Monday, December 31, 2012

Our Little Lambs Vinyl Frame

Happy New Year's Eve everyone!  Are you ready for 2013?  Because it's going to be here in less than two hours on the East Coast.  My family and I had a really wonderful Christmas and I have enjoyed not working,  hanging out at home, and a few home projects.  Yesterday Brandy and I tackled my storage room.  Again.  Sadly we did this a few years ago and well, we've let it go to hell since then.  So eight hours of hard manual labor later I have a room that I can again walk in and even a new storage section for my craft room overflow.  Yes!  My craft room is a less cluttered place today and I am once again feeling creative in here.  This evening I spent a few hours putting together this vinyl on a frame that Brandy brought me to give to her mother.  She and her family recently took some family photos and this is a collage of her three angels.

I did a little something different with this frame than I usually do.  I used spellbinders dies for the corner flourishes and the middle flourish.  I'm not sure why I've waited so long to use them because I love the way they look and it was much easier than using my Silhouette.  I have so many of these dies I haven't used yet and the ornate ones lend themselves perfectly this type of project.  I already sent Brandy a picture of it and she's decided she wants one for her office now.  I should be flattered right?  She knows I love her and these kids. Great pics by the way.  They were taken by a local photographer, Lisa Polucci.  You might recall that she was the photographer who shot this fantastic photo of Brandy's oldest son that I scrapped earlier this year.  This photo still melts my heart every time I see it.

Be blessed and safe tonight and I'll see you in 2013!

Monday, December 24, 2012

On the Tenth Day of Christmas with DCWV . . .

Okay, am I late!  Seriously, this post was supposed to be up yesterday and in all of my Holiday prep I totally forgot.  I am terribly sorry to anyone who was confused!  What I should have said, and will say now is 

On the 10th Day of Christmas with DCWV, my true love gave to me:

Happy Christmas Eve everyone!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

This Gift is For You! - Photo Christmas Tags

Months ago I saw this cute post on Pinterest (which I apparently didn't pin because I can't find it now) of gift tags made out of pictures.  I put it in the back of my mind and told myself that if I had time this Christmas I was going to make some of these.  So, I had a little bit of time, couldn't find the post and figured I would just wing it.  These are the tags I came up with.  My boys get gifts from Santa as well as us.  Too many of them of course, so I decided to only make the tags for the gifts from Santa.  I love them!  They will undoubtedly be quickly tossed aside on the big day, but maybe I can save a few for a Project Life memento.

DCWV Evergreen, Heirloom Christmas, Authenquie (last year's Christmas line!), DCWV Glitzy stacks, The Paper Studio kraft paper
Twine:  The Twinery
Ribbon & Jewels:  My Stash

Thanks so much for stopping by and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Craft Room Wall Art . . . In Accordance with Necessity

I've been moved by this saying every since I saw it a few months ago.  It even made an appearance in Saturday Morning Musings (something I need to get back to, I know).  Since the holidays have come around I've been playing with etching, and vinyl a lot more.  I've had this blank spot on my craft room wall for quite some time and I thought this quote was just the thing.

I used my Cameo to cut everything out, and I really love this, especially the flower behind the quite. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Project Life - A Year in a Day?

Why the question mark?  Well, my friend Brandy wanted to know if it was possible to get a year's worth of pictures in an album and journaled project life style in just a day?  Yes, is the answer.  It takes a little over eight hours, and we used one of the new snap albums to do it.  This is how I spent my day yesterday.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Merry Lantern

Every year my crafty friends and I get together and do a gift exchange.  The rules are simple - $25 minimum gift purchase (however you are allowed to shop from your stash) and you must make an item.  Many of you might remember that I received this absolutely spectacular set of pins last year from my elf Caroline.  Turns out this year it was my turn to be her elf.  I started three times before I finally came up with something that I was in love with.  I etched a holiday lantern for her, and to keep it current and trendy the main theme was chevrons.  Here it is:


All images are from the silhouette store.  Today we did our big reveal and I think my elf is happy.  I hope she loves this lantern as much as I do!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

DCWV & Hampton Art Holiday Blog Hop!

Welcome!  Today is Day Two of the DCWV and Hampton Art Holiday blog hop.  DCWV and Hampton Art are two companies that go beyond to provide a wide selection of products from classic/vintage to trendy and modern.  So, when we decided to team up it was only natural that we would want to show you some variety.  And there are PRIZES from DCWV and Hampton Art!  Who doesn't love free stuff?  Each time you comment on ANY of the blog hop posts you will get an entry into the giveaways.  So today alone you can enter up to fourteen (14) times if you left a comment on each and every blog post.

Three lucky people will receive a holiday paper goodie bag from DCWV and be sure to check out the Hampton Art blog to see their prizes!

Here is the lineup that you don't want to miss:

Thomisia Francois
Dayna Sabrina - You are here!

So without any further adieu, here is my trendy card:

Paper:  DCWV Heirloom Christmas, DCWV Glitzy Stack
Stamps:  Hampton Art
Silhouette: artisian label, poinsetta
Spellbinders:  tag
Twine:  My Stash

Your next stop on the Holiday Hop is - Adora!

Thanks for much for visiting today!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Banks Banks and more Banks. Okay, really there are only two.

There is something about the Christmas season that gets me in an etching mood.  I don't know what it is, but I seem to do most of my etching around this time of year.  This time I worked on a few glass banks with and for a friend of mine.  She is planning on giving these to her kids for Christmas.

I promise there is more etching there than you can see.  Photographing it is extremely difficult - almost as difficult as mirrors.  I like to use etching to create a shadow behind shapes.  There is a shadow around the baseball player, as well as the peace sign.  And there are itty bitty peace signs on the side of the bank where there are flowers.  Very cute, and very fun to do.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 10, 2012

All Occasion Cards

If you follow me on Pinterest you know that I am a card pinning junkie.  I can't help it, lately that's really where my creative mojo has lead me.  Unfortunately I've had less time to do any crafting overall, but tonight I took a moment (or a few hours) to make some cards just for the heck of it.  They can be birthday cards, note cards, thank you cards, really anything.  I left a sentiment off so that I can customize them later.  

Cuteness right?  And if not for the ridiculously long time it takes to line up the chevrons on that embossing folder these would have been very quick cards!  I really like them and I hope you do too.

Paper:  AC Black cardstock, PPI white cardstock, DCWV Neon Chic Stack
Embossing Folder:  Lifestyle Crafts
Spellbinders:  Classic Hearts
Twine:  The Twinery
Bling:  My Mind's Eye

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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