Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Twine and Bitty Bag Bookmarks

I went on a quick overnight business trip last month, on which I brought a book to read on the flight there and back (this one: A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II), seeing as how that's the only time I really make an effort to read. I could say "only time I get to read," but that'd be an embellishment because I make time for other things I find more important, like crafting. Ha.

I didn't finish the book on the trip, but made good headway and continued to read after I got back. I realized as I was searching for a bookmark in my nightstand that I couldn't find anything suitable (scrap of paper, even?!), so I decided to make some bookmarks:

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They turned out well - colorful and cute with the tassels! Evie saw me making them and asked if she could have one (I love that she likes crafting right now, because she may not always). I think she chose pink, but seeing as how she's pretty fickle at this age, she may change her mind!

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Die cut bookmark shapes from kraft Middy Bitty Bags and white cardstock. Adhere kraft bookmark shape over white cardstock for extra support.
2. Using Silhouette, cut floral silhouette and feather shapes from white cardstock. Watercolor shapes.
3. Adhere watercolored shapes to bookmark.
4. Attach eyelet to top of bookmark with Crop-a-Dile
5. To make the tassel, I used a small acrylic block about 2.5 to 3 inches tall and wrapped about 6 feet of twine around, then pulled the bundle of wound twine off. I then cut a 10-inch piece of twine for the tassel string, folded in half, and tied to one end of the wrapped twine bundle. I then wound another piece of twine ~10 times around the bundle about half an inch down from the top of the tassel, and used a needle to help me tie off the end.
6. Using scissors, cut the looped ends of the tassel.
7. Attach to bookmarks using eyelets.

SUPPLIES:

Paper: Whisker Graphics (Horizontal Striped and Chevron Kraft Middy Bitty Bags); Bazzill Basics Marshmallow cardstock
Embellishments: Divine Twine (Deep Denim Diva Stripe Twine; Lemonwood Diva Stripe Twine; Bluebonnet Diva Stripe Twine; Violet Diva Stripe Twine; Palos Verdes Diva Stripe Twine; Palos Verdes Diva Solid Twine; Orange Divine Twine; Peach Divine Twine; Green Apple Divine Twine; Deep Pink Solid Divine Twine; Cotton Candy Divine Twine; Raspberry Divine Twine)
Tools: Silhouette Cameo (floral silhouette and feather shapes); Papertrey Ink metal die; We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile and eyelets
Ink: watercolors (I actually used Evelyn's watercolors that Greg got for her birthday after she was asleep. Heh.)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Parker's Fourth Month Photo

I was actually very prompt in taking Parker's four month photo earlier this month. The weekend after he was four months, I took the photos. And they were good ones - I got a series of him rolling over from back to front. What I wasn't so good at was blogging them timely. And then earlier today, while I went to take care of laundry, I left my phone unattended with Evelyn, who proceeded to type in the wrong password 10 times in a row. The end result of that was my phone resetting, including wiping all the pictures I'd taken since middle of May (i.e., basically any and all photos I'd taken that I would have typically used for blogging). It could've been worse. I could've had photos back a year or something. But I was still upset.

I re-took four month photos of Parker. Not the same given that it's now two weeks late, but better than nothing.

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

Friday, June 5, 2015

Retro Sketches 166 Pinkfresh Studio Happy Day Card

Craft time is a bit harder to come by lately, but that's all right - I'll take what I can get. In the interest of convenience and time, I'm trying out using my Note 4 to take card photos for blogging, rather than the DSLR . . I tell myself the saying that goes, "Done is better than perfect."

I pulled together a quick card for this week's retro sketch:

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Retro Sketches 166 Pinkfresh Studio Happy Day Card | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Retro Sketches 166 Pinkfresh Studio Happy Day Card | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

The diamond stamp from the May Pinkfresh Studio embellishment kit was used to stamp a background on the white cardstock. It was looking a little sparse, so I went in and added little hearts from the February Pinkfresh Studio embellishment kit stamp in between the diamonds. I'm a fan of doing little clusters/layers of embellishments, so that's what I stuck with for the main focal point.

I'm thinking this could be a birthday card - we've had several birthday party invites lately and I find myself actually using the cards I make! Yay!


SUPPLIES:

Paper: Paper Source cover stock in Paper Bag; Staples 8.5 x 11 white cardstock; My Mind's Eye blue patterned paper; Bazzill Basics blue solid cardstock
Embellishments: Pinkfresh Studio (glitter washi tape, tags, puffy sticker, square sequin); Eyelet Outlet enamel dot
Stamps: Pinkfresh Studio (diamond, heart, sentiment)
Tools: Pinkfresh Studio (heart pennant die)
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink in Broken China and Old Paper, Tsukineko Memento dye ink in Tuxedo Black

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Solid Twine Monogram Art

I recently stocked up on multiple colors of solid Divine Twine, and Greg inquired as to the need for so much twine, to which I say, Shhhhhh.

I previously made solid-colored numbers for monthly baby photo onesie badges (which, might I say, I think turned out super cute in Parker's monthly photos).

For my Whisker Graphics project this month, I made monogrammed solid twine art - super easy to make and add a little something personalized to the kids' rooms.

The "E" for Evelyn:

Solid Twine Monogram Art | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Solid Twine Monogram Art | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Solid Twine Monogram Art | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Solid Twine Monogram Art | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Solid Twine Monogram Art | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

The "P" for Parker:

Solid Twine Monogram Art | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Solid Twine Monogram Art | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Solid Twine Monogram Art | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Solid Twine Monogram Art | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Solid Twine Monogram Art | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Design and cut the monogram letter using the Silhouette Cameo on an 8.5 x 11 piece of white cardstock.
2. Trace the letter onto another piece of 8.5 x 11 white cardstock
3. Cover traced letter with double-sided adhesive. I used Scrappy Tape.
4. Add twine to the double-sided adhesive. I switched up the rows of colors to be different heights
5. Cover the twine with the cut-out monogram. I also cut "evelyn" and "parker" with the Silhouette to add underneath each twine letter.
6. Insert into an 8.5 x 11 frame. I used a basic black frame from Ikea.

SUPPLIES:

Paper: 8.5x11 white cardstock
Embellishments: Solid Divine Twine in gray, navy, deep pink, and blue
Tools: Silhouette Cameo
Other: 1/2" Scrappy Tape

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Love this Moment Layout

It was back to work for me a couple weeks ago and I forgot or didn't realize how tired I'd be at the end of the night - between pumping, bottle washing, and bagging/freezing milk - that blogging (especially about crafting) hasn't been the highest priority. Being able to nurse is a great thing and I'm glad I'm able to do it without any significant challenges, but it also feels like a ball and chain sometimes.

I did this layout of pictures of Evie from our photo shoot last October while I was still on maternity leave. The letterpress 12x12 paper is one I've had for a while. From maybe . . . 2007 or 2008ish? I think it is by Autumn Leaves. The rest of the supplies are mostly all Pinkfresh Studio.

Love this Moment Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Love this Moment Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Love this Moment Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Love this Moment Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Love this Moment Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Love this Moment Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

I used Walnut Gold Glimmer Mist to watercolor a strip down the left side. The "love" words were die cut from pink watercolored cardstock, vellum, and gold acrylic painted cardstock. I also used gold acrylic paint around the edges of the watercolor print card. The "this moment" phrase was dabbed onto the layout with the ink blending tool and Distress Ink over a stencil. I was actually pleasantly surprised at how crisp the image turned out and also wondered to myself why I hadn't tried it sooner (answer: I was afraid it wouldn't turn out well).

SUPPLIES:

Paper: Autumn Leaves
Embellishments: Pinkfresh Studio
Tools: Cuttlebug; Zig markers
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Walnut Gold
Other: mt washi tape