Monday, October 23, 2017

Double Sided Welcome Sign

This double sided welcome sign is something I've wanted to make for a long time. I finally got it done, and we finally had some sun, and I finally remembered to grab some photos of it when the sun was out.

I am seriously lacking in cute front porch decor, so I decided I needed to work on that. To make storage easy, I made a fall sign on one side and a Christmas sign on the other. Two seasons in one sign means less to store in the off season!

On the fall side, I stained the fall side with 2 different colors of stain. I blended them together in the center of the board to give it an ombre look. I really like Minwax Express Color Wipe on Stain. They're very low odor and super easy to use.

For the lettering I used SRM vinyl in metallic gold and beige cut with the Silhouette Cameo. It's hard to tell from the photos, but SRM's metallic vinyl has this lovely matte sheen to it.

For the Christmas side of my sign, I went with a nice rich red paint. I love the pop of color this bright red brings to the front porch.

I used SRM white vinyl for the words. I'm super happy to have a few more decorations for the front of my house!

I wrote this post while participating on the SRM design Team.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Pocket Calendar

You can find me over on the SRM blog today with a pocket calendar that features SRM's mini calendar stickers.

This calendar makes a great gift! Find all the details to make your own on the SRM blog.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Haunted House

Paper House is teaming up with Tombow this week. I'm up today with a fun Haunted House.

Supplies: Tombow Twintone Markers Brights, Wicked Spooky Moonlight, Wicked Spooky Ghosts, Wicked Spooky Washi Tape, Wicked Spooky Halloween Flake Stickers, Wicked Spooky Halloween Epoxy Stickers

I used Paper House's Wicked Spooky collection to paper over the chipboard house. I did a simple trace and cut of all of the sides. To get the detailed pieces (like windows and doors) cut out, I used a PenBlade.

Instead of papering over the roof, I used coordinating washi tape from Paper House. This not only gives the roof a different texture than the rest of the house, but it also the roof a shingled look due to the multiple strips of washi.

I always have bits of chipboard showing at the edges whenever I paper over something like this, so I used my Tombow Twintone Markers to color over any chipboard that was peeking out and trace the edges of the house, the windows, and the door. This step gives the house a much more finished look.

Wicked Spooky Flake Stickers and Epoxy Stickers were used to add the final decorations to my haunted house.

This little haunted house is going to make a great addition to my Halloween decor!

I wrote this post while participating on the Paper House Design Team.
I received Tombow Markers in exchange for their use during the writing of this post.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Colorful Colorado Layout

This summer we got to take road trip to Colorado. We lived there for 7 years before we had kids, so it was a really fun chance to show the kids why we loved Colorado. When we were getting close, my husband said, "You want to stop at the Colorado sign? It'll make a great picture." It was a great idea and a perfect way to kick off our trip. Here's my Colorful Colorado layout that I created with that picture.

Paper House's Discover USA is one of my very favorite collections. I love the bright colors and fun, regional patterns.

I really wanted to use this great USA patterned paper, but I'm not usually very good at using patterned paper with such a large focal print on it. I go the idea to stitch our route from Iowa to Colorado onto the map.

A single photo with journaling and a small cluster of embellishments seemed like the best way to highlight the photo but still be able to see the large map on the patterned paper.

This Colorful Colorado layout is pretty simple, but I love the way it turned out!

I wrote this post while participation on Paper House's Design Team.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Halloween Treats

You can find me over on the SRM blog today sharing some Halloween treats.

Head on over to the SRM blog to get all the details.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hitchhikeng Ghosts

I'm getting ready for Halloween with this fun Disney inspired Hitchhiking Ghosts sign. You can check out all the details about how I made it on the the SRM blog today.

Happy Haunting!

Friday, September 15, 2017

You Can Do It Coffee Card

The Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is going on through next week, and I thought it would be lots of fun to play along. Here's my You Can Do It coffee card.

I started with SRM's Coffee Plans stamp set. I haven't used my Copic Markers in a while, so I decided to uses those to create a fun background with the tall coffee cup that's part of the set.

I decided to play around with the color combo a bit. Instead of traditional fall colors, I drew inspiration from the beautiful reds and greens in my apple trees right now and how pretty they are against the bright blue fall sky. A little different that normal, but I like how it turned out.

I thought the "you can do it" sentiment would make for a fun card the next time I needed an encouragement card for a coffee loving friend.
Don't forget to check out the rest of the amazing cards for a bit of caffeinated inspiration.

I wrote this post while participating on the SRM design team.