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Bottle bling

PSX Key West lighthouse rubber stamp
Cheers to Fred!

A shout out to my friend Adriana for taking this picture with her iPhone for me, since I haven’t quite gotten into the habit of taking photos of my paper craft projects. I have a camera case hanging on a door handle, ready to grab & use at any time, and I still manage to forget!

I love pulling out pretty designer paper from my stash, grabbing one of my favorite rubber stamps, and picking out Copic marker colors to coordinate with the project. This one-dimensional card was made to hang off of a wine bottle, with a tag that pulls out on the side. The Key West lighthouse stamp is an old PSX rubber stamp that is one of my favorites. I knew the recipient would appreciate it, since he loves the island in the Straits of Florida as much as I do!

Here are a few photos I did manage to take on a recent trip to Key West. Enjoy your day!

Key West  Key West landscapeGulf of Mexico

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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?