Tuesday, January 6, 2015

December Paper Pumpkin... a weeee bit late...

Hi everyone! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season! I got to spend Christmas in upstate New York with my friend.  I drove him up there so that he could visit with his daughter.  He was only supposed to get to see her for a few hours at his mother in law's house, but she ended up having to work so he got to have her for almost a whole day at his mother's house. This was awesome for him because he hasn't seen her since last Christmas and I'm glad that I could help him get his "Christmas wish".

We spent New Year's at my house having a family game night with my parents. It was pretty fun.

I filmed this video the night before we left with the intentions of posting it while I was gone since I would have a lot of down time. Unfortunately, they live in a rural area and there was no internet :/ so I am just now getting to post it. I hope you enjoy it! I used my actual camera this time and I talked through it instead of having to use the text bubbles like the last one. Enjoy!

Monday, December 8, 2014

My First Video!!!

Hey! I finally got My Paper Pumpkin so I did the video that I promised. It is not the best quality and I wish I had done a few things differently, but I think it turned out ok for my first one.  Please let me know what you think so that I can work to improve the quality of future videos. I think next time I am going to try my digital camera (I used my webcam for this one) and I'm going to actually talk while I open it instead of adding the little text bubbles. I will also include me working on the projects.  I was so nervous during the making of this video because I didn't know how it would turn out that I forgot everything that I wanted to do / include. Anyway, I hope you like my video. Enjoy!!! P.S. I tried viewing it in the viewer below, but some of the text bubbles get cut off. I recommend either viewing it in full screen or on YouTube.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Big News!

So it's been a really long time since I have posted (shocker!). I've been pretty busy with things and a lot has changed in my life. Someone I knew a long time ago (referred to as A in my last post) decided he needed a change of scenery and, after much talking and planning, decided to move here, to northern KY, from upstate NY. It's been a rough transition. He moved here permanently at the end of January of this year.  He lived nearby in an apartment from February until August and then moved in with my family while he looked for another place to live (he didn't like where he was living). He was only supposed to be here for a month, but ended up staying for 3 1/2 months. It was rough. At first, I thought that it would be fun since I wouldn't have to drive back and forth, but it turns out that putting two grown adults and a beagle in a tiny bedroom is not a good idea. We had to put his futon in here so that he had a place to sleep so the space in here dwindled quickly.  His sleep schedule is opposite mine and I was pretty much not allowed in  my room unless I was sleeping or getting dressed.  He FINALLY got another apartment (back at the same complex, but a different building) and he moved in this past Friday.  I'm excited for him because he's back on his own again and in his own space. More importantly, I'm excited for me because I now feel like my life and space is my own again.  I have big plans with my rediscovered freedoms.

On June 21, I became an Independent Demonstrator for Stampin' Up! It's something that I had thought about doing for a while, but had never jumped into.  My upline, S, has been a great support for me.  I did stamp-a-stacks at her house for a few years and got to know her and the other ladies a bit.  Another lady from the classes, L, joined shortly after I did.  We have both been getting our feet wet in this new endeavor together and I think it's been better that she joined, too.  It's nice having someone that is going through the same thing that I am.  We both got into it as a hobbyist demonstrator (basically joining just to get the discount on product), but we have both expressed interest in doing parties, classes, etc. I think it will be nice to be able to bounce ideas off of each other and help each other out as we work to grow our business. On that note, here is the BIG NEWS - I'm planning on growing my blog and utilizing it to help grow my business!

 I want to do tutorials, and videos and different posts for each day of the week.  There will also be a monthly post/video to correspond with the Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin product. I'm going to start slowly as I get my life back in order and work it all out, but I hope to do at least 3-4 posts per week by the beginning of next year.  My ideas are to do a technique day (showcasing a certain technique), a tool day (showing you how to utilize/multiple uses for a specific tool), a stamp set day (grab a stamp set and make a few projects with it), a Pinterest attempt/CASE day (pick something from Pinterest to use as inspiration for a project), a Paper Pumpkin post (showing the kit for that month), Ask Me videos and possibly more.  I'm working on clever names for them right now. There are so many Make It Mondays and Technique Tuesdays; I just want something that's original and unique, but still gets the point across.  I think that it will take a lot of work, but I'm hoping that it will help with my creativity, growing my business, and be a resource for other crafters in the world!

As soon as I get my Paper Pumpkin kit for this month, I will begin with that.  I may also be doing a welcome video with a tour of my craft room (aka my bedroom).

I'm really excited to go on this new journey and I hope you guys are excited, too!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Stampin' Up! awesomeness

This last month has flown by!  My friend A moved here from NY.  Helping him adjust to the area has been a roller coaster ride.  I was so stressed that I did some retail therapy.  After the Stampin' Up! idea book came out last year, I made a wish list of about $350 worth of product. I ordered a few things last year, but didn't really order anything after that... until now lol. I ordered a few "bundles" as well as an In Color kit that has 5 ink pads and coordinating cardstock.  Since it's Sale-abration, for every $50 you order, you get to choose a free product from the selection they have.  I was super excited about this because, not only do I get to order stuff that I have wanted for a while, but I got free stuff... So I took a look at the free products and decided that there was two things that I wanted - the Banner Blast stamp set and the coordinating punch. I went about ordering my items (at least $100 worth) and then chose those as my freebies.  I can't wait to make some fun stuff with my new toys!

BTW - if you haven't checked out Stampin' Up! and you love using stamps and other awesome products, you should look at their website.  They have amazing stuff, from ink and stamps to paper and embellishments to tools and storage. I love that they now have punches to coordinate with the stamp sets.  It means you can stamp an image and then punch it out. Easy peasy! They also have framelits (dies to use with the Big Shot) that coordinate with certain stamp sets.  It's the same concept as the punches, but using the Big Shot.

In Color Ink and Cardstock

Mosaic Madness "bundle" plus coordinating embossing folder

Six Sided Sampler  "bundle"

Square Lattice Embossing Folder

Banner Blast stamps and coordinating punch

Friday, January 24, 2014

Hey! An unplanned tutorial! Yay!

So I was killing some time on Sunday since someone woke me up early and I couldn't go back to sleep (...thanks dad...), and I decided to make something that I have been wanting to make for a while.  It's a book that has samples of the embossing folders I have.  This will come in handy when I am at the store and think "oh that's cute! but I think I already have that... maybe I don't... no, I think I do...". Instead of not buying it because I "have it" (which I usually don't), I can simply check my handy dandy little book and make sure.

It was really easy to make and I used materials that I already had on hand.

-Some plain cardstock (I used some yellow, pink and light green)
-A paper trimmer
-A sharpie
-Your embossing folders
-Your embossing machine (I used my Texture Boutique, but you could use the Big Shot, Cuttlebug, etc)
-Chipboard or cardboard
-3 Hole Punch; single hole, handheld, punch; Anywhere Eyelet Punch with hammer; Crop-a-Dile, etc
-Binding rings (not sure what these are called exactly, but I got them at Staples)
-Patterned Paper
-ModPodge or similar adhesive
-Elmer's Paint Pen
-Contact Paper, packing tape, or other laminate (optional)
Supply Shot - some supplies not pictured... oops!

First, I decided what size I wanted to make my book.  I was using 12x12 cardstock so I was thinking either 3x3 or 4x4 since they would be easy to cut. 3x3 seemed too little when I looked at it so I went with 4x4. Using a 12x12 sheet of cardstock, you can get 9 "pages" for your book.  I counted my embossing folders after guesstimating that I had around 20... Boy was I wrong! I ended up needing 5 sheets of cardstock because I had over double what I thought.

Once I got all of my pages cut using my paper trimmer (you could also use scissors), I labeled them with my Sharpie.  I put the brand as well as the folder name at the bottom. When I had those all done, I started embossing.  I tried to keep the writing out of the folder as much as possible so that it would be easier to read, but it won't be the end of the world if you put the whole thing in the folder. Also, some of the folders are a little thicker/thinner than others so you may need to adjust your "sandwich" accordingly. [for those of you that don't know what a sandwich is, it is what you make when you stack the cutting plates of your Big Shot or the embossing plates of your Texture Boutique. You layer it plate, embossing folder, plate thus making a "sandwich". Sometimes when the folders or paper you are using is a little thin, you need to add a shim to help you get a good emboss. For most of my folders, I had to use the shim that came with my machine].

Use Sharpie to write name of folder on page before embossing

Make your sandwich!
embossed page

OPTIONAL STEP - I then used clear Contact Paper to "laminate" my covers.  I cut it slightly larger than the covers and then applied it to the front. I flipped it over and made some cuts so there would be no overlap and then I folded all of the sides in. Now, this didn't work quite like I wanted it to. Contact Paper is apparently not as sticky as I thought, so I ended up using packing tape to secure it on the inside of the cover.

Now it is time for assembly! I used a 3 hole punch that is more on the industrial side, so it had no problem going through the cardboard.  You may have to use any Anywhere Punch with a hammer if your hole puncher won't work.  You could also use a binding machine if you have one.  The best part about the hole puncher I have is that the holes can be moved to where you need them.  I figured out how far apart I wanted the holes to be and placed the holes on the punch accordingly.  I punched the covers first and then did the pages and few at a time. Once everything was punched, I assembled my book.  I sorted the pages by brand alphabetically, but you can do it however you would like. So, to assemble mine, I placed a cover all of the pages and then the other cover on one ring and closed it. I then set it on the table to help line things up and then thread the other ring through all of the holes and closed it. And your done! Enjoy shopping now since you will be able to buy new embossing folders since you won't have to worry about buying duplicates :)

cover after hole punching

punching the pages - the blue sticky note (on the left) helped
me to line up where to punch so they were all the same
Finished Book

pages inside the book

anyone see my booboo?!?
(hint - I didn't think about the orientation of the pages when I wrote the title)

Added some blank pages to the back so I can add any new ones I will eventually buy

Let me know if you have any questions, edits, comments, etc

P.S. I'm not sure why the text about halfway through changes size, but I can't fix it.  Sorry if it causes problems with you being able to read it.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

First post of 2014

It's been a realllly long time since my last post :( Hopefully this year I will be better at keeping this thing up to date!  So a lot has happened since my last post.  I won't bore you with the details, but, as always, I've been keeping myself pretty busy...

I had a friend over today whom I hadn't really seen in a while, but she's one of those friends that you can be away from for a long time and when you are reunited feels like it was just yesterday that you saw each other so it wasn't super awkward or anything.  We talked for about an hour and  a half before we actually got down to the crafting we had planned on doing... we get carried away sometimes...

Even though I was looking forward to today since we planned it, I wasn't very productive in the creativity department.  I helped her with a few cards, but I couldn't bring myself to make much.  I ended up making something from a Paper Pumpkin kit (if you like stamps and cards, you should check these out.  They are from Stampin Up! and they are awesome!) that I got a few months back. I signed up for these monthly kits with the mind set that I would get to do at least a little crafting each month, but they are all still sitting in the boxes because I never have time.  This is the first one that I've actually completed.  So I made those while helping HM with her cards and showing her my fun toys (read framelits and big shot). I put them together in just a few minutes so then I got a little angry. I was mad because, just a short while ago, I couldn't wait for today because I'd get some cards done, but the time was here and I had zero motivation and my creativity was out the window.  I ended up on Pintrest, trolling for motivation, inspiration or something to get my creative juices flowing, but nothing was happening... I don't know what's wrong with me :/  I do know that we have come up with a solution to the problem.

HM and I are going to (hopefully) get together more often since we live close to each other now.  We are either going to pick a theme or a paper stack or stamp set to use or something and then make some cards using them.  Having such a blank canvas to work with was a little daunting. I think that's why I get into ruts like this. I have too many options to choose from. If you could see my craft stuff, you would understand what I mean. (Maybe that will be a future post...). She also suggested that we do different crafts, like painting on canvases, sewing things, etc.  I'm hoping that we will be able to stick with our plan this time (since you don't know us, you will need to know that this will be very hard because we are both very busy and we tend to not stick to the plan of getting together every so often lol) so that I can get my craftiness back.  I miss it and wish that I hadn't let it slip away...

With that being said, I hope that I will talk to you soon.  One of my new year's resolutions (cliche, I know) is to do more crafting.  It's something I'm good at and enjoy doing. That's why I really hate when I let this happen.

Anyway, sorry for rambling and I will post more soon!

Monday, August 12, 2013

It's been a while...

I realize that I'm still no good at this blogging thing. I think of things that I want to talk about on here, but never make myself sit down and post something.

Work has been busy, but is slowing down and I couldn't be more thankful. I love my job, but I have been a little overwhelmed transitioning from the Front Desk to an office position.

Last weekend we had a Staff Social at the home of one of our board members. The party was to introduce us all and kind of get to know each other. The funny thing was, the groups didn't really mingle. The East directors talked with each other while the Central directors talked with each other and then there was us - the office people. We just hung out with each other and only talked to the other groups when we had to. This wasn't really by choice, it was just a really awkward situation. We drank, ate, played ping pong and watched soccer. I say 'we' but I really mean everyone else. I only ate and people watched and conversated with people when it was necessary. I just felt out of place and didn't really know what to talk to them about.

After the party, the group I came with as well as RH, one of the East directors, went out for a night on the town. It was early (10:30pm) so the bars weren't that packed yet. It was kind of nice to not have to push and shove your way through people or yell over loud music. We had a great time playing pool and darts (both of which I am terrible at sober, but surprisingly good at after having a few drinks) and then we ended up at "Wine Bar" (actually called Wurst Bar, but the sausage link on the sign made it look like Wine Bar from across the street). We had a good laugh about the name mix up and the fact that RH kept asking why we were at a sausage bar (he's from England and didn't understand the play on words. He just kept asking why we were at a sausage bar and commenting that him ordering cocktails at a sausage bar meant nothing). I did my first pipe bomb - similar to shotgunning a beer but with a can of RedBull with Vodka poured in- and we ended up staying out until pretty late (2:30am). It was, by far, the best night I've had out in a while. I even sent my first drunk text. It was funny looking back, but I didn't even know I had sent it until I got a reply the next day. All I can say is that the look on my face was probably priceless... Then I got up early on Sunday (not sure why my body betrayed me like that - 5 hours of sleep wasn't enough) and put new brakes on my dad's truck and my sister convinced me to take her to Goetta Fest. That was pretty fun, but it was suuuper hot and I was tired. I ended up getting some Goetta Mac (surprising, I know) and then some Goetta Goobers which are donut holes with goetta in them. I know it sounds weird, but they were actually really good. They tasted like bite sized funnel cakes. I also got some Yagoot because it was so hot and I wanted something that would help cool me down.

This past weekend wasn't as fun, but still alright. My friend invited some of us to her boyfriend's house on Saturday to hang out and have dinner. I was skeptical about going because the only other people who could make it were my other friend and her boyfriend and who wants to spend the evening as a fifth wheel? Not me, but I went anyway. We watched the Reds game and then had some burgers and hot dogs.  We had some good conversations, but I was a little bored. We ended up watching some show on TruTV called the 20 Funniest Videos. They were pretty funny, but, again, I was bored. I wish I had left earlier than I had, but oh well. I was there until midnight and was completely exhausted by the time I got home. Then, for the second Sunday in a row, I was woken up earlier than I wanted to be and had to help my dad. At least this week I got to take a nap before work.

And then we arrive at today. I took off work because I had to work late last night and didn't want to deal with getting up early. I had planned on cleaning my room, but not much of that is going on. I got about 1/3 of it done before I got distracted. Hopefully I will be able to get the rest done either tonight or tomorrow. I really hate that I let my room get out of control like this. It shouldn't be so hard to keep it clean. It's not like it's a whole house - just one silly room.

I should probably get back to cleaning... Happy Monday! And have a great week!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday, Friday, got a new tire on Friday!

So I took today off of work for several reasons: I wasn't scheduled in the Nursery, my sister needed a ride to the dentist and I'm making up the hours on Sunday, so it wasn't that big of a deal. I got up early to take L to the dentist and, on the way there, I blew a tire :( I was in the middle lane on the expressway during rush hour and going up a hill - WORST time to get a flat ever! I calmly pulled over, parked the car and turned on the hazard lights. I had to exit via the passenger side so as not to get plowed into by a semi whizzing by. I assure you that this was not an easy task for someone my size with a car as tiny as I have (my emergency brake knows me pretty intimately now, if you know what I mean...) So I got out and examined the situation. Whatever happened caused some major damage - it was sliced in multiple places and my dad said he's never seen anything like that on a tire. Go figure it would be me who has special situations with my car (there's a long list of previous crazy experiences with Henri). I told my sister to call her dentist because we weren't gonna make it on time and I started getting my stuff out of the trunk. I got the jack in place and started cranking it up, when L walks back up and says "I'm glad you know how to do this, because I sure don't". This is one of the many reasons that my sister and I are different. I am pretty independent and can do things for myself because my dad made me learn how to take care of myself. Somehow my sister didn't learn that lesson and she is, for the most part, taken care of by her fiance and our mom. I go about changing the tire, asking her to hold things or move the jack up a little. Usually I kinda freak out when I get a flat tire, especially on the road with cars flying by, but today I kept calm and easily took care of the situation. I think it was a mixture of confidence (because she was impressed that I knew how to change it and she didn't) and a teaching/learning situation for me and my sister. I've never really had to teach her anything and it was nice to be able to do that. I hope that the experience today will help her to understand that she NEEDS to know how to do these things because there isn't always going to be someone to do it for her. After getting it all done and everything put back in the car, I realize that I just set a new record! My last one was done in 14 minutes and I can now say that I can change a tire in 10 :)

We made it to the dentist only 12 minutes late and then I made my way to my second job to do my "deep clean". Every Friday I take out trash and tidy the bathrooms, but every other Friday I have to sweep and mop the whole office as well as vacuum and clean the windows. Deep Clean Fridays usually take me about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes depending on how messy the guys have been throughout the week, so I wanted to get that done with on my way home so I could shower and then have the rest of the day to clean my room. Today my plans went to **** because of the tire, so after cleaning at E's, I went home and showered and then called around for tire prices. I had been planning on buying a full set in a few weeks so I didn't want to spend a crap ton on one right now. I found a cheap one at WalMart, but after the experience I had today, I will NEVER go back there for tires ever again, no matter how cheap they are. I'll explain why shortly.

So I got prices and then had to finish addressing the postcards for our family reunion. The reunion is in a month and we were supposed to send these things out at least 2 weeks ago, but I have been putting it off for two reasons - 1 I didn't want to help in the first place. For this, I blame my mother. She volunteered me at last year's to help with future ones. I have trouble saying no to people so here we are... 2 I had to come up with a design and order these things and that takes time. I got a good deal on them, but it took forever to see if the other people involved liked the card and then go back in and order them. It was a pain in the ***! When they arrived, I had my sister put stamps on them and then I had to address them all and add little notes that I didn't have at the time I ordered them. I FINALLY got them done and then headed off to mail them.

The only post office I know of around here is a tiny little thing by the local college. I pulled up and didn't see any cars, but there was a decent line inside. The lady at the counter had about 20 envelopes/packages on the counter (and more in a box, already completed) that she was mailing and there was only one guy to assist people. He had to enter hers one by one so it was taking a loooong time. My mind is boggled as to what she was mailing. They all looked to be the same thing... I digress. There was 2 people behind her/ahead of me and one lady behind me who, apparently, was "in line" even though she was standing across the room. She was very rude and didn't mind voicing her displeasure about being cut in line again. For goodness sakes, stand in the line, not across the room, if you want people to know you are in line!!! I didn't acknowledge her, I just went about reading my book until it was my turn. After 15 minutes there, I finally made it out and could head over to get my new tire. After checking in and telling them what I needed, I wondered about the store a bit and then came back to see if it was done.  They were finishing up, so I sat down to read some more. After about 10 minutes, I looked into the work area and my car was no longer in it's spot so I figured they would be telling me it was done very soon. WRONG! I waited another 10 (because I wanted to keep reading) and then eventually got up to see if I could leave yet. I had to wait in line, but there was a super nice guy who was working, but not working (on break maybe?!? He was leaning in through the window from the work area to the waiting area,, but didn't seem to be doing anything), who told them to ring me out because my car was done. No more line for me! I paid and left, but when I got to my car I got a little pissed. Not only did they not put my seat back to the proper spot (it was all the way back and I couldn't even touch the pedals; #shortgirlprobs), but I went to put my car in reverse and the gear shift had black, oily stuff all over it. I got a napkin and cleaned it off and attempted to leave again, but this time was thwarted by gunk on my steering wheel. I thought these guys were supposed to leave your car as they find it, not make them dirtier?!?

I was so mad I couldn't decide what I wanted for lunch (I hadn't eaten since 7 am and it was almost 4...), so I just started driving until something sounded good. I ended up calling into a place by work that I love to eat at. I recently discovered that their chicken salad sandwich is amazeballs! I stopped in at Es since it's next to my food and I had to wait another 10 minutes before it would be ready anyway. I thought maybe the guys would have been in so I could file the paperwork they needed to sign, but they hadn't so I couldn't and I ended up talking to D and T for about 20 minutes... oops! I got my food, came home and ate, but completely forgot about cleaning my room :( Oh well, there's always Sunday. Now it's dinner time and I'm not hungry and I'm feeling lazy since I did a lot today. It doesn't help that we had guests over last night and I stayed up too late (2am when I had to be up at 6). We did get to christen our new fire pit last night though! That was a blast, except for the part where my dad's chair somehow collapsed and he fell backward. It happened in slow motion and I couldn't stop it and then I was laughing so hard. My dog Chloe was out there and she trotted up to him and started licking his face. It was hilarious. But then I realized he wasn't moving and panicked that he might really be hurt. Turns out he was just in shock and didn't want to move while Chloster was on him.

I'm debating what to do for the rest of the night - go to bed early since I have a long day tomorrow or stay up and clean my room, tomorrow be damned? I think I like option 1 haha. Who doesn't love sleep?

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

...I suck at this...

So apparently it's been a lot longer than I had planned since my last post. I haven't been doing anything - working, babysitting, hanging out with my friends... At least I'm trying to have somewhat of a normal life haha I usually just work and come home.

This past weekend has been the best I've had in a while. My parents both had their company picnics this weekend - one at Coney Island (ginormous pool and amusement park) and the other at a park near the office. I was supposed to go to both, but I ended up getting tickets to the Reds game on Saturday. For those who don't know, the Reds are a professional baseball team in Cincinnati (near where I live). My friend in Columbus loves the Reds and said if I ever got Saturday tickets to let him know and he would come down. As soon as I got the tix, I texted to invite him. Of course he accepted so, after work on Saturday, I got to hang out with my buddy! He got to town around 2 so we went to Gold Star for lunch and then headed to the stadium.  The game was at 4 and we got there around 2:45 so we headed to the Machine Room. It's a bar at the stadium and we chose it for two reasons - 1. it had AC. It was frickin hot out that day! And 2. there was alcohol. Who doesn't love a good drink?!? So we hung out there until game time and then headed to our seats. The game got underway, but was interrupted after only half an inning due to rain... of course we couldn't waste this opportunity to drink some more, so we went in search of more booze. (side note - he's a bad influence on me lol I hardly ever drink and when I do, it's very limited. With him, I throw caution to the wind and drink like there's no tomorrow...) The delay was for about an hour and a half maybe... I don't really know since we were drinking and I didn't think to pay attention to the clock. We eventually made our way back to our seats, but (after, like, five minutes) it started pouring down rain again, so we sought shelter in the gift shop.  The game FINALLY got started again and the Reds started off great! The rest of the game went well, but another storm was rolling in, so we left early to head to back across the river for dinner.

A-train's friend was in the area and she suggested meeting at Hofbrauhaus. I had never been there and he loves beer, so we decided to give it a shot. It was AMAZING! The atmosphere, the food, everything was awesome! A-train said it was almost like being at the real Oktoberfest (which he got to go to a couple years ago). Our night ended after that - I was thankful because it had been a suuuuper long day, but sad because he had to drive back home. I can't wait until next time he comes to town - we already started making plans for our next adventure!

On Sunday I went to my dad's company picnic which was at a local park. We had a great time - my brother won a hula contest and my brother and sister teamed up to win a water balloon contest. I think their twin bond helped them with that one. We had a fun and rather competitive time playing bingo and then my dad was drawn for a door prize. He chose a fire pit!!! We have all been wanting one for a long time. I can't wait to set it up and make s'mores!

I'd have to say the best part about this past weekend is that my sister's boyfriend came home with her and met us all for the first time (minus my brother since he goes to school with my sister and had already met him). I know this doesn't sound like a big deal, but her last boyfriend passed away suddenly after being electrocuted . They were together 7 years and we haven't really known how to deal with talking to her about anything relating to relationships since then. We wanted her to have time to grieve, but he was with her for so long, we weren't sure how long to wait or if she would ever get over him. We are all glad that she has finally decided to move past it and date new people. I wish she never had to go through what she did, but I'm glad she has found the strength to overcome what life threw at her. I don't know how I would ever cope if I were in the same boat...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Gnome Sweet Gnome - a project for my papa

Hi Everyone!

I said I was going to be crafty today and I'm proud of myself for not breaking that "promise". I decided to make something for my dad that I've been putting off for a while. He loves gnomes and I bought a stamp set (over a year ago) that has a gnome; some flowers and other garden-y things; and the statement, "Gnome Sweet Gnome"; but I have yet to use it for anything. I also have a paper pad that is earthy/woodsy that I bought to use with my Create A Critter Cricut cartridge, but, surprise, have yet to use that for anything either. I decided when we moved to our new house (in December) that I wanted to make him something to put in a frame that uses the stamps and paper, since they were just hanging out in my craft room collecting dust. I used the paper to inspire me and I planned out what I wanted to do, but have yet to execute it - until today, that is! I finally decided to get the ball rolling and make this piece for my dad. So here's what I made and a step-by-step tutorial on how to make it. As always, you can customize this project to fit your needs. Maybe use the Create a Critter cart to make a cute scene or use a patterned paper with solid letters to spell out someone's name... The choice is yours. As always be creative and don't let what I did limit you - your imagination is the limit!!!

Supplies needed for my version of the project: 
  • paper - two patterned ones, a white scrap, some kraft, and a coordinating piece (yellow in my case)
  • scissors
  • glue
  • stamps, ink and sponge
  • Tim Holtz Fence die for Big Shot
  • Big Shot
  • colored pencils
  • frame to put finished piece in - I used a clear one that has a magnet on the back, but you could use a regular one either with or without the glass - I recently did a project at my SU! demo's house that used a frame with no glass that had butterflies and flowers. It was a really cute project! I will upload a picture on Friday... I have the picture on my phone and it's not cooperating :( 
All the supplies, minus the BigShot

The first thing I did was stamp Mr. Gnome on the white cardstock with brown ink. Stamping on the white will allow me to color the image in with the colored pencils.
Mr. Gnome, stamped on white with brown ink

Mr. Gnome, all colored in with the colored pencils
I then cut the image out with scissors.
Mr. Gnome, all cut out

After Mr. Gnome, I worked on the sentiment. I stamped Gnome Sweet Gnome on the yellow cardstock and cut it out.
Stamped on yellow cardstock with brown ink
Then I cut out a mat for the sentiment from the patterned paper.
Patterned paper mat
Then all that's left for this element is to glue the two together.

My next step was to cut out the fence. I originally used white, but I didn't like the way it looked when I put it on the paper, so I went with kraft instead. I used my Tim Holtz die and my BigShot to cut it out. [Side note - My BigShot is my new favorite tool! It has sooo many uses and it was totally worth the purchase.]
Paper and die "sandwich" going into the machine...
...and a paper fence came out of the machine.

After cutting it out, I put it on the paper, but didn't like how it looked. It just looked too plain, so I inked it with a sponge and the brown ink. The inked edges just make it "pop" off the page.
Inking the fence with brown ink and a sponge on some scrap paper
Now came the tricky part - cutting the base for all of my elements. It was tricky because I wanted to use two parts of the paper - the top with the clouds / birdy and the bottom with the grass. The frame is 4x6, but the paper is 12x12, so that doesn't really fit... I needed a plan! I decided to use the insert from the frame as a guide to cut the paper. I temporarily attached the frame insert to the paper where I wanted to cut from the bottom. After that was cut out, I cut a section of the top out that included the birds and clouds. The paper I went with has a subtle background pattern, and after I tried to just throw the two pieces together, I realized that I would need to line up the pattern, otherwise it would look extremely weird.
The frame with insert

The two pieces after I lined up the background - note the overhang on the left - that is where the  top piece meets the bottom piece. See how well it's lined up so you can't see where the two meet on the main section?

The whole page I used - you can see where I cut out the two pieces and how I eliminated the middle section

And then, all that's left is the assembly. I added the elements one at a time, using the tacky glue to attach.  First the fence, then the sentiment, and, finally, Mr. Gnome.
First the fence...

...then the sentiment...

...and, finally, Mr. Gnome!
As with all my projects, I have a big mess to clean up - the only downfall to crafting haha

I hope you enjoyed this project! Now, please excuse me while I clean up my stuff  :) Happy Crafting!!!