Saturday, May 16, 2015

Parker's Three Month Photo

Little bit late in taking and posting these, but 3(ish) month photos!

Parker's Three Month Photo | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Parker's Three Month Photo | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Friday, May 8, 2015

Parker at 3 Months Old

Picture of the two of them for Parker's "Me and my big sister" frame:
Parker at 3 Months Old | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Ha ha - those expressions!
Parker at 3 Months Old | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

How the pacifier landed when he fell asleep:
Parker at 3 Months Old | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Being chatty (i.e., cooing) during Evie's swim lesson:
Parker at 3 Months Old | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

First day at daycare. He fell asleep in his car seat when I was dropping him off:
Parker at 3 Months Old | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Took this from a video that I shot of Greg pretending to cry, and then Parker being a sympathetic crier:
Parker at 3 Months Old | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

  • Night after we had a big BBQ (4/18) at our house - Parker fell asleep around 9:30 and slept until 6:00. !. The only reason he was up was because I woke him up to nurse so that I could go pump. He did it again the next night.
  • Getting better at chillin' by himself in the bouncer for longer periods of time (such as when I'm pumping for 20 minutes). Also kicks a lot in the bouncer now.
  • Is intrigued by, but doesn't quite "get" peek-a-boo. I'm waiting for the (short) phase where he's genuinely surprised when we emerge from behind our hands, and this time, we're going to take a video of it, because it's hilarious.
  • Got his first real bath on 4/22, after it looked like his belly button finally healed.
  • Seems to spit up less than Evie, but drools more than her.
  • Appears to be a sympathetic crier, which I recall Evie being. One afternoon when Greg was working from home, Greg started to pretend cry next to Parker, and he started making serious boo-hoo faces before crying. It was funny and I took some video. Heh.
  • Talks (coos) a lot when he's in a good mood.
  • He is so entertained when laying on his diaper changing station. I'm guessing it's the message board on the wall above it with Mickey, Minnie, and some of Evie's artwork.
  • Is sleeping less in the car now. Maybe because he's getting older, maybe also partly because we took the extra newborn cushion out.
  • I'm back at work this month. I'm going to miss him during the day.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Ten Years Geometric Heart Layout with Dip-Dyed Ombre Tags

For my Whisker Graphics project this month, I dip-dyed the large white tags with three different colors of liquid Rit dye (aquarmarine, fuschia, and violet) to end up with ombre tags, which I then cut into triangles and pieced together a geometric heart. The geometric heart is on a layout documenting our ten year anniversary, which was a couple of months ago. We didn't actually take any pictures of us on the day of, so for the layout, I used photo booth pictures that we recently took at an event.

Ten Years Geometric Heart Layout with Dip-Dyed Ombre Tags | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Ten Years Geometric Heart Layout with Dip-Dyed Ombre Tags | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Ten Years Geometric Heart Layout with Dip-Dyed Ombre Tags | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Ten Years Geometric Heart Layout with Dip-Dyed Ombre Tags | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Ten Years Geometric Heart Layout with Dip-Dyed Ombre Tags | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Dip-dying is an easy technique, but a bit of a time investment since you have to wait for the tags to dry a bit between dips (doesn't have to be completely dry, just not super wet). I think the end result is worth it though, especially after seeing the finished layout and how great the ombre tags look against the dark gray cardstock, along with the white and black accent colors.

In addition to the dip-dyed ombre tags that make up the geometric heart, I used my Silhouette Cameo and the Meddon font from Google Web Fonts to cut out the hook from the Plain White T's song 1, 2, 3, 4 (the part that goes "There's only one thing to do three words for you I love you," which I really like and have used in the past on this business card mini book). The lyrics were cut from the same color of gray cardstock so there'd be texture in the background, but wouldn't detract from the heart. I also cut the lyrics in such a way that I have the negative part that can be used on a different layout. The "ten years" title is also cut with the same font, just bigger.

On either side of the photo booth photos are die cut slides from the April Pinkfresh Studio kit, stamped with the sentiment stamps from the kit for the background, and the Friends stamp set from Daisy Bucket designs for the focal point.

Side note: I would leave my dye supplies out during the day and just quickly dip the tags when I walked by every hour or two. I did, however, put the supplies out of sight after Evie came home, because I had scary visions in my head of her mistaking the liquid Rit dye for food coloring and drinking it (shudder).

INSTRUCTIONS:

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(from left to right, top to bottom)
1-2. I experimented with how much liquid Rit dye to add to water. I dipped some scrap cardstock each time I added Rit dye. I decided to add 160 drops of dye to 2 cups of water.
3-4. Fuschia and violet dying in progress.
5. End result of the dip dying
6. Cut the dip-dyed tags into squares, then triangles.

Ten Years Geometric Heart Layout with Dip-Dyed Ombre Tags | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

(from left to right, top to bottom)
7. Piece triangles into heart shape.
8. Using Silhouette, cut script lettering for background and adhere to layout around heart.
9. The leftover negative of the Silhouette cut out, to be used on another layout.


SUPPLIES:

Paper: Bazzill Basics Paper (white, gray, and black cardstock); Whisker Graphics large white tags
Embellishments: Basic Grey alphabet stickers
Stamps: Pinkfresh Studio; Daisy Bucket Designs Friends stamp set
Tools: Pinkfresh Studio slide die; Silhouette Cameo
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink in Weathered Wood; Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Other: Rit dye in aquarmarine, fuschia, and violet; Meddon font from Google Web Fonts

Thursday, April 30, 2015

White on Kraft Congrats Card

Sometimes when I flip through the Paper Source catalog, I see products that inspire cards. I can't find what I originally saw on the Paper Source site anymore, but it was basically a white on kraft design.

White on Kraft Congrats Card | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
White on Kraft Congrats Card | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

The card is super simple, just white embossing on kraft cardstock. The result pops, although I'd forgotten to use the powder tool on the cardstock, so the white embossing could've been cleaner.

SUPPLIES:

Paper: Paper Source paper bag cover stock
Stamps: Papertrey Ink In Bloom, Congrats All Ways
Tools: White embossing powder from Jo-Ann
Ink: Tsukineko Versamark clear pigment ink

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Do you got embossing powder?

I got a stamp set in the mail the other week, and was letting Evie look at it when she asked me, "Do you got embossing powder?" I thought it was amusing enough to share with Greg that she asked me about such a specific crafting product (this was over IM):

Me: She just asked me if I have embossing powder. Heh. She's looking at a stamp set.
Greg: No way. How many 3-year-olds know what embossing powder is? Sigh. Poor Evie.
Me: Why poor Evie? I think it's from the craft videos.
Greg: Ha. Yeah, I know, I'm just kidding about poor Evie, mostly like saying she's being corrupted. Although if she did like crafting, what a good environment to do it. She could be a crafting prodigy!
Me: Heh. That's not a thing.
Greg: Not until now. She's gonna make Tim Holtz look like a chump. In a world of Crop-a-Diles, she'll be a Crop-a-T-Rex.

Ha! Crop-a-T-Rex. I think she picked up embossing powder from watching Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner craft videos. She's watched their videos so often that I now just ask her, "Jennifer or Kristina?"

Unrelated to Evie crafting, but here she is playing in between the door and the security door (because she wanted to), making faces at the camera, which she likes to do as of late rather than giving a nice smile:

Do you got embossing powder? | shirley shirley bo birley Blog