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Monday, August 22, 2011

Vintage Wedding Gift Card Holder

I have been busy trying to keep up with my Etsy shop this week. I had sold all the gift card holders so I was trying to get caught up with that.

I wanted to post a link to my Etsy shop here on my blog because a lot of people visit my blog searching for a ideas for using luggage for their wedding cards.

Here is one of the latest that I have made.

This one is for sale at my Etsy shop you can go HERE and see the listing.  I have done a lot of searching on the web for anyone else who makes something like this. I am the ONLY person doing this so I have to say please don't copy this and try to sell it as your own idea. That would be stealing.

I am participating in a card exchange and our theme this month is birthday cards I will be showing you mine in a few days. Check back soon.

Hugs and Kisses! 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Decoupage Train Case and Luggage

I have been busy decoupaging luggage. While I love the finished product decoupaging in messy.

I did use my Cricut to cut 3 inch circles out of some K and Company paper and decoupaged them with Mod Podge over the entire piece of luggage. Here is the result.
I had seen this done with square paper but I like the effect the circle gave off. As soon as I posted it on Etsy it was sold!

 A few weeks later I  got the itch to decoupage again. This time I cut 2 inch circles and 1 and 2 inch butterflies. I didn't put the circles as close together and I did in the first piece because I thought I would place the butterflies in between but the spaces were too big and I had a lot of trouble getting the whole piece covered. Anyway it is done and posted on Etsy for sale. We will see how long it last!
If you want to visit my Etsy Store you can go HERE

I have some birthday cards to post soon and I need to do some spray painting today among a lot of other things. I hope this inspires you to try some decoupaging with Mod Podge and using your Cricut too!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Butterflies Are Free To Fly

Who doesn't love a butterfly. They are lighter than air and flutter around all day long looking for zinnias and butterfly bushes to feed on.

I was just fooling around and made these butterflies to use for scrapbooking or for a card at a later date.
Every thing was cut from the Cricut. The circles are cut at 3 inches. The seal and the butterfly are from the Cake Basic Cartridge. (You have to Hide Select the inner circle)  I used Tim Holtz distress ink around the circle. The paper is some music paper (which I thought I would never use) The butterflies are graduated and I did various things to them. Just kinda experimenting. Using the creative part of my brain.
Here I used a swirly stamp and embossed with white.

On this butterfly I used Shimmerz in the paint pot and a paint brush to paint around the edge and used distress ink to bring out the shimmer.

Then....................I made teensy tiny 1 inch ones. This circle is from Accent Essentials and I still used the same butterfly. Instead of using  Shimmerz I used the Sakura Clear Star Pen. I LOVE this pen I use it all the time. I LOVE the glitz it gives off.

I did make a .cut file for this and I will share as usual you can go HERE to download.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My little shop on Etsy is growing

J have been busy selling my "Just Married" luggage on Etsy. As soon as I put one up for sale it is sold right away. I haven't had a lot of time to scrapbook. I have been doing a lot of thrift stores and garage sale trying to stock my Etsy store. Stop on over and see what I have for sale!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Adventures at the Gypsy Caravan

Every Memorial St. Louis Symphony has a fund raiser called Gypsy Caravan. It is a one day event that has over 400 booth of antiques, crafts, and flea market finds. There are over 20,000 people that attend this event. It is spread out over the parking lot of the campus of University of Missouri St. Louis. We call it UMSL (pronounced "Um-sill).
This was just one of the section. The booths went on and on. I was going to take tons of pictures but I got caught up in the shopping and forgot until we were almost done!
 These are bird feeders made out of tires. This picture is for my dad he was a tire salesman for many years. Look at that purple tire! The ultimate in recycling.
 You can't go to a fair with food. Grilled Chicken and a bowl of vegetables and Chinese Noodles. Yum!

These tin letters are so cool they made a wooden bottom with different kinds of tin nailed to the front. Love this.

Cute little salt and pepper shakers.

My son was the shopper. He was having a ball looking at all the "stuff". He bought this bracelet from the Pan Flute playing Indian!
The Lemon Shake-Up stands were very busy it was HOT on Memorial Day here in STL which is crazy because not 2 days earlier it was in the 60's.
Got to have my Lemon Shake-Up. It tasted so good. I got a nasty sunburn on my neck but it was great time. Lots of walking but love looking at all the treasures.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Turn your mistake into a creative opportunity!

The High School graduations are upon us. We only have 2 graduation parties this year.

The first card I am going to show you is actually the second card I made and when I made the envelope it was too small to put the card in.

I didn't want to make another envelope so I turned my mistake into a creative opportunity!

What I did was fold the top part of the envelope to the front and covered with a printed paper and put his name on it and made a button with my Epiphany button maker. Problem solved. 

Here was the first graduation card I made.

I was so happy to make a girly card. With 2 boys I there is not to much female stuff going in my house. 
Who says your graduation cap has to be black. It is pink with white polka dots for this girl!
It gets better. I made a card holder for her too! I was at Saint Vincent De Paul Thrift store and found this suitcase.

Shelby is going to University of Missouri (Mizzou) in the fall and the gold suitcase is the perfect Mizzou color. I put Shelby's monogram and found a Mizzou logo to put on it.
It turned out fabulous!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

"My friend Maggi" at the Inkspot

You have to see this!  "My friend Maggi" is teaching a class at the INKSPOT the end of May.
 the idea is you will be using cut pieces of wood and decorating them as the basis for an interchangeable decorative piece for your mantle, table, window sill etc! the blocks will have a clothespin attached, so you can change the theme throughout the year! How adorable is this and you can leave it up all year decorate for each season. 
Oh the possibilities. It looks like she used Storybook for the lettering!
The cost for the class is $35.00 but I just bet you if you don't live in the STL area you could contact the Inkspot and they would mail you the kit! "My friend Maggi" is so creative and she is fun too! I know you would have a blast at her class. 

I have been crafting away but I  can't share what I have been doing because it will spoil the surprise for some people I know so until then................

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