...squished into the smallest room in my Blister's Parisian apartment; the kitchen. After a delicious Raclette dinner. We are now discussing a free Metro ride to the base of Sacre Couer with a bottle of bubbly. Although Leah, the plan originator and my sister's mother-in-law, is bailing!!
Not a scrappy related post today but some amazing art! While Ilona worked (it's hard work being a physician!!) I got the distinct pleasure of taking her sister and brother-in-law to the the Chihuly exhibit today. Something we have been busting to do, just never really made the time for. After some excitment with a dead minivan battery and the membership, we entered the special exhibit at our designated window. Wow!! My jaw just fell to the ground and dragged around from each installation to the next with the awe... Utterly amazing...
These two wooden boats full of glass sculpture were the first things we saw as we entered the exhibit! The bright colors, the reflections in the "water" mirrored below, the shimmer... Absolutely captivating!
This piece is called Neon Tumbleweed. After other parts of the exhibit one is able to see the backside of the exhibit.
Reeds on Logs. The width of this piece was near impossible to capture with the column that stood in the center of the display. Still stunning.
This piece was in the foyer and visible to both the paying and unpaying spectator. Difficult to capture as well as there were parades of people. The massive window behind it also made for some lighting challenges...
Mia and I have both decided that we need to return before the exhibit packs up and moves on. I love that this little girl of 6 years is in awe and inspired. I love that she wants to return and independently expressed that opinion.
Wow!! Dec 23rd and another reveal day! Our last reveal for the year 2012! I can't believe THE big day is almost here... Craziness!
Sketch 240 by the awesome Nicole Nowosad is being revealed today over at Creative Scrappers! Be sure to check it out and all the other interpretations by the gals on the team.
Here's my take on the sketch;
I made a few changes, as usual. I went smaller and instead of the pie chart used three bigger decorations, 2 ornaments and the Christmas tree.
A little washi, some printables, a button and paper all layered together. Just a simple cluster of embellishments so as not to distract from the picture too much.
Memory box dies! Yummy!! A more recent purchase for this holiday season! I love my Cameo but I still love crankin' the handle of my Big Shot and the rounded cut of the dies... The "Santa" part of the title are self embellished American Craft letter stickers. Some red glitter are the perfect compliment to the silver of the pre-colored letters.
Can you see the distress Stickles in the tree? Just a little "shot" here and there for some added pizzazz!
My little baking elf is breaking down my neck... The butter has come to room temperature and see is ready for our next baking adventure. Yesterday we made cheese straws with our new cookie press that Dad bought. Delicious but man do those things take some work!! I'm still recovering from the carpal tunnel and wrist ache from squeezing the trigger... After the sugar cookies we have to make the molasses gingerbread cake for Christmas dinner desert too!
Here's to happy holiday aromas wafting through the house!
It's the Jingle Bell Jam at school today and the kids are ready!! There's some jingle here, and some more there, there's jingle everywhere!! We even did a load of laundry last night so that there would be clean holiday attire for the occasion. Bells in their shoes even! Glad I'm not a teacher today (and every day for that matter)!
I took the opportunity to scrap a more recent event using the latest Sketchbook 365 sketch. Mia's visit to see the man in red! We were at Christmas Town waiting for the other half of our party to arrive at the park and took advantage of the short que to visit with Santa. Fortunately for me, the cameras were out of commission thus enabling me to be in commission! I will say those studio lights are a pain to over come, however...
And what would a layout share be without a few close ups!
I bought the tulle on a whim from Michaels on a recent trip. I don't really know why I bother stopping in anymore. I rarely buy anything, there isn't anything worth buying... But I'm glad I made this purchase! The sparkle looks great. Looks great on the carpet too... Not so great trying to remove from said carpet...
The tree is another cut file using my Silhouette. I believe it's from the Studio Calico "25 Days" class. I paid for it not with the intent of actually making a December Daily (after 4 epic fails, why bother?) but for the printables and cut files! I got my money's worth!
There's a digital element in there from The Splendidly Imperfect Miss M. You can just see it peeking out on the right edge of the picture above. Good stuff! Guess that makes this a bit of a hybrid layout then, eh?
Still haven't done the Chrissy card... I spent an hour making winter bingo cards for Mia's holiday party instead of forking over the $7 to buy some that somebody else made... Stubborn? Nah!!
The third Saturday of every month I get the pleasure of hanging with my scrappy friends from 8am to midnight! There are about a dozen of us, plus or minus, that gather and come and go as meals must be had, kids demand our attention, etc.. We have been convening for two years now, two years since our local scrapbook store closed. An amazing group of ladies, each of us with our preference and skills!
Michael and the kids arranged a surprise visit this past Saturday! Kyla, who promised she wouldn't participate in such planning, had her fingers crossed behind her back (and will pay for her role in this) and aided and abetted in this affair. They not only paid the group a surprise visit but they brought with them balloons, a party headband, lunch, drinks and cupcakes!! I turned a lovely shade of red and tried to pretend the attention was being showered upon somebody else... It was a wonderful surprise and I truly am a lucky woman to have such a thoughtful husband and children! Thank you!! And thank you to my Phoenix Scrapper friend who enabled Michael to pull off such a feat and participated in celebrating my birthday! (Which, BTW, isn't for another 2 weeks but I will be out of town and detest surprises and usually have something sniffed out long before it ever happens!)
My lovely party hat headband!! And a few shades of the remaining red...
The organizers of my lovely surprise with the spread behind us!
Just in case you wanted to know how OLD I will be... Fondant in my favorite color Nikolas pointed out. It's scary what the boy knows about cupcakes... I think he's seen WAY too many episodes of Cupcake Wars!!
Saturday also happened to be the day of our second annual cookie exchange! I love the cookie exchange; you get to go home with a wide variety of baked delicacies rather than the millions of the same thing! We had fewer participants than last year but the smorgasboard of yummy goodness was just as delicious!! Thanks ladies for all your hard work! Or dollars well spent!!
I took in Chocolate Crinkle-Tops baked lovingly by myself and my cookie Elf. Mia donned her finest baking attire, the elf apron that Henry, our Elf on a Shelf, brought last year and her chef's hat from her birthday party that a friend kindly personalized for her. And a-baking we went! She and I have made these cookies together for as long as she's been around. Her first Christmas she sat in her bouncy seat while I conjured up my chocolate dreams!
So that, friends and family is a snippet of our lives over the past few days! I'm still working on our Christmas card... If I'm lucky, I'll get it printed by Christmas... Hopefully...
I have some amazing, exciting news to share with you today!! I still can't believe that it's reality and not just a dream! But it is, that's my name down there on the bottom of the list, sure enough! A dream come true!! Me, Suzanna Lee, a member of the 2013 Imaginisce Design Team!!
Thank you Imaginisce for this wonderful opportunity! It is going to be a fantastic year of amzing designs, wonderful friendships and inspiration. Congrats to all the other ladies who made the Design Team as well! It's going to get a great year!
Sharing a Christmas layout today. Just because. No design work. No challenge. Just me having fun with my paper and scissors. AND my Cameo. When the Fed Ex guy delivered it, he didn't even have to walk to the door. I was standing at the end of the driveway with my arms extended!
I love this picture of Mia! My little elf and her beloved snowglobe!... I like the 12x8 picture that expands the length of the layout as well. Good pictures must be enlarged! I did trim it down. I wanted more space to put goodies.
A cut file that I got when everything was 50% off. Why didn't I buy more? Oh right, because I didn't have the Cameo yet and didn't know how totally addicted I would become!! I embelllished it (that funny to me, embellishing and embellishment) with the bell and fern punch and a felt bow die cut from Martha Stewart.
Some American Craft die cuts with a cutting that I made on my very own!! A few You Tube videos later and I'm an expert and putting text on a path and creating my own files. If I did this right, you can have the SVG file - Merry Christmas!!
Download Merry and Bright by Suzanna Lee.
And what layout wouldn't be complete with a little Elle's Studio love?! I hand cut the hexagons... Somethings are just best done by hand, the old fashioned way.
Speaking of old fashioned... I went to the DMV today. I had to renew my drivers license. I couldn't believe how easy it was! I was expecting to sit and get a good chunk of reading in while I waited. Nope, marched right on up to the counter. I didn't even have time to fill out the form before being called. I could have done it online and paid 5 less dollars but there's about being there... Now my Physical Therapy license renewal, THAT will be done online, later today.
How's your 12-12-12 going? Hope it's a good one! See you around! Enjoy the cut file!
It's another magnificent December day and another Creative Scrappers sketch reveal day!! Yippeee!! This sketch is AH-maze-ING!! I had this done likitty split. I think, it may have been the first sketch I completed as a designer for CS... Think... The good ol' memory isn't quite what it used to be...
I didn't use the sunburst. For obvious reasons! As soon as I saw this sketch, knowing the reveal would be during winter, I knew I wanted to use snowflakes at the elements fluttering down the side. And, it just so happens I had some new product in my hands that were screaming to be used (the Papertrey Ink snowflake stamps and dies and the chipboard snowflakes from Pink Paislee). There you have it! The happenstances of hos this layout came to be.
I used glue to stamp the snowflakes then sprinkled glitter upon them. Used the corresponding die and viola! Super easy homemade snowflakes! Others are heat embossed with white embossing powder.
Some of the "innards" of the snowflakes from the Martha Stewart punch are scattered around the page in the bubbles of the Jillibean paper.
No hidden jounraling here. In fact, no journaling on this page... I have so many pictures of this kid in the snow that there is no need to state, yet again, how much he loves the snow!! I think he should have been an eskimo. Or, perhaps he was in a previous life.
So, if you're looking for some great inspiration, head on over, to Creative Scrappers, see what the other ladies have done (you'll be blown away) ane perhaps you too will be inspired! How can you not?! If you give it a crack, do share here, I'd love to see what YOU do with the sketch!