Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Birthday gift for a little girl



Today is one of Madalyn's BFF's Birthday. Instead f having a party her mom decided that she would take Katilyn and Madalyn to see the new HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3 movie after school. The girls were so excited and so was I (it meant I got to play in my scrap room). So since Madalyn was sick this weekend I never got a chance to take her out shopping and instead talked about me making something for Katilyn. Originally i was going to make an album but changed my mind last minutes. Instead I made her a door hanging. I used a 8x12 piece of metal from K2R, Making memories ribbon, and miscellaneous ribbon, Prima flowers, glimmer mist, a magnet, Scrapworks Florabella line, Creative Imaginations Narratives by Karen Russell, blue staples, and Me and My BIG ideas Icons. I made an area for a picture and an area for notes that she would like to put up. When it came to her name I didn't have all the letters that I needed but that didn't stop me. I just made letter out of other letter. For example.... I made a f into a t, all I did was cut the hook off of the f and shorten the cross part to the same size. I then made an x into a y, I just cut off the one leg. Last but not least I took a p and cut off part of the loop. Then I put polka dots on the letters to help jazz them up. All in all it was fast and came out cute.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Kits2remember tissue box idea

Hello everyone. So as you may know I teamed up with Jessica Guthrie of Kits2remember.com to come up with a fun and exciting tissue box. This weekend at the Ontario Scrapbook Expo people were very excited about it. So Jessica and I decided that I would make another one and send it to her so that when she is doing shows else where she had another sample to put out. So I decided to use the leftover that I had from the "today is" class, glimmer mist (which is new to me as of Scrapfest and boy do I love it), prima flowers, Me and my big ideas icons, red ribbon that I had, scrolls that I copied and printed from online, and my BIC black pen. I used the pen to trace the scroll images that I liked onto the acrylic. Some of the scrolls were done on the inside of the box and some on the outside. The pictures don't do it justice but you get an added dimension. So to get started I found the center of all the pieces and drew a line ON the protective BLUE cover.Then I put the acrylic into the Bind-it-all with the setting being on A making sure the the lines I drew match up with the black arrow in the middle of the machine on the blue section. Then started punching holes. Once I was done with all 5 pieces I removed the blue protective cover and scraped them as desired. First by tracing the scroll images onto the acrylic. Once that was done I started to assemble the box with ribbon. I taped down one end on the ribbon and laced it through the holes. As I do so I fold two pieces together (back to back), the flatten that out and continue.Once the 4 sides are together add the top and you are done. When you are ready to put the tissue box in you may need to slightly move the box back and forth so it can get past the ribbon since it is a perfect fit.If you have any questions at all PLEASE don't hesitate to ask and I am willing to share tips. If you are looking to do a tissue box you can find a plain acrylic box at kits2remember.com for only $5, it will make a wonderful gift or even just light up your own space with one!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Classes

I love to take class and last night I took my ninth class at the SCRAPBOOK BLVD. with Jessica of KITS2REMEMBER! Her class never disappoint. They are chuck full of ideas, tips, and loads of products! The best part is getting away from my "mommy duties" and being surrounded by friends and meeting new friends. Not to mention the well designed project. Last night we made a interactive calendar, it is soooo cute. You should try making one. If you didn't get to take Jessica's classes while she was in town don't panic!!! You can come take her classes at the Ontario Scrapbook Expo October 24th and 25th. To find out more information about it log on to www.kits2remember.com and click on her calendar tab. You will find all the info you need and more! Hope to see you there.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Handmade Gifts

are the best presents ever. Well at least that is how I feel. I love to make and receive anything handmade. So throwing something together before a party or a house warming is always something I do. Today was no different. I just dug through my stash and found some stuff that I liked and a little acrylic and in 30 minutes had two gifts. I started with 4 6x6 acrylic panels that I got at kits2remember.com, my Colorbok Scalloped Box Set that I got as a gift, some ribbon, white paint, and some O wire and put together a wall hanging! After that I used an acrylic panel that was 8x8 (also from K2R), a scalloped piece of 8x8 patterned paper, KiaserCraft embelishments, paper flowers, brads, and left over Three Bugs in a Rug alphabets to make another wall hanging.
We had the best time tonight hanging out. But now that its 12 am I better get to bed before the kids wake up!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Been Busy

I wish I could say I have been busy working on a project, but that is not the case. Bill and the kids brought home a 6 month old German Sheppard. Which as anyone knows puppies need lots of work. Luckily she is already house trained! Not sure if I could have handled that and three kids. She is wonderful and very loyal. Her name is Shadow and what a great name that is for her. As all moms know kids follow you everywhere you go and Shadow is no different. I think that she is worse then the kids. She lays outside the bathroom until I am done, lays under my desk while I am checking my emails and stuff, and cries if I walk out the door. She truly is a shadow. I am wondering what she is going to do tomorrow while I am at Scrapfest all day tomorrow and Bill and the kids are in Carlsbad. Hopefully I wont come home to a huge mess. Got to be positive right? Here are a few pictures of our new family member.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

I love my

my Cricut Expression! I originally had the Cricut but a few months after I received it as a gift the Expression came out an I had to have it. It had all the things that I wanted the original to do and more. To make it fit my needs even more I bought the Cricut Design Studio, which is wonderful now that I have mastered the way it works. However I never knew that I could have done so much more then I was doing with it until I stumbled across a blog called Cricut Softcuts! It is an amazing site (http://cricutsoftcuts.blogspot.com/). They have ideas that are being shared by downloading the files that they used to make a particular item. They have Birthday card designs, flower layovers, the all to fun word books and so much more. So when I saw the Birthday card I decided to download the format and put it to use. BUT, instead of a birthday card I made a Baby Shower card. All I did was remove the Happy Birthday, replaced it with It's A Girl from the New Arrivals Cartridge and extend the front of the card a little bit which was made using two shapes welded together from the George and Basic Shapes Cartridge. After cutting the card out of pink card stock, I added some leftover purple pattern paper, white card stock, black distressing ink, Baby theme color Blocks by Lindsay Ostrom, pop up dots and my favorite black Bic pen. With the pen I added the polka dots and colored the It's a Girl to make it stand out more. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 3, 2008

I am new...

to this whole world of blogging. I am not even sure with what or where to start. I guess I will start with who I am.... My name is Jenn Christman. I am married to a wonderful man, Bill. He is and was my best friend in high school. After dating the wrong people we decided to take a chance on us. After all he knew everything about me and I knew everything about him. We were always together and always there for each other. Now it is 9 years later from the day we decided to take the plunge. We have been married for eight years and have had a wonderful experience thus far. So far we are lucky enough to have three delightful children, Madalyn who is 7, Makayla who is 2 and Kyle who is 1. YES, they are only one year and eleven days apart. But that is all good. After having a hard time getting pregnant with our second child we decided to just let things happen and they did. We wouldn't change anything in with the way we have had our children. It has however changed our minds on more. We are more then satisfied with the three we have. I am a stay at home mom, it truly is the hardest thing that I have ever done. I have had a few times that I have tried to work and be a mom but the guilt I felt leaving was to strong. So my husband took on the roll of being a bread winner for the family. Not only does he do all the hard "work" outside of the home but he helps out a tremendous amount around the house and with the kids. And that is how my love and life in scrapbooking came about. Without his help I wouldn't have anytime to get into my scrap room and create. My scrapbooking has taken a huge journey over the years. I used to only scrap on 12x12 pages and have lots of shapes and stickers. Now I am into using acrylic, canvas, 12x12, 6x6, 4x4 pages, mini books and I am hoping to add metal to my many choices. All I know there are so many possibilities and I have been lucky enough to meet wonderful people that share their love for thinking outside of the box when it comes to scrapbooking. I hope that some of my creations help to inspire you to look beyond the traditional. You can find a few of my creations on kits2remember.com under project ideas. Thanks to Jessica for taking a chance on me, you can purchase a tissue box/ album kit that is sure to put a smile on your face. The best part is that it is only $5. You can also find me on zutterzisters.com under the inspiration station for the month of October. I made a Keepsakes box out of 6x6 acrylic. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. Thanks for visiting.

Jenn