Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Jello: The Simple Things Part 2

This is the coordinating layout to the first "Jello" page. Very simple - I didn't want to take away from the photo :)

Isn't that face adorable! Definitely the 'squishing jello between your teeth' face.

The same basic products that were used to create the first page were used int he creation of this one :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Jello: The Simple Things

Yesterday, my brother and his beautiful (and awesome) wife brought their 4 kids to my mom's house to say goodbye. They are all moving to Missouri today, and we're going to miss them so much!

This layout features their youngest, Che. She is 2, and for some reason, she happens to look and ACT just like me - even though my brother and I don't look alike at all. While they were visiting yesterday, I snapped quite a few photos of her eating (or attempting to eat) Jello on my mom's couch. I got a few hilarious photos, but I'm saving those for another layout.

This layout was inspired by the last class that I took with Karrie Allen at Scrapp'n Savvy. You can see her pages from that class in a video here. All of the layouts that we were taught were interactive, and I LOVED the waterfall page. How perfect if have a lot of photos for one page!

Products Used:
Cardstock - Bazzill
Paper - My Mind's Eye - Simply Delightful
Stamps - Tim Holtz (of course), and Unity
Ink - Ranger Archival Jet Black
Jewels - Bazzill
Alpha Stickers - Thickers


 When you pull the waterfall tab down, I have some hidden journaling that reads:
"Che, Your personality amazes me! Each time I'm able to spend time with you, I can't stop smiling! By the way, your Nana never let ME eat Jello on the couch!
Love, Aunt Courtney"

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Future Class Sneak Peek

What a fun day! My husband and I spent the day at the Scrapp'n Savvy studio. While he worked on their website, I worked on a project for a future class.

Normally, I wouldn't show off a project before class, but I just HAVE to give you all a sneak peek of this one. I hope you like this charm bracelet as much as I do!

Last weekend, at the Scrapp'n Sampler, most of the women seemed most intrigued by my August jewelry class, so I've decided to come up with a few more altered jewelry classes!

Product availability and delivery effect the date of this class, so I will keep you all posted!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Believe in Dreams

I really love how this layout came out :) I blame it on the awesome Glee music that I had playing while I worked.

I wanted to stick with black, grey, and white on this page - a lot more difficult than I thought!

You might notice that I used the stamp that Tim gave to my husband (to give to me) :)

The title, Believe in Dreams, was compiled from 3 different packs of rub-ons.

The tag that slips behind the photo mat looks like this:

It says:
"I took this photo in front of Tim's booth to remind me that anything is possible. I'm going to follow my dreams - I can't wait to see where they take me!"

Thanks for taking the time to check this out!

Side note: If you haven't watched Glee, you are missing some seriously awesome stuff :)

Hey Tim - again

I know that I've already done a layout with this photo, but I wanted to give it another try. I think I like the first page, here, better.

I utilized my new Tim Holtz Tissue Tape (which I totally love), masks, some crackle paint, an element from Tim's new paper, Tim's Alterations Die,  and a piece of film strip.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Patchwork Pandemonium - A missed opportunity?

A little background on this project.

Tim Holtz (you know who that is, right?) teaches a few different classes when he travels from state to state, and one of those is Patchwork Pandemonium. My mom and I got word that Tim would be returning to Texas in August to teach at a store in Plano, and we were planning on signing up for his patchwork class. I would LOVE to take a class with Tim (who wouldn't?), and I am also in great need of a photo with Mario (that was unable to occur the last time we met) :)

Get this, Tim wrote on his blog that he would be retiring the patchwork class. I was so sad! Of course I'll be able to take another class, but still...that thing was cool!

After looking at photos of a few different versions of the project, I figured out the basic measurements, and realized that is was probably something that I could do myself. I emailed Tim, and he was generous enough to give me permission to recreate the project and post it on my blog! What a nice guy :)

This is what I came up with :)

I used SO many of the techniques that I know, and just about every distressing tool and medium that I own. I am so pleased with how it turned out.

Scrapp'n Savvy News

Scrapp'n Savvy is the local scrapbooking store that I work for, and I am SO excited to announce that was launched today!

I have met the very bet people at Scrapp'n Savvy, and I can't wait to help continue to build it!

If you're interested in signing up for any of my classes, you can now do that, securely, online! If you have the chance today, browse through the site, and let me know what you think :)

Also, this week was my turn to do the weekly layout at Scrapp'n Savvy!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Scrapp'n Sampler Make and Take

I never realized how time consuming designing and kitting a make and take for 72 students would be, but it will totally be worth it! With permission, I borrowed this awesome make and take packaging idea from my new friend, and fellow teacher, nancy Wyatt! Learn more about her, and her spectacular designing, at her blog.

Today, I will be teaching my very first make and take. I do a lot of online tutorials and videos, but there's nothing like teaching in front of actual people! I must admit that I am slightly nervous, but I can definitely do this :)

I am the only teacher who has joined the Scrapp'n Savvy team that hasn't previously taught, so I'm a little nervous. I will be working with some absolutely wonderful teachers, and with one of my favorite ladies, the owner of Scrapp'n Savvy - Karrie Allen!

So, wish me luck, and if you're in the North Houston area, we would absolutely love to see you! We have sessions at 10am, 1pm, and 4pm today and tomorrow!

The address is:

22907 Briarhorn Dr.
Spring, TX, 77389

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Father's Day Card Duo

I made these two similar cards for my Step Dad, and my Father-in-Law. I love and appreciate both of them, and didn't want to give them a typical Father's Day card. I am 99.97% sure that they won't check my blog before Sunday, so I wanted to show them off a little early :)

Products Used:

  • Ranger Glossy Paper (not photo paper)
  • Adirondack Alcohol Inks - Ginger, Latte, Butterscotch, Rust
  • Adirondack Bronze Mixative
  • Adirondack Blending Solution
  • Various Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamps
  • Artistic Outpost Stamps
  • Ranger Black Archival Ink
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
  • Dictionary Paper
  • Bazzill Cardstock

The effects of the Bronze Mixative is so hard to capture with a camera, but it really is amazing! If you try anything new this week, you have GOT to try Alcohol Inks :)

Have a fantastic Father's Day, and get those fingers inky!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Featured on Paper Maniac

Hey bloggers!

I just wanted to pop in and let all of you know that this week, all of the Cuttlebug Embossing Folders are on sale at Paper Maniac!

I am featured on the home page with a short tutorial using embossing folders, and would love it if you would take a minute to check it out!

This is the video that I did this month for Paper Maniac. I sound a little goofy, but it was uber hot in my studio that day so I think I was having a hard time concentrating :)

Thanks, and have an awesome week!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

My Inspiration

It took me a few hours, but with the help of some good tunes and some great coffee, I found my inspiration and finished this layout. I'm currently on a 'stamping with acrylic paint' kick, and lovin' it.

The base of this layout is one of the new Bazzill Prismatics colors. You seriously have to check this stuff out! The texture is amazing! The brown hues remind me of suede, or faux leather. Love it!

Other products used:
Tim Holtz Psychedelic Grunge Stamps
Adirondack Paint Dabber - Butterscotch
Ranger Watermark Resist Ink
Tim Holtz Ruler Ribbon <3
Tim Holtz Texture Fades - Retro Circles
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Philosophy Tags
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Memo Pins
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Journaling Ticket
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain

I've been working in my studio for over 12 hours today, and I am amazed at what I accomplished! I've really been trying to work in more personal layouts and such into my day so that I have something to share with all of you!

I miss your comments when I don't have anything new to show off!

***Next Friday and Saturday, I'll be doing make and takes with lots of ladies at Scrapp'n Savvy's Scrapp'n Sampler! If you live in Houston, or surrounding areas, you should come check it out! I'm keeping my make and take top secret, but it's going to be great!

If you're interested in attending, let me know and I'll get you all of the information!

Til next time, take care!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wedding Photos: Finally a Layout

Well ladies (and gentlemen?), after more than a year of holding on to my wedding photos, I finally put a few of them on a layout!

I used the Fabulous Flourish stamp that Tim Holtz gave me, lots of Grunge Board and Grunge Paper, the Cloudy Blue Paint Dabber, Idea-ology Accoutrement Buttons, Walnut Stain Distress Ink, and Mini Masks.

This layout was SO much fun, and thank goodness for summer - I had time to finish it in just a few days!

GASC Haul and Stories!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

GASC Day 2: Even Amazing-er!

If it is even possible, today was even greater than yesterday!

Rigo and I woke up early, ate our continental breakfast of eggs and sausage, checked out of our room, and headed straight to the GASC. I wanted to arrive early so that I might have a chance at sitting at Tim's demo table.

We got there 30 minutes before the doors opened, and the line was already from the entrance to the other side of the convention hall. Crazy! 

Once they let us in, we managed to get close enough to the table to stand behind the people in chairs for the first demo, and then Rigo (my hero!) snagged me a seat for the second demo he did. We were there for a bout 3 hours! Time just flew by.

Tim did some great demos!

Mario was sick with food poisoning today, so I didn't get a photo with him.

We did a little shopping throughout the convention. Yes, I actually SPENT my money today.
After stopping by the Stampers Anonymous booth a few times (because I kept remembering things that I needed), and walking around the whole place a few times, we thought we were through.

I convinced Rigo to go to Tim's booth once more before we left, and you will NOT believe what happened!

I grabbed a blending tool rack, and headed to the outside of the booth to grab a few more blending tools when Tim crossed my path, heading back to his demo area.

I turned to Rigo, and asked him to ask Tim for the name of his favorite flourish stamp that we'd be talking about all weekend, and where we could find one since the booth was out.

Rigo walks over to his table and said, "Hey Tim, do you know where we can pick up one of those flourish stamps that you have? We've been trying to find one all day."

and get this...

Tim responded with, "Here, take mine. Wait, let me sign it."

And this is where our jaws hit the floor. Rigo and I couldn't even speak, and all of the ladies that were gathered around were in shock! One lady even whined, "what did he do to get THAT!" and Tim told her that he had "just asked."

He seriously is an amazing and generous person.

Now I just have to fight with Rigo for custody of the stamp >.<

Friday, June 4, 2010

GASC Day 1: Amazing!

Before leaving for the convention, I tweeted Mario, and asked him if he thought it would be possible to get my Tim Holtz book signed. He of course said to bring it, and they would totally get it signed for me.

We walk into the Arlington Convention Center about an hour after the show opened, and Rigo helped me to find the Stampers Anonymous booth in the GASC pamphlet. We made our way to the 700's row, and I could immediately see the massive crowd around Tim (of course).

When we got to the crowd, I unzipped the backpack that Rigo was carrying, and took out my Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities book so that I could try to get it signed by Tim and Mario.

As I'm standing there trying to see over people, Rigo kept tapping my shoulder because I was in the way of other people seeing. About the third time he tapped me, I turned around to see Mario smiling, holding his Iphone with Twitter open. He said, "Am I correct?" and shows me my Twitter photo.

He had me write my name on a business card and put it in the book, and set it next to Tim to sign! I was so stoked! I didn't want to look like a creeper standing around for an hour, so we did a little shopping in the Stampers Anonymous booth, had Mario sign my book, and left.

Then, I suddenly realized that we hadn't taken a picture with Tim! 
We had to go back :)

When we got there, Tim was just taking a break, and one of the great ladies working the booth said she would take a photo of us all, so Rigo could get in the photo too!

As we're standing there posing for the picture, Tim looks over to my necklace, that I made out of his products, and asked me if I made it! He thought it was great, and we ended up having a conversation for a few minutes about why materials other than stinky resin aren't any good for jewelry that is meant to be worn! 

I had a conversation with Tim Holtz!!

That's right folks. That is me (looking all goofy), and my husband Rigo posing for a photo with the one and only Tim Holtz!

What. A. Day!

Looking forward to going back for day 2 tomorrow!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

An Adventure!

Hello all of my crafty friends!

I am SO excited! My husband and I are leaving very early tomorrow morning to drive to Arlington, Tx to attend the Great American Scrapbook Convention!

We have tickets for Friday and Saturday! I can't wait to meet Tim Holtz and Mario!

Check my Twitter throughout the next two days for updates!

You Are My Sunshine - Swaps for work

The theme for this month's 4x6 swap at work is quilting. I love sewing small projects on my sewing machine, but I am in no way, form, or fashion, a quilter. So, once again, I was nervous. I couldn't bring myself to just do squares or basic shapes like a lot of quilts are (I think), so I chose to make a design with paper, and 'stitch' it together. 

I am so happy with how they turned out!

The paper that I used was from Graphic 45 and Three Bugs in s Rug, and the base was Bazzill Cardstock (of course).

I hope you like them! Have a sun-shiney day!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Fabric Florals

I have been having so much fun playing around with different ways to make these beautiful fabric flowers! I'm planning on incorporating these into one of my classes this summer, but I am still in the planning stages for that project :)

Aren't they just beautiful!

On a side note...only one more week of work until 
Summer Break 

Just sayin' :)