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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!


Friday, December 19, 2014

Time Spent with Family Layout

Today begins a new challenge at Frosted Designs.  The Challenge is All In the Family.  So today's challenge is titled "All In The Family." Your project (layout, card, art journal page, mixed media piece, etc) must focus on family and include a quote about family somewhere on it.

I used a photo from our recent trip to Disney World because it has our entire family in it plus my husbands parents.  Mike is an only child and my parents have passed away, so my boys are very close to their Mimi and Papa.  The 7 of us have not been on a vacation all together in 3 years.  Even though our older boys are a little old for Disney (their words not mine) I feel this vacation was worth every second!!! 
I found this quote at the Silhouette online store and printed it out on cream colored cardstock.  I trimmed it and inked it with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain ink and matted it with dark brown cardstock.
I layered papers from Frosted Designs Rustic Beauty Kit.  The flowers are from the kit as well.

I really love the floral papers layered with the brown cardstock!  I hope you join us at the Frosted Designs BLOG for this wonderful challenge!!

Be sure to spend time with your family over the next few weeks as it is worth every second!!!  Happy Holidays!!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Merry Everything & Happy Always LO

Today begins a new sketch challenge at Let's Scrap!  When I first saw the sketch (below) I was going to make a card.  I don't make cards very often though and I am pretty practical - so I thought about combining my family Christmas card in a layout!!

We went to Disney World in November and had several pictures taken for our potential Christmas Card photo.  This one had everyones' eyes open and most of us are smiling.  Mike's parents are with us in the photo - so they are part of our card this year!  This photo was taken at Hollywood Studios and the iconic blue sorcerer hat is being removed in 2015 - so I insisted on having a photo in front of it!!
Here is the sketch.  If you check out the Let's Scrap BLOG, you will see different interpretations of this sketch.  This can easily be a card, a scrapbook page without a photo, or a scrapbook page with a photo.  You can also make a canvas or ATC card - the possibilities are endless!!! 
I cut some leaves from my Silhouette and added stickles berries to frame my photo card. 
I added another spray of leaves and berries on the bottom corner.  I adhered some ribbon and lace to the bottom of the page.
Merry Everything and Happy Always from our house to yours!!!


Friday, December 12, 2014

Holiday Gifts Blog Hop

Welcome to day One of the
 Holiday Gifts Blog Hop

Connie Can Crop and her crafty Elves are so glad you decided to join us on this wonderful wintery weekend. We hope to inspire you with some amazing Holiday Gift Ideas!
You should have arrived here from  the Lovely LUCY, if not hop back into Santa's sleigh and head over to the beginning at Connie Can Crop.

This is a two day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of Santa's Elves who are here sharing their ideas and creations along this Christmassy hop.


We have three amazing sponsors and giveaways for this hop!
 Julie with Simply Silhouette 
is giving one lucky winner a really cute green Scrapbooking t-shirt!! YAY!
http://www.simplysilhouette.com
AND
Jessica Wilson
is giving away a $10 gift certificate to her shop 

AND

Connie Wallenbrock
is giving away a new Petite Perks Stamp from CTMH.


What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs (Day One and Day Two) in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 12:00 am Monday to finish this Holiday hop and leave your comments.


Winners will be announced on Wednesday at Connie Can Crop.


Be sure to follow everyone and leave your blog love along the way!

Today I am showcasing some teacher gifts that I made.  Some of these gifts were made for my friend's to give their kid's teachers.
The first gift is an 8x8 tile with vinyl on it. 
I made these books for my friend's twins.  She provided me the photos and I used school themed papers.  I adhered the papers to chipboard and used my Bind-it-All to bind the books.   HERE is a tutorial about making mini books with the Bind-it-All.
I had the twins write their names for me and I put the photo on my Silhouette program and traced it.  I cut it out in vinyl and added it to the inside cover. HERE is a how I got the name in vinyl.
I printed this saying on laminated burlap and framed it.  You can find a tutorial HERE
My son's teacher is a runner.  I got her a very nice water bottle from Under Armour.  I put a K on one side.... 
and Runalicious on the other.  Red is her favorite color! 
For the Husker fan, I decorated a wine glass and a water bottle.

Which gift do you like best?


Up next is JENNY


Here is our complete line up in case you get lost along the way:
Be Sure to Come back tomorrow to see what the rest of Santa's Elves created for Day 2!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tanner Layout (Let's Scrap)

Happy Wednesday!!  Today begins a new Sketch Challenge at Let's Scrap!  I took this photo of Tanner when we were taking homecoming pictures of big brother Tyler and his friends.  I love the trunk of this tree and took a nice picture of Tyler in front of it.  The next thing I know, Tanner is standing in the same spot saying cheese!!!  He was so cute!!!  This photo was taken in September of 2011.
Here is the sketch.  I have been waiting for the perfect sketch for this 5x7 photo and decided to use the left side of the sketch.  I used some Prima paper (Captured Drama) because the flowers matched Tanner's shirt so well.  The paper, pocket, flower and "dream Big" embellishment came from Frosted Designs. 
I wrote my journaling on the tag.  I layered some papers from my stash behind the pocket.
I did not want to cover the flowers on the top corner, so I put my banner flags on the bottom!  I just love using sketches as a starting point and making them work for the photos and pretties I have!!

Consider joining us at Let's Scrap!!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Holiday Project without Red or Green Challenge

This week at Frosted Designs we have a new challenge.  Our challenge is Holiday Project without Red or Green Challenge.  I made an ornament using pieces from the Rustic Beauty Kit.

I adhered the flower die cut to a piece of transparency film that I cut to fit inside my ornament using my Silhouette Cameo.  I adhered ribbon around the top of the ornament holder and added a bow.

I added this cork charm with an angel flair.  This ornament was inspired by my mom who loved angels and butterflies.  She was not really a pink girl - her favorite color was blue.  I used pink because the ribbon I have looked nice with the angel.

You can join our challenge HERE.

Friday, December 5, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop Day 12


Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop Day 12.  Today is our final day!!!  This hop will take place  November 24th through December 5th and the new postings each day will be posted by 8am eastern standard time. This hop will be full of wonderful ideas and inspiration to get you well on your way  of creating all of those beautiful Christmas project. This is an awesome way to get a lot of your Christmas cards, and scrapbook layouts  finished, home decorations completed and maybe even be inspired to  create something using a new technique that you have never tried.  There will be a new project posted each and every day by all the wonderful  amazing ladies in this hop. Also each day we will have a guest designer  or two for you to visit.

This is one of my favorite bog hops to participate in every year as it motivates me to create for the holidays!!  The sponsors are on Lisa's BLOG - be sure to visit and comment every day and you just might get a prize!!!

My project for today is a very special ornament:



William is one of my daycare boys who went off to Kindergarten this fall.  He drew a picture of me and wrote his name.  I asked him and his twin sister to write their names for a special ornament I wanted to make for mom.  This ornament idea came later!!

I copied and traced his name and the picture of me using my Silhouette Cameo.  I put a circle on my mat to represent the ornament size I was using and sized the images to fit inside.

I cut everything out in white vinyl.
To make this sparkly ornament, you need a glass ball ornament (mine is a flat ball ornament), Polycrylic, glitter and a funnel.  Use the funnel to put the polycrylic into the ornament.  Slowly turn the ornament until all parts are covered (do not shake as it will cause bubbles).  Turn the ornament upside down and drain excess polycrylic into a disposable cup or egg carton.  This just takes a minute or two to drain.

Use the funnel and pour in extra fine glitter.  Slowly turn the ornament until all parts are covered.  Empty excess glitter back into the original glitter container.

I have really enjoyed this hop and I have been doing it for a few years!  I hope you were inspired and have a Very Crafty Christmas!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!  Your next stop is the Amazing ASHLEY!!

Here is a complete list of bloggers in the hop in case you get lost along the way:
2. Scrappin Madge ~ www.thescrappinlounge.com

Thursday, December 4, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Day 11


Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop Day 11.  This hop will take place  November 24th through December 5th and the new postings each day will be posted by 8am eastern standard time. This hop will be full of wonderful ideas and inspiration to get you well on your way  of creating all of those beautiful Christmas project. This is an awesome way to get a lot of your Christmas cards, and scrapbook layouts  finished, home decorations completed and maybe even be inspired to  create something using a new technique that you have never tried.  There will be a new project posted each and every day by all the wonderful  amazing ladies in this hop. Also each day we will have a guest designer  or two for you to visit.

This is one of my favorite bog hops to participate in every year as it motivates me to create for the holidays!!  The sponsors are on Lisa's BLOG - be sure to visit and comment every day and you just might get a prize!!!

My project for today is:

I purchased an 8x8 tin from Michaels with an image on it.  I peeled the sticker off and wiped the tin with rubbing alcohol.

 I cut out my design in vinyl and transferred it to the tin.  I painted blue over the tin and let it dry.  I peeled the vinyl off and used black paint to distress it a bit.  I spray sealed it and it is good to go!

Thanks for stopping by!!!  Your next stop is the Amazing ASHLEY!!

Here is a complete list of bloggers in the hop in case you get lost along the way:
2. Scrappin Madge ~ www.thescrappinlounge.com