Monday, January 31, 2011

My First Tutorial - Basic Hairbow

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For my first tutorial I decided to do a new hairbow I made based on some pictures I'd seen online.  I prefer alligator hairclips for my daughter since they're the easiest to put in and they stay in relatively well.  These are the ones I used, but you can get similar ones at any craft or beauty supply store.
First, cut a 3/8" ribbon to 7 inches long.
 Using a hot glue gun, cover the alligator clip.
I like to cover the inside of the clip, although I've seen many people who do not cover the bottom completely.  I'm not sure if this helps hold them better or not.  I'll have to experiment.
 Then using another ribbon (this one is 5/8") cut a length 4 inches long
 and another 3 inches long.
Fold the ribbon in half to make a crease, then run a line of glue down the crease on the back side of the ribbon.
 Fold each side down so the edges of the ribbon are glued down.

 Do the same for the 3 inch piece of ribbon until you have two pieces that look like this.
 Place the smaller ribbon on top of the larger one with both glued sides facing down.
 If you'd like at this stage you can use another alligator clip to pinch the ribbons together.
 Cut another piece of ribbon 1 1/2" long
Then cut the ribbon in half.  (You may want to use something to stop the ribbon from fraying or use a thinner ribbon for the middle of the bow.)
 Glue the shorter piece around the middle to hold the bow together.
 Finally attach the bow to the covered alligator clip with a spot of glue.
 Ta da!  All done!

As this is my first tutorial, I'd love to have feedback.  Was this clear enough?  Anything that should be improved?  I'd also love to put up pictures or links to other blogs if you tried this tutorial and it worked for you.  Thanks!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Shh! Baby is sleeping

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I have so many cute pictures of my daughter sleeping with my husband (also sometimes sleeping) from when she was very little. I decided I wanted to make a layout using just these photos.  I found this "Father" themed paper to use and received the cow-jumping-over-the-moon stickers in a swap.  The moon and baby in a swaddle I cut from the New Arrival cricut cartridge.  I cut the little legs off the baby not to be mean, but because my daughter always slept in a swaddle and the legs kicking made the baby look awake.  :)

I gave the moon and the baby both sleepy eyes.  This is the first layout where I experimented with chalking.  I chalked around the edges of both the moon and baby which I think helped add dimension since the cardstock was very plain.  I need to work on this technique still, but I thought this was a good start.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bath Time

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I love using the New Arrival cricut cartridge for my daughter's scrapbook.  I used it to make the bubbles on the layout below as well as the title, bathtub, baby in the tub,and the duck on the right side of the page.  I used the Martha Stewart circle cutter to make the larger bubbles with the pictures inside.
Here is a closeup of the title.
 I cut a piece of brown cardstock to try to match my daughter's hairstyle.  :)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Summertime Hair Bow

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I found this ribbon on clearance for 50 cents and I decided it was perfect for a summertime hairbow. I wanted to experiment and come up with a different style of hairbow, so I decided to go with something "edgier".  I trimmed three longer pieces of ribbon for the bottom layer, and four for the top. To separate them I glued a button on top of the bottom layers to give them a bit of a lift.  You can see the depth better in the photo below.

I think I may try to make another but instead of raising the layers with a button, I may try to use a contrasting ribbon color in between.  What do you think?  I also need to learn how to finish my edges, because when I tried to finish the edges on this bow, I set it on fire.  :)  Luckily I was able to fix it so you couldn't really tell.  But I realized later I should have taken a picture and posted it on

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Valentine Hair Bow

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I purchased a bunch of Valentines ribbon last year on clearance at Michael's and decided to use some of the thinner ribbon to make my daughter a Valentine's Day hairbow.  I used the same basic style as I did for her reindeer one ( but I added a few more layers so it looked much more like a present bow.  I think the proportions of this are better, but not perfect yet.  Once I have them just right, I'll do a tutorial. 

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Gifts & Cards Layout

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I wanted to make a layout for my daughter's scrapbook about the gifts and cards she received when she was born.  I used the New Arrival cartridge for the present, the carriage, the stork, and the baby.  I used the Sans Serif cartridge for the text.  Some of her cards decorate the left side of the page along with a pocket to hold the additional cards (stamped with a cute little baby in a carriage stamp I found at a second-hand store). On the right side of the page I made two cards in which I journaled about the gifts she received.  The photo is of a bouquet she received from my BFF while we were in the hospital, and the other card (with the carriage) is a sample of her Thank You cards that we sent to everyone who sent her a gift.

Poinsettias & Christmas Past

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This is our first year in our new house and I wanted to share my favorite decorating idea that I came up with: Candy Cane Stairs!  When I was growing up my parents always put lighted garland on our stairs, but with a little one I didn't want to wrap anything around the bannister.  So instead I bought a roll of red packaging ribbon for $2 at Target and wrapped the rails.  I thought it looked pretty cute.

My absolute favorite thing to decorate with are poinsettias. I think they are the most perfect shade of red and so naturally beautiful.

How beautiful is this?  I may have to use this picture to make Christmas cards for next year. 

Friday, January 21, 2011

Baby's First Birthday Card

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Here it is!  I finally finished the accordian card I was making for my daughter's birthday.  This is going to be her birthday card, but also a centerpiece for her party.  Her party has a rainbow theme, so I made this using one sheet of each rainbow color of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock.  I folded them each in half, then glued them to each other.  There are 12 spots for pictures of her- one from each month of her life so far- a cover which will have her name and dates and a page for a message from Mom & Dad.

Front (page on left is the cover)

Back (page on left for greeting from Mom & Dad)

Here are some closeups of each page.  I dug through all of my embellishments and pulled out all of the rainbow colored items.  If you want specifics on a certain product, feel free to leave a comment with your email address and I'll let you know.

Hope you like this.  I'm so proud of it.  It took me a very long time and it looks fantastic with all of her cute little pictures.  Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Jewelry Making

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I've been to a couple of jewelry making parties lately and these are some of the projects I've made.  While I don't generally make gold jewelry, I was impressed by how much classier beaded earrings look with gold rather than silver.  I like the first ones the best (and have an idea of who might be receiving them for a present) but the dangly pink ones are for me. 
 I've been looking for this style of earrings for a while, and finally realized I could just make some!
These last two are Christmas themed. This is a good start for my goal of making at least half of my Christmas gifts for 2011.
Which do you like best?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Birthday Party Invitations

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For my daughter's birthday I designed three different invitations. This first was inspired by a book I found for her called "What Makes a Rainbow?" It is a "Magic Ribbon Book" which means as you turn each page a different colored ribbon pulls out. The idea was so brilliant, I quickly forgave all the typographical errors and bought it for her.

I made the rainbows above and below using plain colored cardstock and the Martha Stewart circle cutter. The next invitation I made was based on this idea I found in a Paper Crafts magazine I borrowed from the library.

Finally, I just simplified and used a $1 punch I'd gotten years ago at Michael's and the plain colored cardstock to make #3- the winning invitation.

So I made a bunch of these and mailed them out in envelopes I made using the American Girl paper pack and the Martha Stewart score board. Yay!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Grandparents Calendar

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Cover (I added ribbon to try to cover some of the edges)





May (birdhouse cut with cricut)


July (behind each picture is a tag with a related picture)

August (I changed the theme which was too girly for my nephew's b-day month)


October (outside)

October (inside-ghost cut with cricut)

November (turkey and pie cut with cricut)


Here is the completed calendar I made for my dad for Christmas. The kit made it simple, but was still able to be personalized. The theme was pictures of him with all of his grandkids. I included some quotes about grandparents and all the important dates he needed to remember. I used the Paper Doll Dress Up and Stretch Your Imagination cartridges to cut some extra embellishments where I thought they were needed.


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