Monday, January 4, 2021

Happy New Beginnings! 2021 Better Be Better!

 Happy New Year, everyone.  I'm thrilled we all made it though the last many months.  Talk about ups and downs!  That is one ride I do not ever want to go on again!  Let's all keep our fingers crossed that things will only get better from this day forward!

As I was cleaning up my craft room recently, I took a long look at my C plates for my Cuttlebug and decided enough was enough.  I was going to splurge on new ones.  My photos are not very good, but I'm sure you know what I mean when I say these have seen much better days.  So many dents, so many cuts, so much gunk caught in the grooves.....  It makes for a very rough back of whatever you are cutting out.  Normally, that does not matter, but occasionally you need the back of a cut-out to be clean and smooth.

So, right after I ordered a new plate, I decided "What the heck"?  I can't ruin this one...so, I sanded it down.  Yep, used my hand-held electric sander with 60 grit paper and sanded both sides.  I couldn't believe the difference it made.  


It may be hard to see the difference, but believe me, there is.  Now, I didn't sand too much so it still is slightly rough but it works so much nicer.  I may even go out and take a little more off both sides.  If you should sand too much surface area off, then use a shim of cardboard to help raise the height of the plate up a bit as you roll it though the machine.  I have had no problems using this as is without the shim.  It still cuts just fine.  So, if you are about to throw a C plate away and order a new one, you might take a minute to try this technique and save yourself $10.00.  Think of the stamps you can buy with that!

Thant's all for today.  Please stay safe and let me know if you need more masks.  I'm still sewing.  I have made and donated 2,545 masks to date.  Thank all of you who donated material and thread and elastic to this project.  Think of how many lives we have touched!  Hugs to all and thank you for stopping by!

                                                                              Jill

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Whimsical 12 Days of Christmas

     Happy almost Thanksgiving everyone! I know this year's celebrations will be different, but I do hope you stay safe.  That is the most important thing to remember this year.  We have to stay healthy so we can enjoy next year and all the good things still to come.
     A friend of mine asked me to help her make cards for a  local group who will be throwing an appreciation luncheon in early December.  They wanted thank you cards in the theme of the 12 Days of Christmas.  Since the recipients will be elementary school teachers, she decided we needed to put a whimsical touch on them.  See if we succeeded:












Can you tell which ones are mine?  I did Partridge in a Pear Tree, 6 Geese a'Laying, 7 Swans a'Swimming', 8 Maids a'Milking, 11 Pipers Piping and 12 Drummers Drumming.
Beth made the rest.  Aren't these absolutely adorable?

Thanks for stopping by.  Stay safe!  Air hugs,
Jill

Monday, October 12, 2020

Halloween 2020

 Oct. 12, 2020  Oh. My.  Two blogs in as many days.  What is happening?  Actually, I had a few requests for Halloween cards so I thought I would post what I created.  Enjoy.









It was suggested that the last card with the eyes would not be appropriate for any of my charities.  It is, of course, my favorite.  The stamp was given to me by my daughter and I think it turned out very Halloweeny.

Please stay safe - thanks for stopping by.

Air hugs, Jill







Sunday, October 11, 2020

Helpful Tips

Oct. 11, 2020   Hello, one and all.  It's been such a long time since I have posted anything I almost forgot how to do it.  It didn't take me long to remember which buttons to push so here goes. I am posting some awesome tips today, inspired by a favorite donor of mine, Kate D.  Her cards are always just perfect but what I have noticed is that her dimensional tape is not too thick.  I finally asked her what she used and her answer - foam sheets from the Dollar Tree!  




Look at all of these wonderful sheets of thin foam to be cut and used as thin backing for your images!  Color really doesn't matter since it will be used behind the image, but I still like all the cheerful colors.  Now, for those of you who own a Scan and Cut, here is what I learned to do today.  I cut my images out using the .04 border setting, then changed the setting back to 0 to cut out foam outlines.  They make perfect dimensional backings.  I use liquid glue to adhere them to the image.  I think Kate uses tape.



It is probably hard to see the dimension on this card, but believe me, it is the perfect thickness to give a bit of height without being intrusive or too thick.


Another Dollar Tree item Kate recommends is their actual dimensional tape.  I bought some because they had it, but as I do not need it right now, I haven't actually tried it.  However, if it is good enough for Kate, then it is good enough for me!  If you are making a trip to the Dollar Tree, you might as pick up some - 3 rolls for $1.  Beat that, if you can.


That's all I have for now.  I hope everyone is staying healthy and sane.
Thanks for dropping by.  Air hugs,  Jill


Thursday, May 28, 2020

RED WHITE AND BLUE CARDS

                                                                                                                                             Instagram :  #just_jill_07

Morning.  I thought I would put the visual for the Red White and Blue cards collected here.  That way you do not have to scroll back to see how great of a job you are doing.  And you are indeed doing a SUPER DUPER job!  Thank You!


I will be collecting Red White Blue cards all year round.  Send them in as you want.  
Be safe!
Air hugs, Jill

Monday, April 13, 2020

SOMETHING OTHER THAN CARDS

Hi, everyone.  We are still in the middle of this pandemic and I am busy making masks for any and every one who might need a mask.  My daughter, Erica, inspired me.  She lives in Austin and when all this started, immediately reached out to her friends asking who needed a mask.  She made so many masks and freely shared them with people who needed them.  Of course she made one for me and hubby.  Here is mine (which actually says an awful lot about me...)


Now, I haven't sewn in forever long and only had a few scraps of material.  But, I started asking around and sure enough, I know a lot of people who wanted masks.  Unfortunately, I ran out of material and elastic right away.  Here is where so many angels came into my life. 

 I started getting donations of material and elastic from all over the place - friends, friends of friends, strangers.  It was so thrilling to see people helping people. Some of my card friends ordered items on-line and had them sent directly to me!  Others, sent postage stamps so I could mail the masks all over the country!  And still others sent money to help with whatever I needed to keep the masks coming.  I am overwhelmed with the kindness and generosity of people I have and have not met.  I am still making masks and will do so until I run out of supplies or this mess comes to an end.  If you want a mask, or two, please contact me.  I do not have to go to the post office.  I can just mail from the mail box at the end of the street!  Here are a few of the masks I have made so far:




Again, 
Again, if you need masks, please contact me - justjill48@gmail.  I may be out of some of these fabrics, but I have more.  If you leave a request in the comment section, I might not see it.  Please email

TIP OF THE DAY:  
If you are following the Red White Blue card count and/or want to see examples of the cards sent in, just go back one blog post.  I'm still updating it.  There are some really amazing cards to inspire you!
Thanks for stopping by today! 
Hugs, Jill

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

2020 WHAT CRAZY TIMES WE LIVE IN - THINK RED, WHITE AND BLUE

March 25, 2020 - Hello, my friends.  I do hope everyone is staying in place and keeping safe.  As we try to keep busy and not go stir crazy, I thought an update on our BIG project (as one of my donors likes to call it) might be good.  I love this name!  Thanks Lenore.  I will post a chart here of how our red, white and blue cards are adding up.  Since so many of you are using this time to work on them, let's see how close we can come to the 8,000 goal - just for fun.  So far, I have 325 RWB cards ready to go.  They haven't been mailed yet, but they are finished and boxed up.  Here is my chart - suggested to me by my daughter as a fun way to keep occupied.  I know this should have been colored in red, but I more of a purple kinda gal.

Updated 5.14.20


I also thought I would show some of the cards as they come in.  This page will change every time I have something new to report.  Here are a few of the cards I have made - if you do not want me highlighting your cards on this site, just let me know as you send them in.






Updated 4.13.20


Cards made by Ruby H.




Here are cards made by Lenora S:


These are from Barbara R.

                                     

Betty R. sent these in:

 And from Grace H.

Creations from Claudia S.


And more fabulous cards, this time from Rhonda P.



 From Regina T.


Cindee N.



Sally M.


 Sandra B.


Roberta G.



Jane L.


Cathy P.



Donna L.

I will post more pictures of cards as I get them.  Stay tuned.....
Two of my card making friends suggested another charity to send your cards to now while I am "on hold".  I do not know anything about this charity, but I trust the two people who recommended them.  BRING SMILES TO SENIORS.  You'll have to Google them.

And my TIP OF THE DAY:
Sequins are not a crafter's friend.  I do not care what you glue them down with, the odds of them staying adhered to your card are very slim.  I can always tell when sequins have been used when I open a box because they come falling out as I lift the cards out.  I used to try to glue each one back on, but honestly, I don't have the time to do that any more.  Loose sequins now go straight into the trash.  So, be warned - use sequins at your own risk!  

Thank you for stopping by today.  Keep checking this page as I hope to be better at keeping it updated as I now have SO much free time on my hands! LOL
Thanks for stopping by today.
Air hugs, Jill