Refurbishing a Tiki Hut Decor Piece.

Faded. Dirty. Bird Poo. Old looking.

Other than that, it’s perfectly fine and in good condition.


Break out the acrylic paint, glitter glue, Martha Stewart metallic craft paint and brushes.

Put on your favorite show in craft room, grab a yummy coffee from the kitchen, sit down.


DSCN2326.JPGFaded. No Bird Poo though… 🙂

DSCN2328.JPG“Oooooo”, say it, you can say it, the Cuisinart tea kettle is awesome.






DSCN2333.JPGJust bring Honeymoon Viognier from Trader Joe’s for meeeeeee.


DSCN2335.JPGNever forget the feet ∇∇∇∇


The End.

I hope you enjoyed, now go do something crafty, you’ll like it, I promise.


Shabby Chic Baby Girl Album

Base – black lunch sacks

Paper stack – Prima Almanac

Trinkets- Prima Embellishments

Clear adhesive Stickers with rhinestones – Glitz

Heart shaped punch – Fiskars

Flowers – Prima, I Am Roses, Recollections

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Witches Hat

So I spent this past Saturday at the monthly Scrap-In at Michaels where I teach paper crafting. After turning out over 20 cards for Operation Christmas Card for the troops, we moved onto Halloween! Michaels has some Paper Mache bases to work with right now like this Witches Hat (too small to wear) but great for decor!

These hats are inexpensive and so fun to put together! I started with the hat by running my black archival ink pad around the rim and brushed it over the pointed hat tip as well. Then I began tearing the cream, damask & spider web printed paper and adhered it to the hat with Scotch Quick Dry glue. After that, I took a break and shopped the store for my vision of a shabby chic, classy Witch Hat and found myself in the CHRISTMAS DECOR aisle!! 

A few Halloween stems and a black feather boa from the kid crafts section and I was ready to put my hat together!

I am not a huge fan of the hot glue gun (just a personal preference) however, I like glue and needed to figure out something that wouldn’t take forever to dry but was tacky/sticky enough for all the add-ons. I ended up digging in our classroom stash and found Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue (the pink label) and it worked great!

I added and added embellishments to cover paper seams and any kraft colored areas and the result is so great! I had people stopping me in the store and parking lot to look at this hat (grin). It’s a keeper!

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What’s Sweet, Pink & Doubles as Decor?

A 7 Gypsies Artist Printer’s Tray! Each holiday can be shown off by adorning this 12 slotted tray with ATCs (small trading card sized decorative pieces of paper) or chipboard adorned with paper. I did some embossing with Valentine themed powders and stamped lace from Waltzingmouse stamps as well as the sentiments. Then I added a white picket fence with glue dots so it can easily be removed and tied a ribbon and little glass bottle of glitter to the top which I added last.

It’s very festive sitting on top of my mantle.

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Halloween Chipboard Album #1


Okay so here is post #1 of an exciting project I’m looking forward to completing before cute, little, costume-ridden kids come knocking on my door for candy – (61 more days)!

I promise I won’t hide upstairs with the lights out because all I have are water crackers and beef jerky either, you have my word. My ultimate goal for this album is to have it represent all the spooky elements of Halloween as well as the fun, kid-centric aspects. I’ll be using fun, bright patterned paper, tons of embellishments and I’m forcing myself to incorporate technique, technique, technique. I really love the traditional colors and patterns used together for Halloween: orange, purple, lime green, black, polka dots, harlequin, even plaids now!  Love IT!

The picture you see here is step #1 of painting the edges of the large chipboard album pages with black acrylic craft paint so that when (dun, dun, dun) 12×12 paper is placed, covers the page and voila!

I have a few edges to clean up because I stacked the “dry” pages on top of one another and because of the heat and humidity… A few edges stuck together. Lesson learned.

Stay tuned for next steps and the final result.

Props: I would like to mention my inspiration for this Halloween Album, awesome Belinda… {grin}


Baby Boy Mini Album

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This lunch sak mini album is made with DCWV paper stack “Baby Boy” which has images of snails, turtles, elephants, birds, frogs, trees with birds, crocodiles and more. The soft pallet is light browns, greens and blues with some yellows. All with many pockets, tags, bling, trim, layering, embellished photo mats, glittered paper in this stack make for a album you can be proud to show off. I used the Martha Stewart picket fence punch, Recollections tag punch for all the small tags and embellishments from Jolee’s Boutique as well as Recollections. My favorite part of this album are the soft tones and colors along with the adorable critters used in the paper stack. I used Antique Linen Distress Ink from Tim Holtz on the entire album.

A trip to Oz through Graphic 45

A trip to Oz through Graphic 45 – Toilet Paper roll mini. This mini album is simple, cute and packs a punch straight to Oz with Graphic 45’s gorgeous scrapbook paper stack. Save your toilet paper rolls, cover them with beautiful paper and try a little something like this!

The tags used are standard shipping tags with distressed inked edges and glittered chipboard and grunge-board, complete with embellishments from Prima flower, Martha Stewart butterfly sticker, Jolee’s Boutique poppy sticker, chipboard gears, Tim Holtz grunge-board crown, heart and keys (a flexible, pliable material that can be sanded, distressed, painted, inked, and more). The stamp set used was Graphic 45 – Hampton Art – The Magic of Oz Collection – Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps – Wicked Magic Three.

Brands used on this project: Tim Holtz, Prima, Martha Stewart, Jolee’s Boutique, Recollections, Graphic 45, and trim from Michaels and SCOTT BRAND TOILET PAPER.