Guest Post: Kitchen Floor Makeover

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In December 2010, my then pregnant sister, Melanie, and her hubby, George, purchased their first home. It had previously been owned by an older couple so it needed some updating interior work! As my little nephew was on his way, they chose to focus on a few of the basics, the walls and the floors. Today, I'm very excited to share her first ever before and after guest blog post! Here's what the kitchen floor and walls looked like before: Mel says: First we tackled the wallpaper on all the walls of the house. For the kitchen floor, we removed 3 layers of vinyl.  Most of it came off in strips, but some parts we had to use a little work. Usa a razor blade to cut long strips in the floor, then pry up with a flat shovel. A shovel with a long handle works best to get the most ... Continue Reading...

Pink sherbert punch

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At Allie's bridal shower, a fellow bridesmaid and crafty gal, Karen, made this fabulous Pink Sherbert Punch which was gone before we knew it! Here's the details to create the yummy creation (via Paula Dean): Supplies: 2 quarts of raspberry sherbert (let thaw 1.5 - 2 hours before making) 1 liter bottle Diet Ginger ale 1 46 ounce can of Pineapple juice Raspberries Pineapple chunks Place sherbert in punchbowl first then add the other liquids. Mix. Add the fruit items last. Sip and enjoy! (ours didn't have alcohol but I'm sure you could add it to spice things up!) Partying With: Kurtz Korner Tuesday Tutorials, Someday Crafts, Happy Hour Projects, Creations by Kara, ... Continue Reading...

Happy Christening

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Today, I'm headed out to my nephew's Christening (baptism? is there a difference?) where I will be named his godmother. Here's the simple card I made for the occasion! (supplies: patterned paper: K&Company, stickers: Jolees, punches: Ek tools and Stampin Up)  ... Continue Reading...

Pink Owl Bridal Shower

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You may remember from this post, or this post, that my guest poster Allie loves owls. So when it came time to throw her bridal shower, we went with the themes of pink (an original color she wanted to use for the wedding) and owls! Here's a little snippet of her shower details: Allie's mom and bridesmaids alike made and bought delicious and colorful appetizers to munch on when guests arrived. Guests sipped on bridemaid Karen's delicious pink sherbert punch. One of the other crafty bridesmaids, Genny, found this post on Design Sponge on how to make fabric owls. She whipped up adorable paper versions, which we used as tags for the Martha Stewart Crafts favor bags filled with candy. I altered my Halloween Owl Cupcakes with a more fitting color palette (using ... Continue Reading...

Monster Birthday Card

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Yeah you'd think this birthday card was for a youngin' but nope, it's for my soon to be brother-in-law's double sweet sixteen birthday card.  (for those of you who can't count, that's 32). Happy Birthday Frankie! Sorry I couldn't be there to celebrate this year! (supplies: Stamps:Hero Arts) ... Continue Reading...

Scrapbooking with Memorabilia

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Memorabilia, as in ticket stubs, programs and labels, have always found a place in my scrapbooks. It helps to document the dates/locations in a unique way. Here are a few different ways I've included memorabilia to help tell my story: My Funny Valentine (2006) Back in the day, when D bought me cards for my birthday or Valentine's Day, he used to hunt out the most ridiculous, non related card he could find. This year's birthday card included a GI Joe Happy 5th birthday card and a Valentine's day card talking about dog poop. I chose to keep these cards whole and create a little pocket for them for future reading. (supplies: Letter stickers: EK Success) @25 (2007) It's weird to say that this layout documenting my life at 25, was 5 years ago now! For my birthday, my ... Continue Reading...

Tuesday Trigger: Sweet Surprise

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Trigger Tuesday is a week or two week challenge hosted by Cath Edvalson of Paper Crafts Magazine on their Moxie Fab World blog. It is meant to inspire creative artists in color palette, composition, texture and design by one photo alone. This week Cath gave us this photo: (photo credit: Carolyn Neroehm) I'm sure with the blue gingham pattern and the white on white accents, most people probably think baby boy themes when looking at this photo. But since I'm in full on wedding mode, I definitely thought, something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue as in weddings! As I have three showers to attend/help throw in the next few weeks, this was a very timely inspirational post to make a few bridal shower cards. I used the white on white embossed ... Continue Reading...

Think In Cartoon

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This design was inspired literally by a quote said by my friend Genny. She has a great sense of sarcastic humor and wit that I enjoy. So when the words "I think in cartoon" came out of her mouth, I knew it would make a great t-shirt design! I Think In Cartoon can be worn by adults, children and pets alike! The talk bubbles plays off the old Sunday comics I used to read weekly that shows a playful way to present a phrase! ... Continue Reading...