Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Craft Exchange

Every year we have a Ladies Cookie and Craft Exchange with my work. I have to say I love the event and look forward to it. We choose our person in secret...which always ends up to sneaky behavior and I think that's the part I love the most ;) This year I got my good friend Jackie....with some conspiracy efforts our talented photographer in the office arranged for family pictures. My main goal was to do something for her and her lovely daughters.....and this is what I came up with. The girls shadow box I used my imagine to print the background, and some butterfly accents with the imagine more cartridge. I then kept it pretty simple but I love how it turned out. For Jackie and the girls together....I did some glass etching with the Home Accents cartridge and decided to put a vinyl accent piece next to it. The rest of the box I kept simple. I even broke out my poetry cobwebs and did a poem....My honey helped me with the watermark butterfly behind the poem.....I see more shadowboxes in my future...I just love them as gifts!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

My Pink Stamper Winter Challenge

I saw My Pink Stampers Winter Challenge and decided this might be good to get my feet wet!

Plus I wanted to try out my imagine with an expression cartridge and no printing.....It took me awhile to get into the Winter mode since it was 85 here in Virginia today, however once I started......

I kept it simple and made SNOW card with the Winter Wonderland cartridge....Sorry the pictures aren't better but here it is! Enjoy :) I had fun!

FIrst Imagine Project

I am LOVING my Imagine.....I couldn't resist I had to get one. The first one I received had to be replaced but now.....I'm in heaven :) Jayce has a birthday party today so I made her friend Becca a cute purse to hold her gift card and a card for the birthday girl. I used the Best Friends cartridge....I would have liked to use pop up squares but I discovered my son (still figuring this one out) used the last of them last week? I guess my craft table isn't safe from anyone in my family! I thought it was a cute first project to get my feet wet....There is a slight learning curve for sizing and flooding the images but really I can tell I am going to be in love with this machine...My favorite part is that I used my old Calligraphy cartridge for the font and was able to flood the letters with any print/color I wanted....Thank you Provo Craft for incorporating the old cartridges....How awesome!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Old Desk....New Desk

I was on a hunt.....My daughter wanted a desk in her room....I scoured websites and stores....saw prices of over $200 (YIKES) and low prices with cheap materials.....and still I did not see something that would fit in with my tomboy little girl who requested "cool, and could you fit camouflage in there too mom?" I was at a I did what any mom would do...I garage saled and found a plain nice wood desk (old I'll give you that) for.....$10. I knew in it's present condition it would never be acceptable so a couple bottles of black spray paint, silver metallic paint lightly brushed over all the surfaces, new hardware....and it looks like a new desk! Now....for the camo.....I went to Lowes and found peg board.....and did my best camo motif....added some peg board baskets and she's got a functional desk area! (Maybe she'll stay off of my craft table now.....maybe not :)).
To round off the room for my creative girl.....white dry erase paint.....easy...bought at Lowes for about $30...taped off the board.....and went to town....I cut Idea Board in vinyl with my cricut....Now she can write down all the things that run through her head :)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

A gift for a friend...... resolution is to be an active blogger :) This summer has ran away from me....I've done a lot of projects, and have had no time to blog. Hopefully all of this will change. My coworker Katie is about to embarq on her new life with her boyfriend in Kentucky....

It's always sad to see someone you care for leave but I couldn't let her go without a sending off gift. I decided to do something radical and make my own picture frame....First I went to countless antique stores and just saw nothing that I was looking for. Frank suggested we go buy the off to Lowes we went! I bought two pine boards and went to town! I needed help from Frank to cut to size and dremel the inside of the frame.....The rest was all me :) After sanding the wood I spray painted a base coat of sandy bronze. After that dried I sanded it some more and mixed a metallic/white paint mixture to lightly brush over the wood....dry...sand....lightly lightly brushed light purple paint over it and you guessed it dried and sanded again....The result I love ....looks weathered ....hopefully you can see that through the pictures. For the pictures themselves I used vinyl, brads, embossing....whatever I thought meshed well....the end result I love and I hope Katie does too...Best of luck to her in Kentucky!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Wedding Table Decorations

Well.....I did it! I survived the wedding :) The entire process was exhausting and stressful but the part I will always savor was that Frank and I did everything together.....from the paper for the thank you favor cards, to the stones we put in the centerpieces! Heck he even helped me make the bouquets.....So here's my DIY centerpieces.....They cost me $7 each and were super easy.....I bought the glass at Wal-Mart and then took a trip to the dollar store....Frank and I love the outdoors and we wanted a nature theme...I found the rocks and the green accent pieces at the dollar store...So simple. The favors were etched glass with a thank you card.....Overall I love how they turned out! We also used Verterra plates, they're palm leaves that have fallen to the ground and pressed into biodegradable dinnerware....Love them!