Mom Did It Again! “You’re a Doll” Shaker Card

Shake, shake, shake… 

Shake, shake, shake

Shake your ca-aard, shake your ca-aard

So shaker cards are all the rage now and they are a little more time consuming to make, but boy the result is fantastic! My mom tried her first shaker cards recently and I’m posting them this week on display. This card was such a great idea with the Russian nesting doll stamp set from WMS. I just love the spring take on it too with the floral die cut piece and the monochromatic lavender, purple and grape hues. Please enjoy and feel free to give mom props in the comments {grin}.

 

Stamps – You’re a Doll, Waltzingmouse and Doily One Cling Stamp, JustRite. Ink – Grape Jelly, Sweet Plum, Memento

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Witches Hat

So I spent this past Saturday at the monthly Scrap-In at Michaels where I teach paper crafting. After turning out over 20 cards for Operation Christmas Card for the troops, we moved onto Halloween! Michaels has some Paper Mache bases to work with right now like this Witches Hat (too small to wear) but great for decor!

These hats are inexpensive and so fun to put together! I started with the hat by running my black archival ink pad around the rim and brushed it over the pointed hat tip as well. Then I began tearing the cream, damask & spider web printed paper and adhered it to the hat with Scotch Quick Dry glue. After that, I took a break and shopped the store for my vision of a shabby chic, classy Witch Hat and found myself in the CHRISTMAS DECOR aisle!! 

A few Halloween stems and a black feather boa from the kid crafts section and I was ready to put my hat together!

I am not a huge fan of the hot glue gun (just a personal preference) however, I like glue and needed to figure out something that wouldn’t take forever to dry but was tacky/sticky enough for all the add-ons. I ended up digging in our classroom stash and found Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue (the pink label) and it worked great!

I added and added embellishments to cover paper seams and any kraft colored areas and the result is so great! I had people stopping me in the store and parking lot to look at this hat (grin). It’s a keeper!

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Storage Idea

As a crafter, you can never run out of creative ways to store things. This particular storage solution was born out of necessity (like most things)…

I went to my local Tuesday Morning and found this adorable drink dispenser with the intention of using for iced tea, fruit infused water, etc… However, when I assembled it, filled it up and began to use it, it leaked!

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The rest is history and I decided to store my seam binding and raw twine in it. I love the idea, it makes me happy. Especially since I paid under $6 for it on sale.

Announcement!!

Well hellooooo everyone!  ANNOUNCEMENT TIME: I have been offered a position of Instructor for the paper crafts/scrapbooking division of my local Michale’s store, yay! I have accepted and will be going through their instructor training and jumping right in with teaching classes on what they offer as well as taking some creative liberties with adding my own curriculum! I’m so excited to meet local/community crafters and get paid to do what I love most. Here is my very first in-store demo where I showcased wet embossing techniques and also distress inking by making Halloween themed tags. The smaller tags were done at home as samples. The larger & brighter tags were done in-store during my demo.

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Follow the passion

So I had a conversation with my girls this evening about the “feeling” of working in my PJs and how it is to be “unwound” and no longer doing the “grind”, “working for the man”, “climbing the corporate ladder” and I must say, for me, it’s all about trusting in the Lord. He has a plan and I’m not quite sure what it is, I DO know I’ll give Him all the credit though. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more relaxed and focused all at the same time (and driven). Well… that’s not exactly true, January 1996 I felt very similar when my son was born – calm, relaxed but focused and driven — to be a mom, not sure what kind of mom, but a mom that: loved, provided and taught her child in the best way she knew how. He’s a great teen now and I couldn’t be more proud. OK, back to the topic at hand, I have been unemployed for about 4 months now and it was almost as if a light switch flipped on in me with the crafting game and I must say,  I am absolutely loving it. The saying if you can do what you love and make a living at it, you’re doing it right”, ya, I’m hopeful this is how my story unfolds. I’ve climbed the corporate ladder since ’99 and fulfillment was scarce [if at all] in the work I did. However, crafting, creating, designing, collaborating, sharing and even teaching, well… that brings great  joy to me. So I must Thank you Lord for your gifts, provision, and love for me and for always providing in spite of the harsh realities of life. I am following my passion to create!

Thank you dear girlfriends, I love you deeply. Mom, thank you for helping cultivate this new adventure and supporting the inner workings of what it takes, I love you all dearly. Your sooofullofcrafter here. LOL