Saturday, March 27, 2010

Would you like to hear today's specials?

Good evening!I'm excited to announce today's video after so long! I woke up this morning and decided that I needed to stop waiting for the perfect project, the perfect lighting, just the right amount of energy, and just dive back in. So, after several months away, I'm back...for real! :)
On our last Disneyland trip, Christopher and I took several pictures near the wishing well. One of the pics I snapped was of each of our shadows side by side next to the pond, there.

While taking a bath last night and looking at the images on my NEW Cricut Rewards delivery, the Asian Bundle embossing folders, I decided I needed to use some reflective paper to emboss the koi all came together from there! :)
So, without further ado, I'd like to announce, E-Entrees, a related video series to my previsouly launched A La Card series! :)

Hugs and HOOTS,
<3 Alicia

Sunday, March 21, 2010

A card for my Maid of Honor

I can not believe that my wedding is just 6 months away! Where have I been the last two months? LOL Planning update: we are meeting with the florist this week and the photographer next week. We don't have a wedding planner or anything and I refuse to go near a bridal magazine, so it's been an adventure! I just want everything to be simple and *real* and *us*.
You may have read on the Cricut MB that my planned MOH will be unable to take this role due to an unexpected pregnancy, so I've asked another of my Bride's maid's, my big sis from my sorority, to be my MOH. She excitedly took the role and when I told her I didn't want her to feel bad that I didn't pick her first she was , "oh please...let's get to work!" Gotta' LOVE this girl!
At any rate, I wanted to make her a card to tell her how happy I am that I am sharing this time with her and that she has been so supportive, so I made her a card using some of those KI Memories stamps I scooped up at Joann's on clearance. Now, you may be looking back at those photos and thinking to yourself "I don't see a dress in any of those sets," well how could I settle for only a few of those stamp sets at under a buck? If I am going to lose my job, I better jump all over deals while I can and stock up! I went back and bought another 18 sets (including a wedding themed set) because I couldn't believe the deal! LOL The clerk said "Can you believe you would have spent like $100.00 on these normally?"
Without further ado, here is my MOH card :)

I was amazed by the complete LACK of fancy, frilly papers I had available in my stash for this card! Based on this fact, I used my next coupon to get the mat stack sized version of the new DCWV "Linen" stack, so I'd have some appropriate wedding colored fancy papers for the future! I am sure I will need to make a lot of littel thank you notes along the way in the coming months! I love that little stack and am looking forward to playing with it soon.
I tried making a video tonight about making true 12" long borders using the gypsy, but my mojo was on vacation. I will give it another go tomorrow night, though...I have a couple techniques for getting your borders the correct length, which I have been meaning to share!
Supplies: Stamps-KI Memories, Paper-Green Bling Bazzil Cardstock, SU! Very Vanilla, DCWV Pink Cardstock, Patterned Paper-DCWV, Nana's Nursery Stack,Punches-SU! Scallop Square punch (4 overlapped for each, to make a larger sized square) Pearls-Hobby Lobby (not in CA), Misc: Ribbon, Dimensionals.
Thanks for looking! Have a happy week!
Hugs and HOOTS!
<3 Alicia

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A positively perfect princess day!

You know by now that I am a HUGE Disneyland fan; I truely believe it is the happiest place on Earth! I must share with you an unfortunate tale, however. You see, I have always been an Ariel fan....she is *my* princess and try as I might, I have never been able to get a photo with her at Disneyland. :( I've come close....she's had to leave for this parade, or that, while I was still standing in line a couple times. I've seen her from afar more times than I can count, but an actual picture together? Not so much.
Now living so close to The Mouse House is a crime in this case, but not today! Christopher and I enjoyed a fabulous breakfast at Cal Baptist University, where I was able to enjoy both tater-tots and an ICEE (like honest yto goodness ICEEs in 3 different flavors), as well as many other typical breakfast foods together.HA!

After too many waffles and cups of magical ICEE mixtures, it was off to the mouse place by way of packed freeway. An accident slowed us down, but we still made good use of our time in the car chattering about random-ness (a favorite passtime). I so enjoy doing somethign and nothign with this man of mine, I can NOT belive I really get to keep him for a lifetime! :)
After taking a trip back to teh 80's with "Captain EO: The Tribute," Christopher and I took some lovely pictures around the wishing well, where we had never ventured before.

When the line was too long at Small World, we decided today might be a good one for facing the line at the Princess Walk. If you aren't familiar with this part of teh park, it is a photography opportunity where you can walk through various stations to meet/greet with a set of four mystery princesses. The problem with the walk is you do not know who is going to be in there by the time you get up to the front of the line beacause 1) you can not see inside and 2) they are continuously rotating them through so they can get a break from all that standing and smiling. :) We didn't bother asking who was inside, so we chanced it! My most amazing fiance was ever so patient in line for goodness knows how long, surrounded by wee princesses who were not so patient, or well behaved for that matter. I was SO excited when it was our turn to go order of appearance:
Snow White was sweet and quiet.

Cinderella was chatty and enthusiastic.

Ariel immedaitely noted my red hair and said we coudl be twins :) I explained the whole Ariel/picture ordeal and she decided that for such an occasion, I needed princess posing lessons.

Jasmine was reserved, but not without attitude! LOL

I left just as giddy as the little princesses I stood in line with! To top it all off, I found this awesome "Princess Deluxe Scrapbook Kit" for $24.95 at the booth outside of the Princess Walk and I was able to use my Annual Passholder's Discount on it as well...WOOT!

The princesses included Ariel, Jasmine, Cinderella, Snow White, Belle and Aurora. Each princess gets a variety of letter/image stickers (will probably only use the letter stickers, a FABULOUS sheet of cardstock punch out die cuts, frames, and tags, and then several sheets of coordinating patterned paper. At the end of the book, there are also some papers with all of the princeses included together. Do you LOVE it?

I think the price was very fair for what I got in the kit and the quality was up to par. The only part that seemed "cheesy" were the stickers...the material wasn't very thick, though all of teh images are lovely and teh letter stickers for each character are totally useable. The image stickers did have a white mat around them, but the letter stickers did not. :) The contents of the kit are all bound together with a spiral binding with perforated pages within, and with a hard cover on the front and a hard back book, which is fairly convenient for taking to crops. If you plan on visting Disneyland, keep your eyes out as I saw several other styles of these books/kits in Downtown Disney at "World of Disney" as well. The photo processing store on main street carries a selection of albums these days, but no longer the punches and eyelets and scissors that it used to. If you are on the look-out, you will do best for scrappy supplies at "World of Disney" in Downtown Disney, outside of the park.
I hope this helps a few of you out in the future!Thanks for dropping in and check back soon as the 2nd trimester has ended, report cards have gone out, and I am ready to get back to my new Gypsy and Cricut projects! :)
Hugs and HOOTS,
<3 Alicia