Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Monster Energy T Shirt

 

At a recent trip to the mall with the kiddos, my oldest son      fell-in-love-with          begged-mom-for       just-had-to-have-or-else-he-would-die   admired  this Rob Dyrdek Monster Energy T~shirt!!!    It was a pretty cool shirt but at the low price of $35., mom couldn’t resist saying, “I can make that!”  {while thinking I’m going to save BIG $$$$$} 

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I SCORED huge “mommy brownie points” with these T-shirts!!!

These shirts where made with my Cricut machine, SCAL,  freezer paper, and textile/fabric medium.  It’s a lot easier to apply dark paint colors on a lighter shirt but it can be done on a darker shirt as well.  You just need to apply 3 thin coats of paint to get complete coverage over the dark t-shirt.  

The only draw-back to these t-shirts turning out this  great …… that they want one in every color combination!  Ohhh and don’t think for a moment that my daughter hasn’t asked for one in pink!!!   And it only gets better because no their friends are asking for one too! 

But I have a little surprise for them …… I’m going to plan a  little t-shirt making party at the house and they can make their own.   Can you see it??????    T-shirts and Tacos Party  

Carrie

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

SC State Artwork

 

I wanted to add a little artwork above my son’s nightstand and why not make it a bit educational at the same time?!?!?! 

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A simple 5x7 white frame from IKEA and scrape paper.  I didn’t have any wide red and white striped scrape paper so I made my own.  I cut and glued strips of red paper over a sheet of 5x7 white paper. 

Used my Cricut machine to cut an outline of the state of South Carolina and a teeny tiny yellow star to mark our location!

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Because the homeschool mom in me loves this so much….. I think this would be great in our classroom…… with each state and capital!!!  

Nothing like a great little arts and crafts project to get my son geared up for United States Geography!!!!

Carrie

Friday, July 23, 2010

Fab Friend Friday

I just have to show everyone this kitchen make~over by Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek. 

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With the help of her hubby and her father, this very impressive kitchen was a complete Do-It-Yourself project for under $4000. {including appliances} 

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The Ballard inspired shelving is my favorite! 

You must GO and check out her before photo and then tell me {and Katie} just how impressive this makeover really is! 

Click here for Katie’s Kitchen before and after

 

Have a great weekend,

Carrie

Monday, July 19, 2010

One For All

My darling daughter fell in love with my clipboard and ask me to make her one.  Now if you have more than one child, you know you can’t just make one of anything.  So I took it upon myself to make each of my beautiful children a clipboard. 

First up…. my daughter’s much requested clipboard.  This clipboard I used was a bet translucent.  So I only decorated the back. 

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My oldest son, who just turned 15.  This could of have been tricky to design a clipboard that had a big enough  “COOL” factor.  {you know… because how many teenage boys get excited about a clipboard?}  But I think I pulled it off…..

           Front                                              Back

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And last but not least, my youngest son, the one I always refer to as the “All~American Kid”.  He has a  love for all things Americana!  This clipboard was made with scrape paper and vinyl.

            Front                                              Back

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These will be perfect for when we go back to school.  I not sure why I didn’t do this project before now.   With our homeschooling, there are a lot of times that we need to do our school work somewhere other than at our desks.  {doctor/dentist office, while mom runs errands, or how about those picture perfect days when it’s a shame to be sitting inside}

Be Blessed,

Carrie

Friday, July 16, 2010

Where Has She Been

Sorry for my lack of post lately.  With all the travel that my family has done recently it has left a lot of unfinished, over~do, left undone, over~grown projects.  Nothing exciting that anyone wants to see {or honest anyone wants to do} but  it was a long list of  necessary things that needed to be done in and around our home.  Also I’ll add …. with all the traveling  {6 long weekends away from home} our savings has become a little “SICK”.   And  don’t forget the new vehicle that we purchased last month that I have challenged myself to have PAID OFF by February 2010! 

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The solution…..  The hubby and I challenged ourselves to sit down one night and compile a list of things that needed to be done around the house with little to NO money!    We’ve been working hard the last two weekends and have accomplished a lot!!!!!   Just a small preview of our “Low cost/no cost TO~DO” list……

  • Change oil in vehicle
  • Clean motor home inside & out
  • Fix tractor tire
  • Trim bushes & trees {front done.  back and side beds still need trimming}
  • WEED. WEED. WEED. {this never gets removed from the list}
  • Pressure wash the house
  • Pressure wash sidewalk & deck
  • Fix bathroom sink
  • List items for sale on Craigslist {Large items and Small items}

 

Enough with the boring stuff….. I need a clipboard for myself and no boring mania~colored clipboard would do.

{Front}

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{Back}

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Nothing a little scrap~paper, Mod-Podge, and vinyl can’t fix.

Why do I need a fancy clipboard?  So you glad you asked. 

I started the P90X fitness program! 

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See that important little word?  The one that says…. “EXTREEME”.  Well honey, let me tell you  they aren’t freakin’ kiddin!!!  I started the first three days only doing half of my ability. {you know… so I would only be a little sore} 

Ha. Ha. Ha.

My craftroom is on the second floor of our house.  I am telling you I  literally could not climb the stairs.  Heck, I couldn’t even type out a post.  I was THAT sore for 3 days. 

I’m not giving up.  I’m sticking with the program.  And if a cute little clipboard is what I need to keep me motivated…well….then a cute little clipboard is what I created.   

 

Be Extreme,

Carrie

Fab Friend Friday

The other day I received a very lovely email from Karyn.   Karyn writes, “We have a beautiful river stone fireplace in the living room with funny spikes coming out of it.  Just really odd.  So I have been trying to figure out what to do with them besides removing them.”

She was so excited when she found her inspiration during a visit to Dittle Dattle.

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Can you see the interesting spikes that Karyn was talking about?  That sure would have had me scratching my head to figure out what to do!!!!?!?!?!  I think Karyn did a fabulous job!  Thank you for sharing!

Happy Friday,

Carrie

 

Monday, July 5, 2010

Palmetto Tree SVG File

Ya’ll must have loved this project as much as I had because I have had many requests for this SVG file.  I must say the pink does looks great on my black vehicle ands it’s holding up wonderfully. {in both the rain and a car wash!}

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Okay…. here’s my first attempt to attach a downloadable file.  {please be patient if this doesn’t work correctly the first time}

Palmetto Tree SVG File

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July

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Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful 4th of July!

God Bless,

Carrie

 

Friday, July 2, 2010

Patriotic Peace Sign

Have you ever visited a blog and thought to yourself…..……….. Everything this person does is just wonderful?  I mean your just in awwwww of the things they create and the way they decorate……

I’m here to keep it REAL

cause I don’t want you to think that about me or my blog

LOL

 

Here’s is my most recent “belly-flopper-of-an-idea”

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I saw a “GAP” T~shirt at the mall that inspired this idea.

Here was the plan: 

Use a floral foam wreath {purchased from the dollar store} and cut up some left over packing material to create a peace sign.

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Glue on a few hundred crepe paper roses in patriotic colors.

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Attach all of that to a wooden plaque and add a blue vinyl “Believe” or “I Believe” or even “ We Believe”. 

As I started applying the crepe~paper roses, I got that feeling in my stomach.  You know…. the one that tells you this isn’t turning out the way you envisioned?!?!?! 

My kids say it looks to “crafty”!  What does that mean?

and The Hubby just gritted his teeth as he smiled. That can’t be good?

So I’ll be setting this project a side and realize this wasn’t one of my better executions.

If I had to do it all over….. I think I would have stayed with one color of crepe~paper roses on the peace sign and add the patriotic flare to the plaque and vinyl. 

Live and Learn.  And know that they all can’t be winners!

 

Godspeed,

Carrie

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Freezer Paper T Shirt Tute

 

I had a few emails ask for more details on how I created the T-shirts for my graduating nieces, so I thought I put together a quick tutorial.

Remember these T~shirts? 
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Start by pre~washing the material to remove all the sizing. 

You’ll need to create a stencil on freezer paper.  I used SCAL {a program that works with my Cricut machine} to design and cut the stencil. ***Be sure to place the paper side down on the Cricut mat and reverse the image before cutting.

If you don’t have a Cricut, please don’t let that stop you from trying this project.  Simply, design something on the computer { or free hand or even use a coloring book}, print it out, lay your design on top of  freezer paper, trace, and cut out.  No excuses!!!

TIP:  There is a papery side and a waxy side to freezer paper.  The papery side will be the  top  and the waxy side will be the side, that when ironed, will adhere to the material.  Soooo with that in mind….. if your doing letters and numbers like I did, make sure your image reads correctly!

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Another tip~~~  Try to keep the cut stencil together.  This made my life a lot easier.  You see why in a minute.

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Lightly iron the stencil in place.  {just enough to tack it down}

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NOW remove the parts that you don’t need.   Here’s why….

  1. It will keep the stencil from being stretched and distorted        
  2. See all the little piece in the middle? {like the center of the “A”} Now I know there placed exactly where they need to be!!!

Iron down the stencil really well.  I used a dry iron with no steam.

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Try to leave plenty of room around the edge of you stencil. {if your a messy crafter like me. LOL}  I was worried that I didn’t leave enough paper above the “T”.    No problem…. cut a small piece and iron in place! 

Are you beginning to see how easy this project really is?

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Choose any color craft paint and mix together with a fabric/textile medium.   The fabric medium I used needed to be mixed in a 2:1 ratio but each brand could be different.  Check the back for directions. 

Edit:  One very important step I missed.  You’ll need to place something like a piece of cardboard, thick cardstock, or as I did, a double layer of craft paper to protect the other side of the shirt!  O0ps… my bad! 

and now Paint!

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Remove the stencil. 

Continue following the directions on the textile medium.

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Ta~Da!!!

Don’t you just love it when a project is this easy? 

What a great summer project to do with the kids!!!  Pull out all those T~shirts {especially the ones with a stain on it} and get the kids involved!  How about some fun patriotic shirts for this weekend?!?!!?

Oh how fun!

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{{{Hugs}}}

Carrie

 
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