Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Smash Time

Here are a couple of pages for my "Things I Love" Smash*book.  If you look in my pantry you will ALWAYS find supplies to make s'mores.  We have a wonderful fire pit that we use to make this delicious delicacy .  My fabulous husband will build me a fire just so I can make myself a s'more. Yes, I know you can make them in the microwave or on the stove top.  But I love roasting them over the open fire!  
I am a 70's girl.  
In this page I had fun smashing all the things 
that were part of my childhood. 

Thanks for taking a look at my smash pages.
Have a blessed day!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

2014 Smash*book

 At the crop I began my 2014 Smash*book.  I am using the 365 Portfolio.  I used the Simple Stories papers for the front of my album.   
Here is my resolution page.  
You won't find any promises of weight loss or exercising. 
Who are we kidding, by the time you are reading this we have all slacked on those resolutions.
I resolve to grow closer to Christ every day, and with the help of His Holy Spirit to “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness” (1 Timothy 6:11).
Less of Me and More of HIM! 
 I made this snow page using modeling paste and a new pen that I found at the crop.  It is called the snow marker. It goes on your paper like a wet white marker.  But then you use a heat gun and it puffs up to look like snow!  It is so cool.  It reminds me of an 8th grade science experiment.  
Can you see the puffy snow?
Remember you can look at all my Smashbook pages under the tab at the top of my blog.

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a blessed day!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Craft Room Organization

 My desk has been bugging me for awhile now.  I use this desk for painting and smashing.  But as you can see I don't have a lot of room to do either. 

Let me introduce you to the solution.  It is called the Raskog, from IKEA.  I was going to use it for my smash stuff, but I decided to make it my art cart.  I can fit all my paints, markers, brushes... in this lovely cart!

I was able to clean off all my supplies and I have easy access to it all!

Now I have a large work space and I can spread out as much as I want.  I don't have to worry about knocking things over and making more of a mess.  I am glad I made the investment of this pretty little cart.

In celebration of my new work area, I created a winter canvas.  Our little part of Virginia is covered in snow.  So I though I would create a street scene.

Thanks for stopping by 
have a blessed day.  

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Finish 2013 Smash*book

 I have finished my 2013 Smash*book!  It is my first completed book.  Yes, it is very chunky and I love it!   

I really liked working in the Smash format.  I didn't have to "plan" my pages and have to have just the right stuff to complete a page.  I am using up all my old papers and stickers.  Not to say that I don't go out and buy new cute papers, but it is not happening as much.

I found these pictures from our trip to CO this past summer and had to add them to our book.  I loved going to the game with my son and his now wife!  It was fun to see them embrace their new hometown and root for the Rockies.  But I am happy the Cubbies pulled out a WIN!  

 I made a pocket for the map and brochures from our trip to Dolly Wood.  I also put journaling on the back of a picture and made a washi tab so you can easily pull it out and read it.

On our Thanksgiving page I wrapped a chipboard frame with washi tape and made a pocket for all the leaves we wrote on during the month.  I used up a lot old stickers on this page.
 Old rub-ons and fussy cuts from some paper made these pages come together nicely.  
 These pages have a ton of journaling about all the games we played at Christmas.  Do you see the flair (buttons)?  Those are from JC Penny's promotion last year.  I took the pins off the back and they make great embelishments.
My last one for the year was our Christmas celebration.  We celebrate on Christmas Eve, with church and present time.  It was so nice to have the kids home at Christmas.  As they get older and we don't see them as much, moments like this are very special! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


This past weekend I went on scrapbook retreat.  I met up with the girls in Annapolis, MD.  The name of the group is CROPMANIA  They hold crops throughout the year in Maryland.  
Here is my area after setting up my stuff.  Notice how nice and neat it is.  

Then in a few hours the room looks like THIS!

 We made a cute valentine title at a make and take.

Then we discovered these pens called Winks of Stella by ZIG.  They add a clear glitter, that drys almost instantly.  It added a great shine to the title.
Good thing there are vendors at these events.  So you can pick up some supplies!  I used the Wink to add shimmer to a bunch of my pages.

Here we are at the end of the weekend.  We look a bit worn out.  But we had fun eating, chatting, dancing, and getting a bit of scrapping done.  

I will post my pages tomorrow.  Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

January Challenges

My layout is featured on the Life in Detail Blog.  You still have a chance to play along with the BLING challenge.  All you have to do is create a smashbook or Project Life card and then submit it on the blog.

I am heading out this weekend to spend a few days scrapping with these lovely ladies!

Colorful Creation is up and running.  You can play along with this sketch challenge until the end of the month.  The prize is a cute pack of papers.  So come and follow along at Colorful Creations.

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a blessed day!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Washi Tape Snowman

 Today I created a cute canvas for my front hall shelf.  This is my version of the washi tape snowman. (Originally created by Christy Tomlinson.)  I used a 6x12 canvas and a variety of  tapes.  When I make a canvas I use just plain, cheap acrylic paints from AC Moore or Michaels.  I drip the paint around the canvas and smear it around the canvas.  I do use a latex type glove to move the paint.  Then I use a heat gun to dry it.  I use Gesso and a sponge/bubble wrap to add texture (snow) to the canvas.

Then I picked out a nice selection of tapes
to use for my snowman.  I taped them down on the canvas like I was stacking packages or blocks.  I put a good coat of Modge Podge over the tape to make sure they stick down.

Next I took my favorite Faber Castell Big Brush markers and colored/shaded around each of the boxes.  You can use paint for this step too.  

Finally I added stamps, rub-ons, and doodled all over the canvas.  I added some more white sponging around to make it look like it is snowing on the canvas. Don't forget to give your snowman some arms and a cute face.  

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Thrifty Decorations

 After hitting the Dollar Store after Christmas sales, I was ready to make some quick winter decorations for around the house.

I used some foam core that I had left over from a past project.  (You could also use cardboard.)  I traced a very rough shape of a heart and then I cut it out with my razor blade.  I made the width of the heart about 2 inches wide.

 I then began to wrap my red garland around the heart shape.  After I was done I could see the white through the garland.  So I ripped up some red fabric and wrapped the heart with it.  Then I re-wrapped the wreath.
It turned out real cute.  My hanger was brown and I didn't like the look of that, so I wrapped that in red fabric too.
 Next up is my fireplace.  As you can see it is HUGE.  I always have a wreath hanging on it to break up all that rock.
 Instead of leaving my Christmas wreath up for the winter, I decided to make a wintery wreath.  Again I used a vine wreath that I had in my closet.  Then I tied on some snowflakes from the Dollar Store.  I made the bow with the same ribbon I used for our presents this year.  I just love the bright red and white colors.  
So there you have it, two wreaths for under five dollars. 
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a blessed day.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Colorful Creations DT Call (UPDATE 1/7/14)

Colorful Creations has moved into a blog format and is looking for some creative scrappers to be on their design team.  You have until January 11th to apply, good luck.

The details are:
Our challenges will consist of the following themes:

Inspired By
Plus Challenge

These would vary month to month, each month there will be 2 themes. 

Your term would run Jan 15- July 15. 
What is expected of our Design Team? 
  • Complete 2 projects a month (you will be given challenges at least a month in advance). 
  • Comment WEEKLY on participants entries (this is a MUST, any DT member found not to be doing this will be IMMEDIATELY removed from the team)
  • Commit to a 6 month term (Beginning January 15 through July 15)
  • Keep an active blog that is updated frequently 
  • Post our challenge and your project on your blog on reveal day and link back to the CC Blog.
If you are interested and would like to be considered for a position then go here  to check out how to apply.
Since sharing this DT opportunity I have completed my entry to the DT call.  We had to use the following sketch:

 I used a mix of Simple Stories and Echo Park papers.

  I was also working on a craft project using burlap, so I added a piece of scrap to add texture to the page.  And yes, I even used the twine/thread from the burlap to wrap around the photo. You know me I don't like to waste a thing!

I enjoy using sketches.  They give you a great jumping off point for you pages. 

 If you like working with sketches, word inspirations and other creative challenges, stop by 
Colorful Creations new blog.  They will have challenges on the 1st and 15th of every month.  The challenges will run for the entire month with a random winner selected at the end of each month.  In order to qualify for the prize you will have to participate in at BOTH of the challenges.

So come and join in the fun!
Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!