Monday, December 2, 2019

T Stands For 44 Post It Note Holders

II Cor 3:18 "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the spirit of the Lord."

Hello cyber friends!  Did you cyber  shop today?  I cyber shopped last night. I guess we are headed towards Christmas!   But I wanted to share my Thanksgiving decorations before I took them down and we start Christmas!

In the background you can see I already am displaying our first Christmas cards.  We have already received 4, only one showing.

Now on to Christmas!  I have been making Post it note holders using this tutorial, by Lea Denton.
I made 44 of them with magnetic closures.  Our Ladies' Ministries  will add them to our Christmas baskets for our shut ins.  The baskets will also include, soft socks, hot chocolate mix, teas, puzzle books, fruit and baked goods.  I will try to include a photo of the baskets after we make them up in a couple of weeks.

Here are the Post it Note Holders:

I  learned a few things making them.  It took me to 10 of them, to have the process perfected.  I used lots of paper stash.  The biggest decision was matching printed paper to a solid color paper.
At first I used flowers like in the tutorial for the fronts, but the last half, I used a SU! die, and stamped a sentiment. Then I got the idea to add buttons.  I have a ton of those.  Anyway it was a fun process, and kept me busy for several days.  Oh, and matching up the magnets, was fun. LOL

I am a little late getting this post, as I was at a ladies potluck at our church tonight. In fact I took photos so I would have an entry ticket to our T Party; T Stands For Tuesday over at Bleubeard's & Elizabeth's Altered Book Lover.  We just post a drink related post and link to her post.  A big T party!
You are welcome to join us!

Here are photo of our decorations. I don't have anything to do with the decorations, but one of our ladies does a beautiful job.  And, Elizabeth, this first one is for you!

That is my 3 layer Christmas jello at the main food table.

My Tea at the bottom.

The drink station.

Happy T Day!  Thank you for stopping by.

Monday, November 25, 2019

T Stands For Thanksgiving

Psalm 103
"A Psalm of David.
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul:
and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;
who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;
so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's."

Psalm 68:19 "Blessed be the Lord,
who daily loadeth us with benefits,
even the God of our salvation. Selah"

"Count your blessings, name them one by one. 
 Count your many blessings, see what God hath done"

I love that song, and those verses.  Wonderful to remember for Thanksgiving.  I am late getting started and have a lot to cover today.  I showed you last week, two of my projects for Falliday Fest Challenges at SplitcoastStampers.  Here is the rest of my creations.  Over half of them are Christmas cards, and there is a purse to hold a gift card or tea bag as a gift.  Also, I made an elf gift sack, and Christmas tags.

Because Thanksgiving is so late this year, Christmas shopping is already upon us!  Saturday, I went to a nearby shopping center to walk around their pond, and found already a lot of Christmas shoppers and of course Christmas decorations.  There was even a Christmas elf in Bath & Body works.  And, I did get a little shopping done before my walk.

After shopping, I began my walk, and I saw this sign.  The ducks are on a diet!  Just like the rest of us!

After a nice walk, I took photos of their giant Christmas tree by the fountain and you see, I did have to wear a coat as it was in the 30s, I think.

This morning I went for tea with friends.

No, I did not go to Europe,

Just to Panera.

And of course I forgot to take photos until I was just about to walk out the door.  I refilled my tea as I was leaving.  In fact, I am still nursing my cup of tea as I type this.  And I am lining up for the tea party over at Elizabeth's for TSFT.  If you blog and want to join us, just do a drink related post and link up over there.  We would love to have you.

I thank you for stopping by.  I am so thankful for you dear readers and T gang.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you are celebrating it.  I know some of you are in other countries.  But you can still be thankful without the special day. "Count your blessings, name them one by one."

* ****Elizabeth is having computer problems because of a recent power outage, and asks for your patience. She will be around commenting as soon as her computer is up and running again.********

Monday, November 18, 2019

T Stands for Terrific Tuesday!

II Cor 3:18 "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the spirit of the Lord."

Today was absolutely gorgeous!  I even walked the two miles to Hobby Lobby with my coupon and purchased some miniatures for a snow globe for a dollar something, walked two miles back and got my 10000 steps!  These days will be few now, so have to enjoy them.

I was really tired when I got back last Monday from my scrap retreat, so missed the party!  I did get a lot done, about 15 layouts, and 3 cards, and worked on another project, too.  Not only did we get lots of crafting done, tips shared, but also lots of eating, giggling, and chatting.  Just not much sleeping.  Think 4 day slumber party! LOL

I thought I would share my snow globe I made for the Falliday Fest Challenge at SplitcoastStampers.

I call it Polar Express. It will look better when the jar is filled with brightly wrapped Christmas candy!

Another challenge was to make an antiqued Christmas ball.  Here are the steps to make it.  But please check out the tutorials for both these projects on SplitcoastStampers, on their Falliday Fest 2019 Master Tutorial Thread

First :  Punch or die cut shapes 
Second:  Cover and adhere with Matt gel to the glass ball.  I set it in the whole of this roll of yarn so I could work with both hands.  LOL  Didn't realize until finished photo, that doing it this way my design was upside down.  Pretend all is well. LOL

Next apply black gesso to whole thing.  I didn't have black gesso, so applied white, then gray acrylic paint, because I didn't have black in that either.  This whole process is a comedy of errors! LOL

This is when you were to add copper with patina.  I did gold; Metallic Lustre gold rush, deco Art, something I have had a long time.  All my paints and supplies like these are old.  I even had to add water.

Next, I added acrylic paint, Patina.  Then I added chunky glitter.  And at this point realized I had done it upside down.

My advice to you is check out the tutorials on SplitcoastStampers.  

Just showing everything I used.  I am very messy as you can see!  Oh, yes I sprayed it with some sparkle, I see.  I forgot about that.

Several years ago I was sharing photos of my tea cups. The other day I saw this one and didn't think I had shared it.  It is a special cup for strong coffee from Argentina. Some special missionary friends brought it back to me.
So, I am up to Elizabeth's TSFT over at Altered Book Lover. Check it out.

Waving to the T Gang.  Thanks for stopping by.  

Monday, November 4, 2019

T Stands for Tags

II Cor 3:18 "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the spirit of the Lord."

Here it is almost time for T Stands For Tuesday again!  I wanted to post Monday afternoon, because I have some tags for Tag Tuesday Anything Goes Challenge which ends today!  Talk about cutting it close!  I hope it is still Monday where the challenge its! LOL
I made six today for several challenges.  One challenge is for the Tag Tuesday Challenge but also for one of the challenges on our Falliday Fest Challenge on SplitcoastStampers, and another Technique challenge of SCS to use Washi Tape.
So I just had fun playing with my homemade star stencil and my oxides.  These also were sprayed with Shimmer mist. I will use them on our grandchildren's gifts as they are all musicians.

Here is a close up.

Just a short post today, as we are doing lots of challenges over at SplitcoastStampers Falliday Fest.
Anyone can join the challenges.  Just have to sign up with a user name if you want to post in their galleries, but it is free. Another reason for the shortness, is I have a Bible study potluck tonight, and am getting ready for another scrap retreat!

Here is something I made last year for Falliday Fest, a jar topper.  I stamped and colored  this on fabric and then glued it on the jar and put also gold cord around it.  I am still using this jar to keep teabags in. This is also my post for T Stands For Tuesday.  I can't make the link work today, just click on it on my sidebar, please.

Hi to the T Gang!  Ta-Ta for now.  Have a fabulous T Day!  Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

T Stands for Tea

II Cor 3:18 "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the spirit of the Lord."

Welcome blog readers!  I have been busy celebrating my birthday!  It was actually yesterday, but I have been celebrating all month, and continued today and will  tomorrow too!  What did we do for my birthday?  We went to the eyeglass store and had our glasses adjusted, then went to Red Lobster for lunch, where we haven't been for ages!  Then we brought leftovers home and had Red Lobster supper, too.  I forgot any kind of camera or iPad.  Sorry, and I don't have a phone to take photos with, either.  I had calls from friend, and our kids; in fact I was on the phone a lot yesterday.  The rest of the day I worked on a One Sheet Wonder rom  6x6 designer series paper. I made 6 cards and a folder for the cards.  I had to get it done for this morning, as three of us friends celebrated two of our birthdays, a Panera.

Here is the gift I made.  I just want to say, I remade the one card better after the photo. :)
This is the folder:

The cards were from a pattern from Deb Valder's Blog.  I used SU! Country Lane 12x12 DSP. I cut it into 4 6x6 pieces, but just used one 6x6 piece.  You could get a total of 24 cards from a 12x12.
I used Fresh Fig  and Sage Shadow Cardstock, and 110 lb Recollections for the white base.  The dotted paper is the other side of the harvest paper.  I used assorted sets for the greetings.  I stamped them in Blackberry Bliss, because I didn't have the matching ink for the Fresh Fig cardstock, but I think it matches pretty well.  I used SU! Special Reason Stamp set for the flowers and leaves, and the coordinating dies. I also used dies from that set for the Thinking of you, Hello, and Best Wishes labels.  The Thanks was fussy cut and layered on the oval.  That by the way is the card I tried to redo after the photo, as glitter and I do not get along!  On some cards I added, sequins and sticker dots, don't think they show up though.  I used Lattice embossing folder on some panels and leaves embossing folders on some.

It is still Tuesday here.  So for Elizabeth's TSFT where we all get together to celebrate Tuesdays,  here is my entry:

 My birthday gift from my sister!  Wow, I am in business for a while, as I love tea!

And some cards from my crafty friends! and some not handmade, but just the same, aren't they all wonderful?

The pink one top right is all the way from Dublin!

Here is a close up of one from one of our TSFT gang, Jan.  Can you believe how intricately made that is?  I don't know how she did it!

And a friend at church knew I made cards, so she had a friend make a card for me!  The balloons pop up when you open it. ;) Wasn't that nice of my friend to go to all that trouble?

And this card was colored so beautifully!

The sunflowers came all the way from Australia!!

Aren't these owls adorable!

I have been told other cards are on there way, and also, I have misplaced one, so next week I will show the rest!  I am so thankful for all the wonderful friends, cyber and other, that my Great God has given me!  I praise the Lord for all of them and all of you!

And today, I  received  this gift, and bag, and love the saying on it, so will share it and leave it as my parting shot!  Thank you for stopping by today!

Monday, October 21, 2019

T Stands for Too Early and Dreams

II Cor 3:18 "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the spirit of the Lord."

What do I mean too early?  I mean I got up at 5:00 A.M. this morning! Since I retired, I have not been a early riser, unless we are leaving for a trip or are  on a trip, because hubby gets up that early usually.  When you are in restricted space, like a motel room, or in a cabin on a ship, if one gets up, no matter how quiet he tries to be, I usually wake up that early!  Especially if we are driving.  He wants to leave early!  Anyway, back to this morning.  I felt so energetic that I started cleaning the blinds in my craft room.  I finally finished this afternoon, too.  It is a large window; 5x4 feet.  I cleaned slat by slat, because there is no way I could take them down and put them in the bathtub, like I did when I was younger! LOL  All done! Now I can do fun things like finish my Dream, wish, or imagine art journal page.

 I wanted to show you what the prints I pulled earlier on my Gelli Plate.  Elizabeth, I wore plastic disposable gloves. Would that solve your problem of worrying about scratching it?  I just thought of you when I was making the prints.  I had originally been trying out my acrylic paints and throwing out the ones that were dried up.  Also, going down a rabbit hole, here dear readers, sorry.  I was purging for the craft garage sale.  I took a carload and trunk load over on Saturday, all priced with the stickers they provide with our own upc code on them.  So when someone brings a product to the register to pay, it credits to my account.  In the end, I have credit at the store to buy more! LOL  But they take care of the hassle for a small percentage and fee.  Love it.  I have done this for several years now.  I think we are just trading around our stash!  Our credit can't be used for garage sale items, only items that the store sales.  Okay, sorry about going down that rabbit hole!

Here are my Gelli prints:

The top the card stock I put over the stencil on the gelli plate, and the bottom one is the cardstock I put over the gelli plate and pulled after removing the stencil.  I think they call it the shadow print.

Here is a photo of all of them drying: 

I think the stencil is on top of the deli paper I used today on my art journal page.  The deli paper was my wipe off page, where I cleaned the stencil and rolled the ink off my brayer.  I didn't think to photograph it by itself, as I didn't know then how  I was going to use it.

Below are the different ones I made cut into card size so they will be ready to use as backgrounds.

 So, just so you know how I do it.  I dab the acrylic paint colors on the gelli plate, then dab on some Golden Open, so it keeps the paint from drying to fast, because I use cheap acrylic paint, Folk Art from Michaels, and on sale.  LOL  Anyway, then I roll it out with my brayer, lay on my stencil, then put on my cardstock or whatever paper you want to use.  Then I pull that, and the stencil, lay another paper on.  You can keep laying papers on till nothing comes off, towards the end is when I put on the deli paper.  You can even do a print over a print you have done earlier.

 I don't need to get my plate out very often because as you see I get a lot of prints just from a couple of applications of paint.

Below you can see the first print on top and the shadow print below.

Here I think the shadow print is on top and the main print on the bottom.

Main print on top, secondary or shadow print below.  Either one are pretty and can be used for a background.

And here is my art journal page for  *Art* Journal* Journey* where Eileen of the Artful Crafter is our guest host for October.

I used a deli paper from the leftover paints on the geli plate.  I applied it to a journal page in my Canson 7x10" Mixed media  book. It is my 8th Journal page in this book I started several years ago! LOL  I applied Gesso to the page and then lay on the deli paper.  I then stamped the dream stamp from Natural Beauty by SU!.  I also stampede with the fairy and branch from Crafters Companion.  I added some oxides and sprayed with water around the edges, and colored the fairy's wings with Wink of Stella, clear. I added the metal imagine and with brads on a dimensional. The trouble with the Gelli prints, is you don't want to cover them up, they usually turn out so nice!  That is why I didn't do a lot on the page. Thanks Eileen for challenging me to play! :)  Because that is what I do, play.  I have no idea how to art journal! LOL  

And last I want to link up with  Elizabeth & Bleubeard  over at Altered Book Lover for T Stands For Tuesday!  
     We went out big today and used our coupons at Wendy's.  I got my salad and hubby got his double burger combo, so he had coke, but I had water.  We were going to use our coupons for buy a double dip and get a double dip free at Baskin - Robbins, but they had lost power and were closed. :(  Next time.  

So, that is my post, today.  Thanks for stopping by!   Waving to the  T gang.  I hope you have a great T Day.