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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bowling Birthday


My husband turned 65 this month!  We are celebrating his birthday with family tonight.  At the beginning of summer, we decided to take up bowling.  Mostly, because our kids took us at the holidays and we realized we really stunk at it since our Grandsons beat us !!!  So we decided we should take it up and practice so we could beat them!  We are having so much fun and we are a little better at it but I still don't think we are ready to beat anybody!


My sister and her husband come with us and that makes it fun too!  We even bought bowling shoes!  Hubby wants to buy his own ball but we haven't done that yet.   I did see one that had glitter in it!  How cool is that?!!

I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest.  But when I went to go link it so you could see hers too-  it is no where to be found.  If I can find it- I will be sure to give them credit!!


Can you believe it is almost September already?!  Today we went to Brunswick Maine's sidewalk Art Festival.  We try to go every year and this year is really felt bigger.  It has taken over the whole downtown.

Tom loved the hand carved fish!  This guy is really an artist - they looked so real!



I love looking at all the art work.  Really humbles you to see so many creative people.  The woman below was just painting out side of her tent.  Me..if I could paint.... I have to think it over ...mull over colors.... and then it would take me all day to even put on one brush stroke.   I loved this woman's creative energy!


This is her work below... 



This gentleman was carving right inside his tent.  Everything was beautiful!


The tents below are only one side of the street.  Thank goodness it did not rain while we were there.  It even felt like it might clear and be sunny!


There were several groups of musicians on both sides of the street.  It really makes the event festive to have music playing.  This group had a sort of Irish sound.   We saw a lot of creative people and their work.   I am feeling inspired to go work in my craft room.  Have a fabulous day!




Sunday, August 13, 2017

Beach Hut Birthday



I have made another U Fold Box Card for my sister's birthday!  I can't seem to get enough of these fun cards!  I love anything that has to do with the beach / ocean so this card was easy to make.  I was inspired by some of the beach huts I saw on Pinterest.  

The roof was interesting to make since it required putting it together before I added it to the card.  It's supposed to be like the roof of a porch.  The card can still close for mailing.  You lift the seat and collapse the card and it can be mailed in a 5 1/2 x 8 inch envelope that I made with my Envelope punch board.


My Beach Hut has windows in it too- which you can see from the back.  You have plenty of room for your sentiment - with a few buoys sprinkled here and there. 



Here is a better view of the roof.  I hope my sister likes the beach theme! 

It has been busy around here!  Our Grandson, Ezra, came to visit from the island.  We took him to the Topsham Fair and the next day we went to Old Orchard beach and played Mini Golf.  We really did have fun!  Here are a few pictures of the last few days.  Ezra has gone home but I am still resting up from all that fun!

Mini golf

Grape SnoCone

Bumper Cars!





Saturday, August 5, 2017

Cupcake Throne Birthday

Just a quick post to show you that I have been working in my craft room.  The weather has been so nice it's hard to stay inside!!  I made this Cupcake Throne for a former co-worker's birthday.  I have made these before but I love how cute they are and how easy they are to make!



The back gives you plenty of space to add your sentiment.  There are several tutorials on Pinterest- here is one that you could use to make your box. 




The picture above shows the throne with a cupcake in it!  Very regal!  I used Stampin Up's Birthday Blasts die to make the back.  I love those balloons!  I am working feverishly in my Craft room since August seems to be full of family birthday's!  I will post some more photos soon!   Enjoy August - this month is flying by- It will be September before you know it!!


Monday, July 24, 2017

Piano U Fold Box Birthday Card


I am working in my Craft room today!  It's cloudy and rainy and a great day to stay inside and play!  In my last post, I had made a U Fold Box Card into a kitchen theme for my sister's birthday.    I was trying to come up with more ideas for this fun card and a Piano popped into my head.  I made this card with no one in particular in mind so I haven't added a sentiment but it will be ready when I need it! 


I used several dies to make this card.  The windows were made with a Memory Box die along with the Piano keys ( I cut them down a bit).  The back of the piano is made with a Tim Holtz die ( cut down a bit).  I used an Impression Obsession die for the cats!  The flowers in the windows are from Stampin up- the new Bike Ride Stamps/Dies.  The Greenery in the pots are from Memory Box too!



This technique is fun because it has a 3 D look to the card.  Once you push the piano keys down - it locks the card in place!


I love the fact that it will collapse and can be mailed to someone!  You just have to lift up the piano keys and flatten it.  


I haven't completed the back but there is plenty of room to add your sentiment and more decorations!  I think I will let the cats travel to the back too!  If you want to go to the link with the tutorial- check out my last post.

The only change I made to my card is the height.  I made my card 5 inches tall just to get more room for the Happy Birthday and the windows.   I am working on another  U Fold Box card and will share it once it is finished.  Happy Crafting!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

U Fold Box Birthday Card


Our youngest sister's birthday is this weekend! I have been looking for a different type of card to make for her and came across a tutorial for the U- Fold Box Card on Pinterest!  I just love it!   I was able to use my stamps/dies from My Favorite Things-Recipe for Happiness.  That would be the Chef along with some of the utensils.  I also used the stamps from Lawn Fawn- Sprinkled with Joy-  the oven along with some jars.  



I did make the oven larger by cutting the oven and mounting it on white cardstock.  The stove I made using some paper clips I had and adhering them with Crystal Effects.  Oh, I made the Chef taller by cutting longer legs for  him....

Check out Tammy's great tutorial!  I love how she made this into a tool bench and dressing table!  So cute!

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/48835977192938276/



The card box does lie flat as you can see from the picture below.  The recipient just has to push the stove top down to form the oven.




Lastly,  here are a couple of pictures of the back of the card.  Plenty of room to decorate.  I used some stickers I had in my stash to finish off the card.  I think I may make another one but I am trying to think what else I could do for a scene.   Hmmm..... barbeque? 







Hope your day is fun!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

More Saucy!


Wow!  It seems like forever since I last posted anything to my blog!  I wanted to show you what I have been up to since my last post.   I am working on another "Saucy" Album!  You might remember that I shared a link to Country Craft Creations site last month.  I joined thru Facebook to get access to all their wonderful tutorials - and they are free!  There is a site called "Coffee Talk Creations"- and this site has a Shop Now button that takes you to where you can purchase some of the items in their videos.   For example, I did buy the Art Glitter Glue and I just love the stuff! 
Here is that link-




I followed Tamra's instruction but did change a couple of things.  Instead of the pocket on the right side of the album- I made a Waterfall! 



On the left side of the album- I didn't do the pockets that Tamra made- I made a flip out booklet.  Once I have completed my album - I will post more pictures.  I am using Graphic 45's Precious Memories collections.  I am also using some of the Mother Goose Collection from Graphic 45.  Love both of these wonderful collections!


I haven't been spending all my time in my Craft Room.  I went a couple of times and picked strawberries!  I froze a bunch but we had strawberry shortcake many times - we actually got tired of eating strawberries.  Now, I am waiting to hear that the raspberries are ready to be picked at our local Pick your own farm!


My husband and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary on July 2nd!  I can't believe how fast the years have sped by!!   He is such a sweetie and brought me some roses to surprise me! 


I have made it a goal to try and take a walk for at least 30 minutes every day- weather permitting.  Yesterday, I made it to 45 minutes and discovered that Topsham has a little park just down the road from us.  It is small but a very  pretty park.  They do have a little building that has a couple of picnic tables so you can have a lunch there.  I just loved it!   I have included a couple of pictures I took of this scenic little park. 






Sorry for the long post!  July has been very busy and the rest of the month is going to fill up fast.    Since I retired in March- it has been like a whirlwind.  I have really had fun doing things that I never had time for before!  I am looking forward to enjoying the rest of the summer season!  Hope everyone is having a great summer!



Sunday, June 25, 2017

Alice in Wonderland Accordion Mini Album


Yup, I made another Accordion Mini Album!  I love these things!  So easy to make and really holds lots of pictures!  I will be giving this one away.  I do love the colors!  I didn't decorate the front or back that much.  I really love the paper on it's own.  Kim's instructions are great!   Here is the link to Kim's instructions -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nh_6tga1_Bs&t=2388s




I did a little video so I could show you all the inserts-







So many quotes from Alice in Wonderland make it a perfect album for a Bride to Be!



Some of the paper is from Graphic 45 but it was with the Halloween theme.  Most of the paper seemed quite dark and I didn't want it to have a solemn feel.  I used a bunch of paper from my stash and some I got from the internet! 



I do hope the recipient will like it!  I am sure I will be making more of these fun albums!  We went to the island (North Haven) last weekend with my sister and her husband and my hubby.   I wanted to share just a few pictures.  The weather was perfect!  The picture below is the harbor at North Haven.   I love the view as the ferry gets ready to dock.


This year, the island is full of Lupine!  So beautiful!


We did visit several farms to see their gardens.  I love the Alium.  I think that is how you spell it?  It is such an unusual flower.


We had lunch at the Landing on the deck.  What a perfect day to sit outside.  The Landing is right across from the Ferry terminal.  The food was excellent!  The picture below is my daughter, Callie and my twin sister, Connie.  I think the guys are getting our food.

  All in all, it was a fun day!  It takes about an hour to come across from Rockland but really worth the trip!  Sorry for the long post!   My summer is starting out fun!   Hope yours is too!