Friday, August 31, 2012

You Made Our World (Pinterest Inspired)

A while ago I was invited to a Pinterest Party.  I'm planning a separate post about the party with pictures (details on how it was held, projects selected, etc).  Until then, I wanted to share one of my completed projects. 

One project the group decided on was canvas photos.  I have done several of these already, even given them as gifts in the past.  So, it wasn't anything new to me, but the party did give me alone time to get some done.  I actually ended up making 3 photo canvases and prepping to other canvases for some mixed media art with photos.  Two photo canvases are for my kitchen - that's another post coming.  The others are all for Timothy's room.  The mixed media pieces I am still working on, but I wanted to share the third canvas I made including its holder.

Supplies: 8x10 canvas (craft supply), Sailboat blue paint dabber (Ranger), ribbon (SU), wooden plaque, wooden spool, and helicopter (Hobby Lobby), Storybook Creator (CM)

I wanted a picture of Timothy as a baby to remind him that even from the very beginning we have loved him so very much.  This is one of my favorite photos of him with the soft colors and his sleeping peacefulness.  In Storybook Creator, I added a saying I found on Pinterest. 

I changed the wording slightly to "We saw you for like 3 seconds...and it made our world..." to more accurately reflect our feelings.  I want my boys to never doubt how much their momma and daddy love them. 

Now that I had my photo, I simply used Mod Podge Matte to glue the photo to the canvas.  Since I had printed the photo on glossy paper, I did not Mod Podge on top of the entire photo.  I only did the edges to make sure they were sealed to the canvas.  Once that dried I used my paint dabber to paint the edges.  I was a little messy with this step on purpose.  I wanted to distress the photo too, so you can see some blue paint along the edges of photo.  After the paint dried, I choose my ribbon and stapled it to the back of the canvas.  My canvas was now complete - they are easier than you think!  

The final step was to make the holder.  I purchased a wooden plaque, wooden spool, and helicopter icon from Hobby Lobby.  I painted the plaque the same color as my canvas edges.  This just happened to work out perfectly with my helicopter!  I used super glue to attach the wooden spool to the helicopter and plaque, making sure to keep the spool hidden. 

And there you have it - my finished canvas with its own holder!  Now if I could just get the husband to actually hang it up!

TFL and keep creating!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Card Catch Up - Mother's Day Clean and Simple

I found a picture of this Mother's Day card that I never posted.  My mom loves her leopard print.  It is something she is known for in our family.  I love teasing her about it.  So when I found leopard print paper, I had to get it to make something for her.  Luckily, Mother's Day had been right around the corner. 

This clean and simple card is so very easy to recreate and versatile. 

Supplies: Kraft cardstock, black cardstock, pattern paper, black ribbon (craft supply), black pen, Sweetheart punch (Creative Memories), foam square tape (Recollections)

To make your own version:
  1. Cut cardstock (4 1/4" x 11") for card base.  Score at 5 1/2" and fold to make card.
  2. Wrap black ribbon across top of card front and tie bow.
  3. Punch pattern paper and solid cardstock hearts.  
  4. Layer hearts and pop up the smallest heart.
  5. Handwrite sentiment.
There you have it!  I told you it was simple!  By handwriting your sentiment, you can use this card for any occasion - birthday, bridal shower, etc.  In scrapbooks, there is an importance to include your handwriting for others to see, to help remember you - the memory keeper.  I truly believe this and think it is equally important in card-making.  My mom loved her card and one of her first comments - "I can't believe you wrote the title.  Your handwriting is so pretty!" 

So don't be afraid to use your handwriting! Not only will the receiver know the card is unique and handcrafted by you, but you can customize any sentiment (saving you money)!

TFL and keep creating! 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Pinterest Inspired - Minnie Mouse Card

I was asked to make a card for a very important 6th birthday.  Her party theme was Minnie Mouse.  Since this card was from her parents, I had to do a good job and I had NO creative mojo.  Thank goodness for Pinterest!  I did a search for Minnie Mouse cards and was drawn to this one...

Source: via Cassaundra on Pinterest

I inspired by Minnie's famous red and white polka dots, the mouse ear silhouette, and the middle strips.  I used all of those items in a slightly different way.  Below is my take.

Supplies: Yellow pattern paper, black paper, ear die cut (CM), white card stock and red polka dot ribbon (Michaels), red ruffle ribbon (SU), chipboard 6 and red glitter (craft supply)

You can see the red with white polka dots were used for Minnie's bow, her signature red, white, and black colors were incorporated in the middle strips.  The die cut I had was too large to mat on a circle, but that turned out to be a good thing.  It gave me a great place to place the "6" for the birthday girl.

The birthday girl enjoyed it.  What do you think?

TFL and keep creating!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Card Catch Up - Happiness

Found this card I had made a while ago and hadn't posted yet.  It was to celebrate a friend's engagement and the happiness she had found.  The card feels simple to me, but with an understated elegance.

The card came together rather quickly.  To create a similiar version,
  1. Cut a solid piece of card stock to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2".  Score the longest side at 4 1/4".  This makes a standard A2 size card (card front is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2").
  2. Cut pattern paper to 4" x 5 1/4".  Distress and ink edges. This is Piece A.
  3. Fussy cut floral piece from pattern paper.  Ink edges.
  4. Adhere to upper right corner of Piece A. 
  5. Adhere mat to card front.
  6. Cut strip to fit across card front.  Adhere near bottom of card.
  7. Ink die cut piece with sentiment.  In this case, {Happiness}.  Adhere on top of strip.
  8. Fussy cut butterfly from pattern paper.  Cover with stickles.  Once dry, roll wing edges up.  Adhere only center of butterfly to card with foam tape.

Supplies: Card stock (Bazzill Basics), Pattern papers, die cut (MME), distressor (CM), Walnut Stain distress ink, Rock Candy stickles (Tim Holtz/Ranger), foam tape

TFL and keep creating!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Father's Day

With Jacob being only a few weeks old, I wasn't able to go out and get a Father's Day present for my husband.  Instead, he went to the golf store and bought some stuff he wanted.  He would tell you he needed it, but since he is not a pro golfer, I say it is a want!  I'm sure he didn't mind picking out his own gifts, but it bothered me.  So I decided to make a frame for his desk at work.

There is an amazing song for the family patriarch called "Lead Me" by Sanctus Real.  You can find the lyrics here.  It talks about a man who looks at his wonderful life, but he can see his wife and children asking them to lead them with strong hands.  In the final verse, he turns to God, asking Him for guidance, to lead him.  Anyway, it is an awesome song and one of our favorites.  I thought it was perfect for Father's Day.

I settled on an 8"x8" frame from Michaels and went to work creating a background.  Using Storybook Creator (or your preferred program), I started a new project of a custom size.  For the size, I entered 8.25" x 8.25".  You want the project to be slightly bigger than the frame opening (less worry on placement - it will completely fill the frame).  After finding the lyrics to "Lead Me" on the internet, I simply copied and pasted them into my project.  Next, I just played with formatting - font, size, color, layout, etc - until I liked the look.  Then I printed the project on a sheet of cream card stock.

So I had a fabulous script background, but of words that meant something to the project.  Since I used a shallow frame, I could not add a lot of depth and thick layers.  To add texture, I used inks and stamps for my layers. I started by inking the background with Antique Linen Distress Ink, leaving the center untouched.  On the edges, I went darker, using Walnut Stain.  The large flourish is from Tim Holtz's Fabulous Flourishes (one of my favs!) that I stamped randomly in Broken China.  I die cut a sheet of golden yellow and blue pattern papers for a mat and for my title.  The title says "lead us with strong hands" (words from the song) that I created using rub-on alphabet letters.  The rhinestones are actually on the glass itself. 

For the photos I selected pictures to showcase the different patriarchal relationships.  There is a family picture and one of my husband with each of the boys.  I did some minor photo editing, blurring distracting backgrounds and adding distressed frames.

Supplies: Frame, cream card stock (Michaels), yellow pattern paper (MME), blue pattern paper (GCD Studios) Antique Linen, Broken China, Walnut Stain Distress Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger), Fabulous Flourishes (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous) Labels 4 die (Spellbinders), Big Shot (Sizzix), Alphabet rub-ons (American Crafts), Rhinestones (Kaiser Crafts), digital frames (House of Three), Storybook Creator (CM)

Don't be afraid to use technology in your projects!  Not only did I get a unique background, but it reinforced my message.

As for my husband, he loved the frame and actually took it to work the next day.  He's the kind where he has this pile of things to take care of and it stays there forever, but he remembered to take the frame in.  I was touched. 

Timothy made cute project in his class and was so excited he had to give it to his daddy right away.  Daddy loved it of course (and Momma was a little jealous!)

TFL and keep creating!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Pinterest Review - 4th of July Decor

Last year, I only managed a small banner for July 4th.  Hey it was better than nothing!  This year, especially since I was still home on maternity leave, I wanted to make more decorations for the house.   I started with a display in our entrance.  Everything pictured below I purchased at my local Hobby Lobby about a week before the 4th - which meant it was all on sale!  I included pictures of the boys from a recent photo shoot.  I plan to change out the photos every year.  Can't wait until they stay awake for fireworks and I can get some cool photos of them then!

On Pinterest, I've been seeing all these awesome wreaths.  I've been pinning them and making a list of the kinds of wreaths I want for what holiday.
First, I am in love with burlap.  So when I saw this...

Source: via Cassaundra on Pinterest

I had to make it.  Below is my July 4th version....

What do you think?  I love it!  In these pictures it is shown on our front door, but it actually hung above the entrance mantle decor from earlier in this post.  I purchased the wire frame, burlap ribbon (light brown and red), and bell from Hobby Lobby.  The Liberty plaque came from Michaels (Thanks Mom!).  USA are grungeboard letters from Tim Holtz that I painted.

As for my review of the pin, it was great to serve as my inspiration.  The pin itself links to an Etsy store where you can purchase your own burlap wreath.  There were no instructions.  Luckily, I realized it was just a take on the oh-so-popular mesh wreaths and used the pin below as guidance.

Speaking of which, I decided to make a deco mesh wreath to hang on the front door. 

The red deco mesh, a wire frame, ribbon, and star were all purchased from Hobby Lobby.  The white bow is from Michael's.  It is fairly simple, but since it was going outside I didn't want a lot on it.  I wanted it to withstand the elements.  Plus, without anything screaming July 4th, I plan to use the wreath on Memorial Day and President's Day and any other day I want to show my American pride!

And the pin that started it all?  It is pretty good.  Great instructional video on their blog, which is part of their store.  (A store where you can get your supplies to make your own deco mesh wreath. Love it!)  I will definitely keep this pin as a reference and for supplies.

So there you have it, my 2012 July 4th decor!  I was excited even though I finished on July 4th!  I kept up the decorations until the weekend.  Now that I have everything to welcome you into my home, next year I will be working on living room decor - the fireplace mantle specifically.

TFL and keep creating!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Finding a New Normal

Sorry for the long absence!  I was busy preparing for and having this little guy...

(Photo courtesy of A Joy Photography)

Jacob joined us 2 weeks early and caught us off-guard!  It has taken a bit to get used to having two children in the house.  And because we like a challenge, we decided to shake up our older son's life - besides making him a big brother!  By the way, Timothy is great at it.  He loves to help and likes holding Jacob.  Little brother is completely in awe of Timothy, always searching for Timothy when he hears Timothy's voice.  I love this portrait of them together - captivated by each other!

(Photo courtesy of A Joy Photography)

Other ways we shook Timothy's world - he is now in a "big boy" room.  The move has been in work since Christmas.  We finally finished the room enough for him to move into.  I'm loving the way the room looks with its transportation theme.  I've got a few more projects to finish and I'll show you the finished room. 

Timothy also started school/daycare.  Previously, he has stayed at home with his grandfather, aka "Tata".  We felt it was time for him to start socializing more and have more structured learning.  So we searched and found a place close to the house.  Tata now watches Jacob for us.  (Yes, we could have also put Jacob in daycare, but I love the one-on-one attention my babies get!)  Timothy loves his school.  The first week we actually had a hard time getting him to leave.  It was so stressful for this hormonal momma after having Jacob!  We are at a happy balance now - he loves going in the morning, but is happy when we pick him up.

Lastly, Timothy is in the  middle of potty-training. He has shown interest since before he turned 2.  We definitely encouraged this interest and he used the potty off and on since then.  In mid-July, we really focused on it.  I was actually going to wait until he had been in school for another month, but his teachers felt he was ready.  So we took the plunge.  It has been up and down, but we are getting there.  It definitely takes a lot of patience and focus.  Once we did that, it has been easier.  He still has his days, but who doesn't?

All this going on while we find our new normal.  We seem to be there now.  Jacob has fallen into a nice schedule.  After a few weeks back at work, we have a good weekday routine down.  The weekends are for catching up and resting.

What does this mean?  You should start to see more posts for me.  I've been feeling creative and motivated.  I have posts in work with projects I completed while on maternity leave.  I am making a point to take at least an hour most nights to have some me time - which typically translates to crafting.  We'll see how it goes.  If my posts continue to be sporadic, I apologize - I'm busy creating my best masterpiece, my life!

TFL and keep creating!