Thursday, September 25, 2014

Card update…

I’ve been busy with life lately and haven’t posted any card updates… I’ve made a few birthday cards, a father’s day card, even a congratulations card for a friend who recently got a ‘two star’ promotion… I’ve got this years Russ Christmas card designed… making the finial paper selections soon and hope to have them all made by the end of next month… but for now enjoy these beauties!

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More to come!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Let’s Celebrate!

Photo May 02, 3 58 38 PM I have been keeping my birthday list on a sheet of graph paper for years. Yes, I know while it’s not flashy or trendy… it was functional. And if I am anything, I am functional! But with this in mind… I wanted to have a system that was re-usable, something that I wouldn’t have to re-write each year, something that I could add other projects to it and keep up with everything in a single calendar format.

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So one rainy afternoon, I sat down at the craft table and put together this cute little ‘Celebration’ calendar. 








It was shortly after I had made the scrap box, so I had lots of large scraps, so I used them as the monthly sheets. I had printed out the months with the dates on a half of an 8 1/2” x 11” sheet. using the corner slot punch I made slots to place the calendar sheets. The back of the previous months sheet will be used to leave sticky notes about non-birthday card projects, like the Christmas Card design project!

Projects are one schedule with my new celebrations calendar!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New to Me ~ Wreaths…


Photo Jun 27, 6 04 01 PM In most of the circles I move in, I am known as a crafty person… for some reason…Some of my friends call me ‘Martha’ …   they all think I’ve gotten some talent for all things crafty!
Recently I had a friend send me a note with a picture of a wreath and said that I was the only person she knew that could pull it off, very flattering for me… but I had never made a wreath before!

So, I headed out to the Hobby Lobby to see what I could get into… I found a book there on wreaths… so I stood there in the store and read through it. It didn’t seem too difficult… so I loaded up on supplies and headed home…  I goggled a few how-to videos and then hit pintrest for even more ideas. I have to admit that it was a little frustrating at first… but it soon clicked and I was off to the races!

Photo Jun 27, 4 51 14 PMI only took one ‘in progress’ picture, but it shows the process I used, pipe cleaners. Or as they are now called, ‘chenille stems’ really folks… since when… they’ve ALWAYS been pipe cleaners… ask any kindergarten teacher older than 35!

(as a side note, my Mom tried to convince me that I didn’t need the pipe cleaners, that it could be done with out them… it took the third wreath before it made sense to me!)

I ended up making 2 wreaths almost alike, both for fellow LEO wives, which should explain the thin blue line theme… I haven’t made one for myself yet… I should get on that!


Here are the finished wreaths… 

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They both got delivered on the same day, so the back of the Saturn was FULL!Photo Jun 28, 6 56 32 AM
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Once these were completed and I posted a photo on my Facebook page… I got a request for another wreath… another FIRST for me… burlap! here’s the finished burlap wreath!
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I finally decided to listen to my mom and try it with out the pipe cleaners… it worked out great! I must warn you, that burlap sheds a lot (that I didn’t know about) so take precautions when working inside… I had burlap FUZ everywhere in the craft room, had to run the vacuum afterwards!

I’m sure that it will look great on the new home door of this friend!


What NEW craft can I tackle next?