Saturday, June 28, 2008

Red, White and Blue Challenge


Well, here is my submission for Stamp Something's Red, White and Blue challenge. Looking at it now, I wish I had layered the triangles and did shadows on the letters. Oh well...my carpal tunnel has been flaring up for days and this is the best it will get for now. Maybe I will make a better one later and post it...

I cut three triangles from George and Basic Shapes at 5.5 inches. Letters are cut from Base Camp. I stamped little stars from Mike's dollar bin...from the July stamps, in VersaMark and embossed with glitter powder. I inked the letters in brown chalk ink. I tied red gingham ribbon at each eyelet and ran white satin ribbon through to connect them all. Not bad for 30 minutes work, eh? Thanks for looking!

April

No more training wheels!




My oldest finally got up the nerve to give up the training wheels! Her grandparents took on the job to teach her how to ride and discovered she had outgown her old bike. Off to the store for a new one and now she is trying to master a bike that is pretty big for her. Of course, little brother outgrew his too, so he too has new wheels.


I am not one to cut my base page into shapes, but this was a pretty simple way to try it out. I like the effect, but next time I think I would cut it down to one pic...I think the second pic gets swallowed by the overall design. I wanted a nice title, so I cut the number out on the cricut and the rest was done via the printer. Gotta love vellum! It is a great way to match your colors and soften them. I love to use different fonts to help tell the story. It is an easy way to dress up a page if you are new to scrapping. Give it a try! Thanks for looking...
April

Friday, June 27, 2008

Bitten By the Bug challenge


I just love Regina's work on the Cricut site...my personal fav is the Mickey's house-new home card. She had a great challenge...something for baby using primarily brown and has a heart. Okay, I missed fitting the heart in this pic, but I went back and added a heart on the pink bear. Matt is a toddler now, so I used "big boy" instead of "baby" in the title. I love the Brown Bear story so it just seemed natural to use it. The bears are actually bunnies from the Doodlecharms cartridge and they have their ears trimmed down. I drew their faces and used a gel pen to accent their eyes. I cut inner pieces for their ears freehand. The paper is from Mike's, stamped with one of Mike's dollar section stamps, using Brocade Blue from SU!. All blue pieces are chalked and the bears and brown mat are inked with brown chalk ink. Title was printed and matted. Ribbon is from Walmart's craft department. Looking back there are definitely things I would change to make it better, but it still turned out pretty cute. Thanks for looking!

April

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Matt's Meltdown


Now, in his defense, Matt has some developmental and motor delays so once his limit is reached...well, you get the idea. It is hard to watch him try to deal with his surroundings and tiring listening to the screaming. I can't help but put it in his album as a record of all of the struggles he has had. Every new milestone means so much for us and I love watching him try so hard. I still have several of his pages to do, but I needed something fun. Be sure to click on the pic and read the poem...it is very appropriate!

I didn't follow any pattern, but did find the poem on a website - I can't remember which now, but I couldn't help but CASE it. The poem is printed on vellum and backed with white paper. The background paper was from a grab bag from Memories on Fifth, but it was too cute to pass up. I think it showcases the move from baby prints to the young boy he has become. Simple brads embellish and I like how the different sizes complement the square and it is a nice contrast, as well. Title is done is Base Camp font...my personal fav, right next to Mickey font.


Thanks for looking!....

April

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Cricut Vinyl


Okay, I have been searching for a fixture for my toddler's room since he was born, but just haven't found anything that matched Mickey. I finally broke down and bought some of the cricut vinyl and cut Mickey icons from it. What do you think? It looks cute, but the vinyl is pricey at $9.99 (Hobby Lobby) for 2 12x24 sheets. I can get a total of 8 6x12 sheets out of it for the little bug.


I have to say I think I like the Wall Pops (Lowes) strips better. You get 15 ft x 6.5 inches for $9.99. So I get fifteen sheets for the same cost as 8. It is a little stiffer to work with as it is actually wall paper. It is completely repositionable and is low tack. I have been making name plates for the kids bedroom doors. I am working on the last one now...Alex has asked for a transformer icon on his so it will take a couple of days. I'll post those later.


Here are directions to cutting with Wall Pops and Cricut Vinyl. Set your cricut blade on 6 and the pressure on 2. It is called a "kiss cut" and will only cut the top layer and not the backing. Adhere your material to the cutting mat and load as usual. Select desired design and size. Depending on how detailed your piece is, you may want to set the speed to slow. When you are finished cutting, unload the sheet and simply peel away the cut material. If you are mounting on a wall, you can use transfer tape to make lining up and mounting easier.


Overall, I love the fact that you can continually move the material until you get it right. It is slightly tacky so you won't damage the item you are mounting the material to. I can't wait to try it on more projects! Thanks for looking.... April

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Birthday Butterflies


This is a gift I made for my daughter to take to a birthday party. As luck would have it, this week's Stamp Something challenge is "something wild." I guess butterflies should fit in nicely. DD picked out a Target gift card with butterflies in pinks and purples with a yellow background. She also wanted to give her friend a sweet treat, so we filled the bottle with M&M's. The large butterfly is an acrylic from the $1 at a local scrap store. The little butterflies are from SU's Cause for a Celebration set. The colors are from SU's Bold Brights. The card base and ribbon is from Michaels. I stamped the black from Staz-On and used my kids Crayola watercolors. The paperclip is from Walmart's office supply section. Thanks for looking!
Update: I have had several people ask wht the bottle is...well, it is an Olive Garden Italian Salad Dressing bottle. My DH went to a lunch catered by OG and his boss sent some of the leftovers home with him. I LOVE their dressing and was only too happy to help finish it off and how cute is that bottle? And now you know!

April