Monday, April 4, 2016

Gallery Wall on a Budget

Bachelor Gallery Wall on a Budget
When my 26 year son asked me to help put together artwork for his new home I was thrilled. He had no idea what he wanted. I asked what he liked and winged it. I searched sites like Zulily, Wayfair, Joss and Main, and Gordmans discount store in Omaha. I would forward images to him and asked yea or nay. So he really selected the pieces himself. The entire wall cost about $150,  The best reward....he loved it! Now his living room feels like his home. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

It's fall y'all 2014

I'm baaaaaaack! Tri season for 2014 is done. 4 triathlons, including a national championship race, on the books. Now to rest and recover while enjoying trail running, swimming and cycling on the trainer. Best of all, fall means scrapbooking, cards, crafts! It marks the season of my other passion and I relish it. I had a great opportunity to do a Christmas card workshop this week with some fun ladies. We used the Snowhaven Card Kit......that paper makes me think of a soft, warm, Nordic sweater.
Three different Snowhaven patters,


I also taught how to make this simple but beautiful holiday banner using leftover Picture My Life cards in the Pear and Partridge pattern at our unit meeting.





If you are interested in detailed instructions, leave a message and I will respond. Want to make holiday cards? Let's schedule a workshop and get them done early!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tough Chik Meet Up

Hand stamped Team Tough Chik gift bags

Design by themysticgypsy. 

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This my  second year with Team Tough Chik, a team of awesome inspiring, supportive and motivating athletes. We live all across the US and outside the US. Although many of us have never met, we feel like sisters. We have many team members in my area and several of us gave never met. Many of is ran in the Lincoln Marathon and Half so we saw the opportunity to meet up for a night out a few days before. Last fall CTMH came out with teal and purple glitter tape.....Tough Chik colors! I made simple gift bags for each Chik, stamping tags and bags. I had a retired stamp set with the perfect "chick" stamp, I had been dying to use the Girls Rock stamp and the best stamp of all was the quote on the tag. I had just won it a week before at the Rediscover CTMH Omaha event.....it's one of my favorite quotes and it was PERFECT for this event! I also wrapped and stamped Hershey bars I placed in the bags.....in TC colors of course! I had so much fun making these special but simple gift bags.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Handmade Baby Shower Decorations

It was so much fun making these decorations! I used Babycakes papers and colors since it was gender neutral. The take out boxes were adorable and the cupcake toppers matched the cupcakes perfectly! 
Cricut cut and Stamped
 gift tags for guest favors
Our menu....love the stamped take out boxes made with my cricut and  Art  Philosophy cartridge
I fussy cut and freehanded the elephants. Cute wall hangings
I used this on my front door.
These made great balloon weighs!.
Love that the m and m's match!
Yummy .....and love the toppers. Hand stamped and punched
Vanilla orange and chocolate PB cupcakes! 


Orange sherbet, ginger ale punch

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Baby Shower!



Homemade baby shower banner!
Close to my Heart Baby Shower Banner. Hand stamped. 

Detail baby shower banner. Bases and letters cricut cut.

Oh Baby! Gender neutral baby shower banner using Babycakes.

I am preparing for a baby shower this weekend and wanted share some sneak peeks. I will post more pics and instructions next week after the shower. We don't know the gender so using gender neutral colors. I also wanted to use something besides yet he generic yellow or green. I used all Close To My Heart products in the invite and the baby shower banner. Let's just say thank goodness for the cricut! 


I should explain my absence and the length of time since my last post. After vacation at Thanksgiving and first week in December I caught a cold, which within a day turned into sinusitis and within 48 hrs developed pneumonia. I got very sick, very fast. It took me out the entire month of December until I recovered. In late January, we went to Jamaica for a seven day vacation  for our 25th anniversary. Halfway through, I fell and suffered a severe dislocation and fracture of my arm.....my dominant arm!      I could not use my right hand until late February. I am getting better but it's a slow process ....I did a number on myself. I have to take frequent breaks while paper crafting or I get stiff and it hurts. 

I cannot train.... so no cycling, simming,running or weights. that makes me wear the crabby pants. I could not drive until a few days ago......but I can now! Woo hoo! Freedom is mine!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sparkle & Shine "Ho" Card

 
My "HO" card: bahahaha   It's 6x3 inch card - all CTMH products

Here's a simple Holiday card I made for my unit swap. It uses the Sparkle and Shine Paper Kit available only in the Holiday Gift guide.
  • I just eyeballed the sizes of the ruby and peppermint strip but the white "HO" is 2x2. 
  • I stamped it in black pigment ink and used clear detail embossing powder. 
  • I used our alcohol markers to color the "Ho"'s (bahahaha) - colors used: Ruby and Juniper
  • I then put it on a black mat to make it pop. I also used foam tape under the mat.
  • It was crying out for something sparkly so I added the red glitter tape for pizazz. (Jazz hands!)
Anyhoo........it was super easy to make. If you are interested in a card workshop making these- shoot me an email or comment.   
 

Monday, October 21, 2013

It's FALL y'all!

OK, I am not from the south....
 but that is just way too much fun too SAY!

Fall decorating ......pumpkin towers! 
 
Make your own pumpkin towers with craft pumpkins.....cute!

Look at those pesky mice....EEK!

I made my pumpkin towers out of CRAFT pumpkins this year instead of real ones. So next year I just need to take them out of storage......sweet! I also love the Martha Stewart mice I added this year.
Maybe they will frighten the real ones away!

Read on to learn how to make these polka dot pumkin towers yourself. I added some photos I took as I went along for reference.

Supplies:
2 white foam craft pumpkins (Michaels)
2 orange taller craft pumpkins (Michaels)
I/2 inch diameter dowel (from Michaels) I bought the same time as my pumkins to be sure it would be long enough to go through both of them, have a about a foot below them for anchoring in soil and and at least 2 inches on top for tying ribbons onto.
Black acrylic paint
Spray satin clear sealer
Sponge applicator
CTMH 1 1/4" punch
Small piece of cardstock to punch stencil for circle
Power drill using 1/2 inch drill bit

Polka Dot Stencil Supplies
Drill holes in the top and bottom of all pumpkins.
Prepare the circle stencil by punching a hole using the craft punch and cardstock. I sealed the stencil with the spray sealer on both sides to stiffen it and make it water resistant.
Squirt black paint onto a paper plate. 
I just held the stencil with one hand as I sponged the stencil with the other.
Wipe off any mistakes with damp paper towel right away. 
I wiped off the stencil on a dry paper towel between each polka dot to prevent smearing.
I stenciled in a triangular pattern and in sections from top to bottom. I had to wait
 for my paint to dry.
My paint had a metallic component and it took an hour to dry.....forever!  That was frustrating to wait for it to dry so I could paint down and around the pumpkin. Once dry:
I speared my dry pumpkins and took them outside to spray the spotted ones with a clear satin sealer and dry. It dried quickly.
I also painted the top of the dowel sticking out of the top pumpkin black and sealed it also. I recommend sealing the entire dowel because you will insert it into soil and it may prevent decay from the soil.

Paint the top of the dowel black and tie ribbons on
Last year I used real pumpkins and had a bigger white one on the bottom and a small orange one up top- I flip flopped it this year. Either way it looks good. 
I also had purchased a couple metal monograms from Hobby Lobby last year and thought they looked great on the pumpkins. I love the bows too.
 
Pumpkin Towers from Craft Pumkins? Yes please

 Use what ever kind and color of ribbon you want. I used 3 rolls from Michaels; lime green sparkle, spooky purple sparkle and the wired black with silver dots for the bow on top.
I almost ran out and got another roll of the black to make streamers coming down but I was just too lazy. Next time I drive by, I think I will pick some up  and add streamers. It is wired ribbon so I think that will be a nice touch. 
I made the big bow by just looping ribbon and tying it with floral wire then fanning it out and poufing it up. There are a million you tube tutorials on this.
One roll was just enough for 2 bows.

I used the black planters I had my summer plants in and placed a large silk fall leaves candle ring in the middle and then inserted the dowel and pumpkins all the way in, so they were firmly anchored.

If you make these I hope you post a link to photos because I would love to see your take on them. Really so many different things you can do with these. The best thing? Next year you just pull them out and if you want to switch up the ribbons- thats all the work you have to do. Ta da!