B 4 blessings.....my 4 boyssss

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Give Thanks

 Hola friends....Among the busy hours of the weekend I had a little bit of time to create something I've been wanting to do for awhile....My first reverse canvas altered art piece.
 I wanted this to be somewhat monochromatic in nature....I love the fall colors and am so please with the outcome of this piece.  The papers are from BoBunny....just luv them!  I used my cricut and my Mothers Day bouquet cart to make the flowers...except the middle one which is from Prima....I used A Child's Year for the leaves....cut in gold and then inked with green and brown.  I had to have the Inspired Heart cart when I saw all the luvly fonts...that is where I got the Give Thanks.
 Tim Holtz's pieces accent the edge of the  frame....a swivel hook, key and keyhole....you can see a bit of the Prima bling as well....
 One of Tim's pins make the body of my butterfly cut from Sentimentals....ink, stickles and adhesive pearls finish him off.
 I also used adhesive pearls to accent the letters....
Love the way the flowers turned out.....some fiber and feathers help to finish the piece off....I plan on making a companion piece to go with this one....I feel a Ustream class coming on~

Thanx for stopping by today.....

Happy Scrappin,

Saturday, September 24, 2011

KISS n Crop November Event

Kiss n Crop is a huge event in Joplin, Mo.  There will be hundreds of scrappers, lots of vendors and and array of classes and instructors during this scrappy weekend event November11, 12 and 13th.  I am proud and excited to be teaching the project classes pictured above.....the 1st altered book class is already full and I hear we are going to schedule a second....I am so blessed and excited to be a part of this wonderful weekend of scrapping goodness! Follow the Kiss n Crop link to view schedule of events.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Advent Calendar from Printer Tray

 Hello all....I have the great opportunity to submit some things for a big crop in Joplin in November.  There will be over 300 people at the crop with several classes offered.  One of the items I am submitting is this advent calendar made with a printer tray.  I've used Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium papers...what fun they are to work with!
the back of the calendar
 I cut the naugty or nice list from the paper and added a pen nub from Tim Holts over a Martha Stewart punched snowflake.
 I used another MS punch to created the wreath...there was already one on the image and I just wanted to add deminsion to it.
 The scallop circle is yet another MS punch and the numbers are cut from Winter Wonderland at 1 inch.
 The edges of the box are trimmed with paper cut at 3/4"...then I added tissue tape from Tim to all the edges of the tray and each box. I've also inked the edges of each box.
 There are so many beautiful tags and images in this stack that the possiblities for embellishing are endless.  Just added a few punches, bling and stickles.
 I used my punches throughout the box to add interest.
 This is the inside of one of the boxes....I used the opposite side of the cardstock I used to make the lid to cover the bottom of each box...on this one I added some stickles and bling.
 Other images cut from the papers accent the interior of several of my boxes.
 There were not 25 boxes so I improvised and divided the two large boxes into 3 by making 'lids' for my own compartments.
The image of santa is just to die for...luv this paper....Each box can hold a special 'treat' for the opener as you count down the days til Christmas with you family....I plan on adding some 'christmas past' family photos to some of my boxes as well...the box will be beautiful to look at all month long.....
The pulls are made by hot glueing a ribbon loop unter the number of each box...this is strong and study enough to stand up to the gentle pull needed to open each box.
I saw the paper cutting pattern for the majority of my boxes on this video by Laura....Following the Paper Trail....the rest of the design was my own...tho I am sure someone somewhere has done it too.....The triple compartments are made by measuring the interior of the box...divided into three...when I cut the paper I backed off the shorter measurement on one side by 1/16 of an inch to give some room...then I just assembled a 'lid' just like the ones I've made for my explosion boxes.

Hope you enjoyed my calendar...wish me luck on the class submission!   and oh....Merry Christmas....LOL


Friday, September 9, 2011

Wish...birthday photobox/card

 Still on my explosion box kick...this one is for a co worker who is celebrating a birthday...I love the pink and black together...one of my fave combos...this stack has been in my stash forever....i've inked, laced added tags, ribbon and a few charms...as well as some prima flowers...
 Wish is on a piece of wire and is anchored by a flower from Mothers Day Bouquet....
 the top of the box is accented with some fun trim and one of my 'tutu cute' blooms made from wired ribbon as well as a bit of glittered flourish...
one of the butterflies from Hannah Montana sits sweetly upon the flower...accented with pearls and stickles...

hope you enjoyed my project for today....


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

You Have My Heart On A String

 Ah yes, my sweet son does surly have my heart on a string.  Mcauley is turning 16 tomorrow and I just had to do a layout of him as a baby...therepy I guess...the years have gone too swiftly.  I am so very proud of my dear son...he is the best son a mother could ask for and I am so very proud and blessed to call him mine.
I've used Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby paper stash for this layout.
 My hearts are cut from Sweethearts...love the punched scallop edge...I've added stitching and some lace to some of the hearts...part of the title is computer generated, cut apart, and inked.  I've added some additional stitching randomly to the circle frame.  I cut my circle with Plantin Schoolbook....@ 9 1/2 inches with the center point on and then @ 9 1/4 inch with the center point on...this makes it easy to cut the narrow circle frames for you layouts.  I' ve also used the center point to cut my squares from the middle of my papers.
 Sentimental frames accent the grunge letters that spell out my and heart...I've added picket fence crackle paint to the the title.   I've also added deminsional paint to the frames to give them some depth.
 The butterflies are from Sentimentals...inked and pearl accents added....all of my flowers are from Mothers Day Bouquet and the leaves are from A Child's Year...I've poked a hole in the corner of the photo and the photo mat and added a little charm held by a piece of string....
 I've used string to 'write' string....just ran the string through some glue....spelled the word, let it dry...and viola....a string font all of my own....I've also added a little heart charm to the g.
 Martha Stewart edge punch on the sides of the paper strip.....
lots of lace and the same Martha Stewart punch in the corner variety...

hope you enjoyed my little project...have a great day....thanx for stopping by!


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Anchored In LOVE....Explosion Photo Box/Card

 I had so much fun making the explosion box for sis I decided to make one for my sweet son.  Mcauley is turning 16 on Thursday...is that even possible?
 So anyway...in case anyone has never made one of these I wanted to let you know some measurements as I tried to keep these as simple as possible....My papers are  2@ 12x12  1@ 9x9 and  2@ 6x6....numbers easily divided for scoring....the 12x12 page has two papers put together with adhesive, wanted the outside as sturdy as possible...score the 12x12 @ 4 inches rotating the paper each time to get a tic tac toe pattern....the 9x9 @ 3 inches and the 6x6 @ two inches....cut the corner square from each piece of paper to make a cross....cut one of the 12x12's and then glue it to the other....use it as a pattern to cut the second piece.  I like to round my corners....my boxes are glued together at the center square at an angle...I like this much butter than stacked evenly...but you can do it either way...I use my xtra squares that I cut off the embellish the inside of my boxes.....the other 6x6 is now scored from the outside @ 3/4 of an inch...cut one side on each corner to fold in to make the lid.
The rest is the fun part....just embellish the way you would like to.....I have added sand to the top of my box and written my son's name in it...the blue stickles are spread across the  opposite corner...pushed up near the 'shore' to simulate waves....my message in a bottles says....'how do i love thee...let me count the waves.

My son dreams of becoming a marine biologist....so my Life's A Beach cricut cart was perfect for this project.

The center cuts are attached with wire and my glue gun....so much fun!
The interior of the lid holds my card and my bday message to my son.
So that's about it....please click on the link below to watch my youtube video for additional views...hope you like my project...can't wait to give it to him....so happy you stopped by today...enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!

happy scrappin,

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Inspired From Within....Explosion Box Card

 Happy Saturday everyone!  Today I would like to share an explosion box card I made for my sis.  She has been in the hospital and is not feeling well....so I hope this brightens her day a bit.
 The top of the box has one of my tutu cute blooms (tutorial @ Stuck on U Sketches, March 2011).  I added some fiber and a little tag that says "inspired from within".  The tag is computer generated, inked and curled.
 side view
 My sentiment is inside the lid....it says..."Happiness...it's an inside job!" and then a short note to my sis...the tag is computer generated, inked and curled...I added a stamp and accented with stickles.  The flowers are from prima and the die is the Sizzix clock die....I also glimmer misted the inside of the lid.
 This pic is a bit bright....the colors are really very rich.  The papers are from DCWV Once Upon A Time stack.
 another view
Hope and enjoy are cut from Wall Decor and More.
 Believe/Wall Decor and More....Faith/Home Accents
 Laugh/A Child's Year...Love/Wall Decor and More
 Forever/Home Decor....&/Heritage...all of my corner accents are from Heritage as well.
 Butterflies are all from Sentimentals.
 My tags are inked, stamped, stickled and accented with adhesive pearls.  The stamp reflects the sentiment on the flap behind it.
The reverse of the tag has a bible verse that reflects the message of each word...believe, joy, faith and love and laugh.

Hope you enjoyed my little project...have a scrappy day!