Sunday, October 13, 2013

Bulletin Board: VBS - Colossal Coaster World

I'm a little embarrassed to post this because as I was taking this bulletin board down, I realized that I never actually finished it.  This was to advertise our VBS this past summer.  I intended to put the Scripture verse and maybe some other related info on the bulletin board, but I had trouble deciding exactly what else to add and then I just completely forgot about it.  I was horrified when I realized I had left off the most important part!  Well, it did get a lot of attention, so I guess it served the purpose of advertising VBS.  (But shame on me!)

The "sky" background was some wrapping paper I found on clearance.  The border is a strip of tickets from the Dollar Tree.  The fence and gate along the bottom were cut from the Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut cartridge.  I added the Colossal Coaster World logo over the gate.  I cut the Help Wanted sign using CCR basics and put it on the fence as a subtle hint to fellow church members.  ;-)  The grass in front of the fence was actually a cattails border from Everyday Paper Dolls.  I used the cattails as the flower stems.  The flowers were from a small punch.  The ticket booth, carousel, ferris wheel, waterslide, and the roller coaster on the left are all from the Carousel cartridge. 

The roller coaster on the right is from the Summer Vacation cartridge.  I created the coaster cars by combining several shapes together and manipulating them in CCR until I was satisfied it looked like a roller coaster.  The reason I added my customized cars was because I was originally going to put photos of some of the church members on the rides, but then I decided they would have been too small to notice (and I just ran out of time and motivation).

The plane ride (bottom left) is also from Summer Vacation.

The lakes and some of the trees were from the Campin' Critters cartridge.  The other trees and bushes were cut in various sizes from Everyday Paper Dolls.

Most everything was cut out of poster board since they were so large, and I chose to hand paint them rather than cut layers.  It was a lot of work, but it was fun and I was fairly pleased with the overall result.
(See post about the Colossal Coaster World VBS decorations HERE )

Monday, October 7, 2013

Skeleton Shower Curtain

Since I'm getting back to blog posting and Halloween is quickly approaching, I thought I'd post this project from last year.  (Yes, I am really, really behind.)  I made this skeleton shower curtain for a Cricut contest using images from A Frightful Affair/Movable Monsters cartridge.   I don't really get into the scary part of Halloween, but I have had a blast with this skeleton!  (I hope to post the other projects eventually.)

The skeleton cut is from Movable Monsters, but it is also available as an individual cut which is what I bought.  Cricut had some of the cuts (including the skeleton) for free use during the contest, but when I saw how much fun I was having with the skeleton I had to buy it.

The bats, spiders and spider webs are from the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge.  The shower brush is from Everyday Paper Dolls.  The paper doll cartridges are among my favorites.  They have a little bit of everything.  The rubber ducky and the bubbles are from A Child's Year.


Sunday, October 6, 2013

T's Giraffe Wall Art

For T's birthday you can never go wrong with a giraffe.  Instead of making her a card, I wanted to go much bigger (now that I have the capability using my Silhouette Cameo).  As usual I had to relearn the little bit I knew.  I really need to make time to use it every few days at least for a while so maybe the info will stick in this old brain of mine.

The giraffe cut is from KaDoodle Bug Designs' Watch Me Grow set.  I was a bit disappointed that you can see through the yellow contact paper I used, but that's what I get for being cheap.   In fact, nothing really worked out as I planned.  I wanted to put it on the wall by her bed, but the contact paper wouldn't stick to the textured wallpaper.  The only place I could put it was on the closet door which is partially hidden by her wheelchair.  After I started assembling the giraffe parts, I realized I was not going to be able to position the "arms" the way I had planned.  (I wanted them outstretched a bit more.  Also, there was no room to put the tail, so I just left it off.  I was hoping to change out the banner for the different seasons/holidays.  We'll see if it even stays up there.

If she could talk, I know T would tell me she loves it anyway.  And she would laugh.  I miss her laugh.