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Monday, March 12, 2018

Frames/Shadow Boxes

Hi all- Just a quick post to show you what I have been working on here in Florida.  I love making these frames or Shadow boxes depending on how you want to use them. The above picture shows the flowers from Karen Burniston's Flower Pot Pop Up dies.    I started out using the tutorial on the link below.  But I didn't always have success when making my frames.  The instructions are great so I don't know where I would go wrong.   Check it out-

The frame above is an example of a boo boo.  The upper right hand corner didn't come together as tightly as I like.  But I loved the paper so I did end up decorating it anyway.  I used Heartfelt Creations lovely fuschia die to add the flowers.  

I also used Heartfelt Creations flower die to add the flowers to the above frame.  The picture below shows a die from Spellbinders.  Love the little bunny playing peek a boo!

 I haven't decorated this frame as yet.  I added a little lace from a Stampin Up die.  I am still trying to decide what to use on this frame.

I decided to give in and buy Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy Frame XL.  You can see it in the picture below.  I have great results in making frames with this die.  The first picture at the top of this post is made with this die.  You can make all sizes too!    Elizabeth Crafts also sells a die that has a thinner front and will fit inside of the Happy XL.  I may get that too!    You can add pictures to these frames or a quote that might be special to you.  Since I don't have a printer here ... I will add something to these frames when I get home.   You could use them as Shadow Boxes too.   I hope everyone has a fabulous day!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Pop Up Flower Card

I have just purchased Karen Burniston's Flower Pot Pop Up dies!  I already owned her Twisted Panel Pop Up dies so I decided to give a card from her blog a try!  It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be!  Of course, her great instructions helped a lot!

I love how the flowers really Pop up when you open the card.  I am in Florida and didn't bring all my Tim Holtz ink pads but I was able to recreate the look of a flower pot with my Vintage Photo and Wild Honey.  I added some of the Rusty Hinge ink and some green ink as well.   You can see a picture of the dies I used below.  

Here's a link to Karen's instructions!  She made it so easy to make this card!

I can't finish the card until I am home again since we don't have a printer here.  Just as well since I don't know what I want to use for a sentiment.  But now I have a card ready for when I need a great birthday card!  I think I will add something to the front as well.

I was going to add a few pictures of Florida but my computer is acting mean today.  I may add some later.  Have a great day!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Valentine's Day 2018

I wanted to share the cards I made this year for our Grandsons!  We are still in Florida and I don't have all of my craft room here- I really miss my craft room!  But I brought enough so I could make a few cards.  I did buy this adorable Disney Mickey and Minnie die from Hobby Lobby.  They are so cute!    

I used the tutorial from MayMay to make this Open Box Card-  I love this type of card-  check it out here-

The card below is from Stampin Up's Balloon Adventures.  I substituted hearts for balloons. 
I did use some stickers on this card since I don't have all my stamps and no printer.  Stickers work well!

I have to leave you with some pictures of some of the fun we have been having!  Today the weather is going to be in the 80's.   Love it!

Of course, Disney World!

Punta Gorda

Feeding the Flamingos at Jungle Garden at Sarasota

The beach at Siesta Keys 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Welcome Baby Tatum

My niece had her baby last week!  Emma & Dylan named their little girl- Tatum Rae!  I love her name!  I wanted to send them a "Welcome Baby" card.  I recently purchased The Grand Cabinet card from Spellbinder's that was designed by Becca Feeken!  Anything by Becca is gorgeous but I really love this die set.

I did fold and glue down the little tabs that come out of the side of the card. This let me use decorative paper on the sides of the card.  I used the little Panda Bear from Marianne Designs and some balloons to decorate the card. 

As you can see, it still does collapse so it can be mailed! The photo below shows the dies.  You can buy more dies to add to the card and Becca designed more shapes that would be fun to own! 

We are still in Florida and I don't have access to a printer so any sentiments have to be hand written.  I have terrible handwriting so it is really a challenge.  But at least I have some craft supplies so I can make some cards.  I am also doing some scrapbooking!  Such fun!

When our kids were here visiting last week- we went on a Dolphin cruise in Punta Gorda from Fisherman's Village.  It was a blast!  Check out the video below that my hubby took-

Friday, January 19, 2018

Open Box Pop Up Card

I found this wonderful tutorial on Pinterest for this cute Box Pop Up Card!  It's Maymay's tutorial and she does a wonderful job with her instructions.  You can find them at this link-

I used the paper collection from  Photoplay's French Flea Market by Julie Nutting!  I just love the colors in this collection!

You can see I haven't finished adding the sentiment since I am not sure if I will use this as a birthday card or just a Hello card.  Since we are in Florida, I did not bring all my stuff and I may wait until we are home to finish the card.  The sentiment will be added to the back of the card- there is plenty of room.   I hate to cover any of this gorgeous paper!

I did add card stock to the back of my stickers to make them a little stronger.  They are so cute!

For the card above, I followed Maymay's dimensions.  For the card below, I used a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock.  I wanted to see what the card would look like if I wanted a larger card.  

For this card - I used 49 Market's Sand and Sea Paper collection!  It's the first time I have used anything from this company and I have to say it is fabulous paper!

I used their 3D stickers from this collection too!  This card has more room to add a sentiment on the inside of the card.

This is one of the sheets from the 8 x 8 collection that I cut down to fit the cover.  I just love this paper line!!  So you can see I am doing some card making while I am in Florida!  The weather is finally warming up so it will be hard to stay indoors!   I will keep you posted!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Florida Fun Update

We have been having so much fun here in Florida...I hardly know where to begin!  I have to show you the craft store we found in Englewood!!  This store is full of all the stuff I love, Graphic 45, Lawn Fawn and more!

They are having a clearance sale next week!  My sister and her husband are coming next week and we shall be going back to visit this store!  

We just happen to find the Annual Sullivan Street Festival in Punta Gorda!  This event was full of Arts and Crafts and food!  Many streets were closed and lined with tents with all the vendors faire!

They had not one but 2 farmers markets with lots of fruit and vegetables!  Everything was so fresh and yummy!

One seller used old vintage jewelry to make beautiful art!  She said she was inspired
to use some of her Mom's old jewelry so she would have a memory of her beautiful pieces. I 
love how she used beads and jewels to make this adorable mermaid!

More tents below with more sellers!  We were at this festival for almost 2 hours!  There 
was so much to see!

Here is another picture of the tent that used vintage jewelry to create new pieces of jewelry and art.  I love this gal!

I had to include this picture of my husband talking to the least that is what it look like he is doing.  These carved birds were selling like hot cakes!

These last pictures are of a couple of signs that I loved!  I think I may make some cards using these sentiments that are very true!!  More updates to come... Have a faboo day!!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Florida 2018

We drove to North Port, Florida right after Christmas to avoid the storm!  We didn't have any trouble all the way down.  This last week we have been exploring the area.  I just love it!  The picture above is from the mall in our area.  

We went out to dinner at a restaurant in Englewood called Farlow's  that had great seafood!  They brought around a cart to show you what the fish looked like before you ordered it!  How cool!

We wanted to check out the beaches in this area too!  This beach is in Venice near Sharkey's restaurant.  It was beautiful but it was too cold that day to venture out.  The weather here has been cold but it is warming up.  I am not complaining because our kids are telling us how cold it is in Maine.  

Of course, we had to do some junkin down here!  We found this fabulous junk store called, FUNKY JUNKIES!  It is one of my favorite stores that we visited in Punta Gorda!!  I will be going there again! 

The picture below is another fun Vintage store called Last Chance!  This store was another wonderful find!!

 They have a ton of venders that have a lot of fun stuff!  I love what they use to display their items- see the vintage ladder!! I want to go here again too!  This Saturday they are having a festival with more venders and music with food trucks right outside their store.  We will be going to check it out!

So I haven't been doing any crafting but will be working on some projects this week!   We walked the sidewalks in Venice and had an ice cream!  It was lovely!  In one of the storefront windows I saw this adorable cloche!!  This is similar to what my sister's and I love to make!  Love the pink colors!
Today we are headed to Englewood to check out a craft store!! Yipee! I will follow up on another post.   Thanks again to the kids for staying at the house while we are gone!!