Sunday, January 4, 2015

2015 New Year Goals!

My Goals for 2015!


Eat Healthier & Exercise

Every year I vow to lose weight sometimes I do, sometimes I gain what I lost the year before.  This year I'm not going to "care" about the weight loss part, just the healthier eating and exercising part.  I want to make sure I get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.  I want to make better food choices, mainly cooking at home.  I want to keep evolving on this, I hope that losing weight will be a beneficial side effect. 



I want to be fully on top of my budget.  Normally I will be good for awhile but then it'll slip away from me and it will slide to the point that we have to be good and the cycle continues.  I admit I have had a few late fees here and there.  I hate fees, it takes away so much.  That is why this year I need to stick with it and prove to myself we can do it.


De-clutter and Organize

I treat my house like a dumping ground a lot of times.  I do not like this part of myself.  When the house get's bad I cannot function well.  I want to stay on top of it.  I want the house to be nice, it doesn't have to be perfect but nice enough that I am not ashamed of it.  My motto the less work I have to do the better.  I am creating guidelines for me to clean up the house and then maintain it.  I'm sure this will change as habits start to form.

Craft and Scrapbook

I want to be on top of my card making, making sure that people receive their cards in time.  Part of this goal is to use at least 25% of my stash, not sure how I am going to prove I had used 25% but I will make note, only buying what I absolutely need like tape refills, glue etc.  No more patterned paper until I see shelves completely empty.  Also part of this I want to scrapbook more of my husband and I.  I always envisioned making scrapbook pages of my kids, but that dream will not come to light.  After spending some time with older family members and seeing how memories slip away I have vowed that I will make pages of our memories so when we get older we can remember the good times, we don't need kids to do that we have each other.  So I am capturing all that I can.


I mean this in the literal sense and the philosophical.  I want to use my hands and build things, like a closet organizer, step stool for my little pup Annabelle, etc.  But I also want to build myself up. After finally coming to terms that we will never become parents to the human form I hit rock bottom.  I now want to build myself up so that I am the best person I can be for me, my husband, our families and friends.  We will leave this one as it is and see where I am by the end of the year.
That sums up my goals for 2015. 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

It's been a very busy and crazy fall.  I will be back posting more cards and projects in 2015.   
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mix Media - 4 Cube Drawer

I created a mixed media 4 drawer shelf back in August. I am now just getting to posting the pictures and instructions.

For this project I used medium weight natural chipboard .  It's the chipboard I had on hand.  If I would do it again I would either do it with the black or the white.  For a better overall luck I used ink to cover the natural look on open spaces.  The links below will direct you to the chipboard. 

Grafix Medium Weight Chipboard Sheets, 12-Inch by 12-Inch, Natural, 25-Pack

Grafix Medium Weight 12 Inch by 12 Inch Chipboard Sheets, Black 25/Package

Grafix Medium Weight 12-Inch-by-12-Inch Chipboard-Sheets, White 25-Pack

I was able to create this drawer system in a weekend.  I had an idea on what I wanted and then just started to plan it.  I originally wanted to add a pencil holder to it and other items but the way this one is designed it would make it difficult to get to the side drawers.  I wanted it designed this way because the back is facing a wall and I will not access it.  I have thought of an alternate design that I have also shared the idea with the plans that I will have the link below to download.  The alternate design would be for a shared desk.  Having the drawers on the side then you can have a pencil holder in front and not hinder access to the drawers. 

You may even upgrade it with a Lazy Susan - Lazy Susan Bearings, 3", 5/16" Thick, 200-lb. Capacity

Below are photos of my creation



Covered Side


Front Drawers Out
If you are interested in the design and list of materials download the file here

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Simple Male Birthday Card - Fall

Today's card was made from patterned paper from the DCWV The Halloween & Fall Stack.  The card is very easy to make and does not need a lot of supplies.  You can use the same layout for many different occasions.  

A2 Card - Brown Card Stock - (11" x 4 1/4" folded in half)
Mat - Cream Card Stock - 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Top Patterned -  2 1/2" x 4"
Bottom Patterned - 2 3/4" x 4"
Ribbon - Light Brown
Sentiment  Mat - Cream Card Stock - 3 1/8" x 1 1/2"
Pearls - colored with Bic Mark-It - Woodsy Brown
Inside Mat - Cream Card Stock - 5 1/4" x 4"

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Male Birthday Card

Today's card was made with paper from "The Linen Door" paper pack from the Paper Studio at Hobby Lobby.  The sentiment was printed on white card stock and the frame was cut out of blue recollections paper on the Silhouette Cameo.  You can purchase the nested label design on the Silhouette online store.  The font used is Edwardian Script ITC at 48 pt.


A2  Card - White card stock
Top patterned paper - 2 3/4" x 4"
Bottom patterned paper - 2 3/4" x 4"
Ribbon - green ribbon
Outside Frame - blue card stock - 3 1/2" x 4 3/4"
Inside Frame - white card stock - 3 1/4" x 4 1/2"

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Congratulations - Graduate Card

Today's card is not your typical Graduation Card.  I wanted something for a young lady that would look great but be simple and easy to make.  The design is clean and can be used for any occasion. The background is the Darice Large Petal. I love how the black with white embossed mat looks so sophisticated, the embossing really pops on the card.  I hope the young graduate, enjoys the card as much as I did making it.

White A2 Card - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Black Mat - 5" x 3 5/8"
White Embossed Mat - 4 3/4" x 3 3/8" - Darice Large Petal
Black Sentiment Mat - 5 1/2 x 1 1/4
White Sentiment Mat - 5 1/4 x 1 1/8 - Congratulations font 28 pt Curlz MT

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Quick and Easy Male Birthday Card

Today's card is another male birthday card.  This card is really easy to make and can be used with many different colors and patterns.  The background is patterned paper from the DCWV Color Block Mat Stack. The "happy" are letters cut out for another birthday card that I created earlier this week.  I love being able to use scraps from one card for another.


A2 Card - White card stock - landscape
Patterned Paper - 5 1/4" x 4"
Banner - Blue card stock - "wishing you a" 16 pt and "birthday" 22 pt Brush Script Std Bold
happy - Eras Bold ITC at 110 pt