Thursday, April 28, 2016

Twine Cacti

For my Whisker Graphics project for the month of May (technically not May yet, but moved up because of an upcoming blog hop), I tried my hand at making some twine-wrapped cacti!

Cacti are a common (and popular) icon of the desert southwest where I live, and I made three variations:

Twine Cacti | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Twine Cacti | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Twine Cacti | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Twine Cacti | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Twine Cacti | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

I started with 30mm pipe cleaner (it's thicker than the normal kind you might find at the craft store), which I bought on Amazon. Check out the rest of the steps here on the Whisker Graphics blog: Creative Cactus.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge 8 Guest Post

I'm over on the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge blog today with a couple of cards for the current challenge, Challenge Eight.

Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge 8

I made two cards using the top row of 3 of a kind, enamel accents, and square card. Here are a couple of sneaks, but head over to the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge blog for all the pictures and details!

Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge 8 Guest Post | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge 8 Guest Post | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Friday, April 22, 2016

Grid Thx Card

Quick card that I made a while ago and never posted:

Grid Thx Card | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

For this card, I stamped the grid on a piece of patterned paper (it looks solid, but it has a slight texture pattern). I also stamped the dotted strip with VersaMark and heat embossed with white powder.

I die cut the robin's egg blue strip and used a starburst punch on the strip in a column of three. I stamped the flowers and sentiment with Distress Ink, and hand-cut those out. Lastly, I adhered the die-cut strip and hand-cut shapes to the stamped card base using foam dots to give the card some dimension.

If I recall correctly, I think I ended up giving this to a neighbor to thank them for helping us out.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Congrats To The New Couple Card

I made this card a few years ago, but never posted it. It finally got put to use last week, so now I'm getting it up.

Congrats To The New Couple Card | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Congrats To The New Couple Card | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

The male, female, and heart are stamped on the inside of the card so that it peeks through the circle cut out of the front. I masked off part of the front so that I could stamp the floral background (I think it is Hero Arts). I heat embossed a tag stamp on the front with silver powder, and then hand-cut the middle out. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink, and I also heat embossed that with silver powder.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Strappy and Lace-up Flats

I've been seeing variations of strappy and lace-up flats recently and I'm infatuated because it reminds me of one of my favorite pairs of flats that I used to have, the String Bean flat from Rocket Dog. At the time I bought those Rocket Dogs, I was in college, and the shoes cost around $30, which I felt were expensive.

That style of Rocket Dogs isn't sold anymore - I know because I've tried to look before. I did, however, find many cute strappy and lace-up flats at various price points. I almost pulled the trigger on getting the Nine West pair, but was talked off the ledge after having a conversation with Greg about need versus want - a good reminder; we often have that conversation in the other direction as well.

Strappy and Lace-Up Flats | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

  1. Coach Justine Flat: $195.00
  2. Nine West Signmeup Gladiator Flat: $89.00
  3. Candie's Ghillie Flats: $34.99
  4. Topshop 'Fancy' Pointy Toe Ghillie Flat: $48.00
  5. Topshop Freya Three Strap Pointed Shoe: $35.00
  6. Topshop Fleur Three Strap Round Toe Shoe: $45.00
  7. Jessica Simpson Mandayss Ballet Flat: $39.99

Black, by the way, is my go-to accessory color, so that is the only color of shoe that I really ever consider. Not as fun, but more versatile so that I can use accessories for both work and the weekend!
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