Day 358: His and Hers
December 24, 2013

I have got to have the worst timing in the world. Last night, I noticed my throat getting scratchy. Today, I woke up to a full blown sore throat just in time for Christmas.

Luckily since I wasn’t feeling up to doing much last night, I was just sitting around playing on my phone and saw an idea on Pinterest. They made cute little Christmas decoration signs with beach inspired sayings. Well, I wasn’t quite feeling that creative, but I did my take on the idea and created a door hanger:

Queen of the Sand Castle

Not wanting my husband to feel left out, I decorated the other side for him:

KIng of the Sand Castle

So, as projects go, it is totally and completely impractical, but it was what fit my mood today.


Day 356: For the Love of Penguins
December 22, 2013

I have to admit that I love this time of year. Having all of the boys home for Christmas is definitely helping me to embrace the Christmas spirit this year. But, one thing that I love every Christmas is all of the cute penguins that you see that don’t seem to come out any other time of year. I think that is what inspired today’s project.

Penguin Banner

I started out thinking about making penguin ornaments or a penguin garland, but once I got started, I decided instead to do a Christmas banner featuring these darling little penguins and some chipboard banners that were in my stash. Add ribbon and snowflakes and I have a cute decoration for our mantle.

I cut the penguins using my Cricut and added brads for the eyes. Next, I covered the chipboard with paper to match the penguins scarves. I adhered one penguin on each piece but felt that it wasn’t quite enough, so I added snowflakes. Run a piece of ribbon through all of the pieces and it was ready for me to put up.

Day 347: All Wrapped Up
December 13, 2013

It is funny. I know exactly what I want to try for tomorrow’s project, but I had no clue what I wanted to do today. So I pulled up Pinterest and started looking at ideas. I found an idea that I really liked, but it was far from being nautical. So, I decided to play with that idea to see if inspiration came to me.

Snowflake Gift Tags

While working on these, I remembered that I had a cute little penguin stamp that would be perfect to use for Christmas gift tags. While I was looking for him, I also found a little crab stamp in my stash and decided to use both of them.

Sea Critter Christmas Gift Tags

The penguin was already wearing a Santa hat, so I figured the crab needed on too. I added the sticker Santa hat to the crab and added a white pom pom to the penguin’s hat and came up with these tags.

All told, I made a set of 8 tags – some snowflakes and some critters.

Set of Christmas Tags

Let’s be honest. You always run out of gift tags so being able to make some cute and some classic tags is a good skill to have.

Day 343: A Sweet Winter Card
December 9, 2013

Another card sketch blog that I used to follow closely is called The Sweetest Thing. I believe she posts a new sketch every 2 weeks with posts about My Favorite Things in between. For today, I decided to use her sketch as my starting point.

Winter Seals Card

I think the wintry weather influenced my choices this morning as well. IRL the reds that I used really do match better than it appears in the picutre. I used a plain piece of the dark red paper that I embossed with snowflakes for the main part of my background and accented it with a red printed paper with a snowflake print. Of course, when most people think of snow, they don’t think of inspired by the sea, but harp seals do live in the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans, so I figured they count. I kept the coloring really simple, since the seals are white as pumps and darken to grey as they get older. I used grey chalk to give them a touch of color. Since my background was actually off white, I used a bit of white chalk on the snowy ground and light blue chalk in the sky. For the 3 small embellishments below the image, I punched snowflakes and added just a bit of glitter glue to them to give them a touch of sparkle.


Day 313: Bottle Caps and Ribbon
November 9, 2013

I went into my craft room this morning without really knowing what I wanted to do. I started out by straightening up a little bit. In the process, I found one of bottle cap refrigerator magnets I had made way back when. I also found my stash of unused bottle caps. An idea started to form.

Pufferfish bottle cap

What if I decorated the bottle caps and used them to make a ribbon bookmark?

Octopus Bottle Cap

I found the paper and punched out the images. I adhered them to the bottle caps. That was the easy part. Next, I had to find ribbon that worked with the colors. None of the cord that I used previously, really worked well. so I raided my ribbon stash and found a gold-toned ribbon that matched the color of the puffer fish and the flower on the octopus. I hadn’t used crimps with the flat ribbon, so that was a bit of a challenge, but I made it work and made a ribbon bookmark with bottle caps.

Bottle Cap and Ribbon Bookmark

I think it turned out kind of fun and is extremely lightweight. What do you think?

Day 302: Fishin’ You Were Here
October 29, 2013

I am not sure exactly where the inspiration for today’s project came from. Fortunately, it came together pretty much as I envisioned it, and I was able to put it all together quickly an easily this morning.

Paper pieced shaped fish card

For this paper pieced and shaped card, I cut all of the pieces using the Creative Memories Custom Cutting system and a Creative Memories heart punch. For the tail, I cut a diamond that I then folded in half and used it as my card base. I then cut ovals for the fish body. To create the fins, I used the starfish template, using the outside to cut the larger top fin and the inside to cut the smaller bottom fin. I added the side fin by punching a heart and used glue dots to adhere just the point to the card itself. I added a googly eye from my stash and created my goldfish card.

Fishin' you were here! sentiment

To finish the card off, I stamped the “Fishin’ you were here!” sentiment on the inside.

Day 260: Seasons Change
September 17, 2013

As I was preparing to leave work yesterday, I started thinking about what I might do for today’s project. Since I still have a bunch of stamps that I got the other weekend that I haven’t used yet, I decided I wanted to make a card, but I didn’t have a direction. I decided to go back to one of the challenge blogs that I would visit for inspiration when I was first starting to make cards. Mojo Monday posts a new sketch each Monday and invites people to share their interpretations of that sketch. Here are my interpretations:

Arctic Seals Card

For this card, I went with Arctic Seals for the image. I know. Usually my nautical inspiration is tropical. Today, I went for the other end of the spectrum and used animals that live in the frozen oceans. I went with subtle but very wintry colors and accented it all with snowflakes.

But that wasn’t the first cared that I made based on the sketch.

Autumn Leaves Card

Obviously, this card was not inspired by the sea. When I first looked at the current sketch over at Mojo Monday (#311), I immediately thought of this stamp and colors. The text reads: Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. So, I made this card last night after I got home from work. I picked supplies for the Arctic seal card and walked away so that I would make today’s project today.

Autumn Leaves and Arctic Seals Cards

I guess making a fall card got me to thinking about the changing seasons and influenced my wintry card. While they are 2 very different interpretations, can you see how they are 2 takes on the same sketch?

Day 248: That Book Was So Long…
September 5, 2013

Everyone knows that fishermen tend to exaggerate about their catches. The fish are always record-breaking in size, and the struggle to get them into the boat is always epic. Today’s project celebrates those fish tales, but applies them to reading.

Fish Tales Bookmark

For today’s project, I made a bookmark. I didn’t quite know what I was going to do this morning but I had been toying with an idea for a bookmark. Serendipity stepped in and everything just clicked.

Fish Charm - Fish Tales Bookmark

I have had the fish charm for a while and was thinking about how I could use it. I didn’t want to make jewelry with him, but I knew I wanted to do something. As I was in my craft room thinking, I saw that I had two 6×9 pieces of green self-adhesive felt that was close in color to this little fish. When I grabbed the green felt pieces, I discovered that I had a piece of golden colored felt as well, which just happened to match the stripes on the fish.

I cut 2 pieces of the green felt down to 7×2. I then punched the holes in each piece (it would have been too thick if I put the pieces together first). I put the green pieces together carefully lining up the holes. I then put a couple of larger jump rings through the holes. Using smaller jump rings, I attached the lengths of chain and the fish charm. For the lettering, I broke out my trusty Sizzix and the Lollipop letters. I have actually included the lettering on both sides of the bookmark (not that you can tell from the pictures). I punched out all of the letters and lined them up on each side of the bookmark. Once I was happy with the alignment, I removed the backing and adhered the letters.


Day 244: Boat Drinks
September 1, 2013

Back in June, I made a sign for my  future bar, the Seahorse Saloon. Today, I decorated some tumblers that would work well in that bar.

Boat Drink Tumblers

I found these tumblers the other week on one of my craft store runs and knew that I wanted to decorate them somehow. I decided to use vinyl that I cut using my Cricut to create the embellishments for the glasses. Then it was just a matter of figuring out what I wanted to put on them. With summer coming to a close, I was thinking about Jimmy Buffett songs and thought that it would work to embellish the cups with the title of one of Jimmy’s classic summer songs – Boat Drinks. (Why Don’t We Get Drunk… was just a bit too long.) But, I didn’t think that just embellishing them with the words Boat Drinks would be enough. I then remembered the Seahorse Saloon sign and decided to include the same seahorse from the sign on the cups.

For the photo, I used the nautical vase that I created a few weeks ago since the colors worked so well together. Also, if I ever do open a bar, I would want it to be a classy place with flowers on the tables and such.

Day 233: Buttons and Bottle Caps
August 21, 2013

I feel like I have done a lot of paper crafts lately, so I wanted to try to go paperless today. I bought a bunch of bottle caps for crafting the other day. I have seen earrings made out of bottle caps before and noticed that the bottle caps I bought just happened to come pre-drilled, so it made sense to make bottle cap earrings. Then the question was how to make them nautical without relying on paper. I remembered that I had gotten some small decorative seashell buttons that I could easily adapt, so I set to work.

Buttons and Bottle Cap Earrings

I cut the backs off of sets of starfish and sand dollar buttons so they would lay flat on the bottle caps. I then used jump rings to attach earring hooks to the bottle caps. When I put the buttons onto the bottle caps, something just didn’t feel right, so my plan to go paperless went out the window. I punched circles in colors to coordinate with the buttons and adhered them to the bottle caps before adhering the buttons.

While they really aren’t my style, I think they did turn out cute. They just won’t find their way into my ever growing stash of earrings.