Monday, January 16, 2012

A cute card!

Hello!  I haven't posted in quite awhile.  I have been busy trying to clean out my crafting space and come up with some new things to make.  I did make a second set of the tile coasters that turned out cuter than the first set.  :D 

Today I am posting a SUPER cute card I made.  I watched a youtube video on how to make this card and I can't remember for the life of me what the posters name was.  It was something like logansmommy or something like that and I searched and searched for it again and couldn't find it.  So, kudos to logan's mommy for this card.   Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it.  :D  Take a look.....................

 Front view of the card.
 Side view. It stands up on its own so you can display it easily on your table or desktop.

Here's what it looks like laying down flat.  It will fit in a photo envelope.

Up close of some of the detail work.

And more details on the second layer.

Third layer detail work.

Can't wait to give it to a most deserving person/persons.  (can't say who, they may see it on here.)  :D   I will say it was very time consuming to make, but I love working on details.  :D  It was lots of fun and I am going to make more with different themes.  I could see this for a Christmas card with snow and Christmas trees, maybe a Santa sleigh.  Or an Easter card with bushes, flowers, little hidden Easter eggs all over and more bunnies.  Maybe an aquatic theme with water, tropical fish, coral, etc.  The  limits are only your own imagination.  :D 

Hope you enjoyed my post.  Have fun and


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Finally.........a project! 

I am so excited to post today!!  I worked on something yesterday and it turned out TOOOO cute!  (in my humble opinion. ) :)  But before I post my photos, I hope you enjoyed yesterdays post of  some of the things I made over Christmas. I promise, things will get better as I go along.  I am still in the organizing, learning and implementing stages.  Hoping you come and grow with me.  :) 

So, on to my project...........

First I have to say that this is not an original idea.  I saw this on Pinterest and thought I would give it a try.  So many posts of this were on Pinterest that I don't really know where it originated, but I do know that I have done something similar to this in the past. So, the concept has been out there for awhile. :)

With all the incredibly beautiful scrapbooking paper that is out there, the possibilities with these are endless.  They were super easy, super fast and super affordable.  Hope you enjoy.

Using an inexpensive plain tile from Home Depot
and a few supplies
I made a set of beauiful coasters!  Aren't the pretty?  I love them!!
Each one up close.............

I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out.  I am definately going to make more.  I need to add some felt to the back of each to keep the backs from scratching the tables and then they are ready to stack and wrap with a pretty ribbon and give as a gift to some lucky person! 

Hope you enjoyed the post.  I'll be


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hello everyone! 

No, I didn't fall off the planet, I've just been busy getting Christmas put away, kids back to school and caught up on household chores that were neglected over Christmas break.  (like MOUNDS of laundry), and being sick with this cold/flu stuff that just won't seem to go away.  I tried my hand at making a few thank you cards to share here and was not satisfied with them.  Sometimes I think I OVER think my work and it turns out, well, not-so-good.   Still trying to decide whether or not to share the cards.  Wanted my first things to be nicer so I would get more followers.     We'll see......

I will be cleaning out my craft stuff and trying to organize it.  I realized that I need to have an organized space to help me craft better.  My stuff is here, there and everywhere----which causes me to go on hunting sprees in the middle of a project, which obviously, slows me down.  Live and learn, right? 

I found out too, that my camera is not the greatest for clear shots to share on the computer.  It kinda distorts the colors of things.  However, truth be told, it could be the photographers fault too.  Working on that as well.

Please bear with me as this is all new to me.  I still can't figure out how to get everything on this blog yet that I want.  (Like a follow me on Pinterest button)  If anyone knows how I can do this, PLEASE let me know!!

So, I decided to share a few things I have made with you afterall...............

 One of my thank you cards.
 Cute little button snowman to/from tags.  (I got the idea from something I saw on Pinterest)
 One of MANY Christmas bags I made for Christmas.
 Some more tags. (they all coordinated with the gift bags and had small coordinating cards too.)

A 12 x 12 scrapbook layout page I custom made for a friend.  A bit more plain and simple than my usual layouts.
 A plain old paper mache box I picked up from Hobby Lobby and made it look like embossed leather.  The photo does not do it justice.  It is SO pretty in person.
 Side view of box.  I just stamped on it and heat embossed it, then rubbed some distress ink over it. 
 Some beaded snowflake ornaments I made from leftover pearls and beads from my daughter's summer wedding.  I also made silver, torquoise and pink ones.  I used a coordinating gossamer ribbon on each one to hang from the tree.  They really were beautiful.
Every snowflake, just like in nature, was different.

Well, that is just a sneak peek of some of my stuff.  Hope you enjoyed.   I will be back soon with more. 

 On a different note, I found out about a really neat book. It has been out about a year now---I'm just slow---that I want to get and read. It's called One thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. It sounds SO inspiring and exactly what I need right now. I need to learn how to be content with what I have and this book deals with that issue. Check it out and let me know what you think.  It has some pretty intense challenges associated with it.  I think I'll try them.

That's all for now....................


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Day Two (and proud!) :)

Hello to all!  This is post number two!!  WooHoo!!  I am still trying to fix the glitch on my page when you first open it.  I do not know why it goes through three or four of my blog pages in random, quick succession before ending on this blog.  If anyone can tell me how to fix that, I would greatly appreciate it! 

So, a little more about this blog.............

First of all, thanks to my friends and family for following me.  I feel SO popular!  :D  lol 

 I am hoping to learn how to get more followers and start building a good network of crafting friends----maybe even buyers of my creations!  THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!!!  Again, if you have any ideas on expanding my following, please let me know.  (I already know the obvious---post some of my work!)  :D  I will get to that over the next few days and weeks.  Right now, I mostly just have Christmas stuff and NO ONE wants to see Christmas stuff right now!  I AM CHRISTMASED OUT!  I am still vaccuming up fake pine needles and probably will be for months!!!  We need a new tree and say every year we will purchase one at the after Christmas sales--and every year we are broke after Christmas and can't buy one.  We then console ourselves by saying it will look okay for one more year.  Wonder if anyone else does that?

I am not a tree hugger by any means, but I do like to use and reuse items, when I can, in my crafting.  I have done that for years!  I was raised to be frugal and frugal I am.  (Not the peel apart the 2-ply toilet paper to one-ply and re-roll the paper on two rolls kind of frugal.  That's a bit extreme for me.)  But I do like to reuse jars, boxes, clear heavy plastic, etc.  I am noticing MANY Pinterest posts now, reusing, recycling, upcycling, (you get the idea) everyday products and making new useful items with them.  Yep, I have done that MANY, MANY times for years............I AM THE TRENDSETTER!!  :D lol  (At least I like to think I am!)  OH! By the way, you should follow me on Pinterest---as soon as I figure out how to link the button here. :D

I LOVE to shop at Thrift stores!  I was raised on Goodwill and homemade clothing.  When I was a kid--waaaaay back--it was shameful to have gotten something from Goodwill.  Embarrassing. Disgusting. I remember worrying that someone would recognize something of theirs on me, when I wore it to school, and say something and I would be completely humiliated.  Now, it's posh, chic, even cool to buy from thrift stores and be proud of it.  Funny how time (and economics) changes things.  I always say, "Let the rich guy buy the namebrand item, wear it for a month and donate it where I can buy it for a quarter of it's original price and wear it  (or use it, whatever the case) for much longer."  Now, I ask, Who is the smart one here---the rich person or me???  :D  Anyway, I digress.........Thrift stores have SOOOO much to offer in the line of crafting.  You just have to think out of the box.  So, expect some of that too on this blog.
Out of the box crafting.  I plan on making something today......if I complete it, i will post photos tomorrow.  :D  

Well, enough for now.  I tend to ramble on and on and on..........  Stay tuned for more and invite friends to jump on board here and follow too!  :D

Now......GO CRAFT!!!! 

Friday, January 6, 2012

First Time!

Well, here we go!  My first post on my first blog!  I have NO idea what I am doing, so if you see some strange colors or designs on the blog, just grin and know you are reading the blog of a techo-challenged person!  :D 

So, here is a bit about this blog.....

I LOVE to scrapbook, thus the title above:  Judi's Paper Thoughts.  I follow so many scrappers' blogs and decided that I needed and wanted to get some of my creations out there.  It's my plan to share some fun scrapping pages with you.  I am inspired by vintage mostly, but really am quite eclectic.  I love all sorts of styles, but basic, simple, vintage would best describe my work. 

I hope you will enjoy this blog and visit often.  :D 

I will be adding more to this site as I go.  Ironically, I love to scrap photos, but have hardly any photos of me to add.  (Lucky you!)  :D  I will have to get some made.

I will tell you more about me personally as time goes on.......You'll just have to keep coming back to see what I add.  :D

Wish me luck!!