Triple Thanks

Today I have a quick and easy thank you card for you. Triple Thanks – because it’s always good to say “Thank You”!

The “thanks” stamp is from a discontinued set from Stampin’ Up. As I’ve shared in other posts, if you don’t have the particular stamps that I’ve used, take a look at what you do have. I’ll bet you have something in your craft room that will work to give you a similar result. Any thanks or thank you stamped on card stock and punched with an oval punch or die – or even trimmed to a rectangular shape – would work.

The punch I used for the center strip is from Martha Stewart – I’ve had it a long time. But here is a link to a similar punch by EK Success that I think is so pretty! Here’s a link to an embossing folder from Sizzix similar to the one I used.

To make the card, stamp thanks once with coral ink and twice with mint ink. Punch with a scalloped oval punch or die. (This looks like a great set of dies at Scrapbook.com!) Emboss a panel of coral card stock with the swirl embossing folder and attach to a white card. Punch a strip of mint paper with the edge punch and attach over the embossed panel. Attach the 3 stamped images with foam tape. To finish the card, attach 3 pearls to the upper right corner.

And that’s it! Quick and easy! Change the sentiment or color scheme and you can use this layout for anything from birthday to thinking of you to new baby to congratulations.

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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DIY Farmhouse Natural Wood Bead Garland

Have you seen the cute Farmhouse Bead Garlands in all the places that sell farmhouse decor? I’ve seen them in colors from natural to white, black, and all colors in between. Some are distressed and some have tassels. There are lots of different types to choose from – or you can make your own like I did!

All you need are some wood beads and twine and in a few minutes you can make your very own farmhouse wood bead garland.

I decided to keep my garland natural. I found these beads and twine that were just what I had in mind. I wanted to use 2 different sizes of beads to make my garland and this bag included both 20mm and 12mm beads.

I started out by making a tassel for the first end. I wrapped twine around my fingers 20-25 times to get the size I wanted. Then I tied another piece of twine tightly near one end.

Trim the loops at the opposite end and your tassel is ready.

I cut a long piece of twine – about 6 feet – and threaded one end through the loops at the top of my tassel and tied a double knot. I used a crochet hook to help make it easier the get through all of the loops. 

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I threaded the other end of my long piece of twine onto a large-eyed needle and started to string the beads onto the twine. I threaded the short end from the knot on the tassel through the first few beads to help secure it. Continue threading beads onto the twine in whatever pattern you like until your garland is the length you want.

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When you have your garland the length you want, make another tassel for the other end. I wrapped the twine around my fingers 20-25 times and then threaded the twine from my garland through the top and tied it as close to the last bead as I could. 

Then I took another piece of twine and tied it around the tassel near the top. I trimmed the loops at the bottom to finish the tassel.

And here is my finished garland! I love the way it turned out! My garland is about 57-inches long not including the tassels.

There are so many ways to change this to make it your own. You could paint the beads any color – or buy beads in your favorite color to save time. You could use just one size bead. You could leave off the tassels and put hanging loops on the ends. And of course you can make it any length you want!

This garland is so fun! Should I put it on my mantle, or maybe drape it on an old wooden window in my bedroom, or around a farmhouse pitcher, or maybe a basket? So many possibilities!! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Spring Trees Thinking of You Card

It’s the first day of Spring!! I love when everything is in bloom – new and fresh! Here’s a simple card to welcome the warmer weather and longer days.

The tree and grass stamps are from an older Stampin’ Up set called Totally Trees. It’s no longer available but you can use any fun tree stamps you have in your stash. The sentiment is also from Stampin’ Up. It’s from a set called Teeny Tiny Wishes and you can find it here. I use this set all the time – it has 24 different sentiments that cover so many occasions. The embossing folder is Dotted Lattice from Taylored Expressions.

To make the card, stamp the grass several times with green ink on a panel of white card stock. Stamp the “leaves” of the trees 3 times, twice with green ink and once with yellow-green ink. Stamp the trunk and branch part of the trees with dark brown ink, centering the branches in the center of the “leaves”. Lightly sponge around the trees with blue ink. Layer this panel to green card stock.

Emboss a panel of yellow-green card stock with the Dotted Lattice embossing folder. Attach to a white card. Attach panel stamped with trees to the card. Stamp sentiment with green ink on white card stock and punch with a label punch. (The one I used is discontinued, but you can find a similar one here.) Layer to another label punched from green card stock. (this one is discontinued, too 😦 , but here is a link to a very simple set of dies that I think would work great with a card like this or maybe this set…) Attach the label to the card with foam tape and add a couple of gems.

You could also change the color scheme and this would make a great Fall card!

Happy Spring!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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A Glimpse into the French Quarter in New Orleans

We recently went to New Orleans for a few days. While my husband was in his conference, I strolled around the French Quarter taking in the sites and enjoying the atmosphere. We’ve been here 3 or 4 times before, but it’s still fun to see all the beautiful, old buildings…and, of course, eat some amazing food!

I am by no means an expert on New Orleans, but here are a few of the pictures I snapped while we were there.

Jackson Square is surrounded by beautiful old buildings, including the St.Louis Cathedral, which is breathtaking by day or night!

A few of the gorgeous buildings as we walked through the Quarter…

And no visit to the French Quarter is complete without beignets from Cafe Du Monde!!

Of course, music is everywhere…

We hopped onto the Algiers Ferry to take the short ride across the Mississippi River to Algiers Point – something we have always talked about doing and finally did this time! We took a short walk around the neighborhood and stopped into a little pub (which I forgot to take a picture of) before heading back across the river.

The spectacular view of the Quarter as we headed back from Algiers Point…

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The textures to be found are simply amazing!

Oh, and did I mention that NOLA is 300 this year?

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These are just a few of the sites around the French Quarter…there is so much more to this amazing city! We didn’t even get to the Garden District this time with the beautiful plantation style homes…

Happy 300 Years New Orleans!! I’m sure we’ll be back!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Springtime Hello – Published in Take Ten!

So excited to have this fun card published in the Spring issue of Take Ten Magazine!!! I also have 4 more in the same issue!! 😍 How fun is that?!?!? The other cards are on pages 38, 100 (2 on this page), and 104. You can get your very own copy of this inspirational magazine here. 🙂

I did a post on one of the cards in this magazine, Snowballs 10 cents, back in January of 2016. I love how Take Ten surprises me every now and then by publishing a card that I’ve almost forgotten about!

This card brings Springtime to mind with its bright green and orange. It’s super simple to make and of course you can change the colors to your favorites.

The swirl stamp is from the Keep Wild set from Unity Stamp Company and the “hello” stamp is from Paper Source.

To make the card, stamp the swirl twice with orange ink and once with green ink on white card stock. Punch with a circle punch and layer to green and orange card stock circles using foam tape. Stamp hello with orange ink on white card stock trim and round the corners.

Layer 2 different patterned papers to a white card. Attach a strip of orange card stock to the middle. Attach the swirl circles to the top of the card. Attach hello to the bottom of the card with foam tape. Add a tiny button to the center of each swirl.

Such a simple card, but sure to bring a little Springtime Hello to someone special!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Easter “Peeps” Wood Decor – Re-Run 😊

We are getting ready to do a major remodel of our kitchen so my Easter decor will have to stay boxed up this year. That makes me a little sad because I made this adorable Easter “Peeps” Wood Decor sign last year and I won’t be able to enjoy it this Spring. I’m doing the next best thing by sharing this post again with you so you can make your own fun little sign! 🐰

I found this pin on Pinterest and knew immediately I had to make my own version of the cute Easter “Peeps” decoration in the post!

I had some left over scraps of wood from our bathroom remodel and one of them was the perfect size. I painted it with 2 coats of white chalk finish paint and then dry brushed it with brown acrylic paint to give it a distressed look. 

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I die cut a stencil from a transparency sheet using the bunny die from Amuse Studio. The die set is discontinued, but a quick google search should find a template you can use to make your stencil (like this one). Using the stencil, I applied blue, pink, and green dye ink with a sponge dauber to make the bunnies. After the ink was dry, I used the handle of a small paint brush to make the eyes and nose with dark brown paint. 

Here’s how it turned out… I just love it!!

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If you’d like bolder colors for your bunnies, just use acrylic paint instead of ink.

Such a sweet addition to your Easter decor! 🐰

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Crochet Mini Carrot Treat Bags

I saw several crochet carrots on Pinterest, but nothing was quite what I was looking for. So what to do??? I made up my own little pattern! 🥕😊

I used worsted weight yarn and an H/5mm hook to stitch up my carrots. The specific yarns I used are Crafter’s Secret in Orange and I Love This Yarn in Keylime. Both are available from Hobby Lobby. And have you noticed they have been putting all their yarn on sale 30% off about every other week?!?! Every. Single. Skein. How fun is that?!?!

Here’s my take on the carrot treat bag.

Crochet Mini Carrot Treat Bag

Stitches used – (US terms):

  • Chain – ch
  • Single crochet – sc
  • Double crochet – dc
  • Slip stitch – ss

Note: chain 2 does not count as a stitch

Tip: At the beginning of each round, I worked a slip stitch into the next stitch before chaining 2. By doing this, it helps to keep the seam from going wonky and really helps to hide the seam. The first picture is without the slip stitch, the second is with it.

 

Rnd 1: Using Orange, begin with a magic ring. Ch 2, dc 6 times in ring. Join with a ss to first dc. Pull magic ring closed.

Rnd 2: ss into next dc, ch 2. Work 2 dc in same stitch, dc in next stitch. *2 dc in next stitch, 1 dc in next stitch* twice and join with ss to first dc of rnd. (9 stitches)

Rnd 3: ss into next dc, ch 2. Work 2 dc in same stitch, dc in next 2 stitches. *2 dc in next stitch, dc in next 2 stitches* twice and join with ss to first dc of rnd. (12 stitches)

Rnd 4: ss into next dc, ch 2. Work 2 dc in same stitch, dc in next 3 stitches. *2 dc in next stitch, dc in next 3 stitches* twice and join with ss to first dc of rnd. (15 stitches)

Rnd 5: ss into next dc, ch 2. Work 2 dc in same stitch, dc in next 4 stitches. *2 dc in next stitch, dc in next 4 stitches* twice and join with ss to first dc of rnd. (18 stitches)

Rnd 6: ss into next dc, ch 2. Work 2 dc in same stitch, dc in next 5 stitches. *2 dc in next stitch, dc in next 5 stitches* twice and join with ss to first dc of rnd. (21 stitches)

Rnd 7: ss into next dc, ch 2. Work 2 dc in same stitch, dc in next 6 stitches. *2 dc in next stitch, dc in next 6 stitches* twice and join with ss to first dc of rnd. (24 stitches) Change to Keylime.

Rnd 8: Using Keylime, ss into next dc, ch 1. Sc in same stitch and each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc of rnd. (24 stitches)

Rnd 9: ss into next sc, ch 1. Sc in same stitch and each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc of rnd. (24 stitches) Do not fasten off.

To make handle:

Row 1: ss into next sc, ch 1. Sc in same stitch and in next sc, (leaving the rest of the round unworked), ch 1. Turn.

Row 2-16: 1 sc in each of the 2 sc, ch 1. Turn.

Fasten off leaving a long tail. Sew the end of the handle to the opposite side of the carrot. Weave in ends.

These cute little carrots are perfect to fill with chocolate and other fun treats. They work up very quickly so you’ll have plenty of time to make as many as you need!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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