Foyer Revamp

Over the last few months, I’ve been redecorating my foyer. I repainted, added some floral arrangements, repainted a bench, and added some cute frames.

Here’s what it looked like after I painted the walls and the bench. My Aunt Jackie helped me create the floral arrangements (all supplies & container from Michael’s). I am absolutely dreadful with floral arranging. I just can’t do it. But, I’m lucky to know people who can do it!


So look at that big empty wall. What to do?


I love the empty frame walls that I’d seen in magazines, so decided to try it myself – on the cheap. I went to Walmart and got their cheap frames in a few sizes and styles. Then I got some paint in three colors – yellow, cream, and brown.


Spray painting IS something I can do. It took several light coats to get the coverage I wanted. Tip: If you want a more antique look, sand some of the paint off in places and add an antiquing stain.


Here’s the wall today. I added all those frame in random order (using those awesome removable adhesive frame mounts). I also added some family heirlooms in the photo – my great great grandmother’s hand woven blanket and a bowl of my grandma’s old wooden spools and her favorite thimble. I’m not the type of person who likes to put valuable stuff away in a drawer or cabinet. I say use it, display it, treasure it everyday.


Here’s a closeup of the yellow frame. I cut some dandelions and our name in Silhouette heavy duty vinyl on my Silhouette machine. Very simple and very me.

I started this project last fall. Just finished it last week. Phew! I can mark that off my to-do list.


Double Impression Plates

Last week’s PTI challenge was to use their impression plates on only part of the card. Well, I was dying to try Erin Lincoln’s double impression plate technique. So I combined the book plate and the floral impression plates. I really love how it turned out.



I’ll definitely be trying this again. One tip I do have is if you try this, you definitely have to use PTI really thick cardstock. It would tear right through regular weight cardstock. TFL,


Bowling League Invite

My daughter, Rachel, wanted to start a monthly bowling league with some of her friends – doesn’t that sound fun for a bunch of 13 year old girls? Of course, I was drafted to create the invitations. So I created this easily mass produced invite using Silhouette die cuts and some old retro SEI papers I had sitting around.


The font is Showcard Gothic – the perfect choice for a retro bowling feel!


Here’s the inside of the invitation. I blacked out some of the pertinent information for her privacy.

They’re going to have a blast! Now…how can I make a customized bowling shirt for each girl?

Yours in lunacy,



Make it Monday–Distressing Edges

For this week’s Make it Monday (although I’m posting this on a Wednesday!) challenge, we had to distress the edge of something on a project. I decided to use white core cardstock with an impression plate. That’s how the project began…


When you use cardstock with a white core and then dry emboss it, you can sand it on top and wherever there is a raised edge will lose it’s color and turn white. Very cool effect!


First, I stamped the cardstock with a stamp from Button Boutique (LOVE that set). Then I used the canvas Impression Plate  - I impressed it on the front and back for extra texture. Then sanded it and distressed the edges with scissors. I really like how it turned out. Very vintage, indeed.