Thursday, July 28, 2016

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Canvas Home Decor

Sometimes when you are decorating your house you need to just wait and let the perfect idea for your home decor come to you.  That is what happened with this project.  We moved into our house almost 2 years ago, and there has been one wall in our home office that has been empty that always bugged me . . . but I also could never find the right thing to put on that wall . . . so I waited.

Last summer we took a vacation to Hawaii and I knew I wanted to do something with the leis we got at the luau we attended . . . but I did not know what . . . so I waited.

Then it all came together . . . and idea for a project that showcased the dried flowers from the leis we got in Hawaii and filled the empty space on the wall in our home office.

I started off with a blank canvas and went to my stash of paints and pulled out all of the various shades of cream and brown that I had.   First I painted the entire canvas cream.

Then a few drops of one shade of brown . . . 

and brush over the top of that with a dry foam brush.  Then I added another shade of brown and did the same thing.

I really had no idea what this was going to look like when I was done . . . I just kept dropping on some more paint and going over it with a dry foam brush.  I figured if it looked terrible when I was done, I could go over it with a few coats of brown paint and have a solid brown background, so why not experiment with this a little.

When it got to this point, I was on the fence on if I liked the way this background looked . . . so I added more paint

Now I liked it better.  Not a solid background . . . still some depth and variance in the colors but not as dramatic as it had been.  When you are up close, there are still areas where you see the light cream, or the rusty brown color but from farther back it reads like a solid brown.  I think it has an "aged" look since it is not totally solid brown.

So now I wanted to showcase the dried flowers from the leis we saved from our trip to Hawaii.  Since I was working with three leis, I was able to pick the best flowers off of each one.  I decided to use the ones that held on to the purple color and throw away the ones that had turned brown.

I used my Cricut to cut a large heart from a piece of adhesive backed fabric I had and placed that on the canvas to use as a guide for placing my dried flowers.  (before I placed this heart on the canvas I tested it on the side to make sure the adhesive backing did not pull any of the paint off of the canvas)

Then I placed some glue around the outside of the heart so that I could start to place the dried flowers down.  I worked in sections because I did not want the glue to dry before I placed the flowers down.

Here is how it looked once I got all the way around the heart once with flowers.  When I started this project, I did not know how many good flowers I was really going to get out of the three leis, and I did eventually end up filling in more flowers, which you will see in the final photos.

Once the flowers were on the canvas I went over them with Mod Podge using a small paint brush.  This sealed the flowers so that they would not crumble if they were touched/bumped.

Since this was also sort of a "memory" of our trip to Hawaii I decided to add the word ohana to the canvas, which means family in Hawaiian . . . and it is also a bonus that the word ohana always makes me think of the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch.

I cut the word ohana on my Cricut using the Deco Foil Toner Sheets by Therm O Web.  These sheets are great!  Foil sticks to toner when you run it through a laminating machine, and these sheets have adhesive on the back too, so when you use them you end up with a perfectly foiled image that is ready to stick on your project.

When I cut these with my Cricut, I use a deep cut blade and a multi cut so that it cuts all the way through the toner sheet and the adhesive backing.

Here is what it looks like on the mat once the cutting is done.  Now it is time for the magic to happen!

Place a piece of the foil over the letters and sandwich them inside a piece of parchment paper.  Then run that sandwich through your laminating machine and look at what you have!  Beautiful foil letters!

Then I just peeled off the backing to expose the adhesive, and they were ready to stick on the canvas.

I love the way the letters shimmer when the light hits them.  


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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sweat X and Hockey Gear

A couple of weeks ago I told you about this great product I found at a lacrosse tournament called Sweat X. The stain remover took blood stains out of a white lacrosse jersey with ease. If you did not see that post, you can click HERE.

Well now I have to tell you about cleaning my daughter's hockey gear with this product.  We have used other detergents in the past, even ones that are supposed to eliminate hard core smells but nothing has ever made the hockey gear THIS CLEAN.  

My daughter was so surprised at how WHITE her gear looked after we cleaned it with Sweat X.  And I was shocked at how it smelled brand new!  It was really easy to do.  We just filled the laundry tub with water, added some Sweat X detergent and let the gear soak for a while.  Look at how gross that water looks . . . all of that was trapped in her hockey gear!

So, I know you want to get some for yourself.  I am including links to the Sweat X website and social media below . . . tell them Shawn Mosch sent you!

Sweat X Sport Website // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Instagram

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Why Are Paper Crafts So Popular?

This topic came up the other day, and I wanted to share some thoughts here . . . why are paper crafts so popular?

Paper crafts cover a HUGE variety of projects . . . card making, scrapbooking, home decor, party decorations, origami, coloring, paper mache and decoupage just to name a few.  And within each of those categories there is a variety of skill levels so once you pick up one project you can learn the basics and then grow into an more advanced crafter.  I think this is one of the things that holds people into a craft . . . when they can see successful projects at a basic level and then really develop a skill and grow.

When I am trying to come up with an idea for a new project, sometimes I will look on Pinterest, Facebook or other blogs for something that inspires me.  Another great resource I have found is the website  They have collected paper craft projects from all over the internet into one nice location for you.  If you sign up for their newsletter, you will get updates and email where they have even found a group of 3D cards ideas and put them in one nice grouping for you to view!

There is even a listing of Paper Craft Designer, so if you find one project you like by a designer you can go and check out all of the other projects by that same designer.  You can check out my designer page HERE.

Weather you start small or go big, paper crafts allow you to show your personality and be creative!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sweat X Sport Product Review and Video

My family just got home from the Pipe City Lacrosse Festival.  Not only did we get to see our girls from Team 36 Lacrosse play some great games (they ended up with 3 wins and 1 loss) but we also discovered a product that I think every parent who has a child is sports NEEDS!  For those of you that know me, you know that when I find a product I love I tell everyone about it . . . well Sweat X Sport is now on my list of product that I will be telling EVERYONE about.

Let me set up the story for you . . . during the first game on Saturday one of our players injured her finger and there was some bleeding from her fingernail area, and she got blood on her jersey.  Between games, we were walking around looking at all of the booths and we came across the Sweat X Sport booth and began to listen to the ladies in the booth talking about all of the stuff this product can get out . . . sweat, bacteria, clay, grass, mud and blood.

Blood you say . . . this is when I go and grab the player who got blood on her jersey.  My "master plan" was to get one of the samples of this product and take it back to the hotel and try to get the blood out, but the ladies at the Sweat X Sport booth said "We can get that out for you right now".  Since my husband had his video camera on him, he recorded it.  Seeing is believing, and once you see this you will want some of this stain remover also!

Just in case the video embedded in this post does not play properly, you can also go HERE to see the video on YouTube.

I really loved the fact that this product did not leave a chemical smell either!  What you saw in the demo was the spray, which is great for treating spots and stains.  They also have a detergent and you can put some of that into a washtub or the bathtub and soak all of your gear.  That will break down the sweat and bacteria that is deep down in all of the gear.  I am actually looking forward to washing my daughter's hockey gear now that we have this stuff!

They were having a bundle deal at the event we were at, and we got a bottle of the detergent, a bottle of the stain remover that they used in the demo, and a bottle of the odor eliminator spray.  I found this bundle on their website if you would like to get it . . . click HERE.

So, I know you want to get some for yourself.  I am including links to the Sweat X website and social media below . . . tell them Shawn Mosch sent you!

Sweat X Sport Website // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Instagram

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Catch A Wave Card

Our daughter fell in love with surfing last summer when we went to Hawaii last summer, so when I saw this paper covered in surfboards I knew it would be perfect for a card for her.

I used my Graphically Speaking Cricut cartridge to cut the wave shape and the words "Catch a Wave".  To finish things off, I added a few dots of Viva Decor in the upper left corner of the card.  Quick, easy, colorful and perfect for the surfer in your life.