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Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to jump on here really quick and wish all of my crafty friends a very Merry Christmas. No matter where you are, or what your belief, I hope you are all blessed with all with all the wishes of your heart! ❤️💛💜💚💙

Here are a couple pictures of the Christmas cards I made and sent to my family this year. I was in a bit of a hurry so the pictures aren't very good. 

As you can see from the second picture the blue cardstock is a nice navy blue with a bit of a shimmer to give it some brightness. Also, the window for this shaker card goes all the way through the front of the card so you can see the silver-foiled "Joy" peeking through. ☺️. I'm so happy with how it turned out.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! And that we all have a marvelous 2016!! I'm not one of those people that says, "oh I'm so glad to see this year be over." But I did have some crazy and sad happenings and challenges this year. 2015 will be the year I said good bye to my sweet daddy who passed away in February, my husband was introduced to Spinocerabella Ataxia, my son was introduced to Retinitis Pigmentosa and Usher I, and I found out I was strong enough to support and love those in my life going through hard things, which in and of itself can also be a hard thing. It came down to two choices: (1) fall apart and be useless to nobody; or (2) pull up my big girl panties and do what needed to be done. And guess what? The first couple times it was hard. I wanted to just cry and feel bad, but I couldn't. I had a family that needed me. And honestly, crying only helps for a minute and then you just start to feel miserable. And who wants to feel miserable 24/7/365? Not me! So instead, 2015 will be the year that taught me that I can really do hard things. And thank heavens for that, cuz I have a feeling I have some more challenges coming my way. 

Well,.... Thanks for stopping by for a quick visit. Merry, Merry!! 

Paper: Midnight Shimmer (PaperTreyInk), White (Georgia Pacific), clear cardstock (Recollections... Sadly they no longer carry it which is just sad cuz it's perfect for shakers!)
Die and Cutter: Nesting Stars (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (ProvoCraft)
Sequins/Shaker filler: Tiny Silver Stars (One Stop Spakle Shop -Etsy), blue (JoAnns), Diamond Dust (perfect for adding a little weight inside the shaker with out adding bulk or color)
Stamp and Ink: Bitty Places - Nativity (PaperTreyInk), Soft Stone Ink (PaperTreyInk). You can almost see the stamped image inside the bottom of the card on the side-view picture. Soft Stone ink ended up being more brown than grey so I stamped the envelopes instead of the cards, which is why I'm not showcasing it. Hopefully I'll find the perfect color ink to match a future card. I love it.)
Misc.:  Silver ribbon (Kirkland), Silver foil (Thermoweb), craft foam sheets, Fabri-Fix glue (Beacon), ATG tape
Other equipment: iStory laminator (Thanks Wendy!!!! I finally found a use for it. 😘) inkjet printer (Canon), laser printer (Brother), Tonc paper cutter, and my computer.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Cute little Christmas album 2015

How goes your Christmas or other holiday plannings? Can you believe Christmas is just a week away? This whole year has zipped right past me. Seems like I was just picking out my son's Halloween costume a couple weeks ago.  Any way... my son's teacher asked if I'd help put together a classroom holiday party. Of course! And everything came together really nicely! And then the morning of the party I woke up at 3am and decided I needed to put a cute little album together as a gift for his teacher.  LOTS of pictures follow:

A-n-d..... there it is. Not bad, right? I worked on it from 3am until about noon. I was able to get dressed, wrap the present (thank goodness for gift bags!!) and still get to the school on time. {phew!}

The size of album: 6"x6"....  The pages are 5.75" x 5.75". The album binding is the Hidden Hinge by Kathy of Paper Phenomenon. Including the inside of the front and back covers there are 10 pages. plus the flaps that lift or open. Each page was designed individually. I made a list of 10 page styles and checked off my list as I made them so I wouldn't duplicate. I didn't follow anyone's specific instructions though I have seen my fair share of videos on YouTube and elsewhere. So I will thank Kathy King/PaperPhenonmenon, Kona Raven, Scrapbook Maven, My Creative Spirit and many, many more of you who have shared your talents and idea!

Hope you all have a fantastic Christmas, or which ever holiday you celebrate, and a safe and happy and blessed New Year!

Thanks for visiting!

Cardstock: Black (Recollections), Patterned (Recollections - three different Christmas themed packs)
Dies:  Confetti Garland (PaperTreyInk), Snowflakes set 1 (Echo Park)
Stamps: Confetti Garland (PaperTreyInk)
Ink: Pure Poppy (PaperTreyInk), Bamboo Leaves (Memento - Tsukineko), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Misc:  1/4" & 1/2" Scor-Tape, 1/4" ATG tape, QuickDry Adhesive (Scotch), Shimmer gel pen (Sakura),  Crop-o-Dile, snowflake eyelets (WeRMemory), Black seam binding (HugSnug) 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Star Wars Birthday Card

Hope you are having a nice weekend. My son was invited to a birthday today. We were so busy this week we didn't have an opportunity to go gift shopping. So we grabbed a gift card for the gift. I find kids like to have money to buy their own gift anyway.

I created a card to put the gift card in. I designed it based on the Star Wars logo that was in the card.

To make it extra fun, I made it a shaker card. The black bits are small Darth Vader helmet shapes. The green pieces are Yoda. I originally created the two shapes at 4" tall for the birthday boy's mom to use in the goodie bags and as decor at the party. So I used the same shapes scaled down to 1/2" in the shaker. The red stars were punched from the same shiny cardstock I used on the face of the card. And I included some tiny clear beads to help keep things moving inside the compartment....sometimes the paper sprinkles stick together.

That's it for today! Thanks for visiting.

PS:  I'm using the android blogger app for my phone. Blogging while I'm at the carwash. Can't edit the photos within the app. Or choose where they will appear. Hopefully it all makes sense once I click "post."

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Have you met Eek-Katerina yet?

This post was a few weeks in the making. . . Because it took me a few weeks to make "her."

Not that she is super hard to make, but because life kept getting in the way. Oy! 😕

Every time I sat down to work on her, I was called away to do something else. 

And then Fall Break occurred which meant my son was out of school. So, we decided that meant it was necessary for us to take a lovely trip to Anaheim to visit Disneyland. 😎

Truthfully, we both deserved that after all the doctor appointments to check his ears and eyes. We both needed a bit of escapism after all that reality! 😜

And then of course I decided I "knew" the next step and jumped ahead in my rush to finish her and then realized I screwed up, which resulted in ripping up what was glued on.... Yeah. 😱😲 (did you notice the ripped up paper in the previous Katerina pic?) I didn't have another piece of the same paper so I really didn't have a choice: I could not start over. I needed to come up with a solution. As a result, I think I came up with a nice fix. Keep reading....

Her skirt and apron panels are finally attached properly (ahem)... ☺️ ...along with her big sleeves. (Just a tad bit '80s, am I right?)
Next came her hair. Lots of hair!

I curled the hair before I even started the body because I wasn't sure if it would work... if I'd like it... how much I'd need... Jodie gives great instructions on her NeedlesnKnowledge site on how to curl the cotton twine. As it turns out my knitting needles were fatter and longer than hers. So I ended up with quite a bit more curled twine than was probably necessary. 
(Yes... In case you missed it, another great reminder of my huge mistake can be seen in the above pic. Just keeping it real, people.)

She's looking quite girlie now. Love it! 

I decided she needed a hat instead of the batty crown that came in the file. This hat comes from the Witch 3D mini Hat from Snapdragon Snippets. 

Katerina came with a star and moon banner set in the file. I decided to create something else. Using Silhouette Design Studio I created the banner pieces and glittered them up to make them really festive.

And if you've gotten this far then you will be pleased to see the final product! Woohoo! 
She is a gift for my mother who has an October birthday. 🎉🎂🎃🎁👻
I'm pretty sure she doesn't even know I have a blog, let alone read it. So I'm pretty safe posting the pics for you all. 
Well, I've taken up quite a lot of your time. Hope it was worth it for you. Thank you so much for visiting.  Have a wonderful day!

PS: Didn't see my fix? Well, I made Katerina a cape from a scrap of black cardstock. If you didn't know it wasn't supposed to be there, you'd never know it. 😎 You can just see it peeking out at her sides in the above pic. Below is a picture of her back. What do think? I did ok, right? Since her wings were smooth, I decided to crinkle to cardstock for the cape for added texture and to give it a more fabric-like appearance. 

Paper: Halloween (K&Co)
Cardstock: black (Recollections), creamy peach (Paper Studio)
Adhesive: 1/4" tape (Scor-Tape), 1/4" tape (ATG), Quick Dry Adhesive (Scotch), viscose (Beacon)
Other: glitter glue (Ranger), embroidery floss (DMC), beads (Hobby Lobby), ribbon (Michael's), black seam binding (HugSnug), twine (Annie's Paper Boutique)
Software: Silhouette Design Studio
Hardware: Silhouette Cameo, scissors, hot glue gun, sewing needles

Monday, October 12, 2015

Witch's hats and Brooms treats

Have you decorated for Halloween yet? My son is at the age where he is all about making sure our house is decorated inside and out for all important holidays. (I.e: Halloween and Christmas) I have to admit that it put me in the mood to make some fun treats for my friends.

The Witch's Broom idea came about because I needed to do something with some candy sticks I purchased and had not used yet. I ended up using the Mini 3D Witch's Broom file from Snapdragon Snippets. I sized it down a wee bit since the candy stick was not as long as the design's broomstick. 
I wrapped the two different layers of broom around the candy stick using some strong double-sided tape, then tied some fun orange and black bakers twine to finish it off.

(Here's a pic of the broom using the original size file.)

As cute as the broom was it was missing something. Thus, the Witch Hat. The idea came from a Chick'n Scratch video I saw. She used a pine tree and a couple circle punches to make her hats. I created a single shape in Silhouette Design Studio. She also used a bow paper punch to accessorize her hat. I created a bow in Silhouette with only two pieces that gave me a nearly identical result. She used black glitter paper for her hats. I used regular black cardstock which I then added shimmer to using a gel pen. She used glue dots to adhere. I used white quick drying adhesive. (Tomato-Tomato, right?)

Love fun projects like this that come together so easily but give a big bang for the buck.
Thanks again for visiting. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Paper: Halloween (K&Co)
Cardstock: black, kraft, brown (Recollections
Adhesive: Quick Dry (Scotch), double-sided tape (Scor-Tape)
Other: Stardust gel pen (Sakura), mini clothes pins (Walmart), bakers twine (Target)