Monday, 22 September 2014

Kashi's Birthday card

This card is a Nicole original.  My co-worker asked me to come up with a card for her friend that loves the Godfather.  So, I cut out the Paramount presents logo for my "movie".  Then I added some terms that she asked me included in the card such as La Cosa Nostra.  Then I made Kashi, her friend, the starring actor in this film. I got a couple of pictures of him and then played around with it (and my husband helped me) to make a mock up like the older posters.

See.... this is Kashi below!! 

I am ubber proud of this card, so I hope you've liked it.

Nicole G.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Tori's 70th

So, I have been finally using my KNK Zing machine and I freakin love it!  It is seriously amazing.  I use the cutter with Make-the-Cut and the two of them are incredibly awesome.  If you can think it, you can probably cut it.  If you are considering either replacing your Cricut or it's your first time thinking about getting a cutter, I highly recommend this cutter.  I like it because there are no cartridges limiting you from creating. The machine itself is more expensive than other cutters, but you never pay for cartridges.  You can find things on the internet or even take pictures and with some manipulation, you can cut it.  How cool is that.

For this project, I started with 2 blank sheets of paper, but added the darker teal cause I thought it needed it.  The metallic purple paper was cut out using the machine with a border I found on make the cut and then adjusted for my needs.  Then I welded a crown for the corners.  Then I created a shadow border which is what the light blue paper is.

The words I also created using MTC and cut out with KNK Zing.  I warped the words a little for some dimension and welded in a couple of butterflies to help hit my needed quota of 70. 

Check out the crown on the corner.  I think of my MIL as the Queen of the family so it's perfectly suited! I love these butterflies because of the super fun 3D effect and also because Tori loves butterflies!

The extra butterflies are cut out with Stampin up and memory box dies.

There are 70 butterflies in total as it was her 70th birthday! My MIL is a total bling girl so I added as much bling I thought necessary!!

Hope you have enjoyed today's project!

Nicole G

Friday, 29 August 2014

Plow wind or not a plow wind... that is the question

plow wind [′plau̇ ‚wind]
A term used in the midwestern United States to describe strong, straight-line winds associated with squall lines and thunderstorms; resulting damage is usually confined to narrow zones like that caused by tornadoes; however, thewinds are all in one direction. Also spelled plough wind. Also known as derecho.

This storm on August 8, 2014 was powerful with incredible lighting and of course wind! It tore many trees right from their roots and others just broke. Mine just snapped as we watched from the bedroom window like fools.  We stopped watching after that and naturally headed to the basement for safety.  Luckily the tree did not create a hole in the roof!

This is my house pre-storm. Cute bungalow with meganormous tree and notice the cute fence on the left.

This is post storm. See anything miiiissssinggg???  This picture makes me feel like I like on an acreage with no neighbors.  Good bye tree and good bye fence and oh... good part chunk of my roof.    The tree pieces your see cut are from the branches, not the trunk.  The trunk is... I guess was 46 inches in diameter.

This is one of my favorite pics.  It does a pretty good job of showing how LARGE this tree was. 

This is after my father-in-law and a few people were cutting parts of the tree.  We put all the branches to the front of the yard as the town had a crew of people that would pick them up! 

Yah! Roof shot!  How often can you take a picture like this? 

Tree removed and damage is suddenly noticeable.  Looks a little sad, but at least no one was hurt. 

 The town itself suffered many tree losses.  It looked like a tornado had hit the following morning.

However, as unfortunate as this was I really got to see what the great little town we live in.  The town had crews helping picking debris the following morning, for the next week basically.  At one point, we ourselves had 13++ people helping breakdown the tree (some with saws and even a bobcat) and others offering lunch or moving debris to the trucks that came by.

Now, I just gotta get a contractor in to get 'er fixed.