Friday, December 5, 2014


I hope you all have a had a great week!
I am so glad it is Friday!  Cortney has a photo shoot scheduled for tomorrow and Sunday we are having brunch with Santa.
I am trying to slow down a bit and really enjoy all that the holiday brings.
I have a card that is from my days of creating for the Cricut Circle.
I am terrible for not remembering which cartridge the angel came from, but I do not. 
If you know, please leave a comment. :)
As is typical for me, I added lots of "stuff" to her.  Like glitter. A sentiment. Ribbon. String. And a little button do-dad.  There was some embossing, and a snippet of doily and ribbon to finish off the card. 
I am headed out tonight after school for a bit of dinner and shopping with the girls! 
Have a wonderful weekend my crafty friends!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Wishes and Thanksgiving Leftovers!

Good morning and happy Wednesday!  I am sure that you, like myself, are in full holiday mode! I have been trying to sneak off to my craft room and create whenever I have a spare moment! These cards aren't going to make themselves people! ;)
I used this darling Santa from the Crafty Secret's stamp set called, Christmas Mail.  I colored it with Copic markers and added white liquid applique to his hat.  He was cut out using two different Spellbinder's dies. (Circles One and Lacey Circles)
I added a Lawn Fawn circle die cut to the background. The red designer paper is also from Crafty Secrets.  It is part of the Kitchen Memories digital paper pack. I added cream ribbon and brown satin ribbon tied with rusty jingle bells.  I added some sprigs of leaves and berries, and as a final finishing touch, I added several sequins.  
Thanksgiving has come and gone, but I did manage to squeak out a few photos of our holiday. My hubby and I.......
I realized I always seem to take pictures where I look as though I have no eyeballs! Squinting seems to be my thing!
Our Thanksgiving was rather cold and the kids moaned about going outside for a quick picture, so we attempted it inside on the couch.  I kind of liked the picture except for all of the distracting reds and yellows of my living room......hence the black and white photo. ;) 
My mom and George braved the cold........

More moaning kids who didn't want to go outside......which means more couch pictures. My sister, BIL, niece and nephew.  I can't believe how the kids are growing up! Too fast for my taste! 
I have a workshop to attend today on using technology in the classroom.  I am hoping for a fun and interesting learning experience!  (And maybe a little lunch with my co-worker) ;) 
Have a great day!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Crafty Secret's Design Team Challenge and Linky Party! (And a Tutorial to boot!)

Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday  with your loved ones. I know I did!  I spent a lot of time with family, did all of Christmas decorating, shopped, and cleaned my house.  It was so nice being home for a few days. :)
It is the 1st of December and that means it is our Crafty Secret's monthly design team challenge.  
While scoping out Pinterest (which I do waaaaaay more than I should) I have seen lots of projects using Sharpie markers and dollar store mugs.
So, that got me thinking that maybe I could use one of the new Crafty Secret's images from the Kitchen Memories digital   collection.  It worked out pretty well!  And now I am itching to do more!
Here is my project. :)
First you will need a few supplies.
1. OIL BASED Sharpie markers, not the regular ones!
2. printed copy of what you want to transfer. 
3. scissors
4. Dollar store mug
5. tape
6. pencil
After a bit of trial and error it finally dawned on me that when you want to transfer words, you have to reverse the print.  I used Photoshop to do this. 
You want to trace over all of the lines with a soft pencil.  Do it fairly heavy so that you will be able to see the pencil marks on the mug.  For the tiny word, the, I just traced the center of the word because my marker was too thick to do such fine lettering. 
Then tape the image to your mug.  Be sure your mug is clean and grease free. 

Take your pencil and write over the entire image you had previously traced.  This will transfer the pencil to the mug on the other side of the paper.  

I know it may be difficult to see in this shot, but you can see my faint pencil marks. This will act as a guide, so you know where to trace with your Sharpie marker. 

I traced the lettering with black and added my fun details with the colors I had.  A bit of red and some fun polka dots for interest! 
I plan on creating more mugs to give as Christmas gifts.  I would love to fill them with Starbuck's gift cards and some chocolate to give to Cortney's teachers.  

Be sure to visit the rest of the design team. They are such a talented group of ladies and their projects will leave you feeling inspired! 

Bridget Norton - Guest Designer

Have a great day!