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Saturday, January 16, 2021

January filled with Birthdays

 As glad as I am for the new year I have to say I always feel so rushed to make the January Birthday cards.  I have so many for this month.  At least so many for me.  January is a busy month.  Kids are going back to school.  Ok well usually kids are going back to school.  This year my grandkids, who I usually watch, will be remaining remote with their schooling due to the pandemic.  We all usually de-decorate our homes from Christmas and start decorating for Valentines Day and there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to squeeze in birthday cards.  Oh and I have to remember to mail them lol.   The important ones are children so I quickly checked and my little grandnephew turns 6 this month.  He's such a cutie and obsessed with Sponge Bob.  SO since I can't see him I'll send a Sponge Bob card with a check.  Actually I'll have his mom pick the card up as a porch pick up since I don't trust the mail. heeheehee.  So here's my quick card.


Someone told me Sponge Bob has Blue eyes...oh well my Bob has green.  I also put stars as pupils because I couldn't find my small circle punch.  Ughhhh...my craft room is such a mess!

Next I resized the card I made in my last post so that it would fit in a 5 x 7 envelope.  Since these papers were already out from the last card I just used the same ones.  I did put the towers together a slight bit differently just so I could tell myself it was different.  I also used different embellies since this was not for a 25th birthday.  Though I'm sure she would have appreciated being thought of as a 25 year old!


 I still missed a few other birthdays.  Shame on me I even missed my sister in laws.  Thank goodness she understands.  I actually made a card for a friends husband and for one of my past neighbors but I was running so behind that I slipped them in envelopes and right into the mail before getting a picture.  Story of my life lol.

Well that's all I have for now so til next time................................

HAPPY CARDING!

Sunday, January 3, 2021

25th Birthday

 My niece turns 25 this January and its so hard to believe that once upon a time I held that sweet girl in my arms.  I was blessed to be her God mother.  Though truth be told during the Christening her twin brother was being such an angel and she was screaming bloody murder and pushing me away that I asked my sister if I could have John instead lol.  As she grew she became more and more interested in all kinds of crafts and couldn't wait to spend time at my house crafting.   So I wanted to make an extra special card and my all time favorites are fancy folds.  I found this one on line it's super cute so this is my inspiration.   HERE

I'm using an older collection from Heartfelt Creations called Wildwood Cottage as the designer paper and Recollection blue shimmer paper is used for the base. The matts are made by a lone 12 x 12 sheet of textured bazzil I think (it's not marked) and I have no other sheets in this exact color tone.  As I progressed I found that 1 sheet was NOT enough for the entire card as planned so I had to omil some sections that were supposed to be matted.  These were inside sections of the cubes and I decided that I could get away with not doing those.  Although I think I would have liked it alot better if I was able to complete it.  But with the virus still high in my area I refuse to go into stores and you just can't color match on line.


Above is just having all the papers glued down.  It doesn't look bad as is but you know me I need to bling up everything.  So I will be making the embellies and using stickles to pretty it up.



I am a bit dissappointed in my camera skills.  You do not see all the glittering I did in the photo.  I Glittered areas of the background paper and then popped out and glittered all the flowers and butterflies.  The numbers 25 have glitter around the circles too.  This card is so much prettier in real life.  My niece is going to love this.  Now as for an envelope.  Well this is a HUGE card.  It measures 7.5 " x 9" when folded closed so I decided to just mail it in a manila envelope.  Not pretty I know but since I won't be going into any stores any time soon and her birthday is the 7th it is what it is.  I think I will work on trying to down size this card so that the next one can at least fit into a 5 x7 envelope.  

Til next time........................................................................

HAPPY CARDING!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

A Gnome for the Gnome Card

 I so adore the Gnome card I made that I just had to make a little Christmas Gnome for the tree too.  This guys was super easy.  I have alot of different trees in my yard and have access to some different pinecones.  The one tree provides the perfect ones for the Gnomes beard.  I then just hot glued some tiny cones from another tree and used some felt, bells and a wooden bead..  Not many supplies are needed.  The main pinecone is from a pine tree that is very sappy so it is best to not use cones that you have just gathered this year but let them dry out for a year or two.  They release this terrible sap for what seems like forever!  Mine have been down in the basement for maybe 2 years and still had some sappy pitch on them.  Anyway paint them white and let them totally dry.  Cut a piece of felt into a quarter circle and form it into a cone and glue together.  I wing it.  No pattern was used.  Glue to the top of the pinecone where the stem is.  Next decorate the hat.  I chose to use tiny cones on the brim but you could use pom poms or chennile stems or even cotton balls or sequins.  Up to you.  You could even leave it alone.  I also added a little greenery and a berry.  Up by the brim I glued a wooden bead for the nose.  A pom pom could be used here too.  Then at the top of the hat I poked a hole with a skewer and slipped a hook through then added some twine and a jingle bells.  Super cute.


I made a couple but next year I think these may be placed on some of the packages.


Til Next Time.........................................  





Gnome for Christmas

 Yes I'll be "Gnome For Christmas"

I love Gnomes and so do some of my dear friends.  Some of my other friends also gifted me some Papers from Photo Play The New Norm which got me thinking..... Why not combine the 2 of them with Christmas and make a very unusual Christmas card.  We all need something to smile at right now and I thought this might put a grin on a few friends faces. 

I own a few Gnome stamps and dies and I'll admit I picked the one easiest to color.  I haven't much time this year and of course I'm really hoping these cards won't be needed next year so no time to waste with fussy coloring.  I was racking my brain trying to figure out what to write on the inside.  Then in the middle of the night (of course) I thought of the first 2 lines.  Jumped out of bed and jotted it down in the bathroom with eyeliner before I forgot.  I swear when I was done I went to the kitchen grabbed a pen and paper and had seriously already forgotten what I had just wrote.  Late night writting does not stick in my head.  About an hour or so later I came up with more, 20 minutes later a bit more and 2 hours later even more.  By morning it was a bit confusing but I was at least able to rearrange and it at least made a bit of sense.  Here's the first finished card.  

Drum roll please......................................




I Then decided to make a few Slimline cards as well as a couple more regular ones.  But no time to make as many as I wanted to.  All of them had the dame saying on the insides.



As much as I loved making these I really hope I won't need to repeat them next year.


Til next time

HAPPY CARDING AND

M E R R Y   C H R I S T M A S ! ! ! !









Monday, December 21, 2020

SIMPLE COOKIE EXCHANGE TAGS

 I am not sure how many of you feel the same as I do but here we are nearly a year into a pandemic where many of us have "Sheltered at home" and I feel like I don't have enough time.  I started the holiday season thinking "Hey I got this"!  Order gifts on line early.......Check!     Wrap gifts early........nope.......hmmmmm.  Make tags for said gifts........well kinda?  They are super simple but I do have some made so CHECK!  Make Christmas cards....Ccchheck???  Get them mailed early...well they are as of this weekend so Check!   Make Christmas Cookies.........Check!  Make Cookie tray tags............Ok ok major fail!  I made a tag but OMG Looks nothing like what would be on a festive cookie tray.  I mean C'mom....we are "Sheltered at Home"  What else do I have to do????  But nope I did not take the time to make totally awesome Baking inspired tags for the cookie trays.  Instead they turned out like this.........................



Yep!!!!!  Just took cut aparts out of a 6x6 pad and slapped it onto a piece of card stock.  Rounded the corners and punched a hole.  When I put it on the plates.   I didn't even add twine.   I just shoved it between a couple of the cello bags on the plate.  HOW LAZY IS THAT!!!!!  SHAME ON ME!  I swear I don't think I would have been this lazy if it had been an actual cookie exchange.  Ok it was an actual exchange but it was family and family forgives right?  UGHHHH now that the plates are all gone I feel like such a shlup.  Like I should redeem myself and do a porch drop off of a bottle of wine.  Oh wait.......................I still have to wrap presents!   Ugggghhhhh.......I need more time.


Happy Chaos

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Tags for the Wee Ones

 I don't know about all of you but when my little grand children open presents on Christmas Day the last thing they are doing is Oooo'ing and Ahhh'ing the beautiful tags on the gifts.  In fact One is lucky if they even take the time to read the tag.  lol  The youngest is now 4 and she has no interest in the tag.  All she wants to know is "Is this mine?"  Her brother now 9 is a "Counter"  Does not care what the tags look like or whose name is one it just as long as he and his sisters get the exact same number of gifts and he makes sure everyone has one in front of them before they open it so all is fair.  The eldest is 12,  you would think she'd be interest in Ama's (me) tags since during the year she helps me make cards and tags for birthdays but nope no interest at all.  So why spend time and energy creating beautiful elaborate tags that will most likely be torn while an anxious child opens a gift?  No one wants that stress on Christmas so I make super simple, I don't care if they're tossed tags.  For those who know me you know I love making tags probably more so than cards and I can get carried away.  So simple is a challenge for me though I know I can do it.  My only problem is I look at them when done and think geeze sooo boring.  But here's what I do.

I use the most inexpensive card stock I can find.  Freebies from friends is best but when I have to buy it I usually get the Recollection brand from Michaels when on sale.  Then at the end of the season they usually have these 6x6 paper pads on clearance too so I pick up what ever they have left.  I don't care what it is I just grab and go.  Last year it was these three.


Now I'm not a scrapbooker so these pads always have sheets that I usually can't use for cards.  Those are the ones I pull out for the tags.


Ooops when I went through the pads I found that the middle pad Happy Pawlidays was actually doublesided so though 1 side I couldn't use the other I could.  But the other 2 pads had these larger design sheets that are actually meant for scrapbook pages so I cut them up for the tags.

All together I'm working with 9 6x6 sheets.  I cut my first set of tags 2.5 x 4 and scored at 2 to make a folded 2 x 2.5 tag. The layer of the above papers were cut 1.75 x 2.25.  I got 16 of these and then carried on to another style since I get bored quickly lol.

Second set were 2.75 x 4 with layers of 2.5 x 3.75.  Very minium embellies.  I was able to whip out 32 of these.  I made both sets while watching the evening Television thats how quickly they went.  I just sat there with a glue stick and glued away!


This was the year I was suppose to show my daughter-in-law and niece-in-law and sister how to ake tags using nearly zero supplies and 1 6x6 paper pack but due to Covid that didn't happen.  I am hoping next year will be different.


Til next time............................

HAPPY CARDING!

Friday, December 11, 2020

No Tag Time

 This year has been crazy.  Well I'm sure that's no news to you.  In our own family there have been health issues (no covid thank goodness) that had kept me away from my craft room except when absolutely necessary.  Things had finally quieted down and I was rushing to get a handful of cards made (actually had to grab some of the leftovers from previous years).  Then there were Christmas gifts for the grandkids.  Yikes!!!  Not wanting to go into stores I did nearly everything on line.  So hard for me since I'm a touchy feelie kind of person.  I had alot of disappointments in purchaces when they arrived because they were not exactly what I thought they were.  Now tags...Ey Yi Yi.

I Cut up some white cardstock 2.75 x 4.25 and then hit the scrap bin.  Corner rounded the tops with ticket punch or scallop punch, layered a 2.5 x 4 piece of scrap added either a circle or square with a sticker of some sort on it and stamped to and from on the back.  DONE!!!  I just don't have time this year.  I feel bad since normally my tags are a bit fancy but not this time.  These have to do.  I got 32 whipped out in an evening.  


I'm now working on tags for the grand kids gifts ages 4-12 and then the grand nieces and nephews ages 5-11.  Doing the simple route again.  Mainly because I really need to get these gifts wrapped!  Times a tickin'!  lol

My husband of course wanted to know why I don't just use those store bought peel and sticks............come on!!!!!  I'm a card maker!!!!!  Papercrafter!!!!  I got stuff!!!!  I should use it right?????


Til next time

HAPPY CARDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!