Month: October 2017

Learn How to Make Lovely Home Decor from a Dollar Tree Plate

Dollar Store Charger plate to Home Decor

Today I’m going to share with you how I created this awesome fall home decor plate with a simple plate from the Dollar Tree. You can also make a piece that is uniquely yours with a scrap of vinyl, your Silhouette or other cutting machine and some spray paint. Home decor has never been easier. (more…)

Early Holiday Wishes 4 Kids

Snowman Joy

This little snowman is bringing you some early holiday wishes!  I love making handcrafted cards for others and today I wanted to share this cute Doodlebug Designs Snowman with you that I made for Send a Smile 4 Kids. They are hosting a Early Holiday Wishes challenge HERE,  and this was a fun card to make for that challenge.

Send a Smile 4 Kids Early Holiday Wishes Card

I chose a double z fold design for my snowman card. I used to shy away from the fun fold cards, but found that many are much easier than they look. I made this one at Valentines Day and I think they are so adorable standing up on a table. A scoreboard really helps and it is a tool to put on your Christmas list if you don’t already have one. 

There are many tutorials on Pinterest for various types of fancy fold cards if you do a search. I won’t go into detail on how I set it up.  I wanted to keep the layering minimal, so I chose red card stock and simply layered the patterned paper on top.

I purchased the patterned paper pack for this card last year and it was perfect for this card. It’s by Doodlebug Designs. The little snowman was from the Silhouette Store and is from the Doodlebug Designs Here Comes Santa collection.

I offset the letters for “Joy” so that it would not blend into the card too much.

Foam tape was used to adhere the little snowman so that he would stand out a little more.

The little bit of snow sparkle on the hat, ends of the scarf, and the nose, come from Diamond Stickles.

To make the card so that someone could write a little greeting, I added a white panel on the inside.

Handcrafted card with snowman cutout and the greeting "Joy".
Snowman Christmas Joy Card

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed this little card. Create something simple for your home, family or friends today!

Connie

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Grateful Thankful Blessed Sign

Cabinet Door to Farmhouse Sign

Shopping at Habitat for Humanity can be a real treat and this reclaimed cabinet door inspired me to make this sign for our dining room. I’m fairly new to sign making but learning is half the fun! It’s just one of a few signs I’ve made for our home and it’s now hanging on our wall, and I simply love it!

I painted the cupboard door with this RUST-OLEUM Flat Black and did about 3 light coats. It had been sitting around for awhile and I was going to repaint it, but I started to sand and liked the look of the distressed frame. I decided to mask off the edges and only repainted the center.

RUST-OLEUM in flat black.

Oramask 813 has been my go-to product for stenciling and it cuts like butter and adheres so nice. For another Oramask and spray paint project, check out my first Youtube video HERE.

The file was purchased from Etsy and I cut the material using the matte vinyl settings. My blade was set on 3, Speed 5, Force 10. These are the settings I use for the Oramask and it works out wonderful on my machine. I use Transfer Rite tape to transfer my cuts to the work.

I did several light coats with white paint and a sponge brush. I did have a little paint peel up when I removed the vinyl, but I think it’s because the cupboard door is a sort of laminate and so the paint couldn’t really soak in like it does with wood. If I had it to do over, I might have used a spray paint like the RUST-OLEUM Ultra for the lettering because it adheres to just about everything. I ended up filling in a couple tiny areas with a liner brush. Hubby says I’m too picky, but in the end I was pretty happy with it. It’s a nice addition for fall decorating.

Have you shopped at Habitat Re-store? What did you find for decorating your home?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll venture out and make something special for your home today.

 

 

 

Devotional Note Sheets

Bible Study Note Sheets

The Bible study note sheet can be a helpful tool for looking into God’s word and applying it to your life.

As a SAHM of older children, I no longer need to feed, dress, and keep out of mischief the little ones. The family dynamic has changed greatly. It has been about 5 years since I last homeschooled. Gone are the days of everyone sitting around the table studying God’s word together. Gone are the days of memorizing catechism passages with them in hopes that they remembered them for their lesson, and also hid them in their hearts.

One thing has not changed about my parenting. There is still a need for me to share the word of God with my family. Whether it be on my daily runs taking my son to school, or time spent with my grandchildren. As a middle age mom, I also need to keep God’s promises close to me as I daily serve Him as a wife and mother.

I like a focused morning devotional and often times I turn to Bible Gateway. Bible gateway has a number of versions to compare, various commentaries and other tools to enrich your study. I enjoy pouring my coffee and sitting down in a favorite chair in the quiet part of my day.

Writing down the passage, recording related scriptures, commentary notes, questions I have, help me to focus on the passage and take it to heart. “How does it move me to worship and praise God, serve my neighbor and share the gospel with those around me?” 

I’ve designed a couple of Bible Study Note Sheets and I’m sharing them with you.  These can be used for family devotions or personal study. They may also serve you as a journal to record thoughts you may want to look back on.

I currently have a Spring/Summer themed one, and I also have also created a fall sheet for you to use.

 

May you be richly blessed in your studies.

 

Fall Note Sheet

Fall Note Sheet

 

Hope you have a great day!

Spring Note Sheet PDF

Happy Fall Card

 Happy Fall Card

Today I’m here to share with you a “Happy Fall” card that I made using the Viva La Verve September sketch. We haven’t had too much fall weather yet, and I’m enjoying the the end of summer that we’re having.

For this card I pulled out some paper products from the Close to My Heart Swan Lake collection, and stamps from the CTMH Choose Happy and Woodland Critters sets.

I masked the little frame with a post it note so that I could stamp the raccoon in the corner and colored the frame with a Spectrum noir marker.

I used a Darice embossing folder in the Cuttlebug to emboss the background and cut the little speech bubble out on my Silhouette Cameo.

Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Fall to you.