Sunday, July 25, 2010

Shark Tale

So William asks me this past week, "Mom, can we make me a shark tooth necklace?" I asked him why and he said because he had seen several people at camp with shark teeth necklaces and since the shark is one of his favorite animals, he thought it would be cool. I told him first we would have to figure out where to find a shark tooth. I checked Michael's, no luck. Then we went to the bead store in Chandler called Another Bead Please and no luck. The gal there said to try Black Market Minerals at Arizona Mills Mall. We gave it a try. Walked in the store and found two baskets full of shark teeth. Plenty to choose from. Here's the one William picked.....

Now, how to turn it into a necklace. I would have to wire wrap it. I've only done wire wrapping one time before so I wasn't sure how long it would take me or if it would even turn out. It ended up taking less time then I thought. Not anything too fancy but William loves it and that's what counts!

Friday, July 23, 2010

What I've been up to....

So, here I'd like to share with you some of the projects I have been working on over the summer. It actually started in April in preparation for Mother's Day. I made my sister-in-law, Brooke, a keepsake 6x6 book commenorating her first Mother's Day. It's a chipboard book commenorating the first six months of Allison's life. I used the Teresa Collins Chic Bebe' Girl line of paper and embellishments. I coated the outside of it with modgepodge to seal it. Hooked it together with binder rings and added ribbon to make it more girly. Brooke loved it! It made me so happy to make it! Heehee! Yes, I'm a big dork who geeks over scrapbook stuff. If you haven't figured that out by now.......

Then I had to make a Father's Day one for my brother Dan because how unfair would that be if he didn't get recognition too. I wanted the same kind of brag book for Dan but it had to be more masculine. While Brooke's book was a look at Allison at each of the first six months of her life, Dan's book was going to be about his love of photography. He's always taking candids of her and some of those pictures are going to get him into trouble when she starts dating. Thank goodness that's not for many years yet. The Mamarazzi line of paper from Bo Bunny was just screaming Dan's name. It has all these vintage cameras on it and all these references to photography. I finished off the covers with modgepodge again to seal it. I also used metal hole protectors and I can't remember if they are Tim Holtz or 7 Gypsies but they added a masculine touch. Of course, I needed to add something to the rings to dress it up, so I used a ribbon that wasn't too fussy.

I also made some Father's day gifts for my Dads (Glenn who is married to my mom and Bob who is my biological dad).

For Glenn, I took a wooden block, sanded and painted it. I got the wooden block from Scrapbook Barn. I think you could find it at other craft stores too but I'm not sure. Then I took some 7 Gypsies paper and ripped it and distressed it with Tim Holtz ink. I printed the pictures in sepia tone and added them to the block along with the die cut letters. I modgepoded over the whole thing to seal it. My dad loved it and has it on his desk at his job, which is what I had intended.

For Bob, I got a chipboard book that spelled out "Christmas". I painted the outside green and the inside red. Then I modgepodged it again as a sealant. I like modgepodge....if you couldn't guess. Then I decorated the inside with pictures we had taken during our Christmas visit. I used several different brands of designer paper and embellishments. Dad loved it! All he could say was, "Wow!" Made me smile.

I use modgepodge on these types of things because I want to preserve what the paper looks like. It acts like a preservative, Iguess. Just in case you were wondering.

And, of course, I had to make something for my darling hubby too!

For Brad, I commenmorated this years baseball season with our son William. I figured, since I was making keepsakes for all my other family, I should, naturally, make something for him. He liked it.

Oh, how could I forget to show you the framed scrapbook art I made for my Mom for mother's day. Shame on me!

I used paper from Prima Marketing, a sentiment from Bo Bunny and Stickles.

Then after that I had an 50th wedding anniversary album to work on for a woman named Jan. She hired me to do it for her parents. She said that they did not own anything like it and she was not a scrapbooker. It wasn't too hard a task as she didn't want alot of embellishments. It was all I could do to restrain myself because I LOVE embellishments. I hid alot of journal boxes throughout the album. Jan said, at first, that she didn't want journal boxes in the album because she didn't think her mom would want to journal. Jan said her mom didn't think her handwriting looked nice and didn't think she could right well. I showed her a couple pages that I finished with hidden journal boxes and she loved the idea. This way, her mom can write down her thoughts, preserve her family history but it doesn't have to be on display. Another cool fact was her mom wrote on the backs of some of the photos. I scanned the writing, copied it to cardstock and incorporated it into the album. So, her mother really did personalize the album. Their anniversary is at the end of August. I hope they love it as much as I loved putting it together. Here is a sample of some of the pages I did from that album.

For the papers, I used 7Gypsies, My Minds Eye and Graphic 45. They collect antiques and these lines have a heritage look to them.

So, now I'm on to other projects. I'm finishing up my wedding album. Yes, you read right. I've been married for 17 years and am finally doing my own pictures (more on that later). I'm also working on updating a wall in my kitchen. It's been decorated the same way for 16 years and needs a change. Here's what it looks like now....
You'll have to stay tuned for the result....... :)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

So why cherished creations?

I named my blog cherished creations because I was inspired by I cross stitch picture I had done years ago. It was the first one I had completed and framed. For a while it hung in my daughter's room because she's a creative person and it was appropriate. Now, I have it in my dining room on my hutch just so I can see it. It reminds me of how much I love to be creative.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Getting Started....

I never thought I'd be starting a blog, but since starting my new crafting adventure, I thought it was a good time to start. A little about me...I'm a married mother of two who went back into the workforce after my son entered Kindergarten. I started out by working at the school district and was lucky enough to land employment on the campus not far from my house and where my son goes to school. Unfortunately, with today's economy, working for the school district is not secure employment. While loving what I do, I found I needed steadier work. I found a job at a scrapbook store which I love. It's the Scrapbook Barn, in Gilbert, AZ. I LOVE this job and it allows me creative license to create and share ideas. On that note, I've been getting more and more crafty with my crafting....haha! So, creating this blog was the next logical step. I can show what I've done, what I can do and how much fun I have doing it. I make cards, albums and scrapbook pages, ornaments; you name it. I've started doing some wall hangings that were inspired by some of the creative women I work with. I can't wait to share it all with you! Thanks for looking!