Articles by milmomma
Friday, December 16, 2011
From Christmas carols to snowmen and snowflakes, the weather is changing and the season is upon us. We are all so busy with so much to do. The tinsel has to be hung and the cookies baked, but remember to take time to make something for you! Since I love to make hybrid things, I made some decorations for me and stocking stuffers for my kids. I even included a gift for my son's girlfriend that moved away.
I had a blast with the KaiserCraft train and some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. It was my first time using the mist, and my best advice is to cover every surface within a 3 foot radius. I made a mess with mine at first. After gluing down my papers, I had to sand the edges to get them smooth, but I love the distressed look it gave them. I had to add some Primas and Pearls to make some bling and give it some detail.
I also switched up the KaiserCraft tree album and turned it in to a tree to hang on my wall. I wanted to keep it more simple and keep it toned down so it would stick out on my wall and the train would really stand out.
For my kids I wanted to uses some of my fun Pinterest ideas and make some stocking stuffers that were more than just some plain candy. I made some snowman bars, some snowman kisses, and peek-a-boo snowman gum. I even covered some little notepads to give with some fun pencils. It was fun to decorate them with my punches and love.
I also had to come up with something special for Hannah, my son's girlfriend who moved away. I still had KaiserCraft's present album to decorate. I decided to use the Tatter Angel's ink. It looked like nail polish with its little brush but turned out to be awesome to get in and around the edges of the album. Though I would have to say my hands were red for a few days after I got it done. With the pictures from last Christmas' photoshoot on one side and T'was the Night Before Christmas story on the back, it only needed some small details like some recycled cardboard and lace to finish it out. We gave it to them before they left so they would have some decorations for when they got back home.
Thank you everyone for looking and reading about my fun Christmas Decorations.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Christmas time is a time of love and laughter. Its a time to rejoice, and be merry. Laurie shares how inspired she was by this pretty angel.
She gives us a step by step of how she did it. It looks so easy!
Step 1 - Base - 12 round
Step 2 - Cut in Half - Glue points
Step 3 - Skirt 8 1-2 in circle
Step 4 - Cut in Half
Step 5 - Glue Stripes
Step 6 - Add Glue Stripe on Reverse
Step 6 - Narrow Ribbon thru Xyron
Step 7 - Cut Circles from Snowflake paper
Step 8 - Begin Assembly - Base then Skirt, then Ribbon, then Snowflakes
Step 9 - Second Cut using 8 1-2 in circle - Use Protractor to cut out 1 in edge
Step 10 - Fold over 1 in half circles - glue together
Step 11 - Shape with Scallop cuts - fussy cut
Step 12 - Roll remaining circles from Step 9 to create sleeves
Step 13 - Cut 4 1-2 in circle for bib
Step 14 - cut slit in back for popsicle stick
Step 15 - Test Look of Bib
Step 16 - Decorate bib with Bling
Step 17 - Cut 2 circles each of Eggshell and Black Cardstock 2 inches in diameter
Step 18 - Cut one black circle in half - Layer to form hair around face
Step 19 - Layer remaining black circle to create back of head
Step 20 - Cut excess black to shape of eggshell cardstock
Step 21 - Add Facial Features - Punches - Round and Heart for Mouth
The Final 1- Front
I came across this wonderful advent calendar idea on Pinterest, to make a tree for each day. There was these three patterns.
[warning- I did use a LOT of ink to do these trees. I went thru 3.5 color cartidges on my inkjet printer.]
I opened it in photoshop and layered it with pattern papers. I printed 24 of them. I also created numbers and some snowflakes to decorate them.
I used my ATG to hold them together running it around the edge of the circle, and on the fold tab.
I used cotton balls on top and added the numbers and snowflakes for decoration. I wanted to keep them simple since my kids will rip them open and won't appreciate my primas.
Thanks all for reading!
Friday, June 24, 2011
Any way you want, you can have it! That is something I love about mini albums.
They come in all shapes and sizes. You can even make your own!
Want an easy way to use those cute QP's (Quick Pages)? Want an easy way to make a mini album? Ever see those cute QP packs and wanna get them but not sure what to do with them? Well, I have a suggestion. What about shrinking them and making a mini album?
If that is not your style, what about recycling some of the things around the house? Ever find your trash filling up too quickly? Do you love Starbucks as much as I do? What about those sleeves from all those hot drinks we drank this past winter? They sit around collecting dust or are thrown out in the trash. Why not put them to good use?
I love shaped fun ones. I also like thick already made pages! KaiserCraft makes these awesome little mini albums in all sorts of shapes. I did two different ones to share a couple styles. I love how you can make the shapes really into a themed album.
For the T-ball mini I used a real soda pop tab and a cream soda bottle cap as well as some nut shells to resemble peanuts.
For the Chenoan Tag album I featured some awesome metal trinket flowers from Prima.
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