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Monday, November 29, 2010

Never too far from home

Did you all have a fantastic holiday weekend?Smiley from millan.net  Anyone still dreaming about what to do with their turkey feast leftovers?? Smiley from millan.net  Last night I was wishing I had turkey feast left overs. We traveled to see family this year so the left overs stayed at someone else's home. Smiley from millan.net Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time to reflect on our blessings. My life isn't the perfect picture I wish it could be but I still know that I am blessed. I have a loving family and friends I hold dear... some I only know via my blog or other online forums. I hope you all had a blessed Day of Thanks.

Today I'm showing off my most recent creation.  It's going to be gifted to my parents for Christmas so *Shhhh!* don't tell them about it, ok?!

After seeing Kathy's Fright Night haunted house album last October I decided I wanted to make one too. I played around with ideas for making my parents a Christmas themed one, but ultimately decided on making a house that could keep out as decor year round.  You see, at least half of their kids live away from them... as in at a least 6 hour car ride away. I live about 12-14 hours away by car. So I want them to be able to see their kids and grandkids and great-grandkids any time they want.

I was a bit worried I'd made a huge mistake when I first started. I mean, do you see that picture up there? That is NOT pretty!  The crackle effect turned out cool but the overall look of the house is U-G-L-Y! Smiley from millan.net Do you ever have a project like that? You have this grand idea. You get started and it's so bad in the beginning stages you almost throw the whole thing in the garbage?  Well folks, I almost trashed this one.

You may not have noticed, but I cut the base off the bottom of the house. It was not a flat base. It was a bit awkward in the front with the way the house album opens so I took my blade to it and just got rid of it.  Smiley from millan.net Sadly, by doing that I also had to go back and layer some cardstock over the areas where the walls met the floor which had started to split. Then of course I had to repaint in black, crackle medium and beige paint....  Once that was complete I was ready to put the paper on. I can not tell you how relieved I was once I got done with the paper and it started to look good again. *Phew!*Smiley from millan.netMajor improvement, right?!

Next I updated the door. And I used a large magnetic closer to keep the house closed (one magnet behind the door, it's opposite behind the paper  used to cover the outside of the house).

Inside the house, I created and glued into place eight (8) overlapping envelope pockets across the back wall. A ribbon with a decorative ribbon closure keeps those flaps contained and helps offer the additional space needed to add eight (8) additional envelope pockets on the side walls (four each).

Each envelope pocket holds a double sided pull-out tag with a simple re-enforced area at the top-center. I kept the tags simple so that there would be less likelyhood of adding too much bulk once the pictures are put in and then causing the tags not to fit in the pockets.

Last but not least, I added a bit of paper to the roof. I cut scalloped strips and glued them in place to give it a shingled look. My mom and dad are not super fru-fru types so the paper dresses up the roof without making it too over the top for my folks.

Smiley from millan.netToday's task is all about taking the pictures I've received from my siblings, nieces and nephews, sizing them down to fit the tags and pockets, and printing them out.  And, I've spotted a few places where I need to take a little black paint and clean up my sloppy painting from before.

That's all for now. Time to shake off what's left of my turkey-coma and get to work. Millan.net Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a great day!

  • Cricut Expression, DesignStudio, PlantinSchoolBook (PSB) cartridge (ProvoCraft)   .cut or gypsy files available for windows, or scallop strips, or envelopes. I maximized their space on the mat so you may need to snip the edges where the cricut doesn't cut. Click HERE for more information.
  • Large paper mache' house (HobbyLobby)
  • Patterned Paper: Wild Saffron (K & Co.
  • Cardstock: White (Georgia Pacific), Kraft and Black (Paper Co.)
  • Paint: Black (Basic), Toffee (....??... i'll find the bottle and fill in later), Crackle Medium (Delta)
  • Metal hardware: Lock brad (Joann's), copper mini brads and metal loop (MakingMemories)
  • Ink: Chestnut Roan (ColorBox), Antique Photo (Ranger)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Flowers Popping Up all over

Hi Everyone!
Did you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving??!! We did. In fact, we just returned from a quick trip out to see the in-laws for our festive feast. It was yummy! And it was terrific seeing family. Many of whom we haven't seen in over 2 years. Right before my trip I received a request from an online friend Valerie who was looking for a .cut file similar to the flowers pictured in this video.

You know me, if I have the time I love a good challenge!  Anyway, the plain or patterned paper petals are pretty but I wondered how it would look if I ran them through my cuttlebug using an embossing folder... or two.  The large petals above are embossed with the D'vine Swirl folder, the small petals are embossed with the Textile folder

Then, I thought to myself... Christmas is coming. Wouldn't a poinsettia be cool?!  Of course it would.  So I made a poinsettia and As soon as I put it together I realized that if you wanted to use pastel colors you could make it as an orchid! Woohoo! I love multipurpose capabilities!

Once again, I used an embossing folder to emboss the larger petals, but then used a patterned paper for the smaller petals layer. (Yes! I know. They're bracts or leaves not flowers on poinsettias...)

Have a wonderful night! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Cricut, DesignStudio, PlantinSchoolbook (ProvoCraft)  -- .cut or .gypsy files are available. Flowers are in two separate files. Please specify when requesting.
  • Cuttlebug, Embossing Folders: D'vine Swirl, Textile (ProvoCraft), Poinsettia (Stampin Up!)
  • Cardstock: scraps from my stash
  • Patterned paper: Battenburg (MakingMemories)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Getting Ready....

Are you all getting ready for the big day??  Thanksgiving is just two days away!!!   So, of course, Santa needs to be sprucing up his suit so he can be looking his jolliest exactly one month from tomorrow! Smiley from millan.net While doing a bit of web searching I saw this adorable stamp by Stampin'Bella and thought, "How cute would that be done up Cricut-style?"!!

So... I sat down last night with my new Gypsy and started piecing it together from cartridges I have. I'm still learning how to use the functionality of the "G" as compared to what I know how to do in DesignStudio. Smiley from millan.net It still takes me twice as long to find/create anything but I'm getting there.

 Everything is popped up on dimensional adhesive. Smiley from millan.net While you may not get the full effect in these pictures it really is a cool card.  Even my hubby was impressed by it, and we all know how my hubby isn't all that affected by my crafts.

Back to more prep for the big Thanksgiving Day. You probably won't hear from me much over the next few days. Spending time with hubbies family. No big plans for Black Friday shopping for me, but I hear there are some great Cricut sales planned for Friday and Saturday.  Smiley from millan.net
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday!Smiley from millan.net

  • Cricut, Gypsy, Plantin Schoolbook, PaperDolls Dressed UP, Christmas Cheer (ProvoCraft)   .cut or .gypsy file available Click Here for more information
  • Stamps:  Very Vintage Christmas, Offbeat Backgrounds (WaltzingMouseStamps)
  • Cardstock: Red, Black (InOffice), White (GeorgiaPacific), Kraft (PaperTreyInk)
  • Ink: Olive, Cranberry (Colorbox), Smokey Shadow (PaperTreyInk)
  • Pens/Markers: Mark-It (Bic), Stardust (Sakura), Toner Gray #1 (Copic)
  • Bakers Twine: Pure Poppy (PaperTreyInk)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

WMS BlogWaltz: Ornament window card

Hi Everyone!
Surprise! Millan.net It's WMS Blogwaltz day!

The theme is Christmas! Perfect timing... I need more inspiration as I prepare to turn my house over tothe Christmassy craftiness bug!

I used my Cricut and DesignStudio software to create this ornament window card. I wasn't happy with the single layer look so I turned the card into a topper, adding a scallop edge. Then cut additional ornaments and holly sprig to layer onto the topper.

A bit of flowersoft was added to the greenery and some gold and silver glitter to the ornament.

Last but not least, a bit of "magic" was added to the kraft cardstock topper using some WMS stamps.

That's it. Hope you're having fun blog waltzing!
Make it a great day!

  • Stamps: Halloween Part (WaltzingMouseStamps)
  • Cricut, DesignStudio, George & Joys of the Season cartridges. (ProvoCraft)   ~~ .cut file or .gypsy file available. Please specify when requesting.
  • Cardstock: Red, Green, (stash), Kraft (PaperTreyInk)
  • Ink: FreshSnow (PaperTreyInk), Versamark
  • Other: gold ribbon, Stardust pen (Sakura), Red, Gold, Silver Stickles (Ranger), FlowerSoft, LiquidGold paint pen

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Turkey Incognito

Smiley from millan.net Here it is!! I know you've all been waiting so patiently to see it.  The most recent "Family Project" that my kinder brought home from school last week.... (or was it week before last?) Anyway, it's due tomorrow!  Smiley from millan.net  I had every intention of planning it out and making something fab. Then last night I remembered it was due today.  Here was the starting point: Introducing Mr. Tom Turkey ready to be dressed.

A letter was attached explaining what needed to be done. "As a family, disguise Tom Turkey so that he won’t be eaten for Thanksgiving. You may choose to dress your turkey as a doctor, astronaut, farmer, cheerleader, ballerina, etc. Be creative and use any materials you have at home. Everyone gets to help.
Cut out the turkey and mount him on cardboard or heavy paper and start dressing your turkey."

Smiley from millan.netI remember reading this letter when they sent it home but forgot to read it again before we started. The only reason why I read it again was because I wanted to show you the instructions. Of course by then, the project was completed. Oh well. Last night we had our plan in mind. My son and I ran to the drugstore and grabbed a bag of cotton balls. (We only had the cotton pads here at home... and q-tips. Yeah, I don't think so.)  Tonight after he finished his spelling homework and dinner we got down to business cutting, tracing, and hot gluing our little disguise together.  Ta-da!!

Ok... so we went with another food choice but hopefully that’s ok. I don't know anyone that eats sheep... lamb, mutton ... on Thanksgiving. Do you? For some reason my silly husband prefers to have ham. HUH?! What's wrong with him? I mean, it's Thanksgiving! Therefore the meal of the day is turkey!  Smiley from millan.net  Anyway, I'm sure there are people that eat lamb so I added a sign that reads, "Have you considered becoming vegetarian?"  

Not much on the details: it was all hand cut with scraps I had.
Hope your Tuesday was terrific!

Monday, November 15, 2010

It's New to Me

Do you ever get an itch to try something new? Smiley from millan.net  I do. Sometimes I pine about it for days... weeks... months... even years! Such is the case with today's project. Back in March of 2008 I saw a tutorial about soldering together a really cute charm for use on a bookmark or a card or as an ornament. It was darling. I decided right there and then I wanted... no! NEEDED to try soldering.

I had a sweet friend when I lived in Illinois that used to do these amazing stained glass projects. I thought about getting into soldering at that time but I was fairly certain that (1) stained glass was too expensive and time consuming for me; and (2) I wasn't sure I liked the styled patterns that were available to choose from. (I can't believe how closed minded I was back then.  Sheesh!)

Anyway, it really would have knocked down the walls of intimidation about getting this project off the ground. Holy moly! I really could just kick myself sometimes.  Remember how I said I saw that tutorial back in March 2008?  Well, I finally scraped together enough pennies to buy a full solder kit with gun, copper tape, flux, everything in it. Understand, I didn't buy the kit last week. Not even a month ago. I bought the kit back in December!! Yes! That's right readers.  This kit has been sitting in the other room in the sealed shipping box it arrived in since I received it ELEVEN MONTHS AGO!

Seriously! What was I thinkin'?  I guess I was thinking about how great these cool bookmarks will be for my nieces for Christmas! Yay me! Heaven knows if I have made them before now I'd be stumped on what kind of fun little gifties I'd be needing to come up with in just a few short weeks.  Can you believe Christmas is just  weeks away?  Oh golly Miss Molly! There is stuff to get done and not lots of time to be gettin' it done.

For those curious about what I used for today's project here we go... The solder kit is by Simply Swank and is available at Ellen Hutson LLC.  (I was not given this kit or any of the supplies used in today's post. I bought it all with my own money.)

In addition to the kit, I also purchased a Soldering Mat. It's a heat resistant to 500 degrees and also non-stick so the solder won't stick to it, neither will your project. Cleans up nicely too.  I suppose it's similar to those fancy shmancy cooking mats and other craft mats available on the market but I haven't done a side-by-side comparison.

Smiley from millan.net Oh, before I forget...  Simply Swank has a couple good videos showing how to prep and care for your soldering gun HERE.
And Ellen Hutson has some good picture-tutorials for making a couple different soldered projects HERE.

Hope you're all having a terrific Monday.Smiley from millan.net  I hope you will try something new. Who knows. Today could be the day you find yourself another creative outlet.