Monday, October 5, 2015

Expensive Pinecone Wreath Knock-Off

Hello friends and happy Monday! With Fall upon us and all the glory that comes with this beautiful season, I have been inspired by all the pretty fallen pine cones that I see on my daily neighborhood walk with our newest family member, McKenzie Pepper (our adorable and mischievous Beagle pup.) I also love beautiful home d├ęcor and all the gorgeous seasonal wreaths I often see, but never buy because of the hefty price tags attached to them. I refer to this hang-up as the "cheap girl with expensive taste syndrome." Perhaps you have it too? If so, here's a super simple way to get all the beauty of those far too pricey seasonal wreaths without breaking your budget and making your hubby's eyes pop out of his head the next time he checks the bank account. ;)
I bought a 12" wire wreath form from Joann's for $2.39 and collected a variety of pine cones from my neighborhood and from nature walks at our local park (that equals free, my favorite price!).  Now, I did buy a brand new heat gun due to the fact that after a lengthy search of my craft room and turning my entire house upside down, my old glue gun was nowhere to be found. It seems to have grown legs and walked away.  I digress, my new heat gun, which cost a whopping total of $8.99 before my 40% Joann discount, is my new favorite thing! It cost less than my old one, but I love it so much more. It's an Ad-Tech 40 watt full-size glue gun with all the awesomeness of an expensive one. Score. And since I saved so much on the glue gun, I went ahead and stocked up on a 50 pack of Ad-Tech Hi Temp Glue Sticks for about $6 more. Double score. Look out people, this girl is packin'! :)
The pine cones and the "Edna" natural crochet lace from RRR adhered beautifully to the wire base and it's worth mentioning that the Ad-Tech glue sticks have a far better bond than my previous glue sticks, which I fail to recall the brand name--but I was always having things come off and having to re-glue them because the old sticks just weren't up to par for my projects. This is my first ever pine cone wreath and I'm pretty happy with the result. The best part: the grand total of making this wreath (minus the glue gun) was approximately $3.00. Yes. I see many more of these in my future.
And a couple close-ups of the inner and outer sides.
See those little glue strands? Did you know a little trick that gets those babies out of every nook and cranny? Just zap the areas with a blow dryer on low heat for a few seconds and all those pesky strands will be nothing but a mere memory! Seriously, it's like magic!
Thank you so much for stopping by today! Always wishing you a creative and blessed day!!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Hey, It's World Card Making Day!

Helloooo there! Yes, it's really me, lol. I am alive and well and very happy to be joining you for World Card Making Day 2015! I've been absent from my blog for quite some time, but not absent from life. I have chosen to dedicate much of my time to growing in the Lord my God each day. Actually, I've been growing in Him every moment of every hour of every day that I allow His will to encompass me and all that is in me. God has been working wonders in my life and writing on my heart, a new story. I know that everybody isn't going think this is appropriate, but it is my story and my truth and I am compelled to share it. I appreciate and love every single one of you, my crafty sisters and brothers. I hope that we may continue on our journey together through our common bond and love for creativity and art. And if you are so inclined, to grow in our love for God together. Thanks for allowing me to share what's on my heart and thanks for being my friend!

Now, on to my card in honor of this fantastic day which brings us all together, near and far, of all nations and lands--World Card Making Day! I made a pretty simple card for today and I used several Clearsnap® products since I just started my guest design team term with them, yay! I'm super excited and honored to be a part of this outstanding team of creative people and am looking forward to sharing some fun projects made with all the awesome Clearsnap® products that I received to play with! I even made my very first ever haul video showing all the cool stuff I got! Warning: it's very elementary and I was rather nervous since it was my first youtube video ever, lol. But hey, we all have to start somewhere, right? You can check out my haul video HERE! It's less than 5 minutes long, so as poorly done as it may be, at least it's short! ;)
So here's my card. I got to play with some of the new ColorBox® Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins. I sponged a bit of Glam Green over the embossed background to make it pop and I stamped this great Unity sentiment with ColorBox® Archival Dye Ink in Wicked Black. I added a tad of sparkle to the little flowers with Twinkle Dust by Donna Salazar in Pralines and Cream--yum! I also used this really cool gel adhesive called Glue Gloss, which I absolutely adore! It's especially great for adhering glitter, embossing powder, buttons, beads, etc. because it is clear and smooth. Just remember not to accidentally put it on your lips because it really does look just like lip gloss, lol! I also used a ColorBox® Creative Card for my cards foundation. It's the black horizontal stripes you see and it comes in a package of 5 preprinted standard sized cards with envelopes. It's a great way to make a batch of quick and beautiful cards with ease. Love that! Now you know that I couldn't resist decorating the white envelope too, hehe! I tried out my new Jumbo Rollagraph® using one of the many interchangeable Jumbo Design Wheels, this one being Leafy Border. I rolled the leafy border pattern on with ColorBox® Chalk Ink in Dark Brown. The final touch was a few mini pines cones on a branch that I found while walking in my neighborhood one day. Aren't they cute? :)

Thanks so much for visiting me and listening to me ramble on, like I tend to do, haha! I will be stopping by your blogs today to see all the awesomeness you've been creating! Wishing you a most happy and blessed day!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Hello my friends! I hope this post finds you well! I don't know about you but I'm SO looking forward to Spring! And even though it's "officially" time, it hasn't quite arrived here in Great Northwest yet but all this rain with breaks of sunshine are sure to make for beautiful flower and veggie gardens this year!! Until then, I have my own ways of reigning in this delightful season and the darling Mother Goose paper collection by Graphic 45 was just perfect for my crafty fling with Spring!! I made this on an 8x10" canvas board and used Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium to adhere everything down, then another layer over the top of the canvas as well to seal it down and preserve this keepsake for years to come. And since this project was inspired by the wonderful Mother Goose, I'm entering it into this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #10-Birds of A Feather. Also entering it in the Scrap and Craft Inspiration Challenge #5-Flowers.
I had such a joyful time making this, especially because I used to adore Mother Goose nursery rhymes when I was a little girl. I had a big, yellow, hard-cover book filled with them, each accompanied by whimsically beautiful illustrations that I was completely enthralled with. I would get lost in detailed artwork that told the story of each rhyme and to this day, I know many of them by heart. All of those wonderful memories came flooding back to me as I created this canvas. Here's a few close-ups of the details...
You know that feeling when you finally find the perfect project for a longtime-hoarded embellishment? ....yep, that little baby chick hatching from her egg has been waiting ever so patiently for a quite some time to be part of something special and I think she'll be very happy here with Mother Goose in the garden. I also added a few additional elements to (hopefully) coordinate with not only the "Mary Mary Quite Contray" nursery rhyme, but also "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and "Hey Diddle Diddle"....the rustic floral heart-shaped button, wooden cow button, clock gears and golden time-piece are all from my stash hoard too and are all at least 5 years old. I love using up old treasures, yay!! :)
"Mary's" garden along the bottom was so much fun too! I painted a chipboard fence from Sa Crafters and distressed it to make it look a little more rustic and then loaded it up with pretty flowers of all kinds and spiral stamens from Wild Orchid then strung a sweet little banner that blows in the breeze making the butterflies flutter by and the birds sing a Spring song!
I also love how Graphic 45 paper collections always have fun add-ons like these cute chipboard pieces and tags. It really makes it super easy to put together any card or project your heart fancies!
Well now....are you feeling a spring in your step yet? I sure hope so!! I can't wait to plant my tomatoes, green and sweet peppers, jalapenos and herb garden. Just a couple more weeks, I think! And I can hardly wait for watermelon, mmm!!! ....Do you have a green thumb? I'd love to hear how YOUR garden grows! What do you and your family love to plant and eat each year from your own garden? Or perhaps from your local farmer's market? Please do share and don't forget to have a creative and very blessed day!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Baby Dress Keepsake

Hi friends! Sorry it's been a while since my last post and since I've blog hopped. Just life. Yah. Anyway, here's my latest project, which I made for a very sweet friend of mine Kelli Jo, whose daughter just had her first baby, making my friend a brand new "Mimi"--aka, Grandma! The little baby girl is so sweet and beautiful! Her name is Isabella and this baby dress keepsake is just for her. :) It happens to be perfect timing for the Tombow Baby Challenge hosted by Latrice Murphy over at the Tombow blog, yay! I'm also entering it into the Country View Challenge Blog- March 2nd Blogaversary Challenge.
I enjoyed creating this sweet keepsake so much. Isn't the little antique hanger precious?! I've been hoarding it for several years and now that I finally used it, I want more and cannot find anything nearly as cute on the internet or elsewhere, haha. Isn't that the way the cookie crumbles! :) All the papers, chipboard and stickers are from Graphic 45's Baby to Bride collection. A most beautiful and versatile collection indeed--highly recommended!  Now, my Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue is by far my favorite and most used liquid glue. I use it on practically everything I make because it's inexpensive and super easy to work with--it has an superb permanent hold and it dries clear so even when I leave a smear or smudge (like I always do) it isn't a problem because it never shows! It's a big ol' thumbs up all the way!! I used it on this project on almost all of the embellishments in the pockets. I also used a layer of Faber-Castell Gel Medium over the top of all the patterned paper because this is a keepsake so I want to protect its integrity for a long time. 
And a close-up of the front of the apron...
I hope Kelli Jo loves this as much as I loved making it for sweet baby Isabella! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by my blog. I hope you have a most creative and blessed day my friends!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Don't Let Anything Dull Your SPARKLE!

Hi friends! I hope you are enjoying a great weekend so far!! I certainly am! The sun is shining, hubby is fixing to grill tonight and I am sitting here loving every minute of this day!!! I made 1 more card for the current TCP TUES284-color challenge just because I like it so much. :) This time I challenged myself a bit more and came up with a 5 1/2" square card using 2 fun sets from TCP--Rise & Shine and for the clouds, Flying By.
I paper pieced bunny's rain boots and umbrella with lime glitter cardstock, which shows up much more "glittery" irl. :) I love this quote too....words to live by, indeed!
That's all for me today. Thanks so much for strolling by! I hope your day is filled with SPARKLE!!!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Simple Blooms & Sparkle

Hi friends! I hope you are doing well! I played along with this week's TCP Tuesday challenge 284-a color challenge and here it is!
So pretty and Spring-like! I love it!! I know many of my friends in the East and Mid West and inundated with bad weather and may even be buried in snow and ice as I type! Please know that I am praying for everyone in this predicament. I'm equally thankful for being here on the West coast where torrential rain is all we have to deal with--ugh. And so, with this in mind, I thought it even more appealing to create a card today using this lovely color combo above. I hope it will brighten your day too!
I stamped this wonderful sentiment from the Simple Blooms stamp set by TCP. I adore this set, it's worth its weight in gold! This sentiment is great. Simple. Meaningful. Just right.
I wish all of these things for you my sweet friends! Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a creative and blessed day!!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

This Way to Wonderland

Hi friends! Today I made something that I must say I love! Alas, I cannot take credit for the design because I was 100% inspired by a most beautiful gift I received from a very talented friend over the holidays. Some of you may know Ginny Nemchak and her glorious blog Polly's Paper Studio. She designs for Graphic 45 and several other companies where she stuns and inspires with her beautiful paper creations! I adore her and am blessed to call her my friend. And after continuously drooling over this marvelous jumbo tag-card she sent me almost 2 months ago, I decided to try something similar myself because I am just SO in love with it!! C.A.S.E in point....
Isn't it absolutely wonderful!!! Like I said, I can't stop looking at it and why would I want to! So yummy. Now, I've had some Alice In Wonderland themed ideas swimming around in my head for a while and I thought this was the perfect time to bring them to fruition. I really did use Ginny's design entirely to inspire me although at some point this tag became my own. What a great gift it is to share your creativity and inspire others! Here's how mine turned out...
I've had my Wonderland Tea Creative Scraps from Crafty Secrets for quite some time and I was thrilled to be able to pair it up with a couple of my mini trinkets in silver that match the wonderland theme! These are the types of little treasures in my stash that rarely, if ever get used so it's really neat when I find a way incorporate them into a project!
I marvel at Ginny's ability to layer and create dimension. I tried to mimic her one-of-a-kind style by layering different patterns of paper, doilies and flowers. I also love how she did the buttons on the tag she sent me and I tried to make mine look similar to hers. I'm still working on perfecting her fabulous "poof" and "super poof" bows! ;)
I'm entering my tag card into the current Red Carpet Studio challenge #91-My Fair Lady translation: a girl project with lots of layers.
Well that's all for now. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you a very curious, creative and blessed day!!!