Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fabric Chandelier

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you have enjoyed the past few hops I have been involved in. I know I have! :) Well today I thought it was time to share an item I made for my baby girls' nursery.

I found a (somewhat) tutorial on Pinterest for a fabric chandelier, and decided that it was a MUST for above her changing table. I originally started this project while I was still pregnant, but was unable to finish it due to being put on complete bedrest at 34 weeks. Well, this past weekend I finally got around to finishing it. (Oh, and yes, those are my little boys' hand prints on the wall!) I hope you enjoy! :)


Cricut Cartridge - George and Basic Shapes
6 different fabric quarters
Ironing Board
Freezer Paper
Medium size embroidery hoop
Fishing Line
Sewing Machine
White thread

First, iron each of your fabric quarters. Then, cut the fabric quarters to fit onto your Cricut mat. I used my Expression, so I cut them to 12.25x12.25 inches. Next, sandwich each of the squares of fabric in freezer paper. Iron each of these as you are ready to cut with them. (I learned this the hard way. If you are not ready to cut, the paper will move from the fabric as you are cutting when the freezer paper cools.) Next, use George and Basic Shapes to cut 2 inch circles. You need 35 of each color. If you do not have a Cricut, you can use a stencil to trace the circles and cut by hand.

Next, use your sewing machine to sew your lines of circles together. I have 16 short lines, 8 medium lines, and 1 large line. The short lines have 1 of each color, the medium 2 of each color, and the large 3 of each color. Make sure that you leave extra thread at the top of each line to be able to attach it to the hoop.

Once your lines are sewn, use your fishing line tie 2 lines on your hoop in a + fashion. This will give you something to attach your 2 middle rows to. Now just tie each line to either the hoop or the fishing line. Short lines are tied to the hoop itself, middle lines to the crossing sections of the fishing line, and the large line to the center of the fishing line +.

I then tied fishing line to the hoop to make it attach to the ceiling. I just taped it up, but you can use a hook if you would like.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Fun in the Sun!

Welcome to the Summer Time Blog Hop! You should have came from Teresa's Blog. We have a wonderful group of creative ladies on this hop, and if you haven't already make sure you start at Suzanne's Blog.

For today's hop, I made a layout for a scrapbook I am making my cousin for Christmas. He is an extremely brave and amazing young man who joined the U.S. Navy last October. I am currently working on an album of his first year. SHHH... don't tell him. :)
This particular page was inspired by a visit from his mom and friends to the ocean near where he is located going through school. He's studying to be a nuclear engineer! (No, I'm not proud at all! lol) I hope you enjoy!

Cardstock - Yellow, Sand, Light Blue, Orange, Purple, Green, Blue
Patterned Paper - 9 different patterns
Cricut Cartridges - Art Philosophy, Graphically Speaking, Cheerful Seasons, George & Basic Shapes, Traveler
s.e.i. Puff Alphabet Stickers in Blueberry

Start with a 12x12 sheet of yellow cardstock. Cut the sand cardstock to 11.5x11.5. Adhere it to yellow. I used my ATG tape gun. (Which I have fallen in love with!) Using my Cricut Expression, I cut Circle4 Decorative Layer from the Art Philosophy cartridge out of light blue cardstock at 10 inches, and I centered that onto the sand cardstock.

Next, cut your strips of patterned paper. Here are the sizes I cut, starting from the top: 1.5x6, .75x6, .5x6, .5x8, .5x8, .5x8, .75x6.5

Using two more patterned papers, I cut the clouds from Graphically Speaking at 2 inches and 1.5 inches. The sun is cut from Cheerful Seasons using orange and yellow cardstock at 2.5 inches. I cropped both of my photos to 4x4, and matted them on purple cardstock cut at 4.25x4.25. The circles are cut at 1.5 inches from George and Basic Shapes from patterned paper, and adhered to the back of one of the mats so that only half of each circle is showing. The shells are from the Traveler cartridge. Shell1 is cut at 1.5 inches using green and orange cardstock, and Shell2 is cut at 2 inches using purple and blue cardstock.

Arrange all of the items onto your background and adhere accordingly. Add your title, and ta-da, you have an awesome summer layout!

Don't forget about the awesome grand prize worth $60 donated by Zannie Berry Scrapbooking. Make sure to leave a comment and follow all of the stops on this hop to be entered in a chance to win these awesome items!

Here is the lineup. Make sure to check out each stop!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day everyone! I hope that you are all out there enjoying this day. I know it is beautiful here! We have spent most of the day outside, and we will be back out there to grill in a little bit. I wanted to share with you a few more Father's Day cards I made. I kept one simple for my husband's 93-year-old grandfather, and the second is for my dad.

My dad is very special to me. We have had our ups and downs. We have laughed, cried, and had some knock-down drag-out fights. I wouldn't change anything though. I can tell my dad anything, and I know that I will always get his honest opinion. He has helped make me the person I am today, and I am so grateful for that. So Happy Father's Day daddy, love your little girl with little blonde girls. :)

Ok, back to the crafting. Today, both of my cards were made a little bit easier thanks to a Facebook group I am part of. There is an AMAZING group of crafty women on Facebook that swaps Cricut cuts based on themes. Both cards have a die-cut that was from a Father's Day swap I was part of last year. I hope you enjoy the projects!

Size A2 card
Pattern Paper
Die-cut sentiment
4 rhinestones

Size A2 card
Green cardstock
Patterned Paper
Chipboard pennant


Friday, June 14, 2013

Summer Blog Hop!

Welcome to Our Kreative Karma Blog Hop!
We are celebrating Summer, Graduations, Vacations, Reunions, Out of School fun!! How do you celebrate? We hope our projects will give you some inspiration! And we're offering some prizes along the way!!
I decided to show you a few of my Father's Day cards. The first is the card to my husband from me, and the second is the one from our kids to my husband. I hope you enjoy!
David is what you would call a guy's guy. If you think of the kinds of activities associated with men, he would enjoy them. One of his favorites though is fishing. Shocker, right? The Camping Critters cartridge for my Cricut is one of my favorites. I decided to put it into action for his card. :)
Cricut Cartridges: Camping Critters
Sentiment: You're a great catch! from My Pink Stamper
Ink: Outdoor Denim from Close to My Heart
Here are the deminsions for the 6x6 card:
5 7/8 x 5 7/8 dark brown
5 3/4 x 5 3/4 cream
4 1/8 x 5 5/8 white
4 x 5 1/2 striped paper
5 5/8 x 1 5/8 white
5 1/2 x 1 1/2 dots paper
The lake is cut at 3.5 inches
The deer is cut at 3 inches
Project number 2: I asked my son what he wanted on his dads Father's Day card. His answer, Buzz Lightyear. YIKES! I hate doing the Disney/Pixar characters. So many small (as in TEENY TINY) pieces. Well, together, we put together this card. :)
Cricut Cartridges: Toy Story, Father's Day
Here are the deminsions for the 6x6 card:
5 7/8 x 5 7/8 blue
5 3/4 x 5 3/4 green
1 7/8 x 1 7/8 white (3)
1 1/2 x 1 1/2 brown, purple, red
3 1/2 x 5 1/2 white
3 3/8 x 5 3/8 striped paper
Buzz is cut at 2.5 inches
Happy Father's Day is cut at 3 inches


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Awesome huh? Over $50.00 in creative Summer fun for you to document those fun summer activities you love!
This hop takes place over two days! So plenty of time to visit all the blogs, and there's not too many each day that you have to be rushed! So grab a cold drink and hop to our fun ideas for the summertime!

Start here on both days:

Day 1 

2. Lisa             http://desileedesigningdivas.blogspot.com/
3. Janet            http://janetscreativeworld.blogspot.com/
4. Jodie            http://jodiescraplab.blogspot.com/
5.  Marji          http://stampaholic.blogspot.com/
6. Dorothy       http://scraphappyinohio.blogspot.com

Stop back by the Karma blog and tell us what you thought of today's projects! Any faves??
7. Karma         http://ourkreativekarma.blogspot.com/

Day 2

8. Christina  http://cema1cema.blogspot.com/
9.  Susie  http://scrappyrandomness.blogspot.com/
10. Tess Hilton- www.sassycricutcrafting.com/
11. Jessica Douglas Wilson- www.craftinandstampin.blogspot.com/

Stop back by the Karma blog and tell us what you thought of today's projects! Any faves??
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A winner will be drawn on Monday! So to be eligible-make sure you've visited every blog and left a comment and be a follower of Our Kreative Karma blog as well as our hop stops this weekend! Thank you and be sure to leave a way to contact you if you win! Follow the individual blogs rules for any blog candy they offer please! We appreciate your spending some time with us this weekend! Hope to see you back soon!


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Welcome Baby and Thank You card

Hello everyone! Long time no see. First, I would like welcome my new baby girl, Isabella, to our family. She is absolutely perfect, and the best final addition to our little family I could ask for. She is an amazing blessing to our lives. I can't wait to start scrapbooking her journey. :)

Ok, back to what you are all here for.. crafting. I made a few thank you cards for some gifts given to us after Isabella was born. I made the cards size A2 using tan card stock. I added a peach colored paper embossed with my Texture Boutique, some flowers with peach pearls added to the center, a tan and brown ribbon, and stamped the sentiment using Cocoa ink. I hope you all enjoy, and I am so happy to be back! :)