Saturday, December 10, 2011

Wedding card

My dear friend is getting married!! I got a new Cricut cartridge on black friday - Wrap It Up. ADORABLE cart with a box that matches every image!

I used it to make this wedding card. LOVING how majestic this bride silhouette is!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

More Christmas preview!

I can't wait to share all of the fabulous projects that are in the works for Christmas this year!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Christmas preview!

Yup, it's homemade Christmas time again! I'm getting a start early this year since I have twice the distraction I used to have! :)

So here's a little sneak peek of my first project!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Crafty Halloween

My little girl decided she wanted to be Jessie from Toy Story for Halloween this year. My mom never bought my costumes and I always said I wouldn't buy costumes for my kids either, but this one threw me for a loop! Such a detailed character - could I do it justice if I made it myself?

I decided to take some artistic license with it. Instead of Jessie's chaps and jeans, I wanted to make a cute ruffle cow print skirt and a blue tutu.  I haven't ever made a skirt from scratch before, so this was a super challenge!

This ruffle almost got the best of me...  but I won.

I bought a plain white shirt from Walmart for the costume. I had some lemon yellow vinyl lying around and used a craft knife to cut the shape from Jessie's shirt.  Then I hot glued red roping in the design from her shirt.  I sewed some big white buttons on it and (of course I don't have a picture) made a pull ring on her back (shower ring + ribbon!) 

I LOVE the way the bias tape looks in this picture! This is also something I've never worked with, but I couldn't be happier about how it turned out.

Of course, having a Jessie it only made sense to have a Woody too! I was lucky to find the most PERFECT yellow button down shirt at a local resale shop.  I made his vest by tracing a sweater vest that fits him now and adding a few inches for seams. It was a pretty straight forward project, and really the only thing I made for his outfit.  Both belts are made from fun foam!

My little Jessie!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Fall Decor

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E and I shaving cream painted the leaves and collected the branches on a nice fall walk!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Christmas is coming....

Time to bust out the homemade gift ideas again!  We didn't make this one for Christmas, but it would make a great gift for a grandparent, aunt or uncle!

For Father's Day this year (yes, I'm that behind on my blogging) E and I made Daddy a handprint calendar.
I found the directions HERE. I did change some of the poems for our calendar.
They made SUCH cute little pictures and Daddy LOVES it!

I would have liked to have had more time to coordinate the paper better, but we were on limited time, limited budget and had an infant around who 1) didn't like to sit still while we painted E's hands and 2) wasn't sleeping through the night!
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Felt addiction!

I started making felt flowers out of necessity. I KEEP doing it because they are addicting!!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

'punzel shirt

P-nut loves 'Punzel. We watch Tangled quite often. However, I made her this shirt last week and she WILL NOT wear it!

I used my Cricut to cut a large banner shape - this is the front of the shirt. I cut purple stripes to use on the sleeves. Then I ran the ribbon to the top and hot glued ut. P-nut picked the heart jewel all by herself.

Which brings me back to the fact that she hasn't worn it yet. This morning when my dear hubby was getting her dressed, he told me she took our her new 'punzel shirt, smoothed it out, then told him "I no wear this because then I'll have to wash it and my jewel will fall off"

Smart thinking for a 3 year old!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011


E's BFF turned FOUR this month!  She is an avid bookworm and LOVES reading, so of course my first thought was her very own library book bag (which was filled to the brim with books E picked out for her friend - all Curious George!)

The book image was cut from the Learning Curve cartridge. The font is from Hannah Montana.   I used EasyWeed heat transfer vinyl.  I purchase my vinyl from Coastal Business Supply.

I made Maddie this awesome bookmark to keep her place in all of her new books.

This card was so fun to make! I used Once Upon a Princess for the cupcake.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Homemade Christmas Part 2

The grandma's got brag books for Christmas!

 I've done a post about accordion albums before, and these ones were just as much fun as the first!

I used Zutter 4.25x4.25" chipboard covers on these accordion albums.
Lots of pictures of my daughter, some cute quotes and, on one of them, even some art work that she did herself!

I used a Crop-a-dile to punch a hole in the front for the jewel brads, then hot-glued the ribbon in place for the fastener These make great purse albums to carry around, ready to show off the grandbabies at the drop of a hat!

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sorry for the Lack of Posts!

This one kept me busy...
Then this one came along on Jan 14th!

Together, they are the Busy Dream Team! I haven't had much time in my craft room lately!
But it's ok, because I get to spend a lot of time with these folks :-)

I'm getting caught up on all of my "homemade Christmas" stuff in liu of anything new right now.
Hoping AJ will start sleeping soon so that I can play more often!

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Homemade Christmas Part 1

A friend sent me a link to the Moda Fabric Wreath tutorial about 2 weeks before Christmas. And I decided it was a MUST for those "hard to shop for" people on my list! So I set out on a journey to find the honey buns to make them. I wound up ordering three from Etsy and one I found at Hobby Lobby (it was wider, with less variety than the honey buns, but it worked out!) 
These took an average of about two hours.
I had to do math, though, which I'm not good at. I enlisted my husband to assist me in determining how many knots would go in each section.  I had about 320 strips, so it was a lot of math to do. :-)

I think these turned out really beautifully!  

I loved the way they look all set up on my ottoman (there were more on my couch arm!)  I will warn you, though, the honey buns shed like CRAZY! I'm still finding little strings in odd places in my house :-) But it was well worth it!