Archive for July, 2011

Chirp, Chirp, Chirp

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

What’s that? The sounds of a Cricut?? That’s right, I just got a brand new Cricut Expression 2! I got it to review for Craft Gossip, you can read my complete review over there. (We are also giving one away, details in the link).

So I wanted to share the projects I made with it. The first is a card made using the bunny and banner from the Just a Note cartridge. The stamp is from CTMH.

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This is the first scrapbook page I’ve made in quite some time, but since this machine cuts 12″ x 12″ I just had to make one :) It features pictures of my husband and his mom’s sweet dog Sofie who passed away recently, the whole family misses her a lot, she was a wonderful dog! Isn’t that die cut doggie so cute? It’s from The American Alpha. cartridge, the rest of the large background shapes and tags are from the Essentials cartridge.

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This last one is a coaster, I got an inexpensive tile from the hardware store and cut black and white vinyl in the fleur de lis shapes from the Essentials cartridge. I was really impressed at how well this machine cut thick Bazzil cardstock and vinyl.

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It’s as Clear as Black and White

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

I recently got a wonderful children’s book from 1914, considering it’s nearly 100 years old the pages were still in pretty great shape. It has some wonderful color and black and white illustrations in it. I think adding black patina to the soldering on these pendants just pulls them together nicely and adds to the aged look.

I’m in love with this Red Ridding Hood illustration, I put “what great eyes you have” on the back.

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Isn’t this owl really cool? He says “who” on the back.

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These next two pendants are from a vintage dictionary. I think this moth is so cool. The horse is part of a series, there was a large page in the dictionary with lots of different horse breeds so I turned each one into a pendant, the name of the breed is on the back. The rest of these pendants can be found in Midway Ky at the Damselfly shop on Main Street, they come on a nice black velvet necklace. The rest of the pendants in this post are now in my Etsy shop.

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Message in a Bottle

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

I made this card for my brother in law. He enjoys model building and we got him a fun ship in a bottle kit for his birthday so I thought I’d make a matching card. The ship and bottle shapes are both from Silhouette, the compass stamp is from Judi Kins, pattern paper is My Mind’s Eye. I added real sand to the card and covered the bottle in Glossy Accents to give it a real glass look.

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I’d like to be, under the sea…..

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The latest Lawnscaping challenge theme is “Don’t forget the inside”. I usually do and just stamp a sentiment on the inside of my cards :) On the front of the card I used my Silhouette to cut an SVG from Lettering Delights, it’s part of a submarine, I just enlarged the porthole and cut only it out. I added grey brads for the bolts and a clear transparency sheet underneath for the “glass”. On the inside is the dolphin from the Lawn Fawn “Critters of the Sea” set, along with bubbles and the sentiment.

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And now for something completely different…

Friday, July 1st, 2011

For while I’ve been admiring an art style that I can only describe as “primitive mixed media girls”. It’s a mixture of paint, paper, embellishments, etc. hand draw and cut into the shapes of girls with a very “prim” look. I’ve decided even though I don’t think I’m very proficient at drawing (or even painting) that I’d like to give this style a go. This is my first attempt at it, so please don’t be too harsh :) I’m pretty happy with the results for a first try, I need to work on my painting techniques for sure!

Since I love Alice in Wonderland so much I thought she’d be a good place to start. On watercolor paper I drew the basic shape of the girl with a pencil then painted her in with acrylic paints and highlighted with Gelato sticks. I then cut out her clothes, glued them down and traced over all the edges with a fine tip black micron pen. Then I cut her out adding a bow and vintage button. Next I glued her to a painted canvas, adding the definition for “curious” cut from a vintage dictionary.

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I’m a Gnome

Friday, July 1st, 2011

I’m happy my squirrel card got picked as an Honorable Gnome for the Lawnscaping challenge!

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