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Monday, April 27, 2009

T-Shirt Painting

After posting the second challenge for the SSPT Design Team, I've gotten many requests for instructions on how I made the ice cream t-shirt (scroll down for more pics). I did not come up with this idea and I really wanted to give proper credit, so I posted a new thread looking for the original genius who came up with this. Cricut MB member Kut-n-Print (aka Kay) saw my post and it is:
Here is a link to her blog where there is a 7 minute step-by-step video on this technique using just your cricut, freezer paper, fabric paint and a plain t-shirt.
I would love to see what you make, so if you try this please let me know so I can link to your blog!

Get(ting) over it!

Happy Monday....

I haven't been doing much of anything lately. Not scrapping. Not blogging. Not working out. (Certainly NOT spring cleaning!) I came down with the latest bug that my girls brought home from the play center at our YMCA. It always seems to take me down hard. We all went to the doctor on Friday and we've all been appropriately medicated so hopefully I'll have some relief soon. Right now I feel like I'm trying to breathe underwater and I just muddle through the day in a kind of fog.

I have some things planned to make once I get over this. I recently bought a secret new stamp set online and some Prismacolor Premier Pencils from ebay and I can't wait until I feel well enough to stay up past 8pm so I can actually use them. The reason the stamp set is secret is because I have never seen any like this before.... so i'm really excited to see what I can come up with. At least I was able to get all 72 of my Prismas sharpened while I've been sick, though I did get a huge blister on my thumb as a result. As much as we pay for these pencils, the least they could do is come already sharpened for Pete's Sake!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

My First Blog Award

I was nominated for my very first blog award from Sugar Sweet Paper Treats Design Teammate Crystal (aka Magoo). How cool is that?!

There are some rules for this award, so let's start with those:

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.

2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.

3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.

4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.

5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.

6. Post links to 7 blogs you nominate.

7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs, letting them know they've been nominated.

Okay. Give me a couple more days to get everything on the list done. I'm not entirely sure how to do all the linking yet, but I'm going to work on it! Thanks again Crystal!!

Sugar Sweet Paper Treats Design Team Challenge #2

This challenge was based on Neopolitan Ice Cream. Chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. fun is that?! After thinking about it for awhile I decided to do a very literal translation of the challenge...

The ice cream cones are from Indie Art (my favorite cartridge!) with some minor changes done in Design Studio. I used Freezer Paper to cut the stencil with my E, ironed it on a t-shirt that we already had, then carefully applied sparkly fabric paint that I found at Michael's and Joann. Of course since chocolate is my favorite, it's the largest cone!
I had also cut out a phrase using Alphalicious, but decided at the last minute not to add it. It just looked like too much on a such a little shirt.

Now that I've gotten the hang of fabric painting (and trust me there was much trial and error involved in this process) I can't wait to make some more. Of course I need to make a matching one for her sister....
(The red-headed model in the picture is Breena - who definitely needs a bang trim....and a nap!)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Cricut Message Board Monthly Challenge

I've been on the winning team two months in a row, so I'm working on a hat trick for April. (I don't know why I keep using that reference. I am not a hockey fan.) But anyway....
This month's challenge was to use the card feature on any of the carts. I use challenges as a starting point for a project I either need or want to complete. I needed to make a wedding card for DH's cousin's wedding at the end of this month, so this challenge was a perfect opportunity to get that done.
The inspiration for the all white, as well as the eyelets and ribbon, came from a card that Nilda had made some time ago. I liked it so much the image just stuck with me.

I used the card feature on Stretch Your Imagination, then cut the couple again in shadow and cut the frame. All the embossing was done with the Cuttlebug and the Swiss Dots folder. The ribbon is from my stash and I had to paint the eyelets white before using them on the card. I used the Lattice Border Punch from MS and some PSX Sparkles on the heart. I mitered the frame on the inside myself....

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

It's official....

....I'm a bad blogger.

I had the best intentions when I set up this blog. No, really I did!! I was going to snap pics of ALL the projects, LOs and cards I made and post them here on this convenient little blog. But lately I've only been making cards and I get so excited to get them in the mail that I forget to take a picture first. So that's my excuse for not updating my blog lately.

However....the good news is that the SSPT design team is announcing a new challenge tomorrow. (I suggested that it be announced today - a day early - since there are only 30 days in April, but so far my wish has not been granted!)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Sugar Sweet Paper Treats Design Team - Challenge #1

So our only male team member, Jason – aka Scrappindad – threw out the first challenge for our design team. The rules were simple: a) use a “sweet” image b) use the word “sweet” c) pink had to be the main color. To be quite fair, this was hardly a challenge for me! C’mon I have twin girls….sweet-themes and the color pink are bascially a way of life around here. I’ve been wanting to scrap these super-cute pictures of the girls that I took on Valentine’s Day AND I really, really wanted to use my DCWV Sweet Stack! I LOVE this paper!

What I used:

Pink plaid and white pp - The Sweet Stack

Pink striped cardstock - K & Co.

Pink glitter (never again!) - Martha Stewart

Polka dot tapes - Heidi Grace

"SWEET" font and 'top note' frames - Storybook cart

"girls" font - Opposites Attract cart welded in DS

Border Punch - Fiskars

Those super cute cupcakes are from HK Greetings

Brown cardstock and buttons from my stash

Embossing is CB Swiss Dots and Divine Swirls

I mean it when I say I will not ever use loose glitter again. The problem was really not the glitter but the fact that I made those letters FIRST....which meant that every time I re-arranged the LO there was glitter everywhere. From now on, I'll stick to Stickles!