Monthly Archives: March 2018

Handmade Card for 20th Birthday


My granddaughter Kelsey has just turned 20, and I made her this birthday card.  I’m not sure she was very impressed with my illustration skills, but I’m quite convinced she appreciated the cash that accompanied the card!

I first washed the front of a blank white notecard with some Distress crayons and water.  Once dry, I penned the words “Happy birthday” and dotted each letter with a white Gelly Roll pen.

On the inside, I again used Gelly Roll pens to create birthday candles representing tally marks.  My signature, “G & G”, is our standard one for “Grandma and Grandpa.”  Love, love, love!


My $3.04 Easter Tablescape


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Yes, the title of this post is a little misleading. Most of the items on my Easter dining table came directly from my springtime storage tub.

I had the table runner, white porcelain bunnies,

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pink Easter grass, the white eggs, white dishes, and the pink paper plate I stationed between the plate and bowl.Easter 3I used some green polka-dotted washi tape to make the “placecards,”

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and spent $3.04 on pink striped scrapbook paper which serves as the placemats.  Easter 5

Smart, huh?

DIY Gift Wrap


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For the last few gifts I’ve given, I have played around with creating my own gift wrap. The paper design turns out big and sloppy and interesting, and I like the fact that it isn’t neat and pretty. It’s clearly DIY and is a fun, cheap project.

I started out with a large roll of white paper I purchased at Hobby Lobby. I found this for $10 in the kids’ craft section, and used a 40% off coupon. I cut pieces down to the size I needed for each particular gift, and then used acrylic and/or watercolor paints and markers to decorate. These were for my granddaughter when she turned five.

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Thursday is my BFF’s birthday, but I won’t tell how old she is! This is the paper I made for her today.
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Since she’s a crapsman too, I know she’ll appreciate the effort!