Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Beatles Project

One of my daughters gifts I made for her 16th Birthday is this Beatles collage.  This is an easy project although time consuming.  Especially when you load so many photo's!  You'll need wood letters, modge podge, Google and a printer!

I grabbed the photo's off Google and my daughter's Pinterest board. The B is mostly Beatles Logo's.

Paul is her favorite Beatle so he gets is own letter E.

I made the A with as many Beatles Albums as I could fit.

The T is assorted Beatles altogether!

Just like the L!  I trimmed the tumbnail images then glued them onto the wood letters.

This E has my favorite song Blackbird (makes me think of her growing up) and her favorite song Strawberries Fields Forever.

Be sure your letters are up right before you glue.  My S is not. 

After the letters are loaded with images I trimmed with my Xacto Knife.  Then sand the edges, add some ink and seal it again!

This project is created with my daughters new room in mind.  A great piece we can hang on the wall or simply stand up. 

She got all things Beatles for her Birthday.  Including a vintage record player and some Beatles records.  She was so happy hearing her beloved Fab Four on vinyl she cried.  Which got all of us in tears.  She told me it was her best day ever...ahhhhh!

Thank you to everyone that left her a Birthday wish.  She enjoyed reading them.  I'm off for a couple weeks for a family vacation.  So my blog will be quiet. 

Cheers...
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Sweet 16 Invites, Badges and Goody Bags

 
 Where does the time go!  My daughter is  celebrating her 16th Birthday today.  Since she is a summer baby birthdays with her friends are rare.  Either they are on vacation or we have been.  This year we promised to stay home so she could have her Sweet 16 with her friends. 
 
My Daughter is one of the coolest people I know.  She is an avid reader, she is her own person and proud to be and she ADORES The Beatles.  I had to create everything for her special day with The Beatles in mind.
 
I found at the $1 Store these cool badges that you can make.  I downloaded the Beatles font, Boogle and made all the Beatles stuff with this font.

Paul is her favorite Beatle so this was her badge.  At the party (Laser Tag) all the party goers put on these badges.  Each of her friends got the Beatle most like them.

The Invitations

I made these invitations like a Backstage Pass.  I wanted the invitations to be perfect for a teen. 

All these were simply created in WORD using again the Boogle Font. 

On the back of the pass I printed off the important info.  I blurred the location of the party for my blog.

The Goody Bags

These were so fun to make.  I hot the $1 Store with Teen Girls in mind!

Each bag is filled with emery boards, nail polish remover, nail polish, Skittles (my daughters favorite candy) and the candy necklaces. 

I attached the badges to the bags.

Using the new Tim Holtz die tag #5 I printed off this Beatles image then ran it through the die.  I stamped "They say it's your Birthday" at the bottom using Scrappy Moms Stamps Hooray for Birthdays.  It's a perfect fit!

A very Happy Sweet 16 to my beautiful girl Mercedes!  It's an honor to watch her mature and grown into a beautiful person. 

Please feel free to wish her a Happy Sweet 16.  I know it would make her day!  I'm so proud if her.
 
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Friday, August 10, 2012

Altered Letters

 
Father's Day was so long ago.  You may recall a project I posted for my husband's Father's Day gift HERE.  Well he did love the gift but was puzzled why the letters were plain white?  After all it's me and nothing is ever left as it should be.  It's always being glued, inked or altered somehow.  I explained I wanted the letters to be plain for the kids photo's.  SERIOUSLY!  I'm getting the stink eye with these plain letters!  I promised then that I would do something with them so he could start decorating his new out of province office.  Here we are 2 months later and about an hour of crafting I have finished the DAD!

I simply cut a 6x6 sheet of paper, brushed on Modge Podge to the letter and placed it on.  My very talented budding photographer niece Kelsy took this photo of my daughter a few weeks ago.

My oldest son when we were in Yellowstone last month.  Hands down our favorite photo of him. The metal clips are Graphics 45.  I bought them for my Moms Canvas HERE for the Remember clip.  Finally, I found something for the last 3!

The youngest man in my life.  Once the paper dried, I sanded the edges and inked.  Then dragged more modge podge over the top to seal it.  The glue drags through the Walnut stain causing it to brown the paper more.  Each photo is inked, punched and layered on a scallop punch.  Then clipped into place.

I glued the the clips into place with gorilla glue and hot glue.  The hot glue is to keep it in place while the gorilla glue dries.

Now my husband has his letters all done and ready for his new second office. While he's away from home he can see his kids with 3 of his favorite photo's.  This whole project runs about $15.  And as the kids grow you can change out the photo's!
 
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Altered Pickle Jar

Saving Money in a Pickle Jar...for a trip to AUSTRALIA!!!
 
I have a unique opportunity here to show my kids if you a set a goal and save for it you can achieve it.  And why can't we have fun saving money with a re purposed jar!  So, I retrieved this huge pickle jar (my family are pickle pigs) from the recycle bin and set it aside for it's crafty makeover!  Check it out!!!!  I'll show you how I got there.  And how we are saving for a trip to Australia!
 
I glued the paper down with Modge Podge.  It won't be smooth but thats what I like about it.  At the top where the jar goes in.  I used 3 sizes of circle punches and punched the matching left over paper,  creating almost a fish scale look.  Glue these down and curl the ends, large circles on the bottom and smallest on the top.  I found 3 layers was enough.  Then I added a little ink.

It can't get more "REAL LIFE" than this!  I have some 7 Gypsies tags in my crafty stash and attached this tag to the lid.  Glue some ribbon to hid the lid colour.

I went to my LSS where (and yes...they know my name) they helped my pick out this awesome surf board paper to wrap my jar.  I then cut a few circles in different sizes, 3/4"- 2" with my Cricut to create peep holes.  So we can watch it grow! 

My GF has the TH Vintage Valise die.  Perfect for adding some puffy Aussie stickers I got.  A little hot glue helps them to stick on this rounded surface.

I hauled out my favorite die, TH Word Play and cut on grunge board AUSTRALIA.  Because of the round jar, I found hot glue works best for adhering everything! 

My husband cut a small slit in the metal lid using the Dremel.  Very thin making it impossible for anyone to shake out some change.  Then he glued it shut with Gorilla Glue.  No one is getting in!  I cut another circle with my Cricut and glued the matching paper for the lid.  Then some more puffy Aussie stickers.

All our change is going in.  The kids put their money in that they earn too from chores, babysitting and jobs they pick up.  Even the wash machine contributes!

Our close friends and neighbors moved to Australia a couple of weeks ago.  Our kids have grown up together and formed close bonds.  We are hoping to save for the next year and a half and go visit them in their new home in Sydney.  So far the rough estimatge is around $400.  We have even been selling stuff we have been storing and no longer use and adding a portion to the jar. 

Saving money this way is fun for everyone.  It's pretty enough to leave on the mantle in the living room too.  This way we have easy access to feed it and keep our dream going.  Lets hope I get to make another one once we fill this one!
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Baby's Mobile

Finally posting the last of my Baby Shower gifts I made last week, a Nursery Mobile.  Lots of pictures in this post for you so I'll do less blabbering.
 

For the Animals I used Create a Critter cut at 3 1/2".  Then use the "Flip" button and cut again.  Mobiles do twist.

This little Monkey is the smallest cut at the 3 1/2".

I cut C for Charlotte using Sophisticated at 5 1/2" then added some Stickles in the accent.

Mooooo....

LOOOVE the Hippo!  I missed a close up of the Owl but you can see him too as you look at the mobile.  Poor Owl...

I even decorated the bottom of the lid.

I scallop cut the top with matching paper and added this pretty ribbon to trim it out.  The lid is a coffee tin lid.  It's easy to pop the holes in the lid for the ribbon.  The ribbon is from the Michaels $1 bin.

Cut the ribbon at the length you want and knot it on the top. 

I used the red sticky tape for the ribbon in between the animal layers.  Then I popped them with dimensionals. 

My little mass of critters!

Here is the card I posted to match.  See now the ribbon makes sense!  Click HERE to see the card with more photo's...or scroll down.

And the Nursery Wall Decor Project.  All are in matching paper.  Click HERE to see more photo's.

I did make one more card for my SIL for her baby shower gift.  I will post that shortly.  Then we can move on from babies to my daughters Sweet 16 projects I have been working on! 

Hope you enjoyed the mobile and I always love the comments!
 
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