Friday, October 28, 2011

Butterfly Award!

I am the honored recipient of a Butterfly Award!  Thank you, Lynne!

Here are the rules of the award:
1) Post a link to the person who awarded you.
2) Answer 12 questions about myself.
3) Pass the award along to 10 bloggers.

Some fun facts about Erin:
1. Favorite Color: Red
2. Favorite Song: Love is a Battlefield by Pat Benatar
3. Favorite dessert: Red Velvet Cake
4. Biggest pet peeve: stupidity
5. Favorite Pet: bunny!
6. Black or white: white
7. Biggest fear: losing the people I love
8. Best feature: my imagination
9. Everyday attitude: stock up on some good karma
10. Your idea of perfection: a warm meal, a comfy bed and someone to share them with
11. Guilty pleasure: anything chocolate
12. When I am upset, I: cry

Now to pass on the love!
1. Michelle @
2. Elaine @
3. Vicki @
4. Eva @
5. Heather @
6. Susan @
7. Ellen @
8. Linda @
9. Gaylynn @
10. Christy @

Love is a battlefield...

Monday, October 24, 2011

Tag, you are it!

I have been tagged!

Sue from Susana's Scrapping Corner is passing her tag on to me!  Here is the criteria for the recipient of said tag:

1. Post the button.
2. Tell 10 things about yourself.
3. Tag 5 bloggers.

Since #1 is out of the way, let's get on with the show!

1. My favorite color is red.
2. My favorite holiday is Christmas, followed closely by Halloween.
3. My lucky number is 7.
4. My star sign is Taurus...
5. ...and I don't care what the new charts say.  My (future) kids will have star signs according to the old charts.
6. If I could be anywhere in the world right now, I would be in Disney about a month from now. (I am polishing my time machine as we speak).
7. My favorite show is CSI.

8. I secretly love country music.
9. Dogs love me but I don't like them.
10. I have a severe sweet tooth!

Now to tag 5 people.  I picked these lucky ladies out of my followers list, for no particular reason.  If I tagged you, please repeat the process on your own blog - button, tell and tag!  If you have already been tagged by someone else, then you are not expected to do it again.

1. Michelle @
2. Elaine @
3. Vicki @
4. Eva @
5. Heather @

Tag, you're it!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Tim Burton Blog Hop!!!!!!

"Boys and girls of every age, wouldn't you like to see something strange?"

If you're a Tim Burton fan, you will recognize that line from "This is Halloween" -- a well-known song from the movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas". With Halloween just around the corner, this is the perfect time to celebrate all things Tim Burton! We have a talented group of ladies on this weekend blog hop. Join us as we each share a project inspired by one of Tim's quirky characters!

If you've just come from Krista's blog, you are right where you should be! If you haven't but would like to start from the beginning, go to Dena's blog:

We would like to thank Karber Digital Images for sponsoring this blog hop. Karber is giving away two digital stamps to one lucky person who comments during the blog hop.
** To be eligible to win, you must comment on each blog in the hop.
*** You must become a follower of each blog.
**** The winner will be announced no later than Wednesday, October 26th.

Now, on to the project I would like to share with you:

The "side step" card may look complicated, but after going step by step through a short tutorial (found here), I could pop out a dozen of these babies!

I love the 3d effect of this card.  Now it looks like they are having a real Halloween party!

I used paper shared by a friend, from her StoryTeller's Club October pack.  The moon I cut with a 1 3/4 inch punch using scraps, then cut to fit the square edge of the card.  The felt pumpkins came in a pack that I bought for $1 at Target (their dollar bins are awesome!)  I drew the faces on with a black marker, under the advise of Sue (susanna's scrapping corner).  And the characters were from a sticker set I picked up at the Scrapbook Expo back in May.

My husband is a HUGE Tim Burton fan.  In fact, The Nightmare Before Christmas is his #2 favorite movie of all time.  (SAW is #1, and Lilo&Stitch is #3 - there will be a quiz later!)  I made this card with his 30th birthday in mind.  It will accompany a very special suprise, shhhhhh!  Mums the word!

Please be sure to hop on over to Canadian Nickel's blog next for more Tim Burton fun! If you get lost along the way, the complete blog hop lineup is below. Thanks for stopping by!

Dena :
Erin G: ~~ YOU ARE HERE!
Canadian Nickel: ~~ NEXT STOP!

(Oh, I want it, Oh, I want it, Oh, I want it for my own... What! Is! This!)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wicked fun!

If you have never been to an All Day Crop, I HIGHLY recommend going to one!

It is an all day event - usually 9am or 10am to 5pm or 6pm.  You get snacks, lunch, drinks, table space, raffles, vendors, make&takes, contests, and plenty of headspace to make some really wonderful scrapbook pages and cards.  Oh, and did I mention you are surrounded by people who are just as passionate about scrapbooking and just as creative as you are?

I got the idea for this card from the Hero Arts blog.  Cut out an image (in this case, I chose a scary tree for my Halloween card) in a dark or bold color.  Layer it under a piece of vellum, then layer that under a window cut out.  (To cut out the window, I used my 12" papercutter.  But you can fussy cut, or use an exacto knife.) Add dark or bold accent pieces to the front of the card.  In the case of a Halloween card, it gives a nice foggy, shadowy look.  Just the touch of creepiness you need.

This technique can be used on any kind of card.  Making Christmas cards?  Layer a cutout of holly leaves and berries.  This gives it a snowy look.  Making a summer card?  Put a cutout of a sun under the vellum.  It gives the appearance of a hazy summer sky.

I spent a day or two planning out all my pages and cards I was going to put together during the Croptoberfest Crop that Susan and I went to this past weekend.  Organization is the key to having a successful crop day, in my opinion.  I cut out all my images, pulled out all the embellishments I wants to use, sorted my pictures into piles, and paired everything up with my paper.  Add a paperclip or shove it all into a plastic bag.  Then, when you hall your heavy bag of supplies over to the crop table, you simply have to sit and pull out that bag.  All the pieces will be in front of you, ready to go.

Looking forward to my next crop in a few weeks.  I have a LOT of catching up to do.  Life is always busy, so I fell behind on my scrapbooking.

Dreaming of the next crop...

Monday, October 3, 2011

An old friend...

I just realized I forgot to post this card.  I was so proud of it, and then promptly shoved it aside like an old shoe. 

:(  <~ sad Erin

I usually shy away from large, colorful prints.  It's just not who I am.  My OCD makes me a person who likes simple, plain, organized, quiet.

But I had to find something to do with the paper.  It was part of a Scrappy Jak monthly challenge kit and the project deadline was looming.  This print screams "HEEEELLLLLOOOOO!"  So, I paired it with the item that I reach for every time I am not sure which direction to take a design.

I never met a button I didn't like.

So I put buttons on it, and literally made it say "hello".

The flower rhinestones are slowly becoming my #2 favorite item to use as an embellishment.

So many wonderful people said they wanted me to make a card for them.  I just wish I knew where she got the paper that she put in the kit!  I also won that month's prize.  I wasn't based on design, it was a random picking, but still - it made me feel extra special.

If you would like to find out more about Scrappy Jak, search her on facebook.  It is awesome.  PS)  I don't have facebook, thank you very much.  And I somehow still find a way to elbow my way into all the fun.  :::wink:::

Off to the Crop Tower...