Holly Jolly Christmas

Saturday, March 26, 2011

4 x 6 Layout of my sweet dog......Coco

Not long ago, I found 2 small albums....one for dogs and one for cats....at Big Lots. They were only $1.00 apiece, so I had to have them. I thought it would be cute to fill them up with pictures of my fur babies and carry them in my purse. Not that my purse isn't full enough of junk, but whose counting....right? LOL

Naturally since I'm a scrapbooker, I can't just insert plain old pictures in those photo sleeves, so I had to start creating some 4 x 6 layouts for these small albums. Here is the lst creation that I created for my sweet baby.....Coco.

Isn't it cute? I really like how it turned out, and I love this picture of her. I couldn't believe my luck in getting this snapshot of her, because usually she doesn't sit very still for pics. This might just be a sign of her maturing and growing up since she is almost a year old. I'm not sure of the exact day she was born, but I think we're going to share the same birthday, which is April 5th. So...this means I will be trying to take another picture of her for a birthday layout. lol

Happy scrapping and thanks for stopping by.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Darling Picture Frames

Yesterday I was digging around in my craft stash, and I came across 2 darling picture frame kits. I had forgotten all about them, so needless to say, the picture frames were never put together. So....I decided to get busy and get both of them done. Here are the results.

Aren't they adorable? The kits contained all the goodies needed to create these frames, and they are by Colorbox for only $1.00 apiece. You just can't beat that price! I can't remember now where I bought them, but I suspect it was Big Lots. Here is what both kits contained: easel backed picture frames, decorative sticky paper, stickers, chipboard pieces, glitter, rhinestones, pearl string, ribbon string, and sticky backed foam dots. Also included in the kit was a decorative mailing sleeve....in case you wanted to gift one of your creations to a family member or friend. I have opted to keep mine. It is always hard for me to part with one of my creations. I do it, but it is very hard sometimes. How about for you?

Here are the items of my own that I used to create these frames: scissors, paper trimmer, craft knife, Aleene's Tacky Glue, and Glossy Accents.  

The lst frame has a picture of my very cute and wonderful grandchildren, but so far, I haven't decided on a picture for the 2nd frame just yet. Maybe .....a cute picture of my sweet dog....Coco.

Happy Crafting, and I hope you enjoyed. More will be coming soon.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Off With Barbie's Head!

Removing Barbie's head for any reason can be a scary task for someone who has never done it before. I can't tell you how nervous I was the first time I tried, and I have to tell you, it did not end well. Let's just say that particular doll became "headless" Barbie for life. YIKES! She is still not speaking to me. haha So....I thought I would share how I remove Barbie's head, so your first time might not be disastrous. I did not invent this method, so I can't take full credit for it. Here are a few things you will need to complete this daunting task. A hairdryer, heavy duty knitting needle, and big fingernail clippers are what I use. Some dollie experts use other methods to warm up Barbie's neck area, but I find a hairdryer works the best for me. In place of a heavy duty knitting needle, you could probably use something long, thin, and sturdy. A pair of scissors or jewelry wire cutters probably would work in place of the large nail clippers, but I haven't tried either one of these myself. 

The first step is to move Barbie's hair out of the way so that you can heat the area around her neck thoroughly on one side and in the back. The heat makes the plastic/vinyl more pliable, and it's easier to get the knitting needle under the neckline. This also makes it easier to move the knitting needle around the neckline to maneuver the head up and over the neck knob. I hope this isn't clear as mud. 

I really don't time how long I heat the neck area, but I really try to make sure I do a thorough job. I don't want to have to do it again. Who does? Right?

Here you can see that I start getting the knitting needle up and under Barbie's head. After I have it inserted under the neckline, I start moving it completely around the neck area while pulling up on the needle. 

The above pictures show how the progression of manipulating the knitting needle moves the head up and over the first hurdle of the neck knob. The tricky part is getting the head up and over the prongs above the white disc pictured above. This is where I usually take a deep breath and then hold it. haha Sorry, I failed to get a picture of this, but I will try to describe it so you can get this daunting task accomplished. When you pull on the doll head slightly, you will feel resistance from the prongs. That's when I use my knitting needle to pull up slightly on one side of the neck area to get it over one side the prongs. After that, it is easy peasy as pie. The head can then just be pulled right off. 

This is what the neck knob looks like on your dolls once the head is removed.

You do not have to remove those prongs if you don't want to, but it will be much easier to remove that head again if you do. You just never know when you might want to make another change.

Here is a little tip about cutting those nasty prongs off that I learned the hard way. I cup my hand around the clippers and neck knob so that puppy doesn't go flying as it's clipped. This can prevent putting an eye out of one of your loved ones or precious pet. lol

Here is the final result of removing the head. Success has been achieved. Now....the newer neck knobs are a bit different. But.....I've found the method of removing the heads is the same . Just another word to the wise about using this method. Only use it on your vinyl Barbie dolls. I have not removed any other doll's head other than Barbie...and one Ken doll. That's a whole new post. lol 

Happy Barbie head popping to you. May you have success with this method.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My Dollie Creations

Here are a few of my dollie creations that I've created. I'll share more with you in the future, but for now, this is what I have for today's blog post.

Here is a gorgeous silkstone(Ingenue) Barbie wearing a fashion that I made for a swap.  This fashion now is being worn by a doll that lives in Australia. I had a lot of fun sewing this pretty little frock for a dear online friend, and I hope she is enjoying it.
Below shows some items that I sent to another online friend for another swap. This one I call "Honey Bee Tea." The fabric in the mod dress was the inspiration for the name and theme. Some of the display items are mine and remain with me. I did create the ottoman this repro Barbie is sitting on as well as the cute dress she is wearing. The little side table I alterd by repainting it, and I added the tea set, and the cookies displayed on the tiered goody tray. lol The dress, ottoman, tea set, and goodie tray with cookies all live with an online friend now.

This is one of the many dolls I have rerooted. This girl is a former 1973 Sweet 16 Barbie that I rerooted and rebodied. I used hair from a Li'l Mermaid doll to reroot her, because I just loved this color of hair. I rerooted this girl before you could order hair to reroot online....which I now do. Doesn't she look cute with this color of hair?

No....this adorable doll is not a Barbie doll. lol This doll is a Nancy Ann Storybook Muffie doll from the 1950's. Not sure what year this girls is from, but she was a birthday gift from my sister. I am dating myself, but my sister and I had Muffie dolls when we were kids. I really loved the Muffie doll I had and all of her cute little clothes. I now own 3 Muffie dolls, but that may or may not be all that I end up with in my collection. I call my doll Emma, and she is wearing a sweet dress made from Mary Engelbreit fabric. Isn't it adorable? lol I love blowing my own horn.

That's all I have time to share today, but stay tuned for more updates on my creations. I hope to be a blogger that is diligent in sharing more creations....and who knows what else? lol

Happy creating! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting me. 


Baby Kitten Sookie Scrapbook Layout

Here I am sharing two 4 x 6 scrapbook layouts that I did for my "Meow" album. This album is actually a regular photo album designed to hold 4 x 6 pictures, but I decided to improvise by creating 4 x 6 scrapbook layouts for my furry babies.  The two I'm sharing today are of my Maine Coon cat, Sookie, when she was a small kitten. She was just too adorable for words. These two layouts show her very playful side as a kitten. She's not as playful as she once was, because she is 4 years old now. She still has her very playful and mischievous moments, so we always have to be on alert to her shenanigans. haha

The above is the 4 x 6 layout that also has a small fold out mini album with a ribbon and Velcro closure. 

Below you can see a closeup of the fold-out mini.


 The 2nd page of the layout is below

Here are some of the things I used to create these two scrapbook layouts. BTW...don't you think these are less boring in an album than just plain old pictures....cute as they may be? The papers I used are brown card stock(sorry....I don't remember the brand), and Animal Fanatic paper from g.c.d. studios, which I bought at Big Lots. Love this cute paper. Other products I used are Color Box black ink, Vintage Photo distress ink, Offray paw print ribbon, my Cuttlebug(for the green branches) glossy accents, ZIG Writer in green for the veins on the leaves, glossy accents(leaf branches and butterflies) Cricut Expression, a clear stamp by Studio G, small butterfly punch, and play time and heart stickers. I wrote Baby Sookie out with my label maker. Gee....I hope I didn't leave anything out. I hope you enjoy.

Happy scrapbooking! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting me.