Father’s Day Canvas Bag

*Yes, I know Father’s Day has past. This post was written before Father’s Day, but since my Dad reads my blog (thanks Daddy!) I had to hold it. Enjoy!

Father’s Day is right around the corner, but I started planning my Father’s Day gift BEFORE I even gave Mother’s Day a second thought. That’s rare for me! My dad enjoys buying fresh fruits and vegetable for meals on a daily basis, so I thought a cool grocery tote would be a fun gift. The thing is, my dad could care less about labels and trends. So I knew a tote from West Elm or World Market wouldn’t do.

I found a fun saying about Dads and Grandpas, and thought it would be nice to turn that into a grocery tote. As long as it wasn’t wildly colored, I figured Dad would be on board. I designed the saying using ScanNCutCanvas and cut it out of stencil  plastic with my ScanNCut. Next I painted the saying on the canvas with fabric paint. I was worried the paint would find a way to leak under the stencil, but the Silhouette stencil material comes with an adhesive back. Score! I let that dry overnight, then applied another coat of paint. I let the second coat dry for about four hours, removed the stencil and viola!

Finally I got all of my siblings, nieces and nephew to write a little note (or a scribble for the little ones), and now have I a custom one of a kind grocery tote.

I think my dad is gonna love it!


I’m Batman

I shared my first thoughts on this project a while ago. You can check it out here.

I found myself with some precious (and definitely needed) alone time and used it wisely. I have a flat canvas panel that I covered with Mod Podge and let dry. This will help my vinyl stick to the canvas. I went with this panel because it was lightweight and can be propped up on a stand or hung on a wall.

I had plenty of time to figure out the steps to complete this project… and of course it didn’t work out as planned. I set the blade on my ScanNCut too deep (at a 3), and instead of a kiss cut (cutting through the top layer of the vinyl only) I cut all the way through. ALL THE WAY THROUGH. Every single letter was cut out and stuck to my carrier sheet.

Since vinyl isn’t cheap (and I was down to my last black sheet) I had to figure out a way to make everything work. To fix this I picked everything up with my transfer sheet and did some reverse weeding. That was pretty time consuming, but luckily I had plenty on my DVR to help pass the time. After that everything else went pretty well.

Now that I know what NOT to do I think I’ll make these more often. They are pretty simple to make and who doesn’t like a personalized gift?!

Cards, Cards and More Cards

Believe it or not, I’ve been pretty busy lately! In addition to the terrible weather Texas has been having (I work in the insurance industry), I’ve had a ton of cards to make…Mother’s Day, birthday’s, graduation and unfortunately one condolence card. I know a solution to this would be to keep more cards on hand, but I’m not there… yet.

I had a lot of fun with the Mother’s Day cards. I didn’t feel to comfortable with the Altenew layering stamp sets I bought a couple of weeks ago, so I figured what better way to master something than to get practicing. And practice I did!  I ended up making eight cards and only screwed one up 🙂 The stamp sets used were Beautiful Day and Vintage Roses. I also used Altenew inks in the Red Cosmos, Green Fields and Cool Summer Nights mini cube sets. I had a bit of trouble getting a smooth look with the Ocean Waves color since I was using a cube and my stamp was much large. In the end I then it turned out pretty good though.

My oldest niece just graduated from the University of Southern California. Go Trojans! We are all so proud of her, so of course she was getting a one of a kind graduation card. It took a bit for me to figure out what direction I wanted to go in for her. In the end I used a skyline from Avery Elle’s Super stamp set, and raised some balloons over a Congratulations sentiment. Getting the same letters from the sentiment to match up on the balloons was a lot of fun. I used my MISTI and it worked perfectly. I’ll definitely be using this techniques again in the future. I put some Glossy Accents over the balloons to give them a nice shine, but they weren’t as sparkly as I would have liked. I think I’ll use my Wink of Stella glitter pen first next time. The inside was simple. I stamped “Happy Graduation” and added a personalized note.

We had a sudden death in our family recently. I was unable to attend the funeral and wanted to send something with a personal touch. In any situation, a handmade card shows the recipient that you cared enough about them and their situation to take the time to create something for them. I wanted this card to have a different feel than some of the other condolences cards I’d created in the past. I saw this post on Jennifer McGuire’s blog and used her masking technique to create my card. I used silver embossing powder for the main sentiment and the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set (told you I needed to pratice). I think it turned out beautifully.

Of course I don’t have pictures of the birthday cards I made for my niece and nephew! I do however have pictures of the cake and ice cream I had those days. Gotta keep my priorities straight!

I’ll be back soon with some of my latest projects. Until then, keep crafting and stay sane!


Playing catch-up…

I’ve been incredibly busy lately and haven’t had much time for crafting. Yes. Very sad. I’ve gotten a little Copic coloring in here and there (check out this new class being offered by Sandy Allnock in May) and done some playing with my new Distressed Crayons, but not much else. I hadn’t posted in a while and just wanted to say “Hi”, and give you a little sneak peek at my next project.

The plan is to get started on this next week, but you know how life is. So far I got the layout done in ScanandCut Canvas (to use with my Brother Scan and Cut). Simple lettering and found the Batman logo through a Google search. I don’t know if I’m going to do this on canvas or wood, but probably canvas since I already have it. This is going to either be a belated birthday gift for my nephew who just celebrated his 1st birthday, (he’s a huge Batman fan… as big as a fan a 1 year old can be), or I’m getting his Christmas gift done REALLY early.

Until next time…

batman screenshot

Planner Follow-up #1

This is labeled Planner Follow-up #1 because I’m sure there will be plenty other follow-ups over time…

We are moving into our busy time at work and I have so many hold files for so many projects it’s making my pretty little head spin. I decided to add a work calendar to my planner to help me keep track of things a little better. Currently my to-do lists are written on a giant post-it, which isn’t very portable… or organized.

I didn’t want the bulk from adding more of the Arc branded calendar inserts, plus I didn’t want to pay for another set. I did a little surfing in the web and found someone offering a plethora of free templates. You can check it out here if you’re interested.

Now, I haven’t dropped the $40 for an Arc punch, so I did the next best thing… headed to YouTube. And of course I found a walk through by MyMommyLife where she punched her own papers. Check it out here. I tried it out and it worked perfectly. I will tell you it’s a slow process, but it’s an argument of time vs money. It seems I don’t have much of either, but I was able to get this done while catching up on some tv. Killed two birds with one stone.

Looks just as good as the Arc branded pages!

And I haven’t forgotten about my promised dashboard post. I ordered some pictures to use from Shutterfly (I don’t have one of those fancy Fuji Instax cameras or printers… yet), so I did it the old fashioned way. At the time I ordered them, they were running a special where all 4×6 and 4×4 photos were free, you only pay shipping and handling. I’m waiting on those to arrive before I can put the dashboard together.

Savings Jars

I went through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University a couple of years ago. During that few months, not only did I learn how to improve my financial future, I also learned the importance of teaching good money habits to your children while they are young. Since then, I’ve picked up the book Dave co-authored with his daughter, Smart Money, Smart Kids. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, I highly recommend it!

One thing I learned from the book is to teach children to separate their money into three categories: Give, Save and Spend. My kids are 11, 9 and 6, and especially with my 6 year old, being able to visualize this is very important. Cut to the savings jars…

I will preface the remainder of this post by saying I did not create this idea. It’s all over Pinterest, and Dave Ramsey even sells something similar on his website. With that being said… onward ho!

I found this candle holder at Kirklands, (sorry, link says it’s no longer available), and purchased coin jar lids from Michaels. And yes, I used coupons at both locations! 🙂 You could call it a day and have a finished product, but of course I had to spice mine up a bit.

I pulled out my Scan N Cut and made vinyl labels that read: Give, Save and Spend. I then transferred those to the mason jars. See how much that little label kicked it up a notch? I finished off each set with a personalized chalkboard name tag and we were done! Now the kids can watch their savings grow!  

 Please keep in mind these are glass jars and therefore are very breakable (I know this from experience and have had to replace one of the jars).

30 Second Stamping

Okay… 30 seconds may be a bit of an exaggeration, but this did not take very long at all. The rule at my house is: if you forget your lunch bag at school you take a paper bag until you bring it home. I have a 6 year old that takes his lunch, so this happens probably once a week.

I felt sad when I saw this boring paper bag lunch sitting on the counter this morning. Yesterday was party day at school, we all wore Valentine’s Day inspired clothing, decorated mailboxes… and now… blah.  Then inspiration struck! I grabbed this Valentine’s Day stamp set and some Hero Arts ink and jazzed that boring bag up in a matter of minutes.

Now my little guy will have a sweet surprise come lunch time.

Happy Valentine’s day everyone!