Thursday, May 19, 2011

Baby Carriage - Cricut

A colleague had a little baby boy and came back to the office to visit and brought her new little bundle.
I wanted to try out the baby carriage template from My Time Made Easy.

Here is the result - I kept it in the colours of a photo that we had of the new little boy - cream, brown and blue.

Materials: CS, PP (Michaels), Template (My Time Made Easy), ribbon, brads, foam tape, adhesive tape, decorative edge punch (Martha Stewart), 1/8" hole punch (Fiskars).

Until next time, have a great day!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

My first She Art for me, and Happiness & Inspiration Project update

Happiness & Inspiration project update for May.

I had DD and myself signed up for a cupcake decorating class called "Mommy and me" at a local cooking store in Erin called What's Cookin the weekend of Mother's Day. We also picked up some supplies to make them at home: a cupcake corer (so you can stuff your muffin or cupcake with treats), a squeazable decorating icing container and a decorating pen.  We are definitely going to try that at home - YUM!

I have also signed up for the FREE ecourse called Photoshop Skinny-mini, and it starts May 16th (tomorrow!!!).  From the title, it might make you think that the class was for learning how to alter your photos to make yourself skinny!!!! :)  But it is actually a great class to learn all the basics and essentials of Photoshop (my latest passion).

She Art - Love
Here is my She Art project that I made for myself. I tried to copy my hair style and colour (not sure that I captured it, but it was a good first try). Most importantly I had a lot of fun!

Until next time, have a great day!

Friday, May 13, 2011

DS - multi-media art (let's call it "he" art)

Last post was my DD's multi-media and She Art work - so this post is the art from DS!
So let's call it He Art, not She Art!

DS - he is 4, here are his creations.
#1 - 8x10 canvas "Owl"

#2 - 10x14 canvas "cars" and "transformers"

#3 - 8x10 canvas - painting (apparently in his dark period!)

Lots of fun, lots of mess, but some great time together creating!
Here are some actions photos, of him working hard on his canvases.

Until next time, have a great day!

Monday, May 9, 2011

DD's multi-media creations and She Art

As promised, here are the multi-media canvases the kids have made themselves - while I have been trying the She Art Workshop ecourse.
This post is of DD's art.  Next post will be DS's.

DD - she is 6, here are her creations.

#1 - 8x10 canvas "Birdie". Love the dimension on the sun!

#2 - 11x14 canvas "Owls"

#3 - 11x14 canvas - her first real "She Art" creation of herself

Lots of fun, lots of mess, but some great time together creating!
Here are some actions photos, of DD working hard on her canvases.

Until next time, have a great day!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day - and She Art!

To all the ladies out there - Happy Mother's Day!
We are having wonderful weather in Ontario today, for this special Sunday!  Hope everyone is getting out and enjoying the sunshine!

I finished going through the 3 week ecourse from Christy Tomlinson that I talked about in this post HERE.  Lots of fun.  The kids have made 3 of their own multi-media pieces along with me, so that it was a real family affair.

We made 1 for my mum for Mother's Day and gave it to her today.  We used all of her bright, favourite colours - and then got her tshirts to match those!  Here is our creation - we used a photo of her to try to copy the hair style and colour. Check it out - not bad for our first try!

Materials: 8x10 canvas (Michaels), Mod Podge, foam brosh, 1" paint brush, tissue paper - all colours, old book (ripped page out of), patterned paper (assorted), 'She' pattern (Christy's workshop), bubble wrap, acrylic paints, Rub-ons, wheel stamp (SU!), distress ink (Tim Holtz), Staz-on ink - black, permanent black pen, Smooch ink, 'She' phrase (Christy's workshop).

I'll be back with some of the other creations from the kids, and the She Art that I made for myself too!
Until next time, have a great day!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to everone!
Hope you are enjoying the long weekend!  DH and the kids get a 4 day weekend, but I have to go back to work tomorrow! :(

Anyway - we had a busy weekend.  We painted the house (yep, almost every room in it - 2 of the large, plastic pails of paint later......) and then at night, I tool the fantastic SHE ART WORKSHOP on-line while I relaxed. Yet another one of my ``finding inspiration and happiness`` things - added to the month of April!  YEAH!

If you haven't heard of this workshop, check out the link to Christy Tomlinson's blog post HERE  that talks about this workshop.  It is a mixed media workshop, where you learn to create art on canvases using things we all probably have around the house for the most part, while you learn some great new techniques.  The workshop gets you to explore your creative side, and let it all out! Then you make a lady to finish it off!
I signed up for the workshop in the second week of the 3 week course - but that`s OK, you work at your own pace and have 3 months to access all of the great videos, downloads, and information!

So at night after painting and when everyone is asleep, I have been working through all of the videos for all of the weeks - making notes and planning my first She Art canvas.  I will post my art when it`s made - I really excited about getting messy and making my first one - and more!  I picked up 4 canvases so that I can get everyone in the family working on one with me - it will be messy but I think everyone will have fun!  All my supplies are sitting in the kitchen waiting for me to start - can`t wait!

This Friday evening is the BBQ class with hubbie in Erin.  Date night!  I have no clue what it will be all about, but we will have fun anyway - doesn`t matter!

Until next time, have a great day!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Playing......with food and my Cricut

So, I'm back with another long-winded update on my Happiness/Inspiration post that you can see HERE.
It's been a while, so you may need to re-read the long post above and perhaps THIS other long update too.
Here's what's been happening...

MARCH - March Break with the kids was a lot of fun. We went to London, Ontario and hung out in the pool at the hotel, did a bit of shopping, made some "stuffies" at Build-A-Bear, ate out at our favourite places, and went bowling, arcading, adventure land exploring and to the movies.
The Monday of March Break before we left for London - we had a "Crafternoon" with friends at the house and made some more of the wooden block collages.  DD made one of herself, and also DS made one too (with a bit of help from Mum!). I have them proudly on display at my desk at work!

I also bought myself a Cricut machine - finally! A red one!
And to go along with the machine, I bought the Sure-Cuts-A-Lot 2 software from the Craft Edge site - so that I can cut out svg files from my computer instead of purchasing Cricut cartridges.  That is the reason I finally broke down and bought the machine, because I would never pay the money to buy tons of cartridges.
I bought some svg files from My Time Made Easy and have been experimenting ever since. Here is my first project - the CAGED template, at full size.

Then I made the same template at 50% of the size, so that it was the size needed to fit a battery-operated tea light.

Here they are together so that you can see the size difference.

Next up for my Cricut will be the Baby Carriage template, and the Cake Slice template I think!  And that was it for March and my Happiness projects for that month!  Not sure where the time goes!

APRIL - I went to the "Playing with Food" class this past weekend at a local gourmet food store.  We got a handy tool called a Veg-Art tool, with which we learned how to make vegetable flowers like tulips from coloured peppers. Here is the tool and another one that can turn your veggies into tealight holders!

Here are the coloured pepper tulips:

And kiwi decorations:

And leek lotus flowers:

As well as some flowers made from an apple and carrots! Looks cute in the Wheat Grass.

Definitely an interesting hour spent on Saturday!

Also in APRIL I have the following still to do -
  • I start my Photoshop 2 classes here in town.  Photoshop 1 was fun and I learned a lot!  I have also bought the Adobe instructional "Classroom in a book" for Photoshop and another Instructional video series too, so that I can continue to learn everything this program can do! I am really enjoying it!
  • This Friday, a group of us go to the CreativFestival for more crafting inspiration and laughs (yes PITA, I can't wait for you to make me laugh as only you an do!).
  • BBQ class with hubbie comes last in April.   Our Date Night consists of a 2 hour BBQ tune up and hopefully some yummy eats!
So lots on the go - and lots to share.
I will post my next Cricut template projects as soon as they are done.
Until next time, have a great day!