Friday, March 6, 2015

Parker at 4 Weeks Old

Parker was four weeks old as of yesterday.

Parker at 4 Weeks Old | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Parker at 4 Weeks Old | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Parker at 4 Weeks Old | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Parker at 4 Weeks Old | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

  • He's slowly getting better neck control and keeping his pacifier in. Still a ways to go, but better.
  • Sometimes his lower lip quivers, we're not sure why, but I think it's funny.
  • Though he still sleeps a lot, it's not as much as the first couple of weeks. He is a bit more awake during the day now (partly with some encouragement on our part to be more awake during the day than at night).
  • At the beginning, I was sleeping in the same room as Parker in the middle of the night because he was up so much. It's stabilized some that I don't need to do that anymore. He still gets up every 2-3 hours to nurse, but will generally go back to sleep, which means I can go back to sleep in our room. Some nights, it's easier than others to get him to go back to sleep after night feedings though. In those cases, I think to myself, Gah. GO TO SLEEP, BABY. It makes me think of this book, but to be fair, we feel that way with Evie's bedtime some nights too.
  • I found this out earlier than now, but he doesn't like to get swaddled and gets angry (which makes him more awake and interferes with him actually going to sleep). Evie, in contrast, slept better when swaddled.
  • No issues with nursing for the past couple of weeks - just took a bit of getting used to on his part. Although, I am a bit concerned that I should've started pumping before this week to get a stockpile going before going back to work . . . :/

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Altered Composition Book

After a guest design stint last year for Whisker Graphics (Clever Cards and Envelopes | Bitty Bag Mini Albums | Colored Tag Art), I got an email a couple of weeks ago asking about joining the design team (!), so here we are with my first project, an altered composition book.

I remember in middle school/high school, I would see people covering their textbooks with paper bags, and this project is reminiscent of that. I picked up a 5" x 7" composition book that was $0.98 on clearance in the office supplies section of Target. Using a couple of Whisker Graphics Middy Bitty Bag, I re-covered the composition book and embellished it.

Altered Composition Book | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Altered Composition Book | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Altered Composition Book | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Altered Composition Book | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Altered Composition Book | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

INSTRUCTIONS:

Altered Composition Book Process | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

(from left to right, top to bottom)
1-2. Deconstruct two Middy Bitty Bags at the bottoms and the sides.
3-4. Trim the deconstructed bags down to size, using the composition book as reference, to end up with two pieces per bag, four pieces total (two larger pieces and two smaller pieces). The larger pieces will be used for the front and back covers while the larger pieces will be used for the inside of the front and back covers.
5. For the smaller pieces that will go on the inside, round the corners.
6. Since the smaller pieces that go on the inside won't completely cover the inside cover, line the edges of the inside cover with washi tape, then adhere the smaller pieces with the rounded corners. I used both Scrappy Tape and Tombow Mono liquid glue to adhere cover pieces and would recommend the glue over the tape, though both work fine.

Altered Composition Book Process | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

(from left to right, top to bottom)
7-8. Using an embroidery stencil kit, stitch "note" onto a large colored tag. For the twine, which is normally four strands, I stripped away one strand and embroidered with three strands to make it less bulky. Trim down the tag on both sides, including the punched hole.
9. Round two of the corners on the stitched large colored tag. Adhere the larger pieces of the Middy Bitty Bags to the front and back covers. Add washi tape to the spine to cover the black composition book binding.
10-11. Embellish the front cover of the composition book. In addition to the stitched large colored tag, I added a blue Sweet Sticky Label cut in half, enamel dots, washi tape, and sequins.
12. Add a couple of heart-shaped sequins. Cut the "take" using Silhouette Cameo and adhere.


SUPPLIES:

Paper: Whisker Graphics Middy Bitty Bag (I used metallic silver chevron, but any of the designs would work for this); Whisker Graphics Large Colored Tag in pink; Bazzill Basics Paper marshmallow cardstock
Embellishments: Whisker Graphics Navy Solid Divine Twine; Whisker Graphics Blue Sweet Sticky Labels; Eyelet Outlet enamel dots; PInkfresh Studio heart sequins, Pinkfresh Studio ombre and glitter washi tape; My Mind's Eye washi tape; mt washi tape
Tools: We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper; Silhouette Cameo; American Crafts Amy Tangerine Plus One Embroidery Stencil Kit; Scrappy Tape from Scrapbook Pal; Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue; Glue Dots

Friday, February 27, 2015

Parker at 3 Weeks Old

Parker was three weeks old as of yesterday.

Parker at 3 Weeks Old | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Parker at 3 Weeks Old | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Parker at 3 Weeks Old | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

  • Visited his birthday twin (i.e., our friend who had her baby on the same day) last weekend.
  • Slept in his crib the whole night between Sunday and Monday. Progress! But that seems to have been a fluke, because it was not as good sleeping between Monday and Tuesday.
  • Received in the mail a baby quilt and hats from Greg's aunt, Flo. I'm a fan of them being handmade!
  • Had his two-and-a-half-week check-up at the pediatrician on Tuesday. He weighs over 10 lbs now.
  • Still had his umbilical stump as of his check-up, during which the doctor estimated another week or so before it fell off, after lifting it up and looking at it. I didn't know you could do that with the umbilical stump and I was afraid to do it myself. In any case, the doctor said we could clean underneath it a bit with alcohol, which Greg did Wednesday night. That may or may not have caused it to fall off on Thursday. :/ It's still healing some underneath.
  • Went for a walk around the neighborhood yesterday to get some exercise (for me, at least). He fell asleep on the walk, of course.
  • Unfortunately for the cats, especially Nina, they have to frequently share Greg's warm lap with Parker, Evie, or both.
  • I attribute it to the nursing, but I feel like I am constantly thirsty. Also, still waiting for that post-baby bump to go away . . . Ha.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Watercolor Stained Glass Effect Card

Last watercolor card, until I get the urge to do more!

On this card, I used 1/8-inch adhesive (Scrappy Tape, basically like Scor-Tape, but a bit cheaper) to make a geometric pattern, then pressed silver glitter onto the adhesive. Scrappy Tape is pretty sticky, so I've not had issues with glitter coming off of it once I've pressed it down into the tape firmly and shaken off the excess. After that, I watercolored each white space with a different color. The frame and "congrats" were cut with the Silhouette Cameo (the weld feature comes in handy).

Watercolor Stained Glass Effect Card | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Watercolor Stained Glass Effect Card | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

SUPPLIES:

Paper: Staples 8.5 x 11 white cardstock; Bazzill Basics marshmallow cardstock
Embellishments: Martha Stewart Crafts Essential Colors Glitter Set, 24-Pack from Amazon
Tools: 1/8" Scrappy Tape from Scrapbook Pal; Loew-Cornell Dry Pan Watercolor Paint Cakes 24 Colors from Jo-Ann; Silhouette Cameo

OTHER WATERCOLOR CARDS:

Watercolor So Happy For You Card
Pink Ombre Watercolor and Gold Embossed Card
Mint Ombre Watercolor and Copper Embossed Card
Heart Sequin Love Card
Green Monochromatic Watercolor Die Cut Card
Silver Feather Congrats Card

Monday, February 23, 2015

Silver Feather Congrats Card

Only a couple more watercolor cards left!

Purple, blue, and gray watercoloring for the background of this card, which I cut into strips and flipped the middle piece in the other direction (kind of like a strip and flip quilt). I added white embossing with woodgrain background stamps and embossed the sentiment in silver. The feather was cut from silver cardstock using the Silhouette Cameo and mounted with foam adhesive for dimension.

Silver Feather Congrats Card | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Silver Feather Congrats Card | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

SUPPLIES:

Paper: Bazzill Basics silver cardstock; Staples 8.5 x 11 white cardstock
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Background Basics Woodgrain set; Inkadinkado Congrats sentiment stamp
Tools: Silhouette Cameo; Silhouette Design Store feather shapes; Loew-Cornell Dry Pan Watercolor Paint Cakes 24 Colors from Jo-Ann; silver and white embossing powders from Jo-Ann
Ink: VersaMark clear pigment ink


OTHER WATERCOLOR CARDS:

Watercolor So Happy For You Card
Pink Ombre Watercolor and Gold Embossed Card
Mint Ombre Watercolor and Copper Embossed Card
Heart Sequin Love Card
Green Monochromatic Watercolor Die Cut Card
Watercolor Stained Glass Effect Card