Friday, November 15, 2019

Neighbor Gifts and Why They Matter

I try to make a small gift for my neighbors every Christmas.

It's important to me to make contact during the holidays, because they can be such a hard time for people. My next door neighbor is a widow as is the neighbor on the other side of her house. My other neighbor is a single mom.

You never know what people are struggling with this time of year, and it's a time of year when people expect and welcome visitors even if it's just for a few minutes. Their homes are decorated and ready for company, and if that company doesn't come, that's sad.

I enjoy baking and making crafty packaging, or handmade ornaments for my visiting days.

One year, a neighborhood Christmas open house at my next door neighbor's house is how I found out that my across the street neighbor thought I was a murderer. It's true!

I used to do a crafty segment on the local news, and the news truck would show up at 5 AM and park in front of my house for a few hours, with cables going from the truck into my house - lots of lighting in my living room, etc.

So we were chatting at this party and this guy's wife told me that he had been googling looking for a murder one morning when he saw them. I was all - do I seem murdery????

And then I remembered that one time I rang their doorbell at 3 AM with great hostility when their car horn had been honking for an hour (the wiring in the car was jacked and if the temperature dropped below 50, the horn would start honking - and it did not wake them up, but it woke us up - for many days in a row, and I was finally pushed over the edge) and I very scarily whispered that I'd be happy to disconnect the battery in the thing permanently if he did not remedy it forthwith. But that was completely justified and does not make me a murder suspect. Especially since they quickly got rid of the car.

So this is why it's good to show yourself at the holidays and find out if everyone thinks your a murderer, and to check on your friends. It's even better to give them gifts to make them suspect you less.

So last year, I made Mason jar snow globes for everyone! These are super easy to make and use minimal supplies you might already have.

I used this size of plastic DIY Christmas ornament, and I snapped the tab off with pliers. I used these wide mouth jars, which exactly fit the jar lids, and I used these figurines, and these - the ticket here is that they have to be the right size to fit under the dome. You'll see what I mean in the video below. I used my cordless hot glue gun to put the entire thing together, and finished it with opal glitter glue.

Last year, I used these beautiful blue jars - these are my faves.

You can purchase just the lid inserts, and so I made a few free-standing globes that don't go on a jar lid. Note in the video the difference - these cannot be added to a ring lid and you'll see why. These are desk or home decor.


Amazon.com: Ball Mason PINT Jars...
[ AMZUS ]
Amazon.com: Ball Mason Jar-16 oz....
[ AMZUS ]
Amazon.com: S SEEKINGTAG Clear...
[ AMZUS ]
Amazon.com: Christmas Miniature...
[ AMZUS ]
Amazon.com: FunPa 12PCS Christmas...
[ AMZUS ]
Amazon.com: Sulyn 4 oz. Glitter Glue...
[ AMZUS ]
Amazon.com: Ball Wide Mouth Mason Jar...
[ AMZUS ]


Fun, right?

Here's a quick video on the process!




Tell me in the comments what some of your holiday traditions are!

Loveyameanitbye.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Happy Veteran's Day!

Happy Veteran's Day!

I saw Angie making samples with the new amazing hexie cover plate die at a retreat last month, and I didn't say a word - but I knew exactly what I was going to do with it. So this card has been brewing for a month!

The die is ingenious, as usual, because it comes with another die that cuts out stripes of the hexagons so you can fill an entire row at once with the stripes it cuts out (two of them).

But I love the zen of paper piecing, so I watercolored one sheet of watercolor with Phthalo Blue Green Shade and one sheet with Pyrrol Scarlet. After they were dry, I die cut those two as well as another blank sheet. Please note - you do need to shim with watercolor paper on cover dies for perfect cuts in one pass. That's just the nature of cover plate dies.

I liked the variation the watercolor gave me - I think it's more interesting than a single color of cardstock for this pattern.

Then, I glued the entire die cut of the blank sheet down onto a card base. (I didn't shim this one so that the hexies wouldn't fall out during this process.

Then I took the red and blue pieces and glued them on top of the existing white ones, so the colored bits are slightly raised. The word die is from this set.


Hexagon Designer dies - Concord & 9th
[ C&9 ]
Lace Leaf BUNDLE - Concord & 9th
[ C&9 ]
November 2019 Release BUNDLE -...
[ C&9 ]
Phthalo Blue Green Shade - Daniel...
[ BLIC ]
Pyrrol Scarlet - Daniel Smith Extra...
[ BLIC ]
Sakura CLASSIC WHITE Fine Line 05...
[ SSS ]
Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
[ SSS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSP | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
[ SSS ]
Cut Align
[ MSP ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
[ SSS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
[ CHC ]
XL Stamp Storage Pockets
[ ELH ]
Mermaid tidy towel case and glue...
[ ETS ]
Ink Off Cloth
[ INK ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | CST ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]


The whole release is amazing - you can see the rest of it here!

Want to see my adorable nephew in his Veteran's Day program Friday? He's in the 4th & 5th grade honor choir and they did a great job! Thank you to all of you who serve, or who have families who serve this great nation!

Enjoy these. Loveyameanitbye.








Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Paperphilia - A Confession

I have always loved paper.

I remember like it was YESTERDAY how excited I would get at the beginning of the school year when I got a package of brand spanking new college-ruled notebook paper. (Wide-ruled paper - why is that even a thing? So gross.) Or when, as an adult, I realized I could buy as many Post-It™ notes as I wanted, and no-one could stop me.

So paperphilia is real, and I've had it for as long as I can remember.

It's really no wonder I ended up here.

For many years, I was a patterned paper hoarder. I used to hate cutting into that beautiful paper, which I'm completely over now. It doesn't do you any good sitting in a drawer. Use it! Send someone a card!

So when I found this stunning new paper from Unity, I had plenty of room for it in my life. The style of the warm-colored florals made my heart go pitter pat. I think this would be awesome for Thanksgiving table decorations.

You know what else makes my heart go pitter pat? Simple, quick cards where the paper is the star of the show. I added just this layering hugs die and some sequins. BOOM.
In addition to what I consider their warm style, there are also brights for my brights-loving heart in this other floral pack. I used this layering thanks die and sequins again to finish.
Did I say brights? Yes, yes I did. There's a fun pack with bright colors and images like this, as well as ice cream cones. Same die in the opposite color order.
And the only thing better than ice cream is COFFEE. The cool blue is the perfect contrast for this pretty foofy coffee drink image. The whole package is in this color scheme. I used this sentiment and the beans in Acorn ink, and then added some clear dimensional glaze to the beans. I remember ages ago when I had my first coffee set and added glaze to the bean images and thought surely nothing can be more fun than this. Shiny, raised beans still make me extremely happy.

Autumn Dream {Paper Pack} - Unity...
[ UNT ]
Birch Press Design BIG HUGS SUGAR...
[ SSS ]
Pink & Blue Watercolored {Paper Pack}...
[ UNT ]
Birch Press Design BIG THANKS SUGAR...
[ SSS ]
Rainbow Vibes {Paper Pack} - Unity...
[ UNT ]
Coffee Lovers {Paper Pack} - Unity...
[ UNT ]
Coffee Blend BUNDLE - Concord & 9th
[ C&9 | SSS ]
Tonic CRYSTAL GLAZE Nuvo 947N at...
[ SSS ]
Tsukineko VersaFine Clair ACORN Ink...
[ SSS ]
Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
[ SSS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSP | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
[ SSS ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
[ SSS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
[ CHC ]
XL Stamp Storage Pockets
[ ELH ]
Mermaid tidy towel case and glue...
[ ETS ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | CST ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]



You'd have to work pretty hard to make all four of these cards take more than five minutes - I love it!

What are your plans for Thanksgiving if you're in the US? Do you decorate? What do you cook? Do you craft over that weekend? Nap? Watch football? Lay your traditions on me!

Loveyaasmuchaspapermeanitbye.

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