Monday, February 21, 2011

My First Toilet Paper Mini Album

Yes, it's true a toilet paper mini album.  Who would have thought I would do one of these?  I watched this on youtube and thought it would be fun to make.  So here is my first attempt.  I really had allot of fun making this.   I really loved being able to finish it one day.  Most of the time it takes me a while from start to finish with any project.  It felt great to be able to say- I did this in one afternoon..

I used three toilet paper rolls
brown craft paint/ sponge paint brush
glue gun
paper pack- any color combination you like
flowers, pearls bling
scallop edge punch
tag punch
ink pad to match paper colors
crop a dile
1 inch ring
ribbons to accent

I hope you get a chance to make one of these. Its pretty fun and I think would make a great thank you gift or teacher gift.

Onesie Mini Album

I have been busy this weekend with a few projects.  One of them is the Onesie Mini Album. Its for a friend's daughter who is expecting her first baby.  It was my first attempt at making something so small.  Usually my albums are the standard size or maybe 8x8.  This was a bit of a challenge to fit it all on the paper. 
I used the onesie die from Sizzix.  It cut out the chip board and all the paper.  Love it!
I really haven't done anything baby in a while so my supplies were very limited.  I made it up as I went.  I also forgot that I had baby dies in the basement (the joys of not having all your stuff in one place).  Next time I will put them to good use.  I was really trying to finish this before Sunday's shower so my goal was Finish it!

Along with a video I will be adding some pictures, hope you enjoy them.  I am really trying to get the nerve to video my work in progress, I don't sit too long to be able to show all the work.  I have three boys, two dogs and hubby who make it harder for me to sit and do my projects all at once. 

Thanks for stopping by...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Unmounting Wood Stamp Sets

I haven't posted much on my blog lately.  I am working on a project that has been keeping me busy, but well worth the effort.    I have been unmounting my wooden block stamp sets and converting them to cling stamps to use with my acrylic blocks.  This not only saves me tons of space since I can store them in clear cd cases but make it easier for me to stamp my images.  I am not the best stamper with wood blocks when it comes to sayings or phrases.  I always seem to ink the wood blocks and don't see it until I stamp the saying and then ruin my project.

My benefits for doing this are storage and ease of use.  Its that simple for me.  This is keeping me focused on changing these out.    Stampin up stamps used to have to be cut out before applied to the wood.  I was not the best at this.  No matter how straight my cuts where it was a mess when I stamped the image.  I liked when they started cutting them out for you, but that did not save all the stamp sets I had purchased earlier.  Plus all the room the take up.  I have sets in the basement and in my craft room.  I did make a book by taking pictures of all the stamp sets I had but when you are in the middle of something, who remembers what they really have and then where is it?  As you guessed I am a person if its not near me and I don't see it, I forget I have it.    So I watched a few videos on youtube and decided to give it a try.  I did a few sets that I know give me trouble when stamping, mostly saying or phrases and it worked beautifully.  I fell in love.  

Now my goal is to do all the sets I use the most and then tackle the ones in the basement. 
So far I have done half my sets and they fit into a drawer next to me.  Yes really they fit in one drawer next to me.  I labeled them so I can see what they are easily with my label maker.  Love that tool!

So here is what I purchased-  The original EZ Mount Stamp N' Store system. 
I purchased it from Amazon.com, it came after about a week.  I got a 10 pack for $45.00.  Which I have only used 5 sheets so far so it goes along way.  I use the rubber scissors from stampin up and goo-gone.  The sheet is pretty sticky so goo- gone helps with the scissors.

Its really easy-
Pull off the rubber stamp from the block.  Just the rubber part, leaving the original foam attached to the block.  Clean off any residue from the rubber and place on the stamp n' store sheet positioning it so you can get the most use of it with your other stamps.  Cut it out and remove the backing and stick it to any clean surface.  I use clear cd cases.  I puchased 100 of them for $18.00 online.  (sorry I don't remember the company but if you google clear cd cases you can find lots of companies)

Label your cd case with the name of the stamp set or group, I put the picture I have of the set in the front of the case and thats it. 
When you use your stamp putting on the acrylic block is so easy, it just sticks.  Clean your stamp and then back in the case.  You can use DVD cases they just take up a bit more space and cost just a bit more.

I pick a few sets each day I want to remount and then I am done for the day.  I had started at the beginning of February and I am about half way done so far.  I did decide that the two step stamp sets I would not remount since I have not tried them yet.  I am used to those being a certain way.  Its just my preference.

If you have any questions please let me know.  Happy Stamping! 

This is what the sheet looks like

My Drawer, loving this!
The scissors I used.  The top cd case show the picture of whats inside, the bottom one shows the stamp set with the hands removed, I remounted them on the cling and put them in the cd case.  I grouped all my loose baby stamps into this case.

My work area.

Toy Story Cartridge- Son's Birthday Projects

Well I just can't believe that my oldest son is now 18 years old.  I remember the delivery because it was unusual to say the least but now looking at him, he is all grown up.  Where did all that time go?  I really enjoyed him growing up.  Seeing him learn how to write, read and explore his abilities.  I have to say there is a big gap between him and his brothers so he did 5 years to be an only child.  Then he got blessed with two brothers two years in a row.   

His favorite movies are the Toy Story movies.  He loves the slinky dog.  He even had woody pajamas that made him look like he was wearing his outfit.  Boy did those get allot of wear.  I wish I would have taken more pictures back then of him and those toys. 

When the Cricut Cartridge Toy Story came out I had to have it.  I knew that I would get allot of use since all three boys love those movies.  Jeremy's Birthday is the first of year and I have spent the last few days putting together some decorations for his special day.  I wanted to share some of them with a few things I learned putting them together.  I though this would be easier than it was, I am so glad I started early or I would have been pulling my hair out.  This was especially true for the slinky dog.  (I don't have it to show you a picture right now, my son took it to school to show off and its still with him he loved it that much).

When you start to cut out characters from any cartridge- Change the blade!

Plan on cutting the character out at the largest setting you can -usually 8 to 10 inches is what I found unless you use a 12x24 mat. 

Unless you have allot of paper and time do the "head" first then you can tackle the body.

Cut out the figure with scratch paper so you know where to place the pieces for assembly, you may need good paper to re cut a few of the pieces.

TEST your paper with speed and pressure before you decide to use your good paper.
I went through allot of paper trying to get the pressure and speed to cut the smaller pieces correctly.  I don't know how anyone just cuts the piece correctly the first time- they don't show that on the videos.  The blade doesn't always cut it correctly the first time and you have to make adjustments.  My pieces were not cut correctly the first time, second and sometimes third.  This is especially true for Slinky Dog. 

Once I got the pieces cut out without any tears I was assembling them without too much trouble. 
I did decide to use googlie eyes for most of the characters, the cutouts from the cartridge made them look weird. 

I tried to cut his body out but I ran out of brown colored paper after my many attempts to cut out Woody but he is just as cute.

Woody was my first try, I tried to cut out his body with all those pieces and just could not get it right.  I wish I had purchased more brown colored paper that was just a shade or two off from each other.  I found that I did better with this view than the bodies.  I am still going to try to cut them out I just need more experience with my machine settings so I don't ruin more paper.

My husband loved the Army men the best

He is my favorite for some reason, I just love the color combinations.  He was the easiest to put together.  I guess after putting together the other characters I got the hang of it. 

Once I have the Slinky dog back in the house I will update this with a photo.  He is too stinkin' cute not to share.  And he was the hardest to cut out.  

I don't want to say that I have bad experience with this project, just I need to play more with my settings to get the small pieces to cut out correctly.  That's why there is no bodies to Woody, Buzz or Bulls eye.  I guess I will have to try when I am not under so much pressure to get them done while the kids are at school, to hide them so I could surprise everyone. 

I would love to hear from you if you have ideas or share the same experiences with your cricut machine.   I hope that my experience will help you if you decide to take on any character cartridge. 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Birthday Gift Card Holder

I had a few female birthdays coming up and since I am giving gift cards I thought I needed something special to put them in and not just the plain envelope.


The paper was from the Linen collection by DCWV.  The flowers were made from the 5 petal punch from EK success.  I punched out 5 flowers, ripped the edges and then crunched them before assembling with glue in the middle. I added a rhinestone in the middle.
The dimension for the gift card are 6X4.  Score at 1/2" and 2 1/2" fold and tape closed.
The card inside is 3 3/4" x 2 1/4" I used the same paper.  The ribbon is 10" long and is used to pull up the gift card. 
For an accent I took a matching solid piece of paper and wrapped it around the middle and stamped a Happy Birthday accent. 
Please let me know if you have any questions. 

My Craft Room

I started my crafting in the basement years ago.  Since my hubby has started remodeling down there I have been a few places in our home.  What a nightmare.  I finally got fed up and moved into the "dining room".  We really never used it and it was being used as a home office at the time, so I took it over.  Best decision I have made.  I still have some things in the basement, but most of my "stuff" in the newly named "Craft Room". 
I would like to have a wall put up to seperate the craft room from the living room (which no one uses because there is no TV in there), so in the mean time I have a room divider.  This works out great because you can't see my mess from the front door anymore.  You know when I say mess, it just my work.  I don't always get to finish a project that day and it stays out until I can get back to it.  This is the part I love the most.  No more putting everything away just to eat dinner at the table. 
I have just recently found youtube.  I wanted to find out how to make something and a girlfriend said try there, they have everything.  I found it, and now I am hooked.  I started watching everyone's videos on how they have their craft rooms and found I really needed to organize mine.  It has been alot of fun, really.  I love to organize anything.  But somehow I just could not get my craft room the way I wanted.  I think it was because my hubby said I was going to have a space in the basement so I just never thought of getting the room together.  This past month I have decided I am NOT going into the basemet ever again.  They boys can have the "man cave" and I will be happy just staying where I am.  So the following pictures is my progression to where I am now.  Its still a work in progress and I am sure I will make more changes.
I hope that my organizing will inspire others also.  Thanks for looking.
December view before re-do

Before Red-do

before re-do

some of my xmas gifts for organizing

After re-do with organizing storage

after re-do

after re-do

after re-do

after re-do   office area

Hubby Birthday Projects

A few days ago was my hubby's 46th Birthday.  He is not big on making a huge deal for his birthday.  I usually try to do something special for him and they boys love my surprises.  This year I had purchased a new cricut cartridge just for the occasion.  Sweet Treats, it has the cupcake design I wanted and it was on sale!

I used some of my Stampin up paper here are the colors:
Pretty in Pink
Barely Banana
Crumb Cake
Chocolate Chip
Rose Romance
Black
The blue, red and green just came out of a paper pack I had.
I cut most of these out at 10 inches since it was the biggest I could get on my 12X12 cutting Mat.
I think they came out so cute.  Here they are:
I glittered up the accents on the cake.

I added glitter to the frosting on cupcake

The large tag is from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cartridge

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. Thanks for stopping by.