Friday, September 30, 2011

Want to Scrap?

The E-Team is excited to share in fun blog hop with the Want2Scrap Design team. If you are new to eclectic Paperie or Want2Scrap, here is a little information about these two creative companies. Each offer a unique line of products for all paper crafters.

eclectic Paperie(eP) is an online boutique for all who love paper crafts. There is an eclectic assortment of products, supplies, tools, and materials to assist you in your quest for creative expression. Stretch your basic paper crafting skills beyond simple scrapbooking and cardmaking. Take the next step into artistic expression by "feeding your creativity" at eclectic Paperie. You keep up new product offerings by following eclectic Paperie on Facebook, Twitter, or the eP Blog.

Want2Scrap™ manufacturers rhinestones lines including the Nestabling™ line that coordinates with the newly released Nestaboard™ chipboard line. A variety of Nestabling and Nestaboard shapes correspond with specific Spellbinders™ Nestabilities™ die templates. Want2Scrap also manufacturers their own line chipboard albums and accents, acrylic albums, and multi-layered laser designs and other fine scrap booking products. Want2Scrap brings ease of use and flexibility in their product lines by offering products uniquely tailored to its customers’ needs. Follow Want2Scrap on Facebook and the Want2Scrap Blog!

The E-Team and Want2Scrap Design Team were on a mission to create some fun projects using the Nestabling, Nestaboard with any coordinating Spellbinders dies, too. Come blog hop with the two teams to see what kind of creative juices resulted.

The E-Team

Linda L is actually on a cruise this week!!  Lucky gal! But stop by and let her know she was missed!

Want2Scrap™ Design Team

Twice the number of blog hop participants means twice the fun that includes prizes, too!! Visit each E-Team and Want2Scrap participating member and leave them some feedback about their creations. One comment per person per blog, please. You have until today, Friday, September 30th to Sunday, October 2nd to visit each blog participant. eclectic Paperie and Want2Scrap will each be choosing 3 random winners from the blog hop participants. Three random winners will win an eP $20 gift voucher and three will win a Want2Scrap $20 gift voucher.   Winners be posted on the eclectic Paperie Blog and on the Want2Scrap blog on Tuesday, Oct 4th so make sure you check back to claim your prize.

OK!! Onto the project!

I started with this empty Brie cheese container that I had saved for altering.

I then pulled out one of my favorite Graphic45 paper lines, Curtain Call, Want2Scrap Nestaboard Stars Five, the coordinating Spellbinders dies and some Idea-ology Film Strip Ribbon.  A combination of Studio matte Multi Medium, Antique Linen Distress Ink and some left over bling that I altered with a black Copic marker and this is what I came up with:

But wait! There's more!!  Take off the lid and inside is a little mini album of various pictures of my kiddos, in costume at differnt stages of their young lives, ready to play the leading men in the show!!

I covered circles cut from thin cardboard (the 12 x 12 cardboard that comes in paper packs) with more of the Graphic45 Curtain Call and used them as my background for pictures that I edited to a sepia tone in PSE. 


The "pages" of the mini album where adhered to a piece of black ribbon and covered over on the back with SU's Riding Hood Red card stock with Scor-tape.  I'll write the details of the photos on the back for journaling.  I did add a loop to the top of the ribbon, just in case I decide that I want to hang the collage for show.

A couple of observations:
1) The Nestaboard is sturdy, yet light weight.  And I was very impressed that it matched PERFECTLY with the Spellbinder's coordinating dies.
2) The Multi Medium held up the best to adhere the Film Strip Ribbon. I tried to use Humungo Sticky Tape, as it adheres metal wonderfully, but the twisting of the ribbon caused it to pull off.  The Multi Medium is still holding strong.
3) It would appear that my children stopped posing for pictures at age 3.  I really have no excuse not to get caught up on my scrap booking (I'm only behind about 12 years) as I would only have a total of 6 years to scrap.  sigh.............
I'm thinking that this idea would be great gifts for the grandparents for the holidays! 
Till next time...............enjoy some creativity!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Trying to Rock Kraft

Are you sitting down?  Yes, I'm actually posting a new project today!!  I'm still fighting the lack of mojo, but seeing as I had yet to make the youngest kiddo's thank you cards for his b-day, it was time to grit my teeth and try to buckle down. I used the sketch challenge on SCS to launch myself off the cliff. 

I always admire those who can use Kraft card stock.  I have a really hard time getting it to "work" for me.  So, of course, just to add to the frustration of not having any mojo, I pulled out my pack of Kraft card stock.  HEY!  I figure if I'm going to go down in flames, I may as well do a good job of it! LOL!!

I started by smooshing Distress Inks Vintage Photo, Shabby Shutters and Tumbled Glass in a random way on my craft sheet.  I misted heavily with Tattered Angel's Glimmer Mist Pearl.  Then I layed a piece of Very Vanilla card stock in the beaded ink to make my Wrinkle Free Distress Background.  The "glare" on the last guitar panel is actually the glimmer mist!  I then stamped the guitar from Tami Mayberry's Live Life Loud set using the new Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

Allow me to interrupt here:  Let me just say that this now my most favorite brown ink in the Distress Ink line!  It is the ink that was missing between Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.  I am already panicking that there are no reinkers for the new seasonal Distress Inks. What am I going to do when this ink pad has reached it's saturation limit?!!  Hello, Ranger?  We NEED the reinkers.  This is the ink that MUST be added to the Distress Line.  Just sayin'.  Thank you for listening to little' ol' me.

Back to our previously scheduled post.

After stamping the guitars (I did mention that I LOVE the Gathered Twigs ink, right?!), I distressed the edges of the panels with my distressing tool and then inked the edges with Gathered Twigs ink.  The sentiment, from the same set, was stamped and two score lines added with my Scor-Buddy

This is a bit more involved than what I usually like to make for mass produced cards.  But, seeing as I only had to make 6 cards, it wasn't too bad on the time.  As far as the Kraft card stock~~not bad, not great, LOL!

That's it for me today!  Have a couple of other projects that I need to get crackalacin' on!  Till then..........

Friday, September 16, 2011

Bea A. Ware!!!

Hey People!  Remember me?!  I know that my posting has been very lacking lately.  I'll spare you the long version excuse and cut to the chase:  LIFE!! Not enough hours or energy in the day/week and the creativity time is the first to go!!

BUT!!  Lucky for you, Mz. Daisy has issued another challenge for the E-Team!!

 And no E-Team blog hop would be complete without the chance of winning some awesome goodies from the eP store!  Daisy is putting together an "Tag/ATC" goodie box that will have a variety of tags and tag surfaces, some Twinery Samples and other eP goodies!!  Three randomly selected winners will be chosen from the comments left from TODAY UNTIL SUNDAY, SEPT. 18, on each of the participating Team member's blogs. 

BUT WAIT! There's more!!  Leave a comment on the eP blog about your favorite Halloween treats and another lucky person will win a $25 eP voucher!!

The E-Team
and ME!
Micki and Latrice are not able to join in today, but make sure you stop by and let them know they were missed!!

 Ok!! Onto the fun stuff!! 

My project started out with this little guy:

It's an M&M mmmmMUMMY!! This little guy was so quick and easy to make!  I started with one of these plastic tubes.(this is the smaller of the tubes).............

.............cut 1/2" and 3/4" strips of Sticky Back Canvas and haphazardly inked the edges with Distress Tea Dye Ink.  Randomly wrap the strips of canvas around the tube and across the top and around the lid, glue on some googly eyes and MUMMY!! You've got yourself a cute little treat holder that your kids can make for their entire class or neighborhood!!

But then my brain got to thinking (yes, it hurt),that all Mummy's deserve a nice home to haunt.  So I got out some Distress Ink in Weathered Wood and Pumice Stone.  Randomly squished it on my craft mat and spritzed with Tattered Angel's Glimmer Mist in Pearl and Patina and layed a piece of Pure Luxury card stock in the pooled ink (this is my version of Wrinkle Free Distress). A little selective shading with my Copic markers, using C1, C3, C5 and C7, a little dry embossing along one edge.

I REALLY wish the shimmer from the Glitter Mists showed up in the picture!  It is just enough shimmer to make the tombstone look like granite!

Of course, it's the little decorating details that make a home stand out.  Since I currently lack the Raven and Branched Tree dies in my collection, I had to resort to drawing my own!  The great thing about ravens and barren, dead trees, is~~ they are suppose to look bad!! BWHAHAAAA!! I drew out my rough ideas on scratch paper and then traced the templates onto Black Pure Luxury card stock.  I spritzed the raven with Tattered Angel's Glimmer Mist in Cinder, which added a great blue/black shimmer.  I deliberately left my pencil marks on the raven to add a faint definition of detail, with so much black!

The tree was embossed with the Texture Fade Woodgrain.  Paper easel's were made to hold the leaning tombstone and tree.

After I was all done with the mummy's home, my kiddo's informed me that Mummy was too "cutesy" for the grave site!! Siiiigh.  If you ask for constructive criticism, you better be willing to listen to the answer!!

So, Mummy will not be moving into this particular grave site.  He will just have to haunt some cute little kid's candy bucket instead. Or, he would make a great ghoulish party favor!!

As for Bea A. Ware's final resting spot~~I think it would make a great table name tag setting.  Change out the name for a guest's name.  Or make each tombstone have some funny play on words.  Both would be just SPOOKTACULAR!!

Until next time...........................

Sunday, September 11, 2011

We Remember

We Remember.

Today marks the 10th anniversary of that fateful day of 2001.

We Remember.

The Toad calling me from his office, which was a financial institution that was headquartered  in in the Twin Towers, shortly after 6:30 am stating that a plane had gone into the First Tower....then the shock expletives that came as he watched the second plane hit on the news feed on his computer.

We Remember.

Waking up our guests from Alabama, sitting in front of the computer, trying to understand, trying to figure out fact, fiction, rumors.

We Remember. 

The immediate action of local firefighters standing on every corner holding out the boot for the money they unfortunately knew would be needed for the families of the brave men and women who would give their lives in hope of saving someone else. 

And in the middle of all that horror and destruction a new life was born.


My neighbor gave birth to a healthy baby girl on that day.  Life continued to go forward. 

But We Remembered.

Shortly after, I was talking with the grandmother of that baby girl and congratulated her on her growing family.  The grandmother started to cry, depressed that the baby had been born on that awful day.  All she could focus on, was that for the rest of her life, that little girl's birthday would be associated with that horrible day.  There was absolutely no joy in this grandmother for the birth of that little girl.  Only sorrow and despair.

I looked at her and said, "You're wrong.  This baby is a symbol that life goes on!  In the middle of a horrible, horrible day, a perfect little being was born.  Life did not stop.  She PROVES that they did not win!  We, as a country, stood together!  And we are still moving FORWARD.  They did not stop America! "

The grandmother just looked at me in shock.  Then she said that she had never even considered that angle.  For the first couple of months of her grand baby's life, all she saw was the destruction of life.  She never saw the continuation  of life. 

I read the People Magazine article featuring some of the children born, just shortly before or after, to the families that lost a loved on that fateful day.  These children are 10 years old.  None of them remember the parent they lost.  But they laugh.  They play.  They cry.  They live. 


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Glitter on my Skull

Hey People!  I hope you are taking the time for some creativity over this long holiday weekend!  As for myself, I get to reminisce how I was in actual labor with the Youngest Kiddo.  Yes, the Labor Day jokes get over used every year!

Staying true to my procrastinating nature, I am just now finishing his card.  But, hey!!  In my defense, I was called into work every day this past week, which makes my mojo go into hiding.  Aaaannnd!! I did get the card done before the family party this evening! WhooHoo!! Bonus points for me! LOL!!

I usually have some idea as to what type of card I want to create for my kids on each milestone birthday.  This time around, I REALLY struggled.  I don't know why.  I just couldn't come up with anything.  Maybe it is my sub conscience way of trying to avoid the fact that my kiddos are bulldozing towards adulthood.

I finally decided to make a card based on one of his favorite things:  Skulls.  I have NOOOOO idea where he got that fascination (wink).  For those of you new to my blog~~I just so happen to like skulls.  And skeletons.  And no, I do not think that they are evil, satanic or morbid.  I think I found them incredibly fascinating while in Anatomy and many years later, I am still drawn to them. 

ANYHOOS!  I digress!  I have had TenSecond Studios Day of the Dead mold in my stash just waiting for me to buckle down and use it in a project.   Combine that with the inspiration from a project that Cheryl did for CHA last year, this is what I came up with:

Can I just say that I would have to use two of the hardest elements to photograph in this project; glitter and metal!!

I started by using a 3 3/4" x 5" piece  Rock Star Black metal with the Day of the Dead mold.  After embossing and detailing the image, I sanded off the raised sections with my sanding block.  I then used Glossy Accents to glue the various sugar coating glitters from Doodlebug Designs and Art Glitter into the recessed areas.  Because I was lazy, I chose not to fill the back of the image with Spackle or embossing paste.  I think that the way this particular image is created, I don't need to worry about the raised areas getting smashed down.  I then used Humungo Sticky Tape to adhere the image to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" top folding piece of White Pure Luxury card stock.  Tip:  though the metal is very light weight, you do want a stronger card base to keep the card from buckling under the weight.

And here is the inspiration piece that Cheryl made

Pretty cool, huh?!

I haven't forgotten that I still need to post my ideas and projects using Claudine Hellmuth's paints and canvas.  I just need to try and remove some of the glitter that would be in every nook and cranny of my office (and me).    Till then..................