Monday, January 21, 2013

DD#36 Challenge Entry

I feel like I am on a roll today, two challenge blog entries in one day! From my previous post most may have already read that for 2013, my goal is to put myself out there more. One way for me to do this is to start entering blog challenges. I stalk all of these blogs anyway so I am thinking I should come out of from behind the bushes and start playing.
This entry is for a really cool blog called There is something about the ladies on this blog that seem to put me at ease with my creations. For this entry the only requirements were to use red and black on your creation. They don't even care if it isn't a card!! Mine is a card but they will let you enter whatever craft project you would like.
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MoJo Monday Challenge #277

So I decided that one way to get more traffic to my blog was to get off my hind quarters and start participating in some blog challenges!!! One of my new things for 2013 is was put myself out there a little more... sounds crazy but to be honest I am actually an extremely shy person that doesn't meet people well. One of the blogs that I have been following for some time now is, they offer a new sketch each week so today I decided that I am going to participate!!!

Here is the sketch for this week:
You can choose any color and you actually do not have to stick to exactly what the sketch looks like, although I am a rule follower so I guess I really didn't put myself out there too much as I chose to stick pretty close to this design. Here is mine:
I raided my scrapbox for the paper so this card was made from several different paper companies, the jewels were purchased from a local scrapbooking company called Scrapbook Generations and you can find them online at 
I used cuttlebug embossing folders called Give A Hoot!

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Wood Block Decor

Recently my DH and I went to Branson for one of our sons classmates birthday party. While we were there I went to a cute little craftmall (that was tucked away in the hills and I am sure I couldn't get there again). While inside the mall I noticed these cute little wood blocks with letters on them. I fell in love with many of them but then I turned them over and say the price, some were as much as $55.00. So I decided that I was going to come home and make my own.
My DH had some extra scrap lumber and he cut several blocks in various sizes:
As you can see from the picture he was able to cut many blocks! My next step was to paint them black. I chose black because that is what they used at the craftmall and it offers a really nice contrast to whatever paper you use. This process took a bit as it has to dry. I used the inexpensive paints from Michael's (you know the ones that you can get for 2/$1.00).
(You can see the paint bottle I used)
Once it was dry I selected random sized blocks, picked out my paper (I chose to use three different pattern papers), and then I used a solid color cardstock and my cricut to cut out the word 'Family'.
(As you can see I cut Family twice because the first time I messed up on the size)
Everything was glued down using MP, I chose to stand my blocks up on a shelf without attaching them to each other.
Here they are on my shelf (sorry for the glare the picture was taken using my phone)
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy my project!