Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Having Fun with Cards, Vinyl and Kids

I've had a busy week, so decided I'd post what I had going on so far for the Sassy Cheryl's SMT challenge. If you're not familiar with it, it's your opportunity to be nosy and it be an approved activity. You get to check out what others have going on in their lives.

Saturday I spent the day finishing up blank greeting cards for my OWH box. These are the sets of cards I made then. With the exception of the doodle embossing on the first one, everything was print and cut using my Cameo.

Yesterday, my neighbor's DD came down so that I could help her with a project for her brothers and her father's birthday. This family is one of my favorites. Between Mom and Dad, there are also 7 children ranging in age from 16 to 6 months. If you ever needed a reason to smile, this family would give it to you. The children are wonderfully happy and social. They know how to entertain themselves. If they're not being schooled, you will find them outdoors involved in some imaginative activity. In fact they remind me of my childhood, where we entertained ourselves riding our bikes, putting on shows, playing kick the can, and chasing lightning bugs. Some of you remember those days when TV was a rarity and our handheld devices were books and slingshots.

The older boys have a lawn care business. There father works with them, not just supervising. I think of the great lessons he's teaching these boys - responsibility, reliability,  along with instilling a great work ethic.

The boys have been wanting some kind of professional looking shirts to wear when engaged in their business endeavors. The oldest sister decided that T-shirts for their birthdays would be the perfect gift(it doesn't hurt that the three of them have birthdays really close together). She has been playing around with the Silhouette Software for a while, and she had worked up a great design with curved text. The only thing I had to do was to find some clip art and trace it for her and add it to the shirt. I did the cutting, and she did almost all of the weeding(a blessing since her eyes are a lot younger than mine). Here she is weeding her heart out.

For the front, one brother wanted an oval of barb wire. Believe it or not, I Googled it and found one. The amazing part of the Cameo, is that it cut this as small as it did. Thank goodness for young eyes, because there were some almost infinitesimal specks of vinyl to weed. She also let me operate the heat press, but I did give her the opportunity.

Don't you think she did a fabulous job? I know the boys are going to proud to wear these shirts.

Yesterday was my kind of day, getting to help a young person. We had a great time, and hope we get to do a repeat of crafting again soon.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Lots of Cards for SMT

It's time for a Show Me Thursday Post on Sassy Cheryl's blog. Time to show you what I've been working on for the last week and a half, and for once I actually have some cards to show you instead of vacuum tracks in the carpet.

First off I had to get the invites out for our Annual 'Round about the 4th of July Shrimp Boil. Coming up with something different is a challenge after doing this for so many years. I would love to do a little more assembly, but when you're having to produce 90 of these invitations, speed counts. I used the state of Mississippi image from the Silhouette store and filled it with the stars and stripes digital paper from the Liberty Paper pack by Just So Scrappy 2. I punched the star and added the red metal nailhead and placed it on our location on the map. Simply created the text in the Silhouette software, added it to the image, did a offset of the state and cut and print.

The next series of cards are for our enlisted men to write a note in and send home and are going in a box to Operation Write Home. Pinterest was the source of the ideas. I have 48 cards to go in the box so far. Hopefully next week's post will have another 48 cards to had to the box, before mailing.

Doodle It Up

Well, I'm back for two challenges in a row on the Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog. The theme for this challenge is doodle it up. I AM NOT a public doodler, so this one is definitely outside my comfort zone.

For my image I chose Day Dream Believin from the Sassy Cheryl's Stamp Store. I have colored her with Prisma Color and Faber-Castell pencils.

I used the sketch from this week's Sketch Saturday Challenge, which Sassy Cheryl just happens to be sponsoring this week. With my luck, I won't get this post finished in time to get it entered. Oh well, I liked the sketch.

Papers are from a digital pack by Coreen Silke called Afternoon Fiesta from ComputerScrapbook.Com.

My doodling definitely leaves a lot to be desired, but I did free hand it instead of letting the Cameo do it ( and I could have easily done that).

Thanks for stopping by. There's still time to get an entry in before Monday at 5p.m. EST.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Finally A Challenge Card

I know! I know! It's been forever since I submitted a challenge card to the Sassy Cheryl's ChallengeBlog. My intentions have been excellent, but my follow through hasn't been. I actually completed everything, but the die cut part of the challenge last week. Now with time running out, I got out to TM to find just the right die cut.

The challenge is Two dies and a Touch of Purple. I got carried away with both. Hopefully I won't get kicked out of the challenge.

The image is an older image from the Sassy Cheryls Store and is called Sassy Sally Takes A Bath. It's been forever since I colored, and looks like I need to find some time to practice. She's colored with my PrismaColor pencils.

The papers are from a digital kit from Just So Scrappy 2 called Big Top. The die is from Sissix and is called Scribble Swirl.

Now I'm off to meet the neighborhood ladies for our monthly Prairie Women Lunch. Hope you have some fun plans for today. I promise to try harder to get here for the challenges, but the next month is going to be very visit with a 3 week visit from MonkeyMoo.