Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I'm On a design Team

The Announcement has been made . I am On a great Design team for

I am so excited to have been chosen to be a part of the Design team for Glue Paper Scissors ( check it out on the right side of my Blog for the link). It is such a honor to work along side such talented Ladies. I am excited to start the new challenges and get to know some wonderful people .
I have admired Ms dee and MyraB, blogs and work for a while. imagine my excitement when I was chosen to be a part of this wonderful challenge Blog. It is a very cool site. Challenges, and prizes be sure to sign up to follow and see all the wonderful ideas.

So New things are in store for me in the New year .Looking forward to a Fun and Creative year.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Glass Etch Nativity

So this is what has kept me busy this week.

Please excuse my mess behind some of the pictures and there is a line going across the one picture not sure why I will come back and edit with better pictures
I have to say this Is not my original Idea . a Friend Shared this project with me and she was taught by someone else

Supplies used
10 x18 piece of Glass edges polished so not sharp.
Clear Contact paper 10x 18 piece
Exacto knife ( or similar knife I got mine at lowes)
Glass etch Cream  I used Armour etch ( used a coupon at micheals)
sponge brush
2x4 with 1/2 inch grrove cut down middle
Black acrylic paint

You first stick the contact to the front of the glass sticking down carefully so No bubbles
Then tape stencil or template behind glass .
You then cut away the areas of the contact paper that you want etched. With the black template behind .I cut away all the Black parts then peeled them off.
Then spread cream on the glass following manufacturers instructions.
Just remember this is a acid like chemical use in a well ventilated area . I use a sponge brush, although you should really wear Gloves I guess . I don't as the sponge brush keeps it away from my skin. I then leave My glass etch cream on for about 20 mins. I think it actually works in about 5 But I just leave it on for longer just in case.
Then peel off pattern from back of glass,
Then rinse Cream off under running water, then peel off remains of contact paper clean glass well and you are done with the etching.
Then paint 2x4 base Black then when dry Brush with varnish of your choice.
The cutting out of the contact paper to make the stencil does take awhile.takes me an hour , and if you start it while your standing you need to finish it while your standing. and the same If you start it while sitting finish it sitting. as It changes your view or angle on the glass. It is not hard to do just like tracing really but with a Knife. and you don't have to press real hard as the contact paper is really thin.

But I love the results I am already thing about other images, or sayings I can etch.

I already have orders for these for next Christmas. At least I have a whole year to get them done !
Contact me if you are interested. But in interest of my sanity I can't make them by this Christmas sorry LOL

Merry Christmas

Hi sorry I haven't updated my Blog lately. I have been busy making gifts. and Its killing me that I can't post pictures of some of them yet. as I want them to be a surprise for friends.

I am so Excited for my Son to be coming home from His Military training for Christmas. Although he does have to go back out till March

I'm realising Christmas is changing so much from When My kids were small. But I am enjoying them as Young adults now . So I am looking forward to spending time with them this coming couple of weeks.Traditions May change. But then New ones start. One thing I can share is some picures of some glass etch Nativitys I have been working on. I love Nativitys and collect them when I see them. And love the spirit they bring to this season. It helps us to enjoy the true meaning of christmas.
I went to one of My Best friends houses for a few days last week , and we worked on a wonderful project together. And My Husband was even impressed and said they would make a great gift. So in my insanity I said yes and made 4 of them in a week! details to follow.........

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Surival Kits Gifts

I made up these gifts for my Secret Sister. Hi Jocelyn
One was a wrapping surviavl kit I cut a little door in the back of a 2 litre soda bottle decorated the bottle . filled it with Bows Tape, Tags and Chocolate Of course. and It's a wrapping survival kit

So now she can enjoy some chocolate that is hidden in this bottle behind the bows etc

This is the door in the back

I also made a Shopping survival kit It includes
Chocolate, ( of Course)
Hand Sanitizer Personalised with rub-ons
Christmas shopping list and mine clip board
And a Pedicure set to pamper those feet after a long day shopping

Close up of shopping list / clip board. the story behind this mini clip board is It started out as a plain red mini clip board with High school musical note book attached.Which I bought on sale for a whole 49 cents! so I took of the high school musical note book and added my own. and a little pen holder

Close up of Hand sanitizer. i took off the label and added rub-ons and initials then she can refill it and carry it in her purse

Sorry Its been so long and I haven't posted . just been Busy with Christmas Prep.
This is the second year I have organized and hosted a 12 days of Christmas Secret Sister exchange. We had a blast at Our reveal party I will post some pictures of the gift ideas when I get them.
Here are a couple of things that I made for My secret sister

This is a Bed warmer ( it is folded in half ) It has an inner pillow filled with feed corn then a removable cover to wash

This is the bed warmer unfolded and I made a little eye pillow too same concept although the eye pillow is filled with Flax seed and lavender can be cooled in freezer or heated for 30 seconds in the microwave.

Here's the directions for the bed warmer

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Blog candy giveaway

There is a great Blog candy giveaway at this site Crafty chatter
and a great place for some inspiration. Hop on over there

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Design team Challenge . Pear

Here is a layout i made for My first project on the Design team for Scrapbooking and crafting friends. This time around we recieved a Digi stamp set from mygrafico.com ( great site) the set is called Ultra Mod Patterned.
I used Basic Grey Paper from the Recess line as it matched perfectly as it was covered in fruit including pears. I cut my Mats on My Cricut with the Childs year cartridge card function. I Changed my Pear image from Black to red then printed on Colored card stock then mounted on Red. I popped one of the pears up with pop dots. The Card stock is Bazill card stock and I used my Fiskers punch on the top corner and bottom edge
This is my Daughter and Neice in Matching outfits. Old photos as my Daughter is now 16 and Niece 12

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Snowflake cut out card ACY

This is one of the coolest things about this cartidge which I will play with so much more.
It has a card function key for this card, I pressed the card function key . The size was 5 1/2, then the Winter key, which is the one with the child and a snowman, then pressed cut.
Then let the magic begin. . My machine then cut the perfect card complete with 3 cut out snowflakes along the edge, Decorative edge and small holes for snow on the front of the card.
I then lined the card with white and added 3 gold brads to show through for the centers of the snowflakes.I inked the edges of the sentiment with a gold ink pad to mimic the Ribbon.
the sentiment says " May the true spirit of Christmas fill your heart with Peace, your home with Love" the sentiment is from Stampin up "Snow swirled" stamp set

I have a confession though For those that know me as the Ribbon addict. I actually picked my ribbon first then matched everything to the ribbon, Its an obsession I tell you LOL

Sparkly pink fairy ACY

this little cutie is for a card swap and the challenge was to use 3 shades of the same color.
I cut the Birthday fairy at 3 inches then cut the shadow the same.I used my cuttlebug embossing folder Swirls and birds for the background piece behind the fairy .I love this Pink glitter paper by k& CO which I found on sale at Ollies locally . I used pop dot adhesive on my fairy to make her stand out
and the border on the Glitter paper was cut with My Fiskers border punch.

God created mothers ACY

This is a ATC ( artist trading card) for a swap I am in the theme was mix and match so we had to combine something from 2 lists of topics . so this is family and black and white. Or family and quotes, I can't decide.
the quote says: God could not be everywhere so he created Mothers"
I cut the mother and baby in black at 3 inches then cut the shadow white at same size.
then the mother leaning down I cut at 2 1/2 I think It may of been 2 I didn't right it down. then I used pop dots to raise up the front image. there is a gold peel off sticker saying mother st the bottom of the card. Love how this turned out.

A childs year Cricut cartridge

For those of you that have a cricut machine. RUN don't WALK and get the A childs year cartridge.LOL For those local ladies come over and use it at my house. LOL
It is my all time favorite cartridge. I reach for it over and over again. it has many function keys as well as the great silhouettes which are so classy. The following posts will be a few projects I have done lately using this cartridge. And Believe me there will be many more.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Are you sick of paint cans yet ?

Anyway here is Mymost recent Paint can this will be sent to my Partner at the end of this month. But shhhh its a secret swap . So we don't know who our partner is . I hope she likes it as much as I liked making it I tryed to make it look like a Elf shoe so sewed a shoe that slips over the paint can. it has a pocket on the side too. We had different Chelledge projects to include in our can. I will post more pictures of those once the swap is over I don't want to give my self away too much. But in the pocket at the side is a book mark and some tags that were 2 of the challedges I also tied the can opener on to the handle then slipped it into the pocket and added a ribbon Poinsetta to the top of the opener Somyou can see that in the picture. Then of course I went Ribbon crazy on the handle. This was so much fun to make .

Here is a valentines can that I made the girl that I swapped with was a tinker bell fanatic. I have a Cricut machine and a Tinkerbell cartridge to cut the die cuts which any of you local ladies are welcome to come over and use by the way.
I embossed the hearts.
and used red floral wire to wrap the hearts around the can. Tinkerbell has little gems on her shoes and hair. just to add the Bling.I always tie ribbon on the handles to decorate. For those who know me I am addicted to Ribbon so try to use it on almost every project. Luckily I have a Ribbon outlet near me and a Trimtex outlet store so am able to fuel my addiction pretty in expensively LOL I actually ended up adding more ribbon to the handles than shows in the pictures I just tie small pieces on until the handle is covered.
The other can I made is a more traditional valentine theme heart paper Love quotes and title.

The "Marie" can was one of the cans I received. Isn't it clever how she laced up the side with thin ribbon. and the paper underneath is sparkly these pictures don't do it justice

Not your average gift Wrap. Throughout these last couple of years i have been involved in some fun swaps. One being a apaint can swap they have been different seasons themes.
Basically you take a empty Gallon paint can . Which can be purchased at Coles hardware and some paint stores for 2-3 dollars. Then decorate it with a certain theme then fill it with Goodies.There is no end to the possibilities .These can be decorated for any age group. The Pictures are some of the paint cans I have receieved and the ones I have made too. Especially this time of year it is fun to come up with creative gift wrap ideas.that can disguise the gift. Fill with candy, bath goodies, small toys, cookies, the list goes on. even decorate one in Husbands favorite sports team and fill with his favorite snack.they can be covered in Fabric, paper, gift wrap there are many tutorials or patterns online. But if you have any questions don't hesitate to call me or maybe you want to come over and i will help you make one.

Picture #1 a fall can I received the turkey has a ribbon tail and wooden beads on the handle
picture 2 back of can I did not make this one .

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sorry Haven't updated much lately Just trying to catch up on some swaps, Work out what Christmas gifts I am going to make and keep up with Family etc.
. Every year I say I will start early and every year here I am into NOV and Don't have half the stuff started that I would like to have started.
So I Do have some pictures I need to post and I want to include some quick gift ideas too .
I am Just trying to be careful what I post as some of the things are for Secret sisters etc or Gifts that I don't want people to know about yet. So If You see something on here then recieve it as a gift . Try to act surprised OK LOL
I am also trying to get my Blog organized and try to work out what I'm doing. May need to ask some help from My wonderful writer,journalist, Super mom ,Friend with the initials JC as she seems to know what she is doing

I hope everyone is thinking about all that they can be thankful for this time of year. I count my blessings everyday, for my Family, Friends, and My faith that has bought me to this phase in my life.Seasons change and Children grow in to young adults Before we know it and as a Mother I don't know that I am ever ready for the changes. But I am striving to enjoy the Journey anyway.

I will try to update some pictures tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cards for soldiers Christmas.

Some of these cards were made using supplies from a card kit swap that I participated in on the Cricut MB last year. in each kit was a 6x6 Patterned paper, 6x6 plain card stock, stamped image, ribbon and some small embellishments. then the design was up to us. it was a fun swap.
Here are my cards for soldiers for Christmas I made 30 cards some were duplicates some not.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

One of Lifes most Memorable experiences

Ok I know this isn't craft related in anyway, But this is the reason I haven't done much with my Blog Lately. I will post some more cards for soldiers cards tomorrow.

I Can truly say last week was one of those life moments that you will never forget. Last Thursday we got to go down and See Our Son Graduate from Baic Combat training for the Army National gaurd. After 22 weeks of training to see him was an amazing experience. MY son who went away a Boy of 18 . Now is changed so much he has grown Physically and Mentally and we could not be any prouder of Him.
We love you PFC Eisenhower you Made it through.
Now I know you will make it through AIT in Arizona. Can't wait to see him Again at Christmas.
After seeing 1400 troops graduate I Know we can be proud and gratefull for those wonderfull Men and Women who are the future of the Military

Monday, October 12, 2009

Poodle Mania

Poodle Mania
here Is what has been keeping me busy for the last couple of weeks. I had to make 3 adult poodle skirts and 3 child. I didn't like the poodle that came with the pattern so cut a paper pattern with My paper pups cartridge on my Cricut machine. I think this poodle is so much cuter.
but Believe me I am so grateful they are done now. Because of course my sewing machine decides to mess up right near the end. But It made it through.