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Saturday, May 2, 2020


Hi Everyone,

Well, it was a beautiful day today.  I sat out on my deck and did my paper crafting there.  Then the day got even better.  I got 2 packages!  One was some books that I had ordered and the other was from my dear friend, Susan.  She sent me a pair of fingerless gloves that she had knitted for me and the 3 adorable red chickens that you see in the photo below. 

Susan made those red chickens.  She made them for me!  I got right to work and used them to create a new chicken display for our dining room table.  I made the 3 signs that you see a while ago.  I made them with my Cricut Explore Air 2 and some vinyl. 
One of the people I follow on Instagram, Rae.Dunn.forfun, paints wooden beads so that they coordinate with her display, strings them together and hangs them on her displays.  I love that idea and ordered some beads a while ago.  Well, they still haven't been delivered so I strung some red and yellow beads together that are from a strand of Christmas garland that I broke apart. 

I also follow dugansgirls on Instagram.  She has real chickens and used contact paper to paper the inside of their coop to dress it up!

So what I am trying to say that Susan's gift inspired the new display.  That Rae.Dunn.forfun and dugansgirls inspire me to create tiered displays. 

Have a good night.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Watermelon cards

Good Morning,

Today I have some watermelon cards to share with you.  Washi tape is such an easy tool to use to create layering paper.  I bought the watermelon washi tape that I used on this first card from Eyelet Outlet.  The sentiment was created with a Dandelion Designs wooden stamp.

The monkey on this second card was created with a Dandelion Designs stamp.  That strip of watermelon patterned paper is 2" wide.  When I cut down my papers from a 6" paper pad I end up with one paper that is 4" wide and another that is 2" wide.  I like the look of the 2" wide papers and find myself using them more and more often. 

My dear friend Toni knows that I have been creating a variety of fruit themed paper crafts lately so she sent me a set of 4 adorable fruity chickie stamps from Denami Design.  You'll see how I used the other stamps in the set soon. 

Take care. 

Thursday, April 23, 2020

More Fruit themed cards

Good Morning,

The skies are blue and that makes me happy.  Today I am going to share more of the fruit themed cards that I made. 

I was thrilled when I found a wooden lemon stamp and a sentiment that goes along with it.  I got both of them from Impress in Seattle.  The stamped images are mounted on some citrus paper from SEI.

Here's another cherry card too.  Cherry layering paper, cherry ribbon, and a cherry stamped image made this a fun card to create.

Strawberry season is getting closer and I am looking forward to all sorts of strawberry salads and desserts.  I have a wide selection of strawberry themed paper crafting supplies and used them to create some cards. I used a clear stamp and die set to create the strawberries on the card with the red dotted background.  The other card has a scrap of paper from SET on it with a washi tape border. 

I stamped a clear Hero Arts strawberry stamp repeatedly on the layering paper on the first card.  The second card has strawberry brads from Eyelet Outlet and some strawberry ribbon.   

That's it for today.  Take care.


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Good Morning!

The other day I took out my fruit and vegetable dishes, decorations, and banners and decorated my house.  They added a much needed cheeriness to my home.  I used some of my dies and scraps of patterned paper to create this banner.

I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut the pieces for this watermelon banner.

Then I used some Timeless Templates from PaperTrey Ink to create gift boxes and bags.  I always have a stash of them so that I can easily grab one before I head out the door.  I often bring my doctors, hairdresser, or hostess a bag or box that contains 4 to 6 cards and envelopes as a thank you gift. 

Next I spent a couple of days creating a variety of cards.  I created some with a grape theme.

I made some with a bananas theme.  I used washi tape to create the patterned paper on the thank you card.  I used a wooden stamp from Impress Cards to stamp a bunch of bananas repeatedly on the miss you card. 

It was fun to make some cherry cards too.  I used cherry brads from Eyelet Outlet on the miss you card.

I'll share some of the other cards I made another day.  Take care.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Hang in There

Good Morning.

I have been papercrafting for about 15 years.  I like to use blank cards that are colorful on the outside and white on the inside as the base of my cards.  I have been running low on them for a while. Thankfully my friend Janet suggested I visit amusestudio and check out their solid cardstock.  Happily it was just what I wanted and needed.  I spent a while yesterday cutting the cardstock, scoring it, and folding it into blank cards.

Now that I had a stack of blank cards prepped it was time to get to work.  The sentiment on this first card is a perfect one for all of us right now.  It was created with an Inky Antics wooden stamp.  I used a Changito wooden stamp to create the monkey. 
The ladybug and sentiment on this card were created with clear stamps from The Stamps of Life.

The small ladybug on this card is from that same stamp set.
These cards also have positive sentiments that we all need at this time.
That's it for today.  Will be back soon with some "fruity" cards that I have been creating.


Friday, April 10, 2020

Bags for Easter

Hi Everyone,

I purchased candy for Easter early this year.  We won't be having guests here for Easter, but we will still try to brighten the day for some of our friends, family members and ourselves . 

Like all of my crafty friends I always have a stash of patterned papers, adhesives, ribbon, etc.  I also have a stash of plain gift bags in an assortment of sizes.  Last night I decorated some bags and filled them with treats.

The Easter paper that I had in my stash came with a sheet of stickers.  I used those stickers to embellish the bags and gift tags. 

In addition to decorating store bought plain gift bags, I also create some bags on my own.  I have a gift bag template that I purchased as a download from PaperTrey Ink years ago.  This template is still available to purchase from them at this link.

The bags are really easy to assemble and I keep blank ones handy so that I can decorate them for any occasion when I need one.  Here's how I used this bag.  We have a dear friend who turned 98 years old on March 21.  She lives alone in the house where she raised her family.  Like the rest of us she has been self-isolating for weeks.  Her son-in-law leaves groceries on her doorstep and talks to her from the front yard.  She continues to be the upbeat woman that we have known for more than 45 years. 

She loves receiving and sending cards.  So I filled this bag with handmade "thinking of you" cards for her to send.  I put postage stamps on the envelopes so she won't need to worry about stamps.  We will drop off her gift along with some baked goods on Sunday.  That's an idea that some of you crafty people might like to do...

Take care.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

More Bookmarks

Hi Everyone,

I made more bookmarks this morning to give to some friends and family members.  They all have a positive message on them.

If you would like to know how to make them, please read yesterday's post for instructions.

Take care.