Sunday, September 23, 2012

Gallon, Quart, Pint Challenge

         Hey, there!  Back again with another challenge entry for Moxie Fab World: Card Design Handbook Week challenges!  I am barely making it in for the Pint, Quart, Gallon challenge.  

       Go HERE to read more about it!  Essentially we were to make a card using three colors with one being the majority of the space (gallon), the other being a bit less (quart) and the last color being used just a touch (pint).  I don't know if mine is quite right but I gave it a go and here is what turned out:

I used yellow as my "gallon", black as my "quart" (even though it could be considered a neutral) and green as my "pint".

That lovely carnation came from Melanie Muenchinger's Stately Flowers 4 stamp set and that beautiful greeting is a Our Daily Bread Designs stamp.

Well, thanks so much for stopping by!  I finished my crochet project and have started another!  I intend to take pictures and blog about it soon!

Blessings to you,
Janice :)

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Repetition Challenge

Hey, there!  Back again with another challenge entry for Moxie Fab World: Card Design Handbook Week challenges!  For this one we were challenged to create a card incorporating repetition in an innovative way.  

Go HERE for more info and to play along!

Here is my entry:
I decided to go with a little ombre action on this card.  :)  You like?  That beautiful carnation image came from none other than Melanie Muenchinger's Stately Flowers 4 stamp set.

Here are the first two of my carnations.  I colored the first one using Copics R00, R20, R24, the second with just R00 and R20, and the last one with use R00 and the colorless blender.  

The middle and last flower.  You can barely see on the final carnation where I used the colorless blender to lighten the tips of the petals.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Stay tuned for a fun little crochet project I've been working on!
Janice :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Movement Challenge

Phew!  Last post for the night for me!  :)  This time the Moxie Fab World: Card Design Handbook Challenge is: Movement.

Basically, we are to create a project in which your design draws the viewer's eye in some motion around your project.  You can go HERE to get more details and join in!

Here is my take on this movement challenge:
 So, I hope they don't think I'm cheating, but I almost feel like I am using flowers and moths, since these things naturally move.  But, there were no rules about taking an easy route!  ;)  My eye is drawn to the sentiment first, then off to the flowers on the left, then up, up and away with the moths!  :)

 I used Melanie Muenchinger's Stately Flowers 4 on this card as well.  Here are those gorgeous moths again colored with vibrant Copic markers.

This image is actually two of the Wood Violet images in Melanie's set that I used the masking technique to kind of fuse together.  I colored those beauties with Copic markers as well, and don't you love that sentiment?  ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I'll be back soon with a crochet project I hope to get done soon!

Janice :)

The Assymetry Challenge

Alrighty, here we go with another Moxie Fab World: Card Design Handbook Week Challenge!  This time around we are being challenged to create a paper crafted project  that incorporates asymmetry in an innovative way.

Check out the details HERE and join in!

So, I actually love projects that have an asymmetrical look to them, for some reason, they just speak of art to me.  Going with that artsy/botanical feel I created this:
So, what do you think?  Is is random enough but have a sense a balance? :)

I chose to use the gorgeous moth images from Melanie Muenchinger's Stately Flowers 4.  Coloring them with Copic markers made these moths come to life and fit perfectly with my 7 Gypsies paper.

Thanks again for stopping by!  
Janice :)

The Focal Point Challenge

Hi, everyone!  I'm happy to say that I'm back at it!  Today I have a card I made for Moxie Fab World: Card Design Handbook Week: The Focal Point Challenge.  Goodness, that's a mouthful!

Go check out the challenge HERE to get all the details.  In short, we were to create a card where there is a very obvious and clear focal point.  Here is what I came up with:

So, I'm thinking my focal point is pretty obvious!  The blank space along with the thin ribbon and sentiment draw your attention to the flower bouquet.

 I chose to color the Coast Rhododendron as close to real life as possible so I chose this mix of red Copic markers: R00, R20, R21, R22, R24, R27 and R89.  For the leaves I used G21, G24 and G28.

That lovely image is from  a Gina K Designs stamp set illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger, called Stately Flowers 4.  Melanie has started a series of sets that showcase each state's flower!  Not only that but she has a super cute set with travel themed sentiments on it that is simply a perfect match to these sets---I love them!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I have a few more cards showcasing this lovely set coming right up!  :)
Janice :)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Busy Bag Toddler Swap: Activities Received!

Well, we swapped bags yesterday afternoon and now I have 22 on the go activities to pull out whenever I need to!  Sweet!  Many thanks go out to Tiffany Bonow for being crazy enough to organize this LARGE group swap!

Here are my activities and all their glory:

My box FULL of activities!

Playdough Mats

Mini Felt Board

Fruit Loop Sorting

Gel in a Bag

Button Felt Lacing

Pipe Cleaners in a Can

 Shape Matching

Magnetic Felt Fishing

Pool Noodle Lacing

I Spy Bottle

Birds and Worms

Cloud Matching

Pom Pom Sorting

Cheerio Stack Up

Rainbow Noodle Lacing

Felt Memory Game

Pom Pom Can

Popsicle Stick Puzzle

Salt/Pepper Shaker "Spaghetti"

Sand Paper and Yarn


 I couldn't help but include a pic of my sweetie pie four year old doing the Cheerio Stack Up!

My little guy enjoyed playing with some of these this morning while my oldest and I did home school!  Woo hoo!

Thanks for stopping by!
Janice :)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Busy Bag Toddler Swap

Hi, everyone! Today I'm blogging about this  Busy Bag Toddler Swap that I joined a few weeks ago.  What is a Busy Bag Toddler Swap you might ask?  Well, basically it is a group of mommies who get together and make "baggable" toddler activities to trade with other mommies with the end result being having a set of ready made/ ready to go activities for little ones (ages 2-4 for our group) to keep them busy during doctor's visits, car rides, airports/plane rides or really, anytime you need them busy so you can do something else.  Whoever thought up of this idea is a genius!  

SO, the group I joined had 23 mommas.  On the one hand, that was exciting because that meant that I would received 23 different toddler activities for my little ones.  On the other hand, I've since realized, that that is WAY too many activities to make!  ESPECIALLY, if the project you chose to make involves cutting, glueing, possibly sewing, felt and fabric.  Also, doubly hard if you volunteer to make two projects because you were so excited.  Mercy.

Well, I started off wanting to do a Felt Memory game using scraps of fabric (don't know what I was thinking since all my fabric is in Portugal!).  I asked a friend if I could go through her fabric stash but the timing wasn't right, so I ended up going to Joann's with the idea of buying a yard of fabric with a quilt pattern on it, therefore solving my problem of needing squares of multiple kinds of patterned fabric.  I lucked out and found exactly what I was looking for.  I would insert a pic of said fabric but cut it up before I had the thought to blog about it!  Oh, well.  Such a bad blogger I am.  ;)

Anyway, so remember there were 23 ladies in my group.  And I chose to do an activity with 12 felt squares and 12 fabric squares.  What. Was. I. Thinking.  Seriously, I cut out 276 felt squares and even more fabric squares.  

I had this silly idea of sewing these pieces together.

I get started without looking at my settings and it starts zigzagging on me, which is super cute but not time-saving conducive.  I decide to do half that way (so they can still play the game and not have too many clues  as to where the match is) and the other half with a regular straight stitch.

 Of course, that was taking WAY too long so I decided to go with puffy paint instead.

Still took a long time but definitely quicker than sewing each and every one of those 276 squares!

 SO, the other project I volunteered for was a Popsicle Stick Puzzle.  It was an "easier" project so I didn't think it would be too much to do.  I had hoped on getting three puzzles done per person but with so many people to get one made for that would have been crazy, being that each puzzle is eight popsicle sticks times 23!  Sooooooo, these mommas are just getting one!

I remembered Michael's having these one dollar perfectly, sized calendars.  12 pics for a dollar that would work perfectly for this project? Yes!

Here are a couple pics of the finish product.  

After taping the 8 sticks together on the back, I used Mod Podge to adhere the picture to the front of them.  After that, applied a coat of MP to the front of the picture, let it dry, took the tape off the back (used that to keep the sticks together during the picture gluing process) and then (with a kraft knife) cut  inbetween the popsicle sticks to create the puzzle.  Numbered them from 1 to 8 and voila!

SO, will I be doing this again any time soon? No.  Would I do it again, yes, but only for a group no bigger than 10.  :)

I'll post again with pics of the other activities I'll be getting today! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Casserole Carrier

Hi, everyone!  I am FINALLY getting back to my regularly scheduled posts!  Well, sort of.  ;)  I'll post an update on personal stuff soon HERE or you can click on my Personal Blog link at the top of this page.  :)

Sooooooo, with all the moving about my crafting has been put on the back burner with a few exceptions!  I really can't go very long without doing something crafty.  I saw this pattern at Joann's a few months back and I finally was able to get at it after borrowing a friend's sewing machine.  Thanks Genny!!!  :)
Isn't it beautiful?  :)  We do a lot of hosting so I couldn't help but take up the challenge to create such a cute casserole carrier!  It is made with InsulBrite (an insulated lining that is used inside pot holders and such) Now, I must admit my sewing skills are NOT what I want them to be so my finished product looks a wee bit shabby...but it is what it is and I at least got it done!  :)  Plus, those corners were tough!

They were having a sale on their fat quarters so I chose a medley of coral and reddish hues for my fabrics.  I will say that I read the pattern wrong and the fabric I wanted to show on the outside (the fun patterned one) had to be on the inside instead because I didn't have enough of it.  Boo.  BUT again, it's all good.  It's cute enough.  ;)

Here it is as it would look when holding a casserole.

Here with the handle flaps open, showing the utensil holder on one of the side flaps.

 And here all the way open with a 9x13inch casserole dish inside.

 So, there you have it!  I have one more sewing project in the works that I hope to get started on soon!  

Here is a sneak peek of the fabrics I will be using.  Fun times!

 Thanks so much for stopping by!