Sunday, February 28, 2010

March Kit Reveal

The groundhog may have seen his shadow, but the colors and patterns of the March Serendipity Kit have me thinking spring! These were perfect papers for scrapping a class field trip to Red Bluff Farm,one of the best field trips I have ever attended with my son. There was so much to do...all hands-on. He planted that little seed and looks like he is expecting it to grow right away! :)

Pineapples are a traditional symbol of hospitality, so I created one as an embellishment for this layout about our porch redo. A Basic Grey paper was the perfect base. With stitching between the diamonds and tiny tiles in their centers, it came alive.

This page uses one of Serendipity's brand new papers for the background. The Rooftop Greenhouse papers compliment the Basic Grey collection perfectly. Directions for the ruffle flower can be found in Serendipity's Technique Forum.

On my Garden Journal, I did a little something different with the lace cardstock...turned it over and used it wrong side up! (The white contrasted better with the background paper.) Then I had way too much fun littering the spiral with all sorts of cute stuff...a birds nest with eggs, buttons, butterfly, and canvas tag.

This turned out to be my favorite project from the March kit...and it's mostly made with leftover pieces of patterned papers from the other pages. Can you see the bird peeking out from the lace cardstock?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

HOS Challenge #1

The House of Serendipity Event is in full swing, with the first challenge distributed to participants according to their answer to the following question:

What statement below best describes you.....

A- When it comes to scrapping I am well organized and have to have everything in its place at all times including my house and laundry.
B- My house is a disaster my kids need food but you will find me in my scrap room! Anyway isn't that what pop tarts are for!
C- Its been awhile since I scrapped and I still can't find my desk!
D- Scrapping????I just like to collect pretty paper.

I answered B and was given the following challenge..."to use purple in a layout". Judging by the number of pages with purple flooding the gallery recently, there are a lot of pop-tart popping kids out there. Hahahaha!

Shuffling through my paper stash, there's not a lot of purple to be found, and most had to do with Halloween, so that's where I went with it:

The HOS Event is brought to you by these fine manufacturers:

KiKi Art-a fairly new eco-friendly company with bling, chipboard, flocked papers, fun tape, and more.

Altered Pages-your one-stop shop for all your altered art needs, they carry an amazing array of vintage images and unique findings.

Cosmo Cricket-patterned paper collections, ribbon, blackboard, and the coolest spinner cards among other things.

Sassafras Lass
-eye-catching patterns and trend-setting colors, their products are amazing!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Lombardi Gras

After the trophy and team were honored by the city with their own parade on Dat! Tuesday, the Tuesday before FAT Tuesday, the moniker Lombardi Gras took over! Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees paraded as King of Bacchus. Coach Sean Payton joined the celebrity monarchs of Orpheus. Krewes everywhere paid homage to the Super Bowl champions and the new unofficial Saints anthem could be heard booming its bass up and down the parade routes. "Stand up and get crunk!" Mardi Gras was shaping up to be Saintsational! Like so many others, we donned our jerseys on Mardi Gras day, wearing them in place of costumes.

Those who did dress up in other attire often had a decidedly Saintly theme. Pigs Fly were one of the cutest groups inspired by these surreal happenings.

The Lombardi Gras "football heads" were another.

Think if I put Kevin's name on the season ticket list that maybe his kids or grandkids might benefit.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Bless You Boys!

Pigs have flown.
Hell has frozen over.
The Saints are going to the Super Bowl.

All of a sudden, there's so much to do.
We need flags for the cars. And car paint too.

When planning the food, we know we'll need these...
tons of cookies, with Fleur-de-lis!

Get out the jerseys, the scarves and the hats.
I wish we had one of those "Bring the Wood" bats.

It's time for the game. No one can sit still.
At halftime we're nervous. They can do it. They will!

An onside kick? What an ingenious play!
If they pull this out, it will be such a day!

The seconds tick down and our Saints are on top.
Listen outside as the fireworks pop!
We won!

The last minutes of the game are a blur. I'm not sure why? Maybe it's because I had my hands over my eyes...afraid to look? But when the final seconds ticked off the clock, pandemonium broke out everywhere. Phone lines were swamped. Outside...people far and wide whooping it up. Fireworks in the sky. Cars piling up at stop lights, their congratulatory honks echoing back and forth. As we neared downtown, traffic began to crawl. French Quarter exits from the interstate were blocked. The world was descending on the center of the city. We had to go too.

We exited at Canal St. Bumper to bumper traffic. Happy traffic. Kids hanging out of car windows, waving flags and umbrellas. We only made it a few blocks in before calling it quits, driving past the Superdome on our way to the I-10 onramp. Who would have believed it 4 1/2 years ago, when the roof tore open. The Saints, our home team, going to and WINNING the Super Bowl? These are the days!