October 21, 2016

Introducing Elisabeth Bells Newest Digi...."Fall Errands"

My oh my, It's that time again.....
Blog Hop Days just make me smile.
I don't know, but I look forward to them each month. =)

For this months Digi Bell's Blog Hop, I kept things a little more simple than I did last month...but anyway... on with the hop...shall we? 

Hopefully, you are joining the Digi Bells for this months Blog Hop, and should have arrived here from Sebrina's Blog.  If not, please go back to the Digi Bell's Blog, and hop along with us.

I am sure you have enjoyed the hop so far, and this is the last stop.
This months newest Digi, "Fall Errands", was SUCH FUN to color.

I will not even begin to tell you my struggle.  For the life of me, I could not get my mind around a layout. After I decided I wanted a smaller rectangular card.
This goes to show that I tend to be a creature of habit, change something up just a tiny bit and suddenly I have brain block...

Suddenly the idea came to me, I had just finished making the most adorable set of Christmas cards, using this cut file as a background.  Why not use it for this one...
So the very eloquent yet simple design was born.  BUT... Not without some major oopsies along the way.
That red stickles in the top corner... NOOOOO.... that wasn't supposed to be there, but I accidently had it on my hand and touched there. What was I going to do now?  Well... I fixed it the best way I could...
There was no way to get it off, I ended up filling in a couple more areas so it at least looked even.  
Not happy about it all, (actually I'm quite irritated with myself)
but... Time was running out.

I'm just going to try not to stress about it.  But the next big boo boo comes when I go to photograph the card.  I can't not even begin to tell you how many pictures I took.  If there was a fly on the wall, he would surly think I was crazy.
A photo shoot for just one card. lol
I don't know why, but I could not get proper lighting to save my life. Not to mention any Adobe Photoshop fixes that I could think of were NOT helping.
I finally said... It is what it is...
Obviously I need to relax a little, and accept that sometimes, things are what they are. (but I hate that)

Now it's time to head back to the Digi Bells Blog, make sure to leave a comment there as well, and let us know what you love about the fabulous "Fall Errands".

Thanks so much for joining us!

Challenges I've Decided to Enter:

October 17, 2016

This is where Paper Crafting Meets Wood..... *Wink*

I thought that I might post my latest "Project" here on my blog.  Although, I usually post my paper crafts. Cards, and other Papery projects, but this time.... We are working with Paper and Wood.

I'm talking about a

The Story goes like this....
My daughter absolutely LOVES her pile of stuffed animals.
So much so, that she was quickly losing her bed and every night it became a big job just to find a place for her to sleep.  She insisted on keeping them with her.
We tried shelves, they always ended up back in her bed.
So the brain storming began...

I went to Pinterest and started searching for ideas for keeping the fluffy little creatures near by
but still out of the way so that the poor girl could actually have room for herself in her bed.

I came across the cutest idea, the "Animal Zoo"
I found a few different versions, all of which were not really done the way that I would have done them.
So I decided to take the general idea, and make it the way that I thought it best.

This was my Pinterest Inspiration and my "Starting Out" point.

The idea of this was fabulous, but I knew when I read the "instructions" for that particular storage zoo, I would definitely need to do some modifications.

Anything that goes into my daughters room absolutely MUST BE "Isabella Proof"
She is a 3 year old little monster, Smarter than her own good. I knew that this would be something
that she would most likely climb into, or attempt to climb up.  I needed something that was sturdy and safe.

Before ever starting the project, I put hours of time into creating just the right "Zoo" theme for my project when it was finished.
I created the most adorable zoo animals to be applied to the wood.
They can now be used as coloring pages for my daughter, or digital stamps for making cards etc.

I printed and then colored my images using Copic Markers.  Then carefully cut them out.
I thought, since I had spent all that time creating these adorable images, then why not make them available for anyone else who may want to use them.

You can find them individually, or the full set in my Etsy Shop.
Cut-it-Out Paper Crafts

With that part complete, I couldn't wait to get started.

I started by measuring the space that I would be placing this zoo.
I wanted a perfect fit for her small room.

I opted for a 6 foot tall zoo.
So the plans began....

First the supplies to build the frame.

I used boards that were 1" x 4" x 6'
I bought 9 of them.
(I cut them down the middle, Giving me 1"x2"x6' boards)
Why didn't I just buy the right size to begin with?  Price... The price for the 1"x4" was cheaper.  I saved myself about $10.00 in wood costs by cutting them down the middle lengthwise.

So now, I have a bunch of 1"x2"x6' boards - Let the measuring and cutting begin.

4 - Boards left at 6 feet long 
6 - pieces cut at 24" long
6 - pieces cut at 36" long

Once all of the pieces were cut, I sanded the wood making it nice and smooth.
Assemble the 3 rectangles, 
Using a bit of Wood Glue, and Wood Screws,

After I had all 3 rectangles put together, it was time to add the sides.
(The 4 pieces that were left long.)

Now it was time to paint.
I decided NOT to add a backing on this Zoo, and the addition of molding is optional as well.
I didn't want that either, since I wanted to keep this as light weight as possible.
My little monkey already is showing the big interest of needing to climb in there.
My plan was to keep it as simple, light weight, and safe as possible.

I painted this frame using what I had on hand.  A flat white ceiling paint.
(It took a few coats, but it worked)
The ideal paint for coverage probably would have been spray paint.
But I wasn't going to go buy anything that I didn't really need to buy.

I wasn't concerned about the flat finish of ceiling paint, because I knew that I would be applying Glossy Mod Podge over the top anyway.  You'll see why in just a moment.

While I waited for my paint to dry, I got to work on the decorative plaque for the front of the Zoo.

I had stopped at Lowes, and picked up a thin board that was already cut to size.
1/2 inch thick and measuring 4 inches tall, and 3 feet long.
I added a quick coat of basic white acrylic craft paint, and allowed it to dry.
(It didn't take long)
I then began placing my colored pictures, and figuring out what I wanted to do.
I went with what I know best, and that was using my Copic Markers.
(Can't live without them)
I proceeded to draw my grass, trees, and flowering vines, using several different shades for contrast. This gave it such a realistic effect.
I definitely could never have done it with paint.  Not to mention having to buy several different shades in each color, and then having to wait for each shade to dry a bit before adding another shade.  No, that's not for me.  I will stick with my Copic Markers.

Once that was done, I used a small foam paint roller, and put 2 even coats of Glossy Mod Podge over it, (allowing the coats to dry a bit in between)

Once completely dry, it was time to place the plaque on the front of the "Zoo"
I did NOT want to put nails or screws through my board, or the scene that I had created.
My husband insisted that I couldn't just glue it on.  He said it will never hold.
Well... He was wrong.

I used Gorilla Wood Glue.  Put it along the bottom edge of my plaque, and then on the back where it would be touching the frame.  I then used 4 clamps, and left it for about an hour.
It was really solid.  Who says you can't use only glue?

Next it was time to string the "Bars"
This is where my ideas and the original plans are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

The original plan that I was sort of following, said to use screws and washers to install the bungee cord.  First of all, the bungee cord that I bought was 1/4 inch thick (about the size of your average clothes line rope)
There was NO WAY that would easily and smoothly tuck under a washer and be tight enough and smooth enough not to come loose.

My brainstorming is wonderful sometimes.

I thought that using eye screws would be a better solution.

So this is what I used.

I had purchased a 100 foot roll of 1/4 inch shock cord (also called bungee cord)
and then went to Walmart and bought a couple of packages of the 1/4 inch eye screws that look like this.

I calculated that I would need 6 cords on each side, and 7 cords across the front.
Meaning I would then need a total of 57 of these eye screws.

Installing these was the most tedious part of the whole job.
Once I did that, my hands were tired, my knees were tired of being on the floor, and I called for back up.  LOL

I got my husband to install the cording.
Each piece of bungee was cut to 53.5 inches.

This size seemed short, but....it was stretched to fit, still leaving some stretching room for taking stuffed animals in and out of the zoo.
(I did NOT need the full 100 feet of cord, I still have about 20 feet left over)

The reason for stretching to this size is because I wanted safety without losing the effect of the bungee stretch.  Knowing how my daughter is 
(yes, she uses Murphy's law to the maximum every day)
"If it will...It Will"
If there is a way to get hurt, she will find it for sure.  I didn't want any slack in the bungee cord that she could possibly get wrapped in, but still wanted enough to be able to stretch to pull toys out of.
This is actually just tight enough that you could play it like a guitar and hear sound. lol
bug there is no way you could possibly wrap it around anything, no matter how hard you try to stretch it.

Anyway.... so, a knot was tied at the top of each piece, and then threaded down through the eye screws.  Each piece going continuously from top to bottom, and then neatly tied off with another knot.

If you look closely, you can see on the middle frame, where the cording goes perfectly through the eye screws.  Yes, this was a much MUCH better idea than using screws and washers, and just tucking cording behind it.  All I could picture then is having to constantly fix the cord if it accidentally got pulled out. 

Doesn't this look nice and neat?
And definitely will withstand anything that my daughter could do to it. LOL

These cords were put on both sides, and the front.  It was time to stand it up, and take a look.
Ahhhhh, I LOVE how it turned out....

Now it was time to bring it into my daughters room, and see how we did.
I am so THANKFUL that this is such a light weight item.
and look at that. It Looks GREAT, and it is the absolute perfect fit for where I needed to place it in her room.

To think, that I thought she had SOOO many stuffed animals, that she would have it half full by now.
There is a ton of room in there.  It's a good thing too, especially since I know that Santa Clause is bringing some of Disneys Dory animals. haha....

My mother-in-law and I began placing bets on how long it would take my daughter to climb inside.
I said, "She will be in there before the day is over, I'm sure"
Yep....3 hours... that's all it took....

Caught you!!!
She seems to like it in there, although... I told her unless she is a stuffed animal, she is NOT to be inside the Zoo. So far she has listened.

Anyway.... this is one of those Pinterest projects that I made my own modifications to, and thought I would share.
And at last... One for the books, It won't get posted as a "Pinterest Fail"
Seriously, have you ever looked up Pinterest Fails?  LOL
I get a kick out of those photos.

Thanks for taking the time to read through all of my jibber jabber.


September 25, 2016

Elisabeth Bells World "Buttons and Bows"

Greetings Everyone.....  
I'm going to try and keep my post short and sweet today... 
It's time for me to share my creation for this months EBWorld Challenge.  Our theme is "Buttons and Bows"  Of course my mind has to always overthink things.  I really wanted Buttons... and LOTS of them.... So what better way, than to create my own paper, and then color each button.  With the help of my 3 year old telling me what colors I should color them. I REALLY did let her pick the colors.  Of course she watched intently as I colored each one.

I've used
"Sophie Sitting on a Timber Throne" from Elphine House Australia for my card today.

I obviously didn't use any DP's, just the buttons paper that I made, and decided that any accent paper (my blue border frame) had to be colored by me as well.
Copics Copics and more Copics are what I used for all of my coloring here. With the addition of just 3 Prisma Colored Pencils here and there.
The colors used are as follows.
{Skin} E00, PC943, PC926
{Hair} E50, Y0000, Y21, YR23, Y26
{Clothing} B91, B93, B95, B97, B99, C00, PC949
{Grass etc.} YG03, YG17, YG67, E25, E29, E33, YR04, Y02

My Buttons paper includes These Copic Colors:
B04, B000, B91, B93, B95, B97, B99, RV19, RV04,
C05, C01, E25, E33, R05, YR02,  YG03, YG17, Y02, Y19.

I've decided to enter these challenges:

September 23, 2016

It's Blog Hop Day... Hurray... Featuring Elisabeth Bell's "Apple Blossom and Milkshake Baking"

Hello and Welcome..... 
Whoooohoooo... It's Blog Hop Day...and I'm SUPER excited. 
(aren't I always? LOL)
If you are here for The Digi Bells Blog hop, that's great... I hope you get tons of inspiration along the way today. I think our girls did an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G job. 

If you have arrived here from Annie's Blog, then you are on the right track.  If not, jump on over to The Digi Bells Blog, and start at the beginning.  
You aren't going to want to miss anything.  
Apple Blossom and Milkshake Baking have never looked so good. 
(Okay, maybe they have a while back... but still.... LOL)

Here she is up nice and close.... ugh... she is soooo stinking adorable!!

Soooo, this little cutie and her kitten inspired me SO MUCH, that I got right to work, and started playing and creating.  And before I knew it, I was on to something really "Sweet".
I will let you decide if you agree or not.

Who doesn't love Apple Pie???

and that isn't the ONLY thing I created....
I REALLY wanted to make an apple pie.
even if it was made out of paper....
and guess what?......

It's an adorable little gift box too!

I saw the most delicious looking "apple pie cookies" on Pinterest, and wanted to make them to go inside, but time got away from me.  Believe me, I would STILL like to do that.. But then... I might be tempted to give this awesome Pie Gift Box away to someone.  I honestly don't know if I can part with it.
I really do LOVE it that much! haha
There really are NO designed papers used on the pie, OR on the card, other than scraps taken from my stash in order to make the punched flowers.
I really wanted to keep everything as "plain" as I could, so that the focus was on this sweet girl, and the awesome pie.
The pie template is from SVGCuts and it's called "Fall Harvest"
I did a few alterations, and modifications of course, to make it work for me.

I LOVE the fact that Digi's can be resized anyway that you want them.
I made her much much smaller, in order to create the tag.  My first attempt at coloring this cutie that small was NOT happening.  No way could I color anything with that much detail, and that small size.
Plan B came into effect....  Scan my already colored image, and THEN print it out on my tag.  Phew... Lifesaver for me...

I hope that you were inspired to give something like this a try.

It's time to get moving, and hop on over to Jennifers Blog.  You are sure to be amazed with her beautiful work.
But before you go... Don't forget to leave a comment below, in order to be in for a chance to win this absolutely Darling Digi.

Challenges Entered:

September 12, 2016

My first Tiddly Inks =)

Hello there!  Just a quick post from me today.  I have a card to share with you.  I can't believe that I finally had some free time and was able to just sit and get some "Just for fun" coloring done.  Not only that, but I also finished off with using the image that I colored to create a card.
I have been admiring some of the Tiddly Inks Digi's for a while, and finally decided I would grab a few...  Of course coloring this little cutie was LOADS of fun.  This one is called Celebrate Joyfully, and I've added "Emma's Flowers" in beside her.

I am really loving this color combo lately.  It must mean that I am in the mood for Autumn colors.
I've used Copics for coloring, and topped her red dress with a tiny bit of stickles, and then lightly brushed them.  I didn't want to have TOO MUCH Sparkle...  =)
The papers were both just a plain solid color, that I've either stamped on, or embossed.

Does this one put you in the mood for Fall?

Challenges that I've decided to enter:

August 26, 2016

Back To School with Elisabeth Bell's Digi Release for Aug 2016

Hello and Welcome..... I am so excited, because I absolutely LOVE blog hops.  And that is what we are doing today.  If you are here for The Digi Bells Blog hop, that's great... I hope you have enjoyed what you've seen so far.  If not, then we would LOVE to have you join us.  You never know, you just might be one of the lucky winners of this months Digi's.  

If you have arrived here from Gina's Blog, then you are on the right track.  If not, jump on over to The Digi Bells Blog, and start at the beginning.  You aren't going to want to miss anything.  Prepare to be inspired by our amazing DT.

Soooo, for today's Digi release, I've decided to use the gorgeous "Back To School Girl" digi as well as the fabulous "Back to School Books" to decorate a notebook.  After all, what is school, without notebooks?  Everyone needs notebooks, right?

So this is what I have come up with.

Yep... That's it!


Noooo, I'm sorry, I'm just joking....
Apparently I think I am pretty funny today!!!

However, THAT IS the type of notebook that I used for today's post.

This is what I turned that notebook into...

The papers that I used for covering the book are both from The Paper Studio.
The one on the left is called "School Supplies Mix" and the Blue is called "Texture - Royal Blue".
I have used the blue as the main outer cover, and the inside of the front and back cover are covered in the "School Supplies Mix" paper.  Of course I added just a hint of that paper to the left side, wrapping it around to show on the binding and a little bit on the back as well.

There are so many goodies to look at here, so I will start with the best of all.
"Back To School Girl" and her books.
This beauty was a favorite of mine when it was sold as a rubber stamp from Whiff of Joy a few years ago.  Unfortunately I never got around to adding her to my collection.  When I saw that we would be working with this gorgeous girl for this months Digi release I was beyond thrilled.
The thing I LOVE about the fact that she is now a Digital stamp, is that SIZE is EASILY adjusted to suit any project.  So of course she was enlarged, so she would stand front and center on my notebook.

I used Copics as well as just a couple of Prisma Color Pencils for my coloring.
Colors used are as follows.

Skin and Hair: E00, PC943, PC926, E50, Y21, Y26, YR23
Clothing: R29, R25, R39, B26, B93, B95, PC901, PC 1067
Other Colors Used for Books and Accessories:
R29, R35, R59, B41, B93, YG17, YG67, Y38, YR04, YR14, E08, E41.

The vintage Library Card and Flash Cards are my favorite I think.
I don't even know what triggered the idea to add something like that, but I am really glad that the idea crossed my mind.  I love the way those items look here.
As for where I found those, a simple google search for Vintage Flashcards, and Library Cards lead me right to it.  The funniest part about the library card is that it must have been one that showed Elvis Presley as signing the book out.  I didn't notice that until I had printed it out, and was placing it on my notebook. (All the more reason for me to LOVE this notebook)
The ABC's and 123's were just large font that I printed, colored, and cut out.
but how about that Vintage Ruler?  WOW - I absolutely LOVE IT!!!
Of course, what is school, without a "Word of the Day" and Zeal seemed to suit my project quite well, I think.
The finishing touch was my doodling and real denim flowers.
Yes, I really did use the fabric from an old pair of blue jeans.
They turned out better than I imagined.

All in all, I have to say.... I absolutely LOVE my new notebook.  I don't even know if I want to write in it now.  Maybe I should pass it along as a gift.  I don't know.  But I truly had a ton of fun creating this very fun and fab notebook.

Thank you so much for stopping by....
I hope that you were inspired to give something like this a try.
It's time to get moving, and hop on over to Fiki's Blog.  You are sure to be amazed with her beautiful work.
But before you go... Don't forget to leave a comment below, in order to be in for a chance to win these two fantastic Digi's.

Challenges I'm Entering:

August 25, 2016

Make A Splash

Greetings everyone... Whew, this month has just flown by.  Kids around here have started School, and I am still wondering what happened to Summer. (Even if it does still feel like Summer to me)  Time just gets away, and goes by WAY TOO FAST....  I don't think I like that too much.  haha....

The challenge this month is "Make A Splash" over on Elisabeth Bells World Challenge Blog.  If you have a darling EB Stamp or Digi that would fit this theme, why not join in on the challenge?  We'd love to see your talent and creativity.

Today I have a card to share with you featuring one of Elisabeth Bell's darling little Peekers.  This one is called "Birdy Peeker" and was once released by SCACD.  I absolutely ADORE all of my Little Peeker Stamps.

The papers that I've chosen were taken out of scraps stash.  I thought the bright pinkish purple would be fun to work with.  I think it's been a while since I used these bold colors.
I would love to be able to tell you which Copic Colors I used, but for the life of me I can not find the paper that I had the colors written down on.  I believe the pink dress was RV17, RV19.... And the green was YG05, but other than that, I can't remember what else I used...Oh well.... such is life.....This is what happens when you color up your image, and then it sits on your desk for about 2 weeks.  Somehow my list of colors disappeared.  (My husband is probably the culprit)  LOL

I also dug into my stash of odds and ends, and found these two perfectly matched buttons, I just had to use them, a little bit of this and that, and a card is made.

I would like to enter my card into these challenges: