Friday, June 19, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

These are the Father's Day Cards that I will be giving to my Dad and Dad-in-Law. A huge thank you to Ruelysi Creative Cards for sharing her cut file on her blog. The tool belt and tools were all made using the Cricut and the George cartridge. I am sure that something similar to this could also be done in SCAL.
(Please go check out Ruelysi Creative Cards if you haven't already. She is not only very talented, but also very generous with her cut files!)
I knew when I saw these that they would make perfect Lowe's Gift Card holders. I am really pleased with the way they turned out!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

This Was My Biggest Project Yet!

This most definitely was my biggest project I have yet to work on. At last count I had over 30 hours into making this ABC Baby Album. It was a gift for a co-worker expecting her first child on June 16 - she is the type of person who appreciates something "homemade" and can also understand and appreciate the time it takes to make something like this.
I made the book with the mindset that new parents are very busy and often don't have the time it takes to document the special moments in their first child's lives until later (yep, that was me, scrapbooking my kid's baby albums when they were in their early teens - LOL).
So I thought I'd give her a head start with an album all set to add the pictures!
She's a teacher - so the ABC theme was perfect. There is a page designed for each letter of the alphabet and a cute saying to go along. I then added three individual paper piecing pictures for each letter - some letters boggled my brain for a "cute" design appropriate for a baby book. Most of the piecings were cut by hand, as they were tiny and I found this actually easier than cutting them on my Cricut. Many of the patterns came from an ABC Paper Piecing Booklet that I purchased from for only $3.99 - well worth the money! Below is a link to a slide show of the book - I hope you enjoy browsing through the pictures and take time to leave me a comment! It is the comments left by you that continue to make me want to keep posting and sharing files that I create!

My ABC Baby Album

Here is a link (hope it works) to Photobucket, where the slide show will play. (I hope)

I've Gone to the Bees!

Well, on May 16th our two packages of Honey Bees arrived. Bees are very interesting little creatures to say the least. I now clearly understand the meaning of the phrase...Busy as a Bee! Poor little things literally work themselves to death. This ia a picture of one of the hive frames about 3 weeks after the bees were installed. They are already very busy building out the frame combs and her royal highness, Queen bee, is very busy with her only job of laying eggs. The bees are so cute when their hind legs and pollen sacs are full of pollen - I call them "The Cheetos Girls" because they look like they are carrying Cheetos on their legs - LOL
I'll update now and then on their progress - and hope to stay free of stings in the meantime! So good!

Mother's Day 2009

Yet again I could not decide what to make for Mother's Day cards.... so I made and gave two. The first is a "Z" card inspired by cards that I have seen on Angel Stamper's blog. The teapot and teacup are paper piecing patterns that I duplicated in Inkscape and made into svg. files so that I could cut them using my Cricut machine.
The pop-up flower card is a file that ScrappedLives was so kind to share! It is a beautiful card to put together! You should check out both of these blogs for more of their creative projects! I think both my mother and mother-in-law liked both of their cards!

Teagan's First Birthday Cards

So far I have these two cards that I made to choose from for my niece's 1st birthday. The first is a little girl outfit card which I made using a pattern and SCAL. The front of the card is the side with the bunny in the pocket and the back has the rubber ducky sticking out the back pocket.

The other is a paper piecing teddy. I think I may even work on a few more before I decide...that's one problem I always have when I sit down to make something....I always think I can make something better than the last. (This is how I usually make and sometimes give more than one card)! Thanks for looking!

Kaylee the Tear Bear

Meet the newest addition to my tear bears. My daughter was getting upset that I was making all these cute bears and giving them away on cards. So I made one especially for her. I think she looks darling in her pink and white gingham outfit. I actually used some tulle from the slip
that I wore on my wedding day to accent the top. These bears are very addicting.