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!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pumpkin Patch LO

Hello and Happy Wednesday!!  Today begins another sketch challenge at Let's Scrap!!

Last Friday we took our annual field trip with the daycare to the Pumpkin Patch.  The photos were perfect with these Carta Bella papers.

Here is our sketch:
I created the background shapes, pumpkins and my title on my Silhouette and cut them out with my Cameo.
I cut out the layers with cardstock and Carta Bella papers.
For the title, I created an offset layer so the letters would stand out on the busy paper.  I pop-dotted the title to my layout. 
I pop-dotted the pumpkin on my page.  I wrote some journaling on the background piece.  I inked the edges of all of my papers with Vintage Brown ink.
I used orange and black twine across the bottom of the layouts.  I added a bit more journaling here. 
Here is another pop-dotted pumpkin.  You can see my son Tanner and his best friend (Tanner's head is a little cut off) in the hayrack ride.
We have such a great time at the pumpkin patch every year.

I hope you join us at Let's Scrap!!



Saturday, October 18, 2014

Creepy Candy Corn Bucket

Welcome to the Monster Mash Blog Hop Day #2

I was working in the lab, late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my monster from his slab, began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise

He did the mash, he did the monster mash
It was a graveyard smash!

Connie">http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com/">Connie Can Crop and her ghoulishly wonderful friends are so glad you could join us for this Monster Mash! We have so many frightful projects you'll be screaming for more! 

This is day #2 of the blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these talented creatures who are here sharing their ideas and creations. We are thrilled to death that you came back!

The zombies were having fun, the party had just begun
The guests included Wolf Man, Dracula and his son!
A Woooo!

We have three terrifying yet amazing sponsors and giveaways for this hop!


Creative Kuts is giving one lucky winner a $10 gift certificate for their online store. 
Be sure to check out their spooky SVG files!

You can
visit her Shop
here and
follow them on Facebook here.

AND




is giving away this Frightfully Fun Stamp set from CTMH



AND

Connie Wallenbrock is giving away this Mini-Medley Accents Pack from CTMH



Perfect for your Halloween creations!


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

Then you can mash, then you can monster mash
The monster mash, and do a graveyard smash
Then you can mash, you'll catch on in a flash

Then you can mash, then you can monster mash
You will have until 12:00 am Monday to finish the hop and leave your comments.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday at Connie Can Crop.

Be sure to follow everyone and leave your spirited comments along the way!

Let's get this Monster Party started!

I found this design online.  It was used on a mason jar, but I wanted a bigger container.  I purchased this clear pail at a local craft store.  I sized the image to fit the front half of the bucket and cut it out in black vinyl on my Cameo.

I filled it up with candy corn and tied a bow on top.
I love the creepy cat and the bats!!  This will make a nice Halloween gift!

Up next is the lovely and talented ASHLEY!

Here is our complete line up for day #2 in case you get lost along the way:


Thanks so much for joining us for such a fun day! Happy Haunting!




Friday, October 17, 2014

Words of Inspiration

Inspiration for thought.
My friend Michelle Homme has a wonderful book, blog and facebook page.  She is a Women's Group Leader and Motivational Speaker.  She is a Giver and a Doer.  She is an inspiration to me!

I put her words (quotes) on tiles, wood and metal.  She sells these items, along with bracelets, necklaces, magnets and her books.  She has an ETSY page as well.

Why am I telling you this?  Well, because I mentioned that she is an inspiration to me.  Her current project (if you will) is collecting clothing, pajamas and scrapbook supplies for a homeless women's shelter.  These ladies need business clothes for the job they are required to have in order to live there.  They now have a revolving closet of clothes, shoes and accessories thanks to Michelle.  She wants to give these ladies a pajama party for fun!  All moms know that when a baby is born, all the gifts are for the baby - Michelle wanted to give the moms a nice pair of pjs.

Here are some of the recent signs I designed for Michelle:
These marble tiles are 3" x 8" and I put two of her quotes on them in black vinyl.  I used my Cameo and fonts from my computer to design them. 
This is a black metal 8" x 8" sign.  I copied and traced her quote from Pinterest and cut it out on my Cameo in light blue vinyl.
This is another black metal 8" x 8" sign.  I used a font from my computer and lime green vinyl for this one.
These wood signs are 3" x 9".  I painted two of them black and two of them brown.  I cut out the quotes in vinyl and placed them on the wood.  I painted over the vinyl. 
 Once the paint was dry, I peeled off the vinyl letters so the black (and brown) showed through.  I sanded, inked the edges and sealed them.
If the words on these signs have inspired you at all, consider checking out Michelle's Pinterest page for more!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Mother's Love is Never Ending




Welcome to the Miscarriage and Infant Loss Awareness Month Blog Hop.

You should have arrived from HAIDEE, but if you did not, be sure to start at the beginning HERE

Today, October 15,  is National Miscarriage and Infant Loss Awareness Day. 

This hop was created for those that have either have Angel Babies, for those that suffered a devastating loss with the loss of their own child or someone in their life that has an Angel baby or lost a child. 

Here are a few statistics to keep in mind regarding Miscarriage and Infant Loss: 

75% of all conceptions end in miscarriage
30% of pregnancies end in miscarriage (1 in 3)
15-20% of confirmed pregnancies end in miscarriage
The majority of miscarriages happen in the first trimester
Chromosomal Abnormalities are the most common reason for miscarriages and still births
90,000 children die annually before their first birthday
Nearly 2,500 babies are lost a year in the US due to SIDS
Nearly 30,000 babies are year are born stillborn. This number jumps to 4.5 million worldwide
Stillbirth occurs 10 times more frequently than SIDS
More babies die as a result of stillbirth than all other causes of infant death a year


The above reference statistics can be found on both of the following websites if you would like to find out more information: 

**http://www.hiringforhope.org/pregnancy-infant-loss-awareness.html
** http://miscarriage.about.com/od/riskfactors/a/miscarriage-statistics.html


Too many people in this world grieve in silence over the loss of their children. This hop is meant to CELEBRATE them! You will see many different stories from the wonderful ladies in this hop. Some have themselves loss their beautiful babies, some had family members go through a loss, and some are here to show their support for the women who have gone through it. 

How can YOU show your support today? Here are a few examples:

Keep your headlights on all day
Keep your porch lights on all day
Wear pink and blue ribbons
Light a candle and display it in your window
Release butterflies 

The theme for this hop is any project centered around Angels, babies, pink and blue ribbons, condolence cards, tributes, and  layouts!

There will be a blog prize from Craftin' and Stampin' from online Close To My Heart store. 

The "Your Own Kind Of Wonderful" stamp set is the prize for today's hop. To be eligible, please visit each blog and make sure to comment and follow along the way. Winners will be announced on the Craftin' and Stampin' blog on 10/18/14.





I have been blessed with three healthy boys ages 24, 19 and 8.  Each time I was pregnant, I had a close friend who was unable to get pregnant, or had a miscarriage.  Other friends have lost their babies:  my neighbor, my sister-in-law, my Avon Lady (who lost her twins at 20 weeks) come to mind.  

My oldest son was in daycare and a baby girl (I think her name was Megan) had a SIDS episode.  The provider stopped the episode and the baby had vital signs when the ambulance took her, but sadly she died 3 days later.  Several years later, my Sister-in-Law's niece - Bailey Lynn Schneckenberger - died of SIDS.  This was a baby that I held in my arms at my brother's wedding.  I have been to several funerals, but her funeral was the hardest....

My heart breaks a little for each loss.  I also feel a little guilty because I never suffered such a loss.

I wanted to make something that could be displayed in a special place - on a shelf, on a wall or placed in a Memory Book.  I found an image online and cut it out in vinyl.

I used blue and yellow gelatos on an 8 x 10 flat canvas panel.  I used water and a paint brush to blend the colors.

I added my vinyl design and these words from my heart.  I inked the edges of the canvas with a black PITT artist pen.

If you are one of the many parents who have lost a child, my heart goes out to you!

You are now off to CARLA'S Blog. 

Here is the lineup should you get lost:


Friday, October 10, 2014

Fall Ball - Challenge at Frosted Designs

We have a new Challenge up at Frosted Designs and I am the host!  The challenge is to use Fall Colors, Ink and Bling. 

As a Baseball Mom, fall is still baseball season!! I used a layout from Pinterest as my inspiration.  I found these pictures and knew they would work!!

My son went to college last year to play baseball.  He earned the back up catcher position on the Varsity Team as a freshman (proud mom here).  Tyler only got to scrimmage in the fall until he tore his UCL and needed arm surgery.  He had surgery over spring break and is no longer playing baseball.  I have not scrapped many photos from fall because it is hard to believe baseball is over for him.  I am still a proud mom though, because he chose another college that offered the classes he needed to get his Engineering Degree.

I used some pretty papers with a mix of dirt (brown ink), a bit of bling, and some journaling.


I painted the edges of this paper with Walnut Stain Tim Holtz crackle paint.  I planned to use the wood chip circle and sprayed it red - but later changed my mind. 
I inked the edge of my papers with Walnut Stain Tim Holtz ink.  I tore the edges of the papers - I haven't done this in a while and I have to tell you it felt good!! 
I did some handwriting on my layout even though I don't like my handwriting!! 
I added a bit of red bling across the wood chip banner pieces.  The bling and chippies are from past kits at Frosted Designs - you get so many goodies packed into each kit you will not need to shop for much else!!!

I did borrow some leather cording from the baseball glove repair kit (not sure why THAT was not in one of the kits - he he) to string across the layout.  I used my ATG adhesive to stick it down.
I used my Cameo to cut Fall Ball using Freshman font.

Please consider joining us for my challenge HERE.  You can make a layout, card, canvas, piece of home decor or anything else you can think of!!!

Products Used:
Walnut Stain Distress Crackle Paint
Laser Cut Wood Pieces 






Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cali Anniversary Trip Layout

I am a Design Team Member at Let's Scrap and today starts a new sketch challenge.  I just want to say that being on this Design Team I have scrapped a ton of layouts that go right in my scrapbooks!  If you are trying to get or stay on top of your scrapbooking, consider joining us for our weekly sketch challenges - you could also win some great prizes!

I took several pictures in California on our 22nd Anniversary Trip in September.  We went to Disneyland, Sea World and the San Diego Zoo - without the kids!  I used my cell phone to take the pictures, and my Zink Happy to print them off.  The widest the pictures print on the Zink is 2 inches, so these photos were perfect for this week's sketch!
I had too many photos that I wanted on my layout, so I adjusted the sketch to accommodate!  That is the beauty of sketches - they are flexible!

I used Dylusions Ink Dirty Martini and Heidi Swapp Teal Color Shine to ink some white cardstock.  I trimmed these papers to 7 x 9 to mat the photo collages.  I used black cardstock to mat them and adhere them to my Heidi Swapp and Glitz Designs papers.
I used Beacon Quick Grip Permanent Adhesive to glue the lace trim and flowers to my layout.  The lace ribbon was curling and I needed a glue to grab it quick - this worked perfectly!!   
I tucked in a few flowers and some journaling.
I used my Silhouette Cameo for my titles.  I used muted colors in the background because my photos were pretty busy.  I like how it turned out!!

Come check out our new BLOG (we just moved from our ning site this month)!!  We have members from all over the world!!



Monday, October 6, 2014

Burlap Baby Keepsake

Hello - Today I am sharing my project with my good friend Sheila from She's A Sassy Lady.  I have a big favor to ask of you - will you please click the link to her blog and tell her Congrats for being Cancer Free 1 Year this month!!!  She battled breast cancer and is finally back to crafting and creating - I was so happy to share her news!!!!!

I made a gift for a special new baby!  Owen will join my home daycare in December.  He is the fourth child in the family and I am so excited to have this family for several more years - they are so good to me!!!

I got the design idea from Pinterest.  I have made several of these keepsakes out of vinyl, but this is my first burlap one and I really love it for boys!!
I started with this burlap product found at Wal-Mart.  It is laminated on the back side and sized to 8 1/2 x 11. 
I used my Silhouette Cameo to design and color in my words and hearts.  You can see my design process here - different fonts and phrases.  I had two different models, but liked this one the best.

I moved the image over to the top left side of my mat, making sure the overall design was within 8 x 10 inches so it would fit in my frame. 
Instead of sending the image to my Cameo to cut, I sent it to my printer. 
I went into my printer settings and changed the paper to "Other Specialiy Paper".  I loaded my burlap into my printer laminated side up (my printer pulls in the paper and flips it over - you may need to check your printer). 
I trimmed off the edges so it fit in the frame.
Ready to put in the gift bag - I just love making personalized gifts!!!
Isn't he just precious?!!