Friday, December 15, 2017

The failing of a Pinterest DIY vision

A little about me. 
I love Pinterest.
I love trying new things.
I love telling other people about new things I find.
I've been known to be an enabler.

Put all of that together and you have the basis for today's post. I get contacted often about reviewing products. I LOVE trying new products so I'm usually game. But some products don't go quite as planned and I don't always get to share an "OMG try this" review.

Sometimes, I get contacted about a review that kinda makes me go thanks, but no thanks. Recently I got one of those emails. But for some unknown reason I saved it. Then I went to Pinterest and it all went down hill from there.

I'm not one who tolerates clutter well. I'm also not one who likes things that will collect dust. So, when I was asked to review a product from Museum Trees in exchange for a neutral review. I thought, not for me. But before I deleted the email I went to the site and looked. I came across this tree:




I thought, hmmm...maybe. It's almost Christmas and with a retail price of 79.99 that's more than some Christmas trees. Then I went to Pinterest and found this pin...


It was even a pin from, DecoArt, one of my favorite companies. Yep, this was meant to be.

Well, after a little debating with my inner "avoid the clutter" self I replied to the email and requested that adorable little tree. I mean it was a sign that this had to be crafted, no? Visions of that porch were dancing in my head. I would even have a cute prop for my Sizzix tutorials!! *squeal*

Then the day came. My wonderful UPS guy left the box on my porch. Knowing that I am always up to something crafty my husband asked what it was as he carried it in. "Don't open it! It's a surprise. Don't worry it didn't cost you anything". We were headed out of town at the time so I left it in the guest room. Upon our return I anxiously shared my excitement of the package on Instagram. *squeal again*.


I opened the box , expecting a beautiful little tree for all my crafty plans. Pulled it out. Ok, it will need a little shaping. That's to be expected. *pulling a few branches outward*



Being a country girl I have seen a lot of evergreen trees. This one wasn't what I would call "realistic". But, it might work. Going to have to fluff it up to cover the shine on that green wrapped center...



So I began to shape. And shape. And shape.  Although still not what I had envisioned I pulled enough of the branches around that I got something that somewhat resembled the photo...



Unfortunately, I'd also have to push it against a wall because to the one side looking like that, the back looked like this...
 

Hello shiny green wrapped tree trunk. While I always appreciate the opportunity to try something new. Sadly, I knew it was time to get back to crafting because this "tree" was nothing like I had hoped for. 

I finally push it into the corner..to collect dust...





*This product was received free from Museum Trees in exchange for my honest review.



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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

A Simple Way to Journal with Books



Hi all!! Today I have a couple book reviews to share with those of you who enjoy creative journaling and the like. As I have said in the past, I am not a big "book" person. When I do read, it's almost always non-fiction or devotional in nature. But, when it comes to creative books such as coloring books, journals, and DIY how to, count me in!! 



The first book I have to share is called The Daily Question My Five Year Spiritual Journal. This is by far my favorite of the two books. The last line on the back reads ...this journal keeps a beautiful record of your hopes, thoughts, and spiritual journey. Which I feel is a very accurate description of this book.

This is a small book, roughly 4x6-inches in size and just under 1.5" thick. It has a hard textured cover with gold foil accents. It appears nicely bound and I suspect it will withstand several years of use, as it is designed for. It also has a ribbon bookmark which is extremely useful when returning to the current dated page.

The page design is simple yet visually appealing with consistent color and design throughout. Due to the small size the type for the questions is rather small, this may be a challenge for some to read but I was able to do so easily since they are short.



The Daily Question includes a variety of questions about where you are in life and where you hope to be. Each year the question is revisited and one can see how God had been at work changing those answers.The spaces to write your answers is lined and easy to see but compact, allowing what I would estimate a 3.75 × 1" area for each answer. If you are like me and like to keep it short and simple that's great. For those who like in depth answers this may not be enough space. (Think tweets vs. blog posts).

Overall I am pleased with the book and look forward to using in throughout the coming years to see how the answers change and develop. It is not only a quick and easy journal to see my life changes at a glance but could also become a great heirloom for generations to come. Especially true in an age where handwritten information is becoming obsolete. I can even look back on the pages to get prompts for specific dates in my scrapbooks after printing the photos!




The second book I have to share is 30 Days to Joy A One Month Creative JournalAs the saying goes, you can't judge a book by its cover. When I first saw this little book with the beautiful colors and attention to detail on the cover I was excited to get started.

A creative journal. Being someone who is drawn to artistic projects, I found the overall idea appealing but upon further examination was disappointed, as I was hoping for a little more substance.

While some may find the single color and floral doodles throughout the book monotonous, others might find it soothing to simply trace the images with colored pens, color them or even the ability to create over them. I personally would have preferred more variety in the patterns and images along a darker ink color.



With a title like 30 Days to Joy and coming from a Christian publisher I suppose I had expected more scripture and a thought provoking message. Only a small portion of the "inspiration" included are scriptures and the rest are quotes or flowery sayings, many of which I would have to research to know the actual background of the author.

With prompts like "portray your favorite weather on these two pages" and "What is your favorite color? Fill these two pages with things that are that color." The book does not really teach you how to find joy in a devotional style, bulding on the concept each day as I had expected. While these creative prompts give a variety of things to draw and write I felt they were not very thought provoking and some simply didn't flow well. One quote being "joy is strength" was followed by a prompt that asked "What is your favorite dessert? Describe or draw it and write out the list of ingredients".

All in all, the book was cute at first glance, with a nicely done hard cover and well made appearance, but not what I had anticipated. If you're looking for a "feel good" excuse to be creative this might be for you. If you have someone who you hope to lead to Christ who loves creative outlets this might be a good gift. If you're seeking an in depth Bible study with concepts that draw you closer to God and continue to build on what you've previously learned, keep looking.


I received these books from the publisher as part of the Waterbrook Multnomah Creative Team in exchange for my honest review.


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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

You'll LOVE making this easy DIY felt bookmark





After a couple hospital episodes, a new grandbaby, a wedding and Thanksgiving, things seemed to finally have gotten back to "normal". I'm pretty excited about this because I'm ready for some Christmas and Winter DIY projects! Not only that, I even have some product reviews to share.

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that I recently got a new shipment of Sizzix dies. One thing in that package was the new planner stamps and dies from Katelyn Lizardi. I have to say that Katelyn's lines are quickly becoming my favorite lines. So many fun designs! For the project I have today I used the new die Sizzix Thinlits Die set--Planner Bookmark. This die has so many possibilities!

The great thing about Sizzix dies is that you can die-cut a variety of materials other than paper. One of those being felt! Something about designing with felt always appeals to me this time of year. So, that is what I used for my bookmark.

Supplies:
Felt: Dark red, gray
White silk ribbon
Red burlap string Red sequins
Sizzix Thinlits Die set--Planner Bookmark
Big Shot Plus
Extended Magnetic Platform
Extended Cutting Pad
Therm-o-Web Heat and Bond or craft glue


Before you begin, I have an optional step of attaching iron on adhesive to the back of your red felt. This step is totally up to your preference. I like to use Therm-o-Web Heat and Bond because then I am sure to get all of the intricate designs attached. You can also use craft glue, if you prefer.

First you will want to die-cut the bookmark shape from red felt. Once you have done that you will place the heart cutout die onto the pieces as shown below and run it through your Big Shot. Save the little hearts for other projects!


Next, die-cut the "love" piece from the top. Simply place it over your red bookmark as shown below lining up the edge with the top edge of the bookmark.


You should now have a piece like the one below.


Next, you will want to cut the bookmark base from gray felt as shown below. Then, just as with the red piece, die-cut the word "love" at the top. By lining up the top edge of the die the same way on both pieces they should align perfectly when layered!


Once both pieces are die-cut, simply layer and adhere together with your favorite craft glue or iron on adhesive, as mentioned previously.. Wrap the bookmark with ribbon, tie on a charm with twine and embellish with sequins as desired.


And there you have it!




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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A sweet card featuring Stephanie Barnard and Sizzix


Hi all! SO much going on around here lately that I seem to have gotten somewhat sidetrack. Some recent events have been awesome, some not so much. If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know that I recently acquired an extra room which has become a guest/craft room. I'm super excited about it because now my space is more convenient and I will be able to do MUCH more crafting! In between some unexpected chaos I've managed to create several Sizzix projects this last week and have one of those to share today. 




The die I used for this card is one of the new releases from Stephanie Barnard and Sizzix. This die is called Cupcake Fold-its. I love working with Stephanie's lines because they always make cute cards that are super simple. This one is no exception.


To begin you will want to take a piece of cardstock and fold it in half.


Next you will place the die onto your card positioning it so that there is a slight overhang where instructed. I love using my Extended Magnetic Platform for this because it keeps the die positioned right where I want it.




You'll notice on the die it is marked "place fold here" to create a top or side fold card. That is where the die will overhang the fold.




Once you have the base, simply die-cut the desired embellishment layers. I chose to use a patterned paper that looked like sprinkles along with the cupcake wrapper and cherry.


For the cupcake wrapper I pulled out my paper crimper and used it to add the look of an actual wrapper.

I layered it all on to the card base and that was it!


How fun is that!?

For more ideas, you can also watch this video on YouTube with ideas from Stephanie herself!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tami





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*This post may contain linked products which are affiliate links. These links help support my crafty habit as I do receive a small fee for purchases made through those links and appreciate your support. While I carefully choose which products appear in my posts and only use products I believe are top-of-the-line, linked products used may have been received free of charge for use on my blog.