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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!


Monday, January 26, 2015

Under the Sea Book Fair Decor

This year, the Book Fair theme is Under the Sea.  They gave me a dark blue paper to make the window poster.  Well, the dark blue looked more like a dark sky to me so I decided to add a boat bottom!   I used some rolled white paper to make the boat form.  I trimmed kraft cardstock 3" wide in two lengths - 8 1/2" and 11".  I inked the edges with Vintage Photo ink and adhered them on top of the white paper with my ATG gun.  I trimmed the edges and adhered the boat to the poster.

I added the Under the Sea letters on the bottom and seaweed on each side.  I planned on adding other sea creatures but it was getting crowded and hard to read the words at the bottom. 
I found the sea creatures on my Silhouette Cameo - most of them came from the Silhouette online store.  I cut some sea creatures 3" tall for our Media Specialist to use to decorate the library. 
Tanner wanted a Nemo fish - this is the closest I was willing to make!!
I also make 4 menu posters for her to hang inside the school.  I wanted a sea creature holding a sub sandwich.  I used the crab and a hamburger.  I used the bottom bun for both the top and bottom of the roll.  I cut the hamburger patty out in pink to resemble ham.  I cut the pickles red for tomatoes.  I have to admit - creating the sandwich was almost as fun as making the boat!! 
Here is the finished poster.  I tore light brown cardstock to look like sand.  I inked the bread with Vintage Photo ink. 
I love making these decorations every year for our Book Fair!
I saw the poster in the front window at school today and had to add this picture!!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Chef Mickey

This week at Let's Scrap Sketches, we have a brand new sketch challenge!!  I don't make cards often, so I used the sketch (below) to create a layout.

This is a group picture of us at Chef Mickey last November.  I used Mickey heads and my Silhouette Cameo to create the background.  I tucked in a Mickey heartbeat and a little journal box.
This sketch can be used for a card, layout or canvas! 
Here is how I configured my layout on my Silhouette mat.
I hope I was able to inspire you today - consider joining our challenge HERE!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Welcome Banner

Today I am featured at The Buckle Boutique BLOG!!!

I made a vertical burlap banner that was supposed to be displayed at CHA in The Buckle Boutique booth.  Unfortunately, I mailed it to the hotel and they returned it to me.  So I will have to display it at my house!

I love burlap with a bit of bling and this was a perfect time to use both together!!
I cut burlap squares 4 x 4 1/4".  I measured the letters to fit the squares and designed them on my Silhouette program.  I cut them out in vinyl to use as stencils.

I painted the letters with black acrylic paint and peeled off the vinyl when it was dry.
Next I inked the burlap with some vintage photo ink.
I cut strips of Rhinestone Self-Adhesive Sticker Sheets (found HERE) for the edges of the banner squares.
I cut a diamond for the "o" to look like a wedding ring.  The Buckle Boutique also sells wedding trims, buckles and slides so I wanted to embrace that!  I trimmed the sticker sheet to resemble a diamond!
I used Beacon's 527 Adhesive to glue cardstock to the back of the banner squares as well as glue the ribbon to the back of the banner squares to hold the banner together.

Here is a close up of the ring!
I left the bottom of the ribbon a little long and it can be trimmed if needed.

I have made a lot of banners, but this is my first vertical banner!



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Friday, January 16, 2015

A New Friend (Frosted Designs Layout)

Today starts a new challenge at Frosted Designs!  The Challenge is A New (_________).  This can be a resolution, goal or event.  Have fun with it and join us HERE!

We went to Disney World in November.  I have a Facebook friend, Melissa, who is a fellow Disney Lover!  Some people find us Disney Lovers kind of weird - Why do you go to Disney so much?  Weren't you just there?  Again?!?!?  I think we are long lost cousins! Her family moved from Michigan to the Orlando area last summer.

She has a son named Tanner who is a year older than my Tanner.  The Tanners got to meet for the first time and hit it off right away!!  We spend a few hours together on two days of our trip.

  Melissa and I got to meet in person for the first time - but we have known each other for years!  We first met doing Disney/Pixar Blog Hops!  Melissa gave us a few pointers.  This was our first time at Disney with the Christmas decorations, shows and party.

It was perfect in this photo that my Tanner's shirt matched Melissa, and her Tanner's shirt matched me!!  I used orange papers from We Are Memory Keepers (Artisan) and Basic Grey (Fresh Cut) along with blue cardstock. 

I pop-dotted these banner flags (Naturals wood shapes) after I inked the edges black.  I added the little cameras because it was totally a Kodak moment!!! 
I tucked the title at the bottom with these tall, skinny letters!
The boys exchanged information and plan on keeping in touch.  Until next time we can come down!!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Hollywood Studios LO

Today starts a new challenge at Let's Scrap Sketches.  We went to Walt Disney World in November with all three boys and my in-laws.  It was the first time in 7 years we all were there together, and sadly may be the last time we are all there together.  I hope not but our older boys are 19 and 24 and wanting to go on other adventures.

We took this photo in front of the giant Christmas tree in front of Hollywood Studios.  We have been trying to get Tanner to ride the Rockin' Rollercoaster for 3 years.  He would get close and then once we got to the line, he changed his mind.  His main hang ups were it is inside (and he could not see from the ground what it looked like) and it goes upside down.  We got him to ride Space Mountain for the first time this year.  Our third trip to HS that week he finally got brave enough to try it.  I did not ride just in case he chickened out I could go through the gift shop and get him.  He did it and loved it!!!

This picture was taken with me and my three boys! 
Here is the sketch.  I used a square background from the Silhouette online store and opted to leave the squares empty.  I had some cool Disney papers that I bought on a previous trip to WDW.  I wanted the paper to show through.

I used Broadway font for the title.
I loved this guitar with flourish and added some music notes across the page.  I am sad that the Mickey sorcerer hat is being removed from the park this month.  I figured I better use this paper before it became obsolete! 
You can see we are making a fun pose for the camera!  My boys are such good sports!!  I used Arial for the sub-title font.
If one of your goals this year is to get caught up on scrapbooking - you may save time using sketches!!  We have a new sketch and challenge every Wednesday.  You can save the sketch to your computer for future use or join us on our facebook page where we have a library of past sketches!


Friday, January 9, 2015

Meeting Elsa and Anna

Welcome to the
 FROZEN Blog Hop


We are so happy you decided to join us on this wonderful wintery weekend. We hope to bring you some magical winter projects and inspire you to create some of your own! If you wish to start at the beginning, Connie Can Crop is the first stop on this wintery blog hop.
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Are you ready to build a SNOWMAN? Let it go!!

We went to Disney World in November.  Tanner turned 9 the day we left.  Last year when we went to WDW, he only wanted to see Phineas and Ferb and the characters from our meals.  I was surprised that he wanted to see Elsa and Anna.  Of course, we did not book a fast pass months in advance to see them because he was more into riding rides than waiting for character autographs.

So, we got to the Magic Kingdom right after breakfast with Lilo and Stitch and he wanted to see the wait time.  Mind you this was our first full day at MK and he had a list of rides he was hoping to ride.  Well, the wait was 90 minutes 20 minutes after rope drop!  He insisted on waiting.  Mike and his parents went on a few rides while the boys and I waited.  His brothers are 19 and 24!!!

When we were two families from the front of the line, Tanner asked me what was my favorite part of our vacation so far (on day 3 of our trip) and I said taking Mimi and Papa to eat at Teppan Edo for their first time last night.  He smiled at me and said seeing for Elsa and Anna was his favorite part of the trip - TOTALLY made it worth the 90 minute wait!!!

I spent two days looking for the perfect papers for my post!!!  I did not have the right blue in my 3,000 pieces of paper!!!  This was my third grouping of paper!!  I loved the glittered snowflakes on the paper!!

Because I had such good photos of Elsa and Anna, I did not want to cut them out of paper.  I did add Olaf though!!

Here is my little Olaf!  He was a black and white image that I traced.  I got creative with the details, cutting him out in brown and trimming off the white arms and hair.  I also cut an extra eyes and nose in orange and trimmed his nose.

I used fonts on my computer to cut out my title on my Cameo.  The photo of Elsa and Anna came with my Memory Makers download.

Look at the smile on Tanner's face!!

I added a little Let it Go!  I had to let the 90 minute wait go!!!
It was great to see Elsa and Anna - I am glad we waited!!  Here are a few more pictures:
Look at that grin!

Tyler and Elsa.
Kramer and Elsa.

Anna blushed and told me Tyler was GORGEOUS!!


Up next is the lovely and talented SARAH


Here is our complete line up in case you get lost along the way:



The cold never bothered us anyway!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Perfect Christmas Tree LO

Today started a brand new sketch challenge at Let's Scrap Sketches!  It was easy for me to convert this spring sketch (below) to a Christmas sketch - probably because I have a fresh stack of Christmas pictures on my desk!!
You can do one or both pages of the sketch.  You can also make the sketch into a card if you are a card maker! 
I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the arrow, The TREE, the card with a tree on top and the trees.  The TREE was cut in white vinyl and transferred to the bottom corner of the photo.  I cut the car out twice - once in black and once in green.  I trimmed the green car off and adhered the green tree to the black car. 
I cut these trees in two different sizes for fun. 
I used the word Christmas from a Christmas title and used a font on my computer for the rest of the title.
We go every November to Santa's Woods to pick out and cut down our tree.  It is a tradition we started about 9 years ago.  You can see Santa, have free coffee or cocoa, shop some local craft vendors, ride on a hayrack ride and see some life reindeer!!!  We love it!

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