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Saturday, May 23, 2015


Oh how I love rivers!  They are so tranquil............

And by the way, The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks, is a WONDERFUL book.

Have a serene Saturday!

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Saturday, May 16, 2015


Oh for the love of books........ some of my favorite things............. they take me away to another world....... I can hide in them if I need a little peace and calm in my life..........

The love of learning......
.....the sequestered nooks......
And all the sweet serenity....
of books.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~ 

I hope you manage to find a little bit of serenity in your day today.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015


Here are some photos I took a couple of years ago at a place by Silver Lake, Oregon, called "The Cowboy Dinner Tree". What a wonderful place!... and when you go there to eat your dinner in an old building shack that was probably erected over a hundred years ago, with one bare hanging lightbulb, with your hefty steak cooked over an outdoor grill sitting on the really old wood table, your feet resting on the aged and worn plank floor, you will step back in time about 125 years....the perfect place to find some serenity........

From days gone by.

Natural 'wildflowers".

Ready to mount up.

Who cooked here?

This says it all! Slow Down!
I'm usually a woman of MANY words........... I thought I'd try each Saturday to be a woman of few words.

“Go in the direction of where your peace is coming from.”
~C. Joybell C.~

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Chance to win $100 Visa gift card!

The CottageI'm giving a "shout-out" today to Claudia at  Mockingbird Hill Cottage. I love love love her blog! Since she posts every day, it's like receiving a letter from my friend every morning. She chats about her everyday (very busy) life, her flowers and garden, her little cottage and farm in Connecticut (pictured at the right), her hubby (who by the way writes and plays awesome music!), her work, her stitching, and her beloved books.

I urge you to take a little sojourn over to Claudia's blog post yesterday (May 4, 2015) right here, as she is offering up the chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card sponsored by Blogher! Hip hip horray! Love it! 

Just make a comment on her May 4 blog post, do a tweet about her blog post, or post on your own blog (like I'm doing), to be entered to win.

You'll really enjoy getting to know Claudia.

Who doesn't like free stuff??  FREE IS A GOOD THING! .

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Saturday, May 2, 2015


Our first visitor of the Spring! She stayed in our yard all day! I suspect she's going to have her baby here.
My first pansies that I planted this spring! with a little bit of colorizing.

I'm usually a woman of MANY words........... I thought I'd try each Saturday to be a woman of few words.

I'm a woman of very
few words,
lots of action.
Mae West

Friday, May 1, 2015

Fun criss cross card-15 min. cards #3.

Hi everyone and HAPPY MAY DAY!  I've been having so much fun lately making some unique cards and mini photobooks. First, I want to show you a neat little QUICK 6x6 pocket card, called a "criss cross" card, that I found on YouTube. I'll put the link to the video below.

Couldn't resist using this flip flop paper for my friend who loves her summers at the beach!
My post here is not really a tutorial.... I was remiss in not taking pictures as I went along! The video tutorial by Tracylovestoscrap (on YouTube) is really good, short, quick and easy! The card can be made in 10-12 minutes and it only takes a couple of sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 (for A2 card) or 12x12 paper (for 6x6 card). Her video was only 7 minutes long!

This is Tracy's card from Tracylovestoscrap. The two tags on top are BEHIND this criss cross card which is on one of her mini album pages. The two tags with ribbon are NOT part of the criss cross card.  I love her little "lace" belly band!
There are several other criss cross card tutorials out there on YouTube, but I found this one the simplest to follow. (See the end of my post for another link to a criss cross card made without much cutting).

Tracy's card is a standard A2 (4-1/4" x 5-1/2") card. I upsized mine to 6x6 and made my own custom envelope for it.

For my card, you start with a sheet of 12x12 cardstock and cut it in half. Then score each piece at 6 inches. Fold, so that you have two 6x6 cards with the fold at the left on one, a fold on the right on the other one.  Continue on with Tracy's video and she'll show you how to cut the triangles and glue the designer paper on.

Here's what the card looks like after you've joined the two cards together and cut the triangles on each side, to form the pocket.

Tracy's card after 2 cards are joined and the triangles cut on each side (very easy!)
You need one 6x6 double-sided piece of designer paper for my card, that you cut into two triangles.... or if you are making an A2 card you'll need one 4-1/4 x 5-1/2" double-sided piece. If your paper is only one-sided, then you need two pieces. Tracy's video explains it very clearly.

If you want to put another piece of designer paper underneath the pockets, you can as shown on Tracy's card (teal paper).

When your pocket is made, then you can put a tag inside with your sentiment on it. I made my tag out of the dark blue cardstock and then matted it with a pretty coordinating paper on the back (you could mount a photo here). The sentiment is on some white cardstock. I found a sentiment online that I liked... with the subject of flip flops!  I used Microsoft Word to type the sentiment, then found some flip flops in their clip art..inserted it right below the sentiment, printed it, and then cut it out and glued it to the cardstock.

See my jazzy striped paper behind the pockets?

This is the back of the tag that goes inside the pocket. I made a little top tab with a 1-1/2" square piece of paper folded in half.
In close ups of the front of my card, you'll see a little flower I made with a new flower punch I got, and a tiny seed packet picture (popped up) and a little sheet music picture to the left. I find most of my cute little vintage images on Sweetly Scrapped or Shabby Beautiful. Alot are free and they both have shops with some that you can purchase.

As the final touch, I put three packets of "real" flower seeds in the pocket! I used seed packets to match the paper.

I was quite pleased with this project, and am sure I'll make many more of these sweet criss cross cards. 

Here's one more link to another criss card card I made about a year ago (I totally forgot about this one!) - The Frugal Crafter Criss Cross card tutorial. Her card uses one sheet of 12x12 paper and is mostly folds without the cutting. Here's the card I made last year using her tutorial. Same concept, just a little different.

Please let me know if you want a pictorial tutorial on this criss cross card.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Card holder folder (quick!) and one sheet wonder cards.

I'm doing a quick(????) post today (well I originally thought it would be quick) on an easy greeting card holder folder using one sheet of 12x12 paper..... and I mean, it's VERY fast to make! I've been needing a few folders for the many cards I've made that are sprawling all over my craft room. (Note: if you scroll on down, there are some photos of my SUPER FAST one sheet wonder cards, and a link to the YouTube video I got the idea from).

I absolutely LOVE this paper! I got it on sale at Tuesday Morning for $2.99. It was a pack of 24 of the same sheets (two sided even!) with all sorts of words on it.....  denoting travel and road trips. I just loved the colors and that's why I bought it!


Here's the inside of the card holder folder. It can hold 4-5 cards and envelopes on each side and uses one 12x12 sheet of designer paper:

You score your 12x12 sheet of two sided design paper (heavy duty is best) at 5-7/8" and then again at 6-1/8". This makes a little 1/4" gusset down the middle. To make the pockets, score at about 7 to 7-1/2" down from the top, and then make about a 1" score at the very bottom to make the little fold-over at the top of the pocket. (I didn't really make this a tutorial, so didn't take photos as I worked, but see below for a video you can watch that IS a tutorial).

On the inside, I cut a diagonal cut from the pocket by the gusset (see above photo), out about 3/4", so that when the folder closes, the flaps don't hit the fold line. May May didn't do this, but I had seen it done on other videos, and thought it would work well. The inside pockets by the gusset are left unglued, but I glued the outside pockets down with a thin line of wet glue.

I used some stretch lace to tie the folder closed - very easy.
I pretty much exactly followed a video from May May Made It Crafts on YouTube here. She glued two pieces of one sided paper together to get her two-sided paper, but I liked just using a fairly heavy two-sided paper. She also didn't put the gusset in hers, but I did, as wanted to hold 4 or 5 cards and their envelopes on each side. It works great! Go check out her tutorial. My post isn't really a tutorial, so if you want instructions on how to make these (easy) folders, please check out May May's video. I checked out several other videos, but most were more involved and I wanted something simple.

This folder could be taller for larger cards, with a smaller pocket if you wanted to. You could also put little envelopes on the inside pockets, that could hold your postage stamps.

I made two folders. One holds "greetings" cards and "just a note" cards, and the other holds "thank you" cards and "thinking of you" cards. I made little labels for the folders, so I'd know which cards are in which folder.


What precipitated me making these folders (which I've wanted to do for some time now) was my making of TWENTY (yes 20!) one sheet wonder cards, using this same pretty paper! I'll show my cards below. I followed a tutorial from Brenda Quintana on YouTube here. She made (20) 3-1/2 x 5 inch notecards using one sheet of 12x12 paper for all of the strips and rectangles that decorate the cards (thus "One Sheet Wonder" cards). 

I wanted full-sized A2 cards, so I just decorated a 3-1/2" x 5" piece of some pretty peach or dark blue paper like her notecards, and then glued it onto my regular sized A2 card (using some cards and envelopes that were pre-made).

Here are my cards. I basically followed Brenda's tutorial, but changed things up a little bit, by using my little squares in different ways. I didn't have a flower punch, so I actually stamped my flowers on cream paper, then fussy cut them out. Yes.. I know... its a slow way to go. I would love to have a nice flower punch and stamps to match (like Brenda used in her video).

The template is free from Brenda Quintana, on how to cut out the strips and rectangles. You get enough strips and rectangles for 20 cards! My photos are fairly self-explanatory. I used either dark blue or peach (also on sale at Tuesday Morning!) for the 3-1/2" x 5" "matt".. then put a strip or rectangle on top at various placements. Stamp your sentiments right onto the matt, or on cream cardstock and glue them on.

Since I didn't have my white pigment ink with me (I'm house sitting at my sister's house), I tried my hand at using a white gel pen to write "Thanks" (above card). Is kind of funky, but oh well, was fun!

No white pigment ink, so I stamped on cream cardstock (above). I would rather have stamped right onto the blue but as I said, no white pigment ink!

I didn't "vintage up" my cards like I usually do, by inking and distressing the edges..... and NO embellishments added other than a little gem in the middle of a flower here and there. I just wanted something simple and easy to mail.

This was a fun project. I've done one other set of One Sheet Wonder cards that you can view on my blog HERE, but they were more involved. I liked how fast this set of 20 went together!

Have a fun crafty day!

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