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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mystery Project...

Here are a couple quick pictures of a mystery project I am working on.  Any guesses?  Leave a comment if you might have a guess as to what I am making.

I will show you the rest of the mystery project later as I finish it.  I'm excited, hopefully it turns out as I'm imagining!!

Happy crafting!!

Bridal Shower

Here's a quick post showing you a bridal shower card I made as well as a "towel cake".

Since I didn't have any wedding dresses on ANY of my Cricut cartridges (gasp!, I know!!) I improvised.  I used two scallop circles in varying sizes from Alphalicious.  I folded the sides in to make the skirt and top.  Glued them together, added a ribbon, and then used the Floral Cuttlebug embossing folder with yellow vellum (choosing just one specific flower to emboss).  I used a brad to attach the "bouquet" to the dress and used pop dots to pop up the wedding dress.  I also debossed the black background with Fluer de Lis embossing folder.

I embossed the little flower design on the inside and added a gem as well.

And here is the towel cake.  I bought the towels from her registry and then folded them and tied them with ribbon.  I stacked them like tiers on a wedding cake.  So simple but awesome looking! :)

Sister's Birthday Frame

Since my sister recently got married (see previous posts for all the wonderful decorations) I made a gift using a wedding photo for her birthday just the other week.  I made another flowers and flourishes frame, actually this was my first one and the mother's day frames were the second go at it.

I used a wedding picture I took of their first dance, and then used my editing software to make the colors more sepia-like and "old looking" to fit her primitive country decor.  I used the same flower tutorials as in the previous post and created flowers to match her wedding decor colors, but also trying to stick the the "old country primitive look". :)  Did I get it right?

First Dance Picture Frame

 Top right frame corner with flowers and rosette

Bottom right corner of frame-flourishes from Cricut Essentials

While I was trying new techniques, I also made a new cascade card.  Here is a great video tutorial I found: Cascade card with Frenchie.

Sorry for the poor pictures; I took them with my phone.  I realized I forgot to take a picture of it after I had sealed the card inside the envelope.  After my sister opened it I snatched it borrowed it for a minute and took a picture. :)

Card folded (and awful fuzzy picture)

Card "cascading" and opened.

Happy crafting!

Friday, April 20, 2012

BBTB2 Design Team Challenge

Hello all!

Today I've got a special post... but first, I have to give a "warning" to two people. :)

If you are one of my mothers.... mom or mom-in-law...




Pretty Please!! :)  You don't want to ruin your mother's day gifts... do you now?

Ok, now on to the real post.

I am turning this post in to be considered for the BBTB2 Design Team (and also for the My Pink Stamper Mother's Day Challenge).

I made several things for my moms, a card and a picture frame.  I'll add my supply list at the end.

Two pictures frames I altered.  Frames are 5x7 from Hobby Lobby.

Altered frame for my mom-in-law.  The frame is a 5x7 and from Hobby Lobby.

Altered frame for my mom.  Same frame, but in black, 5x7 from Hobby Lobby.

Close up of flowers.  Red and cream flower (with red inking) flower tutorial here.  A different tutorial for the cream and blue flowers here.

More pretty flowers

Flowers and flourish

Frame and matching card for my mom-in-law.

Card close-up

Inside of card
Frame and matching card for my mom.

Front of card

Inside of card using extra "lined notebook" scrapbook paper.

All the creations and my outside Lighthouse :)  It lights up at night by a solar panel
Altered Frames
I cut the large red flowers using my Preserves Cricut cartridge and used the "shift" button to use the center of the apple cut in order to get the 5 petal flower.  I cut the large red "roses" at 2.5 inches.  I used the same technique for the cream roses and cut them at 1.75 inches.  I inked them with red ink.

For the "carnation-like" flowers I used two different punches. The larger cream carnation flower was cut with a 1.5 inch round circle punch.  I followed the technique in the video.  I did the same technique for the small blue and red carnations, but I used Martha Stewart's 1 inch scallop circle punch, it gives it the ruffly edges.

Behind the red roses are green flowers, and I cut them with the Cricut Essentials on my E2 machine.  They were cut at 2 inches.  I inked them with green ink.

The flourishes were cut from my E2 as well with the Cricut Essentials as well.  (My new favorite flourish!) They were cut at 3 inches.

The large capital H was cut at 4.5 inches from Stone Script.  And the lowercase h was ct at 4.5 inches from Cricut American Alphabet. 

I cut the base of this card to make a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card.  I used the extra paper from the backgrounds of both frames. I again used the rose flower technique cut at 1.75 inches for both flowers.  I used some kraft paper to make the banner and used some brads and buttons from my stash.   I used the EK Success punch Scroll and Dots for the punch. I also used the Martha Stewart 1" Scallop Square Punch to make the ends of the banners.
The letter "m" for the words mom I used the Stone Script and Cricut American Alphabet cartridges again, for the corresponding cards.  I cut the letters about 2".

Here are the supplies I used:

Frames: Hobby Lobby 5x7

Cardstock: AC Cardstock and scraps from my stash

Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio Open Stock from Hobby Lobby

Ink: Red ink (G Studio), Brown ink (Stayz On), Green (G Studio)

Punches: Martha Stewart Scallop Circle Punch, Fiskars 1" Round Circle Punch, Martha Stewart 1: Scallop Square Punch, EK Success Scallop and Dot Punch

Cricut Cartridges: Stone Script, E2 Cricut Essentials, E2 Cricut American Alphabet, Preserves

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S.  I have had that super cute lighthouse for nearly 7 years.  It has moved all over with us.  My awesome parents found it at Walmart right after I first got married. (:

Monday, April 16, 2012

Wedding Table Decorations

Hello, Hello!!

I had told you before about my sister's wedding a few weeks ago, gorgeous!! Here are some great pictures of the tables we decorated (all pictures were taken by her great photographer Kevin Lush).

We used pictures from my sister's engagement pictures.  We used a different picture for each table.  The "head" table (or sweetheart table) for the bride and groom had pictures of my sister's two cute dogs!

Head Sweetheart table

Here's some of the other tables...

Here's a closeup (in case you aren't' tired of pink and green yet) ...

We rented the flat bowls from a local party store.  Me put clear and green rocks at the bottom of each bowl.  We filled the bowls with water and floated pink rose candles on top.  Except, the candles we cut off the wicks and glued on a pearl in the center of each one.  Beautiful!! We also tied green tulle around the bottoms of the bowls and tied a knot leaving a small tail.  The bowls sat on a square mirror.

For the table numbers I cut out the pink square topnote from the Cricut basics font on Cricut Craft Room.  I cut it out at 8 inches.  We framed each picture in green paper (all paper was from hobby lobby and was textured)

I cut the numbers from the Alphalicious cartridge about 2.5 inches, and then added a cream colored shadow to make them stand out a bit more.  We put the same picture/number on each side so you could see it from all sides of the room.

For the entrance to the reception we made a big HUGE table seating board.  We bought a big foam board at hobby lobby and covered it with pink fabric. We printed the names in ABC order and gave the table number next to their last name.  We framed the names in green and attached them with upholstery tacks. Great hammered silver finish.

Last but not least (should have started with food) are the favors.  We bought little pillow box sets from Wilton (it totally wasn't worth cutting a hundred of these with the cricut). We printed her new last initial on the stickers and wrapped them up.

Oh, yeah... inside are those amazing little butter mints!  Jumbo size! even better....

Happy crafting!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Happy Birthday Card with Flourishes

Good evening!!

I have a cute card today that I am giving to a good friend in a few weeks for her birthday.  It was great that it matched with two different challenges: BBTB2 using a flourish and My Pink Stamper birthday card.  (Love when a challenge card can be given to a friend!)

Here's the front:

Here's the inside of the card:

Here's my recipe:
Cardstock: ACCardstock, Bazzil, DCVW (can't remember the name of the pattern)
Cricut Cartridges: Gypsy Wanderings (Flourish-I don't have Cindy Loo), Cricut American Alphabet (cupcake), and Mini Monograms (inside scallop and circle)
Stamp: birthday stamp (can't remember the company either at the moment)
Button from my stash

Thanks for joining me tonight!  I love how this card turned out. :)


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wedding Shower

*Warning* Picture heavy post... read at your own risk... *Warning*

So a little while ago my mom and I threw a bridal shower for my sister... she just got married this past weekend (more on that in another post).   But I made some fun gifts for her for the shower.  I was bummed as I looked through my pictures, I forgot to take a picture of the awesome wreath I had made for her house.  (a grapevine wreath with red berries, sheer blue ribbon, gingham green fabric strips and a white distressed letter S for her soon-to-be new last name... oh well.)

*Update*-my sister took a picture for me of the wreath I made for her...

Now let me explain really quickly... my sister just bought a the country... and had decorated her cute house in "primitive country" style.  Her house colors are cranberry, navy and evergreen.  So, the theme of the party was country primitive country kitchen...

Here are the party invitations I made:
I embossed the red oval with d'vine swirls embossing folder; distressed the star with timber brown staz on ink, and added faux stitching around the navy layer.

Here is the Pinterest inspired oven mitt with utensils:
Here is a link to the original idea: The Art & Soul of Baking

I made this fun kitchen towel/dish towel cake: 
Inspired from diaper cakes

I had this adorable cake made and ordered it at Sam's Club:

Here are some fruit arrangements that I created to add excitement to the food:

I used my Cricut to cut out primitive style stars (beyond birthdays cartridge) and used bamboo skewers to stack the cheese bites:
 I also used my Cricut to cut out tags (Plantin Schoolbook) for the Mason jars to hold the utensils.  I tied the tags with natural twine:

Here's a picture displaying most of the goodies:
(I also carved a mini watermelon to make a bowl to hold more fruit)

Last, but not least, I created a scratch off game as one of the events of the party.  Here is a picture of the cards before I created them.  It was the "Ring Bling" game.  All of the pictures have something to do with rings/ringing:
Here's the after they were lovingly mangled scratched off...
Here is an awesome tutorial I followed for these scratchers.
Thanks for hanging in there reading my post.  Go take a break after all this reading! :)

Keep crafty!

Pinterest Inspired...


So I decided to jump on the Pinterest bandwagon and created this melted crayon art.  Ii was surprised how super easy it was, despite all the "craft fail warnings".  It came together easily and in no time I had my very own melted art to cherish... forever...

It is now lovingly hung in my little boy's room (high out of the reach of busy fingers).  Now he can enjoy it's super wonderfulness, in only the way a two year old can!

He did get curious one day and pull off a cobalt blue crayon, so out came the glue gun and... ta da! all fixed. :)

Keep crafty!