Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I'm here, and still amazing

Sorry I haven't posted in forever but it's been unreal crazy busy in this house since scrapday. Haven't even had a chance to just sit for sooooooo long. We are still dealing with water in the basement because of the frozen drain tile. Constantly vacuuming water, all day (some days more, some less). It's driving me crazy. That's not all that's driving me to drink, I mean crazy, with water downstairs I had to bring my daycare play area upstairs. So now my whole house is runover with toys and activities everywhere!!! Hoping this snow just hurrys up and melts so we can get this done and over with. Along with the wet basement, I've had a few SU! workshops and planned a surprise birthday party for my inlaws (with Dwight's 2 Aunts so don't ask how that went). But the party was a huge success and they were thrilled!!! So wirth it.
I'm going to share the cake I made for them because it's amazing. Oh ya, totally amazing. I got the idea from Amanda's creative cakes so it's not my own. I used 3 boxes of chocolate cake mix (I didn't have time to make cake from scratch, nor did I want to) to make 2 - 10" cakes and 2 - 6" cakes. Inbetween the cakes I poured chocolate ganache to keep them together. For those of you that don't know what chocolate ganache is, it's chocolate (and I used a milk chocolate Lindt bar) and whipping cream. I iced the sides with buttercream icing to attach the kitkat bars (only needed 22 bars). Then I poured more chocolate ganache on top and sprinkled the shavings from a Toblerone bar over top. I filled the martini glass with Malteasers.
The gold balls are Ferrero Rocher chocolates. It only took me 2 hours to assemble it all, not too bad I thought. Oh and the ribbon is real ribbon, not edible. (someone asked me at the party lol)
So once I get my room back I'm hoping to scrapbook or stamp or do something creative involving paper and ink!!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

What a great day!

Thank you to everyone who came out for my scrapbooking/cardmaking day!! It was great day. I think everyone enjoyed themselves and got a lot accomplished. I'm hoping to plan another in the fall so stay tuned.
Unfortunately I forgot my camera so I have no pics to show you of the girls working so hard or the beautiful projects they got done! And there were so awesome projects.
Well I'm off to clean my basement, we were blessed with water trickling down the walls yesterday so now it's all a mess. Any volunteers to help clean up??

Thursday, March 12, 2009

fast approaching

Well 2 more sleeps until cardmaking/scrapbooking day!! Woohoo, can hardly wait. I need to finish packing the goodie bags today and start packing some stuff up. Got all the prizes ready, and wow, there are lots!! I'm looking forward to it, hope you are too!!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Some card shares

Here are the cards we made at a special request class. I was asked to some projects for a youth windup with 9 participants. I did 3 cards and a box. They loved it, and we had a great time! Teenagers are so fun. (but glad I'm not one anymore. lol)
This first one we used riding hood red cs, ink and ribbon, whisper white cs and regal rose ink. Did the rock 'n roll technique with the daisy stamp. Also used the top notes die and that piece is on dimensionals.
The girls really loved this next one. Pattern paper is from Afternoon Tea collection and I used the Cute and Curly stamp set with matching punch. The butterfly is cut with the bigshot using the Parisian Breeze specialty paper (LOVE IT!!) And of course we added glitter to his wings. CS and ink were baja breeze.
And lastly, this super simple card that is just beautiful. However, it was hard to take a picture of it, so this was the best I got.
The small strip of pp down the side on the inside was from Bella Rose. Punched a hole with the 1-3/8 punch and then using a mask inked the inside of the card with baja breeze. We then stamped the image from pocket silhouettes with chocolate chip ink. And once again, added glitter. So what do you think? It took us jsut over 3hours to do the box and 3 cards (the girls worked very diligently between discusses which boy was the cutest in highschool).

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sometimes I amaze even me

I made this canvas for a birthday present for Dwight so he can hang it in his office at work. I wanted pics of all 3 boys but I don't have any good shots of the 16year old. (which means no underwear showing) So maybe I'll do a smaller canvas of him after I bribe him to sit down and I can take some nice pics.
I think it turned out wonderful. I used the pictures my friend Eva Krahn took of them at the Thresherman's muesum this past fall. Wal-Mart didn't have the 'normal' canvas's, so I bought the flat ones and attached some hardware at the top and tied a ribbon to it so Dwight could hang it. SU! ingredients: pp is from Urban Garden, rubon's are Chateau Bella, butterfly cut with big shot, glitter is the chocolate from Supernova collection. The flowers, chipboard letters, gems (on butterfly) and photo anchor were from my stash.
A closeup of the chipboard letters. I painted them brown (same as canvas) then used heat & powder to adhere the glitter. Looks really nice.
I glued some pp onto a piece of chipboard, then once it was dry I ran it through the bigshot to cut out the butterfly. It was missing something so added the gems. Finished it off beautifully. Dwight just loved it. And I do too. Maybe I'll do another one for my studio...

Sunday, March 1, 2009

It's been a long week

Yikes, can't believe I survived this past week. 3 parties (well 2 parties and 1 class) last week and then my scrappers club is on Tuesday. So 4 in total over the course of 7 days. But it's been fun. Love getting out, especially last week, the kids are getting spring fever!!

A little tidbit in my personal life. Last post I showed you the clifford cake I made my son for his birthday. Well I totally overestimated how much icing I would need to make it so I had a bucketfull leftover in my fridge. Not to worry, Dwight's birthday was on the 26th, I'll just make him a cake with the same colors. When I asked my boys what kind of cake I should make daddy, they agreed on this...

I never thought I'd be making a barbie cake for a member of my family. Too funny. Carter was so excited to show daddy he couldn't wait till after supper. Dwight thought it was hilarious. Not bad for the first time making a barbie cake I thought, and I even pulled off using the red and black colors.

Here is the card we made at Eva's party.
I used the top notz die for the cardstock and pp, but for the pp, we cut off the perforated part. We then used blender pens and ink pad to color in the flower and butterfly. Added a little dazzling diamonds and ta-da, a beautiful card.

I have more cards to share and a kick-butt canvas I made for Dwight. But I'll share that later this week.
Until then...