Handmade cards

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Printing and making my own stickers and card designs is so easy and fun. I draw my inspiration from all kinds of sources, keeping my colors and prints very simplistic. I love flowers and tend to use them a lot!

With this card, I made a background in my handwriting. I drew out the stickers I wanted to use and printed them on a sticker sheet and cut them out by hand. I used pop up foam circles to pop them off the page. The possibilities are endless!

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Labeling

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It’s always fun to change it up a bit and create a different look for labels. Since I only play around with graphics for fun, it gives me something to do.

I found some downloadable label shapes on line as well as some chalkboard backgrounds. I created a mask with the shape and background and downloaded some chalkboard type fonts for fun.

This is a label I used for a lavender lotion bar I made with olive oil rather than coconut oil. It came out great by the way!

Chalkboard Illustrations

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What is it about Chalkboard Illustration that makes it so fun?  I don’t know if it brings back the childhood in me or if it’s the creative side of all the cool fonts you can use.  Today I played around with some fonts to make up a Chalkboard Birthday Card.  Then I sized them so I could print and use for making different Birthday Cards.  The possibilities are endless!

Printable Sizes for Making a Birthday Card

Printable Sizes for Making a Birthday Card

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Homemade Anti-oxidant Serious Facial Butter

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First of all, let me emphasize the importance of using good quality products. You can’t beat the awesome products from Mountain Rose Herbs. I absolutely love the quality. You get what you pay for. My homemade facial moisturizer was made with Shea Butter, Illipe Butter, Kokum Butter, Apricot Oil, Emu Oil, Rose Hip Seed Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Lavender Essential Oil and Vitamin E. The Butters make up about 80% of my moisturizer which I melted in a pyrex measuring cup in a double boiler for about 20 minutes. Allowing the butters to remain melted at a safe heat of around 170 degrees for 20 minutes helps keeps the butters from crystallizing when they cool. I added the rest of the ingredients to the melted butters and poured into a small glass container to cool. If Shea Butter does crystalize (feels kind of bumpy), it will still melt quickly and smoothly on the skin and doesn’t affect the benefit or quality of the product.

I start out by washing my face with Castile Lavender Liquid Soap and apply a very small amount of moisturizer in the palm of my hand and mix with my finger in circles until melted. I apply it on my face and let the oils penetrate into my skin. The oiliness disappears in about 5 minutes and I am ready to apply my makeup. The natural sun protection that carrot seed oil contains makes this oil even more valuable for the skin. I chose to make my facial moisturizer with ingredients that have amazing properties on the skin.

  • Shea Butter: Extremely good for dry chapped skin. Has healing and anti-inflamatory qualities, very softening on the skin. Has a natural sun protection of about a 6 SPF.
  • Illipe Butter and Kokum Butter: Exotic nut oils good for moisturizing and healing dry, rough, damaged skin, sunburn. Great for mature skin and hair.
  • Apricot Oil: Helps minimize and prevent fine wrinkles in the skin. Helps soothe and heal dry, damaged skin. Penetrates the skin easily.
  • Rose Hip Seed Oil: Helps with scars, eczema, psoriasis, wrinkles, age spots, UV damage from sun exposure. Also great for hair. Its a dry oil that soaks in easily and a great hydrator for skin. I only added a few drops as it is not recommended for acne or very oily skin.
  • Emu Oil: One of my favorite oils – so versatile. Benefits include, anti-inflammatory (great for joints), anti-aging qualities (helps to thicken the skin), heals burns (they use on burn victims to heal the skin twice as fast), helps with muscle strains and ligament healing, therapeutic for cracking, red, dry skin, insect bites, hair, acne, chapped lips, gout…..etc. Hands down, it is amazing stuff.
  • Carrot Seed Oil: Great anti-aging benefits. I make sure to dilute this oil carefully. It does have a strong odor. Helps with wrinkles, problem skin like acne, eczema, psoriasis, boils. Has antiseptic properties and is detoxifying. Said to reverse some signs of aging.  It revitalizes the skin making it great to use on rashes and dermatitis.
  • Lavender Essential Oil: Oh, my favorite because of its versatility and soothing features. It attacks bacteria in acne, heals and soothes burns while stimulating new skin cell growth, acts as an anti-fungal treatment, helps ease pain in muscles and joints, great for eczema and sunburn and much more.

Start out making a small trial batch. You can add more or less of what you like. Always make sure to read about safe dilution of essential oils before applying to the skin and which ones are compatible together. I’m not an expert by any means. I just love making my own products and want to share beneficial solutions that have worked for me.

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Hostess Gift – Solar Lid Mason Jar

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Hostess Gift – Solar Lid Mason Jar

Lit up Snowman Mason Jar

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Solar lighted Mason Jar. Testing the view in a dark place.

I needed a Hostess Gift for Thanksgiving.  I was lucky to find these solar mason jar lids at a little store.  I passed them up the first time, but after shopping at craft stores and combing the malls and all the places I thought I could find a great gift idea, I settled on a mason jar.  I bought the solar lid for $12, the jar at a thrift store for $.79 and used craft stuff I knew I already at home.  I did buy heavier gauge wire.

I used epsom salt in the bottom for snow and took an embossed snowman that I had leftover from years ago when I made my own Christmas cards and just stuck him in the salt using a pair of pliers to push him down in.  I already had some Christmas ribbon left over from wine bottle bags I made a while back.  I found some sticky mesh and cut scraps to cover the Kerr lettering in the back on the jar.  Then I used some quotations that I had lying around, tore the edges and Mod Podged it to the mesh.

I used some left over beads to dangle from one of the sides and used jute to cover the wire that holds the hanger.  The lid is water proof so it can be used outside.  I did not glue anything to the lid in case a person may want to change the jar out seasonly, but any mason jar lid ring will work.  I liked the silver simplicity of it so I left it alone.  I believe you can find solar lids on line.  I didn’t have time to shop around since I was in a crunch.  Here are pictures of the front and back unlit.S orry my pictures are not the best:)

 

Front of Mason Snowman Jar

 

 

This is how the mason jar looks unlit. I used craft things I already had.
Back of Mason Jar

This is where I used the mesh on the back of the jar to cover up the Kerr lettering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rag Quilts

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I love Pinterest! So many ways to get inspired. After seeing rag quilts, I had to try making one. I haven’t used my sewing machine in a long time and when an email arrived from JoAnn Crafts with their flannel on sale, I decided to try making a rag quilt for a baby gift. It probably took me a total of 5 hours. I found the tutorial on a blog called do it yourself divas. I loved the look of the strip quilt so I had to give it a shot!

I chose to add some micro fleece and nubby fleece for a little added softness. I did use a flannel lining. So you need 7 coordinating fleece fabrics, 1/2 yard each, and 2 yards white flannel for the batting. I did not want binding so I ragged the edges as well. Use 100% cotton for better fraying.

Cut two 6″ strips and two 3″ strips from each of the main fabrics. Cut seven 6″ strips and seven 3″ strips from the white flannel. Place a strip of white flannel in between each panel strip, making sure the right sides are facing outward. Sew a seam length wise down the center to hold in place. After all your strips are finished, lay them out in a pattern you like. Sew them together making sure one side has all the seams. The other side will be flat. Trim the sides to make the quilt even and stitch around the outer edge.

Next, taking small 1/2 sections on each seam, snip edges towards seam being careful not to snip into the seam. Wash and dry quit to fray. Pull looses strings off and you are finished!

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Gearing up for the Holidays – Creative Labeling

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Gearing up for the Holidays – Creative Labeling

Holiday Labels

I love the creative side that comes alive inside me.  My favorite homemade product has to be the lotion bars I created. I have to say, they are the best when it comes to cracked heals, hence my lotion bar label for the Holidays – “Hoof Helper”.  Packaging can really make a difference when selling product.  I must have redesigned my basic label at least 10 times.  Since I only do it as a craft for friends and family, I’m not locked into a mass produced label purchased from a company.  I print small label designs from the comfort of my own home on my inkjet printer. Laser-Injet Labels  has a variety of different labels that work really well for me.  Unfortunately, the custom size I want is not available so I cut my own from a full 8.5×11 sheet.  That way I can put more labels on a sheet and I use my corner rounder to finish the corners and the fact that all printers require their own quirks to make the label fit correctly with the printer, makes the full sheet a better option for me.  Have fun, get inspiration on the web.  If you don’t have a program to create your own drawings, then draw a picture out on a piece of paper by tracing and coloring it.  Take a picture of it, crop it and do it that way.