Sunday, August 29, 2010

Princess Mini Book

The summer is flying by. Its the end of August, the kids are going back to school (some are already back) and even though the temperature is still hot, there are definite signs of the change of the seasons.

Creating became difficult lately, so I decided to give my craft room a mini makeover. I couldn't spend lots of $$, so moving furniture, purging unwanted supplies and giving a new coat of stain to the wooden work spaces made a big difference.

I will post photos soon...there are few more things I need to finish. So, in the mean time, I'm posting photos of my latest project for the Cricut Mini Albums Design Team.

Two of my granddaughters love to dress up in princess dresses, and they were the inspiration for this mini book. I used my Gypsy to weld a rectangle to one of the princesses from the Cricut Cartridge Once Upon a Princess to create the shaped page for this book. The printed cardstock I used is from the Princess Stack from Paper Studio (this is Hobby Lobby's own brand) This stack is a perfect companion to this cartridge.

Thanks for stopping by.

I'm looking forward to posting more often, now that my scrap room is nearly finished. It is more conducive for me to create!

Have a great week. I will be enjoying each and every moment of what is left of summer!

Koala-t hugs,


Monday, August 9, 2010

Freezer Paper T's

I've been wanting to make these for some time. I bought the paint and the freezer paper but hadn't gotten around to actually painting.

This past weekend, the two older granddaughters were here for a few days. I thought a perfect activity for us would be to make t-shirts. I had purchased pink t-shirts for the girls and my daughter washed them so we could paint them.

I cut out the design from Wall Decor and More. This cartridge is very creative, but the only image I've cut out is the dancer border. I set the Cricut to low pressure and 2 blade depth. I placed the freezer paper on the cutting mat, paper side down (the other side would not stick to the mat). I used my Gypsy to place the design on the mat, and reverse the image because it was cutting out on the back side of the freezer paper.

After cutting it out, I ironed on the negative of the design. Good thing there were only two little pieces to iron on besides the large negative of the design.

Kayla, my 5 year old granddaughter, chose purple to paint on the pink t-shirt. I gave her a sponge brush and I applied paint to the parts of the t-shirt that showed through the stencil. I told Kayla to dab (I was concerned that if she used a brushing stroke, it might pull up the edges of the freezer paper.) She did a great job. I went back and made sure all the t-shirt was covered with purple paint.

Then, it was Kerri's turn. She chose black paint for her pink shirt. She's only 2 1/2 and not as "crafty" as her older sister. I helped her paint the design and she seemed pretty happy with her painting.

We had lunch and by the time we came back to the craft room, the t-shirts were dry and I peeled away the paper. We were all very happy with the results. Here are the girls wearing their shirts!

Both of the girls are in dance class and can't wait to wear their shirts to class. They are already talking about more designs we can paint on shirts for them!

Thanks for stopping by...hope you are staying cool!

Koala-t hugs,


Monday, August 2, 2010

Variations of a Theme

Hi all! Hope you are having a great Monday! Today's feature are three cards I made using Stretch Your Imagination. I've always wanted this cartridge and when I found it at Walmart on clearance (for $23.00) I had to get it.

This particular cartridge has a card feature and I chose the baby card. I liked it and made it three times, but with a difference for each card. All three cards are 5 1/2 x 5 1/2"

First one, I made with blues and greens - perfect for a new baby boy. I cut the baby out of flesh tone cardstock and used Copics to color in the details. The greeting is from Wild Cards.

This is one in pink and purple, perfect for a baby girl. I used purple with white polka dots for the background and pink cardstock for the layer. Greeting was cut using New Arrival. I also rounded the corners on this card.

The last one I made in green and yellow - and could be used for a baby shower, when the gender of the baby isn't known. I cut the overlay smaller and used an EK Succes mini scallop border punch on the side edges.

Thanks for stopping by today! Enjoy!

Koala-t hugs,


Sunday, August 1, 2010

What a WEEK!

Happy August everyone! The summer is flying by. It was an exciting and exhausting week, attending the Provo Craft Launch party on Tuesday, Friday morning was the Circle Meeting, and later to CHA SuperShow, Friday night dinner at Giordano's and back to the Super Show on Saturday. WHEW!

I enjoyed seeing so many crafty products. My first impulse is to BUY, BUY, BUY, but I was conservative. I did purchase a few Copic markers, and a book on Metal Clay for my Daughter (it was her belated birthday gift). She bought me a pack of Core'dinations paper (LOVE this stuff) and a Cuttlebug embossing/die combo. Can't wait to make some cards with this!

It was also so much fun to meet so many people with the same passion. We all love our paper crafting and we all love Cricut/Provo Craft. It was fun to meet people that I've seen on the internet and Message boards. As exhausted as I was, I still enjoyed helping Robyn (My Pink Stamper) set up for her class and help the attendees with their projects. Most seemed to be very well versed with the Cricut and it was a hoot to hear all those Cricuts "chirping" at the same time!

My daughter and I rushed back to the Cricut booth with raffle tickets in hand, and I was hoping we'd win a Cake (I'd give it to Katie, as she would do GREAT with one of these) but we didn't win. That's ok, we had a blast together. She got to do a make and take of the metal clay and made a beautiful silver pendant, and at her clay class, made another pendant with polymer clay. I think she's got another creative adventure in front of her!

I got to do some resting today, but back to reality tomorrow! It was a week to remember and I know I will be talking about it for weeks to come!

here are a few pictures from the week.

This is the Cricut head, painted by the artist David Garibaldi. He performed at the Launch party on Tuesday. In a word, AWESOME!

Ginger Adams from Provo Craft is a sweetheart! It was truly a pleasure to meet her! I am very short compared to her, and she stooped down to hug me for this pic!

Here I am with the "bug" of the hour! Cricut! The Circle meeting was lots of fun. A room filled with Cricut fanatics! A little bit of heaven, it was!

Thanks for letting me share my fun week.

Enjoy what's left of your weekend, please stop by again soon!

Koala-t hugs,