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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Metal Tag and Alcohol Inks

Hello crafty friends!
Today I'm showing you something a little
different.  I was wandering around in Michael's one
day and happened to see some metal tags on clearance.
They were only $6.00 for a pack of 24, so I
picked up a pack and figured I'd think of something
to do with them.

This is what they look like right out of the package.
I decided that I should use some alcohol inks on
one and see what I got.

I used a few different colors of purple and just
pounced them on with a ink blending tool and a
felt applicator.  I thought it turned out pretty nice.
Now what to do with it?

My next step was to use some
Alcohol Lift Ink.
I found several different floral stamps and used them
to lift the alcohol ink off the tag.
I love how this turned out,
I'm not sure exactly what I will use it for,
but it sure was fun playing with the inks and
I think these could make nice bookmarks or little art
pieces to just hang somewhere.
Or even to just use as gift tags with the persons name
lifted from the surface.
At the price I got them for, how can I go wrong?

Thanks for spending time at my blog today,
I hope you've been inspired in some way
and maybe will give some alcohol ink
a try.
Until next time,
try something new and different.

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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, May 11, 2019

Kids Easter Cards

Hi all!
I know it's way past Easter, but I wanted to share these
2 cards that I made for a couple of my greats.
If you have been checking in, you know
that I had all my cards made and ready to go,
but they didn't get sent,
but these 2 did.  They arrived the day after Easter,
but the kids loved them anyway.

For Anthony, I made this card.
I cut out 2 rabbits that I had files for on my Silhouette, Cameo
and altered them for the card.
I received a message from my niece that Anthony
said it was the funniest card yet.
I was so pleased that he liked it.

For Andrea, who is my unicorn lover,
I made this "bunnycorn" as she called it.
I used my Silhouette to cut the pieces and
drew the face on with black marker.
The horn was made with gold glitter card stock.
She loved her bunycorn card.

Thanks for stopping in today, I hope you have enjoyed
your visit and will come again soon.
Until next time,
happy crafting.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Easter Cards, A Design For Any Occasion

Hello Blog friends!
You know how they  say, the best laid plans often go awry?
Well that's what happened with my Easter cards.
I had my cards made over a month in advance,
but then my Aunt Marilyn got pneumonia and I had to go
to North Carolina.  I ended up being there for 3 weeks and
then when I got back it was only a couple days before
Easter, so the cards never got sent.
I guess I can figure that I'm all ready for next year.

The cards all had the same design, stamps and embossing,
the panel that they were made with were each a little different.
All from the same paper, but different areas of it.
The leaf stamp is from
Dyan Reaveley Further Around The Edge 
Stamp Set
The Happy Easter is a stamp I borrowed from a friend.
I stamped with VersaMark Ink and
heat embossed with
Purple Zing Embossing Powder.
This design could easily be used for any
occasion, just change the sentiment and you'll be
all set.
Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you are having a wonderful spring
and will come again soon.

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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, May 6, 2019

Goodie Bags and Scratch Offs

As many of you know, I work with a
couple of friends and hold crafting crops.
We hold weekend crops a couple times a year.
In March we had a weekend crop and the theme
was baseball.

I made up these goodie bags for each cropper.
I printed out the Have a Ball image, cut them out
and glued them onto lunch bags.
Inside I put some Cracker Jacks, Tootsie Rolls, some Washi
tape and other little goodies.

I also included a scratch off ticket in each bag.
They were really simple to make.
I cut out the "baseball diamonds" and added the bases.
In the center I put the scratch off area.

These were really simple to make using
Silhouette Silver Scratch Off Sticker Sheets
Under the scratch off area, I had things like
$ off crops, a free drink, or not a winner, but you're
a winner in our eyes.

Our "Grand Prize" for the weekend was a
gift certificate toward the next weekend crop that
we hold.
I made this baseball diamond and the baseball
was the scratch off gift certificate.
We also added some scratch off lottery tickets on
each base to add a little something extra.
This was wrapped up with a few scrapbooking
supplies to make a nice prize.

Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you think I hit it out of the park
with these ideas.
Hope to see you again soon,
until then
hit a home run of your own.

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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.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Baby Blanket and Bear Hats

I have exciting news!
I'm going to be a Grandma and the baby is due to arrive
right around my birthday in November.
I can't think of a better birthday gift than a grandchild.
I got to work right away making a few things for the
Since we don't know, yet, if it's a boy or a girl
I went with some beautiful green colors.

I made this blanket with
Yarnspirations Bernat Baby Blanket
yarn.  I love it, it's so soft!

I know it's hard to see the edges, but I created a
scalloped edge all the way around.
While I was sitting crocheting, my daughter in law
showed me an adorable little hat with bear ears.
I just happened that the pattern called for the same kind
of yarn that I was using.

This was the first one that I made, but it's so tiny that we
were afraid it would never fit the baby.
My son is know for the size of his head.  LOL
He even said "I don't think any baby of mine will ever have a
head that small."  Although it's exactly what the pattern called for
for a newborn hat.

For the next one, I switched the yarns and made this hat.
This one is for 3-6 months and seems more the size
for Jaryd's baby.
I'm sure I'll be showing you more things that I make along
the way, for this baby.
Sara, my daughter in law, and I have plenty of projects planned.
From onsies to wall decor for the nursery.
Can't wait to be a Grandma!

Thanks for stopping today.
I hope you have been inspired in some way.
Until next time, create something for
someone you love!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Challenge Swap

Hello crafting friends!
I have a group of friends that have a facebook group,
all of us are crafters that have mostly met online.
We decided to do a challenge swap and I'm loving it.
Our first theme was cats and/or dogs.
I made this bookmark for my friend Lisa.
I used backgrounds from my stash of handmades 
for the yellow base piece as well as the mat around 
the image of the cat.
The cat was stamped onto white card stock and colored
with colored pencils.
The glass lenses were first covered with 
Wink of Stella and then with 
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This is the little card I included with the bookmark when
I sent it.
This was stamped with Black Onyx VersaFine ink
and colored with colored pencils and Distress Inks.
Our next challenge theme is "Friendship"
I will post a picture of what I made for that swap,
after the recipient receives it.

Thanks for stopping by and spending time with me today.
I hope you've been inspired in some way.
Have you ever participated in a crafting challenge
and/or swap?
Until next time, challenge yourself in some way.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Sorry I've Been MIA!

Hello blog fans!
I'm sorry I've been
away for a while.
On March 27th I got a call that my sweet Aunt Marilyn
was going to the hospital.
This meant that the next day I needed to drive
to Charlotte, North Carolina.
I live in the Buffalo, NY area so it's about
an 11 hr drive.
She was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia 
and stayed there for 5 days.
Once she was released she went to 
a rehab facility.
To make a long story short,
she will be staying at the facility for 
long term nursing care.
She is doing pretty well physically,
but mentally she has declined.
She has been slowing declining over the
last year or so, but now she is to the point
that it isn't safe for her to be alone.
It's pretty amazing that she is 95 and has lived on her
own in her apartment until now, but it's time
for her to be cared for.
Here is a picture of the 2 of us that I took
a couple days before I came home.
It's been a long, emotional, exhausting 3 weeks.
I cleaned out and packed up her whole apartment
and arranged with our friend there to take care of
finding people to take her furniture etc.
It's difficult being in a different city without your 
usual support systems with you, but 
sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.
I'm happy with where she is now, they are wonderful 
and it's a fabulous facility and I have a great deal of
confidence in them.
Hopefully, I'll be back on track with my blog posts soon.
Sorry I haven't been around for y'all.
Wishing everyone a wonderful Easter,
see you again soon!