Friday, May 27, 2011

A LEGO Thank You!

My 12 year old son made a "deal" with his grandparents, that if he could get half of the money to purchase a LARGE Lego set, they would provide the other half.  Well, after drooling over the Lego catalogue since Christmas time, he finally reached his goal.  So off to the Lego store we went with his grandparents.  We had never been to a Lego store before, so this was a field trip for all of us.  Boy was that alot of fun!  He was so overwhelmed with all of the Legos yet in shock that he was buying the set that he has wanted for so long.  This set was intended for the ages of 16+, and yet we knew he could do it.  Well, with little sleep that night, (due to excitement) he got up at 8:30am and began working on this 1,204 piece set.  With just a few bathroom breaks and a forced lunch break (not with the Legos), he completed it in approximately 8 hours.  He is so proud of himself and so very thankful that his grandparents helped him with the money that he has yet to take it back apart and has it on display on his dresser in his room.  Even about a week later, he says to me, "I still can't believe that I have that set and have it completed."  So wonderful that he is that thankful.  Well, after almost tears of joy and excitement that he got it, I told him he needed to make a card and send it to his grandparents.  So he designed his card on my Gypsy and cut it out on the Cricut, and inked the edges of the papers(with a little guidance) and this is what he came up with! So enjoy the pictures of his accomplishment and his card.  I think he did a great job, both on the Legos and on the card.  

We used:
Plantain Schoolhouse Cartridge
Red Card stock
Striped paper from my stash
Blue Ribbon from my stash
Black and brown ink pads for the edges and dots
Dot Cuttlebug folder
Pop dots

 Lego store display

 More store display

My boy hard at work in his room

 One rocket completed

All done!  Look at the pride on his face!

 Hard at work making the card!

All done!
Well, thanks for stopping by to read his story and seeing what even a little boy can boy with both Legos and cards!  I hope you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Father's Day...Stepper Box

Well, once again I am not following the rules of the "traditional" card for Father's Day.  I wanted to do something unique again for this holiday, just the same as I did for Mother's Day.  But, knowing that the men in my life, aren't quite as appreciative of the "crafty" things I had to go with something less elaborate.  Well have you heard of the old saying "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach"?  Well, this was my inspiration for their "Card".  I saw this card, on lots of other blogs and pictures, but no really clear instructions.  Most were either not in English measurements or just plain confusing or not clear on measurements or scoring or what to do with what paper...Soooo, I did some research and comparing and started out with a little from this site and a little from another site and Waaalaaaa!  This is what I came up with.  Not bad if I do say so myself!  Well, once I had a template, I made this one.  It was not hard at all.  I was trying to keep the design simple yet very nice for these wonderful Dad's in my life.

I used:
K&Company Designer Paper: Amy butler
Gray, bright blue, lime green cardstock from Michael's
Potpourri Basket Cartridge
Blackletter Cartridge
Martha Stewart Punch (Can't remember the name) for the scollop boarder on the lid
Father's Day Stamp from my stash
Silver Ribbon from Michael's (Christmas)
Plastic Rhinestones
Metallic Dots from Joann's

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. 
Thanks for looking and I hope you have a very wonderful day.