Polar Bear Pride!

Basketball keychains complete! I love it when a project comes together how you originally anticipated it. I had this idea in my head and my first couple of tries just weren’t cutting it. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, but let me tell you, I’m loving the final product.

My youngest is playing basketball with the Upward Sports program (FYI: LOVE this program) and their team is the Little Polar Bears (so cute). After every game, each player is recognized by their coach for their attitude during the game and is presented a “game day star”. I think the stars are supposed to be ironed on to their uniform (none of us are totally sure, so if you’re familiar with Upward and know, let me know).  I thought the keychains I was planning could be another fun place they could show off their stars.

I don’t know what the deal was but it was impossible for me to find white star stickers! I found them in just about every color except white. I gave up after three stores and decided to make my own. Since the back panels of the bears and the star stickers were both cut from the same white cardstock, I decided to outline the stars to make them stand out. I cut them out with my Scan and Cut then used my Xyron Sticker Maker to turn them into stickers.

Last minute I decided to switch out the key ring for a metal eyelet and lanyard hook. These keychains are made from 110# cardstock which is pretty thick, but I was still worried about the hole for the keyring tearing. I thought about using those punch reinforcement labels but decided the metal eyelet was the way to go. Plus it looks pretty cool.

Below you can see my final product. After each game I’ll add whatever color star Micah receives and at the end of the season he’ll have a nice little keepsake. Go Polar Bears!



Saturday Rundown

7:00 and I’m ready to crash! What did I do today?

Attended 2 basketball games, a little window shopping at Michaels (is it still window shopping if you only bought necessities and not the fun things you want?), and cut 60 card bases. Once I got in the swing of things the card bases weren’t bad, plus I had the Chiefs game in the background. #ChiefsKingdom! Having the card bases ready to go really saves time when I get in the card making zone.

Looks like it’s time to get started on my basketball keychains. I came up with some fun ideas at the game this morning and can’t wait to see if I came bring them to reality!

What I’ve been up to…

Happy New Year! I’m trying so hard to get back in the swing of things. I’m doing my best to not get sick… and I’m not winning.

I went out on a ledge and made my Christmas cards last year. I decided to do it last minute and actually had pretty good results. I’ve share a couple of them below. I was very proud of my copic coloring! I will definitely be making cards again this holiday season and most definitely will not wait until the last minute. 

I also made a few foiled prints with my Heidi Swapp Minc machine for family members as Christmas gifts. The hustle one was for my niece who is a film student. Right now hustling is a way of life for her, trying to get noticed and her name out there. The other one was created for my aunt and inspired by the Designed for Life conference we attended with my church earlier in the year. I made some other ones and of course forget to get pictures before I gave them away. One more thing I need to get better at in 2016. 

I joined a book club with a couple ladies from my church and thought it would be fun to make some bookmarks for the group. I found a great quote about smiling, (A smile is the shortest prayer of gratitude we can offer God), and would like to use that somehow. I’m not totally sure what I’m going to do, but when I figure it out I’ll be sure to share.

Until then, you stay crafty San Diego.