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The contents of this web site including all text, graphics, photos and design ideas are my own.

The card designs, graphics and poetry provided here are my own creations. I am pleased to share them for your inspiration and pleasure. As is customary, please provide a link back to this site if you use any portion of my designs.

Since every good and perfect thing is a gift from God, I recognize that my inspiration and creativity is from Him.

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If you follow my blog or know me at all, you will soon realize that I spell certain words differently from what you are used to seeing on most web sites. This is because I am Canadian and I am a spelling NUT. It drives me crazy when things are misspelled. So naturally, it would rub me the wrong way to purposely leave out letters from words that I know need them. Canadian spelling is actually a blend of British and U.S.

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September 25, 2014

Fall Tissue Box Covers

Dressing Up A Staple


Have you ever noticed how boring boxes of tissues are? They never seem to come in the right colours for my décor. As with everything, if you can't find it... MAKE it!

These covers fit a 4-1/2 x 4-1/2 inch tissue box.

Two Fall Tissue Box Covers




CLICK picture to view close-up
Kitties in the Pumpkin Patch (L) & Garden of Pumpkins (R)

Details

I created 2 different designs. Both have picket fences and grass but are different in the details

PANELS

The pic at left shows the two bases and their lids. Each base starts out with white cardstock. 

The top row shows brown panels overlaid on the white. 

The bottom row shows a tan background.

Both designs have cream top backgrounds.

FENCES


I designed my own picket fences using shapes from George & Basic Shapes cartridge.

A simpler way, of course, would be to have a cartridge with a good fence in this style (which I don't).

The pickets are altered tag shapes, combined with rectangles sized right. The Gypsy came in handy for this.


These fence pieces could be combined as shown at left. The top one would work well on a scrapbook page as a border.

Next came some shading with Tea Dye ink. (See Pumpkin Garden box for this detail.)




Kitties in the Pumpkin Patch


These playful kittens repeat around the box except one panel. The "front" could be any side.

I love the image of the cat staring up at the little bird atop the garden spade.

The cats are all from A Child's Year cartridge.







On this side, I placed a kitty in a jumping position. I had to smile to myself, remembering our beloved Kitty and how mischieviously she would inspect everything. This pose is so typical of something she would do.









Full Kitty Layout
The above pic shows all four panels before gluing the end tab in place. It was easier decorating the box when flat.

Pumpkins Galore



For this box cover, I made it all about the pumpkins.

You can clearly see the shading on the fences in this pic.

Grass

The grass cut is from Everyday Paper Dolls, plus my own addtional grass in the front.

This all-pumpkin style has 2 rows of grass. The "Kitty" style has 3 rows of grass.







Cartridges Used

A Child's Year - cats, pumpkins
Everyday Paper Dolls - grass
George & Basic Shapes - fences


If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them for you.


September 20, 2014

4TH ANNIVERSARY CARD


Bicycle Built for Two - 4th. Anniversary


For the first time EVER, I broke one of my own rules. I actually used a design twice! I had envisioned the whole thing before making either card. Since there are TWO young couples celebrating their anniversaries very close together, and both are equally suited to this design, I decided to make their cards "similar".

My daughter and son-in-law just celebrated their 4th Anniversary. How time flies! The tandem bike and TEAM banner is perfect imagery for them. 


Bicycle-Bult-For-Two car front
CARD FRONT -- CLICK PICTURE FOR CLOSE-UP

The card is 5-1/2" square. Much of the technique is obvious so I won't belabor the details. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.

Inside


I wrote the inspirational quote as a reminder that we all encounter bumps in the road in marriage. And it is SO true that once we get past those difficulties, joy springs up once again. Don't give up.

Let's right out the bumps and go for the joy!


bicycle-built-for-two, 4th anniversary card front
CARD INSIDE -- CLICK PICTURE FOR CLOSE-UP


Cartridges Used


Sweethearts - bicycle-built-for-two
Elegant Edges - frames inside
Quarter Note - font for "Happy 4th. Anniversary"



September 16, 2014

Plant Stand Make-Over

A Facelift for an Old Friend


Several months ago I did an easy make-over to an antique plant stand that had broken during my recent move. I didn't have the heart to throw it away as I really liked the lines and shape of this little guy. Besides, it was a gift from my sister.

So here is my quick and easy fix-up for my old plant stand.
CLICK ANY PIC TO SEE CLOSE-UP.



Here are the legs that had one leg completely broken off. (That leg had always been wobbly.)

I glued it together with wood glue and had to hold it for several minutes until the glue set. There are no clamps to hold such an irrecular shape together.

You can see the line of glue where the spit was. Don't worry, it all came together nicely.





Here are the two table parts, with legs glued back together.

You can see the table's top is leather and has the original gold stamping border still in excellent shape. There was no need to change that!








Next I got busy sanding all the wood parts. The legs were the worst but with a lot of hand sanging, became quite silky smooth.










Now for the tedious task of taping around the top. The interesting shape of the table top is what makes it so cute. 

I wanted to be very careful not to get paint on the leather, so tore tiny pieces of painter's tape and overlaid them all around the top.





The actual border of the table is raised about 1/8". Another detail to be careful of when painting.

When it was taped all around, I painted the table top in a white semi-gloss paint.

It's not super glossy; more of sheen than a shine.




Here are the two table sections, painted and left to dry.

The careful prep work made all the difference to the smooth finish.


And now that it's painted white, I don't mind the leather being red. 








Here's the finished refurbished plant stand.

I love how it turned out, and it is so much more enjoyable now.

FUN and EASY.

Oh, and the finish? Perfect. It has a shimmer that I did not expect. Two coats of paint did the trick.

My new definition of "HAPPY" is a rescued piece of junk that becomes pretty and useful once again.
















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I guess you might call me a "right brainer", loving all things creative. Cardmaking is the perfect hobby for me as it allows me to be totally creative, combining design with poetry or verses I can compose myself. With Christmas being such an important occasion for cardmaking and crafting, I decided to create a separate blog just for Christmas projects. "It's All About Christmas" will host all my Christmas items. "Gracenotes For Today" will still feature items every other occasion of the year. I hope you'll drop by often and stay awhile!

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