Raise a glass to Spring Break!

Living where I do, Spring Break is when the sun shines, the flowers start to bloom and the windows can be thrown wide open (for a very short time!). It’s also the time when I get to dig out some craft supplies from under the mound of debris that builds up in my craft area when school is in session.

As I mentioned last post, I indulged myself by purchasing the amazing Cricut Explore Air 2. This past week, once I finished load upon load of laundry,  I watched innumerable YouTube tutorials and decided to try my hand with the Cricut Holographic Sparkle vinyl in Fuchsia.  So pretty!!

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My new camping wine cup!

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Don’t you love how they look in different light?

My favourite thing about the wine cup is the lid. During one camping trip last year, I lost a glass of wine every single day due to my girls bumping into my side table — never again!!

But I went a little crazy last month when I discovered Facebook groups for those who adored their Cricut machines.  Looking at everyone’s posts inspired me to buy several of these stainless steel wine cups and several flasks in both white and pink! Now I just need to make them all extra beautiful. Thank goodness Spring Break lasts another week.

 

“Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.”― Louis Pasteur

 

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One Craft Addiction is Apparently Not Enough!

This summer I bought myself an amazing birthday present. Why? Because I’d been eyeing one for a few years and decided that I deserved to treat myself… a beautiful Cricut Explore Air 2.

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Isn’t she a beauty?

 

Anyhoo, I’ve been experimenting with paper cuts and vinyl too.  Loads of fun but it could easily become a serious and expensive addiction.

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H’s water bottle

H’s class all received identical water bottles and I’m completely grossed out by the thought of drinking from someone else’s glass or bottle and I DO NOT share cutlery – even with my kids.  So it’s a no-brainer that I’d have to clearly indicate which one is hers.  It was my first time doing a project with vinyl. Not too shabby!

 

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I also tried my hand at Christmas ornaments…who (pun intended) doesn’t love this face?

 

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Hmm, what’s missing?

We decorated our classroom doors for Christmas and well, I left my NEEDS at home!  Yup, I did fix it but it left folks confused for a day as the world really is not a stable influence.

 

 

Still struggling a bit with this one as my FAITH won’t stick…yup, another funny! But seriously, I had to make a second vinyl Faith as the first one wouldn’t stay on the wood.

 

 

My current project. I just have to find the time to stick my words on and glue my pretty little flowers to the plaque.

 

“Creativity is Inventing, Growing, Taking Risks, Breaking Rules, Making Mistakes And Having Fun.”  – Mary Lou Cook

Wow…my site’s still alive!

Ha, holy cow, it’s been 3 1/2 yrs since I posted last and this beast is still up and running! Honestly, I’m going to try and post at least twice a year – snort!

But if you’re still out there folks, here’s one of those freebies that  I used to post more frequently back in the old days. Links are valid until January 7th.

 

Inks & Thinks isn’t the only thing I’ve been neglecting to update. My Goodreads feed shows a book I finished back in Sept and I’ve read tonnes since then…but, you guessed it, haven’t updated that either! And although things have changed since my last, long ago post, I still love quotes, so here goes.

“For a really long time, I thought being different was a negative thing. But as I grew older, I started to realize we were all born to stand out; nobody is born to blend in.”
Halima Aden

Yikes!

Just realized that I haven’t posted in almost a year! Clearly my time is going by very quickly. Can’t say that I’ve accomplished anything major in the past year or even created any cards/scrap pages worth posting. Guess I should clean my craft area and get back to it.

In the meantime, here are 3 freebies for you.

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I hope you can make good use of them!

It takes a long time to bring the past up to the present.
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Long time no post

Hi all,

It’s been ages since I’ve posted…not much to say I guess. Anyhoo, I was going through my uploaded photos and found a few that weren’t attached to any posts so I thought I’d show you a couple. Never mind that the wedding card I’m posting was made so long ago that the bride and groom have a bouncing baby boy already! I used the bride’s chosen colours for this.

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So here they are after over 1 and a half years!

Hey, if you are into digital scrapbooking and would love a free kit go to Design House Digital for their great blog hop and collect the coupon code letters on the way to download a beautiful kit for FREE!

Now I must go, see you in a few days, weeks or months, I can’t really say!

“I have great hopes that we shall love each other all our lives

as much as if we  had never married at all.”
Lord Byron

Mmm…pie!

Hey, here’s another freebie for paper crafting thanks to mymemories.com  but only until Jan 14th!  Although these say they are for pie, seriously, do you have anyone you love so little that you’d just give them one slice?  Once filled with cool things, they’d be great as a goodie bag for a girls’ party or a teacher gift.
Pie Box Tutorial
1. Print your file on cardstock. To create a pie box, you will need one base and one top. Gather necessary supplies. (Recommended supplies: ruler, scissors, glue, bone folder with pointed tip) Be sure to set your margins as close to zero as possible when printing.
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2. Using the bone folder score from the top tip down to each of the corners.  There should be 3 fold lines forming a triangle on each piece. Also,
score the small tabs on the box sides.
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3. Cut out all of your box pieces.
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4. Fold on the fold lines. Folds should all be folded in towards the white side of the paper.

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5. Place glue on all the small flaps.

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6. Bring base and flap up and glue in place. Repeat all sides.  Repeat Steps 5 and 6 for lid.

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7. Enjoy your pie box.

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8. Multiple boxes can be made to look like a pie by placing the centers together.

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Detailed instructions are thanks to mymemories.com

“Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.” Jane Austen

Get a tree yet?

Do you kill your own tree for Christmas or buy it at the hardware store? Put up a plastic one complete with frosting and pine scent? Or simply use the biggest branch the last windstorm dropped in your backyard?

Pretty in pink?

Pretty in pink?

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You know you want to!

Whose house? I know!

Whose house? I know!

But hey, no matter how you celebrate, everyone loves a freebie!  So here’s another time limited seasonal decor item thanks to mymemories.com.  Get it before Christmas Eve.

 http://www.mymemories.com/store/share_the_memories_kit_1

Tree 1

http://www.mymemories.com/store/share_the_memories_kit_2

Tree 2

http://www.mymemories.com/store/share_the_memories_kit_3

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And here’s what you do with them…

3D Tree Tutorial
1. Print your file on cardstock. To create a 3 layered tree, you will need one base, one middle piece, and one top. Gather necessary supplies. (Recommended supplies: ruler, scissors, glue, bone folder with pointed tip) Be sure to set your margins as close to 0 as possible.
2. Using the bone folder score from the top tip down to each of the 3 corners. There should be 3 fold lines from the tip on each piece. Also, score the bottom triangle of the base.
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3. Cut out all of your tree pieces.
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4. Fold on the fold lines. Folds should all be folded in towards the white side of the paper.
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5. For top and middle pieces, place glue on the flap and glue together to form a pyramid.
6. For the base piece, apply glue to both flaps.
7. Bring small triangle base up and glue in place.
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8. Attach the side tab to the inside flap to form a pyramid.
9. Stack tree pieces, as desired. These trees can be made using 1, 2, or 3 layers per tree.
I’d love to see what ones folks actually make as I personally don’t have the time this Christmas…maybe next year?
Gee, do they still make wooden Christmas trees?
-Linus