Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Guest Designing at V's Sweet Ideas

I'm SO excited to have been selected as a Guest Designer at V's Sweet Ideas.  I was sent some lovely new products from V's Sweet Ideas to use on my project.  The stamp set I used is called Christmas Cheer, and it's ADORABLE!  I also used some trims, sequins and baker's twine from the shop.  They have SO MANY cute things, and I hope you will take time to check out the AMAZING shop for yourself.
Isn't this cute?  That sweet wide red and white trim is from V's Sweet Ideas, and you can see that I stamped the Christmas Cheer stamp set in a few places - the sentiment on the tag, and the designs on the wooden pieces.  It's a little bit hard to see, but there are some really sweet sequins on the card as well - they're cute little snowflakes.
I will be participating in their upcoming Blog Hop as well.  You can learn more about the Blog Hop, the current challenge, and all the great products they carry, by stopping by the V's Sweet Ideas Blog for more details.
Have a great week!

Word Art Wednesdays Challenge Blog - #163 - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says ANYTHING GOES


Monday, December 29, 2014

Strutin' My Feathers

This card is a little bit different for me.  I usually do the "cutesy" stuff, but I was drawn to the peacock feathers, and decided to use them along with a chalkboard stamp to create something a little different.  I like how it turned out, and it's fun to do something a little out of the ordinary now and then.  I'd love to hear your thoughts!
The patterned paper is from October Afternoon's Woodland Park collection, the chipboard frame, peacock stamp and feather are Crate Paper.  The stamped sentiment is from My Craft Spot by Kimberly (I won that set).  There's some gems, machine stitching, lace, and a paper flower.
Here are the challenges I've found where I can share my peacock card:
Word Art Wednesdays - #163 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Classy Cards-n-Such Blog - Challenge #65 - Happy New Year - I used several new products and a new stamp set.  I added some "BLING" (the gems) which can be found here at CCNS Blue/Green Gems

The Kraft Journal Challenge Blog - #204 - Happy New Year - I wanted to "try something new" for the new year, and this card is a NEW STYLE and it uses NEW PRODUCTS.  I also used Black Chalkboard Paper from The Kraft Outlet to stamp my chalkboard sentiment.
Thanks for visiting me.  Come back soon, an invite your friends........I need followers!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Keeping Warm and Toasty

While I was browsing some of my favorite blogs this week,  I saw some crafters who had created some lovely winter mittens.  It reminded me that I also had this die-cut from Papertrey Ink, so I pulled it out and decided to create a mitten of my own.  Since I live in Minnesota, gloves and mittens are all too familiar for me.  I've also been having a lot of fun taking my photos outside where I can use the snow-frosted trees as a background, and my snow-dusted deck railing in the foreground.  It has made for some really cute photos.
I used a combination of Crate Paper an October Afternoon patterned papers, some burlap trim, lace, pom-pom trim, and velvet.  I also used a wooden stamped snowflake, a resin candy cane, an October Afternoon journaling card for the sentient, and a Crate Paper Santa chipboard piece.  I thought that the word believe went nicely with the Santa image.
I'm entering my mitten in these challenges I found where it will fit.  I'm always on the hunt for more challenges where I can enter my projects:
Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge - #26 - Happy Holidays With Photo Inspiration
Word Art Wednesdays Challenge - #163 - Anything Goes
Inspired By Stamping - #89 - Color Inspiration (the blue is very subtle - it's on the snowflake)

Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday Winter Wonderland - Anything Goes
I appreciate your visit today.  Keep warm - put on your mittens!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas Treat Bags

I had to think of a quick and easy little treat for all my nieces and nephews.  So, late Christmas Eve I started whipping up these bags.  I had to keep them fairly simple because I have 11 nieces and nephews in total, and very little time to whip up my treat bags.  I picked up these bags on clearance at Target.  I added some patterned paper to the top/opening of each bag, then added some laces and trims, a bow, a chipboard element, and then tucked lots of candy into each one.  They were a big hit since my nieces and nephews take after me - they all LOVE candy!
Oh, and then I found all the bags in the garbage, and the candy stuffed in their pockets.....and mouths!  No, I wasn't offended.  They're just kids after all.  But I did remove the chipboard pieces and saved them to use again in the future.  Knowing what they cost, I just couldn't let them be thrown away....LOL!
I'm going to enter my treat bags in the following challenges:
My Craft Spot by Kimberly - Challenge #162 - Bags & Boxes Challenge for Gift-Giving
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges - Simon Says Anything Goes
Inspired By Stamping Inspirational Challenge #89 - I followed the GORGEOUS Color Inspiration
Word Art Wednesdays Challenge Blog - Challenge #163 - Anything Goes
V's Sweet Ideas Challenge Blog - Challenge #129 - Holiday Theme
That's all for now.  Wishing you all a warm and happy week!

Friday, December 26, 2014

If You Have Faith

Yesterday, I created a very similar card to this one.  I got the idea for the stamped border from Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Blog.  I love this technique they shared in their weekly tutorial because it makes an easy background for your card.  I decided to create another card much like the one I created yesterday; knowing that I could use it for a friend who needs a little pick-me-up.
This card was created using my Papertrey Ink Love Lives Here Holiday Stamp Set (old version) for the stamped background border.  I took an additional layer of cream cardstock to stamp my sentiment, and then I added some jute and a mini hanging tag with another Papertrey Ink stamp (xoxo) from their Tiny Tags Set.
It's a very similar card to yesterday's card, and was very easy to create.  I am really crossing my fingers that I might win a challenge with one of my cards.  I don't get many chances to enter because of my job demands, so needless to say.....I never really win.  It would be AMAZING to win something; but regardless, it's super fun to play along.  I really love this idea.
These are the challenges I found where I can share this card:
Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Blog - Make It Monday Challenge #192 - Stamped Borders and Sympathy or Thinking Of You - That's exactly what this card is!  I used Papertrey Ink's Love Lives Here Holiday Stamp Set for the hearts (three different heart stamps) on my border.  I also used the Papertrey Ink Tiny Tags Stamp Set for the tiny tag (xoxo), as well as their jute.
Inspired By Stamping Challenge #89 - I was totally inspired by the Color Inspiration.  I really like this combination of colors as well as the sweet gingham.  Super cute!
Our Daily Bread #220 - Sketch Challenge - My card follows the sketch, and it uses a sweet ODBD scripture stamp for the focal sentiment.
Word Art Wednesdays Challenge #163 - Anything Goes (Using Scripture or Encouraging/Uplifting Sentiment)
I thank you for stopping by today.  I look forward to visiting YOUR blog as well.
Have a great day!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Stamped Borders

When I saw this tutorial on Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Blog, I knew I just HAD to give it a try.  I used an older Papertrey Ink Christmas stamp set and die-cut set.  They remain among my all-time favorites from PTI; but then again, I ADORE all their products.   I also enjoy their tutorials each week even though I don't often get the time to play along in the challenges.
I stamped the background onto cream cardstock and then stamped the sentiment on another piece of cream cardstock and adhered that with double-sided sticky tape to raise it up and make it stand out.  I inked the edges of the sentiment piece, ad then added some red and white jute, and a felt holly ad berries PTI die-cut.
I will be entering my card in these challenges I found:
Nichole Heady/Papertrey Ink Challenge #194 - Make It Monday Challenge - Create a stamped border and create a sympathy or thinking of you card.  I used PTI stamps for my border, and a PTI holly and berry die-cut as well as jute.  My sentiment is being used as a sympathy/thinking of you sentiment for a friend who is getting over the loss of her sister at this time of year.  (I can sure relate to that!!)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says Anything Goes
Our Daily Bread - Sketch Challenge - My sentiment is an ODBD stamp
Word Art Wednesdays Challenge #163 - Anything Goes (With Scripture or Uplifting/Encouraging)
Those are all the challenges I could find to fit my card.  I wish everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Friday, December 12, 2014

A May Arts RIbbons Christmas Card Challenge

Woo Hoo!  I can't even describe in mere words how PUMPED I was when I learned that May Arts Ribbons had accepted my application for participating as a chosen contestant in their annual Christmas Card Challenge.  I don't get to apply for Design Teams because I just don't have a lot of free time, but I sure was grateful to be able to participate in this awesome challenge.  Here's a picture of what we were given to work with (one yard of each of these):
My idea was to create more than one card and to use the ribbon as the focus of the cards in different ways on each.  So, I got my thinking cap on and these are the cards I came up with.
For my first card, I used some Crate Paper and October Afternoon supplies, I machine stitched the edges of my card, added some sequins for the "snow", and then I gathered the May Arts Wrinkle Ribbon and machine stitched it down to create a bed of snow for my chipboard snowman.  This Wrinkle Ribbon comes in a variety of brilliant colors, and is SO fun and easy to work with.

OK, so for my second card I cut a Christmas tree out of chipboard, painted it, and then wrapped it in the May Arts Wrinkle Ribbon.  I absolutely LOVE how shiny this ribbon is, and even though my photograph isn't amazing, it does show you how much these ribbons shimmer and catch the light SO beautifully.  I also used the gold Wrinkle Ribbon to create a "star" bow at the top of my tree.  There is absolutely NO END to the creative ways you could use this amazing May Arts Wrinkle Ribbon.
I'm truly grateful for being chosen to be a part of this challenge, and I'd like to say thanks to May Arts Ribbons for accepting my application.  By the way, I wanted to let you all know that May Arts Ribbons recently opened an on-line store where you can shop for ALL the amazing May Arts Ribbons.  You can find their shop at The Ribbon Resource.
Thanks for visiting me today,

P.S.  I'm linking my cards to the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Bling It On - I used sequins to bling up my first card as snowflakes, and the gold star and accent on the tree on the second card.

Inspired By Stamping Challenge #58 - My second card was inspired by the color challenge.  Thanks for a really fun challenge, IBS!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Wrappings

I was recently chosen to play along in the upcoming May Arts Ribbon Christmas Card Challenge and I couldn't be more excited.  May Arts Ribbons sent me 10 yards of their gorgeous 1/2" Solid Wrinkle Ribbon to work with.  I finished my cards for the challenge yesterday, and still had ribbon left over.  What a HUGE blessing!  So, I got creative with it and made this card.
I like the way my ribbons look like I wrapped the hanging ornaments with ribbon.  I also used some sequins which seem to be very popular right now.   The white jute I used to tie on my bells is also from May Arts.  They have the nicest ribbons!
These are the challenges I've found where I can share my card this week:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Christmas and Holiday Cards
Classy Cards n Such Challenge #62 - Wrappings - I like how my bow looks like I wrapped up the hanging ornaments.  I love using ribbon on all my Christmas "wrappings", and Classy Cards n Such has lots of great ribbon including seam binding like I used.  I also used ultra-fine glitter.
Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Linky Party
I hope you will stop by on December 12 to see the cards I created and entered into the May Arts Ribbons Christmas Card Challenge.  I'm really excited about it, and very grateful to my BFF for helping me figure out all the "technical" parts of signing up, linking, etc.  I'm still a work in progress and need help with this whole blogging thing.  LOL
Merry Christmas,

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Christmas Tag

I'm bound and determined to get my Christmas cards done SOON.  I've been working hard on the days I can to create cards for my friends and co-workers.  I also made a few tags for placing on gifts for people.  That way, maybe they won't notice my AWFUL gift-wrapping skills if it has a pretty tag on it. HA-HA!!
I used some older pattern papers, a cute cardboard button, a tag from a super old set, a button, some jute. seam binding and ribbon.  It's all placed on a Grungy Prim Shipping Tag.  Since I don't often get to make blog posts (not as much as I wish I could), I'm entering it in the challenges I've found where it fits this week.
Inspired By Stamping Inspiration Color Challenge - Challenge #88 - I used a stamp for my sentiment
The Kraft Journal - Christmas Gift Tags - Challenge #200 - I used a Grungy Prim Tag
Classy Cards n Such - Christmas Tags - Challenge #61 - I used Chalk White Seam Binding for my bow
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Christmas and Holiday Challenge
I am happy you visited me today.  I would really love to have you follow my blog, and I would be happy to follow yours.  Have a wonderful time making your Christmas cards and tags.

Friday, November 28, 2014

A Blue Christmas

I'm obviously NOT talking about "feeling blue"; it's just that I tend to get a little tired of always seeing red and green Christmas cards.  I was browsing some blogs last night, and I saw a really pretty Christmas card that was made with blue tones.  It really caught my eye so  I decided to give it a try.  It's very different, but I do like it.  We even got some SNOW today in Minnesota.  It's beginning to look a bit like Christmas!
These papers are from My Mind's Eye.  I got them, and the other Christmas embellishments, from a friend who was cleaning out some of her older supplies, and I'm always more than happy to take hand-me-downs.  I had fun creating my "Blue Christmas" card.
I really love these rusty bells!  I found them on EBay.  If you want the link, here it is:  Rusty Jingle Bells.  Just between us, the ones at a certain stamp shop on-line aren't very good because the rust doesn't stay on.  Let me know privately if you want to know which ones NOT to buy.  I don't get to spend time crafting very often during the school year because of my crazy work schedule, but today I'm obviously not working (no school - hurray!) so I made some cards.  I'm going to link up my card in the following challenges listed below (and a few more if I find some more challenges that fit my card).
I hope that your Thanksgiving was wonderful, and that you took the time to be thankful to God for all your blessings.  I know that I am so grateful for all that He has done for me including my job, my family, my salvation, and SO much more.  Thanks for visiting me.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Just Giggle

I love to laugh, don't you?  Proverbs 17:22 says that "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine..." and I really believe that is true.  When you keep a smile on your face, and laughter in your mouth, you somehow seem to be a happier person.  I don't like taking medicine either, so I would rather LAUGH.  I don't even have to go see a doctor to get a prescription either.  I'd get sick too if I was grumpy all the time.
I made my card with some October Afternoon, Simple Stories, ribbons, and a Making Memories rub-on for the sentiment.  I kept it pretty simple.  There's a young girl in my 3rd period English class who has been going through a rough time (family problems, divorce, etc.) and she got into a little bit of trouble on Thursday for laughing in class.  It was really hard for me to get on her about being loud, because the sound of her laughter was such a joy to my ears.  I am going to give her this card on Monday.  While she has to follow the rules, I do want to encourage her to continue to giggle and laugh because that's something that I know will bring her a lot of happiness as she goes through this rough time.
I'm going to share this card in some challenges that I love.  I don't get to create cards very often during the school year, but when I do I really like to enter them in some challenges, and these are a few of my favorites.
Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #156 ANYTHING GOES
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - SIMON SAYS ANYTHING GOES
V's Sweet Ideas - Challenge #28 ANYTHING GOES
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Challenge #105 - ANYTHING GOES WITH RIBBON
That's it for me.  Thanks for visiting my blog and please come by again soon.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I Made a Card - HURRAY!

It's been almost forever since I've posted anything.  Life gets SO busy, and I fall behind with absolutely everything.  But today I finally got to create a card because the kids in Minnesota have two days off, which means that SO DO THE TEACHERS!!!  I'm having fun, and I didn't realize how much I had missed my crafting area.
I made this card with some October Afternoon Woodland Park items, a Jenni Bowlin HAPPY Bingo card and ticket, and some machine stitching.  I love all the sweet October Afternoon items SO very much!
I'm entering my card in some challenges I could find:
Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #154 - Anything Goes Uplifting/Encouraging
Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Chalkboard Card

This chalkboard technique is NOT easy!  I must have stamped this image a half a dozen times, and it was just NOT going to turn out perfect no matter what I did.  I stamped it onto black chalkboard paper.
I can't honestly say that this is the greatest card I've ever created, but at least I gave this chalkboard thing my best effort.  Everything is a learning process, and I'm hoping that as I continue to learn new things my crafting will improve.

Creative Card Crew Challenge Blog - CHALLENGE #69 - CHALKBOARD TECHNIQUE

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - SIMON SAYS ANYTHING GOES

Thanks for visiting,

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Anniversary

I'd like to wish a very Happy Anniversary to my Aunt Sandy and Uncle David who are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary this month.  They are such a wonderful example to me of what a Christian marriage should be, and they give me hope that some day I will find "Mr. Right" and live "happily ever after".  They are a wonderful couple, and I wish them SO much happiness in the years ahead.
This card was made with pattern papers from my stash.  They're from a company called Daisy Bucket, and the papers are textured high quality.  I have been holding onto them for a long time.  I also added some lace and an anniversary sentiment.
I'm going to link up this anniversary card in some challenges that I love.
Charisma Cardz Challenge Blog - Challenge #18 - Wedding Anniversary
Word Art Wednesdays Challenge Blog - Challenge #147 - Anything Goes
Little Scrap Pieces Challenge Blog - Saturday Linky Party
I really am appreciative for you stopping by my blog.  I don't get a whole lot of visitors, so it means a lot of me when I get comments.  Thanks a bunch!


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Back To School

As most of you already know about me (if you've ever visited my blog before), I'm a school teacher.  The school year has already started here, and I'm already excited for Christmas break!  LOL  - My little niece just started Kindergarten and I thought I would send her a card to encourage her, and to let her know that I'm SO proud of her.  She's a lucky little girl because we have several teachers in our family, so she will always have people who can help her as she gets older, and her subjects in school get harder.  I had some time Saturday morning to make a couple of cards.  This is the one I'm sending to my niece, Hannah Lynn.
The concept for this card came from a talented crafter named Dawn Cosgrove.  She had a similar card to this published in the September, 2012 issue of CARDS Magazine.  I really love that magazine, and I'd have to say it's my favorite of all magazines for card ideas.  I don't know Dawn personally, but if she was ever to see this card I hope she would be pleased with my take on her published card.  She really inspired me, and I happened to have most of the supplies she had used.  Thanks for the idea, Dawn!
These are the challenges I found where I can share my Back-To-School card this week:
Creative Card Crew Challenge Blog - CHALLENGE #69 - CHALKBOARD - I used chalkboard patterned paper that says things like "I Will Not Chase Girls", and "I Will Not Run in the Halls", etc.  I also inked the edges of the chalkboard paper with white chalk ink to make it look real
My Craft Spot By Kimberly - CHALLENGE #150 - BACK TO SCHOOL
As You Like It Challenge Blog - YOUR FAVOURITE SEASON AND WHY YOU LOVE IT - My favorite season (as I explained in my first entry) is Autumn  and Back-to-School season because the weather is cool, I get to attend weekend football games at the local high school, and it's just so beautiful with all the colors of changing leaves falling from the trees
Word Art Wednesdays - CHALLENGE #147 - ANYTHING GOES

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges - SIMON SAYS...."ANYTHING GOES"
Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by my blog.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cool, Crisp Autumn

Even though I'm back to work for the school year, I still love this time of year.  The leaves are starting to turn bright reds, oranges and yellows.  The air is cool and crisp, and the smell of leaves is in the air.  I enjoy this time of year so much; attending high school football games, bon fires, and just enjoying the outdoors on long walks in the evenings.
I made this little tag by combining a few different challenges.  I wanted to use the chalkboard technique as well as adding a little "witch" and I found this kitty witch (isn't he cute?).  I found a few challenges I can enter with this project.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges - WITCH KRAFTY - My little kitty witch is an acrylic stamp from my stash.
Creative Card Crew Challenges - CHALLENGE #69 CHALKBOARD - I used the chalkboard technique on this tag by stamping my sentiment in white chalk ink and then inking the edges
As You Like It Challenges - YOUR FAVORITE SEASON & TELL US WHY - My favorite season in Fall/Autumn (as explained above) is my favorite time of the year because of the beautiful changing leaves and the cool air before Winter arrives
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges - ANYTHING GOES - I have never won this challenge, but I sure would LOVE to go on a shopping spree in this amazing store

DRS Designs Challenges - CHALLENGE #137 - IT GIVES ME THE CREEPS - This isn't too terribly creepy, but it is a Halloween themed card with my scary little "Kitty Witch"

V's Sweet Ideas Challenge #26 - ANYTHING GOES
Thanks for visiting my blog, and feel free to leave a comment or even become a blog follower.  I really appreciate it.
Happy Autumn Days!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Back to the 60's

When I saw this challenge over at Papertrey Ink, I knew I had to give it a try.  It's probably not the "cutest" card I've ever made, but as they say - if it's not a little difficult, then it's not truly a "challenge".  So with that said, this is my take on the challenge:
Papertrey Ink - Explore the 1960's With Erin Lincoln - I sure gave it a try!

Thanks for looking,

Back To School

As an English Teacher, Summer is always my favorite time of year.  And yet it seems to pass by so quickly every year.  But I can't complain because my Summer was amazing, and I'm incredibly grateful to have a good job.  I've been working on getting my classroom ready, and it's really looking good.  It's ready....but am I?  LOL - I know that my crafting will really take a back seat, but I wanted to make a Back-To-School project for a co-worker of mine who is really having a rough time.  She went through a lot this Summer, so I made this for her and will give her a Starbucks card inside the library pocket so she can "get her fix" on the way to school.
I bought her a book of encouraging poems and quotes, and I stuck this library pocket on the inside along with the gift card.  I hope she likes it.  I used some colors on this project from an inspiration photo I found at one of my favorite challenge blogs.  I'm going to share it in some challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Back To School - You can read by Back-To-School story on this project above
Are you ready for school to start?  Well, ready or not.....here we go!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Make It Sparkle

Sparkly things are always fun.  I saw a couple of challenges this week that called for something "sparkly", so I got busy making a card from scraps I found in my craft room.  I combined a kraft card and kraft paper with some sparkly Bo Bunny papers I've been meaning to use for a long time now.  My photography skills aren't the greatest, but these pattern papers are glittery, and they really do sparkle.
I'm going to give this card to my sister and brother-in-law for their anniversary, and I hope they like it.  I used a border punch on the edges and added a sparkly gem, rick rack at the top, and some buttons.  It's nothing spectacular, but I think it turned out OK.  I'd like to hear your opinion of it (but please be gentle...LOL)!
Have a great day of crafting, and making something FUN!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Dictionary Pages

Crafting is so much fun, and there are so many things around your house that can be used for crafting.  Who would have ever guessed I would use Dictionary Pages on a card?  But I did.  I like how it turned out, and it was really easy too.
This card uses  black chalkboard base, cream cardstock, dictionary pages, some seam binding, and a Jenni Bowlin flair button in the center of my flower, which was also cut from dictionary pages using my scalloped scissors.  Easy!

I'm linking my card in some challenges that I found where they fit the challenge themes:

Simon Says Stamp Challenges - The Wednesday Challenge Blog - Anything Goes

The Kraft Journal Challenges - Challenge #183 - Dictionary Pages

Little Scrap Pieces Challenges - Show It Off Saturday
Stamp and Create Challenges - The August Challenge - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesdays Challenges - Challenge #143 - Anything Goes
Those are all the challenges I could find where I can play along this time.  I want to say THANKS to you for stopping by my blog.  How nice of you.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Being Inspired by Others

One of the most fantastic things about blogging is being able to gain inspiration from others.  I could spend HOURS and HOURS on Pinterest, looking at my favorite artists' blogs, and then....buying all the sweet supplies I see everywhere and trying to recreate something that looks even remotely like what I've seen that initially inspired me.  This card kinda tells that story.  I saw some of these papers on one of my favorite artists' blogs, and just had to have them.  I even tried recreating a card I had seen on her blog a long time ago.  Mine never turn out quite as nicely as the originals, but I sure do have fun trying!