Monday, June 27, 2011


Wow! I haven't used Inkscape in so long I had to re-teach myself. This is a cute little ladybug that is on one of my 2 year old daughter's sand shovel's and I thought it was so cute! Not to mention that while some kids have imaginary friends she has imaginary LADYBUGS! That's all she talks about and you wouldn't believe the things these ladybugs can get into - LOL!!!

This is the replica of the ladybug on the shovel and the whole time I was designing it my daughter was squealing with joy!!! She cuts beautifully!!!

Teagan's Ladybug

If you'd like this SCAL file please leave a comment with an email address that you'd like the file sent to. - Thank you

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Teacher's and Bus Driver gifts

I had so much fun making these! Kid's last day of school is tomorrow so I waited last minute, of course! They are the mini paint can's filled with mini peanut butter cups and hershey kisses with little messages on the bottom. Card's will contain gift cards for the teacher's.

*original paint can idea came from Greenbean's website and the gift card holder is from Dawn.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Coupons for the week of 6/19/2011

Coupons for this week at link at top of blog.


Butterfly Garden Tent Card

Pictures aren't great quality as they were taken with my phone, sorry. Love the way this came out!

Glitter and Sticky Paper Butterfly

Card for a friend. Technique for Butterfly is below also.

Sticky Paper with Glitter Technique

Supplies you'll need: Sticky Paper, Peel Off stickers, Transfer paper, Glitter, Copics (if you choose to color).
Cut around the Peel Off stickers you want to use.
If you're planning to glitter the entire piece with different colors you'll want to leave the inside pieces of your sticker intact and then cover the sticker with the transfer paper.
Slowly peel the sticker backing off leaving the Peel Off sticker attached to the Transfer Paper.
Apply sticker to the Sticky Paper using the Transfer Paper. When peeling up the Transfer Paper you'll want to do this slowly as to not rip off any of the stickiness.
If you're going to do the entire piece one color than there's no need to leave the inside pieces of the sticker unless you plan on glitter the entire background rather than trimming.
I'm not going to glitter the background so I went ahead and trimmed around my Peel Off stickers.
For coloring with Copics I like the Cool Highlight glitter. Bought this at a LSS.
Dump Glitter over your Sticky Paper and push glitter into Sticky Paper. Remove excess Glitter and burnish with finger until you get a very smooth texture (almost like foil).
Make sure all Glitter is burnished and there are no loose grains.
Take the Copic marker and gently flick over your piece where you want color. Flicking at different pressures with give you different results.
For adding different color Glitter sections you'll want to carefully peel off the inside pieces with tweezers different sections at a time.
I want my petals all one color so I peeled off all the inside petal pieces.
Dump glitter and burnish with finger till foil like smooth texture.
Make sure all excess Glitter is off.
Repeat with remaining sections.
Ready to use on your projects!

How I store my Twine

Twine is too pretty to just store away so no one can see! I store my twine on little wooden spools that can hold approx 12 yds and then put them on spool holders. I also store my seam binding ribbon and silk ribbon like this too.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Divine Twine and Trendy Twine and Timeless Twine OH MY!

Wowy! I'll be getting about 220 yards (10 yds each of 22 different kinds) of Twine in the mail over the next week! I participated in a couple Twine Shares (Trendy Twine and Timeless Twine) on the Cricut Messageboard for a steal ($8.75 for 10yds each of 11 different twines) and then I won 110 yds of Divine Twine (10 yds each of 11 different twines) on Ebay for $7.50! So excited! I love twine, can you tell?????

And well what's a girl to do about storing all this Twine? I can't simply put it in a box and hide it away! NO! Twine is beatiful and needs to be displayed properly! So I found these cute wooden spools on Etsy and ordered 50 of them! Each spool can hold 10 yds of 4 ply twine and the extra spools will hold most of my seam binding! So stinkin' EXCITED!

I have no new crafts today to share. Hoping to get something done tomorrow. Gotta RUN - literally. On my way out to run trails with my husband and his running buddy in 91 degree weather. Just call me CRAZY! There's a race I want to run a good time in on Father's day so I got to get some good runs in.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

A New Layout

Here is the layout I finished today. I used a sketch this time because I was just drawing a blank (sketch from Allison Davis). I kept it simple and added quite a bit of sewing to it even though my machine was acting up and my stitches aren't perfect - oh well. I used Inkscape to form my text in a circle and then cut it out with my MS circle cutter.

The pictures are of my younger son getting his ear pierced. His older brother has his done and he insisted through the tears. We had to have it done at a tattoo/piercing shop with an actual needle because he has extremely sensitive skin and needed special earrings.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Car Decals

I used the Car Decals cartridge to add these adorable little people to the back of my van!

This is outdoor grade 3-5 year vinyl I bought off Ebay from seller: vinylmayhem1996. Very reasonable cost too!(put in an offer of 50cents per foot). I got all this for like $20 with shipping!

New Coupons Posted

Some coupons posted at link at top of blog for week of 6/5/2011. I'll post more tomorrow when they come out. Enjoy.

Friday, June 3, 2011

2011 Calendar

I use the top portion of the hanging calendar for photos of things that happened that month so pictures don't go on till the end of the month which is why June has an empty top. I ink around the edges of the top portion to match the calendar for that month and then once the pictures are on I add little captions so that when I look back years later I know what was going on.


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