Sausalito, California

Friday, March 31, 2023

By The Sea Birthday

Today is a high school friend's birthday and she loves the ocean! She is a retired teacher and her vacations are always spend at the ocean. Her birthday card this year is this triple panel pop up card from Mixed up Crafts. I used Graphic 45's By the Sea collection which is always fun to use. I have actually made 3 of these for friend's and family. This card measures 5x7 which is a great size for a card and gives you a lot of space to put your sentiment and, of course, decorate! If you want to make this card just go to youtube and search for Mised up Craft, triple panel pop up card. In my previous post, I mentioned that Sisters Designs is getting ready for another craft fair at the end of April. Pictured below are some projects that I have been working on for the fair.
These rolling pins I bought at Goodwill and decorated them with IOD transfers and the words are done with my Cricut. I love how they came out and I think I am going to sell them but sometimes it is hard to part with my creations! Love them!
Now these bookends were given to me and they were all black. I don't have a before picture (which I wish I did!) but here is the after pictures when I painted them with Waverly mineral chalk paint. It is done with the baking soda technique to give it a more dimensional effect. I added some embellishments such as metal giraffes, cardstock from Graphic 45 and then I did seal it. Love how these came out too. These will be at the craft fair. Because tomorrow is April 1st I better get busy for the fair. I still have a few more things to do!

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Winter Birthdays

Here are a couple of cards that I made for some friends birthdays in the past month.
These polar bears from MFT are the cutest! Love using them for birthday cards and this card is a Z-fold card for a special friend's birthday! This stamp set is great for Christmas cards too.
This card is called a Mountain Fold Card. The tutorial is from Frenchie that I saw on Pinterest. She does a great job explaining it and here is the Graphic 45 Ocean Blue is one of my favorite paper collections and I used it for this card as Lynn is a beach girl! My sisters and I are getting ready for another craft fair in April so I wanted to show you some of the things that I have been working on for the fair. I love finding things from vintage stores and Goodwill to repurpose. Magazine holders is one of my latest passions to repurpose because you can use them for other things than magazines as you will see below. The kitchen isn't the only place you can use them. You can also use them in the bathroom for holding towels or just use them to hold floral arrangements. Wish us luck on our fair next month!

Monday, March 20, 2023

Catching up!

We headed South on February 1st to get some warm weather for a month. We stayed in New Smyrna on the Beach to get some views and walking on their beautiful beach. It was a beautiful week there. We did some cruising to the Bahamas and then headed to North Port to visit my sister and her husband, and lastly we stayed the last week in Kissimmee on a golf course. It was a great vacation-beautiful weather! Here are a bunch of pictures from our travels in Florida!

Monday, January 30, 2023

Flowers & Sailing for Birthdays!

This is a great stamp set from Stampin up called "Sailing Home". I have made this style card quite a few times. I like that you can see the inside of the card because of the acetate. The inside sentiment on the card I found on Pinterest and it was perfect. Happy Birthday Sandy!
This birthday card is for a friend who loves gardening and especially her flowers. Her gardens are beautiful! I have made tent, frame and diorama cards before but this one is called a "3D Collapsible Frame Card". The tutorial can be found on youtube and it is by Iced Images.
Here is a side view of the card which shows that they is plenty of room for your message or sentiment that you need to write. Happy Birthday Eileen!
I took this picture a couple of weeks ago. It was a beautiful sunset from our backyard. It was so gorgeous I wanted to end with a beautiful picture!

Saturday, January 21, 2023

First Birthday Cards for 2023

This style, Triple Stepper card, was the first for me. I have made the double one but not triple. The paper collection is Graphic 45 safari collection. It is another beautiful collection! Happy Birthday Betti!
I took the back of the card before I added gold balloons. But I wanted to show that there is plenty of space for a sentiment and some embellishments. My second card is for a student of my husband's because they share a birthday date (January 20th). She has given Mark a card since she was in 2nd grade and she is not in her 30's. She is a terrific lady with children of her own and now she facetimes with Mark on their shared birthday. I have made this card before but it is so true of Tia! You Rock Tia!
The above picture is the birthday gift I gave to my husband for his birthday. We have been to 13 National Parks and we love Yellowstone! I got this on Etsy and Mark loved it! I framed it and now it is ready for his office wall. Happy Birthday to my dear husband!!

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Angels Watching!

I am so proud of myself! My first Dreaming Tree project that I was able to download and put together! I have made 5 of them! They are so much fun to make! I have seen a bunch of them on Dreaming Tree Facebook page and they are all so beautiful. Love how they like up with just a tealight or little fairy lights work. I have given them away as gifts and also have sold 2 of them. Here are a few more pictures of the ones I have made.
Today is a perfect day to get some things done in the house. Here in the Northeast it is freezing rain with some light snow on and off. We have had snow but not much so far this winter. The rain and warm temperatures have melted the snow and now just waiting for the next snowfall!
It is very pretty looking out the window but glad I don't have to drive in it! Happy New Year everyone!

Thursday, December 29, 2022

2022 Comes to an End!

Here is my first batch of Christmas cards I made to send out this year. The tree is made from my Cricut and the paper collection is from Graphic 45's Warm Wishes which is so pretty! It is an upright Z fold style card. I made a total of 45 Christmas cards but I did do a second style card which I have pictured below. I say this every year, I need to start earlier!!
December started out warm but then got cold and now it is warm again. We went with friends to see Christmas lights at Nyte Walk in Lebanon Maine and they were beautiful! It was the first year for this venue! The owner said that they were inspired by Sandy Hill which is located in Eliot, Maine. Here are some pictures of us having fun!
Lastly, the last birthday card I made for 2022 was for my brother in law. His birthday was on the 18th and he loves coffee! I am again so proud of myself that I used my cricut for his card. The hand holding the coffee cup was the image I made on cricut. Happy Birthday Russ!