Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Honored again with Gruesome Twosome!!!

I had been thinking about this project for days during the challenge.  I wanted so badly to do something vampire related but it just wasn't flowin'. Then while at work it dawned on me to create a "Tooth Fairy.  Once I had the idea for the "Tooth Fairy" I just ran with it and I am now being honored again as a Gruesome Twosome.  If you missed my "Tooth Fairy" here she is and you can go HERE for all the details.
Thank again to Haunted Design House for this honor!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Father's Day Celebration Table Decoration, Sign and Card

So I was inspired the other day by another crafty blogger to create this Father's Day table decoration.  She inspired the container made from theater boxed candy.  My husband loves candy, especially chocolate, so these M & M's boxed candies were perfect.  I changed the design just a tad. 

Basically I attached the boxes to each other, created and attached a bottom cut out of a portion of a cereal box and inserted some floral foam to hold the picks.  I created most of the picks and the sign from the Father's Day Cricut cartridge and just the hockey player from Sports Mania Cricut cartridge.  Each pick represents something my husband enjoys.  Lastly I tied the boxes off with some jute.

I then took a photo of my girls holding the "Best Dad Ever" sign and had it printed out as a card from Walgreens.

Here's the 5 x 7 card, the coloring looks much better in person:

I am entering these Father's Day Celebration projects in the following challenges:
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Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Tooth Fairy - Macabre Monday HDH 134 - Long in the Tooth

Let me present to you the very elusive Tooth Fairy.  Unfortunately when I found her she had already been dead for quite some time.

In her day, this tooth fairy probably stood approximately 6 inches tall.  You can see her long hair had turned grey and she is still wearing a very pretty black hat and tutu type skirt.  Her shirt must have disintegrated along with her flesh.  You can she her wings are very wrinkled, curling and cracking from the many years of decay.  Now just her bones and the human teeth she collected remain.

You can actually see a close up of the human teeth!!!

Now this no longer living Tooth Fairy shall be placed among the other interesting findings in my Appalling Apothecary (you never know when you might need a Tooth Fairy wing or a human tooth collected by a Tooth Fairy).

Now for the truth: 

I created this tooth fairy.  I used a plastic skeleton from my Halloween decorations.  I clipped some hair from a wig I have and glued it on to the skeleton.  I created a little hat from some tulle and a pom pom.  I also used that same tulle to create her tutu.  I hand drew, cut, and embossed her wings and attached them to her back.  The little bag of teeth are actually my oldest daughter's teeth, 8 of them.  I tied off the bag with some jute twine.  And there you have it...a Tooth Fairy!!!

I am entering my Tooth Fairy in the challenge over at Haunted Design House - Macabre Monday HDH 134 - Long in the Tooth.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

2012 High School Graduation card

Today I share with you a simple graduation card that I made for my niece who graduated high school this month.  I'm not really happy with the way this card turned out...I think it could have used some layers but oh well.  I guess beings that I had deal with 2 sick kids over the last 3 weeks and myself being sick too has taken a toll on my creativity.

I decided to make an easel card for this because I just love being able to have them displayed, plus I haven't ventured into any other type of display card.
I only used Wrap it Up Cricut cartridge to create this card.  I covered the wording in Martha Stewart glitter and outlined the cap with Stickles.  I used a white gel pen on the diploma.  Lastly I added some 2012 ribbon and star brads.

I gave this card along with the layout I made:
You can view all the details HERE!!!  I created this envelop for the back of the layout for my neice to place some memories of high school and her graduation that she doesn't neccessarilly want to display or loose.
Since I have already posted my graduation layout and entered it previous challenges I can only enter my graduation card in the following challenges:
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Saturday, May 19, 2012

ME Gruesome Twosome...again!

I'm so excited to be chosen again as a Gruesome Twosome for my Altered Jewelry Box.  This was such a fun challenge and it has inspired me to make more altered jewerly boxes in the future.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day Heart Shape card

It took some searching but I think I found the perfect heart to create my Mom's Mother's Day shape card.  I found this heart on Wall Decor and More Cricut cartridge.  I used my Design Studio to first hid the contours of one of the hearts and welded it to the other heart, all cut from the pink cardstock.  I then cut the top (purple) heart and adheared it to the top. I applied some glitter glue to the flourishes.  I then used my Cuttlebug to cut 8 flowers, attached them together with a brad and began to shape the flower.  I added the purple ball to the center of the flower and applied some glitter glue to the edges of the flower.  Then I adheared the flower to the heart.

The inside I kept very simple and just used some stamps from My Craft Spot - Inside & Out 2 stamp set.
Just in case if you can't read it, it says, "Mom Thinking of you is one of my favorite things to do.

One the back I wrote the saying, "A mother holds her children's hands for a while...their hearts forever."
-- Author Unknown

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Looking through the Window - Mother's Day card

Today I bring to you a Mother's Day card I created for my mother-in-law.  During the end of December my mother-in-law had made this statement on her facebook page, "So strange!!! I was looking out my kitchen window this morning thinking about Joe (her deceased husband) when this yellow butterfly flew on my deck and hoovered in front of the window a little while then flew away...Maybe it was telling me that I will be okay and next year will be a better one for me!!!!! I hope so anyway...."  Now this might not sound strange to some of you but since she lives on the east coast, seeing a butterfly in December is very strange.  Ever since that day I knew I wanted to create a window card for her...and this is what I came up with.

I used these items to create this card:
  • Design Studio
  • Locker Talk Cricut cartridge - for the window card***I know totally not expected!!!
  • George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge - for the square cut for the window
  • Indie Art Cricut cartridge - the butterfly
  • Cuttlebug
  • Swiss Dots embossing folder
  • Studio G glitter glue
  • foam squares
  • Stampin' Up Ribbon and lace - for the curtain effect
  • Glue Gun - to attach the lace to the ribbon
  • Clear Craft Plastic - for the window
  •  DCWV Spring Stack of pattern paper
  • My Craft Spot stamps - Inside & Out Set #2

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

You're the Best! Teacher Appreciation card

I think this is the last teacher appreciation project for this year.  We've had a rough last 2 weeks with my youngest having Strep last week and me and my oldest just having a really bad sickness this week.  Plus, Tuesday our dear bassetthound Lady passed away.   She had been going down hill quickly since the weekend so we knew it was coming.  We were able to say our goodbyes and she went in her sleep Tuesday night.  Today we buried her and our youngest really couldn't understand why we put Lady in a bag and in a hole, she did though repeatedly say,"Bye Bye Lady."  I'm relieved and sad but I know she's in a better place and not in pain anymore. 

R.I.P. Lady!

This card is going along with the other projects I made this week for my daughter's 4th grade teacher.  I was inspired by another blogger to make this card into not just a card but a post-it note holder, too. 

I used these items to create this card:
  • Post-it note - from the dollar store (2 pk.)
  • Calligraphy Collection Cricut cartridge - "You're the Best!"
  • A Child's Year Cricut cartridge - apple
  • Green and red Stickles
  • Martha Stewart white glitter - on the "You're the Best!"
  • white gel pen
  • Misc. clear Thank You stamp - on the Post-it note
  • foam squares - behind the apple

 Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my Teacher Appreciation card.

Altered Teacher Appreciation Reward Canister

I've had this small clear canister for months now and finally did something with it.  I created this reward canister for my daughter's 4th grade teacher as a part of his teacher appreciation gift.  I found this project to be extremely simple and will be making more of these in the future.

I used these items to create this teacher appreciation reward canister:
  • small clear canister from $1.00 bin at Target
  • DCWV Grade School printed cardstock
  • George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge - for the circle and star on lid
  • Locker Talk Cricut cartridge -  for the "Good Job!" saying on front
  • Red, green and yellow Stickles
  • Red ribbon
  • "You Rock" clear stamp from Bug Bites Stamps - All Year Round

I am entering this altered teacher reward canister in the following challenges:
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Monday, May 7, 2012

Altered Clipboard for Teacher Appreciation

I can't believe I haven't done one of these was so easy and very inexpensive!  My daughter's 4th grade teacher is a very nice man and has really done any amazing job with her this year.  Kaitlyn is a very good student but tends to get distracted from time-to-time (which is normal for 10).  Her teacher was always encouraging and positive.  Plus, this year Kaitlyn finally tested into the Gifted Program at ther school!

I got the clipboard and note pad from the Dollar Store.  I painted the entire clipboard with black craft paint.  I covered most of the front with a piece of cardstock from DCWV Grade School printed cardstock.  Then I added some stickers from Me and My Big Idea.  Lastly I attached some red ribbon to the top and clipped on the note pad.

I know most of the altered clipboards I have seen had tons of ribbon tied to the top...I didn't want to do that since I think ribbon is girly and her teacher is a man.

Here's a look at the back:

I attached a green piece of cardstock to the back.  I cut all the letters out from Plantin SchoolBook with the except of the "A+" which I cut from Locker Talk and the "thank you" came from Beyond Birthdays.  Once I attached them to the board I applied Glossy Accent to them.

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Altered Jewelry Box - HDH131 Macabre Monday - CASE a Minion

So this week at Haunted Design House the challenge was to CASE a Minion.  Basically you are to create a dark, Gothic, or Halloween-based art piece that has been CASEd from one the Minion's DT offerings.  CASE = Copy And Steal Everything.  I chose to CASE Sultana of the Sinister Lynx aka Black Dragon, you can find her project that I CASEd HERE!!!  I fell in love with her jewelry box and I just knew I could at least attempt to create something similar.  Plus, this jewerly box will give my Halloween jewelry a new resting place until October every year from now on.

I already knew I had the cardstock I wanted to use.  The cardstock I used was in a Halloween pack from Recollections.  I picked up a very inexpensive wooden box from Michael's.  I painted the entire box with black craft paint.  Covered most of the box with the cardstock.  I sanded the edges down just a bit.  I applied a glossy Mod Podge over the entire surface of the box and let that dry overnight.  I then hot glued some really interesting black ribbon around the box.  I cut 16 little flowers out with my Cuttlebug.  I put 8 of those flowers together with a brad and began to shape the flower.  I created 2 flowers this way.  I also added a small black pompom to the center of the flower.  I then lightly brushed some silver glitter paint onto the edges.  I cut 3 leaves out with my Cuttlebug.  I added some Crackle Accents to the leaves but they didn't create the effect I wanted (I don't think the Crackle Accents liked the silver cardstock).  I cut out on my Cricut the scull from Happy Hauntings at 4 inches.  One was cut in the silver cardstock and the other in black, I hid the contours on that one to create a black out scull.  I attached the two together and then added Glossy Accents to give it some dimension.  Once I had all the pieces dry, I hot glued everything to the jewelry box along with some other embellishments...the spider was just something I had to add (maybe he'll keep some little hands out of my jewelry).

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

End of the Year Pillow Boxes

I had such a blast creating these little pillow boxes for my oldest daughter's 4th grade class.  The colors I choose are purple and yellow which are the school's colors.  The comet also represents the school, they are known as "The home of the Comets." 

So I had never made a pillow box so I did a little research on the internet about what size I should cut them with my Cricut.  The one person that I watched cut her pillow boxes at 5 inches, I decided to cut mine at 5 5/8 inches.  I found out at this size I could cut 4 boxes out of 1 12 x 12 piece of cardstock and it also allowed me to fill the boxes with 4 SMARTIES candies.  This only shows half of what I made.  I had to make 28 of these little darlings.

I designed the boxes using my Design Studio, the Wrap it Up Cricut cartridge and the Ultimate Creative Series Sampler Cricut cartridge.  I couldn't find just a plain pillow box on the Wrap it Up Cricut cartridge so I used the one with the diploma on it, hid the contours and inserted the shooting star from the Ultimate Creative Series Sampler Cricut cartridge.  I cut the inside out from yellow cardstock and then once the box was assembled I stickled it.

 On the back I used a clear stamp I got from the Michael's dollar bin.

I am entering my End of the Year Pillow Boxes in the following challenges:
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