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Hi! I am a "middle aged" wife of over 40 years, mother to 2, mother-in-law to 2, and grandmother to 4. I love hanging out with these people!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I learned how to make half circles!

I learned how to make the half circle on the end of a strip - I have admired these - and finally got it!  Took some practice - since I am  a bit of a dork!  but I finally got it - Cut the strip a bit smaller than your circle punch - insert strip thru the hole (where the circle gets cut) thru the cutting part in the back half of the punch - and WAHOO! You have a semi circle!  I won't say how many times I had to try this and the number of times I turned and looked inside my circle punch!  I am soooo challenged sometimes!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A few cards for an OWH challenge

I have been wanting to use my new I Dig U stamp set - then I saw a card with one of the trucks from this set and a cupcake - and I was off and running.  My oldest son works around huge trucks and his birthday is next week - so I made one for the challenge and one for him!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Iris folding - Christmas Tree

Odd that the hardest part is cutting out the shape!

New MOJO Card

For another OWH challenge I made this card with soooo many "NEW" mojo items - well for me anyway!  The most important - the pennants and how I got them!  I must have slept through Geometry and couldn't figure out how to get the shape I wanted - then I remembered I had purchased an enormous amount of template star shapes to do English Paper Piecing. I didn't use them - soooooo genius attached - I got out a star taped that sucker to my paper - cut it in half - and wonder of wonders - the right shape!  Another new mojo item for me - I really like this card - usually I feel so -so about my items.  In fact, I liked it so much - I put matching blue paper inside!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hardest card I have made in awhile!

I just couldn't find "IT"!  The sketch challenge for OWH was easy - I just kept pushing my mojo - and it kept slapping me in face!  This card is the 6th attempt at the challenge!  Shame on me!  Scrap drawer got fuller!  When I sat down to make this card - it took 5 minutes!  When your mojo is working - it just is!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

2nd attempt at iris folding

No picture this time!    I made a heart - all the paper folding and scotch taping was fine ---- although using scotch tape feels very unnatural!  My cutout of the heart - the actual template shape was not well done - I am a very poor cutter!  Several websites recommend using a craft knife - my husband recommends I don't!  I am a bit of a danger to myself with sharp objects!  So - I guess it's back to the drawing board to practice my cutting skills = or I will just us paper punches or Sizzix dies - I am safe with those!  I also found a website to purchase pre-cut templates.  While this is expensive - it will be well worth it for "designer" shapes...I really like iris folding - it is so so so easy - and equally beautiful!

Friday, September 16, 2011

My 1st try at Iris (paper) folding

I love paper piecing with material
and I have always wanted to try
it with paper - iris folding.
Today I got my Scorepal - soooo
I decided to try it.. Except for having
to use scotch tape - I love it!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A few cards I made last night and this morning!

I bought the most wonderful stamps this week!  My favorite - the sentiment is like my life - I start the day with puppy slobber also! I also bought a little doggie paw print - and a "HUG" stamp to use for OWH cards.  I had fun making these - liked them when I was done - AND they made me happy!  Isn't that the point of crafting?????

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Some more "season" related cards

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I don't have any "seasonal" stamps - so I bought some awesome 3D stickers! I decided to work totally outside my box - and used bright orange paper, a piece of paper I have saved and saved - because I just didn't like it - and I used my picket fence punch!  Justification to purchase craft supplies I am not certain of at the time!  I do love the ribbon I used - but instead of saving it for next year - I think I will give it to my granddaughter for her piggie tails!  I also used Viva Decor Pearl Pens for the first time - love it!!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

My Autumn Card

I think this is Autumn"y"!  I live in the desert - but I do have a tree in my yard - besides all the palm trees (I don't like those!) that changes colors in about 2 days in December - then drops it's leaves the next - and 2 days later it is blooming and budding green leaves!  I went to NJ to visit my brother and sister-in-law during leaf changing times - and enjoyed it very much!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Random Craft Musings

All of the wonderful paper I ordered came in - I received in Sunday at a Stampin UP! workshop - I love it love it love it!  I just look at the paper and touch it - I can't possible use it yet!  AND I bought the Scotch ATG yesterday - hoping to find it cheaper today!  Last night I showed my 5 (almost 6) year old granddaughter how my Vagabond machine works! I embossed a sheet of paper for her - the look of amazement and joy!  She learned about my punches two weeks ago - and she is a virtual glue machine also!  I am loving teaching her - and playing her student!  Crafting is even better when shared.  I haven't shown her how my sewing machine works --- maybe in a few months!

Loving Crafting