Sunday, February 28, 2010

Disneyland Calling!

Wooo hooo! Another February challenge finished! This was another challenge by my friend, Susan Stringfellow.

I purchased a bunch of Graphic 45 paper a couple of weeks ago and made plans to use it for some Disney pages. This telephone paper was perfect for a couple of silly pictures my husband took of me at the Disneyland Resort over July 4th weekend last year. The journaling is pretty much true. Because I have an annual pass, if I know someone is going to be going to Disneyland for the day, I do everything I can to go down and meet them, even if it's just for a few hours. Although I prefer spending the whole day there if I can!

I used the following Sketch #10 from Sketch Savvy.

Here are some close-ups of the various embellishments I used from Graphich 45 and Prima. I thought it quite apropos to use the Liberty is calling tag b/c it was july 4th weekend, and whenever you get to go to Disneyland it's very liberating.

Thanks again for a fun challenge Susan! What a great time I've had this month making these layouts.

Font - Disney Print (cut with scal on cricut)
Prima Say it in Pearls
Prima velvet flowers
Prima black velvet flower trim
Graphic 45 Communique paper and tags

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Conductor Mickey and a Quilted Heart

My friend, Susan Stringfellow, posted another challenge on the Serendipity Scrapbooks challenge board. This one was for Valentines Day.

This was her challenge to us
"Create a patchwork heart using the pattern provided and then use it on your layout. (pattern is found on the Serendipity website)
*You must use all patterned papers and you must crumple the papers before attaching.
**You do NOT have to stitch the heart, but you can if you like.
There must be RED somewhere in your papers. "

So, here is my heart, made from Graphic 45 paper, "Playtimes Past" and a few other Graphic 45 lines thrown in for good measure.

Then, because the photo is one of us with Conductor Mickey, I made a little paper feather to match the one on his hat, and included a copy of "The Band Concert" poster and the "William Tell Overture" which is what he leads his orchestra in playing in the "Band Concert." Of course, Donald Duck comes along and tries to get everyone to play "Turkey in the Straw," but Mickey will have none of it.

Here is a youtube video of "The Band Concert." It is this short cartoon of Walt's that is the theme of the new Silly Symphony Swings that will be replacing the Orange Stinger in Disney's California Adventure in May.

Thanks again to my friend Susan! I have had such a great time scrapping just for fun!!!

Graphic 45 paper - Playtimes Past, Transatlantique
QuicKutz Music Notes
Heart Template by Susan Stringfellow

Decorative CD Cases

I like to make CD's to play in the car when we are driving, and sometimes make one for a friend or family member. I found these CD holders on sale recently and thought it would be a fun thing to make and use some of my new Quickutz Travel dies.

First, I covered the CD cases with Crate Paper "Static" collection, which I also got on sale.
Then I stamped on the luggage tag die, then hung it from some ribbon with a mini safety pin.
I couldn't find any affordable ribbon to go with the Static paper, so I made my own using Adirondack Color Wash and some cream gingham ribbon from Bazzill (yep, another sale item!)
The Denim was a little too blue for the paper, as you can see from the sample on the far right, so I filled a mini mister 2/3 full with denim color wash and then spritzed in about 5 shots of the butterscotch colorwash to make it just the right green/blue for the paper.

Then decorated each license plate a little differently. The sign shape in the center of the license plate was made by cutting out the shape with the QK sign die from a piece of Tim Holtz Mask, and then centering it over the license plate and inking it with distress ink.

I can't help it, I had to do some sewing on each one of them, even if it was just a little bit. This was a really fun little project and I'm looking forward to making a few more!

Crate Paper - Static
Adirondack Color Wash
Bazzill Ribbon
license plate CC-SHAPE-078-1
road sign RS-0992
license plate mini 4x8 alphabet 4X8-LICPLATE-M

Monday, February 8, 2010

Orchard House - Home of Louisa May Alcott

In November, when I was back in Boston with my mom and sister for my sister's treatment at Tufts Medical Center, we took a day a went out to Concord. Having never been there, we took our time meandering though the town and then finally out to the Orchard House. This was the home of the Alcott family and was where Louisa May wrote her famous book, Little Women. Her father held classes on philosophy in a building in the back, and they were great friends with Emerson and Thoreau.

Last week when I was at CHA, I got some complimentary Scrap Within Reach paper (thanks Heidi and Nancy!) and on the way home in absolutely horrendous traffic, I spent the time planning what I would do with the paper. I decided that the Urban Garden line would be perfect for my pictures of Orchard House.

Then this week, my friend Susan Stringfellow made the template below and challenged us to complete a layout using the template and cutting the pieces out of patterned paper. I thought it would be a great addition to my Orchard House layout, so I gave it a shot.

Here is the template:

Here is the layout using the Urban Garden. I included a picture of me in front of the house, the sign, Mr. Alcott's philosophy classroom, and a picture of me with my sis in front of the door. Part of her treatment included a shot that made her quite photo sensitive and she had to stay completely covered, thus the hood and glasses in the pic.

It was a terrific tour, we really enjoyed our tour guide, learned a lot about the Alcott's, and then when it was over, out of concern for my sister, the sweet tour guide gave us a ride back into town to the famous Colonial Inn.

If you're ever in Concord, Massachusetts I highly recommend a few hours at the Orchard House!

Scrap Within Reach: Urban Garden
Black brads
Susan Stringfellow template

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Happy Haunts

I made this layout for a class a year and a half ago, but I've never gotten the pictures put on it. I finally decided to sit down and order the prints and stick them on. I mean, how hard is that?

I absolutely love the purple and orange colors of the costumes Mickey and Minnie wear for the Disneyland Halloween Time Celebration. I thought they would be perfect pictures to go with this layout.

The funny thing about this layout is that it is Cosmo Cricket Love Notes paper. That's right, I used Valentines paper for a Halloween layout. The first thing I did was take a peachy orange cardstock and color is with purple and orange Distress Inks from Ranger. Then inked the edges of the paper, and there you go!
The vintage Halloween postcard images I found online and they were inspired by the vintage images in the shop windows all down Main Street in Disneyland.

It's a little difficult to see, but I put some Ranger Glossy Accents on the yellow brads and then dipped them in Dusty Concord Distress Embossing Powder to give them a little texture.

I can't tell you how great it feels to have this layout finally finished after a year and a half. ;-D

Cosmo Cricket Love Notes
Purple Ribbon - May Arts
QuicKutz - title font - Eliza, pumpkin and flourish
Flowers - EK Success punches
Ranger Distress Inks
Ranger Distress Embossing Powder

I'm a Raging Ball of Brown Fur!

Last March, Mom came down to give a couple of Cricut classes to some of my friends. It was fun, but she worked hard on Friday night and all day Saturday. Since she was staying over on Saturday night, we talked her into going down to Disneyland with us on Sunday and having breakfast at the Storyteller's Cafe in the Grand Californian. It was her first character breakfast, and since it was very last-minute, we got the last spots during the character time. Consequently we barely got pictures with Koda and Kenai from Brother Bear, but we got them!

For some reason, Mom made this funny face when I first took her picture with Koda, so I thought it would go perfectly with this Koda quote from the movie.

Rusty Pickle Paper (and a little Daisy D's)
Doodle Bug brown flocked paper
Inque Boutique/Darice Boho Chic Stamp
QuicKutz: Dragonfly, Khaki, scalloped border

Saturday, February 6, 2010

CHA January 2010

Thanks to my friend, scrapbook designer Nancy Burke, I was able to go to CHA in January and see all the new fun stuff! I had a great time.

Here is a slide show of some of the pictures I took, if you would like to see all of them, click on the link below it and you can see them all.

All the CHA photos.