Copyright Information

Thank you for stopping by my blog! I hope you enjoy the things that I create and share! I do have a copyright on my original creations (see logo on my sidebar below).
If you create and post a creations based off of mine, please refer (with a link) back to my blog. Please do not use my ideas for files, profit or for contests. Thank you!



My Craft Goals for 2014

My Goals for 2014:

1. Invest the time to learn more about what my Cameo can do.
2. Keep trying new things and ideas - get outside of my box.
3. Get Tanner's scrapbook caught up.
4. Really need to make more than one video this year!!!
5. Have fun!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Blinged Out Pumpkin

Halloween is my favorite holiday!!  I love the fall colors and decorating my house and daycare.  I found two different pumpkins on Pinterest that I loved - so I combined the two designs together.  I put my "L" on the front and gems on the top.

I purchased a 5 inch creamy white foam pumpkin from Michaels. 
My "L" was cut from a piece of gold Buckle Boutique Rhinestone Resin Self-Adhesive Sticker Sheet.  You can find these HERE (some colors are on sale right now too)!

I used my Gypsy with my cricut expression.  I got the "L" from Quarter Note.  I measured my pumpkin and determined the "L" should be around 3.5 inches.  I sized my "L" to 3.59 inches.  

I flipped the "L" to cut it out in reverse. 
The Rhinestone Sticker Sheets cut best face down on a sticky mat.  My mat is not as sticky as I would like, so I taped the edges down too.

Here are the instructions for cutting with a Cricut:

Cricut
  1. Use a deep cut blade
  2. Place your blade depth at 6
  3. Use a mulit-cut of 3 or 4 depending on how new your blade is
  4. Put your speed on slow
  5. Place the product face down on the Cricut cutting mat, making sure it is in a very sticky spot.  I usually run my hand over it to really make sure it is stuck down.
  6. Use Flip Mode on your Cricut  (since you have the product upside down, you need to flip the cut for the image to be correct when you flip it over)

Here is the "L" cut out.  I peeled the backing off and stuck the "L" on the flattest side of the pumpkin. 
It looks pretty, but I wanted a little more sparkle!! 
I purchased these gems from Michaels,  The pack includes clear, gold, dark grey and black crystals in 3 sizes.  I used Beacon 527 glue to adhere them to the top of the pumpkin.

I put 5 or so dots of glue on at a time and stuck the gems on. 
I am so happy with how this turned out!!

I hope you have a Blingy Fall!!





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Friday, September 12, 2014

Always Make Time For You

Instead of birthday gifts, I give my nieces the gift of an Aunt Lori Day for their birthdays.  They get to pick what we do - it usually includes a pedicure and lunch too.  This year, my 12 and 13 year old nieces wanted to do their day together (they are cousins) and we chose to go Glass Fusing.

I have all boys, so I treasure the time I get to spend with these girls!!!

This week at Frosted Designs, our challenge is using Graffiti, Paint, Doodling and/or Handwriting on your project.  I used Paint, Doodling and Handwriting on my layout.
I let my Cameo and a sketch pen doodle a bit on my paper.  I put some circles on my mat in random sizes and shapes to create this draw background.  I also drew a rough "L" on the bottom corner by drawing it on my cameo mat. 

I used my Juniper Acrylic Paint Dauber to ink around the circle.
I used the black sketch pen with my Cameo.  I inked some Juniper Acrylic Paint Dauber around my "L" then  I went back with a white pen and added "2014". 

I jounraled with my white pen on the doily.  
I used the Juniper ink to color these chipboard swirls.  I also journaled on the paper with my white ink pen - it was not easy to see.  I left it but also journaled on the doily.
I used the words "always", "time" and "you" for my title, adding the words make and for.

Come join our challenge at Frosted Designs!!  You can create a layout, card or other project!!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Day In the Life

Today starts a new challenge at Let's Scrap on our BRAND NEW BLOG!!!

I took these photos of Tanner and his buddies at our local Papillion Days carnival.  We always go on wristband night - you pay one fee and can ride as many rides as you want!  These two rides are his favorites!
Here is our sketch!  I used the right side of the sketch as my guide.  I did not have enough photos for both sides so I went with the side that worked best - that is how flexible our sketch challenges are!!
I found a few items from the Silhouette store and put them on my mat.  I cut the pieces out with my cameo using black and cream card stock. 
Here is the tiny roller coaseter.  I inked the edges a bit and pop-dotted it to my page. 
I cut out some tickets and journaled on them.

I loved the "at the Fair" title and wrapped it around the corner of the photo.
I layered the zig zag paper on blue cardstock to match the blue in Tanner's shirt and on the ride car.  I used the "A Day in the Life" frame to enclose the photos.

If you are looking for a challenge with a chance to win some great prizes, please check us out HERE!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Let's Scrap DT Project - Hooked on Fishing

I am so excited to announce that I made the Let's Scrap DT for my third term!!!!!  Let's Scrap was previously an NING site and is transitioning over to a blog.  You can check out our new blog HERE!!!

I have been on several Design Teams and have loved them all for the challenge and motivation.  My very favorite part of this DT (besides the wonderful people here) is that I am scrapbooking the photos that need to go in Tanner's album!!  I can use whatever products I want as long as I use the sketch as a guideline.

You can use the sketch as a guide, or follow it to the tee.  You can create one page, two pages or make it into a card.  Here is the sketch for our challenge that starts today: 
And here is our sponsor:
You can win 3 images from Lacy Sunshine Stamps!
My layout is Tanner fishing with his Uncle Brian on vacation in the Ozarks.  Tanner loves fishing!

I used papers from Frosted Designs and I cut the bobbers, fishing pole and title from my Silhouette Cameo.

I hope to see you on the blog!!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Witch's Hat

Blingy Halloween to you!!!!

Today I my project is featured on The Buckle Boutique BLOG.

I purchased this witch hat at Michaels - it is chipboard hat that I painted black.
I traced the hat brim on the back of a purple Rhinestone Resin Sticker Sheet and cut it out.  I measured the opening of the hat and drew a circle in the center of my "brim" circle.  I cut into the brim and cut out the circle.

Before taking the backing off the sticker sheet, I fit it on the brim.  I had to trim off a little bit of the inner circle before it fit.

I peeled the backing off in pieces and smoothed the sticker sheet as I went.

I tied a bow with black glitter and lime green glitter tulle. 
I needed a center for my flower I tucked into the bow, so I grabbed a circle punch and punched some clear diamond sticker sheet from a scrap. 
I cut the sticker sheet face down for an easier cut. 
I pulled the center piece off my flower and stuck down the circle. 
I tucked an orange leaf behind the flower. 
From this view you can see the seam of the purple sticker sheet on the left.  I later rotated the bow to cover it up.
Here is my witch hat - I just love Halloween!!!  What are you blinging for fall??

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Cheers!

Hello and Happy Labor Day!!

Today I am featured at my good friend Sheila's BLOG!

I made this set of wine glasses to donate to a very worthy cause.  I met a wonderful lady who organized a Women's Night at her children's elementary school where I was a vendor selling wine glasses last year.  Her friend recently was diagnosed with ALS.  They are having a Spaghetti Feed/Silent Auction on September 28th at the Fire Union Hall on 60th and Grover (Omaha) to help raise money for medical expenses.

For more information or to help, go HERE.

When I sell wine glasses, I do not use licensed images.  I made the exception since I am donating these glasses.   I used my cameo and vinyl to cut out Huskers.

I added some bling to the base of my glasses.  I used red, black and clear gems and clear tiny beads. 
 I put Beacon 527 on half of the base and put my bigger gems down first.
 I filled in with the smaller gems using a pair of tweezers to help.  I then put adhesive on the other side of the base and repeated.
 I put the small beads into a paper bowl and used my hand to press them into the empty spaces.

I let the glasses sit for 24 hours and then shook off the excess beads. 
I recommend hand washing only!! 
As a crafter, I love making things for other people whether I sell them or give them away.  I was very honored to be able to donate these!

The ice bucket challenge has been going around and I was challenged by 2 people.  My son Tanner was also challenged by 2 people.  My helper Kylie was challenged by one of our daycare moms (same lady who challenged me too)! 
We did our challenge together after school with the daycare cheering us on!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Members Day at the Zoo Layout

This week starts a new sketch challenge over at Let's Scrap!!!

I live near the Omaha Zoo - it was recently rated the #1 Zoo in the world.  That just amazes me as I go there all the time and probably take it for granted.  Once a year they have Members Day.  On Members Day, you can do many hands on activities, watch animal feedings and enrichments, and go on behind the scenes tours.  

This year was the first time I have been behind the scenes in the Giraffe House.  We got to walk on an inside cat walk and come face to face with them!

Tanner brought his best bud Jadon.  It was fun to show Jadon upstairs in the Aquarium for his first time!!
Here is the sketch I used.  I chose to use both pages as I had several photos.
We have a Kimodo Dragon at our zoo right now.  He typically is lying around so I got excited to see him walk around.  Fun Fact - Kimodo Dragons walk around when they have to urinate!!  If you look closely you might notice that.... 

I added tram tickets to the layout.
Here are Jadon and Tanner looking down at the baby giraffe.  How funny is that?!?

I trimmed the animal encounter off of a class schedule.  I thought it was perfect for this photo! 
I chose Up Close and Personal for my title as we were just that with the Giraffes!!

It was tempting to pet them or feed them, but the zoo keepers did not let us!
Tanner loves animals and loves visiting the zoo.  We get an annual zoo pass and go as often as we can.  

I used:
 Bo Bunny paper from the Somewhere in Time Collection
Cameo for my words