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Monday, October 21, 2013

Matthew says you have to look up

Today I am up with another post featuring the great products of Linnie Blooms! 
 I'm sure you'll find their unique items as much fun to work with as I did! For other great projects using their products check out their facebook page located, and their DT blog located here for more inspiration: For other fun ideas check out their pinterest page located here:

Close up of the sharpie colored arrow, from the Linnie Blooms Designs collections.
The arrow was SUPER easy to color with the sharpie, whether you were filling in the center or outlining the edge! These products are a blast to work with!

My grandson Matthew just LOVES to climb trees, so when I caught him in yet another tree I quickly grabbed my camera and got this great photo.  This layout also won 1st place in our local fair, so that was great fun!

Supplies on this layout include:
Arrow from Linnie Blooms Designs
Pattern Paper from My Mind's Eye
K & Co. Journaling block
Stickers from Karen Foster, K & Co., and Rebecca Sower
Tree Paper Punch
Fiskers Deco Scissors
Brads & Photo turns - Spare Parts
Photo frame from Kodak Picture Maker
Cardstock - Bazzill
Buttons- Unknown

I hope you grab a photo of your own little monkey! Till we meet again Happy Scrapping! Love Penny

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Linnie Blooms DT layout - These Early Birds Want French Fries Instead of Worms

 Hello friends today is my first day as a guest designer for Linnie Blooms Designs! I am SO excited to share their new product line! I found it to be amazing fun to work with their products, and it was great getting to color the embellishments the colors "I" wanted them to be instead of having to make my projects based on what color of the embellishments where already! What a major plus that was!

If you have never heard of them before be sure and check them out . I'm sure you'll find their unique items as much fun to work with as I did! For other great projects using their products check out their facebook page located, and their DT blog located here for more inspiration: For other fun ideas check out their pinterest page located here:

Here is a sample chart of some of their fantastic products:

They have many more items than I have included in my sample chart so make sure you visit their site and look around! Each of the items I have made my chart from are 100% cotton, and can be used in so many interesting ways, and on SO many different projects including:
scrapbooking, mixed media, clothing smash books, altered art, etc...way too many for me to try and list! 
To give you an idea of their size these items above are placed on a sheet of 12 x 12 paper. 

 For my project I used items number 2 and 3 listed on the above chart. Number 2 being the body of the bird and Number 3 being the wing, which you will also notice is listed as Number 14 since it can also be used as a small leaf. 

I also listed 1 and 10, they are in fact the same item, and it was totally a mistake on my part, but I couldn't retake the photo, as I had already made some neat projects from my samples. I guess I was just having too much fun playing with them to notice earlier! 

I used these water color pencils to color my bird with, along with a fine point black pen just to make the image around the bird's eye a little sharper. 

I used my photo's as a guide for the markings on my bird, but you can use whatever best matches your own project, or layout. I also used a small water spritzing bottle to help the watercolors blend more smoothly. 

Word of caution here however is to not make the material "too" wet when adding the black colors or it will bleed too much onto the rest of your colors, and you will have to start over! (Don't ask me how I know! ) 

So after some trial, and error, I found out it was easier to add the main colors first, and then go back, and add the black details.

Another trick I learned while making this project was to spray your pencil point with water instead of your fabric when you needed just a little bit of more color when I didn't need the added water on the rest of my fabric shape.  It worked like a charm.

 Here is a close up of my finished bird, which I used on the layout.

 I knew right away what project, and photo's I was going to use with this cute bird shape! The photo's are of my grandchildren Matthew and Madison.  They love going to the McDonald's playground, and eating their lunch, but the only problem with that is they love feeding their lunch to the birds that come, and beg there, more than eating the food themselves! 

The top right photo was taken on a day they were out in the yard digging up worms, and the rest of the photo's were taken at the McDonald's playground. 

The journaling reads: 

Matthew and Madison feed the birds at McDonald's french fries every time we go there.  The birds have learned to beg all of the children who come to the playground for them. No worms for these early birds! 2006

Supplies for this layout are:

Linnie Blooms Canvas Birds
Linnie Blooms Canvas Leaves
MME pattern paper - Antique Dots and Lost and Found
Bird print pattern paper -    unknown
Brown brads  -  Spare Parts
Black Cardstock - DCWV
Staedtler Watercolor pencils
Fine point black pen
Black Alphabet Stickers  - Making Memories
Small water spritzing bottle
glue stick or adhesive of your choice

I hope I have inspired you to give these products, and technique's a chance, and be sure and check out the rest of the DT's projects they are all amazingly talented, and the site is updated daily!  Till next time Happy Scrapping!  Love Penny

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Monday, October 07, 2013

Happy Best of Friends - Linnie Blooms Designs

Today I am up with another layout featuring the products from Linnie Blooms Designs! 
If you have never heard of them before be sure and check out their website located: 
I'm sure you'll find their unique items as much fun to work with as I did! For other great projects using their products check out their facebook page located here:, and their DT blog located here for more inspiration: For even more ideas check out their pinterest page located here:

Here is a small sample chart of some of their great products: 
This layout uses their blank banners: 
To achieve the following look I first spray misted the blank banners, then I dipped just the edges of the banners into the puddles of spray ink, thereby giving the edges a darker appearance than the rest of the banner. 

After the banner pieces dried I took a red sharpie marker, and added the the letters to spell "Happy", and then added the small bling dots, brads, and twine.  I also sewed the top of the banner to my paper with my sewing machine.  I think it turned out pretty cute. 
This layout features my grandchildren Matthew, and Madison exploring their Grandpa's farm a few years ago, they were having a ball running everywhere.

Supplies for this layout include: 
Linnie Blooms Banner blanks
Offray ribbon
Sewing binding (this is what looks like small orange ribbon)
Pattern paper by: 
My Mind's Eye - Antique Dots
Crate Paper
Echo Park - yellow stripe
Cardstock - DCWV - Red, brown, and yellow
DCWV - Washi Tape
Studio G - Title: Best of Friends
Tim Holtz - Distress ink (this was used on the yellow cardstock to tone down the color somewhat)
Explore Brad - Unknown
Large red brad - Unknown
Spare Parts - Smaller brads 
Star, and Tag - unknown
Button and thread - flea market find
Martha Stewart border punch used on the brown cardstock

Till next time Happy Scrapping and be sure and have some fun with Linnie Blooms products of your own! Love Penny

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Sunday, October 06, 2013

Butterfly Hair Clips - Linnie Bloom Designs

If you have never heard of them before be sure and check out their website located , I'm sure you'll find their unique items as much fun to work with as I did! For other great projects using their products check out their facebook page located, and their DT blog located here for more inspiration: For even more ideas check out their pinterest page located here:

Here is a small sample chart of some of t heir great products: 
Here are the butterflies after they have been dyed and colored.  You will also see the white hair clips I sewed the butterflies on to.

This is a close up of one of the finished butterfly hair clips.  I used a blue dye for the background color, a black sharpie marker for the edges, and a black gel pen for some of the additional black coloring.  For the antenna I used a heavy gauge wire.  I then used either sewed on beads or sequins for added decorations, and then sewed them to the barrettes. 

I gave these to my granddaughter's who both loved them.

Thanks for visiting with me today and Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
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Saturday, October 05, 2013

Flossy - Linnie Blooms Designs

Today I am up with another post featuring the great products of Linnie Blooms! 

If you have never heard of them before be sure and check out their website located , I'm sure you'll find their unique items as much fun to work with as I did! For other great projects using their products check out their facebook page located, and their DT blog located here for more inspiration: For other fun ideas check out their pinterest page located here:
This chart features many of their wonderful products, on the layout below I used the number 12 sample which is supposed to be an arrow, but I turned it on its side and made a dog house out of it instead.  I love it that these products are so versitile this way!
This layout features our lab dog when she was just a puppy, I wish she was that small now! LOL Below is a close up of the completed dog house.  I used a green child's crayon to color the cloth arrow along with a black sharpie, and a black gel pen.  I have used lot's of things to color these products with and have yet to find anything that didn't work out great!
Supplies for this layout include:
Arrow shape - Linnie Blooms Designs
Black Sharpie marker
Black Gel Pen
Letter Stickers - Unknown
Green Crayloa Crayon
Patter paper - Miss Elizabeth's
Washi Tape - K & Co.
Arrow Brad - Unknown
Black Brads - Spare Parts
Staples - Unknown
Sewing lace - Unknown
Zots glue dots
Photo frame was printed using the Kodak Picture Maker
Dog Bone brad - Unknown
I hope you enjoyed this layout today, and until next time "Happy Scrapping"! Love Penny

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Monday, July 22, 2013

July photo challenge! - Kaleidoscope
Welcome friends, I'm up today with my take on the Two Peas photo challenge for July! Here is their July Challenge link if you'd like to play along with them. As usual I try to search through my photos, to see what I have already taken that would fit into their current challenge to give you some ideas.

So to start it off I looked up the official dictionary description of the word:
Kaleidoscope - kaleidoscope is a cylinder with mirrors containing loose, colored objects such as beads or pebbles and bits of glass. As the viewer looks into one end, light entering the other creates a colorful pattern, due to the reflection off of the mirrors. Coined in 1817 by Scottish inventor Sir David Brewster,[1] "kaleidoscope" is derived from the Ancient Greek καλός (kalos), "beautiful, beauty",[2] εἶδος (eidos), "that which is seen: form, shape"[3] and σκοπέω (skopeō), "to look to, to examine",[4]hence "observation of beautiful forms." [5]

So if we take this definition truly into consideration what we are really looking for is simply a beautiful shape or form captured in a photo. Okay, I can handle that, so here are some I think fit that call:

 Autumn leaves against a blue sky!

Striped tulips all in a row!
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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Fiskers Scissors

Fisker's Project Spotlight!
Hello Friends, today I'm thrilled to announce that a quilt I made for my granddaughter was selected to be a "Fisker's Project Spotlight"! Here is a link Fiskers Project Spotlight you might have to be a member to view it, but hey it's a fun website, and it's free so sign up now, if you are not already a member, now's a great time to join!
The quilt was made after I won a pair of their fantastic scissors in one of their contests. Like the pair pictured here: 
Here is a link if you would like to purchase a pair for yourself, which I highly recommend, and I am not getting paid to promote these scissors in any way, I just love the way they cut.  Scissors Thanks for the project spotlight Fiskers! 

Till next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I received some good news today! I was chosen to be a

You can find them on facebook here: Linnie Blooms
and their website is located here: Linnie Blooms Shop
and this is their Blog
and you'll find them on here: Pinterest
Be sure to check them out and tell them Penny sent me! :) 
Happy scrapping, Love Penny

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Rain, Rain go away! Well folks it's been one heck of a rainy two weeks here. It flooded my daughter's yard, home and garage, and because my brother lives behind her it flooded his yard as well! This is a photo of her 4ft chain link fence that the water tore out of the ground, and knocked over.  Can you imagine how much force that took, considering that water was able to flow through the fence! The leaves show how high the water was before it finally receded.

This is what it looked like under my daughter's home! As you can see it tore out all of her insulation, flooded her wiring, and almost all of her duct work!

This is her garage! It normally doesn't look this messy but the water was kind enough to rearrange everything for her!  You can see the watermark on the door showing how high the water was.  When you clean up after a flood it's not that water that is the problem it's the coating of mud that it leaves everywhere that is the real issue. Nasty to clean, and Oh so slippery!

I took this photo to show you the box of Christmas ornaments that was just peacefully floating around! It's amazing what is spared, and what isn't during a disaster of this nature.

The poor riding mower took a beating!  Water, and mud all the way up to the seat!

Close up of all the wonderful mud! YUCK!

More disarray, and destruction! What a week this was! Now onto the worst part cleaning it all up!

Here is what her house looked like the last time if flooded, which was only supposed to happen every 100 years.  Looks like they were off by about 92 years!
In this photo her whole 4ft fence pictured at the top is under water! Well here's hoping for dry weather! Happy Scrapping and be safe, Love Penny
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Monday, June 24, 2013

June's photo challenge: Bold Color
So this month's photo challenge on the Two Peas In A Bucket web site is the use of Bold color! So to give myself some inspiration I went back to some of my older photo's to see what I could find that I think would have fit this challenge!
Here are a few of my favorites:
 First on the list we have the blooms of the purple cone flower.  I choose this photo because I like the boldness of color between the orange flower center's compared to the purple flower pedals! These were about 2-4 foot tall perennials, and look best planted towards the back of a garden.

 Next we have Matthew doing his best Spiderman pose! While the colors aren't extremely bright in this photo, I choose it mainly for the wild graphic's on his shirt! Go Spidey~

 Then it was back to the garden for some great striped tulips! I love how bright the colors of the flower's were compared to the green foliage background! Sadly due to some ravenous squirrels in my yard this was the only time I saw these bloom!

 While the color's alone would have made this a "bold" photo, I loved how the pieces of Madison's pom pom's looked in this photo, giving it an even more graphic look!

 All my grand kid's at the Aquarium! While they were having a blast posing, I loved how the bold background in this photo was used in Olivia's "fake shark bite" pose!

 Another shot taken at the Aquarium, and while the color's on this photo don't scream out at you like some of the colors in the previous photo's, the wild pattern's on the fish more than make up for the lack of bright colors.

 I think this photo is a great contender from the color's of her clothing, to her fabulous pose, to her totally pink hair! What more could you ask for in a "bold" photo shot!

 This photo is from the local car show and the red paint job on this truck is almost too bold to look at!

 I chose this photo not only because of the bold graphic's of his uniform, and helmet guard, but also because it was a great bold expression on Matthew's face!

I loved the color's of this shot with Madison at the bottom of this blow up slide, with all the bright linear color stripes leading down to her at the bottom.

 Besides the fact that I am in love with the Alabama football team, this shot was great due to the maroon and white college colors, the contrast of the bright green of the artificial turf, and the many fans dressed alike. "Roll Tide!"

Great summer shot of Matthew in the sparkling water's of their pool, along with the bright colors of his life vest! Well this is the last of the inspiration photo's I have for this month's challenge.  I can't wait to see what the challenge is for next month! Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Missing you, Pennies from Heaven, Grief Quotes

Missing you...

Missing you today as always Adam, Love Mom
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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Finally getting his stitches removed!
Well the day's finally arrived, Matthew is getting his stitches out, and he couldn't be happier! It's not that he doesn't like being waited on hand, and foot, it's that he hasn't been able to go swimming! Plus he can finally get rid of those crutches! 

Of course Madison had to get in on the action so she was ready to do some "Top Model" posing right there in the Dr.'s office, doing her best to show off her new purse!  She is definitely not camera shy!

Now here's a little secret game we play while waiting for the DR. The waiting room floors have different colored tiles, so while we wait the kid's play "Twister"  on those tiles to keep them out of trouble! It's something we started doing when they were very small, and into everything.  It's wildly fun, and hysterical to watch! Till next time Happy Scrapping, Love Penny
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Flip Flop Wooden box

Today just in time for summer I'm posting about an altered wooden box I made several year's ago while I was working on a kit club's DT.  I just realized that I hadn't posted a photo of it on here since I didn't have a blog at the time, and I thought I'd better remedy that right away!

The box was sent from "Creating With Paper" as part of their wonderful monthly kits along with the paper that I cut up to use as embellishments.  The box came "naked" (shhhh...don't tell anyone) so the first thing I did was paint it all white with the paint that came in the kit.  Next I fussy cut out all of those flip flops, and words to use as the boxes decorations.  It took a while to cut them all out, but the end results were well worth the effort.

After that I played with the arrangement of those accessories putting them in an order I liked before finally gluing them in place. Then it was off to find the Modge Podge for a final coat to help further glue down all those loose edges of the paper, and give the project a nicer over all finish.

The last thing I did was add the flower ribbon which was also from the kit.  I glued, and tacked it on to the boxes outer lid which it fit perfectly.

All in all it was a blast to make, and I love how it turned out! These kit's were a great to get every month, and you could tell that the site owner had spent a lot of time trying to make the kit's supplies very cohesive, and easy to work with.  Thanks again Robin, you did a fantastic job! Happy Scrapping, Love Penny
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Sunday, June 09, 2013

DIY Snow Cone Syrup

DIY Snow cone syrup

As I promised yesterday here's the really YUMMY snow cone recipe that my granddaughter, and I made!
Of course straight to Pinterest we went to look for some great recipe's, here are two of our favorite's:
Snow cone recipe
Which came from this BLOG
Which sound's yummy, but this is the one we used yesterday from this :BLOG 
and you'll find it pinned here Snow cone recipe

Here are the basic ingredient's, and supplie's you'll need to make this syrup:
1 package of your favorite unsweetened powdered Kool-Aid, per flavor for each syrup that you want to make.
2 Cups of sugar (you can use less, but we used the whole two cup's because it makes the syrup thicker so
in my opinion you use less when putting the syrup on the on the cone's, per flavor.)
1 cup of water per flavor
1 medium sized pot
1 funnel
1 bottle for each syrup flavor
We used empty water bottle's, and the empty store bought snow cone syrup bottle's that we had bought before we tried making our own syrup. The store bought bottle's were nicer since they had squirt top's, but you could easily purchase squirt top bottles if you just have to have them.  You could also recycle ketchup, or salad dressing, or any other "food grade" bottle's with squirt top lid's.

Now onto the making of this delicious goodness!
I have read several different version's of how to do this with some people saying to "put the Kool-Aid in after boiling", and other's saying to add it right away, but I think either way would work just fine.

Pour Water, Sugar, and powdered Kool-Aid into the pot, over medium/high heat stirring occasionally till boiling. Make sure all of the powdered Kool-Aid, and sugar are dissolved.  You can remove it from the heat as soon as it start's to boil, or boil it for one minute more if you want a thicker syrup, but not any longer, or your mixture will be too thick.

Set it aside to cool down before attempting to pour mixture into the funnel, and into the clean bottle's, otherwise your bottle's will melt.
After the mixture's have cooled down you can then use the funnel to add the syrup's to your bottle's, Then place the bottle's in the refrigerator till the mixture has a chance to get really cold, and then pour it over your shaved ice. Instant snow cone deliciousness!

Due to my grandchildren's bottomless pit's our homemade syrup's will never last that long, but the mixture is supposed to last up to two week's in the refrigerator. (I found it will last longer than 2 weeks)

Our favorites so far have been:
Mango Peach, Black Cherry, and Grape, but really they are all great tasting, and taste a lot better than the store bought syrup's.  They are also much cheaper in the long run. Plus you know exactly what is in the syrup, and you know that your syrup's don't include all of those added preservative's that are included in store bought varieties! Sonic sell's their ice if you like your ice on the finer side.

So when the sun is blazing down this summer here is a cheap, and easy way to cool your family off in a hurry that they will all love! Happy Scrapping, Love Penny

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Saturday, June 08, 2013

DIY Homemade Liquid Soap

Liquid Soap Making DIY

Well now on to the promised homemade liquid soap making, with my granddaughter Madison.  We made approximately 6 bottles, not including the personal size one that Madison made especially for her purse! You know a girl can never tell if a public bathroom is going to have soap or not!

Since my granddaughter Madison is only 8, we tried the easy version of liquid soap making! So the first thing we did was go to the Pinterest boards, and hunt for an easy recipe!
We found one here: 
How to make liquid soap, from bar soap (bar soap must be the kind that has a moisturizer already included in the soap. Like Dove, Oil Of Olay, etc.
I think it was originally posted on this BLOG

We used 6 bars of Dove soap, and 12 cups of bottled water. (Some tap water contains germs, so we opted for bottled water instead of tap water.) We also needed some empty bottles, a funnel, a grater, and a large pot. (You can make smaller amounts we just opted for this much soap so we could give some away.)

The recipe was really easy, all we had to do was grate the bar soap, add the bottled water, put both in a pan, and cook it on the stove over medium heat till the soap was COMPLETELY melted, stirring occasionally. 

Then you let it cool, and pour it into bottles.  The soap thickens as it cools, and it turned out really great.  I think next time we make it however we will add just a little less water, but it was a great DIY for someone my granddaughter's age, as long as they have adult supervision. I let my granddaughter use the grater when the soap bars were new, and I took over when the bars were half gone to prevent her from getting her hands too close to the grater.  Just remember to only let the adult around the stove, and the hot soap mixture to prevent accidental burns.

We ended up with about 6 bottles of liquid soap, 3 of which we gave away as gifts.  Everyone who received a bottle loved it, and asked us how we made it, so I'll call this project a success, especially when you consider we also had fun~

Tomorrow I'll be posting about the DIY snow cone syrup recipes we made today, they came out REALLY yummy, and we'll be making those again, probably soon!
Happy Scrapping, 
Love Penny
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