Friday, April 30, 2010

Owl Canvas

I retook this pic outside since the orignal pic I took did not show the true colors. This is so hard to photograph. The outside pic is closer to the true colors of the canvas.

Below is the original pic I took - it was night so I had to use my light box.

Jin on the Cricut MB inspired me to get the canvas out and get to painting. I used freezer paper for my template (I don't have any contact paper.) The paint is acrylic (Daler Rowney and Amsterdam).

I am not a painter. I have taken 1 paint class and I am planning to take another one in June (wahhoooo!)

Basically, I painted the background (I used a bristle brush not foam), then I cut out the template, placed it on the canvas and held down the edges as I painted. It worked out better than I ever imagined it would. It is not perfect, this is only my 2nd canvas to paint, so I am hoping to get better and better at this.

The canvas is 11x14 and the owl was cut at 10". I still need to cut out and paint the tree branch for the owl to stand on but that is not happening tonight. For some reason, I was not able to get a good pic...I am off to see if I can do better with that.

There are things I would have done differently now that it is finished but I think this was a great experience. I love painting!!!

The kids loved watching me do this today (all afternoon actually!) At 7:30pm I realized I needed pink acrylic paint - so we made a run to Hobby Lobby just before they closed. I picked the kids up a canvas as a surprise - maybe I will pull them out tomorow when the storms roll through.

Thursday, April 29, 2010


I found these little bags at HL. They had iron on embroidered monogram letters also. It was soooo easy and the iron on stuff really worked!!! I bought the matching key chains. My girl-friends loved these little birthday gifts.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Owl! CAC

Create A Critter Owl card...loving this lil owl. She was cut at 2 1/2" and I used a Fiskars punch for the edge. The square was freehanded to the size of the owl. I dry embossed the square with the CB and used my SU! craft ink to ink the dry embossing and the punched edge.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Another train pic...for Jack

What do you think if I add the robot on the end? Mom wanted a robot - but I don't know how else to incorporate into the whole scene unless I add him to the train.

Lamp is his last name...if you are wondering why "Lamp" is on the wagon train cart.

BTW...I used QuickKutz Metal sheets to add the metal to the robots body...kinda cool!

The robot was cut at 4" and the caboose cart was altered and cut using I have no idea how to compare that to a size.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Create a Critter

Another vinyl project for Jack's cubby. I cracked open Create a Critter (CAC) for the first time :-)

The whale was cut at 4". He is baby blue - hard to tell in this pic. The plants were cut at various sizes from 2" to 4". All are from CAC. The water was cut at 3" and is also from CAC (page 44).

The white edges you see are just excess paper - I tore the cuts out from the vinyl sheets so I can give them to my friend.

I also used my Copic markers to color in some of the whale and to edge him. The blue background is just for the pic.

Jack Train

I used New Arrival to cut the giraffe, frog, baby, monkey and train. Used George to make the tires and Life's a Beach for the letters. The red stripes were hand cut. I am not happy with the giraffe...not sure what to do there. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! These are made of vinyl and will be placed on the inside of a little boy's cubby door. I hope his Mom is not looking at my blog! haha!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Couldn't resist posting this tulip pic I took today. I obviously photoshopped it (the orignal is sooo pretty). I like this version for some reason.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

More Letterpress Ink and Cuttlebug

I am loving this technique.

This time I used the A and C plates. I added some of the A2 Letterpress paper to the C plate (to make it thicker). I used painters tape to hold down the the extra paper (padding) and to hold down the paper I was debossing on and on the embossing plate. I do not reccommend using the painter tape with the Letterpress paper, it will remove a layer when you pull the tape away. However, you can use the painter tape with regular cardstock.

You will have to play with your embossing plates and CB plates to see what thickness is going to work best for each embossing plate. I am finding out, they are not all the same.

Since I bought a brayer at HL yesterday, I didn't need to buy the Letterpress set however, I did need the base for the paint...I found out the Zutter acrylic binder cover works great!!!!!!!!!

The Letterpress wipes are wonderful and clean up everything without any stains. My daughter even got some of the paint on the table and it wiped up easily using the Letterpress wipe.

This is so much fun!!! I hope you guys will join me in playing with debossing!!!


My son loves this cart and wants me to make a LO for his scrapbook. I am pretty much done doing LOs but since he asked I thought I would try to come up with something for him. Here are the robotz - that is as far as I have gotten as of right now.
The tummy opens to reveal some spare parts the robot swallowed (they are brads). Used Copic Markers to make his eyes and tummy a few shades darker than the aqua paper. The dino robot on the right has some Tim Holtz gears attached via brads.

Letterpress Ink and Cuttlebug

I bought some letterpress ink and tried it out with my CB embossing folders. I love this didn't work perfectly but I still love the possibility of it!!!

I used DS, Sweethearts cart and Cricut markers to make the flower flourish on the circle. I cut the circle using George at 2".

For the CB folder, I used the C plate (which I never use since I only emboss with my CB) and put a little ink on it...then I spread the ink with my brayer until it was evenly spread. Next, I inked up my CB folder with the inked brayer. Once evenly covered, I put the paper in the folder - then ran it in the CB machine. I used Letterpress paper which is very thick - so A, B, folder and B is the pattern. It's a tight fit but it works. I did trim the edges before I put the debossed paper on my card.

Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Letterpress Ink
Ink plate
Cricut Markers
Cricut George Cart
Sweethearts Cart

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Robot 48

I just bought this cart today and had to try out one of the 3-D cuts.

It was easy to put together at first...I cut out the body, the base and then the head. All of that was SUPER easy. Next I cut the, well I don't know what I cut. It was Shift, Layer 1 - the pieces didn't fit where I thought they should so I had to improvise...using black cardstock behind the cut outs instead of on top of the cut outs. Last, I cut the gages. They cut fine and I used Copic marker to fill it in.

Now, all I need to do is ink the edges.

Oh, BTW this guy was cut at 10".


Alcohol Ink and Vinyl for my husband's pool room. Not an alcohol ink fan and as you can see I have a spot I need to fix!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Letterpress Machine

Went to Hobby Lobby tonight to get a few Copic Markers and I saw the new Letterpress Machine accessories. I have not heard about this machine but it soooo looks like a lot of fun. The paper seemed a little expensive but it was really thick so I bet it is worth the money. I am going next week to check it out again.

Anyone know anything about this new machine?

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Monkey Card

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I am not a stamper - however, I did find this cute little monkey at Michael's for $1.00. I used my Copic Markers to color him in. The charm attached to the ribbon is by Tim Holtz. They are clear acrylic. I used my Copic Markers to color one side "Duck Blue'" and the other side "Yellow Green". Too lazy to cut something out and put on the charm tonight. The paper is from a MS pad I found on clearance last summer. It is double-sided.

Cricut Message Board

Since the messageboard maintenance, I am unable to post anything to the Cricut Messageboard...:-(

ScrapCrazy Ribbon

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My wonderful loving thoughtful husband saw someone at work that had some ribbon and thought it would be perfect for my scrap he ordered it for me as a nice was that????

A different take on Tink

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I made this just to see if I might be able to use Tink for a more grown up project. The hair is cut from the PaperDoll cart and the face is a Peechy Keen Stamp. I cut Tink out at 6". I used DS to get the correct size hair.

I embossed the black background paper and flocked the pink paper for some extra texture. I used my Copic brown marker to add layers to her hair.

Let me know if you have any questions.