“LOVE In A Cup” – Mixed Media

“Love In A Cup” … My first ever Mixed Media page… created by using Tim Holtz distressed inks, clock stencil by Tim Holtz Collection, coffee bean stamps by Creative Images, heart die from Tim Holtz Alterations, and white cup is drawn/cut out by me (yikes. lol).  It was a blast and scary at the same time, and I love creating along with the very talented Ms. Amanda!




Fun with Cupcake Toppers!

Gender Reveal Cupcake Toppers

I had the pleasure of making some fun cupcake toppers for an upcoming gender reveal party and I could not be more excited to share how they turned out! She requested little mustaches and cute pink/purple bows for the design. I of course put my own little twist on both and I just LOVE how they turned out!

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[DIY] Valentine’s Day Coasters

[DIY] Valentine’s Day Coasters

We love working with Tim Holtz Distressed Inks, and after finding a box of tumbled tile in the garage (leftover from a bathroom project several years ago) the idea popped into our heads to stamp the tile and use them as Valentine’s Day coasters! The size of the tiles seemed perfect (3.5″ by 3.5″). This is a fun 5 minute project, using only 3 distressed ink colors along with “Painted Fence” paint, and we just love the naturally distressed result!

To start, we rubbed the ink pads on the tile using the brown colors to develop a worn effect.

Then we white washed the tile with Painted Fence, and rubbed the excess off with  a paper towel.

Lastly, we stamped our design!

Voila! Stunningly simple DIY coasters! Be careful though, this project is so easy it may become your new addiction! hehe

**To prevent scratching delicate surfaces, you can either apply felt or self-adhesive rubber dots (the kind you use to prevent your kitchen cabinet doors from banging) to the back of each tile. You may want to think about decoupage-ing the tile as well to protect your one of a kind design **


Just a Note

As some of you know I love to make greeting cards for family & friends.  Last week I made a “thank you” card for a friend.  She liked the card so much, she decided to order 25 for her clients to give as gifts.  I offered to bundle the cards in 5’s and package them.  Anyway, to make the card I used 5 different art stamps somewhat layering them on the card using  the same ink color (Vintage Photo Distressed Ink by Tim Holtz) and then rubbed on Tumbled Glass and Spiced Marmalade with an applicator (you”ll see what the tool looks like in one of the pictures; another Tim Holtz product). It’s a simple process, but has a great effect.  Take a peek below to view the stages… The distressed inks are really fun to work with!  Try it, I bet you’ll like it!

Enjoy your week!


Lemon Spa Retreat

Lemon Spa Retreat

Are we screaming for relief with the rising temperature this past week?  We don’t like the humidity either, yuck!  How about a cool and refreshing homemade lemon sugar body scrub to cleanse and exfoliate your body?  We made this body scrub, and couldn’t believe how delightful it was; the aroma was magnificent!  We guarantee you’ll tingle all over after trying it! This recipe fills a bit more than TWO 16 oz Mason Jars.

Mix Together –

  1. 5 Cups of Sugar
  2. 1  Cup of Olive Oil (We used extra virgin olive oil, but canola oil works as well and it is just as moisturizing)
  3. Add  7-8 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice
  4. Spoon into desired containers (It may be a bit runny as the sugar and oil settle but just give it a little mix and its ready to use!)

That’s it!  The Lemon Sugar Scrub is ready to use or give!

Do you have a favorite lemon inspired recipe or project that you would like to share?  If yes, email it to us at  – whenlifegivesulemons@yahoo.com, and we will post it on our blog.  Invite 5 of your friends to email us as well.  Please submit no later than Sunday, 07/22/12.