Thursday, July 18, 2013

Birthday Cards Galore

Hi all, so we are in the throws of summer.  It is so hot here I melt every time I go outside. We have been spending a lot of time at the pool between swim team and trying to cool off!!!  I hope you all are having a good summer.  So today I have a few birthday cards I have made to show you.  Interestingly enough these are all birthday cards from past months because we actually have no birthdays in July to celebrate.  I feel fortunate for that though, because I might not have had the time to make the cards if there had been.  So here we go:

These two cards were made for a double birthday that my girls were invited to.  The first card was for a boy.  I searched for an Angry Birds svg on the internet and happened to find one for free.  I decided on Angry birds because my youngest had chosen an Angry birds car set for the little boy.  I used some embossing powder to stamp the sentiment on the front.  The second card was for a little girl.  I was teeming to use some glitter so I cut the hat and sentiment out of the Silhouette double sided adhesive paper and then sprinkled the glitter on one side after I had adhered it to the card.  I have to say I really love this paper and glitter technique.  I believe I came across it on the blog Sprinkled with Glitter.

These last two birthday cards were for some rather great people in my life.  The first card was for my good friends 40th birthday card.  It really is fitting to her as she is fabulous and doesn't look the least bit 40.  I used some Dear Lizzy ruffled crepe paper as the background.  I used the Silhouette to print the sentiment on the Heidi Swapp patterned paper and to cut the photo frame and arrow.  I then created the bow with some scrap ribbon that I had on hand.  The last card in one for my dear hubby.  He loves his motorcycle.  I took some inspiration form Pinterest for this card as I have a really hard time with masculine cards.  I again used the Silhouette print and cut feature for the sentiment.

Well that is that.  I hope you have enjoyed and get some new inspiration from the cards.  Have a great evening and try to stay cool during these hot days.  Till next time ...

Friday, July 5, 2013

Cards and Albums made during the Motography Class

Hi all, look three posts in a row!!!!  How about that!!!  So back in February I took this awesome online class by Jessica Sprague and Heidi Swapp called Motography.  Here is the link to the class page.  It was a week long course about using your camera phone to take better pictures, editing your pictures on your phone using various apps, and also getting the photos off the camera and using them in different kinds of projects.  Let me tell you this was a fantastic class and well worth the $20 I paid.  I learned everything I mentioned above and more.  One of the big focuses of the class was learning how to use Instagram to quickly edit and post your photos.  In addition to the camera side of the class we made a couple really cool card and mini-book projects to showcase the photos.  Here are the cards we made:

These cards were really simple to make and would be great to send to friends or grandparents to give a little update on the kiddos.  I learned while making these cards that you can use your inkjet printer to print on sheets of vellum for a really cool photo effect.  I really love the slider card on the right.  You can put three 2x2 photos on the card for a fun photo booth strip effect.  I sent the first card to my Mom as a birthday card and the second to my sister-in-law as a thank you for hosting us for a weekend.

The second project that we made was a mini book using just a 12 x 12 sheet of scrapbook paper.  I wish I could remember the details, but they were pretty intricate in the way you had to fold and attach to papers.  Here it is:

These little books are so cute, I love them.  I made one for each of the girls with silly photos of them I had taken of the week.  They kind of got irritated with me by the end of the class, because I was taking so many photos with my phone.

So that is that.  If she offers this class again I would highly recommend it.  It was a great combination of  photo and scrapping education.  Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Hello Again and Summer Journals for Kids

Hi there, it has been a very long time since I posted last, almost two months!!!  I hope this finds all of you well and enjoying your summer.  We have been really busy here with the end of the school year and getting started with our summer fun.  I have to say I haven't really been crafting that much but I do have quite a few projects that I have done but just haven't had the time to post.  This year our summer is especially busy because my daughter started swim team for the first time, and that is an almost everyday  activity until the end of July.  She is really loving it and I think it is great for her self-esteem so it is not so much of a burden in those respects.

Well on to introducing a project.  My daughter starts Kindergarten in the fall and I wanted her to have some summer learning opportunities so that she would be ready for school in the fall.  I had heard from a friend that her children had to keep journals in Kindergarten, so I thought that would be a fun idea.  So here is what I created:

This book was really easy to make, only took about 15 minutes total.  First I found this great school lined paper on the internet and printed about 50 pages front and back.  Then I took some cereal box cardboard and cut it to 8.75 x 11.25.  I used some of my scrapbooking paper to to cover both sides of the front and back covers.  I then used my Bind-it-All to bind the journal.  Next I used my Silhouette to cut the cover title and adhered it to the cover.  Last I used a bunch of my scrap ribbon to add some fun embellishment to the binding.  

The way we use the journal, is almost everyday I ask her a simple question.  Example:  What is your favorite sport?  The when she tells me, I write the answer in sentence form on the first line.  I have her then draw a picture of whatever it is and copy the sentence on the remaining three lines.  I figure this gets her writing, spelling, and sort of reading all at the same time with some fun art thrown in there.

Now my 5 year old has a 3 year old sister, and as those of you with two kiddos know, the younger one always has to have and do the same thing as the older one.  So I made the little one a miniature version for her to do art projects in.

Well that is all I have for you today.  I hope to get back on a regular posting schedule soon.  Hope you keep enjoying your summer.