Playing with paper flowers.

Aug 12, 2011

Good morning! My name is Christine Drumheller and I am the owner of the monthly kit club, Cocoa Daisy. I was thrilled to be invited to post on Lisa’s blog this week. I am normally a very clean, linear kind of scrapbooker but this being Lisa’s blog I thought I would stretch out of my comfort zone and add some extra layers of flowers and ribbon to a layout. I used bits and pieces from our July kit “Urban Loft” and its add-ons to create this layout about my Mom and I on Mother’s Day. Layering with paper flowers is a fun and versatile way of creating some texture on your page. I used the Sassafras kraft flowers and some of their new “foldies” on my layout but you can cut flowers from patterned...

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Display Case

Aug 4, 2011

Recently, mom and dad bought a new entertainment center for their den and asked if I wanted this vintage display case because they no longer had room for it… well you can certainly imagine yes could not come out of my mouth fast enough. I drove from Beaumont like a little old lady in fear I would break the glass. Well it got here all safe and sound and now is being filled with thrift store finds, items mom and dad have found for me and even a few from my aunt. I like to use these items for photo props and containers in my classes. It’s great to finally have everything well, most everything in one spot instead of all over the house here and there. I wonder how many people looked through...

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Five Photos

Aug 2, 2011

These five photos bring back way more than five memories that is for sure and are some of my favorites. Downtown Chicago is one of my favorite places to visit. I could walk all over every single square inch of it (that is as long as it isn’t 5,000 degrees outside like it was when I was there a week ago. Ok that might be a bit dramatic but gosh it sure did fee like it) I never get tired of looking at all the buildings and architecture as well as the street entertainment. Cape Neddick Lighthouse also known as “Nubble Light House”. Mom and I got to go and visit the lighthouse while in Maine last summer. I loved walking around the coastline, smelling the salty air and eating “Saltwater Taffy”. We had...

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A quick trip…

Jul 11, 2011

Ansley and I decided to take a quick trip down to Beaumont to see my parents and aunt since she had several days off last week. The plan was to surprise my mom and let’s just say, everyone kept the secret but me… even my 8 year old niece kept the secret. I called mom, Wednesday morning asking what she was doing just like I do every morning… and folded like a cheap tent. I told her well we are all packed and on our way down to see you. I swear nothing has changed… I get so excited I just can’t keep it in. So she was still surprised just not open the front door and see us surprised. So while we were in Beaumont we drove to Galveston Island. On the way...

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Us ~ 1972

Jul 4, 2011

Above is the complete layout using the silhouette I created of me and my brother, Richard. I was around 7 or 8 and Richard was around 5 or 6. Sadly, Richard passed away in 2004 from alcoholism at the age of 38. The photo below has always been a favorite of mine and even though I cannot see or talk to him now, I know he’s always at my side. July 4th has never been the same since he passed. His 5 niece’s and 1 nephew (poor boy) knew Richard would purchase a ton of fireworks for them to shoot off. He would either take all the older kids out of the city limits to shoot them off or take his chances and shoot them off down the street at mom and dad’s house. Watching Richard...

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Happy 48th Anniversary Mom & Dad

Jun 4, 2011

It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. ~Rita Rudner This was their first home a teeny tiny trailer. Goes to show you living on love does not require much. Their first Christmas together as husband and wife. ~ Weston, WV Dad and Mom before kids… Now new parents, celebrating my first Christmas ~ Kittery, Maine Dad and Mom during a weekend in Fredericksburg, TX Dad and Mom on one of the stops during their Alaskan Cruise. An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow. I wish I lived closer to help you celebrate. Love...

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So Proud…

May 26, 2011

The summer of 2000 we had the honor of hosting an exchange student from Albania. Julian was the sweet exchange student we could have ever hosted. All of us have such found memories of him staying with our family his junior year. The one thing I remember laughing about a lot was when he would say “no” but shake his head “yes”. I would just look at him so confused and ask him what his answer was… then tell him here when you shake your head like that it means yes not no… we would just laugh. The entire family adored him… grandparents, brothers, sisters, my niece’s and nephew etc. You cannot help but love him when you meet him. These photos still hang on our wall. Ansley never let him out of her...

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Happy Mother’s Day

May 8, 2011

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. ~Author Unknown This photo of me and my mom always makes me laugh. The expression on my face and my head tilted down makes it look as though I had been eating one too many a moon pie. I’m guessing I was around 3 or 4 years old. I hope all you moms out there have a wonderful Mother’s Day. And here is a little something that might inspire you to take photos around your “Home Sweet Home“ to document your life as it is today. Just click here to get started. All you have to do is sign up, you won’t be charged....

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Mother’s Day Charms

May 5, 2011

Here is a very sweet gift to create for mom this Mother’s Day…. her very own mom charms. The charms shown below are charms of my mom as a little girl and her mom as a young lady and in her early 40’s. A necklace accented with charms of images of your mom, her mother and all your siblings would be a wonderful gift. You could even accent the charms with pearl baubles. I think this would make a very special gift and one she will cherish. Please note you will need to print your photos using a laser printer or the image will run once you apply the glossy accents. Supplies Used: Two Peas In A Bucket carries all the supplies used… Tim Holt Facets, Tim Holtz Baubles, Glossy Accents, Fiskars Fingertip Craft...

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Door Knob Photo Holder

May 4, 2011

Here is something for the mom that has everything. Moms always have room for one more family photo, so why not make her a unique photo holder using an old door knob. I think this is a perfect way to give mom a family photo to display on her special day. Keeping the posts short and sweet this week…. just two more projects to finish!...

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Mother’s Day Pin or Charm

May 3, 2011

This week with my final book deadline being Monday, of next week, I’m going to try to do some quick posts of projects you can create for Mother’s Day. If I miss a day or two… well you know what the deal is… So today I created a pin that can easily be placed onto a necklace and used as a charm, if pins are not for you. Or you can attach it to her gift as an accent on a gift bag or box. I’m sure you all can think of lots of different ways to use this cameo. The Maya Road Mini Chipboard Cameos Set is super fun to alter. If you’ve not yet had a chance to play around with these give them a try. I think you’ll love them. You can...

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Flocked Flower Accent Pin

Apr 26, 2011

Ok I do have to admit… even though I love winter and the cold weather that comes along with it I do love Spring and Summer and all the colors. The heat I can do without but the colors I really do enjoy. This flocked flower accent pin is just a little something that can brighten up a necklace by attaching it to the side of a chain, or accenting a simple cuff bracelet by pinning it to a piece of lace or trim and tying it around your wrist. This little piece has so many wonderful possibilities. Supplies Used: White Flocked Flower Bunch (Vintage Street Market), Copic Marker – YR31 Light Reddish Yellow, Diamond Stickles, Cream Felt, Brown and White Baker’s Twine, Cream Self Adhesive 2mm Pearl, Fabric Tac, Pin Back Tools Needed:...

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Coffee Cup Planter

Apr 22, 2011

Here is another project dad and I made while he and mom were up to visit. Using the Dremel we drilled a hole in the lower side of the coffee cup so water could drain, then I placed a few rocks in the bottom of the coffee cup, some dirt and my plant. Once it grows a bit more I’ll place it in a larger container like an old spice tin or something. Of course making sure to use my handy dandy Dremel to drill holes in the bottom of the tin. But until then it will sit in my kitchen window basking in the morning sun. Have a great...

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It’s Back!!!

Apr 21, 2011

Artistic Journey 2011 ~ Artful Memories featuring The Crafty Scrapper and Maya Road I’m so excited to be a part of this event again this year. So come share a weekend of fun, laughter and learning as it is going to be a blast. When Is The Event Scheduled And What Will You Get For The Price? The Artistic Journey will begin on September 30th (around 2 pm) and end on October 3rd (around 3 pm), 2011 at the home of The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, TX (approximately 30 minutes south of downtown Dallas). Cost of the Artistic Journey 2011 is $275.00. Included in this $275.00 price are: Three 3 hour classes with 3 teachers from the Maya Road Design Team Class kits chock full of delish scrapbooking products (just bring your basics) Full...

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The parentals came to town…

Apr 19, 2011

Saturday, mom and dad came up for a quick visit and when they come they always bring fun stuff. Mom painted me a gorgeous painting that will reside in my scraproom soon so I can see it everyday. I love the colors and texture so much. I did  my best to get the colors correct but the lighting is not working with me too well this morning. The size of the canvas is 16 x 20 and will fill the space in my scraproom perfectly. Hanging on the green wall will really make all the colors pop nicely. I really like the simplicity of the three little birds sitting on the twig. The sides of the canvas are the same color. Then you have several different shades of beige, red and turquoise. Love, love,...

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Vintage Style Portrait Charm

Apr 13, 2011

I love the Portrait Stamp Set by Maya Road as the images remind me of the silver charms that are on my grandmother’s charm bracelet. She has every grandchild and great grandchild represented and I can remember always looking at it trying to find my charm. I thought it would be fun to make charms of my daughters to put on a long necklace made from a piece of silver ball chain. I really like how vintage looking they turned out and plan on making more as gifts for friends. Supplies Needed: Foundation Chipboard Set, Portrait Stamp Set, Acrylic Block, Vintage Ledger Paper, Black Eyelet, Jump Ring, Glue Stick, Black Archival and Creamy Brown Ink, Glossy Accents Tools Used: Craft Knife, Craft Matt, Sanding Block, Crop-a-Dile, Pliers Instructions: Apply glue stick adhesive to the...

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Paper Bag Easter Basket

Apr 11, 2011

I love the simplicity of brown paper bags and think they make the perfect Easter baskets. I remember making them in grade school and being so excited to bring them home to show mom and dad. This basket can be left plain or altered using patterned paper, stamps and inks or paint. You can carefully use any of the many Fiskars border punches to create gorgeous edges along the top of your basket or you could take a hole punch and punch a hole just below where the scallop meets, thread a ribbon through the holes and create a pretty bow by tying the two ends together. This simple basket has so many possibilities. I hope you share photos of the baskets you create as I would love to see them. Have fun creating....

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Peep Houses

Mar 25, 2011

While on Pinterest I came across this fun tutorial and saved it to make with my niece Madelyn while she was supposed to visit this week for Spring Break. Well she decided she wasn’t ready just yet to stay a week so far away from home. So I sent the tutorial to my mom and she made them with Mad and Bellie. They were a hit so thanks a bunch Kasey Buick for this really fun project. Here are the photos dad emailed me. Mom made a batch of royal icing as it was a bit easier for the girls to keep their houses together when they started decorating. Not sure if little Bellie is still decorating or snagging a jelly bean. Mad and Bellie loved decorating their houses. You can see Bellie concentrating...

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Oh Pinterest…

Mar 18, 2011

Do you Pinterest? I sure do. My goodness this site can suck hours out of your day before it even starts. But I have to tell you it has so many wonderful DIY projects I can hardly stand it so if you don’t you need to check it out. The other day while I was “researching” as I call it, I came across this super cute Birds Nest Tutorial using paper mache and shredded brown lunch bags or dictionary pages. Yesterday, I could not take it any longer and had to make one although, I made mine smaller they they did in Country Living. So I pulled out our paper shredder and two brown paper lunch bags and got to business. Supplies Used: Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage Matte, Water, Shredded lunch bags, foil, plastic...

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Paper Mosaic

Feb 24, 2011

This mini album is featured in my book on page 48. They didn’t show the cover so I thought I would share it with you now since Spring is just around the corner. The step outs on page 49 show you how to recreate a paper mosaic that looks like broken pieces of china. This is certainly another project of mine that is filled with dimensional objects. I guess I visualize in 3-D as nothing looks finished until items are popping off the project. I find how people create and visualize very interesting. My dad carves incredible objects out of wood. He can carve just about anything you request including wildlife and people as well as loads of other things. What I find fascinating is he cannot even begin to draw a 3 circled cat. My mom paints...

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Fun notions project…

Feb 22, 2011

While I was on Pinterest looking at all the wonderful photos posted I came across this super cute project. I thought it was such an awesome idea and knew I had to make one. When my grandfather passed away mom and dad brought me back a cup and saucer they found in one of Grampa’s cabinets. The painted blueberries reminded mom of when we went blueberry picking one morning while we were visiting, this past summer. Well I decided I would use this cup and saucer to make my little notions holder and it was super easy. All you need to do is attach some small magnets to the bottom of the saucer using E6000 as directed on their package. Once the magnets were attached I attached the tea cup to the saucer using...

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