Friday, February 13, 2015

Studio Calico Spotlight | Nirupama

I am so honored this month to be spotlighted on the Studio Calico newsletter and blog.  You can hop over there to see my rambling answers to the interview questions, and more importantly, see some new projects I have been up to this month with their kits!

In the meantime, here are some other projects I did earlier on in the month that I haven't shared yet.

 I took the kids to this "teddy bear picnic" and I'm kind of obsessed with it.  Lakshman was dressed a bear of course and totally acted the part.  I'm just so happy I finally have a bear stamp to use now.

 I am taking Marcy Penner's grid class and this layout came about because of that, and all the scraps I had after making another grid page. I love the way the stitching turned out here.  Overall, it was pretty simple to make which is what I love about using grids. 

Another grid page.  These are so addictive to make.   I stitched the squares before gluing them down and sort of alternated adding pop dots underneath. 
This photo is Nandini in an Audrey Hepburn inspired bunny mask, so I had to use this quote from her.  I almost wrote down, "Hoppy girls are the prettiest" but I resisted the pun.  Maybe a card for Easter?

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cupid Arrow Valentine's Cards

I am so glad we finally finished Avinash's class Valentine's.  Of course, we had to make them instead of buy them.  My craft stash is just way too big not to.  Plus, Avinash loves doing projects together with a passion and it has been a while since I made time for us to do one together.  

Nandini helped too. She would stamp something on a tag, run to the couch, lay down for five seconds and come running back.  And repeat.  She made her best friend Katie a card over and over again and none for anyone else in her class. 

Avinash and I spent a long time brainstorming about what type of cards to make.  I made a few paper berry baskets.  We thought about paper airplanes and paper prize medallions but the ideas never really came together.  On a whim I grabbed a bunch of stirrer sticks from Starbucks on our last Target run.  

I just love the ideas of arrows (as you can see in Avinash's birthday party decorations this year) and realized I could easily tie it into Valentine's Day.

I have a ton of leftover feathers from a custom Etsy order I made a while back.  The kids love to play with them and these feathers somehow find their way all over the house.  So, basically I jump at any chance to use them up.

The making was pretty simple.  I used twine to tie the feathers on the craft sticks.  The heart stickers for the arrowheads are from a target pack.  Avinash and I cut up scrapbook paper into hearts and I stapled the arrows in place.  We made mostly red and pink ones, but he wanted some blues for the pink haters in his class too.

I am loving how these turned out!  We taped a little package of gummi bears to the back.  We did non-candy last year and I figure it's our turn to hand out the stickiness.  One of the mom's in class loves to ask me if I get my ideas from Pinterest.  I kind of want to tell her, "No, pinterest gets it's ideas from me."  Lol.  Honestly, there are a lot of mom things that I am behind on, but I embrace the stuff I have fun doing and just run with it.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Valentine's Day Tags

We actually have a free day at home tomorrow.  No amazing Austin outdoor festival to check out.  No birthday parties.  I got all my Valentine's day papers and stamps and dies and spread them out on the floor of my craft room a few weeks ago.  I am really hoping to sit down with the kids tomorrow and make some cards together. They love doing projects together and so do I.  

I was looking around for inspiration and found these tags we made last year.  

Red + pink stamped tags.  I pasted a family photo on a folded piece of patterned paper, so that it stands up like a frame.  

We made more tags for his class Valentine's party, with bubble wands tied on. I was knew there would be a ton of candy there, so I went for the less sugary but still fun option I think.  Avinash helped me with the stamping and added his coloring as well.  

These are the cards we made.  I still love that little fox.  This year I am thinking prize medallions, paper airplanes or robots maybe?

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