Aaron edited this photo of Kuyper eating berries and loved it. Me, not so much; however, since Aaron would not give me any clues as to what he wanted for his birthday, I thought a great LO featuring this picture would do the trick.

One button is missing from the middle flower. I have to run to the store tomorrow to pick up another one.

Love the layers

Love the textures.


What I did:

1. I used black and grey cardstock and grey pattern paper from Recollections collect Fashionably Chic. I inked (black soot), rolled the edges and splattered the paper with black and red acrylic paint.
2. I made the flowers and added the buttons I got from wal-mart. I stickled the top for  little  sparkle and it looked great wet, but when it dried it was no longer clear and looks a bit crusty if you look close… oh well, hopefully people look at it from the distance. 😀 I also am learning how to make these flowers without making a mess with with the hot glue…
3. I sprayed a piece of white burlap with a DIY black acrylic paint mist.
4. I pulled pieces of the burlap edges. I left some the grey color and used a little red acrylic paint and water to color the rest.
5. I cut a strip of white mesh (I forget what the technical name is) and glue gunned it to a piece of felt in a pleat style. I cut it to size and used a small left over strip along the top.
6. I added a piece of grey lace over the black cardstock.
7. In order to  even out the height of the paper supporting the photo, I had to cut strips of chipboard (10 I think) which allowed me to stick the flowers partly underneath.
8. I painted dew drops (actually floral vase filler I found at JoAnn’s that I use as cheap few drops) with a metallic white paint.

Inspired: drycha‘s “demons” LO

YouTube: Flowers, and distressing one & two


Rays of Sun


I watched a YouTube video, Glitter Girl Adventure 005: The Page Protector Problem (part two), and decided that this would work perfect for displaying all (or I should  say MOST of my FAVORITES > my sister is an awesome photographer so we have TONS) of Kuyper’s one year old photos.

Rays of sun > the layers

Background – I used my Stampin Up! canvas stamp and Staz-on jet black.
Photo mat – I used the same technique for as the background
Title – The stamps are Michaels’ Recollection brand, but the actually name I forget.
Paper – DCWV, but again the actual name I can not recall.
Inspired by – Yarra’s LO on scrapbook.com (her is WAY awesome!)

DIY Mists


I know recipes for making your own glimmer mists are every where, but I wanted to share a bit about how I made mine.

My "ingredients"

My recipe is X amount of reinker (I used 3 different amounts – 40 drops for Island Indigo, 60 drops for Pool Party and 50 drops for Lucky Limeade) 1.5 oz of water, 1.5 oz of rubbing alcohol, and 1/8 tsp PearlEx (micropearl color.) I forgot I bought a 3oz bottle and not a 2 oz, so I miss labeled the amounts, but have now changed the 1 oz to 1.5 oz on my bottle.
Tip 1: I use a black 1/4 tsp. to scoop out the PearlEx. I fill it about 1/2 full to equal about 1/8 tsp. I enjoy the black teaspoon because it is great to see the white PearlEx against it.
Tip 2: I shake the bottle side to side, not up and down, to avoid any of the PearlEx clogging the spray tube. (I have never encountered this, but have read     about this tip many places, so I figured it would not hurt.)
Tip 3: I have a cardboard box I use as a spray background. (WAY too easy to make a mess otherwise.)
Tip 4: I spray a 1.5″ x 3″ piece of paper with the color of the spray. Let it dry.
Tip 5: I write my recipe of the paper with the corresponding marker color if I have it. This allows me to see what the marker and/or ink the original color is… If I do not have a marker, I will stamp a small image to see the original color.
Tip 6: Packing tape is the perfect size to adhere the paper.

Happy misting everyone!

Step 1: Desk


Although some of the pictures and information are already available, I thought I would put it all in one spot.

Finished Product


3/4″ plywood cuts: used 2 different 4×8 sheets
-30″ x 72″
– 24″ x 42″

2×4 cuts: used nine 8′ long 2x4s
Short desk –
two – 36″ (legs)
two -24″ (leg supports)
three – 21″
two – 42″

Large Desk –
four – 36″ (legs)
two -30″ (leg supports)
one -68 7/8″ (leg supports)
two – 72″
four – 27″


Aaron found the info on how to build the base.  We used lap joints along the top corners.

Large desk -30" deep x 72" wide and 36 3/4" tall - Back view

Large desk - bottom joint

Lap Joint

large desk - holes where the small desk attaches with bolts. There are 2 sets of these holes on the desk so I can rearrange and have the "L" facing the other direction.

2 ft x 3.5 ft desk on it's side.

painted and upright view of the small desk


Once built, I used wood putty over the screws and then primed it with a primer and sealer (Kiltz Primer and Sealer) twice on the legs (2x4s) and three times on the plywood. I made sure to find a primer that also seals because it blocks wood gains and knots. Next I painted it white and sanded it with 150 grit. Lastly I sprayed the top with Minwax Polyurethane (Semi-Gloss.) I sprayed it 4 times, sanding with 220 grit in-between per directions on the can.

Desk is DONE!


All put together!

Desk set up for how I will use it temporarily.

Doesn’t it look small once things start pilling up on it?

more temporary storage

Black shelf has embellishments that will be transfered to the topper. The brown shelf (minus paint supplies on top) will eventually be stored on my “mess” cart (misting, painting, stamping and embossing.) We do not plan on making this for awhile…. so i have plenty of time to plan the perfect set-up ! 😀

Even more temporary storage.

Still a mess, but this stuff will eventually be stored on my rollout paper cart.

I will post again tonight with a more detailed information about the desk.

Primed and Painted


Well, both desks are primed and painted! I think it is looking great. I have to wait 4 hours for it to dry and then go through and make sure I did not have any drips… if so, i will need to sand and then paint again. After that I have a spray polyurethane to cover the top of the desk.
If there are no drips we can put the desk together tomorrow!!

Time to paint!


6 ft long x 2.5 ft deep x just over 3' tall (about counter height)

 This and the second desk (2 ft deep and 3.5 ft wide) are built and now I am priming them! I will post the next set of pictures soon!!!

Until then,