Saturday, January 29, 2011

Wipe Your Paws

Once I was done with the little projects I was so excited to do with my new Silhouette SD, I decided to come up with some creative vinyl projects. So, I took a picture of my sweet dog, Sammy. (I can't find the actual picture I used for this project, but here is a cute one all the same :))

Then I transformed it into a silhouette. I also downloaded a doggie font that is made out of bones and created a sign to go above his doggie door. Here's what I made. I think it turned out pretty cute!

Sigh, if only he really could (or would) wipe his paws and brush all of the dead grass off his back. Then I wouldn't have to vacuum every day! LOL. It's ok though, we still love him.

I'm linking this post to these parties!

Texas Monkey Get your craft on Thurs.

Stylish Blog Award!

I was so shocked when I was contacted from Amie Ann at
She gave a me a Stylish Blogger Award!

That gave me a lot more confidence in my blog and some motivation to keep going! I have a few more Valentine's Day projects that I want to finish up before the season is over. I can't wait to start them! They are going to be super cute!

According to the rules of the Stylish Blogger Award I must first thank the person who gave me the award (done), tell 7 things about myself, and share 7 blogs that I love.

So here are the 7 things about me:
1. I sleep with one foot out of the covers every night. For some reason that helps regulate my body temperature. If it is inside the covers I just get too hot! LOL
2. I started crafting back in October/November when I had TMJ surgery. At first it was a way for me to keep my mind off of my pain but now I've been home from work for 2 months on medical leave and I've been crafting up a storm!
3. I go back to work on Tuesday and I'm really hoping that does not put an end to my crafting!
4. The name of my blog was inspired by an awesome deal on red berry vines that I got at Michael's after Christmas sale.
5. I'm babysitting the girls down the street tonight and I have a craft that we are going to make (it will be posted tomorrow).
6. My husband and I have been married for 1 year and 4 months
7. I have one of the best dogs ever! His name is Sammy and he's a golden retriever.

Now for the 7 blogs that I read on a daily basis and think deserve the Stylish Blogger Award are:

and I know that this is already a big blog, but I really like:

Thank you again to Amie Ann from!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Lucky I'm In Love

I'm really in the Valentine's Day mood right now so I've had the song "Lucky" by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat stuck in my head. My husband and I danced to this song at our wedding. I decided to make some wall art inspired by that song. So I pulled out my Silhouette SD and I started out with this:

I found a free clip art image online of outlined hearts. Cut them out with silver vinyl and added them here and then also added the next line:

And then finally I added the last line and some extra hearts:

Love it!

I linked this post up to these parties!:

Make it Yours @ My Backyard Eden

Get your craft on Thurs.

giveaways HookingupwithHoH

Pink Hippo Party

Fancy This


Monday, January 24, 2011

Valentine's Day Ruffle Balls

Here are are some simple, fast, cheap and pretty Valentine's Day decorations. I used 3 inch Styrofoam balls and less than a 1/2 a yard of 72 inch wide felt for each ball. I cut out about 2 inch circles, folded them in half and folded them in half again. Then I took short straight pins and pinned them through the corners and into the Styrofoam balls. I alternated the way each circle faced to make the ruffles.
I used the same technique to make this beautiful heart. I Love this wreath! The only thing right now is that I cannot find anymore Styrofoam hearts at any craft stores :( That's why I ended up making the balls. I used 3/4 yard felt to make the heart.

The funny/sad story about this heart is the day after I finished it, I had it laying on my table and my dog took it outside (through his doggy door) when I wasn't home and pulled out each and every ruffle. He is very gentle so I was able to put it all back together without replacing any of the items.
Happy Valentine's Day!!

This post is linked up to these great parties!:


Sunday, January 23, 2011

My first attempt at etching glass didn't go over so well (as I mentioned in a previous post). So I watched a few YouTube videos and read a few more blogs and decided the reason mine didn't turn out nice was because I didn't put enough of the etching cream on!

So, I took out another glass plate and decided to put one of those oh so trendy birds and a berry branch on it. I made my own bird silhouette from a bird that we saw at Animal Kingdom in WDW. So this is the original picture:

And made this image with my silhouette sd (I forgot to take a picture of the vinyl image on the plate so this is a picture from my screen):

Cut out the vinyl, removed the actual image so I just had the stencil, stuck it to my plate, and covered it with etching cream:

I washed off all of the goop, took off the vinyl and had this as my final product!:

Not too shabby, huh? I was pretty excited about it. Since this plate turned out well, I felt it was time to start my real project. I wanted to put a glass etched rose on a vase. And this is how it turned out:

I really like it! I was going to add the flowers I bought at Michael's to this vase, but they didn't look very good. So I took out the flowers Joseph gave me for Valentine's day last year (they were still drying in my closet), and placed them in the vase. At the bottom I added my red berry vines. I think it looks pretty great! Too bad the roses aren't alive ;) Then I think the vase would look perfect!

I linked this post up with Texas Monkey's Link Up Party and also Under the Table and Dreaming by Stephanie Lynn!

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