Friday, April 23, 2010

Shrinky Dink Hell

This year, my hubby and I are going on another beach trip with our good friends Steve and CW. I wanted to do a craft while at the beach and started searching sites for a really fun and easy craft. I came across Shrinky Dinks. I thought to myself, this should be tons of fun! We can take the supplies with us, they won't take up much space while traveling (12 hour drive ugh), and they give almost instant gratification. Besides, who doesn't remember (those of us of a certain age) watching the little buggers shrink up in the oven?

I shot CW a message on facebook and she sounded stoked to try them too!! So the next day, I trecked out to look for the supplies I would need to create my very own charms (thats what I was planning on using them for) When I got to the store, I saw that they now have Shrinky Dinks that can be printed from your computer printer! I was totally stoked! This gave me endless possibilites for creativeness! lol.

Long story short, I got my first batch of charms with my initial on it, cut them out, and put them into my little toaster oven. They didn't turn out like I expected them to. I then tried another batch, this time a larger design... Yeah... total disappointment...
Burned and crinkled.


This is the only one that came out decent.

So I guess its a big N-O on the Shrinky Dinks. I checked out many websites for troubleshooting and did as instructed. The ones that burnt was because I kept putting them in the oven to get them hot to try to flatten them out. (and I did forget about one set lol)

Oh well, Epic Fail!! Lesson learned.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


I've been working on more flowers. What can I say? I'm totally hooked on these little buggers.
This is my new favorite. Its lime green satin with white tulle and a pretty flower bead in the center.

And what would a day of crafting be without a cat "helping" me?

Poo looks a little funny because he's only about half shaved. He only lets me shave a little at a time so he looks really bad for a few weeks. I'm afraid to take him to a groomer because he has these little twitchy moments (vet said they were little seizures) So he gets to look like crap for a little while lol.

Take Care All!!

P.S. Pics are taken with my new camera!! Don't they look great!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

New Camera!!

I got a new camera! I got a new camera!!! *does happy dance*

Its a Samsung TL220. It is an early anniversary gift from my hubby. I think he just got tired of me bitching about how crappy the other camera was lol. The old one was one of the first digital cameras, so we got a long run with it. I will be posting new pics with it soon.

Friday, April 16, 2010

What a long strange trip it's been...

... or maybe it's just been a long cold winter. Yeah, I think that's more like it. I had the winter blues pretty bad this year. Managed to get a few crafts finished, but I didn't do much.

One of the funnest (most fun?) things I have started is organza flowers. I found a really great tute HERE. And I quickly became addicted to creating this little beauties.

Here are some closeups of my faves...

Please excuse the crappy pics. My camera sucks and Im hoping to save up for a new one.

The white one I gave to my friend Marketta

The pink went to my friend Liz's little girl

The above one is my fave so far. I use satin and organza to create the petals. I also used a blue bead that has a purple hole in it. I wish the pics weren't so ugly...

Thanks all!! Happy crafting!