Friday, September 5, 2014

Water Wars!

With four kids my life is always busy, but in a GOOD way! In addition to the "mom" hat I wear, one of the hats I love to put on is that of volunteer at our local youth center. I get to meet some amazing teens at the center! It's time for the 2014-2015 school year to kick off and we did it with a SPLASH! 

The 2000 water balloons at our disposal, didn't last long when 30 teens and 10 adults were given the go ahead. 

I'm so thankful, when I volunteer here I not only get to spend time with my kids,  I get to be a part of all of the fun!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Scrapbook Expo Fundraiser 2014

Working in the craft and hobby industry, I get to meet some amazing people and work with some fabulous companies and products. One of my favorite events to do is the Scrapbook Expo. For the last 10 years I have run a fund-raiser booth for Operation Christmas Child at the St. Charles Expo and this year was no exception.

This year we had over 40 gift baskets to raffle off from some amazing sponsors including: Chicagoland Scrapbooker Magazine, Craftwell, Creative Options Crafts, Forget-Me-Not Memories,  Laura Cox-Scrap Addict for Life, Mandie Wade-Independent Thirty-one gifts  consultant, Mudd Puddles, Peddler's Den,  Scrap-It-Gal, Shoebox 1k, Xyron,

Selling tickets $1 each or buy $10 get two free helped us raise over $2100! That money will be used to help us fill shoebox gifts that will be sent to children in need all over the world! All this is possible because of generous donors and sponsors and an amazing team of volunteers! Together we will make a difference in the lives of children this holiday season! Thank-you to everyone for your support, when we all work together we can do a whole lot of AWESOME!!!

Enjoy some snapshots from our weekend! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

I lived!

This past 14 months have been quite a challenge for me. Finding any time for crafting has been next to impossible, yet thanks to modern technology, I have been able to snap a few photos here and there. Those photos found themselves in a scrapbook layout entitled "Through it all I lived." It was the feature project for my article in the Fall issue 2014 Chicagoland Scrapbooker Magazine. Be sure to check it out!!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Sing to the Lord!

I am so loving playing with these canvases! You might even say it's been an addiction! They come together quick and make great gifts. This one though, I might keep for myself.

I wanted to play with the Faber-Castell gelatos and see how rich I could get the color coverage. So I darkly colored the canvas with a rainbow of stripes and then smoothed out the lines with water. After making such a bright background I had to put something on it.

I drew a swirly tree and what tree is complete without a bird? My bird needed to sing so I added some metal brads shaped like music notes. The brads were black and being such they blended in too well with the tree, I wanted them to stand out. Trying around different colors I finally settled on silver. So I sanded the brads and then used a paint pen in sliver to color them.

For my letters I just grabbed random letters from my chipboard. I actually colored them all black with sharpie. Again the letters didn't "pop" so I decided to add some pen stitching with a white gelly-roll pen.

I was quite pleased with the finished product. It will make a fun addition to the wall in my craft area. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014


As I said I have had a "craft crisis" with many of my supplies unavailable to me to play with. That being the case I have been playing a lot with paint, canvases, and Faber-Castell gelatos. Within my mom's painting treasures was "texture paste" I have never played with it before and wanted to experiment.

I thought it would be cool to make another gift for a friend. She is an amazing person and the Lord has done such a transformation in her life. It's awesome to see!

So I started out with a Gelato background, when that was dry, I outlined the word "Transformed" and then filled it in with texture paste, building up layers. I colored in the paste to blend in slightly with the background but then outlined it with a black sharpie to give the letter's more definition.

Wanting to have something to symbolize a transformation, I stamped butterflies on vellum and then heat embossed them. When cool I colored them in with painted on Gelatos and then cut out the butterflies. Bending them slightly at the middle I was able to hot glue them on just down the middle to give the look of the butterflies being "in flight" as well as landing on the word "Transformed."

After adding a scripture reference I called it done. It looks much cooler "in person" and my friend Erica loved it!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Showers of Blessing

As you may know, my daughter Winter graduated from High School last night. Today we celebrated HER with a party. A friend of mine gave Winter the most adorable gift.

She was told to save the money for a rainy day! How cool is that!!! Thanks MaryLee!

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Graduate!

Today I would like to take a moment to honor my daughter! Winter is an amazing young lady! I have had the privilege of not only raising her, but teaching her as well.  She is a talented musician playing violin, guitar and mandolin and wishes to become a worship leader and music instructor someday and go back to the Christian Youth Center and work with kids providing a music program for the organization.

 She graduates from "homeschool" as well as High School tonight and I couldn't be more proud of the woman of God she is becoming!

For your listening enjoyment. Czardas by Monti

Winter has recently started a blog if you wish to read her random thoughts about life, music and the like visit her blog Synthetic Plastic