Friday, December 23, 2011

Snow Friends

I attended a craft show and picked up a few little things for gifts for two boys that I don't get to see often but will have time with them this Christmas!  Hooray for kids!! BIG, small, love them all!  SO - one of my coworkers is a digital wizard and found this adorable face to print onto cardstock that would wrap around popcorn bags.  Actually she made over 50 for her daughters' classmates.  I cut hats from one of the snow men accessories from Paper Doll Dress Up. 

The ingredients:

 The result:

I was so excited when I saw how cute these came out I thought I would do the same but instead of the paper hat (I only have two boys to do this for) I'd find the magic gloves that "fit most" instead.  They always look so cute!  And I would just wrap the crayons and gift card into a small pack and wrap THAT with this....then...I remembered that the Easter cart has a pillow pack cut!

So a Cricut, a (Cuttle) Bug, some Pig<ment> markers, buttons and bows:

The cardstock is a pearl white and the flash kept shining off the paper so I did take another photo without the flash so that the faces and embossing could be seen a little easier.

Just an FYI - these were cut at 8 1/2".

Happy Snow Days ahead!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Altered Jersey

My in-laws love the Washington Nationals baseball team.  Their favorite player is Ivan Rodriguez, affectionately nicknamed "Pudge."  They are even planning a trip to Florida this spring to watch a pre-season game knowing that he may not be playing for Washington next year but hopeful to see him while at another team.  Last Christmas my mother in law recieved a jersey from us...this year it is my father in law...however nicknames cannot be put on jerseys.  Ha! I say!  Looky here!
The back before "alterations."

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wine Bottles - Share the Love

So Pinterest has been this amazing inspiration in cleaning out my hoards of craft "junque" that I keep because I'm sure there is SOMETHING I can do with what I cannot throw away.  You know, that perfectly good thing that doesn't do the job but can surely become famous for it's own.....(lose you yet?)  Ok so here is my playing with a bottle cutter and then etching cream.

Then there is Looking Glass...ah...the Looking Glass...FUN FUN FUN!!

The rings around the necks are pieces from an indoor garland that I had thought last year I was going to make Christmas napkin rings for my dinner table and then found something different.  So a snip and a curl and they are cute little embellishements for the bottles.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

More Faux Mercury Glass

I'm really getting into using anything I can find to FAUX mercury!
Visited the Dollar Tree for a few clear glasses and got another idea...

Then, of course, as I was working on something else and looking at my lonely first glasses I had another thought....

Aren't they CUTE??

for unto us a child is born

I've been intrigued by some of the designs on the Cricut cartridge, "It's Cold Outside" and wondering how I would use them. A charger seemed as good a place as any to start.  I think I will center this in a grapevine wreath. 
*The color of the plate is dark green the vinyl is actually burgundy.  The flash distorted the colors a bit.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Kenzie is 6!

For a good friend I work with who is amazingly talented with digital imaging - a shirt for the birthday girl to go with the theme of her birthday party!

If you are so inclined, please take a look at her shop:

Monday, November 14, 2011

Faux Mercury Glass

I had these glasses from my beach wedding last year.  We had used them for the sand in our ceremony.  Each represented our family that was uniting.  My husband, his daughter, my son, and me.  A little Looking Glass spray by Krylon.  Still need to get a better handle on the looseness of the paint.  It runs easily.

Mini Christmas Albums

Made from my $1 bin raids at Michaels.

A Win and a Mistake. But still a Win.

I saw how-to for putting designs on candles. Cool, right?  So the instructions were to take tissue paper and put your design on it.  Stamp, free hand drawing, etc.  Cut around the design.  Place it where you want the candle then wrap it with wax paper, holding it tight.  After that, heat up the wax paper over your design and what happens is the wax on the paper melts over the tissue paper and design.  Viola' - you have your personally designed candle. 

So then I thought since that came out so well - I wonder if I used a cutout from some random Cricut leftovers.  I was so excited at the thought that I made a few mistakes.  But I still call it a win because it can be done.  I ran out of candles and didn't get to grab any over the weekend to follow up but I really wanted to share what those mistakes look like.
One more test...with a little more patience.

Jingle all the way

I've had this little shadow box without a purpose.  I perused Pinterest and found an adorable idea.  I tried...I conquered.  This is what I came up with.
 I still want to get to the one of the Dollar Stores or Big Lots and pick up some more jingles to go inside.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sleepover Pillowcases

Last year my mother in law started a Halloween Sleepover for my sister in law who is an Angel with Down’s Syndrome. Although 38 she has the spirit of a pre-teen and is very active in the community programs for challenged adults where she has a core group of friends that I have the privilege of also spending time with. Last year we carved craft pumpkins. This year my craft was Sleepover Pillowcases! Using Heat n Bond, an assortment of cotton material, and my Expression I pre-cut butterflies, flowers, stars, hearts, and each first letter of the girls’ names. With the same assortment for each I had them arrange the pieces on the pillowcase for their unique design and I ironed for them.

MS Seasonal Cakes; monogram, flowers, stars, and hearts

Cake Basics; butterflies

Assorted cotton material

Heat n Bond



Friday, October 28, 2011

Wine is the answer! (wait....what was the question?)

Thrift store frame ($1.90,) clearance bin rooster @ Michaels (.25)

I pried off the stand then painted in layers, sanded, even scored through the wet paint at times till I got just what I thought was right.  Gift for my friend with rooster themed country kitchen.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

They're Getting Married

My friend's lovely daughter who is getting married next weekend.  Her Bridal Shower.  Floating frame with vinyl attached inside.