Thursday, July 24, 2014

Christmas in July Blog Hop

Five months and counting down! Yes, I'm talking Christmas,  people!The girls of Inspired Stamps are here to give you the inspiration to get a head start on your Christmas cards. 

 I used ONE stamp set to create 3 fun Christmas Chalkboard cards.  The very versatile Snowmen Stamp Set comes with so many stamps-I didn't even use them all!  Bonus-all the Christmas stamps are on sale today at Inspired Stamps!

I once again turned to the "sandwich board" style card and turned them into chalkboards by using chalkboard cardstock and white pigment ink.

Your next stop on the hop is Jamie's fabulous creation.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Courage, Hope, Strength Card

It's Inspired Stamps time!  It has been too hot here in the Lone Star State to do anything outside so I have taken time indoors to play around with new (to me) mixed media supplies.  This card is the result of some of that play time. The scripture stamp is one of the versatile 2x2 stamps-Psalm 31:24. It is a scripture I often need!

As far as the fun stuff I played with, I used gesso and a stencil to create the honeycomb pattern on the tag and then I used the hymn background stamp from the Background Stamp Set to stamp over the tag after the gesso dried.

Be sure to join us next week for a Christmas in July bloghop!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

New Etsy Shop

I have finally opened my Etsy Shop and started listing my creations.  You can find this cross and other items at bsweetcreationsI hope you 'll stop by!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Release from Inspired Stamps

 The new releases for July will hit the Inspired Stamps store on Friday after noon and this 2x2 will be among them.  This is a super versatile sentiment and will be great for inside or out on a card.  It is called "Big Hug" and I know you will want it!  I paired it with my fave Hymn Girl: June.  I used 2 stacked pop dots to give her a lift and then gently turned her arms and hands in to give the illusion that she's reaching out with a big hug.

Be sure to check out the other new stamp artwork at Inspired Stamps Blog today.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Inspired Stamps Thursday

We are celebrating the red, white and blue at Inspired Stamps today. I chose to use the Hymn Girls June stamp.  She is my fave because of how joyful she looks and my birthday is in June! The scripture stamp is Psalm 118:24.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

DIY Bathroom Remodel

I made framed piece, hubby made towel rack
hand towel holder from Hobby Lobby
The last several months have been crazy busy, crazy messy and crazy pricey at our home.  Basically, we've all been cray cray up in here! Our youngest son graduated the first weekend of June so we did what we had done for our other 2 sons and earlier this year, scheduled a big open house party to follow the ceremony.  We invited all our friends and family and planned on a full house.  We knew we would need to replace our kitchen floor before the event but we had plenty of time and money set aside.   Apparently, our 50 year old pipes heard the news of the party and decided they just couldn't take it anymore! The pipes gave up the ghost during a cold snap here earlier this year and we had to replace them. The first hint at our problem was when the bathroom linoleum began buckling (also original to the house). Before we could find the leak, an outdoor faucet froze and cracked and began spewing water into the yard! We called a plumber who crawled under the house (thank God for pier and beam) and discovered we needed to replace all of our cast iron pipes. Quoted cost-a little over $2000 just to replace the plumbing.  Trouble was, we also had to replace the floor and since we were doing that we might as well demolish the bathroom and remodel it completely.
tins from
Tub replaced w/corner shower & toilet turned 
made by me
This had been our intention when we moved in 14 years ago but when I became disabled a year later our priorities and finances shifted.  A large accessible bathroom was built for me and the main bath was turned over to our 3 boys.  Everything in that room was original to the house-hideous linoleum, ugly metal tile walls, bath tub, huge linen closet, huge green tiled counter, etc. The door was too small for my wheelchair so I never entered and when guests came over I hung a "condemned" sign on the door-literally!
Back to the cost-we could NOT begin to afford to hire it out so we called for reinforcements-my husband's uncle in OK who had just retired as a plumber and my in-laws who were willing to help with the work and some of the cost so they could start staying with us when they visit instead of paying for a hotel because of the bathroom. We scheduled a work week during Spring Break so our 3 sons could also be available to work.  It was messy, hard and took a lot longer and a lot more money than planned but in the end, we have new plumbing and a beautiful new bathroom that I can now get in and we show off to guests instead of hanging the condemned sign.  In fact, it was the hit of the graduation party-lol! We "lost" a tub, big counter/cabinet unit and huge closet but we don't miss any of them.  The floor space is doubled and the entry is now accessible. We love it!
cart from IKEA instead of ginourmous closet
large mirror was original, we added frame
also removed counter which was from door to toilet

made by a friend
I can roll chair up to sink!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Inspired Stamps $3.99 Scripture Stamp

I love all the stamps at Inspired Stamps but the ones I turn to time and again are the 2x2 Scripture stamps.  At $3.99 they are so affordable.  They are the perfect size for cards and tags. Today I used 1 Corinthians 15:57.   The paper is from the 6x6 Bazzill Paper pad-Vintage Lace.  It is also available in the Inspired Stamps store.