Beauty all around!

Good morning world.  No craft project with this post…just want to share something beautiful!

This is one of many reasons why Spring is my all time favorite season.  Tulips are not my favorite flower (I prefer roses), but this picture taken on the grounds of the temple just makes me smile.  I think it’s just stunning and wanted to share it all with you.  The majesty of God’s paint palette is incredible don’t you think?

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Home Decor Hop Winners

According to my good friend Randy, the overall winner of this hop is Linda Dale.  She will be receiving a name plaque like I created in my day 1 post.  This girl is SUPER lucky because her name was also chosen in one of the prizes below but, since she already won, I had my daughter pick a new winner.  The other winners are as follows:

Club Scrap Drop Spine Box kit – Congratulations Debbie Craine

Market Street Stamps Music Background StampCongratulations ILuvKatie74

$10 gift certificate to SVG CutsCongratulations Vicki

$20 Michael’s Gift CardCongratulations Bonnie (A Scrap Above)

Dish towels embellished with Vintage Fabrics – Congratulations Kathy (Kat Sews)

Scraps 2 Treasure Flower Assortment –  Congratulations Sherry Brown

Scrappy Scavenger Flower AssortmentCongratulations Trish

Congratulations to all the winners…I approve all comments before they are posted so please leave a comment on this post with your contact information so I can relay it to the sponsors!

Home Decor Hop Day 3

I sincerely hope that you have all enjoyed my first hop.  I am so excited to be able to put some of the ideas I’ve seen into home decor items for my new home.  I know that I have certainly enjoyed seeing what everyone has come up with.  Thank you so much to the amazing ladies who made up this talented line-up.  I appreciate you!

Today’s project is a HUGE leap outside my comfort zone, but something that has weighed heavily on me.  I have tried not to act on the prompting/feeling for some time.  If you haven’t read my story, please click here to do so.  I hesitated to include this project on my blog at all because of the nature of the content, but have felt a spiritual reprimand every time I edit my name out of your comments or freak out about it.  I mean let’s be brutally honest here…IF my ex were to ever find my children and I, the WORST he could do to us is send us home to the Father a little sooner than we had hoped; we are not afraid of being with Him.

Easter seems such a fitting time to “come out of hiding”.  Today we celebrate the resurrection of the Messiah, the Lamb of God.  The worst anyone could do to Him was overcome on this glorious day when the stone was rolled away and the tomb was empty.  With His grace and mercy, I will succeed in overcoming the emotional death my ex-husband has subjected me to.   And, as my Dad said, when I can trust God as much as He trusts me I won’t have to live in fear.  So…for my last project in the Home Decor Blog Hop I’m going to boldly step out in faith, trusting God to continue to keep me safe.  Today I’m taking back some more of my power from he who would seek to keep me held hostage.  Allow me to present my family:

This project was also a lot of work.  One I started on shortly after we moved in and just finished this morning.  I had to cheat because I ran out of vinyl…the part that says “The tie that binds” was added digitally.  As soon as I get some more vinyl though I’ll cut it and add it.  Thank you to my good friend Bonnie from A Scrap Above for suggesting this quote.

I originally saw this project in an ad flyer for the Craft Warehouse.  I knew immediately I had to create it.  I purchased the canvas when Craft Warehouse had it on sale for 50% off.  Ironically, I haven’t seen it on sale like that since.  Now, here’s what you need:

Supplies Needed:
1 18 x 24 stretched canvas
9 4 x 4 stretched canvas blocks
Paint (lots of it…I used some free purple paint from Glidden for the large canvas and red acrylic paint for the blocks)
9 of your favorite photos made into a 4 x 4 print size
Vinyl
Hot Glue
Glue Dots
 

The steps for this are easy but because of the paint needing to dry it takes a long time to put this project together in its entirety.  First you want to paint your 18 x 24 canvas.  I painted using a bristled paint brush…if I were to do this project again I would use a foam brush so I don’t have bristles to pick out of the paint.  Let this dry thoroughly and completely.  Two or three coats maybe needed or more.  I did not prime my canvas or anything I just poured the paint in the middle and painted away.  Next you want to paint your 4 x 4 blocks.  I painted the sides and top but in reality you really only need to paint the sides.  I chose to paint the tops just in case my pictures weren’t totally perfect then there wouldn’t be any “white” of the canvas showing through.  It took about 5 coats of paint to get red and not pink.  YIKES!

Next, using  your glue dots, apply your photos to your blocks.  Don’t worry if they hang over a little bit, it’s not a big deal.  Next you will arrange them on your canvas in a manner pleasing to you.  I did the 3 x 3 grid like shown in the ad from Craft Warehouse.  once you are happy with your placement, pick one up and glue it down using your hot glue gun.  Repeat for remaining 8 blocks.  Cut the words and phrases you desire in vinyl and place as you like.  I left more room at the top of my canvas because I wanted two lines of text on the top.  You may elect to put one line at the top and one at the bottom (or even none at all). I have a hard time with any negative space in anything I create and so I may well add some flowers or something at the ends of family…I dunno yet!

That’s it my friends…my 3rd and final project for the Home Decor Hop.  On this blog you have seen a total of 5 different projects…the clipboards and name plaque, the menu, and now the family canvas.  I hope you have enjoyed them and, if you choose to copy any of the ideas you’ve seen in this hop (mine or someone else’s), I’d love to see pictures!

Before sending you on to the next stop on the hop, I want to share with you the most incredible work of art.  My good friend Mary has suffered a tragic loss of a loved one (please pray for her) and wasn’t able to get her project posted to take part in the hop.  She did however send me a picture of the project she created.  Please take a look at this:

I don’t know about you, but this painting makes my heart yearn to be sitting in a little beach chair right between the palms.  Mary, thank you so much for sending me this picture and for sharing your beautiful work with me.  I pray you are finding a little peace during this very difficult time.  Remember because HE conquered death, so shall we!

Next up on this hop is my very good friend Krista at Krista’s Paper Cafe.  I’ve already peaked at her day 3 project and it will knock your socks off (well it did mine anyway).  Please be sure to check her out!  There’s even a video.  And, in case you have missed any of the projects for any of these three days, here’s the complete line-up.  The bolded links below have posted multiple projects throughout the weekend.  I hope you will take some time to check them out.

Vicki:  http://paperandprims.blogspot.com/

DoBea: http://www.dobeaalberts.blogspot.com/

Martha:  http://pattisscrapingtime.blogspot.com/

Ruthie:  http://septemberninth.blogspot.com/

Erin N: http://www.pagesofpictures.com/

Alina:  http://neverstopscrapping.blogspot.com/

Nicolette: http://www.beyondscrapin.blogspot.com/

Jessica:   http://thecreativestamperspot.blogspot.com/

Bonnie:  http://ascrapabove.blogspot.com/

Linda:  http://www.thefruitofmyhands.blogspot.com/

Leah:  http://www.leahscarddesigns.com/

Jen R: http://www.memorieswithjen.blogspot.com/

Gill:  http://creationsbygillm.blogspot.com/

Lori:     http://swandog-4scraps.blogspot.com/

Tiara:  http://imacraftysista.blogspot.com/

Erin: http://spantastikreations.blogspot.com/

Chris: www.stinkydogdesigns.blogspot.com

Kimmarie:  http://kimmarieskorner.blogspot.com/

Anita: http://www.anitaandbugs.blogspot.com/

Kathy:  http://www.kathy-thebeautifullife.blogspot.com/

Denise:  http://deesdesignsfrommyheart.blogspot.com/

Bonita Rose http://alifeunrehearsed2.blogspot.com/

Angela:  http://creativecraftin.blogspot.com/

Don’t forget to leave a comment on THIS POST telling me what your favorite project was for your chance to win one of the prizes below.

Club Scrap Drop Spine Box kit

Market Street Stamps Music Background Stamp

$10 gift certificate to SVG Cuts

$20 Michael’s Gift Card

Dish towels embellished with Vintage Fabrics

Scraps 2 Treasure Flower Assortment

Scrappy Scavenger Flower Assortment

Happy Easter everyone!  May God’s grace fill your spirits with peace and love!  May His power over death give you hope and courage in allowing you to have power over all that may be in your life to keep you captive.  Prayers and blessings to you all!

Home Decor Hop Day 2

Welcome back.  Don’t you just love it when someone calls you and forgets that you are in a different time zone?  So much for sleeping in I guess.  I hope you are enjoying the hop so far and apologize for any glitches.  Everyone should be up and running now, or removed from the hop except Tiara.  Blogger is giving her and I both a run for our money and I’m now in school for web design so that’s saying a LOT.  For today’s project, I bring you this:

What is it you ask…a beautiful menu board for me to show my kids what’s for dinner for the week (as soon as I get chalk anyway).  This was one of the more complicated projects I’ve done actually.  It required use of some power tools even! I’m very happy with how it turned out and when my tween saw it she exclaimed “OH MY GOSH MOMMY THIS IS SO CUTE!”  Later that night when my sister came over, she suggested I start making and selling this along all the other things I create.

Now…to complete this project or something like it you’re going to need lots of things.  First is a 12-inch x 12-inch x 1 inch board.  I paid $10 for a 6 x 12 board and just had them cut a foot off the end.  When I went back for a remnant piece of wood to make my ghetto bow board, they didn’t have any and so they looked through the available boards they had and found one that was split and not fit for sale them just cut me off a piece of the end and sold it to me for a dollar.  You might be able to do the same thing (have the guy in the guy in the lumber yard find you a piece they can’t sell and cut you a 12 x 12 piece of that) to save costs, but since I needed shelving anyway it wasn’t a big deal.

The rest of the supplies needed are as follows:

Supplies Needed:
1 12 x 12 x 12 board
1 12 x 12 sheet of paper
Mod Podge
Brayer or Scraper
Ink
Chalkboard Paint
1 8 x 8 piece of of chipboard,
12 inch strip of ribbon if desired (to adorn bottom)
Ribbon or Tulle to hang it from
Matching Ribbon for Bow at top
Staple Gun with Staples
Drill with 3/4 drill bit or smaller
Screws
Screwdriver
2 mini clipboards (mine broke and so I had to improvise)
Scrap paper for the clip boards
Sand Paper or block (I used a block)
Days of the week stamps
Stayzon white (or white ink and heat gun to heat set it)
Paint Pen
Metal Files
eCraft with Fundamentals 1 SD Car
Jewelry making findings
Versamark Dazzle Ink
Utee Embossing Powder
Glue Dots
Ruler

PHEW…that’s a lot of things isn’t it?   Except for the board though, I already had everything I needed to make this project.   Ok…now here what’s you do with all that stuff.

1.  San the rough edges of the board till smooth

2.  Mod Podge one side of the board and apply 12 x 12 paper of your choice

3.  Using brayer or scraper (I used a pampered chef scraper) pull it across your paper to keep it smooth (scrape/pull both directions)

4.  Wipe off any extra glue that seeps out along sides

4.  While the board is drying, paint 8 x 8 piece of chipboard with chalkboard paint…2 coats may be needed

5.  If the chipboard piece curls, you can just put a bunch of books on top of it for a while to help it lay flat.  You will staple it down so it doesn’t really matter if there’s a little bend in the board.

6.  Drill two holes at the top for handing.  I chose to put mine near the corners but you might like them closer together in the center, that’s up to you.

7.  Using your stand paper and metal files, sand the holes made from drilling.  You may want to ink the paper around the edges of the holes too.  I did.

8.  Using an eCraft, or other cutter of our choice, cut a fork, knife, and spoon.  Mine in this project were cut from the Fundamentals 1 SD card at 9.

9.  Stamp utensils with Versamark ink , cover with Utee, and then heat set.  You could also use Glossy Accents if you wanted…I couldn’t find mine.

10.  Pierce a small hole in the ends of the utensils after embossing or after Glossy Accents is dry and attach a jewelry ring finding to them so they can be hung from the ribbon/tulle used to hang the entire board.

11.  Take your painted chipboard, stamp the days of the week down the side with white (or whatever other light color) Stayzon Ink or heat set the ink you do use.  I used Studio G’s white inkpad.  Using your paint pen, and a ruler, draw the lines on which you will later write.

12.  Once your ink is heat set and dry, using the staple gun, staple your chipboard piece to the board wherever you want it…mine is more or less centered left to right and near the top part of the board.

13.  Adhere your embellishment ribbon to the bottom (where the beads are on mine) and take a screwdriver and screws and screw them about half way in at each end…this is what you will use to hang the mini clipboards from.

14.  Decorate your clipboards to match your menu board (see yesterday’s post for how to do that).

15.  Now you’re ready to hang your project…take one end of your ribbon or tulle and feed it through the ring on the utensils and then into the hole.  Do the same for the other end your tulle or ribbon.  Draw the ends up and tie in a knot.  I added the blue bow you see at the top of the not but am not totally sure I’ll keep it there.

So…there you have it.  That’s how you do it!  If you make one of your own, I’d love to see it!  I haven’t decided what I’ll use the clipboards on the message board for yet but I’m glad I thought to add them (it was a last-minute idea).

Now…for all the blog candy I mentioned in the first post.  Here’s what I’m going to do….tomorrow I will be back with a third project.  Hopefully we will have Tiara’s post up and running by then too so you can check hers out.  To be eligible to win you will need to comment on tomorrow’s post telling me which of all the projects you enjoyed the best and why.  Everyone who does this will go into a drawing and I will have my children pull for the winners.  Thanks so much for visiting, now head over to Krista’s Place because she has a second project for you too.  Some of the other participants do too so here’s the rest of the line-up.  Please note:  Blogger is giving us trouble and Tiara’s post is missing.  We’re hoping to have that fixed later today!

Angelica:  http://handmadebyangelica.com/

Vicki:  http://paperandprims.blogspot.com/

DoBea: http://www.dobeaalberts.blogspot.com/

Martha:  http://pattisscrapingtime.blogspot.com/

Ruthie:  http://septemberninth.blogspot.com/

Erin N: http://www.pagesofpictures.com/

Alina:  http://neverstopscrapping.blogspot.com/

Nicolette: http://www.beyondscrapin.blogspot.com/

Jessica:   http://thecreativestamperspot.blogspot.com/

Bonnie:  http://ascrapabove.blogspot.com/

Linda:  http://www.thefruitofmyhands.blogspot.com/

Leah:  http://www.leahscarddesigns.com/

Jen R: http://www.memorieswithjen.blogspot.com/

Gill:  http://creationsbygillm.blogspot.com/

Lori:     http://swandog-4scraps.blogspot.com/

Tiara:  http://imacraftysista.blogspot.com/

Erin: http://spantastikreations.blogspot.com/

Chris: www.stinkydogdesigns.blogspot.com

Kimmarie:  http://kimmarieskorner.blogspot.com/

Anita: http://www.anitaandbugs.blogspot.com/

Kathy:  http://www.kathy-thebeautifullife.blogspot.com/

Denise:  http://deesdesignsfrommyheart.blogspot.com/

Bonita Rose http://alifeunrehearsed2.blogspot.com/

Angela:  http://creativecraftin.blogspot.com/

I hope you’ll come back tomorrow to see what else I have in store for you!

Home Decor Hop Day 1

Goooooooooooooood Morrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ning Blogging World!   I know it doesn’t have the “bang” that Robin Williams does when he exclaims Good Morning Vietnam does it…awwww well.  Welcome to the Home Decor Blog hop that I am hosting.  I hope you will enjoy all the amazing projects we’ve worked so hard to bring you.  Many participants have more than one project planned so be sure to check them out each day.  I will have at least three projects for you as well!

This is a hop like none others.  In it you will not find a card or a scrapbook layout.  Instead myself and 20+  favorite blogging friends have put together various home decor projects.  The idea for this hop came from having just moved into my own apartment recently and having lots of bare walls in my apartment.  I needed some ideas and figured it’d be fun to host a hop and so here we are.

Go grab yourself your favorite cuppa and sit down and relax, then pretend you’re a bunny and hop hop hop!  Oh yes, before I forget, many of the hop participants are offering their own personal blog candy prizes and the following “Grand Prize” items will also be given away:

Club Scrap drop spine box kit

Market Street Stamps Music Background Stamp

$10 gift certificate to SVG Cuts

$20 Michael’s Gift Card

Dish towels embellished with Vintage Fabrics

Scraps 2 Treasure Flower Assortment

Scrappy Scavenger Flower Assortment

I KNOW WOW RIGHT!!!!  Huge thanks to our sponsors!  You won’t want to miss Angelica’s project either…she has a necklace she’s giving away worth almost $100. WOO HOO!

Now…for day one this is what I have on deck for you:

Aren’t these little magnets adorable?  I purchased a 3 pack of mini clipboards from Craft Warehouse, added some scrap paper and adhered a magnet to the back.  Because they are magnets AND clipboards, they can hold twice as much important information.  You know things like love notes from my kids, report cards, recipes, shopping lists, etc!  They were so easy to make too…I just Mod Podged the clipboard, applied a piece of scrap paper, cut and sanded to fit exactly, inked and then sealed the edges finishing it up with the magnet on the back!
I have one more package of blank clipboards and can’t wait to make some more!

Next up (since the clipboards are such a simple project), is a name/inspiration hanging I made for my Scred Room.

I purchased a blank wooden plaque from Craft Warehouse that is about 5 or 6 inches square.  I added a piece of paper  (this one happens to be from the Butterfly Blossoms stack by DCWV) and then cut Faith using the font Jokerman and SCAL on my eCraft.  I really love how this turned out.  For my individual blog candy gift, I will be sending a winner a hanging just like this with the word of their choice.
Please be sure to check back tomorrow for another project and details on how to win the fabulous blog candy from our sponsors!

Next up along this hop is my good friend Krista.  Lemme just tell you about her…Krista and I “met” in the first hop I ever participated in and we really just clicked.  Her loving words she posts in comments on my blog and our many conversations outside the blog had earned her a very special place in my heart.  Often I get an email from her or a comment from her on my blog when I’m having a particularly difficult day and I am always amazed at how perfect her timing is.  Though we haven’t known each other long, let alone met in person, she has become someone I cherish…I even gave her her very own “touched my heart” award.  Krista, I am so honored to know you and elated to have you up next.  Please check out Krista’s Paper Cafe to see what she has for you…it’s “egg-straordinary!”

From now through Sunday you can visit any (and all) of the links below for some awesome home decor ideas.  I already know I’m going to scrap-lift several of them myself for my new apartment and hope you will enjoy them too!  In case you get lost along the way, the entire line-up is as below.  Don’t forget many people are featuring more than one project so check back each day.

Vicki:  http://paperandprims.blogspot.com/

DoBea: http://www.dobeaalberts.blogspot.com/

Martha:  http://pattisscrapingtime.blogspot.com/

Ruthie:  http://septemberninth.blogspot.com/

Erin N: http://www.pagesofpictures.com/

Alina:  http://neverstopscrapping.blogspot.com/

Nicolette: http://www.beyondscrapin.blogspot.com/

Jessica:   http://thecreativestamperspot.blogspot.com/

Bonnie:  http://ascrapabove.blogspot.com/

Linda:  http://www.thefruitofmyhands.blogspot.com/

Leah:  http://www.leahscarddesigns.com/

Jen R: http://www.memorieswithjen.blogspot.com/

Gill:  http://creationsbygillm.blogspot.com/

Lori:     http://swandog-4scraps.blogspot.com/

Tiara:  http://imacraftysista.blogspot.com/

Erin: http://spantastikreations.blogspot.com/

Chris: www.stinkydogdesigns.blogspot.com

Kimmarie:  http://kimmarieskorner.blogspot.com/

Anita: http://www.anitaandbugs.blogspot.com/

Kathy:  http://www.kathy-thebeautifullife.blogspot.com/

Denise:  http://deesdesignsfrommyheart.blogspot.com/

Bonita Rose http://alifeunrehearsed2.blogspot.com/

Angela:  http://creativecraftin.blogspot.com/

Easter is my absolute favorite holiday so here’s wishing you a very happy Good Friday, may the Lord’s love and grace abound in you this weekend as people all over the world celebrate His resurrection!

I’m a good kid…promise

I think my relationship with my mother has been challenged since the say I was born.  Maybe before then actually.  We’ve always struggled and now that I am an adult I can choose how much contact I want to have with her finally.  If you knew all the details  you’d probably advocate for cutting her out or off entirely.  She’s real umm…interesting that’s for sure.  The dilemma though is I am a  Godly woman and want to do my best to love her the way He does…exactly where she is at.  This is not always easy because where she’s at is often results in her constant attempts to upset or aggravate me.  Often I’m aggravated after just a few minutes in her company; it’s sad really, but she just doesn’t play nice.  I’m not sure she ever has.  Even my son has asked me “what is wrong with your mother?”  She is though…still my mother.

Mother’s Day is coming and two of her favorite things are tulips and koala bears.  For Christmas we got her some koala granola bars and cereal.  I made her this card for Mother’s Day:

The card base is Core’dinations, as are the tulips and stems.  The koala is cut with a textured stack I got at Wal Mart…I want to say it is Colorbok but I’m not sure.  Pink feet on the koala is from my scraps and I have no clue about the origin.  The tulips were a free SVG file and the koala is from the Cuddly Animals Part II Collection from SVG Cuts.  They have some great stuff…I’ll be back later today or tomorrow with yet another SVG Cuts project.

The honor is all mine

Frequently I hear compliments on what a great job I’m doing with my kids and mostly I just feel lucky to have the kids I do.  I know you know about A Sweetheart…I’ve made cards for her before and blogged about her before too.  Recently I got a letter in the mail from this child’s principal.  She was really worried.  I played on that worry and asking her what she did.  “Why am I getting a letter from your principal?  Do you have something you need to tell me?”  Ha ha ha…finally having let her hang for a few minutes I explained what the letter said.

The principal was congratulating me on my daughter’s academics for the 2nd trimester telling me she made honor roll (again…she does this a lot) and were cordially invited to a special shin dig this morning.  Now my kid makes honor roll a lot…they all do.  That’s not the impressive part.  The impressive part is that she has missed a ton of school with being sick, moving, and a myriad of other things.  Something like 60% attendance or whatever.  So…even though she’s missed all that school she is still so diligent and studios she made the honor roll.  YAY!

A Sweetheart likes horses and pink and lime green.  I came up with this for her using two of the freebie cuts from SVG Cuts!  I ♥ SVG files and SVG Cuts are some of the best!  I have had a bunch of their freebies saved for later use for sometime now.  Be sure to come back and visit later today when I show you another SVG Cuts project!

The card base is 5.5 square and just some random pink paper from my stash.  The square mat is Core’dinations and the shadow on the horse is something in my stash.  This is also my first project with twine.  Bling in the corners of the mat, a nice love note inside and voilà!