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Monday, September 18, 2017

Nutcracker Pop Up

I have been playing in my Craft room again.  I am trying to figure out what I want to do for Christmas cards this year.  I know it's early but it takes me forever to make that decision.  I saw this great tutorial on Pinterest that used Stampin Up's Window box thinlits and I wanted to try it.   Well, I have a thing for Nutcrackers!  I do have a small collection of them and I love trying to recreate them using Punch art.  The tutorial is great- they use it to make a beautiful display of flowers.  I just wanted to try something different. 

 Here is the tutorial-

The first picture below shows the box empty.  I did add some interest in case I wanted to use it as a card - that is the next picture.   I used the Top note die for the head-  and lots of different punches to finish his face and body.   I added the arms but I am not sure you really need them.  It is still cute without them.

This picture shows that you can use it as a candy dish.  I lifted it up and it held the candy in place.  Now, if the candy was bigger - it might be too heavy for this box.  Don't you love their moustache?!  I have a punch for that!

You can see the back of the box holds more candy!  It is also where I would add my sentiment.

It does fold up so you could mail it if you wanted to send it to someone.

I must be feeling Christmas because once I had completed my Nutcracker - I had some left over paper and used it to make this Toy Soldier.  The plume on his hat is the arm of a snow flake die.  His hat is Stampin Up's tag punch.  I don't think the nutcracker or my toy soldier will be my Christmas card this year but they were fun to make!  Back to the drawing board!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

New Baby Explosion Boxes

I am going to another Gender Reveal party today for my niece!  I went to another such party for my nephew earlier this year.  That baby turned out to be a little girl!  I took both a Girl Explosion Box and a Boy Explosion Box.  I still have the same Boy box to use today.  I had to make another box for a Girl - it's a little different than the one I made before.

This box has a shaker card on the top!  I love making those things with all the pink sequins. The box doesn't open to lie flat on all sides.  I loved the idea of only have 2 sides fall.  I saw some of these boxes on Pinterest. 

I have had this little teddy bear for ages and wanted to use it.  I have wooden toy blocks but they seemed too big so I made my  own and spelled out BABY! I have a sentiment on the inside of the fold to the left of the box. 

Don't you like the pictures on the wall?  That's Mommy and Daddy!  I used a Stampin Up stamp set I have had for ages.  I have another sentiment on the fold over the little feet that when it is opened it lies flat as you can see below. 

There is a place where they can slide a picture of the little one once they are born with a little ribbon pull.   I got to use my die from Marianne Designs for the little pink feet!  A glue dot secures the pink pacifier to the box. 

The picture below shows the inside of the little boy box.  I posted this before when I went to the last Gender reveal party.  Hmm... can't wait to see what the Expectant parents are going to have!  Lately, it seems the girls outnumber the boys.  We shall see !

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Z Fold Birthday Card

I mailed Ezra's ( our Grandson) birthday card today!  He is turning 10!  He is growing up so fast!  I started this card with Stampin Up's bicycle stamp and die.  Ezra loves to ride his bike so I thought it would make a great card!  Well, the card ended up with a lot of flowers- when I added the fence it just seemed right to add the flowers. 

I am hoping he doesn't think the card is too "girly" with all the flowers.  I can't help it !! I love flowers.  They are from Lawn Fawn's Fab Flowers set.  The butterflies are adorable too!

The back of the card does not  have one flower!  Hope that makes up for the front.  

I will end my post with some pictures of our Apple picking day on Labor Day!  It was really a beautiful day for apple picking at Ricker Hill Farm in Turner.

The trees were just full of apples!

We went with our Grandson, Everett and his mom, Emily.  Everett really got into picking those apples.  He loved sampling them too!  After picking, we went down to the cider store and had some Apple Cider donuts!  Yum!

All in all, it was a fun day.  I think Everett thought so too! 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Haunted Bridge Card

I am wearing sweat pants and a sweat shirt on my morning walks now.  It 's too cold to wear my shorts!  Boo Hoo...  I know that signals the end of summer so now my mind has moved on to Halloween cards.  The card above is ...yes... another U Fold Box card or Bridge card!  I think it's a U Fold card if you use the "shelf" and maybe a Bridge card when you don't use the shelf?? Anyway, that is how I am going to tag it. 

You can see in the photo above that it is more like a Card in a Box with wings!  I love making this little Halloween scene.  I use these dies each year for my Halloween cards.  The gate is from Spellbinders.   The bats are from Karen Burniston's   Bat die- the big Bat is below.  The rest are Sizzix dies.

I am making one more Halloween card since I have 2 Grandson's but haven't quite finished it as yet.  I still have plenty of time to make it!  Will post it once it's completed.

Here is the picture that shows it in the closed position.  I love that I can still
mail this card if I want to- it usually costs more but worth it!

Last weekend we went to our Community park with Emily and Rob and Everett (grandson) and watched the Blue Angels fly overhead.  What fun and boy are they LOUD!  I didn't get great pictures since they fly FAST and my heart was beating FAST!  I caught a few that you can see below.   It was really awesome!  Hope they come again next year!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Bubbles, Bubbles everywhere!

I needed a card to send to my niece to celebrate the news that she is going to have a baby!  A new baby in the family who will be due sometime in January!! We will be going to another Gender Reveal party in September!  Can't wait to find out what she is having!!   My nephew is having a little girl soon , too -  due the end of August.   It is fun to welcome all these new babies into the family!!

Yes, this is another U Fold Box card.  I did see some of them on Pinterest where they were calling them Bridge Cards.  Either way, I do love making them!  It is my addictive personality that keeps me making this type of card.  I am working on a Halloween card and it is also a U Fold Box card.  I just keep coming up with the ideas for this card in my head.... I have to try them out!!!

For this one, I did not use the flap that goes in the middle that makes the "shelf".  I left if open, sort of like a card in a box, so I could add some bubbles.  The rest of the card is the same - I do cut mine to be 5 inches tall. It still collapses in order to mail it.

I used a lot of my Sizzix dies for the baby things - bottle, pacifier and rubber ducky and the little baby.  The bath tub and sink I cut freehand.  I do love the sentiment I found on the internet.  There is plenty of room to add it to the back of my card.

Hubby mailed the card for me this morning and I don't think my  niece looks at my blog- so I think I am good to post these pictures.  It has been a little humid here ( I hate humidity) but supposed to be cooler later today.  I need to do some yard work and have been putting it off... I will end this post with a picture of my Cone Flowers along the side my front porch.  I feel like this is the last of summer.  I do love fall but hate to say good bye to summer.  Ah, well....  Enjoy your day!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bowling Birthday

My husband turned 65 this month!  We are celebrating his birthday with family tonight.  At the beginning of summer, we decided to take up bowling.  Mostly, because our kids took us at the holidays and we realized we really stunk at it since our Grandsons beat us !!!  So we decided we should take it up and practice so we could beat them!  We are having so much fun and we are a little better at it but I still don't think we are ready to beat anybody!

My sister and her husband come with us and that makes it fun too!  We even bought bowling shoes!  Hubby wants to buy his own ball but we haven't done that yet.   I did see one that had glitter in it!  How cool is that?!!

I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest.  But when I went to go link it so you could see hers too-  it is no where to be found.  If I can find it- I will be sure to give them credit!!

Can you believe it is almost September already?!  Today we went to Brunswick Maine's sidewalk Art Festival.  We try to go every year and this year is really felt bigger.  It has taken over the whole downtown.

Tom loved the hand carved fish!  This guy is really an artist - they looked so real!

I love looking at all the art work.  Really humbles you to see so many creative people.  The woman below was just painting out side of her tent.  Me..if I could paint.... I have to think it over ...mull over colors.... and then it would take me all day to even put on one brush stroke.   I loved this woman's creative energy!

This is her work below... 

This gentleman was carving right inside his tent.  Everything was beautiful!

The tents below are only one side of the street.  Thank goodness it did not rain while we were there.  It even felt like it might clear and be sunny!

There were several groups of musicians on both sides of the street.  It really makes the event festive to have music playing.  This group had a sort of Irish sound.   We saw a lot of creative people and their work.   I am feeling inspired to go work in my craft room.  Have a fabulous day!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Beach Hut Birthday

I have made another U Fold Box Card for my sister's birthday!  I can't seem to get enough of these fun cards!  I love anything that has to do with the beach / ocean so this card was easy to make.  I was inspired by some of the beach huts I saw on Pinterest.  

The roof was interesting to make since it required putting it together before I added it to the card.  It's supposed to be like the roof of a porch.  The card can still close for mailing.  You lift the seat and collapse the card and it can be mailed in a 5 1/2 x 8 inch envelope that I made with my Envelope punch board.

My Beach Hut has windows in it too- which you can see from the back.  You have plenty of room for your sentiment - with a few buoys sprinkled here and there. 

Here is a better view of the roof.  I hope my sister likes the beach theme! 

It has been busy around here!  Our Grandson, Ezra, came to visit from the island.  We took him to the Topsham Fair and the next day we went to Old Orchard beach and played Mini Golf.  We really did have fun!  Here are a few pictures of the last few days.  Ezra has gone home but I am still resting up from all that fun!

Mini golf

Grape SnoCone

Bumper Cars!