Tuesday, December 28, 2010


So these are the gifts I made for my sister in laws for Christmas. I got the idea from a UStream virtual crop that YourPaperPantry (it's a cool ning site) held in November. I know there are a ton of Youtube videos on these dressforms, this is just my take on it. You can find the dressforms at Michaels in the childrens wood craft section. It is originally intended to be used as a jewelery holder. There are holes that run through the shoulders and a dowel slides right across, I plugged up the holes with wood putty and sanded them smooth. You then paint, cover with paper and embellish away!!

Hope you like them :)

Much love,

Saturday, December 18, 2010


This is for all of you that hopped over to my blog on friday for some Jingle Jangle fun....I'm sorry I wasn't able to hop on friday :(

I hated to disappoint but it was unavoidable, family stuff, you know how that goes.

I hope all of you had a great time visiting all of the other awesome and talented ladies!

Merry Christmas to all of you!

Much love,

Friday, December 17, 2010


This post is so very late in being posted, please accept my apologies in advance.

What a week.....trust me you don't want to know, lol.

Let's just sum it up. Read all the way through it's good for at least a few laughs!

8 dozen cupcakes, tree decorating (a little late huh?), fractured tooth (one of the twins), 3 class parties, 3 days of work, hubby's "goodie day" at work that he so kindly signed me up to make a bajillion pigs in a blanket and Magic Cookie Bars (which are divine by the way), multiple trips to Target, Walmart, Kohl's and JcPenny's looking for Mario and Luigi pajamas for "Pajama Day" for the twins, mailing out a swap, a prize and a bottle swap. Whew! I'm wiped out.

What can I say after a week like that?.......TGIF!!! Oh wait....tommorrow is tamale making day with the family.

Even though things get hectic and sometimes I feel in over my head (usually of my own doing) I've got alot to be thankful for, the number one thing being that I AM ABLE....

So without further ado.....drumroll please.........the winner of the blog candy for the Thank You Gift blog hop is......

mamascrapper69 aka Stephanie Collins aka stephanoid69

Congrats to you!!!

Much love (and a grip load of words)

When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world~
George Washington Carver

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Welcome Holiday Hoppers! I am the last stop on this awesome Thank You Gift blog hop hosted by Joy over at Joy's Life.com. What an awesome idea!

So if you are on the right trail you have just hopped over here from Tracy's blog. If not, then check her out and then come back. Or you can start at the very beginning with Joy.

So I had extreme technical difficulties and had to be creative with what I was going to share on this hop. This video is actually the type of project I created for this hop but not the actual project. My Flip camera is having issues today and I couldn't film the new video to save my life! So I went back into my "video archives" and pulled up this video. Let me tell you that I use these cards as gifts year after year and they make THE BEST gifts for teachers, friends and family. Just change up the saying that you print on the cards and you have an awesome gift!

If and when I get my Flip camera to record without failing me :( I will post the video later. In the mean time, be inspired by all the awesome projects you've hopped through and have a beautiful holiday with your friends and family.

Oh wait, what would a blog hop be without BLOG CANDY?!? So leave me a comment below along with a way to contact you and I will choose a winner for a $10 gift card to Joann's Fabrics (if you don't have a Joann's in your town, then a Michaels card).

Much Love,


Thursday, December 2, 2010


And the winner is.......searchingfortruth....Yay!

I will be emailing you for your address and popping your Michaels gift card in the mail to you.

Thanks to all that commented and played along with us on the awesome Advent calendar blog hop.

Big hugs,

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Another awesome blog hop organized by the amazing Ruthie! I've had a wonderful time participating and I hope you are all having a great time hopping!

If you arrived here from Tracy's blog then you are on the right track! If you arrived here another way and want to start at the beginning then go here to Angelica's blog.

Well however you arrived.....I'm glad your here! Check out my Youtube video on the calendar I created that was so very inpsired by the awesome Christina. I did a calendar like this last year after watching a Youtube video by her. I've used my Cricut, chipboard die cut pieces from Brenda Walton and stickers. My calendar pages are cut from a Stampin' Up top note die.

Now for some blog candy.....Sign up to follow my blog, leave a comment along with your email addy for the chance to win a $10 Michaels giftcard and I might just have to through in a little Christmas surprise too!

Click here
for the next in the blog hop.....Denise

Lots of holiday love to you all!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010



Yay! You win the "JOY" banner kit blog candy from Ruthie's awesome Banner Blog Hop on Saturday! I'm going to be emailing you right after I'm done posting this! CONGRATS!

I'm sorry I didn't post this yesterday, I "sat" down on the couch last night after a long day and well girls what can I say.....that's the last thing I remember until 4 am this morning!

A huge thank you for all of those that joined us on this fun hop! And to all of those that commented I greatly appreciated!


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Ruthie's Banner Blog Hop

Welcome! I'm so super excited to be participating in Ruthie's Banner blog hop! This is my very first time ever doing it and I had a blast!

So this is the banner that I created. I've taken two pictures of it, one lying flat on my craft table and the other standing.

I've used a beautiful paper collection from My Minds Eye, Melissa Frances chipboard, the Cricut cartidges Winter Woodland and Joys of the Season. I've cut poinsettia's out of wool felt too!

Be sure to check out my Youtube video on the banner.

For my blog candy giveaway I will be giving a "JOY" banner kit similar to what I've created. The chipboard will be a different shape, but it will use the same paper collection. So please sign up to follow my blog and leave a comment on this post. I will choose a winner on Monday Nov 8th.

Click here for the next blogger.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Banner Blog Hop

I'm super excited to be a part of this! It will be my first blog hop ever! I'm hard at work now trying to figure out how to do all this blog stuff! Linking and posting and html and blah blah blah! I'll figure it all out if it's the last thing I do!

So come back on Saturday for all of the awesomeness!!

Thursday, April 29, 2010


I'm sorry I neglect this lil' ole blog. Something I need to work on....

With that being said my first ever UStream class will be this friday April 30th at 7 p.m. PST. Here is the link

Here are the supplies you will need (some are optional) I am just listing everything that I used for the entire canvas

Canvas of your choice (prepped with Gesso if you like) I use the Liquitex Clear Gesso
Acrylic Paints - These are the paints I used.
Delta - Mudstone
Folk Art - Vintage White, Asphaltum
Americana - Bittersweet Chocolate
Foam Brush 1-2 of them
Nail File or sandpaper
Old rag or sock
Letters & numbers cut from Cricut or other dies of your choice that spell your name. I cut mine out from thin chipboard and cardstock. I used the Storybook and Heritage cartridges.
Cuttlebug embossing folder of your choice for the letters
Tim Holtz hanging sign die
4 eyelets - I alcohol inked mine to match
chain links to attach the sign
Distress Crackle Paint - Clear Rock Candy
Flowers and embellishments of your choice for the sign.
Liquid adhesive and a glue gun

I hope that covers it all. If not, we will improvise :)

See ya' friday night!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Bottle Swap Update - Friday March 12th

To all those who signed up....
I'm doing all the partnering up this weekend and contacting you. There are 100+ who joined!! It should be great.


Friday, March 5, 2010

Bottle Swap Sign Ups Start Today

So today the "official" sign ups start for my second plastic bottle swap. It will be a 2 liter this time around. Check out my Youtube channel (yoliebean) to watch the videos on the first swap I hosted. It was so much fun. I'm also going to be uploading a video to Youtube in a bit regarding this swap. Take a look....

So the way you sign up is to send me an email to yoliebean@gmail.com with "Bottle Swap" in the subject line. Please include your full name, Youtube name (if you have a channel) and street address. I will be contacting everyone as a group when sign ups close on Wednesday the 10th.

U.S. swappers only, sorry. It can be very pricey to ship international. And there are limitations as to what type of container you can put in the mail.

All the details will follow....Let's just get you all signed up first!


**check out the Youtube video *** My channel name is Yoliebean

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Check out my Youtube videos on the Postcard Swap

There are more videos on Youtube. If you have some time check them out, each postcard has a story.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My Postcards for Hanna's Postcard Swap 2010

These are the postcards I created for the swap. I had the best time making them.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Post Card Swap

So I joined this really cool Post Card swap over at iHanna's Blog http://www.ihanna.nu/blog/

You make 10 different designs and mail them out to ten people. Check out my Youtube video on my first postcard. 1 down....9 to go....


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Neglected Blog

So I finally set up a blog, and then turn right around and neglect it. Shame on me. As we all can relate to, family, work and all that life stuff keeps you busy. I've been busy getting my daughters ready for a school talent show, putting together my very first card kit and hosting my first ever swap! I'm excited and nervous at the same time. I plan on updating regularly, just as soon as the talent show is over with. So stay tuned.

In ending this post I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes.

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world- Anne Frank

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Etsy Shop

I finally did it!! I listed my first item on my Etsy shop.
These are some cool vintage style buckles, buttons and charms. I will be listing some cool lace tommorrow.
Check it out at yoliebean.etsy.com