Monday, February 21, 2011

Oh my, I'm in love!-Vintage Chunky Charms

I am not sure why I joined a chunky charm swap on the Cricut message boards. I have never made one before. But now I must say that I am in love with these charms! I have thought about adding one of these to my purse, my keychain, and of course my scrapbooks. Maybe even just letting them hang around my craft room!

The theme for this group was vintage. I used some charms with a antiqued brass finish and some things that make me think old; A skeleton key, fancy bird, filigree heart, a reproduction of a vintage button, pink, green, and milk glass. I may add some ribbon to them, just to dress up the top a bit. Now on to the next group, which was creator's choice. I can't wait to see how those turn out! Happy crafting!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Remember that sneak peek?-canvas with flowers

Now that my friend has opened her birthday present, I can share my project with you. I painted the canvas, then I added the flowers that I had made. I hand cut the flowers and used pastels to give them a little bit of color. I used Glossy Accents to attach them to the canvas. I have been trying to get a video recorded to show you how, but I am a little behind since all my other projects have taken over!! I will get it done though!! Happy crafting!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day- Cupcake Wrappers

Happy Valentine's Day!! Here's a sweet treat for you! These cute Hugs & Kisses cupcake wrappers made from the Cricut Cartridge, Cupcake wrappers!! My SIL picked this one out for me for Christmas and I am just now getting to use it! I made these for the twins' party, and a few extra to enjoy here at home! They are cut at 8 inches using the Fit to Length feature on my Cricut. Don't overfill the cupcake batter or they won't fit down in the wrapper. I found out the hard way! Happy crafting!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Altered Mailboxes

Happy Valentine's Day!! I have loved these little mailboxes for years, but I was always too late to get them out of the dollar bins at Target. Not this year!! I just so happened to be there on the first day they put some out, and I bought one for each of my kids. I decided that I needed a couple of more, so I went back just a couple of days later, and they were already gone!

All of the printed paper and some of the cut-outs are from the We R Memory Keepers Be My Valentine kit. I had to use some Wonder Tape to attach the paper to the mailbox. My flag could not be removed. So to get the paper around it, I marked where the flag base was, and punched a couple of holes in my paper. Then I cut a slit from the side of the paper to the hole. You should be able to slide the flag through the slit and then glue the paper around it.

I also used my EK Success Slimline punch and a heart punch. The letters are cut from my Lyrical Letters cartridge. Happy crafting!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine Suckers

With so many projects to finish, I decided that it might be better to skip making the Valentine's Day goodie bags. I thought making these super easy sucker toppers would be faster and be just as cute! The stamps are both from the dollar bin at Michael's and the punched out hearts are from the same punch, I just used both parts! I had to use some heavy duty glue to get it to stick to the wrapper, but it worked. I would have liked to made cute cut-out characters for the kids, but time was just not on my side!! Now on to the next project!! Happy crafting!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

AAAAHHHH!!! Why do I do this to myself?!?!

I am up to my eyeballs in Valentine's Day projects and birthday party stuff!!! I even packed it up and took cupcake wrappers to the scout meeting tonight!! And now I am adding a cake and centerpiece to the mix?!? What was I thinking?! Here is the list of projects that I am working on right now:

Cupcake wrappers
Valentine goodie bags
Cupcakes for Valentines Day party
alter mailboxes x 2
buy goodies to put in the mailboxes for my boys
Birthday party goodie bags
Cake topper x 2
birthday banner
Cake for scout banquet
centerpiece parts for the table at the scout banquet
Chunky charm swap-I can't WAIT to show you these!!

I am probably forgetting some stuff too....

Oh my word!! If you don't hear from me in the next few days, please call someone to come find me in my craft room under a bunch of scrap paper, glue dots, and glitter!!
Happy crafting!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Jump In-Layout #10

Jump In-Doesn't the water look nice? Especially since it is 20 degrees outside and there's snow on the ground!! Me and the boys went with the Cub Scout's to the local indoor pool last month on another cold winter day. They had tons of fun and it was nice to get out of the house for some playtime after being couped up for a while!!

I made this layout for the Plagerize This challenge at Scrap Our Stash. I took my two favorite parts of the layout and used them on mine. I liked the title and the horizontal strip across her layout. I couldn't bring myself to scrap snow pictures though!!! I also used some of my Midnight Blue Glimmer Mist. I sprayed it right on my paper, but I also used an old painting trick. I sprayed some on my craft mat and dipped an old toothbrush in it. Then just rubbed my finger across the bristles to add extra spray where I wanted it. Beware though, my fingers are still blue after two days!! I also used my Fiskars punch, Tiny Attacher, and American Crafts letter stickers. I am going to keep this one out to help me remember that warmer days will be here soon!!! Happy crafting!

Cupcake Wrappers-From Skip to My Lou

Look at these adorable cupcake wrappers that you don't even have to own a Cricut (or that elusive Cupcake Wrapper Cart!) to make!! Skip To My Lou posted these on her wonderful site this morning. Just click the link for the download and directions. If I hadn't already started making some with my Cricut, I would use these cuties!! Happy crafting!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Sneak Peek-Flowers!

I have been so excited to share this project with you, but I can't just yet! It is part of a gift that I am sending out this week. But I did want to show you these great flowers that I made from old book pages. Before you start flaming me for using up an old book, I made sure that it wasn't worth anything, and I rescued it from the Goodwill for $2. It has been upcycled into a few projects already. This isn't my early 1900's copy of The Jungle Book or anything. So I decided to turn this one into something another book lover will appreciate!

I am working on a video showing how I made these! Hopefully I can get it posted soon! Happy crafting!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I'm not messy, I'm creative-Part 2

I have made some good progress on cleaning and straightening up my craft room, (these are the before pictures. I forgot to take after pictures before I started my next project, but I will post them soon!) My first step was to clear the room of anything that didn't belong in there. This included some Christmas decorations, leftover dining room items, dishes, an area rug (from the dining room), shoes, trash, and lots of toys!! I also noticed while cleaning, that I am really bad about putting away new things. There was a stack of Cricut cartridges that have been sitting on the table, waiting to be loaded onto my Gypsy and then put away.

A stack of paper at least six inches high was also just sitting there waiting to be put away. Once I got all the stuff out, my next step was to focus on one spot to clean up. I decided that since I have a five foot desk and can barely scrap in a 12 x 12 spot, that I would clean my desk top. The next time, I will focus on a different spot. If my hubby can tell that I have cleaned, then I must be making some real progress!! Until next time, happy crafting!!!