Monday, April 30, 2012

MichelleMyBelle'sCreations: Blog Award

Hello everyone! I wanted to accept a blog award since it touches on an idea I have had rolling around in the back of my mind. Although I love my  "blog celebrities", the commercialization of blogs has discouraged me just a little bit. The concept began as we regular people sharing our ideas and having fun reaching out to each other so I love the spirit of this award. I am having fun sharing with my followers and random passers-by so here I go:

Blog Award

First of all I would like to thank Michelle who's blog is not to be missed. She is part of a Design team which means she features great products and has some really unique ideas on top of flawless execution...check her out at Michelle My Belle's Creations. Recently I even snagged some cool templates and even cut files there! WooHoo!

Now down to the details:
The idea of the award is to draw attention to blogs with less than 200 followers and  pass the award on to 5 other bloggers all in the spirit of fostering new connections.

 The rules for the award are :-

1. Show your appreciation to the person who gave it to by
    thanking them and linking back to their blog.
2. Post the award to your blog.
3. Give the award to 5 bloggers (with less than 200
    followers) that you appreciate and follow.
4. Leave a comment to the 5 bloggers to let them know you
    have chosen  them for the award.

'Liebster' in German means 'dearest', so to carry this tradition on here are the blogs that I'd like to pass the award on

to :-

Ad now, in no particular order. ;) I'd like to give this award to:

Lysa of Lysa and Huey Ink -She's spicy and down to earth, love it and she has some really amazing projects going on with some tips to share.

 Paige of She Who Must Stamp - She has beautifully stamped cards and her blog is a great place for inspiration.

Dana of Creative Reflections -She's got a very inspiring story as well as some great projects, including those SVGs and files for MTC. So lucky to stumble on her blog!

Gigi at Cutting and Scrapping -You might notice she's a dear friend o mine. Separated by miles, I love when she blogs so I can try to learn form her amazing talent.

Megan at The Flick Four- Another friend who is soooo inspiring with her beautiful photography, and on top of that her wonderful artistic eye that she turns on every aspect of life...

Thanks again so much again Michelle for giving me an opportunity to share some of my favorites...


Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Crafts-window stickers, vinyl eggs

My favorite one is the yellow flower on the teal egg. Got bold LOL.

 Hi everyone. Hope you all had a wonderful Easter Day! There are a couple things I wanted to share even if it's late and I technically have some other posts I should do first.

The first is this years Eater eggs.I love making them using vinyl as a resist to the dye. I have a few recommendations however.

First, boil your eggs at least a day ahead to ensure they are very dry. The eggs we boiled the morning before coloring them did not seem dry enough even though they were done and in the fridge for at least five hours. They were dry to the touch but somehow had enough moisture in them to make the vinyl peel off a bit.

Also be sure to keep your images small...the egg's shape makes it difficult to apply evenly sometimes.

Finally the vinyl sticks best when the egg is a bit warmer, I use my hand to warm the vinyl a bit and really press it on well. Sealing the edges if possible.

 My next project is print and cut with window decals!

Somehow I couldn't find any window clings this year for my 4 year old to put up. So, I decided to try something I had stashed away...some clear window decals I picked up at Office Depot.

These printed and cut nicely with MTC and my Zing

These aren't as pliable as the static cling ones I have purchased but it is so fun to think that all the designs I use to decorate my home can be from the same collection. 

for these I used my MTC software to layer images from Nancy Kubo's Lettering Delights digital collection and added their shadows. Then used the print and cut feature. The sticker and it's backing adhered well to the mat and I had no problem cutting them with my Zing. I did learn a few valuable lessons. I will definitely adjust the settings on the printer next time so they come out darker. The shadow needs to be set to color=white and then placed in a layer underneath the image you want printed. You cant see the image when it has a white shadow layer on top..LOL. It took me a bit to figure what I was doing wrong, even after I had some great pointers from members of the MTC message board!

Once again I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

 My littlest is all about the Holidays so I had the girls make some eggs and created some simple shapes for the sides. These are all held in place by the cutest clothes pins. Next I'll be putting up my Spring banner so it's easy to change up!

We love any reason to celebrate at our home, but especially Easter, and I sincerely wish each of my readers a Blessed Easter!

Thanks for stopping by and adding your thoughts....

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