Small Post

It looks likes it has been about a month since my last post. Life has pulled my attention in different directions. I have only made 3 crafty projects in the past month and only photographed one of them. So I will share that one here with you today.

We had the joy to share some dog-sitting duties with another family to take care of a mutual friend’s beloved pet. This dog was such a treat to take care of. We had a dog a few years ago that was NOT such a treat in any way shape or form. So, to have this dog come into our house and be such a sweet creature was fantastic. We were only supposed to have the dog for a day but finagled our arrangement so we could keep her an extra day. I made this card to say thank you to a sweet young friend who was supposed to get the dog-sitting privilege a day early but had to wait for us so we could have that extra day.

RECIPE

cardstock, stamp: Stampin’ Up
ink: Ranger (green, black), Stampin’ Up (white)
die cut: Provo Craft (A Child’s Year– Cricut cart.)
border punch: Fiskars

I probably won’t have many projects for you in the coming months as the sun, gardening, family, my new camera, and travel plans will be my main focus. There are only so many hours in the day and I have to choose how I spend them and right now my crafty mojo is really low. Such is life. Enjoy your summer (at least in the norther hemisphere)!

CKC: March Layouts

Like I said recently, I took a handful of basic supplies (pattern papers, ink and cardstock and alphabets for the most part) to my CKC crop. I wanted to simplify my preparations and this certainly did the job. I also simplified by going in knowing I was going to use the same basic layout for these 3 pages. My kids each got a gift certificate to spend at an online store. I had pretty much the same picture for each kid enjoying their booty from the package that arrived. So I thought, why not make pretty much the same layout for each one? These layouts are going in different albums so they will be viewed at different times. This will reduce the boring, repetitive factor (if you are worried about that kind of thing). So go ahead and make the same layout! It really isn’t a big deal.

The layout below is what I had in mind originally when planning for these layouts. I wanted the title to arch around a circular photo mat. I used my Cricut to cut my photo mats before leaving for the crop. That was the only special thing I did to prepare for these layouts. I used a combination of papers that came in my crop goody bag and older papers I had stuffed in my crop bag. I really planned to keep these pages simple to keep the focus on the story.

I just slightly adjusted things for the next layout, using up scraps of pattern paper from other projects.

And finally I made this one using up a bunch of older product, including these alpha stickers that I have had lying around for about a year.

CKC: Paper Variety challenge

I took my Paper Variety Challenge and some sketches with me to my Creating Keepsakes Convention event this weekend to use during the open crop time. Here is what I ended up doing with Paper Variety’s Tic-Tac-Toe challenge.

I used the far left hand column and made a layout using some flowers about my youngest daughter’s first birthday. I packed really simply for the crop and will tell you about that in a later post. The tags I made using my Cricut/Gypsy and I cut a ton of them to keep in my stash. I packed a whole handful of these tags to do different things with. Yes tags are widely available but I didn’t have any so I just made my own. Know that you can make lovely pages without spending a ton of money but packing simply and making your own embellishments when you need to.

Recipe:
cardstock: The Paper Company
pattern paper, cardstock stickers, small alpha: Echo Park
title alpha: American Crafts
ink: Ranger
die machine: Cricut/Gypsy (tags)
flowers: stash

Finishing 2010

Sheesh. I finally got to finishing the last two layouts for my kids scrap calendars. I just wasn’t feeling motivated to get them done. But I finally found the energy. Part of the problem was that I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with the photos for my son’s layout. Then I saw the current sketch over at Sketch Inspiration and thought that it could work. And while I was working on my son’s layout I decided to just go for it and finish my daughters. I kept everything really simple so I could just get it done. It feels good to finally get those all wrapped up!

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!

Up-cycling

I never intended to upcycle my daughter’s birthday party decorations, but that is just what I did! I had been wondering what I would do with all the decorations. I love making decorations but I hate just plopping then in the recycle bin when the party is over. It feels like a waste to me. When my husband saved the jellyfish from the party cups and stuck then to a kitchen cabinet temporarily I stared and stared at them. I was thinking about what to do with them. That urge to just recycle them was strong. But then a lightbulb came on. I can use them on the thank you cards! It seem so obvious now. Well I’m glad I had the idea before I actually tossed them. Time saved, money saved and a new idea in my tool box for next time.

I had to make one change to the jellyfish. Each one had a party attendants name on it. I just drew black squiggles over the name to hide it. Worked out okay I think. Here is how they turned out…

Recipe
carstock: Stampin’ Up, Wausau
border punch: EK Success
stamp, ink: Stampin’ Up
marker: Marvy

Sketch Challenge

Hello everyone,

I recently found out about a blog called The Paper Variety which hosts weekly sketch challenges and offers prizes. Their about page says they offer Prompts, Projects and Products. A new challenge is posted on Wednesday and the submission is due by the following Tuesday. There are a few rules about submissions, but they really aren’t a big deal. The “big” rule is that it must contain paper!

Currently, it looks like a quite blog– a personal feeling blog– which is really what I am looking for. I’ve struggled with online scrap communities because I tend to feel lost in the crowd. In spreading the word about this site I’m sure it will increase traffic, which is good for their viability. That will make their community grow but I hope it doesn’t grow to be so big that it will lose it’s personal feel. Right now, I’m hoping to use this blog to have some fun and get to know some other scrappers. You might check it out too and see if it is something for you.

On to this week’s sketch challenge…

Sketch challenge

And here is my submission. This is my youngest daughter’s calendar layout for the month of December…

Recipe:
pattern paper: DCWV
cardstock, mulburry paper: Stampin’ Up
die cuts: Cricut (Storybook, Plantin Schoolbook & Heritage)
marker: Marvy
alpha: American Crafts, Cosmo Cricket

Now go cook up your own crafty soup using this sketch!

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!