Thursday, December 16, 2010

Recycled Music Envelopes

Good evening yall! I'm so excited--I got a box full of goodies in the mail today. Jason thinks it's a box full of junk, but what does he really know? I wanted some old maps, music, cookbooks, etc to make envelopes out of. Here's my first batch of envelopes.

These were a lot of fun & I think they turned out great. I have lots more to make. I'm pretty excited about the mini envelopes I'm gonna make out of an old cookbook too. Oh yeah, the details on these. These were made from the 1944 music of I'll Walk Alone (lyrics by Sammy Cahn & music by Jule Styne, as sung by Dinah Shore in the Universal Picture "Follow the Boys").

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Home Sweet Home plate

Hey yall. Sorry it's been a whole month. I've made a few things lately, but I guess nothing that noteworthy. I did make a really cool plate tonight. Here's a bunch of pictures I took trying to get a good one. Etching just doesn't photograph well for me.

Aunt Pat & I found these 8 inch salad plates on clearance at Wal-Mart last week for 75 cents each. I plan on putting a nativity scene on some of them, then putting homemade goodies on them for teacher gifts. Of course I really hope once I list this plate on Etsy that I sell so many of them I don't have any left for teacher gifts. I would gladly go find something else for the teachers. Anyway, gotta get this posted on Etsy now. Have a great evening!

Monday, November 8, 2010

More stuff for baby Emma

Ok, I just tried to schedule a post for Monday night & it didn't work (right now it's Sunday night), so I'm gonna try it again. If it doesn't work I guess I'll just have 3 posts on Sunday night & then none for a few days. I've got a few more things I've done for Jessica's baby shower since it's in a week and a half & for once I don't wanna be making stuff at the last minute. This first one is a race car that says Daddy's Girl under it. Jessica's husband Jesse races at a dirt track on the weekends, so I wanted to make Emma a car shirt.
This next one is a brown onesie with pink & brown fabric. The colors are not coming out on my camera very well.
Finally we have a pink & green paisley butterfly. I figured Jessica might get tired of seeing Emma's name on every single shirt I make for her!

The pink race car shirt & green butterfly shirt are 12 month shirts & the rest are 3-6 months, so she should have a variety for quite a while. I didn't want everything to be the same size.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

My Cricut Rocks!

I'm back with more stuff I've been doing with my Cricut. First up I've got another bag I made with my new SVG files from MyScrapChick. I used glittery cardstock this time & the cardstock makes the bag so much better. I need to make a ton of these for Christmas just to have on hand.
Next up is the LSU Tigers shirt I made. I actually made 2 of these & have at least one more to make. I also made myself one with LSU in a golden yellow on a charcoal colored tshirt, but it's not nearly as cute as this one, so I haven't taken a picture. I did wear it Saturday though.

I'm having so much fun with my Cricut! A few things I've learned about cutting fabric with Ultra HeatNBond - use a deep cut blade on 6, pressure 5, & make sure you press your fabric down on your mat super good so it doesn't slip. Oh, & remove the backing paper on the HeatNBond before putting it on your mat or you'll be scraping it off. That's it for now. Have a good evening!

Emma & Sadie :)

Yall, I have a serious addiction to baby clothes right now! I am having so much fun putting fabric on onesies & shirts. I spent Friday night shopping for new fonts online (yeah, I'm a dork) & found a CUTE one at called Lollihop. I made 2 onesies with it this evening. The first one is for Emma, whose baby shower I will be attending next week.
The second is for Sadie, a precious little girl at church. The yellow vinyl doesn't match the yellow of the flowers, but it's just so cute that I don't care it doesn't match. Emma's name cut out cute, but Sadie's is just gorgeous.

I know this is just another crafting phase I'm in, but hopefully it will last for a little while so I can get several cute projects done and make some mommas happy in the meantime.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Mishap in the Minivan

Hey yall. Today has been a LONG day. I knew today would be a rough day at work, I just didn't realize I wouldn't be getting to work until 10am...

I was driving along close to the high school this morning & a 16 year old boy in a huge jacked up truck decided to change lanes. The problem is I was already occupying the spot in the lane where he wanted to go. My van is smashed & scraped on the driver's side from the mirror to the back tire. It really didn't feel like that bad of a hit, so I was surprised when I got out & looked at the damage. The black along the bottom is from his tires, which were wider than the truck. I couldn't get the door open from the outside & once I did, I couldn't get the handle back in place to keep the door shut without banging on it. The window wouldn't roll down either. The frame where the front & back doors meet is bent. His truck has a few scratches on the corner of the front passenger bumper. Everyone was ok, though, & I could tell he felt really bad. His mom was super nice too. We took the van straight to the body shop & State Farm had given a claim number for them to start on the $5k in damages before lunch. In the meantime I'm driving a rental. They tried to give Jason an economy car & he said no, we drive a minivan. They asked if we had a lot of kids & he said yeah, we've got a LOT of kids (cuz you know, even though there's just the 2, sometimes it feels like 12). So I've got a white Chrysler Town & Country minivan for the next week or so. I knew I loved my van, but didn't realize how much until I got a "replacement" van to drive. I miss my van. Anyway, I didn't make anything this evening, but I figured I'd share my little adventure with yall. Have a good night!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Monogram Ornament shirts

Good evening! This year I have actually gotten a jump start on some Christmas projects! This evening I worked on some precious little shirts for some precious little girls. This first one is for baby Ella. The second one is for little Layla. The little gold part at the top is probably crooked in this pictures, but that's because I haven't ironed on that part yet. Jodie & I have discussed some options for the top of the ornament, but since she hasn't actually seen the gold fabric I was telling her about I decided to just bring her those pieces & she can iron them on if she likes them. If she's not a big fan of the gold we can sew a piece of ribbon on the top & tie a bow.

I just LOVE how these turned out! I've got plenty more projects to work on, but unfortunately do not have an endless supply of time on my hands. I try to do just a little each evening. I had someone at work today ask me about personalizing some glass bowls, so I may work on that soon. Thanks for coming by to look at my fun stuff!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Little girls love football too!

Happy Election Day! Let me just start off by saying I HATE politics, so I avoided the tv today. I did go vote, but I'm so tired of hearing all the political blah blah blah! I spent my evening helping out some sweet little girls who love Saints football, but can't find any girlie Saints gear.

The onesie above is for sweet little Ella, who is 4 1/2 months old. The shirt below if for adorable Layla, who is 3 years old. I really hope their momma Jodie likes how these turned out.
I didn't want to just give them to her in a Wal Mart bag, so I decided to use one of my new sets of SVG files from My Scrap Chick. This is from the Bigger Bags set & I'm quite impressed with the size. It's about 5 inches tall, more than 6 inches wide, & almost 3 inches deep.

As you can see below, it was the perfect size for the two little pink shirts I made this evening. I put the picture of the bag of goodies on my Jennifer's Etched Glass facebook page & tagged Jodie in it, but I didn't want her to see a picture of the shirts.

I think I had taken too long of a break from my Cricut & now I'm trying to make up for lost time. I'm finding new stuff all the time that I can do. It's especially fun to work on girlie stuff since I live in a house with way too much boy stuff. Thanks for checking out my stuff & I hope to be back soon with more!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Jars with Vinyl

Good evening yall. My friend Cherie had asked me some time back to etch some jars for her. I finally got time to work on them & asked her if I could put vinyl on them instead of etching, since the etching wouldn't show up when she put sugar & flour in them.
The jars look awesome, especially after she added the sugar to this one. I'm so glad she sent me a picture once she filled it up.

The vinyl will come off, but the jars shouldn't have any problems since you don't typically wash sugar & flour jars every day. I'll have to check in with her occassionally to see how they're holding up.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Cutting fabric with Cricut

Hey yall. Quick post here just to show my first attempt at cutting fabric with my Cricut.

This was so easy & it turned out great! I used heat & bond on the back of the fabric, cut it out with a new blade, then ironed it on. Picking the font I wanted to use took the longest. Well, that & waiting on the onesie & fabric to get washed & dried. I definitely see more of these in my future for all those friends of mine who have little ones!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Christmas crafting has begun...

Last year I really wanted to do some crafting with a nativity silhouette, but couldn't find one I really liked. This year I've come across several, so I couldn't wait to get started. The first one I got from Shell (see my sidebar for her blog). I cut some light brown vinyl & put it on a black plate, then sprayed some glaze stuff over it to seal it so the vinyl wouldn't peel off. The spray gave the plate a shimmery look. I haven't tried washing it yet, but will do that soon to see how it holds up.

Next I cut out some black vinyl of the same silhouette & put it on a tile. I think I'm gonna go back & use the outline as a mask & ink the image so it will be waterproof without me having to seal the tile. If I seal it, the tile won't be absorbent anymore.

Right after I did these fun Christmas crafts Friday night, my friend Lennie came over & we personalized her a travel mug.

I love how it turned out & I hope to hear from her soon how well it stands up to being used since it's not sealed. If it doesn't hold up, we'll redo it & seal it. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

I {love} chalkboard paint!

Good evening! I'm not even gonna address the fact that I haven't blogged in a while--sometimes life just happens that way & I know yall understand. On to some new craftiness!

Friday night I went to Hobby Lobby & bought my very first can of spray paint. Chalkboard paint to be more exact. I've heard of people using chalkboard paint & loving it, but I've never used any kind of spray paint & honestly I was a little nervous about my spraying ability.

Turns out all you've gotta do is spray! Ha ha, I know it seems obvious, but I just figured there was somehow I could really screw this up. I sprayed a couple of things Friday night & again Saturday morning. Saturday evening I finished up my flower chalkboard.
On the back I mod podged some red gingham paper & then ran red ribbon through the holes. Here's the front of the finished product.

Super cute huh!? It was really easy & maybe I've gotten over my fear of spray paint. I'm thinking this can of paint is not gonna last me long because I'm ready to chalkboard paint anything I can get my hands on! The only thing stopping me is the prospect of getting some of the new dry erase board paint from the hardware store...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New Cricut cartridge - "Just Because" Cards

Good evening yall! Or should I say you, because I'm probably down to one visitor since I haven't blogged in so long. I haven't crafted in a while, but I sure have managed to make a mess lately!
I have no room to work because I keep piling stuff on my craft desk. I helped Joey with a school project last night & just added to the mess.
Believe it or not, tonight I made a card. I went to Michael's because they had their Cricut cartridges on sale. I had all intentions of buying Create a Critter, but ended up with "Just Because" Cards instead after much debating between about 5 different cartridges.

This cartridge has all the different pieces you need to make quick, easy, & cute cards, including envelopes. I didn't bother cutting out an envelope though. Hopefully I'll get my desk cleaned very soon so I can make some more cards. Thanks for coming back even though I'm sure you felt desserted. Have a great evening!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hey yall!

I just wanted to stop in and say hello. I haven't had anything to blog about lately and I haven't had time to blog. The only reason I'm on my laptop tonight is because I've been working from home. Maybe since we've got a long weekend coming up I can clean off the craft desk and make something awesome. I hope yall are having a great week!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Just a little hello

I was trying to blog from my phone and it didn't work...oh well. Maybe I'll have time later this week to turn on the laptop and visit with yall!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Just Dance for the Wii

Hey yall. This afternoon the boys and I bought the Wii game Just Dance. Here are the boys playing Eye of the Tiger this evening. We had so much fun, but I'm afraid I'm barely gonna be able to move my arms tomorrow. I know this is a short post, but I hope you enjoy the video!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I miss her

Hey yall. Sorry I've been way too busy lately and haven't even turned on my laptop in 2 weeks. I don't have any new crafts to show you today, but do have something I just really need to share from my heart. I took a 3 hour nap today. I try to take naps every Saturday and Sunday, but usually they're about 2 hours. Today I kept almost waking up feeling like I couldn't breathe. I woke up more tired than I went to sleep. I was dreaming about how much I miss my Granny. She was the most wonderful woman in the world and was my best friend before I desserted the family in my stupid rebellious years. She was still there for me during that time, but we weren't as close as we should have been. She passed away in 1997 (or 1998, but I'm pretty sure it's 1997). I think about her a lot and I miss her a lot, but today was the first time in years I've sat and cried because I miss her so much. I had a meeting a church today at noon that I really didn't want to go to. On the way to the meeting, I thought about where I would really like to be at that moment if I could choose anywhere and anything. I decided I would love to be taking a nap under a handmade quilt with a box fan blowing away the summer heat. Then I decided the only thing better would be Granny in the next room cooking a special lunch for just the two of us. When I woke up I could go sit and talk with her the whole afternoon. Maybe that's why I have these strong feelings right now, because I thought of missing her before my nap. Maybe it's because I was able to hang out with my 2 favorite girls in the whole world yesterday--Aunt Pat and Ashley. We have things in common--Aunt Pat & I both love chocolate, but Ashley doesn't. Ashley & I both love swimming in the pool, but Aunt Pat doesn't. Aunt Pat & Ashley love hanging outside with goats & horses, but I don't. The biggest thing we all have in common is that our lives were shaped by this special woman. If she could see the 3 of us now, she would be so proud of what we have each overcome and accomplished since she's been gone. She never got to meet Jason or my kids. She never got to meet Ashley's husband Keith. She never got to see James grow up to be an adult. I never learned how to make biscuits like her. These days relationships are so superficial. We show our friends only what we want them to see of ourselves. Granny knew me better than I knew myself. She was there to listen to me when I was afraid to tell my parents something. She was also there to tell me when I was doing something wrong. She also was sure to let me know when I was doing something right. I'm not sure why I am so emotional over her today, but I miss her more than I've ever missed anything in my life. Even now I can barely see the computer screen through the tears. Jason and the kids are gone to the youth swimming fellowship and bible study, so I've got about an hour and a half to recover and get back to life in the present. I know Jason would hold me in his arms and listen to me empty my soul, but it's hard to think he would completely understand since he didn't meet her. He lost his grandmother last year and it hasn't been easy on him, but I still for some reason feel like this is different. I just hope I can use this experience of going through my memories with her to remind me to show those around me how important they are and to give the very best of myself in everything I do, whether it be washing the dishes, listening to one of my kids, or even making spreadsheets at work. So often I don't completely follow through with everything because I get so overwhelmed with my to do list. Instead of halfway doing everything on my list, maybe I'd be better off prioritizing and completing half the items and letting the other items take care of themselves. If you're still reading, I'm glad you stayed til the end and I appreciate this opportunity to share my struggle today. I pray that God will help you in whatever your struggle may be today and in the days ahead. Have a great evening and be sure to show someone they matter.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

Hey everybody! I hope you are enjoying this special holiday today. I wasn't sure if I would have time to get a post on here, so I went ahead and scheduled one with some cards I made last week that I just never got the chance to show you.

Not much explanation for these--they were quick and simple cards using some images I had colored a while back. Sometimes I just want to color and not make a whole card. I was trying to use up all of those extra images I had finished so I could color some new ones. Have a happy 4th of July!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Water Projects

I'm back to share some of mine and Aunt Pat's water projects for the week. Aunt Pat is working on something else, but she went ahead and sent over a picture of her watering can. This was a pattern from Splitcoast Stampers that she cut out and decorated. Isn't it just so cute! It's hard to appreciate the 3-D aspect of it in a picture.

Next up I have a card I made this afternoon with a beach theme. Yellow and green are not your typical beach colors, but I wanted to pick up these accent colors in the background. I used my new cheapo colored pencils on this image (120 pencils for $20). They don't color as smoothly as Prismacolors, but they still have a nice look to them when finished.

The last picture is the card I made this evening. I decide I wanted to use my Copics a little bit and dug through all my images stamped with Memento ink. This one jumped out at me.

Thanks for checking out our creations! I hope you have plans for a wonderful Independence Day. I'm very excited that my in-laws are coming to visit tomorrow and staying until Monday. I'm sure the boys will be up extra early in the morning asking what time Gramma and Pops will be here. Have a good evening!

PJ's Fun Week 3 - Water

Happy Saturday yall! This week's theme for PJ's Fun is WATER! Keep in mind, these themes are open to your imagination. Water could mean ocean, beach, fishing, waterfalls, anything that water means to you. I'm gonna start out with before and after pictures of our pool, which has been out of commission for about 3 weeks now. Here's the before, as in before 8:30am this morning.

Now for the after--this is what it looked like by lunch time after the pool guys put the new liner in this morning. Of course the water level shown is about 3:30pm this afternoon.

It's looking great! I took a close picture of the side so you could see the liner design. The pool guys will be back on Monday to finish the liner. Once it's full of water, they've gotta cut the holes for the jets or aerators or whatever you call those things.

Since the boys were bouncing off the walls with excitement over the pool this morning, I didn't really have much of a chance to make anything too special. I did have a watercolor ocean sheet that I had done several years ago with my watercolor crayons, so I mounted it to a piece of cardstock just so I would have something to show you.

Not bad, but I plan on using a little more creativity at some point this week. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Final Entries in PJ's Fun Week 2

Hey yall! So I'm here to show the last 2 entries for PJ's Fun Week 2 - Patriotic/4th of July. First up we have Aunt Pat's entry--a card made with a patriotic House Mouse stamp. The colors don't show up as great in the picture, but you can get the idea.

The next entry is a stars & stripes quilt made by my mom, but I'm having trouble getting the picture to upload. Trust me, it's gorgeous. I was gonna have a winner this week, but it was a 3 way tie. Joey picked one, Anthony picked a second one, and I picked a third one. I wasn't expecting a 3 way tie with 3 entries, but I guess you never know what will happen when you have little guys helping judge! I'm still working on this next week's theme, but will hopefully have something for you in the morning!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Check out Betty's card!

Hey yall! Just a quick little post here to send you over to check out what Betty's been doing. She played along with PJ's Fun this week--look at how cute!

Be sure and check out her blog and leave some comments about this wonderful card! While you're there, you could play along with her sketch challenge. Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

You're only young once...

Hey yall. Today I have a cute little card I made with a stamp set from Inkadinkado that I just had to have months ago but didn't open until this past weekend. I'm really gonna try to stop buying all this stuff I have to have until I sell off some of what I got and start using what I have. Anyway, back to the card, I love this little granny riding the horsie! The sentiment says "You're only young once. You can be immature for a lifetime." I think it's a great card to keep in my collection for those birthdays that just sneak up on you.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out what I've made! If you want to participate in PJ's Fun week 2, go ahead and get your entries in. I'd like to have everything in and posted to my blog by Friday evening. Remember, it doesn't have to be a card, just anything you made with stars, or stripes, or red, white, & blue, or patriotism.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Red, White, & Black

Happy Tuesday everybody! I have to mention the day in the beginning of this post so that when I get through, I can remember what day I want this to show up. I managed to get a lot of cards done this weekend, so I'm trying to get some blog posts scheduled throughout the week in case I get a little too busy. Today's cards were done at completely different times and for completely different reasons, but they both have red, white, and black. The first card is made using the cross from the Cricut Wedding cartridge and some cardstock that's black with a red core. I stress the fact that it's NOT red with a black core. Last year I found some cardstock I just had to have, but I didn't use the first piece until this past Saturday. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder and embossed the red wanting to sand through to the black, but all the sanding did no good, so I inked it. I then embossed on the black side and it sanded through to the red just fine. I can't wait to try another color (although knowing me it will be another year).

Next up is a motorcycle birthday card. I got the motorcycle image in a swap on Splitcoast Stampers, so I have no information about it. I used a large Happy Birthday stamp to cover the red background. The black paper has the Diamonds in the Rough Cuttlebug embossing folder on it. I don't have that folder, but was in an embossed paper swap.

Some days I like my projects better than others, but I've learned if I just keep going, I'll get my creativity back. I hope you have a wonderful day!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Nothing says Happy Father's Day like an outhouse...

Hey yall. Weird title, huh? I just now made my daddy's Father's Day card and I actually made him an outhouse. Don't worry, I'll explain. My daddy likes outhouses. I can remember as a kid going to auctions with my parents. At one auction, daddy bid on and won a toilet paper holder shaped like an outhouse, complete with a moon cut out in the door. It's still in his bathroom. The other day we were talking about the camp he wants to build one day on his new lake lot. The one detail that stuck out to me was the bathroom door--it's gonna be made of wood strips and will feature a half moon cut out. I was playing around on Denise's Scrapbooking Room the other day and found an SVG file of the outhouse below. I made it into a card instead of just an outhouse. I didn't know how to fill in the star next to the moon, so I just glued that piece back on there.

I think he'll like it. I'm glad I waited to make his Father's Day card. I think this one will be more memorable than any other card I had running through my mind. Have a great Monday!