Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A baby and a Princess walk into a club...

Just kidding. :) I've been busy and bored the past couple of weeks. That sounds like an oxymoron, but it's true. I've been busy around the house and I've been bored because I haven't been able to create anything. Let's all pause and do a resounding *wah waaaah* a la Debbie Downer. :)

Our newest nephew arrived March 16th, only 6 short days late. :) He is beautiful and VERY healthy. (He weighed in at 9 lbs, 8 oz and was 21 inches long!) I managed to cut and assemble this card in probably 10 minutes flat. The fuzzy picture proves it as I made the card and took a picture pretty much as we were getting ready to head out the door to meet him! It turned out really cute!

When I saw the Imaginisce Enchanted kit being offered on Scrapbooksteals.com, I knew I had the PERFECT picture to go with it. Is it sad that I purchased a WHOLE kit just to scrap ONE picture?! Not in my eyes. Plus, the amount of stuff that came with the kit (papers, stamps, stickers, borders, die cuts, ribbon...Oh My!), was totally worth it!!

Here is they layout I created with this kit:

I cut the castle and clouds out of a sheet of paper that came with the kit and I created the little mini-Maddie princess with a stamp. I love that I was able to create and color the stamp to match her unique strawberry blonde hair and blue and black princess outfit. (PS: Call me crazy, but I LOVE the outfit she wore. A Cinderella dress with a white shirt, black leggings and black Converse shoes. She was a "hip" version of a princess.) :) I used regular colored pencils to color in the stamp. I'm in no way ready to make the Copic investment...yet! The ribbon at the top of the layout is attached to a picture of the card that the birthday princess used as her thank you card...it had a picture of all of the little girls who went to the party (all in princess dresses) and Sleeping Beauty, who showed up to be the entertainment at the party! Definitely a memory my daughter will never forget!

I'm itching to create a layout with last week's MWM sketch, so hopefully I'll be back soon! Until then...


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Babies, Babies Everywhere!

March seems to be the month of babies in my world. I have a friend who had a baby on the 10th, another who had a baby yesterday, my sister-in-law was DUE on the 10th and still patiently baking her little boy until he's ready to make an appearance and ANOTHER friend who's due this weekend. PHEW! I've made a couple congrats cards for the babies who have already been welcomed to the world and I thought I'd share them with you.

The first was made for a friend who had a little boy.

It's hard to see from the picture, but I used pop-out adhesive behind the matted picture to make it stand out. I colored in the stamp with colored pencils as they were all I had on hand and I'm in NO way ready to take on the Copic commitment! :) I'm very please with the way this card turned out.

This next card was made for our friend who had a baby girl yesterday.

I used my Silhouette to create this card. In their online store, I found a cute bib card kit. It comes with EVERY shape you see on this card. I can't seem to pass up kits because you get SO much for your money (even if it's just 99 cents). I wish I had used better background paper when I made this, but you can still see some of colors that I pulled out to create the bib and flowers. I think it turned out pretty cute!

I'm sure I'll have more to post soon as there are still two more babies coming! Until then...


Saturday, March 5, 2011

A very Star Wars birthday!

One of our nephews turned 5 yesterday. He is one of the biggest Star Wars fans I know...I think he loves it more than my husband and his brother combined, and that's saying A LOT! We always know we're safe giving him something Star Wars related, but this year my sister-in-law requested that we try NOT to give him any new Star Wars toys. One of the things that she told me he wants a really cool bulletin board for his room. I've decorated one for my oldest daughter's room, so I knew this was something I could do.

Now we all know how popular Star Wars is. So one would think it would be easy to find some Star Wars-themed fabric out there somewhere. Wrong. I went to three fabric stores and came up with NOTHING. I finally found some cosmic-looking fabric with stars and milky-way-looking swirls on it, so this is the fabric I decided to go with.

I bought a plain bulletin board and spray painted the edges silver. I stapled fabric to the cork board and then lined the inside of the edge with ribbon to cover the staples. I thought the color combination was very Darth Vader-ish, so I hope my nephew thinks so, too!

Here's the final product:

Of course, nothing ever photographs as well as it looks in person, but you get the idea. I think it turned out pretty well and I hope he likes it!

Going along with the Darth Vader theme of the day, I decided to make him a birthday card, too. I had remembered that one of the sheets from the Fancy Pants Father and Son collection had a star burst pattern on it. I decided to scan it and print it out in black and white to go better with my idea of black, white and red.

I found a Darth Vader sticker at my local scrapbook store that I thought would work for the card and then looked up a Darth Vader quote off the internet that sounded birthday-ish. I added some star brads, inked the edges of the card and VOILA! Done! This as probably one of the easiest cards I've ever made and I am happy with the way it turned out!

I hope our nephew thinks these things are as cool as I do. :) I'll find out tomorrow!

PS He loved them!! :)