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Gentiva Hospice

Gentiva Hospice Valentine Craft Day

Gentiva Hospice Volunteers

All the card making projects were ready to go when we arrived Thanks to Sharon

I recently attended an activity with the Gentiva Hospice volunteers.  These volunteers minister to Hospice patients in the Clovis area.  They get together about 4 times a year for team building and do something special for their patients.

Gentiva Hospice making Valentines

They gathered at Unique Creations, a local crafting mall and studio, to make valentine cards.  In a few hours, 15 guys and gals were able to crank out almost 100 cards. Their leader, Sharon Null had everything ready to go ahead of time.


Gentiva Hospice Volunteer Group

Volunteers busy creating valentines

Gentiva Hospice Volunteer Group


Volunteering with Gentiva Hospice benefits both giver and recipient.

Card making and any craft is a great tool for bonding and team building. There is the added benefit of having something to show for your team work!  People may not realize it, but art actually releases endorphins which not only feel good, but are good for your immune system!  Bonus!

Gentiva Hospice is a great way to serve the community. You can help people and make lasting friendships.  If you would like to become a volunteer or just get together with the group for their next project to help out, contact Sharon Null at 575-749-2086 or send her an email.

Gentiva Hospice Volunteer Group

Gentiva Hospice Volunteer Group gathered to make valentines for the Hospice Patients

Cardboard Mixed Media

Cardboard Mixed Media – Something New, Something Old

I love mixed media.  If you are not familiar with mixed media, it just means no limits on materials and mediums.  You can use paint, ink, markers, pastels, transfers, and you can use canvas, wood, metal, cardboard.  You can layer all the fun elements you have ever loved.  What I love about mixed media is you can just keep layering and it just keeps getting better and better.  I saw this pin with cardboard:

Mixed Media with Cardboard

Mixed Media with Cardboard

I am seeing all these great pressed board embellishments but I can’t find them at my local craft store.  ( the down side of living in a small town.  You don’t get murdered when you go to the store, but the stores don’t have anything fun to buy anyways.  It’s the price you pay.)

I also found this great tutorial working with cardboard:

Experimenting with Cardboard Mixed Media

So I just had to run out and find the nearest hunk of cardboard to experiment on.

One thing I learned is that all cardboard is not created equal.  To make good use of the corregated look, you want your top and bottom layers to not be too thick.  It makes it hard to cut.  Thicker corregation with more ripples also makes your project more sturdy.  Once I removed the top layer of my cardboard, my base was flimsy.  If I was creating a serious piece of art, I would have had to mount it to some pressed board or wood.You need a very sharp blade or you will get jagged cuts.

I will be the first to admit, this is not my best work, but after all, that’s what art journals are for.

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Another new item I was trying out was Pearl Ex powder.  I found a clearance bottle at Hobby Lobby and was curious to see what it was like to work with.  It has been a bit difficult for me to research exactly what to do with it.  I ended up mixing it into some paints, and then I mixed it in with glue.  It is pretty and sparkly, but so far I prefer to by the metallic paint.  A bottle seems to go a long ways, so I will have to do some more research.

The dragon was also a jar of mystery I bought on clearance.  It is called Snow Tek.  I am sure I grossly misused it, but it has been sitting in my drawer for more than 2 years.  It was fun to work with.  The texture is like floam.  It probably IS mico floam.  It was fun to sculpt with.  It dried overnight and holds up well even when thick.  It also paints easily as you can see.  I would definitely try to find something else if I had to pay full price for this product.  It would get expensive quick, and it is not intended for sculpting.  It is really made for adding snow texture to wintery scenes.

While my first attempt at cardboard mixed media was kindof a flop, I cant look at all this great art and give up just yet.  Check out the inspiration!

Something that yields spectacular results with zero investment?  Sold!  Let’s go find a dumpster!



Princess Invitations

Here are a few invitations and tags that I made up for the Princess Party.  I was excited to get to use my Prima Doll stamp.  I just colored her in with colored pencil and stamped her dress on craft paper!

princess invitations

Prima doll stamps were used to create these invitations

princess invitation

Scraps of paper create the folds in this princess invitation

princess invitations

Fancy dress invitations with scrapbook embellishments

Scrapbook Cards

Scrapbook Cards are such a great way to use up small scraps. I have been busting out coordinating card sets as thank you gifts for donations to our church youth group to help get the kiddos to camp.  (Consequently, if you would like to make a donation…) As I was saying, I just love making these little sets so I wanted to share.

Recently I made a mixed media owl canvass and thought I would try a card version

owl card

Use up those scraps by making these cute owl cards

Here is the whole set

owl cards

Use up old scraps making these cute owl cards

As you can probably tell I just rough cut these guys, no pattern or anything which make each one unique, but I decided to make a little template so it would be a little easier which you can download here:

owl card template word doc

owl card template pdf

The backgrounds while coordinating are all different so I could save on paper since the idea is to use up the small scraps.


The next set is pretty simple.

handmade cards

Whip up some cute cards with your left over scraps


These sets as I said were thank you gifts, so I made these matching pennant thank you cards to top them off:


hand made cards

Whip up some cute cards with your left over scraps

The banner thank you cards obviously are just strips.  I like to make it easy on myself by making each pennant different widths and lengths so I don’t commit myself to order.  Less mistakes, less stress! I was lazy and just used my envelop board punch to cut the bottoms

Just tie it up with a bow!

hand made card sets

Whip up some cute cards with your left over scraps






Art Journal Class

In this class, we learned how to sew together an art journal and also began a few pages. Here are some of our examples!

Art journals are great ways of practicing your art with out the stress of messing it up. You don’t have to be pleased with the results, and nobody ever has to see. Like a regular journal, it can be kept private and be just a place to express your creativity or your heart. I like to use mine to practice new techniques or experiment with new products. And sometimes you come up with something amazing that you just have to share!

We learned to how to make an art journal and did a few pages

We learned to how to make an art journal and did a few pages

Class Show Off

Class Show Off

Class Show Off

Class Show Off

Freehand flower

Freehand flower




Craft Class Clovis NM Squash Book

Squash Books from start to finish

Thursday, April 10th 5:00—7:00

in the Hobby Lobby classroom

Cost $15 includes materials and embellishments

Bring a friend for 1/2 price

What to bring (optional) a few photos or

2 dimensional memorabilia like ticket stubs

Please RSVP for classes by phone, text or email
Cash Check or Card accepted

Charlotte Crowder

Learn how to make a squash book, or just get together with friends or family and do a craft without having to clean up the mess or decimate your house! The Hobby Lobby classroom is located on Prince street at the back of the store. Just ask an associate to point you in the right direction (or act like your looking for a bathroom) Late comers are still welcome, so if you don’t make it at the beginning of class, don’t worry, this craft is an easy catch up, so if you miss the beginning it’s not a big deal. If you don’t know what a squash book is, see the previous post.

Squash Book Tutorial

Greeting Cards

I have been going through my Pinterest Pins.  I keep a selection of Cards that I want to make.  I came across a great deal for some paper collections and have been crafting away.  These are some of my results:

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Pennant Banners

I have been turning my nose up at pennant banners wondering what was the big deal.  Everybody seems to be doing them, and I just couldn’t see the point.  But we had a celebration come up and I was looking for decorating ideas and it seemed like a quick solution.  But soon I was hooked.  Banners are cute!  And they are so easy to make and give a big punch in a short time.  Plus, if you get a good deal on a coordinated scrapbook paper tablet, they are very economical.  Here are our results

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Christmas Wrapping

I love wrapping presents.  I love color coordinating with my tree, finding fancy ways to wrap but especially cute little embellishments to make them extra special.

In the past I have looked high and low for color coordinating wrap.  Then I am stuck with tons of leftover paper that I will never want again because the next year I am doing a different color. I really don’t want to see the same decorations year after year.  Last year I promised myself I would do all brown paper packaging.  And after doing just a few this year, it is definitely one of my fa-vor-ite things!

So I Pinterested “brown paper packages tied up with string” and I got tons of inspiring results.  So here is a few of the results!

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