Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter Crafts

I hope each of you had a wonderful spring break and Easter! We traveled to the Huntsville, AL were we were able to see all four of our grandchildren. It has been a while since I have posted any photos of them, so here is a little update, as well as some cookies and cards I made for the kids.
The two in the center are brother and sister (and live in Memphis) while the other two are brother and sister, as I am sure you an tell! The one on the left is four, next three, next less than a year and the last is three. Yes, it is interesting when they are all together!
 





I made each of the kids large bunny cookies with their names on them and even Lara, who will turn one in May, figured out that the cookies taste much better than regular food!


I also made each of them Card in a Box cards, that hopefully their parents will save for them. Hoping someday they will realize that I make them cards because I love them so much!





Thanks for visiting my blog!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Serendipity Stamps Spring Flower Pops Card in a Box

I love spring flowers! They are such a welcome sight after a cold winter. Serendipity Stamps has some new die and matching stamps that I knew I had to have when I saw them! You can see them here. Just push the button to Shop. They are currently on the fifth page of the shopping area.
 
When I am stamping and cutting several images from a set, I will often place the cling stamps on an acrylic block, stamp as many times as I need and then arrange the die over the stamped images. I then tape the die together so that I don't have to align them individually subsequent times. Each stamped image is the same (as I keep them on the acrylic block) and each die cutting is the same. Saves time when you are cutting a lot.
I was doing these on a larger piece of watercolor paper. Sometimes if I am stamping on cut paper, I will do the same on my Misti (Most Important Stamping Tool Invented). It is especially helpful to get the placement the same over and over and is easier to use than an acrylic block.
 


 I used Twinkling H20s to paint my flowers and after they were cut, I used a larger ball embossing tool over a thick piece of fun foam to sculpt the flowers and add dimension.



On the back of the Card in a Box, I used the quote stamp shown above. I love that song and it will work for a lot of cards. I have an AccuCut die to make the card in a box and I made it out of watercolor paper as it is very sturdy and layered a print paper over the flaps.  These are easy to make and have a lot of wow factor when opened! Just search for Card in a Box for instructions if you have never made one. I added a little glitter on the flowers as I like that extra little pop. For the larger leaves, I stamped them on green paper to match the greeting and cut them separately.



I just put two of these in the mail to a couple of ladies in their eighties whose birthdays were this week. I think they will like them. I wrote a personal note on the backside of the full panel. Hope you are having a lovely day and enjoying the spring flowers where you live!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Easter Card, Napkin Fold with Serendipity Stamps and Colored Glitter Inlay

 
 Well, I am still among the living and thought I would post this fun card made with Serendipity Stamps and die, an Anna Griffin place mat (what works better for a "napkin fold" card?) and Colored Glitter Inlay belly band. As the card unfolds, it is kind of like going on an Easter Egg hunt! Below is a close up of the belly band and the inside of the card featuring Serendipity Stamps die and stamps.

 
 I used the Colored Glitter Inlay Tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers to make the belly band that features Serendipity Stamps bunny. I also used a Sizzix die to cut the frame from mat board.
There is also a tutorial on doing the Napkin Fold. Just today, I ordered the Accucut die that will make the folds on the napkin fold card for me. While they are not difficult at all to score and fold, getting everything precise can be a little more difficult if you are using thicker paper like the pink base of this card was made from.

 
The pink bow on the left releases the belly band, allowing the card to open up and reveal the inside message.




Below, you can see the filigree edge of the place mat that I used on my four corners on the front of the card.


Hope each of you has a wonderful springtime!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Barnsley Resort Adairsville Georgia


Last week, my husband had a meeting at Barnsley Resort, north of Atlanta. I tagged along and am I glad I did! I loved this place! It had history, scenery, gardens, good food....great place! The accommodations were built like little houses or cottages, with high ceilings, claw foot bath tubs and wonderful toiletries from the Spa (Lavender mint....yes, I am going to have to buy some!) Above was our porch, where I sat and read, overlooking the pond down below.
My husband played golf but they also had a pool, hunting trips, horseback riding, etc. There is a lot to do!
We had breakfast at the Woodlands Grill below, overlooking the golf course.




The ruins of the manor were fascinating to me! A tornado took the roof off in 1906, leaving the brick structure. What a great place for a wedding! There is a museum (in the building that was the kitchen) with a lot of information. I really enjoyed looking at the items and history there.







 Below is the Rice House built in 1854. I never quite figured out what was in the house, but it was lovely to look at!

More of the gardens and manor....I liked it so much, I made two trips to see it, one in the afternoon and one in the morning!








Our cottage was next to the swan pond and golf course.





Yes, I will have to return....after all, I have to go back and get some of the lavender Mint cream and soap!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pot Holders on a Loom, Taking them to the next level!


I remember so well when I was eight years old and was given a loom to make pot holders. 
I LOVED it! 
I still love making them, but over fifty years later, I found that you can teach an old dog new tricks! There are no pot holders that serve the purpose as well as these handmade ones! 
At least that is my opinion!

For one thing, did you know that there is a larger loom available? The standard child's loom has 18 pegs on each side. The Pro Harrisville Designs loom has 27 pegs, so you can make a much larger, nicer pot holder. 
Harrisville Designs also makes loops specifically for making pot holders 
(compared to the ends of socks that are cut off to make your run of the mill loops) for both sizes. 
They have beautiful colors and the pot holders make up so much nicer! Now, they are a little more pricey than the waste product from the socks, but at my age, they are worth it! You can order from Harrisville Designs or many locations. The best price I found was at Live and Learn.com.
Just do a search for potholder loops. They fit the looms so nicely and make up so pretty!


I also found that you can create such fun patterns by passing over a second loop like above. Notice how the pattern is completely different on the two designs above that are the same other than size, but look different on reverse sides. Perhaps that is called a twill stitch? I am not into weaving jargon, but I will check with my weaving friend when I see her. I do know the woof goes across like a dog running (woof, woof) and the warp runs up and down, but pot holders are child's play, so you don't have to worry about all those terms. At least I think that is what she told me about the dog running!



Another trick you can do to create a neat design is to look at the loop as two pieces as you weave through it, and split the two as was done above and below. Fun, fun, fun!


Create patterns that look like they are woven or look like houndstooth as seen below. This is so much fun!




Just switching the color of the loops used in the pattern creates a matching set! I am even drawing up new designs to fit my new Pro size loom!


My sister got me started on this when she was riding with me in the car over Labor Day and was making some pot holders just because she needed some.....I guess I have taken it to the next level!