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'!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

SNA SODAlicious Project Sneak Peek!

This month in Scrap n' Art magazine, the designers received product from SODAlicious, an online scrapbook store in Poland. This is a sneak peak of one of my projects :)

click on the picture to go directly to the article :)

That is my grandson Grayson in the picture. Yeah, you've seen him MANY times!! I just love him and my granddaughter Elizabeth sooooo much! They are my heart!! They are usually the main subject of most of my scrapbook pages :)
If you aren't a subscriber of Scrap n' Art magazine yet, go subscribe! The yearly subscription fee is only $24!! that's only $2 a month :)
I have more sneak peaks to share and a few projects that I am working on, too :)
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Blurred Vision of the Seas

Haha! The name of the ship we sailed on is "Vision of the Seas" and when we first got to the port, there was a group of people with t-shirts that read "Blurred Vision of the Seas"! It made us all chuckle, but then quickly realized they were serious about it because the majority of them got totally sloshed before dinner that evening! LOL
I won't bore you to death with every single picture I took because, well, there are a lot! I'll just share the cool highlights from our time in Cozumel :) So, here goes!

This is our ship, Vision of the Seas when we were docked
in Cozumel
me and my sweet traveling buddies!!! love them all!!!

beach in Cozumel at Punta Morena bar in Cozumel

me and my best friend Kristie

I had to take a picture of my toes in the sand!

beach at one of the bars we stopped at in Cozumel

awesome view from on of the bars in Cozumel.
love the colors of the water and sky!

small church next to Rasta's bar. pretty cool, huh?

ceiling inside the small church

cross window inside the small church. 

ocean view from one of the arched windows
inside the church

view of the ship from Senior Frog's bar near
the dock in Cozumel
I took tons more pictures and will share some from around the ship in the next post. I also took a bunch of pictures of the food I ate on our trip. I'm not sure why I felt the need to photograph the food, but I did, lol.
That's all for tonight. Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

My Mission Statement

Several years ago, a really popular thing going around was to create a personal mission statement. I typed one up, printed it out and stuck it in a wallet so that I would see it often. Well, the wallet got switched out and the mission statement got left behind. Today, while cleaning out that wallet, I found the mission statement! Here is what my mission statement from then was:

"On a daily basis I will strive to:
Be a good mother, daughter, sister and friend;
Be a strong leader within my community;
Be forgiving of myself and others and to seek out the good in people;
Be more aware of the things that go on around me;
Be more thankful for my blessings;
Enjoy the simple things in life
And to trust in God to take care of the things that I can not control."

Reading this makes me think that everything in that mission statement still holds true today, except two thing I would add:  to the first line I would add "to be a good Lollie". Yes, since then I have become "Lollie" to two awesome and amazing little people! The other is that I would add an extra line "to create something everyday" because I need a little push to do that sometimes!
So, I am re-typing my mission statement today and am thinking about making it into an art journal page. I wonder how much my mission statement will change in another few years. Probably not much. Do you have a mission statement? What would you add or change? If you don't have one, I challenge you to create one!
I still have more vacation pics to share and also a couple of projects that I created in classes on the cruise. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Vacation Pics Continued

I wanted to share some more pics from my vacation to Florida and Cozumel. I had such an awesome 
time with my best friend Kristie and made new life long friends, too!! I just ordered prints of all the pics (well, almost all) from our adventure so I can start a journal. It will be a rather fat journal when I am done with it, but may take me forever to complete! So enough rambling, on to the pictures!

We went to the beach while in Tarpon Springs.
Look at this awesome view!!

My sweet best friend Kristie enjoying the
amazing views at the beach

Love this!!

the water was really calm and beautiful!

After we left Jules' house, we drove north to Homosassa, Florida
to swim with the manatees. The water was really murky, but
did get to see some. Look how cute they are!! 

I think he was posing for us :)

This natural resource museum is across the street from the dive
shop we met at to go snorkeling with the manatees. I thought
the manatee statue was cool. 
After we swam with the manatees (in the rain, no doubt!), we drove to  Wellington, Florida and stayed with Kristie's sweet friend Lynn for a couple of days. While there, we went shopping and also had a pot luck dinner with a bunch of the girls Kristie used to scrapbook with when she lived there. It was so much fun meeting her old friends and Lynn and her husband were such sweet hosts. I have truly made new friends there :)
Our next stop was Fort Lauderdale to pick up Stayce (the owner of Art Anthology!!) from the airport. We did a little running around and then went to the hotel and then took a walk on the beach.

Kristie and Stayce. Sweet girls!!! Love them!!

me and Stayce :)

It only took 3 tries for Stayce to write this in the sand and take
pics before the waves washed it away again. lol

Los Olas Beach was beautiful!!

view from the hotel room

View from hotel room. We also had a view of the pool where
we quickly realized that people don't really care what they
look like in bathing suits! lol

Palm trees swaying in the sea breeze. Love :)
I experienced lots of firsts on this trip! This was my first time snorkeling and I did it with manatees :) This was my first time being in Tarpon Springs, Wellington and Fort Lauderdale. This was my first time trying escargot (on the ship). This was my first time cruising and the first time I've ever been out of the USA. It was all such an awesome experience that I will remember forever!! I have lots more pictures to share, so stay tuned! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!