Saving for Good….

Morning crafters and happy Saturday.  I hope everyone has great weekend plans.  I am starting my day around here and I thought that I would start it with a project that I created a few weeks back.

Back in February, Jim and I went home to clean out my Dad’s home to get it ready to list with our agent.  It is difficult process both physically and emotionally packing up your childhood home and discovering some ‘quirks’ that our Father had.  He saved EVERYTHING…lol….broken appliances, power cords, etc ‘JUST IN CASE’ he needed them.  We also discovered that my brother has similar quirks, which is quite cute to see our Father in him. When we got down to then end, Dad had two empty drawers to a pine desk that no longer seemed to exist.  He used them to ‘sort’ things…lol.  Darcy, who is the keeper of things was actually going to put them into the landfill pile when I stopped him and told him that I would be taking them home with me.  He looked at me like I was nuts but he put them in my car.  I knew what they were going to be, had the vision in my head.

So this:

Turned into THIS with some love and great products:

I knew that the Blazing Poppy line from Heartfelt Creations was the line that I wanted to use.  I sanded the drawer and painted it with red milk paint and then added a brown wax paint over top then sanded off the finishes with some fine sand paper.  I have tons of pictures of Dad in his uniform over the years (I am the keeper of our family photos) and though he did not serve in the military I felt the poppies were appropriate to memorialize his years in the RCMP.  He had such pride in what he did as his life’s work and anyone that knew him also knew that.  I added some of his uniform pieces to this shadow box/shelf along with the pictures I used. I also found this tea cup in our Mother’s china cabinet and finished this shelf off with that adhered to the base.  I am so pleased with how it turned out.  I went to Renovators Resource this week and picked up an vintage knob to finish off this project.  I have a second one to do, my plans this spring is to do one up for my brother as well.  So enough about this, I am off to start my day.

Have a wonderful and safe weekend.  Make sure you do something for YOU, life is too short to put ourselves last.

Thanks for peeking in!!!!

 

Heartfelt Creations Layout

Good morning crafters and Happy Sunday.  I hope that everyone is having a good weekend and are staying WARM!!! Nova Scotia’s weather has turned frigid but lets hope it doesn’t last long.

I wanted to pop on here and post a layout that I created with the Classic Sunflower Collection from Heartfelt Creations.  For obvious reasons, this is my favorite line that they currently sell.  Sunflowers are bright and beautiful and their paper pad that coordinates is just fabulous!

Here is a peek at what I created:

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I created this layout and turned it into a canvas for Jim’s Mother for Mother’s Day.  I used my 12×12 MISTI to stamp in the corners of the layout.  I colored the flowers with my Distress Inks and a blender pen.  I added some spray inks to the background paper as well.  I added a sunflower from the line that I stamped, heat embossed with gold embossing powder ( I love them in gold once I ink and shape them).  I shaped the flower and assembled it how I learned from a workshop with Karan Gerber.  I added some gold embossing paste to the paper with some stencils from my stash.  I added some trim and sequins to the project to finish it off.  I added an picture of Jim and his sister that I double matted and called this project complete.  I think Jim’s Mother will love this project.  I makes me smile to think of Jim as a little boy.

Thanks for peeking in!!!!

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Let’s End MS!!

Good afternoon crafters and Happy Monday.  I wanted to pop on here and blog about our fundraiser that we hosted last weekend with my crafty group of friends.  This event has grown over the past three years from a tiny crop in the basement of a legion to an 81 person crop with a wait list.

Since my diagnosis of MS in 2007, my husband and I have been through the wringer so to speak ( along with my friends ).  This event began as Jim’s way of ‘DOING SOMETHING’ to make my illness better.  I truly believe that it is as hard as a care giver as it is for the person who is sick.  Most days they feel powerless.  Jim’s thought was if we did this, he was actively doing something to battle this disease.  The last two years I have had two fabulous ladies helping me to get and stay organized along with a HUGE group of volunteers(some not even crafters, Thank you Lisa, Ann,Judy, and Sam) that help to implement the vision of the event.

The past weekend we had our third crop and it was a FANTASTIC success.  Jim hoped for our total to surpass 10 000$ for the three years combined, which means a 5000$ total for Saturday and we did it!!!!!

The list of thank yous is so long, I don’t even know where to start.  From all the women who registered and paid to attend the event, the women who helped us with donations of snacks, drinks, prizes,and food.  Our day included lunch so preparing a meal for 81+++people is very daunting so the people who selflessly gave their time to help out with the meal/the clean up, and that brought food for the meal.  The women who brought family members to help set up and break down of the crop space itself was a god send!!!

I truly could go on for pages and pages about all the love and support we experienced through out the past year but I won’t.  The statement that still rings through my head and I have said several times, ‘It takes a village’ is so true.  We couldn’t do it ourselves and as a group we were a smashing success.

So I will end this blog post by saying, Thank you………

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Thanks for peeking in!!!

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It’s Friday!!!

Morning crafters and Happy Friday.  This day is a little more special then any normal Friday, today is prep day for our MS Fundraiser and I am super excited (if butterflies in there making me nausea makes it excitement..lol).

Before I get my day on the go I wanted to pop on here and post a group of projects that I created of my niece and her kids.  The kids are growing so fast, I wanted to scrapbook these for the last few years.  The week past, I finally got down to business!

Here is a peek at what I created:

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I have been collecting ‘denim’ and other textures for the last year in my travels because I knew I wanted these pictures to have a country denim feel.  I truly love these layouts, perhaps they need to be canvases…lol….

Well I am off to prep for tomorrow. Wish us luck and thanks for peeking in.

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Card Share

Good morning crafters and happy Sunday.  Before I start my day I thought that I would post a few cards that I created.  I created these cards with various collections from Heartfelt Creations.

 Here is a peek at what I created:

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I truly love their paper pads, the possibilities for card, layout, and altered objects are endless.  The first card shown I used a card die from Stephanie Bernard and The Stamps of Life.  It is a simple cut that makes a fun card in the end, especially if you like to layer up your creations.

I truly hope you have sun wonderful Sunday plans, here in Nova Scotia, tomorrow is our Heritage Day holiday so for those that are lucky to have Monday off, ENJOY!!!!

Thanks for peeking in!!!

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Up cycled Project !!!

Good evening crafters and happy hump day.  Also a shout out to my sister in law, Cindy as it is her birthday today.  I just wanted to pop on here and post a few cards that I created this am when I should have been doing house work and laundry…lol.  I used recycled material for these cards today.  The first part of January, Jim came home from work with a calendar that one of his co workers gave him (it was last years).  She often passes them on to him as he paints and he could use the images on the calendar as inspiration.

Well, I LOVED it!!! It was very colorful and vibrant, it reminded me of Mixed Media backgrounds.  I truly loved it.  So, I cut it up!!! and cut down the pages to a more manageable size for making cards.  I have created several different cards with the paper over the past several weeks but I thought that I would share a few that I created this am.

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I love to color so at any given moment I have a photo box full of colored images so I just need to create the card fronts to complete them.  I truly enjoyed putting these images to good use, I can’t even remember how long ago that colored them.  The paper was easy to use, given the images were so random (rulers and trees on the same image) and the colors so wonderful to play with.  I pulled out my Crazy Bird images that I water colored and they went perfect with this random paper.  It was fun to use things up that were in my stash (Images, paper, die cuts and embellies).

Well, I am off to bed.

Thanks for peeking in!!!!

~Melanie`

~Melanie~

Be Careful Out There

Morning crafters and Happy Monday, I think.  We are in the middle of the storm of the season.  Last night they were predicting it to be similar to White Juan in 2004, God help us.  For now, I am crafting and watching Netflix, pretending it isn’t storming like crazy outside.

 I did want to pop on here and post a few cards that I have created.  I truly love Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies but I really love their paper.  I love all the little tags and sentiments and boarders that are included to help complete any project you are creating.

Here are some cards that I have created:

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I am in LOVE with their flower and dies for sure, I enjoy making them, it is relaxing.

Well I think I will get back at it, thanks for peeking in and if you are in NS, be safe.

 

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~Melanie~