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Friday, March 25, 2016

Thrifty, frugal quick Easter cards!

I live in a small town and it's 30 miles to the nearest craft store. I decided at the last minute this week to make some simple little Easter cards for my step-granddaughters. Hum.m.m.m. no Easter paper, nothing with Easter bunnies on it and no Easter stickers or anything! What am I going to do?

I sure don't want to drive 30 miles one way for a couple of little pieces of Easter scrapbook paper!

Dollar Tree to the rescue.  I bought a little bag of 10 tiny 2"x2" sticker boxes for (of course) $1.00! I figured I could cut off the little fronts and backs and use them to decorate my cards.

 So I got together a little 6x6 book of patterned paper from Echo Park - I Love Sunshine, some different colored 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" plain cards that I'd gotten on sale a few years ago, my dies for cutting labels, my corner punch and some clear Stickles........... and went to work!

I needed to make 5 cards,,, even one for my son which had to be masculine. I began by corner punching the little 2x2 pieces I'd cut out, with my decorative corner punch. See top left below. Then I printed some Easter sentiments on my cream cardstock with pink color, and used my Hot Off the Press label dies to cut some labels for the inside. (See below)

I picked some pretty and bright papers from the Echo Park pad, cut them to 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" and adhered them to the front of each card. There was a little extra strip left for the inside.

I made a little label with the die, and use my tiny alphabet stamp set to stamp either "hop hop hop" or "peep peep" on little labels and a circle.

I put Stickles clear glitter in places like the bunnies' ears, chick's tummy, eggs, and on the labels around the edge.

These were SUPER QUICK and fun and easy to make and cost me the total sum of $1.00. I had just purchased the corner punch at JoAnn Fabrics with my 60% off coupon and was anxious to use it. It makes a plain square of paper look pretty fancy don't you think?

Here are the 4 feminine cards.

And I even made one for my son (who is my "baby" at 37!). I used some woodgrain backed paper from a Simple Stories Vintage Bliss 6x6 paper pad, added a couple of the little box tops to the front and a few stickers of the eggs, and I think it turned out pretty nice.. even for a guy.

If you don't have a Dollar Tree nearby, maybe another discount store or even the bigger box stores would have little packages of treats like this to use... especially if you're on a budget like I am. 

On the inside of each card, I put the little stickers that were inside the boxes, two little plastic butterfly stencils (again from the Dollar Tree), a piece of cardstock to draw on and a little notepad. So I guess the total cost for each card with the stuff inside was $3.00.

Think outside of the box when you're in a pinch and don't want to make the long drive to your craft store! Have you ever been in this situation and made do, and got a little creative with what you already had or could get for super cheap?


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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Unusual 3D Photo Display using cardstock.

If you don't watch Sandi Genovese's video tutorials, you're missing something! She used to have her own TV show in the mid-2000's that I couldn't get enough of! She is such a multi-talented artist and educator, and so very original. She performs papercrafting miracles of all kinds. I so admire this lady!

I recently followed one of her vidoes (link below) and made the unique little "3D Photo Display" that she taught.  Here is hers:

Here's mine. Of course, I had to make it a little more "shabby" looking.

You can go to this link for the 3D Photo Display on Sandi's website where the video for this project is posted. It's so fun and easy and only uses one sheet of 8-1/2 x 11 paper and a few pieces of coordinating paper, plus whatever embellishments you want to use.

You just set the photo on a little shelf (it's not enclosed behind glass or plastic), so you can change it out easily whenever you want! Very ingenious. It would be perfect to place your child's or grandchild's school photos on. 

See the little "shelf" below right? (green).

Easily holds a 4x6 photo, set lengthwise or up and down... or would hold two smaller photos.
I used some little chipboard butterflies and buttons on the bottom, and placed a cardstock butterfly cut-out on the top left, with another chipboard "Photo Op" piece on the top left.

Sandi's signature colors are lots of red and pops of black which she usually puts some white stripes or polka dots on with her white gel pen. Love it!

Accordian file folder of hers.

Quickie Notebook of hers.
I just so admire Sandi Genovese, and I've made more than one of her unique projects. You can go to her website Sandi Genovese dot com to sign up to follow her Newsletter. You'll receive a FREE project tutorial about once a week or every two weeks in your email inbox. If you want to, you can also sign up to be a Gold Member to receive more videos and tutorials.  

Sandi also has a wonderful Facebook page HERE where she posts all of her projects (and you can post  yours).

The most recent project on her website is the Waterfall Card with Tags. Just darling... and innovative.. and I want to make one very soon!  You can find it HERE.
Waterfall Card with Tags.
This is not a paid Promotional post! I just love Sandi Genevese and her unique and fun projects. I have admired her for years, and just wanted to share one of her projects that I made. I'm going to be making some more in shabby pinks to match  my pink bedroom.

Check out her website and tutorials. You'll love them!  Let me know if you make anything of Sandi's. I would love to see it.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

SATURDAY SERENITY - March 19, 2016

(Look at pictures 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12......look those aren't rocks!)

Last week I got to enjoy one of my all time favorite things - go to the Oregon coast! I just LOVE the coast.. the smell, the mist, the fog, the sounds of the surf rolling in... there is just something about being there.. it is so calming, so relaxing.. so serene. 

I had a week to myself and I thoroughly enjoyed doing whatever I wanted to, whenever I wanted to.. or nothing at all.
You are the only one....
Who gets to....
Set the rules of your life.

First trip from the house to see the waves.... the house where I stayed was a few miles from the actual water. Can you believe it??? dirty surf! 

More dirty surf - but oh so outrageously wild and beautiful!

Trip up the coast to see the Heceta Lighthouse - it was a bright and sunny day.

Beautiful cliffs of rocks and moss. Highway 101 is unbelievably picturesque.

Now look at the next pictures. What do you see? are those rocks? what are those things in the water? I could hear it but couldn't see it at first.

Closer look - can you see them? hundreds of them!
 Cavorting in the water and barking.............

Yup you guessed it............... SEALS! Unbeknownst to me, I was just a mile south of the Sea Lion Caves! Wow is all I could say. What a surprise!

Pictures following are Old Town, Florence, Oregon. What a quaint little town with alot of history. I ate lunch in a little bistro on the Siuslaw River and wandered up and down the street, looking into the wonderful shops. (Have I told you yet how much I love the water?)

It was such a breath of fresh air to see some flowers starting to bloom. Where I live, there is NOTHING blooming or even beginning to peek up from the ground yet.

Siuslaw River.

An old fashioned drinking fountain. You don't see those very often anymore.  There's even a spigot for Fido! Growing up in Portland, Oregon, these were on many of the street corners in downtown.

Colorful flags and geraniums!
What a joyful and yet serene week I had. I hope to go back soon. 

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