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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

birthday cards

These are older cards I made but I didn't get uploaded here. Better late than never. :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

handmade mini mini planner

I'm not much of a planner person. It always sounds like a good idea but the planning part is not my forte. LOL  However, with planners being the big craze and seeing the fun decorating people are doing I gave in. But instead of spending the money that 1. I wasn't sure would work out and 2. wasn't really a size I wanted, I decided to make my own from scratch with things I already had on hand - except the binder ring part. I picked up the Tim Holtz large binder rings at JoAnn's on sale. (because of course it was already on sale when I had a better coupon!) I also made my own planner stickers that would work for me and what I'd like to accomplish besides cleaning. ;)

Deep in the depths of my craft crap I found a little stash of chipboard which I don't even remember where from but they were all the same. I glued together 3 sheets to make thicker, sturdier pieces for my binder. I cut them to accommodate my inserts which are 1/4 of a standard sheet of paper plus the rings. (which is why I call it a mini mini planner. :) )  I used 12 x 12 fabric paper - which wasn't quite wide enough so I had to piece it which is why I have the ribbon  on the cover to hide the seam. I would've preferred a darker blue but I was working with what I had available. I also wanted it wide and grosgrain. The nice thing about the fabric is because it's paper-backed it kept the glue from having bleed-through.
I cannot make anything it seems without some mistake or mishap. So of course I was almost done and poked a hole through the paper in the crease. Still working on how to cover that up and it's driving me crazy. The inside paper is from Recollections Fall in the Park paper pad and was a perfect match to the fabric! I got the printable on the cover page from
printable from
I was going to start in 2017 but decided to go ahead and start with December this year. Kind of a bit of practice first, too. So this monthly overview doesn't have the sticker going over the month like the rest do. The Mary Engelbreit images that are facing each monthly page is recycled from an old 365 desk calendar.

Some of the other monthly pages. I haven't actually glued down the March image yet. I'll be looking for paper to go behind it. On the back side is a list for birthdays and I haven't decide yet what to put on the facing page. Maybe some quote images. I haven't filled in birthdays or holidays yet on all the monthly pages.

An example of a weekly spread. Starting in 2017 the first weekly page of the month has a word/phrase sticker as you can see above. I cut myself a page marker from gridded quilting template material. It's marked off at 1/4" so it has another useful purpose, too, as a ruler. Here I used some of the planner stickers I made and couple other stickers for fun. While I don't plan on doing 'no white space' I will work my way up to adding more bits and pieces as I get used to doing the planner thing.

I also have year-at-glance pages but split them up into 6 months so the next 6 is in front of July.
The menu/grocery planner is also from  but I couldn't find a simple card list like I wanted so made my own with some lined paper I cut down to size and then just drew a couple columns on it and marked them with tiny punched banners. (I also have some regular lined paper cut and some graph paper cut to size in my planner.)

So that is it so far to really show. I will be making inserts to keep track of books I've read, too. I already have picked out 2 ME quote images and need to choose one. Or maybe use both and just make it a divider page with one on each side. :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Jingle all the way

For the 12 card sketches of Christmas challenge with Dani

Friday, November 4, 2016

Peekaboo card with Rudolph and friends

While there is a flap die out there I don't own one. So I made my own flaps with a regular die and partial die-cutting. (Basically, you just put your top plate only up to where you want the area cut. Where there is no plate covering part the die, that area of the die can't cut.)  This card was made for a card sketch challenge by Dani.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Harvest truck card

Using CottageCutz flatbed truck. This truck has great detail!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Halloween card

I love this Halloween vine by CottageCutz. It's very festive for Halloween and with a few snips it could even be used for Christmas. (I may have to try that next!)

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Winter die into a fall scene

Here's another card I made using a CottageCutz winter scene die and making it into a fall scene. I love being able to stretch the uses of my supplies.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fall card using a winter scene die

This card uses a CottageCutz die of a wintery looking church scene. By adding fall colors to it and flower soft in shades of autumn leaves I was able to turn it into a fall scene.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Welcome Fall card

I don't have very many fall dies (yet) so in creating this card I used the CottageCutz holly wreath die and inked it up in fall colors. While they don't look quite like oak leaves, I think it works pretty good. I used liquid pearls on the berries and my Welcome Fall banner stamp which I heat embossed and cut out by hand.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Raccoon hello card

Raccoons are from a couple of Cottage Cutz Christmas and winter dies.