DIY | Rochko-Inspired Notecards


I collect DIY's in a Pinterest board I call CREATE52. One of those DIYs came from a very talented lady over at DANS LE LAKEHOUSE. She painted some notecards based off of a painting she made when she was inspired by the artist Mark Rothko. It is his No. paintings that she (and, well, I) found the inspiration for the painting and notecards. 


Mark Rothko at GO SEE Moscow

While I was visiting Jeff one weekend he had to work, I brought along paints and paintbrushes and notecards. Simple craft. Simple DIY. I really like the abstract paintings by Rothko, but even more so because, while I could never in any way, shape, or form, re-create a Rothko masterpiece, I did have fun playing at creating notecards that are 'similar' to his masterpieces.


For the set of 4 notecards, I used three bright, complimentary colors, and swiped paint across the 'page' of the notecard in varying sizes using either two- or three-color schemes whereby making a complimentary set notecards of complimentary colors.

I most definitely will paint more notecards because these were super easy and fast. I may even try a more carefully crafted toward Rothko's paintings try for the next set.


I was concerned the wet paint would make the card flimsy once it was dried but I didn't find that. I used regular acrylic craft paint and while the side I painted has a slightly 'flimsy' feel it is still sturdy enough to write on the other side. So, I'm pleased with the finished set of note cards.

DIY Yahtzee


If you're familiar with Pinterest then you know it is the place on the internet where you go to find really cool ideas for everything from what to wear to room d├ęcor and design to recipes to do it yourself ideas and crafts, plus an unending wealth of more. More.

It is also the place where you can pin and pin and you never go back and do anything with those pins. You don't make any of those recipes. You don't use the ideas to re-decorate a room. Nor do you make any of the DIY's.

Well, this is one of those DIY's that I probably pinned over a year ago, or more likely two years and never did anything with; although it was high on my list as 'the very next DIY I would make that'.

It was a simple DIY so I'm not sure why it took me so long.

Because Yahtzee is probably one of my top 5 favorite table top slash board games this was fun. Normally, when we play a game, several games, of Yahtzee we don't use the cylinder container to shake the dice; we simply use our hands. The boys always like to perform when they roll the dice. But, I couldn't pass up the idea of a leather wrapped cylinder in a deep teal. Paired with three shades of complimenting blues and purples for the dice, this game of Yahtzee has quite the flair.

Supplies Needed (I found everything at Hobby Lobby):

a small bentwood Cylinder box 

a piece of leather larger enough to encompass the Cylinder box

3/4" square wood blocks

five shades of paint (Ombre was my first thought before I went with two shades of color) plus white (or black depending on your shades)

Spray adhesive (I used E6000 but Modge Podge or other brush on adhesive would work, too)


a printable Yahtzee score sheet (I googled Yahtzee score sheets and found a freebie)

Colored pencils or Photoshop software

Scissors or krafting knife


Step One: Cut the piece of leather to wrap tightly around cylinder and to perfect size; spray adhesive on cylinder; wrap leather around cylinder and allow to dry

Step Two: Paint two-coats of paint on each block. Allow to dry after each coat.

Step Three: Here is where I went wrong and likely will repaint the blocks and repaint the dots because I should have...using the wrong end of a small paintbrush, the wood end will give perfect dots (while a fine tip brush still will give varying sized dots), paint the dots on each end of the block, 1 dot, 2 dots, 3 dots, etc...and allow to dry.

Step Four: Using colored pencils or Photoshop software 'color' desired shapes and shades with a blocking pattern on the Yahtzee score sheet.

Except for needing to re-paint the dice and re-dot I'm very pleased with how my Yahtzee game turned out. So much, in fact, that once I complete my retouches I might have to make another because...

This would make a nice handmade gift for kids - or adults and who doesn't like the game, Yahtzee.

Watercolor Abstracts


I played yesterday. I had some serious fun making a couple watercolor abstracts. This first one in shades of blues and indigo, sized 16x20, I'll frame out in white I think and plan on hanging it in our bedroom; our bedroom is blues and white (with gray walls and a touch of red). I am in love with indigo slash blues - for our bedroom, mind you. I titled this print STORM. I love how it turned out.


I titled this watercolor abstract FRONT PORCH. It's also a 16x20 and I plan on hanging it to the left of my front door. I recently painted my front door (on the outside) Teal Endeavor (which turned out phenomenal by the way) and I was really into the teal, mustard, and orange that are my living room colors; and the black I added because we are going to update our door handles and dead bolts and we are going with black hardware. The black with the teal will go really well with the teal and black glider and two Adirondacks we have for our front porch. And, after I've shared all; that's the reason I titled this watercolor abstract FRONT PORCH.  

I need to upload them to Persnickety Prints or Nations Photo Lab and have them printed, and can't wait to hang them!

subway art for Noah.


I've gifted these vital statistics of babies' birth several times now and I knew I wanted to create a set for Noah's room, my newest grandson. When we were visiting this past month, getting some grandparent time, Elizabeth showed us Noah's room that she has decorated in baby Nemo with several shades of blues, oranges and yellows - all great colors for a boys room. These subway art pieces will look great in white frames that I'll be putting together this week and getting them shipped off to Maryland. 

My goal is the end of the week. We'll see how I do...

Oh, the companion to this is an ABC's print, using matching colors. They'll look great side by side or even one on top of each other.


I'm lovin' both of these and I hope Elizabeth loves them too. 

create52 | 4 | subway art baby gift for twins


our children's pastor had twins and I signed up to take her and her hubby a meal. I didn't want to just show up with my dinner for them (which I understand they were looking forward to because I made Cowboy Quiche), so I made them a little gift for the boys' room.

I made these for another set of twins in 2012, and they were well received so I thought something simple could go a long way. As I heard when they brought the boys to church they loved the gift.


I put them in the same type of frame as my previous set and they are already hanging in the boys' room.

create52 | 2 | diy leaf placecards


We had a quiet Thanksgiving this year with just the five of us (it's 5 now that Mom is living with us). But, I still wanted a simple, but pretty table so I pulled out the 'good' china (which I use quite often, but still call it the good china) and made these darling leaf placecards. Here's what I did:

1. I sent Jarrod outside and had him find 5 pretty, fall colored leaves scattered about the neighborhood. He brought back inside quite the collection so I picked out my 5 favorites for my placecards.

2. First, I tried a white gel pen but sadly it had dried up from lack of use (shows you why, one of the reasons I began this CREATE52 project - use my stuff!!!). So, then I searched my stash of letter stickers I could use, hoping to find white - with no luck. But, realizing that metallic gray and black work just fine.

3. Place the leaf placecard on the appropriate plate. Done and done.

create52 | 1 | mason jar memory disply diy


create52  |  mason jar memory display

Jeff and I went to Tybee Island for an overnighter for some alone time and celebrate our birthdays. It was a chilly, windy weekend but we had a fabulous time. We were purposeful about collecting sand dune sand, and shells washed up on the beach, stored up memories that we'll always remember (a couple scrapbooking pages coming soon).

I've been putting together plans for my Create52 project and at the top of my list was a mason jar memory display - super easy to diy. Here's what I did:

1. I printed out a favorite photo from our mini-vacation on the beach. I had to print out a second photo because I overcompensated the size of my mason jar. Check that before you hit print - it'll save you photo paper.

2. Gathered my shells, cleaning them up just a bit. And the plastic cup/bag of sand we collected.

3. Cleaned up the mason jar we had tucked away in the garage.

4. Then, I just began layering in the sand first, then the photo and then I placed the shells inside, in front of the photo.

5. Display.

6. Enjoy.

cards for a cause


I have a basketful of card sets made. Years ago I found a card handmade by Jennifer McGuire - and I mean years ago, at least 10 years now. I love the simplicity of the card and it is super sweet, perfect for any sentiment.

I replicated the card, or should I say fashioned the card to accomodate supplies I had on hand (although as I've made set after set I had to purchase more card sets and more brads, but otherwise I've just been plowing through my stash.


I typewriter-font printed the sentiments onto colored, textured, cardstock, punched the flowers with an old Marvy punch which I think I've had forever, drew by hand the stems and leaves and fashioned a brad to each flower.

I have set up a system to 'mass-produce' the cards: 1) sentiments printed, 2) stems and leaves drawn, 3) flowers punched, 4) brads attached, and 5) card put together.


I have sets of 4, sets of 6, and sets of 8. I've enclosed into each package the price and the sentiments included.

So, what are the cards for?

Jarrod's Eagle Scout project. And John's eventually - when he gets his new one approved.

Jarrod is building a grooming stall in Garden City at Hoofs 4 Healing, a non-profit organization that services the handicap, physically and mentally, through the interaction with horses. It's amazing work!

Jarrod has had his plan approved and we're just waiting on the building permit to begin raising money for the stall, about $1300 dollars worth and Jarrod will need every penny.

I'm trying to do my part by selling cards. All proceeds go for this good cause.

diy | marbling.


In June I proposed four projects to accomplish, create, craft to get my creative flowing. While I did accomplish two of those four projects, I didn't learn how to marble.

But, the other day I had some time and I knew if I was going to complete this project, putting aside that fear that wants to rear its ugly head at trying something new, I needed to pull out the supplies needed and create.

I am so glad I did.

Super simple technique for marbling, in my case I used watercolor paper.

1) Fill a container half way, large enough to hold the size of paper, with warm water.

2) Using a combination of any colors pour drops of cheap nail polish into the water. If the water is to hot or you used to expensive of nail polish I found this will not work.

3) The nail polish will spread across the water in a filmy looking layer.

4) Lay your paper gently on the surface of the water. The filmy layer of nail polish will adhere to the paper.

5) Carefully, using tweezers if need be, lift up the paper and lay out to dry.


As you can see the marbling does its own thing. No two papers are alike. There are some darker spots (heavier polish that pooled) and lighter spots. The 'ice' nail polishes from Walmart are what I used that got the best results. I simply used the colors I had on hand but I plan on purchasing quite a few more colors to create more and fashion them into cards that I will also stamp a message onto them.


This was a quick, but creative project and a huge accomplishment that I totally had fun with.


diy wax-resist watercolor cards


June Project #2: diy wax-resist watercoloring.

This was alot of fun. I want to do some more research on what I can use besides a white crayon. I had less than 1/2 a white crayon in the boys' crayon bag - so that is what I had to use. When I was at Michaels the other day I did try and find a wax 'crayon' which probably would have worked better...I would have probably gotten a smoother writing.

Still, I love how these cards turned out.

My supply list was simple: watercolors, paintbrush, a white crayon, watercolor paper, and water.

I began by playing around with hearts and brushing on various colors with varied levels of color.

The green-blues turned out pretty. I used a green background and then adhered it to the card.

I used an orange backdrop for the purple, pink, orange, and yellows. Looks pretty good.

Excited that I've got two projects down already of my June project goal - and it is still early in the month. I'm sure this project will be something I do more of. wax-resist watercoloring was fun. Wondering if I can use stamps with a Versamark ink and get something similiar with watercoloring as the wax-resist.