Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Concrete Creations (and not just stepping stones!)

One 80 pound bag of concrete, a few days, some household items and some imagination is all you need to make some stepping stones, mosaic tiles, personalized bricks, tic-tac-toe game board and a bowl to keep the tokens safe, sturdy watering bowl for the neighborhood dog, butterfly baths, and even some vases!

Cost:  Will vary depending on what you want to use.  
Time:  Each peice needs at least 24 hours to dry.
Task:  EASY


 1. This is an outdoor only project!!! DO NOT use your indoor sinks/plumbing for this project either before, during, or after. Use an outdoor water source because you do not want to have a concrete dry and clog up your plumbing inside your home. Reread #1.

 2. Wear old clothes! The oil will splatter for sure, no matter how careful you are. Trust me.

 3. Read warnings on your cement bag. They may suggest using a mask because of the dust. (I grabbed a mask at my last doctors appointment but they do sell them at Home Depot and the like.)

 4. The cement bag may also suggest you wear gloves (Grab a few at your next doctor appointment or they do sell these at the dollar stores, Walmart, Home Depot, etc.)

 5. Remove all rings and bracelets due to the cement that could scratch your jewelry and the oil... It would be bad if your ring slipped off into a concrete stepping stone and you didn't realize it until it's too late.

 6. Moisture is NOT your bag o' concrete's friend. Get some friends to create with you or make sure you have several items to serve as molds and use up the concrete within a week or so. Store in cool, dry place. I was able to make many projects with one 80 pound bag of concrete… And only had one project failure that was the size of a small coffee can.

From one bag, I made: 
9 square stepping stones,
3 round stepping stones,
4 small butterfly bowls,
1 long brick stepping stone,
1 tall vase,
2 shorter vases,
1 block watering bowl...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

So there was this challenge.....

I have some friends and Pam posted some cards she created. Then Sharon challenged me (as well as herself) to see if we could CASE Pam's cards. Here are mine. Card 1 - The swirl is a Grudgeboard cutout. Painted. The flowers are paper. Card 2- I didn't have any gingham ribbon so I made my strip of paper and bow from paper. Card 3 - That was my hardest card to recreate. Card 4 - The flower is paper and is from a die set. Card 5 - That flower is fabric. Card 6 - Layered scrapbook papers. I'll edit and add Pam's original cards if I can find them and get her permission.

My Little Pony Get Well card

Bethany, my 9yo daughter, used a paint program on the laptop and looking at a picture of the My Little Pony picture, she drew this one and then printed it out on cardstock. We made it into a Get Well card for her sweet friend.

Father's Day Trout Painting

I took Bethany to one of those "Paint with Others" type classes a month ago... Thing is, she was the only kid signed up for the trout painting. That's ok. She had one-on-one painting time! :) I think she did a great job! Her dad loved it.

Stampscapes Card for FIL

I love, love, love making Stampscape cards!! This birthday card went out to my Father In Law who loves to fish.

Goldie sympathy card

I hate making sympathy cards... So sad. This one is for our neighbor who's sweet dog, Goldie, passed away unexpectedly.

Birthday card for Jeanette

This card is for a sweet friend for her birthday.

In-Laws Anniversary Birdie

Anniversary card for my Mother In Law and Father In Law. The bird is adhered on the bottom and tail with thin pop dots and the top of the bird is adhered with just double stick tape. Colored images with Pearl Ex paints (Haven't used those in a long, long time!) And some Crystal Laquer over the berries.

Big Birthday Balloon Dog

I have been busy creating... just not posting. I'm trying to redo this blog but I'm not "that" blog savy. I do plan to reach out to a dear friend who is and hope she can help me. Until then, let me get busy posting some cards I've made recently. :) Birthday card for a friend's daughter who loves dogs.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The first day of 2015

January 1, 2015... Here's to a year of getting organized, donating what we don't need, and having a place for everything. Happy New Year.

So much has happened.  In July 2013, we sold our home and rushed to pack and move up to the north GA mountains.  October 2013, my stepmom passed away after a crazy 7 weeks of illness, life support, getting better, then taking a turn for the worse.  November 2013, we moved again into our forever home.  In May 2014, my dad died.  Such sadness.  Such craziness.  Stamping, creating has taken a back seat to life.  But now that we are mostly settled into our new home, I want to create.  I want to stamp.  I want to continue living life to the fullest.    

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mickey & Minnie Thank You

A thank you card from my daughter and me.... Her Mimi took her for an overnight stay at Disney's animal Kingdom Lodge and then a day at the Magic Kingdom to celebrate my daughter's 7th birthday. From the pictures, their "apartment" was amazing and there's never a bad day at the Mickey's house!


The one that didn't get away....

This is a big fish! I mounted him on paper that has the wood grain look. Colored him with Radiant Pearls (I haven't used them in forever and forgot how much I love them.) Stamped the sentiment on silver glossy to look like it's a plaque. :)


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Faux tearing

Got out the stipple brushes and after putting some torn painters tape onto card stock, just stippled quickly and stamped images. Quick but great look.

Thanks to my cat sitter

This card was so much fun to create. I stamped the cat and colored with pencils and Gamsol. I then took a dry embossing tool and on the back, made little circles all over to puff it out. The picture frame was carefully cut and added a sheet of accetate to make it look like a real glass window. The trees in the background were stamped anc colored before assembling the rest of the card. He totally got a kick out of this card


Thank you 3-D flowers

Sent this 3-D flower beauty out to a dear friend for my thank you gift. I love curling up the flower petals to make them three dimensional.


Two special cards

Lis recently fell and broke her leg. She had to have surgery and rehab. This is a new stamp set I recently purchased. Colored with pencils and added Stickles for glitter.


 This lady is chillin' out for Rita's birthday.... :)


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

T2T Bedside Table now Cat Bed

I was driving home after dropping my daughter off at school and saw this and some other items at the end of this person's driveway. It turns out, his family was moving and couldn't take some things.... So he didn't mind if I did. The top drawer is broken and missing a knob. Rmoved the drawers... Also removed the bars that the drawers were sitting on... This is the top drawer that I took apart. I want to keep the front panel as I love the curves and will reuse it to hold the pillow in. Sanded it down.... Everything is now sanded down.... And added a bottom piece of scrap wood. I purposely left gaps on each side for ventilation. I painted it with 3 coats of black and then 3 coats of lacquer. I took an old bed pillow, cut it open, removed some filling, sewed it back up and used a pillow case but sewed it to be a little smaller -- making it more snug of a fit. The top view... Close up of inside... I hope my cat likes it. The pillow getting its makeover... Total cost: $3 in spray paint and $2.50 for using half of the can of lacquer... It was fun to create and repurpose this.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

My BFF's new home & A Retro Bday card

A new home for my BFF. A retro birthday card.

Christmas style birthday card for my hubby

His birthday is right before Christmas and I just bought this stamp set and was wanting to try it... I love cardinals. Ran my cs thru my Xyron, added glitter, stamped image, colored with markers. LOVE the glitter of it all. A close up...

A stamper's t-shirt....

I worked a booth at the Stampfest show this past weekend and a woman came up to look around. I asked if I could take a picture and she said "make sure you get the back, too!" LOL This is the front of her shirt....


Glittery tree birthday card

This card went to someone who's birthday is coming up. I used a stencil of a tree, moulding paste and sweet light green fine glitter. Love how this looks IRL. Edged the side with a gold paint pen. Layered on black cs. Layered on dry embossed white cs that I also added dry embossed lines before stamping saying in black ink. Layered on a nice matching green folded card.

Happy Birthday, sweet chocolate card

A sweet birthday card for Celeste. I cut out the jar, layered over the original image. Stamped the label again, cut out and adhered on top. Added Crystal Laquer to the jar to give it a true glass look. And a close up of the "chocolate" - which is moulding paste with brown paint mixed it.