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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Big Pick Up Tailgate Stamp Set Adorable and Fun And So Versatile!

Anyone who loves to stamp will adore this set! WHY? Mostly for all the creative ways this truck can be used. For any greeting card to invitations, this set will bring much joy to any stamper. The Big Pick Up Tailgate is from Honey Bee stamps. They have adorable sets that fit our country life!

Another reason I love this set so much is I can use my Cricut Maker to add my greetings using pens, bling it up using vinyl, and even have my Cricut Maker draw and cut flowers in bunches. I tell ya, I had one fun day creating these along with my daughter who LOVES trucks! Having the Design Space makes your crafting so versatile! You have access to so many fonts and many ideas to inspire your art. Really a simple investment.

Daisy Truck

For this card I created a background border with an embossing flower dies on my Big Shot. Powder blue and grays for the card stock, and Pastel Gelatos with a watercolor pen to apply to the truck. I used an old Stamping’ Up set, Daisy, and stamped it on the jean background paper. Wood would be cute too. I just ran out. If you’re a country girl like me, you will love that grouping of paper! A corduroy button for the center and the leaf I got off the Cricut Design Space. I also used the pen to make the words. If you like brights for pens check these out! Their new and add any POP to any card or project!

Flower Bunches

This one was fun as I got to use my Cricut again to make the flowers than my Bright Gelatos for the watercolor. Sticking with the gray and white but adding a pop of yellow helped me tie in the spring look I was going for. The words again are in Design Space. Isn’t this little truck just a cutie?

Hello Blue!

The daughter loves her blue so of course, she tried her hand at using the Tri-Blend markers for her watercolor technique. She was able to do her fading and washout style which turned out pretty cute. The trees are from Stampin’ up too. When using these markers you have to use the Memento pad to prevent bleeding. Easy to clean too.

U R Loved

Another one of Kinzey’s cards. She used glitter vinyl this time for the words and wood grain background paper. Around here we have to have wood grain paper…it’s just our thing! The flowers again we got from Design Space plugging in solid cut-out flowers for cards. Quick and easy using up old scraps of paper. Notice how she did the bumper…she used the bottom of the background paper for a “running board” with running horses. LOVE IT! If you like country western theme scrapbooks and or any crafting for that matter, this site has great stuff!

Stay Humble

Bring on watercolor again using the Gelatos. Found this pen and cut it on Design Space so it was a perfect fit for the red truck. Again adding texture with the woodgrain paper and flower die cut. Pop with the red checkered ribbon.

SUPER fun set I am sure you will not be disappointed having this in your collection!

ENJOY crafting and giving the gift of love,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Ministry, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

A Box of Love; DIY Kit anyone can make!

Recently when our son was going through his liver transplant, I wanted to be able to give goodies to folks who were prayer warriors, nursing staff, doctors, and even our hotel check-in staff. I just wanted to show them how much we appreciated all they did during our time with Mitch being sick.

We are often in the cities for Mitch with procedures and appointments and right now I am sitting in the hotel room putting the final touches on the things I have made. All weekend knowing we would be traveling down I got busy making up Heart Hot Chocolate Bombs and cute boxes to put them in. Along with some teas in a tube. There is nothing more fun than giving a gift of love wrapped up in love!

Here’s the first one I made:

2 hearts were so cute

In the next box, I added more with the Cricut Maker. I tell you this machine has added to my crafting tenfold of fun! Not only can I get the cut out in the middle, use the extra hearts for other cards and projects, but also do words, borders, and even make tags. Having the Cricut access is really an inexpensive way to get SO much for your money and the ideas….whoa… The fonts alone are worth it!

So fun and cute!

How to make a box

For the base of the box: to fit 2 heart hot chocolate bombs or 4 1/4 x 5 1/5 cards

Card-stock cut 10″ x 8 1/2″ then score 2″ on all 4 sides. I use my cutter to cut than a scoring tool all in one sweet device! Next cut on score lines on each intersecting score-line. Fold in and using double-stick tape to secure corners well. Regular glue and mono adhesives are not strong enough.

For the lid:

I used a different color for my lids and as you can see also using background paper can add a fun eye-catching box.

6 5/8″ x 8 1/8″ score at 1″ on all four sides. Cut on the score lines up to intersecting lines on each corner. Fold in, tape and seal. I used acetate for the window.

Now the fun part…decorating! If you’re using a Cricut Maker I went into the Design Space and chose my images. Measure the size area of your box top and create your image in the design space to fit the size in the middle of your box. When you go to MAKE IT, fit your image on your standard grip mat to the area where your box will be. I measured using a ruler the size of the image and measured my cardstock box. I used patterned vinyl. To make my tags I used these fun adapters using my gel pens for words. I LOVE this idea so I can use markers, ballpoint pens, and sharpies to create any saying!

Here’s another idea:

Couldn’t help it…made another:

So you can see these can be a ton of fun! Filling them with cards for the person to use or with treats…all in love!

Have fun creating your own ideas! Share them too!

COMMENTS: Love to hear share away…

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Birthday Card with Cricut Maker Using Writing Tools

For the first time, I used the writing pen in my Cricut Maker. Being nervous about using this new tool I youtube a great video which helped a ton! Also…I practiced on scrap paper that I could potentially use in other cards. My hubby told me these are really expensive through Cricut so I wanted to be conservative plus they wear down quickly. But while looking for the video on “how to” use the pen, I came across these amazing pen adapters! Take any pen and boom…save money and pen away! Loved this idea!

Side note…anytime you purchase from links it helps us help others in our ministry…www.truenorthranch.org…thank you!

How to Use Pens

I love going onto Defont.com and creating some of my favorite fonts and saving them into my Design Space…ideas are endless!

How to use other pens:

Using the pen adapters it’s awesome!

Some tips:

When I make my cards I love to combine my rubber stamps and what is really cool if I don’t have the stamp especially in sayings I can pop in a pen of my choice and make it all work beautifully. Check out Stamp Market’s cardstock really awesome! The Vinyl I use is from Expressions vinyl and I love the Oracle 651 and Easyweeds the best. Their heat transfers are also amazing. Go crazy they are an inexpensive and wonderful product and customer service. Below is how I store my vinyl.

Yes I make a lot of cards for our ranch ministry, so I turned half of the card rack into vinyl storage.
LOVE LOVE the pen adapters! GAME changer!

I enjoyed making these TAGS as well for gift boxes. Just another dooo dad to add in your gift making ideas.

Well, I hope you find this post helpful not only to save you money on using the pen adapter but for using the concept of expanding all your written ideas. Card making is just one way I use pens, but I know I will find other projects and get creative with them. ENJOY!!!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards

Crafting in Quarantine really helps the mind and soul! I enjoy thinking of others facing so much isolation and am always thankful I have a hobby.

Like most people in the world being cooped up means finding things to do. We have no problem around our ranch as there is A LOT to do always. But with this new way of life it has caused more time than usual, so my daughter and I got to play with a set that was given to us as a gift.

I LOVE IT!!! SO CUTE!!!

My favorite thing to play with when using images like this set is to watercolor. The Gelatos were my pick for most of the cards as I love the shine and brightness. You will need a watercolor painter too and my choice is this one because of the control of how much water goes onto your project. Also, the variety of sizes is awesome for detailed images you may have. I did do one card with the watercolor pencils. I really like the shine with the Gelatos but it was fun to experiment.

Card done by Honey Bee stamps
All made with Cricut Maker…

Another great card maker is THE Maker!

I have lived years in card making and have never invested in the Cricut…but in 2019 my hubby bought me one. I tell ya…my world turned upside down with all the fun things you can do and do with precise accuracy! My Cricut Maker, which I recommend is the best of all the machines, and having the Cricut access is worth its weight in gold. The fonts they give you and how you can use pens for your own sayings save SO much in stamps! Really…why did it take me so long? Geez!

The never-ending background paper especially from this online store, Scrapbook.com really offers some great variety.

The set is from HoneyBeestamps.com. They have some wonderful watercolor sets.

Enjoy creating and sending some love to others!

Giving a pick me up gift for a dear friend living alone.

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Spring Boots and More Homemade Cards Using Fun Accessories and Ideas

Don’t you just love the smell and feel of spring? I sure do! With the warmer temperatures and pastel colors, I get in the mood for making refreshing cards for events and special thank you’s. Here are just a few of my favorites.

Spring die cut boots

Say It With Words

Keep on stamping and help brighten somebody’s day! Trust me, every card I make boosts my day! Card making will always be my first choice. I STILL can not buy a card in the store!

Gnome Napkin Card

Gnome Napkin Card

This card was made from a napkin and the words are using the Cricut Maker and Design Space for words. I tell ya…a WHOLE new world to card making when you have a Cricut Maker! I have been making cards for over 20 years and THIS is amazing! Plus it does SAVE money…on words and greeting stamps as you can create your own!

Items I Used:

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Let me see what cards you have been making!

God’s blessings upon you!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Ministry, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life, Sewing

I love this New Toy!

Last summer Dan (my man), got into his head how fun it would be to make things to sell in our Tack Shack and Hoedown at the ranch. He is wonderful with his hands in crafting with wood and adding images, and color just popped more ideas into his head. SO, we invested in this and have been having a blast ever since!

Latest creation for the porch sign decor.

Ideas Are Endless

We are in the process of building a Trading Post and Workshop at the ranch and creating more projects to give the ambiance of an old country store. I love taking old things and seeing what we can create. Like this bucket. It was so fun to make. Using the Cricut and outdoor vinyl made it come together wonderfully.

Our main source for vinyl is Expressions Vinyl.
WHY? Mostly because their product is amazing and they have wonderful videos that really help you through a project or give you more ideas. I love their Easyweed Siser  Heat Transfer Vinyl.
When it comes to weeding those fine details the Easyweed vinyl peels away really well plus you can remove the iron on vinyl hot or cold after the press. You also don’t have to have an expensive heat press to do the project. An iron will work well too which isn’t the case in most other products out there. Most of them require a press that can reach over 300 degrees. NOTE: Easyweed Stretch needs one of those BIG presses to adhere to the material. They do not recommend an iron let alone a Cricut EasyPress. It needs a firm heavy and consistant pressure so stick with the Easyweed HTV. 
 It looks wonderful. See below…

Expression socks!

They also are a one stop shop! I can get the ink jet printables so we can do images on our computer especially our logo for the ministry and the transfer tape is much less expensive here then other stores. If you do a lot of crafting with a Cricut, you go through a lot of this stuff! Lastly is their line of patterned vinyl for iron on as well as sticky vinyl. The quality is amazing, really! I love supporting them and their dreams too.
Of course the goodies of accessorizing is another added joy. They have that too!

Look at this…they also give you charts for helping you not waste and for projects to come out just right! Can you tell I had baby gifts to get done?

Eco-Friendly Idea For Scrap Material

I have been making lots of pillows for the Trading Post and with that comes of course scraps of material. Long ones. I kept looking at them trying to figure what and how I can do something as they are white and so fresh looking. So I came up with ribbon! And like everything I do, I go crazy once an idea pops into my head!  Using Expressions Heat Set Vinyl. 

I truly find their product slick! No mess in the weeding and finishes so nice on the fabric. (following hint above) You know what else is cool about the ribbon idea? Practice! Yep, when I wasn’t sure how the pattern would look, I used the material ribbon. I tried the regular vinyl as most likely people wouldn’t wash the ribbon and it’s less expensive, but of course the heat ones worked better on fabric but really they looked no different. Just the vinyl will peel off eventually.  Doesn’t hurt to try both ways and see what works for you.

Gabby Ribbon using regular vinyl

I did like the iron-on better…but…it is more expensive especially the glitter or patterns. What do you think?

Iron on Easyweed Heat Vinyl

Definitely fun no matter what you choose! Gabby Ribbon my new crazy!

Love to craft no matter what the outcome! More to show soon as we journey on this winter creating items for the Trading Post!

God’s blessings keep warm!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Bible Journaling, Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Horse’s and girls…

During our Midwest Bounty event, we had some down time and one of the ranches brought a box of cards one of their supporters made. I went absolutely NUTS when I saw these cards! Not just because of the horses and little girls but because the words are perfect for what we do in ranch ministry! Oh I just love them! Here are a few I made.

I love using wood slivers my husband keeps for me from projects.


Watercolor, Chalks, Blending Pens

The sets are expensive and they are for acrylic blocks. They don’t have the image for you to see and can be a little frustrating especially for the words. But the words really make these interchangeable.

Here is the Link for the company. Happy shopping and fun playing with this great group of stamps!
For a simple video on watercolor even in your bible look below.

Gotta love being creative and best part…GIVING THEM TO SOMEONE IN NEED!

God’s blessings,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Tea is sure my thing

There is no doubt I love tea! I love making my own blends to preparing specific teas for illness and building immune systems. I love anything tea!

Tea cups, tea blends, herbs, and yes even making tea cup cards!

Comment below get free pattern

If you make a comment below and want the pattern, I can email it to you. Of course, free of charge! We are all about that around our ranch ministry. When you click and purchase from any link, you are helping us reach kids in need of hope and healing!

What you will need

Pattern background paper preferably prints on both sides. Here are my favorites for this project.
Anna Griffin Collection
Bo Bunny
Doodlebug Collection (love this one for lots of stamping and gift ideas)
Tag Die Cut (use your background paper to match)
Washi Tape
Washi Tape (for planners too)
Bling of course!

Add the tag either tape or let hang while wrapping around handle.

Great Greetings

Now you have an adorable card to give to a loved one or attach to a gift. I make up a tea blend and put inside a little bag.
I also will add a verse to the tag for extra encouragement. 

A side note if you are making your own blends, put the herbs on the tag or somewhere on your card. This will help your receiver know what’s in it just in case they can not have a certain herb.

Enjoy making your little tea cup greetings! They are adorable!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards

Big Hug Card

Why do I love this card so much? Well, I really believe all homemade cards really give the receiver just one big HUG! I used the Paper Hugs Stamp set by The Stamp Market. As you can see below the die gives you an option to use the “fatter Paper Hug” as a shadow effect to the skinner one.  But on one card I reversed it using the fatter as the main image. Another great die and inexpensive too! With all the cards you will need a Big Shot or Cuttlebug. 

The saying is from the Hello set below

Because I love a cop…

Yep, we have an officer in our family! Plus my hubby and I served on the Mounted Patrol in our county before life in ministry got crazy. So what better stamp to have than a Donut Card plus you get the die-cut.  Hello Set is cute with plaids and fun HELLO!

The HELLO comes with die cut

Well…the letter die cut is amazing! SO fun because of the thickness of the letters you can easily use background papers to make the letter pop and they are not SO huge you can’t fit a word on a card. The diversity of having the letters is truly awesome! The set is below. I’m telling you…you won’t be able to stop…like you see below!

Background papers like wood is awesome! Love Echo Park.
And my gingham! Alphabet set 
Dots and floral too!
Fun colors are important to make the letter pop.
Such a fun and easy die cut to have!

Big Hugs…

The Rose is pretty and I couldn’t resist only because I can think of many events this one can be used. Below I made a mini wrist corsage. The background paper really made this turn out stunning! 

Pretty wristbands

The Rose is also nice and dainty too.

I have seen many flowers in recent parties with babies and wedding showers and with these die cut you too can make some really awesome decor. Just dressing up the craft room was fun! The Magnolia is a hot flower for many crafts and ideas so I got one of course and I love it’s a fresh look.

HUG someone today

Did you love the cards? Please let me know what you think and especially if you made a card for a loved one! Post a picture too!

God’s blessings to you!

Love deeper, talk sweeter, and HUG today,

Lee

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Crafts, Healing, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Letting Go…Let it Ride

Facing situations with people that are just plain annoying can really eat at your thoughts. Recently I was in a meeting where one gal was pretty dominating. We had much planning to do to organize and set up for an event and I am sure you have experienced this once or twice, but you have an idea and instantly it is shot down. Ok…well me too. I continued to share ideas “letting it ride” that one of the ideas didn’t go over, but then there was another, then another, and another. “Letting it ride” was not going so well! So I became quiet. Not sharing anymore. Becoming…not Christian-like.

Let it Ride set (find here)
Letters Die Cut by Honey Bee (find here)
I used Gelatos (find here) for my colors translucent and brights,  or here blending with an aqua painter pen (find here) 
(LOVE using watercolor when using open stamps)
The blending pens from SU! are good too, I just don’t like them as well.
The wood paper (find here)
Mounting tape for 3D effect (find here)

Gotta get a barn door look!

It’s a matter of the heart

Simply put our hearts are jealous, rebellious, full of sin. When I felt like I wasn’t heard and thinking my ideas weren’t worth importance, it wasn’t the gal’s fault for putting the ideas down or the others in the room who didn’t jump in and say, “awesome idea Lee!” What I was feeling was unimportant. I forgot life isn’t about me. The event is an important agenda. Jesus is the focus and center of it all. Not my ideas, not my goals, not anything!

“The Lord looks at the heart”. Samuel 16:7b Jesus know my heart. What I am thinking. Thoughts which don’t belong to a follower of Him.

Let it ride brings peace

“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:21

True verse! If I choose to focus on the needs of my feelings of self-worth I set myself up to be bucked off! Peace only comes when I choose to “let it ride”, let the Lord lead. Give my concerns to Jesus and He will sort them all out. If someone has wronged me, by praying and seeking the Lord on the issue to “let it ride” and pray for them, or address it with love, He will lead the way!

Coloring in the horse giving a silhouette look

Love to hear your comments

Please let me know what you think of the cards. Not that I need affirmation or compliments, but it is fun to see fellow crafters give ideas and tips too.

God’s blessings upon you and

ENJOY THE RIDE HOME,

Lee


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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Coffee Time

Oh this set is fun! I just loved making these! A little putsy…but worth it. If you decide to make a shaker card with this set that is your putsy part. But a simple card is just as cute!

Shaker Coffee or Tea Cup Card

Snowflake Die cute card 3d look using white decorative paper

BURRR..but cute!

So simple…of course when you have the right tools anything is simple. This snowflake die makes it quick and easy for your card to turn out beautiful. The one receiving this card will be blown away! You do need a BigShot to use dies. I love mine because I can do multiple cardstock, metal, felt, and so much more. It is a tough machine and is a wonderful tool for your craft room.

I also beautiful paper Stamping’ Up use to have, but am sure you can find some that will meet your winter look. Vellum would also be striking!

Teeny Tiny Tea Cup

Winter card making

Well, this little idea of course just fits who I am on so many levels! For one, I get to make a cute card using fun background papers and two, well…it’s TEA! You can make them for any occasion and of course, add your favorite tea blend as a gift. Attaching to a gift or put a tea bag inside will make a special person feel loved. The bling is a fun add on too.

Wouldn’t these be great for Valentine’s Day? I made these for the ladies bible study but the ideas are really endless. Enjoy.

Winter card making
Winter card making

Snowman Tags

Making these tags is super simple with the die cut Top Note and of course the background paper and ribbon. I also used some fun googly eyes which added even more character to each one. The eyelets are bigger and heavy duty to attach the ribbon. They sure don’t need to be but when making tags I like to use the heavier eyelets. I also use the “quite” eyelet tool called the Crop a Dile vs. hammering the eyelets. This makes my hubby VERY happy!

Winter card making

Winter Wishes and Thank You’s

Lastly is my winter kinda monochromatic cards. I say kinda as I added the foiling paper for color. I also used the shimmery white cardstock from Stampin’ Up! Anytime I can get a shine or sparkle on a card just makes it for me! I used the star or snowflake folder for the background again you need a Big Shot or Cuttlebug to get that image impressed. It came up lighter on my Thanks card as I used less of a sandwich when rolling it through my Big Shot causing a less impressed image. The Pine Cone die cut and Spellbinders Alphabet set were the dies I used. LOVE my alphabet set as I use it a lot!

Winter is a great time…

Yes, this is a perfect time to stamp some cards you may need in the days and months you don’t want to be inside. I do enjoy taking the cold days (today is -23) and make my summer birthday cards and ranch ministry thank you’s. NOW…back to stamping and I just got 2 new sets and one of them is a horse set from Stampin’ Up! So excited…hope to show you next month what I created.

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Cute Shaker Card

This card is so dang cute! I came upon this card and fell in love with it! The die cut is by Honey Bee Stamps and the papers are from a variety of sources which I will post on the bottom of the blog.

I just couldn’t stop making them! The ideas were flowing!

A Little Hard To Get Started

The shaker card has always been a little tricky for me but what made this one a little bit more was the thinness of the outer frame. I had a hard time getting the right 3D tape to work. I began making the card the old fashioned way with pastor board that is super thick. Only one made with that…too much work. So I began working and playing and came up with the below final. I make the video to help you make your shaker and not go through the tedious trial and errors. I hope you find it easier by the video.

Step by Step Video

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List of Supplies

Big Shot Machine with extender

Honey Bee Stamps, Coffee Cup Die

Honey Bee  Coffee Cup Die

3M tape

Transparency film

Glue and double stick tape

Background paper Lumber Jack addition

Solid colored Cardstock

Having the extender for your Big Shot will help when running this longer die through.

Comment if you have tried this die cut

God’s blessings and hope you enjoy this card as much as I do!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life, Sewing
We have been invaded by Gnomes! I am crazy for these little fellas! Gnomes are the cutest things ever! After I saw how you could make these gnomes and so simple too, I went nuts and made a ton of them! Plus I got this stamp set which really made my day! So guess what our Christmas card will be this year? Yep…GNOMES! Oh, they are cute! Here are some of the creations! Gnome invasionGnome Invasion Gnome Invasion Now time for you to make one or more! Pictures help by Pic Monkey Step by step: Gnome Invasion After you cut your sock at the heal (I use an ankle sock) stuff the toe part with rice. About 1/2 cup enough for it to stand. Gnome Invasion Add some stuffing to make him or her chubby Gnome Invasion Tie a small rubber band around the top to hold the stuffing in Gnome Making You can hot glue beard on now or wait until you get the hat and nose on. This can be last. Gnome Invasion Place your fuzzy sock on top…I cut mine in half depends on the size you purchased. If you do get a bigger one use it for another Gnome. And here is where it starts…you keep making more! Gnome Invasion Hot glue your nose on the white sock. Gnome InvasionPic Monkey Helps with making your pictures to die for… As you can see I added legs. Also, the top of the sock on the hat can be formed into a ball by adding another small rubber band. Or add a pom pom. The legs are 2″ of fabric as long as you like sewn together and added pompoms for shoes. For white noses, I added color by sponging with red ink. I tell you…you won’t be able to stop! Now for the cards…Pic Monkey helps with effects…love this program! Gnome InvasionGnome Invasion . The set for this is by Fun Stampers Journey. I used the alcohol markers to give a bright watercolor look. I tried the watercolor pencils but it wasn’t strong enough plus it took longer. I love adding glue glitter as well as white liquid appliqué that puffs up when you heat it with a heating tool. Before you heat it, you can add glitter and when it puffs up it will sparkle! I love them all…can’t wait to make some more…happy gnome! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Crafts, Jarrin, Paper/Cards
Summer is here! Finally! And with it comes graduations and wedding parties. So to work I went on an idea of creating a mason jar wedding gift. What sparked the idea? Well, the bride had mason jars on her wedding list. Wedding Gift For me, I couldn’t just give EMPTY jars…NO…and boom…came to this idea. Each jar represents one month, beginning with their married month which is June. The bride is someone special as she was in my first high school group of girls I mentored. From her 9th grade year through her graduation, I saw this young smiley girl turn into a beautiful young woman fired up to serve our Lord Jesus Christ. She came in seeking, and indeed found the Lord on her journey. This celebration of marriage, relationship, and commitment I am looking forward to sharing with her and her new love. We also are giving a jar full of heart cookies, engraved M+R on them and the “We Still Do sign giving a reminder of each year together. Below I put a list of what I put into each jar. I also added a bible verse which went along with what I put in the jar, or to the month it was. I added a message with the verse giving advice in God’s word on marriage and relationships. It was so fun! I hope they find it as special as it was to make. Each month was using Pic Monkey for labels and editing pictures. Here ya go: June: Long Grain Rice Wedding Gift July: Red, White, Blue chocolate kisses and Dove candy Wedding Gift August: Brides birthday…candles, and matches Wedding Gift September: Bride’s a teacher, ginger tea with an apple theme Wedding Gift October: Ginger Snap Tea or Pumpkin Tea Wedding Gift November: Deer (she loves to hunt) Wedding gift December: 2 elf hats to go and serve and give of their time Wedding Gift January: COOL gum mints (talked about not letting a relationship get cold) Wedding Gift February: Rose petals and lollipop rings Wedding Gift March: Toothpicks (when a conversation gets prickly…) Wedding Gift April: 2 plastic eggs in the grass (don’t put all your eggs in one basket filled with messaging essential oils and diffusing oil) Wedding Gift May: Jolly Ranchers (because we ranch and they love them) Wedding Gift Remember any links you click and purchase goes to help us serve kids in need on our ranch. We love to do what we do. Just like this young woman who marries a godly man mentored and pointed her to Christ welcomes a life full of HIS promises. Thank you! May the Lord bless you today and enjoy making gifts homemade with love for others! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Crafts, Paper/Cards
Spring is a time for splashy colors and making fun, cute baskets to give to loved ones and friends! My favorite colors are the bright lime greens, soft yellows, and of course the pinks, so I decided to make up these baskets for birthday gift giving and of course May Day surprises. You can find the die cut shapes on Sizzix or Amazon which I will highlight under the pictures. Remember, there is a TON of ideas on the  Sizzix site and really look around you may find a cuter die cut that fits your style. For example, the butterfly. There are many to choose from and if I had a more detailed one I would have used that, but didn’t. I found Amazon provided some better basket boxes and Sizzix was sold out of a few. I had to bounce between the two and so may you. You will need a Big Shot or Cuttlebug to cut your dies. Once your into this machine your creative juices will really rock! I also have come to know another company, The Fun Stampers Journey. I have a link to a gal who would be happy to help you, as well as get some of the die cuts from her. Her name is Pam and she is sweet. When you go to her link, you can click on the catalog and look around. FSJ also has the bags! So enjoy shopping and being creative. To make the basket topper you will need either one of these: The solid die cut from Sizzix the #661018, just put it in the search part. Daisy die from Amazon For a CUTE scallop but with more lace type flare try this one: You will see more…see what you like. Scallop lace from Amazon For these two  Sizzix doesn’t carry anymore but put links from Amazon for you. Here is one Sizzix Circle Scallop #660021 for fun edging. Just put it in the search part of the site. Here is one idea the video here helps in how to make the basket handle for your bags. Want some of these cute bags? Lime green, purple, pink, yellow, and teal. Just email me and I would be happy to send you some! Free will offering! (they’re cheap!) I did say 50 cents a bag on the video but want you to have them if you like. homesteadranchgirl@gmail.com Enjoy making your fun basket gift bags this spring! They are cute! Here is a video explaining how I did them. MAN Smilebox hasn’t fixed this yet but hopes to get it fixed so you can see the whole HOWTO which got cut off. Hang in there…it will get fixed!
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Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life
WOW! When I saw  Stampin’ Up! got a new set called the Barn Door I just about flipped out! I LOVE barn doors! I love them for our closest, for our tack shack and of course, it just fits who we are. SO to have a stamping set that I can make fun cards with well…the frosting is on the cake! Some things you will need for this set… Big Shot Card Stock (I prefer SU! but if you shop online here is a good one) Barn Set and matching template cutouts are from Stamping’ Up! If you need a demonstrator, let me know via email or in comments. I would love to hook you up with some gals I know! Below is a video showing it step by step as it is a bit tricky and time-consuming at first. However when you get the SWING of it…well…you will be hooked! SOOOOO CUTE!! Here is the video so you can watch it step by step….. I did take some time to make up a bunch of the framelet cutouts. I put them into a container I can use later. It will make it easier when I want to make a card but don’t have as much time. Also, you can use instead of the washer, a 1/2″ punch.   The 3/4″ was better for me, but you decide. Use a heavier card stock when you do. Here are my creations: Ok, I have to do something else.  This set is just amazing and I am getting nothing else done! I actually have a couple more I will post later. You will love it!!! I am indeed in heaven as I created these. I hope you will give it a try and POST YOUR creations below. I love inspiration and I am sure others will too! God’s blessing as you bless others with homemade stamped cards! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Crafts, Living Naturally, Paper/Cards, Sewing
Making herbal tea is a daily thing for our family. We enjoy making herb teas using my love of blending many different herbs. But the best part is making it all special especially when I give it as a gift. One thing I love to do is make individual tea bags full of my special blends, but it is hard to find a tea bag that will work so I decided to create my own. I decided to use coffee filters or Bulk Herb Store has some too. Sewing makes it fun as you can add a colored thread to make it match a gift or a theme. Thinking about all this Viking stuff around here, purple thread tea bags would be fun! Stamping is another added love so getting out stamps to go with the persons’ personality or if it’s a special occasion like a birthday.  I, of course, used our touch of simple ranch life which became my platform to make the tea bags. I hope you will find it just as fun and your special touches will be a delight for the receiver. Let me know what you think by making a comment below. I enjoy seeing the ideas as well as ways to improve my own ideas. SO…here ya go! Now for the fun part! Stamping time! Grab some fun background paper and favorite stamps, stamp and cut out. The final step, tape to your dangling string. Done! I am sure it looks adorable. You can go into Amazon and search favorite stamps if you are not into western. Here are some I did. Think how wonderful it would be to get a get well card with a fun box full of tea bags with herbs that will help whatever their illness. Very special and a homemade touch! OH, I love it…enjoy making some and giving them as gifts! Again, let me know by making a comment. God’s blessings, Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life
Do you ever wish you had some creative way to give a small gift to friends for the family? Just something that can be quick to make and easy to fill? These cute boxes only take some fun background paper and a little do-dad here and there. Imagination goes a long way to set the stage for your gift. I always think of the personality or something special about the person to give the gift box a special touch. Especially fun is what you put inside! I put homemade tea bags in one of mine along with a cookie snack. This gives the idea for the person to relax and enjoy a cup of tea. (of course, I would only use homemade tea blends) Below I give you other ideas for you to get the picture. So get creative and have a blast with these! With Valentine’s coming up I know there would be teachers who would adore one of the boxes! I used a scorer in my cutter. I love this tool! It extends to 12×12 size paper which I use a ton when making envelopes. I have this set of horses I use ALL the time! I can use watercolor techniques or my new blender markers! LOVE LOVE! Here are some of my favorite background papers GREAT price too… Flic Flac Western Looks Petite Prints Lawn Fawn Just loved making all these fun cards for ones I love! Enjoy being creative and let me know how you like them…even send a picture! God’s blessings as you give to others of your time and talents! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee  
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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life
Our homemade Christmas ornaments always reflect our lives. Of course, if you’re making an ornament or card for someone, you may change it up a bit for their personality or yours. Our western life and faith give a taste of who we are and what we love to share. We hope the ideas below spark some ideas. The ornament is made with a clear bulb and rubs on letters. Easy peasy…I love attaching the ornaments onto a gift. Just brings a little sparkle. The Stamping’ Up products I get from a friend of mine. Here is her link if you don’t have a demonstrator. The card is using: Real Red Card stock Basic Black Card stock Shimmery White Card stock Glimmery Paper with Background 2″ circle punch Basic Black Ink Pad White Craft Ink Pad Hemp cardboard letters I cut out using my Big Shot and small die cut Set of Wild Horses Chalks Directions: Simply stamp your image onto your glittery white card stock. Mine had an image on it but you sure can use an embossing folder to create your own. Punch out image Chalk as you like Layered using dots or pop-ups Painted my letters with White craft ink While still wet you can add some dazzling diamond glitter. I placed letters to look like NOEL and used pop-ups for them too. Layer your card and you’re done! This one is easy peasy! You will need: Real Red Card Stock Shimmery White Card Stock Sweater embossing Folder Pine Cone framelits Banners Framelits Banners Stampset Big Shot Creation Time: Do all your Big Shot things first Pine Cones, a banner of choice, and your sweater Mount and layer your card stock and create with your cut outs. Such a simple card, and so COZY too! My sister got into this homemade card making and she loves it! Especially Christmas! I just got this in the mail today and it made my day! Ornaments are pretty easy nowadays with clear bulbs. I especially like the flat ones as you can fill them easily and put the rub on letters on easier too. Rub on are pretty popular…here is some ideas. Making something special is always rewarding and a great expression of LOVE! Merry Christmas! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Crafts, Paper/Cards
Don’t you just love receiving a homemade thank you card? Especially one you didn’t expect to receive?  I DO! BUT most of all…I love making them! This last week I had to get on the horn and make some long overdue thank you cards and of course, I have to make it a little country, a little ranch like, and touches of the season. These cards are using mostly background papers that I find online HERE There are so many background papers to choose from you can really go crazy! I do like to buy them in big bulk packages as they provide more for my money. Plus, the variety in that one pack is huge and sparks some creativity! So…here is the scoop on how I put these together: I made up a template for the jean pocket and used my favorite vintage card stock for the tags. I made my own tags but you can also purchase them already done too. Of course, enjoying the ranch life we have to have cowboy type background paper. Using inks from Stamping’ Up! and thank you stamps, I added distressing color to the outside of the card and directly on the card. This gives the old-time look. (when you purchase from SU! you really get the BEST of inks and card stock, my personal preference) The ink I used was More Mustard. Finally, I give the card an overall look by stitching around the edges from my sewing machine. I didn’t do this to all of them, but looking at it, I like it better. It added a ton to the overall look. Hope you find making special thank you cards to your loved ones and friends, brings them joy as well as knowing how much you care for them. Making homemade cards is truly a great gift you can give to anyone! Spark someone you love today with a homemade thank you card! Enjoy! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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