Good Brew

June 7th, 2015 klwade Posted in Cardmaking, Crafts | 2 Comments »

Was trying to use the new Papertrey Ink Beer stamp stamp and die set.   This darn card took me all day.  LOL, I guess everything does not go smoothly.

I decided to try to make some condensation on the card, just like the Make it Monday cards.   Please note that this is a shaker card with little micro beads in the glass to be the illusion of bubbles.  Sigh!  I could explain everything that went wrong doing this card, but instead I think I will just enjoy the cuteness of the card.






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Farm Girl Fridays – A Bee in My Bonnet Sew Along

May 16th, 2015 klwade Posted in Geneaology, Quilting | No Comments »


I love Lori Holt, her fabric, her designs.   Nothing is more wonderful that quilts, sewing, farm girls, fresh veggies from the garden and all things wholesome and good.

My family comes from a long line of farmers.  Hard working farmers who survived from digging in the ground and planting seeds.


Charles Ray 1930



My Great Grandfather Charles Ray in 1930 on his farm.  This was probably Missouri but I do not know for sure


Lyle Ray 1931


Lyle Ray, my Great Uncle (son of Charles Ray) in 1931

Martha and Delbert Whitten


Delbert and Martha (Blackwelder) Whitten, My Great Great Grandparents!  Probably in Wichita Kansas.

In fact my farming roots go way back to the early history of America.   However something went amiss in my genetic code, I cannot grow a thing to save my life.  My Grandmother could take a stick and put it in dirt and grow a plant.  I kill cactus.   Just a fact.   To make up for it, I love the concept of farming.   So I guess I will quilt, sew, make jam, cook and be a wanna be!

So back to the sew along.

I checked out Lori’s Blog and was thrilled to see a new sew a long was happening as well as a new book.   AWESOME!!!  Perfect timing




Her awesome book…look at all that quilting yumminess!!!

Luckily I was able to get her fabric bundle.

Fabric Bin

I  got her fabric bundle, plus I decided to pull a variety of charm packs of 1930’ish type fabric.

Extra Fabric cut


Of course I keep finding little charm packs here and there in my stash, so more will be added.   The wonderful thing with a charm pack is the size is perfect for these smaller blocks

But on to the quilting.

The first one is APRONSTRINGS

Apron Springs

My 2nd one is AUTUMN STAR



My third square is BABY CHICK



Off to make the new quilt squares!!!!

My Glass Garden Watering Can

April 20th, 2015 klwade Posted in Crafts, Outdoor | No Comments »



So spring is in the air, and my head turns towards gardens, outdoors and pretty things placed in my backyard!!!

I had seen on pinterest, many watering cans with jewels coming out of the spout and I wanted to make my own!   I must have been thinking about this for 8 months.  Today I sat down to do it and it only took me less than hour and it was super easy.    8 months planning.  1 hour to make.   LOL, isnt that always the way it happens.


To start with I searched for a watering can.   My neighborhood is Southern California is definitely not a rustic antique, flea market kind of town.  Goodwill charges a fortune for basic junk, and finding any gems is basically impossible.  So I resort to Amazon!   Amazon will find me a watering can.   I first searched for a rustic galvanized watering can but then decided to go with a enamel coated watering can is an assortment of colors.   The trick of this purchase is you could not guarantee which color you would get.   Lucky for me I got the color I wanted, a nice cool aqua.

To find your can, check out Amazon here.

There are 5 delicious candy colors available, but it is random so keep an open mind.  Of course if you live in a wonderful place with fun junk or awesome flea markets go for it!

Make sure you get a watering can that the spout head comes off either by screwing it off, or prying it off with tools.  Just make sure you can get it back on.




I found crystals and acrylic crystals at a variety of places, JoAnn Fabrics, Michaels, Amazon and Hobby Lobby.  I think they even have beads at Wal-Mart.   I just grabbed beads that were clear or blue (so it looked like water).  I had wanted to have some drop crystals for the end so I actually used some crystals that I had from QVC (Valerie Parr Hill).

I also got some 30 gauge wire.   Definitely can buy that at the places I mentioned above.


I doubled my wire and either did a small bead at the end of the jewell to keep my jewels from falling off


or if the jewels were chained, I just ran the wire thru the top and added more crystals.


I then just created different strands with a variety of jewels.  Some were all clear, some mixed with blue.  What ever tickled my fancy.

I really used no tools except my fingers.  I just placed each bead on the wire and then added another until I was satisfied with the look and length of the strand.


Taking one strand, I inserted into the sprout hole and pushed it thru until it went out the back opening.

I did this with each strand mainly focusing on the inter circle of dots on the spout.  However you can choose to use all the holes or focus on the outside holes with the one middle hole.  Really it is up to you.



I decided to stop at 6 strands because some of my beads were very bulky.  If you are doing many small beads you may want to do more



Once I had all the strands into the spout.   I decided to twist the stands together and tie it into a knot.  Then I twisted some more to tighten up the strands to the base of the spout and then I bent it onto itself to keep it from coming apart.  At this point I forced it back into the spout opening.



Now I twisted the spout head back onto the can

And now I am finished.   Oh my goodness it was so fast and easy.  Have no idea why I dragged my feet so long to make this project.


I had gotten a shepherd hook from JoAnn Fabric for 50% off to hang my can off of.  The weight of the jewels automatically tilted the can so it looked like it was watering.  Cool.



Here I am watering my rock….LOL, only kidding.

This is where my flower plate garden is going.  So far I only have one flower plate, but have the supplies to make several more.






In this pic you can see my lone flower plate.  No I did not make this one.  I bought it off Etsy.   You can also see my solar cattails that glow at night.

As soon as I get my flower plates done, I will share with you the process!


Thanks for looking!!!

Water Color Valentine

February 18th, 2015 klwade Posted in Cardmaking | 1 Comment »



Here it the last of the FOUR cards I made for the challenge and I guess I saved the best for last!!!!

I had gotten the new Prima Scenic Route Water Color pencils and wanted to use them!


So using each color (except the black) I created an ombre effect on the background and then stamped the largest stamp from the stamp set in the kit.

I pulled out some glittery embossing powder from some craft show I went to, I was hoping to get a different look.  I also used the same powder on the heart.

I liked the card, but mostly the water color!!!



Thanks for looking


Simon Says Stamp February 2015 Card Kit
Tim Holtz Water Color Paper
Prima Water Color Pencils – Scenic Route
Creations Unlimited Embossing Powder Silver Seas
Madeira Super Twist 983-313 Smokey Quartz
Papertrey Ink Heart Prints Die
Silver Vellum Paper
My Favorite Things Blue Prints #20

Also posted in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Texture




Love Bird Embossed Card

February 18th, 2015 klwade Posted in Cardmaking | 3 Comments »


This card was a combination of the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and Papertrey Ink Make it Monday Challenge.

The Simon Says Challenge asked for texture

and the

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday Challenge #201 asked for stencil from a cover plate and embossing plate.

So I used the Papertrey Ink heart coverall to make a stencil and used translucent embossing paste.  But then used distress ink over it to really show off the hearts.


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Simon Says Stamp February 2015 card Kit
Papertrey Ink cover plate heart die
Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #7
Wendy Vecchi Translucent embossing paste
Distress Ink Worn Lipstick
Tattered Angels Cherry Blossom Shimmer Mist
Seam Binding


Brown Print Heart Flag Tag Card

February 18th, 2015 klwade Posted in Cardmaking | No Comments »



So this is actually the third card I made.  I struggled with the brown but wanted to go outside my comfort zone.  So I focused on kraft and brown and a touch of pink.




This was a very simple card and it was a struggle to create.  I could not really pull it together, but sometimes you just have to rub on a saying and let it go!!!  I also used a little stitching on the top to attach the banner.


Simon Says Stamp February 2015 Card Kit
Papertrey Ink Notched Heart Banner Die

Love Card – February 2015 Card Kit

February 18th, 2015 klwade Posted in Cardmaking | No Comments »



So I dragged my feet to make the cards from the card kit.   Especially since Valentines day is over with, I really lost my desire to create cards with hearts and valentines.   But tehn I found out my sister got the card kit subscription.  I was thinking WAY COOL, we can challenge each other to make cards.  So the goal was to create THREE cards and actually did made FOUR cards.

My first card is the LOVE card.  I liked the die from My Favorite Things and I thought it would work great with the card kit.  I decided to color my own ribbon with distress stain from Tim Holtz.   This worked out great and the color matched the card base.

So here is the stupid mistake I made.  After I made the ribbon,  I took my card front and turned it over to glue it to the base.  Well I guess I did not clean my work space as cleanly as I should have.  Dang it, I got red ink on the front, mostly on the bottom of the tag.  So I ended up cutting a new bottom piece and placed it over the bottom.  Cannot really tell, but zoom in on that letter L and you can see the patch job I did covering paint.   It was not a good day.   But it got better on the next card.




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Simon Says Stamp February 2015 Card Kit
Seam Binding Tape
Distress Stain – Festive Berries
Wendy Vecchi Red Geranium Embossing Powder
My Favorite Things Die-namics  LOVE die
Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banner

Blue Stars

February 14th, 2015 klwade Posted in Cardmaking | No Comments »


This Challenge is to create a blue ombre card.  I love the ombre look and especially blue.  So it was fun to do this card.  When I inked up the card, I decided what ever I put on top had to be a glitter paper, especially a dark tone.   I pulled out one of my favorite glitter pads.  These colors have a dark tone like pewter or coal.  This paper is nice and is smooth but it is hard to cut, so I had to run it thru the machine a few times to ensure it cut properly.


Die Cuts With A View The Twinkle Glints Stack, , hi-res

What I love about this paper stack is the colors are almost a pewter tone, and I have used this paper a lot.   So I thought I would share.  I got it at Joann’s Fabrics on sale so I think I paid 3 or 4 dollars for it.

Ok, on to the card.  A very simple card



I used Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder to match the tone.  I like how it came out!

Thanks for looking



Neenah Solar White Card Stock
Papertrey Ink Simple Stars Stamp Set (for quote)
Papertrey Ink Dangled Star Die
Distress Ink: Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire
Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder
DCWV Twinkle Glints Glitter Paper

Build a Bouquet

February 14th, 2015 klwade Posted in Cardmaking | No Comments »


This challenge is to create a bouquet using more than one stamp set.   I dragged my feet on this one because most of my papertrey ink florals are the Year of Flowers and they tend to be way too big to mix and match.  But I did find two sets that I thought would work out ok.   Meadow Greens and Day Dreamer.  The flowers were similar size and I knew I could use different parts to create my card.

Meadow Greens Stamp Set  Daydreamer Stamp Set

So I build the floral background but found the white space a little offending.  I needed to make it look more seamless and decided to use distress ink to blending in the different colors.  I really like how it coordinated with the Papertrey Ink inks and I was very pleased on how it came out.




Because I could not leave well enough alone, I also used my pico embellisher to add white dots and copper dots.   I swear ferns have those little dots on the leaves.  Then I remembered it was under the leaf.  Oh well.

But actually I really like the card!


Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens Stamp Set
Papertrey Ink Day Dreamer Stamp Set
Wency Vecchi Fern Green Embossing Powder
Papertrey Ink Inkpads:  Autumn Rose, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Ripe Avacado, Canyon Clay, Scarlet Jewel, Limeaid Ice, Berry Sorbet
Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry
irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in White and Copper

Canning Gift Bag

February 14th, 2015 klwade Posted in Cardmaking | No Comments »


So with challenge it is making a gift bag with a matching tag.  I actually made this one last.  Had to really thing about it.  Then I remembered that I had one of those We R Memory Keepers bag punch boards and I was thinking, sweet, I will make a bag and put buttons from the buttons dies on it.  I even went so far as to pull the dies out.  But then I was disappointed in the choices for paper.  So as I was searching my stash to look for the paper to make the bag I came across this canning paper.  I am sooooo in love with anything canning and fruits and veggies.  AND I am sooooo in love with October Afternoon.   So go back in time about a year ago,  I had one sheet of this canning paper and I really did not want to use it because once used it would be gone…..oh noooooo.   Well I went to the Scrapbook Expo or some other show and went to this wonderful booth that sold packs of one print of paper for an AWESOME price.  I think I got 25 pieces of this paper for $5.00.   Oh happy dance…. I know have tons and tons and tons of this paper to use to my content.   I will have to confess I bought a bunch of them (other prints of course) mostly October Afternoon.   Oh heaven!!  And to make it sweeter if I bought 6 packs, I got it for $20 instead of $30.   Of course when I got to CKC in March, I am checking out the paper again.  Such and awesome deal on my favorite papers.  OK, I am digressing.


Here is my bag and tag



See the wonderful canning paper…..please admire it now.   I made the bag from that punch board and the tag from the friendship jar die and accessories.   For FUN, I cut out a mason jar of pickles and put it on the tag underneath the vellum.  I thought it would look more like glass.   The gingham print is the reverse side of the canning jars.  Oh happy dance!!!!!   I was able to use the Papertrey Ink Get a Handle in It Die which fit perfectly.  This bag would fit a pound of coffee or may a skinny mason jar!   LOL

As far as the double stamping on the tag, I made a mistake and then tried again to see how to line it up better.  And then I decided that I really liked the dual stamping, gave it a little atistic flair!!!

I hope you enjoyed!!!


October Afternoon Mason Jar paper from the Farm Girl Paper Line
Papertrey Ink Get a Handle on It Die
Papertrey Ink Jar Label Two Dies
Papertrey Ink Jar and Lid Die
Papertrey Ink Jar Topper Die
Silver Cord
Silver Shimmer Paper by Anna Griffin
Butter Mint Card Stock by Bazzill
Memento Tuxedo Black Inkpad