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Blog Award

Ok, so I will be the first to admit that I typically don’t do these things.  Not sure why but usually just don’t.  And I will also admit I was pretty surprised that I had even been chosen for one in the first place.  But

Krystine from http://lucyluvinyl.blogspot.com/ gave me a blog award! I am honored that she chose me and I do believe it a first for this blog.  Thank you very much!

The Rules for the award is that I have to name five reasons why I love crafting and pass it on to five other crafters(and acknowledge the person who gave it to me!).

Here are the five reasons I love crafting:
1. It allows me to relieve any stress that I may have! I think it usually makes me a happier/cheerier person to be around (at least for that moment! unless it is the night before a major show/event and i am trying to beat the clock! lol!)
2. I love to create things or recreate things.
3. I love seeing the creative side come out in my daughter because she in encouraged by my crafting and by me letting her work alongside me.  And I can’t wait until my son loves to craft too!
4. I love seeing the smiles I bring to the recipients of my work (especially my cards!)
5. It’s kind of fun to drive my husband crazy with all the random stuff I want to buy(just in case I need it later).  [Ok, this was so not my original answer but I thought it fit pretty well and I also believe my husband would agree with it!! I have at least 3 rubber maid tubs plus probably 4 other boxes of varying sizes of “stuff i might use later” sitting in my house right now!]

The five people I give this award to are(and they are in no order): [this is the hard part for me, so i will be back with them!]
1. http://modpaperie.blogspot.com/– Thienly is amazing! If you have never checked out her work, you should becuase you are missing out! Such and inspiration to me!
2. http://www.tipjunkie.com/– ok maybe not specifically a craft blog, but so much amazing stuff here! you have to visit Laurie, she will inspire you in many things!
3. http://www.modpodgerocksblog.com/– really the name of the blog says it all! ok maybe not all; you should visit Amy, you will find some amazing ideas there!
4.  http://www.make-it-do.com/– if you want inspiration on making it do, then you have to visit Calli. i love this blog because i know that i can make it do and it will be ok! thanks for the inspiration Calli!
5. http://paperpastime.blogspot.com/– Denise is a very talented and super nice lady, go check out her lovely craft projects!
6. I had to do a 6th one becuase I can not leave out this place– http://www.smartbuygal.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=11– ok, i know this is not a blog but i have to throw this out there for Kathy and all the ladies (and gents) at Smart Buy Gal Forums! they are an amazing group of very talented ladies and gentlemen.  thank you for the daily inspiration and friendship that i have found there!

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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Mothers Day

So I told you about my Mother’s Day gift a couple of posts ago.  Well, I decided to use my Mother’s Day gift to create a Mother’s Day gift! lol!  Initially this gift was supposed to be for my mother-in-law since we would be seeing her for sure on Mother’s Day (we live with her!). And I didn’t plan on seeing my mom for a couple more weeks.  However, on Sunday morning Josh and I had to run home to get something he forgot after we dropped everyone else off at church.  On the way to the house, I noticed that he was counting something in his head.  So I asked him what he was doing and he said he was trying to figure out if we could make it up to see my mom and the timeframe it would be.  So we decided to go see my mom! Yikes, now I needed a gift for her sooner.  So here is what I did.

I bought this vase at a garage sale on Saturday for $1, took it home and washed it in hot soapy water and let it dry.

Then I took a sheet of my Cricut Vinyl and put it on my mat.  Now the sheet of vinyl is 12×24″ and my mat is only 2×12″ but I didn’t feel like cutting the vinyl ahead of time (can’t find my trimmer) so I just lined it up and stuck it on the mat with the access at the bottom.  I knew it would be fine since my mat wasn’t that long. And it was.

Then I inserted the cartridge that I planned to use (Straight from the Nest) and loaded my mat.  You can see in the above picture how the vinyl hangs off the mat. While it was cutting at certain points I did support the excess vinyl as the machine pulled it in and out.  Not sure this would be necessary but I didn’t want it to get jammed.  Plus the desk I have my machine sitting on does not have a lot of room in the front of the machine to support the excess (or a longer mat).

Ok, here are pictures of what I used.  In the Straight from the Nest booklet I looked for a flourish that I really liked and thought would work well.  So as you can see in the left picture, I chose the flourish on page 69.  At first I chose to use the border and cut one of them at 2 1/2″. However after cutting it, I realized that it was long enough to wrap around the entire vase but I needed room for the word that I also planned to put on the vase.  So I recut using just the flourish and it was also cut at 2 1/2″.  You will probably want to set your multi-cut feature to at least a 2 and maybe even a 3. I used 2 and it worked but there were some areas that were not completely cut through, so changing the multi-cut count or the blade depth/pressure might have helped with that issue.  You will also notice that I chose to use the word “grow” on page 70. I liked this word, especially since it was going on a vase, but realize that each letter is connected together and it made it hard to get it onto the vase and I had to be extra careful about not tearing the letters apart where they were joined (some of the areas were very thin).

Here is a picture of the machine cutting and a picture of my first attempt.  Here is where I realized that the border flourish was not going to work like I wanted it to and also the words that you see I did recut.  I felt that were too small compared to the flourish and I did not use multi-cut on them so I couldn’t get them off correctly.  Oh well, live and learn.  So although there is not a picture of it, I recut the flourish twice and then the word “grow” twice more.  I made the word about 1/2″ larger than before and it looked much better.

I don’t have any pictures of applying the vinyl to the vase or of just the vinyl and vase.  But let me tell you that applying that vinyl was a pain in the rear.  I think it had to do with the fact that not only was the vase a round object but it also was tapered. So it was very hard getting the vinyl on as straight and in porportion as possible.  But it was ok.

Then I applied the etching cream in a medium thick coat.  It says to let it sit 5 minutes; I think I left mine on almost 10 minutes and I feel that it should have been left on longer. Probably at least 15 minutes.  But I was in a hurry as we were leaving for my moms in about 15 minutes and the gift was for her.  So I washed it off after about 10 minutes and removed the vinyl.  I could see all the little imperfections in it.  There were places that I didn’t get the vinyl down all the way although it looked like it at first glance.  Then there were the areas were I did not get any etching cream at all, plus the place that I got etching cream outside of the vinyl (no idea how that happened).  These are possibly all things that might not have happened or that I would have been able to fix if I had not been rushing to get the vase finished.

The believe it or not, I almost forgot to take pictures of the finished vase.  I rememberd about 5 minutes before we were getting ready to leave my moms to head home.  So enjoy her pretty roses in the vase (which she loved!).

You might notice that the flourish on this side is cut into the W.  I didn’t get the vunyl lined up right and this is the fix I came up with.  You can’t see it in the pictures but the words are not in line with each other; one is up higher then the other.  But the most important thing is my mom loved it and was so excited to get it and the flowers.  Of course the surprise visit from her daughter and family didn’t hurt anything either!

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

April Showers

April Showers is the DSI April Collab.  I know that I may be a little biased but Digital Scrap Ink has one of the best monthly collabs that I have used.  I have loved every months kit that they have released since they started doing monthly collabs.  They are top quality, great theme and great variety.  You really need to check them out if you haven’t before.  This collaboration of DSI designers includes 33 papers in .jpg format and 50+ elements (with recolored and shadowed versions).  There are also some extras included such as 5 solid papers, 2 templates in .psd, .png and .tiff format, 1 alpha (upper case letters only) and 1 set of matching styles.  It is an amazing kit. Here are some more previews of the collab for you to enjoy!

Here are some layouts that I have done using ths months collab:

And because I really want you to want this collab too, I have made a couple brag book pages to get you started!  Hope you like them and don’t forget to go grab April Showers.  And as an added bonus if you spend $10 in the DSI Shop you can get April Showers for FREE!

Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

BTA Designs

This month at Digital Scrap Ink, BTA Designs in one of our Guest Designers.  Since she is a guest, I was able to choose from her products to work with as my monthly CT requirements.  And since I love templates (and you know that to be true if you have visited any time before), I chose to work with her Color Lovers Vol 1 Templates.  And I must say I loved them!

Here are some layouts that I created with the templates included in Vol. 1:

And because Bre (BTA Designs) is so nice and generous, she agreed to let me turn one of her templates into a Quick Page and give it to you for FREE! How great is that!  Just click on the page below to download! Enjoy!

And if you head over to Bre’s blog you may be able to still pick up a FREE template (and clues to find her eggs with coupons that are still available).  The last time I was there, they were still active; so hurry on over!

The kit used above is called Perfect Match and it is by Foxy Designs.  If you come back in a couple of days, I will tell you more about it!

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Project 365- Week 2

More Project 365! Here is my Week 2 layout, January 3-9, 2010.  One thing that I have noticed while doing my 365 layouts this past week is that I take a LOT of pictures of my son (who is almost 2 and home all day with me) and not as many pictures of my daughter (who is 10 and in school), my husband (who is at work), or myself!  So in the coming weeks that is a new goal that I have set for myself.  Take more pictures of my daughter (especially) and of my husband and I!  I really want to create more balanced layouts, although in the future I think I might try to do the project seperately for each of my children! But that will be a huge undertaking and not sure I am ready for that (or ever will be)!

Ok, I want you to notice on this layout that the top small circle picture is not a picture!  I realized while doing this layout that I had NO pictures for January 3!  So I just went with it and documented that error.  I am not going to let it sidetrack me and I will keep going!  The lesson here is that sometimes the little things that we decided are big things and can’t be overlooked aren’t really that bad!  So even if you are missing a picture or two, scrap the whole week anyways and don’t give up!  Heck, you could even use an element that fits in with something you did that day (if you can remember). So here is my layout:

Again for this layout I worked with the Project 365 kit from Bouquet of Pixels, A Day in the Life- January.  I am telling you, I love this kit.  The papers and colors are so versatile and the elements cover a wide range!  It is a great kit and it even includes the purple felt alpha!  You have got to go and check it out!

Since I love it when readers come to my site to check out my work, I have another little freebie for you!  It is another template for you and is the one I created from my layout above.  I hope you like it as much as I do; I will probably be using this one again in the future.  I personally think it turned out pretty good.  So, I got lazy again and didn’t create a preview for you but you can click on the layout above and it should take you to the download page!  I had a few problems the last time but I am hoping the blog gremlins decide to leave this post alone! LOL!  Enjoy and if you have time, please leave a little love.  It really does make me feel good!  But you don’t have to and I will still offer you freebies!

Okay, I just checked my post and realized that for whatever reason it is doing the exact same thing with the links!  Grr, makes me so frustrated to have something that has always worked fine suddenly not work like it was!  I am not sure why it is not doing what I want it to do.  But so that you don’t have to worry about it, I am just putting the download link here on the page.

Download P365 Template 006

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Welcome

So glad that you have stopped by! Hopefully you can find what you are looking for or at least something that you can use!  You may notice if you visit over several days that the top posts don’t change.  That probably means there is at least one sticky post!  Any new posts will be below those so please scroll down!  Thanks for understanding and enjoy!

And I hope you like the new look! It must be the creative nature in me that I feel compelled to change my blogs theme time and time again! You think I could find one I like and stick with it but alas, that is not the case!

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

12 Days of Christmas- Bonus 1

Well it is actually day 13 and I have a couple of cute little ornaments for you as a bonus! Enjoy!

Welcome to Day 12 of my 12 Days of Christmas. For at least the next 12 days you will get a little freebie from me for just visiting my bog! How great is that?  There are mostly Christmas elements and papers, with some CU Papers thrown in and a couple non-Christmas items!  And who knows maybe as I have the time to clean up my hard drive you will get even more!  And if you are just now finding my blog, make sure you go back and get all the other days plus the previous freebies!

So here is your thirteenth freebie!  This freebie is couple of cute little Christmas ornaments with glitter on them.  Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2009 in Uncategorized