Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Colored Block Twine Name Banner

In the past year or so, Evelyn's gotten pretty good at writing her own name, and so her name is prominently written on many pieces of artwork that she creates, because it seems that kids like to see their names on things.

For my Whisker Graphics project this month, I made a name banner for Evelyn using the We R Memory Keepers alphabet punch and a few colors of solid Divine Twine.

Colored Block Twine Name Banner | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Colored Block Twine Name Banner | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Gather choice of twine colors. I chose shades of blue. I picked kraft colored cardstock for the letters, and cut those down to 3' x 5' in order to use the alphabet punch.
  2. Punch out letters.
  3. Wrap selected sections of letters with chosen twine colors.
  4. Punch holes along the top of the letter and add twine to string the letters.

I left it for Evelyn on her craft space and after she saw it, she wanted to hang it up in her room, so I call that a successful project!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Operation Write Home Cards

A couple of years ago, I hosted a cardmaking session as part of an office women's networking event. I designed and made four different card options, and one of my co-workers from a different group very nicely came over the Saturday before the event to help prep, which involved cutting, stamping, and embossing to make kits for each card.

As part of the event, the cards that were made were sent to Operation Write Home (this was when they were still taking card donations). I left the sentiment blank for each card kit so that people could stamp their own following the Operation Write Home guidelines.

Operation Write Home Cards | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Operation Write Home Cards | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Operation Write Home Cards | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Operation Write Home Cards | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

AZ Love String Art

For my Whisker Graphics project this month, I used a Bucilla String Creations Square Stitch Blank to make a piece with some local love:

AZ Love String Art | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

I painted the square stitch blank with acrylic paint first, then used my Silhouette to design and cut an acrylic shape of Arizona. Every time I use my Silhouette to cut vinyl (it's only been a few times so far), I'm like, Oooooh, why haven't I used this more?!

After applying the vinyl shape, I stitched a simple border with Rose Gold Metallic Divine Twine (it was closest color to copper, and Arizona is the Copper State, after all).

See this project, including process photos, on the Whisker Graphics blog here: Love = String Art

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Family Drawing

A year ago today, Evie drew this family picture.

Family Drawing | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

The plus side of technology these days is that I can digitally immortalize gems such as this.

At the age that Evie drew this (four years old), I felt that this was a pretty good picture because she drew all four us (plus my dad too, I think), including baby Parker. Do you see him down on the bottom right? Look how tiny she drew him! Because he's a baby! I'm all heart eyes over here.

I know I can't keep every piece of art she creates, and I wouldn't want to, because honestly, some of it just isn't that good, but this was a keeper for us!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Pretty Postal Floral Swap 2016 - Received

I participated in the Pretty Postal Swap last month and finally opened up the mail I received over the weekend. I was waiting for some down time when the lighting in our front room was still good for taking pictures. The theme of the swap was floral.

Envelope front:
Pretty Postal Floral Swap 2016 - Received | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Envelope back:
Pretty Postal Floral Swap 2016 - Received | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

From Andrea:
Pretty Postal Floral Swap 2016 - Received | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

From Steph:
Pretty Postal Floral Swap 2016 - Received | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

From Ceara:
Pretty Postal Floral Swap 2016 - Received | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

From Jessica:
Pretty Postal Floral Swap 2016 - Received | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

I opened the mail during Parker's nap, but Evie no longer takes naps, so she eagerly helped me open the mail. Since I was taking pictures of the mail, she also asked for a picture of her with a piece of mail:

Pretty Postal Floral Swap 2016 - Received | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

I was actually a week behind in getting my mail out, but hopefully my swap partners didn't mind too much, because I thought my floral-theme mail was pretty good (not that I'm biased or anything, ha). I think I could have gotten them out earlier (or maybe even on time) if I hadn't come down with a cold the weekend that I got back from Taiwan.

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