Sunday, December 27, 2009
I held my second Memory Works Class in December. We made Holiday treat bags, gift card holders and mini gift cards. Sherry, Maggie & Allison were a blast to work with and I was excited by their creativity and the personal touches they added to their designs. Here, Sherry & Maggie hold up their treat bag toppers that we later attached to clear cello bags that we filled with a variety of holiday candies & treats.
The red and green cards pictured here were designed for T's teachers. I really enjoyed making these cards. I tried to be a little more relaxed when it came to adding the black ink to give the cards a weathered/distressed look. I dragged the edges of the cards across a black ink pad to give it this look. I really liked how the black contrasted with the vibrant green and red. And to add even more contrast, I decided to add some glitter accents. These are hard to see in these photos, but, trust me, they looked amazing in person.
T's teacher encouraged the children to send in Christmas cards for their classmates. Each child deposited their cards into a pretend mailbox located in their classroom. Then, they were sorted and sent home in these adorable reindeer bags the children had made. T was so excited about the cards I made for her friends. Her teacher said she was very proud of them...naturally, that made me feel wonderful. I LOVE the bright winter colors from this paper set from My Mind's Eye Collection, offered through Memory Works. I added lollipops for an extra sweet holiday treat for the kids.
This Christmas, my father-in-law asked that I design a special wall hanging for our relatives in Ecuador. I used a photo taken at the cemetary of T while paying her Abuela a visit. On this day, T asked that I take a picture of her with her Abuela, as she quickly leaned in and wrapped her arms around her headstone. It was a bittersweet moment, for sure. We all miss Abulea very much and this holiday season was particularly tough for our family. But, creating a special gift which focused on the love T and her Abuela shared, made it a little bit easier.
Our family has a bunch of Christmas traditions... lasagna, fresh Christmas trees, annual ornaments, etc. I love the traditions and family togetherness. For me, it is what makes Christmas so magical. This year, I decided to begn a new tradtion for my nephews. I designed this advent calendar for my sister, in hopes that it would bring her sons much joy as they wait for Jesus' birth and the arrival of Christmas.
I placed a Memory Works order for this project right away! I knew that Basic Grey's "Eskimo Kisses" theme set would look fabulous on all the small boxes. I used Tim Holtz's Crackle Paint (Rock Candy) for the first time on the chipboard letters and LOVED how it came out. I have a feeling this product will be one of my new addictions! It was so easy. Just apply it generously with the brush provided and wait for it to dry! As it dries, it creates a crackle finish. I inked over the crackle to enhance it. I also added a little bling to the design by using Zva's Self adhesive crystals on the three dimensional ornament I created.
Lately, T has focused her artistic energy on creating penguins. She loves penguins and has toted a stuffed animal named "Penguina" around with her all month. I am so proud that T has the confidence to try to draw new things. She is starting to break things down piece by piece when she draws. In the first photo, T traced Penguina's feet and then drew the rest of her body parts freehand and colored them in. In the next photo, she took Penguina and outlined her body on the Doodleboard and then added all her features independently. She is so proud of her work and her confidence in her ability is growing. She loves sharing her creations with me.
The Blizzard in NY gave me an excuse to lock myself in my studio and get creative... but, of course, I needed a snow break. T LOVED the snow this year. And, while I was combing through the garage trying to find our ice scrapers for the cars, I passed by T's beach toys and had an "aha moment"...I grabbed a few and told T we could make snow castles. She had a blast!
We spent Christmas Eve with my husband's side of the family and I was asked to bring a dessert that the kids would enjoy. I decided to make snowmen cupcakes. I used chocolate chips (turned upside down) for the eyes and mini chocolate chips for the mouth. I took an orange slice candy and cut it into triangles to make a carrot nose. Everyone loved them...even the grown ups!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
I did it! I held my first Memory Works class last month and it was amazing! I was so excited about my first class, I went all out. I designed three projects: a scrapbook layout, a Fall inspired card and a coordinating refrigerator magnet.
I wanted to make my first class extra special for my first students...so I placed water bottle placecards for each of them at their seats, right next to a package of homemade chocolate covered pretzels (from my mom...thanks Mom!).
By the end of the night, Allison, Angela and Jennifer wound up altering my project designs with their own personal touches and style... I loved it! They weren't afraid to take risks and really got creative. Watching this unfold, was the highlight of the evening for me.
Can't wait for my next class! Hope you'll consider checking it out!
Allison with her take on my scrapbook page design.
Jen is all smiles and happy with her finished project!
Angela can't wait to add pictures of her three kids on her page!
Here are the water bottle placecards I created:
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Thursday, November 19, 2009
Question: What is Scentsy?
Answer: Wick free, flameless candles, that come in over 80 scents and can be used with over 40 warmers. Safe for children and pets.
Everyone who I've introduced to Scentsy can't get enough! Check it out here!
After hosting a Scentsy party, I earned TONS of free stuff. My favorite item so far... the "Do It Yourself" Scentsy Warmer. Tonight, I got a little creative decorating a warmer for my scrapbooking studio. The colors of the rub-ons matched my room perfectly and it was so easy to do: Cut out the rub-ons you like, position them on the warmer wherever you want and rub them on using the Scentsy rub-on tool. That's it!
Here are some before and after photos! :0)
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I recently became a demonstrator with Memory Works. I will now be hosting monthly classes in my scrapbooking studio in my home. (All classes will be designed with Memory Works products...names you trust: BasicGrey, Cosmo Cricket, We R Memory Keepers, Bo Bunny Press, 7 Gypsies & more!)
You don't have to know how to scrapbook and you may think you are "not creative"...but trust me, these classes are for everyone! I decided to do this because I want to share this hobby with others. I will teach you and you will see how easy it is. PLUS, it is tons of fun!!!
Above the first two photos are for my upcoming class scheduled for:
Friday, Nov 27th at 7:30 pm.
We will be making this greeting card and coordinating refrigerator magnet clip and a single 12x12 layout (just add your own photos!)
5 spots are open for this class.
Cost: $10 and bring your own adhesive; add $1 if you don't have your own adhesive. Beverages and dessert will also be provided!
RSVP by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions, call me at 718-614-4864
By the way... the last 2 pics are of projects I created out of my left-over scraps from this class design (felt flowers by Stampin' Up). I just love how they came out. Crafting gone green! :0) Enjoy!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
All items customized with your colors and style in mind!
Take advantage of our EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS by placing your order by 11-20:
Magnetic Calendars: $5
Wall Hanging: $8
Personalized Paint Buckets: $20
PHOTOS OF ITEMS ARE LOCATED ON THE SIDEBAR TO YOUR right. ENJOY!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Exciting news! I am now a Memory Works Consultant!
Check it out here!
For the scrapbooking & card making enthusiast:
Now you can order your brand-name scrapbooking supplies through me (Basic Grey, Bo Bunny, We R Memory Keepers and more!)
For someone who is interested in learning how to scrapbook:
Keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming class schedule or book a party in your home. You bring your friends, I'll bring the fun!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
On our way out, I felt so proud of T! I was beaming from ear to ear!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
T started Pre-K this year. She and her classmates are learning all about pigs. I wanted to help reinforce her lessons, so we took a trip to the library and found a bunch of pig themed books to read at bedtime.
Later that day, as I was about to walk my empty milk container to the recycling bin in the backyard, it hit me... we could make a pig out of this!!! And so, we did! Talia was completely engrossed in transforming this once white milk container into a pretty little pink friend.
But, about midway through her painting, she stopped and said, "Mommy, I want to make my pig muddy!" In that moment, I felt such pride... 'atta girl! There is that spark of creativity. So, where some moms may have said no to messing up such a pretty project, I let T go to town. And I have to admit, watching her "muddy" her pig (and herself), was the most fun, by far.
Parents, and even teachers, often squash creative ideas because "that is not how it is done" or because it is "too messy" or "because bananas aren't red, they are yellow." I should know, I used to be like them. But now, I make the effort to embrace my daughter's creative thoughts. Today, I hope you all find a way to do something creative with someone you love.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Another Easter inspired creation... handmade
"2,5,7,10 Boxes". I couldn't get over how easy
these were to make. Basically, you take one
sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock and score it at
2", 5", 7" & 10" and cut it and you easily assemble it into an adorable box. They are the perfect size for party favors!
Easter. They are filled with chocolate Easter Egg