I have had a lot of fun decorating my new house. My kitchen/dinning room is done in Grey, Yellow, and White. I love the color combination, and already had a lot of items to hang on the walls. In my new house, I found that I have more wall space than I had in my old house, so I decided to make some new things to add more color. I found some big canvas' on sale at Hobby Lobby, then cut out the words "You Are My Sunshine" using my cricut and some vinyl. Next, I taped off the sun and rays using some washi tape and painted them yellow. Then I used the negative space as stencils to paint the words grey. Once it all dried, I removed all the tape/washi tape...then it was put up on my wall. I really love how it turned out and am looking forward to making more.
So, my son and I have made our move to Cedar Park, and have been in our new home for a couple of weeks now. I was really nervous about moving so far away from my family, but I have grown to be very comfortable in our house in a very short time. My son has already found a new "best friend," they have been become fast friends. I have been working on getting all of our things unpacked and making our house feel like a home. The last room that I was able to unpack was my craft room, but once I got it all set up, I started to craft. It felt like it had been years since I was able to create something new.
I started with a scrapbook page of some pictures I took of my cousin Mollie. She is such a pretty and smart girl...very natural, so I wanted the page to have a natural look as well. This was the first time that I used texture paste, and I have to say...I am in love. I was able to use my distress inks to give the paste a light pink color, which fit in with the flowers on the pattern paper and the flowers on her dress. I also had some cream color ribbon that I knew I wanted to use, along with some wood shapes. I really love how the page turned out.
Check out the pictures from this quick and fun photo shoot below. Mollie is so easy to photograph.
I am excited to announce that my son and I are moving to Cedar Park, which is North Austin. I have always lived in the North and East Texas parts of the state, but I am looking forward to this new adventure. The past year to year and a half, have been the most challenging of my life. I had to give up a job, that I loved, in the Education department of the Texas State Historical Association. I didn't think I was going to find another job, as the summer was going by so fast. Finally, two weeks before school started I was offered a job teaching US History and to be the varsity assistant cheer coach at Allen High School. Then, right after school started, I separated and eventually divorced by husband of almost 10 years. So, to say that I have had a lot of stress in my life would be an understatement.
Then came the opportunity of a lifetime. I have worked seasonally for a Showtime International. It is a dance/drill team company that hosts dance competitions and summer officer and line leadership camps. My boss, made me an offer to move to the Austin area and work for her full time. I can not think of a better job for me. I have already worked for Showtime for 13 years, and am looking forward to and am grateful for this chance.
My son and I drove down to Cedar Park, last weekend and found the perfect house. I have been waiting patiently all weekend, and finally received the lease today. So, after a year of stress, heartache, change that I didn't necessarily want, and worry, I feel that things are looking up and are heading in the right direction. We are planning to move toward the end of June, and are looking forward to the adventure!
I LOVE this card so much. I wish I could take complete credit for this card, but I can't. I got the idea from someone else, a year ago (sorry, I can't remember which blog I found it on), but just now had the chance to blog about it. I used 3 different stamp sets from Lawn Fawn, some foam tape, a transparency sheet, Distress Inks, Spectrum Noir Markers, and cardstock to make this fantastic box card.
To make the card, I used the same method that you would use to make a traditional box card. The difference is that I cut out the front of the box, replacing it with a transparency sheet, then used brown cardstock, to make the "middle insert" piece. Then it was as easy as stamping my little fish friends, coloring them, an setting the scene. To put the "box card" in an envelope, you just press it down, and it folds over, just like a traditional box card. I will admit, I tried to make an A2 size card at first, but all the pieces just didn't fit very well, so I increased the size. When flattened, this card fits in to a 5X7 envelope perfectly, though it does have a little bulk to it. You can see the thickness of the project, in the images below.
I hope you enjoy and that this inspires you to create something fantastic!
Blog Update: May 22, 2016
My "Best Fishes" box/aquarium card was chosen as a Party Pick on the PDE Linky Party Blog.
I know most people who come across my blog are here for the crafts, cards, and scrapbook pages, but I wanted to take some time to talk (once again) about my favorite high school drill team,. The Quinlan-Ford High School Blue Belles have been a huge part of my life, and our family. It started in the mid-70's when my mother's cousin joined the fairly new team, then in the early 90's one of my cousins joined. After that, there has been a succession of girls from my family who have joined and learned valuable life skills. We joke all the time that we have formed a "Legacy," and that may partly be true. We have a current Belle, and a fresh new group of Baby Belles waiting in the wings. I love that so many of us can share this experience and have a bond that goes right along with our family ties.
On April 23, 2016, a lot of us were able to get together and perform as Alumni in this year's Spring Show. It was really fantastic to get to dance with my Belle Sisters, many of them being family. Of course, we were there to cheer on and watch Mollie perform as well, and as a bonus the Baby Belles performed too. It was a true family event for us to enjoy!
Lawn Fawn: Float my boat stamp & die set; Spring Showers die set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Spectrum Noir: PL3, LV3, IG4, CT4, CR8, DR4, Blender
Chalks: Craft-T Productions
Paper: Recollections Cardstock
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Blog Update - April 28, 2016
My name is JoNeita Kelly and I have been crafting for at least the last 20 years. I live in Cedar Park, Texas with my son, Dallas. I love to craft and to continue to improve my photography and editing skills whenever I have free time. What I love most is telling our story using pictures, it is the most important gift I can leave my family.
Former Design Team Member for Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog