Friday, July 29, 2011

Operation We R Grateful!

These are the cards that I have done in the last three days - I am going to send in the mail tomorrow! I hope these bring smiles to those that send and receive - I truly enjoyed making every single card as special as possible. These are all one of a kind cards.

Thank you Christie for giving me a chance to give a little!






















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Thursday, July 28, 2011

"Hive's Creative Challenge" - Say it with a card! Celebrate with those you love!

I have to admit it's been years since last I made a lot of cards just because. Well I sold some and gave away some. I am going to send some of my cards to http://www.operationwritehome.org/
check them out on Facebook "Operation We R Grateful" - they have a contest but I want to help and give away some cards for our soldiers. So if you are into card making check them out - and give a little!

Hope you like my cards - these are the first I make - started this Tuesday evening and finished them last night - tonight I will we making some more.

Now I don't have type of die cutting machines (not in my budget right now) have like 3-4 sets of ink pads and just got some stamps form Martha Stewart(HSN)that I can't wait to use.

So far this is what I've managed to come up with - comments are so welcomed.
sometimes you don't have to say much to get your message across!

Just loved these two cute birds and a simple line " You light up my life" who wouldn't want to hear this? or in this case read it!

Just loved this cute little Owl - the white area I added to give you a little space to add something else! these are like note cards!

a little space just to let you add something else to this note card.

It's great when you can tell someone what this card already says!

my first attempt at stamping with different colors at the same time - this I will keep!

Love how all these quotes just happen to work out well together, sometimes is best when you don't plan the outcome - it happens on it's own.

I did not take a picture of the inside - forgot I was supposed to leave it totally blank so now I can't submit - will have to sell it at the fair.

this is a different type of card - the space I left blank above is so you can place the picture of your favorite kitty!

another card that came to be what it is on it's own - love to craft with a blank mind - I always like the outcome -looks better in person and this I left blank so I will be submitting.

Now I can't wait to get home tonight so I can go crazy making cards, will have to make some flowers to use - cutting by hand sure is hard when you see all those wonderful cutting machines, but well at least I have a lot of westcott's scissors  to use and a few of Martha's punches.
Hope you like my cards!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

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Soda Flower's - good for Earth

I've been wanting to make some flowers our of soda cans - but had been putting it off, over and over again.  Well I finally decided to make some- We don't drink a lot of pop at home - I never do- and I limit what the kids drink at home and when we all go out to eat.  We had some take out and the dinners came with a drink - usually I get all water bottles, this time I got 3 cans and one bottle of water so I washed and dried the cans and then decided to cut out flowers free hand.  I used my favorite scissors - Westcott's titanium non-stick scissors (used the little ones) also used their cutting knife - used some pliers and wire - I didn't want to use
any type of glue .

This first picture shows all the flowers I was able to cut out of three soda cans. After cutting the flowers out in one piece - I noticed there were a lot of big pieces of the can still left so I cut out small oval like shapes to see what I would do with them. Here you see the wire and pliers I used.



These are the final flowers - I left them on wire because I am not sure how these will end up in my yard - they might be added to sticks (wood dowel) or just go on the metal railings, in which case I will just wrapped the wire on the railing and job done. I might end up making some flower pots with these - using glass marbles to keep in place - will never need water! and will never die!


Hope you like these - I like them and can't wait to try and make bigger ones- maybe a vine of flowers would look nice - enjoy!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

DUCK TAPE COUPON & RECEIPT WALLETS

Here is a picture of the first coupon & receipt wallets I make using only duck tape. the one standing was my first one - it fits inside my wallet without even trying -see I got tired of having my store receipts all over my purse - so I made this to help me keep my purse and wallet free of all those receipts that make it so hard to look for other things in my purse.......






here are the supplies I used to make these wallets
1. self healing cutting mat
2. Westcott's cutting knife
3. Westcott's non-stick titanium scissors
4. Duck tape - different colors & designs
5. Velcro strips (missing in picture)
In this picture you can see the first steps to making the wallet - I chose black for the outside and hot pink for the inside - I cut out as many strips of duck tape I needed for the inside and the outside made two sheets - the black had to be a bit longer on two sides so I can fold it like it shows on the third picture - this gives your wallet a finished edge (these will be the edge of the flap and the wallet)
Here you can see the next step was to add the decorative Duck Tape to the sides of the wallet so I can close it up - I added the tape on the outside - both sides - you can see where I cut on the corners so I could remove the tape not needed and be able to fold the ends prior to folding the wallet to close the sides together.



In this picture you can see the sides folded together with the decorative Duck Tape - this is almost done


Here is a picture showing all three wallets completed - all decorated and showing some fun coupons inside them - once I add the velcro they will be able to stay closed  ( I ran out of velcro - have to get some more).  the standing one was my first one - it happened to fit inside my wallet which worked great for me - so I just made the others the same size.  This has kept my purse free of all the receipts that I get from shopping and my coupons in one place. 
Hope you enjoy these pictures and are able to make your own wallet -



Thursday, July 7, 2011

Red Duck Tape Rose Ring!

 I started working with duck tape since March of this year.  It has been fun making different types of projects with this product.  I've had the most fun making flowers out of it - I have used these flowers to decorate headbands, hair clips, purses/wallets that are made out of duck tape too.  Well this past weekend I decided to make a flower small enough to make a ring with it - and so I did.  Below are pictures of the finished ring, as well as a few steps of how-to make one and a list of products I used - I hope you like this, I sure had a lot of fun making it and it's my first of many jewelry items that I will make using duck tape.

Here is the finished ring!

Now here is a list of the first items I used to make this flower ring, below you will see what else I end up using to finish this ring.

1. Red duck tape sheet
2. Friskars cutting mat
3. Westcott's cutting knife
4. Ad Tech glue gun and high temp glue sticks
5. Black metal ring base (don't have brand name)





Here are a few pictures showing the steps I used to make this ring.

 1. I cut two strips of the tape - you can see the size here - I didn't want a really big flower, so I only used two strips of duck tape.

2. I fold the tape leaving a small area of the glue exposed so that I can make my flower

3.  Here you can see I start by folding the edge of the tape into a triangle - this will be for the center of the rose , below you can see how I begin to roll the tape to make the center, once I like the center I continue to roll the tape around the center but now I make pleats as I go along, this will give my rose it's shape.  Once I finished the first strip, I take the next strip of duck tape and just continue were I stopped and keep rolling and pleating, until the tape is done.


(this is how the rose looks with just one strip of duck tape used)

(here is the rose completed after using both strips of the duck tape )

4.  Here I used the hot glue to add the flower to the ring , I noticed that you can see some of the glue side of the duck tape, it had to get fixed, don't like the white glue area showing on my flowers. 

(here is another view of the ring)

5. I decided to use Tulip's Soft Glitter paint - in red - took one of my paint brushes and   added the red glitter paint to all the areas that showed the glue part of the duck tape - I did add more glitter to the tape itself - a little sparkle would be nice below are two pictures that show the finished piece, now to make a set of jewelry using duck tape to go along with this ring.

This is my finished Red Duck Tape Ring with glitter-

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