Monday, September 26, 2011

Family Field Day

On Saturday we took our nephew, Seth, to Bucyrus, Ohio to the Elkhorn Lake Hunt Club to their Family Field Day. Each year on the 4th Saturday in September they put together a hands-on day for kids and adults to help introduce them to the outdoors and outdoor safety. We have been several times a volunteers for the archery range but this was the first time we have gone as actual participants. Basically you are broken up into groups and you spend 45 minutes at each station. The stations this year were archery, rifles, boating safety, fishing, shotguns, and making a turkey call. We even had Elk stew for lunch.....yum! Here are some pictures of our day.



All stations were supervised or taught by either Ohio Wildlife Officers or trained professionals in that field. Considering my safety background at work I was very pleased to see that they required everyone to wear earplugs and safety glasses when at the shotgun and rifle stations. Seth did awesome, hitting 2 out of 3 clay birds with the shotgun and he has never shot at a moving target with a shotgun before!

Be back soon with some paper crafting fun!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Published.....(sort of!)

I am so excited to share this information with you all. Now I know this isn't as glamorous as getting published in a scrapbooking magazine or anything, but non-the-less I am still totally stoked. For the past two weeks my LSS has been putting a store coupon in the newspaper. And as part of the coupon they have been featuring my layouts. Here are the coupons from the last two weeks


I know the photos aren't the best but newsprint is never the best to take pictures of. And of course I want to give a very big thank you to The Scrapbook Outlet for allowing me to create for them and be on their DT!


Friday, September 16, 2011


My September 2011 DT project for my LSS involved using the new Halloween line from Canvas Corp. I was so excited to use the Kraft and corrugated paper and I knew just the pictures I wanted to use.

Some people just never want to grow up! Last year my DD (who was 19 at the time) decided she wanted to go trick-or-treating with our nephew Seth. And of course she had to dress-up too. So with some help from her Grandma Chris they came up with this great Batman costume for her to wear.

Here are some close ups

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look,

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Chalkboard & Flowers

Here are the last two projects that I gave you sneaks on. The first was just a plain wooden chalkboard that I purchased from my LSS (The Scrapbook Outlet also known as Cupboard Distributing).
To start with I painted the wood a dark brown to match the brown in the patterned paper I was using. I did this because I did not cover the sides with paper. After applying two coats and letting it dry, I then laid the board down on the paper and traced the outline which I then cut out. To cut out the inside I just measured the distance between the chalkboard and the edge of the wood trim and used a craft knife to make the inside cut. I used modge podge glue to adhere the paper to the wood.
Here are some close ups
For the insides of the bottle caps I just punched out circles from the left over paper that would fit inside. I then used foam dots behind the alphabet letters to give them some dimension inside the caps.

Supply List:
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey - Urban Couture (Merino)
Alphabet: Basic Grey - Urban Couture
Tag: Basic Grey - Urban Couture
Fibers: Basic Grey - Pomegranate Trio
Flowers: Prima
Bling: KaiserCraft

The second project was making flowers out of a sheet of 12x12 patterned paper. I came across these flowers while on the Graphic45's website and loved them. The original design is by Dana Parlevliet. These are like the easiest thing to make!
Here are some close ups
I can't wait to try making more of these awesome flowers with different paper and in different sizes.

Patterned Paper: Basic Grey - Urban Couture (Silk) & Phresh & Phunky (Phinesse)
Fiber: Basic Grey - Arctic Trio & Pomegranate Trio
Glue Gun

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look,

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Progreso International Bridge (Texas-Mexico)

Anytime we go visit my parents, who about 6 years ago moved to south Texas (from Ohio), we always spend one day shopping across the boarder in Progreso, Mexico. We park our vehicles in a parking lot and then walk across the Progreso International Bridge into Mexico. I would not want to drive across and then fight traffic. Mainly we just go across to do some shopping for gifts. Its always fun to see what everyone has for sale. For someone who hates crowds, I do enjoy going here. The part I hate though is when we are walking across the bridge and as soon as we get onto the Mexican side of the Rio Grande River there is always Mexicans, typically young children, standing under the bridge holding out hats asking for spare change.
 These are pictures from the first time Brian came with me to Texas and we went into Mexico. My parents are the two people on the electric carts in the first picture with Brian.

This layout was a big change for me because I had never done a circle layout before (at least not where I didn't layer it onto another sheet of 12x12 paper). This was actually a 12x12 sheet of paper that I traced a large circle onto. I then cut out the circle and then used a Martha Stuart punch to make the decorative edge.

Here are some close ups

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look,

Supply List:
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey - Ratine, Chiffon, Silk
Flowers: Prima
Alphabet: Basic Grey
KaiserCraft: Pearls
Punch: Martha Stuart

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Seth and his John Deere

Seth loves anything tractor but his favorite of course is John Deere! Since he was old enough to know what a tractor was his Grandpa Phil has been teaching him all about them. Here he is driving his pedal John Deere tractor in his driveway. I thought it was so cute that he was backing up and watching where he was going.
I inked the edeges of the photos and paper with Faded Jeans Distress Ink.
Here are some close ups
The flowers are made out of recycled dryer sheets and colored with Tim Holtz® Adirondack® Color Wash. I aslo used Tim Holtz® Idea-ology™ | Findings Sprocket Gears on the layout to go with the theme of the pictures. I am also really getting into sewing on my layouts using my sewing machine and not just doing faux stitching.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look,

Supply List:
Patterend Paper: Basic Grey - Aged & Confused Phresh & Phunky (Phlordille, Phinesse, Phern, Phinicky)
Fibers: Basic Grey - Atric Trio
Tag: Basic Grey - Aged & Confused Phresh & Phunky
Alphabets: Basic Grey - Aged & Confused Phresh & Phunky; Making Memories Rub-Ons (White)
Other: Tim Holtz® Adirondack® Color Wash (Medow & Denium); Tim Holtz® Idea-ology™ | Findings Sprocket Gears (Nickle)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Our Scarecrow

If you hang around long you will discover that one of my new favorite victims to take pictures of is our nephew Seth. Since my kids are older and not around alot, Seth seems to be getting more camera time. Here is a layout I completed using the Basic Grey Eerie collection. The costume was actually made by his Grandma Chris who is in one of the pictures.
Here are some close up pictures
After applying the Eerie rubons I used that wonderful product I mentioned a couple posts back, Adirondack® Metallics Acrylic Paint Dabber in Pearl. This gave a shinny look to the corners and I also used it on the chipboard pieces, fence sticker, and spiderwebs.
The spiderweb boarder was made using corrugated cardboard by Canvas Corp. I used the EK Success Large Spider Web Edger Punch and then roughly covered it with Picket Fence Crackle Paint.

Thanks for looking,

Supply List:
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey - Eerie Collection (Spider's Web, Reaper, Zombie)
Chipboard: Basic Grey - Eerie Collection
Rubons: Basic Grey - Eerie Collection; Heidi Grace (title)
Bling: KaiserCraft

Friday, September 9, 2011

My Grandma . . . June

About 10 years ago my Grandmother June passed away after a very long battle with cancer. I was very close to my grandparents and it was very hard for me. The worst part was that only 3 months after grandma passed my grandfather passed away also. We believe that he just couldn't bear it without her and gave up. They had been married over 60 years. But as a gift, one of my uncles took a picture of my grandmother from when she was just 16 and had copies made. I absolutely love this picture of her. It has taken me awhile to get around to doing it but I finally used it for a layout. The original photo was actually from 1931.
Here are some close ups

Here is a really close up of one of the butterfly's. I actually painted the butterfly's and scrolls white and then inked the edges with vintage photo distress ink. Next I used rock candy crackle paint on them. I used some really thin craft wire to make the antenna. Two of the butterfly's I just used crystal bling for the body, but the other two are actually Jillibean Soup picks that I just cut the pin off of.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

Supply List:
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey - Urban Couture (Brocade, Rum Raisin & Cashmere)
Chipboard: Maya Road
Ribbon: Maya Road Organza Roses
Bling/Pearls: Kaiser Craft & Jillibean Soup

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Last Sneaks.....

Well here are the last of the sneaks at the layouts and projects I completed this week.....

I can't wait to show you the full projects and I hope you come back to see them!

Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day weekend everyone!


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Another Sneak.....

Here is another sneak at a layout I completed this week for a DT Application.....
So excited about these layouts and can't wait for the final reveal. Of course it is going to be stressful waiting to find out if I made the team!

Something else I wanted to share is a new product I tried out on the above layout.  Its called Adirondack Metallics Acrylic Paint Dabbers. I used the Pearl color and let me tell you it is AWESOME! I am in love with this.
It is so easy to use and comes in regular colors too, not just metalics. If you look close at the above sneak picture you can see it on the corner around the cobweb and on the tree!