Paper flower wreath

I made this wreath using a McGill Paper Blossoms punch I found at a scrapbooking expo in October.  It was the last one they had and I'm so glad I got it.  I love it and want to get some of the other punches that they make.  It was so easy to do once you punch out the pieces its mostly assembly.  I haven't decided what I'm going to do with this yet.  Maybe a birthdy gift for someone.

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Etched Wedding Gift

I glass etched these for my cousins wedding gift.  I used vinyl to cut out the stencil for the etching using my cricut machine.  The pictures show the front and back.  Each glass has both on it.  I got the glasses for $1 a piece at the dollar store.  They came out fantastic.

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To Do List Notepad

I saw this idea on the cricut message boards and figured I'd give it a try with my own twist.  I started with an 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper and cut it down to the size of the notebook lengthwise.  I then scored the sides to wrap around the notebook.  On the one I saw they used a piece of ribbon to keep the cover closed.  I didn't really like that idea so I decided to use magnets. 

The writing on the front cover is done in Vinyl.

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Dog Treat Jars

This was my first attempt at using Vinyl and Glass etching cream.  I think they turned out pretty good.

This was a spagetti sauce jar.  I cut out the letters in Vinyl and used transfer tape to put them onto the jar.  I then used a piece of fabric to cover the cap on the jar and put a ribbon around it to secure it on.

This was an pickle jar.  I used the outline vinyl from the above jar and placed it on the jar and then used glass etching cream.  I followed the directions which said to leave it on for 5 mins, which I did.  I kind of freaked out when I went to wash it off because I didn't see anything on the jar. But after it started to dry I could then see the etching.  I'm not as impressed with this one but I still like it.  Next I'm going to try glass etching some wine glasses. 

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Leather clutch Purse to hold a Cricut Gypsy

A few months ago my father passed away suddenly.  He was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.  For many people they have absolutely no idea what this is.  Rather than go into alot of detail on my blog I've inserted the link to the foundation site if you are interested in finding out more information about the disease (  My father had the sporatic kind so they don't know what causes it. 

My dad was a very avid hunter and went every year.  Apparently he had all the hides from every deer he got tanned.  As you can see from this bin he was very successful when it came to deer hunting.   Someone bought a few of the hides from a rummage sale we had but most didn't sell so I figured maybe I could do something with them but the question was what?  So I came up with the idea of making a clutch purse to hold my gypsy.

It's not perfect as it was my first attempt at sewing leather.  I added a magnetic clasp which I covered with a iron on ( I also glued it just to make sure).  I'm very pleased with the final result.  I used one of the white leathers because there is alot of them in the bin so I didn't want to waste the other colors.  I cut the paper pattern out using my expression, then I traced it on the leather and cut it out.  I'm sure the expression wouldn't have cut the leather, I had enough trouble cutting it with a utility scissors and I broke my first leather needle on the first try but I figured it out pretty quick.

As you can see it fits my gypsy just perfect.

I've actually made another one of these clutch purses for a co-worker of mine.  I made a two slight changes since the first purse.  (1) I decieded to cut out some strips of leather and I braided them together for the strap, which turned out great.  (2) I bought some thin fabric from the remenant bins at Joanns and used them to line the purse.  Since I didn't want to sew the linner then sew the pieces again, I used a no-sew to adhere the linner to the leather and then I sewed everything together at once.  I had to hand stitch the strap on as it was too thick to use on the machine.  Yes I broke another leather needle. ( I've bought a back-up supply).

My co-worker loved the purse and I made alittle bit as I only charged her $15 as it was only my second try and again not quite perfect yet.

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Card for my Mother-in-Laws B-Day

I've been on a bit of a hiatus from crafting lately.  Partially due to the death of my father in May.  His illness came on suddenly and it turned out that he had Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease.  Its very rare, 1 in 1 million.  Thankfully it was very quick.  So this is my first card I've made since his death.  I used my new Cricut lite cartridge Lacy Labels, sold exclusively at Walmart.  I welded two shapes together to make the card.  The trim is from the cartridge.  The center stamp is one that I found on sale at Walmart.  It turned out great and my husband really likes it.  He loves that I make his cards for him because he really doesn't like going to the store to pick one out.

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Quilled gift

Another quilling project.  I made this for my sister-in-laws mother.  She made all the fresh flowers for my fathers memorial service.  This was a thank you gift for her. I put it in the top of a box that I bought at Michaels.  The top had a glass cover that opened up to put an item on the top.  It also had a drawer that pulled out from the bottom.  I put the quilling under the top cover.

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Everyday Card

I made this everyday card using a sizzix embosser for the dots.  I cut the circle out with my cricut using accent essentials.  The stamp is from JustRite stamps.  Then I used my PanPastels to add some color.  I'm not sure what I'm going to use it for yet but I'm sure I'll find a purpose.

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Birthday Card

This is a birthday card for my mom's Birthday tomorrow.  The flowers in the center are prima flowers.  The dragonfly stamp is from Bubawumps.  I colored them in with PanPastels also from Bubawumps.  PanPastels are the best coloring solution I've found so far.  The come in .30fl oz, which seems small but they last forever.  They sell for $6.00 a piece and come in many colors.  However, you can just get the primary colors and then use white or black to change the tint.

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Mothers Day gift

I made this for my mother for a Mothers Day gift.  The glue isn't quite dry yet.  I took the picture right after I glued it down.  I'm putting it into a shadow box frame.  Michaels's had a sale on frames so I was able to pick this one up for less than $6 with the 20% off coupon.  I'm definetely going to have to buy some more frames when they go on sale.  I already have people asking me if I can make something for them.  Update:  My mom loved it.  She is already looking for a place to hang it up.

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2nd Quilling Project

I decided to turn this one into a gift for Mothers day. This one is for my Mother-in-Law. I decided to frame it in a shadowbox frame with a black background.  I took the Happy Mothers day off of it and used it on a card instead.  

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Paper Quilling

Here is my 1st attempt at paper quilling.  I actually found quilling to be quite easy and fun.  I find it really relaxing and satisfying when you are able to create some really unique crafts.

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Birthday Cards

My two nieces turn 7 at the end of this month.  I made these cards for their birthdays. One likes pink and the other likes purple. 

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Cricut Purse

Thank you to Bugjunkie's post on the cricut messageboards. I just had to try it and make these.  I'm making them for my 2 nieces who will both turn 7 this week.  I'm going put a bracelet and a necklace that I make into them.  They are just going to love these.

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My 4H project when I was 14

I would have to say this is one of the best projects I ever worked on and it turned out awesome.  The most amazing thing is I was only 14 at the time.  I made it for 4-H at the time.  I won first place with it.   It has been displayed in my parents home and now in my own home.  I love how it turned out.

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First Tri-fold Card

This is my first Tri-fold card. Its still a work in progress. I'm going to make it into a Mothers Day Card for Mom this year. I'm still deciding what I want to put inside and on the front. I'll update when I finish it.

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Garden Journal

This is my first major project.  Its a Garden Journal. I cut out the paper to make a book cover.  Fit the pages into the cover.  Then I used a line of hot glue down the inside center.  I let the hot glue dry, then inserted the pages.  Then I put the cover and pages into my Your Story Machine and let the glue melt again so the pages stuck into them.  I used the cricut to cut out the lettering and used some embelishments to spruce it up a bit. Also don't forget the ribbon for the page marker.   I have been trying to sell them at a local horticultural center near my house but they don't seem to be selling.  So I'm talking to the friends group for the center and seeing if they want to strike up a deal.  They sell them for $10 and I get $5 and I donate $5 to their organization. They really don't cost me too much to make so its a pretty good deal.

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I've always been interested in arts and crafts all my life. I've dabbled in a little bit of everything, from drawing, painting, woodcrafting, metalworking, beading, papercrafting. I love all types of medium.

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I've created this blog as a way to share the different crafts and arts I've created. I use a variety of material and styles. If you have any questions about the items I share, feel free to send my a message and I would be happy to answer.


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