Monday, November 17, 2014

Stenciled jars using Hazel and Ruby Stencil Masks

Hi everyone!   I don't want to forget to tell you that today is my day up on the Fancy Pants Designs Blog the project I created is also done using these stencils, so I hope you will pop over and check it out.  I show the steps over there along with a finished shadowbox project using Fancy Pants and Hazel and Ruby.  You can see it HERE.  The two are teaming up all this week... so there is sure to be fun stuff and lots of inspiration on both blogs!
Here are links to both blogs.
Fancy Pants Designs Blog
Hazel & Ruby Blog

Okay... so here's the deal.  I'm pretty much in love with Hazel & Ruby Stencil Masks. lol Seriously.. oh my!  Like I said Fancy Pants is doing a swap with them this month so they were kind enough to send me some product.  Since I worked on my project for the Fancy Pants blog post and tried out the stencils.. my mind as been reeling on the things they could be used for.  ( again... their blog is full of inspiration).       I decided to make use of some old jars I had sitting around. This is a simple project that would make fun Christmas gifts.   I just used acrylic craft pant and a foam brush. ( put it on light, no completely covering).  I lifted the stencil off while the paint was still wet  with out any problem. ( stencil was then super easy to wipe off).  Once the paint was dry I scuffed it up a bit with a little piece of sand paper. (or even an emery board works).
Without sealing it with something, of course the paint could easily scrape up... so if you want you can spray it with a clear coat sealer.  I chose not too.
Here is what the Stencil Masks look like. You wipe them off, return them to the sheet and use them over and over :)  YAY, I love that!   This is one of the ones I used but you can see them HERE.

I put little dried red berries I had in my Christmas stuff in the jars and then added a little tea light.  But you'll see a larger one below that I did, that I think I'll use to put colorful hard candies in as a gift.

*** little hint*** if you buy the white tea lights you can paint them with brown paint and while the paint is still wet cover them with Cinnamon.  They look rustic.. and smell good.

Some I kept simple and some I dressed up with ribbons and pretties.
I glued little gems to the inside of the stars on this one.

It's hard to tell but all the others where done with a bit of a off white paint and the one below with white-white. I wanted to see how each one looked.  Really either was fine, what ever your preference is.  Some I roughed up a bit more than others also.  Just trying out different things to see what I liked best.
This is just one container, I just took photos of all the sides so you could see the Santa and deer :)

Brace yourself, because I'm sure it's not the last you'll see of projects using these stencils. lol  When I like something, I really like it.


Okay, sharing a few more photos from  my trip. These photos are all North Carolina.

Some favorites.     

Every day was just full of so many beautiful things to see. I was constantly in awe.  One of the best parts was enjoying taking photos.  I love to take photos.  I don't care of they are the best, or if I don't have super fancy lens... I just love it.  Some times when I'm with people feel like they are always waiting on me because I'm seeing something I just want so badly to get a photo of in just that certainly light, or angle.  Not on this trip.  My sis and brother-in-law are both "photo people" so it was great!  My brother-in-law is an amazing photographer and is always helping me with my camera and sharing tips with me.  Its so nice to be with people who are into the same things you are. I couldn't have asked for better travel companions.

No words for this.

The view from our balcony one morning.  That is my sis and brother-in-law picking up shells. Priceless.

When it's cold and dreary this winter I will just have to have one of these photos blown up poster size to pull my through. lol

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fancy Pants Designs "Hello" card... and I'm back!

Finally back, caught up on laundry and a few things around here, and actually ready to do a blog post! yay!  Feels like I've been gone so long. Well, it has been a while.  I was gone (away from home) 15 days! That's the longest I've ever been away. I missed the family and the pups but was so glad to be able to be with my Florida family to celebrate the life of my dear brother in law Howard after his passing. All of us here have felt very far away from our sis in Florida while Howard was battling cancer and so ill. It was good for us all to be together.. to be there with her... and to honor him.   Dan and I were planning to fly out but he wouldnt be have to get away from work for very long. My sis Jan and brother in law Keith ask me to drive out with them and to spend some time on the way home driving along the outer banks. I was an amazing trip. I have so many photos I'd love to share, (you know me.. so you can only imagine) lol, so I'll share them a few at a time.  Today I'm just sharing a few from Florida with family.   But first ... a card.   

Made with the Fancy Pants "True Friend" Collection

As you know, if you have been a reader, I come from a large family.  I'm the baby of seven.  We are a very close family, and all started out in Nebraska, but two of sisters and their families have lived away from here for years now.. but we still see them often.  This sister (Sharon) in Florida and my other sister (Donna) in Arizona.  I still have a sister and two brothers here in Nebraska.  One brother who has passed.    My sister Sharon and her husband Howard started out in Nebraska so both their families are from Nebraska. Lots of Florida AND Nebraska family from both sides in these photos. We love them all!   Although it was a sad time, being together made it so much better. I know Howard was smiling down on all the craziness and loving seeing all of us together.

Getting to hold and love on little ones I hadn't even met in person yet... was amazing! You know people can say all they want about Facebook, and it's drama, ect ect... but I have to say for me it's been an amazing way to keep up with family and friends.. and I wouldnt trade that for anything.  Even though I had never met the little ones in these photos in person, I felt like I knew them.  I've seen so many photos of them, and read so many posts their mommmas have made about them.  I knew what their voices sound like from videos, watched for news about how their first day at preschool went , or even when they are running a fever.  So Facebook CAN BE a GOOD thing :)    
  Today I just watched a video of baby Aria (top right photo) taking her first steps by self. Yay Aria!

The weather was beautiful all the days we were there. In the photo below we were out in the backyard at my sisters looking at the alligator in the water.  (something Nebraskans don't see every day) lol

You can see him in this photo...but trust me .... he was there.

While we were there my niece and her husband took us all out in the boat for the afternoon. 

And this Nebraska girl was enjoying every minute of it !

As I looked through these photos to find ones to post today, I stopped on this one and tried to wish my self back there, as I heard the wind whipping outside my window and new the white stuff was falling.  Yep.... we had  snow last night. Poo! I'm so not ready for winter.  I almost cried when I had to finally put my flip flops away on the weekend.

The best part of the time there was spending time with my sis. Her mind was kept busy while we were all there and there was so much going on but it's going to be hard now.  I know her heart is so full of sadness and how much she will miss her love of  52 years. Please keep her in your prayers if you would.  Thank you

I have more projects and photos to share ...but I'll do a post every few days to break it up. 
Thanks for coming by.