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Since retiring, I've had a bit more time to dedicate to stained glass, my first love since 1986. I had put it aside for a bit and worked on paper crafts since it was just too hot to work out in the garage doing glass while living in Phoenix, Arizona. Now I'm in a small rural town in Kentucky and it's much cooler here. We brought my work bench with us from Phoenix and I set it up in the garage which is where I like to do glass. It's in a window facing the front of the house so I have a lovely view of a field, cattle and the occasional vehicle passing by. I've since bought some supplies for my glass hobby and have had sticker shock...prices have sky rocketed for stained glass, lead, and especially solder! What used to sell for $4 for a pound roll is now up to $22!! To continue doing glass, it's going to have to help support itself so Tim and I have started our own little business and we think our name will be "Sawdust & Solder". That covers his wood turning and other wood art and my stained glass. I continue to make cards and other crafts in addition to glass.
I sent in my application to the Kentucky Guild of Artisans and Craftsmen and took them 5 examples of my glass work including a lamp, a window panel and boxes. Below are photos of 3 of the items I submitted to be judged by the jury.
Our first show as Guild members is October 8-9, 2021 in Bardstown on Main Street. We will be there for this 2 day show and are as excited as a hamster on a new wheel. LOL! If you're in Kentucky, I hope you'll attend this fabulous show in Bardstown. It's Saturday and Sunday and we'd love for you to stop by and say hello.
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I've had some fun making box cards. I'm loving the stamp sets from My Favorite Things since I can get matching die cuts to them, making it a lot easier to make a box card. I also got my box card dies that I used on the pirate card from MFT which have taken away the measuring and exacto knife cutting like we did in the "old" days.
Sharing these box cards with you. I love this little pirate set and I made all of these into birthday cards.
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So much has happened in 2021 already. I'm now retired and am creating cards for Prickley Pear and also creating cards for the store at the Woodstock Lavender Farm. I've also been teaching classes at Woodstock which have been a lot of fun and a challenge when there are 18 students!
Today I'd like to share some cards I've created for Prickley Pear. The images are all from their botanical release and are simply beautiful images. To see these stamps at the store, please click on the links below.
Thanks to Sharon and John of Prickley Pear for allowing me the honor of using these gorgeous new stamps! I hope you'll visit the store and see their new line of botanicals. They are the prettiest botanicals I've ever had the opportunity to work with.
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Well, this is my last post before Christmas which is only 3 days away. I love the holidays and the pretty decorations that you see everywhere. I now live in a small rural town in Kentucky and it's as if we live in a Hallmark movie. Our little Main Street is decorated beautifully and every business has a wreath on the door. This is my week to post on Craft-Dee BowZ and I chose this very festive image by Whimsy named Santa's Helper.
Did you feel like December would never get here this year? I know I always look forward to winter and Christmas is my favorite holiday, like so many others! I love making winter cards the very best so I find myself making them on and off all year long. This month at Craft-Dee BowZ our sponsor is The Paper Shelter. I chose this pre-colored image named Little Hazel for my card this month
I used lots of fun dies for this card and I have not one, but two bows on my card! Here's my white organza ribbon bow.
And here's my 1/8" satin ribbon bow that's on my tag.
Using my bow tool is so easy and my bows come out so nice. I always had issues with my bows and I'd waste ribbon trying to get the one I'd like to use for the project. Not anymore, since this little bow tool guarantees me great bows every time!
Our sponsor, The Paper Shelter, is donating 3 digital images of the winner's choice. That's an awesome prize and you might want to go and check them out now. There are so many awesome digital images to choose from!
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Welcome to my blog and it's my week to post on Craft-Dee BowZ and share a card with you. When I think of autumn, I think of mums, sunflowers, pumpkins and sweaters. I saw this adorable little image by Elisabeth Bell and thought she'd be perfect for my card this week.
My bow is a triple looped and I used grossgrain ribbon and then glued a button tied with twine in the middle of the knot. This bow was so simple to make, even with all those loops, using my bow tool. It's the perfect little assistant that I keep within arm's reach at my craft table!
Our sponsor this month is month is Bugaboo stamps who is giving the winner of our challenge four images of the winner's choice!
It's November 1 and autumn is moving into winter now. If you haven't started your Christmas cards yet, now is the time! We have our monthly challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ which is ANYTHING GOES.
I can make the most beautiful bows with my bow tool. This double looped gross grain bow was a breeze to make and came out perfect! If you use bows on your projects, you need to give this little bow tool a try. It's simple, hangs by a ribbon at your work station and is compact!
Our sponsor Bugaboo Stamps is awarding the winner of our challenge four images of the winner's choice. I'm sure you're going to find more than four that you love, too!
It's October 1 and time for a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ. Our sponsor this month is Gerda Steiner Designs and I used this image named Reindeer With Bird for my card. This little cardinal and reindeer are enjoying the holiday season together. It's getting to be that time of the year where I realize I need Christmas cards so I've pulled out my Christmas papers, images and embellishments!
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