New baby gift

So May. I haven’t posted anything since May. I promise you I have been crafting. I have not felt any inclination to blog though. Such is life. I’m here now and offering some crafty goodness.

A friend had a baby not too long ago and I had fun making this layout for a gift when we get to visit for the first time. I placed it in a 12×12 frame so that they can hang it on their wall with the other lovely family photos. I hope they appreciates this little piece of art to add to their collection.

For this project I actually went to the craft store and specifically shopped for product. I never (okay, ALMOST never) go shopping for a specific project. I try to keep a bunch of interesting supplies on hand and just create with what I have in stock. But this time I wanted to shop. And how fun it was.

Recipe

Baby themed kit (6×6 paper pad, die cuts, tiny text, words): Authentique (on sale for $5! What a score)
pattern paper: Studio Calico, My Mind’s Eye
inks: Studio Calico (Mr. Huey), Ranger (distress for inking edges)
washi tape: My Mind’s Eye
wood die cuts: Studio Calico
die cut machine: Provo Craft (Nursery Rhyme cartridge for title lettering, Heritage for banner, Gypsy for resizing elements)
date stamp: K&Co. (Smash stamp)
punches: Stampin’ Up
journaling pocket: Simple Stories
journaling cards: Project Life elements

This qualifies for 2 challenge blogs, both of which I have never entered anything in before:

I look forward to more challenges with these sites and a few other new ones as well as an old time favorite. I may even get blog posts done about them and actually enter them! He he.

Thank you bouquet

My friend has been spending a lot of her time (happily, I’m glad to report) driving my son around to different events. I have been very thankful for the extra set of wheels to get him where he needs to go. I made a quick and simple bouquet out of one of our early spring flowering shrubs and wrapped it up with some ribbon and a tag. Easy, easy.

Recipe
stamps, cardstock, punch: Stampin’ Up
ink: Tsukineko
markers: Copic
die cut machine: Cricut
other: ribbon, jump rings

I keep a supply of various size tags that I cut out on my Circut. This allows me to grab a tag, stamp and go when I need a really quick accent for something.

Blue and Yellow!

I have been following all the news coming out from the winter CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) 2012 event this past week. I’m always excited to see what is new and hot. Even though I am not a particularly trendy person, I do like new ideas and get bored of the stale trends. I have followed the news at Scrapbook Update as well as at Write.Click.Scrapbook. I also just found coverage of CHA from Paper Crafter’s Corner. You should check all of them out and see what their coverage was like!

I especially enjoyed the Write.Click.Scrapbook coverage as they laid out some of the trends happening at the show. I’d like to point out a trend that I noticed that I didn’t see anyone else mention and that is the blue/aqua and yellow color scheme.

Studio Calico‘s Take Note collection is sporting aqua, blue and yellow along with some neutrals and a bit of green.

Photo Credit: Studio Calico

And Authentique also is clearly defining blue and yellow in their Genuine collection.

Photo Credit: http://papercrafterscorner.com/

Tori Spelling is releasing a line of jewelry with Darcie and she even is sporting some yellow and blue.

Photo Credit: May Flaum for Scrapbook Update

And Claudine Hellmuth is also rocking the blue and yellow

Photo Credit: May Flaum for Scrapbook Update

How about Lilly Bee’s Buttercup line?

Photo Credit: http://papercrafterscorner.com/

And one more from you is My Mind’s Eye Dilly Dally.

Photo Credit: My Mind's Eye

I’m sure I could find more examples, but I think you get the point. The reason I am noticing all this new blue and yellow is because that is exactly the color scheme I just painted my new laundry room! We had the laundry room constructed in our basement last month in order to move the washer and dryer out of the garage. I now have a whole room with pretty colors and a folding table. Previously, the laundry would just be dumped on our bed, or more likely just piled up in baskets on our bedroom floor. I’m glad to have a new space for organizing this daily chore. Check it…

Because it is still under construction the utility sink has not yet been installed. The sink is a wonderful addition to our laundry setup which will now allow me to wash all my messy craft stuff right next to where I work! In the past I had to drag everything up from the basement and wash it in the kitchen sink. It really prevented me from doing too many messy things because I didn’t want to do the cleanup! That will change now. The other great thing about this area is that I will have a little better organization for my sewing projects. As you can see in the photo below the folding table can double as a fabric cutting table.

I have plenty of room to store tubs of fabric under the table. And there is room to open up the ironing board right next to an electrical outlet where I can plug in an iron to iron my seams and hems. That will make for tidier projects! See that fabric on the table? It is for three sets of curtains. One large set will cover up the plumbing area/storage closet that was built behind the new washer/dryer wall. I also bought enough to add little curtains to each of the laundry room windows. I was excited to take my paint chips to the fabric store and find a pretty nature print that used my blue and yellow color scheme!

So, what do you think about blue and yellow?

Weekend update #6

Okay, here is my final update of things I worked on this past weekend. Since our plans were canceled on Sunday due to weather, I had plenty of time to craft. I spent all day Sunday in my basement craft room. If any of you have been following my blog, I have been working on sprucing up my basement craft room. My work table looks out onto the furnace and water heater. Not the most inspiring sight! I spent some time in a previous post putting up some decorations to hide the furnace ducts a bit. I finally got to hanging the curtain I planned to use to hide the actually utilities! Since I am going for a Cafe theme in my space I added a scalloped “awning” to my curtain. Both pieces came from sheets I bought for really cheap at the Goodwill.

This is the view as I walk into my space.

This is the view as I am sitting at my table.

I plan on adding several metal chians (attached under the scalloped piece). I can hang inspirational items from these chains such as finished layouts, magazine clippings, mini art pieces, and other things. As I build up my decor palette, I’ll post more pictures!

Weekend update #4

Okay, I am getting most of the projects done that I had floating around in my brain. I’m thinking I am going to spread these posts out a bit this week so that they don’t get overwhelming. I hope I don’t annoy anyone with over-posting! Here is a quick little project that I wanted to do.

What is it you ask? It is a tiny, double-sided tag that I made for my sewing machine. Since I am a sewer I use my machine for both paper and for fabric. I use different needles for the two tasks and find myself forgetting which needle I last used in the machine! I made this little tag to leave under my presser foot to remind me which needle I have installed. I use the “F” side for fabric needles and the “P” side for paper needles. Before I was just using a scrap piece of paper with a big “F” and “P” on either side . This is going to make me much happier! Here you can see it in action.

Recipe
ink, cardstock: Stampin’ Up
stamp: Scraptivity (an old stamp I almost got rid of, silly me. I think I’ll be using it more often for texture on projects!)
sealant: modge podge
ribbon, pattern paper, alpha: stash scraps

Steps
I made my tag a-la Tim Holtz. I put a couple of drops of dye ink from 3 different colors onto a plastic sheet (leftover packaging!), misted, swirled a bit and then dragged my tags through the pool of color. Then gave it some distressing by inking the edges and stamping with some cool texture. I finished the whole thing off with a layer of modge podge for added durability (and another layer of texture dimension that isn’t showing up on camera).

If you need a label for something you keep forgetting, give this little tag a try.

Cupcake saga continues

My latest challenge from The Paper Variety was to make something involving a cupcake. Oh how perfect since I’ve spent the last two weeks in cupcake land. Well I couldn’t just submit the cupcakes that I already made. That wouldn’t be in the spirit of a crafty challenge. I had to figure out how to incorporate those cupcakes. I decided to make a cake plate out of paper to display my cupcakes in my scrap room. I’ve been decorating my scrap room in a “Creative Cafe” theme and these little delights will be displayed to spruce up my space. What better way to present paper cupcakes, than with a paper cake plate? So here it is…

I used my Gypsy & Cricut to design and cut the stand. If you really want all the complicated details read more below. The stand was a little off from what I had envisioned. If I feel up to it, I will enlarge the circle plate at the top to make it more in proportion to the size of the stand. Other than that, it was a fun project and a neat way to decorate my space.

Recipe:
I took the letter L from a font (can’t remember which one). I flipped it horizontally and welded the L and the upside down L together. Then I flipped this vertically and welded then together again for form half of the stand. I cut two stands–each was 4 layers of heavy cardstock glued together that all fit on one sheet of cardstock. I sliced a slit in each stand about half way down and then slid them together. I don’t know if any of that made sense. I really should have taken photos for a better description.

Make something yummy challenge

As I’ve said before I have a plan for prettying up my scrap space. For a long time I have had a sketch on my cork board of my “Creative Cafe” complete with awning, welcome sign and menu plaque. In keeping with the food theme I created a pink cake box and placed it on an actual bakers rack that holds my printers & some supplies. I didn’t post a picture of the box because it didn’t turn out well. But what I do have a photo for you of are these yummy cupcakes…

I created these both to fit with my new room theme and to enter the Make Something Yummy challenge over at My Pink Stamper. To create the cupcake wrapper I used a pattern that was in the Jan/Feb ’11 issue of Paper Crafts Magazine (and available for download here). I then ran the wrapper through my paper crimper, starting from the middle and doing each side separately. This helps the crimping to stay as straight as it can be. I used my Cricut to cut a 4″ circle and fringed the entire edge of the circle in about 1″. Adding a line of adhesive from my ATG gun all around the fringe, and across the entire surface, I then maneuvered the circle to fit inside the top of the wrapper. This gave me a solid base to adhere my ribbon to. I  twisted and folded my ribbon as I wound it around the cupcake to create fluffy icing. I topped it off with a rich pink button threaded with green twine for that sweet cherry on top.

So go whip up some of your own crafty cupcakes. Enjoy!

MPS Blog Hop & Challenge

Robyn over at My Pink Stamper hosted her first blog hop last week. The goal was to follow the hop, gather the clues and then post a project based on the clues to her blog. You can check it out by starting at her blog hop post and follow the first link!

It took me a while to get to my project. I decided to use the work that I am doing for my daughter’s 4th birthday. She wants a Spongebob birthday so that is what we’ve been working on. We are transforming the garage into Spongebob land, complete with flower-power background, Seanut Butter and Jellyfish Jam to snack on and other lovely decorations & games. I used my Cricut to make the transformation!

Craft Room Decorating & My Pink Stamper Challenge

Hey everyone. I wanted to share this project with you today. I made these sweet photo flowers for two reasons. The first is that I am on a mission to decorate my craft space. Since I work in the unfinished basement I don’t have the prettiest of spaces. As you can see here, my craft table faces the furnace and water heater. I LOVE my space but I am getting tired of looking at the utilities. So, I’m starting to do something about it! Then today Robyn, over at My Pink Stamper, posted a message saying she is looking for 2 members for the next term of her design team. In order to apply for the position I have to create an item following her challenge: use the cricut and the colors of pink, green and brown. So I decided to create a room decor item to spice up my space. Keep reading and I’ll show you how I made these flowers and give you some ideas of what else you can do with them!

Recipe

  • cardstock: Bazzill and Stampin’ Up
  • pattern paper: Stampin’ Up and Hot Off The Press
  • spray inks: Tattered Angels & Clear Snap
  • die products: Circut using Plantin Schoolbook
  • foam adhesive: Therm O Web

Steps

1.  Use the cricut to cut your photos into 2″ circles. There are other ways to do this, but this is my favorite method. Choose photos that have the focal image that is about 2.25″ square. Next, create a template that you will use to line up and cut your photos. To make the template, place a scrap piece of cardstock carefully along the guide edges on the upper right of your mat. This part is important because it is going to help you line up your photos correctly. Load your mat, paying attention to where your mat sits flush when you load it (mine sits more to the left of the little guide bump). Insert your mat, choose the circle from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge and cut once at 2″ (I used the real size feature to be sure my circle is really 2″). Unload the mat. Carefully lift up the top right corner and slip your photo underneath. Move the photo around until it fits how you like within the circle template. Be sure to trim off any of the photo that overhangs the mat! Lift away the template. Load your mat just like you did when you cut the template, then cut that 2″ circle again. Remove your photo, replace your template carefully on the guide lines and repeat this process for each photo you want to cut.

2.  Choose papers for your flowers. I decided to make the flowers have two layers with a center circle to hold the photo. I chose pink papers for the girls in the family and green papers for the boys with brown paper for the center. Each flower has a solid cardstock as the bottom layer and a pattern paper as the top layer. I cut the flowers at 5.25″ and the center brown circles at 2.5″ again using real dial to be sure they come out the size I expectt. Everything then got a good spray of shimmery inks. While the pieces were still wet I crumpled them up and then smoothed them back out to give them more texture. After they dried I assembled everything, using pop dots to lift up the center of the flower just a bit.

3.  I decided to mount these flowers on the edge of the furnace ducts. The sheet metal of the ducts will act as a nice backdrop for the flowers. I used one of my favorite products, 3M Command Hooks velcro-type strips, to attach the flowers to the ducts. That way if I get tired of the flowers or the placement I can remove the 3M strips from the items and move or replace them. The 3M strips have a removable adhesive that can be replaced with refill adhesive strips. Below you can see what the strips look like and how the look mounted to the ducting. And finally you can see how all the flowers look all lined up.

If you don’t have ugly ducts you need to hide, you could mount these straight to a wall, use them in a scrapbook page or how about this idea… Attach each flower to a colored craft stick and add a leaf (also from Plantin Schoolbook). Then stand all these in a shallow vase with foam in the bottom. Add a ribbon to the vase and display this never-wilt bouquet!

I hope I have inspired you to create some home decor item! And I’ll keep you posted with photos as I add on to my furnace camouflage project!