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Friday, December 30, 2011

Day 2 ....... Sneak Peek!

Been working in my scraproom all day today trying to get it set back up and let me tell has been a long and tedious process! UGH! We are only about half way through all the boxes but it's coming along nicely! Here is a sneak Peek of my Newly decorated room with some of my treasures! I found this lamp at Hobby Lobby and fell in love with it! I have some really pretty black trim with tiny roses that I plan on gluing around the edge of the shade as soon as I get done unpacking! Also found the pretty little frame at HL.......I still need to find a pic to put in it though! (it still says Hobby Lobby on it! ha ha) Also my wire dress form I hang my handmade charms from swaps on! And then the other little dress form I found at J's I am using for a pin cushion. The tea cup pin cushion was made for me by my friend Kim Wylie aka CoyoteKim.....which I dearly love! And also my beautiful altered box I received from Pamela Osterday in a swap!

And last but not least is my gorgeous letter "T" that Kim Wylie also made for me..........I finally got it hung on my wall! As you can see from the pics I absolutely cherish all the wonderful gifts I receive from my crafty friends and I am so excited to be redecorating my room with all my treasures! Hope you enjoy the sneak peeks.....I will post more tomarrow! Stay tuned!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Day 1 of my Scraproom Renovation

Okay so last night my hubby helped me pack up my entire scraproom and move all the boxes into the living room! We then pushed all my furniture in the scraproom to the center of the room. Now time to begin..............Just finished scrubbing walls and about to patch a few small holes where I had pictures previously hung and then we will begin priming the walls for paint! Woohoo! Will take pics and post this evening! Stay Tuned!

Okay so here is a few pics I took of my hubby painting the walls in my room.......I picked out a beautiful caramel color for the walls, and as you can see it is drying pretty dark......but so far I like it! We finished painting all the walls, doors & trim this evening and now we are literally waiting for the paint to dry! ha ha
Gonna start staging the room in the morning and placing all the furniture so I can begin the long process of unpacking all my boxes and re-setting the room back up! Will post again tomarrow!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My Scraproom .....Time for a Change!

This is what my scraproom looked like for the past couple of years and recently I decided it was time for a remodel and some re-organization, not to mention New decor!! I was getting a little cramped in here and my room was not condusive for scrapping! It definately was not my "Happy place" anymore! Although I am very blessed to have so much...........It has started to look like a craft store threw up in here! ha ha So time for a change! Stay tuned for pics of our progress as we remodel and change things around! I am in the process of packing everything up and emptying out the room this week! I will post pics of our progress as soon as I get everything out of here!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Birdcage tag swap November 2011

I recently hosted a birdcage tag swap on the Cricut Message board and these are the completed tags I received from all the ladies! Thanks so much for making this a fun and enjoyable swap!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Cardinal Christmas Tag

Here is another tag I worked on today for the Holiday Tag swap! This is my Christmas tag! I have been trying to come up with unusual and new ideas b/c our Hostess is having a contest for the Best tags, most creative etc. So I decided to try and make a journaling card with my MS branch punch!  I used  K & Company paper for the background, A Glitz clear distressing stamp for the Calender, the Martha Stewart Branch punch for the nest and the Stampin Up bird punch for the Cardinal. I love this tag, it's one of my favorites so far and was super easy to make! I'm still debating if I should add the word "Christmas or Holidays down the right side of the tag".......Hope you like it!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Holiday Tags Swap

I recently joined the Holiday Tags swap on the CMB that Barb (CricutCrazy) is hostessing and we are to make 4 Holiday Angel, a Christmas tag, a Snowman & a New Years tag. My partner for this swap is Diane (Doodles) so I hope she likes her tags when she receives them.  

This is my Angel tag.  The background paper is a sheet of metallic snowflake CS I found at Michaels. I used the Angel Anya stamp from the Greeting Farm to stamp my image and then colored her with Copics & SU markers, used stickles for her angel wings and then cut the oval, the scalloped oval & label at the bottom of the tag with my nestabilities dies. And to finish it off I just added a little bling on her bow and the label, and then two snowflakes I punched from metallic white CS with my MS punches. The little saying at the bottom reads: Whenever a snowman melts away, a snow Angel is added to Heaven that day" cute is that?

For my second tag I haven't decided if it is going to be for the Christmas tag or the New Years tag yet. I made this entire tag from the My Minds Eye Lost & Found Christmas paper stack. I love this paper with all the bright red glitter, and Vintage tones! I adhered the background paper to the tag, used the opposite side with the Christmas trees to make the Rosette, punched the Christmas tree out with my one inch circle punch and adhered to the Rosette and then I used red stickles to put berries on the tree. The 2011 little banner I made myself......I stamped the year and then went over it with red stickles once again. And then I added one of the Large Labels from the stack to the top of the tag. The picture below is a photo of  the back of this tag. 

For this side of the tag I didn't have a coordinating paper for the base of the tag that wasn't glittered so I cut a piece of paper from the Lost & Found "Union Square" collection that I have which tied in nicely. Added a Pocket with a leftover scrap of the Christmas paper I had used on the front of the tag, Cut another strip from scrap and made the little ribbon embellishment & then added one of the round tags over that to embellish the pocket. This stack came with one of the coolest little journaling labels that says "Remember these moments" and has a spot for a picture and I took the label and added it inside the pocket for Doodles to use when she receives this tag. Thanks for looking & Don't forget to leave me a comment! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Name Banner Swap

Once again I joined a swap on the CMB, and this time we were to use the Tim Holtz sewing room die and create a name banner for our partner! My partner for this swap was Melody! I used some vintage paper I had in my stash to cover the dress forms and then inked it, added trim, buttons & pearls.The Cameos & Fleur de lis are actually buttons I bought at Michael's and I cut the shanks off! The letters of her name I cut with my Sizzix dies. And to hang the banner I purchased a pkg of nylon washers at Home depot, threaded the ribbon through the holes and then glued it down with Fabri-Tac. Easy Peasy!  Thanks for Looking!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Bottlecap Swap

I recently hosted a Bottlecap Swap on the CMB and I had a great group of Ladies sign up to participate!
Here is the video of all the finished Bottlecaps & tags I received! 
Thank You Ladies for making this
a fun and Enjoyable swap!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Halloween Layout

I have been so busy doing swaps on the CMB that I haven't taken any time lately to work on scrapbook layouts....... so I decided to dust off my Expression and get busy!I cut the witches Couldron, the frog, the witch hat and the spider web from the Mini Monsters cart. The paper is from the Recollections Halloween stack. 
The part of the title that says "ghouls Just want to have" is also Recollections 3D stickers, And I cut the word "FUN" and the tags with my Sizzix dies! The spider webbing on the sides of the photo mat is a MS deep edge punch! 

I also used some black stickles, a sticker, a sparkly spider, brads etc.....that I had in my stash!

So anyway, the whole idea in my mind for this layout was that while doing a spell & stirring her potion in the couldron...the witch accidentally turned herself into a frog! LOL!

Hope you like it! And as always Thanks for stopping by and looking at my projects!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Tim Holtz birdcage!

Embossed metal challenge 
My Friend Kim and I are doing a swap through Christmas and we picked items that were either new techniques or a challenge to us. This project incorporates embossed metal. Kim made me this gorgeous altered canvas with embossed metal, a Dress Form and Birdcage. I fell in love with it immediately when I saw it and it sparked something in my imagination to create something for her using the same exact materials she had used. If you would like to see more details about her canvas then please visit her blog:

Now onto my project for this challenge! I recently purchased the TH Easel die and have been dying to use it so I decided to cut a piece of Matboard 5"x7" and create this Easel card for Kim!  I covered the matboard with paper from the Mariposa stack and then distressed the edges with a heavy grit emery board and brown ink.

 I also used the TH birdcage die and the TH alterations dress form die for the stand! The birdcage and stand were cut from a copper colored metal sheet and embossed with the TH patchwork embossing folder and then backed with chipboard to give it some stability. 

The Bird itself was cut From the TH Birdcage die with gold colored metal and then heated over a flame to get the cool color changing effect! The pumpkin was handmade by me.....I drew & embossed the pumpkin onto the back of a scrap of gold colored metal with my stylus , then hand cut it out with a pair of scissors and once again held it over a flame for the color changing effect. I then added a small copper leaf and curled a green piece of wire to give the pumpkin some personality!

The flowers and pearl flourishes are Prima. The orange colored gems I used for the birds eye and on the birdcage are recollections from Michael's dollar bin. And the little crown on the birds head was a metal charm I altered with a Dremel tool; I cut the loop off the top and also cut the bottom part of the crown off and then polished it.

I cut the Easel with the TH easel die from matboard and then adhered it to the back of the card with a few strips of red tape.

I hope you enjoy my project today and thanks for looking!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Thank You!

I would like to Thank everyone who joined us for our First "Dressed to Nines" Blog Hop! I really appreciate all the support and wonderful comments! And now ......drum roll please......Congratulations Sandy S you are the winner of my Blog Candy! Woohoo! I will email you for your addy so I can get your goodies in the mail ASAP!
Thanks Again to all who stopped by and participated in the blog hop! 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

“Dressed to the Nines” Blog Hop!

Hello! And welcome to the "Dressed to the Nines" Blog Hop!  
Thank you for hopping along with us today! This is our first blog hop for the Dress Form tag swap that Jana hosts on the CMB! We are all very excited to show off our creations!  And as a "Thank you" for stopping by I am offering a little blog Candy:

One Lucky person will receive this Halloween Dress Form tag kit which includes:  Three large tags,  Three pieces of  halloween patterned cardstock to cover your tags, Three Dress forms cut from heavy duty black mat board, Three dresses (One Orange & two Purple) and a pkg of  cute little Halloween Spiders with Witch hats & google eyes to decorate your tags. The rest is up to you! We hope to inspire you along the way to try your hand at making these dress form tags. Along with this kit I will also be sending you one of my COMPLETED Halloween Dress Form tags pictured below.

How to enter for the blog candy: 
-You must become a follower of this blog. 
-You must leave me a comment Below 

-Please remember to leave me an email address to contact you!
I will randomly pick a winner on Monday! 
Good Luck !

List of participants in case you get lost along the way:

  1. Simply My Crafts
  2. Lil Red’s Craftin’hood
  3. Planlady19
  4. The Kraft Lab
  5. Just Jean’s
  6. Cindy32 – Guest blogging at Simply My Crafts
  7. Paper Scraps N More <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<,You are Here
  8. Addicted2Paper <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<Your Next Stop
  9. Scrappin Diva
  10. Scrapping Under the Influence 

 I signed up for the Dress Form Tag Swap over on the Cricut Message Board and my groups this month were "Television Show/Movie/Famous Person (real, animated, etc" , "Designers Choice" & "Halloween"

So my first tag is for the "famous person" category and I decided to go with "Laverne" from Laverne & Shirley and when I was researching her I came across an old episode of Happy Days where Laverne was wearing a Poodle skirt and dancing with Fonzie at the Diner. So this is my interpretation. For this tag I used the Tim Holtz sewing room die and an SVG file I found on the internet for the Poodle Skirt dress.

For my second tag...the "designers Choice" category I decided since all girls "Love to Shop!" I would make what I call my "Girls Just wanna have Fun!" tag. ha ha I found this awesome Glitter paper at Michaels in the black and the White w/black polka dots and I used the Sizzix Dress Form die on this one. This die comes with the little shoe and the smaller pkg.....but I happened to have another Sizzix die with similar pkgs I used to make the bigger box and I combined them to come up with this. For the white on the smaller box I used my Martha Stewart glitter.  The background paper I used on the tag is also Glittered and from the lost and Found this whole tag is very sparkly! And I am now covered from head to toe in Glitter! LOL!

For my Third Group, the "Halloween" category I decided to do a witch. For this one I once again used my Sizzix dress form die. The dress is made with my favorite black glitter paper and believe it or not the clear overlay for the skirt with the white spider webbing is from a pkg of MS treat bags I had leftover from last year. The belt is is orange glitter ribbon & the neckline I glittered myself with Course MS orange glitter to match. I hand cut the hat myself. Stamped the spider web on the corner of the tag and then applied stickles. The spider is from EK Success. SOOOOO SPOOKY! I love the way this one turned out! ha ha  

I hope all the ladies in my groups for this swap like all of my dress form tags when they receive them. If you are visiting my site and have never tried your hand at making these dress form tags, let me tell you they are a lot of fun. Give it a try.....they are super easy to make. Happy Crafting! 

I hope you enjoy this hop and we are sure to have another one planned in the near future. 
Please stop by all the blogs and leave comments.
If you would like to see more....I have posted the video Below from our FIRST Dress Form Tag swap.
Good luck to everyone and enjoy the rest of your weekend! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Dress Form Tag Swap

These are the tags from the FIRST Tim Holtz Dress Form Tag Swap that I participated in over on the Cricut Message Board. We used dress form cuts from the Alterations Sewing Room Die from Tim Holtz. Lots of beautiful tags! Thanks Jana for hostessing this one and for uploading this awesome video of all of our tags!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Attic treasures chunky charm

This is a chunky charm I made with the Attic treasure's theme for a friend of mine. I used a large TH swivel clasp in antiqued brass, and all the charms are also antiqued brass. The idea was to use charms that represent items you might find in your grandparent's attic. I started off with a beautiful vintage looking pendant I hung from the bottom of the charm and then added a cuckoo clock, vintage key, pocketwatch, camera, old fashioned chair & fan......and also some beautiful brown, cream, copper & green beads. I Love how this one turned out and I hope CoyoteKim is going to Love it as well. I made it super chunky b/c thats the way Kim likes her charms. Now I'm off to make a vintage tag for this charm. Hope you like it! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Timepiece Shadowbox Frame

I wanted to make a nice shadowbox frame & layout to remember my Dad who passed away from Cancer in 1988. My dad loved to restore old cars and he had 1930 Model A that was his pride and joy and I thought it would be awesome to make a vintage layout I could put his picture in..... so I created this layout using the Bo Bunny Timepiece collection papers, the Tim Holtz weathered clock die, misc TH findings & gears  and a pkg of Jolees 3d pocket watches.  I really like the old fashioned feel of this layout. Now the problem.....I can NOT locate the picture I have of my DAD standing in front of his Model A. So I may end up putting the pic of his car in the designated spot and then putting a smaller pic of him......Not sure yet how I am going to finish this project yet until I am done sorting through all the photos I have but I wanted to go ahead and show you all what I have been working on.  Thanks for looking.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Altered Shadow Box Frame

I found this weathered white washed  Shadow Box Frame at Hobby Lobby in the seasonal Isle.
The minute I saw this I knew I wanted to alter it for my Sister in law Dianna and give it to her for her B'day so she could hang it in her pink scrapbook room! I used the Lost & Found paper by My minds Eye ........
I love the bird and the glittered birdcage on this paper. I also used Prima Flowers & some bling of course!
I love the way this paper matches perfectly with this frame. The sentiment reads "Spread Your Wings & Fly"
As you can see I left a space on the top right for Dianna to place a picture if she wants.
Thanks for Looking!
Happy Birthday Di....Love you!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Altered Cigar Box

I recently stopped in a local smoke shop to inquire about purchasing a few empty boxes......and they gave me a trunk full of these awesome little wooden cigar boxes for free.  So I decided to alter this one for myself with the Graphic 45 Le Cirque paper line. I used round wooden balls for the feet....cut the little banner on the top with my Cricut, handmade the rosette and adhered all of it to the box with decoupage of course! The little "Admit One" tickets were another freebie find of mine and I have a whole spool of these tickets, so glad I was able to finally use them on something and they go perfectly with this paper. So anyway, I painted the inside of the box with black acrylic paint and then lined the inside bottom of the box with black felt. I plan to put this box on my shelf in my scraproom to hold all my little keepsakes and goodies that my MB friends send to me.
Hope you like it as much as I do! Thanks for looking!

Altered Wooden thread spool holder

I found this wooden thread spool holder over at Goodwill yesterday for 99 cents believe it or not.....and it was just plain unfinished wood, so immediately my wheels started turning on how I could alter it and what I could use this for in my scraproom. So I purchased this little beauty and brought it home and got started altering it. I started off by completely painting it with black acrylic paint, then I decided to use my all time Favorite paper from Graphic 45. This is one of the Sheets of paper from the Le Cirque collection. I adhered the paper with decoupage, sanded the edges and then applied a nice thin coat of decoupage all over to give it a nice finish.  I really didn't want to add too much decoration so I just added pearl flourishes at the top, and then took brown ink and aged the paper to look old. Now that it's finished I plan on going to Michael's and purchasing a bag of unfinished spools and then I want to wrap my cross stitch floss on the spools and store them on this rack. I have tons of floss from when I used to do cross stitch which I now use on buttons and such in my card making and scrapbooking. Because as we all know I am no Suzy homemaker and I don't sew enough to even own this many spools of thread! LOL!!! So anyway, This was my GREAT find for the week and I am super happy with the way it turned out! I think it's going to make an awesome addition to my scraproom! Thanks for looking!

July Summer at the Beach charm swap

I Love making these charms so of course I had to sign up for another charm swap over on the CMB! This month the theme was summer at the BEACH! So instead of going with the normal Blue & Tan that everyone associates with beach theme.....I decided to go with various colors of CORAL! I love how they turned out.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Altered Canvas

This is an 8x8 canvas that I picked up at Michael's and altered for my friend Liz!  I used DCWV Tattered Time paper line and a few misc items from my stash. The birdcage was made with the Tim Holtz birdcage die and then I painted it with a hammered copper spray paint I purchased at Walmart. I also used the TH metal corners and idea-ology metal frame, key and lock. I know Liz likes Butterflies so that is where the inspiration came from for this piece......rather than use the saying "Captured in Time" and place a bird in the cage, I decided to use the clock and Butterfly. Liz loved this canvas when she received it and I had a great time making it .

Here is the Beautiful 12x12 Canvas I received from LIZ in the swap. She used my favorite Graphic 45 paper line and lots of Tim Holtz goodies. I love it! Thanks so much LIZ! Isn't it funny that we both used the TH birdcage but in different ways? Can't wait to hang this in my scraproom!