Monday, September 9, 2013

Pinterest Cards




I love Pinterest! I've gotten so many great ideas from that site. If I'm not careful, I'll find that I've been on for hours - losing track of time. I find a card idea that I like and click on it to be taken to the creator's blog or site. From there, I find another card idea and another and another....clicking on any of those might take me to another site and another and another....you get the idea!

This one was for my pastor and his wife, celebrating 25 years with our church. It was a sheet of poster board folded and cut down a little. I make this type really big and then we put it out for the congregation to sign before we give it. The "25" and "Congratulations" were cut using my Cricut and silver poster board. It turned out really nice! The leaves were cut with Storybook (letter J, shift) and the flowers were from Walk in My Garden. 


The three with the black backgrounds were a lot of fun to make. That design came from stuffbyvickie.blogspot.com. She used fabric flowers, but I didn't have any of those, so I used paper ones from K&Company. I have a whole pad of sheets of popout flowers. I ran the black paper through the Big Kick and an embossing folder. The ribbons were just some that I had in my ribbon stash. I cut the bottom edges of the colored strips with different edge punches.

This one with the three flowers was pinned from iminhaven.blogspot.com. Mine is pretty similar to hers except I made mine for a birthday. I used orange/white checked paper for the flowers and a muddy green for the "grass". The tag was cut with my Big Kick and I stamped the word with dark green ink.

This last one was made for my daughter's 40th birthday. I love the black, yellow and white.  The flowers were made with a punch and I used a regular hole punch to punch out the black centers. I have white floral wire that I glued to the backs of the flowers and then to the back of the "Celebrate" banner that was attached using yellow brads. The flowers are doubled so that when the card is opened, the flowers appear on that side, too. The "40" was cut with Cricut and SCAL using a font from my computer.

I hope to upload more of my cards when I have the time. I also wish I had the creativity that I see on Pinterest! I also need to get crackin' on my next scrapbook. It's going to be all about my daughter. I've already done one of her two beautiful girls, one of my handsome grandson, one of my husband and me, one of just all of us as kids, and a small 8x8 of our ancestors. All of my scrapbooks have been entered in the county fairs and all of them  have won blue ribbons! After I finish hers, I'll be starting on one of my son. I have lots of pictures, lots of crafting supplies and lots of time. I just need ideas.....

Warren County Fair, 2013

This year, I entered 17 items and won 17 ribbons! The 3rd place ribbons were for the white crocheted purse, the multicolored dragon, the Christmas ornament, and a pair of red Mary Jane baby shoes.


Second place ribbons were for a crocheted multicolored hat, Emma's turqua afghan, Alex's crocheted JMU sweater, my red knitted vest, a blue crocheted bookmark (with added bling!), Alex's knit "doggie" sweater (the arms are the dog's ears - cute!), a green doily, and three red crocheted strawberry coasters.














First place went to a pair of knitted mittens, a yellow baby's layette (that was a baby shower present, but she had to wait until after the fair to receive it!), this year's scrapbook "Just Kids", a sewn outfit for the AG doll - a bathrobe and pajamas. The outfit also included bunny slippers (purchased), a bath tote I made with plastic mesh that held a bath puff I made with some nylon net, a washcloth and a tiny bar of real soap. She had a bath towel draped across her other arm and a bowl cover was used for her shower cap.



The rest of the blue ribbons were for a pair of crocheted slippers, the crocheted Barbie gown - pink with black trim, and the knitted outfit for the AG doll.

I'm already getting things made for next year's fair.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

February 2013

February's weather has been bouncing back and forth between nice sunny balmy days and snowy sleety cold and windy days. I prefer the balmy sunny days!

Since the heavy driving rains haven't caused the bathroom ceiling to leak for some time now, Jimmy finally decided it was time to fix that ceiling. We still don't have the bathroom repainted yet, but hopefully in the spring! We've decided to paint it a nice tan (to match the floor we put down two years ago) and I plan to buy some NEW towels!! I hope to get burgundy and light brown.

I had some great ideas for cards for February and, of course, I was looking at Pinterest. Wow! I can lose several hours diving into that deep, deep place. If you haven't tried Pinterest, you should!


This pretty card has an embossed panel at the bottom with a glittery paper ribbon I found in a 90% off bin at Joanne's Fabrics. I bought pink, blue, red, green and gold. I paid .30 for each roll. Nice!

The card I found on Pinterest was much more involved and more luxurious than this one, but I think this one looks pretty good, even if I do say so myself.  I used a leaf punch and a flower punch instead of cutting out something with the Cricut. I stamped "hello" on the outside and "Happy Birthday" on the inside. I just love my "cling" stampers. They take up very little room and I have them mounted on a clear plastic sheet that I've put on a clipboard. It's very handy and I can get at all my clings at once.


I made this 25th anniversary card for our pastor, Mark and his wife, Donna to celebrate his (and her!) being with our church for 25 years. We had a luncheon after church and they showed a video that his family had made for them. It was touching and funny! We had a nice crowd, too. Well, it WAS a Baptist lunch! Everyone knows that Baptist women can cook!


This was the big card I made for everyone in the congregation to sign at the luncheon. I used a piece of poster board folded in half. (I had to cut a section off to make it more pleasing to look at, because otherwise, it would have been too tall and skinny.) I rounded the corners with a corner punch, too.

As you can see, it's almost the exact same as the birthday card. I used three pieces of pink glittery ribbon and cut the leaves and flowers with my Cricut. I also cut the "25" and "congratulations" using the Cricut and silver foil. The 25 is backed with black to help make it stand out from the white card.  The centers of the flowers are gold glittery paper. I attached a poem about pastors to the inside. It was well received. We managed to get just about everyone to sign the inside of the card. Some people I approached said that they had already put a card in the basket and I had to ask them to sign the big card, too. Mentally, I was shaking my head and rolling my eyes! HA!

Cards for January 2013

The silver foil bird is suspended in the center opening of this card. Behind the bird, when the card is opened, is a tiny handwritten phrase: "Happy Bird-day" . The difficulty was cutting the circle and the foil frame and getting them to match up and making sure the bird was in the center, because the bird can twist and turn when the card is propped open.

This card was made with the leftover centers from a bunch of silver foil frames I had cut out for Santa's belt buckles on my Christmas cards. I didn't want to throw them away and just decided to make a card with them! I cut the "weed" from black and added silver foil dots on the buds. 

This is hard to see, but it's a white-on-white card that looked beautiful "in person". The top right and  bottom left corners are embossed panels and white lacy ribbon was glued horizontally and vertically at their edges and the large white snowflake was "popped" up and a white pearl was added in the center of it. I used it as a birthday card, but it could also be a nice anniversary or wedding card. 

These are just several of the cards I made. Actually, I made 16 cards for various birthdays and anniversaries for January.

New Cards for December 2012

I've been using Pinterest for a couple of months and have found so many excellent sites for cards, needlecrafts, household hints and anything else you can think of. If you haven't looked at Pinterest, you should! I have several "boards" and one of them is "Cards".

I thought I'd start with January and post pictures of the cards I've made, using Pinterest ideas. Some of them are not exactly like the Pinterest posts, but they are close. Completely duplicating another's card isn't what I start out to do, although sometimes I do get very close. Usually, though, I like the picture of a card and then my own imagination takes over and it'll turn out close, but not exact.


These are the cards I made for Alex, Maggie and Emma. You can't see it, but there is sparkley glitter under the snowmen on Alex's card and that sky and the cuff of Maggie's glove card have sparkles on them, plus the snowflakes are silver foil. Emma's card has a red foil backing on a black card front and the penguins have "googley" eyes.

I have a box of paper scraps that I use when I'm punching out shapes to use on cards or scrapbook pages. After a while, I have to "purge" the box and start over. Luckily, I hadn't purged the box before I made these cards, because I found just the right shade of green for the holly on the snowman's hat and the brown for the snowmen's arms.





Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Warren County Fair 2012




Knitted outfit
This year I entered 19 items and received 17 ribbons. The 1st place ribbons were for the white knitted American Girl Doll dress , poncho, hat and gloves; a crocheted Barbie bridal gown, hat and basket; a dress with a pinafore and purse (that also won Best in Show!) for an AG doll; a hand-knitted sweater, hat and mittens for Alex; a pink crocheted afghan for Maggie; an afghan-stitch crocheted purse; a yellow crocheted doily; a pair of crocheted bear slippers for Alex; pink crocheted booties; a white/silver crocheted bookmark that Emma took home; and our Good Times scrapbook.
Crocheted Barbie gown
AG doll outfit.

Alex's sweater, hat and mittens


Maggie's afghan

Second place ribbons were for the eucalyptus swag, six crocheted coasters and a crocheted ladybug backpack I made for Alex. Third place ribbons were for the three crocheted potholders and a cross-stitched picture of Santa.

The Angry Bird hat didn't win! That was a surprise. I was told that the judges didn't even considered it for judging because they didn't feel that a teenager would even want to wear it! My granddaughter was very happy to take it home and she can't wait for cold weather to wear it to school.

I have already started making things for next year's fair.  Emma's afghan is almost finished and, like Maggie's, I've incorporated her name into the afghan.