"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

Friday, April 30, 2010

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #77 America's Sweethearts

I have to say this was not one of my favorite movie of all time.. I though it was a really depressing movie actually.. One of the main things I drew from this movie was a "recipe" of what a good relationship really take to be successful. I felt like this movie was a "recipe" of how not to act. Wether it's you friend, sister or spouse.. You must always treat everyone the way you would like to be treated if not better. I have really been blessed to have found someone who treats me like the most important person in the world. And who has taught me to be a better person.

My Favorite part of this movie was the scene with KiKi and Eddie when they are having breakfast. Kiki has a realization that she has not been treated very good for quite some time. Eddie gives her a piece of toast he has buttered for her and she says. It this for me? No one has ever buttered toast for me. I don't like butter on toast but I am going to eat it because it's so amazing that you did that for me...

If only we could all think this way when people have done good for us and we don't exactly love what they have done and or given us...

"My American Sweetheart"
I was on Beate's blog a while back and saw her tutorial on a Easel card so I decided to give it a try.. If you would like to give it a go you can check out here tutorial here.

Thanks to all our girls who support us each and every week. We LOVE you all to death... Thanks for being patient with our Audrey announcements.. Sometimes happens..


Card Stock~ SU
Stamp~ SU
Ink~ SU
Chipboard~ SU
Buttons~ SU
Punch~ Marth Stewart
Ribbon~ Offray
Beads~ Provo Crafts
Flower~ Un-known
DSP~ SU & Un-known

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #76 ~ North by Northwest

North by Northwest

Are you ready for another Alfred Hitchcock... That usually mean a cat and mouse chase.. This time it's a 2,000 mile chase for Rodger Thornhill(Cary Grant). Rodger is taken mistaken for a CIA agent when he tries to make a phone call to his mother.. Rodger is kidnaped my a group of fugitives and then is forces to be part of a 2,000 mile chase. He is helped along the way by a lovely lady named Eve. He has a long journey via trains, cars, and plains.. He is even chased down by a crop duster in a corn field. This chase all ends up in the black hill of South Dakota at Mount Rush more.

When I was doing a little research I noticed in my picture file that a year ago was our last Alfred Hitchcock move.. It's been far to long...

I got my inspiration from the first thing that came to mind from memory (the crop duster scene) It has Cary Grant in it that's why I remember the scene. He is really Dreamy... It's been a long time sense I have seen this movie I was surprised how much I had forgotten about it. It was great to watch this movie again.. There are lost of elements to get inspiration in this movie.. Hope you have a great time watching this classic with the hunky Cary Grant... Ahhhhh!

Have fun creating a card/project inspired by this movie for more ideas check our out Cinema Saturday Blog.. HERE


Card Recipe:
Stamp~ Stampin' Up
Paper~ Stampin' Up, Pebbles in my Pocket.
Ink~ Stampin' Up and Ranger.
Sketch~ Brooke(me)
Die cute ~ Sizzix~ Stampin Up'
Paper piercing Tool ~ Stampin' Up
Edge Punch ~ Ek-Sucess

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #75 ~ OKLAHOMA

"Oh What a Beautiful Mornin' "

For this weeks card I was was inspired by the first and second verse of the song:

"Oh What a Beautiful Mornin' "

I've got a beautiful feelin'
Everything's goin' my way.

There's a bright, golden haze on the meadow
There's a bright, golden haze on the meadow
The corn is as high as an elephant's eye
And it look like it's climbing clear up to the sky.

This movie always surprises me... Each time I watch this movie I am reminded by some of the greatest songs ever written.. You know those songs you grew up hearing your mother/grandmother singing. Maybe you were even luck to have grown up in the era of AMAZING musical wonder... I think I was meant to been born in a different era for music and dance.. But I defiantly don't want to be June Cleaver.. I have the most AMAZING husband that is very much a partner in all things... Plus I just can't see doing all the house work in heals.. I would be over 6 ft tall if I did.. LOL

Back to the movie... Shirly Jones is so adorable as Laurey. She has the most amazing waist line in yikes! She can sing and dance and really bring the character to life.. And Gordan McCray as Curly has the most Romantic voice... Swoon here <3>

This little romantic western musical is a hoot.. Laurey and Curly have to fight to keep there relationship strong and also help Ado Annie from running of with the new peddler that just came to town... And she just "Cain't say NO" This song is so whinny it will crack you up.. I remember a classmate audition for a musical singing this song.. We all had a giggle over the song at the time.. Then you have the typical scene where all the girls are up in the bedroom getting ready for the dance etc and stressing over if the guy is going to like them or not... All around this is just one of those wonderful family movie ALL can watch together and make great memories together..

Join our Cinema Saturday Home page
my Cinema Sister Sankari on her blog
for more inspiration.

Hope ya'll enjoy the show now...
Have a Beautiful Day!

Cardstock~ Stampin' Up
Pattern Paper~ Cosmo Cricket, Stampin' Up
Bird~ K&Company
Embossing Folder ~ Cuttlebug
Ribbon~ Offray
Ink ~ Stampin' Up
Chipboard~ Stampin' Up
Beads~ Provo Crafts
Embossing Powder and Glitter~ Stampin' Up
Font~ Honey
Banner ~ own design

Friday, April 16, 2010

Ribbon and Pearls

In February I was at Old Navy looking for a few birthday gifts. When I came to a Ribbon and pearl set. I thought.... I can make that... So off to the craft store to purchase pearls and ribbon.. And WALAA! for less than the price of the bracelet I made both pieces shown here. So fun and trendy with out the sticker price attached...

There are so many great hand crafted jewelry pieces out there just keep your eyes open.. I bet you can make them for less as well.


Thursday, April 15, 2010


Copic Markers Ciao 12 Basic colors


A $52.00 Value


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mojo Monday #134 ~ Gratitude

What a fun sketch... I had so much fun creating this card using Teresa Klines Sketch for Julee's 134th Mojo Monday. This card has so many layers and that's what made it so fun to play with. I decided to use that to my advantage. I haven't really played with the new paper pack (Sweet Pea) I ordered from the the Stampin' Up occasional mini catalog so I broke it out and WOW are there are SOOO many fun papers to choose from. If you haven't seen it you HAVE too.. It's soo Yummy!! You can see it here.

I also made my watermark on Stampin' Up's "My Digital Studio" cool huh!

The flowers were made using the "Flower Layers" Big Shot die from Stampin' Up.
I used the stamp set "Beautiful You" by Verve' I love Julee's sentiments they are so heartfelt.
Join this weeks Mojo challenge HERE.

Thanks for stopping by
Have a beautiful day!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Mojo Monday #133 Life

This color scheme is dedicated to Sage Shadow.. Not that it's my favorite color but sometimes it's just that color you go to when nothing else matches... So Long SAGE SHADOW.... Live in peace...

Thanks for another great sketch Julee... This is a keeper for sure...

If you want to join in on Julee's weekly sketches you can find her HERE.


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #74- UP

What a sweet movie this is.... When shy Carl meet spunky Ellie he had now idea how much his life would change... It became the adventure of a life time.... From the first pinning of the "Ellie badge" Carl was part of a life long friendship. In the end the encouraging words Ellie wrote to Carl in the her Adventure book help him to change his life and reach out to change a life of another...

When Carl Lost the Love of his life he just couldn't move on. Carl decided to take his WHOLE house with him.. Little did he know that the little 8 year old wilderness scout Russell was a stowaway. These to are quite the odd couple on this little adventure.. Russell drives Carl nuts just my being his 8 year old self. They find a few little companion along the way.. Kevin a mother bird becomes their mission. The gang is trying to help Kevin back to her baby birds when her hunter shows up and just another adventure begins... To find our how this movie end you will just have to watch it... It's just a sweet reminder of how much we need others in our life....

My inspiration of HOME

Not to hard to see where I got my inspiration from.

If you want to see how this amazing artist works check it out here...

This movie boasts lots of movie greats...

The voice of Russell( Jordan Nagai) is so adorable... You can't help but love him from the start.

For a kid friendly interaction with this movie you can check out the official "UP" website.. here.

Don't miss this movie.. It's a family favorite.

Come play with us this week on Cinema Saturday you can join us here.

Check out Sankari's project inspired by the movie here.


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Stampin' Up Artisan Award "09" Entry Easter Basket Tutorial

Happy Easter Weekend everone.. I wanted to share a FREE tutorial with you all for Easter...

Last I entered the Stampin' Up Artisan Award contest and all my projest were on display except 2. One being my bell jar will butterflies and flowers.. Some one of the big wigs fell in love with it at the S.U. Headquarters and had to have it for their desk... You can see a picture of it here. Sure wish I got to keep it I think it was pretty amazing... Glad they liked it... And the second thing that was not on display was this cute Easter Basket..(due to the fact it had chocolate carrots and all the hot light would melt it... RATS!! Hope you enjoy this projest... If you don't get to it intime for Easter not worries you can alter it to fit any season.. Keep your eyes open for great after Easter sales I got these Lindt Carrots for 75% off at Walgreens... HELLO...

Here is a picture of the carrots in it's original state... Yellow and borring.. Below I will show you a jazzed up version.

Step 1 : disacemble the origional package and trace it to get the proper dimensions.
Step 2 : deside how tall you want the new box to be and adjust the patter you have drawn add 1/8 in. all the way around the the fold marks/base of box so the old box can fit inside the new one you are creating. Use a different color marker so you know which color box you will use for your final template. As seen above. The pink uses the new dimensions..

Step 3: Fit the original package with carrots in the new outer box to see the fit.

Check hight of carrots in the box to make sure you are happy with the amount to carrots showing.
Here is the new outer box assembled.. You will notice below that I changed my to Close to Coco to look more like dirt.

Step 4 : Re-create the box in close to coco to look more like dirt.
Step 5: Assemble using sticky strip
Step 6 : Check fit of new box.

Step 7 : I used the same base with original dimensions for the dirt template in Close to Coco so the carrots can rest in a patch of dirt. By using the original dimensions this will allow the dirt to set inside your new box.

Step 8 : I wanted to carrots to be able to stand up straight and also line up with the original box. I made the top layer(dirt) hole smaller than the original. Sense my circle punch wouldn't reach this far in I made a template with the original hole seen to the right and traced them on the finished dirt and made the circle just smaller than the original hole.

Step 9 : To create a hole that had a little grab I used an craft knife to cut lines as if you were cutting a pizza then pushed all the wedges from the top finished side to the inside of the box. Now when you insert the carrot it will help balance it with the original box holes.

Step 10 : Assemble box using stick strip.

Step 11: Check the fit in for both boxes.

Step 12: Make the slats.. I found a patten paper that was perfect for a this project to alternate the patter of the wood slats but you can use any paper you wish.. I cut where the pattern intersected but you can adjust the slats to work with the paper you use.
Step 13 : Round the top corners of each wood slat.
Step 14 : Ink the sides of each slat with color of your choice.
Step 15: Cut a 1/4 in strip of paper, ink it up like the wood slats and attach all the way around the box as seen below.. I cut a piece of grass out ahead of time to make sure I like the placement of the wood slats. The grass was not permanently attached.. You can see I even change my mined on the color later. When you are happy with the hight of the slats you can trim off the edge of one then measure and cut all the slate in advance.
Step 16 : Make a pencil mark where the top of the original box is on the outer box and measure the hight. This is how far you will cut the blades of grass. Seen in step 18.

Step 17 : Use the original measurements of the box to get the hight of the grass needed. use the measurements from step 16 to mark how far dow to cut each blade of grass I used my paper trimmer and cut each blade 1/8 in. Then cut the glass blades a different angle by hand. Finish off with ink to help all the blades stand out.

Step 18 : Adhere grass to inside of new outside box with sticky strip.

Step 19: Using the Crop-a-dile hand tool to punch a whole in the side and set the Jumbo Eyelet using this tool as well.

Step 20 : Put stick strip around the outside of the paper dirt piece and put inside the box push side into the paper dirt so the stick strip will attach.
Step 21: Bend and arrange the grass to have a life like quality.
Step 23: Form a handle for your basket. With a strip of paper about 1.5 in" start to wrap around a large marker to help give a cylinder shape that will overlap. I used my Versa-Marker. You can trim of the excess when you have the shaper you like. The extra length gives you something to pull on for shaping.

Step 24 : Attack Stick Strip to the inside of one edge. Remove tape and use a 1/2 in " circle to use as a temple for desired size.
Step 25 : cut to small holes using your 1/8th in" hand held circle punch. Then center the two holes and punch a 1/2 in"circle punch. These will be the sides of the handle.

Step 26 : Lightly dot glue on the edges of the cylinder and add the circle and let dry.
Step 27: When dry add a little Close to Coco ink to give life to the handle.
Step 28 : String the handle on desired length of wire like a bead. I used a mini glue dot on both ends applied to the wire by sliding it into the 1/8 in" with a paper piercing tool and slid the handle to the desired spot to help hold in place.
Step 29: String wire in both ends centering the handle and finishing the edges with pliers.
Step 30: Place all the Yummy carrots in the newly made basket.Step 31 : Create a fitting tag for the basket.

Last: ENJOY!!!

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