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Friday, June 22, 2018

For the Love of an Old Suitcase

I have been working on an old suitcase that my Sister-in-law Lani gave me.  She really didn't want to part with it, I could tell.  We have been sharing things with each other from our craftrooms.  I have shared the Happy Mail that she has given me you can see that here.
I loved how the suitcase looked with the leather straps on it.  I forgot to take a picture before I started but got this one that you can see how rough it was.  I decoupaged over the top with some map pages that I ripped up.

I left the handle, corners, and straps exposed because they were leather and still in good shape.  I love how it is turning out.  It is pretty bright white, I am not liking that so much!  I should have coffee dyed the maps before I ripped them up and put them on.  Now I am going to have to stain it or maybe some ink will help.  I will have to explore these possibilities further.  Leave me what you would do in the comments below.  You can see the maps that I coffee dyed here.


I found a Free Printable vintage map of Europe and downloaded it into Design Space and used it on an the background of an image to make various sizes of this Paris image.  I will decoupage the smallest one onto my suitcase.  I will post a photo of it when I have it on the suitcase.


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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Junk Journal Tuck Spots (it's a work in progress)

Today I am cutting out all kinds of Tuck spots for my Junk Journal.  I am using my Pretty Pennants Cricut cartridge and cutting out everything I think would make a cute tuck spot.  I won't use them all in one signature but I will have plenty to choose from.  I will not leave them plain either (my mind is spinning at all the possibilities).   Not sure if I will coffee dye these but I will grunge them up a bit. 

Here is the first mat.  I used CTMH Nutmeg but the lighting sure makes it lighter.  The true color shows better in the 2nd photo.

 These are all the tops and a better example of the CTMH Nutmeg.  I am going to have fun with these.  The Celebrate at the bottom was just because I liked it.  But you never know where it might show up at, in, or on.  LOL!

Here they are shown with the backs and I chose CTMH Almond for that.  Now you see the Celebrate better in this one.  Now I have plenty to chose from.  I can use them as pockets or tuck spots.  I made them in several sizes so that should work too. 

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Friday, June 15, 2018

June Kard Club Swap 2018

Has it already been a month since our last Kard Club Swap?  Wow, time really does fly.
Last night we all met at Laurie's house.  It was Lynn's turn to host and because she lives farther away Laurie offered her home so we didn't have to drive so far.  Thanks Laurie for that!
We always have a great time getting together and chatting with each other.  Fun group of ladies.

Lets get started!  First up is Debb, she was not there but took her cards to Laurie's early so we would have them.  She used a wood grain embossing folder, first she inked the embossing folder then cut the fence shapes out of that and then added the nail heads with a marker.  She used a die cut for the grass.


Next we have Kathy's.  She used a playing card and rounded the opposite corners.  She used papers from her stash, embossed the Celebrate and added some pretty gems.


This is Donna's and she used the Stampin Up Star Punch.  The hello is a die cut.


Laurie used an Art Impressions die to make this cut card and every part of the knife moves and is stamped with a cute saying.  You will be able to see this better in my video.


Then we have Lynn's she used Ann Griffith paper, a star punch and the stamp is from
Taylor expressions.


Erin use her Paper Pumpkin kit to make this one.  We even got a cute envelope to go with it. 


Cathy made this one and she splattered the star, the circle was a Sizzix die, the rock was a Cricut cut, the Wolf was a Spellbinders die, the Trees are Cottage Cutz.


Jeannine Use her Distinctive Impressions stamp for this one.


These are mine and I always make extra just in case.  I used the Free Printables from The Navage Patch.  I also used the G45 Regular Tag &m Gears Metal Dies.


Lynn also had a make and take for us to do.  So here is the Pin Wheel that we made.


So that is it for this Month, we don't meet in July (to much going on).  The Aug one is at my house and our theme is Travel.  That should be a fun one.  Who doesn't love Travel

Here is my Video of all the cards and the insides too.





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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Notepad Folio Video

A while back I posted a Notepad Folio that I made and said that I would have a video up soon.  Well it is not exactly soon but here it is.  Is short so have a look
You can see my post all about it here!



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Saturday, June 9, 2018

My Very First Happy Mail

Well I got my very first Happy Mail.  It is from my Sister-in-law Lani.  Her and I are going through our stashes and giving each other little bits and pieces that we think the other will like and use.  This has been so much fun to do!
This time she gave it to me all wrapped up.  I can see this is going to really be fun now.  She is a Stampin up demonstrater but she does not have a website and she is not on YouTube (YET)!  I will be sending one back to her that is all packaged up nice and pretty.
Grab your favorite beverage and join me!


I did not get this posted on Fri but I have a Friend that had surgery so I was at the hospital!  I will have my post ready to go next Tuesday.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

My First Junk Journal

I told you in the previous post that I was starting something new to me.  It's a Junk Journal! I know that lots of you have already made at least one of the them but I have not.  I have always loved the idea of a junk journal but I have never just done it.  Well that day has come.
I wanted to start collecting what I needed first.  I also wanted to try my hand at coffee  dyeing.  Little did I know that I would love this so much.  I am coffee dyeing just about everything.  LOL!
I was at Staples and I always check the sale bins. You never know what you are going to find.  I found an clear plastic accordion file folder that was $4.00 (Score)!  I am using it to put everything that I have coffee dyed.  That way everything is one place!  Such a novel idea... 
Here is my video that will show you what I have got so far!  Grab your favorite beverage and join me.

Let me know if you have made one or would like to make one along with me. 



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Friday, June 1, 2018

Parchment Paper Bag Decorated

I must be going through my Vintage phase.  I have been coffee dyeing paper, dollies, envelopes, paper towels, map pages.  You name it, I am coffee dyeing it.  LOL!
Today I dyed tulle, cheese cloth and lace that I hung out to dry.  I also made some Parchment Paper bags, all different sizes to have on hand.  I couldn't resist decorating one.


I had some free printable s that I had on hand so I used one of them this one I got it here.  It is a French Laundry invoice.  I tore around the edges in the size that I needed, distressed the edges with CTMH Chocolate Ink and glued it down with Art Glitter Glue.  I cut up lace for the bottom.  I used 2 different scraps.  Then I glued the flowers.  I cut up the cheese cloth that I dyed and used it on the bottom, top, and the side.  I thought I was done but it just needed something else.  I added a little heart charm that I had.  I used the wire I cut off the back of the flower and twisted it around and glued it under the flowers.  I like how that looks.


I found a white flower on my desk.   When I made up my coffee dye I poured some of it into a little spray bottle that I had on hand.  That way I would have it handy to spray on things that needed a more vintage look.  I took the flower outside and set it on the railing of our deck then sprayed it with the coffee mixture and I love how it turned out.


I did end up spraying the bag with just a couple of sprays of coffee too.  I am very happy with the end result.  What do you think?


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