Monday, December 5, 2011

Blog Hop Winners!!!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by during the blog hop and left all the kind comments!  I loved reading them throughout the weekend.  We have our three winners!!! They are:

Jennifer DeWolfe

So ladies, I need you to email me your mailing address to cswiscarson at by Friday, December 9th so that I can get your packages in the mail!  Thank you again to everyone who stopped by!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Holiday Blog Hop

Welcome to the Handmade Holiday Blog Hop!! I am so excited to share my project with you today.  You should have just come from Adele's Blog.   If not, then jump back to Amanda's Blog to take part in all of the fun! So for this blog hop we were suppose to create a handmade project using our scrapbooking stash or tools.  I choose to show these adorable tag calendars that I have made up for Christmas gifts.  So I hope you enjoy this cute little project!
 Here is a picture of all the different months.
 So this is what the covered looks like.  I started with 13 of this large tags and then went through my stash and put together groups of 13 different patterned pieces of paper that "matched" for each calendar.  I then used some border punches and Thickers to complete these little albums.
 Here is a sample of what a month looks like.  I love how quickly I was able to make these cute little calendars and that I only had to order pictures and the tags, everything else is from my stash (including the cardstock that I printed the calendars on).
I have also added a fun little giveaway.  I have created THREE extra tag calendars and they will be going to THREE lucky winners. They are all put together and just waiting for you to add your own pictures.  Just leave a comment to be entered into this giveaway.  If you become a follower or already are a follower just leave another comment letting me know to be entered for another chance to win.  I will announce the winner here on the blog (and on Club CK) the morning of December 4th.  Here is a picture of the three up for grabs.
Now jump on over to Ashley's Blog for even more fun!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Paper covered large letters

So as a gift idea for my Mother-in-law this year I decided to take some of the paper mache letters that you can find at craft stores and cover the fronts of them with dictionary pages and then painted all of the edges before sealing them up.  I started with the these three letters, but am already thinking of making her law firm name as a future gift.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Tile Coasters

Hope everyone isn't getting sick of all these Christmas gifts yet.  Only a couple more days to share what I have already created.  I found this idea on Pinterest and the idea then took off even more over on the Club CK boards.  I decided to make a set of four for my Mom and a set of eight for my Mother-in-Law's law office.  I bought these tiles at Home Depot for $0.16 each. I also bought a set of felt circles to add to the bottom of all of the tiles.   I already had the paper and the Modge Podge.  I love how these turned out so I made a set for my house too.

 The set for my Mother-in-Law.
The set for my Mom.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Canvas Wall Art

So the story behind these is simple. Last year I was trying to be "cool" so I made two of my nephews cards with a skateboarder on the front and they were a HUGE hit.  So this year when I asked my sister for gift ideas for them she immediately answered that they would LOVE wall art with their names and skateboarders/bmx rider for my sister to hang on the wall.  I also decided to add an inspirational saying from the Silhouette store to add to each canvas.  So, I took some blank canvas and painted them with some acrylic paint.  I then used my Silhouette to cut out all of the paper items for each one out of cardstock.  I then used Modge Podge to assemble each canvas.  So here are all four of the ones I created (three for my nephews and one for my niece.)

 The one is for my oldest nephew.

 This one is for my soon-to-be 16 year-old niece.

 Here is the one for my middle nephew.

This one I created for my youngest nephew.

I love creating canvas wall art like this.  I love how easy they are to create and how stunning they look on the wall when they are finished.  Enjoy!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Fun & Funky Bracelets....Part 2

After created the safety pin bracelets (see yesterday's post) I decided to create a whole different set of bracelets for my niece.  This is yet another idea I found from Pinterest.  (This is a very Pinterest Christmas this year....LOL).  So it involves some strips of jersey material and your fingers....that is it, well and a pair of scissors.  There are three different widths you can make depending on how many fingers you use to weave the fabric.  So here is the picture...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fun & Funky Bracelets...Part 1

So when I became addicted to Pinterest I started finding tons of cool ideas for my niece for her upcoming birthday and Christmas.  She turns 16 right before Christmas. (On a side I did I become an aunt to a 16 year old?!?)  So as soon as I saw this idea on how to turn safety pins, beads & stretchy cord into a super cool bracelet I knew I had to get started ASAP on these.  The plan was to make one for her, but it was so much fun that I made her two of them.  So here check these out!

Looks pretty rockin' for a 16 year old, huh?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Glassware + Spraypaint = Tons of Fun

I think I might be in love.  I saw this idea on Pinterest on how to turn old dishes, cups, vases & candle holders into tiered serving trays.  I created two for serving food at home and another one for my scrapbooking desk.  Just looking at it makes me so happy!  So here are some much anticipated pictures.

 So this is the first one that I created.  I bought all these items at my local thrift store, which is a great place to get single items at a great price.  So I kept the glassware, silver platter and bowl just like when I bought them.  The red plate is a glass plate.  But since spray paint isn't food safe, I painted and sealed the bottom of the plate.  This way I get to see the beautiful color, but can still put food on the plate.  To combine all the pieces I used a silicone Household Adhesive Sealant by DAP, which is food safe.

 I used the same paint technique on this glass plate and then attached it to the frosted vase to create an elevated plate.
 This is the most recent tiered display I created.  The purple and teal plates are really glass plates that have been spray painted.  The bottom bowl and plate I picked up at the thrift store for 1/2 off.  The goblet and candlestick holder are from the Dollar Tree.  These colors make me so happy and I love how open it feels because I kept the glass clear.

I have been loving these displays so much that I wanted one in my office.  So I set off on a mission to the Dollar Tree.  I call it a mission because I went in the afternoon with my four-year-old in tow.  I picked up the bowl and two plates along with the candlestick holder there.  The bottom piece of glass is a martini glass (I got a set of two for $1.00 at my thrift store.)  So this beautiful display set me back $4.50.  Especially since I already had the spray paint.  Once I got this all set up I put my ribbon scraps in the bowl on top, my stickles, microbeads & glitter on the middle shelf and my spray inks on the bottom shelf.

So this is one of my favorite projects that I have been working on because they are all for ME!  Now, if you know me, you should know that I never end up keeping the projects that I make.  I have also become obsessed with checking out my local thrift store several times per month for wonderful new glass items for these displays.  Spray paint is SO my new friend.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Really busy but new posts soon!

I have been super busy the last few weeks working on some really cool Christmas project and home projects.  Most of these ideas have come from Pinterest.  I am hoping to have some time tomorrow to sit down and share all these ideas that I have been busy working on.  Until then, just know that I really miss traditional scrapbooking and hope to get back to it before the end of the year.  But first I have to finish up some gifts and the making of the Christmas Cards.  Also, come back the for the Holiday Blog Hop the beginning of December where I will share a cool Christmas Gift I have been working on will have THREE to giveaway.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Welcome Home

I used a May 2011 Page Maps sketch as my starting point here.  The papers are from DCWV.  The cardstock is from DCWV.  I cut the title on the Silhouette.  The journal shape is from Fancy Pants Designs.  I used a Martha Stewart Border Punch.  I also used my Sew Easy and DMC Floss to add some hand stitching.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Liquid Sunshine Makes Me Smile

I started this with a sketch from Scrapbook Generation Volume 7 sketch book.  The cardstock is from Recollections.  I then used the Springtime collection from Echo Park.  I really love how this all came together!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Wish Big

I got the idea for this page from a Creating Keepsakes Magazine.  The cardstock is from Recollections.  The patterned paper is from Bo Bunny.  I cut the title, flower and circle on the Silhouette.  The button is from my stash.  The brads and snap are from Making Memories and Oriental Trading Company.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Walk Down Memory Lane

I created this layout with one of the page kits from the Latest & Greatest Basic Grey class at the Portland CK Convention.  It was such a darling page to begin with.  I just added my pictures.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Miss Personality

Here I used a Sketchy Thursday sketch.  The papers are from Little Yellow Bicycle.  The rub-ons are all from Scenic Route.  The trims are from Jo-Ann’s.  The flower trim was white and I sprayed it with a purple and blue glimmer mist.  Love doing this to get great colors and only having to buy one color of trim.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Scrap Room Re-vamp Part 1

It seems like at least once a year, I need to change things up in my scrap room/office to get some more inspiration and motivation to scrap.  So since I have been away from scrapbooking for a couple months with the whole welcoming hubby back from Afghanistan thing.  Plus the office (my scrap room) becomes the military stuff dumping zone when he comes home, it was time for a major cleaning & re-organization day in the office. 

Now something you might not know about me is that when I get the idea to do something, I want to do it NOW...not in two weeks when we have the time to do the whole project.  I just have to get started now.  So once I figured out how I wanted to re-arrange the furniture, I did it.  At least with my scrapbook stuff.  Hence this is only Part One of the office re-vamp.  Part Two will happen this weekend when our darling daughter is visiting her grandparents so hubby and I can move bookcases and go through all the Army stuff inside and in the storage shed.  But here a few pictures of my scrap area as of now.  As you can see I have been creating so there is some stuff out, but this is how I work ;).

 This is the view from the door.

 Here is my desk.  It is really a dining table from IKEA.  But I love having so much space!

Here is the corner, so you can see where all my supplies are.  I love that I can reach everything!  So handy.

Thanks for taking a look.  If you have any questions just ask away and I will answer them.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Summer Fun Mixed Media Album from Button Farm

I bought this kit at the Portland CK Convention on sale.  I loved how this album looked and couldn’t pass up the sale price.  It used Fancy Pants Designs paper, album & embellishments.  I made the album first and then added the pictures to finish it up.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Beautiful Acrylic Album class at CKC

I took this class at the Portland CK Convention and finished the album in class back in March.  I have just been waiting for the perfect photos for it.  I used our family portraits to finish the album.  This class had a lot new techniques that I haven’t used before especially working with acrylic.  The patterned paper used here is from Basic Grey along with some of the embellishments.  I am so happy with how this album looks now that it is finished.  Thank you to HS Photography for the wonderful photo session and the beautiful photographs.

Monday, October 17, 2011

So Glad When Daddy Comes Home

I used a Page Maps sketch as a starting point for this layout.  The cardstock is from DCWV.  The Patterned paper is from the Fancy Pants Like Father, Like Son collection.  I cut the title on the Silhouette using a shape in their store.  I used an Ali Edwards stamp from Technique Tuesday for the journaling card.  The black rub-ons are from Scenic Route.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Kitchen Fun

I used my kit from Sweet Peach Crop Shop for this layout.  The sketch is from Sketch Support.  The journaling card is from Bo-Bunny.  The title is done with American Craft Thickers and chipboard accents from My Mind’s Eye.  The trim is from my stash.  The buttons are from My Mind’s Eye.  The pearl bling is from Basic Grey.  I used paper from Collage Press, Webster’s Pages, Studio Calico and Bella Blvd.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Waiting For Dad

I started this layout with a Sketch Support single page sketch.  The patterned papers are from the Like Father, Like Son collection from Fancy Pants Designs.  The swirl is from Want 2 Scrap.  I added the boarding passes that M & I got to meet Dad at the gate.  The shape stickers are from Fancy Pants.  The letters are from Fancy Pants, October Afternoon & Studio Calico.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Oh Happy Day

Here I started with a March 2011 Page Maps sketch.  The papers, journaling card and title stickers are from Echo Park’s Country Drive collection. The glittered flowers are from Making Memories.  The butterfly is from Recollections. The buttons and ribbon scraps are from my stash.  The large felt ric rac is from Fancy Pants Designs.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Write Now

For this layout I started out with an Inspired Blueprints sketch.  The letter paper is from Studio Calico.  The other patterned paper is from Cosmo Cricket.  The pearl bling is from Zva.  The title was done with Studio Calico stickers.  The journaling card is from My Mind’s Eye.  I added stitching with my Sew Easy and DMC floss.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My World. My Everything.

My inspiration for this page was a June 2011 Page Maps sketch.  The cardstock is from Bazzill.  The patterned papers are from October Afternoon.  The pink ric-rac is from the sewing department at Jo-Ann’s.  The flowers are from Bazzill Basics & Prima.  The tickets and title were cut on the Silhouette using designs from their store and the Print & Cut feature.  I used an EK Success punch to create the ripped paper look.  The wood butterfly is from Studio Calico and accented with Stickles.

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