Monday, August 29, 2016
I know! I am hanging out with a rock star and you guys are gunna be so jealous....we even crafted together AND went to Hobby Lobby...For those of you who don't know Lisa from Life of a BZscrapper, allow me now to introduce you to the legend herself. She is on eight trillion design teams though so you probably know her quite well already. Lucky for me she is originally from New York, so on one of her trips back, we planned a camping trip to Niagara Falls so I could hang with her.
We made a couple of things using spray paint. In fact, when THE MAN came back from visiting the falls with Lexi, he gave Lisa a verbal lesson on how to spray paint his way. My way is much more organic (drippy?) so I was glad he told her how to do it right. We even shanghaied one of the dudes running the campground in a yellow shirt to bringing us a drill bit to attach the knob to the canister. I will bet you a vanilla cup cake that some time in the near future there will be glitter on those flower petals...
I showed Lisa how to use Mirror Paint which is one of those spray paints that you must be patient with. It says apply using thin coats, but what the directions leave out is that it will look crappy for at least a couple of the coats but keep going. We started with some wee little glass containers and sprayed the inside. Aren't they pretty!
She stayed for dinner and a campfire and we were so sorry to see her go. THE MAN said later it was like we had known her for a very long time. So fun!
Speaking of someone I'd love to meet in REAL LIFE, it's the legendary Sian From High in the Sky. She is our host for Memorandum Monday!
Happiest of Mondays to you and safe travels back to AZ, Lisa!
Thursday, August 25, 2016
We always like visiting the Sweet Shoppe in Lake George Village. It always smells awesome in there! This time around THE MAN opted to run with buying gummy sharks. Then as a joke we added them to a dirty martini! They didn't actually melt, so it was mainly just funny!
I have been REALLY enjoying printing out big photos on plain white scrapbook paper as a background! Aren't those blue wine glasses pretty? So much fun. I have also been using flatter embellishments too, oddly.
Love that photo of my family! They are so good to me posing when I ask!
Well, the weekend is nearly upon us! Big adventures await! Tell you all about them soon in Memorandum Monday!
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Today I am showing you another Doug card. Only this time it's a different Doug! We went to conference with this dude in Detroit two weeks ago and he was constantly complaining about his liver, each time we had an adult beverage with dinner. The poor thing, out and about with these older, sophisticated, and bossy women!
I must admit, I probably wouldn't have made a card, but these new dog stamps from Tim Holtz HAD to be used and this one looking loopy was perfect! So was the huge water color swirl that was given to me by Lexi and I fussy cut ages ago. Added some washi & some dog die cuts that came with a recent order from The Funkie Junkie and it was a pretty quick card!
I'm not big on coloring, but stamping this dog on a grayish paper worked a treat! I only had to color in his ears, collar, nose, and I added some white to his eyes. I think it worked!
Have a great Tuesday and perhaps it will contain an adult beverage at the end of your work day!
Monday, August 22, 2016
Saturday at work we officially started rehabbing my first Habitat Home. I've been working for Habitat for around two months and so far the projects have involved mostly exterior work as part of collaboration projects with other local not for profits.
It's sadly a home we are getting back into after the first home owner didn't work out. To say the house is trashed is an understatement. Thankfully the rock star guys I'm working with weren't too sad even though they built it six or so years ago. They just tucked in and got to work on repairing all the siding that was damaged & we made a list to start work on the master bedroom & half bath. From the amount of houses around the area that have been built by Habitat, it seems this kind of thing is rare. These houses are lovingly put together by a crew of volunteers side by side with the potential new homeowner.
I saw this quote the other day and it reminds me of this build. Piece by piece we will repair that home and by the end, it will be sparkly, new, and a beginning for a family who will care for it. Looking forward to that day, but on the way I will enjoy the process & the laughter that goes into hanging with some of the best peeps on earth, Volunteers.
At home, there was some crafting...Not too much mind you, someone forgot to pick up more adhesive and printer photo paper at the store...but enough to get the fingers inky! I did get to use a new stamp that I have been anxious to try that also came in the mail. I am also in the process of staring lovingly at some new stash.....
I won a gift cert for Paper Sweeties over at ChouxChoux Paper Art earlier in the week and those lovely delish sequins just came Friday. I have been walking past them since and haven't the heart to open them just yet...It's kind of like looking at a lovely cupcake for a bit before you chomp right into it!
Happiest of Monday's to you. I have a hot date with ordering some sheet rock, a new toilet, and a few 2 by 4s! Also waving over to Sian From High in the Sky who is likely back by now from her holiday and our host for Memorandum Monday!
Friday, August 19, 2016
So the other day my boss asked me to get a card for Doug. Doug is one of our volunteers at Habitat. He is known best for arriving right after lunch with a big bag of those little bite sized candy bars, picking up after the job is done, and his meticulous paint jobs. Being a wee bit unsteady on his feet, he usually avoids the ladders. It's entirely possible he is my favorite, but then I have a lot of favorite volunteers. Doug is getting a card because on every new build, they place a tree as a memorial for his wife Debbie and we wanted to thank him for buying trees this past spring (ok so it's a bit belated, but things in not for profit land generally take a bit longer). And of course I couldn't BUY a card for this cool dude...oh no. I had to MAKE one by hand.
I thought this awesome Apple Shaped Card Template from THE CUTTING CAFE worked a treat as thank you for someone buying trees (and candy bars, those are important too). I opted to take apart one our pins for the front. Getting the white embossed dots was simply a matter of inking up the embossing folder before I ran it though the Big Shot.
I stamped the thank you with StazOn ink on some of the clear cardstock that Regina sells over a the Cafe which I then stapled on. Added a few hearts and some flowers to go with my tree theme.
Sparkle glitter around the edges and some paint splatters and I'm ready to get this card to Doug! We're off working on a rehab tomorrow so we'll need all the help we can get from Candy Bar Dude Doug!
Thursday, August 18, 2016
I could tell THE MAN missed me when I was gone. He actually worked on my table for me! I'll show you the part he did shortly, but let's take a peek at how pretty the black paint turned out. Love those tulip shapes now much better in black! I distressed it a bit too so it would look old.
He made a frame out of a pine board for my marble! Even chisled the sides down for me so it fit nice and snug! Made painting it and attaching it a breeze! My table was the first thing I worked on when I got home over the weekend. Was so nice to hang out in the garage with a sander.
I'm so happy I have a little table back to hold my Big Shot in my office. I gave up my other one for the fish tank that we moved. And if you are wondering what this table looked like before? I blogged about the Topless Hot Pink mess a few weeks ago! The actual table was around $5 and the marble top $10. A few cans of spray paint later, a pine board, and some sanding? Plus, this one has a drawer that I added some wood scallops to. A vintage rock star!
Hope your Thursday is awesomeness!
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
The nice part about a tag is that it's a little but you can totally get your bling on in a small space. In this case I managed to add a die cut, fussy cut stamped flowers, and a fussy cut butterfly, not to mention paper flowers, a scallopy metal piece, and some crinkle ribbon!
Of course insprired by the Tim Tag of August, but using colors more suited to the little airplane baggage ticket I upcycled which happened to be hot pink. Betcha can't tell. Gesso works wonders for most everything!
Tim was using a honey comb die cut that I didn't have, so I substituted the trellis one instead. Added a few pieces to fill in spots of the trellis in burgandy, but then left the rest of it empty to show off the pretty background on the tag. Of course I had to stamp some flowers that looked similar to the one he used. I also added one of the words from the One Little Quote I'm following this year. Only four more months to go and it will be revealed! ;-)
Funky Junky Botique. Only two months to go before the 12 Tags of Christmas that she hosts...not to scare you!!!
Well, we still have a smidge of summer left to enjoy so I'm off to make the most of it before the snow flies! Happy Hump Day!
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Ah the smell of paper, the feel of a roller running over the paper & adhering down pretty scraps! How I've missed you! I thought I'd start with a simple layout to get me back in the grove after being away for a week! I used a really big photo that I took out the back of the boat printed out on plain white paper as a background to my boat photo of THE MAN and Uncle Don. Aren't they cute? I had that song I Like Big Boats running through my head as I made this....oh wait, I think the song is a little different....
Are banners still a thing? I never know. I like them though. They work really well for scraps and by the time I was making this page, I had gotten down to those from my paper packet. I thought the photo of Lexi with her hair blowin' in the breeze worked well as a banner so I could fit three photos on my layout...
Incidentally the one photo that didn't make the layout was the floating tiki bar...Kinda wanted to try that at some point! Doesn't it look fun?
The epic part of this page is that it will actually fit nice and flat in a book. I know, it seemed weird to me as I made it...But I ran with keeping it simple!
Happy Tuesday! I'm back tomorrow with my Tim! Tag for August...again, nice and simple!
Sunday, August 14, 2016
I'm actually giving you a sneak peek of a project I'll be blogging about this week...it's a real rock star if that helps give you a hint!
I just got back from a week away in Detroit, Michigan for NeighborWorks training for my new job. I hung with my boss and some peeps we collaborate with. Lots of learning and a tour of the city. As much fun as it is to be away, it's awesome to get home and back in your groove. I turned into a homebody and spent some time working with my hands.
This weekend was spent doding raindrops and I hung out mainly in the garage! I did venture out for some grocherying, but only because the kids claimed we didn't have any food. Really I think they felt we were out of cookies, but anyhow...
While I worked on my project, THE MAN worked on building a bike rack for the truck. We'll use it camping and he picks Luke up a lot after track. Part of Luke's workout is to ride down to the school from the house.
I did also want to show you a photo I took for you peeps. Big Ass Blooms. Are they not epic? Check out the floor and the wall for scale. I spotted them while touring a revitalized church. They decorate the former nave which is now used for Zumba. Three generations of women come daily for a Zumba class and the building is full of energy.
Detroit is a tough place to visit. It's a city in decline and so many houses, businesses and big buildings are in decay. I leaned that 200 houses a week are taken down. Others are burned out and schools sit empty. Yet, there is hope as places are rebuilt and rehabbed. I could feel that hope as I walked through the former church where women now meet and work their body as well as their spirit. I'll leave you with these happy flowers and hope you have a most awesome week!
Waving to Sian From High in the Sky who is off on Holiday for a bit but I am sure will be around at some point to see what we're sharing.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Yes the very fugly Meant to Be Frame now has a home and a purpose! It's off to the Corning Library who is hosting the artists for the Corning ReStore contest. John from the ReStore hooked me up with a very old mirror for $8 and I retaught myself how to cut a mirror to fit in the frame. It wasn't pleasant and in fact, next time I will go to Lowes who I learned later was able to cut mirror. (did you read yesterday's post where I mentioned mirror shards on the floor, lol!)
What WAS pleasant was watching this MakerBot Replicator 3 D printer make those letters. It was humming to itself as it worked along. I imagine the little robot was thinking to itself, WHY YES I AM FABULOUS! I did add a coat of spray paint but as I learned after gluing down the first letter, I should have also done the backside...as I get a smidge of pink showing up now with the mirror.
Part of the contest allows artists time on the Bot to make their own stuff. I went with letters as I thought they would be similar to chipboard...not really honestly. They are plastic so are a class of their own and much harder.
One more photo of my frame and Duncan, the wonderdog. I am pretty sure he was thinking his dog mommy IS fabulous! Happy Thursday and wish me luck! There is a $100 ReStore Gift Cert up for grabs! Pretty sure I can't win, but hope this frame makes them a little money!
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
I had great plans of writing this post on Sunday night, which is when I always write it. It would be really hard to write something about the weekend say like on Friday night when it's still looking bright and shiny and full of promise.
Instead our plane got in late (thanks Delta!) and then we ate and then I crashed hard on a hotel bed full of white blankets and pillows. Of course I tossed and turned a little since a big dog wasn't helping me sleep and I knew I had to register and go across town on the PeopleMover. We've got a conference here in Detroit and it's already Wednesday! See this is how you know something is really going well, when you have to think about what day it is.
It's not been all busy though. I am enjoying the various rooms where I have my training session. We get long breaks and time for chatting and coffee. So far I've learned a ton of things. I'm working in a new industry and it's all new to me. Pretty awesome.
Talking about Trump, not that I want to...but he was here in Detroit and at the same hotel some of the training is for our conference....Hilary is here tomorrow for good measure. So anyhow, tell me the truth...I am sure all you peeps not from the US are having a bit of a chuckle at the Hot Mess Reality show our elections are here....It's OK, I think we deserve it.
This past weekend we were camping, because yes normal people would schedule a big camping trip and then go away for a week. To be honest, camping was scheduled before the trip or job for that matter, but we could have moved it around a smidge. No need though, it has all worked out.
Got to relax there too! We were on the bank of West Canada Creek and the sound of the rushing water was the most enjoyable part. Anyhow I'm off to hit Wednesday hard. I am missing the boys back at work who are painting today but I'll try to struggle through it!
Waving a little toe at Sian From High in the Sky who hosts us for Memorandum Monday.
Everyone needs two large art projects in the week before they are leaving for camping, trying to do a new job to the best of their abilities, and also leaving the week after to go to Detroit for a conference. I mean, don't they? Lexi and I took over THE MAN's garage, left black feathers on the work bench and mirror shards on the floor up by the tractor. Not to mention, there is still the other Hot Pink Mess (which is now black) yet to finish up. The fact I am still married is an ode to the long standing fortitude THE MAN has. So, let us give him a brief moment in the spot light here and thank him for sharing his space and abilities...
Let's not get too crazy though, we have pictures to look at....
So they are having a contest at the Corning ReStore. Basically the gist of it is that they allow you to pick out items for free that you then make into something lovely that they auction off. They have prizes for the winners, so Lexi was ALL IN when she heard the word prizes. And when I mean in, her Dad actually mentioned that there wouldn't be a lot of time and all that but she was on it like a bulldog on a hot dog with ketchup.
John helped her pick out this guitar that was really nothing special. A student model with a broken string. She decided to spray paint it silver and then do a galaxy theme painted front just like the Be A Rock Star container she painted a while ago. It's pretty epic...including the Tim Holtz clear stars...so pretty! She even went as far as asking at the local music store Marich Music how much it would cost to restring the guitar and he donated his labor for free! So, this guitar is ready to rock and roll!
She tried to add black wings on it too, but due to some issues with rivets and timing, we kinda gave up. It still looks like a crow exploded in the garage so I think she has some shop vac work to do on the work bench...
I have a project that I worked on...I'll share that in a bit...that is where the mirror shards on the floor came in!
Happiest of Hump Days and a huge hug to THE MAN who puts up with squirrel behavior the week before camping & conferencing...and also feathers on a work bench.