Friday, February 24, 2012

Mr. Tennis Ball

AtticGal Rachelle says:

When we were on our Disney cruise, the ventrilequist was awesome!  He used this puppet in his show and he was so great that the and the boys had to make one as soon as they got home.

All you need is a tennis ball, a couple goggly eyes, a knife, some velcro dots, and about 2 minutes.

Use the knife to cut into the seam to make the mouth. (above)

 When you squeeze the sides of his head, Mr. Tennis Ball's mouth opens!

And the best part: You can turn that frown upside down by simply putting the velcroed eyes on his chin, and flipping him over!  Ta Da!  Mr. Tennis Ball is now happy!

Now, go practice throwing your voice just like the pro!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Please Pass the Lollypop!

AtticGal Rachelle says:

We have a tradition of making our own valentines to pass out in the kids' classes each year rather than buying them because we like them to be more personal.  Usually my guys make lollypop covers as shown in this post.  But this year, we decided to find a new way to present class members with lollypops using a fun and very personal idea I saw floating around on Pinterest. 

I snapped a pic of each of my two youngest with their fist toward the camera like they were holding something.  I used a wide aperture and focused on their hand so that the hand would be in focus, and their faces not so much in order to make it look even more 3D.  Then I picked my favorite for each kid, and added a valentine greeting with Picasa before sending an order to Walgreens for as many prints as they had in their class.  In an hour the prints were ready, and while I was at Walgreens to pick them up, I grabbed several bags of heart shaped lollypops.  WIth my 1/8inch punch, I punched a hole above and beneath each fist and the boys carefully put a lollypop in each card.


 (Yes, you still have time for this and it is easier than buying Valentines and having your child sign each one and put them in envelopes)

Such colorful, easy, and personal valentines.  Be sure to print off a few extra for grandmas and special friends, and of course, you'd want to keep one for yourself.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Sending My Love

Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to send a little love to those who mean the most to you.  

I designed this BFF card to be girly and frilly, for some of the great gals in my life!  Where would I be without my girlfriends?

I love the layers and ribbon detail.

This bold card had a bit of sparkle.  I used a Letterpress plate on my Big Shot to make the engraved background, and my favorite pennant and heart punches!

V-Day is on it's way, 
so send out a little love today!