A “Pear-fectly” Good Day.

The old pear tree in the side yard has always given us a lot of fruit.

This year it seemed abundantly overloaded.

We usually don’t do anything with the pears.

The kids, on occasion, have used them for batting practice.

Feeling inspired this year, I decided to make pear sauce and pear butter.

So, on a beautifully warm end of Summer day, I enlisted the help of my three grandsons

to pick pears. The boys enthusiastically agreed.  (can you find the third boy?)

It didn’t take long for them to fill three large buckets full of pears.

It takes approximately 30 pears for one batch.

After making one batch of pear sauce and two batches of pear butter, I remembered why

I don’t make it every year. Peeling pears is a lot of work.

After all the work that goes into canning the fruit, I needed pretty labels to put on the jars.

(I will be giving some away.)

Here’s what I used: (*affiliate link)

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Directions:

  • Measure and size the SVG label file so that the labels fit the side of the jar.
  • Cut the labels and the words using the Silhouette Cameo.
  • Use the vinyl pick tool to remove the excess vinyl inside and around the words.
  • Use the transfer tape to layer the words and the labels.
  • Apply the finished label onto the jar.

I used the Uchida Clever Lever Mega Circle Craft Punch* to punch a perfectly sized circle to fit under the canning ring.

Because little details make a difference…

I wrapped gold and white twine around the neck of the jar and attached a small tag.

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Christmas Letter Box and Cup of Christmas Tea

I really love these New Winter Release Dies from Eileen Hull and Sizzix.

The new dies cut the cute little Post Box*, which is perfect for letters to Santa or even a gift card

and the Teacup Box* that you can fill with teabags and other holiday goodies.

You will have fun embellishing and creating holiday treats for everyone on your list!

Letters for Santa…

I created the Christmas Teacup first and thought that it would be my favorite project.

Then I created the Christmas Letter Box*, and IT IS MY FAVORITE.

I think it would make a cute ornament to hang on the tree.

Little kids can write a note and stick it inside for Santa to read.

The Post Box Die* cuts the box in one piece.  Just fold on the score lines and glue.

I like to use Rapid Fuse Adhesive*  to hold my sides together.  (Thirty seconds and it’s ready.)

A Cup of Christmas Tea.

This project was inspired by the book A Cup of Christmas Tea*.


           A Cup of Christmas Tea*

Many, many years ago, I owned a Gift Store.  One of the many items we sold was Teapots and Teacups.  One Christmas, I happened across the story of A Cup of Christmas Tea*.  It’s the story of a young man’s reluctant visit to an elderly aunt at Christmastime, and the unexpected joy it brings.  I loved the story so much I decided to sell it in the store.  Many times, customers would stop and read the book while browsing.  I had more than one customer with tears in their eyes purchase the book.  It’s a sweet book, and it reminds me now more than ever the importance of taking the time with those we love.

A few details on the Christmas Teacup.

  • Before cutting out the die, I used my Xyron Creative Station*to put adhesive on the back of the Snowflake scrapbook paper.  Just place the paper on the Creative Station design side up and crank the handle to run it through the machine. It adds an even layer of adhesive on the entire piece of paper.
  • I adhered the paper to a piece of white mat board*and ran the covered mat board and die through the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine* to cut.
  • I edged the teacup with a DecoColor Premium Silver Calligraphy Pen*.  I used the pen to paint the mat board spoon also.

*Disclosure:  This blog uses affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

Materials Used on the Christmas Letter Box and Christmas Teacup:

      

Authentique Paper “A Magical Christmas Collection” available at Scrapbook.com

For more great projects from the New Winter Release make sure to check out the Blog Hop on Eileen Hull’s Blog.  

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Fall Crafting with StyleTechCraft Vinyl

There are so many creative ways to use StyleTechCraft vinyl.

Every month, I’m blown away at the amazing projects the StyleTechCraft Design Team creates.

But this month, they really hit it out of the park with their ideas and designs.

Here’s a Round-Up of the Fall Design Team Projects:

Make sure to visit their blogs for more information on the projects.

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Spooky Scary Halloween Card

Open if You Dare!

Here’s a spooky card for all you Halloween Lovers.

If you love a card with dimension, this card has a lot of spooky goodness.

The Spooky Scary Halloween Card was made using the “Spooky Scary” stamp and die set from

The Maker’s Movement.

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own.

Materials Used:            (*affiliate link)

*Disclosure:  This blog uses affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

My process for making cards sometimes changes as I sit down to create.  I was getting into this

one and decided to forgo all the step by step pictures.  Instead, I will give you lots of details.

Here’s one tip I highly suggest.  (Especially with the skeleton die.)

Run the white card-stock through the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Machine* before cutting out the

skeleton die.  The Xyron Create-A-Sticker Machine* puts adhesive on the back of the

card-stock, making the skeleton pieces stickers.  By making stickers, adhering the skeleton

to the coffin was so much easier than using liquid glue.

  • I cut a piece of double-sided adhesive foam large enough to cut the casket shape.  I adhered a piece of gray card-stock to one side of the foam before die-cutting.
  • To cut the casket shape.  Place the casket die on the foam and run it through the Crossover II Die-Cutting Machine.  Because the foam is so thick, you may want to run it back and forth a couple of times to make sure the die cuts entirely through the foam.
  • Another good tip…Use a black chisel tip paint marker* to color the sides of the craft foam.

  • The lid of the casket was made by sticking two pieces of black patterned scrapbook paper together and die-cutting the scrapbook paper with the casket die. (I used the Xyron Sticker Maker)
  • Adhere a piece of scrapbook paper onto a piece of adhesive foam.
  • Using the casket outline die, cut a casket outline from the foam. Stick the casket outline on the inside of the lid.
  • Fold two small pieces of paper to use as the hinges. Glue only the top and bottom of the hinges. Not on the side of the casket.

  • Before sticking the casket onto the layered card base, attach a thin black string onto the back of the casket.
  • If you don’t have black string, put a little black paint between your thumb and index finger and run the string through the paint.  Voila, black string.
  • Tie string around the casket to keep the lid closed.

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How to make a Buffalo Plaid Wood Slice Pumpkin

Buffalo Plaid Wood Slice Pumpkin…

Nothing says warm and cozy Fall Décor like Buffalo Plaid and Pumpkins.

Add them together for a cute Fall Home Décor project.

I love using wood slices in projects.

If you’re lucky, and you have lots of trees, chances are you may have a log or two that you

could cut off a slice. If not, with the popularity of wood slices you can easily find them online,

or in the craft department of your favorite store.

Featured Storage:  Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer*

If you follow me much at all, you know I love my Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer*.

I can easily customize the Caddy by removing the lids, and adding a

Deflecto Interlocking Marker Organizer* for paintbrushes and glue sticks.

Once I fill my Caddy with supplies, I can easily take it outside to work on a lovely day.

Disclosure:  “This is a sponsored post. As a member of the Deflecto Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions.”

Materials used to make the Buffalo Plaid Pumpkin:

*Disclosure:  This blog uses ads and affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

  • To get the color I wanted for the base of my pumpkin. I mixed Orange Twist and Jack-O-Lantern acrylic paint.
  • Paint just to the inside edge of the pumpkin slice. Leave the outer bark showing.

  • Add strips of painter’s tape onto the pumpkin to make stripes.  Rub your finger over the tape to make sure that the tape is securely on the pumpkin and has no gaps.
  • Paint inside the stripes with a thin coat of white birch acrylic paint.  Be careful not to apply the paint too thick.   Only one thin coat of paint is needed.
  • Remove painter’s tape.
  • Allow paint to fully dry before continuing to the next step.

  • Rotate the frame 180° and apply the tape in the opposite direction. Make sure the tape is securely down.
  • Paint additional stripes with a light coat of dolphin (light gray) acrylic paint.

  • Remove the painter’s tape. Allow the paint to dry.
  • Lightly sand the wood slice. Sanding brings out the wood-grain and helps to hide any little imperfections.
  • Wipe with a clean cloth.

  • Cut a small 2″ piece from a tree branch to use for the stem.
  • I also used a “home” wood word picked up at the craft store for my pumpkin.
  • Hot glue the stem onto the top of the pumpkin.  Hot glue the word “Home” on the front of the pumpkin.

  • To give my Pumpkin a little extra support while sitting on my mantel, I hot glued a small wood piece (cut from an old scrabble tray) to the back of the pumpkin.  Because the wood slice is not perfectly round, you may have to offset it a bit.
  • Tie raffia around the stem and hot glue a small button bow with faux fall berries onto the pumpkin.  You can find instructions on how to make a button bow here.

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Dog Treats for the First Day of School

Yesterday was Dexter’s First Day of School.

Dexter is our 9-month Shichon puppy.  He is a sweet, loving, energetic ball of fluff.

We adopted him two days before Valentine’s Day and about a month before everything

went nuts.  He’s not a quarantine puppy, but he’s sure been a bright spot during that time.

I’ve been on more walks and talked to more neighbors because of him.  He loves everyone!

Anyway…

In the list of instructions for the first day of class was to bring dog treats.  (lots of treats)

So, I decided to decorate a little jar for his treats.

I found the little plastic jar at Dollar Tree* and used vinyl to decorate it.

*Disclosure:  This blog uses affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

Here’s what I used to make my treat jar:

StyleTechCraft™ products brought to you by ATSM Craft 

Directions:

  • Using a “Dog Bone Treats” SVG file from the Silhouette Store and the Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die-Cutting Machine*, cut out the images using StyletechCraft Transparent Vinyl in Sunflower and Brown.
  • Use the vinyl pick to remove the letters from dog bone, leave the inside pieces of the letters.
  • Cut a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* to fit over the vinyl image.  Gently rub over the transfer paper using the squeegee tool.  Remove the vinyl image from the white liner.
  • Overlay the brown bone onto the large orange bone silhouette.

  • Carefully apply the vinyl to the jar.  Give the vinyl a gentle rub using the squeegee to make sure everything has transferred and remove the transfer tape.
  • Add paw prints randomly around the jar using the transfer tape.
  • Tie with a paw print ribbon and fill with dog treats.

FYI…The First Day of School Sign was made by painting a small wood sign with black chalkboard paint and applying words created with StyleTechCraft White Craft Vinyl*.

Dexter is such a smart, sweet little boy. 

He’s our first dog and, he’s been a great addition to our family.  He brings a lot of smiles.

And by the way…he did really great during his first class!

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the StyleTechCraft Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

Fall Leaves Thank You Card

The Fall Leaves Thank You card…

is an easy to make card, with die-cut embossed leaves that were colorfully distressed with ink.

How to Make the Fall Leaves Thank You Card…

Materials Used:        (*affiliate links)

*Disclosure:  This blog uses affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

Directions:

  • Place the leaf dies on the cream-colored  cardstock and layered on the cutting plates included with the Mini Maker.  Crank the handle of the Mini Maker to run the cutting plates through the machine.  The machine cuts and embosses the leaves as it goes through the Mini Maker.
  • To create a “thanks” word sticker, place a piece of cream card stock through the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini*.  The Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini* puts an even coat of adhesive on the entire backside of the cardstock.  Place the cardstock with the “thanks” die through the Mini Maker to cut out the word.

FYI…The Mini Maker is perfect to use when working with small dies, and space is an issue.

  • Using the Ink Blending Tool, ink the leaves with the various colors of distress inks to create beautiful Fall colors.

  • Layer and overlap the leaves on a piece of fall scrapbook paper.
  • The top layer has a scalloped edge created using a border die from the Borders 1 Die Set from The Maker’s Movement.
  • Apply previously made thanks word sticker on top of the leaves.
  • Tie a piece of twine around the top of the card and add a small acorn embellishment.
  • Add three enamel dots on the bottom right corner of the card.
  • Finished Card Size 5 1/4″ x 6″.

The Fall Leaves Thank You card was created for and sponsored by The Maker’s Movement.  I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own.

Palm Springs Junk Journal

How to make a small pocket-sized journal.

Whenever I travel to a new location, I like to keep memorabilia like brochures, maps, and ticket

stubs.  As a scrapbooker, I never know when I’ll want to reference the information for journaling

or even add it to a layout.

The Palm Springs Junk Journal uses a combination of memorabilia and a little bit of recycling.

To Make the Junk Journal I used:                  (*affiliate link)

*Disclosure:  This blog uses affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

Directions:

  • For the front and inside cover of the journal, cut two 6″ x 8-1/2″ pieces from the brochure.
  • Lay the paper (design side up) on the  Xyron Creative Station* crank the handle to run the paper through the machine.  As it moves through the Xyron Creative Station, it adds adhesive to the backside of the paper.  Easy to use and it doesn’t need any electricity.
  • Cut a piece of a thin recycled box the same size.
  • Adhere the decorative paper on each side of the cut box.

I  like using the Xyron Creative Station…
when making mini books because you get complete coverage, no wrinkling, no bubbles!

  • I thought I was “so smart” because I cut the map so, the words “Palm Springs Aerial Tramway” would be at the top of the journal.  Being a little too confident, I didn’t measure my placement and “oops” I cut it too short.
  • To “fix” my mistake, I cut out a small picture of the tram with the words and adhered it to the front of my journal.

The inside if the journal.

  • I used an ink applicator and Vintage Photo Distress Ink to age the edges of my Junk Journal.

  • Add a strip of washi tape around the spine of the album for added interest.
  • Cut 5 cardstock pages using the notebook die.
  • Crease the cardstock on the center score lines.

  • Wrap the twine around the inside creases and around the outside of the book cover to secure the pages.
  • I did one page at a time tying the twine in a knot on the outside after each page.

After I had all my pages together, I tied all the pieces of twine together in one knot on the spine and added a small metal tag charm that says the word journey.

Album ready to be filled.

In January, after the Creativation Trade Show in Phoenix,

my husband and I took a few days to relax and explore in sunny Palms Springs.

On a whim, we decided to take the Aerial Tramway up the side of the mountain.

It was a lovely warm sunny day.

Of course, we didn’t think about the temperature change at the top of the mountain.

I had on jeans and a light sweater, and my husband had shorts and a light jacket.

(We had just been in the sunny desert a few minutes earlier.)

Upon arriving, I immediately went into the gift shop and bought an oversized hoodie,

while he braved the elements.

The 15-minute ride up the mountain to 8500 feet was stunning,

and the views left us breathless. (literally)

After a nice lunch, and a brisk walk around in the snow, we headed back down to the desert.

Where we warmed our feet at the hotel, around a firepit.

Simple Vintage Garden Tag Album

How to make a Simple Vintage Garden Tag Album.

In keeping with the pretty in pink theme, I created

a sweet little tag album made with the Simple Vintage Garden District Collection

from Simple Stories and several tag dies from The Maker’s Movement.

(To say I love this collection would be an understatement.)

*FTC Disclosure… “This is a sponsored post for The Maker’s Movement.  I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.”

Here’s what I used:                        (*affiliate link)

    

*Disclosure:  This blog uses ads and affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

Directions:

  • Cut two large tags out of thin chipboard using the Crossover II Die Cut Machine for the front and back cover of the tag album.
  • You may need to run it through the roller twice before picking it up the tag to make sure it cut all the way through.
  • Cut additional tags using decorative scrapbook paper for the inside pages.

The Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting System* has adjustable rollers and pressure settings.  It adjusts for multiple layers and allows you to be able to cut a variety of thicknesses.  It can cut fabric, faux leather, craft foam, chipboard, felt and, several other materials.

  • You will need to use four tags for the front and back of the tag album cover.
  • Place the tag design side up on the  Xyron Creative Station* crank the handle to run the tag through the machine.  As it moves through the Xyron Creative Station it adds adhesive to the back of the tag.
  • Remove tag from the protective liners and adhere to the front and back of each chipboard tag.

(FYI…I used the 5″ Permanent Adhesive Refill Cartridge*  in the Xyron Creative Station.)

I used a lot of dimensions to create the front cover.

  • Cut a small banner from thin chipboard, cover it with decorative scrapbook paper the same way as the front and back covers.
  • Cover the small metal rimmed tag with circles cut from scrapbook paper.
  • Use twine to tie around the banner and a small teapot charm to hang from the book ring.
  • Create a “bloom” word sticker using the Xyron Creative Station and a small piece of off white scrapbook paper.  Use the bloom word die from the “In Full Bloom” stamp and die set and cut it using the adhesive paper.

  • Decorate and embellish the inside pages using pieces from the ephemera set, and banners.

  • This page was created using the Library Pocket Die Set and the Nested Square Tags Die Set.

Fill your tag album full of fun memories and use it as a sweet gift for someone special.

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Pretty in Pink Mixed Media Canvas

Pretty and Sweet, Delicate and Petite, a mixed media project made simple.

Every once in awhile, I like to do something I little different from my usual projects.
This mixed media canvas is one of those projects.
It reminds me of a crackling wall found in an old cottage.

How to make a Pretty in Pink Mixed Media Canvas

Materials Used:

*Disclosure:  This blog uses affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

Directions:

  • Prepare the canvas with a painted coat of Gesso.
  • Apply Crackle Paste onto the entire canvas using a palette knife.

  • Using a stipple brush*, rub rose-colored ink onto the canvas, giving it a subtle hint of pink.

  • Create a delicate scroll frame using white adhesive glitter vinyl, an SVG cut file, and an electronic die cutting machine.
  • Use Transfer paper to align and place the frame onto the mirror.
  • Center and glue mirror onto the canvas with DAP Rapid Fuse All Purpose Adhesive*.

  • The mantle was created by layering, stacking and gluing cut pieces of chipboard with craft glue. (nothing fancy just basic construction)
  • Paint it with white acrylic paint.
  • Glue the mantle onto the mirror using DAP Rapid Fuse All Purpose Adhesive*.

  • For added stability, glue the small floral scrapbook paper pieces onto the chipboard.
  • Decorate the mantle with a small jar filled with pink pearl beads, a miniature pewter pitcher and saucer, and the floral scrapbook pieces.
  • Adhere floral embellishments around the top and bottom corner of the mirror.

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         Little Birdie Mixed Media Canvas