Friday, April 17, 2015

First Communion Banner

Hey everyone...I have something different to share today.  One of my friends called me in a bit of a panic, because they were assigned a First Communion Banner to make for her daughter.  Not being crafty people, this was quite a challenge to envision.  Now, my son didn't have to make a banner, but this was not an unfamiliar project to me.  Another friend had called me last year and even another friend had been through it a couple of times with her kids.  I will say, Pinterest was a HUGE help to us.  I wasn't active on Pinterest in years past, so if you have a banner in your future....Pinterest is your best friend. 

When my friends arrived, they had a crude banner that was double layers of felt glued to a piece of poster board.  They had purchased stickers and a stack of felt.  So with that and the arsenal of craft supplies in my room, we set of to get Miss K all set for her banner.  It had to have a last name on it, and pretty much that was the directive.  It was supposed to be mostly gold/white.  We obviously chucked that idea out the window when Miss K picked teal blue as her first color choice.  This is what our end result was:

How'd we do it? 

We used Glitter HTV and a heat press.  I helped her cut out the cross and dove and the letters for her name.  We ran it through my heat press, which caused the glue the teacher used to heat up and soak thru the felt.  Next step, hide the ugly melted glue!  So we added the ribbon boarder to cover up that.  Miss K is all about sparkly things, so we found some little ribbon/bling accent pieces I had never opened and we added those to the name portion and one to bottom as a center piece for her bow.  The result...feminine, tasteful and sparkly.  Miss K to a "tee".  So what if we blew off the white/gold recommendation.

So if you're ever wondering, Glitter HTV will stick to felt.  Pretty easily, in fact!

And what I learned?  Little girls are really good at craft projects.  She had a vision, didn't get bored, did quite a bit of the work herself, was interested and thrilled with the end project.  I have a boy.  He'd have been gone in about 10 seconds.

What I was reminded of?  It feels really great to help others.  Especially when it is something so out of their comfort zone, but so very much in mine.  I had a blast!

Have a super day!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hot air balloon

Hello everyone...I really am lovin' the card I about to share today.  And the best part?  It's already gone in the mail.  One of my friends is changing jobs and I thought I'd send a little encouragement her way.  

Check it out:

So why do I love this so much?  First of all, when I was a little girl, I went with my aunt to see a hot air balloon event at Johnny Appleseed Park in Fort Wayne, IN.  I remember getting up very early and just loving all the colors and the spectacle of the event.  I still love hot air balloons and hope to get to ride in one some day.

Next, I love the fun patterns and colors--all those papers on the balloons are by MME and are scraps of a paper pad I saved up.  And the clouds?  Really old paper by SU.  So glad I kept it.

The cuts are from the Silhouette Online Store.  Oh, and the balloon had no shadow, but I made my own.  I love my Silhouette.  Have I told you lately?  Because I do.  

The stamped sentiment is by SP&Company, no longer in business (sniff, sniff--loved those stamps).

Have a super day!!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Teachers Rule

Hey everyone...hope you are having a great weekend!  Things are off to a great start here in my neck of the woods.  I have spent the entire morning doing creative things, including getting a jump on a teacher appreciation card.  

Check it out:

The apple cut is from the Silhouette Online Store.  It was shaped differently, but I stretched it and made it fit on the front of an A2 card without really distorting the apple too much.  I added a few pearl beads to the swirls for some dimension (and because I tore one when removing it from my mat).  Pearls can be a great disguise of boo-boos.  The stamp is from SP&Company (no longer in business).  The papers are by MME from "Remarkable".  Simple...but I love it!

Have a great day!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Admin card #2...

Hey everyone, TGIF.  No, seriously, Thank God It's Friday.  It's been a looooonnnnngggg week at our place and we are in desperate need of a weekend.  We've been having extended school days to make up for snow days, had some sad things happen in our community this week and it's just been a week we'd like to close the books on.  

A couple of days ago I shared the first card that I made for one of my husband's administrative assistants.  I'm sharing the second version today. 

 Check it out:

Today's version is in purple.  And my picture coloring is off just a bit, it really takes on more plum tones in real life.  No amount of editing I tried made it work.  The stamps are by My Craft Spot.  The card is a pre-designed card from the Silhouette Online Store.  Easy Peasy.  And I finished their gifts up yesterday.  I feel like I have accomplished something!  

Tomorrow I'm helping a friend's daughter work on a First Communion Banner.  It should be fun, her daughter is full of spunk and makes me laugh a lot.  Looking forward to that as much as my son is looking forward to her brother coming along (they are best buds).

And race season starts for us on Sunday.  Wish my guys lots of luck!!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Baseball Birthday Card

Hey of my best friends has two boys who both play baseball.  I needed to make the youngest of the two boys a birthday card and was searching through my Silhouette Cameo images and found exactly what I needed.  I wanted to do a couple of bats crossed and come up with a way to incorporate his jersey number.  This is the result:

I love it when a plan comes together. 

All cardstock is by SU.  The sentiment is from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Exclamations".  I used three brads that I've had for years (and years and years) to fill in the blank spot at the top.  This card only took about 10 minutes, but I know Mr. J is just going to love that it is in his all-star team colors and has his very own number on it.  I may have to tuck this one in the back of my mind for future birthday card ideas--my son has a lot of baseball lovin' friends.  

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you're getting your fingers inky today.  

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Thank you...for Administrative Professionals Day

Hey everyone...I have a huge list of projects to get done and today I sat down and crossed "making four admin card" off my to do list.  I made them all the same, just in different color schemes.  I'll share them separately over the next few days.  I wonder which will be your favorite?  Up today...the blue version:

For each card, I looked in my big blue tub o'scraps and was able to put together some fun color combinations using nothing but scraps.  

The card design is straight from the Silhouette Online Store.  The stamped sentiment is from My Craft Spot's "Thank You" stamp set.  I added two glitter pearl accents to this card.

Watch for more of these soon!  And have a great day!   What is on your crafty to-do list?

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

Hey everyone and a very Happy Easter from my family to yours.  I have a couple of things for you today.  This week was incredibly busy.  I had my tile flooring cleaned at the first part of the week and the carpet I ordered for our living room came in and was installed on Friday morning.  It was much faster than I expected, but getting prepared for those projects, along with a lovely visit from my parents kept me busy and out of my craft room this week.  

The card I'm sharing today I actually added a stamp to the bottom after I snapped this photo and used it as an Easter card to share with our neighbor.  The stamp is from PTI Spring Friendship Jar Fillers.  I colored it with my Copics--using those is one of my goals for this year.  Check out the card I made quickly:

I pulled some purple out of my scraps to mat the image and used Certainly Celery by SU for my card base.  I added a bit of crinkle ribbon and attached it by punching holes near the stems and then simply tied a bow.  I'm glad it didn't have to go through the mail system, it was pretty bulky!

On Friday night, my friend Kari asked me to run a couple of errands with her.  Errands are always more fun with a friend along, right?  We ended up at Hobby Lobby, as she's making a very special card and needed some coordinating colors of cardstock.  While she was selecting her colors, I wandered around the aisles of Hobby Lobby's paper section.  It's been awhile since I had been in there, as you all know I'm trying to shop my own stash first.  And I've been pretty good, but I will admit that sometimes a small purchase can be just what one needs to boost the creativity level.  Here's the few treasures I picked up:

Top: American Crafts DIY 6by6 paper pad.  I can't find a specific name, but it's all neutral selections that have text, music and such.  I love this, seriously love it.  I use a lot of those basic, neutral types of papers, so to have a whole pad of them is awesome!
 Right:  MME Remarkable.  Oh I love the colors and traditional patterns in this.  Some of which will be awesome for masculine cards.  And this pad and the one above were 1/2 price.
Bottom: EP Memos--journal cards that match some 12 by 12 paper I recently got on Amazon.
Left: Project Life cards--basketball themed.  Though I won't be doing a PL style album for project life, I think they will be great additions to the basketball pages I do each year for my son.

Grand total?  Less than $13.  There's a whole lotta goodess in this picture for that price!

It's a beautiful day....headed out on my bike to enjoy the sunshine.  I made a huge list of crafty projects that I need to tackle, but it's going to rain nearly all week here which will be perfect craft project weather.  Gotta get on my bike while I can, right?!

Have a blessed Easter Sunday!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Two Easter Cards

Hey everyone...the cards I'm sharing today are not in anyway your traditional Easter-y looking cards.  I wanted to do something with a bit of a shabby-chic look to it, but still be an Easter greeting.  This is what I came up with:

This file came from the Silhouette Store.  I'll be honest, it took me a couple of minutes to figure out the fold. 

But once I did, the second one went a lot faster!

Papers are by MME.  Stamped greeting is by PTI from Spring Friendship Jar Fillers.  

Overall, I'm happy with the result, though next time I think I will try pink polka dots or something that looks a bit more like Spring or traditional Easter colors. 

Have a super day!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bunny Backside

Hey everyone...I really love this bunny backside cut that is in the Silhouette Store.  It's so stinkin' cute, and so easy to use (as long as you cut it large enough that his whiskers are not problematic!).  Check out this easy-peasy card:

The yellow is a SU cardstock and the rest of the papers are from the Park Bench pad by Fancy Pants Designs.  I added some yellow and turquoise baker's twine that couldn't have been more of a perfect match if I had bought all the materials together.  Am I the only one still using baker's twine?  I still think it's super cute.  And I have a drawer full of it.  (hangs head in shame!)

On a different note...I had my tile floors in our downstairs professionally cleaned today.  They look so nice that I really don't want to walk on them.  Or anyone in my family to walk on them.  I'm very pleased and will not wait this long to have them professionally cleaned again in the future.  I'm getting new carpet installed soon.  I guess this is what happens when you stay in a house for longer than five years.  We've not lived anyplace as long as we have this house (since the house I grew up in).  Stuff wears out.  Gets dirty.  Needs cleaned and replaced!  And I'm quite enjoying it now that I've gotten past the initial "gosh, this seems like a lot to tackle" phase.  I still have a never ending list of stuff to get started on, but as I admire my once-again pretty tile in my kitchen area, I am feeling pretty good about what I've gotten done so far.  Now to get my table chairs out of the living room....

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Hey everyone...I have to admit, I'm scrambling on Easter this year.  My cards went in the mail today, but I'm short sending a few that I would have liked to have gotten to some friends.  And I realized that I didn't have anything for the "school ladies" or my sweet neighbors yet.  I had to get crackin'!  So, today I focused on some small candy treat boxes for the school ladies (my son's teacher, the principal and the two admins in the office).  I went basic, but boy are they cute!

I made four and they are in different shades of yellow.  I just used what I had on hand and they are quite a cute little flock of chicks!    Maybe they'd be better with embellishments, but my friend Mary who taught me how to do jewelry once told me, "sometimes DONE is better than perfect."  Yep, I'm going with that today.

Here's a tip...I used hot glue to assemble these chicks, to affix the beaks and for the eyes.  I had one eye glued to three different fingers at one point.  And yes, it hurt.  There might have been bad words said.  At least on the first two fingers.  By the third one it wasn't so hot anymore.  

Who needs fingerprints anyway?  Apparently not me.  Hmpf.

Have a super day.  And watch those glue guns, friends...seriously, they're hot.