Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Halloween Party 2009 - Invitations

For the last couple of years DH and I have let the girls have a Halloween Party. They each invite a couple/few friends to spend the night and we play games, eat snacks and watch Halloween movies. It is now a tradition. One which their friends actually ask about right about this time of the year.

This year I had envisioned a really creepy invitation. I wanted to put a candy finger with a string tied around with a tag attached with the party info and the message "Don't forget". It got shot down. Complete with disgusted sigh and eye roll. From each one of my daughters. I don't get it. Isn't it a great idea?!
Isn't Halloween supposed to be creepy?!
Anyway, I came up with plan "B". Matchbox invitations.
I let each girl choose two papers, then I stamped, punched and glued. Yes, I did it. I LOVE playing with glue and papers.
Once the boxes were assembled, they were missing something. So I gave the stamped spiders googly eyes and then glued a spider inside each box. Yay! I got my creepy factor in.

Spider is hidden under the candy. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

I think candy corn is the winner, but I would rather have the M&M's anyday.

Looks innocent enough, doesn't it. ;-}

Yup. We are inviting 16 girls to add to my 3.
Talk about a scary Halloween.

Now all I have to do is print off the information, cut into rectangles, fold in half and staple to the bags of candy. Guess I should go buy more candy corn. It's pretty much gone. I have an unusually high level of candy-evaporitis-in-no-timis in my house. It is a supernatural phenomenon with no known cure.

Then I will have to make goodie bags and decorate. Fun-ness for me.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Opus Gluei Challenge #26 - Bling it on...

Opus Gluei has it's 26th Challenge up.
I can't believe it has already been 26 weeks. Half a year. 6 months.
I am so happy that we have stuck it out for so long. Sometimes we got the challenges up a little late, and sometimes we got the challenge up without our projects included, BUT, we did it.
Anyway, on to this weeks' fun...
Sometimes you get inspiration for a project from your product. As I did with my glittery Glitter box.
(Not a colorful euphemism Rosemary.)

The challenge was to make it blingy, shiny, glittery. I didn't have a clue, so i pulled out my stash of glitters and realized that the container was UGLY. I think that I will start using glitter more than before. Yup, just because it is in a prettier box. I AM that shallow. At least in this instance.

Glitter and embossing powder and Stickles. Oh my!!

It's just a plain paper mache' box that I covered with glitter sticker paper. And then decorated with the scraps.

Now to figure out something in which to put my flowers and dies and glues and .....


I found this on the SD card in my camera. I don't know which girl took it. Or why. Or what it is?!?!?!?!?!?

Just think it is funny.
I guess there are worse pics I could have found.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins #143

And...here we go!

1. One week ago I was a week younger.

2. I never had to worry about anything when I was young.

3. Mama told me not to write down anything you didn't want anyone to read.

4. We're not spring chickens you and me.

5. Take your time rushing through life.

6. Those chili beans will pass!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to DUH! pizza and survivor, tomorrow my plans include stamping, scrapping and taking care of a sick hubby and Sunday, I want to shop and clean. Okay. So I don't really WANT to clean, but it must be done!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Caardvarks - 7 Days 24 Hour Challenge

For all the details and rules visit Caardvarks.
Join Caardvarks September 20 - 27th for seven, 24 hour challenges and prizes!
Grand Prize = A spot on the Caardvarks Crew Design Team!

Here's the sketch from today. Day 1.

Here's my first card. I just got the Studio G stamp today and was excited to use it.
You can't tell from the pictures, but the ink, also Studio G, has a sparkle to it. It's great.
The lace was a cream color. I inked it to get it darker.

I made this next based on a very, very, very loose interpretation of the sketch.
The chipboard reminds me of an ancient rune. It just has the right feel.
The color is off, the buttons are green, orange and purple. Same as the skulls eyes.

Here's the inside of the card. I love this bone paper. I think it's K & Co. I could be wrong.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Fairies are worth the wait.

I promised you more. We waited for an hour to meet the fairies in Toontown.
This was the longest line we waited for at Disney for anything.

It was worth it for the smile on my little girls face.
She was in heaven.
I think Tinkerbell sprinkled pixie dust on her because she was floating the rest of the day.

Morgan in an animal talent fairy for sure.
Fawn didn't stop talking the entire time we were there.
Surely that is one of the traits of the animal talent fairies.

(pages are digital quick pages from Digital Freebies. Autumnal Taste is the name of the collection. Font on journaling is Walt Script. And there are a couple of elements added in from Seebee's Freebies.)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Halloween Blog Candy - Haunted House Mini Album Kit

Die Cut Diva's blog is giving away blog candy on September 18th.
Check out this cool kit.

That makes this really cool album. Just go here and follow the directions to enter.
I would say good luck. But, I really like this little album and want it for myself.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Opus Gluei Challenge # 24 - Learning

All of us learn new things. We might not realize it, but we learn.

Right now I am learning to take care of me.

It isn't easy. I have to MAKE myself do things strickly for me.

As part of this process, and it is a process, I am taking a class at Big Picture Scrapbooking called

ME: The Abridged Version.

In the class we are making an entire album about ourselves. ME. I am having to learn again what matters to me. What makes me tick. What is important and what I like. AND I am having fun in the process.

So far, I have ALL of the pages created digitally.

That is to say that I have the basic pages laid out for each letter in the alphabet.

I only have a handful of them completed.

Getting them all done will take me a bit of time as I have to limit my time spent on this project to 20-30 minute chunks of time.

I will get it done AND I WILL get the pages printed and put into an album.
(You can see the "a" page in the below post.)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

ME: The Abridged Version

This is my first page for this album. I have all the papers needed for this class. Except for the background paper. (Rosemary, I know you are thinking "How in bloody hell does she NOT have background papers?", but I don't. I want kraft and I can't find mine. I know I have it somewhere. So being the impatient soul that I am, I decided to play with PSE7 and see what popped out. I am THRILLED with the outcome.
Cathy Z is a GREAT teacher. She is teaching/leading us on how to get a book about ME. Okay if you were taking the class yours would be about YOU. But since I am taking it, mine is about ME. ME ME ME.
I have always wanted to do a book about me. With stories that my family can read later in life and get to know me a bit better. So when Cathy offered this class, it was a NO BRAINER.
Now that I have the first page done digitally, I have to find something to do with all the other patterned paper I just cut into specific sized pieces. Hmmm. Card sets maybe?????

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Opus Gluei Challenge #23

Flowers. So many different thoughts come to mind. I love me some flowers.
I made this card.

(Papers are all old Daisy D's. Stamp is Unity. A few dew drops and some thin ribbon. Card stock is unknown. I have had it forever. Sketch is from Sheetload of Cards. Read below for more info.)

Actually it is one of a set of six. I think I will make it a gift for a friend. We exchange gifts every year for Christmas. Not expensive ones. Just little somethings that say "I thought of you". So I am sending her these. I hope she likes them. But if she doesn't, she will be giving them away anyway, so no biggie. Right?!?!?!

I found this wonderful blog. Sheetload of Cards. I know that some of you have already been there, done that. But for me it was like striking gold this morning. I used their pattern from September of 2008. Yup. I went over there and browsed back to then. I would have gone further, except that none else in this family was gonna make these cards, so I had to save the rest for later oogling.

Caardvarks is a bad influence. In a good way. :-D

You know how there are a gazillion challenge blogs out there. And you know how you really want to "do" them all, but just don't have time. (the family keeps wanting food and clean laundry. really, the nerve. I wish they would just accept that I have needs. Creative needs. Anyway, back to reality.

I have a project to do for my own challenge blog, OPUS GLUEI. This week is flowers. And later today I will post a project. I had intended to work on it this morning. But, I slept late, then I had to check my email, and surf a bit. Well, one of my stops was at ALL THE GOOD BLOG NAMES WERE TAKEN. Lauren is uber talented and very funny. Go there, but not until after you are done here. She is one of the DT members for CAARDVARKS. (do you see where this is going?!) And they posted a new challenge yesterday. They have 3 sketches from which to choose. Make a card based on one of them and whiz bang you can post in the challenge. Don't get me wrong, they are ALL great sketches, but one of them SANG out to me. I was powerless to resist the call.

Are you ready for it?

Here it is.

Isn't it great?

Isn't it the best sketch you have ever seen?

I was fortunate enough to stumble upon the Martha Stewart punch "drippy goo".

It too sang to me.

This sketch and this punch are meant to be together.

Don't cha think!!!

Oh, yeah. The card I made.

(I really kinda cheated. I made this ATC 2 years ago (don't remember the manufacturer of the stickers, Quickutz bats and Bazzill paper) and now my baby has a home. The ribbon is from the Target $ section from last year. Paper is from a Walmart Halloween stack from a couple years back and the green drippy goo paper is the packaging from a K&Co Halloween Die cuts. None of which were used, or harmed, in the making of this card.)

Okay, duty calls, and now I am off to get floral...

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Vacation Vacation

(Family portrait taken at 1900 Park Fare. Just kidding. This is my family with Lady Tremaine. She is one scary lady. I wish I could get Megan to jump out of her seat like she did. Maybe I should go to the Lady Tremaine School at Disney. She was very scary. She had me shaking in my boots.)

Yup. We are taking a vacation after the vacation. After 5 days of running around humid, hot Orlando, we need to take a few to relax, rest up and re-charge. Dorothy was SO right. There is NO place like home. I missed my bed, my pillow and my computer. I might not post a lot, or often, but I do some serious surfing. I missed lurking on all my favorite blogs. I feel like I am behind. Don't know what I am behind in, but I feel behind.

Today was the first of many school clothes shopping trips. DD2 and DD3 still need jeans. And maybe a couple new tops. We don't go all out in this house. It's still hot and summer weather here. Instead it is a constant school clothes quest. Today, however, couldn't be helped. Of all 3 girls there is only one, Megan, who had jeans that fit. And only 2 pair. Silly me. I can't bear the thought of them having less than 5 pair. 6 or 7 would be optimum for me. So Megan and I went to a department store where she wandered around not saying much and grabbing fewer items off the racks. Taking her shopping is B-O-R-I-N-G. I love the kid, but she isn't a shopper. She will walk around and only pause at very few racks. And then she only picks up 1 in 10 items she pauses to look at. I have learned not to make suggestions. Unless I am really, really, really B-O-R-E-D. Then I will only make a suggestion to get the eye-roll. Which, sadly, amuses me. I know I should get mad. Some would view it as dis-respect. I view it for what it is. Poor thing. I mean, come on. I am getting DUMBER and DUMBER by the minute, at this point in her life. She is 14 going on wise-old-pain-in-the-rear-I-know-it-all-my-parents-are-idiots. Not such a bad thing. I remember when my parents got dumb. I remember thinking "How in the world did they survive this long without me there to get them through life?!?!?!" Now I can sit back and laugh at myself, but then, I was way to out to show "THEM" what I was made of. I only wish I knew a 10th of what I thought I knew then. I would be a frickin' genius. No lie.

Anyway, I am almost rested enough to get some crafty goodness going. I have to get my Opus Gluei project done. I was supposed to have gotten it done today, but somehow playing a game of CLUE with my family seemed to take priority. So, I will work it in the morning. Just have to figure out what to do. It may be a quick card. Or an ATC. Or an inchie or twinchie. Or who knows???

Well, it's off to sleep for a bit now. More later...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Disney Adventure 2009 - Day 7

Magical Express to the airport.


Happy, tired and ready for my own bed.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Disney Adventure 2009 - Day 6

Magic Kingdom. (Yup, again. I love this park.)

Dreams Parade.

Dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern.

Wishes Fireworks.

Hotel for rest and packing.