Falling in Love With Wintertime Penguins!

Hello friends!  We are now past Christmas and getting ready for a New Year, but soon the feeling of love will be in the air!  So I thought I’d start that off with something that I personally love, which you might know, are those cute penguins!  🙂

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And of course you’ve already seen me use this super fun Wintertime Penguins Pairables set from Digi Doodle Studios in a couple of different ways, but this time I’ve added the hearts above his head and sentiment from the same set to make this a “lovey dovey” style card!  (If you haven’t YET seen the other creations that I’ve made with this adorable set, then check out my blog posts HERE and HERE!)

I kept the colors in pink and red to go with Valentine’s Day, but you could easily make this a wonderful anniversary or “any day” card for your favorite love penguin as well!  LOL!

So I grabbed some fun papers from my stash with both pink snowflakes and red/pinkish hearts paper for my 5″ top folding white base card that I layered the turquoise colored cardstock over and then applied the papers to.  I embossed some hearts on the middle strip with a piece of white cardstock and then rubbed some turquoise colored ink lightly over them.  I layered that strip onto a pice of turquoise cardstock again and then wrapped some white/clear metallic ribbon with a bow over it before attaching it down.

The sentiment was printed out from this cute set with the penguin and then I just used a banner die to cut it out with and attach to the front of the card.

I added the penguin image that was die cut and layered with some stitched and scallop circle dies.  I’ve used some craft foam to pop it up over the center, then added a heart button with twine in the center of the bow.  Lastly, I’ve added a couple of snowflake sequins and some liquid pearl “dots” randomly over the card.

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Here’s a closer look at this cutie and how I’ve got him colored up with my Copic markers.  I’ve used a white gel pen to dot his cheeks and then I took a glitter brush pen (Spectrum Noir) and covered the hearts above his head as well as the “snowy” ground under his feet for a bit of shimmer.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my “lovey dovey” card today and have been inspired in some way!  Thanks so much for joining me on my blog today!

I can’t believe that the New Year is just about to start!!  I will most definately be seeing you in 2020 my friends!! 🙂

Challenges:

  1. Tuesday Morning Sketches – Annual Anything Goes
  2. The House That Stamps Built – Anything Goes D2519 (Having problems with Linky tool still.)
  3. Aud Sentiments – Christmas/Winter + a sentiment (DDS is sponsoring!)
  4. Crafting By Designs – December Anything Goes
  5. Let’s Craft and Create – Anything Goes with optional Let it Snow

Check out the Digi Doodle products used on my card today – click photo below to see/purchase in the store:

 

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All is Calm, all is bright

Hello friends!  Are you getting ready for the big day tomorrow?  It’s Christmas Eve and not a creature was stirring except for this mouse and his penguin friend….

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They are up in the dark to see if they can capture a glimpse of Santa of course!  LOL!

Do you remember this image from Whimsy Stamps last year?  It was a special edition digital stamp especially made for a Kit and Clowder class.  The name of the image was called “Penguin Candlelight“.  The class isn’t available including the image with the bed scene, but this particular image is still available in the store!!

Well, I ended up getting the image which came with the entire bed scene, but there was also just this image portion as well, which I’ve used here.  I had started it last year, set it aside mainly because of my confidence and decided I needed to take the time to push through the class and finish it up no matter what it ended up like.  I’m glad that I did this and I plan to learn more about coloring next year to improve my skills and not only with marker, but hopefully with pencils too.

I came up with this layout for the card using pattern papers to match up with the pinks in the hat and layering it with some navy colored cardstock.  I’ve used an embossing folder for the strip across the middle and highlighted with some white ink.

The sentiment was computer generated by myself.  I added some ribbon, a snowflake wood veneer topped with a button and twine.  I added a few tiny rhinestone stars around the snowflake banner strip.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on the image.  The only added “extra” thing I did beyond the class tutorial was add some rosy cheeks and used a glitter brush pen over the candle flame.  Everything else on the panel was colored with Copics using instruction from the class.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my calm and bright card today! 🙂

Thanks for checking in!  Wishing you a very peaceful and calm evening….

Challenges:

  1.  C.R.A.F.T. – Christmas – the last stretch
  2. QKR Stampede– #377 Anything Goes
  3. Crafty Animals – #34 Anything Goes + animal
  4. Crafty Gals – ‘Tis the Season

Bringing You Joy With Digi Doodle Studios

Hello friends!  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!  It’s getting closer to the big day now!  Only 11 more days until Christmas!  If you’re like me, then you wait until the last possible minute to mail out all of your Christmas cards!   So guess what MY plans are this weekend?! LOL!  Have you got all of your Christmas done and ready to go?  I keep telling myself that NEXT year I will be prepared! LOL!

To help inspire those that are still looking for a fun and simple Christmas card, I have a cute one to share with you today using a Pairables set from Digi Doodle Studios:

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You probably remember not too long ago the fun tags I made on THIS POST.  I’ve used that same Pairables Wintertime Penguins digital set that I’m using on my card today!  I love that you can get a whole set of digital stamps that coordinate together so that you can use them to create fun scenes or have them doing different things!  Do you recognize the sled that this penguin is pulling full of gifts?  I took that same sled image and used it as “ice skates” for the penguins feet on my tags in the previous post!  That’s how fun and versatile this set can be!

This time my card is really simple.  I just arranged the images how I wanted them on my computer and printed it out.  I printed it again over some masking paper so that I could mask off the images to create my background.

To create the background, I ripped a piece of the masking paper to go along the bottom of the die cut panel after I masked off the images.  I used ink blending for the background and then spritzed with water and dried it with a towel.  I then took watered down white paint and splattered it for the snow effect.

Once it was dry, I removed the masks and colored up the images, made the sentiment (also from this same digital set) banner and mounted both pieces with some red cardstock which was mounted over an A2 sized white card base.  I added some glitter to the snow ground at the bottom and on the penguin’s hat.  Topped it off with some twine and a snowflake rhinestone.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring details of the penguin and his sleigh full of gifts.  I used a white gel pen for dots on the one present and his cheeks.  I also took some pencils for a few highlights.

I kept this card flat except for the sentiment banner so that I can mail it better.  You could even leave it more flat than that if you prefer.

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If you know me, then you know how much I love penguins.  I have a special collection of stamps and will probably always keep them around.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and perhaps this little cutie has brought you some joy too!

Please be sure to stop on over at the Digi Doodle Studios store and check out all of the really adorable images!  There’s a brand new WINTER COLLECTION in the store for you to check out and I will be using a few of those later on…so stay tuned in!  Please be sure to join us over at the Digi Doodle Studios Facebook Group for inspiration and challenges!  Don’t forget that there is still time to join the Christmas Collaboration ‘Crafty Friends’ Blog Hop!  Check out my post below or CLICK HERE to start from the beginning!

Thanks so much for stopping in today friends!  See you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Arty Divas – Anything Goes
  2. Tales From the Craft Room – It’s Christmas!
  3. Penny’s Paper Crafty– Anything Goes
  4. Cardz for Galz – Cute Christmas
  5. CRAFT – Christmas Present
  6. Let’s Craft and Create – Anything Goes with optional:  “Let it Snow!”
  7. Crafting With an Attitude – Anything Goes (scroll to second linky)
  8. Winter Wonderland– Anything Christmas Goes

DDS and PND Collaboration Blog Hop is Here!

Hello friends!  Today is the “special day” of our really fun and festive Collaboration Blog Hop!  Hope you will be joining along with us for lots of inspiration and prizes!  Woohoo!

This blog hop starts TODAY and ends December 18th!  Winners announced Dec 20th!

**If you came from Maria’s Blog Post, you’re in the right place!  If you are starting from here or somewhere else, please go to the MAIN BLOG page to begin!**

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If you need some ‘Happy Holiday’ inspiration, then this blog hop is for you!  Let us help you with some wonderful Christmas themed inspiration from two amazing companies! The digital stamps at Paper Nest Dolls and Digi Doodle Studios are PERFECT for those last minute projects and gifts because there’s NO shipping involved! – order, download, print and create!

Digi Doodle Studios and Paper Nest Dolls have teamed up for the FIRST time to present to you a fabulous Holiday Hop!  Please be sure to stop by each blog and subscribe!

Collaborations are a great way to see incredible projects from two different design teams and get your creativity mojo going. Hop along for new ideas on how to combine our two companies’ darling stamps. There are GIVEAWAYS, SALES, and a CHALLENGE too!

BLOG HOP & GIVEAWAYS:

Hop to each blog and see how our Design Teams combined Digi Doodle Studios and Paper Nest Dolls digital stamps on their cards. Be sure to make a UNIQUE comment on each stop along the hop for your chance to win one of the following prizes:

  • Grand Prize Winner will recieve: $50 Prize Pack that includes $25 worth of Stamps, Paper Pads and Goodies from Paper Nest Dolls & a $25 Gift Certificate to Digi Doodle Studios
  • TWO Blog Hop Winners will receive: 2 Digi Doodle Studios digital Stamps & 2 Paper Nest Dolls digital Stamps of choice

Commenting will be open from December 10th- December 18th. Winners announced on December 20th.

HUGE SALES:

  • Digi Doodle Studios is offering 25% off the ENTIRE Store!  (December 10th-18th Use Code: DDSHLDYHOP19)

CHALLENGE:

We want to see how you COMBINE the Digi Doodle Studios and Paper Nest Dolls images too!  So please be sure to join and share your projects with us here:

Enter your card into the “DDS PND Crafty Friends” Albums in each group page. You can enter your cards in both albums so you will have two chances to win! Each Company Facebook Group will have a WINNER!  So twice the chance to win!

Challenge Winner Prizes: 1 DDS and 1 PND Digital Stamp of your choice.

Entries will be accepted through December 18th and winner will be announced on December 20th.

MY HOLIDAY HOP PROJECT:

I am on the Digi Doodle Studios Design team and here is my interpretation of combining each companies’ images together to come up with this fun snow scene for the Holidays:

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For my card here I have taken the Digi Doodle Studios Penguin Wobbles Special Delivery digital stamp along with the Paper Nest Dolls Holiday Friends digital stamp and printed them out over a piece of Copic Blending Card.  I’ve colored them up and fussy cut them out for my scene here.

To create the scene, I’ve used some blue cardstock for the background and splattered some watered down gesso over it and then used a die cut to create the fun frame within it.  I layered it over a piece of gold cardstock so it shows through.  I also die cut some snowy hills with white glitter cardstock and some pine trees with green cardstock.

I arranged them over my blue cardstock panel  and created the scene.  I popped up the front layer of snow hill along with the penguin image with foam tape.  I covered this snow hill layer with some texture snow paste…it’s so glittery!!  I also added some more glittery details here and there on the images too.

I white heat embossed the sentiment and placed a peppermint candy embellishment next to it and attached the strip over the blue background.  I then mounted this entire scene layer over some fun and festive foiled striped papers and then onto another blue piece which was then mounted over a top folding white 5.5″ square card base.

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Here’s a bit of a closer look at the images and how I’ve colored them up with Copic markers.  You can see that I’ve used my white gel pen for details on the bow in the present along with the shinny look on the candy cane and the cheeks of all the images.  I’ve added a few dots on the deer’s back tail too.

I’ve used a gold gel pen to color in the sleigh runner, the band around the gift sack, the “lettering and dots” on the penguin’s sign as well as the bells the little girl is holding.  I used a red gel pen to color in the little deer’s nose.  I’ve used a green gel pen to create “dots” on the penguin’s present and the deer’s bow.

I’ve also added some glitter to the heart candies and the girl’s outfit trim.

You can also see just how puffy and dimensional that snow is too!  I got it from Brutus Monroe.  It’s really glittery and was so fun to add to the scene!  It looks like they’re gearing up to deliver some presents and the cute little Mr. Penguin Wobbles is all loaded and ready to go! LOL!

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I really hope that you’ve enjoyed my card today and have been inspired with it in some way to get you into the festive Holiday spirit!  I hope to be seeing your projects in one of the groups on Facebook too!

*I also hope that you’ve enjoyed this blog hop with us as well because this is the very last stop on the blog hop for you to complete!  If you have just came to my blog or somewhere in the middle, please be sure to go back to the MAIN BLOG POST PAGE to ensure that you didn’t miss any blog stops along the way!  You don’t want to miss out on a prize!

Thanks so much for stopping in today my friends!  I look forward to seeing you soon!  (I will be back soon to share another Digi Doodle Studios post with you!!)

Challenges:

  1.  Stamping Sensations– Dec Anything Goes
  2. Love to Craft – LTCCB41 – Dec Anything Goes
  3. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
  4. Shopping Our Stash– Happy Holidays!
  5. Crafting By Designs – Dec Anything goes
  6. The Paper Funday – Dec Anything Goes with optional twist:  Christmas Holiday
  7. Winter Wonderland – Anything Christmas Goes

(There are lots more challenges, but I don’t want to enter too many at once! LOL!)

 

 

Never Fear, Super Penguin is Here!

**(This will be my first of two posts today…join me back again soon!)

Hello friends!  You ever have that certain someone in your life whenever you feel that things are falling apart, that there’s one individual that makes you feel everthing is going to be alright?  It’s nice to know that you can always depend on that person to come when you call, right?  They deserve special recoginition like a hand-made card that I’ve made today:

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Isn’t he adorable?!  This is the Penguin Superhero digital stamp released this month (previously released in red rubber) from Whimsy Stamps.  I have combined some older (retired) stamps from Whimsy Stamps along with some fun ink blending and coloring to come up with this design.

I’ve used some kraft colored ink to stamp the buildings on the panel behind penguin and then used some ink blending and distress inks for the little “sidewalk strip” the penguin is standing on along with the city scape sky.  I took a stencil to go over top of the the sky background.  I popped the  fussy cut penguin over top of that with some foam tape.  This was mounted over a black cardstock layer that was mounted over the card front base and popped up with foam tape.

To make the card front, I randomly stamped some images with white ink over a kraft colored card base that I matted onto a white layer which was then mounted over a black A2 sized top folding card base.  I took a strip of red cardstock and made my own banner with it using scissors.  I did the same for the sentiment banner (from the Bold Statements clear stamp set.) in black cardstock that I white heat embossed over it.  Lastly, I took some silver stars and glued them on the design.

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Here’s a good close look at the coloring that I’ve done on this cutie.  Something different that I’ve done here is to color with both Copics and pencils on this one.  Basically the reasoning for doing this was because a couple of my Copic markers are running out of ink and it was hard to get the blend that I wanted…so I finished it off with Prisma colored pencils.  (I’m waiting for refills to arrive! LOL)  Here are the Copics that I dKraftid use on my coloring.  Check out the Copics on Whimsy Stamps to purchase or click the individual numbers below to see or purchase in the store.

  •  Penguin body – C8, C5, C3, C1, C0, R00, YR27, YR24, Y21
  • Cape, letters – R39, R37, R35, R32
  • Shirt – B39, B37, B34
  • Letter outline – Y38, Y35
  • blended with Prisma colored pencils on penguin body, cape and shirt

The penguin was fussy cut with scissors and popped up over the scene with foam tape.  I also gave the penguin’s shirt initials a bit of shimmer with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card with this sweet Whimsy Stamps Penguin from the August Digital Stamp Release.  Please join us over at the Whimsy Inspirations Facebook Group and share your Whimsy creations with us as we love to see what you’re working on!

Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll be posting again shortly…stay tuned!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today linked with affiliate links below:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Krafty Chicks –  #468 masculine
  2. The Creative Crafters – Anything Goes
  3. Sheepski Designs – Animal Madness
  4. QKR Stampede – #359 Anything Goes

It’s Party Time!

Hello friends!  It’s been sort of a crazy few days with our weather!  Usually it’s pretty warm and sunny, but we’ve been having some severe rain and cooler temps.  Plus more rain coming, so I guess I’ll be in my craft room playing!  🙂

Today I have this happy party fellow from Whimsy Stamps to share with you:

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Isn’t he adorable?!  This image is called Pengun Birthday by Crissy Armstrong.  This was previously released as a rubber stamp, but this month it has been released in digital format so you can have either option available!

I have cut him out with the Whimsy Stamps Notched Squares die set and cut an additonal piece in black cardstock for a layer behind him.  For the base of my card, I’ve used a green colored 5″ square top folding card base and attached a piece of striped paper across the lower section and sponged some white ink along the edges of the green card base panel.  I then used a piece of 1/2″ score tape across the top of the striped strip panel and then used some fun glitter over top of it and burnished into the tape.

I’ve also used this same glitter to go over the Whimsy Stamps Happy Large Word die cut out from some double sided sticker paper.  I white heat embossed the “birthday” over a strip of black cardstock that I’ve cut into a banner and placed it directly underneath the glittered word die.  This came from the Happy Everything Clear Stamp set.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on this cutie.  You can also see the fun details of the glitter that I’ve used on the word die.  I love the sort of “confetti flex” contained in this glitter.  It’s something I got in a sample size from a card kit a couple of months ago and it’s great for birthdays! 🙂  Hard to see in the photo, but I’ve also used a clear glitter pen to go over the balloon and present.  I sponged around the image panel with some of the same green ink that I’ve used for the card base cardstock color.  I’ve used the following Copic markers to color him with: (Click on the following underlined links below to purchase from Whimsy Stamps.)

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It’s always nice to have a good selection of birthday cards on hand when you need to hurry up and send one out and I think this one is great for any gender or age.

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products below I’ve used on my creation today (click on photos to purchase from Whimsy Stamps):

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(Click on Copic markers listed above to purchase from Whimsy Stamps.)

Challenges:

  1.  Little Red Wagon – Happy “BIRD”day!
  2. Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  3. QKR Stampede – #348 Anything Goes
  4. Allsorts – Happy Birthday!!!
  5. Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes + toppings=Balloons!!1175095_10151587494757547_730720239_n

 

P.S.  I know that many of you have been asking for updates on the bird nest situation and so here’s another photo of what we were able to capture:

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After the flowers were done blooming, we were able to get more of a clear shot and CAREFULLY get close enough to get the mother Robin sitting on her nest!  Like I had mentioned, she doesn’t like it when we go out there.  She chirps at us and waits for us to leave.

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Here is one of her standing in the nest.  We think that she may have hatched those eggs as it looks like she might be feeding the babies!  So next time we’ll check back in and see if we can get a look at those babies in there!  🙂

Hope you’ve enjoyed my post today!  Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you soon!!

Crafty Retreat Results + Video

Hello friends!  I finally found the time to make a post and gather all of my photos together so that I can share a post with you from last week’s “Crafty Retreat” that I went to at my friend’s house.  I’ve pretty much known the “host lady” and her family since I was a little child, so they’re pretty much friends of the family with me. 🙂

I actually had forgotten to take my own photos except for a few on the second day during the day I taught a class, but I was able to get a few photos from others to share.  (You know how it goes when everyone is moving about or you’re working on something or teaching and forget to take photos!  LOL)

So the “theme” for the crafty retreat was called “Hats off to Painting!”  The majority of the group likes to tole paint, but we all (including myself) like to try our hands at many other crafting avenues to try different products that we may not be familiar with…so there are some “mixed” projects today I’m sharing!  I had such fun during the entire 3 days!

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Here we are with our decorated hats on for a group photo!  Even little ‘Gizmo’ had his hat on, but not sure he was feeling the fun like the rest of us! LOL! (Unfortunately the host was taking the photo!)  We all had our Dick Blick aprons and shirts on which was very kindly donated for our “Painting Divas” group…they were VERY generous with the bag of goodies they gave us!  We had all 3 days worth of fun, classes and prizes!

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So, the reason for all of the fun crafty hats is that we were to take a hat and decorate it for a challenge.  Here is a photo of all of our hats.  There were some really fun and creative ideas as you can see!  One of the girls was quite tired from all of the crafting and decided to take a little siesta during the festivities!  LOL!  It was very cool that I was the winner voted for my created hat design.  (You can see on the table above and here’s a closer look below):

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I guess it’s a bit hard to see in the photo above of me wearing it, but I had hubby bring home one of his hard hats from work along with a pair of goggles and then I went to decorating it in “steampunk” style!  I had fun with it and enjoyed the process!

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Here is the altered “Potions and Spells” book that I taught for the class!  Last year at the “Crafty Retreat” they saw my “altered book” that I had previously made during my time as a Splitcoaststampers.com “Dirty Dozen” DT member and asked if I could teach how to make one for this year’s class.  So instead of the “altered book” idea, I had them all use a Tim Holtz Configuation Book.

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Here are some of the book covers all lined up that we were waiting on to dry before we were able to start painting them.  A couple of the book covers were left at the work table, but while those were drying, we worked on the inside of the book.

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Here’s another photo of me standing there holding one of the books and everyone was finished with their books looking at them at the end of class.  They seemed to really enjoy this messy project!  I just loved teaching these fun ladies too!

If you’d like to see completed details and a 3D view of the projects I’ve completed for this retreat, be sure to check out the video on You Tube below:  You can also CLICK HERE to view it on You Tube.

If you saw the video above, then you also got a good look at these following projects that I also made for the other classes as well, but you can check out the still photos of them below:

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This is from my mom’s class where she taught us this cute Santa ornament that we painted on a ghourd!  He makes me giggle!   I love it!

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The host lady is the one that taught this cute penguin class!  I adore penguins and I’m so happy that I took the time to finish this up when I got home!  (More details and a 3D look at these projects are in the video above.)

I really hope that you’ve enjoyed all of these projects as much as I enjoyed creating them!  I also had another set of calendars that I finished, but I’ll share on another post on another day as this one is pretty full!!  LOL!

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One more thing to share is that we have a robin’s nest with one little blue egg inside.  We have a a Prairie Fire Crab Apple tree in our backyard full of pretty blooms and I guess the robin thought it was a nice place to make a nest…so we’ll wait and see if there is a baby bird coming soon!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all of you moms out there!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!  Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you soon!!