Thursday, April 30, 2015

Gift Card Holder Box

So my "wifey" is one of my closests friends and when I was preggo with the oldest she honestly was at the house more than my hub, and we worked together and we played together and and and so she got named "wifey".
Well her birthday was last friday. We had talked earlier in the week and it sounds like I wouldn't see her till this coming saturday or sunday so I didn't panic about getting her gift or card ready...
Till she calls me Tuesday and says I'm just gonna take a shower see you in an hour!
Wait what? No card, no gift, 1 hr and I live 25min from town... ok PANIC!

I had wanted to get her a gift card for new sandals or something for the 6wk trip to Thailand she's taking... Not gonna happen!

So I popped on the computer, downloaded and SVG from SVG Attic into my Design Space and got to cutting!!! And in less than an hour, while caring for children this is what I popped out:




Like that cheque in there? Thats what we call "improvising old school"!!!

It was a fun and easy little project to make. Its from the Motherly Moments set if your interested! There are 2 other projects with the file as well.

I can not tell you anything about materials as it all just got thrown around and cleaned up later!! 

And that's all for tonight, my friends! I will tell you all about the Mothers Day gifts I'm making hopefully in a few days!!

Night!!

New copic class...

I think I stumbles upon Alyce from Kit and Clowder on Saturated Canary Challenge Blog... I can't remember...
But I got an email a week or so again about a new kind of class they are offering and I thought it was a great idea!!! So I emailed my partner in crime, Wanda, and decided to take it. The techniques that Alyce is teaching us are sooooo cool!! I have had my copic collection growing for a couple years but have really learned very little about how to use them. I try to take the classes my local lady offers but child care kinda gets in the way... so this new Create and Learn class I can do at home in my own time!
I LOVE IT!!!
I learned a crazy amount in just that first class!! I look a images differently now. For pete sake I even see the shadows on TV character faces and go "oh so that's what she was talking about!" Oy Oy Oy

So do you wanna see what we colored for the first class? Do ya? Do ya?

OK!!

Please don't ask all the colors I used because to be honest I just can't remember!!! 

This was hard, really hard!!! I redid each element at least twice I think the hair up to 7 times... But I am a perfectionist and I just wanted to get it right since I was there to learn ya know?

Anyway, I can tell you that I used Wink of Stella, Turquoise and Purple Stickles, and CTMH pearl paint. 

If you curios this class gets emailed to you with a 2.5hr video and a 16pg document to walk you through each element step by step. It's awesome!!

You do have to buy the digi but you recieve a discount with your class purchase. And I have seen other students use different images to learn the same techniques.

I could rave all day but I'll stop there... Isn't she pretty? She is now framed and hung in my oldests daughters room. And I have another one to color for next saturday on top of Mothers Day prep and kiddos to raise... wish me luck!!!

Ok, I think that leaves just 1 more for the night and then I'm off...

Triple time stamping

I dunno if you guys know this about me yet, but I love a challenge and I love something new!! So when I saw the challenge at 52 Christmas Card Thowdown- April Technique challenge I kinda glancced over it, thoughts thats cool but I don't have time right now to create something that cool... Until I took a few minutes to watch the video and realized how easy it was!! So I shot Wanda a text and we decided to give it a shot, it was a challenge to each other for the evening... And now here I am blogging away and not working on what I need to work on.. Way to go Wanda!!! And she beat me to it!! Her sicko son was to bed before my daughters which never happens, except when he's being a sicko AGAIN!! LOL
So anyway here it is: my first attempt at Triple Time Stamping:


Supplies used:
CTMH Pear and Partridge stamps, Tim Holtz Mini Blueprints stamps, CTMH Saddle cardstock, CTMH Black, Ponderosa Pine, Saddle, Olive and Cranberry inks, Memento in Black and Copics R29, 27, 24, RV 69, and Yellow Stickles

How did I do? :D

Are you done your bevy yet? Ready for some more?

Happy Mothers Day!!

OK, next up with have Mothers Day cards...
We are blessed to have 3 "Moms" who love and support us. So here are thier cards and the various challenges they are being entered in...

First Hubbys Mommy:
It just didn't feel right to use anything but a Mother/Son image for her since she only birthed boys. So I found this beauty over at Saturated Canary. She is being entered in: Freshly Made Sketches #184
Supplies Used:
Bo Bunny Sweet Life paper, CTMH Typed Note stamps, Tim Holtz Botanical Rub Ons, Saturated Canary- My Son image, and Copics to color.

 Next we have my Moms card:
This beautiful image is from Tiddly Inks and I loved it the moment I saw it!! This card is being entered in Tuesday Morning Sketches #298 and Fantabulous Cricut Challenge- #250 where she will also be entered to become a part of their Design Team.... Wish me Luck!!
Supplies used:
CTMH Damask embossing folder, Yellow and Green Stickles, TiddlyInks- Mom and Me, Copics, Wink of Stella, Cricut cartridges- Phrases, French Manor, and Basic Shapes
Now for my "Bonus Mom":

When I saw this stamp set nearly a year ago I knew I had to have it!! And its been sitting on the shelf oh so patiently for weeks waiting for me to play... I promise I have more plans for you!!! This card is being entered in Cute Card Thursday- #371
Supplies Used:
CTMH Typed Note stamps, Bo Bunny Sweet Life paper, Tim Holtz Black Soot distress ink, and I have added a Tim Holtz arrow to the top right corner since this picture was taken.
So there you have the Mothers Day cards. The projects are still on the go, except for the scrapbook layouts you've already seen those ;)
Ok, gimme another 10 and I'll be back! I gotta go enter all these challenges!!


Update: The Mother/Daughter card for my Mommy won the challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches!!! Thanks Ladies!!!
Update: The Mother/Daughter card also got me invited to join the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog Design Team!! I'm beyond excited!!!

8X8 Scrapbook Pages-- Knights, Princesses and Bubble Guppies

Did you miss me?? I missed me!! I'm sorry I have been gone so long but man have we been busy!!!!
Along with everyday life we threw in a quick trip to see one of my besties up north and then Daddy was home and and and...
But I'm here and I have quite a few projects to show you so grab a glass of your prefered beverage and follow along on my creations of the last few weeks!!

To start....
I finished my Mother in Laws scrapbook pages... and when I say finish I mean that I got done what I can. I will owe her the pictures of my Sister in Laws pregnancy and baby Lewis' arrival but I have to wait for those busy parents of 3 to have time to send them!!

Lets start with the first party- Bubble Guppies- You've heard all about this one already cuz I threw it! LOL But here is another idea for scrapbook layouts...


I think you have heard about my neice and nephews birthday party already as well. He wanted knights and she wanted princesses. I bought these cuts from Miss Kates SVG's. And they worked perfectly for what I wanted!! Because the kids birthdays are a month apart I felt like they desrved thier own 4 pgs plus why shouldn't Gramma have just as many pics of them as the others just because they shared a party? So I tried to put equal pics of each kid on their layouts and then anything of the other kids I mixed between the 2.




OK, so that's that project... Ready for the next? See you back here in 10!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Fondant

As I mentioned when I first started my blog I like to create all kinds of things..
For my besties 30th birthday (you saw her card and canvas a week or so ago) her hubby asked me to make the cake....
I have never worked with fondant. I have never made fondant. I have never made a layered cake. I have never used flavor besides vanilla in my cakes. You want me to keep going on the I have nevers?
So I hit pinterest...
http://www.cakecentral.com/gallery/i/1700849/geechigirls-high-heel-shoe-templatehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fliYRvFHZU4
http://ktwb.com/blogs/miss-cindys-sensations/1325/how-to-make-a-pink-zebra-cake/
http://www.madefrompinterest.net/magic-clean-bbq-grill/

With that information and some help from my little sister and a girlfriend I got to work...

Tips:
No not premake your fondant.
Black icing makes everything black.
Hubbys are better at rolling things that I am
Corn syrup warms really easy!!!
Its not as easy as it looks!!!

Here's what my man and I whipped up...





 And lastly, Hubby would be so mad if he ever knew I posted this but I had to have proof!!!!! He's an amazing man!!!




I'm not thrilled with how it turned out. Its not Cake Boss perfect. But for my first attempt doing anything of the sort I'm happy with it. And Carrie loved it!!! Which is all that matters to me!

The Baby is here!!

For anyone who has been following along my new nephew arrived on Wedsnesday afternoon!!! I can't wait to go meet him!!!!
I showed you all the vinyl work I did for his room and how it looks now that it's up on the wall... Well I have one more for you and for him!!!!

I whipped up a Birth Announcement subway art design for him as all of his information became available...

Here's what I created:


He does now have a name... Lewis Andrew Paull (yes, its 2 l's Lol) Pyper. I have it all cut and ready to go!! And although it didn't quite go on the transfer tape as perfect as I had hoped I'm very pleased with the final look of it and can't wait to see it up in his nursery!!!


Glass Frosted Mug

My daughter guitar teacher stepped outside the norm by agreeing to teach her... most won't take kids on till they are 6 or so. She is 4. And has no decided to try something new... But I had to make him a Thank You Gift...
 
To create this I took a dollar store mason mug. Designed the image on Cricut Design Space and cut it on vinyl. I then used Martha Stewart Glass Frosting Paint and dabbed it over the image. I pulled the vinyl off right away and used my cricut pick to do some cleaning up where the paint smudged. I let it sit over night and then put it in the cold over, turned it on to 350, when it reached 350 I set the timer for 30min. When the timer went off I turned the oven off and left the mug in there for about 4 hours. The baking process is what cures the paint and it is now dishwasher safe according to the instructions.
 
These instructions are attempt number two's. Not what I did the first time. LOL
 
I think it turned out great!!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Thank you card for Guitar Teacher

My daughters last guitar lesson is coming up next week and like any teacher he deserves a Thank You! He took his time and an incredible amount of patience to teach my 4 year old a few notes on the guitar. And although she has decided to pursue other options at this time she really enjoyed her lessons and I am so glad he was willing to give her a shot!!!

I am entering this card in:


Supplies Used:
Tues AM Sketch
Tim Holtz mini paper clip for my charm for Cute Card Thurs
CTMH Teacher Appreciation and Sweet Music stamp sets for One Crazy Stamper

CTMH pear, slate and black inks
Random Paper
Tim Holtz Botanical Rub ons (sheet music)
Cricut Lifes a Party Cartridge
Cricut Quarter Note Cartridge

I think that's all for tonight... Have a great evening!!



Update: This card won the One Crazy Stamper April Challenge! Wahoo!!

Knights and Princesses Birthday Layout

A few weeks ago we celebrated my niece and nephews birthdays. She wanted Princesses and he wanted Knights so my sister in law compromised with a medieval -ish theme.
We decorated crowns and tiaras, made dragons from toilet paper rolls, had an Elsa sing-a-long and a costume parade. They also made a Humpty Dumpty piƱata... he works for medieval right? Lol
She also took an bundt cake pan and turned it into a castle using marshmellows for turrets.
We had a great day!!

Here are our layouts for the party... Same layout just 3 different paper sets... I am apparently out of almost all grey now!




Stayed tuned for more!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Bubble Guppies Scrapbook Layouts

They're done!!
I feel like it took me a really long time to get around to these but in reality it was not quite a month... I just couldn't seem to find any inspiration for them... But I finally did!! CTMH Make it From the Heart layout book Vol.1 Pg 26. Voila Inspiration!

So take a peek at what I came up with and as always let me know what you think!!!


I know each layout is alittle different... But I had extra of this paper and that paper and that's what happened! LOL I can't decide which one I like better honestly! I have since added alittle clear stickles to the title and some aqua stickles to the waves. I also added some blue and pink sequins as well.
The pictures go on the plain turquoise circles as well as behind the wave mat.

Supplies used:
Bubble guppies svg from Crafting with Meek but I did choose to Print then Cut them to save myself hours of laying tiny little peices!
Bazzil basics cardstock both plain and textured
Carta Bella- Summer Lovin' by Samantha Walker papers
Cricut Mini Monograms alphabets
CTMH Atrbooking cartrdige for the journalling which I also did a Print then cut with.
Tim Holts Waves and Bubbles embossing folders

All in all I am very happy with the way they turned out!!! I am soo glad to be almost done the Bubble Guppies.,.. 2 more 8x8 layouts to create for my MIL...

See you next time!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Beach Pretty

I posted a box card the other day that I made for my besties 30th birthday. This is her gift. The image is fromSaturated Canary and I had originally planned to enter it in thier coloring contest a few weeks ago... She was colored in time but not turned into anything... Well I finally made her into a beautiful canvas that I love!! And I hope she does too!!





Supplies used:
Copics-- it was 3 weeks ago I can't remember the colors in her hair... sorry!!
Inka Gold-- Turquoise, purple and yellow
Tim Holtz Distress Ink- dusty concord
Heidi Swapp mist- Amethyst
Tim Holtz- Nature Adornments
Tim Holtz- Botanical Remnant rubs
Recollections- ribbon and flowers
Cricut Giant Flowers Cartridge for the hibiscus'
Stickles- Purple, turqouise and yellow
And the paper is also Reccollections


I am now learning a new technique... Fondant... Wish me luck!! I hope her 30th birthday cake will not look like my first attempt!! I'll show you that soon too!!
Laters

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

And now we enter our 30's

One of my best friends and I have been friends since we were 9 years old... that makes it 21 years ago... Oy! And crazily our birthdays are 10 days apart... So as I entered 30 last weekend she enters this coming week... And you have to do something amazing for 30 don't you? I think thats the moment when you officially become a grown up lol. Up till then you can still pretend but when the 30 hits its all over and hello grown up! I dunno thats just how it felt for me... 
So here is the amazing card I made for her. And I hope it is actually as amazing as I think it is! LOL






I found the template for this card here: Stampin Along with Heidi
I used shimmer cardstock from walmart, Stickles, Wink of Stella glitter pen, my explore and various cartridges to make this card.

I am entering it in Seize the Birthday:Anything Goes challenge, and just in the nick of time too! Lol

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you love it as much as I do!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ooooo Shiny

This is another card I whipped up while my DS was down... Feels good to get some challenges done!!!!
This one is being entered in:
This is the Tuesday Morning Sketch:
And this is my creation:

I know it doesn't show well in the picture but the stars and the sentiment are so crazy shiny and pretty from the Color Bloom mist I was shocked!!

For this card I used:
CTMH Crystal Blue cardstock
Baby blue stickles
Darice snowflake embossing folder
Glistening waves Color Bloom mist
CTMH Pear and Partridge cardshop stamps
Island Mist liquid pearls
Creative Memories star punch
CTMH circle punch--- one day I will learn how to use it to make scallops like in the sketch but not today apparently lol

Lime Green and Turquoise Christmas? I think I will!!

While my DS was down this evening I took advantage to get a few other cards done! I have been neglecting my challenges the last few weeks but life does get in the way. LOL
This card is going in 3 different challenges:
This is the Freshly Made Sketch I used as inspiration:
And this is my creation:

Supplies used:
CTMH Lagoon cardstock
CTMH Pear cardstock
Firefly stickles
CTMH Snowflakes stamps
CTMH Very Merry Christmas stamps
CTMH Lagoon ink
Heidi Swapp white mist
Generic button 
Generic Bow

Thanks for looking!!


More Easter Candy!!

I needed to make 4 more of the Easter Test Tube Cards I posted the other day... And I needed to make them today! We have a very busy weekend coming up... Appts in the city, work, a very special birthday, and Easter to top it all off! Thank god my Design Space was only down breifly!!
So here they are:


I am entering this card in the following challenges:


 For this card I used:
Recollections burlap ribbon (I know you can't see it... its on the tags on the inside... and I deleted the pic before posting it... silly me!!)
2 peices of generic paper
CTMH Blush cardstock
CTMH Ivy paper (my last peice!)
Tim Holtz Worn Lipstick distress ink
CTMH Easter Wishes stamps
Recollections Test tubes
Generic buttons
Generic bows
Copics: Y13, Y15, Y17, BG45, BG49, N02, YR04, YR06, V12, V15, V17