Saturday, July 12, 2014


I have had several requests for directions for the 12x12 card box.
I am working on that today and hopefully tomorrow will get it posted.
One of the big rages right now is the Card Box that folds flat to mail it.  I have made 3 of them for birthdays. (the other 2 I sent to my grandchildren and didn't take a picture)
Last night we attended a surprise birthday party for one of my best friends, Sherry.  I had taken a class in Florida to learn how to make this and hadn't used the paper that was included in the class kit.
It is a Anna Griffin Paper and I think has been discontinued, but oh how I love it.
I fussy cut a fairy that I also found in Florida and used the Exotic Butterflies from Cheery Lynn
DL113.  Also used the Swirl and leaves from Magnolia.  I wish you could see the beauty of this box in real life.  If you haven't made any of them yet, there are all kinds of samples, instructions on Pinterest and Youtube.  Or email me and I can give you the score line you need to use to make this out of a 12x12 paper.  The hardest part of the box is getting the embellishments (butterflies) placed so that they are balanced and in the right places.  I cut plastic strips out of spellbinder packaging as they are clear and you don't see them.
The bottom of the box.

Folds Flat for mailing.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

And the Winner is~~~

You can see all last weeks challenge entries by clicking here!

This week's winner was chosen by a random drawing and
Judy is the winner.    
Congratulations Judy!!!
 Thanks to those of you who joined us for last week's challenge. We had some beautiful cards
made for this challenge.  Be sure to check them out.
I will be sending Judy a badge for her web site and Terri will be sending a gift from Joan's Gardens.
 You can see Judy's pretty card by clicking here!  Be sure to leave Judy a comment.  She did a great job creating so much interest with all the circles.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Challenge Vacation Card

Everyone seems to be so busy right now, including me.  We have not had very many entries for the last few challenges, so I am going do things a little different the next few weeks.
I am going to leave this link open and you can find it at the top of the page under Challenges.  When you make a card you can post it and anything goes.  Just  feel free to post your cards or projects (even gardening or recipes) anytime you have something you would like for everyone to see.
I will do the same and hopefully everyone can enjoy each other's projects.  Terri will not be sending any gifts during this time.  So gals, lets have fun and post away.  Enjoy your summer!!!!

I used my Dream Weavers stencil again and colored it with their the acrylic paints. I have fallen in love with stenciling!!! The rectangle spellbinder Gold Rectangle One S411 was cut out and but this time I debossed instead of emboss it..  My friend Judy gave me this adorable Red Poppy Faerie stamp by JustRite and I thought it went great with my flower.  My only negative is I wish she was turned the other way.  I feel she needs to be looking at the flower instead of away from it.  Maybe that is because of my years as an interior decorator that it bothers me.  But. I already had the flower and the rectangle done when I decided to use her.  She was colored with Distressed Inks and I wanted to keep the same color theme, so a select few colors were chosen.  The Love Sentiment by Cheery Lynn and the curved borders by Spellbinders finished off the card

I was about done and I smeared Tattered Rose Ink on the card.  Have you ever done that?  Made me so mad, but I wasn't about to start over.  So, I took a terry cloth towel, lightly inked it with Tattered Rose and sorta stippled all over the card.  I loved it when I finished, so that is I how made lemonade out of a lemon!!   What do you think?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

4th of July Party

Jon and I love to entertain guests in our home.    I love all the small details of planning the party and coming up with a theme etc.  And, Pinterest makes it so easy these days.  The only problem is that I need to start a month early to use the many ideas I find.  I searched for 4th of July Party and wow how fun.

I printed out the 4th of July labels for our water bottles, painted my ice bucket white and covered it with red, white and blue card stock which I printed after finding it on Etsy.  I used the same paper to make pinwheels to stick in my flower pots.  We have a new Joann's fabric store on the south end of South Bend and it is wonderful.  I found this flannel backed fabric to make table cloths and a couple decorations on sale.  I wanted red, white and blue flower arrangements and was limited on red flowers. So, I added red food coloring to water in mason jars for the red and used white lilies and blue larkspur to complete my arrangement.

We invited 8 couples from church, each brought a  yummy dish and I grilled honey orange chicken, made corn bread salad, lavender lemonade and a dish of sour creamed onions and cucumbers.  Everything was delicious.  God blessed us with a gorgeous evening and a good time was had by all.