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Saturday, January 14, 2017

My Happy Planner Sticker Book, 2.0

Hello Everyone!  

I am sitting here in my craft room, enjoying the 12" of snow outside, and thought it was a perfect time to write a post.  I hope you all are safe and warm.  We were only supposed to get 1-4" of snow, and we got 12"...It's crazy here!  I did get to enjoy some of it though, I wend sledding for the first time ever down our hill.  What fun!

I had already showed you my sticker book in a previous post.  But, I went to Michael's again and now I have to revise it!  I found alphabet stickers by Recollections that were the perfect page size to add to the book I had made.  The disks were too small, so I had to change them out for bigger ones.  I used some that I bought a while ago by Arc.  
I decided to use the small pages from my mini Happy Planner for the base of the pages.  
These are the stickers that I had in the book originally...
...And these are the ones I added.  Each book had a bazillion styles of letters.  I bought one black and one gold.

That's all I have for now.  Stay tuned for more crafty goodness.

Michelle💖


Saturday, January 7, 2017

My Christmas Projects

 Yes, it's late, and yes, I'm sorry.  December turned out to be kind of a bust in the crafting department.  My hubby and I both got sick and things just didn't go as planned.  I did manage to make a couple of cute things though.  I thought I would share them with you.  Above is a simple plastic apothecary jar that I filled up with "snow" and a couple of Christmas figures.  It turned out adorable!
 I had this tray by 7 Gypsies forever!  I finally decided to use some Project Life cards and die cuts along with corners by Tim Holtz and make a Christmas tray decoration.  I LOVE IT!
 The Snowman, lights and snowflake are all by Darice.


  The holly on the handle is from something that I can't remember, I saved it "just in case" I needed it.
 A friend of mine gave me this exquisite box.  I decided to make a card holder from it.  I attached the ribbon in such a way so that I could remove it if I want to repurpose it into something else.

 I added a foam core pad to the bottom (not shown) that I covered in Christmas paper.  I added the Christmas balls and fir tree filler, and some card backs by Darice.  My cards will stand up nicely in this and look very awesome!
I saw this idea on the net, and decided to try it.  It is a Christmas Card tree.  The idea is that you are supposed to repurpose old Christmas cards.  I usually do other things with them, so I used Christmas card stock.  You can find the pattern here if you want to try it.    I was able to recreate the shapes on my Silhouette so cutting them out was not a problem.

That's all for today.  Have a wonderful week!
Michelle💖

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A New Year, A New Plan

Happy New Year!!!!  Welcome to 2017!!!


2016 has been quite a year, and now, we get to "start over" with 2017.  A lot of things have happened and a lot of things have been created.  I can't wait to "do all the things" this year!  

I want to start by saying that I am going to make it a priority of making this blog awesome.  I want to create my own things, share with you the awesome skills of others, and just plain have fun with this blog.  I am not going to get famous or rich.  I will not sell patterns or add those advertisements to my blog. I just want to have fun, and share in the creative community.  I'm going to try to do more tutorials, and more videos.   My ask of you all, is please please please let me know if you like the posts.  If you use one of my ideas, please let me know and share with others where you found it.  I am committing to doing the same for you all.  Let's make 2017 ROCK!!!

So, as the post title suggests.  Here is my new planning for 2017.  

I am in love with the Happy Planner!  I have a huge collection of stickers, papers, etc.  I use a mini planner, just for the monthly calendar and notes in my purse.  It is sort of a "jotter" or a "satellite" planner.  I can't carry my huge planner everywhere I go, so it is useful for quick notes on the run.  
 For my desk planner, I am using the Happy Planner "classic" size.  This is the upcoming week, and I tried to go with the blue/pink/gold look.  On the top row is my work schedule, and special appointments and dates.  The middle row is tasks that need to be completed on that day.  The bottom row I divided.  Above the washi is TV shows that are on that day, and on the bottom I am doing meal planning.
I have been working on a cleaning schedule to keep my house in good shape.  It's a huge task some weeks, but since I made this little plan it has worked well.  I have made this up on my computer, and just cut it out and stick it on one of the mini list pages.  I have divided my big weekly chores into four weeks of chores.  The front of the page will be a place for extra notes, shopping lists, etc.  On the top, I am trying a new way to do my 52 week savings plan.  I am going to just do $25 a week, rather than the money amount for the week (for example, Week 1 is $1, Week 2 is $2, etc.)  It ends up only being $78 dollars less a year, is simpler, and I can always add extra if I want.
 So then there is my fitness planner.  I have the stickers for this one also, and found some others in the other sticker packs that I have.  
 I found the idea on the web site for the Happy Planner.  Then did some Pinterest searching and made up this 30 day challenge page.  I am going to do a different challenge a month.  I am also going to get on that stationary bike and so more walking at work during my lunch hour.  
Here I am going to write down my diet, weight, blood pressure, etc.  Everything in one spot.  
 This planner is going to be my "4 Year Diary"  I did a 5 year diary in card form. It is so fun to go back and look at what you did on a particular day for the last 5 years.  But this was my last year and I needed a new book.  I decided to use this extra 2017 planner I had.  (Because I just couldn't resist buying the kit at Costco).  The monthly page will be a sentence entry for 2017.
Then I decided that the three columns will be for subsequent years.  This is why this one will be a 4 year diary.  One sentence about the day.  It's easy and fun, and sometimes makes me laugh out loud!
This is going to be my blog planner/craft planner.  I just did it a little different for this year.
 I just put in the month tabs and then note pages.  I am going to try to write a post weekly.  I will be able to plan, write notes, make lists, etc.  Again, all crafty stuff in one place.
I think that the month overview page will be good for future planning.  I will let you know how it works.
 I finally made a sticker book!  I decided to get all of my alphabet stickers in one spot.  I used old pages from my Happy Planner to be the base of the sticker pages.  Cut them to size, adhered them, and taa daa!

I had this band to keep it closed, and this pair of pick ups for getting them off of the sheet and placing them easy.  It works wonderful!  I think after I write this post I will make one for my fitness stickers.  

Well that's it for the planning!  It looks overwhelming, but if you put all of this stuff in one book it would be way to big!  Please let me know what you think!!!

Have a wonderful and crafty year!!!
Michelle💖

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

It's almost December...

Hi Everybody!  I hope you all are doing great!  I have been doing just fine, but have been super busy.

I know that the blog has been neglected lately, and I'm truly sorry about it.  I like doing the blog, sharing my projects, and sharing things I have learned and done through the help of other wonderful crafters in our crafty cyber world.  I have taken on some more roles at work, doing some charge and education duties and we are currently gearing up for another orientation-residency program.  It has been fun, but had taken a toll on my crafting and free time.

So, here is the plan.  I really have to take a little minor break.  I need a bit of time to get some things organized and settled.  (Yes, I know I have already taken time!)  My intention is to get back into the swing of things and start being a better blogger starting in January.  I will do catch up posts and let you know what I have been working on, and show you my projects in progress.  You will see some Halloween and Christmas in January, but really, can you get enough of Halloween and Christmas??

Thanks for sticking around for me.  I appreciate everything...all of the page look-sees, all of the comments.  Thank you my friends!!

Stay crafty, and I will see you again really soon!
💚💛💜
Michelle

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Framed Halloween Art

I have been working on several Halloween projects lately, and I wanted to share some super simple props that I made.

I'm sorry for the glare on the pictures.  This first one was an awesome deal.  I was at my local Fred Meyer.  I always go through their clearance aisle because you never know what you will find.  I found this awesome 12x12 frame on clearance from $40 to $10!  I picked it up and knew that this would be perfect for a Halloween picture.  This paper came from a paper pack by Recollections, and it is gorgeous.  Really, the picture doesn't do it justice, but it has hues of purple and silver and it looks great.  Not bad for just a few dollars!
 The next pictures I made came from images in a paper pack by My Mind's Eye, "Frightful".  I had the frames, I just had to add the papers to them.

 They are on the wall in my nook area of my house.  This is a wider shot of where they hang.
This is also from that same paper line, and it fits beautifully in my kitchen.  This is the ledge above my sink.  It works perfect with my crow!!

I have more in store for you, so stay tuned.

Stay scary, my friends!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

My Vintage Halloween Crow

 Oh yes, I am into the vintage thing this year.  I love how this turned out!  I loosely followed a tutorial by Tangie Baxter.  You can find the whole tutorial here.  There are printables available, but I didn't use them.  I didn't even look at them.  I did, however, use the instructions to make the collar.
 The crow is from Michaels.  The box is a cigar box that my friend gave me several years ago.  I was saving it for the perfect project.  Taa Daa!!!  I made the collar with papers from Echo Park, "The Apothecary Emporium" and used some paper tags from the leftovers from the Collections Box that I shared with you a couple days ago.
 The flowers are from Recollections, the ribbons are also Recollections.  I added moss to the bottom to help cover the wire that keeps the crow upright.  The pumpkins, the bottle inside the box, and the skull pendant are all by Tim Holtz.  I also used some distress ink by him as well.

I am not sure where the skull came from, but it is a bead that I just love and use them a lot in my Halloween stuff!

Thanks for stopping by.  Stay scary, my friends!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A Haunted Collections Box

I bought a kit by Recollections, a Mixed Media Box.  I thought it was super cute, and looked like a fun project.  It is vintage style, and had a lot of possibilities.  So, I decided to make it and add a few things to it.

Most of the embellishments came in the kit, and as a matter of fact, I didn't use them all!  I had quite a few bits and pieces leftover.

I just left the box the kraft color it is, and wrapped the outside of it with some burlap and lace "ribbon".  I added bottles, a spider and pumpkin by Tim Holtz, and some candy 3D stickers by Jolees.

It came out cute.

I am sensing a theme...looks like this year I am into the vintage style decorations.  I wonder where this is going to lead...

Stay scary, my friends!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Vintage Style Halloween Star

 IT'S HALLOWEEN SEASON!!!!  YIPEE!!!!!

Ok, you all know that this is my favorite holiday...and I have been making some new things to decorate my home with.  The first project in my new decoration arsenal is this vintage style halloween star.  I have seen these all over the net, and have seen one in a store that I just loved.  So,  came home and made my own version.
 It's awesome!!!  I made a barn star, put it on a doily shape that I got from Silhouette, made a rosette and added a spider web, also from Silhouette.  Then I layered some embellishments!
 I used a Tim Holtz hanger to hang it with, adding a nice little Jack-O-Lantern charm to it.  I also used some Stickles to bling it up a bit.
The papers I used were from Bazill and American Crafts. The decorative papers and die cuts are from My Mind's Eye, the "Frightful" collection.  I love how it turned out!!

I am making a lot of cool things, and I am planning on making a video of our house after it is completely haunted...I'm soooooo excited!

Stay scary, my friends!!!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

My Mini Desk Caddy Project

 I Got a little bored one day and I decided to make a project.  I decided to do a little recycling and some stash busting and create a mini desk caddy to organize things while I am doing a project.  I also decided to show you all how I did it.  I had these Crystal light boxes and the leftover papers and stickers from a class I took at a Creating Keepsakes Convention by Farm House, and thought that this would work great.
 I first glued the boxes together and then used Washi to cover the edges.
 I cut the papers so that all of the corners would be covered.  I measured and then added extra for tabs to wrap around the boxes.  This added more structure and support to the boxes.

 I also made a chipboard base to put on the bottom of the box.

 Then I decorate with the leftover stickers and chipboard die cuts that I had.  
 It turned out super cute, and as you can see, it holds a lot of big and heavy stuff!
 Very cool, huh?
 It just took me a little time, but was fun and easy.  I am going to use it during projects.  I tend to have a mess on my desk when I am actively working on a project, this will help contain the mess a little more!

Stay crafty, and organized, my friends!