Monday, June 17, 2013

Wood Pallet Father's Day Gift

Ever since I say the email from Archiver's announcing they were selling wood pallet signs I knew I wanted to make something with it. This Father's Day afforded me that opportunity, and here is what I created.

I wanted a rustic feel to this sign so I used my Silhouette Portrait and cardstock to cut out the words. I used Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers in Lettuce and Terra Cotta to stencil on the color.

You can see that the words are legible but not crisp, exactly what I was looking for. FYI the faint orange blob you see at the beginning of "fishing" is because I didn't shake the paint before I started. I'm fine with it though, it adds to the rustic/distressed feel!

(Sorry this photo is blurry, I was taking these pictures while rushing out the door.) I painted mini-clothespins in Cloudy Blue and then dry brushed them with the Lettuce. They're adhered to the board with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium Matte adhesive and held sepia toned pictures of the grandkids.

These numbers are probably my favorite part of the whole project. I just love how they turned out. The numbers are Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mini Numerals and they have at least four layers of paint on them! I started out with Cloudy Blue, added splotches of Terra Cotta, then Lettuce and finished off by dry brushing more Cloudy Blue. These are also adhered with the multi-medium.

As a final touch I used Cloudy Blue to splatter the sign. I'm always amazed at how big of an impact that small detail can have on a project.

Thanks so much for taking a look today. I hope you like it as much as my dad did!

Friday, June 14, 2013

100 Acre Woods Blog Hop

Welcome to the 100 Acre Woods Blog Hop  
Today we invite you to come check out this great  group of crafters who will be showcasing cards, layouts, or projects featuring  our favorite Winnie the Pooh Characters. 

Connie Can Crop is the  first stop on this fun Blog Hop. If you're coming from Sarah from It's What Keeps Me Sane you're in the right spot.
This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate  your leaving a comment to encourage all my fabulous crafty friends to continue  sharing their ideas and creations.  

We have an awesome sponsor and giveaway for this  hop!
 Mae Sunshine Designs will be giving away a cute stamp set to one lucky person.  

So what do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of us a comment letting us know what you like best about our projects.  

Then go back to Connie Can Crop and post that you  followed the rules.

You will have until 9:00 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments. 

Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

I just love how wise and insightful that lovable little Pooh-bear is. So I thought I'd create a Smash-type page featuring some of my favorite quotes. (I wanted to do this in my Smash book but I lost it in my disaster of a craft room! oops.) 

I simply used a sheet of letter sized cardstock, scraps and a some stickers by Sandylion.

Here's our lineup in case you get lost:
14. Miranda -

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Celebrate The Occasion - Butterflies

This week at CTO we're challenging you to use at least one butterfly on your project.

I am (slowly) working on a feature wall in my daughter's bedroom that will showcase her love of princesses. I'm using the Lori Whitlock double bracket frame (found here) and Miss Kate Cuttables princess files (found here).

You can see here that the frame is thin and it was pretty easy to put together. I'm sure after making around 12 of these I'll be a pro at it!

I mounted the mermaid with foam squares to the "photo" area of the frame. The waves (SVG Cuts) around mounted flat to the face of the frame and the crab (found here) is mounted with foam squares. I used the print and cut feature on my Silhouette Portrait to cut these elements.

My butterfly is a layered cut, but I only used the top layer. I used the finger to curl the wings.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. PLEASE be sure to stop by Celebrate The Occasion for a VERY important announcement.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges - Foam Tape

For the next two weeks at Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges we're asking you to create a project using foam tape

Here is what I created to inspire you!

I used the Get Well Soon collection by Nikki Sivils. The sentiment and lollipop both come from the punch-out sheet. The lollipop is mounted with our challenge element, foam tape. To add a little extra visual interest I wrapped some thin, brown ribbon around the card and added a bow to the lollipop stick.

There you go, less than 10 minutes and you've got a cute, simple get well card!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Celebrate The Occasion - Memorial Day

Our challenge for you this week at CTO is to create a Memorial Day inspired project.

For my project, I'm going to share my husband's citizenship party with you. On February 28 my husband took the oath and became a citizen of the United States of America. It was a HUGE day for our family. The following Saturday we through a Welcome To The USA party, here are some of the projects I made.

We served hot dogs, blue corn tortilla chips, red salsa and LOADS of sweets!

I served the tortilla chips in brown paper lunch bags that I trimmed down with my rotary trimmer fitted with a scallop blade. I then used Barn Door distress ink and Stampers Anonymous "Americana Silhouettes" stamps to dress up the bags. I was using a vintage red, white and blue color scheme so the tan paper bag, blue tortilla chips and red ink fit in perfectly.

I used the Tim Holtz alterations "Tattered Florals" die and 7 gypsies paper to create this centerpiece. All the pieces were distressed with a combination of tea dye, frayed burlap, vintage photo, fired brick and broken china distress inks.

The desserts we served (and my mom made) included red and white cake pops, brownies with red and blue M&Ms, dipped pretzel rods, Rice Krispie treats with red and blue sprinkles, strawberry short cake push-ups, blue and white sixlets and burgundy hard candy sticks.

I used two for theses lanterns on the buffet. Inside is a piece of kraft cardstock that stamped with one of the Stampers Anonymous stamps. I used my distress markers in broken china, fired brick and vintage photo to highlight the different words in the subway art stamp. Then I simply tired burgundy ribbon and jute cord to the handle and inserted a vintage-looking flag (from Oriental Trading).

I kept the tables really simple using black table roll to cover the gross tables. The runner is a deck swag (again from Oriental Trading) that I cut down (I was able to get three tables/swag). For the centerpiece I used a mason jar with five flags arranged in it. The pieces of paper you see on the tables are questions from the immigration interview. It was a lot of fun to see how much people know about our history and government.

Like I said my party was a citizenship party but these ideas can easily be used for a Memorial Day party or Independence Day party.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Farm Scene Side-Step Card

Ch# 9 Outdoor Critters
Begins: Monday, Apr 29
Ends: Sunday, May 12

For this challenge I turned to my trusty Silhouette again (I really love that thing)!
The card base is the side step card cutting file from Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons. I used Recollections kraft for the base and Disney paper for the panels.

I used a couple of Miss Kate Cuttables files, pig in mud and flowers with fence (includes fences, flowers, grass and cloud).

The barn came from the silhouette store (Design ID #33629) as did the sun (Design ID #17341).

I used the print and cut feature on all my cuts.
I just love this card fold! The depth and layering really make the design pop. I also used a lot foam squares.

Prize MFPS "Tweet That"
(must have a USA address)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Celebrate The Occasion - Clean and Simple

Our challenge for you this week at Celebrate The Occasion is to create a clean and simple projects.

Here is what I made to share with you today.
This birthday card was super simple to make. I took stripes of cardstock,  rolled them tight and used washi tape to secure and decorate them. I hand drew the wicks and flames using my Distress Markers, then took my water brush and went over the flames lightly to create a glow.

And because clean and simple doesn't have to be boring . . .
. . . I decorated the inside too!