Wednesday, November 21, 2012

:gobble gobble: crafters!

Hi Crafters,

I am hosting my husband's family for Thanksgiving on Friday.  I'm excited to be able to pull out all the china and fun wedding gifts.  I had also seen a few versions of these turkey place cards floating around the internet so I whipped up a few of my own.
The turkey is from Wildlife lite.  I trimmed off his little turkey legs so he could sit flat.  I then cut out several scalloped circles from mini monograms.

I embossed each layer with a different folder. Do you like my gaggle of turkeys? 

Happy Thanksgiving Crafters!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sailboat Baby Shower Invite

Hi Crafters,
I would like to take a moment to recognize one of my long-time craft tools that gets little recognition from me.  It has survived 4 years of college, my wedding (save the dates, invites, programs), the bffs wedding (programs, place cards, and guest book), and countless baby and bridal showers.  It is my beloved printer.  My HP all in one ink jet printer, it was a birthday gift my senior year of high school, and was supposed to carry me through my college career.  I have put it through the ringer!  I have gotten my $100.00 out of it, that's for sure!

This shower invite though put it through a whole new experience!  Cut and print with the cricut.

I knew the triangles would be tricky to print then cut out.  I have done the print and cut before and it's a pretty tedious task needless to say.  I had also seen bloggers run their cricut cuts through their printer.  I have to say that I always thought I wouldn't be able to do this with my trusty old printer because it was bottom feeding (the paper sits in the bottom tray and it pulls it up through the rollers flips it over and prints).  Ye of little faith--I should have believed it was up for the task!  

I first printed the information on a piece of regular computer paper.  I took the cricut cut outs (in my case the sails) and using ATG adhesive attached them over the sentiment that was printed on the computer paper.  Make sure to line everything up carefully and nice and straight.  I am also planning on investing in some re-positional  adhesive for the next time I do this project, the ATG tape was a wee bit strong.  I used my multi-purpose tool from Creative Memories to carefully remove the sails once they were printed.  This was not full proof and I did have several  I had to throw away because the rollers bent them or printed incorrectly.

Here's a few sails once the information was printed on them prior to removing them for the final placement.  I did have to put a fresh layer of adhesive on them when attaching them to the boat.  The sailboat is from B is for Boy.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Crafting,

Sunday, November 18, 2012

{Hats & Mustaches 12x12 double layout}

Hi Crafters,

Here's a project from my scrapbooking weekend a few weekends ago.  I finally got pictures ordered and got around to working on my personal album.

The text is from Lyrical Letters.  The mustache is from Paper Doll Dress Up.  Poor little girl wasn't impressed with our singing abilities during the birthday song.

Happy Crafting,

Saturday, November 17, 2012

:Alligator Baby Shower Full Review:

Hi Crafters,
Here's an update from the shower this past weekend.  We had a great time! It's always lovely to see the co-worker fam outside of school.

We did the food on the island.  A few of the highlights were a cheese ball, BLT bites, and spinach/artichoke dip.

I made little alligator tents to label the food. Here's a snap shot of the dessert bar.  This alligator is the same one from the invites and came from Create a Critter.

We had cupcakes, lemon cake, s'more dippers, and brownies.  I made the chandelier decorations with Mini-monograms and New Arrival.

The diaper cake used mini monograms, new arrival, and opposites attract for the accents.

The banner pieces came from Teresa Collin's Chic and Scary.  I custom cut the white strips with an exacto knife.  The font is from Opposites attract and outlined with the markers.
I used blue tulle as the string to hold everything together.

 Here's the whole shot of her gift.  Burp cloths, name canvas, and memory book (below). "Drew" is cut out with a shadow and regular font from Designer Calendar.  The canvas measures 8x23.
The mom-to-be is also a crafter so instead of making her a scrapbook I came up with this memory record book.  Each page has a monthly calendar and a space for notes on the opposite page

I used my bind it all to bind everything together.  She seemed to really enjoy the shower.  Baby Drew got a lot of great goodies!  Can't wait to meet him!

Happy Crafting,

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Alligator Shower Sneak Peak

Hi Crafters,

Remember this adorable alligator invitation I made a few weeks ago?  We had the shower this past weekend.  I'm struggling a bit with our internet and doing the final edit of my photos.

I made these burp cloths as part of the gift for the mama and baby.  I cut out the alligator with the Create a Critter cartridge and heat and bond lite (so I could appliqué it on the sewing machine).  I used embroidery thread and a cutaway soft backing then I did 2 eyelets for the eyes so there wouldn't be buttons.  I finished it off with a ric-rack before sewing it onto the diaper.

You can see a snippet of the name canvas in the background.

More to come soon!

Happy Crafting,