Sunday, April 30, 2017

Enchanted Rose Coaster

I am going through this phase right now that includes dominoes, Brutus Monroe Surface Inks and background stamps. No Joke! It is hard to find a universal ink that does everything and can be used on anything. Add to that a big beautiful image and being able to use it all on an everyday item...or at least something that most homes have in a new way makes me a happy crafter! I created this:

It's a coaster. A totally usable functional beautiful coaster. I' m over on the Brutus Monroe Blog today in which I show you how to create this step by step. Check it out here: Brutus Monroe. I am even enabling because you can visit the store and pick up the stamp and inks. Sorry....not really....but don't say I didn't warn you ;-) For realz though! Head over and check it out! This is one of the coolest things I have come up with in my wee little brain in a long time.

Until Next Time ~ Happy Crafting!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Get Your Kicks on Route 66!

I like to take the kids on a trip over spring break. This year we could not be gone long so we decided on the Petrified Forrest. It ended up being one of the best trips EVER!
 The first stop on our trip was to see the Man Standing on the Corner in Winslow AZ

 Reaally the only good place to stop for lunch on the way to the Petrified Forrest was in Winslow and we stumbled upon this place which ended up being the highlight of the trip for me!
 I adored all the medal animals!
 Inside this hotel was an AMAZING art gallery that was open to the public. Though the pieces are political in nature I was mesmerized and could appreciated the beauty in it.

 Once we reached the Petrified Forrest we checked into our hotel. We decided on the Wigwam motel. Not only is it a historical mark, the Cozy Cone motel in the movie "Cars" is based off this place AND the historical cars that line the wigwams. These cars were not added after the movie. Disney based the characters off of these cars that have been here for decades. I also happen to be a sucker for old cars. In fact, my dream car is a 1956 baby blue white topped Chevy. I was in heaven!

 This was our Wigwam we stayed in. It was so much fun! The inside had two queen beds, a bathroom and a television. It was quite comfortable and the shower was pretty good!
 The next day we headed to the Petrified Forrest and we ran across the old Route 66 that was never paved.
 If you are ever on I40 and see these small wooden poles you are looking at the old Route 66!
 The first stop in the Park was the amazing Painted Desert.

 Finally we saw what we came for -- the Petrified Forrest!

 The trip, though short, was so much fun! I created an album to document it all in. One or two pages in my family scrapbook just was not going to be enough room.
You can see the album and get more of the story here

The journaling kit I used is actually a digital download from Calico Collage  and check out Brutus Monroe for the awesome peg stamp alphabet and ink.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Happy Planner Pregnancy Journal

Hi friends! I had an online friend ask me to make her a planner for her pregnancy. She is due in December and she wanted somewhere to keep notes, appointments and a few pictures. She really likes elephants and wanted it more of a grown up theme than a baby theme. I am all about that! I really appreciated that she was not doing the stereotypical type planner. She picked out the Mandala kit from Calico Collage and I had a few elephant prints in my stash. This is what I created for her using the downloadable kit and my stash:
To see the inside go here :-)

I hope this gives you a few ideas on how to use a planner and possibly a gift for someone special.

Until Next Time -- Happy Crafting!


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Inside Out Peel-A-Boo Card

Hi friends! Today I am over at Brutus Monroe featuring this card:
It is a really fun inside out card using the San Francisco Globe stamp by Brutus Monroe . What makes it so special is that the focal point is on the inside of the card! Go Check out my tutorial on the Brutus Monroe Website's Blog .

Until Next time ~ Happy Crafting!


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bash Your Stash April 2017 Week 4

Hi friends! This week is the final challenge for BASH YOUR STASH!
 This week you are going to use
 1 stamp
2 flowers
3 washi tape
4 brads/eyelets
5 cardstock

Make sure you upload your project to Scrappy Cafe FB page in the BASH YOUR STASH APRIL 2017 folder!  Here is my creation:
Check out the details here

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring Flowers!

It is getting warm in the valley and the sun is shining everyday! Flowers are blooming and I thought it was time to bring a few indoor. Only thing is, I tend to have a black thumb. I also wanted to hang them on my wall. So, what is a gal to do? Make here own! 
 I have several of these awesome wood divider trays in my stash from Prima packaging. They held beautiful resin pieces! I decided they would make a perfect back drop for my flowers.
 Since I am using the beautiful shiny metallic foil paper by Rinea I decided to paint the trays black to really make the flowers pop!
 I used 527 by Beacon to adhere three trays together for the piece. I set it aside to dry as I made my flowers.
 Each flower will take almost one piece of Rinea foil paper. I used my Scan n Cut to cut the hearts needed to make the pedals of the flowers.
 Each flower used 1 heart measuring .5 inches, 2 hears measuring .75, inches, 3 hearts measuring 1 inch, 4 hearts measuring 1.25 inches and 5 hearts measuring 2 inches (though after I made the first one I realized it was to big, so I put the 2 inch hearts away for another day ;-)
 Take a brad and place it on it's back with the prongs up....
 Put a hole at the bottom of each heart. It is easy and fast to add a hole to each set of hearts.
 Place the hearts on the brad in order of size.

 Adhere the brad making sure none of the hearts can slip off.
 There are a few ways to create the pedals. You can roll them using a pencil.

 Make sure to separate out each heart to create the flower
 Keep rolling until all of your hearts are fashioned into a flower. You can see this flower in the picture above with the three trays adhered.
 Or, and this is my favorite way to make them, you can crumple each heart individually around the center....
 until you get a little ball....
 Slowly pull it apart......
 Until the center is revealed.
 I suggest the assorted pack for crafters to do this project if you want a lot of different color flowers! It  has ten gorgeous colors and metallics included. I also added a few embossed flowers just to mix it up.
 Once you are done you can leave it as is with the brads or you can pop another center into the flowers. I had these lovely flower resin pieces in my stash and decided they would be the perfect finishing touches to this piece.
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!