Sunday, November 1, 2015

dishtowel holders using 8 inch restoration hardware grafton pulls

Instead of installing a towel bar on the kitchen island, we purchased two coordinating Grafton 8" drawer pulls from Restoration Hardware.  The 8" pulls are wide enough to hang a dishtowel on each pull and they are a lot more shallow, so they do not stick out as far as a towel bar.

Monday, June 15, 2015

White Painted Laminate Stairs with Carpet Runner

We originally had laminate floors, which continued up the stairs.  After we re-floored downstairs, we decided to paint the laminate stairs white and add a runner.  We added a skirt along the wall and painted it white to match the stairs and railing.

We painted the walls, which really brightened up house (Valspar Pelican).  Here are the before pictures, which now seem so drab:

Friday, May 29, 2015

TEACHER APPRECIATION CARD: "A+ TEACHER" with Chalkboard + Apple + Pencil

This card was made with my Silhouette Cameo.  The file is from the Silhouette Studio called "teacher appreciation card".  I ended up using a different apple from the Studio as well because it had better shape.  

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Laundry Room Wall Vignette with Frame Built into High Chair Rail

Here's my remodeled / redecorated laundry room.  The frame is built into a shaker-style high chair rail to create a laundry room themed vignette.  The top wall color is Benjamin Moore "Misty Memories" and the bottom is Benjamin Moore "Sea Life".  Both are grays with hints of purple.  I mixed the two colors and painted the inside of the frame.  I hung floating shelves from Lowe's and added themed decor.  

My washing machine is next to a wall, so the door would always hit the wall.  I kept this in mind when I was planning out the size and placement of the bottom of the frame.  Now it's protected by the frame and I also added a clear rubber bumper pad sticker.

I made "Laundromat" and "laundry guide icons" vinyl wall decals for the top and bottom of the frame.

I made a "Lost Socks" vinyl decal and applied it to a small galvenized pail to hold the unmatched socks.  Then, I bought a small piggy bank at Michael's and applied a "Loose Change" vinyl decal.

Finally, I installed two chrome double hooks onto the chair rail on the adjacent wall.  The hooks are Aubrey from Restoration Hardware.  

Here are the before and after pictures.  We also re-tiled and painted the cabinets... It's so much brighter and cheerful now!

You can find my custom laundry room decals at my etsy store:  

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Birthday Card with Quickutz cupcake & CTMH stamp

Happy Birthday card was embellished with Quickutz cupcake, Quickutz Goosebumpz dots.  The stamp is from Close to my Heart.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Before and After Stained Straw Basket

Can you stain a straw basket?

I used General Finishes wood stain in Espresso, gloves and an old sock to apply the stain. The sock didn't work well getting into the nooks and crannies.  I switched to a foam brush but got the best results with a bristle paint brush.  So far, the stain is adhering well to the straw.
The basket tag was made with with CTMH Artiste cricut cartridge (notebook page #M3A4B4) and the Dimensional Elements chipboard tag.  The font is from Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons cricut cartridge.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Dog Sympathy Card made on the Cricut Explore - Forever in your Heart

This pet sympathy card was made with the Cricut Explore using a combination of shapes from cricut cartridges and my own designs.  "Banner Frame" is from Stand and Salute, the heart is from Ribbons & Rosettes.  The dog paw is my own design.  Also used ribbon and Sizzix Texturz plate from Stampin' Up.

Cricut Explore pens were used for the front and inside messages.  Also used the "Bracket Label" shape from Cricut Phrases for the inside message.  

Monday, February 16, 2015

Customized "Bee Mine" Valentine's Day Card using Silhouette Machine Point Editing

I customized this Silhouette design by using the "Point Editing" feature to remove the bee and edit points to create a new square corner in this "bee border" design:

Just double-click the line and the point editing window will pop up.. then you just delete and edit points as you wish:

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Silhouette Cameo Print & Cut Doily Thinking of You Greeting Card

These are super easy "Thinking of You" greeting cards made on the Silhouette Cameo.  It is design #61419 and it's a combination of print & cut and regular cut files.  I made two variations... one with cardstock and the other acetate.  The envelope is "5x5 scalloped flap envelope" design #24193

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Science / Chemistry Birthday Card - Boron + Iridium + Thorium

Science-themed birthday card made with the Silhouette Cameo.  The atom background paper is a print pattern called "weird science" from the Silhouette Design Store.  The chemistry icons are also from Silhouette.  The"happy B-Ir-Th day" design is my own.  For the geek in your life (or Breaking Bad fan).