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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Circle of Influence


Ooooopsey! I meant to get this post up earlier (as in yesterday morning) !! ACK!  Better late than never, right?
I put together these cute little hot cocoa gifts for a few friends from church and inserted a great quote printed onto a bookmark that they can use in their scripture or a favorite book.
 The bookmark is simple on purpose. I wanted the  focus to be on the quote.

And as you can see, it's tall enough that it doesn't get lost inside the mug :)

If you want to download the quote, you can see the original message HERE or ....   You can get my wordart  HERE

Thanks for being patient with me and my sporadic posting. I'm truly trying to get a schedule so that it's not too overwhelming for me, and you all don't think I've dropped off the planet. I started this blog for my online crafty friends. I owe you all so much. Thank you for your love and support.  And I hope and pray that you will all be blessed beyond measure in the coming New Year! (Time to start training my brain to write 2012!! Oh my golly!)

Monday, December 26, 2011

A Shoe for Every Occassion

How was your Christmas?! We had a wonderful weekend. We spent some of it with extended family and the rest with just our small family.
Today I'm sharing #3 on my count-down of journals. I can't believe I have just two more to make.

The young lady that is receiving this journal loves shoes. And not in just a she-has-a-few-pairs type of adoration either.

Her mom found me the decorative paper with the shoes on it. I used cardstock and papers from my stash that coordinated with it.
I'll find out in a few days if she likes it.
Thanks again for stopping by. Have a wonderful day.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry, Merry...

Well, the decorations are up...

... and the treats are out.

My 6 year old wrote the letter by himself even telling his dad that he didn't need help with he words because they were his spelling words. And the little reindeer ornament was placed with the treats because he wanted to be sure that Santa knew he was a boy. 

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas! May you be blessed with your heart's desire.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Beautiful B

Happy Friday before Christmas! Today I'm showing you #4 on my count-down of journals left until the end of the year. 

Aren't these My Mind's Eye paper cute?  So much fun but not too crazy. The young lady that will receive this journal likes purple and "random stuff". (yes... her words exactly.)
Thank goodness this collection has a wonderfully coordinated mix-and-match of patterns and colors. It was exactly what I needed.
Hope you have a terrific day! Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mah-vel-ous M journal

It's been a while since I've posted a journal. I know you miss seeing them, right? Well, the countdown is on. I think I have just four left.
The cute girl who is receiving this journal loves aqua and green. And {shock} zebra!.  Well.... I couldn't stop with just the blue and green. I had to add a hit of pink to really set it off.

I also added in one of my soda can charms since it was in the same color scheme.
Can't wait to see what she thinks.
Thanks for visiting. Hope you have a marvelous day!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mesh Wreath

How's your day going? I've been out of town so now I'm playing catch-up. All the last minute things to do before the BIG visit from Santa. We finally got our Christmas tree put up and decorated and my small collection of Santas are on display. My latest addition to the festive decor is a new wreath for the front door.
I picked up the red, glittery mesh at Hobby Lobby as well as the citrus green, polka dotted ribbon and gold chenille stems.
The pictures really don't do it justice. I think it's much prettier in person. And if you think it looks like a 1st grader made it, well.... you'd be half-right!  My son and I made it together. He's quite proud of his creation. And so am I.

Hope you have a fantastic day! Thanks for your visit.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Wedding gift wrapping

Happy Friday! I decided to put together another paper bag wrapped gift.

I used a quote from F. Burton Howard about how to keep marriage special. Definitely perfect for a wedding gift, right?
And now it's all packaged up and shipped off to the excited couple. We really wanted to be able to go back and see them married. We've known the groom since he was 10 years old.... when he and his younger brother had their own little business. They didn't do a lemonade stand like other kids. No, the younger brother  used to charge the girls at school $1 for a chance to kiss the older one. HA!  {Yes! They really did that. LOL}

Ok.... off to spread more merriment! Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Nauvoo Temple card

I decided to put together a card to go along with the Nauvoo Temple ornament I made for my friends that are getting married. As you can see, I have already signed the inside of the card. In fact, I was in the process of putting it in the envelope when I realized I hadn't taken any pictures of it. {gasp!} 

I decided to use a picture of the entrance of the temple. The perspective was also looking from the ground up so the base is a bit wider than the top even though the building itself is complete right-angles.

You can see how it has a lot of dimension once all the pieces are stacked up and glued together.

And then the added shimmer from a Stardust pen is so perfect.
That's all for now.  Have a wonderful afternoon! Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Nauvoo ornament

Happy Monday!  Isn't this so pretty?! 

This little treat is for some friends of our that are getting married next weekend.  The building pictured on the ornament is the LDS (Mormon) Temple located in Nauvoo, IL.

I put their names and the date of their wedding on the back side.

Even though they are getting married in the winter time, I thought the ornament was too blah without the flowering branches and grass and flowers along the bottom. So the ornament has more of a spring or summer look instead of winter, but I love it. The glittery look is not glitter at all. It is clear micro beads. The glimmer is caused when the flash from my camera hits the beads.
Anyway,....  Sending our best wishes to JC & Melanie for a beautiful wedding day and a long future together. We wish we could be there with you but we can't.
Thanks so much for visiting today. Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Super S journal

Happy Friday! Another week closer to Christmas...
I have another journal for you today. I know... You're shocked. {Sorry... almost done. Promise}
The young lady that will receive this journal loves red and spots, but not polka dots. (Yes, that is exactly what she said.) So.... I just left the the whole spots/dots thing alone and did something kinda cool and classy like her. I used some dimensional glaze to create the studs around the "S" and also to accent the scallop circle.
She will receive her journal on Sunday. I sure hope she likes it. (I'm fairly certain she has no idea that I have a blog. Fingers crossed that I'm right.)
We are putting the Christmas tree up this weekend. I suppose we're a bit behind the rest of our friends and neighbors, but better late than never, right?
Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Great giftwrapping idea!

I am so excited to share something with you today! Seriously! Love, LOVE, LOVE this idea! And I'm so happy that SweetFloweret posted it on her blog, and someone else posted it to Pinterest.

See that picture up there???  That is a standard lunch bag that I've turned into a gift bag by printing on it. Isn't that grand? Many of us make treats or give small gifts that would easily fit in a small gift bag, right? Lunch bags come in basic Kraft brown or white and can be found at the grocery store or Walmart for pennies a piece. For a bit more money,  paper bag-style bags can be found at the craft store in a range of other colors. Many of the craft store bags have a shiny finish on them so I'm not sure how they would work with this project. If you try it, let me know!

Every year my sister and I get together to make our annual Christmas ornaments which we give or send to family and friends far and near. We make approximately 100 of the little beauties each year. And every year we are faced with how we are going to present them to the recipients.
I used my laserjet printer, but I'm sure it would work with an inkjet too.  Then I cut a slit in the bag just above the quote, inserted a length of ribbon, folded over the top of the bag to where the ribbon was, and tied the ribbon into a bow. 

And since I printed my name on the bag, there is no tag or card to worry about  getting lost.
Hopefully this is something you can use for your gift wrapping needs also.

Thanks so much for visiting me today. Hope you have a delightful day!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Is that a purple zebra... journal?

Happy Monday! So? Are you done with your Christmas or Hanukkah shopping?  Holy guacamole! Did you see some of the crazy news coverage on the Black Friday shoppers? I can't believe some woman was pepper spraying other shoppers so she could get to the merchandise first.  Really?! What is up with that? Brings a whole new perspective on shopping online....Not only does it spare you the parking hassles and crowds. No psychos. 

I have another "A" journal for you today. And, surprise! The zebra and glitter theme is still running strong.  I used Versamark to stamp the background on a light lavender cardstock. Then brushed on several different colors of Perfect Pearls to give it a subtle color and glimmer.

I used the same lavender cardstock to create the two strips of zebra embossed details. I love the texture that embossing/debossing gives. But I thought it needed a little bit more something. So I decided to mix up some more glitter glue. It can be a bit deceiving when you first paint it on because of the whiteness of the ModPodge covering some of the glitter. But what a WOW it gives when it dries (see above.)
Well, I'm on the home stretch on the journals. Just six more.What a project it has been.
Thanks so much for visiting me today. Hope you have a terrific day!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Another "A" Journal

Another day, another journal... :)   And OH MY GOODNESS! It's December 1st! Seriously, wasn't it just Halloween??

The cute girl who received this journal loves orange, zebra and sparkles. My biggest concern with the glitter that I applied to the journal was that it would flake off over time. So, to prevent that from happening, I mixed it with some ModPodge before painting it onto the various areas.
The upside of doing it this way is the recipient doesn't end up wearing glitter every time she handles her journal! One slight downside is that by mixing it in the glue and painting it on the color of the glitter was lightened. Not sure if the glue or the paintbrush was the culprit. The glitter was a brown color before and now it's more like golden beige. It's just a slight color variation, but if you're trying to color match it might matter to you if you use this same technique on your own project. I definitely recommend testing it before committing to big bowl of no-longer-matching glitter glue.

Okey dokey. That's it for today.
Thanks again for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Two for Tuesday

How's your day going?  Lots going on over here. Today is all about making Christmas cards...

and banana bread.  Mmmm!

Hope you have a fantastic day! Thanks for taking a minute to check in on me. :)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Another notebook

I know I haven't been on much recently. I hope your Thanksgiving day was a wonderful holiday for you.  I've been busy making notebooks because I had to make several before we hosted out of town family. I've been using my dining room table to do all my crafting lately and obviously that wouldn't work with wanting space for everyone to be able to gather around the dinner table.

Anyway, this notebook is for a young lady that loves blue and zebra.
The combination of the denim-blue and kraft with the black and white... I'm so happy with how it turned out.
But I have to say, I'm running out of ideas for working zebra into these notebooks.  It's like an epidemic ... all these girls love zebra. Go figure. I have 3-4 more zebra themes coming up. Wish me luck.
OK... times to get my Black Friday shopping groove on. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Smiley from millan.net
I hope you all are having a wonderful day. We are spending the day with my in-laws. My son has been in heaven going to the park, feeding the ducks and riding his scooter all over the neighborhood while I created the Thanksgiving feast!

I am thankful for your friendship and wish you and your loved ones all the blessings that heaven bestows on you!
Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!
Toodles........Smiley from millan.net

Monday, November 14, 2011

Choose the Right plaque

Late last week our church's women's organization got together to do a bit of sharing and creating! We were each asked to submit Traditions that our families observe and favorite family treats.  In addition to that, we were each given a piece of parchment cardstock and asked to print a family motto on it to bring to the activity. Honestly, I forgot about the motto until the last minute and when I asked my sweet hubby to help me come up with one he kept throwing out silly things I couldn't see hanging on my wall at home. So, I decided to do something a bit different. Our son has discovered the wide world of lies and fibs. Oh yes, the sad day has arrived. He hides notes from his teacher when he gets in trouble at school. He hides the food when he's caught eating in the TV room. So... I decided to dedicate this plaque to him.

I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted at first, but lo and behold I discovered a fun printable on etsy. And with some fabulous help from my sister, I cut the design out of navy blue vinyl after painting the pine board cream.

A small picture hanger was nailed to the top center and a couple hot glue bumpers were attached to the bottom corners to protect my wall.

I love easy projects! I was almost an hour late to the activity because of some last minute design tweaks, but I was one of the first to leave since I didn't have to wait for ModPodge to dry. If you haven't tried working with vinyl you should give it a try. It's great stuff! and available in so many colors now.

Thanks Purple Designs for the inspiration. And muchas gracias Judi for your technical assist!
Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Have a fantastic day!!

Project info--
  • Vinyl: Wall Pops (purchased at Lowes 4 years ago)
  • Fonts: BlockTHead, Fling, Futura

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veteran's Day

I have another cute notebook to share with you today.  

The young lady that received this book loves the color green, dogs and lace.  I was so happy to find a piece of paper with dogs on it in one of the baby boy stacks I had in my stash.

And I made great use of a border punch I snatched up with a coupon. I love not having to pay full retail price. :)

Smiley from millan.net And before I sign off today I want to give a HUGE, heartfelt thank you to those serving or have served our nation. We wouldn't have the freedoms we enjoy without you.
No school today so I'm off to play with my little buddy. Have a great day!
Thanks for stopping by for a peek.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Easy Mini Album

Have you ever needed a nice but easy gift? Maybe a thank you gift? Or a Thinking of You gift? Maybe even a birthday or baby gift? Well, if you have a piece of nice cardstock for a cover, a handful of white or preferred color for the interior pages, a coordinating ribbon and a hole punch you will have an album in minutes. Really.

First thing you do is take some cardstock and cut it in half so that you have two 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" pieces.  This will be the finished size of your mini album.  Next, take one piece of your cover cardstock and score it 1" from the left edge along the shortest side.  Then measure and punch a couple holes inside that 1" area (see picture below). I punched my holes at 1/2" from the left side, 1" from the top and bottom edges.

Next, you will want to take several pieces of cardstock or sturdy paper and create your interior pages. Cut them in half just like you did the cover cardstock. Since my pages are white and I didn't want them peeking out around the black cover, I trimmed an additional 1/8" from the length and height of the pages. To make it easier for the pages to fold once the book is put together, you will also want to score at 1" from the left edge just like with the cover.

Line up one of your interior pages with the cover and mark where you want to punch your holes and then use it as a template so that you can punch holes in all of your pages.

Stack up all your pages. Put the cover piece without the scoreline on the bottom. Put the cover piece with the scoreline on top. Thread your ribbon or twine or whatever it is you want to hold your album together through the holes and tie a bow/knot.  Decorate the cover and you're done.   For my album I used a black elastic and a bit of bamboo trimmed to size.

I think total time to make the album took me about 20 minutes... only because I had to hunt down the black elastic, and I was talking with my sister on the phone at the same time (Crafting with friends is more fun!) and three punches into this project my hole punch died. (RIP dude). So I had to hunt down a second hold punch. (Thank goodness for my son's school supplies.)

That's it. Easy, right?!
Well, thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate it. Have a fantastic day!