{P}Inspired - Memo Notes

First, I found these post it note holders on Pinterest here.

I bought the picture holders to make them ... oh ... probably over a year ago.  A couple of weeks ago, I finally got the chance to make them, and I made several.  Here's a couple that I did ...

You can buy the photo holders going either way ... upright or sideways.  I tried it both ways, and think that the sideways ones are easier to write on when you use them.

So then while surfing through Pinterest (I'm hopeless addicted), I found that someone turned how you stand the acrylic photo holder.  You can see the pin here.  Absolutely Brilliant!

So I changed the ones I did to sit that way, so that it is easier to write on when you make a note.


Are you still with me .... 

Fast forward to the Christmas in July Virtual crop with the Kitchen Keepsake group.  I decided that rather than a traditional note holder, I could make a Countdown to Christmas display.  Did you know that you can write on an acrylic frame with dry erase marker?  Besides acrylic, you can also use them on glass.

So here's my Countdown to Christmas display.  All I need is the marker and I'm good to go.  I used papers from the 2010 Echo Park WinterTime Collection, which came with the letter stickers and embellishments.

I think I'm going to make some more.  I really like them.  My birthday is coming up ... maybe I'll make a countdown to my birthday, or freak out the boss and do a countdown to retirement - shoot ... I would need a little more space for that number.


Christmas Tags - Christmas in July

Over the weekend I was doing a virtual crop with the girls at Kitchen Keepsake.  I posted over the weekend some of the projects I was working on for the challenges so here's another.

The challenge was for embellished tags and I did several.

First, I did some using some InkaDinkaDo stamps - the Merry Christmas Tag and the Naughty or Nice tag both came from the Inkadinkado Christmas Tag Wishes Clear Stamps , and the SnowFlakes tag came from the Inkadinkado Christmas, Holiday Words.  

The two tags (Merry Christmas and Naughty and Nice) were actually inspired by a set that Sue Neal had done with one of her kits.  It is no longer available but you can see it here.  I found Sue online when I was planning a trip to Utah with the ladies from Hilltop Memories.  Sue teaches classes in the Utah area, and taught a class to the Hilltop group when we were in Utah.  Even after that trip, Sue thought to reach out to us when she came to Florida and taught more classes at one of the Hilltop Memories winter retreats.  

If you haven't seen her kits, check them out here as they are fabulous.  The instructions are clear, all of the components are precut, and you learn different techniques.  In fact, I just bought some of the newer ones.

But I digress ... For the tags the Merry Christmas Tag is stamped in a reddish burgundy ink and embellished with Stickles.  You can see the stickles on the snowflake and the dots.

For the Naughty or Nice tag, it's stamped on a pearlescent white paper and embellished with bling.

and for the Snowflakes tag, it's embellished with bling and striped cording.


One other tag I did for this challenge was to mimic the sample that was provided which was something Suzanne found on Pinterest.  See the pin here.  This was my first attempt and it looks good, but is not as neat as the pinterest one.  The pinterest sample used circle punched colored papers and I chose to use a tree stamp (Hampton Arts Ditto), which I cut out and then mounted together.  I like the look, but need to practice some to make my cuts neater, but you get the idea.

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Productive Weekend so Far

I've been playing along with a Christmas In July Virtual Crop with the Kitchen Keepsake Forum.

One challenge was "Simple Tags" and you can't get simpler than these:


These were round tags that I had (or you can cut your own out of cardstock), to which I applied rubons.  I received the rub-ons as a gift probably several years ago and was looking for a chance to use them.  I love how they turned out.  The black tag really makes the white glitter snowmen stand out.  The Rub-on transfers are by Royal Langnickel and are called Snowmen Holly & Hearts Glitter and they are still available from the manufacture, or I'm sure you can find them in Michaels or a store like it.

I have some  other Royal Langnickel Christmas Rub-Ons, so I'll be making up some more tags too.

Truth Cards for Brave Girls

A couple of years ago, I took an online course called Soul Restoration developed by Melody Ross for the Brave Girls Club.  It was a great insight into my life and thoughts.  I loved the course so took Soul Restoration II which is now called Life Restoration.  The courses were  started because everyone couldn't get to the camps they offered, so in order to include more people they opened the online courses.  I learned of Melody through my scrapbooking, but really for the classes, you don't need to be a scrapbooker, or an artist, or even creative.  You just have to free your mind from the old thought patterns and embrace new ones.  There is a creative process involved, but it's just part of the process - you don't hve to be an artist.

On Dec 31st they sent a call for Truth Cards for a new project Melody is doing.  Truth Cards are part of the Soul Restoration Class and are small wallet sized cards of inspiration.  Words of love or encouragement where you could pull out the card as a reminder, or have the card posted on your mirror to remind you every morning that you are loved.  The new project is the Truth Card Exchange where Melody is identifying women in other areas that are at risk, teaching them the Soul Restoration curriculum, then teaching them to make greeting cards that can be sold to help these women earn a living and work toward self sufficiency.  Here's a short video explaining the project.


The first call for Truth Cards is for women in Manila Phillipines that were rescued from Human Trafficing.  It was a short time frame to get the cards to Melody, but I felt it was an important project and wanted to be a small part of it.  

These are the cards that I sent.


Whether you're having a bad day, week, month, year or lifetime, seeing and reading encouraging words really makes a difference.

This is an ongoing project.  I encourage you to join in and help.  The Brave Girls Club has provided a how to make truth cards, and even a sheet with phrases you can use on your cards, where you can just cut them out and paste them to the card.

{P}inspired ... Beer Cake

A few weeks ago, I saw this pin on pinterest.

It was about making a three tiered cake out of beer.  This is not a cooking thing, you actually used beer cans to create the cake.  Now, when I saw this, I immediately thought of my friend Cindy who would be celebrating a milestone birthday this month, so I filed it away on my craft board.

Cindy's birthday is Sunday, and since I work with her, I left the cake on her desk for her to find when she came in to work yesterday.  I would have posted yesterday, but I didn't want her to see it before she got to work and saw it in real life.

So here's my interpretation of the beer cake pin.


For those that want to make this, I used 12", 10" and 8" cardboard cake rounds.  The first hurdle was finding the cake rounds.  Most are sold in multipacks, and since I don't bake, I didn't want to have 9 of each size left over.  I found a pack of 3 - 12" ones at Michaels, and just cut 2 of them down to size.  The second hurdle was the happy birthday ribbon, which I also found at Michaels.

Pretty much, you just stack the beer cans on the cake round and then tie the ribbon around it.  The ribbon sort of keeps it in place, but I also used glue dots to give it some more stability - not on every can, but on several.  The very top, I put a flameless candle, after all, you can't have a cake without a candle.  

I was pleased with how it came out.  She was pleased and Miller Lite is her favorite, and several people at work thought it was a pretty cool idea, of course, I couldn't take full credit since I found the idea on Pinterest.

{P}inspired ... Brown Sugar Scrub

I am a big fan of Pinterest.

I probably pin too many things, and some might say I need an intervention.

That being said, I do sometimes find great information, like how to kill ants, and how to fold a bag of chips so you don't need a chip clip, and my personal favorite, how to fold up those plastic shopping bags so they aren't a big wad of mess (like mine used to be).

I also have found lots of crafty stuff to try, and this past weekend I did just that.  I made a Brown Sugar Scrub which was originally pinned from Stephanie Lynn's Under the Table and Dreaming Blog.  I started with this craft, because I had recently bought some containers at Walmart (I don't remember what exactly I bought them for in the fist place), and I had all the other ingredients in my pantry.  Being a scrapbooker/stamper didn't hurt either because I had all the decorative items to complete the jar and make it look nice.

Basically, you just put Brown Sugar, Granulated Sugar, Oil (I used olive oil because I couldn't find sunflower), and Vanilla in a bowl and mix (you can get the exact measurements from the link above). Easy, easy recipe.  Just mix, scoop into jars, and decorate.

Here's my finished product:


The recipe made these two jars full, which was plenty.  The flowers and ribbon on the jar where from Michaels, and I stamped the tags.  I put the flowers on the side because I didn't want anything on top where you open the lid.  Just my way of thinking.


When I was cleaning up the mixing bowl, I used the remnants and it really did work as a scrub, it smelled pretty good, and since it was all made with food ingredients, I did a taste test and it tasted OK too.  All in all a fun, easy, quick, project.  I could see this being a project at a girl scout meeting (do they have those still ?), but also for adults.

Witch Hats

The contest for creepover was to take a paper mache witch hat and decorate it any way you like.

Every hat in the contest was outstanding but here are just a few up close and personal.

First the winner was Kelly's
Winner hat jpeg

Then my personal favorite and way to think outside the box ...Sandwich jpeg

And then there was one done in a Wizard of Oz theme ...Wizard of oz witch hat jpeg

And one where the witches hands are opening up the hat itself.Geri Ann Witch Hat jpeg

One of the ladies at the crop made a photo montage of all the entries into the contest.  The prize was that you got into the Winter Retreat crop for free, so the competition was stiff.Witch hat montage jpeg
Now, you might be wondering just exactly which one was mine .... and yes, I did complete one.  Mine is on the far left in the middle.  It's a witch hat with a sign underneath.  The sign reads ... "You say Witch like it's a bad thing".  It's me, what can I say.

Aside from the witch hats, Linda and her crew did an amazing job with the decorations and the food.  In fact, Linda and Elle made 150 cake balls.  Yes ... 150 - I think I figured that it worked out to about 5 or 6 cake balls per person. Let's just say, I ate my share, and they were delicious.  I don't know ... for me, you can't get much better than one of the Hilltop Crops.  I am always in awe of the talent that is in that crop room at any given point in time. 




Recipe Stand

I completed some projects while at the Scrapbooks Etc Crop.

First I completed a recipe board.  I started with a recipe magnet board kit from Adornit/Carolees Creations.  The kit came with the wood base, the metal board and the vinyl rubon that said Recipes.

Recipe magnet board

From there, I used My Minds Eye So Sophie Collection Paper to cover the metal.  The base, I used Ranger Distress Stain to cover - I like the stains better than paint because you can see the grain line in the wood. Put a ribbon around the base and applied the decal.  The little birds are from Michaels and were originally just pop dotted decorative pieces, I added a magnet piece so that they adhered to the metal board.  

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Make-N-Takes from the Crop

Another late night, but I figure I'd just do a quick post here before I go to sleep for a bit.  I did find my card reader so I can post some pics from the Make-N-Takes we did at the crop.

The first one is from Friday.  It is a beachy themed card with vellum we colored and the ultra fine glitter on the sun.  I really love this card. Crop MakeNTake - Relax
It's got a "real" straw and one of those umbrellas.

The next project we did Saturday.  It is a wood box with a slide lid that was called a card box, but could be used for other things as well.  We first stamped on it with a versamark then embossed with white embossing powder, then used the Distress Stain daubers to color.  After staining the box, we added some embellishments from Tattered Angels.  I've never worked with Glimmer Glass.  Who knew that you could heat it up and mold it so it's no longer flat.  Amazing stuff.  You may or may not be able to see it but the umbrella and the sun have the glimmer glass that I molded.

Crop MakeNTake - Box
I can see me trying this again.  It was fun, and surprisingly quick to do (unless you are an overachiever like some people - no names mentioned).

Oh well, it's off to bed I go.  At least today I'm making it before the sprinklers come on.  I'll have to give a final report tomorrow but I know I completed over 50 cards and a mini album, plus some ATCs.  I don't know what if anything I'll get accomplished tomorrow so we'll just have to see.  The next crop is just a couple of weeks away, so it's all good.

Hilltop Memories ATC Swap - Destination

The next theme we did was destination.  The same group of artists were participating except Sara was having some health issues so she didn't participate in this round.

Janie Kathy Dawn Diana

In order of the ATCs, the artists are Janie, Kathy, Dawn and Diana.  Again, it's hard to see the details.  Janie's had glitter, Kathy's was masked and misted, Mine had bling and raised elements, and Diana's had bling as well. 

I think we are all comfortable working in different mediums and most of our works would be more 3-dimentional rather than flat.  It's quite a bit of fun to come up with a small masterpiece relating to the theme, and to see how each of us has interpreted the given theme. 

I've got one more series that I'll post tomorrow and then you'll have to wait a bit for the next batch.  We're currently working on the theme of  "Time" and they're due at the end of January.  We picked up one additional player - Jules will be joining us.  If anyone else from Hilltop wants to join in just let us know.  It would be fun to get some additional players.