Friday, June 26, 2015

Scrapbooking .... long overdue post!!

Well, it's been a while since I shared some scrappy work here so .... here goes!! (*WARNING .... it's long!!)

I've got a few layouts that I've done for Simple Stories. I always love their collections and they keep coming out with amazing new products.

Here's some things that I've created in the past few months. You can hop on over to the Simple Stories blog and see more close-up pictures of these layouts and a brief write-up as well.

I've also been busy working on projects for Silhouette America.  Can I just say (yet again) that I love my CAMEO!!!

Phew!  I told you it was a long post!

And if you've made it down here to the end - thank you!  I hope that I've inspired you creatively in some small way!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I'm back!!!!

Did you miss me??
Easter? That's seriously the last time I blogged!! Wow!!!! So sorry to all of you who've popped by and haven't seen anything new.

Life truly has been busy these last few months - teaching band, teaching piano, kids sports and lots of school activities. Nevermind just everyday family life which is always crazy!!

School finished at the end of last week for my kids and I am truly exhausted.  Really.  I just want to sit, sleep and do nothing.
But it was fun to see our middle child, Ryan, graduate from Gr. 7.  Very proud of him and looking forward to what he accomplishes as he heads to high school in the fall. Isn't he so handsome? I think so.

But this summer I have a long list of DIY projects that I'm hoping to accomplish! Yep! Guess I can't sit still for long.

My list of project:
- refinish tv stand, side table & coffee table (either staining or using some chalk paint)
- sew cushion covers
- refinish 2 old Ikea Poang chairs (I'm thinking of staining them)
- make wooden kitchen signs
- finish painting the inside of our house  (we started & then life got too busy so it's have done! Hate that)
- I've refinished an old tray that I've had for years and hope to work on another one that I just picked up at the Thrift store. (I'd love to make a tray like THIS ONE, THIS ONE  or even THIS ONE from . But I love them ALL!!!
This one is my favourite though!

Plus I'm hoping to hit some antique places around here because I've got some ideas brewing for projects I'd like to make. Hope I can find what I'm looking for!
I'd love to find one of these ....
... because I've always loved those antique kitchen scales.

Anyways, I have make a few pillow cushions. They're super easy & so fun to make.
The first one is a large subway art phrase. I used my Silhouette CAMEO and cut the design from some black Heat Transfer material. Ironed it on and voila!  Easy peasy!!!

This second pillow I made I wanted to create something similar to the one I'd seen online at Urban Barn.

I loved the look and design (but didn't want to pay the money) so I created my own design with a vine wreath shape (Id # 43792)  from the Silhouette Online store.
I created an Internal Offset of the image and then played with the line depth 'til I was happy with the thickness of it. The phrase inside I typed out using a font from the Silhouette Online store called LD Gregarious.
I cut this out of some black Heat Transfer material and ironed it on.

And here's a look at the tray I refinished. I used a gray Chalk paint and then finished it off with a dark brown wax. I used my Silhouette and cut out a design using some black vinyl and adhered it to the top.  I love it!

Today I've started work on a small kitchen sign.  The only problem is I'm so impatient and want to keep going but I have to let things dry completely before I can go on to the next step.
I'll be sure to share pictures shortly.

Well, off to sit & read on my deck now ... and wait not-so-patiently for the stain to dry on my sign!!!

Monday, April 06, 2015

Happy Easter Weekend.

Happy Easter everyone!!
I hope that you have had a blessed weekend.  This has to be one of my favourite times of year. Celebrating my Saviour's resurrection and the fact that I have been redeemed!!!

I was also busy baking this weekend.
I made some Paska (Easter Bread) - something that my Grandma used to make every year.  So it brought back a lot of memories.

It's the tradition to have icing & sprinkles on top!

And yes, it was quickly devoured!!

I also made this fun little cake for our family gathering.  The inside layers were filled with a homemade custard. Yummy.  Everyone loved it. But it was on the sweet side.

I also wanted to share some easter crafts with you. I realize that Easter is over but hopefully this will give you some inspiration for next year!
I made these little projects using my Silhouette CAMEO.

eastercard&boxes | Cari Locken for Silhouette copy
I made this pop-up card with lots of fun details and 2 fun shaped pillow boxes to hold some yummy Easter treats!
First off, let's take a look at the pillow boxes.
I found these cute designs in the Silhouette America online store. I simply cut out the shapes for the design in various pieces of coloured card stock and adhered them together onto the pillow box.
Here's a look at the bunny pillow box ....
bunnyclose|Cari Locken for Silhouette
bunnypillowbox|Cari Locken for Silhouette
Here's a look at the duck pillow box ...
duckclose|Cari Locken for Silhouette
duckpillowbox|Cari Locken for Silhouette
And how could we forget their cute BE-hinds!!
behindpillowbox|Cari Locken for SIlhouette
You will notice that I did adhere some of the pieces with foam squares - just for some added dimension & visual interest.
Then I found this fabulous card (one of many amazing designs that you can find in the online store)!
eastercard|Cari Locken for Silhouette
I wanted to keep the colours subtle but still bright & cheerful!  I knew I wanted to have some sparkly eggs so I cut out the egg shapes from some card stock & Double-Sided Adhesive Sticker paper. I then began adhering the Double-sided Adhesive Sticker pieces (eggs) to the card stock making sure to layer them one on top of each other.
First peel off the yellow paper.
1adhesivesheet|Cari Locken for Silhouette
Then place this onto the card stock.  (the white side will be on top).  Then peel that white sheet off and you'll be left with the sticker clear piece.
2adhesivesheet|Cari Locken for SIlhouette
Repeat this process until all of the eggs have been adhered to the card stock.
3adhesivesheet|Cari Locken for Silhouette
I then sprinkled some Silhouette Glitter over the sticker eggs.  I first sprinkled some blue glitter, then little bits of copper (I was going for the speckled blue egg look). I then sprinkled a bit more blue glitter to cover up any missing spots.
glitter|Cari Locken for Silhouette
The bunny I cut out of grey card stock, Double Sided Adhesive paper and then covered with some grey Flocking Powder.  I wanted the bunny to look soft.
felt|Cari Locken for Silhouette
The basket layer I cut from some kraft coloured Adhesive Corrugated Paper.
basketclose|Cari Locken for Silhouette
close1|Cari Locken for Silhouette
I love how the title pops up too!  This is definitely a fun card to create.  There's a variety of them to choose from too.  Have fun creating!!!
cardtitle|Cari Locken for Silhouette

Hope you have a wonderful week!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Being creative!

Hi there,

Today I'm sharing a tutorial on the Silhouette blog - Using the Fill Pattern and Knife tool.
Here's a peek at my layout.

It was a fun project to create and I have to admit that I'm learning new things all the time! And I love that!!!

I'm off to go teach band now and I'm so excited for Spring Break to start.  As I can really use it.  Plus it's time for some spring cleaning around this place.  And my kiddos are definitely going to have their fair share to do 'cause their rooms are a disaster.  Time for cleaning & purging! Yah!!!!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, March 02, 2015

Love You To The Moon

Hi there everyone!

I'm thrilled to be sharing this layout of my youngest and me today on the Silhouette America blog. I'd love for you to hop on over and see how I created it.

Here's a LINK to the blog post.

 I had so much fun creating this page and used lots of wonderful Jillibean Soup cut files.

Hope you have a super day!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Silhouette FREE design of the week.

If you haven't had a chance to check out the FREE design over at the Silhouette online store you should.

Here's a peek of what I created .

If you hop on over to their blog you'll see the full layout and details on how I created my page HERE.

Have a great week!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Simple Stories makes it so easy.

This past Friday I shared some layouts up on the Simple Stories blog.
I used the new I AM and WINTER FUN collections - love these!!!!!  Plus these collections make it so easy to create a layout.

Feel free to hop on over to the SS blog and see more close up pictures plus read more about how I created these pages!

Thanks for stopping by!!!