Monday, November 24, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop....

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a Brand New Cricut Explore!! Welcome to day 1 of the Christmas Blog Hop!! This hop is an annual hop that our Host Lisa Pontious from Honey Bearz Designs holds each year! I look forward to each and every year!!! 12 days of Bloggie fun, Christmas Fun!!! I hope that you will come back each day to see what I have made for all of you along with all of the other designers that are participating in this amazing hop!!! 
Get your cup of Candy Cane Coffee, grab your blanket, kick your feet up and be prepared to catch some Christmas Spirit!!! 
I am hoping that you came to my blog from Santa's little elf designer Lynn from Lynn's Everyday Ideas oIf you want to start at the very beginning be sure to click HERE.  There are many different sponsors for this hop you will not want to miss a thing!!!! 

Here is my project for day one!!! I created this fun little Christmas Ornament! 

This started as just a glass bulb, I then used some Hazel and Ruby circle stencils. and placed the circle on the bulb. I then sprayed the bulb with some primer.  Allowed to dry and then used some Cherry Red paint and applied two layers of paint.  I then removed the stencil and the clear bulb was exposed.  I took a sand bar and sanded the bulb. I wanted to make this look very vintage! After sanding the bulb I added some Vintage Photo Distress ink with a dabber. This brought the Vintage feel to the bulb.  I then took a sticker and applied it to the bulb. Distressed the sticker too.  I then added some fun lace and tied it in a knot to complete the bulb! I plan on making a whole bunch of these cute little bulbs for my tree. Since the Hazel and Ruby stencils can be used over and over these are super fun to make!

Here is the back side of the bulb...

I hope that you liked my Christmas Ornament that I made today! Be sure that you hop on over to Santa's other designer elf Beth {HERE}

Be sure to come back tomorrow to see what this little elf has designed for you!! Loves-Madge

Here is the full line up for today!!!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vintage Altered Bottle...

Hey friends.  I am super excited to share my fun project today using the fabulous Timeless Twine!! I have to say that I have made many altered bottles before but this one I think is my favorite!!! I love the colors (Robins Egg) and (Antique White) along with the use of the twine going up the neck of the bottle finishes off this fun home decor piece perfectly!!!

  Here are the supplies that I used to create this fun DIY home decor piece.
*Glass bottle*Primer *adhesive stencil (Hazel and Rubies)*Antique White paint*Robins Egg Paint* Christmas Pattern Paper* Timeless Twine Color Aqua Blue* Lace ribbon* 
*Brown Distress ink*Dobber* and sand paper*

Prime the bottle, paint white, apply stencil. Paint Robin's Egg. Allow to Dry. Take your stencil off and sand the bottle.  Add the distress ink using the dobber. Trace the opening of your bottle and add your pattern paper, wrap the neck of the bottle with Timeless Twine. Add the lace and the tag! 

I used the color Aqua Blue

 This is a side view of the bottle showing off the fun stencil look! I wanted to keep it vintage looking so I distressed the bottle quite a bit!

This is the back of the bottle.
I hope that you liked my project for today!!! 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Take a Hike Blog Hop

Welcome to the Take A Hike Blog Hop

Connie Can Crop and her wonderful crafty friends are so glad you decided to join us on this wonderful Fall Weekend to get out and enjoy the outdoors. You should have arrived from Sarah- If you were lost out in the woods somewhere and need to start at the beginning, the hike begins with Connie Can Crop (link

This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these talented hikers who are here sharing their ideas and creations along this beautiful trail.
We have three amazing sponsors and giveaways for this hop!

Alicia with Golden Goddess Designs
is giving one lucky winner the
Adventure Templates from Kiwi Lane Designs

Jessica Wilson
is giving away a $10 gift certificate to her shop

Connie Wallenbrock
is giving away two fall colored ink pads from CTMH. YUMMY!!
What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.
You will have until 12:00 am Monday to finish this Hike of a hop and leave your comments.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave your blog love along the way!

I made this fun layout of my sweet family. We had our photo shoot outside in the fun outdoors!! I love Adventureland Park it is so fun to look at these sweet memories and remember these family pics! Thanks so much for hoping!!!

Up NEXT IS the Fabulous Haidee-
Here is our complete line up in case you get lost along the way:
16. Miranda -
Thanks so much for joining us for such a fun day!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hello Pill Box... Decorate to Celebrate Challenge #88

Welcome to my post for Decorate to Celebrate. Are you ready for a challenge? 
For Challenge #88, They are asking you to create decorations for anything you please, yes anything you please, we would love to see all your 3-D projects, cards in a box, and yes cards with any 3-D cut out on it. We are hoping this will give everyone a chance to show off their projects and talent.

Link up your project below before 11:59pm (EST) on Tuesday, October 29t to be eligible for YOUR chance to win prize from Scrappin Madge (YES ME!! So be sure to get your challenge submissions in) Please take a look at their Challenge Rules (HERE) before submitting your project. :) Also check out the Blog HERE

I created this cute pill box. I love the sentiment on the box!! It would be a super cute Thanksgiving treat box or thank you!! 

 Remember to check out the Decorate to Celebrate Blog!! And link up your projects!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Love Always 3 Girl JAM DT

Hello crafty friends! Today I am super excited to share with you a fun card that I created for my sweet cousins Bridal Shower.  I am always reaching for my 3 Girl JAM ribbon! Whenever you think Hmmmm... what does this project need? Always go to your 3 Girl JAM ribbon stash. When you do, your project will be complete! Be sure to check out the 3 Girl JAM store HERE.....

For this card I used the color Coral Crush from the Caribbean Splash collection I hope that you enjoyed my fun card today! Be sure to pick up your 3 Girl JAM ribbon today!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Giving Thanks Gift Box Timeless Twine Style....

Happy Thursday crafty friends! Today I have created a fun little gift box! This little gift box is something that could be duplicated multiple times and used for a fun Thanksgiving party favor next to everyone's plate.

You can pick up your 2x2 kraft gift boxes in the Bella Creationz Store HERE...
To make these little guys you just need your gift boxes, twine, pattern paper and a fun sentiment either sticker or stamped embellishment.
Cut qty of 5- 2.75 x 2.75 pieces of pattern paper and adhere around the gift box. Take the last one and adhere to the top on the box. Fill box with goodies. Take twine and double it! Wrap box like a gift. Tie one knot and then add your sentiments, then tie another knot!
This box would not have been complete without the Autumn Splendor Twine! Be sure to get yours today Click on the Picture!!!

Here is my fun Gift Box! EEK!! It is so cute I myself need to order more so I can make these little guys for Thanksgiving!!

I hope that you like my fun little gift box today!! 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Where do you think the scrapbooking industry is headed?

Have you ever wondered about where the scrapbooking/crafting industry is headed?  I ponder this question frequently.  I watch the industry change each year.  I don't mean coming out with new product but I mean the industry itself.  I live in a small town in Utah.  Yes, I said Utah Home of many major Companies in this great industry.  That being said I think that I may need to list them all for you so you have a better understanding of where I am coming from.
*American Crafts
*Heidi Swapp
*We R Memory Keepers
*Pink Paislee
*Studio Calico
*Crate Paper
*Simple Stories
*My Minds Eye
*Echo Park
*Basic Grey
*Pebbles Inc
*Becky Higgins
*Teresa Collins
*Provo Craft
*Die Cuts With A View

I am sure that there are more but I can't seem to think of them off the top of my head.  Do you get a clear picture about the companies here in Utah?  That being said, here are a couple of things that I have noticed.
*The Original Scrapbook Expo USA- when it first started years ago it was HUGE!! Every store in Utah had a booth selling the latest and greatest products.
*CHA was having two big shows a year one in the winter and one in the summer
*Scrapbook and Crafting stores were popping up on every corner
*Classes were being taught at every store each weekend and some week nights
*Roberts Arts and Crafts Stores were HUGE!!!
*Stores were opening up in Malls (Archiver's)
*The small business owner made a difference in small little towns owning a scrapbook and or crafting store.
*CKU (Creating Keepsake University) was HUGE!!!!!

Over the years these things have changed.  How so you are wondering. Here is my observation.
*The Original Scrapbook Expo USA- now is only once per year (now in the fall) hardly any stores or new small companies are vendors.  Many of the above listed companies now have booths and have basically a HUGE Warehouse Clearance Sale out with the old in with the new kind of a thing.  You want a great deal this is the place to come!!! Major Blow out items.  Classes are still held and fill up quickly.  There is still open cropping and the fabulous VIP's. This is still a HUGE venue but instead of it being the little guy getting a start it is now the vendors. (Don't get me wrong I love this Expo and I go every year to stock up LOL). I am just stating the change that I see.
* Scrapbooking and Crafting stores are closing monthly here in Utah.  I feel that is due to the companies having their Warehouse Sales. Why pay $5.00 for an item when you can go to the Warehouse sale and pay $1.00? I feel that many of the consumers have caught on to this and save for the yearly warehouse sales. (Again, don't get me wrong I myself go to every sale and buy buy buy!).
*Since the stores are closing classes are not being taught unless you have a group of crafters meeting at a home or they are getting away to a retreat or crop somewhere.
*All of the Roberts Arts and Crafts stores closed
*CHA now only has a Large show in January which is the winter show. And follows up with a smaller show in the summer.
*Archiver's closed and there is no more Mall of America show in September
*There are not very many small business owners who still have a store front, most have moved to an online type of store.

It saddens me that the Scrapbook stores are closing in my area.  I do love being so close to so many of the manufactures and love love going to the warehouse sales.

I also love that New Product continues to come out with all of the Amazing companies and that there are so many crafters out there that keep this wonderful hobby alive!!! So many great things are happening.
However I feel let's not dwell on the changes let's also look forward to what is coming!!! One thing that I know that is coming and coming soon is Create and Craft TV it is coming to the USA and I personally am thrilled.  Provo Craft has made a HUGE comeback with the release of the Cricut Explore!! Silhouette coming out with a new machine is awesome too! Sizzix and Spellbinders always upping their game along with Webster Pages launching their new planners!! Crazy amazing things still continue to happen.
I love this wonderful hobby/career and always wonder where it is going to take me!! All I can do is climb on the magic carpet and go for a ride!!! Thank you for reading this post!! I would love to hear your thoughts about this post! Please remember: I am a cheerleader for the big guys and the little guys in NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM is it my intention to bash on this wonderful industry I am just simply stating my opinion in what is happening in this crazy, fun industry!

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