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Hello everyone and welcome to Scrap N Grow.  Today’s featured metal peony brooch was inspired by this week’s Dazzling Divas design team inspiration photo, pictured below.

Dazzling Divas Design Team Challenge #22: Metal Peony Brooch

If you were with us last week, I created a picture frame honoring my mom’s birthday, The frame featured a peony made using Princess Pink Add A Little Dazzle metal sheets. Click here to view. This week’s inspiration photo inspired me to create a simplified variation from last week’s peony, but in a different color. For the peony pictured below, I used Pucker Me Pink Add A Little Dazzle metal sheets.

Dazzling Divas Design Team Challenge #22: Metal Peony Brooch

Dazzling Divas Design Team Challenge #22: Metal Peony Brooch

I created a tutorial for the simplified version which will be available at the end of the week. I had intended on making it available today, but instead decided to use it as an incentive free gift for subscribing to my upcoming monthly newsletter that will start in May 2014. In order to accomplish this, I made the decision to switch email hosts from Feedblitz to AWeber. So while the tutorial is completed, my newsletter sign up process is not yet completed. I promise, the tutorial will be worth waiting two extra days. This peony was stress free and super easy to make. I made this peony into a brooch and thought this would make for a great honorarium brooch to wear on Mother’s Day.

I encourage you now to click over to the Dazzling Divas challenge blog to see what the other designers created based on this week’s inspiration photo. Our lovely host, Monica Weaver has a wonderful prize pack up for grabs for one lucky participant. What will you create?

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Michelle

 

Hello everyone. I hope you had a good weekend. I am back today to share ‘Breezy Day’, a canvas I painted at a store called Wine and Canvas recently with my future sister in law, Michel and her girlfriend Rachel.

Breezy Day Canvas

‘Breezy Day’ Canvas

Wine and Canvas is a national franchise with locations in several states. I love their motto, “Life is too short for blank walls; unleash your inner Picasso”.  To accomplish this, Wine and Canvas employ’s artists at each location who paint a variety of inspiring canvases and later teach registrants how to recreate a particular canvas via step by step instruction. Click here for more information. The three of us registered for ‘Breezy Day’. The cost was $35 and included all supplies to recreate the featured canvas. Food and wine was not included but offered for sale.

Our painting event started at 6:00pm with a brief introduction and review of our pre-dispensed supplies: 5 paint brushes, a bucket of water, and a paint palette with 4 primary colors of acrylic paint. Following introductions, the artist guided us through the process via step by step instruction in order to recreate her ‘Breezy Day’ canvas. Pictured below are a few photos taken throughout the evening.

Breezy Day Canvas

‘Breezy Day’ Canvas: Work In Progress @Wine and Canvas

Breezy Day Canvas

‘Breezy Day’ Canvas: Rachel and I @Wine and Canvas

Breezy Day Canvas

‘Breezy Day’ Canvas Group Photo@ Wine and Canvas

What  do you think? I think each of our canvases turned out great! It was a fun and creative night out. Kudos to Wine and Canvas for a fun filled evening of art. I am waiting to hear from the group which canvas we will paint next month, May’s calendar was just posted.

Thank you for stopping by. Stay tuned….I am in the midst of putting the finishing touches on my upcoming peony tutorial to be released later this week. Have a great day!

Michelle

 

 

Hello everyone and welcome to Scrap N Grow. Just when I thought Spring was underway, snow is in the forecast for tonight…up to 4 inches. Argh!!! At least it will melt quickly. Today’s featured project was created for this week’s Dazzling Divas design team challenge #21. Ironically, our theme this week was Mother’s Day. I thought this was ironic as tomorrow would have been my mom’s 66th birthday. This week’s inspiration photo of peonies inspired me to try and create another metal flower, a peony (close up is pictured below). Click herehere, and here for previously featured metal blooms.

Dazzling Divas Design Team Challenge #21: Happy Birthday Mom

Metal Peony Close Up

I created the 4 inch peony pictured above using Princess Pink Add A Little Dazzle metal and adhered the metal bloom to a metal embossed 12×12 picture frame (pictured below).

Dazzling Divas Design Team Challenge #21: Happy Birthday Mom

Dazzling Divas Design Team Challenge #21

I apologize for the reflecting glare on the metal. Metal is challenging for me to photograph. As a result, the picture does not really showcase the true vibrant colors of the frame. I love how the frame turned out and especially love the full bodied bloom. Pictured below are a few additional close ups of the peony.

Dazzling Divas Design Team Challenge #21: Happy Birthday Mom

Metal Peony Close Up #2

Dazzling Divas Design Team Challenge #21: Happy Birthday Mom

Metal Peony Close Up #3

I am in the process of writing a tutorial so that you too can create your own peony. I plan to post the tutorial next week. In the meantime, I included a list of supplies that I used…so you have time to purchase your metal and necessary punches.

 

Supplies Used:

Frame: 12×12 Unfinished Picture Frame purchased from Michael’s

Grumbacher Permanent Blue Light Acrylic Paint

Provocraft Polka Dot Page Embossing Folder

Baby Blue Add A Little Dazzle Metal Sheets

Peony:  Princess Pink Add A Little Dazzle Metal Sheets

Punch Bunch Super Giant Punch Begonia Petals

Stampin Up Blossom Builders Punch

McGill Large Highland Snowflake Punch

Stampin Up Bigz Autumn Accents Die (leaves)

Strong, clear adhesive. My favorite is 3 in 1 by Beacon available at Michael’s.

 

Pictured below is this week’s inspiration photo.

Dazzling Divas Design Team Challenge #21: Happy Birthday Mom

 

I encourage you to click over to the Dazzling Divas challenge blog to see what the other designers created based on this week’s inspiration photo. Our lovely host, Monica Weaver has a wonderful prize pack up for grabs for one lucky participant. What will you create?

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

 

 

Michelle

 

 

 

Hello and welcome to Scrap N Grow. I am so excited to share this week’s Dazzling Divas design team challenge #20 project hosted by Monica Weaver over at Add A Little Dazzle. I created a gorgeous spring card featuring Trumpet daffodils (pictured below) inspired by this weeks inspiration photo.

Dazzling Divas Design Team Challenge #20: Trumpet Daffodils Note Card

Dazzling Divas Design Team Challenge #20: Trumpet Daffodils Note Card

Supplies Used:

Trumpet Daffodils- Stampendous Stamp

Brushed Bronze Add A Little Dazzle metal sheet

Black embossing powder by Ranger Ink

Squeezed Lemonade Distress Marker by Ranger Ink

Long Fasteners by Ideaology

Goochie Script embossing folder by Provocraft

 

This card was super easy to create and will be a dose of spring sunshine for a dear dental hygiene patient of mine who recently lost her husband of 60+ years. Pictured below is this week’s inspiration photo.

Dazzling Divas Design Team Challenge #20: Trumpet Daffodils Note Card

This week’s photo is chocked full of inspirational elements.  What will you create? Please leave a comment below and share with me and fellow Scrap N Grow readers about which element in this week’s photo inspires you?

I encourage you now to head on over to the Dazzling Divas Blog Challenge to see how the other Dazzling Divas designers interpreted this week’s inspiration photo and learn how you can join in on the fun and be entered for a chance to win a cool prize package.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a fabulous Spring day (Today’s predicted temperature here in MN is 73 degrees!!!!!! Insert jumping for joy!!!!!!!!)

 

Michelle

 

Hello everyone and welcome to Scrap N Grow. The start of a new month signals the unveiling of a new Paperie in Bloom bouquet. If you are new to Scrap N Grow, Paperie in Bloom is a monthly blog series where every month on or about the first of each month (this month was an exception), a new 3D blooming paper bouquet hand crafted from paper is showcased. Then throughout the month, additional projects that highlight the bloom of the month are featured. Pictured below is this month’s featured bloom hails from a spring blooming shrub called a Snowball viburnum.

Paperie In Bloom: April 2014 Snowball Viburnum Branches

Paperie In Bloom: April 2014 Snowball Viburnum

I chose Snowball viburnum for their fresh white blooms atop dark green foliage. I love the sharp contrast of color. The Snowball viburnum is a hardy shrub here in Minnesota. I created these blooming branches using various punches and a Squeezed Lemonade Distress marker. They were so much fun to make and are a refreshing sight to help welcome spring.

What blooming branches are in full glory where you live? Please tell me by leaving a comment below. Thank you so much for stopping by. I will be back on Wednesday with another Dazzling Diva design team project. Have a spring filled week.

 

Michelle

Good morning and welcome to Scrap N Grow.  I am so excited to share this week’s Dazzling Divas design team challenge #19 hosted by Monica Weaver over at Add A Little Dazzle. I created a Iris note card for a friend, pictured below.

Dazzling Divas Design Team Challenge #19

Dazzling Diva Challenge #19 Iris Note Card

The color palette for today’s featured card was inspired by the inspiration photo’s sequin’s colors pictured below.

Dazzling Divas Design Team Challenge #19

Supplies Used:

Add A Little Dazzle Polished Purple metal sheet

Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder by Stampin Up

Iris image is from I Brake For Stamps

Inkessentials Specialty Stamping paper

Various colors of  Tim Holtz Distress Markers

Mini Baroque Tim Holtz’s Mover and Shapers Die

 

I encourage you now to head on over to the Dazzling Divas Blog Challenge to see how the other Dazzling Divas designers interpreted this week’s inspiration photo and learn how you can join in on the fun and be entered for a chance to win a cool prize package.

 

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

 

Michelle

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Scrap N Grow.  How is your week going? Today is April 1st and I typically reveal a new Paperie In Bloom blooming bouquet. April’s Paperie In Bloom reveal has been postponed until next Monday April 8, 2014. I am sorry.

Yesterday was my first week back to work in nearly 2 weeks ago due to a traumatic injury to my eye. My eye has finally healed. As my sight began to improve late last week, I began creating April’s Paperie In Bloom bouquet.  I have time scheduled this week to finish this month’s bouquet of……. ( Hint: s…b..l V..u…m.). In the meantime, I invite you to check out previously featured Paperie In Bloom bouquets by clicking here. Pictured below is last April’s Paperie In Bloom: Forced Magnolia Branches

Paperie In Bloom: April 2014

Paperie In Bloom: April 2013 Magnolias

Paperie In Bloom: April 2014

Paperie In Bloom: April 2013 Close Up of Magnolia Bloom

 

Lastly, I want to thank everyone for your heart felt condolences regarding the passing of my beloved, Kujo. Your stories were so touching, beautiful, and each one made me smile. Thank you again. Our home has an awkward silence and I so miss coming home to a wagging tail. It will definitely take me some time to adjust.

Thank you again for your understanding. Have a beautiful day!

Michelle

 

Hello and welcome to Scrap N Grow. Today’s post is dedicated to my canine best friend of 15 years, Kujo who crossed over the Rainbow Bridge last Friday afternoon.

A Ruff Week

I have spent the last weekend looking back and remembering all the beautiful and heartfelt memories that we shared. I have included my top 5 pictures below that really capture who Kujo was.

A Ruff Week

Kujo’s 15th Birthday Biscuit

First Place

Kujo celebrated his 15th birthday just 2 weeks ago (pictured above). While this is a milestone for any dog, it is nearly unheard of for a purebred Rottweiler such as Kujo was. Kujo loved homemade biscuits. This one was extra special because it was beautifully decorated with yogurt icing. He savored pieces of this biscuit over the course of a week. Not too many dogs would make it last that long.

Second Place

Every pet owner comes to know of their pet’s special talents and/or abilities. Kujo too was special.  One of Kujo’s extra special talents was strawberry hunting. Yes, you read that correctly, strawberry hunting. I have several strawberry patches and on any given summer day, Kujo could be found hunting for juicy,ripe strawberries.

A Ruff Week

Kujo Hunting for Strawberries

Third Place

The picture below is one of my favorite pictures of Kujo enjoying the dog days of the summer sunshine while keeping watch for a squirrel to chase. The picture below really showcases Kujo’s gentle and easy going temperament. Unfortunately all too often, Rottweilers get a bad reputation for being a vicious dog. Kujo was trained starting at 8 weeks old and is the most behaved canine friend I have ever owned.

A Ruff Week

Kujo Enjoying the Dog Days of Summer

Fourth Place

Kujo’s expression in the photo below is another one of my favorites. Kujo was full of expressions that would make everyone and me always laugh out loud. This picture was taken atop our staircase as he was high enough to see what was being prepared in the kitchen below.

A Ruff Week

Express Yourself: Kujo Keeping Watch From Atop the Stairs

Fifth Place

Most dogs love to play ball. Kujo too loved to play ball, especially outside where we could really throw it long distances. I especially like how the photo below really captures his playfulness.

A Ruff Week

Let’s Play Ball!

 

Even though it was very difficult for me to compose this post, writing this post really highlighted all the beautiful memories that I shared with Kujo over the past 15 years. Kujo was my shadow. It will definitely take me some time to walk alone and adjust to life without (wo)man’s best friend. I know in my heart that Kujo is now at peace and has reunited with his older brother Elvis (dachshund/beagle mix) who proceeded him in death 2 years ago (pictured below).

A Ruff Week

Kujo’s Older Brother Elvis

A Ruff Week

Kujo and Elvis At The Front Door

I hope that I did not make you cry as today’s post was a real tear jerker. I greatly appreciate that you let me share my memorial tribute about Kujo. If you would, please leave me a comment below (they make me smile) and share with me one of your favorite memories or antics of a pet you have/had.

Note: I am taking a break from this week’s Dazzling Diva Challenge #18,but will be back next week with new nature inspired projects. Thank you again and have a beautiful day.

 

Michelle

 

 

 

 

Hello and welcome to Scrap N Grow. I am so excited to share this week’s Dazzling Divas design team challenge #17 hosted by Monica Weaver over at Add A Little Dazzle. I created a wedding card for a coworker who is getting married later this week. Inspired by the inspiration photo’s antique gilded frames, I created a Mr & Mrs wedding card, pictured below.

Dazzling Divas Design Team Challenge #17: Mr & Mrs Wedding Day Card

Dazzling Divas Design Team Challenge #17: Mr & Mrs Wedding Day Card

Below is this week’s inspiration photo.

Dazzling Divas Design Team Challenge #17: Mr & Mrs Wedding Day Card

Supplies Used:

Card Stock: White and Gold Metallic

Add A Little Dazzle Metal: Wondrous White

Embossing Folders: Acanthus by Anna Griffin for Provocraft

Sentiment Stamp: Stampin Up

 

I encourage you now to head on over to the Dazzling Divas Blog Challenge #17 to see how the other Dazzling Divas designers interpreted this week’s inspiration photo and learn how you can join in on the fun and be entered for a chance to win a cool prize package.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

 

Michelle

 

 

Hello everyone, I am excited to tell you that this month’s featured Paperie In Bloom, ‘A Cup of Tulip Cheer’ pictured below is being featured on Bella Crafts Quarterly blog today.

Featured Guest Blogger for Bella Crafts Quarterly

Paperie In Bloom: March 2014, ‘A Cup of Tulip Cheer’

I have had several people email me requesting instructions for how to make my tulips. I responded and told each person that a tutorial was in the works.

Drumroll……………………..

I submitted step by step photos and written instructions for each step to Bella Crafts Quarterly. You can access, ‘A Cup of Tulip Cheer’ tutorial here, but before you click over keep reading below to find out how to receive a $25.00 gift card to either Joann’s or Michael’s.

Submit a photo of your ‘Cup of Tulip Cheer’ creation to Scrap N Grow for a chance to win a FREE gift card!  

Yes indeed…..you read that correctly….simply submit an original photo of your ‘Cup of Tulip Cheer’ bouquet for a chance to win your choice of a $25.00 gift card. Complete rules below. My goal with Paperie In Bloom each month is/has been to inspire you to create everlasting 3D blooming bouquets. Paperie In Bloom bouquets are perfect to show your appreciation to others, cheer someone up who is going through a rough time, as well as liven up our home decor. My ‘Cup of Tulip Cheer’ is displayed on my kitchen counter to enjoy and remind me that Spring is almost here.

Rules

1. Your submission must be original and hand crafted.

2. Deadline for submissions is Thursday March 28, 2014 11:59CST. Submission must include photo of blooming bouquet, a brief summary about how you were inspired and interpreted “A Cup of Tulip Cheer’, contact information including blog address if applicable, and your choice of gift card to either Joann’s or Michael’s.

3. Submissions must be a 3D bouquet of tulips hand crafted from paper, fabric, yarn, tissue paper, metal, etc and displayed in a decorative container.

3. Number of gift cards available is 4. Winners will be chosen using a random number generator and will be featured here on the Scrap N Grow blog on  Monday, March 31, 2014.

4. Gift cards will be mailed to winners on Monday, March 31, 2014.

 

I look forward to seeing your ‘Cup of Tulip Cheer’ 3D bouquets. You have 2 weeks…plenty of time.

Thank you so much for sharing in my excitement with me. Click here to be taken to Bella Crafts Quarterly to access, ‘A Cup of Tulip Cheer’ tutorial. Have a great day!

 

Michelle

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