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Hello! My Name is Long Hiatus

Hello! Yes, I have been on a long hiatus from this domain.  Apparently, I was swallowed up by the school volunteer monster for the past 4 years.    It was a gift to be able to be soo involved in my kiddo’s school and sit on a PTA/PTO board. . . says no one ever!   If you think the movie, Bad Moms, was satirical, think again!  In all seriousness, it was an experience that I am glad I committed to and experienced.  There were some pretty amazing bright spots in working along-side my kiddo’s teachers, dean, principal and some very dedicated parents, now dear friends.

Another thing I have been cookin’ for the past few years is being a Girl Scout leader for 20+ girls.  Yes, I think I am crazy, but so worth the possible asylum issued straight jacket. It has been a treat to watch these kiddos grow up!  I will be sharing some of our fun ideas, tricks and planning I have come up that helped navigate such a large troop.

As I write this, I feel like a bear coming out of hibernation and just wanting to gorge myself on every creative thing I see! So. . . in saying that, be forewarned! 😉

The first order of business in getting me pointed in the right creative direction, the hubs and I worked on relocating my craft space and giving it a HUGE facelift.  I have to say, I am obsessed with rainbows.  Living in Southern California, they are like finding unicorns. So the only logical remedy to my desire of chasing rainbows (outside of moving to Maui), is use them as the inspiration to brighten up my creative lightbulb hub.

Here are some shots of my new favorite room in the house.  I plan on posting a video tour and organizational tips and tricks in the very near future!

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Sweet Tweet! Spring is in the Air!

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I know it is only mid-February, but with 80 degree temps in our neck of the woods, I could not help but feel as if there is a bit of “spring” in the air and wanted to make this fun grapevine wreath using Globecraft and Piccolo 3-D Enamel Gels to add color and dimension to a $ find I scored at Michaels!

Since I was adding so much color to the birdcage, I decided to practice a great amount restraint in not over designing this wreath. To me spring translates new, fresh, clean and simple. I wanted to make a wreath that can be easily crafted together in a short amount of time; a great quick gift idea that will bring lots of smiles!

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Materials List:

  • Globecraft & Piccolo Cobalt Turquoise 3D Enamel Gel
  • Globecraft & Piccolo Orange 3D Enamel Gel
  • Globecraft & Piccolo Butter Cream 3D Enamel Gel
  • Globecraft & Piccolo Mustard Yellow 3D Enamel Gel
  • Globecraft & Piccolo Napthol Red 3D Enamel Gel
  • My Mind’s Eye (MME) 6×6 Paper Stack – “Sunny”
  • Micheals Laser Cut Wood Birdcage
  • Panada 6 inch Box Wreath
  • Twinery Butter Cream twine
  • Celebrate It 1/2 inch orange ribbon
  • Cricut Die Cut Machine
  • Cricut Cartridge Celebrations (pennant stencil cut at 1 1/4 inch, 1 1/2 inches, and 1 3/4 inches)
  • Stampin’ Up Pumpkin Ink
  • Dauber
  • Close To My Heart Red Assortment Buttons
  • Hot Glue
  • Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Bone Folder
  • Pencil (for tracing pennant stencil)
  • Straight Pin

Step 1: Applying Globecraft & Piccolo 3D Enamel Gel: Starting with the Butter Cream Globecraft & Piccolo 3D Enamel Gel, apply to the cage’s outline. Then begin to apply the color to the flowers using a straight pin to pull the color through to areas that are tight. You do not need to wait for each color to dry. The beauty of this product is that is has a thick consistency and does not run or spread as long as you take care in not running over the other color boarders. Set aside and let set and dry for a couple of hours (mine dried in about an hour, but I live in a drier climate – if pressed for time, you can set your oven at the lowest temp possible and the door cracked to speed the process. just keep a watchful eye on it).

sweet tweet 3Step 2: Paper Pennants: I used a Cricut die ctt machine to make the stencils for the paper pennants, but you can use a Silhouette or cut them out free handed. Using a designer paper of your choice, create a fold using a bone folder and trace the pennants using the stencils (this will create the “diamond shape that folds over the twine to secure the pennants). I cut two pennants each from three different coordinating design paper with coordinating sizes to match the design paper.

Once all pennants are cut, ink edges with a dauber, glue pennant together (ONLY THE BOTTOM PORTION OF PENNANT, so you have an opening to run the twine through), then run each pennant through a 20 inch piece of twine, tie to the back of the wreath and cut off any extra length.

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Step 3: Button Embellishments: To add the button embellishment to the top of the birdcage start by first applying hot glue to the bottom button and securing the top button. Once cooled, apply the button set to the top of the birdcage.

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Step 4: Assembling the Wreath: Assemble the wreath by securing the birdcage with hot glue and using a slip knot technique to add the ribbon at the top of the wreath for hanging. The pennants were already added, but you may need to rearrange or straighten them out a bit.

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There you have it! Sweet, simple and done in not time flat! Head on over to Globecraft and Piccolo’s online store to gather up the supplies so you can cook up this springtime wreath! Also head over to my post over at Globecraft and Piccolo’s blog and see my other birdcage inspired wreath project using their book board charms, powder enamels and more 3D enamel gels!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “spring is in the air” pie with me.

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Fantabulous Cricut Challenge – Seeing Spots!

Hello and Happy last Monday of October!  First I want to give a quick moment of thought to all our friends dealing with Sandy on the East Coast! I have been glued to the TV watching it all the updates this past weekend.

It is another fun challenge over at Fantabulous Circut! This week’s theme is seeing spots! I decided to steer away from a Halloween themed project and make a card for someone special in our life.  It is her birthday this month and she lives in the mountains in Colorado.  They actually have foxes, deer, elk and bears visit them everyday!  She works from home and has a chance to really enjoy her woodland friends. I  tease her that she is the modern-day Snow White.  I decided to make this card with the help of my girls.  This is exactly how she will spend her birthday and will love her woodland friend “Birthday Bash”.  I made sure to incorporate the polka dots all through the project.  Nothing screams birthday bash than polka-dots!

The card was a 8.5×11 inch card stock folded in half and I added the green polka-dot paper I found in the $ bin at Target.

The stump was cut from page 61 of Create a Critter. I embossed it with Cuttlebug folder Distressed Stripes and added stickles to the leaf.  Also note that I cut 3 layers and added a demenitional to each layer of the stump for height and layering.

For the deer, bear, and fox I cut them from Create a Critter at 2.75 inches each.  (I did have to cut the fox with Cricut Craft Room so I could hide the mouth).  I added 1/8 inch polka-dot ribbon around the neck of the bear and deer. I cut party hats from Celebrations at 1.5 inches and used some Stickles on the hat to add some bling. I added some black Glossy Accents to the feet, noses and eyes of these cute critters as well.

For the cake, I pulled out my Sweet Treats cartridge, page 40, and cut it at 3 inches.  I wrapped the candle in the 1/8 inch ribbon and added stickles.  To add the height to it, I had to double up the Pop Dots as I was laying out the page. The sentiment is from My Pink Stamper’s Spectacular Sayings stamp set and I used Close to My Heart Chocolate stamp ink. Please note I also cut 3 base layers and added dimensional in between for height and layering.

The balloons are my favorite part of this project.  I cut then out from Celebrations at 1.25 and 1.5 inches.  I used Papertreyink Bitty Dots (2008) collection!  I am finding I love Papertrey Ink products a lot!   I finished them with adding Baker’s Twine from the Twinery.

Now don’t forget to head over and check out all the creativity that the design team has cookn’ and LINK up a fun polka-dot inspired project!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “polka-dots rock” pie with me!

My Stab at a Crayon Wreath

 

 

‘Tis the season for making homemade Christmas gifts.   This past fall I saw these done and decided that I wanted to do this for my daughter’s teacher.  She is a pre-k teacher that is just amazing. I adore her and will be sad to say goodbye this year.   She has a time during her class where she does neat science experiments for the kiddos and when the experiment is done she always says, “That’s science friends!”.  I wanted to incorporate that into the project as well.

It was a bit more labor intensive than I expected and what I used was a wire wreath and flipped it over and placed a glass bowl in the middle to line up the crayons perfectly.  I then hot glued the crayons to the wire . . . that was a bit tricky, but I figured it out.

I have one more to make and I will take pics along the way to the steps I did so you can see how it was done and the recipe next week.  

Thanks for sharing a bit of “spreading the Christmas cheer” pie with me.

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Over the Moon Card and Gift Bag!

 

I decided to enter this project into a challenge of a new blog, My Creative Time,  I  just stumbled upon for her Throw Back Thursday Challenge of making a kid friendly project.  I could not believe my good fortune that I just did the project so I could add it to her challenge.  I am super happy I found another great blog forum with another great design team full of neat and creative ideas!

This is the matching bag and card I made to go along with a banner I made for a friend’s little boy! My friend was super happy with it all and we had a great time at the party… it was at a local Children’s Museum that I never knew about.  It is totally community funded (no government help) and it was AMAZING! We will be signing up for an annual membership.

 

Cricut Cartridges:

  • B is for Boy – Rocket  and layer cut at 5 inches, 4.74 and 4.5 inches
  • Celebrations – Circles cut at 5.5 , 5.25 and 3.5 AND the number 3 cut at 2 inches and 1/5 inches

Cuttlebug: Spots and Dots and Distressed Stripes embossing folder

Card: 8×11 folded in half, layer cut 4 wide and 5 1/4 long and novelty paper cut 4 wide and 2 inches long

Paper:

  • Recollections card stock
  • Recollections scrapbook paper – found in open stock bins
  • Die Cuts with a View Autumn Glitter stacker for the letters and numbers (be sure to do multi cut and be on 6 for blade)

Ranger Perfect Pearl Powder – Biscotti – Used on embossed circles/stripes

Glossy Accents Clear, Black and White

Twine from Oh My Craft.com

Stickles – Star Dust and Orange Peel

Pop Dots – Used to layer the rocket and planets

Fly Me to the Moon Birthday Banner!

 

I got the joy of making another boy birthday banner for this weekend!  I was literally over the moon to do this project, since I have been antsy to use my new “B is for Boy” Cricut Lite cartridge.   His theme is “Rockets”. 

I found some cute scrapbook paper at Michael’s and used coordinating color card stock to pull it all together.  Tonight I think I may film another “Easy as Pie” videos on the card and gift bag I am going to make to go along with it.

I had so much fun making this banner, especially since the hubs took the girls out last night to meet up with parents who are in town.  I had three hours of Cricut fun that did not mean I had to be up till all hours in the morning to do it! 🙂

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Thanks for sharing a piece of “beam me up” pie with me!

Recipe:

Cricut Cartridges:

  • B is for Boy – Rocket  and layer cut at 5 inches, 4.74 and 4.5 inches
  • Learning Curve – Letters cut at 3.5
  • Celebrations – Circles cut at 5.5 , 5.25 and 3.5 AND the number 3 cut at 2 inches and 1/5 inches

Cuttlebug: Spots and Dots embossing folder

Paper:

  • Recollections card stock
  • Recollections scrapbook paper – found in open stock bins
  • Die Cuts with a View Autumn Glitter stacker for the letters and numbers (be sure to do multi cut and be on 6 for blade)

Ranger Pearl Powder – Biscotti – Used on embossed circles

Glossy Accents Clear, Black and White

Twine from Oh My Craft.com

Stickles – Star Dust and Orange Peel

Who Needs Pottery Barn When You Can DIY for Made it Myself Monday!

I have been saving this for You had Me at Craft’s “Made It Myself Monday”.  Today one of my favorite young ladies (16 year-old Madison from Funky Cards) has the control of MIMM and I am VERY happy for her.  She is such a blessing and encouragement for us, gen Xers, that when we are all old, she is the hopeful example of the generation that will be in charge. 

Now on to the challenge! 

I am obsessed with Pottery Barn.  I love EVERYTHING and I do mean EVERYTHING they have in their catalogue, but like most of you all I do not have a money tree in my back yard, so I have been forced to use their inspiration and do it myself. 

I have had my eye on the Pottery Barn Kid’s banner for Halloween for a few years now, and finally decided to make a couple for myself  and a dear friend. I wanted to challenge myself a little on this project and made it a completely “No Sew” project using my Cricut in cutting out the pattern and material. 

By the way, no matter how easy people say it is on all the message boards and blogs to cut material using their Cricut, it is still very challenging and if you have a trick or tip that you finds works, please let me know :-). I even went out and bought the deep cut blade and housing.

Thanks for sharing a piece of “doing it yourself Pottery Barn Style” pie with me!

Recipe:

Cricut cartridges:

  • Deep Cut Blade and Housing for Cricut
  • Design Studio
  • Celebrations – Banner pattern cut out of heavy-duty card stock.  It was the triangle pendant at 6 inches
  • Wild Card font at 3 inches and manipulated with Design Studio (if you want the exact measurements, please contact me and I will give them to you)

Medium Ric-Rack – back and orange

Novelty Seasonal Halloween Material found at Jo-Ann’s

Glossy Accents (White Enamel) for the tracing out of letters

Wonder -Under (used for ironing on letters to pendants) – I found that I ironed on the Wonder-Under and then peeled off back and then placed on the Cricut matt to cut seem to work the best.  The settings varied each cut – I had to do a lot of babysitting.

1/2 inch black binding for stringing banner

Random buttons

Glitter Tulle – Jo-Ann’s (cut into 1.5 x 3 inch strips and tied together to make “fluff flower”. Each “fluff flower had 5 strips.)

Straight cutter – Used to cut out pendents using pattern I made.

Pre -sticky bling dots!  Love those for that little sparkle they bring!

Hot glue/gun

Ice pack – to deal with the hot glue burns. 🙂