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Friday, February 24, 2012


Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing my handout to my church friends.
I created the word art and hand cut it out, layered in on red and hand cut that layer too. Such an easy shape to cut I just did it by hand. Then to add a bit of interest I added a bit of ribbon. Instead of a bow or something else, I created a heart...
 I used approximately 6" of ribbon.
 I could have used a glue dot to do this step but I had my ATG right here on the table. I just dabbed a bit of tape at the center of the ribbon and pinched it.
 Then, I brought the ends down, crossed the ends and stapled it in place creating a heart with the ribbon.
 Rinse and repeat.....
 Cute handouts in just a few minutes.  And a very nice reminder of how much influence and responsibility we moms (and dads) have with our children.
This is what the word art looks like. You can download the word art HERE if you're interested.

Stay tuned..... I will share how I made the heart ornaments next week.
I hope you all have a fantastic day! Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

There's Magic In the Air

Today's project is for my son. My little boy loves Harry Potter. And Spiderman. And Star Wars.  But today we're focusing on his love for all things HP.

A couple weeks ago, a friend of mine pinned an idea on Pinterest that captured me. So many pins are all about... "If I have time maybe I'll do this." But this one was different. It was one of those ideas that made me say, "I have to do this."  (Or, something like this.)
I took Lemon Squeezy's original file and formatted it to fit my book. (She used a 4x6 photo album. Mine is 5x7 and made from chipboard.) After resizing, printing and cutting down the pages I inked them to look old.
Then glued them inside.
I used cream cardstock for the pages. They're a wee bit too thick. I think next time I'll used regular ol' copy weight paper.
My son.... LOVES it. Several days leading up to its completion he would come home and ask if his Harry Potter book was finished. Now, he carries it and the wand around the house or stows them carefully on his bookshelf in his room. He doesn't necessarily like the purple on the cover. I was informed that it should be black. So I told him when I have time I'd make him a new one.

One of the greatest parts about this project is the cost. I was able to use scraps of paper and chipboard  from my stash. I didn't have to purchase anything new. And that makes me happy.

I hope you find an idea or a project that inspires you today.
Thanks for visiting. See you again soon.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Rachel gets crafty again...

My friend Rachel, from ScappinAndHappy, made another youtube video. This time she used my birdhouse cut file...

To see more of Rachel's fun creations, you can visit her blog Scrappin And Happy or check out her YouTube channel.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a terrific day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hugs-n-Kisses Heart Box

I've got another fun Valentine's treat to show you today. :)
It has been a while since I created a box. I made this box a couple weeks ago but I've been so busy I wasn't able to share it until now.
I took my circle box and reconfigured it to work with the heart shape from Wild Card. It worked out wonderfully.
Then I covered it with some fun papers that I found at Michael's and spritzed some white seam binding with some water and scrunched it to create the crinkled ribbon.
I was able to fill my box with a couple handfuls of the Hershey' Kisses Hugs, raspberry flavor. Mmmm.
I hope you're having a wonderful Valentine's Day with your loved ones. Thanks for visiting!

Out of This World Valentines

I've been busy, busy making my son's Valentines.
Fun, right? :) 
I knew I wanted to use one of the stamps from Half Pint Heroes. I decided on the rocket since my son is very much into Star Wars right now. (Just about every one of his math papers come home with some sort of Darth Vader looking character on the back. LOL)
I created a file to cut the rocket shape and the planet shape. After cutting the white base pieces I was able to stamp them with the rocket image.
To save myself some time, instead of coloring the rockets blue, I cut an additional set of rockets from blue paper.
I trimmed off the wings, the antennae and the flame with scissors.
I colored the flames using yellow, peach and red markers.
Then I stamped the top portion of the rocket again on white, stamped the little boy face, colored it with a light beige marker and cut out the window.
I used a silver Sharpie to color the wings and add accents to the blue layer and the ring around window.
I glued together the individual rocket pieces...
...and added some dimensional glaze to the window to make it more glass-like. ModPodge is a nice dimensional glaze. It's like water. To get a really good dimension you have to use more than one coat. It definitely gives a beautiful shine.
Then I created a file in my photo editing software so that I could color the planets that I cut out. 
Also, the picture above is the most accurate picture of the planets. They are not pink as most of my pictures suggest. They are red.
Next came the wording. I happen to have two printers; a laser printer, which prints black only, and a color inkjet. While it's possible to print black on a color project I find that the black tends to bleed into the other colors. So instead I print the colors on the inkjet and then print the black lettering using the laser printer. Yes, it is twice the work but it's worth it to me. 
Time to piece the Valentine's together.
Probably the most difficult part was adding those little connectors on the ends of the glow sticks without snapping them so that they glowed prematurely. I will tell you, the least expensive glow bracelets that I found were at Michael's. They had tubes of 15 bracelets with connectors for $1. The dollar store had packages of five for a dollar.

Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a great day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

More Happy Hearts

Remember my heart garland/banner from the other day?  Well, as it turns out I had plenty more hearts and enough clothes pins to make another garland.
Instead of clipping both sides of the hearts to the line, I clipped only one side so that the hearts hang sideways, which I think gave it a bit more whimsy.  I used some small Command wall hooks on the top, inside lip of the molding on my entertainment center to hang the garland.
My son will be so excited when he get's home from school this afternoon. I had enough to go the full length of the cabinet very easily. I may have to start collecting green papers so I can do some shamrocks for next month. 

Thanks for visiting me today. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

LOVE-ly album

I'm headed to a wedding tomorrow and I needed a gift. Well, need is sort of an over-statement. Hubby already bought gift cards. So I guess you could say I wanted to add a little something else to the gift.
I used their bridal registry for clues on the colors they might like. (Sneaky, huh?)
And I used some of Kathy's very crafty, creative, helpful ideas on making a quick album with a "soft" or flexible spine.
Everything I used to make the album I already had in my stash. Specifically, I had a DCWV "wedding" themed mat stack that I wanted to used. Because of this, I made the album 6 5/8"x 4 5/8", which minimized the measuring and cutting of papers for each page, thus, less waste! Love that!

Each page has a pocket on the left with a pull-out, folded tag which can hold four pictures. On the right is a flap that can hold a picture as well as a pull-out mat that can hold two more pictures.
Then you fold the flap out to the right and you find two more mats to put pictures and a small pocket that can house another pull-out mat for pictures.   There are six of the sets of pages total. No lack for space to put pictures, most of which are 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" areas.
There you have it. A great project to test my skills on. I started this project on Tuesday. Put in a couple hours over three days. Final touches are the ribbon and monogram emblem on the cover. I hope the happy couple can put it to good use.
Thanks Kathy for inspiring me!! You rock, sistah!
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Happy Heart Garland

As I was driving my son to school last week, we had stopped at the house where I pick up a couple boys that we carpool with. My son immediately noted the very festive heart hanging on their front door and said, "Mom we need to put up Valentine's decorations." I explained that we didn't really have Valentine's decorations to which he replied, "Well, you need to get some."  So, I set about making some Valentine's decor to please my son. (He cringes and gags every time my and hubby kiss but he wants Valentine's decorations. HAHAHAHA!)
As luck would have it, my sister sent me an email pointing me in the right direction. It featured a sweet little garland that was made using multiple hearts, mini clothes pins and baker's twine.  I took one look at it and thought, "Yup! I think I can do that!"
 My first task was to cut oodles of hearts. I chose the Roly Poly heart on Plantin Schoolbook. Cut it at 2". I used DesignStudio and was able to get 26 hearts on the 12x12 mat.
Then I stacked up the hearts in groups of threes and sewed a line down the middle.
They would have been cute just hanging vertically like that, but.... I had other plans in mind.
After I clipped them apart, some of the hearts were glued to a corrugated rosette. I used a decorative border punch on the strip of 2"x11" white cardstock prior to folding which gave the rosette a beautiful doily effect.
I then mounted the heart-rosette combo to a banner panel made from some decorative paper and an old book page. (hmmm... slightly off center. I'll have to fix that later.)
The majority of the hearts were used as-is and just clipped to a long length of red and white baker's twine using some mini clothes pins. All I had to do was fold the top two layers of hearts up to give them a dimensional look and clip the hearts to the twine using the back layer.

Then I took the whole thing and strung across my front window. I'm not really a hearts-n-flowers type of girly-girl but I really love how this turned out. Thanks to Pebbles in My Pocket for the cute idea!! And to my son who encouraged me to decorate for a holiday that doesn't get a lot of fanfare around my house. By the way, when my son saw the garland he said, "That's great mom! Is there more?"  Apparently every holiday needs to be decorated for like Christmas.
Thank you for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Shrink plastic charms

How are things? I hope they're GREAT!
Have you ever cut shrink plastic with your cricut or other cutting machine? I've tried a few times. Some projects are better than others. This one? I'm happy to say is one of my happier experiences.

Now, I will tell you that every machine is different but this is my experience. Please take note of this
Tip: I've always known it to be the case but pushed it to the back of my mind and didn't prove it until TODAY.  The pressure dial does not work when it comes to working with Gypsy or DesignStudio with your cricut machine. I don't know why it doesn't work. But it doesn't.  How do I know this? Because I've cut various designs using DS and G out of shrink plastic using multi-cut (as many as 8 or 10 times) and I still have to use scissors in spots around the design. When I cut the design straight off a cartridge without a computer or Gypsy involved, three cuts and I'm done. No need for scissors. No need to sand scraggly edges.
 This little flower came from George & Basic Shapes. Because I cut it straight off the cartridge, you will notice the small hole in the middle of the flower (I didn't want the shadow version of the flower...too bulky looking.) As it turns out, the circle in the center didn't pop-out so I left it since I didn't want a hole in the center of the flower anyway.
 I colored my flower using bright yellow in the center, light blue on the petals, darker blue around the edge of the petals.  (My plastic moved on the mat during the first cut which is why you see lines on the petals and a second circle near the center. You may want to consider using a bit of masking tape or painters tape to secure your plastic to your cutting mat so that this doesn't happen to you.)
Here are a couple before baking/after baking pictures showing the color changes. The flower on the right was colored with a bright yellow for the center and light blue on the petals. The one on the left was colored the same way but also has the addition of a darker blue around the outside of the petals.
Here are the same two flowers after baking. See how the colors intensify? Keep that in mind when coloring your plastic. (And note how the mistaken cut lines that were so noticeable are nearly non-existent after the baking process.)
 Please remember to punch the hole BEFORE you bake your plastic. It will be too thick and too hard to do it afterwards.... unless you want to try using a drill. That may work. I haven't tried it but I'd love to hear if it works for you. I used a standard hole punch. It worked perfectly for me.
 To give my charm a bit of shine I put a couple layers of glaze on the flower after it had cooled. This Modpodge dimensional glaze is new to me. It's nice. Hardly any bubbles. But, its consistency is VERY thin - like water. So take note: as soon as you turn the bottle to put it on a project don't squeeze! It will flow all by itself.
Once it was dry to the touch I put a jump ring on it. and I was able to add it to my bracelet. It's really very sweet, don't you think? I may make a handful of different charms to swap out on my bracelet from day to day.... Or put them on their own bracelet.... Or make a couple matching sets and hang them from some hoops as earring accents! Very fun!

It may interest you to know that the original flower was 2" in size and the baked flower was just over 3/4" in size.
Well, time to run. Thanks so much for visiting. Hope you have a wonderful day!