Saturday, December 16, 2006

Arrrrg Matey! Zander's Pirate Page

This is a page I started at my girls scrapbook getaway back in October. I had a lot of fun with this layout and I love the way it turned out. To make the paper look more old-world, I burnt the edge with a lighter. The pirate embelishment is by Meri Meri Accents, caption in top left corner by My Mind's Eye.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Penguin Pal

Inspired the movie "Happy Feet," Zander has been drawing penguins non-stop. I thought it would be fun to have the two older kids make penguin Christmas cards for their teachers. I cut all the pieces out and they glued them all together.

The "V" in the middle is a painted wooden letter, painted by Zander himself. Then we added the glitter while the paint was still wet. The "V" is for his teacher, who's name begins with "V." Natalie painted initials for her teacher as well. I think they turned out great.

Altered Christmas Candle

I just got done making four of these. I made them for my kids to give to their teachers (and teacher's assistants) for Christmas. I started out with plain 3" pillar candles (as seen in the back) and then wrapped them with scrapbooking paper (paper by Daisy D), ribbon and a bookplate.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Here's what I went with

Zander's revised Cowboy Invitation:
As much as I liked the other invitation, I think this one is better. I punched a border around the edge using a 1/16th inch punch, then threaded hemp twine through the holes. I like the added texture that it gives. "Zander's Roundup" is done in a Rope font I downloaded from an internet font site. I thought it was the perfect touch for this invite. Once the wording was printed out on parchment, I tore and burnt the edges (lost some of the invites in the process, got carried away!). Zander is very excited about his upcoming party. BTW, the address and phone number are blured for security reasons.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

I think my camera is fixed

I thought she was a gonner, but my mom and dad tinkered with my camera tonight and so far, so good! Dan just ordered me a new camera too...but I think we will be returning it — bummer, I know...but we could really use the $$$ for other things. Someday I hope to get a new camera. But for now, if it truly is fixed, then I am just happy to have a camera that works! (see, the lense is back in where it's supposed to be.)

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Pumpkin Patch 2006

Just catching up on some layouts I haven't posted yet. Here is a 2-page spread from our time at the pumpkin patch this October. I'm not sure who the manufacturer is for the weathered paper on the top half is, but the bottom plaid is Bo Bunny Press. The Three dimentional pumpkins on the second page are Jolee's, the other die cuts are from A Joy Forever (my fave store), as is the orange ric-rac. I chalked the Pumpin Patch title to give it a little more dimention. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Natalie's Cookies

This is an old photo of Natalie when she was 3 that I am finallly getting around to scrapbook. I love that she is blowing on the cookies in hopes that they will cool off sooner.

I got the brown scalloped paper from A Joy Forever, there is no manufacturer listed. The polka-dot paper is from Bo Bunny Press.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Graduation Card

A friend of mine from high school lost her husband at Christmas time a few years back leaving her with two young children. As a result, she decided to go back to school and get her degree in teaching at George Fox University. I was invited to her graduation party, but can't make it due to my dad's 60th birthday celebration. Here is the card I made to congratulate her. Sorry about the fuzzy photo, but as you know from my prior post, my camera is now broken. (I hope I get a new one soon.) Paper is Stampin' Up!, the diplpma is Paper Bliss (I think) and of course Prima those!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Boo, hoo, hoo...I broke my camera!

After the birthday party yesterday, I set my camera down on the table to pick up Hayden. Somehow I knocked it off the table and it fell to the floor with the zoom fully extended. I have dropped it before, but not with the lense out. My poor camera won't close now and has very select focus. I can still take pictures, but only if the subject is within the range of focus that the lense is stuck at. I am so bummed. My camera is like an extention of me and I use it ALL THE TIME!!! I just checked how many photos I have downloaded since I got the camera 3 years ago and there are just over 12,000 photos. Yikes! What will I do. Christmas is almost here and Dan said he already got my gifts. I may have to borrow someone's camera as I need to take Zander's birthday photos as well as Christmas photos. What to do...

Sunday, December 03, 2006

princess party 2006

Princess Natalie on her 6th Birthday.

As the guests arrived, Natalie crowned each of them with a sparkly tiara.

Then they got a glittery manicure and and a spritz of body glitter. While they waited for their nails to dry, each guest had a picture with the birthday girl on her throne.
Although Prince Zander didn't get a makeover, he did participate in the other activities.

Once everyone had their picture taken it was time for crafts. Each guest got to decorate a tiara frame and then they embelished magic septors.

These are some of the completed crafts.

Right in the middle of opening her gifts, Natalie got a special birthday phone call from her favorite princess, Ariel. She was so excited.

After all the gifts were unwrapped, it was time for cake. This year Natalie requested cheese cake, so I bought some mini grahm cracker pie crusts and made everyone their own cheese cake topped with whipped cream and their name written on top.

Everyone got to take home a princess goblet filled with a tiara sucker,
gummy snacks and an Ariel lip gloss.

It was a busy couple of days, but well worth it to see all
the smiles at the party.

All the little details
One of my favorite aspects of throwing a big party is the theme. Once I have a theme to go by, I go joke. I become somewhat obsessive/compulsive and can't stop the machine that is...Alyssa: Party Planner! I will be the first to admit that I do go a little overboard...but it is so much fun. The decorating really sets the mood for the party.

Here is the "castle" entrance, all decked out with a red carpet and all.

As you come in, two tall castle towers draw you into the living room where the day's first activities will take place. The towers were made with things I found around the house. I searched all over for something to make these with and almost gave up until one day when I was snooping down in the basement and I came across an old roll of linoleum flooring. Perfect. I cut it into 2 pieces and rolled them back up around some paint cans for stability. (the paint cans are inside the base of the towers). Then I strung the Christmas lights up and covered them with some gold curtain sheers I took down when I put in denim valances in the boys room. Glad I kept them, they came in handy. The cones on top were just made from tag board.

Here is an over-head view of the "sparkle station" where the girls could get a glittery make-over. They could add sparkly decals on their nails, as well as polish and glittery body spray to top it off. (The tray is from the dollar store and the mirrors were on clearance at Michael's)

Here is Princess Natalie's birthday throne where we took photos of all the guests with the birthday girl. The canopy is from Natalie's bedroom and the chair is from my office.

This is the living room where the gifts will be unwrapped. I love to hang things from the ceiling. It makes the room look so much more festive. I got that inflatable castle on clearance for about the same price as a large mylar was a steal at 60% off.

One of the most important areas to decorate is the space where they will be eating. I wanted to make this area feel magical and very girly. I used a large bed sheet for a table cloth and strung Christmas lights under the table cloth for a soft glow. I turned an ordinary looking dining room light into a chandelier by hanging a clear and lavender faux crystal Christmas garland from the arms of the light. Then to add a more elegant feel, I hung tulle garland swags from the ceiling.

Every year I have made a themed cake. Now, I have no formal training in cake decorating, so usually I just wing it as best as I can. Some turn out better than others, but it's always a challenge. This year Natalie requested cheese cake, so I was stumped. I did a lot of visual research on google images (which is where I get some of the best ideas) and came up with about 20 great looking castle cakes, but I just couldn't figure out how to make it all come together. So, I did the next best thing...I made a castle cake topper out of styrofoam. I even carved out the bottom and put battery operated lights so the castle would glow. It turned out pretty good. I hope I don't regret not being up for the challenge of making a real cake, but I think this turned out just as pretty.

For all the little girls (and my two boys) I made personalized mini cheesecakes topped with whipped cream. The names were piped out of melted candy melts onto parchment. Under the parchment I had printed out everyone's name in a simple font so it could serve as a pattern for me to follow when writing out their names.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Shabby Chic Birthday Card

Happy Birthday Sweetktea!
Since I know Sweetktea likes shabby chic, I new exactly which papers I wanted to use. The papers are Anna Griffin...aren't they sweet? I got the (provo craft) wooden letter "K" from Craft Warehouse, "painted" it white using white Craft Ink. After it dried*, I stamped the weathered stamp using Bashful Blue ink. The to finish it off I tied a gingham bow and added Prima flowers and a button.
*(Note, the craft ink took forever to dry. Since I needed to get the card in the mail, I nuked it in the micro for 1 minute and it did the trick.)

Friday, December 01, 2006

Dad's 60th Birthday Card

Happy Birthday Dad!
Here is your birthday card.
You should get the real one in the mail today.This is a tri-fold card with the number 60 cut out.
All the paper is last year's Christmas paper from Stampin' Up! I got the book plate from 2 Peas before Stampin' Up! carried them. Now I have the SU! Hodgepodge Hardware kits that have all kinds of fun metal embelishiments.

Stampin Up!s Winter Mini Catalog

Here is the link for the new Winter Mini Catalog. There is some really cute stuff in this one, so check it out. Also, Sell-a-bration is just around the corner begining in January. For every $50 you spend, you get a free Sell-a-bration set. (I'll post the Sell-a-bration catalog in January. ) This is one of the best times to be a hostess because you can earn Sell-a-bration sets for free too. Contact me to book your workshop.

Holidays at Half-Off Promotion!
If you're looking for great gift ideas this holiday season, look no further than Stampin' Up! From December 1 through December 31, you can get six beautiful stamp sets for 50 percent off their regular price with a $30 purchase of non-promotional merchandise. To view these sets you can click Here for the promotions page, or you can browse through the on line Idea Book and Catalog.