My Christmas Cards

Hello friends,

It has been a long time.  I got so busy with Christmas (part of the reason was making over 60 Christmas cards).  Finally had a wonderful Christmas and everything important fell into place.  Then we helped our middle son move to Virginia Beach with his family and took our youngest back to NC.  Now I am trying to start a new life with just my husband and I.  Can’t say that I am very prepared.

So….I bought a stamp set from Stampin’ Up.  I was going to make it all about a beachy Christmas.  I always have bought a Jesus centered Christmas card but just once I wanted to focus on how it can be ok to have seashells instead of snowflakes (I have really missed the snowflakes that I grew up with).

I found an idea on Pinterest that I liked but I had already bought some papers to use so it was a little different.

Here is the Pinterest idea that I found:

Pinterest idea that I found – not mine.

Here is the first cards that I made.

My first attempts of the Christmas cards looked like this.

I liked this but it took a lot of time because of the coloring of the tree.  I was getting frustrated because Christmas was quickly approaching.

I then did another try using a teal paper with a white stamp for the tree.  I was using a white card to start the layering process.  I liked what I did but I accidentally found something quicker that popped more.  That is what I did the last 1/2 of my cards with (give or take).  I intended to buy aqua envelopes and I accidentally bought aqua cards.  I ended up using them and saved myself a lot of time cutting and folding cards.  Normally it isn’t a big deal but I was under a time crunch and I was making a lot.

This is what the rest of my cards looked like.

2017 Christmas card.

I like this version the best.  I do like how the Pinterest card had another layer on the tag.  It would have taken quite a bit of time to add that touch.

On the inside it was stamped, “Have yourself a beachy little Christmas.”

I added a pic of Brad, Tim, and I at a buoy that had washed up on Hilton Head during the hurricane this year.  It is no longer there but it was a photo op for several weeks.

What the hurricane washed up.

So…I hope your Christmas and New Year was/is wonderful!

God bless you and yours – abundantly!

Origami Flowers

Hello friends,

It has been awhile since I have been on here.  I have had Thanksgiving, helping my son move, and getting things ready for Christmas (still so much to do – I am making my own Christmas cards this year so that Is taking a lot of time.  I will show them after everyone receives theirs.  I really like them.).

This post shows pictures from my friend’s daughter’s wedding.  While I was there last time we helped make some flowers using paper (origami).  She used what we made and made more and created some awesome bouquets and center pieces for her daughter’s wedding.

Jessi is holding her paper flower bouquet (and her dad’s arm). Great family!  So beautiful (and handsome)!

One of the tables with the centerpieces made using the origami flowers.

We made a YouTube video of us making the flowers.  I will link it below and you can learn to make the flowers if you are interested.

That is all for the day!  Thanks, Terri, for sending the pictures (and for putting up with me and my video making)!  Congratulations, Jessi!

God bless you all!


Sewing Table Re-do


We survived Irma.  We evacuated to Atlanta and the tropical storm Irma followed us there.  But we had a great visit with family.

Before we left for our great adventure, my husband and I (mostly my husband) refinished an old sewing cabinet.  He got it from Good Will.

Seas the day!

Shine on!

The table was sanded and painted.  What I wanted to show you was the Cricut designs that we added at the end.  So cool!  We are just starting to work with Cricut vinyl.  I put numbers on my mailbox.  My sister in law decorated some walls in a Sunday school room at church.  We are having fun with this.  I think I am going to put something on my front door for fall.  I will post.

On the first side (Seas the day) I am going to add another sand dollar.  On the other side (Shine on) I am thinking of adding light beams.

Fun, fun!

God bless!


Tropical Cards

Hola friends,

Have a couple of tropical cards that I made at the card making class that I have been attending.  Since we live close to the ocean I love to make cards/scrapbook using a beachy theme.

Flamingo fun!

Love all the different papers on this card.  The flamingo was die cut.  Besides die cuts, punches were used.  The hardest part of making this card was removing the image from the rest of the paper once it was die cut.  The flamingo has some very delicate pieces of paper.  After getting all the pieces cut and punched the next step is to start gluing.  I glued the flamingo together before gluing it to the card.  I used a glue that I bought from Stampin’ Up.  It is actually called Fine Tipped Glue and it really helps with small items like this.  I glued everything on but the “sun-kissed greeting”.  I had to stamp that before I glued.  After that I added Wink of Stella (a glitter glue) to the wing of the flamingo and to the sun.  I chose a clear so that it just made it shiny.  Love this card.  Actually mailed it yesterday to my sister-in-law for her birthday.  🙂


First I stamped the starfish with two different ink colors.  Then, I fussy cut around the stamped area.  I used an aqua pen and painted ink onto the watercolor paper square to make it look like water.  After it dried, I attached the aqua color paper to the card.  I then attached the fine netting (using small pieces of glue dots) to the card.  I attached the starfish to the netting (I made sure any obvious pieces of glue dots were covered with the starfish).  Then to finish the image I added the pearls.  Last but not least, I stamped the greeting.  Love this card!

That is all for today.  Hope to inspire you to be creative!

God bless!

Birthday Wishes

Hi friends,

Getting more cards ready for birthdays of friends and family.  I don’t send many other cards.  Sometimes there will be a graduation, get well, or thank you card but usually it is a birthday one that gets sent.

I have been going to a card class.  The teacher will sometimes vary from the birthday theme.  Another one of the “students” started replacing the “thank you” stamp with a “happy birthday” one because she is a lot like me.  She sends out a lot of birthday cards.  🙂  Over the weekend I went to Hobby Lobby and bought me a couple of birthday stamps so that I can do the same thing.  No use making a card if it might not get used.  This will guarantee that my time was well spent.

A more difficult card.

This card had a lot of steps and a few will take me some time to get use to.  First we inked up a brayer (a roller that we put ink on) with three colors of ink and rolled it over the embossing folder (the part of the folder that makes the design).  Then we carefully placed the aqua paper into the folder and ran it through the machine.  It really turned out cool!  Then we adhered the ribbon to the back side of the aqua paper and attached it to the card.

The next step is a little more difficult and I just need to stamp more to get use to it.  I used a shiny, slippery paper that is great for watercolor inks.  Using a water brush I inked up the bottom of the paper with the rosy ink and the top with the aqua ink.   I then stamped it with the bottom of the ocean stamp using embossing ink.  I  then sprinkled on the embossing glitter and used the heat gun to make it shine.  Love the transition part of using a heat gun!  I then covered the “bottom of the ocean” with sticky notes (called masking) and then stamped on the ocean plants and the message.  I stamped the mermaid onto another piece of the slippery paper using the embossing ink.  I sprinkled and heated her to make her shine.  I had water in my water brush.  I brushed it onto the ink I wanted to use and colored the mermaids hair, body and tail.  I made sure to brush all of the ink out of the water brush when changing colors of ink.The mermaid then was attached to the card.  The last step was adding a few sequins for bling. The message stamp got a little smeared (slippery paper) but I will get use to using it because my friend and I ordered some to share.  🙂

Thinking of you card.

The next card was much easier and it is getting me much needed practice stamping.  So, first you cut out all of your layers of paper.  Then you adhere the reddish papers to the card.  Then stamp the white card with the green grass, then the tree base, and finally the tree flowers.  The tree flowers are actually stamped three times.  Once with the darker color which stands out more.  Then two times with the lighter pinkish color.  With the lighter color the stamp is turned slightly to the left the first time and then slightly to the right with the second stamp.  Finally, stamp the swing.  It was a little difficult to position but it turned out great.  Some people added two swings on the same side or one on each side.  I just stuck with the single swing.  By this time in the class I was starting to wear out and decided to leave it like it was since it was ok.  🙂  The  last stamp I did was the wording.  I rubbed my finger over it (I don’t know why) and it smeared a bit.  To make it less obvious I I used a light coating of glitter glue on it.  Then a rhinestone was attached to each side of the words.  I added a little glitter glue around those, too.

That is all for the day.  More card making later.  So much crafting to do!

God bless!

Card Fun

Hi friends,

A few more cards are complete.  I am a card sender.  I always have enjoyed the written word.  I don’t think I will typically make several of the same cards but I am enjoying making cards.  I always buy them so I am probably saving money by making them – I know that I am not losing money because cards are expensive.  And these are SO cute!

Simple Happy birthday card.

This card has a lot of layered papers, a doily, a stamped and inked edged oval, and a few rhinestones.  Very simple to make but very pretty.

Another simple card.

The bottom sheet of paper was put into an embossing folder and ran through the embossing machine to create the textured background.

The flower and leaves were stamped and cut with a die cutting machine.  It could also be stamped and cut out by hand.  Papers were layered (one was stamped) and a ribbon was added.  Once the flower was adhered to the paper a pretty jewel was added to make it shine.

Pretty butterfly card.

First the background paper was ran through an embossing machine.  It was then stamped on the bottom (where there wasn’t any texture added).  Pretty tags were made and adhered to the card.  Finally, butterflies were cut with a die cut machine.  I adhered them along their middle to the card and then lifted them up on the sides a bit.  I added three enamel dots and then decided to decorate them with a little glitter glue.  Well….it went a little crazy.  I ended up spreading it around and made it look intentional.

Aren’t they sweet?  I am enjoying sending these cards to friends and loved ones!

God bless!

Wreath Fun with the Grandkids

Hi friends,

The summer is quickly coming to a close and I had been promising Abby that I would make a shell wreath with her for a long time.  My hubby and I were at the Savannah Hobby Lobby and I bought 3 wreaths.  Two medium ones and a large one.  They were straw wreaths.  If Abby and I were going to make a wreath I knew that Matthew would want to participate.

First, Matthew’s:

Matthew with his shell wreath.

I had two long strips of wide ribbon.  One white and one blue.  Matthew chose blue.  I pulled out the hot glue gun and wrapped and glued and found that I didn’t have near enough ribbon.  I had an idea that it might be a little short but not as much as it was.  I had a flower arrangement that I broke a few months ago.  (I posted about it in “other crafts”).  It had a lot of burlap picks around the edges.  I took the pics and poked and glued them into the wreath.  I think it made the wreath more masculine, too.  Win, win.  I then decided to go all out burlap and wrapped burlap ribbon around the blue ribbon.  Finally I glued on the shells.  I used the brown (tan) shells to go with the burlap theme – and Matthew like them a lot.   I was pleased and so was Matthew.

Next, Abby’s:

Abby’s finished wreath.

Abby got the white ribbon but she really wanted pink.  I wrapped and wrapped just like I did with Matthew’s wreath and with the same results.  It was too short (which by this time I knew it would be).  I used the flowers (that were pink) from the same broken arrangement and cut down the stems, poked them, and glued them into the wreath.  I put the large  ones on top and surrounded them with the smaller ones.  I even added the three butterflies that were on the broken arrangement.  I then wrapped a dark pink ribbon and a light pink ribbon on top of the white ribbon.  Finally, I glued on the shells.  She was very happy with the wreath.

As you have probably noticed, I did most of the work.  They did a lot of picking out of ribbons, shells, and accessories.  I was too afraid to let them help much past that because almost everything involved hot glue.  My fingers suffered.  🙁

Finally, my wreath:

My shell wreath.

I had bought two rolls of extra wide ribbon so I knew that I would have enough for my wreath.  I did, but just barely.  I wrapped and glued.  I then wrapped the burlap ribbon and glued.  Finally, I wrapped some aqua rope and glued.  I then glued on shells and a bow.  Mine was the easiest.  That was because I didn’t run out of supplies that I was counting on.  That being said, I think the kids’ wreaths were more creative since I ran out of the wide ribbon.  Improvise!

Years ago I made a shell wreath and covered the entire wreath with shells.  They were layered and layered on.  I added pearls and ribbon after layering the shells.  I loved it!  It lasted for years and many moves.  I wish that I had a picture of it.  The only problem with it was it was VERY heavy.  On this wreath I decided to use shells that I found that were bigger.  I decided to showcase them and not just pile and pile.  I was hoping to make it lighter, too.  A totally different wreath resulted.  I love this new one, too.

That is all for today!

God bless all of you!


More Cards (Taking Classes are Fun!)

Hey, y’all!

Went to another card class and made three more cards.  Found a new technique that I want to try (after I get a supply or two).

Pretty card with the new technique.

If you notice the background of the white cardstock it has shiny flowers on it.  How this is accomplished is by using embossing paste and a stencil.  You rub the paste across the stencil and then about 1 hour and 45 minutes later you use the embossing gun on it.  This was done at a class.  I have stencils at home but I need to get some embossing paste.  Really want to try this on a layout.

Cute and easy.

Bicycle paper on the left.  Bicycle stamp on the right.  Add paper and a few jewels and wallah!  Cute!

Very cute but I need to wait until Christmas to get a tool to make this at home.

The blue paper on the card is made by running the paper through a machine (like a Big Shot) to add different images – in this case bicycles.

The tag was punched and a brad was added.  The words were stamped and embossed with embossing powder and a heat gun.

Cute stamped image that was colored in with markers.  Jewels and sequins were added.  I think this is my favorite because I love bicycles.

That is it for today.

Hope to see you again tomorrow!

God bless!


Hi guys!

I am trying to meet other crafters in my community so I started going to a card making class.  It is usually once a month for two hours.  Occasionally it is all day on a Saturday.  It is put on by a lady who sales Stampin’ Up! supplies.  Here are the cards that I made.

The cards from my first card making class.

You use stamps, a die cutting machine (or you could cut your stamped items by hand), cardstock to make the cards out of, different adhesives, decorative paper, embellishments (like jewels and enamel dots), and ribbon.  We started off with easy cards and then we will add in complexity.  I thought I might add a few techniques to my scrapbooking skills.

It is a lot of fun, I am meeting new people, and I leave with new cards to send to friends and family.

Win, win!

God bless!

Creating Origami Flowers

HI friends,

I was gone a LONG time on vacation (to see family and friends) and then a friend returned with me and I showed her my area of the country.  It was a great time but I am excited to be back.

While I was gone my friends and I made some flowers out of paper for my friend’s daughter’s wedding.  They are going to make the bouquets and centerpieces out of these flowers.  I am going to show you a couple of pictures of the finished flowers (not bouquets or centerpieces – I will post them after the wedding).  I am also posting a YouTube video link so you can see how they were made.

A few petals put together into complete flowers.

Several flowers completed ready to be made into centerpieces.

see Youtube Video

I am looking forward to getting back on track and doing some fun scrapbooking and a few other crafts mixed in.

Hope to see you tomorrow!

God bless!