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Mojo Monday 431

This was this weeks challenge:

This is my submission:

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Then I made another ……

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I really liked the layout, and could not decide which one I liked more. A fun way to use stamps I have had for a while.

Mojo Monday Challenge 429

Mojo Monday Challenge 429

So today I participated in a card challenge given by Mojo Monday’s blog.

 

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Thanks to Terri @ (terrisbloomingideas.blogspot.com), I found out and in need of a birthday card for a friend I thought I would try.

Using Art Impression stamps, my Spellbinders dies, and bits of card stock I’ve had for ages. Here is my result…..

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I didn’t add the inside, but it includes the back of that sweet lady holding a cake behind her back. The sentiment says, ” Well this cake isn’t going to eat itself”.

Cards for the New Year 2012

My friend in the UK, Sarah (https://TheHandmadeCardBlog.wordpress.com) challenged me to use my collage sheets we purchased on Etsy from http://www.etsy.com/shop/iralamijashop. So here are the cards I made last night….

I used my nestabilitie dies, a Marth punch, seam binding, papers I printed from my Crafty Secrets CD and a Valentine image..

Here I used my new Jenny Bowlin (Fiskars) punch for the trim, a Marianne Die from (http://dutchpapercrafts.blogspot.com/), seam binding, WOC flowers from Sarah (Thanks Sarah), Postage design scissors, and an Easter Image.

More paper printed from my Craft Secrets CD, a Martha punch, glittered hearts (small McGill punch w/Martha glitter), seam binding, and Stampin Up paper.

Paper from Craft Secrets CD, and Prima, Martha punch, Marianne die I purchased from(http://dutchpapercrafts.blogspot.com/), Stampin Up oval punches, seam binding, Easter Image, and a bit of glittered whatnot from my stash…

Here they are.  As part of my New Year resolution(s) I want to make a card each week and start using all my lovely tools and papers. I am off to a good start, and nudges from my friends help 🙂

Thank You Sarah

Christmas Gift Making Fun

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My eldest came over to spend the day making some pretty ornaments and gift boxes for her husbands family and her friends. I helped cut and make the gift boxes. Then I worked on the Cookbook for our youngest away at college. We worked until 3am! It was nice though and lots of fun.

 

Steph had fun using my digi kits to alter some vintage photos. She made collages for the backs that turned out so cute. I helped make the gift boxes using my sizzix box die, some red paint, some DCWV Christmas paper, seam binding, and Wild Orchid Craft Poinsettias that Sarah sent me.

 

I finished the cookbook frame, now need to add recipes and decorate the cover! I was tired but it was nice having her her crafting and creating with me!

Accucut and Sizzix Boxes

My “Buy, Barter, or Swap Event was a success. What fun we all had sharing, swapping, or buying lovely handmade items form each other. I got some beautiful hand knitted mittens from Nancy for my daughter and her male-friend, a beautiful bracelet from Terri and a pair of earring for my eldest. I got a lovely vintage shelf from Linda and a Christmas decoration she made from a vintage glass and a bottle brush tree.

I served shrimp, hors d’oeuvres, dips, crackers and cheeses. I had a local baker make lovely cookies (see the one in the Accucut cookie box above). I served flavored coffees and wine.

My sister is already planning on making some of her lovely handmade bears for next year, and Terri brought and sold craft items at clearance rates (she is closing her supply business).  I traded some of my soldered charms and beaded chains, and gave anyone purchasing a Christmas charm one of the Accucut Icicle boxes to put it in.

My only regret was not having someone take pictures, there was some wonderful handmade goodness everywhere you looked!

Busy Busy…

I was busy this Thanksgiving weekend. Preparing for an open house I am hosting Dec 10th. Making some items for gifts, and some to trade or sell. Bought some of those bottle brush trees, dyed some in pastel colors. Although they look a bit darker in the photos. Added some snow and will add some ice. Waiting on mercury glass beads to deck a couple out.

Made the star ornaments using some glittered stars from Michaels and a Die I purchased from Papertrey Ink. Pretty rosettes and an image surrounded by tinsel for a vintage feel.

Sweet Icicle “Cone” Gift Boxes

All finished and ready to go.

Using my Accucut die, Tim Holtz’ Strip Die “trims” that I sugared with Diamond Dust, K& Co Embellishments, DCWV paper, Some Chenille Candy Canes, and Martha Stewart Tinseled Yarn these will hold my soldered charms. They will hanging as decorations on the tree until it is time for them to be “gifted”. I have a few other ideas for them, a Santa’s hat perhaps, or Easter Carrots?

I need to add the tinsel I have to stuff inside and the Soldered Charm “gift”. I am so pleased with how they came out!