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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Tea Light Valentine

With Valentines day coming I am reminded that I never have enough Valentines ready and the one I nearly always forget is the one for my husband.  Oh the horror.  I'm usually so busy trying to make sure I have all the valentines for my kids, my grandkids, my grand nieces and nephews that I just plum run out of time to make one for my husband.  So this year I'm starting with him.

I love watching May May Made It on YouTube.  She has some dynamite videos and makes it so much fun to watch.  Earlier she posted a video on making a Tea light Valentine.  I had decided right then and there that it was THE card for hubby.
Here's my version of her card.


Isn't it adorable?  I love this.  I'd like to make a few more since I have this beautiful paper pad with such lovely patterned double sided cardstock.  Please be sure to check out May May's video seen HEREYou have to give this a try.  Its quick....elegant and you know you need a special Valentine for the love of your life right?

As for me I'm going to make some more real soon.
Til next time............................

HAPPY CARDING




Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Toddler Card

Well hope your warm where your at because over here its darn right cold!  One good thing about the cold is that I hate going out in it so it gives me plenty of play time in my craft room.  Last week I had a few Birthday cards to make and as you may have read I was not pleased with many of them.  Doing all those different folds enabled me to find a simple one for a Toddlers Birthday.  Although one that I had already made could have been used, it looked too girly for the cute little 2yr old boy who was having a birthday.  So back to the drawing board.  I saw a video on a real simple fold card.Seen Here.  But no matter how many times I I cut and folder there was no way I would end up with a center panel being 7"wide and though it doesn't look like it in the photo they gave the DSP is cut at 5" which should have made the 6" high card have a top and bottom border of 1/2".  EY YI YI!  But you know what??? When this card is folded shut it will fit into a regular 3  5/8" x 6  1/2" standard envelope.  So that's a plus since you can get a box of 50 at the dollar store.  It sort of folds into it's self.  Ok I probably have you confused so lets just get on to the card.
Now as I said this is for a 2 yr old and it was literally last minute.  Slapped it together and ran out the door.   I made a few changes to the directions.  Since the side panels were suppose to be 2" wide your paper had to have started out as a 11x6 not 11  3/4 x 6 but that would give you a center panel of 3".  Which is what the card is above.  Not 7" as stated in original directions.  Now if you want the card to be an A2 size you need to start with card stock 5.5 x 12 and score at 2, 4, 8, and 10.
Above in the top portion on left is the re-vamped card with the size fitting a 3 5/8 x 6.5 envelope and on the right is the card re-made to fit an A2 envelope.  For the one on left you would have a piece of card cut to 11 x 6 and scored at 2, 4, 7, 9.  The A2 size one on the right would need a piece of card measuring 5.5 x 12 and scored at 2, 4, 8, 10.  I was so engrossed in what the measurements of this card should be that I never even realized that the A2 one I made is just a gate fold card decorated on the back side instead....duh.  Sometimes it takes my brain a bit of time to catch up.  lol  Also you can see closed (bottom right) its just a gate fold.  Now the card on the left bottom when it is closed it closes onto its self.  So it's not a "true" gate fold.

Above is the back and it's hard to tell but it folds over its self making this card narrower.  
Boy I just re-read all this and it sounds confusing to me.  Hope you can understand me and give this narrow one a try.  Its really a cute sized card when opened.

Ok well I'm going to go find another confusing card.  lol  Maybe I'll share another.
Til then........................

HAPPY CARDING!










Tuesday, January 30, 2018

THE PERFECT CARD??

So I now have these 2 awesome glue gun holders and new glue guns and I need 2 great cards to go with them.  Boy am I stumped.  I spent an entire week folding...searching Pinterest....tossing....starting over and nothing I did was pleasing to me.  I mean you can't have an awesome gift with a mediocre card.  So far these are my unhappy ones.


I really wanted a fancy fold so I tried variations of the diamond fold and then a trifold accordion and although I liked the papers on the 2 cards on the left I just couldn't decide how to finish them.  So on ward to the other 3 which were OK but I didn't like the color choices.  The middle one looks more like a toddler birthday card to me.

Finally I decided on an envelope card.  Since I needed 2 I decided to try 2 different folds.  The first one is a typical envelope card and the next one is a napkin fold which is sort of like an envelope. 




 I like the way both of them turned out.  The papers that I used on both cards was from a paper pack I got at Tuesday Morning called Downton Abbey.  I loved the Victorian look these papers had.  Oh and on the first card the pink floral paper was not part of the Downton Abbey pad.  It was just something I had in my stash.  I have no idea what paper line it is from.  Anyway the ladies liked their cards and that is what counted so it was worth all the trial cards.

Til next time
HAPPY CARDING!!!!

Monday, January 29, 2018

GLUE GUN HOLDER

Hi friends.  Today I wanted to share a gift idea for your crafty friends.  I have a small ladies group that I get together with frequently for card making and crafting.  For each Birthday I try to come up with some sort of unique little gift.  One year I made them little totes from VHS holders Seen here and another year it was a bow maker.  Another it was a card stand.  Some day I'll post them lol.  Anyway this year I decided on glue gun holders and brand new glue guns to go with them.  I found an idea on Pinterest... showed my husband a picture and he went to his garage to try and replicate it.  It turned out great and now I have him making 4 more for birthdays this year.  One in January, 1 in February and then on to October and December.

I actually love the tiles.  We found them at The Tile Store and there were 9 on a sheet.  I guess that means he can really make me 9 of them!  LOL  Actually he was going to work on a smaller scaled one for my mini glue gun.  Can't wait for that because if you own a mini one you know they tend to fall over ALL the time!

Now to come up with perfect cards for the 2 current birthdays.

I'll be back soon
HAPPY CARDING!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Fast Forward Christmas

As time flies by and Christmas Eve is quickly approaching I realized how many crafts and cards never got made.  I always seem to have so many plans and then fail to complete them.  Time slips away from me, grandkids get colds and just want cuddles and some days I just wanted to sit and watch a Hallmark movie.  Ok confession maybe "3 in a row" Hallmark movies!  LOL  I did get done what had to be done though.  All gifts were bought, cards that were needed were made and mailed and crafting with the grandkids was done.  I even threw in cookie baking and a few crafts of my own for gifts and just for fun.  What didn't get done on a regular basis was this blog.  I was always putting it on the back burner.  Just barely squeezing in a tidbit here and there.  I also managed to ignore browsing through some of my favorite bloggers post and when I did I'd forget to leave a comment.  So I'll say I'm sorry and I will try to do better in the New Year.

So quickly now here are a few of the things that never made it to my blog.  My huge project was my Advent Calendar.  I LOVED decorating this as much as the grandkids love coming over and opening the drawers for little surprises.




This little paper star is super simple and oh so cute.  I found the tutorial by mistake....I was browsing Pinterest for star ornaments with popsicle sticks and for some reason this one popped up.  check it out.  Collette Mitriga does a quick yet thorough tutorial on how to make this beauty.


This is it closed up.  Its a little thing measuring 2x2 when closed.  You need 6   4x4 squares to make it and only 12" of 1/4" ribbon.  So cute.  I will be playing with these later in the new year and probably make a few for Memorial Day and the 4th of July.  I think they would be so cute in red, white, and blue don't you?









So many extra cards and tags were made too but I have since mailed them and used the tags on gifts so I guess there is no sharing of those.

This was a quick craft I did with my ladies group and with my grandkids for their teacher gifts.

These were recycled jars that we decorated with ribbons and misc. Christmas branches.  The insides were filled with Potpourri and a small battery tealight was placed inside.


Here I made more snowmen and some little tags.  The snowmen are made from recycled Frappuccino bottles.  I used wooden candle cups for the heads and my husband cut out the hats for me.  I filled them with candy and these were handed out at as gifts to my lady friends as well.  Extras were made and my Daughter in Law handed them out to the teachers she works with.   Yep!!!!  Drank alot of Frappuccino!!!  I now have to diet all this Christmas season! heehee.

I think that's it for now.  I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy all other Holidays.  Have a wonderful time and I will be back in the New Year!











Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Snowman Haven

Another day another craft...lol.  It sure has been a crafty December for me.  Today as my daughter in law was dropping off the baby she informed me that the other 2 needed a gift for their CCD teachers tonight.  Yikes!!!  Way to give me a heads up!  Quickly I ran through my Pinterest for something super simple and quick.  I would have much preferred something more religious but that would have had me running out to Hobby Lobby and I had no time for that with everything else I wanted to get done today.  Besides for me a craft store trip takes at least 3 hours...I mean I HAVE to browse right???  Then I came across a set of snowmen made from 2x2 lumber.  Well it just so happened that my hubby just replaces the spindles on the deck and we have alot of scraps.  YAY for me...not so much for him because I sent him to the garage to cut (3) 6" pieces (3) 4.5" pieces and (3) 2.75" pieces.  Got out the wood glue...glued and clamped and when the kids got home this is what they painted.


Super cute.  Ok the middle set is a bit of a mess but the 6yr old tried and that's what counts.



Monday, December 11, 2017

Snowman treat holder

Well I sure have snowmen on the brain.....and I've noticed I'm doing a whole lot more crafts lately than cards.  I will get back on track as soon as the holidays are over.  I just have so many inspirations right now and I want to make it all!  LOL

Today is from the Envelope punch board.  All you need is a sheet of white card stock and a sheet of black and then some tiny scraps of orange.

From white you will cut 1 strip 2  1/8 x 11 and score at 5 1/8 and 5  7/8.  Then using your punch board line 1 end up at 2 1/8 mark and punch....flip and repeat then do the same on the other end.  It should look like this:



Then from black cut one 2x2 square and two pieces 2 1/8 x 1/2.  On the 2x2 round the top corners and then place that centered into your punch board to cut a top notch.  Save that tiny piece punched out for the mouth.  Then with the 1/2" strips round the corners on all 4 sides.  Save those tiny pieces for the eyes.

Now assemble.  Place a York patty on one side of the body using score tape. Place the 2x2 square between the top edges of the body then add the brim to front and back.  The hat band and the scarf is washi tape.  Glue on mouth and eyes.  Cut little triangles from orange for the nose and I then added glitter glue for buttons.



I think they're pretty cute.  Kids are going to love them.

Off to do more