Monday, August 31, 2009

Tonya’s Card

Hello again! I have a couple of minutes to show you a card that I had made for Tonya from TTIC recently. I had told her about Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels a while ago… and the poor woman has never seen the magic that is created with them! So, I made her a card using 2 colors of Mist and one of their fantastic Screens.

Picture 582 Blow this photo up by clicking on it. This way, you can see the detail better. So I used Tattered Rose and Patina Glimmer Mist, a Screen from their Blossom mini pack, and some Glossy Accents to highlight the Screen’s design.

Picture 579 In this close up, you can really see the Glimmer and the dimension of the Glossy Accents. Of course, I inked the edges of my torn paper and added a 3D sticker from Brenda Walton.

There ya go! Fun with Glimmer Mist. I’ll be sure to post up more projects with the stuff. It’s totally addicting and I just love using it! And the colors…mmmmm dreamy.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Photo Phriday

So I have been on a little bit of a break from my blog this week. My husband took a few days off from work so that we can do some family stuff, and we have just had a wonderful time! Yesterday we went to the Aquarium… a place that Phoenix just loves, and now Rhi does as well! Here is one of my favorite shots from the day:

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This huge turtle came right up to the glass and “gave” Phoenix a high-5! He was so excited! I kinda missed the exact moment when they “touched” but it’s a great photo anyway.

We had a fantastic time this week. Took lots of great photos, made some amazing memories, smiled a ton of smiles. Family time rocks!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

TTIC #44: It’s BOOKS That Brought us Together!

Hello again and welcome to another awesome Twilight Tuesday Inspiration Challenge! This week our challenge was created by Rebecca, and she honed in on a topic that goes way beyond Twilight! She writes:

Reading the Twilight saga books is what brought us all together …. so this week is really dedicated to books. I hadn’t stayed up all night reading anything in a very long time, yet that was exactly what I did with the books – I couldn’t put them down! Many of you have shared similar stories with me on that topic. Each of the books have their own sub-theme throughout the series. Wuthering Heights is discussed many times in Eclipse, in fact – bookstores have been reporting that their sales of Wuthering Heights were through the roof after Eclipse came out.

Each book in the series was inspired by and loosely based on a different literary classic: Twilight on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, New Moon on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Eclipse on Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, and Breaking Dawn on a second Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Meyer also states that Orson Scott Card and L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series are a big influence on her writing. (quote from Meridian Magazine: http://www.meridianmagazine.com/books/080806vampire.html)

Craft Challenge: Make any project that celebrates your favorite book! It can be a project about a book, for a book, inspired by a book title or cover.

Comment Challenge: Which novel would you put in Bella’s hands (classic or contemporary) for her to read? Did Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse or Breaking Dawn inspire you to read (or re-read) any of the classics? Do you compare Edward and Bella to that of Wuthering Heights Heathcliff and Cathy?

So, I couldn’t pick a favorite book. There are too many that I love. Yeah, Twilight is up there, but so is the Black Dagger Brotherhood (it’s a crazy series!), A Wrinkle in Time, The Death Gate Cycle, plus a ton of non fiction books that I love. Oh, and I have a huge list of children’s books I love too! So, how could I pick just one??? So, I decided to make a project that just celebrates my love of books as a whole.

Bella's Lullaby 021 I made a book mark! I used a big Basic Grey chipboard tag, painted it white, and then sprayed the heck out of it with Glimmer Mist. I used Walnut Gold over the whole thing, put down Tattered Angels’ new Spider Web Screen, then sprayed their new Jack O’ Lantern Mist followed by their new Haunted Shadows Mist. Next, I edged the tag with Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Ink, stamped my book stamp (from Stampers Anonymous) in black and wrote my title; “Captured By Books.” Ooh, and because this challenge is from Rebecca, I HAD to add some fantastic fibers as a tassel, since she uses fibers a lot too. Ta Da! My book mark. Here’s a close up of the Glimmer Mist:

Bella's Lullaby 020 See how it sparkles?!?

Bella's Lullaby 019 You can see a lot of the glimmer from this angle. I rubbed the caption a bit before it dried too, so it wasn’t so harsh. I liked it a little smudged.

So now it’s time for you to check out te rest of the Design Team’s projects… Then you can make one of your own!

Beth ~ Dani ~ Eve ~ Jen ~ Julie ~ Margie ~ Rebecca ~ Tonya

with Guest Designers:

Donna ~ Jacquie ~ Erica (filling in for Margie)

Julie is off this week. Can’t wait to see what YOU create!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

TTIC #43 A Love Song for Bella and Edward

It’s time for another Twilight Tuesday Challenge! This week, my Book Buddy Beth created it; and it’s a good one. Here’s what she wrote:

I love music! I relate just about everything I hear in songs to something. I just breathe it in – I FEEL it! So my challenge is going to draw on that. I challenge you to think about the Saga as a whole, and then to decide in retrospect, what Edward and Bella’s song should be. It can be a song about a particular part of their relationship, or their journey as a whole. Be prepared to explain!! This IS a variation of a prior challenge, so I ask that you try and go in a different direction if you participated previously! This will take some thought before project ideas even come into play – I better go start studying my iPod now…

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Challenge Portion: Choose a song. Explain why it should be theirs. Share lyrics that are particularly poignant, if you can. Create a project scrapbook layout around this song.

Comment Portion: Do you have a theme song? One that seems to have been written *just* for you? Do tell! You can go as fun or profound as you are comfortable with – it is all good!

See? It’s a really cool challenge! It took a bit of thinking, but just as I was about to break out some CD’s that have lyrics in them, something popped into my head and I thought it was perfect. “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” by New Kids on the Block! Yes! I get to combine NKOTB AND Twilight in one project! How great is that?!?!

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Some excerpts from the song:

"I’ll be loving you forever

just as long as you want me to be”

“We’ve come to far to ever turn back now

This love will last forever

I can see it all now”

The whole song I think works… and I don’t think I need to explain why. Pretty self explanatory right?

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Here’s a close up of the Tim Holtz Mask that I used. I love how it came out. First, I used alcohol ink in Espresso, then I used Making Memories acrylic paint on top also in Espresso. Go fig!

And the photo I chose is from Edward and Bella’s 1st kiss. A pretty powerful moment… a pretty powerful song. Forever is a long time…but that’s what Bella and Edward have. Forever.

And as always, our Design Team has fantastic projects to display for this week’s challenge – please go and check them out!

Beth ~ Dani ~ Eve ~ Margie ~ Rebecca

with Guest Designers:

Donna ~ Jacquie ~ Erica (subbing for Margie!)

(Julie, Jen and Tonya are off this week)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

A Little Peek

So, I have been trying for weeks now to get some presents and cards made for some of the special friends I have made over the past few months. I Finally got to finish a necklace for one of those friends. I can’t tell you who she is… because I haven’t sent the necklace to her yet… but, I am pretty sure that she will be reading this post. So, she’ll get a sneak peek at her gift. I hope she’ll be surprised when it arrives in her mailbox!

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I used lots of different beads for this 3 strand necklace. A ton of glass, some acrylic, opalized glass, square, metal… it’s a long list. It’s made of different shades of blue and purple… which I believe are her favorite colors (hope I’m not wrong!).

I had fun making this necklace! As usual. I especially love the little baubles I hung off of the chain. So, now I’m off to make some more! That is… if Rhiannon ever takes a nap!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Don’t Divorce…Bury!

That title got your attention huh? So I have had this totally awesome stamp called “Burying Evidence” from Paper Candy for quite a while now… but I never got around to using it. She’s just so cool…I need her to be used properly… for her to be given a place on a really rad card. Well, I think I did it… and now I want to do a whole series with her. What do you think???

Bella's Lullaby 018 Now that I think about it, this card could even be used for this week’s TTIC! The oh-so-pretty pink mixed with the super-gross spiders?! That would definitely be an “Unlikely Friendship!” Here’s a close up of my leading lady:

Bella's Lullaby 019 I colored her in with my Spectracolor pencils. The Bury is done with Martha Stewart stamps (I know, right?). Paper from Provo craft and Reminisce.

I am loving this card. And I absolutely need to do more with her. Maybe you can help! What other things having to death, or burying or digging could I do with her? Gene thought of “Gold-digger,” which I think is a great idea! But what else??? Get on those thinking caps and leave me a comment with a fab idea! (please?). Thanks!

I just have to mention, that you to EVERYONE who has been leaving me such awesome comments. You push me to try really hard so I can keep impressing you. Yesterday’s comments blew me away. You are all amazing. Thank you so much for supporting my obsession with crafts!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Special Wednesday Challenge – Club Scrap!

So last week TTIC had it’s first special collaboration with Club Scrap. Well, it’s Wednesday again, so it’s time for the second challenge! Here’s what my Book Buddy Beth wrote:

We’re back with another special Wednesday challenge! This is our second challenge sponsored by Club Scrap. For today’s challenge, Club Scrap has generously provided members of our Design Team with their Elegant 5×7 Expandable File kits, as well as their Geared Up Photo Flag book kits. You can see the kits, and shop online, at Club Scrap’s site.

And today, we’re changing it up a bit – we’re doing an Anything But A Card challenge! It is pretty self explanatory, and will definitely make you think outside of the box! Try and go in a direction you wouldn’t normally. Additonally, we are using the Men & Women of Twilight as the theme or or non-cards. We know the men love their vehicles, and the Cullen women love their couture, and finer things. Take that and run! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Visit the Design Team and Guest Designers to see what we have created with these great kits:

Beth ~ Dani ~ Eve ~ Rebecca ~ Alison ~ Erica

Here’s what was included in my kit, which was the Geared Up kit:

Bella's Lullaby 010 See the black cardstock? It’s made up of tiny, old advertisements! What’s super-cool though is this… See where it says Garden City Hotel? That actual hotel is one town away from me! I stayed there on my Wedding Night! I thought it was SO cool that it was an ad for a real place, and a place that I see all the time! Random but so rad!

So, this kit was originally intended to be a book kit. I decided not to make it into a book, even though I think the concept is great. It’s supposed to have pages that flip, so instead, I chose to make a layout that has flipable mini pages on it, so you can get lots of photos on one page.

Bella's Lullaby 011 For this challenge we were allowed to add embellishments, but I decided I didn’t want to. I thought that it would detract from the really awesome gear paper and ads so I only added the photos, some of the Artful INKables stamps, and grey cardstock in 2 shades. I hand drew the title (in true Twi-font of course!) , and added in some photos of the boys.

Bella's Lullaby 012 I’ve got to say, I had a heck of a time with this project. Once I finally decided what I was going to create, finding the right photos of the Twi-Guys was nearly impossible! I really wanted to use these pics I had seen once with them all in suits… I was only able to find Rob’s pic though. Then they all printed wrong… blah blah blah. But I think my layout concept worked out really well. Here are some other shots.

Bella's Lullaby 013 See? Kellan and Taylor’s head’s got cut… No idea why my print wizard does that…

Bella's Lullaby 014 This photo is from the series of pictures I was originally looking for. I liked the idea of the boys being dressed up, and then using this macho gear paper along with the fancy clothes they were wearing. But, the other photos I found work too.

Bella's Lullaby 015 You can see that on each of the little mattes I stamped with Artful INKables stamps, just for a little extra something.

The main photo is the only one that they’re not all dressed up, but I couldn’t find a more complete guy group shot. I know, Carlisle isn’t in the photo… but I think that pic is hilarious!

So there ya go! A big “Thank You!” to Club Scrap for collaborating with TTIC! We love you!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

TTIC #42 Unlikely Friendship

Hoorah! It’s Tuesday again! This week’s Twilight Tuesday Inspiration Challenge is brought to us by Erica. Erica is a Guest Designer filling in for Margie. She is super creative and I really like this challenge! Here’s the scoop:

Breaking Dawn is my favorite book of the series, like many of you, so I was really trying to think about what I loved about the 4th book. Of course I love the romance, but that is throughout the whole series. One thing that I love about Breaking Dawn is how SM really looks into Jacob, especially his relationship with his new pack, especially Leah.

“It would be interesting, at the very least, and strange, too, to have Leah as a companion – as a friend. We were going to get under each other’s skin a lot, that was for sure. She wouldn’t be one to let me wallow, but I thought that was a good thing. I’d probably need someone to kick my butt now and then. But when it came right down to it, she was really the only friend who had any chance of understanding what I was going through now.” Breaking Dawn, Book 2 pg. 336

For the craft portion: Make a project using at least 2 items that you wouldn’t think normally go together. Whether it be two colors, or two different patterns or something elegant and rough, it is up to you. As far as the subject, have fun with it. Celebrate one of your unlikely friendships or an unlikely friendship in the Twilight Saga.

For the comment portion: Do you have an unlikely friendship? What makes you different but what unites you at the same time?

As I said, I am really happy with this challenge, especially because I got to finish a layout that I have been working on for –no joke- like a year! I have my crop bag packed and ready to go when I am vending somewhere, so I never really change anything out unless I finish a project. I have been stumped with this layout for some silly reason, but this challenge inspired me and I got it done! Here’s my layout:

Bella's Lullaby 007 So, you’re wondering… how is this combination unlikely? It’s just the regular Twi-colors! Well, yeah, that’s true… but… It’s Twi-colors on a BABY page! No pastels here! Actually, I rarely use pastels for my babies… that’s just how I roll! This is when Phoenix was like a week old. I cannot believe how tiny he is! Oh, I miss him being that small!!! Anyway, before I get all teary eyed, I made this layout by pulling the most obvious things off my sister Pam. Her skeleton hand gloves, her awesome skirt, the studs on her belt.

Bella's Lullaby 009 I hand drew the title, and added some Stickles around the spikes. And last, I added a Ghost Star (from Heidi Swapp) and stapled it to the right corner. I am not only really happy with the layout, but thrilled that it is done! I’ll be putting it in Nix’s book along with all of his other zany pages I’ve made for him!

Now it’s time for you to check out all of the other Designer’s projects!

Beth ~ Dani ~ Eve ~ Jen ~ Julie ~ Margie ~ Rebecca ~ Tonya

with Guest Designers:

Donna ~ Jacquie ~ Erica

Tonya and Beth will be taking a break this week

Monday, August 10, 2009

Teal-Riffic!

Well, this is for my Twi-Girls. Especially Tonya. I have mentioned in the TTIC forums (we have so much fun there!), how I have been sporting the Goth look (with intermissions of Raver, Medieval, and a couple of other extreme looks) since I was like… 13 or 14. I have been dying my hair all sorts of colors like blue, pink, green, etc since I was in high school. The look had to be temporarily shelved because maternity clothes are SO not cool, and the whole, don’t dye your hair while you’re pregnant thing. So, I had to suffer with normalcy for a couple of years. What a tragedy, I know. But, I finally, FINALLY took the time to bleach out and colorize myself the way I used to. And I am proud to say that Phoenix picked out the color (which happened to be the one I was secretly hoping for!). Feast your eyes on this folks…

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I also did up my makeup a bit, though you can’t really tell in this photo. I am not the “typical” Alison in this pic… but you can at least get an idea of how I like to look. I am thrilled with the color; it’s always been my fave color to dye my hair. And little Phoenix said “Mommy, Phi like your hair.” Precious! I am so happy he likes it!

Now let’s go back in time…

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Now, these are all photos of photos, so they look kind of crummy… but here’s some more teal… with my hair nice and short!

Bella's Lullaby 003 Yes, this IS actually Halloween. So it is a wee bit more extreme then my every day look. However, if you just picture a little less makeup, then this is often how my day to day was…

Bella's Lullaby 004 At the Ren Faire! The Dark Fairy (if you only knew how many families stopped me to take pictures with their kids! Now I know what Mickey Mouse feels like!). I have some pink locks here… another fave color to use.

Bella's Lullaby 005 My Birthday. Probably about 9 years ago. Purple and pink goes so great with my red plaid pants dontcha think???

So, there ya go. Me and a couple of my looks… I was actually surprised at how few pics I could find of me… So I put up what I could find here. Hope you enjoyed! And remember… you asked for it! :)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Quiet Cat and Bamboo

I wanted to share a card with you today. I needed to make some generic cards, and this is what I came up with.

Bella's Lullaby 012 I used a really pretty bamboo stamp, and repeated part of the image a couple of times to make the stalks seem bigger. Then there’s the cat stamp…

Bella's Lullaby 015 I love this cat. He’s so majestic and serene. He reminds me very much of my Tomato. He sometimes looks just like this… and yes, he’s all black. I stamped him 2x and popped up the second time. Spritzed him with Black Gold Glimmer Mist and I thought that the results were just what this cat needed.

Bella's Lullaby 014 In this shot, you can see the flecks of gold from the Glimmer Mist. It’s SO much better in the sunlight. But, at least you can get an idea of what it looks like.

Bella's Lullaby 013 Here’s just another close up shot… See the shadows created by the popped kitty? I also inked the edges around the yellow splattered paper with a brick red and a little black. I think this card is very… chill. And it will work for lots of different occasions, like I intended. It’s simplistic but full enough. Colorful but not over the top. I am really happy with it.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

TTIC Special Limited Supplies Challenge – Sponsored by Club Scrap

This is a new post from TTIC. I will be participating in next week’s challenge. Read on for today’s details!

We’re back with another special Wednesday challenge! Today we’ll be doing our first of two challenges sponsored by Club Scrap. (See below for information on next week’s second Club Scrap challenge.) For today’s challenge, Club Scrap has generously provided members of our Design Team with their Greetings to Go-From the Heart kits. You can see the kit, and shop online, at Club Scrap’s site.

And today, we’re changing it up a bit – we’re doing our first Limited Supplies Challenge! And we are really giving you a challenge today – no embellishments are permitted on this one. We’ll have to stretch ourselves a little bit! Here are the details:

Which items are acceptable to use?

Paper-related items:

Cardstock & designer paper

Stamps

Ink and other coloring mediums (markers, pencils, gel pens)

Die cutting/embossing machine, along with dies and embossing folders

Paper punches

What is not permitted:

Embellishments of any type – including brads, eyelets, hardware, buttons, ribbon, Stickles, Shimmerz, Prima flowers, Dew Drops, etc.

So give it a shot and see what you can come up with using just the basics! We’d love you to play along with us! Leave us a comment and let us know if you play along. And this week, half of our Design Team has played along; see below for links to today’s projects:

Design Team Members: JulieJenTonya

Guest Design Team Members: JacquieDonna

And about next week’s Club Scrap challenge – that theme will be announced next Wednesday, August 12th, and the other half of our Design Team will be working on that one. Be sure to check back with us next week for that!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

TTIC #41: The Love Triangle

It’s Tuesday again! That means it’s time for another Twilight Tuesday Inspiration Challenge! This week’s challenge was created by Eve. Here’s what she wrote:

It’s complicated….we all know that. I mean really could you choose? Well for some of us it is easy {Edward for me!} However, for Bella it is a little more difficult. Jacob fills that void {or hole} while Edward is gone. And does a pretty good job at it. It is complicated and for sure- a love triangle at it’s best. Is Jacob more of a brother type figure? Or do you see Bella falling into love with Jacob while Edward is gone? There are so many angles to this triangle……..

For craft challenge:

Make a card {or other item} that represents the love triangle between Bella, Edward, and Jacob.

For comment challenge:

What do you feel were some of the down falls of this love triangle? What do you feel were some of the high points?

I’ve got to say… I had a REALLY tough time with this one. I also have to say, that my husband Gene helped me out a LOT with this project. I don’t think I could have done it without him. I’m SO glad that he read (and thoroughly enjoyed!) the Twilight Saga!!! Here’s my (our) creation.

IMG_5962 I pushed myself to try something different here. Aside from the triangle itself (I don’t normally do triangles… I work with curves; things that flow. This was one of the reasons why this challenge was so hard for me!), I had my focal piece of background paper actually coming off of the card. Not likely I’ll ever mail this baby because of that, but I like the concept.

IMG_5965 Here’s my triangle. This is what Gene helped me with. What linked these three together? The links between the guys and Bella are obvious. But Edward and Jacob are linked too… and by the end of the series, “loyalty” is definitely the word I’d use. So Gene came up with my three adjectives. I hadn’t even thought of that. I was going to put pictures or something… but I wasn’t feelin’ any of my ideas. His was great… and it got my ball rollin’.

Now, it’s tough to see in my photos, but I used Glossy Accents on the green flower, and the flowers on the triangle are pop dotted. I added just a couple of dots of Stickles for a wee bit of sparkle, inspired by my wonderful Twi-friend Julie, who does the same type of thing on her cards but with Dew Drops.

The TTIC Design Team has other fantastic projects to display for this week’s challenge – please go and check them out!

Beth ~ Dani ~ Eve ~ Jen ~ Julie ~ Margie ~ Rebecca ~ Tonya

(Beth, Margie, Julie and Tonya are on break this week.)

with Guest Designers:

Donna ~Erica ~ Jacquie

For the comment portion, I think that some of the high points of this triangle were, that by the end of the series, the triangle kind of evened itself out. Everyone had an important and pleasant side of it. The relationships all wound up in a good place.

So, a big Thank You to Eve for this thought-provoking and creatively testing challenge for this week. And an even bigger Thank You to Gene! For not only reading the series, but for sharing his thoughts and ideas, and having some fab discussions with me about it too. Love you Babe!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Books to Buy my Kids…as Soon as I Can!

So, I take a ton of books out of the library for the kids. Nix especially, ‘cause he just loves having us read to him! So, I have a long list of books that I just HAVE to get them… when I have some extra cash. He’s the list:

1. The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems

2. A Girl and Her Gator by Sean Bryan

3. A Boy and His Bunny by Sean Bryan

4. Thank You Bear

5. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

6. If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff

7. Rain

8. Leaves by David Ezra Stein

9. Don’t Worry Bear (same author as Thank You Bear)

10. Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems

I can’t for the life of me remember who wrote a couple of these books… I’ll have to look them up. But, if you’ve got young kids, you should check these books out. They’re awesome!