Friday, August 23, 2013

Locks of Love (Before & After)

My beautiful platinum haired little 9 year old girl decided that she wanted a hair cut.  In fact she wanted a very short hair cut - like a boy.   Well, I wasn't ready for her to get a buzz cut but was willing to give her the short style that is easier for her to manage.  


We cut a bit more than the mandatory 10 inches to be able to donate to Locks of Love.  
I also didn't have time to go to a salon.  Mommy was the hair dresser.  We've just been so crazy busy between work, soccer, dealing with sick family, and more.  If my little girl wants it shorter, I'll head to the hair dresser then. 

And a winning result.  She loves it.  She was tossing her hair about and staring in the mirror for the longest time.  I'm glad she's happy with the cut.   Can't wait to hear the stories about her friends freaking out. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

I Won - Soccer Tournament Logo Contest

Both of my kids play soccer.  When one of the local tournaments offered up a logo contest, I entered on behalf of my daughter.   Here's the winning logo!   Whoohoo... the team gets free entry into that tournament and my daughter gets a shopping spree at the local soccer store.  Awesome!  And well, I get bragging rights :-)

And if your child plays soccer, this is an awesome tournament - SoccerElite.  It's run by our local soccer club that does a fantastic job and played at Mike Rose Soccer Complex just East of Memphis.   

Friday, August 16, 2013

A Shady Situation

Don't you just love these fantastic shaped wafer thin dies.   I know I do.   I really enjoy the nesting shapes too, but there are times when I want a smaller shadow or reveal than the different sized nesting shapes offer.   Well, that's when it's time to get creative.   Here's a technique that works with a lot of these beautiful shapes.  Give it a try.

Pick a die that has scallops or points

Cut your foreground layer.  I used this fish patterned paper from K&Company.

Cut a second shape out of what you'll use for a shadow layer.  I used some Stampin' Up Dusty Durango cardstock to go with some of the burnt orange accents in the fish print.

Now you'll have to shapes the same size. 

Take the background layer and cut at the indented scalloped areas.   If you're using one with points, cut in at the points.  Note that you may have to round off or trim a bit of extra as you go along. 

Mount the shadow layer pieces to the top layer with just the amount of reveal/shadow contrast that you want.  

Here's what the back of the piece looks like.  Notice that I wasn't too tidy on my cuts.  You won't see that anyway. 

Mount your assembled shape with shadow layer to your project. 

Finish off your project.  I added the Mermaid from Bombshell's Mermaid Anchor set.  And nothing is done without a few accent touches.  The mermaid has some blue rhinestones as a necklace, the shape I just cut out has some actual fishing line wrapped around it and two fish dangling from it.  The fish are cut out of the patterned paper and covered with glossy accents.   Oh and plenty of pop dots are used to mount all of this.

Here's a view from the side.  You can see the fish a bit better.

A close up.   The mermaid is colored with Copic markers and most items are shaded with dye ink.

And the inside of the card - also shaded and an escaped fish. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Teacher Crush

For many of our kids it's back to school time.  Mine started last week and I know many other schools are starting up right about now.   So in honor of those backpacks being schlepped back to school, those pencils being sharpened, and the anxiety of new teachers, new classmates, and a new adventure, here's a throwback to those all too infamous teacher crushes.  I know this hottie of a teacher would have the class' attention.

Featuring the Bombshell Angel from Bombshell Stamps sporting some clothes made using the Bombshell Clothing Die Cut Collection.

Stamps: Bombshell Angel (Bombshell Stamps)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento), Whisper White Craft Ink (Stampin' Up); Distress Ink (Ranger)
Coloring:  alcohol markers (Copic); glitter markers (Spica)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red (Stampin' Up); Silver shimmer (Canson); white (Hammermill)
Printed Paper: Everyday Flair (MME); jean print (Paper Studio)
Tools: ecutter (KNK Zing), cutting software (Make the Cut), Bombshell Clothing Die Cut Collection (Bombshell Stamps); corner rounder; dimensional adhesive
Accessories: white embossing powder (Ranger)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Banner Dragster

This is for the August Bombshell Sketch challenge.   I turned the sketch side ways and here's what I came up with. 

Here's a close up so you can see some of the dry embossed texture. 

And the inside of the card...  it's clean with a touch of embossing on one side. I roll the embossing folder into my Big Shot for a smidge and roll it back out. Kinda looks like tire tracks. 

Stamps: Bombshell Speedshop (Bombshell Stamps)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Coloring: markers (Copic)
Printed Paper: Miss Caroline (My Mind's Eye)
Cardstock: white (Neenah); Riding Hood Red, Basic Gray, Naturals White (Stampin' Up)
Tools: embossing folders (Letterpress)
Accessories: baker's twine (Stampin' Up); seam binding (Stampin' Up); nail head stickers (JoAnn's); mini stapler (Tim Holtz)

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