Archive | June, 2011

LOAD!

29 Jun

So, I am very excited about an early birthday present I am getting from hubby.  I am going to be doing LOAD!

This is the mother load of scrapbooking-a marathon to say the least!  Looking forward to digging in!  🙂

Kid’s Craft Week #13-Butterflies

26 Jun

This craft was inspired by a project at Gummy Lump (see here.)  The Girlio wanted to make a butterfly instead of a flower, so we did modify it a little.  And, since we were on a butterfly theme, I also looked up a few other projects we could do:

We learned about how butterflies come into this world (she says chrysalis pretty well for a 4 yr. old!):

She did a dot-to-dot butterfly:

She did the craft from Gummy Lump:

And made two butterfly bookmarks:

All projects (except the one from Gummy Lump) came from here.

A few notes about the butterfly craft: I cut out the butterfly by tracing around a picture of a butterfly I found on the internet, and then freehand cut the body out of brown construction paper.  They recommend using sticker paper for the butterfly, but I found the small pieces did not stick, so I ended up going back and adding a bunch of additional glue (which looked fine after it dried-it was just kind of a pain.)  Regular paper and glue would work just fine for this craft.  Have fun!!

Echo Park and My 100th Post!

25 Jun

Well, I can’t believe this is my 100th blog post already-cool!

To celebrate, I am posting three of my favorite Echo Park projects from the last month.

This first project is for the most recent challenge to create a summer project at The Paper Variety here and was inspired by the new Country Drive truck Silhouette shape by Echo Park (just because I really wanted to use it!) and this quote (by Skyzyx) that I found on Pinterest:

I used my Silhouette quite a bit on this layout.  Everything is from Echo Park’s Summer Days collection except for the grass which is Echo Park Happy Halloween.  Other supplies used include Studio Calico Bonnie Blue Mr. Huey, and my Zig and Signo pens.

This Day

Here are some instructions you can use to recreate this project!

1.  To create the sky portion, I diecut a sun using the Ice Cream paper (b side) and my Silhouette (you could easily cut your own sun if you don’t have a Silhouette by cutting or punching out a circle and several strips of paper.) I combined that with stickers from the Sticker Sheet along with a couple of clouds and a border I trimmed from the Summer Days index sheet.  I used pop dots on a few of the cloud stickers for extra dimension.

2. To create the grass, I hand-cut a grass border and a few flowers from the index sheet, and then diecut additional grass from Echo Park Happy Halloween Spider Web paper using my Silhouette.

3.  The truck was made with the Silhouette as well, and was cut to approximately 9.25 inches long and about 4.5 inches tall.  The truck base was cut with Quilt paper (b side), while the grill, tailgate, hubcaps, etc. were all cut with the b side of Big Dots.  Stickers from the Summer Days Sticker Sheet were added to the hubcaps.  A few of the accessories-the grill, the foot board, and the box in the back of the truck aren’t part of the Silhouette shape.  I just cut a few extra pieces of paper to make those, but I think they really add to the truck, don’t you?  🙂

4. The “enjoy” word was cut on the Silhouette.  I removed the letters, and sprayed the negative leftover with Bonnie Blue mist, and adhered it to the Rainbow paper.

5. Final details-I adhered everything to the Diecut sheet (including the letter stickers), added a Summer Days chipboard butterfly and photo corners, added stitching on parts of the truck with my white Signo pen, and the words “life is good” using my Zig pen on the body of the truck.  I also punched several butterflies out of Big Dots paper using my Martha Stewart butterfly punch and adhered them to the page.

Fun, huh?  I love the cheery results, and am looking forward to hanging this up!

This next project I posted last week, but it is definitely one of my favorites.

So Happy For You

This card was made completely with Summer Days.  I used the index sheet (part of the packaging), and cut a rectangle and heart out with my Silhouette.  I then adhered it to the Scallops paper (side b.)  I added stickers from the Sticker Sheet-cutting the words so and you out of phrases, and using an upside down letter i for my exclamation point.  I stitched around the inside of the heart shape, adhered everything (using pop dots for added dimension under two words), and there you are!  I really like the touch the stitching added, and I think I will try that more often in the future.

My third favorite project is one of the onesie cards I made (see more here.)

This card will be perfect for a new baby boy or a toddler boy birthday card.  I purposely left it generic so that I can personalize it later to the occasion.  I used the Little Girl clothesline Silhouette design from Echo Park.  I chose just the onesie design and enlarged it (approximately 6 inches tall and 5 inches wide) to create the card.

Little Boy Onesie

I used the B side of Little Boy Sailboats for the body, and trimmed the airplane and the red stripes out of Little Boy Borders.

So, there are my three favorite Echo Park projects from this month.  Which is your favorite?

**In other news-I was just notified I will have a card in the next issue of Scrapstreet Magazine.  I also have some MOST exciting news that I can’t talk about yet-to be revealed in about a week.  Mysterious, no?  🙂

Kid’s Craft Week #12-Father’s Day Box

17 Jun

I recently got a huge box of free goodies from Consumer Crafts-THANK YOU!!!!  I won a $100 gift certificate from them, which was so exciting!  At first, I was thinking of all the people I could get gifts for, but my hubby encouraged me to buy stuff just for me.  So, I did.  With one exception.  This little wooden box.  Why?  Because I knew it would be the perfect thing for The Girlio to give to hubby for Father’s Day.

She painted it:

She added letter stickers:

And there you go-a cute, easy project and a present to boot!

Oh, and then she decided to paint 40 more sticker labels.

I have PLANS for those, but more of that in another post.  🙂

Echo Park Cards

15 Jun

Monday I received a prize package from Echo Park.  By Tuesday, here was my latest batch of cards.  Can you tell I like Echo Park just a little?  🙂

So Happy For You

This card was made completely with Summer Days.  I used the index sheet (part of the packaging), and cut a rectangle and heart out with my Silhouette.  I then adhered it to the Scallops paper (side B.)  I added stickers from the sticker sheet-cutting the words so and you out of phrases, and using an upside down letter i for my exclamation point.  I stitched around the inside of the heart shape, adhered everything, and there you are!  I really like the touch the stitching added, and I think I will try that more often in the future.

Hello Sunshine

For this card, I used Summer Days and Little Boy paper, and some Summer Days stickers and chipboard.  I outlined the paper pieces with white pen, and cut the sun out of the Summer Days index sheet.

Fun Hot Summer

This card uses the Happy Halloween, Little Boy, and Summer Days collections.  I added some depth with pop dots, and faux stitching with my white pen.  The chipboard and stickers are from the Summer Days collection.  I cut the smaller cloud and the bird out of the Summer Days index sheet.

Life Is A Beautiful Ride

This card has Happy Halloween and Summer Days papers, and chipboard and stickers from Summer Days.  I traced the cloud from the negative space left over from a chipboard Summer Days cloud, and used my white pen to add stitching, and pop dots for dimension on the flowers.

I had so much fun making these cards, and just typing this up makes me want to go create more!!  Off I go!!!

Kid’s Craft Week #11-Custom Stickers

10 Jun

So, I was still trying to figure out what to do with the rest of the giant roll of labels hubby brought home.  We used some last week for our craft, but there are a LOT left.  Then I came up with the idea of using my punches!  I found four punches that were the correct size and punched ten of each shape.  Then, The Girlio used glitter glue and paint to decorate them, and now she has 40 of her own custom stickers to use on her projects!  How fun!

If you have an older child, they can punch the shapes themselves.  The Girlio tried, but the punches were a little too tough for her to use.  She settled for putting all of the shapes into piles while I punched.  Small details on punches don’t punch well out of the labels, so I ended up cutting off the antenna on the butterfly, but they still look fine.  The only word of caution on this project-make sure you put the stickers right-side up for your child to paint.  Otherwise, before you know it, they could have painted the backside of several stickers.  I’m just saying.  🙂

Echo Park Onesie Cards

9 Jun

I am a little behind sharing my projects here.  Had family in town, and then some sick ones to care for!  So, to start the catch-up, here are some onesie cards I made a few weeks back with my Silhouette.  I am really loving the combination of using my Silhouette with Echo Park products-just can’t seem to get enough!  These cards will be perfect for new babies or baby/toddler birthdays.  I purposely left them generic so that I can personalize them later to the occasion.  I used the Little Girl clothesline Silhouette design from Echo Park.  I chose just the onesie design and enlarged it (approximately 6 inches tall and 5 inches wide) to create the cards.

Little Boy Onesie

I used the B side of Little Boy Sailboats, and cut the airplane and the red stripes out of Little Boy Borders.

Little Girl Onesie

I used the B side of Airmail Stripe from Be Mine, and added a doilie Silhouette shape which I cut apart for the sleeves and bottom (I just used regular white copy paper.)  The crocheted flower was made by my mom.  Thanks Mom!  🙂

Star Onesie

This last one was made with both sides of the Little Boy Rad Plaid paper.  I made it for a Paper Variety challenge to use stars.  I cut the sleeves off on the top for a little bit of a different design.  The chipboard star (covered by the plaid) is by Bazzill.