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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Father's Day / 6-pack Box Card on: May 21, 2019 08:16:51 AM

I got ahead of my game and helped Delia make her papa a Fathers' Day card!

I didn't rewatch the assembly video before stamping this banner piece and probably should have put it on the other side with the hand-written part on the back of the card. But Delia is not even 8 yet, so it's pretty good!

Because, you know how the kids like to suck up to their parents.

The cut files are from svgcuts.com. All the papers came from stash! YEY! I did pick up the Fathers' Day stamps, they came in set of 4.

Delia is pretty proud of the card, as you can see.

2  COOKING / Dessert / Lavender-honey Cheese Cake on: May 15, 2019 09:47:25 AM

The ManFlesh's birthday is today and he's not much of a cake person, but he is a cheese cake person. So.

Purple is his favorite color, he likes lavender-flavored thing, and his aunt grew the lavender flowers that form the "e" on top!

You can tell by the crust's height that this is the first cheese cake I've made ever in my life! I did follow directions closely/literally, but should have stopped to have another look at the pictures in the recipe to understand what was meant.  Roll Eyes

I made a, "e" jpg in Photoshop, then uploaded it to the Cricut Design Space to cut the stencil for decorating the top.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Taco Truck Box Card on: May 14, 2019 10:09:13 AM

When I saw this project on svgcuts.com I knew I had to make it for The ManFlesh for his birthday!

Boy is it crammed with details! I spent a good hour and 45 minutes just cutting it. I bet I spent an hour choosing papers before that. Regardless, I hope you're sitting down, because I took A LOT of photos.

That wee taco is about 3/4" (<2cm) wide!

I used a Cuttlebug brand basket weave embossing folder to give this silver metallic paper the ol' diamond plate treatment and I love how it turned out SO MUCH. Eep!

I know I took a photo of the front, but h*ck if I can find it. But here it is going into the envelope.

4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / "Tattooed" Wooden Hand on: May 14, 2019 09:39:08 AM

The ManFlesh has a birthday coming up. He's a self-proclaimed Book Nerd.

Since his birthday is May 15, he refers to it as the Ides of May.

I did a wrap around bit to give a nod to his book writing.

And his initial on the inside wrist using a typewriter key-looking font.

Delia is always very curious about what we're up to, so I let her have a sniff after all the various chemicals has done their off-gassing. I did not try to pet her with it, but now I wish I had before I wrapped it.

To transfer the images to the hand I used laser printed images and Xylene. I wish the results had been a bit more consistent, but oh well! The knuck letters are my fave.

I don't know where exactly I stumbled up the inspiration pieces, but I restumbled upon them on my pinterest board set aside for gift ideas for the aforementioned The ManFlesh. The originals are sooooo cool. They are hand-painted and original art! They are in an etsy store, ahem.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper Hydrangea Gift Box on: April 28, 2019 03:11:53 PM

There are about 58 individual pearly paper blooms in this sweet hydrangea. All cut with my Cricut machine using a project from the Circut Design Space with directions on a Craftsy video.

About half are attached to floral wire, the rest are attached to adjacent blossoms. Then the leaves sort of hide all that on the underside.

 used it to decorate the top of a pillow box I also cut using my Cricut.

I used a punch to make a hole for the "stem" before gluing the box together, then used washi tape on the inside to hold it in place.

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Soccer Ball/Football Gift Box on: April 07, 2019 01:42:35 PM
Our niece is a bit of a soccer nut/elite player! And she's entered The Gift Card Years - meaning she's a young teen and it's just just a safer choice to get her a gift card. Sigh.

To satisfy my own selfish needs to get her a "real" gift (I know, I know), I wanted to at least put the gift card into a special-for-her container, so when I found this soccer ball box on svgcuts.com I decided it fit the bill!

I asked her mom about her team colors (red and black), embossed the black papers with stars to tart it up a bit, and went for it. I had a hard time finding soccer-specific embellishments that were a little bit girly/celebratory and NOT sold in a quantity that would leave me with a bunch of stuff I'd likely not ever use. But this bubble from a travel-themed set seemed like it would work... plus it's ball-shaped!

I had the red excelsior to cushion the gift card. YEY! Really this whole thing was made with stash even though I was prepared to buy what I needed. I tied it up with a red ribbon to 1) give it a more gift-y look and 2) make it less likely to be peeked! I'll ship it top her in a couple of weeks.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Thimble-shaped Paper Box on: April 05, 2019 03:04:14 PM

Like a lot of people in their 70s my mom kind of has everything she needs, so gift giving is getting more challenging particularly as we live far apart so taking her out or having her over isn't an option for all holidays. But she does have a thimble collection and she does love to putter in her yard, sooooo I made her a thimble box in which to put a gift card to her favorite plant nursery.

She displays her collection in her guest room which is decorated in dark blue with pink & tan accents. The metals in there are brass, so I chose gold cardstock which I used plain and then embossed with 2 different embossing folders using my Sizzix Big Shot.

The pattern for making the box came from SvgCuts and I used my Cricut explore to cut it.

And now I have to wait about 2.5 weeks to mail it!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fanderpants! Boxers to Celebrate His New Book Deal! on: March 30, 2019 02:42:52 PM
Well, I can FINALLY talk openly about The ManFlesh's new book deal with Audible! His novel, In Memory of the Girl in Green, will come out as an Audible Original later this year! YAHOO! So months ago when the talks started, I made him these boxer shorts to celebrate when the contract was signed. And then we waited and waited for the official announcement.

I appliqued an embroidered headstone on the back, hoping to find a place that would be the least likely to be uncomfortable. And in my attempt to keep it a surprise, I didn't verify the title and got it wrong. SPOILER ALERT the green the girl wore was a dress!  Shocked (not an actual spoiler)

They're a green-on-green flannel print and it was nice that this all started in January when wearing flannel drawers was still a likelihood!

Thanks for checking out my man's underpants!  Grin  Shocked
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Tropical-themed Gift Box on: March 24, 2019 03:50:38 PM

One of my besties has a birthday coming up in April and when I came upon Michael's Buy One Get Two Hot Buy paper pads last week with perfect prints for her, I found this gift box svg set in my stash to make her this gift box!

It's about 9.5 x 11.2 x 4.5.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Easter Potty Humor... I Guess That's a Thing? on: March 20, 2019 11:12:29 AM
I didn't choose the Potty Humor Life, the Potty Humor Life chose me.

There I was "innocently" perusing the Easter cards when this guy popped pupped up! I could not refuse that sweet doggo face and, what do you know, I have a silly potty humor gallery in my powder room. I was (a)morally obligated to buy it!

And then obligated to turn it into seasonal decor! I cut the inside sentiment out and attached it to the front, dug through my picture frame & craft paint stashes, painted up a frame, et voila!

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