Tuesday, December 9, 2014

MHK Scraps & Mad Tea Parties

I was so excited to find out that I was paired with MHK Scraps at Gingerscraps.  It is always nice to get to work with a designer who loved Disney, too!  :D

She has numerous kits that are Disney related.  I chose to work with World of Fantasy first.  She has 4 separate pieces to choose from.  I worked with her main kit and her alpha for my layout.  It has all those beautiful Fantasyland colors, plus great elements like the Castle, Tea Cups, Carousel Horse and even Pixie Dust!
She also has World of Fantasy Add-On
And World of Fantasy Icing
You can get the whole bundle for $10.99, or just pick up the pieces that you want.

I did this layout of the Mad Tea Cups with it.  
I was able to complete the Gingerscraps December Recipe Challenge using the kit and Seatrout Scraps Template called See Right Through Me.  I just love how it turned out!
Check it out!

Friday, December 5, 2014

New Kits, New Creative Team, New Scrapbook Pages

Good Morning Digi Peeps!
I am so excited to announce that I was selected to be a Guest Creative Team member for Gingerscraps scrapbooking site.  For the month of December, I get to work with all new (Fresh Baked) kits that the wonderful designers there come up with.  I also was pared up with MHK Scraps to make layouts with her amazing kits (she has some Disney ones, too :D ).  It is going to be a fun month!

First I wanted to share this Fresh Baked item from Luv Ewe Designs called Winter Wonderland.
She also created coordinating Extra Papers

The aquas and snowflakes were so pretty to work with.  Last December we an overnight freeze and this kit was perfect to showcase it.  I also used this month's template challenge free template by Dagi called What's In Your Pocket.  You too can go and download this free template and join in the template challenge!  If you complete 10 challenges, you receive a huge kit!

I also got to work with the Gingerbread Ladies collab called the Monthly Mix.  This month they created this gorgeous kit called Holiday Joy.  This HUGE Collab is only $5.25 all month long.

Look at all those papers and elements.  Not only was I able to make a cute layout of our kitty under the tree, but I used it to make my siggy, too.

Look for more fun this month!
Talk to you soon

Friday, June 13, 2014

Happy Camper

Designer Celeste Knight has a new release today called Happy Camper.  Perfect timing for all those great camping pictures.  We love to go camping every summer and when I saw that great bear element with the word art "Stay Wild", I knew exactly what I wanted to highlight - Wild Yosemite!  We love Yosemite and the natural wild beauty there.  It was amazes me to see people who want to feed or pet the animals there.  So, KEEP YOSEMITE wild and beautiful for years to come!

So, check out the kit at Pixels and Company
Celeste Knight's Happy Camper

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

CT Hybrid Quilling Blog Post for Celeste Knight

Hello all!  I have been so busy recently that I have not even come over to update anything.  One big happening in my world is that I was asked to be on  The Sweet Caroline Studio's Creative Team!  I was shocked to be asked.  Besides making digital layouts with Celeste Knight's wonderful scrapbook kits, I also will periodically do blog posts for her blog.  This month, I did a blog post on how I created these fun frames which I made as end of year teacher presents using Celeste's Wildflower full kit.

Go check out the blog to see how to make these beautiful gifts with quilling
Sweet Caroline Studio Blog

Thursday, January 30, 2014

New Year, New Beginnings

hello all of you out in digi-land!

I am not sure about you, but New Year's is so wonderful.  It is a great chance to start fresh, make new promises (even if you break them) and just plain look forward & up!  I have never been huge into the resolutions that many make since they seem so fleeting, so I don't usually use those words.  Instead, I try to make myself promises to do better.
After spending the entire month of December with my entire family sick, I REALLY wanted to start the new year fresh.  I looked at what things I could make a difference in.
One big one is to make a conscious effort to think positively - boy is that harder than it seems.
Of course, I also made some healthy promises.  Drink more water (always), eat smaller meals, and drink less soda.  Eh, not doing so hot, but it is an on-going battle.
My last promise is to get my scrapbook albums DONE.  It seemed silly to me that I scrapbook all the time and gets tons of pages done, but not actual  albums done and that even if they are done, they aren't printed and in my hands.
I jumped right onto the 2012 album that I tried to do last year and had only gotten to early February with a smattering of misc pages done throughout.   So far, this month, I have done 34 pages, with 28 of those pages for the 2012 February & March album.  I feel like I am actually making progress!  The next time that Persnickety has a print sale, I plan on printing a batch of whatever is done so that I can start enjoying them now!

So, rather it is for New Year's or anytime - make a promise to yourself to make improvements.  Even if you change your mind or don't get very far, you will get farther than if you hadn't tried at all.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Fall (ing) in Love

Can I just say how much I love fall.  I love all the things about.

  • The weather cools off (but isn't cold).
  • The leaves are all just gorgeous and makes me want to grab my camera and head outside.
  • Pumpkin EVERYTHING!  Yes, I see recipes and mixes, and cakes, and coffees, and creamers, and cupcakes, and breads, and donuts, and, and, and, and - I just can't get enough Pumpkin!  (see below for my new fav recipe)
  • I love to visit Pumpkin Patches!  All the hay rides, farm animals, and picking pumpkins!
  • Giant Pumpkin Festival - our area hosts a great festival celebrating this fun time, with awards for largest pumpkin (this year the prize went to a 1874.5 lb monster of a pumpkin.  Plus, they even have a pumpkin regatta, fun booths, events and more.
  • Halloween - I just love to dress up and my kids are no different.  
  • Halloween & Fall Shows - My DVR is going crazy trying to record all the fun shows.  One of mine and my kids favs is Halloween Wars, where they have to create a scene with pumpkin, cake and sugar art.  It is amazing what they create.
So, fun!  

Here is my recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes 
via Cake Central

1 box spice cake mix 
1 cup all-purpose flour 
1 cup granulated sugar 
1 tsp salt 
3 eggs 
1 cup water 
1 cup sour cream 
1 cup canned pumpkin 
2 tsp vanilla extract 

Whisk together dry ingredients, then add wet and beat on low speed for 2 minutes. Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes. Makes about 36 cupcakes. 

**Decorator's Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup of shortening 
1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter @ room temp 
1 8oz bar cream cheese @ room temp
1 tbsp clear vanilla extract
2 lbs sifted powder sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp cinnamon 

Cream together shortening, butter, and cream cheese until nice and smooth. Add vanilla into mixture and combine. Sift together sugar, salt and cinnamon, and slowly add to shortening, butter & cheese mixture. Make sure that all sugar is incorporated. Enjoy!
*If too stiff of a consistency use less sugar but all the salt or gradually add milk to make the perfect consistency!

What do you love about Fall?  Do you have any great recipes to share?  Let me know.
Have fun and enjoy all the fall greatness!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Disney Car's Birthday Party

Hello All!
This morning, there was a challenge to do a scrapbook layout about celebrations and I immediately thought about the fun party that I threw for my 3 year old.  He was in love with Disney Cars (and so were we!).  I worked to transform my house into Cars Land! I scoured the internet for inspiration. Check out my Pinterest Board for more: http://pinterest.com/meagan43/disney-cars-party/
To start - you need a starting line!  I made my own with fabric in red and black/white racing checked.  I cut out the letters of black felt and sewed them onto a rectangle of more of the black and white checked.

Then, I designated areas like in Cars Land.  You fuel up at Flo's (lunch), you get surplus at Sarge's (presents), you stop in at the Cozy Cone for treats (desserts), and play at Luigi's & Mater's.  I think everything came together!  Without further ado, here is the photos
We enlarged (a lot) a photo that we took of the real Flo's sign in Disneyland's Cars Land, backed with foam core and cut it out.  It still hangs in my kitchen 4 months later ;)

Easy decor - found the image for Dinoco online, added it to a blue background (digitally) and then added to empty cans.  Just a fun little element.  Although, they would also make a good bowling game.
I took great pains, to make all the food "theme" related.  I served: Luigi's Pizza Tires, Mack's Cheesy Wheels, Lizzie's Nuts & Bolts (snack mix - I had to search to find one that seemed most like nuts and bolts), Ramone's Fruit Cars (apples & grapes - easy & fun), and Lightning McQueen & Francesco Bernoiulli's Chocolate Dipsticks (I took the basic Wilton race car pretzel rod candy and added eyes and the right coloring to look like the iconic cars characters).  Another fun thing that we did was to make a road table cloth.  I enlisted the help of my mom who sews faster and better than I to sew a black felt strip in the center to the black & white check and then to sew yellow ribbon road lines down the middle.  Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of just it.  We made 2 roads, one for the main Flo's Table and then just a road strip for the Cozy Cone table on top of an orange base.  They turned out so great!

BTW - the kit that I used to make the Flo's food labels is a retro kit called retrO from Oscraps.
I loved this idea that I found to have Fillmore's Organic Fuel.  I emptied 2 water jugs and filled one with "Anti-Freeze" (aka lemon-lime Kool-aid) and the other with "Motor Oil" (aka iced tea).  Then I found racing checked duct tape and covered the labels of water bottles.  Fun and easy!
I had plans to make these things more 'fleshed' out.  I was actually going to make specific game areas for Luigi's & Tow Maters.  I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how the Mater sign turned out.  It was really easy to cut out a tan foam core board, age it with brown, and then add the white paint outline.  The tires are just black foam.  Luigi's Leaning Tower of Tires was a last minute addition and a HUGE hit to the party itself.  I found these blow-up tires are Dollar Tree and bought 12.  The kids had such a blast just stacking, rolling, jumping on and every other way of playing with blow-up tires.  WAY worth the $12!  I sent each of the kids home with one, too ;)

For the treat table, I had a blast.  My kiddos helped me to transform out Cone drink holders into Cozy Cone hotel rooms.  I found instructions on the Disney site to do it to regular cones and adjusted to what I already had on hand.  They were the perfect decorations to set the mood for this table.  

I saw this cute idea to take terra cotta pots painted orange to serve treats on and just knew that I needed to do it.  This took 3 coats of orange spray paint.  I tried gluing the tiers together, but they did not stay glued. Obviously, I used the wrong adhesive, but I didn't have any problems with the server.  For the cupcakes, I found this scrumptious recipe for Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes and wanted to serve them (keeping the orange cone theme) .  I made the little cones for the top easily with orange marshmallow fondant.

Every time, we are in Disneyland, my husband eats his weight in popcorn and of course, they added a special Cone location for "Popcone", so I wanted to include it.  I found this antique Pepsi crate and wanted to use it to hold my cones.  I made the cones from orange construction paper and filled with popcorn.  I sort of mis-judged the size of the cones and the are a little too wide - oh well.  

I also wanted to include a more traditional flavor, so I made my Bavarian Bliss cupcakes (Bavarian Cream-filled white Cupcake with Buttercream Icing).  I made Route 66 fondant toppers and some Speed Limit 3 paper signs to top them.  I added an extra couple of flags on my white cupcake stand that looks retro, so it fits perfectly for the theme. 

It all looked great.  I had wanted to make the Cozy Cone sign for over it, but ran out of time.

Last, but not least, the favors were pretty simple.  I collected inexpensive cars, stickers, and small logo items.  Included an extra chocolate dipped pretzel rod and they got to take home an inflatable tire.

Finally, I want to share the layout that I did today of all the Flo's details
It is a simple layout using Britt-ish Design's Nothing But Pictures 3 template and her Cars Rule kit

All the kids had a great time and I just loved all the little details, I wanted to leave it all up forever ;)
I hope I have given you some inspiration to pull off your own Cars party!