Friday, March 24, 2017

Hopping Bunnies!!

Hey friends, just a quick post today to share a fun easy project.  The other day our little craft group met at my sisters and did a some painting.  Jan had found these cute wood cut outs in the Target bins ($3).   I painted mine tones of grey.   She also found the pom pom tails in the Target bins.  I had die cut some felt flowers with my AccuCut dies, so we added those with  a button center.

We were so busy chatting it up that I really didn't take as many photos as I planned to. Sorry.   But here are what these bunnies look like unpainted.

She also had these standing bunnies and chics as choices.

After painting I sanded mine a bit.  After that all you have to do is hot glue on the tail and the flower.
Of course you could do detailed painting on these also.. adding a face ect.  But we liked them just like this :)

It's always a fun day with the girls. Catching up, sharing photos of the grandkids ( or in my case.. the grand-pups) lol    Since we were in Lincoln we met for lunch at our favorite Mexican food place (Mazatlan) before heading over to Jan's to craft.

 Oh yes...
 So.... and then there was this Pistachio Coconut Cake
My sisters ( all of them) come up with the best recipes and are amazing cooks and bakers.  This is cake my sis Jan made for our little craft get together at her house.  It was AMAZING!

You can click on the link above to find the recipe.  If your looking for something different for Easter, this just might be it.

Now we are home ... dog sitting.  Amy and Weston are headed to Zion and Bryce national parks, so we had Jep here with us for a week.   Yesterday was National Puppy Day!  So... of course we needed a photo. 

Here is Wes and Amy on their first stop... Vegas!
They will also be seeing Amy's family while they are traveling.

Dan's off this weekend so he had help entertain the dogs lol.  I think Jep thinks he's at a doggy nursing home lol  He's looking at me like "why are these dogs always sleeping?"   He is one active dog!  Our  dogs seem lazy compared to him. Reallyyyyyy lazy! lol

Have a great weekend my friends!
I'll be back next week with some fun crafty news to share ;)


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Feeling Springy? I am!

Hey, it's just me over here, trying to rush Spring in with happy.. cheery colors. lol  I am so ready for Spring and for the last of this crazy cold I've had to gooooooo away!  I haven had a cold for so long that I think I forgot how rotten they can be. ugh!
Today I thought I'd share a quick, fun project for your counter or window cill that will be certain to bring you some Spring cheer.

I used my AccuCut flower die but any flower die would work great. They are especially fun if you can sizes that you can layer for dimension.    I used some vintage spools I had that were empty, and just added some colored twine to them.  (By the way, if you have wooden spools... hang on to them because they are not as easy to fine as they were even a few years ago.  I just ordered some from an etsy that were older ones and then also some from Amazon that were new.  It seems that the larger ones are much harder to find at a good prince than the smaller ones. I used to find them all the time at Flea Markets, to the point I was just passing up bag fulls that were very reasonable because it thought I had enough :(   Sorry I did that now).

I used a the Fancy Pants Sweet Nothings Collection for these.

I friend of mine asked if I'd make some for her for gifts for Mothers Day.
Fun idea for friends for Mothers Day :)

Last night W and E were here for a bit while mom and dad had a dinner date.   Lily is so happy when they are here. It's weird because she has never really "played", not even with stuffed toys.  I don't know if it's because who ever had her didn't play with her when she was a pup  or what??  But she just stands and stares at the kids like... hey... look at me. talk to me . lol  And she just  gets closer and closer and won't move.   They are so good about giving both dogs attention .. unless ( as in this case) there is a very action  packed movie playing. lol

here... me... I 'm right here.

My week has been pretty chill, still recovering from this cold.  Getting groceries yesterday was enough to wear me out. lol .. no seriously.  I was pooped
So, not lots more to share here.  Tuesday is girls crafting day, so I'll be back sharing our day and what we create.

Enjoy your weekend my friends!

Hugs, Vicki

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Altered wood accordian pieces using ADORNit and "Spring" banners for sale.

Hey everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend!  Mine wasn't great simply because I caught the cold but that is going around.  I haven't gotten much of anything done this weekend at all, and to tell you the truth I've felt just cruddy enough not to care. lol
I had worked on these earlier in the week, so I thought I'd share them with you today.   While the girls and I were out to lunch one day last week, we stopped into a little shop, and I spotted these wood, free standing accordion fold pieces.  They had a design on them but nothing spectacular.... and that's okay, because it just made it that much easier to cover when I altered them. lol

I used ADORNit papers and stickers on both of these.  The one with five pieces I used to alter with our family photos .  ADORNit has some great paper collections.  You can see them all here.

I made this one for my sis with her adorable grandson on it.  They were so fun, I wish I had more of them to alter.  They are the perfect size for a gift for someone for their desk at work.  Well, anywhere, mantel, end table ect.

Is he a punk'n or what???

This is what I started out saying a few days ago.  I really thought I was just "a little HORSE" lol from sinus issues.  We are way past that now.  geeeezzz   This is nasty stuff that's going around. It doesn't help that I haven't had a cold or been sick for a while.... because I'm really being a baby about it. lol
I am a person who loves sleep and when something disrupts that ... UGH.. like this coughing, ... I am not a happy camper.  
Here is hoping for improvement tomorrow.

I mentioned a while back that I would have a few SPRING banners for sale. I had some orders, so while I was at it I made a few extras.  If anyone is interested just shoot me an email at

Each banner piece is approx 4x5.5   Lots of machine stitching with gold thread.  You can see in the close up shot below.  ( and you can click on this one to see it larger).

Stickles was used on the flowers and Diamond Glaze on the butterflies.

$14 plus $3 shipping ( US only)

Okay friends, it's back to the couch for me.
I'll be back soon 


Monday, March 06, 2017

A new layout using Millie & June Fancy Pants Designs

Hello friends!
Well, among other things I'm still working on some layouts for hire for a friends Grandchilds graduation this year.   I thought I'd share another one with you today.  I have always really like the Millie & June Collection .......and finally I'm getting a chance to do some girly layouts. yay!     I'm doing MANY, so I have to keep the layouts simple so I can make serious progress. Using Fancy Pants Collections sure make things move along quickly with the coordinating title, and ephemera pieces.  Otherwise I find myself digging thru every thing in my room lol   I wish I could use FP of ALL these layouts!

I've also been working on some Spring banners to sell.  I'll be posting those soon, if anyone is interested.

So... Emmett was here yesterday and spent the night last night.  Mom, dad and his brother were out of town at a game. I knew it might be late when they got back so I said.. "just let him spend the night, and I'll take him to preschool in the morning".  We found all kinds of things to do. First we made some St Patricks day treats.

Then we went over to Lylas farm up the road to see the farm animals.  On the way he informed me that he would look at the geese and cats and dog but that he didn't like cows. lol

Well, he ended up playing he kazoo ( that we got when we stopped at Family Dollar) for the cows, and I think a wonderful friendship was built. lol
It was really nice here yesterday, so it was a great day to get out.

I had the dogs outside for a bit but even though it was in the 70's, Little Miss Lily was still shivering.  She is a total cold weather wimp.  Even with her sweater on, she just wanted to come in an lay on her  blanket. lol
Emmett was so excited to have Lily sleep with him last night. She was pretty happy about that also.

Dan is off today and we are going to Kate's schools open house. Kate was very involved in setting it all up and Jarad will be there manning the Fire Dept table.  Looking forward to seeing them.

I'll be back soon to share the banners.

Happy Day to all of you!!!

Thursday, March 02, 2017

90th Birthday card and some other fun

Hey everyone!
Hoping your week has been a good one. It feels to me that it has flown by. There has been something going on every day. All good things so I cant complain. Time with friends, and time with family. I'll share some photos further down in this post.
This morning I spent some time working on a Birthday card for a very special lady who is celebrating her 90th Birthday.  My friend Marianne,(who has been my friend for years), is having a card shower for her mom's 90th Birthday. Marianne has been a friend since grade school. We were best friends and neighbors  all thru junior high and high school and then became room mates after that. She has lived out of state for years now, but we still stay in touch of course.  Her mom Vi is a gem. Always smiling!  I'll be sending her this card, but my intention is to set up a time to meet up and go visit with her.  She ( Vi)  is just a little over an hour from me. 

Celebrating the 90th Birthday of an amazing woman!

Tuesday I met up with the girls for lunch.  I made up these little St Patty's gifts just for fun.

We celebrated February Birthdays! Julie and Karen!  We were at a Mexican restaurant, can you tell? lol

Monday Lyla came over to play.  We had a fun and busy day.  We painted....

She was proud of her canvas.

We made cookies......

and made a tent under the table. lol  We played in the tent with the pretend food, but as you can see, it came in handy later in the day also.

Yesterday Amy and Wes came for Lunch and spent the afternoon.  It was really nice that it worked about that it was Dan's day off so he could be here also.

Jep finished his training classes.

Can you tell he's proud??? lol

I always love having the kids home, and cooking for them.   The dogs had fun playing together, as always.

Time for me to get back to these layouts on my desk , sooooo... until next time.

Thanks, as always for stopping by.  I'm always happy to have you.


Friday, February 24, 2017

"Farm Girl" layout using Fancy Pants Designs and making some dot embellishments

Hey everyone!   I have been working feverishly on these layouts I'm doing for hire.  This darling little girl graduates this year and her Grandma is wanting a scrapbook for her graduation celebration.I have been working on these a few months now and  I have done MANY!  I've lost track counting. Actually I'm working on layouts for albums for all of their grandkids. 9 Grandkids to be exact.  I'll be busy for a while.  It's fun to see the photos of the kids growing up and changing over the years.
It makes me feel good to be a part of helping preserve these memories for them.
I used the Fancy Pants Designs "Happy Place" Collection for this layout.

I just can't say enough how much I love using Fancy Pants Products.  They make pulling at layout together SO easy.  Same with cards, or anything else you are wanting to create. 
There is always great pieces for titles, and so many fun bits and pieces for adding interest.

I haven't been creating layouts as much as I used to simply because I'm kind of on a card kick. That, and the fact that I have LOTs of layouts of the boys .. and we don't have grand kids yet. IF we ever  had grandkids.. brace yourselves!! lol  It will be photo and layout overload. lol
It's been fun working on these layouts, because since there are so many to do, I have to keep them simple, so I can keep moving. Not sweating it and just kind of rolling with it has been nice. I've actually been pulling up sketches on Pinterest for quick inspiration and it has really helped me to keep trucking along.
Many of the layout are about trying to get quite a few photos on to one pages, and doing two page spreads. That is a bit out of my comfort zone, so the sketches have been a big help.
If you get in a funk, I suggest you give Pinterest sketches a try :)

I am doing "INSIDE' things this weekend as we are having nasty weather.  Crazy weather! I couple of days ago it was in the 70's here .. now blizzard.  Welcome to Nebraska living! lol
This photo is the view looking out from my studio window to the North.  Faintly in the distance you can barely see the county road that runs along the East side of our property.
I can hear the wind whipping out there, and I'm cold even in the house, so I have no intention of going out!

So.. it's inside activities for me.   Aside from working on the layouts , I decided to give a try, something that I have been watching You Tube videos about.   They are taking these beads ( you can get at Hobby Lobby or Micheals), and melting them in the oven on Parchment paper, to create little dot embellishments that look just like the enamel dots you buy on sheets.

There are a number of great video on  You Tube showing you how. Here is just one
DIY Enamel Dots Video

I decided to give it a whirl.
I ended up finding these in two sizes. They are inexpensive, and trust me... you can make A LOT with one container
Below you can see how I have them laid out on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. ( I did hear in one of the videos that they used $ store parchment paper and it did not work as well as Reynolds brand). I used Reynold band parchment paper and it worked super.

I did mine in the over at 425 for about 11 minutes. This will vary with size. That was for the larger ones. The smaller ones were about 6 minutes.  Just watch them, and you can tell when they are ready. First they will start to look like little doughnuts and then closer to the end, you will only see a little dimple in the top.  They are still not ready until that little dimple is gone.

                                       **Watching couple of the videos will be really helpful***

Below you can see were you can still see the little indentation where the hole was.  They still need another minute or so.

They cool quickly and come right off the parchment paper.  I just folded the parchment when they were cooled and used it like a funnel to pour them right into the container.

I heard in one of the videos I saw that she used the other type of beads. (Perler Beads) and cut them in half.  That seemed a bit time consuming for me ,but I did find the Pony Beads in a smaller size also. So be sure to look closely in bead isle because they may have a couple of different sizes.  I found both sizes of these at Hobby Lobby.  I only tried the Pony beads. And I have plenty of these now, so I don't think I'll be doing any others. I like how these turned out.  I have these two jars now and I haven't even used half of my container of beads.
Just so you know... I did notice a bit of a smell from them being in the oven, but not a lot.  With being a migraine sufferer I'm very conscious  of smells and what might bother me and trigger a headache.  I will wait for a nicer day when I can open the windows a bit for ventilation before a do more, just to be safe.  Cracking the door open during a blizzard last night probably wasn't the best. lol  But.. I sure didn't want a headache.

Well, this is now the really cool part. I was thinking of away to get adhesive to the backs without having to use a drop of glue when I add them to a card or layout. This is one thing I didn't hear mentioned in any of the videos. I often have trouble adding a wet glue to an embellishment I'm putting on a project. Even tho I try to add just add a little, it seems to "smoosh" out around the edges. I don't like the glue mess on my project.

 DODZ Adhesives Dots Small from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3 L would be a great solution to this.

 But Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L  Adhesive Transfer Sheets came into my mind.  I couldn't wait to give it a try.
It worked GREAT!  I just peeled off the top sheet and added the dots. SO easy!

When I remove them from the sheets the adhesive is on the dots!

My dots are on a sheet and all ready to use!! Seriously it could got have worked any better! YAY!
( I'm easily excitable lol)

If you do make these easy dots, the adhesive sheets are a must.

I hope you found this helpful.

My online J Bloom Party is still doing on until Monday, if anyone is interested.  Here is the link.
  When you click on Shop you will see my party.  It will say "Amy's J Bloom"  ( Amy is my son Wes's girlfriend)

Thank for stopping by!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

"Celebrate" Card using Fancy Pants Designs and some J Bloom fun with Amy

Shocking how fast the weekend can go sometimes, isn't it? Wow!   The weather has been gorgeous here for the last few days... defiantly not the norm for February in Nebraska.  No complaints tho! We'll take it!  Spring cant get here soon enough for me.
I've been finding my self loving things with lots of color (yes, more than usual) lol  I know it's because I have Spring fever.  Another sign you have Spring  if you find yourself  endlessly  standing in the floral isle at Hobby Lobby, glazed over eyes... slightly catatonic. lol   My sister Jan and I were that way a couple of weeks ago when we were at the At Home Store.  We just kept putting different color combos of flower bunches together and oohing and awing. Give me color!
Last night I decided I'd make a card with the new Fancy Pants Designs " Sweet Nothings Collection".
Great colors and patterns in this collection!

If you are a friend on Facebook you may have already gotten a invite from me for a Online J Bloom party I'm hosing for Amy. Most of you who follow my blog already know who Amy is. She's our oldest son Wes's sweetie.
She recently started being a designer for J Bloom.  I have ordered a few things already, and I love them!
I love that they have so many things that can be personalized.   If you are interested in taking a look, here is

the link  Vicki's online J Bloom Party   It will be open until next Monday Feb 27th

I thought I'd share a few of the stackable rings that Jan I have gotten. Of course hers is the one with "Tennessee" on it. It's her sweet grandsons name.  Since then she has ordered one that says "Grandma". She has a new grandbaby on the way so for her other ring she will have that baby girls name.

The "Here's to Life" is mine. It's my favorite line from a Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers song.

I have also ordered these. This one says  "est 1981  weston 1982 jarad 1985"  The year Dan and I got married and the boys Birth dates.
( you can choose your font color and size of course)

And here is the other one I have, which is a saying I love.  "be truthful, gentle, and fearless"

Just for ideas, here is one of Amy's.

Here is one she designed for her mom.

If your interested, you can check out the catalog and I know if you have any questions about personalizing or anything else, Amy would be happy to help you.
There is certainly lots of cool things to choose from.

Thanks for letting me share!

I hope everyone has a great week ahead!