Saturday, June 21, 2014

To You From Me Card and Treat Bag


I've been honored to guest design for


I was inspired by this bright and cheery Hot Pink Chevron Middy Bitty Bag. I loved combining the hot pink, turquoise, and lime green on the card and treat bag. Such hot summer colors!
I used a punch to cut out the center of the Aqua Scrolly Square Label so you could see the chocolate chips cookies in the bag. A strip of acetate (clear cardstock) keeps the goodies inside the bag. Blue Solid Divine Twine ties the bag shut and adds a little more of that pop of color. Deep Pink Solid Divine Twine is used on the coordinating card.


Friday, June 6, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

I couldn't be any more excited to be a guest designer for
They have so many fabulous colors of Divine Twine, fun printables, bitty bags
and other crafty goodness.
 
 

I made this fun little card and coordinating bag for my dear hubby.
Today not only will the 15th be Father's Day, but it's also our 19 year wedding anniversary!
I really have no idea where the time has gone. It's been a blink of the eye!

For the card I tied Air Mail Divine Twine, Navy Solid Divine Twine, and Red Solid Divine Twine on the Small Tag that's stamped Happy Father's Day. A white chalk marker worked beautifully to create the stripes on the kraft card base. I used Blueberry Divine Twine on the White Horizontal Striped Middy Bitty Bag to create the tie closure. I find it easy to use a couple tiny brads and circle cardstock pieces along with a bit of twine to create the tie closure. It's a simple way to create interest with the bitty bags. Plus it gives you a way to reuse the bag for another card or treats.

If you haven't already done so, I certainly encourage you to check out all the fantastic things at Whisker Graphics.

 
 


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ferrellgraph-x Craft Room Tour & Organization Tips

 

When you first walk into my craft room you immediately see in front of you a large window flanked by bookshelves and a daybed. I sewed the cover and made the matching pillows for the daybed. The book shelves hold books of course lol! Plus a ton of past issues of Close To My Heart and Stampin' Up! catalogs, magazines, photo albums, dies, embossing folders, etc.
When I bought the chair, I was originally wanting to spray paint it black and add some type of Halloween inspired fabric. Something that would scream Edgar Allen Poe.
 I found the vintage metal filing cabinets for a steal at $35. The filing cabinets hold things like my Tapeswell collection, paint brushes and paint, glitter glue and adhesive, reinkers for all my ink pads, polymer clay, alterable items like chipboard pennant banners and sketch books, etc.
 
 
I totally lucked out on finding this antique Royal Typewriter for $60.
 
 
When you look to the left you can barely see the beautiful desk Chad Built me. I've been thinking about posting pictures of my office for a long time. I kept thinking I'd clean it all up to make it look orderly and perfect. Heck, I'm always working on some sort of a project. Then I get inspired to make something else, and leave a huge mess on my desk. It certainly helps having a desk that's 6 feet long. Even if it's covered up all the time lol!
The very top shelf holds all my chipboard houses that hold boxes of Kleenex.
The baskets below them hold fabrics, large spools of ribbon and twine.
The white binders hold the majority of my stamps and thin metal dies. A few of my favorites I left as the original wood mounts and display to the right. The left hand side has some pre-made card kits.
The bottom shelf is a true hodgepodge of stuff! I have all sorts of markers, embellishments, adhesives, scissors, and other crafty nonsense things.
Sitting directly on my desk to the left is a plastic box full of embellishments, then a bunch of my inks pads, a couple of tools, A wood & metal box full of mini ink pads, then a tray I try to contain my work in progress. I'm not very successful at that.
 
 
 I bought a couple of Marker Towers from my Close To My Heart Rep. I bought all the Stampin' Up! markers and several from Close To My Heart. Then I discovered Copics and intend to buy many, many more! I just had to have all the colors of Sharpies too.

 
Chad built this tower for me to hold all my stamp pads. I bought all my favorite colors of classic ink pads from Close To My Heart and Stampin' Up! SU! discontinued the craft ink and I've found I like it better. It may take a little longer to dry, but it's easily used in heat embossed images, and coats a stamp better to give a clearer crisp impression every time.
 
 
I think in colors. Shoot, I wake up in the morning and think what color do I feel like today.
For lack of a better more visually appealing solution, I use a couple of banker boxes to hold all my
 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock.
 
 
Several years ago I decided to pull apart all my wood mounted stamps. I used EZMount Cling Foam and Stamp Storage Panels from Crafters Companion. I organized the stamps in my binder system by theme. All my Christmas stamps are together, Halloween, stars, hearts, nature, etc. I know several people are probably thinking OMG! You pulled apart the sets, Yup I sure did. When I want a star for a project, I can simply flip to that page and pick the perfect star. It makes it easier to find the perfect sentiment too! I can quickly pick the perfect "thank you".
I store my thin metal dies in the white binders too using EZMagnetic Storage panels.
 
 
The wall to the left of my desk has all sorts of ribbon stored in an old cassette tape holder. I saw the idea on Pinterest and had to have one. It took a long time to find one, and cost a pretty penny! Chad built me the punch organizer for me too. I'm loving the flat designed punches. So much easier to store and see. I have a couple of wine theme serving trays I hung on the wall to hold little bottles of things like glitter, flocking, brads, eyelets, etc.
 
 
To the right of my desk is a shelf Chad built for me. Yes, the man is pretty handy and talented! The top holds my Epic 6, sewing machine, and a basket full of patterned papers.
 Below that is my Silhouette and Cricut machine. I like both, but I love having punches to the left of my desk. I can simply reach for them. No Machine to plug in and try to get the size right the first time on whatever shape I'm needing.
The next shelf holds my Teresa Collins Stamp Maker, Cuttlebug, Label Maker, and printer. I hate buying ink, so the printer rarely gets pulled out.
The bottom shelf has a couple of accordion files that hold paper scraps organized by color of course lol! A few plastic boxes holding more patterned papers, and a Gingerbread chipboard house in progress. The "suitcase" boxes hold all sorts of beads,  jewelry findings, and tools to make jewelry.
I can't decide on how to arrange art on the wall. Eventually I'll get something hung.
 
 
When you walk in my office to the right you can see an area for a dormer window that holds my treadmill. Several of my paintings, stained glass pieces, and other art work that I need to hang line the walls on the floor. The mannequin has yet to inspire me to actually exercise lol!
 
 
My waterfall dresser holds all sorts of stuff! A ton of envelopes, more stamps from Close To My Heart and Stampin' Up! (in the newer DVD cases), tissue paper, wrapping paper, etc.
The door next to the dresser goes to the closet that holds all my stained glass equipment and supplies. I keep the glass in the closet to prevent Parker from getting into it and cutting himself.
 

 
My Haunted House is still a work in progress.
It's done for the most part. I'd like to find the perfect "wallpaper" for the inside and get some furniture for my house. I gotta tell you that I won't ever build a dollhouse from scratch again. OMG it took a week straight before I could even begin to paint!
 
Well there you have it!
I still want to take some pottery classes.
And I have no desire to knit or crochet. Chad will be glad to know he won't need to build me something to hold yarn lol! 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Waterfall Pond Feature


 

Recently Chad decided to add a new water feature to the back yard. We really missed hearing the trickling of water from the fountain at our last house. Although I loved the way he made it with the three tiers, it was a bit formal for the craftsman feel of our new home. The fountain was my very first Mother's Day present.


So it was only fitting he built me a new water feature for Mother's Day.
Parker was such a good helper. He helped place rocks for the size and shape. And he helped dig up all the dirt.

 
 I need to decide on some plants to add around the pond. It's come along quite nicely.
Now if we could only get rid of the Bermuda grass!
 
Chad added some lights throughout all the landscaping. It adds such a warm ambiance at night.
 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Fore Your Birthday

 
I made this fun little card and matching envelope for Chad's birthday. The tie closure envelope was made with a sheet of cardstock, twine, and buttons. I think it turned out pretty cool and makes a neat presentation for a hand delivered card. Next time I will wait to seal the bottom of the envelope before stitching the buttons into place. I love the way it turned out and know he'll love it!
The sentiment came from a stamp set called On The Links by Papertrey Ink. The plaid paper came from Pink Paislee, Old School I believe was the collection name. I found the vintage golfer stamp on Ebay from Flonzcraft. They are based in New Zealand so it takes a little while to get stamps from them in the mail. I've bought several other golfer images as well as custom made stamps from them. And have been very pleased with all my purchases.  

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Happy Heart Day!


Goodness Valentine's Day will be here before we know it!
I thought I'd start to come up with some treat bags for Parker's classmates. I found these fun red and white chevron treat bags and wanted to add a little something to them. I decided I wanted to pair them with a pop of turquoise. I love the color combo. That cute little tag Happy Heart Day is part of a set called Tags 4 You by Stampin' Up! After I finished the treat bag I decided to use another one to make a coordinating card. On both the card and treat bag I used some red and turquoise twine. I also used a couple of dies from Papertrey Ink, Mat Stack 4 and Layerz Mat Stack 4 . I found the lovely cherub image from a set called Romance Sentiments by MSE! The with love sentiment also came from them a long time ago. Now to make 22 more bags for the kids. :) 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Enjoy your retirement

 
Chad and I have a friend that is retiring from the Army so I wanted to make him a card. Since I will be hand delivering his card, I decided to make a tie enclosure envelope to match. I think it makes it feel even more special, important if you will. I'm sure he will appreciate it.

I just can't seen to get enough wood grain paper, stamps, and embossing folders. I love it all! I found this herringbone paper at Hobby Lobby. I used a couple of tree stamps, the one in the middle came from Gina K Designs and the other from Stampin' Up! The sentiment came from a set called On The Links by Papertrey Ink.


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Through Stormy Seas

 
I was flipping through all my stamps looking for some inspiration to make a card when I came across this one. I bought it from Close To My Heart a long time ago. It was about time I inked it up. The fun red, white, and blue twine is called Air Mail Divine Twine from Whisker Graphics.  
I'll be giving this to Chad for our anniversary in June. It will be our 19 year anniversary. Crazy! It's hard to believe we've been together for so long. I don't feel like I'm old enough to even say that!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Amazing Goodwill Store Find

 
Yesterday I found this turned wood lamp at Goodwill for only $3.99.

 
I thought about painting it, but the wood was in such beautiful condition. I decided to simply remove the old lamp component and top it with a pillar candle. I can only imagine how much the lamp had originally cost. It stands at 22" tall. If I found this at somewhere like Pier One or Pottery Barn it would have easily cost $100. I think it's a pretty amazing Goodwill Store find!
Now if I can be so luck again! lol

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Kitchen Organization



 
How do you organize your pots and pans?
 

I asked Chad to get me something to organize my kitchen. I couldn't stand having to lift up, and pull out all my pans to get to the one on the bottom. It seems like I always want to pull out my big 12" pan that is on the very bottom. What a hassle having them stacked on top of each other.
 

 
We bought two different styles of Rev-A-Shelf 2-tier pull out cabinet baskets. One side neatly organizes all my pans and lids. The other side stores pots and colanders.

 
The new system pulls out smoothly and everything is easy to access. I am thrilled this project is completed. It only took about an hour from start to finish. Including pulling everything out of the cabinet, cutting out the existing shelf, assembling the new storage system, and putting everything in it's new home. It was under $150 and worth every penny!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Hardwood Steps Are Finished

 
My Christmas present is finished and I could not be any happier!
I love the hard wood steps and iron rails!

 
Chad did such an amazing job finishing the stairs. He's fantastic at detail work!
This has made the house feel so much cleaner, modern.
 
 
The house immediately felt cleaner after all the carpet was gone.
 
 
I don't seem to have a good before picture of the stairs. This does show the carpet we removed, and gives a glimpse of the white balusters. Definitely a shock seeing just how dirty the carpet really was. We could have shampooed the carpet another 100 times and it still would have been filthy. 


It's hard to believe that the stairs looked like this when we first bought the house. All chewed, covered in dog urine and hair.
 
 
And I'm not kidding about dog urine and hair.
Can you imagine living like that???
Yucky! Look at the baluster.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Making Buckeyes for Christmas and Chocolate Candy Spoons

 
I found these cute little gingerbread tins at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 each regular price. Oh my goodness, do they ever have a ton of cute gingerbread themed items this year! I had so much fun shopping. The tins are the perfect size to fill with treats for Christmas gift giving. I made Buckeyes for Chad to take to some of his co-workers. To make the gift tags I used some red and green glitter wrapping paper. The stamp sentiment came from Stampin Up! The Holiday Twine twine came from Divine Twine. I just love the green and red twist in it!
 
Now onto the recipe...
 

 
Buckeyes Recipe
 
2 1/2 cups peanut butter
1 1/4 cups melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 pound (32 ounce) package powdered sugar
 
2 packages chocolate candy melts
2 teaspoons shortening
 
In a large bowl mix peanut butter, melted butter, and vanilla until smooth. Next add powdered sugar and work dough until completely blended. Line a metal tray with wax paper. Make sure it will lay flat in your freezer. You'll thank me later :) I like to use a melon baller to form the balls for the buckeyes. This helps keep the balls a consistent size, I can make about 12 dozen buckeyes with this recipe. After all the balls are formed place them in the freezer and take a break. That was a ton of work!
 
 
As soon as the balls are frozen, and you are ready to resume the process, it will be time to dip in chocolate. Line another metal cookie sheet with wax paper. Clear a shelf in your refrigerator for the metal tray.  I like to start with one bag of candy melts at a time. Place a small bowl on a potholder, add bag of candy melts and a teaspoon of shortening. Microwave for 1 minute on 50% power. Stir, then continue to microwave at 50% power for 30 second intervals until smooth. Placing the pot holder under the bowl will make it easier to take in and out of the microwave with out burning your hands. You'll thank me for this tip later too :)  Stick a toothpick into a peanut butter ball and dip it in the chocolate, place on cookie sheet. Continue the process until all the balls are dipped.  Since the balls were frozen when dipped in the melted chocolate, the chocolate will harden pretty quickly. Place them in the refrigerator until ready to package, or just begin to enjoy!
 
 
One last tip today, If you use a plastic spoon to stir the chocolate you will be able to use it later to make chocolate dipped spoons. It's a great way to use up any left over chocolate. Plus that means less to clean up.
Fill a coffee mug with candies or homemade cocoa and mini marshmallows and you have a sweet little gift for friends or neighbors. Yummy!

Glittered Cinnamon Gingerbread Ornaments Recipe

 
Last year I made some Cinnamon Gingerbread ornaments, and loved the way they smelled. When I unwrapped them this year I could hardly believe just how good they still smelled. So I decided to make more this year to give as gifts. 

 
The glitter looks so pretty on the ornaments. I love the way it sparkles when the light hits them. I bought the fun Holiday Twine from Divine Twine that's used on my gingy ornaments.
 

Cinnamon Ornament Recipe

1 cup of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of ground cloves
2 tablespoons of ground nutmeg
1 cup of applesauce (I like to use cinnamon applesauce)
2 tablespoons of white glue
Mix ingredients until they come together to form a dough. I like to roll the dough out in-between 2 sheets of wax paper to make cleanup easier and quicker. This will make about 2 dozen ornaments depending on the size of the cookie cutters you use. I use a small straw from a kids drink (like juice boxes or Capri Sun) to make the hole to hang the ornaments. You can air dry your ornaments few days, turning at least a couple of times a day. If you prefer, you can bake in a 200 degree oven for about 2 hours. I found the air drying keeps the cinnamon ornaments a lighter color as opposed to baking them.
Once the ornaments are dried they just need ribbon or twine to hang on your tree. It's also fun to decorate them. This year I decided to glitter mine up. After using Mod Podge to add glitter to your ornaments, you will want them to air dry for another day. That way the glue smell will dissipate and the cinnamon fragrance will come through again. Be sure to clear the holes of any glue and glitter before allowing to dry, otherwise it will become difficult to string with ribbon later.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

You Rock!


I ordered a new die from Die-Versions called You Rock! I just love it! I can't even begin to guess how many times a day I say fabulous, cool, and You Rock! I was thinking about making a card, but when I started going through all my patterned papers I found this one. I knew it was perfect to make a scrapbook page. It was nice being able to sit down and look through old photos to use for this page. Lot's of great memories! I feel so blessed to have such a good man as my husband and father to our son Parker. Chad is such a good daddy!
Time certainly has flown by since Parker was a baby. It's still hard to believe he's seven. He is so tall! I'm only one foot taller than him! I'm sure Parker will end up being six foot tall. In the picture in the upper right corner, you might notice the 4 picture frames. I inked up Parker's hands and feet when he was a couple of weeks old. Those will be treasured forever!

Another Use for Glitter Wrapping Paper



This year I found  rolls of glitter wrapping paper at Walmart. It comes in silver, gold, green, and red. After wrapping a few presents, I decided to see if I could die cut the scrap paper. It worked! Yay! The best part is that it's only $4 a roll. A 12x12 sheet of glitter cardstock is about $1 for one sheet.
Now I know, I can use all this beautiful wrapping paper for all sorts of other crafts.
 
 
The first thing I tested to see how well the wrapping paper would work with my dies was this Christmas Word Tree. This die came from Die-Versions. I immediately knew I had to make a Christmas card. To make my card I used  Whiter Shimmer cardstock from Papertrey Ink and patterned paper from the Winter Frost  designer series by  Stampin' Up!
 
 
Here's a close up of all the fabulous sparkle on my Christmas Word Tree card. Next to my thumb you can see a hint of the white shimmer cardstock I that I used for the card base. Isn't it lovely!
 
 
Here's a picture of a Christmas card I received, that I think is just gorgeous.
I love all the silver glitter. I decided to use it to make another card.
Do you ever repurpose the Christmas cards you get?
I keep all the card I am given. Some I will treasure forever. Others I keep to eventually repurpose.
 
 
Here's my new Reindeer card.
I love the pop of color the green glitter wrapping paper gave it. I used red wrapping paper and the Believe die from Die-Versions to add the perfect final touch.
 
 
I love seeing all the sparkle and texture from the glitter.
 
I hope I've inspired you to repurpose your cards and use up all the scrap wrapping paper :)
 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Baby It's Cold Outside

 
 
I think we are going to have a very cold winter this year. It's been 20 years since the last major ice storm. Today it's a whopping 19 degrees.

 
We're definitely lucky that despite the ice, we are safe at home with electricity.
 

 
The plants and trees look so pretty with all the ice on them. They just glisten in the light.
 
I hope it doesn't get to bad and break power lines. I know people that aren't from the south think it's crazy when it's reported on the news snow is coming everything starts closing. It's not about the snow though, it's about the ice that comes with it here. It's easy driving in snow. You have no control driving on ice.