Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pinterest Day - Lego Play Bin

Hi all hope you have all been having a great week.  So I am getting around to my Pinterest post.  I know I said that Wednesday would be Pinterest day but I think I have decided that I will just have a Pinterest Day, that way I won't disappoint anyone and also take some of the stress of trying to get the post up.  See I blog for a hobby and to give back to the crafting community, so taking care of family comes first.  Hope you all understand.

With that said here is what I did using some Pinterest inspiration.

Here is the pin that I got the inspiration from:

Once I pinned this my good friend hinted that this would be something her son would love.  Well with his birthday last week I went at trying to create it.  So in the pin the creator actually cut and assembled wood to make this tray.  I am not a wood worker, in fact I am terrified of most power tools.  So I decided I would try to find a tray that I could use.  I found this bin at Home Goods.  It is not flimsy but it is also not too heavy so I thought it would be perfect, and with the extra depth it could also serve as storage for the legos.  As this gift if for a three year old I also wanted to use a Lego Duplo board instead of a regular Lego board.  I found the board on Amazon and had my husband cut it down to fit inside the box.  I adhered it to the box using velcro, thinking that when he does graduate to regular Legos, we could just switch out the board.

For the front of the bin I originally planned to use vinyl.  I cut the vinyl using the Cameo and then tried to adhere it to the bin.  Well vinyl doesn't adhere to fabric very well and I knew it would just get peeled off.  So I then cut a template with freezer paper, ironed it onto the fabric front of the bin and then used fabric paint to create the name.

Hope you have enjoyed this.  I might make one for my daughter as well.  Don't forget to go utilize those pins and have a great week.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Lion Birthday Card with the Cricut

Hi all - Hope you have all been well.  We have been a sickly bunch over here.  I was out for the weekend and now my oldest has strep.  I am really ready for the winter and the sickies to be gone.  So today I have a really cute birthday card I made for one of my favorite little boys.  He turned the ripe old age of 3 this past weekend.  We had a fun day listening to his favorite band at a local coffee shop.  So here it is:

Card Recipe:

  • Red card base is 5.5 x 5.5
  • The polka dot paper is from a Cricut paper stack that came with my Expression cut at 5" square
  • Birthday Lion cut at 2.5" from Create a Critter 2 cartridge and popped with a pop dot
  • Party Time sentiment cut at 2" from Create a Critter 2 cartridge
  • Doodlebug twine in yellow for the hat and blue for the word party.  I just used my glue pen to trace the letters and then lined the letters
  • Yellow ribbon from my stash
I really love how this card turned out.  The twine adds such a special touch that makes the card stand out.  I am entering this card in two challenges:  The Pop challenge over at My Craft Spot and the Pet challenge over at Exploring Cricut.  

Thanks for visiting today.  I will have the gift that went with the card for my Pinterest Wednesday.  Hope you come back and see it.  Have a great week.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

Hi all just wanted to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day, hope you get to some love from someone special today.  I wanted to share with you the rest of my Valentine's crafts.  The first is a card I made for my hubby:

Here is the card Recipe:

  • Card base is 5.5" x 5.5" white card stock. I inked the edges with red Staz On ink and rounded the corners with the corner chomper
  • The felt heart garland and mini clothespins are from Michaels.  They were one $1 so I had to get them
  • The owls are cut with the Cameo and can be found in the Silhouette store here
  • The heart bubble tag was a free shape of the week from Silhouette.  I printed the phrase and cut out the shape using the print and cut feature on the Cameo.  I then lightly inked it with the red Staz On ink
  • Used some stickles on the owl ears and the eyes to add some sparkle to the card
So I have found what I don't like about the Cameo.  When you purchase an image that has layers you have to separate the layers yourself, meaning you can't pull in one layer at a time like the Cricut.  Makes the design process a little longer.  But there are always pluses and minuses to everything!!

Here is the second project I have for you today:

I had to make goodies for my daughters school party today.  I decided to make some Red Velvet Whoopie pies.  I found these cute owl bags at Michaels for $1.00.  This is a steal because there were 25 bags in the package.  I then used the Cameo to print and Cut these labels on adhesive card stock.  Talk about an easy way to make labels, I was done with all 15 labels in about 10 minutes.  

That's all I have for you today, hope you have a lovely day.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pinterest Wednesday - ABC Valentines

Hi all hope your week is going well.  I have been baking up a storm for my kiddos Valentine's parties.  So today I have for you a card that I found on Pinterest posted by the official Cricut page.  Here is the pin and the web link that the pin goes to:

Here is what I created:

So I did not use my Cricut to make this, I used my Cameo.  It is just so much easier to use fonts and cut with so I thought since I needed to whip out 15 of these I would go that route.  I used a font called Cupid de Lock which you can find for free on my Fonts page on Pinterest.  I only cut out the I, the heart and the U.  I then filled in those spaces with some red stickles.  I finished off the cards by adding some random washi tape.  My daughter loved them, as she writes I heart U on everything she does.

That's all I have for you tonight, hope you have a lovable Valentine's Day.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Kids Valentines with Create a Critter 2

Hi all hope your weekend has been fun!!!  Ours was pretty good except that my DH is really sick.  So he has been holed up in the basement and I have been taking care of the kiddos and spending my evenings in the craft room.  I have been crafting up a storm on Valentine's.  Yesterday I got all the kids class Valentine's done and the ones I made for them personally.  So tonight I am going to share the Valentine's that I made for my kiddos.  I really love how they came out and they couldn't have been simpler thanks to the Create a Critter 2 cartridge.  If you don't have this cartridge it is a must buy.  All the images are just so cute.  And no I don't work for Provo Craft.  So here they are:

Koala Valentine Recipe:

  • White card base cut at 5.5" x 5.5"
  • Ribbons from Michaels sewn into the card base using the We R Memory Keepers Sew Ribbon tool
  • Koala cut from the Create a Critter 2 cartridge at 3.75"
  • Christmas Red stickles and black stickles
  • Card frame from a Valentine's paper pack from Michaels

Butterfly Valentine Recipe:
  • White card base cut to size A2
  • Grey card frame embossed with the Cuttlebug Simply Charmed companions folder
  • Butterfly cut from the Create a Critter 2 cartridge at 3.75"
  • Christmas red and Bubblegum stickles
So there they are.  Aren't they cute!!!  I really think my girls are going to love them.  So I am entering these cards in the Queen of hearts challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut.  Thanks for stopping buy and hope you have a wonderful week.  

Friday, February 8, 2013

Pinterest Friday - Kids Valentines

Hi all Happy Friday!!!

So I know I didn't make it for Pinterest Wednesday, but I still do have a Pinterest inspiration for you today.  Of course you know that Valentine's Day is next week.  For us that means kids Valentine's for school parties.  My husband and I try not to make that big of deal about it, instead choosing to focus more on loving each other every day.  He does usually get me flowers though!!  So today I am going to share with you a Valentine I made for my youngest.  She is 3 and does have a party at preschool next week.  I found this inspiration on Pinterest of course.  Here is the pin:

So once I saw this, I started saving our toilet paper rolls.  It was actually very quick to get more than enough because there are three girls in our house!!  So here is what I decided to make:

Cute right!!  So I used my Cameo for this project.  I actually made the chevron paper in the Design Studio.  I then print and cut it.  Oh and if you need to know the size of paper to cover the roll it is 6" x 4.25".  I also used the Cameo to cut out the heart for the wings.  I embossed the wings using my Cuttlebug and the love bug folder.  I realize the sentiment tag is a little big.  The intention is to have my daughter trace her name since that is what she is practicing in school and I thought it should be bigger rather than smaller.  I used the Cameo print and cut feature to make the tag.  The antennae are pipe cleaners and I thought wiggly eyes would be fun.  She and I are going to stuff the tube with some Valentine's candy.

So there you have it, hope you enjoyed my knock-off.  I am entering this in two challenges.  The Love is in the air challenge over at The Cuttlebug Spot and the Valentine's for Kids over at My Craft Spot.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend and can't wait to show you my Valentine's for my older daughter!!