Year 2013 & Year 2014 2

Year 2013 & Year 2014 2

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Frilly And Funkie Challenge #6 Bloomin' Marvellous!... "Everything's Coming Up Roses"

     UPDATE: I just missed the deadline (by about 40 mins) for the FFChallenge #6, but this posting will stay up as is, and I'll work at getting the next Challenge done!
       Another deadline I am hoping to make just by the skin of my knuckles! We are literally burning our candle at both ends...and in the middle on both ends! The flooring is coming along sooooo nicely! Sure, we have had our share of little shakeups in problems to take care of, but by and large; we are getting things done that have needed to be fixed or taken care of for ages !!! So much traveling has put a huge dent in our detail of the little things (you know.... that hole in the wall that needed spackling, but you just moved the pictures and kinda let that go). So all of that, and more, is being done NOW as we put in the new wood flooring. But what a GREAT feeling it is to do it on your own!! We have certainly learned a lot of things in our years at Carpenters For Christ, and other building Missions we have helped in. So all that experience has really helped US as well as so many others! (We even helped put up real log cabins at at Camp!) But, as most good things: it has it's bad side, Time happens to be the No.1 Enemy right now. Plus- a huge cruncher came along last week: the ChiefHubby hit a deer on the way to work and totaled Little Blue (Toyota Prius 2012). Since it was paid for long way back, I had absolutely no desire to have another brand new car. We just bought the Ford 4 dr 150 15 months ago (& were hugely blessed to be able to just write a check for a brand new truck)! So having another to purchase since we still have a need for two vehicles so I can make my ( least a DOZEN every year) doctor appts, as well as a backup just in case of anything comes up (family or friends have used them when emergencies happen, as they often do for everyone). So he found a new car just today and we'll see how it goes before the next posting, but the arrangements already are made for paying the dealer, so I assume he will be driving it home in the next day or two. The rental (with its COLORADO plates!) goes back Friday. So CrunchTime is here for just about EVERYTHING!!
Can I scream now?!?!
        Now that scream is out; I feel better. So, here we go....

This is what began 2 YEARS AGO as a booklet (put together with a metal ring when all 'pages' are finished) made from the TH Alterations M&S Die Big Ticket. I cut several matboard Tickets from scrap stock purchased from Hobby Lobby. (They usually sell the unused portions of matboard used to frame photos in big packages in the Clearance section of the store. Or just ask for them in the Framing Dept and I always find a very nice deal on a big stack of them!)

Cutting the edges of the INSIDE parts I wanted for the Ticket page-without harming the folder I made from plain cardstock to sit in between the main Ticket board and the frame (of another cut) presented the problem of getting a CLEAN cut... until I looked through my hand die cutters and found that the end of a heart made the perfect same cut!

Using Distress Oxide Ink in Vintage Photo, I made a base for the envelope/folder that would hold the inside tag, and be the background for the frame.

After using one of the TH grunge stamps to 'ghost stamp' in numbers on the Oxide (drying in between each step is a must for the adhesive to stick the layers together later in the project), I then chose to do a technique Tim did on several of the "12 Tags" that I fell in love with: Texture Paste and Embossing Powder. I love the TH Stencil Collection and my fave is the "Brick". but I added a bit of "Gothic" in there also. 

Now, the roses were actually made 2 years ago- my first practice with the new die cutting and then gluing all these. You can see that I was not too versed in it yet, because the plastic from the glue gun is showing up. But, I really hated to toss these away because as I made more of them- they tended to look too pretty to just toss out. 
So saying; here they BE!

So here are the finished pieces of the "page" without all the embellies. The frame was easy- just slapped some TH Tissue Tape over that baby and hit 'er with some Oxide Distress and a little water, then finished it up with some regular Distress Ink in the same Vintage Photo as the Oxide.
I kinda' 2-layered it! And I LOVE IT!

Yep- the blue and red were also done at that same time (2 years ago), and I think I DID get better as I made more roses!

So the inside Tag- TH Pocket Cards made this EASY: I chose the one I wanted (they are all double-sided cardstock) and then cut the end with the TH Alterations On the Edge File Tabs Die.
Inking all the outer edges then put two TH Dolls that looked like my 2 girls, making them stand out a bit by letting the glue dry a bit. (If it dries too much, you can just use your heat gun to melt it out a bit while it sits where you want it. You can also use this trick to 'pull it back out' to make it stand out from the paper more.)

And then the boys' side... these two 'fit' my boys better than the sets of two, and an added little cartoon sticker of books just put the older boy up a bit higher to have his hand on top of the head of the younger boy.... my two did A LOT of silly poses together over their growing up years. *sigh*

From the start (even 2 years ago) the plan for this page was that the dark roses would stand for the men (my ChiefHubby, Older Son, and Younger Son) and the red roses stood for the girls (myself, Older DiL and Younger Dil) and then Cole was coming along and I made up a tiny light blue to stand for him. But NOW? Well, I want MORE Grandbabies! Oh, not right away, you know. I mean, I hope they get 'spaced out' evenly enough for the kids to keep up ok...and for us OLD FOLK to be able to SPOIL THE HECK OUTTA EACH ONE!!!
So- that little butterfly up there stands for the HOPE I have in those 'more' still to come.

These TH Dolls are sooooo adorbs !!!
They make it so easy to add a little touch of personalization but making it "old" at the same time!
I have had mine since they first came out (a splurge online got them here), and I find myself  just feeling like a little girl again...picking and choosing, then going back through them all and doing it all over again! They're so addicting !!!

The Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog has some awesome Crafters putting up some really COOL projects if you can pop in to take a look!
And if you are inspired by these projects to gear up and join us;
The Funkie Junkie Boutique sponsors a random prize drawing as well as Award Badges for your own Blog! They carry just about everything you need to get started - if you aren't already 'equipped' with the basics. There are new posts every Saturday to help you learn some new tricks, too. 
Even the long-time Crafters (such as myself) learn new things all the time!!!

And for those who pop in (and esp to those leaving those SOOO NICE COMMENTS!):

Ya'all Be Safe, & HAPPY BLOGGING !!!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Frilly And Funkie Challenge #5; "Knock On Wood"....I mean REALLY knock on wood- as in new wood flooring all through our house. Fun.

          This Frilly and Funkie Challenge is one that has REALLY been a CHALLENGE!
I've got literally 20 mins before the deadline closes, so here goes just the basics...

The one on the left is covered in clear contact paper so as to perform its intended duty as a bookmark for the younger Son and Daughter (both huge book readers/collectors). They are the ones who took this trip with us to an overnight stay in Deluth, MN, just to see Lake Superior up close, and then on to Ely, MN...."The Last Stop At The Top" in the USA before getting to Canada. You really ARE next to Canada, but only by International Waters- impossible to cross without a lot of very careful planning, and even then...highly unlikely. A BEAUTIFUL PLACE!!!!

The backside is filled with photos from the Family Expedition, and it really WAS an "expedition" in every way! We found and saw things we had never before seen. What an experience!
Plus; I've never laughed HARDER in my entire LIFE!!
What a hoot! Kids, remember: We'll always have ELY!!!!! ;)

The trees were made from the actual bark of a Birch Tree from the very camp we stayed in. The Birch Trees are very hard to keep alive in over-covering pines that tower and shade them out of the sun. So the bark is very plentiful on the ground- everywhere! I took home a small "sheet" of it. It peeled in several layers to use!! So I was able to build my Tag's tree up to 3 layers.

The "star" of my Tags is the WOOD itself! And with good reason, I have only gotten SOME of this on here, even though I did two tons of pics for the process. The reason is simple: we are redoing THE ENTIRE HOUSE from the carpet/linoleum we have had over all the years replaced with the all new wood flooring that we are installing OURSELVES. Not an easy process, but as you can see from the background of these photos; OH SO VERY SWEET!!!
BONUS: I am cleaning and washing every item in the house as we go. Yep. You read that correctly!

So saying, I have literally busted my behind this past three weeks, and so has my poor, raggedly tired ChiefHubby. Thankfully, he pulled out the days off - just TODAY- for us to go up to see the younger set of couple kids THIS WEEKEND for EASTER !!! I am SO EXCITED!!! We have not seen them since Christmas and usually, it is longer than that (from Thanksgiving till May 1st). So I am really, really MISSING my younger kids!! We had Easter for our GrandSon last Sunday during his Mommy's (older Daughter) Birthday, and now we won't miss the younger Son's Birthday, either!!

This Challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique where you can find tons of very affordable craft items (you'd be surprised how many of these things we are using to put in the new wood flooring when we need a tool that will help us better)!! And these Frilly and Funkie Blog Challenges are open to EVERYONE- 'pro-crafty' or just wondering what you can make on your first time out. So join the fun on the next Challenge and YOU might be a lucky PRIZE WINNER!!

Thanks to all those who pop in to see what is happening here, and for all the OH SO VEEERY KIND COMMENTS that give me a HUGE SMILE to pass on to others !!!
Until next time....

Be Safe & Happy Blogging!!!!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Frilly & Funkie Challenge #4- Interactive Fun... As Guest Designer !

     When my Tag was chosen as a Winner for that first Challenge (F&F Challenge #1 in Articles), and the invitation was made to be a Guest Designer...well, you guessed it: I was excited to say the least! Humbled, came first, actually, followed by the excitement...and then the eventual nervousness of "How am I going to do this?" and "WHAT am I going to do?!" But, when it comes to MY projects: my way is usually 'go BIG' or just toss in the craft rag! I'm usually one to never skip the little details when I do something. So saying....hold on to your studio chair and take a load off your mind for a few! Let's get down to basics here...
                                 First off, meet our Wittle Peanut, Cole! He's our first Grandbaby altogether, but since we have 2 sets of couples kids, he's the first of hopefully TWO 'firsts' since we really don't wanna stop with ONE- this Grandparenting Thing is too much FUN!! It certainly IS worth all the waiting, since you definitely want your kids to be settled in as a couple, and having  good jobs and a house of their own (like we did) is a major bonus! Both our girls expressed hope to be stay-at-home Moms if possible, and Cole's Mommy (our older Daughter) is able to still further her College Degree at the same time being full-time Mommy. Our younger Daughter is a HS Teacher, so I think our Grandkids will have THE BEST MOMS- EVER! We were only able to have our two boys, so if they all choose to have more than we did- or less than we did- it's totally up to them. But as far as THIS Grandma goes...I'm soft putty on this first one. Stick a fork in me. :)  So this project has been in the works for the past 6 to 8 months and finally posting it up just for this Guest Designer spot- PERFECT!
        The featured part of this Challenge is detailed (about midway) down this list of photos. The rests of the photos are just for showing you the entire Folio (Tim Holtz Large Folio) and the other crafted parts of the project. I've even included photos of the Treasure Box that will store this, as well as other items I will save or craft for Cole. I'm hoping to keep up the same thing for each Grandchild that enters into our family. (Hey, I can PLAN, can't I?!)
         S0... by all means, let's take a lookie! There's even a VIDEO at the end of this post, also!

Here's the part with the chosen Interactive Element feature for this Challenge #4...

The right page shows what is actually TWO pages- one in front of the other. The tab with the airplane is supposed to be pulled over to the right side of the book...

The Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs are used here- to tell the reader "don't forget to fly" the airplane over to the right side of the book...

...and a fold-out page is shown with the details of Cole's geneology- from his Great-Great Grandparents on down. This is a hobby of mine since we were married; adding names and dates of family events to a diary/book. I have quite a file of all sides of our families, and I hope to supply each Grandchild with their own information; who they are and who they come from.
On the backside of the folded page is space for photos of the family members listed. This helps match the name to a face. Since Cole has already lost 2 sets of Great-Great Grandparents, as well as a Great Grandma and Great Grandpa on his Paternal side, and just recently lost another GGGrandma... these photos will help him know them.

The older couple set of kids popped the news on us while helping me take my sailboat out of the water. I'd been out on her all that afternoon, singing Crosby, Stills, & Nash's fine tune while tilling her out to the wind to spend that one last afternoon on the lake before taking her out for the winter.  Since they chose a maritime theme for Cole's USNavy Mommy (& her oldest Bro USNavy and Grandpa Rick- her Dad- is USMarines)...this page was fitting!

      I definitely have A LOT of work yet to fill this all out for Cole's first year. This is only a smattering of  Cole's 1st year photos, so I think I'm gonna need another TeraByte Book in the future of more kiddies! And then....well, we'll see what crafty things are next on the agenda!
     After all, Spring will be here and it'll be time to get ye ole sailboat back out. Aye; she'll be yare a'fore the breeze with a clean wake aft o' her!!

         Lastly, there's a video for those of you who want to see the entire thing in motion.

Meemaw had a lotta fun, Peanut! And from the looks in the photos on that tray....
(a mixture of photos from Mommy, Daddy, Grammy& Grampy, Meemaw&Papaw, 
as well as a few official selfies Cole himself did)...
looks like YOU -& lots of your family- did, too!

I need to mention that you can find a little bit about me on the "Meet the Guest Designer" 
& that you can check out all the inspirational entries, as well as 
several bonafide awesome Designers' own takes,
These Challenges are open to everyone !
Who knows? Maybe YOU will come up with the next WINNING ENTRY
to be chosen as Guest Designer!
Or, perhaps your project could be chosen to win a fabulous PRIZE from
But, you'll never know unless you give it a try. :) 

And a HUGE TANX! to those of you leaving such KIND notes!! <3
Even just looking at the number of people popping in to take a peek at things
can really be a big bolster for a Crafter's imagination to work on making paper take a shape, 


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

"HOME" Book Gifts- For Our Kids...and Our Wittle Peanut !

      I found these books on a Craft "DeStash" event by invitation from Candy Colwell and as promised; here they are for everyone to see the finished look of both. The younger couple kids' book is in still photos, while the book for the older couple kids is in video format. (I made two versions of the video, since one version will remain private just for Wittle Peanut; our Grandson, Cole). I had a lot of fun making these and even more so, choosing the
photos that went inside each! Since these books already come in a bound-back form, all that is needed is covering with your favorite papers/cardstocks and embellishments.  What an easy, affordable, PERSONAL gift...anyone can make!
     Please have a look.... I'll start with the photos of the 'Shabby Chic' of the younger set, then add the video of the older set's.

Covering and making the outside covers of both books first, then adding extra touches as I went.

I chose to do all 7 Gypsies cardstock papers for the youngers' book, and bright/pastel colors for the olders' book. And there, you see a naked baby! Made from Sizzix Doll Body and coordinating clothing Sizzix Dies.

Choosing the photo for their front window was EASY- the ones here were some of my very fave!

You will notice that all the photos so far are in black and white format.
My plan was to have only the very last pages in color- their page for being FINALLY HOME.

She started out on Scholarship to UMBC in Maryland...and he began (also on Honors Scholarship) at Purdue- both doing their own thing. But the pull was there and pretty soon, she transferred, & transfers back into Indiana colleges go back to the bottom of the totem pole, unfortunately...while Brett was at the top of that same pole. Within a year- she had moved up and PAST that bottom... to graduate only 1 semester behind him (but in the same year 2014) WITH DISTINCTION!
All four of our kids have been Honors Students....
and we are VERY PROUD of their hard work and achievements !!!

That last year of Purdue University- they were married August 10, 2013....
celebrating 5 years this year !!! Time is flying way too fast.

There is still one space here at the left- for that first home up in Minnesota. 
That photo is around here SOMEWHERE.....grumble, grumble, grumble.....
I swear, I WILL get that into their book the next trip up!

The first rented house in the downtown of Red Wing. 
Across from the Police Dept and Fire Dept....
and this house actually matched this book's papers in colors and tones- very pretty indeed !!

Her fave holiday is Christmas- family gathering time. So that is the reason for the stockings hung by the chimney- with care! Thanks, again, to the ladies who had the DeStash Event- I was able to also add this TH Alterations Die- Stocking and Candy Cane.

Their final move (so far, as they may choose to move more in their future- who knows?) is the HOME they purchased ! It is huge, and very nice- lots of space inside w 2 levels- and outside for the FurryKids.
The backside- just plain easy-does-it.
Just a little last touch to 'lock it up' to keep it closed.

Now the video of the 2nd book. This one took me longer because there were more elements to the structure of adding the doll to the house. Plus: drool-proofing the doll and the photos.
I used plain old laminating for the photos and if you'll turn up your volume, you'll hear the rest of the make-it details. (Since I am deaf, I cannot remember what it says, lol! So if you have Qs for me to answer, please be sure to mention which part in time of the video you are asking about.)

         Thanks for stopping by, once again! I'll be busy getting more of 2017 crafted items posted on my blog, while keeping up with new Challenges on the Frilly & Funkie Challenge Blog.