Category Archives: Crafts

Need a quick birthday card?

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Card 2I knew my BFF’s birthday was coming soon.  After all, I’ve know her for almost 60 years! But, unlike my usual self, I hadn’t thought ahead to crafting her a special card. So the day before her birthday, I had to scramble.

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Candle Bouquet

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img_6618My sweet husband Dan the Man had a milestone birthday this past week, and I hosted a big celebration at a local brewery. Of course, I wouldn’t be a proper party host without some crafting! I didn’t want to do 70 birthday candles since we weren’t having a traditional cake, so I crafted a candle bouquet “cake” instead. Read the rest of this entry

Shrinky Dink Fun

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Several crafty friends and I got together last week for some Shrinky Dink fun. Do you remember Shrinky Dink-ing? Shrinky Dinks are sheets of plastic that you can craft on, cut out, put in the oven, and shrink the pieces down to a much smaller size. I’ve used them for jewelry and ornament making. Cindy, Kathy, and I worked on pieces that will either be thrown away due to our crapsmanship or eventually made into jewelry. Here are a few sneak peeks!


Mardi Gras Art

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More Mardi Gras art went on at my house last week. As I often do, I’m changing out some of my seasonal art for more crapsmanship of my own. This one was easy. I first used purple and gold Distress inks to color an 11×14″ piece of mixed media paper. I sprayed it with water to meld the colors and then allowed it to dry.
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Next, I pounced green and yellow acrylic paint over some stencils to fill the page with Mardi Gras colors.

img_6488Finally, I used a stencil to add a gold embellishment. While I was at it, I did a smaller one with a fleur-de-lis.
img_6490No one will ever accuse me of being an artist, but I do like having a little seasonal color. Not bad for an amateur!

Mardi Gras Centerpiece

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img_6482Being a Louisiana girl, I wanted to switch out my dining room centerpiece to a Mardi Gras-themed floral arrangement. I already had the gold pot, and Hobby Lobby was having a sale on floral greenery.

img_6464Twenty dollars later, I had a green silk plant, some yellow and purple flowers, and a few Mardi-Gras-colored stems. With a piece of syrofoam in the bottom of the pot, wire cutters to disassemble all the plants and flowers, and 15 minutes of work, I had this beauty.
img_6463The photos aren’t flattering, but the centerpiece looks great in my dining room!

Shrinky Dinks & Gelli Plates

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One of my favorite holiday crafts were some gelli plated earrings. They were so easy to do, very inexpensive, and loved by all the recipients. I bought Shrinky Dink materials at Hobby Lobby and then gelli plated over one large sheet using acrylic paints. I then made assorted marks with paint, a cork, and the edge of a credit card. Finally, I cut them into assorted shapes, used a corner punch to round out each corner, and added a hole with a regular-sized hole punch.
I followed the directions on the Shrinky Dink package to bake and shrink each earring. I used a metal one-cup measuring to flatten each one down once it came out of the oven. To finish, I added a jump ring and earring hook to each, and paired the earrings up into matching sets.
Here’s Princess M modeling a rectangular pair. Now I have an incentive to get my ears pierced!

Christmas Crafties

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For Christmas, I was thrilled to receive three new crafting supplies — a set of 8 Posca pens, 48 oil pastels crayons (such pretty colors!), and a 12″ x 14″ Gelli Plate (be still my heart!). Experimenting with the new Gelli plate, I made six large sheets with acrylic paints, masks, and stamps. Two of the sheets were completed using mixed media paper, and four of them were made with Dan the Man’s baking parchment paper. They’re all about 11″ x 14″.

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Christmas Tree Forest

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In one of our spare bedrooms, we have twin beds and a closet full of toys and games. We call this the “Grandkid Room” for fairly obvious reasons. There’s a built-in desk, and for the holidays every year, I put cotton batting and an assortment of Christmas trees. Some trees I’ve purchased; many I’ve made. Every year, I add one or two, so our forest is slowly growing.

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Gingerbread in a Jar

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Thanks to a Pinterest post from Better Homes & Gardens, my friends and I each made a charming gingerbread village in a jar. BH&G does a good job of explaining the process (https://www.bhg.com/christmas/gingerbread-houses/gingerbread-house-city/?ordersrc=rdbhg1107752), and the gingerbread recipe is delicious. Here is what BH&G’s gingerbread village looked like. Cute, huh?

Martha, Kathy, and I strayed a little from the directions, and we have some advice based upon our struggles. Read the rest of this entry

Golden Cross

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img_6069I had an idea for a small memento for Christmas gifts. What could be hard about a small wooden plaque and a painted cross? You would think that it would be easy, but the more I tried, the worse it got. In the photo above, you can see where I started. I painted two small wooden plaques from Hobby Lobby black. I then drew a white cross with acrylic paint on each and used some silver leaf to embellish it. CRAP ALERT: It didn’t really work to my satisfaction. Being a true crapsperson, I knew I could try another step, so out came the pink spackle. Read the rest of this entry