3.22.2014

Easy Baby Shower Decor with Glue Dots

Not only can these easy ideas be used for a baby shower, they're extremely versatile and can be used for any event you're planning!
Project Life-type scrapbooking is such a big thing right now!! Get some cards that guests can write advice, encouragement, or wishes for the baby and then easily fit them into a scrapbook of the pregnancy!
Paint a simple wooden box (Hobby Lobby), and add ribbon using Continuous Glue Lines®. Add a sentiment or instructions on the front using Mini Glue Dots®. Simple!

 These can be used as table numbers, place cards, or along the food station labeling all of the goodies and sweets! Papers were adhered with Ultra Thin Glue Dots®.
 To make a simple drink fancier, use a mason jar! These are fun to drink out of, and make great favors! The doily was adhered using Micro Glue Dots®, the paper was adhered with Craft Glue Dots®.
A variation on the drinking cup, mason jars can be used for neatly displaying straws, pencils, or anything else for the party.

Fun party decoration doesn't have to be tedious and painful! I made all of these projects in under 30 minutes!

I'm having a bit of fun with these projects and entering one into the Anything But a Card challenge blog. This challenge ends tonight, but check them out for future challenges!!


I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots® Design Team

3.08.2014

Easter Cross Card with Glue Dots


Ok, so how is it that I never did a blog post about this card?!? I made it two Easters ago, and it's been perusing Pinterest pretty heavily ever since! It might just be one of my favorite cards I've even done, and I love how easily it came together...and it was SIMPLE!
I started with a the floral paper from K&Company (Paper Doll Die-Cut Paper Pad). The paper pack was already curved around the edges, which went perfectly with this card. That was adhered to the
5x5 blue cardstock card base using Craft Glue Dots®.
Next came the paper doily. If you've seen my other work, you know I love using doilies! I've been known to snatch up pretty doilies on our restaurant plates before the soup spills onto it (or after...whatever...) to reuse. I conserved this extra pretty one and just used the small pieces that are showing around the 'sun' and adhered it with Micro Glue Dots® (one of my personal favorite sizes!!!).
The purple 'sunburst' was made from extra paint swatches! We got several samples when we were repainting our daughters bedroom, and I never, EVER throw them away!! I cut these at an angle and adhered them with Craft Glue Dots® - the back of these were a bit slick, and I used the Craft style to make sure they were stuck down for good! The yellow circle and the green ribbon were cut and adhered also using Craft Glue Dots®.

I had a TON of fun draping the purple ribbon, I think it just MAKES the card. I used a combination of Mini and Micro Glue Dots® to get it to stick in just the right places. Those Minis are perfect for getting into tiny spots, but still having the hold that you need!!
Lastly, I put on the wooden cross (Hobby Lobby) using Pop Up Glue Dots®. The Pop Up Dots get the cross up off of the page so the draping has room to, well...drape! I did a watered down wash of white craft paint over the cross to give it more of a uniform color.

It might have taken me two years, but I'm glad I'm finally sharing this card with all of you! If you make your own version of this card, I'd love to see it! Leave a link in the comments so I can check it out!


I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots® Design Team

3.04.2014

'Hello' Card

Less than a month since the last post...not my worst stretch! Things are getting pretty active around the Deeply Rooted house. I've been taking trampoline aerobics classes since the beginning of January, and let me say, if you have a facility close to you (or not close...I drive an hour to my class!!), try it!!! Our class is an hour of cardio and strength training, but come on, you're on a giant trampoline!! We've also signed up for a membership at our local YMCA. The kids will be starting soccer and gymnastics very soon through their programs, so we went ahead and joined as a family. I'll be the first one to call myself cheap thrifty, and if I'm paying to be a member, I'm going!! I've done a few of their classes, and I'm starting to think this healthy lifestyle isn't so bad after all!
So while I was out today before my Y class, I stopped by Michael's and checkout out their latest offerings (aka- clearance section!). I picked up a MME 6x6 paper pack for $3 and some super cute wooden cutouts for $1. While my kids were sufficiently distracted this afternoon, got to play for a bit!! I've had a friend who's been on my mind recently, and I sat down to make her an 'I'm thinking about you' card with my new stash.


The butterfly paper is from the MME stack, and I couldn't help but pair it with some adhesive backed cork (I believe this is DCWV).

See that clean, sealed edge of the ribbon? I used my i-magicut, by Imaginisce. Love it!!!

Next I added my wood piece. At first, I had it right up against the butterfly background paper, but the pattern didn't read well through the letters, so I dug out a left over paint chip to use behind it. And, as always, it's all held together by Glue Dots® (minus the adhesive cork...but I think that might be a little self-explanatory)!!




This is headed out in the mail tomorrow. Hope it brings a smile to her face! 

2.08.2014

Crib to Toddler Bed Layout

Merry Christmas from the Deeply Rooted house!!!

Uh...ehm...what??

That's right, folks! We're busy getting the house re-decorated for Christmas! Our youngest kiddo's 4th birthday party is tomorrow, and she wanted a Christmas party!! I am IN LOVE with this idea! Not only can we recycle so many things from last Christmas, but we scored everything extra we needed to decorate during the after Christmas sales! SCORE!!

I was taking a mom-minute and reminiscing over the last 4 years of this hilariously exuberant kid, remembering all of her 'firsts' so far, and started thinking about how much she's grown!! I saw this page in her scrapbook when she transitioned from her crib to it's toddler bed form.


Close up of before

Close up of after (not the best picture...oh well!)

Journaling card
I can't wait to celebrate my little cutie's birthday tomorrow!!! I'm sure pictures will be coming soon!

1.25.2014

Write Your Story on my Heart

I *finally* had an opportunity to get to my craft desk, and I've been wanting to do another canvas for so long! I started with one idea, didn't like how it was headed, and started going in a completely different direction. This piece originally wasn't going to have a girl on it, but once the background was done, it just seemed right.
I'll be honest, I'm not thrilled with this background. I started by decoupaging a map patterned paper onto the canvas, which was too busy of a choice, I think .I tried to tone it down a bit, but then it just started looking muddy. I prefer to start with a more simple background and add more dimension and texture through layers rather than a busy background. Lesson learned!


 My new favorite song is called Write Your Story on my Heart by Francesca Battistelli. I love it's message and the reminder to be open to God's voice and leading in life. I love using song lyrics on canvases, because looking at them brings me back to that time in my life and reminds me how far I've come!





1.17.2014

Another publication!

Hey everyone! I have to let you know about this awesome new online class I've signed up for. It's hosted by the one and only Christy Tomlinson (swoon!!). She is sharing videos each month explaining her crafty goodness, and I can't wait until I can watch the first video (hopefully that's on the docket for tonight!!). Check out the link to the class here!

This is a project published in this month's Hobby Lobby's Stamping, Stationary, and Scrapbooking Magazine. It was super fun and easy to make, especially since Glue Dots® were holding everything together!
My biggest suggestion for making cards or scrapbooking pages that coordinate but still have a ton of interest is to use papers out of the same stack. You're guaranteed a finished product that stands out from the crowd! I used The Celebration Stack by DCWV for every paper on this card!


I used a lot of stitching on this card: around the blue cardstock, and adding a little detail to the top of the pennant banner. The candle is a paper straw that I cut to size.
I added a little depth to the center by cutting out the same shape that was already on the card and adhering it with a Pop Up Glue Dot®. The Happy Birthday banner is also popped up to match the depth of the paper straw.




No birthday party is complete without a party hat, so I made one of those, too! Using a piece of cardstock from the same paper stack, I made the base of the hat, using Continuous Glue Lines® to adhere the edges together. I made a pom pom from some old yarn to stick to the top.






I was already feeling pretty high on the creative totem pole, so I went out on a limb and decided to sew some crepe paper for the bottom. I wasn't sure how my sewing machine would tolerate the fragile paper, but it went through like a breeze. I stitched a straight line down my folded paper, then used my fringe scissors to cut the edges.


 So I know for a lot of you creative, crafty folks, a magazine publication isn't the biggest deal in the world, but to me, this is huge!! I can't bring myself to actually give this card to anyone for their birthday...maybe some day I'll get over that, but no time soon!



1.13.2014

Mom + Me = Love

Here's another page that I did on my scrapbooking weekend last October. Like I said in yesterday's post, I was trying to get a bunch of older pictures finished and onto pages, including these from my daughter's birth.
I came across a sketch from Creating Keepsakes that I followed for this layout. I love the two completely different patterned papers working together here. I've said it [a million] times before, and I'll probably say it [a million times] more: using paper that comes from the same paper pack takes the guesswork out of figuring out what 'goes'. Too matchy-matchy isn't my style, but getting unique papers to coordinate makes a page work!



 Here's a close up of that fabric flower. I love it!! My mother, who totally knows my style, bought a ribbon of these fabric flowers (joined by a mesh-type backing) from Stampin' Up!. I LOVE THEM! I used the Stampin' Write markers and colored it with the brush tip. Completely customizable and pretty!
I've been on a doily kick for quite some time now, stealing them from under cups at restaurants (classy, I know! LOL!), buying any and every style I can get my hands on! I used them on this page for not only visual interest, but journaling spots, as well. I didn't want my journaling to be too bold on the page, so I used a soft colored marker to write in my text.


Whew! Two days of blogging in a row! Someone call a doctor...I might have a fever!!