Saturday, December 21, 2013

"Baby Boy, Footprints" Layout for "The Color Room"!


Christmas is literally around the corner and I'm making things as gifts....I wish I was a genie right now though! LOL  I'm not sure if I'll make it all in time, but better late then I'm gonna stick by that! :)

Let's get into today's project. This is a layout I made for my niece Alissa and her fiance Michael:) They had a baby boy earlier this year and he's ADORABLE!!! He really is!!! I noticed that in almost every picture I see of him or have taken, he's got his arms in a boxing position and he's always puckering! I guess he's a lil' lover and a fighter right?! lol ... TOO CUTE!!

So I got the announcement card/photo combo in the mail then sometime later, saw the release of a new color palette and sketch from "The Color Room"! It was perfect!! So, I started on it at a friends house...we had a girls cropping weekend but didn't finish it! Well, you know, when you get together with girlfriends to crop, you're so busy laughing and eating and watching movies.....who can really finish a project I ask??!! Well, really?? lol  So, I had it in mind to finish it later, and now is later and I'm all done! 

Here's past palette #153 with the sketch that came with it!  If you haven't visited the site you should because you're missing out on some awesome fun, inspiration and prizes!! We're all done for 2013, but there's awesome fun changes coming for 2014....resuming February 28!! I'll let you all know when it's starting up again. It's gonna hit the ground runnin'!!

I loved the sketch and the colors!!! It was perfect timing. You know you can changed it up a bit right?? you can! I really loved it, so I stayed within the sketch layout pretty much! Here's my LO!

It came out just how I pictured it in my head!! A soft masculine feel with not a flower in sight! Just my preference really but as hard as it is to not add flowers to really wasn't hard with this LO :) 

 Ah this face and those lips......ooohhhhh!!!! I love you Mikey!!
 The baby birds were a perfect just confirmed the sweet baby mood of the layout!

What a handsome little guy! MUAH!!! :)

*Here's my video tutorial as I finished up my LO! I hope you enjoy it! Thanks:) 

Products used on this project:
~Kaisercraft "Bundle of Joy-Boy" 12x12 paper collection
~White American Crafts textured cardstock
~The Crafters Workshop 6x6 template/masks: Reversed Mini  
  Chicken Wire and Mini Bricks
~Prima Fluid Chalk Inks: White and Turquoise Stone
~Molding Paste by Golden
~Palette knife set from "The Jule Box Shop"
~Prima Junkyard Findings (by Ingvild Bolme) Typo Zipper Pull
~Studio Calico Wood Veneer: Stars and Baby Bird
~Pink Paislee "Artisan Elements-Squares"
~October Afternoon- Buttons from the "Make it Merry" collection
~Ranger's Liquid Pearls "Opaque white"
~Ranger's Tiny Attacher and mini staples from "TJBS".
~Paint by Folkart-"Butter Pecan"
~White Gesso
~White Cheescloth from "TJBS"
~Adhesives from "TJBS": Beacon 3-1, Beacon Fabri-tac, Glossy Accents, hot glue, Surebonder detail tip glue gun .
~From my stash: Khaki thread, white twill ribbon, organza light blue ribbon, white mesh wall repair tape and dimensional foam adhesive.
~Kraft 12x12 cardstock

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate all your sweet comments, emails and support! Please watch for the announcement of "The Color Room" coming back with the some new fun!! I'll be announcing it here and my FB!! Have an awesome day!

I pray a very Merry Christmas to you all! Until the next post:)

xo, Jules:)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

From Tomato Cages to "Wintery Forest Trees"!

Hello and happy upcoming weekend!!

Today's post is about transforming something that was purposed for one thing... into another! 

If you're a gardener, tomato cages are something you may be familiar with. I used mine for my gardens for as long as I have had a garden! The thing is that you buy these in the Spring for when your tomatoes are planted and then they grow in abundance in the Summer, which is when the cages are handy, then when they are about done after the last of the harvesting in September or so, I usually remove them and put them away in the garage for the Winter and they'll be there for when I need them again for the next Spring!

Changing the use of them makes them very versatile and so this way, you can about use them throughout the entire year! Why not if they're just gonna be collecting webs in the garage or shed right?

I recorded the basic process of putting these together and I have posted the video below for you to watch if you'd like, then following that are pictures of them at "Elm Street Antiques" located in Hermiston, Oregon! Check out their Facebook page, it's chuck full of Vintage and "New Vintage" item pics. It's eye candy for the Shabby Vintage lovers!! I will share a visit on video of this beautiful shop soon, so stay tuned! :)

This is what they looked like before the transformation....
 I made a topiary years ago using the largest cage and I always wanted to make Christmas trees out of a set of them. The opportunity came to make them for "ESA" (Elm Street Antiques) and I was thrilled they let me do that!! You can decorate these to fit your taste and decor! Be totally free to experiment with different colors and seasons!

Here's the tutorial, enjoy!

Now, they humbly grace the porch of the store (it was an old house) and right by the front door! :) Thank you Paula and Terri!!

Love the look of burlap in Vintage and Shabby decor! 

From this................................... to this! What a fun project! 

Products used for this project:
~Large and medium size tomato cages (found at any home improvement store)
~Dried grape vine branches (found at craft stores)
~9' Pine garland from Walmart
~Old Burlap fabric, for the bows at the tops and for a "ground cover".
~Cinnamon scented (optional) pine cones (centered inside the cages)
~Jute Twine to tie the branches to the cages.
~E6000 glue (from my shop, TJBS) to glue the top loose stems of the cages to make them more secure and stable!

I do hope you'll make some for your home!!

Coming in every week to help Paula with...pretty much anything she needs help with is a HUGE treat for me! I always tell her I have a blast coming in...I really do!!! It's like my weekly play date with her! lol :)

I hope to share more about the store soon, but for today, this is my share! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Thank you so much for stopping by!

See you soon friends,
 Jules :)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Mixed Media "2014" Cutting Board Calendar!

Hello everyone!

I hope you're well and keeping warm wherever you are!:)

Today's project is a fun really it is! I took a trip to IKEA and found this adorable cutting board!!! OMG!!! I just had to alter it and make a calendar out of it! :) I also got a few extras for kits. I'll have those at my shop here....but let me share my project with you!

Using tons of acrylic paint and gesso, I did a lot of smearing, splashing and sploshing and dripping!! It was a little fun mess!! :) lol... I'll share a product list below as well:)

Here are my project pics with some close-ups!! This post is picture heavy...I just had to share those close-up shots for you all!! :) Please let me know if you have any questions! 


I loved playing with all the paints and was fun caking it on and splattering onto this piece...ah! I have to play and make something else with paint!! Loving mixed media ATM!! :)

Here is my video intro and tutorial! Thanks for stopping by everyone!

Things I used on this project:
~Mini wood cutting board with handle (from IKEA)
~Glue gun, tools and other adhesives (from The Jule Box Shop)
~Tim Holtz Idea-ology, large binder rings
~ Laces from TJB Shop! (Nylon Twill ribbon and White Insertion lace)
~Prima "Life Time" 6x6 paper
~Prima "Life Time" chipboard adhesive die cuts (title and button)
~Prima Canvas Resist Banners and Tickets
~Prima Flowers "Life Time" collection
~Prima Flowers "Lyric" collection
~Prima Shabby Chic Treasures Resin "Fly Away" (birds, 6 pc pk)
~Prima Tiny Junkyard Findings "Jeans Buttons"
~Prima Chalk Ink "Shabby Tote"
~American Crafts Thickers "Delight" foam alpha and numbers
~Pink Paislee- She Art "Vintage Lace" doily mask by Christy Tomlinson
~Wild Orchid Crafts Open Roses, 20 mm Dove Grey and 20 mm Pale Pink
~Mister Huey's color mists "Opaque White"
~Apple Barrel "Key West" and "Sage Green"
~FolkArt "Vintage White" and "Coffee Latte"
~Americana Acrylic Paint "Flesh Tone"
~Making Memories "Fresh Anthology" and "Rose Petal"
~Thick White Gesso
~Golden Molding Paste
~ Power Drill
~Silver screws from my stash
~Vintage Lace Collar from a vintage dress 
(Antique shop in Stayton Oregon)
~Vintage Lace border and Vintage bead scarf (Elm Street Antiques, Hermiston Oregon)
~Sewing machine and thread!

I do hope you enjoyed this project! If you are interested in a Cutting Board Calendar Kit, you can find them at my shop, "The Jule Box Shop"!

Thank you for stopping in!!

Jules :)