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Sunday, June 18, 2017

French Country Accordion Mini Album



A couple of weeks ago, I won Graphic 45 French Country 12 x 12 paper collection from Country Craft Collection!  You can find this group on Facebook and once you join ( for free) you will be able to see all their fabulous tutorials!  They even have a store where you can order supplies!  I love it!
Tammy Merrill does a lot of the tutorials but the above tutorial is from Kim Rannells.  Her design was for a Christmas album-which I love - but I decided to use my new winnings!  I did post the above video on the Scrapbookers of Country Craft Creations ( on Facebook ) to show them what I had made with the paper collection.   Check out Kim's tutorial here-

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/48835977192579894/

Here are a few more pictures of this cute Mini album!






I am in the process of making another Accordion Mini Album and will post those pictures as soon as I  have finished it!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Baby Shower Cards


I haven't made Baby Shower cards in a while.  I forgot how much I love working on these !! The paper on this onesie is from Graphic 45.  I used Martha Stewart's punch to make the "ruffles".  I have 2 Grandsons, who I love dearly, but I love working on cards for little girls too!!  I love how the ruffles sort of stand up!


I used the same sentiment for both cards.  It was really fun decorating this onesie!




I have made this crib card before- in fact, I did a tutorial on how I made it in a previous post. I still  love making these cards too!  This one is for a little girl baby.


You can see the crib is full of stuffed animals and baby bottles and pacifiers- baby stuff!  I love the fact that this card will fold and go into an envelope for mailing.  Probably cost more but it will mail.


I also made my sister, Andrea, an anniversary card.  She and her hubby have been married 25 years!!  Really something to celebrate!  I got the style of the card below from some of the Dutch Doobadoo cards I have been seeing on Pinterest.   It will also fold and can be mailed!  This is a little different but I think I will make another one with a little scene in it.    You should check out those Doobadoo cards on Pinterest.  They are really cute!  I think I just like saying the name of the company!!



As you can see - I have been busy in my Craft Room!  I have been in my garden too!  So busy!!  Not sure where the time has gone!  Retirement is wearing me out- but I love it!!  The days seem to fly by!  Below is a picture of the remaining birdhouses that I painted.  That was a fun project!  I may move them up several rungs- don't want the neighborhood cat getting any ideas!  Take care!












Thursday, May 25, 2017

Succulent Garden


I purchased the Succulent dies from Stampin Up awhile ago but really haven't played with them too much.  I love Succulents so I decided it was time to see what I could do with them.  I love the way they came out.  Now this grouping has some artificial succulent plants in it. I might make a few more to put in the back of the wooden crate to make it seem fuller.  I did  use Stampin Up's So Detailed die in cream to line the edge of my wooden crate.  That is easier to see in the photo below. 


I wanted to try and make the small card stock box carton ( I had seen several on Pinterest)  to use for just a couple of succulents.  I just love that purple color!

I am loving those Succulent dies and can see me using them for gifts and cards! Below is a picture
of the dies that I used.  I might experiment with a few more colors too! 




I hope everyone has a fabulous Memorial Day weekend! Enjoy!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Garden Spot


I titled this post "Garden Spot" because I have been sooo busy outside working on the gardens around the house.  The weather has been so nice!  I will show you some pictures but first I wanted to share an album I made in my craft room!  Sometimes it is so hard to work in my craft room when the weather is nice outside!  But I fell in love with this album.  I first saw it on My Sisters Scrapper blog!  Ginger made several of these albums but she is using them for recipes.  I wanted mine to be for pictures. Here is the link to Ginger's recipe album.  Ginger also shows the link for Tamra Merrill's free instructions.  You join Tamra's  group on Facebook and can see all the cool free instruction videos she does.  She also has a great store!  I hope to buy some of her paper from her line for my albums! 







Check out the video below to see more of the album that I made!  Sorry about the audio- I think I was bumping into my camera!  Next time I won't have it so close to me!










Since I have retired, I wanted to work on the area around our Garden Shed.  The previous owners used this area for a playground for their Grand kids.  It is a challenge to plant in this area since it has a very strong "tarp" type lining about 6 inches down that I have to cut through in order to plant anything.   Hubby made the obelisk that I spray painted purple.  I have planted a Butterfly plant at the base.  I still have more plants to add. It's a work in progress!


Below, I added plants to this chandelier that I found at a flea market.  I spray painted this purple too!  It has lovely crystals hanging from it!  I love when the sun hits those!



I also spray painted an old chair I have used before.  This time pink! I love the pink  New Guinea Impatiens in it!  This is hanging on the front deck.


Lastly, I wanted to show my Pallet Garden that my hubby made for me last year.  I can't seem to grow herbs in it since last year they dried up on me.  I couldn't seem to water them enough.    I think the back deck is too hot for them.  So this year I am planting flowers.  We will see how that goes.



So you can see I have been busy!  I do want to make another photo album.  But the outdoors always calls to me this time of year.  I am working on a Succulent Garden using Stampin Up's succulent dies.  I will show pictures when it's done.  Memorial Day is coming!  Hope you make yours fun!



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Birdhouse for Everett



My husband and I finally finished the birdhouse we made for our grandson, Everett!  Hubby built the birdhouse and I decorated it!  Since my husband is part Swedish- I thought yellow and blue would make the perfect colors for it. 

I used silicone to adhere all the little pieces to the birdhouse.  I love the little fences I found at Joann's.   On this side the little saying at the top says "Home Sweet Home".  On the other side it says "Live Simply".



Both ends of the birdhouse have a vintage door knob that I found at a flea market.  I nice place for the birds to land.


Once it was done we took it over to Everett's house and mounted it on the porch.  Everett is excited to see if they have any renters.  I am still working on a few other smaller birdhouses to hang around our house.  With all this rainy, cold weather it has been fun to paint in the basement.   Here's hoping real Spring starts soon!







Friday, April 28, 2017

Explosion Boxes for New Baby


I am going to a Gender Reveal party on Saturday for my Nephew and his wife's 2nd baby!  I love these parties since we are all involved in finding out what the sex of the baby will be.  Even the parents don't know at this point since when the sonogram is done- they don't get the news - they have the doctor put the results in a sealed envelope.  They find out the joyful news at the same time everyone at the party does.  It is fun!  I think it's going to be a boy!  I will have to let you know.  Anyway, I have been working on a card for them but it turned into an Explosion Box.  I made one in blue and the other in pink.  I wanted to have all bases covered.



I made the center of the pink box a Merry Go Round.  I was inspired by all the Explosion Boxes I saw on Pinterest.  There are sooo many!  This one is made with one sheet of 12 x 12 paper.  I only have two cross pockets ( to put cards into) that open from the outside for easier access.  If you have it open from the inside you can have 4 cross pockets but once you put something of any height in the middle, it's hard to pull out your cards.  So I made mine pull out from the outside of the box as you can see below.


I have worked on this for a while.  I don't have any horse dies so I looked around and found in my stash little horse stickers - I think they were by Jolee.  I bet I have had them for 5 years but they were perfect.  I used Papertrey Ink's Hexagon Box die for the top of my Merry Go Round and the trim.  It was the perfect size! I cut a straw down to size to hold the horses.  Then it was just finding ideas to add to the box- the shaker window was fun to make!  I love the ribbon on the top of the box with the pearls along the side.  I wanted this box to be very girly!








Below is a picture of the sentiment I used in one of the pockets for both boxes.  It is one I have used before but it is my favorite! 


The theme for the Boy Explosion Box was more Mother Goose than anything else.  Inspired by the Graphic 45 paper I used to decorate the box.  I used Stampin Up's succulent dies ( believe it or not) to make the flower on the top of the box.  Here is the fabulous tutorial by Claire-




The center of my Boy box is a baby's crib!  I used Tim Holtz's bird cage die to make my crib.  I also made a shaker rattle for my Boy box. 



I find it hard to get a good picture since there is so much to look at on this card!  Can you see the little teddy bear who is holding another little teddy bear?  That is a die cut from Sizzix - the little teddy is a sticker that I have had for ages.  I usually don't use stickers but sometimes they do come in handy!  The stickers today are much more detailed than they used to be ! 


Finally, finished the boxes.  I keep adding things I think of to make them just perfect!  Can't wait to find out what the sex will be- I am sure the parents are anxious too!  As I said, it's going to be a boy- wait and see!  Now, back to finishing my birdhouses!



PS:  UPDATE-  OK... I was wrong... it's going to be a girl!  They picked the name Isabelle Mae!  I love it! 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bird House Chandelier




I finished my Birdhouse Chandelier this week!  I found this broken chandelier when we went junk'in the last time- in fact I found 2 chandeliers.  I will show pics of the other at the end of this post.   I spray painted the chandelier after I had taped off the glass section.  Hubby cut the dowels to fit into the arms to make it easier to glue the birdhouses to them.   See the snow bank in the picture below?  We still had one big snow bank - even when the temp was around 70  degrees!  Thankfully, it has finally melted!


The fun part was painting all the bird houses!  I bought them from Joann's but I did sand the birdhouses after I painted them to give them a worn look.  Also, that covered any boo boo's I might have made with the paint.  It was fun trying to match colors to see what would work.  A glue gun worked to attach them to the chandelier.





I had some fun acrylic pieces that I glued to some of the bird houses.  Each house is a little different. 






Now to get hubby to hang it on our front porch! 



I am working on another few birdhouses to put out in the yard.  One BIG birdhouse is going to go to Everett, our grandson!  That is a work in progress- here's a peek-


And I am still working on a different chandelier - but I want to use it as a planter.  I will let you know how it turns out along with more pics of the bird house for Everett!  Have a great day!