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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Christmas Fair continued

October is getting away from me!  I thought I would show you some of the projects I have been working on in my craft room.  My sister's and I are doing the Italian Heritage Christmas Fair the first weekend in November.  We are all busy making items for the fair.  These pictures are of the Advent Calendar we each made.   I used a lot of Graphic 45 papers. 

You have to check out Dawn's tutorial!  She does a great job of explaining how to make them.  Now, 
I have to be honest …. we bought the boxes instead of making them.   I think we got them from Amazon.   They weren't expensive at all.   But Dawn does show you how to make them and put the calendar together.  

Here is where you can see I have attached the numbers. It really was fun to make!

I made some cute Magnets for your refrigerator !  I saw these cute sayings and just had to 
use my little Chef from MFT Recipe for Happiness.  I love using this collection.   

You can see- I also used Stampin Up's apron die and Lawn Fawn's oven from the Sprinkled with Joy set. 

After I made the Magnets, I decided to use them in a Shadow Box.  It would be nice to
hang in your kitchen. 

The card below is one of my favorite. It's from Stampin Up's Night in Bethlehem.  I have seen it all over Pinterest and so I had to try it.  It is so lovely! 

I did the card in white with a navy background. 

Then I tried it in silver with Stampin Up background paper. I loved
them both!

I used Stampin Up's Lots of Labels to make the base of the card.  
Just love how it came out. 

My last picture is of the recycled Wine Corks that I made.  I made a necklace ( what a hoot to where a wine cork) a couple of Key Chains and Lanyards.  I have made about a dozen in total.  But on the very last one- when closing one of the jump rings - the tool I use  slipped and split open my thumb.  Not a very big cut but did it bleed!  I did it a couple of days ago and it's still sore!!!

So you can see I have been very busy!!  Still plenty of project to complete!  The weather here has been crazy.  Cold and then in the 70's.   I think it has settled down and seems to be staying in the 50's.  The leaves are just beautiful.   I do really love fall in Maine!   Enjoy!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Christmas Fair 2018

Where did the summer go?  I have our fireplace on today to warm up the house.  I can't bring myself to turn on the furnace.   One day we are sweating in the humidity and the next I have a heavy sweater on!!    I do love Fall but just wish it would stay a tad warmer - at least in September!!

My brother and his wife celebrated 40 years of marriage this month- my twin sister and her hubby celebrated 13 years this month!   I decided to make a nautical card for both of them.  The cards were made from 49th and Market beautiful paper- I think it's called Sea and Sand...or something like that.  I love their paper!  The sand dollar was something I had in my stash.  But the lighthouses and sea horse are cut from their fabulous paper!  I  know I have seen several similar cards on Pinterest and was inspired to try and make one of my own. 

For the back of both cards, I used an old outdated Maine Atlas.  The base of the card is made from Spellbinders Grand Dome card by Becca Feeken.   I love using this as a diorama card.  My seagull is from Sizziz. 

I used a very simple sentiment for both cards!  These cards flatten and fit easily in an envelope to be mailed!

I feel like I have neglected my blog lately!  I have been busy getting ready for a Craft Show we will be doing the first week of November at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland.   I am concentrating on making these mini coffee totes for Thanksgiving.  The acorns on the top are ones I picked from last year.  I let them dry out and sprayed them with poly. 

The leaves are from Tim Holtz's Tattered Leaves dies.  

I will be making Christmas Mini Coffee totes too!  I will have pictures the next time I post. 
I need to get cracking and make more Christmas cards not to mention my own Christmas cards.  So much to do and so little time... or so it seems.    Hope everyone had a fabulous summer!  I know I did!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Eclipse Technique

My sister's and I get together once a week to have fun with crafts!  This past week it was a new technique called Eclipse.  Such fun!  It is just using your alphabet dies and raising them up with, well I used foam tape.  

You can stamp your own scene but we used pictures that my sister, Rochelle took of Portland Head light. 

The picture above was one of mine of the lake  from our trip to Northern Maine.   The garden below
is Rochelle's garden.  So pretty! It's hard to see but it's the word LOVE. 

This coming weekend is a birthday party for Connie's grand baby's first birthday!  I love celebrating that first birthday!

I used Spellbinder's 3D die for this card.  For the inside, I used Memory Box dies to create
the tunnel.  

The animals are from Karen Burniston's dies. These are so cute to use!!

We are gearing up for a Christmas craft fair in December.  It's hard to shift your focus on Christmas projects but that is what I am going to attempt this week.  The non sewing Christmas balls will help.  Hope the humidity stays down!  Sweating while you work is not fun!!

Monday, August 13, 2018

August update

As hot as it has been and with all the fun family things going on- I have still managed to spend some time in my craft room!  While the family was here we had a craft day where we showed how to make no sewing quilted ornament balls!  That was really a lot of fun!  I used the same fold to make this Angel.  Well, the body of the Angel anyway- the head is the Kimikomi technique.  Check out this video on how to do Kimikomi-

I made just a few boo boos on the head.  But I am hoping to get better at it with practice!

I made this Christmas ornament using more basic Christmas colors.  On a previous post, I showed other balls I made with more country colors.   I am loving these things!

I have also been making cards using Spellbinder's die by Becca Feeken.  I love these guys!  The "Bundle of Joy" die is an add on but it works perfectly for Baby cards!

I used Vellum on the back of the Boy card so I could use a little light behind the card.  If you are displaying this card it really pops with the light behind it. 

Sorry for the long post but I wanted to end with some pictures of our weekend trip to Stockholm, Maine.  We traveled to my husband's home town to go to his brother and his wife's 50th wedding anniversary.  We really enjoyed the trip!  Just a few pictures of the sights around the lake where we stayed!

The sunflowers were a HUGE field of flowers that we saw in Westfield, outside Presque Isle.  They were awesome! 

Summer is flying by!!  I am getting together with Sister's this week to make no sew Pine Cone Ornaments!!  Can't wait!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Summer 2018

I think this picture says it all!  It has been a busy summer!!! We have family here visiting from away and it has been go go go! Nothing but parties and fun, fun!  No chance to work in my craft room ...except I am still having fun working on Quilted Christmas balls.  

All my sisters, except Adrianne who had to work, got together and went to Kennebunkport for some shopping!  Now I love shopping but with this hot weather it's almost a chore.  We did  have fun! Kennebunkport is so beautiful!

The photo below is of my sisters - Andrea and Phillis!  You can't tell from my photo but it is the back of a carved fish in front of a store!  Great photo op!!

Now I took the picture of the birds 'cause I thought they were hilarious! I think I could make one!

These looked like painted rocks in a gallery!!

We had lunch at Allisson's and it was fabulous... and air conditioned!  I could have stayed all day!

Shopping was great but the views were so breath taking!  Saw this just walking back to the car!

Hope my sister's don't kill me but here they are - minus one!  It was a fun day for sure!!