Saturday, March 19, 2011


Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great week! We are enjoying our time at the beach but it is quickly coming to an end!  I thought I would share a couple vacation photos with you along with a project I was working on before I left!

Matt is my surfer dude!

Lauren got the Kanani American Girl Doll for an early birthday gift! Aren't they too cute in their matching outfits?!

My husband and I snuck out to a date night! I love sunsets over the ocean!

Yes... that is a rooster! And Jocelyn... this picture is for you! I thought only you could appreciate this one! There are roosters all over the island of Kaua'i! Apparently, several years ago there was a hurricane that knocked over a hen house.... the result was wild roosters running everywhere!! They are cute until about 5 in the morning when they clearly are awake and want to make sure everyone else is awake too!!  :)

So.... on to my photo album....

I had this photo album sitting in my office. I had completed the pages on the inside but had not given the cover much attention. I finally decided it was time to do something about it! I got out all of my very messy supplies and this is what I created!

I love the shabby chic look of it and it looks great in my office!

Don't you just love the flower?!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and visit! I will be back on Sunday and will be putting the house back together on Monday so by Tuesday I might just be able to get out there and visit of few of you! As always, thank you for all the super sweet comments you leave me! They always make my day!  :)

barb  :)

Friday, March 11, 2011


Well spring is officially here for us here in Texas. The trees and grass are turning green, the flowers are growing and the temps have been wonderful! At Frosted Designs we thought we would bring a little spring your way... so this week we have a photo/color inspiration!

Isn't that picture beautiful?! So..... this week we are asking you to use the picture and colors highlighted to inspire you when you make a card, layout or any other project you would like!

Here is my LO....

This is a picture of my parents with Lauren and her cousin Brayden when they were barely one year old! It was taken at a spring soccer game!

Funny story... I really did start with the right papers that fit perfectly for this challenge. However, as I was working with them, I like the designs on the opposite side and ended up using them instead... which is why there is so much blue in my LO!! I look at it this way.. the picture was a spring board and it allowed me to make this LO that I really like! So I guess it was successful even if it isn't an exact color match to the starting photo!!  lol!!

How cute is this darling little tree?! I was inspired by some BasicGrey stickers I had laying around but were the wrong colors! I love the dimension and the touch of bling!

You can't tell in this picture but the kite is actually raised on one side so it looks as though it is flying in the air! And check it out.... I did a little hand stitching for the string and those cute little bows on the tail! 

Please make sure you stop over at Frosted Designs to see what the amazing design team has done with this challenge. We are introducing the remainder of our Fabulous Friday Design Team members and they rocked this challenge!!

I am heading off to spring break today so I will not be visiting blogs this week. I promise to catch up when I return! Have a great week!

barb  :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

My Friends Mini Album!

It's Friday and we have an extra special post over at Frosted Designs today! We are getting to know some of the new girls on our design team a little better! Be sure to stop over and give them a warm welcome!

We have a new challenge today.... and it is a recipe!! I love these challenges! This one is as easy as 1, 2, 3... or should I say 3, 2, 1?!  We are asking you to use....

3 patterned papers
2 fonts
1 journaling tag

My daughter wanted to make a mini album of her friends so we created this together! We decided to use up some supplies I had laying around which included an old cereal box! First let me show you what we made....

This cute little mini album is for my 8 year old daugther to show off all of her pictures with her friends. The colors look great for her bedroom too!  As you can see they are a pretty silly group and we have plenty of pictures to fill this album with!

We started with a cereal box. I was able to cut it up and get all four pages from one box. The pages are 6 x 7.5. I measured and cut the tabs on three of the pages then covered both sides with patterned papers. The last page does not have any tabs.  Once all the pages were covered, it was just a matter of embellishing it the way we liked (and there are plenty of flowers and bling on it because Lauren wanted to decorate the cover herself!! lol!!)

Here is one of the inside pages that we completed. Lauren still needs to go back and add a little journaling to each page! (I will add some journaling tags for this!)

And there you have it! A very inexpensive mini that you can put together in an evening! I love quick and cheap!! Have a wonderful weekend and be sure to stop over at Frosted Designs to see what our team of ladies did with this challenge! You are sure to find some inspiration there!

And a quick side note to my blogging buddies who think I have come up missing... I am so sorry I haven't been visiting but I promise to make it up to you! Between bringing on the new team at FD and starting my new position at SNR things have been crazy busy for me! Top that off with company coming non stop,  getting the house ready, and getting ready to leave for spring break... I barely have time to sleep! lol!! I have been so busy! So please forgive me if I am a little slow visiting! I will get back into the groove of things soon!

barb  :)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Music Makes My Heart Sing!

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great week! Thank you for all the nice comments and emails I received about my watering can tutorial.... I really had a great time making them! For those of you who requested patterns, I would love to see what you make!

Today I have a quick post for you... this is a LO of my darling little girl practicing her guitar. She has a balcony out her bedroom and likes to go out there to read and play her guitar!

I wanted to make it girly and feminine but still "rough it up" a bit! I inked almost everything I could get my hands on including the white flower ribbon border! My sewing machine was acting up so I decided I would do a little faux stitching around the pink layers.

 I wish I could get a better photo of the music notes for you. I heat embossed the chipboard notes with black embossing powder. I repeated the embossing process about 4 times so it was nice and thick and then while it was still hot, I stamped some designs on them. In real life it looks really neat but I just couldn't get it to pick up on the camera! And do you like those cute little roses?! I made those with a cute little quilling tool!! :)

I printed the pictures in black and white and then added  a Prima gem frame around Lauren. To make it stand out a bit more, I decided to take my piercing tool to scratch a design in around the frame. I love how it added a distressed look to the layout! Overall, I am pretty happy with the layout.... it is so Lauren!!

Thank you for stopping by today! I will be back tomorrow with a new post so be sure to come back to see what I created! As always, thank you for all your kind comments! I love reading them!

barb  :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Flowering Can Tutorial

With Spring around the corner, and the weather warming up, I have been thinking about everything spring! And it has inspired me to make this darling little water can!

If this doesn't make you want to get out in the yard and plant some flowers I don't know what will! Here are the directions so you can make one, or two of your own!

Let's start by collecting our supplies:

Supply List:
Glue Glider Pro with Perma Tac
Patterned Paper: Die Cuts With a View
Flowers: Prima, Memory Makers, Imaginisce
Ribbon: American Crafts
Punch: Martha Stewart
Crystal/Pearl Flourish: Prima
Brads: Memory Makers
Other: Watering Can Pattern

1. Print the pattern out on cardstock.
2. Cut out the pattern.

3. Trace the pattern on the back side of your patterned paper.
4. Cut out the pattern.

5. Use a Score board to make the folds for the tabs and the bottom of the watering can.

6. Apply adhesive to each of the tabs on the side of the paper with the pattern.

7. Adhere the tabs to the inside of the front and back sections of the watering can.

8. Add a little adhesive to the tabs that are sticking out and tuck them in to the sides of the watering can.

9. Glue the "spout" together by placing adhesive between the two ends. Adhere the spout to the front of the watering can.

10. Use brads to hold the handles of the watering can in place.

11. Fold the handle 1.25" from each end. Put adhesive on the two folded tabs on the patterned paper side of the paper. 
12. Adhere handle to the watering can as shown.

13. This is what the finished watering can will look like.

14. Decorate the watering can with your favorite embellishments.

By changing the paper and the types of embellishments you use, you can create a completely different look. Here is an example of a watering can made for spring along with a watering can made for fall.

If you would like the pattern for the watering can, send me an email at and I will send it to you! Have a great week and thank you for stopping by!
barb  :)

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