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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

For My Sister...

Hiya !!
Hope your week is going well. Today I have a project that I created for my sister. She was looking for a gift idea for the Young Women that she works with at church for Christmas. I decided to do a .cut file to create a layered San Diego LDS temple.

The first thing I did after using my Cricut to cut out the pieces was to outline each piece using a Starburst pen. Have you used one of these on your projects before? I hope Sakura never stops making them. I LOVE them!  They add just a bit of shimmer right where you want it without the chunkiness of glitter.  Fab!

There are a number of vertical details on the San Diego Temple, many of which are some walls that are turned turned 45 degrees so that the corners come towards you. I used my scoring tool to add those details, as well as the lines that designate where many of the windows are.

Then, I stacked up and adhered all of the layers.  It may not be perfect but for those that are familiar with the building, I think it's a pretty good likeness. What do you think? HERE are some pictures of the iconic building found just off the I-5 freeway in La Jolla, California.

Well, gotta run. Lots to do today. Hope you all have a fantastic day!
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Deals you should know about

Happy Saturday!  How was your week? 
I was invited to attend DownEast Basics mixer this last week by my friend Whitney.  I'd never been to one and didn't know what to expect. One thing is for sure, I will be sure to bring my camera next time. What a missed opportunity that was.  Oh! And some business cards.  It was a wonderful networking opportunity. I met some really lovely blogging ladies.  And, lest we forget the reason for the get together... the fab fall fashions!

Are you done shopping for your little scholar-chica? They have some adorable little girls clothes too!

Don't get me wrong, they sell more than just dresses.... Jeans, tees & camis, and even some fun jewelry and accessories too.

Seriously, if you're in the mood to do a bit of shopping for you or your little girl check out DEB. This week,  if you visit any DownEast Basics store in the Phoenix metro area from 8/29-9/12 you can enter to win a fall fashion makeover! One lucky winner will receive a $250 shopping spree + DownEast will donate $250 to a local school of winner’s choice!  How cool is that?!

In addition to that, they have some nice sales going on:

  • DENIM – Buy 1, get 1 50% off – in store only Now through Sept 1
  • And, they have 3 limited edition bags available in stores only for $15 w/$50 purchase.

I brought home the cute red one (*wink*)
You can  check out DownEast Basics online if you're not in the mood to go to the mall. They have a full online catalog available for you to peruse.
And if you want to see their fashion in action, you can check out their fun blog.
Thanks for fun shopping party DownEast. I'll be back in a few days. Maybe I'll see you there too?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Errand of Angels...

How's your week going?  Mine is hustling right along. Hardly a minute to stop and think. I have a handful of friends stopping by shortly to help me work on the rest of the project that goes with those little name banners from yesterday.  That should be fun. Crafting is so much more fun with friends, am I right? Of course, I'm completely at the mercy of Provo Craft and DesignStudio right now. All of a sudden out of nowhere my Win7 computer, which is my primary computer, won't recognize my Expression when I need to use DesignStudio to cut something out. Thank goodness the ProvoCraft Customer Service people have been relatively quick to respond to my needs as my XP computer, my old/backup computer does recognize my Expression otherwise I'd really be up the proverbial creek.....  So, if you have an Expression and you happen to use a Win7 computer and run DesignStudio be prepared for a mishap.... Prepare for the worst, but hope for the best.

On to today's project.... Do you ever get inspired to do something that is out of your norm ... and you're not quite sure why?  A couple weeks ago I started saving up soda cans. I don't know why. I mean, I thought the angels were cute but I wasn't especially motivated to make them again right away.

Then, as I was getting ready to go visit my friends from church it struck me that these little angels would work beautifully with this month's message.  In my mind I read the message about the Society of Holy Women which led me to the hymn Sisters in Zion where the second verse reads, The errand of angels is given to women.  Voila! Perfect gifty to give my friends.

Anyway, now that I was enlightened and motivated (appointments are just a couple days away)  I sat down, drew out the shapes I needed (for some reason my sister took the only pattern with her when she went home) and started cutting. Many of you asked how we made these. We attempted to cut these out using the Cricut but I didn't get a nice clean cut through the aluminum. So instead, we found that if we took our pattern pieces, adhered them to the aluminum using some repositionable glue, and simply cut them out with some good scissors we achieved a nice edge.

I stayed focused (always easier said than done) and finished three little angels to give to my friends when I see them this week before my son returned home from school. Moral of the story, never throw anything away. No, wait! That's not it. lol  Listen to that voice of inspiration. Sometimes she knows what she's talking about.  (*wink*)
Well, that's it for me today.  Make it a great day!


Bic Mark-Its
Cuttlebug Folder:
D'vine Swirl
Cuttlebug Folder:
Lace Christmas Tree
Cuttlebug Folder:
Swiss Dot
Cuttlebug Folder:
Tiny bubbles
Fiskars 1/16"
Hole Punch
Scallop Scissor
Hot Glue Gun
Tim Holz Snips
Repositionable Glue

Other:Wire rings,
jewelry tools

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

That's a Cool Trick...

I know. Don't pass out.... yes, I'm back for a second day in a row.
I wanted to let you know about a little trick I accidentally discovered today while I was crafting. A friend of mine gave me some of the DCWV Shimmer cardsstock. (yes... Oooo Aaaaah).  I cut out some small banner pieces from the Christmas cartridge and adhered them to a black shadow layer to create a name tag.

Ok, so... the little banner is cute, but it's missing something, right?  Yeah, I thought so too.

I grabbed my gray toner Copic and thought maybe I could just darken the two bits at either end...  Well, whatta-ya-know?  The more I tried to darken the color, the more I realized something else was happening... The alcohol pulls the color off the cardstock and leaves the silver-ish layer!

Well, hey! That works too. I just needed some way to differentiate the front of the banner from the back.

I then went back and edged out the design with my Stardust pen.
So you're probably wondering what all these little banners are for.  Can't share that just yet. But I will....
Thanks for stopping by. Have yourself a great day!


Christmas Cheer
Copic marker
DCWV: Shimmer

Hot Glue Gun
Stardust pen
Sharpie: Silver
Other: Wire

Monday, August 22, 2011

Another Journal

Wow! Where did the last two weeks go?!  I have been crafty but mostly just been a mom lately. (...my poor blog...)  I finished up a couple more journals.  Wanna see 'em?

First up is one that I created for a young lady who said her favorite color is purple. And she loves bright colored Converse.  
The purple was easy, but I had to really think about how to attack the Converse theme.   I decided that I definitely needed to work the star into the layout. I layered a piece of purple paper with a star shape cut out of it over a piece of white cardstock, and then stitched around it.

The next young lady said she loves light green and light purple and animal print.

I had this lavender ostrich patterned paper in my stash. And I found this zebra print stamp stamp at my local craft store. The "B" came off Gypsy Font.
Well, gotta run. Homework, dinner, reading time... so much to do. So little time.

Friday, August 5, 2011

A Little SodaPop Magic!

Today I'm showing off a bit of crafty-cleverness my sister and I got into when she was in town visiting a couple weeks ago.

These little beauties all started out as soda cans.
My sister found the idea of creating the angels by checking out other creations online. Then we sketched out our own plan, scoured our local M's for the right punches and ....

Voila! Our little refrigerator angels were born.  Aren't they cute?!
I'll never buy sodapop the same way again. It used to always be about the brand and the flavor. Now, it's going to be more about what the can looks like. HA!  (OK, maybe flavor will play a small part...)

Anyway, as you can see we had amassed quite the little group before my sis took her angels (one for herself and one for each of her daughters) and went home.  Now my little angel (this one pictured just above)  is lonely. I will need to create a friend for her, I think.

That's it for today's show and tell. Hope your Friday is going well. Thank you for stopping by for a visit.


Recollections punches
Empty, clean soda cans