Monday, November 13, 2017

Coach Shirt

I do love making shirts, and occasionally a friend will ask me to make them a shirt too. This is a recent shirt that I did for a friend's kid's coach!

Pretty sure this put a smile on the coach's face! I just used a Varsity style font and black HTV on this one. I may have to make one for my daughter's coach next!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Sarcastic Exercize Shirts

So I've recently joined a gym and have started a pretty vigorous exercise routine when I work out almost every day. Well, exercise is NOT my favorite thing so I need to be able to have a bit of fun with my work out attire. I am almost always hot, so I had to decorate a couple of my work out tank tops to match my attitude about my work outs...

I used purple HTV and of course some silver glitter HTV to make this first shirt. I think there should be more glitter and sparkle in my gym... so I'll bling myself!

This shirt cracks me up every time I put it on! Plus the fact that the text is sort of heart shaped is hilarious to me! This is just silver metallic HTV so it's got a nice shimmer.

These are only the first of I'm sure, MANY more snark-tastic exercise shirts for me!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Operation Christmas Child Girl Scout Packing Party!

Today I wanted to share another one (or two) of my passions with you, Operation Christmas Child and Girl Scouts! Both of my daughters are Girl Scouts and I am a leader for both of their troops. I was a Girl Scout as a child, and went all the way through to bridge to Adults, earning my Silver and Gold Awards along the way. So early in October we had the opportunity to hear a speaker who had received a Shoebox from Operation Christmas Child as a kid in an orphanage in South America, and she was adopted by an American family and now travels around speaking about her experiences.

Happily, I do a lot of work with my good friend, Betsy AKA The Crazy Shoebox Lady so she was able to bring this opportunity to my Girl Scouts! In conjunction with hearing the wonderful speaker, we also packed 100 Shoeboxes to send to kids in need all over the world.

Because of the age of most of the girls who attended, we specifically packed boxes for 5-9 year old girls.  Above is a photo of my two girls, carefully selecting all of the items that will go into their box!

 We got to take a few photos after we finished packing so here is a photo of my girls with the speaker. It was really cool to pack boxes with her! 

And here's what 100 Shoeboxes looks like packed into the Crazy Shoebox Lady's car! Many of the items we packed were collected by the Girl Scouts who attend our local Day Camp in the summer.

Hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into some of my other passions!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Yarn Pumpkins

Just a quick post today to share these ADORABLE yarn pumpkins! I love how each one is just a bit different from the other, but they all look cute together!

The pumpkin on the right was made from a heavier weight yarn and I made a pom pom for the base, just wrapping the yarn around two of my fingers spread slightly apart (so you can slide the yarn off at the end) about 25 times. Then I carefully slid the yarn off of my fingers and tied a piece of yarn, about 6" long, around the whole bundle in the center. Then I cut all of the loops and then snipped and shaped until I was happy with my pom pom. Then I twirled each end of a folded in half pipe cleaner around a pencil to make the tendrils. Finally I hot glued the tendril and a cork to the pom pom and I've got a cute little pumpkin!

For the other 2 pumpkins I simply created a yarn ball out of 2 different orange yarns. The one in the middle is the same yarn as the pom pom and the one on the left was a finer yarn. I just wrapped the yarn in a ball shape until I had a good size. Then I used a length of yarn to sew up from the bottom, loop around the pipe cleaner tendril and then back down though the ball. I pulled tight to get a more pumpkin shape to it. Finally I hot glued on the cork and I was done! I also added a dab of glue to the knot and the tail of the ball, which I tucked in next to the knot.

You could easily create a whole pumpkin patch of these adorable little pumpkins!

Monday, October 2, 2017

I'm Back with Fall Floral Projects

So I took a bit of time off from blogging. I had 2 kids, started getting involved with Girl Scouts, PTO, MOPS our local Woman's Club plus working for a craft store as an instructor... so I really didn't have time to craft AND blog about it! But now I should have a little more time, not because I'm doing less, I've decided I need to take back ME. And a huge part of ME is my love of all things crafty. So I've decided, all the fun Girl Scout crafts, stuff I make for myself and for gifts and just... whatever, I'm gonna spend a few minutes each week sharing! I'm also a bit Disney Obsessed so don't be surprised when I start sharing some of the pages from my Disney album!

Today I've decided a couple of pieces that I created while at work!

This is a Fall Wreath that I created for our Wreath Making Class. I just loved the little glass bead corn cobs so much I had to work them into this wreath.

I think this Pumpkin was my favorite project this fall! It's just a small dark teal colored foam pumpkin. The secret to this beauty is, I found a bouquet of flowers that I really liked in the floral bushes and cut it apart and glued it into my pumpkin. It's a quick easy way to create a well thought out design without a ton of time and effort!

Finally this pumpkin was created to look like the one in the class brochure. It's a really pretty combination of stems. This was quite a large piece, this pumpkin was one of the 14" Princess Pumpkins and makes quite a statement piece for a dining table because it sits low enough to talk to each other over!

I look forward to blogging more over the coming months!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Birthday Butterfly Card

Hello! I've got another card in my butterfly series for you today! For this card I used the retired Butterfly Wings stamp set from Close to My Heart. They have some beautiful sets in the current catalog though, and you can check them out right HERE!

For this card I added my butterflies to the background of my card by stamping all over my patterned paper. To do this and look "natural" make sure you stamp off the edge of the paper. Then I embossed my "Happy Birthday" which is also a retired Close to My Heart set, with clear embossing powder and blinged up the edges a bit. I mounted my sentiment with Foam Adhesive to really make it pop! I also inked all of my edges with Tim Holtz Distress inks!

Make sure you check out my other beautiful butterfly cards. Watch for my post on Sunday, February 16th on the Spellbinders Blog!

Supplies Used:

Close to My Heart Stamps
Recollections Card Bases
Recollections White and Kraft Cardstock
Recollections Adhesive Cork Sheet
Recollections Bling on a Roll
Lawn Fawn Patterned Paper
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Broken China, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo
Recollections Foam Adhesive
Scotch ATG tape

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Butterfly Wings Card

Good Morning! Today I've got another Spring-y Butterfly Card for you. I love the detailsof this butterfly. It is from the Butterfly Wings set from Close to My Heart. It's now retired but you can find some other really cool sets in the current Close to My Heart catalog, just click HERE to shop!

For this card, I stamped and my image onto my white background and then again on my green patterned paper. Then I used my detail scissors to cut out the wings from the green paper and adhered them in place on the white background. I love this trick to quickly "color" images! I used ink and a makeup sponge to distress all of my edges. I used a strip of cork across the middle of the card and then decided to add a little bling to make it pop! For a list of supplies, see below:

  • Close to My Heart Butterfly Wishes Stamp Set
  • Recollections Bling on A Roll
  • Recollections White and Kraft Cardstock
  • Recollections Adhesive Cork Sheet
  • Lawn Fawn Patterned Paper
  • Recollections Card Bases
  • Tim Holtz Broken China and Vintage Photo Distress Inks
  • Sakura Quickie Glue Pen
  • Scotch ATG Adhesive