Thursday, February 13, 2014

My latest projects were for a Christmas swap on the Cricut message board. We had to make a bunch of different items following some directives. I really enjoyed making all of these and tried to do something different for each. Let me start with my snowflakes. They were made using clock hands and a small circle token. Super easy!!!
Then I made a canvas. I used various TH stencils, paints, glitter, etc. I added a poinsettia that I die cut and added glitter to. I found a saying that I liked and added it on using different types of media.
I then made some note cards using black & white glossy cardstock, Judikins mica gloss paint and a stamp. You put a drop of a few different colors of the paint on white glossy cardstock. Then take another piece of white cardstock and lay it on top. Smooch them around a bit to blend in the colors. Take of the top piece and use these as your paint pallet. Press your stamp into the paint and then onto the black cardstock. I love this filigree type stamp!!!!
I am not the greatest at making mini albums bit I really liked this vertical  paper bag one. I made a Beach themed one and though that Christmas would be a great one also. It has about 80 spots for photos, journaling or whatever you want. I added more pockets, tags, and spots to use. There are lots of steps and it is very time consuming but I love how they both came out!!!! Here is a picture of the outside and another of the inside showing all of the pages.

I made a couple tags also. One is using an embossing folder with  Distress paint, inks and heat embossing. The other is using fragments. Both are using Tim Holtz ideas and materials.

Okay, 1 more and I am done for today!!!! This is one of my all time favorite projects. It is right up there with Silas. LOL
  I decide to do a shadowbox. The theme for this was snowman. I had to really think about it because my partner lives in Florida and I know they don't have snowmen there.  So I decide to go with "things that people do in winter." I had such a great time figuring out what I wanted to do for each little box. First I covered all the boxes with paper and tied them together with tissue tape. (I learned this at a Tim Holtz class I went to). Starting at the top left. I added skis, a sled and ice skates.  Next is a tree and a deer(winter to lots of people) Top right is a glass dome filled with Aruba shells and sand( for her home state of Florida). Next is a basket filled with greens and berries next to a bottle of snow. Of course I had to have a snowman!!! The box to the right is games. who doesn't play games in the winter. I added dice, domino,  puzzle piece, monopoly house and bingo things(10-5 for her birthday) Bottom left is for Christmas with a wreath, bulb and decorations. Center box has 2 red birds on tree branches. (Reminds me of winter) The last box is for New Years with a bottle and a fancy drink!!!!! I added feet and a few snowflakes and then added a small amount of spray snow to finish it off.
Hope you enjoyed my projects and I was going to say I will post more often but I can't promise that will happen!!!!!!


I really was going to keep up with my blog but I just seem to forget all about it. I was in a few swaps around the holidays, we went to Nashville in early Dec, Costa Rica in Jan and all this snow is driving me nuts!!!! DH and I have been on a puzzle kick recently also. I think we have done 8 of them in the last month.
First I will post a few pictures of Nashville and Costa Rica and then show you a few things I have  crafting.
We saw Rascal Flatts at the Ryman Auditorium, went Honkey Tonkin on Broadway, saw the King and Queen of Country music at the Hall of Fame and they even had Kelley Pickler's dress she wore when she won  the Mirrorball trophy on Dancing with the Stars. A great time for sure. we will return someday.

We went on our January group trip to Costa Rica. I ended up sick for 4 days but we made the best of it. We managed to get off the resort and go on a riverboat ride where we saw iguanas. crocodiles and monkeys. The view from our room was beautiful!!!!!