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
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