Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My One Word for 2015

Have you heard about the trend over the last few years to choose an inspirational or motivational word and apply that word to your daily living? Instead of making a bunch of New Year's resolutions and breaking most of them before the end of January, choose one word that will motivate you, inspire you, encourage you. For 2015, I chose the word

I tend to be a procrastinator, to waste time day dreaming, to jump from one project to the next without finishing any of them. I think that my word FOCUS will help me in so many aspects of my life. I need to FOCUS more on my family. I need to FOCUS on completing those unfinished projects. I need to FOCUS on what's important and not on things that don't benefit me or my family. So, when I feel stressed or overwhelmed. I need to learn to redirect and FOCUS on something else.
I created the pretty picture with my word in My Digital Studio and am putting it in my sidebar as a gentle reminder :) Do you have your one word yet? Please share!! Do you need help choosing a word? Check out the website MyOneWord.

I am wishing you all a very Happy New Year! May 2015 be the best year yet! I'll be FOCUSING on making it just that!!
Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

More Digital Scrapbook Pages

Yesterday I shared some digital pages I've been making and promised more for today. I'm feeling on the mend since going to the doctor and starting on meds. I thought I had the flu, but it's only an upper respiratory infection. Well, that's bad enough I think, lol. Anyway, here are a few more pages that I created in My Digital Studio using mostly freebies from Digital Crea.

The background and presents are from Lissa's Christmas Gift and the elf girl is from Angi Designs Christmas Gift

I used lots of elements from Florju Designs' Plaisir d'offrir (mini)

This is a premade page from Love Crea Designs' Angelic Christmas

This page has paper and elements from Angi Designs Christmas Gift
All of the pictures are from this Christmas season. I love all of these pages!! The last one was especially fun to build from scratch (pun intended, lol) Baking cookies has been a tradition for my oldest daughter Amber and my Mom. When Amber was a teenager, she wanted to give cookies as her gift to family members and my Mom helped her. This year, Mom invited me, my other daughter Mariah and my brother's girlfriend Lesli to help. We had so much fun together! Do you have a family tradition for preparation of Christmas? 

I am able to share some projects from past Scrap 'n Art Magazine editions, so in the next few days, I will share them :)

Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Scrapbooking Christmas Digitally

I hope y'all had a wonderful Christmas! We had an awesome family gathering on Christmas Eve at my house and then again for breakfast at my parent's house on Christmas Day. Then sickness found it's way to almost the whole family. It stinks to be sick at Christmas!! I spent a lot of time in the bed or laying on the couch the last few days and to keep from being totally board out of my gourd, I played around on My Digital Studio. Here are a few things I created using freebies from Digital Crea

This is a complete pre-made page, you just add your picture.
Aliya Charming&Magic

This page was made with JM Creations Christmas Wishes
This is another compete pre-made page by Florj Plaisir d'offrir (mini)
I love all these freebies!! I love creating pages from scratch, but the pre-made pages make it so easy to create a beautiful page by just adding your own pictures. I'll share the other pages I've created tomorrow. Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Take Me to the Sea Wreath and Merry Fishy Christmas Tree

Today, I'm sharing a couple of things I've made recently. I've been so busy filling orders, mostly floral design work, that I've neglected my little corner of the blogosphere. I didn't mean to be gone so long, time just got away from me! And now it's Christmas, YIKES!! How time goes faster and faster the older you get. Anyway, here are two of the floral items I made. Someone asked me to make a beach themed wreath for a Christmas gift and I was so excited to create this!! 

Isn't it so happy and beachy?! Makes me wish I was near the ocean :) I purchased everything except the net from Carolina Pottery.

I love the bow I made, too. I saw bows made with a few different styles of ribbon at Carolina Pottery a few months ago and just love them. The burlap was a little too thick to make the bow with all three ribbons as one bow, so I made the brown open weave mesh bow first and then made the blue and green bow as a double bow and then layered them on top of the mesh one. 

The second thing I made was this Merry Fishy Christmas Tree that I did for my granddaughter Elizabeth. I bought the little purple tinsel wreath last year after Christmas on clearance. It's been sitting on a shelf waiting patiently to be made into something wonderful! I think it became just that :)

I started by adding aqua blue mesh from top to bottom and then added the cute colorful fish. Aren't they fun?! 

For the tree topper, I made a funky bow with aqua blue mesh cut into tubes and pink mesh tubing, then stuck a seashell spray in the top. The seashell spray also has this cute seahorse and some pearls and white sparkly "seaweed" in it. I used the same seashell spray in the beach wreath :) 

Elizabeth loves her new tree and she put it in her bedroom :)

I've been really busy making projects for Scrap 'n Art magazine and getting ready for Christmas. I will share magazine sneak peaks as soon as I can. Until next time... I wish you a very Merry Christmas!!! 
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Lighted Christmas Arrangements

I found these cute little lighted gift boxes from Carolina Pottery and they had some of them decorated with cute little elves and sparkly floral decorations. I had to make some of these!

I made two of them for my Mom to give as gifts to her friends and I loved them so much, I made one for myself :) Here is one of them. Isn't it adorable?!!

I love these elves. Their little faces remind me of the Rice Krispy elves :)

I created triple bows for all of them using a black and white harlequin ribbon, a funky polka dot red, green and white ribbon and a green and blue striped ribbon and also added white mesh tubing to it. I first saw the multi-ribbon bows at Carolina Pottery and I love the look of them.
Tomorrow is a full day of Christmas festivities with a family reunion and also my office Christmas party. I will try to squeeze in some time to share this year's Christmas tree :)
Until then....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

It's a Girl Wreath

A girl I work with is having a baby girl and asked me to make a wreath for the hospital door and then for home. She showed me pictures of a few different ones that she liked and I used elements from each to create this wreath.

The base is a pink work wreath form and I used 8" wide plain burlap ribbon first and then added the 2 1/2" pink polka dot and pink chevron ribbons zig-zagged through the wreath. I also added loops of white sparkly mesh tubing and to finish it off, the banners "It's A Girl" that another co-worker embroidered on stiff sparkly white felt that I cut out in the banner shapes and attached with pink polka dot ribbon.

I think it turned out awesome and she loved it!!
Life has been very stressful the last few weeks, at work and trying to get custom orders filled and magazine project done. The holidays are always busy, especially at work. I hope to enjoy a couple of days off soon to get my bearings. I have a couple of Christmas decorations done to share with y'all and of course this year's version of my Christmas tree. I will post those as soon as I can. Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Christmas Wonder

Happy Thanksgiving! I just wanted to pop on here for a moment to share a digital page I created last night. I don't think there is anything sweeter than the look of wonder on a child's face at Christmas. Mariah shot this picture of Grayson after she turned on the Christmas tree lights. I just love the look of awe on his face.

I knew the minute I saw this picture that I had to make a page with it. This is a digital creation, but I'm sure I'll be creating other scrapbook pages with this image! He is the cutest little curly headed boy and so smart! And he's growing up way too fast.
I hope y'all are having a wonderful Thanksgiving and are spending time and making sweet memories with family. We had our family dinner earlier and I am stuffed!! I'm spending the rest of the afternoon in the Art House to get some magazine projects done. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Happy Boy

I can't believe that I forgot to share this digital page from a while back! Isn't that curly blond headed boy a cutie? I may be biased because he's my grand baby, but you have to admit he's pretty adorable :)

I absolutely love this picture of him. That little boat he's sitting in is actually a bookshelf. There are not a lot of elements added to this digital page because I wanted the pictures to really be the focus. I love adding the picture as the full background and also as the focal picture. It seems to be a trend right now and I would have never thought to do that all by myself. I love seeing what all the digital designers create for Scrap 'n Art magazine and that's where I get a lot of my inspiration for my digital pages. I'm working on some other digital pages and also some wreath orders and will share them soon. This week is going to be very busy at work, but at least we get Thanksgiving and Friday off. Love those long holiday weekends!! 
That's going to be all from me tonight. Hope y'all have a great Monday!! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Chevron Initial Wreath

I made this wreath for my daughter a while back and forgot to share it with y'all.

The base is made with a pool noodle and covered with orange chevron burlap ribbon. I painted the W aqua and tied it to the wreath with a piece of plain burlap ribbon. 

This week has been really busy at work and I've also done 3 wreath making classes and a craft fair. Whew! am I tired!! I want to just sip on coffee in my pj's all day today to try and recuperate from it all. Monday will start another week of crazy business at work, so I'll need the rest! I also have a couple of wreath orders to work on and will share those as soon as I can. Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftn'!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Become a Possibilitarian!!

I recently came upon a blog that I absolutely fell in love with! I was perusing Pinterest (imagine that!) and a piece of artwork caught my eye and it led me to Kelly Rae Roberts' blog/website. What a fabulous artist she is! Her blog and artwork is fun, colorful and very uplifting! One of the things that struck a cord with me on her blog is the "The Possibilitarian Tribe". I love this quote:

I think I have always been a positive person, but sometimes I get bogged down with life and get a negative attitude, so putting that little phrase in my mind really helps to keep me focused on the good, the positive, THE POSSIBILITIES!! You may have noticed that I added a button over there on my side bar "The Possibilitarian Tribe". Click on it to see the awesomeness that I'm so excited about!! Kelly is such an inspiration to me and it makes me want to be an inspiration for others! I so hope I am :)
I'm working on lots of pretty goodies, so stay tuned!! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Cozumel Digital Scrapbook Page

I am working on digital scrapbook pages of my cruise to Cozumel in hopes to create a book to have printed. This is one of my pages of my bestest friend Kristie and me at one of the beaches that we visited.

I love, love, love Cozumel!! I really want to go back and see more of the island, even though we visited four different beautiful beaches. I still can't get over how beautiful it was there and the weather perfect!!
The background picture is one that I took at one of the beaches. The elements I used are from Hidden Treasures from Optic Illusions Etsy store, Scrap Girls BMU Seascape, Scrap Girls JCO Under the Boardwalk and a couple from Studio Lynnise.
I'm working on lots of magazine projects, floral design work and items for an up coming craft fair and will share over the next few days. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Family Tree in a Log

I made this Family Tree in a Log for the July issue of Scrap n' Art online magazine using Walnut Hollow products. When I opened the box from Walnut Hollow, there were two of these log pieces in it. At first, I had no clue what in the world I could make with them, other than clocks that I had seen on their website. About the same time I had been working on my genealogy project a little more in depth and had been wanting to create a 3D family tree. 

Then it hit me....What better way to display a family tree than in a log?!! I had researched  Googled family tree images and found several that I liked certain things about, so I took all those ideas and created this family tree of my kids and grand kids. First, I applied some paints and stain to the wood piece to darken it. Then I stamped and cut out the background paper and drew the tree free hand on decorative paper, cut it out and then added swirls to the branches to mimic leaves. I wrote my kids, their spouses and my grand kids names on the Walnut Hollow heart cut-outs and adhered them to the branches. 

You can see the bark on the log from this view :) Isn't that cool?! I need to figure out a way to hang it in my living room. I have made a lot of canvases and other pieces that I want to create a gallery wall with and as soon as it's done, I will most definitely share it here. 

I have been working on many magazine projects and am starting to create floral decorations for some customers and am also going to be making some Christmas tree toppers in hopes of selling them. There are a few craft fairs coming up that I have signed up for and will also be holding Christmas mesh wreath classes at Chinaberry Dreams Soapworks and Gifts. Busy, busy, but I love this time of year!! Check back soon for more creations!! Until then....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!  

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Get Ready, Set, Go!

I'm back today to share another project that I created for Scrap n' Art online magazine. This layout was for Fancy Pants Designs and I knew as soon as I saw the little bike cut outs, they were perfect to go with this picture of Grayson on his tricycle. You can see the full article HERE. (Disclaimer: there is a small subscription fee for Scrap n' Art online magazine, but it's so worth it!!)

My favorite Fancy Pants paper in the pack I received is the corrugated paper. It is perfect for boy pages! 

Isn't that little bike just the cutest? I created one more project using the Fancy Pants projects and will share that soon. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

My Beautiful Grandmother

I am so blessed to be a design team member for Scrap n' Art magazine and still have to pinch myself on a regular basis to make sure I'm not dreaming. I'm living one of my dreams! One of the awesome perks of being on this design teams is getting to work with the industry's leading products. We had the honor to work play with some awesome paper from Heartfelt Creations back in April. I created this page with a picture of my Grandmother as the focal point. You can see the article HERE.

These papers have soft, muted colors and are perfect for heritage pages. I also used stamps and die cuts from Heartfelt Creations to create this page. 

Have you subscribed to Scrap n' Art magazine yet? If not, you should!! Be sure to check out the other projects in the Heartfelt Creations article.
I am finally able to share other projects that I created for the magazine, so you will be seeing more soon :)
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Commemorating Cozumel

While I was on my cruise last month, I took a class from Stayce DeWid, the owner of Art Anthology. First let me tell you what an honor it was to get to go on the cruise with the Art Anthology design team! Everyone is so sweet and very talented :) Second, Stayce is so so sweet and is just, well, awesome! I just love her! She taught classes on the cruise and this canvas was one of them.

Isn't it great?! Of course we used Art Anthology products :) I love all the Art Anthology paints and sprays and now they offer stencils! I changed things up just a little on my canvas, not much, but just enough to make it mine :)

The picture on the left is of one of the beaches we visited on our bar hop tour in Cozumel. The one on the right is all the Art Anthology ladies and me at the dock in Cozumel. I have made some awesome, life long friendships with all these lovely ladies. 

I painted some of the sea shells and the Cozumel letters with the Art Anthology paints. Isn't the shimmer of the paints awesome on the shells? To fill in the gaps between the shells and the pictures, I added some mica flakes. I think that's the final little detail that my canvas needed. I love this canvas and am going to hang it in the Art House to remind me of my awesome trip and my new friends :)

I'll be back soon to share some other projects that I've been working on. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

This Was a First For Me!!

One of the things I was really excited about doing on my cruise was to climb the rock wall. As soon as I saw it, I yelled out "I gotta do that!!" One of the girls in our group, Steph, said, "Me, too!!!" We made plans to climb on the last full day on the ship. We got up on the top, rear deck where the rock wall was located and got all geared up!! Then it hit me. I'm going to climb this huge wall...

Wow, that thing is tall!!! The gear consisted of harnesses, helmets and some odd looking shoes...

Steph and I modeling the oh so stylish shoes!!
Here we are all geared up and waiting our turn.

Ok, it's our turn and here we go!

Funny thing happened on the first step up. The ropes that we are attached to are also attached to a guy who is our spotter. Well, before I could lift myself up good on the first step, my spotter sort of lifted me before I was ready and gave me a killer wedgie! It was really uncomfortable and then I quickly realized this is not going to be easy. I have bad knees. And wrists. What the heck was I thinking?!!! Oh well, just gotta try hard and do my best. So, I'm climbing and climbing for like what seemed, well, a really long time, but I could tell I wasn't that far up. Not quite half way up here...

So at this point, the killer wedgie is really distracting me and I'm holding on to the little hand holds with my fingers. I look up and it seems like the next logical hand hold is higher than I can naturally reach. I'm trying really hard and I can hear Kristie and Jules and the other onlookers cheering us on. But, this is as far as I can go. My fingers were burning, my knees were numb and the killer wedgie is digging in more and more. So right here, not quite half way, I gave up. I was done. So, my spotter slowly brings me down. I felt defeated, but in all reality, I really did not give up. Giving up would have been at the bottom before I started or not trying it at all, so I am pretty happy with my accomplishment of even trying something this, well, insane! I am super proud of Steph because she made it further than I did. I am glad she was there to do this with me! We did not know each other before this trip, but now we have a bond, because of this rock wall.

Rock wall buddies!!!
Have you ever tackled something like this? Did it make you a stronger person? I know this has made me not be as afraid to try new things. Just maybe with my feet on the ground from now on :)

That's all from me tonight. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!