Thursday, August 26, 2010

Twisted Thursday-Use Letter!

Hello! The Twisted Thursday challenge this week is to use letters on your project. This is another darling image from the Shirley's 2 Girls back to school release. I don't even have kids to get ready for school, no teacher gifts to make or anything, but I have had a ball with these new images. I do have a couple of friends that are teachers and I have learned from them that keeping pencils around can be pretty difficult. So that inspired my pencil box idea. I started with a plain wooden box from Michael's and painted it black. I punched out letters from thin chipboard to make my letters for the challenge using the Sizzix Twang alphabet. I printed off my image after sizing it to fit the box. Here is a close up of the image:
I colored my image using Copic markers and then used some yellow paper as a background. My cute little pencil also came from the do-it-yourself wood section at Michael's--I didn't paint it, it came that way! Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's creations!

Also, if you are free tonight, Shirley's 2 Girls will be hosting Digi Day on SNR tonight from 5:00-6:00 (PST). We will be showcasing "tailgating recipes". Join us if you can.

Want another free S2G image to play with? Join our group on Paper Craft Planet and you will find a free image on the group page. We are also doing a challenge using the free image for a chance to win even more images!

Monday, August 23, 2010


I have had a little time off the past week or so. We went to Indiana for a long weekend and then I took a couple of extra days off after we returned. Normally when we do a long weekend trip like that, I will take off the days we are going to be gone and then go back that Monday even though we often get back late on Sunday night. It has been such a hectic summer, beginning with the flood in early May, that I decided that I needed some extra days off where I could sit at the house and not even get out of bed if I didn't want to! 

About a year ago, my friend Julie asked if I wanted to take a jewelry making class with her at our local Jo-Ann's. I had thought that would be something that I would enjoy so when she invited, I took her up on it and I was so glad I did! It was so much fun hanging out with her and her friends for the evening. I don't make (or wear) jewelry all that much, but I do love necklaces. I have lost quite a bit of weight over the summer and am able to wear some of my nicer clothes that have just been sitting in the closet and have rewarded my weight loss with a few new pieces as well. After shopping all afternoon with my MIL one day and seeing the prices of the necklaces in the store and not finding what I wanted, I decided to pull out all my beads and see what I could come up with. I do enjoy this once I sit down and actually do it. Here are two of the necklaces that I made last week. The beads come from various places, I tend to pick them up here and there as I find things I like. 
Thanks for stopping by and visiting. I am going to start being a better blogger now that the house is getting back to normal. 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Twisted Thursday--Use the color YELLOW!

Using the color yellow is not a challenge for me at all, so I loved this week's challenge. I am loving these new Shirley's 2 Girls back to school images. Not only are they great for back to school, but several are great images to use to when presenting a gift card to a bookstore. I colored my "bookworm" with Copic markers and used some Glossy accents on the glasses.  I added a yellow bow and then a little flower with a sequin for the center.  

Using the same image, I also made a gift card holder. All you have to do is untie the bow on this and you will find a gift card to Books a Million. Other than a craft store, that is my favorite place to receive a gift card from!

We would love for you to join us this week in our challenge! Simply create your project using the color YELLOW and then link it to the S2G Challenge Blog. Need some additional inspiration? Check out the rest of the DT blogs!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Twisted Thursday--Use Notebook Paper

Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to another Twisted Thursday! I can't believe it is already time for school to start back, the summer has just flown by so quickly. Shirley's 2 Girls' have done it again, I love all these new back to school images, each one is just cuter than the last. Our twist this week is to use notebook paper on our project. I happened to have this cute notebook paper that I got from Jo-Ann's a while back, I like it because instead of being plain white, it is yellow which happens to be my favorite color. My image is colored with Copic markers and the blackboard paper is from DCWV. I used A Sizzix set called Rat-A-Tat for my ABCs. We would love to have you play along with us this week. Create your project, remembering to use the twist of notebook paper and then link it to the S2G challenge blog. Don't forget to check out the other DT blogs too.

Shirley's 2 Girls have also started a tutorial blog that can be found here. Keep checking back to see how to create some really awesome projects.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Twisted Thursday--Use RED!

Hello, hello, hello!! I can't believe it is already that time of year again, I mean where did the summer go? School started on Monday, I don't know where July went. Shirley's 2 Girls has some darling new back to school images that are just now being released. I love all the back to schools supplies and everything. I remember being a little girl and going shopping with my mom for the perfect school supplies, I still love new notebooks and pens and papers. Our Twisted Thursday challenge this week is to use the color RED. I decided to make some reading logs and I think this one will go to my niece. For each grading period they have a reading goal and then a little award assembly to recognize the kids that meet their goals. They have little prizes for different milestones too. I try to go to all these and they always beg me to sign them out and take them home. I am thinking we can use these as a way to encourage them to meet or surpass the goal. There are lots of pages in these composition books for them to record the books they have read. Plus they are both at an age now that I can read some of the same books. I know that encouraged my older nephew to read more. He loved it when we read the Harry Potter series, the Chronicles of Narnia and a few others and then we would discuss them. I am hoping to do something like that again this year. 

Onto the project: I used Copic markers to color my image and some red and black card stocks from DCWV and PP that I got from Target last year. My ribbon boarder is from Offray and I used the Slim Jim alphabet set from Sizzix to punch out my letters. 

We would love it if you would join us this week. Create your own project and don't forget to add the Twist of the color RED and then link it to the challenge blog! The rest of the design team also have some awesome projects using some of the other new images, you can find their links on my sidebar.