"As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness,
you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you"

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Easter Baskert Tutorial

Blast from the past!!!
My Easter Basket from Stampin' Up Artisan Award Entry 2009


It's that time of year again to start thinking about Easter projects... I have revised the tutorial I wrote a few years back and it's posted on the SPLITCOASTSTAMPERS website starting today...


Link to the Carrot Easter Basket tutorial on SPLITCOASTSTAMPERS.
HERE.

Beate said this may possible is the longest tutorial they have ever posted... I really tried to combine and pair down some of the steps. Sorry all but you will love the result. If you just can't wait for the Carrots to be in-stock in the stores you can alter the project for St. Patricks day or for any other holiday for that matter.. How fun if you made it into a picnic basket Ooooo so cute.... I didn't get a video tutorial made SOOOO SORRY . I just can't get my camera and the Mac to work together.. We did just recieve an new little gadget called a BLOGGIE TOUCH from SONY but we haven't had time to try it out yet.. It's the SONY version of a FLIP camera... We will be trying it our on our Cruse in 2 weeks.... YAAA!



Let me know what you think of the new tutorial and please leave me a message with a link to your Easter Basket if you make one... I can't wait to see what you all come up with....





Huge Thanks to Beate for asking me to do the tutorial for her.. What an honor.. She is the first blog I ever read about card making.. So she is totally my Idol... How she does it all I will never know... I just know she ROCKS and I LOVE her for it!!!





ENJOY!!!





HUGS

BROOKE

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

It's that time of year again.. but this time I am down to only 1 kiddo in grade school. We LOVE making personalized valentines. It's always been a whole family event..


Did you notice this is two holiday posts in a row??? Stay turn this week I will be posting another holiday post on Wednesday.. YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS ONE...


Thanks for stopping by
HUGS
BROOKE

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS
FROM MY FAMILY
TO YOURS

Crimson Floral Christmas 5x7 folded card
Create modern Christmas cards at Shutterfly.
View the entire collection of cards.

Friday, November 19, 2010

FREE photo Christmas cards...


Have you heard!!!
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If you like a good deal then keep reading you will not want to miss out..


This year don't forget to include a photo in your Christmas card.. I know by the time I hand make all my cards I don't have a lot of energy to get really clever with the photo. Do you have a hard time picking just one photo? I do! Why not make a Collage of photo and let Shutterfly do all the rest of the work for you.. They have great templates to choose from.. You can even find a template to coordinate with the theme of your hand made card..

If you have 4 kids like I do then this might be a great choice for you.. You can use a family picture and then highlight each child and have a spot for mom and dad together... Hmmm. You wait you will die at how many great choices they have. I think I counted 193 choices in the traditional photo card size... They also have larger sized which we have done the last few years and LOVED them.. Each card will come with an envelope as well.. BONUS!!! This is a huge factor for me when I am shopping for photo cards..


Here are a few links to great gifts for this years Holiday season... I really want to make a hardback book.. My dear friend has made several and LOVES using Shutterfly for books..


· greeting cards to http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/5x7-folded-greeting-cards

· photo Christmas cards to http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery

· personalized mug to http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-gifts/photo-mugs

· birthday cards to http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/birthday-cards-stationery

· invitations to http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/invitations

· Valentines cards to http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/valentines-day-cards-and-stationery

· Choose your favorite product from our Cards & Stationery page



Click HERE for a link to free cards...

Good luck with your photo Christmas cards this year.. I know I will need it making my choice..


Thanks for stopping by.

HUGS

BROOKE

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #100 Pride and Prejudice



Welcome to the 100th challenge.

What an amazing adventure this ride has been.. I still remember my sweetheart telling me a girl named Sankari called for you.... I think my jaw hit the floor.. What? I said.. She sill call you back again later? I had met this beautiful girl through Kristina Werner's Color challenge. We had shared sweet exchanges with one another and we had both noticed that we had been listing what movie we had been watching at the bottom of our posts.. When I finally got the return call I was just completely excited and in shock at the same time... Once I heard the voice on the other end of the phone.. I felt like I was being reunited with one of my oldest and dearest friends ever. We talked for hours and hours.. AMAZING!!! At this point I find it really hard to have more than a couple days go by and not here that ray of sunshine on the other end of the phone.. I truly have the dearest and sweetest friend ever... And do you want to know the hardest part of it all.. We have never meet in person.. I know!!!! We live SOO far from each other. WE WILL MEET heart to heart some day.. WE WILL...

I love you forever
I love you for always
as long as I'm living
my dear friend you'll be...

THANKS FOR SHARING THIS JOURNEY WITH ME!!!
I love you my Sunny Sankari.

You won't want to miss her fabulous project here. She will truly amaze you..

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My project inspired my the 100th challenge

Jane Austen's
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
First you have no idea how hard it is to narrow it down to one inspiration.. I think we chatted for hours on what to pick for you all... We just love so many things about this move... AND THANKS to all of you who voted for this movie.. It's only the best movie EVER!

When I was chatting to my sweet DH about what to make he really dove into this challenge.. He suggested that I make something about Elizabeth's muddy boots and hemline.. He though it really reflected what she was all about.. A bold young lady who wasn't afraid to do what ever she wanted even if she was told it wasn't what a young lady should do... But yet she was still refined and elegant... I love that idea but really couldn't wrap my brain around what I would make with that in mind.. So we chatted a little more and though that the letter exchanged between Mr Darcy and Elizabeth was a really great place to start...


If you can imagine with me you might even agree that Ms Bennett(Elizabeth) would have most defiantly keep the letters she had received from Mr Darcy. She would have savored every work wether she agreed with them or not. She would have analyzed the penmanship and tried to make out what kind of a gentleman he really was... I think she would have keep them with her when she traveled as well. She would have made a special box to keep them in fashioned out of some of the trimmings that she and her sisters would have had on hand to make bonnets and bows... I would like to think that the secret piece of lace was from a dress that she might have been wearing and maybe even been noticed in my Mr Darcy... My sweetheart and I also agreed after her visit to Pemberly that she would have kept this picture in her keepsake box as well. She would have had to draw her picture but we will share one of our favorites from our trip to Pemberly... My Sweetie also quoted "And to think... Of all this I might have been mistress"
p.s. If you haven't guessed yet.. My Sweetheart and I BOTH love all things Jane Austen... Luck me...

OOOOOhhh the heart-ach these two cause.. I love every minute of it...

This last year when my grandfather passed we were able to have a few of my grandparents for keepsakes.. When I noticed these little Jane Austen era pictures I totally wanted them.. I remembered these as a little girl. My Maternal grandmother had made them for my paternal grandmother... What a sweet connection I can now think of them both as I look at these pictures and share my love of Pride and Prejudice...



Please Join us this week and make a creation inspired 100% by this wonderful movie. Please do not use any other card challenges or challenge elements from another challenge with our 100th project unless it's a layout using one of our sponsors sketch's. Then enter to win some fabulous sponsored giveaways from:
GINA K, TAYLORED EXPRESSIONS, VERVE, and JUSTRITE STAMPS...

Join us HERE on the

CINEMA SATURDAY CREATIVE CHALLENGE

Thanks for stopping by
HUGS
BROOKE

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cinema Saturday 100 challenge vote



And the choices are (drumroll please..........)


1. Avatar - this blockbuster hit has gotten over 58 nominations - amazing!
2. The Notebook - classic passionate love story - and talk about that kiss!
3. Pride & Prejudice - our very first movie challenge was Pride & Prejudice and it was the love of Jane Austen that brought us together!!!!
4. Always - in honor of Audrey Hepburn (she is our heroine - so classy and elegant!)- and it was to honor her that we created the Audrey Award. This was Audrey's last movie.


Join us on the CINEMA SATURDAY CREATIVE CHALLENGE and cast your vote...

Don't forget to check out the list of 100 movies we have created to projects for... Can you believe that we have had 100... That's amazing... 100 one of a kinds cards and projects...


Thanks for stopping by...

HUGS
BROOKE

Monday, October 11, 2010

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #98 - Dead Poet's Society



What a great movie full of legendary quotes... "Captain my Captain" and [quoting Henry David Thoreau] "I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life." and so on.. You can check out sooo many great quotes here that you can use for your inspiration.. My card is full of inspiration from this movie.. I started with the color scheme and used a more masculine one since the school is an all boys school. I used a script background to represent the words of poetry from Mr. Keating's (Robin Williams) class.



The sentiment reflects all the changes and new knowledge that all the boys are experiencing. The stripped D.S.P. even made me think of a mans shirt. Then the finishing piece of inspiration on my card is the felted wool butter fly.. The butter fly represents the main character Neil (Robert Sean Leonard). Neil has alway done what his father and everyone else wants him to do. He finally finds the courage to see who he really is and take great joy in doing so... You could say it is a transformation of sorts but not without a price . Neil is a caterpillar that turns into a butterfly.. I also chose this piece of felted wool because it reminded me of a blazer that the boys might wear for their uniforms. Don't forget the corduroy button that you might find on a professor/teachers jacket. Sooo many great things you can find in this movie for inspiration.. I could make another card just about the play that Neil preforms in...

In the words of Neil: "For the first time in my whole life, I know what I wanna do! And for the first time, I'm gonna do it! Whether my father wants me to or not! Carpe diem! "


Card sketch inspiration by Julee.


I hope you have a great time creating a card for this challenge.
HUGS
BROOKE

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