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Thursday, May 7, 2020

April in Florida

It feels like forever since I posted but we have been busy!  We closed on our condo in Florida and have been trying to furnish it before we leave to head home.   We are hopeful that by the time we get ready to head home the Virus will have abated somewhat.  We will have to quarantine for 14 days once we get home.  

In the meantime, I am finding time to make some cards and 3D items.  The butterflies above are a box card that can close to mail.  I got this file from Mary at SVG Cuts.  I love her designs!!

I am not sure how I will use the card but it will work for birthdays or anniversaries. I don't think the photo shows but I used Crystal effects on the wings and glitter glue on the body of the butterflies. 

I have kept the back blank since I can't decided yet how to use it.  Plenty of space to write a sentiment.  I also played with the Watering Can svg file from Dreaming Tree.  You can see the result in the picture below.  I used Graphic 45 paper - love this in blue!  I need to practice more on making their flowers but I love how it came out!! I put the handle on the inside of my watering can- I know most would put it on the outside but I prefer it inside. 

We did have a visitor the other morning just outside of our front door.  Can you see her ?  The neighbors have named her Mildred.  Now, I don't like snakes- neither does my husband.   She was in the top of this bush!!! This bush is right up close to our condo....eeeekkkk...
We are going to have this bush trimmed quite a bit.... so maybe Mildred won't find it so much fun to sit in it.   It's not the first time we have seen Mildred.  She likes to lay on the side walk ...again, right in front of our condo!  I think we will have to get used to seeing Mildred.  They tell me she eats mosquitoes and such but still...I don't like snakes...!!!

Everyone stay healthy!!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Easter 2020

We are still in Florida.  This is our 3rd year coming to Florida to avoid the winter back in Maine.  So this year we decided to purchase a condo here in North Port.  We have had a lot of fun this year right up until the virus set in.  Most everything has closed or cut back on hours.  We are closing on the condo this week but not sure when we will travel back to Maine.   Right now we plan on staying put until better news is better. 

So in the mean time I am working on project and cards!!  The above are Easter cards for our Grandsons.   The file was free from The Dreaming Tree!  I love that company!

These pictures are of the card I sent to our niece.  She loves to dance so I thought this card in the 
box would make a nice birthday card.  Hope she liked it!

I made so more of these cute golf carts.  I plan on using some of them for Father's Day cards at our Craft Fairs.  Of course, that will have to be in the future since they are all cancelled for now.  

I also worked on the adorable Album in a Box.  I used Graphic 45's Bedtime Store paper collection.  I love this paper!  You can find Graphic 45's tutorial here

The instructions are easy to follow.  Make sure you watch it all the way through first.  

I did add handles on the sides - I bought them from Butter Bee Scraps.  I used paper fasteners and Gorilla glue to add them to the sides.   I am so glad I am able to do these many craft projects. That has kept me sane while we are social distancing.   We are not able to do many of the fun activities here in Florida since so many places are closed.  I am not playing golf right now but go on many long walks.  The weather has been wonderful!

This card is also from The Dreaming Tree.  I lost a friend and former co-worker this month.  She was such a lovely person.  My heart is so sad to know that I will not see her or talk to her again.  She bravely fought lung cancer for several months.  I also lost an aunt to the same cancer this month.  I will miss them both ! It has been a difficult month to say the least, but I have faith that brighter days are coming. I look to my faith for strength and pray for all who are ill or have lost loved ones. 
Sorry to end this post on such a sad note but am thankful for all the many blessings in my life.  I pray you all stay happy and healthy.  

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

After Golf Party

I hope this post finds everyone happy and healthy!  It is a crazy world we live in right now but I believe we need to keep our sense of humor and be sure to wash your hands!
A few weeks ago we had a Golf After party that we co-hosted with our brother & sister in law!  It was a lot of fun!  The centerpiece in the above picture was from a couple of SVG files.  The golf carts are from Lori Whitlock's site.  She has quite a few wonderful svg files to pick from!  The sentiment in the basket was from   It is from her easel card but I used it to put in my basket. 

I also made some party favors for the party! I found several cool golf bags but I used the SVG file from Myscrapchick.   There is a pouch for the back too but I didn't add that - I made my strap a little larger.  We put a few candies in the bag and added golf tees to the front pouch.  The pictures show 
the in process construction.  

We are still in Florida and may stay until the middle of April this year.  The weather has been in the 80's for most of this month.  We are still playing golf but most everything else has closed. I am praying that the infected number of people will decrease soon.  This is where my paper crafting hobby helps keep me sane!  I can always find something to make!  This is a shorter post but wanted to touch base with everyone.   Hope you all stay healthy!!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Le Chapeau

I purchase Le Chapeau bundle SVG file from Dreaming Tree recently- and I just love these gals!  It is so much fun picking out the colors for these cards.  This is the Juliette Greeting card. 

I used some feathers I had in my stash!  Don't you love her darling earrings?!  I am planning on using these for birthday cards but you could use them for anything.

The above card is called the Sunny Greeting card.  I made a few boo boo's on this one but it was my first one.  It is really easy to put together too! I have one more greeting card to make- it's call the Rosey Greeting card.  As soon as I make it - I will upload a picture. 

They all come with their own envelopes too!

These were my craft projects for the week.  We have had company here in Florida for a couple of weeks and boy did we have fun! The weather has been fabulous but I believe a cold front is coming thru for the next couple of days.  It's still warmer here than at home.  

Here are some pictures of a restaurant near us where we had lunch the other day. It was a balmy 80 degrees!  There was a parade of boats going by as we ate.  It is call Pop's Sunset Grill. We loved it- eating outside in February!  

 Loved this place!  Hope everyone has a fabulous day!

Monday, February 3, 2020

Animal books

I have been having such fun making these little animal books!  I purchased the SVG files from My Scrap Chick and I just love them!  

They come with the inside pages that expand out so you can add pictures or write a sentiment inside of them.  So cute!

They can also stand up if you want to display them that way!   Adorable!

Their backs are just as cute! 

I don't know which one I think is the cutest!!  They are so easy to make with my Cricket machine too!

I also wanted to show the framed art piece I made from an SVG  file from 3Dcuts.   They have great ideas over there too!

The photo above was where I was working on putting the pieces together.  They are just laying on top of each other.  Below is after I have put them in the frame and made them 3D.  I think it will be hard to see that from the pictures. I do love how it came out!

Here is another view that I hope shows the layers better.  It was great to have the instructions to follow.  I think this is one of my favorite framed pieces. 

Still playing a lot of golf and enjoying the Florida weather!  Hope everyone is staying warm!!

Friday, January 17, 2020

January Projects

I love these 3 little party favor boxes!  They will be perfect for the next baby shower!  I purchased the SVG file from My Scrap Chick here-

You can purchase them individually or all three!  They are the cutest and very easy to put together!

I have worked on several different projects this month.  One was for my brother in law who has a birthday this month!

This is a great card for little boys!  I thought of Mark right away.  I just love the 3D look  but it still
closes and will fit in an envelope.  The svg file makes the envelope too! I purchased that file from Dreaming Tree-

Lastly, I made this fun luminary!  The top has a tea light and the inside has one too!  

 The picture below shows the tea light turned on. 

This SVG file was also purchased from Dreaming Tree-

I am having a blast finding out how to use my new Circuit Explore Air 2.  I find out something new everyday about how to use this fabulous machine!  Not sure what I will work on next but I will keep you posted!  Have a faboo day!!

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Christmas Past

I am in love with this cute Penguin Gift Box!  I was going to say little Penguin but she is not- this box is 10 inches tall!  It can hold a lot of goodies or a good size gift.  I bought this SVG file from Dreaming Tree.  They have fabulous stuff!  I bought a bunch before Christmas but didn't have time to make them all so I am making them now.  I know it's after Christmas but the stuff is so cute- I can use them next year!

Here is a picture during construction.  The best part was working with the fake eyelashes.  I have never worn them and didn't have a clue.  They are self sticking and really fun to attach to the googly eyes!

Here is a Winter Scene from Dreaming Tree!  Love that there is a built in space for a tea light.  This card/box stands 10 tall too!  It is so pretty!  The picture doesn't do it justice!  The picture below is without the tea light on.

Below is a picture during construction. I used glitter paper for the "ice". 

I will end my post with just a couple of  pictures of Florida!  The alligator is from the First Watch Restaurant right here in North Port. We have seen a bunch of them on the golf course.  This one is fierce looking!

I just love the flowers down here!  This one was at the little mall around the corner.  Just beautiful!  We are enjoying our stay here for sure!  Talk soon!