Tuesday, September 30, 2008
i know my kids can't stop talking about what they want to
dress up as. so my question to you is do you have any
halloween traditions? please share them with us!
we really dont have any---other than the kids make
some handmade decorations each year. last year we made
lollipop ghosts. not sure what we will do this year...any suggestions?
so to get you in the hallows day mood here are a couple of cards
i made with the october project kit. have you made any halloween cards
yet this year? share them with us!
Monday, September 29, 2008
I love making favors for the kids whenever possible and that's why I love my stamp club that I attend once a month. It's a fun night to spend with friends learning new ideas for cards, scrapbooking and my favorite, favors. This past meeting we made these adorable gum wrappers, and they only take a few minutes to make.
To make them cut a square piece of patterned paper 2 7/8 X 2 7/8 then score at 2 1/2 on both sides, 1 5/8 and 1 2/8 and wrap around your 5 stick pack of gum
Another fun favor that I made quite frequently for the kids was spray painting and decorating a can. I would spend the year collecting cans and then during Halloween I would be spray painting 50+ cans to have one for each of the kids classrooms and the teacher and office help. After spray painting just apply vines and a pumpkin face with puffy paints. Once everything was dry I would add tissue paper and fill with treats.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Colleen here and I'm back for more green scrapbooking and a little peek of my DT projects using the October kit.
Do you sometimes forget to take pictures because you are ooohing and aaaahing over the sites? I do. I took a vacation over Labor Day and hardly took a picture. But, that doesn't mean that the memory is lost. Nope! Cause I've got a plan...a green one.
Why toss those postcards that you didn't mail, or those ticket stubs that you have in your pockets? Don't throw away those brochures that the tour guides give you...no way! Scrap them! This is an easy way to scrap green.
Check this out:
I lived in Jamaica for a year while I was doing my dissertation research, and over that time I visited just about every place I could on that island. I attended a Burns Supper that the Jamaican Scottish Society held. I saw the Jamaican Folk Singers perform. I bought post card after post card of the sites, because you can't always take your camera with you into these places. Plus, I just forgot half the time. Some scrapbooker I am...
A few years after I moved back to the states, I came across a shoebox filled with all of the stuff I had collected from Jamaica, and I decided to put it into a mini-album along with some of the pictures I took.I didn't realize that I was being green at the time...I just wanted to preserve as many memories as I could from that wonderful, life changing experience .
Since then, I've made it a point to save all of these things and use them in my pages. In fact, just last week we saw Jim Gaffigan Live at the Cobb Energy Center . They didn't allow photographs of the performance, so I scrapped my ticket and a picture from the program using the goodies from WIPs October kit.
Memories preserved and less waste to boot!
Friday, September 26, 2008
erica's room was so organized and pretty...i loved ALL the pictures, but in particular, i really liked this shelf...talk about organization! thanks for sharing erica!
the midnite scrapper gets crafty in her cool colored room...i adore the brown...and this couch??!! i would love to have that, so i can lay there while i let the mojo return to the body. love that shelf on the wall too!
ahhh, friends...thanks so much for sharing! have a great night!!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
1) Use other letters as a substitute to the letter you need.
We all know this trick, right? Flip the letter "u" over to use as an "n". Cut the second hump off of the letter "m" or cut the "h" down to use as an "n" or "u". It comes in quite handy when you are trying to spell a word, but you are running out of those popular consonants and vowels. How about flipping an "h" over to use as a "y"? Each font is a little different . . . look for the possibilities. For the layout below, I cut the letter "w" down to use as the letter "e". With this particular font, you could also cut down the letter "k" to use as the letter "e".
2) Don't be afraid to mix fonts/colors/sizes of letters.
Mixing letter types can produce a really fun affect. This is an older layout of mine, but it's a good example of this concept. :)
Want to use up those chipboard letters, but you ran out of vowels? Try using letter stamps to replace your missing letters. On this layout I stamped the letter "e" in between the chipboard letters of the word "when". You could also hand draw or stitch a replacement letter. Wouldn't that be cute!
4) Finally, use an online anagram tool to help you spell out words with the remaining letters in your set.
Online Anagram Tool
Type in the letters leftover in your set and see if you can find a word to incorporate into your title. Try it it's fun!
If you have any more tips for using up your letters, share them with us in the comment section! I would love to hear your ideas!
Enjoy your weekend!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
- 2 cups butter
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- Chopped toffee bits to garnish (or nuts)
In a large saucepan, combine the butter, sugar and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring until the butter is melted. Allow to come to a boil, and cook until the mixture becomes a dark amber color and the temperature has reached 285 degrees F. Stir consistently throughout. While the toffee is cooking, cover a large baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. As soon as the toffee reaches the proper temperature, pour it out onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the chocolate over the top, and let it set for a minute or two to soften. Spread the chocolate into a thin even layer once it is melted. Sprinkle the nuts over the chocolate, and press in slightly. Putting a plastic bag over your hand will minimize the mess. Place the toffee in the refrigerator to chill until set. Break into pieces, and store in an airtight container.
Enjoy your day!!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
here it is again...along with some other thrift store finds...the yummy dishes that hold some miscellaneous items.
i've recycled old baby food jars and used them to house my letters that i have lying around, or that have fallen off my letter sheets.
here's my pretty white basket that use to hold diapers, but now it holds all of my letter sheets, and/or rub-ons...pretty much anything i would put on a clip-it-up would go in here.
NOW, i want YOU to link me up to the place where you create. it can be a rolling tote and your kitchen table or some extravagant scrap room.
Monday, September 22, 2008
We made these fun Halloween projects at the crop this weekend, based on the ones I saw at Laura Vegas' blog. It took a lot of searching to find the houses, but thanks to a few friends, I managed to snag what I could. I have a few left for sale over at the website if you'd like to order one for yourself! I'll also send an email with more detailed photos for those who purchase the project. You can check it out here.
I opted to make more of the October Main kits because the wait list I had for them was long enough to warrant a re-order. So if you were on the wait list and did not receive your invoice yet, please notify me and I'll make sure you get it. I also listed whatever I have left on the website too. They sold out in less than 24 hours--so act quickly if you want one!
Special thanks to those of you who attended the crop here on Saturday. I had a really nice time with you--it was good to get back into the swing of things again! I have a few openings for the crop on October 11th, and yes, Jen will be making her infamous Dinner in a Pumpkin...
The winner of the October Project Kit for registering early over at Get it Scrapped is Kim Smith! Congrats, Kim! Please email me at Turay413@gmail.com and I'll be sure you get your kit in the mail... If you haven't registered for the Sweet Treats for Fall class yet, there is still plenty of time! Be sure to check out the freebie class I posted regarding the candy containers here.
I will be sending out emails regarding the final payment for the Fall Retreat at the Bertram Inn and classes next week. The event is less than 2 months away now, and I'm preparing for it already!! So exciting!! We now have over 50 participants, and it promises to be a fun fall weekend for all!!
Have a wonderful day...
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Popstar from Rusty Pickle:
Color Me from Luxe Designs:
a cool one from KI Memories
You can also find some others at Doodlebug and Prima.
Here's what I made using the Rusty Pickle Papers.
Make sure to use all of your favorite "coloring" materials! I used Watercolor pencils, Glaze pens, Stickles, Glossy Accents and Gems.
Friday, September 19, 2008
I will be teaching Sweet Treats for Fall over at Get it Scrapped. You can read all about it and register for the class here. I am absolutely THRILLED with the projects (all brand new), and I can't wait to show them to you!! If you're looking for the perfect hostess gift, need to make multiple treats for your child's classroom or want to adorn your home with crafty goodness, please check it out!! The marriage of scrapbook supplies and food is always a good thing...
And as an added bonus, if you register between now and Sunday night (midnight) you will be eligible to win a free WIP October Project Kit!! Whee!!
I'm packing up for the big crop at the Waterbury Clubhouse tomorrow, and I look forward to seeing each one of you gals--it will be a fun day as always...
Enjoy your weekend!!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.You can create a word cloud by typing in random words, sentences, even a favourite poem. The site allows you to select a variety of orientations, as well as fonts and colours. Another option is to enter the url of your blog or website, and Wordle uses the text that is shown on the front page.
Here's a word cloud I created by tying in the URL of my personal blog.Currently the site doesn't allow you to save the image to your hard drive; but you can print it out. If you do want to save the file there is a work around. What I did was to do a Print Screen and paste that image into Photoshop. Then I cropped just the portion with the Wordle image and saved that file. I was then able to manipulate it to use on a scrapbook page. I rotated the image 90 degrees and printed it out onto a letter sized piece of cardstock as a background for a page about blogging.
There's so much you can do with this new toy! You can use it as I did for traditional scrapbooking, but also for digi-scrapping. Try it; and show us what you did!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
You can find instructions for the origami bats here. Think how cute they'd be made from some of the fun papers in the October project kit!!! There a few of these kits left, but you need to act fast if you want to get your hands on them.
The directions for these cute bat pumpkins can be found here.
You can find the directions for this mobile here.
All of these ideas came from Family Fun, which is one of my fav websites for craft ideas. Happy crafting!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
And for the locals who are attending the crop with me this weekend, you are going to just FREAK when you see the Halloween project we're doing in the break out class! I made a few extra in case you want multiples! And I'll also have a couple of the October WIP Project kits in case you wanted to work on the projects at the crop...I've already started baking...SO FUN!!
Have a wonderful day!!
Monday, September 15, 2008
The winner is JENN Z!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for your suggestions. I especially loved this one:
Jenn, I'll be contacting you for your address so I can send you your goodies. Thanks to everyone for playing along!
Have a super day!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
i am a bit crazy---but hey it helps me scrap what can i say? LOL
do you need some inspiration?
some prompts? something to help you
get that mojo flowing? there are TONS of blogs that help you do JUST that!
here are a few of them, go out there and play along!
the story maters.
one little word.
how much is too much.
color combos galore.
the design experiment.
scrapping the music.
here's just a *few*
go have some scrappin' fun!
Friday, September 12, 2008
I am a super SUPER messy scrapper. Since I've been scrapping away with the new kit, and I feel like my supplies are swallowing me up, I've been focusing on doing a reorg of my supplies. Here are a few of my fav organization tools. This is an ongoing task for me, and I am constantly trying to find new ways to organize all my stuff.
Up first, is the cart that houses my kits. I have found it's easier to keep all the kits together until there is virtually nothing left. These drawers are perfect since they hold the 12x12 paper, and they are CHEAP, which I love!
For me, these work perfect for my ribbons. And they look pretty, too!
And here are some of my fav rooms on 2 peas...be prepared to drool!
Samantha Walker's room
Seriously, this is a gorgeous room!!!
I'm pretty sure this is my fav room ever!
I know I've linked Stephanie Howell before, but her scraproom deserves a look-see. The way she organizes is magnificent!!!
Do you have any organizing tips? I'd love to hear about them, or better yet, see them. Link them here and I'll send you a RAK for my fav tip ever!! You have until Sun. night.
Have a great weekend!!!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I love to try new tools and techniques. Working at a store gives me the privilege of seeing and trying new things on a weekly basis. Here are some of the things I'm excited to try. (and probably buy!)
Versamark Dazzle - Just like the regular Versamark watermark ink but now with either a Pearl (champagne) or Sparkle (frost) finish. Think Holiday card beauty.
GlitzDesigns RollerDoodles - they look so fun and easy. Ali Edwards uses one on her layout pg. 60 Oct 08 CK. (which by the way I'll be scraplifting - love this page so much)
Zutter Corner Rounder - you can corner round chipboard and acrylic in 2 different sizes. This may be an early Christmas present to myself.
Ranger White Ink Pen - will it work better than the Uniball Signo White? This question MUST be answered in my head. I will need to try one for myself.
Stampin Up Scallop Punch - I already have the Threading Water punch from Fiskars but being the addict that I am I'll need this one too. Seriously, everyone should have scallop options, right?
(have you ever been to a Stampin Up party? Go - skip the stamps, go straight to the back of the catalog where they sell AWESOME EK Success Punches that you can't buy in stores!)(note: see next obsession below)
and we will conclude will my final obsession...EK Success Whale Punches. I collect these things like candy. Love them so much. They always work and never seem to break unlike stinky McGill punches. I have 8 different EK circle punches and can honestly say that I use them all the time.