Monthly Archives: March 2012

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 (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.