Saturday, April 26, 2014

DT Doodles #8

Still haven't missed one yet this year!


Here is Kiwi Lane's DT Doodles #8:

Now, I have a bit of a page-kit stash... and I usually end up tweaking them quite a bit... so I challenged myself to use a page kit combined with this sketch!  

And here is what I came up with:

My page kit was from Out On A Limb Scrapbooking (visit their site HERE) and came with this really cute title cut-out:

And this beyond adorable train cut-out that looked perfect with a Kiwi Lane Happy Trails border:

I like Out On A Limb kits because their cut-outs are detailed and dimensional!

I also really like the Kiwi Lane gears with circles behind them in the sketch, so I copied that exactly:

Why mess with something that works, right?

I will DEFINITELY be combining page kits and templates again! 

Quick. Easy. Cute!

Sunday, April 20, 2014


This is my last Easter decor post.


Since it's actually THE DAY, here are my Easter letters:

And my favorite part:

Love the little ducky. I guess he might be a little chicky...?

It's a ducky.

Now go find eggs and eat ham!!!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Decor #4

Since we always somehow end up dyeing eggs at the last second, I thought we should save all the EGGS til last!

Of course in pairs of threes:

I've tried, I really have!!! It just HAS to be a set of 3! I've even bought just 2 of something, and then had to go back for a third...

I may have an actual problem...

Again, 3 eggs:

Only these ones are covered in BLING!

My husband's exact words, "Wow. Those look....80s..."

I'm trying to decide if I'm offended or not.

Only the fronts have rhinestones. I just tied ribbon up the sides:

But it's sparkly ribbon!

So, usually at the Wood Connection everything is so cute already that I never feel the need to get super creative and alter things... but there was no "three things on a stick" option for Easter!

I know...

So I had to make one:

Well, my awesome husband (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!) actually did most of it. I just got 2 small and 1 medium eggs, posts, and square stands. He drilled the holes and I did all the fun girly stuff!

I sanded all the edges and then inked them a few shades darker:

I am in love with this Springtime paper line from DoodleBug!

The carrots:

The bunnies:

The birds:

I need it ALL!!!

Getting egg-cited for Easter!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Decor #3

Time to look at some CHICKS!!!

Eew, not like that!

Easter chicks!

Like these cute little guys in eggs:

I love the long goony legs! I'm a firm believer that if you can use the word "goony" to describe something, that thing should have googly eyes!

I can't quite take credit for the cuteness of this next one:

The big one has a baby!!!

My mom came up with the idea and my sister found the world's cutest chick paper:

So really all I did is buy the stuff to make a copy!

I now realize that I need more "chicky" stuff...

Don't worry, I'll fix it :)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Decor #2

Today is all about BUNNIES!

And glitter, apparently, because that seems to be how I do bunny ears...

For example:

Yep. That's a bit of glitter!

Only it's the super fun chunky iridescent flaky glitter! 

Thought you might need a close up of each bunny.

And done!

This has letters in it too, but the bunny is still the main focus:

And also has glittery ears:


I'm fairly certain the real Easter Bunny has at least some glitter on his ears...

But this guy finally doesn't:

I just finished him yesterday, so I made SURE that he didn't have glittery ears!

That makes one...

Hoppy Easter!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Basic Sketch #????

I have honestly lost track of what number of Kiwi Lane Basic Sketches we are on...

And now that it's all been moved to their Facebook page, I REALLY have no idea...

So here is a mystery number of a sketch for this week:

I have been waiting for a layout idea with 4 vertical photos on one side, so I was SUPER prepared already with photos and paper!

Here is my take:

It's not a Halloween layout, I promise, the colors just matched my photos and the patterned paper!

I have resolved to use my vast supply of stamps more lately:

I have to at least ATTEMPT to justify my purchases!

Sometimes it scares me when I have a lot of journaling to do. I worry that it will get all clumped together and not look good and turn into a big chunk of boringness...

So I decided to make a list of "directions" about my photos:

Lots of information in an aesthetically pleasing and easier (to me at least) form!

Visit Kiwi Lane's Facebook page HERE for tons of ideas!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

DT Doodles #7

It seems like it's been awhile since I did a Kiwi Lane layout...

I swear I'm keeping up with all of them, I just sometimes forget to post them!

So the Kiwi Lane DT Doodles sketch for the week was a CARD sketch:

I picked the first one:

I am still a little in doodling mode from my blog hop! It was so bright and fun and just laying there on my dresser and I couldn't help thinking that it would transfer nicely to a cute layout...

Soooo I made one to match:

 Here is a close up of just the layout:

I doodled again, but this time with pen AND different colored glitter gel! And a few things needed popped up for dimension:

I like them both!

I think I might do the card/layout thing more often!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easter Decor #1

Darn the Wood Connection!!!

It's obviously all their fault for existing and forcing me to go into their store and twisting my arms to buy ALL their stuff...

So I have a lot of wooden Easter decor!

I decided to break up the bunny and chick and egg monotony and just show you a few things at a time.

Today we will start with things that are Easter FOOD!

Starting with my favorite:

I love this one!!! In the store the bunny was just plain, but me husband is AWESOME and humored me with his manly saw or dremel of some sort and did this:

My "chocolate" bunny has a bite out of it's ears!!! Sooooo much more fun! 

And what is Easter without Peeps:

 Turns out super-fine glitter looks like peep sugar!

I had to give in and buy the vinyl that went with this one. It was just too perfect... only it came saying "peeps welcome" so I just cut it up and swapped the order before I applied it!

Now I need some Cadbury Mini Eggs...

Stay turned for lots more!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Wreath!

Since I am on a wreath-for-every-holiday kick, I made this:

My Easter Ribbon Wreath!

I'm sure you loaded up on JoAnns 50% off Easter ribbon a few weeks ago and would like to make one as well! Here's how:

You will need:
***some type of wreath frame (mine is one of those cheap straw ones, just covered in white ribbon)
***a bazillion strips of ribbon cut to 4.5 inches in length (I used 12 rolls of 9 foot ribbon)
***scissors to cut said ribbon
***glue gun and TONS of glue gun sticks

Here is where I cheated. The only not-very-helpful tutorial I could find about ribbon wreaths says to SEW all the strips of ribbon in half. So for me, that would be about 288 little strips... not going to happen!!!

I just folded mine in half and put glue on each side:

Then I stuck it to my frame with the little ends flaring out so the ribbon stands up straight:

I decided to do a big batch of each type of ribbon I had at a time to make sure things were evenly distributed.

Here is my lovely wreath in progress after one go round:

And after four:

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Not hard, just time!

See all these holes:

Make them all go away!

Pretty soon:

Ta Daaaaaa! Finished Easter Ribbon Wreath!

I like how this one looks so much I just might copy it with different ribbon for a different occasion!

One last tip, I will say it was nice to have my wide ribbon be wired. After all was glued and done I could "fluff" it out to even any gaps!

Let me know if you make one!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Kiwi Lane BLOG HOP!!!

Welcome to the last stop!

Holy cow I am SOOOOOO excited to be in another fabulous Kiwi Lane Blog Hop!!!

You should have come from Barb Rapp's blog HERE. If not, go back to Kiwi Lane's blog HERE to start the hop. You don't want to miss out on any of the awesomeness! Or a chance to win...

So for my part of the hop I was given (that's right, GIVEN) the CELEBRATE Accessory Set:

I decided since I now have a rather *extensive* Kiwi Lane collection, I would challenge myself to use ONLY this template set!

 Here is the first layout I came up with:

The Celebrate set just seems so happy! I knew I wanted to use the shapes in different ways... Obviously the triangle would make a great party hat or ice cream cone, but how about a background?

I just traced and cut a bunch of triangles and made my own paper. I LOVE how the templates make good use of my paper!!! Less scraps I have to feel guilty about throwing away!

The triangle also makes an excellent sunshine! And the ice cream topping turns into perfect clouds! And of course I had to use the pinwheels as, well, pinwheels! Why mess with something that works, right?

Here is the second layout I came up with:

Celebrate also seemed a bit more masculine to me... So I decided I needed to do something girly! Like butterflies!

I just traced the big and little balloons and free-handed a body. Oooooo! I bet this would make great flower petals, too!

For the smaller butterflies I traced the balloons again and just cut inside my lines to make them tiny. You really can customize any template to meet your needs!

The triangle turned into pennants on this page. With another butterfly of course!

I'm sure after all those amazing blogs you hopped to you have TONS of great ideas using the featured templates for April! Make sure you comment on EACH blog, including Kiwi Lane's, for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Kiwi store. You have until Sunday April 6th at midnight to get all your comments in! The winner will be announced on the Kiwi Lane blog HERE on Thursday April 10th.

If you like what you see, feel free to follow my little blog! I would LOVE some more followers!!!

Good luck all and happy crafting!