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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sing Into Spring

I don't get to play challenges often but I had time to do it now. This challenge is to use that red and white twine and show love.  I love to sing.  It's the hardest part of life after thyroid surgery, I can't sing anymore,  but it doesn't stop my heart.  I have a bunch of this red and white twine left over after Christmas and I keep it out because I can use it for Valentines too.  

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/The music on the card (in case you wondered) is FUR ELISE
2" squares in red
1 1/2 inch music

The Bird from 50 States Cricut CartridgeI used old wedding invitation papers to make the front and inside sentiment areas.  I needed to use up that prime paper I have left over after almost every wedding I do.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

It's a new year!

After the huge project I did for the church-wide Christmas party.  I was pretty slow returning to the craft world.  I had no new ideas, I made all my Christmas cards and got those out.  But I just didn't have the joy it takes to create.

I made these thinking of you cards.  Some are valentine colors they will be fine for now or any other time.

I got six cards done in one sitting which is fast for me.  I usually don't like to do a card the same, but this imagination station went well.
This particular card entered in the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge for Valentines #269

Inside of card

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas Crafts

I've been gone for a bit while managing a project I made for myself.  The crafters at my church all donated things they made for the church Christmas party.  Everyone who came, went home with a gift from someone else in the congregation.  It was a fabulous turn-out.  And while I did make a bunch of the gifts myself, I was pleasantly surprised by the people who gave generously of their creative genius at a very busy time of the year. It was a success that I will never even try to achieve again.  Whew! 
Tom created this box with cedar sticks that things can be hung on.  Here a hanging mason jar with candle and colorful stones, and jinglebell ring.

This coffee sign is created with the print raised up on the glass, a unique feel  that can't be expressed in the photo

 This decoupage box is created from a cigar box with knobs on the bottom for feet.  A fitting storage box for a teenage girl. 
This hanging bottle planter, wreath, jingle bells and planter were all mind.

This was one of my favorites.  Anchor cut on the cricut and I hand lettered the scripture.

Wreath, Joy sign and Snowman who is also a scarecrow on the back for a one stop fall to winter decor.

I made 3 of these lightbulb planters with moss, stone and little birds

These trays we showed the college students how to make.  They made one for their mother's for christmas and one for the giveaway.  This one with a tea set candle, doily and flowers.

This moose and tree sign, negative painting with cricut vinyl cuts.

I made this walking stick and I was so proud of it. I almost didn't give it away.
And the painted picture of the grinch

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Christmas Cards

I have my Christmas cards done and ready to mail.  I can't do two cards alike, so I did the same card with little simple variables.  For all the other gifts that I have been working on non-stop since June, I have yet to take pictures, but I will.  I think it's going to blow ME away when I post them and how many there actually are. 

We got to go to Hawaii this year, to see our son, his wife and our first grand-daughter.  Next year we will go there as an entire family for Thanksgiving. Happy Me! 

Mele Kalikimaka and Houli Makehiki hou! 

Friday, October 9, 2015

My Heart isFull

Today, my second child, Austin Light's book made Number 1 on the Amazon book list for humor/parody! I'm so proud. I haven't checked Barnes &  Noble yet, but Amazon is still the biggest bookseller in the world!  Here's a link to his story on Huffington Post.

We are in Hawaii to visit our 3rd son, who was unexpectedly deployed to Kuwait. We will enjoy the islands with our grand-daughter and our daughter in law. They just celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary.

I. Not creating while here, but I am gathering ideas!   Aloha!

Friday, September 25, 2015

New Cricut Explore Air

So, my DH, got me two gifts for my birthday.  Tickets to Garth Brooks in Dallas and a new cricut explore air. What?!

The learning curve on the new program is steep for me. There is much to do and I'm having trouble figuring it all out.  Watching a lot of you-tube videos.

I did these 3 cards with Too Cute Ink coloring with my copics.  Honestly, I don't have the hang of the coloring thing.  As with all things, practice, practice, practice.  I read that TooCuteInk is going to stop her drawings and stamping for a while, so I scurried (yes, scurried) over to her shop for a 50% discount and downloaded some digital stamps.

These 3 Cards made for my grandsons, Ellis, Parker and Wesley, I'll get the girls next week.

Cards entered into Fantabulous Cricut Challenge - Project for kids.  

Acorn and leaf and all base cuts made on the cricut.
Copic Markers
and 2Cute Stamps


This Fox Card entered in Inspiration Destination Contest Anything Goes #52

I'm trying to figure out how to do more than boxes on my cricut.  It came with a neat project to replicate, but right now, I can't understand why and how it's doing the layers. I mean, yes, I figured out the layers, but why all the layers are so separated, and I feel like I'm wasting paper, when with my expression, I could decide where and what layers were placed.

So, I'm learning and it's fun. 
Have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A big project --sigh--

I took on a huge HUGE project for Christmas this year and so I have been awfully busy working on that.  Here is what I have made besides cards:

His and Hers Aprons.  The one on the left is made from an old pair of blue jeans and a men's shirt.  The rest of the shirt I used for her apron on the right.  They are so cute!  Especially since the top of the men's apron is made out of the waist of the jean and buttons around the neck with the button.

This tuxedo cut from the Wedding cartridge is for a men's gift for a wedding.  I LOVE my new Copic Spica pens.  They give the shine and glitz without the trouble of wondering if my gel pens will work when I want them.  They dry quickly and I can count on them working.
These can caddies are great for pens, pencils, markers, scissors
or straws, plastic silverware and napkins.

This little jean bag is made for the bottom of a levi pants leg.
The little felt flowers have clips on them that give it a very pretty look

but fold it over and put the clips at the top and throw it in your bag, safe and secure.

This happy  little guy is from Paper Pups, & holds a flower from Walk in My Garden.

Wild Man Card with a Moose from Animal Antics

A balloon card with it's own fall scenery, river and little sheep.

This cute little tea light glows with an orange nose when you turn on the switch.
So.... what is my project.  Different than has ever been done at my church. People make lots of stuff to sell and raise money at Christmas time.  But, this year, I want it to be a gift.  No matter how small, no matter how big, everyone goes home with a gift from the Christmas party.. a gift made by someone else in the church.  It's going to take a lot of coordinating!  So, I'm laying off my participation in challenges for now and I'm busier than I've ever been in creating.

Card for Twins

My elephant made out of pallet wood, Tree cuts from Cricut Wall Decor. This was a lot of work!
I entered it in the state fair and got honorable mention.

Tag Card

Pallet wood, cut from 50 States, and a little heart to put on for where your heart is in the U.S.  I used Cricut 50 States, cut in vinyl, applied to the wood, painted white and pulled the vinyl off. 

Painted a rock! 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Forms of Light

When my husband travels, I am free to craft with abandon!  Meaning, I don't have to clean everything up right away.  Which, I am sure, he would beg to differ.   I can hear his voice in my head, "Like you ever really clean all that crafty crap up anyway."

I combined some of my doodle techniques along with cut files - forms of light ~~.   I love to doodle. 

Circle from Cricut Basic Shapes 4,5 inch diameter
Moon from Create a Critter
Smile and eyes from Create a Critter

 I used a macro lens to catch the close-up doodling on the picture above.
The one below reflects the light colors of the paper on the black background of the card.

Up, up and away

I did not come up with this idea, Geekfactor12, over at the Woot derby came up with the idea for a screen print on a shirt.  With his permission I tried to create it on paper and I really like it.  So did he! 

The balloon cut is from Pop Up NeighborhoodTrees from Stretch Your ImaginationAll other cuts were from Cricut Font and Basic ShapesEverything was cut in white and colored with Copic markers.

5.5x4.5 card base, foam tape for pop off the paperFancy Pants and Cricut papers

Simple card

I'm trying to improve my card making skills by going back to the simple.
This pup from Paper Pups cartridge.  He's holding a big flower from Walk in My Garden.
The puppy is cut 8 times and layered, the flower is cut 3 times and layered, then I added stickles. Once the stickles were dry, I added the outline with my .05 Micron pen.

The inside left of the card has a single cut of the pup waving through a window.  On the left you can see how thick the layers of the pup were on the outside of the card. 
5.5x4.5 card base.
Nice card for men or women.

Create something New everyday

My friend, Laurie, gave me a T-shirt with this saying on it.  Create Something New Everyday.  It's the kind of saying that's been around a long time, but when she saw it, she thought of me and I think that is great.  Still working on Christmas.  Here is what I made this week...............
This little cosmetic bag, or ditty bag is made out of the bottom of an old pair of blue jeans. 
These little felt flowers I made, have clips on them, so they can come off as the decoration and fold the lip up and clip them to the top and throw it in your other bag or suitcase.  The bag sits on a folded and sewn bottom, but I made a little insert bottom out of cardboard and covered with the blue jean sewed over it. 
DH was impressed.  I made this in a little over an hour.  It was super easy.  Another gift for the Christmas party at church.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 August

I took on this burdensome task at my church.  It is the annual Christmas Dinner.  It's the largest single thing attended other than worship.  I've done it for 3 years.  The last 3 years I've organized entertainment from performing people in the congregation, showcasing their mostly unseen talents. This year, I decided to go totally different and showcase the crafts and artistry of people in the congregation.  Boy is it hard finding those people.  Anyway, I have to have over 300 gifts for the party, so I've been trying to create something new everyday.

 Twins card for baby shower at church!

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