Saturday, August 8, 2009

Julie & Julia 4 stars!!! Two thumbs up!

I went to see Julie and Julia last night and I loved it. My husband is the one who cooks in our home, not me. I could relate to this film on a number of different levels. Aaron (my husband) has tried a number of French dishes and they are wonderful. He also wants to make castle a (spelling ??). He is an amazing chef especially since he has never been formally trained. We like to entertain so he can share his creations with others as I have a limited palate. Although he has opened my taste buds to new and interesting items. I can't tell ya how lucky it is to have a man in the house who loves to cook.

If you are a person who just wants a good movie that happens to be based on the lives of 2 women this is a must go to film. Julie is a wonderful character that I am sure many people, men and women alike can relate to. I have been in her shoes of not liking my job as I think most people have. At times it is refreshing to go to a film that is just a good hearted film. Nothing about the end of the world, or crazy sex scenes or even obscene language. Just a good movie that for once was worth the $18.50 it cost in tickets.

If you decide to go see it. Let me know what you think. I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

I won!!!

I won a Unity Stamp set for this card. Just one of the many reasons to LOVE Unity!!!


Here are 2 of my cards for the 2 sketches for you challenge. The first "HI" card was made with Chloe's closet paper and alpha letters only!!! I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Here is a close up of the HI. I love the canvas look of these alphas!
Here is my second card. It is a double challenge card. The layout is for the 2s4y but everything else had the Unity Guest Designer in mind. It is a 1,2,3 challenge. 1 stamp (relax from the June Kit of the month), my 2 dp's from K & Co's lemon drop and lastly my 3 embellishments (the cut out flower from the paper and the two pins that I used for the butterfly antenna) I was going to use hemp twine when I saw the pins sitting here and thought they were perfect! I just used a large square pop up and put them into that. It worked great!
Here is a close up of the butterfly. The tips of the pins were white but I rubbed them in my ink pad to give them a little color.
My supplies were Melon Mambo and Old Olive ink, the DP from K & Co, my nestabilities and the pins.
What do you think?

Hip Hop Thursday & My challenge cards

Well it is Thursday and the Unity Hip Hop is happening. This is tons of fun and a great way to win some FREE stamps. They have their own challenges and you can use your splitcoast challenges to win. I have to make this one quick because I am tutoring this morning. So here is my Splitcoast CAS card.
For this card I used Stampin Up Crushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry. My designer paper is Lemon Drop from K & Co. My ribbon is SU's crushed curry. I used my white gel pen on the crushed curry and a purple one on the white to look like faux stitching. This was the challenge for the Clean and Simple. You had to use real or faux stitching. I pulled out my sewing machine for the first time but I couldn't find the power cord. Lastly my lay out is for the 2 sketches 4 You challenge. I also used my copics to blend the colors in the flowers.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Unity Guest Designer Challenge!!!

Well I finally made it to the craft room and I went to town! I haven't been able to create in almost 5 days and I was starting to go through withdrawals. I was on card 5 when my friend Kathy called and needed my help with setting up her e-mail. After 35 minutes on the phone I hung up and headed over to her house. Passwords can be such a pain sometimes....

Anyway I hope you enjoy my cards as I am very excited about the turn out.

So here are the rules for the challenge.... it is a 1...2...3 challenge which means you can only use the following:

1 stamp (can stamp multiple times) & must be from the June or July Kit of the Month.

2 designer paper

3 embellishments

Here is one of my teapot cards. I used craft paper and designer paper from Making Memories called Chloe's Closet. I have had this paper for a long time but this is the first time I have used it. I really like it. I knew there was a reason I bought this paper in the first place. The brad is from Stampin up and the flower is K & Company. I used my teapot from the June Kit of the Month. I used 2 different dp's from Chloe's closet and my three embellishments are 1, the flower, 2 the brad and 3 the glitter added to the tea pot. I also colored the teapot with copic blues B32 and 34. The ink used is Memento, rich cocoa for the main stamp and a desert sand for the background pots.

Here is my other teapot card. Almost everything I used is the same except I added hemp twine as my third embellishment instead of the glitter. I also used different DP from Chloe's closet. I colored in the tea pot with 2 yellows from my copic collection and a light green. I put all my markers back before writing them down so I can't give you the exact numbers. Sorry.

Well these are my first two entries into the Unity Guest Designer Challenge.... more to come!

Unity Garage Sale Day!!!

If you haven't heard about Unity's garage sales then you are missing out. Every Wednesday they put stamps on sale at 50% off. The previous Kit of the Months are $10 off. I have purchased most of my stamps this way and Thank God because I would be totally broke if I hadn't. Make sure to check them out. It is always WEDNESDAY ONLY! Get them while you can. Just hit the title and off to Unity you go. For now I am off to create my guest design team challenge items and some splitcoast challenges that I can enter into the Thursday Hip Hop to win free stamps. While you are off to Unity... I''m off to the craft center (my basement)!!! Happy shopping!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Unity's August Guest Designer Challenge

I am so excited about the latest Unity Guest Designer Challenge. I was hoping to get started tonight but I spent it cleaning. I tend to leave things to the last minute. I still have the bedroom and our basement (which it includes my craft area). I hope to do something tomorrow and then post it here for you to see. Good night for now!

Monday, August 3, 2009

The last of the anniversary gifts

Here is the final project. This is the cover of the card set I made for them. It was done all digitally. The back of the card has a little statement on it that includes my name and info. Seeing they were going to be getting gifts for their anniversary I figured they would need some Thank You cards to send out. Now there is no need to go and purchase some at the store.
The bottom says "Two simple words that mean so much... Thank You". I adjusted it from one of my Stampin Up Stamps. Well my husband did :) I love the way it turned out because the words look like a rolling hill that the tree sits on.

Off to clean the house. I am doing some tutoring this week and I need that dining room table.

Happy Monday all!! Here are the deets to my picture frame that I made as a gift for a 30th wedding anniversary. I am happy with how it turned out. Best of all was that Kathy and Phil just love it. Seeing the reaction on the receivers face makes it all worth while for me. Happy 30th Kathy and Phil!!! You guys are the best!

Here is a close up of the word family. I purchased these little tiles from Michael's. I pressed them on a memento ink pad to give them a little bit of color. I used the ribbon from Stampin Up to string them all together.
Here is the close up of the flowers. These are from my Basic Gray pack. They worked out great.

And of course the finished product. I am really happy with the little picket fence. I picked those up at Michael's too for .25 each. Well worth it.
I hope you like. I think that the letters in darker colors would have been better or maybe solid papers. What about you?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Crazy busy weekend but here is what I have been up to.

Well I haven't posted because I have been busy creating some gifts for a friends 30th Wedding anniversary party. I am really happy with how everything turned out. This is one of the three things I have created. I used Stampin Up retired paper on all of it. This was originally an unfinished wood pc. I added paper to all of the letters and sanded them. I also had the cork stickers which I used for the word family and the est. 1979. The little flowers were K & Company dimension stickers that I picked up at Tuesday Mornings. There was a lot of sanding in this project but it was all worth it!