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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

DtsArt Growing Petal Album

This was such a cool file to work with.  A whole album with 12 pages, plus a cover, each one adding a little petal around the outside.

I decided to make a colors book for my kids, but especially for my 2-year old, as he's learning colors now.  The girls both know their colors really well of course, and argue with each other over whether something is purple or violet, blue or turquoise.

Each page has a picture of a different color and I used objects (and people) that we had around the house.  I thought it would make it personal and fun!

I'll let the rest of the post speak for itself.   To see more examples visit Dardi's blog.  And click here for the file.  

Have a colorful day!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

It looked better in my head

I wanted to hang something "subtly" related to the 4th of July, and though it would be fun to use this picture frame (which had already been spray painted white) with some clearance Christmas ribbon and left over blue tissue paper.  I made pom poms and hung them from the frame.  It came together in about 15 minutes.

Friday, June 24, 2011

26 Hours in Seattle

While our mini vacation really was mini--just an overnight stay-- (which gave new meaning to "Sleepless in Seattle" with 3 kids used to only sleeping in their own beds/crib!)

But we fit in lots of fun activities, and even had sunshine to enjoy yesterday!

We rode the monorail, saw the Space Needle, spent a few hours in the Science Center, walked around the LDS temple, ate some food now and then, "slept" in our hotel, woke up too early, enjoyed the continental breakfast, spent the whole morning at the aquarium, had lunch, walked around Pike Place Market and then drove home.  There were a couple more things on our list that we'd hoped to get to, but our kids were done, and we'll be back up there again sometime.

Here are a few quick pictures.  And also my step card I made (from my To Do Tuesday post)  Also, while there are no pictures, the pecan pie bars were really yummy!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

To Do Tuesday

Here's what I hope to be up to in the next week:

  • Buy a little pool for the backyard for the kids.  Really, I need to send my husband to do it in his truck because the one we wanted wouldn't fit in the van!  It's one of the hard plastic ones (the inflatable one we bought last year popped) and I totally thought I could get it myself.  I had to return it about 90 seconds after I bought it.  Oops.

  • These would be perfect in patriotic colors, and I'll bet I could even get my girls to help.

  • Then doesn't this recipe look amazing?

  • I also want to try my own step card (plus Alyssa's running a contest on her Facebook page, so it's the perfect time!)

And let me just say that I love the ability to embed a picture directly from Pinterest :)  Have a great first day of summer everyone!

Pinwheels for Gifts

This week's file for the DtsArt team is a set of pinwheels--aren't they cute?
The one with the stars would be perfect for your 4th of July parade or picnic.  But they're not just for blowing in the wind any more.  You can find them in banners, wreaths, cards, and in my post today, as a gift topper.

I cut the pinwheel out of patterned paper and pink cardstock and layered them to get the two sided effect.  I glued all the ends together before putting a brad down the middle, so that the points wouldn't slide around out of place.  For the center, I used the circle and swirl and layered them right on the brad.  

See more designs here
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Have you made any fun pinwheel projects lately?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

Morning all!  Just wanted to share this picture with you today:

Many thanks to Amy at Positively Splendid who provided the idea and image at the top left.  I made my own chalkboard by cutting the shape from a box we had in the garage and sprayed it with a few layers of chalkboard paint.  The kids have now just been using it as a toy, sometimes writing messages to me or each other.  It may come in handy on our long drive to Utah later this summer!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Paper Chandelier

A few days ago while Meagan was at dance, Asher and I wandered outside to walk around.  Really, he was being so crazy that we couldn't stay inside the studio anymore.  There's a Hallmark store around the corner and Asher let me carry him in (anyone knows that's not the kind of store you can let a 2-year-old loose in, and of course we didn't stay long)  Anyway, in one of their displays they had a big cardboard chandelier that I thought was so cool.  So I decided to make my own.

I had to cut it out in pieces, since I designed it to be bigger than a piece of cardstock.  I cut each piece several times so I could glue layers together to make it a little sturdier.  At each intersection I glued some stabilizer pieces.

The whole thing got spray painted blue, and then again with glitter spray that I got on clearance after Halloween.  If you handle it, it will come off, but I didn't worry about it since it's just going to hang in the corner of the girls room.  A roll of toilet paper was the perfect stand for it while it was drying.  

Then I hung it with invisible thread from the hook that was already in the ceiling.  Yep, another use for them!

Friday, June 10, 2011

DIY Colored Twine

Have you seen this stuff around?  Have you seen people making their own?  I saw this tutorial several months ago, so it's been on my to do list for a little while.  When I won a Michael's gift card from Sarah at EmmyLouBeeDoo, I bought some crochet thread and markers (plus the paper I used in my dollhouse!)
I cut a piece of cardboard to wrap my twine around and then colored it up.  Taping the ends is a must!

Be sure to watch for it showing up on some cards or something soon.  So what do you think I should use it on first?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dollhouse Makeover

Several weeks ago one of our neighbors brought us this dollhouse, knowing we have two girls who would love to play with it.  They were right.  And even though it had a couple layers of super old contact paper on it, and was dusty from sitting in a garage for so long, I knew it had potential the moment I saw it.

I washed it off, added a couple of nails where it was pulling apart a little, and covered it all with two coats of paint.  I started out with spray paint, but I could see I didn't have enough cans or enough patience to do it that way.  So I just used some leftover paint we had in the garage.

The paper I used was all from the Blossom Song paper pack by Die Cuts with a View.  To cut each piece to the right size, I made patterns using regular paper, cutting and taping until it filled the space I needed.  Lots of Mod Podge later, each room had new life! 

Have you fixed up any old toys for your kids? 

Friday, June 3, 2011

LD Winner!

Congratulations CeCe, you're the winner!  Send me your email address so that I can get your certificate to you.  

We're supposed to have great weather here this weekend, so I hope to be out taking advantage of it!  I hope you all have lovely weekends as well.

I'll send you off with these pictures of my cutie getting her first karate belt last night!