Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Baby Shower

I had a boy baby shower to go to last week and for once, I was more than on the ball with getting projects done on time. Ah...the beauty of being unemployed. :) It's amazing what you can get done.

Here's the card. It's a bit obscene with product usage. Silhouette, Cricut, and Spellbinders. If it was something I was going to submit, I would never get it picked up. But here in blog land, we can get away with using two electronic die cut machines and manual dies on the same project. Just don't add up how much it costs, 'kay?

Banner and vellum doilie are Silhouette (I've been looking for years for a PERFECT banner, finally got it). The boy cutout is from Cricut. And the embossed scalloped oval is Spellbinders. I created an oval with the same dimensions as my Spellbinders die in the Silhouette software so I could morphed the oval doilie to fit the same ratio of height to width. Make sense? Cool, huh? Sentiment is by Hero Arts.

Of course, I bought Baby Boy an adorable sock monkey outfit from one of my favorite kid stores. Have ya'll been to Crazy 8? Imagine Gymboree being the Gap, Crazy 8 would be Old Navy. Same company, same style, slightly less price point. Only Crazy 8's quality is a few steps ahead of Old Navy (which only seems to be getting worse over time). Any who, check out their website if you like "decorating" your little ones.

With the serious gift checked off the list, time to tease the new parents. I saw these off duty/on duty pillow cases awhile ago and filed them away in my head. I knew I could make my own. Iron on some heat'n'bond on some QUALITY (it's really key!) cotton fabric and cut out with some manual dies. The heat'n'bond makes the fabric more like paper by stablizing the fibers, resulting in a nicer, easier cut. Then you just iron on. I highly recommend prewashing your fabric and pillow cases beforehand to prevent puckering issues after future washings. Dies by QK. Pillowcases by Target. $10 project, which is the cost of a fun gag gift in my mind. Although come 3 months or so, I bet they'll start hauling them out. Truth rings a little truer at 2 AM when it comes to late night feedings.

In other crafty news, a fun announcement over at the Silhouette blog today. Thank you for all your clicks! I feel like I won a high school election:). I have another project up on the Hero Arts blog today as well. When it rains, it pours aye?


  1. the pillows are a cute idea, my niece and her husband have just had their first baby, they might be gettting a pair of these. Congrats on the design team selection.

  2. Very clever ideas Erin. Love the card -

    I am so excited you are now on the Silhouette design team. I can't wait to see what you have in store......

    PS- guess what came to my door yesterday - MY SILHOUETTE FINALLY ARRIVED. I will be taking it for a test cut today.

  3. Congrats Erin, you so deserve it!! And the cards and crafts you make are always inspiring and beautiful!

  4. That card is so pretty! What a great idea! The cases are adorable, too! Congratulations, too!

  5. What a pretty card! Love the idea of the pillowcases--too funny! Congratulations on the design team!!

  6. Congratulations on the DT Erin!! FABULOUS news for you fans!

  7. Congrats Erin! That card is beautiful!

  8. What a beautiful card and the gag gift is very funny! Nice to see you have a blog again!