Newborn EMAIL?!?!!?

1780918_698908770159581_1499201965_nWhat a great concept to do for a newborn. Make sure to use a bigger email service like gmail etc. Send them tid0bits, photos, letters from you or family, stories of things that happen to them – give out the email address to Grandmother/Father, Aunts/Uncles, and others that play an integral part of their lives. On their eighteenth birthday they will have such a special time going back and reminiscing about all the special people and events they have gone had in their lives already!

One a side note: Some email services require you to log on every so often to make sure the account is still active. Make sure to log on to the account at least once a month to avoid a problem.

How to Make the Best Home Improvement for Every Room in the House By Guest Writer Ella Andrews

Renovations are very important moments for each house, as every one needs some on a certain period of time. It has to be done, though it will make the situation a little messy and will require many efforts, time and money.

How to Make the Best Home Improvement for Every Room in the HousePeople sometimes go with partial renovation and then decide to make the whole space look more modern and new. It is easy to understand why it happens so. When you make one or two rooms according to latest designer lines, you will hardly bear looking at the others, which seem old and ugly to you.

If you have already decided to go global and make your home brand new, here are some ideas to use for every space in the house or apartment.

~The floor is one of the parts that is very often and easily getting worn out and has to be changed. Especially when you have kids, running and dragging everything they can on it all day long. When you have decided to change it, it has to be done for the whole house. You will see that it is impossible to do it for only parts of it and in case you manage to do it somehow, it will look ugly and unfinished. It is good to use no more than two basic colors or shades. It makes no difference if you are putting marble, laminate, real wood or tiles. Rugs and carpets are not very practical and easy for cleaning, but will add atmosphere, welcoming and cozy looks to the rooms.How to Make the Best Home Improvement for Every Room in the House2

~Be braver with the ceilings, do not always go with the white, it will be very good if you paint it the same color as the walls, or one shade lighter.

~Usually people spent most of the finances and time in the kitchen. This is the room where the family is staying the most, when in home. It is nice, functional and smells delicious. And there are so many nice and practical gadgets, which can make the cooking so much easier and the looks of the kitchen modern and beautiful. Make sure you use this opportunity and fix the taps and the electrical system in this room. Clean all the equipment you will not replace like the fridge, the oven and the dishwasher.

How to Make the Best Home Improvement for Every Room in the House3~Change the tiles and the coverage of the walls in the bathroom with something that is easy for cleaning. It does not have to be very luxurious, but to look nice and to have no mold will be the most important of all.

~When you do not have enough time or money for general renovations, you can do small things that will change your home. Put photos or paintings on the walls, change bed coverings, curtains and rugs – this will be enough for start.

Bio: Ella Andrews is a content writer who has great flair for decoration and house maintenance. She is always searching for new challenges. Therefore her present article is focused on home improvement related theme. Find some further helpful tips and advices here:http://www.removalsmanandvan.org.uk/removals/CB5-removal-services-burwell.html

Christmas Tree Photo Frame

Materials:

  • Jumbo Craft Sticks
  • Wood Star – Large
  • Yarn – Red
  • Craft Smart® Acrylic Paint – Brown
  • Craft Smart® Acrylic Paint – Grass Green
  • Craft Smart® Acrylic Paint – Red
  • Craft Smart® Acrylic Paint – Yellow
  • Scissors
  • Paint Brush
  • Aleene’s “Tacky” Glue®
  • Paper Towels
  • Paper Plate
  • Stickers – Numbers
  • Creatology™ Foam Dots

Instructions:

  1. Paint star yellow, 10 craft sticks green and 2 craft sticks brown. Let dry.
  2. Lay craft sticks in triangle and trim edges as shown.
  3. Create second layer of tree making slightly larger and trim edges as shown.
  4. Create the last and largest layer of tree, trim edges. It will take 2 craft sticks to make the bottom edge of tree.
  5. Glue the 3 layers together to create your tree.
  6. Cut the brown sticks in 2″ pieces, lay 2 side by side and glue the third on the back to keep them together, forming the trunk.
  7. Glue the trunk to bottom back of tree. Glue a green stick along back side to cover trunk.
  8. Glue yarn to tree as shown for garland.
  9. Add foam dots for ornaments.
  10. Personalize top of tree with star and number stickers.

Distressing Techniques

Distress Inks have been specially formulated to produce an aged look on papers, photos, fibers and more. These inks are not “better” than other inks; they just work completely “different” for the purpose of creating an aged look.

Here are some key points that make Distress Inks different:

STAYS WET LONGER ; the Distress Ink formulation allows blending and shading on photos and paper, as well as embossing! Other dye inks dry too fast, especially on photos which would result in lines and marks for direct to paper techniques.  Not with Distress Inks!

COLOR WICKS OR SPREADS OUT – these inks will travel across the surface of your paper when spritzed with water; other dyes do not travel as much although they might bleed a little when wet, the Distress Inks actually “wick” or spread out much further creating several tone on tones.

COLOR STABILITY – the colors of the Distress Inks will not break down when wet or heated allowing you to have more color control for the finished look;  other “brown colored” dyes will break down when water is added leaving a pink & green hue.

COLOR PALETTE – Well these are unlike ANY other colors of inks you’ve seen!

*Antique Linen: the color of aged lace or linens found in the cherished heirlooms of grandmother’s trunk.

*Tea Dye: the orange hue of saturated tea bags with the results of dying in a tea bath for days.

*Vintage Photo: this color is captured right out of the photographs from times gone by.

*Walnut Stain: a rich, dark stain of an old walnut tree perfect to create a dark wash of color

* Fired Brick: the look of charred cinders from an old camp fire

* Weathered Wood: the patina on a dairy barn’s window frame

TO DISTRESS: I like to use water when I am distressing.  I think it gives the papers more of a weathered texture, so here’s how I start.

Working on any type of paper (manila, card stock, or text weight), crumple the paper up – always press in the center of any heavyweight card stock or manila stock – this will break the surface tension of the paper and allow you to crumple up the paper easier without tearing it.

Next rub the Distress pads over the surface – you can work with several different colors or just one – WALNUT STAIN IS IDEAL FOR THIS.

Then spray the inked surface with water (you will immediately notice the ink “travels” outward when water is applied as these inks are designed to react with water).

Heat the surface to dry – and here’s why…  Although you don’t have to Heat Set these inks for any reason, I like to dry the water using either my Heat Tool or a craft iron.  This will allow for more tone control and keep areas dark and others light.  Ironing the paper will also give you a much smoother surface to stamp on without compromising the aged finish.

Note: If you allow the surface to air-dry most of your color will end up on the edges only because the paper will bend and buckle when wet, forcing the ink and water to the edges.  Notice that these Distress Inks retain their color value even when wet and dried.  Other brown dyes will break down in color (sometimes leaving a pink and green hue).

FOR STAMPING:  What can I say about the many stamping applications these inks can achieve.  Once again the special formulation on these Distress Inks provides a versatile finish on papers yet still allow for “normal” stamping applications.  I like to stamp on uncoated (matte) papers and immediately rub the image with a cloth – this will soften or shadow your image WITHOUT smudging any detail, VINTAGE PHOTO, WALNUT STAIN and TEA DYE are wonderful for this one!  Another surface is glossy card stock – keep in mind this is a different type of dye ink so when you stamp on glossy, certain areas of your image will “bead” up, once again providing a Distressed look without you doing a thing (this is probably one of my most favorite looks) – some areas of the image appear “pitted”.  Brayering on glossy cardstock is also wonderful because you can still manipulate the inks with different tools, brushes, fingers, whatever.  Even after the ink is applied you can achieve amazing texture and color shading.

ON PHOTOS:  Finally an ink formulated for photos!  Whether you’re a scrapbooker or not you can use all types of photos (vintage or new ones) on your cards and pages.  Distress Inks work on MOST types of black and white photos – inkjet, laser, toner copies, and regular photos. Always test the type of photo paper and printer first!!!

Tinting Photos:

*Tint your photos using your choice of Distress Ink colors and the Cut n’ Dry Nibs.

* Drag the nib across the Distress pad to pick up ink and color directly on to your photo using the nib ; the inks blend without leaving any lines.

* For larger background areas, tint the photo using a cosmetic make up sponge or craft sponge.

* Tap the foam on to the Distress pad and wipe inks on to your photo.  Repeat for desired look.

Distressing Photos:

* To Distress, begin with the lightest colors ANTIQUE LINEN only (direct to photo).  Cover the photo in the lighter color. ; THIS WILL NOT SMEAR ANY OF THE DISTRESS INKS COLORS YOU TINTED WITH!

*Blend the photo with a clean piece of foam or cosmetic make up sponge immediately after applying ink.

*Next, age the edges with VINTAGE PHOTO or WALNUT STAIN by applying the ink with foam or cosmetic make up sponge.

Halloween Photo Holder

Materials:

  • Creatology™ Wiggle Eyes
  • Sandpaper
  • Craft Smart® All Purpose Glue
  • Paper Plate
  • Paper Towels
  • Craft Smart® Paint Brush
  • Craft Smart® Acrylic Paint – Bright Blue
  • Craft Smart® Acrylic Paint – Citron
  • Creatology™ Craft Boa
  • 3M® Blue Painter’s Tape
  • Creatology™ Foam Sheet – White
  • Blunt Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Crayola® Markers
  • Lara’s Crafts® Roundhead Plugs
  • Unfinished Wood Photo Stand

Instructions:

  1. Sand photo stand until smooth. Wipe dust off with damp paper towel.
  2. Cut two small pieces of painter’s tape and wrap around base of wire photo holders.
  3. Paint photo stand and two roundhead plugs with two coats of Bright Blue, allowing paint to dry between coats. Peel off painter’s tape.
  4. Tape off lines as shown and paint two coats of Citron Green, allowing paint to dry between coats. Remove tape.
  5. Glue wiggle eye to top portion of block. Glue roundhead plugs to sides of block.
  6. Draw a smile lightly with pencil. Trace over with black marker.
  7. Cut out small foam squares for teeth and attach to face.
  8. Cut a 3-inch length of green boa and attach around the bases of the wire photo holders with glue.