Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Project Life Update's official. I am the proud owner of the Becky Higgins Project Life Clementine edition. I am excited and leery of the whole thing but I feel motivated to do it! Wish me luck!!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Stamped Metal Jewelry

For my daughter's friends for Christmas I made these cute necklaces out of washers from the hardware store. I saw some others on Pinterest and fell in love with them. They are surprisingly not hard to make and very inexpensive. I love personalized gifts. Hope the girls like them too!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Project Life

So...I really would love to take on the challenge of Project Life. The concept is great and the products are amazing. Now the problem with this is the commitment to actually DO IT! I doubt myself because I have been trying for 2 years to complete a December Daily album and have yet to finish. The only reason I am thinking about attempting it is because of the fact that for December Daily I feel like I have to plan 25 Christmas activities and for Project Life you simply capture things that "just happen". Are you thinking about taking the plunge?

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Wreath

Got this idea for turning a coat hanger and Christmas ornaments into a beautiful wreath. I got these plastic ornaments and the wired ribbon at the Just a Dollar store so this wreath cost me $7!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Creative Mess

This is what happens when I get creative. I saw a quote on Pinterest that sums it up:

"Creativity is messy. I am very creative!"

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Christmas Mini

So. I have gathered up some awesome goodies and I am ready to get started on my Christmas mini for the November 12 class at Scrapbooker's Emporium. It's going to be great so sign up early to make sure you get a spot!!!! See ya there!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


I watched a video the other day about creating backgrounds so I decided to give it a try. I used mod podge, book text, old dress pattern paper, sheet music and ledger paper to create a base. I used some paints for color and added the twisted muslin flowers with pearl centers. The quote from Cinderella is hand-written with India ink using my nib pen. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Things I Love Right Now-October Edition

FINALLY!!!  The weather is getting cooler, football is here and I have a whole new list of things I love right now.

1.  Pinterest...need I say more.  I am totally hooked.  Thanks to this wonderful app/website and my Evernote, I will never lose and idea I found on the internet again!!!

2.  It's Survivor time again and Ozzy is back.  What could be better?!?!

3.  As far as scrapbooking goes right now I am loving the Etc. line by BoBunny.  I am working on my portfolio by 7 Gypsies that I bought sooo long ago and using the Etc. papers and embellishments.

What do you love right now????

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Day 27

Finally about over being sick thank goodness. It's been a rough weekend! I decided to make a card for one of my friends. I am not good at cards but every once in a while I have the need for a card so I try. I used the leftover butterflies from the tag I did earlier this month. Thanks for stopping by and hopefully I will be in the mood to do something a little more inspiring tomorrow!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Day 23

Well my Halloween tree is looking kind of bare so I thought I would use some of the .97 Studio G stamps that I picked up at Wal-Mart to make a tag for the tree.  I started with a manilla shipping tag and then stamped on the Halloween images with black pigment ink.  Then I used some Distress Inks and my blending tool to add some color.

I used some black tule and the bling that came with the clear stamp set and there you have it.  My tree is starting to look better already.
Tomorrow is my School Class at Scrapbooker's Emporium.  If you are in the Texarkana Texas area stop by and see me.  Have a great night!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Day 22

Today I decided to do a quote canvas using some acrylics and oil pastels. I also used some book text to make the flower petals. See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Day 21

Today was a crazy long day of driving, orthodontists and more driving.  After Survivor I did get a little time to sit down in my craft room to work.  First I printed out the 52 photos I chose for my deck of cards album.
I managed to get the first two photos done.

I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink on both sides of the car.  I am going to stick with embellishments on the face side and photos on the back.  Thank goodness the cards are small and dont require a lot of embellishing.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Day 20

If you are familiar with the Zutter Bind-It-All website then you know that they sell a spinner album kit that you assemble yourself.  I looked and decided that I could probably do it on my own without purchasing their kit.  This is the second one of these that I have assembled.  This one I planned a little smaller than the previous one I made.  This one will probably hold wallet size photos where the other one was made for 4x6 photos.  The materials are fairly simple and power tools are required (which I love!!)  You will need a dowel rod, base wood circle, wooden disk, decorative topper, 1" o-wire, chipboard and cardstock.  I also used my TH file tab edge die.  Here are the things I got at Hobby Lobby today:
I started by using some E6000 adhesive to adhere the small wooden disk to the wooden base.

When that was dry I used a drill to drill a hole for the dowel rod.

I cut chipboard to the size I wanted and used the edge die to make the tabs.

I cut some inserts from the TH Crowded Attic Paper Stash to size.

I used my Bind-It-All to punch holes for the o-wire and then I inked all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Close the o-wire and slip it over the dowel and add the topper.  I painted my stand out in black.

Now I just need photos and embellishments.  Thanks for looking!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Day 19

Today's project is made from a deck of cards that I picked up at the Dollar Tree.  I started out by Gesso-ing the front and back of the 52 cards removing the jokers.

Next I used my Crop-A-Dile to make holes for the binding rings, inked up the edges with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink and attached some chipboard numbers.
I punched a tag with a Quikutz die and used some typewriter alpha stamps to stamp "photos".  I used my label maker to spell out "favorite"
I added a metal heart from making memories and the cover is done.
Now to choose the photos and print.

I went to Hobby Lobby today to grab some paper pads for half off.  I got this cute Five & Dime 8x8 pad.  Adorable!

I also got a couple others for Christmas gifts for my daughter.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Day 18

Today I gathered branches and spray-painted them black to make my Halloween tree centerpiece. Here are the branches in the bucket ready for decorations. I bought a cute crow and some spiderweb from the Dollar Tree and I plan on doing some bats on the Cricut and some stamped tags. I'll keep you updated on it's progress. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Day 17

Today I visited the $1 Jewelry Store while out shopping with my daughter.  Yeah, I know...the jewelry there is gaudy and mostly cheap, but...its $1 for tons of great beads, charms and great decorations for scrapbooking.  What might not look good as earrings or a necklace could be a great embellishment.  I got one necklace with two rows of teardrop gems, very guady but I just opened the jump rings and I had 15 teardrop charms for minis or to put on other jewelry pieces and a length of chain to repurpose.  This store also sell little bags of beads and charms from things that I imagine get broke or come broken so I picked up 3 bags for $1 each filled with great beads, flowers and yummy pieces.  So, next time you see cheap costume jewelry think outside the box and try to think of what it could be if used in a different way!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Day 16

Today's creativity comes in the form of inspiration. I picked up the newest issue of Scrapbook Trends Mini Books. These are my favorite from them and they are packed with wonderful ideas and techniques. I have flipped through it two times already and my wheels are turning. Good night and happy scrapping!!!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Day 15

My apologies that I didnt post anything yesterday.  It has been a difficult couple of days at the Fincher house.  I did not get a chance to create anything new today so I thought I would post an old project that I really love.  Hope you enjoy and hopefully tomorrow I will get back on track. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Day 13

So for my October class the morning and afternoon sessions will be two different projects. Morning is Halloween and afternoon is Fall. Here is a glimpse of the Fall project. I used some of my crinkle seam binding!! The completed project will be available to view at Scrapbooker's Emporium starting next Saturday. Stop by and take a look and sign up for my class. Would love to see you there!!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Day 12

Today I stopped by Micheal's to use my 50% off coupon and I picked up a small ornate frame from the $1 spot.  I had seen on someone's blog(sorry I cant remember whose) a cute idea for a pincushion.  I started by taking out the plastic film that would have protected the photo with my craft knife.
Next I used the paper insert to cut my fabrice about an inch bigger all around.

Using my hot glue gun I stuffed batting between the back flap and the fabric and glued it down.

You can use it laying flat on the table or use the stand to stand it up on your desk.

WARNING:  I picked up some Distress Stain and proceeded to stain some of my seam binding and rose trim.  They don't call it stain for nothin!!!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Day 11

First if all I want to take a moment to remember those who died and those who risked their lives on this day 10 years ago.

That said, today I worked on another charm necklace. I had leftovers from making my daughter's so I decided to make myself one. All I like is to find some photos of the girls for the photo charms. Thanks for looking!


Ok, so I think I have an addiction to dyeing things. After I did the first seam binding in pink I just kept going. I think I need more colors of Glimmer Mist.

I also found that it doesn't take as much glimmer mist to color the seam binding if you mist it with alcohol first. You can use water but it dries quicker if you use alcohol.

Tip: you can also use re-inkers mixed with alcohol.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Day 10

Today I got the seam binding that I snagged off of ebay in the mail.  I got a roll of 100 yds for somewhere around $10.  I got white so that I could dye it whatever color I need. 

So here is my first go at making my own crinkled seam binding.  I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist as color.
I placed the seam binding in some packaging and sprayed until I couldnt see any more white.

I used my heat tool to speed up the drying because I am inpatient...

Cute, crinkled seam binding and the best part is I can make it any color I need!

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope to see you back tomorrow!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Day 9

Well I made it to day 9 and today I worked on finishing up one of the October class projects for Scrapbooker's Emporium. To get more details on this class and see the actual project stop by the store. While your there sign up for a class and stock up on supplies. I have an adorable school project on display for the September class. See you there. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Day 8

Today's "something creative" was a quick one due to the Saints-Packers game that is on tonight.  I made some cute felt flowers using my new 3-D Flower Sizzix die.  The felt works great because it kind of sticks to itself as you roll the flower.

Aren't they CUTE!

I also tried some muslin.  A little harder to roll and the flower is smaller, but its really pretty!