Thursday, November 28, 2013

More Fun with Vinyl!

Here's hoping that all of you celebrating Thanksgiving today have a wonderful day!  And best wishes to  those of you celebrating the start of Hanukkah!

We had our big family dinner on Sunday so my husband and I will be off to celebrate with friends today.  We all have so much to be grateful for!

Anyway, on to crafting.

I bought these small flat glass ornaments at Hobby Lobby a month or so ago (and will make a note to myself to buy lots more next year as these flat babies get sold out early!).  They work well for the vinyl newbie (me!) as you don't have such a curved surface to work on. 

I belong to a Silhouette Cameo group on Facebook and the things that people do with vinyl are just many people do the most wonderful things with layering.  I'll get there.  Of course, first I need 483 different colors!  So I will need to start a new collection.

I made these very simple and festive ornaments for the little people in my life.  I love those little people.  They make me so darned happy.  Of course some of these are for my grandchildren but some of my friends have grandchildren and I adore their little people, too.

These were cut with the Oh Photo Shoot font downloaded for free from somewhere.  ;)  I also cut some 1/3 inch circles and slapped them on randomly....and on the back I put the year.

Oh so simple and fast.  And fun.

I simply tied some ribbon around the tops....

Here is a close up of one:
I think they will be cute hanging on a tree, don't you?

Again...Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Happy Hanukkah and Happy Crafting!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Vinyl Ventures

I have stayed away from venturing into vinyl with my crafting. Why? Because I thought it would be difficult and too much trouble.  Last year I made a few ornaments with vinyl but didn't know what the heck I was doing and had no idea what transfer tape was (!) so did it a really difficult way and said..."uh...this is NOT for me!".

Fast forward to Pinterest viewing and lots of videos showing how easy it is to work with.  I also found, through some recommendations, a great source for vinyl which is Expressions Vinyl with great prices, lightning fast shipping and good customer service.  So I placed an order and have been slowly venturing into the world of vinyl.

Here is my first project and I am thrilled with the way it turned out.  The Santa as well as the "Believe" phrase are from the Silhouette just basically cut them out with a die cut machine...mine is the Silhouette Cameo, of course, and then slap it on your surface.  My surface of choice was a glass block from Hobby Lobby.  When finished... you stuff it with lights, tie a bow around and call it FINISHED!  And it does have the wow factor, in my opinion.


I'm happy.

Look how pretty the phrase cut out:

I'm going to give one to my daughter and one to my future daughter in law when they come for our family Thanksgiving meal on Sunday.  I know they will love them!

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Couple of Cards...

I did a little crafting over the weekend which was fun (I AM SO FAR BEHIND!).

I've talked before about how much I enjoy the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit which comes out monthly.  They are fabulous kits which come with SSS exclusive stamps that are so much fun and are generally so versatile.  My wish list at SSS is longer than my grocery list for food for Thanksgiving! LOL!!!

On to my is the October card kit and was filled with the cutest Lawn Fawn papers:

Looking at it makes me want to go craft right now!  It came with the cutest sequins that I have yet to use...and the paint...and the much fun!

Here are two versions of a card I made:

And most amazingly....I even mailed these out and did not put them in my personal stash to hoard! :)

Thanks for the emails and messages about my foot.  It's coming along.  I can even get a shoe on it.  Can't walk in it but I can get it on! LOL!!!  That's not true....I did have it on for a few hours yesterday and was able to get around my house pretty easily.  I'm doing great...I head back to the doctor next week and I hope he will be as pleased with my progress as I am!

Happy Crafting, my friends...and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Project Life: Week 44

Well, I am on a roll....back to a bit of crafting as I mentioned in my last post.  I do like a bit of normalcy in my life.  Now I need to get back to some "normal" cleaning! LOL!

I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  It was not so pretty here....we had rain most of yesterday but I went to a friend's...the creative Libby Hickson of Hero Arts fame and had a wonderful afternoon of cropping with her.  You can check out all of Libby's creative wonderfulness at Libby's Little Addiction. She also posts periodically to Hero Arts so you can check that out, too!

I worked on Project Life and made a couple of cards which I will share soon.   I am amazed at how little I can get done! HAHA!

But anyway...back to Project Life...I did complete these pages last week:

All kinds of Halloween goodness!  Again, I seem to be in a trend to do photo heavy pages with just a tad of journaling. I haven't been doing a lot of filler cards and I'm ok with that.  Maybe I'll get a little more creative and "do it myself" in the next few weeks. 

I bought the cards which are by Me and My Big Ideas at Michaels after Halloween and the were less than $1!  Woohoo....I love a bargain like that!  And now the remainder are filed away for future years of Project Life!

The bracketed tag is from Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby's brand) and fits nicely on a 3x4 card.  Great for journaling!

Here is the right side:

The kids had a great time getting in costumes and trick or treating.  They have a great neighborhood that goes all out at Halloween. Lots and lots of trick or was so much fun and they enjoyed their candy treasures!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Project Life: Week 43

Well, there you go!  I was able to take my butchered foot and hobble down 14 stairs yesterday to work on my Project Life! Woohoo!  I even got a shoe on today.  Ten days post op and I'm in a shoe.  Ok, I will admit I only had the shoe on for about an hour but it's a start, right?


So on to Project Life and Week 43....
Here is my left side:

 I usually make full "week cards" with no pictures but I like how Donna Gibson at 365 Days of Donna incorporated a picture as her week card.  (If you click on the link you'll see what I mean.)  Donna does her Project Life digitally which we know is a lot easier and less time consuming and less expensive as compared to THE REAL DEAL paper....  Just kidding.  She will slap me for that!  HAHA!  Anyway, she does do the digital version and her pages are always sooooo waaaaay cool.  Check her out if you're thinking about doing Project Life.  Even though she does the easier difficult digital version her pages are such an inspiration to me each week.

Anyway, I added a little flair button to cover an ink spot mistake spruce up my card:
 The papers and flair are from Fancy Pants and the Trendsetter line.  The "week" was stamped with a Hero Arts alpha set and the 43 was stamped with a Memories stamp set I have had for a very long time and is oh-so-versatile!

The journaling card below was done with the Fancy Pants papers...the stamps are from KI and I decided to distress and curl the edges a bit...and use a few little staples to adhere it.  Why?  Because I wanted to! :)

Here is the right side:
Whoopsie...a little glare on the top but you get the idea...look at those cute little feet!
And here is my journaling card...again...same line of papers with the KI stamp "remember this" at the top.
And that's it for Week 43. 

Stay tuned for Week 44....! Halloween WEEK!!!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Project Life: Week 42

My crafting time will be minimal the next week or two.  I've had surgery on my foot and can't motivate the stairs to get to my craftroom just yet!  But I'm making progress and hope to be back in my little haven by the end of the week....maybe even sooner! :)

But before the foot butchering I did get Week 42 done of my beloved Project Life and here is the left side:

Again, I've used a photo heavy way of doing things.  Instead of individual journaling I just stuck numbers on each photo and then did a journaling card that corresponded to said numbers.  The easy way out! LOL!
Here is the "Week" card which I cut out with my Silhouette Cameo and used the negative cut.  The dates were stamped with a Basic Grey stamp (I think!).  I did a little messy stitching across the top.

Here is the journaling card...nothing too special except I added an enamel dot to it for a little dimension.

And here is the right side:
For the top photo of Wade's first bath I used a Lily Pad template so I could use several of the photos.  For some reason I just love the top left photo with the three images of Taylor reflected in the mirrors.  Too funny!
A few days after Wade was born I got my daughter to snap this photo (I think I already shared it) of the grand kids and me.
For my PL album I had it printed as a 5x7 and put it in one of the Becky Higgins insert pages.
For the reverse of it I had this photo of Taylor and Wade printed in a 5x7 size as well.
Just too cute, to me....and a rare smile from Taylor! 
And I just love her eyebrows!  If you look at the photo of her uncle behind the 5x7 you will see what side of the family she gets those eyebrows from! LOL!

And that's it for today.

Wish me luck in my recovery so that I can hobble to my craft room AND get back out on the tennis court soon!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Project Life: Week 40B

40B....that sounds like an apartment number!  Nope, that isn't what that is!  40B refers to the 2 page addendum I did to week 40.  Week 40, of course, was the miracle week that little Wade was born and joined our lives.  (BTW, I thought it was so smart of my daughter to deliver her full term baby on Week 40.   You corresponds with the whole 40 weeks gestation thing.  I just thought that was so clever!)  Anyway, on the day after Wade was born he had several important people to come to meet him in the hospital and so I decided to make a 2 page spread for that.  A simple insert page would not do...I wanted to give this event it's own thing.  Follow that?

So, my camera battery was dying and even though I have 140 plus cameras all my gear including chargers are up at my daughters!  These pictures are not the greatest but if I don't get them posted they never will be!

Here is the left side:
Two very important people who came to the hospital were Wade's brother and sister.  I loved seeing them check him out.  Too sweet and they were both so in love with him from the first moment they laid eyes on him.
I used preprinted cards by either We R Memory Keepers or Me and My Big Ideas (sorry...the packaging was thrown away a long time ago and I just don't remember!) and some Thickers. 

Here is the right side:
I did some very simple journaling and used a lot of pictures but I got everyone in!

And that's it for today...Week 40B!

Happy Crafting!