Lots of String!

Hey folks, it’s been a while. Lots of work and hardly any play 😖

Today I’m sharing my first attempt at string art. This one comes with a story …

A childhood friend of mine had a baby many years ago. When the baby was born I hand painted a wooden name plaque. It turns out that they’ve held onto the gift all these years ❤️ Her baby is now 15 years old! She contacted me and requested a new updated name plaque for his birthday. I was beyond honored to fulfill such a beautiful request.

Below is the original wooden name plaque. Clearly has 15 years of use on it.

Below is the new name plaque I created. Staying in tune with the original it has that hand painted feel to it. I had recently become obsessed with string art videos and thought I’d take a crack at it. The plaque is a bare wood display from Hobby Lobby. Use the 40% coupon! I used Varathane Wood Stain in the color Kona.

Below is a progress photo. I printed the name on a sheet of copy paper and nailed right through it. In retrospect I wish I HADN’T done that. After tearing the sheet off I sat there with tweezers trying to pull little specks of white paper that was caught under the nail 😣 super aggravating. Avoid doing that!

Hope you enjoyed this project! I’ve got two other posts coming soon! Muahhh 💋

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Large Paper Flowers

Hello friends! I made these gorgeous giant paper flowers to adorn a dessert table at a sweet 16 party. They are all flat-back flowers hot glued onto a worn fence for that country feel ❤️ enjoy the video, folks! Love and miss you guys 💋

Craft Desk UPDATE

Hello Friends! I’m super excited to share an update on my craft room. I’ve added another work surface and changed my stamp storage. Not a complete overhaul, but I just cleaned it and fell in love with it all over again! I think all crafters get excited and take pictures of clean work areas 😝
Here is a link to my original post showing you my craft desk: My Creative Workspace.

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I purchased this large table from a clothing store that was shutting down in the mall for $50!!! I couldn’t walk away from such a deal.

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It fit like a glove! My design paper storage slid perfectly underneath it. Two storage cubes sit on top with my solid cardstock and special paper pads. My cutting mat and large paper trimmer sit on it, as well. The containers on the right are my large sizzix dies, texture plates, sprays, and medium gels. My die cutting machine finally has an assigned spot that’s out of the way!

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In my original post I had binders that stored my stamps. Nothing was wrong with that system, it worked. However, I fell in love with the fridge containers and Elle Pockets that Jennifer McGuire kept showing off. Love, love love! So much easier to use at home or travel to crops with. The dividers are heavy cardstock with labels. Easy peasy!

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This is still the same as before, but I wanted to show how much more I’ve added to it! The top round spice containers are from IKEA and the rounds ones near the bottom are from Dollar Tree! Eh, the magnets aren’t as powerful, but they stay put.

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Ta-da! Full view of my work space. I’m head over heals for it all. Everything is within reach. Having two different work surfaces is amazing! I don’t have to constantly move things out of the way when I bring my trimmer or scoreboard out. My Project Life layouts don’t get shoved around (because then I forget how I had it) when I’m trying to work on an individual card. Love it!
I thought about getting a stool for the taller table, but I’ve managed well so far without it.
Hope you enjoyed! Thanks for visiting!

Merry Christmas!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all!!! It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this creative space 😒 but
I’d like to share the fireplace and chimney I created for my work desk … This isn’t my original idea, I pulled it from Pinterest. I hand cut it from copy paper boxes! I changed the computer background to a fireplace and removed any screensaver.
I pulled this together over 2 very late nights and felt like giving up a few times lol but I successfully completed it. 🙌 Love and miss everyone here, hope to see you again in 2016!

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My Love & Happiness

Happy Monday!!! I wanted to post this yesterday, but my Hunny Bunny and I opted to pick up a pizza and watch a handful of New Releases. Sweet and blissful love. It’s what makes my world go ’round.
Speaking of love, I’m sharing a layout I made. My favorite photo of us the night of my brother’s wedding. I actually backed it on thick chipboard that I can frame and hang up.
I’m submitted this project to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes With Buttons.

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I impulsively purchased the huge flower waiting in line at Michael’s (those dollar bins are dangerous lol). The key too!!! Everything else I pulled from my existing stash and just kept layering until it looked good.

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BONUS DIY: If you look real close you can see some color sprays behind the flower and picture. This is the first time I use sprays or mists so I went light. Looking back now, I wish I had sprayed heavier lol
I bought empty spray bottles and gel food coloring. They don’t clog up the sprayers and the color is richer. I YouTubed tutorials and watched dozens of vids before deciding this was what I wanted to try first.

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Thanks guys! Up next: I pulled out an unfinished project from the vault 😉

Goody Bags

My sweet friends! I’ve missed you, but I’ve been crazy busy making these super cute goody bags for my God Daughter’s 5th birthday party. They’re not too elaborate because, after all, they are goody bags that young kids will likely destroy or throw away LOL but they’re still cute enough to pine over 🙂
Each scalloped piece, each paper rosette, each center piece is different from the other. That was very difficult for 25 bags! I even hand stamped or embossed backgrounds on some of the scallops. Each flag banner has her stamped name on it. Of course, everything is hot glued together. CLICK to enlarge the main images so you can really see the details.

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Fun with the Glue Gun!

So, I keep seeing everyone use these adorable enamel dots and pearls on their cards and Project Life. Some at decent prices and some not. So what do we do!?!? YouTube it and then make it ourselves!!!
I have a small cheapie standard got glue gun, but it’s high temp so it does what I need it to. I just started globbing hot glue on my Ranger craft mat and tapped underneath it to smooth out the glue and any bubbles. Gave it a night to dry and slapped some nail polish on them. They popped right off the mat. I used my Cutter Bee’s to clean up any dried nail polish around the edge.
Voilà!!! Homemade enamel dots. When they’re on a project you can’t see any imperfections! Even if you did, it just adds to the curiosity 😉
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Can you even see a difference from homemade to store bought!?!?! (above).
These are super adorbs! I can’t wait to start adding that extra little something to my projects.