Friday, December 16, 2011

Scrapping The Moments Ad/Art Challenge!!!!

Happy Holidays!!! I am quite the collector of vintage advertisement signs. The ones I am the most fond of are The Coca-Cola Santas. Here is a little history for you from the Coca-Cola website:

"Most people can agree on what Santa Claus looks like -- jolly, with a red suit and a white beard. But he did not always look that way, and Coca-Cola® advertising actually helped shape this modern-day image of Santa. 2006 marked the 75th anniversary of the famous Coca-Cola Santa Claus. Starting in 1931, magazine ads for Coca-Cola featured St. Nick as a kind, jolly man in a red suit. Because magazines were so widely viewed, and because this image of Santa appeared for more than three decades, the image of Santa most people have today is largely based on our advertising.

The Coca-Cola Company began its Christmas advertising in the 1920s with shopping-related ads in magazines like The Saturday Evening Post. The first Santa ads used a strict-looking Claus, in the vein of Thomas Nast. At this time, many people thought of Coca-Cola as a drink only for warm weather. The Coca-Cola Company began a campaign to remind people that Coca-Cola was a great choice in any month. This began with the 1922 slogan "Thirst Knows No Season," and continued with a campaign connecting a true icon of winter -- Santa Claus -- with the beverage.

The first Coca-Cola Santa Claus image created by artist Haddon Sunblom appeared in 1931 in The Saturday Evening Post.From 1931 to 1964, Coca-Cola advertising showed Santa delivering (and playing!) with toys, pausing to read a letter and enjoy a Coke, playing with children who stayed up to greet him and raiding the refrigerators at a number of homes. The original oil paintings Sundblom created were adapted for Coca-Cola advertising in magazines, store displays, billboards, posters, calendars and even plush dolls. Many of those items today are popular collectibles."

So I can just bet that you know what your inspiration for Ad/Art is this month.

Yep!! It's those gosh-darn, cutie pie Coke Santas!!!!

Here is a website or two for you to check out to find your inspiration piece:

Or better yet, just head over to Google and image search "Coca Cola Santa." Hundreds of photos come up.

Your creation can be a layout, a card, a paper craft, anything you would like to create.
It does NOT have to be a Christmas themed creation.
You can combine this challenge with another here on the website, but if you are trying to earn a badge, please keep it separate.
You have until January 14, 2012 to post your creation here and in the gallery.
And don't forget to let us know on the forum which piece inspired you.

I hope you all have a great time exploring some advertising memorabilia from the past!!!

Here is my inspiration and my sample:

Until next time...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The 12 Days of Christmas

At Scrapping the Moments it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas when  you peek into the gallery. We had a challenge to add one thing to a layout everyday for the first 12 days of the month. It goes something like the song:

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my scrappy friend gave to me,

a 12x12 piece of plain colored cardstock and 3 (2x2) pieces of patterned paper,
two pieces of trim.
1 or 2 pics.
some stitching. 
1 journaling spot.
1 piece of holly!
a two word title.
a stamped christmas word.
some cute little snowflakes.
a sprinkle of glitter!
a Christmas die-cut!
a touch of confetti!

And here's mine!!!!

Until next time.... 

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Gratitude Journal

For November on Scrapping the Moments, we have been working on a gratitude project which involved us using a photo and journaling for 23 days this month about what we were grateful for. I decided to do a mini album. It took many more hours than I planned, but here are the results.

Until next time...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to All!!!

My family and I hope you and your family have a blessed day. 
Take lots of photos and make memories to last throughout the years!!!

Until next time...

Monday, November 14, 2011

November Ad/Art Challenge at Scrapping the Moments

November has arrived, the beginning of the holiday season for many of us. I wanted to find an artist to inspire us that created pieces that represented family and tradition.  Of all the artists I looked at, I kept coming back to Norman Rockwell’s painting known as “Freedom From Want”. This piece represents family life with the traditional turkey dinner shared by all. It is an oil on canvas piece and one of 4 pieces known as the Four Freedoms; Freedom of Speech, Freedom from Fear and Freedom of Worship being the other three.

How will Norman Rockwell inspire you? I am going to share this one link with you, although there are many out there on the web.

For this project, find a Rockwell piece and see how it talks to you. Will it touch you through his use of colors,  the graphic designs he uses in his magazine covers, or the subject matter.

Personally, I was going for that family around the table look and here is what i came up with.

Be sure to post your project back at Scrapping the Moments telling us which Rockwell piece inspired you as well as in the gallery. You have until December 14th to finish your project. You can do digi, cards, any paper craft as long as it meets the criteria of the challenge. If you would like to combine this challenge with another challenge at Scrapping the Moments, please feel free to do so. However if you are playing for a badge for a challenge then please do not combine with another challenge.

Hope you enjoy exploring Norman Rockwell this month!!

And from my family to yours, we hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!!!

Hope you all have a frightfully good time tonight.
Don't let the ghouls and goblins get cha'!!!

Until next time...

Sunday, October 30, 2011

New Layouts to share

My hubby has been out of town this weekend. So I had plenty of time to do just what I wanted to do. (Come home honey, I miss you!!! LOL!!) So here is how I stayed out of trouble spent my time. All the layouts were created with the challenges on Scrapping the Moments. New challenges come out on the first and fifteenth of the month. I can't wait to do some more!!!!

The Scraplift Challenge

The Sketch Challenge

Friday Night Fast Track

Card Challenge

I've got a few more ideas in mind, but I am running out of time this weekend. Hope you all did something crafty this weekend.

Until next time...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fun at the Pumpkin Patch

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October Layout Tag was revealed!!!

And so I can now share what I submitted:

I was pretty excited when I tuned in at Scrapping the Moments to see the reveal. Every month we have a sign up for Layout Tag. When it begins, sometime during the month you will receive an email from our Tag Queen showing you a layout someone else has submitted and you have to use it to make your own layout. You have three days to complete your project and pass it on to the next person on the list. At the end of the month, the tag game is revealed. It is really cool to see where the original layout started and where it ended up.

For October I was the last person on the list to receive a layout to copy. AND better yet, apparently I was the first person in the chain as well. The Tag Queen chose my layout listed below as the start!!! And it's actually one of my favorite layouts from my books too.

Until next time...

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sickness nearly over, bring on the fun!!!

Finally after  a week I am beginning to feel better after being attacked by "The Cooties". Now however, hubby has developed the illness. So this will be a weekend of staying home and recovering. Since I am staying away from Mr. Sick so I don't get those darn cooties again, I did some scrapping!! Yay Me!!! Wanna see?
I used this photo once before for a Mother's Day project my niece and I completed last May. Now it is my turn to make something cute out of it. I participated in Friday Night Fast Track on Scrapping The Moments this evening. Our fearless leader Pat provided us with a sketch and told us, have at it!! I love that the color blue in her shirt really pops with the papers and girly touches. Stop by next Friday night and join us. You will have two hours to create and upload a layout onto the forum. Can't wait until next week myself.

Also on October 15th, I listed the Ad/Art Challenge on Scrapping the Moments, but in my illness have not been able to list it here or even create a sample. But it's updated as of today. Read on or better yet, head over the forum and join in. I'd LOVE to see  what you would do with the artist featured this month.

October Ad/Art Challenge
at Scrapping the Moments
I have been reading a book on taking chances and making your life have a deeper meaning lately. One of the “assignments” has been to create a motivational poster of how you see yourself one or two years from now. I was searching through photos of exotic places to travel as that is one of my long term goals and I stumbled upon the art of Kerne Erikson.

Getting to know our artist, from his website:
“For the past 30 years Kerne Erickson has worked as a full-time artist, primarily producing freelance commissioned art and landscape paintings …. In a day when sterile, flat, computer-generated art has become the norm, it’s refreshing to see an artist like Kerne Erickson who can work his way from a well composed pencil drawing, through transparent layers of under painting, building depth and tonality until finally he adds the finishing touches that bring the work of art into focus. His work is a perfect blend of traditional technique and modern painting mediums.”

Your Assignment, should you choose to accept it:
Create a project (layout, card, mini album, etc…) using the art of Kerne as your guide. You can use the ever so cute Banana Baby advertisement or any other piece listed on his website.

Will he inspire you to paint, layer, draw, or advertise your photos. I can’t wait to see what you do with this challenge.  Post your project in the gallery as well as here when you have completed it. Don’t get lost in the travel brochure posters and forget to do your “homework”. Have fun!!

 My layout is based on the TWA advertisement above

Stay tuned. I hope to make a real dent in my photos this weekend.

Until next time...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

W...W...W... Wednesdays

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I am reading Before I Go to Sleep, by S.J. Watson. So far, it's a great story about a woman who wakes up every morning not knowing who she is or how she got to where she is. Along with the help of Dr. Nash, she is keeping a journal of what she remembers trying to piece together her past, present and future.

I recently finished The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks, by Kathleen Flnn. This was a book I won on Goodreads. The book is a combination of a real life story of a chef who finds purpose for her Le Cordon Bleu training through a class she teaches to real home cooks. Included are the class recipes plus more.  I really enjoyed the book. And while I consider myself to be pretty savvy in the kitchen, I learned a thing or two I did not know.

My next book will be The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood. We will be reading it for our book club soon and I am anxious to start it.

Until next time...

Saturday, October 15, 2011

One the first day of Halloween......... BOO!!

Sign up for the 12 Days of Halloween at Scrapping the Moments!!! 

We will be creating a Halloween layout by following 12 days of instructions. Each day our fearless Halloween Diva will post a new thing to add to your layout......and on Halloween we will reveal our layouts.  Get it?!  Got questions?  Sound fun?!

There is even going to be a prize!  

We will be starting Oct.20 with the reveal on the 31st!  
Head over to the Scrapping the Moments forum now and sign up!!!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

I'm on a roll!!!

After months and months of having no energy and no mojo to do ANY scrapping, I finally had a good day. Well, really, a good 24 hours. Along with heading out to the Barnful of Quilts in Waxhaw, NC today with my hubby, I also completed 4 layouts. I tried to hit the challenges that were posted on Scrapping The Moments in September. Some of the challenges run from the 15th until the 14th of the next month. Since today was the  8th, I did not have much time left to get to them. There were some really good ones and a few more I did not get time to do yet. But tomorrow is another day!!! Hope you enjoy.

Patterned Paper Challenge
featuring the Cutie Pie Jeremiah!!

Recipe Challenge
Featuring the ever cute Ethen, Alex and Sami
Scrap That Tune

Die-cut Challenge

Until next time...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home CooksThe Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks by Kathleen Flinn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a small but practical cookbook within a story. Kathleen "stalks" a grocery store patron seeing how and what she buys when she shops. Within a very short period of time, she approaches the woman and volunteers to help her pick out some healthier options for the prepackaged choices she has made. This experience leads to Kathleen's idea of helping others using her Le Cordon Bleu training and food experiences.

The book follows Kathleen as she finds 10 volunteers who allow her to interview them in their homes on their food choices and culinary skills. After a series of informative classes, Kathleen's plan is to go back into these homes to see if the classes inspired change in the lives of the volunteers and what those changes were. The classes focus on basic culinary skills such as knife skills, choosing cuts of meat and how to prepare them, and making sauces, breads, salads, and cakes to name a few. 

As I read this book, I found myself going to my husband and telling him things we should do to improve our cooking skills. I found information that I was not aware of such as the shelf life of dried spices. I also enjoyed some of the flavor recipes she taught her class in the book.

The cookbook portions are scattered throughout the book and are the recipes in most cases that the cooking class used to learn new methods and try new recipes. All of them look delicious and I am anxious to try the Artisan bread recipe in particular.

Overall, I feel the book was a good read. It was very informative and provided some nice recipes to try. It was written in a lighthearted sense of humor and is written for the cooking novice. It definitely made me stop and think about the choices I make to feed my family.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Help

The HelpThe Help by Kathryn Stockett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is about segregation in Mississippi in the 1960's. Eugenia Phelan gets together with a group of black women who work as hired help to the prominent white women in the town of Jackson, Mississippi. They decide that they can affect the segregation movement by writing a tell all book detailing how the help's lives are affected by their jobs and how their jobs affect the ladies they wait on. There are many tense moments in the book as well as love and tenderness in a moment of time in our history that was violent and dangerous for black people living in the south.

I feel the book was well written as it was playing in my head like a movie reel with each turn of the page. It made me feel sorry for the women who had to endure these struggles and ashamed for how they had to endure it all in the first place. This was a wonderful book and I will suggest it to all my friends as a wonderful read.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Toot Toot Tooooot!!!

Just tooting my own horn today. The layout of the week on Scrapping the Moments is ME!!!


Until next time...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A visit to the Zografos Gallery

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the Yiasou Greek Festival here in Charlotte, NC. While there I encountered a third generation artist who paints wonderful watercolors of Greece and it's people. Pantelis D. Zografos, also known as The Greek Artist on his website, paints memories from his childhood and refurbishes paintings of the men in his family that came before him. I love the bright and vivid colors and the street scenes. So for the month of September, I would like you to look over his website and find something that inspires you.

Do you like to watercolor?

Do sidewalk cafes and narrow city streets strike your fancy?

Do you long to float around in a boat on calm water?

You won't know until you take a look…………..

Make sure to come back to the Scrapping the Moments thread to post your project as well as in the gallery there. It does not have to be a layout. Any old project will do. Let us know which painting inspired you and why. Looking forward to seeing where the watercolors take you.

I decided I liked the colors and the scene so well in this painting, I would use it as the focus for my layout. It is stored in my 10 x 10 Book of Me with a note on how stressful the summer of 2011 has been for me and how I wish the artist would just paint me into the watercolor sitting in that little chair with a nice cup of coffee and a book.

Until next time....

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Scrapping The Moments - OH YEAH!! - Back to School Blog Hop!!!

Hey there ya’ll!! If you have been hopping around all day, you have reached the end of your travels. My blog is the last stop on

Scrapping The Moments Back to School – OH  YEAH!! Blog Hop
You should have arrived here from Pat’s Color Challenge. But if you missed some of the talented design team’s blogs, you can just hop back to the beginning at Jess’s OLW Challenge by clicking HERE!! or click on the links below.

Around our forum I am the ad/art challenge designer. I like to try and inspire our members by showcasing different artists and their works and encouraging our members create however the art inspires them. I love to create by putting my own spin on good design and artistic talent and hope that some of their talent rubs off on me, LOL!!

Here is our most recent Ad/Art Challenge.  And lucky for you, we are still accepting entries on this one until September 14th. I am offering a prize on the forum for a random winner this month, so take a look and see how Jai Studios inspires you. Then create something and join us at the forum.

*Jai Studios*
I have found another artist, quite by accident. A friend of mine referred me to look at the quilling work of Jitesh Patel. He is a design and illustration artist living in London who specializes in illustration, advertising, logo design, and art direction to a variety of clientele. When you look at his website, you will see many different types of media in his art. However for this challenge I would like you to focus your layout designs on the advertisements for Alpina Yogurt.

You can also see the images here: along with a cool little video on 3D butterfly animation.
Also, here is another fun website dedicated to Jitesh and his work:

Recently I polled our members as to whether they knew how to quill and if you used quilling in your layouts. The results were a mixed bag. This challenge is by no means a quilling challenge. I want you to take a look at Jitesh's ads and see what you can do with them. Maybe you are inspired by the colors, the images, the manipulation of the paper. It's all up to you.

For my example I went in a totally different way. I do not know how to quill, but loved the images I saw and decided to embroider them onto paper. I have not undergone a sewing project in this detail for my scrapping albums. And boy, my little thumb and fingers are feeling the ache today, LOL!! But I love the end results.

I hope you all get the opportunity to stop by Scrapping the Moments this month and join us to take a look at this artist and feel inspired to create something of your own. I would love to see what you come up with.

If you are truly at the end of your hopping adventure today, the design team and I would like to thank you for looking. We hope you will join us on the forum and join in the fun. We have a whole bunch of talented gals and we look forward to sharing and learning from you. 

Check your list twice to see that you did not miss anything on the hop. And while you are at it, go ahead and follow me as I will be giving a small  RAK  to a random reader here as well. Just leave a comment with a link back to you  by Tuesday, September 6, 2011 and you may be hearing from me.

Scrapping the Moments DT
Jess - OLW Challenge
April - Journaling Challenge
Cindy -  Die-Cut Challenge and Double Page Sketch Challenge
Diana - Sketch Challenge
Janet - Scraplift Challenge
Jessica - Scrap Your Stash Challenge and Scrap that Tune Challenge
Pat - Color Challenge
Resa - Ad/Art Inspiration Challenge

Until next time...