Sunday, August 18, 2013

Look Who's Here!

I have a mountain of owls that I made for centerpieces for our adoption fundraiser in June, so I decided that one of these cute little owls would be perfect for a new baby card.  I am obviously a big fan of owls, so I have many different stamp sentiments that work very well!  

I've entered this card in Pinspired Challenge #15.  I was inspired by the mint green color in the background of the photo, as well as by the birds.  This color green isn't one that I'm immediately drawn to, but I like it along with gray and I think it is a great contrast to the bright pink owl.

For supplies, I used the 'Hoot N Holler' Cricut cartridge for the owl.  I used a Stampabilities stamp (Polka Dot Background) in versa mark ink over the mint green, Lawn Fawn's Chevron Background in the gray stripe at the top, and the  'Look who's here!' sentiment from Hamptson Art (Who Loves You).   

Thanks for stopping by and many blessings to our friends as they welcome their baby girl Lily to their family!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Family is Where Our Story Begins

While visiting my mom last week, my sister Rachel and I decided that we needed a little project to work on. Of course, we were originally inspired to work on this project by our so called 'non-crafty' sister Dana!  She first made a birthday board for our family about a year ago.  It's truly wonderful and inspired Rach and I to do the same. 

After about four visits to Hobby Lobby, a lot of modge podge, bottle caps and patience; my birthday board is complete!

To start this project, I painted a plain wood plaque dark brown and sealed it with some modge podge.  I then covered some cardboard letters with teal scrapbook paper.  If your paper isn't exactly smooth around the edges of chipboard letters, use a nail file to sand down the edges.  I used modge podge again to seal the letters, but also to glue them to the plaque.

 In order to attach the bottle caps to the board, I screwed the pins in evenly across the board.  

Using a nail, I nailed holes in each bottle cap.  Then I add jump rings in between each bottle cap.  This was definitely the hardest part of the whole project!  I used needle nose pliers, my fingernails, anything in order to get those jump rings attached to those bottle caps.  It was worth it when I finished, but it was some work! :)

Now for the last part, I used some of my favorite scrapbooking paper and color combinations to cut circles out to cover each bottle cap.  For the months, I used some chevron paper and black letter stickers with the initial of each month.  Then, in order for them to stand out even more, I added glossy accents overtop of the paper to make it shine.  

For the dates of each birthday, I used a Hero Arts stamp set to stamp each one individually.  After stamping them, I used modge podge again to seal the paper.

Then, to set the wedding anniversaries apart from the birthdays, I painted some wooden hearts a reddish color and stamped the dates on each heart.  Of course, again, I used modge podge to seal the paint. 

Lastly, I wrote the names of family members on the back of their birthday or anniversary and covered it with modge podge again.

 Now my husband and I can easily remember all of our family member's birthdays and anniversaries and look forward to adding more and more bottle caps as our family grows. To be sure that I will be ready to add more dates as more family members are added, I made sure that I have extra supplies and extra circles cut out of matching scrapbook paper!  Hopefully, we'll be adding more bottle caps before we know it. :)