Friday, August 23, 2013

First Birthday Invitation - Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge

Hello - a couple of years ago I found Sweet Treats at Michaels on Clearance - I debated getting it and I am so glad I did - I have used the shaped cards feature on this cartridge several times.  It's just a really fun cartridge.  My sister's beautiful little girl is turning 1 in a couple of weeks so we made these cute invitations for her party.  They were super easy and we made abut 20 of them in about 1 1/2 hours one evening.  The cardstock all came from Hollos PaperCraft.  If you are a paper crafter and live in NE Ohio it's well worth the trip.  They carry many different shades of cardstock and sell it by the pound - it was $1.25/lb.  They also have terriffic prices on envelopes in all kinds of colors.  They seem to start at $ .04 each and go up to around $ .06 for most normal envelopes in the standard sizes.  I live about an hour away and make a trip at least once a year to stock up.

The theme for Priscilla's party is Sweet Shoppe Polka Dot so this cupcake was just right!  We just cut out the cards and assembled, used some ribbon and embossed the "1" with a polka dot embossing folder.  We added a little Crystal Stickles to the swirl and we were done.

I'm gong to post this project on the following sites:

Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes
Glitter and Sparkle - Anything but a square 
Whimsical Designs - Just add Glitter

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Painting Furniture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Well I wanted to paint some things around the house so I did a workshop to learn how to paint using the Annie Sloan Chalk Paints.  Here is my first project - and I am pretty happy with the way it turned out!  It is an unusual table that holds 4 tv trays but they look like drawers when it is all put together.  It used to be my parents and it was looking pretty beat up and dated, but I love the functionality when we have a lot of people over.  I used the Annie Sloan Paris Gray for a bottom coat of the main table and painted over it with the Graphite paint, then I sanded it to distress it so you can see some of the Paris Gray and some wood showing through.  For the four little tables I used Graphite first and then went over them with Arles with a couple of coats.  Then I sanded/distressed these so the Graphite and wood show through.  I am pretty happy with the way they turned out.  The paint is pretty pricey but it is very easy to use and you don't have to sand or prime before painting (which is what drew me to these paints).

Here is another angle of it after it was painted: