Thursday, December 30, 2010

Giant Tortoise in the Color Room

I hope you are wearing shades because this week's palette at the Color Room is bright bright bright.  It is summer in Australia and I hear that it's been scorching hot!  I bet that's what inspired Lydell with this palette, lol.  Hmm... who else is hungry looking at the sushi?! 

I used some of my most favorite and beloved products from my stash. I have hoarded this adorable die-cut sheet from Crate Paper for over two years now. It looks great paired with Studio Calico's elementary paper in the background. The piece of burlap just happened to be on my table so I used it to have to see it again, lol.  I used my Cricut and Birthday Bash cartridge for the giant letters. I am trying to incorporate more Cricut usage into my projects because the cartridges get cuter and cuter with every release. Since I don't plan to stop purchasing new cartridges, I will use them :)

I added some chipboard clouds from Crate Paper, sigh... they are adorable! If you are ever in the Black Hills area in South Dakota and have kids with you, the Reptile Gardens is a must-visit.  I thought it would be cheesy and boring.  I was totally wrong!!  There were many interesting exhibits and one of my favorites is this one in the layout.  Those things are huge!! I was a bit scared to touch them but not the kids :)

I imagine this is my last post in 2010.  I wish you a very happy new year and a safe weekend! 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bye Innocence...

Christmas break is over and tomorrow is back to reality :) I did scrapbook a little bit over the break, here is my final official project for My Favorite Things as Kim has decided to discontinue the Arts and Scraps Team. I have really enjoyed using MFT products and I think I'll be using my favorite Pure Innocence gal for a long time to come!!
Right before Christmas, I took advantage of a free shipping offer and ordered myself three kits from Sweet Peach Crop Shop.  Just now, I popped over and their January kit is up, oy, another irresistible kit! This layout is done using their October kit.  I quite adore the combination of Echo Park and American Crafts in that kit!
I am still learning to color a shadow around the main subject: the Pure Innocence gal from My Favorite Things.  It looks okay from afar :)  There's only one month left until CHA winter. I look forward to going and I really hope to run into a lot of you there!  Please look for me and the short blondie :) 

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

It's Christmas Time!  Glad tidings to you and yours! Here are a couple of projects from me to share.  This card is published in Create: Christmas Cards.  I made it with scraps from the mini-album you see on the left :)  I didn't want to throw away the windows I hollowed out, so I thought I would use them on a card with a few buttons and a couple of SRM stickers :)  To my great delight, it made into the idea book under the fast and simple cards section. 
This card uses Best Creations papers, My Favorite Things stamp: Snow Day, and a simple SRM Stickers' sticker sentiment.

We are off to the Grandparents for a present opening marathon! Thank you so much for taking time and visiting in the busy holidays, may God bless you and yours!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

From My Family to Yours!


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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 20, 2010

I'm Going to Winter CHA 2011

I have succumbed to peer pressure and will be going to Winter CHA 2011 in L.A. with Ms. Middlecamp.  So if you are going, please let me know, I want to make sure that I get to meet you in person!  We will not be hard to spot, just look for a really really really short blonde with really short hair next to an average height Chinese woman with really short hair. Chances are good that we would be bickering with each over.  Yeah, like I said, it won't be hard to spot us.  LOL!

I have yet to make it to the mall. Already a reluctant driver, I am pretty much terrified of driving in the snow.  Getting to and from work is all I can handle.  So I guess it's going to be slim picking for this family this Christmas, lol.  Meanwhile, I sit here dreaming of a tropical vacation, sigh... Here is a layout I did using Midnight Rooster's December kit, Scarlet and Rhet.

I used the Studio Calico's Fabrips strip to hold together the tiny banner cut out from Girl's Paperie's paper.  A few buttons for accent, pretty cute.
That's it really.  Again, if you are going to CHA, please let me know!! 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Ace

Time to share another Midnight Rooster layout for December.  The photos were taken at Uncle Steve's last winter.  They had a chess match. I don't remember who won but those photos record just how seriously she takes her chess games, lol. 

I am a very frugal/cheap scrapper.  This sheet of paper from Crate is hollowed so I could harvest its backside of the vintage playing cards :)  Please tell me someone else does this besides me?!
 
The MME buttons from its Lost and Found collection came on this adorable card and I used it to frame a photo, making it the focal point. 

Well, Christmas is only a week away.  The weather has been so cold here, I can't imagine how long and dreadful this winter will be now that the Vikings have collapsed in every way imaginable and unimaginable.  There is always scrapbooking right? :)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Pastels Overfloweth

The palette this week at the Color Room is so pastel that I immediately thought of the Shabby Green Door papers I received from Scrapbook and Cards Today

I used a set of stamps from My Favorite Things: Inspired by Caged Bird.  I stamped the diamond pattern in blue chalk ink onto the background paper.  It's very subtle and totally pastel!  However, it's just not dusty enough like it is on the palette, sigh...  :)  Of course I added the fun bird to match the other elements on the patterned paper already. 

I mostly followed Lydell's sketch.  The leaves were using a Cricut cartridge, Give a Hoot.  I must say that the Cricut cartridges of the last couple of years have gotten cuter and cuter.  Now a couple of years into a Cricut ownership, I can honestly say that I have no regrets and that I would buy the Cricut Expression all over again.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

An Ornament to Make with Your Kids

Since we got 15 inches of snow (At least we didn't get 22 inches like elsewhere in the Cities!), I thought the kids and I can make a fun ornament. 

The final count of flowers rolled: Mama: \infty, First Born: 0, Second Child: 0.

Yeah, not an ornament to make with your kids!

That is not to say that you shouldn't give this a try!  Use the My Favorite Things Rolled Rose Die, a foam ball, and some pins, and you can make this ornament yourself!  Just make sure you have a couple or three hours on hand, lol. 


I totally adore the final result.  It is so extremely pretty.  I went into my stash of favorite scraps and used a ton of October Afternoon's Very Merry, Collage Press' Joy Ride, Cosmo Cricket's Jolly by Holly, and a little Imaginisce. 
I started with a foam ball and the scraps of paper.  After die-cutting the paper, I rolled up the roses.  Then I used nearly a box of pearl head pins to pin the roses onto the foam ball.  Finally, I found a small piece of scrap ribbon and pinned it onto the ball to use as the hanger :)  Oh my gosh, I'm' proud of my ornament 2010, lol.  I feel crafty, oh so crafty, I feel crafty witty and light... lol.  Cheers everyone!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

An Ode to Moss Green

So JJ, were you trying to kill us with the pea soup moss green?  Why, yes, I was.

I may have overdone it with the greens here.  I was actually going for that mostly green look, so I guess I succeeded wildly on that point alone, lol!

This month at the Color Room, we are featuring Purple Onion Designs stamps.  On this page, I used "What's the Point."  I love this set so much that I have turned into an emoticon to use at work.  It's so freaking hilarious, whenever a co-worker ask me who what when or why, I flash the image of all the finger pointing, seriously, hilarious!  Next time I will try it on the Bozzlady when she asks for something... on a second thought, better not, lol. 

My current reality is far from the greens, that's for sure!  We got 15 inches of snow at my house over the weekend.  Some suburbs got 22 inches! Minneapolis got 18 inches, enough to collapse the Metrodome, oy. DH has shoveled enough so one of our cars can get out.  It'll be tomorrow when he digs out the rest of the driveway.

Before I go, Karen B is the winner of the Midnight Rooster mini-kit giveaway!  Congrats Karen, please email your info to michelle.burry@sbcglobal.net and she will get the kit out to you!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

December for the Rooster

Well folks, it's time for December's Midnight Rooster mini-kit giveaway!!  Are you ready?  Check it out ->

Now to be entered into the monthly drawing, I need some suggestions for Christmas ideas for me, the scrappy kind.  I'll be buying the "gifts" myself of course, bottom line: wanna spend some money, what should I buy? LOL.

Here is a layout I did using Midnight Rooster's December kit.  I quite adore this photo.  She just looked beautiful and that's all I really cared to scrapped and remember. 

I used a die-namics die from My favorite Things to roll these rosettes.  You can find it here. I glued the bottom with some Helmar 450 quick dry and set them under some heavy things hoping to flatten them just a tiny bit, lol.  Of course, let's not forget my favorite PI gal, holding a sweet apple, looking oh so cute!  You can find her here
That's it folks, now don't forget, scrappy gifts suggestions for yours truly... :)  You have till the end of the day Saturday.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Work in Progress and SRM Stickers

In case you have not gotten your hands on the Cosmo Circa 1934 papers yet, Trish put together a beautiful kit at WIP, and you can check it out here

Here is a layout that even managed to get on Cosmo's blog, that's always a treat for me.  Look at these pictures, I can't remember when the grass was last green!!  Just six more long months to go, and we can be outside again without layers of clothing, so exciting! LOL. 

 I used SRM Stickers' Sticker Sentiments - Birthday. The whole layout was inspired by that vintage road sign 3 from the Cosmo papers.  Who doesn't like a ready-made title, eh? :)
I also made this card using SRM Stickers' Sticker Sentiments - Thank you.  SRM Stickers is having a design team call for 2011.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my year with SRM Stickers.  The team is well organized: assignments given out a month in advance, clear instructions, and quick turn-around on DT's questions.  SRM Stickers is also extremely generous with their products for the design team members.  Throughout the year, we have been on the receiving end of many manufacturers' generosity through SRM Stickers: Cosmo Cricket, BoBunny, SEI, Marvy Uchida, Penny Black, Basic Grey, Pink Paislee...  So seriously, do not wait another second, the time to apply is NOW!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Helmar Holiday 2010 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Helmar holiday 2010 blog hop! 
Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.  When you read, you begin with A B C. When you blog hop, you start at the Helmar's home.
Please watch my video for a quick demonstration of Helmar's Remove Cleaner.

Thank you so much for hopping! Your next stop on the blog hop is Lydell Quin!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Color Room and Purple Onion Designs

This month at the Color Room, we are featuring projects with Purple Onion Designs!  I go way way way back with POD stamps :)  My very first kit club subscription was with a club called "Self Addressed" and they featured POD stamps in every kit.  Fast forward to 2010, Midnight Rooster has also featured POD stamps in their last six kits, so my collection has grown substantially this year :)

Michele from POD is generously sponsoring the Color Room design team as well as a lucky participant in December.  So get yourself to try out a palette or five in December and have a chance to win a pile of POD stamps worth over $60!!!

DH is a wonderful man.  He holds up the pumpkin just so I have scrapping materials, lol.  We did go with the intention of getting a pumpkin but it was slim picking by the time we were there, oh well.  You see that I did not deviate from the sketch much.  It's a very unique looking sketch so I just did a literal take.  Used up some Tim Holtz grungeboard swirls, woohoo, stash reduction!

The star stamps are from POD, it came in the "Wanted" set, love it!!  That's about it for now. I am off to Body Pump, it hurts me so badly and yet I'm addicted :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Family, Circa 1934

Welcome to the SRM Stickers blog hop.  Please be sure to start at the beginning of this blog hop chez SRM Stickers

Circa 1934 is a classic and vintage line by Cosmo Cricket.  My favorite sheet is the one with the big numbers even though I did not use it here on this particularly layout.  The kids were just having some fun in the backyard when I snapped these photos.  Indeed, I hope they will always stay close as friends.  I am particularly fascinated by the subject of sisterhood or sibling-hood for that matter, as I am not one myself :) 

I used the 53003 We've Got Your Stickers - Sweet by SRM Stickers on my layout. The stickers add a perfect touch to the layout.  I hope you get yourself a sheet or ten!







In case you still haven't gotten your hands on some Circa 1934 by Cosmo, check out the Work in Progress kit club's November kit. Ah... yes!

Your next stop on this hop is chez Gina Hanson. Thank you for hopping and I hope to see you again soon.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Snow Day

I worked on a few layouts this past weekend, nothing terribly exciting. After all, it's winter and my brain is frozen, oh well.  While I was doing something for the Color Room, Lydell's sketch inspired a quick layout you see here. 

One thing that I really loving about coloring is that you can really alter the look of a stamp image by the colors you choose.  Here I wanted to go with the overall blue color theme of this layout. For that matter, First born was wearing a blue coat, so I colored my Pure Innocence gal (Snow Day) in mostly blues.  I dare say that she looks so cute :) 

These photos are from two years ago. The quality of the prints were ghastly at best!  I know the kids are half Asian so their skin has a yellow tint, but seriously, it should not look close to orange!  Needless to say, I will never go back to that printing service again!

We are getting more snow today.  I am so not excited to drive in that stuff, especially snow that comes after some rain, oh the misery of winter... only five more months to go...  but who is lamenting, eh?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Brightly Yours at the Color Room

This week's palette at the Color Room is bright and fabulous :)  I have a lot of stuff in my stash in these colors :)  These color challenges are really good for my personal stash reduction. 
I am still very much in love with the new Martha Stewart deep edge punches.  I actually punched the green cardstock just to see how it looks and got tired of it sitting on my desk so I used it on this layout even thought the green isn't exactly the shade of bright this palette calls for. 
I stamped the "inspired by - caged bird" stamp onto a sheet of thick Hambly transparency with Staz-on Ink and then cut out the cage.  I like it this way because it has that "real birdcage" look by being transparent, I can "hang" it anywhere on a page. 
I did a little video on making the background paper, you can check it out at the Shimmerz education team blog.  I clustered some Prima flowers with some handmade flowers from patterned paper using an MFT die-namics die: rolled rose. I love that die as it makes rosette making extremely easy!! 
This was not my first attempt at this palette.  In fact, six months ago, I did a layout with this palette when Lydell first put the colors together for the palette.  As the time neared to the actual release of the palette, I just couldn't send this to her because it is just a bit too square and too boring, lol.  However, this is a true scrapbook page as I had recorded a specific memory about our cherries that all died prematurely thanks to a spring frost :)  So it isn't all bad :)  I even put some symbolism into my page... see the cherries in the heaven in the sky?  LOL!!!
Well, that's it from me for now, I hope you stop by the Color Room and try out this fun and bright palette!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving 2010

Today we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the U.S.. Happy Happy Thanksgiving to You!

I give thanks for my beautiful family and my wonderful friends, that include all of you, my sweet blogging friends and readers! 

Most of all, I am thankful for the One who saves me, daily, and eternally...

My Jesus, I love thee, I know Thou art Mine...
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Happy Thanksgiving!  Eat up :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Rest of the Roosters

I can't say enough about the unusual and yet utterly delightful color combinations in the Midnight Rooster's November Whippoorwill kit. I would have never thought to put these papers together, but how thankful I am that I received this kit that asks me to think outside of the box!  How I wish I have a whole pack of that green cardstock! 

I started this layout simply by cutting into the MME sheet of paper.  These clothes patterned papers are popular and I wanted to just cut into it without having any plans :)  That's a bit unlike me to be planless :)  Then I realized that First' Born's jacket matched a strip of Fancy Pants paper, so I went with these photos. The doilies in the Crate Paper is too pretty not to cut up, so snip snip snip.  Added some Pink Paislee embellishments painted in Shimmerz and a Prima flower, voila: a layout about two crazy girls cut from the same cloth :)
Again, I love this green cardstock. I would love more of this color!  I used the Purple Onions stamp and the two custom flowers from the Whippoorwill kit.  The sentiment is an SRM Sticker.  I think this is going to be auctioned at next year's United Way auction.
Thanksgiving here in the U.S. is almost here! I am totally ready for the big meal on Thursday.  I wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Color Room Bunnies

This week at the Color Room, we have a very soft color palette...  I have been teasing people that these are awful pastels... :)  I actually don't mind these colors at all, in fact, they are kinda pretty...

Soft and cute colors lead me to this bunny photo.  Gosh, they are such cute creatures in photos, but in real life, I did not have the courage to touch them!!  According to my parents, it started with 7 or 8 baby bunnies, eventually, they all went on their merry ways.  Some found their ways into our fenced-in gardens and grew very very large, lol.

I am pretty excited about the deep edge Martha Stewart punch I used in this layout.  I saw it at CHA this summer and of course, it was love at first sight. I had the extreme good fortune to find it at a not-so-nearby M's with my 50% coupon on hand. 

That's about it for this little short post.  I wish you a great weekend wherever you may be. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Winner for Midnight Rooster

I had to hit the random.org again for a new winner of the Midnight Rooster mini-kit, and the lucky gal is Deana!  C'mon down, you have before the end of the day Thursday to contact me with your information. 
Here is another layout using the Midnight Rooster November kit.  I really love that sheet of Bazzil cardstock: such an unusual color, but absolutely beautiful!  I think it contrasts so well with the Crate Paper papers from the kit.  Second Child sure looks like she's enjoying her apple no?  I think she threw it on the ground after that bite, lol.  I stamped the MFT Pure Innocence gal "apple for you" for accent.  How cute is that gal?  WAY WAY CUTE.  I'm a sucker for cute :) 

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Color Room Palette 32

This week at the Color Room is all about fall... well, to me, a palette like this says all about fall, so I'm going with that, lol.  I was pretty happy to get these colors as I know they are perfect for a pumpkin layout!  I decided to layer several sheets of patterned papers and follow the sketch otherwise.  I used a sheet of core'dination cardstock and embossed it with a Tim Holtz folder that I got from Tim himself at CHA summer!  After sanding the embossed cardstock, I then layered it with a sheet of Crate Paper from its Restoration line. I thought the end result looked quite lovely. 
The "pumpkin girl" stamp from Pure Innocence stamp from MFT is new as of October.  She is so cute and will be perfect for these fall pumpkin layouts that involve my girls :)  This much is sure, none of the girls in my house can lift a pumpkin up like that, no one is that strong around here, except Daddy, lol.


Before I leave, the winner of the Midnight Rooster's mini-kit is... Twinkles11.  Please contact me here by leaving me your email address before the end of the day Monday, thank you!