Happy Valentine’s Day!
I spent ALOT of years with no valentine so it is really nice to have my hubby now! he totally surprised me with an awesome Pandora Bracelet – a combo anniversary/valentine gift. i have seen these and was really intrigued even though i am not much of a jewelry girl. it is very much like a slide bracelet (my all time fave) but the charms are round and slide onto a single strand instead of double. i have two charms on it – an M and a Heart one. then he will add charms as we go – they have them for everything he says – birthstones – so i can do me, him & the kids, and all sorts of theme ones – plus alot of them are a combo of silver and gold which i especially like. while he was picking it out i apparently got him a watch for our anniversary/valentines day tee heeee! watches are his weakness and he had not gotten a new one in a long time! it is really cool – you can see the mechanisms doing their thing – i love that kind!
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in addition i made him something of course! i saw this idea weeks ago on two peas but can’t remember where or i could link it up. you know those stacks n stacks of studio Gs you all have? well PULL THEM OUT!!
here’s a closer look at them:
this was fun to put together. i started by choosing the size frame i wanted. this one had an opening for 8.5″ x 11″ but a word of warning – doesn’t quite measure exactly so i ended up with more squares than i needed. next i took an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper and cut the squares out using the George cartridge - love that one! so useful! if you have an Expression you don’t even have to try and calculate how m,any squares you need. i decided i wanted to work with 1.5″ squares so i set my cricut setting on that, picked the squares with the rounded corners and then chose the fill page option. TA DA – all the squares i need.
next i had to decorate them – i decided to do them in groups of 4 and used technique junkies techniques for each grouping with all of my various Studio G valentine stamps. PERFECT! whats technique junkies techniques? Technique Junkies is a FABULOUS newsletter put out every other month by Pat Huntoon and it is LOADED with all sorts of fantastic ideas and techniques with detailed instructions. i have been getting it for years and could not go without it! so i will give you the name of each one here from the newsletter.
The latest newsletter focused on shimmering paints so there were lots of good ideas and instructions to use Smooch & Inpsirations Paints been having fun experimenting with!
the last two collections of squares i used shimmering spritzes and it gave me a chance to compare two different kinds:
Of all of the ready made shimmer sprays available i definitely prefer smooch – and they announced 8 more colors at CHA – Good News! Those as well as shimmerz and the Inspirations paints are all available at a great price from SCACD!
i finished of with the word love from the sweetheart cricut cartridge.
i made another one with a recent release of studio Gs at Michaels as a gift for Bob Gallagher – the studio G guy himself:
This one was done a bit differently – i cut 2″ squares and then before i took them off the cutting mat i placed a tim holtz mask over them and sprayed with distress ink pearl mist. i rubbed the base piece with two colors distress inks, stamped the studio G images on the squares and then edged them with distress ink. i smeared some distress stickles here and there on the corners. the word and bird images re cut with the songbird cricut cartridge. i think he liked it….
i had so much fun with these i am going to make another one for my mom – easter but BIGGER. she does a big easter family reunion crawfish boil every year so it will be a nice present when i go down for that!
and now i am off to clean the house – ICK!!!