Thursday, November 13, 2014

Frozen Inspired Birthday Card

It has been way too long since I've shared a card idea with you.  Now that the weather has turned colder and it has snowed I think that this card is really appropriate.  My niece turned 5 on Sunday and she loves the movie Frozen.  What little girl doesn't?!  I thought I would use purples and blues, snowflakes, and some sparkle to make my Frozen themed card.  Here's what I came up with.
I just love how this card turned out!  I didn't take any step by step pictures (sorry) but here is what I did to create this card.

I started with a piece of white cardstock cut slightly smaller than my card base and inked it using Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Tumbled Glass, and Broken China Distress Inks.  I kept blending until I got the look I was going for.  I then embossed the cardstock using my Snowflakes embossing folder.  Next, I applied VersaMark ink to the raised area of this cardstock and applied Holographic embossing powder and heat set it.  I love the texture and sparkle of this background!
I then worked on my sentiment/image area of the card.  I recently got the Cupcakes and More stamp set from Fiskars and wanted to try it on this card.  I stamped the cupcake wrapper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then used my Spectrum Noir markers (LV1 and LV2) to color it in.  These markers are also new to me and I only have one set of purple.  I am still seeing if I am successful at using them before I get more.  This was an OK start.  I then stamped the frosting with Broken China Distress Ink.  I used my Heat and Stick Powder to make the frosting sticky and then covered it in glitter.  I don't think you can ever have enough sparkle!  I fussy cut both of these out and attached them to a block of white cardstock.  I added 5 candles which are also in the stamp set (before I added the frosting) and stamped the sentiment above and below the cupcake.  A little ink around the edges with some more Holographic Embossing Powder and this was ready to put on the card.  I used two pieces of sheer ribbon to anchor the block to the card.  The ribbon also looks like a ribbon on a present adding to the overall feel of the card.   
So there you have it.  By using a few things from the movie as inspiration (color, snowflakes, and sparkle) I was able to create a fun themed card.  So the next time you need to make a card look no further than the child's favorite movie to give you inspiration.  Thanks for stopping!

  • ink- Tim Holtz Distress (Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Tumbled Glass, Broken China), Memento (Tuxedo Black, Potter's Clay, Lulu Lavender), Versamark
  • stamp- Fiskars (Cupcakes and More)
  • embossing powder- Ranger (Holographic), Stampin' Up! (Heat and Stick Powder)
  • Spectrum Noir markers- LV1, LV2
  • misc- dimensional adhesive, ribbon, Recollections (Frost glitter), Cuttlebug (Snowflakes embossing folder)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Photo Friday- Daugherty Family

Hasn't this fall weather been just wonderful?!  I just love the gorgeous colors of the leaves, the bright blue sky, and the crisp air.  It's the perfect weather to get some family photos taken!  I had a great time with the Daugherty family a few weeks ago.  We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day and I think that is evident in these photos.  It was a great day for a great family.  Thanks for stopping!


Sunday, November 2, 2014

It's Halloween!! (Part 2)

I hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween.  We had a great time despite the chilly weather.  As promised here are some more pictures of our Ninja Turtles.  Enjoy and thanks for stopping!

A huge thanks to the hubby for finding the perfect spot for some Ninja Turtle photos. 

Zach as 'Donatello'

Alex as 'Michelangelo'

Tanner as 'Raphael'

Geoff as 'Leonardo'

You can't be Ninja Turtles without eating some pizza.

Jenny as 'April O'Neil'

Bill as 'Casey Jones'

Bill got mistaken for Jason a lot but the true Ninja Turtle fans knew who he was. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Photo Friday- It's Halloween!! (Part 1)

Happy Halloween everyone!  Are you ready to see all the little Elsa's, goblins, and ghosts tonight?  I know that we are ready here.  The candy is in the candy bowl, costumes are ready, and photos have been taken.  Yes, I made my boys get in their costumes last night so we could get some photos before we started trick-or-treating tonight.  One reason is that it is supposed to be a little chilly tonight and last night wasn't too bad.  Also, it seems like there is never enough time after to school to get costumes on, eat supper, and get going.  This year we did some fun photos the night before.  As you can see this is Part 1 of 2 for our Halloween memories so be sure to stop back later for more fun photos.  I know a lot of you have been excited to see what our theme is this year.  I did share this photo last night on Facebook just as a little teaser. 

I will reveal this year's theme at the end of this post, but first a little trip down memory lane going back to 2008 when we started doing our themed costumes. 

2008- Alvin and the Chipmunks
2009- The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf

2010- Crayons

2011- Star Wars

2012- The Avengers

2013- Super Mario Bros.
2014- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for more fun photos of the Ninja Turtles and a couple of surprise guests.  I hope you have a safe and happy Halloween.  Thanks for stopping!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Photo Friday- The Pumpkin Patch

You'd think that after almost two months of the boys all being in school that I would have a great routine and be creating scrapbook layouts and cards, taking tons of photos, and getting it all blogged!  Well, as you might guess I'm not!  I really do want to get on a better blogging schedule and am really setting that as one of my goals.  Keep your fingers crossed.  I do have another family photo session coming up this weekend so you have that to look forward to.  I'm also ordering a ton of pictures this week so I'm getting down in my craft room and getting all of those memories in the books.  Wish me luck.

Today I'm sharing what has become one of our favorite fall traditions.  Our trip to the pumpkin patch.  We've been going to Vala's Pumpkin Patch every year for the last 11 years!  We always plan on spending the whole day there because there is so much to do!  This year we tried something different and went during the week.  It was amazing!!  The crowds were minimal, parking was excellent, and there were almost no lines!  We are definitely going to go during the week from now on.  There are so many things to do that we never can get to everything.  This year was no exception.  When we left all of the boys were telling us about the things we didn't get to!  Maybe next year.  Some of our favorite activities this year were the new Barnyard Sports, the Pie Barn, and of course the hayrack ride.  Thanks for stopping.

This tractor was my favorite thing at Vala's this year.  I just love it!!
They are the happiest tractor couple I've ever seen. 

Taking a hayrack ride out to the pumpkin patch is still one of my favorite things to do at Vala's.

Having some fun at lunch time.

The inside of the new Pie Barn is absolutely gorgeous!

The pig races are always a favorite.  See you next year.