Friday, June 23, 2017

Sewing Theme Swap


I received the coolest package yesterday from 

 my crafty friend Kathleen. We did a sewing theme swap. 


of course we always do a bit more than the swap requirements. 

Isn't this a pretty little thing? She decorated a mirror that

she got at the dollar store. 


Here is the flip side. 


She changed the plastic mason jar that I sent to her

for the 4th of July swap. We are going to see how many

miles we can put on it sending it back and forth! 


Here is how she wrapped the pocket letter. So creative with her packaging. 


Opened pocket letter. I'm so happy that

she used some of the things I have sent to her in previous swaps. 

Just love the letter! 


Here is a view of the back with the goodies. 


Sewing themed flip bag. Kathy told me the seam

binding in the front pocket belonged to her mom. How special! 


back view. She added a pocket to the back for more goodies. 


View of the bag's contents. Lots of great stuff to create with! 


Mini repair kit. Love the packaging. She put a belly band around it. 


opened. 


Now here was an unexpected surprise! She

used a embroidery hoop as a base. Don't know if you can tell from 

the photo, but the dresser in the center is an actual 3d piece. 


there is a cat in the window. The details are just amazing! 

 
Cute little card. How sweet! 
 
 
New memorydex cards! These are so fun to make. Good job! 


the tin has a candle on the inside that smells so good! I

put it in my craft room, and left the lid off so I can enjoy it. 


and a fun little sewing tote bag. 

Okay I think I posted everything. I'm so lucky to have

found Kathleen on the Swappers Corner group. 

We have just been enjoying chatting online and swapping. 

Just like two peas in a pod! 

Big hugs Kathleen!!!!! Thanks bunches! Hope you enjoy the swap I sent. 

I'll post photos of the flipbag, and pocket letter I sent to her after

she has seen them. 

Stamping trails
Karen
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Prima Doll Altered Clip Board


Made an altered clipboard over the weekend. 

The base is covered with Tim Holtz tissue paper using

Modge Podge. 


The doll is called Priscilla. I used the dress from Audry to

make the dress long in the back. Added some black doilies. 

Poodle, and bistro set is an old set from Stampin'Up. 


I wanted the cork board piece to match everything else so

I painted it black. The tacks are stickers that I backed with

chipboard then hot glued to the tacks. 


Some prima flowers on the top and a ribbon for a hanger

finished off the piece. 

Me and Hubby went for a walk in the park yesterday afternoon. Then

we weeded the garden a bit more, and put up cages around the tomatoes. 

Since I didn't get my hair cut on Monday as planned I'll be going today. 

Also planning on making a pot of chili for dinner. There are enough frozen

tomatoes in the freezer to make one more batch. Thank goodness it went

down to 60 last night and will only be in the upper 70's today. 

Stamping trails
Karen
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

4th of July Tag and Happy Birthday Wishes


I received this cute 4th of July tag from Nancy. 

Love that large flag, and glitter blue tag. Nice job Nancy!
 
She also surprised me with....
 
 
a doll stamp, and other goodies. It was really a happy mail day. 

I took it easy yesterday, but my neck is stilling hurting. This is 

really putting a cramp in my crafting! 


Sending a shout out to my gal pal Kathy. 

She is turning 50 today, and from what she

told me she was looking forward to it. That's the 

spirit Kat you are only as old as you feel. 

Hope you enjoy all your birthday goodies. 
 
Today is also the Summer Solstice. Enjoy the longest day of the year, and
 
I'll keep looking for the standing stones. 

Stamping trails
Karen
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sewing Themed Pull and Twist Card


I finally got around to making one of these

open and twist cards. This one features a 

sewing theme. I stamped the

dressmaker stamp on the designer paper first, 

then built up different layers of ephemera.
 
 
Opening the card.


Fully open. I used different stamps, and Tim Hotlz distress

crayons to add some color. 


Here is a closer look at the front. 

We took a walk at the mall yesterday then went to Costco. 

I think I have to give up weeding and just let hubby do it. 

As the day went on my neck started hurting again. By the end of the night

it was full blown stiff, and I could barely move it. Spent the night in the 

recliner. I'm getting old! 

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Karen
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Mailable Monday #198


My friend Ceil sent me a bunch of die cuts for my birthday. 

I was in a crunch for time to get a card made for today, so

I went to my box where I have nothing but die cuts. 

Makes it so fast and stress free to make a card in just 

a few minutes. 

After gluing down the flower die all I had to do was 

stamp a greeting. This is classic black and white. Thought

it would make a nice sympathy card. 

How do you spell weeds? I spell them a royal pain in the neck! 

The garden was getting over run. Hubby spent a good part of 

his Father's day cleaning them out. I took him to McDonald's for

lunch cause he loves McDonald's. (me not so much!)

We got a Sunday paper and relaxed in the air conditioning. Sarah

called while we were there. Her and Jason were having his parents over for 

dinner. This coming Saturday Sarah is taking her dad to a tank show. I didn't

even know they had tank shows, but they do. 

Emily made a nice card for John to give to his dad. I'll take a photo of that and post sometime

this week. I took a drive out to Khol's and did a little shopping. I had some Khol's cash, 

and a 30% off coupon both of which were going to expired on the 18th so I had to use them. 

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Karen
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Birthday, and Father's Day to my Dad


Happy birthday to my dad who would have been 84 today. 
 
Photo taken in the 60's


Dad at 18


Taken in the early 50's. 


Mom and Dad


I know this was taken when we lived on 78th and St. Clair ave. I remember those curtains. 
 
I liked how dad had that natural little wave right in the front of his hair. 
 
 
Dad sitting in the breakfast nook in the house on Oak Park. 


Mom and dad. 


My dad being silly wearing Sarah's cowgirl hat. 

I wish I had a photo of him playing his harmonica. He was

really good at it. He could make the sound of a freight train, and you

would swear there was a train in the room. 


Sarah and Dad hanging out. 


My brother Tony with dad. 


Dad as a little boy. 

Happy birthday again dad, and Happy Father's day. Miss you.

Your daughter 

Karen
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Infinity Scaf


I made my first infinity scarf. 


It is long, but perfect when it is doubled up. 


Here is another view of it draped on my kitchen table. 

I made two. The 1st photo is the longer one. The 

fabric was suppose to be cut 12 x 60, but at first I 

thought that wouldn't be long enough to be doubled. 

Of course I was wrong. 


I am so proud of my son John. He received his diploma yesterday. 

He earned an associate of applied science for surgical technology. 

I couldn't get him to attend his commencement, but he let me open his
 
diploma that he received in the mail. He has been working at the Cleveland 
 
Clinic for the past few weeks. 
 
Me and hubby went for a hike at Plum Creek yesterday afternoon. 
 
It was a great day for it as it was in the 90's, but much cooler walking through
 
the trees. Of course I didn't take my camera, and should have we saw fish, frogs, 
 
and snails. Oh well next time I'll remember. 
 
Going to be another hot one. What is with this weather? Not even 
 
Summer yet. Speaking of the Summer solstice it is right around the corner. 

Still looking for some stones to hurl myself through (Outlander fans will get this)

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Karen
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