Sunday, October 30, 2016

Thank You Card

One more thank you card done!  JJ suggested to place the fox slightly at an angle.  So if you find yourself tilting your head while looking at those pictures, you now know why.
This card was made for JJ's dear friend, M, whom she's not seen for 4 long months.
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Saturday, October 29, 2016

1st (Birthday) Shaker Card

JJ and I have always wanted to try making a shaker card.  But the thought of the project sounded daunting.  The heart embossed paper and the large die cuts were my muse.  And I decided to give it a go.  I turned the ornament upside down to use it as a huge balloon. I do not have tiny sequences.  So I rummaged through my drawer and found a bag of bugle beads.  Just the right size and color for the window.  It's more manageable than I thought and it's so fun to make!  My favorite part is having the reindeer holding the string of the balloon (though gluing the string was a pain). The only thing I will do differently if I make this card again is to change the white circle backing to the balloon to another color.   

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

New Life to the Keyboard Tray

I have recently "inherited" my hubby's old desk as my new crafting/sewing table.  Before this, I was using a folding table for all my activities.  So, this is definitely an upgrade.  Remember the days when you have to attach a keyboard tray under your desk?  Well, this desk is old enough to have one.
I thought about removing the tray, but wanted to see if I can use it to store my supplies.  Guess what, this tray can hold a lot!  My sewing feet, bobbins, pins, needles now sit happily in this shallow tray.  If you have an old desk like me, check quickly!  You might be one of the lucky ones to utilize an old tool in new ways.
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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Color Chart for Color Pencils

Coloring with Copic markers, water color brush pens or color pencils has been quite popular.  I've seen crafters keeping a color chart for their tools.  I've never thought it was necessary until I tried making one for my color pencils.  I have taped the color chart to the inside of the tin lid of my color pencil set for quick reference.  When I fill in the colors, I could for the first time compare the colors of those pencils side by side.  For the browns, especially, I could see which ones have more red than others, which I was not able to do just looking at the wooden body of the pencils. This has helped me in layering and blending colors.  
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pencil Pouches

I made this one for JJ.  It's baggier than I wanted.  But it turns out that JJ's teacher this year is asking the students to bring many pens, color pencils and different markers to school.  So this is perfect!

I made another one for my sweet young friend.  This one is seriously much neater and a better size than the one for JJ.
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Yellow Pocket Pouch

I made this for my dear friend's birthday back in May.  Now that she's moved, I do not see her everyday as I used to.  I miss her so much.  I am thankful to have her friendship for the past years.

KeyKa Lou Pattern.
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