Thursday, April 17, 2014

An Easter Card...

Hi everyone...I'm going to begin sharing my Easter cards that I made this year.  I'm pretty certain our friends and family have received their cards already, so I think I'm safe to share them now.  Here's the first card I made:

That rabbit is actually from a farm stamp set made by Technique Tuesday.  I bought it ages ago, and frankly....never use it, despite the fact it is prominently displayed on my pegboard right in front of my face.  I was determined to ink it up...this card was the result.  I colored the image with my Copics.  The papers are MME and are from a 6 by 6 pad that is nearly wiped out.  I'm doing my best to finish it off.  The frame around the bunny is from Cricut Art Philosophy.  The Prima flowers and brad center are also pretty vintage in terms of supplies go.....but you know what?  I like the card.  I don't care if it is current in terms of what is in the stores.  It makes me happy!  And the fact that this card went in the mail makes me even happier!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sorry your day was so crappy....

Hey everyone...I sent this card to a friend a week or so ago.  She works for our city engineer's office and was dealing with some really upset residents of our city because of massive flooding we experienced after receiving nearly 7 inches of rain in about 30 hours.  She had a horrible day and I thought this card would cheer her up.  I've made nearly this exact card before, but the message is so clever that it was definitely worth repeating. 

Simple and effective.

That's all today!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy Birthday, Little Slugger!

Hi friend Beth's son turned eight over the weekend.  He's quite the little athlete, so I made him the cinch bag that I shared that had a basketball design on it and to balance his sports interests, a card with a baseball theme!  Here's what I made him:

That shadow figure was cut using my Silhouette Cameo.  The paper in the background is from a WRMK 4th of July themed 6 by 6 paper pad that was a gift from my wonderful friend, Lorri.  I trimmed off each side so that the sunburst effect was centered behind the little baseball player.  I added an "8" sticker from my very old sticker stash and in just a few minutes had a card that any eight year old boy who loves sports is sure to enjoy.

I hope you have a super fun, creative day!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Baseball Mom Tee Shirt

Hi everyone...I have another shirt to share today.  This one was made with a file someone shared on a Facebook group that I belong to.  I'm amazed at the creativity and generosity of others and am so very grateful that one of the lovely ladies shared this--I had the perfect person in mind to make this shirt for!

I positioned the image in the center, near the neckline.

I love the red and white against the black background.  

I hope my friend enjoys wearing it this summer!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

More birthday fun with my CAS-ual Fridays stamps - Day 2

Hey is day 2 of working some some of my new CAS-ual Fridays stamps.  The set I'm focusing on I just purchased and is called "Shenanigans".  Isn't that too fun?  I love it!  Anyway...I'm working with the same materials I used for my previous card that I shared.  Check out this version:

This time, no Cricut--just taking advantage of some small scraps to cut into banners. 

What's new on this card:  Just the stamped sentiment.

What's old?  Paper--MME Out of the Blue, and also a sheet of SU paper for the background that is really, really old.  What's ancient?  Those eyelet thingies.  I even got out my hammer to put them on this card, because I personally think the Crop A Dile sets eyelets really poorly.

Thanks for dropping by today!  

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Personalized Basketball Cinch Bag

Hi everyone....I have another vinyl project to share with you today.  This was my first attempt at three different colors on a project.  I am quite pleased with how it turned out! 

I really am enjoying my heat press and am feeling more and more comfortable using it!  The basketball was a cut file from the Silhouette online store.  I cut it twice, once with black and the second time with orange HTV.  I saved opposite weeded areas, depending on what color I needed.  It seems like a huge waste, but so far I haven't figured out a way around that issue.  I am not sure that there is a way!  This turned out exactly like I had envisioned--I hope the little baller who receives it likes it as much as I do!  

Friday, April 11, 2014

Some fun with my new CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Day 1

Hey everyone....when I gave my monthly recap of my crafty goals for wrapping up March, I mentioned I had done a "planned spend" on some CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.  If you aren't familiar with them....go check them out.  But come back!  Please!   CAS-ual Fridays started out as a Clean And Simple (CAS) challenge blog a long time ago.  The owner (Michelle) added a stamp line and immediately had my attention.  I'm not the best at creating CAS designs, but the images on her stamps really fit my needs in terms of making witty, more mature, often geared towards boys/men kinds of cards.  And not only are her stamps super fun, but the customer service she offers is second to NONE!  CAS-ual Fridays has the "WTF" set that I use all the time.  Seriously, if you are brave enough to name a stamp set WTF--you are all right in my book!  I had been eyeing a few stamp sets and was pleased to add more of their stamp line to my collection.  Here's the first card I created:

I know what you're thinking. 
Where's the stamps?  This chick just rattled on and on about stamps and there isn't one on this card?!  It's all Cricut!  (Birthday Bash).  And fun paper! (MME Out of the Blue).  And'd be right!

The real fun is on the inside of this card....I so LOVE this saying! stamps, with old paper, some punches, brads, Stickles and paper scraps and the result was a fresh, fun birthday card sure to bring a chuckle.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

"Show Choir Mom" tee shirt using glitter HTV

I have another shirt to share with you today.  I made it for my sister-in-law to wear to my nephew's show choir events.  I used glitter HTV, which was easier to work with than I expected it would be.  I also learned that it probably isn't the best choice for fine lettering or fine detail, but it really was fun to see the sparkly result.  Check it out:

I spent some time watching You Tube videos to learn how to curve text.  It was time well spent, because it really is pretty easy and was a lot of fun to try!  The red pieces of this design are all cut with glitter HTV.  The white circle was cut with regular HTV.  I wanted to see how it well it worked to mix mediums (worked fine).  If I had to design it over again, I'd have gone with bling for the whole thing!  I love that musical element heart--it is from the Silhouette Online Store.  The rest is my design.  I sure hope my sister-in-law likes it and has fun wearing it at show choir events in the future!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"Big Sister" tee shirt...using my new heat press for the first time!

Hi everyone....some good friends of ours welcomed their second child to their family yesterday and we were so lucky to get to meet the sweet new baby boy (who is gorgeous, by the way!).  We wanted to make sure this baby's big sister was treated like a queen, I made her a shirt to wear to announce her new role in life.  It was my first vinyl project and I consider any project that I don't swear at a huge success.  

Check it out:

I found an inexpensive tee shirt at Walmart and using my Silhouette software, came up with this simple design.  The heart is from the Silhouette Online Store and was from a Valentine's Day offering.  I picked a font that I liked, typeset the words and centered everything up.  Easy peasy.

In fact, much easier than I was expecting.  This could get addictive. was a LOT of fun.

Congratulations to our friends...if they happen to read this.  We're thrilled for you!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A teacher appreciation gift....using vinyl!

My crafting friends...I think the stars have aligned in my favor.  I have been cutting vinyl all afternoon and I have yet to curse, which typically happens a LOT while I'm working with vinyl.  So either I'm getting better at it, or the good Lord is looking on me today and knows I have a lot to get done and have no time for vinyl failures. 

 I'll take it either way.  

So this project is super easy, super cheep and will make a fun little addition to teacher appreciation week gifts for my son's teacher.  This year, I'm going to do something small for her each day.  I know she spends a lot of time with my son and I want to make sure we express our gratitude.  

Check it out:

It's a ginormous clothes pin (it's purple) that I got in the $$ bins at Michaels this morning.  I think it can hold a picture or really however one would want to use it, but I knew I could add some vinyl and make it much more fun.  Super easy...super cute!  And affordable. SCORE!

I'll be sharing more of my creations soon, I promise.  But I already have some pre-scheduled posts with other things I've been making so I do hope you'll stop by soon.