Friday, February 25, 2011

Beautiful Smile Using Webster's Pages and Prima Flowers

Beautiful Smile
My dd Crystal picture taken 10/2010
Using Webster's Pages
Basic Grey Stamp (birdcage)
Silhouette SD Boho border and corner
Prima Flowers
Uni-bal white pen
Prima branches taken apart
Jenni Bowlin stick pin

I stamped the blue vine, and the Basic Grey Birdcage
Staz-On inks

Prima Flowers and Ivy taken apart from Michael's floral section
the branch is a branch out of my yard
the rhinestones are Prima
the pearl picks are Michael's Wedding section

Title cute from Silhouette SD the using a Sharpie fine and a Uni-Bal white pen
the birds are also cute from Silhouette SD
Turquoise Stickle's in the birds eyes

The butterflies are handmade and are for sale in my Etsy Shop

Love this quote!!!
Love is like a butterfly, It goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes.
~Author Unknown
I feel this is so perfect for Crystal she is in Korea and I know like the butterfly is pleasing where ever she goes!!
Love ya Crystal and miss ya sooooo much!!!

These are the butterflies for sale in my Etsy shop

Hello sorry  it has been almost a week since my last post....I just can't keep up with everything...I am cooking with tooooo much at the moment! I really need a break! LOL!!!! I think well I will get one.....and someone needs something!!! You know how it is! Anyhooooo started this layout and it seemed like forever which should have not taken long at all...just couldn't get to the studio to finish! Now it is done and I love it!! I guess you can tell I so miss my dd Crystal!! I have pretty much told everything about it under the pictures. Hope you like it!! Have a WONDERFUL weekend!! Cyber Hugs, Dawn Gallop

Friday, February 18, 2011

Stuck On You Sketches And A CardBoard Layout Tutorial

Be Free Butterflies
My hubby brought home a butterfly kit last fall
we raised the butterflies watching all the stages
The paper guaranteed 3 would live we had all five live
Once they had become butterflies we released them
It was a very exciting day for the children
Pictured are Abigail (my four yo dgd)

The Butterflies title was cut from SongBird Cart. from the Cricut
The stitched butterfly was cut from the Silhouette SD and hand stitched
the keyhole is Melissa Frances

Note the butterfly was cut from another picture, although he does have a butterfly on his finger
the butterflies kinda clinged to us for awhile
the key is 7 Gypsies
the stick pin is Jenni Bowlin

This quote was so perfect for the layout
"Just Living is not enough," said the butterfly.
"One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
~Hans Christian Anderson

The papers are House of Three, Creative Imaginations, 7 Gypsies
The green button is Making Memories
the other buttons are vintage ones

                                                The SOUS Sketch for the Friday Feb. 18, 2011

Use cardboard that came from a box whatever upcycle it
I used a spray bottle filled with H20
scissors I use whatever is close (never use your fabric scissors)
and an x-acto knife or Sharpie

spray top layer with a mist of water
you can also keep the box outside over night the dew in the air will moisten the cardboard
You may even find the cardboard you need was on its way to the recycler

While still moist easily pull away the top coat of the cardboard

turn the cardboard over and using either the x-acto knife make a slit or draw a line with
the Sharpie

using any scissors except your fabric scissors cut out a 12x12
The Tonic Tim Holtz scissors work great for this

Using Golden Gesso paint on some white on the cardboard

Using the Tim Holtz Crackle paints coat on the cardboard

Using a non stick pad and foam ink the sides of the papers

I used a stencil to mask the color ink on to show the butterflies

Now assemble the lo starting with the torn edged paper
when tearing to help you tear towards yourself
ink the edges

Using this awesome Imaginsce glue gun it is cordless and has a light how cool is that!!
Works awesome!!! Glue down the burlap which came from the floral dept. at Michael's

            Hello well I had been asked to join a wonderful design team with a great bunch of ladies, SOUS Stuck on You Sketches. Excited to tell you all and to share my new layout for the team. I had a great time making this layout and tutorial. The layout is of my granddaughter Abigail and my son Cooper who are three months apart. Everyone says they look like brother and sister. Everyone was actually involved int he butterfly release but these two pictures were just perfect I thought.
             I am so excited to be a part of the team and look forward to getting to know everyone and to see all the awesome pages. You can participate in the challenge every other week by using the link and the bottom of the post on the SOUS Blog. Can't wait to see what you create. Thanks for stopping by and Have a Sweet Weekend!!! Cyber Hugs, Dawn Gallop

Monday, February 14, 2011

American Beauty A GCD Paper Collage

Crystal the American Beauty
A picture of Crystal at age 5 in 1995
Collage of things right in front of me

Glitz Girls Tags
GCD Melody Ross
Silhouette SD Cut wings
paper bag
felt hot pink heart

Vintage buttons

The vintage looking collage at top came from the package of a Ranger Microscope Slides
The shiny heart is made with Ranger and the Melting Pot
Hello everyone I hope your Valentine's Day has been full of Love!!! Happy Valentine's Day!! This lo was made today I was going to take the boys out to plant the peas...the May peas and the electricity went out, I called around to make sure it wasn't just me...thinking okay did I pay the bill???? So I told the boys start playing with your toys I am gonna make a little something then we will go out after I make sure I haven't left anything! Well as I began I had no pictures....I couldn't print anything.....okay dig deep the first print I came across was this one of Crystal when she was five in 1995. Just started digging around in a bag of collage goodies and within minutes had this done....then was outside with the warmth of the sun and a warm breeze blowing. The boys and I planted the peas, hung the clothes out and I painted in my journal. What a wonderful Valentine's Day!! Hubby left me a dozen roses and a teddy bear this morning before he left. Love you guys, Cyber Hugs, Dawn Gallop

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Pre-Valentine's Day Breakfast with Crepe Recipe and the Boy's FinishTheir Valentine Cards

Crepes and Heart Shaped Valentine Pancakes
I found this package at Wal-Mart
(of course normally I would never buy these but they were so easy and good)

These pancake shapes I have had since I first got married almost 26 years ago
(The two with the handles)

The pancakes were pink and had tiny chocolate chips

I put fresh strawberries and kiwi in the crepes
my hubby couldn't get enough

The boys sat at their art table and finished their Valentine cards

Cody helped Dusty do his
Cody would ask who you want to give this one too? Dusty would reply
I ended up with 10 Valentine's
Gotta love it!

Colten finished quick

Colby enjoyed his

Cooper was giving one to everyone

Dusty gave Daddy one too and a big kiss

Hello again,

   Are you ready for Valentine's Day? Well I guess we are today we had a sorta a pre-Valentines Day. I made pink Valentine pancakes with chocolate chips and crepes filled with strawberries and kiwi. The pancakes were a  bought package and good too. I always make just about everything so for me to buy these pink pancakes was kinda hard...I even had put them back twice and then said what the heck...the kids will love them and they did and so did hubby! So I am glad I made the purchase. The crepe recipe is:


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup  skim milk
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch  sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp of vanilla


Mix the eggs, milk, flour, salt and oil. Mix on medium speed until smooth. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or over night. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and brush with oil. Pour 1/4 cup of crepe batter into pan, tilting back and forth to coat the surface of the pan, I use a large skillet.  Cook 2 to 4 minutes, turning only once until golden brown.  Continue until you have used all your batter. Fill with puddings, creme, vegetables, fruit, etc.

The boys had bought these cute mailbox shape boxes full of Valentine's. They were able to get all theirs done and in time for the Valentine's Day Party at school tomorrow. This is always a fun love filled holiday. Let me know what is planned for your Valentine's Day. Cyber Hugs, Dawn Gallop

Saturday, February 12, 2011

A quick card using the Letterpress and a Photo of the Day

I purchased the LetterPress by LifeStyles Craft last week from a
dear friend and the other day I had came in the studio and just
wanted to play with it
within a few minutes I had done this card front
although didn't get to make the card for a few days
later. I enjoyed using the inks and plates.
I did some experimenting also just
to end up with a cracked hoo!

Cooper at the Playground

Dusty coming through the tunnel at the playground

Dusty in the tree which I thought we were gonna have to
climb to get him down.

Hello all,

   I wanted to post this morning before I headed out the door to help my husband this morning. The card is a little something I made using the LetterPress by LifeStyles Crafts. My dear friend was selling it and to help her out I bought it...and because I wanted to use one of these LetterPress.  Hubby told me the same thing you don't need that!! Then after a little while he said tell her to bring it over and he would pay!! Husbands sometimes!!! What I didn't need....we bought! Wink wink! Fun and easy....I had read some of the reviews and some folks weren't to happy with it but I had fun and was quite impressed with my first card front. You just need a tiny size of the ink and load the brayer up well, not heavy and roll unto the plate, and then press. It gives a very crisp nice impression. My friend said they sell them at AC Moore. The paper in the background is Graphic 45.
    The pictures of the boys are from Wednesday I had a meeting and after the meeting we went to the fun!! It was a nice sunny cool day. The boys could stay there all the time.  They get out of the van screaming "lets play". I hope you have a fabulous weekend. Cyber Hugs, Dawn

I wanted to share this with you too the design team I am on Say It With Letters is one of the Sponsors of this wonderful contest!! Very interesting too...I wanted to pass on the fun to you too! Be sure to check out the fun!

I have some exciting news! Say It With Letters is one of the sponsors over at the
'1 month 2 win it' site! Hot off the tails of 'So You Think You're Crafty', four of the contestants from that competition have started '1 month 2 win it', a crafting competition. You can visit the site for more details on how to enter or even just to see the projects. I'm excited to see the talents of the crafty peeps. Anyone can win it!

Do you think you can make the cut?

What is it?
One Month to Win It is a monthly craft competition that anyone can win!

How do you join?
Audition info can be found here. For Season 1 (held in March), the auditions will be on The Country Chic CottageFebruary 9th through 16th. Watch for a linky party!


The judges will pick 11 contestants from the audition and the 12th contestant (The Wild Card) will be chosen via Yep -- anyone can win this competition!

Who are the judges?
Jessica with Running with Scissors
Kalleen with At Second Street
Kirstin and Jordan with kojo designs
Wanna learn all about the judges?? Head on over here and read all about us!

Are there prizes?
Yep there will be will have to stay tuned to find out what! SIWL is one of the sponsors. :)

Ready to join in the fun?
Be sure to follow One Month To Win It to keep up with the competition! And get your projects ready to link up at the audition starting February 9th at The Country Chic Cottage! Grab a button and tell your friends! The more the merrier!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Be Brave a GCD Canvas and yet the Picture of the Day

Be Brave a GCD canvas
My dear friend Beverly gave me this paper back in the summer and I had ideas
for it and here is what I came up with
The chipboard stickers are GCD Melody Ross
I am giving this a friend of a friend

Look what Dusty got into


I didn't do it
Cooper did

Cooper giving that cheese yep I did it!! Oh and I got a juice box too!

The yummy that was worth it!

Hello everyone making it quick today also having so much to do, guest and work for hubby. This little canvas was made for a friend of a friend who has breast cancer and I wanted her to know I was thinking of her by giving her this little canvas of encouragement. It is made from a primed canvas and GCD paper and little chipboard stickers...and of course mod podge.  Have a great weekend, Dawn
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