Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Wildflower Wishes

If you have followed me for a while you would know that once I receive my paper pumpkin kits I love to redo them.
I try to keep it simple when I look over and redesign them to my liking.  
This month's kit is so dainty and sweet.
 Of course I did redo it just a bit.

I talk a lot about the Big Shot,  If you have yet to see one. Here is what it looks like.  It has different platforms used when you use different framelits, or embossing folders or dies in it.

For the cards in the kit, the slight change I made was to emboss the Falling Leaves embossing folder to add a soft touch to the back with the flowers within the lettering being so busy.

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This is what you get in the kit this month,  there is quite a bit in there and plenty left over for you to create many more cards.  There are even some beautiful stickers in it this time.

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Above are what the cards are suppose to look like once you follow the directions.  You CAN are are allowed to think outside of the box my friends!

I love the look of the embossed leaves on these cards.  
It's just a soft added touch.
I also used some baker's twine to add a pop of color to each card.

Monday, February 19, 2018


Hi friends!  today I'm sharing these ottomans that I have had in our guest room that needed a serious makeover.   I love how they turned out, and they took little effort to make. 

I started by purchasing a shower curtain at Home Goods.  The one I found had a bit of a texture to it compared to many shower curtains that are thin and/or shiny.  This one is a Tommy Hilfiger for $12.99.  Pretty good price compared to the price of fabric at the fabric store.  
To start I folded it in half and then cut it in half.

I then figured out how big the top of the ottomans were to determine how big to cut a piece to fit the top. 
Once I determined this, I used the rest of the material to wrap around the ottomans to cover the sides of them.
To do this, fold them the long way so that you can wrap it around the ottoman and pin it so you can sew it.  
I used the sewing machine to do this part.

This is one of the ottomans in much need of some love.
I cut the existing skirt right off to make it easier to work with.

Once the sides were sewed up I slipped the cover over the top and slid it down to fit the ottoman.  I made them a bit tight intentionally.  The piece that I cut for the top I then hand tucked down the sides of the ottoman and then fuzed together with Stitch Witch which is a type of adhesive for fabric.  Works amazingly!  and I didn't have to do any sewing!

The bottom is finished off by folding the material to the bottom and using a staple gun to the the material in place.
I finished it off by adding the white pom poms.  I couldn't decide whether I should put them on, but the original design on the ottomans had a piping and I felt it needed covering.
What do you think? 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Hello Sunshine

Hello Sunshine!
Waking up to no sunshine today, but snow on the way!
I used the leftover piece of cardstock from my post a couple of days ago.  It's the reverse image of the sunshine I punched out.
Such an upcycler (is that a word?!) 

The sunshine is a framelit in the framelit set called Sunshine Wishes.  The hello is from the stamp set Four You
Have a wonderful weekend friends!

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Who needs a little sunshine?
How's it in your neck of the woods? 
 We are still in the dead of cold winter. So who could use a little sunshine?  This ones for you!

I used the sunshine framelit from the framelit set 
Sunshine Wishes.
I added glitter to the sunshine with the Wink of Stella pen
The flower stamp is from Bike Ride, I stamped it times across the top and bottom and then colored in the flowers.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tile floor stenciling

Well how exciting that you get to look at my "commode"!!
No seriously, after using the chalk paint this past weekend and seeing how fun and easy it is to use.  I saw that a gal I follow on instagram was using the chalk paint to stencil her tile floors!
Now to paint the walls

With Dale-Marie's help and following her instructions she made it so easy for me to visualize this completion.
In the picture above is my tile bathroom floor.

I started by using a all purpose primer. (2 coats)
Using a sponge roller brush to apply the primer

Next I rolled on 2 coats of the base color of paint. 
I used Rustoleum White Linen chalk paint

Getting started, The stencil I am using I purchased at Michael's, it was $16.99, but with coupon ended up $11.99
You can see the stencil at the far corner lower left.  I taped it down at all four corners and used my roller brush to apply the paint.
I immediately lifted the stencil

See where the roll of tape is?  when I started the second row I didn't think about how far apart the stencil should be.  I taped down the stencil and rolled the paint on only to find that I didn't leave enough room in terms of spacing.
Once I was all done with the rest of the floor I went back over the tile that needed respacing with the White Linen chalk paint, let dry and reset the stencil to redo the design.  It all worked out!
I didn't think it was going to work! but it did.  phew!

Here is a pic looking down onto the floor.  
The last step was to put three coats of Polycrylic on the floor to protect it from water or anything else.  
I love how it turned out and big shout out to sweet Dale-Marie for inspiring and helping pull this off! Thanks girl!
Now to paint the walls!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Chalk paint cabinet

If you have not tried the Annie Sloans chalk paint you really should~ it is quite easy to use.  
The cabinet above was white before I put the coat of chalk paint on the cabinet.

This is the paint I used.  It is suppose to cover what you are painting in one coat, no sanding or stripping or primer. 
  But I decided to put a second coat on by adding just a tbls of water to some of the chalk paint to thin it out.  
I put it in a solo cup and added just a bit of water to make it not quite as thick as the original thickness.

First coat~
It almost looks brown, but the color is gray like the photo below.
I think it is the lighting.

And below, you will see the place where I wanted the cabinet to go, the guest room.  I love how the color turned out.
I have a few more projects I am working on that I will share with you later this week.  

Friday, February 9, 2018

Donut you love it?

Here's me using up ALL the things..... mostly leftovers from Paper Pumpkin June 2016.  I saw a similar card on pinterest and wanted to use up all the pieces I have around here.

So sweet you could eat! 

The sequins are from a past pumpkin as well as the pool party baker's twine.  I punched out a 1- 3/4" circle punch from crumb cake and used a 3/4" circle framelit to cut out the centers of the donuts.  I used dazzling diamonds glimmer paper for the icing and punched out the center with the framelit circle.
 I fussy cut around the circle to create the icing.

I challenge you to go through your Paper Pumpkin kit leftovers and get creating something "sweet" with those pieces!