Monday, March 31, 2014

It's Better at the Beach

Good Morning and Happy Monday to you all.  I  hope you had a great weekend.  Mine was a bit busy, having Brighton home for spring break in between quarters, a bit of creating and my niece's fifth birthday party.

Today I want to share with you a project I made using some of my stash.  I am really trying to work through some of these older things, papers and half used packages of embellishments seem to find a way to pile up.

This is Mackenzie and a couple of friends at the beach a few weekends ago one of the afternoons of our swim meet.  Since none of the girls finaled, we decided it was much to beautiful of a day to mope around a headed over to the beach.  The girls had such a good time wandering down the beach and playing in the sand.  Well, not the same type of playing they did when they were buckets, mostly just drawing in the sand, hand stands, and jumping off rocks.  hee hee

Thanks for dropping by.


Friday, March 28, 2014

J- Wall Decor

Good Morning everyone!  Hooray for Friday!!!!  It has been quite a week here, full of the usual insanity I affectionately refer to as my life.  I did however find time to create another little wall decor piece for my friend Jordan.

Lovely Pink Paislee, Spring Jubilee papers with tons of gorgeous Prima blooms, this project came together in no time.
Now to find a box to put this lovely, and a few other goodies, in.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Home for the Day - Prima Wishes and Dreams

Good morning everyone!  It is a rainy, dreary day here in San Jose, but I wanted to share with you this bright, sunny layout I made with the Wishes and Dreams collection from Prima.  I love the colors in this collection and couldn't wait to use them with these fun instant photos I took one afternoon when Brighton came home from school.

 This last quarter we didn't get to see much of Brighton as he had a crazy, tough schedule.  On Saturday afternoon he had computer problems so we agreed that he would come home Sunday morning and we would try and get it fixed.  Luckily, Phil is quite the computer wizard.  lol  In the end, Brighton was able to fix it himself with some of Phil's tools.  I was just happy to have him home for the day.  hee hee
Kristina at Your Memories Here has this collection and flower grab bags available if you would like to recreate this project.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wall Art

Good morning friends!  Hope you are having a great day.  Today I want to share with you a project I made for a little friend of mine.   I found this sweet wooden piece at Hobby Lobby and couldn't resist adding a few extras to complete the look.

Her mother hates pink, so I tried to stay away from the obvious choice of shades of pink for the embellishments.  Instead I chose to focus on the gold in the background.
I have had this Webster's Pages embellishment in my stash for quite a while and it seemed to be the perfect item for the corner.
A few other odds and ends from the stash helped complete the project.

Hope she loves it....thanks for stopping by.


Friday, March 21, 2014

A Couple of Cards

Hi everyone!  I wanted to pop in today and share a couple of cards I made this week.

The first is for a baby shower I attended for one of my besties daughters.  She had an Alice in Wonderland theme so of course I couldn't resist making this card.
I printed the black and white image from the web and then water colored the image before adding a bit of Stickles and a bit of sparkle with my Galaxy pen.
For this next card I used my Sizzix window box die. (Kristina still has a few dies available at the Your Memories Here store on sale for $29.99)   I cut down the window box to focus more on the window.  A bit of pop and it looks like you are looking into a super fun party.  
I used many of the same techniques to color my window box as I used to create the home decor piece.  Sanding the Core'dinations cardstock and bits of ink to weather the wood.
Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you have a great weekend.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Darice Sneak Peek

Hi everyone!  Things are crazy busy around here these days.  Blogging wiith Darice is tons of fun, but keeps me really busy, and working far ahead.  I already have my projects going thru April and will be starting on May soon....crazy, huh.

Anyway, just a quick note to let you know I am up on the Darice blog today.

Check it out.  Love that with the Core'dinations paper I can mix and match and still have such fun texture.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Mixed Media Darling

Good Morning everyone and Happy St. Paddy's Day.  I hope that you had a great weekend and are having a lovely Monday.  Today I wanted to share with you a canvas I made back a few weeks ago on Oscar Sunday.  I have been meaning to get to this for a while, but I had some technical difficulties...dead battery, and of course I couldn't find the charger.  Oh well.  So, you get to see the first half...the how I make a canvas part...but not the "how to junk it up"...but really?  I think you can handle it.   I used a gelattos to stamp on my canvas.  So much fun.

So, without further ado....

And here is the finished piece.

Thanks for stopping by.



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sneak Peak - Darice

Hey everyone!  Just a little sneak of a project I have over on the Darice blog today.  If you haven't been over to check out the new blog, you certainly should.  There are all different types of crafts...not just paper.



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dressing Up - Sizzix

Good morning crafty peeps!  Hope you are having a great day.  Today I want to share with you a little dresser I made using the Candy Box die from Sizzix and some older October Afternoon papers.

Using the little candy box die from Sizzix made creating the boxes simple as can be.  From there I just used Mat board to create a frame to hold the boxes together.
I painted the outside with a bit of acrylic paint from Liquitex, a few embellishments; a kite, flowers, a beautiful butterfly, and a few buttons for the feet, and I was done.

I have acquired quite a few little wood pieces lately and I think this might be the perfect way to store them on my desktop until they become more manageable.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Wow- Simple Stories

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Today I wanted to share with you a layout I made using the Homespun collection from Simple Stories.

 Filled with some of my favorite things, banners, hearts, wood and enamel dots...Love this layout of my oldest

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, March 7, 2014

Window Box Wall Decor - Sizzix

Good Morning everyone!  Woo Hoo!!!  It is Friday!!!!  So glad for the weekend.  No big plans, which is a nice change to be honest.

Today I wanted to share with you a sweet little Home Decor piece I made using the Window Box die from Eileen Hull for Sizzix.  This die is just so adorable, I couldn't wait to play.

Are you familiar with that cookie commercial...."get to the good part faster?"  The decorating?  Well, I started using matboard from Sizzix and let me tell you....It makes getting to the good part that much faster.

Matboard comes in a few different colors.  I chose a white 6x13 piece for my project, since I knew I wanted a white window.  Having the matboard already cut to the perfect size, the color being right, and the fact that it embosses beautifully (here I used the Wood Grain texture fade) meant I could get to assembling and decorating much more quickly.
A quick swipe of some Walnut Ink distress ink over the high points on my window....
And a more heavy hand with Tumbled Glass on the Window Box
 before a quick swipe of Walnut Stain to distress.....
With the help of the simple instructions on the die package I was quickly able to assemble and embellish this burlap panel I found at my local Michaels.
 Perfect for holding a few little odds and ends; a little note, a photo of my beautiful daughter and whatever else may show up.

I added just a few Prima flowers and a bit of bling to finish everything off.  So bright and spring like. 
Thanks for stopping by today.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Exciting Things Happening

Good Morning everyone!  I am so excited to share with you today!  I have been keeping a secret for quite a while now....Well, one secret I have been keeping for a while, and the other I have only been keeping for a week.    Finally though, I am ready to share.

I have been invited to participate in a new blog from Darice, Live, Craft, Love  I am so honored to be designing with all of the gorgeous things that this fabulous company has.  And goodness, the team they have assembled.   Be sure and check it out.  My first post won't be up for a bit, but there is plenty of beautiful eye candy there already.  Go check it out.
Next, I was chosen to be part of the Clear Scraps design team!  So honored.  Clear Scraps has such an interesting array of acrylic and chipboard items.  I can't wait to get started.  Such a talented group to be working with....I am just thrilled.

Oh, and another interesting bit of information.  Lorine Mason, the creator of Banners of Hope...I am up over on her blog today discussing the thought process behind creating my banner.  You can check it out here.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Work Hard

Good morning everyone!  I hope all is well with you.  Can you believe it is already March?  eeek!  So much going on is killing me that I can't tell, but I should be able to spill soon.

Today I wanted to share with you a project I made using the gorgeous Optimist Collection from Prima.   This paper has the most lovely chalkboard background (sorry about the off colors, so hard to get good photos this time of year with the funky light). It has been a while, but the girls decided they were going to do some mixed media canvases, fan art, for one of their favorite bands.   They had so much fun creating, and you know I had to take photos of the process.

 Kristina also has some of the most gorgeous embellishments to coordinate with these papers.  Flowers, flair, paper clips, oh my.
 Be sure and swing by the Your Memories Here store to check out all the goodies currently in stock.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Suitcase Box- Sizzix

Good morning everyone!  Sorry I am a bit late, I have been under the weather...nothing serious, just a little cold, but I am moving rather slowly.  That coupled with getting my house repiped this week.  Ugh

Anyway, today I want to share with you this cute little suitcase box I made with my Eileen Hull for Sizzix die. This has got to be one of my all time favorite dies.  I really love it, perfect for holding a little mini album, a gift card, small treasures.....

Cut out of mat board and then covered in some gorgeous Madeline papers from Prima and covered in some gorgeous Prima flowers and other miscellaneous laces, I just love the look of this little box.  

I haven't quite yet decided what to do with it, but I am sure I will think of something soon.

Thanks for stopping by today.