Sunday, October 30, 2011

Crop Challenge: Morning Glory

Good morning - feeling a bit groggy from all the cocktails? :-) LOL

My challenge is to complete this fun, fast and frivolous make n take - something to dress up your decor for your cocktail party.

My cocktail is called the Morning Glory, perfect for the morning after! Here is the recipe!

1 1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz dark creme de cacao
2 oz light cream
1/4 tspgrated nutmeg

Combine the vodka, creme de cacao and cream in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a dusting of nutmeg, and serve.

Start with 6 paper bags, the gusseted ones.

Fold the bottom of a bag in on itself. Cut above the lower fold, removing the bag's bottom. Trim the top into a petal shape.

Punch a hole about 1/4 inch from the bottom. Repeat process with five more bags. Apply double-sided tape to the front edges of a bag. Place another bag on top, and repeat to stack all of the bags. Draw a length of string through the hole in the stack; knot it loosely. (Loosely is very important!)

Pull the top and bottom bags around to form a flower shape and join the end petals with double-sided tape.

Suspend your completed paper bag flowers by string.

Voila! Cute, isn't it?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Crop Challenge: Fudgicle Frozen Cocktail

New to this online crop is blog challenges for the crop! Enjoy!!!

Have you ever had a Fudgesicle Frozen Cocktail? It's like a Fudgesicle for grownups! 

Here is the recipe:

Start with your blender and 1/2 cup of ice. Add 1 1/2 oz of Vodka or Chocolate Vodka, 1/2 oz of Dark Creme de Cacao, 1 tablespoon of Chocolate Syrup and a scoop of Chocolate Ice Cream. Blend everything until it's nice and smooth. You can add a bit of Milk or a bit more ice cream to adjust the thickness of your drink. Garnish with a popsicle stick and serve.

My Fudgesicle challenge is to create a project that has been inspired by the Fudgesicle Frozen Cocktail. So you could create a Christmas card or a winter themed layout or even a project that primarily has chocolate tones!

Here is my layout - 

Supplies:  Scrap Shotz monthly kit featuring Echo Park

Supplies:  KI Memories lace, Close to my Heart cardstock; SEI pattern papers, Prima gem swirl; Cuttlebug die; Tattered Angels glimmer mist (All supplies available from Scrap Shotz.)

Please post your projects in the comments section so that I may include your name into the prize drawing.

(Psst! I'll be posting another fun challenge sometime tomorrow!)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Scrap Shotz Online Crop - Charity Chaser

MADD Canada was formed in 1990 to create a national network of victims and concerned citizens working to stop impaired driving and to support victims of this violent crime.  The organization's national presence and its local contributions are a direct result of the many people who have stepped forward in fighting impaired driving -- to make their communities' roads safer and to lend a hand to victims and their families.

Millions of red ribbons are distributed each year as part of MADD Canada’s longest running public awareness program, Project Red Ribbon.  Their slogan of "Tie one on for safety" is widely recognized nationally.

Scrap Shotz has decided to support the efforts of MADD for this crop.  In order to make a difference, all you have to do is this challenge:

TIE ONE ON! It's as easy as that, create a project which includes a tied piece of ribbon, string or twine on it somewhere.  For each person that participates, Scrap Shotz will donate $5 to MADD Canada.  There's no chasing, tagging, dibs'ing or lifting this time, just create a project as specified above and post it here.  Simple, right? Oh and be sure to grab your blinkie at the bottom once you've participated!

Here is my sample to kick us off:

Ready? Set? GO!!

There will be more blog challenges this weekend - hope you make time to drop by!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Crop Day Tomorrow!

Can you believe the day is almost here??? Me either! In addition to the challenges in the forum, I will be hosting 2 blog crop challenges so check back here over the weekend. There will be a blog prize as well to challenge participants!

Tell your friends and enjoy the weekend cropping with Scrap Shotz!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Psst! Crop Sneak Peeks #1

Just 2 more sleeps and its crop time! Gosh I am SO excited; aren't you? Well, I happen to have a few sneaks for you? Can you guess what the challenge will be ?

I am absolutely terrible at keeping secrets so these next 2 days had better whiz by! :-)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Simply Smashing: Part 1

Have you succumbed to the Smash Book craze??? You know those absolutely adorable books with the coordinating accessories? Well, at Scrap Shotz, many of us have been smashed! Over the next few weeks, I'd like to show you what we have been smashing; I hope you will join me for this simply smashing good time! :-)

Here is an excerpt of Rosie's smash book; I drool every time I look at it!

Sandy carries several different versions of the actual Smash book - when you see them in the store, don't think, just grab them! These sweet books are a hot commodity and are very hard to find...anywhere!

One of the reasons why I adore these books so much is that the Smash Book is a fantastic way to use up all those little left over rubs, chipboard, labels and so on. Combined with the Smash book accessories, your book is stunning and a true reflection of your personality. As you will see in Rosie's books, she has combined the dregs of previous Scrap Shotz kits with the Smash book accents!

Shall we take a peek into Rosie's stunning book! Check out these tabs!

My personal favorite is the Smash Tape - it is easily torn, looks amazing on the page...and has THE cutest black and white polka dot pattern!

Check out the Smash Stickies Rosie used! What are they? Well they are a cross between post it notes and journal spots - fast, easy, cute!

 Don't you love the kid art in Rosie's book? It is memory that you don't want to forget!

Rosie - we are so honoured to have you share your smash book; thank you!

Watch this blog for more Simply Smashing samples!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Copics, Copics, Copics!!!

At the recent Scrap Shotz crop, it was clear that the Copics craze was live and well. There were lots of croppers working on their Christmas cards and I had lots of croppers try their hand with copics at the Make and Take table.

One of the croppers had a wonderful storage solution for her copics. She purchased a padded box from Homesense and cut down a ceiling lighting tile to insert each copic into. I thought it was brilliant; don't you? Thank you Linda M for sharing :-)

At the make and take table, we coloured images like these -

It was lovely to share my love of copics with others :-)

Thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Scrap Shotz October Kit Reveal

Sandy has put together another stunning kit this month which features SEI's Homestead line. The Creative Team has whipped up jaw dropping projects for your inspiration.

From Lorraine, we have a stunning simple elegant card that illustrates the embossed patterns.

From Rosie, we have festive home decor. What a fantastic way to utilize those snippets of pattern paper and ribbon!

From Wendy, we have an awesome multi-photo layout that shows the versatility of the kit.

From Gail, we have a wonderful celebratory layout that showcases the stunning papers.

And from Connie, our Guest Designer. we have an energetic layout that showcases the amazing die cuts included in the kit.

I think you will agree - the girls continue to outdo themselves - I personally can't stop looking at their work!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fabulous Fundamental - Scripted Flowers

Awhile ago,  I looked at my stash the other day in search of THE perfect flower accent. Do you think I could find one??? No! It didn't have the script I felt would be SO complementary to my layout nor did I have the right colour. So what is a girl to do??? Yup, make one! :-)

So I thought I would share how to make my version of a scripted flower!

Start with a Prima flower - any colour will do depending on the glimmer mist you choose - in my case, this little flower was already sitting on my desk smiling at me :-)

Then stamp a petite but simple design directly onto your flower. I used Memento ink but Staz On would certainly work too! Dye based inks do not work as well with this project as they tend to react with the spray mists.

Let the stamped flower dry. 

Choose your mists and gently mist over the stamped flower.

Dry thoroughly.

Adorn as desired. Here I dipped a brad into some Tattered Angels glam as I did not have any red brads for the centre.

Hope you enjoyed our Fabulous Fundamental. All supplies are available from the Scrap Shotz store.