22 May 2009

I'm here, like promised!

First of all I want to say be safe this weekend! I know there will be tons of bike riding, bbq's, drinking and fun, but please be careful!

Also, please don't forget what this weekend is all about and what Memorial Day is really about. There are thousands upon thousands of Soldiers that have given their life for our freedom, and there are still thousands that gladly sign their life away to continue that freedom. So please remember our Soldiers, past and present, Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, Active, Reserves or National Guard!
Now on to crafty stuff... Today is the last day of school for the girls and I thought it would be a good thank you to the Mikayla's teacher if I made her something. I really liked her teacher, she helped her excell beyond what she could have done on her own or with my help. She pushed her and she motivated her and she was a good supporter of helping her get into the excelerated classes. :) Way to go!

In my many visits to their classroom I noticed that her teacher didn't have a nameplate on her desk so I thought I'd make one for her. :)
Here it is. I really liked it and she said she thought it was great and sooo crafty!
It was originally the top to a photo box, I cut the ends off the short side, bent it in half and began covering it with paper. The paper is from Paper Studio, called Oops-A-Daisy.
I got a pack of these big cardboard, glittery letters on clearance and I don't remember what brand they are, sorry, but they're self-adhesive and worked great for this.
The little letters are from a letter stack I found on sale at JoAnns for Christmas. I roughed up the edges with an Xacto knife and then with sand paper. I roughed up the edges on everything this same way.
The flowers I put together with a little lime grommet and roughed that with sand paper too. I used some swirly templates from a few cutouts in the Cosmo Cricket line for their Christmas pack. I used the Oops-A-Daisy papers for them too so everything would match.
It's simple, not too crazy but yet it's teacher-y, I think she liked it and I hope to make another in the future, maybe for another teacher or maybe for me for my office at work. :)
So be safe, be healthy and be crafty this weekend.. :)

15 May 2009

I'M HERE! And with a card too!!!

I know, I know, don't pass out; I'm blogging and I got pictures of a card I did! WHOA! I told you I'd be here on Friday's to blog and I try not to make a liar out of myself so here I am! I didn't post last Friday because I was on my way to NMSU to go to my cousin's graduation. Congratulations Hannah, college is a crazy thing to get through and you did it! We're all so proud of you!

NMSU's colors are red and gold, so I tried to keep with the theme, the colors are a bit off but I think I made the point :) Here it is :)I use the Cricut to cut out the big "C" of course, and I freehanded the "congrats" on the bottom of the C. I used some red patterned paper and crumpled it to break up all the solids and tore the edge of the red paper to create an edgey feel. I also sandpapered some of the yellow/gold paper too.
Here is a little up close, not in focus picture... :) I inked black around the "C" to make a definate outline when it met back with the yellow card part. I think it came out cute. :)
So here's the happy graduate, way to go HANNAH! :)
This was us, the family, in the crowd, do you think she noticed us??? hahaha... By the way this lady in the blue, she's not with us... But I decided not to crop her out, just because she's so happy!
There were 6 signs total but the pink and the green holders on the end were slacking when I took this picture! :) P.S. I made the signs too, so this is a double crafty post today! Way to go me! LOL. Oh yeah you see that guy in the black and white shirt trying to figure out his camera??? That's Jeremy, shout out to Jeremy and his honey Emily (she's hiding behind the congrats hannah sign) since they gave me hell for not posting to my blog in a while! haha
I'll be back next Friday and maybe even again this weekend, you never know!

01 May 2009

oh how I miss you blog world!!!

I have been so out of the blog world I think I'm lost! Help me find my way back!!
The good news is that I haven't been gone for no reason. I got this new job in September and I've been unable to log in to the blogger! Which I really can't complain about since, at least I have a job in these tough times.
Other reasons I haven't had time to check in on the weekends is that for one, it's birthday season in the house and so my weekends have been full, two, graduations are coming up, and three, I've been working another side job in my off time.. :)
I'm taking my hand at wedding planning, making invitations, flower arrangements, bouquets, and taking photos of various things. I really am enjoying it, it's tiring but it's something that I really like to do. I'll be posting some pictures soon and giving the link to my Etsy site. I just really have to get a new computer because the old 2003 laptop that I'm using isn't cutting it! Matter of fact, I'm lucky it's still turning on!!! haha...
I miss you all, I haven't deserted you, I check in on your blogs thru my blackberry sometimes and although I'm a lurker I still see all the fantastic and crafty stuff you're all still doing! I love it and I'll be back soon! I PROMISE!!!