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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Howdie Partner!

The theme for this week for Craftaholics R Us
is masculine.
I looked through my files and
found that I have very few masculine things.
This is strange because I have four sons and a husband.
I should have more right?

My husband is a cowboy (or tries to be).
He chose a cute digi from Some Odd Girl called


This is a 12 x 6 card that allows for 
all kinds of uses.
What can you think of to use it for?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Pilgrim Boy and Girl Turkeys

It's Turkey Time!

 A couple of cute turkeys wobbled across my
craft table and this is what I came up with. 

and 

Lots of layering and 3D fixing. These would make cute pictures or cards.



Friday, November 10, 2017

Shaker card tutorial from Koala T Crafts

Have you ever wondered how to make one of those fancy shaker cards?

Today I am going to show you a project I made into a shaker card and share with you a tutorial video by Jen Evers on how to ake shaker cards.

Shaker card tutorial

For my shaker card project I expanded on the techniques Jen 
taught in her tutorial,

I used a digi from Koala T Crafts new
Winter Whimsy release on November 10, 2017.
It is a snow globe.

I actually loaded the digis into Cricut Design Space and 
turned them into a SVG. Some I cut out of 
cardstock and the dolphin was a Print and Cut.
(Search YouTube to learn how to do this.)

I added Cricut Images to complete the sea scene with the dolphin.
The whole "Sea You Soon" is also available at a discount.



Koala T Craft's Novemeber Blog Challlenge with Winter Whimsy Christmas release

It is time for another blog challenge over on Koala T Crafts.

Koala T Crafts has a new release,
Winter Whimsy.

For my inspiration on Koala T Crafts Novemeber blog challenge from the Winter Whimsy bundle release,
I used the snow globe, rudolph and the elf digis.


The the coloring except the blue background was colored with
Prismacolor pencils. The background was colored with a
Spectrum Noir TB4 alochol marker.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Cutie KaToodles - Fall Season Crows

I love love love the Cutie KaToodle creations from Kadoodle Bug Designs.

Recently Melissa Duess created the cutest crow scene.
I made it in to a cute fall layout that could be used for those leaf raking memories. 

The file is


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Christmas Poinsettias by Graciellie Design

Poinsettias are such a lovely flower.
Do you know why it is the Christmas flower?
(Check out the information found out about Poinsettias
at the bottom of this post.)

Our wonderful sponsor, Graciellie Design,
has some beautiful Christmas digital products for us.

to design my Christmas card.


I added Red, Green, and White paper for added the elements.
I cut each of the colors in a scalloped oval to help
the Poinsettia stamp pop. I also put 3D foam dots behind the stamp
for even more dimension. The stamp is colored with
Prismacolor pencils.
I also used a Martha Stewart punch to punch out some eyelet to
top the card with.
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Here is some information I found on Poinsettias:

 Poinsettias at Christmas 
A Poinsettia flower
Poinsettia plants are native to Central America, especially an area of southern Mexico known as 'Taxco del Alarcon' where they flower during the winter. The ancient Aztecs called them 'cuetlaxochitl'. The Aztecs had many uses for them including using the flowers (actually special types of leaves known as bracts rather than being flowers) to make a purple dye for clothes and cosmetics and the milky white sap was made into a medicine to treat fevers. (Today we call the sap latex!)
The poinsettia was made widely known because of a man called Joel Roberts Poinsett (that's why we call them Poinsettia!). He was the first Ambassador from the USA to Mexico in 1825. Poinsett had some greenhouses on his plantations in South Carolina, and while visiting the Taco area in 1828, he became very interested in the plants. He immediately sent some of the plants back to South Carolina, where he began growing the plants and sending them to friends and botanical gardens.
One of the friends he sent plants to was John Bartram of Philadelphia. At the first Philadelphia flower show, Robert Buist, a plants-man from Pennsylvania saw the flower and he was probably the first person to have sold the poinsettias under their botanical, or latin name, name 'Euphorbia pulcherrima' (it means, 'the most beautiful Euphorbia'). They were first sold as cut flowers. It was only in the early 1900s that they were sold as whole plants for landscaping and pot plants. The Ecke family from Southern California were one of, if not, the first to sell them as whole plant and they're still the main producer of the plants in the USA. It is thought that they became known as Poinsettia in the mid 1830s when people found out who had first brought them to America from Mexico.
There is an old Mexican legend about how Poinsettias and Christmas come together, it goes like this:
There was once a poor Mexican girl called Pepita who had no present to give the the baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve Services. As Pepita walked to the chapel, sadly, her cousin Pedro tried to cheer her up.
'Pepita', he said "I'm sure that even the smallest gift, given by someone who loves him will make Jesus Happy."
Pepita didn't know what she could give, so she picked a small handful of weeds from the roadside and made them into a a small bouquet. She felt embarrassed because she could only give this small present to Jesus. As she walked through the chapel to the altar, she remembered what Pedro had said. She began to feel better, knelt down and put the bouquet at the bottom of the nativity scene. Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into bright red flowers, and everyone who saw them were sure they had seen a miracle. From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the 'Flores de Noche Buena', or 'Flowers of the Holy Night'.
The shape of the poinsettia flower and leaves are sometimes thought as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ. The white leaves represent his purity.
 (JPC-DESIGN, whychristmas?com /. “Poinsettias at Christmas on whychristmas?Com.” Poinsettias -- Christmas Customs and Traditions -- whychristmas?Com, www.whychristmas.com/customs/poinsettia.shtml.)