Saturday, May 31, 2008

My new ATC holder....


Okay - so I would love to be able to tell you that I got this new ATC holder today -   :-)


However - at $30 plus the cost of accessories for the small one - I decided it was time to get creative instead.  I had my brain ticking on this one for a couple of days - wondering what I could fashion into this tricky little system - and then - yes - you guessed it - another recycling epiphany!!   Why reinvent something that already exists??  Hence, my Rolodex ATC holder was born.....  Since I already own one of these handy dandy little numbers - and use it - I went to my local Goodwill in search of another (They cost $20 and up brand new...)  So I was able to find one in tip top shape for $3.99 - and bonus - it was the larger size.  The smaller size would have worked fine - but I wanted to be able to showcase my tags as well and some of them are quite big...  

I got to work wrapping and tying ribbon to take away from the "office chic" factor (aka - black metal...).  I chose to glue dot my ATC's to each Rolodex card because I collect them and I don't use them on projects.  I used paperclips to attach my tags since I might use those on future scrap pages, etc.  Here is what I ended up with.  It's not exactly the prettiest ATC holder in the world - but once it is full - I don't think it will matter.  
  
As you can see - mine isn't nearly filled up yet, but they do hang straighter when they are closer together - so there is hope....

Here is how I hung my tags from swaps, etc....



So here are some sweet little pics of my boys on their preschool graduation day yesterday - I say this as a silent tear drips down my face...  They are getting so big!!

They are reciting the Lords prayere here, of course Jake never keeps his eyes closed for long during prayer!!



Getting our "diplomas"

I hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday!!!!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Fairwell to our Teachers and Friends...

And so our school year comes to a close and it is time to say goodbye to the teachers and friends that we have grown to love so much! For my twins, it has been their first school experience - and what a blessed one it has been! I have seen so much growth in them this year and it makes me excited for the years of backpacks and learning still to come. We have our little Pre-School graduation tomorrow - and I know I will shed a few tears since these boys are my last children that will go through this phase...

So I was going to make this great card that I found on a fellow
demo's website for our teachers next fall - and I decided why not make some for our current teachers as goodbye cards... So here is the card I found online on Alex's blog (who is a pretty super awesome girl herself :-)

http://dazzlingink.blogspot.com/2008/04/red-delicious.html

And here are my versions:







SU! Scallop punch and 1” circle for the worm hole – can’t take it – it’s toooo cute…









I added glossy accents to the seeds to make them stand out a bit more… SU! Scallop punch to emulate little bites… so darn cute! I folded and distressed the leaves a bit for more texture….


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Recycled and saved myself $100....


So I really really really wanted this neato organizational tool that I saw online and that many of the crafty ladies online have in their dream scrap rooms.... Here is a pic of what I really wanted.... You can find all the pieces and add ons here: http://www.clipitup.com/products.html



So after you were to add all the clips and tags and a second unit on top to make into a two-tier unit - It would cost me about $100. Well, if you know me personally - I am kind of a cheap skate with things like that. I would rather just spend $100 on cute scrap stuff than something to hold it all. So I got to thinking - and I knew exactly what I could do...
Before she passed away, my beloved Grandmother had given me a (to put it lightly) a rather unsightly old lamp that had been broken and had a terribly dusty and tattered shade on it. Obviosly quite outdated - but I knew that I needed to hold on to this item because it had been by my Grandmother's side for a long time, and throughout her long battle with cancer. I had planned on refurbing the lamp base itself - but had completely discounted the shade - but couldn't bring myself to get rid of it yet.



Here is the lampshade base that I started with - quickly getting to work tearing away the tattered shade fabric.



















Here is the bare lamp shade frame that I ended up with -








Here is how my new sticker and embellishment storage system ended up... I tried several different clips - but the paperclips seemed to take up the least amount of space.





Not quite the fancy schmancy one that I originally wanted - but not bad for free and recycled from something that was given to me from a dear loved one that I really didn't want to end up in a landfill....





Here is a closup of my bent paperclip hangers. I am planning to add dividers when I find the right type - everything I have tried just falls to the side - so I think I will just tie on tags with fancy ribbon. I also plan to add a lazy susan underneath as soon as I find one with a big enough base. It will be great to have some swivel action :-)

So the next time you see a hideous lampshade at the thrift store - give it a second look. Especially the really tall ones - they would work even better for some of those really long sticker assortments...
Have a great week!!!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Feelin' Crafty....

I recently bought a dog bed at Costcto (which I actually used for my cat. If you've seen my dogs, you would know that only their heads would fit in this little bed :-). The cardboard packaging attached to it had awesome scalloped edges. I thought maybe I would keep it around to use as a template to cut patterned paper for my scrap pages. But after looking at it in my craft room for a few weeks - I decided to use it for wall art. I have been planning to do a scrap page collage of my daughter's school pictures through the years. So I just transferred the idea - here is what I started with:



Cardboard packaging front and back:



So I decided to use the cardboard side for the project. I painted it with MM paints and then I coated it with Modge Podge giving extra attention to the edges. This will prevent the paint from wearing off over time. I prefer the matte finish Modge Podge - but you could use any type you like.





Here is my finished product below. I began adding my photos leaving room for the title. I layered them and then embellished on top of everything. Some elements are raised on dimensionals. I distressed the edges of the photos with my fingernails and inked the edges of the whole project.









So give a second look to your scraps or something you think might be garbage. Because you just might be able to make it something memorable!
Have a wonderful weekend!!!!!!1

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Sketch challenge/ Card Kit Swap




Here is my card for this week's SFYTT. The supplies were given to me by an online galpal for a card supply kit swap. I completely love the colors of the supplies that she gave me. There were rusts and roses - so warm and feminine!! She stamped the teacup image for me to use - and I knew that I had to use the cracked glass technique for it!! I love how this card turned out - and having a great sketch to follow really helped!! Thanks Jen!!










Here is Jen's sketch - she puts them out every Saturday -



Family Funny for the day: You know you are loved when this happens - The twins locked themselves in our master bedroom, turned on our stereo, and proceeded to jump on the bed while shrieking quite loudly (naturally giving themselves away...). When my husband went to the door to get them out of our room - Sam came to the door, opened it slightly and said, "We are having a party in here, and you are not invited!!" slamming the door after... So my husband came to me and said, "Apparently I am not invited to the party in our bedroom..." I went in to check on them, and Sam said, "Mom, you can be invited to our party because you are a good dancer! Can you put on my favorite song now? You know, Hips Don't Lie??"


Ahhh yes, my Sammie is quite a Shakira fan - but I am not sure at this point whether that is a good thing or a bad thing... He especially likes the part at the end when they say, "No fighting, no fighting..." I say that so much to him and his brother, he must think it is my mantra.....


Have a blessed Sunday!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, May 2, 2008

This weeks creations.....




Below is a Mother's Day gift for my my mommie that I made this week. I started with these coasters that were in the dollar section at Michael's craft store. They were a set of 8 for $1 - a great deal!! They do have decoration on one side though, so I just had to rough it up with some sandpaper to get my paper to adhere a little better. One tip for covering coasters or board books is to run your brayer over the paper after you lay it over your adhesive. Run it over the sides too- this runs some of the glue to the edges and takes out any bubbles or gaps that you might have underneath. I take an emery board to the edges to get them sanded down after that (I get those like 20 for $1 at the dollar store).




I designed the frame to stand on it's own when open so my mom could place it on her desk at work. I used SU! Cutie Pie paper and the Priceless set. I added bling and covered the photos with modge podge so they will last a while since I printed them out on my own PC....





The front of the frame......









Inside of the frame free standing open.....
Inside close-ups........

















I just punched holes in the coasters with my Cropodile and threaded some ribbon through - tying it tight so the frame will stay open and stand up. I stamped over the modge podge after it was dry with Stazon ink and then added some bling for a little sparkle...


Here is a layout that I made about myself - I "jazzed" it up a bit with my shabby chic style because you know I just can't leave well enough alone and I had to add all my little "extra's"...































Here are my cards this week -


SU! Office Accoutrement set and East Coast Prep papers.... There are beads glued in the centers of the flowers. I used the SU! spiral punch to add some interest to the card stock edges. For JenD's SFYTT...








Last week's SFYTT using SU!'s Carte Postale set and Pretties Kit...













Family Milestone: Well, Jake finally lost his first tooth - and it happend it be the same tooth that his twin brother lost last month. Except - Jake decided that this particular tooth was his favorite, and that he needed to "spend more time with it" before he could give it to the tooth fairy. So, three days later, the tooth is still in a plastic bag in his room on his book shelf - and he insists that he needs to keep it. Sam was the same way with his - but I was able to convince him to give it away - but of course it cost the "tooth fairy" $5... I am not sure how to bribe Jake to give his tooth up though...

So the boys got their hair cut today - and they both insisted that they wanted to "look like a man". Jake convinced the hair stylist to slick back his hair with gel - he looked like a cross between Eddie Munster and Alfalfa with his little cow lick in the back... OMG - I was dying... They got to watch cartoons during the cut, and got a neck massage and lollipop afterwards. Add in the bag of popcorn and them spraying themselves in the mouth with the stylists spray bottle of water - and you would have thought they were on a mini-vacation or something... Such an awesome barber shop - and the kid's cuts are only $11.99... A decent price when you are always paying for haircuts in two's :-)
Enjoy your weekend ladies - I hope you get some time to craft and relax!!