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I decided to learn something new today- print and cut on my Silhouette Cameo.

There are plenty of tutorials out there – some are actually pretty good- but I had to go through a few before I figured stuff out.

Anyway, after a few issues, I finally printed and cut out some super cute VW bus images!

I used printer paper so my mess ups wouldn’t use up my cardstock. As a result, these cuties are perfect for my planner!

Here’s how it went once I got it going:


Aren’t they adorable?? I found them in the Silhouette store. It’s called “camper van tags” and was .99 today.  My Silhouette got one first. Here’s how I put the adhesive on them. I love my Xyron! And after all these years wondering what to put on my Mac, these are perfect! They make me smile. I think this could be the start of something super fun!
Thanks for stopping by! God bless.

Kathy Bo

Phil. 4:13

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This card is a go-to favorite design of mine so I decided to share it for the Scrap it Girl June Challenge: Things With Wings. 20140601-151046-54646715.jpg I love it so much! It uses some of my favorite tools and supplies. Here is my card: 20140601-151204-54724975.jpg And a few close-ups: 20140601-151234-54754431.jpg 20140601-151231-54751917.jpg 20140601-151230-54750707.jpg 20140601-151233-54753107.jpg See why it’s a favorite? And it’s great for most sentiments- get well, happy birthday, sympathy, etc. Here are some of the products I used: (all from Stampin’ Up! Just click my “contact” button to email for details on ordering!) 20140601-151410-54850097.jpg The butterfly stamp is called Swallowtail. It’s a large stamp that can be used in a variety of techniques.

Another stamp set is Itty Bitty Banners I used my Big Shot (this thing is FABULOUS!) with Bitty Banners Framelits and Pretty Print embossing folder (retired item).

To achieve the shiny gold effect, I used Gold Stampin’ Emboss powder, VersaMark stamp pad and (another favorite) my Heat Tool and the cute little Embossing Buddy (not pictured… he was being shy)

My ribbon – OHHHH. I LOVE THIS RIBBON! is: 1/2″ Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon.

Choose inks and cardstock colors to achieve the look you want!

So that’s my share- want to get in on the challenge? All the deets are here: Scrap it Girl! and yes! There’s a prize! Thanks for stopping by! God bless! 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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Make a watermark with stamps so your paper or card stock will match your designer paper! It’s easy and creates a beautiful and professional finish to your handmade card. Stamps and Designer Series Paper are from 2014 Sale a Bration!

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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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Click on the badge and you’ll see what I’m talking about: So excited!
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My friend sent me a pin from Pinterest of a banner that said: “Happy Camper”. Well, I just happen to have been planning a trip with Ninja Man and since we were taking the RV, I figured what better time to create a banner for our little home away from home?

Disclaimer and spoiler alert: I do not like the blue flag and will change it when we return home where all my nifty supplies are. I brought only the necessities (ok, really, I brought enough materials to create two banners PLUS a bag of knitting, and wouldn’t you know I “need” more stuff!)

So here’s the finished banner with the pitiful and soon-to-be-changed blue flag:

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Here’s how it all came together:
I used this kit from Stampin’ Up and may I just say for $19.95, it’s so much fun!

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Love it? I understand. I do too. You can order it HERE
Ok, so while you’re in my store, search for “ink”. You’re gonna need it. Just in case you are curious, I used Island Indigo, Soft Suede and Cherry Cobbler.

Here’s how I made it:
I used painter’s tape to secure the stencil to the pennant panel. Unless you want to complicate this by using rulers and (gasp!) math, you will need to do some “eyeballing” here. Mine isn’t perfect- but I try to just put the stencil in the same position each time, looking at top, bottom and each side of the pennant.

Because I’m in the RV, the lid to the banner kit worked great. At home I’d put paper down on my studio desk.

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I use THESE sponges from Stampin’ Up. Three for $3.50 goes a long way. I cut them in several triangles and usually staple a little tab so I’ll know what color is on them.

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Since the pennants are canvas and kinda white in color, I decided to ink the backs as well. Note the little handmade tab stapled onto the sponge.

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Once the front and back is stenciled, I added the letter to the circle on front.
I LOVE this kit. Really, I made one of these with 7 letters in ONE HOUR! I’ll post that later, as it’s a gift and a BIG SECRET.
Anyway, there’s a stencil that covers all but the circle. All you have to do is make sure the stencil covers the circle evenly.
Tape it down.
Now for the letter: eyeball the stencil edges to center the letter. You want to have the same amount of stencil on the left as you do on the right and the same amount on top as you do on bottom.

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Here’s a close up of the sponging. Want more? Sponge more. Want less? Sponge less. Make it as dark or light as you want.

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In no time at all, you have a GREAT banner panel suitable for PINNING ON PINTEREST FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE!

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String them all together (easy since the grommets are already there!) and you have a banner! I used Krylon UV Clear spray (3 coats, front and back) because it’s going to be used outdoors.

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It was raining when I finished, so I had to hang my banner inside to see if I loved it. Well, I do- except for that blue panel- but it will be fine for now.

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And it is purely coincidence that it matches our RV exterior! Really serendipity.

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Thanks for visiting my blog!
God bless.

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