Monday, July 16, 2018

Bathroom Remodel

Good morning!
When we moved into our new town home it was "move in" ready.  However, there were still things about it I wasn't crazy about.  Like this bathroom for instance.  It is Kyle's bathroom upstairs.  I wasn't sure I liked the blue and debated about changing it. 
I really wasn't a fan of the vanity and sink combo.  But we are trying not spend a fortune remodeling....so that leaves us with an inexpensive solution. 
PAINT!  
Kyle liked the blue and we found some cute bathroom decor that coordinated with the color. So what did we paint then? If not the walls?
The vanity.
Now maybe you are handy and have done this before....but me?  Never.
This was new territory.
We took the handles off the cabinets and filled them with wood putty.  We sanded the varnish off the doors, primed, and painted.  (many,many coats)  We added new hinges, and to go along with the nautical theme, we sanded the edges to give it a distressed look.
The whole bathroom looks so much more cheerful and bright!

The project took us a few weeks, but it was nice completing this project with Kyle.  



We apparently love orange....since I have it in almost every room of my house!

Just a quick before and after!
I finally took pics of my craft room and will be posting those tomorrow! 



Saturday, July 14, 2018

Aloha! Bon Voyage! and Alaska!

Happy Weekend!
Brian and I got home from our Alaska trip last Friday and I can't even begin to tell you how much we loved it!  When they say its the Last Frontier, they are incredibly accurate.  There is so much beauty there, that it was overwhelming. I created a video below highlighting our trip.  I took close to 900 pictures, but don't worry, I only used about 50 of those pictures!  (Otherwise it would be a looooooonnnnnng video! LOL)
Before I left, I was playing around with a couple of Art Impressions stamps.  I thought they were perfect for my upcoming travels!  I kept it simple and just colored them with Copic markers. 

I did add glossy accents to their sunglasses for a bit of fun.

The cards are pretty simple, but I think the cute images take center stage!

If you have about 4 minutes, I would love for you to watch the video I put together of my trip to Alaska. Let me know what you think! 


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Art Impressions!

Good morning!  
I have one last masculine card for awhile.  Since I had been on a roll, I figured I'd "roll" with it! HA! 
This is another cute Art Impression's stamp called, Lazy Boy, that I borrowed from my MIL.  The image was colored with Copic markers and the sentiment stamped using my Mini Misti. 
I have been trying to use up some of my patterned paper.  When I moved, I realized I could literally open a store with the amount of paper I have!  

Well, I am off to Alaska for a week!  I am super excited to go and can't wait to share my adventure with you!  Have a fantastic week my crafty friends!! 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Birthday Golfer!

Good morning friends!
I have a card today that is for the men in my life.  I figured while I was on the masculine roll, I'd stick with it a bit longer! I stamped some images over at my MIL's house because I have been loving just sitting in front of the TV and coloring. The image is by Art Impressions and is called Gordon Golfer. 
I colored the image with Copic markers.  I added tufts of grass because the men in my life probably would hit the ball in the rough anyway! LOL! I added a sentiment and a few dimensional drops. I realized after uploading here that you really couldn't see the light green drops very well.  But I promise you they are there in real life!  
I added plaid paper and a ribbon at the top to finish it off.  :)
Thank you so much for stopping by! HAve a great day!

Friday, June 15, 2018

50th Birthday!

Well my husband did it.  He turned 50 yesterday.
I met him when I was just 16 and we've been together ever since. 
Crazy how life works out.
This card took on a bit of a feminine quality even though I didn't mean for it to! ;)
I started with the blue (very manly) numbers....and then it went to the dark (feminine) side!
I found the cute polka dotted paper for the background and cut the balloons with coordinating patterned paper. I added white polka dots with my gel pen, added glossy accents to the balloons. 

I added a few sequins and an embossed sentiment.  
No glitter though!
Aren't you proud of me? LOL! 
Thank you for stopping by! TGIF! enjoy!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Birthday, Father's Day, and Men!

Good morning! 
Hard to believe that Father's Day is just a few days away! I am lucky to have both my dad and FIL in my life.  They are both special to me!
I used this Hero Arts stamp and made my own backgrounds with them!
They were colored with Copic markers.  Added a few accents with glossy accents, then embossed the sentiments on black paper using white embossing powder.

I kind of liked how they turned out.  And once again, no glitter, or ribbon, or any frou frou stuff! ;)

Today is a special day for me because 50 years ago my husband was born. The man who would grow up and become my husband, the father of my children, and basically my favorite human being on the face of this earth.
I've been lucky to celebrate 31 of those birthdays with him.
I am truly blessed beyond measure.....
Happy Birthday Brian!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Let's Talk About my House and Manly Cards!

Okay maybe I should have entitled this, Manly Cards and My House! 
You came here for the cards (I think) so I will share that first! 
This entire week will be dedicated to the men in your life! 
I have to admit, I don't like masculine cards.
I can't add glitter.
Or flowers.
Or any of the frou frou stuff, I usually like to add.
BUT....I DO like shaped cards!
So here is one that was cut using my Silhouette. 
I layered in shades of blue and did a bit of inking in a darker blue for more depth. 
I added a sticker sentiment from SRM and a little twine bow. 
Is that allowed?
No glitter, or flowers though! 
We are making our way through the house making it our own.  My poor kid had a hot pink room when we first moved in.  It would be fine if he LIKED hot pink, but he doesn't.
So...we painted the walls a soft gray.  Kyle wanted a pop of color, so he decided on orange.
After a hundred trips to IKEA, Home Goods (my absolute favorite store!) and Amazon, we got his room together!
Love this city sky line!
He wanted a shelf to display his painted War Hammer figurines.  (Any other kid involved in War Hammer?  Or is it only my kid?)

I found this at Home Goods and thought it was a good reminder for him, for me, for all of us.

He loves maps and globes....and books.


Aren't these orange lockers the bomb? LOVE them! (IKEA!)

Stop by tomorrow for some more masculine cards and hopefully my craft room photos!