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Saturday, June 22, 2013

You're A Hoot!

Hi everyone! It's Colleen from Col's Creative Corner here today with a cute idea for home décor. I am going to be a Great Aunt in August and I am beyond thrilled about this baby. Even more exciting is that we will be welcoming a little girl into our family! This is a big deal because I have a son and my brother has 4 sons, so little girls are in short supply in our family. LOL!

The theme for the baby's nursery is forest animals, owls are the focus. I ordered the crib set and curtains that were on the baby's registry, but decided to make the wall art with my Cricut. There are many owls to choose from on the cartridges I own, but I wanted to make the art as close to the pictures from the registry as I could. The owls are from Taggies and this is what they look like.

They are very cute, but were expensive. That gave me the idea to fire up my Cricut and make my own version for the baby's room. I looked for a match to the background in the craft stores, but couldn't find any. A Circle member suggested that I use my Imagine to re-create the paper, and that is what I did. I actually used the CCR with my Imagine to make the paper. I used Creative Memories Holiday Tags and Frames for the circles and colored them with colors from Wrap It Up. It turned out great!
I chose the owl from Create A Critter for my owls. I wanted my owls to look as close to the Taggies owls, so I used the hide contour in the CCR and hid the markings on the owl's belly. I replaced them with flowers from Art Philosophy and Create A Critter. I also hid the sleepy eyes and replaced them with the flower from the Zebra layer on Create A Critter. I cut 2 extra white shadows of the owl and trimmed away most of the owl so that I would have white eyes. After I did that, I realized I could have just cut two pieces of white scrap paper and got the same result. LOL! I also cut an extra blue top layer and a pale green shadow layer. I cut away the body from the blue layer and the head from the pale green layer. Here is how the blue layer looked trimmed. In my haste to piece the owl together, I forgot to take a picture of the light green section.

I layered them over the bright pink shadow and added the eyes, feet and beak. Then I went to work on the branch. I found a branch I liked on Wall Décor and More. It comes from the owl cut on that cartridge. I cut the leaves away and added hearts that I cut from Doodlecharms. I inked the hearts and branches with Stampin' Up inks.

I got a couple of frames in Michaels to frame my owls. They are shadow box frames, but they give you an option of how far back you would like to place your art. Since the picture was flat, I used all three spacers that came with the frame. Here are my owls.
The pictures didn't come out very good. I think I should have taken a couple before I framed them. Here are a couple of close ups of the owls.

I really hope that the baby enjoys the owls from Aunt Colleen. It was so much fun making all the baby things for the Baby Shower today. I will be posting more of my baby room décor that I created on my personal blog later this week. Stop on by and visit me!
Happy Crafting!
Designed By: Colleen McCauley
Designed With CCR 
Machine Used: Cricut Expression AE2 and Imagine
Carts: Wall Décor and More, Doodlecharms, Art Philosophy, Create A Critter.
Imagine Carts: Wrap It Up for Circle Colors and Creative Memories Holiday Tags and Frames for Circles.
Extras: Stampin' Up Inks and Adhesives.


  1. Absolutely adorable Colleen! They are better than a perfect replica and they were made from the heart. That makes them priceless!

  2. Colleen great job!!! I think that your version are very, very cute and it will be a grand edition to the babies nursery!!

  3. Super cute. I left you a comment on your blog as well. Love the colors. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Toooooo stinkin' cute!!!! Love it!! TFS! :-)

  5. Love everything about these -- great job on the paper!!

  6. Very cute and totally ingenious to create your own. Great job

  7. Perfect and clever and of course the baby will love them!!

  8. Hootin cute.
    Owl have to try this one


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