Saturday, January 31, 2009

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge - #17 - The Princess Bride

Welcome Everyone to our 17th Cinema Challenge – where this week, we are so happy to present the movie The Princess Bride. Each Saturday on the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge, we pick a movie from which to draw inspiration from in creating a card, scrapbook layout or altered project. This week's movie pick comes with the chance to win an AWESOME PRIZE! (towards the end of the blog)

This week we have 2 wonderful guest designers. Ann from Creative Antics and Melanie Muenchinger from Hands, Head and Heart who have created amazing projects for this week's movie pick - the Princess Bride. Please check out their blogs and the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge for more details.

I can't even tell you how excited we were to pick this movie. This movie (released in 1987) was originally a book (released in 1973) that slowly grew into a cult classic. I totally fell in love with the Princess Bride when I was in highschool. I think I was like Ann, and could quote the movie line by line. I think I must have watched it over a fifty times. One of my favorite memories is watching it with my highschool girlfriends at a slumber party eating popcorn and swooning over Westley's character and quoting all the memorable quotes (in our pajamas, with popcorn in our mouths) as the movie was on. One of my favorite lines from the movie is: "My brains, his steel, and your strength against sixty men, and you think a little head jiggle is supposed to make me happy? hmmm? "

The other line that I love comes from Westley's devotion to Buttercup and how he expresses his love with the sentiment: "as you wish". For this card, I a stamp from Melanie's beautiful stamp set that I colored to show Princess Buttercup and Westley (Dread Pirate Roberts) holding hands with the sentiment as you wish being repeated in the circle again and again.

I had so much fun making this card. I used the colors from the dress the Princess Buttercup wore and tried to mimic the beautiful beaded work in her dress by doodling with my silver pen. The pretty shimmery teal paper is from the Paper Temptress. I don't know if you have had a chance to check out this awesome company - but if you haven't - please check it out here. The papers are truly beautiful and exquisite. The sentiment "as you wish" was typed and repeated and then cut with my CM circle cutters. The beautiful stamp set is from Melanie Muenchinger's set.

I love this stamp set and so this week - YOU have a chance to win this stamp set - all you have to do is play along. In order to be eligible for the prize this week you have to create a card, scrapbook layout or altered project inspired by the movie using the sketch from this week's PaperCraft Planet's sketch challenge. Every satruday Paper Craft Planet has a new sketch challenge and this week - it was my turn to create a sketch. I was so excited - I love playing along with sketch challenges but have never created one - so here is my sketch challenge for this week's Paper Craft Plaent:
I hope you play along with the sketch and also with the Cinema Saturday movie.

In order to be eligible to be eligible for the prize for this week's challenge, you have to use the sketch below with this week's movie which is the Princess Bride.
1. you don't have to use the sketch challenge to play along with the Cinema Saturday challenge
2. you can use the sketch for something else and then upload it to PCP using the tag sk013109
3. in order to be eligible to win Melanie's stamp set - you have to incorporate the sketch with the movie Princess Bride and also:
a. Please leave a comment on this blog post with your entry by this Thursday -9 pm PST
b. If using the sketch and movie challenge together - please also upload to Paper Craft
Planet using 2 tags: sk013109 and cinemasaturday (all one word, lowercase letters)
in this way - i can create an album that can be featured with all of your works ;)

I hope you have fun and try out the sketch and also try out the movie challenge. It has been so much fun to meet you all through these challenges! You are all such wonderful inspirations!
Don't forget to check out the beautiful creations at Brooke's blog, Ann's blog and Melanie's blog!!!

A big thanks to Ann and Melanie for guest designing and for making our 17th movie challenge so amazing and wonderful!

Big Hugs to all,
Sankari :)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Taylor's Cupcake Challenge #52 - Happy {heart} day

Happy Tuesday Everyone,

Taylor is celebrating a year of Cupcake Challenges this week at her blog Taylored Expressions. This is her sketch for this week's sketch challenge - and if you have cupcakes stamps - why not use them for this cupcake challenge. For her celebration, she had her design team come up with sketches too and asked all the featured cupcake samplers from this year to participate in those sketches. You can check out all the details on Taylor's blog.

This week's sketch (TECC52) has an oval element in the sketch - which I realize that I don't use enough in my cards. so it was really run to use an oval for this sketch :) I am in love with this Basic Grey DP and so just used that for this card. The stamps are from Taylor's Love is Sweet set and the ribbon and buttons are all from my stash -- yay! I am trying to whittle this stash down :)
I love these two cupcakes smooching and this stamp set always tickles me and gives me the giggles :)

I hope all of you are doing well. Things here have gone from busy to insane! We are getting ready to head for warmer weather and so all the preparation has sucked up any craft time :( but I can't wait to soon!

Hope you are all doing well!
Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday filled with happiness and cupcakes!
Ciao for now,
Sankari :)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Best things in Life are....

Good Morning Everyone,

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! I am so excited to share with you some exciting news! In December, I participated in Melanie Muenchinger's Hand-in-Hand sentimental journey challenge to create a card/project where hands are being featured. The winner of her challenge would get to be a guest desinger for Melanie in January and feature her latest stamps that are being released in January. I was soooo happy when Melanie selected my scrapbook layout and I got to be part of the release party of her newest stamps for Gina K. Designs. Melanie just released her newest set of awesome stamps called the The Best in Life.

Melanie is the senior illustrator at Gina K. Designs and has some amazing stamps that she has created and her blog: Hands, Head and Heart is just filled with amazing cards, projects and stories. Check out all of Melanie's stamps here and check out all of Gina K.'s amazing products here.She is someone whose work I have totally admired and I was so excited to be picked! YAY! Thank you Melanie!

Her newest stamps are sentiments that express what the best things in life are - they are sooo versatile and I just loved playing with them! you can mix and match sentiments and create your own new phrase of what the best things in life are. Melanie just posted a tip sheet on how you can use the stamps and what some different ideas for them are - you can check out her tip sheet here. Here are two cards that I created using her stamps:

This first one - I created using Melanie's The Best things in Life stamps and Gina's Warm and Cozy Christmas stamps and mixed the two together using Julee's awesome Mojo Monday sketch #70 I really loved making this card - because it was something I wanted to give to my MIL who is always so supportive and always such great care of our kids. These two little munckins in the their coats look just like our son and daughter. I loved the sentiment - from God - because no matter what your religious beliefs - children are a miracles. I paper pieced all the children's clothing and added alot of dimensionals to the card.

The second one - I created a card for a very special friend and the sentiment that I created from Melanie's stamps are: "The Best things in Life are shared" - I loved this! This card was created using the colors (black, kraft and pink) from the fabulous ladies at the Color Throwdown and uses Jen del Muro's sketch from last week.

I loved using Melanie's stamps for this card for my friend. She is such a sweetheart and is always sharing and taking care of others. The sundae's on the card have liquid pearl and the glass on the sundae's have a liquid glaze on them. I have so many ideas spinning around in my head on projects to use with Melanie's stamps - there are so many.

The thing that i like the best about her stamps is that she has sentiments that really fit everything you could want to describe and share in a card or layout or project. They are just so versatile. Please go check out Melanie's stamps and her awesome blog! She is not only an amazingly talented artist - but after having a chance to email back and forth and talk with her on the phone (we have to do it longer next time Melanie! :) she is just so sweet, kind and encouraging. I absolutely adore her!

I hope your sunday is restful and relaxing!! My sunday is unfortunately looking like a laundry kind of day - oh well! :) Hopefully, I can get some stamping done too!

Thanks for visiting!
Ciao for now!
Sankari :)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge - #16 - The Wizard of OZ

Good Saturday Morning Everyone,

This Saturday, Brooke and I are so excited to feature the movie: The Wizard of Oz for the weekly Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge First of all, can we just say that we are impressed and blown away that you guys could guess that from those itty bitty sneak peeks!!! Seriously - you are all amazing with your guessing ability! The movie the Wizard of Oz was released in 1939 (can you believe that this movie is 60 years old!!!) according to Wikipedia movie received an Academy Award for best Original Song and was nominated for several Academy Awards as well as being nominated for Best Picture. This movie is often ranked in the Top 10 in film circles and the song "Somewhere over the Rainbow has been voted as the Greatest Song of All Time by the American Film Institute. Last week we had a Color Challenge and this week we wanted to have a different challenge - that your card, layout, project that is inspired by the movie: The Wizard of Oz have something metallic in it (it could be some brads, metallic paper, ink, etc.)

When I watched this movie when I was young - my favorite character was the Tin Man - he was always so sweet and always getting rusty. My card is inspired by his quest for a heart. The sentiment of the card is inspired by the song "If I only had a Heart" sung by the Tin Man. I love the line: "I hear a beat, how sweet!" So this sentiment reads: "My heart beats for you, sweet!" I combined the silver elements from the Tin Man with the Ruby sequins of the Ruby red slippers that Dorothy wears. This card is super shiny and shimmery in real-life - it is so hard to photograph - but I tried.

One of the hearts is very 3-D and the silver heart is actually a broach that I cut and adhered to the cardstock. This is an early valentine's day card for my DH that I surprised him with this morning - with some hot cocoa and pancakes :) Pancakes, hot cocoa and the Wizard of Oz ... that's what I call a great start to a day! I used the sketch that my fellow PaperCraftPlanet DT member, Jessica from iEmbellish from Gina K. created for the Saturday Sketch going on at PaperCraftPlanet. This week, all those who participate in the sketch challenge at PaperCraftPlanet will be entered into a drawing for a free stamp set from Gina K. (valued at $19.95) in honor of celebrating Jessica's birthday!!!

So are you ready to play along!! We sure hope you join us this week!

All of you have to do is make a card that has metallic component (brads, metallic paper, faux metal embellishment, etc) that is inspired by the movie Wizard of OZ and link your creation to our blog by commenting on this post. If you are uploading to SCS please use the keyword: CSCC16 and if you are uploading it to PapercraftPlanet - please use the keyword: cinemasaturday (all lowercase and all ONE word :).

Please link to our blog by this Thursday, January 30, 2009 by 12pm PST.

Please tell your friends about this challenge and have them join us in this fun challege.
The card chosen from this challenge will be featured on PaperCraftPlanet - so come on and join the fun!!!

Can't wait to see your creations!!!

Hugs to all!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Taylor's One Year Cupcake Anniversary Challenge!!!

Good Morning Everyone,

Wow! Two posts in one day already - and its not even 10am! This morning I am so excited to share some awesome fun that is happening over at Taylored Expresssions.

Taylor is celebrating the one year anniversary of the Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge! Each of the ladies on the Weekly Cupcake Crew has designed their own sketch for the celebration. Taylor asked all of those who she has picked as a Featured Cupcake Sampler through the year to participate and feature one of the Cupcake Crew's sketch! I was so excited and honored to be part of this awesome TE Cupcake crew for today. I'm featuring Vicki Chrisman's sketch challenge. You can check out the sketch on her blog and find out about the prize you can win by participating! Here is my take on her sketch using one of my fave cuppies:

I couldn't decide which cupcake to use for Vicki's awesome sketch! But I decided to go with one of my all time favorite ones: the Vampire Cuppie from the Halloween SASI set. He is just sooo darn cute! The sentiment reads: "Vil you be mine." The Be Mine sentiment is from Taylored Expressions and the first part I printed out from my computer. The DP is basic grey, the cardstock is from the Paper Company - and a little bling here, some glitter there and some paper piecings later - voila - Valentine Vampire made his appearance :) (maybe I should call him Edward after the whole Twillight series :) He was so much fun to create and I loved playing with Vicki's sketch. Also check out Dawn Easton of Treasure Oiler Designz and Laurie Schmidlin of Just Give Me Stamps - to see their awesome takes on Vicki's sketch challenge for Taylor's anniversary celebration!

Don't forget to check out Taylor's blog, the anniversary celebration headquarters, for all of the sketch challenges as well as an awesome grand prize for one random winner who participates in ALL 9 sketch challenges! We hope you'll help us celebrate this yummy occasion!

May your day be filled with Cupcakes and Happiness!!,
Ciao for now,

KW Color Inspriation #39 - Surfboard Inspired Happy Birthday Card

Good Morning Everyone,

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you are running around and are catching your breath? Yep, that was my week and boy, am I glad that today is Friday!! Woo-hoo! I loved the colors that Kristina Werner picked this week for her Color Inspiration Challenge #39. The inspiration picture of the gumballs came from a trip that she took to NY a while back. 

For some reason, seeing the black color really made me happy -  but I still couldn't figure out what to create - until I spied my son's car that had a surfboard on it with a hisbiscus flower motif - I suddenly had an "aha" moment and ran with that idea. Here is my Happy Birthday card  - inspired by my son's car/surfboard. My son (his is 4) really likes this card - except for the face that it doesn't have wheels - and wanted me to add wheels to it, so that he could zoom it about.... but I told him that I would have to figure out how to do that....  :)

here is the view of the card kinda looking down at the surfboard image on top of the car. I really like how the surfboard was a black and white contrast with a line running down it - so I went with that and had lines of colors from the color inspiration running down the card too. 

I placed the happy birthday sentiment going the long way and liked how the whole thing is kind of a long card - I haven't made a long card in a while. Overall, I totally had a blast making this card and loved seeing my son's face when I showed it to him this morning when he woke up.... the sweetest thing in the world was when he told me that my card was "cool".... (it still cracks me up that my 4 year old son uses the word "cool"... :)

I can't wait to see all of the amazing entries from this color inspiration and to do a little blog hopping!!!  Thank you all for visiting!

Sunshine and Cookies to all,
Ciao for now!
Sankari :)

Materials used:
Paper - everything from my stash - I love when that happens
Ink - StazOn Black
Stamps - Happy Birthday stamp is from SU!
Accessories - Photoshop
Shows Watched while making this card: Grey's Anatomy (season 1)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge - #15 - Casablanca

Good Saturday Morning Everyone,

Every saturday, we pick a movie from which to draw inspiration from in creating a card, layout, altered project, etc. This Saturday, our Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge blog is featuring the movie Casablanca! We changed it up a little this week and included a color challenge: that has a black and white tones with one other color of your choice! Link your project to THIS post by 9pm PST on January 22 to be entered - and the card/project that is chosen - will be featured on PaperCraftPlanet!!! So come on and give it a whirl!

I have to admit that this is a movie that I hadn't seen before - it has always been on my list (that's why I love doing these challenges - because I get to watch some wonderful movies that I hadn't seen yet!). Well, I watched this movie - this week - and just loved it - Ingrid Bergman - is just so very lovely to watch. I can't believe that it was released 67 years ago!!! WOW! What surprised me in watching it was that the famous line: We will always have Paris -- came from this movie!! Wow! I didn't know that - so when I was watching the movie and I heard that line - I knew right then that I wanted to make acard withat that theme on it. I used Julee's Mojo Monday sketch #69 for this card.

I absolutely loved watching this movie and my most favorite thing was to call my dad who loves this movie and talk about it with him. Its always fun to see the movie through the eyes of my parents and what certain scenes mean to them. I will always watch Casablanca from now on with this conversation with my dad in my head.

For this card - I knew I wanted to do something soft and black and white with something about Paris. I was inspried by Kathie Bailey's beautiful Bonjour card for the last Mojo Monday and loved the color scheme that she used - it was so romantic - thank you Kathie :) I love watching a black and white movie - colorizing it somehow takes away something so special about that movie... I really enjoyed making a black and whtie card - and picked a pink tones for the "one other color accent"

Did you know that Casablanca is a 3 time Oscar winning movie (including Oscar for Best Picture) and was released in 1942 and has since then become an iconoic classic. It has been rated as the # 1 most romantic American movie by the American Film Institute!!! It was also rated to have the #1 most romantic kiss between Ingrid Bergman and Humprey Bogart! Well - that's alot of romance wrapped into one movie! If you are inspired to make a romantic black and white card (with one other color) then come on over and play with us! You never know - your card could be chosen to be featured on PaperCraftPlanet!

I hope you all stop by the Cinema Saturday Blog !! Just link up your black and white love creation to use by next thrusday 9pm PST and post it on the comment section here.

Thanks so much for visiting me - make sure to also go and visit Brooke!!!
Ciao for now!
Sankari :)

Materials Used:

Paper: Grey - Paper Company, Burgandy and roseish red - I am not sure about. The black is from my stash and all patteren paper is Basic Grey
Accessories: Created image and sentiment in Photoshop, scalloped circle is from a Martha Mini pucnh, Circle cutter by CM for the Eiffel circle, small CM punches for the smaller circles. heart punch for the hearts from MS., the ribbon (not sure from where --- but its being horded :), Bling from,
Movie watch: Casablanca of course! and 30 Rock :)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Kristina Werner Color Inspriation #38 - Elephant Valentine's

Happy Friday Everyone,

I have been feeling like its been Friday since Tuesday- so I am really happy that today is the real thing!  Nothing like celebrating Friday with a little color challenge from Kristina Werner. Her latest color inspiration challenge (#38) uses four colors: ruby red, pumpkin pie, whisper white and pretty in pink. Fun colors from an awesome inspiration piece of a notebook from her co-workers desk from SeeJaneWork.  Here is my offering for the challenge: 

I liked all the white with the little color in the inspiration piece - so I tried to keep it simple. I was trying to figure out some simple Valentine's cards to send out that I could make quickly in an assembly line - this might be one. I have totally fallen in love with this little elephant - my son has named this elephant "Sweetie" (he just turned 4 - and I totally love that he wanted to name the elephant Sweetie).

I embossed the sentiment on white cardstock, The elephant is cut out three times on all the colors (except white). I cut out the ears from the orange and pink colors and adhered the orange one under the die cut and the pink as a shadow to the ear. The same thing I did with the hearts. I was surprised at how quickly the card came together - and that is always a plus :)

Hope you guys are having a wonderful Friday!
Thanks for coming to visit :)
Ciao for now,


Paper Company (pink: HInt of Dawn), DCVW  orange, Red and white from stash.
Stamps and Ink - none
Accessories: Fiskars threading punch, Martha heart punch, Sizzix Elephant #2 die cut, Sizzix valentine embosslits, Making Memories silver brad, Orange stickles, dimensionals
Movies watched: The movie for tomorrow's movie challenge of course!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A Treat Pouch for my Tweetheart :)

Good Evening everyone,

Hope your Tuesday has been fantastic... here things are on fast forward and I don't know how to press pause... I know its only Tuesday - but doesn't it feel like a Thursday? Anyhoo.. I just wanted to post a quick little something that I made while procrastinating on finishing up my presentation for my lecture tomorrow :) I have been loving looking at the projects that Pam and Carrie have been putting up at the 3D Design Challenge site - they always astound me - and I am so glad that I finally got to play along this week to the challenge of creating this treat pouch.

I made this little cutie pouch for my dear husband who loves to snack on white chocolate chips (he says a little is all you need for a sweet fix), so I made him this pouch to take to work with some little chocolate chips wrapped in purple cellophane (i wish i had clear -but that's all I had in the kitchen drawer - so I ran with that :) He totally loved it - he thought it was so darn cute and couldn't wait to take it to work - which made me feel good that I had used my procrastination time in the best of ways :)

I used the colors for the pouch from last week's ColorThrowdown #24 colors (vanilla, mellow moss and baja breeze) - I missed the deadline for the challenge - but had to do it anyway because those colors are so pretty together... (although, I wouldn't call my green: mellow moss, but that's all I had - so I ran with it.... :)  And here is a picture of them side by side together... 

This was a fun and quick project - I enjoyed making it and can't wait to try more... I am thinking I should make one for me for my craft table... but instead of making the pouch kinda teeny like I did here -- I should make it much much bigger - just for me :) LOL!

Alright - I am off to go finish doing all that I have put off doing... ! (ever have days like that ? :)
Hope everyone is having a great evening,

Thank you for coming over for a visit!
Ciao for now :)
Sankari :)

Materials used:
Paper: K & Company
Accessories: Heart punch by Marvy and Martha, liquid pearls, ribbon (grosgrain in vanilla and green, white chocolate chips and cellophane :)
Movies watched while making this: Fellowship of the Ring --- again :) !

Monday, January 12, 2009

Mojo Monday #68 - One sketch/Two cards :)

Good Morning Everyone, 

Do you need a mojo boost this morning? Then head down to the Mojo Monday blog and check out Julee's awesome new sketch! This sketch #68 on the left is from last monday (I am so glad I had a little time last night to play along! woo-hoo!). I loved all the samples of the Mojo Makers and couldn't wait to play along. 

On the upper left corner of the sketch - there is a little half circle element - I thought of using this element as the "sun" in one card and as the "moon" in the second card.

Welcome Baby card (clothes hanging in the sun)

I loved the bright colors of this paper and it was so much fun to paper piece the little clothes on the clothes line - the button accent in the corner is to be like a the sun and there are sparkles in little spots in the card - from the clothes and also in the word "boy".

Materials used:
Paper: DCVW and solid colors from stash
Ink: Marcella K.
Stamps: Clear Stamps
Accessories: liquid pearls, CM oval cutters, CM medow makers, button from stash, Martha small scallop punch, Waterfall Stickles
Movie watched: Someone like You (two words: yummy Hugh :)

Hugs and Kisses in the Moonlight

I had so much fun making this card - these cute little elephants were cut out (Sizzex) using two Basic grey DP. I was trying to create a little scene in the moonlight for these cute little love birds... err.. love elephants :) I have a wonderful friend who is slightly obsessed with elephants (you know, I love you girl!!) and this is a little Valentine's card for her - (C, act surprised ok! ;)

Materials Used:
Paper: Black is from stash, All other Paper is Basic Grey (Boxer)
Ink: Adirondack Expresso
Stamps: Sentiment from Taylored Expressions (Love is Sweet set)
Accessories: liquid pearl, cut out heart on Basic Grey, Martha Scallop for "moon", buttons from stash, crystal stickles for stars, Making Memories silver brad with a touch of black paint for eyes
Movies Watched: Fellowship of the Ring of course! (again!!)

Hope that you are all having a great Monday - I am off to check out Julee's newest sketch and I suppose I should do all that other stuff like clean up after breakfast, grocery shopping and working too - LOL!!

Thank you so much for visiting this morning! 
Ciao for now,

Friday, January 9, 2009

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge - #14 - Fellowship of the Ring

First of all - I am just so darn excited about this week's movie on the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge!!!! Yay - I have read Tolkien's books since I was 14 - and I used to read the trilogy, the Hobbit and other's at least once a year, since I was 14 (although thinks made a lot more sense after the age of 20 :) I just watched this movie again for the card inspiration - and fell in love with it all over again - all the details, all the beauty, the landscape, the music, the magic and the "fellowship" just totally made my heart sing - and I was spinning in all the possibilities of inspiration for this movie! (its true there is alot of "dark stuff" in this movie (orcs and all) but along with it is the light of hope, perserverance, loyalty, frienship and magic :)

Second of all, I have to thank Carol Dunston. I was so psyched when I asked Carol to be our guest designer for this week's challenge and she agreed!!! Carol is a wonderful aritste and I have always been inspired by her elegant and lovely creations. She is also the expert on the LOTR (Lord of the Rings) series. She created 6 cards for this challenge!! WOO! So we are showcasing her cards - a new one each day inspired by some aspect of the movie: Fellowhship of tthe Ring. When I sat down at my craft table - I had an idea to do the door to Moria for my card - but as I was doing it - it just seemed to get more and more like something that should be in the trash bin I was running out of mojo :) and so when I asked Carol if she had any ideas to spare - she sent me this link for Lembas bread. I originally was going to do another project (actually was working on it last night - when at some point I scrapped it because it wasn't coming out like it was in my brain - and so I turned to the next project I had in mind was to create a lembas card holder with a little note inside).

According to Tolkien, Lembas is a special bread created by the Elves that gave to the fellowship for immediate energy, lightness and nourishment. The are little like breadcakes, wrapped in a special leaf - in this way they last for months. When the Fellowship left the forest belonging to the Lady of the Wood, they were given gifts for their journey onward - among them was Lembas bread. This part of the movie is seen in the Extended Edition of the movie (not seen in the theatrical debut of the movie).

I know that there isn't a blinged out scallop holder for lembas - more like twine or smething... but I had to add a little bling... just had... to :) Here is what it looks like "unwrapped part one" I painted glaze on the green cardstock for a texturized look of a leaf....

here it is opened up to reveal the "lembas card" within it...

If you open up the "Lembas card" its a brad - but then on the underside is a velcro pad to allow it to open and close -- and remain lying flat when closed - i wanted to sew this card - but i didn't have much time so just went with the good ole' adhesive method :)

If you open up the "Lembas card" then you will see this little note (sponged with expresso ink Adirondacks) that reads: Friendship, Love, Loyalty with an elven font that I have and that I then printed on the woodsy cardstock. To me these three themes are among the foundations of this movie:

If you flip it around those same three words are written in the Elven language of Quenya that Tolkien created -- I had to add a little bling next to the word Love - because the love between the friends, between Arwen/Aragorn ... and i loved that little bling maker :)

If you open this card witht the three words on it - then within that there is another little card that pops out - this little card within says: "A star shines on the hour of our meeting." which in Quenya is translated as Elen sila lumenn' omentielvo.

Here is the little note that pops out of the "friendship, love and loyalty" card and a back shot of the leaf (its amazing that it stayed like that (its 3 pieces of cardstock adhered together with a glaze paint over it for added texture and leaf-y shine :) Can you believe this whole thing is Paper!!! I was so pleased that it kinda stood up by itself - probably because of all the glaze paint... anyhoo... 

And the final picture of the whole thing together:

I printed out the template given and cut out two shades of green cardstock with the template and drew the veins of the leaves in black. I sponded Stazon Olive on the sides and inside of the leaf holder (it is lighter on the inside). Next to create a shiny kind of effect and texture for the leaf, I painted it with an acrylic glaze. The inside of the leaf where the lembas bread would go if folded is about 2 x2 inches. So I created a little pocket wallet that had the texture of bread that opens up to a "card" that looks kinda like a little piece of Lembas that on one side has the Elvish language that Tolkien created - that says: Friendship, Love, Loyalty and the translation of the English words on the other side. I thought these three words really summerized some themes in the movie - the Friendship between the 4 hobbits and the seeds of friendship and fellowship that are planted in this movie (the friendship between an elf and a dwarf, among all the races... (in the end when Boromir and Aragorn come together as brothers...(sigh - always cry at that part ), the Love between Aragorn and Arwen, the loyalty that is tested, betrayed and then re-affirmed amongst the fellowship - these themes are so beautiful and lovely portrayed in the movie. Inside this little card - is a little note that says: A star was shining upon the hour that we met. This is an Elvish greeting and I just thought it was so beautiful. I know just the person who I want to give this little card to - and I know there definitely was a star shining upon the hour that I met him :)!

I had a lot of fun watching this movie, delving into Tolkien's magical land and chatting with fellow admirers and fans about this movie. I hope you have a chance to see this and all the other movies in the Trilogy and also that you have a chance to play along this week. To play along its simple - just pop on over to the Cinema Satruday Creative Challenge blog and leave a comment on this post!!!! Please hop on over there and check out Carol's beautiful creations - also we will be posting a new card of hers everyday - so check in during the week too!!!

Alright my dear friends! I hope you enjoyed!
Can't wait to see your beautiful creations,
Best wishes and big thanks to everyone!!!

Sankari :)


Paper DCVW, Bazzil (rainforest color paper), Paper Company - krafty color beiges
InK- for sponging, Adirondak expresso and Staz-on old olive.
Accessories: glaze paint, corner rounder, brad, handmade brown paper, Bazzil Rianforest green Paper Company, green, sponge,

and some other thigns that i will post after a cup of chai today :)

Sweet Tooth Friday

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Hope you guys are ready for a long post - this post is filled with sugary sweets! I always look forward to Fridays for a few reasons - and one of them is to check out Taylor's sketch for her Friday Cupcake Challenge #50. Above is her sketch #50 and I love it it - what a fun sketch. Well, I got right on it - this morning as my daughter napped. Here is my take on her sketch: 

In my head the owls are both trying to get the squirrel to give them the cupcake - Who loves you? LOL! It was funny in my head - and that's when you know that you are addicted to stamps - when they make you laugh :)
I loved stamping up these cute little owls - and I am so grateful for my little daughter for taking a nice nap today so that mommy could get some stamp time in :) Maybe its because my New Year's Resolution was to stay away from sugary sweetness that I went nuts and made 4 more cards with cupcakes or cakes on them! I sooo wanted to eat a cupcake but instead I thought I would stamp them... All these four cards below are made for Julee Tilman's Verve Release: Looking For Love. This is a fantastic new release - that you have to check out. Julee challenged us to try to complete all 4 challenges - and I was up for the challenge to get my mojo going again :)

Julee's first challenge was a color challenge to use the colors of red riding hood, kraft and blush blossom. I had to try Lynn's technique this week over at SCS to use tack strips and glitter - boy, was she right when she suggested to make this card when you are not around kids or pets!! I got a ton of sparkles all over me - but hey - who doesn't love that!

(The papers are from DCVW, Glitter from Taylored Expressions, red grosgrain ribbon, SU stamp (not sure from where, buttons from stash, crystal stickles, corner rounder and dimensionals) Below is a card made for the second sketch challenge - I loved these cupcakes and cute little birdie from Hero Arts. I started out with one cupcake (I loved these three colors and paper and I pieced three to figure out which combo I like - but ended up liking all I just ended up stacking them all :)

(The DP is from K&CO, cardstock from DCVW, liquid pearls, sponge, corner rounder for scallops). This next card was made for the third sketch challenge and for this challenge, I made this Let It Snow cuppie from Taylor's stamps - I realized that this little guy had not yet been inked - and that is just not right!!! This cute little cuppie is from TayIor's Season's Sweetings set . I created a little scene for cuppie with some threading and liquid pearls. Both the dark and light teal cardstock are super glittery and so this card is very sparkly IRL.. (the papers are from DCVW, the ribbon from K&CO., Martha Stewart snowflake punch, bling from stash, liquid pearls).

This is last card made for the fourth sketch and can I just tell you that I just adore this image - from Taylor's Love is Sweet set, I mean .. two cuppies smooching -- toooo cute! LOVE it! I made this card using Stacy's Jewelry Color Inspiration #18. The colors for this week's challenge was to make a card using apricot appeal, chocolate chip, pink passion, pink pirouette and certainly celery. If you haven't checked out her blog - please go over for a visit! Loved these colors! I paper pieced the cuppies,  added a little stickles on her cheek and added a little liquid pearl accent on the bottom. (paper from DCVW and stash, ribbon from stash - and the brad is been in my possession for 2 years - so glad I finally used it!!!)
hmmm... its official - I love stamping with cupcakes :) Actually, anything with cupcakes is just adorable!!
 As our son says: "Who doesn't like cupcakes?" !!! (I know, right!??!!) Here is a cute little pic of some pajamas that my MIL bought for our daughter.... love the little frosting by her lips - the shirt says: I love cupcakes! Speaking of which, I am off for a little walk with my two little cupcakes :) 

Another reason I love Fridays is that we do our Friday Sneak Peeks over at our Cinema Challenge blog - see if you can guess which movie we are going to pick for tomorrow's cinema inspired card from the sneak peek that is posted there!!!

Have a wonderful Friday my friends!!! May it be filled with cupcakes, cakes and all sorts of sweet wonderfulness!!!

Thanks so much for visiting!!!
Ciao for now, 
Sankari :)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

KW Color Inspriation #37 - Cupcake Love :)

Good Morning Everyone,

Hope you all are doing well! Things in our household are good - the common cold has our wee ones a bit congested, so I have been up and down trying to help them sleep. The thing is that when they finally go to sleep - then I am up! So what else to do but to make a card (at least, that's my logic :)
I was up and saw that Kristina Werner had her color challenge up (Color Inspiration #37) - yay! I missed playing last week and couldn't wait to play when I saw these yummy colors (how can it not be yummy with names like: Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Pie :). I loved the shot of the pencils together as our color inspiration - and I had to - I mean had to use this stamp that I just got from the Love is Sweet stamp set collection - of a cupcake holding a pencil and the inspiration colors came from pencils - that was just too cool :)! Originally, this cute little cuppie was drawing a heart - but I masked that and instead stamped the sentiment: "Be Mine" upside down (I was going to stamp it right side up - but unless the cuppie had mad skillz in upside down writing, it made more sense to have him write it upside down :)

I stamped the image on the different color cardstock from the colors of the inspiration challenge and then paper pieced it all together. There's a touch of Crystal stickles on the top of the cuppie, but I don't think the photo captures it. I cut out a heart shape and then paper pierced around it twice giving interlocking hearts. I also paper pierced the chocolate brown paper. The scalloped edging was done with a circle punch, and the bottom edges of the card were corner rounded.

Can ya'll believe its Thursday -- seriously - where did this week go? Hope you are all having a fabulous day!

Thanks for coming over for a visit!
Ciao for now,
Sankari :)

ETA: pictured in daylight

Card Ingredients:

Paper: Brown (Paper Company), Orange and Green (DCVW), Blue - handmade paper
Ink: Adirondacks Expresso brown
Stamp: Love is Sweet by Taylored Expressions
Accessories: Corner Rounder, Paper piercer, Ribbon, Crystal Sickles, Creative Memories Circle Cutters, CM circle punch
Movie's watched: nothing!! (shocking!) instead listened to my 80's mix (2 words: Bon Jovi :) totally relived highschool listening to that one :)

Monday, January 5, 2009

Taylor's Cupcake Challenge #49 - Happy 4th Birthday card

Good Morning Everyone,
I have not played with Taylor's Friday cupcake challenge in what feels like ages!! Here is her sketch #49 and I totally loved it as soon as I saw it on Friday - and had a ton of ideas... but when I went to make a card last night - my wee ones have been a bit congested and had a hard time sleeping - so I couldn't make a card till this morning. Here is the card I squeezed out in a half an hour in between getting the kids up, dressed and fed :)

This is a little birthday card for one of my son's sweet playmates who is turning 4 in less than 2 weeks. Loved Taylor's sketch with thisythe four squares for this - it was perfect!! All the papers and cardstock are from Taylor's Birthday Girl Key Ingredient's Kit. The card is cut to 5"x5" and the squares are 2"x2" . I made the number 4 by folding a strip of paper and then stamping the "birthday" sentiment on the leg of the number 4. The stamp is part of Taylor's Sweet Celebration kit.

Check out her new releases here! Hope this post finds you all in good health and happiness! How are you all doing on your New Year's resolution... 3 of mine were forgotten by lunchtime on January 1st... the rest are going okay :) Come and check out this week's movie challenge on Cinema Saturday - we are doingthe movie Mama Mia from which to draw inspriation to create a card, layout, anything - so come over and check it out!!

Wishing you all a fantastic start to your week!!!
Thank you so much for coming over for a visit :)
Ciao for now,
Sankari :)