Monday, August 03, 2015

Summer Life

Hello again.
Summer life seems to be keeping us busy.  Which is good because we've been having such a heat wave here this year.
As of today we have another 5 week of summer vacation!! Yeah!!!
This month will be a bit different though as a couple of weeks the kids are going to camp so I'll have one less child sometimes.  That always feels a bit weird too.  And when they're gone I miss them terribly! Good thing it's only a week!!

I've been working on some DIY handyman type projects but not quite finished them yet so I'll share them later.

But I do have a few layouts (that I created last month) that I can share with you, if you're interested. :)

These 2 were created for the Simple Stories blog. Love the fun new collections.

This layout below I used a photo flip booklet so that I could add more photos. They are super great to use on layouts when you don't have enough room on your page to show them all.

I also created some layout for the Silhouette America blog.
The one below was a tutorial on using the 'stitched' files.  This took a bit of time but I love the way it turned out.

And here's another Silhouette layout that I made last month.  I used the Silhouette Rhinestone template material on this one (this really helps you create a clean design).

Well that's it for now.
Hope all my Canadian friends have a great holiday Monday!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

DIY Kitchen Sign

We're enduring a rather hot spell right now and it takes the energy right out of me. So I'm trying to get as much done as possible in the morning hours before we all melt with the afternoon heat.

Last week I finished up a sign for my kitchen.  I love how easy & fun this little project was.

I bought a piece of wood  (pine - approx. 48"in length by 6" wide and 1" deep) from Home Depot.

I first covered the bare wood and brushed on some Wood Conditioner.  This product helps your stain go on evenly.  It's not a must but I recommend it.

Once is was dried I applied a stain (Espresso coloured) overtop. I didn't leave the stain on for very long and then wiped it off with a rag. I love how the stain brings out the grain of the wood.
I could have applied another layer if I wanted it darker but I liked the way it was.

(and no!!  I didn't spill any stain .... that was from other DIY projects)

I let the stain dry for several hours (actually still the next day) and then I brushed on another stain called Pickling.  It's like a whitewash. I wanted to have a grey weather look. (Sorry I don't have a picture of the can. ) But THIS is what I used.
I worked in small sections when I applied this.  Once you 've brushed it on you immediately wipe it off and you'll notice a 'whiter' look to the wood.  IF you're wanting a more whitewashed look then you can leave it on longer.

Once the board was completely dried I applied a stencil that I made using my Silhouette CAMEO and some Stencil material.

I used some white paint overtop of the stencil to fill in each letter.

Before it was completely dry I took off the stencil.
I loved how it turned out.

I then just lightly sanded the edges of the wood and a little bit over the white letters to rough things up a wee bit.

Well that's it.  I've already got a dozen more ideas rolling around in my head and can't wait to get started on them!

Thanks for stopping by today.
Have a great week!!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Scrapbooking .... long overdue post!!

Well, it's been a while since I shared some scrappy work here so .... here goes!! (*WARNING .... it's long!!)

I've got a few layouts that I've done for Simple Stories. I always love their collections and they keep coming out with amazing new products.

Here's some things that I've created in the past few months. You can hop on over to the Simple Stories blog and see more close-up pictures of these layouts and a brief write-up as well.

I've also been busy working on projects for Silhouette America.  Can I just say (yet again) that I love my CAMEO!!!

Phew!  I told you it was a long post!

And if you've made it down here to the end - thank you!  I hope that I've inspired you creatively in some small way!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I'm back!!!!

Did you miss me??
Easter? That's seriously the last time I blogged!! Wow!!!! So sorry to all of you who've popped by and haven't seen anything new.

Life truly has been busy these last few months - teaching band, teaching piano, kids sports and lots of school activities. Nevermind just everyday family life which is always crazy!!

School finished at the end of last week for my kids and I am truly exhausted.  Really.  I just want to sit, sleep and do nothing.
But it was fun to see our middle child, Ryan, graduate from Gr. 7.  Very proud of him and looking forward to what he accomplishes as he heads to high school in the fall. Isn't he so handsome? I think so.

But this summer I have a long list of DIY projects that I'm hoping to accomplish! Yep! Guess I can't sit still for long.

My list of project:
- refinish tv stand, side table & coffee table (either staining or using some chalk paint)
- sew cushion covers
- refinish 2 old Ikea Poang chairs (I'm thinking of staining them)
- make wooden kitchen signs
- finish painting the inside of our house  (we started & then life got too busy so it's have done! Hate that)
- I've refinished an old tray that I've had for years and hope to work on another one that I just picked up at the Thrift store. (I'd love to make a tray like THIS ONE, THIS ONE  or even THIS ONE from . But I love them ALL!!!
This one is my favourite though!

Plus I'm hoping to hit some antique places around here because I've got some ideas brewing for projects I'd like to make. Hope I can find what I'm looking for!
I'd love to find one of these ....
... because I've always loved those antique kitchen scales.

Anyways, I have make a few pillow cushions. They're super easy & so fun to make.
The first one is a large subway art phrase. I used my Silhouette CAMEO and cut the design from some black Heat Transfer material. Ironed it on and voila!  Easy peasy!!!

This second pillow I made I wanted to create something similar to the one I'd seen online at Urban Barn.

I loved the look and design (but didn't want to pay the money) so I created my own design with a vine wreath shape (Id # 43792)  from the Silhouette Online store.
I created an Internal Offset of the image and then played with the line depth 'til I was happy with the thickness of it. The phrase inside I typed out using a font from the Silhouette Online store called LD Gregarious.
I cut this out of some black Heat Transfer material and ironed it on.

And here's a look at the tray I refinished. I used a gray Chalk paint and then finished it off with a dark brown wax. I used my Silhouette and cut out a design using some black vinyl and adhered it to the top.  I love it!

Today I've started work on a small kitchen sign.  The only problem is I'm so impatient and want to keep going but I have to let things dry completely before I can go on to the next step.
I'll be sure to share pictures shortly.

Well, off to sit & read on my deck now ... and wait not-so-patiently for the stain to dry on my sign!!!

Monday, April 06, 2015

Happy Easter Weekend.

Happy Easter everyone!!
I hope that you have had a blessed weekend.  This has to be one of my favourite times of year. Celebrating my Saviour's resurrection and the fact that I have been redeemed!!!

I was also busy baking this weekend.
I made some Paska (Easter Bread) - something that my Grandma used to make every year.  So it brought back a lot of memories.

It's the tradition to have icing & sprinkles on top!

And yes, it was quickly devoured!!

I also made this fun little cake for our family gathering.  The inside layers were filled with a homemade custard. Yummy.  Everyone loved it. But it was on the sweet side.

I also wanted to share some easter crafts with you. I realize that Easter is over but hopefully this will give you some inspiration for next year!
I made these little projects using my Silhouette CAMEO.

eastercard&boxes | Cari Locken for Silhouette copy
I made this pop-up card with lots of fun details and 2 fun shaped pillow boxes to hold some yummy Easter treats!
First off, let's take a look at the pillow boxes.
I found these cute designs in the Silhouette America online store. I simply cut out the shapes for the design in various pieces of coloured card stock and adhered them together onto the pillow box.
Here's a look at the bunny pillow box ....
bunnyclose|Cari Locken for Silhouette
bunnypillowbox|Cari Locken for Silhouette
Here's a look at the duck pillow box ...
duckclose|Cari Locken for Silhouette
duckpillowbox|Cari Locken for Silhouette
And how could we forget their cute BE-hinds!!
behindpillowbox|Cari Locken for SIlhouette
You will notice that I did adhere some of the pieces with foam squares - just for some added dimension & visual interest.
Then I found this fabulous card (one of many amazing designs that you can find in the online store)!
eastercard|Cari Locken for Silhouette
I wanted to keep the colours subtle but still bright & cheerful!  I knew I wanted to have some sparkly eggs so I cut out the egg shapes from some card stock & Double-Sided Adhesive Sticker paper. I then began adhering the Double-sided Adhesive Sticker pieces (eggs) to the card stock making sure to layer them one on top of each other.
First peel off the yellow paper.
1adhesivesheet|Cari Locken for Silhouette
Then place this onto the card stock.  (the white side will be on top).  Then peel that white sheet off and you'll be left with the sticker clear piece.
2adhesivesheet|Cari Locken for SIlhouette
Repeat this process until all of the eggs have been adhered to the card stock.
3adhesivesheet|Cari Locken for Silhouette
I then sprinkled some Silhouette Glitter over the sticker eggs.  I first sprinkled some blue glitter, then little bits of copper (I was going for the speckled blue egg look). I then sprinkled a bit more blue glitter to cover up any missing spots.
glitter|Cari Locken for Silhouette
The bunny I cut out of grey card stock, Double Sided Adhesive paper and then covered with some grey Flocking Powder.  I wanted the bunny to look soft.
felt|Cari Locken for Silhouette
The basket layer I cut from some kraft coloured Adhesive Corrugated Paper.
basketclose|Cari Locken for Silhouette
close1|Cari Locken for Silhouette
I love how the title pops up too!  This is definitely a fun card to create.  There's a variety of them to choose from too.  Have fun creating!!!
cardtitle|Cari Locken for Silhouette

Hope you have a wonderful week!!!