Monday, January 31, 2011

New Scraplift Challenge at Mousescrappers

Mousescrappers has introduced a new challenge today.  It's called a Weekly Scraplift Challenge and it will start every Monday and go for the week.  You take the host's layout and scraplift from it.  There's always an awesome participation prize to get you motivated.  Head on over to Mousescrappers Scraplift Challenge Forum to check it out.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Template Freebie #27 and #28

This morning, I have 2 easy templates for you.  One version is portrait, one is landscape mode.  They are both simple, yet very versatile.  When I look through my photobook, I noticed that I really like it when the pictures are a decent size and not so tiny that you can't see them.  So I like these templates because the pictures are the main focus.  Here's the first layout:

Which is the inspiration for template freebie #27.  Hope you like it!

Next is a similar template, but in landscape mode.  From this layout:

And here is your freebie template #28.  Enjoy and happy scrapping!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Name This Kit Contest From Kellybell Designs

Kelly has an exciting contest launching today! She wants you to name her NEW KIT!!!

Just make you way over to Kelly's blog and put in the comments your idea to NAME THIS KIT! Next Friday Kelly will announce the new name, and the person that suggested it will win the kit for FREE!! Everyone else will be able to pick it up for 25% off next weekend.... so be sure you enter to win!! Don't forget to leave your email address, so that Kelly can let you know if you've won!!!

Kellybell is also taking a moment to shine a spotlight on one of her awesome CT members today!!
We want you to meet Jenn!!

You can read her full interview on Kelly's blog when you stop to enter the Name This Kit contest!! Jenn is also offering an exclusive freebie this week, made with one of her favorite Kellybell kits!

Be sure to stop over at Jenn's blog and snag it!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Template Freebie #26 - First One For 2011

It's about time I get back to making templates!!!  I made 25 templates in the second half of last year.  So maybe I should shoot for 50 templates this year.  Wow, wouldn't that be cool!  So let's just get right to it.

For the Mousescrapper Speed Scrap Marathon, I needed 2 pictures and some circles, so this is what I came up with.  It's a fairly simple design, so maybe you can add lots of elements around it!

Here is template freebie #26.  Enjoy and happy scrapping!!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Reflection From Natalie's Place Designs

Oh the wonder of the Orient.  The mystery, the intrigue along with the unique colors and curves.  Today Natalie's Place Designs announces a new kit called 'Reflection'.  It's got beautiful pink, reds and blues with lots of adorable asian elements.  Perfect for scrapping your tea time, adventures and China and Japan, and other travels.  Take a look:

The colorful hanging lanterns are fabulous!  I scrapped some China adventures at Epcot.

You can find all of Natalie's kits and freebies at her blog site HERE.  Don't forget to visit Cynthia ... Forever Young and Lisa Campbell Designs to check out their layouts and grab some amazing freebies they created.  Here's my wordart freebie for today.  Enjoy!


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Harry Potter Birthday Party

My son Andrew had his kid party on Saturday morning at our house to celebrate his 6th birthday.  It was a Harry Potter theme and we had 16 kiddos attend.  I'd been totally absorbed with decorating and planning all the details for the last 2 weeks.  Majority of the ideas came from my favorite birthday website, Birthday Party Ideas, and then lots of google searching for Harry Potter images.  I really loved how everything turned out and the kids had a blast!!  Here's my birthday boy:

I made the 4 House banners and a black Hogswarts banner out of broadcloth and printed a crest to iron on.  I made 2 sets of banners and hung them up.  I made a few hanging candles and strung them up with fishing line.

I went out shopping at thrift stores for old bottles and glassware to make potions bottles.

On my larger table, I had some candles, books, birdcage and owls, along with several potion bottles.  On the wall, I put up small pictures of all the characters which we later used for a character guess-who game.

Here's a closeup of all the cool potion bottles and decorations.  I used lots of those battery operated tea light candles, they created a cool effect throughout the house.

I printed out some potion labels I found on the web.  It was cool figuring out what ingredients to put in the bottle and making a gross potion name to match.  Here's my potion bottles:  Bloodworms (spaghetti), Bat Eyes (raisons), Mermaid Scales (shredded coconut), Dragon Wings (cabbage leaf), Gillyweed (moss), Ear Wax (lemon drop candy), Spider Guts (yellow raisons), Owl Poop (black beans), Blind Cat Eyes (moth balls), Goblin Pee (pickle juice), Red Blood Cells (pimentos), Leech Juice (coke), Volcanic Ash (pancake mix), Rabbit Hearts (beets), Frog Livers (capers), and Troll Blood (beet juice).  The Owl Poop and Goblin Pee were the kid's favorites!!  In kindergarten right now, anything having to do with poop is hilarious.

When the kids arrived, I put them in our living room and they watched the first Harry Potter movies and snacked on jelly beans in cute little black cauldrons while we waited for the rest of our guests to arrive.  Then I gathered them all up on our stairwell to do a sorting ceremony.

I called down each child and they got on a black robe (an XL mens Tshirt cut down the middle with an ironon crest on the pocket and a little velcro dot to hold it together on top).  I put on the sorting hat (a witch hat covered with brown fabric), and they picked out a House card out of a hat.  Then they received a button that had the House crest on it which helped them know which group they were in.

After getting sorted, we played a character guess-who game.  I taped a picture of a character on their back and I made a checklist of all the characters in a small notepad.  I gave them a feather quill pencil I made to write with.  They were supposed to look at each person's picture and check off the ones they found.  It was a little bit hard for a bunch on kindergarteners to read all the names, but they had fun anyways.  Next they picked out a wand (dowel rods painted brown) and they got to cast some spells on each other.  They enjoyed acting silly, pretending to fly, and freezing!

Then on to the fun part - the potions class!  We did this in the garage in case we spilled anything.  The first potion was an invisibility potion.  Start with dragon blog (red cabbage juice), add moon flies (plastic flies), add dried bones which makes it turn green (laundry detergent), add scorpion stingers (cloves), add snake venom which makes it turn pink (vinegar), add volcanic ash which makes it bubble up (baking soda).  Then stick your finger in the potion and rub some on the back of your hand which should make you disappear.  We turned off the lights when they did that and it was dark in the garage, so we all laughed that the kids disappeared!!  Our second potion we got to drink.  We started with Sprite, added magic fizzy dust (grape koolaid), then added fire sparkles (pop rocks) and it fizzes and crackled while they drank it all up.  They all thought the potions was the best part of the whole party.

After pizza, we had birthday cake and ice cream.  I get all our cakes at the local Randalls grocery store, they make the best chocolate cakes!  They watched the rest of the Harry Potter movie and they were all captivated by the movie.  It was a great way for them to wind down.

I didn't have any goody bags, but they had lots of things to bring home including their black robe, house crest buttons, a wand, a HP key chain, a little notepad and their feather quill pencil, and a small black cauldron full of jelly beans.  I was hoping we could do a relay race with the brooms but we ran out of time.

I had the hardest time making a fake fire to put in the 3 large cauldrons I bought.  I looked at tons of pictures on the web, but I just could not get it right with all the tissue paper I had.  This one looks more like a gift bag than a flaming hot cauldron.

So instead, I used shiny glitter strips in the cauldron, which didn't look too bad.  One day I'm going to have to figure out how to make fake fire!!!

Overall, it was an awesome party.  Andrew loved it and loved having all his classmates in his house.  Thankfully birthdays only come once a year, because otherwise I'd be dead from party stress!!  In June, we have a trip to Disney planned and will stop at Universal Studios to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for the first time.  I think we're all going to LOVE that!!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Arrr Mateys! Walk The Plank From Kellybell Designs

Shiver me timbers, mateys! If it's pirate booty you come a seeking, you've arrived at the right spot. Kellybell Designs has the perfect kit for scrapping all your pirate adventures, it's called

Walk The Plank
This kit is filled with 15 papers in swashbuckling colors. There's 55 elements including 8 word strips, pirate ship, compass, cannon, skull and crossbones, jolly roger flag, and several flowers, ribbons and buttons. This kit makes it easy to scrap your pirate parties, meetings with Jack Sparrow and rides on Pirates of the Caribbean. Avast me hearties, take a closer look:

Kelly also created a matching set of 6 word art sayings which make awesome titles for your pages.

Steer your boats over to Kelly's store and grab these quick. This weekend only, the kit is available for a special sale price of 25% off.

Here's some pirate inspiration for you.  I made a 2-page layout of my boys fighting with Jack Sparrow in the Pirate Tutorial in AdventureLand.

Kelly's Creative Team has lots of fun creating freebies for you. Make sure you stop by each blog to check out their layouts and grab their freebie designs. And don't forget to write a comment before you leave.

and our January Guest: Donna (Dixie Pixie) --

Thanks for stopping by today. Here's my pirate freebie for you. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Yo Ho Yo Ho, Pirates Are Coming!!

Kellybell Designs has an awesome kit for all you swashbucklers and salty dogs.  The pirates are coming!!  Beware!!  Arrrr!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Hungry? How About Lunch At Tony's?

Don't you just love the smell of italian food cooking?  And all the yummy pasta to eat, along with creamy sauces and pizzas?  Today, Natalie's Place Designs announces 'Lunch At Tony's', a yummy kit with the 3 italian colors of red, green and white.  Along with some fun food elements and adorable dining stamps.  It's a fabulous kit if you've ever eaten at Mama Melrose, Via Napoli, Tony's Town Square and Tutto Italia.  Take a look:

You can grab this kit at Natalie's blog HERE.  I've eaten at both Mama Melrose and Tony's Town Square.  I love calamari and tiramisu!!  This summer, we're planning on trying out Tutto Italia.  Here's my layouts:

For your freebies today, I have a frame and pasta cluster for you.  Enjoy!
Don't forget to stop over at Lisa Campbell Designs and Cynthia..Forever Young to pick up their freebies as well.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Speed Scrap Marathon Layouts

Last weekend was the Mousescrappers Speed Scrap Marathon.  Fourteen scraps over 3 days -- and I finished them all!!  Lots of interesting sets of instructions from using only 1 picture and 1 element to using more than 6 pictures and a photo mask.  I guess that's why they call it a challenge!!  So today I am sharing the 14 layouts I made for the marathon.  I'll be back next week with some more templates to share.