card making, jewelry making, Uncategorized

Shrinky Dink Earrings!

My boys and I are really into pop culture! I think that this shared love of pop culture puts me in the parenting win column but the I realized that I have at least one fail as a parent! This was realized tonight when my youngest asked me what I was making. My boys often see me creating projects for various design teams, gifts or for personal use but I guess I have never made anything with Shinky Dinks in front of them! I combined my love of pop culture, making jewelry and colouring to make Shrinky Dink earrings!!

I started by stamping my chosen Kindred Stamps onto Shrinky Dink film with my Momento ink. I let it dry for a few minutes and then coloured my images with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. Once my colouring was dry I cut out the stamped image and left a bit of space at the top so that I could punch a hole into the plastic. That would be where I attach the earring hook or jump ring if used. I then used my heat gun to shrink.

The weird thing with Shrinky Dinks is that they always look bad before they look good! The above picture is during the shrinking process. Notice it looks twisted and not very nice. After heating a little longer you get the finished product.

Here is a picture of the Shrinky Dinks before and after the shrinking process.

You will notice that after shrinking the colours look a bit more concentrated so keep that in mind when choosing your colours.

This particular stamp shrinks to a nice size to be used as earrings or a necklace pendant.

Here are the completed earrings! I love how this turned out and now I have a sweet pair of earrings to wear in October. 😊

Products used:

Clear Shrinky Dink plastic

Momento ink pad

Spectrum Noir markers available at Scrapbook.com (affiliate link)

Kindred Stamps -Holidays Are A Nightmare << referral link 😊

Earring hooks or jump ring if making a necklace pendant

Pliers

Heat gun

So what do you think?

ball hockey, design team, Family, kids, sports, Uncategorized, vacation

Summer Recap (lots of pictures)

This is our last weekend before we head back to school on Tuesday. For the first time in forever we had a pretty laidback summer. We didn’t leave town and just stuck close to home. The only planned activity all summer was when my youngest son went to ball hockey camp.

He had a great time learning goalie skills and techniques and I showed up almost an hour early each camp day so that I could watch!

We made a couple of day trips including a trips including Airdrie to visit family, Calaway Park, Fish Creek Park, a few movies at the theatre and the rest of our summer was just decluttering, organizing things, painting and other small household improvements. We did some major tv binge watching too!

I did manage to get some crafting done. I made some jewellery, etched some Supernatural glasses, made an autumn wreath, painted some frames, made a few signs, did a couple of scrapbook pages and completed some cards and other projects.

Here are a few of those projects in case you missed them!

I continued working on a couple of design team projects, was an August Guest Designer for the Stick it Down Blog and I got a second project published in Creative Scrapbooker Magazine!

We also had some wacky weather! A few hail storms rolled through. This is a sample of what came on August 2! Yikes!This summer was hot! I am quite content with the heat but my boys found it too hot to “do anything”! Part of our summer was smokey too! Smoke from the forest fires in British Columbia choked us out for a couple of weeks!

Our dogs spent a fair amount of time just lazing in the sun and then moving to the shade when they got too hot. Here are the obligatory pictures and our cute dogs!

I also spent a lot of time trying out the Instant Pot that I purchased on Prime day. My son loves making vegetable soup. I like making chilli and stews. We have cooked lots of other things like chicken, ribs, roasts and more in the pot. I even made a fresh raspberry compote! Everything was edible! Some things were delicious! My favourite thing to make in the pot so far has been banana bread!

We will be spending the last weekend of summer just relaxing because we know that starting Tuesday we will thrown right into the thick of things and back to our go-go life!

Cricut

Glass Etching With Cricut

I was killing time in a dollar store last week when I found some gorgeous black tinted tall glasses. I put 4 of them in my cart along with about $40 worth of other stuff. I knew just what I wanted to do with them and today I finally found a little time to work with them!

A bit of back story here:

My 11 year son has been bugging, I mean seriously driving me crazy, to watch the movie IT. I told him under no circumstances was he allowed to watch it but that I would find him a different show that would be a little more age appropriate but was still “scary”. I had watched a few episodes of Supernatural a couple years ago but for some reason I never really got into it. I decided to give it another try but this time I would watch it with someone. That someone is my son. (It is rated PG according to Netflix so judge me if you will) Anyways he loves the show and we have been binge watching it all summer. We are currently half way through season 8. He loves it so much that he is going to dress up as Dean for Halloween. I will post more on that closer to Halloween as he wants us to make a hunting kit and everything!

Back to the present:

As I said above my son loves Supernatural. I thought that these black tinted glasses would make great themed glasses for him. I had purchased the svgs previously to make t-shirts (we still have to do that!) I cut the svgs out of a stencil vinyl with my Cricut Explore Air 2 and weeded out the parts that I wanted etched into the glass, placed the stencil on the glasses and made sure that it was firmly attached especially around the inner edges where I wanted the etch to be crisp.

I put a generous amount of Rustoleom Tub & Tile etching cream. I left it on for about 15 minutes. I scrapped off as much etching cream as I could without moving the stencil then rinsed the rest off in my stainless steel kitchen sink.

After all of the rinsing I removed the stencil and rinsed again. I love the finished look! I was only able to make 3 this afternoon because I didn’t realize that I had broken the 4th glass on the way home from the store. I will go back tomorrow to get a few more of these black tinted glasses!

Here is the set of 3. If you are a fan of the show you will know the significance of these symbols.

I am most excited with how this one turned out! I had planned on giving these to him for Christmas but I was so excited with how they turned out that I decided to give them to him today! I will work on a different theme for his older brother.

Supplies needed

  • Cricut Explore to cut stencil (or prepurchased adhesive stencil)
  • Stencil vinyl
  • Etching cream (I used Tub & Tile by Rustoleom)
  • Sponge paint brush
  • glass
ball hockey, Uncategorized

Lessons Learned The Hard Way!

This is NOT craft related but it is life related so here goes.

My son’s ball hockey team stunk this season! Like seriously stunk! It was so hard to see them loose game after game. We were 1-11 at the end of the season which put us in last place.

It got to the point that none of the team even wanted to play anymore but most of them stuck through it. It really stinks getting blown out week after week and watching your kid be so hard on themselves. In our league the tournament structure was changed to have an A & B side winner for the first time that I had ever seen. Knowing that we had no hope in winning anything I still went through my usual drill of making playoff shirts to cheer on my player.

We played our first game. And guess what? We won! You would have thought that we had won the lottery that night everyone was crying and the kids dog piled in the middle of the rink. If they didn’t win another game the rest of the tournament I think they would have still been so happy!

We played again the next morning and we won again! WTF?

We did lose our 3rd game by 1 point but it was still enough to get us into the B side gold medal game!

We won gold! It was amazing!

My son is so proud of that medal. He slept with it that night and proudly wore it to school the next morning. He still occasionally walks around with it on!

It was hard earned.

The best part of this story is the life lessons that came with it. He learned that working hard doesn’t always mean success but you can’t succeed if you don’t. He learned not to give up even when he felt like it. He learned to take one for the team (his body was covered in bruises from blocking shots) He learned that he sometimes you don’t always get your way. ( he likes to play forward and is pretty good at it but coach tried to break the slump and shake things up a bit and put him defence and he is amazing at that!) Preserverance, drive and determination! He also learned to be a sweet, caring friend, consoling other team members. It is after all a team effort! These are all lessons that he never would have learned if we had a winning season!

card making, Creative Moments Challenge, design team, Uncategorized

A Boy And His Dog-Creative Moments Challenge #141

Here I am once again with a fantastic challenge from Creative Moments Challenge Blog.

For Challenge #141 the theme is a minimum of 2 flowers on your creation.

My sponsor this challenge is

The image that I have chosen is Cinema Chaplin. It is an adorable image of a boy and his dog. I have boys and dogs so this one tugs at my heart. ❤️ I don’t very often use flowers on masculine cards so this is a bit of a challenge for me but I am up for it!

I used Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs paper. One of the papers had a beautiful floral print in gorgeous, vintage colours. The colours of this floral paper were incorporated into the Cinema Chaplin stamp as to coordinate the image with the paper. The floral paper is what I used as the flowers requested in the theme. I layered up several patterned papers and knotted lace ribbon to give the look of depth while using 3D adhesive to lift the characters.

Products used: Mari digi image, Spectrum Noir markers, Chameleon markers, Graphic45 paper sticker and chipboard , Recollections cardstock, miscellaneous ribbon.

Check out more gorgeous I images at Mari Digi.

ball hockey, Cricut, Family, kids, sports

Hockey Family-Cricut Style

You may or may not know that we are a hockey family that doesn’t play ice hockey! 😂We watch hockey. We play street hockey. We play knee hockey. We talk hockey. We collect hockey cards. We talk stats! We love the stats! My boys DO however play ball hockey which is basically, hockey off ice!

Every season has playoffs, hopefully ending in a trip to the medal games. We have made it to the medal rounds a few times before but have always come up empty. The one constant in our playoffs is the t-shirts that I wear to cheer on my teams! For the past few seasons I have used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut and design my t-shirts. I used my Cricut Easy Press to press it.

Here are some of my past t-shirts. As you can see our teams have been the Grizzlies and the Wolves.

Again we are on the Grizzlies and Wolves but last playoffs I only made one Wolves shirt because both boys ended up on Wolves team but in different age groups. This time I needed another Wolves shirt to wear so I made this one for me.

My younger son wanted to get in on the T-shirt action so we made him this one which he will proudly wear this weekend to his brother’s games.

Unfortunately our team drew the short straw so we have a game at 7am on Sunday morning! 😴 I made a shirt for the occasion! I love this shirt so much that I will be wearing it a lot even when we aren’t in playoffs!

I love using my Cricut Explore Air 2 and Easy Press. It gives us the flexibility to create what we want, when we want it! You can bet that as long as my boys are playing ball hockey I will be making playoff shirts!

card making, design team, Uncategorized

Video Game Guy-Creative Moments Challenge #135

😊EDIT: This card has been published in the Summer 2018 issue of Creative Scrapbooker!

Welcome to the  second challenge of the year from Creative Moments Challenge Blog. The challenge this week has a theme of ANYTHING GOES!

You can find more details of this challenge or future challenges at

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My sponsor for this challenge is

You will find that clicking the images above will take you directly to Creative Moments, and the video game guy at Bugaboo Stamps.

The image that I chose is Video Game Guy. I love this video game guy! I chose this image because it reminds me of my sons, especially my oldest. Gaming & snacks, with a little garbage thrown in, is his normal. LOL! It pretty much sums up their free time when they aren’t playing ball hockey.

Here is my video game guy project. I decided to make an easel card. It has been ages since I have made one. This card is approximately 6″x6″. This card is the perfect size to contain gift cards! 😉

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I coloured the video game guy with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, the “Fun and Games” and circuit board are part of the CTMH Tech Speak Stamp Set. Also from CTMH is the blue cardstock and brads. The fun, game-themed paper is from a stack of Crate Paper called Boys Rule. I used Recollections kraft cardstock and black Staz-on ink to complete the card.

I have also entered into the following challenges.

Pammies Inky Fingers-anything goes< a href=”http://ttcrd.blogspot.com/”>Through The Craftroom Door-anything goes