Thursday, September 30, 2010

Autumn Wreath

I've been seeing so many beautiful handmade Autumn wreaths so I decided to try one myself. I bought a round styrofoam ring at The Dollar Tree, wrapped it in some burlap and hot glued it down. Then I used a Leaf Template to print the leaves on brown paper and book paper, spritzing the bookpage ones with Chalkboard mist. I made some felt spiral flowers (tried to show you how below) and added some pearl beads to them. For the acorns, I used my Fiskars acorn punch and leftover scraps from The Scrapping Spot's October kit. The metal butterfly is also from that kit. Had some burlap trim from an etsy shop (Frog Feathers) and used it to hang the wreath. Voilá, in about an hour I now have a new fall decoration for my door!

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Scrapping Spot October Designs

I hear it is Autumn. It's been in the 90s here for a while, so I'm not sure. But I've gotten more into a "Fall" frame of mind lately as I have designed with The Scrapping Spot's fabulous October kit (it's sold out, sorry... there may be some papers left in the store!)

Here are my layouts and a card. Almost everything is from the kit or an add-on. I did add a piece of brown cardstock and a little alpabet from my stash. Had fun using my acorn, leaf and border punches.

Now I'm longing for cooler temperatures, leaves blowing off the trees, picking out a pumpking and many other fun Autumn activities!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A new book from Proverbs 31 Ministries author Rachel Olsen

I receive daily email devotions from Proverbs31 and find them encouraging, convicting and always a blessing. Today a willow scrapbooking friend posted a link to Rachel Olsen's blog where she has a giveaway of her newest book It’s No Secret: Revealing Divine Truths Every Woman Should Know. Rachel is giving away a copy of her book and a necklace from Lisa Leonard designs.

What a wonderful gift this would make for a friend, a relative, or maybe even for myself. :-) I'd need to give that some thought if I won. Be sure to go check out her giveaway and get entered yourself! I believe this is a book I will be reading in the future, perhaps after I complete the next Bible Study I'm doing (The Patriarchs by Beth Moore).

Sunday, September 5, 2010

A TSS September challenge to use paint

One of the September challenges at The Scrapping Spot is to use paint on a layout. I used the August kit from The Scrapping Spot for this one (yes, I do believe there are a few left in the store, as well as the "delovely" September kits). I took some ivory paint and a wood grain tool to do the background that is behind the photo. Also painted the edge of the acrylic star that was in the kit. I wanted more of a "showcase" layout to put in a shadow box or display on our entertainment center, so the journaling about Seth is on the back. This kit is great for boys and men, but stay tuned because I have a layout of Tessa planned too!

And I will have something very special to write on the back, since today Seth "went down" at church and will be baptized soon. I've decided to "take the plunge" or "dive in" as well. It's time to make the transition from Presbyterian to Baptist. It's taken me a long time. And I'm really not making light of a very serious life decision (for both of us). Given a choice, I'd prefer non-denominational because it's really all about your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. That said, Lawndale is a wonderful church that teaches God's truth, where the people love and care for each other and the community. I've been serving and worshipping at Lawndale for over 15 years, but now I'll be "official." And we pray that Tessa will come to the same decision in her time, and then our whole family will be members.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

More TSS September Layouts and a card

Wow, August is gone and September is here. Once school starts back, time really starts flying. Speaking of school, here's a picture of S and T on the first day of school, August 25, 2010. A 6th grade middle-schooler and a 1st grader. So far, so good. It's hard to get back into a routine, but they both seem to be doing fine.

Now I'd like to share the rest of the creations I made with The Scrapping Spot's gorgeous September kit. In this layout, I got a collage print from Winkflash of our summer hightlights. In addition to the papers and journaling cards from the kit, I pulled out a template from The Crafter's Workshop and my sharpie pens.
In "Scootin' along" I used a sketch from Nuts About Sketches (you have to check out Shawn's site!) I used sketch #123.

I made a card and will probably get to use it this fall as I have several friends in my Life Journey Group due to have babies before Christmas!

Tessa had a big "summer of firsts" and I had to give her an "award" for them. Made the medallion/ribbon using some crepe streamer and a gold foil sticker, in addtion to the kit papers. Also used some My Mind's Eye acrylic stamps on this one.
On "like a kid again" I used another template from The Crafter's Workshop and some homemade mist (I put a few drops of yellow acrylic paint in a spray bottle with water and misted away).

I promise that if you get the September kit with all it's "Delovelies", you will ♥ using it! Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog!