Monday, September 21, 2015

Fall is in the Air

Fall is in the air and as you know that is my favorite time to craft. This year however, there is not much crafting going on. Fact is, I am taking a break right now from packing up my scrap/craft area. We will be moving shortly and who knows when I will get back to creating. We are so very excited about this move so it's a  bittersweet time. Stay tuned for new postings and updates!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Family Sign

This is what I created with one of the signs I made the other day. I am still not 100% happy with it and may take it apart and re-do it once I get more black vinyl in. I am however in love with the saying and verse as well at the fonts I chose. Word art is not my strong suit so I was surprised at how well I did on putting this together. I have the perfect spot picked to hang in it. Not to shabby for a $5.00 project!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wood Signs

This project is one that I have wanted to tackle for a long time and just haven't. There is no reason other than I just haven't. Yesterday I took the plunge and stopped at our local hardware store and picked up a couple of salvage boards for $2.00 a piece. You can't go wrong with that price!! I grabbed some gel stain, rubber gloves, an old sock, and some paint. I stained the wood first and let that dry. Secondly I used a dry foam brush and brushed on the Great Gray paint I wanted, leaving it rather roughly dry painted. After that sanded it down and sealed it with a clear coat. I am happy with the results and can't wait to add vinyl to it!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Challenge Time!!

Today I am looking for organizational ideas and inspiration. I would love to hear what your favorite organizational tip is. Comment below and I will draw out a name from everyone who comments and they will get a special little something from me!!! Can't wait to hear your ideas and tips!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Buffalo and Mystery Vacation Trip

Last summer my husband took us on a mystery vacation trip. He didn't let us know where we were going, just how many days to pack for. The kids tracked the trip on a map and we had a BLAST! I can't wait to do it again one day. We ended up in South Dakota and it was amazing. My oldest loved the buffalo that we saw. When Dani put out High Adventure, I knew it was perfect for these pictures. It was a lot of fun to use and made this layout come to life. Here's to our next adventure!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Buttons, Buttons, Who's got the buttons??

Today I found myself in need of some buttons. Well, my scrapping/hobby budget is non-existant right now so I had to be creative. I remembered I had some stamps so I got them out but they were a bit big for what I wanted. I went ahead and decided to play so I got out my Artiste cartridge and a cereal box. I cut the box down and put it on my mat, yes a CEREAL box.
I looked at the stamps for the size I needed and selected the shape and size that coordinated. The box worked wonderfully, as you can see.
Next I decided that I had to prime them so I found a recipe I used a long time ago that uses baby cornstarch powder, glue, white paint, and water. It worked great!
While they dried, I gathered different inks, sponges, versamark ink, and clear embossing powder.
I went to work playing and figuring out what I liked, didn't like, stamps and ect. Here is how they all came out. I am in love. They are too big for my first idea but I had a lot of fun playing and will use them somewhere. I am now working on some smaller ones for my original idea. See, using just things I had here at home, I solved my problem and didn't spend a dime!!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

School Memories Mini

I saw this album a while back and wanted to make it. I believe I saw it from Scrappinology on youtube, but I can't remember for sure.My first idea was to make it for our mini vacation to Branson over spring break but then it hit me to do one for this past school year. I love how it came out and better yet, the kids LOVE it! I am adding more pictures and some final touches but it is almost done.

Close to My Heart:
Chalk it Up Paper
Chalk It up Assortment
Great Job Stamp Set
Artiste Cartridge
Artbooking Cartridge
Artfully Sent Cartridge

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Family Mini Album

It has taken almost a month or more to get this little album done with working on it 5 minutes here and there, but it is finished!! I am happy with the results. It is fairly simple but that will allow for the photos to stand out more which is the most important thing. I hope you enjoy looking.

CTMH papers and embellishments: Florentine (retired and no longer available)
CTMH stamps: Family Love D1506 (click on Family Love to be taken directly to stamp set)
CTMH Cricut Cartridges: Art Philosophy

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Where has February went?

WOW! This year is really flying by. No matter the good intentions I had set for this year, I have fallen behind. I have not had much time to create lately at all! Those snow days that I had planned haven't happened...LOL I have been doing a bit of organizing so it will be easier to create when I do have time. Do you have a lot of Close to my Heart Stamps? Are you looking for a good way to organize and store them? Here is the perfect solution! 4D concepts storage tower
This fits the stamps perfectly making it easy to organize and keep things straight!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Oh Holy Night

Here is another page I created yesterday. I used another one of Kristin's kits for this page. I love the sweet smile on Makayla's face and how the papers and elements in this kit set off the photos.

Here is the kit that can be found at Sweet Shoppe Designs

Saturday, January 31, 2015

I'll Love you Forever

Hi everyone! I hope you have found some time for yourself to craft or scrap some since my last post. I have found little time lately to do much with my crazy life, but finally found some time to do a little bit of scrapping. I was SO VERY inspired by the new kit by Kristin Cronin-Barrow that I had to make time to scrap this sweet picture of Makayla.

 Here is the kit I used and you can find it at Sweet Shoppe Designs

 I hope you can find something to inspire you and you can carve out some creative times for yourselves!! Happy Superbowl Weekend!!!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Class Kits with Video!

Do you wish you had time to attend a cool class, but it just never works out? Do you go to class and don't finish and then have questions later? I have had those issues myself so I am working on having a class kit and video series to help with these problems! You will buy the Class kit and I will mail that to you and included with be a link to the class video of me putting together the kit, walking you through step by step!!!

Great Benefits Include:
* Completing a Class in whatever you want to wear!
*Taking all the time you need to complete your project
*No gas expense of traveling to class
*You can do the class on your OWN time!!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #89

It felt so good to actually get to create something today! Not only did I get to create, but I got to use my own enamel embellishments!!  I fell in love with the sketch challenge from Atlantic Hearts today. I have several ideas running through my head so I am hoping to create some more with inspiration from this sketch. I encourage you to rise to the challenge and create something of your own from their sketch. Here is what I created today:
Supplies used:
Sketch #89 found HERE
Close To My Heart (CTMH) Brushed paper
CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge
CTMH Stamp Sets: D1627 Your Own Kind of Wonderful
A1119 A Garden (which is retired and not available right now)
CTMH inks in Juniper and Canary
CTMH Twin Touch Alcohol Markers
enamel dots made from perler beads (tutorial on my blog)
glitter tape from Walmart

Friday, January 2, 2015

Gotta Love Enamel Dots... but NOT the price!

Ok, I admit it, I have been LOVING the enamel dots I have been seeing from all the different designers, but I do NOT like the price of them! They are very expensive and eat into a budget very quickly. I saw this idea on a group I am in that used Perler beads, but was skeptic. I looked on Pinterest, and again skeptical, looked on YouTube...yep you guessed it...skeptic again. I was at Walmart and decided to pick some up to play with. I will tell you, I am no longer a skeptic!!! IT WORKS!
Not sure what Perler Beads are? Remember back in the good ole days you used to make those shapes with beads and then use an iron to melt them together? Those little plastic beads that my grandma loved to buy me and my mother cussed?? Yeah, those things!!  Those fun little beads are what you need. Don't remember them, well that's ok, here's a picture:
This bucket was only $7.00 at our local Walmart. Yes, you can get them cheaper with a coupon at Joann's or a craft store but out here you do what you can with what you have! I picked up this bucket with a lot of fun colors in it for a lot of variety. 

 Here is how you make them. Set your oven to 350 degrees then line your pan with PARCHMENT paper. It is very important to use parchment paper or a craft mat that can withstand heat. You will place your Perler beads with the hole upright so it looks like a donut on the baking sheet. I baked mine for 30-35 minutes. You want to make sure that they are melted all the way and do not have a little indention in the middle. *IF YOU USE GLITTER OR METALLIC ONES THEY WILL HAVE AN INDENTION IN THEM NO MATTER HOW LONG YOU BAKE THEM*

Here is what mine look like once they were melted
Here is a closer up view
You will notice that I have 3 different sizes. To get the bigger ones you need to stack 2 beads on top of each other. It is a bit tricky but worth it if you want big ones. The next size are just one bead. The minis are a regular ones cut in half with a pair of scissors.

So there you have it, your own CHEAP way to make your own enamel dots! It's cheap, easy, and very fun to do! If you go to a bigger city there are more options or you can do what I did, and just on Amazon and look at all of theirs. I have striped ones on the way :) Hope to make a card using my own dots very soon so be on the look out for that post!