Archive for March, 2010

An early Happy Easter to all of you! It’s been quite a while since I have done paper piercing on a card.  Also, for my birthday (last month), my dear brother made me a proper paper piercing tool – in two sizes, yay! So, for our Easter card swap,  I made this for my swap partner, Delores(MaDee).  This pattern is a freebie on my site and you can see the card that I did last year here.  If you have a critical eye, you will notice that I struggled in cutting the tight curves in my earlier card. Now that I have a Cricut with SCAL, I decided to have a go with it again. This time, I did the reverse: cutting away the inside of the paper piercing and the card base to frame the printed graphic and sentiment (the image is from Teddy Bears by Rebecca Carter at www.PCCrafter.com). I really like how this turned out – and I like how the curves were smoothly cut! So, I made another birthday one:

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I admit to not being fond of  being in the kitchen, preferring to be either working on the crafting table or eating on the dining table (which is the same table, actually, LOL). I don’t know who exactly started this idea, when I Googled “sock cupcake” there were plenty of sites selling them and there were plenty of crafting boards and blogs featuring them. Well, whoever thought of this is just brilliant!  I get to make cupcakes without pulling out the mixer, bowl, measuring spoons, well, the whole baking shebang! And by the way, it doesn’t have to be socks only, creative crafters have come up with  “washcloth cupcakes’, “flannel cupcakes” (these are receiving blankets),  “onesies cupcakes”,  “burp cloth cupcakes”, well you get the idea! It’s very easy to make, very cute to give and whoever gets it will find it useful.

I did the sock cupcake above by first rolling one sock, starting from the cuff (BTW, if you are wondering, this is an adult-sized sock). Then I wrapped the other sock around the first one, starting with the toe this time,  when I reached the cuff, I turned it  inside out, which makes the whole “cupcake” secure. This part is really hard to explain (are you scratching your head already?), so this picture might make it easier to understand:

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s been four days since our clocks were adjusted 1 hour early, but our whole family is still adjusting. I got up 30 minutes late, so I did a mad dash  to get the kids off to school (who also got up late, were groggy and went around with dazed looks, LOL).  It’s a good thing they already lay out their clothes before going to bed, so I did not have to remind them to wear something green. One DD wore a green blouse, the other wore a green sweater, DS had his green sweats, and of course, my dear hubby topped them all by wearing a hunter green shirt and jacket. I just looked at myself and realized that I’m not wearing anything green at all… wait… aha! the green leaves on my bedroom slippers count, right? Okay, no pinching!

Here is my next project, a coffee pot!

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I promised I would update my blog every Wednesday, right? And I asked Julie (I wrote about her on my Feb 24 post) to make sure that I will keep that promise, too…so how come I did not update last Wednesday? Poor Julie, she had to “light a fire under my feet” so soon! LOL! Thanks to Julie, here I am, dutifully writing about this little project I did with my Cricut and SCAL2:

This is a little lampshade I designed and made recently. There was a time when the craze on the PC Crafter message board was making shades (way back 2002/2003), using a wineglass as the base, then later on, using mason jars. I enjoyed making and giving these as gifts, and lots of ladies on the message board sold them in craft shows. It’s interesting to note that now, when you checkout websites selling wedding gifts/favors/accessories, you will see these lampshades being sold.  They sure look pretty on tables and enhance the ambiance!

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Robot Favors

Posted by: Gemin Projects in Projects
3
Mar

My DS will be celebrating his 5th birthday on the 18th, just one day after St. Patrick’s Day. I’m kind of toying with what to make for party favors, and thanks to the February 2010 edition of Family Fun magazine, it gave me the idea to do the ‘bots above. These are really easy to do, and William (my DS) even helped to make them.  To make one, cut a piece of thick cardstock so that it measures 8 ½” x 2 ½”.  Refer to the score lines below, or if you have a Scor Pal, score on the 1″, 4 ½”  and 8″ marks.

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