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Thursday, May 17, 2018

How to Make a Quilted Greeting Card

Nothing says comfort like a handmade quilt. Snuggling in with a beautiful quilt is like getting a comforting hug. Now, you can send a hug to loved ones far away or right next door with this easy quilted card.


To make this card, you will need an embossing machine and an embossing folder. Embossing machines can be found fairly affordably at big craft stores (use your 40% off coupon). Lately, I've been seeing them at Tuesday Morning, as well.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Why Should I Swatch My Art Media?

Do you swatch out your inks, pencils, crayons, and paints? For years, I didn't bother. It wasn't a big deal, because I only used two brands of marker and one brand of colored pencil. I used them so often, I didn't need to swatch them.


Over time, however, I started using other types and brands of media, and things started to get confusing.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Creating With Premade Card Bases

I'm lazy and I love card making, so I love, love using premade card bases (and embellishments) when it comes time to create.


I know  that a lot of card makers turn their noses up at premade printed bases, but I'm here to try to convince you to give them a chance. They have a lot going for them, not the least of which is their price -- you can often find a pack of fifty cards with envelopes for around five bucks. They are pretty and convenient and cheap -- what more do you need?


Well, most of them are pretty. The off white, crumpled linen looking base, shown above isn't that pretty, but when matted, it looks an awful lot like a pretty birch bark pattern. Matting a premade base also makes it much more sturdy, which is a plus, since premade bases tend to be a little flimsy.

I like to start a card project by gathering a few materials that I think will look good together. In this case, I dug through my stash and found a tag, a piece of pretty paper, a piece of twine, a sentiment (premade) and a flower left over from a flower making scrap busting session. I like to make lots of flowers at once, and keep them in a plastic Tupperware type container.

I found a second piece of paper to line the ready-made envelope. It doesn't match, exactly, but it sure does work with the whole ensemble. A hint for card making with ready made envelopes: go easy on the dimensional embellishments or your card might not fit into your envelope when you're done. If you are concerned that your embellished card might not fit, you can always trim your card base down a tiny bit.


Next, I cut a mat from the pretty yellow paper, and played with the other elements until I found a layout I liked. It was really that simple.

How to Make Easy Mixed Media Flowers


These mixed media flowers were inspired by projects by Barb Owen and Stitches by Julia. You will want to check out both of their YouTube channels -- they are full of amazing creative ideas.


I do a lot of projects using old book pages and covers, and often end up with a surplus of book paper. This project will help bust your stash of book pages,while building your stash of embellishments.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Inspiration From India's Colorful Trucks

We recently traveled to India for part of my son and daughter-in-law's wedding celebration. This was the trip of a lifetime, and we will treasure the memories always. After the celebration, both families road tripped around South India together. Our families bonded as we visited palaces and temples and beaches.


One of the things we began to notice, on our road trip, is that Indian trucks are often decorated.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

How to Create Card Kits From Your Stash

We've spent a lot of time traveling during the past year, and I wanted to be able to bring crafting projects along with me on our journeys. At the same time, I had lots of partially or mostly empty 12 by 12 paper pads, that needed to be used up.


I decided to create some "card kits" with the paper. Now, whenever I want to be creative in my travels, I can simply grab some card kits and go.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

How to Customize a Mixed Ethnicity Eighteen Inch Doll

My beautiful blonde daughter is married to a very handsome mixed-Korean man. Together, they've created a lovely little girl with Asian features and dark blonde hair.


Our granddaughter loves American Girl and other brands of eighteen inch dolls. She has Gracie, the American Girl doll, which is Caucasian, and Leah, a Today's Girl doll, which is Asian. But, try as we might, we could not find a doll that looked like her.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Making Embellishments From Paper Scraps

If you're a paper hoarder crafter, you probably have drawers, bins, and baskets full of small scraps. They take up space and energy in our lives -- space and energy we could be using for other things. Here's a project that will use up a lot of those scraps, and create lovely embellishments for gifts, cards, and journals


Start by gathering several punches in assorted sizes and shapes. I don't have a huge punch collection (but after this project, I've freed up some space in my life, so maybe I should grow the collection), but I had enough punches to keep myself busy for an afternoon. You can also use your die cutting machine to cut your shapes.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

How to Draw Faces When You Can't Draw

Most of us are okay with doodling simple flowers and and shapes, but the idea of drawing faces can be a little intimidating. It doesn't have to be. With a little practice, you can be doodling faces, realistic or stylized, in no time.


You can draw on anything, from the ubiquitous paper napkin, to computer paper, to sketch pads,  to vintage book pages.  The face above was drawn on an old atlas page.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Steel and Glass Home in a Mesquite Bosque {Tour}

We waited too long. Over the last few years, we've been trying to figure out where we want to live when we retire. We love Arizona -- it's where we met and fell in love and married. Now, thirty plus years later, our kids are raised and are starting families of their own. Retirement is on the horizon.


Last year, we traveled to Arizona to see some properties near Tucson.