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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Merry banner

Hi Everyone!

I am on a banner making kick.  For starters I plan to create a banner to hang in my kitchen window and in each of my 2 dining room windows.  A couple of days ago I shared the JOY banner that I hung in one of my dining room windows.  Today I want to share the one I created for my other dining room window.

My banner was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest that was created by plaidonline.  You can see their banner at this link.

I was trying to decide how to create the triangles for the tree shape when I realized that if I turn a triangle that I cut from my We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board upside down it looks like the tree shape that I wanted.  I used kraft tag to cut five 6.5" triangles.  Then I used 3 patterned green papers to cut five 6" triangles. 

If you don't have a banner punch board there's no reason that you cannot create and cut your own triangles.

I used a hot glue gun to glue a cinnamon stick to the back of each triangle to create my tree trunks.

I used a hot glue gun to glue a piece of a drinking straw to the back of each tree. 

I threaded a long piece of baby ric rac through all of the straws to connect the trees together.

I found a package of 2" foil die cut letters in my stash.  I used foam tape to adhere the letters to my trees.  Then I used my hot glue gun to adhere a dimensional star to the top of each tree. 

Now the banner is hanging in my dining room window, but it's too bright to take a photo of it.  Next I plan to create a snowflake like yesterday's creation to hang above it. 
Have a great day!  It's getting cold outside.  Brrr...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Hi Everyone!

I am a little hesitant to share what I created today because the tool I used doesn't seem to be available any place.  I decided to show you what I made anyway because maybe you'll find the tool or maybe you already have one and haven't used it in a while. 

I used my Martha Stewart Crafts Small Triangle Ornament Template to create a snowflake that is about 12" wide. 

To make this snowflake you need six 6" squares of paper.  I used 6 squares of Neenah white metallic paper.  The resulting snowflake is shiny and beautiful.

You use the template to create 6 single ornaments.  Then you glue the 6 ornaments together to create a snowflake. 

I used some double sided Halloween papers in October and made the same decoration, but didn't call it a snowflake.  I also made one using some double sided pineapple paper and hung it in my kitchen window. 

The decorations are very easy to make.  It takes about an hour to make one snowflake.  So if you have the tool dust it off and make some snowflakes.  If you don't have the tool, keep your eyes open.  You never know one might appear in the clearance section of some store.

Have a great night!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Joy banner

Hi Everyone!

I put this banner together in less than an hour.

I used a We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board to cut the triangles.  I added letters that I cut from a Sizzix die. I layered a piece of foam tape, a letter, a piece of foam tape, and finished with a letter to add dimension to the banner.  The white header was created with a Martha Stewart border punch. 

I plan to hang little banners like this one in my windows this holiday season. 

Have a great day!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Christmas Scrabble Frame

Hi Everyone!

I think I may be ready for Christmas this year.  I've created gift bags, cards, tags, stocking stuffers, and decorations. Today I want to share one of my favorite projects.

The space for the picture in this frame measures 9.5" by 9.5".  I trimmed candy cane paper from SEI so that it measured 8.5" x 11" and printed a grid on it.  If you enlarge the photo and study it you'll see the grid lines.  They helped me place the Scrabble tiles.

Then I used paper punches and dies to create embellishments for the frame.  I used foam tape to adhere them to the paper and to add dimension to the picture.  I plan to hang my frame over the fireplace, but it could be placed on a frame easel and displayed on a mantle or table. 

Have a great day!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Christmas Gift Bags

Hi Everyone!

I've been using things in my stash to help me create treasures.  Today I'll share some of the gift bags I made this weekend.

I have a collection of paper straws.  I cut some of the green ones up and used Scor-tape to adhere them to a gift bag.  The tree trunk is a piece of a cinnamon stick.  The snowflakes are buttons.  Not sure why I have so many in my stash, but they are coming in handy for my Christmas projects. 

I purchased the tree cutouts on this bag from SEI many years ago.  The snowflakes are silver gems.  I added a sparkling red gem to the center of each of them.  The sentiment was created with a die from Lawn Fawn.

I also purchased the Santa cutouts from SEI many years ago.  I used a hot glue gun to adhere a sparkly white pompom to each hat.  I sprayed a bottle of Maya Metallic Red Mist onto the Maya Road letters to give them color.

This dimensional Santa was also from SEI and was waiting in my stash.  He fit perfectly onto a small bag.

That's it for today.  Have a great night!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Gift Tags

Hi Everyone!

I cannot believe that it has been 3 weeks since I posted anything here.  I have been crafting for about 12 hours a day for weeks.  I did my first craft fair in 7 years last Saturday.  I have been planning, prepping and teaching craft classes.  I have been working on things for Marie's wedding. 

I hope to get back into the blogging routine soon.  Today I will share one quick idea with you. 

I've used tags with metal rims for gift tags in the past, but I only recently discovered that one of my paper punches creates a circle that fits perfectly into one side of the tag.  On one side of the tag the metal rim is slightly wider than it is on the other side. 

Here are 2 of the tags I created recently.

I used paper punches to create the trees, bell, and bow on the bell. 

I stamped "To" and "From" on the back side of each tag. 

The tags are cute and easy to create. 

Have a great day!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Thanksgiving Cards

Good Morning!

Before I was a card maker, Christmas and Valentine's Day were the only holidays that I mailed cards to a few of my friends and my immediate family.  Now I send out cards on a few more holidays and Thanksgiving is one of them. 

I stamped the pumpkin onto 3 orange patterned papers and just the leaf and stem onto a scrap of green patterned paper. Then I fussy cut the leaf and stem and an outlined section from 2 of the pumpkins.  I adhered the pieces onto the remaining pumpkin and glued it to a piece of layering paper.  It was easy to cut the pumpkin pieces, but the stem was a bit more challenging.  In fact I cut off a little of the stem as the curl of it was too hard to cut.  The finished card leaves me wanting to make a few more of them.  We'll see.

This card makes me think of my friend Toni who now lives in Ohio.  She loves wreath stamps.  I stamped the twiggy wreath onto the gingham patterned paper.  I paper punched the leaves and bow from papers in my scrap bin and adhered them to the wreath.  Looks good to me.


I die cut the door and added some clear plastic to the openings to make it look as if the door has glass in it.  I used my Scor-Pal to score lines along the white layering paper.  Then I stamped a smaller version of the twiggy wreath onto that paper.  I added the leaves and bow before I adhered the door to the card.  The pumpkin is adhered to the card with foam tape to give the card dimension.

That's it for today.  Peggy, Martha, Angela, Amy, and Kathy are coming here for a potluck lunch and I need to get things ready for them.

Have a great day!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

More Thanksgiving Decorations

Good Morning!

I am back to share another Thanksgiving decoration with you. 

I used 4 different designs of patterned orange tag to create these adorable 3 dimensional pumpkins. 

I used 3 different sizes of circle dies to cut the papers so that I could create 3 different sizes of pumpkins.  After I assembled the pumpkins I cut the bottoms flat so that the pumpkins could stand.

I found some tiny (about 3/4" tall) corks in my stash that I hot glued to each pumpkin to create stems.  I tied 2 shades of baby green ric rac to the stems for the vines.  

I think that these pumpkins will make an adorable decoration for my Thanksgiving table.  They could also be used as place cards just by adding a small gift tag to each of them.

  Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

A Decoration for Thanksgiving

Hi Everyone!
This week I worked on Thanksgiving paper crafts.  I will share them with you over the next week or so.  Today I am sharing the decoration I made.  It can be displayed on a mantle, a shelf, or wherever you want. 
I used a stitched rectangle die to cut the kraft background and a stitched banner die to cut the fall papers.  I added brads to the punched holes in the banner papers.  The burlap stickers that spell the word "thankful" are mounted on scalloped tag circles.  I added a paper punched leaf to each banner.  The panels are connected with baker's twine. 

This banner folds flat so it would be easy to mail to someone who appreciates handmade decorations.

That's it for today!  Enjoy this beautiful "summer" weather.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Cupcake Flowers Birthday Card

Hi Everyone!

I have been spending almost every waking hour and some of the hours that I should be sleeping, working on cards and crafts for a craft fair.  I have also been teaching some paper crafting classes.

My friend, Brenda and her sister, Kristine came to last week's pinwheel wreath class.  Brenda made a fall wreath and Kristine made a Halloween one.  Brenda brought some of the store bought cards she had gotten for her birthday.  One of the cards inspired me to create today's cards. 

I used papers from Lawn Fawn's "Watercolor Wishes" petite paper pack for the background of each card.  I stamped some leaves onto each card and colored them with different shades of green Memento markers.  Then I used a Fiskars cupcake squeeze punch to punch out an assortment of paper scraps. 
The "cupcake wrappers" are glued directly onto the card.  I used foam tape to adhere the "frosting" to give the card dimension. 

I love the way the cards look.  Thank you for the inspiration, Brenda.

Have a great day!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Birthday Cards

Good Morning! 

I am going to share some more birthday cards with you today. 

This card is one of my favorites and was made from scraps!  I used a Cuttlebug Happy Birthday folder to emboss the background paper from Lawn Fawn.  The butterflies were created from a Martha Stewart paper punch.  I folded their wings and only adhered the center of them to the card.   I used a Paper Smooches clear stamp to stamp the sentiment. 

This card was created with Washi Tape.  The sentiment was inked from a Memory Box woodblock stamp.  I used a large retro flower EK Success paper punch to create the flames on the candles.  First I paper punched a piece of gold glitter paper.  Then I cut off the flower petals and used them as flames.  I used foam tape to adhere the flames to the card.

Washi Tape, again!  I covered a scrap of white tag with the tape.  I used a Heartfelt Creations woodblock stamp to create the sentiment.  The background paper is embossed. 

Have a fun day!


Friday, September 29, 2017

"Hoppy" Birthday

Happy Friday, Everyone!

I have been busy creating birthday cards all week.  Now I need to find time to photograph them and write some blog posts about them.  For today I am going to share 2 cards. 

Years ago I used Action Wobbles on my cards.  They were a little big for some of my images so I was thrilled to discover that last year Art Impressions created Mini Action Wobbles.  They are about the size of a nickel and work perfectly on many of my images. 

Mini Action Wobbles are springs that you adhere to the back of an image and to your card.  When you flick the image, it wobbles back and forth and adds an element of fun to your cards. 

Here's today's first card.  After I stamped the frog onto patterned paper, I fussy cut it and cut off the head.  I adhered the frog's body to the card. Then I attached the Mini Action Wobble to the back of the frog's head and the card.  His googly eyes jump around when I flick the head.  The sentiment was created with an Endless Creations woodblock stamp.  I used a Hero Arts woodblock stamp to create the frog, a D R S woodblock stamp to create the cattails, and a Lawn Fawn clear stamp to make the log. 

I have always loved this floppy eared bunny from Alley Way Stamps.  For this card I stamped the bunny 2 times and fussy cut both images.  Then I cut off one bunny's head, attached the Mini Action Wobble to it, and adhered it directly on top of the other bunny.  I used dies from The Stamps of Life to create the balloons and balloon strings.  The grass hills were created with Lawn Fawn's puffy clouds border dies.

That's it for today.  I promise I'll be back with more birthday cards soon.

Have a great night!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Washi Tape Birthday Cards

Good Morning Everyone!

As you know I have been spending a lot of time creating gift bags and wreaths.  Now it's time to focus on building up my card stash. 

I have an 8 pack of Washi tape that I thought would be fun to use on some cards.  I used just tape and a Lockhart sentiment stamp on the first 2 cards.  It's a gray day here today so the cards are a little dark, which is a shame because I love the way they look in real life.  Hopefully they will still inspire you.

Since there are succulents on some of the rolls of tape I decided to use Lawn Fawn's "Stuck on You" clear stamp set on a few of the cards. 

 Birthday cards are the perfect way to make someone feel great without buying them a present.  People will always remember how you made them feel and that you were thinking of them.  Go ahead.  Make some cards.  You'll feel good too!

Enjoy your day!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Floral Gift Bags

Hi Everyone!

The projects in this week's classes are Gift Bags.  I have been busy creating sample bags to inspire my students. 

I told my students that they may want to use a border punch to decorate their bags.  To help everyone visualize what the border looks like I created this frame a long time ago and updated it the other night.

I used some flower Spellbinder Nestability dies to create this first bag.  I added a tiny ladybug brad to each flower. 

I used the largest die from PaperTrey Ink's Bloom Builders set one to create the dimensional flower on this gift bag.

Then I used the smallest die from PaperTrey Ink's Bloom Builders set one to create the dimensional flowers on this gift bag.

Many years ago I purchased the template for today's last gift bag from Denami Design.  That template is still available at this link.  It's a handy template to have when you need a small gift bag. 

That's all for today, folks.  Have a nice night!