierland in both parks that you may be seeing more soon :)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

is it October yet???

Well, it's getting close and I couldn't wait any longer. I got this adorable "Scary Cats" set of digi stamps from Cheri Wenger Designs at MyGraphico HERE I cut the spider web out with my Cricut and printed the little spider onto watercolor paper so I could paint him. The papers are all DCWV Midnight Spell stack, so they have bits of sparkly embossing.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Color Combos Galore Freeze Frame!

A super fun combo and challenge! This weeks Color Combos Galore challenge #209 is to focus on a single person or item and I really couldn't just use one photo so I have two photos focusing on one person. I love the colors and I gathered a bunch of random goodies to put on the page. I have some fun MME and Echo Park papers, and a few random DCWV chipboard and sticker elements. I love this bicycle from the Colorful Life collection. I really wish DCWV had more embellishments with their collections. And yes, my son, Christopher can be quite a camera ham when he wants to be. :) I just can't seem to get him to actually take photos except with his phone. I am sorry, even with my Evo, phone photos just bite.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A manly sport?

So a few years ago, when Hurricane Ike came thru and we were without power for days, there were no computers, xbox, or tv so my guys were super bored. I heard them yelling at each other like they were playing Wii or something and I found this nonsense! They were playing with the kitties' jingle ball and it went on for quite a long time. They are so weird! You cant see them in the photo, but the kitties were a foot or two away wondering why they wouldn't share.

As you can see, I didn't put the Basic Grey Oxford Collection away after that last layout. I seriously have to get more because my world is these colors. I didn't think I would find a way to use those silly men stickers but look how perfect it worked for this page! Click here for Sketch #66 for this page at SketchSavvy

Future so Bright...

He's gotta wear Shades. LOL! yes, he thought it was hokey too, but dh loved it! Could these Basic Grey Oxford Collection papers be any more perfect for these photos?! I didn't even make him change clothes. When I said I wanted a first day of college photo, he asked if I wanted him to change, but I wanted him to wear what he wore that day. It's totally Brett. We are pretty proud of him. He just got finished with his 4 years in the Marines and has just started college and he is loving it!

I used papers and stickers from the Oxford Collection from Basic Grey and the title alphas are from Pink Paislee. I know the glasses sticker isn't really sunglasses but it was so darn cute that I had to use it. I only found part of the collection when I was shopping and after seeing how well it goes with all of my photos of the boys, I am going to have to get the whole pack.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

50s Prime Time Cafe

I have to start by thanking my good friend, Nancy, for taking this photo for me on her last vacation. See my family had a great time at 50s Prime Time Cafe at Disney Hollywood Studios, but I lost my photos from that day so she went in and took a few for me. :) So this isn't our cast member. We had Uncle George serving our meal and he was fantastic. Uncle George said, "You know why we have to mind our manners, right?.... Because it's the 50's!" and I just loved that. The food was fantastic and we had great fun.

As you can see, I had quite alot of fun with this New Happy Days Collection from Echo Park . So many great papers and stickers. I only bought one pack of the collection but I am going to have to buy another paper pack. I had to try and paper piece the restaurant sign because the tvs are all awfully cute there. I added a vintage Mickey Mouse club sticker from a vintage stickers pack that I bought at DisneyWorld.

Friday, September 09, 2011

a mini tutorial

Oops! I totally forgot to show you guys a little tutorial about that pearl poofed ribbon border. Yes, poofed is a word now, you can add it to your dictionary. I put one together for Color Combos Galore this week because we are all sharing ideas to go with the challenge to use pearls. This is super simple and doesn't really need a tutorial but hey, maybe if I show how simple it is, more of you guys will give it a go, right?
Since this looks WAY too small here - click it to enlarge the image.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Color Combos Galore #208

Color Combos Galore #208 is live now and even though I am not a purple or pastel, person I really had fun with this one. I found some great papers in the Basic Grey Hello Luscious and Indie Bloom collections that had this Mulberry color. I even found a Disney paint chip in the proper color for the pale lavender :) Check out what the rest of the Design Team did for their beautiful layouts and cards HERE.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Feeling like Fall

Now highs in the low 90's might not seem like fall to everyone, but here in Houston it feels wonderful and we have had cool nights for a couple of days too! Still no rain but it feels wonderful outside and I am in the mood for fall! I hope all of my Texan friends are safe and not in the path of any of the fires.

So I have this new Echo Park Apothecary Emporium collection and its such fun stuff that this page just fell into place! I love to take photos of my kitties at Halloween, but Fig looks especially great with his orange eyes. Actually his eyes go from a deep gold to deep orange, depending on the photo. I have to point out something that I did on this page, because I wasn't sure it would work and it worked perfectly. See that cute circle kitty motif? The accordion folded piece under it isn't paper, it's actually a lace border sticker from this pack. I sprinkled baby powder on the sticker side, then cut along the edge of the lace for a bumpy edge, and then scored &folded to create the circle. It did get a bit sticky again when I was scoring, but it still worked nicely. Fun thing to try, huh? I took a couple of extra close ups so you can see the lacey border and also because the little stickers and things are so cute. Anyway, check out the Apothecary Emporium collection HERE because it's pretty cool stuff.