Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Baby brown bear

A simple baby card I made for my cousin who recently welcomed a baby girl.
It took me forever, I am beyond rusty!! The bear's nose and paws are paper pieced, and of course he is mounted on foam tape. Given the time of day I had to take my pic in the sun which obviously isn't perfect, the bear is actually brown, not greenish.... LOL ;-)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Window garland mini tutorial

As I am trying to not buy stamps this year, I have been buying SVG files instead, LOL ;-), and also using my Cricut cartridges, like I did here since my laptop was out of commission and I couldn't access my SVG files. I made a little garland with my daughter, to decorate the vertical window panels next to my front door. It's an easy and fun way to make seasonal decorations! :-)

- cardstock flowers and leaves of different sizes and colors.
- ribbon (gros grain works well)
- buttons
- hot glue gun
(and ink)

Start by inking the edges of all the cut pieces. This takes a little time but gives depth.
Using the hot glue gun, attach the flowers and leaves on the ribbon, then flip your design and do the other side. This way your project will look good from inside and outside.

Finish it off with buttons in the flowers' centers.

Hang in front of the window and enjoy!... :-)
(As always, clicking on the pics will give you a larger version.)

For regular windows, I'd suggest cutting several lenghts of ribbon of different size/length and hanging them vertically in a random fashion.
I'm looking forward to making more of those with different themes like maybe Back to school, Halloween, Holidays, even birthday stuff, seasons...
As they are exposed to the sun they will fade out eventually, but they are so easy and fast to make that there should be another one ready to take its place in no time!... ;-)

[I apologize for the weird/disjointed layout but Blogger gave me a hell of a time and just didn't want to let me place my pics where I wanted... >:-(...]

Citrusy Thanks

I have been gone for so long!... I had some computer problems, my laptop crashed and the hard drive had to be replaced, but luckily we were able to retrieve my svg files and such! Phew!...

In the meantime I wasn't uploading or posting anything!... :-(
I made this card a while ago, for Catherine (http://www.thedancingpear.blogspot.com/) after winning this stamp set on her blog. :-) You might not know this but, a few months ago, I decided I wouldn't buy any stamps till the end of the year. Let's face it, I still have stamps that haven't been inked yet (shame!! but time is an issue...) and well, this little hobby of mine can be rather costly so I'm trying to be reasonnable... So it was a pleasant surprise to win some stamps... ;-)
Now this is a stamps set all about tea (created in collaboration between Catherine Doucette and Lauren Meader for My Time Made Easy), but I live in Florida and I decided to show my love for citrus and the sunshine state by using the little lemon slice and no tea themed stamp instead...

The colors on my pic are a little off, I swear it is less fluorescent in real life... ;-)


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