"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

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge - #17 The Princess Bride & 2sketches4you

When I was a Senior in high school 20(choking) years ago... I was in a women's ensemble. We were practicing for a little barbershop number using canes and hats... I know corny... anyway my girlfriend raised and pointed her sword(cane) toward me and said these famous words to me: "Hello my name is Inigo Montoya you killed my father prepare to die" I totally had not clue what she was talking about.. So She explained to me all about a movie call "The Princess Bride" and that was pretty much history... We had many swords fights that spring as we rehearsed for our spring showcase...

When I married my sweetie pie this was one of his favorite movies and now one of our children's favorite movies.. I think I watched this movie 3 times in a row while I was making cards yesterday. "Inconceivable" but true. I even watched the extra features and Mandy Patinkin boobs like a baby.. He just couldn't believe he was part of such an amazing movie it's really cute. He was so happy bless his heart... In the interview he say "I asked Rob Reiner what he thought this move was really all about and he told me: 
"The most important thing in life is true love".

Inspired by ~LOVE~

I'm a first timer on this challenge... But I have been stalking this challenge 4~ever.... I just had to put it at the top of my to-do list.. I will be back for more. I really had a great time playing along.. I really enjoy the style of card that are being done over at this challenge.. Thanks Laura and Kazan..

With the new reals of "The Princess Bride" a while back this was the jacket cover.. The title on the cover is SO COOL!!! The artist who designed the cover is a genius.. The title reads Princess Bride wether you view the sunrise of the blue sky... 

Come join us in and challenge your creativity. We would love to have you.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Sneak Peek and a HUGE milestone for ME!

Ok girls... This first sneak peek is in honor of Carol... She was hoping for this kind of non-descript picture so here you go girl :) Love ya Carol.

What is the Mile stone you say?

MY OLDEST CHILD IS "16" today! Were did the time so go? I was just 16 myself.. We are spending the day with him.. Going to lunch and dinner and just having a little one-on-one... Luck boy. 

This boy is so OBSESSED with FORD TRUCKS! One day he will have a giant red Ford truck and it will be plastered with "University of Utah" all over it. We don't even own a truck just a mini van and Honda.. So this idea is all about a teenage boy. Not that we don't love trucks.. We just commute and they are not great on gas and carpool for DH and I both. I have always loved trucks. My dad still has and always has had trucks.. In fact Andrew covets his Giant diesel 4 door RED FORD TRUCK. He has been trying to inherit it for years...  Andrews other obsession in life is the "University of Utah" The boys in the family all have season ticket to all the football games.. His room is a Shrine to the "U" he proudly flies his "Utah" flag in a "BYU" obsessed community! Way to stand up strong for what is good and true..(he,he) Andrew want to attend the "U" when he is older..(older that is like 2 years away...oh my.) My husband and I meet and both  attended the "University of Utah" . So we love our "UTES" as well..

So this card is just all about Andrew! We love ya bud..


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge - #16 - The Wizard of Oz

Glinda the Good Witch of the North
I know this card is not fancy princess/good queen, rhinestones and wands kinda of card but, I have to create a few projects for up coming classes so here is a little Valentines project inspired by "Glinda the Good Witch of the North". (I did use glitter and ribbon)

As I typed the name Glinda I had a line of hers come to my head.... ~
Glinda, the Good Witch of the North: Only bad witches are ugly!!

This is one of my favorite line in the movie~

Glinda, the Good Witch of the North: You have no power here! Now begone, before somebody drops a house on you!

Don't you just want to repeat this line to someone. Next time you just can't find the words plant this one on them.  They will look at you cross eyed and confused but you will have made your point and you can run like a big chicken because you just had your Auntie Em' moment and your remember you are a good Christian Women who never tells anyone off. (he,he)

Here is her infamous line~
Auntie Em:
For twenty-three years I've been dying to tell you what I thought of you! And now... well, being a Christian woman, I can't say it!

AH just give it to her Auntie Em!!! 


Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge - #16 - The Wizard of Oz

"Tea Pot Man Treats"

The Sneak peek pic.

I just had to make another quick "Tea-Pot Man" inspired project.. 
(If you don't know what a "Tea-Pot Man" is you will have to read down a couple posts!)

Who doesn't love Peeps.... These yummy Hearts are Strawberry Cream flavor.. I ate one for Sankari today... It was Yum-a-licious... She also loves peeps.. But unlike me she has better self control and doesn't buy sugary goodness products like me 0x0x0x... Weird "Peep's" fact about me.. I like to leave them out for a week or so that way they are a little chewy.... I have tried the Freezer for a quick fix.... not to bad... I know super lame..

For another sugary goodness inspired project you have to see Ann's cute project... LOVE IT!
See ya soon.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I've been "ipicked"

I love going over to Nancy R blog ~ istamp~ She always, always makes the cutest projects... I love all the layering she used on her cards.. She has been the enabler many times on a stamp set I have purchased  and didn't know I need until I witnessed a miracle on her blog.. Thanks a lot Nancy!

She has started a weekly post called "ipick" where she picks 10 projects that were her favorite of the week.. And guess what! She picked little ole' me... 
So a hugh thanks to Nancy for making my day! oxoxoxo

Here is the project she picked...

Link to "ipick"

Don't forget to stop by and say HI! to Nancy you will then after seeing her blog run over to your favorites list and add her... because you will want to keep visiting her.


cinema Saturday Creative Challenge - #16 - The Wizard of Oz

(notice all the pink.. Explained below....lol)

When I started making the Tin Man costume for my now 16 year old (in 3 days) he was about 7.. I had never sew anything with lamie before.. So who do you call???? MOM of course. She totally helped me finish that project... When Zach is 1st grade he is GOING to were that costume I will have to bribe him because he will want to be a power range , transformer or heaven knows what.. For Kindergarten  next year I am trying to convince him to be a scarecrow... I have the CUTEST costume ever.. I will dig out a photo of my second DS to show you all... It's so dang cute... 

Jumping of track just a little Zach just came in and said "hey mom, that sure is a cute "Tea pot man" card" how cute is that....

From the time we decided to present the "Wizard of Oz" as this week's movie keep having visions of the Tin man in my head... I wanted to focus on just a portion of him the most important part of course. "THE HEART". In my mind I keep seeing just a section of his chest with a heart on a chain and this is how it ended up.. I kinda like the results.... I love the metalic look to this card.. The only trick thing is trying to photograph it... It's just like a mirror.. I didn't think about it until I down loaded the photos. All I was seeing was a big pink reflection (my sweater) back to the drawing board... I used a sanding block from Stampin' Up to distress the edges and body to give it a little life.  What a fun card I have to say! I want to make another "Tin Man" card.. Another favorite character of mine for sure...

Famous quotes:
Tin Woodsman: "If I only had a heart"

Wizard of Oz: As for you, my galvanized friend, you want a heart. You don't know how lucky you are not to have one. Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.
Tin Woodsman: But I still want one.

Tin Woodsman: I'll see you reach the Wizard, whether I get a heart or not. Beehive, bah! Let her try and make a beehive out of me!

Dorothy: Goodbye, Tinman. Oh, don't cry! You'll rust so dreadfully. Here's your oil can.
Tin Woodsman: Now I know I've got a heart, 'cause it's breaking...

Hope you enjoyed one of my favorites the "Tin Woodsman"

Don't forget to check back for more fun from OZ!


Monday, January 26, 2009

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge - #16 - The Wizard of Oz

Ok. So I really couldn't help my self.. I love the "Wizard of OZ" Ironically Sankari is the one who suggested the movie..  I have a few cards that I have made that I will be posting throughout the week so stop by again to see more fun "Wizard of Oz" cards/projects...

I have to say i didn't watch this move before I started creating my projects.. I think we all have it memorized.. Besides I can only find the VHS cover to the movie not even the movie.. I did read that there is a "70" anniversary dvd out there so I will have to buy it right away!

I had a lot of great lines from the movie kicking around in my head so I went over to "I.M.D.B." A movie lovers greatest friend.. If you are ever watching a movie and just can't focus on it because you have to know what else that star had played it.. Here is you answer...
"Internet movie Data Base" 

I looked up the "Wizard of Oz" and them read through all the quotes and created a page folder of all my favorites..  I then decided from the movie quotes what cards I wanted to make.. A little different this week. 

Here is my first card inspired from a line in the movie:
"The Wizard of Oz'

"I'm afraid there's know denyin'...
I'm just a dandy-lion.
"Cowardly Lion"

How cute is this guy.. He is one of my favorite's  
Another favorite lines from him is~
"If I were the king of the fore-e-e-est.." (With his cute wiggly voice.)

Come back later for another creation form the "Wizard of Oz"


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge - #16 - The Wizard of Oz

This week Sankari and I decided to present the "Wizard of Oz". The is a Hugs classic... I think you could probably create a card or project for this movie and not have to even re-watch this move... At our house My DD and I are big fans of this movie.. We have dress up for Halloween at characters from this movie, my DD has a Dorothy barbie, We collected all the Madam Alexander doll from Mc Donald's..  You could say we have had a lot of fun with this movie...

Look at these little legs how cute are they.

Join us inside 

Sweet DD as Dorothy (age 2) I did a whole photo shoot with the outfit. Red Ruby slippers of corse.
DS's age 7 & 4.. If you have ever made anything with lame you know how hard it is to sew with. Thank heavens I had my mom around for help....  Sewing on ever lock of doll hair for the lions mane was a job as well... (both worth it! and by dang my 5 year old will wear the tin man costume this year or next mark my word)
Kids picture from the school carnival. Were did the time go.. That tin man will be 16 this coming Friday!
These classic pages are from sooooo long ago my style has changed so much.. I really did have a great time making our families costumes and creating these pages... Back in the day these pages were even selected to be published in "Creating Keepsake" magazine Idea book for the year 1999- or 2000. I don't remember... 

A close up view of the whole trick-or-treat gang... Notice there is no snow on the ground... a rare thing for Halloween in UTAH....

Come back soon I will be posting more project for the "Wizard of Oz" challenge over at our challenge blog... Come play along..


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Mojo Monday #70, Pre Sale-a-bration fun!

So it's not Monday any more... But I missed doing one of my favorite challenges... Julee always presents such professional layouts... The Pink is still throwing me off a little.. She changed her Mojo Monday colors from blue.. I you have never played along with Julee you need to! It's a great way to get your creative MOJO going... 

As I was looking at the new paper I had ordered from the new SU catalog.. I thought a little early Sale-a-bration was a great idea.. I could them us this sample for my Sale-a-bration workshops... Wahoo!! My favorite color in this collection is the Sahara Sand... LOVE that good old color! On this card I used a new stamp set that is exclusive to Sale-a-bration called "Polka Dot Punches", Certianly Celery Twill tape from the ribbon bundle, and the "Delicate Dot" Designer Series Paper is also only available in the Sale-a-bration catalog as well..
The so saffron button, twine, Word Window Punch, Stampin' Dimenstionals, and "Thanks" Sentiment can all be found in the Big Spring/Summer Catalog. These are great items to purchase to qualify for the FREE Sale-A-Bration items.

Move watched: "National Treasure"

I will have to share a few picture from our little get away. For now I am off to judge the Middle school Science Fair at the school. Ya Me! It's going to be a long one...


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Road Trip!!!

Guess where we are going tomorrow!!
We are secretly packing tonight and waking up the kids in the morning and heading to St George for Lunch... We have been so busy we fell like a little surprise is in order.. The kids have been lamenting about IN-N-OUT BURGER for some time now.. They were just saying the other day... "Wouldn't it be cool if there built one in our town." I said "YA"  
So a little road trip we go.. We will drive 5 hours for a Yummy Lunch...Play with the kids, Spend the night play, Have another Yummy lunch and drive home..

See ya Later

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge - #15 - Casablanca

We are trying something new this week..

If you are luck enough to find that one person in your life that is your everything... then it only gets better... "As Time Goes By"... We will be celebrating our 18th anniversary this March... Where did the time fly...  Some time people don't know how lucky they are and how good they have it... Well I know how luck I am and how good I have it... I have been blessed to have an amazing Best friend and husband in my life.. He is a much better person that I... He is very compassionate, forgives easily, Romantic, trusting of others, hardworking, long suffering, Service oriented, A great spiritual Leader, Complimentary, Friend, has great taste in Movies, Great dad, Great Partner, Great Husband and the list goes on and on......

It's kinda of Ironic that one of our favorite television programs we have watch together for about 13 years know is called "As Time Goes By" staring Dame Judy Dench... 

Movie song:

Info on movie:

I really should have saved this for our anniversary... SO I will say a early 
To my eternal sweetheart...
For the flower I used the Layered flower die-cut from Stampin'Up I am really getting my money out of this die... I LOVE IT!!! I love being able to cute all three colors(layers) out at once it' a real time saver.. I love flexibility of the Big shots.. It helps you really customize your projects... Most of the girls in my neighborhood have switched to the "Cricut" and are not to interested in buying another system... My DH surprised me with a "Cricut Expressions" last Christmas.. I have purchased a dozen cartridges and only used it for 2 projects..... and I need a new cutting mat... Granted they were Club projects... Sense I received the "BIG SHOT" from Stampin' Up  for Christmas this year I have used it a dozen times and on huge projects like neighbor gifts and club projects... I can't wait to use other products with my Big shot like Fabric, Sand paper, Felt, You name it.. It can cut it...
I don't know if you are like me but... When I am in the finishing mode of a project is when It all just starts coming all together.. I start adding little things here and there.... And it just all starts to sing...
Just a little more sweet loving... If you look closely you can see a corsage pin... So just imaging that this ribbon and bow are the corsage of the project. 

I framed the final project in a shadow box from IKEA...  So I can hang it in my studio... 
Have fun creating you challenge projects... 

Project recipe:
Stamps~ Stampin' Up  "Gentler Times"(retired), "By Definition" 
Card stock~ Stampin' Up
Ink/Markers~ Stampin' Up "Going Gray", Basic Black, Silver.
Pearls~ Target Dollar spot...
Ribbon~ "Going Gray Taffeta", Silver cording~ Stampin'Up
Rhinestone Brad~ Making Memories
Silver Love heart~ WestTrim..
Flower~ Bigs Shots 
Sentiments font~ "Edwardian Script"
Adhesive~ Snail, Stampin' Dimentionals

Movies watched: "Casablanca", "Dan in Real Life"

Friday, January 16, 2009

Kristina's color challenge #38

I {heart} new stamps!!!! This set is in the new Stampin' Up catalog that will be available on the 19th of January... I wasn't going to pre-order this one but..... I did.. I actually ordered it on the 13th at like midnight and it came this afternoon the 15th... SWEET!!!! So cool when you are only 12 miles away :)  This card was created using a favorite technique of mine called Emerging color here is another example of this technique on a card I made a while back.. You can also find a great tutorial for this technique on Splitcoaststampers by Beate John... 

I have already ranted and raved about how I like pinks and oranges together..(also I didn't use Craft colored card stock I reaching out) but I have never though to use Ruby Red... Sure genius on Kristina's part... I LOVE IT... I might even have to buy a package of Ruby Red know.. Just a little F.Y.I..... I have been using the Ruby Red marker when I need a Riding Hood Red Marker is works great for a little substitute... Sense they don't make in-color markers and I am to lazy to make my own from a blender pen of old dried out marker.... 

Here is a little tilted angle so you can see the Embossed Emerging effect  I also used glossy paper the ink spreads so evenly on this paper, the colors are more vivid and the embossing just turns out SOOOOO much better. When you wipe off the extra ink after brayering over the whole paper.. You have more control of the color you can get you cloth or paper towel moist or spray water directly on the project and take some color off... 

I watch an old favorite go-to movie for this color scheme for inspiration...
 "Bride and Preduice" of course!!! If you have never seen it check it out on these Youtube links:

This movie is a "Bollywood" version of "pride and Prejudice" 
Wedding Dance Scene:

Dola Dola Dance...

Marriage into town song and dance: (major color in this scene)

Stamp Recipe: (all Stampin' Up)
Stamps~ Petal Pizzaz (new Catalog), Polka Dot Punches (new set for Sale-a-bration 2009)
Ink and Paper~ Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink.. Versa ink.
Ribbon~ Pumpkin Pie Stripped Grosgrain 
Clear Embossing powder.

Come over and play along with Kristina's Color Challenge...

Don't forget to cheek out our Sneak Peek on Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge... We will be showing multiple sneak peeks throughout the day.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Blog Awards

Just wanted to post a few awards that I have received with in the last few weeks... So it took me so long to post them ladies....  It's truly amazing to get an E-mail saying that some really admires what you are doing.. It is truly an honor to receive recognition from your peers.

Jump over and check out these amazingly talented and lovely ladies work...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge # 14 "Fellowship of the Rings"

OK. So I'm totally late getting my Challenge cards done... But I am so happy with the results...

I think there are a few key elements in the Lord of the Rings that stick out to me... 
1st~ THE RING.... and the representation of the "Machine" as J.R.R. Tolkein says.. Representing the things of the world that comsume our lives... And could we give them up if we have to.. The things that we wish we could go back in time and make sure never exist... 
2nd~ FRIENDSHIP & LOYALTY... Sam typifies the truest form of the word FRIEND.... I am amazed and overcome with Sam everytime I watch this movie.. He is truly the epitome of friendship... Like our savior in the poem "Foot Prints".  He can't take away all our burdens, but He is always there to carry us along the way and lift us when we need him. He is just waiting patiently for us to ask him for help...
3rd~THE RELIGOUS SYMBOLS.  I read a lot about J.R.R. Tolkein preparing for this challenge. I have always known that he was a Christian, and that he and C.S. Lewis were friends.. I really enjoyed learning more about his history and beliefs... 

I can't carry it for you... but I can carry you.
J.R.R. Tolkein
2nd card~ Friend
The Fellowship offers friendship to help Frodo carry his burden... They fight to help him reach his destiny... This card is inspired by the Elves from "Rivendale". The colors are so soft and etherial in Rivendale...

3rd card~ Choices we have to make
"All we have is to decide what to do with the time that is given to us"
J.R.R. Tolkein
This is the first card I made. When I was watching LOTR, these warm colors just jumped out at me. The Heart represents The Fellowship  and the friendhip and loyalty that develops between them. They all learn to truly love other for who they are, not worry about how different they are. They learn to use each others' strength.. The leaf broach is attached to the cloaks of all the members of the fellowship. It remindes me of Life and how it just keeps moving forward... You can always turn over a new leaf... When I was trying to find a phrase for this card.. I wanted to sum up a lot of feelings.. There was an image in the later part of the move where Frodo is overwhelmed with his task and wished that this whole thing would never have happened... 
This is the exchange between them:

Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.

Sometimes we are handed things in life that we feel ill equipped to handle.. But the Lord never gives us things that we can't bear.. He give us the strength to carry our burden.. It might not seem fair but we chose to come to this earth and recieve a body, gain knowledge and prepare to return to Him someday.. We also agreed to the conditions that he placed before us upon departure... I am thankful for Prayer, Scripture, Church, Family and Others to help us grow and develop while we are on this earth...

Wierd trivia about me and the Lord of the Rings:

  • When I was a child I remember my dad reading the Hobbit and the other Lord of the Rings books.. I remember seeing them on his night stand and where they belonged on the book shelf..  My first experience with the Lord of the Rings series was listening to a radio broadcast that my dad recorded from public radio... It was so surreal... I could imagine being in the room standing a the same fireplace looking at the ring with Bilbo... I will have to see if he still has them and transfer them to dvd...
  • My dad developed a subdivision when I was a young girl and he named all the streets with Lord of the Rings names.. Example: Gangalf way.. etc..
  • Our second apartment complex after we were marries was named "Rivendale"  
I really got so inspired by this movie I watched the entire trilogy again... And loved it! The Lord of the Rings has really piqued my curiosity and I would love to learn more about J.R.R. Tolkein and all the symbolism behind the writings...

Please join us and make a project or poem or whatever you would like and post it on Cinema Saturday challenge blog.

Join us over at the Blog to see what everyone else has come up with...

Hobbit Hugs,


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