Everyone has a story to tell, here's mine sprinkled with some creative projects along the way.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you come back again.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Altered Wooden Clip frame *Inspired By Stamping*

Looking for a quick Mother's day gift for next month? How about altering a wooden paper clip with some beautiful products from Inspired by Stamping?
thank you altered paper clip
I've had this plain wooden paper clip for over four years now. It's been sitting on my craft desk and I use it to tuck any notes that I wanted to remember later on it. But after receiving the new release stamps from IBS, I was encouraged to finally "pretty" up this plain clip. I am so happy with the result that I've actually moved this item from my crafty desk to one of my side tables in my living room. The IBS products really makes it beautiful and I'm proud to display it along with some favorite pictures of my children.
thank you altered paper clip-003
I first took out the springs from the middle of the clip, then I painted the pieces white so that it will have a clean foundation. I measured the outside part of the clips and covered it with papers from the Vintage Floral Paper pad. I decided to use my Mod Podge on this project to make sure that the papers adhere well onto the wood and that it will have a clean finish as well.
thank you altered paper clip-001
Next I used the Fancy Labels 2 Die to create my layered title block. I inked the edges of the smaller piece to separate it a little from the larger paper. I added a floral background on the block before stamping the sentiment. Both the flower and sentiment stamps are from this set...
thank you altered paper clip-002
I added some twine and rhinestone to the title block before adhering it (with foam adhesive) onto the paper clip. I wanted to add some more color to the project so I adhered three peach carnations to the edges of the title block.
So there you have it. I was able to create this project in less than 30 minutes and I'm sure it would take less if I didn't have to paint the clip. I hope this inspired you to put your beautiful IBS stash into creating projects that will beautify your home even further.
Happy Creating,
Stamp set- Sweet Pea,Inspired By Stamping
Paper pad- Vintage Floral, Inspired By Stamping
Die cut- Fancy labels 2 die, Inspired By Stamping
Flowers- Peach Carnations, Inspired By Stamping
Others- Wooden Paper clip, white paint, adhesives

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cramming it all in here

Hi friends. 
So I know that this blog has been loaded with just crafty projects lately. It's been a very exciting few months for our family and if you have me as a friend on Facebook, you know that we are expecting our third child in September. We are crossing our fingers we will know if we are having a girl or a boy sometime very soon. 

So with that, I have been hit by morning sickness BIG TIME! I had a hard time for the first trimester. If I was not sick, I was super tired and sometimes I was both. Yuck! To top that, I was still trying to manage being a mommy, a crafter, a business owner and a student. Yeah, not so fun! That's the reason why this blog has been neglected. I have learned that when you are trying to survive, you put energy in the most important stuff and at the end of the day, sadly, blogging wasn't part of the list. 

Anyways, since we are passed the first trimester, I'm feeling back to my old self again and so I finally decided to go through some pictures from the last few months and share with all of you what we've been up to. Some are a little grainy since they were taken with my little IPod touch but I still count them as priceless as they were evidences of memories I don't want to forget. 

January was a rough one for us as my dad was admitted to the hospital for breathing problems in the middle of the month. His health quickly turned for the worst and there was even a scary time when the doctor said that if we wanted to see my dad alive, we would have to travel right at that second. Thankfully we had prayers being said for him in all corners of the world and he lived to tell his tale. He was in the ICU for over a month and is still connected to respirator to this day. Despite the health challenges, he is making progress. Just a couple of days ago my mom reported that he was able to sit up. It's a big leap being that he's been lying on a hospital bed for almost 3 months now. 
(picture was taken of me and my dad in the summer of 2011) 

On the last day of January we had a good snow storm. The following day was a Saturday and the family decided to test out the new sleds we bought at Costco. We went to a nearby park and when we got there it seemed like every single family in the area had the same idea. Mitch and the kids still managed to find a good spot to slide down from. I took these photos in the first five minutes of them sledding and then I went back to the truck to keep warm and refrain from fainting or worst, throwing up! 

February was also the month where Marcus presented his Science fair project this year. This is his last one as an elementary student and he chose rockets. He picked three kinds of rockets that he will make and test which one had the better engine. 

Here he is during the actual fair. He didn't place (he was bummed about it) but I believe it's because he didn't even bring his rockets to show. I wanted him to take responsibility for this and he decided (against my persistent advice) to leave the rockets home. I think a little disappointment doesn't hurt a kid, especially if he realizes he would've made a better choice with it.

One thing I've noticed with this pregnancy was that I was craving a lot of Filipino food. It was very hard to fill that craving as there are no Filipino restaurants in the area. Luckily my mom and dad gave me enough recipes and knowledge to make my own at home. During those times where I had a burst of energy (or I just couldn't stand not filling the craving) I'd cook something. This Pansit (Filipino noodle dish) was made sometime in February. 

A good friend of mine introduced me to these mints. I told her of my struggle with the nasty "pregnancy" after taste and how Tums just didn't seem to calm my stomach down. She gave me some of these mints and from then on, I was hooked! Apparently these are "British" mints. They are bigger than a lifesaver and have quite a strong mint flavor. It was one of my "survivor" necessities during the first trimester. I couldn't leave the house without it. At one point, I had a roll in my purse, by the computer, on my craft table, on my nightstand and any other place in the house where I might need to quickly pop them in my mouth. Thanks Heather, you and these mints were a lifesaver. :)

Also in February we got our first glimpse of baby #3. I had my first ultrasound at about 10 weeks and this is our first picture of the baby. 

In March, the cub scouts in our stake had their annual Pinewood Derby car race. Mitch and I let Marcus design his car. We are slowly giving him more opportunities to make choices and also accept the consequences of them. Our big lesson for him these days is "taking ownership" of things and choices. We want him to be ready for middle school. Yikes, that's in the fall! 

Anyways despite the lack of creativity in his car design and very little effort in painting his car, he still managed to rank second in all of his races. At the final scoring, he was in the middle of the pack.

After the race we treated him (and the whole family) to dinner at Steak and Shake. The kids love that place cause of the shake and as you can see in the photos, it's a pretty good size treat.

Also in March, Maddie started borrowing kid cookbooks at the library. I'm not sure why but I'm excited for her and her new found enthusiasm for cooking and making things in the kitchen. Who knows maybe she'll be the next chef in the family (My dad was a professional chef for many years). For our Family Home Evening treat this one particular Monday she (with some help from me) made a no bake cheese cake. We had to substitute some of the ingredients as we didn't have them on hand. So instead of a berry topping, we used fresh mangoes and a little bit of my homemade pineapple/zucchini preserves. It sure was delicious! 

The kids had their Spring break in March and one of the things we did was walk (2 miles round trip) to a local duck pond. We brought all of our old crackers and chips to feed to the ducks. It seemed like the ducks and geese haven't been fed in a while cause they were all excited to see Marcus and Maddie throw the crackers their way. 

I started feeling well about halfway through March and I had more energy to be a "better mom" to the children. I know that I've neglected them in one way or another in the past few months so to "redeem" myself, I searched Pinterest for cool activities to do for General Conference weekend. We did conference cash where the kids got to earn paper money during the sessions if they were listening, participating in the singing parts and being reverent. Mitch and I were in charge of handing them out and if we found them not following the rules, money was taken away as well. I went to the dollar store to grab a few items but as you can see in this photo, I just went through my home and tried to find what items I can put in the "conference store". Most of them were food but they did save up enough "cash" to get the big ticket items like a bug catcher bought at the $ store. 

I also found this cool idea where the kids can move the picture of the apostle behind the paper podium so that they can familiarize themselves to who is speaking at that time. I only found pictures of the presidency and quorum of the 12. I didn't have a big enough egg carton to name all the seventies and the other general authorities.

and finally, something to remember the growing life inside of me. I never did a progressive belly shot with any of my kids and I thought it would be fun to do it with this one. This was taken at 17 weeks of pregnancy. We just started second trimester on this one so I had the energy to get myself looking 'somewhat' put together. :)

So there you have it. A post, that hopefully gets everyone updated on what's going on at the Tolman home. Know that we appreciate family and friend that check up on us through this blog and Facebook. We feel of your love and support. 

Till next time,

Friday, April 11, 2014

All Dolled Up layout *Ribbon's Unlimited Inc.*

Hello ribbon friends. Today I’d like to share with you a scrapbook page featuring a fun masking technique made with the wide sheer ribbon.

I love the trend of stencils. It’s so fun and an easy way to add great designs to any page. I decided that the wide sheer ribbon would be a great piece to try this technique on.

1. First I covered my work surface with scrap paper. I laid my ribbon over it and taped the ends with a bit of washi tape so that it doesn’t move during my inking.
2. I then picked the stencil that I wanted to use. I have a 12x12 stencil from Heidi Swapp and I thought that the length was perfect for a scrapbook page. I sprayed my ribbon (with stencil over it) with Bronze mist and set it aside to dry.
3. After it had dried, I then added the ribbon piece on my layout.  I layered some more papers and embellishments to complete my page.

Here’s another look at the finished project:

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you try the stencil technique for your next ribbon project.

Happy Creating,

Supplies Used:
Cardstock- The Paper Company
Pattern papers- (Background) Yes Please, American Crafts; (others) Party day, Crate Paper
Chipboard stickers- Soleil, Basic Grey
Doilies- Doodlebug Design Inc.
Hand and bee stickers- SRM Stickers
Letter stickers- (white) Basic Grey; (turquoise) Webster’s Pages
Circle cutter- Creative Memories
Mist and Stencil- Heidi Swapp
Pen- Millenium, Zig
Journaling font- Century Gothic, MS Word
Button- Foofala
Twine and Tag- Source Unknown

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thanks for being card *Inspired By Stamping*

Today I'd like to share a card I created using some Inspired by Stamping products. I am still loving the Vintage Paper pad and I used as my basis for the card. It was so soft and the designs so subtle that layering the pieces was just the right technique to showcase them all without making it too overwhelming to the eye. 

Thanks for being card
The sentiment stamp came from this set and I also used the Fancy die cut in this card. To add some dimension and texture, I added some pink buttons. 

What have been your favorite products lately?

Till next time,

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

My Mother card *Inspired By Stamping*

Hi there IBS friends. Grace here to share with you a card I created using this beautiful stamp set....
my mother card
I was flipping through a magazine recently and was drawn to a two tone stamp effect. I tried my hand on it and created the green and yellow floral design on the kraft cardstock used as part of my background on the card. I stamped the darker image first, which is the green with an ink pad and then heat embossed the yellow colored flower with the same stamped image. I also overlapped them so create some dimension.
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I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock to make it stand out against all the colorful background. I also adhered it with foam dots to give it more emphasis. I added an array of rhinestones going from top to bottom of the card to lead the eye to the sentiment.
Happy Creating,
Stamp- Mother's Day Bouquet, Inspired By Stamping
Cardstock- (white) Wal Mart; (Kraft) Bazzill
Pattern papers- American Crafts; DCWV; GCD Studios
Twine- Doodlebug Design Inc.
Rhinestones- Doodlebug Design Inc.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Thanks a million card *Inspired By Stamping*

What are some of the ways you say thank you to someone? Well for me, I usually say it through a handmade card. 

Thanks a Million card
I created this card with some Inspired By Stamping products.
I started off with a dark cardstock for a background so that the beautiful images on the Vintage Floral paper pad would stand out more.

I have this scalloped circle already made from a previous project and I stamped the inside of it with the diamond background and then handcut the inside where I placed a yellow paper behind it and then stamped my sentiment. I found that by doing so, I was able to make the sentiment stand out better.

I also stamped some leaves from this stamp set, hand cut them and then adhered just the bottoms of them to the card. I love the effect of the leaves slightly flying off of the card base.

So there you have it. I hope that this card inspired you to make something crafty today.

till next time,

Supplies Used:
Vintage Floral paper pad, Inspired By Stamping
Fancy Circles, Inspired By Stamping
Little Flowers, Inspired By Stamping
Trendy Circle sentiments, Inspired By Stamping
Others: Cardstock, Flower, Button, Twine, Ink pads, Scallop circle die cut, Adhesives

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dressed up Canvas tote *Ribbons Unlimited Inc*

Hi Crafty friends. Today I would like to share with you how I added some beautiful Ombre ribbon from Ribbons Unlimited Inc. and a couple of few other things to dress up a plain canvas tote.

I got this tote at my local craft store. They came in a three pack which is great to make one for you and two more for friends or family.

The one thing I learned (the hard way) in creating this project is that you'll need A LOT of ribbon. I had about 4 feet of the Ombre ribbon but after ruffling them, I was only able to make two lines of ruffled accents instead of the three that I had initially planned for this tote.

Are you ready to learn how to recreate this bag? Read on for the instructions and supplies...


1. Sew a straight stitch on one long edge of the ribbon. Do not close the stitches on the beginning nor the end of the ribbon.

2. Pull the thread away from the ribbon gently to create the ruffles. Do this until you've ruffled the entire length of your ribbon.

3. Place the ruffled ribbon over the bag to see where to cut the trims. Fold the ends and sew the ruffled trim on the bag. This time, make sure you close the stitches on both ends. Repeat the process with as many ruffles you'd like your bag to have.

4. For additional accents, add premade flowers on the left side of the bag.

5. Cut a title (or name) from a vinyl sheet using a die cut machine. Peel the negative part of the cut and adhere to the bag.

6. Mix a little bit of textile medium to your acrylic paint of choice. By adding the medium and following the procedure to treat the paint, your paint shouldn't fade if you wash the tote. Add paint over the space inside the negative space of the template. Make sure you don't go over the spaces. Set aside to dry.
Once completely dried, carefully peel the vinyl sheet to reveal the painted word.

Supplies Used:
Ombre ribbon- Morning; 1 1/2" wide wired ribbon, Ribbons Unlimited Inc.
Canvas bag- Hobby Lobby
Fabric Flowers- Jolee's Boutique, EK Success
Vinyl sheet- Glue Arts
Paint and textile medium- Plaid Enterprises
Die cut machine- Cameo, Silhouette
Thread and Sewing Machine

Till next time,