Saturday, January 31, 2009

Gold medal

That's how the gold medal looks like:

Pure happiness

It is our 5th day in Colorado at Midwestern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships. The day started at 4am with a shower for me, nagged breakfast for Lila, than getting into the competition dress, making the hair, sewing the the hair, the headpiece and the bow in place and getting to the rink. 7am the preliminary flight began. Wisconsin Edge skated 5th and we knew they had a great solid skate. They did whatever they could and now we just had to wait and see how other team did. After all 9 teams had skated and some nervous waiting time we got the results - 1st place. It was a terrific ending of the season. For preliminary level it is the highest competition they can be in. The team parents are so proud of the girls. Go Edge!

That's how the champions have fun - enjoying the hot tub with snow covered Colorado mountains in the background.
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Saturday, January 24, 2009

New blanket

A while ago Fiskateer Amanda posted how to make a flannel fringe blanket. I decided to give it a try and few months later I am finally done! The project doesn't take so much time I just took very big breaks between the steps :) I was absolutely sure that it will not work but somehow it did and now Eli has a cute little blanket.

My other recent creation is this vest. I think it turned out very sweet. :)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Fiskars Friday - treat pouch with decorative corner

1. Gather your supplies. Two -sided patterned paper is the best because you are going to see both sides. I chose to work with some older Chatterbox paper because it is not too thick.

2. Cut 7.5"x7.5" square. I tried few different sizes and that's what I liked the best.
3. Fold the square into triangle and punch the corner using Fiskars corner-border punch. Punch the border twice. The punch works in whole inch increments so at the end of this step you should have 3" of punched border.

4. Punch the border twice on the other side of the triangle. Because I was using thin paper I was able to punch through 2 layers. If you have heavy paper, unfold the triangle and punch each corner separately.

5. Fold one corner of the triangle just below the punched design. See the photo.

6. Fold the second corner.

7. Open the created pocket and fold one side down. With the finger, tuck in the bottom of the pouch - this will allow the pouch to stand (with some help :-) )

8. Decorate as desired. I used the XL scallop heart and L heart punches and some raindots

The idea for the pouch is from the 3D Design Challenge blog.

More Fiskars Fridays: Debby from Debby's Dare shows how to used Fiskars border punch.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Mid-America Synchronized Skating Championships

Another ice skating competition. Number 3 this season and the farest so far. Every competition the girls are getting a little giveaway from one of the moms. This time I was doing the giveaway. I decided to make a water bottle charms. I saw the idea on Hero Arts blog few months ago and thought it will be nice to do the same for Lila's team. It started with a bunch of beads, an ice skate stamp, shrinky dink sheets and a circle punch.

After some experiments with different sizes and designs I decided what I want to do and 8 hours later I had 19 little beaded bracelets with shrinky dink charms and a huge mess.

I finished the enveloped in the hotel room. One side of the charm has an ice skate image, the other side has the monogram.

As for the competition, the girls did great! The skated beautifully and took the second place!

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Design Your Life - layouts

Catching on some layouts from the BPS class I took - Design Your Life by Cathy Zielske.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Whoo loves you?

Yes, same sketch and even the same title. I really loved the layout I made for Crystal so I made one for myslelf also. 7 Gypsies paper and stickers, Basic Grey rub-ons, MM felt letters, Heidi Grace chipboard, Kaizer Crafts pearls and my favorite Quickutz die designed by Gretchen.

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Welcome my little friend

Here is the little guy that was picking out behind my Hanukkah frame.

Do you know the feeling when you get a new toy and you just HAVE to play with it?? When I opened an envelope from Gretchen and saw the most adorable owl die that she sent me, the only thing I wanted to do is to make owls :) I pulled 3 papers from my scrap drawers and made this cute birdie. I don't have any plans for him yet, probably he will just live in my basement/scrap space. This die was designed by Gretchen. She is the most talented girl! How sweet of her was to send me the die!

Few days after that I made another one to for a layout. It is one of the layouts I made for Crystal. You can read the story here. I used Creative Keepsakes paper and Becky Fleck's pagemap.

I hope you enjoyed the holidays and ready for exciting 2009! I am looking forward to it!