Monday, June 2, 2014

Hey There

Today I have a card that I made for my Father-in-Law's birthday.  I created the background using Dylusions and Tattered Angels ink sprays.  I love how the yellow in the corner looks a bit like a sun in the background.


For the building I used Black Soot Distress Ink with a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop.  The white "Hey There" is a rub-on from Cosmo Cricket.  I am entering my card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge.

Have a great week!

Denise


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Fiesta Book Fair Fun

Hello crafty peeps,

Last week was the kids' book fair and I was lucky enough to co-chair the event with my dear friend, Pernille.  There is so much planning and time spent before, during, and after the event but seeing the sheer joy in the eyes of the children, as they stream in and peruse all the colorful books, make it all worthwhile.  Here is a few things we did to decorate it.


The tissue paper flowers were easy to make and you can find the tutorial here.  The paper chain was created with paper from the school and a stapler.  I die cut letters with my Cricut to spell out the quote, "A book is a gift you can open again and again. Garrison Keillor".  We had the kids color the guitars at the book fair, then we cut them out and taped them up around the quote.


We put up flyers of all the kid prizes on the wall.  I added some paper rosettes (tutorial here) and die cut a few scalloped circles with the letters for "Prizes" on my Cricut.


Our teachers put all the books they would like to have in their classrooms in these magazine holders.  I got these for a steal at Ikea (5 for $1.99).  I also die cut the "Teacher Wish List" letters and Pernille made the cool sombrero in the top left corner.  My kindergartner and I also made about 10 tacos made out of tissue paper, paint, and paper plates.  You can see one peeking out right above the parrot in the above picture. You can find this easy tutorial here.


This cactus was my labor of love that took me weeks to make, though it was very easy to do.  I would add tissue squares to the cardboard as I watched TV in the evenings.  I used about a bottle and a half of Elmer's Glue.


This faux piƱata was also created by Pernille using paper that the school had.  I just thought this was such an awesome addition to our walls and added a lot of ambiance.


She also made some huge peppers to randomly hang around the book fair.


This is Pernille's AMAZING entrance. She is so talented!!!



 I think her sun medallion is my favorite decoration.


We had a table out where the kids could read, color, and write down their scavenger hunt answers.  It was a very popular place, as you can imagine.


We tied these cute tags to water bottles and gave them to everyone who came to the Teacher Sneak Peak.  We had another tag attached to water bottles for all our volunteers that read, "Thanks for helping our children quench their "thirst" for reading."



Here's a photo of the main area of the the book fair.  I loved the bright, cheerful colors :)  You can also check out my Pinterest Fiesta Themed Book Fair Ideas board, for more ideas.


Now that the book fair is over, we are focused on the end of the year and our 5th grader's "promotion" to middle school.  I can't believe it's gone by so quickly.  I feel so lucky to have been able to have been a part of it and am so blessed that I get to do it all again with my kindergartener. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Denise

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Plant Smiles

Hello, crafters. I'm back today with another card I created for the Watercolor for Card Makers online class.  The blue background was created with an acrylic block and a Twinkling H2O watercolor.


The main part of my card was made with Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink blended with water, the Close to my Heart Treasure Life stamp set, Wink of Stella brush (white) for sparkle and Memento Tuxedo Black ink (sentiment).  

I am really enjoying this class so much.  My only complaint is that I don't have enough time to watch all the videos and play with all the techniques in depth.  I am helping out a lot at school right now with a book fair (which is really fun, too, since I love books) and I just don't have as much leisurely time as I'd like.  I think I will "retake" this class over summer :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Denise


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A note for my fabulous mother

Good evening folks!  I have another Mother's Day card for you today, using watercolor pencils.  The inspiration for it came from the Online Card class Watercolor for Card Makers.


I love the soft gradiated effect of running a wet paintbrush over the watercolor pencils.  The stamps "A note for my fabulous Mother", is from the Crafter's Companion Frou Frou Love Letters stamp set, while the die cut is from a Spellbinder's die.

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Denise

Monday, May 5, 2014

Watercolor backgrounds

Hello friends,

My bff, Stacy, and I are taking the online class Watercolor for CardMakers class over at onlinecardclasses.com.  She bought the class for me for my birthday last month.  How's that for sweet?!

Today (day 1) was all about Watercolor Backgrounds.  There were three videos today by the talented Jennifer Rzasa, Laura Bassen, and Kristina Werner.  I only had time to watch and try out two of the videos today and they were awesome!  Even better, the technique were easy and didn't take up too much time to do.  Since I made them in the last hour, the pictures are a bit dark and hurried.



Here's most of the supplies I used.  The heart was left over from another project and was cut with my Cricut.


My other card was super quick.  It's hard to tell in this picture but there is a bit of texture in the upper right hand corner, created by a stencil.  The "Thank You" sentiment was a left over rub-on.  I'm all about using up my stash these days :)



If you are thinking about taking this class, I totally recommend it.

Enjoy the rest of your night!

Denise

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Celebrate birthday card

Happy Sunday!  It's beautiful out here in Sunny California and the flowers are starting to bloom everywhere I look.  Spring is definitely here :)  

Today I have a birthday card to share with you.  I created it for a birthday party for an 11 yr old.  Everything you see here is from the DCWV Celebration stack.  I chalked around the paper with Quick Quotes Amaretto chalk.  


I used my favorite sketch blog, Sketch-N-Scrap for my inspiration.  You can find their card sketch challenge here.

Hope the weather is great where you are, too!

Denise

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Two Cards One Sketch

I'm back today with two cards I created using Sketch-N-Scrap's April 5th card sketch.  I liked the sketch so much, I had to use it twice.  Once for a teacher appreciation card and once for a Mother's day card.   


The thank you card was created with Bobunny paper and stickers from October Afternoon.


The Mother's Day card was created with My Mind's Eye Lost and Found paper, flowers cut from a Spellbinder's die, and a sentiment stamped from Crafter's Companion's Humphrey Me to To stamp set.

I also just noticed today that Sketch-N-Scrap has another brilliant card sketch posted for this month here.

Enjoy your week!

Denise

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Level Up

Today's layout features my son hanging around at one of his favorite spots last year, Boulderdash.  As he climbed all over their faux rock walls, he gradually lost his fear of heights and had so much fun.



I created the layout using the DCWV The Generation Tech Stack.  The layout is based on a sketch challenge over at Sketch- N-Scrap.  Looking at this picture, it's hard to believe that this school year is almost over.   But first things, first - I need to get boiling so we can dye some Easter eggs :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Denise


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Attitude is Everything

Good morning friends.  I have another layout of my girl in pre-school again today.  The layout is my take on this Sketch-N-Scrap sketch challenge.  


I used bits and pieces of various collections for my layout.  I believe the background paper is from Sassafras Lass, though it could be October Afternoon.

This is the 2nd layout I was able to make over the weekend with my friend, Stacy.   I may make another one today though, as the kids are home sick.  They picked up a bug traveling to Las Vegas.  I think next time, we'll drive ;)

Have a great day!

Denise

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pre-school

It's spring break around here and our family took a trip to Las Vegas to visit friends in Las Vegas.  It had been about six months since I had seen my bff, Stacy, and we had a great time catching up and scrapbooking together.  I decided to take some pictures of Lara in pre-school that I hadn't gotten to yet.  I used a scrapbook sketch from Stuck On U Sketches as a starting off point.



The paper and embellishments were a hodgepodge of supplies I either had in my stash or I grabbed from Stacy.  

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

Denise

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