Friday, June 29, 2007

Please join me in a new fun contest!

Join me in a super cool scrappin contest. If you're like me, you need motivation to get layouts done. To sweeten the deal, there are prizes involved! It's not too late to register and get your 25 points in before the deadline. If you're chatty like me, you can get those 25 posts in one sitting. Go here to find out more:

What better way to start out our summer here at The Scrapbook Site than with a BIG SUMMER CONTEST to get those creative juices flowing!

The design Team here at TSS loves Reality TV, and in the spirit of reality TV and the shows we will be seeing, we have created this contest just for TSS, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN SCRAP?

How The Game Works
For 8 weeks you will be given a challenge. you will have one week to create your layout and get it posted to the Gallery, linking it back to the challenge thread. Seems simple enough right??here's the catch, there are no ELIMINATIONS! After the game begins those who have signed up will be given access to a special forum created just for this game. You'll have a chance to chat with the other players, earn bonus points and cheer each other on!

The game will begin on July 2nd and end on August 20th with the winner announced on August 27th!
Challenges will be announced on Monday Mornings by 12:00 noon EST. You will have until Saturday at Midnight PST to upload your layout to the gallery. Sunday is voting day.

Once you have signed up, and you have access to the special forum, you'll receive further details about the game, including how the scoring and voting will work. and how we will determine a winner.
We will also make accomodations for those who may be gone a week during the summer, if you miss a week it's okay! (but you can't miss more than one!)

SIGN UPSSign Ups for the game will begin on June 25th and go through July 1st. Once the game begins there will be no late entries allowed.

Want to know what you are playing for?? If you win "so you think you can scrap" you will be enjoying 3 FREE Kits from TSS! PLUS a very very cool Karen Foster Calendar Kit HOW GREAT IS THIS! all you have do is create layouts based on the challenges given and go for it!We Hope to see you ALL there!!!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

connors songs june 07

With a little bribery, we got Connor to sing for you. Song #1 is Yellow Submarine (Lello Sumbarine), #2 Pledge of Allegiance, #3 Stripes and Stripes and Little Stars (he hangs his head in embarrasment b/c he realizes he messed up a little then starts smiling really big), #4 Oh Blah Dee. We had to bribe him with fire pops. He cracked us up by kissing the box after we gave it to him. LOL!!

Crackle Tutorial

As promised, here is how you crackle finish. You'll be amazed at how simple it is to do.

First, start with a plain piece of cardboard/chipboard. I used my Sizzix to cut out this star shape.

Next, choose a color of paint for your base coat. I ususally use a dark color underneath and a light color on top. The dark color is what will show through once the paint crackles. Here I used Making Memories copper glaze.

Once the paint dries, apply the Crackle Medium. This is what the bottle of Crackle Medium I use looks like. It's by Folk Art and you can buy it at Wal-Mart. I used a sponge brush and covered my painted star with it. Let it dry before proceeding to the next step.

This next step is where the magic happens. You will now apply your top coat. I used Making Memories acrylic paint in Manila. The trick here is to use alot of paint when you brush it on AND don't go over it again or you'll mess up the crackle layer. Just lay it on thick with one brushstroke on each application. When it starts to dry, the top coat will start to crack and you will end up with something beautiful like this...

Ta Da!! Click on the images to get a better look. Email me if you have any questions. See there, and you thought I was some kind of altering genius! Now you know better! Ha ha!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Last photos at age 3

Well, I'm going to milk it as long as I can. Connor doesn't officially turn four until 9:11 p.m. today. So he's still three for a few more hours! I tried to do a photo shoot of the little stinker yesterday but he just does not want to cooperate. I guess this is my fault- a result of too much stalking by the mamarazzi!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

My baby's last day to be three...waahhh!!!

I know I've been a blogger slackard lately and I truely apologize. But as my son's birthday was approaching, it hit me- my baby is going to be four years old! I thought, "Woah! Time is slipping by so fast!" So I decided to take a break from scrapping and focus on my son in his last days of being a baby. There's something about the age of four. Up until the age of 3, I consider this time as baby time. But now that Connor will be four tomorrow, he graduates from being a baby to being a boy. I know he probably left the baby stage long time ago. But in my mind, the age of four is when is officially happens. I have been crying on and off for two weeks at the realization of this. I realize that I will never hold another of my own babies in my arms ever again. I realize that half of my life is over and I, myself, have graduated into other chapter of my own life. It's just so sad how quickly time passes. So, I've been savoring this sweet little baby of mine as much as I can. Tomorrow, at 9:11 p.m., he will be a boy.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

How to...

Ok. Some of you asked how to do the crackle finish like I did on my box. It is really easy. I'm at work right now, but when I get home, I'll take a picture of the bottle of crackle medium that I use and I'll tell you how you can do it.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

My Rusty Pickle Desgin Team Submissions

Well, I have a confession to make. I missed the deadline for the Rusty Pickle design team Amazing Race contest. I know, I know! I'm such a procrastinator. But, in my defense, I checked the website earlier in the week (the due date was Friday) and it said that the submissions were due ON or BEFORE June 1st. To me, this interpreted by 12:00 midnite, June 1st. I was busy on Friday running my mom to the airport in St. Louis to catch her flight out of here. When I went to submit about 7:00 p.m., there was a deadline time of 3:00 p.m. in big red letters that wasn't there before and that applications were no longer being accepted. Sigh. Why didn't they post the time deadline sooner?? I went ahead and emailed them my submissions in hopes they would let me squeak by. I don't know if they even received them or not. I like to think that I didn't get them in on time is why I wasn't picked, but in reality I probably wasn't picked because there were other entries better than mine. Hee hee!! From now on, I vow to have my projects completed BEFORE any deadline in order to not have any problems entering.

Anyway, here are my submissions. We had to do one layout, one altered item and one mini book. Please click on each image for a closer look.
Thanks for looking!


Altered Item- Card Box

Mini Album

Saturday, June 02, 2007

You've got to check this out

I am so proud of my girlfriend, Jen, and the launch of her online store. Go here to see Jen's beautiful creations.

I haven't forgotten about the RAK that I promised. I've been busy with mom and getting the Rusty Pickle Design Team submission projects done. Keep me in your prayers that my submission is accepted.

I'll find out if I can post my creations publicly. If I can, I will post them for you to see.

My work