Monday, February 24, 2014

Spring Wreath

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Burlap is still so in and I love it and could burlap the world but I am learning self control with it. This is the burlap ribbon from Stampin Up offered in there 2014 Occasions Catalog. It is five yards and just covered the chipboard wreath I had in my stash. I had a small part left open but that was where I covered it with the felt flowers.

The felt flowers are so easy. I just cut strips of felt, fodled them in half, hot glued and cut them to create the pom pom effect. The flat flowers are an old die I have for the Sizzix that I just cut out with the left over pieces of felt.

Monday, February 17, 2014

February Pinterest Party Crafts

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So way back at the beginning of the month, I hosted the first Pinterest party of the year. We did 4 crafts and the inspiration  was budget crafting. I also wanted to make the last item but the store didn't have anymore of the flat candle bases. 

The first project was a decorated mason jar. The label on the front is a die cut heart out of chalkboard contact paper. You can write sweet messages. I left them empty but you could put tea, cocoa, or candy in it. I made these for Christmas and filled with candy. 

Apothecary inspired candle holder.  It is a candle base and a hurricane jar just glued together using super glue. I put a candle in but you could fill it with all sorts of things and make a variety of sizes of them to display. 

Here are the magnets of the magnet fabric colored board we did. 

Finally this is the project where all of the supplies no longer were at the store when I went back. It is a candle holder and candle plate sprayed painted red and clear coated. I than sprayed it with a clear coat. You could put a cupcake on it or candles. I thought what a cute plate stand. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Stampin Celebration #75

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I love the monthly challenge over at Stampin Celebration Challenge  and I like to wait till mid month because I love to see both inspirations for the month which one is usually a color and the other a sketch.

Here are the inspirations:

I love the colors of the inspiration picture and choose to use muted versions of the colors on my Digital creation using SU's Retro Fresh (I love the set in both digital form and hard).

I flipped this inspiration on its side for the page for my own twist on it. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Twisted Challenge 17: Puzzle Piece Resist

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It is challenge time over at the Technique Twist and this week we are doing the Puzzle Piece Resist.

I was so stumped as to what to do with this week's challenge and than I went through my embossing folders and was inspired by the cloud. I die cut out the banners and than embossed top part. I than took whisper white and put it on clouds. I also die cut out the the red papered flags and digging through my stash of stuff, I decided on a Hello sticker from an old paper pumpkin kit.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Mailbox

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I saw this adorable mailbox at Target in the Spot section and I thought I need to get one and decorate it. I brought it home and realized I needed a project to send to a new stamp club that I just joined (even though I can't make it). 

So using the new Fresh Prints DSP paper pack which has a ton of paper just the right size to cover small things or mat your pictures. 

I also used one of those great Sale-A-Bration freebie stamp sets and did a cute little banner for the front. 

Than in the big debate between my daughter and myself, I decided to super glue the candle stick to the bottom to make it look like a real mailbox and tied the little bow around it. 

I think I might need to go back and get more of the mail boxes because I really don't want to part with it but it will make a great project to exchange.

Plus as I love budget projects, it cost under 2.50 to make which us a great gift to give!

Monday, February 10, 2014

January Paper Pumpkin

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The January Paper Pumpkin arrived and I loved that it could be done a ton of different ways.  I did two cards just like the examples and than because of the pretty paper inside, flipped the cards to make the other side.

I also love that I have a WHOLE extra sheet of stickers to use as well on other projects.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Scrapbook Friday's- Color blocking

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I went through all of my photos a few weeks ago and sorted like crazy of the ones I wanted to make into pages and the others that go into the photo box. These two 5x7 struck me as needing to be scrapbooked. The one of my son was when we went down to the beach spring of 2013 and the one of my daughter was likely back in like 2011ish when she was about 5 (at least that was the last time she had bangs!)

She looks so different to me now that she is nearly eight years old and in second grade though honestly not terribly much taller.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

My February Sewing Project-No Sew

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I made a resolution to sew and create AT least one project a month this year. It was more about using the tons and tons of fabric I have on hand - I have fat quarters coming out of my ears. 

I was looking at my stash and saw all of this cute fabric I had on hand and thought I should make shirts for Valentine's Day using the fabric and my framelits I have on  hand. 

So I went to work and created a shirt for myself and the two kids.

I bought three shirts from Hobby Lobby. The kids were like 2.49 a piece and mine was about 4 bucks so here it is shirts for 9 bucks. 

I took some discontinued SU fabric on hand that I picked up from the clearance rack when it was dirt cheap and than cut out a heart using the heart framelits as well as some fusible web to back and iron on the shirt. 

The boy's shirt is a neck tie in fabric ironed on. He told me he doesn't like it but I told him he only has to wear it one day!

The girls is the same heart as mine but in a different fabric.

I loved how they turned out. I made three shirts for under ten bucks with most things I had on hand. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

My Springish Mantel

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The weather here in Texas has been so mild after we had a cold spell and it feels like spring. This is why I love living just outside of Houston- no snow or blizzard vortexes to deal with.

I was looking for a picture for the big frame and nothing caught my interest so a piece of scrap paper from the new Retro Fresh DSP. I also made the cute sign with a big piece of chipboard, the same DSP, and printing up a saying from MDS.

The banner is one of the freebies from Stampin Up for Sale-A-Bration. It was so easy to put together and there are little clothespins to add pictures.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Technique Twist #16- Sunburst Technique

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So here is my third creation for Technique Twist  and this one was called the Sunburst or some call it the Starburst technique.

I did some research and found some great tutorials on making cards using the technique but for my twist on it, I thought why not use Stampin Ups! My Digital Studio in creating this week's challenge project.

I started off first trying to create triangles to fill in and make more of a sunrise/sunset look to the page. To be honest it wasn't working for me. I didn't like how they were lining up so, I did some research and looked to see if anyone had any examples of the technique using MDS and sure enough the idea of doing light colors on top of a darker color to create the effect had been done.

Basically I opened a 12x12 page in MDS and colored the background with Baja Breeze. I than took and created page layers in the same color and lighten up the opacity to about 40 per the program. I than matted them all with whisper white.

I felt the page really needed something so I added in the ink splatter in basic black and also lighten the opacity of them making them grey in color. I built up the page using a fun picture I took of my kids and niece at the beach during the holidays and matted that as well.

Using the stamp brush sets "A Split Second", "Bright Reviews", and"Day in a Life", I added in the polaroid inspired frame, dates, and of course the large smile.

The basic parts of the page are so simple but putting them all together really makes me fall in love with it. I think so many different pictures would work on this page and it makes you smile with the rays of color and happy kids!!!