Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"Blessings Box"- a spin on a gratitude journal

Hi all!
Today I'm sharing a project I created for Canvas Corp and Tattered angels.  The challenge was to create a gratitude journal.  I love creating journals but since it will take some time to fill up the journal and I didn't want to rush it,  I decided to think outside the box
...or maybe INSIDE the box?

I remember seeing a lot of posts on Pinterest around New Years  suggesting to start the year with a gratitude jar.  The idea behind it is to write down all the good things that happen to you throughout the year and put those little notes inside the jar, and then on that following New Years you can open up the jar and reflect on all the blessings you received over the year.

I loved the idea but being the procrastinator I am, I never did anything.  So I am so thankful that this challenge came along!  Sure, its during an off time, but who says it has to be done on new years?  
I consider myself so blessed and there are so many reasons that I am thankful, but sometimes I forget just how blessed I am...this is a perfect way to be reminded of just how blessed I really am! 

This was actually a Christmas themed mailbox that I covered in songbird tissue paper from 7Gypsies and then I painted over it with my favorite tattered angels sprays in merlot gold and grass as well as some vintage gold high impact paints.

I used some 7gypsies trinkets for the front, as well as mini wings from Scrap Fx

Added some gold brads to the center of the box.  I thought about creating some lacing but it was a little more difficult than I anticipated! lol

In this pic you can see the texture on the box and the beautiful tiny flowers that I received from a special friend...
I purchased some manor house flowers from the warehouse sale they had a couple of months ago and I fell in love with this big flower.  I grunged them up a bit so that they complimented the artsy look of the box.

So what about you?  Do you have a gratitude journal or jar?
I can't wait to open it back up in a year!

Thank you so much for looking, hope you are having a fabulously creative week! 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Favorite things...

Hi there!
 Hope you're having a great start to your weekend.
 Over on the Scrap Fx blog we are using some of our past favorite scrap Fx products! 
Can you guess what mine is?
Well as you know I love my angel wings.  I LOVE them and I'm sure you are all sick of me using them but I probably won't be stopping anytime soon.  I like the whimsical feel it gives a project.  
So here is  a card I created for a sweet scrappy friend of mine.  I usually hate doing cards because I'm just not that great at them.  This one has actually grown on me though! 

Scrap Fx Products:

I also used Ingvild Bolme's junkyard findings as well as Tattered Angels Paints and Canvas Corp's black corrugated paper...and in case you missed it, you can check out the video tutorial that I created for Tattered Angels Flower Frenzy here.

Also.  I just realized I never shared a Scrap Fx project from earlier this month here on the blog.

 I think the photo is a little over exposed but you catch the drift! :)

Thank you so much for stopping by! 

Hope you have a great weekend!!!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Tattered (angels)Heart Rose video tutorial

Hi!  Here again to share a new video tutorial. 

Its a simple flower tutorial using Tattered angels papers and paints.  If you haven't used Tattered Angels paper's you are missing out!  There are so many unique styles that take paint in different ways.  One of my favorites is the brushed cotton.  Its so soft I could make a pillow out of it.  I just like to run my hands over it. lol 

Here you go:


Friday, March 21, 2014

Youtube giveaway and a new video tutorial

Hi!  I'm here again to share a quick post. 

Here is a layout I created for Scrap Fx, and I included a start to finish video of my process.
This particular video was a pain!  I had major issues with movie maker and finally did an update that allowed me to save all of my edits.  Unfortunately, it was being weird when I tried to view it for one last look to make sure things were set in place and I missed some things.  For instance I have flashes of video snippets totally in the wrong place???? 
 It's good for a little laugh I guess, and I sure do appreciate this video a little more than the rest because of how much I had to go through with it! lol

I absolutely adore the new ScrapFx number cluster stencils!  They are my new favorites...the stamp is pretty awesome too!
I think that this is one of the few layouts I've made that I truly like everything about, and I think its because it has all of my favorite things!  The awesome ScrapFx stencil and mini chicken wire (and the wings...you know I love my wings), My new favorite mist (Tattered Angels "merlot gold" and my other favorite "vintage gold" high impact paint), and of course some beautiful prima flowers and Ingvilds super innovative and clever junkyard finds!

Here I created some ruffles using streamer paper...I think that's what it's called?

Isn't Ingvilds little "plug-in" the most adorable thing you've ever seen? 

Now to share a video showing my process.  You could win the Scrap Fx number clusters stamp and stencil by commenting on this video and making sure you are a subscriber to my youtube channel.

Products Used:
Scrap Fx Number Cluster Stencil
Scrap FX Mini Chicken Wire
Scrap FX Mini angel wings
Scrap FX Authentic wordlet
Tattered Angels "merlot gold" glimmer mist
Tattered Angels "vintage gold" high impact paint
Tattered Angels "black" high impact paint
Prima Marketing paper "teacher talk" school memories collection
Prima Marketing trim
Prima marketing Pearl Pinache sun beam flowers
Prima Marketing Jute flowers
plug-in (ingvild Bolme)
Light bulb and wire (ingvild Bolme)
Metal embellishments (ingvild Bolme)

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Friday, March 14, 2014

inspired by Adrienne Ford/video (process) tutorial

Hi everyone! I'm so glad it's FRIDAY!!!!

This has been a very long week.  Day light savings time has really effected me this year.  I never push the snooze button but I've done it to the point of almost being late to work or taking my son to school 2x this week. lol  
I'm so ready for the weekend and especially for the spring break we are getting soon!

Ok, now onto business...

I'm sharing a layout today that I almost scrapped.  Not because I didn't like it, but because after I was done with it, I felt  it looked like someone else's.  Adrienne Ford's designs are in my head all the time, and this drives me NUTS because I really try to be as original as possible but when I'm so inspired by her work it becomes really hard.  So, when I finished this layout  my heart broke because I felt like it was something similar to hers...to the point that I had to contact her and email her the picture to make sure. lol  Then I went through her galleries to double check, only to realize there  was no particular lift.  Now, I could never do Adrienne like she does it, but I did find that my layout could easily be a mix of three of hers. So, this goes to show how easily we are inspired by each other and we may not even realize it.  It also gave me some perspective when thinking someone is possibly stealing designs from an artist.  I'm now starting to see that there are times it may be truly innocent.  Although, I have seen at least 4 peoples designs totally stolen without question over the past 3 months and that is very dissappointing!

Ok, I'm a little to chatty today so lets get to the layout! lol

I've used loads of prima and the ScrapFx aztec stencil...

I created wings out of one of the large prima flowers here.  I thought I was being original here to only to find out that I think Adrienne may have done the same thing. :(  

and here is a video showing my process...

Thank you so much for stopping by! I just want you all to know how much I have appreciated your support this last year!  You guys are awesome!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

I'm here to share a wreath I created with Canvas Corp's colored burlap.  

The original green burlap that I covered this foam wreath with is usually a brighter green.  I wanted more of a sage color to compliment the orange and teal, so I misted it with Tattered Angels simply sheer "rose leaf".  This is one of my favorite colors int he tattered angels line.

I created the little flowers with the orange burlap. 
I've always loved my friend Ingrids  flowers and when I saw a tutorial on these I was so excited to try it out, I'm not sure if this is the same technique she tried but if you'd like to see how these were made check out the tutorial here. I can't wait to do more in the variety of colors that Canvas Corp offers!!!

You can check out all the burlap available from Canvas Corp here.

Thank you so much for stopping by! 
Hope you've had a great week!!!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

African Safari

Hi everyone!
Today I created a simple layout using 7 Gypsies beautiful "Serengetti" line.  There are so many beautiful patterns and collage sheets with the line that there are endless way's of using them.  

I was blessed to be able to snag a facebook friends pictures from when she was in Africa.

I fell in love with the picture of the giraffe flinging the water.  Her picks have convinced me that an African safari needs to be on my bucket list!

I used some burlap from Canvsas Corp and Tattered Angels Paints...

I have a thing for maps, so I love this page from the line.  Plus, the orange and green mists on this worked perfectly together....

I didn't really know what to say about the picture,especially since I didn't get to experience it first hand...so I used the "documented" word from Scrap Fx... It seemed to just fit with the rest of the page.:)

Thank you so much for stopping by hope you have a great weekend!