Category Archives: Crafts

Last-Minute Xmas Cards

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Those who know me well know that I don’t do anything at the last minute. I was always the first one to have a paper turned in to my professor, the first one to have their shopping list made for Christmas dinner, and the first one to have all my purchased gifts wrapped and under the fully-decorated tree. So I must confess, I didn’t do these cards at the very last minute. But you could! Read the rest of this entry

Christmas Crapsmanship

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Over the past several years of publishing this blog, I have done a number of holiday projects. Some were successfully completed at the outset, some needed a touch of crapsmanship to be presentable, and a few were only appropriate for the trash. Below are links to a few of my favorite Christmas projects. Merry Christmas! Read the rest of this entry

Easy Gift Bag & Box Decorations

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In Christmases past, I’ve spent lots of care and time decorating cheap and plain gift bags and boxes from Dollar Tree. This year, I simply don’t have the inclination. But I also don’t want a bunch of boring gifts under the tree. So my stash of old Christmas cards have come in handy. I’ve trimmed the card fronts, used glue or double-sides tape to adhere, and now I have colorful packages for under the tree. Easy peasy, and no crapsmanship at all! Read the rest of this entry

Recycled Beer Coaster Gift Tags

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Dan the Man and I have a favorite local brewery, and when Dan was there several weeks ago, one of our favorite bartenders was ready to discard some custom-made beer coasters that contained old info. Being the good husband, Dan brought two big stacks home to me. Read the rest of this entry

Spider Wreath

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Yes, I know the photograph is poor, but I wanted to show you the Halloween wreath I made for my BFF. I used an old black-ish frame, some stretchy cotton yarn from my stash, and $2 worth of big spiders from Dollar Tree.  I tied one end of the yarn to the frame and then just randomly wrapped and wrapped, finishing with a knot on the back. A little hot glue for the spiders, and easy peasy, a spooky accessory for BFF’s house.

Greeting Cards & Faux Postage Stamps

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My friend Joanie turned 81 years old yesterday, and I wanted to make her a special birthday card for her party today. The resulting card is the culmination of several different craft projects. After watching a video on how to create faux postage stamps from Maremi’s Small Art, I became addicted to the fun process (https://binged.it/2mvot5r). Here’s a collection of ones I have made:

I won’t go into the process since you can watch the video, except to explain how I made the aged paper. I simply took white cardstock and some very dark coffee I made with warm water and instant coffee granules. I painted the paper with the coffee mixture, and when it was plenty wet, I sprinkled on some dry granules. Voila!Here are a few close-ups of some faux stamps:

To make the card, I glued an ice cream “stamp” onto the front of a purchased blank card, added some of my amateur lettering, and Bob’s your uncle!

I envision many more cards in my future containing faux stamps and “sending” messages: Sending best wishes, sending birthday greetings, sending good thoughts, sending congratulations, …. You get the idea!