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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Halloween Mini Cup Holders


I just love these adorable Mini Coffee Cups!  I am going out to dinner tonight with some friends and thought this would make a cute little gift!  They are so easy to make too!  I found the instructions on Pinterest.  You can look at Dawn's tutorial on the link below.  She does a great job explaining how to make them.

https://dawnsstampingthoughts.net/2017/08/double-mini-coffee-cup-holder-video.html



The little cups hold a surprising amount of candy!  The M & M's are the larger cookies and cream version for Halloween.  I love decorating these adorable cups!  I found them on Amazon but I know there are several places you can purchase them on line.



I have several bat dies and loved using them on the end of the gold straws I have had in my stash.  The google eyes make them just that much creepier.  I found the little round orange glitter balls at Michael's.






Here is another version below of a holder for these cute cups.  The carrier handle is in the center.   They can be used for anything! I haven't decorated this one as yet but it is ready when the need comes!   Here is the link to the instructions on Inking Idaho's blog.

https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/inking-idaho-1206241/merry-little-coffee-cups-2011018633


I love these so much I may make them for the Holiday season too!  Have a great day!













Sunday, October 8, 2017

Vintage Bazaar


What a fun weekend!  On Saturday, my sisters and I went to the Vintage Bazaar in Eliot, Maine.  They hold it in June and October.  I think this was bigger than the one in June.  They had such great stuff for sale!!  We were greeted by these fabulous dinosaurs as we walked in.  The little one opened and closed his mouth and made a noise.  Just loved them both!


I did buy a few things but I got some wonderful ideas too.  We have had several blown down Birch trees in our back yard.  The candle holders below are so pretty!  I will get my hubby to cut them up!  Can't wait to try it!  

I loved the idea below too!  They took a fake pumpkin and carved out a hole and put in a spooky garden.  Cute idea!


I am so going to do this to my rickety paint ladder.  I love black with the stained steps!  The stenciled words are fabulous!


The window below was so beautiful when the sun shown on it.  They took the clear stones you can buy at Michael's and adhered them to the window panes.  Small clear dished were added too! I think it must have been some type of clear resin.   Loved it!

In another tent, they used sea shells and sea creatures on the glass.  They looked like they were floating.  I want to try this!


I couldn't resist taking a picture of this great clock!  I haven't a wall to put it on but if I did-
I would have brought this baby home!  Love the vintage look!!


What I wouldn't give to have a vintage truck!  They had several at the Bazaar but I think they were just for show.  So cool!

 We walked over the whole field and saw everything!  They had plenty of food trucks and even had bands playing.  The weather was just right for shopping outside.  I loved the display below!  Doesn't he look comfortable!  He knows Halloween will be here soon.  I am finishing up some Halloween projects that I will share soon.  We had such fun at the Bazaar and are already planning on going again next June!










Sunday, October 1, 2017

UP UP and Away!





Our Grandson, Everett, has a birthday this month!  I know he loves airplanes and Lightning McQueen.  I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest.  That card was made from a Savings Cut file.  You can see it on the link below-


Now, I don't have a machine that will cut that file.  So I decided to try and recreate it using my dies.




It was fun using different dies to make this airplane!  The wings were formed from a Memory Box die of an arched window.  I just outlined the die and cut it out by hand.  The balloons are from Stampin Up.   The card is a rectangle Card in a Box.  In the picture below you can see that it does fold flat for mailing.  You do have to lift the engine section to mail it. 


I even made the controls- can you see it below?  





I am hoping Everett likes this little airplane!



I had a picture of Everett from our apple picking day -where he had his arms up in the air.   My hubby thought it would be perfect for this card.  I think he was right!  He is piloting his birthday airplane!  Happy October everyone!


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Birthday Tunnel Card





The weather here has been fabulous!  Hard to believe it is already Fall with the temperatures in the 80's.  Even so, I have been spending some time in my Craft room.  I made this Tunnel book for our daughter's birthday.  I love spreading the sentiment over these pages and then decorating each page. 



It gave me the opportunity to use a bunch of dies that I haven't used in a while.  I love Spellbinder's Fairy dies.  I borrowed the one I used above from my sister but I might have to look into getting one myself.  They are really quite whimsical. 


On the page above, I included Emily's birth date. 



I used mostly Graphic 45's paper.  I love the soft feel it give the card.  I also used Spellbinder's Oval Nestabilities dies for the tunnel opening.  But you can use any dies that are graduated to give it the tunnel look.  This card is 5 x 7 inches.


I did end up making a box to put the card in.   It was quite bulky and probably would cost a bunch to mail.  We had dinner with them to celebrate so I was able to give it to her in person!

I made a few cards and the box below to give to my niece who it expecting a little girl in January!  I thought she would be needing some Thank You cards so I made some up for her. 


I was inspired to make this onesie holder from some that I saw on Pinterest ( where else).  I thought it was cute and the cards fit in it perfectly!   The booties are made from Stampin Up's stocking punch.  I used pink card stock and embossed the stocking with white embossing powder.  You do have to cut the stocking down to make it shorter.  

My sister's and I are making the Baby Shower invitations for our niece's party in November.  We have already started the planning for these cards!  This Saturday we are getting together to make 30 of them!  I can't wait!  Enjoy the rest of the week!



Monday, September 25, 2017

Anniversary Twisted Panel Card


Just a quick post to share the card I made recently!   I purchased Karen Burniston's Twisted Panel dies and I just love using it!  It is so easy to use!  This card was to celebrate Connie and Russ's 12th Anniversary ( My sister and her hubby).  Doesn't seem possible that they have been married that long!  Seems like yesterday!


I used the sentiment to put on the panels.  I love how Karen has provided the dies for the hearts as well as the dies for layering the panels!  I think there are 14 dies in this set!  I didn't use the banner dies for this card but I know I will use it for the next one I make!


I kept the front of the card simple since the inside had so much going on.  


Here is an update to my post regarding my niece's Gender Reveal party!  It was such fun to learn the sex of the baby along with everyone!  I was right in  my guess!  They are having a girl!  Congrats to Emma and Dylan!






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-


https://www.pinterest.com/pin/ATBiJfedOFruyAajiqRsLTXleUM2HCi-LpX0DCWH0okaXWpi4hpJJYE/


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!