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Today’s FTF for the Scrap it Girl team is “favorite electric die cutting machine”.

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Well, this is easy-peasy in my opinion!
I have both the Cricut and Silhouette Cameo, which means I also have a lot of cartridges for my Cricuts. One of the things that sold me on the Silhouette was the fact that I can order a single design and my bundle came with $10 worth of free software of my choice from the Silhouette store. To be fair, Cricut is now offering a similar setup but I love my Cameo. It’s projects like this one that made me even more excited about my new Silhouette:

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Isn’t that bottle cute?
It was so stinkin easy to select layers to omit so I could have a simple vinyl design.
And that bottle? It has a mister, which was perfect recently for a very hot and humid day in Savannah, Ga. I found it at Academy Sports
Thanks for stopping by! Be blessed.
Kathy Bo

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I’m always excited for the Scrap It Girl Favorite Things Friday! It gives me a challenge to create something fun.

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Today I’m blogging from my tiny crafting corner in my RV, somewhere on the east coast just steps away from a long pier where manatees and dolphins frolic in the sea. It’s a sweet spot, if only for a while, then it’s back to reality!
Speaking of reality, let’s get back to it!
This Friday’s assignment is to use our favorite embossing folder.
Mine is Beautifully Baroque from Stampin’ Up!

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It adds such elegance to a card.
I used it with Graphic 45 paper, the Place in Time collection.
Here’s my finished card.

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Hope you enjoy it and maybe get a bit of inspiration to join the fun! If so, just click HERE and add your creation!
Thanks for stopping by, be blessed!
Kathy Bo

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I love Facebook. Why? Well, first of all it helps me to know the prayer needs of others. Second to that, I get to know when neat things are happening with my kids – like the garden that my son The Boy and his wife Emily are planning.

The post showed them tilling the soil. I knew I had to do something to surprise and encourage them, so I whipped out my Cricut machine and made these:

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I will add plant stakes to them so they can stand the signs in their garden. I think my grandLittles will enjoy the fun colors and shapes too!
Here’s how they came together:

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First, I used Cricut Craft Room to select designs from the Cricut cartridge Freshly Picked . Once I selected the various components, I arranged them on the virtual mat, wrote down the sizes and began cutting.
It wasn’t too difficult to choose colors- earthy, garden colors worked out just fine.

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A bit of trimming came next.

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Some 2-way glue and a bit of placing elements together came next:

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Now it was time to laminate:

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I made sure to round the corners when I cut them apart since there will be some little hands in the garden!

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Once finished, I took them all outside to introduce them to their natural habitat! Here they are again:

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I have a few more to make but thought I’d share now just in case I forget to before I mail them.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Visit me on Facebook, “Like” my page and see what’s going on in my creative world! God bless. Kathy Bo

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Check it out! It’s time for Stampin’ Up Marker Club!

Stampin’ Up Stampin’ Write markers are awesome – and it’s a great time to start collecting them all. Why? Because very soon, Stampin’ Up will be introducing a whole new line of markers that are completely different and you’re going to need them all! Joining Marker Club will help you to do it a little at a time, which is much easier on the wallet. We’re all about making this craft addiction more dollar friendly, right?

Check out the details on the video below! My Marker Club is open to U.S. only, and I will ship directly to you.  All the contact info is on the video, so let’s get this going! And if you join Marker Club AND my team (only $99!) just tell me you saw this on my blog and I’ll pay the (U.S.) shipping on your markers for you!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!

Kathy Bo

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Now y’all know I really enjoy a great thrift store find, right? It’s true- and what defines a “great” thrift store find doesn’t always equal its monetary value. Sometimes it’s just how much I simply love it- and let me tell you- this skirt was love at first sight!

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Just seeing the print made me happy. I didn’t know why at the time, it just did. But I didn’t buy it. Well, not THAT day.

I didn’t buy it because it wasn’t my size, and happy as it made me to meet such fun on a hangar, it’s just silly to buy something I will never wear.

Or is it?

A few days later it dawned on me: THIS is why I loved the skirt: it reminded me of my 1960’s era Yellow Submarine lunchbox (with matching Thermos, thankyouverymuch!)

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The pink is THE pink.
The orange is THE orange.
The yellow is THE yellow.
The teal? Oh yeah. It’s THE teal!
And that’s why, fit or not, I needed to go back and rescue that skirt from the size 10 thrift store rack!
So I did.
And it made me HAPPY

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Happy

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HAPPY!

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And you know what I did next?
I cut it up.

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Oh yes I did.
And I made THIS out of it:

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Here’s another shot of my Happy Yellow Submarine purse: (I’ll tell you about that wall in the background a little later.)

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Did someone just say, “SQUEEEEEEE!”?
Oh, sorry, yes, that was me. I’m still pretty happy over this whole skirt-doesn’t-fit-but-I-bought-it-and-made-a-stinkin’-PURSE-out-of-it thing.
If you wanna try to make one, here’s the recipe:
Shop the fabric – not the sizes- in the thrift stores. (Note: I also shop the buttons & lace parts of thrifty clothes!)
Bring it home. (You don’t have to wait for pleasant childhood memories to lure you back to the thrift store, where *GASP* someone may have bought it!)
Cut it as you wish. I cut the fabric about 1/2″ longer than the depth I wanted in the purse. I also cut a strip to serve as the shoulder strap and I cut the flounce off the bottom. If you happen to have a “flouncy” bottom on your skirt, just cut about 1/2″ above the ruffle so you can sew it back on later.
Once everything was cut, I took a deep breath. As much as I love the fabric, I didn’t want to be disappointed if my project didn’t work out! I decided that I could enjoy the fabric as a little pillow for the car, or maybe a scarf, or at the minimum, a pin cushion for my sewing table.
Once I figured out all-is-not-lost, I began sewing.
I happened to have some webbing in my stash, and it was just the right length for a shoulder strap.

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I had to trim the fabric down a bit. Let me just mention that I really winged this whole thing- there was no “exact” measuring and when I cut the fabric, it was often uneven. This wasn’t a big deal since I was going to be happy regardless. (See car pillow, scarf, pin cushion above.)

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I top-stitched and poof! We have a shoulder strap.

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I needed a closure of some sort so I dug these out of my hardware stash:

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And sewed them inside what used to be the waistband. I used a scrap of ribbon for added support. Oh, and that metal doohickey that goes on the back of the magnet? Yeah, I lost one. It’s probably in the carpet somewhere, but I was too busy being HAPPY to stop, drop and search, so I forged ahead!
Next, I actually had to UNDO this because my magnet was not strong enough to connect with fabric covering it.

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It was time to add the shoulder strap. I decided I wanted the zipper on the side and since it’s nylon, I could sew over it. This would keep it closed.

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I added the ruffle – flounce just below what was the waistband but is now the top edge of my purse. I simply sewed up the bottom of the bag and VOILA! Momma’s got a brand new bag!
Happy? Oh yeah. It’s got happy written all over it!

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Here it is in a different pose:

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And here it is at church: (we went to Saturday night service. We love the option of Saturday church!)

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A few notes: this was simply a fun project. I didn’t sweat out stuff like accurate cutting or seams or fancy, clean finishes. I wasn’t sure any of it would work out but since it did, I’ll enjoy using such a fun bag!
Note also that the fabric puddles- it’s a poly blend and very slinky so the bag doesn’t have stability. I’ll use a zipper bag inside to keep the little stuff from spilling out.
Final note: that wall. Talk about things that make you happy?! My daughter and son-in-law faux-finished this for me as a Mother’s Day gift several years ago. I blogged about it HERE
Thanks for stopping by! God bless, thrift on and be happy!
Kathy Bo

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The Design Team at Scrap It Girl has a fun challenge: choose our favorite journal, calendar or notebook for the Favorite Things Friday Challenge.
Was this ever easy for me! I love this mixed media travel journal that I actually made a few years ago on a scrapbooking trip.

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It’s my favorite.
I have a lot of great memories creating this too. I met new friends and also learned new techniques.
My absolutely most favorite page is this one, where the kid leather glove (an estate sale find) holds tickets.

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Here are more pages:

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And a closeup of the cover. Super cool, techniques and elements, all thanks to a little scrapbooking trip.

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Want to get in on the fun? Enter your favorite journal, notebook or calendar in the Scrap It Girl Favorite Things Friday!
Thanks for stopping by! God bless.

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Hearts, hearts and more hearts! That’s my thing all year long, so when the fabulous Scrap It Girl gave this challenge to those of us on the Design Team, I was just thrilled to share this card:

Be my Valentine!

Be my Valentine!

You can see this card in the previous post but now I can share the details!
I created this simple but sweet card with products from Stampin’ Up, and held a workshop where several ladies enjoyed making it. Here are some of them “loving” the creative process: image
What do I love most about this card? Well, hearts are my “thing” all year long – I have a heart on my pillow so when we change pillowcases I know which one is mine, I draw a heart on my take out cup or leftover box and I even have a heart on my toothbrush! It’s not so much about “mine” as it is that hearts just make me happy! So of course I ❤️ the heart!

Here’s what I used to create the card (and it’s a standard A2, which is 4 1/4 X 5 1/2″ card.)
Stampin’ Up:
Card stock: natural, real red
Stamps: the heart came from the Best of series: Best of Love
the sentiment is from Delightful Dozen
Ink: real red
Embossing folder: Beautifully Baroque
Sizzix Bigz Die: Top Note
Ribbon: Very Vanilla 1/2″ seam binding ribbon

Look for these items in my Stampin’ Up store

And if you LOVE hearts like I do, or if you just want to enjoy a fun challenge, play along here and you may receive something sweet!

Thanks so much for stopping by! God bless!
Kathy Bo

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