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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!!  

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

I hope everyone had a Very Merry Christmas!  We celebrated a couple of days before Christmas with our kids since we rotate each year so they will have time to celebrate on Christmas with their in-laws.  I am grateful that we did since we had a Nor'easter on Christmas Day!

I did want to share the Birthday card I made for my brother-in-law! I saw this on Pinterest and had to copy it for him since he is so handy around the house.  My sister, Connie, always has him doing projects around their house.  I thought this card was perfect for Russ!

The picture below is another picture of our Christmas cards this year! It is a diorama card that is much fun to make!  Each card was a little different.  I showed some others in a previous post. 

My husband and I have decided to spend some time in Florida this year.  We are very grateful that one of our kids can stay in our house to watch and make sure all is well.  I have to say I was a little hesitant with the idea of going but I am up for it now.   The temperature is supposed to be below zero with the wind chill for the next week!  Florida here we come!  I do plan on posting on my blog from Florida since we will be taking our laptop with us.  I am also bringing some "stuff" from my craft room!  I thought I would end this post with some of my favorite pictures from Christmas!  Hope everyone has a very Happy New Year!

Making Clam Dip with Papa

Our Grandkids!  They get along so well!
Everett & Mom

Ezra and Papa snowblowing!


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Christmas Cookies

This year I am trying my hand at decorating Christmas Cookies!  I love practicing all the different designs.  The snowflake cookies above are Stain Glass cookies.  You can put Jolly Roger candies in the middle and once cooked - they melt into a stain glass look.  

The cookies are iced with Royal Icing.  Such fun to pipe the outline and then flood the centers.  I used red sprinkles on the stockings since I couldn't quite get a really red color from the food coloring.  The sprinkles really covered the cookie well. 

The Santa cookies are my favorite.  I love the size and their shape.  

I really need to practice on the design for the Santa!   You can see... I forgot the eyebrows!  I think this is going to become a fun hobby!  My husband likes it because he gets homemade cookies!

I thought I would share a couple of Christmas decorations we have at our house. We put the stockings up every year.  This year the kids are coming the Saturday before Christmas so I have to get going on my gift wrapping.  Next year we will have them on Christmas Day!

This is what you see as you enter the house.  

I just love Nutcrackers!  This is in the entry way too!

Here is the decoration on our front porch!  You can't tell from this picture- but we have lights strung on the ladder so you can see it at night. 

My hubby cut up the birch logs that fell in our woods in the last wind storm.  I love how this centerpiece came out.  They look fabulous at night with the tea lights on.  I am going to make another batch of Christmas cookies for Christmas day and finish wrapping our gifts.  I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!!