2013 December Daily December 9th and 10th~

Monday was a day!

A day filled with messy weather, school delays, doctor’s appointments and Christmas shopping.

After her doctor’s appointment Ashlyn and I enjoyed a Girls Day Out. Woot woot.

We had so much fun that she didn’t even balk at the idea of me taking her picture next to the Yule Love This sign.

December 9th~


She’s even smiling. Willingly.

I love that!

And as good as Monday ended up being, Tuesday was the exact opposite.

Let’s just say that I forgot it was Pajama Day for a certain little one at Nursery School and things just fell apart from there. Sigh.

The good news is a little ice cream bribery got my gas tank filled.

December 10th~


And I do believe a milkshake makes everything a little better.

Especially when enjoyed in your pajamas. He he.

The full page~


I used~
Studio Calico December Daily Kit, October Afternoon Very Merry Kit and Kelly Purkey December Kit from Simon Says Stamp

Watch Out Walls!

Me and my new best friend, Modge Podge, have learned to work together and make canvas prints! Yippee!!

As many of you know I tend to be heavy handed with any type of liquid glue and go to great lengths to avoid using it.

But when I saw this pin by Stef at on Pinterest, I knew it was time to give it a try.

I started by using black acrylic paint to cover the edges of an 8 x 10 canvas panel.


While my paint dried I trimmed a photo of Holden that I printed at home on glossy photo paper to fit inside the painted area.

I then applied a thin coat of Modge Podge to adhere the picture to the canvas.


Once that dried I coated the top and edges thoroughly.


This step gives the photo a textured look.

I also used a Jenni Bowlin Paint Dabber to blend the edges.


A close up to see the texture~


And of course, I couldn’t just do a picture of Holden.





Now that I’ve learned how to do this, I’m eyeing my walls and making plans.

Hmmm…I wonder if I can talk the hubby into a trip to the craft store for more canvases?

I used~
8×10 Canvas Panels, Matte Modge Podge, Jenni Bowlin Paint Dabber, Acrylic Paint

To see the blog post by Stef at Girl. Inspired. click here.

The Winner is…..

of the Go BIG or Go Home! Challenge is….


May 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm

WhooHoo! I got it done! Here is my project:

Thank you for all your communication for NSD. I appreciate it!

Congrats Renee!! Email me your address and I’ll have your prize on the way.

Thank you to everyone who participated!!

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Life With You~

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I’ve completed another Circleville NSD Online Challenge! Yippee!

This one called On Pins and hosted by Sis from http://www.papercraftscissors.com is all about creating a project based off one of your favorite Pinterest pins.

I chose the fabulous Hello Silly layout by Nancy Damiano.

My pin can be found here.

My layout~


I stayed pretty true to her layout.

With that sunburst of paper why change anything?

I did use brads in place of her flair, but it’s what I had to work with.

And I think they work.

Yes, life with these kids is certainly a carnival.

But, totally worth it.

I used~
October Afternoon Midway Collection, KI Flashbacks Blackboard Paper, Sketchbook Thickers

Circleville NSD Online Event~

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In case you’re looking for something to do today or for the rest of the week, check out these tutorials and challenges from my fellow Cricut Circle Members~

http://www.withglitteringeyes.blogspot.com/ – 8AM EDT Saturday, May 4, 2013 “It’s All About Perspective” Tutorial and Blog Prize – $20 Hobby Lobby Gift Card!

http://scrapalette.blogspot.com/ – 11AM EDT Saturday, May 4, 2013 “Tic Tac Toe Challenge and Blog Prize!

http://scrappycol.blogspot.com/- 1PM EDT Saturday, May 4, 2013 “Ease on Down the Road” Blog Prize- $15 Michael’s Crafts Gift Card!

http://papercraftscissors.com/- 3PM Saturday, May 4, 2013 “On Pins” theme and Blog Prize – $25 Simon Say Stamp Gift Card!

http://stampcutcreate.blogspot.com/ – 4PM EDT Saturday, May 4, 2013. “Tin Is In” theme and Blog Prize!

http://allscrappedout.com/ – 6PM EDT Saturday, May 4, 2013 “What’s It Owl About” theme and Blog Prize!

http://thenon-craftycrafter.blogspot.com.au/ – 8PM EDT Saturday, May 4, 2013 “Let’s Split- CCR Tutorial” (Learn to create a split letter monogram) and Blog Prize!

http://www.scrappinwiththebug.blogspot.com/ – 10PM EDT Saturday, May 4, 2013 “The Crazy Bs Challenge” and Blog Prize!

https://sarawandrews.com/ – 9AM EDT Sunday, May 5, 2013 “Go Big or Go Home Challenge” and Blog Prize – $20 Hobby Lobby Gift Card!

http://www.scrappinwiththebug.blogspot.com/ – 11AM EDT Sunday, May 5, 2013 “Tropical Sunset Color Challenge” and Blog Prize!

http://icameisawicreated.blogspot.com/ – 6:30PM EDT Sunday, May 5, 2013 “Did-I-MENSION???” Challenge and Blog Prize

I know you will find some thing to inspire you! I did!!

If you’re looking for me, I’ll be at my desk playing with pretty paper.

Happy National Scrapbooking (Day) Weekend!!

A Chain of Hearts~

With Valentine’s Day approaching I thought I would make a cute little heart banner.

My original plan was to cut the hearts, emboss them and then run them through the sewing machine.

Quick, simple and easy.

Of course, nothing ever goes as planned.

My banner~


The hearts cut at 3″ and 2.4″ high are from Cricut Craft Room Basics.

They ended up being a little bigger than I expected and the reason I changed plans.

Close Ups~






I used several of my favorite embossing folders to add texture.

I then decided I would layer several of the hearts by stapling them together using my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

If you do not have a Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher RUN now to your local craft store and buy one.

It is that wonderful!

Instead of the sewing machine I used ribbon to string my hearts, and it was around this point that I decided to add pictures to them.

Luckily I had a bunch of pictures from a family photo session that I quickly printed in a contact sheet size in Photoshop.

And if you add photos, you have to add some embellishments. Right?

Hmmm…this sounds an awful lot like a certain mouse and a cookie.

I used~
DCWV Be Mine Stack
Crate Paper Fourteen Chipboard, Celebrate It Ribbon
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and Gem Clips
Scarlet Lime Kit Contents: Crate Paper Fourteen Accent Stickers
CCR and Cricut Craft Room Basics for the Hearts and Scalloped Hearts cut at 3″ and 2.4″ high
Cuttlebug Folders D’vine Swirl, Script and Wood Grain

Welcome to the Teddy Bears in Oz Blog Hop~

We are featuring teddy bears created from the Cricut Lite cartridge Teddy Bear Parade dressed as characters from The Wizard of Oz.

Your journey along the yellow brick road should have brought you here from Deb’s blog, but if it didn’t make sure you check out all of the characters by starting at RockinRenee’s blog.

When Renee suggested a mini blog hop involving the bears from Teddy Bear Parade I jumped at the chance to join in.

I love this cartridge!

And any excuse to use it works for me.

I was tasked with making the Wizard.

My Wizard~


I wanted him to appear a bit older, so I chose a grey smooth cardstock from the DCWV The Silky Smooth Cardstock Stack.

This was my first time using this cardstock and I love how smooth, firm and clean cutting it is.

I also wanted him to be well dressed like he is in the movie, so I made him a pinstriped suit and top hat.

Isn’t he dapper?

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain~


It almost makes you forgive him for his trickery.

And ready to fly Dorothy home~


We all know how that worked for Dorothy.

But, I am sure he is home in Oklahoma safe and sound now just like Dorothy.

Or possibly stuck on a mysterious island if you’re a Lost fan.

Now follow the yellow brick road to Scrapalette’s blog to see more.

And please, watch out for flying monkeys!

I used~
DCWV The Silky Smooth Cardstock Stack for the bear cut at 4″
DCWV The Christmas & Winter Glitter Cardstock Stack and MME Lost & Found Portobello Road 6×6 Pad for his hat and clothes
DCWV The Celebration Stack for the balloon cut at 8.458″
DCWV The Playtime Stack for the backgrounds
Irock Metal Gems, Brads, Martha Stewart Gems

In case you get lost along the way click on any of the following link.

I came, I saw, I created
Melody Lane Designs
Stamp, Cut, Create!
A Day in the Life of a Horse Bunny
Random Thoughts of a Scrapbooker
Sara W. Andrews -You are here.
Around the Block with Scrapalette
The Cricut lover’s guide to Design Studio
paper, craft & scissors