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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

Year Long Endeavors

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The past few years have not been that great for me.  With each year I’ve noticed my health getting worse (fibromyalgia).  Every year I have always made up a list of goals for the next year and never get far because I never feel well.  At the end of the year, any goals that I didn’t get to just get added to the next years list with my new goals.  Only, I am getting to the point where I can’t do much at all.  So this year I didn’t make any “new year goals.”   I just decided to do as much as I can, when I can.  Every day is a new day and whatever it brings I will just have to roll with it.  If I can’t get out of bed than that is all I can do.

I did start a few year long endeavors but nothing that will throw me off if I miss a day.

  1. Temperature Scarf.  My oldest son Jared helped me with this a lot.  He went with me to Joann’s and helped me pick out 12 colors (including black).  Then we arranged them into a pleasing rainbow of sorts with the colors we deemed to be “cold colors” on one end and the “hot colors” on the other end.  Jared made my chart for me with a temperature range for each color.   I decided I wanted to show the extremes in temperature we get here so I divided the year into thirds.  The first 4 months I am checking the temperature each day and taking the low for the day I check my chart to find out what color to use.  I work one row a day based on the temperature.  After the first 4 months I’ll switch to the high temperature then back to the low temps for the last four – so it will be warm around my neck (where the middle is hehe)  I am almost finished  with January and I love how it looks already!  After the last day of January I’ll add a few rows of black.  I started with a few rows of black and I’ll end with a few rows of black and when it is all done I’ll add an edge of black.  That way it will look like a thermometer kinda.
  2. I joined a CAL (crochet a long) on ravelry.com that is making a 12″ x 12″ block every month.  They also vote for an extra 12″ square and there is also a 6″ square each month for people wanting to make a baby blanket or whatever.
  3. I joined another CAL (Official CCC Social group) that is doing a 12″ x 12″ block every WEEK!  (until Nov I think which leaves time to piece them together)  The last two pictures show the first two from this group.  They are so awesome!!!
  4. I also joined another crochet group that has several different CAL’s planned throughout the year.  Creative Crochet Crew Group has to be the best crochet group I’ve seen on facebook.   Their first project is starting on Feb 4th I believe and they are making the Magnificent Moss Basket.  They even have the designer in this group in case anyone has any questions.  This group is totally focused on crochet so no random chit chat about other things or negativity of any sort.  No knitting or other off topic things either.  That makes it really nice because it is such a large group.  I find so many wonderful patterns or ideas in this group.  The group I linked in #3 above is the social group where chit chat is allowed but not the negativity.  Both groups are awesome!

This link is to my Ravelry Project page for my 2014 blanket!  I’ll be adding each square as I do them so if you check back you can see all the patterns (which are all free).

When I finished the purple flower with the green part it made me think of a water lily so I made the rest blue.

When I finished the purple flower with the green part it made me think of a water lily so I made the rest blue.

So all of these “endeavors” are crochet related.  That seems to be the one thing that keeps me going.  Last year I was really into knitting but lately I only want to crochet.  I’ve been crocheting for most of my life (my sister started teaching me when I was 5) but I haven’t been knitting all that long.  When I am in pain and have a hard time focusing I go for the thing that I can do on autopilot.  It helps to keep my mind focused on something – something not to hard but hard enough to keep my mind off of hurting.  This may sound silly but if I am in so much pain that I can’t crochet, I actually try to mentally form the stitches in my head as a way to distract myself.  I think everyone with fibromyalgia has their little tricks like that.

Oh, I should add, I am doing all of these things using only yarn that I already have.  I have a lot!  I picked out four colors to make a blanket for my room.  Purple – Green – Blue – Cream   But, I am using different yarns and different shades of those colors in my squares.  I may even make some 6″ squares and group 4 together into a larger square.

Hairy Lavender Flower Square

I got the bright idea to use green fun fur with the white for the center of this square. Then I had to give it a haircut because it looked like an overgrown lawn!

Making a blanket to fit my bed might be overwhelming but making a 12″ square can be done in an hour or so.  When I don’t feel well it takes me all day but I still find myself waiting impatiently for the next one to be posted in each group.  In no time at all I will have enough squares to make my blanket and I really doubt it will take a year.  I’ll probably make a blanket for every bed in the house.

The flower in this one is two shades of blue but the darker shade looks gray in the picture.  There actually isn't any gray in this.

The flower in this one is two shades of blue but the darker shade looks gray in the picture. There actually isn’t any gray in this.

Purple flower circle square

From Trash to Treasure

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I love boxes.  I collect boxes of all sorts.  Some of them are pretty vintage trinket boxes, some are carved wood, bone, shell, glass, paper etc.  I love them!  I also like to save and reuse boxes or containers from food, medicine, and packaging from anything.  I have always reused stuff but never really knew how to dress it up and make it look nice.  I have tried a few things in the past but it didn’t really hold up because I didn’t have the right materials so it would stay.  I’ve been learning though.  I recently joined a group on facebook called The Craft Hole  and they have some very talented members!   After seeing some of the stuff they make in that group I was a bit intimidated!  I joined a challenge they had called “Trash to Treasure” and had a great idea for something I wanted to do.  I like all the things I make to be practical and useful.  I had a great idea but I just didn’t know how to get started.  I finally shared my idea with them and some members nudged me in the right direction.  All I really needed was the proper terms to look up on youtube and I found a wealth of great videos and tutorials.  I watched a bunch of videos and got lots of ideas.  I didn’t have the same materials they were using but I got the idea of what they were doing.

Here’s my box.  Both of my teen-aged sons got wallets for Christmas and two of these awesome boxes were going into the trash.  They are covered in some sort of faux leather or something with stitching around the edging.

Dockers wallet box

I really liked how one side was sloped.  I realized it would be perfect for keeping my stitch markers in for crochet/knitting.  I have terrible nails so I keep them cut short and then I have the hardest time picking up the stitch markers.  I could just slide one up the side of this box!  I also have this travel Pepto Bismol To-Go tablet container that I’ve been using to keep my darning needles in.  That was especially handy because it has a child proof cap so if any children are around they can’t get to the needles.  I peeled the label off of that pink plastic tube and just wrapped some pink patterned washi tape around it to make it look nicer.  That container slips perfectly into that little cubbie hole in the box.  It is just snug enough to keep it from falling out.

I wanted to paint the bottom part of the box a light cream color so I had to over up all that orange.  Did I get the job done?  I gesso. har har

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It took a lot of it to hide all of that orange.  Then I mixed up some acrylic paint to paint it a nice vintage shade of cream.  It was kind of funny because it’s been a while since I’ve mixed paint, especially thicker paint like acrylic.  I kinda struggle sometimes with knowing what colors to mix to get what I want but I just glopped out some paint and mixed it all up and it exactly matched the ribbon I bought to put on this box.  I didn’t even have to add a little move of this color…. and that color…. no, a little more yellow….. a little more red….. etc.  It was just perfect, right out of the gate (or tube).

Here you can see some of the goodies I bought to decorate the box.

Supplies

So then I printed up some graphics from a blog I found.

 
If you subscribe to their newsletter they always attach a freebie!  This is the last one and I fell in love with it right away.  I just love these colors.  When I printed the sheet I didn’t have the page orientation set right so it printed small but that was perfect because the images worked great on my box.

Docker box reborn

Here’s where I got stuck and really didn’t know what to do.  I knew I wanted a vintage looking box and some members of the group mentioned above suggested I look on youtube.com for distressing tutorials.  I watched a ton.  Some of them weren’t even in English but I still got the idea.  I don’t really have any one video that helped the most.  I didn’t have the same stuff they used in any of those videos so I just pulled out what I had.  I mixed up some more colors of acrylic paint and did a little dry brushing.  Sometimes I’d take a damp paper towel wipe it off (pretty much like what they were doing with stain in the videos).  I pretty much just played and had fun making my box look old.  I used some scapbooking stickers of coins and stamps and some other paper elements.  I had fun altering the images, which is another thing I learned.  I sanded the edges, tore, wrinkled up and added a little colored chalk.  I even used a little paint on a q-tip to add some shading to the coins.  For some reason, I never thought about making these adjustments to things before.

Finished inside

The little piece of ribbon at the bottom there is for pulling the box open.  The top fits over the bottom section pretty snug.  It was hard to open before I painted.  I used some good quality glue so hopefully it will never come off.

The bottom

I even added my name and the date.  It is a piece of art after all.

I really had fun when I started working on the top.  I had all of these different elements that I wanted to use but didn’t really have a clear idea in mind.  I started fumbling around with the ribbon and finally realized it was just too nice.  I bullied it around a bit until it looked like what I wanted.  I wanted it to have some frayed areas and pulled and distorted the weave of the fabric.  Finally I wrinkled it up and then started shaping it into a base for my centerpiece.  I brushed some decoupage medium over an image to seal it and then added a wooden, laser-cut frame and some butterflies.  I even took one of the images, some the awesome freebie set mentioned above, and layered it over the large butterfly and then just tore the paper along the edge of the butterfly.  I added some decoupage glue and slide the paper to get some wrinkles and I wanted a little bit of the light color of the wooden butterfly to show at the edge.  I really like the way it turned out!

The top

Oh, and I found that shell on the beach at St. George Island in Florida this past summer and I found that button in my mom’s things.  I will always be reminded of some good times whenever I used my *new* box.

My awesome box in use

Daily Prompt: Resolved

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WordPress Blog Prompt: Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution that you kept?

Yes, last year I did better than I ever have.  I called them goals though and kept track of them throughout the year.  I resolved to finish projects that I had started but never finished.  I made a list of them and finished them all.  One of which was a crochet baby blanket with giraffes on it.  The pattern was full of mistakes and I got so frustrated.  I finally finished it and I’m so proud of it.  The baby turned 1 just before I gave it to him but he still loves it.

A crocheted blanket I made for my great nephew

A crocheted blanket I made for my great nephew

If you use facebook would you please click on this link below and “like” the picture of my nephew? He is going to be deployed soon and if he gets the most “likes” they will give his wife money to send him care packages while he’s gone. Please share the picture too. Thank you!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

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My maternal grandmother was born in the year 1900.  My family moved to Alaska in 1975 when I was 3 years old so I never got to see her very much.  I grew up so far away from her home in Georgia.  I always wished I could have known her better.  I know she liked to make things like my mom did and also my sister and I did.

Just recently I posted a picture of something I tatted on facebook.  I taught myself how to tat using books from the library and a few websites.  One of my aunts saw the picture and told me my grandmother also tatted.  She told me my grandmother would be so proud of me.  I don’t know how to explain how this made me feel.  It made me feel some sort of connection with her that I didn’t have before.  My aunt sent me this little baby shoe that my grandmother was working on and apparently put it away to keep it safe and forgot about it.

I held this delicate little shoe in my hand and thought about my grandmother’s hands touching those same threads.  I wish she was still here so I could tat with her but since she isn’t I will just keep tatting and thinking of her.

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