Archive for January, 2016

I’d thought I’d take a break from the scrapbooking things to talk about one of my favorite things, essential oils.  In an attempt to be healthier and eliminate some nasty chemicals from our lives I’ve recently been dabbling in essential oils .  I went to a wonderful Young Living event today where I learned alot more about Green Cleaning with Essential oils and came home with a bottle of cleaner, carpet deodorizer and linen spray.  I had purchased a bottle of the condensed cleaner through a recent promotion but didn’t really know what to do with it.  IMG_2262

Here are a few recipes that I really want to try

Floor cleaner

  • 1 capful thieves all purpose cleaner
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 drops lemon oil
  • 1 tsp white vinegar

Oven cleaner

  • 1 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 10 drops lemon oil
  • 10 drops tea tree oil

These are just a few recipes I learned about today.  There are a million other uses.  Besides being better for you it is far more economical to buy one bottle of Thieves household cleaner and make all your cleaners than to buy them individually.  thank you to Jennifer and Jill for all the wonderful information.

When I got home from this event I found out that my son wasn’t feeling well.  Although I hate to see them sick I do like the opportunity to bust out my oils.  In his room I am currently diffusing this mixture. It seems to be helping him sleep and decreasing his headache.

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I really like using essential oils as a first defense when the kids are sick.  I’ve also been using them to help with weight loss and managing my diabetes.  I am by no means anti medication but I find the oils are just another tool in my arsenal.  Feel free to drop me a line if you want any information or need any oils.  I am definitely not an expert but I have learned alot in the time I’ve been experimenting with Young Living.

IMG_2231Can I tell you a secret? I’m a little intimidated by gorgeous flower layouts.  Not sure why.  Maybe it’s some darkness in my soul but I never feel mine come out all that great.  That’s why I approached these photos of the gorgeous Washington D.C. cherry blossoms with trepidation.  In order to stall a little I cut every cherry blossom diecut file on my cricut explore.  Then I played with painting them, still not happy.  So as i final resort I dusted off my stamp drawer labeled “floral”.  I’m not kidding, there was an inch thick layer of dust on the handle. the the skies cleared and the angels sang and these amazing Technique Tuesday stamped jumped out! (disclaimer, this is not my photo.  I was too lazy to take a pic of my set so i stole it off ye old interweb).  flower stamps

The phenomenal little set allows you to stamp the image in color and then go back and create the outline.  Brilliant, no?!?!?  First i stamped a bunch of stems with Distress ink in walnut stain.  Then I dug out three different colors of pink distress ink and just stamped away. I stamped each color three times before reinking (a technique called generation stamping, I believe.  Then did the same with the outline in fossilized amber distress ink.  I wasn’t careful at all with the outline.  Just got it in the general area of each flower.  I still don’t love flower layouts but i kind of dig how this came out.

 

To add a little more interested I stamped a couple of different textures over the flowers.  to do this I used Tim Holtz mixed media stamps and the fossilized amber ink.  I inked the stamps without giving much care to covering the images completely.  Then stamped off one impression so that when I added the image to my layout it was alot lighter.

For dimension I added some white on white flowers to the layout using texture paste and a stencil.  Finally I inked sanded the edges of my photos and arranged them coming off the pages and trimmed them to fit the paper..  I just love how this technique looks and it’s kind of become my signature.

My journaling block is also a stamp.  I believe it’s from Impression Obsession.  I left some room because I knew I wanted to include my title.

For the “blossoms” part of the title i did the generational stamping with the same colors as the cherry blossoms.  The “cherry” part is a ctmh stamp set.

To finish it off I layered some of my diecut blossoms over the journaling block and my stamped flowers. The splatters were done using watered down ink and the Tim Holtz Splatter brush-A nifty little tool I never thought i’d use but ended up loving.

As alway,. thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog.  I love comments so please leave me some.

 

When I say this project over at scrapmixers I knew I had to create this sweet little seasonal clock.  I love spring and all thing whimsical so that’s what I went with. Spring just reminds me to be positive and that no matter how bad things get, change is on the way and inevitable.  Check it out yourself at Season clock.  It’s created using whatever you have around the house.  The body is a chicken can and the bells on top are medicine bottle caps.  Have fun with it and let me know what you think!

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Here’s the project I hinted at in my last post.  I really love how it came out and it was alot of fun to do.  I designed it for a creative challenge at scrapmixers.  Head over there and check out the tutorial

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I have been whiled the day away working on a fun  project I am working on for the contest over at Scrapmixers.  Any guesses what it is? I’ll give you a hint, I borrowed my husband’s drill.

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Check out the contest here

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Surprise contest!!!

Posted: January 12, 2016 in Scrapbooking, Uncategorized
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Attention all papercrafters! things are heating up over at the scrapmixers blog. She is running a little contest. Head over there and leave a comment with my name then share having people leave your name! It’s all in good fun!

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Still working on getting our trip to San Francisco scrapped.  I think these are the last of them.

I was excited to do this one of Chinatown because I love all things Asian.  For the background circle I used CM metallic gold medium and a stencill by Crafter’s Workshop called butterfly.  I created the circle background on my cricut explore machine.  I used the image already on the machine, duplicated it and welded it.  make sure you use the align tools to get them perfect!  The dragon and China are also images on the cricut. I mounted the two photos on a bit of chipboard to give them a little diension.  For the tile block I inked the edges with distres ink (mahogany and walnut).  then I sprinkled a few drops of water on it.  to do this I use the Tim Holtz mini mister to spray some on my fingers then drop the water where I want it.  Dry with my embossing gun.  Then used an old rubber stamp to stamp the willow and Technique Tuesday License plate alphabet for the town. The journaling block is stamped with an old autumn leaves journaling stamp.  IMG_2134

By the time I got to this layoutI was pretty burnt out so i just used all the papers on my desk and started layering them.  Some I distressed, some I didn’t. Then when I got them placed the way i liked it, I added some gesso to the edges with my palette knife.  I used the butterfly stencil plus another from Crafter’s workshop (grid) and texture paste.For the journaling I printed it on my computer.  The font is complete in you.  Then I traced an old fiskars template (remember the thick orange ones) and cut it out.  I also distressed the edges and did the water technique listed above.  For the title I used Technique Tuesday’s Big Timber and Big Timber outline.  I first stamped each individual outline letter so that they over lap and then followed by stamping the solid letters in different distress ink colors (salty ocean, cracked pistachio and spiced marmalade.  the circles are a set from technique Tuesday called with flair.IMG_2138

To finish this layout i used dylusion melted chocolate inkspray chocolate. To do this I used three techniques.  First I just sprayed some here and there.  then to get the drops where I wanted them I place a plastic sandwich bag over my hand, sprayed onto it and let the drops roll down.  this gives you a little more control.  Apparently not enough because one landed smack dab in the middle of my journaling.  I quickly grabbed a baby wipe to clean it up and thus another technique was born.  I dabbed the inked wipe hear and there for some added aging.

As always thanks for looking. If you use any of these techniques please post a link or the project in the comments.  I love to see other peoples interpretations and I love feedback.  Even if it’s to point out my multiple typos!