Monday, September 2, 2013

My Swap buddy, Jessica, got the package I sent her!!!

I'm so excited!  My swap buddy got her package I sent her.  I was a little worried if she would like the stuff  I was collecting to send her.  It's official.....she loved it.  Whoohooo!  

Okay, so let me explain how I joined this swap.  I'm in a Silhouette group on Facebook that does a monthly challenge.  It was started Lauren from The Thinking Closet.  Of all the groups that I'm in, this one by far has been the neatest.  Shannon, a group member, headed up this swap.  She did an awesome job grouping us all up and having a fun questionnaire for everyone to answer.  We had a little over a month (I think) to get things together.  We were to use things we had in our craft supplies that either we weren't going to use anymore or that we had too much of.  Most of it did come out of my stash, but I snuck a few NEW things in there too.  Shhhh, don't tell!

Some of the ladies are starting to get their packages and post pictures.  I forgot to take a picture before I sent it.  I was too excited about sending it.  Jessica did, however, take a picture when she got it.  Here is a picture of the one I sent here and will post a picture as soon as I get the one from her. 

Here is a list of things I sent:
Kraft boxes
Kraft "coffee" bags
Tin box ~ I painted mine black and cut vinyl with my silhouette that said "Mail"
Glass candle holder like the one I used in the last FB Monthly Challenge
White Gel Pen ~ it's just like the one I have ~ it took me a while to find one and when I did, I bought a few extra
Package of scrapbook paper
Wire Basket
Thirty one storage bag
Thirty one mirror
Washi Tape
Spritzer ~ hope Jessica uses hers first and then lets me know how it works
Muslin Bags ~ I think I'm going to use mine for the next challenge
Hair clips to decorate
Stamp wheel
I can't wait to see what she comes up with, she's a very crafty lady!  You can check her blog out here.

Preschool Puzzle.......

I've been wanting to make a puzzle with my silhouette now for a while.  I had an idea of how I wanted it to look like, but didn't have the details together yet.  I knew that I would either use chipboard or cereal boxes to make it.  I found that the chipboard is a little thicker than cereal boxes.

When Miss Mint at Peppermint Creative put this kit together, I knew immediately that I was going to do two projects for the Creative Team.  One was my Memory Game that I posted earlier last week and the other was this cute preschool puzzle.  I almost nixed it when I saw that there was a tutorial that was posted on the Silhouette Blog last week doing a similar puzzle idea.  With all the creative minds out there and pinterest, we are bound to have same ideas cross paths.   It's just frustrating that you see it right before you are about to do your project.  It's happened to me twice in the last month.  But I have learned that it's okay, because each person has their own little twist on things.  And along the way, we may learn something from each other that the other person wasn't aware of.  Still with me? LOL!

For this puzzle I used the Little Learner kit.  It is the same kit that I used on the Memory Game that I

I used my Silhouette Cameo and the Silhouette Designer Edition to design this preschool puzzle.

I used the elements in the set to make the pieces and used one of the papers out of the set to put on top of the puzzle.
Here you can see that when I designed the puzzle the back piece of the puzzle had finger holes, so that you can easily take the pieces back out. 
To make the puzzle I used 3 layers of chipboard and two layers of cardstock.  I put those together with Modge Podge.  The pieces felt like a wood puzzle after it dried.
Thanks for stopping by!  Check out the gallery at Peppermint Creative to see more hybrid projects and scrapbook pages using the Little Learner Kit.