Friday, February 28, 2014

St. Patrick's Day hair clip

Happy Friday friends!  With St. Patrick's Day coming right up, I thought I'd make a hair clip for Lara with a large four-leaf clover.  It was super easy.  I used the Designer Calendar Cricut Cartridge, a low-temp hot glue gun, Folk Art extreme glitter paint, a bit of felt, some gems, and a plain hair clip.  Almost everything was bought at Joann's craft store.

 I began by cutting out the four-leaf clover and it's shadow using the Designer Calendar Cricut cartridge at three inches.  I used a couple of green scraps I had on hand.

Next, I quickly painted the smaller clover with Folkart Extreme Glitter paint.  When you first use it, you can really see the brush strokes in the paint.

But when it dries, all you see is TONS of glitter :)  Layer the smaller clover on top of the larger clover.

 Next, you will hot glue a small piece of felt to the back of the clovers.

Finally, open the clip and slide another small piece of felt inside the hair clip.  Glue the two pieces of felt together.  It will look like this when you are ready to use it.

For a little added pizzazz, add a few rhinestones to your clover.

You can clip it to the side of your hair.

Or add it to the top of a ponytail.  

Here are a few pretty flower hair clips I made using Prima flowers.

Once I figured out how easy they were to make, it was hard to stop.  I definitely need to buy some more Prima flowers now.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend!


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Berry Pickin' and Thanksgiving layout

Hello friends.  This has been a slow week for us.  The kids and I all managed to come down with a cold and Nick is on breathing treatments, so we are all taking it easy.  I found a couple more layouts that were just needing some pics to finish them up, so I thought I'd share them briefly.  The first one was a kit I picked up online from a company that no longer sells them.  You could make it easy enough with the right dies.  The pictures are from last year's field trip to an organic farm to pick strawberries.

The second one was from a CKC conventions I took a few years ago.  It was pretty simple, so I added a few embellishments to it to liven it up.  The pics are at my MIL's house at Thanksgiving.

Hope everyone is doing well! There seems to be a lot of bugs floating around right now.


Monday, February 17, 2014

One Cut Cricut Coach cards

Happy President's Day crafty friends!  With Nick in i9 flag football this winter, I needed to whip up a couple of coaches' cards.  I pulled out my All Sports cricut cartridge and saw this framed football.  Score!  It's so cute and is done with just one cut.  

I finished it off by adding a little "Football is Life" ribbon to the bottom.  Easy, peasy :)

I am entering my football cards in the following challenges:

Clean and Simple on Sunday - Masculine card
Paulaholifieldcrafts - Man Up
Less is More - Masculine card
Really Reasonable Ribbon Ramblings - One for the Boys with ribbon

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Quick and Easy Valentine's Day cards

Happy Thursday friends!  My kids are off school Friday and Monday, so we are getting ready to kick off a four day weekend.  Yes!  The only homework "we" have to do is work on memorizing a 4 1/2 minute story.  Doesn't that seem crazy hard to you?  Luckily, my 5th grader has a month to get it down.

Today's cards were thrown together in a hurry.  They are the kids' Valentine's Day card.  Of course, they are exactly the same to prevent any sibling rivalry. 

The background paper is part of Bella Blvd's Lovey collection (an oldie but a goody).  Then I just added a Love canvas sticker,  a "U", and a few hearts from my sticker stash.  Doesn't get much quicker than that!

I'm entering my Love U cards over at Paper Crafting Journal and The Sisterhood of Crafter's Love is in the Air challenge.

Have a great weekend everybody!


Monday, February 10, 2014

Teacher Valentine's Day gifts

Hello crafty friends.  With Valentine's day around the corner, I created these quick gifts for the kids to give to their teachers and librarian.  This is not only a great gift for a teacher, it is also not very expensive to make.  Each gift has two boxes of pencils (looks like only one in this pictures) and the most time consuming part of the gifts were sharpening the pencils, as my electronic sharpener gave out after the first 20 or so. 

I created the layered hearts with the Sweetheart Cricut cartridge (page 72). I cut all the pieces at 4". Both the large scalloped hearts with holes around the edges and the addition layers came from the Cricut cartridge.  This project is a great way to use up your scraps.  Once I glued down all the hearts, I used some twine to stitch around the hearts, leaving additional twine along the backside to wrap around the pencil boxes. You can pick up pencils anywhere, but I got these at Cosco for a little added savings.  I had two boxes left over for later use.

I am entering the teacher valentine gifts in the following challenges:

Simon says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Have a heart
Fantabulous Cricut - I heart you
Cardz TV - 3-D Valentine Challenge

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, February 6, 2014

My sister my friend

Good evening friends,

Today I am sharing a card that I made for my sis in Tennessee.  She and I are very close, despite the distance between us.  Her favorite color is purple.

Products used: S.w.a.l.k. My Sister stamp set; Memento Tuxedo Black Ink; Spectrum Noir markers FS1, FS3, EB3, EB5, EB8, IG3, IG5, IG8, LV1, LV2, BP2, PB4; Spellbinders Filigree Delight embossing folder; Prima flowers

The lovely white embossed background is all one die called Filigree Delight and I have to say it might be my new favorite thing ever.  It's going to make it very easy to make pretty, elegant cards really, really quickly.  And I'm all about saving time when it comes to cards.  I've shifted my priority this month from crafting to walking and hiking.  Happily, I've managed to lose 10 lbs in January as a result :)  I will add though, that I have ice packs on my shins I write this.  Apparently, I need to try the Couch to 5k App before trying out the Zombie, Run app.  It's really tough to start out slow when zombies are growling in your earphones...

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, February 3, 2014

Taking Time Together

Hello friends.  Today's layout is based on My Creative Sketches January sketch challenge.  Lara has been feeling a little under the weather so we stayed home yesterday and had a "P.J. Day".  It was very relaxing :)

My layout was made with mostly Close to My Heart paper, banners from Heidi Swapp, and flowers from Prima.  The pictures are from our Cub Scout Family camping trip in July.  I was lucky enough to have my dad and his girlfriend come with us, as my husband had to work all weekend.  (Or maybe the camping trip is why he worked all weekend!)

Hope your Monday is off to a great start!