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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Snowman Hugs!

I wanted to share the cards I made for our Grandson's for Christmas this year.  I loved these cute snowmen!

When you open them it is like you are giving the kids a little hug!

You can see the instructions for this adorable card here -

Here is a update to the Center Island that my husband built for me!  We had looked everywhere to buy one but couldn't find the right size or price!  So he made one for me!!  I love it!

Here it is after we painted it!  I Hemmed and Hawed over the color- but I love how it ties in since we have chairs and a smaller cupboard this color.

This picture is of the side that faces the sink.  It is open but it works for us since we can just pull out those small appliances that we use most often.

It is so much larger than the island that we were using.  The previous island has no storage at all.

Oh, did you want to see where that island ended up- Yup... my Craft room!  It really gives me more
space to work on.  I just added it as an extension to my white working desk.  I can put stools up to it so that when I have company- they have a work area too!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Happy New Year !

 I made a couple of Card in a Box Thank you cards!  I have had this Sizzix snowman die forever!  I decided to use it in my Thank you cards this year.   I bought the Card in a Box die a while ago so it makes putting together this card really easy.  I even used some stickers I had in my stash.

 The card above was another version of the 1st card.  I added the scalloped edges to this card.  But it is essentially the same card.   The picture below shows the sentiment that I used on all the cards.

Just to change it up a bit- I made a Snowflake card using Stampin Up's stamps and die from last year.  I still love to use these - they are embossed with gold embossing powder.  I love the look with the Christmas paper.

Here is another view-

The new year has begun!  Hard to believe it is 2017!!  This year will bring some changes for me as I am looking forward to retiring in this new year.  I have worked in the banking world for over 30  years!  But it will mean more time in my Craft room!!  My husband has already retired.  I have him working on some projects around the house.   I wanted to share a picture of the Headboard he made for our bedroom!!!   We have been looking everywhere for the right one - he decided he could make it and he did!  I love how it came out!

Now he is working on making a Kitchen Center Island.  He already has it framed out- He is taking a break in this picture.

I will share more pictures of the finished product!    I can't wait!  Happy New Year to everyone!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Pocket Letters

I am sneaking a little bit of time to post pictures of the Pocket Letters that I made for my co-workers last week!  They aren't real Pocket Letters in the sense that they are used to swap between crafters.  I used them to put gift cards in!  They worked perfectly! 

Here is a picture of the back of the Pocket Letter.  I loved decorating each pocket with something different. 

Here are a couple of pictures of the other Pocket Letters I made. 

I also made Pocket Letter boxes!  I folded the letters into thirds and they fit perfectly!  The pictures show the boxes before I decorated them.

And here they are after I decorated them!  I used Graphic 45 paper on the covers ( my favorite paper)
and added a Navy satin ribbon.  The directions for the boxes can be found on Pinterest if you search for Pocket letter boxes tutorial.  I tried to add the link but for some reason it would not work. 

I love making Pocket Letters!  I am sure I will be making them again!  Have a Merry, Merry Christmas!! 


I had to share the cutest  Pocket Letter that my sister, Rochelle, gave to me for my birthday!!  I think it really shows that these letters can be used for any occasion.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Snow Globe Jars

This year I made Snow Globe jars as a gift for some co-workers.  I made about a dozen of them - I started them this past summer.  The Globes sit on the smallest of Mason Jars.  I used Crystal Effects to adhere them to the jar.  They do take a little bit of time to put together.  The tiny houses are from Papertrey Ink. 

I added faux snow - Boy, that stuff is fun!  We used it in our dome Christmas cards this year, too.
(You can seem them in a previous post)

It's hard to get a good picture of these guys since the reflection is tough to avoid.  I loved making these gifts!  We filled them with candy kisses!

I will be on vacation the week before Christmas!  The kids are coming to stay with us before Christmas this year!  I am excited about having a full house!  Not sure I will have time to post much so I wanted to wish everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Reindeer Christmas Cards

We have mailed out our Christmas cards for 2016!  I do love this type of Z fold card.  I can see all kinds of possibilities for future cards!  I was happy to use some Sizzix dies that I have had in my stash for a long time. 

I made 30 of these cards!  A little more work than I anticipated but fun all the same!  I believe the trees are from Marianne Design.

To me- it looks like the deer are standing in the snow.  I am not sure you can tell but there are 4 deer in the card!   The sentiment is on the back- I think I forgot to take a picture of that....

It has snowed several time here and that has put me in a Christmas frame of mind.  We are just about finished with our Christmas shopping too!  All in all- I think it is going to be a great Christmas!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Snow Globes

My office always makes Christmas Cards to send to our co-workers.  This year, we decided to send Snow Globes as our Christmas Card!  We really had fun putting these snow globes together!

We made about 30 of these globes.  They can also be used as a Christmas ornament!  The Santa and reindeer are from Papertrey's stamps.  I believe the trees are from Marianne Design.    Can you see the faux snow in each of them.  The snow was fun to work with- if you sneezed- it would be everywhere!

I loved the navy ribbon that we used!  We made envelopes on the Envelope Punch board to ensure a safe delivery.  They weren't sent thru the mail but thru our interoffice system.   It snowed today so we are really in a Christmas frame of mind!   Tomorrow we are mailing the Christmas cards I made for friends and family!  I will share pictures of those too on my next post!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a quick post to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!  We are going to my sister, Rochelle's house for our feast today.  It is always fun to get together with family and friends!  I made the pie in the picture above.  The last time I made a pie was last Thanksgiving!  I like to buy pies.  But this one was a recipe on Pinterest.  Looks wise- I think it came out better than I thought it would.  I will have to let you know about the taste.  It actually wasn't that hard to make- I did buy the crust though.... I still count it as homemade.  I love those pre-made crusts!

Of course, I have to share the card I made for my niece's virtual shower.  My sister, Phillis was up here from Georgia a few weeks ago- she is going to be a Grammy for the first time!  Her daughter, Danielle,  could not be here so my sisters and I decided to have a shower anyway!  We had Danielle on Skype and her Mom opened her gifts for her.  It was sooo much fun! 

I have made this type of card before but wanted to show you that I have been working in my craft room.  I have even finished all my Christmas cards!  Usually, I am working on them last minute.  Not his year!

This card does collapse so that you can mail it!  It is made from Tim Holtz's birdcage die.  I do have a tutorial on You tube that shows you how to make it. 

I do have so much to be thankful for this year- too numerous to list!  I am hoping that you all have a Fabulous Thanksgiving and eat lots of turkey!