Sunday, April 25, 2010

ALEXCIS

Hi everyone.

Some how I seem to be doing a lot of name projects lately, weird how that is working out but I love it. The other day I found a little bit of time to redo my nieces name. I wish i had a photo of the original name but I forgot to take one. So let me tell you about what the used to look like... they were white, with butterfly stickers, gems, and ribbon. They were originally done to match her baby bedding, but now that she is almost 5 and she has new bedding that is for a big girl we needed to do something different with them. Her new bedding is bright colors with polka dots, flowers and plain. Alexcis has an obsession with polka dots so that is what I decided to do. After disassembling the originally design, my mom and I painted them a light pink. It took about two coats of paint, my mom did one coat and a few days later I did the second coat. From that point it took me about 3 weeks to find time to do the polka dots, which took no time at all. I used three different color that were in her bedding, a foam circle paint brush, and a circle stamp. When that was dry I cut the ribbon to the desired length and my Hubby Bill and I used a stable gun to attach the ribbon. Alexcis was very excited to have them all finished and today when they take their 7 hour drive back home they can take the letters with them. I am sure that the first thing Alexcis will want to do is hang them up! Well here are the photos of the project before the dots and after hanging in my daughters room.



Happy crafting everyone. Hope that you enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

Jenn

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Acrylic Name Banner

Hi again!

Birthdays are a great way to get me motivated to make some thing fun. There is nothing better for me then to give something that is handmade and personalized. Gets me to step away from everyday life, let go of stress and make something really cute. My friend's daughter Kayla just turned 6 last week. Kayla is so cute, the only girl in her family, and the baby of the family. So I really wanted to make something pretty that she could have in her room that just screamed "girlie room." With that said, I decided to make a banner with her name on it. But not just any banner, a banner made of ACRYLIC! I Love to use acrylic for everything ever since I used it for the first time 2 1/2 years ago. THANKS JESSICA, you made me an acrylic junkie! Here is what I did....



I took 5 pieces of 6x6 acrylic panels, then on the blue protective covering with a sharpie I made a triangle. Once that was finished I used my fiskars rotary cutter and cut the acyrlic. It does take a little work... first cut ob the line applying some pressure. Then flip over the acrylic piece line it up and cut again. Eventually you will hear a cracking sound, that is when you know you made it through the acrylic. I might take a few swipes of the blade to accomplish this. Once I had all the pieces cut I used black acrylic paint and painted the edges of the triangles and let them dry. Then the paint was dry I stamped all the pieces using the cotton white staz-on ink and on of the Kits2remember rubber stamps. While the ink was drying I used chipboard, my cricut expression and the DonJaun cartridge to cut the name. After cutting the chipboard I then painted the edges of the letters. Next I cut pattern paper the same size as the chipboard and adhered them to the chipboard. To attach them to the acrylic I used glue dots. Then I decorated the different panels with the flowers, ribbon and brads in the middle of the larger flowers. When that was finished I used my crop-a-dile to punch holes for the ribbon and feed it through. Took me about 3 hours to complete it, but keep in mind that most of the time was the drying of the ink and paint. Here are the photos...



Wish I could have seen her open it, but my kids were cranky and so we missed it.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. We will be having a busy one. Makayla turns 4 on Saturday and Kyle is going to be 3 in 13 more days so we are going to have one big party! Time to go get ready for the fun. Bye

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Homemade Invites

I can't believe that the last time I blogged about something or even crafted was in November. Life has been very busy and frankly I just have had a hard time finding inspiration to scrap again. But the wait is over. I am not sure what it is but I always feel more myself when Spring and Summer start to come around, the more sunlight and warmth the better! For my first project of the year I decided to make invitations for my daughter Kayla and my son Kyle's birthday party coming up later this month. We have for the last 3 years had a party for them together and this one will be no different. They have decided that going to a fun place named Jumping Jacks would be a lot of perfect! I would have to agree, we have been there before for birthdays and they are a blast. The kids get to jump their hearts out and the parents get to join in! Jumping Jacks uses a frog for their mascot and I thought it would be fun to have one on the invite. So that is just what I did....

Supplies...

Cardstock in various colors
Cricut Expression
Cricut Gypsy (Cricut Cartridges DonJuan, DoodleType, and Paper Dolls Dress up)
Glossy Accent for attaching the letters
Googly eyes
Pop up dots
Scotch ATG Tape gun
AND
My mom to help!



Above is my mom removing letters from the cricut mat, I thought she was going to kill me but she survived and so did I! She also helped out by putting the fun eyes on the frogs and then placing them on the circle with the pop dots. She tried to use the tape gun but she is not much of a crafter so she asked for another job. Once I had the strip on the bottom, and the circle with the frog adhered I started on the letters using Ranger's Glossy Accents. I am telling you I LOVE that stuff. It works so well for multiple projects. I didn't take a picture of the inside but I used my Word program and typed up the info on my computer and then printed it out and adhered it to the inside of the card. Making about 10 cards took my about 4 hours with my moms help and that was also with kids in the mix which always makes things more difficult. Hope you enjoy the look as much as I did!



Happy scrapping and thanks for dropping by again! Hope to see you around...