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Making Cards

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It is 20 below zero f and I am in a lot of pain.  I have not been fairing well this winter but I’m doing the best I can.  Most of my projects have been put on hold because my hands and arms hurt too much to move.  Although, whenever possible, I have been playing with paper.  When my body tells me I can’t do what I want to I just find something else that I can do.

Crocheting really is the thing that I love to do but whenever I just can’t do that I visit this group on facebook called The Craft Hole.  It is a group that is into all kinds of multimedia crafts and they are big on keeping only active members.  Anyway, I was having a really horrible, awful time with pain and feeling down because I couldn’t even hold my crochet hook and I popped into that group. Right away something caught my eye.  This lady had made these beautiful pop up box cards and she posted the video she used.  I couldn’t do anything else so I watched the video and as it was playing all kinds of wonderful ideas were popping into my head.  As soon as I was able I made one….. and then another.  I can’t get to all my rubber stamping stuff right now so I just used printed graphics and clip art.  They are so much fun to make!  I noticed several other people posting their versions of the card and that is when someone clued me in.  This card is the March card challenge for the group.  duh.  So I was able to add mine.  Too bad they already knew I was a big dummy or I could have just pretended I knew all along LOL

The first one I made is my favorite but I am not going to post a picture because it is in the mail and I don’t want to ruin the surprise. When I went in to find the event page for the challenge and read the rules I noticed they had picked three themes and mine didn’t really fit in any of them.  So, I went and made a vintage themed card.  I love vintage anything so that was easy.

Vintage pop up box card flat

This is what it looks like when it is laying flat.  This picture is showing the back panel which is for writing whatever you want to say to the recipient.

This can then be slipped into a large envelope or a mailer.  I made a custom sized envelope for the one I mailed out.  I think the card was 6.5″ by 5.5″.  The other side has the the decorative paper with the flowers on all the panels.  The back for writing on is the only part that is different and it also is the only side that doesn’t fold.

Below is what the card looks like open.  There are two strips of card stock that run across the inside of the box for adding images so the man, woman and the car are all on different sections so it looks more 3D.  It is really hard to see all the dimension in the photo.  I love the car the best.  It is affixed to the back panel with double sided tape only at the very front and then a little further back it has a double stacked foam square to pop it forward.  The rear of the car is not attached but it meets the level the lady is on.

Pardon the junk in the background.  I didn’t have another good spot with good light to take the picture.

Vintage pop up box card open

One thing I used on the first card was a QR code sticker for stkr.it. I found a bunch of those on clearance at Joanns a while back. They were so so cheap that I just grabbed up a ton of them. I think they updated their stickers and the ones I got for cheap are the older version.  They still work though.  They are a fun way to make the card more interactive.  So the first card I sent out has a link to a cute song/video on youtube.  You can also link a picture or a document…. or just any link.  They would be great for Christmas cards because you could link to a photo of the family or even link your Christmas letter.  You just might have to educate your family members on how to use them.

After somebody that is pretty awesome receives their super cute card I will post some pictures of it.

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Okay, here is a picture of the first card I made for my cousin.

Box of flowers pop up box card by Donna J Capps

Long time, no post…

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Yeah, it has been a really long time.  I haven’t been feeling well for about that long….  Fibromyalgia is sucking the life out of me.  I need to put up more of a fight.

I think I’ll get back to writing here because I need something to keep me going.  I’m working on getting back into reading too.  I didn’t read much at all last year.  It is so hard to focus and I find myself reading the same line over and over again and forgetting what I read.

Anyway, when I went to the doctor last week (I think it was) I had planned to do something before and changed my mind.  Whenever I leave the house in the winter the cold makes me start to hurt all over.  Usually, my husband drives me.  He picks me up in a warmed up car and drops me off right at the door so I spend as little time as possible in the cold.  Well, something came up and I ended up driving myself.  So, forgetting that I can’t do what I used to, I planned some other stops along the way.  Once I left the warm garage though and the cold air started seeping into the car I quickly changed my mind.  Instead I stopped into the Literacy Council’s used book store which is close to the clinic.  I picked up two books: The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber and Spirit Walker, a beautiful book of Indian poetry and artwork by Nancy Wood with paintings by Frank Howell.  I bought a copy of Spirit Walker for my mother in law and read it before I gave it to her.  I started tagging the poems I really liked with sticky notes and realized I had nearly tagged the whole book.  I was so surprised to see that book there so I bought it for myself.  The artwork is beautiful!  I saw the Debbie Macomber book when it first came out in hard back and decided to wait for it.  I finally found it in paperback and because my punch card was full I got it for free.

After my appointment I stopped by Joann’s to get some stuff to dress up a wallet box left over from Christmas.  I have grand ideas for this box.  I also joined this group on facebook called the Craft Hole that has challenges and swaps.  One of the challenges is “trash to treasure” and I signed up since that is right up my alley!  I’ve been sick with a cold though so I have’t been able to work on it.   I was getting worried I wouldn’t finish before the deadline which is the end of the month.  I’m feeling a little better though, so I started working on it last night.  So for I’ve just been painting it with gesso to cover up their logo and all the orange inside.  So it looks rather ghostly at the moment.  I’ll make a post later for that.  I’m still not sure exactly what I’m going to do next.

Anyway, I think it was Wednesday when I slept all day and woke up when my husband came home from work.  I wasn’t feeling well because of the cold but I wasn’t as achy.  I realized I was feeling more clear-headed so I decided to try reading the Debbie Macomber book.  I read several chapters and Ahhhhh!  I sure missed reading.  I even did 10 minutes on my stationary bike while reading since my doctor wants me to do at least 10 minutes of cardio a day.  Reading sure makes it easier and I managed to get through it without too much pain.  Hopefully I can continue doing that.

American Idol started Wednesday also and I love that show.  I didn’t love it as much last year but I’m loving it this year.  Harry is great! Adding him as a judge was such a great choice.  No more drama or cat fights between judges.  Maybe this year the show can actually be about the contestants.

Okay, back to work on my ghost box.

~ D

Craft Krazy

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I really hate to be a follower.  I go way out of my way to avoid anything that is “in”.  I’ve always loved butterflies but when I was in high school and the springy butterfly hair barrettes were “in” I refused to wear them, although in part because of the springiness.  Anything springy on the head is dumb unless you are 3, and then it is cute.

Anyway,  I’ve tried to avoid the Martha Stewart line of craft things because….. because I want to be unique and I know everyone and their mother is buying it!  But I was coveting the Martha Stewart Knit & Weave Loom Kit.  I really wanted to try weaving with it.  I’ve seen several free patterns on Lionbrandyarn.com and I have been dying to try them out.  The only problem was the thing was almost $50 and I am frugal.  That is another thing going against this whole thing.  Martha Stewart anything will not be cheap.  I watched for sales but was never happy.  Finally, I saw it a few weeks ago on sale at walmart for $35.  That is the best price I’d seen (Alaska prices of course) but I still held out, after all, I already know how to knit.  I just want it to try weaving.

Well…. on Sunday after having a lovely anniversary dinner with my husband we decided to stop by the store for a few things before heading home.  It was a very quick stop but my husband left the lights on and the car was dead.  So Happy Anniversary Honey, you get to walk home…..  poor guy.  It was slightly raining too.  I offered to walk with him but he was worried I’d be in pain afterwards and I probably would be.  So I went back in the store to browse while he walked home to get his truck.

They had a bunch of summer clothes and other out-of-season things on clearance and they were having a 60% off clearance sale for Labor Day.  I didn’t want to buy anything I wouldn’t be able to use so I just walked through each department killing time.  I just happened to walk through this section of yarn (which I definitely don’t need any of!) and scrapbooking goodies and then I saw this hacked opened Martha Stewart Knit & Weave Loom.  It was marked $31.97 on clearance and I saw this huge sign that said 60% off clearance!  I looked down and there were pegs from the kit on the floor under my feet.  I really didn’t want to pay for something that was damaged no matter how cheap it was.  Then I bent down to pick up the pegs to prevent someone’s demise and saw more undamaged kits on the bottom shelf.  Holy cow!  I grabbed one up and made sure it was in perfect condition and then had to hold myself back to keep from running to the register.  It cost me a whopping $12!!!!

So now I’m a Martha Stewart fan big time.  I’ve spent hours plugging pegs into frame pieces and watching videos online of how to use it . I’m a very happy camper and of course a new loyal MS follower.

I have woven one side of a pillow and I just learned how to double knit with the loom.  It is surprisingly easy and meditative.  I mean, I KNOW how to knit but I actually enjoy this.  My dog randomly jumped up in my lap, like she does on occasion, and even after she was sitting on the loom and knocked in on the floor and then drug it around to get it nice and tangled up….. even after that I was able to just pick it back up and it was fine.  If I had been knitting on needles it would have been all unraveled.  That is pretty darn cool.

Here are some video’s I’ve watched on how to use this cool new contraption.  This is a list of videos so when the first one ends just wait and it will go on to the next quick video.

Georgia Adventures

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I went to stay with my dad and step mother Penny for a full month in June.  I took my son Riley with me to help if needed while travelling.  I know I wouldn’t have been able to make it through all those flights with my carry on bag if I didn’t have any help.  Riley carried his bag and mine too.  We had a pretty good visit but it did get boring at times and my poor Riley was unplugged.  I feel so bad for teenagers these days that don’t appreciate the outdoors as much as kids used to.  I was always outside when I was a kid and loved it.  I loved my bike!  So I think it was good for Riley to get outside and see things like frogs, snakes, snapping turtles and all kinds of bugs and birds he doesn’t see in Fairbanks, Alaska.

I did a lot of genealogy research while I was there.  Mainly we went to grave yards and took photos so I’d have the dates. I listened to story after story my dad told and tried to steer him to talk about things besides hunting.  It was interesting to learn about the girl my dad was engaged to before my mom.

We went to this one graveyard and my dad saw a frog and caught it.  He handed it to me and it got away.  I caught it again and it got away three times and finally I walked over and handed it to Riley.  He is an inside boy so was a little freaked out.  He finally took it though and it jumped away.  Of course he didn’t know how to catch a frog so I caught it again  for him.  He really enjoyed checking it out.  Later when I was finished taking pictures of the graves I asked him about the frog and he said he let it go.  He was worried about the frog’s well-being though because it went under grandpa’s car.  I am sure it moved on before we needed to drive away.

I told my dad that I wanted to see a snake since I’d never seen one in person before.  My dad is one of those wild, crazy people that sees something dangerous and goes and catches it and sometimes eats it.  He has caught snakes and alligators and of course numerous bears.  When I got there I looked everywhere I went for snakes and it seemed like there was none.  Finally, I was woke up rather abruptly one morning by Penny telling me my dad had a snake to show me.  It was a very small white oak snake.  I am sure it wasn’t even 18 inches long and no thicker than a quarter in the middle.  He showed me how to hold it by the head to keep it from biting me.  I know I’m a tom-boy but I thought it was pretty.  Its head was light grey and I just loved the colors of its body – grey, tan and white.  He found a huge one later though and I think it was too strong for me to even think of holding it.  My super cool nephew, Wyatt, that I FINALLY got to meet now that he is 12, held that snake and I just felt it up and posed for pictures with them.  Later I saw what my dad says was a king snake.  It was black with thin white lines and when I turned my head for just a second to say something to my dad it was gone when I looked back.  My dad said king snakes are very fast and don’t like people. Penny doesn’t like them either and started yelling at my dad to kill it…and make SURE it’s dead.  It was a good thing it was long gone.  Penny doesn’t like frogs either.  We found out just how much when one jumped on her hehe

While my brother Emmett was there (with his wife and two kids Chloe and Wyatt) we saw a snapping turtle.  Chloe and I tormented the poor thing with a stick in front of its nose to get it to snap while the other’s took pictures of us.  We were nice though and put it on the other side of the road since my brother said it was headed that way to a pond.  We saved it some lumbering time.

When Penny heard that neither Riley or I had ever been to a beach she called her daughter who has a house in Carrabelle, Florida.  She drove us to St. George Island.  We had a great time and I have a pile of sea shells and some great pictures from the trip.  It rained all that night and the next day and so we didn’t get to go again.  I would have been content to stay there on the beach for the rest of my life.  I thought it was really neat to think that I was born not far from there in Newport Richey Florida.  I went into this neat little store and bought a shirt for for Riley and I and some other neat stuff made with shells.  Of course I got a trinket box for my box collection.  I also bought a cute choker necklace that would actually choke me if I tried to put it on.  I need to put my neck on a diet.  I also bought myself one of those cute little license plates with my name on it because I WAS ACTUALLY BORN IN FLORIDA!  Isn’t that cool?

Anyway I will post some pictures later.

It was so so so good to get back home and I’ve been crocheting dishcloths.  I’ve already made several.

I also started a blog that is dedicated to crafting.  So that is where I will post the free patterns I find and want to share.  It is called Creative Aspirations after my etsy store.  I usually use free patterns and sometimes make changes to them but I don’t like to be stingy.  I like crafters who share and are good to other crafters.  So if you see something in my store and you could make it yourself, you can just check my blog and see if I’ve posted the pattern.  That will also help me to keep this blog for the topics I planned it for.  I’ll still post pictures of things I make occasionally though.  These are the dishcloths I’ve been making.

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