Monday, August 15, 2016

Clipboard art...SMILE!

Clipboard art one of my favorite fast creative projects! Plain clipboards are very inexpensive and can be found at Walmart or Office Depot, etc. I chose a neutral color theme to compliment my scrap space decor where this will be on display. 
When I was a little girl people were always saying "Smile Kimberly!"...which I usually responded to with a stubborn frown:) Hence the large glittery smile front and center. I do practice smiling, usually in my car...hahaha I wonder how many people have wondered what I was doing! 

I began by covering the entire clipboard with rows of washi tape in no particular order. This made no dent in my washi tape stash whatsoever! Guess I'll have to find more projects:) l especially love the random searching through both my organized stash and junk drawer for embellishments. Each piece carries a meaning living up to my children's declaration that I can make an object lesson out of dirt...hahaha...I actually have made a object lesson out of dirt:)

The resin clock is from Melissa Francis and reminds me that time is precious and I need to use it wisely. This vintage gold trim came from a long ago fancy dress, the rose trim is recycled from a card! The gold arrow from Thickers points to a quote which makes life a bit easier to bear:)
Heidi Swapp designed these fabulous roses which remind my of Nellie's rose garden.
The smile from Thickers reminds me that I look prettier when I smile:) A wooden butterfly embellished with gold foil with my Heidi Swapp Minc machine suggests that beauty can emerge from the "cocoon of trials"
The paper flourish is courtesy of an Anna Griffin die cut on my Fiskars embossing machine topped with encouragement to laugh often and see the lighter side of life!  
This fun heart is from Luxe and obviously reminds me to love...heaven knows the world needs more love floating around! The Maya Road metal bicycle suggests to me that the scenery of life's journey needs to be enjoyed all along the way.

And there you have it, several of life's lessons all wrapped in a package of washi tape, glittery puffy words, paper flowers, resin clocks, and a metallic butterfly....a stretch to some, to be sure, but's how I creatively roll:)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Birthday board in floral decoupage

What did we do before Pinterest? Well...we cut pictures out of magazines and put them on bulletin boards...hahaha!  Brittany found a great idea for a family birthday board, the perfect gift for her mother-in-law's birthday! This is Sheri...mother of 9, mother-in-law to 3 (soon to be 4), grandmother to 9, and I dare say...many more to come:) She loved her birthday board, and we loved making it:)

Michael is our in-house handy guy, willing to be our point man on creative wooden projects. He builds it, we decorate it!

Anna Griffin is my favorite designer for beautiful floral embellishments. This kit boasts a wide variety of realistic looking flowers on sturdy card stock, ready to punch out, and decoupage! 

After cutting out "Tolman Birthdays" in black vinyl to fill the board, the flowers were layered on the edges, tweaked over and over again until that magical moment when I liked the look, however I did decide to wait until morning to fully commit with Mod-podge:)

I took a picture of the floral embellishment arrangement before taking them off the board to then, layer and Mod-Podge one by one. Three thin layers of Mod Podge were brushed over the entire board (yes vinyl letters), allowing for dry time between layers.

Brittany found the wooden circles at Hobby Lobby, recruited Travis to drill tiny holes in each one, and then requested my handwriting for the names and birthdates with an ultra thin black Sharpie. I had the chipboard tags from Target in my stash which became the month labels, written in a regular thin black Sharpie.

Did you notice that November and December have no birthdays in this family? Bet it won't stay that way:)
Since this board had a 1500 mile journey from Texas to Utah in a fully packed car with 3 little blond munchkins, Brittany wisely took the tags off and stored them safely in a baggie... no thanks for Madeline who very recently has become a champion mess maker!

I am happy to report that the birthday board survived the trip and made this mother smile:)

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Georgia here we come!

Our last summertime big adventure was moving our youngest daughter Danielle and hubby Jonathan to Georgia for grad school. Such an adventure can be stressful...I call it "marriage moving mode", the state of being tired, frustrated and very easily annoyed with the love of your life:) Lucky for these guys, they are still in the "just post collage we don't much stuff category"... packing and moving can get much worse! Trust me we have moved 12 times:-}

My loyal little Texan is taking a bit of home in art form to hang on her wall in Georgia. She created this at a local project venue where we had a fun girl's day.

Thor contributed to the move by digging for bugs and tearing up's a dogs life:) He is only 5 months old! By the way...I am claiming the mother in law of the year award for allowing this monstrosity to live in my house all summer. Danielle had her husband call me knowing that it would be harder to say no to a son-in-law....not fair!

 We had a moving truck and two cars in our moving caravan and a dozen hours on the road with a "lovely" night in a 2 star hotel. Having an over size puppy severely limits your accommodations options!

We arrived, unpacked, set up, put away and then....saw a bit of Georgia!
Helen, Georgia is a beautiful little town that reinvented itself in the image of a charming Bavarian town. Yes, it's a tourist trap but at least it is an adorable tourist trap:)

Trip advisor advised Danielle to try this German bakery. We did enjoy the cultural experience but decided that the pastries at Chatwins in England triumphed...of course this has absolutely nothing to do with Michael being British or the fact that our family is hopelessly addicted to chocolate in all forms!

A lazy float down the "river" would have been a lovely way to spend a afternoon, however Thor the Great Dane puppy was in tow. Puppies are like babies...everything revolves around them:-}

My point above is proven by the picture below taken on our hour long ride home. Thor thinks he is a person and he is clearly in love with Michael...haha:)

Eager to get to the decorating part of this process, I was the unpopular unpacking slave driver! The whole reason Danielle needed me to come was to help her decorate, and that could not be done until the mess is cleared, right? Another beauty of the "post college don't have much stuff" mode is limited decor, which consisted of wedding gifts, and hand-me-downs from mom's attic. I came, I unpacked, I decorated...and the best spot in their small apartment (made tiny by the extra large dog) is this view of brightly colored poppies, pillows, a pretty dog, redheaded son-in-law and my beautiful daughter....DONE!