Monday, September 24, 2007

What did you create this weekend?

Well, my little princess turned 2 on Saturday..... I spent the whole week last week planning and creating for her party. The picture up above is the birthday girl with the princess hat that she decorated at the party. The boys had crowns to do.

I had an area set up for the kids to build with blocks or to play dress up. There was a whole box full of fun dress up things for them. Jaydin seemed to love the hat, gloves and scarves. I think she looks mahhhh-velous!

This is her 'throne.' It seems that the little ones always want to help the birthday child unwrap gifts and explore his/her new treasures. This was the solution I came up with. Jaydin sat on her throne to unwrap, and the other kids stayed on the floor. It worked pretty well.

Last year, we showed a slideshow of pictures from her first year. This year, I decided to make a collage board of pictures from the last year. Wow. She has changed so much. She's not a baby anymore.

Goody, goody!!! The goody bags were personalized with a crown. With the ribbon on them, the crowns can be used for a door hanger or something similar. Along with the frames, treasure boxes, and hats/crowns they made, they had candy, a fairy princess (or a frog for the boys!!), and crayons in their bags.

The cakes ..... I hope you can tell that they are crowns. They are made out of cupcakes and iced as 2 full cakes. We ended up with only a few cupcakes left (especially after my pregnant niece took some home!!! LOL!!) and started with 68 on the two cakes combined. What do you think?? I thought they were pretty good for the first time I've ever made something like this. Now, keep in mind that I'm the Queen bee ... NOT the royal cake decorator....

Now ... it's time for us to rest. Jaydin slept for over 3 hours today. She's a tired little girl. I'd love to get time to make the thank you cards done this week, but there are other things that I need to do first. If I manage to get them designed, I will post them on here.

I forgot to mention ...... we had *50* people at this party ..... yes, at a 2 year old's party ......

Have a great night - and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Fall Thank You

The fall challenges for VSN inspired me to create several cards. I think this one might be my favorite of them all.

This one uses Fall Whimsey, Weathered, Canvas, Beyond Basics (I think?), and the Dry Brush wheel. The top background has the leaf and the swirl stamped in Versamark and Close to Cocoa directly applied to the edges to give it the distressed/burned look. The lower background started with Weathered. On top of that at the bottom, I stamped the circles in garden green. White craft ink was used with the dry brush wheel on top of all of that. I wiped it off a bit so that the white didn't overwhelm the other parts of the background. The round tab punch embellishes both sides of that background and is stamped with the swirl in garden green. The pumpkin in colored with WWC and the aquapainter and over-stamped with the canvas background. Behind the pumpkin is some of the rustic looking linen thread. This was a fun card to create, and hopefully, the recipient will find it to be a fun card to receive.

We have family fun day tomorrow, so I probably won't get to create much. Oh well. I love spending time with my family!!!

Have a great night and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!!

How Fun!

Ok .... how fun is this?! My Paper Dolls bundle came yesterday, and I just HAD to cut something with it last night. Yes, this entire picture was done with one cartridge. It is SO much fun. There is so much to offer on that one cartridge. I think I will be using it over and over and over. I plan to use it to make "thank you" notes for Jaydin's party next week. That's why I chose to begin with the princess scene. It also does the prince, a knight, a bride, a groom, a prom boy, a prom girl, cave people, dinosaurs, Raggedy Ann and Andy, a genie, a leprechan, a pixie or fairy, a hula girl, a mermaid, a girl or boy pirate, pirate ship, costumed characters (mummy, skeleton, alien, ghost, pumpkin, pig, rooster, lion, mouse, moose, deer, bear, bee, cat, bunny, cousin it, or a dog), vampire, vampire wife, Frankenstein, the bride of Frankenstein, a haunted house, wizard, a witch, a super boy or a super girl, a car, a spaceship, a cityscape, a clown, a magician, a male Indian or a female Indian, pilgrims, pioneer girl or boy, cowboy or cowgirl, dancer, Santa, Mrs. Claus, elf, angel, nativity figures and landscapes. With those, come all of the accessories for each character. It is an awesome cartridge. I plan to play with it and the others a little more tonight. We'll see what I can create from there!! LOL!

Have an awesome day and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Creation Day

Wow. Yesterday was great. I managed to make 4 cards. I made 3 birthday cards and one card for the SCS VSN. I did manage to get it uploaded by the deadline, but I almost didn't. My internet has been spazzing out every night around 7 PM. Grrrrr. What's up with that?!

Anyway, here are my creations.....

This card was made for Jaydin's friend that will be 2 this month. The "2" is cut from the Cricut cartridge "Celebrations" and so was the party hat and it's shadow. The hat is done using the polished stone technique with Ranger alcohol inks. I used some great little clear stamps that I got at Michael's for the background and some iridescent ink to rub over the "2". The ribbon is some extra that I had in my bucket. I have no idea where it came from, but it really worked for me on this card.

Don't you just love those Watercolor Wonder Crayons?!! They work soooooo great for leaves and such. This card was inspired by using the fall colors. I used the WWC directly on the stamps for the leaves, and I used them to color the acorn in the circle.

This card looks SO much better IRL because the background is polished stone using gold, slate, and meadow alcohol inks. I really liked the colors and the way they mixed. The background is weathered, with the oak leaves from Lovely as a Tree on the bottom. That's stamped in creamy caramel on creamy caramel. The more mustard is pierced in the lower left-hand corner, but I'm not sure you can see it. The tree image is watercolored with WWC and an aquapainter.

The other card is uploaded to my gallery on SCS because I entered it in the VSN thing. It is a crayon resist card in fall colors.

I sure hope I get to create like that again soon. It was fun!!!