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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Baby Shower Invitations

Hello everyone!
Today I'm showing you the baby shower
 invitations that I helped my daughter in law, Sara,
make for her sister's shower.
Sara did the designing with Cricut
design space and sent me the
invitations to print. 
I printed them for her,
 then we got together to finish them.

This is the front of the invitation that I

This is the back of the invitation.

She picked out a couple vinyls for us to work with.
This was the first time we had tried the Joann's brand of
vinyl, and I have to say we loved working with it.

Here is the pink, ready to cut the roses.

Here is the purple, ready to cut the names.

They all cut out beautifully and weeded very easily.

The roses were added to the unicorns
and look beautiful.

And the names turned out beautiful too.
I wish you could really see how beautiful
the foil vinyl looks.  It really makes the
invitations pop!

I adhered the front and back panels to
purple card stock and they were done.
When her sister got hers in the mail, she was
thrilled with how they turned out.
Sara and I were happy with the end
result too.

We also made these little Diaper Raffle
tickets too.
I think they are adorable.
Sara is making some decorations for the shower too.
I'll try to get some pictures of them to share with
y'all soon.  They are absolutely adorable.
I do love having a crafty daughter in law!

Thanks for stopping in to see what I've been up to.
Hope if you're having some of this cold and snowy
weather that you are getting a chance to do some crafty
Please come again soon and see what else I've been up to.
Until then,
stay warm and have some fun crafting.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Place Cards

Hope y'all are having a wonderful day.
We've been having some crazy weather around here.
One day it was -8* with a wind chill of -20*
Then we got about a foot of snow and the next day
it was 45* and raining.
Hope y'all are doing well with the cold and snow if you
are having it too.
Today I have some place cards to share with you.
My niece messaged me and asked if I could make them
for my God daughters birthday party.
She is having a spa day theme and they will be doing
their nails.  The decorations have a lot of hearts since it is
right before Valentine's Day. 
Had to include a unicorn too, since that is her
major love right now.
Tammy said "surprise us"

This is what I came up with and I'm pretty sure they will
love them.
I thought she could write the girls names in the big heart.
Most of these images are from
my Silhouette library and I just printed
them instead of cutting them out.
I love being able to help with things like this.
Now on to making her's and her brother's birthday cards,
that's what I have planned for this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you are inspired in
some way. 
Until next time
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Memorial Gifts for Christmas

Hello, I hope 2019 is going well for y'all.
Today I'm showing you something special that I 
made for my family this past Christmas. 
My Mom passed away on May 4th.
My family and I had to clean out her room at the
assisted living home and she really had a lot of clothes.
She was very tiny and no one at the home would be 
able to use them, so I thought I'd donate them to Savers.
Once I got everything home and went through it, something 
told me to save her tops and I'd figure out some way to use them.
One day an idea hit me and I found a video on how to make
"tee shirt yarn"  So I took Mom's tops and made yarn out of
them.  I found that all different kinds of fabric work for this,
not only tee shirt type fabrics.  Some work better than others
and some yield more than others, but they all seem to work.
I crocheted baskets for everyone in the family.
Here are some of the baskets.  I didn't follow a specific 
pattern, so they all came out different.  Most are round, but some 
are rectangle or oval.  
I made little tags for the baskets with
a favorite picture of Mom on them and
wrote a sentiment to explain what they were.
I filled the baskets for the Great Grandchildren
with candy.
For my generation and the Grandkids I also made
memorial ornaments. The ornaments have a heart with angel
wings, inside the heart it says Mom, Grnadma or G-Ma depending
who it was for..
On the back they have her date of birth and death.
I put iridescent shread inside, 
I also suspended a tiny little bottle filled with 
some of Mom's ashes at the top inside the ornament.
Here is a picture showing the baskets ready to go.
Everyone was very touched by the gifts,
I think it's a great way to have Mom with us, 
we'll all remember her with many great
memories and love in our hearts, but having something
that is a bit of her is so special.
This is a little basket that I'm working on for me.
I tried to make flowers for some of the other baskets,
but they just wouldn't work.  I think it's the type of fabric 
that I used for this one that makes the difference.
I'm going to take these beads and sequins off this piece of fabric 
and add them to the band around my basket, between the
flowers. This is the top that I had gotten for Mom to wear
to our son's wedding.  We used a piece of it for their
hand fasting at the wedding, to represent Mom,
so this is particularly special to me.

I think I may be making some more things with 
tee shirt yarn in the future.  I love the idea of
repurposing old clothing in this way.

Thanks for stopping by and spending a little time with
me today.  I hope you are inspired in some way and maybe 
will try repurposing something some time soon.
Until next time, 
Think outside the box!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Caring Hearts Card Drive

Hi craft lovers.
I know I'm really late with this post,
I started it a long time ago and just found it
not finished.  Every year I make cards and deliver them
This card drive is near and dear to my heart.
Card makers from all over the world make cards and
donate them to be sent to residents of nursing facilities.
My Mom was in an assisted living home for almost 5 years
and many of the residents in nursing homes and other care facilities
don't receive cards or even visitors at Christmas time.
These cards are collected and then sent out to people, like me,
who have a connection to the nursing facilities to be distributed
to the residents. I delivered to 6 different homes this year.
Between myself and the ladies I craft with, we donated over
250 cards to the drive.
I know the people at Sacred Heart Adult Home, where 
Mom lived, love receiving these cards. They would all
be excited to compare where their cards came from.
This card drive is held every year and usually starts 
around the beginning of October and runs through 
mid November.  I try to remember to post about it, when it
starts.  If you are interested in donating, watch for my post
about it in the fall.
Here are the card styles that I made this year.
Snow flakes embossed with silver embossing powder.
This card is an interactive card.
Pull the tab and an sentiment is revealed.
This card is a tri-fold card,
I made this with several different patterned papers.

Thanks for stopping in today.
I hope when the time comes next year, you may 
join in the fun and make some cards for this card drive.
I try to make some here and there through out the year,
so I'll have them when it's time for the drive.
Until next time,
crafty something fun!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Puppy/Kitty Bank

Good day blog fans!
My last post was a "princess" card for a
4 yr old.  Today I'm showing you the gift I made for her.

She, like most 4 yr olds, loves puppies and kitties,
so that's what I put onto the bank I made for her.
For the kitty, I used Valentine Kitty from
Miss Kate Cuttables and cut it with my Silhouette
from vinyl.

For the puppy I used Girl Love Puppy,
also from Miss Kate Cuttables.
One of the things I love about the Miss Kate designs
is the many different parts.
If you look at the designs on the site you will see that
I did not use all the different parts, yet they are still
I needed to make this work with the vinyl that I had,
so not using all the layers worked out well.
I put some money into the bank for Gwen
and I think the bank was a hit with her, I know it was
with her parents.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.
I hope you have gotten inspired in some way.
Come again soon.
Until then have fun crafting.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Princess Card

Hello crafty people.
Today I'm showing you a card that is totally
different than what I usually make.
I needed a card for a 4 year old's birthday party.
I found some paper in my stash that was definitely
perfect "princess" paper.
I cut out the different elements,
used some of the paper for the front panel of the
card and adhered the different elements onto
the card. I used foam adhesive to give the flags
and the bird a little dimension.

There was this cute frog on the paper,
so I fussy cut him also for the inside of the card.
Since it was a fairly light weight paper,
I glued the piece with the frog to a piece of
white card stock before I fussy cut him.
I used an action wobbler to adhere the frog to the
card so it would wiggle when Gwen opened
the card.

The card did not disappoint, Gwen giggled when
she opened it and the frog was wiggling.
She loved it.

Thanks for stopping by to see what I've been up to.
Come again soon,
the next post will show you the gift I made for
Gwen for her birthday.
Until then, try something that is a little
different than what you usually make.
See you soon!

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Pikachu and Unicorn

Hi All!
Did you make any Christmas ornaments for
I did and here are couple of them.

Here's the Pikachu I made for my great nephew
Anthony. I found a picture of Pikachu and went from
there, creating it in my
 Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
and cut the face pieces from vinyl.
The ears were done freehand with glitter craft foam.
For the ornament itself, I used a clear plastic ornament.
First I poured liquid hair spray into the ornament,
then drained it out.  I used gold glitter and poured it into
the ornament, then poured the excess out.
This process works great for me.

I made this unicorn for my great niece and Godchild,
Andrea.  I followed the same process for glittering the
ornament, found some eyelashes on the internet and
traced them in my Silhouette program and cut them from vinyl.
The horn and ears were drawn freehand and cut from glitter craft
foam.  I found the little flowers in my stash and put them on
with super glue, then added gold gems to the centers.
I also added the year to the back with vinyl.
The kids both loved their ornaments.

I started a tradition of making ornaments for those
we have Christmas dinner with.
Unfortunately, I didn't remember to take pictures
of them. Each ornament had the date on one side and
the other was something that was important to that person
in 2018.  I also use a color that corresponded in some way
to that person or their "theme"
Sure wish I would have remembered to take pictures.

Thanks for popping in today.
If you made ornaments for Christmas
that everyone loved them as much as these were loved.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Christmas Cards

Hi blog friends!
I know it's kind of late to be showing my Christmas cards,
but here they are.
They are simple to make and can be for any

I used whatever Christmas papers I had for my cards.
I think these would be great for pockets on
a scrapbook page also.  They would work
to hold memorabilia or pictures that don't all
fit on a page. 

My son got married in September, so I decided to
use a family picture in my cards.
I mounted the picture on a piece of card stock
and stamped a Christmas sentiment on the other side.
I love that everyone can take the picture out and
keep it.
Here is a tutorial on how to make this style of card.
My measurements are a little different than hers,
but you can adjust this design to different sizes if
you like.
I also used ATG tape along the bottom to make it
into a pocket rather than a card that opens.
Just make it the same way and adhere the
flaps along the bottom.

I'm glad you stopped by today,
give this card a try, it's easy to make
and can be embellished more if you choose.
Come again soon,
you never know what you'll find on
Kristie Kreates!