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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Outdoor Pinwheels


Hi Everyone!

Many of you have seen the paper pinwheels I create to use as decorations and on gift bags and packages.  I use a We R Memory Keepers pinwheel maker to cut the paper for them.

My sister Paula asked me to create some outdoor pinwheels for her.  I knew that paper ones wouldn't last long outdoors.  I tried plastic scrapbook paper and that didn't work either.

I walked around Staples and found some heavy duty plastic file folders.  The blade in the pinwheel maker would not cut the plastic so I made some paper templates.  I traced them onto the plastic and cut the plastic by hand.  

It was raining so I quickly put one out on my deck.  It immediately started to spin around.  When I looked outside the next morning the pinwheel was still spinning and was still intact.

So I made these pinwheels for Paula.












Have a great day

Carol





Monday, June 19, 2017

A Gardening Collage

Good morning!

I am writing this post from Seattle.  I am typing it with one finger on my tablet so I will be brief.  I made this wall art for my sister Paula many years ago.



I added a variety of real objects and fussy cut stamped images to the frame. 

Have a great day!
Carol



Friday, June 16, 2017

Gift bag

Good Morning!

I found some pictures on my computer that I have never posted and plan to share them with you. 

Here are a couple of gift bags. 


 
These bags are so easy to make.  I paper punched the flowers and added a brad to the center of each of them.  I free cut the leaves and used some Martha Stewart fringe scissors to cut the grass.  The flower stems are paper straws.  I used different widths of Scor-tape to adhere each of the pieces to the bags.  

Have a great day!
Carol

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Some Bunny is on the way

Hi Everyone!

My sister, Paula, asked me to create a congratulations card for a neighbor who is expecting her first baby. 

Here's the card.


The bunnies and sentiment were created from Lawn Fawn's "Hello Baby" clear stamp set.  I used a Lockhart wooden stamp to create the "Congratulations" message.  The cloud and grass were paper punched.

Have a great day!
Carol

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Happy National Strawberry Shortcake Day

Hi Everyone!

Happy National Strawberry Shortcake Day!  Did you know that almost every day of the year is a "National _____ Day?"  Sometimes I use the theme of the day as an inspiration for my cards and dinner. 

Nothing says summer like the beautiful red ripe strawberries that are in the produce section of all of the grocery stores right now.  Last night I made us the yummiest salad for dinner.  It had Boston lettuce, strawberries, blue cheese crumbles, and vegetarian bacon.  I eat regular bacon, but Robbie doesn't so I chosen the vegetarian bacon so we both could eat it. 

It seems cooler today so I may make some of our favorite strawberry shortcakes using this recipe from King Arthur Flour.  I am thinking of making a variety of tea sandwiches for some company and may use this recipe. It's a favorite of mine because it is made in the microwave and doesn't heat up the kitchen.

Meanwhile, I made some strawberry themed "thinking of you" cards yesterday. 
I looked through my supplies and found strawberry stamps, paper, and brads. 

 
 The canning jar, sentiment, jar lid and jar cloth were created with stamps from PaperTrey Ink's "Friendship Jar" clear stamp set.  The strawberries in the jar are brads. 
 



I used the sentiment from Lawn Fawn's "Happy Summer" clear stamp set for this card along with another brad.


The frame on this card was created with a "Labels Eight" Speillbinder's die.   I stamped and fussy cut green and red strawberries from the Hero Arts "Simply Fresh" clear stamp set.  The sentiment is from PaperTrey Ink's "Fruit Fusion" clear stamp set.  At the moment the "berry" sentiment stamp is some place on the patterned rug in my dining room. I dropped it and it bounced off my knee and so far I haven't had any luck finding it. 


This card turned out the way I had hoped it would.  I used a Lockhart wooden stamp to create the bowl of strawberries, the sentiment from Lawn Fawn's "Happy Summer" clear mini stamp set, and some strawberry brads for the images.  The frame was created with a "Classic Rectangles" Spellbinder's die. 


This card is my favorite.  I die cut the leaves and blue background.  The flowers were punched from a Fiskars paper punch.  I added a tiny yellow brad to the center of each flower.  I also used more strawberry brads.

And that's it for today!  Hope that you enjoy something "strawberry" today.  If you do please post a comment and tell us what you had.

Carol

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Oh Happy Day

Hi Everyone!

It's hard to believe that it has been almost 2 years since I have posted anything on this blog.  I have resigned from my job and am taking the summer off to regroup.  Hopefully, I will have more time to post some of my creations.

A friend told me that she likes to send "thinking of you" cards so that is what I have been working on for the last few days. 


The birds were stamped from an older set of Hero Arts wooden stamps, colored with Memento markers, and then I used a Wink of Stella glittery clear marker to make the birds sparkle.  I used the branch from Papertrey Ink's "Take a Bough" clear stamp set.  The sentiment was stamped with a clear stamp from Lawn Fawn's "Hello Sunshine" clear stamp set. 


Some of the "thinking of you" cards I have been creating have a summer theme.  This is one of my favorites.  I was trying to figure out what type of paper to use for the background and spotted this one in my stash.  It reminds me of the skin on a watermelon.  I used the watermelon from Hero Art's "Simply the Best" clear stamp set to create the watermelon.  First I stamped on the same tag as the background paper and then onto red tag.  I fussy cut both of the stamped images and then adhered the red image onto the green one.  I glued some thin fun foam to the back of the bottom watermelon slice to give it dimension.  The sentiment was stamped with a Dandelion Designs wooden stamp. 

Hope you have a happy day!
Carol