Sunday, January 3, 2010

Something sweet and some challenges

I am now officially a Candy Shoppe Design Lollipop Girl, and my lollipop name is Lemon Zinger (I don't know if you remember but Celestial Seasonings used to have a wonderful tea named that - maybe they still do but living in Colorado when they first started, I worked for a printing company that did some of their printing and they used to bring me tea when they came in to check proofs so I have a soft spot in my heart for them - even though I know they were bought out) - sweet and tart. Above is a layout I did to show my new lollipop name - I painted part of the background and made the straw flower on my little loom.
Then, the first Candy Shoppe Design challenge for the year is up - show us something about you and be sure to use an "I" prominently in the layout. Check out the great DT layouts. I decided to do a little something about what I hope to accomplish in 2010 - I want to paint a lot more, to love spontaneously a lot more, and to laugh out loud a whole lot more! the background is Cosmo Cricket Early Bird, the small frame paper is Webster's Pages Home for the Holidays, the alphas are thickers, the rub on is lilybee, the lace is Prima, the fabric is Amy Butler, and the flower is an orchid from Michaels. This challenge runs until the middle of the month so check it out!

Over at Scrapgal we have several contests and challenges going on so be sure to come over, sign up, and join in with the fun on the forums and gallery. The above layout is #1 in our Sketch contest for January. I sprayed and masked the background with 2 shades of glimmer mist and the winter trees glimmer screen. The papers are Basic Grey Nook & Pantry and Webster's Pages, the rub ons are Hambly, and the stickers are Basic Grey Indian Summer. The photo is of Brian long ago in Aspen. Every October on the weekend near my birthday we would take a long weekend and drive up to Aspen to enjoy the changing color of the aspens and maybe a dusting of snow. We always ate breakfast on Sunday at the Hotel Jerome, and one year John Denver sat at the table next to ours. He was obviously a regular and went over and grabbed a pot of coffee off the sideboard, filled his and his companions, and then asked us if we wanted a refill - what a great memory! There was also an incredible outdoor crepe wagon that made the most delicious cinnamon crepes (I think I have a photo of that place - I need to scrap it). Our last year in Colorado we actually drove down to Santa Fe and Taos, and it is one of my favorite sensory memories - it was late late afternoon as we drove into Sante Fe and you could smell the spicy mesquite fires burning - it was so cozy - the hotel had a big fireplace in the lobby and it was so romantic and exotic - great memories!
Well, this started out as an intro to Candy Shoppe and an invitation to join in challenges on CSD and on Scrapgal, but it became a trip down memory lane, or should I say, a trip up memory mountain - thanks for reading and have a great first week of 2010!
ttfn


17 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!! total congrats chris!!! that is sooooooooooooooooooooooo awesome!!!! love love love love love the lo's and i am sooooooooooooooooooooo jealous u got an offer of coffee refills from mr. john denver himself.....wow wow wow....i loved him and his music sooooooo much....rip...rip....he was amazing!!!!!!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Bekka said...

Lemon Zinger! Heehee -- that's cute!!! Love these layouts! I'll have to try these! Have a great day!!

*kim* said...

your creativity is amazing - Congrats on the new DT! Love that name!!! :)

sarah said...

love that pucker up one. your titling looks fantastic. :)

and i totally agree with you on resolutions... it's more like intentions for me... or goals... :) the word resolutions scares me. haha.

happy sunday, friend!
hugs to you and the kitties,
sarah.

jacque4u2c said...

My mouth is still hanging open and drool running down my face and on to my keyboard! Sheesh these are just stunning!

Zeffy said...

Congratulations for making the Candy Shoppe design team..I love your lemon zinger L.O. your lemons are superb! I dabble with painting if I could be half as good as you i would be ecstatic....have a wonderful 2010....

deana said...

Your new LO's are so cute & so colorful... & I ♥ the journaling strips!

Congrats on the new DT, Chris! :-)

Jenneke said...

Oh Chris, I sooooo LOVE to come here!!! You always show us the most wonderful creations!!!
Congrats on being Lemon Zinger, love that name! And LOVE your layouts! They are so creative again!!!

And John Denver....yeah, I was a GREAT fan of him too!! Have been to 2 concerts of him here in the Netherlands. So sorry he died...

Have a GREAT week, Chris!
And a GREAT 2010!!!

XXXJenneke

KateB said...

:) love both layouts...have to work on my Scrapgal challenge stuff myself! Wish I was a painter!

mandysea said...

gORGEOUS!!! Ooooh eye candy!!!

sooooo love your 'Lemon Zinger' name!!! How cute is that!!! Ooh I love visiting here!!

Julie said...

Congrats Chris that is awesome.

Great layouts too.

Hanneke said...

Love your name, so cute!! Great LO's love that raffiaflower!!! And Aspen, we would love to there during winter once!! This Christmas my brother and Sister and me got a ticket from a large lottery from an uncle and we agreed to go to Apsen next year if one of us would win the jackpot!! But unfortunatly my brother won the biggest price of 15 euros, hehehe that 4 hot cocoa's please!!!!

marit said...

Congrats you Lemon Zinger...!!!! I was going down my blogroll, visiting each and every one of you, when I had to take a break right before I got to your name to visit the doctor (nothing bad - my ears were "full" and they made it open again, flushing water in my head... hihi, but I can hear myself typing right now!) Anyway, when I got back I saw YOU visited ME already... you're so kind! I LOVE the aspen LO and the story of John Denver.... I bet you can sing "Country Roads" from top to bottom (I can!)

Denise said...

Congrats! I love your Lemon Zinger page...I remember that tea! What a cool story behind your team name. Best of luck!

MirjamC said...

thanks for your comment on my blog! are you already busy with a minibook about your cat hana:):):)
your pages are gorgeous!!!congrats on the new dt!!!

Candy Shoppe Designs said...

I just read that you painted some of that Lemon Zinger layout. WOW! Your awesome!!!

Danica said...

awesome LO! love that lemon paper too! congrats on the DT!