Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Beautiful Recycled Bird House from the ReStore

So, a while back the Corning ReStore had a large group that wanted to work in the store for Martin Luther King Day. We had the bright idea of combining bird house construction with a little store rearranging since the group was pretty big. The bird houses are made out of OSB which generally speaking should be painted to make it last longer. A volunteer made us a TON of kits and the group put them together. A few of them got painted...none of them quite look like this one though....

I gave one to my parents who have glammed it up as a raffle item. Even the back is pretty! And I love the license plate top!

Love the spray painted leaves! Such a simple yet very cool idea! Hope they make a ton of money for their cause!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Quick & Easy Thank You Cards with the Top Note Die

Recently I've been attending the PTSD meetings at my kid's school. Really, it's the PTA or maybe its the PTO, which stands for Parent Teacher something or other, but mainly it's a bunch of woman and the principal who sit around and chat for a bit. It's generally speaking not my cup of tea, since there isn't tea served there or even wine. But Megan's Mom is going and drives right by, so I have been going. Plus it turns out STEM Moms are all kinds of normal. Probably because their kids are flying the helicopter or even made the helicopter....

They needed thank you cards and a lot of them. I offered to check the ReStore but I only found some packages of baby invites.

So I made some. I'm about half way there, but these were super easy! I had a pile of these pretty bits & strips...and they needed to be used up! So, these are kinda like left over cards!!!!!

First I grabbed all the useless strips of paper out of the kit and cut some 4 by 6 pieces up too to use as the backgrounds. Then I used adhesive and stuck them to a piece of paper.

Then, I ran the whole thing through the die cut machine. I used a die that is probably the first one I ever bought called the Top Note die from Stampin Up. How easy is that?

After about three cards I figured out that I could cut out a shape and then stamp, so the sentiment was also inside. Wow. I felt clever! Some of these cards even had some misted backgrounds from another project I was working on. So pretty!

They are traveling to the Mom who needed them by Kid Post. I can't wait to hear what she thinks!

Happy Monday! I'll be back tomorrow with a project that MY Mom made!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Cyber Patriot Layout for Civil Air Patrol

I've been holding onto this photo for a month or two. I always struggle with pages that are for accomplishments vs. actual memories of mine. It's harder for me, but I always want to document what my kids are up to. This is a photo of the end of last year's Cyber Patriot when their group won second place in NY! Cyber Patriot is hosted by the Air Force and these kids learn important STEM skills.  It's also a subgroup in Civil Air Patrol, so just when you think your kid can't get any busier....

The circles were inspired by that B-Sides sticker the kids got from a trip to Rochester which was a hacker conference. So, I used a circle cutter to expose some patterned paper under the blue. I wanted some special patriotic flowers so made some out of star paper. I haven't made those in ages!

Luke's the tall one on the left side. I always love how sharp they look in their blues! Well, wish them luck this next year! They are starting up practice again!

Happy Saturday! I've got a hot date with a paint brush in my kitchen since it's raining here today!

Monday, May 7, 2018

THE CUTTING CAFE Lip Balm and Chapstick Holder

At times I come up with something quite unexpectedly. Take yesterday. I waited until the very last possible minute to do my project for THE CUTTING CAFE. I mean it's not like I was sitting around reading a book and had time to actually make the project....wait, I was. Which means I didn't actually read the directions which resulted in the first chapstick holder being much smaller than an actual chapstick. I had much better luck with the second one of course, but I didn't want to waste the smaller one...

What did I fill it with you ask? Why, Paper Sweeties sequins of course. Isn't that a cool little present for a scrap buddy though? Some super cool beads would look nice in one of these little boxes too. So much fun.

It's pretty easy to get the product out of these little boxes. There is a flap door and mine is just tied shut with some twine. I think it makes a pretty decorative element on the front of the card. These are really cards too so you can write a nice sentiment inside!

Looking forward to sharing these with a friend! Love the colors I picked! So soothing & matches the Green Tea Mint Chapstick perfectly!

Hope your Monday is awesome! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Stencil Girl Plain Box Society & Weekend Round Up

Thought I'd show you a few things hanging around the office these days. One is just a pile of things in preparation for a new project. I'm jumping on the creative bandwagon again with another Tina Walker collaboration! This time 'round we're working with Stencil Girl Products and a very plain jane brown box. I'm eagerly anticipating turning my box into a piece of art! I've picked out some rusty bits and some copper thread to start the creative juices flowing with this awesome stencil!

Also on the table earlier this past week was a turquoise dyed nail pouch. We had a huge box full of these for our upcoming Lowe's Woman Build. Of course only a couple were this pretty. I accidentally picked up a bottle of that white puffy paint ages and ages ago and it turns out I really did need it! Those letters pop against the blue!

Speaking of the build...I might have had a little too much fun. And pretty much like normal, I'm trying to get out of doing any actual painting.

Thanks for popping over today. I'm back tomorrow with a new product that Regina has over at THE CUTTING CAFE. They are Lip Balm and Chapstick Holders. So cute. Of course I made one that is a different size than a chapstick, so you'll have to pop back over to see what I put in that one!

HUGS and Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Joy Mist Spice Rack

I had a little too much fun with some flowers and decoupage on this little left over spice rack. I mean, it was like a little black blank slate....and I had rehabbed a new bigger one last week....what to do with the old one.....why not glam it up? Might have to pass it along to a friend, but it needed to be pretty first!

I added some left over flowers from THE CUTTING CAFE, some thread, and some extra scrabble tiles with hot glue. After some distress sanding, I also added some gold paint.

That scallopy wrinkle image on the back of the rack is decoupaged crepe paper. I really liked how rough it was and the gold paint really made it cool looking.

Really liked how this turned out. I think it would make a nice present with some new mists! I am sure I've got a scrappy friend who has a birthday soon, don't I?

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Back at the Ranch Layout: in Hawaii

Ran across this palm tree chippy the other day looking for something else, so I had a little play with my mists & ink, which then inspired making this page. I wanted to use it with some very special photos from Hawaii and 4-Wheeling at the Kualoa Ranch. I mean we could have ridden horses, been driven around on side by sides, etc. but it was nicer driving your own machine.

I decided to go with a little pile of things, from a couple of journaling pieces that kind of overlap that lovely chippy palm to a photo pile.

Instead of taking a photo together, we took one of each other. Take a peek at that lovely background! That ranch has been the backdrop to many movies! In fact the last Jurassic Park complete with Chris Pratt was recently filmed there. They asked when we got there if he was a relative of ours...of course he is!

I'll be back next week with another layout from that ranch. Lots of good photo opportunities!

Friday, April 27, 2018

# Dear Me: In Her Eyes Collaboration Piece

Had a nice little play this past weekend with some vintage pieces, modge podge, and a really cool light bulb! I'm participating in an artist collaboration where we're making a piece of art based on some journal pages. I really enjoyed reading the thoughts of a lady from the 1920's who seemed to have quite the active social calendar.

The one in particular that inspired this piece is this page. The part that I read that really got me was:

Jack ask me to marry him it blame near took my breath. Dear me what troubles + I'm too dumb to even realize whether I love him or not but let him wait until June for an answer. 

This journal from seems to contain quite a bit of drama! These days something like this would be splashed all over social media, hence the little yellow title up in the right hand corner which is # Dear Me. I went with some pretty little flowers as the writer seemed to have a lot of dances she was attending & other social events.

The reason I made an angel was because the person who wrote the journal would be well over 100! The flowers were from THE CUTTING CAFE and were something I made in preparation for this piece. Love how they turned out!

I'm really enjoying this piece! It's always nice to play along with a Tina Walker challenge! I'm always pleased at how my project evolves!

If you are interested in looking at other pages, click through below:

Hope your Friday is fantastic! 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A Spicy Spice Rack Rehab

As soon as I put some little molding on this spice rack that I rehabbed, I knew it was going to shape up nicely. Do you remember what it looked like before? It's pretty terrible...so be prepared!

It's pretty much only fit for the garbage looking like this!

I added a LOT of molding with a little air brad nailer. It's funny how that pretty much fixes everything! It was just so plain! Got to try out the new saw in the garage too! That bad boy could chop your fingers off if you aren't careful! I used up a can of spray paint I had too. I really love this color. It's adding splashes of turquoise through out my office.

I added a couple of little paints & mists on the shelves and it works perfectly! Check out those pink glass knobs! LOVE THEM!!! I'll be working on the perfect spot for it's location in my office soon. Art supplies always are outgrowing their space!

And while I was taking this photo...I got a little too much help!

THANKS Maya! It's not a treat rack!

Have a great Tuesday! I'll be back on Friday with a project that has a cool story behind it's creation!

Friday, April 20, 2018

A Pocket Full of Posies

As I type this, I am watching snowflakes fall. We are really past due for Spring in these parts. Can you see why I opted to make some flowers? Not to mention that they are really fun. I used one sheet of paper for the blooms that had a lot of different colors...so pretty. I used a file from THE CUTTING CAFE called Paper Flower Template and Cutting File. If you are scared about making flowers, don't be. Regina has a video you can watch to show you how it's done.

A little glitter glue and some vintage glitter and these blooms sparkle. So pretty! I'm saving them for a very special project I've got coming up. I'm working on an artist collaboration project called Through Her Eyes based on some prompts from a vintage journal. Since I've also got my own vintage scrapbook pieces too, I imagine those will also get included. So far this is what I've laid out.

A vintage angel with dresden wings and a pair of very old scissors. I've just got to come up with a plan to assemble. Very likely this will involve a dowel!

Tested out my pieces with my new flowers! Just the right about of vintage pop! So much fun!

Hope your Friday is Fantastic!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Spice Up the Spice Rack

Ran across this spice rack at the ReStore. My little collection of paints & mists keep growing and I was looking for more room. I also haven't spent any time with a sander recently and I'm looking forward to a very small woodworking project this next weekend. 

I grabbed a couple of pieces of molding from the stash to play with. I am looking for something that I can add a little detail with. Also, it's pretty flimsy so some extra wood might help stabilize it. 

Also rummaged around for some different knobs. Not sure if these are keepers, but they are definitely an option. NOT keeping those little round wood things...yuck! Might also add some wood flowers...stay tuned! 

I'm back Saturday with a new post for THE CUTTING CAFE! Currently my project is drying...and might involve some glitter!!!

See you then!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Aloha Stadium Layout from the Hawaii Trip

Visiting this open air market at the Aloha Stadium was so much fun! I don't recall spending a lot of money, but we saw a lot of cool things. One of my favorite of course were the air plants & bonsai trees. THE MAN enjoyed the Chinese kids and the dragon who was collecting money. That's the middle photo.

I used a lot of banners and a white background to get the colors in the photos to pop. I've been carefully using up the ticket stubs & plane tickets I've been saving, so I was happy to include a few more on this page.

I've been using a lot of photo collages for the trip pages. This one is no different. There weren't a lot of good photos so I did a lot of cropping to just illustrate a few of the things we saw. Three photos in a strip worked really well.

Tomorrow I'm back with a vintage spice rack that I'm planning on sanding and spray painting. I ran out of weekend so it will have to wait until the next!