Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Earrings out of Shrink Plastic

Within 30 minutes I made a pair of earrings with shrink plastic, that stuff that first came out in the 70's but is now widely available again. And talk about fun to work with! First, cut the shapes, then stamp image on the rough side, and then color in a few areas of the stamped image. I punched a hole near the top with my 1/4" hole punch. (You have to remember that holes shrink, too!) When I got done, this is what it looked like:

Then came the fun part, the shrinking! The instructions said to shrink it in the oven, but I just used my heat embossing gun and it worked fine. When I got finished shrinking, it looked like this:

See the huge difference in size? Wow! And the best part, I thought, was that it became shiny and hard. Just like, well, plastic!

I then took out my jewelry making box of toys, added a couple of jump rings and my earring hooks, and TA-DA! A new pair of earrings!

Friday, August 27, 2010

"Faux" Lace Cardstock

I used a Cuttlebug die that I have, one of the Vintage 2x2 set, and cut several out. Then I ran them through my Xyron X and adhered them on my background side by side, and layered patterned paper on top. It gives the illusion of being a piece of lace cardstock cut down and used as a layer. Or, at least, that was my intention! I think it works!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Altered Fridge Magnet

This is for a challenge over at Sweet Peach Crop Shop Blog which was to alter something. I took an old fridge magnet that had advertising on it and turned it into this.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Court and Getting Creative

Here's a page about my son making Prom Court this last spring at his Senior prom. The theme of their prom was Monte Carlo, and they even had a pretend casino where they played for tickets that they could turn in for chances at door prizes. That's why I have the cards on there! And yes, those are real cards! We have a deck that was missing a few cards (not sure why we'd kept it) so I snatched a few more. Who's going to miss them, right? I was sure to grab "the court" (king, queen, etc) to match the topic of my page! See that frame around my picture, that is good 'ole fashioned aluminum foil. Yep, straight from the kitchen cabinet! Sometimes a crafter on a budget has to get creative with what she has!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Happy {Summer} Birthday!

Here is a card I made for my sister-in-law's birthday.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Spring Time Camping

This layout is about a camping trip we took last April. I love spring time camping, because it hasn't got hot yet, and you can really get outside and enjoy all the new plant growth and warm sunshine. And I think my little dog loves spring time camping, too, because he wants to walk, walk, walk and then take a nice long nap! Such is the dog's life! Those yellow flowers on the pages are my attempt to crochet my own daffodils. Not too bad, I thought, considering I came up with the pattern all on my own.

Here's the pages with a little bit closer look:

Friday, August 6, 2010

Paper Piecing & My Jump Start on Christmas!

I'm already getting a jump start on my Christmas cards! (We'll see how long this trend lasts, though! I always have good intentions every year but, well, you know.....)

Here's two cards that uses two different techniques of paper piecing. The first one, the first Christmas card of the season, uses paper piecing with a stamp. I had just bought a Studio G Soloz stamp at Michael's with that exact technique in mind! I had these scraps of paper left over and laying on my desk from my last layout, and to me they looked a little Christmas-y, so it only seemed right to use them up. I stamped the gift on my white cardstock, then again on my two patterned paper pieces, and yet again on some of the burgundy cardstock. I then trimmed all the pieces out and then glued them to the white cardstock using the stamped image there as a guide. Kind of like putting together a puzzle.

The second card uses paper piecing with die cuts. It's a birthday card for my young step-grandson. Here is my card:

I took a few die cuts of the same sailboat, just using different papers, and cut them into pieces that I then put together to make a new boat. (I had several of the die cuts given to me by a friend who has recently given up scrapbooking and was getting rid of her things. Can you imagine...I didn't know anybody COULD "give up" scrapbooking?!?)

I made two more cards that don't involve paper piecing, but they do use a couple of my favorite Christmas stamps. Well, now I've got 3 Christmas cards done! And oh, I dunno, about 27 more to go! But, hey, I figure if I can whittle away at that number a few at a time, I should have them done in no time. And with no stress! After all, this is supposed to be fun, right? And the best part on these is that I used up every piece of my scrap paper! Yoo-hoo! Life is good!