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A Card a Day – Book Review

I can feel myself getting carried away in the joy and therapeutic qualities of paper crafting.  It’s wonderful.  I honestly never thought I’d get sucked in, but now it seems almost like a natural extension of my photography.  It’s another creative outlet for me and I’m loving it!

So, my sister-in-law is getting married this summer (YAY!) and I’m helping to plan the wedding.  There will be LOTS of DIY stuff to keep the cost down, and I’m really excited about that because I LOVE TO DIM (Do-It-Myself).  I went to Barnes & Noble today looking at craft books and wedding books and such, and I came across a really great book that I had to have:

A Card a Day – Over 365 card ideas by Wendy Sue Anderson and Jennifer Schaerer:  It’s just what it says it is – over 365 card ideas packed into a beautiful and vibrant book.  It’s like mini-scrapbooking!  🙂  Check it out:

Sneak peek inside A Card a Day

Another sneak peek

It’s great because of the full color pages, but I also love it because there are step-by-step instructions, a shopping guide, and it even notates the cards that only take about 5 minutes to make!  Great for when you want to be creative but have little time to spare.  🙂

I was so excited that I came home and made my first card tonight – here it is: 

It’s not perfect, but I like it for my first card ever!  I’m really looking forward to making more.  Enjoy!


How to make a ribbon wreath (a.k.a. Mom’s birthday gift)

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So, I wanted to get something cool for mom’s birthday this year, but she’s hard to shop for.  Mom likes things that are practical (so do I), so I didn’t want to get her something just to get her something.  And I didn’t want to spend a ton of money, well, because I can’t, and she’s OK with that.  So I decided to get crafty.  And I’m SO glad I did! 

Mom decorated her home in pretty blues and chocolate browns, so I used those colors as my basis for this project.  I saw something similar to this on The Polka Dot Market’s site and thought, “I could make that!”  Well, guess what?  I did!  I had to give it to mom early for several reasons, and she loves it, so now I get to share – here it is:

I picked out A LOT of really beautiful grosgrain ribbon – 40 yards or so – in the color scheme that I chose for this project:

I also bought 3 yards of thick satin ribbon that I used to wrap the wreath.  I knew I didn’t have to cover every inch, because I would be covering it in loops of the grosgrain ribbon.  Here’s what that looked like:

Then, I started with one pattern at a time, cut 3″ strips, made a loop and used a straight pin to attach it to the wreath.  I did 20 or so strips of each pattern, randomly placing each strip on the wreath….

 

Then, voila!  It began to take shape!  I used a long strip of one pattern of ribbon to attach a loop to the back for hanging the wreath.  I’m so happy with how it turned out!  What do you think???