Thursday, January 31, 2013

Dashing By...

I'm squeezing in one last project this month, a cute card for Trendy Twine featuring one of my favorite twists, Watermelon Taffy <~~~ pssttt go buy your spool here!
I did a pnc for the background using my Cameo, I also added a top layer to the tree and coated it with distress stickles in picket fence (one of my favorites) and then cut out the adorable little sledding girl from the Letting Delights set Eskimo Pie as another PNC and pop dotted it.

 I cut out her mittens & the dogs scarf so that I could layer them over the Trendy Twine. Lastly I scribbled some glue on the bottom of the card and sprinkled on some glitter for snow. 

Thanks so much for looking, be sure to check the Trendy Twine blog again tomorrow as a new challenge for Feb. and new DT projects will be listed! I can't wait to see what the ladies came up with! 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Pretty in Pink Blog Hop with Trendy Twine

Welcome to my stop on the Pretty in Pink Blog Hop!!! Are you loving the new Pink Licorice & Pink Midnight twines? The design team has made some adorable projects for you to see & of course there is some blog candy!

Trendy Twine -
Candi - <~~~ YOU ARE HERE

As those of you who follow me know I've been bitten by a wood working bug, so of course I had to combine two of my favorite things into a project. I did a string (or should I say twine) art project for Valentine's Day decor.
You can skip making your own plaque and just buy one from the craft store but since I now own the tools I wanted to save money and make my own. I started with an inexpensive piece of pine which I trimmed square with my miter saw. Then I added a decorative edge with my router & table
To line up the nails for my heart I simply used the rhinestone feature in Silhouette Studio DE, I sized a heart and then turned the edge into a rhinestone template. I printed this off and stuck it with double sided tape to my painted wood. Then it was as simple as nailing in the nails. 
Don't laugh at my mini hammer, full sized ones can be so hard to control and this little guy is perfect, no more smashed fingers or missed nails, you can find it on Amazon right here for less then $7: perfect little hammer In order to keep the nails close to even in height I first nailed every other hole, then when putting the nail in the middle the hammer head leveled them all out
Then it was just a matter of wrapping my twine around the nails, I had no rhyme or reason with this.. I like things to be symetrical so I went with this look (though it does look a bit like a spider web, my daughter suggested I add a pink glitter love spider LOL) You can try different ways of wrapping to see what you like best. 
Lastly I decided to add some pink stickles to the heads of the nails, rhinestones would have also been really cute. 

I can't decide which of the two new releases I like better, since you probably can't either go ahead and get both <wink>. We have then on special for this weekend only. 
The full spool set is on sale for $16.50 right here: Pink Licorice & Pink Midnight Spools 
The minis are on special for $3.95 for the set right here: Pink Licorice & Pink Midnight Minis
Want to be entered to win one of three prizes? To be entered for the blog candy, make sure you follow the TT blog, comment on each blog in the hop, and like the Trendy Twine Facebook Page.

You must do all three to be eligible. Deadline to enter is 10:00 pm CST, Monday, Jan 28th. Winners will be chosen by

Thanks so much for looking, next stop on the hop is with Dawn

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Power Tools & Squid

Hi Everyone!

Wow it's been way too long! Those of you who follow me on facebook know that I've been a bit all consumed with woodworking stuff lately (mostly buying books, tools, and watching youtube videos... but I have made a few little things as I get a feel for my new tools). I'll be posting better photos/videos/info in the future but wanted to give you a sneak peak for now. When I named my blog Chaos -n- Crafts I wasn't kidding about the Chaos portion, and my woodworking area (in the unfinished side of our basement storage area) is also deserving of the name.
The main star of the show is the workbench, which I'm proud to say I built all by myself. It's from a 2x4 basics kit, they give you the screws and the plastic legs & supports and you build the rest by cutting down 2x4's and then shelves/table top. It was my first experience using my new miter saw and WOW, not even kidding when I say that using power tools can give you a huge rush! I call my miter saw Chomp since he cuts through wood like butter (and he's green). 
Of course my favorite tool so far is my scroll saw (sorry no close up of it, but it's a Dewalt 788 if anyone is interested and I <3 it), I can't wait to really get good at using it.. the things people make with them are amazing. Think paper crafting but with wood. I'm actually planning to use many of my Cameo files but to cut them out of wood using the scroll saw! I also bought a small router & router table. Basically this photo shows what I've done so far. 
You take a plain piece of wood and you can add decorative edges, like the crazy over priced plaques you can buy at the craft store, now I can make them myself in any shape and with lots of different edges. That piece there you will see again if you check out the Trendy Twine blog hop this Saturday <wink> 
This tool is called a Kreg Jig, I keep cracking myself up because I keep singing how much I love Kreg, because Kreg can build anything (my husband's name is Craig, and he has NO interest in building anything). Basically it helps you line up something called a pocket hole, which is a super fast & easy way to attach wood together. I used it to make a little pasta organizer some of you saw on facebook. I can't wait to really use it to build something BIG :) My next purchase is going to be a table saw, I'm terrified of them (I like my fingers) but know that having one would really make building things easier... and hopefully I have an accessory that I plan to use with one that would make it MUCH safer, more on that soon too! Any of you who work with wood or have a husband/father/someone who does will want one too! 

Lastly, how about a card? Along with playing with  my new tools it was my husband's birthday this past weekend. A squid might seem like a strange subject for a b'day card for my husband but one of the only things he's ever purchased on his own for the house was a print of a kraken overtaking a ship... so it seemed fitting. 
The squid is from letting delights, the background is a digital paper from Echo Park I believe. The balloon was pressed into an embossing pad and heat embossed with clear embossing powder to give it a bit of latex look and of course my balloon string is made of Trendy Twine in one of my favorite new colors Orangesicle (which I can see using a ton of this summer, it's a super vibrant & fun twist). 
I did a PNC for his eyes so I wouldn't have to deal with the tiny little circles, and I coated them with some glossy accents. I also used distress inks to shade my cuts to give them some life. The squid is of course on a homemade action wobble so he can shake. 
I also opted to do a PNC for the inside of my card as well (the little crab represents me of course LOL)

Hope you've enjoyed the peak into my new woodworking obsession & my squidilicious card :) 

Be sure to check back on Saturday for my post as part of the Trendy Twine Pretty in Pink blog hop to see what I did with my homemade wooden plaque. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year - a toast!

Hi Everyone! Did you have a nice New Year's Eve? Our little tradition is to have baby back ribs & stay home (well that's been the tradition since we had kids at least LOL we won't discuss the goings on of my 20's, mainly because there was too much champagne involved and the details are a bit fuzzy <wink>)

I created a quick card mock up last night to post on facebook:
Get it, toasting a new year... hehehe yeah I crack myself up

This morning I had to take my idea and make it into an actual card to share. As you'll see I changed the background (after going crazy last night to find a simple but cute confetti background it occurred to me that I should check the Silhouette store and sure enough there was what I needed. I also had to incorporate some of my favorite Trendy Twine (I used midnight) and some sparkle in the form of of a glitter paper ball dropping :) The toaster is a Hero Arts image from Silhouette, by releasing the compound path I was able to add a bit of color to it and I used the often forgotten shear options in Studio to get the 2013 lined up just right on the piece of toast. 

Those of you who follow the Trendy Twine blog might have seen that the new design team was announced, and you'll likely wonder what the heck my name was still doing on there since I just told you a week ago I had resigned. Well when it came time for me to say goodbye, I didn't want to. Lesley and the other ladies were kind enough to allow me to stay on in a modified role. I'll be helping some "behind the scenes" and while I won't be participating in all of the group or monthly posts you'll probably still see a few projects here and there from me <wink> I'm honored they valued my sassy sense of humor to keep me around as comic relief LOL 

Speaking of Trendy Twine, they have a little contest going today so head over to the blog to see some other New Year's cards and enter! Trendy Twine New Years!

Wishing you all the very best this coming year!