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I have been inspired by all of the crafting blogs I have visited. This blog is my way to share items I have crafted, websites I have found, and just about anything that I find interesting. Enjoy...I hope you find something you will like!


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Anniversary Gift

Some wonderful people that I know are celebrating 60 years of Marriage.  Their children and grandchildren hosted an anniversary party for them.  They requested no gifts, but as I was making this card for them,

I realized that they would be receiving a lot of cards from family and friends to acknowledge this Wonderful Anniversary.  That gave me the idea to make what I am calling a "card book".  I took a hardback book that I had for altering and cut out the pages.  I next made a hidden hinge base that I backed with lightweight chipboard for stability and attached to the spine area of the book cover.
I used the measurements of the book pages to cut decorative pages to cover the edges of the hinge and inside of the book.  Next I covered the outside of the book cover with paper, flowers, lace and beading.  After that was done, I attached cardstock to the hinges and then added four hinges to each page to attach cards to so there will be one place to see all of the Anniversary cards they received.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Graduation Gift!

My niece, Kayla, graduated from High School this year.  I knew her favorite color was purple and I wanted to make a keepsake chest or at least somewhere to put items in.  She can use the chest on her desk for office supplies or use it as a jewelry chest or whatever she wants it for.  I talked to my Sister and she said Kayla likes Pirate Chests, so that was the shape I used to make it.

The idea for this chest was inspired by projects designed by Laura Denison and Kathy Orta.

Cutting dimensions for chipboard:

Bottom Box:        2 pieces - 8.5" x 11"
                             1 piece  -   2" x 11"
                             2 pieces -  2" x 8.5"

Bottom Drawer:   1 piece - 8.5" x 10 15/16"
                              1 piece - 11" x 1 7/8"
                              2 pieces - 8.5" x 1 7/8"

Middle Box:        4 pieces - 8.5" x 5.5"
                             4 pieces - 2" x 5.5"
                             1 piece  -  8.5" x 2"

Middle Drawer:   2 pieces - 8.25" x 5.25"
                             2 pieces - 8.5" x  2"
                             4 pieces - 8.25" x 1 5/8"
                             4 pieces - 5.25" x 1 5/8"

Top Section:       2 pieces - 4.25" x 11"
                            2 pieces - 4.25" x 8.5"
                            1 piece  -  8.5" x 11"

Lid:                     2 pieces - 8.5" x 2"
                            2 pieces - 11" x  2"
                            2 pieces - 8 3/8" x  2.25"   - interior pieces to fit into top section
                            2 pieces - 10 7/8" x 2.25"  - interior pieces to fit into top section

Hidden Boxes in Lid:  2 pieces - 8 3/8" x 2"
                                     2 pieces - 8 3/8" x 1.5"

Slats on chest lid:      11 - 12 pieces:  1" x 11 5/16" (approximately) - verify length after lid is built

Pirate chest shape:  Cut 3 pieces.  Picture with dimensions below.

I used construction strips from kraft colored cardstock.  I cut several pages of strips measuring 3/4" x 11" scored at 3/8".  I then used 1/4" score tape to adhere the strips to the chipboard to hold everything together.

The following pictures are what I took as I made the chest:

The first 2 pictures are of the bottom layer of the chest.

The next 5 pictures are how I made the middle layer of the chest.

The next pictures are when I added the bottom 2 layers of the chest to the top layer.

Lining in the bottom drawer, measure for dimensions of patterened paper.  I used Barnyard paper from The Paper Studio.

Starting the "Pirate Chest" lid:

On the lid slats, I covered both sides with patterned paper before adhering to lid.
I started with just the ends in the shape I wanted, but found that the
length was too long for the "wooden slats" across the top, so I added
a middle support.
I also added additional support at the ends that included a
"hidden compartment" of sorts!

Inside view:
For a finishing touch, I cut metallic paper 2.5" x 1.5" (adjust these measurements to your style) scored in the center and then used a corner punch for a bracket look and put 2 brads in each piece.  This idea was Laura Denison's from her
"In Flight" pattern. 

My niece with her Graduation present!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Chain Necklace

I have always loved jewelry, especially earrings!!  The trouble is that I do not wear necklaces and bracelets very much...until the past few years.  My Wonderful Aunt Robin has been giving me some GORGEOUS necklaces and bracelets for my birthday and Christmas and it is just too pretty not to wear!!  And along with loving jewelry, I love to make jewelry even more!  What this is leading up to is that I have been wanting a multi-chain necklace for a while, but did not want to spend the money most of the pretty necklaces cost.  After seeing some chain necklaces this past week, I thought, "I have different types of chain and supplies in my craft room, why don't I try to make what I am wanting?"  So, I did exactly that...and here is the results:

I thought Mr. Piggy made a Great Model for my necklace!! lol  The rest of my pictures have him covered in a white cloth...I did not want him to completely steal the show!!

I wanted some versatility in my necklace, so I made several parts to it.  The first is I used some bracelet connectors on each end of the multi-chain piece.

Next was the behind the neck piece.  I made 2 different lengths so I had a choice of how long I wanted to wear it.

I also wanted to be able to have pendants that I interchanged to match what I was wearing

I like how it turned out and I can make more pendants as I go along or wear just the chain section.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Warrior's Weekend Muster

I have wanted to make this project "In Flight" designed by Laura Denison Designs since I bought it, but put it off as I tend to do.  The Warrior"s Weekend Fundraiser was the perfect reason to make it. The fundraiser is to raise money for the Warrior Weekend event on May 15th-17th for Wounded Warriors.  This project will be auctioned off with all of the other donations.  To find out more about this awesome organization that tries to give back just a little to the Men and Women who have given so much to defend our country, go to:

This is the scrapbook that goes in it: