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I am one that has never done Black Friday nor have I ever wanted to do Black Friday shopping. But, there is an However, this year. Some months back, I saw on YouTube how to do foiling, and I loved the idea. She showed that you could do it with using a regular lamination machine rather than having to buy the machine created for that purpose. So, the thrifter that I am, the next few days, I saw a laminator in Goodwill that someone had thrown away. They were on sale at the local store for $17, which isn’t bad at all, but this one was less than $10 ~ I’m thinking maybe I paid between $4 – $7 for it. I forget. Anyway, taking the chance, I purchased it. Her video shows that you have to use a Laser printer for this to work. I didn’t have a Laser printer, but she said just take what you want printed to an office supply store and they will copy for you for reasonable. So, I did. I decided what I wanted to foil, and I took it to Office Depot. The nice clerk made my copies. When I tried them at home though, the foil wouldn’t completely cover and foil. They did not look nice at all like the gal in the video’s did. That was this past Summer.

So, I started looking at Laser printers. I thought I could snag one for less than $100 because more than that I couldn’t justify the need for one just to make now and again foil pretties. But, then I thought, I’ll keep an eye on them and maybe, just maybe, I’ll find a bargain closer to the holidays. Voila, Black Friday came and a local office store had one for $64. I went to get the one that was $59 marked down from $99, but it wasn’t a Laser after all. So, I did go Black Friday shopping and snagged my Laser Samsung printer. I didn’t buy the toner yet (it comes loaded with a sample toner) because if it doesn’t foil…it’s going back to the store.

Tonight though, I tried it out, and it works beautifully. I tried it on a Christmas card that I designed. Hope you can tell how pretty the foil looks. The photo makes it a bit darker than the gold that I used. I’m including the link to her video if anyone wants to give this process a try. I think it would be great for cards, notes, Bible Journaling, etc. I also saw a video where you can use it on transparency paper made for laser printers and then include in a card as a see through.

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If you try any of her ideas, would love to see what you make. Share in my comments below or feel free to link up to my Pictorial Tuesday.

Have fun crafting,

Peabea

Summer Sewing

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This adorable toddler apron that I made for my grand-daughter is so simple and made from two fat quarters. Don’t you just love fat quarters…so many possibilities.  You can wear it with either side showing. The pockets are made from the arm cutouts.

Also making my stand alone small bag that I like to use for my scrapbooking pens, markers, etc. 20160815_12372920160815_123735

This bag is also made using a fat quarter cut down to the size needed. I still need to add some finishing touches like a fabric bow or other adornments. Below is a sample of one I made earlier that I use for my Bible Journal markers and Journaling pens.

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Tissues ‘Not’

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To this:

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I was looking for some ideas for my craft supplies, and I found this idea on YouTube. She made hers from the smaller tissue box, but I had some of the larger ones. Takes all of about 15 minutes to make. I used two 12×12 scrapbooking pages. She cut paper towel tubes to different sizes to put inside for the different items, and I found that empty medicine boxes (like cough syrup comes in and others) work well too.

So then, I made another one. Yay!!

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I make purses and smaller bags, and I already had sewn the one below so thought I’d just use it for my pens, markers, and micron pens that I use for Bible journaling

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Getting organized with fun crafts. 🙂

The video that I found on YouTube is below if you want to make some. Enjoy!

~hugs ‘n giggles~ and lots of Blessings

Peabea

 

Crafty Tags

Every year, I end up making my own tags for my presents. Some years, it has been recycled Christmas cards from previous years or making a scrapbooking card to add to each present. This year, I used a tag .jpg that I found free on the internet, added a picture I wanted to use or a scan of the wrapping paper to make my own tags.

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Presents cut out

Punch a hole in the tag, and then I slid it down the ribbon and added some elements with my scrapbooking punches.

 

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Hope everyone had a nice Christmas or however you celebrate and enjoy this holiday season. Time off work to relax maybe or just enjoy every day as it comes. 🙂

~blessings hugs ‘n giggles~

Peabea

If you don’t have a tag to use, you can find some at HERE  compliments of The Coffee Shop Blog to download. They’re useful for other holidays as well whenever you’re tagging a gift. Have fun creating your own. I’d love to see some of your ideas so share away in the comments or with a link to your site.

 

 

 

Christmas Eggs

Christmas Eggs

Reposting from a couple years ago a Christmas craft to make.

One Christmas around 1974 when bored and not many Christmas ornaments for our tree, I decided to make a diorama out of eggs. Using manicure scissors, I cut the front out of the egg, cleaned out the inside and rinsed it out and let it dry maybe a few hours or even overnight. I then clued any decorations I could find i.e. this one is a Santa cut out of a Christmas card, and then I added cotton so that it looked like a snow scene. I clued yarn around the opening to hide any jagged edge and then clued string to the top for adding an oranment hanger. This Santa egg is one of the first ones I made that year. Every year, I just pack it away with the other tree ornaments. I actually haven’t even been that careful with it. That first year, I even made some, dated them and gave them as gifts.

This year I made some again. I would love to be an artist because I think a talented person could really decorate the insides wonderfully. This craft would even be fun to do to make an Easter decorated tree, which I may try this Easter.

Below are pictures of some of the eggs I made this year. I added pictures of them hanging on my tree.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy this craft and drop me a comment or add a picture to your comment if you decide to try this and let me know how it turns out.

This year these eggs are 41 years old so who would have thought egg shells are that tough. 🙂

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanuka, Happy Kwanza or however you celebrate this Holiday Season.

Peabea

Flower Preserve

Pressed Flowers

Love when I get flowers, but hate when they’ve wilted and I have to let them go. So, these I decided to press instead of trying to dry. My grandbabykins in an accident sort of way made me think that they would look like a picture because he moved my stack of books that they were under and they scattered and kind of looked like a picture (see below for his).flowers FS smudged

I didn’t want them to just dry out so I slathered them with mod podge. So far, they have stayed. Not sure how to display them though because if I put them in a frame, I figure the mod podge will either melt or glue them to the glass. Still working on that part, but for now am sharing my craft so far this week.

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Flowers from my daughter that my pressed flowers came from. Textured for sharing withTexture Tuesday using one of Kim’s textures.

Also, a little sewing project. Keeping busy!! 🙂 A pin cushion and pin jar with cushion to match. 😉 Plus in the middle of playing with crafts and photos and crocheting, I did manage to find time to do a little work and I painted the bathroom and put up new border. Only had the paint and border since last summer. Can you say procrastinate???? haha

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Have a blessed week.

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Picture Pillow

A few years ago, I was at a loss of what to make the granddaughter for her birthday. I ended up deciding to sew something for her as a personal gift from me to her. You see, I had just met that granddaughter the prior Christmas. My son was marrying her mom so that made her my granddaughter. Below is a picture of my new granddaughters that I decided to use for the sewing project.

I cropped it so that it only showed Hannah and then I mirrored the image so that I ended up with this:

Then I had to erase the image from around her so that I only had her in the photograph to end up with this:

to which I added her name and then I used my brushes in Adobe Photoshop CS5 to add these flowers and ended up with this:

At that point, I was ready to print the image onto the sew-in fabric. Once I’d printed it, then I could decide whether to make her a handbag or pillow or whatever for her birthday. I ended up doing a pillow.  See below.

Hannah’s birthday pillow. She liked it….

Since that time I’ve sold some, and also made one for my daughter and her guy this past Christmas (below). On the daughter’s pillow, I did put a pocket on the back and told them it was for passing messages/love notes. I just thought that might be a cute idea since my hubby and I always passed notes even after married. 🙂

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If you decide to make your own, they’re fairly simple. All it takes is a photo, some sew in photo fabric which you can get at JoAnn Fabric or I’ve also seen them at WalMart and Meijer, and a favorite material. If you make one, I’d love to have you stop back and share your pillow on Peabea’s Patch. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting and happy crafting.

Peabea