Sunday, October 11, 2015

Cherry on top Challenge, using Club Scrap

Pin It Hi today I wanted to do something totally out of the box with the Club Scrap October Big Top  kit. When I was looking through the kit I found the red, white and blue paper and I thought to myself this would be so great for the parade from 4th of July. So just by adding a few wood embellishments and adding red white and blue elements to them I made it work!

Then I found this awesome challenge from Cherry on Top and it made it even easier. This is my first time doing a challenge from them and I chose the Take your Pick Challenge.  I don't know why but I have been totally into sketches lately, and for the next Club Scrap challenge I created a sketch to do with the challenge, be sure to come back later this month for that. Here is the sketch:

 Here is the layout I created.

I colored the little wood stars and added the on the wood banners to make it more festive. I found a number 4 wood bingo chip, and some bakers twine around the layout. I also adhered some wood stars with some red embroidery floss.

Products Used:
Little Yellow Bicycle wood banner
Cosmo Cricket wood stars
Bakers Twine
Kaiser wood piece
MME 4th of July Die Cut
Thanks for stopping by.
Donna Coughlin



Saturday, October 10, 2015

Life is a Circus

Pin It Hi, Life can be a circus, and with Club Scrap's kit this month, it makes is super easy! lol
I would like to share a layout I did today using this very cool and unique kit. The picture is of my crazy family at my sister's wedding, she got married on Halloween and the dress was "formal Halloween!" Even the bride and groom got into the Halloween spirit.

I made a side banner using the quote from Club Scrap and used the fibers in the kit to bring it all together.

I really do hate clowns, so this was perfect quote!

 Here is my title work, using a chipboard banner I glued on some tiny alphabets, and using American Craft Thickers for the main part of the title.
Products Used:
Club Scrap September Kit
American Craft Thickers
Misc tiny alphabet
Acrylic paint for the chipboard
Thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

My new Craftsman inspired bathroom - Part two - Finished photos.

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Before you could sit on the toilet and almost take a shower! Also the window was covered by the tub. By taking three feet from the other room I actually have my window back, not to mention a much bigger bathroom! Look you can barely see the shower curtain on the left hand side.
I have to thank John from R J Kohl Construction for doing a great job in making this come to be. He got through all the set backs and crazy ideas I had.

It all started with the vanity. From my previous post I have a picture of the bathroom I was inspired by (which shows the progress of the construction), The first thing I found the sink at Lowes and Home Depot. Unfortunately it was discontinued but I did find it on the internet, and at half price! Next task was trying to find the tiles in the picture, after I spent hours looking on the internet, requesting samples, I gave up. We did find the green tile I wanted but they turned out to be glass and 50.00 sq foot was way too much! While researching tiles, I fell in love with the Motawi tiles, I wanted them all, but ended up with the animals. I ordered them from Oak Park Home, he was the cheapest I found. Here is a closeup of my favorite one! 

Sink is by Westmore Kohler, but I think it is being discontinued, I got mine from Amazon for half price on Memorial Day weekend. Uba Tuba granite top, the vessel sink is rom D├ęcor Island by Denovo, and is made of travertine and is gorgeous. Soap dispenser from Target. Spray paint for the radiator by Rustoleum Rubbed Bronze and I can go on and on about that spray paint, besides the raditor, I sprayed the toliet handle the door hinges, the tub hair catcher drain thing and the light switch plate in the hall. Mirror from Head West Tea -Glass Amazon. Mirror lights by Forte Lighting from Amazon. Flooring by Congeleum, I don't know what is it called, because at the last minute I had to pick out a new one, the one I originally chose was discontinued. Paint is Valspar from Lowes - I think is was called Mustard Fields or something with Mustard in it. I was a little scared choosing that color, especially since the tiles weren't in but it works! I spent a whole evening with paint samples under different light trying to match something in the Motawi tiles, it is almost a perfect match with the Dragonfly tile's wings. My shower and sink fixtures were bought by the contractor, I don't remember who makes them, but we went into a Plumbing store and picked them out, it was a brand I never heard of, the plumbing store is guaranteeing them. Something I found out about fixtures, even though Home Depot or Lowes carries the same thing as plumbing supply stores, the reason they are cheaper are because the insides of fixtures are made of cheaper material, no wonder our faucets never last. It pays to pay a little more up front. Go to a plumbing supply house!
This is my best picture!

Toliet is Kohler Cimmaron. I really like it, it flushes fast. Light switch, knob for vanity and toilet paper holder all from Atlas Hardware, ordered from where else, Amazon! I have tons of extra tiles so if Motowi comes out with more animal tiles I will finish off that little corner, Someday.

Another view, coloring off in the picture.

Close up of the other four Motawi tiles. Grout color was called Coffee but I don't know the manufacturer.



Let's not forget the ceiling. exhaust fan light by Broan

Close up of the light fixture and mirror.  I love how the line in the light fixture and mirror match perfectly, plus gave me that Craftsman style I was looking for.

The celluar shade is by Levelor I got at Lowes, they custom cut right there in less than ten minutes!
The stained glass window I got on Etsy from Addy at SandHill Shores , she made this herself, I wasn't happy with the silver frame so I spray painted them with the Rustoleum Rubbed Bronze paint.

The new woodwork was all done by the contractor, I found detail instructions on how to do the woodwork from the internet, I printed them out and I think he did a fabulous job recreating the Craftsman look. The stain matches my sink pretty good. The color is off in the picture below. The stain is Miniwax Honey 272. I don't know, everything I pick out seems to have a food name in it!

Lets talk about the green tile, I absolutely love it, it gorgeous, I love the variety of colors in each tile and looks so rich. Because of the issues we had in getting them delivered,(we ordered early July and they came in the end of September) I hesitate to give you the manufacturer, but here goes...Epro tile - Forest green. These are handmade tiles and I understand that takes longer but three months was ridiculous. They told us the delay was because the kiln broke, and was promised on September 18th, that date came and went and still no tile, the next story we got was some of the pieces broke when they came out of the kiln. OK maybe it did happen, but I had to pay for these up front 100%, and was really disappointed it took so long.  If you decide to go with them, do not, and I repeat, do not start construction until you physically have them in your hand. We we using a bare shower wrapped in plastic for a month. Not fun.


Bath liner from Bed, Bath and Beyond and the Waffle weave shower curtain from Zenna, also from Zenna was the shower rod and the shower caddy for the corner (not shown) . Also not shown was a funky little shower rug I got from Amazon.

This view is from the window looking out, straight ahead is a closet and the door to exit the bathroom is on the left. The towel rod was from Kinsgston sold at  Wayfair. New doors and woodwork!

One final detail....

My best buy at 70% off on Memorial Day weekend (Amazon) were these doorknobs from Nostalgic Warehouse, aren't they amazing, I really love them, actually I LOVE the whole bathroom!

Thanks for looking and I would love to hear what you have to say!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Quick Quotes Farmhouse paper

Pin It Hi Donna here to show you a layout I done with Quick Quotes new line Farmhouse. This paper is so beautiful, it is stunning! The colors are so soft and can be used with all sorts of layouts and cards.

I cut out the flourishes and the heart using peach colored cardstock, and added flowers and the burlap butterfuly in the upper corner of the photo.

In the left corner of the photo I added the two tags that are on the Farmhouse chipboard die cuts and added some pearls to give it a little something extra.

Products Used:
Farmhouse 100
Other - Recollections Floral Embellishments, burlap, Want2scrap pearls.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit the store and check out all the new lines from Quick Quotes.

Donna Coughlin

Saturday, October 3, 2015

My new Craftsman Inspired bathroom - Part one

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Here it is!!!

Finally after 30 years of a tiny bathroom, and  I have a beautiful new bathroom. Construction started August 10th and finally finished today Oct 3rd. The reason it took so long was tile delays, more on that later.
After months of researching everything detail of the bathroom, I was ready to get a contractor in here. The hardest thing for me to find was the tile. When I saw this bathroom on Houzz I fell in love with the colors and the style.

But I found it impossible to find the tile or the red hex flooring, so I started researching craftsman style and ended up with something unique! So here goes.

We could almost take a shower while sitting on the toilet!

Coming into the bathroom from my scrapbook room (that door is now gone.)
I have to give so much thanks to our contractor Kohl Construction of Temple, PA. He worked with me every step of the way and gave some good ideas. We absolutely love everything! 
Here's the progress....
Day one - demolition!
The first and best idea John gave us was to move the wall out 3 feet into the scrapbook room. He wanted to get rid of the door as well but I was dead set against it. I was so use to having two doors in the bathroom. But in the picture above that wall was where our tub was going to be. Lots of rotting wood and unexpected pipes in the wall. The pipes in the wall ended up the final straw in the decision to get rid of the second door. Wise move!!

Day two - New studs going in, looks so much bigger in the bathroom already!
 Day three- New tub and new problem, very rotten wood under the toilet!
Day four  and five
Exhaust fan in, drywall installed
Day 6 and 7 drywall completed, and walls painted. New lighting, shower fixtures and redneck shower surround installed~ Plastic and tape - So for several weeks we dealt with the plastic! We found out the tiles won't be delivered until Sept 18th (more like September 29th!)
Day 8 and 9
Cabinet installed, new flooring.

But best of all the woodwork, craftsman style! Love the stain color as well.
Now to wait for the tile to come in.How do you like my redneck curtains! A piece of plywood to cover the windows until I get some window treatment. How do you like my redneck curtains! A piece of plywood to cover the windows until I get some window treatment.

How do you like my redneck curtains! A piece of plywood to cover the windows until I get some window treatment.
Finally finishing!!!!
Uba Tuba granite top and new cabinet

The shower, wow a lot of glare, but this is the shower.

Love the border and the Motawi tiles.

Tiles in the bathroom going up!
Worth the wait!!!!!!!
 My next post on this I will give and show all the little details, I hope you enjoy it!

Part two - the details!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Club Scrap Blog Hop Transformations

Pin It Hello, Welcome to the Club Scrap blog hop. You should have came here from Cathy Gray's blog and today I would like to share with you a layout I did this month with Club Scraps new Transformation kit for September.
 When I first saw this kit I was drawn to the blues, but when I saw the browns and greens I immediately thought of this photo of my adorable grandson. This was taken Memorial Day and even though he was running around all day, for one moment he rested his head on the fence and I got  this fabulous shot of him looking very tranquil!

I've been wanting to do paper weaving for a long time and I thought this would be a perfect time, kind of gives it a "zen" look to it! The Transformations Embellishment Pack Coconut Shell Buttons were perfect. I cut the strips 12X.30 on the Silouhette. 1/4 of an inch was a little too small.

Club Scrap Glue Pen is perfect to add glue to small spots.(excuse the green masking tape, I used it to help hold my weaving together on the back)

In the corner of the picture I doubled up on the ribbon by placing the ecru ribbon and with the green ribbon over that. Also added the metal embellishment from the kit, some flowers and a feather! I finished the layout with some machine stitching.

Products Used
Petaloo flowers

From here jump on over to Lisa Dolezal's blog and see what she has in store for you!

Thanks for stopping by today

Friday, September 25, 2015

Quick Quotes new line Anchors Away

Pin It Hi Donna here today with a layout I did using Quick Quotes new line Anchors Away! In July we had the pleasure of taking our oldest granddaughter to the beach for a whole week. So much fun and so many memories, so this line is just perfect to scrap all your beach memories!

The swirl and the anchor I cut from the Silhouette using Quick Quotes paper. I made a little "shadowbox" type embellishment. First I adhered the metal frame to then layout with a piece of paper in the background. Then I mixed tacky glue and sand from the beach until it had a pretty thick consistency and took a small spoon and carefully laid the sand on the bottom to make the "beach". Last I took a couple of tiny seashells we found and glued them on top of the sand. I loved how this turned out, and once the sand was dry it looked great! Also the enamel dots I made them by using Perler beads. There are tons of Youtubes out there on how to do this (just google it) but basically you take line up the Perler beads (this takes forever if you do them all at once!) on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake.

                                                         Quick Quotes Products Used:

Other products used: seashells, sand, Making Memories Metal frame, handmade Perler enamel dots, Petaloo Fancy Trims, Echo Park Summer Sticker.
Thanks for stopping by today
Donna Coughlin

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Club Scrap Transformation - Challenge

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Hi today I would like to share another layout I did with the fabulous kit from Club Scrap with the September Transformation kit. The colors in this is kit AMAZING! Using the sketch (below) I made this layout. The title I had fit perfectly but did not match so I painted it light blue and it looks great on the deep aqua paper!

I ususally don't get excited about ribbon, but the aqua's and brown's just simmer so beautifully. It really is pretty! On the right hand corner I added a journaling card and added fibers and seashells over the little silver squares.

Over these silver squares (the silver paper is also included in the kit and looks super with the blues) I took the quote from the kit as well as fibers and seashells to balance out both pages.

 Here is this awesome sketch! Perfect because you can get a lot of pictures on and show off this fabulous papers!
Products used:
                                                     Club Scrap Transformation kit
K&Co journaling card, title and die cuts
white paint
Thanks for stopping by today!