Friday, July 20, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #52 & Giveaway

#52! Does that mean I've been doing this for one year now?! Wow, it's pretty cool that among the crazy, hard, and stressful weeks, there really is ALWAYS something to be thankful for. This week I'm thankful for my blog followers, my WOYWW friends, IG followers, etc.

Everyone is always so nice and leaves great comments. It sure does help when I'm feeling low or when things are just blah... I hope that you too have a tribe of people that can boost you up when you're feeling low.

Now for the cool part, in honor of this one year anniversary post of Thankful Fridays, I'm having a GIVE-A-WAY.

At the end of the month, one lucky winner will receive a set of five notecards (a $15 value). These cards are in my Etsy Shop and are copies of my original art work.

Leave a comment on this post and/or any future posts from today through July 31st. After the 31st, I'll randomly select one name and post the winner soon after.

Good Luck!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Another Junk Journal Video

Hey there, I hope you’re not getting bored with all my junk journal videos but I am having so much fun with them! I tried something a little different with this video. It’s basically a series of photos and a voice over.  The reason why I did it this way is because I started the journal and then realized I should have filmed it.

Well, now I have the chance to try something new!

Thanks for everyone’s kind comments which is really encouraging me to continue filming.

A sneak peek and hope it encourages you to watch the video!


Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel which is Dorlene Durham and I also post on Instagram.  Find me @3sons_and_astar

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Scrapbooking with Quick Quotes

I am so ready to enjoy the triple digit hot CA weather in my air conditioned home. I am so behind in my scrapbooking so it was nice to spend the day in the Command Center.
I pulled out the Secret Garden paper collection from Quick Quotes to complete the final page from my San Antonio trip. These photos were printed at 2x3” and I was able to get 10 photos on one page!

I grabbed scraps of this collection and cut or tore strips to create a background. Each strip edge is inked with coordinating PowderPuff Chalk Inks. I used Light Moss, Sandy Shore, Island Orange, and Deep Sea.

I love the quote on this vellum strip so I added it to the center of the photos. I was going to ink the edges, but I wanted it to blend into the photos. The nice thing about the PowderPuff Chalk Inks is that I can use it on vellum if I wanted to.

I adhered the vellum strip with brads.  I added some embellishments and journaling and this page is complete!

Quick Quotes Products Used:
Secret Garden Paper Collection
The Journey Vellum Strip
PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Light Moss, Deep Sea, Island Orange, Sandy Shore
Enamel Dots (June Club Q)
Copper Brads

Other Products Used:
Black Licorice Color Silk by FSJ
Black Thread
Small Talk by Tim Holtz

Friday, July 13, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #51

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This week we had an unexpected visitor, my nephew! He popped over and we had such a great visit. Too bad it was a little short since I had to go to bed early for work the next day, but he has such a great energy and it just radiates from him to whomever he's with. Gosh, I love that kiddo!

That kiddo is 36 years old but he's still a kiddo to me. So this week I'm thankful for my nephew, Robert. I'm thankful that we're the type of family that you can just pop on over without a formal invitation. My parents were great role models and raised themselves two generations (and counting) of fun, loving, forgiving, and generous people.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

ICAD 2018; Week Six

Another week of the ICAD challenge and I'm still having fun!

Here are my cards for Week 6 (I did not follow the prompts at all this week):

This card was made on 7/11; so this is a tribute to the Slurpee.
If you're not sure what a Slurpee is, it's basically a drinkable snow cone.

If you want to start the challenge, click on over to Daisy Yellow Art for more info, prompts and themes. Even though the challenge is to be done from June 1 - July 31, 61 consecutive days, you can start any time. This is the first year, I started on June 1st.

To see more of my index cards from this year or the past two, click on the ICAD label to the right.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

WOYWW #475; Junk Journal Pages & Video

Happy WOYWW! I don't have a photo of my desk, but I finally finished editing the video I talked about last week.

I just love playing in my junk journal - and that is what it is, a journal made from junk! Some are newspapers, magazines, book pages, junk mail, gelli prints, etc. all bound together to make a journal. If you click on "Junk Journal" on the label list to the right, you can see many of the pages I've completed as well as some videos.

I love the idea of making something from nothing.

Check out my latest YouTube video with a flip through and a project. I tried a different angle when I taped it, let me know how you like it.

Here are photos of the finished pages that I talked about:

I hope you enjoyed the video and have subscribed to my channel. I'm still learning a lot while filming but having so much fun! My channel name is Dorlene Durham.

And remember to click on over to Stamping Ground to link up to the WOYWW linkage or just peek into these amazing artists' rooms/desks/areas.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

FCCB #330; It's A Girl; Baby Minnie Shower

The Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog (FCCB) challenge theme is BABY and I just had to link these projects up. As you know, I am part of their Design Team and even though this is not my challenge week, that did not stop me!

I had so much fun making these centerpieces and banners/backdrop for my DIL's sister's baby shower. The good and bad thing about being crafty, is everyone wants you to help with their party. But...I love it and it's just another fun thing to create.

I purchased these Baby Minnie SVG files from Etsy (3 Blue Hearts) and they are so adorable! I cut the Minnie's for the centerpieces at 8". I used the Mickey Font, Mickey & Friends, and New Arrival cartridges to complete the decorations and probably every sheet of pink paper I owned!

These started off with 10 rolled diapers to create the "cake" base. I placed the sticks with clothespins attached to the center of each "cake" and then I realized that I had gold & white striped straws. So I put the sticks into the straws and ended up using two sticks each to give it more height. (The sticks are coffee stir sticks from Starbucks - yes, I'm one of those people who grab a few extra every time I go...don't tell me I'm the only one.) Since I extended the height, I added another rolled diaper to the center of the base. This is also where the Minnie's are attached.

Sheer and satin ribbons, pink curling ribbon, white tulle and pink & white paper shreds all add an extra "pretty" to each of the centerpieces. All of these "pretties" with the exception of the wide ribbons were things I had in my stash.

Each centerpiece has a Minnie image, an "It's a Girl" sign and an extra embellishment on the back of the sign. The square signs have a onesie (with a Minnie head) and bottle and the circle signs have a Minnie head with a "C". (Baby's name will be Carina.) And in front of each of them is a scalloped circle with a gold Minnie head adhered to the ribbon.

Thankfully I only had to make six centerpieces.

Two with the baby's name cut out of Minnie ears and the other with "BABY" on onesies with gold hangers - lots of ribbons to make it girlie and three large cutouts of baby Minnie.

You can't really go wrong with pink, gold and all things girlie.

Click on over to the FCCB site to link up your own BABY project or just click over to see the DT projects and other linkers. Have fun!

Cartridges Used:
New Arrival, Mickey & Friends, Mickey Font

Monday, July 9, 2018

Celbrating the Red, White and Blue

I’m excited to show you the easy card I made using Quick Quotes products. This is called a flip flap card. It starts with a 4 1/4 x 11 1/2 piece of cardstock. Then score the cardstock at 1 7/8 and 7 3/8. The middle is your standard 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 sized card so it fits in a regular A2 sized envelope.

I pulled out some blue and red pieces of patterned papers. I used a blue piece from the Far and Away collection and the red is from Sping Showers collection. I also used a sentiment from the Whistlin’ Dixie word sheet.

After cutting the papers to size but before adhering the pieces to the card base, I inked the blue paper in Deep Sea PowderPuff Chalk Ink and the red patterned paper in Lipstick PowderPuff Chalk Ink.

This card was an easy one. Once the patterned papers were adhered, I inked the cut out sentiment in Lipstick Powerpuff Chalk Ink and adhered the top portion to the top flap with 3D foam adhesive.

I stamped Congratulation in the inside and added white sequins around the card and it is done.

Quick Quotes Products Used:
Patterned Papers from Far and Away and Spring Showers paper collections
Whistlin’ Dixie Word Sheet
PowderPuff Chalk Inks in Deep Sea and Lipstick.

Friday, July 6, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #50

This was a short work week for me and for that I'm thankful! With the 4th of July landing on a Wednesday, many of my coworkers took the rest of the week off. I did too! I am thankful for short work weeks!
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Thursday, July 5, 2018

ICAD 2018 Week Five

The first few days of this week, I did not follow any of the prompts. The good thing is that it's OK. The prompts are there if you need them but they are not required.

My week five ICADS:
I love the unexpected tiny heart in the center.

Find out more about the ICAD challenge HERE.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

WOYWW #474

Happy WOYWW! I've been MIA for awhile and haven't linked my desk in a few weeks. Mostly because one of my DT obligations seem to fall on Wednesdays and of course that commitment comes first.

But I'm able to participate this week! Here's my desk:

I just finished filming a video for YouTube and all the elements of the project are still on my desk. I still need to edit it but will be on my channel soon as well as a post.

I've been playing around with a Reverse Canvas project. Apparently this is all the rage in the Cricut vinyl world. I finished this one for my sister & BIL's new RV. Sorry for the language, but that's exactly how my BIL said it LOL.
I'm helping my DIL with a pair of canvases to give my son for their one year anniversary this weekend. Can you believe it's been a year already?!

They are big Harry Potter fans and this was a statement that was made in one of the books (and movie too).

After all this time...Always.

Click on over to Stamping Ground website to see more desks or add you work area to the linkage.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

CWS July Challenge; Flag

Good morning and happy July! June came and went and hopefully the heat we've been having has gone too - wishful thinking!

The challenge theme on the Creative With Stamps site is:


3 images 

(for Random Winner)

At first I was stuck because I didn't think I had any stamps with the flag. Then I remembered these stamps I've had forever! They are old Stampin' Up! stamps that I've had for over 15 years. I kept the cards pretty simple.

I stamped the images on white cardstock cut at 3 3/4 x 5" with black archival ink. Then I used a combination of watercolor paint and markers to color in the image. I added some dimensional glaze to a few images to create some interest.

The sentiments are from a CTMH set and I thought they went well with the stamps.

Once the paint/markers dried, I matted them with dark blue cardstock cut at 4 x 5 1/4 before adhering to the white card base.

Very simple, but very cute!

Now it's your turn...join the challenge at the Creative With Stamps site!