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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Phrase Wood Blocks

Hey Friends!

Well I FINALLY finished my big project over the weekend.  I probably would have finished it earlier, but I'm just so picky on how I do things that it sometimes takes me longer than it needs to.  Oh well!  :)  I'll try to give clear step-by-step instructions on how to do it, but if something isn't clear please let me know.

Materials:
-wood blocks (I had a 2 by 4 cut into different sizes at Home Depot)
-paint
-foam brushes
-mod podge
-scrapbook paper (not too thin but not too thick)
-cut out letters
-embellishments
-distressing ink or just black ink
-corner rounder
-hot glue gun

(1) Take blocks and sand down the sharp edges if necessary.

(2) Paint blocks

(3) Choose your scrapbook paper and cut to fit your blocks.  Use corner rounder to round the edges of your paper.

(4) Take your distressing or black ink to distress the edges of your paper.


(5) Use mod podge to glue paper to blocks.  I noticed that it helps if your blocks are smooth with no bumps or cracks in the wood.  Having a smooth surface helps the paper to stick better to the wood.  I applied a small layer of mod podge to the back of the paper and then brushed more mod podge over it and on the blocks.  Let dry.


(6) Take your cut out letters and mod podge the back and then mod podge the letters to the front of the blocks over your scrapbook paper.  Let dry.  (I used the Cricut Storybook cartridge to cut my letters, but you can buy already cut out letters at any craft store in the scrapbooking/ craft section.)

(7) Decorate with embellishments.  I used a hot glue gun to attach my embellishments.  

(8) Display for all to see!

I do have a questions for everyone out there.  I know that there are all kinds of mod podge, but I was wondering which was the shiny kind that looks shiny and glossy.  

I hope everyone has a fabulous Wednesday!  Happy crafting!






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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easter Goody Bag

Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone is having a great week so far!  Mine started out a little rocky yesterday, but today is a lot better!

I made this cute little goodie bag for a sweet sister in my church.  I thought it was very appropriate with Easter right around the corner.  I made the bag from the Schoolbook Cricut cartridge and the bunny and basket from the Stretch Your Imagination Cricut cartridge.  I then just filled it with yummy jelly beans and candy!  YUM!




This is only one Easter craft.  Do you have any other Easter or Spring craft ideas? 
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Have a fabulous day!!  Happy crafting!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Video 3: Making Your Cricut Mat Sticky

Is your Cricut mat loosing its stickiness?  


Well mine was, so I hunted around and found a way to make it sticky again!  YAY!!  I hope this helps you because it sure helped me.
 Click here if you can't view my video.





In my video, I say that the mat dries in about 20 minutes.  Well it took around 45 minutes for mine to dry.  I just wanted to let you all know! 


Have a fabulous day and happy crafting!!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Apple Tree Card

Happy Saturday Everyone!

I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend!  The husband and I were able to get away for a couple hours this morning to do some much needed thinking and bonding!  It was time well spent!

So, I entered to be designer at The Pink Stamper a few weeks ago.  She was having a contest and was going to choose 8 people to be her Pink Designers for three months.  Well, I didn't get chosen, but I didn't let that frustrate me.  Those who were chosen, made some pretty cute things.  Therefore, now that the drawing is over, I can post what I entered.  It's nothing extravagant, but I think its simple and cute!



I used the Stretch Your Imagination Cricut cartridge and my Cuttlebug to emboss the red card stock.

Also, can I say how awesome my husband is?!  Yesterday, he surprised me by telling me that he ordered three Cricut cartridges for me!  Three cartridges that I have been wanting for a long time!!  YAY for tax returns!!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thank You!

Hello Friends!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Thursday!  I just wanted to give a HUGE THANK YOU to those who are following my blog!  I truly feel grateful for the support!  

For those who aren't following Patches of Pink and would like to, simply go to the right side of the page and click on follow!  Your support would be greatly appreciated!  

Have a fabulous day and happy crafting!

How to take better pictures


This guest post is by my wonderful husband!  He is my photographer and takes great pics, so I asked him if he would post on how to take better pictures!  Enjoy!

Many of you have commented on the photography that has been used recently for the images displayed on Patches of Pink, and you have asked for photography tips. Well, here they are...

(1) Subject Matter - First of all, you need something to take a picture of, and it helps if this "something" is interesting. For instance, it is much more interesting when you focus on something that people usually wouldn't expect.


(2) Lighting - I can't stress enough the importance of good lighting. Depending upon the lighting and the time of day, you will have very different pictures. The reflection of light is what creates the colors that we see, and it also creates contrast (making things look 3D). Depending upon what you are wanting, you will make different decisions about your lighting. With people, I like to see the "light" in their eyes (otherwise they look boring and lifeless). For instance, in the picture below, the lighting isn't all that great, but I made sure to get a reflection in my daughter's eyes and the light source is also creating some warm contrasts on her face.


Here, I am using lighting for dramatic effect...


And here, I waited until just the right moment in the day to take the picture...


(3) Cropping - Many individuals are too traditional in their picture taking. Just look at the majority of pictures out there, and you will see full body shots, where they tried to get everything in the picture...Boring! Get creative! Cropping can be so much fun, and it can really give your pictures more spunk. Check out how I cropped some of the images in this post. Also, check out this one below...


Look at how I didn't even try to get her whole head (cut off some on top), and where is the rest of her body? Who needs it. This image is much more interesting when we focus in on exactly what we want to see. And here is another example...


As you can see, you can also make pictures black and white for a special impact, but don't overdo it. The occasional black and white image is cool, but I have seen too many people who try to take an average picture and make it "cool" by changing it to black and white. Black and white is especially effective when there is high contrast in your picture (i.e. see the shadows in this picture? Light and shadow has a high impact in black and white photography).

If you have any questions, feel free to comment on this post. Thanks!

Thanks to April, Erin, and my beautiful baby for being such great models!


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Feather's Flights Giveaway

Hey Friends!

So remember how I told you that there was a giveaway coming?  Well here it is!  Heather, from Feather's Flights made this cute home decor embroidered pillow set.




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Heather specializes in modest do-it-yourself fashion. Her focus is modesty while being fashionable and not frumpy, and how to do things yourself. Her tagline is "an escape from all things, immodest, mundane, and expensive."  She has some really cute things over there!

To enter the giveaway you'll need to head on over to her blog by going here.  Have a look around and then come back and leave a comment here at Patches of Pink letting me know what you think about her blog. 

Winners will be announced on April 10, 2010, so you have until April 9, 2010 at 11:58 PM to enter the giveaway. The winner will be selected at random on April 10, 2010 by random.org.



Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Taco Salad

Hello Everyone!

I just wanted to share with you a family favorite of ours.  We love making burritos and taco salads.  Its a fast and super yummy meal that is kind of healthy for you too.



Recipe:

Crunched tortilla chips
Ground beef or chicken (we use chicken since its a little healthier for you)
Add taco seasoning to your ground beef or chicken (follow directions on package)
Chopped lettuce and tomatoes
Shredded Cheese (whatever your preference is)
Salsa
Queso
Sour Cream and Guacamole (optional)

Pile it all on top of each other and dig in!

What do you like to put on your burritos and taco salads?




Monday, March 22, 2010

Polka Dots and Eclipse

So, I know I need to apologize for not posting anything for a LONG time.  I have been doing two things (1) working on that big, time consuming project and (2) reading the third Twilight book, Eclipse.  I know, I'm probably the last person who hasn't read it, but oh well.  It basically has me completely engrossed (as any Twilight fan can understand).  I've almost finished it, so hopefully I can get back to scrappin and craftin soon!

Here is a super cute card I made for my sisters 18th birthday tomorrow.  I made it sometime last week, but just now got pictures taken of it.  She really likes a lot of "bling, bling," so I tried to put some on there.  I also wanted to do something different with my ribbon, so instead of tying a knot, I crossed two smaller pieces of the ribbon, glued them down and placed a pretty "blingy" rhinestone in the center.  I think it looks really cool!  What do you think?  Do you have any suggestions on how to make it better!  I'm up for suggestions and comments!

I'm also still working on that project and just realized today that I need more supplies, so I'll be making a Roberts trip tomorrow!  I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and a great Monday!  Happy Crafting!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Update: Thank Goodness for Technology!!

Good Morning Friends!

I just wanted to give you an update on whats been going on around here.  My hubby is visiting Penn State University for grad school.  He had some difficulties with his flight... his last layover got canceled due to maintenance so the airport gave them a rental car and they had to drive the remaining 3 hours to get to the University.  They finally got to their hotel around midnight.  I felt so sorry for him.  He was so tired.  Also, I just wanted say how grateful I am for technology.  Last night when he got to his hotel we were able to Skype, so I was able to see him!!!  YAY!!  It was really nice!  I hope we can Skype again tonight too!  

Currently, I'm working on a project that is a little time consuming, which explains why I haven't posted anything these past few days.  I'm hoping to finish it by this weekend so I can post it either on Sunday or Monday.  It's super cute!

Also, there is a giveaway coming up next week so stay tuned!!!  Have a fabulous day!  Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Decorating with Shelves

Hello Friends!

Well its about time!  My husband and I bought these shelves and the picture frame over a month ago and we FINALLY hung them a couple days ago.  We bought the shelves, originally unfinished, at Roberts Crafts and painted them black.  We bought the picture frame from Bed Bath and Beyond that says "All because two people fell in love."  Also, we got both for half off!  I love good deals!  Now all we need to do is print off a picture of our baby girl and replace it with the picture in the frame.  And yes, the shelves are meant to me uneven.  :)



Hope everyone is having a fabulous week!  Happy Crafting!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Baby Buggy Card

Happy Monday Everyone!!

I hope everyone is having a great day!  Today, has been super crazy!  I feel like I have been running around like a chicken with its head cut off!  lol  The weather today was beautiful, though.  It really made me want to go to the park with my daughter, but time just didn't permit it.  I was able to finish this card today.  I was able to accomplish my goal of trying to use my scraps in making cards.  I've had the baby buggy cut out for a while.  It was meant to be used on another card, but I changed my mind.  It think it turned out pretty well.  I used my Stretch Your Imagination Cricut Cartridge to cut out the buggy.  What do you think?



There are some real cute things coming up this week that you'll want to stick around for!  

Have a fabulous day and happy crafting!!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Dancin Scrap Page

WOW!  I just had a great date with my hubby!  We bought tickets for a Broadway Medley Performance.  It was great!  There were songs I knew and some I didn't, but it was still fun!  A super sweet sister from my church watched our daughter and was even able to put her down for the night!  I feel so blessed...I have an amazing husband and daughter and wonderful friends!  Life is grand!!

Ok, now on to business!  :)  

Real quick I wanted to post this cute scrap page of the last dance my husband and I went to before we were married... so we were engaged.  I tried something on this page that I had never tried on a scrap page before.  I have always wanted to add flowers and buttons to a page without using a brad or needle and thread.  So, I tried using glue...DUH!  I used my Zig 2 Way Glue pen to glue both the flowers and the buttons on the page and it worked perfectly!!!  Now, this may not be amazing to you, but I thought it was amazing and I felt pretty proud of myself!  I hope you like it!!!



I hope everyone is having a fun and fabulous weekend!  Happy Crafting!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Purple Embossed Card

Its Friday!  Its Friday!

Last night was so nice!  I was able to spend time with some wonderful ladies at a church activity last night, while my hubby stayed home and put our baby down for the night!  The activity was great and so was my hubby!  I should go out more often!!

Yesterday, I was trying to figure out what kind of card I wanted to make and realized I had a TON of scrap paper that I needed to do something with.  So I made a goal for myself...Try to use as many scraps as possible in my paper crafts.  Therefore, here is a cute and simple card made completely with scraps, including the ribbon.  I didn't use the Cricut, but I did use the Cuttlebug.  Its a cute and simple card that can be thrown together in no time!  


I hope everyone has a Fabulous day!  Happy Crafting!!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Video 2: Cute Embossed Monogram Card

Good Morning Everyone!!

Well here it is!!  My second video!!  I'm starting to like making these videos so I think I'll keep it up.  I apologize in advance for the fluttering sound in the background and the out-of-focus and then in focus parts of the video.  I don't really have a video camera.  I use my little point and shoot to make my videos so the fluttering sound and the blurry parts is it trying to stay in focus.  I hope you like it!! Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions on how to make it better!

If you can't see the video, you can go here to watch it.







 Recipe:
8.5 pink cardstock cut in half hamburger style
Brown cardstock cut at 4 by 2 3/4 in and embossed
Cream cardstock cut at 4 by 2 1/2
Pink polka dot ribbon
Circle/flower cut from Graphically Speaking Cricut cartridge
Letter "J" cut from Schoolbook Cricut cartridge

I hope everyone has a fabulous Thursday!!  Happy Crafting!!!







Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Apricot Chicken Recipe

Hello Friends!

I feel like I haven't posted in forever!  I've been a little under the weather these past couple of days, so I have just been resting in my spare time.  But I wanted to post the super yummy dinner I made last night for my family and it only needs 4 ingredients!  Now that's my kind of recipe!  Here it is...

Apricot Chicken
6 tbs apricot preserves
6 tbs russian or french salad dressing
1/2 tsp ginger (optional)
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine preserves, salad dressing, and ginger in a bowl and mix well.  Place chicken in greased baking pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Pour preserve mixture over chicken.  Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink.  Serve with rice.

*Since my family is small, we don't use 6 chicken breasts.  When I fix this, I use boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins, but I still use 6 tbs of the preserves and salad dressing.  When using tenderloins, you only need to cook it for 30-45 minutes.  Just make sure they are done.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.  

Have a fabulous Wednesday!!

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