Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Just Sew!

Give Them Something From the Heart This Valentine's Day - Buy a Cricut!
      Happy Valentines' Day and  welcome to another fun Theme Day@ My Cricut Craft Room! Today Erica asked us to use the theme "Just Do It" so I decided to showcase a craft I love and have the opportunity to pass on to my grand daughters: Sewing!!! For Christmas I bought my oldest 2 GD's their very own sewing machines so we spent some quality time learning how to use it. I decided to make a layout to capture this major milestone. (I think so anyways, lol).
Mia, Cecilia and Alexis

Just Do It!!!
     The above picture shows Mia with her machine and she was just too excited to learn. To make this lay out I started by making my own background paper by using the Imagine Cart Heirloom. This paper pattern can be found on page 10. I flood filled it but decided to trim all edges by 1/2" on all sides and adhered it to a solid background paper. What a fun paper to work with! Let me break down the elements I added.
     This frame is on the Imagine More cart on page 12. I print and cut @ 2.5" however I also separated the layers so I could use the spools of thread. The spools had to be resized to 3.5" since I wanted to use them separately and not just to layer on the frame.I also wrapped some thread around the spool to give it a realistic look. I also layered this on a chevron paper for the background. Just a word about the journaling, I always write it in pencil first and then go over with ink so I don't have to worry about making a mistake. After the ink is dry I just erase the pencil marks.
     These are the extra threads I added to fill some white space. The buttons are a Tim Holtz embellishment as well as the card with hooks.I love to add dimension to my projects so I added some satin braid and I-Rock studs to the corset.
     In order to balance out this page, I took some of the pics I had taken and used them as "buttons" to fill the top "white" space. I lovehow this looks and plan to use this on more future LO's. By the way, this is the sewing machine I bought my GD's. It's by Michey and is the perfect size and model for these girls. They are 6 and 8 years old and this is perfect for them!
      I thought this would be perfect for this page. The graphic is from Word Collage but I used the color palette from Heirloom so I knew it would match. The graphic was cut and printed @ 3".
     I never realized there were so many images to choose from on my Cricut carts, lol. This phrase is from Nursery Rhymes and I cut it @ 2.5" then added some Distress Inks. I also pulled out some of my button brads. How can you possibly sew without scissors?
     Oh look, there were some on Cricut Everyday cart!!! I cut all the layers with different colors and added a brad for the "screw" on the scissors. I think I cut these at 1.75".
    Well there you have it , I just immortalized my cuties with their first step into sewing!!! Cecilia is the youngest one but it looks like she was really taking it all in. What did they make you ask? Pants for their American Girl dolls of course and they did a fabulous job for the first time!
     That's all for my project for today. Be sure to hop back over to My Cricut Craft Room and see what other surprises we have for you. By the way: Happy Love Day!!!!!!
     You can see the machine they are using Michley LSS-505 Desktop Sewing Machine (Google Affiliate Ad)


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cutie Pie And Copics

     Welcome my friends! I hope you all are doing well.We are all shoveled out after a record 30" of snow. Since we did not lose power, it was a piece of cake to weather this Blizzard.
     Today I have a very special post to share with you. I have been working with my Copics and found the perfect freebie from Saturated-Canary. This shop has the most incredible digital stamps for coloring. You can see more of her work HERE.
     Isn't she just the cutest girl ever? This image is called Hugs and Kisses and I just fell in love with this stamp. Let me start with some basics. First I use X-Press It paper which is a very smooth paper and ideal for coloring with Copics. I print it on my inkjet printer set at best quality. This prints out beautifully. You should always test the paper and ink for compatibility with  your alcohol markers. One way to do this is to print out your image and then place an ink mark next to the print line. If the ink does not move or "smudge" your print mark, then you will probably be alright to start your project. If the ink does move your outline then try a different paper first. If that doesn't help then you may want to try using a heat tool to dry your printer ink. Some printers may give you a problem. I use an HP Photosmart and so far have not had a problem.
     I will give you a list of the marker colors I used and where at the end of this post. For now I would like to tell you how I finished this off. After I colored my sweetie, I rounded the corners with a corner punch.  Of course I had to do some embossing so I used the candy hearts cuttlebug folder. I wanted to soften it a bit so I rubbed some white Colorbox chalk to the top of the embossing.These were then layered onto pattern and solid card stock and onto a white card base.
     She looked kind of lonely standing there so I chose to add some flowers with a white heart brad to the center. What would flowers be without some leaves, lol?
     There you have it my sweet little girl with her box of hearts. Even though this has a Valentine feel to it, I think it would also make a great birthday, congratulations and even an anniversary card. I will be putting this in my etsy shop so you can check it out in  CardsNMore.
     I'll be posting again later this week so you will be sure to stop back later! I hope you have a wonderful week.

Copic Colors Used:
Skin: E000,E11,BV00                                   Lips:R22, R24
Hair: E31, E35, E37                                      Eyes: G21, G24,G28
Boots:E11, E13, E17,E18
Skirt:B91, B93,B95,B97
Shirt: RV91, RV93,RV95
Tights, kiss pillow and hair hearts: R81, R83, R85
Pillows: V12, V15, V17, R81, R83, R85, R20, R22
Box: E50, E53, E57
Lace: C0, C1, C3

     Digital stamp Hugs and Kisses: Krista Smith, Saturated Canary LLC*