Thursday, July 30, 2009

Dear Missing Mojo

Main Entry: mo·jo
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural mojoes or mojos
Etymology: probably of African origin; akin to Fulani moco'o medicine man
Date: 1926
: a magic spell, hex, or charm ; broadly : magical power

I need to indulge for just a minute to whine about my Mojo. It had gone missing...or as Austin Powers says, "I've lost my MOJO baby!"

I'd looked in the usual places...under the couch, between the cushions, under the bed, in the car, in my purse...but I couldn't find it anywhere. A friend told me I probably left it in my shorts pocket and that it must have shrunk in the dryer. Her solution was a good soapy soak in craft supplies.

Well, I think I may have found it, but I'm still not sure where it was hiding! I'm not sure what the deal was, or what kind of funk I was in. I'm just glad that I actually made a card tonight! I'll show it this weekend after its in the mail for my momma. It's almost her birthday! I also have a second card in progress for my dad, too. (Their birthdays are six days apart, so its nice to get those both done and out of the way together, haha!) Guess that was pretty good motivation to get the mojo goin.

Anyway, just wanted to let you all know that all is right with the world again now that my mojo is back. Its a good feeling. And now I'll actually have more stuff to post again. ;)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Hem Hem!

In honor of the 6th Harry Potter movie out this week, I wanted to share a mini album I made for my sister this last summer. This was my favorite book (Half Blood Prince), and is now my favorite movie of the series so far! This also follows the Cinema Saturday Challenge for this week, how cool!

My youngest sister Cosplays as Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter books. She goes to conferences and is in a Harry Potter Fan Club. She will be the first to admit she's weird, but to each his own right?! She has met some great friends, and made lots of memories so I wanted to make her a scrapbook of all her Umbridge costumes. I love her costumes, and one day hope to go to one of these things with her just to soak it all in! She is a fantastic sister and she totally loved this!!

So here are all the pages I have done. This book was probably one of the hardest I've ever done for the simple fact that it was a theme album, unlike any themes I do for my kids! It was something that I couldn't just slap together because it had to be grown-up yet kiddish, and couldn't be all lightening bolts. I'm really happy with how it turned out!

Oh, also, not everything photographed well, so the colors might look a little off. Trust IRL that everything matches, lol. Everything is in order how they are in the book. I left a few places for her to add journaling.

The book I got for her. It's an 8x8 album, my first ever, and I stamped the name on front.

For this first page I wanted something that really brought all of Umbridge together, along with the photoshop Shae did on this picture. She really does love this character! I wanted to incorporate the love of cats Umbridge has and had been thinking of fur and a cat collar with charms...lucky me found them!

**This little collar and charms will be for my challenge requirement part of the challenge to incorporate an unexpected element in your creation!

Shae has different costumes for each day of her conferences. This is her version of the Book Dolores -cardigan and skirt.

This was a picture with another fan at a conference dressed as Rita Skeeter.

Another costume, this is what Dolores would wear to a Garden Party!

See above, second page to the layout.

Another shot of Garden Party Umbridge with Shae's HP Fan Club friends. Murietta Edgecombe (SNEAK written on her face) and Prof. McGonagall.

This is everyone's favorite costume! When Umbridge was attacked by the centaurs! She uses brown paint to make the dirt on her face and even made hoof prints on parts of the dress like she was trampled. The two flanking her are Fred (note the halo!) and George (note the missing ear!).

Signing an Educational Decree at a conference. Lol, I Googled 'Educational Decree' and this pic came up on someone's flickr, and it wasn't my sisters! She is actually very popular in her Wizarding Community! :) The background I am especially proud of! I scanned in the decrees from the book and then placed them in a Word document, set it to 8x8 and printed it off.

Umbridge poses with the other EVIL/Villanious characters at a conference. Slytherins, Snape, and Pettigrew were just some of the lot. Same paper as above, my first one that I didn't like as well, but it worked here since it got mostly covered. Instead of Devil Wears Prada...Evil Wears PINK!

I couldn't resist! Perfect photo opportunity and my chance to do a funny page. Paper printed with I must not tell lies in a scratchy font in bright pink.

If you've read the book you know Umbridge loathes Trelawny. I had a mini clip board and made that into Umbridge's very own, with a quill held in place, too. For the bottom paper on top of the pink I folded it accordian like, and secured the ends with rhinestone brads. Her To Do list reads:

1. Detentions for Potter

2. Form Inquisitorial Squad

3. Letter to Cornelius

4. Sack Trelawny

5. Become Headmaster!

This was her very first costume! It was based on one of Umbridge's outfits in the movie. With her catch phrase of course.

Same as above, circles from George Cartridge as well.

For one of the conferences they had a Masquerade Ball. Umbridge is always referred to as looking like a toad so Shae used that idea for her costume. Of course the dress had to be bright pink to be Umbridge, but every accessory from the lily pad bracelet to the fly clip in her wig she nailed it all. Her friends all tease, "OMG, you look like a frog!" lol.

On the third page I absolutely LOVE the little froggy charm on the journaling portion. It was the cutest little thing and I just had to add it!

And the last page! This was an evening at the conference and Shae took her PJ's to the Umbridge level, too! Her tee shirt says Hem Hem, and she has a pink pillow case with a kitty on it. So...I used that kitty again in my inspiration and made this cat page. Oh, and this page is actually really, really bright pink, one that didn't photo well for sure!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

How Fun!

Tonight I got to meet THE Kim Hughes. She's moving away from Utah so was going to be at a crop at my LSS. I had recently found her blog (YES I am that lame...) so I thought I'd leave her a little comment about being interested in swinging by the store. She was so sweet in her response that I knew I needed to stop by if just to chat and shop.

Kim is as sweet and warm and amazing in person as she is online. She's bubbly, quick to laugh, and made me feel so welcome as we chatted about life, and paper crafting. I'm sure I seemed like the TOTAL DORK I AM because I was just a little in awe of her, was a bit tongue tied, and felt like I was meeting a celebrity! :D

Kim also gave me some great advice about the industry and publishing. She told me exactly what I needed to hear and that was:
  • Getting published is HARD work!
  • Don't get discouraged. Keep submitting and you WILL get picked up at some point.
  • Submit, submit, submit!
  • Know your magazines.

So, as I took that first leap into publishing last month, I was thrilled to be able to talk to someone as experienced as Kim, and who, still to this day, gets excited, and is honored to have her work published. I know that I have been extremely grateful to Cards Magazine and Scrapbook Trends to have picked up my cards these last two months, and I know I'll always feel honored and awed at being published among some of the most talented ladies in the biz. So to say I'm looking forward to getting back in my craft room is an understatement after being inspired by her words.

I definitely needed to hear what she had to say, and it was just too fun to chat with her!

Kim, if you see this...I really hope you get that easy number in AZ, *wink* and GOOD LUCK on the move and all that the future has in store for you!

Friday, July 10, 2009

You're On My Mind

I've been eyeing this set all year long, so at our June stamp party I finally got it! I can't believe I've waited this long! Expect to see more out of this cute little set! At the same party I also ordered the chocolate chip corduroy buttons, and the chocolate chip double stitched grograin ribbon so I incorporated all my new goodies onto this one card!

The girls in our stamp/swap card group always joke that I like to use brown/blue and brown/pink in my cards...hehe, I guess I do! :) So yet again, here is a card with a brown and kind of a pink, but I threw a little orange in there. I loved the colors together when I saw it on the "Always" paper Stampin' Up! had last year, so I guess it stuck with me when creating this card.

CS: Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Ink: Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip
Stamp: Upsy Daisy
Misc: Chocolate Chip double stitched grograin ribbon, choc. chip corduroy button, hemp, scallop border punch

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Fresh Cut

Alright "True Confession Time"...Stampin' Up! did a promotion awhile back where if you hosted a party, and it met a certain dollar range, you would get the Fresh Cut stamp set and note cards for free as a hostess gift. That was...what about a year ago? True confession part...this is the first time I've used this set and note card! Whatever the reason was, I just couldn't get inspired on how to use them. Finally, a year later, I now have ONE card created with this set and the note card! Hehe, how bad is that?! All I can say is, good things come to those who wait. ;)

I actually like how this turned out, and hey, maybe it won't take me another year to break this set out again! This is a mini card, finished size is 4 7/8" by 4". I had cut everything out and then realized I couldn't fit the little "thank you" on the card, so I punched it out with the Word Window punch, and then tied it to the note card. Also, the photo doesn't show it very well, but I took the little leafy/flowery stamp in the set and stamped on the punch out from the 5 petal punch to add a little depth to it.

CS: Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink: Rose Red, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip
Stamp: Fresh Cuts
Misc: Fresh Cuts Note Cards, hemp, 5 petal punch, So Saffron grograin ribbon, Word Window punch

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A True Friend

I have been very blessed and fortunate to have a special person in my life. I met Sharon when I was looking for a in-home daycare provider. I had tried the larger sized daycares, but I felt my kids weren't benefiting from their experience. My son was 22 months and my daughter was 5 when I found her listed as a registered state provider. (Basically that meant she had a license, had a food handlers permit, cpr certification, home inspections by the state, etc.) My kids started going to her daycare in November of 2004...and well you all probably know how this story ends! Sharon and I became friends, and she introduced me to the wonderful world of stamping via Stampin' Up!. Two years ago Sharon became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, and I was among the first to commit to her stamp groups! So, this fall marks our 5 year friendship/stamp addiction/business relationship. My kids still go to her daycare and we (me, the kids and my husband) have all grown to love Sharon and her family.

She has been such a wonderful friend all these years and has always been there for me. She's been supportive when times were rough or I was down, just like a true friend does! As she goes through a rough patch, I wanted to let her know how much she means to me, and how much I care about her. Love ya girly! :)

The main stamp image was done with the stem from Eastern Blooms and was watercolored with the Soft Subtles watercolor crayons, and Close to Cocoa from the Earth Elements set.

CS: Apricot Appeal, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Bashful Blue (sentiment), Apricot Appeal, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa watercolor crayons
Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Friends 24-7 (sentiment)
Misc: Certainly Celery Twill ribbon, scallop border punch, hemp, button

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday "little" brother! :) My younger brother Kyle turned 23 last month. How the heck did that happen? I remember when he was a baby! I guess that's what happens when you are the oldest!

Kyle loves the color green so I always try adding just a little bit of green to his cards. Using the Lovely As a Tree set made that so easy! Here's a simple masculine card that the sentiment can be changed for just about anything. The background is the small pinecone/leaf stamp just repeated several times in a darker ink.

CS: Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Lovely As a Tree, All Holidays (sentiment)
Misc: Buttons, hemp

Monday, July 6, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

What a week it was last week! I'm not sure what the deal was, but it felt like things were just so rushed, busy, and frantic for some reason. It seems like today though, that we have caught our breath, and are back into our normal routine. I'm not sure if its the fact that the kids are finally out of school (year round school), that we've gotten past the anticipation of a holiday weekend, or that our AC will finally be fixed this week! (Ick don't get me started on that mess!!) Whatever the case, I'm glad its a new week and a fresh start, especially for blogging and crafting!

I've been saving this card (and one I'll share tomorrow) for a few weeks now so it wouldn't spoil the surprise for my mom (and brother). However, I'm a horrible slacker at mailing things to her (we blame it on the DNA...its an inherited trait all my sisters have from mom, too!), but this is finally in the mail! So I thought I'd share it tonight and she should have it in a few days time!

My parents celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary last month, and I wanted to make a special little anniversary card for them. The card I made last year I used their wedding colors, but this year I went with a color combo that just seemed fun to me! The hearts are heat embossed and cut out, and popped up with dimensionals. Just a little simple card, but (if I do say so myself) it has a very, very special message inside, and that will be Mom's surprise if she sees this before getting the card! ;)

CS: Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Ruby Red
Ink: So Saffron, Always Artichoke, Versamark
Stamp: Ever After, All Holidays (sentiment)
Misc: hemp, white embossing powder, lace, dimensionals

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Summer Projects!

Hope your 4th was a blast for those of you that celebrated it!
I have a couple projects I've been working on!
First is the Pocket Card! This is a card I had forgotten how much I loved until I made this one. I have a feeling I'll be doing a few more of these this weekend! ;) Its another very simple card, but has a little "WOW" factor to it because its unique. These are perfect for invites, but are also great for just little thank you's, thinking of you, birthdays, etc. Simply change the outside, decorate the inside panel, and write on the main insert!

Here are the basic instructions, but I also have a link for a picture turtorial here.

-Score a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of cardstock at 5 1/2".
-Score again at the 1 1/4" mark.
-Using Sticky Strip (red tape found at most craft stores, very durable) or strong adhesive, seal sides and fold over flap.
-Insert will be 3 1/4" by 5".

The next card is a Gel (Water) Card! I have never made these before so I played around with it a little first. There are actually so many things you can do with these cards! I'll show you mine, then I'll give you instructions via another tutorial link, and more ideas!

So this was my first attempt, and it definitely has some issues! I used blue hair gel, but to get a good blue, I had to use TONS of hair gel! Its way overfilled with gel, so I'll need to go back and empty a little gel out of it. The card itself is really, really, heavy, and its bulging a little so its not staying together well. I am going to try adding blue food coloring to some clear gel and see how that works, but for now, this is at least blue "water" and I'll try helping it out a little!

This is the second attempt, but with clear hair gel. I'm a little torn actually and I don't quite know which color I like best! I love the blue because it actually looks like water, but with the clear gel you can really see those cute little fishies!

Here are the two cards with the fishies side by side...what do you think? Which color do you like better?

Alright, so here are some ideas for other ways to do a gel card.....
-Ovals and Large circles for a full ocean or fishbowl
-Flowers in a jar/vase
-Honey in a jar
-A melted snowman (tehe I totally HAVE to make these!)

And a tutorial link... here.

Thenis a cute little 2,5,7,10 Box that I've decided will be turned into a Halloween box for my swap group! Its actually really easy to put together so making a few at a time goes by pretty quickly!

Here is a tutorial link for this box! All of these links are from Split Coast Stampers, one of my favorite resources for ideas and techniques.

So basically you will score an 8 1/2" by 11" sheet of cardstock at 2, 5, 7, and 10 inches. Turn the cardstock and score at 2" and 7". At this point you'll want to check out the tutorial for cutting instructions as its easier to see from the picture than written instructions on how to cut it and finish off the top.

Here is my box! I thought these would be great little snack holders for a BBQ! I have an invitation ready in the Pocket Card, and now these little boxes to hold goldfish (or other little snack food) in, so I'd be set for a little backyard BBQ with friends!