This blog is the accumulation of lots of craft projects I am working on

Making New Die Cuts and Just Having Fun Paper Crafting!!

I have a craft room full of tools for scrapbooking.  I love using them and love watching Youtube videos of others using similar tools and the different things they make using them….gives me inspiration.  And if there is anything I need at the age of 72 years it is inspiration to keep me from just sitting in a chair a watching old TV shows…the new ones do not interest me at all.  I just recently have survived yet another heart attack.  Caused from a 90% blockage on one side of my heart and a 70% on the other side.  I know when the day was when it happened and it lasted most of the day and then I was weak for a week or so and only got a minimum amount of strength back after.  It was about 2 weeks before my heart doctors knew of it as I had to have a yearly chemical stress test and echo cardiogram. After reading my results he called me back in and told me I had to have a heart catherization to find the case and the problems.   So I went into the hospital the following Wednesday and had that all done….they put in 3 more stents for a total of 8 stents in my heart now.  It has taken me almost 2 weeks to get a minimum of my strength back….so I am trying to stay busy and move around much of the day and watching my diet to help.  So moving from station to station and different areas of my craft room keeps me moving and busy.  May not be the best therapy but with my already bad back is only thing I can do as I can no long walk for more than 3=4 minutes or stand for any longer.  So anyway I want to show some of the rewards of my hours in my craft room.  Right now I am “giving stuff away” on under the user name of dolliesrmine.  You can sign up and start winning items for only points which you can purchase or give away your items to earn them.  I have mostly just allowed my points to mount up to over 5 million in hopes of eventually buying things which I do not have such as more dies and scraping tools.  Or eventually becoming eligible to actually sell my points.  So right now just having fun doing it. 


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Embossing Card Stock Frames for Albums

The last few days I have been embossing photo card stock frames which I cut some time ago using my Cricut Machine Using the Fancy Frames Cartridge and some I cut using Different frame dies with the BigShot Pro Machine.  Some of which I hope to use with the albums I am making for my children.  When I get those machines out to cut things I usually go way overboard and wind up with a huge stash of these cuts.  I am just now coming up with ideas for how to organize all of these cuts so that I can actually find them when needed 🙂 .

The first thing I do to the already cut frames is to cover them with the Versa Mark…I usually pat mine rather than rubbing…it seems to cover better..

Then I coat it with the embossing powders…for frames I especially like the metallic ones..

Then I use my heat gun to cure the powders…

Aren’t they just lovely?  They usually curl a little for a while but after they have completely cooled and dried you can place something heavy such as a book over them and they will lay flatter. 

I also do some of my scrolly thingys and label frames at the same time and some of my words.

Laying them out for a while and allowing them to cool and set really good before trying to get them to lay flat.

Sometimes I re-coat some of them and use my “chucky clear” embossing powders to make the frames look even move sturdy and vintage.  You can also add a little green or brown or black ink after they have cooled to give them a patina look.

These kind of frames to me just make a album page look nicer….some of my frames which are not so delicate or fancy I use embossing folders on and then ink with a color to the raised part and then coat with the Versa Mark when the colored ink has dried and emboss with clear powders.  So some of the picture of my samples have also been done this way…a little added “bling” never hurts either.

Notice the difference in the next 2 frames…one has been embossed with the metal powders and the other with embossing folder and ink on raised part and then embossed with the clear powders….same picture for different album but completely different because of the embossing.

See some of the pictures in the album and how much nicer they look because of adding frames which have been embossed with the metallic powders and one with colored ink and clear powders…same frame.

Also just to add there are many ways to make your frames look special for your albums….here is one I simply covered with some decorative foil paper which is made for florist to use on potted plants :).

By the way this is my senior year in high school picture :).  Anyway maybe these will help you to do some special things with framing for your photo albums….if you put sturdy backing on them…such as chipboard they are good for making them into magnets for the fridge for “Grandma”….just add a little magnetic tape to the back.

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Butterflies, Butterflies and more Butterflies.. Using Metallic Embossing Powders

For the past few months I have been making each of my 6 children a photo album.  I am using some of the purchased albums with insets of plastic/acrylic….not sure which it is called…I add a base page in all of them and then use a complimentary page 1 inch smaller to actually adhere my photos and embellishments on.  These are not the kind that has the sticky hardboard page and a sealing plastic page…but these slide in from the top and so come out easily.  These are the 3 ring binder type of albums and so far I love them.  I do not have time to construct scratch albums for 6 children with a life time of photos….it would take many volumes for each child…well they are grown adults with their own children now and even some great grands.  Here are a couple of pages so you can see what kind of albums I am talking about..and also all of the pages are not completely embellished..:)

But anyway back on subject.  As I work with each try to embellish each with a few decorative items and whimsy…I wanted at least some of it to be handmade embellishments from their mother…me…so I am taking a few days off the albums to work on some embellishments.  Right now I am working on some butterflies….and I do love making butterflies.  So I am doing enough to embellish many of my decor type projects also at the same time.  I am using several different techniques but the one I am working on right now is using a Tim Holtz Bigz die…660236…it is the double butterflies and also the embossing folder.

Tim Holtz die

Next I go ahead and cut many and many different colors  from this die with colored card stock.

I then use the embossing folder and emboss 2 of the cutouts from die and leave 2 not embossed….will tell you why in a moment… I do many at one time so I can have some in my stash of butterflies…next I begin my process of embossing with metallic embossing powders…I love the gold and silver ones…expecting a new copper one in the mail today…first I use my Versa Mark Ink Pad and gently pat the embossing ink onto the butterfly…getting most of it only on the raised embossing…

then I pour my metallic embossing powder over the butterfly and shake excess off

notice in the pictures I missed an area I wanted covered and so had to re-ink this small potion after I had heat embossed it with heat gun…and then used heat gun again to cover the missed area.  Oh yes…sometimes when I first cover the butterfly with the powders and shake off I also use a small paint brush to brush off excess powders where I do not want it.  See how pretty these look?  now I go to the ones which were only cut but not embossed…I completely cover them with the embossing ink (Versa Mark) and sprinkle with the embossing powders.

So now I have the 2 layers for 2 beautiful butterflies….next I make a wire antennae for the butterfly using copper wire which is a weight less than 28 gauge…the reason I do not know which gauge it is…is because it is not marked and I forgot…my silver color wire is 28 gauge…so this is a good gauge to use for these…I usually cut about 2.50 to 3 inch piece for this…and using a small punch or piercing tool I form the twist for the antennae..I place the formed antennae onto the butterfly which has the complete covering of the embossing powder and glue with some dimensional glue such as glossy accents….then place the top butterfly over it before the glue dries and attach the whole thing…this sandwiches the antennae in between the 2 pieces making the backside solid.

Next I embellish the butterfly’s body with gemstones…or pearls or some such embellishment.

And so now I will show some of the pictures of some of the other butterflies I have made this morning…

Some of these were done using colored ink pads for the raised butterfly and then clear embossing powders!!!  Tell me what you think…


Happy Thanksgiving and Be Blessed!

Just wanted to say a quick hello and Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!!  God has blessed me one more day by allowing me to awake from sleep!!  I was cooking all day yesterday….well intermingled with rest between fixings!!  Amazing how much longer it takes me to fix a few dishes for a big meal as this….and for only two of us!!  All our children are grown and have families of their own and we are so far from them all and driving is so hard when we are old.  Next month we have 2 family gatherings in Georgia to go to and so we are saving our energy for that! 🙂

When I opened my email this morning there was a link in one of the blogs which I follow and I wanted to share it with you to make organizing your Christmas Holiday a little more “organized?”  I plan to use it myself and so wanted to share.

So sweet of her to share with us today and she also has some very interesting posts everyday which you may want to follow…so go on over and visit Andrea at the Cottage Market!!

Well I must finish my cooking so will bid you all a Happy Thanksgiving shout!!!

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Time for Purging!!!

Well I have begun to list items on my Ebay page  So I will give you an in-site on what kinds of items I am selling.  The “No Sew Quilted Ornaments” are a new addition to items in which I am occupying myself these days.  I love making them.  I do plan to start making some actual sewn quilted items in the near future…but for now before Christmas I am making these.

Also I am purging of some of the printed matter which I now have lying around in my craft room.  Plus some of the fabrics which have been stored in trunks for some time now.  I have no other way of selling these items to down size in my home.  So if after a while these things do not sell much of it will be donated to some place such as Goodwill and other such thrifts stores.

Because of my physical condition now I can no longer do much house work and cleaning and so these things are really just in my way.  It is taking longer than I wish to do this however because of my physical limitations.  I work for 20 minutes and rest for an hour…so it will be a slow go…

Anyway here are some of the items listed

To make some of these yourself go to this YouTube Video to learn how…it is fun

I have many many colors of this kind of stretchy jersey binding of school and team colors!! More to come.

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More Sandy’s Album Scraps

Well as I got back into the groove of making photo mats and such for my “Ancestries Album”….I began listing some like the ones I was making for myself on… user name is old_ladies_estate_sale… So now I also offer them here…if you wish to purchase them outside of Ebay…because when they end on Ebay they will still be listed here.  so here are a few of the things I offer and you can contact me via . All of these are offered in sizes 8 by 10 and  5 by 7.  You receive 5 of larger ones for $5.50 USD plus shipping or 6 of 5 by 7 for $5.50 USD plus shipping.  Shipping per lot is usually $2.50 within the USA.  I will be adding to these as time permists me to list them here…but anything offered on Ebay is also offered here.

fleur de le black fleur de le blue fleur de le lavender fleur de le mint fleur de le pink fleur de le white fleur de le yellow floral mat blue floral mat lavender floral mat mint floral mat pink floral mat white floral mat yellow


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I’m Baaaack!!!

Ok so it has been over a year seen last posted….but I was in a funk….my body no longer does what I want it to and even when it does …it is not for as long as I would like…so now I am trying to do more things and adapt myself to the realization there are others things I can still do.  I just have to do them in spurts…and under different conditions such as sitting a lot more and not moving around so much and takings breaks much more often.  So here is the thing I most want to accomplish this year….a new memories album of my ancestors photos.  My niece has scanned many of them which were in an album her mother…my sister..gave to her.  I have been printing as many as I can and drawing out designs for the album I wish to make.  I want it to be sturdy and I want it to tell the story of my ancestors as best as I can.  My daughter has done a lot of the ancestry stuff which my brother Albert had begun doing years ago.  He had lots of it done but my daughter is doing some more on it and also gathering pictures which I can also add to the album…I want future generations to know where they come from and have pictures to see and not just hear from old tales and such.  I think every family should document all of this for future generations and also to pass down triumphs and even failures to further educate younger ones in the pros and cons of living their lives.  Not to mention to people like myself I am just curious of those who have some of the same blood within their veins as I do.  It also kind of explains some of the traditions we have within our families.  Right now I am still in the planning and printing photos stage of this process…and trying to figure out just what all I want in this book…so have nothing to show but hopefully will have in the next few weeks.  So anyway I am back again to journal here my progress on this venture.

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2014 in Review From Me and

Another year has come and gone…all those things which we wanted to do are long gone so if we did not do them then 2014 for achieving them are gone…if they were important then we might consider doing them this year…but if the opportunity for doing them went with 2014 ‘s end then they must go into our list of regrets….if not make the most of this year to do all those things which you wanted to do, because you do not want to add more regrets to your list.  I for one have many regrets added to my list….but none are world shattering or life changing so I guess I can shout hooray for that.  This is a time of year in which we must concentrate on our values in life ….do we have our priorities in the right orders?  And in view of many world events…do we have our prayer lists in the right order…I for one see a need for much prayer for a world gone to extremes in so many areas.  For one the focus of the crime against our law enforcement officers breaks my heart.  I have one grandson in law enforcement and a former son-in-law (whom I still prayer for) who are in law enforcement.

This year I will turn 70 years of age….and years ago this seemed to be an ancient age to be…but my mind…while slower than it once, was still looks at myself and others with the same eye.  More experienced for sure…but ideals have not changed.  So with this all said I would like to challenge everyone to pray for others and our world as a whole…set your ideals and intentions of the future at a higher level….and live each day as if it were your last to live…treat others as if it were their last to live….think more of others than ones self.  And this is my goal…give unto the Lord all that I can physically do in mind and spirit and actions.  So with this I wish and pray for all a blessed year and a new beginning…God Bless each of you!!!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 560 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 9 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Repost of Free Dowloads of Crafting Books from March

I finally figured out how to post my ebooks for downloading on this blog…i say yeahhh you say yeahhhh~~~~ I am certainly not the smartest bulb in the box but every now and then I get plugged in to light up…So I will be posting many of my ebooks which I scan from old crafting books no loner in print or within copy write laws.  I love doing this and passing along these old books to tohers to keep some of these treasured old books alive in the craft rooms of others.  The authors I am sure would love to know their works will lie on and on in this new digital age.  I make nothing on these within this site and so you may enjoy them knowing I did my little part in preserving crafting history and you do your part in downloading and working the projects. So can we have a big hip~hip~hurray???  Go to March this year and see the posting of 3 of the first books I posted here…and later i will begin posting some of the other wonderful pattern books for your pleasure…

March 2014 Free Ebooks

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Christmas is here again!!!

Not sure if others look at this season the way I do but I always do more reflections and contemplating at this time of year and than any others days of the year.  I think maybe it has to do with…happiness…seems my mind wonders to some of the days when I was happier…remembering the good memories is first and if a bad memory comes to mind then it is quickly thrown out of my mind.  I just will not have it there.  I want only brightness and beauty to be here now…so I remember growing up as a child and how Mama and Daddy always tried to the most of their ability to make the season a happy time…and they succeeded way beyond what a child could expect…at least in my eyes.  I remember the huge trees Daddy always brought home after we all went in the woods and found one.  I don’t ever remember their buying one…so it was usually a Georgia pine tree.  The needles on the limbs were so big…but he always got one which was fresh and we usually put the tree up about 1-2 weeks before Christmas…none of that Thanksgiving night decorating. For one thing they were tired that night from all 10 of us children and at least 5 were married and had had children also, being there that day for dinner…another great event as I remember.  I was youngest and not really that much older than some of my nieces and nephews.  I think most of my life has been a fantasy to me anyway ….and sometimes still is…but I tried to see the wonderment of everything.  But anyway back to Christmas.  Daddy always had to trim the tree back some so it would fit in our living room.  It usually took up one whole corner and the room was square.  He would put the lights on and we got to do the other decorating…I got to put a few on there…and I had better not stand back and toss icicles on that tree.  you put them on one by one and hung them just right.  Mama had some wreaths for the window which she had to repair it seems every year.  We had a traditional angel with alight for the top and she had to repair its dress a few times.  We used the same decorations year after year and some were so fascinating to me.  Wish I still had one of those little birds which we clipped on a limb…it had a broom like tail as I remember.  and some may have had feathers not sure I remember them all right as you know I fantasize lots of my child hood.  We had to place each decoration to the best advantageous point…or it would mess up the symmetry of the tree. And no two color lights next to each other.  These were also the days when if one light bulb went out they all did…and these were the bigger bulbs.  It was always a glorious site to me…I would sit in the dark when the lights were on and allow myself to mentally go into a fantasy Christmas land…where Santa was chief honcho…oh how I wanted to meet him and allow him to work his magic on me….Santa was the answer to all of the years heart breaks as far as I was concerned.  He would make everything wonderful in my little world again.  I would get the dolls and cow girl outfit with my holster and guns and maybe a stroller or maybe a yard swing.  And all of these i did get but probably not in the same Christmas…but all of my mind was wrapped in a fantasy of wonderland and magic.  When I became older and my friends all said there was no Santa…I defended him to the most i could.  I told my friends well where would my folks hide 2 bicycles for my 2 brothers and a swing set for me without us seeing it?  Very good question I think as I still have no idea how they got always with it. We had to go to bed early Christmas Eve. And we had better not come out of our room before at least 4-5 o’clock in the morning. I have heard stories that some of my older siblings were so bad wanting to sneak a peek that Mom and Dad had to “tie” there doorknobs to something to keep them from coming out.  But not me as I was a sweet little angel….hummmm…but oh when it was time we could sneak into the living room to see what Santa had left…it was magical…whispering to one another so as not to awake Mama and Daddy.  little did we know my Mama had just got into bed because she usually was sewing clothing for us children Christmas presents or doll clothing…My Mama was something else,  she was a terrific seamstress…and she also loved dolls as i did…so my dolls were always terrific and beautiful…. a little girls dream babies.  We always got one of those huge sticks of peppermint which would last for over a week.  There were always gum drops and chocolate drops and apples and oranges and raisins still on the stems.  Santa was so good to us…he had to be real…and so I convinced myself until I was 12 years old that he was real.  My mother and I were making a bed up one day when i was 12 and somehow the subject of Santa came up…and she made a remark as to how she couldn’t believe I still believed in Santa Claus..  I was shocked…what did she mean?  There had to be a Santa Claus.  I was sure of it…but there it was she was saying there was none… and she could not believe that  I believed there was.  So much for that fantasy..I guess if it was left up to me I would have still believed it.  One year when we had moved to the country for a short year before my Dad got really sick…my bed was in front of a bedroom fireplace and my sisters also slept in the same room as me…and this fireplace was also connected to the chimney from the living room fireplace.  Well there was a brick which was broken and so I could see into the living room…not a big hole but a small one…that year on Christmas eve we had my Mothers Sister and her husband to spend Christmas with us.  So someone had to sleep on the sofa which was in front of the fireplace in the living room.  Well during the night I awoke to hear a ball bounce and roll across the living room floor…so I knew Santa was in the living room putting things under our tree.  And I looked as best I could because there was fire in the fireplace…but I saw something like brown fabric moving in the living room…I just knew it was Santa;s pack with toys in it….so this was something else I used to defend my belief all those years in Santa’s defense as being a real person.  So when my Mama told me there was no Santa all the magic went out of my Christmases until my own children were young and receiving my “Santa toys”. So for me Christmas was a magical time of the year.  So now there are no little ones depending on me to be Santa and the magic has gone.  But my memories will always be a blessing to remember the enchantment when I was young girl.  As I got older and finally came to know what Christmas was really about (not that I didn’t know as a child I did…but not in my heart as I do now) ….Jesus birth into a sinful world which needed redemption in order to fellowship with an Almighty God….now it is a wonderment to me once again…because as an adult I realize how much I needed a redeemer…because without Him I would not have the hope of Glory one day at the end of my life…and i would not have this same Jesus walking beside me in everything I do no matter what…I would not be able to have that “peace that passeth all understanding” in all of life’s situations…and i would not have the weapons needed to fight many a battle which I have fought and will still have to fight before leaving this earth…and so the Christmas decorating is just for my own satisfaction now and since I do not need lots of satisfaction as I grow older then the decorating is less. So this is for that small need to remind me to remember….days gone by and people who are no longer with me on this earth…just one small tree for my dolls and me.


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