Tuesday, February 09, 2016

What Do You Do With The Ballet Shoes?

I have three budding ballerinas and they go through the shoes.  I would be hard pressed to keep them all for memory sake.
Some I pass on, but a few I wanted to keep and alter. 

Here is my first attempt.  I like how they turned out.

 Lace, ribbon and beaded trim are from Hobby Lobby.  Buttons from Tim Holtz.
Butterfly from Blue Fern Studios
 Roses from Recollection.
 Paper for sole, title "Learn to fly" and butterflies from Graphic 45.
Other
Adhesive:  E6000
Pen: Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust
Ink:  Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Ranger Gold embossing powder
Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Paint

I am nearly finished with the second pair of shoes and can't wait to get started on number 3.  

In the meanwhile....get crafty with it and try something new!
 

Debby

Monday, January 25, 2016

Xyron Sticker Maker for a Happy Birthday!

It has been forever since I've tried recording a demo.  So I am asking for forgiveness ahead of time in hopes you will watch and help me wish a Happy Birthday to a special little girl in my life.

This is not a Xyron sponsored video or promotion.  It's just me enjoying my craft.


Tehya, I can't wait to see what you turn into a sticker first.

Everyone else, how do you use your Xryon Sticker Maker?

Create from the Soul, 

Debby

Friday, January 08, 2016

Dusting Off The Blog A Bit

Follow the story and I will tie it together at the end!

I received a beautiful handmade card for Christmas from a Fiskateer friend.  Since the closing of Fiskars' social community we rarely stay in touch so this card means a lot to me.  One thing he hoped for me was that I was still crafting.

I have been away from my blog for a little over a year.  Honestly, I had/have "blog burn out."  It is a lot of work to create a crafty blog post...writing, taking and editing photos, products, editing, online events, promotions and getting the word out.

Now I have another grandchild.  Our first little boy:  MJ.  I spend a lot of time "making memories" for me and for all my grandchildren.  I hang out with my grandchildren at music, (now violin) ballet, tap, recitals, performances, museums and many other adventures.
 Little's Brother MJ
Knowing some of you I can hear "...and what's new?"  LOL  I know I seem as though I am always busy.  Maybe I am to one degree or another.

After the last 12 Days of Home for the Holidays I made a choice to cut back with online presence.  My presence with my family is most important to me. I am blessed with 4 beautiful children, 3 awesome in-law children, and 6 grandchildren.  
2015 December Daily 
I'm almost finished
So why this blog post?

I want to answer Don's inquiry.  Yes, I do craft...a lot.  I scrapbook, work on yard art type projects and I am learning new and exciting art forms and new techniques for the things I already do.   Something the Fiskateer community taught me to strive for. 

I would love to have you come on this journey with me.  I don't know how often I will share.  My unofficial goal is once a week.  With everything out there on the net that is crafty this is more than enough.

  I made 40 light-up snowmen for my grandchildren to give as gifts to their dance friends and for a party with Santa.  
These were a lot of fun to make.


I created 48 boxes and 48 hand made pom-poms  for two advent calendars for the grands.  
 
This little tool for the boxes was a life saver.  

Until next time .... 

Happy Crafting

Debby

Thursday, December 04, 2014

December Daily: It's All About The Story

I love the unique.  So with my December Daily album I wanted something unique for the days of the month. Since I am using Graphic 45's Twas Night Before Christmas paper collection I wanted a vintage look.

I decided to use vintage postcards, preferably those that had a message on them. 

So the hunt begins.  25 vintage cards --- just go junkin' as my friend Connie would say.  I found out it is no small task to find 25 Christmas postcards.  After four antique shops we (Ruth and I) found more than I needed of Christmas postcards.

All the postcards come from the early 1900s.  Postage was only 1 cent.  Handwritten notes.  All with their own story.

My Story with "Their" Story
 I used mini stamps to put the day on each card..
 
I didn't like to do it but I hole punched the edge to place in the album.  I tried to consider other ways but it always added bulk to the book.
 I'm using both "Christmas" theme cards and "religious" theme cards.
I will place a note on the last page about the postcard stories.
 I love this idea.  My best day numbers I've created!
 Family, friends, acquaintances all have a story.

Stories...the story...it's what it's all about.

Link to a couple of my favorite 12 Days of Home for the Holiday posts.  (The giveaway on the posts are closed.)
Maggie Holmes with a yummy popcorn recipe and Tabitha Safdi Photography with a few holiday photo tips.
Stephenie Hamen's Favorite Butternut Squash
Crystal Hobbs aka Pinky shares how to creatively package food goodies.
 

Have a Crafty Day!

Monday, December 01, 2014

Woot! Whoot! It's Time for December Daily

This is my favorite time of the year.  Scrapbook pages, advent calendars, ornaments, home decor ... I love making it all.  And lets not forget fun Pinterest goodies.

December Daily is a fabulous project created by Ali Edwards. 

I opt out of the kits and create my own, but I am grateful for Ali introducing this to me.  You can see a past 12 Days of Home for the Holidays post here ... Ali Edwards (remember this is a past post and giveaway is closed).

My Books

Notables 
Paper Studio burlap album, burlap ribbon
Martha Stewart Gesso
Tim Holtz Fragments, Rub-on numbers, Monocle, Distress Stain, Evergreen and Twig distress inks
Graphic 45 Christmas Past paper collection
Ranger Dabber paint, gold; Glossey Accents
Alieene's Tacky Glue 
Michael's Create It! wooden tree

My husband was surprised that he had purchased a burlap album with the words "Christmas Memories" in red and then I showed him what I did with it.  LOL  It doesn't look like the same book.  

1. I painted the outer cover of the book with gesso.  Takes some patience as it absorbs into the burlap. 
2. Using Glossy Accents glue the fragment to the paper.  Give it about 5 minutes or less then work around the edges to peel some of the paper away.  I had great success with this.
Book 2
It always takes me two books to get all 25 days.
12 Days of Home for the Holidays
I did not host 12 Days of Home for the Holidays this year .... 
because...
I have been super busy this year...
I do this by myself and it had become a huge event ...
I am unsure of of next year, but with some help (if anyone wants to volunteer contact me) .... I would love to pick this back up next year...
I will be adding links to my posts for the next 12 days from the archives for you to visit or just click on the link in the header and you will have a lot to choose from.  

Have a Crafty Day!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

When You Just Can't Throw It Away!

Graphic 45 paper is so detailed with beautiful art that even with the smallest pieces I just can't throw the "scraps" away.  Here is a good example of how you can use those scraps.

My Oldest Granddaughter
My college girl is the one of the bottom of the photo with the cream colored sweater at the Fall Festival. 
(Inspired by Melinda Spinks  at http://thescrapfarm.blogspot.com)
(Name brushed out.)

Older Stash I Used
Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland and Happy Haunting
Tim Holtz idea-ology ... Findings
My Minds Eye chipboard owl
Making Memories rub-on (memories)
K&Company pins
Prima, some of the flowers

I have several  lines of paper where the companies no longer exist.  I can't wait to see how I will use them.

Personal Note
Our family lost our beloved uncle this past Tuesday.  He was an incredibly talented man.  I will miss him.  Please remember Aunt Bammer and his children in your thoughts and prayers.
Leonard Dewayne Thomas

I have also been overwhelmed with crafty requests and Christmas presents.  It is so much fun but sort-of panicked to get it all done.  I can't wait to share it all.

Have a Crafty Day!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sweet Anna Helping Use the Older Halloween Stash

Although Halloween is passed and we are in full swing for Christmas (somehow Thanksgiving has passed many by) I have two more grandgirls' layouts to share with you.

This is Little's Sister (LS) dressed as Anna from Frozen.  She is one little sweetheart.  There was no holding LS back at Boo at the zoo.

Reminder:  I am trying to use up older Halloween stash.

happy
Note this layout was inspired by Debby Standard.

My somewhat older stash that I used...
Graphic 45 Happy Haunting
Core'dinations (foundation)
Fancy Pants ribbon (small piece)
American Craft crochet ribbon
"happy" Making Memories
Prima (just a few are older)

Personal Note
This weekend has been full and fun.  I will start back posting my tags soon.  It is beautiful to have grandgirls.  I went to 4 soccer games, completed two and a half days of a blog hop that has over 100 handcrafted projects, went Christmas Tree shopping, and much more.  Then there was the...
Storybook Ball.
Mary Poppins and Rapunzel
 Have a Crafty Day!


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