Thursday, March 31, 2011

Girl bday invite

Made this for my daughters birthday invitations. The only thing she cared about was pink glitter, and that image (girl walking the poodle).

The image is from the stampin up set "she's all that". I stamped her in versamark ink and heat embossed her with a mixture of black embossing powder and pink glitter. I used 3 little dots of pink stickles on the edge of her paper. The sentiment, "let's party", is part of a michaels dollar bin acrylic set. I stamped it in pink and wrote over it with my sakura glitter pen. The edges of the black paper underneath are scalloped with my martha stewart rolling handheld scallopper.

Patterned paper is k & co. Best place to get this is michaels with your 40% off coupon, just fyi. Ribbon is also from michaels.

well she liked it, I think its adorable, let's hope they make it to the parents!

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2nd quilt

Well here's quilt #2. I picked up this fabric at the same time a the first, it just didn't fit in with the first and there was so much if it, I made a whole other quilt. The inside is a cut to fit fleece blanket and the backing is a brown sheet, both from goodwill.
This one us much smaller than the first, it'll be a great one for him to lay on the floor with or use in his play pen.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

First quilt

Yeah! I borrowed a friends sewing machine and got a lesson on how to use it. I scoured the clearance bin at walmart for fabric pieces. I went to the goodwill for the back piece (a yellow striped sheet) and for the inside (a fleece blanket cut to size). Over all, I think I paid less than $12 for everything.

My sister-in-law just moved here from Alaska and when she saw I was learning to sew, gave me her sewing machine. She had only used it once!

So I've made him another quilt (will post pics soon), and got some fabric and payed to try to make the girls sundresses. We'll side how those go.... I'm a bit scared.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Little Mr.'s bedroom

Only 10 more weeks till he's due! Hubby and I are going with a green & brown color scheme (could you tell?), and this is one side of his nursery. Hubby drew the tree on with pencil and we all helped paint it. It was nice to have the girls help with his room too.
I've tried my hand at sewing lately, I've made my little guy two quilts! I'll try to post pics if them next.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

One page, three photos

Every year we try to go to our local fair. It never fails that the girls favorite thing to do is go on the "big slide", this year dad went with them!
I my family scrapbook, I've challenged myself to use regular lined notebook paper on every layout. Since this page is about having fun, I decided to kinda doodle with my journaling and make it a but more fun too.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Happiness 2 page layout

This is a layout I picked up at a quick quotes class last fall. They have awesome page kits, great chalk ink, and just amazing canvas sets (check out their website, I didn't know what you could do with canvas until I saw it!).

I think the best thing about these pages are the ginormous flowers. Now if you're anything like me, you've never bought these before because you're too cheap. Well, I have some money saving tips for you when it comes to flowers.

-typically, those awesome ginormous flowers are a little cheaper in white rather than in color. Buy them in white & color them yourself! Use a sponge with ink, you can make it your own perfectly matched embellishment!

-those large flowers look great cut in half, like on my page. Double your usage of them!

-if you have a cuttle bug, cricut, or slice, invest in flower dies or cartridges. Its always cheaper to make your own embellishments plus you get to pick the material they're made out of. Great way to use up scraps and match your pages/projects perfectly.

-make your own paper flowers using scallop punches or scissors

-if your mind is set on using silk flowers, there's three places I recommend you pick them up. The dollar store has bundles of flowers for, drum roll please, a dollar! michaels has the best flowers, get them on sale or make sure to use a coupon. The thrift store usually has bags of miscellaneous silk flowers for cheap, you just can't confirm what you're buying. Buying flowers on the stem is cheaper, you just have to take them apart yourself, plus they already have a hole in the middle for your brads!

Well there's my 2 cents on how to save some cents on flowers!

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Fussy cut flowers

Finished card is a top fold 4x4. I'm just not sure of it. Took me forever to pick out that ribbon, and I'm still not happy. Maybe its missing something... Opinions welcome!
Small flowers are not punched, they were stamped in chalk ink and fussy cut (it made me "fussy" to take so much time to intricately cut them out. Great name for the technique, right!).
"fussy cut" can be very cool. A lot of us have some pretty phenomenal patterned paper that we don't want to cover up. Well you don't have to, fussy cut the parts of it you like and use as focal point on your next project!

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Elegant embossing

Was going for a clean, simple card. Imagine that, I didn't really achieve it.
I think the ivory embossing looks great with the neutral colors I chose, the lace goes perfect with the ivory, and that stamp is definitely the focal point.
So not my original "vision", but sophisticated and kinda classy. Maybe I'll put this away until someone gets engaged or married....?

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Friday, March 11, 2011

New paper flower technique

I did this card for the sole purpose of making these new flowers. I started by punching 1.5" circles out if dictionary paper (don't have a punch? Wing it by hand! Trust me, you won't be able to tell the difference!). Ok, now you cut into the circle to create a thin spiral shape to the core of the circle, I cut maybe 5 spirals into my circle. Starting with the edge you cut into, start rolling paper into itself until you get to the middle. The tighter you roll, the smaller your flower will be. I used a scrap piece of paper covered in adhesive to lay down my "bud" on, to keep it nice 'n rolled up.
Remember, there's no mistakes, especially with flowers. They're all supposed to be unique anyways.
Have fun playing around! Try different textured paper, like tissue!

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lots of dimension

I got this cute owl stamp from the $1 bin at michaels and was just messing around to use it.

I stamped him on patterned paper twice, fussy cut his eye balls & tummy from one and paper pieced them to the other stamped image. Used patterned paper and scallop nestabilities with my cuttlebug, also dry embossed them. Crimped the bottom chunk of patterned paper.

LOTS of dimension going on with this one!

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Did you know?

So I was in michaels yesterday (had to get some adhesive), and the lady asked if I got their online coupons. I told her I Did but couldn't use them as I don't have a computer, i just use my phone. I told her it would be nice if they came out with mobile coupons, and guess what?!

Did you know that if you have a coupon for michaels and you can show the person at the register, paper or on your phone, they'll give you the discount!

I've never been so excited to go back to michaels!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Layered & inked

This reminds newer is strawberry shortcake piled high. Absolutely mouth wateringly delicious!

Look at all those flourishes (TAC)! What great layers! My birdie (SU) is adorable! And ribbon on top of lace?!

I love this card.

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