Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Frog Prince and Other Important People

Things are finally starting to slow down a bit here. Thank goodness!! There is nothing like having a day off with nothing that you absolutely have to do. My next project is to clean up my scrapbook room. My two son's got me a couple of rolling storage racks from Christmas so I figured that was a hint to clean up my room. And it really needs it!! With no impending deadlines, I think I will devote a few days to getting that done. And then back to crafting!!! Why is it, when the room needs to be cleaned  out is when I feel the most inspired to craft?! OH well, I really need to clean it up. So I am. I also have a new light box to photograph my projects with so they should look much better.

I do have one layout to share. I really like how it turned out. I had submitted it to Creating Keepsakes, but it did not make the cut so I am going to share it here with you.

I used the Enchanted line by Imaginisce. Funny that this is a "girly" line and I used it for a boy layout.

I used my irock here to highlight the little frog he was holding.

That is it for today. I will have more crafty projects coming up soon, after I get my scrap room cleaned up. And with me cleaning up my room, that means I will be needing to get rid of some supplies, which means I will have some more give aways so stay tuned.

Supplies used: Cardstock: BoBunny, Bazzill; Patterned Papers: Imaginisce; Ribbon, flowers, diecuts, and stickers: Imaginisce; tools: I-rock, and petal roller by Imaginisce; Ink: VersaMagic; Adhesives: The Sticky Thumb, Therm-o-web foam adhesive; letter stickers: Jenni Bowlin; Die cut machine: Cricut Expression.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!!

to everyone!!! And have a Happy New Year to come.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Feeling a little down....

but I know I need to get some perspective about this. If you follow my blog you may have noticed a few changes on it. The badge that says "Imaginisce Design Team Member" is now listed under "Past Design Teams" and yes that means that I was not asked to return to the Imaginisce design team for 2011. After letting it sink in for a few days I know that the new girls are super excited and I know how they feel. I felt on cloud nine last year at about this time. And then I had to ask myself, why does this mean so much to me? I mean, why do I scrapbook in the first place? There is something about having someone else tell you "Your work is good" and I want to show you off for it. And if you don't scrapbook, you may not understand the excitement you get when you are asked to be on a design team of this magnitude, but it feels absolutely great!!! Someone else out there has validated that you "do good work". And the design team coordinator, Lori,  is absolutely fabulous!!! But in all reality that should not matter to me. Like I just previously asked, "why do I scrapbook"? And the answer I cam up with was I really like taking pictures of my family and making "storybook" pages for us.

Now, the getting to the perspective part. With everything going on in the world, I now feel pretty selfish that I pouted about this for the past couple of days. I just recently found out that a friend of mine, Heather B., has  found out that she has cancer. I was shocked!! She is married and has two beautiful little girls. I bet all she wished she had to worry about was whether or not she was going to make or stay on her next design team. And she is an awesome scrapbooker. Drop by her blog and tell her hi and say a prayer for her and her family while you are at it. I am sure she would appreciate it.
There are also so many people I know that have lost their jobs and are really struggling financially. Neil and I both have our jobs and we are making it okay. It could always be better, but who could not say that. Again, I need to get perspective.

So that is all for today. I will be posting projects again soon. In fact I have two in the Que for Imaginsice design team projects, but it has been a little tough to work with it over the past couple of days. They will get done though.

I promise, I won't be gone too long. I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and I will be getting back to my "Storybooking" soon.................

Friday, December 17, 2010

Garden Party Shadow Box

Hey everyone! In keeping with the spirit of the Imaginisce Garden Party launch this week I wanted to show you another project that I did. I made one of the Tim Holtz configurations boxes and decked it out with Garden Party.  I just love how it turned out.

The butterfly was cut with my Cricut.

Here I used the new Floral Flourish flowers and topped them with the cool mesh brads. And in the top right corner of the box, I actually tool apart one of the sticker stackers and just used the top sentiment to place in it's cubby. The chipboard flowers I decked out with some i-rock gems.

Here I used some of the pink roly rosies to put in the left corner.

Now I had to drive over 70 miles to find the little feet because no local store around her had any. I just think the little feet finish it off nicely.

If you want to find these little boxes and metal feet locally I believe
Scrappin Friendzee, in Marrero, LA
has them.

That is all for today. Don't forget to check out the Imaginisce blog for more Garden Party inspiration and of course, more give aways....

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Garden Party Cards

Hey Everyone! Since this week is the Imaginisce's "Garden Party" release party, I just wanted to show you some quick little all purpose cards that I did.

These large flowers are the die cuts that come in this collection. I also used the 6x6 card pad for the small prints. They are just absolutely fantastic! I also used the snag 'em stamps to stamp a little flower image in the corner of the envelopes.

And the center here, I used the trusty i-rock with clear gems. Our design team coordinator, Lori, reminded us last night that with the Copic markers you could actually color the clear gems to get your desired color. Since the Copic markers are made with alcohol ink it colors and stays on the gems quite nicely. I don't know why I have not thought to mention this before. I have done it to color gems red. The marker I used here was almost a neon orange color, YR07, Cadmium Orange.

I have found that you need to use some of the more vibrant or darker colors to achieve a slightly lighter color. These markers are pretty cool. They can color anything that alcohol ink can color. You can even air brush with them.

I know these markers are a bit pricey, but they are refillable thereby beating the price of anything else out there. So once you refill the marker, you really have a great value.

If you are local in Louisiana, there are two local scrapbook stores that sell these markers:
Scrappin Friendzee, Marrero, LA
Woven Heart, Lake Charles, LA
if you go by there tell them that I sent you.

Stay tuned this week for more Garden Party inspiration on both the Imaginisce blog and mine.

Until next time,

Imaginisce is having a Garden Party

Well, after having all of the wonderful project ideas from the 12 days of Christmas how could there be anymore inspiration this soon? Imaginisce is now promoting their new release "Garden Party". It is absolutely stunning with vibrant spring colors and flowers. Here is a peak:

Stay tuned to the Imaginisce blog this week and check out the projects that the DT has come up with. Aida, from Singapore posted the first project and I have to say that I am going to scrap lift this one. She is so talented. I just love her projects.

Here is Aida's project:

Check out the Imaginisce blog and she has a template on it for the box.

And like always, Imaginsice is having a ton of give aways. If you would like to win this beautiful collection check the blog out on how you can win.

I will be posting my projects later. I have to deal with kid stuff right now.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Wow, now that is A LOT of Winners!!!!

Check out the Imaginisce blog to see if you won one of the 12 days of Christmas prizes. There are A LOT of winners so you may be one. And if your name is Lori, you won on my day of posting so check it out. It may be you.

I tell you this company is so awesome. And stay tuned....we are having another release party coming this week and you know what that means...more give aways!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Last Day of the 12 days of Giveaways....

on the Imaginisce blog. And believe me the grand prize is a doozy. I wish I was eligible. If you post on all 12 days of the 12 days of Christmas projects that the design team did then you will be eligible to win all of the tools that have been given away this week which includes an I-top, I-rock, petal roller, D-stress and an I-bond aong with an entire Cottage Christmas collection AND.... a Cricut Cake!! Can you believe that?

So check it out. It is not too late. And in addition if you post one every post you will be entered to win that days give away as well. Pretty cool for just a few comment posts.

So check it out: http://www.imaginsiceblog.com/.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

On the 5th day of Christmas....Advent Calendar

Good morning! Today, Sam Hauzer and I of the Imaginisce DT had the pleasure of blogging for the 5th day of Christmas post today. Our projects are the Kaiser Craft Advent Calendar embellished up with the Cottage Christmas line from Imaginisce.

Here is mine:

Here is a close up of some of the chipboard stickers that I embellished with my i-rock tool.

Close up of the tree. I used my i-top punches for the tree branches.

Here are few of the steps in making the Kaiser Craft calendar.

1) I painted the calendar after putting it together. It took about 2 1/2 coats to really cover all the wood.   
2) Next, I sprayed a little of "Walnut Gold" glimmer mist to give it a gold shimmer.
3) Then I put the little boxes together and painted them with spray paint.
4) Next I just covered the front of the boxes with paper from the Cottage Christmas 6x6 card pad. I liked the small prints for this. I used a 3/4" circle punch to punch out a small cut out at the top part of the box for the finger hole.

5) Next, after cutting out a Christmas tree shape with chipboard on my cricut, I punched out all three sizes of the i-top punches for my tree branches and glued them on the tree. Then I trimmed the edges off.

And here I am showing you how to cover your i-top brads with fabric. I used a red felt and since you can not punch the fabric, there is a template that you can use to trace the circles onto the fabric and then cut the material out to use on your i-top brads.

If you want to win an entire Cottage Christmas collection from Imaginisce be sure to visit today's post on the Imaginisce blog and leave a comment. Don't forget to leave a comment here and check out Sam's blog as well.

Keep an eye on the Imaginsice blog for the next week and a half, they will be giving away a lot of goodies.

Until next time,


Friday, December 3, 2010

It is not as bad as we thought...

Just an update on Cameron's separated shoulder. It is grade a "1 out of 6" and it should heal on it's own. He has to wear a splint for a couple of weeks, but his pain is much better.

Here he is milking the camera:

And his partner in crime. She is always trying to get in the picture. Wonder where she gets that from?

That is all for today. I am glad it was not worse. He did try to get out of going to school today after his Orthopaedic appointment. He almost had me too, but I stayed strong.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

I-top innovations by Imaginisce

Hey my crafty friends. Today, I just have a quick little project that is just so adorable and quick to make. When I say quick I am talking 5 minutes or less and just perfect for little girls.

If you have not seen what Imaginisce has going on with their i-top tool, they have come out with some new "Innovations" to go along with their i-top. The innovations consist of snap rings, alligator clips, bobby pins and head bands. And you can either use the snap daddies or the twist daddies. Today, I made a customized headband for my little girl.

I tried to get a better picture of her face, but she kept running from me.

So what I used was:
I-top brad maker tool
 Imaginisce Headbands
The paper on the brad top is from the Enchanted 6x6 card pad

It took me less than 5 minutes to make this adorable head band.

And, if you are interested in making a similar headband, and are local to Louisiana, here are the stores that are carrying these products to make the head band:

Scrappin Friendzee, in Marrero, LA 504-341-8476

And don't forget to check out the Imaginisce blog for the next couple of weeks. We are doing a 12 days of Christmas project posts. There will be plenty of inspiration and give aways EVERY DAY!! So check it out!!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December Imaginisce Sketch Challenge

Yes, it is that time again. It is time for the monthly sketch challenge from Imaginisce. I just love working with sketches and this one is done by DT member Liz Qualman. So if you follow the Imaginisce blog you know that they give away a lot of prizes and this month is no different.

Here is my interpretation of the sketch. I altered it a bit and made a two page layout out of it.

This is my youngest son playing in the snow. The thing that makes this so special is that it is a RARE treat that we have snow here in south Louisiana. Especially snow that actually sticks to the ground and they can play with it. Here he is making a "snow kid" out of the snow. He said since the snowman was close to his size that it was a "snow kid" and not a man.

Close up of the title here. I used the cricut cart Accent Essentials with the blocked out snow flakes, and some American Crafts fabric thicker letters. I also sprayed a bit of the marshmallow colored glimmer mist on the "snow" letters. In person it just looks a little shimmery, but you may not be able to see that in this picture.

Here I used the cottage Christmas accents snowflake crystals and layered it with the Cottage Christmas snowflake glitz.

And here is the sketch:

So here is the drill....on how to win:

We wanted to see how clever you can all be with banners, especially since banners can be made from a variety of things, flags being only one. The Imaginsice DT created some amazing layouts for today's BLOG HOP! So hop on over to each of the team members listed below and leave a comment at each stop. You'll be entered to win a great prize package. Deadline for the comment winner is Monday, Dec 6th.

And don't forget to enter this month's sketch challenge and you could win a $75 prize package (see details below)!! Deadline for the sketch challenge is Dec. 25th.

Below are links to the other Design Team members blogs for some blog hop fun...

Post your sketch on your blog or online gallery AND then come back on the Imaginisce blog and list your link via our new inLinkz on the Imaginisce blog. Since this new LINK service shows a picture, please make sure you link to the post with your layout and not just your blog. We will select a winner to be featured on our blog at the end of the month. And of course, that means you could win your choice of the i-top Tool package, i-rock package or a $75 prize Collection package! Deadline to enter the sketch challenge is Dec. 25th (Christmas day).

So get busy and scrap some of those pictures you have been wanting to.....

Oh, and if you are local to Louisiana, you can purchase these Imaginisce Cottage Christmas products at local scrapbook stores:

Memory Mania (225) 744-2767 in Prairieville, LA
Scrappin Friendzee (504) 341-8476 in Marrero, LA
Treasured Memories (337) 534-4433 in Lafayette, LA
Create 365 (337) 456-6261 in Scott, LA

So support your local scrapbook stores and give them a call or just go by and see them.

And keep your eye on the Imaginisce blog and my blog in the next couple of weeks. I promise you will not be disappointed.