Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Happy Summer Cards!



I have been in re-make mode this summer.  Here is a truckload of watermelon/fruit cards I made from older Denami stamps and papers.  I thought it was so much fun to bring out these fun summer themed supplies and make a fresh batch.  I can use these as birthday/thank you, etc.  and the colors are so uplifting.  
   Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Lemonade Stand!


We had the lemonade stand at Children's Church today.  Here is our spread, but the lemonade is not quite ready.  The kids had a great time, and the adults certainly enjoyed watching them serve.  Our lesson was on "Self-Control" and everybody did a fabulous job letting the guests be served first!  I made the banner pieces with my Cricut Explore but I got lazy and used a yellow Hobby Lobby banner backdrop from their party aisle.  The paper I used for the banner is the new Cricut printed paper which I found at JoAnn's.  Yummy colors!  Yummy lemonade!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Getting Ready for Lemonade Stand


I have been seeing such cute lemonade stands on line, that I decided the church kids should get in on the act.  We have been studying "The Fruits of the Spirit" this summer, and I thought it would be cute for them to host a lemonade stand at fellowship for their last Sunday lesson on this topic.  Of course, we are serving, not selling!  along with chocolate chip cookies!

I made these aprons for the kids to wear.  I had a bunch of leftover sheeting (from when I hosted Roman toga parties for the kids in Latin club days!) so I stitched them into serving aprons.  The design was made on Cricut Design Space and cut on Cricut Iron On Light Printable Vinyl with my Explore Air.  I just love how vibrant the design turned out!  Of course, I wanted pink, but so many of the kids are boys this summer, so I went with blue and orange.

I wanted to make a few more aprons last minute, but I had run out of Cricut printable iron on vinyl.  The Jo Ann's near me was out, but they had a different brand of inkjet printable vinyl, so I tried that.  It was a total flop--it didn't iron on nearly as well as the Cricut brand.  I will definitely be getting some more printable iron on from Cricut and keeping it in my stash.  If I were not such a hoarder, we wouldn't have these cute aprons!  And did you check the price of fabric???!  $12.99 a yard???!!  I am so glad I have fabric in my stash to last my old age!

Church lemonade stand is Sunday.   I will post pictures--it will be trey cute!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Feeling Vintage

Lately I have been wanting to get back into using my Tim Holtz stash and getting all inky with the Vintage look.  I just had a birthday--I wonder if I am feeling "vintage"?!!

So I have been looking through the blogs and found some wonderful inspiration.  Now, keep in mind I haven't been keeping up with Tim's stuff for a while, so while many of my new "finds" are new to me, they may be a couple years old in terms of the craft market, and some may even be already discontinued--a constant reminder to "get it while it's here!"

One of new inspirations is a blogger named Audrey Pettit.  Love her stuff--she is a guest designer for Sizzix and also Thermo-Web, and she is not only getting me hooked on Sizzix dies but also some of the new DecoFoil products.

Here is a link to her card that inspired my first creation below:   https://audreypettit.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/sizzix-tutorial/

And here is my card:


I used the Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers typewriter for this card.  Finally found on some blog post somewhere how you can use Ranger adhesive foil to cut the handles, space bar, etc  and still paint the typewriter black (which I cut from grungeboard--do they even make that anymore?)  The large postage stamp background die is from Hero Arts, but the inside postage stamp die I just got from Sizzix.  I am really loving this die.  Here I just inked with Vintage Photo and stamped inky blots all over it.  And you will see I am using my stash:  washi tape, mica die cut shape, baker's twine, metal finding, vintage stickers, and of course burlap.  I am sending this card to my sister Cindy who worked as a secretary her whole life.  (I think "secretary" is now a politically incorrect term, but she was one for many years.)

And here is my companion piece using the vintage phone from the same Movers and Shapers set:


I die cut the phone before I discovered the foil trick, so the center of the phone appears as a white painted blob, which of course, it is.  Again using vintage stickers, washi tape from my stash.  Here is the inspiration for this card from Audrey, who inspired me to color the individual squares from the postage stamp die:

https://audreypettit.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/sizzix-tutorial-lets-explore/

Do take a look at her projects--she is the professional--I'm only sharing my takes on these.

BTW have you seen the new Tim Holtz Halloween idea-ology?  I am sure I have to have all of it.  Brother, can you spare a dime--I have to do online ordering!