Sunday, May 29, 2011

little flowers

I recently saw a great idea for a teacher's gift that I just had to make. Originally, the idea was for a gift card bouquet made by Amy.  Since the mom's collecting for the gift were getting one gift card per teacher,  each child has decorated or had help writing a message to be placed inside of their flower. I wrote each child's name on an attached leaf.

I think we're going to get each one a nice pot or vase to go with these.

I used the Cricut Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge for the flowers, embedded embossing with embossing folders to set the coloured centers into the white ( love this technique!), and SCAL to weld together the leaves and cut them on the Cricut. This project has me thinking I need a Gypsy.
I used bamboo skewers  for the stems and a styrofoam cone for the base.

I can't wait until next week to have the children present them!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Getting Creative

Sometimes it just takes a challenge to get my creative juices flowing. Unfortunately, I never seem to remember this whenever I get into a little slump. At any rate, I challenged my fellow administrators;  Christine and Kerri over at Practical Scrappers to a friendly monthly challenge using items found at the local dollar store ( or hardware store).

This month, the challenge was coffee filters. Odd? well not really given that companies like Fancy Pants are selling diecuts made of the same thing for about 40 times the price.

Here are my layouts, but there are also more fun techniques and ideas posted in today's post at Practical Scrappers.

 I folded the filters like you would if you were going to make snowflakes. Although I freehand cut the edges, you could just as easily use pinking shears or deco scissors. Another fun thing to try while you've got your filter all folded up- punch holes in it using your crop-a-dile.
I had lots of fun adding glimmer mist to these as well, because they are white and the colours show so true, and it doesn't matter how much you mist them, they dry flat.
After they dried, I stamped using my texture stamps and Staz On inks.

 This page was made using the same folding technique, but I figured out that if I took a stamp, and stamped onto the folded filter and then trimmed around it, I could easily figure out where to place repeated stamped images in order to create a pattern. I think I tried this with robots, spaceships, elephants as well as flowers and frilly stamps- it was lots of fun!
I may just have to do a video tutorial so you can all see how crazy I really am.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Did I mention the best part of my Mother's day was when my husband agreed to take my camera and get a few shots of me with my boys? I don't love having my picture taken, but I really dislike not being in them. Chaos is the only word I can think of when I try to describe what it is like to get all of the kids into a shot, all facing the camera at the same time. Smiles all around would be great, but not very likely.  An added bonus to being in the shot? I can sneak some much neglected pink product onto my scrapbook page!

PP: MME Twist of Lime, Bella Blvd.
Diecuts: Jillibean Soup
Letters: Jillibean Soup, Adornit
Rub-ons: American Crafts
Pearls: Basic Grey
Gems: Dollarama, Kaisercraft

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Pink Elephants and Corrugated Cardboard

It's not as interesting as it sounds really, but  I've been making cards again. I might actually be starting to like the whole process of card making more- I know I say that with each new batch...
The first one was made for a challenge on the CARDS blog using 100% pink product. This is a huge challenge for a mom of 3 boys who has very little in the way of pink anything in her arsenal. Can you believe other than the sheet of pale pink Core-dinations and the Double Dot ( Bo Bunny) cardstock that I used on this card, I do not own a single sheet of pink cardstock?! I had to dig  and dig just to find those!Thank goodness for scraps!

This one was for  my brother-in- law's birthday. He's got a cute bulldog, so I couldn't resist this La La Land Stamp of Luka and Tuffy, and colouring Tuffy to look more like his dog Winston. I haven't played around with monochromatic colouring much until now, and it was a quick job, but I'm pretty pleased all things considered.

I got some great shots of Parker outside in the rain today. He looked like a sad puppy at the window after nap asking me if he could go outside. He kept saying " I lub the rain... " I did what any mother who is off her rocker would have done. I put on his boots and coat, gave him his choice of umbrella and took him out to splash in the puddles and mud of a half completed back yard ( loads of mud!!)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Jillibean Soup Projects

I realized I still had lots of projetcs I hadn't shared yet on my blog. Mainly Projects using Jillibean Soup products. I went all crazy before the last design team call, and then put all my Jillibean aside for awhile.

Good pages, although not stellar...The boys absolutely love the clock, I have it hanging in our laundry room, and they comment on it all the time. I think they just love seeing photos of us as a family everyday.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

pink and blue

Here are 2 very different pages if ever I saw...both based on April's Sketches from Practical Scrappers
I must say getting the chance to take pictures of my friend's newborn daughter was a treat in itself, let alone getting to play around with frilly girly scrapbook supplies for a change!

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
PP: Basic Grey, Tim Holtz
Flowers: Making Memories, American Crafts
Brads: Basic Grey
Pebbles: Prima Marketing
Gems: Zva Creative
Mist: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Stamps: Unity, Tattered Angels
Inks: Memento, Ranger Distress Ink

 PP: My Mind's Eye
Chipboard: MME, Pebbles
felt: TOGA
Gems: Prima Marketing, Doodlebug Designs Inc.
Ink: Colorbox
Mist: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist