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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thanksgiving Gift Basket

Hello and welcome to my blog! It's time again for me to have made something for "Adopt-A-Staff" program at my son's school. At the beginning of the school year, I had to pick one staff member or teacher and volunteer to anonymously bring that person a gift every month.

Yeah . . . I'm choosing to show off a little bit and hopefully she really likes what I've done so far. My goal is to hand make her something every month. So far, I've been using the awesome projects designed by Dreaming Tree

Next month is not only Christmas, but it's her birthday month too. Hmmmmm........

Without further ado, I made this basket from the Harvest Time bundle at Dreaming Tree. I have made several of their projects and have found them not only easy to do (relatively speaking) but really hitting the spot on what I'm looking for when it comes to handmade 3D projects.

My harvest basket is made using the Simple Stories: Forever Fall collection.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Canvas: FAMILY

Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I would love to share with you my latest mixed media canvas using my favorite Fall colors.

I made this project with two different challenges in mind; Creative Embellishments and Lindy's Stamp Gang.

Lindy's Stamp Gang
Creative Embellishments

I would love to enter both challenges every month but sometimes the colors aren't quite in my arsenal. For whatever reason, I still don't have a really good red from Lindy's or a deep blue. First world problems, right?!

I am especially proud of this project because I did not "lift" from anyone else. This is 100% out of my head. Now, countless hours spent watching others create certainly helped, and I do recommend that for anyone learning a new way of crafting. The supplies used are listed at the end of my post.

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I touched up the entire project at the end with shimmery acrylic paint: ginger magic.

I am particularly fond of adding pebbles and stones to my canvases. 
It's such a simple and easy way to add texture.

I would have liked to use deeper colors on this project, but I chose to stick with what I had 
in my stash. Funny thing about budgets, right?

I did use several chipboard pieces by Creative Embellishments. They did get a little buried
underneath all the flowers and pinecones. That being said I have learned to build my
canvases with pieces that will get "buried" because it all adds to the final art.



8x5 canvas

Creative Embellishments:
--Apple basket 
--Flourish and stems

49 and Market flowers

Prima Marketing
--Gold Rust Paste - Finnabair
--Acrylic Paint: Ginger Magic - Finnabair
--Art Stones - Finnabair
--Melange Art Pebbles - Finnabair
--Shabby Chic Treasures: Leaves
--Thread Letters: Family

3D Gloss Gel
Moldeling Paste
Soft Gloss Gel


Lindy's Stamp Gang:
Starburst Spray: Tibetan Poppy Teal
Starburst Spray: Cowabunga Copper
Starburst Spray: Red Hot Poker Orange

KaiserCraft: Mini Paper Blooms: Aubergine

White Gesso
Glue Gun

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Scrap The Boys: U + Me

 Hello there! It's that time again for a new challenge at Scrap The Boys!! 

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I have lots of photos of my son and I'm not in many of them. I have even fewer photos of me and my husband, but we did get family photos taken last year. So I thought this was a great opportunity to make a page about us! I was greatly inspired by Natalie DeSousa's page with Simple Stories. 

I used leaf cut files from the Silhouette Design Store. All the pattern paper and extras are by Fancy Pants "Golden Days" collection.

You can really bring a page together just by adding stitching.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Paper, stickers and die cuts by:
Fancy Pants - Golden Days

AC Cardstock - smooth white

Sewing Maching

Silhouette Cameo

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Trixie Treat Box

Hello there! Today I would like to share with you my second teacher project for this year. My son's school has a "secret santa" type program for all teachers and staff to receive a gift once a month. So for the entire school year, I am to anonymously give my selected staff member a gift. Last month I started with a bag with Suzy's Apple, also by Dreaming Tree.

With October being Halloween, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to make this Trixie Treat Bag, by Dreaming Tree.

These treat bags are super easy to make but I did add a few delicious details of my own to really "dress" her up.

I have more than enough pattern paper in my stash to work with my 3-D projects. I think it can potentially add interest to your work, like using pattern paper for the face. Kind of makes her look like she's got chicken pox scars, huh? I also added extra pearls for more freckles on her cheeks. But I wanted her to have a feminine, soft side so I added a bow, pearl earrings, and highlights to her hair using Stickles.

Hope you like her, and thanks for stopping by today.

And don't forget you can really change a character's eyes using pattern paper. So my soft, feminine witch with scars also has a bit of a "wicked" side.

I had the hardest time really getting a good photo of her without losing the effect of the highlights.
I miss my light box . . . sigh.


--Bella Blvd. - Spooktacular
--Bella Blvd. - Halloween Magic
AC Cardstock - Black and Purple

Brads and Pearls

Stickles - Turquoise

Glossy Accents (on teeth)

Handmade Bow

Monday, October 1, 2018

Scrap The Boys: Love You So Much

Hello! It's the first of the month which means it is time for a new challenge at Scrap The Boys!!!

I went with the white, pink, and blue for a layout about my son on a swing. He had the best toothless smile only a mother can love!!!! (Hint: I have another photo of him missing so many teeth it's hilarious.)

Making a page about my son in his younger days means I get to reach for bright colors! Woo hoo! And I'm rolling in bright colors and paper packs by Pretty Little Studio.

Hope you like my page and thanks for stopping by today!!!

--Pink Fresh - Dream On - (background border)
--Pretty Little Studio - Ain't Life Grand collection of paper, dies, cut-aparts, and stickers

Sewing Machine

Sillouette Cameo

Dymo Label

Friday, September 7, 2018

Mixed Media Project: Adventure Awaits

Hello there! Welcome to my blog! Today I would love to share with you my beautiful canvas that I made for the September's challenge at 'More than Words'.

Summer is all about play. It's about ice-cold lemonade and sweet tea on the back porch. It's about trips to the water park and being endlessly stuffed into a bathing suit. In Texas, it's about being hot with so much SUNSHINE!!!

But the end of Summer 2018, for me, is about heartbreak. It's about extreme conflict and betrayal between family members.

My husband and I are slowly picking up the pieces of ourselves and putting one foot in front of the other. We have been keeping busy with rebuilding and reorganizing our home, which is especially true for our son as he got a whole extra room to stretch out into. We did lots of painting and reorganizing, but none of those colors were yellow. He's an 11 year old boy, what can I say.

I have also been reorganizing myself back into the craft world. I have been barely hanging on, wanting to do so much more, but holding myself back due to so much anger and sadness.

I'm through with that nonsense. Although I still have a long way to go to find true healing, finding my creative self again has been a blessing.

Without further ado, here is my "beginning of a new adventure" piece filled with all the bright colors that "sunshine" and "summer" provides. I list all supplies used at the end of my posts.

Thank you for stopping by today.

The challenge:

First, I must give immense credit to Nadia's piece that she made for GDT at Faber-Castel. She made a video tutorial in which I followed her technique closely, adding several twists of my own along the way. I do this because I'm not quite confident enough yet to make a piece that doesn't turn out muddy. I don't know why I find gelatos intimidating, but I am so grateful there are people out there willing to make videos to help us "head-scratchers" along.


Fabel-Castel Gelatos: Tangerine, Cotton Candy, Lemon
Strathmore Watercolor paper
Stamps by 49andMarket

Finnabair products:
Art Stones
Melange Art Pebbles

Lindy's Stamp Gang:
Flat Spray C'est la vie Cerise
Flat Spray Luminous Lemon

Stencil and homemade paste
Tim Holtz's Quote Chips and metal butterfly
Prima Marketing Mold and Red Amber Wax
Flowers by Blue Fern Studios
Versa Magic Chalk Ink: Pumpkin Spice
Die Cuts Stitched Circles
Gloss Gel Medium

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Back to School Gift: Suzy's Apple

Hello there! My son's school has a "adopt a teacher" campaign in which parents can give a gift to a teacher or staff member once a month. Of course, all of my son's teachers were taken so I chose the vice principal.

It's been quite a while since I made a 3D project. I don't think I've lost my touch. This was quite fun to make and rather easy as far as 3D projects go. This is actually an elaborate gift card holder that I hope the vice principal will display in her office.

This project is called Suzy's Apple (although I prefer Suzie since that was how my BFF in high school spelled her name). You can find this project and how to make it at Dreaming Tree.

Thank you for stopping by today!!!

I had fun choosing my own floral sprays to fill in this project with from Hobby Lobby.

I did add Liquid Pearls "white opal" to the cheeks of this worm.

I'm going to deviate from my usual blog posts and not list supplies. Honestly, Dreaming Tree has already done all the work in listing everything you need to know to get started. I did deviate slightly, but that is just normal creative process.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Scrap The Boys: Precious Baby Boy

Hello there! Welcome to my blog! It's the first of the month and that means a new challenge at Scrap The Boys!!! This month's challenge is "baby boy".

I decided to go the mixed media route for this challenge, even though I usually like making large die cuts for my Scrap The Boys DT. I wanted to keep it simple since the photo is so busy.

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I used Lindy's Spray Flat Merry Go Round Green and Luminous Lemon. I also reached for stamps by 49 and Market. The chipboard is by Blue Fern Studios.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Love You Mom - Mixed Media Plaque

Hello everyone! I recently made this for my mom's birthday. She's a musician, specifically a french horn player, so I wanted to make something which embraced that side of her.

I was inspired by two different challenges. One at Mixed Media Place. Here it is:

This is my first time submitting with either of these challenge sites. I have been following these sites for a while, but too nervous to do anything about it. I really liked the color scheme and the mood board in the lower left hand corner of Mixed Media Place. With Creative Embellishments, I used Lindy's embossing powder Cleopatra Copper with cool colors (trust me it's shiny), Denim, Azure and Lemon sprays. I also used Creative Embellishments Instruments on this gift. There is so much to be inspired by both of these challenges.

Thank you for stopping by today!!!

I'm a avid paper scrapbooker with lots of various embellishments in my stash. As I explore the mixed media world, it seems silly to me to not incorporate what I already own with my art.

Here I'm showing how fun it is to be messy and add lots of texture. 49 and Market flowers are gorgeous and don't need a lot of "help" but I felt it really added to the piece to add Finnabair art stones to the flowers.

I made this as a birthday present for my mom, but really didn't want it to say "Happy Birthday". I love that she displays my art around her house. So I reached for my Dymo label to add 'love you mom' to this piece.

I have a LOT of flair buttons for some reason and don't use them enough. I also have a stash of gems from Hobby Lobby collecting dust. No reason not to use them, right?

On my International Scrapbook design team, we were given lots of musical instruments in our very first kit from Creative Embellishments. They are perfect for those musically inclined people in your life.


Lindy's Stamp Gang:
---Flat Luminous Lemon
---Starburst Azure Sea Asters
---Flat Danny Zuko's Denim
---Embossing Powder Cleopatra's Copper

Creative Embellishments: Instruments

49 and Market Flowers

Finnabair Art Stones and Pebbles

Tim Holtz' metal butterfly


Dymo Label

5x7 wooden plaque

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Scrap The Boys: Follow Your Path

Hello there! This month Scrap The Boys has extra big things to share with you. We have been sponsored by 'Created by Gwen', a site dedicated to cut files by a lovely scrapper and designer named Gwen. She provided Scrap The Boys design team with this CuttoYouWild geometric background file for us to play with.

Without further ado, here is my page!

Thank you for stopping by today!!


Simple Stories: Sn@p Basics
Pretty Little Studio: Oakley Avenue Collection

Silhouette Cameo
CuttoYouWild Geometric File

Pebbles Word maker

Monday, July 16, 2018

Mixed Media Canvas: #GetCrafty

Hello there! Today I would like to share with you my latest canvas. I have been inspired by many artists and their work on my Pinterest page, especially the work of Aleksandra M. and Lindy's Stamp Gang design team.

At heart, I'm a scrapbooker who loves paper. Mixed media uses paper, but not to the same degree that making pages does for me. For this canvas, I wanted to combine the two . . . paper and mixed media "stuff".  My vision was to make something bright and feminine for my happy space (office). So I reached for BoBunny's Pincushion line ..... especially since it also speaks to crafting in many ways, including sewing and paper projects.

I always list supplies used at the end of my post.

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I love how soft and feminine this turned out.

I decided to make my own dimensional paste recently. You can find how here.

I'm so in love with the Finnabair stones. The artistic key mold is by Prima Marketing.

Can you believe I got these flowers on clearance a couple years ago?


BoBunny: Pincushion patterned paper

Lindy's Products:
--Flat Merry-Go-Round Green
--Flat Orange Creamsicle
--Embossing Powder Cleopatra's Copper

Finnabair Products:
--Art Stones
--Melange Art Pebbles

Creative Embellishments Chipboard

Twine from Target

Tim Holtz' Quote Chips

Kraft Paper and Paper Crimper

Prima Stencil, Molds, and Flowers

Silhouette Cameo (title)

Random Bird clip from stash

White Gesso

8x10 Canvas

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Scrap The Boys: Hello

Hello and welcome! It's a start of a new month and that means a start of a new challenge at Scrap The Boys!!! Below is the inspiration for this month's challenge.

I won't lie . . . it's a hot summer. It's rather hard for me to get motivated to scrap during the summer months. My office gets really warm in the afternoons and I'd just rather be at the pool, honestly. So, it took me three tries to get this layout right.

I finally settled on a die cut by Ashley Horton. This photo really needed a bright, but light background and Pinkfresh has those in abundance.

All of the embellishments are from Pretty Little Studio. Love their products!!!! The stamped quote is from Citrus Twists.

I added stitching to the die cut at the very end to give it some dimension. Otherwise it became rather lost on the background.

There was a short period of time when my son would let me practice taking photos. He has the prettiest blue eyes. Now . . . . . he's older and I have to bribe him to at least face the camera. LOL!


Pinkfresh: Dream On: Daydream

The Cut Shoppe die cut by Ashley Horton

Pretty Little Studio Embellishments:
--Ain't Life Grand
--Let's Go
--March Freebie Titles