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Friday, June 15, 2018

Summer 2018

The craft fair is over and I can finally take a breather and enjoy our garden!  I had to share just a couple of pictures of some of the flowers that have finally opened up!  It is starting to feel like summer... a little bit! 

The craft fair was a lot of fun!  So much so that we are looking into doing another fair this fall.  The Spring fair we just did wasn't heavily attended so the organizers are going to do the next one in May of next year.  I think that is a great idea since it will be before Mother's Day.   We met a lot of nice people- customers and vendors!  That is what made this fair so much fun!

Here are a couple more cards that I made for the fair-  I am not sure why....but I seem to have a thing for castles and dinosaurs!  I just love making them!

This is the U fold card or Bridge card.  The dinosaur is Punch art but the little Princess is a Magnolia stamp.  

This card was a larger card but it still folded up for mailing.  

Here's another favorite card-

I made a Tower Card using Graphic 45's Fair Dust collection.  I love this collection!  You can't tell but I used a Wobble to attach the center fairy.  It means that she moves back and forth.  Love it!

This one closed for mailing too!

This card is a fun shaker card made with Spellbinder's new collection.  This die can be used with the Grand Dome die.  But I used it on its own for this shaker card. 

I will leave you with a picture of our set up at the Spring Fair!  Can't wait to do the next one!  Oh, the guy in the middle is my brother in law, Russ!  He was great in helping us to set up!  It took us 2 hours to get it set up the way we wanted it to look.  Thanks, Russ, for all your help!!


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Spring Craft Fair

I have been busy working on projects for the Spring Craft Fair at the Italian Heritage Center this coming weekend!  My sister's and I are excited to participate for the first time.  It should be fun to see what will sell and to meet people at the fair.  I can't wait!  

I used Stampin Up's Apron die to make the boxes above.  I plan to add some candy to these boxes.  They are so cute and fun to make!!  You can visit the link below to find Cindy's wonderful directions!!

Here are a few more projects I am working on! 

The paper is from the Seafarer's Collection from Authentique.  I used the stamps from Stampin Up's High Tide set. 

I also used Karen Burniston's Twisted Panel dies to make this pop up card.  I love how easy she makes it with these dies!

 The card below has been on my craft table for awhile.  The card itself is from Heartfelt Creations fold out cards.  I was at a loss as how to decorate it.  You can see that there is quite a lot of space to use for any sentiment.  I finally found a sentiment that I loved and used a bunch of different dies to decorate.

The back side of the fold out is this fence.  I could add a sentiment here too but decided to leave it plain.  

This one took awhile to finish but I love how it almost reads like a book.  It folds nicely to be mailed too.!!

The sun has just started to peek through so I think I will go outside and walk through my garden.  The flowers are just starting to open.  Next time I will try and share a few pictures!  Hope you have a fun day!!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

In the Woods

I bought Becca Feeken's 3D Vignettes some time ago and just love making these multi layered cards.  I have to say they make such beautiful wedding cards!  But my sister shared with me a video that showed Memory Box's wonderful Collage dies and the first thing I thought was will it work with the sets I have from Becca's line.  Check out the video below- you will see Olga used the Grand Arch die for the base.  I don't have that particular die.  I have the other 2- Grand Dome and Grand Cabinet. But I am happy to say this design works in both!!

There is something about the way the card tunnels down that creates such a peaceful scene.  I have made one to use for Father's Day.   I am undecided about how to use the others .  I could use them both as Father's Day cards but might make them for birthday cards instead.  Do you see that kitty eyeing those cardinals!!

On the next card, I used Karen Burniston's little woodland animal.  I believe the trees on the front are from Marianne Designs.  I have had them for so long- I have forgotten where I got them.  I do have Waffle Flower's Arched dies but for this card I used an Oval die and the scene showed thru just fine. 

I wanted to use another color besides green so I tried out a shade of blue for the trees below.  The trees behind the blue layer are still green but more on the blue side.  

The light you see coming thru the trees are from tea lights.  I think they add another dimension to these cards.  The back of all these cards have Vellum for the last layer so that the light will shine thru easily.    Wouldn't they look great sitting on someone's shelf? 

I have not added the sentiments to the cards but will use the top half of the back of the card where it will not affect the front scene. 

To make these cards I used four of the Memory Box Collage Collection.  Now, I goofed and purchased the Woodland Glimpse die instead of the Thicket die that Olga used in her video.  But that die has more of what looks like bushes in the die.  It is the 4th one over from the left.  I really like that since most woods do have bushes.  

You can see the multi layers in the picture below.  I have added Memory Box's deer to my scenes.  I think these cards have more of a masculine feel to them.  That is quite a change from the Wedding or Birthday cards I usually make with them.  I just love them!  These cards will be for sale at the Spring  Craft Fair coming up on June 9th & 10th at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland. 

The weather here has turned fabulous - in the 80's!  Well, at least for one day!  We are headed to  sister Adrianne's  house in Massachusetts for Memorial Day!  I hope everyone has a fun weekend!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Wedding Fever

Ok, I've got it!   Yup, Wedding Fever.  I didn't get  up early to watch Harry & Megan get married.  But I did see it later and I loved it!  Megan was so beautiful!  She didn't look a bit nervous to me!  I think I would have been scared to death with all those people there at the wedding and on TV.   Yikes!  She looked so very happy!!

So in honor of their wedding -  I made a few wedding cards.  I bought Becca Feeken's beautiful 3D Grand Dome base die.  I couldn't resist the Wedding die and the Tiara Rondelle die that goes with it.  They are all so pretty!

I made these cards in white, gray and pink.  The Tiara is silver paper with pearls.  

It does close up so it can be mailed.  I love making wedding cards with these dies.  

The following cards are made with Heartfelt Creations Fushia stamps and dies.  I have attached them to an Easel card.  

I love the colors in this card.  It is would be perfect for a Spring Wedding. 

This also closes so it can be mailed.  It would probably cost more since it is so bulky.  I have made a box to put it in- good if you are handing the card to the happy couple. 

This last card I have made before but I really like the design.  The dress isn't as pretty as Megan's but it will do.   

All these cards will be for sale at the Italian Heritage Spring Craft Fair on June 9th & 10th.  I am headed back to the TV to watch the wedding just one more time!!!   Sigh...  
Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Baby Crib Cards

I have been working on making Welcome Baby cards for the Italian Heritage Spring Craft fair coming up on June 9th & 10th in Portland.  My sisters and I are excited about having a booth at this event.  These are fun to  make and really not too difficult.  I use Tim Holtz Birdcage die to make the front of the crib.  I did a tutorial back in 2015 on how to make these.  You can check it out here-

I haven't changed them too much.  I did use Heartfelt Creations border die for the lacy top of the crib.  I also used Marianne Designs teddy bear for the stuffed animal.  This die makes into a Panda Bear too!  So cute!

I have used this sentiment many times.  I love the little bit of whimsy this gives a baby card. 

The rest of the dies are from Sizzix and I have had them for years.  I love that I get to use these dies when I make these cards.  They do still collapse to mail.  Anyway, I love making them and thought I would share these photos again.   

Here 's a few more pictures during construction--

Here is a picture of a couple of the dies I used. 

On to more projects!!  Have a fabulous afternoon!