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90th Birthday Card for a Co-worker’s Neighbor

This is Steve.  I like to make cards too.

Last year, I reached out to co-workers at work to send my father a birthday card.  I waited too long to ask.  It was his 99th birthday.  He received about 35 birthday cards.  Never in his life had he received so many birthday cards.

Last month a co-worker reached out for a neighbor who is turning 90 this upcoming weekend.  I wanted to try something new so I found a new design on the internet.

This is a simple cart.  It is a bi-fold card.  with a couple of layers on the front.

Laying flat it looks like this.

Here you see how the front is angled.

 

 

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Steve

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Snowman Glass Block

Another thing we made this year for gifts were these snowmen!

Again they are done with the rectangle block and then lighted and filled similar to the nativities.

 

 

These ones that we filled with stuffing we added a snowy glitter to the stuffing as we went.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We want to make some more for next year, some to sell and some for us!!!

 

 

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Lu

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Glass Block Temple

A friend of mine asked me if I would help her make a gift for a friend of hers.  She wanted to do an LDS temple on each side, as well as some wording. I thought it would be a pretty fast and easy thing! It wasn’t and so I thought I’d tell you some of the things I learned.

The first thing was finding the pictures and I had her do that so she got the views she wanted.

Then deciding on the fonts and placement of the wording was the next thing, Again I was letting her decide on the fonts. We gave her too many options and so this took longer!  The placement is something I worked on later and it had it’s own challenges. The font she chose had the capital letters spaced differently than the lower case and she wanted those moved. Then to get it centered in the temple shape made it so I had to separate some of the lines.

Then I cut it out of shiny, black vinyl.  It cut ok but by the time we sized it to the block the parts were so small that weeding was a challenge!  I had to get a magnifying glass out to get it done!

When I finally was ready to put it on the glass I ran into more problems. I don’t know if it was because the vinyl was older or if it was the way I was applying it but I ended up with bubbles everywhere that wouldn’t come out. So I had to start over with the cutting and weeding and applying. I looked online to see if I was doing something wrong. I even contacted Cricut to see if they could tell me what to do. They couldn’t. So I ended up having Steve hold the vinyl up off the glass while I worked it down about 1/8″at a time. I still had bubbles but not near as many.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now it has been a long time since I did one and the kicker to all this is that I put the design on so that the opening was on the bottom! After all the problems we left it that way!

Next was the filling and ribbon and attaching the battery packs.

The filling I left up to my friend. Here are a couple of pictures of what she tried. She ended up liking the clear stones the best but it makes the block very, very heavy.

The ribbon was just a matter of finding one she liked and then the ribbon was easy but attaching the 2 battery packs was a bit of a challenge because she didn’t want the black to show. We ended up covering 2 ends with ribbon and making the bow tight enough to hold them in place.

Overall I think it turned out ok but I would sure do things different next time!!!

The final recipient really liked it and that is what matters!!!!

 

 

Thanks for checking in!

Lu

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Christmas Boxes

We had a few requests for some Christmas boxes like we did for Halloween. It took us a little bit to find the boxes and we found some that weren’t the book style first.  So we decided to tie them all up with ribbons!!! There are a few more that I don’t have tied yet, we will add the pictures in the next couple of days!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They are just $12.00 a set!  Just shot us an email if you are interested in one!

Thanks for checking in!

Lu

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Coloring Book Portfolio

I think I mentioned in a few blogs back that I was trying to make a coloring book portfolio for a friend. Well here is my attempt.

 

I started with figuring out the size for the cardboard base. Steve helped me cut it and then we laid it out to see. Then I scored the cardstock on my scoring board where it was going to need to fold. The next thing I did was to figure out the magnet placement and tape the cardboard to the cardstock. You can see that I chose to use double sided tape. I taped next to the score lines and then more in the larger areas.

Figuring out the pocket that would allow the coloring book to be replaced was a challenge. But I got it to work. I adhered it with WeldBond glue (thanks for the advice Danette).

Then because the size was a full 12″ tall I needed a way to cover the edges. I chose ribbon. This was put on with WeldBond glue again. This was a time consuming process because I could only do one side at a time and then had to turn it over to do the other side, but I had to do the corners on both sides at the same time.  I’m sure one of my crafty friends has a better way to do that but …..

The next thing to do was attaching the zipper pocket.  The plastic pocket wouldn’t stick to the paper no matter what I tried. So we came up with the idea to sandwich it between 2 pieces of cardboard and secure it with brads and tape.  This worked great and I love the way it looked!We didn’t take many pictures in the process but here are a few in the done stages.

After we got this done we agreed that it would be easier and less expensive and last longer if you made it from material and just sewed the cardboard pieces into pockets. So when I took it to my friend that I had done it for, that is what we told her. She is a quilter so she could do those better than I could! If I could find my sewing machine I would do that!!

We decide to give the prototype to my granddaughter for Christmas. So here are a few pictures with it decorated out!

 

 

 

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Lu

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Outside Christmas Ornaments

I’ve been wanting to make some of those oversized yard ornaments for years. Steve just still hasn’t gotten on board with it. So I thought making a smaller one would get him to see how cool they are.  It hasn’t convinced him yet, now he says they will blow away in the wind!

We started with this spreadable cheese container that he is cussing at me for saving after we have eaten the cheese! (because we have so many!) You just need to drill a couple of holes in the bottom.  We just used a cable tie for your ornament hook.

Paint the cup with a color you would like.  Most common are gold and silver.  Let your imagination go wild. If you use a light color, then you might want to sand off the writing on the cup.  Put the cable tie through the 2 holes and cinch, making sure the cinch end is inside the cup.

I found a small red ball at the local dollar store, it could be any color or you could paint it. Then I just glued the two things together! I used WeldBond but have seen things that use the 6000 kind also.

You could hang them from the house, from a Christmas tree, on a shepherd’s crook, from the fence.  You decide.

I still want to do the giant ones if I can convince Steve somehow that they won’t blow away!!!

Thanks for checking in!

Lu

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Happy Birthday Popup Card

This is Steve.

I wanted to make my dad a birthday card.  I didn’t want to use a normal card.  I thought of a popup card.  I looked at the box popup that we have used before.  So I went searching on the internet for something.

I found a pop up balloon card that looked simple. 

Instructions can be found here http://paperproud.blogspot.com/2011/03/tutorial-3d- pop-up-balloon-card.html

I love to have the Cricut cut and score so I put in the design into Cricut and found some paper.  My handwriting is bad, so I had Cricut Write the big message.

Now you need to fold on the score lines, so you will have a base for the popups to set in.

Top view

Side view, the base of the popups set here in the middle.

Then you can decorate the front

And make the popups.  Use plastic acetate strips so they are see through.  You can use plastic from trays you might get rolls or vegetables in.  Just trying to be frugal.

This is what it looks like from the top

The decoration ideas came from Lu.  She is the creative one.  I had a lot of emotion in making this one.  It is his 99th birthday.

Thanks

Steve

 

I love when Steve finds an idea he wants to do! This one was pretty simple for him! We all remember the ZigZag village from a few years back!!!

Lu

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Simple Gnome Card

Sometimes you just need a simple card.

I needed to make a card for Lu.  Something simple, yet handmade,  I discovered recently that she like gnomes.  Her favorite color is yellow.  On my quest to find some yellow paper to make her a card, I found the bright yellow paper, and then the design in her paper scraps.  I remembered we had downloaded a gnome picture from DesignBundles.net.

How to put this together?  I wanted to first cut out the gnome on the front cover with the Cricut machine, and put the print behind to show the gnome. Then I found that to be too complex for me!

I decided to cut out the card base and the front on the Cricut.  I used a double score line for the card base to fold in half.  Then I thought, maybe I would have the Cricut draw the gnome with a black pen.  That works.  I found a cute saying for gnomes.

At our house, we look on the back of the card for the date.  That helps to put it in a scrapbook later.  No, we don’t look for the Hallmark brand like some people do.

Lu noticed some yellow paper in the trash can before I gave her the card.  She knew I was up to something.  Hard to keep secrets from her.

Steve

I have the best husband! Thanks buddy!!

Lu

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Happy Easter Shadowbox Kit!

The Happy Easter Shadowbox is now completed.  I went with some bright colors and patterns. The things in the middle row didn’t stand out like I wanted them to so I added some ink to the paper before I glued it down.  It is always good to  lay your project out before attaching everything!

 

 

This fits into either the black or white shadow box frame.  Each piece has a magnet on the back to make it stay in place.

If you want to see the other ones I have done, click on the below links:

Autumn Time http://inspirlutions.com/wp/2019/05/15/shadow-box-autumn-time/

Summer Fun http://inspirlutions.com/wp/2019/04/10/new-shadowbox/

Hope you enjoy.  Let me know if you are interested in making one of these.!

Lu

 

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Autumn Time Shadowbox Kit!

Autumn Time is now completed.  I did something different with this one.  I painted the wood, then applied the paper.   To make it look distressed, I sanded the edges.

This fits into either the black or white shadow box frame.  Each piece has a magnet on the back to make it stay in place.  I pulled one of the pieces out to show you.

Hope you enjoy.  Let me know if you are interested in making one of these.  Lu

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