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Dusting Off Some Oldies, but Goodies

Lovely as a Tree meets Teeny Tiny Wishes

Over the weekend, I found myself in need of a masculine, get well card.  As I was searching through my stash, I was certain that I had a card that would fit the occasion.  I was very wrong!  I didn’t have any get well cards at all, so I needed to whip one up quickly.  This week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches was perfect for the simple layout.


I have really fallen in love with the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.  The colors are perfect for those manly projects:  Early Espresso, Garden Green, Soft Sky~ LOVE!


Currently in my stamp collection, I only have 3 wood-mount stamp sets.  I’m using 2 of them on today’s card:  Lovely as a Tree and Teeny Tiny Wishes.  Actually, Lovely as a Tree was the very first stamp set I ever purchased.  Can you believe it?  It is such a timeless and versatile set.  I think everyone should own it.  The Teeny Tiny Wishes is another great set that includes every possible sentiment you could need. You could pair the two of these sets and come up with endless possibilities.

The one new accessory I added to this card is the 1/4″ Copper Trim.  I frayed the ends to give it a rustic look.

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Holiday Catalog Is Here!

Holiday Catalog 2017

Hey Everyone!
Today is the day that you can order from the 2017 Holiday Catalog! You can view the pdf by clicking the image or link above, then get ready to shop in my online store.
 Local customers may attend my holiday open house on Sunday, September 10th from 2pm–4pm to pick up a complimentary copy of the catalog and create a quick make & take project.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend so that I can make sure I have enough supplies for everyone!
We are still looking to add a few new members to our monthly card club (online or local).  If interested, shoot me an email.
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Dinosaur Diaper Cake

Dinosaur Diaper Cake

As some of you already know, the office manager of our chiropractic office is pregnant.  VERY pregnant, in fact.  She has worked for us for five years and we’ve known her since she was a teenager.  This week, we decided to host a baby shower within the office.  She has already received most of her larger, necessary gifts but I knew she was a bit short on diapers.  I had always wanted to attempt a diaper cake and this was the perfect opportunity!

I followed the directions in the video below to create the base of the cake, then added my own Stampin’ UP! touches.

I used the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper to cover the cake layers.  The paper was cut into 4″ strips, then pieced together with Tear & Tape Adhesive to create pieces long enough to cover each layer.  I placed additional strips of Tear & Tape Adhesive along the top and bottom edges of the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper, then added some white tissue paper shred to the adhesive as “icing”.

This is what the base cake looks like:

Dinosaur Diaper Cake Base

The mom-to-be is decorating her baby’s room with dinosaurs.  I found a cute stuffed dinosaur and a dinosaur board book at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum that I thought would be perfect for baby.  The topper consists of 3 dinosaur Christmas ornaments (IKR?) that I hot glued onto a circle cut from the cardboard backing of the Designer Series Paper stack.  Clever, huh?


Dinosaur Diaper Cake

I found these dinosaur ornaments at Hobby Lobby.  Aren’t they adorable?

I love that she can use them as some of baby’s first Christmas ornaments, too!

Dinosaur Diaper Cake Topper

It took me about 2 hours to create this cake and most of that time was spent rolling diapers.  I would suggest enlisting an extra set of hands when assembling the cake.  It takes about 3-4 hands to tie all the diapers together, especially the larger layers.  Overall, this was a fairly easy project.  I’m sure I’ll make more in the future.

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#TGIFC122 Technique Challenge – Watercolor Image

Happy Friday!  It’s time for another fun challenge with the designers at TGIF Challenges.  This week we are featuring Watercolor Main Images and the inspiration cards are AMAZING!  You can check them out and play along with us HERE.


The Stout family is hosting an exchange student from China until Sunday.  I’ve had to adjust to having 2 kids under the same roof again.  It has meant more cooking, running around, and a lot less sleep!  However, it has also been a ton of fun and very enlightening.  We are going to do some fun activities this weekend, and I’ll share more about our adventures in an upcoming post.

Watercolor Wings TGIF122

With my focus elsewhere, I had to whip up a very quick card for the challenge.  I dusted off the Watercolor Wings stamp set and the coordinating Bold Butterfly thinlits.  To begin, I created a stencil/mask with the large butterfly die and the big shot.  I sprayed both the negative and positive dies with a temporary adhesive.  Then, I adhered the butterfly to the card and used an aquapainter and Crumb Cake ink to create a wash of color around the butterfly.  I removed the butterfly mask, and put the negative mask over the butterfly then watercolored with Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, and Rose Red inks.  The final step was to add the Basic Black detail and greeting stamps.

I probably haven’t used this stamp set for over a year!

What stamp sets have you neglected?

Leave me a comment below and tell me about your favorite, neglected stamp.  Don’t forget to play along with this weeks challenge.  We love to see your creations!

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Sharing Another Passion: Essential Oils

Roller Bottles


Most of my regular blog readers know that in addition to my crafting, I also work as a Doctor of Chiropractic.  Therefore, I am always interested in anything that can help my family, friends, and patients.  We have used essential oils in our practice sporadically for over 10 years.  However, I’ve decided within the past year to really learn more about using oils and implementing them into our everyday lives.

So yesterday, I posted the picture above to show some of the roller bottles that I have made to get us ready for back-to-school.  Let’s just say there was a good response to the post and a lot of questions that were difficult to answer with just a comment.  I promised to share the instructions for making the roller bottles and the exact “recipes” that I used for each formula.

I personally use Young Living Essential Oils, so you’ll find that some of the blended oils may be different if you use another brand. The best way to get started with Young Living is to sign up as a member to receive discounts and rewards. You can sign up by clicking HERE and my member number is 10892376. A starter kit will provide you with many of the oils I use in my roller balls, as well as many other fabulous products to try.
In addition to the oils, you will need glass roller bottles and a carrier oil to dilute the essential oils.
Here are direct links to the products I use (affiliate links):
Roller bottles:

Fractionated Organic Coconut Oil:

Directions: Place labels on bottles first. Fill the bottles about 2/3 full with Coconut Oil. Add drops of essential oils as indicated. If needed, add more coconut oil to fill bottle, allowing space for roller ball top. Place top and shake before use.

And here are the essential oil blends I am using:

FOCUS: 5 Drops Orange, 5 drops Peppermint. I use this for homework time, placing it on her wrists and allowing her to breathe it in.  I may also diffuse this blend while we do homework.
MUSCLE RUB: 10 Drops Peppermint, 10 Drops Wintergreen, 5 Black Pepper, and 5 Clove. Perfect for minor muscle aches. Rub directly on sore muscles.
HEALTHY SKIN: 10 Drops Lavender, 10 Drops Cedarwood, and 10 drops Tea Tree. I apply this directly to my skin in the morning before my moisturizer. There is a noticeable difference in my skin’s appearance when I use this versus when I forget.
HEADACHE HELPER: 6 Drops Lavender, 10 Drops Peppermint, and 5 Drops Frankincense. I rub this on my wrist, neck, and temples if I have a headache or neck pain.
ALLERGY RELIEF: 10 Drops Eucalyptus, 10 Drops Lavender, and 10 Drops Frankincense. Roll on bottom of feet, wrists, and near nostrils. Use consistently several times a day for best results. (Alternative: 10 drops Lavender, 10 Drops Lemon, and 10 Drops Peppermint–be careful using peppermint near the nose and eyes as it can be irritating to the delicate tissues)
ITCH STICK: 5 Drops Lavender, 5 Drops Purification, and 3 Drops Peppermint. I’m still recovering from a few mosquito bites and this really helps stop the itch.
Let me know if you try any of these blends and how they have worked for you.   Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions.

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