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I am wife to my wonderful husband, mother to two adult children and Nana to one special granddaughter. Being creative doesn't come easily to me, but I love to try.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Thoughts on NSD 2015

As the challenges have wrapped up for NSD 2015, I think I'll take a page from my friend Sara (visit her here) and recap what I managed to accomplish with the inspiration and talent of the ladies over on the Cricut Circle message board.

I completed 10 cards (5 of which had tags), 4 layouts, 1 banner, 2 mixed media canvases, 1 tag, 1 framed project and 1 luminary.

For the challenges that I hosted, there were so many beautiful and inspiring projects.  Everyone really outdid themselves and I hope they all had as much fun as I did!

Until next year, happy crafting!!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

All Decked Out!: NSD Challenge 2015

And for my final project, Amy challenged us to come up with a nautical themed project.  She posted an awesome heat transfer vinyl t-shirt with anchors and a matching card that had a cute little crab.  If you are a cricut circle member, be sure to go check it out! 

I had been thinking about this project for about 2 months and Amy's challenge was the kick in the butt that I needed to complete it.  I had several pinterest projects that inspired this.  Some were chalkboard projects and some were quotation pins.  I just put them together into one canvas.  I gesso'd a flat 8 x 10 and then painted it with chalkboard paint.  Then I made stencils for the letters using some system fonts I have, Botanicals and ChalkBoard fonts.  I used a chalkboard marker to create the letters on the canvas.  I added some doodling dots around the words and along the outside edge of the canvas.  I heat embossed the ship with white detail embossing powder.  I was stumped on what I was going to use for the anchor until I walked into Joann's one day and there in the summer section were these 5 inch metal anchors - ON CLEARANCE!.  Providence I tell you!   I wrapped it with jute twine and popped it off the canvas with - wait for it - magnets!  Before I adhered to magnets to the canvas with E6000, I took one of my granddaughter's blue sidewalk chalks and rubbed the long edge across the surface of the canvas and then wiped with a dry paper towel for a really chalked looking surface.   I made this for friend going through some rough times right now.  I think it fits.

Thanks for stopping by and I cannot WAIT for next year's NSD challenges!

Pin It!: NSD Challenge 2015


Colleen's challenge was to actually do SOMETHING with one of the gazillion pins we have pinned on Pinterest!  Like most people, I happily go about collecting those little bad boys and never go back and use them for inspiration!  Colleen challenged us to actually recreate one of those pins, so after I remembered what my pinterest password was, I decided I would recreate this pin from http://davebrethauer.typepad.com/outsidethebox/2012/04/dogwoods-in-springtime.html


and here's my version.

Be sure to stop by Colleen's blog and see the fabulous layout she did based on a Maggie Holmes layout.  And remember to USE those pins to INSPIRE you!  Thanks for stopping by!

Leave You in Stitches: NSD Challenge 2015

Maria's challenge was to add some stitching, any kind of stitching (even fake!) to our projects. 

I happen to get along quite well with my sewing machine and love to add stitching to my cards and layouts, but for the layout I had in mind, gold embroidery thread was on the menu and so this required some delicate hand stitching.  Here I accented the corners of my shiny gold layout with shiny gold metallic back stitching.  I just love how this turned out.  And although David really should have been in the picture instead of me (that's HIS mother), I wanted us four generations of women.  Since my mother in-law in approaching 92, these opportunities for pictures may not last must longer.  This was Tacoah's First Holy Communion.

Be sure to stop by Maria's blog and she has a great project and some awesome tips on adding stitching to your projects.  Thanks for stopping by!

Let's Get Sketchy!!: NSD Challenge 2015

Jenny K's challenge was to create a project using a sketch that she provided from Scrapbook & Cards Pagemaps from their Planner and Sketch Calendar.  I love these kind of challenges because they require me to dig though my paper stash and actually create layouts.  Since I do cards most of the time, this sometimes gets me out of my crafting rut.

Here's the sketch we were to follow.

and here's my take on it.  I just dug through my papers and used stash that matched my picture and my mood.  Be sure to stop by Jenny's blog to see her take on this very awesome sketch.  Thanks for stopping by!

Just Hanging Around: NSD Challenge 2015

Heidi's challenge was to have fun using banners.  Either create a banner or use a miniature on a card or layout, etc.  Unfortunately this challenge came a little too late for Tacoah's First Communion and I really have no other upcoming occasions suitable for a banner, so I decided to create a "just because" banner to hang
over my craftroom door.  It says, simply, C R E A T E.  I also found these really cool scotch 3M clothespins to hang it from!  And as it turned out, Heidi and I used the EXACT SAME PAPER for our base pennants!  How cool is that?  Be sure to hop over to her blog to check our her birthday banner and pennant styled card.  I promise you they're AWESOME!

Thanks for stopping by!

WWW Snackdown: NSD Challenge 2015

Jenny asked us......ARE YOU READY TO C R U M B L E !
She made a darling layout with little bears and lemonade AND a pizza box gift card holder!
Her challenge to us was to make a food related project.  And since I had just discovered where I hid my Easter licorice jellybeans, I'm guessing you can figure out what my layout was about!  And YES!  I ate the whole dang bag!!!  I stuck with a black & white layout to accentuate my licorice jellybeans.  Seems only one of my other circle sisters will get near the things.  That's ok - more for us to eat!
Thanks for stopping by!