Copyright Information

Thank you for stopping by my blog! I hope you enjoy the things that I create and share! I do have a copyright on my original creations (see logo on my sidebar below).
If you create and post a creations based off of mine, please refer (with a link) back to my blog. Please do not use my ideas for files, profit or for contests. Thank you!

My Craft Goals for 2015

My Goals for 2015:

1. Update my goals for 2016 in January of 2016 :)
2. Maximize my crafting time!
3. Keep plugging away at scrapbooking photos!!
4. Learn how to Heat Press!!
5. Have fun!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Wood Signs

I am afraid my blog has been a little neglected lately - I have been posting on my FaceBook Page HERE.  I am so blessed that people like my wood signs so much they are buying them from me.  I sell some of my work in two shops, Robin's Nest in downtown Springfield, NE and Twisted Vine in downtown Papillion, NE.  My goal this fall was to do two craft shows to help pay for Tanner's baseball.  Well, my first show is coming up this weekend - it is a 3 day festival!!!

Here are some of my current projects:

I hope to see some of my local friends in Nebraska City!

Monday, August 3, 2015

No Soliciting Sign - Funny

Today I am sharing this fun project at my friend Sheila's BLOG!  My friend saw a sign similar to this on FaceBook and asked if I could make her one.  She is a beer girl - no wine or foo foo drinks - so she thought this was perfect!!  She has had a lot of foot traffic in her neighborhood this summer.  With 2 dogs, it gets crazy when solicitors come to the house several times a day!!
I started out with a black burlap canvas panel from Michaels size 9 x 12.  If you only have a white canvas, you could paint it black for this step.
I used my cameo but this could also be made with another cutting program.  I put a 9 x 12 rectangle on my mat colored black as my canvas.  I made 2 rounded corner rectangles in white.  I did an internal offset of the smaller rectangle to create the red one.
I used the cutting tool to trim the top off of the bigger white rectangle to mimic the original sign.
No Soliciting is LEArchitect font and I made a compound path with the red rectangle that "cut out" the letters.
I used Arial font for the first three sentences.
I used Front Page News font for the Seriously sentence.
I used Impact for Please Go Away!
All of these fonts were either on my computer or downloaded from 
I used the white spaces to help me size the words.
I separated the pieces and cut the white on one mat, the black pieces on another mat and finally the red.  I could have combined the black and red on one mat, but I made other black and red cuts at the same time!
The hardest part of using vinyl on canvas is getting the vinyl to stick to the canvas.  The larger white pieces adhered pretty well.
I hot glued twine to the back of the canvas and added two felt feet on the bottom of the back.
My friend was so excited about this - she sent me a picture of the sign hanging on her door!!
Thank you Sheila for having me on your blog today!!!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Dad Blocks

Lori here from ScrappinMyStressAway with a fun project for Dad.
I had a special request for a Father's Day gift for my neighbor.  She is one of my best customers -she researches fun projects and asks me to make them for her!!
I took photos of her three grandkids and copied them in black and white on photo paper.  I had some 3" blocks left over from some home décor from years ago.  Yes I keep things for years hoping to repurpose them...No I am not a hoarder!!! 
I cut out two sets of letters spelling Dad and put them on two sides of the block.  I decided to put them on opposite sides so you could see pictures on each side of the letters.
I trimmed the pictures and used mod podge to adhere them.  I put a coat of mod podge on the block and another coat on top of the photo.  Once the blocks dried, I added a final coat of mod podge.
Kyle loved his gift and is going to put these on his desk.
When my son was a baby, I made smaller blocks that spelled his name and had photos of him.  I still have those 9 years later!!
Thanks Sheila for letting my share this project with you on your blog!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Glitter Vinyl Frame

Hello - today I am featured at The Buckle Boutique BLOG.  I have been using a lot of Glitzy Glitter Vinyl lately and I have to say I just love it!!  It is very smooth - the glitter is really pressed into the vinyl.  I wanted to do something a little bit different today so I decided to stick the vinyl on a wood frame.
I took a frame from Michaels for $1 and some purple glitter vinyl. 
I traced the frame on the back of the vinyl and cut it out. 
Looks good! 
I peeled the backing off and slowly stuck the vinyl down on the frame.  I had to peel it off once (or twice) to get it just right - but no worries it did not crease or bend and was still super sticky!! 
I found a pretty picture (from our last Disney trip) that matched the frame.  I ran ribbon behind the photo and over the edges and used a beautiful heart ribbon slide.
I can easily change the photo and ribbon in the future.
This frame now looks very fancy and sparkly!!!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Flag Shutter

I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July if you live in the US!!  Lori here from ScrappinMyStressAway with a fun holiday project (Pinterest Inspired) made from a reclaimed shutter.
First I pulled off the bars on the front of the shutter - the ones you move up and down to open and close the shutters.  In order to keep the bars from twirling after the bar is removed, I taped the back of the shutters.
I spray painted the shutterwhite - I did 3 coats.
Next came the fun part!!  I used painter's tape to tape off all of the parts I wanted to keep white.  I then spray painted the red stripes.  Again it took 3 coats.
On the other side of the newspaper is a star I cut out of vinyl.  I spray painted that section blue.
I had a little overspray but a little white acrylic paint and paintbrush worked perfectly to cover that up!
I put the shutter in my front yard near my porch.  My friend keeps offering to take it off my hands for me!!  I had fun making this project, but it was a lot more work than I thought it would be!!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Baseball is Life Layout

Today at Frosted Designs our new challenge is Red, White and/or Blue, Something Old and Something New.
I was thinking 4th of July, but baseball just fit for me right now!  I hoard baseball paper and both of these papers are Old!!!  I rarely use rub ons but still buy them......the Baseball Is Life is a rub on and it is also Old!!  It describes my life at this very moment.  I am typing this as we get ready to leave for State Baseball this morning!
This photo is of my Husband (coach) Middle Son (coach) and Youngest Son (player) after winning our annual tournament on Father's Day.  Proud of all three of these boys!!
I used my New burlap ribbon and metal charm.  The charm says LOVE LIFE and the metal goes with the trophy in the photo!
I hope you join us at Frosted Designs with a fun project of your own!!!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Champs Layout (Let's Scrap)

Today begins a brand new sketch challenge at Let's Scrap!  My son's team recently got their first 1st Place finish this season - at our tournament on Father's Day!  It was amazing!!  We had one 3rd place finish and two 2nd place finishes (lost by one point and lost by two points in the championship games).
This sketch was perfect for the photos I had!  I used patterned paper instead of flowers.
I used my cameo and Freshman font to create the journal tags.  The third tag, Champs, was adhered to the team photo holding up the trophy.  I have been waiting to use this trophy paper!!! 
Instead of a banner flag, I used my Cameo to print out this crossed bat and ball image.  I fussy cut it and adhered it to the top of this photo of him.  We play for the Storm Chasers - our sponsor is the Omaha Storm Chasers - the KC Royals minor league team.  I found this paper at my local scrapbook store!
So proud of this team!  I was so happy for the dads that the team won for them on Father's Day!!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Mickey Water Bottle


Hello and welcome to The Original Disney Pixar Blog Hop!!!  You should have arrived from Nancy's BLOG.  If you found me first, hop on over to Shawn's BLOG so you don't miss a thing!!  This is one of my very favorite blog hops - I hope you enjoy it too!!
I am sad to say we are not planning a trip to Disney World this year.  Last year, we went to Disneyland and Disney World - so maybe next year!!!!
Personalized water bottles are all the rage right now so I thought I would get mine ready!!
I started with a double wall water bottle from Wal-Mart.  You can unscrew the top of the widest part to add ice - love this feature!!
I used some Glitzy Glitter Vinyl from The Buckle Boutique.  This vinyl is super glittery and the glitter is pressed into the vinyl.  It is smooth and sparkly!!! 
When cutting on my Silhouette Cameo, I use the Vinyl Setting but add a double cut. 
You can really see the shine here as it is cutting! 
I use my "dental tool" to pick up a corner and weed the extra pieces away. 
I put an "L" inside a Mickey Head and used a font from my computer for "My Happy Place" for my water bottle. 
I have found the best transfer tape to use is painter's tape.  The only drawback is you can not always see your design. 
Here is the Mickey head after I lifted it off the vinyl backing.  It is silver shiny on the back which is pretty when you have a clear glass container!! 
I burnished it onto my water bottle.  I first wiped it with rubbing alcohol and let it air dry. 
I tied a bow on top for fun - I will take it off when I drink out of the cup! 
And the back!
As with any vinyl designed cups and glasses - make sure you hand wash between uses!

Disney Pixar Blog Hop Line Up

Lori ***HERE

Ellen ***NEXT

Monday, June 1, 2015

Welcome Garden Flag

Hello and Happy June!!! Lori here from ScrappinMyStressAway!!
I am so excited to be able to have a booth this Saturday in a local Artist in the Garden Show!  As a baseball mom, I don't have a lot of free time on a Saturday - but this weekend is not a tournament weekend for us and we have an evening game!
I recently started playing with burlap and my heat press and made a couple of garden flags.  This flag was designed for my neighbor.
I use my Silhouette Cameo, heat transfer vinyl and a heat press to make these.
Here are a couple more:

Thank you Sheila for letting me share my projects today on your blog!!!
For my local peeps - hope to see you Saturday!!