This month I’m excited to share the opening of my new Etsy shop with my Handmade Greeting Cards: CardzByDeeZyne.etsy.com CardsByDeeZyne
I already have an Etsy shop for my Handmade Sea Glass Jewelry: ByDeeZyne.etsy.com ByDeeZyne and I still get a kick out of getting orders from all over the country and the world but I have become obsessed with card making of late and thought I would open a second Etsy shop with my cards.
I am just starting out and even though I’ve been involved with Etsy for some time now, I am finding there are still some challenges with starting a new shop. It will take some time to get it off the ground and perfect my “product” and find my niche. I just hope that people are still sending snail mail. I send out cards to friends and family all the time and I know I love receiving mail myself but I today it is all about email and social media. I love tech but it isn’t the same as a had written note or letter.
I hope you will visit both my shops. I welcome custom orders and would be happy to work with you to design cards or jewelry just for you.
So many people in my family have requested gift cards this year and I was running short of ways to gift wrap them so I created a few holders of my own. It took some calculating but this is what I came up with:
Cut cardstock to 9 1/2 x 6 inches.
Score at 1/2”, 3/4”, and 1” along both sides on the 9 1/2 inch long sides.
Score at 3 3/4” and 4 1/4” from the bottom.
Score at 1 1/4” and 1 1/2” from the top for the flap.
Trim off excess on the sides.
Cut a semicircle. I used a 1 3/8” punch but any will do.
Round the corners on the flap if desired. I used a 1/2” corner punch.
To embellish is used DSP in the following dimensions:
3 3/4 x 1 1/8”, 3 3/4 x 3 1/2”, 3 3/4 x 2 1/2”
I added snowflakes and rhinestones but of course you could use flowers or birthday decorations or whatever you need.
To finish I attached the side flaps with double sided tape. Finally I added a Velcro closure, a ribbon and a tag.
The other day I decided to try another cross stitch card. This one is a bit more complex than my first two. After punching the holes using Paper Smootches Cross Stitch die and 110 lb card stock, I drew guide lines on the back. Link to die: https://www.papersmoochesstamps.com/Cross_Stitch_Die_p/a1d-17-376.htm Continue reading →
This has been a crazy month with all the hurricane activity (Harvey, Irma, Maria). Fortunately we were extremely lucky (with Hurricane Irma in eastern Florida) and only lost power for a couple of days. And the only damage was to our fence. My heart goes out to those in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean who continue to battle for the basic necessities.
So needless to say this has been a month of limited projects. I did knit several hats during the storm and the ensuing power outage. And I was able to keep up with Etsy jewelry orders – at least the filling of the orders – even though the mail was knocked out for over a week.
But now that things are returning to normal I am trying to get into the holiday spirit – at least a little. I have always been a fan of MacKenzie-Childs so when I saw their pumpkins I knew I wanted to have one. And by have one, I mean make one. So I bought an antiqued white pumpkin at Michael’s, along with some black paint and some gold paint and gave it a try.
I am please with the results and look forward to enjoying my pumpkin during the Halloween and Thanksgiving seasons. And NO MORE HURRICANES!!!!
UPDATE: Encouraged by my first pumpkin success (and a sale at Michael’s) I decided to make a second pumpkin for my mother. I hope she likes it.
For some curious reason this month has rekindled my desire to revisit some old crafting methods. I guess it started with seeing all the cute embroidery hoop art on Instagram and wanting to give it a try.
I started by ordering a kit on Etsy from SarahKBenning@etsy.com and making these cacti. I highly recommend her kit. The instructions were just what I needed to refresh my memory and they were super easy to follow.
Then I tried a couple on my own.
My last attempt was a pumpkin for a Halloween card.
About that time I saw Jennifer McGuire’s video on cross stitch cards. I ordered the die from Paper Smooches and when it arrived I CASed her rainbow card and did another pumpkin card.
I will definitely try more of the cross stitch cards but with the random color blocking and no designs. I think they are so much more effective and easier to do.
Lastly I got on a knitting kick. My mother has been making hats and mittens for generations of our family. She also donates dozens to different agencies around the country. So I have joined in. I’m not happy with my mittens and will have to wait to get together with her one on one for some lessons. But the hats are off and running.
Here is my first set.
Obviously I am a novice at all of these crafts and probably will never do another embroidery project. But how do you know what you like and what you’re good at until you try?
This month I have been experimenting with different card making techniques and trying to “up my game”.
First up I made this tool box using Lawn Fawn Scalloped Edge Pop Up card die set. This set is fantastic! I am so glad I splurged on it. I can see using it in many different variations. Here I loaded up the box with tools from Stampin’ Up Nailed It stamp and die bundle. I cut the tools out of yellow card stock with foil tape that I adhered for the metal parts of the tools. I stamped on the yellow card stock first, adhered the foil tape (bought at Home Goods – I think it is for dryer vents or something) and re-stamped the image. (Hint: I found I needed to use StazOn Ink to keep the image from smearing. The banner poles come with the pop up box kit and I improvised the banner with my Stampin’ Up Thoughtful Banners sentiment and coordinating punch.
Next I CASE’d a few cards that I admired on Pinterest. The first (inspired by Christy Velasquez – hers used a beautiful blended rainbow background) was die cut on my Silhouette Cameo and mounted on a lime green card base. I used Avery Elle Double Pierced Rectangle Dies to make the frame. I triple cut the hello from black cardstock backed with double sided adhesive.
The second card (inspired by Barbara Anders) used the Hero Arts Grateful Leaves layering stamp set and coordinating die. I stamped the leaf on white cardstock in 3 background colors, stamped again with the black veins and cut and mounted each leaf on a wood embossed white background with foam tape. I added some gold thread behind the leaves but I admit that the “random” loops of thread are not my forte. I white heat embossed my sentiment (from Hero Arts Anyone Can Stamp) on black cardstock. I added coordinating hearts, stars and dots from Stampin’Up. I really liked how this card turned out!
The next two cards used techniques from Jennifer McGuire. The sunshine card used a technique she called floating die technique. Basically I cut the flower using Stampin’ Up Timeless Tags die in green, turquoise and yellow. I backed the turquoise with double sided tape which made it easier. I set the cut pieces on my card in one piece and remove all the pieces I didn’t want except the outline. I added the center in yellow, and the leaves in green and then removed the outline. The flower appears to be floating. Again I triple cut the sunshine (from Stampin’Up) on black card stock and layered on the card front. The rectangle was die cut with the Avery Elle Double Pierced Rectangle Die. If I tried this technique again I think I would try it with a different die with larger pieces but overall I was happy with the result.
The small (3×3) heart thank you note used Jennifer’s spotlight stamp technique. This was super simple. I stamped my card base with the Avery Elle Big Greetings Thank You. I also stamped some scrap turquoise card stock with the same sentiment. I punched out the heart and mounted it over the cardstock with dimensionals making sure to line up the sentiment. I threw on a few water drops from Pretty Pink Posh and done. Big impact for very little effort. This technique definitely bears repeating. Thank you Jennifer McGuire.
Lastly are two cards I made just for fun. The first one was for my niece who shares my love of succulents. The Cactus is from Hampton Arts which I tried to color with my Tombow brush pens and the succulents are Spellbinders dies – all from Michael’s. Proving you don’t need to invest a lot of money to make fun cards (although that hasn’t stopped me).
The small (3 x 3 again) thank you note is printed with my Misti using a layering tulip stamp set from Altenew and Hampton Art Flower Amaze Thank You.
I really need to find a third hobby (my first love is jewelry making and my etsy shop – bydeezyne.etsy.com) because I am running out of card supply storage!
Okay, not technically a project but after over 28 years in Florida I felt like I should at least see Lake Okeechobee. It is after all the largest lake in a single state in the US, the second largest lake bordered completely by the US (largest is Lake Michigan) and 7th largest lake in the US (thank you Wikipedia).
My husband and I had talked about taking the Okeechobee Waterway across the state in our boat years ago but never did. The approximately 15 hour trip would have taken us from Florida’s east coast, through Lake Okeechobee (via several canals, locks and rivers on each end) and over to the Florida’s west coast.
So this month we took a picnic lunch to the lake by car (about a 45 minute drive to the Port Mayaca – the closest viewpoint from our home). After looking at Google Earth I had very low expectations of what we would find but I at least wanted a look at the lake and the lock at Port Mayaca. Both the Atlantic and the Gulf are lower than the lake so there are two locks on the east side and three on the west side to raise and then lower boats to and from the lake.
There is a dike around the lake (for a 100 mile circumference) and a trail around the top of the dike (LOST: Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail) so you can’t see the lake from the road. You have to get to the top of the dike. What I hadn’t expected was a nice slope from the top of the dike down to the bank of the lake with a couple of benches to sit and look out. This is a picture from the bank of the lake looking back up at our car parked on the top of the dike.
I did expect the vastness of the lake, but being an ocean girl all my life I was surprised at how ocean-like it felt and how peaceful and relaxing it was.
The pictures below show: the view from the south side of the lock; the view from the north side of the lock; a tug boat moving through the lock; the view of the west side of the lock (the Lake Okeechobee side); a view looking back to the canal from the east coast of Florida.
And this is a view from the east looking west past the lock to Lake Okeechobee.
All in all it was a fun day and I’m glad we finally made it. It was definitely worth the trip!