Wednesday, June 27, 2012

All Things Altered Summer Hop


Welcome to the "All Things Altered Summer Hop". 
 
Make sure you start at the beginning and click HERE.  If you are moving right along then you should be hopping over from Pinky's blog and her fabulous Altered Project! 
 
My Altered Project is a little light on Summer but defiantly Altered!  Can I just say I am beyond thrilled with how this turned out!  I have seen these all over Pinterest and I really wanted to try making one.  My husband was adding to our deck with some cedar and I stole a peice!


These cedar blocks I cut at 4" for the end pieces and 2x4's for the center. I used Sophisticated cartridge and cut the "big" letters at 5" and then cut the smaller ones around 2".  Sorry, it's been a couple of months.

I simply used Kraft paper for the letters and distressed with TH Walnut ink.  Using Modge Podge I painted the letters onto the 2x4's.

I picked up from Walmart some fun charms and added the clock for a little interest. 

There are 5 of us in the family and this #5 is the end block.

For the washed wood look my son and I painted the wood with creal acrylic paint then we sanded the edges.

Here's my wood about to be cut.

This was the project my husband was building, the top of my privacy fense was getting filled in with wood and slate.  I did get in a little trouble for stealing the cedar!

Thanks for stopping by and now you are off to the fabulous Betty !
 
Photobucket

Friday, June 22, 2012

10 Ideas for Masculine Cards


Boy Basics; Ten ideas to Inspire
 
 I have seen it over and over, how hard it is to make masculine cards.  It's hard to get away from pink papers, flowers and butterfly's.  But we should challenge ourselves to think about the boys!  With that in mind I have been making a few masculine cards this week. 
 
10 Do's for Boy Cards 
 
Put away the floral paper and stick with boy colours and masculine patterns.
Embellish with metal, buttons that are dark or wood perhaps.
Bottle caps are fun and add a heavy masculine embellishment.
Use male stamps, cars, boats or even trees.
Keep patterns minimal when picking paper for those boys.
Don't make it too fussy, simple and too the point.
Emboss metallic papers or metal with masculine embossing folders, metal, animal or polka dots.
Embossing Powders are great after stamping.  It gives a harder finish.
Instead of ribbon try Hemp Twine.  It's rough and you can ink it.
Keep your inks in the brown, blue, black, green and metallic tones.
 
This week I've made 3 Masculine cards.  I am drawn to a certain style and paper and I love making these cards.  Not because they are easy, but because they are so hard!  My son is off paint balling tonight for his friends birthday.  This card had to be extra special being his mom and I craft together.


The card is 5x 12 and scored at 2", 4", 8" & 12".  Check it out, my new TH Movers and Shapers Stenciled Number!!!  I adore this font and just picked this up last week, 40% off!  WOOHOO!  Today I made it into a stencil.  I put the set in my tray then cut that thick clear packaging (the stuff your dies are packed in) to fit.  Now I have one sheet of numbers.  Center each number then with my sponges I stenciled the 1 and 3.  LOVE IT!  Perfect font for Boys!

Gotta love those gears.  These are the Mini Gear, Movers and Shapers and the Fluer De Lis cut with grunge board, silver and gold paper.

When the card is opened I have silver paper embossed with TH Diamond Plate folder.  Nothing says boy like Diamond Plate. 

Keeping the sentiment simple from the Scrappy Moms Stamps Hooray for Birthday's set.  I added some twine, then mounted the 13 on a bottle cap.  You can get 100 bottle caps for $5 at a wine kit store.  Dirt cheap!  Or drink beer...

I hope this helps inspire you to think about the Boys.  And maybe the 10 ideas I use to inspire me might help you?
 
 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

It's Father's Day...


It's a Great day to be a Daddy!
 
This pictures was a last minute project due to planning my sons birthday party he had yesterday.  I saw this while stalking Pinterest the other day and had to make it.  Now that my husband travels weekly his new office does not have family photo's yet.  Unlike his office here.  What a great way to add a little bit of home when he's away from home. 
 
It's my son's 11th birthday tomorrow.  Which means I was in labor on Father's Day.  I was hoping to hand my son to my husband on Father's Day.  But my son had other plans and after 18 hours of labor he came the next day;)
 
Each of my 3 kids holds the letters spelling out DAD.

I grabbed these wood letters at Michaels.  No paper, no embellishments, just plain white.  This way the letters in the photo's pop.

I used the portrait setting on my camera and used my garden as a back drop.  Thank goodness the sun popped out.

I really had to sneak around!  But I finally managed to get all ready. My children have an amazing Daddy and I'm so proud they have him.

To all the Father's a very Happy Father's Day!
 
Photobucket

Saturday, June 16, 2012

If Tim Holtz were a Canadian...


Canadian Tag EH?
 
What if Tim Holtz was a Canadian?  His patriotic tag may look something like this... only better.  I wanted to make a tag with a few Canadian goodies to go with Scrappy Moms Stamps new stamp set, Proudly Canadian. 

Couldn't make something crafty and not include a Moose.

The moose is painted with the Espresso acrylic dauber paint and sanded down for a distressed look.  Have you ever seen a Moose...BIG!

Using SMS set Proudly Canadian I stamped this sentiment on a SU tag punch.  The Proudly Canadian set also comes with this adorable Canadian Maple Leaf stamp that I stamped in red.  I picked up the charms at Walmart.

Using my TH Word Play Big Die I cut out the EH using grunge board.  With the Black Soot dauber I painted the letter, sanded the edges, then I added Rock Candy for a crackled look.

Look how adorable these Walmart charms are.  Perfect for this Moose's neck.

I just picked up Autumn Gatherings strip die. Cutting in 4 colours I layered the leaves and coated the red maple leaf in Glossy Accents. 

To get your hands on the Proudly Canadian set from Scrappy Moms Stamps click HERE.
 
Photobucket

Friday, June 15, 2012

SMS Release...ALL CANADIAN



Ohhhh Canada... EH!
 
Scrappy Moms Stamps new release is definitely close to my heart.  Being the only Canadian DT member on the SMS team I have really enjoyed seeing my fellow members wonder what is a double double and is a toque a beanie. 
 
I am profoundly proud to share with you the new "Proudly Canadian"stamp set.  I picked up GO CANADA GO cart for this set. Cut at 4" this Canadian Flag is set over some Canadian paper.  I popped up the maple leaf and layered the phrase at 1 1/2".  One of my favorite sayings.


I grabbed this cute Maple Leaf ribbon at Michaels a few weeks ago.  So many Male Leaves...

From the new SMS Proudly Canadian set this sentiment has to be my favorite. It really does say a lot about my Country:0)

Adding some scrap DP, a border edge and some ribbon I spruced up the inside of the card.

Click HERE to get your hands on this awesome set.  Go quick and you can have it in time for CANADA DAY!


Mom's Diner



I am a proud Canadian, so much so that I even named my blog after my country. So being on a DT that honors my fellow Canadian's and all our quirky sayings is so exciting.  Watch for more projects using these sets in the coming week.

The DT did a fabulous job creating projects to inspire.  Please check out thier creations HERE and leave them some love as they tried to understand us Crazy Canucks and our way of life.

 
Photobucket

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I'M BAAAACK...PARTY BAG

Party On!!!!
 
LOOK, I CAN STILL CRAFT... I'm back from Europe and trying to adjust after an 8 hour time difference!  I'm so tired...
 
It's my son's birthday party this weekend so I had to make some gift bags!  With the help of my GF's...THANK YOU!  I yawned through the whole cutting, embossing and building of them;)
 
These are small bags and fit a pack of gum and $10 gift card, perfect!  For the bag I used Tim Holtz In the Bag die and borrowed the strip die Washer Border for the handle. 

Look what I picked up at 40% off, TH Pocket Envelope...fits gift cards perfectly!  And much prettier than the envelopes you get with a gift card:)

I marked and punched where I wanted the brads to go then added the twine.  For the bottom brad that goes into the pocket you'll need a paper piercer.

I also picked up the Movers and Shapers Cargo Stencil Number set for 40% off.  I LOVE THIS FONT!  My son is turning 11 so I thought this might be fun on the pocket envelopes...if I had more time!

I embossed the front of the bag with the TH Gear folder and layered on the small movers and shapers gears to add some pop!  This ties in with my sons birthday invitations, click HERE to see them.

This bag is compact and fun!

Because I am pressed for time having just returned from Paris.  I opted to simply stamp the pocket envelopes.  Even though I wanted to use the cargo numbers I showed above. 

I used Scrappy Moms Stamps Hooray for Birthday's set, "For You and PARTY" stamps.  Lining them both on my block and stamping with Archival Black.  I love this stamp set!  One of my favorite SMS sets!

In total I made 12 bags with the help of my 2 crafty friends.  It's nice to be home, with my kids, baking and crafting.

A GOOD TIP; Glue one side of the washer border handle until you can fill the bag.  This way you aren't trying to force the goodies in.  Once the bag has been filled simply glue the other side using the sticky red strip tape:0)
 
Photobucket