Here are some more projects that I have made. 8 challenges left to do!
That's it for now!
Here are some more projects that I have made. 8 challenges left to do!
VSN has officially started! Whooo hoooo!!!!!!!!!!! I love VSN! I have not been able to participate for a couple of them, but I'm participating tonight! Well, kind of... In between taking care of kids and doing yucky laundry!
So, here's the second VSN challenge: wedding/heart song. My wedding song was You're the Inspiration by Chicago. Kevin serenaded me w/ it when we were dating, and that became our wedding song when we got married! So every time we hear it, we look at each other and just smile! :D
Anyway, so go on over to Splitcoast and see what's up! Challenges are going on right now til 10pm, then start up again at noon tomorrow and go on all day!
I have been needing a thank you card for quite some time. Like, since September. And I just haven't gotten around to it. There's always something more pressing to do. Well, I took advantage of the MFT Sketch 8 this week over on Splitcoast to make that thank you note and get it off of my to do list!
This week my friend Wendy celebrated her birthday, and I made a card for her! We get together once a month (not often enough!), so I was able to hand it to her instead of mailing it. This is also for the MFT sketch challenge this week!
I have created signs for my cousin's wedding reception that will hang on the backs of their chairs! This was totally her idea, and I ran with it!
I have been so busy w/ wedding projects for my cousin, gift certificates for my brother's girlfriend, and just the daily exhaustive life of a stay at home mom, that I have not taken time to just play w/ my stamps and create something just for me. Last night and this morning, I took the time to do that. And you know what? It reminded me of why I love this hobby in the first place! It challenges me to be better than I was yesterday, and to keep creating outside the box and of course USE YOUR STUFF!!! I keep buying, buying, buying, and never using! That's one of my New Years' resolutions, to use my stuff! I buy it because I like it, so why not use it and admire it! LOL!
Ok, so this card is based on a sketch that My Favorite Things has drawn up. I changed it just slightly because well, I had to. You can see the sketch HERE. And here's my take on the sketch:
My cousin, Gina, who is getting married in a few weeks (I can't believe it's only a few weeks til the BIG DAY!!!!), and she is having me create her rear view mirror thank you's. These thank you's will go to the valets and after the reception, when the valets bring the cars to their owners, they will slip one of these on the rear view mirror as a final token of thanks. It says, "Thanks for sharing our special day with us! Safe travels! Love Gina and Michael".
To create this lovely thank you, I took Rich Razzleberry c/s and ran a slim piece through my cuttlebug w/ the Tim Holtz Paper Rosette die. Then, I created the rosette. I punched two pieces of Rich Razzleberry w/ the 1 3/8" circle punch (SU!), and put on both sides of the rosette to hold it in place. I let those all dry for a few days. Ok, a week! Now that they are properly dried and ready to go, I am now finishing the fronts. The other wedding color is Tempting Turquoise, which I used to punch hearts from my SU! punch. I took SU! clear heart buttons and stitched one on each heart. I took Very Vanilla and punched out two swirls each. Then, I created the verbiage and printed it out w/ purple ink. I die cut each section w/ the Spellbinders Fancy Tags. And now I am adhering all pieces to each rosette! Fun! For all 75! LOL!
I am SO excited for my cousin! She is getting married next month!!!!! We are 1 year apart in age, and actually grew up in two different states, but we have been close since we were little! Thanks to our moms! She was in my wedding and now I have been asked to be in hers! I am so happy that she has found the love of her life, and is starting this new chapter of her life with him!
She knows that I am crafty, and has asked me to create several things for her wedding! This blog post only features the first item. The other items aren't quite finished yet!
The first item is a little mint pouch! I made 50 of these for the hotel bags. You can see all of them in the first picture here. Her wedding colors are Tempting Turquoise and Rich Razzleberry. She isn't a stamper, but after showing me these colors, the SU! colors matched PERFECTLY! How divine!
I created little tags that say, "Mints for your pillow! Sweet dreams!" I created them using the fancy tags from Spellbinders Nestabilities, and the Large Oval punch. It fits perfectly inside this particular die!
I like to be organized. That is not always the case, but I like to TRY to be! I am now working with my dad and two other individuals in a company that my dad has created called G.R.I.P. Solutions. Right now I'm working with our webdesigner to build a website to display and sell the products that my dad has created. All of these products are created/invented w/ disabled people in mind. However, I have a few products at my home that I use, and there's nothing wrong w/ me.
Here is our website: www.mygripsolutions.com It's almost complete! We are waiting for a new banner that will take our site to a new level! Feel free to explore the site! I have the G.R.I.P. Pad and use it on my lap when stamping in front of the tv. I also use the G.R.I.P. Pad in my car to hold my purse in place on the front seat when I slam the brake pedal too fast! I also use it for long trips to hold the dvd player in for the kids in the middle console. Once it's on there, it doesn't move! And then I use the G.R.I.P. Pad whenever I go stamping. Sometimes when you're working at a table that gives when you bear down on your stamp so only half of the image shows up on paper? Well, I put my G.R.I.P. Pad down on the table, followed by my Stampin' Up! self healing mat, and then my paper and stamp, and it makes a perfect impression every time with the added support of the G.R.I.P. Pad! The nice thing too about the G.R.I.P. Pad is that it comes in different sizes and colors! Get yours today! ;)
Since this is a serious product line, and we have a serious future ahead of us, I wanted to start with my best foot forward. I try to take advantage of the opportunity to create something instead of just going out and purchasing something that I'm just ok with. Why not create something that you are totally in love with? I needed a binder of sorts to hold important documents, my notebooks, and any other important material needed to get my job done or have on hand if needed. I searched my stash of office supply items and found some plastic manila folders. I bought these by mistake several years ago for another organizing project, and just kept them, knowing that I would eventually use them for something else! And that time had come! I went through my SU! dsp and found Love Note that I fell in love with!!! Grabbed some Tim Holtz stamps and other companies stamps and went to work! Working w/ 3 colors really made it quick and easy to create this binder! After the pages were cut and designed, I ran them through my sewing machine to create pockets. I would advise using a strong needle for this! On the very last pocket, I actually broke my needle because it was fighting w/ the plastic folder! Not my most brilliant moment! But, I'm still a novice when it comes to my sewing machine, so I'll chalk it up to, "I just didn't know!"
Here's the front:
I have some of the best friends in the world! And my friend Justine is one of them! We have a few things in common, and the rest is just entertaining! We met on the Paper Craft Planet site a couple years ago, and became fast friends! We share a fabulous and wonderful friend in common, Karolyn, and the three of us get along like long lost sisters! I have actually never met either one of them in real life, but thanks to wonderful technology, we have been able to skype, and actually see in real life what the other looks like! Hahaha!
Anyway, earlier in January, Justine had a small hospital stay, and Karolyn and I sent her flowers. To thank me, she sent me not only a card, but a small treasure trove of embellishments for my vintage cards!
Because I'm like a kid at Christmas, I opened it all up before I thought about taking a picture of it first! So, the picture that I have below is after I have opened it and looked at everything! She had a really nice bow, and the one I have on here is not so nice! But, the package itself is so pretty! And oh my gosh, the treasures inside! I will definitely be hoarding these lovely items forever! Ok, I MIGHT use them! Maybe for Justine and Karolyn!