Homemade is Always More Fun

I know there are wonderful cards out there to buy and some of them are amazing (I love looking through the cards when I have a chance and I always think what a fun job it would be to come up with them –but not have to make them!).  But I have to admit, I also enjoy making them, even tho I always seem to be doing it at the last minute and they are sometimes late.  I like to think the recipients appreciate the work and thought that goes into them (they seem to).  I do get a few home made cards and they always mean a lot to me.  I keep them and I keep thinking one day I’ll make an album to make it easier to enjoy them.  My Dad makes wonderful birthday cards for the family.  I think I have every one he’s sent me through the years.  I always look forward to them.

Anyway, enough chatter.  Here are my Valentine’s Day Cards that I made.  I didn’t make many.  One of these days I will actually be ahead and maybe make up some, but I usually end up making them especially for each person.  Maybe that’s better anyway.   These were fun, although the photos aren’t great.  The lens I used doesn’t auto-focus on my D60 so I had to focus and a few of them were a little out of focus (they looked ok when I took them).  By the time I realized it the cards were in the mail and gone.  Oh well. 🙂

You can see what I did at Valentine’s From This and That.  You still have time to make some before tomorrow.

Joy

Joy
One more card. This one sort of made itself. I had the letters for JOY made from Mod Podge and food coloring –I think I need to do a blog on that, but not today. I wanted to do them in simple cut outs in the card, and it just started from there. It kept just needing *something else*. 🙂 That’s really my favorite way to work.

I ended up using ric rac and lace and glittery ribbon (behind the cut outs) and some snowflakes left over from making gift tags.  I glued the lace down on the dots, and amazingly that worked.  I cut it big enough to go all the way around the other side so it’s very secure.

Make a joyful noise.  And some cards!  🙂

The Mother of Invention

It’s Handmade Monday again! Seems to happen every week. I hope ya’ll are heading over there and checking out all the cool things all the other ladies are doing, they do some really awesome crafts.

For some reason I seem to be stuck on those crazy Mod Podge Jars. I had an idea when I was mixing the food coloring into the Mod Podge, watching the color swirl around and thought, wouldn’t it be pretty if it was sort of marbled on, not just uniformly spread? I also wanted to experiment a little with better ways of getting it on the outside of the jars like has been suggested so you can use the jars and not get the Mod Podge wet or scratch it, and just experiment.

Frankly, that’s what I like to do. Experiment. The most fun of all is figuring out how to do something. Sometimes it doesn’t work at all. And sometimes that’s really disappointing, but I think I enjoy the process even more than I enjoy the finished product. I bet a lot of crafters are like that. Maybe I should take a poll. 🙂

Anyway, at first I thought something to hold the jars with, like those canning jar wrenches, but that still presented a problem. It would still touch the outside of the jar AND I would have to order one, so I would not have it right away.

However, in talking to my Dad an idea started to form and I then talked to Jeff and he came up with the perfect solution. A stand that the jar can hang on, made of pipe. Perfect! It’s made from a pipe and a metal flange, which makes a nice stable stand. It will hold a variety of sizes of jars.

So, I’ve babbled long enough, let’s head over to Make it and Let’s Do More Jars!