Saturday, December 27, 2008
You are My Love Affair to Remember
This is one of my favorite vintage movies. I've seen it several times. I LOVE Cary Grant movies and I love Deborah Kerr. I must admit I saw "Sleepless in Seattle" in 1993 before seeing "An Affair to Remember". I loved how "Sleepless in Seattle" weaved in the story about meeting on the roof of the Empire State Building just like Nickie and Terry. The building plays such a prominent role in both movies that I had to use the image of the Empire State Building as my inspiration for this card. I got the image from this site.
A little over 9 years ago, one of my sisters and I took my parents on a Mediterranean cruise. We had an overnight stop New York (we were actually staying close to the JFK airport). My sister is pretty adventurous. My dad stayed back in the hotel. My mom, my sister, and I ventured off in the subway and made our way to Manhattan (my sister is the only one who had been to the city before while she attended Cornell University). Our destination...the Empire State Building! We had a great time. The problem was getting back to our hotel. It was almost midnight, so the subway became a little scary. At one point, we were convinced we were being followed by some young men. I though we were going to be mugged. Whew...we got back safely. Seeing NY city from the top of the Empire State Building was worth all the effort.
I first saved the photo onto my computer. Using Picasa, I cropped it slightly and added the text "Love Affair to Remember" to the bottom of the photo. The photo already had a vintage look to it. I printed it on matte cardstock a few times. I cut out the building and used foam tape to layer it on the other photo to give it some dimension. I inked the edges of the photo with Basic Black ink. The rest of the card is simple. I covered the chipboard with my favorite Riding Hood Red designer paper. Thankfully, my husband has the perfect tiny sanding tools, so I was able to get into the groove of the heart. I masked off the word "You" from a stamp in the Best Yet set. The rest are stickers, ribbon, some leftover paper from my Christmas card, and some mini rhinestones.
Stamps: Best Yet
Paper: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red DSP, printed photo on white matte cardstock (JudiKins)
Ink: Basic Black
Other: heart chipboard (SU!), Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon, Making Memories Black Metro Alpha Shimmer Sticker, Martha Stewart glittery sticker, foam tape, mini rhinestones (Michael's)
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Our Annual Photo Christmas Card
Finally on Monday I finished all 70 Christmas cards and mailed them out! I could've finished them sooner, but there were games to play (Chutes and Ladders is Kalino's latest favorite), stories to read, and new robot creations to look at. I'm trying to enjoy the season without stressing out about what I haven't done. It's Christmas Eve and we haven't assembled our gingerbread house from Trader Joe's, but that's OK.
Since we don't live near 90% of our families, we send out a Christmas card with Kalino on the card each year. This year, I knew I wanted to use Kraft cardstock as the base. I love Heather Nichol's (Pine is Here) work and her use of Kraft cardstock. I usually make at least 2 versions of the Christmas card. This time, I have 5 slight variations. I needed a few cards in Spanish, so some have Feliz Navidad on them. I had a 6"x6" sheet of Baja Breeze designer paper, so I made a few using that color. I also had some variations on the Martha Stewart snowflake punch.
We went to Pebble Beach near Carmel on a Friday afternoon in November to get the photos of Kalino. He had an early day at school and got out by noon, so we headed out on our day trip. The sun was shining, but it was cold. I took Kalino's jacket off while my husband got these pictures.
Thanks for looking!
Christmas Card Ingredients
Stamps: Holiday Collection, Felicidades Siempre
Paper: Kraft, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red DSP, Baja Breeze DSP, silver foil
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze
Other: 4mm rhinestones and larger rhinestone (Michael's), Martha Stewart snowflake punch, Felt Flurries (SU), foam tape
Christmas Gift Card Holders
Christmas is just hours away, and my poor little one is sick! Kalino has a fever. He never takes naps anymore, but this morning he was in his room playing. Before long, I couldn't hear any noise upstairs. When I checked on him, he was in bed asleep! Amazing! He woke up a few hours later with a definite fever. He thought he had slept all night long, so he greeted me with "Merry Christmas, Mama!" He was a little confused when I told him it was only the afternoon on Christmas Eve. So, I'm off to tend to the little guy. Feliz Navidad!
Gift Card Ingredients
Stamps: Holiday Collection & Tarjetas Con Bordes Festonados (SU)
Paper: Kraft, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Holiday Treasures DSP (SU), Mistletoe & Pear (BasicGrey)
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Punches: Square Scallop, 15/16" squre, circle punch, Martha Stewart snowflake
Ribbon: Alpine, Riding Hood Red Taffeta, Whisper White (all SU)
Other: Kristina's template, Wreath sticker (Sandylion), Fabric brad (K & Company, thanks Char!), Red Felt Fusion (Queen & Co.), felt snowflakes (SU), gold rhinestones (Me & My Big Ideas), Tombo Mono Metal glue, Velcro, SU square clear button
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
A Gift Card That is Actually a Crafting Tool
I used Kristina's template and instructions for this gift card. I added a tiny Velcro closure to the holder.
Gift Card Holder Ingredients
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Music is Love
Thanks So Much!
I love the photo Krisina used for the inspiration challenge. I'm in serious need of cardstock for these colors. The colors this week are:
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Miracle of Christmas
I used some old stamps for this card. The "miracle" sentiment is from one of my first Stampin' Up sets. It's in the 1998-1999 catalog. I didn't know the name of the stamp set because I didn't put the label on the case...duh! I had to look at the old catalog...it's Miracle of Christmas. I thought I had more Santa stamps. I only have 2...what? I wanted the sentiment to have the word "miracle" and I wanted Santa on the card.
I paper pieced Santa's suit and hat...that was a little hard! I don't think I've paper pieced something so small. I messed up the embossing of the sentiment, so I had to add the layer on top of "Christmas" to cover up my boo-boo.
Thanks for looking!Card Ingredients
Stamps: Miracle of Christmas, Little Hellos (both SU retired)
Paper: white (JudiKins), BasicGrey Mistletoe & Pear Paper Pad
Ink: VersaMark, Basic Black
Punches: oval, word window, scallop edge
Other: Oval Mattboard (Stampendous), Crayola colored pencils, BasicGrey ribbon, brads (Bazzill), Stickles, foam tape, black embossing powder
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Happy Birthday, Moe!
The colors for this week's challenge are:
Edited to Add: The Thickers I used are dark brown. This picture was taken at night, so they look black in this photo.Moe left California a few years ago and moved back home to the Boston area. I believe she ignited my love of stamping about 11 years ago. A friend of Moe's gave her a PSX (Personal Stamp Exchange) catalog. We were able to order stamps at cost. Moe and I ordered about 10 stamps each. We ordered some ColorBox pigment ink pads as well. Mind you, we had no idea how to use anything! Still, I fell in love with stamping as soon as I saw the catalog. I started going to classes in the Sunnyvale and Cupertino area. Maureen never stamped a single item as far as I know, but she is a very talented quilter. I wanted to pay homage to her sewing skills with this card. That's why I pulled out the sewing machine to add some zig-zag stitching. I also used a button on the card.
Thanks for looking!Card Ingredients
Stamps: Petals (Inque Boutique), Birthday Whimsy (SU)
Paper: Taken with Teal, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip
Other: Kristina's template, Brown Felt Thickers (Thanks, Char!), clear embossing powder, white embossing powder, dimensionals, Word Window punch, Felt Fusion flower, Making Memories button, American Crafts ric rac ribbon, sewing machine, Making Memories rhinestone brad
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Two More Awards
Sankari from Sankari's Sunshine Corner gave me the Arte y Pico award. Here are the rules for this award:
1. Select 5 blog that you feel deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language.
2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog.
3. Each award winner upon acceptance should show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given him or her the award.
4. Link to the Arte y Pico blog, so that everyone will know the origin of this award.
5. Show these rules.
Sorry, I can't choose 5 other blogs. I'm always overwhelmed trying to pick a few.
Brooke from Designs by Brooke gave me the "You are an Inspiration" blog award. Thanks to both of you for your kindness and sweet comments. I'm glad you both started the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge. Tonight on the Oxygen network, they were showing "Pride and Prejudice" (the Keira Knightley version). I didn't get to see if from the beginning. I guess I should have my TiVo box record it for me whenever it's on.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Got an Award Last Week & Blog Candy Alert
I can't choose just 5 bloggers. If you were to see my Google Reader list you would understand. I love the work of so many inspirational people around the world.
Enjoli has some blog candy available to celebrate the 200th post on her blog. She'll be announcing the winner on Wednesday, Nov 26th. She's giving away the Impression Obsession Cupcake Clear Stamp Set. Check it out!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Frankly My Dear...
I almost tried to make the hysterical Carol Burnett curtain rod dress. I can't think of "Gone With the Wind" without thinking of that funny sketch. Instead I kept it simple by using this classic line from the movie.
Thanks for looking!
Happy 10th Birthday!
My niece, Gabi, turns 10 next week. In the second photo, I show the inside of the card. You see a Starbucks gift card...that's not her gift. I didn't want to ruin the surprise in case she sees this blog.
I based this layout on p. 4 of the SU 2008 Occasions Mini catalog.
Pop Up Gift Card Ingredients
Stamps: Birthday Whimsy
Paper: Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, So Saffron, Parisian Summer DSP
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, VersaMark
Punches: 3/4" circle, scallop circle, 1 3/8" circle, Fiskars scallop border, Fiskars 2" circle
Other: White embossing powder, Heidi Swapp chipboard, Sakura Gelly Roll, Martha Stewart Circle Cutter, Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain ribbon
Saturday, November 15, 2008
1. Click here.
2. Scroll down until you start to see all the entries.
3. Kalino is on the first page. The title of the entry is "Iron Man Suit with Tech" (by moya.edge).
4) Click on the Vote button.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Loved "Memoirs of a Geisha"
My inspiration came from the handkerchief The Chairman gave Chiyo when she was a little girl. Chiyo/Sayuri protects this handkerchief as if it's her most prized possession.
The inner white square on this card is my interpretation of the handkerchief stamped with the Kanji symbol for love.
I love origami and washi papers. I have several stacks of them. This was a good reason to use some. I first made a kimono using the instructions from this YouTube video. I didn't use the kimono, because I kept thinking about the handkerchief.
Stamps: Kanji (SU-retired)
Paper: Japanese Origami Paper (Hanko Designs), Basic Black, White (JudiKins)
Ink: VersaMark, Basic Black
Other: Detail Gold embossing powder (PSX), Pink Pirouette felt flower, gold brad (Making Memories), ribbon, Asian brass medallion, gold thread, foam tape, 1 3/8" and 1 9/16" square punches
Thank You, Kristina!
Our colors this week were very soothing.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I used my craft knife to cut the items that were not paper punched. I used at least 7 paper punches for this challenge.
Thanks for looking!
Paper: white (JudiKins), Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise (I made it by rubbing the ink onto glossy paper with a brayer), Tangerine Tango (textured)
Ink: Tempting Turquoise
Paper Punches: 1/4", 3/4", 1", 1 1/16", 1 1/4", and 1 3/8" circle punches, corner rounder, swirl punch (I haven't used this one in years!)
Other: Love & Happiness Rub On (SU), Tombo glue, dimensionals, Making Memories brad, mini silver beads (Michael's)
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Grease is the Word!
I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to create. The music is the biggest inspiration for me. I've been humming the songs since Saturday. I thought of making a card related to the "Hopelessly Devoted to You" song.
I found this photo in IMDB.com. The idea hit me...Danny Zuko's leather jacket! It was a little ambitious since I didn't have too much time, but here it is. I made a gift holder for movie tickets. At Christmas time, I like to give small gifts to people like our mail carrier and our favorite storytime children's librarian. I appreciate them and want to let them know they do a great job.
I started out by distressing basic black cardstock. I ran it several times (in different directions) through my paper crimper. I also got out my frustrations on it by crumpling it up into a tiny ball. I cut a diagonal slit in the paper. I used my sewing machine to sew in a faux zipper. The collar was a little difficult to make. I sewed it too. I love how the silver snaps give it an authentic look. I copied the Grease logo and cut it out of red cardstock. I used a pencil to draw in the word "Great". I used by Sakura gel pens to outline and fill-in the letters. I added a little tag with the word "Job!" to complete the sentiment (sorry, I hate taking pictures at night..I need better lighting).
Movie Ticket Holder Ingredients
Paper: Basic Black, Real Red
Other: paper crimper (Fiskars), corner rounder, Crop-a-Dile, Making Memories snaps, Making Memories brad, redline tape, dimensionals, sewing machine with black thread, Sakura black, white and silver gel pens
I love that these colors work for a masculine-looking card. I still haven't made a dent in the amount of SU rub ons I have, so I decided to use one for the main image. I thought the rub-on looked a little plain, so I added rhinestones and a felt flower. Now, it looks like too much bling. Oh, well.
Monday, November 3, 2008
I received this box of goodies today. I can hardly wait to use these supplies. They include: felt Thickers. chipboard Thickers, Fiskars Treading Water punch, K&Co (fabric brads, Tag Pad, cardstock), Maya Roads chipboard, Prima Hydrangea flowers, pins, vintage velvet ribbon, and pink and cream lace. I love how she wraps her ribbon and lace on these vintage clothes pins.
A big Thank You, Charlene! Check out her blog.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Going Batty Trying to Finish Halloween Goodies
I bought these mini Play-Doh containers from Costco in early September, but I didn't start decorating them until 11 PM last night. Ugh! Why do I do that to myself? I love the little treat bags for these Play-Doh containers that Amy Rsavy made, but I knew I didn't have time to make them.
I needed 33 of them this morning for my son's Halloween party. The morning and afternoon Kindergarten classes were combined for the early schedule day. There was no stamping involved, just basic black and pumpkin pie cardstock, 2 Martha Stewart punches and the SU scallop circle punch. Add some Tombo glue and I was done in less than an hour!
I also volunteered to make 3 dozen cupcakes. I'm glad this is all done. I'm tired. It's getting dark here. I better head downstairs and get Kalino ready to head out the door.
Mr. G, the Principal (aka The Tin Man), and his staff were dressed as Wizard of Oz characters. They looked fantastic! Kalino is Iron Man. We bought him a costume and then modified it. I had to make the gloves a lot smaller. I added a full zipper on the back because the tiny velcro circles weren't holding the costume closed. I cut into the chest area to add a small tap light. His mask, chest light, and palm all light up thanks to my husband's techie skills. He also has an air canister attached to his shorts inside the costume. If Kalino squeezes the trigger, it releases air from the tube on his hand. The final picture shows how the costume looks at night.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Sage Shadow, Whisper White
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I Finally Tried Out Copics Today!
It would've been a good chance to meet those of you who live in this area. I didn't think of organizing that until I was driving over. Duh!
I finally tried out Copics today! The make-n-take table at the Stamp on Over booth was this large tag with a Tilda stamp. Irina teaches at Stamp on Over in Sunnyvale. I had fun using Copics. Thanks, Irina!
My Most Embarrassing Use of a Work Computer for Non Work Purposes
Several years ago I was at work. I knew the stamping convention was coming up, but I wasn't sure of the exact dates. Back then, the show was called Rubberama. Since I can remember, it's always been put together by A Stamp in the Hand. Instead of going to their company's website, I assumed the URL was rubberama.com. Very bad assumption! As soon as I typed that, a Pandora's box of bad porn pictures kept popping up on my screen. Luckily, I had my own office. I kept cancelling the windows, but new ones kept popping up. I was sweating. I closed my door and tried killing the window from the Task Manager. Nothing seemed to work. I had to physically turn off my PC. Oh my! When I turned the PC back on, it was back to normal. Whew!
Final Voting Open for Designer Handbag Inspiration Challenge
* Thanks to Kristina Werner for pointing out this time conversion website. For readers outside of Theresa's timezone in the USA, select October 26, 2008 and 7:00 PM. Select USA - Minnesota - St. Paul (Theresa's timezone) for the first location. Then, put in your location/time zone and press Convert time.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Muchas Gracias, Burberry
Purseonally Thank You
She let us choose a red or a pink that we like and any other colors. I choose Riding Hood Red and I added Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Kiwi Kiss, and Kraft.
My Stampin' Up demo, Peggy, gave me these little purse stamps recently. I was itching to use them. The dimensions for this card are 6 inches by 3 inches.
Thanks for looking!
Stamps: Purseonally is from A Little Love (SU retired), Purses (SU, thanks, Peggy!), All Holidays
Paper: Kraft confetti (CA Paper Goods), So Saffron, Riding Hood Red DSP, white
Ink: Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Close to Cocoa
Other: Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon, scallop edge punch, dimensionals, mini rhinestones (Michael's), mini half pearl (Target $ Spot)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Thank You - Breakfast at Tiffany's
This was week 2 of the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge. The movie this week was Sankari's favorite, Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Priceless
Paper: Basic Black, cream, black DSP (Making Memories 5th Avenue Diecut Stack)
Ink: Memories Black, VersaMark
Other: chipboard (Target $ Spot), pearl ribbon (Michael's), rhinestones (Michael's), Tombo glue, dimensionals, clear embossing powder, flower (Prima), half pearl (Target $ Spot)