Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Colorful Christmas Snow Village...

I have been STRUGGLING to get into the Holiday Spirit. Maybe it has to do with the stress of what felt like the world's longest move (completed yesterday!!!) or the fact that it's been 80 degrees and sunny (sorry rest of the world...) But I sat down a couple days ago, iced peppermint mocha in hand and MADE myself be creative.

I made a snow village scene from My Mind's Eye's Colorful Christmas collection, accented by Sparkle Burst Brads from Karen Foster. It's the equivalent of a 4 page spread, but I've got it up as a decoration in the shop. I absolutely LOVE the color pallette in this line and they whimsical design. Here's a close up.

So here's how I did it. First I taped my background sheets together to form one long piece of paper. Then I used my wave tearing ruler from Fiskars to create snow drifts, layering different patterns of paper. Then I found clip art on Microsof tWord (included here) and scaled them to different sizes, printed them and used them as templates. Finally, I finished it off with popped up die cuts and the sparkle burst brads!

Also, My Mind's Eye is so cool! They sent out an email with 5 projects and the full directions, so I thought I'd share them with you. Click on the projects and you'll get the instructions.

Mention this blogpost and get 50% off all My Mind's Eye products, now through December 4th!

Happy Crafting,


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Nook & Pantry Cook Book

This project has been marinating and simmering in my creative pot for quite some time now. In fact, I had the idea before I even received the collection, began working on the sample, ran out of materials, reordered, continued to work on it and now need to reorder supplied if we're ever going to have a class. The elements have been very popular on their own and in combination, they're irristable...if I do say so myself.

This is the "Nook & Pantry" Recipe Book featuring elements from Basic Grey and Melissa Frances.

The book features sections for 8 recipes plus room for photos and general cooking tips.

This book will make a great holiday gift and is a great way to showcase your keepsake recipes. Or grab a group of friends, take the class and have a recipe swap. The possibilities are endless.

The class will be offered Thursday, November 19th & Tuesday December 1st. You can come any time to complete the project...please allow 3 hours to complete the book. The cost is $45...but if you book your class by tomorrow, November 13th, your cost is only $35. Now here is the rub...I'm having a hard time reordering some of the rub ons for this I have 5 complete kits as pictured in the photos...after that we'll adapt the book and adjust the price if need be.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Pretty as a Princess

Wow, I haven't blogged in a while! Life has been crazy...decided to move in October, not the shop, just the Sonja and the Pepper. So I've been packing, cleaning, sorting through memories and getting settled in my new place. Pepper is finally adjusting.

My friend Alex is turning 3 today so yesterday I put together a Pretty as a Princess card for her. I thought I'd share it with you since it's nearly the only creative thing I've done in a month!

This is a Kaisercraft wood project Glimmer Misted with 3 different shades of pink. Then the pieces were laced together with some Bazzill Basics Ribbon.

I used Meri Meri Accents, Glittery Thickers and a Vintage Frame from Melissa Frances for decorations.

I couldn't resist adding just a bit more sparkle, one of the new Sparkle Burst Brads from Karen Foster.

Happy Birthday Alex!!!

And finally, we had a hauntingly good time at our Halloween Crop last Saturday!

Donice and Violet were dressed as Scrapbookers!

Linda embraced her dark side....

Michelle and Irene dazzled us all with their beautiful costumes and I donned the apparel my addiction...Starbucks...notice the IV drip bag?

Have a great time this weekend and if you're stopping by for the Shop Hop Bonus week I'll have my make n take & pins available as well as some goodies!