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Monday, December 22, 2014

family Christmas

Just a quick layout to share today, with a few photos from last year's Christmas celebration with the family.  I was still using up my scraps from older Bella Blvd collections, and I loved the non-traditional colors I was able to pull together here.  I layered up some larger pieces, then ran some border strips across with some washi tape trim.  I was able to use lots of the coordinating sticker embellishments as well, and I left it at that.

papers, washi tape, stickers by Bella Blvd; brads by Carta Bella, alpha stickers by Doodlebug Design; cardstock by The Paper Studio; artisan shape cut with Cuttlebug (Stampin’ UP! labels framelits)

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Friday, December 19, 2014

photo Friday - painted wood Christmas decor

Happy Friday! :)

If you are still looking for a quick, easy, inexpensive and last-minute gift for someone, I have a fun project for you today!  I'm becoming quite addicted to making painted wood decor, using my Silhouette Cameo and adhesive vinyl.  It all started when I saw some cute blocks at Michaels and realized I could make my own!  ;)  They came out so well, that I knew I wanted to make some using Christmas sayings and designs from the Silhouette Store.

I started by lightly sanding any rough spots on my wood pieces, then getting a base coat of white acrylic craft paint on.  I went over each one three times, so it had good coverage.  Then I got each of the designs I wanted to use pulled up in the Silhouette software, sized to my needs, then cut out of vinyl.  Normally when you weed your vinyl, you take away everything except your lettering or design, since that is what you want on your project.  Since I wanted to actually paint the lettering, I weeded that part of the vinyl, and then transferred to my wood pieces.  

I used washi tape to mask off words or details, and paint in various colors.  For this cute subway art piece, I kept it all one color, a nice bright, Christmas red.

After peeling up the vinyl, here is what it looked like.  There were a few spots that didn't come out very well, or that came off with the vinyl.  I decided to try distressing it a bit, for a shabby chic look, but I really hated it then.  So, I started over, and painted it all white again! :)  That is just one of the things I love about this craft - you can always start over, and since I'm using up scraps of vinyl, I'm really not wasting supplies either! :)

Here is how the multi-color pieces looked just after I took off the vinyl.  There were a few spots that needed touch-ups. 

I used a very fine brush, and even the point of my seam ripper, to fix several areas that needed it.  Then I painted a thin clear gloss on top to seal it.

I made a few for myself, with a metallic silver paint and also a glittery silver paint, and black.  I neglected to snap a picture of those, though.  After pulling back the vinyl and having both the silver paints stick to it and rip off, I started over, and repainted my wood white again.  This time, I cut the designs out of black vinyl, and weeded the background, deciding to use the vinyl on the wood.  Since I still wanted some silver detail, and I didn't have silver or gray vinyl, I experimented.  I cut one accent word from two of the designs, and a few snowflakes from white vinyl (one time when I'm glad to have small scraps).  I weeded the backgrounds, leaving only the designs.  I took my silver Wink of Luna brush marker and colored the vinyl, letting it dry for about an hour.  I then transferred it to my wood pieces, layering it to look like a shadow.  

I really like how these came out, especially after some trial and error.  There is really no limit to what you can make!  I gave the colorful trio to my mom as a gift, and she was amazed! ;)  I'm looking forward to making more! :)

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Project Life Week 48 and right now

It's Right Now Wednesday, and I am ....

*listening - to a wonderfully quiet (but unfortunately not for long) office
*eating - nothing yet
*drinking - always my water
*wearing - the least baggy of 3 pants I tried on - dark khakish/brown with a white/brown top
*weather - really cold and windy
*wanting - for tonight to go well - attending a function that I've been nervous about
*needing - new clothes, LOL
*thinking - about how many things change and how they also stay the same
*enjoying - that I'll be off most of next week :)

Week 48 was the week of Thanksgiving.  It's often a hard week for me, because I struggle with the extreme dichotomy of the fun times and hard times that this particular week bring.  I really like to focus more on the fun stuff, like looking forward to getting out my Christmas decorations, and starting my gift shopping. :)

I used Doodlebug's Happy Harvest collection for my pages, along with some Simple Stories Sn@p! alpha and phrase stickers.  This week, we .... watched a few a good movies; had another few hard days at work – was glad to get some time off; was super excited to see my DWTS pick – Alfonso – win; did some shopping in stores and online; went out to eat; enjoyed my first gluten free Thanksgiving; ended up with a new Christmas tree; got all my decorating done; went out with some friends and got the dog's Christmas outfits for our pictures made.  ;)

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dirty Santa party

One of the most fun holiday traditions each year is the Dirty Santa party.  Each year, it's a way for all the extended family to get together, have a casual meal, and then share a ton of laughs while we duke it out for the always great (and usually one dud) gifts everyone brings.  Last year's party was no exception.  Josh ended up with the machete he wanted at the end, making our nephew Dalton totally jealous! :)  The highlight of the party was Judah, who was bursting at the seems with Christmas spirit!  He came in dancing and talking to everyone, with his big blue eyes ... he was Mr. Personality! :)

For my layout, I used lots of scraps from previous Doodlebug Christmas collections.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut various ornament shapes from the B-sides and sponged a similar color of Doodlebug pigment ink around its edges.  I went around the edges of the tops with a silver Wink of Luna brush marker, and attached them to the page with large rhinestone brads.  (Now that I look at it again, I'm going to go back and draw a line with the Wink of Luna brush marker up to the top of the page, so it looks like they are hanging from there.)  I stamped some Christmas phrases on a few tiny flags I cut from the manufacturer information strip pieces I'd saved.  To finish it off, I added some various Doodlebug alpha stickers and Doodlepops.

papers, alpha stickers, doodlepop, twine, ink by Doodlebug Design; glitter tape by Recollections; ink by Simon Says Stamp; sponge daubers by Tsukineko; brads by Echo Park, Carta Bella and The Paper Studio; silver Wink of Luna marker by Zig; corner chomper by We R Memory Keepers; stamp (endless wishes) by Stampin’ UP!; banners cut with Cuttlebug (Spellbinders nested lacey pennants); ornaments cut with Silhouette Cameo

This year's party is happening on Saturday.  I can't wait to see what excitement happens this time! :)  What fun holiday traditions do your family have?

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Friday, December 12, 2014

photo Friday - 2014 Christmas decor

Happy Photo Friday!! :)

I can't believe it's less than 2 weeks until Christmas, and then 2014 is coming to an end.  What a year it has been, and how fast it's flown by!!  I hope you all have had a spectacular year!!

For today's Photo Friday, I wanted to share some of my Christmas decor with you.  As I've posted before, I really love my Christmas tree.  My color scheme was always silver and white, until adding black a few years ago.  But last year, I was getting a little bored with all my usual decor and really wanted to change things up.  I paired down quite a bit, only keeping the things I really loved.  And then, one of my friends back in New Mexico who loves black & white as much as I do, got a black Christmas tree from Treetopia.com and I was in awe! ;)  I was on the fence between REALLY wanting one, and knowing I didn't NEED one.  Josh told me to do whatever I wanted to do, especially since I had Christmas cash to spend.  I decided to wait on it, and decide "next year."  

Every few months, I would look at the website and think about getting a black tree, and continually talk myself out of it.  "Next year" was here, and I needed to order it or forget it, and I still couldn't decide.  On a trip to Hobby Lobby one evening, I walked through their Christmas section for some inspiration, and boy did I get some!!  I saw the most beautiful set of ornaments!  They were red, turquoise and white and just gorgeous!  I turned down an aisle, and it was filled with that color scheme and I was overwhelmed with how lovely it all was!  I snapped several pics on my phone, and practically skipped out to my car.  I drove home, envisioning a Christmas oasis with those bright, fun colors.  I was so excited to show Josh, and said I could use all my white and silver, just add red and turquoise, instead of the black.  He looked confused, since he thought I wanted a black tree.  :/  I suggested a white tree, which would be amazing with ANY color scheme, but would hideous in our dark house.  So I decided to stick with what I had, and not change anything.  Turmoil for nothing.  Story of my life, LOL!! :)

As we were setting up our pre-lit Christmas tree, I remembered that a few areas of the lights were out last year.  This year, whole sections didn't come on.  :(  While out on Black Friday, we found a taller, softer, slightly narrower, pre-lit tree for almost half what we paid 9 years ago for the one that just went out.  So I got a new Christmas tree after all.  :)   

In doing a few things different this year, I put a large bow on top, instead of my angel, and let the ribbon cascade down.  I really didn't want to cut my ribbon, I usually just wound it around the tree (after 5 or 6 tries to get it even).

I also found this ribbon that I loved, so I made a new wreath.  You can also see the vinyl I cut on my Silhouette Cameo and just put on black cardstock and framed.  Simple, inexpensive and cute decoration! :)

Years ago, I saw in a Pottery Barn catalog they hung ornaments from a dining room chandelier, so I've done my version of that.  I wanted to change it up, so I used a wreath and wired it to the loops, then took large ornaments and wired those in to the wreath.  I used the ornaments that typically hang, and put the hangers all over the wreath.  I love how it turned out!

I have a busy weekend ahead - it's my Goodie Making Weekend! ;)
Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Project Life Week 47 and right now

It's Right Now Wednesday, and I am ....

*listening - to Momma Sed (live) by Puscifer
*eating - nothing yet
*drinking - water
*wearing - b/w plaid pants and black top
*weather - cool and windy
*wanting - a cattle prod
*needing - some peace, quiet and no interruptions
*thinking - about solutions
*enjoying - that I get to hang out with my friend tonight :)

First off, I need to apologize for these terrible photos.  Because of the page protectors, I typically take these with natural sunlight, and we've had such dark, gloomy days recently (or I've gotten home too late) that I've been unable to take any decent photos of this week's pages.  I tried my best, but will update this post as soon as possible.  Post has now been updated with better photos! :)

For my Week 47 pages, I used the Daily Grind collection from Simple Stories.  I supplemented in a few places with various other 6x6 pads from their Sn@p! collections.  I used some very old Doodlebug rub-ons on a label sticker, and had to make the letters I needed out of what was left over, which was actually fun! ;)  

This week, we ... celebrated Gracie’s Gotcha Day (2 years); it snowed; gas keeps coming down-filled up for $2.35; worked on making labels for my stamps & dies; super frustrated with things going on at work; watched a couple of great movies; got my nails done; really hurting in my back; got everything I needed for the dog’s picture outfits; watched my Sooners play an incredible game in the pouring rain, including our amazing freshman running back, Samaje Perine, setting records; broke down and ate a non-gluten free donut (it was over way too fast, and wasn't nearly as good as I had imagined it to be); and watched UFC fights.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, December 8, 2014

trimming the tree

I say it every year, but I LOVE my Christmas tree! :)  Mostly it's about all the special ornaments, and this year I had a bit of a conundrum that I will blog about later (changing up my style and/or color scheme), but in the end ... I really love sitting in the glow of the tree each evening.

My layout is really pretty simple.  I die cut two poinsettias with my Silhouette Cameo, and ran the petals through an embossing folder in my Cuttlebug, then inked the edges.  I also die cut the title, and went over it with my black Wink of Stella brush marker.  The rest I just layered up, using lots of tidbits from my stash.

cardstock, papers, glitter paper by The Paper Studio; cardstock by Bazzill Basics; border punch by EK Success; curly label punch, buttons, heat & stick powder by Stampin’ UP!; twine, glitter, border sticker by Doodlebug Design; ink (Versamark, Memento) by Tsukineko; chipboard flag by Jenni Bowlin; pen by Studio G; stamp (year round fun) by Recollections; pearls by Michaels; glitter glue (Stickles) by Ranger; glitter pen (Wink of Stella) by Zig; embossing folder by Cuttlebug; poinsettias, title cut with Silhouette Cameo

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Friday, December 5, 2014

photo Friday - cards

Happy Photo Friday! :)

Today I'm sharing a few more cards I made awhile back during some down time at work with my card kits.

I started with some scraps of Lawn Fawn patterned paper that I still had in my basket and thought was cute, cutting the larger pieces into backgrounds and the smaller ones into banners.  I had a few orange DCWV card blanks left, and one brown, that matched the patterned paper, so I ran the fronts through a Stampin UP! embossing folder in my Cuttlebug.  I pulled some dark teal Bazzill scraps that I punched to look like a postage stamp.  Then die cut some green scraps to look like buttons.  I pulled several SU ink colors that matched, and my kit was ready!

I stamped the flowers using the Botanical stamp set, layered on the punched piece, and adhered it all to the card front.  I used some embroidery floss to criss-cross over the button, before it was adhered on.

 The inside sentiment and flower stamping ...

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!! :)