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I am wife to my wonderful husband, mother to two adult children and Nana to one special granddaughter. Being creative doesn't come easily to me, but I love to try.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

~House Swap + Mini + more baubles!

Back in May, the lovely Diane on the Cricut message board started a House Swap.  I have never done a swap before and somehow I got talked into this one.  The timeframe was very generous (2 1/2 months!), so I figured I would have no problem with the commitment.  I apologize in advance for this very long post, but this was a labor intensive project and I need to 'splain.  There are pics below, I promise!

I was paired with Nanci and although she is not a message board member (yet!) we traded emails back and forth on the things that may interest us and I settled on a Dog theme for her since her furbabies are very special to her. 

One thing I learned during this process is that there are not many "dog" paper collections.  Fortunately, I still had a half of a DCVW Puppy Stack (retired) left from doing an album for the service dog my sister trained.  The only other collection I could find was by BoBunny, so I bought 2 pads to do this project.  I then proceeded to buy dog ribbon, dog fabric, dog charms, dog beads, a peeing dog....well, you get the idea!  lol

Our task was to decorate a medium size (or alternative) paper mache house from Hobby Lobby, create a mini album ORtag album with at least 5 pages and create EITHER a chunky charm OR 3 stick pins.  Well I did four of them.  The paper mache house was probably the hardest to do.  Cutting and fitting wall paper isn't my idea of fun, but I love the way it turned out.  I used balsa wood for the shingles and applied a light blue acrylic "wash" before cutting/adhering them.  I added faux bricks along the base of the house and around the chimney by cutting foam sheets and adhering to paper and then spraying with "stone" paint.  From factorydirectcraft.com, I got the door mat, the fire hydrant and the two puppies on the front porch.  I needed a porch bigger than the house had, so I mounted the whole thing on a sheet of acrylic.  I added green Celebrate It confetti using Glossy accents to the acrylic to mimic grass.   A couple of pine trees from Michaels' completed the outdoors.  Inside is a dog bed and some kind of painte'rs thing that looked like two dog bowls to me, so that's what they became.  I added some grape nut cereal for dog food and coated with glossy accents. There is also a picture of the poker playing dogs inside.  Outside I added a few cuts from Paper Pups.  We joked on the message board that this house was Rose Red.  That's because I kept adding to it everytime I thought it was done.  Finally I just mailed the darn thing or it might have gotten a basement or 3rd floor!

The House






Next up was the mini album.  I knew I wanted to do way more than 5 pages and JennyD posted some links to some tutorials by My Sisters Scrapper for a paper bag mini.  It looked fabulous, so that's what I set out to make.  Here again I used BoBunny paper and miscellaneous doggie themed embellies that I picked up in various places.  This mini used the medium sized Celebrate It paper bags from Michaels and A LOT of 2 sided tape!  I also attached my chunky charm to the spine.  This album will hold AT LEAST 30 pictures.  The picture shows yellow and blue ribbons on the spine, but I later changed these to blue/white before I mailed.  Just because.  I had a dog tag made for each of Nanci's 3 furbabies and attached to a medium dog collar (with paws!) that I picked up at Walmart.  This became the mini's closure.

My Mini





And finally, because Nanci chose stick pins over a chunky charm, I made these three for her.  The folder also use the DCWV puppy stack paper.  I added a few little charms to the center (main) stick pin.

The stick pins



I sure hope Nanci liked it all.  This was a really fun project and now maybe I won't be so nervous about getting involved in some of the message board swaps.  I sure learned a few things during this process, but I had a great time.  I can't WAIT to see what Nanci has made for me!  Thanks for stopping by!

~Sprinkle some Fairy Dust!

Jenny is our resident fairy on the Cricut message boards.  Each day on our Good Morning thread she sprinkles her special brand of sunshine.  I wanted to create something for Jenny to let her know how much her happy posts mean to me, so I made this fairy canvas and sent her a little fairy dust to go along with it.  The fairy was inspired by an image I found via Google and then I gave her some dimension to lift her from the canvas.   Her wings are green Ginko leaves by Recollections and I used some specialty paper and ribbon on her bodice.  I tried to keep bright happy colors on the canvas and then I added the copper embellishment toward the end.  I had just gotten my issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors that featured this embellishment and thought it would look great here.  It was also very fun to make.  I can't remember where I found the fairy dust but it was through an Amazon store.  Hopefully I was able to make Jenny a little bit sparkly too.  Thanks for stopping by!

 
 
 

~Beads, beads and more beads!

I have been remiss in posting here lately.  I just realized I have not posted since before Memorial Day!  eek!  It's hard to believe that summer is almost half way  over when it feels like it just began.  Anyway, I needed to make a chunky charm for a swap and having never made one before, felt the need to practice.  So I made beach themed charms for my daughter, her BFF and my granddaughter.  BFF also got a card since it was her birthday.  I think they turned out well and have fueled a new addiction.  All of the beads and some of the charms came from Fire Mountain Gems (love them!).  I also picked up some charms at both Michael's and Joann's on sale  I think there may have been a few in my stash as well.  These babies are really STUFFED!  Thanks for stopping by!


 


Saturday, May 17, 2014

~Graduation Card

My hairdresser's only child (a daughter) is graduating from high school in a couple of week.  She sent out graduation announcements (I know her mom is VERY proud) and even invited us to her graduation party.  Unfortunately, we can't make the party, but I did want to acknowledge her special day.  This was also the PERFECT opportunity for me to get some use out of Teddy Bear Parade.

I cut the graduation doily at 4" from Happy Graduation and the Teddy graduate from Teddy Bear  Parade at 3".  Teddy was pop dotted from the base.  I used Artbooking for the year and cut it twice in gold and purple.  There is also a banner on the inside of the card that I cut at the width of the card that says "Be Yourself".  I might have also included a little fun $$$ in the card.  To be spent on something fun and frivolous, of course.  hee hee

Thanks for stopping by!



Thursday, May 8, 2014

~NSD 2014 - Monochrome Rosette

For this NSD project, I combined two challenges into one card.   First Cricutaddicted posted a challenge to do a monochromatic project.  You can see her lovely butterfly card here.  As you can see, I used several shades of my favorite color ~ PURPLE!!!  The second challenge met with this project is to use a rosette.  Colleen posted this challenge and has some AWESOME party projects you can see here.   I welded 6 individual pieces of Rosette together (at 1" tall) so I only had one point to connect the ends (hot glue and I don't always get along!).  I also added a little strip of the pattern paper to the center of the rosette strip before connecting the ends.  I put a matching brad in the center of the rosette medallion.   This card was really simple, yet looks so elegant.  I used a flower embossing folder that sort of matches the pattern paper to emboss  strips on the outside and inside of the card.  The best part is that this birthday card was already earmarked before it was ever made!  So these challenges gave me just that push I needed.  I hope you will visit the tutorials on these blogs and try some of your own projects.  Thanks for stopping by!




Wednesday, May 7, 2014

~NSD 2014 - XO Three In A Row

The tic-tac-toe challenge is one of my favorites.  Maria challenged us to create a project choosing any three items in a row from the following.


I needed to make a Mother's Day card anyway, so I chose the center row down for my card.  The Sun, leaves and basket are all embossed on this card (the sky and grass are pre-embossed paper), there is ribbon wrapped around the basket handle and the basket and flowers are all die cuts.  I also hit the first column down with this in that there is bling in the flower centers, purple on the card and the main feature is flowers!  And it case you were wondering how I wove the basket, check out the last pic.  After I wove it, I ran the whole thing though my cuttlebug and just wrapped it around the die-cut basket.   Just love this challenge.  :-)  Thanks for stopping by!



Monday, May 5, 2014

~NSD 2014 - Happy Hour!

It's true.  It IS 5 o'clock somewhere.  lol   Linda's challenge was to use a drink somewhere on our project.  Any kind of drink.  I'm not much of a drinker but when I saw this cute pineapple on Life is a Beach I just had to use it on my card.  And, since we have a friend in Hawaii who hasn't gotten a card/note from us since Christmas, the Aloha  was the perfect sentiment!  Visit Linda's blog here to see her really cool little piggie in a barrel and some AWESOME shaker cards.   Thanks for stopping by and have a free drink on me!