Thursday, August 29, 2013

Pretty Provisions for the Home; Door Knobs

Hello there!  Today I am going to share with you a home décor related project.  I know that this is typically a crafting/stamping blog, but since most of us are crafty in other areas, I thought it might be of interest.

Above you can see my project that I am showcasing today. On my pantry doors in my kitchen area, I had plain brass knobs (Silly blogger didn't take enough before and during pictures).  I thought this would be a perfect spot to add some fun.  These doors are dummy doors, so that you don't turn the knob to open, you just pull it to open.

I had an idea in mind, so off to the architectural salvage yard Tate and I went.  We traveled down to Charlotte in hope that I can find what I wanted.  Two hours and a lot of digging later, I found what I think might work.  Chris was with Mackie at a regatta, so I didn't have him to tell me if it would work out or not, but I took a gamble.  Here is what I found:

Pretty rough looking right?  I had a hard time finding two of the same back plates, and two glass knobs that were the same and had a chrome base.  I didn't want to go back to brass, so this was the hardest part.  I originally wanted crystal knobs, but they did not have two matching chrome based crystal knobs.  I was told that older homes had door knobs that were chrome on the bathroom side of the door, and brass on the hallway side, so most did not work for me.  I felt that since they are right next to each other, they needed to be pretty similar.

This is what they looked like after I cleaned the glass knobs.  I was afraid to "wash" the metal bases since I didn't want to loose the vintage look, but one was rusted more than the other, and it bothered me a bit.  I ended up washing them with dish soap and a soft brush and most of the rust came off but still left a nice vintage feel.

I also picked up at the salvage yard old rusty screws so the screws would match the base plates.  I spent about $45, on these door knobs and back plates, so all and all not too bad.

Here are my doors all ready for installation.  Be very careful when you pull your old knobs off, the first one we did pulled the paint away, so we had to do some sanding, filling, and repainting.  Now is also a great time to repaint the doors to freshen them up.

Here they are finished!  See how well they cleaned up?  They make me smile each time I open them up.  They can be seen from my kitchen, breakfast nook, and family room, so they really add a ton of sparkle.

Since these knobs and back plates are about a hundred years old, we had to come up with a way to attach them together and on the door.  Chris brought home bolts that would screw into the glass knobs.  He drilled a hole through the door, making sure to line them up perfectly first, attached the back plates on with my old screws, making sure that the drilled hole was in the correct place, then just threaded the bolt with washers through the hole and into the glass knobs.  Be careful to not tighten to tight as you can strip the threads on the knobs.

Here is the finished results, you can see the new paint color as well, it looks like a whole different area, I am super happy on how it turned out, I have two more sets of these type of doors in my home, so I will be doing those as well!

So, what do you think?  Is this something that you would try yourself?  If you have any questions, please email them to me.  Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you are inspired to think outside the box for your home décor projects, enjoy!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Circle Tutorial, Three Different Ways

Hello there!  So glad you could join me today for my Goddess project today.  Have you checked out The Stampin' Royalty weekly challenge blog yet?  You need to, we have some great challenges, and the design team goddesses are fabulous!  This week's challenge is simple, anything with circles will work, so grab your provisions, create something fabulous and head on over to the Stampin' Royalty to link it up!

I have three different ways to show you how to put your circle punch to work, take a look:

The first garland is easy for everyone, especially if you do not have a sewing machine or are sewing challenged.  Punch a ton of circles, I used the I am Me DSP, you will need two for each circle (a front and back).  I used my graph paper so that my circles would all have the same spacing.  The white bakers twine from Stampin' Up! is perfect for this project, nice and sturdy.

Use your tombo multipurpose glue, and really give it a good layer, making sure your twine gets some glue on it as well, simply line up the top circle, smoosh it real good, and hold it for a sec.  Now, I am pretty type A, so I made sure my patterns that are showing are the same, and going in the same direction.  Super easy, but takes a little more time then the next type of circle garland.

This type of garland is sewn on the sewing machine.  I have never made one of these before, but I found it to be real easy the very first time I tried it.

I punched 12 circles from my Venetian Romance DSP, alternating between the 1 3/4 circle and the 1 3/8 circle punch.  I lined them up first to make sure that my patterns and colors were spread out.  I turned my machine on, and set it to a medium straight stitch, pulled out a bunch of thread to be able to hang the end of the garland, and one at a time fed the circles in.  I let the previous circle pass through the needle, and sewed "air" for about a half inch before I fed the next circle in.

This went super quick, even though I keep the speed slow and constant, you can whip these up quick!  Very easy to do, even a beginner sewer can do it.  Pull out some thread at the end and you will be able to hang it very easily.

Next onto this circle flower.  Punch a bunch of circles, for this flower, I used the 1 3/4 circle punch in the Afternoon Picnic DSP.

Snip about a half inch straight up, put some tombo glue one edge, overlap the other side, making a hat shape.  The bottom layer flowers you only overlap a little, and overlap a little more for each layer up.  I used three layers, the bottom layer has five petals, middle has four, and the top has two, but play around with it for individual results.

Use your hot glue gun and your silicone mat for best results, I glued the bottom layer to a circle of card stock, and also curled and shaped my flower edges, glue the next layer on, and so on.  I put a pretty fringed vintage faceted button in the center, topped off with a pearl.  I also painted the underside of the flower petals with gesso since I only wanted the coastal cabana color to show.  This flower was made specifically for another project that I will share with you shortly.

Most of my blog follower's know that I am slowly redecorating the downstairs of our home.  We have been here for ten years and I want our home to stay trendy.  My new love has been antiquing, so I have sprinkled antiques in with some our new decor.  This is a sneak peek at my mantle, it's not finished yet, but almost there.

So which tutorial did you like the best?  You can and should use your paper crafting for home decor, it's so fun and fresh, and chances are your neighbor down the street won't have the same items!  Drop me a line and let me know.  Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Paper:  I am Me, Venetian Romance, & Afternoon Picnic DSP, bermuda bay card stock
Tools:  Circle punches, 1 3/4 and 1 3/8, bakers twine, vintage faceted buttons, basic pearls, glue gun, silicone mat, sewing machine, tombo glue

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


It's that time again, the Stampin' Royalty has a color challenge for you this week.  Such soft pretty colors, I know you will want to play along!  Grab your supplies, create something fun, then head over to the Stampin' Royalty to link it up.

I do so love these colors, they are super hard to photograph though, they are much prettier in person.  I pulled out my venetian romance and the etcetera DSP and picked the patterns that would work.

A bit of embossing with the framed tulips embossing folder (love it, always forget to use it), some crumpling of the DSP and a trip through the big shot using the apothecary accents framelits to get my offset rounded edge and it is ready to go.

Such a sweet little butterfly just perched on an artisan label punch.  I used the label love stamp set and a stampin' write marker to get just the outside of my preferred stamp.  More shabbiness with the crumb cake seam binding ribbon and pearls.

Chalkboard fun!  I love the chalkboard look, it's fun to be a bit messy and not worry about perfection.  The From my Heart stamp set fits the look perfectly and heat embossed with white embossing powder makes it fabulous.

I stumbled across the Fusion blog and just had to play along, so with both challenges you should be good with inspiration this week!

Mackie has gone back to school, the house feels quiet and empty without her, I really enjoy our summers together, but getting back on a schedule really helps.

We always take a first day of school picture, and of course Tate wanted to get in on it, his first day of preschool is in a few weeks.  Paisley has been modeling for the camera a lot, so I thought I would share.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  From my Heart, Label Love, Papillion Potpourri
Paper:  Venetian Romance & Etcetera DSP, crumb cake pistachio pudding card stock
Ink:  Whisper white craft ink, crumb cake ink and marker
Tools:  Big shot, apothecary accents framelits, framed tulips EF, artisan label punch, butterfly punch, crumb cake seam binding ribbon, basic pearls, white embossing powder, heat tool

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Lovely Romance

Hello there!  Welcome to this week's Pals Paper Arts challenge.  This week's challenge is a sketch challenge created by our fabulous resident artist Margaret Moody.  Take a look at the sketch, create something fun and head on over to the PALS to link it up!

My starting off point for this sketch was my new shipment of Venetian Romance suite items.  Starting on page 60 of the new catalog are some of my new favorites.  The Venetian Romance DSP was a great place to start. I picked two patterns that I loved, stamped this fabulous island indigo border with the Lovely Romance stamp set and trimmed it out with crisp cantaloupe ruffled ribbon, natural trim, a naturals designer button, an in color boutique button topped off with a basic pearl.  Pearls were also added to the center of each flower.  Fancy sewing finished it all off.

Lovely Romance says it all, I love this fun stamp, die cut with the chalk talk framelits, and you have a lovely duo.  Don't forget you can always stamp on the DSP, not just card stock!

I loved how this card turned out, it earns a place amongst my favorites, I will probably "hoard" it for a while before it is sent out.  Thank you so much for making my blog one of your stops, I truly appreciate each and every one of you, your sweet comments are always read and enjoyed.  I hope you were inspired today, enjoy!

Stamps:  Lovely Romance
Paper:  Venetian Romance, island indigo, very vanilla
Ink:  Island Indigo
Tools:  Big shot, chalk talk framelits,  crisp cantaloupe ruffled ribbon, natural trim, naturals designer buttons, in color boutique buttons, basic pearls

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

CAS Flower

Hello there!  Today's card is my Goddess card for the Stampin' Royalty weekly challenge blog.  The challenge this week is a picture inspiration challenge.  Take a look at the picture, see what elements sing to you, create something beautiful, and link it up by next Tuesday.

I pulled out my crisp cantaloupe and went to work.  I am bummed a bit that the color did not photograph well, I must remember to use the daylight when taking pictures of this color.

I wanted to mimic the white on color look, so embossing was in order.  White embossing powder is lovely on color card stock, give it a try.  The Secret Garden stamp set has beautiful flowers, and this one was perfect for the card.

The white background is actually the shimmery white card stock, it adds a bit of shimmer to give this CAS card a little punch.  If you have not tried it yet, you should it is beautiful.

The honeycomb embossing folder gave me the texture that I needed.  I have never made a color on color card, and I was pleased on how it turned out.

A simple white stitched grosgrain ribbon bow, dresses the card up a bit.

I really could see this card made in all of the In Colors and grouped as a set.  It would be a perfect to package them up cutely in a little bag or box, and gift them.  I will have to do that!  Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Secret Garden
Ink:  Versamark, white embossing powder
Paper:  Crisp cantaloupe, shimmery white card stock
Tools:  Big shot, honeycomb embossing folder, white stitched ribbon, basic pearls, heat tool

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Ribbon Scraps

Hello there!  Today's scrappy card is my weekly goddess card for the Stampin' Royalty challenge blog.  This week's challenge is Great Uses for Small Scraps.  I chose to clean out my ribbon scrap jar, to make a fun and colorful card.

Really all of these scraps were in my scrap jar.  They all went together well, and looked so pretty and colorful.  Since I had so many scraps, I decided to make my card a bit larger, it is a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2.  Now that I have an envelope punch board, I can make any size envelope that I need.  Hang tight there because Stampin' Up! is releasing a envelope punch board in the near future.

A piece of the Soho Subway DSP, stamped with the ampersand from the Hello Lovely stamp set anchors the ribbon.

Our stamp n write markers are just perfect for coloring your stamps for a multi color look.  Act now though if you want a specific marker, some of them are available for a limited time, check out my ONLINE STORE now.

The crochet ribbon and the early espresso ribbon were both sewn on to the two toned ribbon for a cute look.  A vintage faceted designer button was threaded with twine and tied in a bow.

If you have any questions regarding which ribbon was used, email me.  All the ribbon is current with the exception of the two toned ribbon and can be found on page 173 of the catalog.  I have to say that the gorgeous scrapbook page that Amy O'Neill made really inspired my design today.  I changed it up a bit by using ribbon instead of DSP, but hers was great piece of inspiration.

Another note, I have been having a bit of a problem with my .com name, so if you are having problems accessing my blog, use the full address .  Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Hello Lovely
Paper:  Soho Subway, Primrose Petals
Ink:  Primrose petals ink pad, early espresso, primrose petals, & gumball green stamp n write markers
Tools:  Ribbon, Decorative label punch, vintage faceted buttons, twine, sewing machine

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Let's Catch Up!

2013 Holiday Catalog
The new Holiday catalog was released on August 1st, so feel free to browse the catalog online.  This catalog is in a different format from previous catalogs.  All of the fun samples and projects are in the front of the book, and the pictures of the items are in the back.  There is a lot of cross references for page numbers, so don't worry.  Also there is a new interactive app called Layar, so make sure you download the app on your smartphone for added help and tips.  If you would like a copy of the catalog and do not have a current relationship with another demo, EMAIL ME for your free copy.  I would love to be your demo.
If you have not joined paper pumpkin, now is the time to do it.  You can get $10 of a month for two months with the PUMPKINDEAL promo.  Go to the Paper Pumpkin website now to sign up.  If you sign up before August 10th, you will receive your first subscription in August.  Please choose me, Sandie Conner, zip code 28115 for your demo, and you will receive a free adhesive of your choice mailed to you FREE.  Just email me after you join, and I will send it right out.


Thinlits are here!  They've been called flip cards, flip flop cards, swing cards, and more-but they have always been a bit tricky to create. Not anymore! Our amazing new Thinlits Card Dies cut and score to create a card that flips in just one step.

133479Label Card Thinlits Die$32.95
133480Circle Card Thinlits Die$32.95
These new card dies come with extra die pieces that have versatile designs, so you can use them on other projects, not just flip cards. (The Circle Card Thinlits Die comes with 10 total pieces; the Label Card Thinlits Die comes with nine total pieces.)  Check out this video for more info!

Would you like to give Stampin' Up! a test drive?  Now is a great time to join, take a look at what you can get in addition to your $99 starter kit:

Offer: New demos get to pick one of four project kits for free in addition to their starter kit when they join Stampin' Up! Dates: July 15-August 31, 2013
Kit Options:
The first three project kits are from the holiday catalog and the last option is from the annual catalog.
OptionKit DescriptionItemTotal Value
Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit
Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit
Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit133463
Tag a Bag Bundle AND
Tag a Box Bundle

I would love for you to join my team, I have a wonderful group that I belong to, and all perks would be open for you as well.  EMAIL ME today for more info.

That's all for now, come back tomorrow for my Stampin' Royalty card, see you soon!
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