Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Christmas Canvas Decor

Hi everyone! I am here today to share a Christmas wall hanging I recently made to use as a decoration in my own home.

I had seen a sign on Pinterest that I loved using words to form a Christmas Tree and wanted to do this same sign, but with my own touches.

I started with a 12x12 canvas and then Mod Podged a 12x12 paper directly on to the canvas.  I tend to use Mod Podge quite often when making altered projects and I continue to get good results.

My next step was to cut out the words. I chose a red glitter paper and  I used my Cricut Expression and Type Candy Font cartridge.  With the Cricut set to 1 3/4", I cut the words using all capital letters.  The words then had to be placed on the canvas.  Unfortunately, due to the back of the glitter paper having such a smooth, non-absorbant back side, I couldn't use Mod Podge.  I chose to turn the letters into stickers instead using my Zyron sticker maker.  I found the center of my canvas, started with the word Christmas, and then worked my way up from there.

I wanted to do something a little special for the star so I cut another star 1/4" larger in a light gold glitter paper and then layered the red star on top.  I used the same gold paper to make a border.  I then finished my canvas by randomly adding green gems to the "tree".

I hope I am helping to get you into the Christmas spirit!

Thank you for stopping today!


Monday, November 4, 2013

Bird Christmas Card

This time of year, I tend to make a lot of Christmas cards.  

This is one of a set that I made for a friend's silent auction to raise money for the adoption of their son.

I started with a kraft 5"x7" top fold card.  I then made a base of dark blue 4.5"x6.5".  The bird was made on my Cricut Expression and then I added a few details with marker.  The snow is simply a piece of cut cardstock, and some Stickles glitter paint.  I then added the Merry Christmas with a stamp and white pigment ink.

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bella Blvd - Trick or Treat

I am trying to get into the Halloween mood so I did this layout using Bella Blvd's "too cute to spook" line for Practical Scrappers.

I fussy cut this spider and then added liquid glass and jewels for his eyes.

I used small strips of paper to act as stitching for the title.  I also outlined the orange letters and added small green jewels to make them pop.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Alright, ya'll I know I have been missing from here the last few weeks and I am really sorry about that.  Life has been a little, okay a lot crazy and I haven't been able to craft much.  

Most of what I have done has been my projects to sell and Christmas gifts.  I will try and get a few pictures up, until then, please bare with me!


Thursday, September 26, 2013

September Layout Sketch

This month's layout sketch on Practical Scrappers was made by Liz Chidester.


My take on the sketch was made using Fancy Pants Designs' Little Sport Collection.

I added stickers to the little pennants to make them more personal.

I used the small star stickers from the kit and layered brown and gray paper under them and the fussy cut them to make them appear larger.  I then popped them out to add a little more dimension.

I love the way it turned out, I just wish the pictures were better!

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ten Things Doilies

This week I was asked to use doilies for our ten things post on Practical Scrappers.  To be honest, I have never used a doily in my life and I really wasn't sure what I was going to with them.  My good friend Christine Meyer gave me a variety of sizes and shapes to chose from, and although I was unsure, I am happy with the final result!

When I received the doilies, they were pure white but I chose to add some color.  I used the color Hollyhock from Close to My Heart and simply took the ink pad and pressed it onto each doily.

The title is a chipboard accent that I have had in my stash for awhile. The "ribbon" is simply a strip of white cardstock dotted with pink Stickles.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you like it!


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Practical Scrappers - 10 things Stickers

For this weeks ten things challenge on Practical Scrappers, we were asked to use stickers.  Of course there are a ton of stickers out there but it seems like we get into a rut and just throw them on a page to make less white space.  There are a ton of fun ways to change up stickers or simply use them in a different way.  Be sure and check out the Practical Scrappers blog post for more ways to use those stickers!

I started out with a layered sticker from My Mind's Eye, here you can see it as it came, fresh from the package.  As you can see, it is already super cute but I wanted to add a little more interest so I used my Close To My Heart liquid glass and added a few bits of extra detail.

 Hopefully, you can see the dots around the scalloped edge, I also filled in the heart, and added a border along the outside edge of the bottom layer. (I know it is kind of hard to see, sorry!)

Here you can see, a couple of other detail stickers from the project.  I did add liquid glass to the circle  sticker as well, but in the picture, it is hard to see.

And, this is my final product!  I love the way it turned out!  I have been decorating chipboard words for several months now, and I have to admit, this is one of my favorites!

I hope you like my project!  Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Practical Scrappers September Card Sketch

Practical Scrappers card sketch this month was created by Patty Selah.

My take on it turned out like this:

I used Simple Stories' Smarty Pants collection that I picked up at The Scrapbooking Studio and I am quite happy with the result.  :)

Thank you for stopping by today!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Ten Things - White Pen

Practical Scrapper's Ten Things challenge this week was to use a white pen.  

I use white pen fairly often but I almost always use it to faux stitch.  Today I used the white gel pen in a different way.  I chose to doodle on my layout.  I had a lot of fun with it and made a very busy layout of a very busy little couple.

I used the white ink to make designs on the background and to journal on the page.

I cut the title on my Cricut Expression and I added a few fun elements for dimension.  The paper is all from Simple Stories Smarty Pants collection, I bought it at The Scrapbooking Studio and it is all super cute!

This is my final product.  I have to admit, it was a bit of a reach for my comfort zone but I love the way it turned out, almost as much as I love these two kiddos!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Practical Scrappers/Paper Secrets Blog Hop

Welcome to the Practical Scrappers/Paper Secrets Blog Hop!  We are so excited to have you here today!
For this blog hop we are featuring the Ten Things Team from Practical Scrappers and members from the Design Team at Paper Secrets. Our topic for this hop is a fun, trendy one that will definitely catch your attention: wood! We have a collection of wood goodies from Paper Secrets to give away and you can get all the details on that below!

My project is based around some adorable wooden sentiments from Jilly Bean Soup.  I found them when I was shopping at my favorite scrappy store The Scrapbooking Studio in Bloomington.

I have had a thing with Studio Calico's Sundrifter Collection so once again, I am using paper from that line.

The argyle was cut using my Cricut and the Wild Card cartridge.  The brads are by Paper Studio.  I finished with some brown faux stitching and silver embellishments.

I hope this has inspired you to be on the look out for cute wood embellishments to try on your next project!

If you are going in order, your next stop will be Kelli Fortier -

Blog Hop List
Leslii Wagner *you are here*

Here's what you can win from Paper Secrets!

You can do any or all of the following to get entered:
1) Be a follower here at Practical Scrappers
2) Be a follower at the Paper Secrets Blog
5) Leave us a comment here telling us which of those you did :)

You have until 11:59 PM CST on Sunday, August 25th to enter.  A winner will be announced early next week!

Thanks for stopping by!  

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

10 Things Eyelets

I know I have been kind of MIA lately, sorry about that.  There is so much end of Summer craziness around here between the kids ready for school, work, showing goats, and last minute trips, sometimes crafting unfortunately is put on the back burner.

This week though, I was asked to do a project for Practical Scrappers using eyelets.  I have used eyelets in the past but it had been a long time and I wanted to do something I had never done before.  

I have been loving altered projects the last few months so I decided to do another.  This week I worked on a recipe box using a premade box and paper from Studio Calico's Sundrifter Collection that I picked up at The Scrapbooking Studio, in Bloomington, IL.

I first cut a strip of paper to fit along the edge of the box and then added a border of silver eyelets.  I then Hodge Podged the paper to the box and followed by covering the rest of the box.

It turned out like this...

This box will soon be used on my kitchen counter.  I hope you are inspired to use eyelets in your next project!  Thanks for looking!


Friday, August 2, 2013

Premade Flowers

The 10 things challenge on Practical Scrappers this week was using premade flowers.  

I made an 8x10 sign for my friend who was married last year and recently moved into a new house.

I started with a blank 8" by 10" canvas and used two different shades of brown ink to distress the edges of both the canvas and the paper I would be attaching to the canvas.  

The paper background is an adorable paper from Studio Calico's Sun Drifter Collection. 

The letters were cut on my Cricut using the Type Candy Font cartridge.

And then, of course is the flower.  I chose a natural canvas flower.  I then frayed the edges a bit and used the chocolate ink to add some brown to the canvas.  The flower was still plain so I used a small premade tule flower and a chocolate brown button to add a little interest to the center.  

I am loving the small block letters that are popular right now so I used them to add the family name and established year to the sign.

I am happy with how it turned out and my friend and her husband really seemed to like it too - that is what mattered most to me!

Thanks for checking out my blog today!


Friday, July 26, 2013

Echo Park's A Perfect Summer

This month I was given a super cute line to work with for The Scrapbooking Studio
 - Bloomington's design team.

I always love what Echo Park puts out but this was definitely my favorite line thus far!

First up are two one page layouts of my girls and our friends swimming...

I incorporated a lot of the different patterns from the line for this layout.  I also used some of the cute chipboard stickers to embellish.

For this one, I used three different patterned papers from the line and cut them into strip for the background.  The frame around the photo was made by weaving all of the little strips from the bottoms of the paper, I loved that I found a way to use those!

This card was made using several stickers from the collection.  I used a small circle punch to cut out different colors of "fruit" to give the tree an extra pop of color.

Next up is my altered project...  I used a 5x7 photo mailer and turned it into a fun Summer home decoration.

Each 5x7 was decorated individually using a letter that I cut on my Cricut, as well as chipboard embellishments, stickers, and some doodling.

On some pages, I also added stitching.

On a couple, I used letter stickers to spell out things my family does in the Summertime to make a border along the top edge.

A few gems were added here and there too.

And all together, it looks like this!

I am very pleased with the way this turned out and I hope you are inspired by it too!

Thanks for looking!


10 things letter stickers

Another Practical Scrapper challenge for me this week was to use letter stickers in a unique way.  I decided to use the negative of the letter stickers because I normally just throw those away.

I fussy cut around the outline of the negative and then placed the stickers onto coordinating cardstock.  I also fussy cut the cardstock around parts of the letters for each word.

The background paper is from Echo Park's A Perfect Summer line that I picked up at The Scrapbooking Studio in Bloomington, IL and the polka dots are done with a small circle punch and clear paint.

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

White, Royal Blue, and Emerald Green

This week on Practical Scrappers, I was asked to do a layout using Royal Blue, Emerald Green, and White.  This is the layout I finally came up with.

The background was done by taking royal blue cardstock then cutting it in graduated strips and attaching them to a white all to a white background.  All of the embellishments are by Studio Calico and I used an emerald green marker as well as some emerald green stones to add some color.

Thank you for taking a look today!


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Red White and Blue Card

Today's assignment at Practical Scrappers was to use red, white, and blue.  Who doesn't love that color combination?  I chose to do a card with some left over supplies I already had from previous projects I had done for The Scrapbooking Studio in Bloomington.

The card was made using a combination of products from BoBunny and Echo Park.  I simply added some white cardstock and combined the products to make a simple card for a friend.

Thanks for stopping by!

Star Wall Hanging

I made this somewhat rustic wall hanging to put on top of my kitchen cabinets.  Practical Scrappers was challenging me to use stars this week and boy did I use a lot of stars!

I started with a 12"x12" canvas.  

The next layer was a piece of paper from American Crafts Mayberry Collection that I picked up at The Scrapbooking Studio in Bloomington.  

I then cut out an 11" star using my Cricut and the Plantin SchoolBook Cartridge set on RolyPoly.  The small stars are also a patterned paper from the Mayberry Collection.  I used both sides of a single sheet and cut out 1 inch stars.  After adhering the small stars to the large stars, I added stitching using a white gel pen.

I finished the project with a "frame", brown sititching, and brads in the corners.

Thank you for looking!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Superhero by Amy Locurto

 As many of you already know, I am a member of The Scrapbooking Studio in Bloomington's design team. This month I was priviledged to get to work with Pebbles' Party Superhero by Amy Locurto.  I love the way these turned out!

First up, is a double layout of my 4 year old's birthday party.  I used oval cutouts from the patterned papers to accent my pictures.  I also cut apart the star garland and scattered the stars around the pages.

Next is a card perfect for just about any little guy.  The characters and stars are stickers, I also added some Stickles to the paper, just for extra little kid fun.

Last but not least is my favorite project from this month, a wall hanging for my little guys' room.  I fussy cut all of the pieces and used a piece of the patterned paper that looks like notebook paper for the background. The pieces were all simply adhered to the paper and then I used Hod Podge to secure it all on a canvas.

I really enjoyed working with this line, I hope you like what I came up with!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Washi Tape Decor

Hello, All!  This week's Practical Scrapper challenge for the 10 Things Team 
was to make something using Washi Tape.

I chose to use Washi Tape to cover a chipboard word.  I took the bare chipboard word "LOVE" and simply lined up the tape to cover it while keeping the pattern.

This is how it turned out after adding a few butterfly embellishments.

I hope you like it!

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Dad Sack Card

This weeks 10 Things post for Practical Scrappers was to incorporate a bag in some way 
on our layout or card.

I had found some mini sacks by The Paper Studio a while back that I knew 
would be perfect for this challenge!

I started with a 5" x 7" card and matted it with navy blue cardstock.  I then used BoBunny's Family Is... line for most of the rest of my card.  The yellow polka dot paper was cut to fit, the other embellishments are all cardstock cutouts from BoBunny that I picked up at The Scrapbooking Studio in Bloomington.  I love the color combinations from this line!

The mini sack is just the right size for a gift card to be slipped in for Dad.

Please leave a comment or follow my blog to let me know what you think!

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, June 6, 2013

June's Card Sketch

Today I am sharing June's card sketch for Practical Scrappers.

The card sketch was made by Practical Scrapper Patty.

I started with a simple 5x7 kraft card.  All of the patterned paper and 
embellishments are from BoBunny's Family Is...  collection.  

Thanks for looking!