Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I thought Toby Joe would really freak out when I put his new costume on him but I think he actually liked it.  He even kept on the little hat but I don't think that part fit so well.



And now, since it's Halloween, I want to share some mask ideas with you.  My mask was made with some medallions made with our Frightful Sight DSP.  I covered the base with Log Cabin Smooch Spritz and then decorated it after it dried.  I used some feathers I had on hand, along with our rhinestone 'jewels.'

I found these basic mask forms at a local craft and sewing store.  I let the boys paint them with their paints.  I think they did an awesome job!  After they dried (a looonnnnng time:) I helped them decorate with more of our rhinestones and my feathers.  We stuck the feathers on with large glue dots (retired but still in my stash).
Here they are painting their masks:









And here we are modeling our masks:



They kind of remind me of something from the Avatar movie!



And then Olive Jane came over for a visit.  She saw everyone else dressed up so fine and knew she needed to join in on the fun.  What a doll baby!

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Joys of Fall

I had the pleasure of having a house full of company for several days.  I love this photo.  It showcases the total joy of playing in the fall.  I will be scrapbooking this photo and lots more and will share soon.  Here are Benjamin and Aaron playing in the leaves.
Since Benjamin has food allergies which make Halloween Trick or Treating NOT so much fun, I decided to give the boys a Halloween party that would last all weekend.  We had a ball!!!  It was a ton of work, and worth every minute.  I made all kinds of games and had 'prizes' that did not involve forbidden candies.  We had projects, too.  We had so much fun.  Right before they left today, Aaron said:  "Nanna, is it all over?"  I know how he feels!

Check back soon to see how I used many of our Stampin' Up! products to create a super fun weekend for 2 little boys.  I will be posting the wreath we made Friday night, too, at our wreath class.  We really had a great time.  Now, for a little rest:)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

More Christmas!

I am having so much fun playing with the new stocking die.  I used our Frostwood Lodge DSP and CS (embossed) for the stockings and made several at once.  You can embellish as much or little as you wish.  I'll be showing you more stockings soon that have more of a vintage look, with lots of details and embellishments.
Today's are a little more simple, to show you how you can quickly create several stockings quickly that look great, especially with our new cherry cobbler ribbon!
Here's a close-up of a medallion (lollie) with felt embellishments.  It's on the cuff of the stocking.
Tip:
To embellish and create a loop (for hanging) all in one step, loop your ribbon in 1/2, poke it up through the hole in the cuff to the front and tie a knot.  It embellishes the front and yet has enough of a loop to hang it, too.  Quick and easy!


Here's an ornament I made with 2 medallions attached back to back.

Close-up of how they're attached.
Tip:
Loop your ribbon and hide the ends in the center between the 2 medallions.
Close-up:
I embellished with our cute little felt pieces.  The red felt is such a shade of red that it actually works with our Real Red AND our Cherry Cobbler.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Christmas is Coming!

My next open class event is my Christmas Card Bonanza.  It's Friday, November 4, from 6:00-10:00.
NEW:  Alternate class date is Thursday, November 3 (5:00-9:00).
The fee is $25. and we'll be making 20 cards!!!

Also:

My Village of Christmas class is Friday, November 11, from 6:00-10:00
NEW:  Alternate class date is Thursday, November 10, from 5:00-9:00.
All your pieces will be cut for you in advance.  You paint your houses and assemble your pieces.  It's so easy and so fun!!!
The fee is $35. and includes all 3 houses + materials to decorate each one.

But wait!  It gets even better:

If you sign up for the Christmas Card Bonanza class AND the Village of Christmas class, the fee is $45. for BOTH!!!
Have you already signed up for 1 class and now have decided you want both?  No problem!  We can adjust your additional class fees so your total cost comes out to the $45. special price.  It's too good a deal to pass up.  Come join us and get ready for some Christmas fun!!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

My sweet, sweet baby girl!

I had the pleasure of taking care of Olive Jane all day long Sat.  She is SUCH a good baby!  The only mishap we had was the fact that first one and then the other sock totally disappeared.  She'd eaten all her food (on hand) and already demolished a bottle by 8:30 so we made a run to Target for socks, pears and carrots.  I found her a cute little baby doll (soft one for little ones) with little blond pigtails and a polka dot dress and then a monkey (plays music) with a big pink flower.  She needed some girl toys to keep at Nanna's house.  She just lit up as I handed her each one and reached out for it to hold it.  That made it worth the shopping trip:)  Check out these long eyelashes.  I look forward to scrapbooking these pictures!





Sweet, happy baby!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Time for More Vintage Scrapbooking

Here are some of the layouts we've been making in my Hostess Scrapbook Club.  We're using the Beau Chateau Designer Series Papers.
The quilted squares are made to look more like the texture of real quilting by running them through the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder before attaching them to the scalloped edge squares which were cut on the Big Shot.  The crochet lace trim adds to the vintage look.  We gently sponged the outer edges very lightly with Marina Mist ink.
 


I think you can see how our pages are all going to be nicely coordinated because of using the coordinated colors in the Beau Chateau DSP.

I hope these pages inspire you to try some new ideas in your scrapbooking or use some of these ideas for making your cards and/or projects.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A beautiful marsh...surprise discovery!

One day, while we were on the Outer Banks, we discovered a beautiful marsh behind a little shopping area.  We'd been to the shopping area many, many times but just discovered the marsh this year.  We found a grasshopper hiding in the grass, wildflowers, marsh grass and a beautiful egret.  We also saw a turtle but he did not want to pose for a photo.


Can you find the grasshopper?


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

For the birds!

These are some of my 'birds on the beach' photos.  I will be scrapbooking them soon, too.  My daughter will love them because she's always teasing me about my bird photos.











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