Thursday, April 16, 2009

Petal Pizzazz - Color Inspiration Challenge

I fell in love with this color combination on kwerner's blog. It's been too long since I've scrapbooked anything, so I made this to sit on my desk at school. The colors make me happy!

I love how the black makes the bright colors pop. I used lots of glitter to give the flowers a little extra pizazz. To create the flat flower centres, I heated a white jumbo brad with my heat tool and dipped it in irridescent ice embossing powder while it was still hot; then used the heat tool to melt the powder completely.

To create the rounded flower centres, I covered half pearls from the Pretties Kit with Crystal Effects, dripped a drop of reinker over top, and dipped the whole thing in Dazzling Diamonds. I also used a two way glue pen to outline the flowers and sprinkled them with Dazzling Diamonds.

Stamp Set: Petal Pizzazz
Ink: Rose Red, Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Basic Black
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Jumbo Grommets, Pretties Pearls, Jumbo Brads, Dazzling Diamonds, Iridescent Ice, Kiwi Kiss Carousel Note

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Yesterday my baby turned six! To go with her Easter themed party, I made her birthday card using the same An Egg-cellent Easter set that I used for her invitations. I was inspired by a card I saw in the new mini catalogue. The bunny is attached to a brad, allowing the white circle with the eggs to turn so it looks like the bunny is juggling the eggs.
For party favours, I was short on time. I picked up some egg shaped sidewalk chalk on sale and tied a pink ribbon with a simple tag around each package. Quick and easy!

Part of the table centre included this altered Starbucks bottle filled with a boquet of suckers. Again, I thought of this last minute, so I kept it quick and easy. I embossed the flowers with hologram highlights embossing powder and used one of the new Jumbo Grommets with a Pretties Half Pearl centre. To fill the bottle, I literally pulled out a bunch of thin scraps of paper from my garbage bin that sits on the table while I scrap and rolled them up. I didn't spend much time preparing the party and yet it was one of the most fun we've had.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Scrappin' With the Kids!

I spent part of last week scrapping with my kids - in a good way! First, my youngest needed 100 of something displayed in a creative way for her Kindergarten class's 100th Day Party. We came up with a long list of possibilities before settling on 100 of the pieces of "Pixie Dust" (Mickey shaped confetti) which the girls collected on our Disney Cruise. She had the idea of putting them on a Mickey Mouse. I think she was thinking of glue, but I had a different idea in mind! Together we came up with a page, complete with a shaker box Mickey and a picture of her on the cruise, that can be put into the scrapbook album when it comes home from school. She was so pleased!

My oldest daughter also had a project to make. One of her best school friends was having a birthday and she wanted to make a special card. The two of them dream of playing in a band together some day (despite the fact that neither can play an instrument, but who's to argue with 8 year old logic), so she begged to use my "Rock Star" stamp from the A Little Somethin' set. I helped her a bit with the general layout and suggested black to go with her very pink colour scheme, but she did a great job of putting everything together on the card. She definitely knew exactly what she wanted on the inside too (although please forget that her mom is an English teacher - I guess they don't cover the difference between "your" and "you're" in Grade 3, or more likely Grade 3 kids are like Grade 12 kids, and they just don't remember)!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Hinged Birthday Invitation

My youngest daughter is turning six this week -where did the time go? For her birthday party, she wanted an Easter party, so I made her invitations using the brand new An Egg-cellent Easter set in the Occasions Mini . The top flips open to reveal the party details underneath. I kept the design simple to keep things quick and easy.

Hinge Cards

Again, I shall start by apologizing for the long wait between posts. After our cruise, I enjoyed a much needed creative break! I love crafting, but it seems that by the time I get home from work, think of something to make for supper, get the kids off to bed, and sneek in a bit of marking, I don't have an ounce of energy left for anything creative! When I do find a bit of me time, I've been picking a favourite set and style and going with it.

Lately I've been having fun with Hinge Cards, as anyone who has been to a recent stampin' event of mine can attest to! I'd love to take the credit, but I got the idea from Stampin' UP! and I'm sure they got the idea from some brilliant stamper out there. The idea is simple. Instead of opening a card, the top portion rotates on a single brad revealing the message underneath. Clever, isn't it?

For an added twist, the last card opens up to reveal a tag tucked into a pocket!

Best of all, I got a chance to play with my Sale-a-bration stamp sets, ribbon, and paper, as well as my A Good Egg stamp set, which I adore. I'm looking forward to Easter Holidays when I plan to set aside time specifically for stampin' and scrappin'.