Sunday, November 16, 2014

Pinterest Perfect Fall Wreath

Like that title?  ;)  Well, I was in the mood to create a fall themed wreath so I got on Pinterest and looked up fall wreath ideas.  I found this one and was sold!

After I made my take on this wreath and decided to blog about it,  I followed the Pinterest link to the blog Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer (to give credit where credit is due!) and found that the designer actually posted a tutorial on how to make it!  Lol!  SO, no tutorial from me today, just follow the link and it will take you straight to Christy's post where she shows you how to make her wreath with easy-to-follow instructions and beautiful pictures!  :)

And here is how mine turned out, a wee bit different but beautiful nonetheless!  My color scheme is a bit more neutral and I also added some pheasant feathers. ;)

Thank so much for stopping by!  I'm including this post in the Sew Many Ways "Sew Darn Crafty" link for November projects.  :)

Have a blessed day!
Janice :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Upcycled Jewelry Bags, Belts and More book review Blog Hop

Hi, everyone!  Welcome to the Upcycled Jewelry Bags, Belts and More book review blog hop!  The author of this book is my good friend Linda Peterson and I couldn't be more happy to write a review for her, she is one SUPER talented lady!

Go grab her book, it's awesome!

We were asked write about a project that inspires us but I found it REALLY hard to just pick one! 

 One project that I found just so super cool was this super fun and funky "Loop de Loop" ring!

Do you wanna know what the black loops are made of?  Bicycle inner tube!!!!  Isn't that wild?!  Actually, many of the projects featured in the book are made using bicycle inner tubing and you would never know it!  I just love the simplicity of the materials used and the quick and easy way you can make a statement piece of jewelry for a fun occasion.

Ok, so I told you I couldn't pick just one so I show you a couple of peeks into two other fabulous projects found in this book.

Cell Phone Pouch with a decorative embellishment using soda can tabs as the base (SO fun!).

 Midnight Black Handbag!!!!  Y'all. This one is beyond cool.  Betcha can't guess how this bag was made?!?!?!

TRASH BAGS!!!!!  I don't know. I am just in love with this one.  Need a water proof, worry proof bag to take on the road or better yet, to use as a diaper bag (yes!), that costs next to nothing???  And it's cute, to boot! I want to make one.  Like yesterday!  Lol!

Final thoughts:  This is really a super fun and creative book full of fun projects that crafters of all skill levels would enjoy.  If you love the book, you might also want to check out Linda's Youtube playlist for Upcycled Jewelry: .  She has some great how-to videos on some of the skills and techniques used in her book as well as other craft videos that feature projects of all kinds, I highly recommend subscribing to her YouTube channel.  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Janice :)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Thanksgiving Dinner Place Card / Napkin Holder

Hi, everyone!  Happy Fall!  Here in Texas it JUST today got chilly, I'm loving the change in seasons! And, goodness, teaching school and consistent blog posts are hard for me!  Nevertheless, I have a super cute and SUPER SIMPLE (!) place card that can also be used as a napkin ring of sorts to show you!  This month's theme is Family/Thanksgiving over at Scor-Pal's monthly "More than One Score Challenge".  Make sure to go and check out our challenge and participate for a change to win some fabulous Scor-pal prizes!


1.Cut a rectangle to 3 1/2" x 5" and using your Scor-pal, score at every 1 1/2".  You will be able to score at every 1 1/2" three times leaving you with a small half inch section to act as the flap that pulls it all together.

2. Fold on the score lines and put a strip of Scor-tape on the 1/2" flap.

3. Remove the backing to the strip of Scor-tape and adhere to the inside of of first section as shown below.

4. You're done!  Embellish as desired!  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure to join in on the fun!

Love and blessings, 
Janice  :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fall Garland

Hi, everyone!  Today I have a fun, fall inspired garland to share with you!  I saw this project over at Happy Clippings and thought by using our Score-Pal and Score-tape, that I could create the same project but much more easily and with the end result being more clean and crisp!  Check out all the other fabulous Fall~Halloween projects over at the Scor-Pal blog, too!

1. Using the maple leaf template at Happy Clippings, fold your paper in half, trace temple, and cut out.

2. Turn the leaf cut out on its side and using your Scor-Pal, score at every half inch.
 3. Fold on the score lines, folding one way and then another, back and forth to create an accordion shape.

 4. Place a strip of Scor-tape across the longest side of the leaf.

5. Bend in the middle, adhering the side with the score-tape together, creating the maple leaf.

Create as many of these as needed to create your fall garland! I adhered a loop of twine to be able to feed each leaf through the ribbon.  

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you've enjoyed our week long fall projects!!! :)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Magazine Holder

Hi, everyone!  
Today I have a fun project for Scor-pal's September "More than One Score" challenge.  The theme is fun storage containers. Now I must admit that I struggled with this one but one look at my "home office" area told me exactly what I was missing: some sort of container for all my monthly bills!  Before, they would just be messily stacked in various piles around my desk.  I have been wanting to find a good organizational system that works for me and this is one step closer to having a tidy work area.  

So, here is what I came up with.

Now, I know that we can just go out and by this type of container but why not make your own?  :)  I made this using heavy duty card stock to make sure it was stable enough.

1. Using your Scor-Pal, score two sheets of of white 12" x 12" cardstock at the 3" and 11 1/2" mark.

2. Using a ruler, draw a line from top left point where the scored line begins to the mid point of the second scored line (6" down), and cut out that section using a craft knife, as shown in the following two pictures.

3. Do a similar cut to the second sheet of paper but this time, start your diagonal cut from the line scored at the 3" mark down to the 11 1/2" scored line, as shown below in the diagram.

4.Next, score the at the "flap" sections at the 6" mark and adhere down with Scor-tape.  Do this to the 3" "flap" as shown below and to the 1/2" flap not pictured.  You could simply cut off these sections but I wanted to fold it down for added support.

5. Depending on how tall you want your container to be, you can trim off part of the top as I did.  I wanted mine to have 8 1/2" x 11" dimensions, so I cut off an inch from the top side of each sheet as show below.  For add stability, I scored, folded and adhered the section shown below.

6. Next, I created the bottom section of my container.  Cut a 4" x 9 1/2" piece of card stock and score at the 1/2" mark on all sides.

7. Cut out corners as shown below.

8. Add Scor-tape to the outside of the flaps.

9. At this point, you can embellish each section or you can start carefully, assembling the container as shown in the pic below. (sorry for the blurry photo!)

Finished un-embellished project.

I'm using mine as a way to organize my bills! Stamp set from Gina K Designs, "Organize It."

Well, thanks so much for stopping by!  Make sure to participate in the challenge--you might be our random winner!  :)  You can go HERE for more details.  :)

Blessings, Janice :)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Back to School with Scor-Pal

Hi, everyone!  Today I have a fun teacher gift for Back to School!  I've created a little gift caddy that you can put treats and supplies in.

Make sure to go to the Scor-Pal blog to get the full instructions on how to make your own!  :)

You can check out another super cute Back to School project I made HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  :)


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Birthday Banner

Hey, there!  Today I have a classy birthday card that I made while at a very slow scrapbook show.  I had lots of free time so I created a card to go along with a Fun Stampers Journey challenge on facebook.  The challenge was to create a project using pink and black.  Sooooooo, I'm not a huge black and pink fan so as you can see, I limited the amount of pink on my card!  Lol!

Here it is with a white background--it's harder to see the black section against the black backdrop but I like the contrast of the black back drop better!  Lol!

Here is a close-up of the banner section that I first embossed onto the white card base and then added the die cut of the same banner on top.  I love how it turned out!

Don't you love that sparkle???  I used Fun Stampers Journey's "Sparkle Dust" which is a very fine and gorgeous glitter.  

Fun Stampers Journey Products used
Banner Party - Stamp(SS-0009)
Pennants- Die(DI-0004)
Whip Cream - Cardstock(CS-0040)
Journey Sparkle Dust
True Color Fusion Ink in Black Licorice (IP-0041)
2 OZ Journey Glaze (AD-0003)
Many Wishes - Stamp (SS-0057)

If you want to purchase any of the products I used on this card, just go to and order directly from me!  :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
Janice :)