Wednesday, February 22, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Ombre Design

I checked in with the folks over at the CSI Project and saw that the next challenge they're hosting is for Ombre Projects. I'm more than a little bit embarrassed to admit that I had absolutely no idea what ombre was, but a quick google search fixed that. Here's what I found...

Ombre (noun): A French term meaning "shaded." Usually a multicolored stripe, with colors graduating from light to dark.

Now that I had discovered this uber cool technique, I had to join in the challenge fun. Given the fact that March is right around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to create a St. Patrick's Day project that incorporated the ombre design. I completely lucked out by finding pre-cut shamrocks in varying shades of green at Michael's craft store.

First I sorted the shamrocks by color (there were 3 of each shade) and attached them together using hot glue.

Then I hot glued all of the rows of shamrocks together to make a large rectangle shape.

Finally I attached the shamrocks to a frame using clear nylon thread and created a little burlap banner.

Here's the final result...

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Monday, February 20, 2012

My Encounter with a Mouse

Last year I had the pleasure of planning a baby shower for a dear friend - I wrote about it here. This past weekend her baby turned 1, but I'm still in denial that an entire year has past! My friend, much like myself, is a theme-girl and her daughter's birthday party theme was Minnie Mouse.

I was honored to be asked to make something for the big event and immersed myself in research. I rarely have the opportunity to make products that include licensed characters (never for money and only for friends), so this was a treat. I decided to make a door sign similar to the ones I sell in my Etsy shop. Here's the result...

I never knew Minnie had such long eyelashes - I'm thinking they're fake!

This project also gave me the opportunity to try a new technique - printing on burlap fabric. It was super easy, which of course means that you'll be seeing a lot more burlap from me!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

V-Day Word Play

I had so much fun playing with words in this post that I felt compelled to highlight a few more just in time for Valentine's Day. The pictures speak for themselves. Thanks for indulging me again!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Template for the Valentine's Day Dino Card

Even with over ten years of computer consulting experience, I still don't know how to attach a pdf to a blog post! Fortunately there are a ton of bloggers who are way smarter than me and have figured this out - big shout out to Chelsea and her tutorial on this very topic.

All this to say, please disregard the link at the bottom of this post that no longer works and use this one instead: V-Day Dinosaur Template that really works!


Some of you might remember this card that I made last year...

This little dino has been popping up in a variety of different places around the net, most recently in this article that appeared on Glo...I'm beyond honored and excited to be included in this group of crafty folks!

A few people have asked me for a template of the dinosaur. I wasn't exactly sure how to attach a file within a blog post, but I think I figured it out (still learning after almost 2 years of blogging).

Here's a link to the V-Day Dinosaur Template. By the way, the darkened area on the template is where the googly eyes should go. I hope this helps!


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