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Wine bottle tag

Bottle_craft_002Just sharing a wine bottle tag that I made for someone special’s birthday (sending a shout out to Stephanie S!) I think it’s just too cute not to share!  I used the Totally Stampalicious stamp “Cafe Scarlette” and the sentiment from CTMH’s Piece of Cake stamp set. I wanted to use a pink & orange palette to make the birthday girl’s day bright and happy! A big thank you to my pal Bryn for taking the picture for me.

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“Semi-homemade” lighthouse notepads

I have always loved lighthouses. Living in Florida, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing probably over a dozen of them from the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse in South Florida, to the lighthouse on Sanibel Island on the west coast, to the Garden Key lighthouse on top of Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park.

Recently I attended an event in St. Augustine, and I made several of these notepads to give to a few special key people at a business meeting.  I knew when I saw the black and white striped notepads at Michael’s I had to take them home with me and add something to them.  Since I have a couple of rubber stamps of Florida lighthouses, I used my St. Augustine lighthouse stamp to embellished these matchbook notepads. I stamped & embossed the image on white cardstock, added the sun & clouds in the background, rounded the corners, used Copic markers to color, added a ribbon & mat, then attached with pop dots to the notepad. I was happy with how my “semi-homemade” project turned out!

stamp and stamped image  Stamped images ready to attach to notepads

Finished lighthouse matchbook notepad notepad before & after

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2012 Year in blogging review

Happy New Year!

To kick off the new year, I’d like to share with you a little data on For Keeps Sake’s activity in 2012. You may start scrolling!

Crunchy numbers

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. My blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

In 2012, there were 21 new posts, not bad for my first year! There were 109 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 94 MB. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was February 5th with 68 views. The most popular post that day was Did you ever make Valentine boxes in elementary school?.

Valentine box

Where did my blog visitors come from?

28 countries in all!  Most visitors came from The United States. Canada & The United Kingdom were not far behind.

The top referring sites to my blog in 2012 were:

  1. facebook.com
  2. mycraftyworld.blogspot.com
  3. pinterest.com

2013 is going to be even better – Cheers to a great new year!

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We are more than halfway through the year!

Can you believe that it’s August all ready? This year is flying right by! By this time of the year I have usually figured out what paper craft projects I am going to work on for the fall holidays and for Christmas. I think I should stop spending less time pinning and looking at ideas on Pinterest and start planning ahead. The holidays will be here before we know it!

I am continuing to work on my ongoing Recipe Recap project. I’ll post some pictures soon of recent page additions. This little pocketbook album is filling up quickly, and is turning out to be the perfect size for this project. It feels good to know that I am reaching my goal of using scrap paper and random scrap stash to put “recipe” pages together that contain some kind of keepsake from the day, or pictures from a special happening.

Since this year will be over in a flash…I have decided that my next years annual ongoing project (or projects) will be getting SMASHed! I am so excited to try K & Company’s line of SMASH products. Do any of you SMASH?

SMASH v.: the act of sticking cool things in cool awesome books made by K & Co. Live it up, Glue it down, & Smash it in!

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Shake It Like A Poloroid Picture

Are you old enough to remember Polaroid’s instant cameras? The first Polaroid camera was launched in 1947.  Last year, Polaroid introduced the Polaroid 300 Instant Camera. I always loved Polaroid pictures…from the way the clicking of the big button feels, to the magic of watching the film glide out, the anticipation of waiting to see what develops,  and of course, the iconic white frame.   How fun will this nostalgic camera be at a party, a wedding, a reunion, or to use just hanging out with friends. I’m gonna love using this to make instantly captured memories!

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Keep it simple…

Here is the card I ended up making out of the cute stamped image I was working on for National Ice Cream Month…I kept the design simple. Using white cardstock, I made the card base. Then I covered the bottom half of the card using plaid paper. Next, I cut a strip of pink paper and adhered it to the top of the card. I matted the stamped image on to a piece of green cardstock. To add a little sparkle, I used Stickle’s glitter glue on the girl’s shirt, pony tail holders, and the on the poochie’s tag. I also added a cute metal clip as an embellishment. I would have used pop dots to attach the matted image to the card to make it stand out, but the card was going out in snail mail. I thought using pop dots might make the card to be too bulky in the envelope, so, I opted to glue on the matted image instead. For a simple design, it sure turned out to be sweet, dontcha think?

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Make it up as you go

It seems like lately I’ve been a little bit sidetracked from papercrafting…but I have enjoyed being spontaneous with the “opportunities” that have come my way. Whether it’s finding a piece of furniture and making it new again, or playing with my camera and taking pictures of beautiful spring flowers, I love to live in the moment. A couple of weeks ago, I was at Atlantis in the Bahamas. In addition to its shark lagoons, lazy river rides, waterslides and spectacular aquariums, the resort had a great paint-your-own pottery studio called “Earth & Fire”.  I knew when I heard about the studio, that it would be a great indoor adventure for me! They had a nice selection of pottery pieces to pick from so you could create your own masterpiece.  I chose to paint a small serving tray that came with a spreader, which I thought would make a great keepsake from the trip. The pottery pieces are fired in a custom kiln overnight, and are ready for pick up the following day. I was with a group, and we had a few hours to pick our piece, create our design plan, and paint it with 3 coats of glaze. The design for my serving tray included a few starfish, a sandy beach, and some ocean waves. I chose glaze colors that complimented my Fiesta®ware that I use at home, in which I have colors of tangerine, scarlet red, and cobalt. It was such a fun afternoon at the Earth & Fire pottery studio. I got to meet new people, have great conversations, and got a little messy while accomplishing something too.  Please stay tuned for more papercrafting posts coming soon….well, unless if something else fun pops up along the way!