Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Little Boy Projects

Guess what? I'm on the Design Team again over at Practical Scrappers! Woo hoo! I was on their design team last year, and now I'm back! If you haven't been over there in a while, the format has changed. Instead of a straight challenge blog, it's now magazine-style...so check out the current calls and submit your work!

Today's feature is Little Boy Projects. I submitted my What's in a Frame art for the little baby boys I've made them for. You may have seen these on my blog before...but I wanted to bump them so you lovely new readers wouldn't need to dig for details :)
This first one was for my nephew, Connor, who just turned 1. I visited my family in San Diego for his birthday, and just a couple days after I left he started walking all over the place! I miss him and my niece (almost 3) and the rest of my family like crazy!

Here are couple more views...

To make the letters, I cut them from double-stick sheets on my Cricut. This one I covered in flocking powder from Martha Stewart Crafts. (I usually cover little girls' names in glitter!)

This next one uses the same frame...I find it to be pretty masculine (from Michael's). Instead of double-sided sticky pages I stamped Finley's name, then I covered in Liquid Glass (LOVE this stuff!) to give it a shiny, 3D look.
Love this little owl. I cut him out of one of the papers in the stack, then popped him out with 3D foam squares and added Liquid Glass to his eyes.

To see all the my {What's in a Frame} decor, including lots of little girl frames, go HERE! I also have more detailed instructions on how to make your own name frame on THIS post.

To purchase one of my frames, visit my Etsy shop. I {heart} custom orders :)

Thanks for visiting!

Supplies

Connor's Frame: DCWV Animal Crackers, CTMH Life's a Jungle stamp set, CTMH ink pads in Clover Meadow and Chocolate, colored pencils, SU Double-sided sticky pages, Martha Stewart Flocking powder (Chestnut), Dimensional Elements Buttons (on super cheap CLEARANCE right now!), hemp, misc. chocolate embellishments

Finley's Frame: DCWV The Green Stack, CTMH Charm Uppercase stamp set, Liquid Glass, Topiary brads, misc buttons & embellishments from stash

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pearls & Lace Baby Shower Invitations

My sister threw a baby shower for her friend last month and hired me to make the invitations. The baby's room is gray and pink so my sister thought a "pearls & lace" theme would be fun. I used pre-cut cardstock from Paper Source to make my life a little easier since I had to make 30, and spruced the invites up with some doilies, pink organdy ribbon, and sticky-backed pearls. The finished size is 5"x7".

I designed the text part of the invitation in InDesign and printed it at home. The fonts are called Tidy Hand and Vaguely Repulsive. I matched the pinks by pulling up Paper Source's website and used the eyedropper tool on their pink cardstock. I had to adjust it a little, but looks pretty exact to me!

If you'd like to order these or similar invitations, please visit my Etsy shop.

Here are a few pictures of the decorations my sister set up. She had a Candy Bar on her table with all kinds of pink and earthtone-colored treats in jars and on pretty trays. Being her crafty sister, I helped her create the tags for in front of each item.
I loved these shower favors (which I helped decorate). She found a recipe for "Russian Tea," where you mix orange Tang, pink lemonade, instant iced tea, and sugar (I think she omitted the spices). She layered them to look pretty in these mason jars, then you just mix up the jar and it's ready to stir into water. But since the baby's name is going to be Londyn, she called it "Londyn Tea." Cute!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tutorial: How to Make Rings with New CTMH Buttons

Happy Sunday! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!
Today I have a video tutorial to share with you. I've been making these {super} fun button rings, so I created this video to show you how you can create them, too!

Supplies:
Disclaimer: You may become addicted to making button rings and need one in every color. You may need to dream of people you can give them to because you've made so many ;)

Enjoy!

If you aren't feeling your crafty mojo, visit my Etsy shop to purchase some button rings I've made {I also welcome custom orders}. Be sure to check out the Japan-inspired button jewelry I designed...I'm donating 50% of these sales to the Red Cross!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

2 Ways You Can Help Japan

As the aftermath of Japan's devastation slows in the news, it's easy for us to put it out of our minds. But the reality is that there is still so much to be done in the country before it is fully functional again. So here are 2 {small} ways you can help {big}...

#1
From now until April 30, you can purchase this adorable, exclusive “Hope for Japan” A-size stamp set from Close to my Heart. It is priced at only $5 (retail value $7.95) and CTMH will donate 100% of the profits to the American Red Cross’ efforts in Japan. {Consultants aren't even making commission on it.} You can purchase it on my website HERE or let me know if you want one and I'll order it for you (lower shipping charge). Also, don't forget the acrylic block special going on through the end of March...spend $25+ in stamps and get a FREE block!

#2
I designed some Japan-inspired items for my Etsy shop. I'm donating 50% of these sales to the Red Cross for relief efforts in Japan.
This next ring and earring set is one-of-a-kind, as the white pearly buttons are vintage and I do not have any more. They red buttons have some glitter flecks in them...so sparkly and pretty!
Here is a video I created so you can get a better look at the jewelry. You can purchase this jewelry in my Etsy shop HERE. Tell your friends!


Here are examples of other fun button rings you'll find in my shop!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Tutorial: Twisted Fabric Flower Rosettes + Learning to Sew an iPad Sleeve

Last week I learned how to sew, starting with a pillow, and I had so much that I was dreaming up new projects to practice on. My hubby and I just got an iPad last weekend, so I thought I'd be adventurous and take a stab at a sleeve for it. Looks pretty good when it's all closed up!

The flower rosettes are my favorite part. I made a video tutorial to show you how I make them, which is at the end of this post. And they don't have to be used just on fabric...you can use them on your cards and scrapbook pages as well! It would add a nice texture contrast to the paper.
But when you start looking more closely, you can see my beginner sewing skills...
I didn't plan correctly to hide the seams on the underside of the flap.
But that's ok, I LOVE it and am darn proud of my first attempt. It was a difficult project for a beginner :)

BUT, being the perfectionist that I am, I couldn't just stop there. I only have one iPad, so I had to think of other people I could practice on. This next attempt is now Mandy's iPad sleeve. I made hers a little bigger because she already has a silicone case on it. This sleeve matches her blog and craft room perfectly!

I added some tulle which adds a really fun texture.
And some pearls.
And I even figured out how to hide the seams on the flap!
But now that all edges are hidden, the flap is wider than the body! I still have some perfecting to do.
But one thing I got right are the fabric flowers. Here's the video tutorial I made to show you how to make the flower rosettes you see on my ipad cases...



Thanks for reading, have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Free Craft Fair

I just found out about a website called "Free Craft Fair." It has a directory of tons of craft websites, divided by type of craft. You can browse other peoples' websites or submit your website to their directory. For Example, I listed my blog under "paper crafts."

Check out www.freecraftfair.com ... you may find a fun new craft website or shop you love!

Swirly 3D Rosette Flower Thank-You Card

This card was inspired by two things...the design is inspired by Vicki W and the colors are inspired by a scrapbook layout done by CTMH corporate featured in THIS video (about 10 minutes in).
3-D flowers are really popular right now, and these are pretty easy to make as long as you have the right tools. I recommend tweezers, small sharp scissors, and quick-dry tacky glue. Below is a video from Christine David showing just how easy it is.


Happy crafting!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Peacock & Black Feather Fascinator Hair Clip

Peacock feathers are all the rage right now, and for good reason. The colors and patterns are stunning! I happen to have some peacock feathers that my dad got fresh from his co-worker's farm and have been brainstorming how to use them. You can see the {What's in a Frame} decor I used one in HERE, and this feather fascinator is my most recent creation. I love how it turned out!
I love the tulle and that yummy silk ribbon! It reminds me of Hollywood glam style. Some people trim their peacock feathers all the way down to show just the bright colors, but I like some of the wispy feathers sticking out so I only gave mine a small trim :)

This fascinator is now in my Etsy shop if you are interested in it, or know someone who is!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Perfect Paper Pinwheels

Here's a peek inside the Miracle Workshop on the Go to show you how easy it is to create the adorable pinwheels on cards and layouts!



Just a reminder that the "While Supplies Last" clearance sale is still going on! Just visit my website to see all the goodies that are left. Check out these amazing deals...

Just Blooms Summer Posies paper flowers: $1.79!!
Designer Ribbon Rounds—Black: only $4


Love Letters Rub-Ons: just $2!


Fancy Cuts Borders: only 76 cents!


Dimensional Elements In Color—Organic: 92 cents!!
To take advantage of these deals, click here!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Zebra & Lime Green Birthday Cards

My mom visited me from San Diego all last week and we had a GREAT time crafting! We made cards, jewelry, shopped for crafts, she taught me how to sew, and lots more. I got these zebra brads and ribbon at Hobby Lobby and wanted to make a card with them.

I treated the bow 2 different ways, but I like the giant bow the best. The pleated card was fun, though. It's the first time I sewed on a card! Well, really the first time I've sewed ever...I learned to make a pillow first, then tried sewing on ribbon/cardstock.
The green background paper is actually shimmery, but you can't tell from the pictures. I embossed it with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder.
I decided to cover the stitching, not because I didn't do a good job (cuz I actually did!), but because it looked better with another piece of ribbon over it.
My mom loved my cards so much that she made 3 of her own, slightly different. She's a master at bow-tying...she's a florist.
Thanks for visiting my blog today. I hope you have a wonderful week!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Blog Candy Giveaway from Vicki!

If you are a follower of my blog, you must know about Vicki W by now, because I refer to her often. She's responsible for most of the inspiration for my cards and scrapbook layouts!

Well, Vicki has a great blog giveaway going on right now to celebrate her blogiversary. Go check it out and try your luck at the prize...

My First Saturday Snapshot

I saw Kim from Yellow Songbird tweet about her Saturday Snapshot last weekend and thought it was a cute idea. So, I thought I'd participate this week since I'm SUPER stoked about Chris and my new purchase this morning...an iPad2! Yes, my friends, we are among the select few who have the iPad2 in our hot little hands :)

Chris and his friend Drew got to the Apple store at 6:30am to wait in line...and they were #11 and 12. I got there about 8am after taking my mom to the airport. Good thing they did get there early...there were about 50-60 people in line by 8:30 when the Apple staff came out and gave vouchers...only about 20-25 of us actually got one!

I also got this adorable iPhone case, which I'm a little obsessed over. I'm not sure which new goodie I'm more excited about :)

Happy Saturday to everyone! I hope your weekend is fabulous!

And I promise I'll blog some crafty goodness soon...I know I've been MIA from my blog for a while. But that's because I've been working on LOTS of projects! I'll share them with you soon!

If you'd like to link up to Kim's Saturday Snapshot, here's her blog post.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Masculine Birthday Card with You Rock

This is a card I created for one of Jen and my all-you-can-create card classes. I wanted to have a more masculine option for a birthday card.

I used the You Rock paper pack along with the Happy Birthday stamp set (both now retired).

But there's a new and wonderful Birthday sentiment stamp set available called Joyful Birthday. It's even cheaper! :)



Monday, March 7, 2011

Damask Birthday Card - Black, White & Purple

This card was inspired by the wonderful Vicki Wizniuk. If you have not been to her blog make sure you visit (when you have plenty of time, because you will be there for hours!)

I love black and white together with just a pop of color. I opted for purple in this card because it was for my aunt, and she loves purple (Orchid Bouquet to be exact...one of CTMH's retired colors).
No patterned paper on this baby...all stamps and cardstock! I used the Damask Tiles for the background, and the cake & sentiment are from the Piece of Cake stamp set (must-have birthday set, in my opinion). Unfortunately Damask Tiles is retired, but you can still get a great damask stamp set in the Wings Workshop on the Go Kit.

I wanted to leave the cake fairly plain, but in order to tie in the Orchid Bouquet a little, I colored the candles and the ruffle on the cake stand by dipping my blending pen into Orchid Bouquet ink.