Thursday, August 31, 2017

One project done...

Halloween craft number one is completed - another "jar" of items for witches brews or potions. With some help from my daughter this one features eyes. She found a bag of plastic eyeballs at the dollar store and I came up with the jar, the label and the fabric topper and twine. Label is mod-podged onto a recycled glass jar; it is a free printable downloaded from the internet. Do wish the interior eyeballs displayed better in the photo. Fun new decoration for my spooky "apothecary" shelf this year.


 Can't leave out Christmas as I did work on a Christmas card as well. Trying the "Use what you have" challenge I created this card from items in my scraps and stash. The image is one I've had for many years tucked away just waiting for the right opportunity. Very simple card, a strip of gold shimmer paper and the image backed with green paper and taped onto a precut white cardstock. Just a straight forward "Merry Christmas" sentiment inside.



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Back to School = Happy Dance

Today is the first day back to school for our district - I'm doing a "Happy Dance" with lots of parents on my street. Our little guy got on the bus smiling and eager to go. We are blessed with a wonderful bus driver; she loves and is a fierce protector of all her little charges. They, in turn, love her. 
We were able to run errands and I even made it to my craft room for a bit today. I'm working on more apothecary jars for Halloween decorating. I'll publish a picture as I complete the projects.
Of course, I also finished two cards.  The nautical one is for my granddaughter and her husband who are at Great Lakes Naval station in Illinois and the other is a birthday card for my stash.  Both were quick cards. I found the clip art anchor on line, printed and cut it out to mount on the card with foam tape. Glued on the star sequins (making a few messes) and pretty much called it done. The anchor is more red in real life than it shows in the photo.

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This garden window is a HOTP paper tole decoupage image. It is dimensional with three layers raised with foam tape. The wood plank design paper is from Simon Says Stamp and pink sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. Again, my photo skills are lacking and don't give justice to the lovely colors of the florals in real life.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Always give 100% (unless you are donating blood).

Just a little friendly advice for today!

It's been a busy week. We had appointments or commitments every day from Back to School Night, Occupational Therapy, a doctor appointment, shoe shopping. You name it, I think we did it. Makes it really feel like the end of the lazy days of summer. Our little guy starts second grade next Tuesday. We are all excited for the beginning of the school year. 

Praying for all the victims of Hurricane Harvey and hoping Texas will recover from this horrific storm soon. The devastation is so widespread and costly. Keep Texas in your hearts and minds, please give whatever you can to help.

My card today is a birthday card I created using a Digital image I found on the Internet. I added colors using distress markers and colored pencils. The balloon embellishments are Dazzles stickers backed by design paper. Fun card to make and right now I don't have a particular person in mind for it but it does have a masculine feel with the green plaid background.




Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Back to the craft room.

Summer seems to be beginning to wind down some. Mornings are just a bit crisper and it is taking a while longer for the heat to appear each day. The garden is producing it's fruits, I get to harvest a bit of produce nearly every day. Just sent a bag of cucumbers to my daughter so she can make another batch of pickles. I've already pickled enough for my little family for the entire winter. Just love to preserve the harvest in this manner. Glad I learned to can.
It's been a challenge finding moments to work on paper crafts this month but I have slipped in some sessions here and there. The cards I'm displaying today are my attempts to come up with some masculine feeling cards. I started with a Darice embossing folder with "Gears" as a background on a bronze shimmer paper. The embellishments were from Anna Griffin; leftovers from a kit I purchased a few years ago. Both were quick and easy and came together nicely. I will probably send them out as birthday cards - no inside sentiments yet.



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse Day

Most of the United States was able to experience at least a partial eclipse. My daughter and son-in-law took their daughter to Oregon to be able to be in the totality path. All agreed it was an awesome thing to behold.  Here is their commentary -


"An unforgettable experience. I understand now why people travel the world chasing eclipses to get it again for a few minutes. We met people from all over the planet in a tiny little town in central Oregon.

Sadly unprepared for the photography this is what we could do. With the naked eye the visual was about 15 times the width of the black circle - a glorious crown that stretched across an unbe...lievable area of the sky. It grew cold instantly as night fell and the stars came out. For two minutes the sky was governed by this... the corona of the sun. And then as suddenly it was over.

The next one in North America is in 7 years. In Mazatlan! Next time we will be more prepared."


Here is their photo.





Saturday, August 19, 2017

Making Halloween cards...

So here are the Halloween cards I've worked on so far.  I know it's early but with so many grandkids I have to start early. I was able to use mostly all my "tools" on these cards. My Cricut Explore, my Grand Calibur and dies, my Misti, lots of stamps, inks, markers and even some water coloring. Love all the design papers that are out this time of year.

 Watercolors, markers

 Features smooch inks


Cricut Cut & Print

  Dazzles & Cricut