Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Dance Team Gifts (Lots of Pictures!)

My daughter's dance team is preparing for Nationals in Orlando, FL.  I wanted to make something special for all the girls on her teams.  They have worked so hard this year and accomplished so much. 

After much debating, I decided to make memory books for each girl (18 of them!!) that they can then add their own journaling, photos, and momentos to.  I'm really pleased with how they turned out and the girls LOVED them!  The really didn't take long to make; the longest part of the process was inking the edges and around the perimeter of each page.
The front cover of each girl's book was personalized with her last initial with her first name cut out of it (welded with the Gypsy) - cut with the Mickey Font Cricut cartridge.  "Orlando" was cut using the same cartridge and the "ticket end caps".  The tag is also on the cartridge; I used the Gypsy to hide the inside cut and leave it whole and welded the year on the inside.
The Mickey head was cut using the Mickey Font Cricut cartridge and I welded DMA inside it (Dance Masters of America).  The stamp doesn't show well in the photo, but it is a custom stamp I had made with K-E Kreations and my e-mail address on it.

Here is the inside of the book unfolded:

And, here is the flip side...

There are a ton of supplies used on this one, so I will try to put them in by page order.  If you have any questions about what I used anything for, drop me a comment.
- 6x6 My Creations Memory Showcase from Close To My Heart
- Fanfare Level 2 Paper from Close To My Heart
- Cricut Mickey Font Cartridge
- Cranberry Ink Pad from Close To My Heart
- Pacifica Ink Pad from Close To My Heart
- Sky Ink Pad from Close To My Heart
- Just Blooms White Daisy Variety Pack from Close To My Heart (these were inked)
- Stickles in a variety of colors
- Sheer Shimmer Spritz by Tsukineko
- Fanfare Level 2 Brad Assortment from Close To My Heart
- Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon from Close To My Heart
- Dancing Dreams stamp set from Close To My Heart
- Brads Red Assortment from Close To My Heart
- Brads Blue Assortment from Close To My Heart
- Star Power stamp set from Close To My Heart

As I said, the girls were thrilled with the books.  I worked on them the last few weeks for several hours a day as I waited on my daughter to finish dance classes, so they had seen me working but didn't know what I was up to.  I didn't want to make anything too elaborate so that they could be personalized by the girls easily or just simply have photos added (and they are mostly 12- and 13-year old girls with their own individual styles).  Each one was unique; they had slight variations in which color brads, how the cover was laid out and how some of the patterned paper looked when cut.


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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Little Late....Father's Day

I first and foremost have to apologize for the lateness of this post.  The cord on my laptop has a broken connection and my laptop battery died.  I could play with it enough to get a few minutes out of my computer, but it has finally given up completely.  I had to break down and finally order a new one.

So, here we are, a bit late, but still crafting.

Supplies used:
- Cardstock from DCWV's The Guy Stack
- Wonderful Friend stamp set from Close To My Heart
- Cocoa Ink Pad from Close To My Heart
- Natural Hemp from Close To My Heart

Monday, June 13, 2011

Flag Cake Recipe to Honor Troops

Photo by Taste of Home
Help support our troop by viewing the recipe for this flag cake.  For each unique view of the recipe through July 4, Taste of Home will donate 10 cents to the USO.  Every dime raised will allow a service member to call home for 2 minutes.  Show your support today, view the recipe to help out.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Blog Candy

Debbie at DD's Crafts is trying to reach 1000 followers.  When she does, she is giving away the Wild Card Cricut cartridge.
I just came across her blog while hopping today.  She has some great crafting ideas on there.  Stop by to check her out. 

The link to her giveaway is HERE.  Have fun!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Baby Blanket for Beautiful Cooper

My daughter's dance teacher recently had a beautiful baby boy.  My daughter adores her teacher (she has taken classes off and on from her for 8 years), so I decided to make this blanket for her as a gift.  Luckily she knew very early that she was expecting a boy, but I had purchased the same yarn in pinks just in case I found out otherwise.

The photo above is actually the blanket folded into fourths.  The darker border continues around all four edges of the blanket.  The photo below shows some of the pattern detail.
Thanks for checking out what I've been up to.  I'll be back soon with another project.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Graduation Card

I wanted to share with you today a card I made for a friend's daughter who recently graduated high school.  All of the papers were from my scrap stash.
The card is 5x7.  The graduations cap is cut from the Wild Card cricut cartridge at 4.5" wide.  I traced the cut edge of the cap with a silver pen to make the front edge more visible.  The "congratulations" is cut from Wild Card at 4.75" wide.  The frame is cut from Accent Essentials at 4.875" wide.  I used both the inside and outside of the frame.  The frame itself was glued to the card, and I inked the edges of the inside cut from the frame and attached it with foam tape to make it pop.
On the inside of the card, I simply put some of the paper that was used on the front so that I could handwrite a sentiment.  The sentiment I wrote before adding my own personal note was: "Don't live down to expectations.  Go out there and do something remarkable." 

Here are a few close-ups of some of the details:
I cut congratulations twice - once in white and once in black.  I lightly inked the white copy and offset it from the black.  I also added a little sparkle with some Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  The tassle was made with embroidery floss and attached with a shimmery brad.

The supplies used on this card:
  • You Rock paper pack from Close To My Heart (discontinued)
  • White and black cardstock
  • Zebra Flocked Cardstock from The Paper Studio
  • Outdoor Denim inkpad from Close To My Heart
  • Goldrush inkpad from Close To My Heart
  • Spare Parts clip from The Paper Studio
  • Spare Parts black flower brad assortment from The Paper Studio
  • Silver Pen
  • Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle by Tsukineko
  • Embroidery Floss
Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you have a great, crafty day!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ever Wanted to Try Digital Scrapbooking???

If you've ever wanted to try digital scrapbooking, now is the perfect time.  During the month of June, Close To My Heart is giving away one FREE Studio J jpg file - no purchase necessary.

All you need to do is visit the Studio J site, which you can find HERE, create an account if you don't have one already, and create away.  After you create your two-page layout, you will be prompted through the checkout process and will be able to order your JPG file.  You will then receive an e-mail letting you know your layout is ready to be downloaded.  It's that simple!

Your JPG file will include three files - a high-res file of the right page, a high-res file of the left page, and a thumbnail image of the entire layout.

This offer is good through June 30.  Only one free JPG per account.  Try it out today!


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