Saturday, September 3, 2016

My kitchen up date...

I've been done about a month.  I still love it and am still adding to the decor/ finished product, but here is the just of it all...
This was the original from 10 years ago...lots of wallpaper and smoke/water damage.  We removed the overhead cabinets over the peninsula and refreshed everything the best we could at the time, but we were overwhelmed with the rest of the house we really did the bare minimum to the kitchen as the stove top was in need of replacing at a whopping $3600 to use the existing counter tops or go smaller and replace for about the same if we went laminate.  We just made it work for the last 10 years. 

 This is one of many of the renovation process...yes it started as a oh lets paint the inside of the cabinets and went to the whole lets ripe stuff out and restain what is here.

 This is the undecorated version...The EAT sign has some other friends and they all hang out above the corner cabinets...but this was the last picture I took of it clean...hahahaha.

I updated the painted backsplash/ copper (behind the stovetop) with a more modern tile like smart tiles.  They were semi easy to work with and cost wise cheaper than real tile as not grout and less labor intensive.  I did the whole thing in an afternoon.  John being the all around fix it that I need him to be updated the stained outlet plugs for me.  Cheap labor is the best.
 Yes I love my Waterlox counter tops. John cut the sink/ stove top and lengths for me as well as securing them to the bases.  I did the sanding and coats of Waterlox.  They have dulled some, as they are almost all the way cured, but I love the fact that water can sit on them and no water stains.  They do have a few scrapes and scratches, but I expected that from the get go.  I would totally do butcher block tops again.
 We cut off the raised bar and made it all one height.  It makes for a more open kitchen and the extra usable space is amazing!  We replaced the old stove top, the dishwasher, sink and faucet, counter tops and added the hood fan.  All for well under what the replacement stove top for the 46" would have been.
We painted all of the shelving and insides white.  John added a few shelves in the lower corner cabinets as we took out the lazy susan 10 years ago and were just using plastic shelving.

I added some pull out baskets to be able to see the stuff in the deep pantry and for plastic container storage. 

And to help get the "stuff" off my counter tops I redid this island my aunt had into a side board/ bar.  It's my wake up and evening drink stop all in one.  Coffee pods and bar supplies are in the pull out drawer.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Mermaid tales...

So I got around to getting the challenge done for today's challenge over at Crafty Creations Challenge Blog .  The challenge is use a number on your project.  I used a numbered background paper.  This week's sponsor is Cute As A Button....oh what lovely images we had to work with this week.

Papers are a mix of different companies, Die cuts are Circut's Splish Splash Cartridge. Gems, Bling, and babbles are all CTMH.  Image is Cute as A Button's Mermaid Sophia.  Colored with assorted gel pens, copics, and inks.
 Here is a close up to show her shimmer better.  As always it's better in real life.

The multipul layering of cut outs.  I need to play with this stuff easy, if not time consuming. 

Inside says...Friends...are like seashells.  We pick them up along the way.

Peace out!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

B&W Pop

Just a fun simple card set for Crafty Creations this week.
I'm sponsoring, so swing by for a chance at a fun prize.
This week is Black and White with a pop of color!

The feather was stamped with versamark ink and then sprinkled with various embossing powders.  Heat embossed and then fussy cut.  It is adhered with foam tape so it pops off the card a bit.

 Sentiment is also heat embossed white and then I copic markered the "you" and "adjust". Sentiment from Dylusions from Ranger.
 Papers are all CTMH.
String is American Crafts. White paper is dry embossed with Provo Craft folder.
Have a great week!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Crafty Creations Stitch Challenge

This week we are joined by two new wonderful things.  We have a new sponsor and a new DT member!  Fun times all around! 

Lacy Sunshine  has so graciously joined our sponsor list.  Make sure to check out the shop, so many beautiful images to play with.

I choose to use Rori's Magical Unicorn.  

I colored using Prima Color Pencils and a glitter gel pen.
Papers are CTMH. Gems are Triveni and CTMH.
Hand stitching done with ofray thread and glitter thread. (the glitter thread was a pain, but worth it.)
Sentiment is CTMH as is the inside of the card.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Crafty Creations- Spring Fever

I'm back with Crafty Creations this week.  We are sponsored by the lovely Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps.  I was happy to get to use this little guy.  He is too cute. And it was a quick card for me as I was working on a order this last week.  

Papers are all DCWV. The "some bunny..." is from Tim Holtz occasion stick book.  'Happy Spring" is from CTMH.  Gems are all Triveni Crafts.  Colored with glitter gel pens, CTMH alcohol inks, and Copics markers.  Distessed with Cocoa ink.  
Hope you have a chance to join us over at Crafty Creations this week!

Friday, March 4, 2016

March Challenge Tag

So I made some time to play yesterday.  The new tag challenge was up at so I dove right in.  I had to improvise with what I had on hand, but it turned out none the less.
I used Tim Holtz paper pad paper as the base (it has lettering/ script on it)  The over layer was cricut with swirls on Vanilla Cream CTMH stock.  That was then gessoed over and then I used oil pastels to add in the color.  There is a bit of pink, but my blues and green over powered it.  The top layer is a cardboard tag cut from a box divider and distressed.  I then added walnut stain and embossed with distressed taupe embossing powder.  I glued the foil around the outside and removeed after the glue dried.  But a small strip of burlap, glued and stapled it down.  Then added the Discover word brad after I added the blue with the oil pastels.

Finished it off with a chunky ribbon and some hemp twine.

Thanks for visiting...Jaime

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

CCC-Saying Focal Point

I'm back with Crafty Creations this week.  We are sponsored by Craft Classes On-Line.  For a chance to win make sure to enter your project at Crafty Creations!

This week the challenge is to use a saying as a focal point.  And well I'm feeling snarky so this one called to me yesterday...

The saying is from Kellycraft's Jimbo Lojik...I love these snarky, witty sayings.

Paper is from My Minds Eye and Pacifica Colored Card Stock from CTMH.
Dies are Spellbinders. The rocking chair stamp is CTMH.  Gems from CTMH and Stash.
Colored with white gel pen and pacifica alcohol pen.

The inside is just stamped with the rocking chair that also says "You Rock"- it was masked for the outside of the card.

Hope to see you at CCC this week. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

February Challenge Tag

I have been chipping away at this one over the last week and a half.  This is my second tag in the 12 tags of 2016 with Tim Holtz.  
Check out for the how to tutorial.  I just followed the tutorial...with a few slight tweaks.  I made my own stencils using laminated page protectors and my cricut.  They aren't as heavy or easy to work with as Tim's, but I was trying to work with what I had on hand.  I have been trying to get around to the texture paste and this was a fun place to start.  Next time will turn out better, as it was a bit thick in spots and it dried faster than I expected so my embossing powder didn't stick the greatest.  All lessons learned for next time.
I'm happy with the end results so that's all that matters.  
I used Tim Holtz's tag die cut, distress and alcohol inks, and texture paste.
Stencils were all from different cartridges from CTMH for cricut.  The gems and arrow are CTMH. Ribbon is from Ofray and papers are various makers.  Hearts are die cuts from Provo Craft.  Picture is my own.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

CCC Foodie Challenge

I'm back with Crafty Creations Challenges this week.  We are sponsored by the talented Heather at Fresh Brewed Designs. I got to play with this fun ice cream cone image.

Our theme this week is something to eat or drink.

I used CTMH's new Zoe paper pack and the text stamp from Ice Cream Dream stamp set.
 Image is colored with copics and CTMH alcohol inks. Glitter glue, black embossing powder and glitter gel pens for some texture and sparkle.
The thread is a really old retired thread from CTMH in Spring Harmony Collection.

Hope you can join us this week at CCC.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Mr.Wolf's 4th Graders Valentine's Project

I'm back with this year's 4th grade class project tutorial...
Possible variations of the finished project.

We are going to start with all of this to get the above end results.

To start we are going to take the big piece of paper (8x10) and fold it as follows...

Then we need to open it up.
 Finding the shorter fold we need to cut to the center of the paper. Not over, not under, but to the center. 
 It's going to be important to remember where your cut is.  You want your cut to be on your right side.  If it's not it will change the way your card pocket sits.  But most importantly we want to fold the first upper right corner to the center line, not over.
 Then the opposite corner (lower left) we are going to fold up and parallel to the center line, but not to it. leaving 1/2" to 1' from the line.
 Then flip the whole sheet over, but  keep your bottom on the bottom. So your shorter fold is still to your belly. Then we are going to fold over the lower left again to meet the right lower side and match the fold.  See below...
 We then need to turn it back over to the front side again. So your bottom two corners should be folded up and your right top is folded down and your cut should be on the right side. See above.
 We take the bottom half and fold it back up (you use the original fold line) and then fold right side over as well.  It should leave you with the upper right corner still over there all lonely looking for a place go.  We need to flip our flaps over to the darkside.  (okay really we are just flipping them to the back.)
 We will now fold that piece over to the other layers to get the above look.  Now we are going to go back and glue (or tape runner) the layers together on the bottom.  We just want to get the bottom or your card won't hold anything as you will glue the pockets shut. We will get to stapling so it stays closed after the next step.
 We're going to take that long plain piece of paper and wrap it around the card.  We glue the start of the strip, but not the whole thing.  Just enough so it sticks to the front and we then wrap it around covering that top flap and hiding the two fold ends.
 As we make it back to the front, we can line it up and fold it over.  We need to either cut or tear the strip so it has about 1/2" to 1" overlap.  Save that little piece we will use it as a pull tab.
Now we are going to staple strip right by the edge.  Don't go in too far or your pull out cards won't fit.
We will come back to the card but set them off to the side for right now.
 Now we are going to take the bigger matching piece and the white and glue it together and add a tab.  The tab is that saved piece folded in half and you slip the ends over each side of the bigger pieces. Just staple that in place. 
We are going to stamp on that piece later, but tuck it in your card's back pocket for now.

We are making a tic tac toe board and need a little bag to hold those game pieces.
There is a stencil on your tables and an ink pad.  Go ahead and take turns adding some hearts to the front of the bag.  If you don't want your hearts upside down pay attention to which side is open on your bag. 
 Tuck that empty bag in the middle pocket of your card.

Now going back to your big card, decorate the front. using the strips with words or designs, the stickers and the foam hearts dress up the front. (You can hide that staple now if you want.)

While some of you do the finishing touches on that, some of you can come up and stamp your tic tac toe board, stamp your tickets, and stamp the pull out card with Happy Valentine's Day!  Remember to get your heart tape for the tic tac toe pull out and your hearts for the game board.

 Put it all together. With the Pull out Card in the back, the envelope and the game board in the middle, and the tickets in the front.  Make sure to address it to and from on the pull out. 
And then you can tuck it in the big envelope after the special treat is added.

 Hope you had fun!