Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Master

Hello!  I hope you have had a great week!  I've done some fun crafting this week making a couple of cards and things with vinyl.  On Monday my hubby and I will be married 14 years.  I've been contemplating making something with vinyl for the bathroom mirror and it just came to me yesterday what it should be...we joke around a lot at our house and one of the things we say is that my hubby is the "master of the universe" so I decided to play on that a bit and make this mirror decoration for his side of the mirror - -
I used my Cameo by just playing with the fonts in the software to get it the way I wanted.  I modeled it off the fonts from the old t.v. show "Masters of the Universe" (do you remember that show?).  I put the decal at the top of the mirror for two reasons...one, I wanted to make sure it was level and two, because I didn't want the decal to interfere with his reflection when he's shaving and such.  I really love how this came out and am super glad that I did it!

Hope you are having a crafty weekend!  See you next week!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Un-Shower Gift

Our nephew is getting married this summer and there was a bridal shower for the bride that was hosted by my MIL and niece.  I was not invited.  I know...boo, right?!?  They live 1700 miles away but I would have sent a gift so...I'm sending a gift!  I purchased a HTV (heat transfer vinyl) starter kit from Expressions Vinyl sometime back  and in the kit was this canvas bag so I thought...why not?  The wedding's colors are turquoise and coral so I tried to follow that theme.  I succeeded with the turquoise but didn't have any coral so had to just go with turquoise.
Just the sentiment seemed a bit boring so I thought, why not and added a diamond ring too!  This will go out in the mail in the next couple of days.  Hopefully, the bride will have plenty of time to use it as they are getting married at the end of August.  By the way...the cut file came like that...with a HUGE diamond and who doesn't love a huge diamond, right?

Monday, July 20, 2015

My filofax creativity...

Just thought I'd share a little personal craftiness I did the other day.  I will warn you that it is not, by any stretch perfect, but since it is for my personal use I'm okay with it.  It was actually quite difficult to cut the script portion of the saying (for some reason) so I cut it a couple of times (okay, three times) and then decided this was going to have to be good enough.
I have a filofax planner and the first page (this one above) is called the dashboard...I'm not exactly sure why but it is.  My dashboard actually matches the outside of my of my planner (I should have shown you that too, sorry!).  I was just searching for filofax blogs and ran across one that had my exact planner on it and she had made a dashboard page and a couple of other dividers which she provided for free!  I was so excited but wanted to make it even more mine so I bought this saying from the Silhouette Store and proceeded to cut it and add it to my dashboard. 
The kraft colored polka dot dividers are also personal to my planner...I cut those on my Cameo as well.  Again, the file for those dividers I found in the Silhouette store...99¢ for six...I think I'll use them a lot as I love to change things out and I get bored easily.  As silly as it is I purchased a new pencil to match my planner (so...do you think I like pink much...*wink, wink*) and I love how it writes and has a huge eraser but also came with more lead and erasers...yay!

So now you've been introduced to more of my crazy in my planner life!  Do you use a planner...paper or electronic?  What do you love about it?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

You're My Friendosaurus

My hubby and I got to spend some time in my favorite little tourist town about an hour away on Monday.  It's a little Bavarian themed town with lots of fun shops to go in and out of, wonderful food and a beautiful setting.  I saved some money from our yard sale the previous weekend so I could purchase *something* if I found it.  Well, I found it!  I got myself and a friend a quilted flower apron.  It is beautiful and I love it so much!  I know, I know...what does friendosaurus have to do with it, right?  Well, the card I made to go with the apron for my friend has a dino on it!  Check it out!
 So, there is that cute little dino!  I just love it!  The dino is from KaDoodle Bug Designs and it looks like it is retiring soon so if you like this dino get on over there and pick it up!  There are a total of seven files in Cute Little Dino and on sale for 75¢!! The card layout is from SVG Cutting Files and the sentiment is from Jaded Blossoms using one of the sets I got in the recent huge sale they had.  It's called Dinotastic and I used my new Boarder Dies from Jaded Blossom for the pieces that the dino is 'stepping' on.    
And above here is the apron I got for myself.  I love (again) the scallops and the big pretty, bright flowers.

Yesterday was Amazon Prime Day...they touted it as a HUGE sale better than black Friday but I think most Prime members were seriously disappointed. I missed a fab deal on the blender I've been wanting but I got an amazing deal on the Instant Pot that I've been drooling over for awhile.  Yay!  Now to find lots and lots of recipes for it.  I think it could save a ton of time in the kitchen!  How about you?  Did you get something you'd been hoping for?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Open When Envelopes

Good morning!  I hope you had a fantastic weekend!  Last week we sent our son off to Camp Electric and then after that he was heading to his grandma and grandpa's house for a week long visit.  I saw these Open When Envelopes in the Silhouette Store (there are many, many envelopes in the store so if you are interested and purchasing the cut file just search for Open When and they will pop right up!) and just had to have them!  They are similar to me to the bags my grandma used to make by brother and I to have in the car on our ride home from her house...they were filled with snacks, comics, and other fun goodies and I loved them...even as a teenager!  I just wanted to do something a little special for him during this trip so the Open When Envelopes are perfect!
 As you can see I made eight cards total.  The very first card he was to open was the Open When - Now envelope.  In it was a card that had directions for the cards, a personal message from us, and then we gave him some spending money for his trip.
 Most of the envelopes had little comics, funny jokes or a little note from me.  Other miscellaneous things in the envelopes were Minion tic tacs and a Magic, The Gathering card he's been wanting.

I didn't make these envelopes super fancy because, one...they were going to a teenage boy.  It's not that he won't appreciate it just that he is a boy ya know and two, I was running out of time.  I don't know what happened but all of a sudden it was two days before he was supposed to fly...what? 

I still feel that these are a fantastic job and I love that I did them for him!  Do you do anything special for your kids when you travel?

Friday, July 10, 2015

Minion Fever

Have you noticed how Minion Fever has kinda taken over the airwaves with the new Minions movie coming out today?   Well, my daughter-in-love's family owns the theater in our town and two of my sons (my oldest her husband and my youngest) have worked or work currently at the theater.  I thought it would be fun to used some Minion cut files that I got from a past blog hop at SVG Cutting files to make a couple of treat boxes for my son and daughter-in-love.  Please note the Minions files are NO LONGER available but the box is and you can get it HERE.
 Above is Hula Minion.  I had so much fun personalizing the color for my DIL.  She loves the blue color that is in the grass skirt so rather than boring green I changed it up.  I really thought it would be fun to make multi-colored flowers for the Lei so I did...super fun!
And Banana Minion...what can you say...he's just a cutie!
If you've ever wanted to try these types of cut files but have been intimidated...don't be!  It honestly took me no time at all to cut and assemble them and the smiles on the kids' faces were so worth making them!

Let me know if you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

My First Ever Vinyl Project!!

One of the things I purchased the Silhouette Cameo for was to be able to cut vinyl to make fun gifts and projects.  What is funny is that I've been too overwhelmed by all that comes with vinyl that I hadn't tried it...until yesterday.  I wanted to make a birthday gift with it though so I put on my big girl panties and got to work.  First I picked out a fun sentiment to put on the glass of the frame I had picked out.  The sentiment was easy to pick because it said exactly what my friend and I talk about...that we are perfectly fine with our age and that we can't wait to get to the next big step.  So, ready to see the gift?

"My favorite age is now"  How perfect this that?  I added a couple of fun little hearts in complimentary colors as well.  Now, since this was my first time making something with vinyl I did mess up and the sentiment is not centered the way I'd like but I've got a couple of tips from people that will lead me in the right direction of getting it perfect next time.  There are actually two pieces of glass in this frame and the sentiment is on the second pieces of glass. 

And then, of course, I needed to have a card and packaging so I threw this little set together.  I purchased all three of the files for these projects from the Silhouette Design Store.  Here is a link to the card, a link to the gift sentiment, and a link to the gift bag sentiment. 

So there you have my crafty Saturday!  I hope you got some time to play in your crafty space this weekend, too!