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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Can you give me a lift, Cupcake?

So last night I'm minding my own business. Wandering the web. Checking email and (*blip!*) and email shows up from my friend Joann. Smiley from millan.net (Hiya girlie!!)

Joann's great! Every once in a while she brings me a project that I didn't know I had to make. And, last night when I was about to turn everything off and go to bed.... well, one of those projects showed up.She and a friend had been to a craft show and seen a cake stand. She took a couple pics of it and sent them my way with the ever-so-innocent question.... "Can you make this?"

You know me. So shy about trying a challenge...Smiley from millan.net
So.... here it is. What do you think? It's about 11 1/2" tall and 11 1/2" wide. The plate above is a small cake plate. The plate below is a large dinner plate.

I can tell you that if you want to put something with weight on it, you will want to use good sturdy cardstock and you'll want to add additional risers/uprights for stability.
Now that I'm done with my pictures, my son has adopted it as his own...

  • CUT FILE: ** Cricut, DesignStudio, George and Plantin cartridges (ProvoCraft)
  • Cardstock (PaperCo.) Fine for lightweight items to be placed on top but not heavy ones. If you will want to place heavy objects on this cake plate I recommend using covered chipboard.
** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files.

    Thursday, June 17, 2010

    WMS Blog Hop! Travel album

    Good morning! (unless you're on the East Coast or over the pond then it's afternoon or evening already... ACK! >o.O< ) I'm so totally late getting this posted. I have to admit, procrastination got the best of me.
    Smiley from millan.netToday is the WMS Blog hop!

    The theme is Let's Hear It For the Boys. With Father's Day coming up in a week I wanted to do something for him. My father still travels for business. He has for years... like 50 of them! And I can't believe I didn't come up with this idea sooner. Smiley from millan.net
    My friend Kathy, a fellow Smiley from millan.netCricutty, crafty creator inspired this project with her Hardcore tin album that she made for her hubby. My dad isn't into tools and metal and bling and such... So I changed up the papers to something more down home and comfy, befitting of my dad.

    The inside pocket on the left holds a pull -out, double-sided accordion album, and the flip-up pockets on the right hold pull-out pictures panels as well. Ooodles of space for pictures. And we need it!
    I come from a huge family .... I'm not talking 5 kids, or 8 kids, but 11!! Smiley from millan.net Yup! Every family get together is like a block party!

    And with most of us having our own families now, Papa needs space to carry pics of his grandkids and great-grandkids now. (Current count is 30 and 11. I think...Smiley from millan.net)

    As you can see, with all those faces to include, I needed something that could hold a LOT of pictures. And with the tin dvd case to hold it all together, it will travel safely in my dad's briefcase or suitcase without being damaged.

    And here it is mostly loaded with pics. I had to ship the album off to my sister's house to fill in with some of the pics from her collection.

    So.... I hope Claire forgives me because her stamps did not hold center stage on this project, but the plaid background stamp did add just the necessary detail to the cover. Thank you Claire for your wonderful stamps! And thank you Kathy for the wonderful inspiration!
    Hope you liked the project. I know my dad won't see this before he receives the actual album on Father's Day unless one of his kids or grandkids shows it to him. I just wanted to let him know... Dad, I love you. And now where ever you go, you won't have to go alone any more. Your family will be with you always.
    Smiley from millan.net

    • Stamps: Offbeat Backgrounds (WaltzingMouse Stamps)
    • Patterned Paper: All About Boys (DCWV)
    • Cardstock: Kraft (PaperTreyInk), charcoal (PaperCo), white (Georgia Pacific)
    • Ink: Cream, Chestnut Roan (Colorbox)
    • Cuttlebug and Houndstooth Embossing Folder (ProvoCraft)
    • DVD case (Meritline)
    • Other: Jute (JoAnns), mini-brads (MemoryMakers), decorative brads (JoAnns), sewing machine, Natural colored thread

    Wednesday, June 2, 2010

    You've got a message, mom!

    Hiya... Can you believe it's June already? Holy cow! Smiley from millan.net Where is this year going already?

    Today's project was inspired by a friend of mine. She has 6 beautiful children ranging in ages from 14 down to 2 yrs old.. Yes! really. Anyway, I've been trying to reach her for two weeks, leaving messages at her home with one of her two oldest children (12 and 14 yrs old...old enough to take a message), sending her email messages, even leaving her messages on facebook. (If you had six kids would you have time to check your email or fb?)

    When I finally ran into her at church last Sunday I explained that I had left a message with her son and she rolled her eyes at me. Smiley  from millan.net Apparently he's notorious for thinking he can remember to tell his mom that someone called but then forgets as soon as he hangs up with said caller.

    She told me the problem isn't that there isn't something to write on. There's plenty of paper near the phone, but apparently there aren't any pens to be found I guess. .. ...Smiley from millan.net or maybe it was the other way around. Oodles of pens and no paper. In any case, now that problem is solved.

    Now she has a nice notepad and pen set all together and personalized just for her messages. Smiley from millan.net
    No excuses any more. Right?Smiley from millan.net

    My greatest fear...? Her daughter's first name also starts with S. I'm guessing this lovely new notebook will mysteriously go missing.Smiley from millan.net lol

    That's it for now. My crafty to-d0 list is growing. I need to create another wedding gift card and a little something for my dad for Father's Day. I hope you're all enjoying your summer so far. Smiley from millan.net Toodles for now....

    • Cricut machine
    • Software: SureCutsALot
    • Font: Aspen (height and width adjusted to fit)
    • Patterned paper: DiVOGA file folder (Office Max)
    • Cardstock: white (Georgia Pacific), purple (DCWV), gold (PaperTreyInk)
    • Other: magnetic closure (BasicGrey), paper flowers (Prima), pearls (Target $1 spot), microbeads (company no longer exists but you can get them at PennywiseArts), notepad, pen with open clear casing, Glossy Accents (Ranger)