" I am a dreamer. I am , indeed, a practical dreamer. My dreams are not airy nothings. I want to convert my dreams into realities, as far as possible. "
Gandhi

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Craft Fair Fun!

What fun we had at the  recent craft fair in Portland, Maine. We had a table at the Italain Heritage Craft Fair. Everyone was so nice and helpful. This was true of staff at the Center staff
, fellow crafters, and customers.   This was our first craft fair and we felt pretty happy with the results. Thanks to everyone who dropped by to say hello and check out our table. It was alot of fun for us.
Just a peek at our recent craft fair table. 


  Now that we have one craft fair under our belt we are looking ahead to the Christmas Craft Fair season. Hoping to get into at least one or maybe two fairs. We are taking it easy for the month of June.
  However, I am working on some fun projects that may be on our craft table. Here is a Framed Sampler that I did for fun. It is relaxing for me to work with combining color and design in one project.
  This frame was just hanging around, so I decided to make it into a work of art. I just love the combination of color here. The paper succulents is from the Stampin Up die. The butterfly was in my stash, as was the pink flower. The sentiment is from Stampin Up, too. I used white chipboard for the backing and added the cardstock colors. Pretty happy with this one. May keep it for my walls.
A Framed Sampler
  This is a card I made for the craft fair that did not sell.
Mermaids are in....
I  really love how it came out. I am hoping it will sell
at our next craft fair.
  I used Karen Burniston's Twisted Panel die to make
this card.
   I bought the mermaid stamp at Michael's where they have the stamps with the dies in one package. I do not remember the company's name .
Inside this Twisted Pop Panel
Stamping on tile
  The inside of this card is so cute. I got the idea to cut out the mermaid as a silhouette from a Pinterest card I saw.  Karen Burniston's die is awesome. Her video on how to put it all together is so easy to follow. I have done this card manually but it did not always come out right. This is perfect every time if you use her tips and tricks.
  A new project for me is stamping on tiles. This is my first attempt using Stampin Up's High Tide stamp set. I love this stamp set. It is so versatile. I plan on using is on alot of the projects I am planning. I used an archival ink .You have to let it dry for a couple of hours or more. Most sites say to use Modge Podge and/ or then use a clear coat spray. Not sure what I am going to do next. Still waiting for it to dry.
  I will then make it into a coaster with cork on the back. Love doing new things with my stamps.
  Well, I am  not out of the boot you say in  my last post. I am wearing a compression sock and sneakers. My foot is still swelling after a time of walking so I am careful how much I am doing. But it is so nice to be walking normally.
  We are back to babysitting on Fridays for our grandchildren. Missed doing that while I was laid up. They are growing so fast. I will leave you with a picture of them with their mother.
Love this picture of the  'Girls".

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Working Like a Dog!

Covered notepads
  My sister's and I have been wicked busy making items for the upcoming Italian Heritage Center Fair on June 9th and 10th in Portland, Maine.
  I just finished these folio like notepad covers. I used Graphic 45 paper. A small magnet closes the front. I made about 5 of these.
  This is our first craft fair so we really aren't sure what people are looking for in paper crafts.






Mickey Mouse birthday card
   This card was so fun to make since I am a Disney person. I have some Mickey paper in my stash. I also used a die cut I bought in Florida of the fairy godmother.  I will have to look to see who makes this die cut.

For Aunt Linda











   In the midst of all this fun work, I had to make a sympathy card for my Aunt Linda. My Uncle Myron passed away. He was my mother's brother and was the nicest man. He struggled with diabetes for years. I shall miss thinking of him in Small Point taking care of Head Beach and his campgrounds.


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   I started making these block cards. I had not made these before . They are super easy and so cute. I made this one to sell for a boy. The little boy stamps are from Stampin Up. The paper is from Graphic 45. I used the little picture of a baby from this collection.
   These cards fold flat so they can fit into an envelope. If you think you would like to make one, here is the link to the tutorial:
Block Step Card Tutorial

  I made a baby girl one out of pink paper with about the same idea for embellishments.


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   My dear husband has been helping us with displays for our craft table. He made these two card holders to set on the top of the table. They are perfect for our specialty cards. He also made a book case that holds our card in the box cards and other box like cards. Our table is going to look awesome.
  Once we have finished setting it up, I will post pictures. Thanks, Dear!!






In the boot

  Up date on my foot surgery. The doctor said I was doing really well and put me in a walking boot. I have about one more week and then I can get rid of the knee walker and just use the boot. Two weeks after that I can use a shoe.. Amen!
  It has been alot harder than I thought it would be. Your feet are very important to have healthy. I miss working in my garden, but will be out there pulling weeds soon.
  Happy Spring!






Friday, April 27, 2018

Feeling Better!


      It has been awhile since my last post due to bunion surgery I had in March.
The surgery went well but the recovery is forever. I am in a cast and I have discovered that I do not like not being able to do for myself. My husband has been great. I  think he misses the old me though. I even miss cleaning house, believe it or not.
Spring colors
   I have been busy with  my paper crafting once I was able to
get around on my knee walker better. My hobby has kept
my sanity during these last weeks. I am so thankful for that.
For Elaine... 
  I made a birthday card for my girlfriend, Elaine, before my surgery thank goodness. I really like how it came out. I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest.
Double Z card from a different angle
   The Happy Birthday die is from Elizabeth Crafts, I believe. I made the flame for the candles from Stampin Up's bird punch. I love how it folds flat so you can put it in an envelope and send it , if  you want. I handed it to her where we craft together once a week. I embossed the background with a folder I have. Not sure which one, but can check it out if you are curious.
  My sisters and I have decided to set up a table at the Italian Heritage Fair in Portland on June 8th and 9th. We are hoping to just make money to help pay for all the fun materials we have purchased this year and to meet some fellow crafters. We are excited.
   That is why I have been working so hard on making items to sell.
Again, this has helped me get through these difficult weeks thinking about our sale  table.
The front

   These cute treat boxes hold candy and you can put a gift card in the top, too. It is very simple when you follow the video. I made one a Father's Day treat box and the other is a birthday one. Here is the video on Youtube, if you are interested in making these on your own.Treat Box and Gift Card holder
The back
    I bought the Elizabeth Crafts frame die. It is the smaller sized one . There is another one that is larger and more expensive. I love it cause it is so
Love this new die.
easy to use. I made this black frame and decorated it with snowflakes and used white enamel for snow drops/ 
   The picture is a Penny Black stamp called Dressed in Snow. It is so pretty. I watched a video to help me use the inks and masks to make it look good. Love how it came out and it was my first try. Here is a link to that video on Youtube by Penny Black. She does a great job on her tutorials. Dressed in Snow
  
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 This is the name of our endeavor on our business cards. We hope to have them on our craft table ready to hand out for people to get to know us. We purchased them from Vistaprint. Great people to deal with online.
Center Stage Scene Card

Our Logo 
   Today I am working on our Logo. I need to make it black and white in order to have someone make it into a stamp we can use on our sale items.
   I also plan on making a sign to go over the top of our table for people to see using this graphic of us: Sisters' Designs.
 



 Here are a few more cards I have finished for the Fair. The beach themed birthday card took me a little time because there are so many elements to it. I love how it all folds down flat for mailing.
  The dragon cards are so cute and wicked easy to make. I found my inspiration on Pinterest.

I have more pictures of our projects and all but my foot is bothering me so I guess I will save it for my next post. I will not wait so long in between posts this time.
  The weather is improving here. I miss walking around my gardens. I think it may be another two or three weeks before I get  walking boot. Can not wait. We are anxious to babysit for our granddaughters again.
Happy Spring!

Monday, February 12, 2018

It is February Already!

    I just got back from Florida and what a good time we had. We spent some time with my sister and her husband in Northport. The weather was not as warm as I usually like it, but it wasn't snowing.
   I have to tell you that the farmer's market was
so good in Northport. I could not believe how great
Farmer's Market
the strawberries tasted; so sweet and delicious.
Me by the Sea
    We had fun shopping and eating . Two of my favorite things to do. The seafood was so fresh and yummy. I ate shrimp until my nose turned pink.
  We then went to our time share at Disney and had wicked fun. The weather was a little warmer but still had light jackets on at night.
We went to Animal Kingdom alot cause it has all the new rides. The Navi River ride and Flight of Passage were awesome. We had a fast pass for it all, but if you didn't you had a 3 hour wait on Flight of Passage. No ride is worth that wait.
  The Tree of Life has always been a favorite of mine. But now they have a show at night which is
What a show!
beautiful. It projects a story of nature which is so amazing. We loved it. Animal Kingdom at night is so different now
 
My attempts at cookie decorating
  I have been working on cookie decorating with my sisters. We are practicing any chance we get. Holidays or birthdays are the best chances for making and giving away cookies since we do not want to eat them all the time.
  This is my practice for my granddaughter, Evy's birthday celebration. I can do better though. I will be practicing this week to make Marshall from Paw Patrol look a little better. I will post pictures when I am done.
 
A Brag Book
   I am working on making Brag Albums for a craft fair my sisters and I hope to do this next Christmas. This is one that I have finished. They are wicked easy to make and can slip into your pocket book or just out on your coffee table. Love them. They take only 3 sheets of 12 x 12 paper and you do not use the full third sheet. I got the directions from Country Craft Creations.
For Evy
   







  I made this carousel for my granddaughter, Evy's birthday card. I am going to put it in an explosion box. My sister, Chris made one for the baby shower for my other granddaughter, Izzy. Evy really likes it so I told her I would make her one. Chris has the die cut that makes the top and I just used straws to hold up the top and a toilet paper roll for the center. It was wicked fun to make. I will post pictures of the completed project.
 
Mark's card

  My last project was a birthday card for my brother-in-law, Mark. I tried to make it a little masculine. I used a design I saw on Pinterest. I was pretty happy with the results.
  I am working on some crafts for craft fairs my sisters and I are thinking about doing for next Christmas. We get together once a week to work on some aspect of your crafting. It is great fun. This week is cookie decorating.
  We have come up with a logo that I am working on.
This is the logo I  have come up with that we all seem to like. I plan on putting this logo on the back of our business cards.
Our logo
I will post the completed business cards once I have finished everything. We are excited about our new venture. Will tell you more with my next posting.
  Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas....

2017 Christmas Tree
  We got our Christmas tree up right after Thanksgiving. We put it in a different place which I really like. I think we are going to keep the furniture where it is cause it makes the living room seem much bigger. It will be ready for next year.
  Our Christmas cards were done before Thanksgiving this year. I am so proud. I started them in September because they were so labor intensive. The design is similar to one the Karen Burnisten has done. I changed it some in hopes of saving postage, but I still paid more. It was worth it though.
 
Love the sparkly.
   I used her pop up die to get the tree inside to move up. It was a challenge for me to figure out how to work it, but I finally got it and it is really easy once you get the hang of it. I loved making all 32 cards.
A pop up inside.
    I really liked getting them done early. I hope to do that next year.  I used silver stickles for the balls on the trees. I like them better than using gems cause it saves money and time.

Mass production

    My sisters and I have decided to try our hand at cookie decorating . It takes practice and patience. I have been watching videos my Julie Usher on YouTube and really learning alot. We got together to practice our learning and had a great time. We decided to focus on one or two cookie designs and learn how to do them proficiently before moving on to other skills.

Flooding
Blue and White
  I  think my flooding skills are improving. I chose mittens and stars for my cut outs. I used white royal icing and blue.
  I discovered I need a finer tip for detail work and I think a little thicker consistency.  They tasted good, though.

Graphic 45 Treat Box Cards
   I really had fun making these treat box cards. It was surprisingly easy with the directions found on Splitcoast Stampers site. I used Graphic 45 paper for the design paper. One card I used a die cut to make the window and on the other card I used the Word Window punch from Stampin Up. I like the punch better.
  Here is a link to help you try these on your own. Treat Box Card

Warm and Cozy



  Just finished shoveling our first snow . It is beautiful today. The first feels so good on days like today. Love the stockings hung on the mantel. So looking forward to having fun with family and friends this Christmas. Merry Christmas to all . 
 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Getting Ready For Christmas!

In the beginning...
   I have already started my Christmas cards ! So proud of that. I have never started this early. I am not finished but at least I have started.
   However, I am finished with a big project for Christmas. Russ and I wanted to do an advent calendar for our granddaughter, Evy. ( Isabel is too young yet to use one.) I found the perfect one from Kaiser Craft online at Scrapbook.com.
   I have put a lot of time and thought into just how I wanted it to look.  I did go on Pinterest for ideas ,too.
   I knew I wanted to use three basic colors: gold, red, and green. I used my gold ink pad to ink the edges of the little boxes. After I spray painted the box, I used my gold ink pad to highlight the edges of the big box.
THE BACK

  I knew I wanted to use the Twelve Days of Christmas collection from Graphic 45 on the back. It is a beautiful collection of papers. This one is really perfect with the red.  I really did not think it needed anything else 'cause it is so gorgeous on its own.
   So now I focused on the 24 little boxes. Again keeping in mind the gold, red,and green colors, I perused all my Christmas paper collections. I used a template to make sure the boxes looked the same shape on the front. I also figured out that a speech balloon punch on the side made the perfect cut for the notch at the top of the little box. YIPPEE!
Not finished yet, but getting closer!
      The next part was more difficult. I loved the background paper 'cause it looked like falling snow. And making the snowdrifts were easy. But just what did I want the theme to be???   
    Since it is an advent calendar I decided to make it about the birth of Christ. I wanted a subtle scene with a starry kind of night. I found the light, trees and sled with tree at Michael's. I thought the scale was right. I did have to add height to the light by gluing pieces of black chipboard together. I loved the gold fern like piece behind the trees, too.
  The deer are a Memory Box die cut that seemed to fit the scene. I knew I had to add more to the sky. I gold embossed a star which is hard to see, so I used gold glitter to enhance it.

Close up!
  I was working on covering the boxes all around when I noticed that I had two number 6's. I hadn't really noticed it before. I fixed it easily enough but all my pictures now have two number 6's. Oh well, as long as I fixed it before giving to Evy. 
  
I love how the boxes look like jewel boxes when I covered them around all the sides. I also added more gold ink to the bottom of each one. That Graphic 45 paper is so gorgeous, you just can't go wrong. 
  The top of the calendar was fun to do, too. I used a large red ribbon and added glitter with the fern like fronds that I had. The pine cone and berries were also some I had in my stash. The angel I bought at JoAnn's. It only cost $.99.  I put glue over it and added gold fine glitter on both sides.
  Before and after using crystal effects for gluing the pieces on, I glued the snow onto the base. I added snow where needed to areas that looked a little bare. 
Evy and her dad. 



  I can not wait to give to Evy. I hope she enjoys it as much as I did making it for her. I think I will make a box to store it in so that she can use it year after year.
  Now onto buying items that will fit in the box. More fun....

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Is It October Already?

  I am way behind in posting to my blog. Sorry, not sure what I have been so busy doing. Although the holidays are coming and I have been working on those projects. Plus, we have a beautiful new granddaughter. I guess it has been a busy time.

Halloween cards

   I made these Halloween treat holder cards for friends. They were wicked easy to make . My sister, Chris, over at Call a Lily Studio found the tutorial cor these cuties on Pinterest. They were wicked easy to make.  The test tubes are plastic. They hold M&Ma's easily.  I found Halloween jokes on line and added them to the inside with the punch lines on the back. You can find the tutorial  on B.J. Peter's blogHalloween treat card

  I also found this wicked cute brag album that Tamara made from Country Craft Creations. It is wicked easy. It only takes two 12 x 12 sheets of paper and part of another one. Love it !




 
I have made 4 of these to give as gifts this Christmas . They would make great stocking stuffers. You can find Tamara's tutorial on Authentique's Facebook's page titled Bountiful Collection. It was a live video tutorial. If you have any trouble let me know and I can try and give you directions. It is that easy.
I decided that I needed another
project table for my craft room. This table from Wal-Mart fit the bill. It was only 174.00 with free shipping. It has been such a nice feature to be able to have more space to put ongoing projects. Love it. The white surface makes it easier to see the edges of paper,too.


Our new granddaughter
   I will close with this adorable picture of our new granddaughter, Isabelle. She is such a joy to hold and be a part of her growing up. We now have two sweeties to spoil. This is a great time in our lives. We feel blessed .
  Hopefully, I will blog a little bit more than I have been. Happy October!