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Hello! My Name is Long Hiatus

Hello! Yes, I have been on a long hiatus from this domain.  Apparently, I was swallowed up by the school volunteer monster for the past 4 years.    It was a gift to be able to be soo involved in my kiddo’s school and sit on a PTA/PTO board. . . says no one ever!   If you think the movie, Bad Moms, was satirical, think again!  In all seriousness, it was an experience that I am glad I committed to and experienced.  There were some pretty amazing bright spots in working along-side my kiddo’s teachers, dean, principal and some very dedicated parents, now dear friends.

Another thing I have been cookin’ for the past few years is being a Girl Scout leader for 20+ girls.  Yes, I think I am crazy, but so worth the possible asylum issued straight jacket. It has been a treat to watch these kiddos grow up!  I will be sharing some of our fun ideas, tricks and planning I have come up that helped navigate such a large troop.

As I write this, I feel like a bear coming out of hibernation and just wanting to gorge myself on every creative thing I see! So. . . in saying that, be forewarned! 😉

The first order of business in getting me pointed in the right creative direction, the hubs and I worked on relocating my craft space and giving it a HUGE facelift.  I have to say, I am obsessed with rainbows.  Living in Southern California, they are like finding unicorns. So the only logical remedy to my desire of chasing rainbows (outside of moving to Maui), is use them as the inspiration to brighten up my creative lightbulb hub.

Here are some shots of my new favorite room in the house.  I plan on posting a video tour and organizational tips and tricks in the very near future!

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Vino Dressed to Impress

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Hello and Happy Friday! I wanted to share a gift I made for some friend’s anniversary using Paper House Productions Wedding Day Collection , Xyron products, Jamie Cripps 3D Chevron Christmas Gift Card Tag and Lori Whitlock Bottle Label Tag- Big Pocket cut files! It was super easy to put together and yet translates thoughtful effort! One of those tricks that would would like to keep in your back “pocket”!  All the details of how I made this is  up over at Paper House Productions Blog!

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disclaimer on the Starbucks Card… that is my trusty go-to gift card prop! It is from the first and original Starbucks store… yes I am a little attached

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Thanks for sharing a piece of “dressing up the bottle” pie with me!

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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Happy Spring! As most of the country begins to thaw from the harshness Old Man Winter dealt out this year, I decided my first project for Paper House was putting to use the rustic, bright and cheery Garden Collection!

Combining the collection with a reclaimed old pallet turned picture frame and glittering some wooden letter using my 5 inch Xyron Creative Station, I turned it into something that echoes the sentiments of spring!
Head over to Paper House to check out all the deets!

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Six is in the Mix

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Hello and happy Tuesday!  Today I am up over at Kiwi Lane Designs showcasing this layout! My first baby is turning six tomorrow and she as my true inspiration for this creative moment.  I still can’t believe she is going to be six!  I can’t believe I have kept her alive for six years! When she was born I knew NOTHING about babies and I do mean NOTHING.  I was very much all thumbs out the gate and could not even keep a plant alive.  I did start with a dog before we had kids.  My Sadie Dog was such an easy pooch to train and when I needed to I could crate her – probably not the best benchmark for our family planning expectations :-).

Each time I would head into the pediatrician’s office during her infant well baby checks, I would announce to the doctor, “She is 3 months, 4 months a year old. . . and she is still alive!”  I was never more terrified of something that only weighed 8lbs.  I think the doctor took pity on me and always gave me great words of encouragement and support to weather the storm of being a first time mom sans a mom of my own on speed dial.

Needless to say, this layout is proof that I am slowly figuring out this whole motherhood thing and am loving every minute of it!

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Xyron Blog Hop Day 3 – Jar O’ Luck

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Hi and welcome to my first official post for Xyron! Today I am super excited to also be featuring Miss Kate Cuttables during our partnership blog hop week! I am no stranger to Miss Kate Cuttables and have loved doing projects with her clever and super cute cuts. Combining them with Xyron products was just icing on the cake. Below are the cuts I was “lucky” enough to play with for this project!  template

Who doesn’t like creating with mason jars? They are cheap, durable and a great starting point to any crafty creation.  With the help of my Silhouette, my Xyron 5 inch Creative Station and a little luck I was able to whip up this wee bit of the Irish decor!

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Here are the Xyron products I used and this is how I did it (full supply list is located at the end of this post):

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I first measured the opening of the mouth of the quart jar to plan out my cut sizes. Then using my Silhouette, I cut out all the components of the project.  I wanted each component to be double sided so I copied each cut and flipped it.

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Once all cuts are removed from the mat, I began to load all the cuts into my Xyron 5 inch Creative Station and added once each set ran through.  I then began to build each cut by layering and placing together.

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Using Xyron 3/8 inch High Tack Adhesive Dots, I layered the clouds onto the rainbow.

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For the “gold” component of the project, I dusted each side I ran through the Xyron Creative Station with glitter, shook off the excess and repeated on the other side.  I then glued each glittered piece together and glued it to the pot.

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In preparing the lid, I traced the inside of the lid on chipboard and cut out. I then ran it through my Xyron 5 inch Creative Station attached it to the bottom of the sealing cap and added more adhesive on the top of the chipboard using my Xyron 1/2 inch Mega Runner.

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I then cut-to-fit some spare Styrofoam I had on hand. Using a green ink pad, I inked the Styrofoam and then attached the Styrofoam to the chipboard and ran more adhesive on the top of the Styrofoam (this will help the moss to blend and stick well to the Styrofoam) and then put together the lid and set aside.

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After cutting down a toothpick and two wooden skewers, I hot glued them to the pot of gold and the rainbow and placed into the lid. Once the rainbow and pot of gold was in place I added the clovers with the adhesive backings created by the Xyron Creative Station. Adding the moss was the final touch before placing in the jar and closing it up. the moss stuck perfectly to the Mega Tape Runner adhesive applied to the Styrofoam.

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In finishing the project I wrapped 5/8 inch ribbon around the lid securing it with Xyron 3/8 inch High Tack Adhesive Dots.

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There you have it! A fun way to add a bit of Irish luck to your decor.  Now head over to the Xyron Blog and Facebook Page and see what else we have cookin’ with Miss Kate Cuttables! Also be sure to head over to the ever-so-talented Shellye McDaniel over at Papered Cottage– she takes CUTE to a whole new level! And don’t forget to visit Miss Kate Cuttables  and sign up for their FREE daily cutting file while you are at it too!

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Supply List:

Miss Kate Cuttables:

Xyron Products:

  • Quart Jar
  • American Crafts 12×12 Tropicals and Neutrals card stock
  • Globecraft and Piccolo Pure Sparkle Glitter
  • Ashland Moss
  • Celebrate It 5/8 inch Ribbon – St. Patrick’s Day
  • Chipboard
  • Styrofoam
  • Scotts Quick Dry Adhesive
  • Hot Glue
  • Skewers (2)
  • Toothpick (1)

Linking Up To: 

Paper Issues – Tip-Toe Through the Tulips

Everyday is an Occasion Sunday Funday

Sticking to Crafting!

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Setting: Me at the school bus pick-up in my yoga pants and T-shirt (yes, I have to rub in the fact I live in Southern California and it is February, however the tables will turn when you all can flush your toilets, water your lawns and have drinking water and we don’t in a few months).

The phone rings and as I am greeted by an ever-so-chatty-happy 5-year-old, I let it go to voice mail. Once in the car, I check my messages and it is from crafting guru Beth Kingston from Xyron. Of course I don’t waste time listening to the message and called the official spokesperson and face of Xyron, Beth Kingston back. She answered and I lost all intelligent thought process and morphed into a modern day crafting troglodyte. I am pretty sure she offered me a gig I applied for on the Xyron design team, because I accepted regardless if she did.

Apparently, they have not “fixed the glitch” and I am really not dreaming so I am super excited to announce I am officially a Xyron girl! Last night my head was so in the clouds that I burned dinner and my house could have caught on fire and I would not have noticed.

Today I am back to the “glamorous” duties of being a SAHM ,but with a huge smile and BIG skip in my step and beyond honored to have my name among the below talent.

Xyron Design Team

Jessica Barnett – special projects
Gini Cagle
Sharon Callis – international
Jenn Cochran

Ann Corbiere-Scott – special projects
Arin Flynn
Rhea Freitag
Virginia Fynes – international
Denise Hahn
Theresa Harris
Cristal “Pinky” Hobbs
Angela Holt
Karen Jiles
Shellye McDaniel
Shannon Morgan
Stacy Rodriguez
Laurel Seabrook – international
Katie Skiltin – international
Lori Williams
Yvonne Yam – international

The Five Minute Card

OK, so most of you that follow me know that I tend to make things that take some time, but TIME IS NOT ALWAYS MY FRIEND . . . so I am finding as my kids’ schedule is starting to kick into high gear with school, activities and just life.

I love making cards for people, and the thought of running out and buying a card because time is running out is just plain sacrilegious! I find myself breaking out into cold sweats when I am holding a “manufactured” card at the checkout counter.

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Well, I just found some pretty amazing products at Michales the other day that changed my world in the scope of being able to make a card that is cute, trendy and heartfelt totally on the fly!  GOODBYE over priced Hallmark cards and Hello to Mambi Cards, by Me & My Big Ideas!

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I seriously made this card in about FIVE minutes! All I did was pick a pre-cut and scored card from the Mambi card stack, cut down a piece of paper scrap for a layer and wrapped a piece of ribbon around the middle and set it with my ATG.

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I then punched out a circle on another piece of scrap I had on hand and inked the edges and secured it with my ATG.

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Finally I added the pre-made embellishments from Recollections I found on clearance and called it done!

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I have a feeling you may be seeing more of these fun and quick cards!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “cards on the fly” pie with me.

Linking Up To:

Everyday is an Occasion – Sunday Funday

Baby Got Subway Art!

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Happy Wednesday everyone!  Today a new challenge kicks off over at Decorate to Celebrate and the theme is B-A-B-Y Showers!   Sadly I am at a place in my life where my circle of friends are not having first babies, which means NO showers to attend, throw or dream about.  But that does not mean there are not babies to snuggle, smell and love on.  It just means the multiple children effect is happening and our type of showers are now thrown in the hospital room during visiting hours or at their home when you bring them a meal and a small gift . . . so you can hold the baby! 🙂

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I made this for a dear friend who just celebrated the “birth day” of her #5 !  I am hoping I can trade this and a meal for a sweet babe snuggle time party!

Thanks to my Silhouette Cameo, this was a snap to make.  I created the subway art using various fonts and positions and then made sure all were outside cuts and grouped together.  I then cut it out on vinyl I scored from Pick Your Plum!  I burnished it on transfer tape and then burnished on to the finished canvas.

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For the canvas, I wanted to do some bright colors that did not scream B-A-B-Y!  I painted the canvas bright yellow and then found a Silhouette  chevron cut file!   I cut that on standard white 12×12 card stock and then using a sponge, I sponged the red paint on the canvas using the chevron cut as a stencil.   Once that was finished and dried, I headed down to the hubs workshop and hit canvas with a power sander to dull and distress.  Once that was done, I added the vinyl.

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Now be sure to head over to Decorate to Celebrate and check out the fun inspirations the design team has cooked up (word has it, we have some A-M-A-Z-I-N-G guest designers this challenge) and LINK up your fun Baby Shower project!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “babies make you want to decorate to celebrate” pie with me!

Spring Blog Hop! Keepin’ it Fresh, Clean & Simple for Spring!

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Wow!  Throw back the shutters, drag the heavy linens off the bed and put on a pair of shorts!  It is spring!   Welcome to Every Day is an Occasion Spring Blog Hop!  If you came from the most amazingly talented and tough act to follow, Holly from Ribbons and Glue, then you are hangin’ out in the right place.  If you just joined me, you will not want to miss this hop, so head over to our lovely and talented hostess, Jill from Every Day is an Occasion and start there.

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Spring is full of colored pastels, brightly colored eggs, bunnies and peeps, but to me spring means fresh, new, clean and simple.  This is a time where I purge and clean my house from top to bottom and a time my citrus trees are in full bloom and fill my house with sweet fragrance.

Since I am currently in that spring clean mode, I decided to make a wreath the reflects how this time of the year makes me feel.  I know, me and my wreaths, but I collect and make wreaths the way some collect shoes!  I have to have a wreath for every occasion!

This wreath was so easy to make and is made with 100% all natural crafting products!  How fresh is that? I was lucky enough to have Dave from Hemptique pass along some of  their A-M-A-Z-I-N-G product to play and create with.  Among the goodies, I received some Hemp Yarn and Variegated Rainbow Hemp  Spool and just fell in love with the textures and colors!

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I made the base by wrapping a flat 12 inch wooden ring, that can be found at Michaels or Hobby Lobby, with the Hemp Yarn.  This was easy to do, but a bit time consuming but I did it while watching a movie with the hubs one night.

Then I made these colorful flower blossoms using the Variegated Rainbow Hemp by cutting around 24 inch strands and folding them in half and tie in a bow.  I made three bows fro each flower blossom.  Once all bows were made, I then used a hot glue gun and attached each bow to each other, one on top of another in a way that formed the flower blossoms.  Once the flower blossoms were completed, I trimmed off the excess length and then added a linen button from, Close to My Heart, with hot glue to the center of each blossom.  Once all blossoms were complete, I attached each blossom to the wreath using hot glue.

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On the top portion of the wreath I cut enough Rainbow Hemp to be able to wrap around the wreath to showcase why it is called Rainbow Hemp.

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To finish the wreath I hand-bound together a nice length of  the Hemp Yarn and looped it around the top of the wreath for hanging and trimmed any excess length.

This wreath is super clean and fresh and because it is made with  the durability of the 100% natural hemp, I have a feeling it will hanging on my front door a lot this year!

Now for the blog candy! 

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Who does not love mini chalkboards on a stick or should I say 8 chalkboards on 8 sticks?  And since I have been gushing about how cool Hemptique product is, I thought I would throw in a ball of the amazing Hemp Yarn! Hey maybe you can make a project combining both these goodies!  All you need to do is :

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  • Follow me on Facebook! 
  • if you already subscriber and FB follower, leaving a comment will put you in the running as well!

I will be announcing the randomly picked winner on Monday, March 25, 2013! 

Now be sure to head over and check out the sweet and very talented Lisa from A Mermaid’s Crafts to keep hoppin’ along!

Just in case you lost your way . . .

The Blog Hop Line Up!
Jill- Every Day is an Occasion
Holly- Ribbons & Glue
Arin- A Piece of Life’s Pie (You are here)
Lisa- A Mermaid’s Crafts NEXT
Kelsie Ann- Cut Craft Create
Missy- Quick Chick Designs
Court- Court’s Craft Corner
Heather- The Hunny Pot
Shelly- My Paper Love
Jamie- So Much Better With Age
Thanks for sharing a piece of ‘keepin’ it fresh and clean” pie with me!  Be sure to head over to my other creative spring idea I have going on for Decorate to Celebrate!
Linking Up To:
Gotta Create: Wildly Original Linking Party
Navy Wifey Peters Aboard the USS Crafty – Submarine Sundays

Sweet Tweet! Spring is in the Air!

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I know it is only mid-February, but with 80 degree temps in our neck of the woods, I could not help but feel as if there is a bit of “spring” in the air and wanted to make this fun grapevine wreath using Globecraft and Piccolo 3-D Enamel Gels to add color and dimension to a $ find I scored at Michaels!

Since I was adding so much color to the birdcage, I decided to practice a great amount restraint in not over designing this wreath. To me spring translates new, fresh, clean and simple. I wanted to make a wreath that can be easily crafted together in a short amount of time; a great quick gift idea that will bring lots of smiles!

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Materials List:

  • Globecraft & Piccolo Cobalt Turquoise 3D Enamel Gel
  • Globecraft & Piccolo Orange 3D Enamel Gel
  • Globecraft & Piccolo Butter Cream 3D Enamel Gel
  • Globecraft & Piccolo Mustard Yellow 3D Enamel Gel
  • Globecraft & Piccolo Napthol Red 3D Enamel Gel
  • My Mind’s Eye (MME) 6×6 Paper Stack – “Sunny”
  • Micheals Laser Cut Wood Birdcage
  • Panada 6 inch Box Wreath
  • Twinery Butter Cream twine
  • Celebrate It 1/2 inch orange ribbon
  • Cricut Die Cut Machine
  • Cricut Cartridge Celebrations (pennant stencil cut at 1 1/4 inch, 1 1/2 inches, and 1 3/4 inches)
  • Stampin’ Up Pumpkin Ink
  • Dauber
  • Close To My Heart Red Assortment Buttons
  • Hot Glue
  • Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Bone Folder
  • Pencil (for tracing pennant stencil)
  • Straight Pin

Step 1: Applying Globecraft & Piccolo 3D Enamel Gel: Starting with the Butter Cream Globecraft & Piccolo 3D Enamel Gel, apply to the cage’s outline. Then begin to apply the color to the flowers using a straight pin to pull the color through to areas that are tight. You do not need to wait for each color to dry. The beauty of this product is that is has a thick consistency and does not run or spread as long as you take care in not running over the other color boarders. Set aside and let set and dry for a couple of hours (mine dried in about an hour, but I live in a drier climate – if pressed for time, you can set your oven at the lowest temp possible and the door cracked to speed the process. just keep a watchful eye on it).

sweet tweet 3Step 2: Paper Pennants: I used a Cricut die ctt machine to make the stencils for the paper pennants, but you can use a Silhouette or cut them out free handed. Using a designer paper of your choice, create a fold using a bone folder and trace the pennants using the stencils (this will create the “diamond shape that folds over the twine to secure the pennants). I cut two pennants each from three different coordinating design paper with coordinating sizes to match the design paper.

Once all pennants are cut, ink edges with a dauber, glue pennant together (ONLY THE BOTTOM PORTION OF PENNANT, so you have an opening to run the twine through), then run each pennant through a 20 inch piece of twine, tie to the back of the wreath and cut off any extra length.

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Step 3: Button Embellishments: To add the button embellishment to the top of the birdcage start by first applying hot glue to the bottom button and securing the top button. Once cooled, apply the button set to the top of the birdcage.

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Step 4: Assembling the Wreath: Assemble the wreath by securing the birdcage with hot glue and using a slip knot technique to add the ribbon at the top of the wreath for hanging. The pennants were already added, but you may need to rearrange or straighten them out a bit.

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There you have it! Sweet, simple and done in not time flat! Head on over to Globecraft and Piccolo’s online store to gather up the supplies so you can cook up this springtime wreath! Also head over to my post over at Globecraft and Piccolo’s blog and see my other birdcage inspired wreath project using their book board charms, powder enamels and more 3D enamel gels!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “spring is in the air” pie with me.

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