Thursday, June 30, 2011

Patriotic Paper Pinwheels

Fourth Pinwheel (3)
I’m alliterative  among other things! These pinwheels aren’t a new idea but I’ve actually never made any! You can free fold  the paper accordion style or you can score it like I did using my Martha Stewart score and fold board. I love this thing! I use it for all my cards and anything I have to fold or score.

I thought it would be fun to use two papers together, So I cut 12x12 papers to 6x12, then scored and folded them at the one inch mark and joined the two different halves together.
Fourth Pinwheel How To
Once you’ve completed your accordion folding fold your folded piece in half and staple in the middle. STAPLE. You need to STAPLE. After you STAPLE stick the the two sides of each half together with your adhesive of choice ( I used my ATG gun) and then you’ll stick the two halves together:
Fourth Pinwheel How To
You could be done here. But that’s no fun now is it? So…I used some scrap paper and cut circles using a decorative edge scissor to make a layered flower center middle thingy and used leftover stickers from my medallion banner project to finish the centers. I just scatted these along my mantel for a little extra dose of Fourth of July flavor:
Fourth Pinwheel (2)
Candlesticks aren’t just for candles!
Fourth Pinwheel (4)
Fourth Mantle (2)
Or they can stand up by themselves!
Linking Up At: 

Paper Issues Blog Design
A Little Knick Knack

Tickled Pink at 504 Main

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Couple of Cards

Sharing a couple of cards I made tonight. A belated graduation card and so I don’t make that mistake again, a birthday card that I can send early!

For the grad card, I wanted to do some different colors than those I’d been using for my son’s friends cards. Stuck with school colors for those and am so over that! This time just went with paper I liked which happened to be from DCWV’s Lemon Flower Stack. Hard to tell from the pics, but a lot of the papers in this pack are glittered. Oooh la la!

Yellow Grad Card
I stamped the focal image using this ink which I’m in love with:
Yellow Grad Card Closeup
It’s chalky but pigmenty and provides great coverage.

I used the floral background from the paper stack along with a scrap strip of another print from a previous project from the same pack. Say THAT three times fast!  Embellished with The Twinery’s twine in honeydew and some KandCo self adhesive scrapbook borders.

For the birthday card:
Pink and Green Birthday Card
I remembered to photo my supplies which included more Twinery twine…honeydew and pink sorbet, some Ann Butler designed Kand Co paper and Tim Coffey designed KandCo dimensional floral stickers. I ran a scrap of white paper through my Cuttlebug using damask embossing plates and then layered everything as shown onto a white 5x7 card.
Pink and Green Birthday Card (4)

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Vintagey 4th Medallion Banner

4th Banner
I tend to like old, vintage, Americana looking d├ęcor for the Fourth. Last year was the first time I put up any decorations for the Fourth and this year I made a new “old” banner. I decided to make several medallions to use as my banner. Cut out different shapes with my Cricut Expression:
4th Medallion Banner
I found this great ribbon at Michaels for 40% off plus they had an additional 15% off your entire purchase coupon on Sunday. Yeah!
4th Medallion Banner (2)4th Medallion Banner (3)
I also found these dimensional stickers from KandCo’s Americana Collection.
Cut the ribbon and notched the ends. Adhered to the red circle and then layered the other cutouts according to size. After I took the pic I added a 2.5” circle punched red layer. Mounted a sticker in the center:
4th Medallion Banner (4)
I used red tulle ( too bright for me but I bought it for some reason and never used it) and some clothespins I’d made for one of my son’s grad banners to hang it:
4th Medallion Banner (5)
I probably would have used a cream tulle to make it more muted but….

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Monday, June 27, 2011

BFF Link Party #8 Wrap Up and Features!

Another great party with more fantastic projects! Thanks to everyone who linked up and so glad to see so many return posters along with some new ones. Here are just a few of the projects that caught my eye but as always, everyone is so creative!

Dreaming in Color shared a gorgeous bench transformation using a graphic from The Graphics Fairy ( I call Karen The Graphics Queen!)

Nothing I make with burlap ever comes out as great as this wreath from Michelle at The Scrap Shoppe! Perfect for the 4th but an idea easily adaptable for other occasions or all year round: 

For more 4th ideas, go visit The Pike Family and see these super cute "firecrackers" as well as an adorable wreath: 
If you're in need of a tasty treat on a hot day ( I live in the Northwest so I won't wait for one of those to try these!) look no further than Smilemonsters: 
Homemade Mocha Latte Frozen Treats
Look out Starbucks! Hope to see you all again on Friday!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Framed July 4th Collection

I have a four slot frame I keep on my mantle and switch out the artwork for different seasons and holidays. I just took down graduation and put up Foruth of July and thought I’d share. I made three of the printables and used one I found over at Me Myself and U2.
Fourth of July Printables (2)
Fourth of July Printables
Someday I’ll learn to take a picture of something framed without catching the glare but so far, no luck!
The first printable can be found here. The others I made and am sharing here:
July 4th
Fourth Birthday
4th Subway
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

BFF Link Party #8 And This Week’s BFF: Altered Artworks!

TGIF! Like Forrest Gump, that’s all I have to say about that! Welcome to another Blog Feature Friday,  this week featuring Doreen from Altered Artworks.

Doreen and I have been craftily commiserating recent graduations in our respective lives. I’m worn out from one. She had TWO! A HS and and a College graduation. Double Congrats. When she’s not busy turning out graduates, or being a Wife, Mom, Real Estate Professional, and Tennis Player, she’s a Crafter and Altered Art Instructor. Phew!

Look at this fun Summer themed frame! Brightens my Northwest dreary day just looking at it:
We also share a love of the coffee! Doreen did this awesome coffee inspired project:
which has given me inspiration for a project to make with some  baby spoons The Mumster ( my mom) just brought me! 

Readers of my blog know I like taking the ordinary and turning it into something practical but pretty. Doreen did that with these pieces that started out as your basic tin can!
You’ll find more inspiration over at Altered Artworks I promise!

Who’s ready for the 4th of July? Not me! So I can’t wait to see some inspiring ideas that I know you’ve been working on and will hopefully link up this week. Not working on  4th stuff? No problem! Whatever you’ve created, re-purposed, made over link it up! Paper, recipes, jewelry, link it up! Please link to your specific page and not your main blog and no advertising or Etsy stores please ? Party on!

Patriotic Pins on Pinterest

Whenever I’m in a creative slump or looking for inspiration, one of the first places I go ( besides my blog reader!) is Pinterest. I love Pinterest!  I’ve posted about it before but I thought I’d share some Patriotic Pins since I’m on the lookout for some ideas for the upcoming 4th of July. This is a screenshot of my Fourth of July board:

4th of July

I love how you can organize things on boards so you can remember all the great ideas you find. I’ve tried just remembering on my own and that ship has sailed!

I found this great 4th Printable at a cute new blog called memyselfandu2 when I was just out googling and pinned it to my board:

She has a bunch more.

Searching within Pinterest itself,  my friend Jocelyn over at InsideBruCrew Life has these yummies which I found even before I saw them on her blog!

Martha ( OK really do I need to say it’s Stewart?) is bound to pop up in a search for anything!

So whether you’re googling ( I use it as a verb…hubs reminde me searching is the proper term)  something specific, or whether you are reading your blog reader and want to remember something or whether you’re just in Pinterest already, it’s a fantastic way to organize ideas and be able to find them again! Happy pinning!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Printable: I’ve Lost It!

While I still haven’t posted many new projects, it’s not for lack of being busy. I’m on scrapbooking overload, now almost finished with the last one of the graduation ceremony. Who does this?! Oh…us!
In the midst of everything, I had an idea for a printable that might be representative only of my  twisted little mind! Still,  I thought I’d share just in case others can relate.
Click to bring to full size, then right click to save to your computer and then re-size as preferred.
Lost It Black
Lost It Turq
Lost It Grey

Monday, June 20, 2011

BFF Link Party #7 Wrap Up and Features

Hi all! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and Father’s Day. I’m sure all the Dads were spoiled. Thanks to all who linked up to Blog Feature Friday’s Open House and enjoyed meeting last week’s BFF Frou-frugal! Here are a few highlights from the party and I’m so excited to see what you’re all up to each week!

From Tanya at Greetings From The Asylum we had a great Anthro knock off…she might give Bev from Flamingo Toes a run for her money!
Speaking of Bev, she has found another source to amaze us with her talent for not only knocking off a design at a fraction of the price but making hers look even better. Look at this necklace she knocked off from Loft!
Maggie over at Midwestern Sewing Girl shows why Sewing is included in her blog name ( Super Fantastic Thrift Store Find Makeovers is probably too long for a blog name!)

I am so in love with typography and fonts that if she lived near me, this just might go missing! You should see how this started out!

So many great projects…if you haven’t checked these and all the others out yet, GO!! NOW!
See y’all again on Friday! And if you were featured, feel free to grab a button from my sidebar!