Sunday, August 20, 2017

Me & You Canvas

I'm sharing this tutorial on the Off The Rails Scrapbooking Blog today.
I have this vintage mailbox and when we lived at our old house it hung in the hallway at the top of the stairs.  I usually put a flower arrangement in it that changed with each season along with some type of little banner across it.  When we moved to the new house I found the perfect spot for it.  It hangs in our modern farm house bathroom right above the claw foot tub.  I thought it would be fun to use it as a mailbox, where my husband and I could leave each other love notes or words of encouragement.  If I do say so myself it has been one of my better ideas.  I love leaving him a weekly message of some kind and truly look forward to finding my messages from him.  When I received this card from Randy, I knew I wanted to use it on a canvas to capture the cuteness!
So that's the reason for creating this canvas and this is the process ...

1)  I painted the canvas with a light coat of white Gesso.
2)  Next I applied a coat of  Delta "Passion" Acrylic Paint.

3)  I then randomly applied Tim Holtz "Brushed Pewter" Distress Paint.

4) I used Mod Podge and applied some printed tissue paper to the canvas.

5)  For the next step I covered the entire canvas with a light coat of the white Gesso and then wiped it off with a baby wipe.

6)  I started randomly applying a variety of different mist and letting them run down the canvas (Heidi Swapp White Color Shine, Tim Holtz Hickory Smoke Distress Spray Stain, Tattered Angels Boardwalk Mist and Shimmerz Sapphire Spritz).

7)  Wanting to add some texture to the canvas, I tinted some Modeling Paste with Tattered Angels Pewter Paint.  I then haphazardly applied the paste to the canvas using a stencil.

8)  I adhered the front of the greeting card and the saying to the canvas with Mod Podge.  Adding the cluster of flowers completed the canvas.

[ I love seeing how many layers I can add and still have a canvas work for me.  When I'm done, I find it interesting to see what I have chosen to conceal and reveal.]





Friday, August 18, 2017

Creative Inspiration August Mini Crop

The August Mini Crop starts today over at Creative Inspiration and I have a challenge up.  My challenge is to create a layout, card, tag, ATC or altered project using a vacation theme.  There must be stitching on the project either machine or hand stitching.
I created this layout for Jesse and Charlene's vacation album.  
Hope you can join in the fun!  Be sure to check out the rest
of the challenges by the other Design Team members.

Monday, August 7, 2017

August Creative Inspiration DT Sketch

Today the Design Team Sketch Reveal is up at Creative Inspiration.
My take on the sketch.
August Design Team Sketch

Be sure to check out the forum to see what the rest of the Design Team came up with.


Saturday, August 5, 2017


Since things have settled down a little around here I now have some time to play in my new scrappy room.  Be sure to check out the August challenges at Creative Inspiration.  I just completed this layout for the August 2nd Wednesday Stash Challenge.  You know the feeling when you complete a layout and you just love it ... it's your favorite (until you have a new favorite lol!).  Well that's the way I'm feeling about this layout.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My new scrappy room

I have taken a room in our basement at the new house and transformed it into my happy place ... I'm in scrapbooking heaven! 
Here are a few photos of the finished room.
My mother-in-law was going to get rid of this old secretary but I'm using it for storage and to house my Cuttlebug and all my dies.
The shelves and containers were from my scrappy room at the old house and they just happened to work perfectly in this space too.
I love the see through containers.  Being able to see my supplies helps me to remember what I have ... and to use it.  Not that I'm a hoarder of scrappy supplies.
These baby bed springs made the best bulletin board.
Randy built my Cricut table.  There are shelves on  the sides of the table to hold all my cartridges and Cricut supplies.
I'm using my old dinning room table as my craft table. 
The large work area is great.
I have this thing about cowgirl boots ... do you think!?
Randy built these shelves so I could
display them and use them as part of my decor.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Rise and Shine

Today I have a challenge up at Creative Inspiration for the May Mini Crop. This month the theme is "Colors" and I have "yellow".  My challenge is to create a layout, card, tag or altered project and it has to have the color yellow on it and you must use some type of  banner on it.  Be sure to check out the forum to see the other challenges from the Design Team.
Every month I host a girls night out for some friends.  In April the theme was Rise and Shine.  The girls had to wear their PJ's and I served breakfast foods ... what a blast!  I created this banner for above the food table. 



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Water Color Technique

I'm sharing a watercolor technique on the Off The Rails Scrapbooking Blog today.

For this watercolor technique I started by using a wash of orange watercolor in the upper right hand corner and on the left side of the page.  I just used a set of Crayola watercolors, you know the kind you buy for kids.
I wanted to create some texture so while the watercolor was still wet I used a piece of plastic wrap and scrunched it on top of the watercolor areas.  This was the hard part.  First fighting with the plastic wrap and second letting it set while it dried completely.
This is the result of the plastic wrap over the watercolor.  I love the added texture.

Next I used a stencil and applied some Super Heavy Gesso randomly on the page.

I'm not very patient so I used a heat gun to speed up the drying time. 

For my creative process I went through my stash and pulled any items that I thought might work for this page.  Through the process of elimination I finally decide what papers and embellishments I was going to use.
After putting the page together I decided it was missing something so I found the perfect ink and did some stamping around the edges.

Not quite satisfied with the page I added some mist and gathered some flowers ... just in case.

Adding the flowers to this page was the finishing touch that it needed.




Monday, May 15, 2017


It's May 15th and that means it's time for the Off The Rails Scrapbooking Mid-Month Design Team Reveal.  I loved this month's mood board and the addition of using feathers.  Be sure to check out the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team came up with ... and be inspired!
May Mood Board - Use Feathers
The Howard's are adding another blessing to their family.  Yes I'll be a grandma again come June.  This page is for the new baby's album.

My take on the Mood Board

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A Design Team Project and a Challenge

I'm up on the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches Blog today sharing a card.  I also have a challenge up at Creative Inspiration for the NSD Mini Crop.
I created this card "Precious Baby" for our granddaughter who is due in June.  I used the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #921.  I used both the positive and negative pieces from  the punch to create the layered ruffles across the onesie and the positive piece from the punch for the border strip at the top.  I love the vintage feel of this card and the little details that the punch added.

For my NSD challenge at Creative Inspiration (using punches) be sure to check out the details in the forum and see what the rest of the Design Team has come up with for the NSD Mini Crop.  Hope you can join in the fun!
"Precious Baby"

Using the positive pieces from the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #921
I created this border strip for the top of the card.

Using the positive and negative pieces from the
Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #921, I created layers of ruffles and cuteness.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Sharing Two Design Team Projects today

Today I have two Design Team projects posted:

1) The DT Reveal is up on the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches Blog today and the theme this month is "babies". 

Since we have two grandchildren on the way, one due in June and one due in September, this gave me the opportunity to get cards made.  For the little guy coming in September I chose to make his card using the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punches # 916 & 918 along with the Circle Cutter.  I used my Cricut and the Create a Critter Cartridge - "Welcome Little One".

When I want to add that perfect little detail to a project I turn to my Kreaxions Punches every time.


Kreaxions Punch # 916

Kreaxions Punch #918
2) The May Design Team Sketch Reveal is up at Creative Inspiration.  Bev Code has provided us with another inspiring sketch to work with.  Be sure to check out the forum to see what the rest of the Design Team did with this sketch.

May Sketch

My take on the sketch



Saturday, April 8, 2017

Peaceful Hearts

If you have a die cutting machine you will love this Kreaxions thin "Butterfly Die"!  Since the Design Team featured the "Butterfly Die" for their reveal on the first I thought I would use the die again, but in a different way.  I used the negative piece from the die to create this card.  After making my base card out of white cardstock I covered the front with washi tape.  I then cut out two butterflies using the die and used the negative pieces.  I adhered them to the front of the card over the washi tape and added my sentiment.  This has been such a fun and versatile die to work with ... so many ideas and so little time.  Be sure to check out the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches Blog to see what the rest of the design team is up to this month.



Saturday, April 1, 2017

Kreaxions Butterfly Die

Today the Design Team Card Reveal is up on the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches Blog.  This month the Design Team is featuring the "Butterfly Die".  I created this "Sing His Praise" card by embossing a piece of cardstock and adhering it to the front of the card.  I then die cut the butterfly from patterned paper and added sequins before adhering it to the embossed piece of cardstock.  For the inside of the card I die cut 5 butterflies and glued them together along the edges of their wings.  I then positioned the middle butterfly along the crease in the card and adhered the outside wings of the first and last butterfly to the cardstock on the inside of the card.  What a fun die to work with!