Friday, October 28, 2011

"Dream" Girls Room Art and a Knock off painting!

So today we have a WINNER!

Mercedes wins the My Memories Suite software! Congrats Mercedes, watch for an email with your software information.

Now, on to what I've been up to in the art room this past week.

So, I had so much fun with my last mixed media name art (DIY Tips Here) I decided to do a girly version. I used the word Dream this time because I wanted a theme that could be used while wide awake or while drifting off to dreamland..

Pin It Below is the early stages.. at this point you can see I've added the main paint colors and added any scrap paper additions. This time I used patterned paper for 3 of my larger clouds, the rest is acrylic paint and all elements wrap around the edge.

Here is a closer look..

I added little pink gems on the crown

I tie all the buttons right onto the canvas so there is no worry of them falling off.

While I was doing this painting I was simultaneously working on a Knock Off Painting as well.. This was inspired by a painting from this Ballard Designs.

My Knock Off
The Ballard Design painting

Pin It Another cake coming next week and a Scrap work (I have no idea what it will be.)

Sharing at these link parties..

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Enter tonight to win!

Only 4.5 hours left! Enter to win My Memories Software by 11:59 Pacific Time.

Click here to enter your name! Winner announced tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My Memories Digital Scrapbook Software Giveaway!!

Hey crafty people!

Good News! I have a giveaway from My Memories Digital Software.


I have been playing with my new scrapbook software today. Wow, this software sure takes all the trouble out of it. I'm loving it. I had no idea how fun this could be.. usually I end up frustrated with digital scrapping. Not this time! I was able to quickly create an album page using a template (took me all of a few minutes) but I found making my own design to be even more fun. They have so many papers to choose from, embellishments, album templates, text options, word art, etc. If you need more choices you can access their site from within the program and purchase new items and cool kits at very reasonable prices. Guess what else? There are FREE kits on the site, saving you from spending any extra while your getting started AND you can even use your own digital content (there are several video tutorials to help you along the way.) Not to mention.. I could add effects, shadows, flip, mats, etc and correct red eye on my photos right in the program.

Photo Effects window showing Sepia
This software is not only great for the experienced digital scrapper, but it's perfect for a new digital scrapper as it's so easy to use. I'm already thinking Christmas and Birthday gifts for my friends who claim they can't scrap.. because anyone can do it with this software.

As a special for all of my readers that would like to purchase this software, My Memories will provide a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software (regularly 39.97) and a $10 coupon for the store - a $20 value!
Just copy and paste the Promotional Code below when checking out.

Look at the cool things I did today with this fun software. BUT don't Stop there, the giveaway is at the end of this post.

Check out this Christmas Album template... just add your own photos (which is as easy as dragging them into the frame) and Voila! This is only one page example, there were several in this album all ready to have your photos added.

Cute huh? 
I only added my picture and moved a few snowflakes around. 
Super easy.

Next up... My own design. I titled this album "Fun In The Sun". So far 
I only have two pages completed with my design but 
I will probably make 6 - 8 more later on.

 So, what do you think?

Now, on to the best part...
How to WIN!

If you want to enter to win the My Memories Suite software, all you have to do is go look around at their site then come back here and leave me a comment letting me know what your favorite Digital Scrapbook Kit is.

There are 5 more ways to enter the giveaway, make sure you do a separate comment for each entry so they all count:

1) Follow my Blog. If you already follow just let me know.
2) Facebook, blog or tweet about this Giveaway.
3) Follow My Memories Blog
4) Follow My memories on Twitter
5) Like My Memories on Facebook (lots of ideas and more freebies there)

IMPORTANT:  Be sure to add an email address to your entries so I can contact you if your the WINNER. The contest will remain open until Thursday Oct 27 at 11:59 p.m. and I'll announce the winner on Friday the Oct. 28!

Hugs and Good luck to all of you!

If you'd like to see more of this software and how it works, you can check out My Memories Youtube Channel.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

DIY Simple Halloween Typography

I needed a little Halloween somethin', somethin' to add to the table in my foyer.

During the summer my girlfriend happened to be cleaning her garage as I was walking by and handed me a box, while stating "You can probably find something to do with these." In the box were picture frames.. lots of them but all were only up to 5x7 in size. Some are pretty ugly. She had bought the whole box for 1.00 at a garage sale. What a deal, I had to take them.

So, I stuck them (hid them from my husband) -grin-  in storage and forgot about them till last night. I dug out my shiny black spray paint and painted up a 5x7 wooden frame.. the other was a suitable colour in a 4x6 size.

I cut a couple of black and white patterned scrap papers to fit in the frames and pulled up SCAL on my Macbook. I used the font Rudelsberg (think Disney Haunted Mansion font) to lay out the words Boo and eek! If you don't have SCAL, use your favorite cart font making sure to keep the letters sized to fit your frame. I cut the letters with my Cricut using black cardstock.


Next I simply glued the letters to the paper and popped them into the frames. I'm not sure if I'll put the glass back in, but right now I'm liking it without.

Cricut Halloween Typography

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Versatile Blogger..

Wow, I've been chosen to receive the Versatile Blogger Award.

Bonnie, from a wee meenit, awarded me a Versatile Blogger award!
If you haven't been to Bonnie's site you should scoot over there and check it out. She has furniture redos, beautiful pumpkins and everything in between. A girl of all trades, with a pail of chalk paint.. who knows how to use it. Check out this desk she just painted! Beautiful.

As a recipient of The Versatile Blogger Award, there are 3 rules to follow…
1.  Thank the person who awarded you.
2.  Tell 7 things about yourself that your readers may not know.
3.  Award 7 other bloggers with this award.

So, without further ado, thanks Bonnie for thinking of me! Sweet of you to notice me out here in bloggerland where the talent is huge.

7 things you probably don't know about me..

1) I have 3 sons, a stepson and one adorable Grandson.
2) I'm not afraid to try anything new when it comes to creating and even started making fondant cakes on a dare.
3) I'm an American, living in Canada, married to a Canadian, raising my Canadian children. One left to go!
4) I used build and paint theatre sets, occasionally I still make props for the stage.
5) I love coffee. Any kind of coffee. Iced coffee, hot coffee, even "cold because I left in the closet for a couple of hours" coffee.
6) For 14 years, I've helped on a Disney World panning website,, we help people plan their WDW vacations and answer questions pertaining to anything Disney. 
7) I'm always doing more than one thing at a time, which means some things take awhile to complete. As will this post...

So, in keeping with Bonnie's idea of choosing award recipients that are new to her.
I've done the same while choosing 7 new winners.

In no particular order help me congratulate..

1. Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers

2. Christine @ Projects Around The House

3. Chriss @ Chriss and Lou

4. Angela @ OK Cricuteer

5.  Ashley @ The Glamorous Side of Scrapping

6. Eva @ Eva's Scraps N' Cards

7. Erin @ Salvaged Whimsy

Congrats to all the new recipients!! 
Please visit their blogs and tell them I sent you.

Hugs, Patricia