Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Another Freshly Made Sketches Challenge

This is the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #7:

This was a very fun challenge. I used a pumpkin orange background on craft card stock. Then I used a spiderweb pattern.  I used a gray paper for the scalloped trim around the middle.  For the middle I had this Halloween paper with a raven in a cage that I cut out.  I added a bow made of twine on the bird cage.  Then I stamped Oct 31st stamp on orange paper and punched it out with a flower punch and raised it with dimensionals.  I then added 3 pearl accents around the Oct 31st.  Then I used my white pen and drew stitching around the border of the card.

Freshly Made Sketch #7:

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Freshly Made Sketches 6

This is my first card challenge I have ever done.  I had my friend Arli over and we both did this challenge.  It was fun to have someone to craft with!

This challenge is from Freshly Made Sketches.  See Sketch below my card:

Here is my design:

I made this card with black card stock.  Then used fall halloween paper pack.  I antiqued the edges around the ghost stamp.  The lady ghost stamp I carved from Crafty Jennys free images.  I antiqued the leaf punch and put it on a dimensional.  Added scalloped border and diamond print with some twine.  Also added Happy Halloween and antiqued it then put it on a dimensional.

Freshly Made Sketches 6:

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Fall Craft Tutorials

1.  Fall Blocks Tutorial by Make it and Love it
2.  Grapevine pumpkin by Make it and Love it
3.  Autumnal Wreath by Martha
4.  Thankful Tree by Not just a housewife
5.  No Sew Fabric Pumpkin by Be Different Act Normal

Acorn crafts

Mad about acorns. They are so cute! I recently made some acorn stamps I'll show later. Here are some acorn tutorials to get u in the mood for fall.

Make an acorn lamp with Martha!

Trim your table with acorns and leaves with Better Homes and Gardens.

Make acorn wall art with A Lemon Squeezy Home.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Featuring Frog Loves Monkey's Shop

Frog Loves Monkey makes adorable girls skirts and bean bags in all sorts of patterns on Etsy.

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Frog Loves Monkey also has another shop where she sells cute wooden toys, colorful chico bags, soaps, bean bags, and more girls skirts.

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Frog Loves Monkey is offering a special discount right now at both of her shops! With the code "elephant15" she will give a 15% discount off of any purchase. The code will be valid through Saturday, July 16th.

Also check out Frog Loves Monkeys crafty blog where she creates and shares with us her crafty journey.

Etsy Finds in Mint Green and Red

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Post Card Swap

This was a fun swap. On this swap we are suppose to look at our partners profile and make a postcard with sayings or things they like. I saw my partner liked birds, tea, and altered art. So This is what I came up with. I made the edges look antiqued with brown oil pastels. Hope she likes it.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Oil Pastels

I couldn't stop myself from stopping by the craft store today. I had to get blank post cards for my current swaps I'm in. Then I couldn't resist these oil pastels. So I got home and started sketching a humming bird. Then some poppies and smudged and smoothed it and it actually turned out alright. Hmm maybe a gift for someone!?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Pet Photo Swap

Today I decided to host my first swap called Pet Photo Swap on Swap-BotSwap-bot is a website that has many swaps you can choose from such as photography, postcards, Artist trading cards, and many more.  You are assigned a certain amount of partners and given a date when to send your items.  It is so much fun. So I decided to make my own including pet photos.  You are more than welcome to join!  

Pet Photo Swap

Swap Coordinator:redchuckstress (contact)
Swap categories: Photography 
Number of people in swap:1
Type:Type 1: Electronic
Rating requirement:4.00 (unrated swappers allowed)
Last day to signup/drop:June 26, 2011
Date items must be sent by:July 3, 2011
Number of swap partners:4
In this swap you will have 4 partners and you will send 3 pictures of your pet to each partner through email. They can be funny pictures of your pet dressed or you posing with your pet. Anything you wish with your pet in the picture. I thought this would be a fun swap since I love animals sooo much! Newbies are welcome and anyone with a 4.0 or higher rating. Have fun!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy Mondays

Things that made me smile and entertained me today:

Snail Mail 
Snail mail is one my many favorite things to receive. :)

100 cool facts about the human body:  One of the many I found interesting!
Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents. While a bloodhound’s nose may be a million times more sensitive than a human’s, that doesn’t mean that the human sense of smell is useless. Humans can identify a wide variety of scents and many are strongly tied to memories.

A cocoon made from packing tape
A self supporting cocoon 117,000 feet and 100 pounds of tape visitors could climb in.

Heat Sensitive Wallpaper
Created by Shi Yuan has created a wallpaper that reacts to heat.
When the heat is turned up the flowers bloom!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Tennis "Cape Dory" Video

I love music that makes me happy.

Valentine Cupcake Inspiration and Tutorial

Here is a tutorial on how I made some of  my Valentine cupcakes:

First I will show you the Swirl Cupcake:

So after you have baked your cupcakes and they have cooled.  You get a good scoop of icing.  I used a butter knife very carefully and added a dollop of whipped cream cheese icing in the center of the cupcake.

Then I used the flat part of the butter knife to gently flatten the icing in a circular motion and turning the cupcake a little bit as I did.  I then gently smoothed the top by turning the cupcake and making sweeping motions with the knife one sweep at a time.  Looks pretty good!

Then I used a red Wilton ready to use icing tube with a small round nozzle tip I purchased in a set that was made to put right onto the icing tube by Wilton.  Starting in the center of the cupcake, make a swirl that goes evenly all around the white icing. 

Then take some White Pearl Nonpareils (edible looking beaded pearls) and carefully place them along the red swirl.

 Follow with the beads all the way to the end of the swirl.  Beautiful!

Next is the white and pink layered icing with white pearls cupcake.

Start with your white icing on top like the first cupcake and smooth it out.  Then I mixed some of my red Wilton icing with my white whipped and made a pretty pink.  Get a dollop of pink icing on a clean butter knife and flop it right in the middle of the white icing.

Now gently smooth the pink icing in a circular motion  with the flat part of your knife and sometimes moving the cupcake in a slow circular motion too.  Sometimes I go clockwise and then counterclockwise and that helps me get a pretty circle.  Keep going till you have a nice pink circle in the middle of the white.

Then place on your White Pearl Nonpareils on the pink part.

Okay last one is the pearl covered cupcake.  So simple and it tastes  sooooo good!  I actually just devoured this 1 minute ago.

 Start off with your white icing on your cupcake smoothed out like in the first step above.  Pour your White Pearl Nonpareils in a lid or plate.

Take your cupcake upside down and  gently lay the icing top into the bowl and rock the cupcake in a circular motion.  That will get a nice even coating of pearls.

You can then shape it with your fingers a little if it needs it and add a few pearls here and there if there are bald spots.  So simple and my favorite.

I went to the dollar store and found these cute cupcake boxes! They came 2 in a pack.  I gave some out as valentine gifts to my friends.  I love the see through windows and how the boxes display your cake like a work of art.
 Here are a few more of my cupcakes I made.  Hope they inspire you!

Happy Valentines Day!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Be Happy Monday

I used to refuse to work on Mondays when I was a hairdresser.  For some reason, everything seemed to go wrong on Mondays. From bad attitudes to complete disasters.  So I stopped working on Mondays.  Then, I got to thinking that I wanted to put some happiness into my Monday.  So here are some photos that help me relax and bring a smile to my face. Enjoy:

A pic by me.

Cotton grass in Iceland by National Geographic

Photo I found on photohito

photo by Operachic

Underwater room!

My son! Cutest boston terrier in the world.  Angus

 Another by me.