Sunday, October 31, 2010

adventures in pumpkin carving

We carve our pumpkins as close to Halloween as possible. We live in a humid area and if you carve them to early, they’re gross by the 31st. So yesterday small fry and I set out to carve a pumpkin. He draws, I gut and cut. This is how our adventure unfolded…

pumpkin1I told him to draw whatever he wanted and I’d cut it out. I think my first mistake was the word “whatever.” The beanie? No idea… he just wanted to wear it. That’s how he rolls.

pumpkin2“Whatever” turned into an elaborate monster scene (there was a dragon involved!) and there was no way I would be able to cut it out. Gotta love a creative child! I turned the pumpkin around and told him to draw something more traditional that would be easier to cut out. So he drew…

pumpkin3A lobster. seriously. A LOBSTER! It was easier to cut out than the monster scene, just not very traditional. That’s okay though, he had fun doing it. So, I cut it out.

pumpkin4Daisy helped… if by helping you mean she was licking it so frantically it almost fell off the picnic table!

pumpkin5It turned out pretty good I think. It’s lobster-ific!

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Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

it’s more than just a spider web!

Halloween Card…

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Supplies: black, white, orange, green, and purple cardstock, Spider & Spiderweb 3-D Pop-Up Die (Sizzix), white paint, white pigment ink (American Crafts), brads, Whoo-ligans patterned paper (Spiders and Stripe, Bo Bunny), white pen (Signo), Halloween stamps (Heidi Grace, Fiskars), black pigment ink (American Crafts).

Holiday Card…

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I cut the web out of the packaging that comes with the Sizzix dies. I cut the little tabs off and it really makes it look like a big snowflake. Since the web is clear, it really makes just the elements stand out… after a while you forget the web is even there. It’s a great effect!

Supplies: Snow Day Collection (Crate Paper), cardstock (Bazzill), mat board (Sizzix), Spider & Spider Web 3-D Pop-Up (Sizzix), Styled Labels (Sizzix), Chip Block alphabet (Sizzix), white pen (Ranger Ink), brads, Glue Dots.

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

thank you Becky Higgins and Nicole Denae Photography

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Back in May, Becky Higgins was doing a really big photography giveaway on her blog, so I signed up. I mean, why wouldn’t I? Who wouldn’t want a free photography session? In June I found out I won a family photo shoot with Nicole Denae Photography. I was thrilled and excited beyond belief (actually I was talking a mile a minute calling my husband saying “oh my gosh! wow! awesomeness!”). We set the date for September and waited. Then life got in the way and I had to reschedule, which Nicki was awesome about. We had our photo shoot on Saturday, October 9th.

Not to sound like a broke record but oh my gosh! wow! awesomeness! comes to mind all over again. Nicki is wonderful, so nice and sweet. My youngest is a handful but she kept us moving right along, was very patient and understanding, and really helped make him feel comfortable. I really appreciated that. These photos were so important to me – we’ve never had professional family photos done since my youngest was born – so her taking time to really talk to my small fry helped a lot.

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And how are the photos you ask? Again, I’ll go with oh my gosh! wow! awesomeness! Seriously! I am beyond happy. We have beautiful photos of our family that I am going to cherish forever, decorate my house with, and scrap the heck out of like a mad woman. So yes, I am pretty darn happy with how they turned out (and that’s an understatement!).

A big thanks goes out to Becky Higgins for hosting the big photography giveaway and a huge, gigantic thanks goes out to Nicole Denae Photography for offering up her services as a prize and taking stunning photos. If you are in the Houston and surrounding area’s give Nicole Denae Photography a call, you wont be disappointed.

Smile! :-)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

wordless Wednesday: playtime

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December Daily 2010 | inside pages


The inside pages for my December Daily album are done. yeah! I used a stamp to create journaling lines and left space for a 3x5 photo to be added to the top of each right hand page. I'm liking the results. Next I need to figure out what I’m going to do for the cover… one step at a time (because I need a break from Christmas stuff!).


Supplies: kraft cardstock (Bazzill), Holiday paper from my Christmas themed drawer, XL circle punch (Fiskars), “Merry Christmas” tree stamp (Hero Arts #CL364), Holiday Tilez (Junkitz), Noel Cardstock Sticker (Creative Imaginations), Christmas 2 Word Fetti Stickers (Making Memories), St. Nick Chipboard Alpha Stickers (Making Memories), Black Pigment Ink (American Crafts), Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint), white pigment ink (American Crafts), number stamps (“It’s My Type,” MaVinci), 0.5 black pen (American Crafts), Just Write journaling stamp (Creative Cafe, Hampton Art), Zig Glue, Glue Glider Pro.

Smile! :-)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

December Daily 2010 | prep work

Last year I took a photo a day in December. It was something that I really enjoyed doing and blogging about. This year I decided to take it one step further and make an actual album for all the photos and journaling to go into. Thank goodness for Ali Edwards and laying out the ground work because organizing an album without pictures is not an easy thing for me to do.

I’m off to a good start…

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I’m working on all the prep work right now, I’m just laying everything out and getting things in order. I’m trying to go with the flow… I’m normally really organized and have a plan, with this I definitely feel like I’m winging it a bit more. I’m trying not to stress and just enjoy it all. I’ll be happy when December rolls around and all I’ll need to do is add the photos and journaling, it’ll make it super easy to record our holiday memories and everyday life during the month.


All the details you need can be found here: December Daily by Ali Edwards


I’ll share my progress as I go!

December Daily 2010 | prep work

Last year I took a photo a day in December. It was something that I really enjoyed doing and blogging about. This year I decided to take it one step further and make an actual album for all the photos and journaling to go into. Thank goodness for Ali Edwards and laying out the ground work because organizing an album without pictures is not an easy thing for me to do.

I’m off to a good start…

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I’m working on all the prep work right now, I’m just laying everything out and getting things in order. I’m trying to go with the flow… I’m normally really organized and have a plan, with this I definitely feel like I’m winging it a bit more. I’m trying not to stress and just enjoy it all. I’ll be happy when December rolls around and all I’ll need to do is add the photos and journaling, it’ll make it super easy to record our holiday memories and everyday life during the month.

All the details you need can be found here: December Daily by Ali Edwards

I’ll share my progress as I go!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Halloween table runner

I like to sew. I’m not that great at it but I do like to do it.  Not often though because honestly, I tend to make mistakes every single time I try. I do keep trying though (maybe one of these days I’ll miter a corner correctly!). About a week ago I saw some cute fabric in at Hobby Lobby and decided it must be mine.

Cute fabric…

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I went to work and it became a table runner…

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It was originally going to hang off the edges of the table like my Thanksgiving and Christmas table runners but I decided I wanted to add batting and didn’t have enough to do it as long as originally planned so I improvised. I’m quite thankful that you can’t see the really crooked part in the picture! Like I said… I try. Now I just need to buy some more Halloween do-dads to add to the table for decoration.

Happy Monday!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

coming soon: Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop!

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I cannot wait! On November 4th the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop starts. There are a total of 62 designers (yes, 62!) and I am thrilled  to be included. It’s a 7 week blog hop – that’s right – SEVEN WEEKS!!! Every Thursday each designer will post a project on their own blog using that week's featured die. There will be tons of creativity to share… it’s going to be awesome!

For full details, click here: Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop.

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

it’s gettin’ batty up in here!

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Check out my cute bat decorations using the 3-D Pop-Up Bat die. I’m pretty darn happy with the new view of my front door. I’ve got these long windows by my door and when it comes to decorating it’s really hard to do anything with them. I got the die and I just knew the bats would be a great way to dress up the windows. Six bats and some clear thread later… wa-la! It turned out perfect!

Supplies: Black Cardstock, Glue Dots, 3-D Pop-Up Bat (Sizzix), Big Shot (Sizzix), Googly eyes.

and because my little helper had to get in the shot, here’s one more picture to share…

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Anyone want to guess how many Glue Dots it took to make those bats? ;-)

(306 Glue Dots!)

Saturday, October 02, 2010

it’s more than just a pumpkin!

I love being able to get more use out of a product than was originally intended. I decided to give it a try with the Pumpkin 3-D Pop-Up Die from Sizzix. The basic shape is a circle which makes it pretty versatile. I came up with two different cards from the pumpkin die.

Happy Halloween

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Happy Halloween Supplies: black, orange, and grey cardstock, various pieces of patterned paper from my stash, Pumpkin 3-D Pop Up Die, Haunted House Die, Bats #3 Die, Chip Block Alphabet, Big Shot (Sizzix), chalks.

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Smile Supplies: white, black, and yellow cardstock, black pen, Pumpkin 3-D Pop Up Die, Big Shot (Sizzix).

I really like the simplicity of this card… and I even used a font (no one fall out of their chair!). I just want to say that the face looks much more happy in real life. I love the pop-ups but they can be hard to photograph. I swear, that face is smiling!

Note: For the eyes, I punched circles and then folded them in half before gluing them down onto the triangle eye piece. I glued them into the face with the triangles upside down. For the mouth, I freehanded the cut to make the thin smiley face out of the jack-o-lantern mouth (if you do this, make sure to do the folds first so you know where they are).

Hope you like them! They were fun to make. I’ve got two more examples here if you want to check it out - Sizzix Bigz Pop-up Pumpkin Die.

And now I must go enjoy my nice, quiet Saturday and make some bats! :-)

smile. be happy.