Acorn Art

Here we are, half way through day one of the weekend already.  Time sure does fly.  But I’m happy to say that my weekend plans are well underway.  I slept in this morning, and have already watched several hours of mindless tv, just like I had hoped to do.  Also started a new book by Elizabeth George last night.  I absolutely love British mystery writers, and these Detective Lynley books are my new favorites.  I’m slowly working my way through the entire series.  Fortunately, I still have a few more books to go.

And I’m happy to say that I’ve just finished the acorn project that Nik and I started last weekend.  I am still feeling lucky that we were able to find SO many acorns this year.  This gave me the opportunity to do something on a pretty grand scale.  My original idea was to create this project using only the acorns, but once I got started, I decided it needed a little extra touch.  You know how that goes. 😉  So……I started with this.

And ended up with this.

And I learned a couple of things along the way.  First, acorns are a lot heavier than one would imagine.  And two, they have some sharp, pointy tips to them that definitely start jabbing you as the wreath gets covered.  Yikes!  Still, I’m thinking this will look good up on my mantel once Halloween is over.  I hate to think about taking down all my precious Halloween decor, but I know the time is fast approaching when that will have to happen.  Don’t have a lot of Thanksgiving stuff to replace it with, but this will be a good start.  Might have to do a bit of shopping.  That will be a real shame…. A real shame, indeed.

The base of this wreath is just a simple straw form from the craft store.  Nik and I glued row after row of acorns onto the wreath, and embellished it with some dried grass we found on one of our nature walks.  Isn’t that organdy bow gorgeous?  I adore the glittered polka dots on it.  And I’ll tell you a little secret….that ribbon is included in the November Paper-Playground kit.  Sshhhhh.  Last, but definitely not least, I added some floral cut-outs from the Amber Wave patterned paper from Webster’s Pages‘ Reflections of Nature collection.  Although time consuming, it doesn’t take many flowers to make a bold statement. Touches of gold Stickles along the leaves and flower petals added a pop of sparkle to compliment the glitter in the ribbon.  Can’t wait to see it up on my mantel.  Won’t be long now.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekends!


Cardalicious 2

Happy Monday everyone!  Has it turned chilly for you all these last few days?  We have definitely had a change in weather here.  It’s really starting to feel like fall.  In fact, it was downright cold this morning at 6 am when I had to get Pete up for school.  Cold and dark.  I finally had to break down and turn on the heat, even.  Nik and I had to wear heavy sweaters, scarves and mittens for our late afternoon walk yesterday.  I’m already missing the warm weather.  I do love fall, but I love the Indian Summer part of fall, not the cold part.  Brrrrr…..

But along with the cold, Monday brings a new challenge at the Cardalicious blog.  Now that, I can deal with!  This week’s challenge is to create a birthday card using at least two journaling tags/spots/cards on your design.  Often, when you think of journaling tags, you think of scrapbook pages.  But journaling pieces also add a fun embellishment to cards.  Here is what I did.

Most of the supplies on my card came from  Webster’s Pages, including their large journaling prompt cards. Trimmed down just slightly, the journaling card became the perfect fit for the second layer on my project.  I love that these cards come with prompts to kick start your journaling.  The “on this day” prompt worked perfectly with my birthday wishes sentiment.  I also included a journaling tag from K&Co. for the second journaling piece and a hand-made ticket cut from some Bee Balm patterned paper from the Reflections of Nature line.  The butterfly was trimmed from another journaling card.  And look at the gorgeous new Webster’s trim!!  I just could not love it any more than I do. If you all haven’t seen all their new trims, just scroll down a few of my posts to see the entire collection.  You will be adding them to your must-have lists for sure!

Do go check out the new Cardalicious blog if you haven’t already.  There is tons of inspiration there.  The entire design team really rocked this challenge.  Link me up in the comments if you play along!

Have a great day!

Random Chaos #34 and News from InspireME

Good morning everyone!  I am SO excited to show you all my page for the Random Chaos challenge blog this week.  Janelle could not have picked a better challenge for me if she tried.  Any of you that have read my blog in the last week or two have seen how much I love all things Halloween.  So you can probably guess how happy I was when this week’s challenge ended up being to make any project (page, card or altered object) relating to Halloween.  You all REALLY should go check out what the other designers did.  There is a little bit of everything, and oh my, is there some great stuff.  I am so in love with Rachel’s altered project! It is so worth going to see. Here is what I did.

I chose to scrap this tiny photo of me when I was 7 wearing the witch costume my mom sewed for me.  I loved this costume more than any other I ever wore, and I managed to wear it for several years.  Mom added a whole new strip of fabric at the bottom so that I could continue to wear it as I grew, because I couldn’t stand to part with it.  She’s kept it all these years and I’ve since passed it down to Nicole, who has also worn it for Halloween.  That makes me pretty darn sentimental.  This costume is, without a doubt, one of my favorite childhood memories.  So even though this photo is really itty bitty, I’m still so glad to have it.

I had fun combining a bunch of different products and manufacturers on here.  I used a mixture of papers from Scenic Route (both black patterns), Webster’s Pages (the beige), and a touch of KI Memories( the orange strip).  Also used an overlay from Hambly in the background.  The chipboard buttons are from Making Memories, the ribbons are Stampin’Up and Making Memories, and the velvet alpha letters are from American Crafts.  I went back to my friend, Shanna’s, blog and downloaded a few more sizes of her awesome “scrolly frame” template to use as my photo mat.  Shanna has all sorts of fun templates that she is generously sharing with us all, so do go take a look!  And last, but not least, I added a few floral and leaf cut-outs from the gorgeous, new Reflections of Nature paper by Webster’s Pages.  I love the “ghostly” look these light flowers add to my little Halloween page!  I sure do love me some Webster’s!

And speaking of, there are a few new things going on over at Webster’s community blog site, inspireME, that I wanted to tell you about.  The first is a challenge that was posted this morning for the month of October.  The challenge for October is being led by design team member Iris and is to scrap photos of a favored or treasured object.  Be sure to check out the forum for all the latest information.

The second thing to note is that we are going to be holding our first ever live chat at the inspireME site tomorrow evening at 10 pm.  The chat is open to all inspireME members, so if you haven’t joined yet, you still have plenty of time to do so.  Here is what design team leader, Terri has to say.

Please join us for our very first LIVE chat, Wednesday, October 1, 10pm EST. It is scheduled for 1 hour.

This will be a chance for you to “meet” one of the owners of Webster’s Pages, chat with our design team members and guest designers, ask any questions you might have about products, share ideas and just have fun chatting about paper crafts.

We will have a few giveaways and Brandin will announce the winner of our quarterly banner drawing too.

The Chat is easy to access. That night a Chat option will appear on the inspireME menu, and when you click it, it will take you to the Chat room. You need to be a registered member of the site to have access to the chat.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Pottery Barn Project-Part Two

This project is taking much longer than I EVER thought possible.  I was so sure it would be done by today and that I would have all these great photos to share, but it’s not.  This is a lot more work than I was expecting.  Glammie and I were both getting a bit frustrated yesterday afternoon.  We even went so far as to ask why on earth we didn’t just buy the originals at Pottery Barn and be done with it.  That would have been a lot easier and certainly less time consuming.  And, I wouldn’t have had to scrub paint off of my garage floor yesterday.  But it’s too late now.  We are committed and will see this project through to the end, even if it kills us.  I just hope I end up liking it!

Yesterday afternoon was mostly spent in picking thousands of beads off an old belt of mine.  We needed beads for this project, and I just didn’t have any others.  Glammie got this brain storm of recycling these old beads, and since they were the perfect color, we went for it.  Little did we know how long it would take to get them off.  Little tip for all you do-it-yourself-ers……go buy beads.  Seriously.  Here is Nik working on the last of the beads.

Then it was out to the garage to start some gluing.

We still have more gluing to do.  It’s rather a slow process, as just as many beads fall off as stick on.  Who would have guessed at how difficult this would end up being?

This is a bit of what the sticks look like now.  Unfortunately, the bead work doesn’t show up real well in the photographs.

We’ll see how much more we get done this afternoon.  Are you guys starting to get a feel for what we’re up to?

I also have a card to share this morning.

I was inspired to make this card after visiting my scrappy friend, Shanna’s, wonderful blog.  Shanna has graciously uploaded a bunch of really fun templates that she has created, and is even offering a contest prize for using them.  How cool is that?  I fell in love with her “scrolly frame” and couldn’t wait to use it. The templates are so easy to download, and one of the best things about them is that you can easily change the size to fit your needs.  I used the template as is, and also re-sized it several times so that I can layer the frames as well.  LOVE that!

The papers on this card are from the beautiful Webster’s Pages collections.  I combined papers of the new line, Reflections of Nature, with pieces from the Raspberry Truffle and Feather Your Nest collections.  I also used my brand new stamps from October Afternoon for the greeting and for the sweet, little bird.  Thank you, Kathie, for those beautiful stamps!  And thank you, Shanna, for those awesome templates!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Random Chaos 30

Here we are marking another milestone over at the Random Chaos challenge blog. Janelle amazes me with her creative weekly challenges, and here we are on challenge number 30 already! Way to go, Janelle!! I feel really honored to have been able to play along for all 30 weeks, and look forward to each new week. Well………except for that dreaded no patterns week. 😉 But now that that is behind me, it’s smooth sailing from here on out!

This week’s challenge is to use an over-sized photo on your layout. I have always liked the look of that, but rarely enlarge my photos very much. I really love that Janelle’s challenge pushed me to actually go ahead and do it. I am really happy with the outcome. But that could be in large part due to my subject matter. Take a look.

You recognize this guy, right? This is the primitive wooden Jack O’Lantern I splurged on last week. Could NOT resist it. Thought it’s vintage, shabby goodness would compliment the beautiful papers from Webster’s Pages really well, and I’m so pleased with the result. Think the patchwork effect gives this page a real homespun charm to it. All the paper on this project came from the two new lines from Webster’s called Inspired and Reflections of Nature. From the Reflections line, I used the front and back sides of both the Amber Waves and the Chestnut Mocha papers. From Inspired, I used the Bountiful paper for the dark brown strips at top and bottom, and I cut the word “Inspiration” from the sheet for use in my title. Love the gorgeous script. For the chipboard letters in the title, I covered them with dictionary paper and aged them slightly with a Ranger distress ink pad. I also stamped one journaling strip with Hero Arts letter stamps and added a couple of Chatterbox ribbon ties for a final touch.

I just love fall! Think it has to be my most favorite season. Anyone else think so, too?

Have a great day everyone!

Oh, Happy Day~

I am having such a happy morning today!!  Life is just really, really wonderful right now!  The kids tracked out of year-round school as of last night, and we now have three weeks of vacation!!  Yippee!  I cannot tell you how hard it has been to have had to go to school all summer long.  We were tracked out last May, and did manage to go to the beach……but it’s been a loooonnnnggggg haul getting through the bulk of summer while in school.  We are all on cloud 9 this morning!!

I’m also super excited this morning, because look what the FedEx guy just brought me!!  A jumbo box of yummy Webster’s Pages new releases!!  It felt just like Christmas opening up this package.  Check out all the goodies I now have to play with.

Woot!!  I now have about a 3/4″ high stack of both new lines from the summer release.  I had already received some of the first line called Inspired, but not all of it and I haven’t had a chance to play with the second line called Reflections of Nature at all.  I also got a set of the new Journaling Cards and the Mini Calendar papers.  Both sets come packed in cute little jewel cases that will double as stands for display.  Take a peek.

Wow!!!  These little beauties are SO cute, and……they are double-sided!  Can’t wait to sit down and do some playing.

But that’s not all!  Look what Webster’s still has up it’s sleeve.  TRIMS!!!!!

I don’t know about you……but I am drooling over here.  And guess what the best part of this is???  You can enter your name in a drawing to win all of these fabulous new trims!!  Brandin is going to be holding the drawing sometime this weekend, so you all need to hop on over to the Webster’s Pages blog, pronto!

Good luck everyone!