Monday, December 30, 2013

From Page to Card

Cruising through Maggie Holme's website, I came across this cheerful scrapbook layout.  I was really hoping to scraplift it, but I have no pictures printed. :( The itch to work with paper needed to be itched though.  I wondered if I could lift a scrapbook layout and turn it into a card.  This is what I ended up with.
photo credit Maggie Holmes

  The sentiment  is from the small script set from Stampin Up!  (Not sure if they carry this one anymore.) I tried stamping it in a cream color, but it was too faint.  I carefully traced it with a white sharpie.  All fixed!  I'm really pleased with how it turned out.  This will definitely be something I try again.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Dad's Craft, too!

Hey, blogger land!  Long time no see!  Maybe we'll start posting here again.  I'm feeling nostalgic for traditional blogging. :)

This Christmas our family was surprised by not one, but TWO homemade gifts.  From our Grandpas.  Awesome!

The first is this plaque my father-in-law made for each family of his favorite saying.  Not only is it beautiful, but also sentimental.  He made it from a walnut tree cut down from his Mom's historical home in Manti, Utah.  I love sentimental gifts.

The second was the big shocker.  My dad made each of us our own walking stick.  My dad hardly does his own Christmas shopping let alone MAKE his own gifts.  He found these great sticks on different camping trips/outings with my mom and their friends.  He did all the work, including almost all of the bead work.  (My mom did have to show him how to do the beads. :) He was so excited to show us how unique each stick was and the beauty of each piece of wood.

Dads really are the best. :)