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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Collage, Outside My Box

I've been trying to do some different kinds of arts 
and crafts recently.
I joined a facebook group called
Nina Ribina's Art Journal Prompts and More
and have been watching a lot of her videos on 
YouTube.  I have been inspired to try some different
things and go outside my usual box.
I decided to give collage a try and this is what I
made.  I used a background from my 
stash that I made and added pieces that
I thought coordinated well. 
I like how this turned out and had a lot of
fun making it.

I'm glad you stopped by to spend some time with me.
Come again soon, until then
give something new a try.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Card Drive

Hello crafty friends!
Today I'm showing you a couple cards I made
for a card drive.
These are for a non profit called
they help people who have dogs with cancer.
They are in need of cards to send as encourangment,
sympathy and thanks.
These are the 2 that I made.
I stamped "Dorky Bird" with 
and colored it with colored pencils.
This image was stamped and colored the way as the 
card above.  The image is

Thanks for stopping in today,
I hope you've been inspired in some way.
See you soon,
Until then
spread handmade kindness!

Note the links are only to give a reference so you can
see what the products are.
I didn't necessarily purchase from these sites,
except where specified,
and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Shaving Cream and Alcohol Ink

Hi All!
Today I'm going to show you the process I used to 
make some fun paper for crafting.
I use them for backgrounds for cards, scrapbook layouts
elements for cards and anything else that strikes my fancy.

I got a inexpensive aluminum sheet, shaving cream and
a spatula from the Dollar Tree.
I put a good amount of the shaving cream on the 
aluminum sheet.
Using the spatula, I smoothed it out.
I then dropped Alcohol Inks onto the shaving cream
and used a plastic knife to run through the ink to spread it 
a little bit.
It's hard to see the paper here, I used Deli paper
for this print.  I just laid the paper on top of the
shaving cream and smoothed it over the surface,
to be sure it was in contact with the ink.
Any type of paper can be used for this,
For this session, I used deli paper, white card stock,
white mulberry paper and colored mulberry paper.
When I picked up the paper, I scrapped off the
extra cream and left the paper to dry.
You never know what your print will look like.
This one is very subtle.
I added a bit more ink,
ran the knife through it again,
and made another print,
this time on plain white card stock.
When I scrap off the extra shaving cream from the
paper, I put it at the side of the pan,
it can be used again.
I smoothed out the shaving cream and added more 
inks to make other prints.
As you lift the papers off, the colors meld more each time.
I love the way these papers turn out.

When I wanted to change the colors, I mixed what I had
in the pan and ended up with a light color.
I then added new colors and went on making prints.
This is a different pan of shaving cream,
that I was playing with, but I found it works better on
a flat one like the one above.
Depending on how much ink is in the shaving cream and the
color of it, you may get some over all color on your 
papers, but with some colors that didn't show up at all.
It's all an adventure where you never know what you'll end up with.
Here are some of the pieces I ended up with.
I did quite a few on plain card stock.

some on deli paper

In this one above, you can see a light pink in the
background.  For this one, I had mixed the shaving 
cream and it ended up pinkish, I added other colors to it
and when I pulled them, they had absorbed a bit of the 
pink from the mixed in ink.
Most of the time the mixed in color didn't show up,
but for this it did.
This is one of my favorite pieces and I've already used
it for a project.
I tried yellow mulberry paper
and orange
and green.
These next two were done on a white mulberry
paper that doesn't have a lot of fiber that is noticeable
Thanks for stopping in today.
I had a lot of fun making these background pieces
and I hope you'll give it a try too.
See you soon.
Until then,
think outside the box!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Caring Hearts Card Drive

Hi crafty friends!
Every year there is a 
when handmade cards are collected and
then sent out to care facilities throughout the country.
Actually there are a few different countries involved in
this card drive, USA, Canada and Australia this year.
This year was it's 10th year!
I have participated in this card drive for several years,
made cards for the drive as well as delivering cards to
some homes in my area.
I have a few friends who also make cards for the 
drive each year and I thank them for their support.
Here are a few examples of the cards I made this year.
I hope some people will get joy from receiving 
my cards.

It's too late to participate in this year's card drive,
but if you are interested, I'm sure Vera will be 
having one again next year.
Keep an eye on her blog around September/October
for the information.  My friends and I often start our cards
early knowing that we want to send them in by early

Thanks for stopping in to see what I've been up to,
I hope you're creating something beautiful.
Come again soon,
until then
Happy Crafting!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Becky's Christmas Swap

Hello crafting fans.
I belong to a facebook group of friends
that are all into crafting and art of various
We decided to do a Christmas gift swap
and the gal who I made my gifts for 
is very into crocheting.
I decided to make her a bag to carry some of
her work in.  I downloaded the yarn and crochet hook
pattern from The Craft Chop and cut it from
I then used my heat press to add it to the bag.
For this little bag for her crochet hooks,
I altered the original design and made the
crochet hooks.
I designed my own wording and cut them
then added them to the little pouch.
I think she'll get a kick out of this.
I'm very happy with the way these gifts turned out
and I'm pretty sure Becky will enjoy them too.
I wanted to send a card along with the gift, so
I made this spinner card. The Santa is on a string and
before putting the card in the envelope I will spin it around.
When she opens the card the Santa will spin.
This is made from the 
and colored with colored pencils.
Inside the card, I made a flap that shows through 
the front of the card, once she opens the card, she can
lift the flap to read the sentiment..
I also made a Christmas envelope to go with the card,

Thanks for coming and spending some time with me
today.  I hope you have been inspired in some way
and will come again soon.
Until then,
make something nice for someone else!

Note the links are only to give a reference so you can
see what the products are.
I didn't necessarily purchase from these sites,
except where specified,
and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Swap round 2 #1 Dogs and/or Cats

Hello everyone!
My crafting group of friends have started a new
round of swaps and today I'm showing you what I 
made for our first round.
The theme was dogs and/or cats.
The friend that I got, Marie, likes to sew, so this is
the little card I made to go with the swap.
Marie likes journalling cards to use in her scrapbooking
so I made a variety of dog and cat
ones for her.
These can also be used as card fronts if she 
chooses.  Just add a sentiment and adhere to a
card base and she's ready to go.
These are all stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink
and colored with colored pencils.

The "cool cat" is actually on the envelope that
I sent all her little gifts in.  I covered her
name and address for privacy.
She especially love 'cool cat' but
I think she really loved them all.
Now I wonder what our next swap theme
will be.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Come again soon,
until then, 
share your talents with others.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Bibs and Burp Cloths

Hi all!
A few posts ago I told you about my
daughter in laws baby shower and showed you the
onsies that we made.
Today I'm showing you the bibs and burp cloths
that we made for her and baby Marie.

I think they turned out pretty cute and I'm 
sure she will get a lot of use from them.
Thanks for stopping in today,
I hope you'll come again soon.
Until then,
I hope you'll smile a lot!