Friday, June 30, 2017

Soy Happy For You

Yesterday I shared the card I made for my brother to congratulate him on his engagement.  I didn't want to leave his fiancee out so I made her this quick little card using Lawn Fawn Let's Roll.  I have loved this set since I picked it up and I don't even like sushi!


This is a simple and clean card.  I just added some layering to pull it all together.  The images are colored with Spectrum Noir.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Ribbiting News

My brother is engaged--finally!  We really thought it would never happen at this point but he has found his someone special and I finally got to use this frog couple stamp I have been holding on to for about 6 years.  It is much older than that.  I purchased it from a garage sale and have no idea who made the stamp.


You may be asking yourself why frogs?  My family has been teasing my brother about frogs for years.  I make him a special frog birthday card every year and we always find him something froggy for Christmas.  When our parents were alive they had a blast with all the frogs so I have continued it.

The ribbiting news sentiment is from Paper Smooches Critter Puns set.  I'm sure my brother will love it!  We will see how his fiancee feels about frogs when I see them later this week.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Texas Teacher

I have wanted a Texas Teacher shirt for a while but never seemed to get around to making myself one.  I found this very soft baseball style shirt that is lightweight and short sleeved.  I knew it would be perfect for starting the school year.  It is still so hot at the beginning of the year I don't want 3/4 sleeves or anything too heavy.


I used SCAL to create the cut file and my Scan N Cut to cut the vinyl.  I convinced my husband I needed a heat press last fall so this shirt was a snap to finish up (don't mind my photo-bombing dog in the background).


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Photo Wood Project

I have one more project I made while I was on my scrapbook retreat.  If you have never been to a retreat, I highly recommend it.  I love just having time to create with no interruptions.  The project today came together very quickly and I will definitely be making more of these!

To create this I purchased the wood piece and order a photo that was close in size to it.  I measured each slat and cut a strip of the picture that size.  Once I had all my pieces I used Gel Medium to adhere the photo to the wood. I could definitely add some things to my project but I really like the simplicity of it.

Entry Way Piece

Last summer I went to the Vintage Market Days when it came to Houston.  I picked up several things just because I loved them but had no idea what to do with them.  In that group of things I picked up was a piece of reclaimed wood and some hooks.  They have sat in the closet of my scrapbook room until I went to the retreat this past weekend.  I put the hooks and the wood together with some paint and vinyl stencils and this is what I ended up with.


To make my vinyl stencil I used my Scan N Cut to cut out a big Texas.  I weeded out the positive part.  Then I applied the stencil to my board and pounced the white paint on to it.  When the paint dried I moved on to the second stencil which was my last name.  I cut and applied it again and pounced some green paint in it.


I finished off wood piece by adding the hooks I found.  I think this will look great in our entry way where guests can hang a jacket.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Teach Love Inspire

I have another fun project I completed at my scrapbook retreat.  This time I was working on a shadow box.  I try to make something for my teaching partner every year when we start school. Last year I made her a shirt with HTV and the year before it was word blocks for the classroom.  This year I created a shadow box (one for me too!) that can be used in the classroom.  I picked out a nice background paper and used a box of crayons to fill the box.


The front of the shadow box is finished with a vinyl quote I downloaded from Lori Whitlock.  I think my teaching buddy will love it but I can't decide if I want to keep the chevron or dot background!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Did someone say walk?

I spent a long weekend at a scrapbook retreat with some of my crafty friends.  I packed a lot of stuff and luckily completed a lot of stuff!  I have wanted to make this leash holder for a while. I finally found the perfect saying for it and completed it at the retreat.


The jar is to hold either a treat or a doggie bag.  I started with a wood plaque I picked up at Hobby Lobby and some chalk paint.  I had a lot of fun at the hardware store looking for pieces to hold the mason jar on and the hook for the leash.  I finished off with a vinyl quote cut with a file from Lori Whitlock.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Mermaid Kisses and Starfish Wishes

I am finally getting the chance to try out my Hero Arts Monthly Kit for May.  May is such a busy time for teachers.  I never get into the craft room as much as I would like and when I do it is usually to make something for one of my my children!

I have two cards to share today.  The are fairly similar to each other, I just used some different products for each.

The first card has an inked background with the wave stencil.  This stencil is just gorgeous!  I love how the waves seem to be moving across the page.



For the second card I inked the card base and then used some blue glitter embossing paste with the stencil.



I colored my mermaids and my little fish friends with colored pencils.  I finished off with a few sequins that were in the kit.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Another Peacock

I pulled out the Hero Arts Layering Peacock and coordinating stencil again.


I also used the Hero Arts Peacock ink set for this card.  I really love how detailed the stencil and stamp are.  It makes an elegant card quickly and easily.  I left the sentiment off of this one.  I want to add it on a banner eventually but I really felt this card could go any way that suited me--birthday, thank you, encouragement--lots of options.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Father's Day Gift Card Holder

I created another Father's Day card with a cut file.  This one is a gift card holder. I love how the gift card fits in the pocket!  Super cute.


I finished off the card front with some brads and stamped the sentiment on the pocket.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Birthday Card in a Box

I have another interactive card to share.  I made this sweet card in a box for my crafty friend.  She loves all things pink so I layered up the pink on this one!

I used the 2 way box card file from Lori Whitlock Shop.

Birthday Card Box

I embellished all the different pop ups with some stickles and Nuvo drops.  There is plenty of room in this card to add some more of your own embellishments. By the time I added all the sparkle to my elements I was afraid any more things would make it too heavy.  But my next card will have some added items!

Birthday Card Box
Birthday Card Box

This card folds down flat and fits in an envelope.  I think it is fun to have a birthday card that can sit on your desk to enjoy for a while.

Birthday Card Box

Lovely Day Shaker

Today I have a shaker card to share.  I love shaker cards.  I love them so much that I have bought tons of things to stuff my shakers with.  This card uses vellum instead of acetate for the shaker window.  It has a softer look.


The stamp I used is the layering peacock from Hero Arts.  I love how detailed this stamp is.  You get a great colored image and all you have to do is stamp.


The background was created using the peacock feather stencil from Hero Arts and some gold glitter embossing paste.  Before I used the paste I inked the cardstock in a pale blue ink.


The sentiment was heat embossed with gold. I have yet to find a gold ink that I love.  I always resort to heat embossing when I want gold.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Insta Cube Cards

I love making interactive cards.  When I first started making cards the interactive cards were always my favorite to make.  The problem was they involved a lot of measuring and special cutting or templates to trace.  My end results were ok but not exactly how I wanted.  Then I started finding dies to make interactive cards.  The dies work great and I had the results I wanted but they started adding up cost wise.

When I finally made the splurge to get my Scan N Cut I was able to get the best of both worlds--interactive cards I love and the low cost of svg files.  One of my favorite places to get SVG files from is Lori Whitlock's Shop.  I found the files to make the two cards below on her site.  I just love how they turned out!

The first card I am sharing is the birthday card I made for Lizzy.


The cube that pops out has 4 sides with decorations.




The card was really easy to put together and I love that it uses a rubber band to create the movement.



The second card I have to share with you is a Father's Day version.


 I like that the back of the box is covered too.  You could easily add a panel to sign.


I'm sure a gift card would fit inside these boxes.




This time I used the sentiment that came with the file.  I printed this one on my printer (although I could have done it with the universal pen holder in my scan n cut too).  Then I scanned it and had my Scan N Cut cut out the shape for me.  I followed the same process for the cover of the box.



I can't wait to try some other versions of this insta cube.  I love how they turned out.  Lizzy really loved her birthday card and I'm sure my husband will enjoy his Father's Day card too.