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Monday, February 8, 2021

New Craft Space


I wanted to share the wonderful new craft area I have in our Florida condo!  Now, this is not a separate room as it is part of our living room.  That made it very challenging to find how I was going to work my crafts into this part of the living room.   As luck would have it - I found a vintage Pottery Barn desk at Furniture Encore & Decor up the street from us.  They sell new and used furniture!  

My wonderful hubby put a shelf above the desk so I could raise the piece that
typically sits on the desk.  But I wanted to have full access to the top of the desk.  So we elevated that piece and it gave me additional space on either side.   

I am still organizing my craft stash but I think I am going to have more than enough
room for everything!  I am thinking of adding a cork board right under the shelf to
hold additional items.  

I have been working on Easter cards.  Don't ask me why I skipped over Valentine's Day- I must work 
on those today!!  But I just love this technique-it's called Flip/Flap Shutter Card.  Check out
Ann's video with instructions here-

I will end my post with some outside pictures of our condo here in Florida.  I ended up in the hospital with a bout of pneumonia for 3 days.  My immune system has taken a hit due to having CoVid at Thanksgiving.  But I am on the road to recovery!  Crafting really helps too!
I really appreciate all that the nurses did to take care of me.  They were really awesome! But it is so good to be home!  Here are a few outside pics of our little condo.  I pray everyone stays healthy!

Saturday, January 9, 2021

January's projects!

I have been working on making shadow boxes with funny sayings!  I thought this one was a hoot!  

You can see the dies I used to decorate this frame.  I love Sam from Mixed Up Crafts.  She
has a fabulous video tutorial that explains how to make this Shadow Box Frame.  It is a 6 x 6 frame and just the right size for my project. You can find her video here-

I saw a similar card to the card above on Pinterest.  It was made with a bunch a dies that I 
couldn't afford so I thought I would try and recreate it with my Cricut.  I thought it came out pretty good.  

I used these adorable bear stamps from My Favorite Things!  I just love these guys!

I am going to use this card for my Brother-in-laws birthday...shhh... don't tell. 
I hope he likes my birthday sentiment!

This card will fold to mail!

But I thought the card was a little small.  It does fit nicely into a regular envelope but I
think I like my cards just a little larger.

So I used my Cricut and enlarged it by about 1/2 inch.  I really like the extra space to
add more to decorate.  Lately, I have been in love with Gnomes, all things Gnomes!!

Here are a couple of pictures of my Gnome card.  I still need to add a sentiment to the front and
to the back.  But I wanted to show you how much room you have to add all kinds of embellishments. 

So these are the projects I have been working on so far for January.  Feels good to be
crafting again.  After being sick with Co-Vid I wasn't sure when I would feel up to working on my projects.  But I am back and feeling great.  I have been playing golf too!  We are looking forward to having my sister and her husband come to visit us next week!  I am hoping the weather will be good so we can plan all kinds of out door activities and get into all kinds of trouble!! Should be fun!!
Hope everyone stays healthy!!


Saturday, December 26, 2020

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!  Sorry to be a day late but I was having issues with downloading pictures to my computer!  I had an upgrade and couldn't figure out how to transfer pictures!  Thank goodness my hubby figured it out.   Since my husband and I have recovered from Co-Vid, I have felt so much better and have been doing some more crafting!  Here are a few pictures of some of my projects!  

This Nutcracker card is from My Scrap Chick's SVG files.  I have always had a thing for
Nutcrackers.  This card is easy to make and looks so cool!  Love it!

This is a Pop Up Christmas Tree.  It does fold to go in the envelope.  The SVG file is from Dreaming Tree.  They have videos done by Leo - that show you exactly how to put it together.  I love this company!!

The back of the tree is where you put your sentiment.  You could use this for a place marker at Christmas dinner too!

Dreaming Tree also provides the envelope!  This one would cost more to mail for sure but you could also just hand deliver this type of card. 

This is one of my favorite projects!  Again, this svg file is from Dreaming Tree.  I have little lites in each block that can change color!  Love, Love this file!  

I will end my post with some pictures of my Spoon Art!  I saw some wreaths on Pinterest that were made with plastic teaspoons and I had to try it!  But I wanted mine to go outside.  You have to use a high temp glue gun and I use Gorilla glue sticks.  I love how they came out!  

The leaves are from Hobby Lobby!

Since you have to break off the spoon stems - I used the stems to make these daisies.  I am going to add leaves to these as well!  Such fun to make!

I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!  Stay healthy and be safe !!


Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Christmas 2020

I am sorry it has been so long since I have posted to my blog!  We traveled to Florida the first week in November.  We have been having a great time playing golf and enjoying the Florida weather.  But 2 weeks ago, my husband and I were diagnosed with Co-Vid 19.  I have been quite sick with the virus but my husband has only had sniffles.  Today is the 1st day I have felt like myself again, although still quite weak.

Before I can down with the virus - I did make some Slim Line cards.  I thought I would share a couple with you-

I love these little elves!  I used my Cricut to make the windows for the card.  I know they now
sell dies to do that but the Cricut makes it really easy!

These Slim Line cards are my new favorite thing to make!  The one above 
made a great birthday card!

I love this card too!  Now it will cost more to mail but love, love cards with bling!
Aren't the bears cute?

This is just a short post but hope to feel stronger every day.  I want to start crafting again too!
I pray you all stay healthy!!


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

New home update

We moved into our new home about a month ago and we finally feel like we are home.  I bet we unboxed one hundred boxes!  It sure felt that way.  We moved from a fairly large home to a much smaller one!  I can see a yard sale in our future!
I wanted to show you an update to my craft room.  My sisters came over and help me set up the room.  It was really a challenge since I had a much larger room in our previous home.  But I do love how it turned out!  

We  had an electrician come and install lights right over my desk!  What a difference!  I can really see the project that I am working on now!  Just love it!  I still use a peg board to store my Spellbinder dies. 

We kept many of the same storage furniture that I had before.  These cabinets still work for my Sizzix machine and score board.  I also have a heavy duty cutter for chipboard that works here too.  My Stampin Up stamps and dies fit on the shelves too!

Years ago, my hubby, made these cubbies for storage for my paper.  They fit beautifully in the space!  I did have to buy some storage racks that hang over the doors.  The one above hold my ribbons!  

The table above was in my old craft room - but now I use it for my Cricut machine and my laptop.  It is very convenient and that space has a lot of natural sunlight from the window!

Here is the other over the door storage rack I bought.  It holds my punches.  Who knew how many
punches I had!  Those suckers are heavy too-I am thankful that this rack can handle it!

Here is another shot of my paper storage area.  The drawers above the cubbies hold scraps of paper by color.  I hate throwing away any piece of paper I may be able to use!

Here is another shot of my desktop.  I purchased an organizer for my Tim Holtz inks.  I also bought Tim Holtz glass mat.  I love using that when I stamp or water color.  It makes for a much faster clean up!

These shelves were in my old craft room too!  I keep my dies ( that don't have stamps that go with them) on magnetic sheets from Stamp N Storage.  I keep them files in clear acrylic bins that are organized according to their use, ex.  Holidays, Flowers and/or nautical dies, etc.  

One more look at my desktop.  I  have been working on making Slim Line Cards.  My new favorite thing.  Also, Rochelle showed us how to  make the cute bouquet of flowers with the vase at our last craft day at her house!

Sorry, for the long post but I thought I would show you my craft room!  I am really feeling motivated to work in this lovely space!

We will be headed to Florida in the next couple of weeks. I will keep you updated!  I can't believe how fast the summer went!  Halloween is almost here.  I wish you all a safe and fun Halloween!


Monday, September 28, 2020

New Home

I am sorry I haven't posted before now but my husband and I have been busy moving into our new home in Lisbon Falls!  Last year we sold our big home and downsized so we could purchase a small home in Florida and here in Maine.  We love the condo we bought in Northport, Florida and just recently found this cute cape type home in Lisbon.  This will be our forever home since I DO NOT want to move again.  We will be unpacking boxes forever! 

I thought I would share what my Craft Room looks like right now.  It is in one of the spare bedrooms and is much smaller than what we had in the other house.  I am going to have to be very organized to make everything fit.   

My desk will be located right behind the access door to over the garage.  I will share pictures once I have everything set up. 

The cubes are getting set up now.  The hold my card stock very efficiently. 
Below will be the area for my cutting board and my Sizzix machine.  Can't
wait until I can set stuff up!  My hubby is working on getting everything together. 

We had been living with my sister and her husband in Yarmouth for the summer.   It took us awhile to find the right property and the market was very hot with many properties having multiple offers.  We could take our time finding the right property because of the generosity of my sis and bro in law.  We are so very grateful!

One of the last things I did before we moved was work on making this fun Explosion Box!  It was a SVG file that I purchased on Etsy from Les Penseesen Papier !  I love her work!

The little box in the middle opens up and you can put goodies in there!  Well, I will get back
to opening moving boxes and trying to get organized!  Hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy!

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Pyramid Centerpiece

I am posting pictures of my newest project for Halloween!  It is a 10 inch Pyramid centerpiece.
It is made the same way as you make a Pyramid card but I cut out two sides of the triangle window and then folded it down to create a shelf. 

You can use the shelf to put tea lights on and other fabulous stuff!  This one has a
skeleton head on it!

I love decorating for Halloween and it is coming up real soon!  I am finally
about to use my Halloween paper too!

Here are pictures of the one my sister, Connie, decorated for Thanksgiving. I love
how you can make a new scene on each side. 

You can use stuff from your stash too!  Our dies comes in handy to add to
the decorations. 

I think I will be making more of these fun centerpieces!  We are headed to my
sister, Rochelle's pool today.  It has been sooo hot- reaching 90 degrees yesterday! 
Hope everyone is staying cool!