Thursday, March 31, 2011

Western Birthday Card

 It's been a REALLY busy week.  Tuesday I took Tim back for another treatment for his RA.  Tuesday morning I had to pull him up to a sitting position on the side of the bed and then help him to stand.  Wednesday he was able to get out of bed completely on his own!!! We are praising God for bringing us to this treatment.  He has regained his ability to function on his own power and is pain free.  It's so great to see him acting like himself again!

I'm still working with kids at school to get ready for choir contest and hopefully qualify for state, so lots of time spent there.  We go to contest Saturday and have to leave at 6:45 am!  All this boils down to not much time for crafting.  So I'm posting a card I made earlier in the month.  I'm working on a cute belated birthday card.  It just keeps getting more and more "belated"!

I made this card for my granddaughter Lexi.  She absolutely loves horses and can hardly wait for her Pa to be able to get back to riding. 
The haystack paper is from Hobby Lobby.  I used the Old West Cartridge for all cuts and the font.  I printed the sentiment with Cricut Markers.  The hat is a sticker.  Looking at it now, I wish I had colored in the letters.  Oh well.... Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Handmade paper Birthday card

Here is a card I made with handmade paper from The Paper Studio. I submitted this card to the Peachy Keen Stamps Tuesday sketch challenge and to the Birthday Sundaes challenge. 

  These papers have real flowers pressed into them and are really pretty pastel shades.  You have to be pretty careful with the paper, it is possible to pop the petals off.  I have also found that when you cut them with a paper trimmer, it's better to move the blade onto the paper a little bit and cut backward to the edge, then across the full cut.  Don't start at the edge to cut, sometimes the paper wads up.  The ribbon is from Wal-Mart and the stamp is from Hero Arts.  It's a very simple card, but I like how it turned out.  Maybe because I like pink???

Monday, March 28, 2011

Oh My Crafts paper

Today I just have a quick card I made from some of the paper I won in a giveaway from "Oh My Crafts!"  I really appreciate when we get the chance to win free stuff!!!
I covered a blank card base(4 1/2" x 5") with the brown print paper.  Then cut a strip of the blue paper 1 1/2" x 4"  and trimmed it with decorative scissors and adhered it to the edge.  The flower is from my "had this forever" stash and I used a brad to hold it in place.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and I used a white ink pad that I got from the dollar bin at Michaels.  The white flower looked too bright against the brown, so I patted it around on a brown ink pad, then did the same with the blue flower to make it match the blue paper more.  Hope you like it!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Another giveaway going on...

Going Buggy is giving us a chance to win their cool markers!  Click here to check it out.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

"Bloomin' Birthday" Card

This card is for the card challenge on Birthday Sundaes blog.  I think I'm getting it posted just barely before the deadline!
The paper is from Bo Bunny -  I won a cute paper packet from Oh My Crafts.The flowers are from George & Basic Shapes, cut at 3/4", the brads are also Bo Bunny.  The sentiment I designed on my Gypsy with Gypsy Font for "It's your" @ 1/2" and Paper Lace font for "Bloomin' Birthday" at 3/4".  I printed this with Cricut markers.

A Chance to win!

They are giving away this Yudu Card Shop set over at Cricut Couple .   Go there and leave a comment on the giveaway.  Please mention that I sent you and then we both get a chance to win!

Painting Nails Layout

The girls just love to paint their nails.  They paint, remove, paint, remove and paint again.  I finally had to make a 1 time rule to save my polish remover!  Here is a layout I made of it.  I just kind of liked the way it turned out.

"Stylin" is cut from Cindy Loo font at 1".  The dolls are cut from Paper Doll Dress Up at 3".  I used metallic gel pens to color the hat band and detail the dresses.  The faces are Peachy Keen Stamps.  The mat for the story is from Storybook.   The papers are Nana's Kids.  TFL!

Disney Birthday

For Wyatt's 1st birthday decorations I made a banner and Disney characters to stand on the table. 
I made stands for the characters like we used to make for our paper dolls.  I stood these on the table around the cake.
The flags were cut from Stand & Salute at 6", the background cut at 6.75".  The letters are from Disney Pooh Font cut in yellow at 2.75". I intended to shadow them, but cut the black the same size as the yellow, so I offset the black instead and decided I really liked that better.
It doesn't show up very well with this dark background, but I used yarn to attach the banner to Mickey's hand and Pluto's tail. 
This picture shows the fun texture of the banner.  I used the Cuttlebug embossing dyes, Circles and Swiss Dots.  Next time I make one, I need to secure each flag together better.  Using just scrapbook adhesive, they came apart easily from the weight.  I'll probably use brads to connect them.  I'm still learning!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Etched Glass Wedding Plate

What a day!  After getting off work at 1:00 (I love having a part time job!) I went to the high school to work with some kids getting ready for choir competition.  This is the 3rd year that I've gotten to be the  accompanist for some of these kids.  It's fun to get to know them and help encourage them.  Anyway, I was there until 5:00, got home and fed and watered the horses, spent 1 1/2 hours mowing just the front yard (and that was just with the riding mower-no push mowing yet), ordered pizza and went back to town to pick it up and then finally got to sit down and relax! Just wondering--is the Ozarks the only place you can need to mow so very badly, mow in a sweatshirt on a sunny day and still be freezing?  Man that wind was cold!!

Anyway, on to another project....
Here is a plate that I etched for a wedding gift for some very good friends.
It's hard to get a good picture of a clear glass plate.  To design this I used my Gypsy and first placed a circle on my mat the size of the plate to designate my design area.  I used Ashlyn's Alphabet font cartridge, with the letters cut at 1".  The flourishes are from the Wedding cart., turned on their side and cut at 1.2" which made them 3" long.  I cut these all on sticky back vinyl to easily hold them on the plate for etching.  After I had the templates cut in the vinyl, I cut each section apart, making sure to leave a pretty generous bit of vinyl around each cut to allow for etching cream to overflow.  Place the vinyl templates where you want them on the plate, smooth down completely, rubbing all edges and making sure you have no air pockets or puckers.  Dab etching cream on generously, let sit according to instructions on cream and rinse off with water.  The cream I use only takes 5 minutes.  When I first rinse it off I always think it didn't work because when the glass is wet, the etching doesn't show up.  Give it a second or two to dry and you'll see your design.  It's really such an easy thing to do and can look so great.  This couple was really please with their plate and used it to decorate their gift table at the wedding reception.  Give etching a try, you'll find it's a great help when you need a special gift.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Card made from scraps

 Happy Birthday Kaylee!!!  Today is her 11th and she is the one I made the tractor card for that is my first blog entry.  I'm so blessed to be a grandma!

Looking through my paper scraps, I found some pretty pieces just right for cards.  I had bought the paper at a yard sale, so I don't know who makes them. 
The paper flowers and brads have been in my stash for a LONG time, I think they are from Stampabilities, and the sentiment stamp is from  Hero Arts.

Both card bases are from Hobby Lobby.  On this one, I inked the edges with a gold ink pad.  The sticker is more from my "I've had this forever" stash.  I stamped the sentiment on the sticker, but it wouldn't dry since it was a slick finish so I used a regular ink pen to write it.  The lace embellishment is adhesive backed paper lace that I bought from LTD Commodities a couple of years ago.  It's originally white, so I inked it with the gold ink pad.

I really like both of these papers.  I hope I find them again somewhere!

T-shirts with iron on vinyl

Wow, where did the spring weather go?  It looks so pretty out today, but that breeze is cold!  

Well, I thought today I would post the t-shirts I made Kaylee and Lexi, my granddaughters.  The pictures don't show the shine in the vinyl very well.  I used iron on sparkly gold vinyl that I bought from Amazing Graphics Ebay store.  They have a great video of how to work with iron on vinyl here.  The glittery gold they are using in the video is the same vinyl I used on these shirts.  It's really pretty.
I designed this on my Gypsy and used Plantin Schoolbook Roly Poly font cut at 3" for the Wildcats and welded the swish from Sports Mania, then slanted them.  I LOVES my Gypsy almost as much as my Expression!  The paw prints are from Disney Mickey and Friends cart.  The names are Plantin again, cut at 1".  The shirts were a hit and no one else has any just like them!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Brand New Thing!

Well, this is something new for me.  i never thought I would actually start a blog!  But here I am....

I thought I would start with a card I made for my oldest granddaughter's birthday coming up this week.

I cut this card on my Cricut Expression using the My World Cartridge.  Using the "card feature" I cut the tractor at 5".  Then on the regular image I cut the tractor at 3", once in green and once in yellow.  Also the tires were cut once in black and once in yellow.  I cut out the pieces I wanted from the yellow and layered them over the green.  Inked all the edges and added some "bolts" on the wheels, pop dotted it and there you go.  The card itself was cut at 6"x12" and I cut a yellow layer at 5 1/2"x11 1/2" and wrote "Happy Birthday My Deere".  I hope she likes it, she is currently quite the John Deere fan!

Well, maybe tomorrow I can figure out how to "pretty up" my page!  But now it's late and I better get to bed.  Thanks for looking at my new blog and I hope to keep getting the chance to make more projects to post!