It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since I joined my first design team here at CropChocolate! I have met so many supportive and amazing ladies through the CC community, and it has be an honour to represent such a great company! Although my time on the team has come to an end, I look forward to continued sharing and laughing with all of you here at CC, and can’t wait to be inspired by the new team.
So, in April, our family has one birthday to celebrate (and after March, that is a huge relief)! It happens to be one of my brothers in law, and it is probably fair to say that our styles are a little bit different. I thought it might be fun to try something a little bit different for his card, so I did some searching online to see what I could come up with in terms of motorcycle stamps. I have to say that it was a difficult search. Now, I really do not know anything about motorcycles except that there are two very different styles – so on top of having to find a motorcycle stamp, I had to make sure it looked nothing like a crotch rocket! I did finally find a digi through Stampin’ Up, so I gave it a go! Here’s what I came up with:
I was actually inspired by a weekly sketch challenge over at Two Peas in A Bucket, but also took the opportunity to get the card done for the weekly challenge at CropChocolate (a masculine themed project with a bit of clear, gloss or transparency). I HAD to use this Echo Park Times and Season’s Paper simply for the mustache paper – BIL has one just like it – and it was easy to use it to create something that looked like it had been dragged through the dirt (which I think is a good thing ;)). A bit of Glossy Accents makes the fussy cut stamped image pop, although I did have to fight the urge to cover the whole motorcycle – after all, those usually SHINE!
Well, what do you think? Anyone know a rough and tumble guy who could help me figure out if it passes the biker test?
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Project Title- Ready, Set…CHARGE!
Every year, I get caught up in the New Year’s resolution trap! I either spend all of January feeling that nagging sensation that I have failed to yet again meet my New Year’s goals, or I ignore the process all together and spend the entire month feeling the nagging sensation that I have forgotten to do something. So this year, I decided to keep things simple, and set one little goal that could help me feel like my life was at least slightly more organized than it was in 2011.
I don’t know about you, but in our family, cords seem to have taken over! They seem to be everywhere (and yet often times, nowhere we can find them). So, I decided to create a handy little charging station to keep all of the cords for our electronic devices in one tidy place. What better Echo Park collection to cover up our technological mess than the beautiful, vintage Times and Season’s collection (no, the irony is not lost on me)? This was my first chance to break open this collection, and it left me feeling like this resolution might just be a keeper after all!
Here’s how you can create one too!
- Echo Park Times and Seasons collection (you will need approximately 4 – 12X12 sheets to complete your project depending on the size of your box)
- plastic or wooden box with lid, large enough to hold a standard power bar
- adhesive such as Modge Podge or alternative
The initial set-up of your box structure will vary slightly depending on the piece you have chosen to alter. For this project, I started with a basic wooden box that was designed to hold 8 ½” X 11” paper. To create my charging station, I simply turned over the lid of the box to create a flat surface with a secure edge, and then applied some scrap pieces of wood on the underside of the lid to keep it from sliding around on the box.
I then determined how many charging stations I would need to handle all of our gadgets, and drilled holes accordingly (make sure your holes are large enough to feed the cords through).
A power bar was placed inside the box, and a hole was drilled at the back to feed the cord. And then, the real fun began – time to embellish!
The best part of this project for me was playing around with the designs from this collection in a way that would compliment the purpose of the altered box, and also play on the idea of old versus new! The flags, cut from the fantastic Lovely Noteables paper provide a punch of color to the top of the piece, and help to create a practical way to remember just which cord belongs to which device! And the medallion shapes, fussy cut from the Trinkets paper, became a simple, yet colorful “gear-like” accent for the design.
I cannot think of a more beautiful (and ironically appropriate) paper collection for a modern day charging station!
So I’m curious, how many of you are taking on a New Year’s resolution this year?