Crafts

Summer Shaker Greeting Cards

Card making is a relaxing activity, during a rainy afternoon. I’ve got some really fun summer themed cards planned for today. Grab your scissors and let’s begin!

Besides paper, these are my six must haves, for card making:

  • Paper cutter and/or scissors. My paper cutter is from Michael’s. I use Fiskars micro-tip scissors, that are recommended by the Arthritis Foundation. The spring-action design helps reduce hand strain while cutting. They are definitely pricey, but worth it!
  • Adhesives, such as, Scotch double sided tape or a tape runner. I use Scotch advanced tape glider. It’s a little tricky to set up, but once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to use.
  • Rubber stamps and ink. I really like clear stamps, which are used with transparent stamping blocks. You can achieve more precise images, due to, seeing exactly where you are stamping on the paper. I can never seem to get an image where I want it, when using wood stamps. My preferred black ink is Tsukineko VersaFine. Its great for very detailed stamps! I’m currently using Tim Holtz distress ink in various colors.
  • Ribbon or trim. All colors, designs and textures!
  • Die cutting machine and die cut templates. The die cutting machine I use is a Sizzix Big Kick.

Three useful tips:

  • Instead of cutting cards freehand, from a sheet of card stock, I buy packs of pre-cut and pre-scored cards. It saves me a lot of cutting time, when I’m making a batch of cards. My preferred card sizes are 5 x 7, which is A7 and 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, which is A2. A2 is a popular size, as it’s very easy to make, from folding in half, a standard 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of paper.
  • Choose lighter colors for the inside of the card, where words will be stamped, or written. No one can read writing on heavily deep shades of blue, brown, or purple, even with black pen and ink. I always use white or cream for the base card.
  • Use tape, not glue, to attach paper to paper. Glue is messy and can leave your cards feeling sticky and looking not so pretty. Also, liquid glue will make your paper soggy, (especially thin paper) causing it to tear easily.

Shaker cards have dimensional transparent windows with moveables inside, such as, sequins, beads, rhinestones, glitter, etc.

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Books

Book of the Month-Small Great Things

This months book is written by my all time favorite author, Jodi Picoult. I had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Picoult during her book tour last October, at The King Arts Complex, in Columbus Ohio. She has such a sweet personality. Picoult has twenty-five novels on the New York Times best selling books list. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

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Personal Blog

Celebrating 10 Years with my New Kidney

Today is yet another big milestone in this wonderful blessed life of mine. I’m celebrating ten years of living with my transplanted kidney from my very own mother. My kidney function began slowly declining shortly before my lung transplant in two thousand seven. Doctor’s told me, it was likely I would need a kidney transplant, sometime after receiving lungs. What they didn’t know, is just how soon after I actually needed a kidney. Due to the high doses of anti-rejection medication, following my lung transplant, my kidney function quickly declined drastically and I needed dialysis right almost right away. I went to Cincinnati Children’s hospital for dialysis three times a week for three hours. A short time later, my mom went through several tests and imaging procedures. She was a perfect match! On July second two thousand seven, my life was saved for the second time. Only this time, instead of a stranger, it was my mom! After all the pain and suffering I endured for 5 years, which, seemed like a lifetime to me, I was finally free of visiting the hospital numerous times a week.

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Crafts

Mixed Media Canvas

I had a lot of fun putting together this mixed media canvas, along with the ladies from my bible study group. I enjoy witnessing the unique art pieces each woman creates. We meet every other week to discuss our faith and afterwords we make a low-cost craft. The current book we are studying from is called, Mind-Body-Soul Sisters. I’m blessed to be able to share my talents with this wonderful group of Godly women.

Suggested Supplies List:

White canvas. Any size.

Paint

Decorative scrapbook paper

Used magazines

Ribbon and lace

Beads and charms

Artificial flower embellishments

Rhinestones

Stickers

Rubber stamps

Mixed media is when you use a variety of materials, to make one piece of art. It’s a combination of several different media’s, whether its paint, beads and ribbon, or flowers, lace and rhinestones. You can really let your imagination run wild with mixed media! There is no right or wrong way to make this.

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Crafts

Summer Lantern Jars

Celebrate summer, with these glowing creations! When I first saw this project on Pinterest, I knew instantly I had to try it. I LOVE fairies! This craft can be made with other die cut shapes besides fairies, such as, flowers or animals. I couldn’t find any fairy die cut cartridges for my Sizzix Big Kick machine, so, I bought a batch on E-bay from seller EJ.

Supplies List:

Smooth Glass Jar

Black Die Cuts

White Tissue Paper

Mod Podge

Clear Glitter

Flameless Candle or LED lights

Greenery (optional)

Embellishments (optional)

Charms (optional)

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