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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

December Daily Albums

I have a couple of short videos to share with you.  The "December Daily Album" idea came from Ali Edwards' blog a couple of years ago.  They are some of my favorite albums because they record little, treasured moments from our daily lives.  I am not always great at journaling in my albums, so I try to really be free and relaxed and journal lots in these.  The trick to "keeping up" is to have the basic album done ahead of time (I add appropriate embellishments later) like the layouts with the numbers for each day.  I also write a few sentences at the end of each day so if I need to pick it up a few days later, I don't have to rack my poor brain trying to remember what we did that day.

Also, these are the first videos I've ever made like this, so I really hope they are okay.  Please ask questions if you have any.  I would love to do a "tour" of my craft room in the future and maybe some videos in response to requests, too.  Okay, hopefully this will inspire you to get scrappin' and get ready to record all of those Magical moments during this December!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Framed Name Art---Lots of Pics!

Here is the first of FIVE wall hangings I made for my little ones and other small children in my family.  Three are Princesses, but two are for boys.  What a great feeling to finally get them finished and framed and given away to the appropriate little loves in my life.  The original inspiration came from a post off of the old Cricut messageboards HERE.  I fell in love with this and had to go crazy with the idea.  This first one of Sleeping Beauty is the most similar to the post I saw on the mb.  On this one, I used glitter cardstock for the name in the Storybook font, Happily Ever After for most images, and Home Decor for the flourish under the name, and Serenade for the tree.  I also stamped the corners with CTMH acrylix stamps to add needed color.

Next, is my project from Life's A Beach!  Love that one.  All cuts on this piece of art are from LAB.  I stamped the bubbles and seaweed.  I also accented with gel pens and rhinestones in the treasure chest. 

My daughter said, "He has a big booty!"  I had to agree.  LOL

The little seahorse is tucked in among the coral.

I embossed the name and used the cricut markers to subtly ink brown around each letter.  (You can see it enlarged by clicking on the pic if you like.)

Next are my two princess nieces.  (They even have princess names!)
I love the colors.  Red is so crisp!  The birds and the dwarve's little chair are too sweet!
Bashful was the girliest dwarf with the pretty flowers.

Again, I stamped in the corners for lots of color.

Lots of stickles on Snow White's dress and the diamonds!

What did I tell you?  Do you get more princess-y than Juliet and Fiona as far as names go?

Again, lots of stickles on the dress and glass slipper.

This is a great cut for Thanksgiving, too!

White, coarse glitter on the underskirt.

These little mice might be my favorite cut of all.

Are you still with me?  Thanks, this is the longest post I've ever done by far!  Here is the one I made for my son...he loves basketball just like his daddy and needed something not too juvenile...

All images are from Basketball Solutions, except the bball corners which are from Sports Mania.  The font is from Opposites Attract.

I embossed the letters and stamped silver bballs in the background.  I tried to use Orlando Magic colors for the most part as we are fans.

Well, thanks for staying with me for this very long post.  Hope something you've seen has inpired you.  Have a blessed day!