Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday Night Fab Five

I thought I'd start picking some of my favorite things from the week and post them here on Friday nights. I figure I'll either share some (what's sure to be fascinating) things from my life or things I've discovered this week. I know I usually find new things from the blogs that I read so I was thinking I could share some things that may be new to you, yes? Good!

On we go then:

1. New Swarovski Necklaces: I love sparkle and these necklaces are too cute!



2. Danielle from Life, One Layout at a Time has the cutest tutorial on her site on how to revitalize those old broken crayons! Click the picture to check it out!



3. Here's a picture of my husband that I took on our "Disneymoon", I "asked him" to wear this so I could take the picture. I can't wait for him to see what an impact he's made on my blog. Hi honey, you're famous! *wave*

I found this scrapbook album on clearance at Hobby Lobby for 3 bucks (gee, I wonder why it was so cheap?). The cashier even looked at me and said, "Uh...you sure you wanna buy this?" I just know I can make it up new!


5. A little plug for someone that does not know me from Adam, lol. If you haven't checked out her blog yet, you need to see what Lynn over at Pretty Paper Swirls is creating. Her layouts are amazing!

That's all for me this week. See you at the next Friday Night Fab Five!

I'm Even Too Distracted To Name This Entry

Chris and I were watching The Wiggles "Racing to the Rainbow" last night when I turned to him and said, "You realize that Toot is asleep and we don't have to watch this, right?" Needless to say, it struck us that we're are now content to watch things like this, with or without Toot. I'm not ashamed, The Wiggles are catchy! "Purple is the color of grapes..."

Anyhoo, Toot's now at the point where anytime anything crosses in front of her mouth, it opens like a baby bird waiting for breakfast. In other fascinating Toot News, she is turning over every chance she gets and lasts a couple of minutes before getting loudly frustrated...progress...

You know, I have nothing crafty to share! Wow! I did start a mini album made out of cardstock. I was suppose to cut the paper into big strips and then fold/glue them in the shape of CD cases. Seems simple enough, yes? Except that for some reason I couldn't cut straight and I finally said...well, I can't type what I said but I said it! And then I moved on to...

An idea I got while walking down my hall. I saw this bag of styrofoam balls and thought, "I make paper flowers, there's some styrofoam...paper flowers...styrofoam...flowers...styrofoam..." So I got this idea to make a mini topiary out of my flowers. I was really excited until I realized how many flowers I would need so the status of this project is now listed as "UKNOWN".

I've just got crafting A.D.D. I guess. Ack!

Keep on rolling (getting more done than me hopefully!)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

It Has A Nice Bling To It

Before we get going with my most recent fabulous creation, a mini rant and a reminder:

Not that it's a big thing, but has anyone else noticed the change to the "Followers" box? It's got this big box thing around it with ugly buttons and a Google ad. I think it looks trashy now and me no likey. Hey Blogspot, how about leaving well enough alone, hmm? Okay, off with the ugly and on with the fabulous!

MEGA giveaways (hello Cricut!)! Danielle over at Life, One Layout at a Time is giving away a personal Cricut to the 20,000th visitor (we're over 19,000 already so get moving!). She's also giving away a TON of fun stuff to her visitors! She's a fabulous lady and sweet as all get out so go read her blog! You'll enjoy your visit and maybe win something C-O-O-L! Don't forget to say you heard it from me, Katamommy, when you leave your comments (maybe I'll get a goodie too!)

Now, on with the glitter!

Week 4 of the Cruise Around the World in 8 Layouts at Life Preservers Scrapbook Club found us docked in Dubai but trapped in our cabin with a broken doorknob! Eek! So our assignment was to create a layout of who we would miss the most while stuck on board. There would be many people I would miss of course (including my furry babies, Lebowski and Crickette) but let's face it, there are two people I would miss more than anything in the world!

This layout came together very naturally for me. (Yay me!) I started by punching stars in a sheet of black cardstock using my Fiskars star punch. I then applied white cardstock to the back of the black to have something behind the stars and then filled them in with Star Dust Stickles. I used the little cards (from my last post) as journaling cards. The one beside my husband's pic has a special note from me to him and Toot's card is from me to her. I was going to use them as gift tags but felt they matched with my layout well. I glued the white letters for my title and stickled them with the Star Dust Stickles. (Boy, I love Stickles so much! If anyone ever wishes to bribe me, try Stickles. I'll crack every time!)

I then used a star for the "A" and covered it in Stickles. In retrospect, I wish I had used a white star instead (I used a black one) and it would show up a lot more on the page. Darn you hindsight!!!

Keep on rolling!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Let's Hear It For The Boobs!

My mom's best friend is a breast cancer survivor. With breast cancer (or any other major illness for that matter) comes memorials, walks, fund raisers etc. All beneficial things if for no other reason than people can connect with others that are in their same position or know someone who is/has been.

As someone that enjoys being creative in various ways, I always applaud those that use their creativity for a worth while cause. Being able to do something you love and also being able to use that love to help others is always miraculous. Therefore, please to enjoy: The Artfull Bras Project. The members of The Quilters of SC got together and created 50 original bras that are currently touring the state of South Carolina until October 2009.

My personal favorite: "Buttons and Bows and Boobs"

In October, they will auction them off and the proceeds will benefit the Best Chance Network, "a program to provide care and treatment of uninsured women across the state who are diagnosed with breast and cervical cancer". Go check out these fabulous bras by clicking on the picture or the link above.

Keep on rolling!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A Card Day's Night 2: Electric Boogaloo

First, mega giveaways! Danielle over at Life, One Layout at a Time is giving away a personal Cricut to the 20,000th visitor. She's also giving away a TON of fun stuff to people that leave comments. She's a fabulous lady and sweet as all get out so go visit her blog! You'll enjoy your visit and maybe win something C-O-O-L! Don't forget to say you heard it from me, Katamommy, when you leave your comments!

Also, a new kit and forum site has hit the web and let me tell you, it's fabulous! So go right now (after reading my engaging post of course) and check out Vintage Plum!


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So here we go, I made a couple more cards last night. I think I'm going to use these as tags for presents:

I covered the star and star box chipboard with some patterned paper and filled in the opening with Black Diamond Stickles. I distressed the edge of the star box and cutout with Charcoal Colorbox Fluid Chalk. I wrote "Super Star" on the card with (ironically) Star Dust Stickles.

For this one, I drew a line down the card with Black Diamond Stickles and cut out the pattern on a different paper for the circles. The star was made with my Fiskars star punch. I used my Fiskars Lace corner punch on both cards.

Keep on rolling!

Monday, February 23, 2009

A Card Day's Night

Ah, my first attempt at card making. I'm planning on taking a card making class this coming weekend at one of the local scrapbook stores and thought I'd play around a little bit. I don't have any stamps to speak of and I'm trying to use up my stash before buying more goodies (hardest thing to do ever!). I read on a blog somewhere that beginning card makers need to keep it simple. I think in the whole of my life, this is the simplest thing I've ever created:

I tried so hard to hold back putting too much on this thing! lol I distressed the edges of the polka dot paper and flower edges with Dark Brown Fluid Chalk. I embellished the middle of the flower with Lime Green Stickles.

Keep on rolling!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Excuse Me, I Need to Powder My Pictures...

One of the talented ladies over at Life Preservers Scrapbook Club was acknowledged for the toilet paper roll album she made during the last fall crop. My first question was, "A toilet what in the who now?" Luckily someone pointed me to the forum thread that contained the "how to" instructions and I was off to unroll all of the toilet paper in the house. (FYI: paper towel rolls work too, you can get 2 sleeves out of one roll!) So here's what I started with, 3 TP rolls that I flatten:

Then I covered them in 3 different kinds of patterned paper:

I punched holes in one end of each of the sleeves and tied them together with white raffia ribbon. I made the insert tags out of pink glitter cardstock and more white raffia ribbon. I used three wallet size pictures of Toot, added her name/age and accented with Stardust Stickles.

I added a couple of paper circles to the front and accented them with Black Diamond Stickles. I titled it "Toot Toot" and there you go!

Not bad for my first run, I definitely want to make more of these!

Keep on rolling!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Whole Lotta Nothing Going On...

Nothing like sneezing and accidently scaring the crap out of your 4 month old to make you feel all warm inside...

So I was working on a little mini album made out of toilet paper rolls and then I got distracted and starting revamping my blog (ta da!) I was going to work on it for just a few minutes and that was 2 hours ago...oops...

I'm still working on moving my gaming blog ICandee, You Game from MSN Spaces over to Blogspot. Do you have any idea how much time it takes to move and archive 3 years worth of posts? Sheesh. I'm sure there's a easier way to do it but I seem to enjoy doing things the hard way.

My man is at work and I should be doing some housework but instead I'm writing for you fine people (or you fine person...I'm not sure how many people actually read this blog).

Speaking of which, I'm shameless enough to admit that I love getting comments here. Please let me know you stopped by, even if it's just to say, "Yo!" or "Wow, Maggi, how come you're so pretty?" The only reason not to leave a comment would be if I make something you think is ugly...in this situation, please feel free to follow the "If you can't say something nice..." rule and you will be excused from comment leaving. As for the rest of you, I'm not above guilt tripping:

"Everytime you leave without commenting, it makes me cry. Do you enjoy making precious babies cry? Do you?!"



That's right, I went there...I also have sad kitty and depressed doggy pictures at the ready if Toot doesn't start bringing in the comments...oh yes...I'll do it too!

Anyhoo, I hope everyone if having a fabulous weekend! I'm off to do housework! (And by housework, I mean 1 load of laundry before I get distracted and finish my mini album)

Keep on rolling!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Harold, Maude and a 5 Day Layout

Week 3 of the Life Preservers Scrapbook Club's "Cruise Around the World in 8 Layouts" took us to Greece and a clip of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". So this week's assignment was to scrap our favorite movie, any way we wanted to...wow, this was going to be a challenge for me!

Partly because I have so many movies that I love and partly because I needed to figure out how to convey that movie on a layout. I finally picked my all time favorite movie, "Harold and Maude" which came out in 1971. There is a scene in the movie where Harold and Maude are sitting in a field of daisies and Maude talks about how our differences are to be celebrated. The movie is about loving freely and not being afraid to be hurt or lose something, whether material or emotional. Once I thought of this scene, I instantly got a picture in my head of the layout that I wanted to do: a layout covered in daisies. I also thought of a picture from our wedding that the photographer got during our reception. We weren't posed, we were just goofing off, singing and dancing and I felt that fit the movie theme and my layout. I didn't think I would ever get finished by the deadline on Sunday, but here it is!

*drumroll*

I of course made the flowers and attached them with brads in the middle. I used different pieces of white and yellow scrap paper to make them. I "stickled" random flower centers and added a ribbon border.

Cat Stevens did the entire soundtrack for the movie and the journaling around the edge are lyrics from one of those songs. It says, "If you want to sing out, sing out! And if you want to be free, be free! Cause there's a million things to be, you know that there are..."

I enjoyed making this layout. The assignment really made me think outside of the box...

Keep on rolling,

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Mrs. Mojo Risin

After having a little bit of a trying morning, I passed by Cafe Mojo, a challenge blog, and noticed that their new challenge was to make a layout using the colors pink and navy. Needless to say, I pinked and navyed the crap out of this challenge!

Here's Toot playing with one of her many blankets. She loooovvvveeesss playing with blankets and I thought these pics matched pretty well with the colors of the challenge.

My flowers make another appearance...

I used some left over strips for the journaling and attached them with brads. I also highlighted the page with Starry Night and Cotton Candy Stickles.

Keep on rolling,

Katamommy

No Good At Everything

I got a little down today when I learned that I did not make a design team I applied for (yeah, I know it's not a big deal but you can't help but to feel like the last kid picked at dodge ball) so that threw my creativity out the window and I needed a little "I am good at something" to do this morning, so I decided to go back to something I use to make years ago...blinkies. I used to make cartoon dolls and little graphics using Paint Shop Pro and for some reason was in the mood today to make some new blinkies. I made a couple today to have at the blog here as well as to use in my forum signatures.




And yes, I feel better now! :P

Keep on rolling!

Katamommy

Monday, February 16, 2009

Project Flower Power

A few days ago I noticed that I had a lot of scraps of paper left over from various layouts and I couldn't really do anything with them. In the end, I decided to use my handy punches and make flowers. Here's what I got out of all of my paper scraps:

As you can see, I had my work cut out for me. I couldn't believe how many flower petals I got out of scraps I would normally end up throwing away. So on to putting everything together and voila:

I distressed a lot of edges with various colors of Fluid Chalk and some I accented with Stickles (okay, most).

Keep on rolling,

Katamommy

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Left My Heart in San Francropo

*We're still going strong over at the 2 Scrappy Chix "Crop Your Heart Out" weekend (Click on the button above to join us!). It's basically like an online party where we chat in the forum, do scrapbook challenges and win great prizes. So fun!*

Here's another challenge completed!

There's a lot going on with the layout so I'll get right to it. The challenge was a "journaling" challenge where you had to create a layout utilizing "strip journaling". Once I found out what that really was, I put my clothes back on and started my layout. (Get it? "Strip" journaling because I was confused so I...never mind)

I titled it "New" and it truly is the perfect title for this layout. I love this picture of Toot because she's at that stage where everything is new and she's getting to the age where she's able to interact with her world more and more. You can see the wheels turning in her head as she tries to figure out how to get this toy in her mouth. Because that's where all toys go, right?

"New" is also the perfect title because I tried a lot of new things here and it just ended up snowballing on me! I tried flock for the first time (the frame around the journaling) and used a stamp for the first time (on the patterned paper...yikes!). I added a ribbon touch and Stickles accents to the title and journal square.

The words are my favorite part. They are actually those little "magnetic poetry" words you can use on your fridge. I thought they'd look better in my scrapbooking stash. lol

Keep on rolling,

Katamommy

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Can't...Stop...Scrapping...

*Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Yesterday I joined the fabulous ladies over at 2 Scrappy Chix and right now they are having a "Crop Your Heart Out" weekend (Click on the button above to join us!). It's basically like an online party where we chat in the forum, do scrapbook challenges and win great prizes. So fun! And since I loaded up yesterday on some new scrapbooking goodies, I was excited to get started!*

Here's another challenge completed!

Okay guys, I think I'm starting to go kooky...I've been scrapping for a while now and I've glued my fingers together, smeared Stickles on Toot's head and I think I just coughed up a brad...It might be time to call it a night, eh?

Anyhoo, on with the challenge! We had to "scraplift" a layout from any 2ScrappyChix Design Team member of our choosing and create a new layout based on it. I chose this one from Theresa:

Here's my take on the layout

This is one of my engagement pictures I dug up tonight. My husband can always make me laugh! It's one of the first things that attracted me to him. I may go back to it tomorrow and tweak it a little bit but I like the color combination and I love the Urban Prairie paper from Basic Grey! I accented the journal circle with Lime Green Stickles and distressed the edges of the papers with Dark Brown Fluid Chalk.

I was really wanting to get one more challenge completed before I went to bed...will I make it? Stay tuned to find out! :P

Keep on rolling,

Katamommy

P.S.-On second thought, don't stay tuned...I'm hitting the hay! I'll return with more Challenge goodness tomorrow! :)

The Return of Cropping My Heart Out

*Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Yesterday I joined the fabulous ladies over at 2 Scrappy Chix and right now they are having a "Crop Your Heart Out" weekend (Click on the button above to join us!). It's basically like an online party where we chat in the forum, do scrapbook challenges and win great prizes. So fun! And since I loaded up yesterday on some new scrapbooking goodies, I was excited to get started!*

Here's another challenge completed!

This challenge was a "recipe" challenge where we had to create a layout using ribbon, 3 different patterned papers, 2 pictures 3 flowers and a journaling spot. This is Toot with my mom a.k.a. Nana.

Oh look, more flowers! lol I made these with scraps of the patterned papers I used. I also distressed the edges with Fluid Chalk.

More challenges to work on, come and join in on the fun!

Keep on rolling,

Katamommy

Cropping My Heart Out Strikes Back

*Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Yesterday I joined the fabulous ladies over at 2 Scrappy Chix and right now they are having a "Crop Your Heart Out" weekend (Click on the button above to join us!). It's basically like an online party where we chat in the forum, do scrapbook challenges and win great prizes. So fun! And since I loaded up yesterday on some new scrapbooking goodies, I was excited to get started!*

Here's another challenge completed!

This challenge was a Valentine's challenge and hello, Toot makes the cutest Cupid ever, yes? lol I cut out some hearts and highlighted the letters with, you guessed it, Stickles!

More challenges to work on, come and join in on the fun!

Keep on rolling,

Katamommy

Cropping My Heart Out

*Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Yesterday I joined the fabulous ladies over at 2 Scrappy Chix and right now they are having a "Crop Your Heart Out" weekend (Click on the button above to join us!). It's basically like an online party where we chat in the forum, do scrapbook challenges and win great prizes. So fun! And since I loaded up yesterday on some new scrapbooking goodies, I was excited to get started!*

Here's the first challenge I completed:

I called this layout "Nandee's Blanket" since the pictures are of Toot using another blanket her Nandee made for her. I used some of my new glittery cardstock and tried to get creative with some of the journaling.

I made some more flowers for this layout using the same papers as the background and frames. I really enjoy making these!

I distressed the edges of the petal with Dark Brown Fluid Chalk and Stickled the center with Cotton Candy Stickles.

I have many more challenges to work on today, come and join in on the fun!

Keep on rolling,

Katamommy

Friday, February 13, 2009

Roll Me in Glitter and Call Me an Ornament

Every once in a while, if you're really paying attention, life hands you an opportunity...a sparkling, glittering, half off kind of opportunity...For me, that day was today...

It started like any other day, I took my husband to work and decided to stop by the craft store across the street from his work since I had never been in there before. I wasn't planning on buying anything until I realized they were having a half off sale and apparently knew I was coming because almost everything on sale was covered in glitter...GLITTER! Here's the haul I came home with:

Oh yes, you're seeing Stickles, rhinestone brads, glitter cardstock and lots of other great goodies and then...in the back...what is that you see? Why that would be my new best friend...a fabulous...pink...glittery...12X12 piece of heaven!

Best Friday the 13th ever!

Keep on rolling (in glitter),

Katamommy

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