Well, hello there strangers!

And suddenly, out of nowhere, a wild blog post appears!

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Hey guys!  How’s everybody doing?  Been a while, I know.  This has been just one of the craziest falls in recent history.  I don’t have a card to share with you today, but I thought I’d jump on anyway and give a life update instead in an attempt to explain the lack of posts.

So, where did we leave off?  Oh yeah, I was making costumes for Dragon Con.  Well, D*C was two months ago already, and it was a blast!  My mom and I got all three costumes done in time.

Me and my cousin Hollie as Merlin and Arthur, Applejack, me as Jyn with a sand trooper from Rogue One

Applejack was my most popular at the con itself.  I only ended up giving away 5 of my apple keychains, though, and 4 of them were to one group of girls.  But those girls totally made my day with how they adored the costume, so I wasn’t too disappointed.  I’m glad I didn’t carry the entire bag of apples around with me all day, though!  Guess I have a lot for next time I wear the costume.  ButI do need to fix quite a few of them because the hot glue isn’t holding the leaves on the apples like I hoped it would.  So that’ll be a whole process to fix those and find a better glue.

I was going to do a whole post on how I weathered the costumes, but that seems like kind of a moot point now.  Basically, I used three different kinds and colors of fabric spray paint and a couple different colors of shoe polish rubbed on the clothes to weather them down.  I did wash most of the clothes (I think everything except Jyn’s vest) after getting home, and some of the weathering did come out, so I’ll have to redo some of that before the costumes come out to play again.

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Here’s one before and after of the weathering process:

So, that was the beginning of September.  A couple weeks later, my entire family, along with my Grandma, went on vacation to the Cincinnati area and went to the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum.

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That was a fun week.  Lots of driving, but we definitely made some good memories.  It was fun to go to those places with my brother and grandma, since they had never been there before.  And on the last day before we started heading home, my mom and I went to a museum that had a traveling display called “Star Wars: The Power of Costumes” and they had a TON of the costumes that were actually used in the films on display, as well as original concept art and other stuff.  That was so cool!  I’m sure glad I found that online when we were in the hotel looking for things to do in the area.  🙂   And we were there just in time, too, because it was the last week that the display was going to be at that museum before moving on to its next location!

The other major news of the last couple months is the fact that I moved!  The day after I got back from Dragon Con, my brother, Mom, and I went to a few houses with my brother’s realtor and he found the house he wanted!  So, all that kind of stuff took up time in those couple weeks between Dragon Con and Cincinnati, then after we got home from Ohio it was time to pack!  My craft stuff was actually some of the first stuff to get packed, so I haven’t even had access to it to make a card for the blog.

We moved in a couple weeks ago, and are slowly getting settled.  My mom is planning on coming over tomorrow to help me hang up my art gallery and some other stuff, and then it will really start feeling like home.

And on top of everything else, as if it wasn’t enough, I’m also on jury duty this month.  😛  Like I needed THAT extra stress in my life right now.

It may be a couple more weeks until I finally get everything organized and actually have space on my craft desk and access to my paper crafts to make a card again.  But I tell you what, I am in such a “making” mood right now, I just want to:

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I have so many things I want to do, especially before Christmas, which will be here before we know it!  Can you believe Thanksgiving is in two weeks?!  I don’t even have any new Christmas cards made yet.  But seriously, now that I’m living with one of the few people I sent a card to, I think I really only need 2 cards!  How sad is that?  But I have a few other things I want to work on as well, so for the rest of this year I will hopefully be posting some cards, other paper crafts, and some other fun crafts as well.

I’ve definitely been missing crafting and blogging, so here’s hoping that very soon things will get back on a regular schedule!  Talk to you soon!

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Card #112: Adventure

What?!  Blogging on a Friday?!  What is this madness?!

Yeah, I took the day off to (hopefully) get a ton of stuff done, not the least of which is going to see Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 in an hour!  😀  So excited.

But first, let’s get this week’s blog crossed off the list.

I know the orange paper doesn’t look the same in the two pictures, but trust me, it’s the same card.  I took the pictures on a cloudy, darker day and they just never look as good as when it’s sunny and bright.

Pretty simple card, again.  Do I ever make any that aren’t? I should really work on that.  But this would be a cute card to give to someone heading off on a trip, a kind of “bon voyage” type card.  I’ve had that suitcase sticker in my collection for over a decade, since I’m pretty sure I got it when I was scrapbooking my first trip to Israel 11 years ago.  So yeah, time to use it up.  Unfortunately, I think there’s still one left in the drawer.  But every little bit helps.

Hey, if I quit writing now, I’ll still have time to cross one other thing off my list before I need to leave for the movie.  So, see you next week!

Card #24: Bon Voyage!

Now I know that tomorrow is Father’s Day, and I probably should have made a nice, fancy card for my dad for the blog this week, but I get more enjoyment out of finding a funny card at the store for him.  And I think he probably does, too, so no home-made Father’s Day card today.

I was browsing through my card recipe book trying to find a cool design to make this week, and I found one that I basically exactly copied.  It uses a piece of roadmap as part of the design and when I saw it I thought, “I’ve got a ton of old maps in my craft cabinet waiting to be used on something.  Perfect!”  I actually made a couple keepsake Christmas ornaments for my mom and myself last year with pieces of maps that we got when we went to New Zealand.  The ornaments show the major cities that we went to, and they turned out pretty cool.  This card would have been appropriate for someone to send to us before we left, so I’ll have to find someone going on a major trip to send it to eventually.

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I used a piece of map from Pennsylvania and a couple of scrap pieces of paper.  Since they were all paper and not cardstock, I used adhesive squares to attach them to a plain white base card.  I did end up having to trim the card a little on two sides after I put the paper down to make all the edges nice and even.  The embellishments came from 3 different collections all from Creative Keepsakes.  I think I got all of them about 9 years ago when my parents and I went to Israel and I made a scrapbook of our adventures there.

I have a few other craft projects that I want to show you eventually, but they’re not done yet, so I should go get working on them.  I’ve been in a major creative zone lately, trying to get some cosplay projects done as well as a few home decor type things finished, and my craft desk looks like my craft cabinet threw up on it.  So yeah, I better go get to work.