Halloween Faces

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Whew! Did my first "official" facepainting event last night, at the Fall Festival for the elementary school. I'd volunteered myself and my 16 year old daughter's time for one hour, but do you think we could turn away the giant line of kids once our hour was up? We ended up painting until closing time, and the kids were still lined up. We had a blast, it was so much fun to see the look on the kid's faces when you hand them the mirror and they look like this:








Okay, just one more. Me, 'cuz I'm one cool cat.

Just for Grins

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Ever have a kid with an obsession? My son Richard has been obsessed with ships and boats for as long as we can remember. And it's not just any old boat, although he is interested in just about anything that floats, but it's got to be big. Cruise ships and yachts are his current favorite, although we've seen battleships and cargo ships thrown into the mix occasionally. He spends countless hours on the internet, searching for information and photos, and he's checked out every book in his school library about ships.

This month, my husband took Richard to San Francisco for fleet week. My husband's brother owns a large boat and they spent the weekend on the boat, touring the harbors and going out to sea for some fishing. This is the first time that Richard has been around so many boats at once, and the first time he's ever seen cruise ships and battleships up close and personal.

Richard's face must have been sore from grinning all weekend, as you can see.

His mom and dad are pretty happy about it too. Nothing like making a child's dream come true. And when he buys his first yacht, he says we can come and visit him.

Although he did mention that his sister is not invited.

Custom Made Papers

Wednesday, October 22, 2008



I wanted to show off this page, because first, I do sometimes scrapbook the photos that I post on my blog, and second, I'd like to show what I do when I don't have any patterned paper that suits my photos. The great thing about stamps and inks... you just make your own patterned paper!

Products are by Close to My Heart, with the exception of a few embellishments (like the Heidi Swapp ghost letter and ribbons).

To create the patterns, I stamped the circle from Spot on backgrounds in Citrus Leaf ink onto the same colored cardstock. Next, I created the blue cardstock by stamping the swirls from Western Flourishes in Ocean ink onto the same colored cardstock. I then went over the swirl stamped background by stamping the circles again in Clover Meadow ink. I didn't want to cover up all the swirls, so I used a bit of "Bad Stamping" techniques. Yes... you can stamp badly on purpose. Don't argue with me.

Because I have nothing better to do....

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I seriously need some counseling. I often get so excited about a new way to share information, that I can put everything else on hold while I monkey around with my new pet project. The blog, the videos, and now the Presentations.

The good news is, if you haven't been able to view the video version of my Halloween Pop Up Treat Holder, this might be the answer. It's a slideshow format, so you can advance each slide manually, or even print the images if you like. Now, it's a lot of slides, so if you plan to print, you might want to see if you can choose to print the images smaller than full page, or you'll have a whole darned book... and a lot of ink used up.

From the fabulously distracted mind of Tresa... the slideshow.

Note: this post has been edited from its original publication. The slideshow photo has been removed to enable faster loading. To see the slideshow, just click on "the slideshow" link above.

Pop Up Halloween Treat Holder

Thursday, October 9, 2008



Another video tutorial! This one is inspired by ChicnScratch, I caught her video tutorial on these candy holders while surfing on youtube, and wanted to make my own version with CTMH materials. I decided to add the pop-up feature to make it more interactive. As usual, you can enjoy my fabulous acting skills and laugh at how ridiculous I'm willing to make myself... all just to entertain you.

Another One Published

Monday, October 6, 2008

As seen in Papercrafts Nov./Dec. issue. This one was a request from the editor, in my hurry to get out a Hanukkah design for them I inadvertently used a discontinued stamp. The magazine was very gracious about it and published the card anyway, with a blurb about the stamp being unavailable and recommendations for other sources of Menorah stamps. I'm so glad the card made it in, I think it's quite pretty and love that aspen tree paper in the background.