Thursday, October 31, 2013

Altered Letter

Good morning everyone.  My favorite type of challenge is an "Anything Goes" challenge because it lets me pair a current project with a challenge.  That is exactly what I did when I made this fun project.  I had signed up for a swap and it fit perfectly with today's 3 Girl JAM "Anything Goes with Ribbon" challenge.

My swap partner likes red, bling, diva, and steampunk.  Finding a way to meld these things together was a challenge all by itself.  I hope I was able to pull it off.

I started with a large black letter from Hobby Lobby (13" or so) and adhered lace from my stash with Mod-podge.  Despite the fact that the letter looks upside down, it is the correct direction based on the pre-cut hole on the back of the letter.

Other supplies:
3 Girl JAM ribbon - Tuxedo Black, Sterling, Dress White
Scor-Tape and cardstock scraps for the base of the flowers
Hot glue
3 different types of black trim from Walmart and Joann's
Recollections and Creative Charms bling
Tim Holtz mini gears
Folk Art - Cardinal Red acrylic paint

The video walks you through the steps I took in the project.

I am linking this to the following challenge:
Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.  Be sure to link up your anything goes with ribbon project below.

Crafty Friends Tag

Good Morning!  I am excited to be guest designing on the KraftieKre8ations blog today.  KraftieKre8ations has so many fun swaps and challenges and I love to play along with them.  You can check out this fun blog by clicking here.  The tag that I am sharing with you is one that I designed to go to one of my swap partners.  I hope she loves it.

I used the following items:
Shipping tag
3 Girl JAM - Tuxedo Black and Red crinkle ribbon
Distress Inks - Barn Door and Black Soot
Tim Holtz Ideology - Mini Gears
K. Andrew Designs - "Crafty Friends" stamp set
Recollections Bling
"Made with Love" charm from my stash
Homemade red glitter mist

I hope you enjoy the video.

I am linking this to the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by today and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fall ATC's

Good morning 3 Girl JAMmers.  I have mentioned that I love Fall.  I also love ATC's.  Sounds like a perfect combination to me.  Don't you agree?  I thought so.

3 Girl JAM has bundles of ribbon that are perfect for Fall crafting.  The Harvest Bundle, Spooky Bundle, and Seasons Bundle all have those special colors you just might be looking for.  Click on the name of each bundle to find out how you can get some for yourself.

I also used the following products:

DCWV "Autumn Melody" and "MatchMakers2 Neutral" matstacks

K& Company Tim Coffey Autumn die cuts

K. Andrew Designs - "Falloween" stamp set

Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Please enjoy the video.

I am linking this to the following challenge:
Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things today.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Ideology Tag

Now I know that you're not used to 2 posts so close together, but I really wanted to enter a challenge over at Kraftie Kre8ations.  You can view the challenge here.

Challenge Rules:
Tag that is at least  6"X4" - I started by cutting a 6.5"X4" piece of light weight chipboard and then trimming it out to form my own tag.
Paint - I used Delta Ceramcoat in Light Ivory (3 coats on front and back)
Distress - I used a distress tool and roughed up the edges of the tag and the sentiment box.  I then inked the edges of both with Tim Holtz (TH) Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Paper - I used the Tim Holtz Ideology tissue wrap
Washi - 3 strips in the upper right corner
Sentiment - from TH "Playful Journey" stamp set
Embellishments - Recollections flowers, leaves, bling; charm, Prima "Say it in pearls" bling; handmade lace flower, Crystal stickles
Ribbon - 3 Girl JAM "Halloween Harvest"
Fibers - From my stash
Mail to a KK8 member (that's a secret)

Other supplies - Mod Podge, TH distress tool; TH Dusty Concord Distress Marker; foam tape; hot glue, glue dots

This is being linked to the following challenge: Simon Says Stamp Halloween or Halloween Colors
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Spools & Stickpins

Good morning everyone.  I don't know about you, but I am loving the fall weather.  Today was gorgeous and full of sunshine.  The leaves are falling and wonderful warm color surrounded me.

The warm tones were the inspiration for today's project and 3 Girl JAM provides just the right ribbon to complement that.  The Harvest Bundle is perfect for autumn crafting.  You can find yours here.

In the last year or so, I have really enjoyed making stickpins.  I am gathering quite a collection of these little beauties.  When I have the opportunity to enter a stickpin swap, I try to do so.  When the opportunity came to alter a spool and add stickpins, I knew it would be a lot of fun and I needed to join.

Of course, I needed a few supplies to go with the gorgeous 3 Girl JAM ribbon.
Spools (from Michaels)
Recollections flowers and adhesive rhinestones
Tim Holtz Ideology tissue wrap
Ripe Persimmon, Gathered Twigs & Seedless Preserves Distress Inks
Lace, stick pins, charms and beads from my stash
Delta Ceramcote - Light Ivory
Mod Podge, Hot Glue, Glossy Accents

If you would like to see a video where I talk you through the project with a bit more explanation, please click on the video below.

I am linking this to the following challenge: Simon Says Stamp Halloween or Halloween Colors.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Filofax Crazy

It's time for me to get organized.  Life is so crazy busy and I have a lot of things to keep track of.  I initially thought I could handle everything with my Outlook and iPhone calendars and avoided this whole Filofax craze.  Now I've jumped in with both feet.  I hope you enjoy the video.  I know it's a bit long.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Altered Sketch II - Card Share

Recently, I shared a scrapbook sketch that I altered to make a card.  You can read all about it and view the sketch by clicking here.  I decided that I wanted to make a few more of these cards with fall themes and paper.  In so doing, you should be able to see the versatility of using sketches.

PaperTrey Ink - Counting My Blessings and Boutique Borders Sympathy dye and stamp sets
The Paper Studio Cyprus collection
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black & Wild Hone Distress Ink
DCWV - Autumn Melody and Neutrals 2 matstackes
"Nutty" Fiskars border punch

 I go into a bit more detail on the video.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"Strengthen" 4X4 Card Share

Everybody needs a little note of encouragement sometimes.  I wanted to express my appreciation for a few people so I decided to make some little encouragement cards for them.  Originally, I planned to make 3X3" cards but when I found this stamp set, I knew it was the perfect sentiment but a bit too big for 3" cards.  That's when I decided to make 4" cards instead.  I don't plan to put them in envelopes, but may put them in clear bags as they will not be mailed.

These super simple cards only required a few paper layers and went together really quickly.  Despite the fact that the brown card is difficult to see in the picture, I think it is my favorite!  I like the richness of the colors.

Graphic 45 - French Collection in 8X8
DCWV - Autumn Melody matstack
The Paper Studio - Cyprus collection
Memento Tuxedo black ink
Ribbon - Really Reasonable Ribbon
Stampabilities - Some People stamp set
Prima Flowers
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
K&Company and Want to Scrap bling

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Tea Time Bag Toppers

Fall is in the air.  I love Fall.  This year I feel like I am nesting a bit.  Things are getting organized and cleaned up and we are settling in for the winter.  Part of that is making spiced tea and hot chocolate.  I will plan to share the recipe for the hot chocolate in a future post.  Recently, I posted the recipe for the spiced tea that we loved to drink at Grandma's house.  She made it every year and we loved to sip it with her.  You can see her recipe here.

After chatting online with my sisters (I have 6), I decided to make a double batch and send it to them, to my mom, and to my sister's- in-law.  We may not be able to sit down and enjoy tea together, but we can still have tea time.

Of course tea at tea time should be served in a pretty cup.  In my case, I decided I needed a pretty bag.  Here's what I made.

Sandwich sized zip top bags with tea
The Paper Studio - Cyprus paper pack
DCWV - The Autumn Melody Matstack
Recollections flowers and ribbon
Creative Charms Gradient Jewels

Feel like a cup of hot tea?  You can make some too.  Don't forget to share a cup with someone special.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Altered Scrapbook Sketch Card

Today I have something to share with you that I've never tried before.  I took a scrapbook sketch and turned into a standard A2 card sketch.  I love the way it turned out and hope you will too.

I started by choosing a sketch that was originally posted on Srapbook Challenges.  If you click on the sketch, you will be taken to the original sketch.  They have lots of fun sketches for all you scrapbookers.

I then created my own sketch to make it fit on a standard 4.25" X 5.5" card.  Each of the banner ribbons were cut  at 3/8" wide.

Now it was time to create the card.  I needed the following supplies to pull it off:
DCWV - The Tradewinds Matstack
Core'dinations "Timeless" Textured Cardstock (grey)
Georgia Pacific white cardstock
Stampendous "Happy Messages" stamps
Close To My Heart - Outdoor Denim ink
Fiskars "Upper Crest" border punch
EK Success 1 3/8" circle punch
Martha Stewart Butterfly punch
After the video, I decided to add a scrap of lace that I found on my desk from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  It was the perfect size to add a special touch in the corner.  I just tied a knot in the middle of the lace and glued it on with a little Tombow Mono Adhesive.

Of course the inside needed to be finished as well so I grabbed the Martha Stewart 3 butterfly punch and punched out a few butterflies in the scraps from the front.  These butterflies were used to mimic the butterfly from the Tradewinds matstack on the front of the card.

I hope you will find the video to be helpful and interesting.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Teddy Bear Baby

Good morning everyone.  If you are hopping over from 3 Girl JAM, welcome.  I have a little card for a co-worker to share with you today.  I wanted to make her something unique but also pretty.  3 Girl JAM had the perfect combination of ribbons, though I used pieces from 2 different bundles.  Iris from the Spring Flowers bundle and Baby Girl from the Baby bundle paired beautifully to pull this card together.

Now I realize that the picture looks a bit fuzzy and I was bummed about that at first.  Then I realized that the vellum overlay was causing that look.  It makes the card feel soft and ready for baby.

Besides the gorgeous 3 Girl JAM ribbon that is linked in the bundles above, I used a few other products.  They are:
Prisma colored pencils - Sienna brown, dark umber, burnt ocre, black, pink, violet, parma violet, peach
Charm from a RAK
Teddy Bear Vellum
Cardstock - white from Paper Trey Ink and Georgia Pacific
Colored paper - from my stash (unsure of the manufacturer)
Memento Tuxedo Black and Dusy Concord Distress Ink
Vellum from my stash
Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals
Inkadinkadoo "Welcome Baby" stamp set
Blossom twine from The Twinery

Thanks for stopping by and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things today.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Special Day

Today I am celebrating something special.  I am celebrating the first time that I became a big sister.  Not that I remember that day.  I was only 18 months old when this little guy was brought home.  My original plan was to call or text him today, but I decided to do a post all about my amazing brother instead.  Don't worry, I won't forget the text.

Though he's all grown up, he will always be Tommy to me.  I've tried and tried to call him Tom but it just doesn't work.  We've played together, worked hard together and even cried together.  Truth to tell, we've gotten in trouble together a few times too.  It was ALWAYS his fault though (snicker, snicker).

Tommy has given more than any of us can imagine to those he loves.  He has shared his home with children who are hurting.  He has opened his life to people from all around the world.  This quiet man has been a pillar of strength which many have leaned upon.

So today little brother I celebrate you.  I'm thankful you're my brother and also my friend.  I love you more than all the gold stars in the world.

Happy Birthday Bud!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Arriving at Disneyland - What's Next?

After all your planning, you have finally made it.  There is so much to see and do and it can be overwhelming.  As I was preparing for the trip and discussing it with a co-worker he told me how much his family loves to go.  He also gave me a very good piece of advice:

"Take in the whole experience.  If you just go from ride to ride, you will end up disappointed that you spent all that money on amusement park rides.  Take time to see the shows."

He was a wealth of information and I listened very carefully.  I'm so glad that I did!  Enjoying the little things made the trip even better.  One thing that I failed to mention in my last post is that good shoes are a must.  Even my flip-flop wearing daughter opted for sensible shoes for the daily treks through the park!

When you arrive at the parks, your bags will be searched.  I will say that this is a pretty smooth and quick process.  You are just steps away from your final destination.  You will quickly be impressed on how clean everything is kept, even with thousands of people roaming around.

If you are going into Disneyland, be sure and stop in the City Hall to request your 1st time visitor button.  They also have buttons for birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations.  I can't tell you how often I heard people greeted with "Happy Birthday" by a park employee.  There are mailboxes all over Disneyland for you to drop your postcards in.  Be sure to bring your own stamps because they can't be purchased in the park.  I asked a City Hall worker if outgoing mail received a Disney postmark.  She told me they do not, but that some of the workers in City Hall will put some sort of Disney stamp on your mail.  She stated that not everyone will though.  It didn't hurt to ask.  I like to send postcards to my co-workers.  Unfortunately, I didn't have any stamps so I brought their postcard home with me.

Pin Trading
As mentioned previously, pin trading is huge at Disneyland.  Many workers wear lanyards or pouches covered with pins to trade.  Pin traders are also located in specific areas in both parks so keep a lookout for those spots. There is a pin trading etiquette, so be sure to read the rules.  Some pin traders only trade with children.  Knott's Berry Farm also has pin traders and pins.  You can purchase pins throughout the parks and really get into it. I personally thought it was fun.  By the way, I'm still interested in finding a Sully pin.

I love taking pictures and I took a lot of them.  I am not a good photographer but for me, its about capturing memories.  The parks know that this is true of a lot of people and photographer's abound.  The cards pictured above where the Disney Park options.  The photopass card is free and you just hand it to the photographer and they will link it to the photos they take.  You then register the card and make purchases of the merchandise or prints you wish online.  We didn't take many of those pictures and didn't purchase anything but it was good to have just in case there was that one unforgettable moment we wished to purchase.  The attractions card was not free.  The Disney parks have 5 rides where photos are taken at certain points.  At the end of the rides, you can purchase these cards and have your photos linked to them or you can purchase photographs.  The least expensive purchase option was $14.95 and the card was $50.  The card provides you with the copyright release to print unlimited copies.  These pictures were definite memory makers for us so we went with the card option.  You can use it as many times as you ride the 5 featured rides in the time period allotted.  There were also various photo options at Knott's Berry Farm, but we only purchased 1 photo, so a multi-use card was impractical for us to use there.

The lines at the Disney Parks can be quite long.  They have created an option to "cut in line" and that option is called a FastPass.  Kiosks are located throughout the parks near some of the more popular attractions for you to obtain these FastPasses and they are cost free.  You simply slide your ticket into the kiosk and a FastPass is generated.  It will tell you when you are able to use it.  Now don't think that you can just enter the park and get all your FastPasses and then start using them all.  Each pass tells you the time period you have to wait before you can get another one.  They are collected before you enter the ride.  I was able to keep this one because Autopia wasn't working when our FastPass was valid.  They stated they would honor any of them that were valid during the downtime.  However, when the ride was up and running again, the line was short and we didn't have to use it.  If you want one to put in a memory book you will most likely need to get one that you don't plan to use.  This may be a great thing to grab near the end of the day.  IMPORTANT -   As we were entering California Adventures, the ticket checker informed us that we wanted to get our "World of Color" and Autopia FastPasses when we entered the park.  They are the only FastPasses that were located a distance from the attractions, but they disappear early in the day.  World of Color FastPasses do not lock you out of other FastPass options, but they are used for crowd control for the nightly show.

Souvenir Shopping
As with any attraction, souvenirs abound and can be quite pricey.  I read one blogger who said that you could purchase souvenirs outside of the park and that would save you some money.  That is true.  You can even get items at Walmart in Anaheim.  However, there will likely be somethings that you really like that you want to purchase in the parks.  My #1 advice is don't impulse buy.  You will spend tons of money if you do.  Look through the shops and decide what you really want and then get that.  A word of caution here though is to figure out a way to remember where you originally saw that "gotta have" purchase.  Some items are common and can be purchased anywhere.  Others are specific to areas.  For instance, my son decided the first day that we would save his hard earned money and purchase a fedora.  It was only available near the Indiana Jones attraction.  Also, we had planned to purchase my husband an item at Disneyland that we had seen in California Adventures thinking it was common enough that it would be available at both attractions.  However, we could never find the particular item we wanted in Disneyland and he missed getting it.  We will have to find it online or call them if we want it now.

Another piece of advice that I read was to wait until the end of the day so that you don't have to cart packages all over Disneyland.  We followed that advice thinking it was a great idea.  However, be prepared - the main shops are crowded and loud after the night shows finish as the parks begin to close.  There is a huge store in Downtown Disney between the 2 parks where I purchased my mug after we left the park.  It seemed like the mug was more expensive there but I'm not sure.  Just some things to think about.

Final thoughts
I am so thankful that the Lord provided us with the opportunity to go on this fun vacation.  As with anything you do, visiting Disneyland is about so much more than the things you see and the things you buy.  It's about being with the ones you love.  It's about creating lifelong memories.  That's when little things become big.

Have a great day and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things today.