Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monogram on Canvas

I just finished this large canvas monogram for our family room.  The canvas is a 12x16.  The striped background is from a Teresa Collins collection and I added the monogram cut from my Cricut (Gypsy Font).  Everything is simply mod-podged on.  I love how it turned out.  We just finished painting our family room walls this rich green color (after gutting the entire room and re-hanging drywall where painted paneling had been).  It's going to look great in our completed room and I can hardly wait!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Wedding Layouts to Love - Part 2

Here are some more layouts from my recently completed my wedding gift to my niece - a custom scrapbook album containing layouts of photos from her wedding.  Completed, it totaled 48 layouts and over 180 photos.  Her photographer, Joe Hang, was amazing and I was privileged to use his fabulous photos for this album.

My photos of the layouts are not so amazing - sorry about that!  I was in a hurry to photograph them (on a very sunny day) before packing it up to take to our vacation in Wisconsin.  My niece and her husband, Jenny and Matt, love their new album, and that makes me super happy. Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing some of these wedding layouts.  Click on a photo to enlarge it.  Enjoy!








The beautiful photos are all taken by Joe Hang from Joe Hang Photography in Wisconsin.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pinterest Pick - Birthday Card


Pinterest is an inspiring place!  So much to love and admire.  So much time to be lost....  I do feel, in order to justify some of that time spent on Pinterest, I have to be very deliberate about going back to my boards and actually using the ideas and inspiration I've pinned.  So,I'm resolving to use my pins and share them here on my blog in my "Pinterest Pick" series.  Each week I'll share a pin I noticed and the inspiration it gave me.

Original pin on left, my version on right.
For today's "Pinterest Pick" I'm sharing a birthday card.  When I saw the original pin (HERE), I was immediately drawn to the color scheme and the simplicity of the birthday candles, so that's what I kept in my own card.  I went through my scraps to find some greys and yellows that would work.  I also found some metallic gold for the candle flames.  The black polka dot is actually washi tape, as is the pattern on the banner underneath "Happy Birthday."  I used my Cricut to cut the scallop rectangle and the Happy Birthday sentiment.  I think this card is a great general birthday card that would be great for a man or woman and it would be easy to change up the color scheme to suit the recipient.  This one is going out tomorrow.  Thanks for the inspiration, Pinterest!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wedding Layouts to Love - Part 1

Background paper: Me and My Big Ideas
I recently completed my wedding gift to my niece - a custom scrapbook album containing layouts of photos from her wedding.  Completed, it totaled 48 layouts and over 180 photos.  Her photographer, Joe Hang, was amazing and I was privileged to use his fabulous photos for this album.

I was able to present the album in person on a family trip to Wisconsin.  Jenny and her husband Matt were so excited to see the album and I was so excited and happy to give it to them.  Jenny only got through a couple of pages when she started crying.

They love it!  And that makes me super happy. Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing some of these wedding layouts.  Click on a photo to enlarge it Enjoy!


gold doilies: Crate Paper; Clear orange overlay: Teresa Collins


Cricut for Title, bird die-cut, and fancy border

Gold dot vellum: We R Memory Keepers

water color effect on edges; 3x4 cards: Project Life

Background dots paper: Echo Park Reflections

Gold Rub-on Border: Jenni Bowlin Studio

Background Paper: We R Memory Keepers (Harvest); Orange Glitter: Teresa Collins; Title cut with Cricut

The beautiful photos are all taken by Joe Hang from Joe Hang Photography in Wisconsin.

Friday, July 11, 2014

.45 Caliber Card


Happy Birthday to my amazing husband!
He is 45 today and I made him this fun, masculine .45 Caliber Birthday Card.

The phrases were cut into the wood grain paper with my Cricut Explore.  The wood grain/gold papers are from DCWV's Gilded Paper Stack and I love how they really pop against the blue cardstock.  I dug (way) into my stash for rub-ons from Karen Foster Designs and mini gold numbers from Creative Memories.  

Friday, June 13, 2014

Favorite Dad Layouts

In honor of Father's Day this weekend, I thought I would share some of my favorite layouts created over the last year or so of my daughter and the world's greatest husband and dad.  I love taking photos of these two together and then creating a layout of their special relationship.  I really wish I had more photos of my dad and me together.  I miss that man more than words can say.  I hope you enjoy these layouts and may your hearts be filled this weekend of precious memories of you and your dads, the dad-like influences in your life, and the perfect and ever-present love of our heavenly dad.





Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Totes




This year we created a tote for each of Hannah's teachers.  We went with an orange theme and I created a cute "Orange you glad it's summer" tag to tie onto each tote.  I just downloaded a cute free orange slice image and placed the words over it for the tag.  Print, cut, attach with orange and yellow ribbon.
I used my Cricut to create the stencil for the bag.  The doily is a background from the Edge to Edge cartridge and I inserted a monogram from the TC Sophisticated font. It cut out in one piece with my Cricut.  I applied just a little non permanent adhesive to help it stay in place while we painted.  I used a sponge dauber and orange fabric paint.  I think they sort of look like suns, which went perfectly with the summer theme.  Inside each tote is an orange beach towel and an orange water bottle.

I also made a card for a thank you message to each teacher.