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Past Projects: Cards and Little Foil Tape Houses


Just after Christmas, Rem and I went up to Sea Ranch with my mom. Although I planned a marathon of crafting and bought a bunch of supplies, the actual crafting that took place was more modest in scope. Sitting and gazing out the window interrupted by the occasional nap seemed to be the best use of my time.

I did manage to create a batch of cards, making sets of similar cards with variations in the paper and stamps.


I make cards for my mom that she can use whenever the occasion calls for it. I try to give her some cards that will work for guys – with a color scheme or designs that aren’t too frilly or feminine.


Several of the cards had illustrations from a vintage style alphabet poster, printed on scrapbook paper. The picture below was for “W – wave.”


This “Wish” card is one of my favorites.


I made these cards before the end of last year and it has taken me a month to post them! Since I’m catching up, here’s another project from last year.


These little houses were primarily made as Christmas ornaments, but with a pin-back glued on the back, they were also very cute on a lapel. Made from thin cardboard recycled from cereal and cookie boxes, they’re covered with aluminum foil duct tape and copper tape (used to repel snails in the garden) – two great craft supplies from the hardware store.

These ones were made at a holiday party on the campus where I work, that included a few craft tables. I brought the supplies and gave a hand if needed.  A little something layered under the foil tape, or covered with the copper tape and glued to the front of the houses adds interest.  I also like to press tape over corrugated cardboard for the roof.  The tip of your finger is a great tool to start, but for getting all the details, I used a bone folder.


You can find directions here at Mich L. in L.A.

They are also quite similar to these projects: Pumpkins, Charms, and Leaves.

Thank you for your visit.




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Day 28: collage sand gild stamp

Collage Sand Gild Stamp

Day 28: Collage Sand Gild Stamp.

I’m really pleased with this spread.  It’s late and I’m tired, but I love how it turned out.

We went to the Exploratorium today, Rem, my mom and I.  It is a huge, hands-on museum that we could not possibly absorb in one visit.

The obligatory photo opportunity at the clever Toilet Fountain:

Toilet Fountain

Black light.  Mom and I both wore black and white striped t’s.

Black Light

Tidal tubing – shows the level of the tide for every hour.

Tidal Tubes

When I saw THIS piece, I knew it would inspire my entry for today.  It is SO wonderful.  I am so sorry not to have the name of the artist.

Grid Sign

It was in the Tinkering Studio which has supplies and project you can do on the spot.  I didn’t want to spend 30 minutes there on a project, but I brought home instructions on doing paper circuits with copper tape, tiny surface mount LEDs and coin cell batteries.  Very interesting!

So, all I needed to do was make my small Art Journal version of the sign. But we still had a lot more to see at the museum.


Plastic hanger chandelier.

Hanger Chandelier


Colored Lights

Multiple Shadows.

Rem & Shadows

The Fog Bridge was lovely and cool on this hot, sunny day.

Fog Bridge

After lunch at the Ferry Building Marketplace and the ferry back to Larkspur, I ended up succumbing to a nap.

Finally, I started my journal pages. First I had to figure out the size and number of squares, then what words I would use, then I started cutting,






and painting.


And now it is done and way past time for bed.

collage knot tear

stamp paint embellish

Here is what I came up with a year ago on Day 28: Rem and I collaborated on a Video showing Marbleized Paper.

The year before that it was: Bottle Cap Necklace, another collaboration because Rem snagged the caps for me.

As always, thanks for checking out my blog!


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Message Tape from Oh, Hello Friend

I saw a link to this message tape on a friend’s Facebook page and immediately followed the link to Oh, Hello Friend to enter their message tape giveaway.  I didn’t win free tape but ordered some for myself.  How could I resist?

Message Tape

It’s masking tape printed with different messages..  I love it!

I also added a bread wrapper tab (above, on end of heart printed tape roll) to save the end of the tape.  I saw that on Facebook too, along with a bunch of other tips which you can see here.

I used several pieces on a bottle of wine Rem and I were giving my mom for Mother’s Day.

Wine Bottle with Message Tape

Along with the card I made for her.

Mother's Day card & wine

It’s always fun getting crafting supplies in the mail, especially when they have little bonus items (I got some fabric tape and a pencil with “be productive” printed on it) and pretty packaging.

Look at this great saying printed on the back of Oh, Hello Friend’s business card:

Never Let Failure

That’s worth remembering!

The stack of different tape had a cord wrapped around it with this tag attached at the top:

You Are Awesome

Also really worth remembering.

I was so pleased using the tape for the first time on the Mother’s Day wine bottle.

Business Card OHF

Thanks for the visit.  While you’re online, why not take a look at Oh, Hello Friend and see what they’re up to?  I’m not at all affiliated with them – I just think they have some pretty cool stuff.

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Easter Ideas

Egg Shape Chocolate

Beautiful soap mold used for Chocolate Nutella Fudge – pretty and delicious for Easter.

Filling Blue Egg

Basket of Eggs


Crack-Me Eggs: blown eggs, dyed, filled with candy.  Crack open to get the goodies.

Washi Tape Easter Egg

Quick and easy Washi Tape Easter Eggs: cover blown eggs (or kraft paper eggs) with torn pieces of washi tape.

Muffin Cup Quiche

Muffin Cup Quiche will use up some eggs (if you’ve been blowing eggs to decorate the shells).  They’re also delicious!

Beautiful Hat Card

I designed this hat-shaped card with paper roses for Mother’s Day but wouldn’t it be a lovely Easter Bonnet?

Thank you for stopping by.


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love & hugs

Home is Where the Heart Is

I’ve been up to my eyebrows in valentines.  I no longer send Christmas cards but I do like to give out a bunch of valentines.  I make some for the women in my choir, a batch for family members, and a pile to give to colleagues at the community college where I work.  I also do a Valentine project and a card for my sweetie (2013 project photos coming soon). For all the hearts I’ve punched and beautiful greetings I’ve embossed, I am a bit red-faced that I didn’t do a better job of sharing much of that process with you!

In past years I would come up with one design and make multiple cards.

Itty Bitty Valentine's

Masterboard Valentine Tags

A few years ago I made heart-shaped crayons that were a part of my valentines.

Crayon Hearts

It’s a good way to do lots of cards – production line style.  But sometimes by the time I made all my valentines, I was really tired of the design.

This year I did some multiples but I also did lots of variety.  I looked in my supplies and found some unused envelopes in different sizes and I also bought some small envelopes from Paper Source.  Then I started crafting different cards to fit in the different-sized envelopes. I showed some of the cards in these posts.

I made great use of my heart-shaped punches, washi tape was on many cards, I embossed greetings in gold or silver and I embellished with dots, buttons, jewels and charms. Here are a few of the valentines I made:

Script Love

love button

Big Red Paper Strip Heart love


I also lined the envelopes for many of the cards – it’s easy to do and adds a lovely touch to the finished valentine.

Lined Envelopes

Coordinate Card w/  Envelope

Almost all of my valentines were created with pink, grey, white and turquoise paper but I did one that was completely unique: a green valentine for my friend who loves green.  Thanks for sharing this picture, Shook. 

Green Valentine

What I didn’t do was my blog –  only one post before this for February!  So here are my belated best wishes, love & hugs to you all.

love & hugs


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Patchwork Quilt Card

Phil and Tedra were having a country wedding at her grandparents farm in Oregon. I didn’t make it to the wedding but I wanted to send a special card.  I’ve know Phil since he was a wee lad and can hardly believe he was getting married, but it was true.

My current favorite card size is 5.5 inches square.  I make an envelope that is 5.75 inches square with a template from Paper Source.

For this card I didn’t know much about the ceremony but the invitation included a sketch of the wedding location that reminded of the charming map sketch of the “Hundred Acre Wood” by E.H. Shepard in Winnie-the-Pooh. I decided a country patchwork quilt was what I wanted to create.

I sorted through my printed papers and picked out pieces that fit my theme.  I picked some because the pattern looked vintage or country (red gingham, sunflower seed packet, cowboy boots) or they just seemed right for a patchwork quilt. I spent a lot of time on this part of the process.  As I often do when crafting a card for a loved one, I thought of Phil.  I haven’t really been in his life much since he was a kid but it was It was fun going through my paper and looking for designs I thought might work.

A piece of old map was in one corner, nearly hidden by my embellishment.  I made a little tag with “love” stamped on it, a small patchwork heart and added a key charm and tied them all together with a piece of natural hemp twine.  An old shirt button accented another square.

I had an old topographical map that I used to make the envelope. A bit of collage on the front included a scrap of sheet music over-stamped with the definition of love. I added a piece of washi tape and an old postage stamp.

I included a large, beautiful image of a Great White Heron from a greeting card of a painting by Tim Brody.

Another bird in the lower right corner added to the envelope decoration – this one carrying a heart and my love.

A quilt, a key, maps, music, the definition of love.  Yes, I think I got everything into it that I wanted.

Congratulations to Phil and Tedra.


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Day 5: Tape Dispenser Before & After

I saw this, where else, on Pinterest.  I knew I would need some quick and easy projects for 30DoC and this is exactly that: quick and easy!  Helena on Craft and Creativity did it beautifully and, by the way, has a wonderful site that you should check out.

Tape Dispenser Before

Tape Dispenser During

Tape Dispenser After

Day 5 project from 2011: Shrinky Dink Rings.

Have a great day and thanks for making my blog a part of it.


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Jewel Box Envelope & Card

This is an embellished envelope that looks like a little box.  With a card tucked inside it might be just the thing for Mother’s Day to let mom know what a treasure she is to you.

This envelope is made from card stock and embellished to enhance the illusion of being three-dimensional. I used washi tape, stick-on gems and colored markers for the decorations.

I made a template here for you to make your own jewel box envelope and card.

Jewel Box Envelope & Card



Card Stock

Patterned Paper for front of card (optional)


Bone Folder (Useful but optional)

Pencil & Eraser


Sticky Tape or other stronger adhesive for the flaps

Double-sided adhesive (My favorite is Tombo permanent)

To Embellish: Washi Tape, Stick-On Gems, Gold or Silver Pen, Colored Markers


Print out template and cut out pattern pieces.  Carefully trace around the envelope pattern onto colored card stock. Use a bone folder to score where the dotted lines are indicated on the pattern.  These are fold lines.  If you don’t have a bone folder you can use a letter opener, ruler or popsicle stick to score the fold lines.

Cut out envelope.  Another way to do this is to use tiny dabs of adhesive to adhere the pattern directly to the card stock and cut out the card stock right on the lines.  Tracing around the pattern makes it just slightly larger than the original.

Don’t assemble the envelope yet – it will be easier to do the embellishment before it is assembled.

The card that goes into the envelope can be either a folded card or a tag style card.  In the photos for this project I made a folded card.  If you want a folded card, fold a piece of card stock and put one straight edge of the card pattern right on the fold.  Trace the card and cut out leaving the fold intact.

Washi tape is a great decoration for this Jewel Box envelope.  I picked out a narrow tape with two thin stripes of color and a wider tape with a floral print design.  If you haven’t yet given in to the lures of washi tape, you could cut narrow strips of decorative paper to embellish the envelope.

Crease the envelope piece along the fold lines to see how it fits together but don’t glue it yet.

With a ruler and pencil, lightly draw a line down the center of the front and back of the envelope where it comes to a point.

Refer to photos – this is harder to describe than to do!  Line a piece of washi tape up with the bottom edge of the front, going across the pencil line.  Lightly mark where the pencil line is and cut the washi tape right along the pencil line.  Smooth the tape into place and do the same on the other half so the two pieces meet together in a V in the middle.

Continue to place your washi tape keeping it lined up with the bottom edge of the piece.  I found it easiest to cut or tear a piece of tape slightly longer than what was needed for each section, lay it lightly in place, mark the center line in pencil and lift it up to trim along the line than smooth it back in place.  Once the washi tape is all in place, erase pencil lines.

Fold the envelope together to see where the lid of the box will be when the envelope is assembled.  Keep the trim below that line.

After you finish embellishing the front and back of the envelope, continue to the lid portion, marking with pencil in the same way.

For the lid, I made a diamond shape with the washi tape, following the lines of the paper. I added some bling with stick-on jewels, pearls and flat, sparkly stickers.

Add additional embellishment with gold and colored markers.

Once you’ve finished decorating, fold the envelope and adhere the tabs into place.  Even with careful cutting and folding, you may need to trim places that aren’t quite aligned.

I used decorative paper for the front of my card.  I was delighted to find this great hexagon printed paper in my stash from a recent shopping trip to Scrapbook Territory.  It is Wortley Village 12×12 Victoria Park Paper  by Lily Bee Design.  It went perfectly with the colors and shape of the project.  It’s nice when something works out so well.  Simple trace the shape of the card on decorative paper, cut it out and adhere to the front of the card.

Another variation would be to use washi tape to add a border around the edges of the card.

You can finish the card off by putting a heart on the inside.

Be sure to write a lovely message inside the card to go in your beautiful Jewel Box Envelope.

Thanks for the visit.


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Washi Tape Easter Eggs


Blue Print Wshi Tape Egg

I wanted to do something with washi tape*.  Easter is a week away.  So – I made these super-easy washi tape Easter eggs!
*Washi tape: Originally Japanese tissue or paper tape. It is like masking tape: a thin, often semi-transparent, easy-to-tear paper tape. Washi comes from Japanese words meaning “Japanese” and “paper”.  It describes paper made by hand in a traditional manner.  It has become popular with crafters in the last year or two and is now made in other places but still goes by the name washi tape.  It comes in different widths, pretty colors and many patterns.

Washi Tape Easter Egg


Blown Eggs  I used brown eggs.  The tape is somewhat translucent so the color of the egg will show through.

Long Needle and String or Thread

Beads (optional)

Washi Tape Available at many craft stores and online – I got mine on Etsy at Pretty Tape


If you want to hang your egg, you need to put a loop of string or thread through the egg.

Use long needle to  thread a piece of string or thread through your egg and make a loop so you can hang it up.  Alternative method: after egg is decorated use hot glue to attach a loop of ribbon or string to egg.  (Note: I forgot to put the string on my first egg until after I’d already started putting on the washi tape so I simply put the needle through the tape that covered the holes where the egg had been blown).

I didn’t do it for these eggs but a bead or two at the bottom of the egg is a nice way to finish off the string for hanging. UPDATE: I had so much fun doing these eggs I added one more to the photos and it has a bead at the bottom.

Tear small pieces of washi tape. It tears easily and can be repositioned.

Starting at the top of the egg, cover the egg with the pieces of tape, overlapping as you go.

The roll of washi tape makes a handy holder.

Turn egg as you continue to tear off pieces of tape and cover the egg.  Smaller pieces at the ends helps to minimize wrinkles.  You can smooth out any wrinkles with your fingers as you go.  The pieces can be a little larger on the sides of the egg .

You can see that the brown of the eggshell shows through the thin, paper tape.

If you didn’t put a loop of string through the egg yet, you want to do that before you finish with the tape.

A bit of tape across the hole where the ends of the string come out helps keep the string in place.

Tie a knot in the string and trim the ends.

Finish covering the egg with pieces of washi tape.

Here are a few others done with different tape:

I just added another picture.  I was enjoying making these eggs and they go together so quickly I decided to do one with a bead at the bottom.  The pretty magenta washi tape has a lace design and I use a thin band of turquoise washi tape around the middle.

Here is a good tutorial on how to blow eggs.  In the tutorial they show different tools (straw, syringe) for blowing the egg out of the shell.  I’ve always done it without a tool, just holding the egg over a bowl, putting my lips over the hole and blowing steadily.  Whatever works for you!  I do like the suggestion to dry the blown eggs in the microwave or oven.  I’ll try that next time.

Finished eggs can be displayed on a branch, an ornament tree, a grapevine wreath or just about anywhere.

Thanks for the visit.


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Day 23: Sunprint-Paper & Packing Tape Transfers on Decoupage Boxes

I used two different techniques for my creations today and both are cool, easy and fun. I then used the results to cover kraft paper boxes.  I wanted something really nifty because I was the lucky recipient of a big envelope of craft supplies, thanks to Scotch Brand Products and the team at 30 Days of Creativity.

I got an email about 10 days into the month from the team asking if I’d like some freebies (are you kidding? YES!) and saying they thought I was awesome!  Well, how cool is that?  In honor of PLAID DAY, the gift turned out to be from 3M and Scotch.  You know, with the little plaid label?  Good old Scotch tape.  A brand so well known, it has come to represent the product and be used  in place of the generic name, just like Kleenex, Jello and Band-aids.  Who says transparent tape, facial tissue, gelatin and bandages?

So what, you ask, was in the envelope or “creativity kit”.  Yes, Scotch tape!  Four types: magic, double-sided, packing and pop-up with a pop-up tape dispenser.   There was also three kinds of glue sticks, tacky glue, clear glue with 2-way applicator, maximum strength adhesive, an adhesive dot roller, reusable tabs for lightweight mounting, restickable shapes for mounting, photo laminating sheets and two pairs of scissors!

Now onto the projects!  I’ve been planning on doing something with Sunprints.  You make photographic type prints with special paper using sun and water.  I set out some crafting tools on the paper, exposed it to the sun for a few minutes than stopped the process with water.  They look kind of like x-rays and when dry are a beautiful rich blue.

I did a few more with ferns and other plants, jewelry and tools.   Sewing notions would make a great Sunprint.  This is a great project to do with kids and I think the prints would be wonderful framed.  I used one to cover a pencil cup and paperclip holder. I had some Kraft paper boxes and I just glued the Sunprints onto the boxes (with a handy glue stick that I happened to have on hand) and gave it a coat of decoupage medium.

When I opened my package and pawed through all the stuff I found packing tape and remembered reading about packing tape transfers.  Using packing tape and pictures from a magazine or copier or laser printer  you make little decals of the pictures but without the background paper so your image is  translucent.  Cheap and images are only as limited by what you can find to download or in a magazine.  Or copy.  Photos don’t work but copies of photos would be fine.

Once you find an image in a magazine or print it, you cut a piece of packing tape and put it over your picture.   Then you press the tape onto the picture, and burnish it with a bone folder, the back of a spoon or the edge of a ruler or letter opener.  You want to make sure all of your image is snugly sealed with tape with no bubbles or wrinkles.  Cut around your image and put it in a bowl of water.  Different tutorials gave different times for how long to soak it.  I found it was easier if it sat in the water for about 10 minutes.  Using your thumbs, gently rub the paper off of the tape, leaving your image on the clear packing tape.  Don’t scratch it though because it could take off the ink and ruin your picture.  Here is a link that shows the steps for this method: Molly Likes to Draw.

I found that it took a bit of rubbing but the paper came off eventually.  Blot the water off and you now have decals that you can glue onto a project – I used a glue stick to adhere several transferred images to a box I covered with a collage.  The large image on the left in the photo below is made with the same method but instead of packing tape I used photo laminating sheets.  I’ve read that contact paper works too, but I haven’t tested it. The printer paper came off much more easily than the glossy magazine paper.

The butterfly and key images on my collage box in the pictures above are all packing-tape transfers!

A warm thank you to the folks at 30 Days of Creativity for all the nice stuff and of course to Scotch Products.  I really am enjoying this process and it has gotten  me to stretch and strengthen my creative muscles.  I’m in wonderful company and love looking at what everyone else is producing.  I have tried things for the first time and discovered projects and mediums I want to explore further.  On the downside I’m not getting as much sleep as usual, but I have no one to blame for myself.  One more important thank you is to Rem for being so patient and supportive as I’ve turned the living room into a messy, chaotic art studio and the bedroom into an office.

As always, thank YOU for reading, responding (hint hint – love those comments), and, I hope, becoming inspired to do something creative on your own.


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